Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all time favorite books, so when I was asked if I wanted to read and review Deep Secret I jumped at theCharmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones is one of my all time favorite books, so when I was asked if I wanted to read and review Deep Secret I jumped at the chance.
And this is a really fun book.
It is clear Jones must have loved the idea of multiverses. She used the idea in her Chrestomanci series, and uses it in this book as well. And I must say I love the idea of there being lots of worlds out there, some of them resembling our world, others being very different. I really enjoyed reading about the whole multiverse principle and how it's regulated by Magids.
Rupert is a relatively new Magid. He has the knowledge, but not the experience. He tries to make the best out of a difficult situation, but soon gets in over his head. He's a bit of a nerd, so I immediately connected with him and wanted him to succeed.
There's also parts of the book written from the point of view of another character: Maree. I had more difficulty connecting with Maree, I will confess. Part of it was how she was introduced from Rupert's point of view, part was her actual personality, which is a bit flaky. Luckily she grew on me. I very much liked her younger cousin Nick though.
The story is complex, and seemingly unrelated events later turn out to be connected, making this a read where you have to keep paying attention to what's going on. It's suspenseful, funny and full of action.
If there's one thing I can say against this book, is that a lot of stereotypes are being dragged out. Now of course this book is set largely at a SF convention, but in my opinion a SF convention is more than all the stereotypes that are paraded around here.
But it's a small grumble: overall I very much enjoyed this book, and can recommend it to everyone who likes a fun and good Fantasy read....more
Of the three books in this series I liked the second one the best. It felt the most solid, and had the best mixThis is a very nice Paranormal Romance.
Of the three books in this series I liked the second one the best. It felt the most solid, and had the best mix of romance and suspense.
This book was very enjoyable, and I loved the suspense part (there were zombies!), but the romance felt a bit off to me. As the title might have told me: it was more about desire than romance. I couldn't believe in the emotional bond between Kat and Ethan. They didn't seem to fit. But that might be just me.
I really liked Kat's grandmother, she was a very interesting character, but her constant presence might also be one of the reasons why the romance didn't work for me. Getting hot and heavy with someone while your grandmother is within hearing distance isn't my idea of fun.
But slightly unsatisfying romance aside this was a very entertaining read, and I will most certainly read other books by Arthur in the future....more
Is it just me, or is Middle Grade fiction filled with twins? It seems as if lots of series for younger teens feature a brother/sister twin pair. EitheIs it just me, or is Middle Grade fiction filled with twins? It seems as if lots of series for younger teens feature a brother/sister twin pair. Either I just ran into a couple of these books by accident, or the publishing world seems to think it's needed to get both boys and girls interested in these kind of books.
That being said: I very much enjoyed this book.
Connor and Grace get separated after a shipwreck. Connor ends up on a pirate ship, and Grace on a ship where she gets locked in a cabin for her own safety.
I especially liked Grace's story. Even though I knew right away on what kind of ship Grace ended up, it was fun to read how she slowly figures out what's going on. There's a bit of suspense, an evil vampirate, some really cool characters, and more.
Connor's story was entertaining, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Grace's story. This might be because I didn't much care for Connor. He was a bit too gullible in my opinion. I did like some of the other characters on board of Connor's ship though.
The world building is a bit of a mess though. It's supposed to be in the future, and there are some mentions of modern things, but mostly the setting felt more like the 1700' or there about.
Overall this is a fun Vampirates romp though, and I very much enjoyed reading it. It does end in a way that wraps up some things, but leaves most story-lines open, so you will have to get the next book to find out how things will turn out. I might read the next book if I can find it on sale somewhere....more
The Dystopian setting with its rigid and cruel rules is very interesting and perfectly lends itself for all kinds of intrigue. SoThis is a nice read.
The Dystopian setting with its rigid and cruel rules is very interesting and perfectly lends itself for all kinds of intrigue. So I was a little disappointed at first that Arcadia soon leaves this intriguing society behind for a journey through the wilderness. I wanted more about this society, more interaction with it.
But luckily the events that unfold in the wilderness were interesting enough to keep my attention. There were also some discussions she has with her travel companion that tell more about the world she grew up in. Things did develop slowly I must say, but not annoyingly so.
Near the end of the book things speed up again and there are some really cool revelations and events before the book reaches an end that would have left me totally frustrated if this had been a standalone as I thought. Luckily it turns out there will be a sequel, so I will keep an eye out for that....more
I will confess I was a little disappointed that once again the different sort of aliens are all human in appearance. There might be some shine hair, aI will confess I was a little disappointed that once again the different sort of aliens are all human in appearance. There might be some shine hair, a strange eye color, stuff like that, but they all look human. But that's the case in most SciFi, so I decided not to hold it against this book and read on.
And this book is just so beautiful!
The story is told mostly from the viewpoint of Grace Delarua, a woman from Cygnus Beta, a planet that's become a melting pot of different humanoid species over the centuries. When the Sadiri's homeworld is destroyed a lot of the survivors end up on Cygnus Beta. Grace joins an expedition to find if there are people on the planet with a genetic make-up that's close enough to the Sadiri to help the Sadiri save/continue their species.
The things that happen on the expedition make a compelling story and would have entertained me on its own easily, but it was the developing relationship between Grace Delarua and Dllenahkh (one of the Sadiri) that made me fall in love with this book. It's one of the most quiet and matter of fact romances I ever read, but it's so heartwarming and sweet. The way they interact, and get to know each other, each other's customs and background was really touching. There was no drama, no horrible misunderstanding, no love triangles, just two people who grow towards each other and slowly start realizing what the other means to them.
I had expected to like this book, instead I fell in love with it and had a hard time putting it down. I will most certainly reread it, and I will investigate what other books Lord had written....more
Although this book is meant for children between the age of 8 and 12 I can tell you it's a cool read for older readers as well.
Mick goes hunting for gAlthough this book is meant for children between the age of 8 and 12 I can tell you it's a cool read for older readers as well.
Mick goes hunting for gold in Zombie Cave, and the things he encounters are not for the faint of heart. The language in this book might be mild, but the gore and action are plenty. Bogerman sure knows how to write a thrilling adventure full of zombie action.
Mick is a fun lead character. He's resourceful, funny, and mostly knows how to handle himself in a tight situation. I rooted for him to succeed in his quest.
The zombies were my kind of zombies as well: undead, decaying creatures, hungry for human flesh. There were some tense situations, but nothing too scary in my opinion.
For me this was a fast and fun read, and I can advise this book to any zombie lover, and to children who don't shy away from a gory adventure tale. I think I might give the other books in this series a try as well, even though there probably won't be zombies in those....more