Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Door to Time

Hola! This book is bad for me, I already wrote this blog but then the computer spazzed and it got deleted. The Door to Time doesn't have an author (Weird!). Jason and Julia, both eleven, move from busy London to an almost empty town on the coast of England. Although they are twins, they couldn't be more different. Jason is a very observant dreamer, while Julia is athletic and adventurous. And the enormous house they move into seems to have some secrets. In this book, Jason and Julia explore Argo Manor (the house), question Ulysses Moore (the former owner), and discover the world through a single door. This book is for little kids. I would compare it to the Spiderwick Chronicles—the first book is like the first chapter. The kids are also outrageously smart, knowing things that no sane (I hesitate to say "teenager") would know. And they don't act British at all, a crime for the setting! Strange book, one and a half stars.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ring of Fire, Century Quartet Book 1

Hola. Happy (Belated) Independence Day! Ring of Fire, Century Quartet Book One, by P. D. Baccalario. A series of coincidences drive four kids to one hotel room, Ellettra, Harvey, Sheng, and Minstral. The only thing they seem to have in common is their unusual birthday, Leap Day. But when they go for a nighttime stroll, their world turns upside down. The road ahead is fraught with danger, mystery, and what seems to be magic, but can they all take the heat? This was kind of a weird book, it was kind of half murder mystery half mundane scavenger hunt. The characters were fine, nothing special. But Ellettra's abnormalities confuse me, isn't this supposed to be a scavenger hunt? And what about Hermit Devil?! Anyway, two and a half stars.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Skulduggery Pleasant, The Faceless Ones

Hola. Okay, here is the problem with this book. It is the third in the series and I barley remember the first two. Skulduggery Pleasant, The Faceless Ones, by Derek Landy. Valkyrie Cain, previously known as Stephanie Edgely, and her magic mentor, Skulduggery Pleasant, are out, once again, fighting crime. But the stakes are higher than ever. Someone is killing the teleporters, and Skulduggery has a keen idea what its about. With an insane cult of worshippers following the evil gods known as the Faceless Ones trying to foil them, Valkyrie and Skulduggery need all the help they can get. I completely understand if you don't understand this blog. I will reread the first book and see if I can write something slightly less confusing. But anyway, this was a really exciting read. The characters are good and the dialogue is witty. My only thing is that the Faceless Ones seemed just a little too east to fight. And one more thought, wasn't this supposed to be a trilogy? The series totally isn't over! Whatever, three and a half stars.

Nobody's Princess

Hola! Nobody's Princess, by Esther Friesner. Helen is a girl who wants a lot out of life, including the combat training that her brothers get. This would be a much easier feat if she wasn't Helen of Sparta. Yup, that one. "The most beautiful princess in all the land." She longs for adventure, and with the help of her friends she just might escape her sheltered life. Throughout this book, Helen befriends heroes, dodges marriage, and relies on no one but herself. Nobody's Princess was fine, it might have been a little boring but overall it wasn't bad. I like her brother and Atalanta rocks. It was good but nothing special. Two and a half stars.