After reading Sarah Alderson's book "Hunting Lila", I went into Fated with high expectations.
How did that fare, you ask?
Well, Fated was certainly a go...moreAfter reading Sarah Alderson's book "Hunting Lila", I went into Fated with high expectations.
How did that fare, you ask?
Well, Fated was certainly a good little book, however I felt as though it ended too soon. I think it might have been a combination of the 2 points of view, along with the fact that it was essentially setting up the series for the most part. That being said, I certainly found myself hooked.
There were a few twists I didn't see coming, and some butt kicking characters - if you enjoyed "Hunting Lila" (which I'm sure would be just about everyone considering this book), you won't be disappointed.
I cannot wait to read more by this wonderful author!(less)
Such an interesting read! Definitely a bargain for $2. It was great to read about Six and her past, it cleared up a few questions I had regarding her...moreSuch an interesting read! Definitely a bargain for $2. It was great to read about Six and her past, it cleared up a few questions I had regarding her knowledge of the Mogadorians and the Garde. Now I just need to patiently wait for The Power of Six to arrive in the post...(less)
Hunting Lila was awesome. It's not often that I'll purchase a book on my Kindle, and then go and fork out mor...moreWHOA!
I WANT MORE!
Hunting Lila was awesome. It's not often that I'll purchase a book on my Kindle, and then go and fork out more money for a paper copy. It says a lot about what I think of a book. My boyfriend caught me with it and raised an eyebrow, all he got was a "BUT IT'S SO GOOOOOOD! (I'm supposed to be saving for a holiday, you see).
I'm not going to write a long review, because I know I won't express my love of this book enough without becoming a raving loony, and I know no one wants to see that.
Alex; can I have one? Yes? Awesome. Thanks! That boy did things to me that no fictional character has done before (yes, I am aware of how that may sound, get your minds out of the gutter! Tsk tsk). I may or may not be in love.
And Lila. Dear Lila. I loved her! There's really not much more I can say.
A brilliant book. If you're stuck in a rut - PICK THIS ONE UP! (less)
*Please note: The quotes used below are taken from an Advanced Review Copy of the book. The content may differ in the actual published version.
When I...more*Please note: The quotes used below are taken from an Advanced Review Copy of the book. The content may differ in the actual published version.
When I began reading 'Shatter Me' I wasn't too sure what to expect. It helped that only two of my fellow Goodreaders had read the book, one who loved it and one who didn't love it, so I went into it feeling fairly neutral and open minded.
I will say here and now that I was absolutely hooked from the very first line. This review will be a long one - there are so many passages that gripped me, and I want to share them with you. Tahereh Mafi has such a beautiful writing style - it was lyrical, so different and unique and utterly original. I loved the way she was able to convey Juliette's conflicting emotions, you know, head versus heart, or "this is what they tell you but this is how it is", with the way she struck out words or lines, for example;
It's a home, a center for troubled youth, for neglected children from broken families, a safe house for the psychologically disturbed. It's a prison.
The way she described emotions and feelings by comparing them to nature conjured up some gorgeous imagery, and she did it in such a great way, constantly leaving me entranced. A couple of examples;
The sun drops into the ocean and splashes browns and reds and yellows and oranges into the world outside my window. A million leaves from a hundred different branches dip in the wind, fluttering with the false promise of flight. The gust catches their withered wings only to force them downward, forgotten, left to be trampled by the soldiers stationed just below.
I step into the slight breeze and clutch a fistful of wind as it weaves its way through my fingers. Bliss unlike anything I've ever known. The air is crisp and cool. A refreshing bath of tangible nothing that stings my eyes and snaps at my skin. The sun is high today, blinding as it reflects the small patches of snow keeping the earth frozen. My eyes are pressed down by the weight of the bright light and I can't see through more than just two slits, but the warm rays wash over my body like a jacket fitted to my form, like the hug of something greater than a human. I could stand in this moment forever. For one infinite second I feel free.
Sometimes sentences are long and without commas which I had initially thought was a grammatical oversight, however I was quick to realise it was just a tool to allow the reader to grasp Juliette's reactions and better understand her emotions. Words were repeated when she's nervous, excited, scared etc.;
His lips his lips his lips his lips his lips
(go figure which of the three this is, ha!)
I think this is something that readers are going to either love or hate. I personally am for the former, I just felt as though it made Juliette feel that much more real, it was clever. Everything flows, the transitions are easy, I just couldn't get enough of it.
When we are first introduced to Juliette, she is broken. She has been kept locked away, in solitary confinement, for 264 days. She was trying to help an innocent person and despite her good intentions, they ended up dead. She feels so alone, her thoughts are filled with sorrow and fear - my heart broke for her. Despite everything she's been through, though, she's so good. She doesn't hate, yes, she's confused, but she is still so human. She doesn't wallow in self pity, she just wants change. She wants to love. She wants to feel wanted.
I always wonder about raindrops. I wonder about how they're always falling down, tripping over their own feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble right out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors. I am a raindrop.
Sometimes I think the loneliness inside of me is going to explode through my skin and sometimes I'm not sure if crying or screaming or laughing through the hysteria will solve anything at all. Sometimes I'm so desperate to touch to be touched to feel that I am almost certain I'm going to fall off a cliff in an alternate universe where no one will ever be able to find me. It doesn't seem impossible. I've been screaming for years and no one has ever heard me.
The world is flat. I know because I was tossed right off the edge and I've been trying to climb back up for seventeen years but it's nearly impossible to beat gravity when no one is willing to give you a hand. When no one wants to risk touching you.
As you would expect, there is, of course, a bad guy here. His name is Warner. He's evil, he's manipulative, he's sleazy. His father is the leader of a group called The Reestablishment - the group who have taken control of the population, the food, resources and government. The Reestablishment had come in guns blazing, taking over in an effort to convince the masses that their way was the only way to survive. Without much else to do and having little way to fight back, society crumbled - what with diseases destroying the population, food being hard to find, the absence of birds that fly, and clouds that are the wrong color.
Warner believes that by 'saving' Juliette from a life in a cell, by convincing her to help him torture trouble makers, he will gain better control over the people. He is cold and harsh and craves power. Everything a bad guy should be. The thing is, he's 19 and incredibly good looking. If you weren't so repulsed by him, you'd be attracted to him. I personally hated the guy. As the book progressed though, his layers (if you will) are peeled back and you begin to understand him and the reason for his actions better. I actually ended up feeling a little sorry for him.
His glassy green eyes glint in my direction. "Are you not hungry?" Words dipped in sugar. His gloved hand touches my wrist and I nearly sprain it in my haste to distance myself from him. I could eat every person in this room. "No, thank you." He licks his bottom lip into a smile. "Don't confuse stupidity for bravery, love. I know you haven't eaten anything in days." Something in my patience snaps. "I'd really rather die than eat your food and listen to you call me love," I tell him.
"I like my clothes," I tell him. I'd like to punch you in the eye, is what I don't tell him. Warner's smile slides back into place. "No one asked you what you like, love. Now eat. I need you to look your best when you stand beside me."
I'm very interested to see where things go with him in book 2.
Of course, what good is a young adult book these days without a swoon worthy male? Cue Adam Kent. Adam is a complex individual, with a past as emotional and upsetting as Juliette's. He's gorgeous, sensitive, toned and tough. He’s compassionate and caring and has secrets of his own. He and Juliette have a past, not the kind you may think. I don't want to delve into it as it was such an emotional story, revealed in bits and pieces, something that I want everyone else to have the opportunity to learn themselves.
Two tips of two fingers graze my cloth-covered shoulder for less than a second and every muscle every tendon in my body is fraught with tension and tied in knots that clench my spine. I stay very still. I don't move. I don't breathe. Maybe if I never move, this feeling will last forever.
I open my eyes and he's standing right in front of me. My heart is a field of lilies blooming under a pane of glass, pitter-pattering to life like a rush of raindrops. His jaw is as tights as his eyes as tight as his fists as tight as the strain in his arms. "You've always known?" Three whispered words and he's broken my dam, unlocked my lips and stolen my heart all over again. I can hardly feel the tears streaming down my face.
I stare at the strength in his jaw, in his eyes, in his body. I try to understand the confidence he has in who he thinks I am and realise his reassurance is the only thing stopping me from diving into a pool of my own insanity. He's always believed in me. Even soundlessly, silently, he fought for me. Always.
I honestly loved this book. I cannot wait for more, I mean, the ending was great but wow! Hurry up book 2! Such a great debut for Tahereh Mafi, I can hardly believe that it is only her first published book.
Loved this one, it wasn't quite as 'scary' as the first, but I flew through it. I think it took me under a day to read so I can't complain. I'm really...moreLoved this one, it wasn't quite as 'scary' as the first, but I flew through it. I think it took me under a day to read so I can't complain. I'm really looking forward to see where things are taken with respect to Violet's 'gift' in the next book, it's definitely going to be good. I can't wait for more! (less)
A fun, laugh out loud, yet scary (in parts) read. Some awesome characters, and a storyline different from the majority of paranormal reads I've come a...moreA fun, laugh out loud, yet scary (in parts) read. Some awesome characters, and a storyline different from the majority of paranormal reads I've come across this year. I loved Evie, bleeping awesome. And Lend was adorable. That's all I want to say for now :o)
Hex Hall was everything I hoped, and more. Such a witty, giggle inducing read that left me tearing through it's pages eager to find out what would hap...moreHex Hall was everything I hoped, and more. Such a witty, giggle inducing read that left me tearing through it's pages eager to find out what would happen next.
Sophie Mercer has been sent to Hecate Hall, a school for misfits in the magical world - prodigium as they are referred to in this book. She's been to more schools than she can count, and just wants to fit in, but when she's roomed with a Vampire and discovers her father is the man to 'blame' (as far as Hex Hall's students are concerned) for their compulsory attendance, fitting in isn't going to be easy. One thing is for sure though - after a first day with events ranging from making three powerful enemies to developing a crush on the schools resident hottie Archer Cross *swoon*, is certainly going to make things interesting.
When people start getting hurt in attacks that hint that a vampire was the offender, Sophie's only friend and roommate is the key suspect. Sophie cannot help but feel her friend is innocent, but what can you do when students and teachers alike won't believe you?
What follows is a series of twists and turns, and a cliffhanger you won't see coming. I know I was left feeling dumbstruck once I'd finished the book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of book two. Thank you Rachel Hawkins for one heck of a read. Now, if you haven't read it, go get yourself a copy. STAT! :o)(less)
Well, after reading the first two books, I had high expectations for The Sorceress, and yet again I am very glad to say I was not disappointed.
At the...moreWell, after reading the first two books, I had high expectations for The Sorceress, and yet again I am very glad to say I was not disappointed.
At the end of book two, Nicholas Flamel was devestated as he watched his beloved Paris crumble to the ground. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel knows he played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel has to protect them and the pages of the Codex from the Dark Elders.
Due to their constant inablility to capture Dee and retrieve the Codex, Nicholas is growing weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent — the sister sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it. Josh appears to be beginning to succumb to the power of the sword - and that is not what any of them need in their current situation.
If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic of Water. The problem? The only Elder who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is known to be quite insane.
Yet another fast paced, action filled book by Michael Scott. I cannot wait to read book 4, The Necromancer! Out May 2010.(less)
Just as good as book one, if not a touch better. It had been over a year since I had read The Alchemyst, I never felt as though I needed to go back an...moreJust as good as book one, if not a touch better. It had been over a year since I had read The Alchemyst, I never felt as though I needed to go back and re-read the first book. I was just as impressed second time around, this is set to be a great series!
Picking up right where book one left off - Josh, Sophie, Nicholas, and Scatty have used a Leygate in Ojai to return to Nicholas' hometown - Paris.
Dr. John Dee is as persistent as ever, and is still only a few steps behind them. Sophie has had her powers Awakened by the Goddess Hekate and is learning to harness her skills in the magic of Air. Nicholas is enthusiastic in his belief that Sophie is ready to take the next step and begin training in the elemental magic of Fire.
Book two has a lot of Dee's partner, Niccolo Machiavelli. He is just as evil (if not slightly more deceptive). We also meet Comte de Saint-Germain and his wife Joan (revealed to be Joan of Arc), a friend of the Witch of Endor and now ally to Nicholas and the twins. Dee - as ruthless as ever - tries to sway the twins, working more so on Josh, in an attempt to bring them over to his side. We also flash back and forth to Perenelle, still trapped in Alcatraz, but unfaltering in her determination to find a way out.
After such a great read full of twists and turns, The Magician is sure to leave readers of the series wanting more - and for that, we turn to book three - The Sorceress. (less)