A heartwarming story of how a town worked together to free two trapped horses that without their help would have starved to death in the cold winter u...moreA heartwarming story of how a town worked together to free two trapped horses that without their help would have starved to death in the cold winter up on the mountain. I was glad to see they found good homes in the end! I also think it's beautiful to see the lengths people will go to help animals who cannot help themselves. Gives me a bit of hope for humanity.(less)
I know that I, being as far behind as I was, read the entire Artemis Fowl series in a month and haven't been pursuing the saga over the 11 years I kno...moreI know that I, being as far behind as I was, read the entire Artemis Fowl series in a month and haven't been pursuing the saga over the 11 years I know most other readers have. But I was still very attached to this unlikely band of heroes and it was quite upsetting for the series to end. Still, as always, the book was wonderfully written, with Colfer's trademark wit and skill. His own genius did leave me questioning a few things (how can Opal kill her younger self?) and I truly did not expect Artemis to sacrifice himself like that, despite all his character development. All in all, a great book, a good end to the series, and a fantastic series overall. Will be getting my own copies to give to my kids in that far off future!(less)
Wow was Orion a pain in the butt! He was annoying but at the same time I quite enjoyed the new layer it brought to the story. And I thought Artemis mi...moreWow was Orion a pain in the butt! He was annoying but at the same time I quite enjoyed the new layer it brought to the story. And I thought Artemis might go crazy sooner or later.
As always, Colfer's writing was witty, entertaining and funny. After reading almost the whole series (one to go!) in less than a month, I'm going to feel a bit sad to say goodbye to the characters I quickly fell in love with in the next book. I feel like I haven't had long enough with them!(less)
The best thing about going back to books you have read before is the feeling of familiarity, like greeting an old friend. This is how I felt on re-rea...moreThe best thing about going back to books you have read before is the feeling of familiarity, like greeting an old friend. This is how I felt on re-reading Rowan of Rin, the first in the five-part series. After that old familiar feeling though, was the feeling of excitement as I turned the pages of the stories I didn't know as well. I couldn't remember at which point I had stopped reading Rowan, when I first picked it up as a ten or eleven year old, so I thought I would reread the entire series in this handy little collection. A very enjoyable read, first at ten and now at eighteen. Some things never change, such as my appreciation for a well written novel, be it for children or not.(less)
Finally I have made it to the end of these 300 pages of poorly written junk. I picked this book off my boyfriend's bookshelf to read and I wish I'd ju...moreFinally I have made it to the end of these 300 pages of poorly written junk. I picked this book off my boyfriend's bookshelf to read and I wish I'd just left it there. The only thing that got me through was the thought of writing a scathing review at the end, because I can't say I ever expected it to get better. In no way dd I believe this to be 'the biggest event in children's fiction since Harry Potter', no matter what The Times says.
What a load of religious nonsense. Clearly, if you believe what Taylor has written, there is only one right religion in the world and all others are associated with the devil, or Pyratheon as he is known in this book. What a way to encourage acceptance of other people and religions.
As well as the subject being what it was, the plotline was jumpy and the characters unrelatable and unlikeable. I was absolutely sick and tired of Kate, Thomas and Raphah by about halfway through the book - and they were meant to be the heroes! The writer picked up different threads of the story and dropped them just as quickly without so much as a second mention. Kate and Thomas, who seemed extremely immature on first introduction, were all of a sudden all grown up when the plot required them to be, but without a trigger or a cause.
The author is a talented writer and can spin interesting imagery, however the dialogue was sloppy and the plotline needed a lot of work.
I can't help but feel this book was a waste of my time and I wish I could be the type of person who can put books down after they've started them!(less)
You know that feeling, when you completely fall head over heels in love with a book, that you have no idea how to express just how amazing you think i...moreYou know that feeling, when you completely fall head over heels in love with a book, that you have no idea how to express just how amazing you think it is, other than being very, very glad there's a whole series to look forward to? This, and more, is how The Diviners made me feel.
In The Diviners, we are taken back to 1920s New York. It is a city full of wonder and dreams and possibilities and is a whole world away from boring old Ohio, where Evie O'Neill has been exiled from by her parents after her antics of revealing a damaging secret about the town's golden boy. Evie could not have been more thrilled about leaving the backwards town behind and embraces the chance to be somebody in that great big city where dreams come alive. She moves in with her uncle, the curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult, and here her adventures begin.
But there are strange things afoot in the city and Evie, her uncle Will and a cast of other interesting characters are drawn further into these unusual happenings when they are enlisted to help the police investigate a series of occult murders.
The Diviners is an enormous book which can appear extremely daunting, but do not let yourself be intimidated! It is a worthy read which I devoured in two days simply because I could not put it down (aided by some hot weather that made it hard to sleep). Ms. Bray has created a fascinating, intricately woven world of the supernatural, mingled with the culture of 1920s New York City and hidden from the masses. The backstory was brilliant and it is evident this novel was well researched. The plot was ever building and suspenseful, the writing full of evocative imaging that will send a chill or two up your spine. Not for the faint of heart, I found as I delved further into the story and was presented with some grisly details that only made the story seem more authentic.
You know you've encountered a talented writer when they take something you wouldn't believe if someone told you it was true - and makes it really damn believable. Hell, I want to believe in Seers and Healers and all sorts of Diviners!
This book played host to a number of characters, all unique and interesting in their own way. Some of them are confused, some are empowered by what they can do, some use their talents for good and others not so good. All of them are searching for something. Their personal histories are elaborate but engaging and important. I'm looking forward to the forthcoming books in this series and following the characters and story through further developments and to see where it all leads.
A thrilling, exciting read of all those 'things that go bump in the night'. Fantastic.(less)
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars, leaning away from the 3 star rating, closer to the 4. I had a few issues with it but I was so intrigued by it that I'm...moreI'm giving this book 3.5 stars, leaning away from the 3 star rating, closer to the 4. I had a few issues with it but I was so intrigued by it that I'm going to buy the next book.
Becca, as a character, didn't do much for me. I see her mainly as a catalyst but she's not particularly useful although not overly stupid either. She's not quite the strong female character I like to see in YA novels, but I did like her best when she stood up to the boys and slammed the door on them, etc. She has some potential. However, the Merrick brothers are fascinating and I'm enjoying the secret world building that's been happening. I don't care that they are ZOMGGG SO HOT (please shut up) and it frustrates me that this was the first thing mentioned about any of the main male characters, Hunter included. I want to know something more interesting than how good looking the boys are. Once we got past that, you could see the depth of character of the four brothers and their history was well developed. The author had clearly spent time on their characters, more time than on Becca or any other secondary characters, and I look forward to see how they develop over further books.
My issues arose, as mentioned before, the wonderful hotness of all boys involved. I'm sick to death of boys being described that way like that's all that is important, and also how girls (Becca was very guilty of this) just seem to lose control around them while boys keep their cool. It seems a very dominant thing and in this novel, Hunter particularly was very protective of Becca in an Edward sort of way. Boring and annoying. Let her do what she wants. And yet he let her go off with Drew, with whom she was in the most danger. Go figure.
This book also seems very 'boys club' - the four Merrick brothers, Tyler and Seth, Hunter. All the boys are special or different in some way, they have these Elemental 'powers' for lack of a better word - but where are the girls? The girls are dramatic, like Quinn, or bitches, like Lilah. Where are the girls with the cool powers? (view spoiler)[Other than Becca, as we find out at the end? (hide spoiler)] I only hope that this is something to be developed in further books, although I can see Becca getting jealous if any other girls show themselves to be like the brothers. I hope I'm wrong, but at the moment that's what I'm predicting.
Still, I'm interested enough to want to go and buy the next book to see where it goes. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I think one of the reasons I wasn't really into this book was because I'd just read a couple of books in the Danger Zone series by David Gilman and fo...moreI think one of the reasons I wasn't really into this book was because I'd just read a couple of books in the Danger Zone series by David Gilman and found this book to be quite similar in a lot of aspects: both boys the same age, absentee parents they have to rescue, involving following clues left behind for them. While this book has an interesting premise, I found the writing to be a bit sloppy with the overuse of certain phrases and the story to be predicatable. For example, as soon as Matt saw photos of a girl 'who looked a lot like Robin', I could tell where that line of the story was headed. It wasn't hard to make out other parts of the plot.
I also found there to be little character development, particularly in Matt but also in Robin. For someone who is hiding a secret like hers, she wasn't very particular about hiding it, dropping clues so often I thought Matt had to be quite 'daft', as they say, to not realise. It also seemed that Matt had almost forgotten or disregarded the fact that his father was missing (I think this is the fault of the poor writing) once he started searching for the treasure, and so did everyone else. This frustrated me because this was supposed to be the whole point of the story, not just a "oh, what about Dad?" moment dropped in here and there.
The novel also seemed to be unfinished. Did I miss the significance of Smith's blue eyes? Couldn't work that one yet. I would say Richards was probably leaving himself open for a sequel.
Needing something to read for the holidays, my boyfriend gave me a stack of books he had on his bookshelf, most he hadn't even read. The Devil's Breat...moreNeeding something to read for the holidays, my boyfriend gave me a stack of books he had on his bookshelf, most he hadn't even read. The Devil's Breath was one of them. An exciting, fast paced book that I did enjoy reading, even if some of the events (such as Max instinctively knowing how to fly a plane with no training, and his transformations into birds) were a little far fetched, it was still an enjoyable read.(less)
I found this to be a surprisingly interesting account of Winston Churchill’s first thirty years, through his childhood to the end of the Boer War and...moreI found this to be a surprisingly interesting account of Winston Churchill’s first thirty years, through his childhood to the end of the Boer War and his entry into Parliament. He writes engagingly and kept me interested in a subject I knew virtually nothing about. Having only really known of his later years, I wasn’t expecting his younger days to be so fascinating. I should have known, as Churchill, one of the world’s greatest leaders, is definitely a fascinating man.
Typical Reilly - fast plot, brave characters, high powered weaponry, a twist at the end. This was a bit of a faster read than the others but no less e...moreTypical Reilly - fast plot, brave characters, high powered weaponry, a twist at the end. This was a bit of a faster read than the others but no less enjoyable. I do enjoy following the Scarecrow's adventures!(less)
This was one of the rare occasions where I've seen the movie before I read the book. I didn't even know there was a book, or even the movie, until my...moreThis was one of the rare occasions where I've seen the movie before I read the book. I didn't even know there was a book, or even the movie, until my friend and I were digging through her DVD collection and found one we'd never seen. I enjoyed the movie and that caused me to go out and find the book.
It's Kind of a Funny Story is about the things that people in the real world don't want to acknowledge. So many people don't want to know how you're feeling the pressure building on you until it takes over your whole life, don't want to know when the answer to 'how are you?' is 'good' and it shouldn't be. Unfortunately, Craig's depression isn't so rare, just not talked about much and treated even less.
The most important thing in this novel came at the end, when after being in hospital for five days Craig acknowledges that he's 'not cured'. But being in hospital, meeting the other patients all dealing with their own demons, showed him how, even at fifteen, he had to make some serious changes in his life. And it was all up to him. Sure, the drugs they gave him helped, but he was on those before and without them, he just relapsed. At Six North, Craig learned how to deal with his condition and then he learned what it meant to be alive. To live, live, live.
It's Kind of a Funny Story managed to be funny, sensitive and insightful without be condescending or insulting. I identified with Craig (does that say something about me?) but mostly I felt along for the ride, a ride I really enjoyed. This is one of those books where I want to know what happened to the characters after I've turned the last page, but something tells me they're going to be okay. Not great, and maybe not straight away, but they'll be okay.(less)
What a great read! It took me a little while to get through this as I was studying for exams, but once I did get into it I really enjoyed it. Wish I'd...moreWhat a great read! It took me a little while to get through this as I was studying for exams, but once I did get into it I really enjoyed it. Wish I'd read more Eoin Colfer when I was younger, definitely going to get my hands on the Artemis Fowl series now, even if I am 18!(less)
No longer can I read YA paranormal (faeries are included in the paranormal genre yes?) love stories and feel that they aren't, w...moreI must be getting old.
No longer can I read YA paranormal (faeries are included in the paranormal genre yes?) love stories and feel that they aren't, well, to put it bluntly...stupid. I know that they're not real, clearly, but if they're well written shouldn't they be believable?
I quite enjoyed Stiefvater's other series The Wolves Of Mercy Falls but there was something about this book that just didn't live up to the same standard. My interest did increase somewhat as the story progressed, and while Dee is a much stronger female lead than is often found (for example, Bella of that series), there was just a few things I couldn't reconcile. Like, come on, Luke is an assassin! And yet after she had a day to think about it, she realised she was quite happy to be alone with him, she couldn't help it! Sometimes I wonder about what is defined as 'love' in paranormal stories, especially after the 'love' has arisen after only a couple of days. And of course its always that infatuated kind of love that they say is 'true love'.
But, I digress. It's a quick, easy read, but if you're looking for a book as good as Shiver, look elsewhere.(less)