It's been AGES since I've read anything by Frank Peretti. The last time was during the hot times when he publishe...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
It's been AGES since I've read anything by Frank Peretti. The last time was during the hot times when he published *This Present Darkness*, *The Prophet*, *The Visitation* and the like.
Then, I see a "new" book by him, including *House* with Ted Dekker. So, I thought, hmm, why not.
Wow, *Monster* is totally not what I expected from Peretti. Peretti is known for his novels on spiritual warfare...ya know, angels vs. demons. *Monster* contains characters like Bigfoot (plural: Bigfeet?), and something you'd see in the Resident Evil movies/games and maybe a little bit of King Kong (hostage situation).
Reed and his wife, Beck, are away in the woods for a wilderness survival experience. However, things soon go wrong when they encounter the death of another camper and not able to shake that sinking feeling that someone or something is watching them. The action really picks up when Beck is kidnapped.
Reed soon calls for help from the Park Rangers and his friends to rescue his wife, even if she might be found dead. Meanwhile, they soon learn that something is right in the picture. Nearby, there is a scientific research lab and the people there are tight-lipped.
On the other hand, Beck is a hostage to creatures that she has never seen before. Amazingly, she is alive but she must constantly remain submissive. However, despite their brute strength, stealth surveillance and strict hierarchy, they are afraid of something "out there". Who or what are they?
*Monster* isn't one of Peretti's best work. If this was to be a movie adaptation, I could imagine it shown in the Sci-Fi Channel. (less)
In the kingdom of Erlkazar, King Korox is fighting the underground wizards and other evil foes from making a cert...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
In the kingdom of Erlkazar, King Korox is fighting the underground wizards and other evil foes from making a certain elixir, which is banned in the kingdom. However, the underground lord, the Matron, proves to be a formidable foe.
However, the king isn't alone. He has his deadly assassin, the Claw, and his daughter, skilled with spellcasting, helping him bring and maintain order in the kingdom.
In the midst of this comes a floating citadel, reeking with even a greater evil, overshadowing the kingdom. The citadel, the Obsidian Ridge, was thought to be of a legend since no one has ever seen it before. Xeries, ruler of the Obsidian Ridge, makes an ultimatum. He demands the king's daughter to become his wife or else he will eradicate all living beings. For survival, the kingdom and the underground wizards must band together and battle Xeries.
When I got the *Obsidian Ridge*, I wasn't aware that it was part of a series. However, I soon learned that each is a stand-alone. Therefore, you will not be lost, although the previous book might be somewhat helpful in terms of the Citadels.
*Obsidian Ridge* is simplistic in the story plot even though there are several sub plots going on. However, Lebow did a good job to make sure the readers would not be confused or get lost among the plots. It's an easy read with some interesting twists. (less)
I dunno what is it with me and popular series. When *Harry Potter* first came out, it took me about two years bef...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I dunno what is it with me and popular series. When *Harry Potter* first came out, it took me about two years before I relented. Wished I hadn't because I loved it. Then, with the *Eragon* series, I resisted until someone gave me a book as a gift. Loved it as well! And since there were so many vampire stories on the shelves, I thought *Twilight* was just another one that would soon be forgotten. Then, I noticed more and more of my friends were raving about this series.
I got my hands on *Twilight* and could not put it down! Sparkling vampires! Vampires running as fast as The Flash. Vampires playing baseball. Vampires with extraordinary talent, like mind-reading or seeing into the near future and the like. And...werewolves! (Think of *Van Helsing* or *Underworld*.)
In the midst of her teenage angst, Bella Swan moves from Phoenix to Forks, Washington, to live with her father. In her new school, she encounters a group of people who seems to off on their own. As soon as she meets Edward Cullen, a member of this quiet group, her life is forever changed.
Via Edward, her eyes are opened up to new worlds...vampires and werewolves. These vampires are cultured. They don't run around on a rampage, devouring any humans in their peripheral vision. If they need to feed, they hunt an animal.
In addition, they honor a pact with the local Indian tribe. Despite the treaty, there are animosity between them. Bella just cannot understand why.
Despite Edward's warning, Bella is enthralled with the vampire world. Unable to be discouraged, she falls in love with Edward. This romance is both welcomed and scorned by other vampires.
I cannot do this book justice. You just gotta read it and get addicted! There are some aspects of the vampire that we're all familiar with. However, the rest of it are new concepts and origins and that's why I loved Twilight! (less)
Simply put, I was less than impressed with *Brisingr*. To be honest, I kind of expected it. *Eragon* was fantasti...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Simply put, I was less than impressed with *Brisingr*. To be honest, I kind of expected it. *Eragon* was fantastic! *Eldest* was not quite up to par. *Brisingr*...well, I could not wait to finish it and that is not necessarily a good thing.
While I appreciated the background stories, I thought they were too detailed (in other words, dragged on and on) or unnecessary. Eragon's departures from Saphira. The whole Dwarf coronation, politics, and attempted murder. Ayra and Eragon's undercover travels. Roran's Hecurlic tasks before proving himself worthy of military service. Elva, the witch child, and her enigmatic personality. All these and other substories really drag the whole point of the story....Eragon is supposed to be confronting and fighting Galbatorix!
Alas, you don't get rewarded such a battle. That's because Paolini decided to expand the trilogy. So, I read the entire book for what?!?!? Oh, just to read how Eragon acquired this Brisingr sword. I seriously do not know if I'll bother reading the next book. (less)
I found that I could not put down *Graceling*. It's that good! If you liked the Harry Potter series or the Eragon...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I found that I could not put down *Graceling*. It's that good! If you liked the Harry Potter series or the Eragon series, then you should like *Graceling*. Although there are no witches, wizards or dragons, *Graceling* is a fantasy that will entertain you.
In a far-away land in the times of great kings, there are people who are randomly graced with a skill. In a sense, these people are like the medieval version of mutants in the DC or Marvel comics. These Graced are easily identified with two different eye color (like people with Waardenburg Syndrome).
Katsa is a Muddlin, Graced with fighting skills, which she is nearly undefeatable. She serves at her king's orders, although she dislikes her position since she realizes the king has been using her for darker purposes.
In a mission to rescue a kidnapped Lienid, she encounters another Graced, Po, a prince of Lienid. Once the rescue is completed, they must travel to find out who ordered the kidnapping. It is suspected that King Leck, of Monsea, might have a hand in the kidnapping. So, Katsa and Po go to investigate. Upon arrival, Princess Bitterblue is escaping from her father.
Katsa and Po, with their Graced skills, could have overcome King Leck. However, they soon learned that Leck is Graced as well and his is eerily deadly. Unable to overcome, they escape with Bitterblue. However, Monsea is isolated from other lands and the trio must find a way to escape from the guarded borders.
Cashore is a wonderful storyteller who played around with a fresh concept of the Graced and their identification. Characters are thoroughly developed. Sceneries are vivid. And the story moves fast to captivate your attention. Overall, a fantastic book that you will not be able to put down.
I only hope that Cashore will not make her readers wait long before she releases another book. I certainly hope that she will continue the Graceling series. (less)
*Eon: Dragoneye Reborn* is a wonderful concept by Alison Goodman. Eon is an apprentice who hopes to win a spot as...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Eon: Dragoneye Reborn* is a wonderful concept by Alison Goodman. Eon is an apprentice who hopes to win a spot as a Dragoneye, which is basically a human link to the dragon's energy and power. The problem is that Eon is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl with a bad leg. If discovered that Eon is actually a female, she could be put to death as women are forbidden to be a Dragoneye.
Now, the question is why would Eona/Eon put herself and others, who know her secret, in this dangerous position. It is simply because she has the "mind-sight" ability to see the 11 dragons. The 12th dragon has disappeared long since. In addition, being a Dragoneye brings prestige and honor to Eon, his master and his household.
Little does Eon know that once s/he has been selected as Dragoneye, danger has increased exponentially. Eon's secret must impenetrably guarded or all else will end in vain. *Eon* is filled with politics, honor, battles, betrayals, secrets, power and traditions.
As I said earlier, I loved the concept. However, I didn't love the story as I felt it dragged on and on, especially with these little fight challenges throughout the book. In addition, there are too many "unimportant" characters that just seem to get in the way. Also, Eon's training and handling of the dragons isn't quite clear and left me wondering just how it's done.