I must have seen this in my local book store so many times and thought about reading it. I finally bought it and i finished it really quickly. I exper...moreI must have seen this in my local book store so many times and thought about reading it. I finally bought it and i finished it really quickly. I experienced a lot of emotions reading this, including horror and surprise, at some of the events that happen. In turn though, the way Sam and his friends react highlight the better aspects of human nature.
Some of the events that occur will have you in tears, some will make you generally angry and there are others that will leave you laughing (yes there are quite a few of those moments in there). Although aimed at a young adult audience, i'd be cautious around younger teens reading it, as i found some of it upsetting and i'm in my twenties. Having said that, it is an amazing book, written by a fantastic author.
To sum it up, this has everything a brilliant thriller/sci-fi ahould have: suspense, action, amazing and varied characters, some fantastic, yet strange, powers and even a little bit romance. In short, easily one of the best books i've read in a long time :-)(less)
Every now and again a book comes along that really wakes you up to life in general, and this was one of those for me. A powerful tale of friendship, ra...moreEvery now and again a book comes along that really wakes you up to life in general, and this was one of those for me. A powerful tale of friendship, racism, judgement and the sheer unfairness of life is told through the innocent eyes of a child (Scout). Her simple yet innocent view of the world makes for a wonderful read and you can't help but agree with the points she makes about things, the fact of the matter is sometimes children say the most truthful things, but usually no one listens.
The main theme of the book, the Mockingbird, in used in several ways throughout, for several different characters and ending of the book is a brilliant lesson in morality delivered in a rather vivid and unforgettable way.
In short, this book is filled with memorable characters, some tear-jerking moments and a narrator you will laugh and sympathise with. Absolutely amazing novel!(less)
I actually read this after Valiant, not realising it was part of a series, not that it mattered as Valiant was about different main characters, wherea...moreI actually read this after Valiant, not realising it was part of a series, not that it mattered as Valiant was about different main characters, whereas Tithe and Ironside follow on from each other.
I found Tithe very realistic, which is not a common term used for a faerie story, but with the harsh human world meeting the even harsher Faerie world, it was easy the parallels. Just as there are evil humans, there are also evil faeries, only the faeries tend to have a more unique ways of being evil (it's not everyday you see someone attempt to torcher someone by having them dance all night).
I found the characters refreshingly different, too often you have a perfect heroin/hero who manages to do the right thing constantly. I prefer the type that make mistakes, make mistakes and learn from it. Kaye is one of those people, not perfect by any means, she makes a lot of choices that most people would question, but you can't help but admire her steely resolve and courage. I also loved Roiben's character, hes such an old-fashioned traditional type person and his manners and speech made me laugh in parts, and i can also see why Kaye would be attracted to him (cos let's face it, he does sound very nice lol)
All in all, a magical and romantic read for people in their late teens and upwards. Holly Black is honestly an amazing writer :-)(less)
I read this years ago, but my mission is to try and review every book in my read library (yes it's a challenge, but it's worth trying) so i'm reviewin...moreI read this years ago, but my mission is to try and review every book in my read library (yes it's a challenge, but it's worth trying) so i'm reviewing this now.
The first thing that i loved about this book is how much depth the fantasy world has. It's brilliantly thought out, well described and fun to read about. Secondly, the characters are very easy to relate to and sympathise with, which can be difficult in a lot of books. Thirdly, it handles the taboo subject of death really well, without being too depressing and with a sense of hope and that death isn't the end.
As for the story itself, it moves quickly, but not so quickly that you lose track of whats happening. It is descriptive without going on about stuff too much. Simply put, this is an awesome adventure with magic, chaos, romance, humour and a talking cat.
I can't stress this enough, this book is awesome.(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)
If you love your vampires, faeries, werewolves and shadow hunters (people with angel blood who kill demons) then this is one book you shouldn't miss o...moreIf you love your vampires, faeries, werewolves and shadow hunters (people with angel blood who kill demons) then this is one book you shouldn't miss out on. There's enough fighting and action scenes for those who love adrenaline filled battles and enough witty one liners to get anyone laughing. Some of the lines in this book are so memorable, you'll find yourself still able to quote them months later, and still find them funny. For those who love a fantastically complicated romance then City of Bones scores 10/10 on that front as well, as well as having some of the best characters ever invented in the history of Urban Fantasy (Magnus Bain is awesome!). To sum up, this has something for everyone, and i'd recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, romance and horror, if your in your mid-teens upwards. Cassandra Clare is a genius, and the sequels are just as amazing! :-)(less)
This is the beginning of the darkest powers series and i'll admit (despite now being a devoted fan who has now read all three) that i originally picke...moreThis is the beginning of the darkest powers series and i'll admit (despite now being a devoted fan who has now read all three) that i originally picked it up half-heartedly. But after a few pages i was hooked.
In honesty, this was the first of Kelley's books i read and after reading this i then went on to read most of the Women of the Otherworld and the rest of this series. Kelley's writing is intelligent, funny and scary and this book is no exception.
The story centres around a young girl named Chloe. Aged fifteen and with the usual teen worries such as boys, her future and puberty, she is surprisingly easy to relate to for anyone, whether your currently going through those awkward teen years or have already done it. To add another complication though, Chloe starts seeing ghosts. Told that she has Schizophrenia and sent to a group home called Lyle house, she struggles to cope with her mental illness. The catch? the doctors are lying, and the ghosts she are seeing are not hallucinations, Chloe is in fact a Necromancer who can contact the dead.
This is so well written i was turning the pages so fast that i had to be careful not to tear them. With an unforgettable group of characters and some wonderful and complex interactions between them, i found each and everyone of them easy to understand.
Summed up, this is an engaging, thought provoking, funny, frightening and riveting fantasy that will capture the imaginations of teens and adults alike.(less)
**spoiler alert** Continuing from where The Summoning left off, The Awakening finds Chloe being held in a lab along with Tori and Rae and unsure wheth...more**spoiler alert** Continuing from where The Summoning left off, The Awakening finds Chloe being held in a lab along with Tori and Rae and unsure whether Simon and Derek have actually escaped and are safe.
With the help of the ghost of her friend Liz, Chloe manages to escape with Tori and meet up with the guys again, and thats when everything really kicks off.
In this book i was able to notice a huge change in Chloe's personality, no longer will she sit and be pushed around as she once did and that's shown brilliantly in the conversations between her and Derek, I don't think i've seen any two people argue so much in a book ;-) Along with this we have the group running from the Edison Group, the ongoing search for Simon's dad, Derek's werewolf changes, Tori's Bitchiness and Chloe's growing powers, all of which make for an action packed thrill ride.
On the more emotional side of things, we see the relationships between the characters changing. Tori warms somewhat towards Chloe (although not completely), Derek and Chloe's friendship starts to shift slightly, and those first obvious hints of this becoming something more than friendship starts to show. Simon meanwhile is still the guy who manages to keep everyone's spirits up, the major positive member of the group, as well as being extremely funny at times.
Once again, i have to say that Kelley is an amazing writer and her books are fantastic. Book two of the darkest powers is just as good, if not even better than The Summoning!