Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Ruby Knight

You guys, reading has been so hard for me recently. I've been so tired and stressed out that I just haven't had the motivation. Which bums me out a little bit because reading is usually such a great stress reliever for me.

I did managed to finally finish the second book in The Elenium by David Eddings. I really enjoy this series and it has been fun rereading it.

The Ruby Knight
by David Eddings

I enjoyed this book just as much this time around. I do have to say that I really felt Sparhawks frustration every time they were delayed from searching for the Bhelliom. They are on such a time crunch to save the Queen that it was sad that things just seemed to drag out longer and longer. This is one of the reasons why I like David Eddings' books so much. His characters are so well developed. I feel like I really know them and what they are feeling. If they are happy or angry or sad. I laugh when they laugh. I'm feel frustrated wight along with them. I love these characters so much and could definitely read about them over and over again. They are all so unique and add so much to the story. I am definitely happy that the main object of their mission was finally completed by the end of this book and I look forward to reading about the rest of their adventures in the third book!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Emmy and Oliver

Emmy and Oliver
by Robin Benway

This was a really sweet story about friendship, lose, new beginnings and challenges. In the story Emmy's next door neighbor and best friend is kidnapped by his dad when they are in 2nd grade. Fast forward 10 years to their senior year of high school, Oliver is found and returns home to be with his mom, who still lives next door to Emmy.

I thought this book did a great job of dealing with all the emotions that teenagers face as they grow up into adult hood. I thought the author did an especially good job dealing with the emotions and challenges someone would face finding out their dad had kidnapped them and lied for 10 years. The characters felt real and believable, which doesn't always hold true in teen fiction. I liked all the characters and enjoyed reading about their lives as they dealt with this new twist.

I do wish that some of the book had been written from Oliver's perspective. This would have been a good book to see things from both Emmy and Oliver's point of view. He went through so much and I was most curious about how he was dealing with all the emotions of finding out his mom hadn't left him all those years ago. That the person who raised him and cared for him all those years had been the criminal. I think that would be a hard thing to wrap your brain around. I do think that even though it was written from Emmy's perspective, the author was able to deal with those issues in a satisfying way.

I guess my one complaint about this book, as it is with many of the young adult genre, is that there was drinking, mention of drugs (marijuana, in this case) and some references to sex. Now I know many teenagers deal with these issues. That it is a normal part of life but I kind of don't like how every teen novel makes them seem like perfectly acceptable things to be doing. Call me old fashioned.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this story. It was a good read that kept my interest through out and a very unique story line.