Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Magic Kingdom for Sale/Sold

Magic Kingdom For Sale/ Sold
By Terry Brooks

I picked up this book because it seemed like a really fun premise. Tired of his day to day life as a lawyer and missing his wife, Ben comes across an advertisement for a Kingdom and decides to buy it.  Once he arrives in his newly acquired Kingdom, he soon discovers that he is now a King of a land in turmoil. Problem after problem pile up and he must decide if he as the courage and determination to be King or if he should go back to his normal, boring life.

I though this was a fun story. The Characters were interesting and the story intriguing. I really like that through out the book Ben learns about himself and what he is capable of doing. This was a really unique take on a fantasy world.

I did take me a while to get through this book. I'm just not a huge fan of his style of writting. I found myself skimming though the slower paragraphs. But other then that I like the story and the outcome. The story line kept me interested enough to keep going.

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Book of Lost Things

The Book of Lost Things
by John Connolly

I'm just going to start by saying that I loved the ending of this book. It has such a great message and really brought the story full circle. It made me tear up and really just made me happy. I don't want to get too much into what happened or the message the book is trying to tell, because I feel like that would take away some of the magic from the reader. It's one of those things that needs to be discovered and enjoyed on one's own. I'll just say that anyone who has felt loss, disappointment or jealousy of any sort can relate to this book.

It did take me a little while to get into this story. It develops relatively slowly and at times I found myself not sure what to think. There are references to fairy tales through out the book, but they are very dark and disturbing. Even more then Grimm's versions. I really wasn't sure where this story was going and worried that I wasn't going to like it. For a while it just seemed so sad and upsetting, but in the end I loved where the story led. It was well worth the time it took to read!