Here are books forty-one to forty-three from my Book List 2009
. The links lead to more detailed reviews in my journal.
The Demon KingAuthor:
Cinda Williams ChimaPages:
506Thoughts: LinkReview in five words or less:
Captivating, fascinating realm; dangerous adventures.Personal Rating: ««««
out of five.
I greatly enjoyed Cinda Williams Chima's Heirs trilogy, so I was really looking forward to reading this first book in her newest trilogy. Once again Chima manages to craft a fascinating fantasy realm. This story revolves around the politics of running the Queendom of the Fells and the delicate balance of power between royals, wizards, and warriors.
One thousand years ago during the time of the Demon King, a new order was created to keep the peace and balance the power to prevent war. As the centuries have passed, people have forgotten why these strictures were put into place and there are those who are ruthless enough to want more power for themselves. There is much discontent within the queendom and they are in danger of going to war with neighboring realms.
This story focuses on Han, a reformed thief who has mysterious pair of unremovable silver cuffs on wrists and Raisa, the rebelious princess heir of the Fells. After a confrontation with three wizards, Han comes to possess an amulet of great power. His life is now in danger because they will stop at nothing to get it back. Raisa is viewed as the pretty stepping stone to the power, but her enemies underestimate her abilities.
This was an amazing start to the trilogy. The story is complex with many unexpected twists and turns. I am looking forward reading the second book. Highly recommended if you like YA fantasy.
Run for Your LifeAuthor:
James Patterson and Michael LedwidgePages:
373Thoughts: LinkReview in five words or less:
Complex villain; breakneck pace.Personal Rating: «««¾
out of five.
This is the second book in the series. I didn't read the first, but aside from not having a little more background information, this did not affect my enjoyment of the story. I'm a fan of Patterson's Alex Cross series, and this joint effort with another author is very typical of Patterson's style.
The story races along, effortlessly switching POVs from the Teacher (villain) to Michael the police officer (main character) to other supporting characters. The Teacher is furious and wants to teach those who offend a lesson. The murders begin with high-profile professionals and the Teacher marches up the food chain. As the body count mounts, Michael is charged with solving the crimes.
Despite the sparse details, the story feels complete and satisfying. I was able to guess who the villain was early on, but that did not diminish my enjoyment. It was interesting to see why the Teacher felt compelled to act and put the pieces together for the complete picture. Highly recommended to Patterson fans.
Crispin: The Cross of LeadAuthor:
262Thoughts: LinkReview in five words or less:
Simply told, but great story.Personal Rating: «««¾
out of five.
This Newbery award winning story takes place in England in the year 1377. Asta, a poor peasant woman in the village of Stromford has just died, and her thirteen-year-old son is now alone. He has lived his entire life in the village and is known as Asta's son, rather than his own name.
Shortly after the death, Asta's son is accused of a crime he did not commit and declared a "wolf's head." This means that anyone may kill him on sight. Forced to flee the village, Asta's son slowly begins to unravel the mystery of his existence and why he is being tirelessly pursued. He is befriended by a man with his own agenda who teaches and encourages him to think for himself.
This was a simple, but engaging story of courage and discovery. It was very predictable, but entertaining and well worth the read.
43 / 50 books. 86% done!
15,307 / 15000 pages. Goal achieved!
Though I didn't achieve my fifty book goal, I am quite satisfied with the forty-three books I read in 2009. As usual, December was insanely busy, and the little free time I had was mostly spent on writing and relaxing. I reached the 15000 pages goal which was great. I will have the same reading goals for 2010. Behind the cut is the rest of my 2009 book list.( Collapse )