Tyger, Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1) by Kersten Hamilton
Friday, April 30, 2010
Tyger, Tyger (Goblin Wars, #1) by Kersten Hamilton
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy (depending on which bookstore you visit)
# of pages: 400 (Bloomsbury pb)
Amelia's Age-Level Suggestion: 10< (great for upper elementary and beyond!)
Another old review that I haven't posted over here yet :) Counting down the days until Friday, when fun-reading begins again!
As of right now, 6,990 fans have given The Goose Girl the top 5-star rating, and only 62 have given it a 1-star. I guess I'm going to be #6,991, because I obviously have found a new treasure!
This was the first book I had read since finishing the epic saga The Bridei Chronicles in December 2009 (adult historical fantasy by Juliet Marillier - which I also highly recommend!), and I was relieved to have something less perplexing. I generally love fairy-tale retellings, as long as they dont go too "realistic," which is pretty much the modern euphemism for "trashy." I'd actually forgotten about the "Goose Girl" tale, as it never stuck out to me as one of the Grimms' major stories, but I found this book to be a fun but substantial read.
I will say, I could have used more character development. I like my villains to be explained, and I kept wondering as to why the villains in this story (including a backstabbing "frenemy" who could very well be Regina George's ancestor) went to the trouble of doing their deeds. Jealousy? Is that it? The perspective followed the main character, Ani/Isi, all throughout and I could have done with a shift to some other characters, just so I could get a better understanding of what they were going through. I really liked Shannon Hale's characters, but I didn't really feel that they were as developed as they could have been. I especially liked Geric, and I agree with lots of other reviewers that he should have had more scenes! But Shannon Hale deserves a pat-on-the-back just for writing a clean, sweet romance (note, that's my thing: I really like clean, sweet romances...that may just be me, though!)
So if you like YA books where both characters have vice-like behavior, this book is NOT for you, haha! Okay I'm kidding...but seriously, this was a great book! Oh and the other books in the series - Enna Burning and River Secrets, are also incredible as well!
Final Rating: 5/5. Even with the sometimes lackluster character development, all the other elements of the story came together nicely, and The Goose Girl gets extra points for just being so enjoyable--so that bumps it to as perfect a rating as I can give it! Try the Books of Bayern sometime - they're pretty fast reads and you'll be glad you did!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
- Note: Sapphique will not be published in the United States until December - here's your chance to READ IT EARLY!
that's right! Fun-reading is back with a vengeance!
Friday, April 23, 2010
But yep, this week's Friday Finds have actually been garnering lots of publicity, and I bet many of you have already read them.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
That's right! In just a few weeks it will be May 4, the 1-year anniversary of The Last Olympian's release. To celebrate (and it indeed is worth celebrating - long live the PJ series!) I'm going to be giving away one copy from The Book Depository--and you know what that means: INTERNATIONAL!
this one really is the best in the series!
- Oh, and if I hit 215 followers by May 3, I'll give away 2 copies - two is better than one, right?!
Real quick, here's the fine print:
1. You must be a follower to enter - and I do check. Please, please be sure you click the "Follow" button on the right-hand side. :)
2. You need to fill out my little form in order for the entry to count.
3. If you are a blogger and you win, please post a review of this book once you're finished reading. Yes, the series is hugely popular, but it's always good to spread the word!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
My buddy Zac was so kind to reschedule his waxing so he could announce my next contest! And look, he brought Corbin along, too!
- My slightly used UK edition of Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher!
- My slightly used UK edition of Sapphique, the sequel to Incarceron - For US/Canada folks, this won't be out in the US until December '10!
1. You must be a follower - and I do check :) Just click on the "Follow" button which is on the right-hand side
3. Remember, these are UK covers, so they look like THIS:
Friday, April 16, 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy
# of pages: 240 (pb)
Publisher: Henry Holt, Macmillan
Age-Level Suggestion: 13&up
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I do have some quick announcements:
First of all:
THANK YOU for all your sweet comments! Comments literally made my day – I love them like Skittles
Second of all:
I want to apologize in advance for the lack of reading and reviewing. It’s been 2 weeks without fun-reading, and that may extend into the next 2 weeks… BUUUT I will still be posting reviews, mainly of books I read before I started blogging.
Stay tuned, because I’m about to start 2 - not 1, but 2(two) – new contests! We all love contest! More info this weekend!
Hope all of you (grownups) had a good Tax Day! I’ve been daydreaming all day of how I’m going to spend my $2 refund :S
Have a great rest of the week!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Down in the left-hand column is my Authorquarium, where all my little favorite authors live!
In the Harry Potter universe, old headmasters live in their portraits; in my fantastical world, I'd have little miniature authors living in their very own Authorquarium...
I always have meant to say something about this and then I’d forget.
Here are just a few of the authors who live in my Authorquarium:
From now on, I won’t neglect my Authorquarium. Every other week or so, I’ll find one of my little authors to feature – I’ll give a little bio, talk about his/her major works, any interesting facts, website/blog information, and if anything particularly cool is going on.
Quick! Who are your favorite authors? If you had an authorquarium, who would you put inside it (in a completely imaginative and not-at-all-weird sort of way)?
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Friday Finds 3: Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, James Dashner's Maze Runner
Friday Finds 2: Katherine Langrish's Troll Trilogy
Friday Finds 1: Catherine Fisher's Incarceron & Sapphique, Sarah Addison Allen's The Sugar Queen
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Genre: YA Sci/fi-Fantasy
# of pages: 480 pages (UK paperback)
Amelia's Age-Level Suggestion: 14< (probably better suited for 8th/9th grade level and up)
Disclaimer: For those who have read Incarceron, or for those who are planning to read Incarceron: I've altered my usual review style and made it a little more vague just to be absolutely sure that I don't include any spoilers... so feel free to read this and maybe get a good idea of what is in store in this book.
This book was pretty good. I think I enjoyed it more than Incarceron, pretty much because I was familiar enough with the basic storyline and didn’t have to spend so much time figuring everything out. The pacing was pretty good, but the last 100 pages really, REALLY dragged…and it got to the point where I came dangerously close to not caring anymore…that’s not usually a good sign.
And yet… I don’t want to make it sound like I didn’t like the book, because I did…but Catherine Fisher is not the greatest author on the planet, and her writing style actually aggravated me. You know the phrase “show, don’t tell”? Well, she pretty much tells how characters feel/act, she doesn’t show. Characterization is definitely not her strong suit in this series – everybody was pretty wooden and it was hard for me to relate to them because they didn’t seem very real. There was just this hollow, shell-like feel to her characters and that was a major distraction. Claudia, in particular, was just incredibly frustrating. She was easier to relate to in Incarceron because you understood *why* she acted like such a conceited brat. In Sapphique, pretty much all of her conflicts have been resolved, so why is she still so MEAN?! It was stuff like this that made reading Sapphique a bit cumbersome. I didn’t really like Keiro, either, because to me he seems like the embodiment of Evil: he’s an individual with pretty much no conscience – he doesn’t know compassion or remorse, and according some of my teachers (and the Harry Potter series), true evil is that which is excessively vain and devoid of compassion or remorse for one's actions. I’ll admit it: I like it when characters “get their comeuppance” and he didn’t get any comeuppance!
Also, the ending…very mediocre and a bit bizarre. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the ending just really didn’t make sense if you take into account the overall story. It seems like Catherine Fisher spent so much time creating this really intense situation, and then the ending comes and it’s “ta da! We’re finished now! The end!” I think the first thing I said when I finished Sapphique was, “ohhhkay…I’m hungry.” Let’s compare that to another book…oh, say…The Last Olympian. I finished that book and was like, “OMG!!! WHAT AM I GOING TO READ NOW?!?!?!” *hyperventilates*
It was a pretty engrossing read, most of the way through. Catherine’s exceptionally imaginative, and the Incarceron series is one of the most thoroughly original books I’ve ever read in my life. However, her books aren’t the best books I’ve ever read.
Strengths: creativity and action.
Weaknesses: very wooden and shallow characters and a spiraling last 100 pages…and a lackluster ending.
V: this book was “darker” than Incarceron, I think, and so there was more action-violence and scary images; about a PG-13 level
S: a few innuendos, nothing major, but parents of >12 should be cautioned
L: swearing present, nothing ‘major’ but still present. My age recommendation: 13/14+ (great for older middle schoolers/high schoolers…oh and grown-ups too!)
Final Rating: 3.9/5. Almost a 4, but just a little under.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Still to read:
- The Warrior Heir - Cinda Williams Chima
- The Wizard Heir - Cinda Williams Chima
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
- The Maze Runner - James Dashner
- Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side - Beth Fantaskey
- The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
- Wondrous Strange - Lesley Livingston
- Darklight - Lesley Livingston
- The Hourglass Door - Lisa Mangum
- Eyes Like Stars - Lisa Mantchev
- Heart's Blood - Juliet Marillier
- Wildwood Dancing - Juliet Marillier
- Life as We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer
- Anxious Hearts - Tucker Shaw
- Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
- The Secret History of the Pink Carnation - Lauren Willig
- The Masque of the Black Tulip - Lauren Willig
- Poor Warrior Heir and Wizard Heir, they're practically Trustees of the TBR pile! I keep pushing them back in favor of newer stuff. Hunger Games and Catching Fire I'm really waiting on, because a little birdie told me there's a CLIFFHANGER at the end of CF! Ahhhh, pesky cliffhangers! I think I may read Jessica's Guide... next, but does anybody have any suggestions as to what to read next?No more books for a month!
Have you all had to set "limits" on buying/checking out books? How to you avoid the clutter and a "larger than life" TBR pile?
Monday, April 5, 2010
- Wondrous Strange and
- Ancient Greece by Thomas Martin (bought for class)
- The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans (bought for class)
Because I don't want to go bankrupt (let's save that fun for paying off student loans), I am not going to buy any more books until 10 May 2010. We'll see how that goes!