Sunday, December 04, 2011

Three Book Reviews

Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 341
Series : #1 Xas
Format : Novel
Reason for Reading : Challenge with Mariel 2011

Sobran Jodeau is a vinter living in France when one year he meets an Angel named Xas. The novel begins in 1808 and follows up every year charting Sobran's life as well as those around him including his yearly visits from Xas. Sobran takes over the family vintner business making wine and selling it. On the advice of the angel he begins to proposer and his family benefit from his success. He believes the angel brings him luck. Over the course of the book we learn more about Xas and his backstory and things are not quite what Sobran first assumed.

It took me a while to get into this book and I'm not sure why. By the end though I was really drawn in to the lives of Sobran, Aurora and Xas. Some of the twists and turns in their everyday lives were too obvious. There are some murders that occur and it was simple to figure out the truth of them for instance. What was really interesting though was the relationship between the three central characters, watching them develop over the years was fascinating. It's quite charming with beautiful language.

Rating : 5.0/5
Number of Pages : 272
Format : Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : Mariel Challenge 2011

Pico is a librarian who is born of the winged people but for some reason he is born with none himself. The winged live alongside those with none but the two don't really mix. He falls in love with a winged girl, but she leaves him as he isn't fully one of them. He sets out on a journey to find his wings through the Book of Flying, following whispers of legends across many different lands.

I don't know where to start with this book. I completely and utterly fell in love with it. There are some uncomfortable parts, but the magic was so beautiful. The language is so immersive and I couldn't get enough of this story. I really need to get a copy of The Book of Fire.

Rating : 2.5/5
Number of Pages : 373
Series : #1 Thursday Next
Format : Science Fiction, Crime Thriller Novel
Reason for Reading : Challenge with Mariel 2011

Part crime thriller and part science fiction novel, this is the first in the Thursday Next series. It's set in a kind of alternate reality. The Crimean War never ended and the ending of Jane Eyre is different from what we know and love in our reality. Evil genius Acheron Styx starts kidnapping characters from novels and changing their stories. It beings with a Dickens character, but his main goal is to kidnap Jane Eyre. It is up to Thursday to stop him and save the literary world.

Sadly I didn't really enjoy this. I'm not a big fan of sic-fi or crime thriller which probably didn't help. I liked the premise, but not the follow through and how it came across in print. Maybe later ones in the series are better, but frankly I'm not inclined to read further.