3.5 It was okay- read more like a Juvenile book than a Middle Grade. It was cute and imaginative, but the language was very very juvenile (not necessa3.5 It was okay- read more like a Juvenile book than a Middle Grade. It was cute and imaginative, but the language was very very juvenile (not necessarily a bad thing as long as that is who they advertise to).
Honestly I am pretty sure that synopsis just summed up the book pretty well. Well my job is done here..... *wanders away* Deliverance was a solid finaHonestly I am pretty sure that synopsis just summed up the book pretty well. Well my job is done here..... *wanders away* Deliverance was a solid finale. It has moments of shock and horror and greatness. It just never "got there" for me. I don't know if it was really fair, I read Deliverance after I finished Ruin and Rising and I was head over heels for that book. So perhaps I didn't give this one a fair shake.
But I do know that this was a very solid finale. It tied up all loose ends and, like the others in this series, this book had a TON of action. This series would make a great action movie- they literally don't stop fighting- ever!
I love Rachel's character. I love how non-stop and almost stoic about pain and fighting she is. She is an awesome fighter and a bit of a mastermind when it comes to fighting. Logan, eh I could give or take. It is interesting because Rachel and Logan have almost opposite personalities of what a typical YA book would have. Rachel tends to have more of the stereotypically make traits while Logan has the female.
All in all Deliverance was a good finale. It was a satisfying read with enough action to keep me reading constantly. If you are a fan of the rest of the series- you won't be disappointed!
So the premise of this book is that it is taking Greek Mythology and plunking it down in a present day storyline. It has been done before, but I say tSo the premise of this book is that it is taking Greek Mythology and plunking it down in a present day storyline. It has been done before, but I say there are never too many Hades/ Persephone stories- so bring it on! The premise in this book seemed pretty awesome. I am totally into anything that has to do with mythology. This book just didn't click with me though. I can't say it was a terrible book, but it wasn't great either- it was just... meh.
I loved all of the mythology that went into this story. I love the idea of gods and goddesses and magic, but I have to say- I think the author took too long to do work building. Even with all of the knowledge I had about Greek mythology- I still felt pretty lost when they referred to a history set in the context of the story. I felt like I should have known things, and things that were hidden to be let out in a "big reveal"- well it was anti-climactic.
Haden and Daphne were interesting characters. Haden seemed to be inspired somewhat by the movie version of Thor- at least in the way he carried himself. Daphne was a little clueless and I felt at times that her "I hate my dad" storyline was a bit forced. I really think they could have done more with side characters- Daphne's parents, CeeCee, and the other side characters.
Don't get me wrong, this was a decent book. It had an interesting plot and the story was enjoyable. But for me, it was pretty forgettable. ...more
Wow this book was intense! I am a huge fan of Aprilynne Pike- especially her fantasy series about fae. I knew two things about this book- it was goingWow this book was intense! I am a huge fan of Aprilynne Pike- especially her fantasy series about fae. I knew two things about this book- it was going to be VERY different from her other books and that it was going to be an excellent read. I was absolutely right.
This book is absolutely a thriller- there are murders and a girl who can see the future and who is in way over her head. I liked Charlotte's character. We start the story finding out what tragic event in her childhood makes her personality the way it is. I thought Charlotte was instantly relatable and a voice that was easy to read. I found the story- as fantastical as it was- to be absolutely believable. Every time I thought I had the ending figured out, the author would put in another twist that would leave me confused.
I am absolutely positive that this book is a standalone. I appreciated that- and I appreciated the way that she ended the story. This was such an exciting book to read, it makes me even more positive that I enjoy this author. If you are a fan of crime shows, the show Medium, or a good plot- you will love this story. ...more
Whoa I knew I had heard good things about this book, but I honestly didn't expect it to be THIS good. The School for Good and Evil is so incredibly im Whoa I knew I had heard good things about this book, but I honestly didn't expect it to be THIS good. The School for Good and Evil is so incredibly imaginative- the world building in this book is, in my mind, with the likes of the Harry Potter series. The author has created a world with such intricate detail and creativity- I adored it!
The book centers on two main characters, Agatha and Sophie. Agatha is homely and has a witch for a mother. She is doesn't like boys and enjoys doing things that others would consider gross. Sophie is a true girly girl. She is obsessed with makeup and potions to keep her flawless. Her favorite color is pink and she knows she is destined to be a princess. But when the school master comes and whisks them away- things aren't what they seem and they are placed in the wrong schools (or so they think).
I loved Sophie and Agatha- I loved that we got to see both sides narrate the story and that they both had such strong voices. I spent the entire book not knowing who to root for and wanting to root for both girls.
I can't say anything about the ending- other than it was awesome! If you are a fan of fairy tales, fantasy, or books that completely take you into a different world- then this book is for you, hands down! ...more
I love the world of Ever After. I know that if I was a little girl right now, I would be collecting all of the dolls and getting the notebooks, statioI love the world of Ever After. I know that if I was a little girl right now, I would be collecting all of the dolls and getting the notebooks, stationary- everything! Come on, the author of the series is Shannon Hale- I LOVE Shannon Hale! How could I NOT like these books?
The second of this series was as fun as the first. I love that the author doesn't take the characters or the story too seriously. The books are funny, charming, and everything I would hope from a kid's fairy tale series. I love the voices that the author has given to these characters- they are so fun to read about.
If you haven't checked out this series yet- you really should. It is such a cute series that are genuinely good reads. I hope that the author keeps cranking these books out- because I will keep reading!...more
don't know how to stop raving about this series- it is so so good! I almost never enjoy sequels as much as the first book, but I absolutely devoured Adon't know how to stop raving about this series- it is so so good! I almost never enjoy sequels as much as the first book, but I absolutely devoured A World Without Princes.
Agatha is living in her ever after, but finds herself feeling unhappy and incomplete. She and Sophie find themselves back in the School for Good and Evil, but fighting a very unexpected enemy. I loved how complex Agatha and Sophie were- they were not one note characters like their fairy tale counterparts wanted them to bed. It was so interesting to see these very gray characters move through an environment that wanted them to be so black and white in thought.
The romance in this second book was amped up and it was full of twists, turns and surprises (and also some unanswered questions- okay a TON of unanswered questions). I hope that this isn't the final book for this series- I need AT LEAST ten more books to feel satisfied. The world building in this book rivals that of Harry Potter at times. The world is rich, imaginative and creative. This book left me with a satisfied feeling. I simply didn't want it to end....more