Category Archives: Adventure

Brotherband Chronicles (#1-5) – John Flanagan

 

Remember how much I LOVED the Ranger’s Apprentice books? (Here is the link to my review of the first of that series) All 12 of them?

I was so psyched when I picked up the Brotherband Chronicles and I am very happy to report that I love them just as much! Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Action, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Tween Fiction

The Rangers Apprentice Books 4 – 12 by John Flanagan

OKAY, I admit defeat.  I can barely find time to make it to the computer let alone to post about what I’ve read, so I’m going to do a mass post on the rest of the Ranger’s Apprentice Series.   I loved them ALL and I can’t wait to share this series with my son when he gets old enough!  The characters just get better and better, and the stories remain interesting and fresh. Love love love!

Instead of reviewing them all, I’m going to list the rest of the series with brief comments!  You can see my posts on Books #1, #2, and #3 here, here and here respectively!

So here we go… Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Tween Fiction, Young Adult Books

The Icebound Land (The Ranger’s Apprentice Book #3)

 Rangers3_redesignjkt.indd

Continuing on with the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan…

Book 3: The Icebound Land

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Tween Fiction

The Burning Bridge (The Ranger’s Apprentice #2)

The burning bridge

Still loving the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan!

Book 2: The Burning Bridge

Will and Horace find themselves in neighbouring Celtica, where they meet up with a mysterious girl named Evanlyn and discover that Morgarath continues to plan against Araluen.  It’s up to these three to change the tide of the battle to come and thwart Morgarath’s plans for an ambush of the Araluen army.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Tween Fiction

The Ruins of Gorlan (The Ranger’s Apprentice #1)

The Rangers Apprentice 1

I stumbled upon this series as I was looking for something to read that I could rent right away from the library.  What a lucky find!  I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the series – I’m currently on book 10 and realized I haven’t posted about any of the books yet.   Suffice it to say that I am TOTALLY HOOKED on the series! I keep having to wait for the books to come off hold on the library (the first was free but since then I’ve had to wait for others) but it’s fully worth it!

Book 1: The Ruins of Gorlan

Continue reading

5 Comments

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Tween Fiction

Agatha H and the Airship City (Girl Genius novels #1)

Agatha H and the Airship City

I confess, I read this AGES ago and for some reason have not been able to bring myself to post about it. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Steampunk

Frostborn (Thrones & Bones #1)

Thrones and bones

Frostborn, the first of the Thrones & Bones series by Lou Anders, is a middle-grade fantasy adventure.  Trolls! Dragons! Wyverns! Frost Giants! Undead Draug! Board Games! The best! Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Tween Fiction

Emperor’s Edge (#4, #5, #6, #7)

You get a mass post!! Mostly because after Book #3 of the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker (Deadly Games), I read the remaining books all together in a mass consumption/must finish the series madness.  That was due to the abundance of cliffhangers – thank goodness the series was all out and I didn’t have to WAIT between books because that would have driven me crazy. I hate cliffhangers when I have to wait, and when I DON’T have to wait I treat a series like this as one really really long book.  So that completely taints this review, just FYI.

If you’ve not read any of the series, you can find my reviews of the first three books here (#1), here (#2) and here (#3).

I feel like there are too many spoilers to really plot summarize anything, but let me at least briefly outline maybe one focus of each book:

Consipracy

Conspiracy (#4)

Let’s see… recall that each book features one member of the ‘gang’ more prominently, so this book is centered around Akstyr – the skinny practitioner of the “mental sciences” (magic) who has a bad attitude and the least amount of buy-in to the group. 

The group is set to complete their most dangerous mission yet – kidnapping the Emperor.  What could go wrong?

Then comes…

Blood and Betrayal

Blood and Betrayal (#5)

Maldynado is probably my favourite character other than Amaranthe, and this book is his spotlight! Finally!  It was especially timely as I feel that his character was cast into shadow / doubt during the Conspiracy and it would have been torture to wait longer without having that explained.

Maldynado is sort of put in charge, which is a position he’s been actively trying to avoid most of his life. Too bad that there are plenty of obstacles in his way, including the fact that Sespian (the Emperor) doesn’t trust him.

Next is …

Forged in Blood I

Forged in Blood I (#6)

The group is still fighting Forge, the country is in upheaval, and things are of course dangerous and full of action! BUT – finally (wooo-hoo!!!!) you get a view inside Sicarius’s head!!  He’s pretty inscrutable normally so this is a treat!

And finally…

Forged in Blood II

Forged in Blood II (#7)

Wrapping up the series, you move between Amaranthe and Sicarius’s points of view.  It was mostly tying up all those loose ends, and admittedly the best part of it was figuring out just WHAT was going to happen with the two of them!

Fini!

Except that I JUST discovered there is a book #8 (The Republic) which I shall be reading as soon as I get my hands on it!

Anyway,  for all the books as above, I will give a collective 5/5 because:

  • I loved the action
  • I couldn’t put them down
  • I loved that each character got his or her own time to shine
  • I highly enjoyed the background – steampunk, aliens (which normally I hate, but it was not actual aliens just their leftover dooh-dads), and old-fashioned sword fights.  With lots of train heists.
  • I LOVED that Amaranthe was a strong female character, and also Yana who takes on more of a role.
  • I loved the character development
  • I loved the slowly revealed love story (i.e. Amaranthe and Sicarius)
  • I didn’t have to wait between books!

I would highly recommend this series as a fun fantasy/adventure – and if you want to learn more about what happens in the books and the pros and cons of each, I would just look them up on Goodreads lol.

🙂

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making

Finally!!! I have had The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  by Catherynne M. Valante on my to-read list for so long – for a while they had the audiobook available through the library but not the ebook. I just discovered that they did get the ebook after all – and I devoured it!

With a narrator who swoops in and out with comments on the story, this book is the tale of an intrepid little girl and her adventures in fairyland.

September is twelve years old.  She lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and lives a dull, ordinary life.  Her father is off at war and her mother works as a machinist fixing engines. While September washes teacups (yet again) by the window in her kitchen, the Green Wind invites her on an adventure.  September jumps so quickly at the chance she leaves one of her shoes behind!

The Green Wind takes September to Fairyland, where September discovers there is much adventure but also many who need her help.  Before long, she encounters the Marquess, the fickle and cruel ruler of Fairyland.  September is coerced into retrieving a valuable item in order to save her new-found friends, a literary Wyvern and a mysterious blue boy named Saturday.

This was a charming read, with enough magic and adventure to satisfy.  The characters are delightful, especially A-through-L, the Wvyern.  The story suits and adventure, but dips into heartache, loss, and growth.  It’s whimsical and fancy, with lots of delicious vocabulary (e.g. widdershins).

I thought it was a delightful story and I am so glad there are more to follow!

4/5

Leave a comment

Filed under Adventure, Fantasy, Tween Fiction

Hero (Woodcutter Sisters #2)

Hero

I was super excited to get my hands on Hero after reading Alethea Kontis’s preceding book: Enchanted. So fun!

Saturday Woodcutter grudgingly claims to be the “normal” woodcutter sister (though her Destiny makes her invulnerable to injury … until she fulfills it).  When mama is called away, and Trix tricks them, Saturday accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard.  After a short stay on a pirate ship, Saturday is kidnapped and taken to the top of the world.  The witch who lives there siphons magic off of the sleeping dragon – a delicate balance that could be deadly to disrupt.  Unfortunately that witch is also intent on opening a portal that would destroy the world.  Can Saturday save the world – and save herself and new-found friends before it’s too late?

I’m not sure if I read this too quickly or was too tired to read it properly, but as with Enchanted there were a few times when the story took a leap … and I just did not follow.  I had to go back and re-read sections to understand what the heck was going on – and even then I still felt that there were some really large leaps that could have benefited from some better segues.

The book also felt like it was trying to jam in a few too many story lines – which I am sure will become clear and all tied in together once the other books were out, but because of that it felt just a little bit disjointed.

That being said, I did love Saturday – a stubborn, no-nonsense sturdy kind of woman who takes after her mama more than I think she’d care to admit.

Peregrine, who is the quirky love-interest (cursed to pose as the witch’s daughter) and Betwixt add a few fun personalities to the mix.  Of course there is a romance!

This is a good adventure story, and a nice complement to the first book in the series. I did really enjoy it – although I identified with Sunday Woodcutter a little bit more so it didn’t quite live up to the first. Close enough though!

4/5

1 Comment

Filed under Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult Books