I received this book free of charge from the author.
As my star rating shows. I liked this book. But of all the series and subseries in the S.M. ReineI received this book free of charge from the author.
As my star rating shows. I liked this book. But of all the series and subseries in the S.M. Reine world this Mage Craft subseries about Marion and Seth's strange love for each other and angels and gods and demons and hell hounds... oh my!
Look, don't get me wrong. I love Ms. Reine's writing and how she keeps things moving. And at least by this book, I am not needing a cast of characters chart to remember who everyone is. But still, once all our favorites are unidentifiable as angels and faceless gods. And the reader is left knowing the story is not over, just not a cliff hanger.
If you ever get the chance to read these series(es) by Sara Reine you will find yourself in worlds you know and yet, don't know. Often stories take place in places like Reno or other real cities. Landmarks keep you anchored yet the manning of said city is not by people you know or would want to know in some cases. That keeps the story alive and real for a fantasy.
As I always recommend, start with the Six Moon Summer where you meet characters that stay with you through all the books. They don't do a lot in some books but prove invaluable in others. It is always fun to meet them again and again. Like old friends. And maybe you will like this series far better than I did. I hope so. Sara Reine is quite prolific and keeps her readers wanting more!...more
That is by far a better-written review than I expect to write today. Fibro has me in its grips so I barely have a brain.
Even so, here are my thoughts. I loved that the parents were a part of this story and adventures still happened. I loved the mixture of very fantasy games and real (though fantasy) life. The book kept me wondering what was happening, what would happen next, how could they solve this or that problem. And I loved the vocabulary, invented or real there was a stretch for the reader to work on. I even had to stop the text-to-speech for a moment to highlight a word or two that were easily found in the online dictionary. (Oh, what a modern miracle that I don't have to pick up a tome of a book to find a word that sends me on a dictionary search for hours! Online dictionaries start with the most logical definitions and don't stop the story for long.)
I do want to warn the parents of the future readers to read this first themselves. I can see that an inn that is there for thieves and other not-so-law-abiding customers might not be the greatest of settings. And there is a bit of danger for the family involved that the young reader might need their own guidance understanding. For that, I might recommend late middle grades or young adult. But adults will find this a delight and just as exciting as a child reader.
Now I miss the characters and the story. It ended very nicely, yet I wish we could go back and visit again sometime. I couldn't sleep after finishing last night. It left me wondering about how this author did that. How did she pull me in so thoroughly? Great writing!...more
Do you remember 'Pay It Forward'? If you live under a rock or somehow never got to see it, I'm about to give a spoiler. Skip to the next paragraph wheDo you remember 'Pay It Forward'? If you live under a rock or somehow never got to see it, I'm about to give a spoiler. Skip to the next paragraph where I will strictly talk about this book. The author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, wrote that book which became the most up-lifting and crash ending movie. I bought the movie because I loved that concept so much. But the ending of the movie, when the main character was killed, keeps me from watching it ever again. Ms. Hyde, though set up the foundation of Pay It Forward which is a marvelous way for folks to live. Maybe I will buck up and give it another try for the meat of the movie (or read the book). I would have loved to know that about the author before I began reading this book. But unfortunately, that information was in the back of the book after the book club questions.
A series of events in the 1950s gives the reader so many character-lines to follow that one wonders where this is leading. A wolf-dog hit by a car. An abused but wiser-than-his-age boy tries to find help for this poor creature. Seem to make it look like a simple book, a boy and his dog, kind of thing. But the story gets deeper and deeper. Some surprises happen as opposed to how the reader may think they would. The story was well-written and draws one in. The characters are deeper than some books offer. Sometimes I wanted more. But I think the author knew how to pull us through.
Yes, there is a bit a romance but it isn't the leading subject. But neither is the dog. Have I made this vague enough to incite interest? Don't come into the book thinking, like I did that it was going to be a sweet book about a boy and his dog. This book is worth the read. I wish there was a book two as I already miss these character and wonder what happens next.
By the way, I received this book free of charge from NetGalley. Thank you!...more
Picture me at age 9-12. I was probably the same height as I am now, maybe even an inch taller, as I was the tallest 6th grader at 5'6". (And I have shPicture me at age 9-12. I was probably the same height as I am now, maybe even an inch taller, as I was the tallest 6th grader at 5'6". (And I have shrunk and inch.) I can't remember how old I was when the librarian took me to the Besty-Tacy corner of the library. She was used to me coming in every couple weeks and checking out the limit of 10 books. No, I didn't read every book. But in that haul, I was guaranteed to find a few treasures. But the Betsy-Tacy became my favorites. I read every single one. I do remember being disappointed that the trio grew up and, yawn, got married. But that didn't stop me from re-reading my favorites--the ones where the three girls were my age at the time.
Now as an adult, I was a little afraid to read these books. How could the mature (there are those who doubt that--even I doubt that) me enjoy these books as much as I did as a girl? But I did! The difference besides being older, is I have now lived in places that have lots of cold and snow rather than Sunny Southern California I can relate even more to what the children had to deal with. Not only that, now I could understand the adults in the books. I saw how what seemed impossible then, in the story, now seems more like serendipity. And I have had experience with that.
Whether Betsy and Tacy had anything to do with it with their sales of sand, my brother and I used to go door to door to sell rocks. People bought them because well, my brother used his cute right up on these ventures!
What I loved about this treasury was getting to read the four books without stop. Then at the end of the last book, there is a treasury about the author and how Maud Hart Lovelace used many of her own life experiences for Betsy, Tacy, and Tib adventures. There are many photos of the author and her friends that made this book even better.
And speaking of pictures, I always knew I loved the illustrator, Lois Lenski. I was so happy to see her pictures in the picture books I read to my own children. There was a biography of Lois at the end of this book, too! Everything just tied right in for my own life and loves!
Best of all were the forwards to each of the books. One that resonated with me most was that of Judy Blume! I'm glad I am not alone in having such wonderful memories of these books and the memories of my younger years that fit just right.
I think I will try to check more of these out from our e-reader library.
Oh! Just a note. As I started the first book I was disappointed not to have text-to-speech or any audio to help me out. I was able to use Natural Reader to get me through. The rest of the books in the treasury did have text-to-speech making my life a lot easier. ...more
This was a quick read. I thought since my tree is still up I could still handle me some Christmas, especially if there are dragons! Check and check!
IThis was a quick read. I thought since my tree is still up I could still handle me some Christmas, especially if there are dragons! Check and check!
If you read my reviews often, you know I am not a fan of short stories. I love long series type reads. I like getting to know the characters really well. But I have read other books by Katharina Gerlach that were delightful so I knew I couldn't go wrong. I just needed to read something light between the heavier reads of post-apocalyptic dramas and the next long read. This hit the spot!
Did I mention it has dragons? And that starts with the first story that was touching and sweet. I think it was my favorite of all the stories.
Please, if you need a Hallmark moment that includes Christmas and Dragons, give this gem a read!...more
I have really enjoyed this series. That said, it is a toss up between #2 and #4 that I disliked the most. It may actually be this one. If there were aI have really enjoyed this series. That said, it is a toss up between #2 and #4 that I disliked the most. It may actually be this one. If there were a less redeemable character, it would be Miranda's youngest, spoiled rotten brother, Jon. Alex of #2 was nearly as bad. Still thinking Maybe Alex wins as I think beating your sister or anyone else is unacceptable, I don't care what your religion or culture says. He never redeemed himself in my eyes. I don't even know what Miranda saw in him. Even if he were the last guy on earth, he wasn't worth it.
Jon, on the other hand, saw the error of the ways taught to him. I would have hoped he wouldn't have internalized that bigotted manner of his new society since his parents had worked so hard to get him to what they considered a safe place. But in the end, I began to be okay with him.
I would have much preferred the story just be about the females. Or just Miranda. She was a normal teen in the first book, but through it all, she grew to be selfless and caring.
Oh, a word of the narration. I loved the voice on #1 and #3. She could act out all the characters with distinction and humor. ButI didn't buy for this book because I hated the voice on #2. I love a good deep voice. My dad had a bass voice and was a great speaker and reader (and wonderful singer) so it isn't the depth of the voice. But it didn't fit for the teen Alex. I rarely return Audibles but I did that one. I preferred my text-to-speech to the actor who emoted so seldom. I didn't even attempt to buy the one for this #4 book.
Okay. It looks like all I had to say here were complaints. That's not true. I LOVED the series even the books I didn't like. I love seeing characters grow. I love watching people survive through the seemingly impossible circumstances. I am sorry to write this possible last review. There are more stories in this one story that I would love to see. It almost seems there should be an in between book just after #3. I would love to see the trek that took Miranda's family to what they thought would be a sanctuary. I'd like to see one from Mom and Dad's point of view. I'd like to see a book about the reparations as the country and world heal. Maybe one that includes letters from others on the other side of the world. Still, this fourth book didn't leave one on a cliff of any kind, it just ended too soon and maybe too pat. I'm sad to see this story end. If you like sci-fi especially dystopian/post-apocalyptic nature, you will love this series....more
I was so excited to get A Flight In Time to review. Cidney Swanson is one of my favorite Young Adult writers. Come to find out she lives in a nearby OI was so excited to get A Flight In Time to review. Cidney Swanson is one of my favorite Young Adult writers. Come to find out she lives in a nearby Oregon town. She's lucky I don't have a car! And that I have social anxiety that keeps me from seeking out people I don't know. Still, her Saving Mars series is my favorite series for young adults and up. I wish she could write more of those as it really helps the me I was as a pre-teen/teen. There was very little out there in the sci-fi realm that had strong female leads. Please read the series if you get the chance. Her Rippler series is good, too.
But back to A Flight in Time (book 2). Here is a comment I made under A Thief in Time (book 1):
Oops, somehow I am reading book two that isn't on GoodReads yet. Maybe I should see if I got it? I am 37% into A Flight in Time. Now I feel confused as to what to do.
Then I realized that at one point or another I did get book 1. It was $.99 at the time. Somehow it got marked "Read" so I never saw it in my "Currently Reading" shelf. So I stopped reading book 2 and started reading book 1. This series may soon rival Mars in favorites!
A Thief In Time is very exciting. The main character, Halley, is quite the character. I love the depth of spirit she shows in spite of a less than ideal upbringing. Ms. Swanson built her so well that I felt she was real. I love her friends and how it is they found themselves in the enviable position of having access to a time machine.
By the way, I love the names of the characters. Good nods to science!
I want to put more here but I don't want anything to spoil a future reader's experience with that book or the next.
So, those who follow my reviews know how I hate cliffhangers. This was not that. But awfully close. No one was left in danger. But I was so in love with the characters and the time travel adventures that I was so happy I had the next book downloaded and ready to go.
~~~~ Since I can't find the place to review book 2, A Flight in Time, I will put it here and move this part to that book when it is live on GoodReads. Right now it is $.99 on Amazon whereas book 1 is $3.99. Both are well worth the money!
I will give this five stars also. My biggest problem was the names when I read #2 first. After getting to know everyone in #1 I still had that problem. I expected to see a little more about Halley and her life. So it was a bit of a shock to start reading about her friend, Jillian. Her life wasn't as interesting or as full of challenges, as far as I was concerned, but she has a sciencey mind and is working towards her own goals. That warmed me to her.
I must admit that I couldn't quit reading this book--another 4 AM sleep time. The book was full of anxious moments, 'how were they going to get out of this?' kinds of questions sailed through my head. And lots of time travel!
AND that ending!!!! I can't wait to find out the resolve for that. Still, not a cliffhanger. Just a little something to have Cidney Swanson fans waiting with bated breath!!! ...more
This may be my favorite book of the series. I love watching the development of the main character, Miranda. I think the author did a good job giving uThis may be my favorite book of the series. I love watching the development of the main character, Miranda. I think the author did a good job giving us a picture of how life could get if anything happened to our neighbor the moon. With tides and volcanic action, the world becomes one that is trying to survive. But with volcanic ash in the sky messing with the weather, and lack of warm sunshine, food, and clean water are a constant struggle to find. Miranda has long since given up on the life of a teen with proms and homework. Now she is just trying to help her family survive.
****** Okay. Due to what I learned as I wrote the review for #4, this was my least favorite book of the series, wReview to follow when I've finished #4
****** Okay. Due to what I learned as I wrote the review for #4, this was my least favorite book of the series, with Alex being my least favorite main character. But through his point of view, we learn more about how the world, at least that part of the country is dealing with the problems brought about through the meteor hitting the moon and the changes in gravitational forces on the earth.
Though this book centers on the faith that Alex and his family are devoted to, it was okay as there are a lot of people in the world and how they choose to believe affects how they see the world. But that and the misogynistic viewpoint of this faith and cultural leanings leads us to see a male who feels he must be in charge and has no compunction of hitting his sisters whose only reason to be on this earth was to cook and clean for the male. I just couldn't abide by how he treated his sisters. I never got to where I liked him much at all. But, it is through his eyes we see what happens to the world as endures more disasters and recovery.
I had to return the Audible version of this book as the narrator's acting was horrible. The deep gravelly voice didn't fit the teen, either. I felt my text-to-speech did a better job. I didn't even attempt to buy the one for #4 for it is the same voice. A younger sounding voice with more pep would have been better.
Even still, this is a great series and I want it to continue from other points of view....more
NetGalley gave me this book to read and review. Thank you.
Maybe it's the busyness of the holidays or my usual ADD, but I found this book confusing. INetGalley gave me this book to read and review. Thank you.
Maybe it's the busyness of the holidays or my usual ADD, but I found this book confusing. I must've read the first six chapters 5 times. Once I was understanding whose point of view I was reading, I found the story engaging enough. In fact, I wanted to know what was happening to the characters. But…
The ending was dull, the ending was cheap, and I felt like I had wasted my time. I wanted to feel that the characters had achieved at least the title of the book. But it just left me flat.
That said, taking my ADD and the holidays into consideration, maybe you will love this book. And maybe I need to read it again someday....more