Monday, June 22, 2009

The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory

Okay, If you enjoy Elizabethan novels or love Phillipa Gregory's writing this is a GREAT BOOK. I loved it form beginning to end. I love how she split the book between 3 different views. Mary -Queen of Scots, George Talbot, and his wife Bess. You will grow to enjoy all these characters , and hope for the best of each even when all their worlds and dreams are different from each other and could have massive affects on the others lives

Mary Queen of Scots - This is the first time I have read about her. My view of her changed greatly from beginning to the end of this novel. I was so intrigued by the end of it that I went and did a google search to try and find out if the novel stuck close to history. AND IT DID.. I love the way Gregory can make history exciting for me. I am looking for move novels that tell her story.

George Talbot - what can I say about this man, Honestly I would have to say that I found myself wishing for the kind of blind loyalty he portrays throughout the novel. He was so naive at times I found him infuriating.

BESS---- The best character of them all. The best part of this whole story was in the last chapter of the novel. I loved the fact that she was a real person and the description in the last chapter made me want to find out how true. I went looking of pictures of a house**** That's all i will say.

Total Hours, 10 hours

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Great and Terrible Beauty

Okay what can I say about this book......Well I didn't like it, The writing seemed all over the place. The flow was all wrong and to be honest the story was a little boring. I love stories about magic allot, but this story just didn't have any thrill for me. I found the heroine Gemma, rude, insecure, gullible, and totally boring. I found I was more interested in the Gypsies then i was with the girls at Spence. The only part of this book that was remotely intriguing was when they went to see the "Medium" and Gemma visited the realm for the first time. I just found myself reading for the sake of finishing the book and HOPING to god it got better. I found myself falling asleep after only 10 min into reading each time I picked up the book.

  • Total time reading 10 Grueling hours over the course of a very long week

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Series Finished

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare was such a great series of books. After finishing the last book City of Glass it just left me wanting more. More of the characters and more from the story. I found myself online in a frantic search for anything Cassandra Clare may have written. I found out that she has, in the past written some great fanfics for great fantasy stories as Harry Potter, and Twilight. I also found out that she is currently in the process of writing a new series. A prequel called The Infernal Devices. One that sticks to the world that she created in The Mortal Instruments. A world with downworlders, vampires, werewolves, fayre folk and of course more shadow hunters. Here is the overview to the series.

A thousand years ago, the Angel Raziel mixed his blood with the blood of men and created the race of the Nephilim. Human-angel hybrids, they walk among us, unseen but ever-present, our invisible protectors.

They call themselves Shadowhunters.

The Shadowhunters obey the laws set down in the Gray Book, given to them by the angel: their mandate is to protect our world from the interdimensional parasites they call demons, who travel from world to world, razing and destroying everything in their path. Theirs is also the task of keeping the peace among the warring Downworlders: the human-demon crossbreeds we know as warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and faeries.

In their duties they are aided by the mysterious Silent Brothers. Their lips and eyes sewn shut, the Silent Brothers rule over the City of Bones, the necropolis below the streets of Manhattan that holds the dead bodies of slain Shadowhunters. The Silent Brothers keep the archival records of ever Shadowhunter ever born. They also watch over the Mortal Instruments, the three divine objects the Angel Raziel gave to his children. One is a sword. One is a mirror. And the last is a cup.

For a thousand years, the Nephilim have protected the Mortal Instruments. But that was before the Uprising, the civil war that almost tore the Shadowhunters' secret world apart. Though Valentine, the Shadowhunter who started the war, is long dead, the wounds it left behind have never healed.

Fifteen years have passed since the Uprising. It's August in New York; the streets blistering with heat. Rumors run rampant through Downworld that Valentine is back, at the head of an army of Forsaken warriors.

And the Mortal Cup has gone missing...

If this has interested you please follow this link to read up on the Characters.

Well, I am not really sure what to say without spoiling the book for all those who have not read it yet, all I can say is that if you are interested in the Gothic underworld, and have ever daydreamed about the creatures in fantasy coming to life you will enjoy this book and will be wanting to be Clary, Jace or Simon by the end of the series.

Total Time-30.5 hours during approximately a week

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

City of Glass - Book 3 of the Mortal Instraments

Book 3!!! City of Glass!!

I never read a series of books so fast in my life as I type this I have already progress to chapter 8 in this book in one day, Only got to read for a few hours aswell.

The book starts off great, dives right in, a good flow to all the books. Well Here we go as I finish the last in this series.

City of Ashes - Book 2 Finished

Well after 2 days, I have finished book two. The story progress great and I am loving every minute of it. The different relationships between character were developed more and I am starting to really get a sence of who they are as people. I love it when I can really start to connect with the character in the books I read. As soon as I put down the second book I had the third all ready to go. New cup of tea and a new book. I polished through the first two chapters without blinking an eye. I have been pushing my hubby to give the first book another try, but he is currently finishing another book I bought for him.

There is not too much I can say about the Characters so far but I would have to say that my favorite is Jace. With his whitty comments and great sense of humor in not so humorus settings. I am always Laughing Out Loud at the things he comes out with.

Well since I can't say much " For Now" I guess this is it.

Total Hours 8.75

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Book 2 Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

Just completed Book One: City of Bones!!

The first one was so good I started on the next one right away. I am already into the second chapter. I will be reading tonight while I am at work trying to stay awake and sane.

I am looking forward to discovering what is in store for Clary, Jace, Simon, etc...

Finished City of Bones!

Well I have completed City of Bones. Overall I have to say that the book was fantastic and has made me excited to continue reading this series.

The first chapter really grabbed my attention but as with everything in my life it waned shortly there after. I have to say that my attention drifting had little to do with how the book flowed or was written or the story for that matter and all to do with the fact that not many things can hold my interest for long. This story was in my imagination though and I found myself wanting to read it. Day dreaming about what might happen next or what the characters look like or sounded like if I could hear them speaking.

During one of these little day dreams it occurred to me that it was not my attention to the book that faltered but my reluctance to sit still for more than 20 minutes and let the story take over. Once I did it really sank in. I ended up reading for 6 hours ( no lie, I was watching the clock ).

If you like witty digs and sarcasm in your stories you will think that this book if quite humorous most of the way through. Also I get the feeling after this first book that there is a epic love story in between all the action with magic, runes, vampires, werewolves, etc. I cant wait to dip into the next one....

Total Hours 12.25