My Opinion: I will first mention that I love fairy tale retellings, but it's always a crap shoot as to whether the story will be told well or you willMy Opinion: I will first mention that I love fairy tale retellings, but it's always a crap shoot as to whether the story will be told well or you will be left feeling a bit let down. I'm very happy to tell you that in this case, it is done very well! Cindy C. Bennett manages to keep the basic elements of the story (Rapunzel has very long blonde hair and is locked in a tower, although in this case the tower is in a huge rambling mansion that is always under construction on one wing or another, and the "prince" who eventually rescues her) while adding her own modern twist to it.
Rapunzel is told by her "mother," Gothel, that she has an extreme immune deficiency and if she were ever to leave the house, the germs that are out in the world would kill her. She is obviously home schooled, but she learns to turn this into an advantage when she discovers that the internet can be used for more than just school. In fact, she discovers Facebook and quickly finds the profile of a local boy named Fane Anderson and sends him a friend request, which he accepts. Since her mother knows nothing about how the internet works, Rapunzel is able to keep Fane a secret, and they proceed to chat regularly and even become friends.
Rapunzel is very careful to keep her situation a secret, but since there is only one rambling mansion in town that is always under construction and constantly growing, the Gothel Mansion, Fane figures out who she is and where she lives, and thus begins there secret courtship whenever Rapunzel knows that Gothel will not be home.
I loved how cute Rapunzel and Fane were together, both on Facebook and then when they met in person. Fane is very protective of Rapunzel and is always careful when coming in contact with her because of her immunodeficiency, but he doesn't coddle or baby her, which is good because Rapunzel definitely doesn't consider herself a damsel in distress.
The story follows them as they try to figure out why Rapunzel is kept locked away, and then, as they investigate further, who she is.
I really enjoyed this book. There was definitely character growth from start to finish, the pacing went along very nicely, and the romance was cute without being too syrupy. I liked the twists and turns as they really got into their investigation of Rapunzel, and thought the ending was perfect.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good fairy tale retelling, and also a cute romance. I'm giving this book a very enthusiastic 5 stars and look forward to reading more of Cindy Bennett's work in the future :D
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I love Greek Mythology and thought this was a very fun addition to all the fictional mythology books out there! The characters were likable, except thI love Greek Mythology and thought this was a very fun addition to all the fictional mythology books out there! The characters were likable, except the ones that weren't, and those were fun to hate! I'm very glad I decided to try this series and look forward to reading the next book in line :D...more
My Opinion: This book took me totally by surprise since I wasn't expecting as much depth and layering as I got. Let me explain: In most YA books you'vMy Opinion: This book took me totally by surprise since I wasn't expecting as much depth and layering as I got. Let me explain: In most YA books you've got your main characters that start out sort of one dimensional and as the book goes along, they change into a little bit more complex characters with some growth (if you get a good book, that is). But in this book, your main characters (the four Raven boys and Blue) start out multilayered and just get more complex as you go, which was so exciting to read!
I also loved Blue's extended family, the psychics who all live and work together. What fun they were! I found myself wishing that my family was like them!
I'd say of the four Raven boys, Adam was my favorite, but Ronan was the one I was the most drawn to and the most curious about. He was so angry but also so willing to stick up for his friends when they needed it because of how angry he was, so it was a double edged sword in a way. Gansey was great, but I just didn't feel as drawn to him as I did to Adam and Ronan. And Noah was a big surprise, which I won't give away here :)
This was a long book but well worth the time it took to read it. This isn't a book you want to fly through - you want to pay attention and savor the whole thing. I've read in previous reviews that the best thing about this book was the characterization, and I have to agree with that, but I also loved the magic in it. It was a different take on it but one that I totally enjoyed, and I can't wait to read the second book in the series when I can get my hands on it!
I give this book a very enthusiastic 5 stars and recommend it to fans of fantasy/paranormal YA with a sprinkling of magic in it :D
I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion....more
I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Opinion: When I requested this book from NetGalley,I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
My Opinion: When I requested this book from NetGalley, I wasn't aware that it was the third book in a series, but lucky for me, it was quite easy to follow and worked well as a standalone. What I read definitely intrigued me enough to want to read the first two books, though, since they deal with how two of the couples in Enchanted got together. I'm also interested in finding out more about the back story of the Mystic Circle and all of the magic that it contains.
Enchanted Ever After starts with Kiri Palger, who has just bought a house on Mystic Circle and is hoping to get her dream job in the online gaming industry. Little does she know that the line between the real world and the world in the game are about to become very blurred ... The phrase "be careful what you wish for" comes to mind!
I loved the characters in this book because they had very separate but distinct personalities that all meshed well together. The balance between romance, magic and intrigue worked well also, with one flowing effortlessly into the other. This book was an easy read, and I enjoyed watching Kiri grow and blossom as she came into her own and discovered who she really was and what she could accomplish if she had the courage to just go for it. I liked the Lathyr/Kiri romance since they both came from a place of not belonging and not being appreciated. I enjoyed watching them help each other overcome the feelings of inadequacy they both carried around with them.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading the first two books in the series. I would give this book 4 stars :D...more
My Opinion: Wow!! Just wow!! Since this is one of my favorite series, I was really nervous about reading the final installment: Would it live up to myMy Opinion: Wow!! Just wow!! Since this is one of my favorite series, I was really nervous about reading the final installment: Would it live up to my expectations or would I be left wanting? Alas, I shouldn't have worried - I should have realized that the most awesome Ms. Melissa Darnell would make sure that I was not disappointed since she had not disappointed me yet! Consume was such a satisfying conclusion to The Clann series, answering all of my questions and giving Sav and Tristan the perfect send off.
As usual, the pacing of the story was spot on, and the characters, especially Tristan, grew in leaps and bounds. Seriously, Tristan had to deal with so many major issues in Consume that I'm surprised he didn't go completely bat shit crazy by the end of it! Savannah continues to be one of my favorite characters, and I loved how she never lost faith in Tristan or their love, even when they were on opposite sides of an issue. There were a lot of crazy twists and turns to the story, and all of the major players were back, including Sav's friends and family.
There's so much I want to say about Consume but I would be giving too much away if I did, so I'm just going to say that I absolutely loved it and will definitely miss these characters whom I have grown to love and look forward to reading about. I'm giving Consume a glowing 5 stars and highly recommend this series to lovers of YA fantasy everywhere :D
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I'm sick as a dog and desperately needed to go to bed early last night, but instead I sat up reading this book because I couldn't put it down! Yes, itI'm sick as a dog and desperately needed to go to bed early last night, but instead I sat up reading this book because I couldn't put it down! Yes, it was that good! Savannah and Tristan have been compared to Romeo and Juliet in previous reviews, and I can now totally agree with that comparison. Their families, as well as the magical group that Tristan's family belongs to, The Clann, and the vampire council that Sav's dad must report to, will do anything to keep them apart. They were best friends growing up, but in the fourth grade Tristan and the other Clann descendants were told to stay away from Savannah, with no explanations given. Because Savannah's mother and grandmother wanted her to have a normal childhood, she had no idea that she was a dhampir, half Clann witch/half vampire, until strange things started happening to her when she turned 15 and they had to tell her. Neither she nor Tristan knew how dangerous their union could be, which is why they decided to date in secret. As expected, the course of true love never runs smooth, so by the end of the book all hell has broken loose!
I loved the characters of Sav and Tristan. They were easy to relate to and you find yourself cheering for them when they get together, and feeling for them when their love is tested. There's definite character growth there, and the pacing of the story is perfect.
I'm really glad I didn't read this book until I had the second book ready to go because I don't think I could've waited long to find out what happens after the cliff hanger ending of book 1! I can definitely recommend this book to fans of YA paranormal fantasy :D...more
I loved this book!! I am a new fan of Lena Coakley's and will definitely be reading anything she writes! Her writing is flawless, the pace of the bookI loved this book!! I am a new fan of Lena Coakley's and will definitely be reading anything she writes! Her writing is flawless, the pace of the book was perfect, and talk about character development! Even the secondary characters, which are as well fleshed out as the main characters, grew over the course of the book! There was enough action to keep you reading from the first page to the last, and I actually read it in 2 days because I couldn't put it down! The author describes the surroundings in such a way that you can easily see everything that is happening.
Here is a perfect example of what I'm talking about: "It's all over, he tried to tell himself. Things will go back to normal now. But dread lay coiled at the pit of his stomach. He had the feeling that the future was stealing up behind him, about to tap his shoulder with a cold finger, about to break the spell of this perfect twilit night." I get a shiver just reading it again!
I've heard so many great things about this book and now that I've read it, I know why - because it's an amazing book!! This is the first book by HollyI've heard so many great things about this book and now that I've read it, I know why - because it's an amazing book!! This is the first book by Holly Black that I've read, but it certainly isn't going to be the last! It was totally different from any other YA paranormal book that I've read in the past because it deals with curse workers, people who can curse others with anything from good luck to death just by touching them with their bare fingers. It is for this reason that everyone wears gloves in the world in which White Cat is set. Cassel Sharpe comes from a long line of curse workers, but is not himself one. This has always made him feel like the odd man out in his family. The other thing that keeps him at arm's length from the rest of his family is the fact that he killed his best friend, Lila, many years ago, and is still feeling guilty about that.
Things begin to change when he is at boarding school and starts having dreams about a white cat. Then he walks in his sleep onto the roof of his dorm, and almost falls off. He is suspended until he can get a doctor's excuse saying that he won't do something like that again, and moves into his old family home with his grandfather. He finds a white cat there, and starts questioning things that he has never questioned before. There is such delicious creepiness in this book that I couldn't put it down once I started reading it! I am now a die-hard Holly Black fan and plan on getting my hands on anything else she has written :D...more