Saturday, March 27, 2010

Book Review #877
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Oh. My. Goodness.
I got chills after finishing this book.
I couldn't do anything but mutter, "Where is the next book? Where Is The Next BOOK?!"
Several times when I was reading I would be so startled by the plot that I would exclaim, "What? No way! I can't believe you did this!" and just sit there, trying to process all the wild thoughts running through my head. Philip Reeve had so many plot twists I never saw coming. And when he introduced old characters and you saw someone from the older books and realized who they were, well, it was mind-blowing.

I was completely hooked from the very beginning. I could feel pieces of the story sliding around in my head and I tried to figure out what was going to happen...always feeling like I was on the edge of a breakthrough and then something totally crazy would happen in the story and I would be thrown for a loop. This book definitely fits the dystopia genre. It reminded me of The Secret Under My Skin and had elements of The Giver and a whole slew of my other favorite fantasy/sci-fi novels.

The way Philip Reeve wove in old characters that I knew from the previous novels was amazing. I would be reading, paying attention to the plot and all of a sudden he would give you one sentence that gave one piece of information and everything would click into place and you would go, "AAHH! That's what's his face! That's how he came into being! Oh my goodness, I can't believe it."

I loved the world. I was fascinated by the city and its inhabitants. I think I read this book in one sitting and after I was done I couldn't do anything but try and wrap my mind around the story. I would totally recommend this book. I felt like it was even more thrilling than the Hungry City Chronicles.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Book Review #876
Emma by Jane Austen
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Emma Woodhouse makes me laugh because she is so headstrong and does not see how her opinion could ever be wrong. As much as I think Emma is a brat, I loved reading to see her reactions and what she would say. This book takes a lot of turns throughout and for first time readers it will definitely keep their attention as they try to figure out how it will end. I also loved the quirky characters of Mrs. Elton and Miss Bates. I would recommend.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Book Review #875
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Rating: three stars (out of four)

I am always startled by the character Fanny Price and how different she is from other Jane Austen characters. Sometimes I get so annoyed with Fanny I want to slap her because she is not doing what I think she should be doing. This book is definitely one of Austen's darker novels, but still good. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I always get something new out of the text. I'd recommend.