WHEN YOU REACH ME is a letter Miranda was asked to write but someone. She's not sure who. She's not sure how this person knows the things he kWow.
WHEN YOU REACH ME is a letter Miranda was asked to write but someone. She's not sure who. She's not sure how this person knows the things he knows. But he has proof that what he says is true.
Not only does Stead introduce (how many?) twelve characters in the beginning of the story, she also makes you care about each one. Amazing. I didn't forget who anyone was or have to go back to remind myself.
The story is woven in such a way that there are so many mysteries unsolved... And you don't start figuring them out until the end. And in some cases, you figure them out right along with Miranda. This was a wonderful middle grade novel! ...more
This was a super cute story that reminded me of the good old days when I loved playing with cardboard boxes too. The sentiment portrayed on every pageThis was a super cute story that reminded me of the good old days when I loved playing with cardboard boxes too. The sentiment portrayed on every page captures exactly what a child is thinking when they play with a box.
I also love that the book is made with some sort of recycled cardboard. It gives it that extra special touch....more
I was strolling the Barnes & Noble Young Readers section for a book to read when I saw THE SECRET IDENTITY OF DEVON DELANEY. The cover intrigued mI was strolling the Barnes & Noble Young Readers section for a book to read when I saw THE SECRET IDENTITY OF DEVON DELANEY. The cover intrigued me (I am all about judging books by covers) so I settled down next to the shelves and began reading.
THE SECRET IDENTITY OF DEVON DELANEY is about a girl named Devon who can't stop lying. It all started with a summer vacation at her Grandma's house where she made friends with a girl named Lexi and told Lexi that she was popular and dated the most popular guy in her junior high. It all went downhill when Lexi moved and started going to Devon's school.
This book was cute, quirky, and full of lies. Once Devon started it was hard to stop. A slippery slope. Every time another lie fell from her mouth (because they did seem to just come out without her meaning them to) I cringed a little. When was this girl going to learn? Luckily, she did. By the end of the book, the things I was hoping would happen did. A cute summer read....more
Necropolis (the fourth installment of the Gatekeepers series) is about a girl who finds out she's more than she thought and a boy's journey to find heNecropolis (the fourth installment of the Gatekeepers series) is about a girl who finds out she's more than she thought and a boy's journey to find her and save her. Scarlett Adams is the fifth and final Gatekeeper, destined to fight side by side with the four other Gatekeepers against the Old Ones (aka evil beings who want to take over the world).
I won this in a first reads contest and haven't read the first three books. I wasn't sure if this book would be able to stand alone, but it did! I was never confused about what was going on or what had previously happened--there was enough recap of that for me to get by. The story itself kept me involved and reading. I loved Aidan and the four boy Gatekeepers--and that each Gatekeeper had some sort of power (and in some cases were gods/goddesses reincarnated--but not the typical norse/greek gods).
The story had adventure, a quest, kidnapping, death, evil, magic...what more could you ask for?
I'm definitely going to go read the first three! (and the fifth one...) ...more
I read Perdido Street Station on the recommendation of a friend. It was incredibly written, though there were things about it I just couldn't bring myI read Perdido Street Station on the recommendation of a friend. It was incredibly written, though there were things about it I just couldn't bring myself to like. Even so, because China Miéville's writing was so good, I wanted to read more of his works. Un Lun Dun was the one that drew me the most--because I knew it was a children's book and it sounded more like dark fantasy rather than steampunk. I'm a sucker for a good dark fantasy novel.
Un Lun Dun didn't disappoint. It's full of cleverness, delightfulness, and bizareness. I wondered at first if Un Lun Dun would be at all like Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (and I think a lot of people have the same thought before reading Un Lun Dun). It is nothing like Neverwhere (though Miéville did get advice from Neil Gaiman while writing his story since Un Lun Dun does deal with a parallel London). But it's just as good. It's entertaining. It has action, danger. It's heartwarming and creepy all at once. It's incredibly inventive. At every turn of the page I thought to myself "this is genius!" about something Miéville thought up. Loved it. LOVED it.
If you like dark fantasy, if you like creepy, magical tales with characters you wish you could be friends with, go read this book. Go. Now....more
I couldn't wait to be done with this book but it kept going and going. Flora Segunda was around 400 pages long, and I'm not sure it really needed to bI couldn't wait to be done with this book but it kept going and going. Flora Segunda was around 400 pages long, and I'm not sure it really needed to be that long. Not much happened. I was intrigued with all the talk of Flora wanting to be a Ranger and then stumbling upon a Ranger. And that particular story-line, at least in this first book, fell flat. Instead the book focused on her loss of Will. Also interesting, but not what I was expecting or hoping for. It seems like maybe this book was just to set up the story and the world for later books, which might be more interesting and adventuresome.
I liked that everything had A Name (yes, in caps). The Bedroom of Redoubtable Dreams. The people could bow or curtsy and it would be described as bowing Respect to an Elder or somesuch. I also liked the way the book ended (which Shall Not be Mentioned). I didn't like that words like "cool" or "triple dog dare" somehow found their way into this world. It didn't seem plausible that these people in this time period in that world would say those things. Especially since it seemed as though the author made up certain words for their culture. "Ayah so" instead of even so. Or just "ayah" for okay. Also slightly off-putting was that the other race was based on Aztecan culture.
If the second book focuses on Flora becoming a Ranger and learning more magic then I might give it a chance. ...more