“Coraline" is a creepy little book. I read in one sitting, which attests to its shortness. Being an "adult" I still found it spine tingling, especiall...more“Coraline" is a creepy little book. I read in one sitting, which attests to its shortness. Being an "adult" I still found it spine tingling, especially the black and white drawings that enhance the story. There is a graphic novel of this story coming out later this year and I will definitely check it out.
Kids from ages 8 to teen will love this book and its dark characters and its terrifying creepiness. (less)
The "Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" is a page turner of a book and I believe teens will read it in one sitting. The book is dark and gruesome and violent...moreThe "Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" is a page turner of a book and I believe teens will read it in one sitting. The book is dark and gruesome and violent. There is no sex and the language is clean, but there is violence and a serial killer and of course the mutilated victims.
The characters are real enough, but I did not become overly attached to any of them. Thaniel is an interesting seventeen year old whose occupation is to hunt wych-kin and on a hunt he comes upon Alaizabel who is in desperate need of his help. In a series of events they eventually save London from the "dark side" with the help of numerous other characters. (less)
"Poison" is a story about a girl named Poison. The people of the village Gull choose their own names once they reach a certain age and Poison choose P...more"Poison" is a story about a girl named Poison. The people of the village Gull choose their own names once they reach a certain age and Poison choose Poison to spite her stepmother. Poison has a sister named Azalea who is taken by the phaeries and Poison goes on an adventure to rescue her.
In the process of searching for her sister Poison encounters numerous characters that either help her or impede her. The scariest part of the story is the spider lady; she is one cool wicked character.
By biggest qualm about this book is that it is not long enough and the characters are not explored in depth, you barely get to scratch their skin. I would love to know more about the spider lady named Asinastra or the unreal beauty Pariasa. Even Poison's character seems shallow.
The short read may appeal to some teens who want to be done the book quickly, but I think it would have been an outstanding read if the characters were explored to a greater depth. (less)
I loved this book, it is has many layers of emotion. The story has you pondering about how you perceive your social status in the world and why you te...moreI loved this book, it is has many layers of emotion. The story has you pondering about how you perceive your social status in the world and why you tend to cling to a particular status and tend not to move above it. “Book of a Thousand Days” is written by Dashti a mucker maid and it is written in a diary format taking the reader from day to day.
Shannon Hale based "Book of a Thousand Days" on the fairy tale "Maid Maleen" as recorded by the Grimm bothers. She changed the story from the original to bring us the story of Dashti the mucker girl.
Dashti is a mucker girl who has lost her family and she becomes the servant to Saren a gentry lady. Saren is locked up in a tower for seven years because she refuses to marry the man her father wants her to marry. Dashti as sworn a vow of servitude to Saren and Dashti refuses to break the vow, so she is also locked up in the tower. Saren's beaux Tegus, who she was secretly betrothed to through letters, that where exchanged when they were youngsters, shows up at the tower to set Saren free, but is unable to accomplish the task. Saren is too scared to talk to him, so she sends Dashti to impersonate her. Over the course of conversing through a hole in the brick tower, Dashti and Tegus fall in love. Tegus has to leave to protect his country, but he never returns as promised to set the girls free. They end up spending 932 days in the tower instead of seven years. Dashti is able to bring about their escape, but the escape brings about a whole new set of problems that they have to face.
Dashti is the leader and the intelligent one between the two, but she is the servant and is therefore in a quandary of how to act with Saren who is gentry and therefore the one to be served. Dashti stays true to her character and grows with each passing challenge.
Saren and Dashti eventually walk their way to Tegus' city and become servants in his household. Over time, Dashti due to her gifts and intelligence moves up in the servitude world and has direct contact with Tegus, who does not recognize her. With war at his city's doorstep Tegus has a lot to deal with and Dashti is able to provide important information about Tegus' enemy with the help of Saren. The way Dashti helps is amazing to read and you can feel her vulnerability as she confronts the enemy.
I love the character Dashti, she made me laugh, she has great compassion for people and she made me think about how to treat other people. The love story between Dashti and Tegus is sweet, even with the happy ever after ending; it is a wonderful story,
This story has made me ponder, laugh and feel sorrowful and compassionate. It was a delight to read.(less)
“Wildwood Dancing” reminds me of "Pride and Prejudice" with a spattering of different fairy tales and a bit of Dracula mixed in.
There are five sisters...more“Wildwood Dancing” reminds me of "Pride and Prejudice" with a spattering of different fairy tales and a bit of Dracula mixed in.
There are five sisters and the oldest is beautiful and the second oldest is smart and witty. The other three consist of the scholar, the flirt and the youngest is just young.
Their father becomes ill and leaves the girls to run the castle under the watchful eye of an uncle and cousin Cezar. To say the least things go awry and the cousin is power hungry and in love with Jenica the second oldest, but things do not go as planned and the girls are defiant.
These lovely sisters have found a portal into another dimension. The portal takes them to the land of fairies and dwarves and all types of fantastical creatures. In this land they dance to their hearts content, but they have rules they all swear to follow. No one can eat or drink the food from this fantasy land, for it may change them and they would not be able to live a proper life in their own land. They are to stay in each other sight, but Tatiana one night catches the eye of her true love. Her true love is trapped into servitude by creatures of the dark. Sorrow who is Tatiana’s true love changes the purpose of the monthly visits for Tatiana and the ramifications that follow effect everyone even the people of the girls’ village. Tatiana lives for nothing but to be with Sorrow.
Jenica tries to keep everything under control with the help of her trustworthy companion Gogu. Gogu happens to be a frog and Jenica can hear him talk, but no one else can. Jenica found him when she was six years old and they are inseparable companions much to the consternation of cousin Cezar. The frog plays a major part in the story as most frogs do in fairy tales.
The story is a delight to read and even though it is based on other stories, it contains a lot of wonderful surprises that kept me reading about the girls' journeys. In this book true love wins, but the two eldest girls have to fight to win it. (less)
All the elements for a grand fairy-tale are contained in this book, but it just does not pull it off. The story contains hidden magical rooms, dragons...moreAll the elements for a grand fairy-tale are contained in this book, but it just does not pull it off. The story contains hidden magical rooms, dragons, talking mirrors, spells, broomsticks and numerous references to other fairy tales.
Princess Ben is a fat rebellious princess who loses her parents and becomes the heir to the throne. She is put through monarch schooling to prepare her to rule her people, but she is not interested in the finer arts of governing. She mostly thinks only of food and the comfort it brings to her. Benevolence is eventually locked into a castle tower where she learns the art of magic and is able to escape the castle. Her escape by broomstick leads her to enemy territory, where she becomes a prisoner war, with her enemy mistaking her for a young boy. She eventually manages to escape and returns home. Due to her experiences as a prisoner of war, she is a better behaved princess who wins the heart of her people and eventually she marries her prince.
I found myself having a hard time liking Princess Ben, her character just was not well developed and her Prince Florian is interesting, but his character is not explored enough to really understand who he is and why he falls in love with Princess Ben.
The fact that Princess Ben is fat is intriguing, but by the end of the story she is slimmed down and everyone rejoices over that fact, so slim is better?
I was left wondering what the whole point of the story was. Was it about being over weight and still being able to be a Princess, was it about finding yourself during tough times or was it a love story? There simply are too many themes in the book and none of them are fully explored and the books leaves you feeling unsatisfied. (less)