Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid is the first book in a series of chapter books focusing on Lizzie and McKenzie. Lizzie and McKenzie are two best friends with very distinct personalities. McKenzie is a deredevil who doesn’t back away from any challenge. Lizzie is girlier, and loves frilly things, dresses, jewelry. Despite their differences, they’re best friends and get along really well.
What starts out as a regular day for the girls soon changes when it starts raining and a rainbow puddle forms near their feet, growing bigger and bigger until it reveals Princess Lovina from Exquisite City, where it’s okay to be different. Princess Lovina enlists the girl’s help to stop The Same Glam Goddess, a goddess on a mission to make all the little girls of the world look the same.
She’s already cast a spell to accomplish her wicked plan, but to make the spell permanent she would need the Seven Crystals of Sisterhood. Now, Lizzie and McKenzie have to get to the crystals before the Same Glam Goddess does.
A very imaginative, entertaining story featuring two protagonists kids can easily relate to. The book has gorgeous artwork that accompanies the text and really makes the scene come alive. On the one hand, you get the feeling you’re reading a book, on the other hand it’s almost like watching a cartoon TV series about Lizzie, McKenzie, and the new friend they meet in Madrid, Lucia. With their fancy gadgets, it’s like watching an episode of Totally Spies or Sailor Moon, and the artwork only makes the book more engaging than it already is.
I would recommend this book to all kids from age lower grade and up. I look forward to the next book in the series....more
It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the Lockwood & Co series. I devoured The Screaming Staircase, absolutely loved The Whispering Skull, and even gave another 5 star rating to The Dagger in the Desk, a novella set in between both books. For some reason, I completely missed the release of the third book, The Hollow Boy, and maybe that put me on the wrong track for this next book, but somehow I felt like The Creeping Shadow missed some of the magic the previous books had.
Before reading this book, I often compared the series in my mind to Harry Potter. Lockwood & Co is the best series I’ve read since Harry Potter, and although it deals with ghosts and is vastly different from the Harry Potter books, it had the same magical qualities I found only in those books – as if the characters are so awesome, the worldbuilding so amazing, that it somehow transcends the ordinary world and becomes something new entirely.
But I didn’t really feel that anymore when reading The Creeping Shadow. It’s still a pretty good book, but heck, I even skipped parts this time. It’s way too long and some parts are dragged out – like when, spoiler alert, Lucy and Lockwood go get her skull back but then fail, and when they have to figure out who took the skull in the first place. I was three steps ahead of Luce and Lockwood, and that scene just dragged on and on.
It takes a while before the story finds itself, but when Lucy and Lockwood team up again (they’ve split up, Lucy working as a freelancer for a while) and accept the Aldbury Castle case, the pacing picks up and the story regain some of that lost magic.
Lucy and Lockwood have some moments, but I wish there’d be more. Loyal fans have been waiting for Lucy and Lockwood to hoop up for ages (I know there’s no romance but give me freaking romance!) and if all we get are some sweet moments, then WE NEED MORE OF THEM. More, for God’s sake!
The story was okay. I mean, the author is very creative (I know that from the previous books) and we get some cool action scenes and some scary ghosts (The Creeping Shadow being hands-down the scariest one) but the whole conspiracy angle threw me off, and I didn’t like it as much as I liked the ghost-fighting scenes and the actual cases Lockwood, Lucy & Co worked.
Either way, moving on, the skull, a trash-talking ghost-inhabited skull Lucy keeps in her backpack and carries around with her most of the time, is AWESOME. He’s the best character in this entire series, outshining even Lockwood. The skull is hilarious and I even laughed out loud at some of his snappy comments.
Now, while I don’t think the book is as awesome and amazing as the first book, I still enjoyed it a great deal, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series which will, unfortunately, be the last Lockwood book ...more
Emerge Beyond Circles whent above and beyond what I expected. Thuban-Pol is the latest in a lineage of Siberian witches. Her coven’s eternal aim is to guide humanity to true love, but in order to do so, they feel like three things must endure: sacrifice, perseverance and suffering, the last being the greatest of all. Since the dawn of humanity, they’ve summoned numerous couples, inflicting suffering on them with the intent to grow true love. They’ve never succeeded… But now they have their best opportunity yet.
A huge part of the book focuses on the characters’ relationships, and the author has managed to craft some very realistic and complex characters – both as individuals and couples. The book has a mystical, spiritual quality to it, and the plot is very compelling.
It’s not what you expect in terms of a fantasy book, but it turns out to be so much more. I can best describe it as a spiritual journey to find out what true love is. A truly compelling, engaging story....more
Zoysana’s Choice is an interesting coming-of-age fantasy novel in the style of Robin Hobb and Raymond E. Feist, with unforgettable characters and a plot that draws you in completely.
Zoe was found as a child living alone in the forest. She grew up in the castle, where she’s appreciated by everyone for her own merit. Her peaceful life is threatened when conflict arises in the king’s family, and she’ll have to decide where her loyalties lie.
Zoe goes back to her homeland, Kyabra, where she learns more about the ancient culture she is part of, and the hidden talents she has. Civil unrest brings her back to the castle she grew up in, but the cost for stopping a war is enormous, and Zoe is faced wih a dreadful choice.
I really liked Zoe. She was independent, resourceful, clever and caring, and she had tremendous strength. The story was strong, the writing solid, and the worldbuilding top-notch. I can’t wait for the next book in this series....more
One afternoon, TK woke up dead. Rather than returning for a second chance at life, he decided to stay a ghost, and haunt the living in his small Iowa town. There’s a lot more to TK and his life than you can guess at first, and as the story unravels, you find yourself more and more invested in his life.
TK died during a car accident. Then we’re taken back to the days before his accident, and what brought TK to that scene in the first place. TK is a very realistic, compelling character, well-crafted, sense of humor, and for a book heavy on characterization, that’s a plus. As a ghost, he meets other ghosts, each with their own life story and background that make them unique.
The plot was entertaining and different from what I expected, with a lot of twists I didn’t see coming. The supernatural elements were refreshing and original, and I really enjoyed this book – so much that I read it in on sitting....more
An interesting plot, definitely unique, and Emma makes an intriguing protagonist, the kind you can root for. However, sometimes the writing rambled on, and the book suffered from a few info-dumps, and repetitive scenes. ...more
The last installment in the Lizard Queen series is no doubt the most spectacular of all three volumes, offering a climax of events that was very impressive and kept me on the edge of my seat. The Lizard Queen Series Volume Three is the crowning glory of this epic saga that stretched across nine books, three volumes, and offered a vast, expansive fantasy world that I will always remember.
In the first part of the book, Time Goes Round, Amy has returned to her own world to pull herself together and regain some of her strength. Meanwhile, she discovers a few clues in her own world that could help her in the other world she has grown fond of. More than the other books, I thought this one focused on characters, as we now see Amy spend a lot of time in her own world too, but nevertheless, the plot made some progress too. Besides, focusing on characters isn’t bad – bringing Amy back to her own world helps show how much she’s grown and changed.
Then, in the next part, We Are The Waking, Amy and her friends are back on track to find out more about the prophecy and how exactly it will unfold. You can feel the end is near, that all dots are being connected, the mystery is close to being solved, loose ends are tied up. The action slowed down a little in this book, though, but this picked back up in the final installment, Root of the Rule.
I don’t want to spoil things, but book nine really pushed this volume from a 4 star to a 4,5 star read. It was epic. This whole series was epic.
I would definitely recommend fantasy fans check out the Lizard Queen series. You’ll be in for quite a few surprises, and you won’t be dissapointed at all. More like amazed....more
In The Travelers, protagonist Dagny lives a dangerous life. Dagny and her family are always on the run, using magic to stay safe and “travel” from one body to another, in an attempt to escape the enemy who is always just one step behind them. But then Dagny meets Marc, and dares to imagine a future: a future where she’s no longer running, where she’s living a normal life.
When her enemies start closing in, Dagny starts to wonder if she can ever have a normal life…and if she can really trust the boy she’s fallen in love with.
The writing was excellent, and Dagny and her family behaved very realistically, almost like real people. I particularly liked Dagny, but all the characters had something to offer, and brought an unique perspective to the table. The story unfolded nicely, one clue at a time, and kept me thoroughly entertained until the end....more
In Enlightenment, seventeen-year-old Thea wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager. She is anything but normal, though, as is revealed when she’s attacked by mysterious creatures she believed only existed in fairytales. Now she’s thrown into the realm of the Faey, where nothing is at it seems, darkness lurks around every corner, and she has no idea who to trust.
Oh my god, this book was amazing. Thea was awesome, just awesome. She had so much to learn, but instead of worrying, she just got right down to business. As usual in YA books, there’s a good deal of romance, and while the romance was a little fast for my tastes – I prefer the long, drawn-out build ups that can last for several books – I actually really liked the love interest and the chemistry he and Thea had in their scenes together. While all the characters were great, Thea and Isaac were my favorites. I particularly admired Thea’s courage and the great lengths she would go through to save her friends.
The world building was excellent. I want to know so much more about the world of the faey now, and I can’t wait to find out! The writing was wonderful, and I simply couldn’t put this book down. If you enjoy YA fantasy, I wholeheartedly recommend this book....more
In The Snows of Haz is a short, quick novella, that introduces readers to the mysterious town of Haz Gate. We meet characters like Esmine, who is suspected of murder when a wealthy stranger from the capital gets killed. We also meet Linna Nyx, a schoolteacher turned sleuth who has to dig through many deceptions to piece together the truth.
The protagonists are a strange duo, but that’s what makes the book work, and makes it unique. I particularly enjoyed the setting of Haz, the mysterious vibe that settled over the entire town, and the many deceptions and secrets it’s hiding. I enjoyed the characters too, in particular Linna, but I felt like some of the secondary characters could be fleshed out more. Maybe in a second book?
This was a dark, mysterious and suspenseful read with solid writing. Because it’s only a novella, it didn’t take too long to finish the book, but it did keep me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more books from this author....more
This book had everything I loved: ghosts, a paranormal show, romance. Unfortunately, it all felt rather bland, mostly due to the writing style, which was mechanical and boring. The first few spooky scenes were creepy, but it went downhill from there....more
I absolutely loved this book. Alina is a construct, something made by the fae queen, and she only has limited time left. All the characters were amazing, especially Reign and Alina! This was the second book in a series, and I didn’t read the first book, but I wanted to ever since I finished this one. An excellent read. ...more
Fain knows what loneliness looks like. What it feels like. But when a group of monsters befriends her, she is no longer lonely: now she has friends to go on adventures with. This is a beautiful story of a girl’s journey of self-discovery through her imagination....more
The Lizard Queen Volume Two picks up where the first volume left off, and once again, transports the reader back to an imaginary world that is vast and intriguing, and rich in lore and history. The language used is reminiscent of Spanish, which I studied for about two years as a hobby now about a decade ago – nevertheless, some of the words sounded vaguely familiar, and I enjoyed that familiarity. It made it easier to remember what was what, how to pronounce the words, and so on.
Amy has grown a lot compared to the start of the series. Her role in the fate of this world grows clearer, but at the same time stays covered in mystery.
Once again, this volume exists of three books. You Are The Dream, the fourth book in the series, puts Amy between two warring factions as she struggles to find out what she’s meant to do, what her role is. In A Wedge Between, as the title suggests, it grows increasingly tougher for Amy to figure out who she can trust and who she can’t. Meanwhile, Amy and her friends are still on the quest to find the Extiguos and piece together the prophecy, but the story grows increasingly darker and the enemies increasingly stronger, until this culminates in Amy having to battle a terrifying foe in Furious Angels, the last part of this volume.
The story is amazing, and at times, even breathtaking. The Amy we now encounter is vastly different from the Amy we met at the start, and although she’s still struggling, she has changed a lot. The world grows vaster and larger, and the threat goes increasingly stronger. The pacing is faster than in volume one, and we’re thrown into the action almost right away.
This is a strong fantasy series with memorable characters and excellent writing, and I look forward to reading the third volume....more
The Lizard Queen, Volume One, is actually a mammoth of a book combining the first three books in the Lizard Queen series, a collection of sorts. The books are: The Shrinkiing World, From the Ashes, and A Spectacular Lie.
In This Shrinking World, we’re introduced to our main character, Amy, a recently dicovered CEO who goes on a jog one day, comes across an orange lizard, and is transported to a world very different from her own. Here, evil awaits around every corner, strangely colored people claim she’s been sent to rescue their world, and there’s a bounty on her head.
While the idea of a modern-day person being sent into a fantasy world is by no means original, the author does manage to give the story a lot of different, original spins, making it an intriguing fantasy world. It all starts and falls with the main character, and Amy is most definitely intriguing. As a nearly forty-year-old woman, you wouldn’t think she’d make a good choice as protagonist, but she’s excellent. She’s mature, accepts help when she needs to, she’s clever, witty, and brave.
This book is pretty much an introduction, and it has a slow build up, as the author describes the setting, the world the heroine finds herself in, the rules of this world and its inhabitants. In the second book, From The Ashes, the plot really picks up. I don’t want to spoil the plot, since we’re already in the second part of the three-part volume here, but the pacing picks up, the characters grow and change, and evil comes closer.
The third book, A Spectacular Lie, closes off volume one. The author keeps on expanding the back story and adding more to the history of the world Amy finds herself in, and that makes the story richer and grander, a fantasy epic in the making.
This is an intriguing first volume in a well-crafted fantasy series, with expansive world-building and memorable characters. While Amy was my favorite, I liked the secondary characters – in particular her traveling companions – too. The first part is a bit slow to get through, but the pacing really picks up in part two and three....more
The Fool’s Apprentice reminded me of Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and The Fool Trilogy. The books are vastly different, but they both feature a fool as one of the primary characters. I loved Robin Hobb’s series, which I first read as a young child, so I was eager to read another book featuring a rather unconventional main character – the king’s fool.
So Denrikk has aspirations of becoming a knight. Unfortunately those dreams are ruined as he is chosen to be the king’s fool. He’s devastated, as he now believes he’ll never have a chance of winning princess Alendria’s heart. He reluctantly begins his training but soon learns that being the king’s fool means so much more than he thought it would be. When murder occurs within the castle walls and all evidence points toward Denrikk, he must utilize his new skills to prove his innocence.
I really liked Denrikk. His emotions were very realistic. I felt sorry for him at first, but loved seeing him grow and change as a character. The writing was very vivid, and the other managed to paint striking descriptions of the scenes in just a few sentences. I’ve grown fond of the world of Dragon’s Launch, and I hope Kelly Hess explores this world further in future books....more
When I was a child, I once read a fantasy book about airships. It was amazing, and for years afterward, I fantasized about a vast world where people could travel in airships, and cities existed in the clouds. The Sailweaver’s Son brought those memories back to me, and reminded me of that fantasy world I had once imagined – except this time around, it has some steampunk elements, and it’s called Etherium.
World building is one of the toughest aspects about writing fantasy novels. The sky is the limit, but if you provide no science as to why suddenly ships would be able to sail on the air, or why empires in the clouds exist, that will leave a void in your book. The author handles this well here – the reasons are explained without being too scientific. It’s kept simple and understandable, and gives the world, despite being a fantasy world, a certain sense of realism. The author also provided sufficient background on the history of Etherium without straying too far from the story.
Tak is an intriguing character. He’s accused of sabotage after an airship gets destroyed. If he wants to clear his name, Tak will need to visit the Gublins, ingenious creatures who dwell underground, find out how they’re involved in the air crash he got accused of, and what their ultimate plan is. Luckily, Tak isn’t alone on his journey, but it will force him to face who he truly is, and what choices he’s capable of making.
I liked Tak, but I also enjoyed the secondary characters, in particular Brieze. The writing was fluent, the story creative and imaginative, and I would definitely recommend this book to all middle graders, young adults, and even adults who enjoy fantasy fiction....more
The Moreva of Astoreth is an interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction. For me, the only downside to the book would be the cover. I just don’t connect with it. I know a lot of fantasy authors like these kind of 3D renderings of characters – and granted, finding stock images or something for a character looking like Moreva, is impossible, but still. I would’ve preferred an illustration above the current graphic on the cover.
That aside, they say don’t judge a book by its cover, and the contents of this book are pretty solid. The story goes like this: Moreva Tehi is the granddaughter of a powerful goddess. Because she refuses to do as the goddess says, she’s temporarily banished, and send to the far northern corner of the planet as punishment. There, she learns more about herself than she ever thought possible, tries to find a cure for the Red Fever tormenting her planet, and even falls in love.
A lot of things happen in the course of the book, but I don’t want to spoil them, so I kept the synopsis brief. Moreva is a strong character. At the beginning, she was quite annoying, and it felt like she was being rebellious just for the sake of it. But, as with all interesting characters, she changed and grew a lot throughout the book, and I started liking her more and more.
The author did a phenomenal job crafting worthy secondary characters too. Often, authors pour all their energy into crafting a well-rounded, three-dimensional main chareacter and then end up having boring, bland secondary characters. Here, the author obviously put a lot of effort into every single character, with strengths, weaknesses, and their very own personalities.
The world building was impressive too, especially since so much happens – and it all makes sense. Not once does the book venture into territory of the impossible – of course it’s fantasy so things that happen are impossible in real life, but I mean that it’s never impossible for the rules of this world.
It’s a truly impressive book. I would give it a 4 star rating, if not for the cover and for how the writing could be a little tighter in some places (for example, sometimes we do get a rather lengthy exposition of daily tasks that could be left out or shortened). But seriously, I really enjoyed this, and I think it would be a great read for every mature science fiction / fantasy fan....more
In the third adventure focusing on Fawn, Far and Yet So Near, Santa’s reindeer are being controlled by a mysterious stranger and mindlessly march off together to an abandoned cavern. Santa comes to the rescue, but in the heat of the moment, Fawn is reindeer-napped, and ends up in an English manor house near London. Will she ever return to the North Pole? Will her friends find her? And who is the mysterious stranger who wanted to kidnap the reindeers?
This is my favorite Fawn adventure so far. As with the other books, the writing is clear, fast-paced, and immediately pulls the reader into the story. Fawn has grown and changed as a character throughout the books, and I’m amazed by how different she is from book one, yet still somehow, she’s still the Fawn I’ve grown to care for.
The book is imaginative and suspenseful, and my favorite of the series so far. Kids will love this, especially now winter and Christmas time are coming up....more
I read the first book in the series, The Resistance: Leprechaun in April. I loved it, and gave it 4 stars, so I was looking forward to reading the sequel, The Resistance: Duchess. However, sometimes the second books in a series can be a huge let down, so I was also a bit worried.
I didn’t need to be. I enjoyed this book even more than the first.
Leprechauns are awesome. Seriously, ther are just not enough books about leprechauns. They have such a rich history in folklore and myth yet they’re hardly featured in nowadays YA lit, so I’m glad author Kristyn Stone is here to change that. In this book, Baylee, twin sister of Garritt, the protagonist from book one, takes center stage.
Baylee has to make some tough choices in this book which further explores the world of leprechauns, elves and humans. In typical YA fashion, there’s also some romance, a lot of difficult choices to make, and an intriguing cast of the characters. I can’t wait for the author’s next book....more
I knew I wanted to read The Blue Witch the moment it mentioned King Arthur, and the part about the Holy Grail. Going up, I was obsessed with the stories of Camelot, and all those brave knights riding out and trying to find the Holy Grail. So when I had the chance to read this book, I jumped at the opportunity.
This book is the second book in a series, the first being Spell Breaker. I didn’t read Spell Breaker, though, and I could follow the story well enough. Maybe I missed a few details here and there that I would’ve known if I had read book one, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the story.
Joni Parker has an easy writing style, that effortlessly transports the reader to an imaginative world, and brings to life various characters, the most important one being Alex. Alex is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve read about as of late – she’s a witch, also trained as a soldier, and she’s the Keeper of the Keys for the Council of Elders. More than that, she’s an interesting person, intelligent, resourceful, brave.
The dialogue flows well, the story is imaginative and detailed but still fast-paced, and the characters are intriguing and complex. I don’t want to give too much away about the plot, but this book has it all: elves, witches, magic, war. I would recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys fantasy....more
I had no expectations coming in and reading Song of the Oceanides – the combination of Martians, Martian hummingbird moths, sea nymphs, and artists, seemed like it could either go extremely wrong or extremely right. It certainly didn’t sound like any books I had ever read before. Turns out, it all worked out rather well, and even if the combination of all those different characters sounds implausible, it’s actually a very intriguing story that interconnects these different characters.
What connects the characters primarily is the Song of the Oceanides. Completely explaining what it is would spoil some elements from the book, but it connects two stranded girls, one of them a Martian named Emmylou, with a comic book artist named Giacomo Venable, and with Rory Slocum, a young man relentlessly tormented by sea nymphs.
The characters had a lot of depth and personality, particularly Giacomo. The story surprised me quite a few times, and although it took a while to read the book (it’s a huge tome at 766 pages), I enjoyed it....more
I was hooked when I read the synopsis that said the story is set on the North Pole. Fawn is the main character (hence the series title), and she’s a reindeer – the daughter of Comet and Vixen, the famous reindeers of Santa, to be precise. She spends most her time alone in the stables at Santa’s Village, and she’s dreadfully bored. Although her parents warn her she’s too young to go out exploring on her own, Fawn sneaks out anyway, eager to meet some new friends and participate in some fun adventures. But she finds more than just adventures outside Santa’s Village – she also finds danger, and unexpected surprises.
I loved the cast of colorful characters that Fawn got to meet during her adventures. The key element of the story is friendship, and some of the messages Fawn gets taught during the course of the book are very inspiring.
A fun book that children will enjoy, and that sets everyone in the mood for the holiday season....more
In The Ona Pendulum, the adventures of Fawn continue as an evil, former elf Princess, is trying to destroy The Ona Pendulum – a device that enables Santa, his elves and reindeer, to live for hundreds of years. It’s up to Fawn and her friends to save Santa… and Christmas!
This is an enchanting story about the origins of Christmas, the bravery of a few young friends, and how they might be able to save Christmas. The writing is whimsical and fun, and although the book is on the longer side, I’m sure kids will love it....more
An amazing, lush read with excellent characters and slow-burning romance. Think X-Men meets the Victorian era, and you’re somewhat on track, although the book is much more than that. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to just about anyone. Go read it. NOW....more
All right, before I begin reviewing Glass Sword, let me start by saying that I loved Red Queen. I even gave it 5 stars in my review. I was entranced by the world building, a smart mix of scifi/dystopian and epic fantasy, I loved Mare, I adored Maven, even if he turned out to be of the not-so-good-guy variety, and I liked Cal. Needless to say, I was thrilled when the sequel was released, and I purchased a copy almost right away.
And then, Glass Sword turned out to be the biggest dissapointment of the year. Maybe of several years, if I’m being honest.
The book lacks just about everything. All the elements that made Red Queen an engaging, spellbinding book, are now gone. It’s like the author stopped pouring effort into it, and just wrote down word after word without meaning.
Glass Sword has tons of action scenes, but they’re so dull, I skimmed through several pages just to get through them. Maybe they’d look good on the big screen, but ten pages of action scenes in this book just didn’t work for me. This was partly because I couldn’t relate to the characters anymore.
Mare was amazing in book one. I loved her. Now? She’s cold, arrogant, very repetitive, and pretty much thinks she’s the most special cookie in the bunch. She mentions she’s this dangerous weapon and people should be afraid of her….oh, just about once every page. She’s growing very dark in this book, but it doesn’t make much sense the way she does it. She doesn’t question the things she should be questioning, she doesn’t trust anyone anymore, and she barely feels a connection to her family, although they should be most important to her.
The whole recruitment process of Silver/Reds (people with Red blood, Silver abilities, like Mare) is dull and boring, and for a large part it’s because none of the characters are even remotely interesting. No one is interesting. They’re all bland, boring, and I skipped more paragraphs than I read, by the time I got to the end of the book. It was all so predictable too. I could pretty much guess what would happen about one hundred pages before it actually happened.
The book’s major problems are: lack of connection to the characters, lack of likeable characters, and repetition. I’ve never seen a book that repeats itself this often. Mare’s narrative has gone from interesting to so dull you could fall asleep. The story also never moves forward. Sure, they recruit some Newbloods, as they dub the Reds with Silver abilities, but that doesn’t really bring the story forward. It’s only until the end when the story moves forward a little – a little, I say.
Mare acts like a Mary Sue. She’s a super special cookie and deserves special treatment. It’s not troublesome that she is – she is the Lightning Girl, after all, and like Katniss in the Hunger Games series that makes her a symbol of a revolution -but it’s troublesome that she’s so convinced of this, and keeps repeating it! It makes her come across as extremely arrogant. I wanted Maven to come and just kill her more than once throughout the book.
The only somewhat redeemable character left by the end of the book is Kilorn. I still sort of like him. The others are so bland and boring they could’ve been replaced by stick figures.
Oh, and Maven. At least he stands out from the crowd by being wicked.
I’m utterly dissapointed in this book, and how it differed from Red Queen, both in writing style, character’s narrative and strengths, and lack of romance. I’m not sure if I’ll ever pick up the third book. Maybe, since it features Maven....more
In Dragon Called, Liliana is a young woman, of noble birth, in a world reminiscent of the middle ages. When her parents take her to a ball, she doesn’t expect it will be a life-changing vent: but it is. She’s swept into a betrothal with a man who is believed to be crazy. Liliana must choose between staying in a nation build on lies, or step into the world, which is far bigger than she ever could’ve imagined.
Liliana was a strong, loveable character. She grew up a lot throughout the book, turning from a rather clueless damsel into a strong, capable young woman. The author managed to describe the settings in tremendous detail, making the reader feel as if they’re really there. The world is very vast too, with different kingdoms Liliana gets to explore or hear about, and a bunch of magical creatures that she gets to meet.
A spellbinding blend of fantasy and intrigue. I already look forward to the sequel....more
In Raising Sleeping Stones, 11-year-old Kiva Stone spends the majority of her time training for one of the five town guilds. She doesn’t have time to play, let alone dream. When Kiva and her sister DeeDee uncover a plot to get rid of them, their only hope is a mysterious group of people who get unimaginable powers from their dreams. As they are taught secret dreaming techniques that have been forbidden for centuries, enemies flock around them.
As in most fantasy books, the characters go on a quest of self-discovery and meanwhile explore the world around them. Despite that, the book feels very original, the world building is solid, and the characters are intriguing. Kiva, and also DeeDee, go through a lot of character growth throughout the book. They’re not the same people at the end as they were at the start. The proces is gradual, but as a reader, you can feel it.
The world building really impressed me. The writing was fast-paced and I was completely engrossed in the story from the moment I started reading.
The book is ideal for middle graders and young adults, and offers a rich, lush fantasy setting and engaging story....more
In the second book in the Lemurian Chronicles, author Perry Morris continues where he left off with the story of Renn and Avaris – two boys marked by the gods to become powerful magic users. Chaos Rising continues their journeys, each of them on their own path, yet forever connected. For my review of book one, Children of the Blessing, go here.
Avaris travels to the heart of the Cragg Caves, home of horrifying beasts and demons ,to rescue his sister and best friend from slave labor in the underground mines. But while getting out of the caves alive is going to be troublesome at best, it’s made even worse because he’s being hunted down by an army of evil magic users, with an assigment to kill him before he can fully learn how to use his powers.
In book one, I loved Avaris the most, and I still feel that way. He has the most intriguing storyline of the both of them, and he has the most depth and personality. Not to say I didn’t like Renn, I just liked Avaris slightly more.
Anyway, in the mean time, Renn is studying at the castle on Elder Island, under the watchful eye of the lore masters. But he too is in danger – a traitor is in their midst, and his job is to eliminate Renn, under command of Shamal Daro, the Grand Warlock.
Again, this book is filled with so much creativity and imagination. The characters are both on a journey, and they develop and change so much, growing into the people they’re meant to be. Meanwhile, the plot is spectacular – fast-paced, with many unexpected twists and turns, and once I started, I couldn’t stop reading.
I can only hope Perry Morris finishes the third book in the series soon....more