But here I am again, bringing back a post concept I used two summers ago. I love books, and book reviews are such fun to write, but I have neither the time nor energy to write full posts on each book I love, much less all the ones I read. But, I want to share some of my newly discovered favorites with you all, and praise the highly honored favorites to the skies. And fangirl over a few. I'm afraid I won't be able to leave this post without the Caps lock. Bear with me. :)
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Ascendance Trilogy is a new favorite, although I admit I didn't fall in love with The False Prince. The falling-in-love part happened with the next book, The Runaway King. But this first book is still utterly fantastic and fun. Sage is the BEST. His sassy and witty remarks never fail to make me smile or laugh, and I love reading books that make me laugh. The plot is ingenious and that plot twist...oooOOooh. Read this book. Then you'll see what I mean. :P
The Runaway King
THIS BOOK I LOVE. Ahem. Right away, I could tell this would be more exciting than The False Prince...not to mention, I already knew and loved the characters so everything was off to a great start. And then Fink appeared on the page, and Sage's sass is even better, and he goes to the pirates and...and...
I officially want to adopt Fink. He is the funniest, most pathetically adorable boy and HE IS MINE.
AND WHEN HE FAKE-CRIES. Mah goodness, this boy. <3
Not to mention, this book contains so much suspense and adventure. SO MUCH. And crazy things like Sage climbing a cliff with a broken leg.
AND IMOGEN AND SAGE. I love them so much.
(Also, the planting-the-flowers idea was one of my favorite things.)
The Shadow Throne
W o w. This conclusion was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Especially the last few pages. And the battle scenes were a LITTLE draggy, but all in all I loved it.
Although, I wished Fink was in it more. :P
(I admit, I looked ahead when That Unspeakable Thing happened. I had to know whether it was true.)
(No regret. The scene in the dungeon made up for it. <3)
(PS. I guessed Tobias and you-know-who would fall in love. I was right!!)
A Year with C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and this year-length book with daily selections from his nonfiction works was greatly encouraging and inspiring. Snippets from Mere Christianity and The Weight of Glory especially tugged at my heart, and I hope to read those volumes soon.
Blue Ice and Amber by Èowyn Peterson
You probably recognize this author's name. ;) This short story is the creation of my dear friend and fellow blogger, Èowyn, who blogs over at Captured by the Word. I finally got around to reading this story recently and I was blown away. The writing is deliciously vivid, putting words to images and allowing you to see and feel and touch the setting through the eyes of the heroine, Lily. And then there's the viking warrior, Jarl Hubba, with his blue eyes and blonde hair and god-like appearance.
To say this story is thrilling is to say the very least. And that's all I'll say, for you must read it yourself. I will definitely be reading this again someday. :)
Resistance BY Jaye L. Knight
HOW. TELL ME HOW TO HANDLE THIS BOOK.
I admittedly just finished it this morning (after staying up till nearly midnight to keep reading because *spoilers* JACE AND KYRIN WERE BECOMING FRIENDS. MY HEART. *end spoilers*)...and am thus still suffering from a book high--which is much more enjoyable than a book hangover, if you're wondering.
IT'S SO AMAZING. THE CHARACTERS. THE WORLD. THE PLOT.
And my small cupcake muffin.
Maybe I'll write a full review for this one. ;)
Beauty by Robin McKinley
This book was utterly beautiful, in its words and style and....everything! I loved how Beauty's sisters were not greedy and cruel, as the original tale has them. Instead, everything about Beauty's family life was sweet and touching. Everyone was so closely-knit and supportive. It was a refreshing thing in a fairy tale, where usually the heroine's family are either horrid or apathetic. :P
Descriptions of the Beast's castle were glorious and detailed and beautiful. And the Beast himself...mmm. :) He was both frightening and mysterious, but oh so gentle and pitiable. Reading this book felt so cozy and yet magical, just as a fairy tale should. I loved it and can't wait to read it again.
Kitty Carter, Canteen Girl by Ruby Lorraine Radford
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it's adorable and lighthearted, despite the mystery that our heroine becomes entangled in, Nancy Drew style. On the other hand, I've gotten so used to reading books with more deeply fleshed out characters and plots that the simple, happy characters of this novel fell a little flat. Not to mention, the progranda-ish optimism about the war effort is a little heavy handed. ;) Not that I'm putting down patriotism and helping out with the war effort, but the true horrid nature of war didn't seem to touch these characters. They seemed almost too happy about it. :P
But it was still sweet and entertaining. I'd probably read it again.
(Also, how is it the heroines in books like these always gain a boyfriend within minutes of the story's opening who becomes their nice, cheerful best friend and confidante and helps them solve the mystery and ends by practically proposing marriage? Despite knowing each other for a like a week. These books make it look too easy. :P)
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I finally read the most popular Christmas classic!! I was greatly surprised by the humor to be found in it. It was a light, fun, and easy read, compared with
some most of Dickens' works, although I admit my interest dragged about 3/4 of the way through. Nevertheless, I stuck with it, and am glad to have done so. :)
Boston Jane by Jennifer L. Holm
These two were re-reads, but I had to include them because they're just so delightful and fun. Jehu and Jane never get old. I love them so much. <3
And though I handled reading The Claim much better this time around, it usually frustrates me to no end because of all the horrible characters who mess things up for Jane and the other nice people in Shoalwater Bay. I just want to pack William and Sally up and set them adrift in the Pacific. :P
Don't worry, I'll give them supplies. They can make it to some to deserted island and make each other miserable.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
After it sat on my shelf for months, I finally picked up North and South and was able to relive one of my favorite miniseries through its original telling. Ahh, this book was lovely. I really can't decide whether I like the book or miniseries better, but there were definitely things I preferred in one and things I preferred in the other. One thing that definitely made the book stand out against the miniseries, however, is Margaret's strong faith in God. Her strength of character is so much apparent in the book, and the trials she goes through are much more clear. She is a heavily burdened character. Both her parents rely on her, and she has no one to share her cares, making the absence of Frederick from her life much more painful. But through it all Margaret remains steadfast. Reading of her struggles and optimism greatly encouraged me in some trials in my own life. One quote especially stood out to me while reading:
"Come! poor little heart! be cheery and brave."
Such a simple statement, and yet so often I need to tell just the same thing to my own heart, which whimpers and withers into sorrow and fear far to often. ;) And when I let my heart rest on Jesus, cheeriness and bravery are completely attainable things. I pray I learn how to do so more and more.
Also, I need to mention that Mr. Thornton is thrillingly just like Richard Armitage's portrayal (perhaps we should say Richard Armitage's portrayal is perfect compared to the book, but shh. I knew Mr. Thornton-Armitage before I knew Mr. Thornton of the book. :P) in the miniseries. And any part where Elizabeth Gaskell described his thoughts and feelings......ahhhhh. I melted. POOR MR. THORNTON. If you pity him in the movie, read the book. You'll pity him even more so.
Have you read these books?
If so, what are your thoughts?
Have my reviews convinced you to read any of them? ;)
Have my reviews convinced you to read any of them? ;)