Friday, August 22, 2008

T.A.B. Reviews

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  1. The Oracle Betrayed Book One of the Oracle Prophecies by Catherine Fisher

    The Oracle Betrayed tells of a society that revolves completely around their god. An Archon, is the human body in which the god manifests itself. He lives alone. All of his needs are met. Nobody is permitted to speak of him. The main character is Mirany. She lives on The Island. The Island is the site of everything that concerns serving the god. She becomes Bearer of the God and the present Archon dies in a ritual. Before he dies, Mirany is left with a note that tells of a conspiracy concerning the General Argelin and The Speaker. The Speaker doesn’t listen to the god and a sever drought is punishing the land. It’s up to Mirany to find the new true Archon and put him to power. This book is difficult to start. Each chapter starts with a page of the god speaking. It’s almost like an aside from a play. It’s somewhat unnecessary, yet is welcomed to break apart the chapters. After you get through the first few chapters (which can be difficult depending on how interested you are) the story does pick up. Suspense rises. Complications occur. Overall, it gets more interesting. The story is none the less predictable. I wasn’t surprised by anything. There were plot twists, but even if they were unexpected weren’t shocking. It’s not a bad book, yet it’s not great either. It almost reminds me of Tamora Pierce…almost. I award The Oracle Betrayed 2 ½ stars out of 5.

  2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

    Breaking Dawn is the fourth installment in the Twilight series. It is a tale of love and fear, of conflict and triumph. It’s also amazingly addicting for no real reason. The story centers around three main characters. Bella, Edward, and Jacob form the supernatural love triangle. Bella is human. Edward is a vampire. Jacob is (if you haven’t read the first three books, here’s a little spoiler) a werewolf. Vampires and werewolves are naturally enemies, which makes for some interesting plot turns throughout the series. In this installment, Bella and Edward have their wedding and go on their honeymoon. I’ll try to not give too much away, but the story takes an unexpected expected turn. That is to say, in any other love story it’s expected for what they do on their honeymoon, but for this particular story, it’s not quite as expected. To keep it mostly spoiler free, let’s move on. The book is addictive. Meyer’s style is such that a single day or hour can run for pages upon chapters and it doesn’t get boring or drag on. The conflict is interesting and Meyer expands on a previous idea of taking the story to others’ points of view. Be warned, if you try to explain Breaking Dawn to somebody who’s never read the story, it will sound a little “dirty” what with the events that follow suit. Parents shouldn’t let younger children read this, but teens and older are welcome. It doesn’t go into explicit detail in some of the more “questionable” acts and that helps broaden the audience that this book is intended for. It’s a brilliant book, and in my opinion, the best of the series. So much more occurs and it was very difficult to put down for even a second. The actual cast of characters is expanded upon. Different ties develop between them all. Ignore the thickness of the books. This series deserves attention (and it’s getting it too). I award Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer five stars. *****

    Review by Alisa Heskin