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Well I am just a guy that loves to blog and to read and write so i thought I should make this site so I can share my passion for books with everyone!

How to write a LONG, ACCURATE, Review.

Hey guys,

Today I wanted to talk about something important. Eh, nevermind, important sounds too serious. I guess we’ll call it serious *Nods while still doubting myself*

A couple days ago, when I was mindlessly scrolling through reviews of “Red Queen” on Goodreads,  I came upon something interesting.  Almost ALL of the reviews were just simple single-spaced sentences, and after spending five minutes angrily seeing the short reviews, I realized it bothered me.  One of the problems I have with a LOT of book bloggers out there is that they don’t expand on their thoughts in their posts.

Almost ALL of the reviews were short, tremendously short. And after spending five minutes angrily seeing the short reviews, I realized it bothered me.

That was a month ago.

One of the problems I have with a LOT of book bloggers out there is that they don’t expand in their reviews.

Now I have nothing against short, brief, reviews.  But, if the reviewer doesn’t go into detail about how they feel about a particular book, the review just feels wrong and fake.  This led me to the post idea for today, How to write a GOOD REVIEW. Or, more specifically How to write a LONG, ACCURATE, review.

To start off, I’d like to give two examples. One good, and one bad. (I’ll let you decide which review was the better one)

Example ONE:
REVIEW- Randomness by Random Random
The characters were interesting
The world was just “eh”
The storyline was GREAT.
I pictured Michael Gambon as the villain. (Just thought you’d want to know)
Rating: 5/5 Potatoes.

 

Example TWO:
REVIEW-Randomness by Random random
One of the reasons I loved this book so much was because all of the characters were easy to love. They all had flaws but still managed to do the best they could in the situation. The diversity really helped engage me in the story, as well as see ALL sides to the story.
While the characters were great, the world didn’t do it for me. Often times It would feel as if the setting was being rushed, and that it was more of a hindrance than a help to the story. It also didn’t help that the characters never stayed in more than one place for more than a day.
My FAVORITE thing about this book has GOT to be the Storyline. It’s just so original. Just when you think there’s nothing else in store for a particular character, BAM. They’re dead.
Overall this book was amazing and I HIGHLY suggest it.
Rating:
5/5 Potatoes

Which one was better?

*Pauses*

If you guessed the second one, you’re right!

(BTW, sorry not sorry for the annoying/amazing Loki gif) :)

Reviewer: But HOW do I expand Jared?

Me: *Smiles* The answer is pretty obvious.

If you’re from the good ol’ U.S. you probably know this, and if not, you’ll probably know this too.

Anyone remember Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How questions they used to teach us in school? If you REALLY want that review long, start comparing themes of the story to these questions to spark up some thoughts.

For those who are confused, refer to the graphic below.

AN Example.

WHO: Who were the characters in Harry Potter?

What: What were the characters like in Harry Potter? Who was strong, who was weak?

When: When were your characters at their best?

Where: Where were your characters challenenged? Who won, who lost?

Why: Why were the characters the way they were? What did they do? What were their drives to do the things they did.

How: How did you feel about the characters by the end of the book. Happy? Sad? Confused?

Get it?

Thank’s for reading this semi-longish post. Hopefully, this will help you as you review your next book. Thank’s for READING. My  names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon.

BYE!

REVIEW-Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

Summary:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

WOW! GUYS! This was WAY better than I first assumed. After looking back on the blurb at the end of the book I’m a little dumbfounded. One of my BIG problems with this blurb is that it talks about angels, and humans, and…..

*Has no words*

ANGELS AND HUMANS AREN’T EVEN MENTIONED IN THE BOOK. The only time they get rarely mentioned is the EXACT QUOTE. It kinda makes me think the marketing department slacked off on this. This book is anything BUT angels and humans. If I were to compare it to anything, it would be an X-Men meets Royalty mashup.

Overall Reaction:

One of my biggest complaints about this book is the fact that this book harbors a few tropes that bothered the HECK out of me.

The Tropes:

  • A girl who discovers she has powers.
  • Thrust into a new society.
  • The DREADED LOVE TRIANGLE!!
  • Has a run down and overworked family.

While I do have to admit that some of the tropes are more original than others, there’s no CRAZY, GROUNDBREAKING, thing that changes the whole genre of fantasy. If you can stand tropes, THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.

    One of my FAVORITE things this book are the powers, obviously. They’re just so UNIQUE and original, and there are no different types of people, everyone’s gift is different. I LOVE this because it shows that in real life NOBODY is the same and that no matter how close we are, EVERYONE is different. The plot was a bit confusing. We meet Mare, who

     The plot was a bit confusing. We meet Mare, who doesn’t have powers. Then, suddenly develops powers, flashes them off, and becomes a princess of a people who HATE her. WHAT? After finishing this book, I’m still a bit confused. Hopefully, the second novel will do better at describing the reasons behind why the characters made the decisions they did.

The setting wasn’t strong, but it wasn’t weak. What I mean by this is that the setting wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst. It wasn’t anything compared to Harry Potter, but it was enjoyable enough so that it contributed to the AMAZINGNESS OF THIS BOOK.

Overall, with the problems that I presented earlier, I still do think that I’m going to give the second novel a try. The powers were just SOO amazing, and I can’t wait to get back to the fighting.

Rating: 4/5

Percentage Rating: 88%

 

Thank’s for reading. My name’s Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon.

BYE!

Stacking the Shelves

Hey guys,

So today I got some books! HURRAY! (No surprise to anyone who knows me)

In honor of me acquiring some books, I thought It’d be best to showcase EXACTLY what I got!

Let’s begin.

 

1.Red Queen by: Victoria Aveyard

 

Summary:
   The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.
But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

 

 

2. The Crowns Game by: Evelyn Skye


Summary: 
   Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.
As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

 

3. Psion Beta by: Jacob Gowans

Summary:

     Sammy, a 14-year-old fugitive, accidentally discovers he has the powers of a Psion.
Plucked off the streets, he is thrust into the rigorously-disciplined environment of Psion Beta headquarters. As a new Beta, Sammy must hone his newfound abilities using holographic fighting simulations, stealth training missions, and complex war games. His fellow trainees are other kids competing to prove their worth so they can graduate and contribute to the war effort.
But the stifling competition at headquarters isolates Sammy from his peers. Learning to use his incredible powers is difficult enough, but when things go horribly wrong on a routine training mission, he must rely on the other Betas to stay alive.
The Silent War is at a tipping point; even one boy can be the difference.
But to do so, he must survive.

 

That’s it. Those are the books I’ve received this last week. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what books you’ve acquired recently. Thank’s for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon.

BYE!

My March Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? We’ve completed another month, it’s crazy.

One of the things I’ve been trying this year is to showcase my favorites things of the month. They could be movies I really liked, or songs that I loved, or books, or..

Really anything that involves entertainment.

Without further ado, let’s slide right into this and begin.

 

Favorite Movie:

Have you seen it? I have, 3 times.

AND IT’S STILL AMAZING.

Easily one of my most anticipated movies of the year, Beauty and the Beast was EVERYTHING I’d expect it to be. The new songs and actors made it stunning and beautiful. They performed the movie in a way that really rang true to the original, while also not copying the source material 100%. Yes, there were changes, but for the most part, they stuck with the storyline, and it resulted in amazingness.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I HIGHLY encourage you to see it.

Percentage Rating: 98%

Star Rating: 5/5

 

 

Favorite Book:

If you’ve been in the book blogging community for at least a year, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of the AMAZING Lunar Chronicles series. But, after it ended Marissa (the author), decided she wanted to publish a graphic novel following one of the secondary characters, and her adventures after the finale. As soon as I saw this at the library, I literally started into a running sprint and barely managed to get it.

It’s fun, amazing, and I would HIGHLY suggest it to ALL of the Lunar Chronicles fans who are out there.

Percentage Rating: 94%

Star Rating: 5/5

 

 

Favorite Song:

Yep, Beauty and the Beast again. For those who aren’t aware, in the new live action movie, they added 3 original new songs. Each one of them is amazing, but out of all of them, I would have to say that this is my FAVORITE. It just has so much meaning and emotion conveyed into the singing, it’s beautiful.

 

That’s it. Those are my March Favorites. Be sure to let me know in the comments below if you agree with this list, and it not, let me know what you thought was better. Thank’s for reading, have an AMAZING DAY!

REVIEW- Ashoka by: E.K. Johnson

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance….

 

FINISHED THIS BOOK! I can know OFFICIALLY say that I’ve read my first Star Wars book, and I LOVED IT!

*Dabs about this accomplishment*

One of the reasons I liked a TON about this book was the character, Ashoka. While she was bland in the show, she was interesting and resourceful in this book. The way the author writes this story is heartbreaking, dramatic, and AMAZING.

The setting was bland, and the ending felt rushed. One of the reasons it felt bland was because the town was Ashoka stayed in for most of the book, wasn’t that interesting. There was nothing engaging or attractive about the landscape, and it didn’t serve its purpose. If it did anything, it detracted from the story and stopped it from achieving greatness too early in the story.

The ending wasn’t satisfying, at all. My reasoning behind this is simple. We spend the WHOLE book trying to get a light-saber to fight the “evil one”, the bad guy shows up, and she kills him with a gun. SERIOUSLY? It didn’t deliver its promises, and that annoyed me, BADDD!

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite read, but it was still pretty good. I’d recommend it for people who’ve seen the Star Wars TV show, or any of the movies. It’s worth your time, and you’ll enjoy every second of it.

Star Rating:

BLOG TOUR/REVIEW-Dragonwatch by: Brandon Mull

Summary: In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.
No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.
As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.
How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

 

Wow! WHERE TO BEGIN? First, I wanna say thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing, Before blogging, I  would have never even dreamed that I’d be able to interview a book that one of my favorite authors of all time had written. I never thought I’d be here, in my yoga pants typing my review of a book, with a newborn sister in between me and the laptop, and quickly typing as fast as I can before she stirs. I guess life has it’s surprising, right?

In short, I just want to say thank you to EVERYONE that contributed to my love of books, I am in your debt!

Anyway, now that the sappy stuff’s over, let’s dive right into this review!

For those who may have skipped the summary( I do too), Dragonwatch is the sequel series to the Fablehaven series. Going into this book, I had high expectations. It was one of the books that got me into reading, the author was SUPER nice, and the illustrations were always BEAUTIFUL. Needless to say, I had high expectations.

It’s not that I was disappointed, It’s just that I didn’t get exactly what I asked for.

It’s like ordering a hamburger, you want it right. If you ordered no bacon, then you expect NO BACON. But, on a rare occasion, the waiter decides to bring something different than what you expected. You like it, but you wish it had been done right the first time.

This is exactly how I feel going into this book.

One of the reasons I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would be because it just felt like a BIG, LONG, introduction. Yes, I know, the fight was ALSO amazing. But still, half the time the book was explaining this new world and I thought we were already past that, I guess I thought wrong.

I still liked it, but it wasn’t what I expected going into another Fablehaven book.

The characters were REALLY GOOD. It was weird, their voices sounded almost exactly like they were in Fablehaven. It was if no time passed between books. Brandon did an AMAZING job re-discovering all of his character’s voices, it REALLY paid off in the long run.

The plot was simple and yet complex at the same time. The world was REALLY interesting. It was nice to expand on it, add new things, but still, contain the mystery and wonder at Fablehaven. I do have to admit that I wasn’t as enthralled like I was when I started the Fablehaven series, but then again it’s WAY different. Things are the same, but there is a darker tone/vibe going on in the story, and I LIKE IT!

Overall this was a pretty good story. I would TOTALLY recommend buying it, and if you haven’t read the Fablehaven series, START! What’s keeping you from reading greatness?

Thank’s for reading this post, my names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon, BYE!!!

Star Rating: 4.5/5

REVIEW- Romeo and Juliet by: William Shakespeare

Summary:

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover's affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is buried with the bodies of her slain relatives. In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.

 

Overall Reaction:

Going into this book, I had a no opinion. Coming out, I realized that I HATE Shakespeare.

ALL SHAKESPEARE!

Calm down, calm down. I’m sure someone out their loves his writing just as much as you (the reader), unfortunately I’m not your someone.

One of the reasons I HATED this book, was the drama that filled this book.

Book in a nutshell: Two suicidal teens marry in an attempt to unite their families, unfortunately It doesn’t work. (Spoiler no spoiler)

Juliet and Romeo cried about everything, and it constantly got me frustrated, so much that I wanted to yell. After barely meeting each other they get married after a SINGLE scene (Without telling their parents), and expect everything to go okay.

That’s totally the right thing to do, right?????

The lack of communication was horrendous I feel like this happens in every book, A boy and a girl, (usually) fall in love, barely talk to each other in the process, and when things go bad they STILL don’t talk to each other. *SLAPS FOREHEAD ANGRILY*

EVERYTHING COULD’VE been prevented if they’d talked this out, and not used messengers to communicate with each other.

TOO MANY CHARACTERS! In between acts, I’d find that I would be flipping back and forth anxiously figuring who’s who. Why mention a character if they’re only in the book for saying a sentence?

That’s it, I know it’s a short review, but other than that I don’t really have any other thoughts about this book. All I know is that EVERYTHING about this book annoyed me, and I do NOT plan on reading any more Shakespeare. (Sorry, not sorry)

Thank’s for reading, I’ll have another post up soon so until then, BYE!!!

My 2017 February Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? It’s March already. With the new month already here, I thought it would be a good time to review my reading month, as well as all of my favorite things I’ve watched and experienced this past month.

Let’s begin.

My Favorite Movie:

For those who haven’t seen Moana, (If you haven’t I feel bad for  you) I’ve included a summary at the bottom, so you can find out what’s so AMAZING about this.

Some of the reasons I enjoyed this so much was because of the AMAZING SONGS. It also had a GREAT plot, and supplied SUPER  interesting characters. It’s G rated, and is the newest addition to the Disney Princess Collection.

Rating:

 

Summary:
The epic journey continues for "Moana" fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure "Moana." From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

 

My Favorite Book:

One of the reasons I liked this book so much was how original it was from what I normally read. Basically, it’s about this finishing school, that trains spy’s and assassins. It’s clean, perfect, and I LOVED IT!

Summary:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
 Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

 

My Favorite Song:

We Know the Way by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Yep, Moana. Again. But I can’t help it. The song’s are just SOOO good, and interesting, and fun to sing. So why not. If you haven’t heard this song, google it now and enjoy its AMAZINGNESS!


That’s it! Those are my 3 FAVORITE things of February. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what your favorite things were this year. Thank’s for reading, hope you have an AMAZING DAY!

REVIEW- Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Summary:
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 

Overall reaction:

That was pretty good.

WOW! This was NOT what I was expecting. Going into this book, I assumed this would be like a carnival,  Clowns and Circus’s!

Boy was I wrong.

This is one of those books that you have to try it yourself to experience the magic. The summary doesn’t describe the book well, and it’s really one of those “Go into it blind” books. If that makes any sense at all.

Starting off, my review  One of the thing’s I LOVED was the characters. At times, I found myself physically (and mentally) gripping the book as hard as my fingers could hold,  it wasn’t even until the last half of the book I  truly realized how attached I was to the characters. The strong sisterhood vibes was beautiful, and the mystery surrounding it was amazing. 

One of the things I didn’t understand was the world. It was hard to latch onto, and their was little to no world-building.  The setting felt a bit dry, and unworthy of the characters. Through the course of the book, I had a hard time imagining the whole world, It ended up throwing me off. A LOT.

The ending felt a bit rushed, and I would’ve liked a bit more closure with the character and the world.

While the ending is okay, something I adored about this book was the beautiful description intertwined with the text. Sometimes, I would close my eyes and it almost felt as if I could actually smell the scent of the cinnamon apple scent in the air, or the salty ocean water hitting directly onto the characters face. It was INCREDIBLE!

Overall, this was a pretty good read, and I look forward to reading the next book.

Star Rating: ⅘

Percentage Rating: 72%

Stacking the Shelves- 2/25/17

Hey guys,

So today I wanted to update you about all of the recent books I have acquired over the past little while. I don’t want to make this too long, so let’s get into it.

 

 

I know, it’s a lot. One of my personal reading goals was to attend the library more, and not spend my money on books. Fortunately, It hasn’t been very hard. Between begging for my father to go to the library, as well as having all of my money stolen, all in all things are going pretty good.

Library Books-
The Sorcerer Heir by: Cinda Williams Chima

The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Ashoka by: E. K. Johnston

Cardboard by: Doug TenNapel

Magonia by: Mariah Dehava Headley

Yep. That’s it. Just ONE book. I was SOOO close to not getting it, but then I read ANOTHER review about it, and finally I caved in. For those who can’t read the title, Carve the Mark is written by Veronica Roth, and I’m SUPER pumped to read what she’s written!

 

That’s it! Those are all of the books I’ve acquired over the past little while! Short and SWEET!

Let me know in the comments below what books you’ve gotten recently so I can get SUPER jealous!

Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon. Until then, BYEEEEE!