The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

10137823Published: May 14th, 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 378

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More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing—kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery—one that will change Rithmatics—and their world—forever.

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I just don’t even know where to start with this book. Once again Brandon Sanderson manages to draw me into his world within mere sentences of the first chapter. I can’t even properly explain why Sanderson’s writing gets me so worked up, all I know is that it never fails.

I didn’t think that I would end up liking this book, because I knew it was written for a slightly younger audience. I feared that it would be a small bit childish, what with fighting via chalk drawings and whatnot. Fortunately I was drawn right in, the writing was an equal balance of simple and elegant enough that it can be enjoyed through the ages.

My favorite thing about this book was the amount of world building that was worked into the story in a way that worked with the plot. Sanderson didn’t pause the plot once to build the world, he incorporated it into the story he was telling, which makes it flow a lot better.

And the plot, oh my god. It wasn’t mindbogglingly twisted like Mistborn was, nor was the ‘twist’ all that unexpected (well at least for me), but once I started reading I could not stop. I read and read until I was done, and even during my shift at work I was standing at my register thinking about when I could get a chance to read more!

I don’t really know what else to say about this book other than that you should read it, and other Brandon Sanderson works as well!

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Top 5 Wednesday (#2)

Hello again, it’s a brand new month and I’m posting this on a Thursday because I had a midterm last night! October is the time for warm cups of tea, a big sweater, and a spooky book to read! I’ll start scaring you now by showing you my top 5 terrible covers! Even though some of these covers are belong to some of the best books, they’re covers that I’m embarrassed to be seen out in public with (I’m sure we all have that cover, eh?). Sometimes I think I should invest in a nice cloth book cover just so people don’t judge! So let’s share in these monstrosities together, yeah?

1. Anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Okay, the example I have posted above is just one of many ugly covers by Jennifer Armentrout. I chose this example solely for the fact that that’s the edition I own because it was cheaper to buy the two books together instead of both separately. Jennifer Armentrout isn’t a bad author, but my god the covers are terrible. They all look like Harlequin Romance books, which is bad to read outside. I actually only read the Lux series before bed because I’m honestly so embarrassed to take this book into public because the cover is so terrible.

5. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

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This is yet another series that has a whole bunch of bad book covers, this is just the most terrible. I feel like I don’t even need to explain why this is bad, just that it is bad.

3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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The only reason I think this cover is terrible is because the cover model looks NOTHING like Mia. I mean, the girl who’s playing Mia in the movie looks more like the Mia that I pictured. But yet this cover model looks like someone totally different? I just think they could have done better with a cover model.

4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

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This is the edition I own, but I am SO glad they changed the cover layout to the newer better ones that are text focused. This cover looks like a thirteen year old designed it, even though the book was pretty okay.

5. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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I haven’t read this book, but it’s on the way in the mail to me right now. Before I ordered this, I scoured the internet for any other cover because this cover is so boring. I know it’s about slam poetry, and it’s a stage and all, but it doesn’t portray the feeling of the book to me at all, and I don’t like it. Oh well, at least I can read it in public.

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Legend by Marie Lu

15753977Published: April 16th, 2013
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 305

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From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths…

Until June’s brother is murdered, and Day becomes the prime suspect.

In a shocking turn of events, the two uncover what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths to which their country will go to keep its secrets.

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Contains Spoilers!!

Okay, the first thing I have to address is why I waited over a year to read this series. I always knew it existed, I purchased the first book in May, so why haven’t I read it? Maybe it’s my hatred of starting a series before owning all the books, or maybe it’s the fact that I knew it would be good so I didn’t want to have it on my read shelf just so it could always be on my “TBR”. But as soon as I went to Chapters Indigo, and I saw ‘Champion’ was out in soft cover I have been wanting to read them.

Okay, to the actual review now.

Marie Lu wrote the most gripping dystopian I have read since the first two ‘Hunger Games’ books. The end of the very first chapter had me intrigued, right when they marked Day’s door with the X that was different from the other ones. Plus, I was very interested into the entire plague ideal. I haven’t read very many plague related books, so that’s why I found this piece of work very refreshing compared to other YA books out these days.

I loved the main characters, but I didn’t like them at the same time. To me they were pretty stereotypical, but it kind of works if you get where I’m going with this. June was a strong female lead, which is what more books need these days. And Day was the quiet, sensitive, do-gooder male lead that the girl falls in love with within mere chapters. Despite these flaws, they were really fun characters to read, and I loved how they just fell into place with one another with ease.

There are two things wrong with this book that I wasn’t too fond of. The first one being the switching of view points. I found that the story probably could have done just as good in third person, or even just told through the eyes of either June or Day. I get very confused when having to switch between two point-of-views like that, even when the name of the character is given at the beginning of the chapter.

The other thing is the lack of world building. I’m a pretty big fantasy fan, I read a LOT of epic and high fantasy so world building is always the thing that I look forward to most. A huge part of books for me is being able to paint the mental picture in my head of the world these characters live in. I was unable to do this with the first installment of the ‘Legend’ trilogy. I found that Lu often tossed around ranks and positions of people without explanation, and would talk about certain things that had happened in the world without a back story. We don’t know why the Elector Primo has been the same for all those years, we don’t even really know what he does other than act as a president sort of person. But this I’m hoping rights itself out in ‘Prodigy’ and ‘Champion’. I have high hopes, seeing that ‘Legend’ is only the first out of three books.

To wrap this up, I have to say that this was an extremely fun read and I loved it. It was super quick, and the characters were loveable. The story has so much potential, and I’ve heard that it gets better in the next two. So you’ll be hearing from me more about these books, and Miss Lu’s writing. Au Revoir!

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Top 5 Wednesday (#1)

Hello my bookish friends! I’ve decided that my blog is running a little slow as far as it goes with reviews, because I’m in university and I don’t have a lot of time to read any more. On that note, I plan to start including different segments. This is my first post that isn’t really a review!

The gist of this is essentially every Month on this goodreads page, Lainey from gingerreadslainey, will post a topic for every Wednesday where you have to pick your top 5 of something book related!

So, onward!!

Ps: These are in no particular order!

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1. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

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If any of you have been following my bookish adventures since 2013 (and I highly doubt any of you have because I had goodreads a long time before this blog) then you would know that I’m obsessed with Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’. This book series is the furthest thing from Young Adult, it’s a epic fantasy adult book that contains slightly (not slightly, actually extremely blunt) adult themes.

2. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

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Tolkien is my hero, so of course I had to feature his books. Now I don’t really know if this was meant to be a children’s book or an adult’s book. I’m not sure but either way it isn’t YA. I dont’ need to say much, you all know the general outline of what ‘The Hobbit’ is about.

3. Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

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I don’t even understand how to explain this book, I really don’t. It’s an abundance of weird imagery, conversation, and instances. I laughed and cringed in disgust through most of this book. Chuck Palahniuk writes the best literature, but I don’t envy his imagination, for it’s sick and twisted. I enjoy every minute of it.

4. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

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This is an adult (apparent) non-fiction book, even though a year or so after this was published the author came out to the public and admitted that this was just a story, and not a true occurrence. This book is not for the easily distracted because there is no quotation marks. It’s difficult to know when someone is speaking, but the story is so rich and shocking that you should try and read it.

5. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

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This is one of the only war centred books that I really enjoyed without having to read it for school. It’s a sad book, and there were some parts that shocked me severely. It’s a great read, and I’ll definitely be reading it again within the year. de Rosnay writes a captivating story, and I believe that I need to pick up more of her books.

Well that’s all for my T5W this week, I hope one of these books catch your attention and you get to read it!

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Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Published: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 335

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Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot nneighbour with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.

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This review is not spoiler free, so beware!

Jennifer Armentrout really disappointed me with her Half Blood series, so I was ready to read the first half of this book and put it down. But, I was pleasantly surprised!

To start off, I’ll say that if you’re looking for an fast, easy read that doesn’t involve too much brain power (That’s really not a bad thing) then this is a good book for you.

I was a small bit apprehensive about the alien aspect, because I haven’t read an alien book before, so I was expecting a really cheesy alien. But the aliens in this book are really neat! They are literally light, and they can harness and manipulate the light around them. Plus, they can travel via light? Yes please.

I feel like Jennifer Armentrout wasn’t writing this to win any awards or create the next master piece, but she was just writing it for fun. I could tell that she loved writing it, and in return I loved reading it!

The main character, Katy, was a character I could relate to, because duh, I’m a book blogger? She was snarky, and wasn’t really afraid to stand up for herself against Damon. The moment in the cafeteria when she dumps pasta on top of Ash? I actually laughed out loud at this and I would love to see that on a TV or movie screen.

But, I docked a star because I absolutely HATED the relationship between Katy and Damon. This relationship was the textbook definition of an emotionally abusive relationship. The way that Damon knew Katy was attracted to him, and he used that to manipulate her into making out with him, and to make her squirm. I don’t care how many people defend Damon because of Dee, he was a piece of shit. The only thing that saved this for me, was the way that Katy stood up for herself in the last few paragraphs of the book. She straight up told Damon that she doesn’t want him, because she needs it to feel special to her. She understood that she was being used, and she stopped it in its tracks.

I hope the relationship aspect recovers in the next instalment, ‘Onxy’, because I’ll be reading and reviewing that book before the end of september!

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4/5 Lightsabers.

A Quick Apology

Hello, hi!

I know, you’re all thinking “my goodness, she hasn’t uploaded a review in ages!”. Well I know, I’m super aware of that. And of course I come here with a mouthful of excuses. But I’m just going to say that I’m kind of back, and you should expect at least 4-6 posts per month.

I’ll be (hopefully) doing: 1. Two Reviews
2. One ‘Waiting on Wednesday’.
3. Book Photographs from my instagram.
4. Anything else that I desire.

Happy Reading!

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

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Published: January 14th, 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Pages: 396

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This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

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The first few chapters of this book bored me to death, so much that I almost gave it up and put it down for good. Thank the gods that I didn’t because as soon as I hit chapter four I was hooked and I had to read it in one sitting. This book was so good that I even had to get out a pen and piece of paper and take notes so that I could fill this review with as much intensity as I could. 

So I’ll try and do this part as spoiler free as possible (which is essentially completely spoiler free). In chapter four, I began to get a ‘Wizard of Oz’ feeling off the book when they arrived at one of their destinations. Those who have read it know what I’m talking about. 

I love love LOVED how much character development we get to see of the peculiars. Millard had some character development that made me feel pretty sad, but at the same time Horace got a lot of page time too! It was so neat to read, and can I just mention how Millard is almost ALWAYS naked? Oh dear, that’s a laugh when you think about him just running around sneaking up on people while in his birthday suit.

In this instalment, we also got to see a few different loops, and learn a lot about how the loops work! WHICH WAS SUPER COOL. And can I mention that I love Ransom for how he writes his women? He writes them as actual people, not sideline characters who only have romance subplots. 

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THIS IS THE SPOILER-Y PART SO READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION.

I just wanted to highlight a few parts that I loved so much that they deserved mentioning. When the peculiars are up on the menagerie, there are chickens with exploding eggs. Chickens…with exploding eggs….and they’re called Armegeddon Chickens…..I am in love with Ransom Riggs. Also this is where I got the ‘Wizard of Oz’ feeling, because how there were animals hiding like the Munchkins did when Dorothy showed up in Oz. 

In chapter give when the gypsies showed up, for some reason I pictured them all looking like different variations of Aladdin? But they were wonderful people, and I wish they had more part in the story. Maybe they’ll be back in the third book? Who knows. But I was SO FREAKING HAPPY WHEN THEY GYPSIES TURNED OUT TO BE PECULIAR. 

I also love when Bronwyn was told that she would make a perfect wife and her response was “Oh great. My fondest dream”. The sarcasm there was beautiful, and I love that Ransom did that, made his female characters so independent. That makes me love the book even more than I thought. And at the gypsy camp, when Millard had to talk to the boy who was disappearing, that made me really sad but it was so crucial in Millard’s development of a character. 

When Hugh did the thing with the Bee’s I actually got chills. The description of what he did was so horrifying and I loved every word of it. But I was heart broken to hear that his bee’s were all gone after that. I knew that bee’s died after they stung once, but it didn’t occur to me until it was mentioned. 

Those are my favourite parts in this book, and I cannot wait until the third one!

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5/5 Lightsabers.