Sunday, February 24, 2013
The King of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner
I am really loving these books! I am having a hard time choosing a favorite. Each book is completely different from the last, yet are all entertaining for the same reasons.
I love trying to figure out just what Gen is truly up to. Things are never as they seem in these stories and this book was no exception.
What I really liked about this story in particular was that it was told mostly from the perspective of a soldier who knew Gen only as the Queen's Thief from Eddis. He didn't know all the things about him that I learned while reading the last two books. Because of those things, I knew that Gen was putting on an act for the people of Attolia. I wasn't sure what he was trying to achieve with his performance, but I knew there had to be some goal as his motive.
I loved how this story unfolds. I loved watching (because isn't reading just like watching a movie!) the changes in the characters as they interacted more with Gen.
This was a great story that I couldn't put down. I am very excited to read the last book.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Queen of Attolia
by Megan Whalen Turner
This is the second book in the Queen's Thief series. I enjoyed The Thief so much I was excited to read this one. I was not disappointed. This was a great read too.
This story is written in such a way that I was never quite sure what was really going on. There was plenty of misdirection and diversions. By using smoke and mirrors the author has created a story that fits perfectly with a main character, who is a thief.
Several of the characters in the book make reference to the fact that Gen( the thief) had lied and deceived so many, that it was impossible to tell when he was being honest. Even for me as a reader, I found this to be true because I had a hard time telling when he was putting on a act and when he was truly serious.
I loved it and loved trying to figure him out. It was great fun to try guessing what he planned to do next. I can't wait to read the next book.
Friday, February 8, 2013
by Megan Whalen Turner
This was a really entertaining read. It is told from the perspective of a thief who is forced into the king's service to steal something. I really enjoyed reading about Gen's adventures and the other characters he traveled with.
The world she created for this tale had a very Greek feel to it, which I thought made it not only a unique fantasy but really fascinating. I loved the stories about the old Gods they exchanged because they reminded me so much of the old Greek tales. I thought this was a great addition to the story.
This is a young adult book but I felt like the style of writing seemed more geared toward the younger teen crowded. It was a quick, fun read. I was able to finish it in a couple days. There was a little bit of language so keep that in mind if you are considering letting someone younger read ts book.
I thought the ending was great. Not only was the perfecting ending for a character like Gen but it made me curious about what comes next.
I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I am looking forward to reading more about these characters.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
By Neal Shusterman
This is the sequel to Unwind. I really enjoyed Unwind so I was looking forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed. I thought this story was just as good as the first.
Neal Shusterman has a real talent for story telling. I just love his style of writing. He once again has taken what seems like something that could never really happen in our society and made it seem possible. This story follows the AWOL unwinds from the first book, adds a couple new, interesting characters and continues the story of their fight against the unwinding of teenagers. For those who have not read Unwind yet, unwinding means taking every part of a person and giving it to many other people.
He uses clips of real news articles through out the story to show how the idea that unwinding was the right thing to do could become acceptable in our society. I liked the ads he placed at the beginning of each chapter which portrayed the way media was used to influence the publics views. It was truly fascinating, because isn't that exactly what media, politicians and companies do to sale their idea or products. My favorite quote from the book was, "The sad truth about humanity... is that people believe what they're told. Maybe not the first time, but by the hundredth time, the craziest of ideas just becomes a given." Really makes you think, huh!?
This is such a well written, thought provoking book. I enjoyed every minute of it and was on the edge of my seat (figuratively) the entire time. I looks like I will have to wait at least one more book to see just how it all turns out. I am looking forward to see what happens next.