"A person can't depend on anybody else for their happiness. The only way you can ever find any peace is to find it in yourself-in what you do and what...more"A person can't depend on anybody else for their happiness. The only way you can ever find any peace is to find it in yourself-in what you do and what you stand for."
Cats, fairies, possum witches, talking foxes, magical forests...what's not to love? ;) This book was a fun hodgepodge fairytale of a young girl coming into her own. When she falls asleep in the magical Tanglewood Forest near her farm and gets bit by a poisonous snake, you think the tale might be over before it has begun. But nothing is as it seems in stories such as these, and when a bunch of cats from the forest use their magic to help her by turning her into a cat, young Lillian finds her adventure has actually just started!
This book was a fun, delightful read. Although it is aimed for a younger audience, I enjoyed it greatly! The writing style was lyrical and beautiful (It's written by Charles de Lint, and he's such a genius!) and the story was fun and had lots of twists and turns. And the color illustrations throughout the book were gorgeous as well. This was a great read that I'm sure I will enjoy again and again.(less)
I loved all the information about wolves that was scattered throughout this novel. It is also told from various points of view, which I thought was gr...moreI loved all the information about wolves that was scattered throughout this novel. It is also told from various points of view, which I thought was great since it lent insight into all the characters thoughts. Beautiful, poignant, and heartbreaking-one of her best works, in my opinion.(less)
I probably would have never heard about this book if not for the massive amounts of advertisments about it on here. Great marketing, goodreads! :) In...moreI probably would have never heard about this book if not for the massive amounts of advertisments about it on here. Great marketing, goodreads! :) In any case, I'm really glad I picked it up because it is a sweet story! This book features Ivan, a silverback gorilla who spends his days as a mall attraction. He doesn't think too much about this until the mall gets another animal-a baby elephant named Ruby and Ivan realizes that he doesn't want her to have to live life in a tiny cage. This book is straightforward, beautifully eloquent, and heartwrenchingly emotional. I read it in one sitting, because I literally had to find out what happens to all these beautiful animals. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and enjoys beautiful stories about them.(less)
This book has everything a fantasy fan could want! Even just reading the back of the book before I bought it gave me tingles of anticipation! A white...moreThis book has everything a fantasy fan could want! Even just reading the back of the book before I bought it gave me tingles of anticipation! A white bear comes to Rose's door and asks if she will accompany him on a long journey? Hell yes, I'm in! *laughs* This book has a little bit of everything; romance, drama, mystery, and magic. Plus, I seem to be a sucker for the heroine falling in love with the 'man-turned-beast' character. I usually have read stories where the said character is a wolf, so it was actually refreshing to read about a polar bear. I really liked that aspect of it! The really interesting thing about this story is that it isn't told from any one persons point of view. The point of view goes back and forth between Rose, her father, her brother Neddy, the White Bear, and the Troll Queen. I really liked that, it was quite different. In any case, this is definately a book that is going on my 'classics' shelf because I know I will read it over and over again! If you really like light-hearted fantasy books, where true love triumphs over all, you will love this book!(less)
I luckily received this book through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. Despite her family wanting her to be a healer when she grows up, lik...moreI luckily received this book through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. Despite her family wanting her to be a healer when she grows up, like her mother, Malora dreams of being a master horserider, like her father. When her family and tribe are all killed by malevolent huge bat-creatures called leatherwings, Malora escapes and lives for a few years on the open plains with her beloved horse, Skye. She breeds and cares for her own horde of wild horses until a group on centaurs capture them. Malora travels with them to Mount Kheiron, a huge city of centaurs. While there she learns of their customs and way of life.
This book was great for a number of reasons. First of all, I have always enjoyed horses, but never actually took care of any. The first half of this book relates a lot of information about horses, horse behavior, and how to train them; which I found very interesting. Secondly, the author paints an image of centaurs that is very different from the myths and stories that most people know, so it was very enjoyable to learn about their society and habits. Like I said, this image of centaurs is very different from a lot of other myths about them but as long as you go into this book with an open mind it’s very enjoyable. (less)
I was lucky to receive this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The community of mice living in Fleur Gardens have everything the...moreI was lucky to receive this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The community of mice living in Fleur Gardens have everything they could ever want; food, shelter, friends, family, and safety. But one mouse, Horace, is restless. Not only is he an exceptional artist, but he also dreams of reuniting with his long lost family, his mother and brother, whom he hasn’t seen since he was a baby. But finding them means traveling out into the wild and leaving the safety of Fleur Gardens behind.
I really enjoyed this book! I am a big fan of Brian Jacques’ (may he rest in peace) Redwall series, and it was very similar to those books in many ways. The characters were colorful, lively, and downright believable. It was heartwarming to see Horace supported by his friends as he searched for his family. This is a very sweet story, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys animal stories. (less)