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text 2016-01-02 14:52
Story Sprites Round 3
Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Spinning Starlight - R.C. Lewis
Persuasion - Martina Boone
A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon Thomas
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta
Illusions of Fate - Kiersten White
The Touch of Twilight - Vicki Pettersson
Winter Falls - Nicole Maggi
Don't Even Think About It - Sarah Mlynowski

New year and a new round of Story Sprites from Great Imaginations 

 

 

 

 

This looks like a pretty easy board to cover - though the Scandinavian born character one will require some digging. My plans so far:-

 

One Word Title - Fairest - Marissa Meyer

Book with a Rebellion - Winter by Marissa Meyer

Book with a Map - Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Prince or Princess - A Wicked Thing - Rhiannon Thomas

YA Sci-Fi - Spinning Starlight - RC Lewis

Character Code Names - Touch of Twlight by Vikci Pettersson

Start a Series - Finnikin of the Rock - Melinda Marchetta

Dragons - Seraphina by Rachel Hartmen

Winter Falls by Nicole Maggi - either Enchanted Forrest or Supernatural Feud

Clairvoyance - Don't Even Think about it - by Sarah Mlynowski

Strong Female Friendship - Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (my pre order was shipped the other day)

Purple Themed Cover - Persuasion by Martina Boone

Stand Alone Fantasy - Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

 

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review 2015-05-03 00:00
Finnikin of the Rock
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta I did like this book. I have to give it to her, Melina Marchetta is great at writing wonderful, in depth characters. There is a lot of info dumb in the beginning of the book, and Evanjalin did annoy me with her meddling ways. But I enjoyed the concept of the Lumatere people in exile, there are a lot of comparisons to draw with exiles these days.
I would have liked to go on to read the second book, but after finding out that it's about the boy who tried to rape Evanjalin, I lost all my interest in this and future books in the series. Too bad because I really wanted to continue with the story of the Lumatere.
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review 2014-11-27 14:31
Melina Marchetta "Finnikin of the Rock"
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta

First things first. One thing i know after reading this book is the desperate need to have more ginger heroes.

I mean look at them bumps. LOOK AT THEM!!!

 

The story was unique, with a hard theme of war and suffering, intertwined with the severity of duty and obligation viewed trough two young minds. The story had enough realism to separate it from being a basic young adult fantasy, yet kept the elements of young romance.

The fantasy was layered with magic and mysticism in a way that didn't overpower the story. I liked it.

Finnikin is a wonderful male hero, strong, kind and caring. And wonderfully ginger. It was refreshing to take a step back from the tall dark and handsome, or the icy blondes we are accustomed to.

I liked the worldbuilding a lot, the descriptions of people of Lumatere, with their characteristics was a good touch.

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review 2014-11-16 00:38
I will not be continuing on with the series...
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta

This is the first of Melina Marchetta's books I've read, although I have seen 'Looking for Alibrandi' and I quite enjoyed it.

Finnikin of the Rock was not special. It was cookie-cutter fantasy, with nothing new.

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It left me feeling flat, bored and rather underwhelmed.

I enjoyed the world building, but I felt that the oppression was a little too strong, the idea of hope was completely trodden on by the doom and gloom. Realism in the Young Adult genre is important, but this amount of oppression in a childs book, while not really explored in graphic detail was constantly thrown up (rape, murder, atrocities of war, beatings etc) it was always in your face, always loitering just round the corner. It was too much for a YA book!

I also didn't like how the relationship between Finnikin and Evanjalin progressed. I mean how immature do you want to get?

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And that twist about 70% in...when we find out someting about Evanjalin...(I don't want to add spoilers!)

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And, while we're on WTF moments, I didn't like what happened with Trevanion and Beatriss. I felt ripped off and it felt weird. What was with that relationship?

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Ultimately, this book was a giant let down after all the hype I'd heard. It was boring, too long and quite dark (not that I mind dark) but it doesn't have this sort of place in a Young Adult book.

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I will not be continuing on with the series.

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review 2014-10-27 06:09
Underwhelming, cookie-cutter fantasy with nothing original
Finnikin of the Rock - Melina Marchetta

This is the first of Melina Marchetta's books I've read, although I have seen 'Looking for Alibrandi' and I quite enjoyed it.

Finnikin of the Rock was not special. It was cookie-cutter fantasy, with nothing new.

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It left me feeling flat, bored and rather underwhelmed.

I enjoyed the world building, but I felt that the oppression was a little too strong, the idea of hope was completely trodden on by the doom and gloom. Realism in the Young Adult genre is important, but this amount of oppression in a childs book, while not really explored in graphic detail was constantly thrown up (rape, murder, atrocities of war, beatings etc) it was always in your face, always loitering just round the corner. It was too much for a YA book!

I also didn't like how the relationship between Finnikin and Evanjalin progressed. I mean how immature do you want to get?

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And that twist about 70% in...when we find out someting about Evanjalin...(I don't want to add spoilers!)

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And, while we're on WTF moments, I didn't like what happened with Trevanion and Beatriss. I felt ripped off and it felt weird. What was with that relationship?

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Ultimately, this book was a giant let down after all the hype I'd heard. It was boring, too long and quite dark (not that I mind dark) but it doesn't have this sort of place in a Young Adult book.

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I will not be continuing on with the series.

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