This is a children's chapter book with a lot of fun illustrations.
BUT... This fairytale should have been given to kids a couple cenWell, that's done.
This is a children's chapter book with a lot of fun illustrations.
BUT... This fairytale should have been given to kids a couple centuries ago. I can't imagine reading it to my boys back in the 1970's without surrounding it with a lot of plays of the video or album of Free to be You and Me. It is male heavy with the females in lowly roles of being rescued and put in their places as wives and mothers. So, I wouldn't have read it to my daughter in the 1980's. As adults, I might share this with them to giggle at. But that is all.
Though the font was large enough for my eyes, the pages were long and the spaces between lines not as wide as I'd like.
The humor is what saved the book. Even though it was annoying at the first of the book it does settle into something one can handle later.
This is a bookCrossing book BCID 415-5548271. Thank you to my BC friends for letting me keep it so long and letting me read it. Now I will pass it on to others....more
Enough with the demons! That I feel this way is not the fault of the author, Megan Duncan. In fact, had I read this way back in April 2011, I might noEnough with the demons! That I feel this way is not the fault of the author, Megan Duncan. In fact, had I read this way back in April 2011, I might not have had demon overdose. But way back then, I don't think I could have handled the blood and guts and smells this book evoked.
The overdose that I've acquired isn't just in ugly demons. I am done with Young Adult books with girls that start strong but then fall in love and start getting hurt or fainting or crying. Oh, and the moody-angst! Had it up to here! Again, not the author's fault. Her's was probably one of the first of these genres.
When the teens leave their home at the beginning, I wondered why. Sure there were ugly demons that had killed everyone they knew, but if they are tough enough to move on, aren't they tough enough, smart enough to kill the demons where they were?
Then, when the kids visit this elderly man, I wondered how he was doing so well and why not stay and pick his brain about how he was doing this alone. But they choose to leave. Well, that is typical teen behavior, it's all about the indestructible teen on an adventure.
Okay, what did I like? I obviously cared or I wouldn't have given the book three stars. In spite of myself, I loved the characters, especially the siblings, Abby and Carter. They made a good team and had a lot of smarts on their own. I loved the immediacy of the author's writing. She kept me engaged in the story even when I wanted to stop due to the gruesomeness of the demon hounds. Oh, and I love the cover! That's the Abby I want to know and love!...more
After a bit of research I realized that I read the first book, A Discovery of Witches, in 2011. That reading was a result of a recommendation by my coAfter a bit of research I realized that I read the first book, A Discovery of Witches, in 2011. That reading was a result of a recommendation by my cousin. I loved that book. Yet, I just took the quiz and found I only got 3 questions right out of 10. So maybe I should have read it again before reading this second book, Shadow of Night. I did feel lost at times, but the story kept me engaged and I didn't want to leave the past to review the first book. Also, on my research I found that I didn't have the Kindle version of the first book. I must have borrowed the hardback from the library. But I do have the Audible version of the book that I had listened to alongside the hardback.
With both books of the series, I was delighted by the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda. Her voice is exquisite, I love the way she can vary according to each character. I feel she could read the phonebook and make it exciting. But Deborah Harkness's writing needs no help. Several times I'd have a sleepless night and want to read. I hated donning my headset just for a few minutes of reading. Those few moments lasted for sometimes hours. So yes, I know how well the writing is. With the duo of writer and narrator this story comes to life. And that is when Elizabeth I is queen.
I love time travel stories, but this was different in that it was due to witchcraft that made it happened. And that by a witch who doesn't understand her craft. Okay, I won't tell you any more about the story. Needless to say, it is worth the read. The characters alone can grab you. They are well developed, as is the plot. So much so that I couldn't wait to get the next book and get involved. I highly recommend this series. ...more
I SO want to give this less stars. The reason? The book leaves you high and dry. You go on this marvelous adventure with the characters and get left aI SO want to give this less stars. The reason? The book leaves you high and dry. You go on this marvelous adventure with the characters and get left at the cliff. And I was prepared for that and had book two ready. But it did the same thing. But there is no next book. A quick search, and there was nothing I could find saying another book is in the making.
But other than being left on the edge, the plot, story, characters are all great. I love the philosophies that the characters portray.
I will leave this review on both books as to me they are the same. I really think the author should have finished his story and put this all in one book. Still, have to leave it at 5 stars as I don't think I will forget these books anywhere near soon. It was that good!...more
I had this book, the hardback copy, for a long time. I had heard it was a good read, but the book was so heavy I never picked it up to read. I sold myI had this book, the hardback copy, for a long time. I had heard it was a good read, but the book was so heavy I never picked it up to read. I sold my copy. Recently I downloaded a Kindle copy and it became a simple read. I, also. downloaded the Audible version to listen to as I read. The voice of Sandra Burr was melodic and kept my interest, even when my eyes got tired.
This is deep enough that I must continue into the next book: The Valley of the Horses; already downloaded so that my memory of the end of the first book will fade. I will not say more than that for fear of committing a spoiler.
Glad I will now own this so I can go back and re-read it sometime....more
L.H. Thomson finally wrote one of my favorite genres! The combo of fantasy, young adult, witches--Love this type of book! I wish he would have left ouL.H. Thomson finally wrote one of my favorite genres! The combo of fantasy, young adult, witches--Love this type of book! I wish he would have left out or shortened the crusades and demon history, not only did I yawn, I actually ended up napping. And had he given Abigail more sass instead of being so sad, hopeless, and a gushy romantic, this would have gotten five stars. Sure, I understand her mom just died. That would do it for most kids. But at least she starts stepping up. By the middle of the book I did like Abigail and her Auntie. There are definitely twists and turns I didn't expect that gave this book more interest for me. And I couldn't wait. I wanted the Kindle version and am ready to start reading the further adventures of Abigail Deane!...more
OMG!!! I wish I hadn't been so frivolous with my five stars. Maybe then the five stars would be enough. This book was so exciting I couldn't stop readOMG!!! I wish I hadn't been so frivolous with my five stars. Maybe then the five stars would be enough. This book was so exciting I couldn't stop reading it.
The world was so well developed and the characters so real that I feel like I am still there. All my senses were engaged as well as caring about what might happen next to these people. Lots of suspense keeping the pages turning.
This is an expensive book. I wish my library had it and its sequels available on Kindle. I tried, as you can see in previous updates, to read the hardback copy from the library, and even though it seemed to have larger font and more space between lines, it still was too fine for my eyes. And I am sorry that this isn't lend-able. I realize the author and publisher deserve to be paid, especially for such a well done book, but in this day when money is tight, it would be nice to share. Even still, I can't imagine NOT buying the next book in the series. Wow!...more
Look, if the publishers and the author didn't think of their pocketbooks over their readers, I would have been able to give this book five stars. As iLook, if the publishers and the author didn't think of their pocketbooks over their readers, I would have been able to give this book five stars. As it is, the book, Kindle version (the cheapest) is $9.99. This isn't loanable. It doesn't have text-to-speech. For those of us who have poor eyes or other reading disabilities, there is no hope but to buy the Audible version to Whispersynch. That's another $12.99. Twenty-three dollars for this piece of crap? No, the story is okay. It is as good as other YA dystopias out there. Maybe fewer mistakes, but not topping any of the indies. Are ALL young adults made of money? Do they care about reading books this much? And now I have to put out $23 more to read book three? Are you kidding me? I am putting no more money out for this. I don't care what happens to the characters. If I can find the Kindle and Overdrive or CD versions I might check them out. Otherwise. I am done with this author and publisher. I don't care if they are geniuses, storywise! There is plenty more out there that is equal if not surpassing these stories.
Now the story itself was good. I did like the characters. I thought the world interesting. I did pull for the good ending. And while I was reading/listening to the story, I forgot about the price. Michael Goldstrom is okay as a narrator but not the best. Since half the book is from a female point of view, hearing the male voice made the female seem less than a person.
I hope when I get ready to publish my own books I remember how I felt about this series and do what I think is the right thing for all....more
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series by P. C. Cast. I couldn't stop reading this one. I carried the Kindle around as I did laundry and everything else so II LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series by P. C. Cast. I couldn't stop reading this one. I carried the Kindle around as I did laundry and everything else so I could continue reading (listening to text-to-speech) until the story was finished. I wish I could give this one many more than five stars.
My tags (shelves) seem so inadequate to identify this book. But it is all of that and more. I love the characters in the books so much. I have a feeling I am about to lose the older ones as new generations take their places. But I believe P. C. Cast will make them irresistible, too.
On to ordering and reading the next in the series, which, by the way, was the one that brought me to Partholon. It was the one I picked up at the library a while back. But when I started reading I knew there was back story that I needed to continue. So authors take note: Let your books go to the library... many of us will buy them because of that gift! ...more