Though Blight of Muirwood was my favorite of the three, Scourge of Muirwood was just as engaging as the first two in the trilogy. I definitely would r...moreThough Blight of Muirwood was my favorite of the three, Scourge of Muirwood was just as engaging as the first two in the trilogy. I definitely would recommend these books to my friends who I know enjoy fantasy stories with strong heroines. Love the magic system, and the setting and the characterization though I found the wrap-up of the end to be a bit more telling rather than showing. Would've loved to see some of those scenes actually take place.
Other than that, am very glad I stumbled upon this trilogy - all three books were fun, satisfying reads, very imaginative and just plain enjoyable. I've already recommended this to a few friends and hope they take up that recommendation.
Definitely looking forward to more by this author.(less)
This middle-book-of-a-trilogy was very satisfying. I was annoyed that I got spoiled for the ending of this book (thanks, Amazon) but such is life thes...moreThis middle-book-of-a-trilogy was very satisfying. I was annoyed that I got spoiled for the ending of this book (thanks, Amazon) but such is life these days - nowhere is safe and spoiler-free, it seems.
And that says something - when I'm already buying the next book before finishing the current. I enjoy these characters so much. Now to see where Lia's path takes her. Well done, Mr. Wheeler! On to the next! (less)
Ran across this book on Amazon, noting the fabulous ratings. Curious, I read a few and was immediately intrigued by the heroine. So for the price thou...moreRan across this book on Amazon, noting the fabulous ratings. Curious, I read a few and was immediately intrigued by the heroine. So for the price thought it well worth a check. If you are looking for a solid fantasy with a strong heroine, creative magic system (I love the Leerings!) and a satisfying read, I can definitely recommend this book. On finishing I immediately bought the next one, and just got a gift card from a friend with which I will buy the third.
There are some typos here and there but they no longer bother me overmuch. This author tells a lovely tale so it is easy to forgive him those. The second book has more typos that I hope get cleaned up but all in all, so far so very good.
Another thing that impresses me is the author himself - from what I gather, he writes one night a week. Proof marvelous things can be accomplished even in the busiest of lives.(less)
I ran into Kait via a mutual friend on twitter, and something led me to her blog where I discovered RED. My passion for YA fiction has been growing in...moreI ran into Kait via a mutual friend on twitter, and something led me to her blog where I discovered RED. My passion for YA fiction has been growing in leaps and bounds lately, so despite generally avoiding any book about wolves or vampires, and yes, in part because the cover is gorgeous (srsly), I decided what the heck, give it a go and support a new twitterfriend. I was also intrigued because this book is a self-published endeavor. As such, I thought Nolan did a fabulous job with this story (though I found a couple of wee typos...though I am not as critical as some about those as $#@% I have a couple in my own books despite going over them dozens and dozens of times - it happens. Argh).
Other reviewers have given rather nice summaries of the book, so I'll just say why I liked it, and why I decided after some wavering to give it five stars.
First - the characters. I saw some reviewers grumbling about the characters but I am not sure why. Elodie (BEST NAME EVER) is likable (despite herself), she is strong (I love strong characters) even in her moments of weakness. She has determination, and a sharp wit. Sawyer came across slightly older than I would've expected, but, in ways he is older-at-heart. One reviewer mentioned she was unhappy that Nolan didn't go into deep detail about how these characters looked, but I prefer that, honestly...Elodie in my head matched Elodie on the cover, and Sawyer, well, my mind decided what he looked like. I'm cool with that. I am also familiar with that area where the story takes place (more or less) so had no trouble envisioning that.
I see some reviewers grumbling about 'typical YA tropes' but I have no problem with those. Possibly because I am a fairly new reader of YA but also possibly because knowing this age group so well, I am not surprised by the rivalries, the attitudes of secondary characters - oh no not at all. And the werewolf tropes - Nolan handled those in a fresh way, putting her unique twist to all the usual. I appreciated that.
I enjoyed the mystery, though by the time the bad person was revealed, I had a moment of 'who?' I read this over several days and still had to rack my brain a bit to remember that character.
I liked the relationships between child and father in both cases - they were poignant in their own way, and I was happy with the outcomes Nolan had for both. Losing a parent at an early age has a profound effect on a kid - I know, because my kids lost their dad at a young age. It isn't easy, and being the parent left behind, well, sometimes mistakes are made. The fathers were very real to me, and I am glad Nolan tied these relationships up as she did. Very satisfying.
The pace of the story? I had no problem with that at all. It was a quick read, yes, but I found myself thinking about the characters in-between reading sessions. That says a lot about a book as I wall-bang far more books than I finished. I had no doubt though that I would finish this one in record time. Very satisfying read, and if there'd been a sequel (which I understand there won't be) I would've bought it immediately.
I hope Nolan takes another jump into YA - I'd love to see what she does next. In the meantime, I have her other books to try out now, and based on what I have read with RED, I'm looking forward to reading them.
I loved the movie when I was a kid. It scared the bejeebers out of me, and yet needless to say now I'd likely giggle my way through it instead. I was...moreI loved the movie when I was a kid. It scared the bejeebers out of me, and yet needless to say now I'd likely giggle my way through it instead. I was talking to a friend of mine, Jenny, about horror flicks of old and our shared love of them and she asked if I'd ever actually read the book, The Day of the Triffids, and if I didn't I must remedy that asap.
So, gamely, I found to my delight that it was available on Amazon and downloaded it to my teeny tiny iTouch and bit by bit read the book and was immediately taken by the story in ways the movie never touched.
For fans of post-apocalyptic stories, this one should be a must-read. Elements from more recent books and movies (such as 28 Days) nod at the brilliance that is Days. Enjoy!(less)
I stumbled onto this book when I was bored and cruising around Amazon. I think I paid about 99 cents for it, noting it was a self-published book. Curi...moreI stumbled onto this book when I was bored and cruising around Amazon. I think I paid about 99 cents for it, noting it was a self-published book. Curious about the rave reviews, and the fact it was dystopian (I love dystopian novels) I went ahead and downloaded it.
I am a notoriously-slow reader, having little time in which to read, so I relish finding books that can keep me interested for sometimes more than a couple of weeks (yes, that slow). This book had me so entranced I finished it in four days, which is pretty darn quick for this kid.
This book is proof that self-published books can be as high quality as any others. Ee has a marvelous voice, and I will buy the next of her books without hesitation.