I read this so fast that I'm afraid I kinda sorta skimmed it. Don't worry, I'll read it again soon. But for now, it was amazing. And I ugly cried. The...moreI read this so fast that I'm afraid I kinda sorta skimmed it. Don't worry, I'll read it again soon. But for now, it was amazing. And I ugly cried. The end.(less)
I was thinking, about half way thru, that this one might not be as good as the first....BUT IT WAS! Ahhhhh gosh all those twists, and Hiccup being ado...moreI was thinking, about half way thru, that this one might not be as good as the first....BUT IT WAS! Ahhhhh gosh all those twists, and Hiccup being adorable, and David Tennant's sexy voice :)) AMAZING! Onto "How to Speak Dragonese"!(less)
WOW!!! I really enjoyed the movie, and thought, "Hmmm someday I'll read the books." Then, having an extra audible credit, I thought, "Hmmm let me see...moreWOW!!! I really enjoyed the movie, and thought, "Hmmm someday I'll read the books." Then, having an extra audible credit, I thought, "Hmmm let me see what David Tennant has done in audiobooks." (Having just listened to his "Much Ado About Nothing".) And then I saw, "OMG HE DID THE AUDIOBOOKS!" So. Yeah. This awesomeness happened, and now I'm addicted and need to finish the whole series on audio because WOW. It's just the most perfect combination!(less)
Eve and Adam by Grant & Applegate (#1) Pages: 291 Release Date: October 2nd, 2012 Date Read: January 3rd-5th, 2013 Received: ARC via Shelf Awareness Ra...moreEve and Adam by Grant & Applegate (#1) Pages: 291 Release Date: October 2nd, 2012 Date Read: January 3rd-5th, 2013 Received: ARC via Shelf Awareness Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 15+
SUMMARY - Evening has never known any kind of living besides that of her wealthy, protected lifestyle. Her mother is a scientist - and a billionaire. She's cold and distant, and Eve's father is dead. But when an impossible accident occurs and Eve recovers faster than anyone expected, questions are raised. Who is this guy Solo, seemingly a friend of her mother's, and what does he know? Why has her mother set her on this project to create the "perfect man"? It's just on the computer, right? Eve and Solo must uncover the ugly truth before they, too, become victims of a deadly secret lurking just beneath the surface.
MY THOUGHTS - What a great book! I was not expecting to enjoy Eve and Adam like I did, but it surprised me more than once! I'm quite happy to say I loved it and can't wait to read Adam and Eve, book 2!
My sister read Grant's other book, Gone, book 1 in a series. She didn't like the story, but I never thought to ask about his writing. Both Grant and Applegate have awesome writing talents! I loved the 2 different voices and how easy they were to read and distinguish. Just beautiful - and so real. It made the characters so relatable and human.
CHARACTER NOTES - You know...when it comes down to it, I really really liked Eve Spiker! She was totally hilarious and witty and smart, but also a bit shallow. I love that she had flaws. And those flaws were very in-tune to her lifestyle. Teen whose mom is crazy filthy rich and also brilliant - yep! I think "shallow" would be on the list. Basically, I loved Eve and reading her narration was a treat!
Solo... Oh, Solo. I liked his narration less than Eve's, but loved his character just as much. He's strong and alive and just plain wonderful. He was mysterious without being cliche - and he's perfect for Eve. Oh, so perfect.
Aislin fascinated me. I wanted to smack her and hug her simultaneously. She makes crappy decisions and sucks at staying out of trouble - plus, she likes to talk dirty - but she knows what it means to care for a best friend.
Now, who would I be if I didn't mention Adam?! WOW. That was a twist. A biiiiig shocker. I knew what would happen to that part of the story, but not how or when.
STORY NOTES - I needed a fast-paced book - and this delivered more than well! I was flying through the pages, soaking it all in, loving it all!
At first, I had no idea where everything was going. With Eve's accident, Solo's appearance, Eve's project she named "Adam"... I wasn't even sure I needed all that, but by the end I was thankful for the setup. (Plus, needed or not, it was still amazingly interesting. It hardly felt like a setup - I was hooked the whole time!) My ARC was pretty short, and everything happened so fast, sometimes I wished things happened slower, or that there was more depth and detail. BUT. That's practically my only complaint, so who cares, really? ;)
The romance could have been insta-lovey...but WOW! Those few days Solo and Evie knew each other were plenty enough. It felt so real and exactly how it should be. The attraction between them was palpable and gave me butterflies!
I love sci-fi...give me anything with aliens, planets - sound like Doctor Who yet? - superpowers, and in this case, really cool science experiments, and I'm sure to devour it. Basically I LOVED the experiment, evil-scientist, superhuman feel of this book. It was well-told and made me feel smart as I read it - haha!
SUMMING IT UP - A science fiction delight! But it's not just for sci-fi nerds like me... I think, if you like to read, you should give it a shot!
For the Parents - Whew! One of the reasons I knocked it to 4 stars was the content - it distracted from the plot some of the time. There are lots of b**ch sprinkled throughout, mostly calling people that. A few other cuss words. Plus, Aislin, Eve's friend, makes quite a few adult themed jokes about the sexy guys around her, especially when Eve has to create Adam's "boy parts". Eve and Solo are put in a few awkward, would-be sexual situations, made awkward by the fact that they are attracted to each other. Some passionate kissing. A lot of this is humorous, but still older themes. Recommended 16+
I'm dying. I'm dying because this book is perfect and I want to read it again and again and again. Oh gosh I need a job just so I can freaking buy thi...moreI'm dying. I'm dying because this book is perfect and I want to read it again and again and again. Oh gosh I need a job just so I can freaking buy this book. *dies some more*(less)
What I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor Pages: 326 Release Date: April 30th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, May 6th-7th Received: ARC from NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars Reco...moreWhat I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor Pages: 326 Release Date: April 30th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, May 6th-7th Received: ARC from NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 16+
SUMMARY - Jake is not the type of kid who would get drunk on homecoming night with his friends...or drive with them afterward. But one choice - one simple mistake - changes everything when Jake's friend crashes...and a t-post through Jake's neck takes away one of life's most important tools - the gift of speech. Now Jake has to reevaluate everything: his life, his passions, love - everything - and find a way to tell the girl he loves, "I love you" before she, too, is taken away.
MY THOUGHTS - While I'm not typically a contemporary girl, I have recently been drawn to a few titles. This one, at the very very top of my list. When I was accepted to review this on NetGalley, I was ecstatic, and the book did not disappoint!
Maybe there could have been more editing. Things could have changed to make the story better. Sometimes the pace felt a bit too fast, when I wanted to revel in the moment. These, however, are minor flaws.
Because, really. This story is beautiful.
CHARACTER NOTES - I loved Jake from page one and on. I still look back at my experience of living through his perspective, and I think, "What a guy!" His reactions to the accident, his recovery - it's all realistic and so moving. He really inspired me. He made a stupid decision, but what he makes of the consequences is so respectable.
Samantha is an intriguing character. She has secrets, a hidden life, and she has a lot of love to give, even if she doesn't know it yet. She adds a strange and very neat dynamic to the story. While not a favorite character, I still wanted her to succeed and really loved the change wrought in her through Jake's friendship and care and love.
Jake's parents, I must say, are rad. They are so supportive, filled with faith, and loving even when things are really hard. Their awesome relationship with their kids, especially Jake, is so nice to see, especially in YA lit. Plus, there are all of Jake's siblings, who really bring a lot to the table and definitely made me laugh a few times.
STORY NOTES - I stayed up so late reading this and finished it the next morning. Fast-paced, intense, and totally engrossing.
The accident and the first part of Jake's recovery hardly take up any of the story... The rest is full of romance, hardship and healing (in other areas of Jake's life). His journey is just stunningly beautiful.
I love what Jake's school does for him and what the students choose to do. Jake's accident inspires them to take action in their own homes and to stay away from underage/illegal activities. I love this small-town/one-bit-family aspect of the story.
The romance develops very nicely, to insta-love here! Jake and Sam's love develops so sweetly; Jake's longing to be able to speak Sam and tell her how he loves her translates into him having to show her. Sam, who doesn't believe in love, is fascinated by this devotion. I ached for Jake, though... Not being able to say the important things. Wow. Just - hard.
I loved how everyone had a part in speaking into Jake's life. Again - his parents were AWESOME.
The climax of the story is beautiful, realistic, and gut-wrenching. I loved it. Everything fell together and brought What I Didn't Say to a magnificent close.
SUMMING IT UP - Delightful. Real. i'm going to read more of Keary Taylor now I know how awesome she is. And you should, too - you will be moved!
For the Parents - A few intense make out scenes... I think one or two almost lead to sex. It is mentioned that both want to. Some details...the scenes are definitely very passionate. Sam buys lingerie and models for Jake. I'd say 16+ (My sister is 15, so I'm gauging based on that it wouldn't be the most appropriate for her right now.)
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter Pages: 192 Release Date: February 28th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, January 14th-16th Received: ARC from NetGalley Rating: 4/5 s...moreThe Humming Room by Ellen Potter Pages: 192 Release Date: February 28th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, January 14th-16th Received: ARC from NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 11+
SUMMARY - Roo Fanshaw is small for her age, and very shy. Her father, a man who dappled in illegal activities for a long time, has just been murdered, leaving Roo alone and in the custody of whoever will take her. When she is taken from her home to her eccentric Uncle's house on an island, Roo finds this harder to bear than almost anything else. When she arrives at her Uncle's mansion, what used to be a hospital for ill children, Roo finds herself drawn to the nature and the river on the outside - as well as the Humming that comes from the walls of the west wing. There are secrets here, and Roo is determined to uncover them. Can she unlock the mysteries of her family and heal her broken heart?
MY THOUGHTS - This story is incredibly sweet - and also very powerful. I remember watching "The Secret Garden" movie a few times when I was younger, but I never got around to the book. I wanted to read this even before I knew it was a retelling - and finding that out just made me even more excited.
I really like Ellen Potter's style. She uses words and sets pace very gracefully. Her writing style creates very clear imagery, very strong and interesting characters, and a touching, heartfelt story. I'm honestly really impressed by how beautiful this book is.
CHARACTER NOTES - Roo Fanshaw is the quirky, realistic and vivid character I think everyone wishes they could write/read about all the time. She's the kind of character I always loved most growing up - the one you can relate to, but who has different struggles and a very realistic and unique personality. Roo had me eagerly awaiting her every action. Her personal struggles are deep; her endeavors - in the garden and with the boys she meets - are very touching. In this story, Roo's life is turned upside-down: she changes (and still stays very consistent), and she changes others around her.
I really liked Violet's character - funny, talkative, and full of laughter. She brightened teh story a lot; without her it would have been a bit too dark.
The Faigne and the other boy, Philip (I won't say anything in case you don't know much about the original story), were very different and both absolutely necessary to the story. Part of me wishes there had been more of both of them, but then again, it was great as it was.
STORY NOTES - The Humming Room is a pretty darn intense story. Not like action-packed, but...eerie. Roo's adventures in her Uncle's dark castle, and in the almost fairytale-like land around it were riveting. Cough Rock was the perfect backdrop to the mystery and discovery in the story.
For the most part, all the events and conversations were very well-placed; everything about the story was emotionally gripping. The two things that bothered me, the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars, were these: the part of me that wishes there was more development about the boys, and the end scenes. Those last two or three scenes were good, but not great like the rest. They came to a close a little too quickly, like they could have been stretched out maybe 15 more pages. Roo's Uncle Fanshaw could have been brought into things more as well.
But overall, everything really was fantastic. From the garden to the Faigne; from the despair to the joy - I can't wait to have this one on my shelf and let my friends read it!
SUMMING IT UP - The Humming Room is simple, yet so intricate as well. It was a really great read and I'm ecstatic to read Potter's previous book, The Kneebone Boy, which I've wanted to read forever but haven't found the time to. Now it's on my priority list, because Potter's work is just too good to pass up!
Glamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren (#1) Pages: 416 Release Date: June 1st, 2012 Date Read: 2012, May 8th-13th Received: ARC via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 s...moreGlamorous Illusions by Lisa T. Bergren (#1) Pages: 416 Release Date: June 1st, 2012 Date Read: 2012, May 8th-13th Received: ARC via NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 13+
SUMMARY - Cora's life may not be grand or full of wealth, but there's one thing she's sure of: who she is. Even when tragedy strikes her father's farm and her education to be a teacher is in jeopardy, Cora works hard to do what needs to be done. But when her true parentage is revealed, everything falls apart. She is whisked away into a fantasy world where she is not yet accepted. Her new siblings, her new cousins, the long trip - the Grand Tour - she is to take with them... It seems everything has fallen apart. Her growing friendship - and possibly something more - with the tour guide's nephew, Will, and her desire to discover who she keeps Cora busy...and who are the people who might be following them? In the end, it might come down to Cora to put her bravery to the test.
But for now, I am happy happy happy with Glamorous Illusions. OMG. I seriously adore this book! Maybe not as much as the River of Time, but by golly it was a riot! I love Cora's character, for one. She's a strong-willed, clear-headed girl who loves God and wants to do what's right. I loved her journey of faith and how even though she wasn't quite sure who she was, she always knew she was a child of God. She's such a feisty girl, too! She made me laugh more than once.
And, erm...I have a weakness for boys/men named Will. First, it's the little boy I've babysat for nearly 7 years, ever since he was 1 year old. He loves me, I love him... He tells me stories and we play video games together...and he tells me that if I don't let him climb that tree he'll never love me again and I tell him to get down from that tree or else and he climbs right on down and gives me the biggest hug ever. Other than that Will, there's my magical love for Will Turner...I'm a Pirates junkie. So yeah. I have good associations with the name Will. And this Will - he is NO exception. He's amaaaazing!! I seriously adore him so so so much. His growing love for Cora (even though he's certain they can never be together) is soooo sweet and adorable and innocent...and still passionate at the same time.
Come on now, don't tell me you don't want to read this book. Not only do you have awesome characters such as Cora and Will, but you also have fancy dresses, romantic boat rides (more than one!), castles and masked balls, a (possibly) dangerous game in a large maze, and more! Seriously, though, the first boat ride and the maze scene were my favorite scenes in the book! Ca-ra-zy! CRAZY!
My only drawback - the end seemed a liiiittle bit fast. Rushed, kind of. Not terrible, and totally fascinating and lovable, but just, given the length of the book, a little too quick for my liking. Oh, and the alternating POV's were a bit disappointing. I wanted it to be all from Cora's perspective, but there was some from Will's and some from Cora's real father. Not bad, just me wishing it was all Cora!
All in all, this was a great book with an awesome story and a promise for more and greater adventures! And we have yet to get to Italy, where Lisa works her magic! Eeeep! So excited!
This book reminds me of... Downton Abbey (the time period and the dresses - the story was completely original) The trip to France I'm someday going to take Traveling to exotic places Evil stepsisters Roguish gentlemen (oxymoron, I know) Castles I want to see Adorable, slow-moving romances (that I wish would move faster!!!)
For the Parents - A bit of adventure, a few flirtatious characters, but nothing improper! Great for ages 13+
Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (Pretty Crooked #1) Pages: 358 Release Date: March 13th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, February 5th-11th Received: ARC from NetGall...morePretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig (Pretty Crooked #1) Pages: 358 Release Date: March 13th, 2012 Date Read: 2012, February 5th-11th Received: ARC from NetGalley Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 13+
SUMMARY - Willa Fox is no extraordinary girl, but her life has never been ordinary. She's moved all over the country with her single mom, an artist just waiting to make it big. But then she does make it big, and Willa's life is flipped dramatically. First, they get the fancy new house. Next, Willa is accepted into Valley Prep, the wealthiest school around. Not only that, but Willa is befriended by the Glitterati, and, believe it or not, the hottest guy at school who seems to have some special interest in her. The life of glam is wonderful, for a time. But what about Mary, Sierra and Alicia, nice girls who rely on scholarships to get this kind of an education? When the Glitterati start to cross the line, taking good humor to the level of obscene, Willa has an idea. With the help of Tre and even the Glitterati themselves, Willa keeps her eye on one goal - to bring balance and justice to the filthy rich halls of Valley Prep.
MY THOUGHTS - Helloooo! Elisa Ludwig deserves a standing ovation!! Pretty Crooked is just one of those well-written, well-built, awe-inspiring books that leaves you totally satisfied but wanting more. I love this book and will be very proud to have it on my shelf. I'm already looking forward to reading this again and again and again!
CHARACTER NOTES - Willa was fantastic. I love her to death. Her voice (mixed perfectly with Elisa Ludwig's writing style) caught me from the very beginning. I agreed with some of her decisions and disagreed with others, but that was something that really drew me in - is everything she's doing right, or only some, or none of it? (More on that in story notes...) In any case, I really respected her and felt I could relate to her. She rocked this book and I would totally read the next book just because of her.
But, amazingly, there is quite a bit more draw than just Willa. Aiden? Ummm yes please! I didn't feel like he was a major role, but the end totally bumped him up and I'm sure there will be more of him in the next book! He was...so confusing, so wonderful, so just...Aiden. I'm in love with him. True story.
I liked the other characters a lot as well! The mean girls were mean.... Like, MEAN. And even the mean girl who wasn't so mean was just...ugh. She cared more about social status than standing up for the right thing, which infuriated me almost more than the mean girls themselves. All the characters were really three dimensional and so impressive.
STORY NOTES - This story is a puzzle, a moral question, a self-questioner. Literally the whole book I was asking myself, "Is this right? Is it necessarily wrong? Is it justice or revenge? Is this okay?! What would I do???"
On top of that, there were a lot of twists and turns to keep you guessing. The two big ones that had me really guessing: Willa's mom (what the heck is she doing?!) and Aiden (mmmm). I really really want to know more!
And can I just say - I felt way cool reading the scenes in which Willa... *ahem* does her thing. You know, steals. It sounds so bad. It really does. But what kind of an honest reviewer would I be if I didn't put that in here? It was like, I felt cool, and super awesome that Willa was trying to smooth things out in her school, and yet really really guilty at the same time. I mean, how did Elisa do that to me?! I have no idea. Ask her. ;)
I don't want to say too much about the story line because I feel like I'll give it away but man! I just enjoyed it so much! It was fascinating, well-written, with brilliant characters, great plot twists, and lots and lots of good questions!!
SUMMING IT UP - Foxy (pun intended...) and way too cool. I'm eagerly anticipating Pretty Sly, the next installment in Elisa's fantastic debut trilogy!! Can you tell - I'm excited!!!!! :D
For the Parents - A kiss, some crude comments. Nothing over the top. I definitely respect the author for this!! Recommended 13+(less)
The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley Pages: 248 Release Date: July 7th, 2011 Date Read: 2011, November 22nd-30t...moreRead more reviews at Yearning to Read!
The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley Pages: 248 Release Date: July 7th, 2011 Date Read: 2011, November 22nd-30th Received: NetGalley Rating: 5/5 stars Recommended to: 13+
SUMMARY - Francoise has never known wealth or even a good life. Her mother came to New France a whore and married her father, a drunken soldier. Together, they barely scrapped a living - relying on Francoise for much. Francoise herself, however, has never given up her dreams of a fine life. When tragedy befalls her family, she takes her chances as a lady's maid. But how can a girl of the streets survive in such a place? Francoise's mistrust may be the end of it all.
MY THOUGHTS - I love it when I'm right.
I've had my eye on this book for months, before it even came out. Despite its unappealing cover, I was intrigued. I entered a contest for it but didn't win, so I waited. Then it popped up on the screen on NetGalley - I did not hesitate. Yet I started it warily, unsure, but totally loving it and hoping it would stay amazing.
Yes - it did stay amazing. So amazing that I held my breath the entire time. Many people said that the suspense was lost because too much was revealed. (I even guessed a few things correctly, which I usually don't do because I don't like to speculate or I just can't figure it out.) But the main thing to do while reading this is to speculate as little as possible. Just enjoy the story - suspense in other areas will keep you.
The writing, I must say, gripped and held me. It was beautiful prose and Francoise's voice was strong and prominent from the first pages. The writing has a huge role in reeling me in - I was definitely caught by the bait! That and the prologue - I think it's so great to start the story toward the end, to give a taste of foreboding danger.
CHARACTER NOTES - I loved every character within these pages. The book is so short that I expected it to be like other short books with little character development. I don't know what happened, but these characters were like magic. As soon as they were presented it was like I immediately knew them.
And while this could be said about every single one, I must say something specific about Francoise, for it was especially true for her. It was literally the first page, the prologue, that had me going, "Wow! I like her style, her voice; I sympathize; I fear for her - wow!!" After that I felt like she was able to grow as a person because she was already developed in my mind. It was a lovely display of one aspect of great literature and I heartily give my applause.
STORY NOTES - I have a thing about disliking short books. I'm not trying to, but I feel like I don't like almost any of the short books getting rave reviews.
But here - here! is one of the few that I love. Because of the characters, as I said before; and because the world isn't a complex fantasy world, there was no need to explain a lot or get the reader to picture everything correctly. It was our world, through and through, easy to imagine, and therefore leaving room for things to grow naturally in the reader's mind as the story progressed.
Now, I'll admit - it's a simple story. Don't read too much about it, or else it might make it seem even less complicated. Go in with very few expectations, and you should be just as awed as I was. Because there are really only two ways it could go.
I will tell you now that I literally had NO clue until the very. last. page! Talk about suspense!
In any case, I love the path the story took, how it was straight to the point but still had a good amount of emotional depth. I am so pleased.
SUMMING IT UP - Commanding. I say this because it commanded my attention from the very beginning. I hope more people enjoy this book and put it on their shelves, as I hope to do when I make my next Amazon order. Oh, and important note - don't read the Goodreads summary - it gives away a lot of the story. Just add it and get off - let yourself be surprised! :)
For the Parents - A few references to whores. Francoise is a thief sometimes. +13
*This ebook was provided by NetGalley in return for an honest review. I was in no way compensated; all thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.*(less)
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier Pages: 381 Release Date: August 1st, 2011 Date Read: 2012, April 9th - May 8th Received: Audiobook...morePeter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier Pages: 381 Release Date: August 1st, 2011 Date Read: 2012, April 9th - May 8th Received: Audiobook from library Rating: 5/5 stars Recommended to: 10+
SUMMARY - Peter Nimble is nothing but a blind thief. He steals from pockets, purses, and shops. He is light on his feet and smart with his fingers. He has a gift for thievery, and that's all he's ever done... But when a strange man appears in town, showcasing something marvelous, and blackmails Peter into helping him, Peter finds himself whisked away on the greatest adventure of his life. And what is in the box, the one the strange man was showcasing? It might hold the answer to all of Peter's questions.
MY THOUGHTS - I was so shocked and surprised by the mastery of this book. I thought it would be your average MG novel, but it was so, so SO much more. The writing, for one, is exemplary. Completely and utterly gripping and beautiful and it just flowed so well. It had a fantastical element to it that really went along with the theme of the book. It was perfect.
I read this book nearly a year ago (or listened to it via audio, I should say), and I honestly have no complaints about it at all. It left only the fondest memories of the story and the most beautiful ideas in my head. Inspiration is still abundant when I think of this story. Someday, I will have it on my shelf. I will read it to my children. It's just that good.
CHARACTER NOTES - Peter Nimble is no ordinary boy. He may look like one on the outside, but inside he has courage and love and all the capacity for adventure that an avid reader could every hope for. He is one of a kind, also. He may have elements of the character we all want to read about, but he's his own person - totally a unique creation. I loved him so much. It was the perfect narration because, although he could not see, he described things based on how they felt or sounded or tasted, and it really added so much to who he was.
The other side characters were also excellent. Especially Sir Tode. OMG I loved him so much!! The narrator's voice for him was perfect and it made me laugh! Sir Tode had the best one-liners, hands down. There was also an old woman, a whale-like sea creature, thieves, and an evil king. There were orphans and bugs and monsters and all sorts of other characters to keep the reader glued to the page. (Or the audiobook, if you prefer.)
But honestly. I can't say enough about how glorious these characters were!
STORY NOTES - And if the characters were glorious, wait till I tell you about the story! Good golly, it was absolutely out of this world fanTAStic!
Totally amazing. All the fantasy elements were there, plus so much more that makes it its own unique fairy tale. The execution was just as brilliant as the idea, too, which is saying something.
I loved absolutely every moment that included the magic box. I won't tell you what's inside of it - that's just half the fun - but I can't help but mention it. The imagery was stunning. I just...I don't even know how to explain how I'm feeling right now without giving it all away!
Besides the box, I loved every setting and place that Peter Nimble found himself in. It was all ingeniously written and had such a grand scope. The ideas were so brilliant that some settings I normally don't particularly enjoy reading about - such as the desert - became absolutely the most interesting thing I'd every read about.
Annnnd on top of that - the ending. It was so perfect and heartwarming and fairy tale and lovely. It leaves the reader wondering and imaginative and excited and ready for adventure. There's no end to how magical it all was!
In short, this book had it all.
And what else is there to say, without giving it all away? You read it for yourself. You'll understand.
SUMMING IT UP - Utterly gorgeous! In every way! I'm so stunned but the magnificence of this story and can't wait for more and more people to read it! I've been telling everyone I can about it. It deserves to be read over and over again!
For the Parents - So clean and sweet, and not too graphic so young readers can enjoy it as well. Recommended 10+
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (#1) Pages: 352 Release Date: September 27th, 2011 Date Read: 2012, January 22nd-28th Received: Library Rating: 4/5 stars R...moreThe Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (#1) Pages: 352 Release Date: September 27th, 2011 Date Read: 2012, January 22nd-28th Received: Library Rating: 4/5 stars Recommended to: 12+
SUMMARY - Tiki is an orphan living in the slums of London. She takes care of the others - Toots, Shamus, Clara, Fiona; they're her family. When Tiki winds up in Buckingham Palace - and unknowingly steals a ring that belongs to the Queen - things get a little strange. Rieker, a very talented thief, pays Tiki more attention than is strictly necessary; Tiki begins to see people no one else sees; and on top of that, little Clara has become very sick, and they need money to buy medicine. Things are not as they seem; stories from Tiki's childhood are about to come true, and she must put everything, including her life, ont he line to stop a war that could very likely destroy them all.
MY THOUGHTS - Kiki Hamilton - you have written something extraordinary. Seriously, people, you all need to rush out a purchase this book. Now. I'm telling you - so much fun and adventure and heartfelt emotion is wrapped in this book like the perfect present. I'm still thinking about when I can re-read it - and buy it!! Such a shelf-worthy book!!
Kiki Hamilton has a way with words that gripped me. The story and characters did a good job at that as well, but great writing is a gem. Tiki was a great third person narrative and her voice and Kiki's style blended smoothly!
CHARACTER NOTES - I had a blast reading about Tiki. She's fun, smart, caring, and has her priorities straight. Even in some extremely dangerous situations, I found her to be quite level-headed. She's a 3D character who leaped into my world and brought all her adventures with her, immersing me in her world.
Shamus, Toots, Fiona and Clara are all well-developed and realistic. They made me want to care for them myself! All are selfless children who love each other. Leo and Arthur, the princes, were a crack up! They had great roles -especially Leo, who shared some of the story from his third person perspective alongside Tiki. I very much enjoyed his contribution!
The bad guys, the faeries, were...OMG. They made this book SO intense and added a darker tone to the plot. I'm fascinated to see what's in store for them just as much as the rest!
And Rieker...saving best for last! He's by far my favorite... Man, I sure would like to be his girl... ;) I can't WAIT for more of him in The Torn Wing! Gimme gimme!
STORY NOTES - This story takes about 50-60 pages to really get going. I loved those first pages anyway, because Kiki is talented-writer-extraordinaire, but after that things took off on a wild ride of pure awesomeness!
What begins with a simple act of theft ends in a striking end that seriously has me still gaping! The climax was fantastic and totally had me dying to know what would happen next! The story moves along very smoothly except for a few places where I wish things had been drawn out more. But the pace is quick and even, and everything is properly explained.
And, I mean, come on... The time period? Amazing! Masked balls? Who doesn't want to read about those? The slums of London contrasted with Buckingham palace? Brilliant! And I swear, that masked ball scene is the best scene in the book AND the best masked ball scene in any book I've read AND probably one of my favorite scenes I've ever read. Yes, I'm being totally serious. It was just much too beautiful to set aside as any old scene.
And I seriously cannot wait for more! What will happen with the school? What about the truce and the queen's health? As much as I want the answers NOW, I am content to know that there are three more adventures with Tiki planned, and for that I am grateful. They will be worth the wait, I just know it!
SUMMING IT UP - Immensely adorable, beautifully crafted, and a total whirlwind! The Torn Wing is guaranteed to be awesome. Start this series - only then will you understand how great it really is!
For the Parents - Some intense scenes, some blood. Nothing gory. Some very innocent kissing. Recommended 12+(less)