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Review-Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson

Hey guys,

This book is honestly my favorite book in the entire universe. Everything’s just so amazing about it and it is honestly the best book I have encountered while on my reading journey. I read this forever ago way back in 6th grade, so a few weeks ago I decided I needed to  do a re-read and introduce this to my brother who’s also in 6th grade to get him back into reading, and the cool part is, that it worked! Anyway let’s stop this mumbo jumbo and  start this review!

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In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?

In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

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 (American Version  /   UK Version)

cooltext133089343094800 Words cannot express the love I have for this book. The characters are so likable and you don’t realize how much you love them, before something terrible happens. Brandon Sanderson is one of those authors that play with your emotions and ALWAYS comes up with the most amazing plot twists and because he somehow get’s you to love these characters without even realizing it. I loved the idea for this book, it’s so original and fun and amazing! The Setting is just so interesting and different that you love it for that. This is totally a High Fantasy Novel. He really get’s you immersed into his writing and his worlds! I have not liked any of the series he’s ever released and that’s what I love about him. This story is a Street Urchin named Vin, who lives in a world where there is a tyrant called the Lord Ruler. There was this huge fight against the Darkness that fought the land and somehow The Lord Ruler won. The world is in a wreck from the great fight and so there are ash mounts and other crazy things. But the Lord Ruler has never died, and that was thousands of years ago, he’s been stabbed, punched, kicked, and had his head cut off but he always heals himself. Some say that the Lord Ruler is god. But Vin knows different, The Lord Ruler can be killed, and only Vin can find out how.

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Well I have to admit that the pacing was a little slow, but was easily renewed for the second half of the book. Overall this book is amazing, glorious, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy!

Rating: 5/5

5 stars

 

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May Book Haul 2016!

Hey guys,

So today I wanted to do my long-awaited Book Haul in which I show you guys the books I’ve accumulated from the past few months. Well without further ado let’s dive in and start with the books!

The First book I received for my birthday way back in March was the Harry Potter Coloring Book! It’s so amazing, and the pictures in the book make me almost not want to color it, almost.
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On the Right is a picture of one of the Drawings, doesn’t it look so pretty?
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Next I want to share with you about an event I’ve attended the last two years, I went to Free Comic Book Day 2016! Basically every year on the first Saturday in May they have a thing called Free Comic Book Day! You just go to freecomicbookday.com and go to the store locator to find a store near you. For more info about Free Comic book day go to Freecomicbookday.com or you could read my horrible description of it, if so read on. Basically this is the time where Comic Book People set aside certain comics and from big companies like Marvel, Dark Horse, Dc etc. print free stories of comics for free of the taking no strings attached. Well let’s get to it, this is what I got this year!

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From Left to right,

Dream Jumper, Doctor Who, Serenity Firefly Class, and Archie #1.

Next in my book haul our the remainder of the books.

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Going from left to right we have.

Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson, highly suggest this, it’s my favorite read so far this year!

Cress by: Marissa Meyer, this is part of a series of Fairy Tail re-tellings but Sci-Fi. I would compare 16this series with Fairy Tails meet Star Wars!

Finally we have Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians:The Knights of Crystallia, book three in the Alcatraz series. I did reviews for the first book and I’ll link that below. It’s basically people with magic glasses, mixed with weirdness. But a good weird if you know what I mean.

Review: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Knights of Crystallia

Well Thank’s for reading this post and learning about what I’ve collected recently as always I’d like to mention I’m starting a schedule of every Friday and Wednesday. So stay tuned for that, anyways thanks for reading this post, thanks for subscribing, and read on!

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Review- The Demon King by: Cinda Williams Chima

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Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell—the thick silver cuffs he’s worn since birth. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana‘Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her…

The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

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Wow! What a novel. I picked up this book after numerous recommendations and after reading her other “Heir” Trilogy. I loved that in this she focused on wizard and magic politics. It was so different and I was intrigued the entire time. I especially loved that these characters were separate. But every time It switched POV’s. I would take it slow because every time it switched POV’s it always, ALWAYS added on a cliffhanger leaving me dying for more.  The characters were very relatable and in that way it made me feel like they were people and not just characters. I cared for each one, and when something happened I cringed reading this book out of fear for them. Literally my jaw was so stiff  the day after.
cooltext133089378843909 Somethings in this book were a little slow. The ending was okay, but not a huge cliffhanger like I’d expected, but overall this was good. The magic came in later than hoped and I wished we could see more what the Bayar’s could actually do, oh well. I’m honestly looking to see happens in the next one!
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Review: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Knights of Crystallia

cooltext133089402245467When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everything (that’s his Talent), Alcatraz tries to save a city under siege. From who? Why, the Librarians of course! (From Goodreads)

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cooltext133089303484155 May I just say Brandon Sanderson is just a wizard with characters, making them so fun and interesting at the same time. My favorite character in this book is actually the Main Character, Alcatraz. I love his cunningness as well as reading what “he” wrote in his “books.” There just so fun and the characters are really one of the strong things in this  book that make it so good!

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I enjoyed this book a ton. I think that after reading the first two books you sort of get used to all of the weirdness and just enjoy, not nitpicking at every little detail. The weird is becoming the normal and it’s getting amazing. I have to say with each book in the series the stakes are rising, and the books are getting better and better as we go! I love the setting and exploring the world, it’s just so interesting! The endings are always what make me look forward to this book. They always end up with uncertainty and that’s what I love about this. I totally did not see the end of this book coming! I feel like at every sentence I’m doing “!” But it’s so true, this series is so good and you should totally look into it if you have not already! THIS IS NOT LIKE NORMAL BRANDON SANDERSON’S WORK! These are way different and quirky and weird, but that’s what I love about this series!

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I don’t have anything to say. This book wasn’t a five stars, but It got pretty high and up there. Overall I’m liking it a ton!

Thank you so Much Tor/Starscape for sending me a review copy, It means the world to me that you do this!

Want it? The book comes out April 19th!

4.5/5

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Review- Kingdom Keepers: Disney after Dark by: Ridley Pearson

cooltext133089402245467In this fantastical novel, Disney’s Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Finn and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains.

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Hey Guys!

Well I wasn’t a huge fan of the beginning. The beginning felt a little rocky. I felt like the beginning and the end are way two different parts of the story, because the beginning is boring. Things didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. It felt like the beginning was info-dumping every other page and I’m not a fan of that. The characters seemed okay but the setting was what really enticed me to read this!

cooltext133089343094800  I really liked the setting. I was suffering from withdraw from Disneyland and this totally made me feel like I was in this world! I loved the Disney Idea! The overall writing was pretty good. I flew through this book and read it in one day! The characters were okay, as well as the plot. The thing that enticed me about this was the Disneyland plot!

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Rating:

3.5/5

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REVIEW-Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Scrivener’s Bones by: Brandon Sanderson

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Alcatraz Smedry is back with a new mission!

The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it’s up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This second book will take Alcatraz and company on an exploration of the Library of Alexandria, which — despite Librarian rumors — was never destroyed. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking things, break into this secret world? Or will the Evil Librarians once again prevail?

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Well first off this is a second book in a series. If you have not read this series nor book one I highly suggest this series! This is my favorite series this year! Notice the this year part? Anyways I feel like book one (which if you have not read my review for you can go to it with the link at the end of this post) was more of a world building type book. Book two we’ve sort of come to accept the facts and magic and just learn to love these characters. Sanderson just does it so well making me feel emotionally attached to all of these characters, even the new one’s who were introduced in this book I would hate to see them get hurt. My favorite character through this book was Australia, she’s a new girl being introduced in this book and is just always so calm but was so (not to be mean) dumb. I mean her character was brilliant and made me laughed but her IQ points were a little down! (:

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Man can we just take a minute and appreciate on the back of the dust jacket there is a map. Almost any Sanderson book I’ve ever read always get’s a map. Coincidence? I think not! Anyway I loved this band of characters. Instantly I was ready for more due to the climax of number one, Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians.  I was not disappointed, this book made me smile and just laugh a little. So in short terms of describing this book it is…

Basically a bunch of new as well as old characters with the most ridiculous powers trying to use them in ways you won’t normally think up.

The action in this book was spot on as well as the pacing. I love the kid friendly aspect to it as well as it is open to anyone! I really liked the magic system (What Sanderson book have I not read that doesn’t have an enticing magic system) While his other works are more serious and amazing, this was more laid back and meant for a younger audience, I think any kid from 9+ should really read this series, I went in not expecting much and went out by loving it!

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I can’t really think of anything. I was blown away by how much better this book was then the first one! I can already tell this will be on my list of favorites of 2016, it’s that good!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

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Review for book one!
Well that’s it, both these books book one and two will be out February 16th, while you may have read them a while back they are being re-published with different covers and minor changes as Deluxe Hardcover Special Illustrated Edition.

NOTE: Thank you Tor for providing this review copy, It means the world that you sent this series to me!

Thank’s for reading this post, as always I will have another post up soon so until then read on! And if you’ve read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work please tell me in the comments below, well bye!

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REVIEW- Alcatraz Vs the Evil Librarians by: Brandon Sanderson

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A hero with an incredible talent…for breaking things. A life-or-death mission…to rescue a bag of sand. A fearsome threat from a powerful secret network…the evil Librarians.

Alcatraz Smedry doesn’t seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them!…by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutzines

cooltext133089343094800 This a book is not a normal Brandon Sanderson book. The writing style is completely different and the plot is so quirky and weird, but that’s the thing that I love most about this book. The world is different and the illustrations in this book were beautiful. Being a Brandon Sanderson fan and never reading the Alcatraz series, before this new edition of course. I went into this book thinking the writing style would be like his other books like Mistborn. But I was wrong this book made me laugh and giggle and I can recognize the little comments that he leaves behind for adult readers that just made me laugh out loud. To be clear this book is in a different writing style, I didn’t love it and think it was the best book that I’ve read this year, but it wasn’t a horrible book. It actually was pleasantly surprised and I really enjoyed a lot of the overall ecstatic of this book!

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cooltext133089378843909 DO NOT GO INTO THIS WITHOUGHT REALIZING THAT THE WRITING STYLE IS DIFFERENT!

I did and it made me feel a little disappointed at first up until page 50 when things started to get good. After that I learned to love this book. I did not like the beginning, It felt really mundane and it felt really rushed into this world that our character totally accepted things normal people would take days or weeks accepting.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Thank you for the chance to review this book TOR, it means the world too me that I was able to review a book for my favorite author.

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REVIEW- Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die

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Man this book was good, but the one thing that bothered me was Magnus’s voice. Rick Riordan decided to switch from 2nd person back to 1st person. It helped get into the mind of Magnus a ton, But I just felt that it sounded too much like Magnus, I feel like we need a distinction between the characters other than there looks, I feel like they need to sound a little different maybe Magnus could have been more serious? I don’t know, but I really liked this main lead, I felt like he made a strong start to a new series and feel like Magnus’s commentary was much-needed.

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I really thought this book was good, at first when I saw this book I was like, AGAIN! Another Mythology book! But I was really excited for it cause hey, this is Rick Riordan were talking about, he’s amazing! I really loved this book, Ever since The Blood of Olympus I feel like everyone was suffering from “Percy Withdrawal” and I felt like this was a solid start to a series and defiantly lived up to its praise. While the character sounds like Percy, I highly enjoyed this beginning. I especially loved the Cameos that came up in this book from the other series he has written.  The story was rich, the characters were funny, and the book is defiantly living up to the praise.

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Well like I said earlier I felt like the voice sounded a little too much like Percy, but overall this book was a solid start to a new series.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Thank you for reading this post, My name is Jared, and I hope you have a great night. Oh and yeah make sure to comment below if you’ve read this book and what you thought about it, and if you haven’t do you plan too?

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REVIEW- The Mark of the Dragonfly by: Jaleigh Johnson

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Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

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The character’s were okay in this book. I mean if someone died in this book, I wouldn’t care for a minute. The stakes didn’t seem very high and the author made it feel like it was too high than it really was. Our main protagonist, Piper was okay and her character was a bit dull.

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The mood and world building were a bit fascinating at the beginning but didn’t stay the whole story. This book was a mix of Cinder by: Marissa Meyer and The Polar Express, If you like those I think you’d enjoy this, unfortunately I didn’t.

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Well I regret to say I wasn’t a fan of this. The kids acted older than they really were, what are they 12, 13? Well they acted WAY older. This book is in the genre for Steampunk, for those who don’t know what that is it is a fantasy story that if barely beginning to develop technology. With this story the magic came at about three-quarters of the entire book. Is it just me or does it seem like it took to long to get into the magic. I liked the Steampunk feel to it but It needs more of the Show don’t tell aspect to it. I’ll show you what I mean in the example below.

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A vein bulged out of Kind So and So’s forehead. His face was red, and his eyes stared like daggers into the other’s souls.

See what I mean, I mean overall Jaleigh did a pretty good job at this but I would have loved this more if she did this instead of randomly info dumping. And finally I felt like this author tried to make this YA to appeal to a wider audience and I don’t feel like that worked, But overall this book was pretty good, I would NOT suggest this to a reader who is just beginning to start reading, I would recommend it to someone who’s read for a while.

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Overall this book was just okay and It didn’t really appeal to me as much. I wish I could have liked it more but I couldn’t.

Rating: 2.5/5

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REVIEW- The Fire Within By: Chris D’Lacey

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A magical adventure about the power of dragons…

When David moves in with Elizabeth Pennykettle and her eleven-year-old daughter, Lucy, he discovers a collection of clay dragons that come to life. David’s own special dragon inspires him to write a story, which reveals the secrets behind a mystery. In order to solve the mystery and save his dragon, David must master the magic of the fire within—not only with his hands but also with his heart.

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Well I remember reading this a while back and decided to give the first book a try again to see if I like it.

Unfortunately I did not.

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First off I felt the cover of this book was a bit mis-leading. With the cover of a dragon you’d assume that this book is about dragons, and while it partly is the author only touches on the dragons a little at the beginning and at the end. We then also experienced short sentences saying, “Lucy Pennykettle ran up the stairs to get her dragon.” DRAGONS ARE NOT THE MAIN FOCUS OF THIS BOOK! The main focus of this book is squirrels. Literally it focus’ on them at least bare minimum 80%.  Also in the story it says that our Main Character, David attends college. But we never even see the man attend it. I felt like the author over-used the word college in his story as well as didn’t say class, once in the entire story. I don’t say when I go to school, “I don’t have homework for my college!” Who says that? lI was really disappointed with this novel and was looking for a good Fantasy book, instead I felt like I was reading about the lives of squirrels. My advice to people who want to read this book is this, Go into this book knowing it drags a little as well as talks like 20% about dragons the entire book. If you pick up this book ready for an adventure with dragons you’ll be VERY disappointed. If your into a day in the life of squirrels then I suggest you grab a bag on nuts- cause this book would be for you.

Rating: 1/5 stars

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