(I have to admit seeing your imaginary friend with a surf board must be pretty cool)
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Rating: three stars
Jackson is an intelligent boy who wishes to be a zoologist. Jackson has a lot of questions and a lot of worries that should not be for his age. His family is facing some financial difficulties and they have to leave their home. Suddenly, the night before they depart, his old imaginary friend comes back.
Weirdly this book was called Skiddy in french and not Crenshaw, I still haven’t figured out why….
I was pleasantly surprised by this book; I originally picked it up because the cover was great, but it has a lot more feels to it than the cover let you think. The plot is a little bit disjointed because the flashbacks are mixed with the present. But once you figure out what is happening it flows.
I really liked the idea of imaginary friends coming back when children need it and also that they all wait somewhere for you. I think this book will be perfect for middle graders but as an adult it missed something. I mean it was good but it was a weird mix of children preoccupations and adult’s ones, it could have been good but I am not sure if children would get the entire psychological spectrum behind it.
(Daine and all her animals going on an adventure, I just realized that the lighting is pretty bad so sorry guys…)
Wolf Speaker(Immortal series 2) by Tamora Pierce
Rating : five stars
I have to admit I love this book more than the first one. We are back with an older Daine who is travelling with Numair. But as they cross the region of Dunlath her old pack of wolves are calling out to her. They are facing a major crisis due to humans digging holes in the ground. Terrible problems await Daine when she realizes that something fishy is going on in Dunlath.
For me the most interesting part was to see Daine interacts with animals and it was what I loved in the first book. She almost has no interaction with humans and develops her capacities. We also learn more on several creatures and their relationships to humans are getting more and more complex.
Daine’s powers are also increasing, she now can travel through an animal with their mind but she can also turn into one which is awesome!
The only thing I could say is that I didn’t care at all for the villain… Maybe it was because we didn’t really know who the actual villain is but he is not at the center of events. I don’t know if it is just me but he felt small and not that powerful.
Anyways I still love this series and I hope to get to the other books pretty soon! Also I might do a tag post before Christmas, any suggestions?
Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
Rating : five stars
As you all can see, no art for this review. Why? Well just open this book, the art inside is just gorgeous and I didn’t want to try and do the same and fail LOL.
This book follows William a young man in a wheelchair. William leaves with his father and is being hazed at school by the new girl. Deprived of friends and very sad, William sends a Christmas letter asking for a dinosaur. In the North Pole, before Christmas, Santa’s elves find an egg in the ice and bring it back to Santa. Once hatched they discover that it contained a dinosaur.
I will stop here because honestly since it is a middle grade book you can probably tell how it’s going to go BUT it is so damn well written. I just thought that mixing Christmas and dinosaurs was a pretty darn good idea. I was at work when we opened the box containing these babies and I had to get it right after that. My first reaction was to flip through it and discover the amazing art inside!
Anyone can read this book but if you consider buying it for a child I think 8-10 years would be the smallest age for this book. Of course you can read it to smaller ones but I don’t know…
What’s your favorite Christmas book? Do you have any recommendations? Comment down below if you want and until next time !
(Aaron and Darvish looooove them!!!)
Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
Rating : five stars 🙂
Aaron, the thief, Darvish, the alcoholic prince, Chandra, the soon to be wed to the prince mage, are joint on a mission to bring back the stone that hold and protects their kingdom.
I was blown away by this story. When I heard reviews on Tanya Huff’s works they were mostly saying that her works are okay but not great. It may be true for her other books but this one was a great one. At first I thought the story would be a “normal” fantasy story meaning the plot would be see-through and dull and to be honest it was but that’s what was great! It was written in such a way that you don’t care that you already read that story.
Aside from that the writing is flawless and just makes you dive in. I didn’t read a standalone in a long time and I missed that feeling of “Oh my! It’s already finished and there are no other books to continue the fun” I wanted more of Darvish and Aaron! I wanted to know what happened after! But you know what, that frustration proves me right this book was awesome!
Do you guys know any other good book by Tanya Huff? Did you read this one too? Let me know in the comments!!
(Sophie and her hats!)
Howl’s moving castle by Diana Wynne Jones
rating: five stars
Sophie is the eldest of three sisters. When their father dies, their step mom has to manage the hat shop alone. She dispatches the two youngest and keeps Sophie at the shop where she has always belonged. Sophie feels like it is here duty to accepted her situation and let her self be shut off the world and more and more sheltered and lonely. One day, while selling a hat, she angered the infamous Witch of the waste who turns her into an old lady. Sophie run away to find a wat to counter the spell. Desperately she goes to Wizard Howl’s moving castle even if the rumors describe him as eating maiden’s hearts.
I recently re-read this amazing book. It brought back so many memories because this is the book which got me into fantasy. It is just so well written and the characters are addictive. No wonder the great Miyazaki made it into an anime! And for once the “movie” was as good even if it did not entirely follow the plotline.
This is an excellent start into fantasy for me because it is Jane Austen vibes meets Terry Pratchet. So yes I could go on and on about how awesome this book is but it would be even better if you go read it xD
(Skanadron and also first drawing of a gryphon since I was 5… I need more practice…)
Black Gryphon (Mage Wars series #1) by Mercedes Lackey
Rating : four stars
The story is set right in a war in the country which will be then known as Valdemar. Gryphons are roaming and attacking the bad guy known as Maar. The best of them, Skanadron is wounded during an attack and is left to heal at camp under the care of human more than a healer Amberdrake. While healing, Skanadron remarks some weird things in the gryphons’ creation and their relations to their leader Urtho.
Honestly I feel that I am not very objective rating this book. I would have given it three stars but my love for Mercedes Lackey made me put another stars. That and because I loved the gryphons in this book. I honestly thing they are better characters than the companions in the main Valdemar series. Skanadron was obviously my favorite character and I can say that I liked the gryphon part better; humans were a bit boring especially Winterheart (I HATE HER!).
The plot itself was not really present until the half of the book. There were very few descriptions and much more dialogues. I have to admit that the writing was inconsistent throughout the book, I don’t know if it’s because it was written by two people but I will see with the next books (yes I will finish this series).
From what I read I can only guess that this first book is a set up to the series and the next books will be better. Well, at least I hope so.