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I’M BACK!

Hey guys,

So I know I haven’t written in awhile, and I’m sorry.

School hasn’t exactly been friendly, and the workload increased dramatically. Between Finals, AP Tests, and other miscellaneous things in my life, blogging wasn’t gonna happen.

BUT I’M BACK! School is pretty much wrapped up, and I’m ready to get my butt in gear to make the most out of the time I have. I’ve read, I’ve prepared, and I think I’m ready to be fully committed.

Since I was gone so much,  I didn’t get to read, but I was able to watch a new TV show that was EXTRAORDINARY!

CW’s new show is on its second season, and it still continues to amaze. With its impressive special effects, complex storylines, and theme centered around family, it’s easily panning out to be one of my favorite shows of the year.

So, moral of the story. If you’re in a book slump START SUPERGIRL!

 

What’s to come?

A ton of things. Review’s, Haul’s, entertainment news, ALL THE THINGS! Stay tuned!

 

Just as a reminder I’d like to thank all of my readers here at dabook. If it weren’t for your kind words, I don’t think I’d be here blogging today. Hopefully, I can manage to become the best blogger I can possibly become, it’s all I feel I could do to repay you.

Thank’s for all, STAY TUNED!

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:

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!

 

 

 

REVIEW-The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Summary:

Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

 

Honestly I’m a bit shocked.

OVERALL REACTION:

Yes, you heard that. Going into this book I had HIGH expectations, I was a HUGE fan of Brian’s other book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. So much that it made it to my favorite books of 2015. It was PURE AMAZING! The story CONSTANTLY switched from pictures and words, and it was the whole story was just BRILLIANT.

Needless to say, I thought I would like it as much as The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Unfortunately, none of that happened.

One of the thing’s I despised about this book was the fact that it tried to make this story meaningful, but failed miserably. It tried SOO HARD to shove it all into my face, and attempted to make me feel bad for this MC. Sadly, I found it agitated me EVERY SINGLE TIME! It tried so hard that it actually had me rolling my eyes, EVERY SINGLE TIME something SAPPY rolled around.

It didn’t really have anything to work with. We get a good story, interesting characters, not much known about the background of either, and then we find out it’s fake. After we found at that, I was done. What’s the point of building up a story if you’re going to only drag it down and not even have a purpose for doing it?

The ending made me dissatisfied, and bitter. One of my FAVORITE thing’s about Brian’s writing is the food for thought that comes after you’ve finished the book. You find yourself constantly looking back and thinking, and wondering if thing’s would be different. This time it did the opposite thing, the ending was confusing as well as forgot to properly wrap up everything. Honestly, it felt a bit rushed to me. This is definently NOT Brian’s best work.

In closing, I believe this wasn’t Brian’s best work, I would much rather prefer to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was WAY more interesting and provided a VERY satisfied ending.

Star Rating: 3/5 Stars

Percentage Rating: 49%

 

REVIEW-Champion by: Marie Lu

 

SUMMARY:
He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

WOW! What a ride, This book caused a HUGE amount of problems some good and some bad, but my overall it was a REALLY GOOD BOOK!

Overall Reaction:

One of the things I couldn’t stand about this book was that this book felt a bit rushed, the beginning was okay, and then things got amazing, and by the time the climactic end comes rolling around, I feel like it detracts from the greatness. An example of this is when they are meeting with The leader of the Colonies, and we get like a sentence of what he looks like. He talks quick, we never really find out what his motives are, and what really happened with the plagues. Personally, I felt like it didn’t have a HUGE effect on the ending, but it still would’ve been nice to see that fixed.

Another thing I was confused about was the lack of action. Sure, we’ll always have the ending, but even then this book is mainly focused on the politics side of things as most Dystopian novels tend to lean toward. It wasn’t necessarily something that made the story not as great as it could’ve been, it just felt like this book was becoming what every other Dystopian book is, and that bummed me out big time.

Speaking of things getting cliche at the end, the end part was SUPER cliche. I can’t really tell you without spoiling it, but when it happened I was a bit frustrated. One of the reasons I liked Legend some much was because it wasn’t like your normal Dystopian novel, it has it’s own twists and quirks that make it feel different and fresh, and to finish on that note, it felt like it was trying to become what every other Dystopian novel is. While I’m not angry at the ending, I am a bit frustrated that we had to end on that note.

When we finally finish the third act, we get a “Ten years Later” thing, This made me angry. The reason I was feeling discontent was because it felt like the author took a turn for laziness at the end, I would’ve LOVED to have seen what had happened in this ten year gap, a novella, a novel, a short description of what happened, ANYTHING! Sure, we do get a good list of events that have happened, but I want MORE! GIVE ME MORE!

Another thing that surprised me going into this book, was the depressing tone it had to everything. It felt like everything was against Day and June, and not a SINGLE thing could go right between them. I liked this because it generated this whole mystery over the ending and made you sad for the book to end, but also made you anxious to see what happens.

Overall, this book was pretty good, it played with my emotions and did a good an AMAZING job in the plot department. It struggled a bit in the  Character and Relationship department, but honestly overall it made for a very fun and entertaining read!

Star Rating: ⅘ stars

Percentage Rating: 87%

 

My top 5 FAVORITE Realistic Fiction books

Hey guys,

After finishing an AMAZING entitled See you in the Cosmos, I had an idea.

I know, some of you are like freaking out. Chill. Chill. I know, it’s a bit crazy. But in honor of LOVING this recent read, I’m going to recommend my top 5 favorite realistic fiction books.

Enjoy!  (;

 

Out of my Mind by: Shanon Draper


Summary:
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it - somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

I remember when I read this, I LOVE this book because it’s one of those books that let’s you think and re-evaluate your life. It’s SOO good and I highly recommend it.

 


Wonder by: R.J. Palicio


Summary:
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Probably my FAVORITE of this list, Wonder was a SUPER interesting read that was an emotional rollercoaster the whole way through. Easily one of my favorite reads two years ago, Wonder will NOT disappoint.

 


Counting by 7’s by: Holly Goldberg Sloan


Summary:
In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life... until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

Ever in need of a heartwarming story, This is MY PICK! As soon as I finished this, I was SOO HAPPY! The ending was SUPER satisfying, and I really LOVED this story…


 

See you in the Cosmos by: Jack Chang


Summary:
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

THIS BOOK COMES OUT MARCH 2nd! PRE-ORDER ASAP! I LOVED this book. From the diversity in characters to how the story is all told in recordings, this was a super interesting read that I HIGHLY SUGGEST!

 


 

Paper Things by: Jennifer Richard Jacobson


Summary:
When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live.

When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been "couch surfing," staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.

 

That’s it! Those are my Favorite Realistic Fiction reads! Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed anything. Later this week I’m planning on re-reading Frindle , (Thank’s Caroline)and then continuing on finishing Ettiquite and Espionage. Thanks for reading!

Bye!!!

 

February TBR-2017

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? It’s February? Another month closer to your death. (Sorry to get all grim, but it’s true). On a happier note I have some books that I HAVE to read this month! This list is SOO good, it’d be a sin not to read some of them.

 

1.Ever the Hunted by: Erin Summerill

I’ve heard SOOO many good things about this books. Plus, it involves a bow and arrow! (In case you can’t tell already, my fav weapon is a bow). From what I’ve gathered from other bloggers that I trust, It’s basically about a girl named Britta. Her Father is the bounty hunter for the king and so she follows him around and learns how to track well. Unfortunately, she is approached by the guard saying her Father has been killed by his own apprentice, (the UN-official boyfriend of the story) She ends up getting told by the King that she has to hunt down Cohen, or she will be killed in his place! Doesn’t that sound interesting? I am SUPER pumped to read this and are hoping to send the review out by the beginning of the week.

 

2. Dragonwatch by: Brandon Mull

This week I was fortunate enough to be sent an ARC copy for review of Dragonwatch by: Brandon Mull. AS SOON AS I SAW THIS I SCREAMED!

For those who don’t know, Dragonwatch is the sequel series to Fablehaven that I LOVED! Fablehaven was the series that I read in elementary school, it had a HUGE impact on me as a reader, and I’m SUPER excited to be getting back to the world!

3. Artemis Fowl by: Eoin Colfer

About a week and a half ago I got a comment in one of my posts suggesting for me to read this! As soon as I read the description, saw the cover, and found it in my brothers room, I immediantly knew that fate has something in store for me. I REALLY want to get to this soon, the concept of a kid/Evil Genius is pulling me in, and I can’t resist the urge to pick this up!

That’s it! Those are the books I KNOW I’m going to read the book. Usually, I try to keep it open because I never know if a book surprises me and I want to continue! Thanks for reading. I’ll have another post up soon!!

REVIEW- The Enchanter Heir by: Cinda Williams Chima

 


They called it the Thorn Hill Massacre—the brutal attack on a once-thriving Weir community. Though Jonah Kinlock lived through it, he did not emerge unscathed: like the other survivors, Jonah possesses unique magical gifts that set him apart from members of the mainline guilds. At seventeen, Jonah has become the deadliest assassin in Nightshade, a global network that hunts the undead. He is being groomed to succeed Gabriel Mandrake, the sorcerer, philanthropist, and ruthless music promoter who established the Thorn Hill Foundation, the public face of Nightshade. More and more, Jonah’s at odds with Gabriel’s tactics and choice of targets. Desperate to help his dying brother Kenzie, Jonah opens doors that Gabriel prefers to keep closed.

Emma Claire Greenwood grew up worlds away, raised by a grandfather who taught her music rather than magic. An unschooled wild child, she runs the streets until the night she finds her grandfather dying, gripping a note warning Emma that she might be in danger. The clue he leaves behind leads Emma into Jonah’s life—and a shared legacy of secrets and lingering questions.

Was Thorn Hill really a peaceful commune? Or was it, as the Wizard Guild claims, a hotbed of underguild terrorists? The Wizards’ suspicions grow when members of the mainline guilds start turning up dead. They blame Madison Moss and the Interguild Council, threatening the fragile peace brokered at Trinity.

Racing against time, Jonah and Emma work to uncover the truth about Thorn Hill, amid growing suspicion that whoever planned the Thorn Hill Massacre might strike again.
Going into this book, I had high hopes. Unfortunately, I was let down. It’s not that it was HORRIBLE, but it definently wasn’t an A+ either.
Overall Reaction:
      After coming from an EPIC trilogy, I was ecstatic to find out the fourth book was entitled “The Enchanter Heir”.  In fact, one of my favorite people in the previous books was an enchanter. I imagined this book would be full of spying, high stakes, manipulation,  and have of karate, making it the PERFECT book.
Unfortunately, what I got was a rip off, literally. (Do I have to say anything else)?
-Below are the covers of book one and book four-
Anyone looking at the covers? If you’re like any other person who can recognize the problem here, it’s exactly the same thing!
 Both MC’s are males. Their first name’s both start with a “j”. In both the books the MC’s are UNUSUALLY good at fighting with a sword, and live in the state of Ohio. Both also have girl sidekicks, but in the end we find out that they are WAY better at fighting than we would’ve imagined at the beginning of the book.
   Unlike the first book, this book doesn’t really have a good ending. It was MASHED together, and left a TON of strings undone. WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THE ZOMBIE WIZARDS THAT SAID THEY WERE PLOTTING TO KILL EVERYONE?  WHAT HAPPENED TO EMMA AT THORN HILL? HOW DID A BOY ON FREAKING FIRE CALM DOWN WHEN HE MEETS A NORMAL, AVERAGE GIRL, WHO SAYS TO BREATHE SLOWLY? HOW ARE THEY NOT DEAD?
     Another thing I was let down with was that their was NO Enchanter power. AT ALL! The only way Cinda used it AT ALL was when she was describing how he always was SUPER buff and that he seemed to put a spell on the girl every FREAKING time they looked at each other. COME ON! He was more like a warrior than an Enchanter! Just cut us the time of  re-creating the same character and do a part 2 to the first book. I don’t know, just DON’T copy your same exact character as before (Even if it’s yours).
   Overall, I wasn’t a fan of this book and would just recommend that you read only the first three books in the series. Looking back, it was satisfying enough that it felt like an ending for me. I think I’m just going to forget I read this and stick with only reading the trilogy.
Grade Rating: D+
Star Rating:
As always, make sure to comment below and join the discussion! Have you read this series? What are you’re thoughts on it? Let me know below!
Thanks!
-Jared
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The Noobs Guide to Fantasy

For those who don’t know, I love me a GOOD fantasy. A LOT  It’s pretty much the only genre I read a TON of books in. Why, you ask, well I ask you the question,  “Why not?”

After getting NUMEROUS questions on facebook, I’ve finally caved in.
You: I just finished Harry Potter and I don’t know where to go.
Me: *Starts to smile* You don’t know the half of it.
If you haven’t even finished Harry Potter, and want to read Fantasy, STOP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND READ IT! Leave, just leave, but make sure to come back when you finish!

 

 

If you’ve already completed Harry Potter, congrats! You’re officially my favorite child. *Pats you on the head* Did you like it? Who was your favorite character? Let me know in the comments below!

Now you’ve just finished Harry Potter and don’t know what to read next you will be feeling some SLIGHT discomfort. This is what us book nerds call a

BOOK SLUMP.

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While in this  “book slump” you feel as if their is nothing better in the world and want nothing more than to erase your mind and re-read the series all over again.
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You’ve finished a fantasy book! CONGRATS! Over the course of the book you’ve said a few spells, killed a few people, wandered around Hogwarts, and most importantly, you’ve gotten a taste of fantasy!  Now if you’re like 99% percent of humans, YOU WANT MORE!

Fortunately, I was already prepared for this and took the liberty of suggesting a few of my favorite fantasy novels.

The Warrior Heir by: Cinda Willaims Chima

Grade: A

Interesting: YESSS

Magic: YAAASSS

Plot Twists: FILLED TO THE BRIM!

 

 

Summary:
 An epic battle between good and evil...

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player

The Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan

Interesting: Yes

Grade: A-

Percent Grade: 95%

Saracasm: 99%

Are the Characters Likable: YESSSSS

Star Rating: 5/5!

 

Summary:
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Steelheart by: Brandon Sanderson

Interesting: YES

Percentage Rating: 99%

Grade Rating: -A

Magic System: It’s AMAZING! I LOOVVEED THIS BOOK AND SUGGEST EVERYONE READ THIS!

 

 

Summary:
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

That’s it! Those are my start-up recommendations for all y’all fantasy noobs! Hope you enjoy! Let me know in the comments what you think of the books! Thank’s for reading, my names Jared and I’ll have another post up soon!

-Jared

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My Top Five Favorite books of all time

Hey guys,

So with January being a new year, I thought it best to showcase my TOP 5 favorite books that I’ve read, ever. I’ve mentioned most of these through the years, but now it’s FINALLY time to reveal my FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME!

Let’s begin!

1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone

If you haven’t read this, well let’s just say I am VERY disappointed in you. If you are aren’t really a fantasy reader and want to get started, this is the direction I’d point you in. I PROMISE that if you read this series,  you won’t be as displeased as SNAPE .

 

2. The Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan

If you haven’t read this yet, here’s a something you HAVE to put on your TBR. This book was the one that got me into reading! It did for me, what Harry Potter did for so many others. It made me expand my horizons, made me want to read! Without it, I doubt I would be standing here today.

Summary: 
   Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

 

3. The Book Thief by: Marcus Zusak

This book was SOO SAD. For those who don’t know, this standalone takes place in World War 2, and is told from a little girl’s perspective who is learning how to read, and who’s family is secretly hiding a jew in their house. It’s really grand and is very inspiring and I would recommend you read this ASAP!

Summary:

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

 

4. Steelheart by: Brandon  Sanderson

Easily one of my fav’s, Steelheart is the story of 16 year-old David who, when he is 10-years old, a star appears in the sky making normal everyday people develop strange super-powers. But here’s the catch, the more they use your powers, the more you lose control of your sanity. This amazing book is one of my FAVORITES! I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU LOOK INTO THIS if you’re looking for a young- HEARTBREAKING fantasy novel.

Summary:
   Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

 

5. Legend by: Marie Lu

ALERT: THIS IS NOT YOUR AVERAGE DYSTOPIAN NOVEL

Summary:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I was ecstatic when I finished this! The plot Twists in this book are what sells this, they just come from so far away, so when they come flying at you,  they hit like a rock, hard.

That’s it! Those are my top favorite books, ever. Let me know in the comments below what some of your favorite books are! My names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon.

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