Nature is out of balance, after a difficult winter spring is showing no signs of appearing and the sun has not shown in months. In addition, there are...moreNature is out of balance, after a difficult winter spring is showing no signs of appearing and the sun has not shown in months. In addition, there are rumors of strange and hostile creatures appearing throughout the country. If nature is not put back in balance the world may be destroyed.
The two heroines; Kaede and Taisin are called upon to travel to Taninli, the home of the Fairy Queen in an effort to bring the crisis to an end. To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen.
As the girls travel to Taninli they are confronted by a series of other-worldly dangers and are forced to rely on each other to survive the attacks. During this time we see how they as individuals grow and how their relationship changes.
This was a very good read. I enjoy the author’s writing style and the character development. I read a review where someone stated that they could not get invested in the characters themselves but I would have to disagree with that statement. We get to see Kaede and Taisin grow emotionally and although things may not end exactly as the reader might want the story is good and the characters are well written. Personally I’d like to find out what has happened to the characters five years from the end of this story.(less)
I admit it - I gave up trying to read this story. I tried, I really did but the plot was convulted and making me crazy. I might pick this back up in t...moreI admit it - I gave up trying to read this story. I tried, I really did but the plot was convulted and making me crazy. I might pick this back up in the future but for the time being, this is a big No.(less)
Let me quickly state that this is not a typical “werewolf” story. I certainly can’t claim to know the author’s intent for latching onto that claim oth...moreLet me quickly state that this is not a typical “werewolf” story. I certainly can’t claim to know the author’s intent for latching onto that claim other than to provide some context for Loup’s extraordinary abilities. Having said that; the story is very well written and was a pleasure to read. It starts a little slow introducing the reader to “Outpost 12”, which is a military zone that acts as a buffer between the United States and Mexico following the outbreak of an epidemic in Mexico. The people of Outpost 12 are no longer considered US citizens and are completely isolated.
As the reader I found myself cheering for Loup and the other orphans as they take what little action they can to provide justice for one of their own and unwittingly provide hope for the town in the vestige of ghostly miracles. The Santitos (the orphans) are a wonderful cast of characters who all add value and insight into the main character and again I couldn’t help but like them all.
Prior to this story I had not read anything by Jacqueline Carey, but I was thrilled to find out that there is another book that continues Loup’s story. (less)
I think if the bookgroup had not recommended this book it would never have made it to my "to read list" and then I would have missed out on a well wri...moreI think if the bookgroup had not recommended this book it would never have made it to my "to read list" and then I would have missed out on a well written and interesting story.
I have no idea what century this story was based in but it has horses, swords, magic, and women who are intelligent, strong and capable: the last bit being the most important for me personally.
Here’s the thing with this book, I don’t think you have to be someone who reads “fantasy” type books to enjoy this one. The magic or elemental portion of the story is an important factor but it’s not the main factor. Ultimately, the story revolves around Maddy and the fact that her faith has been shaken and her struggle to figure out her place in the world and her struggle with her religious beliefs. Within that is the relationships between the characters of Maddy, Lillian, and eventually Emmey.
I really enjoyed these characters and the author’s process for making the characters grow and in my opinion; to each be more brave.
My only disappointment is that that it appears there is no sequel for this story. (less)
“Ren "Jackal" Segura is a Hope -- a special child, a powerful symbol of a new world government destined for greatness....moreProduct Description from Amazon
“Ren "Jackal" Segura is a Hope -- a special child, a powerful symbol of a new world government destined for greatness. But two months before she is to assume the role she has been preparing for her entire life, Jackal discovers that everything she believes, everything she is, is a lie. Convicted of a terrible crime, she agrees to participate in a "rehabilitation" experiment: While her body lies comatose for eight months, a computer will convince her mind that she is spending eight long years in solitary confinement. But Jackal's history as a Hope has given her strengths and skills other prisoners lack -- powers she will need to endure the tormenting loneliness, to discover the truth about her betrayal, and to rediscover her life, her love, and her soul in a strange place of shattered hopes and new beginnings called Solitaire.”
Review This is definitely not a beach book. It requires concentration and thought when reading so if you are looking for something fluffy and easy, this probably isn’t it. However, if you are looking for something different and more psychological this could be the book for you. My best guestimate is that the first 2/3 of this book introduces the reader to the main character “Jackal” and what we see is a young, angry, woman who is under a lot of pressure to be perfect. After an accident kills 400+ people she is labeled a mass murder and sentenced to prison. In exchange for a shorter sentence she enters an experimental program where she is in a virtual reality of solitary confinement for 8 years. It’s after she gets released from “prison” that the story really gets interesting, Jackal is dealing with the after effects of both the solitary confinement and the “aftershocks” of the experiment. As the reader there was more than one moment where I wondered what was actually real, did Jackal get out of prison or is everything she is experiencing a hallucination.
I enjoyed this story but I have to admit that I almost gave up on it several times in the early few chapters. In part I hung in there because I really...moreI enjoyed this story but I have to admit that I almost gave up on it several times in the early few chapters. In part I hung in there because I really like the author. I was about 25% into the book on my e-reader before I started to get into the plot.(less)
Cinder is loosely based on the story of Cinderella. There is the evil step mother, the step sisters, and a prince but don’t think for a moment that th...moreCinder is loosely based on the story of Cinderella. There is the evil step mother, the step sisters, and a prince but don’t think for a moment that this is like any other Cinderella story you’ve read before because then you would be missing out on something really interesting.
Cinder is well developed and interesting. As the reader I was quickly sucked into the story and found myself thinking of the characters as if they were real. It was easy to understand Cinder’s feelings of being an outcast and how she reacts in certain situations. Even the supporting characters are written in a manner that makes them interesting, including the ones that you end up disliking.
This was an excellent read and I was relieved to find out that the second book in the series “Scarlet” was released in early February. By the way Scarlet is based on Little Red Riding Hood and somehow get connected to Cinder. I can’t wait to see what happens next, I just hope the author writes quickly. (less)
I’ve had this book on the shelf for a long time (years) and finally gotten around to reading it. During the introduction we meet Eric Heller, Jayné’s...moreI’ve had this book on the shelf for a long time (years) and finally gotten around to reading it. During the introduction we meet Eric Heller, Jayné’s uncle, who is trying to meet up with a less than savory guy in a sleazy bar. Ultimately, Eric doesn’t survive the meeting but this is the reader’s first introduction into “riders”, evil spirits that have taken over or attached themselves to human beings.
Chapter One introduces us to Jayné, who really didn’t know much about her uncle other than he would occasionally swoop into her life and then swoop back out, but now Jayné has inherited Eric’s estate and his substantial assets. Throughout the rest of the book we watch Jayné learn about riders, the supernatural, and how she plans to avenge Eric’s murder. Ultimately we watch her mature and start to take responsibility for her actions and choices.
The entire book is really a long introduction to Jayné and a cast of characters many of whom I assume will continue through the series. Although I enjoyed the book and the story was interesting I find that I am not drawn to either enough to continue reading the series, which is why I only rated this story as "ok". (less)
Ever After is the 11th book in The Hallows/Rachel Morgan series. Throughout the series the reader watches Rachel struggle and grow in both her powers...moreEver After is the 11th book in The Hallows/Rachel Morgan series. Throughout the series the reader watches Rachel struggle and grow in both her powers and her maturity. However, this feels like the first time that Rachel has really come into her own, and making decisions while considering the consequences and potential impact on the people she cares about. Both Jenks and Ivy have limited roles in this novel, Ivy is very limited but it fits the plot and carries through from the last book “A Perfect Blood” in demonstrating how their relationship dynamic is changing. In some ways the change in the dynamic makes me a little sad but at the same time the continued maturity of Rachel and her changing relationship with Trent, Al, and Newt make up for the feeling of loss.
I don’t want to leave any spoilers in this review but I will say there is plenty of unexpected turmoil and betrayal. It’s rare that I ever go back and read a book but I am seriously considering re-reading the prior 2 books, Pale Demon and A Perfect Blood just to see if I missed anything. (less)