The plotline is steady and the dialog and actions believable. There is a lot of foreshadowing, but this helps us to adjust to and believe in the fantasy. There is no unnecessary or stilted dialog, instead it helps us to really understand the characters.
I stayed up far too late to finish reading this book because I just had to know what was going to happen next. As a good reader, I had some theories, but the author nicely throws some twists in with the expected. I cannot wait to read the sequel!
I like how this story can be a stand-alone story but for those of us that read the first book, it refers back to some integral parts of that first story, helping to set the tone in this one. I would care much less about this ghost named Stefan, if I didn’t know how deeply they care for each other. I really appreciate how Stefan continues to support Astrid, but she has come to the point that she needn’t rely on anyone.
I would have preferred to read this in one weekend, but unfortunately I had to squeeze it in during the week in my spare moments of free time. It’s so good that I seriously considered staying up late just to read. Even when not reading, this book is in your mind, the foreshadowing teasing your thoughts.
The prologue pulls you in swiftly, the scene vivid in my eyes as it matches so many of the memoirs and historical fiction I have read. The first chapter seems to entwine the mythologies of many cultures, but then begins a very Christian focus.
When I began reading Releasing Her Powers Within: Fae Shifters I by Madilynn Dale I was fully ready to find a teenage protagonist coming of age, awareness, and powers. I really love that this book has more teeth than that. The protagonist, Liz, is in her twenties instead of a teenager, but that leads to a great deal of maturity and a more complete adult.
The further I read into this book, the more I liked it. There is an interesting juxtaposition between the prologue and the book that was always in the back of my mind and intriguing. The character development is amazing in the beginning, pulling the reader in. I checked my progress once expecting to be about 75% through and was amazed that I was only 15%.
I absolutely loved Truthstone by Mike Shelton and rate it at full stars! While this book has some of the familiarity of many fantasy fiction books with gems holding powers and different sects having little bits of powers from the stones. There are also completely new ideas and unusual concepts to make this book really interesting. The action and character development entice you to read far too late into the night.
The Immortals: Part One Shadows and Starstone by Cheryl Mackey is such a great book that I was already planning on getting the second book before I finished listening to the first. I happily rate it at full stars! In fact, I got both Book II and Book III as soon as I finished the first book. The characters are the greatest strength of this book. But the new ideas within a very popular genre were refreshing, and the tempo of the action was awesome. Also, I listened to this as an audio book and the narrator was superb.
I just finished reading Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, a book bought for our middle school classroom. I actually wasn’t that excited to read this futuristic YA fantasy, but I really enjoyed it and rate it 3 out of 4 stars.