I really enjoyed this quick and humorous contemporary romance though the amount of bad luck these two seem to have when together didn't rank high on tI really enjoyed this quick and humorous contemporary romance though the amount of bad luck these two seem to have when together didn't rank high on the the believability scale....more
Okay where do I begin... first the story offers a whole lot of telling and very little showing not to mention the narrative is list like rather than hOkay where do I begin... first the story offers a whole lot of telling and very little showing not to mention the narrative is list like rather than having any sort of natural flow. But I really don't think that bothered me nearly as much as the characters. Being a Tomboy doesn't mean you hit 17 and you're still as clueless about the opposite sex and hormonal reactions as a 10 year old prepubescent child. The book is kind of insulting to Tomboys and former Tomboys everywhere. Not wanting to wear dresses and preferring to hang out with the guys doesn't give you the emotional maturity of an elementary age child. Choosing to start dressing like a girl doesn't necessarily make you better than you were and isn't actually a sign of growing up in my personal opinion. Additionally I've never met teens that actually speak to each other the way these ones do and dialog was highly unrealistic. This is one of those stories where I finished it and I'm sitting there thinking why exactly did I finish reading this one? ...more
So I loved the characters and the set up for this book. Cannon manages to create a believable setting and endearing characters with multiple humorousSo I loved the characters and the set up for this book. Cannon manages to create a believable setting and endearing characters with multiple humorous scenes that move the plot along. The main reason I didn't give this a higher rating is the conflict resolution. Conflicts are resolved in super short disbelievable scenes that don't involve much follow through and the reader is expected to believe that even with all that build up that two second argument makes everything all better. Had there been more to the book with a longer struggle toward the resolution of the conflicts presented within the story my rating would have been much higher. The couple is not one the world would consider ideal and I have trouble believing that all of their problems both with outside opposition to their relationship and with family issues could be resolved or swept under the rug so easily. I would however probably read a sequel about the same couple if one were ever available in hopes that it would offer a more realistic resolution of their problems. ...more
Loved this book! First on a side note I want to say I'd love to see another spin off series with Jared and Laurie as teens for a ya more than a childrLoved this book! First on a side note I want to say I'd love to see another spin off series with Jared and Laurie as teens for a ya more than a children's or middle grade audience. Not that that has anything to do with this book but had to share my curious wish.
Even though Nick has been the main character through most of this series I didn't really start to like him at all until the end of the second book and even then it was reluctantly. In this book Nick's character grew into someone I actually admired and enjoyed spending so much time with. My favorites are still Laurie and Jared, but Nick turned out to make an excellent hero. I loved that Nick's skills wasn't so much that he was fast or strong but that even though he's kind of chubby and terrible at sports he's smart and when it comes down to it and it really matters, he's brave. I loved that Black and DiTerlizzi showed that these skills he had but never acknowledged as skills were enough to save the day against an even greater foe than Jared and his siblings faced in the first series.
This series definitely builds as you go from book to book and I found I liked it even better than the original series and while it's unlikely I hope to eventually see more stories from this world with these amazing and memorable characters....more
I think this might have been the best book I've read out of the seven I've read so far from the Spiderwick world. Okay listened to, not really read buI think this might have been the best book I've read out of the seven I've read so far from the Spiderwick world. Okay listened to, not really read but it's the same story. That ending!!! WOW! The action is definitely intense in this second novel of Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles. I could really gush about this one for a while, but I'm honestly more interested in seeing how this all turns out. Highly recommended. ...more
On a positive note there seemed a little bit more to this book than there was in the books of The Spiderwick Chronicles, on a negative note it was stiOn a positive note there seemed a little bit more to this book than there was in the books of The Spiderwick Chronicles, on a negative note it was still on the short side and left a lot of loose ends that I'm hoping resolve themselves in the books to follow. Granted the smaller size is great for younger readers which are in all fairness the target audience for these titles so it's really not a negative unless you're an adult reader reading outside of your age category because everyone knows kids books are so much more fun than grown up books.
Black and DiTerlizzi bring you so much closer to these characters and their issues outside of the fairies in their backyard specifically Nicholas who seems to be the main character even though he's the one the most reluctant to admit fairies exist or to become involved in their world. While the book still uses an outside narrator you pretty much only get to see things through Nick's eyes though I really hope future books give us the opportunity to see through Laurie's because I just plain like her better than Nick.
I find it interesting that both series include dysfunctional families trying to find their way back to being functional and I think this will appeal to a lot of kids who find themselves in similar situations angry that they can't do anything about it. I also liked that Jared and Simon made an appearance in the book and hope that they continue to be in future titles in the series. However I can honestly say while Jared was my favorite character of the original series if this book had been my first introduction to him I really wouldn't have liked him. He's a lot more abrasive when you're not seeing the world from his point of view and I can kind of understand why he had so many issues with authority figures in his own story.
Besides the fact that I felt a little unresolved upon finishing this title I would definitely recommend the book and I think fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles will be impressed with how much the following series ups the ante even as it introduces so many new faces and settings....more
I really enjoyed this conclusion to the Spiderwick Chronicles. Like book four the action was more intense and it differed greatly from the movie unlikI really enjoyed this conclusion to the Spiderwick Chronicles. Like book four the action was more intense and it differed greatly from the movie unlike the first three volumes which the movie followed pretty closely. Like most true readers I liked the books much better than the movie though as an adult I would have prefered them as one larger volume. The series offers a satisfying conclusion while leaving an opening for potential future titles which I liked. Also being a children's book there were very few sad or overly violent parts while the plot still offered lots of danger and action to keep readers turning pages. While this is definitely meant for younger readers I'd still highly recommend the series....more
Because apparently I can't sleep I listened to this one as well tonight. While I still consider this more a short story than a book the action definitBecause apparently I can't sleep I listened to this one as well tonight. While I still consider this more a short story than a book the action definitely picked up in this installment of The Spiderwick Chronicles. The introduction of the Dwarves and their caves was really interesting and I'd love to know more about the creature that converses with the stones. Definitely looking forward to the final installment....more
While I enjoyed the introduction to Aunt Lucinda this book was a lot like the first where it read more like a few scenes from a larger book than a staWhile I enjoyed the introduction to Aunt Lucinda this book was a lot like the first where it read more like a few scenes from a larger book than a standalone book itself. Considering the target age range this might be a good thing because the shorter length makes them less daunting to reluctant readers, but as an adult reader it's a little disappointing because it's done just as soon as I'm really getting into it. I'm also finding it interesting how closely the movie actually followed the book series that it was based on. Sure I noticed some differences but as I'm listening to the audio book I can almost see the corresponding movie scene in my head which is nice. Overall it's a good book, probably a great one if I were a younger reader but as an adult the whole series should really be read in one shot....more
While this one was just as short as the first and for younger readers this should seem less daunting than other titles, the plot of this story seems tWhile this one was just as short as the first and for younger readers this should seem less daunting than other titles, the plot of this story seems to encompass a whole lot more than the last. It still felt like a short story, or a small section of a longer book, but it had a more defined class story arc than the first book in this series if that makes any sense. I'm starting to feel sorry for Simon's pets because the kid needs to stop adopting them if he's going to be involved with the world of fairies. First the tadpoles, now the cat, what's next?
This story introduces a lot more creatures in the world of the fairies than just Thimbletack when Simon is kidnapped by Goblins and Jared and Mallory must follow into the woods to save him. It's fast paced and interesting and while there are parts where you know violence is occurring none of it is described in detail so it shouldn't frighten the young readers it's targeted towards.
While I like this one a lot more than the first for an adult reader of young adult and middle grade fiction I'd strongly recommend an omnibus edition so it reads more like a book and less like a collection of exceptionally short stories. ...more
As an adult parts of this were interesting, but for me, probably since I'm not the target audience it read more like a short story prequel building upAs an adult parts of this were interesting, but for me, probably since I'm not the target audience it read more like a short story prequel building up to an actual story. It's like there's this really decent opening and then it's just over. For a new reader though it should be less daunting than some children's books because of it's short length and leave them interesting in reading the next book to find out what happens next. It's a nice opening to a book but it just doesn't seem like a whole book to me. ...more
So this one took me a bit longer to get through but I really enjoyed it. Many moments were more intense than the other books but at the same time I feSo this one took me a bit longer to get through but I really enjoyed it. Many moments were more intense than the other books but at the same time I felt as though the book avoided any true conflict. The characters would come close to danger and then there'd be this nonviolent calm manner of avoiding the situation which might cause them harm. The main damage the light and the dark did to each other was speak harshly to the other. However I will admit that I think a lot of this stems from when this book was written rather than the writer themselves. The level of violence allowed in children's books in the 70s is not the same as the level of violence almost expected to be there now.
Other than the lack of real danger my only other issue with the book was the ending in which I felt like a lot of questions were left unanswered and I was unhappy with how some of the participants were dealt with. I think both of these are opinion things though and for some the ending might leave them feeling finished, on the other hand I want more.
Overall it's a good book and for the time period it was written it's an excellent one. It doesn't quite measure up to it's genre contemporaries today in my opinion but YA and Middle Grade books today are a whole new ball game compared to anything that was available for the age range when I was a kid or before I was a kid in my personal opinion. ...more