Great story...if it were given a little more room to grow it would have been excellent. Kate's story is entertaining and imaginative. There were two sGreat story...if it were given a little more room to grow it would have been excellent. Kate's story is entertaining and imaginative. There were two scenes in particular that were tense and heart pounding...written in a way that was easy to lift them off the page and into your imagination. My only gripe is that the material following the final tense scene just seemed pushed along. Kinda like..."Wow, all that happened...oh, this happens (and you probably guessed it). The End." I would love to know more about Gavin and certainly more about Lance.
5 very, very solid stars. I predict that by the end of 2010 this book will have many YA Literary, GLBT YA Literary and GLBT Literary Awards mentioned5 very, very solid stars. I predict that by the end of 2010 this book will have many YA Literary, GLBT YA Literary and GLBT Literary Awards mentioned on the cover of it’s future editions and on it’s website.
The Cat in the Cradle is a thrilling adventure filled with suspense, likable characters, a consistent imaginative world and plenty of twists and turns. Wrapped in all of this is a coming out story written with such heart that people from all walks of life will appreciate it.
The three main characters, Dylan, Kio and Tyjin, are unlikely heroes who are learning things as they go and doing the best they can with what is being thrown at them. They are insecure, playful, mischievous, witty, sincere and coming to terms with their inner strengths as well as their shortcomings.
I lost count of how many times I smiled at the clever dialogue between Dylan and his talking cat, Kio. The language flows with the ease of a young adult book but has a much older sense of humor. The world Jay Bell creates is comfortable place, easily relatable to both readers who enjoy fantasy fictions and those who are new to the genre.
If I tried to label this book as a coming out story set in a fantasy world I wouldn’t be doing this book justice. This book is a fantasy adventure. Dylan and Tyjin’s sexuality is not incidental, far from it...their growing attraction and Dylan’s self discovery are important, just not over powering to the rest of what is going on.
I wish this book had been around when I was a young adult. Dylan’s struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality will ring true for so many readers. I know it did for me. With this one story Jay Bell speaks to so many situations that gay teens face...internalized fear, possibility of rejection by family and friends, awkward first encounters, missed opportunities and self acceptance.
When Dylan ponders:
The world had been so simple yesterday. Funny how much difference a single day could make. A murderous Oligarch? An eel-man and other killer creatures? No Problem. Loving someone that you weren’t suppose to. That was hard.
Most gay youth will relate. Yes, it can feel that big.
He’s set the bar high for himself, but I hope this is not all I’ll read from Jay Bell....more
What a great little adventure. What a wonderful world. What a fantastic and imaginative author. Nicole Kimberling has done it again.
The first book I rWhat a great little adventure. What a wonderful world. What a fantastic and imaginative author. Nicole Kimberling has done it again.
The first book I read by Nicole was Turnskin and I loved it. I was eager to read another book by her and this popped up on my radar. I’m so glad I made the purchase.
Nicole creates a world that I could easily imagine existing right outside my front door. Regardless of where you are in the world imagine your current gov’t is interlaced with royalty and wizards. You talk on your cell phone while magic protects your city. Souls can be traded, owned, interchanged between species, stripped down to one characteristic and even destroyed.
Ghost Star Night is a story that is always in motion. There are three main characters whose lives are intertwined and guided by fate. Thomas, a closeted magician who is forbidden to practice magic. Drake, one of the most powerful magicians in the land. Adam, godson to the grandmother of a newly born princess. The story flows seamlessly back and forth from character to character, a wonderful dance. There are times that you can tell what is gonna happen, but it seems totally natural and plausible. For example, Tom will send Adam to get something and you can guess he’ll run into Drake. Or, an act of kindness by a character – which totally seems in character and you have no reason to suspect anything, it’s actually a manipulation by an outside source.
The romance that develops between characters is very believable and quite nice. The sex scenes are sexually charged but not graphic. Not “fade to black” more like a one page statement of fact with descriptive foreplay and then “they did it, what they did and who did what”.
I’m very upset that I read this book so fast. I wanted it to last much longer.
If you have read and enjoyed A Strong and Sudden Thaw (Future Earth’ish world after a global climate change...with Dragons) or An Arrow's Flight A Novel (Earth during ancient Greece/Rome era with cash machines and some modern technology) then I think you’ll love this book. ...more