Why Are There All These Blank Spaces?

You may notice that in some of my posts there are blank spaces in the reviews. These are spoilers that I've written so I can remember important details of the books when I want to read the sequel. I've made the text a beige color to blend in with the background so you won't accidentally see something you don't want to. If you want to read it, just highlight the section to make the text appear - although you should really just read the book yourself! :)

Saturday, February 28, 2009


by Charlie Fletcher

Let's see...Ironhand is the sequel to Stoneheart. It was a lot more intense and darker than first book. In this edition, our three main characters, the Gunner, George and Edie all get separated and most of the book is spent jumping from one character's story to another's. Usually though this isn't confusing since the author makes it clear who's talking each time. It is frustrating though when the chapter ends with one character in some sort of peril and you have to wait 3 to 4 more chapters to find out what happens! That's a good kind of frustrating though - means you're interested.

The final book in this trilogy come out in April and is called Silvertongue.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


by Charlie Fletcher

Another one of Dani's and my spot-it-on-the-bookstore-shelves find, Stoneheart is the story of George, a boy who, in an angry moment, broke the head off a statue outside a museum in London. In doing so he slips into an alternate London, and un-London where the statues come to life. And many of these statues are bent on his destruction. George finds help in some unlikely places. Together they run all over the city trying to find a way for George to make amends for his act of anger. The problem is, George holds no fondness for his old life, while his love for his new friends grow. If George makes amends, will he lose them forever? If he doesn't, how can he hope to escape from the murderous statues who will continue to hunt him down?

I really enjoyed this book (the start of a series). It was unlike anything I've read before. At the end of the book the author states that all the statues in the story are real - they actually exist in the city of London. It makes me really want to see them in person! Then ending teases at more mysteries yet to come which will undoubtedly be explored in the next book, Ironhand. I'm eager for more!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Midnight Twins

by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Don't have a lot to say about this book. I never really was sure where it was going - it felt very aimless to me. I had a hard time keeping the main characters apart - twins names Mallory (Mally) and Meredith (Merry). I still can hardly remember which is which, who did what, and if it actually matters. The evil character seemed very cardboard - simply evil for no reason whatsoever. I want the evil characters to have a past or trait that makes them act the way they do. This one was just all of a sudden a "bad guy" - in fact, a very twisted character with absolutely no explanation as to what his story was. Also, the girls are supposed to be 13 in this story, but read more like 16-year-olds to me. I found myself confused a lot. This is supposed to be the beginning to a new series (trilogy I believe) but it wasn't fun or intriguing enough to make me interested in the sequels.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

100 Cupboards

by N. D. Wilson

This is one of those rare books that within the first 5 pages I just KNEW it was going to be good.

I'm not even sure how to explain this book! 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson starts out seeming like a fairly straight-forward fantasy where a young boy uncovers a slew of magical cupboards in his bedroom that lead to other worlds. The first half of the book is taken up by character introductions and development as well as painting the backdrop in which the story takes place. While I would normally consider this to be too large of a portion of the book to be devoted to this before fully diving into the story, the wonderful word pictures Wilson creates never make you feel disappointed. For example, at one point the main character Henry is remembering a prank he played on his cousins' cat as a child: "Suddenly the memory appeared vividly in the foreground of his mind and danced an emphatic jig."

Another particularly lovely passage is this: " The wind scratched its back along the side of the barn. The stars swung slowly across the roof of this world, and the grass swayed and grew, content to be the world's carpet but still desiring to be taller."

These sections along with others give this book a richness that you don't always find in books targeted at children.

But back to the story - eventually the events surrounding the cupboards start to unfold and you soon realize that there is a lot more to this story than first meets the eye. There is a complexity to the workings of the portals, there is a history that stretches back into the distant past that is hinted at, but not yet fully explored, and there is an ancient evil that threatens to destroy not only Henry, but his family and friends as well. Even Henry, and in fact his Aunt and Uncle are not exactly what they seem.

This book sets itself up perfectly for a sequel while not giving a terrible cliff-hanger ending like some series are prone to do. It has a resolution of sorts, although I cannot imagine quitting there! I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment - due out on February 24th!