I loved the writing style in this book. I want more 3rd person POV! And this is the first fairy book I've read all the way through that I've enjoyed!I loved the writing style in this book. I want more 3rd person POV! And this is the first fairy book I've read all the way through that I've enjoyed! It was fun, but still had substance. ...more
Originally reviewed on my blog CLICK HERE (also, video review of the first 3 books)
OH MY WHAT THE BALUGA WHALE IS THIS BOOK. It is amazing and weird aOriginally reviewed on my blog CLICK HERE (also, video review of the first 3 books)
OH MY WHAT THE BALUGA WHALE IS THIS BOOK. It is amazing and weird and all of that. I really don’t want to ruin the ending because it’s the journey getting there that makes it fun even though I had predicted it since book one. I’m not saying that to sound sassy or smart or anything. But even knowing, it didn’t mean that I didn’t find some parts of the book to be UTTERLY WEIRD. Outside of that little bit, this book was AMAAAAZING. Every character had an important role to play and it was written so SO well. The plot twist in this one was HOLY WOW AMAZING. I think there was more than one, but it was all good as gold....more
Meh. The MC is so freaking whimsical. That's great and all, but there isn't anything that exciting or climactic in this novel compared to other mermaiMeh. The MC is so freaking whimsical. That's great and all, but there isn't anything that exciting or climactic in this novel compared to other mermaid books I've read (Mermaid's Mirror)...more
I’ve heard some not-so-nice things about this one, but it’s the one that really got me into this series. PartOriginally reviewed on my blog CLICK HERE
I’ve heard some not-so-nice things about this one, but it’s the one that really got me into this series. Particularly when Isabel tells Clary that she needs to be more assertive in making Simon and Jace not argue and hate each other so much. Isabel, you are the best and I want to be best friends with you. Clary, stop being so weird about being friends with here. GOSH. I think what got me into this series was the part when Clary does stand up for herself against Valentine. And I know this is the novel when Jace gets all sulky and “WEH, BUT SHE’S MY SISTER.” I cried when he was talking to Maryse about family. Really....more
Cassel does a lot of “Am I doing good?” questioning. A lot of “How do I keep it together?” and trying to maintain control (power) over his life. Of course, he ends up making decisions for a few other people so there’s the, “Am I doing what’s right for this person?” question.
You know, kid stuff. (sarcasm)
I love every single character in this novel. Well, maybe not Patton. Or the Feds. Well, maybe some of the feds. By the way, don’t you think Adam Baldwin would make a great Agent Jones? And Elizabeth McGovern would make a great Shandra Sharpe.
I haven’t read a book in quite some time that has kept me on my toes like Black Heart did! That’s what I love about Holly Black’s writing. I mean, she doesn’t give you cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, but she keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through. I didn’t once think, “Yeah, this is what’s going to happen,” because it totally went another direction. Let Cassel be your guide!
Also, Lila Lila Lila Lila Lila. Just Lila. Okay, cool.
Also, I have a place in my heart for Barron. No matter how messed up he may be, he seems like he just needs a break....more
And now, "How to read Scorpio Races without really trying"--
First, you must not try to devour this book in one sitting. You’ll hurt yourself.
This book is not a fast paced book. It’s basically a folklore turned into a novel. It’s carefully written and well executed.
Second, let this novel happen to you.
The beginning was really confusing to me for some reason or another, but there came a time in which I just let go and let the story unfold.
Maggie Stiefvater understands why people read, and therefore writes to help the reader get lost in the worlds she creates. I caught myself thinking it was November a few times this week. That is how good this author is.
Third, THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE NOVEL.
Thank goodness? I mean, I need a break every once and a while from the mushy-mushy that is YA romance and love triangles. BUT I SHIP SO HARD....more
The first few chapters reminded me a lot of the Harry Potter books, but then it spun into its own wonderful story. There are some really great and solThe first few chapters reminded me a lot of the Harry Potter books, but then it spun into its own wonderful story. There are some really great and solid characters as well as unforeseen twists and turns. One involving Henry and Adam pretending to be servant boys and taking a train into Nordland to spy at the Partisan School.
I enjoyed the story quite well. A lot of it is Henry discovering new things that will lead up to a possible conflict between Nordland and the Britonian Isles. This includes finding out who his parents are and where he came from.
There’s quite a bit of mystery as well as a bit of action in this novel. And several secret clubs. I particularly enjoyed the Battle Society at Knightley. Even though you could say that it is similar to Dumbledore’s Army in Harry Potter, it is a different group. These boys know that they will have to go to war, fight and lose quite a few lives.
The characters in this book will surprise you from how they act and how some of them (re)appear. Henry becomes friends with some unlikely people, I would say. There’s a very neat moment in which he decides that he shouldn’t just stick to his trio and branches out to become friends with other people in his year. It’s such a beautiful moment because it reminds me of when I was a freshman in a small university. There were people who knew one another already and so getting to know them could have been deemed difficult, but I tried and succeeded.
This is one of those books that I sat down and read in about two sittings. There were some slow times and the story didn’t really resolve. It is the second book in the series, so I’m sure the third will give a bang. That’s just want Violet Haberdasher does, right? The Secret Prince is more about building relationships and self-discovery and more life-threatening situations than finding a resolve to Henry’s story. It had an ending that tells the reader that this is the calm before the storm.
I am really not trying to spoil, but there are some bits that will rock your world, some parts will scare you, and there will be at least one bit that will make you cry. And the latter is about a character that you would have never thought because he seems so hateful at times.
I would recommend Knightley Academy: The Secret Prince to anyone who read the first book and wants more of Henry’s story. Also, to anyone who wants to read a rather intelligent Middle Grades novel....more
As one can tell from the summary from the book jacket, this novel is full of suspense and magic. It’s not Harry Potter or anythReview on Elizziebooks
As one can tell from the summary from the book jacket, this novel is full of suspense and magic. It’s not Harry Potter or anything fantasy. Imagine Donnie Brasco, but with magic. If you’ve never seen Donnie Brasco, it’s about a guy who goes undercover in a mob. Cassel doesn’t really go undercover, but he does attempt to infiltrate his brothers’ evil plans.
I thought the characters in this book were very original. Sure, there were a lot of people who were afraid of the curse workers, and I guess you could compare that to the Red Scare. But there were people kind enough to be friends with Cassel (even though he didn’t know any magic).
Cassel is the kind of kid that you would never assume to rise up and be a hero. He’s a laid back guy who likes being the school bookie. Students bet on life of other students’ pets, teacher relationships, and just the oddest things. Cassel is also faced with a lot of dramatic circumstances. His dad is dead and his mom is in jail (for working a guy). His brothers are involved in the Zacharov crime family.
As far as the other characters, I found Cassel’s family and friends to be very solid people. There are some characters that will surprise you. SPOILERS! *snaps book shut*
The setting is in south New Jersey, I believe. Seems to be the right place for a curse working crime family! Oh, stereotypes of the northeastern U.S.
I thought the overall writing was quite amazing. I just expected a book about… Well, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve never read anything by Holly Black before. I’ve seen a review of this book, but the only think I recalled before reading was that the main character had a funny name. I found the story to be nothing like anything I’ve ever read before. Magic and crime?! Who thinks of these things?! The genius of Holly Black.
I would recommend this to anyone who like stories about mob families, crime families, suspense, and doesn’t mind a bit of gore here and there....more
I liked the storyline, but there were some inconsistencies with how mature Bran is. one line, he'll be quite wise, and in the next, he'll be 14 again.I liked the storyline, but there were some inconsistencies with how mature Bran is. one line, he'll be quite wise, and in the next, he'll be 14 again. There was still the fast-pace, which I ADORE. I loved every single character, and the "bad guys" were much better in this one. The Specters didn't play as big of a part as I thought they would, but they were still really creeptastic. ...more
Holy crap! This book is fantastic. I love it, so very much. There were some random capitalization of letters/words and maybe a few grammatical errorsHoly crap! This book is fantastic. I love it, so very much. There were some random capitalization of letters/words and maybe a few grammatical errors here and there (very very few). The story is told flawlessly. I loved the melodramatics of some of the characters. Sewey cracked me up. And Rosie's line about heroes was very Spiderman-esque. Oh dear, I just can't tell you how amazing this book is. It's the cure to my Post-Potter Depression!...more