Archive for May, 2009

Evermore

May 31, 2009

emlgEvermore by Alyson Noel

Ok. So reading this book I thought it seemed strangely familiar. Well a lot the sory seems an awfully like Twilight. There are some plot differences however. First off, Ever can see dead people. She can also see auras and hear what people think. Then of course Damen the new kid comes.  He’s handsome and rich…but she can’t see his aura.

Thats the basis of the book. The book was meh. It read too much like Twilight and just didn’t have the elements to catch me.

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The Goose Girl

May 31, 2009

bsgoosegirl2 The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

This book is exactly the reason why I love fantasy. It has all the action and romance that a girl can hope for. Ani is the Princess of a neighboring kingdom and on the way to get married to the next door prince her lady in waiting takes over and becomes the imposter princess. Oh yea. Ani also has animal speak and Selia has people speak. Meaning that Selia can persuade and talk in a way that makes people believe her. Ani can talk to some animals. So Ani becomes a goose girl and learns about the city and people around her.

The Long Winter

May 31, 2009

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The Long Winter By Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little House on the Praire series are a classic. These book series were one of my favorites as a child. I must have read each book literally hundreds of times. The Long Winter describes the events of when the local town experienced a very very hard winter. Almanzo Wilder and Cap Garland go on a wild goose chase to find wheat to save the town from starving. I have always loved the last 3 books of the series because they detail the start and eventual marriage of Almanzo and Laura. I must have been a romantic even as a child.

I can’t wait to have daughters so I can begin reading the series to them at bedtime.

Wildwood Dancing

May 25, 2009

wildwoodWildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

This book is like a combination of the 12 dancing sisters and the frog prince. Sorta. Our heroine is a 15 year old girl named Jena. She along with her 4 other sisters have been slipping away at full moon to the other kingdom to dance. But things get complicated when one of the sisters fall in love with a being from the other kingdom and when their cousin threatens to take everything from them. Jena has a constant companion named Gogu. He happens to be a frog that can talk only to her.

This book was enjoyable but it always makes me feel a little uncomfortable when the love interests between characters happen to be cousins. Gross.

Hush

May 25, 2009

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Hush by Donna Jo Napoli

I’ve always enjoyed Donna Jo Napoli. I’m a sucker for fairy tale stories. This book was a little bit of a let down.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it…but I wanted my happy ending. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending. But I guess that is life? You can’t always expect happy endings.  The story is about a young Irish princess, Melkorka . In the beginning she relishes her position as a princess. She’s not necessarily bad, she just has this belief that everyone has a place and position in the world. Her life gets turned upside down when she along with her sister gets captured on a slave boat. The princess becomes a slave. The title of the book is hush because once Mel is captured, she becomes silent. Never speaking to her captors or the other prisoners. Through this however, she gains compassion and feeling for those who she once saw as beneath her.

As much as I like Donna Jo Napoli, I guess I was hoping there would be a happy ending for Mel. But I can’t expect life to always be fairy tale endings can I?

The Girl Who Could Fly

May 23, 2009

the girl who could flyThe Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

So I’ve been meaning to pick up this book ever since I saw it mentioned on Stephenie Meyers website. I read it all in one sitting and was pleasantly surprised. It was totally not what I was expecting. Basically, this girl Piper McCloud can fly. But of course anything different scares the people in her little town.  So she goes to a school that helps “special” people like her. There she meets other children with extraordinary abilities. I’m pretty good at predicting what will happen, but this book provided tons of twists and turns that kept me eagerly turning the pages.