A charming story about a girl who doesn't dream and how she comes to find friends and adventure when her parentsI got this from NetGalley to pre-read.
A charming story about a girl who doesn't dream and how she comes to find friends and adventure when her parents are parent-napped by Mr. Nightmare. Young readers will both enjoy and be challenged in their reading level by this story (which is a good thing!) as Sophie is a lover of books, and book lovers tend to use big words and know stuff. The story was well-paced and had just the right balance of humor and heartwarming moments to keep you hooked. I highly recommend for young readers 8-13. ...more
I hadn't read a good jinni story in a while, so this one sounds like fun. It's a solid story with interesting female leads.I got this from NetGalley.
I hadn't read a good jinni story in a while, so this one sounds like fun. It's a solid story with interesting female leads. While I did figure out the twist before it came, it was still well written. I look forward to the continuation of the story!...more
I found this mystery to be interesting, well-crafted, and quaint, in a way that only a reader from another cultureI got this from NetGalley to review.
I found this mystery to be interesting, well-crafted, and quaint, in a way that only a reader from another culture can find a story that is set in another land (if that makes sense). The British flavor was just enough to keep me charmed and not so much to annoy or exclude me. It kept me guessing until the end, but the end was supported. A good read for anyone who likes mysteries with a little bit of English myth mixed in. ...more
I'm already a fan of Butcher's work--his Dresden novels are some of my very favorite, and I've read almost all (sI got this from NetGalley to preview.
I'm already a fan of Butcher's work--his Dresden novels are some of my very favorite, and I've read almost all (save one) of the Codex Alera books, so I went into this expecting a good story. And I was not disappointed. And let me say this--this book is being called "steampunk", but don't let that scare you off (if it might). It's not pure steampunk, it's not pure anything except pure, fantastic story!
In fact, I'm going to venture and say this series has more promise than the Codex, because it's not quite so high fantasy, and it's much easier to get into the world. The world of the Spires is just as fleshed out as Butcher's other realities, but for me, the characters in this book were better crafted. This novel, unlike the Dresden, is not told in first person, and we do get a wide array of POV characters, including Rowl, the cat. And can I just say that Butcher really does get cats--Rowl (and the other felines) are spot on. Just how you would expect a cat to think and act and speak.
I really appreciated how Butcher didn't go overboard on any one element--there was some good action, there was intrigue, there was even some romance, but it all blended well without making you feel that one was being harped on.
And I really enjoyed this world--while I think Butcher's strength is his compelling characters (especially when he does series...which is mostly what he does), the world of the Spires is a fascinating one. There's lot of background that I want to know, and I hope we get more in the next installment, but there was enough to keep me interested and mostly understanding what was going on. Some worldbuilders aren't so good at that--they either give you too much or too little. Butcher got the balance spot on for me.
The only drawback to wanting the next installment of this means I have to wait for more Dresden...and that's always just so hard to do! But chalk up another fantastic series to Mr. Butcher!...more
Ms. North gives us another take on time travel--in this case, only select individuals can do it, and they only caI got this from NetGalley to preview.
Ms. North gives us another take on time travel--in this case, only select individuals can do it, and they only can travel within their own life, but they keep doing it over and over. Call it a never-progressing reincarnation--you don't get to move up or down the evolutionary ladder, but you do get to live your life over. And for a few lucky ones, they can remember. Everything.
Thus we have Harry August, who is a kalachakra, and he also never forgets. So in the course of his lives, when another kalachakra tells him the world is drawing to it's end more quickly than it should, Harry sets out to do what he can.
The story took a bit of time to get going. It was a bit dry at first, a lot of random set-up. But by the middle of the book, it was highly intriguing, and the last quarter was fantastic. Well worth the effort to get into the story. Well done, Ms. North. ...more
This is a review of the audio book as well as the story--
Storywise, I liked it. It was interesting (if we set aside the "you can't alter your own timeThis is a review of the audio book as well as the story--
Storywise, I liked it. It was interesting (if we set aside the "you can't alter your own timeline" constant of most time travel--while Walker allows for various timelines, she does present it as if only one is real at any given time, and that presents us with some issues, but most people will hurt their brains if they try to ponder them out...just saying) and diverting. The characters are, for the most part, well-crafted.
The thing that stood out to me the most, characterwise, was that the young man (Trey) acted like what an adult woman would have wanted a teenage boy to act like, not like what they DO act like. It's like, somehow, we forget that teenage boys are, well, boys. And I realized that almost every YA novel has a romantic male lead that is still young, but acts like a mature man. It's a little creepy if you think about it. So I'll stop there.
Audio wise, the reader was on the verge of annoying. She started off with a forced accent (almost British, not her normal speech, because she would lapse off from time to time), and she just tried too hard. She put more drama and tension into every sentence, and sometimes, a sentence is just there, it isn't full of conflict, it's just moving us forward. Her over dramatic need made listening a bit exhausting.
Overall, I'm intrigued by the story enough that I'll likely pick up the next one, eventually....more
Serafina is a charming young lady who isn't like other young ladies--not only is she the Chief Rat Catcher, bI received this from NetGalley to review.
Serafina is a charming young lady who isn't like other young ladies--not only is she the Chief Rat Catcher, but she has golden eyes, and she lives in the basement of a grand estate. But when other children go missing, and Sera sees a man in a black coat chasing them, well, she sets out to catch the rat.
A well-crafted story for middle readers, with likeable characters and enough magical realism to make this older reader happy. ...more
A solid story, with some interesting insights and imaginings about a woman that the Bible gives all of a line or two of mentI read this for NetGalley.
A solid story, with some interesting insights and imaginings about a woman that the Bible gives all of a line or two of mention. I really like Lee's portrayal of a young woman who becomes Queen, but who still is very much a normal human woman as well. There were a few points that I felt things were a bit drawn out, but overall, an enjoyable story. ...more
Another fantastic offering from Allen. I really enjoyed being back with the Waverly family. It was nice to see familiarI received this from NetGalley.
Another fantastic offering from Allen. I really enjoyed being back with the Waverly family. It was nice to see familiar characters and some new, more grown up faces. There is drama, there is conflict, there is romance, and there is wonderful magic woven into every page. Allen is a favorite of mine because she takes the everyday and makes it magical in such a way that you totally believe it. A great read for fans (and if you haven't read Garden Spells, start there!)...more
Another charming and fantastic mystery by Mr. Francis. Since I've been to this part of Africa, and because I've done some acting and directing, I enjoAnother charming and fantastic mystery by Mr. Francis. Since I've been to this part of Africa, and because I've done some acting and directing, I enjoyed this one a little more than most. Also, the main character was married (unusual for a Francis mystery) and had kids (three, with the youngest daughter being special needs, which of course made me love the MC even more). I enjoyed the slightly different MC, and the story was just typical Francis--lots of action, lots of questions, and a well-woven story....more
A good continuation of the story begun in the first book. Having seen the show (which is very different, apparently theyI reviewed this for NetGalley.
A good continuation of the story begun in the first book. Having seen the show (which is very different, apparently they did the show based of the first book's outline), the story feels a little slow moving, but that is not the writer's fault, it's the fault of the expectation being set by a tv series that I binge watched. I rather like that we have some characters here that aren't in the series, and that they act a little differently.