Like HP #1, this one got off to a slow start. I know I'm a late arrival to the HP world, but slow books do not propel me further. Again I stumbled and...moreLike HP #1, this one got off to a slow start. I know I'm a late arrival to the HP world, but slow books do not propel me further. Again I stumbled and complained, but managed to get to the excited parts when Harry and his friends fight the villain, again.
At the end of the reading I was left with several unanswered questions: -How in the world did he get that scar on his forehead? -What really happened to his parents? -Why was he the only one to survive? -Will each book follow the same pattern? (Harry and his friends chasing after Voldemort) -What is Voldemort's deal?
Harry Potter #1 was ok. I was instantly drawn in but got bored about halfway through. I had difficulty getting through it (ask my friends). The redeem...moreHarry Potter #1 was ok. I was instantly drawn in but got bored about halfway through. I had difficulty getting through it (ask my friends). The redeeming factor is it picked up towards the end when Harry goes off the fight the villain with his friends.
Had I not promised to read it, I would not have continued reading.(less)
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is the kind of book one can pick up if you're looking for a predictable story line. The protagonists are running fo...moreMaximum Ride: The Angel Experiment is the kind of book one can pick up if you're looking for a predictable story line. The protagonists are running for their lives, find sanctuary briefly, and are momentarily caught by the bad guys. Rinse and repeat.
Patterson has published several more books in the series, and several of my students love the series. As a result, I make sure I have extra copies of the whole series on my shelves.(less)
By far this is the best of the three I have read. The action/mystery/suspense begins immediately. Thank goodness! More answers, but still more questio...moreBy far this is the best of the three I have read. The action/mystery/suspense begins immediately. Thank goodness! More answers, but still more questions!(less)
I didn’t know I needed a new series until I was introduced to Chronicles of Elantra. (Thanks Tori & Lynn!) The last complete series I read was Harry Potter. I am in the midst of many series as authors write and publish them. There is something to be said about already published series or at least having more than one book in a series published.
I have been yearning for a good fantasy story since I read Eon and Eona. The Chronicles of Elantra follows Kaylin, a young woman who escaped the bad side of (the fiefs) and is now an officer of the law (Hawk). As she solves crimes she has to face her past and learn about herself.
What I liked: • The story – An orphan girl who ran away from her past gets to start anew. • The characters o Kaylin & Severn – They used to trust one another. They still do to some extent. They have to trust one another to conduct an investigation. The dynamic of their relationship is interesting, especially since Kaylin tries to kill Severn several times! o Nightshade – He is the creepy, evil fief lord who rules “the bad part of town.’ He marks Kaylin with his symbol, a nightshade flower…on her cheek…for the whole world to see! In magical ease it means he owns her. Despite his creepiness he intrigues me, and I even liked and trusted him.
What I was annoyed with: • It felt like the narrator kept switching between first and third person points of view. The flip-flopping was confusing. • Some of the dialogue was confusing. I had to reread several passages. • I had to wait until the middle (of a 500 page book) to discover why Kaylin wants to kill Severn. • The pieces of the story took a while to fit together.
Cast in Shadow felt like a rough draft. Despite its flaws I loved the characters enough to want to continue in the series.
Those of us who had to wait a whole year will understand the following frustration. In Cast in Peril Kaylin was chosen as harmoniste for the recitatio...moreThose of us who had to wait a whole year will understand the following frustration. In Cast in Peril Kaylin was chosen as harmoniste for the recitation. In Cast in Peril I was expecting her to fulfill her role. Wrong! In Cast in Sorrow I kept waiting for her to fulfill her role. She finally does, but the waiting was painful!!!
I liked seeing Kaylin's growth as she understands her powers. She is still enough of a novice that she remains humble. She performs many miracles and a result has many Barrani in her debt. This could get interesting in future books.
I always liked Teela. Now I like her even more.
I am satisfied with the ending. Sagara managed to tied up many loose ends. Of course I want more books, but I walk away feeling satisfied.
I enjoyed this reading the Twilight story from Edward's point of view. I think Meyer did a good job with changing points of view. I actually like Edwa...moreI enjoyed this reading the Twilight story from Edward's point of view. I think Meyer did a good job with changing points of view. I actually like Edward's point of view more than Bella's. Midnight Sun helped me appreciate and understand both Edward and Rosalie. It is a shame that something leaked the story and that Meyer will most likely never finish it. =((less)
Female assassins? Check. Who serve the god of Death? Check. Historical Fiction from the 15th century? Check. Strong male and female characters? Check....moreFemale assassins? Check. Who serve the god of Death? Check. Historical Fiction from the 15th century? Check. Strong male and female characters? Check. Sprinkle it with an authentic love story? Count me in!
Once I began the story I could not put the book down. LaFevers drew me into her world; I had no doubts about its authenticity. The mission is simple: Save the duchess from those who would overthrow her.
What I loved: • Ismae: Her character was naïve, loyal, fierce, and likable. She is real. She struggles with her place in this world and how to juggle her job and her devotion to her god. • Duval: He is a strong male character who values life. He is honorable and not a “pig.” (There were plenty of pigs to go around.) His best friends Beast and de Lornay are a testament to his good character; they will do anything for him. Friendships like those are rare. • Beast: LaFevers was able to capture his personality in a page. Like Ismae I instantly liked him. He reminds of Veronica Rossi’s Roar in Under the Never Sky. (My only complaint…I want more!) • The Love Story: It was believable. It was not insta-love. I was smitten way before Ismae, and I had to wait impatiently for her to realize her true feelings. • The ending: The ending gave me peace. While I need want more, I can walk away satisfied knowing the characters will continue to live. • Not having to wait for Dark Triumph!
What I disliked: • Having to guess at ages. I know it is a young adult tale, so ages are important. There are some clues, but spell it out for me. • D’Albret! Ew! All I have to say is ew…and what a pig. Good writing.
Pondering: • As I read about Ismae’s devotion to Mortain, I thought about my devotion to God. Do I love Him that much? Is my first thought always on His will? How can I please Him?
Thanks to Esso for this new series! Off to read Dark Triumph! (less)
I was hesitant to read a companion novel, because I adored Ismae in Grave Mercy and wanted to follow her in Dark Triumph. However, I became just as en...moreI was hesitant to read a companion novel, because I adored Ismae in Grave Mercy and wanted to follow her in Dark Triumph. However, I became just as enamored with Sybella soon after I started Dark Triumph.
Plot wise Dark Triumph overlaps a little with Grave Mercy. It picks up where the duchess has come to meet with the Marshall and Sybella warns the duchess of a trap.
What I liked: • Sybella: She, too, is a real character. She is not perfect and struggles with her identity and role in life. She has a lot to overcome, being one of d’Albret’s daughters. Ew! • The Beast: I am so glad he survived! I liked him in Grave Mercy, but I like him even more in Dark Triumph. He epitomizes strength, honor, and integrity. Sure “he won’t win any prizes” for his looks, but his heart is one of gold. • The continuation of the story. I like how many people rally behind the 13 year old duchess.
What I disliked: • D’Albret: The man is despicable!!! While this series is historical fiction, I wonder how much liberty she took with his character. To say the least he is despicable. It is recorded in history that Anne duchess of Britany would not marry him. (For more info check out LaFever’s site.) LaFevers did an excellent job of crafting a disgusting character. EW!!! • Mortain’s Abbess: There is something up with that woman. Hopefully we will find out in the conclusion. • Having to wait for Mortal Instrument! The anticipated date is sometime in 2014. Oh the agony of having to wait…(sighs dramatically and places hand on head while swooning) (less)
Apocalypse Reads specializes in reviewing dystopian literature. However, we like to mix up our reading choices. After reading Eon and Eona several years ago I have been on the hunt for good fantasy literature. One might say I am on a fantasy binge. In any event when I saw that Sarah Dalton was looking for reviewers for White Hart, I jumped at the chance. White Hart satiated my hunger fantasy but left me wanting more with the cliff hanger ending!
White Hart is a story about Mae, an outcast, and her journey of revenge through the Waerg Woods. Prince Casimir accompanies Mae to retrieve stolen property. They make an interesting pairing.
Mae and Casimir discover that the Waerg Woods are enchanted and not in a good way. They face many evils throughout their journey. Dalton’s descriptions of the woods made me never, ever want to visit such a forest. I am not afraid of dying, but I would not want to die a slow, painful death in there! I was afraid to sleep at night, because I feared I would be able to escape whatever danger awaited Mae and Casimir in Waerg Woods.
What I liked: • The way Dalton made me care for characters in the first chapter of the book. I shed a few tears for the first person who dies. • The way the story kept me involved. I read the story almost nonstop over a weekend. • The description of the Waerg Woods. Dalton had me running scared. I NEVER EVER want to meet the Nix.
What I disliked: • Mae was a bit whiny and kept making some poor choices. I have hope that she will grow and redeem herself. • It was a bit short. I wanted needed more! In Dalton’s defense she finished one journey. However, she put her foot over the line of a new journey and then WHAM-O door closed. (See next bullet point.) • The end! Cliff hanger. Need I say anymore?