I’m like a fountain gushing about with adulation for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Does that even make sense? Anyhow, moving on. Let’s see, how can I eI’m like a fountain gushing about with adulation for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Does that even make sense? Anyhow, moving on. Let’s see, how can I even begin to describe the awesomeness that is this novel? How’s this? Quirky rollicking good time. Or this? Lighthearted merriment. I have absolutely, positively nothing negative to say, or type, about this novel. It’s pure fun as stated repeatedly within this paragraph.
I’ll spare you a blow-by-blow description of this book. Goodreads does an ample job at that. What I will tell you is that I enjoyed the melange of supernatural creatures peppered throughout. Necromancers, werewolves, Death, witches, zombies. For someone like me, who gets bored easily, having many creatures featured is a definite plus. Variety is the spice of life. Speaking of variety, I also loved the switch in narrative. Samhain - the necromancer main character - was always written in 1st person POV. The author then would switch to 3rd person with a few of the characters. I am a fan of that style, and it made for a fun reading experience.
From the first page to the last, readers are in for a treat. And I must say, I enjoy the snarky tone.
Reasons I love Samhain or Sam for short (in no particular order, except for number 1): 1) He’s a vegetarian 2) He doesn’t whine over the fact that his parents are divorced 3) He doesn’t wish upon a twinkling star for his parents to get back together 4) He’s a necromancer, which, by the by, is my new fave supernatural ability and a super handy one at that.
Love the title Love all the characters. Even the nefarious ones. Love the dialogue.
*blows kisses to Lish McBride*. I certainly hope this becomes a series. And breaking news - just found out that another book is on its way. Scheduled release 2012. Yippee, hooray! ...more
Awesome, awesome book. I'm usually all about contemporary fantasy, all day every day, but if this book is any indication of how much fun John Green'sAwesome, awesome book. I'm usually all about contemporary fantasy, all day every day, but if this book is any indication of how much fun John Green's books are (not referring to story, just the feeling that arose within moi), well, then, I'm gonna have to start cheating on ol' reliable fantasy and veer over into the company of contemporary-lit. I devoured Paper Towns in one sitting. I think maybe because it reminded me somewhat of My So Called Life and a smattering of all of my favorite John Hughes movies. I'm not sure, I think it's just the feel-good vibe that hummed through me while reading this book. Plain and simple. Two kids having an adventure over the course of a weekend and come the next day everything goes back to normal. Will their relationship change? Will he/she notice the other as more than a friend?
Also, the fact that the story's location was Central Florida warmed the cockles of my heart. Maybe that made the reading experience even more enjoyable, for I knew exactly what Green was talking about, referring to. He had to be a Floridian as well, was my thought. Or former as is the case from reading his acknowledgements. He just knew too much. Abandoned subdivisions. The fact that Florida can't stand to have trees standing, no way, nature? No, a minimall would fit in that nature preserve just fine. So add abandoned minimalls to the list of creepy oddities (as in deserted subdivisions, they really are creepy) peppering Florida. Anyhow, back on track.
The quote about Paper Towns, about paper people who are keeping up with the Joneses has now become a favorite: "...look at all those cul-de-sacs, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm."
(view spoiler)[While reading, I couldn't help but feel the haunting undertones. Somewhat reminded me of The Virgin Suicides and the tragicness that were the sisters. I kept feeling as if we were gonna go down that path with Margo. Q so wanted to save her from herself. So when I reached the ending and she wasn't hanging from a rafter, I was overjoyed. John Green's not dark, got it, like him even more. Now back to the John Hughes feel. (hide spoiler)]All in all I was satisfied with the ending. It was absolutely, positively realistic. So, so true.
As I finish typing up my thoughts, I'm gonna move the rest of John Green's books to the top of my TBR shelf. And I'll end with this quote, another favorite from the book. "But I can't say anything because she kisses me again, and it's in the moment that she kisses me that I know without question that we're headed in different directions." I've said the following many times to friends: So much can be said with simply a kiss. And Green nailed it with that quote. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
4.5 I had a blast reading Boy Nobody. The fast-paced writing and intrigue and action had me flipping the pages in a quicksilver fashion.
Ever watch La4.5 I had a blast reading Boy Nobody. The fast-paced writing and intrigue and action had me flipping the pages in a quicksilver fashion.
Ever watch La Femme Nikita ( the original TV series)? Well, Boy Nobody is the male version, YA style. And the ending? What a perfect setup for the next book in the series. A book I'll surely be devouring. ...more
Yep, I guess I'm officially a Holly Black fan in all her morose, haunting glory. What can I say, I like characters that are a tad bit dark, less-than-Yep, I guess I'm officially a Holly Black fan in all her morose, haunting glory. What can I say, I like characters that are a tad bit dark, less-than-perfect, dare I say trashtastic. I attempted to read Tithe almost two years ago, but my Mercurial temperament that day must have been on the, shall we say petulant side, for I couldn't for the life of me get into this tale. Fast forward to well, now, and I'm all about Tithe. Sometimes this happens to me with a book. It's rare, but it has been known to happen. All I can say is I'm glad I decided to pick this novel back up. I have the Curse Workers to thank for that.
Tithe is a tale of a girl/faerie meets boy who's a faerie knight of the nasty Unseelie court. And there you have the basic setup. If I'm a betting girl, I would say fans of Wicked Lovely would be more inclined to read this series than say the Iron King, which was too childlike for my tastes, not edgy enough, or really at all. Tithe has some bite to it, some grit, it's edgy. So yeah, it was a fun escape read and I'll definitely be continuing on. I must say, if I had to pick my fave faerie out of all the fae-centered books I've read (FYI: I'm not so much a fan of fae stories), Roiban is definitely one of my favorites, next to V'lane of course....more
**spoiler alert** What is it with the main character passing out during the denouement, the epic battle, whatever you want to call it? (By the by, I'm**spoiler alert** What is it with the main character passing out during the denouement, the epic battle, whatever you want to call it? (By the by, I'm referring to the books where the POV of the main character is written in first person.) It irks me like no other. Two words: How Convenient! Aside from that, what I couldn't get over with this book was how it kept building and building how Lena was maybe, possibly going to turn evil on her 16th birthday because according to the authors, that's what happens to her kind when they turn 16. That was the lore that was set up. Then, lo and behold, you FINALLY reach the end of the novel only to discover that, oopsy, it's not on her 16th birthday, it's actually her 17th. So stay tuned for the sequels in other words. Also, I skimmed through the parts of the book where they were in school. Wholly unnecessary and pointless and boy oh boy did they drag on and on and ... I didn't find it necessary. I did enjoy the magical elements though. But those were few and far between. And, well, this book was painfully boring. Needless to say, I will not be continuing on with this series to learn what happens when Lena turns 17, surely to be told that the curse is actually on her 18th birthday or book three, and so on and so forth. ...more
I don't know what it is with Rick Riordan. He has strong beginnings to his books that completely reel me in and then add in my absolute love for anythI don't know what it is with Rick Riordan. He has strong beginnings to his books that completely reel me in and then add in my absolute love for anything and everything mythology and one would think I'd be a crazed fan of his writing. Nope. Somewhere along the way, he throws in everything about mythology and the kitchen sink. It's complete overkill, to the point where I'm drowning in facts. And then what happens to me: I feel like I'm in school getting a lecture, my mind wanders, and I'm bored. And I can't forget to mention he resorts to childish humor. I know, I know, this is a YA book. I wish his books could stay strong, like his openings. This is what happened in the Red Pyramid. The beginning gave me chills, he used the exact same formula, IMHO, he used in the Percy Jackson books, throw in every Egyptian god or goddess that ever existed, a battle ensues, and there you have it. I felt like it was the same book except it had pyramids instead of coliseums. ...more