I just finished reading this and was about to write up a nice review, went to Goodreads to grab the image and what did I see that has immediately spoiled the happy end of book feeling I was having? That it was called After Eden (After Eden #1) No. No. No. Not every book needs to have a sequel, or more likely, be part of a trilogy. This was a terrific, fast read, standalone story with a fully satisfying conclusion. I’m getting disgusted with publishers. Seriously. Ugh. But how was it? Well, it was just what I needed today. I’ve been taking a long time to read books lately and this was a nice fast one day read. Plus it has time travel. Which I adore. Eden lives in a village on the Cornwall coast. It’s her last year of school and things are pretty great, including with her best friend Connor. Then a new boy shows up-Ryan. He’s out of her league, but wants to hang around with her. There’s something kind of strange about him, though-he doesn’t know what pizza is or who Hitler was. Eventually she figures out the unbelievable, that Ryan is visiting from the future. Turns out he’s on a mission involving Connor and the fate of the Earth depends on his success. Good time travel fiction and a sweet romance, as well.
How delighted was I to just happen upon this on the new bookshelf so soon after reading Finishing School #1? So delighted! This installment has all the same good stuff as the first–intelligencers, mechanimals, automated servants, dirigibles, werewolves, and vampires. Sophronia continues to be an uncannily apt intelligencer and finds herself involved in uncovering more of the vague battle her school appears to be involved in over some gadget. I felt in this one that it wasn’t too important to understand or follow all of that and good thing because it was kind of confusing. After all, what on earth is the aetherosphere? Is it the stratosphere? There seemed to be a bit more of a dip into the Parasol Protectorate world here-vampire hives and dandies in London. I really enjoy this world she has created, including Sophronia’s classmates and instructors, and look forward to the next installment!
I really enjoyed this very suspenseful novel. Knowing right from the start that one of the characters will end up facing a killer makes you very anxious as you read, assuming it could happen at any moment. Although I liked the suspense part of the story, I was really drawn in by the parts of the story that had to to with the family relationships. I read this one for review, which you can find here.
I was so excited and lucky that a friend ordered this and gave it to me even before she or her son read it as I was something like #141 on the holds list at the library. Then, to my disappointment, I had such a hard time getting into it that it was almost a week before I settled in and got into it. I recall really liking that book #2 (Insurgent) started mere moments after book #1 (Divergent) ended, but when that was the case with this final book in the trilogy, I had lost the details of the story and thus was no longer caught up in the momentum. [When I look at my review of Insurgent, I see that there was an exciting "big reveal"-I honestly didn't even remember what that was.] I recognized names and the general idea of the story but felt like I was not properly responding with surprise! excitement! shock! because I had no background. Fortunately, I was able to start piecing things together and once it was more about what was happening right then I enjoyed it more. In fact, this book employed one of my favorite dystopian plot points–venturing beyond the know city and discovering what the rest of the world is like. I loved this angle and also how it fully filled in all the questions you had throughout the first two books about how things had gotten that way in their world and what the heck was going on. And you didn’t even have to wait until the end of the book to have those questions answered. Of course, our trusty band of protagonists realize you can’t trust The Man and things aren’t so great on the outside. Cue another insurrection!
I thought this had great adventure, heartfelt emotion (Caleb and Tris, in particular) and of course I loved it that there was an epilogue. This is a trilogy that I would recommend to people to discover now as they could read all three books right in a row, which would be immensely satisfying. Still, I really liked this and thought it was a terrific and strong ending.
Paul brought this home and I was attracted by the cover, plus he told me some authors I like were in it. The premise of this collection is that some excellent authors are going to tackle traditional school essay topics and show you how great they can be. I thought that the angle might be to satirize the essay a bit, but that was not the case at all. Each essay genuinely is whatever type of essay it is supposed to be and they are, for the most part, great. My favorite was the very first one I read, which I read first because I like the author-Scott Westerfeld. His topic was to debunk a popular idea. And the idea was the adult books don’t have pictures because adults should use their imaginations and only little kids need pictures. Well. I think I would like to make every adult who has that notion or pooh-poohs graphic novels, read this essay. He explains that once all those classics like Wuthering Heights, A Tale of Two Cities, etc.-books for adults-were illustrated and that the change in publishing was more a matter of the introduction of photography and the decline of the profession of illustrator. It was fascinating and well told. I also liked “pick a myth or urban legend and argue why it must be true.” Kirsten Miller had me practically believing that Sasquatch might truly exist!
Other popular topics were things like “describe an experience that a profound impact on you”, “describe your unique family”, a persuasive essay, debating both sides of a topic, and if you could pick a trait from an animal to have what would it be? (Tails!)
This was a surprisingly enjoyable book and I hope that high school English teachers might keep a copy in their rooms for students to read and get inspiration from.
I’ve seen Miss Read books on library shelves for years, but never really thought about reading them or even knew what they were about. Judging by cover and author “Miss Read” they seemed terribly old fashioned, and possibly not in a good way. For I-don’t-know-what reason I picked one of the shelf a few weeks ago and checked it out. I assumed it didn’t matter if I read them in any particular order and indeed, although this is apparently “Fairacre #15″ it was completely fine as a standalone novel.
Miss Read is the author, but also the main character of these books. The setting is a tiny rural English village where Miss Read is the spinster schoolteacher. This school is fascinating to me. Although a year is not given this book was published in 1980 and it seems to be contemporary for the time, but feels like it’s taking place in 1950 (maybe it is?) The village school goes up to age 10 and there are two classes. Miss Read teaches the older children and another teacher has the “infants.” Literally they are referred to as infants and babies. But presumably they are 5 and 6 year olds? And during school the kids are just sent out to play, or they all go on walks across the moor, and the vicar visits them, and Miss Read chooses morning hymns for them to sing. So fascinating and foreign to me.
The structure of the book is a chapter per month of the year, going from January through December. The central idea as we go through the year is that the school is celebrating its centenary and Miss Read must plan an appropriate celebration. She also must deal with an ancient leaking skylight. There is not a lot of excitement going on from month to month. It’s a gentle slow book, but I did enjoy when she talked to the elderly residents about their memories of the schoolhouse and the bits about her daily life.
In the past 2 1/2 weeks I started 5 books, but wasn’t finishing anything. At what point do you give up on a book? I’m 136 pages in to one that I just don’t know if I want to finish, but feel like I’ve already committed a bunch of time to. Then I’ve got the hot off the presses Allegiant and I’ve had it for six days and only read a couple chapters. I couldn’t wait to read this but, like other trilogies for me before, the action picks right up where #2 left off but I read #2 so long ago that I don’t remember all the details. Sometimes that doesn’t matter, but I have to say in this case I’ve lost my momentum and don’t feel that into it. Starting to write a post about a book I did finish and according to my last post it looks like I haven’t read a book in a month! And yet, and yet…I have so many books around me. I love to read, but sometimes I have so many books going on that it becomes a list of what I’m reading, what to read next, and how to manage my reading. Does that ever happen to you?