5.6.10

what i've been reading...

i haven't had much to do this week so i spent most of it doing one of my most favorite things...reading! in fact i've read four books this week...

Goose Girl
professional summary:
She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother. When she is shipped off to a neighboring kingdom as a bride, her scheming entourage mounts a bloody mutiny to replace her with a jealous lady-in-waiting, Selia, and to allow an inner circle of guards more power in the new land. Barely escaping with her life, Ani disguises herself as a goose girl and wanders on the royal estate. Does she have the pluck to reclaim her rightful place? Get ready for a fine adventure tale full of danger, suspense, surprising twists, and a satisfying conclusion. The engaging plot can certainly carry the tale, but Hale's likable, introspective heroine makes this also a book about courage and justice in the face of overwhelming odds. The richly rendered, medieval folkloric setting adds to the charm. -Anne O'Malley
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my review:
it was a captivating book with a decent plot and the occasional unexpected twist to keep you enchanted... i didn't much like the magical aspect of the book- the main character likes to have conversations with the wind and horses and all manner of birds-and i thought the romance between Ani and Genric was quite predictable (as was the fact that he was really the prince and not a guard) but over all it was a classical fairy tale with a perfect happy ending. if you like Ellen Enchanted you will definitely enjoy goose girl!!!
*four out of five stars*

Peeps
professional summary:
A year ago, Cal Thompson was a college freshman more interested in meeting girls and partying than in attending biology class. Now, after a fateful encounter with a mysterious woman named Morgan, biology has become, literally, Cal's life. Cal was infected by a parasite that has a truly horrifying effect on its host. Cal himself is a carrier, unchanged by the parasite, but he's infected the girlfriends he's had since Morgan. All three have turned into the ravening ghouls Cal calls Peeps. The rest of us know them as vampires. It's Cal's job to hunt them down before they can create more of their kind. . . . Bursting with the sharp intelligence and sly humor that are fast becoming his trademark, Scott Westerfeld's novel is an utterly original take on an archetype of horror.-Barnes & Noble
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my review:
please note: this book is for the generally strong of stomach. this book is mostly about parasites and the author enjoys going into in depth detail, every other chapter, about the different parasites that occupy our world. i enjoyed the science fiction twist and the strangeness of the general plot but i did not enjoy the knowing about one of the side effects of the parasite that infected the narrator ( making the narrator overly attracted to the opposite sex). i would have thoroughly enjoyed the book better without the random referring of this particular side effect. the book though was interesting to a point, that point being the ending when you learned that there was an old parasite and a new one and that basically the world was going to be overran by it and something about giant worms. it also bothered me that the narrators lover, during the most part of the book, spoke like she was a surfer, constantly using the word "dude"... random, yes, but still it bugged me ( no pun intended).
*two out of five stars*

Gathering Blue
professional summary:
"Kira, lame from birth and orphaned as a young teenager, lives in a brutish, cruel society, where there is no room for the weak, the sick, or the different. Kira survives only because of her skill at embroidery; she is taken to work for the village council, restoring a symbolic robe that is integral to the Ruin Song Gathering, an important local ceremony. As Kira works on the robe, she searches both for the missing color (blue) and the truth about her society and the council members. With the help of two other artists working for the council, and a friend from the village, Kira finds the truth about her world and uses that knowledge to begin to change things. " -Ivy, Resident Scholar
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my review:
intriguing, very intriguing. a simple surface plot that implies deeper meaning, a meaning that you are dyeing ( pun intended-hehe) to know. as one girl discovers that she really isn't just a useless gimp, like the rest of her community thinks, but actually, a very important person with powers that remain unknown to her. overall a very important back story to Messenger, YOU MUST READ THIS BEFORE YOU READ MESSENGER AND AFTER YOU READ GIVER ( even though it doesn't make sense to how it applies to giver until Messenger). a beautiful back story.
*three out of five stars*
Messenger
professional summary:
Grade 6 Up-Matty, who has lived in Village with the blind Seer since running away from an abusive childhood, is looking forward to receiving his true name, which he hopes will be Messenger. But he is deeply unsettled by what is going on. He has discovered his own power to heal others and learned of disturbing changes within his community. Under the gentle guidance of Leader, who arrived in Village on a red sled as a young boy and who has the power of Seeing Beyond, the citizens have always welcomed newcomers, especially those who are disabled. But a sinister force is at work, which has prompted them to close admission to outsiders. Also, it seems that Matty's beloved Mentor has been trading away parts of his inner self in order to become more attractive to Stocktender's widow. When the date for the close of the border is decided, Matty must make one more trip through the increasingly sinister Forest to bring back Seer's daughter, the gifted weaver Kira. On the return journey, Matty must decide if he should use his healing but self-destructive power to reverse the inexorable decline of Forest, Village, and its people. While readers may be left mystified as to what is behind the dramatic change in Village, Lowry's skillful writing imbues the story with a strong sense of foreboding, and her descriptions of the encroaching Forest are particularly vivid and terrifying. The gifted young people, introduced in The Giver(1993) and Gathering Blue (2000, both Houghton), are brought together in a gripping final scene, and the shocking conclusion without benefit of denouement is bound to spark much discussion and debate.-Marie Orlando
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my review:
an amazing ending to an amazing and unexpected series. i love this book, i absolutely love it. i laughed, fell in love, but mostly cried. this story ties together the loose endings of both The Giver and Gathering Blue and in a most unexpected way. i'll admit, somethings i was slightly puzzled at , for example the Trade Mart which didn't entirely make sense, and it sort of ended with many questions left unanswered. but overall i did thoroughly enjoy it... mostly the chemistry (which wasn't much, yet) between Leader (aka Jonas from Giver) and Kira (from Gathering Blue)....i love them together and i am so happy for the both of them (actually way overly happy, ecstatic, in fact)!!!!
*four out of five stars*

that's a combined total of one-thousand, seventy-one pages this week :)
read often my friends.

1 comment:

Miranda Balch said...

I loved Gathering Blue. I read it about a year ago and its so so good!