Okay, Goodreaders, it's obscure movie reference time. Yay! So Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is Mystery Date meets Dance 'Til Dawn. Yeah, I'm fully aOkay, Goodreaders, it's obscure movie reference time. Yay! So Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is Mystery Date meets Dance 'Til Dawn. Yeah, I'm fully aware that the tag line is Ferris Bueller Meets La Femme Nikita, but really, there's not one iota of Ferris Bueller in this book. La Femme Nikita, er, maybe, yeah, I can see that, somewhat, it's a stretch though. This is coming from a huge La Femme Nikita fan, so you know. And by the by, if you haven't checked out the aforementioned obscure movies, do so, because they are kick-ass. Just like this book.
Oh, Book, by Joe Schreiber, how I loved thee. Seriously, from the get go. You and I gelled like no other. You're just what my easily bored, short attention span constantly craves. You were fast-paced, HIGHLY entertaining, funny, poignant in certain places, you moved along at a breakneck pace. I couldn't stop reading you. I practically inhaled you, gobbled you up. Had life not have interfered, I would've read you in one sitting, just so you know. And most of all, you had a plot. Ahh, what a heavenly thing that is. A plot. It's a rarity these days. I can't say enough wonderful things about you. And because of all your lovely qualities, I want to share the, well, love. Which is why this review is a gushing one. So whoever reads this review, I urge you to pick this book up. I mean, what are you waiting for? It oozes nonstop action and fun and thrills and . . . Listen, I promise you won't be disappointed. ...more
Compiling thoughts . . . But in the meantime, Angelfall was definitely a fun escape. Loved the quest-y-esque adventure. (My favorite genre. In my mindCompiling thoughts . . . But in the meantime, Angelfall was definitely a fun escape. Loved the quest-y-esque adventure. (My favorite genre. In my mind, it's a genre). And it was a huge feat for yours truly - a self-proclaimed disliker of books revolving around archangels, angels in general, angels battling demons - to have been sucked into this novel. To have enjoyed it. To actually want to read the sequel. Like now! Alleluia! Can I get an Amen?!...more
Hi, my name is Kelly, and I'm addicted to quantum physics. I have been since college. I blame my first chemistry professor. She had quite the obsessioHi, my name is Kelly, and I'm addicted to quantum physics. I have been since college. I blame my first chemistry professor. She had quite the obsession with Stephen Hawking and made his novels required reading as part of her curriculum. Well, my professor's obsession soon became mine. Add in my obsession with metaphysics melded with the wonderful world of quantum physics and it's pure love. Seriously, I could talk about metaphysical quantum physics, wormholes, the non-local domain, parallel universes, pure potentiality for hours and hours and . . . I think you get the picture. They’re absolutely fascinating fields. Sliders, anyone? The amazing Fringe (so can’t get enough of this show)? Okay, so it should come as no surprise that I was super stoked to read Planesrunner. So on with my thoughts. . . .
This book started out with a bang, as in a kidnapping. Kidnapping of Everett’s (MC) father. Super exciting, bringing readers right into the action. I was clicking my Kindle next-page button like no tomorrow. Right off the bat, readers learn how Everett’s physicist father figured out a secret, more like a map, to alternate universes. Our world was the last to figure out the existence of other planes of existence, so typical. But a cool concept, no? Nobody, not even the authorities, can help Everett find his kidnapped father, because his father has been sent to another universe. So here begins the quest-y adventure.
Again, I was engaged, feeling as if I was watching an episode of Fringe. Why? Well, once Everett crosses over into another dimension, the alternate London is populated by Zeppelins. Why does it have to be Zeppelins? I was so looking forward to exploring a completely different world. Not a world that’s on TV every Friday night. And to be fair, it’s not the author fault. I just was hoping for some uniqueness and I didn’t get that. Anyhow, putting that disappointment aside, I did my best to get back in the game. That was until Everett boards one of the Zeppelins. Oh my God, really? We’re going the route of Leviathan are we? And the worst part, before this Zeppelin boarding and book morphing into Leviathan, unfortunately, a scant amount of alternate London was explored.
Around the 48% marker till 90% Everett is aboard a Zeppelin and Zeppelin fighting soon ensues with other airships and . . . really? I thought this was about quantum physics, about planes running, not steampunkery. I have to tell you, the story felt so disjointed. Like it was two separate books. And hey, I love me some steampunk, but that’s not why I picked this book up. I wanted planesrunning, you know, running across planes of existence. That so didn’t happen. It was Zeppelin soaring and what Zeppelins look like on the inside and how to fly them and Zzzz-Zzz. Thank the gods above that the last 10% got back on track, for me at least.
Even though Planesrunner didn’t pan out to be the awesome read I had high, high hopes for, I would still totally recommend this novel to all. It’s fun, adventurous, quest-y-ish, and truth be told, it’s still unique, and an all around good time. But if you are reading this for the amazingness that is quantum physics, I think you’ll be disappointed. It’s mostly steampunk with a quark of quantum physics thrown in. With that said, I will definitely continue on with this series. ...more
Where The Librarian meets The Davinci Code meets Saw. This is a great escape novel but boy oh boy does it have plenty of gore. And why are many classiWhere The Librarian meets The Davinci Code meets Saw. This is a great escape novel but boy oh boy does it have plenty of gore. And why are many classifying this novel as YA? It isn't even in the realm of YA. I had fun with this one and will continue on with the series. Oh, I should mention that this novel is light on characterization, only skims the surface, relying on lots of action. ...more
Here’s the best way I can think of to describe the world of Abarat. Picture if you will: Dr. Seuss ambling along while rockin’ out to the fantabulous,Here’s the best way I can think of to describe the world of Abarat. Picture if you will: Dr. Seuss ambling along while rockin’ out to the fantabulous, psychedelic CCR song Looking Out My Backdoor. Completely distracted due to singing, Dr. Seuss falls down the infamous rabbit hole, crash landing into Wonderland. Got it? Can you picture Abarat now?
Disclaimer: Keep in mind that the following thoughts are coming from the mind of an Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss fan. So I guess I was bound to be biased from the get go.
The characters and the overall feel of Abarat are very reminiscent, in a non-derivative way, of Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss. Wackiness and whimsy and anthropomorphism aplenty. However, Candy Quackenbush (protagonist) is no Alice. Where Alice was a privileged, bored, precocious child, Candy comes from an abusive, dysfunctional home and she most certainly isn’t well-heeled. Nope, Candy’s home life is much much darker than Alice’s. An aspect I rather enjoyed. I'm not one for happy home lives in literature. I like my characters Holly Black-ized.
So what is this world of Abarat like exactly? Well, I’ll let Candy explain this fantastical land to you: “Every Hour has its own island here, you see. You can sort of time travel by hopping from island to island.” Just like Candy explains, Abarat is made up of islands or Hours. 25 to be exact. The 25th island is obviously very special. So naturally some of the islands live in perpetual twilight. Gorgeous descriptions. And what I found so funny and ingenious was that Abaratians (people of Abarat) are well aware of Earth’s existence, they just think it’s the Hereafter. I'll spare you the snoozefest of story recapping. I believe the Goodreads description does a pretty good job of whetting one's appetite. Just know that . . .
The descriptions within this novel are so fantastical. Clive Barker writes in such a way where you as a reader feel like you’re in Abarat. Oh how I wish. Let me just say, this man’s imagination is boundless. So much so that I fell in love with each and every character, even the devilish ones.
So, if you love fantasy. If you love quests. If you love adventure. If you love Alice in Wonderland. Then this is the book for you. Unfortunately, I read this on my Kindle, so I was unable to take in Mr. Barker’s artwork, which I’m sure is breathtaking. So these thoughts are coming from a reading experience only, no artwork peppered throughout. And to conclude, I believe this novel embodies the very definition of pure escapism. Pure whimsy. Unputdownable. And because of aforementioned reasons, I absolutely adore the world of Abarat. Oh, and one more thing, I would love to see what the amazing Tim Burton would do if he got his hands on this series. I believe the world of Abarat is right up his alley!
ETA: I read this beautiful story on my Kindle sans artwork. I feel I should mention that the story clearly stands strong on its own, no artwork needed to move the story along. ...more
Nothing short of amazing, this story within a story within a story. I want to say more, but for the time being, what a bittersweet feeling I'm left wiNothing short of amazing, this story within a story within a story. I want to say more, but for the time being, what a bittersweet feeling I'm left with. Having to say good-bye yet again to my beloved Oy, Jake, and Roland. Especially Oy. I sincerely hope there will be more revisits, journeys into the Dark Tower world. And what a journey it was!
And for those wondering if they can read/ enjoy this book actually never having read The Dark Tower series. Here's your answer, in the form of a snippet scribed by The Man, The Legend himself, Stephen King, in the Foreward:
"Many of the people holding this book have followed the adventures of Roland and his band--his ka-tet-- for years, some of them from the very beginning. Others--and I hope there are many, newcomers and Constant Readers alike -- may ask, Can I read and enjoy this story if I haven't read the other Dark Towers books? My answer is yes, if you keep a few things in mind."
He then goes on to describe a few key elements and happenings. And with that basic knowledge swirling about your noggin, you're ready to embark on the journey that is The Wind Through the Keyhole. ...more
4.5 This book evoked such outrage on my part as far as how humans treat animals, mammoth meat consumption, that the more I read the angrier I became. S4.5 This book evoked such outrage on my part as far as how humans treat animals, mammoth meat consumption, that the more I read the angrier I became. So I need to take a step back and decompress before writing down my thoughts on this novel. And really, actually, the more I think about it, the fact that scurvy was prevalent, animals slaughtered left and right and when they're not being treated as soulless creatures, they're dying from lung failure, so they are practically extinct, and the only thing left will mostly likely be kale and GMO corn. Kale rocks. So maybe that's what the author was trying to get across. Who knows. Okay, my thoughts coming on this soon. All in all, I devoured this book. It was mostly awesome. I loved just about every second of it. Emphasis on just....more
4.5 stars The Lost Heiress picked right back up where The Relic Master left off. Raffi, Galen, and Carys discover that there is hope for magic to retur4.5 stars The Lost Heiress picked right back up where The Relic Master left off. Raffi, Galen, and Carys discover that there is hope for magic to return to their world. Hope in the form of their slain emperor's granddaughter. While Carys has zero choice but to return to her life as a Watcher, along the way discovering more about her life and where she came from, Raffi and Galen continue on with their quest to find their only hope, this heiress. Of course they're being chased the entire time.
The Lost Heiress is fast-paced, never a dull moment. I adore all characters, I adore the world, I adore the story.
My only gripe is this - I don't feel like I completely understand the inner-workings of this world, a world somewhat lacking with descriptions. However, what's great about this book series is that the plot is very strong, carrying me along, taking what I can get as far as the world is concerned. Does that even make sense?
I don't understand how the Relic Master series isn't wildly popular. It's a great YA series, probably one of the best I've come across recently. Yes, I do realize this series was published in the 90's, but only recently has made its journey to the States. If you're in the market for a YA series brimming with quests, definitely check out The Relic Master. ...more
Upon flipping open the pages of Fox & Phoenix, I felt like I was some kind of interloper. Kai (protagonist) was going on and on about his adventurUpon flipping open the pages of Fox & Phoenix, I felt like I was some kind of interloper. Kai (protagonist) was going on and on about his adventures with Yún and Princess Lian. And it wasn’t going on and on in a regaling fashion, if felt more like I joined the party late and revelers were in the midst of remember-whens and you-should’ve-been-theres. “Remember when Yún did that thing . . .?” “Oh yeah. That was great. Oh, oh, oh remember when we were almost caught?” “Yeah, but remember when we escaped the . . . ?” This interloper had a pretty specific look plastered on my face that is best described as “WTH? I want to know the “thing.” Regale me, Kai. Pretty please. Your prior adventure sounds so exciting, so well, adventurous. This was most definitely a for instance where I wanted an info-dump of epic proportions. But alas, no info-dump. Nope, Kai eluded to great adventures he had prior to our introduction and left it at that. However . . .
A little Sherlocking on my part alerted me to the fact that there’s a prequel/short story to Fox & Phoenix. Perhaps if I had read this short story first, I wouldn’t’ve been a tad confused. And to be honest, confused is not the correct word. Nothing about this book confused me. Once I realized I wasn’t reading a sequel to an already established series, I was able to delve into the story with no problemo. Kai has a history with the aforementioned girls, got it. Kai is no stranger to adventurous quests, got it. And Kai’s about ready to partake in yet another quest. Yay! So my point is this, if you too feel like an interloper at first, don’t put this terrific novel down.
Terrificus examples: The story’s background takes places in an alternate China. So cool, right? There are gadgets and gizmos a-plenty and whimsical magic galore. Spirit animal guides? Yep, they’re in there too. Conjurations and ghost dragons. Let’s see, loads of action, check. Derring-dos, check. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention PG romance, and there’s fun, fun, fun to be had. And best of all, this novel is a quest. What can I say, I’m a sucker for quests. They’re my favorite genre. (To me, they’re a genre, or should be.) Oh, and one more thing, there’s going to be sequel. A sequel I can’t wait to read. ...more
Wow, what a fun read, dare I say unputdownable. Maybe I should clarify. You know those moods you get in, where you are in the midst of a reading burnoWow, what a fun read, dare I say unputdownable. Maybe I should clarify. You know those moods you get in, where you are in the midst of a reading burnout, mostly due to disappointment and boredom with previous books? If not, lucky you. But for me, that’s where I’ve been lately, slogging through several books, waiting for that gem. I’ve picked out a few here and there, but they’ve been buried deep, like cavernously so. The Dark City my Goodreads friends was one of those gems. And when you’re in a reading funk and you come across a book that actually holds your attention, you’re thanking the gods up above and doing a happy inspirational dance, thinking it’s the next best thing to slice bread. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the histrionics. I think my points been made. Now on to my thoughts.
Sometimes I feel like such a dolt when I’m at a loss as how to classify a book. I don’t know if this would be just fantasy or dystopic. So here’s what I think The Dark City is - baby epic dystopic fantasy. There is plenty of horseback riding, subterfuge, and other light epic fantasyish type indicators. The world of Anara is in disarray following a collapse or mass killings, society isn’t what it once was (dystopic?), only hearsay of old times filled with magic.
I don’t want to give too much away because that’s part of the fun of The Dark City, piecing it all together. It was a tad confusing for me in the beginning. Not sure if it was part of my funk or what. But once the tale rolled on, I was hooked. I’ll give you the Cliff Note’s. Magic is a big no-no, as stated by the governing Watch. The former rulers of the Order, the ones who are imbued with magic, were hunted by said Watch. But some of the Order remain, in hiding. Galen (relic master - part of what makes up the magic), Raffi (Galen’s apprentice) set out on a quest to find a powerful world-saving relic. (See, I’m so in a questy mood. That’s all I’m about lately, which, again, is why I was on my knees praising the Heavens above for bringing this book my way.) Along the way, they run into (?) Carys, who joins them on their search. I enjoyed all the characters. And I didn’t even mind the epistolary sections devoted to Carys. I rather enjoyed her journal entries. Usually books written in this manner bore me as all get out, but not this one. Nope, not in the least. She was a refreshing character, along with Galen and Raffi. So yeah, I am super duper excited to continue on with this series and am even more stoked that there are 4 books total. Woo-hoo. Commence happy dance once again.
Just in case you’re curious. This Geminian book series (the Relic Master or The Book of the Crow #1) was originally published across the pond in the late 90’s. Thankfully, it’s finally - no rush or anything - reached the good ol' U S of A.
I saved Blood Red Road for my vacation, which was hard to do, for the buzz surrounded this novel, touting it as the next Hunger Games (a series I adorI saved Blood Red Road for my vacation, which was hard to do, for the buzz surrounded this novel, touting it as the next Hunger Games (a series I adore), was driving me totally crazy. As in I. Must. Read. This. Now. So needless to say, vacation commenced, I was in the hotel room, Kindle at the ready, excitement was me. My niece - engaged in her own form of competition as in who can read BRR the fastest - and I started reading this baby as soon as night set. We had an early rise time for our yearly Wizarding World of Harry Potter excursion, but we both refused to get the much needed shut-eye (if you've slogged through Universal, 100 plus degrees, swarms of grumpy people, then you know what I'm talking about, as in sleep is necessary) because we couldn't stop reading this novel. I finally had to be the adult (ugh!) and say lights out.
Reasons for the refusal of much-needed shut-eye: The first half of Blood Red Road was exciting, plot moved along at a breakneck pace. I didn't want to put this novel down. I should also mention that oohs and aahs were a-plenty.
Also, I should mention that I didn't mind the. Very short. Sentences. Or the absence of quotation marks. The story flowed along just fine. Not a problem whatsoever. However, maybe said short sentences are to blame for yours truly not connecting Saba, or with any of the characters. Well, maybe that was a lie. I liked Nero (the crow) and Emmi (Saba's sister).
Now, let's talk romance, shall we. There was a romance that popped up. And popping up is exactly what it felt like. I didn't exactly feel it or buy it. I had a whatevs type feeling whenever Jack and Saba had their epic alone time before their next life-or-death quest would began. And frankly, if I were Jack, I'd feel like I was interrupting some type of Flowers in the Attic, brother/sister luvin' with the way Saba talked about Jack. A little strange. Just sayin'. But that's neither here nor there.
Now that I've finished BRR, I personally don't think it's anything like the The Hunger Games. I don't mean that in a bad way, only that they are two completely different books. Two wonderful novels in their own right. I mean, I think it’s unfair to Blood Red Road to even be compared to The Hunger Games. Why? Well, it would be like singing to a sold-out crowd right after a show-stopping performance by the angelic-voiced Whitney Houston. You know, when she was in her prime. I think the fact that BRR's being touted that way will leave Hunger Games fans disappointed. Because the reasons I fell in love with the Hunger series, is not found in Blood Red Road, for obvious reasons - they are two completely different novels. Point blank. Period.
All in all, BRR was fun, fun, fun, action-y, thrilling, exciting, adventurous, quest-y (my favorite genre), the whole nine yards. And will this be a fabulous movie or what? So if you are looking for an entertaining read, and who isn't?, then pick this book up stat. (And for what it’s worth, my advanced-reading eleven-year-old niece blew through this baby within a day. She's a fellow Hunger Games aficionado as well.)
ETA: 7/4/11 - having read a few YA dystopians after Blood Red Road, I must say this novel has enjoyment, plot, thrills in spades above Wither and Divergent, just to name a few. They can't even hold a candle to Blood Red Road. So there you have it. ...more
Epically awesome and then some. Word to the wise: Better have Shadowfever on hand because the ending to Dreamfever is a doozy. Cliffhanger doesn't eveEpically awesome and then some. Word to the wise: Better have Shadowfever on hand because the ending to Dreamfever is a doozy. Cliffhanger doesn't even begin to describe it. ...more
Fasten your seatbelts because you're in for a wild ride of thrills and twists and turns and then you're thrown off a cliff, so make sure you have DreaFasten your seatbelts because you're in for a wild ride of thrills and twists and turns and then you're thrown off a cliff, so make sure you have Dreamfever on hand. ...more