The reason the last two books in the series weren't as good to me was simple: overdone love triangle=too much drama for me. I can say that I still reaThe reason the last two books in the series weren't as good to me was simple: overdone love triangle=too much drama for me. I can say that I still really enjoyed the books, and there were amazing scenes in all of them! I was also very happy with the way the series ended, though I was intensely worried for a while there...
Still a series I'd wholeheartedly recommend, and I'm sure I'll read it again. Especially considering the whirlwind in which I read it--one a day. In fact, I may go back to my favorite parts right now......more
A lovely sequel! I think it works so well because it does a good job of branching out from book one's plot--though of course what happened in "RecklesA lovely sequel! I think it works so well because it does a good job of branching out from book one's plot--though of course what happened in "Reckless" plays a huge role in what's happening now in "Fearless". Jacob Reckless is a very real character, and Fox is totally awesome. This story sucks you in, and doesn't let you go. (It's like fairy-tale steampunk. And it's thrilling!) The Mirrorworld series is definitely scarier and darker than Funke's more popular books and the main character is twenty-five, so don't be misled into thinking this is a childrens book.
We see more of the world on the other side of the glass in this book; the different cultures, cities, and folklore, and we're sort of on the edge of all the political intrigue, which is interesting. Economies are shifting, technology is stamping out magic, and governments are fracturing. Also, Jacob and Fox have some great moments, and that just makes the book even better. I really don't want to say too much about the plot, since that will give things away about book one, but it's a very imaginative and exciting story.
I'm just so awed by Cornelia Funke. Her imagination is limitless, and she's one of those authors who dives right into the story and the world, and she doesn't bother explaining every little thing to the reader. There are so many references to fairy tales, legends, and the poetry of the writing just gets to me. Beautiful, and brilliant! ...more
This was different than other Cornerlia Funke books that I've read, but the great storyteller still managed to hold my attention. I read this in one dThis was different than other Cornerlia Funke books that I've read, but the great storyteller still managed to hold my attention. I read this in one day, and I really enjoyed the world. The characters felt quite real to me--Jacob Reckless was especially realistic. Many fairy tales are mentioned, but the classic characters never take an active role in the story--it actually has a dystopian feel, to be honest.
The beginning couldn't be accused of being slow--in fact, I wished we'd had about two more chapters in between chapter one and two. But if you can get past the somewhat hasty beginning there are some really good moments in store for you.
The book has a bit of language, fantasy violence, but nothing too graphic. I would have liked to see some of the plot lines fleshed out, but overall it was an enjoyable read....more
Quite different from her others, in that we've got a ghost. It was a shorter read than her others, but still very humorous, unique, and sweet. While nQuite different from her others, in that we've got a ghost. It was a shorter read than her others, but still very humorous, unique, and sweet. While not in the same league as "Seeking Persephone" (If you haven't read that one, what are you doing with yourself?? Read it! Now! It's like Jane Eyre, Beauty and the Beast, and all my favourite things!)
The climax was more intense than some of her books, partly because we're dealing with old curses, and some very real evil. And, of course, it all goes down on Halloween, so what do you expect? I loved the personalities of the characters; Gwen and Nickolas were both enchanting, funny, and had real depth. Even if you're unsure of ghost-story-romances, I'd recommend this book as an excellent place to expose yourself to the genre. Thanks, Sarah--please, keep writing!...more
Started reading this book last night, and I have to say I'm loving it so far. I love that the characters are college-age, for one thing, and I love thStarted reading this book last night, and I have to say I'm loving it so far. I love that the characters are college-age, for one thing, and I love that the story is being told through Peter's eyes. This book is definitely breaking some of the clichés that normally come with the young adult territory. I think I'm going to get back to reading, now. :)
Go really busy, so this one took me longer than it should have. The ending leaves you open for more, which I expected. Some twists at the end made the climax intense. And I still love the fact that we've got young adult characters in college. ...more
A little slow moving in the beginning, but an utterly thrilling adventure nonetheless. I couldn't put it down! A tantalizing blend of ancient legends,A little slow moving in the beginning, but an utterly thrilling adventure nonetheless. I couldn't put it down! A tantalizing blend of ancient legends, exotic cultures, breathtaking romance, and fantasy. Kelsey (our heroine) is REAL, and I loved that about her. She's in the exciting stage between high school and college, when you're forced to take a look at yourself and discover who you really are, and who you want to become. Ren (our leading man/tiger) was, in a word, captivating. And he likes Shakepeare. And he has an Indian accent. And he's tall dark and handsome. And he grins a lot. And he's fiercely loyal. In short, Ren melts my heart; as a tiger, and most definitely as a man.
I also appreciated that Colleen Houck (our charming author)gave me plenty to swoon about without making the kissing scenes inappropriate. THANK YOU! I would also like to note that the author never relied on strong language or graphic violence to create suspenseful scenes; she used sheer writing talent, and the language throughout the story was beautiful.
I only wish I'd forced myself to find the time to read this book years ago, but college and writing definitely got in the way of my to-read pile. However, I'm seeking redemption now, and am off to get my hands on book two... ...more