This is my first Meg Cabot book and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I know Princess Diaries, but only through the movies and I would no sooner juThis is my first Meg Cabot book and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I know Princess Diaries, but only through the movies and I would no sooner judge an author by her movie adaptation than the book by the movie. I thoroughly and pleasantly surprised.
I love Meg Cabot's voice and I love her characters. Suze reminds me of a cross between Veronica Mars and Buffy ~all the sass and snark plus a wise for her years streak of fatalism that commands respect and how she can bring volatile situations to a quick close. I love Suze's quirky sidekicks too. Father Dominic was quite the surprise and I look forward to knowing more about him and seeing how his character develops as well as learning more about his past.
I thought the mediator concept was a new twist on the YA paranormal genre and it was refreshing...
In the novella Summer's Crossing the vicious exiled muse, Leanansidhe comes to collect the favor Ash owes her. This is told from Puck's point of viewIn the novella Summer's Crossing the vicious exiled muse, Leanansidhe comes to collect the favor Ash owes her. This is told from Puck's point of view which was incredibly intriguing. As we have only truly seen Puck through Meghan's eyes, it becomes immediately clear that there is much we don't know about Puck and a depth that he hides behind his joking facade. How far will he go for his friends? Especially when it's at odds with his own desires and the desires of his court? It gave me a new appreciation for his character....more
I liked Hex Hall... but I loved Demonglass. It almost makes me wish I hadn't waited so long to read it... almost. (Demonglass has a huge cliff hanger I liked Hex Hall... but I loved Demonglass. It almost makes me wish I hadn't waited so long to read it... almost. (Demonglass has a huge cliff hanger of an ending, so it's a good thing that I held onto it for so long because I'll be able to jump right into Spell Bound shortly.)
There is so much more to the story this time around with so much more happening. Having 'gone to classes with Harry Potter', I was a little disappointed with the fact that we never spent much time in Sophie's classes in Hex Hall. Now that Rachel Hawkins has brought this part of the story out of the confines of the school, the possibilities are boundless and I think she does a wonderful job of running with it. Not only do we get to explore the characters a little better, but we get a whole slew of new ones that are just as fascinating.
In Demonglass Sophie is quickly discovering that nothing is as black and white as it seems. No side is ever completely right... and perhaps being a demon isn't so horrible. Though learning this may complicate her life, it forces her to grow, absorb, and adapt. Although Sophie continues to stubbornly ignore everyones advice and warnings, I had an easier time accepting her decisions this time, because they are informed. Even if she is going against the grain, at least she is thinking with her heart... and trying to find answers. I think it's high time her father had a hand in her upbringing... he should have been tutoring her all along, but better late than never, I suppose. Sophie has at least learned her lesson about keeping secrets, well, for the most part anyway. As for the men in her life, I've never quite understood her attraction to Archer, but I think Cal just gets more interesting.
...And all this is done with Rachel Hawkins wit and dry humor to boot. (I love Sophie's snarky little comments!) I will be reading Spell Bound soon, because I need to know the resolution to this marvelous series.
This is one of those series that has a ton of hype surrounding it but I just haven't gotten around to reading it. Honestly, all the hype made me a litThis is one of those series that has a ton of hype surrounding it but I just haven't gotten around to reading it. Honestly, all the hype made me a little leery of Blue Bloods and may have pushed it further down my reading list.
I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. One blogger called the plot Mean Girls with Vampires and though I haven't read it, I'm guessing that's pretty accurate. But I love Melissa de la Cruz's vampire concept. It's has deep historical roots and complex relationships. It's fascinating.
Unfortunately, I felt like the entire book was plot exposition for the series and I didn't connect with any of the characters. Perhaps this was because the narrative kept switching points of view. I wanted to love Schuyler but I just couldn't seem to connect with her. Bliss was wishy-washy. I didn't like Jack who seems way too easily manipulated and, for a mean girl, Mimi seemed rather flat. As a matter of fact, most of the characters came off as a little two dimensional which contributed to the feeling that Ms. De la Cruz was just laying groundwork...
**spoiler alert** I really wanted to be enthralled by this book. Was it compelling and original? Absolutely. Were there things I loved about it? Defin**spoiler alert** I really wanted to be enthralled by this book. Was it compelling and original? Absolutely. Were there things I loved about it? Definitely. But there were also things that disturbed me. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing.
This book is not all about swashbuckling fun and rollicking dogs -not that there isn't some of those things in there, but not to the degree one might expect from the title and description. While this book is not quite what I expected when I initially picked it up, once I moved beyond that I was able to appreciate it for what it was.
Emery's story was amazing and heartbreaking. I loved the time period and the research in this back story. However, I did not love what happened to her. Having heard Ms. King speak to teens about abuse, I'm not surprised that it figures prominently in the story -first in the form of child abuse and, later, rape. Though not graphic, the author does not sugar coat anything and it's not easy to read in places.
There are several other story lines that also made me uncomfortable, firstly the insight into the lecherous, disturbed, psychologically imbalanced mind of the old man who's path will cross with Saffron. Secondly is the amount of animal abuse, carried out by the afore mentioned individual. I know that it's supposed to be uncomfortable, and it's brilliant that the author can make me squirm so much, but I don't like that feeling, and it made it hard for me to engage with the book.
I do love the concept for this book, though. I love books that flirt with fate and karma. The fact that Saffron is wise for her years due to Emer's memories is completely plausible for me. I wish we could have spent a little more time with Saffron. Especially at the denouement which seemed a little abrupt, but was cohesive with the feel of the book. It was interesting the way the two women, a few centuries apart interacted.
Would I have liked more lighthearted stories from her dog years in between? Yes, but the little lessons from the dog's perspective that are interspersed...
I wanted to read The Emerald Atlas before I started to hear all the buzz about it, the buzz only moved it closer to the top of my list. Though the comI wanted to read The Emerald Atlas before I started to hear all the buzz about it, the buzz only moved it closer to the top of my list. Though the comparison to Harry Potter made by some reviewers is a little ostentatious, I found this to be a fabulous fantasy book for Middle Grade on up.
While some young readers may be turned off by the filler after the prologue that establishes the characters and serves as plot exposition, if they know where this is headed, they will hang in there. I was reminded a little of C.S. Lewis, but I found John Stephens writing style far more approachable and inviting. The world he’s created is original and fascinating. It includes dwarves, elves, witches, wizards and a few creations of his own, like Screechers, which are deliciously scary. It combines a lot of my favorite themes magic and prophesies –and perhaps the best damned explanation of time travel I’ve ever read.
John Stephens’ characters, though slightly archetypal in nature, are warm and interesting. It is obvious the children are strongly bonded and self-reliant. It’s heart breaking that Kate, the oldest sister, has become a mother figure to her siblings. You can just feel the girls’ frustration with their dwarf obsessed brother, Michael, and the stress caused by Emma’s thirst to prove, to herself and everyone else, that she can take care of herself, even if she is the youngest. Though there may occasionally be some dissention in the ranks they marshal around her and keep close. They may not have had an easy life, being bounced from orphanage to orphanage, but it seems to have prepared them for what lies ahead. I love the way these characters are written.
It is obvious that Mr. Stephens writes for television; his story plays out in scenes and the reader often doesn’t get to connect deeply with the character, especially when points of view shift. However, connections are forged anyway because the characters are so strong –you know them. As the series progresses, it would be wonderful to see him develop a relationship with his characters.
John Stephens' The Emerald Atlas doesn't disappoint. Though sufficient closure was reached, there are still many questions left unanswered and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series to find out more. I bought and read this as an e-book and have already ordered my hard cover copy because this one is a definite keeper.
I have been wanting to read this book for a while because the hype has been great. Plus the cover is gorgeous! -While I would never judge a book by itI have been wanting to read this book for a while because the hype has been great. Plus the cover is gorgeous! -While I would never judge a book by it's cover, I mention it because there are several adult reviewers out there that think it makes the book look "too young." However, the colors and the concept are incredible, even if the girl on the cover looks young. Oh, and the book's good too...
I love the idea behind the plot. Rachel Hawkins has created a fascinating world where all magical creatures, or Prodigium, go to school together, although this particular school is more like reform school. The only paranormal being that is not welcome at Prodigium schools are vampires, though there is a new exchange program and Sophie is rooming with the only teen vampire at school. As outcasts, they become fast friends. There were lots of nice developments in the story that made this a quick, fun read. Though I didn't find any of the plot twists surprising, none of them were obvious and I did enjoy watching them come to fruition...
This is a sweet paranormal romance of star-crossed teens and I was glad I received this from Harlequin Teen through NetGalley. It's a fresh take on anThis is a sweet paranormal romance of star-crossed teens and I was glad I received this from Harlequin Teen through NetGalley. It's a fresh take on an age-old tale with a smattering of paranormal and fantasy thrown in.
Emma is a completely empathetic character. Her childhood is full of loss and tragedy, but instead of becoming bitter and self-pitying, she pulls herself up and moves on. Taking her godmother up on her offer to come and live with her, Emma takes the leap and starts over again in an intimidating environment. Emma doesn't want to run with the popular girls or be the loner in the crowd, she just wants to blend in. But if there is one thing her past has taught her, it is not to take life lying down, but to stand up for herself.
I love Cara Lynn Shultz's writing style. It's witty and inviting. She's descriptive without overburdening the reader. I almost wish she'd had time to delve into the past a little more with this story...