A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

“Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.” -Goodreads.com

 

I think if I went into A Corner of White not expecting I would love it, I would have loved it a whole lot more. After loving Jaclyn Moriarty’s other books (I still remember when they were the “big” books in my library’s YA section), I went into A Corner of White thinking I would love it just as much.

Though I have to say, towards the end it got so good and am looking forward to the sequel. But it’s just that in this one there was so much world building that it felt like it was dragging on and couldn’t figure out how the two worlds connected. And also forgot how it took me a while when I first read Feeling Sorry for Celia to get into it, but ended up loving that series and is still a favorite.

 

3 stars.

Read on October 18, 2013.

Bought.

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Infinityglass by Myra McEntire

“The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn’t an object. It’s a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?” -Goodreads.com

 

I feel like after finishing Infinityglass , that while I really liked the entire series, it was probably my least favorite of it at times. I really enjoyed the book, but didn’t care for how the POVs were written in this book…. I did like how it ended though. For the most part.

4 stars.

Read on October 17, 2013.

Bought.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

“If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) – if you do not already know all about these things – much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Going into it, I did know exactly what to expect of The Hobbit. Hadn’t seen the movie or read The Lord of the Rings (Yet!), had seen all three of the LOTR movies but many years ago. So in a way went into it with a sorta blank mind.

And even though it took a while to get into it (around 100 pages texted a friend to see if it got better), I really enjoyed it. The only reason it’s 4 stars is because it took so long to get into it.

 

4 stars.

Read on October 17, 2013.

Bought.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

“Gilbert Markham is deeply intrigued by Helen Graham, a beautiful and secretive young widow who has moved into nearby Wildfell Hall with her young son. He is quick to offer Helen his friendship, but when her reclusive behavior becomes the subject of local gossip and speculation, Gilbert begins to wonder whether his trust in her has been misplaced. It is only when she allows Gilbert to read her diary that the truth is revealed and the shocking details of her past.” -Goodreads.com

 

I think I went into The Tenant of Wildfell Hall expecting to much. I liked it but didn’t love it. At times it felt like it was dragging on…. But overall I did like the book. Just didn’t like it as much as I thought I would.

 

3.5 stars.

Read from October 16 to 17, 2013.

Bought.