The New Order has taken control of the government. The One Who Is The One has passed new laws that severely inhibit the citizens. Art, music, free expThe New Order has taken control of the government. The One Who Is The One has passed new laws that severely inhibit the citizens. Art, music, free expression, imagination, and magic are illegal and if you are caught participating in any of these activities you will be put in prison for rehabilitation or, worst case scenario, executed.
Whit and Wisty, brother and sister, are roused out of a good night’s sleep when the police bust into their home and arrest them. They are taken to a prison where they find it filled with nothing but other children. Whit and Wisty are pushed to the limit and their magical abilities are revealed without them even knowing they possessed them. It turns out that Whit is a wizard and Wisty is a witch. For this, they should be executed, but The One Who Is The One wants some information from them first.
Whit and Wisty find out their parents have been sentenced to death, but have managed to escape from capture. The make it their mission to break out of prison and find their parents. With the unexpected help, they manage to get out of their cell and begin their life on the run.
Basically, this is the rest of the book. The reader never gets to witness, which I was really hoping to, the condition of the outside world for the everyday citizens. I wanted to see what their lives were like under the oppression of the new leader. Instead, all we get to read about are Whit and Wisty running from authorities through secret passageways – away from the eyes of the townspeople.
The ending of WITCH & WIZARD leaves it COMPLETELY open for a sequel – so much so that it doesn’t even come full circle and solve even one problem, but just leave off for the next installment.
This is officially my last James Patterson book. I really had high hopes for WITCH & WIZARD. The sample chapter in the back of DANIEL X: WATCH THE SKIES sounded so good. The problem is, the first chapter is about the only good part of the book.
FYI – Gabrielle Charbonnet has published many books, but mostly for Disney and Baby-sitter’s Little Sister books....more
Anne is sixteen-years-old and even though her family is still recovering from the loss of her brother to cancer two years ago, she still maintains a tAnne is sixteen-years-old and even though her family is still recovering from the loss of her brother to cancer two years ago, she still maintains a typical teenage life. She hangs out with her best friend, Tess, stresses over school work, and takes an advanced ballet class. While attending a performance of Swan Lake, she learns that not everything in the world can be explained. From this night on, she is thrust into a world involving danger, betrayal, and magic.
Ethan is a member of the Brotherhood, a group created in the early 1900’s to protect Tsar Nicholas II and his family. He is intent on finding the girl destined to release the Grand Duchess Anastasia from captivity where she has been since the assassination of her family. Anastasia is stuck at age seventeen until she can be released from Baba Yaga, a witch from Russian Folklore, just like Ethan is stuck at eighteen until he can release her. After almost one hundred years, Ethan has finally found the girl who can help him – Anne.
Anne dreamed of Anastasia even before Ethan came into her life. Anne is in the basement with the Romanov family looking through Anastasia’s eyes as her family is being murdered in front of her. She knows there is something strange about what happened to Anastasia, but doesn’t know enough to put the pieces together. What she witnesses during the dreams doesn’t make sense in a realistic world. When Ethan approaches Anne, she must make the decision whether or not to believe him and if she is going to help him or not. She finds out that she holds more than one life in her hands.
DREAMING ANASTASIA is a book that blends the present and the past in such a way it is seamless. The alternating points of view of Anne, Ethan, and Anastasia create a clear picture for the reader. The inclusion of handwritten letters from Anastasia to all of her family members gives the reader the historical background needed to understand the plot of this creative story. Once you start reading, you won’t want to put the book down. You’ll want to start researching the Romanov family as soon as you are finished....more
Elphame, a satyr goddess born to a human mother and centaur father, has never felt a part of life. She has been worshipped and taken care of to the poElphame, a satyr goddess born to a human mother and centaur father, has never felt a part of life. She has been worshipped and taken care of to the point no one feels comfortable enough with her to be free to speak to her like a friend. She has always been on a pedestal in the eyes of the people in Partholon.
Elphame decides it is time to strike out on her own. Along with her brother, she travels across the country to restore the long abandoned MacCallan Castle. A century has passed since the terrible Fomorian battle that killed many of Elphame’s clansman. While tales of ghosts keep most people away, Elphame feels the pull of the castle and knows deep in her soul she is meant to restore it and claim the castle as her own. She is meant to become The MacCallan, the leader of the clan.
Love is something Elphame assumed she would never experience. Who would want to love someone so clearly not human. She loves her strong hoofed legs, but at the same time is aware how they set her apart from everyone around her. She is completely caught off guard when she meets Lochlan, a hybrid Fomorian who claims to be her destiny. But, what are Lochlan’s true intentions? Can she trust the well-being of her clan for a chance at love?
ELPHAME’S CHOICE is a great romance. Anyone who enjoys reading about days of warriors and castles will find the setting appealing and Elphame is a very strong character and wonderful role model for girl readers. My major concern is this – I don’t think this should be marketed as a young adult novel. I found my copy in the young adult section at Borders and as you can see from the publisher information, it is being rereleased by Harlequin Teen. P.C. Cast first published this book in 2004 under Harlequin’s Luna imprint. I realize Harlequin didn’t have a teen imprint at that time, but…. ELPHAME’S CHOICE contains clearly spelled out sex scenes with typical “romance” language. I’m totally for allowing people (including teens) reading what they want to, but I think labeling it young adult and putting it on the young adult shelf is a little misleading.
Has anyone else read this yet? If so, tell me what you think....more
Jack enjoys his normal life in Trinity, Ohio. He spends time with his best friends, goes to school, and is extremely excited about soccer tryouts. JacJack enjoys his normal life in Trinity, Ohio. He spends time with his best friends, goes to school, and is extremely excited about soccer tryouts. Jack is very healthy, despite the thick scar that resides above his heart and the medicine he has to take everyday. Life is ordinary - until he forgets to take his medicine.
Soccer tryouts are a breeze. Jack has never felt so alive and when his nemesis, Lobeck, gets in his way, Jack slams him into the goal - without touching him. Jack doesn't realize he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people, and when he sent Lobeck flying into the soccer net, the magic he released acted as a signal to others around him.
Jack, destined to be a wizard, but born without his stone, was saved by a leader of the White Rose. The moment Jack's life was saved, his destiny changed. Now, with a warrior stone behind his heart, he is meant to fight for the White Rose in a magical tournament - if he survives until his magic fully manifests.
Jack is one of the last warriors and both the Red and the White houses want him to fight for them. Whichever house wins the fight-to-the-death tournament has the power to control the magical community.
In a world full of wizards, warriors, seers, sorcerers, and enchanters, Jack doesn't know who to trust. Nothing around him is as it seemed.
THE WARRIOR HEIR is the first in a trilogy by Cinda Williams Chima. The story contains many lovable characters, including Jack's two Anaweir (non-magical) best friends. Even though Fitch and Will don't have magical powers, they find a way to be instrumental in Jack's struggle for survival.
THE WARRIOR HEIR is a delightful fantasy. You'll definitely want to read the next two in the series, THE WIZARD HEIR and THE DRAGON HEIR....more
Seph McCauley has been kicked out of private school after private school. Trouble seems to follow him around. When he is associated in a tragic fire tSeph McCauley has been kicked out of private school after private school. Trouble seems to follow him around. When he is associated in a tragic fire that results in the death of a close friend, his guardians – a law firm – decide he needs a drastic change. Seph is sent to The Havens, a school with a good track record with rebellious boys.
Seph has always known he is special, in fact, he knows he is a wizard. He just hasn’t had the luxury of training since his parents have long been dead and his foster-mother, a sorceress, wanted to keep him away from the magical world as much as possible. In her opinion, wizards are bad news – always looking for ways to control and manipulate the people around them for their own benefit. He desperately wants training and to know more about his heritage and, at first, he thinks he might be able to find that at The Havens.
Jeremy Leicester promises Seph exactly what he wants – as long as he gives Leicester what he asks for in return. When Seph comes to understand what Leicester is after, he decides he doesn’t want anything to do with him. The problem is, Leicester is a very powerful wizard and he isn’t used to being denied. It will take everything Seph has to survive his time at The Havens.
Luckily, Seph isn’t completely on his own. THE WIZARD HEIR brings back characters readers grew to love in the first book of this trilogy, THE WARRIOR HEIR. We see Jack Swift, Ellen Stephenson, Linda Downey and Leander Hastings – all important players in the battle between the wizards and the lower guilds. Readers are also introduced to a few new characters like Jason Haley, another students at The Havens, who provides Seph with much needed support and Madison Moss, a beautiful girl who steals his heart, who has many secrets of her own.
THE WIZARD HEIR is an enchanting story. It is easy to get lost in the world Cinda Williams Chima creates for her characters. It would be best to read THE WARRIOR HEIR first, but if you can’t get your hands on it, starting with THE WIZARD HEIR would probably be okay. You won’t be lost, but you’ll miss out on some of the references in terms of the returning characters.
Don’t wait. This isn’t a series you should miss....more
Kibuishi (creator of AMULET) is the editor of this graphic novel short story collection. Each story is very different, both in artistic style and subjKibuishi (creator of AMULET) is the editor of this graphic novel short story collection. Each story is very different, both in artistic style and subject matter. The common thread that connects each of these stories is a box – not the same box, but a box of some kind.
There are 7 stories included in this collection. My favorite is Whatzit by Johane Matte and Saymone Phanekham. I loved the art style of this one. Also, even though it was short, I felt the story was complete without being rushed and choppy.
Look at this picture. What’s not to love about little Deet, the main character of the story?
Truthfully, I don’t like short story collections. Notice the 3 Glasses rating. So, if you really need something quick to read and this is handy, go ahead and give it a try. But, I wouldn’t go out of my way to get this one....more
Whit and Wisty are on the run. Danger is around every corner with the New Order police on the lookout. Their pictures are posted everywhere making itWhit and Wisty are on the run. Danger is around every corner with the New Order police on the lookout. Their pictures are posted everywhere making it difficult to blend in. Whit’s magic is running low and Wisty is in the last stages of the Blood Plague. Whit has to find somewhere to hide and someway to help Wisty or he is afraid he’ll lose her for good.
The resistance has been scattered and Whit doesn’t know if they are even alive. Luckily, Whit comes across a little girl named Pearl Ann who takes them to her family’s house and offers them safety and care for Wisty. They both get some much needed rest.
An old family friend comes along and tells Whit and Wisty about the parts they have to play in the battle with The One Who Is The One. Sadly, their parts lead them in separate directions. While Whit goes deep into Shadowland, Wisty has to infiltrate enemy territory to get close the The One.
Battling against evil forces, trained soldiers, and brainwashed kids, Wisty and Whit are forced to explore their powers more than they ever have.
THE FIRE was a fairly exciting and a lot better than WITCH & WIZARD #1. The problem was the ending. It was much too easily wrapped up. Another issue was the lack of explanation about Whit and Wisty’s power. No one ever explained to them what they are capable of doing. It became really irritating that no one would tell them what they were supposed to do.
THE FIRE is #3 in the series. I didn’t read #2, but don’t feel like I missed anything. The beginning of the book provided enough background to fill in some gaps so I wasn’t lost. I would be totally happy if this was the end of the series, but it probably won’t be....more
Hilarious. I'm so glad I've listened to the audio books from this series because when I read this short story I was able to hear Skulduggery's voice aHilarious. I'm so glad I've listened to the audio books from this series because when I read this short story I was able to hear Skulduggery's voice as he picked apart Scaramouch's flawed plan of world domination. ...more
Henry Whelp lives in a reformatory for troubled boys called the Home for Wayward Wolves. He’s been there since his father was thrown in jail for killiHenry Whelp lives in a reformatory for troubled boys called the Home for Wayward Wolves. He’s been there since his father was thrown in jail for killing Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. He’s been mad at his father ever since and embarrassed when people bring it up. He doesn’t like people thinking he is going to twist off and go on a killing spree like his dad, but everyone thinks killing is in his blood.
Henry lives in Dust City, a dark and dangerous place known for its black market dust. Dust is a mind-altering drug that has the entire population addicted. The wolves, foxes, ravens, and hominids all crave dust to make them feel better and heal their sicknesses. At one time, the dust was a good and magical thing – actual fairy dust given out by the fairies themselves in order to make people live up to their potential. Something has happened to all the fairies though. They have disappeared without a trace and the only way to fill the need is for the thaumaturgical companies to create synthetic dust to push on the public.
Henry has always tried to stay away from dust and only accepts it when administered by medical personnel. He is afraid it will turn him into a killer like his father, but when there is a murder at the Home where he lives, Henry is forced to hunt for the truth about it, what really happened the night his father killed Little Red and her grandma, and what happened to the fairies. With the help of Fiona, a beautiful she wolf, Henry jumps into the world of the black market, hoping he can find his way out again.
DUST CITY is so creative. The mix of different fairy tale characters and story lines is amazing. Cindy Ella is the headmaster at the Home for Wayward Wolves. The policeman on Henry’s case is Detective White (Snow White) and Jack (Beanstalk) is Henry’s best friend. As soon as I read the first page I was hooked. These wolves aren’t the typical wolves we’ve seen in fantasy novels lately so if you are in the mood for something unique, give this one a try....more
Nastasya (Nasty to her friends) is an Immortal. She is over 400-years-old and has lived every type of life imaginable. For the last century she has be
Nastasya (Nasty to her friends) is an Immortal. She is over 400-years-old and has lived every type of life imaginable. For the last century she has been living the life of luxury and partying every night - numbing herself so there isn't any chance for her to remember some of the terrible things she has done or lived through.
Nastasya's perspective on life changes drastically when she witnesses her best friend, another Immortal, torture a human using powerful and dark magic. She is frightened by what he can do with magic and has an unexplainable feeling for the need to escape. Nastasya wakes up the morning after the incident and packs whatever she can grab the fastest into a suitcase and leaves her apartment. She tells her doorman she is going to Paris to shop, but instead heads for America using an identity her friends don't know about. She doesn't want them to be able to track her down.
Nastasya is headed to a remote cabin owned by an Immortal named River. She met River in the 1920's after a terrible car accident. River could tell Nastasya and her friends were wasting their lives and invited her to visit her home so Nastasya could learn a new way to live. A way that would draw on "good" magic and give back to society rather than just taking taking taking.
River's Edge is a haven for Immortals who are in the need to rejuvenation and education. While they take classes on different aspects of Immortal life, they share the load of chores around the organic farm. Kitchen duty, gardening, and tending animals, are the chores everyone takes turns doing. Nastasya can tell as soon as she arrives, this isn't the place for her. She hasn't done manual labor in 100 years and doesn't want to start now, but when she does attempt to leave she gets a terrible feeling of fright and danger and is forced to return to make the best of it.
Nastasya's life becomes even more complicated when she meets the gorgeous and sexy Reyn. She is drawn to him more than she has ever been drawn to any other man in her life. He crowds her thoughts no matter what she is doing on the farm, but she can't shake the feeling that she knows him from sometime in her past and that makes her nervous. It also doesn't help that another Immortal staying at the farm has her sights on Reyn and considers Nastasya a major threat. Soon she doesn't even know if she is going to be safe at River's Edge.
IMMORTAL BELOVED was a joy to listen to. The narrator made getting to know Nastasya a delight. It is the first in a series - Book 2 - IMMORTAL DARKNESS is set to be released in 2011 and Book 3 - IMMORTAL LIGHT is set for 2012. I can't wait to see what happens because there is a lot still to resolve. This book would be appropriate for high school because there are several scenes dealing with sex and other adult situations....more
Rather than give a traditional review I'm going to just give the reasons I love this series. CHANGES is #12 of the Harry Dresden series so reviewing tRather than give a traditional review I'm going to just give the reasons I love this series. CHANGES is #12 of the Harry Dresden series so reviewing this title would give away some important plot points of the earlier books. I've read books #1 - #11 and listened to the audiobooks of #1 - #3 even after I'd already read them. James Marsters (SPIKE from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is the narrator and he does a fantastic job of bringing Harry to life.
Harry Dresden is a wizard. In fact, he is the only public wizard in Chicago and even has an ad in the phone book to try and drum up business. He does work for the Chicago PD on occasion whenever they have cases that seem "strange."
Harry Dresden comes into contact with other wizards, both good and bad, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and a myriad of other supernatural beings. He does it all with sarcastic humor that will make the reader laugh out loud.
Jim Butcher also does a great job of developing his secondary characters in this series, the most important probably being Karrin Murphy. (Sidenote: My name is Karin - if only Jim Butcher would have left out that extra R it would have been spelled just like mine. Also, I loved hearing James Marsters say my name on the audio book. If only he were whispering it in my ear!! HA HA HA)
Specifically, about CHANGES, it is probably the best book in the series. Jim Butcher gives his readers a thrilling ride and leaves them begging for the next installment. If you haven't read this series yet, go get the first one NOW!!!
I gave it the YA CROSSOVER button because there is no reason high school kids couldn't read and enjoy this series. There isn't much sex or language to worry about....more
Disappointing. My least favorite of the series. It should have been a short story. I still love Harry and I'm not giving up on him, but.... this didn'Disappointing. My least favorite of the series. It should have been a short story. I still love Harry and I'm not giving up on him, but.... this didn't live up to the other ones at all. I kind of feel cheated actually. ...more
Reychel has always lived in the castle as the king’s slave, but even among all the other slaves she is treated differently. She is the only one granteReychel has always lived in the castle as the king’s slave, but even among all the other slaves she is treated differently. She is the only one granted brief audiences with the king and while others may whisper of the inappropriateness of the king meeting alone with a slave, it is really quite innocent. The only thing he ever asks Reychel to do is to tell him stories. Reychel is always glad to oblige since it is the only time she is allowed to see outside. Any other time she is forbidden to go outside or even look outside. Everyone in the castle knows not to have windows or curtains open when she is around. Reychel has no idea why this strange rule applies to her.
On the eve of her fifteenth birthday, when the king is going to mark her as his property by burning his mark on the back of her neck, Ivy, her best friend, is kidnapped. Now, forced to face her branding alone, Reychel accepts her fate and realizes she’ll be stuck in her lonely life forever.
The day of her branding proves to be life changing. Is Reychel up to the challenges she is going to face? Can she really save her people and the other slaves? What is so special about her?
ANATHEMA is a the first book in the Cloud Prophet trilogy. The story idea is great and exactly the kind of thing I love the read. There were a few problems though. At times the dialogue didn’t ring true and between historical type speaking to current day speaking. Also, the romantic aspects of this story didn’t pull me in. I didn’t feel it was authentic. Those troubles aside, it is still worth the $2.99 Kindle price....more