Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: The Lost Prince

The Lost Prince
The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ethan Chase has a secret and a very important rule. The secret is that he can see the Fey; the rule is that he shouldn’t let them know. Unfortunately, that is easier than it sounds. He is after all the half-brother of the Iron Queen and trouble seems to follow him everywhere, even to his new school. When the Forgotten (a Fey that is vanishing because no one remembers them) begin killing exiles and half-breeds he is pulled into the conflict after a new friend is taken. Ethan uses a token given to him by his sister, Meghan, and travels with an unexpected companion into the Nevernever to ask for help.

The Lost Prince is the first book in a spin off series that will be enjoyed by those who read the first series as well as the readers newly introduced to these characters. Many of the original characters appear in this novel, but the first series may not be needed for full enjoyment. Readers will be pulled in from the beginning and dragged through adventure after adventure willingly. I can’t wait to read the next volume.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review: Beta

Beta by Rachel Cohn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elysia is a sixteen year old girl who has just emerged into the world. She is a teenage clone, one of the first, a Beta. Elysia has been created in order to serve the residents of Demesne, an island paradise created for the very rich. Demesne is also engineered. Everything is perfect even the air and water. The clones are created because the relaxing effect of the air does not affect them and human workers would not be productive. Elysia’s perfect life does not last long. She realizes that she can taste, feel emotions and remember her First’s memories. She is a defect and if the humans discover this truth she will be expired. There are other defects on the island and they have started an underground movement to begin an insurrection for the freedom of all clones.

Beta is a captivating science fiction story like no other. Rachel Cohn creates a world that may be possible in the not so distant future. Elysia’s internal struggles represent issues children, teens and adults all have problems with, yet are unable to articulate to ourselves and others. Many turns in the story were expected and that is fine. Of course this first novel in a series has a twist/cliff hanger in the last paragraph that has you yelling, “What!!!!!!” Actually 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Review: The FitzOsbornes at War

The FitzOsbornes at War
The FitzOsbornes at War by Michelle Cooper

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The FitzOsbornes are still living in exile after their island country was attacked by the Nazis, but they are not willing to sit around like spoiled heirs and heiresses. Toby, the King of Montmaray, has joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Princess Sophie has taken classes and been hired to create and edit rationing brochures. London is being bombed, the Allied forces are trying to fight the Nazis into surrendering, and Toby’s plane has been shot down over enemy territory. Even as war continues across Europe, love begins for our journaling princess and these exiled souls from Montmaray continue to long for peace.

The FitzOsbornes at War is the third and final volume in The Montmaray Journals. Although it gives a satisfying conclusion to the saga, it was the least enjoyable of the three. Many entries during the war time portion of the journal dragged with mundane daily activities. I am satisfied with the conclusion of the series, but if the first book was written in this manner, I would not have continued the series. The rating is actually 2.5 stars rounded up.

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