12.30.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Ninth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:51 am by Rosepixie

This ended nicely, with everyone making up, but the girls didn’t exactly deal with their issues either. I can’t help feeling like some of the problems, like Rachel thinking that the other two are immature, will continue to be problems. I also felt like there wasn’t really any resolution for Steph’s family plotline. Her parents didn’t really deal with how badly they handled their separation as it relates to their kids and that was frustrating.

12.16.11

A King’s Ransom: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:59 am by Rosepixie

More historical mysteries helped lead to more information (and more questions) about the Cahills and the Vespers and whatever it is they’re embroiled in. There is so much going on in this series (and so much that might be going on) that it’s hard not to be totally engrossed! I look forward to the next book!

The Medusa Plot: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:16 am by Rosepixie

This book gave us our first half-glimpse of the modern Vespers. It’s intriguing to see what the Cahills know and don’t know and to try to piece together the story from that and what clues we have that they don’t. I’m incredibly intrigued and very much looking forward to reading more!

12.14.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Eighth Post (Families)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:43 am by Rosepixie

I really hate Stephanie’s parents. On the other hand, Alison’s parents seem fantastic. This is an interesting book. Parts of it are still very relevant and I’m really enjoying reading it for those, but other parts are oddly outdated or strange. I can see why I liked this book when I was around the age of the characters, however now I really don’t enjoy it because of the parents and such driving me crazy!

12.07.11

Vespers Rising: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:06 am by Rosepixie

This was a fantastic book! I loved that it gave us glimpses into Cahills past to show us what they were like and why they did things the way they did. It tied up loose ends from the previous series and led into the next one! Most interesting about these stories was how they showed family history passing into legend and the details being changed or forgotten over time and retellings of the stories. I have a feeling that’s important.

11.28.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Seventh Post (Needing to Talk)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:55 am by Rosepixie

Steph really needs to talk to somebody about what’s going on. The paper was a good start, but I don’t think that it was enough. Her parents really need to clue in, though, because they are not giving their children enough credit or enough information. They’ve completely failed to realize that what’s happening between them affects their children’s lives just as much as it affects their lives. That’s completely shortsighted and terrible parenting.

11.20.11

Into the Gauntlet: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:41 am by Rosepixie

This was a fascinating book. It was great to finally see kids from the different branches (and a few of the adults as well) come together. It will be especially interesting to see how that works out as things move forward. I’ll be very interested to learn more about the Vespers!

11.07.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Sixth Post (Parenting)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:37 am by Rosepixie

Steph is self-conscious about her weight, but tries to pretend that she isn’t because she doesn’t want to worry about it. Her mother isn’t helping matters either. And neither of her parents are handling their separation very well as far as their kids go. Neither has so much as asked the children how it makes them feel or how it is affecting their lives. Kids are adaptable, but come on! They can’t expect this won’t make a big impact on their kids!

10.24.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Fifth Post (Rachel’s Reactions)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:28 am by Rosepixie

Rachel does not react well to the unexpected (although she really should have expected the news about her parents since it was pretty obvious). She’s also silly for not allowing her friends to help her through it. I understand why she is so angry with her father, especially since her mother really has done a dreadful job of explaining the situation so that it doesn’t sound like it’s all his fault.

10.21.11

Glinda of Oz: Fifth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:13 am by Rosepixie

Glinda and the adepts and the Wizard may have performed the magic that solved the problem, but in true Baum fashion the others were crucial to finding the answer that allowed them to do so. Everything is a group effort. Baum creates very powerful characters, but none of them are ever able to completely save the day alone (and they never seem to want to do so alone). I think that it’s one of the most interesting elements of Baum’s American fantasy world.

It’s commonly accepted that American heroes are independent, strong, able to survive on their own and to ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps’, yet Baum’s Oz, often heralded as the first truly American fairy tale, has no solo heroes. In Oz, heroes work together, collaborating to solve their problems and maintain their happily ever after.

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