Thursday, November 27, 2014

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been keeping up on my posting. Life kinda caught up to me. I'm going to try to be a little more serious with this. I am going to post minimum once a week and will do my best to turn out high quality reviews! Thank you for reading :)

Deep Blue is a mermaid story. It begins and centers around the viewpoint of a merprincess who is the heart of a prophecy to slay an ancient evil. The story begins with her preparing for a ceremony that will validate her as the next ruler of the merkindgom. It is a matriarch led society, with the husbands being royal consorts. The kingdom is attacked and Princess Serafina has to flee. Along the way she discovers more about the prophecy and begins to try to figure out how to fill it. She meets comrades that are to help her fulfill the prophecy and she also meets with many dangers. Some who would seem to be friend are foe, and vice versa. In the end she narrowly escapes the fiend who is behind all the tragedy.

This story is a fun read. The descriptions of the elaborate outfits and the different kinds of food were well done and provided enough details to give a picture of what they might be. The relationships were well developed and the characters were interesting. Serafina is a great character with lot of determination and she is a natural born leader. She definitely is the moving force behind the prophecy and is the strongest supporter of the group. Not all the characters are perfect, which is always refreshing because it makes them easier to relate to and more fascinating to read about. I also appreciated the way Donnelly integrated mermaid sayings into the book without making it painfully obvious; they were very natural.

The story, while interesting, was predictable. There are stereotypical characters and the plot line moves on with expected twists. There is one romantic twist that reminds me of the Scarlet Pimpernel. I literally read one part and immediately thought of that movie. If you don't know what I'm referring to, then read this book and watch the Scarlet Pimpernel with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellan :)
I also thought the story dragged out quite a bit. I was surprised at how long it took me to get where I was in the story. I thought I would be farther along in the story when I reached the end of the book. I understand this is a trilogy, but it was a bit of a long read.

All in all this book is very enjoyable. While it is a bit predictable it is a very fun read when you need some fantasy. You should go check it out! The second book is already out; as a matter of fact, I have it on hold and will hopefully be able to get it in a couple of weeks. Thank you very much for reading and PLEASE give me feedback :) You can message me privately or write a comment on the blog, but I would really appreciate some honest feedback on how my blog can improve. Thank you again for reading.

I give this book a 7 out of 10 and recommend it to YA readers.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Sorry this is posted so late. I caught a cold and have been rather sick and then a dear friend died. Prayers and/or good thoughts are appreciated for the family; it's a very hard time for them.

Well, I must say that I love this book!! I think most people will be familiar with it, and if you're not I suggest you run on down to the library and get it!! This is a twist on the classic story of Cinderella and it is very well done!  Ella is a girl who is required to obey every direct command she is given, and her step family(shockingly) makes her life miserable once they figure it out! However, Ella is an awesome character and doesn't let that stop her! She is an amazing person and she became one of my role models :D I think the way the book unfolds is simply fantastic!

Levine puts out a message through this book that says: Don't let uncontrollable circumstances dictate your life. Ella figures out the curse and how to live her life accordingly. She adapts and doesn't let it ruin her life. She doesn't give up and perseveres. When the time comes, her true strength wins out and she gets a fairy tale ending :D

I'm going to include the movie in this review. I didn't like the movie when comparing it to the book, but I did enjoy the story. The movie plot line was very plausible and it was a good story. It was just hard to watch when I love the book so much. Some of the acting and such was a bit ridiculous and over the top. I think that's what annoyed me more than anything. It seems that fairy tales and fantasy are over dramatized sometimes and it's frustrating to watch. However, that is a subject for a different time. All in all, the movie and the book are good separately, no surprise there, and I highly recommend reading the book if you have not already! :)

I give this book a 10 out of 10 and recommend this book for ages 10 and up.