In search of material for her dissertation, Eloise Kelly has moved to London. Her dreams are filled with visions of dashing 18th century heroes like TIn search of material for her dissertation, Eloise Kelly has moved to London. Her dreams are filled with visions of dashing 18th century heroes like The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Purple Gentian, and the mysterious Pink Carnation. When she's given the opportunity to read a series of manuscripts written by the Purple Gentian himself, she jumps on the chance to find out the identity of his partner, the Pink Carnation. But Eloise might be surprised when she finds out the spy's true name.
This book had me laughing from the prologue. Most of the story is rooted in 18th Century France, but Willig sprinkles a couple chapters of Eloise burying herself in the historical documents. In my eyes, the true MC's were Richard (aka the Purple Gentian) and Amy, the girl who's in love with the Purple Gentian but hates Richard.
I thought I'd figured out the identity of the Pink Carnation, only to be surprised at the reveal.
Willig mixes enough suspense with the romance and humor to give the book a good balance. I got a distinctly historical vibe, although a good deal of the humor is quite modern. The mixture resulted in an accessible historical novel that hinted at chick lit....more
12-year-old Percy Jackson has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, he never stays at a school for more than a year...and he's about to find out that12-year-old Percy Jackson has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, he never stays at a school for more than a year...and he's about to find out that he's a demigod.
When Percy is attacked by one of Hades' Furies, he's dragged into a world with satyrs, monsters, and most importantly, Greek gods. But as a son of one of the "Big Three" - Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades - who are always jealous of each other's power and fight all the time, he is blamed for the theft of Zeus' prize possession: his lightning bolt, the most powerful weapon on Earth. Percy must go on a quest to the Underworld to discover who framed him and return the lightning bolt to Mount Olympus - conveniently located on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building - before the summer solstice.
As an epic fan of Greek mythology (pun intended), I couldn't put this book down. I even took it to class with me and read it during lectures. Rick Riordan took the old classics and modernized them into a relatable, humorous world where Medusa owns a garden shop specializing in stone figurines for your yard and satyrs play Hilary Duff songs on their reed pipes. This book had me laughing out loud, and I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series....more
This book is beyond amazing. It's beautiful. It's haunting. It's lyrical. It's tragic.
What I love about Stiefvater is that she isn't afraid to let herThis book is beyond amazing. It's beautiful. It's haunting. It's lyrical. It's tragic.
What I love about Stiefvater is that she isn't afraid to let her characters go through a lot of hurt. There's so much pain in this novel that it could have been horrible to read. But it's not. It's both numbing and cathartic at the same time.
Sam has to be one of my favorite YA heroes characters of all time. He's so raw, and his thoughts about life are so beautifully expressed through song. All he needed was a big hug and lots of therapy, but oh how I loved him.
But while the characters are great and the plot is stellar, what really makes this book amazing is the writing. Stiefvater's writing style is almost Literary (as in, with a capital L). I was so impressed with it that she is my official author crush. If only I could write so well.
Read this book. Please. I read it two years ago after checking it out of the library, and I had to buy it the other day when I saw it on the shelf at Booksamillion. It will be read again. It was that good....more
I don't give out five star ratings often, but this book deserves it. Maybe I loved it because it's dystopian (which is close to my heart) or maybe becI don't give out five star ratings often, but this book deserves it. Maybe I loved it because it's dystopian (which is close to my heart) or maybe because it discusses the effect violence has on children (another topic I'm passionate about), but whatever the reason, THE HUNGER GAMES had me hooked from Chapter One.
Katniss Everdeen lives in what used to be Appalachia with her mother and sister. Since her father's death, she's taken over the responsibility of breadwinner for the family, which includes sneaking outside the protective fence of her town, District 12, to hunt wild game in the wilderness. But when her gentle sister Prim is drafted for the nation's annual Hunger Games, a gladiator-esque reality show, Katniss volunteers to take her place and has to leave her home for the capitol.
THE HUNGER GAMES explores tough themes. Because Katniss lives in a poor district, she knows starvation and the struggle for survival. And as a hunter, she has killed. But thrown into the arena, she realizes that killing a human being is nothing like killing an animal. She's determined not to become attached to her fellow contestants, who she will have to kill or watch be killed to return home to Prim, but along the way, she accidentally stumbles upon two friendships that end up being stronger weapons than any manmade instrument.
In the tradition of dystopian literature, Suzanne Collins creates a government and culture much like our own, only skewed so as to make it more extreme. As a society, we rail against the gladiators from ancient times, but Collins paints a picture that is easily imaginable: reality television inflated to a level where it's not hearts that are broken but bodies and lives. The Gamekeepers of the Hunger Games show no mercy, creating the worst possible atmosphere for the players and torturing them with extreme weather, genetically crafted beasts, and a manipulative setting. Because of the subject matter, I wouldn't recommend the book for anyone under the age of fourteen. But if the reader is old enough, I think the book raises a number of thought-provoking questions relating to survival, loyalty, and conformity....more
I still haven't figured out why people tend to say this is their least favorite in the series. It's my absolute favorite - SO good! The writing is speI still haven't figured out why people tend to say this is their least favorite in the series. It's my absolute favorite - SO good! The writing is spectacular, the dark elements are sinister yet intoxicating, and Irial is quite the swoon-worthy anti-hero. I also love Niall, though I never liked the idea of him as the Dark King.
But I still stand by this is the best written book of the series, and the whole concept of the ink exchange is fascinating....more
And commence fangirl love. I don't think I can even write a legitimate review about this book. I it finished over a week ago, and I'm still thinking aAnd commence fangirl love. I don't think I can even write a legitimate review about this book. I it finished over a week ago, and I'm still thinking about it. I'm practically counting the days until the next book comes out. This book is insanely amazing.
First, let's talk about the characters. I liked Clary from The Mortal Instruments, but I didn't find her a particularly compelling protagonist. Tessa, on the other hand, is endearing and makes you want to hear her story. She has this innocent quality at the beginning, and you watch her lose her naivety and embrace the uglier side of life without getting bitter - it's like the epitome of YA character development, all rolled into one character in book one of a series. Her interaction with the other characters is incredible, as well.
Which brings me to the boys. And I thought Jace was awesome. I totally forgot about him when I met Will and Jem. Will is a lot like Jace - sarcastic, annoyingly charming, and keeps his true emotions buried. You find yourself equally repulsed by his cruelty and attracted to the glimpses of humanity Clare offers us throughout the story. He's a bigger jerk than Jace ever was, and yet, I already like him better.
As for Jem, I would marry him tomorrow. You know, if he lived in modern times...and I wasn't a mundane and he wasn't a shadowhunter...and if he were real. But that's not all that important, right? Anyway, he's totally unlike any other Cassie Clare character - he's nice like Simon, but he's also intellectual and artistic. I love that he has the weakness, that it keeps him from being as good of a shadowhunter but also makes him more understanding and accepting, more gracious. Ladies, this boy is incredible. I'm just sayin'.
I've read some negative reviews about Clare's writing style, but I didn't find it distracting. She writes in 3rd person omniscient. She also takes some time setting up the story at the beginning instead of jumping straight into the action. The book is really long for YA. All these "taboos" only add to the beauty of her style, though. The way she wrote the story is almost an extension of the time period, a reflection of the Victorian culture and how they wrote books back then - with a modern twist.
If you haven't read this book yet, go buy it. Now. It's worth getting the hardback. If you liked The Mortal Instruments, you'll love this. ...more