Loved this book. I read it to my daughter and she loved it as well. It really helped that we had read A Wrinkle in Time before hand. Takes a look at h...moreLoved this book. I read it to my daughter and she loved it as well. It really helped that we had read A Wrinkle in Time before hand. Takes a look at homelessness, time travel, mental illness, and elementary school friendships. Lots of fun things going on in the plot to keep you interested and real characters.(less)
Austen fans will love this modern retelling. Pulsipher's writing is woven with delightful humor and charming characters. Her clear, detailed descripti...moreAusten fans will love this modern retelling. Pulsipher's writing is woven with delightful humor and charming characters. Her clear, detailed descriptions take hold of your attention and rest on your consciousness long after you've finished the book. Oh, and it made me want to go camping.(less)
And in short, any book that can do THAT, gets 5 stars.
"This is the great secret of color, child. Inside eve...moreI Want to Be a Painter. I Want to Be a Nun.
And in short, any book that can do THAT, gets 5 stars.
"This is the great secret of color, child. Inside every color, other colors live. Thus we can create green from yellow and blue, or paint a purple robe by laying blue over a red ground. That's why a poppy is not simply red, it is yellow red, and an olive leaf is not merely green, it is gray green. There is no color for which this isn't so."
This book was a once in a lifetime read for me. (Except it also happened before with Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, so I guess it's actually a twice in a lifetime thing. Dare I hope for thrice or more?) This book spoke to my soul. It said, "I love blue, too. It's amazing. It's my favorite. It's so precious to God that he shares very little of it with us." It spoke to my current life challenges. "You can do it. Trust yourself. Believe in yourself. You will make mistakes, but everything will work out. 'Yes. All will be well.'" It spoke to my heart. It taught me about life. It taught me about God. It taught me about my heart's true desire. It taught me that I can't have it all. I love it. I generally like to point out a book's flaws, but this one doesn't have any. You should read it. You may not love it as much as I do, because reading it affected me so personally, but you should read it anyway.(less)
Imagine your parents ask you to get in the car. "Where are we going?" you ask. "You'll see," they say. You drive for a long time, through a place that...moreImagine your parents ask you to get in the car. "Where are we going?" you ask. "You'll see," they say. You drive for a long time, through a place that's unfamiliar but not entirely boring. The scenery includes some cliffs, forests, castles and interesting people to watch. "Where are we going?" you persist. "Be patient. You'll see," they reply. Days go by and you still haven't reached your destination and you're starting to despair. "We're going to see Grandma's grave, aren't we?" You remember that drive, how long it was, how little time you spent outside the car when you arrived at your destination, how depressing it was to think about your grandmother resting in a coffin beneath the ground, how disappointed you were to learn you had to get back in the vehicle and drive that distance all over again. "No, we're not going to Grandma's grave." Then you see it. It's just beginning to get dark, but over the hill in the distance you can see the glow of lights, and the top of a gigantic Ferris Wheel spins up and over the hill--each cart rising and falling again. You get to the top of the hill and a vast, wild theme park spreads out before you. And the best part? You don't have to drive back home. Ever. This is how Ordained was for me. I admit, the first 2/3 of the book were a little tough to get through. There were quite a few POV slips, and more than a few of your typical editorial errors, but that's not what got to me. It was just the lack of action. But I kept reading and I'm glad I did. Throughout the book I thought I would probably rate it a 3 if I was being generous, but after reading the ending I decided to give it 4 stars. I really enjoyed the story and the creativity involved. I loved the twists at the end and overall it was a fun, enjoyable read. Not to mention it would be the coolest vampire movie ever. Devon is a young, promising writer and I'm excited to read more of her work.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the descriptions of planet Kelari and felt like I was literally out of this world for a while. I would have liked...moreI really enjoyed this book. I loved the descriptions of planet Kelari and felt like I was literally out of this world for a while. I would have liked to actually see what happened to Venus' family rather than just being made aware that SOMETHING happened, but I guess that's how it was for Venus and I have a sinking feeling it couldn't be revealed in this book anyway.
Other things I enjoyed from the book include the different names of things and people from planet Kelari and some of the science fiction ideas in the book. I don't want to give too much away, but I especially loved the idea of the immortal boots and how they reveal Venus' weaknesses.
For me this book was plot driven which I love. The questions raised early in the story and throughout compelled me to keep reading even if at times I got tired of being inside someone's head for too long. I enjoyed the main characters but all in all I think Michael is my favorite, probably because he's human and I can relate to that.
I think the book could have used one more sharp eye edit, but other than that, I think it will be enjoyed by YA lovers of all ages (especially those with a thing for 80's music.) And that cover is gorgeous! (less)