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Title: Sister Light, Sister Dark Book 1 of the Great Alta saga

Author: Jane Yolen

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: bought

Description:

(by goodreads.com)

Raised on a mountainside, Jenna learned the arts of the warrior, and from the mountain women the magic of the ancient lore. But the greatest magic of all was her ability to call forth her dark sister from the depths of the mirror of the land of light and shadow.

Skada was the dark one, able to exist only when the moonlight cast a shadow or lamplight flickered in a darkened room.

This is the story of Jenna and Skada. Sister Light and Sister Dark.

My Review:

… Well I know I’m going to hell for this one…

Jane Yolen is a great Writer, she once came into my college, for a specific class I was taking. I really liked reading Briar Rose but… because there has to be a but… I felt nothing for her characters in this story. I didn’t care what happened to them at all.  The Main character Jenna is adopted by a band of female warriors who prey to The Great Alta, their goddess. Jenna or Jo-an-enna, (yep this is one of these books where everyone has two names and you have to keep track of that otherwise you will get very very confused about who’s talking to who. For a while there I thought Pynt, Jenna’s friend and Marga where two different people -____-) Jenna is supposed to be this prophesied child, who’s orphaned thrice, and is supposed to help save the world. Typically I give stories like these a chance because it’s always nice seeing female leads, I just couldn’t with this novel.

It was so choppy. The story might have been engaging IF there weren’t all these annoying digressions that were comprised of Ballads, Legends and Histories explaining the actual story. Yeah, it sounds cool, and it would have been cool if they had been footnotes OR moved to the back of the book where the OTHER ballads were. Instead these interruptions were completely distracting, they were inserted between every “chapter” (chapters weren’t marked) and didn’t add anything! In fact, it was because of this the story lost all of it’s flow. I remember I was actually getting into the story, (I didn’t even bother reading these “Histories” anymore because I just wanted to be done with the book,) and in the span it took to turn 2 pages to get back to the story, I was disinterested again. -__-

Overall, it wasn’t a terrible story or badly written it just could draw me in and the way it was formatted left the book choppy and annoying to get through…  I won’t be reading the next book.

; __ ; sorry Jane your other stuff is cool.

This is the perfect example of what I would give a solid 4/7 as it says on the sidebar… A 4 is okay…/meh… it was fine but it had some problems if I were to recommend it, I would recommend it with a warning. And my warning is this: definitely not for everyone, the format leaves a lot to be desired and I just really didn’t care what happened to anyone in this story…

Warnings: Violence, Some Language, from memory nothing sexual goes on it’s just hinted at… and uh yeah I think that’s it.

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Old Non-YA cover, New Ya Cover Title: Sister

Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure: PurchasedDescription:(by goodreads.com)Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…My Review:Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 6/7

 Title: The Faerie Ring

Author: Kiki Hamilton

Publisher: Tor Teen

*full disclosure: Purchased

Description: (by goodreads.com)

Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger. 

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…

My Review:

Wow. This was so not what I was expecting, trust me that is a good thing. This is an amazing story! This is like Oliver Twist meets Faeries in Fantasy novel.

The setting is Victorian London circa 1871. Tara Kathleen or Tiki as she prefers, is an orphan who picks pockets and lives with a bunch of other Orphans in Charing Cross. She picks pockets to stay alive and help out her adoptive family: Shamus, Fiona, Toots and Clara. Things go awry when Tiki, who is a pick pocket, steals a very important ring which keeps the balance between the human world and the Faerie realm. 

Ok so that’s about it for the spoilers, as you know I try not to give away the whole book. 

Tiki was a very inspirational character. She’s not been dealt the best hand, her parents were killed from what seems to be Consumption aka TB. Later on you she confesses more about what happened after they died, it’s a lot darker than I expected. Tiki rises to every challenge, she’s a compassionate,  without being weak. She’s easy to connect to. Why? Because nothing matters more to her than her family. At the end of the day she will and does anything for them. The people who she really loves the most. That really shines through as the ultimate message of this novel, especially at the end. I cannot wait to read the next in the sequel. 

Also, I love how the faeries take on glamours (as they do in folklore) when really they are vicious beasts. 

6/7

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 Title: The Faerie RingAuthor: Kiki HamiltonPublisher: Tor Teen*full disclosure:

 

Title: Clockwork Sky

Author: Madeleine Rosca

Publisher: TOR or Tor Teen publishing?

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Bought 

Description: (by goodreads.com)From the award-winning creator of Hollow Fields comes the start of an all new, steampunk adventure trilogy! London, 1895: Riots in the streets! Erasmus Croach’s miraculous factory, Ember, has flooded London with steampowered automatons. The already suffering working class take to the streets to protest the jobs lost to these machines, and to quell the riot, Captain Thorn of Scotland Yard calls in Ember’s latest and greatest creation, the automatic police boy, Sky! Meanwhile, Sally Peppers, Croach’s headstrong and brilliant niece, dreams of a life beyond manners and marriageability. When she escapes her overbearing governess on a motorized velocipede and joins a no-rules road rally through the slums, Croach sends Sky to bring her back, preferably alive. Together, the impulsive Sally and the naive Sky crash headlong into a mystery involving rogue automatons prowling the sewers, children disappearing without a trace, and a dark secret so big it could overturn all of London. But the biggest mystery of all is why Sky is the first robot who can dream…

My Review: When the Plot of this manga becomes clear, this has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, this does not happen until the end of the manga… Nothing really gripped me until the end. Sky, and Sally were both okay as characters but they felt a little stale… The cover art is … well it’s better than Vampire High, but the way their mouth are open looks ridiculous, I was worried about whether the art work on the inside would look just as silly. Luckily, I really enjoyed the art work, both the characters grew on me especially when they know what’s being used for “Spare Parts” by Ember, but until that moment I nearly lost interest. So um yay for a potentially awesome plot line?  

Overall Rating: 4.5-5/7 

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 Title: Clockwork SkyAuthor: Madeleine RoscaPublisher: TOR or Tor Teen