So, I came across this book when I was searching for XMen in iBooks... it was free, and the characters on the cover bear a passing resemblance to my t...moreSo, I came across this book when I was searching for XMen in iBooks... it was free, and the characters on the cover bear a passing resemblance to my two favorite X-Men, Jean Grey and Scott Summers. So, definitely worth checking out for me.
XGeneration possesses a similarity to X-Men in the fact that it focuses on a group of super-powered teenagers, and Janis Graystone and Scott Spruel are, indeed, very much like my favorite X-Men, except that Scott strives to be more like his hero, Cyclops.
The story is meandering at first... in fact, much of this, the first book in a series, is exposition. We get to know Scott and Janis and the natures of their abilities, then, in probably the last third of the book, things pick up. The exposition is necessary to the development of the story, even down to the bits about the Cold War.
The writing is very solid and keeps you interested throughout. I had intended to take a slower pace when reading this, but the story kept pulling me along, and before I realized it, I was finished. Of course, this is a book aimed at young adults, so it's not very heavy, and the pages practically turn themselves.
I was only a year old in 1984, but I remembered things like Aqua Net with fondness. The kids this book is aimed at probably won't get it, but their parents definitely will, and they'll enjoy the story on top of it. I did, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book: XGeneration: The Watchers.(less)
This is the first book I read of 2013! I hadn't even realized it was out until I was looking for a book and bam! It was there! That happened with 'Dar...moreThis is the first book I read of 2013! I hadn't even realized it was out until I was looking for a book and bam! It was there! That happened with 'Darkness Falls' too. Such a pleasant surprise.
Anyway, of the books in Cate Tiernan's 'Immortal Beloved' series, this one was definitely my favorite (though I loved the all too brief glimpses of River's past in 'Darkness Falls').
Nastasya is back at River's Edge after the whole fiasco with Innocencio in Boston. She's made a lot of progress, come a long way, grown as a person, and finally started to realize that everything River said about choices and how you always have them in entirely true.
But things can't stay peaceful too long at River's Edge. River's older brother, Ottavio, the King of the powerful Genoa House of immortals shows up and without preamble, says Nastasya doesn't belong there. He's an a-hole, but he's only trying to look out for his little sister.
Things are also progressing very quickly between Nas and Reyn, who are still very confused over their feelings for each other, considering their terrible shared pasts and how their families killed each other. Nas is terrified of admitting that she has real feelings for Reyn and is actually falling in love with him. She had already been married once, and that didn't turn out too well for her.
In the midst of this and Nas's continued path of self-discovery, River's other three brothers show up, all thinking Nas is evil incarnate and apparently not thinking River is a big girl and able to take care of herself. (And apparently Ottavio forgot that he and his siblings killed their own parents to steal their immortal powers and had plotted with River to kill their other three brothers--whoops).
Most of the book is daily life at River's Edge and Nastasya's path to self-discovery, much like the other two books. One would think that without a whole lot of action, the book would be boring, but Nastasya is a fun narrator and so very real that you can't help but be riveted by her story, and you can't help but keep pulling for her.
Mysterious occurrences at River's Edge and the news of the deaths of powerful immortals around the world give the sense that something is building behind the scenes, punctuating the otherwise mundane occurrences and building up suspense for the Epic Battle at the end of the book.
I'm really sad the series is over. In a way, it's a pity everything was from Nastasya's perspective, because there are so many interesting characters in these books that you're left wishing you could have gotten to know all of them better.
You got little glimpses into their pasts, like finding out that Daisuke had been a samurai in feudal Japan and that Reyn (who was the only character besides Nas to get any real development) was age-old enemies with River's youngest brother, but they kind of left you wishing for more. In fact, I feel as though Mrs. Tiernan could write an entire series and barely scratch the surface of the fascinating pasts of all the Riverites, as Nas would call them, leaving you feeling like the books could have been longer.
For a book in the young adult genre, there was a lot of sexual...stuff, mostly heavily implied and not very graphic, admittedly, but there.
Overall, loved the books, but I feel like there could have been much more. There were so many interesting characters that never got developed. I loved Nas's narrative voice.(less)
Warriors of Legend is a great unauthorized book about the Japan of Sailor Moon. It discusses a lot of the real locations featured both in the Sailor M...moreWarriors of Legend is a great unauthorized book about the Japan of Sailor Moon. It discusses a lot of the real locations featured both in the Sailor Moon anime and manga, the differences between the manga and the anime based on where the anime production team was located and the Juban district they knew, and the cultural things that American viewers/readers would miss. This is definitely a great read for American fans of Sailor Moon who want to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and the Japan that we see in the anime and the manga.(less)
'City of Bones' has all of the elements popular in young adult novels these days: a female protagonist that thinks she's plain, boring, and generally...more'City of Bones' has all of the elements popular in young adult novels these days: a female protagonist that thinks she's plain, boring, and generally not very attractive, but is beautiful with the right amount of makeup, a male best friend she's known all her life that's in love with her, but she doesn't realize it because she's too clueless and has him stuck firmly in the 'friend' category because dating him never even occurred to her, and a hot, almost pretty badass demon hunter who is a jerk to female protagonist, which makes her all the more attracted to him.
I read 'City of Bones' because it's coming out as a movie later this year, and I always have to read the book before I see the movie (so I can nitpick about what was changed/removed/added).
Generally, I found 'City of Bones' to be a good read. Clarissa 'Clary' Fray is the protagonist who has spent all her life not realizing that she's the daughter of two demon hunters (called Shadowhunters) until the fateful day that she runs into three Shadowhunters and a demon at the all-ages club she frequents with her best friend.
She doesn't realize that this glimpse into a life she never knew or imagined would change her life forever, but it seems meeting Jace Wyland and Alec and Isabelle Lightwood was the catalyst that sets things in motion.
This series is a little too YA for my taste. Many YA novels are written for teenagers, but can appeal to older readers, but I think there are elements of the plot that seem too convenient, like when our heroes discover that Clary's memory has been blocked by a warlock, which only said Warlock can undo, and it just so happens that Isabelle has an invitation to a party he's throwing.
Also, the "plot twist" of love interests turning out to be siblings is way too overdone. XD
I enjoyed the book, and it kept my interest until the end, I just think there's something kind of juvenile about the writing and the pacing, and the "shocking" revelations are been there, done that if you've seen 'Star Wars.'(less)
I was a little disappointed with Mockingjay. Out of the three books, this one was definitely the weakest. I think the thing that really made this one...moreI was a little disappointed with Mockingjay. Out of the three books, this one was definitely the weakest. I think the thing that really made this one the weakest of the series was that Katniss was taken out of the action. It was cool that you see that district 13 really does still exist, and that it is the heart of the rebellion, but this is definitely the darkest, most depressing of the three books.
Through most of the book, Katniss is trying to hold onto a shred of sanity. She's been the cause of so many deaths, and so many more will die before the Capitol falls. She's also almost forced into the roll of the Mockingjay, the figurehead and symbol of the rebellion. The thing that I found most disturbing was that the rebellion was really no better than the Capitol, because of this one thing that they did toward the end of the book. It was despicable.
Also, several deaths were so pointless. I can understand why she killed off Cinna in the last book. The Capitol was showing Katniss that she was still their pawn, still firmly in their control, but the way a certain character died in Mockingjay, it had no meaning, and it was a terrible way to die.
I also hated how it ended. I think Katniss should have died instead of having things turn out the way they did. The Hunger Games books are definitely not your typical dystopian fiction because things change by the end. In 1984, it was completely hopeless. The Party was so firmly in control that even if you could raise the Proles into rebellion the way Winston had dreamed they could, it would have been hopeless. It hadn't gotten that far with the Capitol. They weren't quite to the place where they were effectively brainwashing people, though the number they did on Peeta was terrifying, but the point of this little aside was that you knew Winston was going to die. You hoped otherwise of course, but in the end, he died.
I had thought the Hunger Games books would end similarly. By the end, after all Katniss had been through, I almost think it would have been kinder to kill her. As she talks about her children, she doesn't even mention their names, and I think, doesn't even sound particularly attached to them.
Don't get me wrong, I still thought Mockingjay was a great book. It kept my attention until the very end, I just think that maybe things should have been done a little differently.(less)
This is a fantastic anthology! It's rare that you find an anthology where you loved every story, and Steampunk! is one of those. Each story was grippi...moreThis is a fantastic anthology! It's rare that you find an anthology where you loved every story, and Steampunk! is one of those. Each story was gripping in its own way, and if asked, I couldn't name a single story I liked above the rest.
I've been waiting a while to read this book and now I'm eagerly anticipating the third one. I love Cate Tiernan's immortals, how some (most, it seems)...moreI've been waiting a while to read this book and now I'm eagerly anticipating the third one. I love Cate Tiernan's immortals, how some (most, it seems) fall into the "dark" category while a few who have learned to ascend to a higher level of magic and understanding are "light." One of my favorite quotes in the book was when River tells Nastasya that light or dark, Tahti or Terava, it is your choice.
Nastasya makes some pretty bad choices in the second installment of the Immortal Beloved or "Cloth" series as I've seen it called. The first one, that made me want to scream and tear my hair out, was when she went back with Innocencio, declaring herself innately dark because of her family's power, acquired through murder and all sorts of dark deeds throughout the ages. It's a little frustrating how Nastasya doesn't seem to listen to anything River tries to tell her. River assures her that she's not the worst to come through River's Edge, not by a long shot. She shows Nastasya her own dark deeds, and obviously, River's practically pure as the driven snow by now, yet Nastasya can't let go of this darkness that she's seemingly inherited from her family, one of the eight families of powerful immortals, one of which River is also a member of.
Anyway, Nastasya goes back to her party girl ways, but she quickly realizes that now, knowing what she knows after only two months spent at River's Edge, she can't go back to her own ways, and she notices that Incy is much darker than she ever realized herself.
"Darkness Falls" really lived up to my expectations as the second book in the trilogy. I do wonder where the third book will go, with several plot points nice and closed in this book. How will things turn out with Reyn? Will Nastasya fully embrace the Tahti way? I'm gonna go mad waiting for the third book to come out.(less)