I probably would have liked this better if I d read it for the first time when I was younger The heroine is a fairly typical spunky fantasy female, she s a little too perfect and good at everything The story is okay but not especially memorable It takes place over several years, though the passage of time seems a little muddy and the only real sense of it is that sometimes Alanna will mention her age It s written in third person, and for the most part we re only in Alanna s head But there are occasionally parts where we re reading about what another character is thinking, those moments are jarring and don t always seem to serve much purpose. Hey, at least I tried.Shorted version of the full review The full one felt like an academic paper on why I dont like this book and series so I had to cut some parts Oh, how easy it is talking about books I dont like Also fun Be warned, this review contains my thoughts for this book and some minor big spoilers for rest of the series I ve done some reading and research which are tagged as spoilers and hidden from virgin eyes For myself, and I suspect many people, books we read and love as children acquire blind spots of handwavium from sheer sentiment unless we reread them as adults with a critical, rather than nostalgic, mindset I m an adult reading this and I m not ashamed at reading this and I m gonna poke fun at it You like this book Fine I m totally ok with that So please be ok with me kinda poking fun at this one as well And dont you dare tell me it gets better Dont you dare I m warning you D TEN REASONS WHY I DONT LIKE THIS BOOK SERIES Reason 1 For those who don t know, the series is about a girl named Alanna who wants to be a knight, so she disguises herself as a boy and switches places with her twin brother Thus he gets sent to learn how to be a wizard God, Alanna, why don t you want to be a wizard and she goes off to learn knightly stuff BO RING Kidding..Kinda That s Harry Potter lover in me talking, sorry Based on that, I expected the book to be about three things 1 Binding her boobs done 2 Hiding her period done Kinda Once and then never mentioned again I ll rant about this one later 3 Dealing with the aftermath when she s found out I m super pissed She deals with nothing I ll also rant about this one in a moment Look I like stories about girls disguised as boys I pretty much read all the good classic gender bender manga out there and watched all the asian dramas about the subject there are so many so believe me when I say I know my stuff and because I know my stuff I m telling you this book sucks at making it believable.There s like no tension when it comes to gender bender here No drama Where s my Prince or Ouran High School Host Club Where is my Hana Kimi Where is Coffee Prince which had 20 20 believability score in my eyes Or Queen Seon Duk do you know how hard it is to disguise yourself as man in a sageuk Even You re Beautiful and Sungkyunkwan Scandal which ones even though I loved lack some believability handled the subject waaay better Let me explain She doesnt get in the water The other boys tease her.And thennothing WTF Where is my tension and drama from that Nothing ever really happened while she was keeping the secret and then in later books apperantly she just view spoiler leaves rather than the story sticking around to deal with the consequences. hide spoiler From Now On I M Alan Of Trebond, The Younger Twin I Ll Be A KnightAnd So Young Alanna Of Trebond Begins The Journey To Knighthood Though A Girl, Alanna Has Always Craved The Adventure And Daring Allowed Only For Boys Her Twin Brother, Thom, Yearns To Learn The Art Of Magic So One Day They Decide To Switch Places Thom Heads For The Convent To Learn Magic Alanna, Pretending To Be A Boy, Is On Her Way To The Castle Of King Roald To Begin Her Training As A Page But The Road To Knighthood Is Not An Easy One As Alanna Masters The Skills Necessary For Battle, She Must Also Learn To Control Her Heart And To Discern Her Enemies From Her AlliesFilled With Swords And Sorcery, Adventure And Intrigue, Good And Evil, Alanna S First Adventure Begins One That Will Lead To The Fulfillment Of Her Dreams And The Magical Destiny That Will Make Her A Legend In Her Land 3.5 starsFinally read this gasp for our classics discussion Friday, 11 27 Our special guest will be the wonderful author Andrea K H st, and I ll post a link when it s live.I enjoyed this very much, but it felt like a first book, with rough transitions and rather unnuanced characterization But I do like Alanna and I love George , so I m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. This is the first book in a series written for the younger end of the young adult readership, but which is still of interest to readers of any age.Alanna The First Adventure is a fantasy set in a place where magic is common and knights are trained in the ways of chivalry Alanna is fighting against the constraints of being female in such a society and having dressed herself as a boy she sets off to be trained as a page with the hope of a knighthood in the future I enjoyed the story and the characters As a young person s book it is fairly short in length and simple in its structure and interactions It was a very pleasant, light, easy read and I would recommend it to younger readers starting out in the world of fantasy and also to young at heart readers who feel like a breath of fresh air in their reading matter. 3.5 5 This was a super fun read, however it definitely reads like it was written for children which it was I probably would have ADORED this if I had read it as a kid, but as an adult it just wasn t quite up to my expectations The world and magic aren t very complex or explained in great detail, and we don t get to know the characters super well, but as a book written for kids it was pretty great We have a super strong female lead, and I can now understand why this book is a must read for all young girls I definitely plan to read the rest of the series though since I ve heard this is the weakest of the four I can look past the weak points because the story is just so darn enjoyable. OH MY GOD SO GOOD.I m so mad I didn t start this series earlier It s so similar to Harry Potter in the way that it s just a feel good book with interesting characters and the best friendships MAGIC anyway, on to book two my longest and most terrible reading slump is FINALLY OVER of course, right when school s starting but oh well Not really a review, a memory I can pinpoint the origin of these books with the most clarity I remember being handed the first one by a librarian, and begging my parents to buy it for me when I had to turn it back in I remember then begging the librarian to tell me the date the next one was expected to release that was the only way to find out, in those days I remember the look and location of each new book, in the bookstore, when I went to pick it up I still have all my first editions Tamora Pierce is the only author I have ever expressly tried to meet, and she is the only author who s book I stood in line to have signed This series actually did change my life. After reading three paranormal urban fantasy romances in a row, you can only imagine how happy I was to read, not only something different, but something GOOD Good is the best description I can give of Alanna I wouldn t say it was great It gets pretty close to it, though Some parts of it seem unrealistic to me Alanna being so readily accepted by the boys etc But the story is short, fun, action packed with magic and mystery and high adventure.Alanna it a great character Stubborn, cheeky, doubtful of herself The supporting characters, ranging from Prince Jonathan, Sir Myles and King George are all great Gary, Raoul and Alex are never fully realized but that s only to be expected with such a short book.It is the rather typical girl in boy s clothing story but the writing is rather good and the sense of fun than makes up for some of the predictability The end isn t quite the blazing glory that I d hope for but it wasn t too bad and there s many books to follow so I can t wait.Over all a thoroughly enjoyable read and I can t wait to devour the sequels Edited to Add I just had to mention something, possibly the one thing that really annoyed me There s this evil character in the book, The king s nephew He s clearly evil and it s made very obvious to the reader, but despite all of the evidence, the Prince refuses to believe that this person could possibly betray him.Say what This isn t the first time I ve read something like this in a book and I have to wonder if the author ever imagined what it would be like growing up in court a system usually known for its lies and betrayal and petty squabbling over power.Now, I m sorry, but if I were Queen of the world think about it it really wouldn t be such a bad idea I m not asking you to vote or anything just to ponder the possibility then I d kind of be cautious if I d almost died twice and the only person that could possibly have tried to kill me twice was the first person to inherit the throne upon my death I d at least take a moment to think about it.And why trust anyone implicitly If I were Queen of the World don t you think that title just SUITS me then I d have categories of people Those absolutely trusted without question.Those I trust mostly but keep an eye on.Those I m friendly with but am wary of.Those I don t trust people in this category would either be about to die or already dead The titles of Those Absolutely Trusted Without Question will be awarded posthumously after they ve completed an act to save my life losing theirs in the process I just find this kind of trusting royal a ridiculous characterization If you have a significant ruling power, say a kingdom, then despite receiving it by right of birth might money, someone is going to try and take it from you They may be smarter, better looking and capable then you but it s still your job to ensure they never wrest power from your cold, dead fingers To do that, you kind of have to use a little brain power and a little less blind loyalty Breaths a sigh of relief And I promised myself I d have a break from ranting Oh well, maybe the next review will be rant free In retrospect, this is not a perfect novel, or series of novels, but when I think of who I wanted to be when I was ten years old, my answer was always Alanna And I still have a crush on George.
Hey, folks I just discovered that apparently I have given some very popular books single star ratings except I haven t How do I know I haven t Because I haven t read those books at all So before you go getting all hacked off at me for trashing your favorites, know that I ve written GoodReads to find out what s going on.I return to my regularly scheduled profile Though I would love to join gro
- Mass Market Paperback
- 274 pages
- Alanna: The First Adventure
- Tamora Pierce
- 10 December 2018 Tamora Pierce