Liv is a scholarship student at a rich school. You know that Liv has been killed at the start of this novel. The question is why did she die, and why have there been so many mysterious deaths in the past. This was a fun read, not particularly deep, but I like ghost characters. The ending of the book leaves the possibility of sequel, but this probably won’t happen.
In this paranormal murder mystery, private investigator, Alex Craft is able to raise shades and talk to them about how they died. She stumbles upon some dark ritual murders, and now she needs to track down the killer to save her own life.
Captivating World-building. Some Romance, complicated but well structured plot twists.
Maggie lives in a world being torn apart by cohesion breaks – aka cobeys, which are breaks in reality, where chunks of space are missing. Magic has been outlawed in the Neworld where she lives, in order to cut down on the number of cobeys, which seem attracted to magic. Her own family has had there genes chopped, so that magic doesn’t become active. Then Maggie’s Mom remarries, and Maggie knows that there is something wrong with her new step-dad, (who’s come from the OldWorld where magic is still practices) – he seems to be surrounded by shadows. Then all of a sudden some huge cobeys appear right where Maggie lives. The police come out, and start hauling people away. Maggie and her friends need to figure out what is happening and how they can stop the cobeys. Like most of McKinley’s books this title could easily be continued in a series, but she doesn’t seem to pursue the potential series.
5 stories around the motif of fire beings. I preferred Robin’s tales over her husband Peter’s (big surprise, since I’d never heard of him before). The best tale was called Hellhound, about a demon who changed sides. Peter’s tales had some very excellent sections, and then other parts seemed liked they needed fleshing out (also, could have done without the sexism – no it was a made-up time, so did Not need to be part of the context).
A fairy tale-like story. The rulers of Montagne have been rumored to possess and use magic. But this has been only a rumor. Grandmonther (queen mother) Benificence, her two daughters Wisdom and Temperance, along with an orphan named Fortitude and a miller’s son Tips all end up at Wisdom’s wedding to the neighboring and coveting kingdom. Its a pretty fast paced, fun tale, written mostly in letter, epistolary format.
Jo Hemlock has spent her life hiding, hiding the fact that she’s a witch, and hiding from the evil clan of witches that killed her mother, that are now pursuing her and her grandmother. Now that she’s about to have a regular boyfriend, is when the evil clan strikes again, sending her innocent father (whom she had never met) searching for her Mom and then for Jo. Fast paced, and engaging book (not deep though). I would enjoy a sequel.
This was a mixed bag of tales. Some lived up to the advertising, others were less successful. One of the problems I had with some of the tales, is telling me how smart the protagonist is, and then all she did was sprinkle magic fairy dust that she had from somewhere to solve all the villages problems. I realize it is more difficult to show instead of tell, in short tales, but maybe you can’t have short fairy tales that cannot be shown, but must be told. I did enjoy the story Janet Burd (a Tam Lin variation), as well as the Mollee Whoppee story.
Wow! I was so impressed with this 2nd book of the Raven Cycle trilogy. Definitely, a book that stands on its own (well the background story would be nice to have). Part of the credit goes to the awesome narrator of the Audiobook – Will Patton. Patton manages unique and appropriate voices for each character. The other part I really loved about this book, is the way it takes common narratives and breaks them, oh oh, the mother and aunties are letting the Hit Man into their house! danger danger, oh, but these women aren’t stupid, no they’re just braver and more clever than women usually get credit for. This story focuses on Ronin and his abilties to dream objects and bring them back. Also: Great Worldbuilding!
Beka Cooper is a puppy. A Provost’s Guard in training. She has been assigned to the best dog pair in the evening watch and is ready to get to work. Beka has a good feel for the lower city and its people. She also hears the ghosts of the dead who are carried by pigeons. Through her little birdies she learns about two crimes: someone is hiring people to dig and the killing them and someone is kidnapping children and require ransom from the parents to get them back. Beka becomes a terrier with these two cases and convinces her dogs to investigate.
I have been reading Pierce for years and love how her novels have evolved. The Beka Cooper books are more well written than the Alanna books simply because she has more room to work. When the Alanna books were written there was no way they could be the length these books are today. The length gives Pierce more room to develop the plot and the characters.
I love the fact that Beka is not a high born character like so many of the Tortall characters are. She is from the lower city and that is where she will stay. She is an amazingly strong female and a good role model. The secondary characters are great as well. The rogues and dogs fit together wonderfully and Pierce has created another wonderful rascal in Rosto – I can’t wait to see how he turns out.
Jonathan Stroud has done it again, actually this title is better than the Bartimaeus series (imho). The Lockwood Investigative Company of ghost investigators burn down a house in the process of eliminating a problem specter haunting a house. That’s when things get really interesting, when a wealthy CEO hires them to clean out a mansion where other larger & more experienced agencies have failed. Join Lucy, George, and Anthony as they attempt to stay alive and solve this mystery.
A wonderful read – good plot, and delicious atmosphere, transports you to another London.
This title unlike the previous 2, is narrated by both Tris and Tobias. I’m Not sure this adds that much (unlike hearing Beans narrative in contrast to Ender’s version of the same story). I’m always suspicious that the author is trying to pad their work to add more pages. Maybe Roth is pulling a Hobbit Movie extension trick, trying to get as much out of the story as she can. Overall, I liked this book, no it wasn’t as fast-paced as the other two, but you gained a lot of explanation. I wonder if Roth knew where the series was headed when she published the first book.
If a song was playing during the opening scenes, it could be the Who’s “Don’t Get Fooled Again” new boss, same as the old boss…
Jayne Heller finds out a LOT about her past in book 5 of the series. Like what happened on her 16th birthday, who was her real father, and was Eric a bad guy, or a victim, and where did the very powerful demon that shares her body come from. Creative world-building in another fast-paced enjoyable read. Loved it!
There is something about this books that really sucks you in. I love the story of Elisa the reluctant princess with the godstone in her belly who becomes the symbol of a revolution and its leader. This is a coming of age story; a story about a girl who becomes the woman she was meant to be. It is not an easy journey for Elisa, but she endures, she perseveres and she triumphs.
I love the fact that Elisa is not your typical heroine. For one thing she is fat. There is never a fat princess main character in teen books. She is fat and she really doesn’t care in this book. She likes food and she eats it. She isn’t really happy with her body but she doesn’t bemoan the fact that she is fat. She is who she is. Sure she eventually slims down, but that is because of the lifestyle she comes to lead. She is forced to become a different person than the pampered princess who she started out as. I think her journey is amazing. She grows so much in this book. You can see the changes in her and those around her as her circumstances change.
I like that Carson is also not afraid to make hard decisions in her writing. She kills main characters, she makes people have questionable motives, she makes us as readers ask questions, and she makes her central plot all about religion. This may turn some people off, but it is essential to the story. This is a book that revolves around a religion. Elisa is the bearer of the godstone which means she is connected to God. Even though the plot is religious it doesn’t get heavy handed or preachy. It is just part of the plot which I appreciate.
I also appreciate that even though this is part of a planned trilogy this book can stand on its own. It ends in a good place and really doesn’t need more books if you don’t want to read more about this world. However, the rest of the series is just as amazing and you won’t want to miss it. Rae Carson has created a world and a heroine you can truly root for. She is as badass as Katniss with just a little bit more emotional depth. She is proactive and smart and brave and you believe she can lead a rebellion or become a queen.
A continuation of the title Touch of Power. Avry believed to be dead by everyone, sneaks into Estrid’s army and trains them in stealth moves. We also get Kerrick’s point of view (for better or for worse – I often suspect authors of padding their pages when they insert another POV). It was exciting, though I really wanted to follow only one storyline, and then come back to the other plotline. Another enjoyable read!
Maria Snyder crafts almost perfect fantasy novels featuring strong female protagonists.
Avry of Kazan is one of the last healers alive in the lands, she has been moving from town to town attempting to hide her gift because the healers have been blamed for spreading the devastating plague. Healers work by absorbing the injuries into their own bodies, but then healing 5 times more quickly.
Marauders and despots have followed in the wake of the devastation. Prince Ryne appears to be the only king capable of taking on the nefarious evil-doers. Unfortunately, he has contracted the plague, but is in frozen stasis, in case a healer can be found. Prince
Kerrick is searching for a healer to bring Ryne back to life.
I enjoyed parts of this book immensely – however, the romance aspect of “oh, I couldn’t possibly be honest with him” drove me nuts. But the action was uptempo like Divergent, and the ending was good. I was told it was a cliffhanger, but I thought it was a good ending – everybody wound up where they should be, but new things were going to happen next! Can’t wait to read the next one.
Bess starts off life in the 16th century, her happy peasant family life is disrupted when plague breaks out. After her older brother, her sweet sister, and father die of the plague, Bess’ Mom makes a deal with the local and evil warlock Gideon, which brings Bess back from the door of death. Then a witchhunter is called and accuses Bess of witchcraft, since she survived the plague, her mother confesses in order to spare her daughter and directs her daughter to study with Gideon. But when the town comes for her and plan to burn her the next day, she speaks invocation by the light of her cell windows. 300 years later she is still on the run from Gideon, who wants her to combine their powers. She is able to settle down for brief periods before he tracks her down.
Paula Brackston’s books are so captivating. I can’t wait for her next book in 2014, The Midnight Witch. Make sure you have plenty of time to read, because her books are hard to put down. This book was originally released as the Book of Shadows in 2009.
Enthralling and Exciting. I did Not want to put this down. And the book stayed with me for days afterwards.
It also reminded me of several other books – the initiation and bullying kept reminding me of Ender’s Game, and The Giver, as well as somewhat like Tamora Pierce’s Alana series (and also Tom Brown’s Schooldays, and Lord of the Flies, but Not that bad). I enjoyed this book a lot, and look forward to the 2nd and 3rd books. I’m even considering purchasing Amazon’s companion minibooks told from Four’s perspective – and normally, I don’t buy books, I keep my collection at the Library.