Charlie Fletcher creates a well thought out of world and characters, though he takes a bit too long to for the plot to begin. I lost interest after ovCharlie Fletcher creates a well thought out of world and characters, though he takes a bit too long to for the plot to begin. I lost interest after over a hundred pages and had yet to sympathize with any characters to read more....more
Darcy Patel’s world is about to change: she has just graduated from high school, sold her first YA book, and is putting off college to move to New YorDarcy Patel’s world is about to change: she has just graduated from high school, sold her first YA book, and is putting off college to move to New York for a career as a writer. She is surrounded by her favorite YA authors and will have to navigate the world of adults: budgets, deadlines, and heartbreak all while finishing rewrites and completing the first draft of her second novel.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Scofield's world is also changing: the sole survivor of a brutal terrorist attack, she meets a Hindu death god, Yamaraj, and is now able to travel between the worlds of the dead and living.
The book is told through alternating stories: the author, Darcy Patel, and the novel she is editing. By interweaving these stories the reader will get a glimpse of the inner workings of the publishing industry and the decisions that a writer must make in creating a novel and the results of this work in the novel section. The other story about Lizze includes her learning how the underworld works and about her abilities from Yamaraj, a living person that can cross over, who has been around for thousands of years. Lizzie will also discover a family secret that has been haunting her mother for years.
This impressive 600 page book reads quickly as you want to find out about each of these women’s lives, though I did feel that it lost momentum halfway through due to an over abundance of happiness in both of their lives, which can only mean that something tragic is coming your way.
I am conflicted about how I feel about the two sections of the book. On the one hand, I enjoyed Darcy’s story and all her conflicts and learning more about the world of publishers and writers. The novel that Darcy was spinning left me feeling gypped and not fully flushed out, but only giving glimpses of the ability to move to other places, where Yamaraj lived, and to what purpose Lizzie and Yama had to the newly dead. The mystery of her family's secret felt resolved too quickly and neatly and the connection between Lizzie and Yamaraj shallow. Which if I keep in mind this is a debut author’s first novel, I can rectify myself to a novel with a lot of potential. An excellent novel about taking you into the world of a new author in the process of getting published and weaving back and forth between the process and the creation. A very different direction for Westerfeld, but deftly created. ...more
The story focuses on the coming of age of Elise, the servant, and the events that bring her in contact with the royal family. A retelling of "SleepingThe story focuses on the coming of age of Elise, the servant, and the events that bring her in contact with the royal family. A retelling of "Sleeping Beauty," from the perspective of a servant, the story intrigued me, but unfortunately the story removes the magic quality from the fairy tale and adds the tedium of uneventful time passing. ...more
I enjoy the world that Juliet Marillier creates, but I felt that this story moved real slowly and that Neryn kept questioning herself the whole way toI enjoy the world that Juliet Marillier creates, but I felt that this story moved real slowly and that Neryn kept questioning herself the whole way to the point of tedium. If it wasn't the fact that I enjoy many of her books, I would have probably given up on the story. ...more
The story about a girl, Seraphina, who is more than she seems in a world held delicately together by a peace treaty between dragon-kind and humans. SeThe story about a girl, Seraphina, who is more than she seems in a world held delicately together by a peace treaty between dragon-kind and humans. Seraphina will find herself at the heart of a vast conspiracy to disrupt this peace and fear of exposing her true nature. The book is filled with musical references as Seraphina is music mistress to the court composer. The book is slow to layout the structure of the world and of Seraphina's distress, but if you keep reading or listening in my case, the story will even out and gain momentum. The story touches in on racism and acceptance of oneself and of others. This audiobook was very well acted out enjoyable with many voices and a good singing for the songs included. I would place this rating as more of a 3-1/2 stars for the slow and disjointed beginning....more
The "Rithmatist" is about a young man, Joel, who longs to be a rithmatist, a fighter for the United Isles of America against the wild chalkings in NebThe "Rithmatist" is about a young man, Joel, who longs to be a rithmatist, a fighter for the United Isles of America against the wild chalkings in Nebrask, but only a few are chosen and Joel was not part of this group. Instead Joel studies as much as he can from this secretive group about the history, strategies, and techniques for battle. Then young rithmatic students begin to disappear after mysterious attacks at their homes and Joel finds himself in the midst of helping a disgraced rithmatic professor find the truth. The book has an interesting concept of using geometrical lines of chalk that are imbued with rithmatic powers, aka magic, in order to create force fields, destructive lines, and magical creatures out of chalk. The world is a mix of early Americana and steampunk with an unusual mix of monarchy and theocracy that is not fully described. The main character Joel is an inquisitive student that is enjoyable to follow especially when he is counterbalanced with Melody, a rithmatic student, that is outspoken, awkward and cannot draw a circle to save her life. Together the adventure of finding the mysterious attacker takes off and the world of the rithmatist finally begin to emerge, though fairly late in the book.
I felt that this book was trying very hard not to reveal too much about the world to keep the reader in the dark until the next installment. Some readers may be disappointed in the grand epiphany revealing the attacker, rather than being able to solve it through the investigations, but the ending sets up many other questions for the series. Many will enjoy the mix of geometry and battle strategics, though I would have liked the use of geometrical theories and terminology to help reluctant mathematicians find a fascinating new way of looking at geometry. Overall this an interesting beginning to a new series. I would recommend this to tweens beginning their journey into fantasy reading....more