Green Books Stack, Part 4
How many green books do you have on your shelves?
This was the second-hardest colour to gather for me (the hardest was pink!)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
This hardly needs an introduction, does it? Especially with new fans joining the franchise all the time through the movie or TV series. This series seems to cause a bit of a split in the bookish world into those who love it and those who hate it. It has been a long time since I read it so I’m not sure how much I would love it if I were to reread it, but I did enjoy it the first time around (liked the Infernal Devices more!). I have been tempted by the new, prettier editions too…
Green Rider by Kristen Britain
Karigan G’ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception.
But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future – and the expulsion it was bound to hold – a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount’s neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there.
There’s nothing Karigan can do, as the young man lies dying on the road. He had sworn to carry out his mission as a Green Rider – one of the legendary messengers of the king – and he has a life or death message that must reach King Zachary. Karigan may be unable to save him, but she can deliver his message. He makes her swear to it, to keep it secret and, with his last breath, he warns her to ‘beware the shadow man …’
Pursued by an unknown assassin, following a path only her horse seems to know, and accompanied by the silent specter of the original messenger, Karigan is going to become a legendary Green Rider herself. Caught up in a world of deadly danger and complex magic, compelled by forces she cannot understand, her simple promise to deliver a letter is about to become a race against time … and a race for her life …
I picked this up at a book exchange when travelling because it sounded like my kind of thing. I went in without knowing anything and quite low expectations because there is quite a lot of mediocre fantasy out there, but ended up really enjoying it! Mentioned it to my sister to discover that she had the entire series but was yet to start it – she then read it and really enjoyed it too! I need to borrow the second book from her the next time I am home at my parents because my library doesn’t have it.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
Anidora-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s incredible stories, and learning the language of the birds. Little knowing how valuable her aunt’s strange knowledge would prove to be when she grew older. From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become a queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original and magical tale of a girl who must understand her own incredible talents before she can overcome those who wish her harm.
I actually have two copies of this – one in hardback and one in paperback. The Goose Girl has always been one of my favourite fairy tales so I was delighted to see this novel-length adaptation and even happier to find that it is the first in a series. I highly recommend this! Even if you’re not trash for fairytales retellings (like me!) you will enjoy this!
One for Sorrow: A book of old-fashioned lore by Chloe Rhodes
A captivating book uncovering the origins and meaning behind traditional sayings from countryside folklore, such as “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight” or “Make hay while the sun shines“
Many of the popular, often prophetic, phrases that people use on a day-to-day basis have their roots in traditional folklore. For example: “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” “Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home,” and “The best-laid schemes o’mice an’ men.” Such common idioms are familiar to most people, but their history and origins are far from well known. Here readers will discover that there is a wealth of fascinating stories and history behind them. This charming book is filled with sayings, legends, and proverbs derived from the oral history of the countryside, and it unveils how they came about, what they mean, and how they came to be such a big part of language today. Written with a light touch and expert knowledge, it will entertain and inform in equal measure—the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in the rich and varied heritage of the English language.
This is exactly my kind of book – folklore and and language/etymology? Sign me up! It is quite a quick read, but one that I have dipped into numerous times rather than reading from cover to cover and it explains the origins behind everyday phrases. Most of them were quite self-explanatory but I still enjoyed finding out exactly why we say some of the odd things we do. I love books like this!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Which green books do you have on your shelf? Would you recommend any?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!