This was an entertaining and enjoyable read and I'll certainly look out for Paige Harbison's next book.
From my review: Bridget is the protagonist of d...moreThis was an entertaining and enjoyable read and I'll certainly look out for Paige Harbison's next book.
From my review: Bridget is the protagonist of debut author Paige Harbison's Here Lies Bridget. Written when Paige was just nineteen, this is a witty and entertaining novel that will appeal to fans of Gossip Girl and 90210. It is an easy read and I certainly found it difficult to put down at times.
Here Lies Bridget opens as Bridget is in the car, hurtling towards the accident and the first half of the novel deals with the events that lead up to that day. Many of the events in Bridget's childhood are also mentioned, including the death of her mother, the subsequent arrival of her step-mother, and her relationship with her boyfriend and best friend.
Published by Andersen Press, A Tale Dark and Grimm is just the sort of book to buy for children for Halloween. It is well-written and entertaining but...morePublished by Andersen Press, A Tale Dark and Grimm is just the sort of book to buy for children for Halloween. It is well-written and entertaining but carries a strong moral code throughout. It is sufficiently dark and grisly to make children squeal with glee and has the perfect mix of fantasy and irreverence to set their imaginations free.
I would wholeheartedly recommend A Tale Dark and Grimm and rate it four out of five stars.
I wanted this book to be so much better than it was!
From my review: "What I really didn’t like about this book was that the fantasy portion of the boo...moreI wanted this book to be so much better than it was!
From my review: "What I really didn’t like about this book was that the fantasy portion of the book was so undeveloped that it might as well have been absent. Apart from telling us that the book is about angels, the mythology and canon of angels, demons and watchers was not tackled whatsoever. In fact, if every reference to Daniel being an angel was replaced by him being a cardboard cut-out of a boy, and every mention of Luce’s strange shadows was replaced by mention of her valuable stamp collection, I honestly believe it would have added as much to the story as the supposed presence of angels and demons did."
I loved this book. It was like wading through a water-colour landscape of the main character's life.
From my review: "Outside the Ordinary World is th...moreI loved this book. It was like wading through a water-colour landscape of the main character's life.
From my review: "Outside the Ordinary World is the type of book that you can truly immerse yourself in and I longed for the scenery of the novel for some time after I finished reading it. I enjoyed the glimpse into the world of the Seventh Day Adventists but was pleased to find that this was not a religious novel, but rather a compelling commentary on religion, faith, betrayal and legacy."
I was a little disappointed with My Soul to Keep at first, especially as I had gone out and bought it with my hard-earned money! But when I came to th...moreI was a little disappointed with My Soul to Keep at first, especially as I had gone out and bought it with my hard-earned money! But when I came to think about it afterwards, it kind of grew on me. Anyway, you have to read this book in order to read the next book in the series which was much better.
From my review: "A month after she was grounded following the events in My Soul To Save, Kaylee is hoping to resume a normal teenage life. She might just have to wait a little bit longer for that because someone is getting teenagers hooked on Demon's Breath, the most addictive substance in the Netherworld. Demon’s Breath is exactly what it says on the tin, the breath of demons and it is craved by creatures of the Netherworld. As Nash’s friends succumb to addiction, madness and death, Kaylee realises that it can have catastrophic and fatal consequences to human users. "
If you haven't already discovered the brilliant children's publishing group Andersen Press, then now is the time to do it. I have read 8 of their book...moreIf you haven't already discovered the brilliant children's publishing group Andersen Press, then now is the time to do it. I have read 8 of their books this year and they are all absolutely brilliant. These are books that will stimulate young minds, making them challenge the world around them and inspire them to embark on incredible adventures.
Quite simply, I was astounded by the depths of author Sam Gayton's imagination and inventiveness. If you know anyone in the 9-11 age group, buy them this book!
From my review: "One windy and treacherous winter's night, a man with blue teeth and an icicle beard arrives at the inn. Claiming to be the Snow Merchant, he turns pebbles into shillings and tells Lettie that she is his customer. Lettie has no idea what snow is but she is quite certain that she can't afford it.
And so begins a wonderful tale of alchemy, intrigue and the creation of snow. Featuring a boy with a stalk growing from his shoulder, a woman composed of air and a pigeon fashioned from clay, The Snow Merchant is astounding in its imagination and creativity. At times it reminded me of the works of Enid Blyton or Philip Pullman but I am certain that I have never read anything quite this inventive before."
I gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5 (when is Goodreads going to allow half stars???) I enjoyed reading this book and started off by reading the bad re...moreI gave this book 3.5 stars out of 5 (when is Goodreads going to allow half stars???) I enjoyed reading this book and started off by reading the bad reviews so I knew what to expect, but I found that it lacking in some parts.
From my review: "The whole storyline centred on Kate's mother, her illness, their relationship, her impending death and Kate’s reactions to that was extremely well-written. I absolutely identified with Kate’s emotions and her need to bargain, and I found that it was entirely believable. A lot of the book is dedicated to the relationship that Kate continues with her mother while she is in the Underworld and it takes place in her dreams, in Central Park. These dreamy, surreal sequences were full of symbolism and meaning and were quite fascinating.
There was, however, one aspect of the story that I didn’t quite understand. I could not figure out how Kate went from feeling like a prisoner and not exactly liking Henry to suddenly becoming hell-bent on saving him from himself. In many ways, the development of the romance between Henry and Kate was nowhere as well-written as the relationship between Kate and her mother.
The actual tests were extremely subtle and all the readers knows throughout the novel is that Kate is being tested. The big reveal comes at the end of the novel during the final reckoning. I can’t say too much without giving away the plot but I wasn’t too pleased to learn that Kate had essentially been a pawn in a much bigger game. It remains to be seen how Kate will fight back against this in future novels.
If the tests were subtle, then the links to Greek mythology were tenuous at best. When the identities of the gods and goddesses were revealed, I was quite surprised because little in the development of those characters had indicated their true identities. "
I have always enjoyed the Soul Screamers series but was a little disappointed with the previous book, My Soul to Keep. Maybe 'disappointed' is not the...moreI have always enjoyed the Soul Screamers series but was a little disappointed with the previous book, My Soul to Keep. Maybe 'disappointed' is not the right word, I just didn't love it. Well, I loved My Soul to Steal and can barely wait for the next book in the series.
From my review: "My Soul to Steal is the fourth book in Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series and it is certainly the best in the series yet. With the scene set and the characters established, My Soul to Steal is non-stop action from the first page. Apart from meeting the mara, we are introduced to more demons, hellions and creatures of the Netherworld creatures including hypnos, who feed from human energy through the barrier between the two realms.
Rachel Vincent steps up her imaginative and disturbing descriptions of the Netherworld and the scenes at the twisted Netherworld version of Eastlake High were fantastic. As I read about the crimson creeper and deformed Netherworld creatures, I couldn't help thinking that this is one series that needs to be brought to life in television or film."
The Iron Queen is without a doubt the best book in the Iron Fey series and I gave it 4.5 stars. It was great to see how far Meghan had come since The...moreThe Iron Queen is without a doubt the best book in the Iron Fey series and I gave it 4.5 stars. It was great to see how far Meghan had come since The Iron King and this was a great end to her story (The Iron Knight is more Ash's story).
Except of my review: "The Iron Queen sees Meghan return to Nevernever to engage in the ultimate battle for Faery. The creeping iron and resulting death of Faery, the impending battle, and the sense of doom were beautifully captured as was the fear, bravery and grim determination of the faery soldiers. As Meghan, Ash and Puck enter the Iron Realm, we meet The Clockmaker and the introduction of time into the timeless realm. One of the most interesting aspects of the Iron Fey series has always been the steam punk appeal and The Iron Queen certainly didn’t disappoint". (less)
Simplistic, presumptuous and, considering the author does nothing to describe the actual events at Auschwitz, overly moralistic. There are many, many...moreSimplistic, presumptuous and, considering the author does nothing to describe the actual events at Auschwitz, overly moralistic. There are many, many more quality WWII novels, both classic and recent, adult, children's or non-fiction that I would recommend before this book. (Visit my people-at-war shelf for recs). (less)
Excerpt: "In the land of the Fifteen Realms, healers are not afforded the respect that you would imagine. Instead, they are feared and reviled, blamed for the devastating plague that swept through the realms, leaving devastation in its wake. When 20-year-old Avry of Kazan uses her magic to heal a dying child, she knows that she faces certain death if caught but she places a higher premium on the young and innocent life that she is saving.
It is no surprise then that in these desperate times the child's parents turn Avry in and she is scheduled to die at dawn. In a dramatic sequence, Avry is rescued from her prison cell by the powerful yet mysterious Kerrick who wishes to use Avry's healing powers to save the dying prince Ryne. Not only is Ryne the man believed to have unleashed the plague unto the realms in the first place, saving him will undoubtedly kill Avry, placing her in an almost impossible situation".(less)
If I Die is the best book in the Soul Screamers series so far and the third that I have given 5 stars to. The other two got 4 stars so it is safe to s...moreIf I Die is the best book in the Soul Screamers series so far and the third that I have given 5 stars to. The other two got 4 stars so it is safe to say that I recommend this series. I initially thought this was the last book in the series and I cannot begin to say how happy I am that there will be another book in the series.
Excerpt: "If I Die is the fifth novel in Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series featuring bean sidhes Kaylee and Nash and a host of supernatural creatures including hellions, maras, reapers, incubi and even the occasional human being. What will thrill fans most about this instalment is not the fact that Kaylee is dying or that she is once again fighting evil, but the massive twist in the love relationship between her and Nash. I am not going to spoil it by saying what the twist was, I’m not even going to hint, but let’s just say that I spent most of the book thrilled, a short portion devastated and then I was absolutely happy in the end.
In fact, I liked almost everything in this book. I love that Tod got a much bigger part in this story and I have to say that I knew all along, ever since his eyes started churning two books ago. Cryptic, I know, but it is hard to wax lyrical about something so integral to the plot without spoiling and ruining it for other readers and it certainly would have spoiled it for me if I’d had even a clue of what was in store".