Tuesday, January 01, 2013

"Forgive me for doubting you." "No, it is fine. I would have doubted me too."

 I don't like most adult books and there have been few young adult books I've enjoyed. Therefore, all of this has taken me back to the Children's Section at the library. I've since discovered many books I've been able to enjoy. One of which was a series I heard a lot about when it first came out but never read.
 I got more interested in the series when the movie came out and I saw a sword on the cover. And still, it has taken me all this time to finally pick up the books. 

 The series I am talking about is The Spiderwick Chronicles. (It is probably because of the title that it took me this long to read them. I'd rather not risk a spider book. I am pleased to announce none of the books had spiders in them.



 There are five books in the first series and they recount the adventures of the Grace siblings - Mallory and her twin brothers Simon and Jared. The stories are more from Jared's point of view, which I didn't mind as I fast liked him.
 When their father leaves them, their mother movies to a run down house in a new town. The house stands by a forest and at first looks rat infested and dull. The children soon find themselves proven wrong. Their new lives will be anything but dull.


 This comes about when they learn that their great-great uncle was studying faries. They are soon shocked to discover that the faries are in fact real. Along with elves, dwarves, trolls, and goblins. The siblings are now plagued by all manner of fairy tale creatures, and it is up to them to save the world.



 The characters in this book were surprisingly well done. At first I thought it would just be a fun, little kids story. But the characters were very real and their adventures exciting and almost frightening at times. And, even better, all of them grew through the books! Whether it was to learn courage, kindness, or a willingness to give up everything for those you love.



 I was sad when the series ended and am not sure I want to read the second series because the Grace's will not be in it. I likely will, but I will miss them.
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 On another note, how was everyone's New Years? Do anything special? My family and I went to see The Hobbit - this being three times for me. And aye, it is just as good the third time.

 I hope to see all of you after the end of my Blog Party, when I will be announcing some things about book two! But for now...

 Allons-y!

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12 comments :

  1. My Mom's read that series and I've ... read bits and pieces of it. From what I've read of it, I think Robin and Mallory would get along well.

    And for New Years ... I wrote a blog entry and then, when I looked up and noticed that the clock had passed 12, went calmly and told my dad that we had made it to 2013 since he and I were the only two left awake. Sigh. It was fun.

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  2. I too would rather not read a story with spiders.

    I haven't seen The Hobbit yet. I've been too sick to go anywhere or do anything. I'm glad to know it's just as good the third time.

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  3. I haven't read the books, but I saw the movie. I thought it was pretty good. Fairies are cool. :)

    P.S. I loved that quote. "I would have doubted me too." It was just perfect. That movie had too many good quotes! :)

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  4. The movie was great and VERY quotable! I haven't read the books though. And wow!? 3 times to see The Hobbit!!? Lucky, lucky. I remember laughing my head off at all the brilliant quotes, but now I can't remember the exact wording. :( And it's sooo long before it comes out...! Sigh. Oh! BK 2 announcements. very exciting...

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  5. I have actually heard a lot of good things about The Spiderwick Chronicles. I may have to check them out!

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  6. I too spend a lot of time in the Children section when it comes to books--not a lot of teen books appeal to me. Luckily, that's how I found Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson.

    Three times? I am so glad I'm not the only one...today will be my third time--and every time I've seen it, it's gotten better, despite what my uninformed best friend thinks. :) Her whole family hates the movie for the specific reason that it's not the same sort of story as the Lord of the Rings. *sigh* I worry about them....

    Ely Gyrate

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    1. I spend most of my library time in the children's section as well. I do venture to the teen books but I am VERY picky about what I take from there. I tested some books recently and didn't make it five pages in without running into language in every other line. I was shocked that a teen book could have all that, and I was scared to see what lay further ahead. (Now I am very wary about recommendations. Some readers I know will speak very highly of a book, only for it to have a lot of language in it, among other things.)

      How can anyone not like The Hobbit? (Actually, I've friends like that as well. They didn't like it much because it wasn't as dark a story as The Lord of the Rings. Pity really as it is such a brilliant movie. And so well done. Therefore, I understand your worry.)

      Thank you for dropping by and commenting!!

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  7. I love the Spiderwick books! The movie was decent as well, not as good, but still worth watching!
    Ugh, decent non sex and violence filled adult fantasy books are almost impossible to find, but I have found a few I like. The Wheel of Time series is really good and REALLY long! There are about 12 books that are about 800 pages long each, I should warn you, so it's quite the under taking to get through them, but very worth it!

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  8. You know I've never read any of those books...

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  9. I really liked the Spiderwick books. :D Jared was my favorite, but I've always kind of had a soft spot for the harder-to-get-along with characters. :D I REALLY REALLY love the illustrations. They're just stylized enough that they fit the story perfectly.

    I love the new look on your blog, by the way. It's super cute. :)

    Cheers!

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  10. I will get to the Spiderwick Chronicles someday, I really will! Someday...

    My New Years was quite nice. My family hosted a big pajama party with a few other families, and we sat around and played games and were silly and ate food. Good times :p Now onto editing and studying for midterms!

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  11. Life is too short to be anything but happy.so kiss slowly,love deepl,forgive quickly.take chances a
    and never have regrets forget the PAST,but remember what it taught you.

    FORGIVE ME QUOTES

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