I was very surprised by this novel. First by the detailed historical perspective, then by the sweet romance and finally by the suspense. Sometimes I wanted Diana to show more of the backbone she had at the beginning of the book after she falls in love, but she's a strong, interesting character and Harkness does a great job of weaving science, history, magic and suspense into one enthralling story. Plus, Jennifer Ikeda is simply amazing, I want to see what other books she's narrated because she does an incredible job shifting effortlessly between an austrialian, scottish, brittish and american accents.
My daughter is both calmed and completely absorbed by this book. Nothing else does that except for blueberries for sal or the snowy day. Jane Yolen has definitely risen to the heights of children's storytelling and I can only be grateful!
her sense of timing combined with her soothing tones.
hah! it's only 8 minutes. Unless you have a one year-old I'd say yes.
I thought the main character was fascinating, but the story itself didn't keep my attention and devolved into a misanthropic blah.
just not fresh enough to recommend.
if it were updated to reflect more current trends in movie heroines, probably.
I really liked
The next Cassandra Clare book.
Can't even remember it.
The urge to put it down about a third of the way through and never pick it up again.
I thought the first book in this series was funny, not the most well written of books but still enjoyable. Great world, fun concept, interesting characters. But by the time I got to the third book I'd started cringing as each new plot point was solved by some festering act of chance and the hero just kept wandering around wringing his hands as he caused a ridiculous amount of mayhem simply because he wasn't smart enough (and you'd think after 2,000 years he would be) to think his way out of the problems.
I recommend highly that you stop after the first one, and if you can definitely halt before you get to the third installment.
that the character kept just stumbling forward without any direction, rhyme or reason. Also the complete lack of accountability or morality for the actions of the main characters in the book.
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