Showing posts with label Magic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magic. Show all posts

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Carry On


“You have to pretend you get an endgame. You have to carry on like you will; otherwise, you can't carry on at all.” 
-Rainbow Rowell, Carry On

When I started this book, I wasn't expecting it to suck me into that black hole that sucks you in when you've found a truly amazing story. I've loved every single thing that I've read by Rainbow Rowell, and this book was no exception. The moment I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. Simon and Baz and the magical world that Rowell created and fully captured my attention.

Carry On is a spin-off novel from Rowell's last book, Fangirl, giving readers the context to the fanfiction that Cath writes in that book (also a phenomenal book, highly recommend). However, this book completely works as a stand alone book as well. Though this way Rowell's first foray into fantasy, and you can see the influence of Harry Potter (I mean, she used to write Harry Potter fanfiction, and who doesn't love Harry Potter anyway?), but I think it's different enough that you can't say that she completely copied her world from Rowling. The way magic is used in Simon and Baz's world is completely different than Harry's world. 

And oh my god, the characters. The dialogue. The descriptions. If there's anything that Rowell does uniquely well, it's these three things. Definitely had a book hangover after this book, because I just didn't want to stop reading about Simon, Baz, and Penny. Rowell slowly draws you into the story at the beginning, and once Baz enters the picture, you've lost all hope. The chemistry between Baz and Simon was magnificent, adorable, and shows Rowell's ability to write romantic relationships. 

All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and it's been awhile since I've read a book that I fell completely head over heels for. So go! Read it! And then go and read all of Rowell's other books too, because they are just as good.

5/5 stars.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Bitterblue


I finished Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore last week sometime, but with everything that I had to do before England (and of course, left until the last minute) I haven't had a chance to write about it. So, here it goes! Bitterblue is the sequel to Graceling and the companion novel to Fire, and all three books definitely come together in this novel. Eight years have gone by since the end of Graceling and Bitterblue has now become queen of Monsea. But she has a lot of work to do, given the state that her father left the kingdom in, which Bitterblue doesn't really know the extent of, because her advisors keep her locked up in her tower most of the time. So Bitterblue starts sneaking out at night. And she finds out that her kingdom is in much more of a mess than she thought.

One issue that I had with this book wasn't with the writing, it was the fact that Bitterblue was published so long after Graceling that I had difficulty remembering what events had lead up to this book and how all of the characters were connected. In one of the reviews of the book, someone said that you could read this one  first and still have a handle on the series, but I definitely don't think that is true. I would definitely recommend reading this one last, because it does reveal so much about the other two books. Graceling and Fire can pretty much be read in any order, I think. But Bitterblue definitely comes last.

Putting that fact aside, I definitely love Kristin Cashore's writing style. She does a good job of putting the reader completely in the world she has created, and she creates characters that the readers care about. Readers want the characters to succeed. I must say, Bitterblue also doesn't have a predictable story line, Cashore kept me guessing for the most part, which I definitely appreciate. Overall, I think Bitterblue is a successful book, one that I really enjoyed. But I think I'll have to go back and read the other two to fully appreciate its wonderfulness.

In other news, I am leaving tomorrow for England and I am so excited! So for a month, I will switch from blogging about books to blogging about my adventures in England, which, undoubtedly will have something to do with books at some point. Until then, happy reading! :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lots of Adventures


While watching the movie We Bought a Zoo with my family this evening, it made me think about something. Adventures. It seems like people talk about them so much, but how many people have the actual courage to embark on an adventure? So many people go about their life, going to school, going to class, going to work, and they never really do anything out of the ordinary. They say that tomorrow they'll do something different, tomorrow they'll get out to do what they've always wanted to do. Travel. Go skydiving. Go bungee jumping. People want to make their lives worth living, but it seems to me that they don't do much to change their ways. Because people are afraid of change. I'll have to admit, I'm one of those people. But this summer, I've decided that I want to do something different. I want to see what else the world has to offer, so for the past 6 months or so (maybe a little longer) I've been working on getting my way to England. And in 24 days, a dream that I've had for years, an adventure that I've always wanted to embark on, is going to happen. And I've never been more scared or excited for something in my life. It's crazy! I know, this is kind of a tangent away from books (and yes, I will be able to connect this to the book I just finished reading, trust me), but I want to inspire people to take adventures. Even though it may seem impossible in the beginning, it almost always will be worth it.

Anyway, the book I just finished, The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan, has a little bit to do with adventures. It's the third book in the Kane Chronicles, and I believe I have talked about the first two on here, if you're interested (check out Some Egyptian Mythology and Old Books and Fast Reading for the first two books). Sadie and Carter once again have to save the world from oncoming doom (I know, shocking, huh?) because Apophis, the Egyptian god of chaos, has been set loose and wants to bring chaos to the world, which would end up completely destroying the world. Will they succeed? I guess you'll have to read and find out :)

Though it's based on Egyptian mythology instead of Greek mythology, this series is quite a lot like the Percy Jackson series, which makes sense, considering it's by the same author. But I kind of wish it wouldn't be so similar. In Percy Jackson, something is always happening that stops the kids from what they need to do (usually the gods interfering) but then something miraculous happens and the day is saved. I think almost every book of his has this plot actually....don't get me wrong, they're absolutely fabulous books, I just kind of wish that he would change it up every once in a while. I mean, so many bad things don't have to happen to his main characters; it seems like at every turn, Sadie and Carter have some other mess to get out of (Percy was the same way). And this is where I return back to the adventure thing. Though they might not exactly be believable...Sadie and Carter are having adventures. Yes, most of their adventures mean life or death, but they're living life to the fullest! They're not staying inside, on Facebook, Twitter, or playing videogames, they're out doing things to save the world. And while not everyone can be an Egyptian magician  and save the world, everyone has something on their list that they want to do this summer, this year, in ten years, or even twenty. The point is to get out and do it before you can't. Even if you won't save the world like Sadie and Carter, I promise it will be worth it.

Next, I will be reading the Scott Pilgrim series, because it's quick and was recommended to me by someone on the Central Quidditch team. Until then, happy reading, and happy adventuring! :)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Back to School


So I started classes again today, and this semester is looking to be just as busy as the last one. Which will mean less fun reading for me. But, on the plus side, I am taking a children's literature class, which means I won't be completely missing out on reading! I know it's dorky to be excited that I'll get to read kid's books for a class, but I am. It'll be fun! And more interesting than some of the things I've read for classes for sure. I'll have to blog about those books too :)

Anyway, before I came back to school, I finished The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima. An exciting read! This is the third book in the Seven Realms Series, and I'm not exactly sure how many books are going to actually be in the series. Possibly 7, but who knows? The number of books in a series changes all the time. All I know is there definitely is going to be another one. Sure things got resolved in this one, but there is so much more that needs to be fixed. Plus Chima said that she was working on the next book on her website.

You're probably wondering what this series is exactly about. The Demon King (the first book in the series) started out following two different characters, Raisa and Han. Raisa is the princess heir of the Fells kingdom. But things are getting complicated. Ever since the Breaking, a war that happened way in the past and forced wizards from having any kind of royal power, wizards haven't been able to hold the throne. But it seems like the Bayars, a well known wizard family, are trying to change that. And Raisa may be in danger. Han is a thieving street lord, steeling things to support his mother and sister. He spends his summers with the clan folk, hunting and such. However, there's something odd about him. Ever since he was a baby, he's had these metal cuffs on his wrists. His mother said it was to save his life as a baby. But recently, it seems like there might be a different reason. But what?

Basically, a whole lot of events unfold between then and the second book that bring Han and Raisa together. And then even more crazy and complicated things come between then and the second book, bringing basically the entire nation into a war. It's an exciting plot that always leaves the reader guessing. But surprisingly isn't that difficult to follow. I found that I always knew what was going on, even though things started to become more and more complicated. I think that it helps that it's told from both Raisa's and Han's point of view. That way you get all the angles for the story.

What I like about Chima's work (because I absolutely adore her Heir Trilogy. If you haven't read it, you should. Start with The Warrior Heir. It's fantastic) is that she creates these awesome worlds that almost seem like they could exist. Maybe not so much with the Seven Realms books, because it's a completely different world. But with her Heir books, it almost seems like they could be real, because she weaves the world of the Roses into our own. But that's for another time. The Seven Realms novels are definitely worth giving a look at. I'm positive that you won't be disappointed.

What am I reading next? Since I won't be able to read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because it's being sent to my house in Holland, I'm reading The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. It should be just as good.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Finally the End!


The end of the Inheritance Cycle has finally come! It seems like it has been forever since I read Eragon for the first time, and now I finally know how his story finishes. And I must say, I have mixed feelings about the book. Overall I thought it was good, a good way to end the trilogy-turned-into-four-books. There were no loose ends left, and if there was, I would have been amazed because it is an 860 page novel. But then again, he did have a lot of loose ends to tie up. But, like I said, he did a good job of making sure the reader knew how everything happened and how everything ended.

For anyone who doesn't know, the Inheritance Cycle follows a farmer boy named Eragon who becomes a Dragon Rider. The series is the chronical to when his dragon, Saphira, first hatches for him, to the final battle with the evil King Gallabatorix, who is also a Dragon Rider and is the reason that the Riders are gone and the dragons are nearly extinct. Eragon meets all sorts of creatures along the way, elves, dwarves, urgals, and they all weave their own story into Eragon's. In Inheritance, the final battle is looming, but will the Varden (the rebel group) be able to defeat Gallabatorix? You'll have to read to find out.

Here's the thing that irks me about this series. Yes, Christopher Paolini is an amazing writer and the world that came from his mind is absolutely breath-taking. He also creates good, complex characters that all have their own background story, and it's almost always something interesting. But I feel like there was a lot that he could have cut down on. There was one thing that really got on my nerves while I was reading the story. Eragon has a sword named Brisingr (hence the name for the third book, Brisingr), and when he utters that word, his sword bursts into flames. Every time Eragon made fire with magic, he said that he avoided using "Brisingr" so his sword wouldn't light up. He did this a lot. After the first time it isn't really necessary to say that, in my opinion. The reader gets that his sword lights on fire, and that fact isn't going to change from beginning to end. There wasn't a need to keep saying it every single time. I don't really know why that irritated me so much, but it just did. 

While I thought I could kind of predict where the series was going to go (the inevitable battle with Gallabatorix, and somehow Murtagh would be involved) I give Paolini credit in that he included some twists that I didn't see coming. I won't mention what they are, but I thought they were well placed and added a lot to the story. Also, once you get to the battle scene in the end (everyone knows that's going to happen, right?) the book is darn near impossible to put down. While the battle goes on for a while (Paolini is very descriptive), you just have to know how it ends right away. And since so much action is going on, it's almost impossible to find a good place to stop at that point. Stopping would mean leaving yourself hanging for a while. I think this made the wait for the ending almost okay, but I'm still a bit irritated it took him so long to finish the books. But I finally know how it ends. And I'm happy with it.

So, what will I be reading next? The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima. Should be a good one!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Confusing Swamp Story

You know those stories where the narrator constantly refers to something that you have no idea what it is? And then you don't figure out until the end what exactly it is? Well Chime by Franny Billingsley is one of those stories. The main character Briony constantly says "I'm a bad person, I'm a bad person" and while you get hints and clues of why she is, you don't really get the complete story until the end of the book. And it's a little annoying. Briony herself is a little annoying, but we'll get to that later. Now I'm sure you're wondering what exactly this book is about.

Chime is about a girl, Briony (obviously) who has this huge secret she has to keep. She's a witch. And she thinks that this being a witch is what caused her twin sister Rose to go crazy. After their Stepmother's death, things get kind of difficult. Eldric, a boy who moves into their house with his father, also makes Briony's task more difficult. His father's plan to drain the swamp of all it's water has made the Old Ones (creatures that haunt the swamp) go crazy, creating a plague that has effected all the children of Swampsea. It's now up to Briony to do something to save the people of Swampsea. And it may cost her her life.

Yes, this book sounds very exciting, a page turner. And don't get me wrong, it is. But it's so confusing most of the time. In my opinion, Briony isn't a very good narrator because she doesn't give you the whole story. She's just like woah is me, my life is bad, I'm a bad person, blah, blah, blah. I get it, your life was difficult. Just get on with the story please! The events don't all come together until the end. The end of the story is great. I really liked that part because stuff finally made sense. And Briony had stopped complaining for the most part. So first part of the book, annoying and confusing. Last part of the book, exciting and a lot less confusing. Overall, I'd say that this is a pretty good book.

What am I reading next? Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Take Seven

Let's just start with saying that the movie last night was absolutely amazing! Yes, it has its flaws, but I still loved it and thought it was the perfect way to end the series. I did finish all seven books before the movie (woohoo!) and I'd have to say that I'm pretty proud of myself because I was kind of pressed for time. But I did it and it feels fantastic :)

So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is by far my favorite book. When I read it for the first time, I just couldn't put it down (granted, that basically happened with all the books. But this one was...different somehow. Maybe cause I knew it was ending, I don't know. I just love it). Everything comes together in this one, and I just love the way JK Rowling did it. I hate to be a broken record, but she really is a fantastic, amazing, awesome writer. And she wrote a series that people will remember for generations to come.

Yes, the book is amazing, but how did the movie compare? Well this one was split into two parts (which I assume most people know) and this allowed all the producers of the movie to follow the book much more closely. Granted, there were still things left out. But not nearly as many things as in other movies (cough, cough Order of the Phoenix cough, cough). I would have to say the thing that disappointed me the most was the fact that Ginny and Harry never get a satisfactory kiss. Ron and Hermione's kiss was absolutely amazing, but Ginny and Harry basically just have a peck. What the heck? I thought that Harry and Ginny could redeem themselves in this one, but I guess not. We'll just have to live with it. Oh well. Other than that, I thought they pretty much nailed the movie. There were a few other things, like the fact that Lupin and Tonks' kid was only mentioned once, and Harry didn't mend his wand in the end. But those are minor things. Thank you Warner Brothers for making a fantastic ending to a fantastic series.

It's weird to think that there will be no more Harry Potter movies or books. The books we've known for a while...but now the movies are done. The chapter on Harry Potter has closed. It's a little sad because that's what I've grown up with, along with millions of other people. But thanks to the millions of fans, the theme park, and JK Rowling's new website Pottermore, Harry Potter will live on for years and years to come. I know that my kids will read it. Someday we'll look back on the memories we made with Harry Potter with fondness. It's not everyday that you get to be a part of something so big.

So what will I be reading next? Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. He also wrote The Invention of Hugo Cabret which is being made into a movie. They are some pretty amazing books, but I'll let you see that for yourself in my next post :)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Take Six

Today is the day, and there are no words to describe my excitement!! I have finished all the books (thank goodness) but alas, I'm only on book 6 here. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is actually my least favorite Harry Potter book. I just felt like it was a lot of background story (don't get me wrong, I thought it was interesting, just not as exciting as the other books) and not as much action and adventure. I also thought that Half-Blood Prince focused more on the relationships than the action. I know they're teenagers and it's a part of life, but I don't think there needed to be so much emphasis on it.

So, how many of you wish that Harry and Hermione would've gotten together? Reading the books, it doesn't really make sense. It's clearly Ron and Hermione and Ginny and Harry. But in the movies, it's not as obvious, at least in my opinion. It seems more like Harry and Hermione in the movies. And Ginny's character in the movie....let's just say she could've been cast a little better. My theory on why this is is not all the books were published when they started the movies, so maybe they predicted that it would be Harry and Hermione, so that's what they decided to do. Then they got to the later books, and they were like "Oh, we were wrong." So then they tried to fix it, but it didn't really work all that well. Oh well, I guess that's just what you get when you make a book into the movie.

*SPOILER*Now we get to Dumbledore's death. A lot of people weren't happy with it, but I kind of think it was necessary. With him gone, now it's completely up to Harry, Ron, and Hermione to get rid of Lord Voldemort. It kind of forces them to grow up, and I think that was a very important thing. I mean, if Dumbledore was there all throughout the seventh book, things would've been a lot more...convenient. He would've figured a lot out for them. I like that they had to figure it out for themselves. It makes it more interesting.

So, that's it for now. Up next: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Harry Potter Take Five

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is least liked by a lot of people. It's long, and Harry kind of complains a lot. I, however, do not agree with the majority. Until the seventh book came out, Order of the Phoenix was my favorite, and I can't really explain why. Maybe I like the length, I like the fact that you finally get some explanations, I don't know. I just like it.

I'll admit, Harry broods kinda a lot in this novel. But he has a lot to brood about, doesn't he? I mean, his parents are dead, and every year at school, he gets caught up in some dangerous event. Saving the Sorcercer's Stone, going into the Chamber of Secrets, competing in the Triwizard tournament, and finally witnessed the rebirth of Voldemort. He's also had to deal with the death of Cedric Diggory (who he, admittedly, didn't really know that well, but still. To see someone murdered right in front of you has to be pretty scarring.). Oh, Harry also has to deal with the fact that his scar hurts (what seems randomly), and he has visions of what Voldemort is doing. You try to do all this as a 15-year-old and see if you don't become brooding and angry. It's very difficult to do.

If you couldn't deduce from before, Order of the Phoenix is my second favorite of the series. I must say, I was very, very disappointed with the movie. While I knew a lot would be left out, because the book is quite long, there were parts that I really wish hadn't been left out. Like Harry's date with Cho. I thought it was kind of funny, but they just skimmed over it. Their kiss was pretty good though, much better than Harry and Ginny's first kiss (at least in the movie, more on that in the next post).

Have you figured out what my least favorite book is yet? I would think that it would be pretty easy to figure out by now...but you'll get more explanation on that soon. Up next: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter Take Four

 
I'm still way ahead of my posting...I'll try to get better at that. I am on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I will be writing about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. So much action in this one! And so much that they left out of the movie. It was unfortunate. In re-reading the books, my mind is refreshed to what they left out. Little things, and big things. Like Rita Skeeter being an animagus. I liked that story line, but it was completely left out of the movie. Oh well, I guess I'll get over it someday.

This is where the books start to get really, really long. I'm not really sure why that is. Maybe JK Rowling had more to include starting with book 4? I don't really know. But it is kind of a drastic jump, from 400 some pages to 700 some pages. And after Goblet of Fire, all the books are at least 600 pages. Perhaps this is why some people don't like to read the books. It is kind of daunting, isn't it? But I promise, they go quickly because there is so much action (some people may disagree...but a lot does happen in each book). That's why I can read them so quickly, well partly anyway. I also have read them quite a number of times (I've lost count), which probably helps. I know what's coming next by heart.

Goblet of Fire is my third favorite out of all the books. Why? Because as a reader, we're starting to be able to put the pieces together, and the events in the books are getting darker and darker, and in general, more exciting. The magic is also getting more complex, which makes it more fun to imagine. I'm a pretty big fantasy fan (not just because of Harry Potter...I just like fantasy in general. The magic, the creatures, it's just all so fascinating). And to see JK Rowling's craft at writing, it's just awesome. How people can't like it, I will never understand.

I know this is kind of a short post, but I've still got some reading to do. Up next: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Harry Potter Take Two

So, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Big creepy spiders, a snake-like creature that can kill you with one look, and a Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher that doesn't know what he's doing. These are the types of things that make JK Rowling such a fantastic writer. She comes up with all of this stuff, stuff I couldn't even imagine coming up with. It's what makes Harry Potter so awesome. JK Rowling created this whole world that readers can escape into, a whole world that has its own rules, its own magic. It's fabulous.

It occurred to me after I wrote my last post that I should tell you where each Harry Potter book rates on my scale. In general, my liking increases as I get farther into the series, but there is one exception. I'll get to that when I get to that book. Anyway, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, while it is a fantastic book, is number 6 on my list. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is number 5. Mind you, I still like them a lot better than quite a few other books, but they're just not my favorite out of the series. I like the ones that include more action, it makes it more interesting.

I think I'd have to say that my favorite part of Chamber of Secrets is toward the end, when Harry and Ron actually go down to the chamber. It's so suspenseful and exciting, and actually really pivotal to the end of the series. That's another thing that I like about Harry Potter. Little events in the earlier books can be very important in the later books. I like how JK Rowling connects them all with little details like that. It takes a really skilled writer to do that. I can't wait until she writes something else.

I guess that's all I will say for now. Up next: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Harry Potter Take One

Thus starts my Harry Potter posts. I started re-reading the series on....Thursday I think it was. I've pretty much finished a book a day since then, and am almost done with the third. But I will reserve this post for the first, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Oh! It's also Harry Potter weekend on ABC family, so I've been watching the movies as well. I'm going to be all set for the movie next Friday. :)

Hopefully most people know what Harry Potter is about...if you don't, I'm pretty sure you've been living under a rock. Even if you haven't read the books or seen the movies, you've at least heard about Harry Potter. Being such a huge franchise, it's kind of hard not to. Anyway....I'll skip over the summary, though if you desperately want one, here is a chapter by chapter summary by sparknotes.

So I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back when I was in 6th grade. There isn't really a spectacular story to go along with it, I just started reading them. And I fell in love. Pretty much since then, I've been obsessed with the series, going to midnight book and movie releases. I even joined the Harry Potter Alliance chapter at Central, which is an awesome group and organization. I will do a post on it later for more explanation. But anyway...since I read Harry Potter for the first time, I've read it multiple other times. So many that I've kind of lost count. Some people think this is ridiculous, re-reading a book. But I don't seem how it's any different than re-watching your favorite movie or TV show. If you really, really like something, why wouldn't you read it again? That's my opinion anyway. I really, really like Harry Potter, so I don't really see a problem with reading it again.

Re-reading the series does make you realize how brilliant JK Rowling is. The way she set up the series, the way she weaves things into the plot, and the way she hides stuff in the novels that you don't realize are there until you read it a second or third time. People can say a lot of different things about JK Rowling, but they can't say that she's a bad writer. If she was, so many people wouldn't have read it, it wouldn't have become nearly as popular as it was today. Someday, I want to write something that people thoroughly enjoy. I want to write something that people will remember for years to come. JK Rowling did that, and when she published it, she definitely didn't realize quite how big it was going to get.

Coming up next: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dragons and Adventure

 Eona

So....I broke my own rule and read two books at one time. I don't really understand how people can do that, but I did it because I had to finish a certain book by Tuesday, but I had already started the other. I paused reading Water for Elephants (really good so far, by the way) in order to read Eona by Alison Goodman. It was a win, win situation since both books were (are) quite excellent.

Eona is the sequel to Eon, a book that I read quite a long time ago. It feels like that anyway. That was my issue when I started this book. I couldn't remember much that happened at the end of the last book, so I was highly confused at the beginning of this book. I worked out most of my confusion towards the end, but it was still kind of difficult for me to read, being that they made reference to things that I didn't remember, especially characters names. Oh well, I still finished and it was still an enjoyable read.

Eon  is set in a Chinese-like setting where once every 12 years, boys compete to become the Ascendent Dragoneye. Basically, they will have the control of the power of all the dragons in the land. Eon is one of the boys competing in this competition, but he is not highly favored because he is cripple. Also, he is not a 12-year-old boy, but a 16-year-old girl. If this was found out, there would be high consequences. Anyway, Eon is able to see all the "spirit dragons," which is unusual. The book then follows the story line of the competition, then how it goes horribly wrong. And Eona picks up where Eon left off, which is what I couldn't really remember. And something that I cannot tell you, so I will not spoil anything :)

I enjoyed this book because it was basically non-stop action. There was never a dull spot in the book, even though it is over 600 pages. Don't let the size scare you away though, because it is a fairly quick read. What I also enjoy is that Eona is the one saving the men, not the other way around. She is a strong female character, and you don't really see that much in books. It's always the men saving the women, because they are "damsels in distress." Please. Girls can take care of the themselves.

I will warn you, there are some rather gory parts in this novel. There is description of torture and war, and it make me shiver at some points. What Goodman describes just sounds downright painful to me, and I didn't take much pleasure in reading those spots. But all in all, this is a very well developed story, that I really enjoyed reading. And I'm glad she didn't extend her series just to make more money, like some authors (cough, cough, Christopher Paolini, cough, cough). Two novels was absolutely perfect for Alison Goodman to get her story out.

Well, as you know, I will be reading Water for Elephants next, but I might slip another two books in before that. I have to finish them by Tuesday as well. As always, if there's a book you'd like to read, just leave a comment!