Sunday, November 18, 2012

"I declare war on the moon!"

Wherein Jack discovers she really can see Rise of the Guardians on opening day and admits it is impossible for her to read just one book at a time.

 If I had gone to public school as a kid someone likely would have said I had ADD. Maybe I do, maybe I don't. I can't keep my mind on one thing for too long, but, maybe that is something else. ANYHOW, I cannot read just one book at a time. I have to have several so I can jump back and forth between them. Which I have no problem doing as I can keep the stories and plot lines separate. This drives one of my bestest friends crazy because it means it takes me longer to get through one book then it does him. (We always read the same books, and he will finish way ahead of me and then be unable to talk about it till I finish.)
 Right now, I am reading five books, three of which are by three of my favouritest authors. 

 One book is called Empire of Ruins, by Arthur Slade - yes, him again. *Smirk*. This is the third in a four part series and I finished book two not too long ago. And I liked this series so well, that I believe the first and second book deserve a review - since I forgot to review the first book after I finished it.

 The books are about a young secret agent, Modo, who is a hunch back. He was rescued as a baby - from a traveling freak show - by (well, the man who is a secret agent. Surprised?) Modo has a rare ability to shift his form so he can look like different people. This comes in handy when your a spy. Being able to disguise yourself as your enemy, or their servants enables you to get a lot of information from them.

 And Modo and the agency have some very powerful enemies, the dreaded Clockwork Guild. (These are people you do not want to mess with, especially one of the top women who has a bad temper and a mechanical hand.)

 In the first book, Modo works with a fellow agent, a street wise girl named Octivia. (I rather like her. She is slightly unruly, but she is also sweet and a very fun character who is full of surprises.)

 The first part of the books were a bit slow and took me awhile to get through. But by the middle I wasn't able to put them down. The second book takes place mostly under the sea. I am not crazy about books which take place on or under the ocean, I find them to be a bit dull. But The Dark Deeps had plenty of excitement in it, and I liked the characters a lot. (Rather, I disliked them to start,  and loved them by the end.)

 Mr. Slade's writing style is fast and easy. The books are packed with adventure. I also like that he choose to make the hero of the stories not handsome yet full of character. (Even if Modo can be a little childish at times, I didn't get annoyed with him, because I understood WHY he was doing it. And the more I read of Octivia the more I adore her.) In fact, all the characters I thought I would end up disliking I am now very fond of.

 I wouldn't suggest these books if you want a deep read full of twists and turns and edge of your seat danger. They do have some unexpected twists and they are exciting, but they aren't going to knock you over. They are perfect if you want something to read in the summer, lying out under the sun, and wishing to pass the day in some other country.

 I do recommend them highly. (I am half-way through the third and so far it is my favourite. Though the forth looks to be very good.)
 There is some language in them sometimes. Nothing horribly bad, just one word that I can remember, and I only remember it being used twice.
 The bad guy, rather lady, can be frightening, but I've read much worse. (Actually, I believe even children would enjoy these books and am a bit surprised they are in the young adult section. If it was me I would switch them with the older Percy Jackson books.)
 But there, those are my warnings.

 Tomorrow I will start the final read through of my book. I will also be fixing the final pictures and making sure the formatting works. (The pictures in the book aren't blurred as the internet was claiming and I was able to fix the few things with the cover.)

 And my last bit of news? The bad guys in Grimm yelled Allons-y. I was happy, even if they were bad and Adalind is back.

 The quote is from the Doctor Who Children in Need. (The Potato Man is back! The friend who will crush the life out of our worthless human forms. He's one of my favourites 8-D)

 Allons-y and Bonne Nuit!



  1. When I'm feeling organized and ordered, I read one book at a time. At the moment, I'm frazzled, so I'm reading two. Plus writing my own and plotting a new novel. Wow! The plots and characters in my head are going mad!! Fun. ;) I like the sound of these Arthur Slade books.

  2. Hehe, they might've said I have a bit of ADD too if I had gone to public school. I can never concentrate when I'm supposed to, haha! Too many other thoughts get in the way, too many random tangents. But that's ok.(: I
    Ike reading a bunch of books at the same time...mostly it depends what I'm in in the mood for...if I'm in a goofy mood, I read something like "The Order of Odd-Fish" (by the by, if you haven't read that one, it seems like a book you'd really enjoy!), or if I'm in a serious mood I'll work on a history or a political novel, or if I'm in an imaginative mood, a fantasy like "The Realms Thereunder," and so on and so forth. This does make it difficult to finish a book in good time, though...

    Ooh, I read the first book of The Hunchback Assignments last year, and I really enjoyed it! I rather enjoyed the whole story and scheme of things.(: I didn't know other books were out yet, though! I really must stay up to date on these things...I'll have to pick them up one of these days!


  3. There's more than two Hunchback Assignments books!?! My day was just made.

  4. I tend to read more then one book at a time too! it used to drive my sister nuts but she's used to it now.

  5. Once in a while I'll read two books at once, but usually it's all I can do to focus on one at a time.

  6. I loved the Hunchback Assignments and agree with you that the yound adult section seems a bit old as a target audience!

    Oh my word, you watch Grimm?? I LOVE that show! I started watching it about 2/3 of the way through season one because I'd heard it was being filmed in Portland and any show being filmed near where I lived was worth a look see and I was immediately hooked! One of the coolest parts was having been to and recognizing some of the places they been in the show, like Voodoo Doughnuts, yum! It's been weird watching it now that live 2,000 miles away instead of just three hours! I can't wait to see what's going to happen next,(I won't give specifics because of spoilers.....)

  7. Nice reviews! I'm going to have to look up that author!

  8. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! I never have time to read anymore! It's taking me forever to finish Seraphina because I'm like: breakfast, school, lunch, NaNo, make dinner, NaNo, eat dinner, NaNo, bed. Haha! Oh well, after November, I should be less busy.

    My sister's like you. She can read multiple books at once, but she's really fast and finishes them all within a week usually. I can read more than one book at once, but it usually ends up with me leaving all the others to finish my favorite one first. :D

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