Jane Yolen is great. I think it is wonderful that she came up with this wonderfully strong heroine whose power comes from her fencing helmet and foil.Jane Yolen is great. I think it is wonderful that she came up with this wonderfully strong heroine whose power comes from her fencing helmet and foil.
Colorblind Aliera has only seen the world in black, white, and grays until events cause her to look for head protection and she puts on her fencing helmet in Grand Central Station. Once in place, the world is an entirely different place for her. Faeries, dragons, demons, trolls, and other scary things surround her (all in bright and beautiful color) and the other unsuspecting people in the station.
Trouble is afoot and it is up to her to save the world. Her $2.00 practice foil is her weapon and the cutest guy she’s ever seen is her backup (even though he is a bit of a troll.)
I’m looking forward to diving into the the see what happens next. CURSES, FOILED AGAIN is already available....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
Whit and Wisty are violently taken from their house in the middle of the night and thrown into jail with many other children. Their family (the AllgooWhit and Wisty are violently taken from their house in the middle of the night and thrown into jail with many other children. Their family (the Allgoods) are being accused of being magical – Whit being a wizard and Wisty, a witch. The news is a shock to the brother and sister since their parents never told them about their power.
The two eventually break out of the prison and reluctantly join the resistance and fight against the New Order and The One Who Is The One. Whit and Wisty’s main goal is to find their parents. In hopes of reuniting with them, the siblings join in the fight to rescue the other prisoners still left in the Reformatory.
This graphic novel is an exact retelling of the novel form of this book. I was really disappointed in the book when I read it in 2009. Click HERE for my review. I enjoyed the graphic novel more because of the illustrations. I still feel this is one of the worst “James Patterson” novels available. A lot of potential, but not much pay off. ...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
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
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