Archive | August, 2010

The Iron Princess by Julie Kagawa

31 Aug

The Iron Daughter
Sequel to The Iron King
Book 2 in the Iron Fey series

Author: Julie Kagawa

Pages [ebook]: 361

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Read online with NetGalley

Opening Lines: The Iron King stood before me, magnificent in his beauty, silver hair whipping about like an unruly waterfall. His long black coat billowed behind him, accenting the pale, angular face and translucent skin, the blue-green veins glowing beneath the surface.

Memorable Quote: “You’re here, and the only dance I want is this one.”

Favorite Characters: Puck and Charles

Summary:

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is a prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Review:

I am in love with this series! I’ve only recently dove into the many YA series that deal with fairies [actually, the review I'm posting tomorrow is on another fairy book]. The Iron Princess, which picks up  where The Iron King left off, tells more about the world of the Nevernever and leaves the reader begging for more. Unfortunately, the third book, The Iron Queen, doesn’t hit stores until February 2011.

Meghan is trapped by Mab, the Winter queen. Ash is ignoring her, Oberon can’t help her, and the Winter fey unanimously want her dead or worse. Left to her own devices, Meghan can only hope that she’ll survive the ordeal, and won’t be turned into a living ice sculpture.

In this novel, there are red-eyed iron horses, gremlins that live in iPods, and a world between this one and the Nevernever. As the tension builds between the Winter and Summer armies, will Meghan be able to prove that the real threat is the Iron fey? Or will all of the ‘old faeries’ soon become extinct?

Filled with battle scenes, romance, and several pages of quote-worthy wit, The Iron Princess is a book you defintiely have to check out. I give it 5/5 stars.

What are You Reading Monday 8-28-10

30 Aug

This week, I read:

The Wedding Gift
Glimpse

My favorite would have to be Glimpse. I just might have to try out more verse books because of this.

So, this week has been very busy and slightly depressing, because next is the last full week I’ve got before I go back to school. While I’m excited to see my friends, I’m just hoping they’re actually in my classes. Fingers crossed.

On a bright note, I made varsity on my tennis team, if you wish to know. :)

How was your week?

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams

27 Aug

Glimpse

Author: Carol Lynch Williams

Pages [hardcover]: 496

Where I got it: Read free online with Pulse It

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Favorite Character: Lizzie

Summary:

Twelve year old girl Hope’s life is turned upside down when her older sister Lizzie becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Ever since their dad died Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age. Their mother is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best, who turns tricks to support the family. Throughout the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative readers and Hope discover shocking truths and it’s up to Hope to bring the truth to light to save her sister.

Review:

I usually don’t like free verse novels. Okay, I’ve never really liked one until I read Glimpse. This book is packed full of emotional scenes and heartbreaking moments. Hope is such an innocent main character, contrasting with her mother and the secrets surrounding her.

Hope has no idea why Lizzie tried to kill herself. Could she have done something to cause it? Lizzie is stuck at the hospital and it’s up to Hope to find Lizzie’s diary, figure out what was wrong, and help her sister pull her life back together.

I loved how the story was set up and how the emotions involved were emphasized. I definitely recommend this book, even if it really isn’t your thing to read a free verse book. I didn’t think I’d even finish it, and I ended up loving it! I give Glimpse 5/5 stars.

The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna

26 Aug

The Wedding Gift

Author: Kathleen McKenna

Pages [ebook]: 239

Available now!

Opening Lines: Last evening, based on an anonymous tip, authorities were called to the home of Roger Willets in Dalton, Oklahoma. Upon entering the mansion, authorities discovered all seven members of the Roger Willets family slain.

Favorite Character: Jess

Summary:

Kathleen McKenna’s explosive third novel ‘The Wedding Gift’ excels in so many categories it defies them all. It is a spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern States mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent and indeed psychopathic ghosts to haunt any town. It is also a murder mystery – why did Robina Willets apparently kill all five of her young children, and her husband, before stabbing herself to death?

Review:

I think that The Wedding Gift is a great novel for anyone who loves a great ghost story combined with a murder mystery. The ending is greatly unexpected, and I have to say that it completely made the whole story for me.

Leeann, who constantly describes herself as the most beautiful girl in town, uses so many southern phrases that I don’t even know where to begin. At times she is charming and sweet, but a page later she can be cold-hearted or lacking any common sense at all. My opinion of her switched constantly throughout the book.

One thing that annoyed me was how many chapters ended on random sentences. It seemed like the chapter breaks interuppted the flow. It’s a tiny thing, and really the only bad thing I can point out.

I give The Wedding Gift 4/5 stars.

Teaser Tuesday 9-24-10

24 Aug
Fragile Eternity

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is from Fragile Eternity, the third book in the Wicked Lovely series:

He wasn’t sure he’d be ready to deal with any of that. He wanted a plain, a way to reach Sorcha, a way to make things better; talking to Aislinn about everything that wasn’t right didn’t feel like the best answer.

From page 216. I rented this from the library and am loving this series !

What are You Reading Monday 8-23-10

23 Aug

This week, I read:

The Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde
The Thyssen Affair-Mozelle Richardson
Avalon High-Meg Cabot

My favorite would have to be Avalon High, not just because it was the least serious of the three but I couldn’t put it down the entire time I was reading it.

Tennis practice started this week, and school is looming in the not-so-distant future. Hopefully, I’ll still have plenty of time to read, but I can never tell.

How was your week?

Avalon High by Meg Cabot

21 Aug

 

Avalon High

Author: Meg Cabot [also wrote the Airhead series and Size 12 is Not Fat]

Pages [hardcover]: 288

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Opening Lines: “You are so lucky.”
Trust my best friend Nancy to see things that way. Nancy is what you would call an optimist.
Not that I’m a pessimist, or anything. I’m just . . . practical. At least according to Nancy.
Apparantly, I’m also lucky.

Memorable Quote: “Kings don’t sneak.”

Favorite Character: Elle, Will

Summary:

Avalon High, I was starting to think, might not be so bad after all.

Maybe it’s not where Ellie wants to be, but if you have to start at a new school, Avalon High is typical enough: There’s Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy.

But not everyone at Avalon High is who they appear to be . . . not even, as Ellie is about to discover, herself. As a bizarre drama begins to unfold, Ellie has to wonder, what part does she play in all this? Do the coincidences she’s piecing together really mean—as in King Arthur’s court—that tragedy is fast approaching for her new friends?

Ellie doesn’t know if she can do anything to stop the coming trouble. But somehow, she knows she has to try.

Review:

I love Meg Cabot! Once again, I flew through one of her books. This was a really quick read for me, with a surprising twist. My edition that I borrowed from the library has practically no summary on it, so reading along with no expectations was a fun change. I loved the characters, and how everything fit together perfectly.

Elle is a funny little character that likes to keep to herself and would rather float alone in her pool then go to the mall and try to make new friends.

I’d recommend this to any fan of Meg Cabot, chick lit, or young adult books.

 

The Thyssen Affair-Mozelle Richardson

20 Aug

 the thyssen affair 

The Thyssen Affair

Author: Mozelle Richardson

Pages [paperback]: 460

Opening Lines: Cane Eliot knew he was being followed before he reached the shuttle to Lufthansa for his overnight flight to Germany.

Favorite Character: Anya

Summary:

Cane Eliot, Colorado rancher and ex-OSS WWII agent is brought back into action by a CIA friend to do a simple investigation in Munich. As Canyon says, “nothing the CIA does is simple”. He finds himself entangled in a web of twisted, convuluted intrigue with both the Israeli Mossad and the Russian KBG that requires him to use every bit of cunning and improvisation, physical and mental, he learned in the war.

Review:

 I wanted to like this novel a lot more than I did. Filled with spies, secrets, and chases that span continents, this book is filled with action. There was something that just did not click with me. The characters seemed stiff and awkward. Many people have a predetermined thought of how spies are supposed to act, and Canyon did not fill this role at all. Some of this may have to do with the fact that Cane is an older spy, which is mentioned several times throughout the book.

One thing in particular that I did not like occured mostly when Cane was in Germany. He mentioned so many specific towns, cities, other places, that it was hard to concentrate on the actual plot. I can probably name not even three cities in Germany, so this information was entirely useless for me. It gave me no picture for the setting and left me more confused than ever.

Overall, I’d give The Thyssen Affair 2.5/5 stars.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

18 Aug

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde

Pages [paperback]: 229

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Opening Lines: The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim.

Memorable Quote: “You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”

Favorite Character: Sibyl Vane

Summary:

Spellbound before his own portrait, Dorian Gray utters a fateful wish. In exchange for eternal youth he gives his soul, to be corrupted by the malign influence of his mentor, the aesthete and hedonist Lord Henry Wotton. The novel was met with moral outrage by contemporary critics who, dazzled perhaps by Wilde’s brilliant style, may have confused the author with his creation, Lord Henry, to whom even Dorian protests, ‘You cut life to pieces with your epigrams.’. Encouraged by Lord Henry to substitute pleasure for goodness and art for reality, Dorian tries to watch impassively as he brings misery and death to those who love him. But the picture is watching him, and, made hideous by the marks of sin, it confronts Dorian with the reflection of his fall from grace, the silent bearer of what is in effect a devastating moral judgement.

Review:

I had to read this as part of my school’s summer reading. The Picture of Dorian Gray tells the story of a young man who seemingly has everything-wealth, good looks-and throws away his good reputation for the chance to stay forever young and beautiful. As the book progresses, the painting that grows older becomes a sort of conscience for Dorian.

This book is very dark and the ending is very surprising and twisted. But I actually liked it. It was deep in an absurd sort of way, that makes the reader think about why they shouldn’t behave as the characters are.

I would definitely recommend this, whether you’re trying to get through the classics or just looking for a novel to enjoy. Though this was published in 1890, there are some themes that are still obvious in the modern world.

I give The Picture of Dorian Gray 4/5 stars.

What are You Reading Monday 8-16-10

16 Aug

This week I read:

Only the Good Spy Young-Ally Carter
If I Stay-Gayle Foreman
The Red Pyramid-Rick Riordan
The Space Between Trees-Katie Williams
Sleepless-Thomas Fahy

Out of all of them, my favorite would have to be Only the Good Spy Young. I am loving the Gallagher Girls series and cannot wait until the next one comes out!

How was your week?

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