Twilight Saga – Stephenie Meyer

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#1 – Twilight
#2 – New Moon
#3 – Eclipse
#4 – Breaking Dawn

I started reading this series reluctantly – Twilight was on one of the ‘buy one get one free’ books and I needed another to get the deal. This doesn’t include the fact that i’ve never considered Vampire Romances to be my kind of book. It took me by surprise. The originality in the traits of vampires in this series, and the gripping plot made it a very interesting read.

Unfortunately I never felt that attached to Jacob – one of the major characters; and this did make the majority of New Moon uninteresting to me. In addition, a couple of the surprises were foreseen by me. My one final gripe is the ending. I just wish that we found out a bit more about the lives of the ‘survivors’ after the climax. Let me explain, Breaking Dawn near the end after the main climax mentions in passing that it may not all be over; and yet it then ends with the impression that all the survivors lived ‘happily ever after’. This incongruency, to me, leaves something to be desired.

However, it is still a very enjoyable series – it will definitely be re-read at some point.

4/5

Published in: on August 19, 2008 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Superior Saturday – Garth Nix

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Keys To The Kingdom #6

A light read aimed at Young Adults. It’s certanly an entertaining light read, however that is all it is. There is no real suspense during the book and the plot moves in such a way that nothing ever seems to be long enough. There is, put simply, just not enough detail. Even the ‘cliffhanger’ ending, leaves much to be desired. The outcome is almost certainly predictable as is the rest of the plot.

I’m sorry to say that having had such high hopes for this series, it pales into insignificance against other, earlier, works of Nix’s – so much so that I begin to wonder whether his writing skill is deteriorating.

3/5 – Distinctly average.

Published in: on August 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Awakened Mage – Karen Miller

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Book Two of King Maker, King Breaker

This book follows in the style of it’s companion, that makes you both want to keep reading, and to skip parts. Yet, I can safely say that as the climax nears it becomes much more fast-paced and gripping. One word of caution though: I found the true climax rushed. What could, nay should, have had a sizeable chapter, was instead over in a few pages. Thus it felt like more of an anti-climax than a climax.

3/5

Originally posted at LIbraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/31997202

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Innocent Mage – Karen Miller

CoverBook one of King Maker, King Breaker

An interesting tale that slowly builds up the back story in small drips.
Certainly an enjoyable read once you got used to the style, however at times I felt that too much time was spent on the normal day-to-day life and I was tempted to skip parts until something interesting happened. However, the further towards the end I got the better it seemed to get.
I would recommend reading my review for the sequel though before making up your mind.

4/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/28869268

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Merlin Conspiracy – Diana Wynne Jones

CoverAs I started The Merlin Conspiracy I found myself confused about what was happening, who was who and who was where. It was a hard slog there’s no question about it.
Yet, I persevered as I knew that Jones can deliver.
And as I reached the mid-way point and the bigger picture started becoming clearer, I found the story had this new sense of purpose and direction which the first half had been lacking. Eventually I found myself unable to put this book down until I had reached it’s thrilling conclusion.

4/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27567936

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Betrayal – Fiona McIntosh

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Book One of the Trinity Trilogy (also a semi-review of the rest of the trilogy)

A complex plot which holds the readers attention until the last page (and through books 2 and 3), however this is counteracted by the repetitive language – things which are intended to be subtle hints (or what I think should be subtle hints) aren’t. In addition some characters seem to serve no real purpose than to provide a constant side-plot throughout the trilogy.

3/5

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27567639

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Alchemy – Margaret Mahy

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This book could have been made into a powerful message, however the little message it does have for perceiving things around us and our place in the universe is unfortunately lost behind the predictable plot and dimensionless characters. This book is probably suited to younger readers of it’s target group.

2/5 – Although it should be noted that younger readers may enjoy it more than I did

Originally posted at LibraryThing at http://www.librarything.com/review/27573332

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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