I didn't expect this to be as good as they say it is. But it was as good as they say it is.
And much of the hospital details– Nurses suck unless they get...moreI didn't expect this to be as good as they say it is. But it was as good as they say it is.
And much of the hospital details– Nurses suck unless they get blood on the first try. Often getting told you'll go home soon but just told that again and again when you never go home when they say. Parents crying even though they aren't supposed to cry in front of you.
These things reminded me of my month in the hospital. I didn't cry where I should have in this book. I did, however, feel tightness in my chest where anyone having spend more than a week in a hospital would have in this book.(less)
So, I began trying to read this book when I was 11 or 12. I immediately put it down because I didn't like the underage drinking and smoking...
Later on...moreSo, I began trying to read this book when I was 11 or 12. I immediately put it down because I didn't like the underage drinking and smoking...
Later on, I got over it. It was glorious, really. Kaye was just the kind of girl you'd imagine to have the Sight, though in fact she was a faerie. She was isolated, but it didn't affect her as much as it would to most people. Not until she realized she could control the people she hated, anyway. For a short time, she reminded me, personality wise, of Luna Lovegood. You know, if Luna were to smoke, or drink.
All in all, it was quite a fun read, and I've gained new respect for Holly Black. Having already read the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater, and the Iron King by Julie Kagawa, I understood the historical faerie background immediately. Actually, the Kelpie was obviously the more common name for Maggie Steifvater's Capall uisce, the Faeries and their Unseelie and Seelie Courts were definitely similar to Clare's and Kagawa's interpretations, and even our brave night, Roiben, from the Unseelie Court strongly reminded me of Ash of the Unseelie Court in Julie Kagawa's story (Their hair was of opposite color, though, which I found quite amusing.)
The only reason I couldn't give it five stars because I was pretty much aware of the plot before I even read through the entire thing. It was definitely worth it, though, even if it related to three other serie. Maybe I also still didn't love the focus of cigarettes and alcohol, but Kaye was a likable character nonetheless.(less)
Usually, I am extremely disappointed with books such as this one; books in which the main characters are infuriating. However, this was the exception....moreUsually, I am extremely disappointed with books such as this one; books in which the main characters are infuriating. However, this was the exception. While many of the main characters had their faults, the explanation of those faults was what made the story what it was. The book was written, I believe, with the intention of making you hate certain characters. If this was the intention, than the mission was a success. I hated them a lot- but in reality they had a reason for acting that way, and once it was explained, I felt as if their faults had been made... less incriminating. I still hated them; but at least I knew where they had gotten, why they had developed, and could accept their faults.
Probably one of the most interesting stories was that of the original Ott. The Ott that 'turned a sugar refinery into an empire.' The newspaper was taken much too seriously. It had never been created by Ott for the sake of sharing news, but for a chance to be around a woman. In the end, he never ended up happy. In the end, the newspaper fell out of popularity. In the end, everyone found a way to get by, but none of them displayed the classic 'happy ending.' The book was realistic, and maybe that's why I liked it.
Harsh realism. Some people turn out happy, sure; but there are many that don't achieve their dreams. Maybe because of an obstacle that just couldn't be overcome. Maybe because they were just plain unlucky. Maybe just because they were imperfecionists.(less)
Capaill uisce- A predatory, fey horse of the sea. Aroused by the coming of November, they take to the land, ready to kill.
The Scorpio Races- A dangero...moreCapaill uisce- A predatory, fey horse of the sea. Aroused by the coming of November, they take to the land, ready to kill.
The Scorpio Races- A dangerous sporting event participated in by the locals of the Island Thisby in which competitors must capture and train one of the Capall to race near the alluring waves of the ocean.
Turning to the first page, I was prepared for another Shiver. Gently closing the cover, I felt the ghost of tears. Maggie Stiefvater had never been one of the candidates for such a feat. This book was meant to be about the legend of the faerie water horses, commonly known by us urban fantasy readers as 'kelpies,' but that was only the coloring of the dresses at the ball. This story tells so much more of determination, confidence, and a love so fierce between a man and his horse that not even the ocean could interrupt it. Tells so much more of ferocity, rebellion, and the ability and will to believe in the power of a mere girl on her tiny horse against monsters of strength and teeth. This was not another Shiver. This was better than Shiver. This was hope and strength and love. And Sean Kendrick on his stallion, Corr. Winning for his horse And Puck Connally on her mare, Dove. Winning for her house. Desperation a driving force to win. (less)
An incredible story of a teenage boy having to suffer through an abusive father, a submissive mother, and a brother who left him to push through it on...moreAn incredible story of a teenage boy having to suffer through an abusive father, a submissive mother, and a brother who left him to push through it on his own. Filled with pain, regret, anger, love, and unimaginable hope, this YA novel digs deep and yanks ruthlessly.(less)
At first, I had no clue what the book was about, and in order to surprise myself, I refused to read the...moreI was expecting something childish. I was wrong.
At first, I had no clue what the book was about, and in order to surprise myself, I refused to read the back to get the general idea. And so I immediately thought, common-teenage-girl-with-boy-problems. I was not expecting much. However. My interpretation of the title was horrendously inaccurate.
Lucy Tompkins is a teenage girl trying to get through life like all the others. She has the friend, she has the crush, she has the entire outside world fooled. But in reality, as soon as she steps through the doors of her own home, her life is anything but ordinary. Her mother, secretly a hoarder, is close on abusive. No warm water, no real food supply, not a single clean surface. Forced to live with all of this, you would expect Lucy's home life to be the big secret she has to fight to keep. But it's not the only one. Coming home from a long while out, Lucy discovers something else lying among the piles of useless items and garbage. Someone. Dead. Crushed from a pile of fallen magazines, hand unable to reach an inhaler. Knowing that this would be publicized for the condition her house is in, Lucy rushes to hide the body and straighten up the house, at least enough to make it look 'messy' rather than 'unlivable'. And as she hurries to clean everything out, she is met with memory after memory, and setback after setback. Can she hide her Dirty Little Secrets?
The book's main idea was very creative, and the way our author set it up was quite original as well. Working through a long, painful process in the present, as thoughts wandered back into the past as long lost treasures were found among rubble. A horrible secret that could do more than just ruin her social life. A predictable (but quietly arranged) romance. Insecurity. Fear. Risk.
I still have to criticize the book, though, sadly- It seemed maybe a bit unrealistic that she would hide a dead body merely to save her social life. Also, I'm pretty sure people would understand that she has no say in the matter. Other than that, I thought it was a bit far fetched that the romance progressed so quickly.
I loved this book, the plot held my eyes riveted to the pages as this sorry group of sailors made their way through the increasingly unknown seas. The...moreI loved this book, the plot held my eyes riveted to the pages as this sorry group of sailors made their way through the increasingly unknown seas. There was love, there was loss. The plot deserves a handy 5 star rating, but the translation wasn't spectacular, and the plot could have been executed much better.(less)
3 1/2 stars. This book was just short of Extraordinary. The main character was quite realistic, which is a great thing in writing, considering how many...more3 1/2 stars. This book was just short of Extraordinary. The main character was quite realistic, which is a great thing in writing, considering how many authors tend to make their character's infallible. And Phoebe made very bad choices, which is probably the reality of the life of a teenage girl. Although it was rather hard to get into, once you got into the climax, it had a bit of a stronger hold on your attention. I liked Impossible much better than this book, but this book wasn't bad at all. It was very touching, and it taught quite a lesson about self-love, confidence, choices, and the love of the people around you. It taught that whoever you are, and however many people think that you are ordinary, unnoticeable, or indiscernible, there will always be someone who thinks you are extraordinary, even if you don't believe it yourself.(less)
Beatrice is stranded in the confines of selflessness, everyone wants her to be perfect, everyone wants her to forget she exists and...moreOne. Two. Three. Four.
Beatrice is stranded in the confines of selflessness, everyone wants her to be perfect, everyone wants her to forget she exists and live for the lives of others. And now she has a choice. Does she want to stay, be with her parents, remain within the safety of the past sixteen years? Or does she want to change? Does she want to take a risk?
Beatrice's choice decides the path of her entire life, and if she can't follow that path, she is cast out from the world indefinitely. From her parents, her siblings, her friends.