Pickles09 (pickles09) wrote in teensreading,

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a pretty good batch!

53. Tithe by Holly Black         pgs.310

Something is missing...

This is definitely not the typical type of book I pick up. It tells the story of Kaye (a realistic teen…up to a point) who discovers upon moving back home that she is actually a faerie. Her “make-believe” childhood friends fill her in, because, surprise, they are faeries as well! She unwittingly finds herself involved in the middle of a faerie war between the two courts- the Unseelie and Seelie. She also is strangely attracted to a mysterious knight named Roiben. The whole story was very dark, and while I didn’t outright dislike the book, I felt like there were way too many loose ends that needed to be tied up. 3/5


55. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris   pgs. 266

Predictable and mediocre...

As someone who enjoys original fairy tales, I had some pretty high hopes for this book. It didn’t meet them. Ed, a troll who lives in the woods comes across a young boy who has run away named Christian. Unable to find his family, Ed adopts him. Christian grows and soon tires of his non-existent social life. He yearns to go to the castle across the river, partly because of the excitement, partly because he has a crush on the young Princess Marigold, who he has been spying on with his telescope. Ed reluctantly agrees to let him go, and before he knows it, he befriends Marigold and finds out her secret. Several times I just wanted to flip to the last page and go “I knew it!” but I kept reading. I think the best part of the book was the beginning. If you don’t like it then don’t even bother reading the rest. 2/5


56. Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman  by Eleanor Updale        pgs.233

Great first novel!

Meet Montmorency. A criminal serving time for a burglary that almost killed him, Montmorency is hated among the other prisoners because of frequent trips out of the prison. Robert Farcett, the young doctor that saved Montmorency after his near-fatal burglary, regularly takes him to lecture halls around Victorian London to show off his medical expertise. It is at one of these lectures that Montmorency hears about the new sewage system and an idea forms in his head.  Before long, Montmorency is conjuring up a plan to use the underground network to help him with his burglaries, but he needs a partner…or does he? This novel had great style and characterization. The story was gripping as well. I heard Montmorency is coming back in a sequel. I can’t wait. 4/5


TO DATE: 13363/15000 or 89% done!

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