I really LIKED this book, but I did not love it nearly as much as the books in Madeleine L'Engle's original Time Quartet. However, that is not sayingI really LIKED this book, but I did not love it nearly as much as the books in Madeleine L'Engle's original Time Quartet. However, that is not saying the book is less than good. It is a wonderful coming-of-age novel focusing on the original Quartet characters' daughter, Polly O'Keefe (also in other L'Engle works) and her friend Zachary Gray (also in other works). As they travel back to prehistoric time from her grandparents' swimming pool and the famous star-watching rock, they learn about the true meanings of love, sacrifice and loss....more
Mage in Black is Jaye Wells’ sequel to her fantastic urban fantasy debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild. Like its predecessor, it is fast-paced, funny, aMage in Black is Jaye Wells’ sequel to her fantastic urban fantasy debut novel, Red-Headed Stepchild. Like its predecessor, it is fast-paced, funny, and hard to put down.
The novel opens with Sabina headed to NYC with Adam to meet the identical twin she recently discovered having, on the run from her grandmother and the Dominae after their betrayal. In typical Sabina fashion, she immediately lands in trouble and stays in that condition, setting up a great plot for the book. She is out of her element and back to square one in training, as she knows nothing of being a mage after living her entire life as a vampire.
Wells’ characters are well-developed and as realistic as the dark races can be, just as in the first book. The world-building and mythology in this series is fantastic, which gives depth to the characters’ believability. Sabina is still a fireball, as in the previous book, but she’s become a more complex protagonist by being forced to face another part of her heritage, which is well outside the scope of her comfort zone. Adam Lazarus is absent throughout most of the book, but there is definitely some heat sizzling between him and Sabina while he’s around. Of course, Giguhl (Sabina’s minion) is still running amok and playing an even bigger role in the story than RHSC. He is a great comic relief and one of the best parts of the Sabina Kane series. Wells introduces us to Maisie, Sabina’s twin sister. I won’t spoil, but I will say that she is everything that Sabina is not. There are some other mage characters adding to the fun, and someone from Sabina’s past comes along that may just be the main ingredient for a very interesting love triangle.
All-in-all, this was a very fun read and a great sequel. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Green-Eyed Demon....more
Leah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal is a simply wonderful Young Adult novel. The Urban Fantasy genre has gotten quite crowded in the past decade, but CliffLeah Clifford’s A Touch Mortal is a simply wonderful Young Adult novel. The Urban Fantasy genre has gotten quite crowded in the past decade, but Clifford’s debut novel still manages to stand out. She did not choose to go with the ever-popular choice – vampires and werewolves – but chose instead to throw together zombies and angels.
We begin the novel with Eden, our heroine, as a flawed teenager, bored with life and contemplating suicide until she meets the two friends, Az and Gabe. There is something different about the two young men, but then again, she’s not quite normal herself.
The plot twists, turns and flips upside-down as we watch Eden adjust to her new life and fight her inner (and outer?) demons. I read the book in less than a day, and it left me yearning for more. I must also mention that the beautiful cover art by Paul Zakris is genius. I spent probably ten minutes savoring the outside of the book alone. Not only is the young girl on the front cover gorgeous, but what you do not see on the back just catches the essence of the book. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford is the total package for a good read....more
This is a really good spin on Ancient Irish mythology and what *could* have happened back in the days before Stonehenge if there were centaurs, shamanThis is a really good spin on Ancient Irish mythology and what *could* have happened back in the days before Stonehenge if there were centaurs, shaman, demons, and other strange things. I enjoyed it immensely....more
I could use this "Review" field as a letter to Kevin Hearne to let him know how awesome Hounded is. Since I already did that on Twitter, I'm going toI could use this "Review" field as a letter to Kevin Hearne to let him know how awesome Hounded is. Since I already did that on Twitter, I'm going to let YOU know how awesome Hounded is.
I read quite a few reviews of this book, and I will honestly say my expectations were VERY high. That is never a good thing for me to carry into a book with me. I must say that I still managed to be impressed with Mr. Hearne's debut novel. Here are a few things that stood out for me:
1) His characters are well-researched. Mr. Hearne knows his business, which is good since he's using "real" deities in his books (yes, there will be more!). It also gives the mortal characters a certain relatability because he has taken time to make a backstory for them. Well, except for the witches perhaps, but I'll forgive him for that since there are two more books coming out this summer.
2) There are an abundance of pop culture references! There is a little bit thrown in for everyone. By everyone, I mean people like me because the rest of you do not matter. Just kidding. Kinda. Anyway, his characters fit into the modern world because they like MODERN things. And Atticus is a bit of a sexy dork, not unlike myself.
3)The plot is woven intelligently well. By this I mean that everything ties together so far. One thing leads to another without being too predictable. Mr. Hearne wrapped up Hounded quite well, but left a nice lead-in for Hexed.
All of that being said, I will HAVEHexed the day it comes out, even if I have to go to Barnes & Noble's storage room myself to find it. This is coming from the lady who waits until either the library has it or can get it for 50¢ at a garage sale. I expect Mr. Hearne will be around quite a while. And his little dog, too....more
I spent months eagerly anticipating the release of this book after hearing several authors and bloggers rave about it. This was my Big Book of 2011. II spent months eagerly anticipating the release of this book after hearing several authors and bloggers rave about it. This was my Big Book of 2011. I can tell you, my friends, that it did not disappoint. I'm a tough critic when it comes to Hype, and Kendare Blake's novel held up well.
As far as this book is concerned, Kendare Blake is not merely an author - she is a wordsmith. She is able to weave the tale of Cas and Anna in such a way that I felt as if I was in the novel. Despite it being a little scary, I did not want to leave. I loved her descriptions of everything involved, and the supporting characters are some of my alltime YA favorites. Every character in the book had a specific purpose and served it well. I'm a three book a week girl (alternating due to my short attention span), but I had this book read in 10 hours and that is including the 6 hours I used to sleep!
I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read a spooky ghost story or an all-around fantastic piece of fiction....more
I love the YA genre, but I never thought that I would come across a piece of literary genius in its midst. Ransom Riggs brought one to us.
Jacob is a sI love the YA genre, but I never thought that I would come across a piece of literary genius in its midst. Ransom Riggs brought one to us.
Jacob is a social outcast from a prominent and wealthy Jewish family. He does not seem to relate very well to anyone in his family, except for his grandfather, Abraham. Abraham always had fantastic stories for Jacob about his growing up at a school in Wales that he attended after fleeing Poland during WWII. All of the stories were extraordinary (in the sense that there was nothing ordinary about them) - some scary, some merely outrageous - and unbelievable once Jacob reached a certain age.
The story is focused on Jacob and his search for the truth after a horrible tragedy causes his mind to seemingly break. His journey for sanity leads him and his father to Wales and to Miss Peregrine's boarding house. We see Jacob, as well as his father in some ways, come to terms with who his grandfather really was, and face the demons of his grandfather's past. Jacob is also faced with the task of finding himself, and deciding what is most important to him.
I really appreciate how WWII, the Holocaust, and Jacob's life as an outcast from both his family and age group plays a role in telling the story. There are so many various double meanings and symbols used to tell this story, but to give any of them away would spoil the story itself.
This is a great start of a new young adult series, and I eagerly anticipate reading the next book. This was, without a doubt, one of my favorite books of this year....more