Shai is caught stealing in the imperial palace and is forced to help the empire to restore the current Emperor’s soul after an attempt on his life hasShai is caught stealing in the imperial palace and is forced to help the empire to restore the current Emperor’s soul after an attempt on his life has left him blank in the brain. Shai is a Forger and has forged and changed her own seals for her own soul. Can she do the same for the emperor?
This novella was really jam packed for a shorter story. I really loved Shai and I want more of her. I didn’t realize that this was part of the Elantris series, though set completely apart, so I am guessing it was ok to read individually. I hope that Sanderson writes more Shai stories, because she is really very interesting.
Shai is a forger and she can make copies of different objects by carving into seals. She makes copies of, and changes, her own soul to suit specific needs she might have. I found this type of magic really remarkable and fun, which is why I wish there was more!...more
The memoir of Lady Trent, Isabella, regarding her first foray into the scientific realm of dragons. Isabella grows up determined to spend her days disThe memoir of Lady Trent, Isabella, regarding her first foray into the scientific realm of dragons. Isabella grows up determined to spend her days discovering the intricacies and anatomies of various creatures like dragons. However, in her society, Isabella is frowned upon for having such fancies.
Isabella really is a charming character. She wants to defy society and go on expeditions and discover everything there is to know about dragons. Luckily for her, her husband Jacob is willing to give in to her fancies and allows her to accompany him and a couple of other men on an expedition to learn more about mountainous dragons in a nearby realm.
The crew is met with much dislike upon arriving in Drustanev, but they continue on with their work. Isabella takes notes and draws the dragons they come across. They uncover a plot while there regarding the increased attacks the dragons have been conducting on the townspeople. There is intrigue and death, there is sorrow and loss.
I really liked Isabella and her desire for answers. I felt myself saddened by the tragedies she faced along the way. I can’t wait to read the next one and follow her on her next adventure.
Earth has been abandoned for hundreds of years. Humans live in orbit around Earth. As a test to see if humans can survive on Earth once again, 100 conEarth has been abandoned for hundreds of years. Humans live in orbit around Earth. As a test to see if humans can survive on Earth once again, 100 convicted teenagers are sent down. Their progress is monitored by the humans in space to see if they can return to the ground.
Ehhhhhhhhh. I like the show better. I think I liked some of the characters only because I knew their personalities from the show. Bellamy and Octavia are two of my favorites, and though their story is a little different in the book, I still enjoyed their presence. They seemed to lighten things up when they were on the ground. Otherwise, I wasn’t sure why we were given a perspective of a teenager who remained on the ship; I liked how the show did it better, with having us see the adults perspective after the kids were sent down to Earth.
Also, halfway through nothing had really happened too much. They landed on Earth and made camp, but that was all. It was a perfectly OK book, but, if you’re not a fan of the show, you’re not going to like the book either. I would actuallyr recommend watching the show over reading the book. Much more suspenseful.
Blue and his friends Elisa, Jason, and Gabe, visit his hometown after his grandmother leaves him her house in her will. Blue doesn’t remember much froBlue and his friends Elisa, Jason, and Gabe, visit his hometown after his grandmother leaves him her house in her will. Blue doesn’t remember much from when he lived there, but what he does find out about the small Nova Scotian town makes his head real. The townsfolk there believe in “The Other Kind” and Blue finds out who he really is and what really happened to him as a boy there.
I liked this book. It was kinda creepy, though. “The Other Kind” mentioned in the story are posited to be fae, or aliens, but I think they were a little of both. They were definitely very creepy. I found that I enjoyed Blue’s perspective in the beginning the most. The book is split in four parts, one for each of the main characters. I think that Jason’s perspective was pointless and I didn’t really like him too much as a character. I think his part of the story could have been told through Gabe.
I wished we would have seen more of the other kind and how they lived. We found out a little about the mysteries of the town and what happened to Blue as a kid that made his mother take him and run away. The townsfolk were all eerie. The other kind weren’t your typical fae, but there were some fantasy fae aspects about them. I did like how it ended, though, everything did seem to fall into place.
The Speed of Dark is a novel set in the near future, where most diseases and genetic easily fixed at birth. A few members of society, who were too oldThe Speed of Dark is a novel set in the near future, where most diseases and genetic easily fixed at birth. A few members of society, who were too old to receive the treatments, live life outside the realm of normalcy. Some of these people have autism, but are high functioning and capable members of society. When new research emerges that can make those with autism “normal”, Lou must decide if he wants to try the new therapy.
Lou is a very relatable. Growing up, he has been taught to adhere to certain societal “norms”, just like the rest of us. The only difference is that some people defy conventional norms, whereas Lou takes to heart his teachings. This allows him to function in a society he would have otherwise been unfamiliar with processing. Lou is able to work and have hobbies, like fencing.
Lou is very smart, despite his social inadequacies. What I liked most about this book was that Lou seemed to act the most “normal” or conventionally appropriate. He was taught to act a certain way and he does, while others don’t really conform to ALL social norms. For example, Lou feels that when he is late to work a certain amount of time, he must make up the exact amount he we late. We all know no one really does this in the real world! Because Lou is so engrained on how to be normal, he feels pressure to do everything perfectly.
I wish society didn’t tell people what they could or couldn’t do. Lou wanted to study the stars and he was smart enough to do it, yet he was told he couldn’t because of his disability. Due to his autism, he takes everything said quite literally, whereas someone else might try to defy this advice. It was hard to see how some people treated him.
I liked it best when Lou was among the other autistics. They all had unique personalities and perspectives on what it was like to be normal. Personally, I didn’t think there was anything really wrong with them; they could all function pretty well, maybe even moreso than some normal people. Everyone has their quirks, and they did too, but did it really mean they needed to be fixed?
I was sad when Lou made his decision regarding the therapy. I won’t spoil the decision, but it does change his life forever.
Gully Foyle is marooned on a destroyed ship in space. Another ship passes him by and he sends out a distress call, only to be ignored. Gully is enrageGully Foyle is marooned on a destroyed ship in space. Another ship passes him by and he sends out a distress call, only to be ignored. Gully is enraged and vows to enact revenge on the captain who ordered to leave him floating alone in space. With renewed vigor, he gets the ship moving and starts on his own quest for revenge.
The Stars My Destination was very fast paced and a fun read. Gully lives in the future, where people can “jaunte” or teleport, using their minds. I found the idea of jaunting really cool. There were specified locations where people were allowed to jaunte and private residences were obscured so people couldn’t come in unannounced or unwanted. In order for Gully to enact his revenge, he has to get some vital information from some very important and influential people, with a lot of money.
These people have him imprisoned because he won’t reveal the location of his original ship. On the original ship was apparently money and something else, dangerous, that could turn the war that was raging between the inner and outer colonies in space. Gully wants the money to help him with his revenge scheme.
The way Gully’s scheme played out reminded me a little of The Count of Monte Cristo. Man is imprisoned. Man finds treasure. Man assumes the identity of a rich, influential character. Man uses money for revenge. Those were where the similarities ended, though.
Celia and Marco embark on a challenge of their magical talents, insisted upon by their teachers, where the circus is their gameboard. The two spend neCelia and Marco embark on a challenge of their magical talents, insisted upon by their teachers, where the circus is their gameboard. The two spend nearly fifteen years making subtle moves against each other in an effort for one to turn out the winner.
I really loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t want it to be over. The circus in this story was painted so beautifully and magically that I wanted to actually go and experience it. The characters were all very interesting and I enjoyed getting to know them and their different talents.
The premise was really cool. I liked the idea of having two magicians, with different thoughts and teachings on magic, go head to head in a sort of competition, where no one knew the rules, how the winner was determined, etc. Celia and Marco are two very complex characters who get roped into a game against their wills.
The one thing I would have liked would have been a little bit more backstory on their teachers and how this game of theirs came to be. Celia and Marco weren’t the first two students to compete against each other. We do find out a little of the teachers backstory, but not too much. They were veiled in a little bit of mystery. I definitely recommend this book, though, it was great!
In the town of Fairfold fae and human live together. Hazel and her brother Ben have lived in the strange town all their lives. As children, they playeIn the town of Fairfold fae and human live together. Hazel and her brother Ben have lived in the strange town all their lives. As children, they played in the forest and saw strange things. Eventually, they decided to become a bard and a knight, fighting in the forest to save out of towners from being over taken by the magical beings residing there. Now, as a teenager, Hazel has long given up her knightly ways, but when something happens to threaten her town, she must be prepared to save it.
The Darkest Part of the Forest is a standalone young adult fantasy novel. The book keeps you on your toes throughout the adventures and trials Hazel, her brother, and others face. I liked that the town and the fae had a certain understanding for a long time regarding living harmoniously. I also enjoyed the fae characters in the story; they were all very interesting. I think Jack was my favorite fae character; he had what could have been a really cool expanded story for another time! ;)
The contrast between the magical and the normal was also done really well and everything seemed to flow together nicely. It was a quick read and I definitely recommend it, if you enjoy a good fairy tale.