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
4 stars because this book managed to hold my interest - a near impossible feat as of late. I believe it was the unique idea of curse workers that carr4 stars because this book managed to hold my interest - a near impossible feat as of late. I believe it was the unique idea of curse workers that carried me onward. Definitely not a boring topic for a book as far as I'm concerned. I enjoyed the voice of the main character Cassel. The mystery itself was rather obvious, but maybe it was supposed to be that way. Regardless, this was a fun, fast read. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this book and will definitely continue on with the series. Hopefully it will be a series. ...more
So I've recently finished watching for the second time all three seasons of Fringe. Yes, I'm a tad obsessive when it comes to the show. Anyhow, sufferSo I've recently finished watching for the second time all three seasons of Fringe. Yes, I'm a tad obsessive when it comes to the show. Anyhow, suffering from Fringe withdrawal, visiting alternate universes and quantum physics discussions, I was desperate for some kind of replacement. Voila - I stumbled upon The Journal of Curious Letters for the third time in a few days. It was a sign, I thought. It had to be. So upon cracking open this novel, I had no idea just how good this book would have been.
So how good was it? I loved it! It was fun, highly entertaining, and totally scratched my alternate universe/quantum physics itch. This novel is Fringe for children. On a side note: The author did a great job describing how multiverses work, alternate selves, atoms, he even touched upon in his own way the wave-particle theory and Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
For you Fringe freaks out there - Atticus/Tick is Olivia with a touch of Peter, Walter or Walternate is Reginald Chu. And the rest of the characters can easily fill the shoes of the beloved Fringe Division.
For the non-Fringe freaks - The Journal of Curious Letters starts with a bang when bookworm Tick receives a letter informing him that he has been picked to pretty much save the world. He has a choice to either burn the letter or accept his mission. Channeling Ethan Hunt, he then receives 12 brain-teasing clues/riddles. I had a blast figuring them out on my own, patting myself on the back for the few mathish ones I was able to eventually figure out after and feeling like a complete and utter dolt for not figuring out the apparent "painfully obvious" riddles. I'm still stuck on why the date is May 6th and not May 5th. If anyone could break down the why for me, I would seriously appreciate it. It's driving me crazy.
I have fallen in love with this serious. I adore the whimsical characters, winking into alternate worlds, the created devices, basically the overall story. And I must say, it's great to read a loving parent/child situation. In this case Tick and his father Edgar.
Yes, this is a children's book, but not in a silly way, if you know what I mean. I for one can't wait to read on and hope there's more to come than just 3 books....more
The Hollow was such a strange read for me. From the beginning, I was hooked. I enjoyed the main character, Abbey. I enjoyed the references to The LegeThe Hollow was such a strange read for me. From the beginning, I was hooked. I enjoyed the main character, Abbey. I enjoyed the references to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. With that said, around page 150 I began to question what the point of this novel was. Why? Well, nothing happened. The book mostly followed Abbey around as she dealt with the death of her best friend. As she traversed to school. As she made perfume and what kind of carrier oil to use so as not to burn the skin, because essential oils burn skin upon contact. Abbey did meet a strange boy in the cemetery while visiting her best friend's grave. For most of the book their encounters took place there and twice at a library. Like that's not strange in and of itself. At one point, Abbey even said, "That's strange" referring to how she never saw a gingerbread cottage within the graveyard before or the couple who inhabit it. Around 250, the plot still hadn't been revealed. At least not what I consider a plot. It was perfume, school, "I love Caspian, but why won't he kiss me". Around p. 400, still nothing happened of consequence. I thought some big secret would be revealed with her best friend's death. Nope. Caspian's secret wasn't exposed until the last 20 pages or so and that wasn't a big surprise, along with said couple she met in the graveyard.
I kept thinking this novel felt more like a short story. I feel that many of her day to day activities didn't add to the overall story, more like filler. Here's the strange part, I didn't seem to mind. Which is why I kept reading. The author definitely piqued my curiosity, daily activities and all.
Unanswered questions abound, i.e., her best friend. I thought she was going to play a big part. I was wrong, wrong, wrong with that assumption.
With all that said, I will definitely continue on with this series.
Princes embarking on quests, defeating evil sorceresses, rescuing damsels in distress, locked away in tower. The down-on-her-luck servant girl being wPrinces embarking on quests, defeating evil sorceresses, rescuing damsels in distress, locked away in tower. The down-on-her-luck servant girl being whisked off into the sunset, her life of servitude a thing of the past. Living happily ever after.
All except 21-year-old Elena, who's barely existing in her monotonous so-called life within the Seven Kingdoms. Singing “Some Day My Prince Will Come” fell on deaf ears for she waited and waited and waited for her happily ever after, dreaming of her prince to rescue her from a life of servitude at the hands of her evil stepmother and bitchy stepsisters; yes, Elena is Cinderella, but her prince never came. She waited for a miracle on her 16th birthday, because that’s when all dreams come true. She even thought her 18th would be life-changing. Yeah, not so much. She watched in agony as every one in her village eventually partnered off in wedded bliss, but she refused to settle. As time passed, even the ugliest, rottenest of girls were betrothed, but not Elena. For she was invisible. Until one day a Fairy Godmother rescued her. In a flying carriage. From that moment on, Elena was taught the ins and outs of Fairy Godmothering, and after drinking dragon’s blood, was able to understand and converse with all the animals in the kingdom, including unicorns.
She was taught what’s called The Tradition, i.e., how damsels ended up in the tower in the first place. The Tradition is like fate - only sometimes it can go wrong. Elena was meant to marry her prince a long time ago. That clearly didn’t happen. So Elena, taking over the reins of the Seven Kingdoms’ Fairy Godmother, sets out making sure The Tradition stays its course, having to pretend to be an evil witch, putting a quest in place for a few princes, etc., along the way. Every fairy-tale cliche is covered and explained, kind of like a behind the scenes look in a way. I have to give Mercedes Lackey major credit, because this book took a whole lot of thought and planning.
To say The Fairy Godmother was clever would be a vast understatement. There were times when the explanation was a tad confusing, bogging down the overall whimsy, but all in all, this is exactly the fairy-tale, whimsical, enchanting read I thought it would be. And then some. ...more