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Novak spun an incredible story in her Temeraire series and I was afraid this book couldn’t come close. However after the first chapter I was hooked. Uprooted is a little like a fresh take on a classic fairy-tale, without any stagnant ideas or retellings.
Every 10 years the Kingdom's strongest Wizard who reins over the Valley takes a 17 year old girl into service and isolates her for a decade in his tower. The girls say all they do is cook and clean for him but no one really believes them. They always leave for the capital soon after their decade, changed in some way. But one girl is a small price to pay for safety from the evil woods, which corrupts anything it touches and has enveloped whole villages.
When Agnieszka is chosen she is beyond frightened. She wasn’t supposed to be picked. The Dragon always picks the cleanest, most talented, and most beautiful girl. Nieszka is none of those- she is messy, adventurous, and pretty plain looking. But something happened during the choosing and she somehow ends up his next servant. In terror, finding notes from his last girl scattered around the tower she is lost. The Dragon is strangely focused on her, full of contempt as he forces her through trials she couldn't imagine. However she doesn’t remain frightened. She is resourceful and strong and finds herself quickly learning new talents. Talents she will use to protect her valley from the true evil of the woods.
One of my favorite parts of this story was the helpless main female character. YES I SAID IT. She was silly and helpless at first. This story starts with a fairly average girl who could be classified as a damsel in distress. But when thrown into this terrifying situation instead of cowering or waiting for a prince to save her (well she may have tried that at first but it doesn’t end well) she turns into her own heroine. She finds strength and talent and overcomes her situation to save her best friend, her village, and eventually her Kingdom. It is a story of friendship, of loyalty, and of courage. I highly suggest it for any readers. ...more
Being the child of two of the best superheroes in the world is tough. Being their biggest disappointment is even worse. Powerless Celia West has strugBeing the child of two of the best superheroes in the world is tough. Being their biggest disappointment is even worse. Powerless Celia West has struggled for years to make her own identity outside of her parents, however the rest of the world doesn’t seem to understand she wants no part. How is she supposed to be scared when she gets kidnapped every other week and can’t do anything till someone rescues her (they always do)? Celia just wants a nice quiet gig as a forensic accountant, but don’t try to explain that to her Dad. However everything changes when she is requested by the D.A to work her biggest case yet- the trial of her parents arch nemesis ‘The Destroyer.’ Talk about a fresh take on the superhero story. I read it in just 3 days, it was hard to put down. The characters were fantastic, and in many ways easy to relate too. Too often superhero books are cookie cutter, yet I found this take on the typical hero very refreshing. I highly recommend this story if you are looking for a fantastic read! ...more
John Green is one of my favorite authors but I have been avoiding this book because I knew it would just destroy me. Yesterday however I finally gaveJohn Green is one of my favorite authors but I have been avoiding this book because I knew it would just destroy me. Yesterday however I finally gave in and when I couldn’t sleep decided to read a chapter or two… this turned into staying up till 5:30am because I had to finish it.
The Fault in our Stars is not just a love story. It’s a story of loyalty and selflessness in the face of unavoidable destiny. It’s the story of people living more in a few weeks then most do in their entire lives. It’s a story about facing death and the finality of everything. Processing this story was so hard, it left m with a bittersweet wave of emotions. Honestly I have never read such a touchingly beautiful and brutal tale.
John Green yet again I marvel at your mastery. A book like this will be read forever. Your writing is witty, elegant, and fresh. And the characters.... oh god. They are so real, and just the best of us and the worst of us. ...more
As a prequel this novel really tells the tragic and beautiful history behind Miller's Innocent Mage Series and Fisherman's Children. The story followsAs a prequel this novel really tells the tragic and beautiful history behind Miller's Innocent Mage Series and Fisherman's Children. The story follows Barl, a brilliantly talented mage who is trapped in a cast system that doesn't allow her to be the mage she thinks she can be. She is arrogant and headstrong and in the end is forced to become a servant of Morgan, a councilmen as punishment, with he powers bound when she breaks a fundamental law. When he discovers her true brilliance he falls in desperate love and gets her to help him break every law of magic their country holds dear in his own quest for power.
Many of the reviews I have read have talked about the shallowness of the relationship between Morgan and Barl, but personally I feel she really captured the true essence of an emotionally abusive relationship. Barl is completely heads over heals in love with Morg, to the point she lets him change who she is. He takes full advantage of that for without her help he never would have been able to come into power. It isn't till later that she realizes all she has done and tries to redeem herself. I found it very realistic and very sad. All in all there is not a happy ending for Barl but she does redeem herself at least a little. ...more
Well anything Dresden is amazing in my opinion, and this graphic novel kept with the trend. It was a normal story for Harry, a 'smaller' case where heWell anything Dresden is amazing in my opinion, and this graphic novel kept with the trend. It was a normal story for Harry, a 'smaller' case where he has to come though and save the day. The art was wonderful and I feel that it really captured the feel of the Dresden Files. All in all I loved it! And I got a signed copy!!! XD...more
As an adult/ young adult fantasy series I really enjoy this series. We follow the main character, Kaylin, who lives in the capital city of Elantra. HaAs an adult/ young adult fantasy series I really enjoy this series. We follow the main character, Kaylin, who lives in the capital city of Elantra. Having spent her childhood struggling to survive on the streets as an orphan, she now uses her street smarts to protect the city as a Hawk. A Hawk is similar to a detective, they right the wrongs throughout the city. But Kaylins dark and twisted past catches up with her when children are ritualistically murdered in her old haunts.
I really enjoy this book due primarily to the characters. I firmly believe good characters make or break a story. And they make it here! Along with having several different species (humans, Arians, Leontines, and Barranni to name a few) they are realistic. Kaylin is far from imperfect. She sucks at studies, she is always late, a very quick temper, and an insatiable curiosity. She is a great character! All the characters are interesting and enjoyable!
The plot was also very riveting. It kept me entertained and excited to read the next book! I really do suggest this series if you want a good fantasy series!...more
So first off, this book is worth reading simply for Roach’s witty and humorous writing. While giving you the scientific facts she turns a subject commSo first off, this book is worth reading simply for Roach’s witty and humorous writing. While giving you the scientific facts she turns a subject commonly seen as morbid into something fascinating. She has a brilliant way of telling a story. She did a great job with research and really presented the facts well. Now the subject of the book. Morbid. Gross. And so Cool! I never knew all the different purposes of cadavers. Although it isn’t something that we would talk about in polite conversations, cadavers are extremely important to society. Along with talking about the different purposes of the cadavers she also talks about the people working on them- the anatomy students, the car safety regulators, and the scientists. Roach really has insightful views on the whole subject and definitely has made me wonder about what I want done with my body when I die. ...more
I keep getting amazed at Butcher’s writings. I keep thinking, ok Changes was unrivaled in the big reveals and amazingness, but somehow he is still ridI keep getting amazed at Butcher’s writings. I keep thinking, ok Changes was unrivaled in the big reveals and amazingness, but somehow he is still riding it. I hope he never stops and Harry lives forever! Cold Days is newest masterfully installment of the Dresden Files. And Harry’s back baby, along with several old friends (Mouse!). As the new Winter Knight he is given his first task, but of course nothing is ever what it seems. This novel ties together several of the odd behaviors by the sithe court witnessed by Harry over the years. Auroras descent into madness, Lea’s imprisonment… and even the Black council. I cannot ruin anything for ya’ll, just pick up the series and read them. Trust me you will love it! ...more