Monthly Archives: September 2008

Cybele’s Secret and Inkdeath

Yesterday I read Cybele’s Secret several times, and Inkdeath today. Thoguht I’d psot my reviews. Neither was at all what I expected.

Warning: Reviews for each contain insane spoiler that will likely ruin the whole book for you.

Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath Inkheart Trilogy: Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I read Inkdeath today, and though I liked it… I don’t know. It got confusing at times, and, well, Meggie and Farid’s end to their relationship was not, I think, the best way to end the book. It seemed rather unfair to me, that she just gave up on him all of a sudden. It was still beautifully written, but I might have liked the trilogy a bit better if it had ended with the same feeling as Inkspell.

I’m not saying it wasn’t good, it was still beautifully written. But it kind of disappointed me. However the “Later” chapter was lovely and I thought there were several clever twists to the plot- it was not a completely perfect happily-ever-after ending with the usual, predictable romance usually found in this type of book. It ended on a kind of bittersweet note, with a romance I would never in a million years expected to change. Pretty great, yet missing that final touch for me.

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Cybele's Secret Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was hesitant to read this at first thinking “Oh, but Wildwood Dancing was so wonderful, if this one isn’t I will be crushed.”

No need to worry there. Before I thought Wildwood Dancing the most beautifully written book I have ever read, but after this I have a changed opinion. At first I thought the writing not quite so beautiful, but the plot more interesting and complicated. Towards the middle I thought that not only was the plot amazing, but the writing among the best I’ve ever read. I found myself actually wondering who Paula would end up with, even though I vehemently hated Duarte. I really, really loved Stoyan, and thought this romance was far better then in Wildwood Dancing. It seemed more natural, like it had time to grow from feelings of a best friend to a soul mate.

One of the best books I have ever read, without a doubt.

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Well, I can’t say I like this template very much but it’ll have to do for now.
So…. do you like my music thingamajigy? “Dive” is an awesome song. It makes me so crazy happy when I listen to it. The chorus is really catchy and I love, love, love it! (Heh heh, that’s reffering to the chorus of the song after that) I mean, the verses are good but the chorus is just unbeatable.
Thanks for showing it to me Melizza! (Like my spelling? ;) ) Ya know what, I like this song so much I just have to post the lyrics.

The long awaited rains
Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
And carved their way to where
The wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rain
I have been carried here to where the river flows, yeah
My heart is racing and my knees are weak
As I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back
Once my feet have left the edge
And in the rush I hear a voice
That’s telling me it’s time to take the leap of faith
So here I go

I’m diving in, I’m going deep, in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush, tossed in the flow, in over my head I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide, the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim, I’m diving in

There is a supernatural power
In this mighty river’s flow
It can bring the dead to life
And it can fill an empty soul
And give a heart the only thing
Worth living and worth dying for, yeah
But we will never know the awesome power
Of the grace of God
Until we let ourselves get swept away
Into this holy flood
So if you’ll take my hand
We’ll close our eyes and count to three
And take the leap of faith
Come on let’s go

I’m diving in, I’m going deep, in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush, tossed in the flow, in over my head I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide, the river’s water is alive
So sink or swim,

Chorus 2x:

So sink or swim, I’m diving in
So sink or swim, I’m diving in
So sink or swim, I’m diving in!

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doctors and new releases

Well, my sister has a doctor appointment with our creepy pediatrician today, in which I will be staying in the waiting room reading through the whole thing, but after my mom is going to take me to the bookstore!!! I’m getting Cybele’s Secret because I’m dearly hoping it will be as beautiful as Wildwood Dancing is. However I’ve lost my copy of Wildwood Dancing so I have to go but another one of that too. I’m getting Inkdeath because, uhm, Farid. My first fictional love. And I’ve been waiting anxiously to read this, even more so then I did for the last Harry Potter book.
And, as evil as this is, I’m getting Brisingr. To read, thoroughly palpitate, and I’m going to make a list of everything I liked, and then probably a list of what I didn’t like. And it will be followed by, most likely, a really snarky review. But it might be better then the others, now that Christopher Paolini has more experience writing. *crosses fingers and hopes it isn’t*

Oooh, one other happy thing about the day. My mom is telling our pediatrician she’s switching me and my middle sister to a WOMAN doctor. Because my current doctor freaks me out.


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ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to use one of their dumb ugly cliche blog templates now!


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Well, I’m trying to get either this or this or maybe even this template but it won’t let me. ARGH!

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Roaches are the grossest

Well, halfway through my first subject of the school day- piano- my mom said she had good news and bad news. Good news, no more school today. Bad news? It was because we literally have to wash every. Single. Dish. In. The. House. We have cockroaches in all of our drawers and cabinets, so we have to take out everything and wash it and get it sprayed inside. Pest Control guy came and sprayed it all, but we still have to do a LOT of dish washing. We have our everyday plastic dishes for lunchtime, our everyday glass dishes for dinner time, our nice dishes for when company comes over, and our tea party dishes, as well and about 4,927 and a half cooking utensils and pots and pans and mixers and silverware and measuring cups.
Our countertop and island space is covered in dishes and we have the whole dining room table that seats TWELVE piled two feet high in stuff, as well as three big bins of other junk. And we have to wash it all. Our dishwasher takes two hours and fifteen minutes to run which means for each load we also have to handwash through it.
Blech. This is so not going to be fun, and we have to eat out until it’s done because there’s no where to sit, much less cook or eat off of.
I think our mom’s planning to send us off to our grandmother’s to spend the rest of the time it takes before we can put stuff back into the poisoned shelves.

And I will now have nightmares of mountains of dishes and cockroaches. I must be strong before I go totally mad.
*sees the downstairs again*
Too late.


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I’m so happy

Well, Summer is officially over! It is now Autumn and therefore the best season of the year. Summer was decent, and we ended it with a nice hike up in Oak Creek Canyon, but I’m ready for Autumn.

Some things I associate with the season:

Carrot Cake
Pumpkin chocolate cookies
Tea parties
Really good fantasy books
Writing (NaNoWriMo!)
Guitar music
Long walks
Silver jewelry
Sketching outdoors
New book releases (don’t really know why)
Comic books
Leather-bound books
Hot chocolate with nutmeg and whipped cream
Horseback riding
Beautiful brown dead grass (yes, I think it’s pretty)
Turning leaves
The smell (Fall does, in fact, have a distinct smell)
Mush (pumpkin carving, anyone?)

So I’m happy. Very happy.

Oh, and three-year-old-ism of the day:

“Daddy, I has never felled off a cliff. So far.”


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