The Urchin King is one that grabbed me from the first page and the formatting and writing was good quality for the age range of ~12 and up.
The plot w...moreThe Urchin King is one that grabbed me from the first page and the formatting and writing was good quality for the age range of ~12 and up.
The plot was interesting and had many twists. The addition of a powerful wizard and powers of others battling for the Kingdom both entertaining and had a lot of possibilities to build on as far as the storyline.
As the story progressed I did find that Paul seemed to escape every situation a little too easily. There could have been a lot more of a struggle in each situation to help build the emotional ties with the reader to the story. When I sat and thought too much about the wizard and controlling powers I found a lot of loop holes.
Paul shines through as a character that is generous and noble, open minded and caring.
This story is entertaining and I did enjoy a lot of the elements, I would recommend it to those that enjoy reading stories of Kings and Castles, Wizards and Princesses. (less)
This story takes place upon the ship in which Zyra is being held captive. We get the story from several different perspectives from the crew of 8 and...more This story takes place upon the ship in which Zyra is being held captive. We get the story from several different perspectives from the crew of 8 and Zyra herself. What I have come to love about Kevis' writing is the portrayal of the characters. They become real to us, the book turned out to be a super fast read and was over before I was ready.
As we are introduced to the characters we immediately get who they are. It comes about in their actions and dialogue. As this story includes several characters and we get to follow each of them to some extent separately. It feels as if I got to know each one of their characteristics even though it was such a short time.
There is a lot of sexual frustration happening upon this ship as well. The closeness of these few members and being together for such a long time is obviously weighing on them and their relationships with each other. When Zyra takes some power of her own, the loss of the characters is really sad to deal with and I really wanted to know more about them and their cultures.
Perhaps the only negative thing about this story is that it wasn't long enough! It takes place in a very small place, hiding and fighting and who exactly is in charge of the ship all play major rolls. With a handful of characters I do wish that I got to know more about each of them outside of the ship.
My favorite character of all would have to be Zyra herself. She is a super strong female lead role that we get to experience both the strong and the vulnerable side of her. The writing is very smooth and can easily be imagined on the big screen. So far each book has just been a part of the story and leaves plenty to the imagination of where the story could go next. (less)
Every time I see the words "inside the walls" I have no control over the fact that I instantly think of the movie The Village by M Night Shyamalan. I...moreEvery time I see the words "inside the walls" I have no control over the fact that I instantly think of the movie The Village by M Night Shyamalan. I suppose this is because 1) I love that movie and 2) am always searching for similar stories.
This was one of those stories that hit the mark for me. I really enjoyed the characters, the community and the witch craft. In New Salem there is a separation between the council and the townspeople mainly by the color of robes or clothing they wear. The council is known for their red robes, and the townspeople a very modestly dressed and the town has a very old feeling to it, no technology, farmland and everybody having to do their part for the town to keep alive. The behavior of the townspeople to stay in line is really strict and the kids are watched carefully. Don't forget the forest surrounding the village and the stone wall that blocks them off from any other societies that may be outside.
Ruth is a great main character. She is daring and courageous, the fact that she does question things..mostly because she is different, is a huge plus in this story. There is very little down time and a combination of great elements and characters that really drives the storyline. There is a mystery of where the banished people end up going when they leave. Ruth and her coven are able to develop very amazing powers as they become stronger, and when they are together, that power grows.
I really had a lot of fun reading this story. (I have actually read it twice in the last 4 months) and think that it's definitely one you'd enjoy to read as well. Especially if you are into witches and creepy settings (less)
I was emailed a review request from a book publicity company and it was offered as a "YA mystery adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt." While I highly d...moreI was emailed a review request from a book publicity company and it was offered as a "YA mystery adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt." While I highly disagree of the usage of the words Young Adult when pitching this book for review. Does not mean I did not like the story. But I do think it's limited to a smaller range of Young Adults that may actually like the story. Dr Cliff Post has always been interested in Egypt and when his good friend Dr. Abdul Saad invites him to participate in a dig, he jumps at the offer. Cliff is moving to be near is serious girlfriend and her son, taking time off work and now gets to work on a dream job. He couldn't be happier. But when he gets to Egypt he is gets mixed up in a complicated mess with others working on the same dig. Teens that are highly interested in Egypt and it's history, mostly revolving around the pyramids may find this book interesting as well. There is a underlying factor that the man causing all the troubles for the team highly disagrees with the idea of "outsiders" digging up parts of Egypt. Even though he (the outsider) was asked by Dr Abdul Saad himself to join in the dig. There are several pages of straight historical facts and information about Giza and the Sphinx itself. Some political aspects of the people of Egypt compared to the information we are given about the 13 skulls. I did enjoy reading this story, but I also have a love of history and social studies. What I did find lacking is there is no back story to the characters, no growth and I wouldn't particularly call this story an adventure. It is a mystery, it did have fun elements of danger and intrigue and a lot of detailed information. I would think that adults may connect with the story more so than most young adults. And especially if you have an interest in the pyramid structures themselves.(less)