Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.
And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.
Seriously, why does this chick have such a major chip on her shoulder? Why does everyone and everything annoy her so very much? Taylor is very much a bitch in this book and it annoyed me to no end! She treats poor Hannah (and pretty much everyone) like poo, then spends an enormous amount of time lamenting her absence when she disappears for a while.
And this author really likes the word feral. It’s used to describe no less than three characters not to mention and old cat. For much of the book I didn’t get the point of the territory wars that the townies, school kids, and cadets are involved in. This whole concept was confusing, boring, and really unimportant until the origins behind how the territory wars got started is finally explained.
I have to admit the first half of this book almost lost me. It was confusing, disjointed, and frankly boring. It wasn’t until Taylor began to understand and unravel the mystery of her past that this book got interesting. While I enjoyed the mystery and Taylor discovering events of the past and how they connected to and shaped her life, I would warn those who haven’t read it yet that the beginning could be challenging to get through.
I find that I couldn’t connect to the main character in this book. She was unjustifiably an asshole to those around her. But I really loved the supporting cast.
For some reason I’ve gotten really into crafts lately and wanted to try my hand at making those Mini Book Charms. While I’m still tweaking my process here and there, I am mostly satisfied with the results. I made some Game of Thrones Mini Book Charms, Rot & Ruin Book Charms, and some Game of Thrones Bottle Caps. I still need to add the charms and embellishments to the bottle caps, I’ll share a pic when I do.
I’m still looking for a suitable Crow or Raven charm to add to the Feast for Crows necklace.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate”
~ pg. 109
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.
By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.
But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
This book kind of broke my heart a little. I liked the idea of death as a narrator. I’ve noticed people complaining about that aspect of the book and saying how cliche it is. Personally, I can’t ever recall reading a book with death as the narrator, so I cannot agree with that sentiment. I liked that death wasn’t very typical either. Instead a cynical and hardened being, death was presented as an exhausted and weary soul who is utterly fascinated, yet confounded by the human condition.
Eleven year old Liesal Meminger is pretty much taken from everything and everyone she’s ever known and placed with the Hubermanns. Here she quickly bonds with her new foster father Hans and he teaches her to read. In the ensuing years, Liesal develops relationships with her new family, neighbors, and develops a special bond with young Max Vandenburg. A Jewish man her family is hiding with ties to her father Han’s past.
Liesal begins a love affair with books and words and uses them to both hurt others and breathe life into them. I thought it was a great coming of age story of a sweet and clever girl trying to navigate her way in her new world. She experiences incredible tragedy, and incredible loss, yet she perseveres. She loves, and she loves hard. Her spirit and fight are admirable. I especially loved her bond with best friend Rudy, and Jewish hideout Max. But the most special relationship was that between her and her father Hans, and her relationship with words.
It was a sweet, sad, yet uplifting story of love and survival.
Sparhawk, Pandion Knight, and Queen’s Champion returned to Elenia after ten years of exile, only to find his young Queen Ehlana trapped in a block of ensorcelled crystal. Only the great sorcery of Sephrenia, ageless instructor of magic, kept her alive–but the spell would last only a year, and its cost was tragically high.
Now a Prince Regent ruled Elenia, the puppet of Annias, ambitious Primate of the Church who planned to seize power over all the land.
As Sparhawk and Sephrenia set out to find a cure for Ehlana, Sephrenia revealed that there was only one person in the west who could defeat the plots against Ehlana. That person was Sparhawk.
After years of exile, Sparhawk returns to Elenia to find his young Queen dying and encased in crystal which is the only thing sustaining her life. Annias conspires to take her throne by becoming the Archprelate and naming her illegitimate nephew as Prince Regent. Sparhawk uncovers Annias’ plots and sets out with a group of unlikely companions and allies to find a cure to save Queen Ehlana and thwart Annias’ plan to take over.
I really enjoyed this book and the interesting cast of characters made it all the more engaging. Especially Sparhawk and his fellow knights, Pandion or otherwise. Sparhawk is uncommonly clever and quite brilliant. He’s quick on his feet and also very strong mentally. He also possesses brute strength and ruthlessness yet displays such kindness and sensitivity.
His adventure takes him all across the land and he seems to pick up new people along the way. My only complaint about this book is that things seemed to come a little too easy. As far as conflict, solutions were readily available and seemed to be executed with no issues. Though this is true, I still really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to get into the next in the series.