matt cruse

circle me and the needle moves gracefully
back and forth, if my heart was a compass you’d be north
risk it all cause i’ll catch you if you fall
wherever you go, if my heart was a house you’d be home


Preview: Airborn/Matt+Kate - Ships in the Night

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“Honestly,” she sighed, “I don’t know what kind of life we’ll have together, with me always flying off in one direction and you in the other.”

I smiled. “It’s a good thing the world’s round,” I said.

I finally finished Starclimber, the last of the Airborn series

and can I just say


the ending

and everything

and just



 by Kenneth Oppel

Date Finished: Nov. 10, 2012

How it fared: Excellent; I need to buy it

Summary: Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth’s surface.

Review: I first picked up this book a few months ago, but never got around to finishing it before it was due back at the library. Needless to say, it was well worth going back for!

I am a huge fan of steampunk and, in particular, the Leviathan novels by Scott Westerfeld, so I expected to enjoy this book just as much. I was not disappointed; I even found a lot of similarities between the two books – but I will not list them now. 

One of the things I loved about this book was that there were unfamiliar words in the text, but their use did not hinder my reading of the book. In fact, once I really got in to reading it, it was smooth and quick reading; which can be quite difficult for me sometimes.

But more importantly, there was a great balance of everything I enjoy in a book. There was action, plenty of it, but not just a ton of pointless fight scenes. There was, of course, the romantic element, but it was not overpowering to the story and miraculously there was no love triangle. (Well, any real chance of one was squashed fairly quickly.) And the characters were lovable, humorous when appropriate, and they underwent good development. Though I don’t want to spoil anything, I also have to appreciate the death in the book, because to me it is one of the elements of a book that makes it feel honest.

All and all, it was a book I enjoyed fully and I cannot wait until I get the chance to read the rest of the series and hopefully even own them at some point.

Favorite Quotes: 

“Why do you need to fly so much?” she asked.
“If I don’t, it’ll catch up with me.” The words just came out.
“What will?”
I took my hands from my face, panting. I stared out at the storm.
"You two were in a cave together?" said Miss Simpkins in horror.
"Yes," said Kate, "and it was very, very dark."

Reminiscent Music: The Airship album by Port Blue (the album was inspired by this book)
“If My Heart Was A House” by Owl City (lyrics based off of a line in a later book in the series)