I loved the twisted little stories of Mr. Hallam's imaginings. Whether the tale was deliciously creepy or fell into the realm of the downright weird,I loved the twisted little stories of Mr. Hallam's imaginings. Whether the tale was deliciously creepy or fell into the realm of the downright weird, each one left me turning page after page into the wee hours of the morning. I found this book to be the prefect spine-tingling diversion....more
Mr. Shields interweaves a rich, fantastical world with the fabric of our own, creating a new reality which exists just under the surface of the mundanMr. Shields interweaves a rich, fantastical world with the fabric of our own, creating a new reality which exists just under the surface of the mundane, invisible to all but a few. The Steward is a well-written book with fascinating story line. Its intricate plot reveals a complex supernatural world of Fae—or fairies, as we know them—living among humans, influencing us, and in some cases, fighting over whether or not they should exterminate us. Maggie, the protagonist, unwillingly falls headlong into this world, and those closest to her end up paying the price. Maggie was strong and likeable. I love female characters that are tough, intelligent and resourceful, and Maggie doesn’t disappoint! In fact, Mr. Shield’s book is full of interesting, believable characters with depth and quirks. I found I could connect with them instantly. The Steward is proof that the term YA refers to the age of the protagonist and not the book’s reading level or overall tone. This was a fun book, but with language that was mature and a style of writing that was polished and compelling. I enjoyed it immensely and will, without a doubt, be continuing on with this series. ...more
I enjoyed the book overall, but too many disappointments simply left a bad taste in my mouth. First of all, the price of $13.53 for an ebook (Kindle)I enjoyed the book overall, but too many disappointments simply left a bad taste in my mouth. First of all, the price of $13.53 for an ebook (Kindle) is simply obscene. I’m still kicking myself for paying that. I adored Ms. Clare’s Infernal Devices series (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince...), and with the movie coming out for The City of Bones, I talked myself into paying that steep price for this book. It’s not that the book was bad—in fact, I enjoy Ms. Clare’s style of writing—it’s just that it’s simply not worth that price and I feel a little ripped off.
Secondly, the ‘surprise’ near the end spoiled the overall feel of the book for me. I’m usually a fan of big revelations in books that catch you by surprise. However, if the shocker takes away all the fun, squashes the romance and leaves me with absolutely no desire to continue on with the series, then I have to wonder about the point of it. If I had only stopped reading this book at about 80 or 90 percent, then I would have given it 4 or 5 stars, but alas, I didn’t. So I ploughed ahead, and, bang! The revelation came and swept the air from the sails, completely taking the fun away from the story. I was so disappointed. It changed everything.
Aside from that, Ms. Clare has a knack for creating vibrant characters and storylines that leave me turning page after page, completely absorbed in the world she’s created. Her style of writing is crisp with just the right amount of imagery to sweep me away.
If I can find the next book in this series at a reasonable price, then I’ll continue on. However, I will never pay that kind of money again for a series that leaves me so utterly disappointed....more
First of all, I have to say it. I loved Time’s Twisted Arrow. This YA book is clever, complex and lots of fun. First of all, Rysa Walker is a fabulousFirst of all, I have to say it. I loved Time’s Twisted Arrow. This YA book is clever, complex and lots of fun. First of all, Rysa Walker is a fabulous writer, her sentences flowing so beautifully they immediately suck you in. The time travel plot is ambitiously intricate, yet so clearly relayed I had no difficulty following it. It’s hard to believe that this was a debut novel! I am so impressed.
Kate’s growth as a character was incredibly well done. At one moment, she’s your typical skeptical teen, failing to heed other people’s warnings about her safety and even doing what she can to destroy (or more accurately, test the material) of an ancient-looking book her grandmother gave her – trying to rip it, crinkle it, and (I believe) even set fire to it. Yup, I liked this girl. When her world falls apart, she is forced to grow up quickly, and man, does Rysa Walker ever show that character growth well. No, Kate doesn’t become perfect. At first, she breaks down, runs off and, against all warnings, tries to reconnect with someone she knows is lost forever. Yup, she makes major mistakes there. But she learns quickly, and despite the necessity of rapid maturity, she continues to slip back into teenager mode now and again. Very believable. And here’s another bonus, Kate isn’t the least whiney or petty. She’s smart, resourceful, kind and she possesses some pretty unique abilities. I think there was only one moment I wanted to shake her, and for me, that’s pretty good for YA!
This book has the typical YA love triangle, but even that is well done. Hey, the mix-up / double love thing is due to the time continuum and is definitely not her fault. Honest! For once, I felt for the character and the situation she was in and didn’t want to reach through the pages to smack her (okay, I’ll admit I have a problem here, but I love YA even though it torments me so!) And now that I think about it, I really don’t know which boy I’m hoping she ends up with. One is compelling and the other is sweet. Ah, decisions!
If you like YA, are intrigued by time travel, and enjoy ‘teen love’, then I highly recommend Time’s Twisted Arrow. You won’t be sorry! ...more
Ms. Sheahan is a talented writer who easily drew me into the worlds she so expertly created. It was exciting to follow along with Erynn as she discoveMs. Sheahan is a talented writer who easily drew me into the worlds she so expertly created. It was exciting to follow along with Erynn as she discovered more and more about herself and her powers. The characters on both worlds were interesting and in a few cases, they had surprises of their own. There was so much in this story that pulled me in. I loved that Erynn is constantly thrown into danger, I adored her connection with the animals and the fact that she has such incredible power is like the icing on the cake. There were a few times I was frustrated with her, but she certainly redeemed herself by the end. She’s intelligent, competent and supernatural – just the kind of heroine I like.
I found the Storm of Arranon to be a wonderful surprise. To be completely honest, the look of the cover turned me off. Perhaps it simply comes down to taste, because I’ve heard others rave about the cover, but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that the cover almost had me passing on the book. However, I read the blurb and was instantly intrigued, so I entered a contest and luckily won a free copy. Turns out, it was a fantastic prize! Guess I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!
If you enjoy reading fantastical science fiction that’s written for a YA audience, I’m sure you’ll find Storm of Arranon to be a highly entertaining read! ...more