As someone else said, it wasn't a bad book but it wasn't necessarily a great one. I had taken a long break from reading Anne Rice after the disappoint...moreAs someone else said, it wasn't a bad book but it wasn't necessarily a great one. I had taken a long break from reading Anne Rice after the disappointment of the Taltos book and then Memnoch. I got this book from a book trade and really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, I felt a little bored for most of it (lots of passive voice and telling, not showing things) but was intrigued with the end and the hinted at showdown with the Talamasca. I probably will continue to read the series with the hope that Rice may bring back the characters and the series to its former glory. (less)
Absolutely amazing book. I had started reading this a few weeks ago and then had to put it down due to personal illness. The characters and story stay...moreAbsolutely amazing book. I had started reading this a few weeks ago and then had to put it down due to personal illness. The characters and story stayed with me so much, it was like I had never left when I picked it back up. I was immediately drawn back in the world.
Mr. Farland did an excellent job capturing the voice, the actions, and the emotional state of young Bron Jones, orphaned and left to his own devices in a cruel social system. The book opens with a heart-wrenching prologue and then moves to Bron being pulled from his current, unhappy foster home and then being placed with a young teacher, Olivia, and her rancher husband. Olivia has secrets of her own and immediately recognizes Bron as one like her, different from other humans. I don't want to give away too much but let's just say that things escalate for Bron both at his new school for performing arts and outside of it, when others become very interested in his whereabouts.
Nightingale held me enthralled. Its story is unique and compelling, and it brings some real life, adult issues into the YA world. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and Mr. Farland's building of a terrifying new world that may come to pass. (less)
I literally read this book in one night. From the first page I was drawn in by Yelena and her plight as a soon-to-be-executed prisoner and her choice...moreI literally read this book in one night. From the first page I was drawn in by Yelena and her plight as a soon-to-be-executed prisoner and her choice of becoming a poison taster or hanging. Told in first person, the story moves along quickly as Yelena tries to learn to trust again and uncovers a potential conspiracy involving outlawed magic use in the military dictatorship that has overthrown the kingdom. The characters are likable and there were more than a few twists that keep me turning the page. (less)
A really fun read. Snowy is hysterical and the book kept me turning the page. There are plenty of serious moments too which lend a gravity to the stor...moreA really fun read. Snowy is hysterical and the book kept me turning the page. There are plenty of serious moments too which lend a gravity to the story and keep the stakes high.
As the sequel to Fur-Face, the book continues the adventure of Snowy, the wise-cracking black cat, and Bill Euston, the boy who can understand him. It's a month after the events in Fur-Face and someone is letting loose the animals at the Adventure Safari, where Bill's dad works as a vet. Snowy also has his own problems with the return of the vicious fox, Shredder, who has it out for a certain black cat. Bill must also contend with his seemingly perfect cousin, Luke, visiting. Luke only seems perfect - he's a bully who makes Bill's life miserable. Soon, Bill and Snowy find themselves embroiled in another adventure where the fate of Adventure Safari, and a few lives, hang in the balance.
I just want to add also that I want to live in an English village. I'd also love to have a Snowy cat too!(less)
Well-paced, funny, thoughtful look at the writing and publishing process. Danielle has a great voice and she provides the reader with wonderful little...moreWell-paced, funny, thoughtful look at the writing and publishing process. Danielle has a great voice and she provides the reader with wonderful little chapters on various topics. I especially likes the chapter on anthologies - one of those little things no one tells you about but everyone expects you to know how they work and how you can find them. (less)
I absolutely loved this book. The voice of Ryan was so perfect and the aftermath of his suicide attempt tenderly chronicled. His struggle to understan...moreI absolutely loved this book. The voice of Ryan was so perfect and the aftermath of his suicide attempt tenderly chronicled. His struggle to understand himself why he did what he did is mirrored in the questions his new friend Nikki has regarding her own father's suicide.
As Ryan tries to explain to Nikki that some things are not easily explained, Nikkie seeks out various psychics to speak to the spirit of her dead father. Ryan undergoes transformation and growth as his friendship with Nikki blooms and they both struggle for answers.
What's amazing is how well Jennifer Hubbard has captured that struggle, when depression and suicide have no easy answers and how fittingly the title is thematically linked to so many scenes within.