I really loved this book. The leading characters were fantastic and lovable. The only real complaint I have is the suffering Marksley alluded that his...moreI really loved this book. The leading characters were fantastic and lovable. The only real complaint I have is the suffering Marksley alluded that his mother endured were never expounded upon. I would have liked to know how she suffered. I feel like it piqued my interest in that particular story line and then left it unfinished. If it had no bearing on the story, maybe it would have been best left out. Biut that's a minor(ish) problem. Overall I loved the tension between Hallie and Marksley. It was very well-written!(less)
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program. I didn't start reading it until much later. I'm still adjusting to the 9-5 clock adult...moreI received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program. I didn't start reading it until much later. I'm still adjusting to the 9-5 clock adulthood works on. In any case, once I did start reading it I loved it.
It's hard to review a book obviously written for pre-teens, because you have to wonder, do I think it's simple because I'm 23 or because it's actually simple? Either way, why is simplicity a bad thing? If I want to be confused, I'll pick up Milton (no thank you, by the way). I think the simplicity of it is part of what makes the story so sweet.
The premise of the story is that Aaron, the young prince of Bluecastle, must go on a quest to retrieve the Sword of the Elders, stolen by a thief to whom he and his family had extended their hospitality. The other part of the quest was to find the kidnapped mother of Dora, Nora and Jasmine, three precocious little girls who were always two steps ahead of our heroes. Along the way they encounter many difficulties that help Aaron put into practice everything he's learned in his daily lessons with his father. At some points there are questions as to whether the trio (Aaron and Ulrich and Blake, his two noble woman and egg loving knights) would actually reach their goal. But they were always trailed by the second, and arguably cleverer trio of Jasmine, Dora and Nora and many times the girls helped them out of their tough spots.
Though the plot is really simple I still enjoyed it and felt there was a lot to be taken away from the story. About honor, goodness and dignity and doing the right thing even if it's hard sometimes. There are some books where the plot is what is most memorable for me and some where the characters are the best part. With this book I feel that the characters were what really stood out to me. I loved the way the author made these characters comical (Blake is a giant afraid of anything that breathes and completely obsessed with eggs - scrambled, boiled, fried or any other way you can cook eggs - while Ulrich is a seriously love-stricken Romeo with little more than romance on the brain) but also deeply loyal and honest and true (When Aaron was in danger they didn't even think twice about jumping in the way to take the hit for him). The girls were also great characters as well. Their innocence and inhibition is refreshing for an adult (which I begrudgingly am) when we must always measure our words and our actions. I found these characters endearing. It takes some authors a very long time to get you to appreciate the different things characters bring to the story and to his credit, I think Lindenberger did a very good job with making them quite lovable (to me at least).
Now, with all the good things out of the way, I CRINGED every time I saw an inconsistency with people's names, misspelled words, or grammatical errors. I mean, not enough to hate the book, but enough to make me stop and wonder if it had been edited. I know I have an early copy of the book so these mistakes must have been addressed in the later copies, but I did find myself going back and forward when a name came up that I didn't remember reading just to make sure it was the same person. It's a me thing, really. Misspellings and things like that take me out of the story a little and that was a little difficult with a story that had quite a few in a short amount of pages.
That being said, I honestly really liked this book. The story was sweet and the heroes were wonderful. I am definitely recommending it to some of the pre-teens in my life who I know will absolutely love it!(less)
I actually won an advanced reader's copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. It took me entirely too long to finish. Not because I didn't like...moreI actually won an advanced reader's copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. It took me entirely too long to finish. Not because I didn't like it or because it was boring. Real life just got in the way.
I absolutely loved this book. It was beautifully written. It was poetic and deep and complex and just wonderful. I loved the fact that McEwen made this character so in tune with her surroundings. Eve was always hearing colors and tasting feelings. And not in a crazy, tripped-out LSD way, but she is just very much aware of the world around her. Everything you experience from start to finish is seen through this lens of beautiful art. I mean, the imagery! It's amazing. And I think that has a lot to do with the fact that McEwen is an artist herself. She made art, and how important it is in dealing with the ups and downs of Eve's life, a central focus of the story. I think her love of art and artistic expression really comes through in the form of Eve and her three best friends.
In short, it was heartbreaking and wonderful all at once. I would definitely recommend it!(less)
I absolutely loved this book. I think the author did teenage angst and insecurity so well with Evie! The way the characters interacted and spoke and b...moreI absolutely loved this book. I think the author did teenage angst and insecurity so well with Evie! The way the characters interacted and spoke and behaved was just fantastic. I will definitely be looking into more of Blundell's works. If they're anything like this one, I'm sure I'll love it.
I loved this book. I chose to add it to my list of books to read, because 1. I love the time period the author is writing from and 2. I need a little...moreI loved this book. I chose to add it to my list of books to read, because 1. I love the time period the author is writing from and 2. I need a little fluff (and I mean that in the best possible way it can be meant) in my life! I loved the girls, they were all funny and witty. The plot was a little predictable, but it was a very fun book to read!(less)
There was at least one story line that ended in a way that I felt was unsatisfactory. It almost felt like she just ran out of paper for it. Otherwise,...moreThere was at least one story line that ended in a way that I felt was unsatisfactory. It almost felt like she just ran out of paper for it. Otherwise, I really liked it. I love Cole St. Clair!(less)
I'd like to think of Fallen (and books like it) as a big ol' heaping mess of junk food. It's not very good for you, but Good Lord, I'd like to see you...moreI'd like to think of Fallen (and books like it) as a big ol' heaping mess of junk food. It's not very good for you, but Good Lord, I'd like to see you turn it down! Unlike a lot of other people who are so obnoxious and pretentious, they can't *possibly* bring themselves to read anything other than a study on the human condition, I accept Fallen (and books like it) for what they are. Fun and frivolous entertainment. In which case, it did it's job! I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!(less)
I didn't rate it when I initially finished it, because I was still torn. I ended up giving it a four, because for the most part it was beautifully wri...moreI didn't rate it when I initially finished it, because I was still torn. I ended up giving it a four, because for the most part it was beautifully written. I think everyone reads and experiences a story from different viewpoints. Reading it as a Christian who knows and believes the absolute omnipotence AND benevolence of God, I didn't like his sacrilegious tone the book took on at times. I didn't buy Junior's thoughts about God and religion as his own. They weren't the thoughts of a 14 year old boy, whether he's white, black, red, yellow or green. They just weren't. I don't care HOW much trouble you've seen. It was obvious that the opinions expressed by Junior, where God was concerned were the author's. And being that this book is intended for teenagers, it felt like he had an agenda in making Junior so anti-God and Christianity. (less)