The main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoi...moreThe main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoil this book for anyone. This is so much more than a fantasy and it deals with issues that a lot of people won't even consider in there lives, let alone seriously think on or debate.
Having said that this book also struck a personal cord with me because I know someone who is pretty alike to Gene in more ways than one and this perhaps led me to think more deeply of the issues in this book than I more normally would have. Gene and Micah's journey is both harrowing, emotional and truly incredible. The magic of the circus comes to life in all it's beautiful brilliance, making the dark side seem even more shadowy in comparison.
Micah and Gene's story was beautiful told and I have been left longing for another book so I'm hoping to God that there's a sequel. There were so many twists, turns and unexpected events that I was left breathless and I wanted so much to be in that Circus swinging from the trapeze I've been left with so many questions. But most forward in my mind is this: What is inside those Penglass domes? I really want to know. It's killing me not knowing. Maybe that's the curious child in me :)
And what will become of Micah and Gene?! Ah why must I be tortured so? Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. But go read this when it's out. Totally amazing. I am in awe of the author and her writing talent. She hasn't just written a book, she has a created a magical world, fascinating characters and broached subjects in this book that few have dared and she totally nailed it. Brilliant. (less)
I loved this story to pieces :) I could leave my review there, but I won't. I'm a sucker for happy endings and an even bigger sucker for fairy-tales s...moreI loved this story to pieces :) I could leave my review there, but I won't. I'm a sucker for happy endings and an even bigger sucker for fairy-tales so you can imagine I was enthralled by this enchanting retelling of Snow White.
Some parts of the story remained the same for example, the mirror, the evil Queen and Snow White herself. But everything was twisted in such a great way. Kat is not the vulnerable Disney character who lies waiting to be kissed, the dwarves are not little men who go out and dig in a mine and the story itself is much harsher in parts with the stark realism the original tale lacked. Danger follows the characters everywhere and the reader is given a constant reminder of exactly how dangerous a woman with an all-seeing mirror can be with all her hunting down of the 'rule breakers' in her kingdom without having to witness the rule breaking in person.
The romance side of it was brilliantly done and I loved the twist regarding Kat and Jeremy and the link between Kat and the man trapped in the Queen's mirror was amazing. I never saw it coming, nor did I guess the mystery surrounding Jeremy. Some of my favourite scenes though were between Kat and the Dwarves and my personal favourite was Pokole (such a sweet little dude) and there were some scenes with those guys that nearly had me in tears.
All in all this story has a lovely ending with some cleverly thought out plot twists, a healthy dose of humour and some heartwarming romance that I think will be just perfect for these cold winter months. Grab a hot chocolate, some nice biscuits and curl up with this book :) (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)
Eeeeeek! It's over and now I have to say a sad goodbye Mr Maddox. Who will I fantasize about now?! :( Focusing on the positives though this installmen...moreEeeeeek! It's over and now I have to say a sad goodbye Mr Maddox. Who will I fantasize about now?! :( Focusing on the positives though this installment rocked! There was just the right balance of romance, peril, laughter, action and creepy evil vamps to make this perfect.
As usual this is a very character centered novel and Lily is a very easy character to relate to. She's funny, emotional, tough and her character is so well written it feels like she reaches out to you from the page so that you can almost feel what she's feeling. My heart almost tore in two during one certain scene with William (I won't post exactly what as I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read it)
Other characters make a re-appearance and it was great to see how well Christian and Nicole were doing as well as meeting all the new characters that were introduced with the visits to London and Ireland. And in addition to all the lovely characters I've grown to love there was also a certain moo-cow introduced that reminded me strongly of someone I know. Seriously, the similarities scared me. If you can get through this book without hating Judy Lynn then you're stronger than I am.
Though this was a very emotional novel it was not without some pretty funny lighthearted scenes and I will never be able to do a jigsaw puzzle again without thinking of this book and doubling up with laughter. You will cry, you will laugh you will go awwwwwwww but ultimately you'll reach the end and probably be suffering William Maddox withdrawal symptoms. sniffle. Fantastic end to the series. Whatever Jennifer writes next I will be reading! (less)
This book was a joy to read and I find it easy to get lost in in such a way I forget where I am and can block out everyone and everything. This is rar...moreThis book was a joy to read and I find it easy to get lost in in such a way I forget where I am and can block out everyone and everything. This is rare in a book, and usually I find other people distract me from books which is why I read in peace usually. No such issues here though.
I've been following Zoe's adventures since I read the first two books ages ago and I thought I might have forgotten what happened, but i needn't have worried because the Dragon Diaries world just popped straight back into my mind. I loved the relationship between Derek and Zoe and Jared and Zoe, though I'm not going to say who she ends up with (if any! lol) because I don't like to post spoilers. The plot was electric and there was never a dull moment, and as with the first two, I am still amazed by the originality of this story and the characters in it.
One niggle though, I would love to know more about Kohana and the other shape shifters. Who knows...maybe there'll be another book one day!(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)