Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Abhorsen, the third book in the Abhorsen series by Garth Nix blew Lirael out of the water. Have you ever seen the last Harry Potter movie? Or even read the book? It’s like that. Where Lirael is the build up, and the information and Abhorsen is all the action. I really wish you could just skip Lirael all together but there are a few important tidbits you would miss. Like her lineage, and why she has issues with the Sight.

Also, in Lirael the characters, her and Sam seemed to have very similar personalities to those of Sabriel and Touchstone. It felt like I was reading about the same characters. They more so came into their different personalities in Abhorsen when Sam finally realized he was meant to use his wall builder blood and Lirael accepted her role as the Abhorsen in waiting.

One of the main characters dies in the end. I won’t say who but it was very sad 😦 I wish that part had been different in the book.

There was also some weird, inconsistent things going on with Mogget. He was separated from them early in the novel when they were fleeing the Abhorsen house, by an ancient evil underneath the house. Then he just shows back up like nothing happened. His actions at the end of the novel threw me off because his real personality, when he’s in his free magic form, was so different in Sabriel. He almost killed her for crying out loud! And then he just chooses to not be terrible at the end? It was inconsistent. The whole time throughout the novel he is acting more shady than normal and then he just isn’t anymore.

Maybe Nix was trying to push his point with the whole “Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?” Maybe Mogget finally chose the right path.

Anywho, Clariel comes out soon. I haven’t looked up the synopsis on Goodreads yet but I know I’m going to buy it anyway. Nix just has a way with high fantasy that I don’t think you see very often anymore. I like how completely different and unique it is. It doesn’t feel copy cat or cliche.

Happy Reading 🙂

Life Happens… Fast :)

I have fallen behind lately on my book reviews. This is my last day nannying and this Thursday I take Ricardo to the airport to go Maryland for a week, and then I go straight to student teacher orientation. Whomp Whomp. And staff development starts Friday. I can’t wait for the 25th though when all the kids start back at school! I can’t wait to start this new chapter of my life. I’m scared it will be overwhelming at first but I bought a planner to keep organized. And I took advantage of Tax Free Weekend and got a binder and other school supplies.

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I went a few weeks ago with my boyfriend and got some dresses and whatnot as well. This was huge for me! I’m not a “dress and make up” kind of girl. Target made it super easy though. I love Target! I also found some good stuff at Old Navy too.

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And then the best thing that happened… I got engaged! We’re getting maried next May 🙂 I love my ring. Ricardo did an awesome job of picking it out and he picked out the diamond! So sweet. He had my friends take me out to get my nails done, and then we were going to have lunch with him on his break and go shopping but when we got to our apartment to pick him up my Dad answered the door (and he lives far out in East Texas), and the rest of my family was sitting and standing all around the apartment. Ricardo’s uncles and his grandmother even came. That was awesome because his grandmother lives in Maryland with his family but she was here for a week before she went to El Salvador for a few weeks. Best day of my life. I can’t wait for the wedding!

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My post for Abhorsen by Garth Nix coming soon!

Loki’s Wolves by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

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I have wanted to read these books since they came out. I love the Percy Jackson books and their mythology backgrounds. Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology are all great but I have really been wanting another Norse mythology book after reading Nancy Farmer’s The Sea of Trolls trilogy.

This series is modern day and about a group of seven kids who are distant descendants of the Norse Gods and they are on a whirlwind adventure to stop the end of the world, Ragnarok. Loki’s Wolves started out kind of slow for me. I wasn’t a fan of the opening where the three main characters meet. They are descendants of Thor and Loki.

Two of the obstacles the group face in the book fell short for me. I wish there had been more of an explanation of Astrid’s magical powers and why she was running off. It all seemed very vague. The authors seemed as if they knew how to build all of the action but the ending it was cut short a few times.

However, things really picked up during the last third of the book. There was some great action, great teamwork, friendships being built, and a twist! Let’s just say Loki was a trickster because he was so smart 😉 They should trust Loki’s instincts more often.

I am really excited about the next book. The last conflicts in the book left me wanting more! I already have my copy of Odin’s Ravens open next to me!

I also have to say I love the illustrations throughout the book. I think kids and preteens will love it. They’re very comic book/manga looking. I these were originally graphic novels if I’m not mistaken, or they were adapted to graphic novels after the books came out. I think it’s the former though.

Happy readings 🙂

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This book was nothing like I expected. I loved how dark it was. I feel like not many YA authors go that direction in their novels. I understand that many worry about their audience being too young and what not but this was very interesting for a fairytale retelling.

At first I was a little put off by the tone of the novel. It seemed very average. Nothing really stood out with the main character Amy. It seemed like a cliche young adult novel. However, I was instantly sucked into the world of Oz whenever the first character is killed off in the beginning. *I’m trying not to put spoilers if I can help it.*

I also thought Danielle Paige’s writing was somewhat dull in the beginning. As I kept reading though it became more clear that the book is meant to just have a very dry sense of humor about it. It added to the sense of fantasy/ridiculousness of Dorothy’s reign.

My favorite part of the book would definitely be the love story building, or brewing I should say! Nox seemed like a weirdo to me when Paige first described him with his crazy, spiky hair but he grew on me. His attitude reminds me of Greyworm in the Game of Thrones books and movies.

Her rat Star also stood out to me. I like that Paige didn’t give her a cat or a dog. I have a ferret, so the small rodent was relatable to me! I can’t wait for the next book! This series would do well in theatres in my opinion.