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)
Girls, waking up not knowing who they are, having no past. Learning early that they have been implanted with a device that knocks them unconscious if...more Girls, waking up not knowing who they are, having no past. Learning early that they have been implanted with a device that knocks them unconscious if they wander to far from the hut. Fighting for clothes, and food with the heavy feeling of a never ending struggle to survive. But Miranda is different, she explores the high tech, well stocked house. But without knowing how long they are stuck here, can she risk sharing and how much?
Foreverland is Dead takes a darker turn pretty fast. The stink of rotting flesh and struggling just to live through the day. Its pretty obvious from the beginning there is a leader, calling all the shots. She is not about to let anybody show her up, and she'll fight to maintain her power over the other girls.
First in the series The Annihilation of Foreverland we saw a group of boys struggling with their lives, but now it's the girls turn. Each book can be read as a stand alone or any order. They are dark, with twists you won't see coming and engaging characters you want to see win in the end.
The story is very powerful and suspenseful. At times keeping the reader on the edge of their seat to see if the girls will make it out of danger, alive. It's dark and incredibly imaginative, violent and creepy. PG-16(less)
As some of you may know I didn't love Tempest, the first book in the series, but I was very impressed and engrossed when it came to listening to the a...moreAs some of you may know I didn't love Tempest, the first book in the series, but I was very impressed and engrossed when it came to listening to the audiobook for Vortex. The story was pretty intense and the growing twists to the plot were intriguing and had me listening for hours a day to see where this story would go. And boy does it end with a surprise!
As with the first book Jackson is completely longing for and obsessed with Holly. He is constantly thinking about her, reminded of her and only wants her. What I loved about this story is the variety of new characters that are brought in and getting to know Jackson's character more on a deeper level. I like his family's background and some of the time traveling he gets to do regarding the mystery to discover more about the Enemies of Time.
The audiobook, Narrated By Matthew Brown and a Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins(Macmillan Audio ) really flew by. Even though Jackson continually obsesses about Holly, the revolving stories of his CIA training and his family really get complicated and more complex as the series continues. (less)
Elle is a strong main character. Very independent, pretty and smart. This is the first Adult steampunk novel that I have completely lost myself in. Th...moreElle is a strong main character. Very independent, pretty and smart. This is the first Adult steampunk novel that I have completely lost myself in. The others I had read didn't quite fit the expectations that I had for the genre. But sure am glad I decided to pick this one up because it has given me hope to try more! I usually read young adult novels and even though this one is not one, I would still recommend it for all readers.
We start off in Paris, and Patrice is asking Elle to take a package and take a transport in her dirigible as a favor. While discussing the terms in his office, she is also given payment in the form of a diamond bracelet in which an absinthe fairy flies into before she can leave, temporarily locking the bracelet onto her arm. Then all hell breaks loose, she must escape danger, looses the package and gets shot at as she takes off. Only to find out that when she arrives home that her scientist father has been abducted and the group from Paris is still after her.
This leads us on a fun adventure over and through Europe as she must stay ahead of Air Pirates and Alchemists. We meet vampires. oracles, warlocks along the way (to name a few). With her companion, a Warlock named Marsh. She also discovers that he knew her mother and that there is a connection to their worlds that goes beyond her missing father.
The story is interspersed with narration by the absinthe fairy and fun gadgets that light up Elle's eyes during the trip. Her excitement and determination really drive the story and I found it a very fun read. I recommend this one!(less)
A lonely older woman finds companionship in a dead skull. Carrying it around with her, talking to it and eventually committing acts to help it return...more A lonely older woman finds companionship in a dead skull. Carrying it around with her, talking to it and eventually committing acts to help it return to it's former self.
With her extreme feeling of loneliness Roberta is a woman that the reader will end up pitying and feeling sorry for. But with her unusual way of making a friend is somewhat humorous and more than once comment "what does she think she's doing?"
I had a blast reading this story. It was a really quick read, but I found it quirky, funny and different. (less)
I have to say that this was one of the most unique and quirky books I have read in a long time. Rory is taken by a demon to an alien world in which th...moreI have to say that this was one of the most unique and quirky books I have read in a long time. Rory is taken by a demon to an alien world in which the girls are forced to attend a charm school. Yes, forced into taking classes on good behavior, ballet, grooming and tea to just name a few.
Rory is not as beautiful, and statuesque as the rest of the "students" but was brought there because of a unique quality that she does have. She clashes with all of the instructors and has to try harder than most of the other girls just to make it through each day.
With absolutely nowhere to go and no way back home, these girls quickly adjust to the very strict new ways of their lives. Even though most of the girls are somewhat helpful when she has difficulties with the teachers, she is far from making any real and true new friends. Although of course some connections are made.
Not only is she stuck in a strange new place, forced to take lessons on how to be more lady-like to suite the Lords. There is also a large amount of other events that take place including magic, ghosts, cats (that can communicate with her) and a focus on her love of baking, cakes especially. There was one moment when she squirts icing in the face of an animal to set off a distraction where I literally laughed out loud thinking that had to have been one of the most bizarre things I have ever read.
Although the story is really more of a serious series of events, there are moments that took me off guard and having to re-read the paragraph to make sure I caught it all right. Making me smile with the imaginative storyline that surprised me at very unexpected times throughout the story.(less)
As this is the first book in the series it's common to find a lot of world-building and "info dumps" this was full of them. The reader does get moment...moreAs this is the first book in the series it's common to find a lot of world-building and "info dumps" this was full of them. The reader does get moments of action in between the large sections of dialogue and explanations of the characters, plot and world-building. Perhaps what held me back a bit from completely loving this story was the repetition of words and names to each page. Easily could have been broken up with the usage of them, him, they, her, etc. (which are used often, but perhaps not often enough as the repetition was distracting) The only other thing that stood out was how close in similarity and sounding of the names of the characters in the story.
I really did enjoy the novel and wanted more focus on the action of the story. A little bit more "show" and less "tell". My favorite parts of the story were Coralie's adventures into the beyond, mostly happening in her sleep in dream-like scenes. Her adventures outside of the real world were the most entertaining and eventful and really gave some in depth look at Coralie's character.
As Coralie begins to get hints of memories, things she just cannot quite remember fully, also coincides with the appearance of a new guy to her life. There are a lot of discussions with her parents where you think they are about to help her out, but instead turn out to be just misses on releasing the information we are all waiting to hear. Why can she not remember her past?
I am looking forward to picking up the next book in the series. The hope for more action and anticipating what will become of Coralie and the demons she must face. (less)
I really enjoyed this story from RM Prioleau. It is my second novella to read by this author and find that the writing is very fluid and pulls your ri...moreI really enjoyed this story from RM Prioleau. It is my second novella to read by this author and find that the writing is very fluid and pulls your right into the world. Jasmine is a very interesting character, although she ends up in a very interesting situation. She makes decisions regarding her future that I did not see coming.
Most characters would jump at the chance to lead a normal life, but she makes alternative choices, which I was both surprised by, and loved.
As a novella it was a very short read, but compelling and I really loved the characters. Even the Necromancer himself was intriguing and unique. As the quote above says, these are memorable characters indeed. (less)