Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Dragon Heir

Title: The Dragon Heir
Author: Cinda Chima

What it's about: So the conflict between the magical guilds is ramping up. The rebels are facing a tough fight, and not all of their possible allies are interested in taking part. Madison Moss, for example, just wants to go to art school and forget about wizards. Easier said than done, though, since Seph McCauley, the guy she's crushin' on, is a very powerful wizard and stuck in the middle of things. Despite all the pressure, though, Maddie does her best to stay uninvolved. Meanwhile, Jason Haley wishes he could get deeper into the fight. After a successful raid of magical artifacts, he's stuck in the town of Trinity, the not-so-hidden rebel base, guarding the find and wanting some way to become more powerful so he can help the cause. Personal agendas are rife amongst good guys and bad, and as the final battle approaches, Jason, Maddie, and their friends have to make tough choices and sacrifices.

What I thought: Very nice sequel, which takes stuff mentioned in previous books and builds on them to a successful conclusion. A lot of good character development, and the story gets pretty dark in tone. I thought the ending was a little rushed, the "where are they now?" bits, I mean, but overall, it was an engrossing read.

Overall: It... was an engrossing read.

And with this book, I read eight novels in January, plus half of The Goose Girl. I had listened to the first half on audiobook, and I decided I'd just read what I had left. Well, in February, I shall read no less than, and hopefully more than, eight books! Well, I also read some plays this month, too. A lot of plays and drama. 'Cause I'm in three different theatre classes this semester. Maybe I'll review some of them.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Title: Graceling
Author: Kristen Cashore

What it's about: Katsa is a girl graced with incredible combat and killing skills. Her uncle, the king, uses her abilities for his dirty work. Then Katsa and her allies uncover a conspiracy in another kingdom that could lead to trouble for all seven kingdoms, and she and a Graced prince named Po head out to shed some light on the matter.

What I thought: The concept of the Graces was very interesting. People with various exceptional skills, sometimes reviled, sometimes revered. Katsa's personality was interesting to watch develop, and there was some very nice worldbuilding.

Overall: While I can't say this'll be a favorite of mine, it was above-average, to be sure.

So that's three reviews for January. I've also reread the two Kiki Strike books, but they've already been reviewed. We're up to five books this month now. I'm probably gonna reread The Warrior Heir and The Wizard Heir so that I can read The Dragon Heir, which I bought last weekend. I'll see you then!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Title: Dreamquake
Author: Elizabeth Knox

What it's about: This is the sequel to Dreamhunter; Laura has now found out more about the Place and put her father's plan into action. Meanwhile, the rest of her family is looking into the sinister plot taking place in the highest levels of the government. The mystery is well on its way to being unraveled.

What I thought: Pretty good conclusion to the series. There's a mystery that gets wrapped up, some romance, more development of Rose as a character, and some very satisfying explanations for everything.

Overall: If you liked Dreamhunter, you'll like this book.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Title: Dreamhunter
Author: Elizabeth Knox

What it's about: In a world similar to ours during the early 1900s, there is a place - called "the Place" - where certain people - dreamhunters - can go, fall asleep, and catch dreams. The next time a dreamhunter with a dream sleeps, those in the surrounding area will also have the dream, and these special dreams are extraordinarily pleasant. So anyway, there's Laura Hame and Rose Tiebold, two cousins who've just turned fifteen, and they're about to take the test to see if they can become dreamhunters. Little do they know that there is something more sinister than they realized going on in the world of dreamhunters, nor do they realize the parts that they will play in the coming days.

What I thought: The story is very imaginative, and the groundwork for the satisfying finish in the second book of the series is laid very painstakingly in this first book. The characters are interesting and very realistic, and the book has just the right amount of humor to keep it from being too heavy.

Overall: This is a very imaginative fantasy story.

Oh, so I realized why I failed at updating this sucker so much over the break. Over the summer I had my goal of 100 books, right? Well, I'm a lazy sod, and without a goal, I can't motivate myself as well. So, the goal is now fifteen books a month during the school year, or perhaps ten. I'll see which of the two I can make in January, and that'll be the standard for the rest of the months. We've got Dreamquake and Graceling coming up for reviews soon, too. I'll also post short reviews of all the books in my review backlog.