The Potters smiled and waved at Harry and stared hungrily back at them, his hands pressed flat against the glass as though he was hoping to fall right
The Potters smiled and waved at Harry and stared hungrily back at them, his hands pressed flat against the glass as though he was hoping to fall right through it and reach them. He had a powerful kind of ache inside him, half joy, half terrible sadness.
Still 5 stars the second time around. :)
rereading JIT for GR-TFG Christmas book discussion on the 21st :)...more
So i started this series with one thought in mind: a 12-year-old as a master of crime? interesting.
i liked book 1, but this second book is even betterSo i started this series with one thought in mind: a 12-year-old as a master of crime? interesting.
i liked book 1, but this second book is even better.
So Artemis Fowl is cold and hardened on book 1, but it was good to see him in a different light on this sequel.
He never gave up that his father is still alive. He and Butler keep on searching and searching. at last, a sliver of a clue came to them. or rather, a ransom video. it may terrify any kid, but not Artemis Fowl. he was giddy, for this video only represented one thing: HOPE.
Seeing him softened when he talks about his father, looking at how he manages to cooperate with Holly and other LePreCons to get the job done – it was a whole other side of his character and i liked that. the author did not bother to lengthen the mystery of how Artemis became a criminal mastermind. piece by piece (although it’s not all there yet), i begin to understand why Artemis is what he is.
A new character is introduced, Opal. The arch rival of Foaley. Ha! She is one quirky character and i’m looking forward to seeing her in the later books.
There is still a whole lot of action, and a whole lot of manipulation (by Artemis, of course). It was a fun read. I’ll definitely continue reading this series. So on to book 3!...more
It is obvious by now that Rick Riordan is a master of storytelling. From the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of OI recommend The Red Pyramid.
It is obvious by now that Rick Riordan is a master of storytelling. From the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series, i had no doubt that reading this Egyptian-mythology concept won’t disappoint.
Carter and Kadie are estranged siblings and there’s a reason why. They are not gods (unlike Riordan’s other series) but they are somewhat entwined with them. They also came from a line of Egyptian magicians that are so ancient they are believed to be more powerful than the current members of The House of Life.
With these descriptions, it is inevitable that they will be tasked to fight Set before his obsession on world domination comes to life. Seems simple? yeah, right. With Riordan, nothing is ever simple. TWIST is is middle name.
From one action-packed scene to another, from one continent to another, it was hard not to like what i read. It is still full of humor.
I like Carter. He’s a goody-two-shoes kinda guy. conforms to his father’s ideals. doesn’t like moving around so often but does not voice it out. nerd when it comes to Egyptian mythology. From losing his dad, to discovering his dad’s other life, to claiming the stage that was set before him by his parents, Carter proved to be worthy as the god Horus. He has his moments, and he shone brightly as the hero that i expected him to be.
I dislike Sadie. She is the reason i only gave this book a 4-star rating. i hate her character. her constant bullying to his older brother Carter annoyed me. she’s like miss high-and-mighty! ugh. there are few times that i laughed about her punchlines, but that’s it. Mr. Riordan, can you put Sadie into Duat? and keep her there!
It was a pretty entertaining read. Khufu is my most loved character. next is Horus.
who knew that Egyptian gods and goddesses are as vindictive, selfish, and manipulative as the Greek ones?...more
I’ll start by saying this is the first time i’ve read something about djinnis. Yes, Bartimaeus, is one. But bewaclick here for more book reviews.
I’ll start by saying this is the first time i’ve read something about djinnis. Yes, Bartimaeus, is one. But beware for he is not the kind who grants three wishes. Maybe he will, but he will twist it so that you’ll curse him instead of thanking him. And you don’t need to free him to get those wishes – you have to capture him and make him do what you want.
An apprentice named Nathaniel did just that. In order to get back to a magician, Simon Lovelace, who publicly humiliated him, he summoned the powerful djinni Bartimaeus to do his bidding – steal the amulet of Samarkand that is currently in Lovelace’s possession. This summoning is advanced, way over his education. But Nathaniel is confident. Unfortunately, Bartimaeus and other forces have other plans. Suddenly, Nathaniel is caught between pushing through with his revenge and dealing with an old djinni who has the power to crush him. Not to mention the enemies of Bartimaeus he accumulated over time.
Nathaniel is crazy but good crazy. He is intelligent and clever for his age. His rapport with Bartimaeus is such a laugh trip! At the start Nathaniel seemed like any other brat who was reprimanded by an elder – he was vindictive. The urge to revenge was so great that he concocted a plan no apprentice will think of. What, summoning a djinni as old as Bartimaeus and make him do your bidding is just a piece of cake?... not! But as the consequences of his actions unfold, he became contrite, even guilty. In the end, he decided to make things right. And what he did to defeat the enemy will make any master of his very proud.
Bartimaeus is one those characters i love to hate (because he constantly antagonizes the hero) but i’ve come to love. If Nathaniel is a brat, then Bartimaeus is one stubborn, conceited djinni. Sometimes cruel, other times he’s just plain arrogant. A powerful djinni like him can turn an apprentice’s bidding around and into his advantage, right? It is funny how he counteracts Nathaniel’s orders with his defiant actions. His past is intriguing and more so, his character. He admired Nathaniel yet at the same time he planned to get rid of Nathaniel after doing his bidding.
I liked that even as they hate each other, they’ve come to know the story behind their lives and how it led them to where they are. They understood each other despite the hate. I liked that the ending wrapped up with Nathaniel and Bartimaeus looking after each other. Could they have become friends?... nah. That’s pushing it too far. Lol
I wanna know more of Bartimaeus’ past. I wanna know what happens to Nathaniel being an apprentice to a new master. And i wanna know where Nathaniel’s and Bartimaeus’ relationship will go. I’m sure i won’t be disappointed with their bantering. Though i’m rooting for Nathaniel to outwit the djinni... Ha!
This book is witty and funny. Perfect for a summer read. ...more
I’ve always been a fantasy lover – there’s just something that makes the escape to these books so blissful. FablehaI like Fablehaven.
I’ve always been a fantasy lover – there’s just something that makes the escape to these books so blissful. Fablehaven is a good quirky read despite my constant irritation for Seth’s character.
The story is easy to follow, the characters are easy to like or dislike, and the twists are suprising but not rave-worthy.
Seth is probably the most stubborn boy i have ever read. He does exactly the opposite when it comes to rules. He challenges everyone & everything. Although i liked how he composes himself in times of distress (compared to Kendra), and his sense of family ties is touching.
Kendra is the smart, goody-two shoe sister of Seth who is very perceptive especially to magical stuff. Her quick thinking and bold heart helped her into saving her family from the malicious witch & demon.
The magical elements are enchanting. From fairies to imps, golem to naiads, trolls to centaurs. The little stories woven by Mull for each of them is very entertaining. I love the words of wisdom that Grandpa, Grandma, Lena and Dale constantly give to Seth & Kendra. It was simple and completely understandable for their age, yet full of depth.
I like Fablehaven but i don’t think i’ll be reading the sequel anytime soon. The magic of the preserve and its inhabitants are not enough for me, i guess....more