Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first attempt at the “espionage” genre. And truthfully, I was so bored during most of this book that it took me three times as long to get through it as it should have. The plot was slow moving, there was barely any action, and the characters were not well-developed.
I would have loved to have read some action scenes rather than, person A does this, person B thinks person A is doing this, etc.
Music can save your soul. I truly believe that. And when you lose music, it feels as if a part of you has died.
When you hear a song and all you can think about is a certain person. When an entire genre is ruined for you because there are a million memories associated with it. Because every time you hear that style, your mind takes you back, floods you with memories of a different time. A time when your life was different. A time when you were different. For good and/or bad.
It can take years before those memories don’t overwhelm. Years before you don’t feel as if you will breakdown.
But one day, you’ll find yourself listening to a particular song. And you’ll realize, you stayed in the present the entire time. And you’ll realize, that you are healed.
You’ll realize that music was never what was wrong. You’ll realize that music will always be there for you. That there is a song for every situation. And you’ll realize that music is one of the best ways to express yourself. Because music expresses your innermost thoughts and feelings. Even when you can’t express them to yourself.
This was an incredible second installment in the Pathfinders series. It was exciting, riveting, suspenseful, and engaging.
As the characters develop, you are able to relate better to them. You can understand the internal struggles they have with themselves and each other.
The plot is extremely well-developed, fast-paced, and leaves the reader excited for the next chapter.
Books 1 & 2 were huge success, I can’t wait for book 3.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
- Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
- As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- For Whom the Bell Tollsby Ernest Hemingway
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
- Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
- Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
- The World According to Garp by John Irving
- All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
- A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
- The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
- Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
- Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
- Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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- My Antonia by Willa Cather
- Howards End by E.M. Forster
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
- Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
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- Jazz by Toni Morrison
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- Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
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- Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
- Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
- Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
- Light in August by William Faulkner
- The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
- Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence
- Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
- In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
- The Autobiography of Alice B. Tokias by Gertrude Stein
- The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
- The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
- Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
- White Noise by Don DeLillo
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
- Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
- The Bostonians by Henry James
- An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
- Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
- Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
- Kim by Rudyard Kipling
- The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Rabbit, Run by John Updike
- Where Angels Fear to Tread by E.M. Forster
- Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I kept hoping “not another stereotypical paranormal adventure”, and I definitely got my wish! From beginning to end, I could hardly put the book down. I stayed up until 2am reading and picked it back up at 8am after a few hours sleep. I haven’t done that in quite some time.
The writing was at a simple level to understand but the plot line was what kept me turning the pages. The characters grew into their roles as the book progressed which made the story more “believable” (obviously the story is fiction).
While most paranormal books end up boring me, this book kept me engaged from page one to the end. I can’t wait to read the second book.
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As much as it pains me to do so, this will not be a good review. I am giving this book a personal rating of 2/5 stars, and I am giving it 2 stars because of the potential of the storyline.
It is very rare that I am excited at the beginning of a book and then disappointed as it progresses. I loved the story line of the book, but I felt that it was poorly written. During many parts I felt that huge sections were simply skipped over. How did she get from point A to point B? What happened to person A? Person B’s story is over that quickly? As I read, I simply had more and more questions. The story line was not complicated to follow, I would have just preferred to have more substance and character development. I am hopeful that the second book will be better.
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When I first started reading this book, my immediate thought was, “oh great, another post-apocalyptic world book”. I was wrong.
This was a fantastic, engaging, suspenseful read. I dived into it very quickly and could not stop reading it until the end. I finished it in less than 2 hours because I could not put it down.
The plot is full of twists and turns, the characters are very well developed, and the story line is unique. I do not want to give away spoilers in this book so I won’t go into much detail. Suffice it to say, I can’t wait to read book 2.
Orson Scott Card is an incredible writer. Pathfinder was engaging, complicated, mysterious, exciting, and so much more. You could not help but to relate to each character as the plot developed.
Rigg was devastated when his father died and then his life quickly turned upside down as he realized that everything he thought he knew about his life was wrong. As he takes off on adventure after adventure, he comes to learn more about himself and his “father”. He learns the value and strength of the lessons that his father taught him and his own strength in life. He grows to realize that he can depend upon his friends and that not everyone is whom they seem to be.
Umbo has been bullied by his father his entire life and is blamed when his brother dies, even though he could not have saved him. Throughout the journey with Rigg, Umbo constantly feels that he is not worthy, not good enough, and generally a burden to everyone around him. It is a relief at the end when, thanks to Param, Umbo realizes that he is special too.
Param has had both an easy and hard life. She has been sheltered by her mother, but her mother is also willing to sacrifice her to save the “royal line”. This is devastating for Param to realize, but by this time, she has found a brother and friends that she can depend on.
Loaf is a former soldier who is living a simple life with his wife, Leaky, until Rigg and Umbo stumble into it. He is a huge help to the boys and he enjoys the adventure as well.
Overall, this was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.
Continuing along my re-visitation of my childhood, I decided to continue reading the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories.
In this book, Nancy’s friend Helen comes to her for help. Her aunt’s home is being haunted and Helen’s aunt is being pressured to sell her home. At the same time, Nancy’s father is being warned to stay away from the case that he is working on. As the book progresses, the two cases become intertwined and the plot thickens with twists and turns.
In my opinion, The Hidden Staircase was an improvement on the first book in the series. It is getting easier to relate to the characters as you learn more about them.