The Search for WondLa
I can't decide if I liked this. Kind of a strange tone - but I finished it, so that says something. I liked that Eva was female, but though she's kind and "pure of heart," it isn't exactly the strong female lead I was hoping for. I'm considering reading more. It was nice that, though it did have the requisite "this is going to be a series, consumers of America!!" ending, it also had a complete feel. The cliffhanger thing came as a surprise - there was already an ending wrapped up. Interesting illustrations.
CONCLUSION: I KNEW it would have something to do with The Wizard of Oz.
Another one that the jury is still out on. The scale was a lot smaller than I expected, and I didn't like that the series was so obviously being set up. When conservative people were all in a furor over Harry Potter, someone suggested this as a safer substitution, which is ludicrous to me. Harry Potter glorified self-sacrifice, courage, loyalty, kindness and justice. This was about a genius child criminal who uses people shamelessly to get what he wants. Not only is he not as relatable as Harry, he also is kind of bad!!! I can't believe people tried to substitute this for the Harry Potter books.
CONCLUSION: It's unlikely that I'll continue on with more books.
The first two books in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series.
YAY! I complained on facebook about how Rick Riordan is a meanie, because he ends chapters with things like, "he woke up and they were screaming." and even though it's three in the morning you have to find out why. I almost get grumpy about it. Sort of, "well, THANKS Rick. Just GREAT that I have to get up in four hours but I can't stop. Awesome."
CONCLUSION: I don't know why these books are so fun. They just are.
Howl's Moving Castle
Borrowed from a friend, sorry I had to return it.
CONCLUSION: Better than the movie, as the friend promised. And that says a lot in this case.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is a master of the bittersweet ending. I liked the ending on this so much better than the ending of the movie in some ways, and in some ways... well, I hated it for being just so darn sad.
CONCLUSION: Thank you, Lord, for Neil Gaiman.