This is one of those books that I can truly say had a very huge influence on my life. I cannot remember being interested in anything remotely scientif...moreThis is one of those books that I can truly say had a very huge influence on my life. I cannot remember being interested in anything remotely scientific or based in the Real World, but Mrs. L'Engle inspired me to look outside my comfort zone. I did not just love the Time Quartet, but I learned to love other books by giving them a chance.
Meg Murry is a teenage girl who doesn't quite fit in with her schoolmates, her community, or even her own family. As her brother Charles Wallace puts it, she's not one thing or another. In addition to finding herself, she is faced with challenge of finding her missing father with her four year old brother and sports star Calvin O'Keefe.
While it is a coming of age novel, it is also a great example of The Hero's Journey. Meg has to travel across the universe on a quest, battle an epic villain, and learn from her travels.
With all of that said, the best thing about the book is the characters. Every time I read or think about the book, I always wish that I had Charles Wallace as a little brother, a Calvin O'Keefe to long after, and three science-maven godmothers to lead me in the right direction, but let me follow my own path.
I'm always disappointed to hear that this book is no longer required reading, but my daughter will be required to read it because it's a beautiful story about love that transcends genre, religion, and science.
Format - Audiobook read by Madeleine L'Engle, finished 6/3/11(less)
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 Cliff...moreLeah 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.(less)
The use of mythology mixed with "reality" is genius. Not just genius because it was a clever idea (and not a new one), but the way it was orchestrated...moreThe use of mythology mixed with "reality" is genius. Not just genius because it was a clever idea (and not a new one), but the way it was orchestrated is lovely. Not only did the book draw me in and trap me, but it made me want to go and research all of the characters that I am not familiar with. The next Harry Potter? Golly, I hope so!(less)
This book is AMAZING! I wish that it would've been around when I was a teenager so I would've had a strong female character to admire. Katniss Everdee...moreThis book is AMAZING! I wish that it would've been around when I was a teenager so I would've had a strong female character to admire. Katniss Everdeen is probably one of my favorite Young Adult literary characters now. Suzanne Collins made such a great contribution to the genre with the Hunger Games novels and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!(less)
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 to...moreI 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.(less)
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. I...moreI 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.(less)
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 s...moreI 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.(less)
This was the book chosen for November by my book club, but I did not want to read it. In fact, I wanted to behave like a petulant child because I did...moreThis was the book chosen for November by my book club, but I did not want to read it. In fact, I wanted to behave like a petulant child because I did not get my way. For once in my life, I am glad that I did not.
Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star is a fantastic thriller with a fantastic pace and lovely, believable characters. Everything that happened was crucial to the story, and moved along very quickly. I could not put the book down because even the chapter endings were not good stopping places for the story. It was like a literary can of Pringles - once you pop, you can't stop.
I am from Louisiana, and I worried about the main character, Rory Deveaux, being something of a stereotype. (I know what you guys say about us.) I think she is one of my new favorite YA heroines. She is witty, funny, and completely sure of herself. She is able to be taken from her home environment, placed in an alien one, and still be herself. It was still believable because she is such a strong character.
This is a great start to a new series, and I cannot wait to read more about the Shades of London.
If you're reading this review and haven't read the book yet, please step away from the computer. Do yourself a favor and read the damn book! Unless, o...moreIf you're reading this review and haven't read the book yet, please step away from the computer. Do yourself a favor and read the damn book! Unless, of course, you haven't read Red-Headed Stepchild, which you should buy and devour immediately. I suppose I can't say much, being as I've owned every one of Jaye Wells books since they came out. I'm a book hoarder, but not always a diligent book reader. That being said, I have now read it and am about to start on Silver-Tongued Devil.
Jaye Wells is a wordsmith. Not only does she write amazing stories, she weaves colorful characters, dark humor, and flashes of pure genius into them. Green-Eyed Demon is a prime example of this. She tells the story of her heroine, Sabina Kane, in such a way that I feel like I'm experiencing her battles, triumphs, heartbreaks, and growth right along with her. The book was so intense that tears ran down my face throughout the last chapter. Sabina has evolved so much over the course of the series, and my heart surges with pride for this literary character. It is nothing but pure awesome sauce.
As for me breaking down the book and giving you an idea of what happened in it, I trust that you can read the product description. I would hate to insult your intelligence or accidentally spoil anything. Once again, just read the damn book.(less)
Robert A. Heinlein is one of my go-to authors when I really want to nerd out to some Science Fiction. This book did not disappoint. It is set througho...moreRobert A. Heinlein is one of my go-to authors when I really want to nerd out to some Science Fiction. This book did not disappoint. It is set throughout different satellites, space stations, the moon, Earth, and even other dimensions. While it is doing all of the crazy space age sci-fi deliciousness, it also definitely Noir. It was a strange mix, but it was so good. There is murder, sex (mostly allusions, but not completely), time travel, seduction, and so much more. I would definitely recommend this to someone who was looking for a book way out of the ordinary.(less)