Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano - link
"And she jumps"
That is the last line of this tumble of a story. There are so many parts, you have a character who knows little of her world and shares it all with you. You slowly learn more, building and building until it shoots out of the bottom into the sky and lands in the earth.
I own the European cover copy of this book. And honestly I have no idea if I prefer the US version or the Euro better. They are both so beautiful! Either way book two review below!
Burning Kingdoms by Lauren DeStefano - link
The Interesting thing about book 1, Perfect Ruin is that it's with "And she jumps"
She jumps into hopes and dreams and what could be an amazing future. You can let your imagination go wild with the possibilities of the freedom she is falling into.
What she finds is the burning kingdoms. This book is full of deep sadness and yet it has some of my favorite lines
"Her smile is an indication of a slow awakening. She is a woman slowly being realized. Her father is afraid of that, and I'd like to tell her so, but I don't know how to say the words in a way that would make sense. I don't know how to explain that we have more power than we know. We are young and bright and waiting to see what we are capable of. "
This is a fabulous read and a terrible read. It kept with me even as I read the books below. It's funny because the author posted this a few days after I finished reading her books. And it's very fitting.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman - link
I've read this book before. It's just as good as I remember it. It's also just as confusing. Our main charcter is a girl of 12 maybe 13. Before puberty. You know what she knows and sometimes her brain just doesn't care and she's off looking for the next adventure when you want to hear what the adults are saying! It's refreshing though because she stays true to what a child her age would do. My favorite character of course is Iorek and his battle with Lyra. The trickery of the bears is an interesting story and one I greatly enjoyed. I reread this because I have never before had the opportunity to read the rest of the series and now I do!
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman - link
All books are ruined... nothing is as good as Perfect Ruin and Burning Kingdoms ruined that. It made reading The Subtle Knife difficult and I was impatient and not wanting to read. But read I did. The story is good, I miss Iorek. Will is interesting and I wasn't expecting that ending. Why does everything lead back to Lord Asriel
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman - link
Still reeling from Burning Kingdoms I struggled through this book. It took me many days to read it. I feel it was unfair to the story to not read it and enjoy it. Because unlike Subtle Knife I really enjoyed this story. It was good, questions were answers, everything was wrapped up. Adam and Eve get together. For a Young Adult book I was a little surprised it went where it did. But it made sense for the story and I know there are more detailed YA books out there. It was a good end to the story. I am happy to have finally finished this series.