Since I just finished a readalong of Holly Black's Black Heart with Jessica of a Shimmering Star, I thought I would have a little look back at the series...
White Cat(Book 1)
Excellent. Slightly predictable in parts but not in a “I’ve read this
plot so many times I know exactly what’s going to happen” way, just an
author that’s good at foreshadowing. It’s cleverly written with
descriptions that really tickle your imagination. By giving readers just
what they need to know, rather than forcing history down their throats,
Black creates an alternative reality that is so casual that it feels
real. The ending wraps things up nicely but leaves you craving more.
Red Glove (Book 2)
A good follow up to White Cat. The characters remain consistent and
there are some nice surprises. It's fairly obvious where the plot's
going but I enjoyed Cassel's thought processes as he got there.
Black Heart (Book 3)
The thing that I love about Holly Black is that all of her writing is so different. Okay... that's just ONE of the things I love about Holly Black. I also love her ability to create worlds that are so believable that I still feel a little naughty, walking out of the house without any gloves on. Did I mention that she's a master of foreshadowing? She guides you so subtly to the conclusion that you kind of always knew it would happen exactly that way - but still feel like doing a little fist pump at the end. Brilliant work by one of my favourite authors.
I highly recommend this series. It's a little spy thriller, a little love story, a little coming of age, and totally worth it.
If you've read this series, please share your thoughts and recommend similar books, if you know any!
I have to say that, while I am looking forward to this movie, the extended clip they showed before 300: Rise of an Empire at Cineworld was just too long. People who came in late looked confused, like they thought they'd walked into the wrong movie!
I like the relationship between Captain America and Black Widow. (And let's face it: Cap'n's just a little too nice to carry more than one movie on his own.)
This tailer made me *squee* like a little kid:
I should point out, though, that I have not seen How to Train Your Dragon. Guess I'd better get onto that...
I know I've seen this one before but it's just too good to pass up:
I mean... Edgar Allan Poe and Queen? What fight isn't that going to win?
Also, because it's something that really gets my goat, "The Raven" is probably my favourite poem of all time AND IT RHYMES. (Sorry. It's just this beef I have with people who look down on rhyming poetry.) Are you going to tell me Edgar Allan Poe was a hack? That "The Raven" isn't an amazing poem?
This (live from the kitchen) is my favourite version. It's more fun than the official video (and I can do without the long, foreign language bit at the start, thanks).
This song is all Soul. It comes from Paloma Faith's new album, A Perfect Contradiction, which is due to be released tomorrow. Her last two albums have been fantastic so I'm really excited about A Perfect Contradiction.