Title: The Subtle Knife Author: Phillip Pullman Rating: 5/5
Summary: Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otheTitle: The Subtle Knife Author: Phillip Pullman Rating: 5/5
Summary: Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Cittàgazze, "the city of magpies," where adults are curiously absent and children run wild. Here their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will's father. Their search is plagued with obstacles--some familiar and some horribly new and unfathomable--but it eventually brings them closer to Will's father and to the Subtle Knife, a deadly, magical, ancient tool that cuts windows between worlds. Through it all, Will and Lyra find themselves hurtling toward the center of a fierce battle against a force so awesome that leagues of mortals, witches, beasts, and spirits from every world are uniting in fear and anger against it.
Review: I was not happy with the ending, but ultimately it was well written and did keep me on the edge of my seat throughout. Pullman is a master of detail, character, setting, and I am in awe of his immense imagination. His books can seem somewhat imposing and I can understand why some feel challenged by his books, especially this one.
There is a lot of church dichotomy in this book and it is presented in an “in your face” manner that leaves you little room to actually refute some of the rationale used. Something that gets confusing throughout the story, and leaves me at a loss when it comes up is if the argument is against “God” or against the “Authority.” I have friends who refuse to read any of the books in this series because of the constant indictment against God and that tends to offend or make people uncomfortable, and it is truthfully one of the things that most captivates me about the series. I am spiritual, I would not necessarily say religious, but I do have my religion, but will I let it stop me from reading certain books, absolutely not. I love the provocative edge that some authors put in their books, and this is one of those books.
I would not necessarily recommend this book for younger children, and I know that Scholastic has published it saying that it is acceptable for children in grades fifth through eighth, I do not think that some of the subject matter will make sense to someone in fifth grade. True, they could read it for the first time, but for some of the meanings to sink in and allow further comprehension subsequent readings would be required. I would put my recommendation at children at about a high school level.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is on my Top 100 Favorites of All Time. I have loved each and every thing about this book. Katniss and Peeta, Rue,The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is on my Top 100 Favorites of All Time. I have loved each and every thing about this book. Katniss and Peeta, Rue, and even some of the other tributes that have been chosen throughout the different districts, which is good because they show up quite a bit throughout the expanse of the book even as they are terminated.
My top three are most definitely Katniss, Peeta, and Rue. Foxface was definitely one of the more interesting of the tributes, because of the way she handled Cato and Clove’s expanse of things. I’ve not yet determined which side I’m on “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale.” They are both fantastic guys and do wonders for Katniss throughout everything, though Gale hasn’t really had much of his time to shine because he and Katniss were separated when Katniss went as a volunteer in place of her younger sister.
This book is an emotional roller coaster that starts somewhat early on. If you are an emotional person, find a box of tissues to keep by your side because you are going to need it. Tears are a common reaction, as well as anger and shock at some of the things happening to these children as young as age twelve. Katniss is by far one of my favorite heroines, because she finds her strength in those around her, finds her will to survive through the sacrifice made by the others around her, and does well to honor their memories as best as she can. Katniss is a survivor, she will always be a survivor and she will hold on to the influence of each and every individual she comes across.
This book will suck you in, keep its claws in to you until the very end of the book and make you yearn for more of this thrilling universe that Suzanne Collins has created. You will fall in love with the characters that she has created, the connection between them, and you will find yourself rooting for Katniss to be with one boy or the other. Either way, things will keep you riveted until the final word.
Title: Fire Study Author: Maria V. Snyder Rating: 3/5
Summary: Yelena is a Soulfinder, meaning she can capture and release souls, and she makes people neTitle: Fire Study Author: Maria V. Snyder Rating: 3/5
Summary: Yelena is a Soulfinder, meaning she can capture and release souls, and she makes people nervous because well, the last Soulfinder wasn’t a very nice person at all. However, Yelena is at the mercy of the Council. Yet, when is Yelena’s life simple, there is a plot rising against her homeland by a murderous sorcerer that Yelena has already defeated before. Ultimately Yelena will have one chance to prove herself and save the land she holds dear.
Review: The third and final book in the Study series (not counting the subsequent short stories). This book, in retrospect, did not really satisfy my hopes for this series. So, my initial rating of five stars has now been dropped to three. The first book in the series was by far my favorite, Magic Study was another that was good, but this one was just lacking somewhere, and there were parts that I felt myself skimming through (which is something I very rarely do).
The direction wasn’t what I was expecting, not that it is overall a bad thing, it is just something different than the tone that had been set previously in the other two books. It frustrates me as a reader, but I do understand that the Author has their own vision of how they wish things to be and I respect that, in this case it just left me lacking.