First off, let me just get this out of the way, I rated this book 3 Stars because this was my very FIRST mystery novel. I like to take a break sometimFirst off, let me just get this out of the way, I rated this book 3 Stars because this was my very FIRST mystery novel. I like to take a break sometimes from my young adult (ya) shelf, and this time I went for mystery. =) ... So, I'm baseing my rating on that I REALLY am not a mystery girl...I'll stick to YA fiction. This book is compiled with eight (8) short stories. This is great when you want to take a break from your usual reads. But there were at least 3 stories I was so upset at the ending because I wanted MORE!! Don't you just hate that when it comes to short stories!? Those stories had great potential to become full on novel material =D Ms Polisar has a great way of giving a vivid and indepth look on her characters. She had me well interested in getting to know more about them. And each ending were so different from each other and punchy, it's what had me turning pages to find out what was going to happen next and what's the next story going to be. I'm blown away on Ms Polisar's gift of weaving compelling mystery in such short stories and of few words. If you'd like to take a break from those longs reads, and want to get into some mystery - Escape is trully a worthy 'escape' from the norm.
Thank you so much Lisa for giving me the oppotunity to venture into the mystery realm!! ^_^ ...more
First off, I have to admit that I was very skeptical about this book. It was mostly because I was not fond of the book cover. Which led me into thinkiFirst off, I have to admit that I was very skeptical about this book. It was mostly because I was not fond of the book cover. Which led me into thinking that it would not be as much fun or interesting and would be a bore, resulting with me quickly tossing the book aside. I am happy to say that I really should NOT judge a book by its cover. Shades of Magic's literary structure was whimsical and detailed. The beginnings of the book was slow, but your then taken on a constant flow of a fairy-tale like story. I ended up feeling empathetic to Adelaide's struggle to prove herself to the wizard community, as well as to convince herself that she IS as strong as her mentor believes.
Shades of Magic begins with two stories; one of Edgar's voice: a town boy who does not believe in settling down, cares only to have fun and live life, whom is also a Wizard Apprentice to a Master Wizard which happens to be his uncle. And Adelaide's voice: an independant girl who is an Herbalist's Apprentice who later on finds out is a wizard herself. Women wizards are strictly forbidden and are surely punished! Half way into the book, these two stories weave together to create an adventurous tale of self discovery, hidden love, and the will to fight to reach a common goal. Set in the medieval times with Wizards, Druids, talking familiars, and dragons oh my! A light read that would make for a great bed time story! Ms. K.D. Wilson I'm sorry for doubting Shades of Magic, BUT I did enjoy every word. Thank you for wondrous read!...more
An other worldly adventure that has you choosing which person would you rather be, and who would you side on. I was totally absorbed in the story andAn other worldly adventure that has you choosing which person would you rather be, and who would you side on. I was totally absorbed in the story and the sisters. Niffenegger writes the story from multiple perspectives, you are given access to EACH characters mind/life. It was spooky and at times I even had chills. But what it does lack is the in-depth background and connection of each character. Some of the characters are unlikeable and sometimes infuriating because of their idiocy, but that doesn't mean that the book was bad. If a book can get me to express emotion in a way that I'm reacting as if they are actual entities, it means it IS that much of a well written and built up piece of literature. At first I felt pity for Elspeth but that all changed (you'll know why once you read the book - no spoilers here) and Robert had me teetering on what would be his final actions. As for the ending, it left me feeling torn from either contentment or exasperation. A good read!...more