This was a cute picture book with elaborate fantasy-style illustrations. The artwork was excellent but the storytelling fell a little short for me. ThThis was a cute picture book with elaborate fantasy-style illustrations. The artwork was excellent but the storytelling fell a little short for me. There were a bit too many interjected comments from the narrator within the text of the story that interrupted the flow. The plot wasn’t exceptionally strong and the climax was a little quick and not very tense. However, I am an adult and the book is geared for children. Because of that, I didn’t feel that my opinion was quite final (although important, none the less). So I took it to my seven year old son.
He read the book easily in three or four sittings (there are around ten chapters, I believe). After we’d finished it together, I asked what he thought and he said he really liked it. He even said he liked it better than the Magic Tree House Books (the series he’s been reading). He also enjoyed looking at the pictures and was amused/entertained by the illustrations of the Nimblings.
I give the book 3 stars and my son gives it 5 stars, thus I’ve averaged them for a final rating of 4 stars.
***I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for posting my honest review***...more
I loved this series, but the last book fell a little short. It wasn't terrible, and it was pretty good. But it wasn't awesome, and nowhere near as gooI loved this series, but the last book fell a little short. It wasn't terrible, and it was pretty good. But it wasn't awesome, and nowhere near as good as the Maze Runner. The plot of the story seemed a little wonky and I think it was because the story arc kept feeling like it was changing.
Also, in the first book I accepted the fact that Thomas did a few dumb/annoying things because he was in shock and had just lost his memories. But I felt like by this point in the story he shouldn't be doing things that got him into trouble when *I* could easily see where his actions would lead--especially because it keep talking about how intelligent he and the other "Munies" were. I found myself annoyed with him and frustrated with his decisions time and time again in this book.
As far as the ending goes, I was satisfied with it. It was just getting there that took a few detours. As in the other books, though, Dashner is great at keeping up story tension. This wasn't a predictable series in any way. This book is darker and grittier than the other two....more
This second book in the Island of Fog series continues along Hal’s journey as he discovers what it means to be a dragon and struggles with his own limThis second book in the Island of Fog series continues along Hal’s journey as he discovers what it means to be a dragon and struggles with his own limitations. More than anything, he wishes he could fly and, without that ability, he’s worried he won’t live up to his role of negotiator with the real dragons.
The first part of the story focuses on Lauren as the children deal with the harpies terrorizing the townspeople. The second part dives deep into the heart of the dragon’s lair as Hal goes head to head with the ferocious beasts.
This book started out a little slow and didn’t quite have the pace of the first book, which may have been due in part to the fact that it didn’t have the driving mystery Island of Fog did. It was still enjoyable though, and interesting to see how all the children with their different abilities worked together to solve the problems. Hal is a likable character and definitely someone to root for. ...more
Excellent story, both in terms of characters and plot. I loved the idea behind Quinn's world where "normal" people can read minds and those who are esExcellent story, both in terms of characters and plot. I loved the idea behind Quinn's world where "normal" people can read minds and those who are especially gifted can actually jack in and control minds. It was engaging, unpredictable, and a fast-paced ride.
This is top notch YA science fiction and I highly recommend it. Can't wait to read the next one!...more
Island of Fog is a story about a group of kids whose families have been living isolated on an island for the past twelve or thirteen years. The kids cIsland of Fog is a story about a group of kids whose families have been living isolated on an island for the past twelve or thirteen years. The kids can’t guess why they are there. Anytime they ask, they only get enigmatic hints about what is really going on and about what the world “Out There” is really like.
When the kids start undergoing strange physical transformations, they begin to suspect that they are part of some experiment. I especially enjoyed reading about how each of the kids handled their transition into new creatures. It was a little like watching Clark Kent realize his full powers on Smallville.
This story is geared toward young adults, but I had no problem being sucked right in. Robinson left just enough hints to spark my interest and keep me guessing about the next turn the story would take. It’s an easy read with language that’s simple enough for kids but a plot that’s interesting enough for adults, especially fantasy fans.
If you enjoyed Lost or the Maze Runner series, you will probably quickly become a fan of this book as well. ...more
Cantrell’s third book in the Demons of Saltmarch series is faster, grittier, and more intense than the first two. In this installment, our main characCantrell’s third book in the Demons of Saltmarch series is faster, grittier, and more intense than the first two. In this installment, our main character is Anne—Holly’s somewhat jaded, tough-exterior friend (or ex-friend, if we’re being honest).
Anne may be a snarky girl with an attitude, but she’s got plenty of reason for it. Her life hasn’t been all sunshine and roses since Holly sold her soul and moved to the demon world. Since her frienbd deserted her, Anne’s been chased by zombies. A slew of demons has been unleashed and they are devouring the city, taking the forms of stinking, rotting human carcasses. What’s worse, they seem to be after Anne. How many close calls can one girl afford?
Despite her aversion for auguren, she’s got to call on the Townsend family for help once again. Heading back to the demon hunters she’s been carefully avoiding for so long isn’t a thrilling prospect. But it’s only the way to unravel the mystery of why she’s the target—and to stop the zombie invasion.
I enjoyed getting to discover more about the history of the Townsends and witness their facinating inter-family dynamics. The story is fast-paced, captivating, and heart-wrenching. If you’ve read the other two books, be sure to check out this one to find out what happens next. ...more
I enjoyed this book a lot although probably not quite as much as the Maze Runner, but it's still a five-star-read. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger,I enjoyed this book a lot although probably not quite as much as the Maze Runner, but it's still a five-star-read. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, though (maybe worse than the Maze Runner), so be prepared with the third book!...more
I enjoyed this book more for the abstract ideas behind the story than the plot itself (although Lewis' creativity in developing a foreign world, severI enjoyed this book more for the abstract ideas behind the story than the plot itself (although Lewis' creativity in developing a foreign world, several alien species and a foreign language is notable).
There are some very intriguing ideas about the nature of our world, mankind, and existence behind the story. Lewis examines society's preoccupation with trying to extend the lives of ourselves, our world, and our species as a whole. No matter how hard man tries, be it through medicine or good health, we cannot avoid death. Everyone dies eventually although we try to push it off as far as we can.
In the same way, humanity is obsessed with trying to preserve things, whether it's individual species of animals, the planet as a whole, or all of humankind (ie: the desire to create another habitable planet if ours is no longer livable sometime in the future).
But what if all these efforts are futile attempts at avoiding what is not only unavoidable, but good. What if the end (of life, of the world, of humanity) is not to be feared, but to be met with calm acceptance as only a part of the cycle. All things have a beginning and an end. The end does not negate their existence.
Not as exciting as Ender's Game, but it deals with some interesting themes. I particularly liked how it addressed the concern any Star Trek fan will rNot as exciting as Ender's Game, but it deals with some interesting themes. I particularly liked how it addressed the concern any Star Trek fan will recognize as "the prime directive" - whether or not to disturb/taint a new species with information/technology/aid from one's own world. Card's take on this is so much deeper and blows Roddenberry's away.
Of course there's always Ender to love--who wouldn't? To me the fact that he was an adult didn't hamper the story in any way. I also liked the characters in the family that he came to know in the story, although the book had a good amount of foreign language in it which got a bit rocky at times for a single-language reader like myself.
I'm fascinated with the intelligent computer character Jane and probably will have to read the next book just to see if the world gets to find out about her and her "species."...more