This book is smart, funny, will set your pulse racing and is one amazing read i won't forget in a hurry. This book managed to blend in all the things...moreThis book is smart, funny, will set your pulse racing and is one amazing read i won't forget in a hurry. This book managed to blend in all the things i love such as fantasy, romance, action, adventure and really cool supernatural beings, specifically werewolves!
To make this book even more appealing, it takes the form of a mystery part way through with the pack having to investigate killings among their own kind.
Elena, as a central character, is an interesting person to see the story through. Her independant and kick-ass attitude is refreshing among so many 'damsels in distress' that exist in a lot novels today (damsel in distress she definately isn't!). But at the same time we get to see her softer side as she tries to make choices relating to her future and to forgive the man who turned her into a werewolf.
I decided to kick off my older book reviews with this one, Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this when I first read it, and I will happily read it again now. I...moreI decided to kick off my older book reviews with this one, Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this when I first read it, and I will happily read it again now. If you want an idea of the plot, read on:
Mr Fox, Mrs fox and their cubs live in their fox hole, with Mr Fox leaving to steal food every night for his family. One ill-fated night Mr Fox gets his tail shot off and the Foxes and the other creatures living in the hill find themselves under siege by the evil farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean (One fat, one short one lean lol) Stuck underground with no exit and no food, Mr fox and Co create a plan that even the farmers don't see coming and it makes for one amazing adventure.
Now, I don't no whether it was the creepy farmers, the daring food stealing plans or the sheer sense of fun that emanates from this book, but I love the story to bits. It's a very quick read but a very entertaining one, and I still laugh at the image of those farmers stuck on the hillside, what a bunch of dipsticks.(less)
This book was one of the first 'proper books' i owned, way back when i was a young kid. I love George's marvelous medicine, and i remember myself and...moreThis book was one of the first 'proper books' i owned, way back when i was a young kid. I love George's marvelous medicine, and i remember myself and my friend trying to come up with our own ideas for our own marvelous medicine (don't worry we didn't try and actually make it, let alone drink it) :-)
Matilda has always been a firm favourite, and a character i can relate to in the fact i love literature so much (not that i'm telekinetic), i too like to sit and read for hours, plus she's awesome end of discussion.
As for the BFG, i remember that both frightening me and making me laugh, all those silly names like Frobscottle and Snozcumber, total genius, and more than captured my imagination.
Roald Dahl continues to be an inspiration and a legend to generations of children, and he will do for a long time to come.(less)
This is the final part in the Abhorsen trilogy. It feels weird writing this review since i read it ages ago, but it was such a good book i remember it...moreThis is the final part in the Abhorsen trilogy. It feels weird writing this review since i read it ages ago, but it was such a good book i remember it easily. Well written, with a complex plot, magic, battles and with an ending that will leave you wishing for another book. The characters are so well formed and described that understanding and relating to them is easy, i found myself growing attached to most of them, and i loved Mogget.
If you read the rest of the Abhorsen trilogy then this is a must read. If you haven't then definately read the others first as you might find that a lot of it won't make sense. This is definately one of the best fantasy's in existence and a read for both adults and children.(less)
As much as i love a paranormal romance, occasionally, i just want to read a good fantasy horror which is, well, different. This book fit that category...moreAs much as i love a paranormal romance, occasionally, i just want to read a good fantasy horror which is, well, different. This book fit that category nicely, and had a few extra intersting points to it that i wasn't expecting.
In summary, Changeling is about a teenage boy called Trey Laporte, who, after his grandmother dies ends up in a care home. Fast-forward a few years and he wakes up in his room one day with the place trashed and the door still locked, with no clue as to how it got that way. About to be punished for wrecking his room, he is saved by a man claiming to be his 'Uncle Lucien' who has come to see him, but not everything is as it seems and shortly after leaving with Lucien, the truth about himself and his family finally surfaces...
I found the paranormal side of this fascinating, the werewolf scenes were awesome and so well imagined that i could picture what was happening clearly in my mind, as if it was happening in front of me (and believe me, a 7/8 foot wolf is terrifying). The pace is non-stop and i was left breathless with what was happening in some instances. What i also loved is that it was set in London which was a change for me, since i usually read a lot of American books which are set in High School or various states, so it was brilliant to be able to imagine clearly where the events were taking place (although i don't think i'll ever go into the London Underground on my own again!) If your a major vampire fan as well as werewolves, then you won't be diappointed, as there's plenty of them, among random other new and exciting paranormal entities to read about, my personal favourite being the Sputem Djinn (Yuck! lol)and all of the creatures/monsters in this book are given an original and refreshing make-over compared to other books i have read.
Character-wise, i absolutely loved Trey, he was funny, brave, and emotional (which made a change in a book with a male protagonist!) With regards to how he dealt with all the revelations thrown at him, i was quite impressed, because if it was me i'd have done a runner. At the same time though, it was believable as he didn't go all heroic with no panicking and make all the perfect choices, nope, Trey is a flawed hero and those are my favourite kind! Lucian, i thought, was brilliant and the relationship that forms between him and Trey is wonderful to read about, especially when you realise how much like a father Lucian becomes to him (which pretty much sets up the whole second book!). Alexia is the character who provides the slight bit of romance into the book, and it's clear that there are sparks between her and Trey from the start, i also love her attitude, she's fun, witty and withstands a lot of crap that's thrown at her. Finally, my character babble wouldn't be complete without mentioning Tom, the awesome Irish guy who is simply, well, awesome!
To summarise, this book is so brilliant i believe everyone who loves a good fast-paced adventure, with some wonderful twists, heart-stopping emotions and a cliff-hanger that will leave you needing the next in the series, so give this book a read.(less)