Saturday, July 31, 2010

Alex O'Donnell and the 40 Cyber Thieves

by Regina Doman

Grade: Good

Weeeee! to the computer stuff! It was even semi-positive! Kind of...Although the message at the end was a teensy bit anti-computer. Sigh. But it's ok. She had an interesting note in the afterward speaking about how to treat computers--a question I've been thinking about myself, even though I am very determined to compromise and not be like Kateri.
Speaking of which, she bugged me a bit, in the same way that Rachel from Midnight Dancers bugged Christina. So this one was maybe my least favourite. But it still had the Doman excellence of characters. I'm not sorry I bought it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Girl Who Could Fly

by Victoria Forester

Grade: Good (possibly To Own)

I thought it would be boring at first. It was quite hard to continue. I thought it would be all about this girl having trouble with nasty villagers the whole time. It didn't help that all I could read of the recommendation on the front said something about being like Little House on the Prairie.

But it wasn't. It turned out to be a cool kid-has-special-talent-and-enters-academy-for-kids-with-special-talents. I love those books. Seriously. And this one was pretty good. I really liked the genius boy--whose name I've forgotten! How could I?! I liked him!

... Ok, I looked it up. It's Conrad.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Last Siege

by Jonathan Stroud

Grade: All right

It was a bit slow. The atmosphere was well done, and the cover was very suited to it. Buuuut... I kept on thinking it would get really interesting like his other books, and it never really did. Ah well.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Daughter of the Forest

by Juliet Marillier

Grade: To Own

It's just such a dense, yet fast-reading book. Deep, complicated, and the heroine doesn't marry the person I thought she would at first.

Loved the brothers (although I didn't like any particular one as much as I thought I would), loved the handling of sexual matters (They actually got married first! And the rape.), liked Red (cool name, eh?), liked Fr. Brien, didn't  quite like the spiritual, druidy, stuff.

I want to own it because... I'm not sure why. It's certainly not the highest, highest on my list of "To Own", but it still deserves a place.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Red Pyramid

by Rick Riordan

Grade: Good

Not quite as funny as Percy Jackson, but that's ok. It's good that they're different. The different way the gods work is neat and different too. All of his books are excellent introductions to mythology. Or, if you already know it all, a very funny and cool way to make you feel knowledgeable. Looking forward to the next one.

Note: Favourite god so far: Thoth. I still like Hades better, but Thoth is getting up there.