I love almost any book that blends history and fantasy together. I especially love this book because it took place in the Elizabethan times. But I alsI love almost any book that blends history and fantasy together. I especially love this book because it took place in the Elizabethan times. But I also love The Red Queen's Daughter for many more reasons. The writing is filled with imagery of nature, flowers, and stones. I also love the magic in this book--it is linked with nature and has that element of alchemy. Also, I LOVED the stones and their meanings. But anyway, the story is very intriguing also.
Mary Seymour is Catherine Parr's daughter (the author wrote a note on this--Mary is a somewhat fictional character because in reality she died at the age of two; another thing I love about this book--te author rewrites history, very cool...). She is orphaned and taken in by Lady Strange, a mysterious lady who is set to train Mary as a white magician--someone to watch and protect over young Queen Elizabeth's reign. But Court is a treacherous place, and she is put into some situations she is not ready for--including falling in love with her cousin, Edmund Seymour, the greatest Dark Magician in England...
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes magic, adventure, and history, with a bit of romance thrown in.
(My only complaint was that the part between meeting Lady Strange and going to court was a little slow.)...more
Corrine, a girl who has survived the Ague fever and the death of her mother, is sent to boarding school in post-civil war Virginia by her Uncle WilliaCorrine, a girl who has survived the Ague fever and the death of her mother, is sent to boarding school in post-civil war Virginia by her Uncle William. Corrine has been frequently plagued by strange dreams and visions--visions of fairies and of her mother. Painful dreams. As she is settled in to Falston Reformatory School, she hopes she can escape the dreams--instead, they follow her. And she learns of a secret--a terrible secret about those who run Falston and about girls who were taken. Plus there are mysteries to be solved--whatever happened to her father? And what are the fairies, and what do they want from her?
Hallowmere is my favorite kind of book--involving boarding schools, fairies, secrets, old letters, and people who are not what they seem. Even though it was a bit darker than I was expecting--I still enjoyed it, and I'll be picking up the sequel this December. The only qualms I had with the book was that it was not whole--it's true that not every end can tied, but I felt like the book wasn't complete, and perhaps more could be explained. Still, it's worth the read.
This is my favorite book from the Chronicles of Narnia (besides The Magician's Nephew which has been my all-time favorite since I was ten). Anyway: I jThis is my favorite book from the Chronicles of Narnia (besides The Magician's Nephew which has been my all-time favorite since I was ten). Anyway: I just completely love it!...more
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her queFeature Review: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob -- knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?
Okay, here I go. I will try my best not to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t been able to read it yet.
Eclipse was a book like non other I’ve read before. I mean, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was practically edge-of-your-seat tension all the way through. But Eclipse was an altogether different kind of experience.
I love the Twilight World. I love the characters—even the least likely to be loved, such as the Volturi. Stephenie Meyer is a brilliant author, and this is why: she makes you fall in love and care about her characters. And in Eclipse, when the characters are ill at ease with each other, it makes you squirm. The taste and texture of the book—Eclipse—was a bit the same as the other three. Deep, sensuous, flowing, and always blood red—like wine. But the plot was less spread out than the other three. It was jam packed with action, new discoveries, and danger. There wasn’t a moment’s rest for Bella—no reprieve for the reader, either. That’s why this book gave me a migraine—serious! Every time I picked it up I had to take some Advil! But that didn’t make me unlove Eclipse. In fact, I liked it even more than I thought I would. It was at times heartbreaking, at others memorable and light. At others violent and raging.
But most of all it was surprising.
It was surprising because I found out that I really did like Edward. After the second book—I never thought I’d love any character more than Jacob.
And while I still don’t love Edward that much—I like him better than I did in the previous two. He really is a good guy.I agree with Anidori-Isilee that he became a much more realistic character in Eclipse than in the other ones.
Jacob, on the other hand, became irritable in this book. Though underneath it all—he’s got the best spirit and personality I think of all the other characters. That’s why the ending broke my heart.
But anyway: what was also surprising is that we learn more of Rosalie and Jasper’s histories. These are the two Cullens that Stephenie seems to have just shoved to the side for Edward and the rest. And I’m really glad we got to see a bit more of them. As for the very controversial scene where Bella tries to, er.....seduce Edward, I think it was really unnecessary. I think that Stephenie might have only written it in because of the demands of fans who....let’s say, feel the need for Bella and Edward’s relationship to take that turn. Which is utterly stupid if you ask me. Bella and Edward may be mature in some things, but they are innocent when it comes to....yeah. And as a Christian myself, I don’t really want to read about it. And besides—it really comes to nothing at the end. So we could have spared that scene. Well...except for the end and everything. The proposal was good...It’s just, yeah.....We didn’t need that.
I was also disappointed that Bella never really mulled over the choice she had to make in the end. I mean, it’s the most important choice of her life! And it’s only after we find out that Bella and Jacob are meant to be together. As Jacob says, it would have been natural. Had not Edward gone to Biology class on that fateful day....
Anyway, I’m waiting to see what Breaking Dawn bring. And in the mean time—I really encourage people to read Eclipse twice. You really get so much more out of it your second ...more
Ever have a strange occurence where you've judged a book by its cover, and it turned out to be a wonderful book? That was what Into the Wild was like fEver have a strange occurence where you've judged a book by its cover, and it turned out to be a wonderful book? That was what Into the Wild was like for me. I love the cover! I love how creative it is--and I especially like the walking cat. You don't see too many walking cats on book covers now, do you? And the book proved to be as interesting and thought provoking as its cover. What would it be like to have Repunzel as a mother? And what would it be like to have to wage war against crazed ferns that spit out invisibility cloaks and three-mile boots? What would it be like to have to repeat your life's story over and over again? If I tripped into the Wild, what fairytale would it try to place me in?
The crazed fern is actually The Wild, the essence of Fairytales and what Repunzel had to sacrifice to get the other fairytale characters out of. Julie is her daughter and now the keeper of the tangle of ferns that is the weakened Wild. Poor Julie, she just wants to be normal--but everything from her mother, to her witch grandmother, to the strange magical jungle under her bed that keeps eating her shoes doesn't permit that. And now it's gotten worse--someone made a wish in the Wishing Well and the Wild has come out from Julie's bed and grown and multiplied so much so that it swallows Julie's hometown in Massachusetts, taking her mother, her grandmother, and their friends with it. Now it's up to Julie to venture into the Wild with only a bike, a backpack, and her adoptive brother, Puss n' Boots to save their loved ones and capture the magical Wild once again. But Julie gets more than she bargained for--and may well have to make deep personal sacrifices to get them out again.
The Darkangel, a winged creature that is reeking havoc in its world, is on the lookout for another wife. His thirteenth, in fact. And Aeriel, a lowlyThe Darkangel, a winged creature that is reeking havoc in its world, is on the lookout for another wife. His thirteenth, in fact. And Aeriel, a lowly village servant girl, is there to witness the kidnapping. Her mistress is taken abruptly by the Darkangel, as is Aeriel who means to kill the Darkangel (and falls under his spell instead). The Darkangel takes Aeriel to his castle, where she is to serve the thirteen souless wraiths (wives), who insist that Aeriel MUST kill the Darkangel when he takes his fourteenth and final wife, takes her soul, and present his vials of the souls to the water witch-to be made a full icarus ( a creature that sucks out souls). However, Aeriel finds that she loves the Darkangel-because he is beautiful....and quests to save the small good in his soul.
I found the Darkangel to be a very interesting book. Great descriptions and believable characters. Some of the creatures are reminiscent of Narnia and Harry Potter. All in all: I give it four thumbs up! ...more
Dreamland is about a girl named Caitlin. The books starts with her older sister, Cassandra, running away-which leaves Caitlin's family situation in chDreamland is about a girl named Caitlin. The books starts with her older sister, Cassandra, running away-which leaves Caitlin's family situation in chaos, and also leaves Caitlin to fill her "perfect" sister's place. She joins the cheerleading squad and starts to date a jock-the whole prep girl routine. But that abruptly ends when she meets a bad-boy named Rogerson.
This book was amazingly written-just like Sarah Dessen's other book (that I've read) This Lullaby. But it's so different. Dreamland is an intense, quick read. It's one of those books that you just have to read. Of course, I don't think this is one of those books that you necessarily have to re-read. Definitely not. It's a horrific story-one of those that you can olny read through splayed hands and eyes half-squinted. But it's written so convingly. I've decided that I want to read all of Sarah Dessen's books. Oh, and just a warning: medium language and some really intense scenes. (Sometimes I just don't understand why authors have to add bad language to their books-it doesn't make the novel more real or interesting than it already is). ...more
I got this very charming (but insane!) book on a dare. I'm not usually a fan of chick-lit (with an exception with Meg Cabot's books though). But I havI got this very charming (but insane!) book on a dare. I'm not usually a fan of chick-lit (with an exception with Meg Cabot's books though). But I have to admit-this one was pretty good! It was fun reading about the hilarious situations Jess always gets herself into (also, her dad sends her hilarious joke horoscopes throughout, though he's sort of a mystery man because he doesn't show up at all in this book). She wants to be a standd-up comedian-and appropriately so! I did have a few problems with the book, though. And that makes it tough to recommend. Jess lives with her feminist "mum" and the theme of anti-men is spewed constantly in the book. Nevertheless, there is a lot of sexual references, and a lot of (unnecessary) nasty language. I don't think I could have finished the book would it not have been for the great save at the very end. The end of the book is much less vulgar, and has so much more comedy. I really really want to recommend this book-I do. But that's a bit hard. Nevertheless, I'll be picking up the sequel (in hopes that the language is a bit more innocent), which is supposedly about her road trip to see her dad. If you can handle it-maybe even skip a few unnecessary parts- then I think it could be called recommendable. Cheers, Sookie...more
I haven't read any other books by Mitch Albom, but after reading Five People I want to! The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about an 83 year old man(I haven't read any other books by Mitch Albom, but after reading Five People I want to! The Five People You Meet in Heaven is about an 83 year old man(Eddie) who dies on his birthday, in an attempt to save a little girl. He has not had the easiest life around, so when he finds himself in Heaven, he thinks it will be paradise for eternity. But what he finds is much different-it is explained to him that he will meet with five people from his life, whether strangers or close friends and family, who will explain to him his existence on earth. This book made me cry-and that's a high compliment to any book I've read. There is mild cursing, but not too strong. And the story far outweighs it anyway-and you barely even notice. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a very deep, heartrending read. It's a slim book and a fast read-I was done with it after three class periods. It's a great book, really. And Mitch Albom is a very talented author. ...more
I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England. -Philippa Gregory ThI am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England. -Philippa Gregory The Constant Princess
Many books are published on the famous Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry IIIX, mother of Queen Elizabeth I. But not many are written (in historical fiction format) about the first wife of King Henry, Katherine of Aragon, whose daughter Mary (or bloody Mary) would also be queen of England. Katherine, or Catalina, learns from her mother, Queen Isabella of Spain, that she must always be a princess-that she must always be strong and do God's will. A devout Catholic, Catalina intends to do just that when she marries Prince Arthur of Wales, a marriage that had been planned for her since birth. But she is shocked when Prince Arthur, a boy she has grown to love in a very short time, dies tragically, leaving her in a foreign country, alone, and impoverished. And Queen Isabella has told her that she must stay in England, she cannot come home. She must find a way to become queen of England. But that can only be achieved by a lie, something that Catalina knows is wrong. I really loved this book for several reasons: first, because it's a great love story between Catalina and Arthur, and second because Catalina seems just so real, and thrid because it has to do with the Tudor family (which is of a lot of interest to me). Philippa Gregory is a very good author and it was interesting to me to see how she percieved, as an adult, being a teenager in the fourteen hundreds. And having Queen Isabella of Spain as your mother (just imagine!). The only things about it that irked me were some inapropriate passages (Philippa takes the cake for these). But they are very easily skipped. Also, at the end there seems to be a lot of confusion about Christianity, Judaism, and Muslims. Though the author makes it clear that by this she was trying to interject her views on the support of world peace. I'd recommend this book to any mature person who enjoys historical fiction....more
Friday the 13th, at aproxiately (I'm pretty sure that's not spelled right, but at this moment I don't care) eight o'clock, I bought a book I've meantFriday the 13th, at aproxiately (I'm pretty sure that's not spelled right, but at this moment I don't care) eight o'clock, I bought a book I've meant to read for several years. The Bad Beginning, Book the First in the Series of Unfortunate Events, was a slim, easy-read that I finished the night before I went to the library to check out the final two books in the Harry Potter series. And strangely enough, even though it was a children's book-I loved it! And I even rented the next installment from the library along with Harry Potter. But really, there was something else glorious to see at the Borders Bookstore in the Quarry (for those of you who don't know much about San Antonio, Texas-the Quarry is this place, located near downtown, that is VERY nice-their bookstore has about three stories-you have to take an elevator to get to all of those books!!). And it was the independant reader's section located near the Children's and YA section. Rows and rows (I am seriously not kidding ya'll) of fantasy books! In fact, out of all of those books, only a very few were historical fiction or realistic fiction. It was LOVELY!!!!! I saw so many books that I wanted to check out-including the Septimus Heap books (Magyk and Flyte) and a series that looked absolutely awesome about dragons. Are people finally realizing how wonderful the fantasy genre can be, or what? To me, who is obsessed with Fantasy, this is all music to my ears. If anybody ever comes to San Antonio, Texas, they should visit the Borders in the Quarry. It's an absolutely awesome experience. Cheers :) -Sookie ...more
I feel the stars. Each sparkle sets aflame the pain in my heart. -Donna Jo Napoli Sirena
Once again, Donna Jo Napoli has captivated me with her style oI feel the stars. Each sparkle sets aflame the pain in my heart. -Donna Jo Napoli Sirena
Once again, Donna Jo Napoli has captivated me with her style of writing and descriptions and characters. Reading a book by her is always a treat (and I also recommend her other books-Zel, Spinners, etc...). The story is lovely, but the ending is very very sad. I recommend it to anyone of any age (well, okay, probably three year olds wouldn't be very interested, but still) Okay so here's the story:
Sirena is a mermaid who lives with her sisters on an island. They lie in wait for any passing ships, to lure the men onto their island. But Sirena refuses to do the same again when her sisters relocate. Instead, she helps a man that has been newly stranded on the island. Finally, they fall in love and live together for years and years. Sadly, the man is growing older while Sirena is still beautiful and young. And even more sadly-they must break apart when a ship comes to pick the man (Philoctetes) up and get the bow Hercules gave to him. It's so sad!!!! but so good. ...more
Many people loved Tithe and the Spiderwick Chronicles (though I haven't read those, I've only read Tithe) and they're very highly recommended books. IMany people loved Tithe and the Spiderwick Chronicles (though I haven't read those, I've only read Tithe) and they're very highly recommended books. I was a little more than dissapointed, though, when I read Tithe. The language was very vulgar, and the characters not very lickable at all. And there were numerous other things that bothered me about that book. When Valiant came out, I delayed in reading it. I decided it was time to read it last week. And this is all I have to say about it- It's almost the same sort of story as Tithe-lots of cursing, lots of drug and sexual references. Most of it was very inapropriate, for me, at least. And all of it distracted from the story-which wasn't half bad if it didn't have certain elements. So-I can't really recommend it. But at least I'll say that it wasn't as bad as Tithe. Anyway, here's what I can tell you about the story: After finding out that her mother has had an affair with her boyfriend, Valerie runs away to New York City and starts hanging out with a group of homeless kids that live in the Subway. Luis, one of those kids, claims to have the Second Sight. And Dave, his brother, makes deliveries to hoofed women. At first Val doesn't believe, but after a run-in with Ravus, a troll, Val is trapped in their world. She now makes deliveries for Ravus himself and ends up saving his life. To pay his debt, Ravus teaches Val how to use a sword. But all the while, she's caught up in using a certain Faerie substance that is sort of like a drug. Val falls in love with Ravus, but he is disgusted to find out that she's been stealing the drug from him. But all the while-there have been Faerie poisonings everywhere, and Ravus is blamed and taken away. And it's now up to Val to use all her training to defeat the evil faerie. If this sounds interesting to anyone, I'd say the age level is probably sixteen and up. ...more