I finished it and ended up enjoying it. The beginning had a difficult time keeping my attention, but eventually, things started g...moreSynopsis:
I finished it and ended up enjoying it. The beginning had a difficult time keeping my attention, but eventually, things started getting interesting.
This book is actually written after the first three books in the series, so it's kind of Cherry looking back and telling the story of her first collection. Therefore, some of the characters have personalities that have already been established throughout the series. I felt a little lost at times because of that, but it wasn't that bad.
The story went in a different direction than I expected and I ended up being pleasantly surprised in the end.
I'll likely read the rest of the books because I want to see what Cherry is like when she's older. She's only 15 in this book, but she's an adult in the rest. Also, I'm really interested in seeing more of Micajah Hawke.
There isn't any romance here, but I have a feeling some will develop when Cherry is older.(less)
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to inf...moreSynopsis:
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings — merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing — kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery — one that will change Rithmatics — and their world — forever.
Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense—the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.
Dude! This was awesome. This book was about a world in which people go off to fight a way against wild chalk drawings, the people called Rithmatists that are the most effective against fighting this wild chalklings and everybody else that isn't a Rithmatist and is basically ignored unless they're power in some other way.
Seriously. Chalk drawings.
And it's awesome.
Only Brandon Sanderson could write a book about drawing circles, lines and pictures with chalk and make it fun and interesting. The illustrations were a really nice touch.
Our main character, Joel, is not a Rithmatist. But he sure wishes that he were. It turns out that there's a reason as to why he isn't. Still, he studies as much theory about Rithmatist defense and attack tactics as he can. It won't get him anywhere, but he just can't help himself. It seems that it pays off in the end for him, though. He ends up getting to help figure out why Rithmatist students from his school have been going missing. What he discovers is huge. I did not see that coming. At all.
Brandon Sanderson has one hell of an imagination.
Where does he come up with this stuff?!
This is definitely a YA book, but it is fun. Our hero Joel comes a ways during the course of the events of the book. He's a nice boy, but he could be callous at times. He was often right more than he was wrong, though. I ended up liking him. He's smart and once you get to know him, he actually seems to be a good friend. I think he'd have been a bit of a better person in the beginning if someone had just befriended him. Which is why I'm glad he became friends with Melody. They had some aspects in common, just in opposite directions. And their personalities were quite different. But in the end, they make an incredible team.
I did not expect things to play out the way they did. (view spoiler)[And I certainly did not expect that the person Joel was so fixated on suspecting really WAS the culprit. Any other time, he wouldn't have been. (hide spoiler)] I can't wait to see how that plays out.
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people w...moreSynopsis:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I loved this book. I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I had put off reading it, but I'm glad that I've finally done so. There were some very predictable elements, but there were also some things I did not expect the author to do and was surprised that she went there. This was an excellent retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale and a bit darker, too.
I really liked Cinder. She could be quite shy at times, but she did her best to stand up for herself. Her situation didn't really give her the best chance to do that, but she did from time to time. Plus, that girl was quite adept at sarcasm. I loved some of the remarks she made. Especially when bantering with Dr. Erland.
I loved Kai, too. He was like any normal teenaged boy despite being a prince. He was so cute when flirting with Cinder. I hated thinking he would be disgusted with her if he ever found out the truth about her, though. (view spoiler)[I'm still not entirely certain how to take that reaction he had at the end after she fell down the palace stairs. He did seem to be repulsed. But was it because she was a cyborg or was it a combination of finding out that she's Lunar and cyborg? (hide spoiler)] Still, he seems to be a great guy. He has the potential to be a great man. I hate that he's been thrust into the role/position he is in now. He's really stuck in between a rock and a hard place. I wonder what will happen to him now?
There were some seriously hateable characters in this book. Adri, Pearl, Queen Levana and Sybil definitely. I'm not sure about Kai's adviser Tori. He makes me suspicious, but that could just be me. I hope all of these people get what's coming to them.
I loved that this stories has similar elements to the Cinderella story, but is something quite different. Cinder is able to fend for herself for one thing and there's no fairy godmother to bail her out. I guess the closest thing she has to that is Dr. Erland. The whole thing with the Lunars and letumosis was a really nice twist. I hope that Cinder will be able to get help and do what she has to do. Even though she now knows what she's truly up against. And little do so many people know, but their survival hinges up the girl they revile so much. I'm dying to know how Kai will react once he knows the truth, but how long will it be before he finds out? And how much time will Levana have to brainwash him? Hell, she might not have to. She knows he'd do anything from the Commonwealth. All she really has to do is threaten the people and he may go along. He can only keep that awful woman at bay for so long. Will he trust what Cinder told him? Or what was revealed make her doubt him? I can't wait to find out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing Sc...moreSynopsis:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners -- and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage -- in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
This book is too freaking cute. I didn't realize that it is a YA prequel to Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series until I saw it on her website. I'm going to have to finally check out that series after all. I've been curious about it for a while now. Back to this book.
This was fun and I liked Sophronia from the start. Feisty little thing. Too feisty in her mother's opinion. As such, Sophronia gets herself sent off to Finishing School. To Sophronia, this is even worse than being sent off to become a vampire's drone. Still, she's sent off without any fanfare and on the way to the school, she and the people she's traveling with get attacked by flywaymen who are apparently looking for some kind of prototype. Sophronia, is of course, curious as to what this is. Especially given the behavior of their supposed headmistress who actually turns out to be another student.
From here, things just get stranger and stranger. Sophronia meets her first werewolf, her first vampire and the real headmistress who apparently has quite the ample bosom. She also befriends the niece of one of the professors and the "sooties" who are the men that work in the boiler room. She goes on multiple excursions around the school-which is actually a floating airdinghy and quite different from any finishing school that you would expect. Especially since the headmistress doesn't seem to know wtf really goes on at the school. These girls are learning to finish in more than just one way.
Sophronia and her friend Dimity decide that they will find the prototype that the flywaymen want so badly and that the school needs for a communication device. They don't care for Monique who lied about their initial encounter with the flywaymen and who just seems to be a regular witch besides. Lots of adventures occur in trying to determine where Monique hid the prototype and Sophronia realizes that there's only one place that she could have hid it. A whole lot of wackiness ensues in procuring, but what fun that was. A cheese pie was involved.
I loved seeing Sophronia becoming just a bit more ladylike despite herself and for a 14 y/o girl, she is pretty quick witted. Damned sneaky, too. I just fell in love with her and the friends she made. Especially Soap and Vieve. I kind of hope something develops between Sophronia and Soap. They've both got little crushes on each other. But then there's that Piston boy who seems to be quite pretty. I have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of him, despite not knowing what his name is. I look forward to seeing Professor Braithwope, too. Him and all of those "Whot"s. Too funny. And there's still one thing about Monique that we don't know. And why was Captain Niall not where he was supposed to be that day of the play? I wonder if we'll find those things out in the second book, which I will definitely be reading.(less)