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Tags: Bilbo, Bilbo Baggins, book quotes, Books, fantasy, Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, Literature, Middle-earth, quotes, Reading, The Hobbit, Tolkien
“I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air, I am he that walks unseen.
I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.
I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me.
I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Tags: Angelica, Book, Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Carlos, E-book, fantasy, Literature, magical powers, Reading, Scott Sherman, The Gathering, Wild Talents, Wild Talents Book one: The Gathering
I have recently finished reading “Wild Talents Book One: The Gathering” by Scott Sherman.
The blurb reads:
“You’d think the ability to read minds would be a gift, but, if it were, high-school student Angelica Jones would like an exchange. Being a sixteen-year-old girl is stressful enough without knowing your insecurities are justified. Thanks to her talent, she knows her mother thinks she’s a slacker, her principal has some highly inappropriate fantasies about her, and pretty much everyone thinks her football-hero boyfriend is way too hot for her.
If not for her gay best friend, Carlos, who has a surprising talent of his own, she’d think she was going crazy. With all this pressure, it’s no wonder she has nightmares, so vivid and frightening she’s afraid to sleep. Things get worse, though, when she learns her nightmares are more than harmless dreams. Classmates become enemies, strangers become allies, and Angelica becomes the center of an ancient struggle that may determine the fate of the world. Kind of puts the SATs in perspective doesn’t it?
Along with Carlos, Angelica joins forces with her totally hot classmate Giovanni, her mysterious and mystifying mother and some surprising others to fight the approaching doom.She doesn’t know the true nature what she’s about to face, but she knows one thing: she better figure it out quick. There’s only one thing standing in the Big Bad’s way and, heaven help us all, it may be Angelica, her improbable, awkward group of friends, and whatever wild talents they may have.”
This a great little book because the teens have fascinating powers which they are learning more about through this book. It’s interesting that the teens have so far managed to avoid being found as having these powers, because otherwise things could get unpleasant.
Angelica is a bit of an outsider and so is Carlos, but together they make a great team, keeping each other in check. They both attend a private school, with Angelica being rich and Carlos having a scholarship. Angelica seems to stay very grounded despite the wealth of her mother, who is determined to get Angelica to dress up more and act more like the rich girl she is. Angelica is happy the way she is, but all the while wonders why her mother is so protective of her(she has a house with security and a limo at their beck and call). We discover that an incident when Angelica was younger is the reason her mother is so obsessed with security, and it also turns out to be part of a bigger problem which ties in with Angelica’s powers.
Carlos has secrets of his own, and despite the two being good friends, Angelica doesn’t really know much about him. He is a fascinating character too, with his ability to talk to machines, bringing about the idea that machines have minds of their own.
They soon come into contact with another peer who has powers as well, and the three join together in friendship to work out what is causing strange things to happen, as they start to question the motives of their parents and others.
I love how they can communicate silently in their heads through a psychic connection provided by Angelica, so they can talk to each other privately. It is also interesting how one seemingly secondary character becomes the one who tells them about their purpose and the future roles they will play. We also discover that many more secondary characters suddenly reveal their own powers, and wonder just how many of these people there actually are!
I give this book 8/10 because it is a great start to the series, and gives a good background to the characters. I love the story with all its twists and the mystery underlying everything happening. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Note: I read this on Kindle.
Tags: Albus Dumbledore, Book, book quotes, Books, Children's literature, Dumbledore, fantasy, Harry, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Literature, Reading
“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
― Albus Dumbledore , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling
Tags: Book, book quotes, Books, Children's literature, Dystopia, fantasy, Literature, Neal Shusterman, Reading, Unwind
“What he’s really saying is: Please be a human being. With a life so full of rules and regiments, it’s so easy to forget that’s what they are. She knows—she sees—how often compassion takes a back seat to expediency.”
― Unwind, Neal Shusterman
Tags: Afterlife, Book, Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Death, demon, devil, Don't Fear The Reaper, fantasy, ghosts, Grief Loss and Bereavement, heaven, Hell, Jordan, Keely, life, Literature, love, paranormal, purgatory, Reading, Reaper
I have just finished reading “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Michelle Muto.
Tags: Book, book quotes, Books, fantasy, Literature, Reading, Twilight
“Isn’t it supposed to be like this? The glory of first love, and all that. It’s incredible, isn’t it, the difference between reading about something, seeing it in the pictures, and experiencing it?”
- Edward Cullen, Twilight,
Tags: Awakening, Book, Book Review, Book Reviews, Books, Children's literature, Dreamless, E-book, fantasy, Greek mythology, Helen, Josephine Angelini, Literature, Reading, Scion, Starcrossed, Underworld
I have just finished reading “Starcrossed: Dreamless” by Josephine Angelini, the second book in her “Awakening” trilogy.
The story picks up after the cliffhanger of the first book “Starcrossed” in which Helen and Lucas discover they are actually cousins (although the reader knows this isn’t true because Helen’s mother lied about it), thus ruining the blossoming romance between them.
Helen has accepted her role as the Descender – the immortal who can descend into the Underworld – and spends her sleeping hours wandering around the dangerous and deserted Underworld alone, without any of her superpowers and unable to stop herself dying each night. She spends her waking hours exhausted from her nocturnal excursions through Hell, trying to keep her mind off Lucas but struggling to forget him.
Her friends try to help her in her task to free the Scions from the Furies, but the one person who can help her is the mysterious stranger Scion who suddenly appears in the Underworld, and together they attempt to find a way to complete Helen’s task.
Other evil forces are at work, trying to help and hinder Helen in her task, creating a new set of problems on top of her existing burdens. As she gets more and more exhausted, she stops dreaming and becomes more vulnerable. She gets closer to the mysterious Scion Orion, who shares the same experiences in the Underworld, while all the while missing Lucas, who is secretly shadowing her to protect her. A sort of love triangle starts to appear with Helen’s supposedly wrong feelings for Lucas and her growing friendship with Orion.
I really hated how Helen’s mother lied about Helen and Lucas being cousins and don’t understand why no-one has twigged that she isn’t telling the truth when it’s obvious! They are clearly meant to be together! Orion is an interesting character, with his beautiful but dangerous superpowers. He is strong enough without his powers in the Underworld to protect Helen while she tries to figure out a way to complete her task. Helen feels very lonely in her task in the Underworld and Orion is friendly face who she can share this with, now that Lucas is off-limits.
The ending is really good, with a proper showdown and yet more shocking attacks and injuries which no normal person could recover from. Also, Helen’s friends really try to help her and also start learning to protect themselves with all the Scions around them. Claire and Jason’s relationship is starting to blossom, and one old friend struggles with the strangeness of Scion world which he is unwillingly sucked into, at great cost.
I give it 9/10 because it is so full of Greek mythology, amazing superpowers and fights, great characters and a great plot. The tension is built up well, and this second book in the trilogy is really stepping the story up a gear ready for whatever happens in the third book, where hopefully Helen’s mother’s lie will be found out! I had been waiting for this book to come out since i read the first one back in February and i wasn’t disappointed! Well worth reading if you liked the first book!
Note – I read this on my Kindle.