The first peek into Meg Cabot's The Mediator series came in the form of a small excerpt of Haunted in Seventeen magazine. I fell in love with that excThe first peek into Meg Cabot's The Mediator series came in the form of a small excerpt of Haunted in Seventeen magazine. I fell in love with that excerpt, and eagerly sought out more. I loved this series completely. Suze was a great lead. Jesse was a great romantic interest. Paul made for a great addition to the formation of a love triangle. Although I was personally rooting for underdog, bad-boy Paul, I'm glad the series ended in such a manner (even though I would have preferred it never ended.) So thank you, Meg Cabot, for the amazing series that thoroughly entertained me as a teenager....more
Update: It didn't suck! It was actually really amazing and completely what I was hoping for. Veronica Mars fansPlease don't suck, please don't suck...
Update: It didn't suck! It was actually really amazing and completely what I was hoping for. Veronica Mars fans are going to love this one, and more so if they get the Kristen Bell narrated audio book, I imagine.
My only complaint is the romance absence, but honestly, the mystery more than made up for this. I'm sure we will see more LoVe in the future. And I'm banking that there will be a future, at least in book form. For now, I'm glad we got to see Veronica Mars doing what she does best: mystery solving!...more
All of the praise this book has been getting is well deserved. I went into this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Admittedly, IAll of the praise this book has been getting is well deserved. I went into this book with high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Admittedly, I did not see what all the hype was about during the first half of the book. Once I passed the fifty-percent mark, I could finally see the reason for all the five-stars and was unable to put the book down until I had finished the remainder.
Shadow and Bone is an amazing novel set in a world where magic exists. Magic users are known as Grisha, each with their own special ability. They live glamorous lives in the royal palace, working for nobility, or serving as high ranking commanders in the military. The most powerful of all the Grisha is the Darkling, a mysterious and handsome figure who takes an interest in the protagonist Alina.
Alina is an orphan who was, as a child, taken in by an orphanage run by a nobleman. She grew up alongside her friend Mal, and the two have been inseparable since meeting. They even joined the military together -- Mal as a tracker, Alina as a mapmaker. However, when they are sent into the Fold, a dark place full of monsters known as volcra, Alina saves Mal from becoming Volcra-food. She is discovered to be a Sun Summoner, and the kingdom's only hope for closing the Fold.
Swept away to the palace by the Darkling and his guard, Alina is trained in the ways of the Grisha. Although she doubts her newly discovered abilities, she tries her best to adjust to the Grisha lifestyle and the absence of Mal. She trains hard to become the savior the people have been hoping for, but sinister plots are afoot.
Alina is an amazing heroine. She is strong and loyal, but she is also kind and merciful -- to an extent. She says her mind and stands up for what she believes to be right.
One reviewer, Steph Su, pointed out something that I was a bit bothered by. Beauty seemed like a prevalent theme in this book. All of the Grisha were beautiful. The queen was beautiful. The main character did not feel as if she could fit in at the palace because she didn't see herself as beautiful. But, to be honest, I could see the need to convey the shallow and vapid world of court life. At the same time, I could also see that there was a darkness associated with beauty -- particularly with Alina's friend, the Grisha Genya, who served as a beautician for the Queen.
I enjoyed this story immensely, and will definitely be anticipating the next installment in the trilogy....more
Ever since the cancellation of Veronica Mars, I have been trying to fill the gaping void left behind in my life. Spy novels with teenage sleuths are cEver since the cancellation of Veronica Mars, I have been trying to fill the gaping void left behind in my life. Spy novels with teenage sleuths are common finds, but quality ones are hard to come by.
Maggie is a breath of fresh air in the genre. She is smart and witty, and she's no Mary Sue. This girl isn't superhuman or a super spy, but she does possess a unique skill set. And she doesn't go needlessly putting herself in harm's way. At least not without a solid reason.
I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Maggie's parents play an active role in the story rather than succumbing to the disappearing or dead parents trope. Also, best friend Roux actually seemed like a real character instead of a filler. I loved her biting and sarcastic personality.
This book comes packed with the right ingredients: romance, friendship, family, mystery and action. All in all, AKA is a series to look forward to. ...more
After reading Alanna: The First Adventure and subsequent novels in the series, I was engrossed by Pierce's fantasy world "Tortall". I eagerly scoopedAfter reading Alanna: The First Adventure and subsequent novels in the series, I was engrossed by Pierce's fantasy world "Tortall". I eagerly scooped up The Immortals series, but didn't actually start it until the other day (as I've been busy with other readings and such). The thing I love most about this series is the introduction of "immortals", which are basically mythological beasts such as harpies (stormwings) and dragons and ogres. This concept added a vastly more exciting element to the Tortall world than the Alanna's series, although I loved that one just as much. I love strong female characters, and Pierce manages again and again to present one without making them seem too perfect or Mary-Sueish....more
I really enjoyed this one, and I've heard it's due to get a CW spin-off! I'm not entirely sure how that will go over, but regardless, I will most defiI really enjoyed this one, and I've heard it's due to get a CW spin-off! I'm not entirely sure how that will go over, but regardless, I will most definitely be checking it out!
Amy Gumm is a refreshing young adult protagonist. She stands out from the many that already exist. Although she has a rough upbringing, she's not pathetic or horribly dysfunctional to such an extent that she isn't likable.
She's an outcast for being poor white trash. Although, she's not exactly trash as she hasn't gotten pregnant and she hasn't started doing drugs. She's actually doing pretty well for herself, even with a pill-popping mom and no social standing to speak of. She recognizes what she wants, and she pursues a way to make it happen.
Oz is where Amy truly gets to shine as a character. She reacts realistically, which is a vast difference from the protagonists of other young adult novels. When something is frightening, she'll turn away and run rather than become idiotic and proceed forward to certain death. At the same time, Amy learns to stand up for herself and others over the course of the novel.
I'm looking forward to the next installment, and I'm excited to see how the entire plot plays out.
Wow. This was good. Definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
The story is a historical-fantasy, set in a Russia where there is a ligWow. This was good. Definitely wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as I did.
The story is a historical-fantasy, set in a Russia where there is a light fae court, a dark fae court, vampire families, werewolves, and many other paraonormal creatures. Our heroine Katiya is a Russian duchess and a necromancer with the potential to be extremely powerful. Although her mother seeks to marry her off to the richest/noblest suitor, Katiya dreams of becoming a female physician in a time where such a thing is rare and mostly unheard of -- especially for a woman of her social status.
The story is amazing, and you really can appreciate the effort the author put in regarding the setting, the characters, and the politics going on as Katiya navigates around those who will use her to meet their own agenda and those who she can actually trust, with the latter being in the minority.
The two love interests, George and Danilo, are both great in their own ways. Danilo is great because he makes an awesome badguy. George is great because he has the whole knight-in-shining-armor role down pat.