I enjoyed this novella. I felt like Dalton took a long time to set the stage, but once the stage was set I was ready to keep reading.
I was reminded ofI enjoyed this novella. I felt like Dalton took a long time to set the stage, but once the stage was set I was ready to keep reading.
I was reminded of the importance of how one reacts to tragedy. You can let it get you down and destroy your world, or you can use it for the better good. Maggie lets an event destroy her world; she never recovers. I strive to overcome the difficulties in my life. I do not want to be a bitter old woman!
My only critism is that I wanted more! I know we will see more in The Unleashed!...more
I am glad Dalton chose to explore Elena’s character more. I wanted to know what happened to her after The Blemished, and I received more insight intoI am glad Dalton chose to explore Elena’s character more. I wanted to know what happened to her after The Blemished, and I received more insight into her character.
Dalton did a good job of expanding Elena’s character. It is interesting to see Elena live for the GEM society and sympathize with the Blemished. Her encounter with Mina changed her to see that all people are people. One “race” or “species” is not superior.
I disliked that there were a few cheesy and predictable parts. I like that Elena’s confrontation with tragedy will make her stronger. Elena’s final choice will change the future for everyone.
I cannot wait to see what role she plays in The Unleashed! ...more
Rossi is a very talented third person point of view writer. One reason I enjoy Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night is they are both written in third person. I empathized with the characters and felt like I knew them.
Roar and Liv is written from Roar’s point of view. I like and admired him in Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night. In Roar and Liv I found him whiney and annoying. The first person point of view was not successful for Roar’s voice, because I did not believe the story came from him.
I had also hoped to see more of Liv. I feel like she got short-sided in the series. She was more appealing in both books than in this short story.
On the positive side I like that I got more background information on the Tides. It helped fill in some gaps in her novels.
This is not a must-read for Under the Never Sky fans. Borrow it from a friend if you want to understand the Tides more. ...more
The illustrations were fabulous. The story line was a little disappointing. Before you chide me, I know this is a children's book. I had hoped it woulThe illustrations were fabulous. The story line was a little disappointing. Before you chide me, I know this is a children's book. I had hoped it would be as funny and fabulous as How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?. However, the writing left me a little jaded. The writing, especially the ending rhyming words could have been better. Oh well......more
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 recitatioThose 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 liked the story. It had some unexpected twists and turns. The Godstone story line was a bit strange. I enjoyed the resolution of book one. I probablI liked the story. It had some unexpected twists and turns. The Godstone story line was a bit strange. I enjoyed the resolution of book one. I probably will not read the rest of the series. ...more
I was very excited that I only had to wait six months to read the sequel! The Vanished picks us right where The Blemished leaves off. The heart-pounding action of book one greets you as you begin book two. Mina, Daniel, and Angela have been saved from Murder-Troll, but will they reach the compound? Dalton teases the reader for a couple of chapters. Once they reach the compound one might think all is good.
Most people might relax once they reach safety but not Mina Hart. Though she finds a new home with the Clans, she still craves excitement. She finds it with the Clans and on a scavenging trip.
Dalton creates a realistic character whom I loved and hated. Mina struggles with her feelings for Daniel, becoming her own person, and knowing when to use her powers. She is selfish and selfless. She leaves on a scavenging trip without notice to her family, but she protects her family and friends fiercely. She is a contradiction, but she struggles like many people do.
The Compound reminds me of the Rising in Matched. Everyone thinks the Compound will be perfect, but it too has its own quirky things like the Children of the People and the bad guys! No place on earth will ever be perfect…sigh.
Dalton leaves a trail of bread crumbs and foreshadows the villains’ evil actions. If you are good at solving mysteries, you will enjoyed The Vanished. If you are clueless like me, enjoy the surprise.
The Vanished felt a little rushed, but Dalton likes to pack in the action. (The Blemished is full of action.) The scavenging trip and the resolution seemed a bit rushed to me.
I found the ending satisfying until the last paragraph. The cliff hanger leaves you wanting more! Where will Mina Hart go next?
Many thanks to Sarah Dalton for providing me with an ARC to review. If you cannot wait for book number three, do not worry. She is publishing two new stories in a spin-off series. ...more
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.
What I found most fascinating about Shades of Earth was the scientific element. Will we be able to clone humans in the future? Do they have a soul? W What I found most fascinating about Shades of Earth was the scientific element. Will we be able to clone humans in the future? Do they have a soul? Will they be different from the “original”? Would we even know? When does it become playing God? Does a drug like Phydus exist? Can/Should we just drug people up? Can we turn people into robots? There are plenty of substances people use to numb themselves. Do we ever numb ourselves beyond responsibility? What gets left undone because of substance abuse?
I really enjoy books that grab me from the start: “Once, my mum told me a story about a princess and it began with her stuck in a castle. My story begins with my head stuck in the toilet.” Needless to say I wanted to know why this story started with a girl’s head in the toilet.
Our protagonist Mina Hart is a “normal” person with genetic defect(s) somewhere in her family making her “blemished.” This might be ok if people weren’t genetically engineered. In Dalton’s society GEMs, those that are genetically engineered, have the upper-hand.
Though Dalton combines many of my favorite dystopian books and movies into one, it does not seem cliché. The Blemished has elements of oppression, rebellion, loyalty, friendship, betrayal, and survival. What make is it unique is the strong female protagonist who owns her choices.
What I loved: • The way Dalton drew me into the story with the opening line. • The fast-paced nature of the novel. I barely had time to breathe while reading. Danger and poor choices seem to lurk around the next page. • Mina o Though she is frustrating at times, I enjoyed her growth and ownership of her choices. o A dystopian novel does not seem to be complete without a love triangle. Mina’s choice surprised me. Read to see who she chooses. • Mrs. Murgatroyd aka Murder-Troll o She is revolting to look at: “The collagen in her lips made her mouth baggy and shiny, like slugs inside loose skin.” Ew! She’s not hard to hate, but Dalton gives you glimpses of her true nature which made me question my hate. • Choice Ownership o It is refreshing to see Mina own her choices no matter how disastrous the consequences. • The Ending o Dalton ties up most of the loose ends. I know this is the first book in a series, but I am satisfied with the ending. Check out The Blemished by Sarah Dalton if you are looking for a fast-paced dystopian adventure! Many thanks to Sarah for an ARC! ...more
Favorite Quote: “But only good folk like you, Pe…tro…ne…lla, can be happy because their souls be beautiful. Folks with ugly souls liveth a life of misery. If ye soul be ugly ye cannot be happy.” -The Hooded Horseman, Part 2
Firstly I would like to thank NetGalley, Cheryl Bentley, and Sparkling Books for the opportunity to preview Petronella & the Trogot.
Petronella & the Trogot is introduced as a supernatural chiller. People who lived almost 1200 years ago, members of the Strincas civilization, start appearing and living in modern day Fort Willow. Needless to say the Strincas resurrection scares (off) many modern day citizens. If that were not enough, Bentley adds a hooded horseman (think Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and a black, evil monster tree in Petronella’s back yard.
In Part 1 one you get to know Petronella-our protagonist, modern day Fort Willow inhabitants, the Strincas, and the evil Lord Fortesque. In Part 2 Petronella and Percy, a Strinca, investigate the tree and find themselves on a journey. Their journey is similar to Dante’s Inferno with a modern twist.
The beginning was confusing. I had a difficult time following the story, as the narrator kept switching characters’ stories. I was not sure whose story was most important: Petronella’s, Maalox’s (her cat), or the Strincas’. The black tree was mentioned several times, and I kept aching for more input. Who/What is this thing? Why does it appear to move? What is it called?
As soon as I reached Part 2, it all came together. Petronella and Percy go on a journey through hell. Like Dante’s Inferno this hell has appropriate consequences for misdeeds done on earth. For example, people who were gluttonous spend their afterlives on all fours gulping mud. There is no enjoyment, just swallowing. Bleck!
Let me put my teacher hat on for a minute…I think this novel would be a good companion to students reading Dante’s Inferno. As much as I enjoy the Inferno, a lot time must be spent on background information. Who are all these people in Dante’s hell? What did they do? Why did he punish this in this particular way? In Petronella & the Trogot, you know who all the offenders are. I enjoyed reading the novel first. Now it is time to reread and note the particulars.
Petronella & the Trogot will be published on October, 1, 2012. The paperback price is $14.95 USD/£9.99 GBP; the eBook edition is $6.99 USD/£4.99 GBP. Thanks again to Cheryl Bentley and Sparkling Books for the opportunity to preview before publication.
This is the kind of book that is good in small doses. Dr. Laura has a lot to say, and it smacks you in the face, a lot! Rather than criticizing what IThis is the kind of book that is good in small doses. Dr. Laura has a lot to say, and it smacks you in the face, a lot! Rather than criticizing what I have read so far-as I do not totally agree with everything-here’s what I know: I am a selfish person, especially with my husband. Here’s what I am going to do: • Spend more quality time with God. • Make sure my husband knows I respect/appreciate him. (i.e. let him know) • Put his/our needs above mine. (Yes, I can wait to read that book.) • Treat him with dignity, respect, and love. (Why do I let it “all hang out” at home? Why does he only get the worst of me?)
I know I won’t do these things perfectly, but I will strive to do better.
I picked up Singing the Dogstar Blues, because I loved Eon and Eona. I was also intrigued by the possibility of time travel like Hourglass. More goodI picked up Singing the Dogstar Blues, because I loved Eon and Eona. I was also intrigued by the possibility of time travel like Hourglass. More good literature by an author I enjoy. What is not to love?
I won’t say I was disappointed, because I wasn’t. I just wasn’t enthralled as I had hoped to be. With that being said, I enjoyed Goodman’s character development of Joss and Mavkel. They were real, believable characters whom I wanted to see more of.
Joss, a petri-dish kid (comp), and Mavkel, a Chorian alien, are paired up as partners in the time travel program at the University of Australia. As the audience gets to know them, they get to know each other. Joss and Mavkel both search for meaning: Joss in her rich-kid-nearly-abandoned-by-parent life and Mavkel in his my-birth-pair-died-and-I-am-alone life. They develop a true friendship and work on overcoming diversity.
I think what I enjoyed the most was Goodman’s short story “The Real Thing” added as supplement to the back of the book. I already knew Joss and Mavkel, so I was prepared for an adventure. Joss goes on a first date with a cute guy, and Mavkel wants to tag along. Creepy? Not really if you know Mavkel. ...more