Sophie is the oldest sibling out of three girls, and seems to believe that working in her fathers’ hat shop is her destiny. On May Day she is courtedSophie is the oldest sibling out of three girls, and seems to believe that working in her fathers’ hat shop is her destiny. On May Day she is courted by a handsome man, then later that night was turned into an old lady because the Witch of the Waste didn’t like her. She seeks out help to break a curse that cannot be spoken out loud. While trying to find help she follows a walking castle. Once inside, she meets a fire demon who promised to break her spell if she breaks his. Sophie later finds out it’s Howl’s domain, who was also the man that was courting her. She has heard many rumors about him, like eating girls hearts and souls. The book revolves around trying to break the fire demons spell as well as her own.
The movie Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki was actually an adaptation of the book written by Diana Wynne Jones. This movie is definitely one of my favorites, but you’ve got to admit that it leaves you with many unanswered questions. It’s like some scenes are cut out and you’re left wondering, “why did that happen?”
The book is definitely different. You get to know the characters further and everything seems more logical. Sophies sisters – yes, she has two not one – play a more dominate role, and you get a background on Howls actions. The original black triangle actually takes you to England and Wales, not the uncles’ cabin, and Sophie is afraid of Turnip Head. These little differences make the book more fascinating than the movie (Sorry, Miyazaki!). Even if you didn’t like the movie, I recommend the book. It has adventure, romance, mystery, comedy, and drama.
This takes you on a whole new path and every question you’ve asked during the movie will be answered within a few hours of reading. There are two more books that follow up Howl’s Moving Castle, so the journey isn’t over. Five stars....more
Nah, just kidding (mostly). Everything she writes, I love. All of her adult and young adult books are addicting. I hI love you Meg. Will you marry me?
Nah, just kidding (mostly). Everything she writes, I love. All of her adult and young adult books are addicting. I haven't read her kid/tween selections yet, but I'll get there sooner or later. For now, let's start on her series The Mediator. The main character Suze is a kick ass character that can see ghosts that need help passing over to the afterlife. She's strong willed, quick on her feet, street smart, real, and good with weapons. Not like swords or hammers will do anything to a ghost, but they'll for sure slow one down. On her first day in her moms new house, she finds a hot ghost named Jesse and tries to get him to leave. His argument? I was here first. Pretty legit reason, so Suze copes with a really attractive spanish speaking ghost that not only wont leave her alone, but protects her when other spirits try to harm her... which is so adorable. They become a really good team, and feelings start to grow.
Her mother remarried when her father died (a father she still sees from time to time *wink wink*) and now she's stuck with three brothers. Suze names them after Snow Whites dwarfs because their personality matches. There's Sleepy (the oldest and I believe to be written like he does marijuana), Dopey (same age as her and attractive but not too bright), and Doc (because he's really smart). Doc sometimes helps Suze on her adventures, and he figures out about Jesse pretty quickly. There's lots of humor in it as well, so you'll find yourself laughing in some of the situations she puts herself in.
The series is action packed and written very well. The character development progression is great, I didn't think there were any slow parts in any of the books, her friends are likable, and the cutesy romance doesn't disappoint. You'll get addicted fast, and you're welcome for recommending such a great book. *pats self on back*...more
P.C. Cast steals my breath away. I have not started her YA series, but her adult writings... *shivers*. One of my favorite book of hers is Warrior RisP.C. Cast steals my breath away. I have not started her YA series, but her adult writings... *shivers*. One of my favorite book of hers is Warrior Rising. It's based on the famous Greek Trojan War. It's the 6th book to the Goddess Summoning series -- which you don't have to read in order, they're all separate stories -- and in my opinion of the hottest. You follow 31 year old Kat who gets sucked into an 18 year old body. She's supposed to stop Achilles from advancing the war. This is where my personal preference comes in: Hard, moody, sexy, troubled man who's actually sweet and innocent. You see a different side to him, and he's someone you'll grow feelings for too. I seriously want to lick him from head to toe. (Is that a little much? Maybe).
Kat is independent, fierce, smart, and extremely caring. She's the type of person you want to have as a friend. Both of them together are a perfect match. He's the big testosterone warrior, and she softens him. The plot has a good pace, it's not slow or boring. It's definitely a book for someone who wants a step above YA, so please don't read if you're not ready for romance to go in depth....more
Boy Meets Girl is the second installment of Meg Cabots The Boy Series, the first one is The Boy Next Door. This book is also written in emails, but inBoy Meets Girl is the second installment of Meg Cabots The Boy Series, the first one is The Boy Next Door. This book is also written in emails, but in addition has some diary entries. Kate has to fire the most beloved employee, Ida, only because she didn’t want to sell a cookie to Stuart, the boyfriend to her boss Amy. This upsets Amy and she fires Ida. The problem is: she didn’t get a written warning before getting fired. Kate gets in the middle of a lawsuit and meets the lawyer – Mitchell – trying to win Amy and her boyfriends case, who is also Stuarts brother. Once he came into the room, sparks flew (in a good way). He’s known to be really cute with a six pack. He’s the complete opposite of Stuart because of how nice, cute, thoughtful, understanding, and compassionate he is. You get to read drama with Mitchell and Stuarts family, which is also interesting.
This book is fun, humorous, different, and addicting. You see some reoccurring characters from the first book, but they’re only mentioned… this is a completely different plot but set in the same building as Melissa – the main character in the first book – but different floor and department. Boy Meets Girl is definitely recommended, I’ve laughed through most of the book!...more
Holy romance, batman! The book titles name doesn’t lie. It’s very, very pleasurable. Tayla – demon slayer – says “no” to attraction she can’t deny (plHoly romance, batman! The book titles name doesn’t lie. It’s very, very pleasurable. Tayla – demon slayer – says “no” to attraction she can’t deny (plot for every romance book, but just stay with me) while Eidolon – sex demon – can’t get her out of his mind. Soon, Eidolon will enter his next stage of adulthood. Bad news: He’s a sex demon, so all he would want to do is go down on a woman. Now, I wouldn’t complain… I mean, sex is pretty awesome. The problem is he would start raping women and destroying everything in his path. He’s freaking out because – surprise surprise – he doesn’t want that to happen. In order for him to stop this transformation he needs to take a mate. Enter demon slayer Tayla. She has a duty to the humans that she wants to fulfill, which is to kill all demons. Once she finds out someone that she starts to love (aka Eidolon) is a demon, all hell breaks loose. (See how I put “hell” in there because he’s a demon? Get it? I’m hilarious.) GASP! What will she do?!
Well, it’s a romance book so you know what she’ll do. Still, the journey to get to that point is a nice ride. This is a steamy book, so if you’re looking for something sweet then don’t read it. The characters are entertaining. You read about Eidolons brothers who love him and will do anything to get him a mate. He’s the creator and head of the demon hospital, and if he turns, everything Eidolon and his brothers worked for wont matter anymore. Once they meet Tayla, things start to look better.
I’m in love with the family and their loyalty. The plot isn't flat, the characters are likable, and it moves in a nice pace. This story is nice for people that are looking for supernatural adventure, romance (duh), and a little drama....more
Where the Sidewalk Ends is everyones favorite childhood book. If you haven't heard of it, you need to get to the library now and check it out! It's onWhere the Sidewalk Ends is everyones favorite childhood book. If you haven't heard of it, you need to get to the library now and check it out! It's one of the most beloved books in childhood history. It was published in 1974 and is still loved by everyone. The rundown: Shel Silverstein writes poems for children with illustrations next to it. Some rhyme, some don't. They're all wacky and random. The poems are at least one page long, most are one-three paragraphs... very short. Below is one of my favorite poems he has written. There's about 58 more (it has 309 pages full of them) but this really stuck out. Again: Check. This. Book. Out. I say all the time "I recommend this"... this time I'm telling you to rent it. Cannot stress this enough.
Title: Hug O' War
I will not play at tug o' war. I'd rather play at hug o' war, Where everyone hugs Instead of tugs, Where everyone giggles And rolls on the rug, Where everyone kisses, And everyone Grins. And everyone cuddles, And everyone wins....more
Emma is having a midlife crisis. She doesn’t love her “perfect” boyfriend, her job is at a standstill, and let’s not forget the spiteful sister makingEmma is having a midlife crisis. She doesn’t love her “perfect” boyfriend, her job is at a standstill, and let’s not forget the spiteful sister making life miserable. She bottles up her feelings until a fateful incident on a turbulent plane ride. She spills all of her darkest secrets to a stranger, then finds out the next day that the man is her companies CEO Jack Harper.
All of the characters in the book are well developed. Everyone has secrets – Emma more than most – and watching her get caught sparks the life she’s been wanting (and at the same time not wanting). Through out the book you see her evolving into a better, mature person. It’s humorous with a tad bit of drama. Definitely a chick lit feel-good read. You really feel for Emma, which means the character is relatable. One of the biggest reasons people like books is to feel an emotion for the characters situation. You certainly have these feelings in this book. Jack is also someone you want to get your hands on. He’s so gorgeous, funny, smart, and successful. Mmmmmm.
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the famous series Shopoholic, which I had no desire to read (shopping isn’t my thing). After reading this book I’m having second thoughts. I would love to follow this author closer, and give this book five stars....more
The Ruby in the Smoke is about a young girl -- Sally -- receiving a note in the mail three months after her fathers death. It reads "Sali beware of thThe Ruby in the Smoke is about a young girl -- Sally -- receiving a note in the mail three months after her fathers death. It reads "Sali beware of the seven blessings. Marchbanks will help chattum. Bware darling." (Yes, there are misspellings in the letter... the person who wrote it wasn't very literate). Intrigued, she tries to find out what the seven blessings are. She figures out there are people close to her that can't be trusted, and enemies she didn't know she had. In order to understand out what's going, she sets out to find allies.
This book is set in 1872, and Pullman definitely did his research. I don't know much about the 1800s, but I've looked at other reviews online and they all said the details were spot on. How they were speaking, dressed, the description of cities, and jobs were written beautifully. Sally is independent and strong which was hard to find in a 16 year old girl during the 1800s. Usually they were passive and polite, but Sally is the type of person that takes action. It's refreshing and nice to read a woman that couldn't vote (at the time) being able to fend for herself. The Ruby in the Smoke is a great read if you want a believable history setting, mystery, adventure, and a bit of a thriller. This series has four books total, but I hear the first one is the best. I'm definitely reading all of them!...more
This book is the second installment of the Goddess Summoning series. It's a twist of the Persephone / Hades story. Recap if you don't know the greek mThis book is the second installment of the Goddess Summoning series. It's a twist of the Persephone / Hades story. Recap if you don't know the greek myth: Persephone (the goddess of spring) gets tricked into staying in the underworld by Hades (god of the underworld) by eating six seeds. Demeter (her mother) gets pissed and tattle tales to her brother Zeus (king of the gods). Persephone then must stay in the underworld for six months because she ate six seeds. The end. I recommend reading the longer version of this myth. Almost all Greek gods have some sort of horrible ending to them. Persephone / Hades has a bittersweet ending which is better then every-other myth. Seriously, the stories get depressing.
Let's move onto the book, shall we? This story is a different version of the myth. Lina has to stay in the underworld with Hades and help with the gloomy spirits. She starts getting to know him and likes what she sees. Hades is kind, a little rusty on social skills (which you have to look past), and really wants the best for the souls that live in his realm. The other gods don't like visiting because... well... it's a world full of dead people, so when he tries to lighten up, he sometimes fails. It's cute and charming how he tries his hardest to make Lina feel at home. The whole time he thinks she's Persephone, so Lina has to act like a goddess. Unlike her other Goddess Summoning book Warrior Rising, this has no steamy sex scenes. It's very sweet and PG-13 rated. I would recommend this to a young adult that's looking to take a step up from books that revolve around high school....more