Reviews by vlong
My favorite in the series
»
Tris is my favorite of the four protagonists in this series by Ms. Pierce. I can really relate to her as she is overweight and wears glasses and is considered somewhat of an "oddity". In this book, Tris starts to learn just how important it is for her to get control over her magic so things don't happen accidentally. She also learns an important lesson about the family she's adopted at Winding Circle and her family of origin when her favorite cousin falls under the power of a pirate because of his greed.

Again, I feel this book is excellent for tweens as well as teens. It's an "easier" introduction into teen fiction. It's very easy to relate to without being heavy on sex or gruesome violence. There is certainly violence in the book when they are fighting the pirates, but it is tastefully done.
Excellent start to the series
»
I thoroughly enjoy all of the Winding Circle books with Sandry and her friends. This is a good start to the series as it provides a bit of back story on all of the children and how they came to live in the cottage, "Discipline", with Lark & Rosethorn.

I'm not sure "Sandry's book" is really the best title for this book, though I realize Ms. Pierce probably chose it to go with the rest of the series' titles, "Tris's Book", "Daja's Book", & "Briar's Book", but really, this book is about all the children and there's only a small portion of the book that concentrates solely on Sandry. While all four of these books encompass all of the children, I feel like this one contains the least amount about its supposed subject compared to the others.

Still it's an excellent start to the series and I think that even though it's classified as "Teen", those who are in the tween ages, 10-12 or so, would also enjoy this series and many of Ms. Pierce's books.
Fascinating
»
A fascinating look at primates, including monkeys, apes and humans. David Attenborough's narration is excellent as always. I thoroughly enjoy anything with his narration.
Phenomenal!
»
What a terrific documentary/movie. Phenomenal photography, cinematography and macro photography. Gorgeous colors, brillant angles of shooting. Some wonderful close-ups of birds, insects and flowers. Just a phenomenal piece of film-making. Meryl Streep is excellent as the narrator as well. Her voice is almost as easy to listen to as David Attenborough's and the information is interspersed with beautiful music.

I highly recommend this documentary/movie to anyone who enjoys documentaries, flowers, birds, bees or bats.
Phenomenal!
»
What a terrific documentary/movie. Phenomenal photography, cinematography and macro photography. Gorgeous colors, brillant angles of shooting. Just a phenomenal piece of film-making. Meryl Streep is excellent as the narrator as well. Her voice is almost as easy to listen to as David Attenborough's and the information is interspersed with beautiful music.

I highly recommend this documentary/movie to anyone who enjoys documentaries, flowers, birds, bees or bats.