Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Winner's Curse
In a world of violence and war a young girl, the daughter of the war leader, finds herself at odds with how she is told to act. Her father wants her to join the army. Her best friend wants her to get married and join society. Kestrel doesn't know what she wants, she just knows she is unhappy.
One day in the slave market Kestrel sees a boy. Unlike most slaves he is hot scared of her, he shows defiance and power. On a whim Kestrel buys the boy but he has a dark secret, and if she is not careful that secret will eat her alive and spit her out.
An empire at constant war, a people oppressed and enslaved, a boy consumed by rage, and a girl whose heart and mind are heading in to different directions.
I really enjoyed this book. This book has the feel of a teen romance but in truth the book takes a much more interesting social stance. The book not only focuses on finding yourself and keeping love like most teen books but also on what makes an action a good one. how do you know what is right and when do we brake our own rules for the right thing.
So not only is this a interesting book with strong characters and a powerful plot line but it also will make the reader think and push them to be more then they where before.
I have found that more and more these day books are like candy it tasks good but does little for you. This book is more like a nice burger it task good but it also has everything you need to grow.
I would give this book an 8.3 out of 10
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Aeronaut's Windlass
The Cinder Spires
High above the earth floats the spires, the home of humanity. The Spires fight each other for resources and power in the sky. Captain Grimm is a pirateer for the Spire Albion. After being dismissed from the navy Captain Grimm got the ship Predator and now hunts the skies. After a bad fight that left Predator broken and the crew in dismay, Grimm is talked in to running an mission for the Spirearch, leader of Spire Albion.
Now with two crazy seers, two young navy cadets and one very pompous cat. The crew of the sky ship Predator will head of into adventure to protect their home from an unknown threat. Together will they be able to face what is coming and if they can will they see the threat when it before them?
Jim Butcher has done it again. This book is amazing. Ever sense the genre of stream punk became popular I have been looking for a book which represented how I imagined a steam punk world to been, and until I read this book I had not found one.
I could tell you all about how well written this book is, or how interesting the characters are, or even how the unique world creates a whole new experience for the reader, but lots of books have these things. To truly understand how good this book is without reading it is impossible.
For me this book is everything I look for in a book but rarely if ever do I find it. This is not only a must read its a must own and a must read again and again.
I this book gets a 10 out of 10.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Joel wants to be a Rithmatist more then anything in the wolrd. He is more skilled at the geometric like magic, then anyone else his age sadly he is not a Rithmatist and he never will be. The Rithmatists are the only defense humanity has against the chalklings who threaten the united american islands.
When young Rithmatists start to disappear from there homes with out a trace. Joel and Melody are assigned to assist a Rithmatist professor to find out what is happening before the threat becomes to much for them to handle. The only problem is who can Joel really trust and can a norm really stand among the magical Rithmatists?
Brandon Sanderson has done it again. His new book Rithmatist is a new must read for children and adults alike. The story takes place in an alternate america, where the states are all a collection of islands around the turn of the century. This makes the world really interesting because it is both historical and fantastic.
The magic in this book is just as interesting. Rithmatist magic is a mix of both math and Art. Using chalk the Rithmatist can make lines, circles, and other geometrical shapes to both protect themselves and attack there enemies. Rithmatists can also draw Chaklings, two demenchanal drawings that draw power from the Rithmatists artistic skill and emotional conection to the drawing.
Joel is an amazing character. He is both brilliant but also limited by his lack of Rithmatist power. He is therefore very easy to connect to and I felt that he was able to live the his adventure with him. The writing was a little more basic then most of his other work because this book is for young adults but that does not mean that is it lacking in quality at all.
I loved this book and I can't wait until the next one comes out. If you like his other books or are just looking for an amazing and quick read then check out his book.
I would give this book an 8.9 out of 10.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Fairy tale Fantasy
Once ever ten years the village must sacrifice one of its young maidens to the dragon. The dragon takes them to his home and uses them to clean and cook... The Dragon is the title of the local magician whose job it is to protect the kingdom from the corrupted forest.
Agnieszka is one of the few girls who are born on a pick year. The ten years are up and it is time for the Dragon to pick a new girl to be his maid, but Agnieszka is not worried because everyone one knows he will pick her best friend who is amazing at everything.
But when the Dragon picks her instead, Agnieszka does not know what to do and to make matters worse the Dragon is an insufferable human being. Now with the corrupted woods encroaching on the kingdom and corrupting its people will Agnieszka and the Dragon survive each others long enough to stop the woods?
This book is an amazing and original look at two very well known fair tale ideas. The virgin sacrifice and the evil forest. Naomi Novik does a great job at taking an idea we all know really well and presenting it to her readers in a new light. This book really made me think but also entertained me the who way through.
I was pulled through this book by its powerful narration and compelling characters. I have had the opportunity to read Novik's other book series Temeraire and whether you like it or not you will like "Uprooted". This is a book that is a most read for any young adult or not so young adult.
I would say one thing though, this book is promoted as a young adult novel but it can be a little graphic and upsetting at times i would not recommencement this book for children under the age of 16.
I would give this book a 8.4 out of 10.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Deadweather and Sunrise
Young Adult Fantasy
The Chronicles of Egg
Egg lives on Deadwearther an ugly, smelly island full of pirates and cutthroats. Sadly this this not the worst part of Eggs life. His mother died giving birth to him and his family hates him for it. So with siblings who hate him and an abusive father what is a overly smart boy to do.
One day Eggs father finds something odd in the hills and takes them all to the Island of Sunrise, the jewel of the island, to find out what it is. Soon after arriving his family is met by a nice man who invites them over for dinner. As they get to know the new family Egg's dad and siblings has an accident. Now Egg is all alone, living with a family he does not know and something is very wrong.
This is a great book written my a new author. Egg is a smart interesting character that is both believable and incredible, which is hard to do for a writer. Often in books characters are ether annoyingly perfect or ridiculously incompetent. Egg though is a real and balanced character that helps the reader to feel like they are in the story with him.
This odyssey like adventure leads the reader to down a magical path to find love, friendship and family. And although this is just the start of Egg's adventures this book is a good stand alone novel for both children and adults.
I would give this book an 8.1 out of 10. I can;t wait to see what else this amazing author puts out.
Monday, December 14, 2015
"Written in Red"
A Novel of the Others
When the world began there where only the Others, creators great and horrible. Shapeshifters, vampires, Elementals and beings so terrible that even the Others fear them. Then came Humans into the world. The humans and the Others fought for centuries until a deal was finally made between the two groups. The Others would provide the land and the humans will provide the industry.
One night in the modern age a young women running from her passed wonders into the Others Courtyard searching for safety and a job. The leader of the Courtyard finds her odd she is human but she does not smell like prey. Finding this interesting he hires her to be the liaison between the humans and the Others.
This young women is Meg Corbyn. She has the power to see the future when her skin is cute. For all of her life she has been kept a prisoner and used by others to make money of off her pain. Now for the first time in her life she is free to make her own choices and be who she is.
But who is she? and what is happening to her new friends?
This is an amazing book. Meg is an amazing characters. Over the last few years I have been really disappointed in the writing of female characters. Ether the characters are whinny, uncertain, and immature or she is overly masculine, mannish, and unbelievable as a rounded female character. Meg on the other hand is a well balanced character who is both strong and feminine, intelligent and innocent. She is a compelling focus for the novel which leads the reader down a unique vision of how the world would be if monsters truly excited.
I have now read all three of the books that have come out sense 2015, and they are all just as good as the first one. The writer, she has created a world that is interesting and unique for her readers. The secondary characters feel real and complete. The story is strong and pulls the readers through the book all the way to the last page.
I give this book 9 out of 10.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Earth Girl trilogy
Over 700 years from now the human race is spread out across the stars. We fled earth looking for what was out there, and we let our home planet fall in to ruin. We have cured every illness and handicap known to man. All save one. The ape maker.
Every few thousand babies, or so, is born with an auto-immune disease which makes it deadly for them to live on any planet but earth. These children are called Apes, throw backs and the handicapped.
The government has set up a strong system which keeps the handicapped supported and separate from the rest of the population but takes care of every need. Everything but acceptance and respect. unfortunately these are the things that matter most to Jarra.
Out of anger at her life and hatred of the norms, Jarra applies to an off world school with has its first year on earth. Her plan is to be better than they are and then reveal to them who she really is, but when faced with people can she really go through with her plan?
This book is amazing. I believe that anyone who works in the mental health field or knows someone with a mental or physical illness needs to read this book. This book follows the tradition of Science Fiction where it challenges social norms and beliefs that are hard to face head on. In this case it challenges our treatment and understanding of those we would call handicapped.
I work would with children who have varying kinds of mental and social disabilities. And I myself am so dyslexic that I could not read properly until I was 16 years old. I tell you this because I want you to understand how liberating this book was for me.
People often do not want to read a book or watch a movie about people who are handicapped because it makes us feel sad or uncomfortable. Also they are often not very action packed and so therefore do not draw a lot of attention from the average reader. This book is different.
In this book the writer invents an illness that is impossible to exist. The main character is as normal as you or me. She is smart, strong and kind. But in her world she is living with a debilitating handicap. Because of this we as the reader get the chance to look without fear or awkwardness in to the lives of those who are different and to see how often what we do to be nice is more painful then the things people do on purpose to be mean.
I have read thousands of books in my life and very few of them have touched me in such a personal and profound way. If you are looking for a book that will challenge your way of thinking and help you to understand those who are different from you, but is also fun, interesting and adventurous. Then this is the book for you.
For me this book is a 10 out of 10.