London is such a real character. There are so many books out there where the MC conquers the world without even a moment's hesitation or rational fear...moreLondon is such a real character. There are so many books out there where the MC conquers the world without even a moment's hesitation or rational fear. What struck me about Otherborn is that all of the characters were so beautifully flawed and real. They weren't going to go into something without fear but they were going to do it anyways, not because they were driven by some impenetrable moral force but because it was what needed to be done and they knew it.
Anther refreshing aspect of this novel was that there was always something going on that kept you thinking and wondering what would happen next. Even if you had an idea of what might be coming you would sit there arguing with yourself ("Nah, she wouldn't do that... OMG... OMG THAT JUST HAPPENED..." *insert look of extreme shock that lead fiancé to ask what on earth I was reading*). I don't normally fan-girl over a novel unless it is an author I have been following since I was very young but Otherborn had me fan-girling and I can hardly wait to see what happens next!
I have a few very select pet peeves when it comes to writing, they are personal and not literary but this dealt with three of them in some of the beginning chapters (abundant smoking, cutting and specific name usage). Now, normally just dealing with one of them with specific phrasing would make me set aside a book and pretend it didn't exist while it slipped away into the nether but with Otherborn I couldn't bring myself to look away from the wonderfully fluid writing quality so decided to keep reading and I am thrilled that I did. I ended up going on an amazing, imaginative and unique thrill ride that has left me waiting breathlessly for the next book in the series and a big fan of Anna Silver.
This is an author you will want to be on the lookout for.
I for one plan on reading anything and everything else she releases, which for me is saying a lot. I can without reservations say that she will end up making it onto my top 10 authors of 2013 list.
I haven’t felt so wonderful reading a novel in ages. Finally twists I don’t see coming, adventure that swept me off my fe...moreI am enamored with ‘Poison’.
I haven’t felt so wonderful reading a novel in ages. Finally twists I don’t see coming, adventure that swept me off my feet and a girl as stubborn and pig headed as I am. How could I not fall in love? Plus, did I mention there is a pig in this, poison throwing darts, crazy witches and royalty? I kid you not, no matter what is released later this year, this book will be my most beloved novel of 2013. Rosie
Have you ever read a book that brings back that first sense of adventure you had when you started reading? This did that for me. I was swept off my feet and by the time I looked back up again hours had passed. I am a huge fan of ‘literary Easter eggs’ as plot tools and this book was bubbling to the brim with them, Bridget Zinn really knows how to write.
Yes, to all of you readers who are fed up with series-
This is a stand alone novel.
One that actually ties up all of the lose ends into a magnificent bow at the end leaving you feeling like you just just read the most fulfilling novel and adventure you can imagine. I absolutely fell in love with this novel.
You know those review that say, everything you want in a book you will find in __________.
Yeah, in this case it is actually true.
Adventure, romance, humor, fantastic characters who show real growth, excellent pacing, non-stop action but with attention to details and world building and a story you won’t forget.
I may be addicted to e-books but I am definitely going out and getting a hardback copy of this book to keep on my desk right next to ‘The Fault in our Stars’ to remind me why I write.
I loved this book. Okay, so I was a bit on the fence about if I could get into this book and it was a wonderful surprise. I ended up reading it in one...moreI loved this book. Okay, so I was a bit on the fence about if I could get into this book and it was a wonderful surprise. I ended up reading it in one sitting and finding myself wanting more. This novel is not only inspirational and quirky but it has a contagious eagerness towards life. From page one I realized this wasn’t going to be your average novel and that James A. Owen didn’t have the average perspective on life.
So your run of the mill book written to be inspirational normally has the same old, believe in yourself, everything will end up wonderfully and perfectly and we will all skip through fields of blooming daisies. James A. Owen’s perspective is more realistic but filled with a hunger for life and a belief in humanity. He tells it as it is, that doing what you really feel you are meant to isn’t going to be easy and it isn’t supposed to be. There are obstacles and for every author or person you view as successful out there, whether it looks like they got the deal of the century or not there was struggle and hardship and above all, a need to act and a belief in what they were doing that drove them past anything life threw a them.
Probably my favorite parts of this novel were when he spoke about why he writes for middle grade and why he loved speaking to them. I also LOVED when he talked about Superman: Last Son of Krypton by Eliot S. Maggin and how it changed his life (enough that I have plans to order my own copy). To be honest, this book couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I won’t go into details but truly, I am so happy this book arrived when it did.
Reading this book you don’t feel talked down to, you feel like you are sitting next to a friend who knows you and cares about you and is telling you their story so that you know a bit better how to approach your own life. A man who loves comic books, dragons and superman and who believes in anyone and everyone who will listen.
A phenomenal book that has left me a fan of James A. Owen for life. I won’t forget it anytime soon. (less)
This is one of my favorite novels. I love the characters, the concept and the writing. It is just fantastic. I think part of the reason this has alway...moreThis is one of my favorite novels. I love the characters, the concept and the writing. It is just fantastic. I think part of the reason this has always been one of the books I come back and re-read over and over again is because I love that Addie was able to come out of her shell while still being so uniquely her. She didn't end up being like her sister or changing from who she was, she was always still Addie, only even better because she had grown as a character. (less)
This book had everything. I was laughing so hard yet there were moments where I would sit up in bed and hardly be able to calm back down until I could...moreThis book had everything. I was laughing so hard yet there were moments where I would sit up in bed and hardly be able to calm back down until I could find out what would happen next! It was a crazy roller coaster ride that had me shocked into fits of giggles, near screams and a LOT of surprised gasp expressions that kept my fiance worried as he watched my face and I watched the pages flying by. I have not checked out many of James Patterson's novels but now, I think I will be. If all of his novels can make me laugh this hard I want them as a part of my collection! (less)
SPOILER ALERT: I went a little in depth with this one. I know some people like having as little info as possible about the plot itself before reading....moreSPOILER ALERT: I went a little in depth with this one. I know some people like having as little info as possible about the plot itself before reading. If that describes you, don't read on. :p
Now I'm a diehard fantasy buff. I grew up hearing the stories of Greek mythology and Roman history. I knew the story of "The Odyssey" long before I had even heard of nursey rhymes. This opened up whole new worlds for me and as I grew, so did my imagination. As my body grew in height, so did my reach towards additional levels of books, each filled with new stories that I couldn't wait to read.
And every now and then I'd come across an author that make me reread his or her book repeatedly out of total adoration. This first book of Terry Goodkind's definitely reaches that mark for me.
Throughout the story, Terry Goodkind delivers in an unforgettable fashion. As this is first book, I can't wait to find out what he does next, particularly as we discover more about Richard and Kahlan, and especially the eccentric old wizard, Zeddicus Zu'ul Zorander, Richard's grandfather and the man who put the boundaries up to stop Darken Rahl's forces from invading the rest of the world - especially since Zedd proves you're never too old to have a good time, whether in food or courting a lady.
In "Wizard's First Rule", we are introduced to the world of Richard and Kahlan, two individuals who were seperated not only by distance and upbringing, but by magic. Richard grew up in the Westlands, an area that had been sealed off for decades from other parts of the world, including Kahlan's home of the Midlands. Richard grew up as a woodsguide. Kahlan grew up destined to rule the Midlands as the Mother Confessor.
When we are first introduced to these endearing characters, Richard is searching through the woods, hunting for a clue about the mysterious death of his father who had been brutally murdered. What he ends up finding is Kahlan - who is being hunt by a 'quad', a ruthless band of four hunter/assassins who will stop at nothing until they have killed her.
Richard intercedes and, although he is not a warrior, makes just enough of a difference that he is able to save Kahlan's life. Upon his first glance of her his breath is taken away and he begins the slow but long fade towards falling in love with her. It begins a new chapter of his life, one where he is destined to follow her into the midlands.
He also has no clue about who she really is because she refuses to tell him out of fear he will begin to look differently at her.
With this dark secret looming over their relationship, they have an even more pressing concern - the man who sent the quad after her - Darken Rahl, a wizard who is both seductive and twisted. He will stop at nothing to seek Kahlan's demise because she is searching for the one person in the world who has a chance at stopping him - the last seeker of truth - a man who she has already found - Richard.
In many ways Kahlan is the harbringer of doom for Richard. Not only do the forces of Darken Rahl follow closely behind her, destroying everything in their path, but she also lights the flame of destiny for him, making him leave behind everything he loves to follow her blindly into a war that seems impossible to win. But she is also the one person who awakens a side of Richard that will love her throughout time and into the world of the spirits.
Whether a diehard fantasy lover like me or not, I would heartily recommend you check out this first book of Goodkind's. Wizard's First Rule will not disappoint you whether you are into fantasy, romance or just a good ole' adventure - it has everything you could want. You will cry, laugh, love and even hate as you follow Richard and Kahlen through their trials within the book. I personally had a hard time liking Kahlan at first as I didn't feel that she was being honest with Richard, regardless of her reasons, but my respect and admiration grew throughout the novel.
Check out Wizard's First Rule today and you'll be introduced to a story that you will remember forever!(less)