Review: Naiya is back in the second book from the Broken Moon series. After escaping the city, and Dr. Black, Naiya and her adopted brothers, Enoch and Pip, have been taken in by the underground community of Athens. Lead by Senator Aeschylus, Athens at first seems to be a sanctuary, but everything is not as it appears.
All our favourite characters have returned, including Dr. Black's rebellious daughter Tate and big, burly, savior Achilles. Along with some new additions, Sensei Poll and the shadow imp (of unknown origins, full of wit and sass and driving Naiya up the wall), the story unfolds quickly.
Naiya and Enoch continue their will-they-won't-they, the chemistry between them undeniable. While Tate fizzles in the background and Aiden is continuously shoved into Naiya's face as someone necessary and important to her mission. Both Tate and Aiden cause rifts.
Special Mom and Me Review: Sadie is an adventurous little girl who finds a mysterious map. With her cousins, Finn and Nora, she travels into the map, to Dragon Island. There they must help the King and Queen stop dragons from eating the Queen's precious books.
My daughter and I loved this book. A quick, imaginative read with a smart, strong and resourceful young girl as the main character. She uses her creativity and intelligence to solve problems. Sadie is not scared of new and strange places, she embraces change and adventure.
It was smart to tie in the trinkets and doodads in the attic with previous visits to The Forgotten Lands; further developing and strengthening the relationship between Sadie and her Grandfather, due to their shared secret.
Review: Ron is a Jewish kid, born to an Israeli mother and Iraqi father, in 1980s Lincoln, Nebraska. He is on route to becoming a doctor, but loves to sing. He's also in love with a non-Jewish girl that has grown up as an almost member of his family. His best friend is a member of a popular local band that sing the wedding/prom/Bar Mitzvah circuit. Leading to Ron fulfilling his desire to perform live, but also leading to the harsh realities of the rock and roll lifestyle.
I had a hard time getting in to this book. I think more than anything is was the writing style. Ron's perspective would often shift quickly and he would go off in tangents that sometimes seemed pointless to the plot. I also could not connect with the main character. He was self-deprecating, listless, unambitious, yet somehow still determined. I was also very unsure of his relationship with Amy.
Review: A wickedly sinister book teaming with creatures of darkness and the occult. We begin the story with Valek, a vampire, discovering an abandoned human child, whom he then adopts. Flash forward to the present, when the child, Charlotte, is eighteen and desperately in love with her vampire guardian. She hunts humans for him, giving up a piece of her soul and humanity, because occult creatures have been forced to stay within the border and confines of their occult villages or face the wrath of the Regime. This is law, according to the high wizard who rules the Kingdom of Magic, an elf named Vladislov.
I loved the world within this book, loved the mix of good and bad magic. The character building was excellent, allowing the reader to sympathize with monsters and detest the self-appointed 'heroes.' There is a silent war raging between the light and the dark, with a mere human girl wedged in the middle.
Review: This is a graphic novel about Karen Reyes, a young girl from a bad neighbourhood who dreams of being a monster. Specifically, she wishes she were a werewolf. She uses this werewolf persona to hide from the real world; from being bullied at school, from her mother's illness, from the loss of her best friend, from the death of a beloved neighbour, and from her brother's secrets and mood swings.
The graphic novel is heart breaking and gut wrenching, especially when introduced to Anka's story via recorded tape. Anka is the dead neighbour, possibly murdered, and her life is tragic from beginning to end. She was raised in a brothel, her only ally there a cook who is later killed, she is then sold, raped, tortured, sent to die, only to escape, but then to find herself, a Jew, in Hitler's Germany. It is no wonder she was "mad", according to Karen. I do not think she had one happy memory, maybe her cat.
Review: Did anyone else read this with Tom Hanks voice in their head? Made for quite the enjoyable experience.
These short stories were all so poignant, emotional, a slice of American life served piping hot with sweet ice cream. I loved that each story revolved around a typewriter; as though, Tom Hanks placed a sheet of paper in the typewriter and let the story flow out of him. You could almost hear the keys tapping and the bell ring as the carriage returned to its original spot.
My favourite of the stories were those in which the main character takes something for granted, or misunderstands something or someone, only to change their perceptions and opinions. For example: A Month on Greene Street, Bette mistakes the meaning of one of her supposed psychic visions of Paul, taking him for a desperate man looking for a divorcee that was easy pickings.
Review: These were the first Novella's I have ever reviewed on here.
A very interesting story about a young woman, Peyton, who is drowning the voices of ghosts by drinking herself into oblivion everyday.
The Leak of Madness begins with Peyton waking from a blackout in the morgue of her families funeral home. Only, this house has been burned down, and was the reason for her parent's death long ago. Peyton has no idea how she came to be there, or why she would be sleeping in the rubble of her past life. She calls her only friend, Olivia, who is already worried about her friends alcoholism.
Peyton is a strong character, dealing with the voices of ghosts on her own, scared to reveal the truth to anyone. She is scared of her abilities, of the dark spirits, of losing Olivia (the only person she has left).
Review: I have never read a Minette Walters book before, but I became quite interested in The Last Hours. Am I ever glad I decided to read this book. Being a slow reader, 560 pages seemed daunting to me, but I whizzed through the book in a mere three days.
June 1348, the Black Plague enters England through a port in Melcombe and begins to quickly decimate the population, wiping out entire villages, lord and serf alike. Spreading faster than any illness before it, with no apparent cure once caught. The Demesne of Develish learns of the onslaught of sickness and cloisters themselves behind their moat, abandoning their village. They bar the doors to anyone outside of the village, traveler and friend alike. From then the novel seethes with fear, intrigue, isolation and death. With the Lady of the land assuming role of Lord, as her husband is away during their removal from the world. She is stubborn, strong, and allows serfs to become equals.
Review: Well that was mind bending! This graphic novel begins where Imperial Phase Part 1 left off, Sakhmet has brutally murdered a room full of worshipers. Now the other Gods are hunting her down, trying to calm the masses, and remind them to love and not fear them. The walls are crumbling, the Darkness is looming, and loyalties are shifting and splintering. It is the perfect opportunity for someone to confuse and use this moment to their advantage.
There is a swift succession of deaths in this novel. Some surprising and some inevitable. The reader does not know who to trust, who to care about, how to react. Our willingness to mourn these ill-fated teens fades as we delve deeper into the mythos surrounding the Pantheon, Ananke and the Great Darkness. Who can you truly love when all of them are naive, selfish, untrustworthy children?
Review: Another fantastic turn from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie Mckelvie. Once again they throw readers for a loop by starting the graphic novel with a few magazine articles, involving interviews with some of the Gods. They approached real world writers/interviewers to take on the task of interviewing these fictional Gods. Each article was perfectly fitting to the God being featured, with beautifully rendered pop art "photographs" (drawings). They were very neon, eccentric and sometimes emotional images of these larger-than-life figures. I especially loved the Woden and Lucifer interviews. The God we love to hate and the God we love to miss.
We are then shifted back into the graphic novel format, a year in the life of the Gods having passed. There is in-fighting, fear and an ominous Darkness approaching. What does it all have to do with Persephone, how does she wield such power, should everyone be as afraid of her as Woden is?