Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan

First of all, I loved this dedication at the beginning of his book. I have to admit that whenever I hear the name Magnus the first person I think of is Magnus Bane from Cassandra Clara's books.

This was a really fun read. I think this may be my favorite of all Rick Riordan's books that I've read. I mean I love Percy and Annabeth, but I just really loved the style of writing in this book. The main character had a great sense of humor and that stayed true through out the entire novel. I kind of loved how he was able to keep a good attitude and his humor, despite facing some really hard things. It's a great way to live your life. Even the Titles for each chapter were humorous. It just made it more fun.

I liked all the characters and found all the Norse mythology fascinating. The only knowledge I have at all about Norse Mythology comes from the Thor Movies (I know, I know, not a great source) so this was a really great way to get a better look into it.

If you are looking for a fun, quick read this is a great choice.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Shadows of Shelf

Shadows of Self; A Mistborn Novel
by Brandon Sanderson

It should come as no surprise to you that I loved this book. I know I have said this in the past but Brandon Sanderson is a fantastic writer. His characters are well developed and the story is complex yet still easy to follow.

This is the fifth book in the Mistborn series or second book of the second sequence of books set in the same world. (hahaha, was that a confusing sentence.) It follows the same characters of the last book, about a year after those events. It has been quite a while since I read the last one and even longer since I read the original 3 in the series but it was easy for me to keep up with the characters and what was going on. I do kind of wish I had reread the first 4 before this, only because it really made me want to read them again.

I liked that this book stuck with the steampunk feel from the last book and I have to say these are probably my favorite books written in that style. I've read a few others but they just weren't quite as riveting as this series. I also liked that some of the characters and elements from the first 3 Mistborn novels made an appearance in these books. Even though these take place hundreds of years later, I think anyone who loved the Mistborn series will also love the second series he has created in this world. And those fans will love seeing some familiar faces!

I will definitely getting the last book in this series ASAP.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys
Maggie Stiefvater

I picked this book up because it has a lot of good reviews on Goodreads and I liked some of this author's other books. Her books tend to have supernatural elements so I thought this could be interesting and I was excited to give it a try. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book at all.

I did think the characters were interesting and the plot had promise but I just really disliked the style of writing. It felt like it was kind of all over the place. I never felt fully immersed in the story. I think it was suppose to make the story feel mysterious but it just felt vague and disjointed. It was a strange story that I just really couldn't get into.

I managed to finish it but just barely and now I'm not sure if it was worth it because it's the first in a series and I have no desire to read the rest. Now I won't ever know if they find what they are looking for or if Gansey lives or dies. Oh well... time to move on to something better.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A MONSTER CALLS - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters October 2016

I had no idea they were making this book into a movie. I am so excited. It looks gorgeous. I hope it is as amazing as it looks... I cry every time I watch the trailer. This story deals with grief so beautifully.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Candymakers

The Candymakers
by Wendy Mass

This was a fun book about 4 kids who enter a contest to create a new candy. At first I had a hard time really getting into this story but as I learned more about the characters it got more interesting.

The story is told from the perspective of each contestant. The first person we get to follow is the Candymaker's son. I found the story got a lot more interesting once it switched to the other kids' points of view. For each contestant, the story started back at the beginning, when they all first met so you basically read about the same 2 days 4 times. It was neat to read about the same events but from each kid's perspective. It really is a great illustration of how your perspective can truly change how events are viewed. It is so easy to judge others and their actions when you don't know them or what they are going through.

I know some have compared this to Charlie and Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl but I don't feel like there is really a comparison here. The only similarities are that they story takes place at a Candy Factory.

This is definitely geared towards children so for me the writing just wasn't that exciting. But I think this would be a really fun book for a younger crowd.