Luce Price is 'shipped' off to Sword and Cross after a fire incident. At Sword and Cross she meets some very unusual people... Cam - attractive, upfro...moreLuce Price is 'shipped' off to Sword and Cross after a fire incident. At Sword and Cross she meets some very unusual people... Cam - attractive, upfront, and bluntly into Luce, but he has a 'bad' side too. Arriana- all over the place, causing Luce to be confused about her motives towards her. Penn - probably the most "normal" girl at Sword and Cross with a vast knowledge of the school's history.
And then there is Daniel - handsome, mysterious, and clearly does not want anything to do with Luce. But Luce can not get him out of her head and thoughts, and she does not know why. All she knows is there is something very familiar about him, she just cannot put her finger on it.
While trying to find her place in Sword and Cross, and trying to figure out who she can really trust, Luce soon becomes faced with a reality that she does not know she can handle. Will she choose Cam or Daniel? Can she trust either at all? Either way, she must choose one, and choose a side in a battle that she has no choice but to be in.
While it took a few chapters for the book to really get going, I loved the development in the beginning of the book - too many times these days there is lacking in that department (if at all). Lauren Kate's use of this development really made all the characters seem alive and real. Another thing Lauren Kate did very well was her descriptions; I was able to clearly imagine Sword and Cross and how dark and dank it was, as if I was really there. I for one, can not wait for the sequel, as the ending of the book was a huge cliffhanger!!!(less)
I picked up this book mainly because the author was coming to our library to host a little seminar on how to become a writer, and I obviously wanted t...moreI picked up this book mainly because the author was coming to our library to host a little seminar on how to become a writer, and I obviously wanted to be able to connect with her. I unfortunately was not thoroughly surprised by this book. At first I was able to connect to the book as I too have a sister with same name and growing up we did more than our fair share of sisterly bickering and fighting. While I loved the character development of the main character, Abigail, and I felt for her and her family, there was something about this book that just didn't get me hooked on it, and I unfortunately still can not put my finger on it. This is not to say that it did not have its good qualities.
As I said, the character development was well done. Being told through Abigail, you are able to get inside of her head and really understand why she feels and thinks the way she does. You cannot help but feel for her as her mother clearly has checked out once Becky's disappeared. I was frustrated at Abigail's father and how overbearing he was towards her, but clearly understandably so. Jillian Cantor's close attention to detail in describing Abigail's "first love" was real in the sense that I can remember feeling that way at the same age as Abigail.
The one thing I know I did not like about this book was the fact that not much time was spent on the ending (I won't go into any detail as I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read it). Overall, the book was decent and even though it is not one of my favorites, I do not regret reading it. (less)
The phenomenon of Harry Potter began with The Sorcerer's Stone! Instead of reviewing the overall book, as we have all read the books, I am going to go...moreThe phenomenon of Harry Potter began with The Sorcerer's Stone! Instead of reviewing the overall book, as we have all read the books, I am going to go over some of my favorite events in the book, in order, and a few reasons why I love this book!
The Vanishing Glass It is hard to not love this part of the novel. Dudley finally gets what he deserves! This is also really the first time we, the readers, get see Harry's "magic" in the making; even though you are given history of 'unexplained events' Harry has been through, you now get to actually see it. You cannot help but laugh at the image in your head of Dudley and Piers falling 'through' the glass and into the boa constrictor's cage. It is also hard not to imagine the pandemonium that ensued: "people throughout the reptile house screamed and started running for the exits" - I think of stampedes.
Harry Gets His First Wand Harry's first wand I believe is one of the most important events in the entire Harry Potter Series, for many reasons. Most obviously, he is now officially a wizard student - he has the means to do some magic! Second, this intertwines the threads and mystery between him and Voldemort more.
"It so happens that the phoenix whose tail feather is in your wand, gave another feather - just one other. It is very curious indeed that you should be destined for this wand when its brother - why, its brother gave you that scar."
Harry, Ron and Hermione Meet "The door of the compartment slid open and the youngest redheaded boy came in"...
Without this trio the entire series would not be the same, if even exist, thus making it, to me, THE MOST important event in the entire series. From this meeting true friendship is formed, tested, and molded into something that reverberates throughout the novels. While each character is strong in their own way, together they are able to accomplish many things that they wouldn't have otherwise. Even though Ron and Harry get on right from the beginning, and Hermione not so much, their ease with each other is foretelling for the entire series. Their first conversations are also really important to pay attention to. You get a sense of Ron and where he comes from: his family, coming from a wizard family and the expectations/pressure he thus feels....
"I'm the sixth in our family to go to Hogwarts. You could say I've got a lot to live up to. ... Everyone expects me to do as well as the others, but if I do, it's no big deal, because they did it first."
I think it is also very important to point out that while Harry never had any money and even though he just found out he could buy anything his heart desires, he does not put himself above Ron, who's family is not a well off, in fact poor.
"...Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry's pasties, cakes and candies..."
We cannot of course forget Hermione. She enters the cart with an air of knowledge. You can tell right away that she uses her knowledge to make up for the fact that she comes from a Muggle born family, which we discover later on. Hermione's 'loving' side comes out, in a way, when she informs Ron that he has dirt on his nose - while her statement doesn't come across as 'motherly' her it is great foreshadowing, not only to her relationship with Ron, but also to her role in the friendship - she takes care of the boys in a way.
Harry Stands Up To Malfoy While Harry has already confronted Malfoy and his one-sided mind earlier before they were sorted, Harry puts his words into actions when Malfoy flies away with Neville's Remembrall. This scene in particular shows us that Harry will always stand up for what is right, even if he could, and sometimes does, get into trouble. A real statement about his character.
It goes without saying that there are many other important scenes in the first Harry Potter book. If you really think about it, pretty much everything about this book is important as it sets the stage. J.K. Rowling did an amazing job in every aspect: plot creation, character development, details, hints, foreshadowing, etc. I dare you not to fall in love with Harry Potter and his world after reading this book!!(less)
Nora, studious, independent, and serious; Patch, quite, intuitive and trouble... When Nora is assigned to sit next to Patch in Biology class, little d...moreNora, studious, independent, and serious; Patch, quite, intuitive and trouble... When Nora is assigned to sit next to Patch in Biology class, little does she know she has entered into a battle that could cost her her future and her life. Nora knows there is something off about Patch. Plagued by his personal knowledge of her, Nora is set to learn more about him, while trying to keep her distance. However, the further she investigates the more strange and deadly things happen to her. Nora does not know who to trust anymore, or what is real.
I have nothing but praise for this book and the author, especially as this is Becca Fitzpatrick's first novel. The first thing that drew my attention to this book was the cover; this cover is absolutely amazing. Also, this book was very refreshing in many ways. Fitzpatrick's details and descriptions of both the characters and the events keep you glued to the book (I personally read this book in one day). Patch is neither the good or the bad guy, and you want him to be both. Nora's character is also beautifully presented, showing her utter confusion about Patch and her feelings towards him. While the title of the book gives away what Patch really is, a fallen angel, you become as confused as Nora is, making it very easy to forget what what is.
The only bad thing (if you can really call it bad) I would have to say about this book is the I would have loved to have learned more about Patch and his background. Throughout the book, despite many hints given by Fitzpatrick, I was confused about who he was; but I suspect that was done on purpose to make his character traits that much more prominent. The last thing I was a little disappointed in was the very ending; knowing that there was a sequel to this book before I started, I had expected the book to end on a cliffhanger. However, the very ending wrapped up the entire book, leaving no inclination that there is a more to be discovered. Beyond that, I absolutely loved this book and recommend it to EVERYONE!(less)
The Friday Night Knitting Club is a story of love, friendship, and life through the actions and commitment to knitting. Georgia Walker, single mothe...more The Friday Night Knitting Club is a story of love, friendship, and life through the actions and commitment to knitting. Georgia Walker, single mother, business woman, knitter, reluctantly starts a Friday Night Knitting Club at Walker and Daughter with the most unusual of characters: ~ Georgia Walker - owner of Walker and Daughter, mother to Dakota, who finds new friendships and love in old places ~ Dakota Walker - Georgia's teenage daughter who is always cooking up a new concoction ~ Anita - Georgia's mentor, always lending her support ~ Peri - Walker and Daughter employee and fashion designer wanna be ~ Lucie - an experienced knitter with a few marital problems ~ Darwin - a grad student who struggles in knitting for a bit ~ KC - constantly knitting but has problems with finishing a project ~ Cat - Georgia's once best friend who finds true friendship once again along with herself
Through this weekly Knitting Club, each woman is able not only to share their thoughts, hopes, and dreams, they soon discover answers to their deepest concerns and worries. (less)
Where to start with this book... This was an amazing book! Atonement is told from many different points of views: Briony Tallis, Cecilia Tallis, and R...moreWhere to start with this book... This was an amazing book! Atonement is told from many different points of views: Briony Tallis, Cecilia Tallis, and Robbie Turner. Briony Tallis is introduced to as a 13-year old who has a passion for writing, and for creating imagined worlds. Cecilia Tallis, Briony's older sister, is more concerned with relaxing and smoking while her mother has one of her "headaches". Robbie Turner, a son of one of the household maids, dreams about going to college for medicine.
The main events behind the whole pot of this book all occur in a single day. Briony misinterprets an interaction taken place between Cecilia and Robbie while looking out her window. To add to Briony's imagination of what she "thinks" took place she intercepts a note written by Robbie addressed to Cecilia. Robbie gave this note by accident, with the intended note still at his house. Inside this note sexual and personal thoughts of Robbie's send Briony's thoughts array. Later on Briony see's an intimate event take place between Robbie and Cecilia, not understanding at all what it means - she believes that Robbie has "assaulted" Cecilia and is thus a bad man. If this wasn't bad enough, one of Briony's cousins is found violated later that night in the woods. Briony automatically believes and accuses Robbie as the assailant.
Briony's accusation sets in motion the events for the rest of the book - Robbie is given the choice to either go to Jail or to serve in the Army; he chooses the Army, which changes him completely. Cecilia becomes a nurse, as she too is changed by Briony's accusation. As Briony grows up she starts to question her actions and realizes her mistake. Can she ever make up for the pain and heartache she has caused, for tearing apart two people who loved each other?(less)