First things first, I'm incredibly picky with non-fiction books.
I've had an almost life-long interest in South Korea. When I was a child I took Tae KFirst things first, I'm incredibly picky with non-fiction books.
I've had an almost life-long interest in South Korea. When I was a child I took Tae Kwon do (a form of Korean martial arts) and that was my first introduction to the country. I've enjoyed K-pop more than J-pop for a while so when I saw this book I got it.
Excuse me while I pack my bags and move to South Korea.
Not only was this book incredibly entertaining it was also completely eye-opening. Everything that I've encountered that is from South Korea now makes so much sense. I also now have a great deal more respect for the country. I used to think of it as a small, quiet, rather hum-drum place. I couldn't have been more wrong!
I really do think this is a must read book if you want to stay on top of what's happening in the world. South Korea is a big player and this book gives all the details and does so in a really fascinating and enjoyable way. ...more
What am I supposed to do with my life now? I'll find a way to review this. But for now I have to go marinate in my feels and re-read the ending a pletWhat am I supposed to do with my life now? I'll find a way to review this. But for now I have to go marinate in my feels and re-read the ending a plethora of times. ...more
I really enjoyed the Nancy Drew Books as a kid. They were really fun, and so for some light reading I decided to re-read this.
How times have changed!I really enjoyed the Nancy Drew Books as a kid. They were really fun, and so for some light reading I decided to re-read this.
How times have changed! Nancy's stories are ahead of their time in many ways, but compared to today's stories these are rather...predictable. For those over 10 these books probably aren't going to cut it. Though I've seen plenty of older kids still enjoying these books.
These are great stories for young readers that are looking for something interesting that will help build vocabulary as well as something that's just fun. Nancy is really empowering. In this book she saves herself and dresses fabulously while doing it. That was one of the things that made it a really fun read.
For kids I would totally recommend this book, especially to young girls. It's good, clean fun, yet it has suspense and obviously, mystery. They're also great books to read aloud (which is how my love of the series started when my mother read them to me and my sister). ...more
This book is as enchanting and murky as Mistwood itself. Which is talked about a lot but we don't really get to see much of it. Actually, all of thisThis book is as enchanting and murky as Mistwood itself. Which is talked about a lot but we don't really get to see much of it. Actually, all of this book seems to be like that. A lot of talk but not much showing up.
But to leave it at that would be mean and unfair. This book has some wonderful aspects to it. Among them being beautiful descriptions, incredibly well executed twists (4 in total), and roma...
Wait hold up, is this book romance or not?! I still can't figure that out. It was so implied, yet nothing ever happened. As a reader it frustrated me. I felt like my chain was being jerked; that the author didn't have confidence in their story and kept on implying something that would never happen to keep the readers going.
Speaking of keeping readers hooked, you need good characters for that. Clarisse and Ven were wonderful, and it pained me that they were the most detailed characters when we're told the story from the Shifter's pov. I understand that she's unable to remember her past and that she's...woops can't say that-spoiler...point is; it seemed like her lack of memory was an excuse for a lack of development. She isn't completely devoid of it, but even for someone without a memory they would still have more development, especially as they solve the mystery of themselves.
I loved Isabel's dynamic with Clarisse, and it was a wonderful pay off in the end. Clarisse made everyone three dimensional I feel every time she was in a scene. Which is a problem because while important (being the sister of the prince), she wasn't around all that much.
Now about that ending. To me this was the most interesting part which in this case was not a good thing. Say it with me everyone: "Endings are not laundry. Endings are not a pile of clothes."
I think the author missed that. Everything was really falling into place and then it was over. It was as if someone had taken the pile of words that made the book and shoved them in the washer.
Did that make sense to you? No? No worries, the ending didn't make much sense to me either. Sure it explained some stuff (key word there "some")and pushed the plot forward (instead of repeating what was going on...again), but I was left more peeved at the book than impressed. There was a great deal of promise and no delivery.
I didn't like this book, but I didn't hate it. There was a lot of repetition, a lot of repetition, a lot of repetition of people feeling trapped and annoyed, a lot of not so subtle hinting of things to come (that never did), and really great descriptions.
All in all, the good was outweighed not by the bad but by the mediocre. And that lead me to not feeling anything about it at all.
As I said earlier, this book is as enchanting and murky as Mistwood that the Shifter calls home. In the book some people are enchanted by Mistwood, others are not. In this case, I appreciate Mistwood but I'm by no means enchanted by it even though I caught some glimpses of beauty in it. ...more
The only way this book could have been better was if it was about dogs instead of cats. But that is completely beside the point.
For a children’s bookThe only way this book could have been better was if it was about dogs instead of cats. But that is completely beside the point.
For a children’s book this is a very deep book. I know for sure that’s one of the reasons it resonates so deeply with me, despite the fact I am a dog lover. I was about half way through with it when I recommended it to my mother (a school teacher), and she was astounded with the depth of it as well. On the surface the book is about ghosts, but in reality it’s really about love, self love and the love that we give to and receive from others.
Normally I don’t enjoy children’s chapter books as much as other books simply because they’re so below my reading level. But with Ghost Eye I was able to curl into the book and be a kid again. The book’s atmosphere is warm and inviting.
Although the main character is a rather self-centered cat, Popcorn and the rest of the cast express a wonderful, and realistic, depth of thought and personality. For such a short book (the version I have is only 82 pages) the complete mastery of character depth is wonderful. Popcorn progresses through his thoughts and actions in an intelligent, relatable manner.
As someone who had a hard time making friends, and even for a while thought I’d be better off without them, I could relate to that side of Purrloom Popcorn. As a girl who had switched schools frequently I could relate to Melinda and her struggles. The paranormal fan in me was delighted beyond measure. I loved seeing ghosts that weren’t frightening, or even trying to be frightening, and adored the fact that these ghosts were very content with how things were for them. That was such a lovely change of pace.
I know that I’m way over the recommended age range for this book, but I see so many elements (aside from the ones I named) that children can relate to. For anyone looking for a clean read to recommend to the younger crowd, try this one. I think that any cat lover, or any pet owner for that matter, regardless of age, would adore this book.
TL;DR: Like cats? Like ghosts? Looking for a (clean) book to recommend to kids? Want a book that can give you something to talk about? Go for Ghost Eye. Deep, emotional in the best kind of way, and fun....more
I have no idea why this is the first book I have ever read by Diane Stanley because this was a really fun read. There were some parts that seemed a biI have no idea why this is the first book I have ever read by Diane Stanley because this was a really fun read. There were some parts that seemed a bit rushed but aside from that the book flowed very well. I think that target audience readers (recommended age range for this book is 8-12 according to my copy) would really enjoy this.
Although the narrator is a girl, I think that all readers would enjoy this book, no matter their gender. Franny is a sensible and easy to get behind heroine. The narration style is very conversational and I could see where a lot of my friends and myself back in the day could relate to social situations. And as someone who's frequently in elementary schools the issues talked about in the book are still very relevant.
This book also has a good mix of everything. There's plenty of suspense and while the action isn't "let's go slay the dragon" kind of thing, there is a rush against the clock and it's very well executed. There's the slightest bit of romance, but it's more like a first crush kind of thing. It's not a major factor in the book, instead it's just a nice, thoughtful touch.
I had a lot of fun reading this book and I know a lot of kids I would recommend it to. I feel like this is a great alternative to the Goosebump series for kids that are looking for something new. ...more