Based on the popular picture book, The Wild Things is a novel about 8 year old Max and his rambunctious ways. The destruction he causes his family makBased on the popular picture book, The Wild Things is a novel about 8 year old Max and his rambunctious ways. The destruction he causes his family makes Max more unreachable from his mother, and he inevitably runs away to a distant land where he meets his monster friends, and must himself face the lack of control he has over his new subjects.
It was a fun read but sometimes a little frustrating, because Max, although often with good intentions, had a lot of trouble understanding what was happening around him and keeping his mischievous ways to himself....more
I thought I loved Maggie Stiefvater before, but now I know what love is.
This book was incredible. Everything about it was incredible. I am so sad I fiI thought I loved Maggie Stiefvater before, but now I know what love is.
This book was incredible. Everything about it was incredible. I am so sad I finished it that I'm going to leave it on my desk so I can pretend I'm still reading it and have its words seem through its cover.
In Thisby, the Scorpio Races draw crowds, riders, and capaill usce to a deadly match. The water horses race against the water's edge as the threat of the wild threatens their lives. The water horses rise of the water's edge blood thirsty for the lives of the first thing they can find. The water horses in the race are those who are trained with great care, but still cannot withstand the call of the ocean. Death is always an imminent threat near the ocean, and when it happens it is not surprising the residents; that's what happens when you get to close to the water, and that's what happens when you enter the Scorpio Races.
Puck is the first girl to enter the races. Her gender raises anger among the town residents along with her horse, Dove, who is the only one not to be a water horse. Her parents were both killed by water horses and she and her two brothers struggle to get by in a place that offers little opportunity to make a living and survive; winning the race is her only chance at keeping her family safe and supported.
Maggie Stiefvater crafts a beautiful story with words strung together in a flawless composition. I have always been a fan of her writing but I think with this book, she truly finds her voice and brings her story telling into a new realm of the imagination.
I'm a little late getting on the Gemma Doyle boat, but alas, I am now aboard (almost a decade late, but that's okay...). I've had A Great aRating: 3.5
I'm a little late getting on the Gemma Doyle boat, but alas, I am now aboard (almost a decade late, but that's okay...). I've had A Great and Terrible Beauty sitting on my shelf for almost a year, and before that I spent several years admiring the cover on the shelf in the bookstore.
A Great and Terrible Beauty is historical fiction meets the magical realm. The fears about gypsies and magic that haunted the elite in late 19th century London have come to fruition and the magical realm is threatening to come undone. Gemma Doyle does not know of this world; all she knows is her mother wont let her leave India and go to London for finish school like other girls her age. Once she gets to go, however, she doesn't want to - the only reason she gets to go is her mother is dead and her family can't be bothered. But the answers that Spence Academy offer Gemma are not about how to be a proper guest, how much is appropriate to eat, and what is polite to say (although she does learn that too), but are about the visions that have been coming to her, the voices she hears calling to her, and that mysterious boy who keeps warning her to stop messing with magic.
I enjoyed this first book in the Gemma Doyle series - I love the time period and the location, and that Gemma, although trying to be part of this high society, really is not meant to be ordered around by a man. I found the story line engaging, which mostly centers around Gemma's visions and the fact that she see's her mother die in one of them (very beginning of the book, so don't worry, I didn't give away the big secret!).
I can't say I was terribly swept away by this book; I liked the characters, and I liked the story, but I just didn't fall as deeply into it as I normally do with historical fiction. I have read that out of the trilogy, the first is the least engaging so I am excited to read the next two, because although I'm not raving about this book I did like it.
Now, I will relinquish to the teenage girl in my head (I know I'm no longer allowed to blame her since I'm not a teenager, but she's stubborn so she'll be there until I'm 90) to say this: my god, the amount of Kartik in this book did not come close to the amount of Kartik I wanted. Who ever thought a character who rarely makes an appearance would be so alluring (I suppose he did have a slightly bigger role than I let on - I was still unsatisfied with the amount though). I spent quite a lot of time flipping through the pages to see when his name would be mentioned so I'd know how long I had to wait. I'm just saying, I'm going to be thoroughly unsatisfied him his name isn't on the majority of pages in the next book....more
Just what I needed to get back in the swing of things...while work has inevitably swallowed all my previous reading time (whole, and without chewing pJust what I needed to get back in the swing of things...while work has inevitably swallowed all my previous reading time (whole, and without chewing properly), I have had that incurable itch to get back to my reading and the imaginary worlds I hold dear. This book, irresistible in its lovely hardcover form in the bookstore, was just what I needed.
As far as the series go, this was a great final(what!?) book of the Clary/Jace storyline, and well balanced between plotting/love story/action/etc. I'm fairly happy with this ending, although I did feel like it didn't have as much as that wow factor as some of the previous books in this series. However, I did devour it and love it to pieces, and after every chapter I had that panic-y need to start the next one. Now to await the Dark Artifices!
For any of you who have not yet read this series, I highly recommend you start reading it now (as well as the related Infernal Devices series). For those of you who are just waiting to pick this up after having read book five, do it now - it will be worth your while....more
Jace is gone, and under the corruption of Sebastion. Suddenly, though they couldn't be in the same room and not try to kill each other before, now theJace is gone, and under the corruption of Sebastion. Suddenly, though they couldn't be in the same room and not try to kill each other before, now they are like best friends and keeping clear of the rest of the Shadowhunters. It is up to Clary to figure out what is going on, and fix it before she looses Jace forever, and before the war on Shadowhunters becomes more deadly.
As much as I mentally complain to myself about how Jace and Clary can be frustrating (especially now that The Infernal Devices exists) I still can't get enough and help but feeling utterly happy when I read these books. This one is just as amazing and action packed as the others.
If you haven't started the series, now is the time....more
It has been a long time since I have found a book that has kept me up to such an ungodly hour. But this book got under my skin; its the kind of book tIt has been a long time since I have found a book that has kept me up to such an ungodly hour. But this book got under my skin; its the kind of book that reminds you why words have such a scary power, than when strung together in certain sequences they can incite feeling. Its quite amazing.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is probably the best book I've read all year. And, I've read some really, really good books, and generally my timing with starting a book doesn't put me in a position where I would have to choose a book over sleep, but with this book I would choose reading first time and time again. And I have no doubt I will read this book again. Michelle Hodkin truly has a gift for writing, and I will not be soon forgetting this story....more
I loved Hereafter because it broke the barrier that seemed to be keeping authors from writing about ghosts as a paranormal medium. THe novel is aboutI loved Hereafter because it broke the barrier that seemed to be keeping authors from writing about ghosts as a paranormal medium. THe novel is about a young girl who had died and came back as a ghost who was forced to wonder the world unseen and unheard until a series of evetns reveals her to a young man who brings to her life the light and love she was looking for. Very powerful and well written, Hereafter offers a story about forgiveness, strength, love, and trust that will bring you into the terrifying battle that happens after death to save the soul that is not yet lost....more
Possibly one of the best books of 2011, Starcrossed takes you into a world that is more than comparable to the top current young adult books. The charPossibly one of the best books of 2011, Starcrossed takes you into a world that is more than comparable to the top current young adult books. The characters are beautifully created and the plot flawlessly woven into a quilt of love, betrayal, fate, war, and everything in between. It is impossible to put down and will keep you thinking even after its done, no doubt impatiently waiting for the next installment. This is one of those books that makes you hate that writers can be so crafty and make you wait a year to stay in the world they created, even though they get to live in it as much as they please. It is also the type of book that is going to make you revisit your standards of a "great book" and raise the bar for all those to come. I absolutely loved the story and the world Josephine Angelini created. and its not a world that I will leave willingly (or want to wait a year to learn more about. But of course I will!).
Just as a comparison, I would say if you liked the Hunger Game Series, the Mortal Instrument series, Percy Jackson or anything similar and/or as popular, you will like this book, because its better (Yes, better.*)
*Note: Better also means more painful to wait for the following book (and to think, its one year for book 2, and then ANOTHER year for the third. That is TWO YEARS before you know what happens. You better be patient! I am, unfortunately, not). ...more
This novel takes the common dystopian story into a different light. Unlike many other young adult novels of this genre, Wither sets in a world very muThis novel takes the common dystopian story into a different light. Unlike many other young adult novels of this genre, Wither sets in a world very much like ours except with less peace, more struggles, and more poverty. Most of the world must do anything and everything to stay alive, and everyone has a limited lifespan; 20 for women, 25 for men. The few privileged live a life much different from the orphans that exist beyond their mansions and lavish lives. Through the narrator you see how she was torn from a life with her twin brother into a world of wealth, lies, and danger. Her world changes into one of a lost girl who must protect herself and her new sister wives from the scientific war that is happening in the world, and the man who holds the lives of anyone he pleases in his hands.
Wither is full of intriguing characters that at a young age must bear the weight of the world. The main character is nothing short of lovable, and despite her young age, has amazing maturity and is never frustrating to follow (as many young adult female characters are). This book takes endless twists and although does not have as forceful or ostentatious of a plot that is commonly found in this genre, its gentle words and rhythm will capture you and carry you along for an unforgettable ride. ...more
I’m so sad that this series has come to an end. This has been one of the most original YA paranormal stories I have read, and still has yet to be copiI’m so sad that this series has come to an end. This has been one of the most original YA paranormal stories I have read, and still has yet to be copied. In the world of casters (a form of magic) Ethan had saved the world (previous book), but now, he is gone. This book is about his journey to get back to Lena; to try to crossover from the world of the dead to the world of the living, and his own battles he must fight to get there. Great end to a great series :)...more
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are geniuses. They are one of the most amazing writing teams I have ever read, and their ideas and words fit saw flawleKami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are geniuses. They are one of the most amazing writing teams I have ever read, and their ideas and words fit saw flawlessly together I can't tell where one ends and the other begins.
So why didn't I give this book a 5? Well, it truly is a terrific book, and you HAVE to read it if you have read the other books in the caster chronicles series (if you haven't, go start them now!). But...
1) On a personal note, I can't stand Liv, and despite me not remember the other book as clearly (its been quite a few books since then) it didn't take me long to want her out of the picture. With that sad, even after my dislike towards her was sort of resolved, I still hold something against her because she drove me nuts.
2) This book probably would have received a five if I read the last ones more recently (but I am forced to wait yet again for the next one! Noooo!). Therefore, at some point I will REREAD this series from the beginning and read one right after another, because these stories are always better that way.
3) Ethan made me mad sometimes for the same reason Liv made me mad. This issue was never completely resolved in the sense that it was always an undertone of the book, but although it did help propel the plot and did make it somewhat more realistic, it drove me a little bonkers.
Otherwise, the book was great! It started off slower which was helpful because especially if its been a while, it takes time to get back into the caster world and remember everything that happened in the last books, as well as re-familiarize yourself with the characters. It quickly picked up and brought back some old characters (I love John Breed!) and became wonderful.