A cute little story about a bunch of privileged teen spies when one of them falls in love with a cute boy from town.
I kept waiting for this story to fA cute little story about a bunch of privileged teen spies when one of them falls in love with a cute boy from town.
I kept waiting for this story to focus on something else rather than just the boy, but that was pretty much it and I think that that was my main problem with this book.
I mean, these girls are so smart and have all these amazing skills, so I really wanted to see them on a dangerous mission, kicking some ass, saving the day (perhaps the world!), but it never happened.
I'm sure this is just a first-book-in-a-long-series "problem" though, and I might read the next one, even if it's just to prove myself right.
I was also intrigued by Cammie's dad story (there must be A LOT more to it), and her mom is one of those memorable secondary characters that I wish I could know more about. Same thing for Macey, the improbable new best friend....more
You guys, I am in a state of complete awed shock. DWJ really was Something Else. I mean, how can someone even come up with a story like this and thenYou guys, I am in a state of complete awed shock. DWJ really was Something Else. I mean, how can someone even come up with a story like this and then actually write it down the way she did, and just... HOW?? DWJ, everybody.
Most retellings don’t give the reader that much novelty or twists and turns, the story is already played out, lined-up, ready for a couple of adjustments and voilá--you've got a story. Except this was so not how DWJ worked. She was a creative genius, a master storyteller and an absolutely terrific, unrivaled writer, which brings me to the point that Fire and Hemlock in no way is just a modern take on Tam Lin, the guy who is trapped by an evil fey queen and in need of rescue from the maiden who is his true love, nope, Fire and Hemlock is all that and much more. DWJ gives the original tale so many clever twists and turns, plus a general uniqueness to all the things happening that this story might as well be a whole new one.
That said, I don’t think I can talk about the story itself because I always get reviewer’s block when it comes to favorite fantasy authors, but I will say this:
1. Polly Whittacker was an absolute delight to get to know and follow along this epic journey, I loved to see her grow and mature from this smart, so smart, perceptive, resourceful little girl into an exceptional young woman who is all those things and then some.
And 2. I still cannot believe that DWJ was able to tell me story where there's no romance at all for like 90% of the narrative, I mean, you don’t even *think* about romance when you’re reading this book, because it’s never a possibility whatsoever since this is the story of a child/teenager, who’s trying to help her dear friend, who btw was already an adult when she was 10, so obviously for me this book was just that, the tale of a kid who’s brave enough to stand up to evil adults in order to help an adult friend, and then BAM! out of nowhere (ha) DWJ hits me across the face, completely destroying my feelings with actual intense, be-still-my-heart romance. HOW. Listen, I know this probably sounds strange and even a little bit creepy, but LISTEN, it's really not when you read the book.
Absolutely recommend it. Come stay in shock with me. ...more
I literally screamed when I opened the NetGalley email entitled “Sent on behalf of Disney Book Group” and read that my request for Poison by Bridget ZI literally screamed when I opened the NetGalley email entitled “Sent on behalf of Disney Book Group” and read that my request for Poison by Bridget Zinn had been accepted---screamed--- because I was really, really crossing my fingers to get my greedy eyes on this one, I mean, have you guys read the synopsis? Sounds like so much fun and angst, wrapped up in a fairytale-ish blanket, plus there was the promise of a too-cute sidekick pig---gimme, gimme, gimme! *A*
The whole story is quite straight to the point and deliciously fast paced---what I mean is, there’s always something going on with or around Kyra, the main character---almost as if boring moments were not allowed in Poison.
The book starts with Kyra attempting to steal a potion from what used to be her home, which ends up with her having to put to use some of her rather extraordinary skills, like: throwing poisonous needles, fleeing, and smarting people in general. Turns out she’s the most wanted person in the kingdom at the moment because, hear this, she tried to kill her best friend, who is no other than the Princess, failed, and is still trying to do it, once she finds out where she’s hiding.
Funny how I kept caring and rooting for this heroine who had attempted murder and theft, but I just couldn’t help it. Kyra is likable, determined, self-sufficient, and brave beyond her tender sixteen years, and besides, I knew there had to be a very good reason for her actions---a mystery I just had to keep reading to unveil.
After that first scene, Kyra sets off on an adventure to find the Princess, along with Rosie, the heart melting little pig who can track people through scent, and also this charming young man, Fred, who keeps crossing her path. As the story unfolds, Kyra’s past and motives are slowly revealed, leaving a trail of surprises until the very end.
Above all, I enjoyed Poison’s world building, the concept of the Master Trio Potioners, and I was also quite pleased with the way witches were added to the story---I hate it when they are always the evil party (not the case in this book).
The less positive: I think that the characters and the scenes in general could have used a bit more of development, but then again for me Poison is better suited for middle-grade readers than young-adults, thus making my “less positive” point invalid.
Summing up: a fun, purposeful adventure, a lovely heroine, a I-want-it-for-myself sidekick, and sweet, even if scarce, romance---reading this book was just like watching a Disney animation.
(I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, many thanks, you guys!)
This book wasn't bad, but it was somehow disappointing. The heroine is a bit silly at times, and maybe a little too much obsessed with food. But my heThis book wasn't bad, but it was somehow disappointing. The heroine is a bit silly at times, and maybe a little too much obsessed with food. But my heart did ache for her when she lost both of her parents so suddenly. Poor girl. Other thing that I found lacking was: there's no villain in this story. The evil aunt wasn't evil after all, and the dragon, well...was a dragon.
(...)O Pequeno Cavalo Branco é, muito sucintamente, a história da desavença de duas famílias, os Merryweather e os Cocq de Noir, desavença que se este(...)O Pequeno Cavalo Branco é, muito sucintamente, a história da desavença de duas famílias, os Merryweather e os Cocq de Noir, desavença que se estende há várias gerações, desde que, ironicamente, as famílias se uniram por matrimónio de Sir Wrolf e da primeira Princesa da Lua. Mas como a certa altura, a ganância vence o coração de Merryweather, a sua esposa De Noir vai-se embora, começando assim a tradição de que ambas as famílias nunca vão chegar a termos. Esta é a parte lendária do livro, porque o presente trata de Maria, uma Merryweather que vai viver com o tio, Sir Benjamin, para Moonacre, e certo dia vem a descobrir que aconteceu com ele uma coisa parecida à dos antepassados de ambos. Também Sir Benjamin esteve apaixonado por uma De Noir mas desentenderam-se -vá-se lá perceber- por causa de um vaso de flores cor-de-rosa. No entanto, a vida amorosa do tio não vai ser a prioridade nas preocupações de Maria, pois o que ela quer mesmo é unificar as terras das quais faz parte Moonacre.
Os pontos fortes do livro para mim foram, a narração, porque quase que me fazia ouvir uma voz na cabeça, como se estivesse alguém a ler-me a história em voz alta; e claro, o Robin, que faz provavelmente das propostas de casamento mais surreais da literatura – e o que eu não me ri com esta parte…não estava nada à espera daquela súbita explosão de raiva e necessidade de posse do pacífico Robin-versão-livro (se fosse o do filme não tinha ficado nada admirada), que só me deu para rir com a situação durante muito tempo.
Pontos fracos: para além de ser algumas vezes confusa, acho que toda a história peca por apresentar uma mistura um tanto estranha quer de crenças, quer de criaturas mágicas. O tal Pequeno Cavalo Branco na verdade é um unicórnio meio ilusório/fantasma; o outro bicho com bastante protagonismo é um leão que se apresenta normalmente na pele de um cão gigante; e no fim há ainda referência a uns cavalos que vêm do mar para ajudar a Maria, e que por acaso também foram usados no filme – lembro-me bem de ver aquela cena e de ficar um bocadinho baralhada já que, assim do nada, cavalos a sair do mar não faziam muito sentido. No entanto, a atenuante disto tudo é que na literatura infantil não existe qualquer mistura de animais duvidosa – tudo o que vier à rede é peixe, e eu sei que só tenho esta opinião porque o li agora, quando já passei, faz muito tempo, da idade do público-alvo a que o livro se destina.
Acerca do desenlace final, confesso que prefiro a versão filme, já que no livro há muita tendência para “temos de devolver isto a Deus”, e na adaptação a parte religiosa foi cordialmente substituída por um “temos que devolver isto à Mãe Natureza”, suponho eu, de modo a apelar a um público maior.
Recomendável para os mais miúdos, e para quem, como eu, queria comparar livro e filme (*cough-saber mais coisas sobre o Robin-cough*).