I first started the Warriors series back in the Fall of 2010, when I had some downtime between college classes; I was getting bored with fini...more*Spoilers
I first started the Warriors series back in the Fall of 2010, when I had some downtime between college classes; I was getting bored with finishing my homework early, and just sitting around, waiting for the next class to start. Gotta take what’s available, and sometimes those classes can have sizable gaps. So, around that time, I got a recommendation from a (now former) friend who is/was as obsessed with cats as I am, and I bought the series right away. It captured me immediately. I’ve always been a reader, but I had kind of slowed down just prior to reading this series, only reading a book a month or so. Not only did this series (along with its spin-offs) rejuvenate my love for books, but it helped me through a rough patch of being in constant pain, misdiagnosed for 2 years culminating in a near death ER visit and two weeks in the hospital, and surgery. But now, the book. It starts with a house cat (a “kittypet”), Rusty who has dreams of a life beyond the mundane. After a hard decision, he leaves his life of comfort and join one of the four wild cat Clans living in the forest at the edge of the forest near his house. It’s a tough life from the start, not only having to hunt food for himself and his clan, but seemingly proving his loyalty to everyone but his Clan leader and best friend.
When Firepaw (Rusty, Firepaw being his Clan apprentice name) discovers a traitor in their midst, a cat who is revered for his fighting skills and generally held in high esteem among his Clanmates, he finds it left to him to save the life of the cat who would be his evil Clanmate’s scapegoat, all the while proving himself to his Clan, hunting, fighting off the hostile Shadowclan, proving another cat’s innocence; oh and rescuing a few kits.
It’s a wonderful, exciting story with lots of emotion. It’s stayed with me since I read it, and opened the door to animal literature for me. It will always hold a special little place in my heart.(less)
I really love this series (I've read it and reread it), but the question is, why didn't the Baudelaire parents have a specific plan for their children...moreI really love this series (I've read it and reread it), but the question is, why didn't the Baudelaire parents have a specific plan for their children in case the worst happened (and did)? The Baudelaires were always in danger, (view spoiler)[being a part of VFD (hide spoiler)], so why on Earth were they so stupid? Yes, I know that wouldn't make a book, but the question remains.(less)
>Originally read Feb. 17 ~ March 11, 2012 >Re-read February 17 ~ 21, 2014.
It does read a bit like fan fiction, but fun fan fiction. This...more>Originally read Feb. 17 ~ March 11, 2012 >Re-read February 17 ~ 21, 2014.
It does read a bit like fan fiction, but fun fan fiction. This book is pretty easy to breeze through. The ending seems a bit rushed, though, once Alyss (view spoiler)[enters the Maze (hide spoiler)]; but a very fun book, overall. I just love Jack of Diamonds!
On a side note, Alyss was (view spoiler)[engaged to Prince Leopold, and they even ended up in front of the pastor, but the wedding is interrupted by Wonderland assassins and Alyss returns to Wonderland after 13 years in England. In the short time she's gone from England (a matter of days to maybe a week or two...there didn't seem to be much time lapse at all), Leopold pledges himself to another and calls it love. He didn't take much time to mourn his almost-wife's disappearance, did he? The douchebag. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
>Originally read May 27 ~ June 2, 2012. 5* >Re-read October 3, 2013 - December 8, 2013. 5*
In the end, (view spoiler)[Eva leaves Otto and Rovee to...more>Originally read May 27 ~ June 2, 2012. 5* >Re-read October 3, 2013 - December 8, 2013. 5*
In the end, (view spoiler)[Eva leaves Otto and Rovee to keep them safe, then finds Hailey; he put her in danger, so it only seems fair that he will (hopfully) face the dangers ahead with Eva. (hide spoiler)]
I really, really wish book 3 was out now! Having reread books 1 & 2 this year, I realized this is truly some of the best I have ever read. The artwork is amazing and really lends itself to the story. So please, please hurry up, Book 3!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Warriors: Enter the Clans, by Erin Hunter, is a compilation/omnibus containing the field guides Secrets of the Clans and Code of the Clans.
Secrets of...moreWarriors: Enter the Clans, by Erin Hunter, is a compilation/omnibus containing the field guides Secrets of the Clans and Code of the Clans.
Secrets of the Clans is a "guided tour" of the Clans; you are introduced to a different Clan cat in each section who tells about the layout of their territories, both in the old forest and near the lake; what they hunt and how; Ceremonies; Prophecies; Mythology and why their Clan is the "best" (to name but a few sections). Very little new info, but a cute jaunt down memory lane.
Code of the Clans takes us through the 15 sections of the Warrior Code by illustrating each tenant with a story (usually around 3 to 7 pages long) from Warrior history on how such a rule came to be; even includes a short section on proposed Codes that never saw the light of day. This one was definitely the more interesting to read, though since it contained a good bit of new material. However it did contain a flaw or two in relation to the main series: (view spoiler)[Skyclan, the real fifth Clan (not Starclan) is not remembered as ever being part of the forest because they were pushed out long before any of the cats alive in the original series, and the cats who did the pushing were so ashamed of what they did, they did a sort of cover-up by never including Skyclan in any of their history and lore. This chapter of history is relayed in the Warriors Super Edition: Firestar's Quest (who even then, does not make his Clan privy to such knowledge). Thus, it does not fit for this book to have a story of Skyclan being one of the stories behind one of the Codes. Their is no reason to believe they weren't behind this change to the Code, but the forest Cats would not know it, even if it was true; because, as I said, forest Cats did not know about them since long ago. It is nice to hear about them, don't get me wrong, it just doesn't fit to have Leafpool to tell their legend when she has never been privy to their knowledge, nor does she seem to act as if Skyclan was a recent revelation to her. She narrates as if it just...is. (hide spoiler)]
Both good books, if not great, but still pleasant to read never-the-less.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Survivors is a mostly delightful read, though rather insubstantial.
It tries to be just what it sounds like: Warriors , but with dogs. On that front,...moreSurvivors is a mostly delightful read, though rather insubstantial.
It tries to be just what it sounds like: Warriors , but with dogs. On that front, it falls rather flat. Natural elements are personified; earth is Earth-dog, a sort of living, breathing deity, a contrast to Starclan in Warriors , but they don’t seem to have any real attachment to these ideals like in Warriors, except when hoping another earthquake doesn’t strike (aka an earth growl), or fondly remembering stories at their mothers bellies.
When not trying to be Warriors, it’s a pretty breezy read, though not a perfect one. Lucky (original, huh?) is a natural leader, but all he wants is to be alone, but manages to form a pack anyhow, despite his protests he was a Lone Dog. (view spoiler)[This is annoying to me because Lucky still feels this way at the end of the book, though the dogs all respect him and he risked his life for them. There was no coming around to a pack lifestyle for Lucky, And as this is a series, guess what? Lucky comes back again to save these dogs in book 2. Why even have him leave? It’s annoying that Lucky is constantly pulling them out of scrapes but won’t join their family. WHY??!! You can still write a series with him in the pack…they’ve written how many warriors books? Help wasn’t always coming from some rogue. (hide spoiler)]
But anyway, these are basically the worst things of the book, I would recommend borrowing this before buying, or buying this book secondhand. This was a cute book, and I’ll most likely read the rest of the series, but it’s not a book I would read twice.
Read in May 2013 Review originally posted May 24, 2013 Edited June 11, 2013
EDIT: I'm removing this book from my 2013 challenge for reasons my review not...moreRead in May 2013 Review originally posted May 24, 2013 Edited June 11, 2013
EDIT: I'm removing this book from my 2013 challenge for reasons my review notes. Other graphic novels will stay.
Received for free from Netgalley for an honest opinion.
This review is going to be very short, but I'll get to as why in a moment. The illustrations are just WOW! The layout of the book, was nice, the pictures surrounded by the text of the story had a sort of collage look (but it wasn't photos with subtitles, just the layout); Unfortunately, I can't comment on the storyline because of the very same reason. I couldn't zoom in on the text to make it big enough to read because the app (the one Netgalley uses besides KIndle) apparently couldn't discern between the text and the pictures (because of the layout). I know the zoom function does work because I used it for another ebook, but it didn't work on this one. Very unfortunate. You may ask "5 stars for a book you just LOOKED at???" Yes, because the artwork was just that good. I definitely look forward to when I can buy a hard copy and enjoy the full experience then.(less)
A very intriguing read, even though this is labeled a "child's" book. The story is written rather well; I always wanted to know what would happen next...moreA very intriguing read, even though this is labeled a "child's" book. The story is written rather well; I always wanted to know what would happen next,and the characters are very likable. My only problem with this book, that became more apparent here than in the first book, is that the owls use very human words and explanations for almost everything. One owl, Twilight, also uses the word person in a sentence several time: To paraphrase Twilight, "It's enough to make a person exhausted" or something like that; you get the idea. He should say owl, not person. These owls even read and write their own books and take written exams, and drink tea! They don't seem to exhibit much of their own culture by using any bits of a created language; other books I've read containing animal culture either 1) explicitly had their own language, and mixed these words into the "common" (English) tongue (example: Watership Down, Tailchaser's Song), or 2) they only spoke English, but made up words to fit their surroundings according to how they saw things without a human understanding, such as humans being called Twolegs and roads being called a thunderpath (Erin Hunter's Warriors saga). Considering most of these owls have apparently never had interactions with humans, they should be oblivious to how humans speak; it seems odd they would use the exact same words for everything as we do. I guess it's just hard to imagine owls writing novels (especially since the first book did not portray owls as essentially humans, but with feathers and beaks). But if you can ignore that, it really is a worthwhile read. Recommended.(less)
Received for free through Goodreads First Reads program.
This book is not actually about zombies; it's about a teenage boy who is obsessed with zombie...moreReceived for free through Goodreads First Reads program.
This book is not actually about zombies; it's about a teenage boy who is obsessed with zombie movies and develops a sort of "zombie code" to live by in real life. The boy eventually encounters a hairy situation where his otherwise silly code actually helps him out, or something like that...I don't know, this book was so boring I found myself just reading and rereading passages without anything sinking in.
I disliked this book not only because it is misleading, but it just portrays teen boys (and even the father somewhat) as being obsessed with the male anatomy: either the boy is ogling girls, which leads to anatomy references, or making jokes and talking about how to tie a Windsor knot, which again leads to male anatomy references. Apparently everything can be turned into an anatomy reference if you try hard enough. The references are totally blunt and without finesse and comes across as crass, in my opinion.
Also, the code with which the character lives by is stupid, in my opinion. He uses it in his day to day life, and he never, ever makes eye contact with anyone? The kid comes across as spineless, not someone who could slay zombies.
Plus the kid's life is just boring to read about: go to school, ogle girls, go home, watch zombie movies, sleep, repeat. OK, my life isn't exactly interesting, but that's why I read. I don't want that boring stuff in my books!
Very few books ever get less than 3 stars because I'm mostly a positive thinker when it comes to books; I think any book that is interesting enough to make a person stick around to the end must speak for itself and be at least halfway decent. But this book wasn't halfway decent. I only finished it because it was a giveaway and I uphold my end of the bargain and always review these as I finish them. If I didn't feel obligated I would have just trashed and forgotten it, and not even bothered with a review, but here we are; so 1 star, not worth the time/effort, in my opinion.
I received this book back in November, 2011. Since then, I've only read about half of it. It's an interesting concept, but I felt like it was getting...moreI received this book back in November, 2011. Since then, I've only read about half of it. It's an interesting concept, but I felt like it was getting dragged out a bit, and gave up on it. Don't get me wrong, I love thick novels, but (and this is the first time I have ever said this) this book is just too heavy on the details, too play-by-play. This could have been a tight thriller if some of it had been cut, but it loses sight of the action a lot, and it's less exciting than normal by being excessively bogged down by knowing exactly what the characters on both sides are thinking and doing at all times; no surprises. Again, I love books with multiple perspectives, but I like it when a character keeps one or two secrets to themselves; not so here. I know people who loved the book will hate that I panned the book without reading it all the way through, but I'm not usually that kind of person. I love books, and usually do read them from start to finish, but this book is so long that I simply don't want to spend so much time reading a book that bores me. So, in all fairness, I won't rate the book poorly and take it down a notch, since it takes reading the whole book to rate it fairly.(less)
I'm not really a sci-fi person, but the cover stuck out on the store shelves...oooooohhhhh, shiny. I'd like to expand my horizons, but I'm scared wher...moreI'm not really a sci-fi person, but the cover stuck out on the store shelves...oooooohhhhh, shiny. I'd like to expand my horizons, but I'm scared where sci-fi is concerned. Sorry, sci-fi lovers.(less)