This graphic novel adaptation of Frank Beddor’s classic tale is quite exquisite. The illustrations portrayed are quite dark and add an eerie aura to tThis graphic novel adaptation of Frank Beddor’s classic tale is quite exquisite. The illustrations portrayed are quite dark and add an eerie aura to the story. In this tale, Hatter M is in search for the seelie Princess whom he lost in the travel between his world and Earth. Throughout his journey he encounters evil characters that are trying to capture the princess. Very fast paced and full of action, it is sure to entertain the reader. ...more
This book tells the story of Aliera. Aliera is a HS girl that is a bit of a loner and who has a passion for a very peculiar sport; fencing. Through feThis book tells the story of Aliera. Aliera is a HS girl that is a bit of a loner and who has a passion for a very peculiar sport; fencing. Through fencing she is able to let go and feel invincible. It all changes when she is gifted with a magical foil that allows her to see the faerie universe in her world....more
Took me a long while to get through this book. Its not that it isn't a good book, it simply didn't appeal to my taste. I think if you are going to choTook me a long while to get through this book. Its not that it isn't a good book, it simply didn't appeal to my taste. I think if you are going to choose a genre then you have to stick with it. At first I thought this was going to be a Steampunk book then it took a complete left turn and turned into a Faerie book.
Noli is a teenager that lives in California in the year 1901. In this world, steam is the main power source of energy and technology seems to have advanced a bit further (example: flying cars). Noli loves mechanics, especially fixing up old cars. Because she lives in a society where women have to be proper and meet certain social standards and because she is the complete opposite and a rebel she is sent to a school in San Francisco to learn "manners". Overall the book progresses interesting enough, until she stumbles upon a faerie garden and is magically transported to fae land.
After a promising start the book dwindles a bit once the faerie concept is introduced and the story because a bit generic. Summarization = damsel in distress + long lost prince + insta-love ...more
OK, this book actually got me hooked from the start. Who doesn't like their evil fantasy creatures brought to the page, right? Evil mermaids, male3.5
OK, this book actually got me hooked from the start. Who doesn't like their evil fantasy creatures brought to the page, right? Evil mermaids, male protagonist, and forbidden romance makes this novel a great read.
Calder, our protagonist, is a merman that is part of a swarm(flock/pack/shoal?) of mermaids composed of his three sisters. Mermaids are introduced as evil creatures that drain the life of their prey and crave that positive emotion that they are unable to attain. The story's plot revolves around a promise that was broken in their family many years before and which caused the death of the mermaids' mother. Such promise involved the pact of a father, who promised the life of his child in exchange for his rescue/freedom. 30+ years later and the promise has not yet been delivered. The child, now an adult with two daughters has been the target of the mermaid family for years and this time they have finally caught up to him. A plot is put into motion to attract him to the water via one of his daughters. Calder infiltrates the family and establishes a relationship with the daughters - however he finds something more than he was looking for. Torn between family revenge and his own feelings, he is forced to make a decision that decides the rest of his future. The ending hits you with a great 'reveal' that will leave you wondering why you never thought of it (and at the same time makes perfect sense).
Some elements in this story were fascinating such as the description and feelings of the mer-people during their transformation and kills. The fact that the main voice was male was definitely a plus for me as many times the merman is left unexplored in mermaid tales and fantasy novels.
Some negatives that were a little frustrating at times was the fact that Calder was weak. His voice, although clearly male was made to sound feeble and whiny at times - which to me was a turnoff and unrealistic of any mythical creature. I also did not enjoy the indirect references to incest - we all know they are naked in front of one another even though the writer never explicitly mentions it. Definitely more incest by the time you reach the end where the family tree definitely needs to get looked at in more detail as confusion arises due to sibling relationships.
Would recommend to fantasy readers. Although a male protagonist, the story is geared towards females - so recommended for Teen Girls....more
Historical fiction meets fantasy. This book does a great job at portraying the dust bowl era in Kansas and introduces many fantastical elements. The pHistorical fiction meets fantasy. This book does a great job at portraying the dust bowl era in Kansas and introduces many fantastical elements. The plot revolves around Callie, a black teenager that has just found out she is part faerie. Callie is sent on a quest to find her recently lost mother and her disappeared father. Throughout her journey she meets other faerie, encounters challenges and is manipulated by the seelie courts who want her in their side as she is the child of prophecy. Definite appeal to younger teens although I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the fact that the protagonist is of color which is something that we need more of in teen literature.
I guess this might be considered semi steampunk although much of the plot was centralized in the characters and not the world around them. Sure refereI guess this might be considered semi steampunk although much of the plot was centralized in the characters and not the world around them. Sure references were made about steam being the main source of fuel and transportation but the story had more of a fantasy feel to it.
I actually enjoyed the story since it promised intrigue and adventure and it did deliver. Although there was plenty of adventure, it disappointed at times. The climax of the book passed me by and I was left expecting more and wondering where it went.
The story is set in the late 1800's in a world where steam is the main source of fuel. The story introduces Lena, a girl who is not quite normal and has deformities in her hands and feet. Lena sets on a quest to find out about her past and her father who abandoned her at an early age. This world is full of Peculiars, people who are not quite human and reflect some form of abnormality - usually related to a faerie creature. Through her quest she encounters people who make her question her beliefs about Peculiars and ultimately lead her to discover who she truly is. I probably loved the fact that a librarian is part of this book and that many references are made to librarianship :)
Overall the book was just good. I felt like it was missing spunk and failed to see the culminating factor in the story - it read the same throughout the book....more