Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Shadows Cast by Stars by Catherine Knutsson Book Review
Book Review by Cindy Mai.
Book Summary: Two Hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet - especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains the antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to the Plague, but that doesn't mean she's safe - government fores are searching for those of aboriginal heritage in order to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cass and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors - and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken Cass under her wing, and the tribal leader's son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cass to be their voice and instrument...
Cindy's Summary: The book first takes place in the normal world like ours but in the future where there are full of normal people and the raging Plague, but soon Cass and her younger brother, who are both known as Others and aboriginals, and normal people wouldn't even go near them, moved to the Island with their dad. Although many people on the Island accept them, there are still some against them because both Cass and Paul had grown close to the tribal leader's son, Bran, especially when Cass can go into the spirit world and the villagers believe Cass can harm them. Soon, because of her skills with the spirit world, becomes the apprentice of the village healer, who is also thought as of a witch, and can also do spiritual stuff. Cass also fell in love with Bran, of course, those love stories. Although their love is very touching and attention seeking, not that it's a bad thing, really, I actually like them, the main point is that the evil creatures of the spirit world doesn't exactly want Cass to live, so they want to take Cass's life and destroy the Island. Cass's perfect, nice life at the Island ended fairly fast and it seems there is anyone left by her side. She already lost her mother when she was young. Her father seems far away. The village healer, Madda has been killed by one of those evil creatures, dzoonokwa, also known as wild women of the woods. Her "boyfriend", Bran and her brother Paul had gone towards the ocean and never came back. Henry, the temporary tribal leader, since Bran's father had been missing for quite a while, had turn most villagers against her. But brave enough, with those few friends left, Cass sailed her own ship to find her brother and Bran. They find Bran and the tribal leader at another island and brought them home. Then and there, Cass goes into the spiritual world with Bran to fight the evil creatures. The moonstone helps save both Cass and Bran, but the Island is no longer the safe place. This is like part of the ending, but I still haven't told you the most important part, because you have to read the book and I just wanna torture you like that. XD.
Okay. I can't tell stories really well. Like really. Especially when I read this like a month ago. Or actually, more like three weeks. I just didn't feel up to doing the Harry Potter Book Review. Currently, I'm on book number five and it'll be so confusing if you haven't read the first books, so yeah. Liana's such a good story teller and now I want to read the book, but I don't have the book. Hmm. Well actually, for the first time, I have the book I'm writing about beside me, so maybe I can find some good quotes.
And I can say, this book is pretty good, but not exactly that high on my list. I mean their romance is not that deep and crazy because it's not the plot of the book.Anyways, I"ll try to find some romantic quotes. I mean, they did end up having sex in the end. (Don't worry, that's not the ending. Or maybe it's near the end, but it isn't important, because you knew Cass would end up with Bran anyways.)
"But I still take Bran's hand. Our palms meet, and this time, even after he's pulled me up from the ground, we don't let go."
This is where all the romance stuff starts....xD
"In answer, I lean in and kiss him. I never kissed a boy before, but I am possessed by immediacy. Now or never."
You see, this is where the love get deeper, of course.
"Bran presses is mouth to mine and blows air into my lungs."
Really, though, I just made this innocent line into something bigger. Well, really Cass was drowning, so yeah, but still...
" 'Then,' he whispers between kisses, 'do me a favor and stop thinking?' "
This is like really romantic, cuz they were like, in the lake, but gosh something just had to happen and separate them when they were right there!!! They didn't get to continue on, I was curious...gosh...
"Bran pulls me into his chest, kissing me hard. Neither of us want to stop, but Bran is the first to pull away."
Cuz they were about to separate...*cries*
"We are in bed, beginning the slow process of finding each other."
That was the OMG moment, I didn't know the book would go that far...I mean really, it seemed pretty amateur to me in the beginning, no offense. At least it's not as clearly described as Graceling, page 242.....
This is where I end. Even though they continue on witth more in bed scenes, well, you can read the book.
- Cindy Mai XD