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Friday, May 22, 2009

Cathy’s Ring

Cathy’s Ring by by Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart, Cathy Brigg (Illustrator) (May 4th 2009—Running Press)

Grade: 3 stars out of 5

Summary: “Cathy cannot manage to find more than a few days to relax in her hectic (and mortal) life—she barely has time to put the mystery surrounding her father to rest before she finds herself targeted by a group of Ancestor Lu’s professional killers!

Recognizing she is a serious threat to everyone in her life, Cathy makes plans to leave town. But her friends, Emma, Pete, Victor, and, surprisingly, Jun, unite to convince Cathy that they must finish Lu once and for all to have any chance at peace—mortal or immortal. In order to defeat Lu, the friends must come together in a way they never have before.

Meanwhile—unbeknownst to Cathy—Victor has made the ultimate sacrifice hoping it will bring him closer to a normal relationship with Cathy. But when Victor is seriously wounded and Cathy finds herself attracted to another mortal with similar feelings for her, Cathy’s world turns upside down and she is forced to make a decision about her future with Victor, while his life hangs by a thread. What will Cathy decide, and how will their epic battle with Lu play out? Find out in the newest adventure-packed installment of the Cathy story!”

Review: Cathy’s Ring is the third installment in this New York Time’s bestselling series of Cathy’s Book. I think this installment has to be my favorite so far.

In Cathy’s Ring, the authors still managed to capture the humor and the darker tones. We see a change of relationship between Cathy and Victor as they (could be it?) converse for more than a single paragraph. We witness the extent of the love between them as Victor sacrifices a great deal. Which, if you read my previous reviews I went on and on about how much I did not understand those two together. So finally! A spark! Of course the love triangle, or square, might have moved things along (I won’t mention names).

Once again friendship seems to play a good sum in this book. A lot of it was on Emma with Cathy. Really close friends which you understand in the last scene when Emma confesses that Cathy is all that she has for family. Touching. There are of course fights, smacking, and crying but those all come with friendship (I speak from experience, especially the part with the hitting).

On the more smaller details I would have wished the editor combed through this in much more. There were small mistakes everywhere. And some questions were left unanswered and the little background information missing. For example, I wanted to know what the heck where Cathy’s mom was when all of this happened? Cathy runs away for like a few weeks and we know absolutely know about her reaction. But based on the fact that this is a diary format book, I might let it slide.

In the end it was slightly anticlimactic. Last time, Jewel was the hero and now Emma was. It was humorous but saddening since I wanted something heroic, epic, death defying! It was good. But just not for me.

So to answer Okie’s question, is this a series you have to read in order? Not really. In every installment they do a short recap of the past books and includes fancy drawings as well.

I really do hope that they plan a sequel or something. A side story perhaps? I realize that the majority of the plot has been covered, the group of bad guys defeated but there are a bunch of plot holes.

Overall: An entertaining read. Definitely in love with the doodles.

Cover C+
Disproportional heads.

P.S. Ignore my spelling/grammar mistakes. It's almost 10 here and I am tiredddddddd


  1. oh you're so good. I got all three of these cause they sounded interesting, but now that I have them im kinda like, blah.

  2. The doodles are definitely a high point of this for me. I was less impressed with this one than the others in the series.

    I still think Emma is the best character!

    I've linked to you here.