It's been a very very long time since a book has kept me up even when i'm knackered, but for some reason I couldn't put this down.
The premise of the bIt's been a very very long time since a book has kept me up even when i'm knackered, but for some reason I couldn't put this down.
The premise of the book was so original and I was pulled into the story and by only a few chapters in I was deeply invested in the characters and there interactions.
Magic in books isn't new, but if you have an original twist and an appealing cast of people it can make an old genre seem so fresh it will push the other out of your mind. There were no points at all where i thought this was similar to another book I've read.
From other reviews I understand people are irked by the fact though it is set in the 1900's it wasn't correct for the time. I think that's being harsh, this is more of an alternate idea of 1900's than a depiction of it. There was no magic then either, or magicians or travelling through hearts. Seriously, if you're looking for exact realism of the time period then your reading the wrong book, it has magic and the roles of women, men etc are completely different. so please don't take it to heart as to me it seems like an alternate idea of 1900 mashing up other bits and pieces. imagination please!
Emery and Ceony had me truly invested in their relationship, the way they interacted, the humour and even the touch of slow burning romance was believable and beautiful in an incredible way. I even got attached to Fennel the dog!
I immediately on finishing this downloaded the next in the series. Honestly, the series is blowing me away. ...more
This was so grusomely funny! Easily one of my favourite zombie books of all time. My favourite quote: 'I think that's a bloke...Oh wait, no. There's aThis was so grusomely funny! Easily one of my favourite zombie books of all time. My favourite quote: 'I think that's a bloke...Oh wait, no. There's a boob hanging out' hilarious.
The characters are just so funny yet are still serious and fight hard when they need too. Smitty and Bobby are by far my faves. The novel also takes a slight dark undertone in the sense that people can be shown as cruel with the choices they make (namely the adults in this book).
The author isn't afraid to be controversial with who gets infected with the zombie virus either, though I have to admit it's written tastefully, there isn't unnecessary death or goriness and it's written with a wit I thought it would be impossible in a zombie book.
Don't get me started on the giant carrot. Say it with me now: 'Carrot man veggie juice, put some fire in your belly!' legendary.
P.s I listened to the audio version of this, the voice actress nailed the accents brilliantly!...more
I can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a lI can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a long time. Those final couple of notes had me crying my eyes out. Very emotive and powerful, and some important lessons to be learned in the couple of hours it will take you to read it....more
I was a bit worried about reading this because it had been so long since I'd read Dark Life and I was sure I'd have forgotten everything. I needn't hadI was a bit worried about reading this because it had been so long since I'd read Dark Life and I was sure I'd have forgotten everything. I needn't had worried. Dark Life's world was so unique and mesmerising it was like riding a bike and it all came back to me really easily.
Rip Tide picks up a little while after the end of Dark Life. Gemma is living at the trade station because she can't bear to be underwater too much because it makes her panic. Ty's family are negotiating trade relations with the Surf's and it's not long before the whole thing goes belly up and the novel turns into a hostage, kidnap, adventure plot featuring intrigue, murder and romance! Wow!
The best part is that Ty and Gemma's relationship is perfectly done. It's not overbearing and it doesn't eclipse the main storyline which I found amazing. I was also floored by the whole political side of the world building, now normally this would bore me too death (politics do, alas) but I was totally fascinated. Treaties, negotiations and laws also combined to make a complex and very unfair system (similar to our own lovely UK if you want my opinion) that seemed to benefit very few because of the way it was done. I was even more thrilled to see changes happen by the end.
I think there's a lot to learn from this book. Morals to take away and lessons. Maybe a few high-up political people should read this and apply a few policies about change (oh hang on, they probably won't grasp it. they're too dumb!) Anyway, digressing again.
I loved the deep sea adventure, the fights, the laughter, the sealife and the unique concepts (such as fighting salt water crocodiles and boxing matches on the raft). The only thing that upset me a little is I would have liked Shade to have been a bit more, well nice, I get he helped, but in the end I really didn't think much of him.
So is this a cliché book with a happily ever after? I'l leave you to decide that for yourself. For me it wasn't cliché at all. It had a lot of happy yes, but not before a lot of struggle, fear and some amazing adventure. Kat Falls, you are a legend....more
Ok, so being an original fan of the Percy Jackson books, it took me a while to warm to the Kane chronicles, but by the end of the first book I loved SOk, so being an original fan of the Percy Jackson books, it took me a while to warm to the Kane chronicles, but by the end of the first book I loved Sadie and Carter and I love them even more now.
These books aren't just adventurous and a hugely entertaining lesson on Egyptian mythology but they are also laugh out loud funny. For example, one memorable moment (view spoiler)[has Sadie convincing a hunting goddess that jelly babies are horrific monsters along with the terrifying McVities Hobnob (hide spoiler)] and I haven't laughed so much in a long time!
The relationship between Carter and Sadie continues to go from strength to strength and as for Carter's relationship with Zia and Sadie's with Walt and Anubis...well I'm not saying a word. Lets just say it isn't all fun and games.
The bad guys are just as evil as in the last book though it quickly becomes clear that there is no black and white with regards to some of choices made and with whom the Kane's have to place there trust. With all the original evil doers and now with a bunch of new ones, the Kanes find themselves sorely tested.
However you read into this book and whatever you take away from it. If you've read the others in the series, if you love butt-kicking action, laugh out loud humour and dash of romance then this is a book not to be missed!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is one of those books that after you read it you will take something from it and remember it for as long as you live and for so many different reThis is one of those books that after you read it you will take something from it and remember it for as long as you live and for so many different reasons. This is more than just a family coping with a heart-rending tragedy and loss but also a journey for a ten-year-old boy as he tries to make sense of things after his sister's death. At first, I was a little unsure of reading from such a young child's point of view but as with all children whether fictional or real, I found him endearingly and sometimes brutally honest and, unlike adults, it's the truth that comes to the front rather than the comforting lies you would get from an adult in the same situation.
I had huge respect for a ten-year-old who, in the end, made his own decisions on who to be friends with, after struggling with his dad's very open racism following Rose's death, and I really felt for Jamie who spent a good amount of his time confused thanks to his father. I couldn't help but feel that throughout this book it was Jamie and Jasmine who were the glue in the family, never once deserting each other and getting along with things despite their dad.
On the character front, I didn't like Jamie's mum much at all, she just didn't seem to want to spend that much time with her kids and as for Jamie's father, I found it really infuriating that he kept bringing up Rose in front of Jasmine, no wonder she wanted to be so different and stand out. There were times I wanted to reach into this story and give both parents a good shake to wake them up. However, I do feel that there may have been a point to this as it made the ending all that more meaningful. Sunya was another favourite of mine and I loved her friendship with Jamie even if it did hit several rocky patches; there was a lot to be learned about racism, acceptance and friendship from those too, a lesson I think some adults could do with reading about as well as children.
Overall, this was a fantastic book with some rather funny and touching moments and I sobbed my heart out during the chapters following the talent show, I couldn't help it; it was so moving, sad and yet ultimately uplifting in a way I can't possibly describe to you. It's just something you simply have to read for yourself....more
There's something to be said about how awesome a book is when it keeps me reading until 3.40 AM and believe me that hasn't happened in a while so hatsThere's something to be said about how awesome a book is when it keeps me reading until 3.40 AM and believe me that hasn't happened in a while so hats off to Marie for writing such an absorbing book. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, but sometimes it can feel like the same story retold. Not in this case. The story itself had so many bumps, twists and turns I could no sooner predict the ending than I can tomorrow's weather :)
Sophia was a one of a kind character and though sometimes her acts of rebellion made my stomach clench just knowing how much trouble she would get into, I couldn't help but cheer her along. I related to Sophia on so many levels since staying indoors for too long drives me nuts and as for not reading, well, if my father had been like hers I think I would have gone insane. Separating a girl from her books? Disgraceful! Her father was just...urgh! I think I have my new favourite villain although he is closely followed be Sophia's Aunt Amelia.
Now as for the lovely Sophia robbing at night? I loved it. Granted there is something very naughty about the idea but ultimately something very romantic and rebellious that I just can't seem to explain properly and I have to admit that the girl has guts, especially considering the people she steals from. Add in the lovely Mr Charleton, some political scandal, some pretty intense peril and a not so expected ending and you have a book that will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end.
If there's one thing I have learned from reading Miss Jensen's books it's that if I were to exist in some of these past times, I think I would have been arrested ;-) Anyway, go read this book! For fans of historical fiction with a dash of action and romance, this a must read....more
I've read quite a few books with angels and demons in them so it takes something special to really sparkle and stand out for me. This book did just t I've read quite a few books with angels and demons in them so it takes something special to really sparkle and stand out for me. This book did just that! I loved the realism mixed with that air of fantasy and I found it believable that Hell (Pandemonium) could well be the way it's described in this book and I found myself terrified by some of the characters in a way I never have been before.
Daphne and Truman's relationship was frustrating at first. With neither of them knowing truly what it means to love and trying to navigate their own feelings, it was hard to understand what was happening between them. Then as the danger increased and a scary 'thing' called Dark Dreadful starts chasing them, they really start to latch on to one another and everything kicks off both action wise and emotionally too. With regards to Dark Dreadful, I think if she/it were real I would pretty much cower in the corner. If this book ever becomes a movie, well urgh, I will not be eating during it!
As already hinted at, there are some pretty disgusting moments though luckily they don't go into too much detail and the relationship storyline more than makes up for it. Near the end of the book had me in floods of tears for so many reasons and wow, when it does end you might be in tears for other reasons too, and there are some pretty epic twists. If you haven't read anything by Miss Yovanoff yet, go do so. You're missing out :)...more
If your looking to remember your school days with a bit of laughter then this is definately the book for you. From the silliest spelling mistakes to jIf your looking to remember your school days with a bit of laughter then this is definately the book for you. From the silliest spelling mistakes to just plain word mix-up these are some of the most amusing mistakes by schoolchildren ever. Definately well worth a read for all those who need a good laugh :-D
I'm going to leave my review at that simply because this is one of those book that i can't really describe to another person. Read it and have a really good laugh....more
Ok, kids really do say the funniest things. I could go on and on about how funny this book is, but really the best way to find out is to read it yoursOk, kids really do say the funniest things. I could go on and on about how funny this book is, but really the best way to find out is to read it yourself. Inoocent, cute and unintentionally rude in parts, this is not one to read while on public transport. :-D...more