That was...different. Not in a bad way though, just different. Nice to see a male main character, nice to see things from the "monster's" point of vieThat was...different. Not in a bad way though, just different. Nice to see a male main character, nice to see things from the "monster's" point of view. True, there are lots of paranormal YA books were the main character finds out they are actually not human, I love that Mackie knew this from the start but just tried to find a way to live his life....more
In reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it wasIn reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was less gothic mystery and more adventure, and romance. Actually the gothic mystery element of book one is what hooked me in the first place. At times this book felt so different, as if it weren't even related. I think mostly because it was so Lia focused...Alice only appears a times...though she is as creepy as ever.
I thought this book was going to go into more of the sister/sister struggle but that is more for book three it seems. I had other thoughts about where this book would go.....mystery island and steamy makeout seasons with new boy was not that direction lol but let's talk about what this book was, not what it wasn't.
Lia growth as a character is pretty consistent. She was less freaked out about being on the wrong end of the prophecy and more intent on making sure she takes the steps needed to complete the task at hand...you know, saving the world and banishing the Beast. I liked that Lia doesn't really doubt herself, she doubts at times if she will succeed, but never does she doubt that she is the good one in all this....but after you meet Alice (who is still just a bit lovable in her evilness, I mean she SHOULD have more on her mind than jealousy for her sister and stirring up romantic entanglements, but it just seemed so regular sibling rivalry, something a teen sister would do if you pissed her off, that it makes Lia and Alice stay connected as sisters in your mind....not just hero and creepy bad seed) there really is no doubt that Lia is the good one.
Another way this book felt different was the romance...more hot and heavy, modern YA feel, and less old fashioned Victorian charm. I think this might be showing how Lia is coming into her own as a Woman, and a Sister (society) in book one she was a girl and a sister (to Alice). But I was rather found of love interest one, it took a bit of time for this new guy to make an impact. Lia seems at odds with her old life and her more wild new life and role, so the love interest really help show the difference, in what her character wants and how she has changed.
Mostly I think this book was about that, about Lia's growth, about her doubts, loyalties and fears. We do get a new "end the prophesy Prophesy" at the end of the book...and I have to hand it to Zink, she writes some darn mysterious prophesies...usually I am working them out before the characters but really I have no idea what any of this means lol
This book felt very different than "The Prophesy of The Sisters" but not in a bad way, ...more
I love me some fairy tales so I knew this would be something I needed to get from local library. It's a quick, light read with some wonderful plays onI love me some fairy tales so I knew this would be something I needed to get from local library. It's a quick, light read with some wonderful plays on lesser known, or at least lesser referenced, fairy tales...which is enough to make me giddy. I very much enjoyed that this book was written with a male character, fairy tales aren't just for girls....I mean really all the good ones are awesome and bloody! LOL it was cute and fun. The characters were 17, but they seemed to be written younger, I could see them as 14 or so, but for the whole marriage plots (the standard, if the hero saves the day he wins the princess thing, flipped a bit around.) This is the type of YA that can read young, that some Of my 5th graders could get into. Maybe it's a little bland, but its cute, and chop full of fairy tale allusions....more
This book completely appealed to my 12 year old self, the one who used to read Fear Street, and had her own secret ghost story club under the bridge iThis book completely appealed to my 12 year old self, the one who used to read Fear Street, and had her own secret ghost story club under the bridge in town (very Midnight Society)and even as an adult I was completely hooked by this concept. Last year one of my students brought his copy from home, and I had a huge crowd of AM library go-ers who would watch the videos as he reached the correct points...they would replay them over and over until the next day when he was ready to move on to the next video (I love that he did not skip ahead, even though at times tonight I really wanted to) So I had answered the "MISS C YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS!!!" call and probably had seen all the videos without reading the book at the time, haha...but they creeped me out, and I LOVE scary movies haha. I really enjoyed the format of this book, text and vlogs, and "live" videostreaming. I'm giving this 5 stars because the concept, and execution was so fun and because it hooked a whole grade of students into reading. It's nothing out of the world writing wise, or plot wise (though I haven't worked it all out yet) it's just a great adventure for those who like ghost stories, and mysteries. My Third-5th graders love this series, but I could see it being popular with middle school too. I agree with another reviewer, the characters seemed younger than 15...but I would be running around with a video camera at 15 hunting for ghosts so maybe it's not THAT unrealistic ;) Oooh man, if they had digital cameras when I was a kid......more
Even though I was insanely tired I wanted to start "The Poison Eaters" as soon as possible, so I opened it up and was slammed into the gritty dark urbEven though I was insanely tired I wanted to start "The Poison Eaters" as soon as possible, so I opened it up and was slammed into the gritty dark urban fantasy world that is Holly Black's strong suit from the go...she doesn't ease you in, the first short story "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" is dark, disturbing, and sad. Actually sadness was a feeling I felt as I read through many of these stories. I think I may need to re-read "The Night Market" and "Virgin" because I'm feeling like I missed something important with those two. Actually no, WAIT, I JUST understood "Virgin" right now. I am offically an idiot. LOL...more
**spoiler alert** So it's about 6am. I woke up sick at 4 and decided to finish reading "Abandon" before school. I had hit a point in the story when la**spoiler alert** So it's about 6am. I woke up sick at 4 and decided to finish reading "Abandon" before school. I had hit a point in the story when last I picked it up, where I knew something was going to happen...mostly because I had read more than half of the book and not much had happened in progression of plot. That sounded harsh, but, up to that point the story was mostly flashbacks, which packed a punch, and were mysterious and lovely...but the actual here-and-now plot was trudging along. I knew it has to break though, soon...soon the backstory and the present would come together in some wonderful Meg Cabot way.
I'm sort of still waiting.
I very much liked the book, the concept was really REALLY cool. I even liked the main characters...mostly because John seemed like he was always 3 seconds from taking a hissy fit, and at times I thought maybe he should be on bi-polar meds...but it made him interesting at least, damaged. Not just your usual YA Paranormal Romance bad boy thing, but endearing almost...and slightly wacked. Pierce was very low-key of a character. She lacked some of the spunk that is usually present in Meg's leading ladies, but overall likeable.
The concept, as I mentioned, was great, but that's also the part that left me underwhelmed. I think perhaps it was due to the disjointed writing style. Flashbacks, while really good for estasblishing backstory (and in this case very well written) do have their drawbacks. They did cause the plot to feel slow-moving (and not in that wonderful gothic impending doom way.) Muddled. That's how it felt. When we finally get into the details of the story. Who John is, what he is, how he is what it is, who is the bad guy if it's not the emotionally unstable dead boy in the cementary, where do people go when they die....all the goodies...well, they are answered, but not really in detail, and mostly one character just matter of factly explains it all, neat little plot bow and all. The actual idea behind what happens when people die seemed scattered to me as well...not what happens to Pierce, but the vague oh you know this is ONE UNDERWORLD, but there are many others, so some people get lights, others get boats...is it based on your belief system...because Pierce, pretty sure, would be Christian, with her talk of Angels so why does she get sucked up into Greek Diety world? Is it just based on prominity? I'm so confused. Mostly I wanted more details...or more commitment on that side of the story.
John and Pierce...well they have potential...I am not sitting here thinking about how wonderful, or even drama-filled their realtionship is....only one moment really stood out for me especially. It wasn't a hissy fit, or a kiss by a moonlight pool...but strangely enough it was when Pierce was kidnapped the second time, and John sat down and completely ignored her and read a book while she ran about kicking doors down. Is it strange that THAT is what stood out for me as relationship moments? But it gave me hope that the interactions between these grow to be classic Meg Cabot as the series continues.
I hate rating this a 3, it was more like a 3.5...often it's hard for a first book in a series to pack it's full punch. Authors sometimes take the "all mysterious, where is what is happening now but I can't explain WHY until the next book" approach, or the "I am going to spend 500 pages explaining every little detail about the backstory and have no time to further the plot" approach. I must give Meg credit for actually doing something DIFFERENT...she didn't go one way or another with this story. She allowed equal amounts backstory and plot progression (it's just the backstory was more interesting for me, so the here-and-now felt flatter.)
I enjoyed this book, and I think the things I whined about above will fall away as the series progresses and it will redeem it'self as a overall wonderful Meg Cabot read. I have complete faith in this, as part of the whole storyline...but right now I'm just really liking this one, but I'll probably love the whole story arch when it's complete....more
Well, that was an upsetting way to spend my evening. I really don't know how to rate this one, so I'm leaving it unrated. It was well-written, and pacWell, that was an upsetting way to spend my evening. I really don't know how to rate this one, so I'm leaving it unrated. It was well-written, and paced very well but it will also give me nightmares tonight. I thought since I could handle "Speak" that this, being in a similar vein, would be something I could handle too...bit "Speak" is about coping and healing and...events in the past tense. "Living Dead Girl" had many flashback like moments (that were terrifying) but most of the story was happening as you read, so you felt like you were in the room watching this girl get abused, and my stomach is churning just thinking about it. It was....very interesting to watch how the mind of a victim of such unthinkable abuse could become so warped and it helps you to understand why they don't fight back or run away. I can't praise this book, I can see how others may, but it's not for sensitive readers....and now I need to find something to read with kittens and rainbows and unicorns (but not the deadly ones like in "Rampent") to get these disturbing visuals out of my head....more
This was a book in the memorial section of my library, I work in a K-5 building, so I picked it up for some middle reader fun, and fun it was. Glida rThis was a book in the memorial section of my library, I work in a K-5 building, so I picked it up for some middle reader fun, and fun it was. Glida reminds me of me in Junior High, I spent all my time writing scary stories and thought I'd end up solving mysteries when I grew up, instead I just ended up reading about mysteries as a Librarian, haha. Some of my parents might have issues with some of the language in this book (hell twice, bitchy) as I work with 5th graders as my highest grade....AR level is a 6.5, so it is more of a middle schooler book. I throughly enjoyed this one, the sad parts made me sniffle, the scary parts were scary, Glida was orginal and funny. The only issue I might have, besides the language, was the ending left me wondering if this had been a ghost story or not, I'd like to think it was one, but most of the evidence could make it go either way. I really enjoyed this though, and I know I have some really orginal kids that might see themselves a bit in Gilda as well...more
Oh I tried to love this book, it had classic Melissa potential, girlie pastel cover,creative twist on the starting to be over done fairy book (I know!Oh I tried to love this book, it had classic Melissa potential, girlie pastel cover,creative twist on the starting to be over done fairy book (I know! I know! I'm a fairy book person, how can I say this? But um I'm thinking of trading my allegiance to team zombie or ghost, because the fairy books are just falling flat lately) The idea was very impressive, the origin of the fairy species (and I'll leave it at that) but the writing seemed wooden to me, and any book where one character is all drooling over a shirtless teenage boy then having confused lust for a fairy in the woods, it was all pretty surface, Laurel's relationship with David at least was build up, but with Tam...well he sort of pops in there out of nowhere and is just hot fairy boy who then saves the day. I can get into character's romances but they have to feel more epic, this was more matter of fact writing and I didn't get into it. I did try, I'm giving three stars for the sheer inventiveness of the plot, but I have to say, I really want to read a Fairy Book that can stand on its own as a story, even if it is part of a series, these books are feeling very flat to me, to cash in on the Girls Love Hot Paranormal Boys craze, focus more on the series aspect, than filling out a story. Aprilynne Pike tried with this book, but it wasn't want I needed, I like YA with some bite, this was too fluff for even Melissa the Fluff Queen I fear. ...more
I didn't read up on this at all before my copy came from the Library, I saw it was getting good reviews but I went to start it I realized I had no ideI didn't read up on this at all before my copy came from the Library, I saw it was getting good reviews but I went to start it I realized I had no idea what it was about, with a cover and title like that I was thinking I might have grabbed me a Fairy Changeling story, but what I had was more of a true changeling story (a what if this happened in history...) which is my favorite kind of historical fiction, the type that takes a historical mystery (in this case, what did happen to Mary, infant child of the late queen Katherine Parr) and reimagines history to fit with the author's what if...
I'm between marking this as 4 or 5 stars, it wasn't my favorite book in the world and the 5 stars is usually reserved for that, but the quality of characterization and historical details in this book were amazing. It was a bright, almost dizzying read when Kat gets to court and she has to try and decide who people really are under their court faces. The romance in the story was both sweet and dangerous, with court members sneaking off with one another (or with kitchen boys) right and left. Kat's own romances seemed to be the part that fell short, people were there and then suddenly she was kissing them, and it didn't seem to be too much about emotion with her, more like she was trying the court life, and the dangerous court maiden out for size, not sure if she really wanted to commit to the role...which actually fits in with Kat's character, and her major conflict well, but didn't help make that part of the story as juicy as it could have been.