Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The So Incredibly Beyond Epic Allegiant (So Full of Spoilers)

I often think that I am too lenient on the series that I really love. There is one notable example in the past where I didn't love the finale but raved about it anyway. I was so afraid of being disappointed that I wouldn't admit that I wasn't thrilled with how it ended.

I was really afraid that this would be the case with Allegiant. It's, perhaps, cynical of me to go into a book expecting to be disappointed while simultaneously being terrified of it. But there it is.

I really didn't need to be worried.

Also, SPOILERS. Oh, the SPOILERS.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started over at The Broke and the Bookish where they give us a topic and we give our top ten.

This Week: Ten books we were forced to read.

1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
I love this book. Absolutely love it.

2. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
So, it was more strongly suggested that I read this. My one younger sister was all over me about it.

3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
See above.

4. Middlemarch by George Eliot
This is another one that I love. Will Ladislaw, I adore you!

5. Bone People by Keri Hulme
It's been a while since I read this but I was so struck by it.
 
6. Hard Times by Charles Dickens

And thus begins my love affair with Mr. Dickens

7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I remember staying up almost all night to finish this in sixth grade.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The other younger sister kept telling me how much I would like these. I took my time with it.

9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I just love this book. It's been years since I read it though.

10. Alex by Pierre LeMaitre
I read this one to show that I would. I was blown away.

They weren't all by school, though most were. And my sisters are a pretty big influence on my reading habits but there you have it.

Where were yours? Any overlap?

-A.M.Y-A

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Epically Epic Battle Magic

I've been really worn out the last couple of weeks. Run down and falling asleep as soon as I stop moving exhausted. But I never once fell asleep while reading Battle Magic. Some nights I just didn't read because I knew that I would stay up and I didn't think I could manage the next day.

This book is that awesome. I wanted to reread the others first which is why this took me so long to get to. Reading them, nearly, straight through I loved seeing how Tamora Pierce's writing sort of grew. How much braver she and the characters became.

And take note Tortall fans, this one is a very Tortallian addition to the Circle universe.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Darkly Epic Circle Opens Quartet

So, I held off and did this whole series at once because I find it really interesting to look at these books together in comparison to the first series.

In The Circle Opens our four mages have separated and gone off to different locations. Sandry is staying with her uncle after he has a heart attack, Briar has been waylaid traveling with Rosethorn, Daja is studying the work of iron smiths in the north, and Tris is exploring the world of glass blowing and magic in the far south. The really cool thing about this series is that we got to see them thrown together and bound together and learn that they had to rely on each other in the first series and in this one, they can't even mindspeak anymore. They're too far away for that and so they have to learn to be their own people, something they haven't had the chance to do since they discovered that they have magic. They have to learn to solve problems by looking at it from their own angles, without the added input of the others that they'd learned to rely on.

This series is also substantially darker than the series before. Pierce does not shy away from dealing with some really harsh issues.