I was going to do the rest of these reviews seperately, but then I remembered, "Oh wow. There are 13 books in this series." So yeah even if I doubled up there would be a good number of reviews on here which is okay (duh, review blog) but the books are repetative so I'm just going to crunch them together into one review. Overall the series has a good central theme that no where is safe from bad people doing bad things. I still love the kids. Klaus is, of course, my favorite. While the stories are set in different places and around different people there is a lot of the same stuff going on. I usually run out of steam after reading The Hostile Hospital simply because I feel like the same story just goes on and on. I like the stories a lot. The characters are always interesting, but I think 13 books is too much. Yes I get why there are 13 books, but for a story like this I think it's not the best. I don't think these books should be read in a row. I stupidly did that with maybe 2 other books between so my brain might forever hate me. Good middle grade series, but do not read them stright through. The series as a whole gets 3.5 howls.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Teagan McNeel falls for captivating Garreth Adams and soon discovers that her crush has an eight-point star etched into the palm of his right hand-the mark of an angel.
But where there is light, dark follows, and she and Garreth suddenly find themselves vulnerable to a dark angel's malicious plan that could threaten not only her life, but the lives of everyone she knows.
Divinely woven together, Angel Star takes readers on a reflective journey when one angel's sacrifice collides with another angel's vicious ambition in a way that is sure to have readers searching for their own willpower.
Review: I have heard tons of great things about this book so when I found out I won it in a contest I was pretty darn excited. I liked the story very much. I'm not sure if I believe in guardian angels or not, but the idea that everyone has their own special guardian to watch over them fascinates me. I thought Teagan was a very likable character. I didn't really relate to her except we are both book-addicts. I still thought she was a great character to read and I enjoyed her scenes with Garreth. Garreth was a little too perfect for my tastes, but he was still very crush-worthy. I'm hoping find out more about Teagan's dad in Lemniscate. I also want to know where she's going with Hadrian. I was impressed with this debut novel and I very much look forward to reading the next book.
Summary: The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.
Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.
Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.
Review: I just finished this book and I had to write a review of it ASAP. Darkest Mercy might be my new favorite in this series because Melissa ends everything very well, but the story itself isn't all rainbows and butterflies. Some really good characters die and I felt a blow from every one of the deaths. It hurt to read some of these characters literally walk to their own demise, but it had to happen and I understand that. I like how Melissa wrote the battle scene against War. It wasn't every court is fighting all at once from the beginning. The courts come in shifts. I liked that because she was able to write the entire battle over multiple chapters without it being dull. First, the Darkness fights against War. Then, the Summer arrives. Finally, the Cold. And in doing that, we can see how each King/Queen feels when they enter the battle. The end made me want to stop reading though. Right at the end of the battle my heart just couldn't handle it. I did manage to push through to the end of the book, but it was very hard. Darkest Mercy wrapped everything up very nicely and I am very happy to have had the pleasure of reading this fantastic series.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
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Friday, March 4, 2011
Posted by kimscarecrow at 7:30 AM
Summary: After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.
Review: This is probably always going to be one of my favorites in the series simply because I love Uncle Monty. He is such a great character and he knows the kids so well without even trying. Of course Count Olaf returns to cause problems for the children, but what else is new? I think another reason why I enjoy this book is because Violet turns into super-spy and breaks into someone's briefcase. That amused me because she should not be doing that as a 14 year old. Sunny is absolutely adorable in this book. Especially when it comes to the IDV. I just wanted to be their and watch the panic and nonsense. Poe still annoys me, but as this is a re-read of the series I already knew that.