Such a sweet, adorable story. The voice of the author is unique and yet still easy to read.
The core of the story is fairly simple, and perhaps a littlSuch a sweet, adorable story. The voice of the author is unique and yet still easy to read.
The core of the story is fairly simple, and perhaps a little cliche - a girl searching for her place in the world - but the hilarious adventures of her family's savvys, and their strong family bond, really drive the story.
This is definitely a book about children, and not really so much for children. There isn't anything wrong with it for children, but it's much more aboThis is definitely a book about children, and not really so much for children. There isn't anything wrong with it for children, but it's much more about children.
I am not sure how much I liked it.
There were some stylistic things that could be considered flaws (like I didn't realise that Heaven Eyes had webbed fingers until halfway through) and it just got kind of weird at one point (the children supposedly see the ghosts/spirits of two dead characters depart).
But it was about orphans, and their struggle to belong, and more than that, about the woman who cared for them. Both she and the orphans learned something about belonging and about themselves from the very sweet Heaven Eyes. The girl is sweet in her innocence, and the voice the author gives her is simply adorable and yet heartwrenching ("still as still").
So, 3/5 - Liked but not loved; could have used some clarity but the emotional impact was there. ...more
It's more a book about children than for children. Adults may actually get more out of this faShort review:
Very compelling story, strong characters.
It's more a book about children than for children. Adults may actually get more out of this fairy tale than kids would.
Does leave open the question of whether the boys were right to run away from their aunt, but as she treats them as pets rather than boys, mistreating the oldest and separating him from his cute little brother on basis that she only wanted one, cute child... tends to be justified. Overall, a very interesting driving plot from an adult perspective. ...more
Just not as impressed with it as 100 Cupboards. I had hoped it would be another book about the cupboards, but it's more about what's inShort review:
Just not as impressed with it as 100 Cupboards. I had hoped it would be another book about the cupboards, but it's more about what's in tehe cupboards - the evil lurking there - and what spills out of the cupboards, than the cupboards themselves.
Plus, the age level of the book suddenly went up the first book felt very 8-12-ish, and now I'd put it at definitely 14+ due to two restrained but yet rather squeamish scenes and a lot of darkness.
Due to those reasons, I don't plan on reading the third book. Others may enjoy the series, however. :)...more
Plot: 4/5 A little predictable - but the premise is so compelling that it covers all predictionsIntended Age Level: 8-12
Recommended Age Level: all ages
Plot: 4/5 A little predictable - but the premise is so compelling that it covers all predictions. (The front cover had a recommendation from Stephanie Meyer comparing it to "Little House on the Prairie meets X-Men" - this is very accurate and ends up being very sweet!) The characters and premise really drive this story.
Worldbuilding/cobha/setting: 4/5 Would've liked some more details, and the world felt rather small - but it served its intended purpose and left open sequels.
Characters: 5/5 Absolutely adorable, all of them. Even loved the unlovable Conrad by the end (who is not as simple as he looks halfway through)
Content: Safe clean childrens' reading. The most violent part is a torture scene which is left completely undetailed, viewed through the filter of a nine-year-old's mind which only sees vague pain and not the specifics of what is being done to her as a machine attempts to make her body 'normal'. Emphasis is put on being individual but is tempered by the reminder to use discretion while being yourself.
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is the tale of transformation.
A young worthless scamp is thrust into the kingship of an Arabian-style country. HisThe First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is the tale of transformation.
A young worthless scamp is thrust into the kingship of an Arabian-style country. His few values influence his country, and his country's values influence him, and his advisors' lack of values push him to find more of his own.
It's not as dry as all that, though! The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is about
When his reforms go awry, Lukas flees across the desert in search of the land of jewels to help the people that his greedy advisors sought to conquer.
Lukas' wit and hilarity bring laughter, light, and joy to potentially dark moments.
A well-written book for all ages, not just children.
(Potential parental note: an astrologer does appear as a minor character multiple times, but little credit is given to his predictions and he admits that his calculations don't work. Also, Lukas does trick people to steal from them multiple times, but after he reforms, he only steals back things that have been stolen from him in order to prevent bloodshed. He attempts restitution by the end.)...more