The first book where Rick Riordan gets to show off even more of his substantial classical knowledge - amazing. My words and thoughts are not coherent,...moreThe first book where Rick Riordan gets to show off even more of his substantial classical knowledge - amazing. My words and thoughts are not coherent, so please bear with me.
I liked reading about Jason and Camp Half-blood, and I obviously loved all my favorite characters from Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but I love, love, love seeing Percy in Camp Jupiter. Riordan's interpretations and modernizations of Lupa, Roman government, and the Roman faces of the adapted Greek gods are insightful and memorable.
Needless to say, I will most certainly be continuing to read this series.(less)
I don't really have much to say about this. I really enjoyed the story, but I especially love reading about familial relationships... I liked the disc...moreI don't really have much to say about this. I really enjoyed the story, but I especially love reading about familial relationships... I liked the discussion the book has about what different kinds of love mean. True Love vs. First Love, parental love, sisterly love... If you are born into a relationship, that love is very different than the kind of love you fall into. And the love that is warm and comforting, even if it's not as exciting as the scary and sometimes hurtful love, can be the best thing to ever happen to someone.
At least, that's what I'd like to believe, but at 19 I feel rather inexperienced.
I absolutely adored Lucas's character (it's always good to have a crush-worthy hero) and I felt that Courtney's internal monologues, thoughts, and feelings were relatable and insightful.
All in all, a wonderful read that looks into some powerful feelings, but perhaps not a frequent re-read.(less)
After watching the mini-series several times on Netflix, I already knew I was in love with this story. I thought I could see every nuance and feeling,...moreAfter watching the mini-series several times on Netflix, I already knew I was in love with this story. I thought I could see every nuance and feeling, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this expanded farther than I ever could have imagined in the book.
While I think I would have enjoyed the story without the notes from the Penguin Classics essay, I found the experience was much better with the end-notes and introduction essay. I am by no means an expert on British Victorian culture, though I have always been fascinated by it, so the reading of this story was academically enlightening as well as aesthetically romantic. I never would have quite understood exactly why Margaret was so upset by marriage proposals, the intricacies of mill strikes, or contemporary political references without the notes - so I do highly recommend this edition.
There are aspects of Elizabeth Gaskell's writing that would not be warmly accepted from a modern writer, but which I found rather helpful in understanding the story. In particular, she will jump to another character's point of view with little warning, but I found it fairly easy to understand and I thought she did it quite intuitively - in some way, it always enhanced that part of the plot.
Comparisons to Pride and Prejudice are frequent, and while I make them frequently myself, I feel I should point out one difference: The hero of our novel, one Mr. John Thornton, never really regrets his love of Margaret. At times he does hate her, and even himself, but he is prepared to spend the rest of his life loving her. *sigh* Isn't it interesting how that is so romantic in books, but more than a little ridiculous in real life? Though it helps that we know there will be a happy ending ;)
Anyhow, this has become an instant favourite, and I'm quite certain it will remain one for some time. I absolutely recommend it, and I wish you happy, happy reading!(less)
Whenever I'm asked which of Tamora Pierce's series I like best, I always say the Immortals Quartet. I'm not sure if that's true... in fact, while I'm...moreWhenever I'm asked which of Tamora Pierce's series I like best, I always say the Immortals Quartet. I'm not sure if that's true... in fact, while I'm reading her other works, in that moment, that particular story is my favorite. Likewise, Protector of the Small is my 'least favorite' until I read it, at which point I box my own ears and wonder how on earth I could have thought that.
Anyways, I do love Wild Magic. It's a perfect introduction to Daine's adventures in learning how to control her magic and find a place in the human world. Fabulous new characters are introduced, and we are visited by some old favorites (Alanna! Jonathan! Raoul! :D).
As always, Pierce's mastery of wit and and spoken language transforms a good plot into a magical tale worth rereading and loving for a lifetime.(less)
**** Please note that I vacillate greatly between wanting to give this book 4 or 5 stars, but ultimately must decide on 4 (it is slightly - only sligh...more**** Please note that I vacillate greatly between wanting to give this book 4 or 5 stars, but ultimately must decide on 4 (it is slightly - only slightly - less absorbing than the first in the series...).
***** Do NOT under ANY circumstances allow the third book ("Blameless") anywhere near you while you read this book because SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS OMG GINORMOUS CLIFFHANGER. However, I would recommend having it somewhere in your vicinity when you finish "Changeless," because you will most certainly want to start it immediately... Trust me. I know this from experience. Tragic, horrible, heart-wrenching experience.
I quite enjoyed this book. There is something about the writing style that is entirely fresh while still quite reminiscent of something older. I would call it (as with most Steampunk) more of an alternate-history Victorian, than straight Victorian, which I believe allows for more freedom with language (and, of course, mannerisms).
I admit, I don't read a lot of Steampunk, so I can find that aspect of these books distracting. However, I felt that in this book it was much better integrated into the plot than with the first one, and I might be looking for more in this genre when I finish the series. (On that note, recommendations, anyone?)
I feel that I should say something about the cliffhanger. But I don't know what to say about it without giving things away... Hm... 1) I quite respect Ms. Carriger for writing it the way she did, I think it is faithful to the characters, and so I respect that. 2) On that note, one of my most favorite characters just became utterly unreasonable and I would smack him if: a) I condoned violence and b) he wasn't a werewolf who could easily kill me. And, I suppose c) he wasn't fictional... 3) My personal chain reaction: -OMG that's so exciting and sweet and YAY -OMG why is he acting like that?! -OMG I know Alexia is supposed to act that way because she has no soul, so maybe I don't have a soul either because I feel exactly the same way... -OMG how has he not come to his senses yet?! -OMG is this really happening?!?!?! -That just happened. Well poop-face. I am angry. And possibly not speaking to the friend who lent me this book without giving me the next along with it. -Sulking.
So. By all means, if you like the first, read this book! If you haven't read the first, I'm not sure why you've read this far, but I suggest you go read the first ("Souless")!
I'm going to go cry and read something else until I can get my hot little hands on "Blameless"...(less)
While I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in...moreWhile I do also like Jennifer L. Holm's "Our Only May Amelia", I have always preferred Miss Jane Peck's adventures. From the ridiculous (but based in historical fact) rules of Miss Hepplewhite, and the unfortunate morals of William Baldt, to the unconventional love of an unconventional father and the romanticized realism of Jesu Scudder, the story is insightful and entertaining.
As a young child I read historical fiction almost constantly, and this story has stayed with me because of its wonderfully realistic portrayal of historical values and lifestyles. More than that, it manages to blend modern sensibilities into characters in such a way that they feel as real today as they could have been then.
One of my biggest pet-peeves from historical fiction is an unconventional character beloved by everyone when they would more likely have been some kind of an outcast - but this is cleverly avoided by our young lady feeling the prickles of being an outsider at times, and yet finding people she belongs with, who are outsiders, too.
Jane Peck carefully weighs the merits of belonging to the various societies that she has been exposed to and is lucky enough to have a choice. While most girls from Philadelphia at the time would not have even imagined such a life as she lived, it is an important reminder of the lives that brave men AND women lived on our broad frontiers.
In conclusion of this scattered and somewhat insensible review: I would recommend this book to any young girl (or boy who can be interested in a girl's perspective) who enjoys American history. An additional warning: this book does address (primarily indirectly) issues involving women's equality and racism (involving Native Americans). While I love that this book doesn't simply gloss over such issues as so many children's books do, I do believe that a parent should be prepared to discuss some of these things if a child had a question - though by no means are these handled in a heavy handed manner that would require close monitoring.(less)
The first time I read this I adored it, and I was head over heals for Dex. Rereading it I definitely enjoyed it, but my feelings had changed quite a b...moreThe first time I read this I adored it, and I was head over heals for Dex. Rereading it I definitely enjoyed it, but my feelings had changed quite a bit. I think it will be interesting to read it again in a few months to see how things change again, especially since I'm about to start Something Blue.(less)