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Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Updates and such

So next week I'm going to upload a video everyday Monday-Friday so you guys can take a look at some stuff in my room. Y'all can get a little look in my life this way.


Day 1-My old bookshelf with my classics/feel good books, fantasy, and some Children's books.
Day 2-My new bookshelf with my YA, Children's, and Adult books.
Day 3-My manga/Japanese/random desk.
Day 4-My hat which I decorated myself and it is just full of awesome. You will see why.
Day 5-Concert merch, music posters, and my senior book.

I would have done this earlier, but with finals being this week and the fact that I am getting over a cold it just wouldn't work. Anyways I hope you enjoy these videos when I upload them.

Edit: Okay so this week is going to be kinda busy with me recovering from a cold plus I'm going out of town so I'll be doing this week long thing probably the next week.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr

Synopsis: Half-human and half-faery, Ani is driven by her hungers.
Those same appetites also attract powerful enemies and uncertain allies, including Devlin. He was created as an assassin and is brother to the faeries' coolly logical High Queen and to her chaotic twin, the embodiment of War. Devlin wants to keep Ani safe from his sisters, knowing that if he fails, he will be the instrument of Ani's death.
Ani isn't one to be guarded while others fight battles for her, though. She has the courage to protect herself and the ability to alter Devlin's plans—and his life. The two are drawn together, each with reason to fear the other and to fear for one another. But as they grow closer, a larger threat imperils the whole of Faerie. Will saving the faery realm mean losing each other?



Review: I read this book as slowly as I possibly could so I could enjoy it for as long as I could, but after a while I couldn't not read it. It was fantastic, and I love Ani and Devlin. They always seemed to be characters that I would want to get to know about so I'm super excited that they were the main focus of this book. The last 100 pages or so were absolutely wonderful. Well except the one part. Yeah I'm sure some of y'all know what I'm talking about. I'm very eager to read Darkest Mercy.
5/5

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Deadman Wonderland vol. 1

I couldn't find a picture of the cover online so sorry. This was a really good story I thought. The main characters were interesting, and I'm curious to see what happens in the next volume. I've seen some reviews around of people comparing it to Elfin Lied, but I haven't properly finished watching that show so I can't really compare them. I will be looking forward to reading volume 2 coming out in June.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Only One Wish

I just read this one a few moments ago so I thought I would do a quick review. I really liked the idea and all of the stories were really cute. The only super disturbing one was the first story so I was kinda sad that it wasn't darker. The second story was really beautiful and I love love love it.

5/5 so if you're a manga reader then go grab this.

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Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo
Only One Wish
Deadman Wonderland vol. 1

Yup so I sold a few school books back and well let's just say I had money to splurge on a few books. I got RS on Friday so I'm already halfway done with it, and I'm reading it slow on purpose. I bought Only One Wish and Deadman Wonderland because I've needed a manga fix. Last I got The Tiger Rising because it sounded cute. Now I only need to get 2 more of Kate DiCamillo's books and I'll have all of the ones she has published so far. Yays.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Living Dead Girl and A New Dawn

I'm doing 2 reviews for this post because they will both be pretty short and I'm a bit behind so I wanted to get them out of the way.







Synopsis: "Once upon a time I was a little girl who disappeared. Once upon a time my name was not Alice. Once upon a time I didn't know how lucky I was." When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over. Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her. This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.



Review: Words can't really describe the way I feel about this book. It was gripping, beautiful, intense, depressing. and heartbreaking all at one time. I think everyone should go and read this so they can get their own feel of Alice's pain.



Synopsis: *Is Edward a romantic or a (really hot) sociopath? * How is the Twilight series just like one of Shakespeare's tragedies? * Who would you rather date: the guy who thirsts for your blood, or the guy who drinks out of the toilet? You can't read Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series without wanting more- more romance, more suspense, just more of Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of Forks, Washington. You aren't alone. Join some of your favorite writers as they look at the series with fresh eyes, and fall in love with Bella and Edward, and their world, all over again. Find out: * How the literary vampire went from horror show to heartthrob * Other Native American wolf myths, and how the Quileute werewolves compare * What Bella and Edward's romance has to say about free will * Why vampires and werewolves really shouldn't date, and what that has to do with Edward's insistence that Bella go to prom With Essays From... * Robin Brande * Rachel Caine * Cassandra Clare * Rosemary Clement-Moore * Linda Gerber * Cara Lockwood * Megan McCafferty * K. A. Nuzum * James Owen * Janette Rallison * Ellen Steiber * Anne Usru

Review: I bought this book because I thought it would only be fair to read what authors have to say about Twilight even though I don't like it so this was a new experience. The big difference between reading the opinions of adults and reading the opinions of teenagers is the fact that even though the adults might like the book they still recognize the flaws in the characters and in the story. It doesn't matter if you're a fan or not this is one book that I think everyone who has ever read the books should read. Though I should probably mention that this book was published before Breaking Dawn was published so I kind of want to read a follow up book with the same people now that book 4 has been released. These essays haven't changed my opinion about Twilight in the slightest (the sad thing is as I'm typing this I'm watching Oprah because there is nothing else on and Dakota Fanning is talking about Eclipse and she made the comment that she never met someone that isn't a fan of the series).

You should all check out both of these books because they both got 5/5 from me.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Alexandra Bracken has a contest!

I've heard lots of good things about Brightly Woven, and Mistwood sounds amazing too so it was a double bonus when I heard about Alexandra's contest.

Go here for all the details: CONTEST

Monday, April 19, 2010

Daughters of the Moon 1-4 by Lynne Ewing

4. The Secret Scroll

So far these books are pretty good. The story is really there, but sometimes I felt as if Ewing just copied and pasted passages from book 1 or 2 and pasted them into the other books. It wasn't a lot. 2, maybe 3 pages max and not all at once. There would just be paragraphs that sounded the exact same in previous books. Maybe that's not a big deal to most people, but to me every page counts and if I feel as though I've read something before I tend to skip down and I don't want to do that to do that to a book that I actually like. I'll just suck it up and deal with it since I like the story. I'm not really fond of the series being 13 books long. As long as the story sticks it should be okay, but 13 books seems kinda steep for a story to stick.

The characters in this series are actually pretty good too. Being that Jimena, Serena, Vanessa, and Catty are all high school girls you would think that they'd be all boy crazy. And to be honest they kinda are some times, but they aren't blind. They are fully aware of their situation being Daughters fighting the Followers and they are wary of the boys that they do date. They all seem to be on their toes except for Vanessa who is sort of annoying, but she's the most innocent one so she has some room to grow still.

These 4 books get an average of 3.5 or 4 out of 5. I'll be reading and reviewing 5-9 soon.



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School's Out Forever by James Patterson
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Through the Wardrobe
A New Dawn

I also got a new bookmark. Lions!!!! :) It's in the picture too on top of A New Dawn and Through the Wardrobe.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Blogger Hopping Time!

There's another hop going on at crazy-for-books.com so get on over there and let yourself be known.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

IMM 5

I went to yard sales with my mom so I got lots of books. Most of the titles are visible, but I will list a few.

The Secret of Nimh
A few Nicholas Sparks books
My Sister's Keeper
The red book is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
The green book is Anne of Green Gables

I would list them all out, but it's late and I'm tired. Hopefully on Friday I will let you all see all my books that I have.







Forever by Judy Blume



Synopsis: Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year's Eve party. They're attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they've decided their love is forever, they make love. It's the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine's parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart...

Review: This book was really intense. I liked the story a lot, but the characters annoyed me. Micheal was the aggressive one in the relationship so I didn't like how he was the one that started them having sex. I'm just one of those people that think that the passive ones should be the instigators. Kath was annoying because she thought she needed to be with Micheal all summer. That bothers me too. Every relationship could have some space in my opinion. I did like Theo though. He seemed like he was really nice. I liked Artie too. Erica seemed a little too close to my friend Erica so that was kind of bizarre.

This book had everything that's good about sex in it. After a while Micheal seemed like a really okay guy so I don't really think any characters won out at the end so that was a bit of a downfall to me. Overall it was an okay book so I'll give it 3/5.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Top 100 YA Books

I saw this on some other people's blogs so I figured I would show what all I've read and what all I plan to read. Those in bold are what I've already read, and those in italics are what I want to read.

100. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
99. Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
98. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
97. Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
96. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Claus
95. Forever by Judy Blume
94. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
93. Tithe by Holly Black
92. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
91. Wings by Aprillynne Pike
90. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
89. Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
88. Marked by PC And Kristin Cast
87. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
86. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
85. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

84. I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
83. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
82. The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
81. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
80. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
79. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
78. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
77. Evernight by Claudia Gray
76. If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
75. Life As We Knew It series by Susan Beth Pfeffer
74. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
73. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
72. Alana: The First Adventure series by Tamora Pierce
71. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

70. Unwind by Neil Shusterman
69. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
68. Paper Towns by John Green
67. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
66. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
65. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
64. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
63. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
62. Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz
61. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
60. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
59. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
58. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
57. Eragon by Christopher Paoloni
56. Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine
55. The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith

54. Fallen by Lauren Kate
53. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
52. The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot
51. Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke
50. Number The Stars by Lois Lowry
49. Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
48. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

47. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares
46. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
45. The Summoning series by Kelley Armstrong

44. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
43. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
42. Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
41. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
40. Wake series by Lisa McMann
39. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
38. Are You There Good? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
37. Looking For Alaska by John Green
36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
35. A Great And Terrible Beauty series by Libba Bray
34. His Dark Materials trilogy by Phillip Pullman
33. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
32. Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare
31. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

30. Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr
29. Forest of Hands And Teeth by Carrie Ryan

28. Holes by Louis Sacher
27. The Outsiders by SE Hinton
26. The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
25. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
24. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
23. The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

22.Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
21. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

20. Poison Study series by Maria V. Snyder
19. Book Thief by Markus Zusak
18. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carlson Levine
17. Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

16. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
14. Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
12. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

11. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
10. Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
9. A Wrinkle In Time series by Madeline L'engle
8. Graceling series by Kristin Cashore
7. Percy Jackson And The Olympians by Rick Riordan
6. Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
5. Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen

4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3. Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson


Synopsis: In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time...like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?

Review: Well let me start off by saying that I am now on a quest to finish this wonderful series. The story was always going and as there was no rest for the characters in the book I felt there was no rest for me either. This was such a creative, refreshing look at YA books.
All of the characters were enjoyable, and yes I am keeping an eye out for Fang. I really liked Max too. She was such a good leader and that was made pretty apparent when all the other kids would do what she says without question. All of the children adored her and even Fang seemed to have a soft spot as well. The only thing that I wasn't too big on was the age of the children. There's one part where 14 year old Fang and 14 year old Max are getting their butts whooped by a 7 year old. It wasn't bad in terms of the story, I just had a hard time picturing it.

Overall 5/5

I just have to get my hands on the next book, School's Out-Forever

Monday, April 12, 2010

Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse



Synopsis: In a bustling metropolis where magic is outlawed, a six-year-old child is found inside a locked bank vault. A scrap of paper reveals his name: Bran Hambric. The child remembers nothing of his life before the vault. Only magic could have done this. But why would any mage risk breaking the law to place a child in a bank vault?
Eight years later the City of Dunce has forgotten about Bran. Even his foster parents don't seem to know he exists. But there are those who have been watching, biding their time, waiting to strike, people who know where Bran came from and why he was sent away. And they will do anything to get Bran back, dead or alive…



Review: I was really interested in reading this book for 2 big reasons. One, I watch Kaleb's videos on youtube and he's a really funny guy. He just seems like one of those people that you would enjoy hanging out with so I wanted to see what his storytelling is like. Two, Kaleb ran a website called twilightguy.com where he read and talked about every chapter in every book in the Twilight series. I don't like Twilight, but I wanted to see if I would like this book even though Kaleb does like Twilight. Yes because I'm awesome and fair like that.

The story itself was really good. If you can picture the magic that's in Harry Potter along with the nonsense humor that's in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books then you've pretty much got Bran's world. Dunce is just a city of...I don't even know how to describe it. The way Kaleb described Dunce was very similar to the world in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Here's a bit from Chapter 1:

Hanging outside the gates of the city of Dunce was a sign that read:

no gnomes
no mages
etcetera

And if you didn't agree, you had best like jail food. Every other city in the rest of the world allowed gnomes and magic, but for centuries the Duncelanders had proudly stayed the exception. Behind thier border wall of brick, the police chief put officers on perpetual watch for any short gnomes wearing tall, conical red hats. Helicopters regularly patrolled the borders, and every good citizen was quick to report anything remotely magic, in case a mage was around. They had orders to report any etceteras as well, if they happened to see one.


One thing I really really liked was that Kaleb brought gnomes to life for me. Oh sure they were real in Harry Potter, but just in CoS for a wee bit where Ron and Harry threw them as a chore. No Kaleb did so much more than that. Here's another bit of from a later chapter when you're introduced to Polland, a gnome, and Bran finds out what his hat is made of.

Handcrafted by the Hatcrafters Duvalle Company
Material composed of:
10% Reddinn
10% Spirit
80% Love

"Perfect perfection," Polland said, pouring more water. "Ten percent Reddinn, that's awful spiffy. It's what makes it fire- and waterproof! Spirit always keeps your head in the right place. And eighty percent love? Tops it off like icing on a cake."


The characters that Bran interacts with mostly (Rosie, Adi, Polland, and Astara) are all really good characters. They're very likeable and I enjoyed every bit of the book that they were in. Well okay I enjoyed every bit of the book.

It gets a 4.5 out of 5. For some reason there just felt like something was missing so I can't give it 5 stars. It was a very magical book. I enjoyed it so much that I think it is a solid contender to be one of my top books of the year. I can't wait for The Specter Key this fall.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Willow by Julia Hoban



Synopsis: Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy—one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Go read this now. Yeah just go. The story itself was beautiful and so well done. Willow is a wonderful character who deals with so much heartache. My only real issue with this book is Guy's attitude towards the end. When he first realizes that Willow is a cutter he bolts. Literally. He tries to run from her which is understandable. After the initial shock settles in he realizes that he cares for her very much. Towards the end though even after he understands her situation and helps her through some of it he still gets frustrated and freaks out on her. It was okay at the begining because that's how I thought he would act, but near the end I was tired of them having a nice conversation and suddenly Guy would flip out on Willow. It made me feel really bad for her. Other than that this was a wonderful book. 5/5

Cresendo Cover



Ah so this is the new cover. Okie dokie. It looks wonderful, but it gives me the thought that Patch is going to leave Nora and it seems to be a lot like New Moon where Eddie leaves Bella. Hopefully it won't go the same way.

Thoughts?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Book Blogger Hop 2

This is a really cool thing where fellow book bloggers get to check out and follow other blogger's sites. Pretty nifty right?

Go here to check it out!

http://www.crazy-for-books.com/2010/04/book-blogger-hop-april-9-15-2010.html

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr



Synopsis: Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone—but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her—but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.

In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos.


Oh...My...God!
This picks up after Wicked and Ink. Ash is Summer Queen with Keenan as her King and Seth as her boyfriend. The story is wonderful. We get our first real look at Faerie and at the High Court. Both are as mysterious and magical as the rest of the world of Wicked Lovely.

Now let's talk characters. Donia was my favorite back in WL, but her attitude in FE was really upsetting. Now I'm not sure if she should be my favorite anymore. Leslie is moving more towards the favorite. Maybe if Donia chills out next time we see her then she can regain my love. Seth moved way up though. I didn't like that he was the "too perfect" boyfriend. Yes that actually does bother me. He just seemed too fine with his girlfriend being a faerie and all these late nights with her faerie king. The fact that he actually did something in this book to solidify his and Ash's relationship really spoke to me about his love and devotion to her. Even though it didn't end exactly the way he wanted it to. Another change in opinion is Keenan. At first he was just annoying, creepy faerie king that couldn't take "no" for an answer, but seeing the way he interacted with Donia and Ash in this book really showed me the kinder side of him. I'm now proud to say that I tolerate Keenan. Just don't screw it up Summer Boy. 5/5

Oh and a quick little blurb about Stopping Time as well. It was pretty amazing seeing a new story with Leslie, Irial, and Niall. I'm still waiting on this big Irial and Niall romance to come out.

Ahh anyways I was a fool to wait to get FE in paperback. I will most certainly be getting Radiant Shadows when it comes out on the 20th. :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Bran Hambric the Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation
Synopsis: In a bustling metropolis where magic is outlawed, a six-year-old child is found inside a locked bank vault. A scrap of paper reveals his name: Bran Hambric. The child remembers nothing of his life before the vault. Only magic could have done this. But why would any mage risk breaking the law to place a child in a bank vault?


Eight years later the City of Dunce has forgotten about Bran. Even his foster parents don't seem to know he exists. But there are those who have been watching, biding their time, waiting to strike, people who know where Bran came from and why he was sent away. And they will do anything to get Bran back, dead or alive…

Welcome to a world unlike any other where the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning. (Goodreads)



Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Synopsis: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
(Goodreads)



Savvy by Ingrid Law
Synopsis: For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"--a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day.

As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up--and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sunshine by Robin McKinley



Okay so this book was really good. Not the best book I've ever read, but certainly one that everyone should pick up. The story was wonderful. I like that vampires, werewolves, and witches were out in the open because that helps to keep the story flowing between humans and vampire interaction. Like when people get attacked in the middle of the night people already know that a vampire probably did it. I enjoyed all of the characters as well. Sunshine was a kind character. She truly cared for the people closest to her. Though there was some parts about her that were really annoying. She seemed really whiny. After she and Con actually got to talking about fighting Bo he would leave her for days at a time to go do stuff to prepare, yet Sunshine always wanted him with her. And if he didn't show up then she would complain about it, or she would worry about him and then tell herself that she shouldn't worry about him because he's a vampire and that it is unacceptable for humans to worry about vamps. She just appeared really needy and whiny to me.

Usually I read YA books, but this was a very refreshing break. In most YA books when the write wants to demonstrate the main character's boring life they feel that they actually have to take you through a few days of the MC's boring life. Even if nothing really changes. That's why even if some stories are really good in YA, there are still a few slow spots. Whereas in this book Robin skips ahead about a week just stating in a page or 2 that Sunshine's life is unchanging between going to work and going home.

Something I really didn't like though is the relationship between Con and Sunshine. Even now I'm not quite sure that they even have a relationship. Other than this one part where they kind of almost have sex there doesn't seem to be any real romantic connection between them. Throughout this entire book I was trying to figure out what was between them, then at the end I was really left scratching my head. Maybe she just found a new sort of trust for vampires and that's what it was about. Who knows.

Overall 4/5

I will be looking out for Robin's books in the future.