Dy's Take

May 7, 2012

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

Filed under: Paranormal,Series I Love,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 23:52

(26) Hollows #10

Love this series! This one was dark with less humor than the last one had to offset the darkness, but still a good read.

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December 15, 2011

Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Filed under: audiobook,J-related,Kids,Urban Fantasy,YA — Dy @ 20:54

(97) Underland Chronicles, book 5

Can I just take a second here to plug OverDrive and their integration with library systems to lend electronic books (audio or mobile reader)? This service is FANTASTIC! Instead of reserving the book, waiting for it to show up at my branch, then having to remember to drop it off and pick it up, I pulled it up on the catalog, and was listening in minutes 🙂 Fabulous for the impatient reader in the middle of a series (like, oh, me!).

One caveat — I spent hours trying to find a way to get the WMA audio converted and on my iPhone, since the website said I should be able to do it. Never got it to work and ended up listening to the whole book on my computer, so watch your audio formats when you DL.

Now, on to the book!

Very dark, lots of adult themes here. By adult I mean musings on equality, war and its function in the world, peace and means to achieve it, deep thoughts on the nature of being human and society. I’m not sure how many of these currents were caught by my then 9yo when she read the book, but it resonated with me.

Well-written, thought provoking, and a tidy wrap-up that doesn’t really leave you longing for more. I’d like to know how things went on with Gregor and co — both Over- and Under-land, but the book ended nicely without me begging to know more or feeling unsatisfied. Like book four this one cannot really stand on its own — you need to know the whole backstory of the series for this book to really make sense.

5/5 — read it, y’all! (and get a copy of the series for the reluctant reader, 4th – 6th grade, in your life)

 

December 12, 2011

Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins

Filed under: audiobook,J-related,Kids,Urban Fantasy,YA — Dy @ 19:41

(96) Underland Chronicles, book 4

So, so, so good.

The series starts to really grow up in this one, a lot darker (though the whole series is a bit dark) in preparation for the big finale in book 5. My only issue with this is that it leaves the reader hanging. Of all the books in the series, this one cannot stand alone — you have to read book 5 to make it all make sense.

December 6, 2011

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins

(91) Underland Chronicles, book 3

November 30, 2011

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins

Filed under: audiobook,J-related,Kids,Series I Like,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 19:19

(89) Gregor the Overlander, book 2

Had this on audio from the library, but it is apparently well-loved. To the point that the cds all skipped. Badly. Got through 3.5 of 6 cds and got frustrated and loaded my daughter’s copy up onto my Kindle and finished the book that way. And I have to say…

WOW. I totally did not see that coming. The twist near the end of this book totally surprised me — something that doesn’t happen too often, and even less so in kids’ books. Adventure, excitement, and some sneakily wrapped in morality lessons — all in all a great, fun series especially good for reluctant readers — mostly boys, but great for adventure-loving girls, too.

November 25, 2011

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

(87) Gregor the Overlander, book 1

I really enjoyed the Hunger Games trilogy by Collins, and my then-fourth grader loved the Gregor series. At the time, when she told me a little about the books, I thought,”4-foot cockroaches?! Oh no. Definitely not my thing!”

I’ve spent the last year buying a variety of books to encourage her to read — she’s very, very good at it, but bored and would rather play video games most of the time — and most of them were flops. I’ve given up trying things I enjoyed at her age. My daughter’s taste in reading material is so wildly different from my own that everything I loved has flopped. Time for drastic measures: If she doesn’t like what I loved, I need to learn more about what she ~does~ enjoy.

Well, that and I was desperate for something to listen to in the car while doing my holiday driving and I serendipitously passed this on the cart on my way out of the library a week and a half ago. 🙂

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Some of the high tension moments were lost on me, since I knew who survived based on having bought the remainder of the series for the girl.  I still think cockroaches need to die loooong before they get in my house, but I appreciate the sentiment Collins invoked.

The reader on this was fantastic. I picked up the next 3 books in the series on audio from the library and I’m happy to report Paul Boehmer reads those, too.  Having a consistent narrator across the audio editions of a series makes a huge difference, IMHO. For someone listening to the whole series it enhances things to have a single consistent voice.

A fun, and exciting read for the 8-12 crowd, though the younger ones will enjoy it most.

September 15, 2011

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

Filed under: Paranormal,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 21:23

(73) Kate Daniels #5

July 31, 2011

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

(61)  The Dresden Files #13

Sad beyond measure that this is purportedly the last of the Dresden books 😦  However, it was a most excellent ending to a number of long running plot lines.

June 26, 2011

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Filed under: Paranormal,Series I Like,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 21:34

(49) Mercy Thompson #2

June 22, 2011

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Filed under: Paranormal,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 23:47

(47) Mercy Thompson, book 1

June 19, 2011

Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Filed under: Paranormal,Series I Love,Urban Fantasy — Dy @ 22:52

(45)  Hollows, book 9

Great read — finally humanizes Trent a bit (can I say that about an elf?)

My only fear is that things were all wrapped up so tidily I fear the author has gotten bored with Rachel, Ivy, Jenks and the rest… I hope I’m wrong!

April 26, 2011

Aphrodite’s Kiss by Julie Kenner

(35) Protectors, book 1

I love Kenner’s Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series, so when I found this freebie on my Kindle app I decided to give it a shot.  It was sweet, and funny, and a bit tongue-in-cheek. By the latter I mean chock-full of highly unlikely coincidences that the reader knew about long before the characters. Sure, it was over the top, but by letting the reader see what was going on before the characters did Ms. Kenner made me, as a reader, her co-conspirator in the whole thing. A fun fluffy little read. I will probably continue reading the series, but it wasn’t deep enough for me to make reading the rest of Protectors books a priority. Fab beach read.

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