Saturday, October 31, 2009

Six Sentence Saturday

Welcome to Six Sentence Saturday.
Where I try to express my thoughts on recent reads using only 6 sentences!!!!.
At the end of each review I will post a
rating scale of 1-5 using the cute and original (lol) Playing Cards.
Rating scale will be as follows:

5 of Hearts- You must read this book NOW!!
4 of Hearts- A great read, put it on your TBR list.
3 of Hearts- Glad I read but no big deal

2 of Hearts- Why did I finish this?
Joker Card - Don't bother (why did I?)

The Promised World by Lisa Tucker

I've read quite a few favorable reviews on this one that made me want to read it immediately. I'm always interested in family dramas and this book has all of that and then some. I knew right away that something wasn't right with Lila and her twin brother Billy, but it took some time before I could really figure out what their relationship was all about. I thought the writing was really strong and the story had elements of mystery that I enjoyed trying to figure out. In the end, I felt my heart going out to Lila and felt that maybe she would find some peace. However, I thought the ending was abrupt, strange, and left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
My rating:

The Elephant's Magician by Kate DiCamillo
** Because I've loved pretty much everything DiCamillo has written, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Oh, it was so beautiful. I absolutely loved the illustrations, but I do wish they were a bit darker. The story was fantastical and filled with love, patience, longing, and having faith in your dreams. I would have to say that this comes in second behind The Adventures of Edward Tulane. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone!!!

My Rating:


  1. The Magician's Elephant has a great title! Glad to hear it's also a good book.

  2. I was hoping to see The Promised World get a better rating from you, since I have it and I don't have The Magician's Elephant.

  3. Oh thanks for pointing out the new Kate DiCamillo book. Edward Tulane had me sobbing and is my favorite of hers so far. I am looking for this one soon.

  4. I've heard so much about The Magician's Elephant! I haven't read anything by that author- will be sure to keep an eye out if I find anything by her.

  5. Awesome reviews...and funny .. (not related to!!!) but I know TWO Lisa Tucker's!!!! LOL!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):) Well....I guess I'm kinda related to EX-SIL from my 1st marriage just happened to marry a guy with the last name Tucker!!! LOL!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. Maybe I will pull The Magician's Elephant out and read it this weekend.

  7. I haven't read anything by Kate DiCamillo but, if you rate this a 5 Heart and it's her second best, - well - I guess I better find one of her books.

  8. I guess I've been under a rock, because I've never read Kate Dicamillo. Your review makes me want to fix that now.
    Have a good weekend and happy reading.

  9. I have heard only good things about The Magician's Elephant and mostly good things about The Promised World. I don't have either but since I don't really like abrupt endings I will consider getting DiCamillo's book first.

  10. I totally agree with you on The Promised World. I thought the ending was a bit rushed and abrupt... kind of like the author just got bored with the story.

  11. Great reviews! I still haven't written my post today. I am slow!

  12. Glad u enjoyed The Magician's Elephant~~~~me too :)

    did you read her book with Edward Toulane in the title? LOVED IT!!

  13. It's always fun to come and see what you're reading.......

    Happy Weekend!

  14. I have been under the group rock with everyone else, having never heard of Kate DiCamillo. But I too am lured by the 5/5 rating!

  15. I am looking forward to reading the Magician's Elephant. I really like Kate DiCamillo.

  16. I've loved everything by DiCamillo too, but my favorite was Tale of Despereaux. It was good to see that you liked The Magician's Elephant.

  17. I think I'm going to have to buy (shhhh!) The Elephant's may be three years before I'm able to get it from the library. And NO WAY can I wait that long!

  18. Glad to hear the DiCamillo book is good. My daughter loves her books and has been looking forward to reading that one.

    Diary of an Eccentric


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