Good read...a very different take on fairies. The action & world building is a little MG-ish, but the main characters are worth following. Look fo...moreGood read...a very different take on fairies. The action & world building is a little MG-ish, but the main characters are worth following. Look forward to picking up Spells. (less)
This was recommended to me by a trusted bookish friend. I looked for it every time I went into Half-Price Books. I found it. Then it sat on my shelf f...moreThis was recommended to me by a trusted bookish friend. I looked for it every time I went into Half-Price Books. I found it. Then it sat on my shelf for 2 years and 2 months. Why do I do this? This year is largely about reading off of my shelves, so this one was a must. I both want to chastise myself for letting it sit and jump up and do the happy dance for all the awesome books out there still to read.
This was a simply awesome read. 5 stars. But how did I give a book 5 stars and didn’t mark one quote in the whole book? The story just carries you away. Yelena is my kind of girl. You meet her shackled in the dungeon awaiting her execution for killing a prominent general’s heir. She totally owns it and accepts her fate. You go girl! No grovelling at all. Then she is offered a-not-so-get-out-of-jail-free card to be the Commander’s food taster, a.k.a poison detector. She says what the heck at least I won’t be dead and maybe I’ll get my break. If poison detecting isn’t dangerous enough, EVERYONE is out to see her dead. But remember she is my kind of chicka, she arms, trains and educates herself and will not go bye-bye easily. Her gritty determination wins over many friends and admirers and continues to piss off her rivals.
As the story rolls on, palace and kingdom politics present us with an intriguing little mystery layered in magic. Yelena finds herself right smack in the middle of it. Her life is equally at stake and intertwined with the Commander’s. If she fails, her fate is sealed and the entire kingdom will be in jeopardy.
Not only does this book have a great unlikely and strong heroine, a great mystery and magic, it has a very slow building in the background kind of romance. My favorite kind. It allows for trust to be built and for each of the parties to show that they are worthy of sweeping us away with them. I love strong characters that are attracted to their equals. This one doesn’t disappoint.
Upon closing the book, my only thought is…Why do I not have Magic Study already on my shelf?
A strong heroine that attracts not only all the trouble, but a partner worthy of her.(less)
Amazing. A rich story with depth and character. From the history teacher: it gave life to all the facts we try to get across about The Purge, Communis...moreAmazing. A rich story with depth and character. From the history teacher: it gave life to all the facts we try to get across about The Purge, Communism, compared Genocides. (less)
Donna has been called a freak most of her life. Donna is from an alchemist family that serves the Order of the Dragon. Most of the Order is a secret t...moreDonna has been called a freak most of her life. Donna is from an alchemist family that serves the Order of the Dragon. Most of the Order is a secret to her except the rules they place on her. She survived a horrific fey attack. It killed her father, caused her mom to go mad and changed her arms forever. Her arms have been stitched together with iron and silver. She wears long gloves to cover up her tattooed arms. Luckily Navin has always made her feel normal, but he doesn't know about her secrets. Everything changes when she meets Xan. He has secrets too. The fey world forces them together to save Navin from the world he didn't know existed.
I finally meet a guy I like and he's allergic to me.
Review: 2 Stars I like the characters. Donna, Navin and Xan. They are likable characters, but you don't really get to know or understand them. There isn't enough time or care put into creating this world and how it functions. It lacks depth. Sorry for the lack of review, but there isn't much to say. (less)
Love Mercy & Adam. Love coyote and the exploration into Native & Mercy's heritage. Didn't enjoy the big bad monster as much as the other bad g...moreLove Mercy & Adam. Love coyote and the exploration into Native & Mercy's heritage. Didn't enjoy the big bad monster as much as the other bad guy dilemmas they've faced in the past. (less)
Not about aliens. Amy and her parents have been frozen and put on Godspeed headed for a planet 300 years away. Crazy, huh? Elder the future leader of the people living aboard Godspeed comes across a secret compartment filled with cryo-chambers. Why didn't he already know about this? How is he supposed to rule, if he doesn't know everything? The chamber he gains access to is occupied by a beautiful girl about his age with vibrant red hair. Elder can't get the girl out of his mind. Luckily he is nearby when her chamber is thawed. If he hadn't been there, she would have died.
Eldest, the current leader, sees Amy as a threat. Considering he uses Machavelli's playbook to rule. Amy gets Elder to see how their existance on Godspeed is being manipulated. This and the fact that someone is mysteriously murdering others in the cryo-chambers sets them together to get to the bottom of it.
The thing that fasinated me about this book was its pervsion of history. The leaders of Godspeed felt the need to praise Hitler and rewrite what happened during the American Civil War to suit their purposes. This is often done when totalitarian government wants to control the masses. It spins the facts to further its agenda. They feel this is necessary, because there was a rebellion. The ship is all alone. They exist to keep themselves alive. The leaders thought this was the only way to keep the ship going. It made me cringe when I read the Gettysburg Address rewrite. What makes this disturbing is that this happens today in the US by national news outlets. Maybe not to the extreme in the book, but no less scary. Beth also exposes our "fix me with a pill" mentality. It could easily spark a great discussion over perscribing of ADD, ADHD and depression meds especially to our youth.
Across the Universe is a great futuristic-dystopian novel that raises lots of great discussion topics. It also has a nice little romance, that leaves you hanging. I can't wait for the sequel. (less)
Not much to review. It does bridge the gap between Iron King & Iron Daughter. It is a nice nugget while I am waiting to get Iron Daughter. Nothing...moreNot much to review. It does bridge the gap between Iron King & Iron Daughter. It is a nice nugget while I am waiting to get Iron Daughter. Nothing much happens or is learned in relation to Puck. ;-(. The only thing that is gained is that Meagan shows how much of a "do right" person she is. It also provides for 1-2 nice kisses with Ash. And you find out how unhappy he is with his family and the court. (less)
Summary: In this medieval setting of the Seven Kingdoms, Gracelings are prized. Gracelings have special Graces, talents or gifts. Most are sought out...moreSummary: In this medieval setting of the Seven Kingdoms, Gracelings are prized. Gracelings have special Graces, talents or gifts. Most are sought out to benefit their king. Katsa’s talent is killing. She is forced to her uncle’s bidding, King Randa. It takes a stranger and fellow Graceling, Po, for her to truly understand her Grace, her Power, and who she really is. Katsa comes into herself on an epic journey where she is tested beyond anything before.
Review: 5 Stars This book is hard to summarize and review without spoilers. It is action packed and has an epic feel. Katsa is a true force of nature. I understand why my daughter liked it so much. Katsa is strong, true, loyal, fierce, kind…not perfect…everything a girl can admire. The romantic storyline evolves very organically. It is tender and very modern in its view toward marriage and a partnership.
Not 100% sure what I think about this book. At 1st I was disappointed it wasn't more about Ash & Seth. This addition made me like Keenan less than...moreNot 100% sure what I think about this book. At 1st I was disappointed it wasn't more about Ash & Seth. This addition made me like Keenan less than I did. The Leslie, Naill, Dark King love triangle was ok. Probably what kept me reading was how Leslie was trying to claim herself. 1st she seeks it through a tattoo. I understand wanting to mark yourself to remind yourself if something--I got my 1st at 37. When she falls under the Dark King's influence, she experiences the same as a drug addict. I thought this was well done. She fights through it and I hope that young adults will learn this lesson. Also the men in her life that claim they love her do something really difficult, because they do. (less)