I really wanted to like this book especially with all the "rage" with werewolves, vampires, dragons, and wizards these days. A...moreAs posted in Amazon.com:
I really wanted to like this book especially with all the "rage" with werewolves, vampires, dragons, and wizards these days. Alas, it took me 4 times to re-read this novel until I could finish it.
Grace is a teenaged girl who finds Sam, who has been morphed back as a human from his wolf form. However, the wolves in this story just aren't interesting enough to hold your interests. They're just regular wolves. Some of them are wolves because of the cold temperatures and some of them are permanently stuck in that form. And, with the way the story goes, it could be Sam's last opportunity as a human.
The story moves too slow and the characters in there are just unbelieveable. Sam is looking for other wolves, whether or not they have returned to human forms. Grace and Sam have this silly, boring relationship...if you can call it that. Worse, Grace is able to hide Sam in her bedroom with the help of her too-busy-to-notice-or-care parents.
You never really get any answers about these wolves or Grace's past. So, it just becomes frustrating. In addition, the story is written in such a flowery style. Just not my cup of tea. (less)
Nothing seems to go right for Liam Geller in "King of the Screwups". When the last straw was broken for his father, he is kick...moreAs posted in Amazon.com:
Nothing seems to go right for Liam Geller in "King of the Screwups". When the last straw was broken for his father, he is kicked out of the house and sent to live with his gay uncle.
Coming from a well-to-do home to a trailer park was a big change. It should have been a fresh change of scenery except that Liam seems to keep screwing up. He is just simply one misunderstood guy and ends up having to apologize to everyone.
Determined not to screw up and to return home, he does his darnest to keep himself in line. Unfortunately, fate continues to be unkind to him.
However, little by little, people start to give him a chance. Despite his improvements, they aren't satisfatory to his father.
This novel is a good book for teenagers, especially for those who seemingly to mess up at every turns. It's kind of like "just hang in there and eventually you be set free" by someone who truly loves you for just the way you are.(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.
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)
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)
Marisol Guzman is a young woman taking a year off from Stanford in order to write a novel and to find love.
Marisol was hoping to find peace and comfort in her apartment in order to concentrate on writing her first novel. However, she doesn't get her wish. Her gay roommate, Birdie, who is her childhood best friend, has fallen head over heels over a man and asked him to move in without consulting with her first. In addition, while enrolling at an adult continuing education class on novel writing, she discovers that Gio has also enrolled. Marisol is awkward because Gio was once in love with her and he seems to be trying to get over her. Meanwhile, at The Mug, where she works, Marisol has befriended a young recently-outed lesbian, Lee.
Despite the chaos in her life, Marisol is high on infatuation and love. Olivia Frost, the one teaching the class, is stunningly beautiful and intelligent. Before she knows it, boundaries are blurred and they are girlfriends.
Love is grand, right? Not for Marisol because her relationship with Olivia soon takes a nosedive. Plus, there's Lee, who isn't sure of her feelings. And Gio, who seems to have move on, still brings up the past. Just what is Marisol supposed to do?
Her salvation to the surrounding chaos is her novel, which she seems to have a natural talent for writing. The characters and the plot in her story are a reflection of her own life. Nonetheless, it is therapeutic for Marisol.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book by Ellen Wittlinger. She does a fantastic job of making another (Marisol's) story within the book. I was a little hesitant because of the techniques and exercises that the writing students had to do. However, Wittlinger didn't disappoint me because the developing story was just as interesting.
Plus, there's plenty of drama to keep you interested. Having roommates, drama is guaranteed. Jealousy and lies are a-plenty. An overbearing mother and a sister just cannot stay out of other people's lives and resentment is bound to rear its tempermental head.
Again, an enjoyable read and I would recommend my friends to read this book. If Wittlinger keeps this up, she just might join my small pool of favorite authors. (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)
*Rainbow Boys* is such a good book and a rare one on gay themes. The book focuses on three gay teens: Kyle, Jason...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Rainbow Boys* is such a good book and a rare one on gay themes. The book focuses on three gay teens: Kyle, Jason and Nelson. Among them, they faced a variety of issues, such as coming out, HIV, romance, homophobia and other related issues. However, Sanchez doesn't stop there. He addresses other issues that other people face as well, such as domestic violence.
Between them, a friendship blossoms and they soon learn to lean on each other for support. And support, they all need it in any form. So, Sanchez introduces PFLAG, Gay-Straight Alliance and moral support from friends and loved ones. Little by little, with support, the trio soon bond and face tough problems together. With friends behind them, they soon learn that nothing shall stand in their way.
Sanchez is a gifted writer. He uses words so accurately that I was on my own memory trips throughout this book. I'm definitely reading his other books! (less)
*A Corner of the Universe* is a simple story about Hattie Owens and her brief summer, in 1960, with Uncle Adam. W...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*A Corner of the Universe* is a simple story about Hattie Owens and her brief summer, in 1960, with Uncle Adam. What's interesting is that Hattie didn't even know she had an Uncle Adam until she was 12 years old.
Hattie is excited that summer has begun even if it means staying in town and helping her parents run a boarding house. Then, out of the blue, comes Uncle Adam. Uncle Adam is special. In other words, he has "mental problems" according to Hattie's mom and grandparents.
But to Hattie, Adam has an out-going personality which is just infectious...well, just to Hattie. She just cannot wait but to hang out with him and show him off, especially to her new friend, who is in town as part of a traveling circus.
However, not everyone in Hattie's family share the positive welcome and acceptance of Uncle Adam. Little by little, Hattie rebels, especially to her grandparents, because she is appalled by how they treat Uncle Adam. However, she starts to learn a little more, day by day, about her Uncle Adam. It is a summer that Hattie will never forget.
I found this book by Ann Martin to be a wonderful read on acceptance and bias. I believe that readers will relate to Hattie because we've all been in situations where found the "oddballs" to be cool yet looked down by others. (less)
I was truly disappointed with *The People of Sparks*. With *City of Ember*, I really like it because it was diffe...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I was truly disappointed with *The People of Sparks*. With *City of Ember*, I really like it because it was different with 2 teenagers leading the citizens of an underground city to the top. In the sequel, I had high hopes that it would be better. However, it was not to be.
Doon and Lina have lead their people out from underground. Soon after this, they meet civilization, namely the people of Sparks. It looked like a beautiful world for both of these people. However, greed, backstabbing, blame soon reared their ugly heads. How the book became bad was that it contained repetitive topics and dialogues especially about how the people of Sparks were concerned about their dwindling supply of food and the Emberites feeling like they deserve more food.
In addition, I did not what was the point of Lina's wasted trip to a ruined city. She learned nothing nor gained anything from this trip. Now, back to the city of Sparks, people just bickered constantly against each other. This kind of drama may work well in soap operas on TV but it certainly didn't work in this book.
So, I do not recommend this book. I highly doubt that I'll read *The Prophet of Yonwood* unless another reader can convince me that Duprau has improved the story plot.(less)
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* is the bittersweet end of the Harry Potter series. So, take your sweet tim...moreAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* is the bittersweet end of the Harry Potter series. So, take your sweet time and soak up this last book and all those charms you've come to know throughout the series.
If you've been a loyal fan of Harry Potter, then you pretty much know what has been accumulating in regards to the battle between the magical community versus Lord Voldemort. Rowling doesn't disappoint in this book because she sprinkles revelations throughout the book. Some of them, you might have already known or suspected and others were a surprise.
The ONLY thing that I didn't like was the epilogue. I will refrain from stating why so that I won't spoil it for others. I just felt that the last sentence in the last paragraph was perfect. The epilogue kind of tainted the series a tad bit. So, I'll just pretend that I didn't read the epilogue.
Other than that, it was a good series that has captured the attention of the world. It'll be a while before something like this occurs again. (less)