Sunday, September 15, 2013

Prince Caspian


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3**

I am still really enjoying this series. Which is saying something considering that I have never read this series and it's more geared towards children. My three year old is enjoying it too (I think).

This was a bit different from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy return to Narnia, but it's a radically different Narnia than the one they left. Where it has only been a year for the children, hundreds have appeared to have passed in their beloved Narnia. But they have been called there to help a boy not much older than themselves.

Caspian is the proper heir to the throne of Narnia. But his uncle has usurped the throne as well as killing his father. Now that his aunt has had a male child, Caspian is a threat to his uncle. So Caspian runs away, and he finds a group of Old Narnians - Talking Animals, Fauns, Centaurs, and even a Giant - who will gladly make him the King of Narnia, but they must go to battle against King Miraz and his army.

So, the children get pulled into Narnia to help Caspian succeed in restoring Narnia to what it once was.

It's a fun book. All the books of this series are. And they're the perfect length to read to my daughter at night.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Rapture


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 3.5**

This was definitely my favorite book of the entire series. Maybe it's because it felt like the best ending for these books, or maybe I just really liked this particular story. Who knows? But I loved this book.

It felt like a conclusion book too. It truly had the feeling that it was bringing this story to an end. And geez, what an end it was.

Luce, Daniel, and all the other angels have to find three relics that will help them determine where the angels fell seven thousand years prior. They have to find it to stop Lucifer, who has gone back in time and is bringing the past angels through the fall to the present.

Through this whole book, Luce is slowly rediscovering who she is, but the secret that she needs to uncover doesn't get revealed until right at the end.

I was really satisfied with this ending. I couldn't imagine any other ending that would have made me really happy with the future of Lucinda and Daniel. So, yes, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Fallen in Love


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3**

This was really a novella, even though the cover says it's a novel. It's pretty good, but I think that the series could survive just fine without this addition between books three and four.

The entirety of this involves the one Valentine's Day that Lucinda and Daniel ever spent together. In all of their lifetimes. But it's a story split in four separate parts, each it's own little story that add up to the greater picture.

First is the story of Shelby and Miles, who work to help Luce and Daniel connect in this medieval lifetime. Since it's their only Valentine's Day (which Shelby and Miles don't realize), these two friends want to help her. In this process, they find that they have a connection.

Then it's Roland's story. He is reminiscing about the medieval girl he loved during that time. He left her because he was convinced that they could not live happily together - a demon and a mortal girl. Now, he is back in this time and wants to make right what he messed up in the first place, only to discover that she has moved on.

The book then moves on to Arriane's story. She loves a demon. They love each other, but then Tess, the demon, tells Arriane that if they want to remain together, Arriane must go from the side of Heaven to the side of Hell. Arriane refuses, Tess tries to remove her wings, Arriane tries to mend her lover, but their blood mixes, leaving Arriane with horrible burns.

Finally we get to Daniel and Lucinda. Their only Valentine's Day through thousands of years of their curse.

Honestly, I felt that their story was the most disappointing in this book. It was mostly Lucinda feeling sad, not knowing if she'll see Daniel at all, obsessing about the fact that it's their only Valentine's Day, and Daniel only makes an appearance a few pages before the end.

So, while I loved three out of the four stories, I still think that it was something I could have done without.