Erin Morgenstern continues to impress me with The Night Circus. I don't know how she imagined this beautiful world of magic and make it into a world oErin Morgenstern continues to impress me with The Night Circus. I don't know how she imagined this beautiful world of magic and make it into a world of actual possibilities. She makes you believe that you may just be capable of magic too.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.
Le Cirque des Reves means The Circus of Dreams, and that couldn't be a better description of this novel. The love and passion between Celia and Marco grips your heart as you read, even though they rarely see each other. The magic they create separately is beautiful, yet the magic the create together though their passion and love for one another is stunning.
I don't think you can read this book without longing to run away and join the circus. The Circus of Dreams where the magic is real and love and passion pulses through each tent....more
I'm not a fan of fantasy. Most fantasy, anyway. And I can't put my finger on what it is that makes the difference between love and hate. But Jim's booI'm not a fan of fantasy. Most fantasy, anyway. And I can't put my finger on what it is that makes the difference between love and hate. But Jim's book definitely made me love fantasy, if only throughout the pages of his book.
The concept is unlike anything I've ever heard and certainly unlike anything I've ever created in my own mind - a wizard who gets his power from death. He's Torg, a Death-Knower who died and came back to life with more power than ever, power gleaned from his own death. This means that his enemies who want nothing more than to see this constant threat gone...can't kill him. If they did, he'd only come back with even more power and a need for revenge.
To make this even better, Torg's evil nemeseis get his power from the sun. How can he beat THAT?
I don't know, but I look forward to book #2 and the entire rest of this epic fantasy.
This was a fast-paced read with complex characters living in an intriguing, magical world, a world of beauty and promise...and fear.
If you like adult fantasy, you need to read this book. Even if you're like me and only sometimes like fantasy...I promise you this one will have you turning pages....more
This book was so much fun to read. It didn't hurt that Jodi Picoult wrote it with her daughter. I found that so lovely and endearing. But the story waThis book was so much fun to read. It didn't hurt that Jodi Picoult wrote it with her daughter. I found that so lovely and endearing. But the story was unlike anything I've ever read - but reminiscent of my curiosity as a child. I remember wondering what would happen if the characters whose stories I read came to life? Jodi and her daughter tell us. And the answer is a beautiful fairy tale of love and light and the innocence of youth. ...more
This book was incredible! I am so glad I got it, and better yet, I got it for free for my Kindle. I haven't read a better free book yet.
This is a bookThis book was incredible! I am so glad I got it, and better yet, I got it for free for my Kindle. I haven't read a better free book yet.
This is a book about Toby Hay, a man who can read not only other people's minds but also other people's pasts, presents, and futures. The only problem is that he reads them too often. Used to be he had to concentrate in order to read people. Now, he only needs to be in the vicinity. His psychic mind is getting stronger...and bringing down his sanity fast. The voices are becoming too much, and the only way he knows to quiet them is to drink. A lot.
His abilities are a generational thing, and none of his ancestors fared well. They all went insane from the voices, and except for his grandfather who's laying in a drug-induced coma and his father who's missing, all of his ancestors killed themselves to escape the voices in the Stream.
Or perhaps not....
Toby starts hearing a voice inside his head. Someone or something is offering him advice, helping him through the insanity. Can he figure out how to ride the Stream without losing his insanity and find his father? Or will he succumb to the voices from his past and decide that death is the only way out?
Part of what makes this story incredible is the author's talent with words. When Lassiter describes what Toby "sees" inside other people's minds...it's beautiful. Even the scarier, darker stuff is described so beautifully.
All I can say is read it yourself. Buy this book, and I promise you'll love it too!...more
I have to say I was slightly disappointed by this novel. I've heard such good things, and I loved The Dovekeepers, Hoffman's most recent novel. I haveI have to say I was slightly disappointed by this novel. I've heard such good things, and I loved The Dovekeepers, Hoffman's most recent novel. I haven't read anything else by her yet, but I will.
From the Publisher Practical Magic is a tale of two sisters, Gillian and Sally Owens, brought up by their two elderly guardian aunts in a world of spells and exotica from which they eventually escape - one by running away, the other by marrying - but which never escapes from them. Many years go by before strange circumstances thrust them together again, and again they are in a world that blends the mundane and the mysterious, the familiar and the fantastic, the normal and the numinous. Three generations of Owens women are then united in an experience of unexpected insight and revelation, teaching all of them that the perceptions provided by what is called the magical are rare and wonderful endowments.
This book was good. Please, don't get me wrong. But...I guess it was the POV that threw me off. It was a strange POV. Third person, very distanced from the characters. Sometimes, it was present tense, and sometimes, Hoffman would go into the future. She's say something like, "The winds would later become so strong that in the morning, not a single trash can would be left standing."
That's not a direct quote, but it's close. Then, after a paragraph of describing what the strong winds would do, Hoffman would come back to the present.
Though it was odd to me, it did work with the overall tone for the novel in a way I can't really explain. I guess, the aura of mystery surrounding the main characters. The fear of the unknown and the gravity of the sisters' positions in life, being gifted with this magic that can reveal so much about other people, both the good and the evil.
I enjoyed it. But compared to other books I've read, I have to rate it only 2 stars....more
This was a fast, sexy little read, though I did skim through the somewhat predictable ending. I don't know if it's because it was a kindle version, buThis was a fast, sexy little read, though I did skim through the somewhat predictable ending. I don't know if it's because it was a kindle version, but the grammar was awful. Lots of run-on sentences and typos. I was able to get past those once I got into the flow of it. The biggest complaint is how there seemed to be no rules in the fantasy world. Each character obtained whatever powers they needed, conveniently. The sex scenes were pretty hot though, which was fun. I don't think I'll read any more by this author....more
This is the definition of a guilty pleasure, and I cannot wait to accumulate the rest of the series!
Zoey Redbird lives in a world where vampyres existThis is the definition of a guilty pleasure, and I cannot wait to accumulate the rest of the series!
Zoey Redbird lives in a world where vampyres exist. No one knows for sure why, but certain teenagers are marked with a tattoo, and the children learn at an early age the changes the Marked experience. And once someone is marked, he or she must go to the House of Night - a school for fledgling vampyres - or risk their bodies refusing the great Change. If a body refuses the Change - that child dies forever.
Unexpectedly one afternoon, Zoey is marked. Though her parents are unsupportive, her grandmother is very supportive and helps Zoey make her way to the House of Night.
There, Zoey confronts an evil High Priestess-in-Training - and learns that her Cherokee heritage will help give her the strength to be someone - or some VAMPYRE - great. She discovers she's all ready been gifted, even at this early stage, with something no other vampyre - let alone fledgling - has ever been gifted.
This book was totally addicting. I loved how Cast created Zoey - Zoey is the ultimate teenager. She talks and thinks like your typical teen, even while she discovers the strength of an adult. I love the friends she makes at the House of Night - their loyalty fills my heart, and their intelligence and charm and humor make me smile. Plus, knowing Zoey didn't have any true friends while she was human, yet stumbles across these fellow fledglings who are truer humans than anyone other tha nher grandmother, makes the reader so thankful to them for supporting Zoey when she needs the support the most.
I won't tell you how the book ends, but I will tell you that you will crave more. Zoey's world is intriguing - the classes she takes at the House of Night in order to train to be a vampyre, the mystery of ghosts and Priestesses and the Mark and all the ceremonies...
If you're like me, you'll be tempted to run out and buy the rest of the series - there are 9 books! I just have to hold off until after Christmas......more
**spoiler alert** I haven't read anything by V.C. Andrews in years. I used to read them, books and books of them, that my grandmother had. I probably**spoiler alert** I haven't read anything by V.C. Andrews in years. I used to read them, books and books of them, that my grandmother had. I probably shouldn't have read them at the time. I was young, and her books were full of sex and incest. But this book sounded different, so I gave it a shot.
I think it was pretty good, unique. I loved the main character, Lorelei. I also loved that it wasn't your typical vampire story. She wasn't a vampire, but it was her job to make sure her father had viral young men. She and her sisters were raised specifically in order to be beautiful, enchanting, and irrisitable to men in order to bring them to their father so he could drink their blood and live.
Lorelei, however, wasn't like her sisters. She made the mistake of falling in love.
I think that any teenager could sympathize with Lorelie's plight, whether they're the daughter of a vampire or not. She had to decide between the destiny her family had all ready decided for her - to live to maintain her father's youth - and love. Kids these days often have to fight against their parents' desires for them - college, a good degree, more school while they begin a career that will bring money and/or fame - and what they want for themselves. And what they want for themselves often doesn't make sense even to them until they're no longer children.
What I didn't appreciate about this novel was the ending. I understood the "twist," in quotes because the reader could have guessed the ending, but I didn't understand the last few pages. I don't like to give away anything in my half-assed reviews, but I'll just say this - it left you wondering what happened. What happened to Lorelie's love? What happened to the boy she loved? I actually was fairly certain that the boy she loved wasn't really an ally, but more of a threat to her. And where was she going, when she left? Andrews made the reader believe she was going home, to follow the destiny her father planned for her all along. But the last few sentences made the reader wonder if that was true. If it wasn't, where did she think she was going to go? And, more realistically, how would she get there? She was in her lover's car, after all. These days, she'd be tracked down within hours by the license plate number or the GPS navigation system installed in the car. Though I realize that, with fiction as well as with movies, we have to give in to a certain amount of realism.
I mean, there are no such thing as vampires, right?...more
At first, I loved this book. But, I feel as though it dragged on a bit too much. I skipped the last few chapters...I have no idea how it ended, but IAt first, I loved this book. But, I feel as though it dragged on a bit too much. I skipped the last few chapters...I have no idea how it ended, but I lost interest....more