One of the first things I discovered when I started reading The Lost Hero, was that I made a big mistake by not reading the books about Percy JacksonOne of the first things I discovered when I started reading The Lost Hero, was that I made a big mistake by not reading the books about Percy Jackson first. The book was filled with references and I have a feeling that the book starts shortly after the last Percy Jackson book ends. I would strongly recommend that you read Percy Jackson first!
Despite all this, I think that The Lost Hero is a great book. The whole god-related aspect is incredibly exciting and even though there are many people, they never seem flat or indifferent. However, I had quite a problem with two of the protagonists' names: Piper and Leo - my thoughts go immediately to the tv-show Charmed.
Piper, Leo and Jason are very different, but they are a great team. Leo is the fun feature and I feared I would get sick of him. Fortunately he contained more than a great sense of humor and he was an interesting person to follow. Piper was the one I liked best. Her troubles and her gifts are fantastic. She is a nice mix of a kick-ass heroine and a wounded teenager. Jason I find it difficult to relate to. He seems a bit weird, like he's hiding from himself. It's like he isn't really there. He seems just a little too brooding and gloomy to be a protagonist, I could really love.
Rick Riordan writes fantastic and incredibly funny and made me laugh to myself several times. Generally, it is just a wonderful book and I have no doubt that I have to read more by Rick Riordan. ...more
I'm not used to reading books where the protagonist is a young man, so I was very skeptical about it before I started. Fortunately, it works really weI'm not used to reading books where the protagonist is a young man, so I was very skeptical about it before I started. Fortunately, it works really well and Ethan is a lovely protagonist. Even so, he is not my favorit character. A couple of the minor characters are much more interesting: Link og Macon where very interesting acquaintances in their own way. But all the characters in Storm Wind has personality and make the story deeper and more vibrant. Family is a very important part of the story and it's nice to read about in a YA book.
Although it is often seen in YA that the protagonist doesn't feel at home and are different than everyone around him, it didn't feel cliché to read about Ethan's longing to get away and his irritation with a lot of things in Gatlinburg, cause he actually has a reason to be so different. As his and his family's story unfolds, you will understand him more and more and his attitude towards many things makes perfect sense. He is a funny protagonist in a rather sarcastic manner and general is humor in Storm Wind is great and I smiled several times while I was reading.
Storm Wind is absolutely fantastic written and I really felt like Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl had managed to capture the Confederate spirit. The book is filled with references to Kill a Mockingbird, which I loved!
The story is formed as a countdown to Lena's birthday and it makes the story more or less exciting throughout. Storm Wind tells about a lot of things besides Lena's fate and gives a nice insight into both family relationships, Confederate culture and Ethan's school life without losing relevance to the core of the story. At times the book was a bit lengthy and it is the only reason that it ends with 'only' 4 stars.
It really is a good book that I want to recommend. I will certainly read further in the series and I look forward to seeing the film in the spring (by the way - do not watch the trailer for the movie before reading the book. Movie-Ethan does in no way fit the book-ethan!)....more
Skygger fra Oktoberland er nærmest en bog i to dele, hvor begge dele hænger sammen, men alligevel er dybt forskellige. En del, hvor en ung pige forsviSkygger fra Oktoberland er nærmest en bog i to dele, hvor begge dele hænger sammen, men alligevel er dybt forskellige. En del, hvor en ung pige forsvinder og en familie går i opløsning i et forsøg på at finde svar og en anden del, hvor en ung pige kommer til et mørk og trist sted, der adskiller sig markant fra, hvad hun er vant til.
Den del, hvor familien oplever pigens forsvinden og langsomt må se mulighederne for en forklaring blive mindre og mindre, er helt fantastisk. Vi følger skiftevis moren, faren og drengen og oplever, hvordan de søger svar og kommer længere og længere fra hinanden. Jeg er vild med, hvordan det hele er beskrevet så jeg kan føle desperationen, længslen og håbløsheden. Følelser og handlinger er ikke på noget tidspunkt over-beskrevet, men snarere vist med få velvalgte ord, der sætter læserens egne tanker i gang. Selvom det var faren og drengens historier, jeg fandt mest interessant da jeg læste bogen, er det efterfølgende moren jeg har tænkt mest på. Jeg har haft svært ved at slippe den ensomhed hun udstråler og det er et glimrende tegn på, hvor stærkt denne del af bogen er skrevet.
Den anden del af bogen er ikke dårlig - faktisk kunne jeg rigtig godt lide den. Pigen kommer til et mørkt og dyster sted, hvor hun må lære at tilpasse sig og forsøge at forstå sig på væsner, hun intet kender til. Her møder hun Forføreren og Beskytteren og lærer, at alt har en pris. Dog er der et par småting, som irriterer mig i denne verden, f.eks. bliver der omtalt landbrug, men der følger ingen forklaring på, hvordan et land i evigt mørke kan dyrke noget.
Skygger fra Oktoberland bliver solgt på at skulle være en efterforskning fra forfatterens side og derfor bliver historien et par gange 'afbrudt' af efterforskningsmateriale fra forfatterens side, både i form af kapitler og fodnoter, og det irriterede mig helt ekstremt. Det ødelagde historiens flow og virkede generelt malplaceret, til trods for at jeg godt kender baggrunden for det. Så er det straks bedre med det materiale, der kom omkring heksejagt i 1600-tallet, fordi det bandt historien endnu bedre sammen. Hele vejen igennem er sproget helt fantastisk, flydende og medrivende. Her er virkelig en forfatter, der kan sit kram! Jeg synes dog, at gyset mangler. Den er lidt små uhyggelig, men slet ikke som jeg havde forventet da jeg læste om den.
Jeg har haft ufattelig svært ved at give Skygger fra Oktoberland stjerner. Jeg vil utrolig gerne give den topkarakter for historien om familien, for jeg synes det var helt fantastisk og absolut det bedste ved bogen. Men efterforsknings-afbrydelserne og manglen på gys trækker desværre kraftigt ned, så jeg i stedet ender på 3 stjerner. Det er dog et kæmpe plus for mig, at det er muligt at få bogen til Kindle!
Skygger fra Oktoberland handler om at miste en person tæt på og hvordan tabet kan gøre, at man mister sig selv - men den handler også om at miste sig selv i kampen om at finde ud af, hvem man er. ...more
I'm really not a fan of circusses - They are creepy and I stay as far away from them as possible. Yet I decided to read The Night Circus, mainly becauI'm really not a fan of circusses - They are creepy and I stay as far away from them as possible. Yet I decided to read The Night Circus, mainly because of the large number of great reviews and the beautiful cover (really, the cover is gorgeous!. Despite my dislike for circusses, I loved The Night Circus!
The story changes in both time and person and at first it is a bit confusing, but it got better as I got to know the characters. As the story unfolds both the characters and the different timesettings gets closer to each other and the story is tied up so beautifully with the most perfect ending!
What distinguishes The Night Circus from other books is the atmosphere. I got sucked in to the book and became a part of the circus. There is a particular part of the book, where Bailey finds a tent filled with jars. Whenever he opens one, his senses are overwhelmed by sounds and smells and he is send to the exact spot, he can sense. It is absolutely fantastic and as I read it, I wanted to be at the circus so bad!
The writing is alluring and despite the fact that not very much action happens, my heart was pounding must of the time. The language is constantly setting the stage for lots of drama and a tragic lovestory. Generally the language is wonderfull - Erin Morgenstern use old words phrases, but still remains contemporary and the book is not hard to read or understand.
It was like reading a fairytale; beautiful, enchanting and impossible to put down!...more