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REVIEW- Etiquette and Espionage by: Gail Carriger

 

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. 

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

 

Overall Reaction:

Wow! I’m SUPER surprised. Going into this book, I had low expectations. Now that I’ve finished the first book, my expectations have been completely raised!

If you are a fan of Victorian Era novels and don’t mind a hint of Steampunk, you’ll have a pleasant experience reading this and I would HIGHLY recommend it!

The characters were a bit cliche, while I do admit this, the author added little twists to each of the characters making them different enough for it not to be boring or the same thing which caused me to overlook their dullness and continue with the plot.

The plot was only okay. While I did favor this story, The plot wasn’t AMAZING. It didn’t suck, it just wasn’t the type of Espionage I was looking for. Instead of FULL BLOWN fight scenes, we got little attack and runs.

One thing I LOVED about this story was  the finishing school that our MC goes too. I loved learning about how to be a spy, and all of the lessons were SUPER interesting, it also made for a very immersive world that kept building on itself chapter by chapter.

The writing style was GRAND! It really helped that the book was told with a voice that sounded like it was EXACTLY In the Victorian Era which totally got me into the mindset making the story more immersive and entertaining.

Overall, I’m fairly excited to read the second installment in this series, Although I’m not DYING of anticipation. It’s clean! The story is GOOD! Plus, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for readers wanting to start in genre of Steampunk but want to take things slowly at the beginning.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

 


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.

Bye!

-Jared

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MINI REVIEW-A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Show

GUYS! GUYS! A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS TV SHOW CAME OUT, AND I LOVE IT!

Warning: Their may or may not be a ton of “!”

Wow! I LOVED this show so much! I’m so glad I watched this! TO START OF, GOOD JOB NETFLIX!

One of the things I loved most about this TV series was that it was so much alike to the books. It was a REALLY GOOD adaptation! Neil Patrick Harris, was AWESOME as Count Olaf! There were SO many little details from the books that please me so much. From the little intro’s at the beginning, to actually seeing the Baudelaire mansion, It was GREAT!

It appealed to all ages, and it was still excellent!  I didn’t have to worry about swear words are it being to scary, My six-year old brother even got the story, and he loved it. There was NO swearing at all, and it constantly fought me for my attention!

One of the key things that this book communicated was that life, usually isn’t like a fairy tale. Sometimes, there is no happy ending and against all odds you still have to fight back. The movie really ringed true to this and it worked perfectly!

There was a hint of darkness and grim , laced with enough whity sarcasm  and jokes to make this show NOT SCARY! When things started to feel boring BAM something totally unexpected happens making you thirst for more.

 

WAS IT BETTER THAN THE BOOK?

A. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. It was as good as the books though! I was SOO surprised, I had already prepared myself for the worst! But, it was a neat surprise! This show really rang true to the books and I would HIGHLY recommend for you to check it out!

Star Review:

 

HOUSTON! WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED A GOOD BOOK TO TV SHOW ADAPTATION! *Launches Rocket*

 

A WIP Excerpt from my novel Raven

Hey Guys,

It’s time! The long awaited Excerpt. to give you a little background basically this was from my Nanowrimo novel this year. I’ve had ton of asks on my instagram to share this and today I’ve finally caved in. THIS IS NOT FINAL! Nothing is final! It’s just something I wrote earlier to figure out my Main character Raven.  Also please be mindful about the grammar, (I do know how to spell) ;)It’s five pages, short and sweet, and centers around a killing. Hope you like it! Let  me know if you do! Thanks! 🙂

-Jared

 

Scream: A short Story

Raven runs forward gripping the handle of her sword at her side. She grunts jumping across the rooftops of the buildings that line the street.  All is silent save for the wispy winds that carry the light snow across the town. Using her black cloak to blend in with the dark Raven moves forward laying across the cold, metal, roof exhaling quietly, she gives a faint smile watching as the steam from her breath slowly floats into the air. But eyes quickly divert to the street, The once busy street of the old town had an eerie silence surrounding it. Ever since the disappearances had happened at the start of winter, Well let’s just say Raven couldn’t blame the people for not wanting to come out and play in the snow.

She pulls herself up to the edge of the roof catching a brief glimpse of her target and rolls her eyes. The chubby, drunkard, of a man was still wandering aimlessly around the quiet, snow covered, streets of Aconnite. Her hands itched for her to grab at her sword and just finish him. It would have been better for both of them. Unfortunately Raven didn’t decide to go with the latter.

“Where are you going, old man?” Raven says whispering to herself.  The old man walks quickly observing at the roofs to make sure no one is watching him and continues to walk to the end of the street and up the hill to the old town’s graveyard. She shuddered shaking her head, she’d always hated graveyards, even now, as a 19-year old she’d hated them.  She sighed waiting until the drunkard was out of earshot and pulled herself up to the top of the roof  and slid down to the other end kicking against the roof and landing smoothly on the snow covered ground. The sound of her boots hitting the snow filled the echoey streets. Her heart beat faster as the old man advanced up the hill. She shook her head feeling the desire to kill. Not yet she thought. Her thoughts made the whole grimness of the situation a little more bearable. If that sounded sane in any way.

“Focus Raven.” she said aloud.

Rolling her eyes, she watched as the old man turned, casting a glance in the general direction to make sure he wasn’t being followed. As quick as lightning she ducked behind one of the barrel’s barely missing his line of sight and concealing herself. After waiting for a minute she peered her head from the side watching as the old man shrugged continuing to make his way up the hill in the distance.

“Don’t do it.” Raven whispered to herself. Her stomach rumbled with hunger, as she pushed against it trying to make the uncomfortable feeling go away.

“Five more minutes.” Raven whispered to herself. “Five more minutes,  and then I’ll kill the old man, then we can get the money and use it for some food in the morning.”

She shuddered, feeling a draft of wind sending the hood of her green cloak flying backwards revealing her black as ink, curly, hair. Raven shook her head not bothering to pull the hood up and stood staring at a running sprint and kicking up the snow as she ran. Her eyes averted up as she caught glimpse of the man atop the hill.

Raven gripped at the end of her sword pulling it from its scabbard on her waist. Finally The long, obsidian sword basked in the light of the moon as she pulled it out.

The sword, unlike any other was long beyond it’s time, stained with the spots of dried blood and the pommel in the shape of an eagle.

She pulled his hood up and started back up into a sprint. She scrunched her face as she ran, The cold night wind beats furiously against her face.

When I finish this I think I’ll start a fire she thought. As fast as possible, Raven sprinted up the hill, gripping her sword, and looked down below.

Her eyes widened as she could make out another figure with the old man in the distance. In the valley below the ground was covered in a soft white blanket of snow, except for the tops of the stone tombstones poking out from it.

She frowned slowly watching the old man walked slowly to the other.

“Where have I seen-” her whispers were cut short as she watched the other man pull the hood of his cloak off. The bright red beard, the red clasp. Her eyes widened, there was no mistaking the High Advisor of the King.

Slowly Raven crept forward quieting herself to hear their conversation.

“Have you found him yet?”The High Advisor asked, “I can’t have word reaching the capital that we have a murderer in Volcon.”

Raven watched as the old man bit his lip.

“Er- no. the last killing happened yesterday. The locals said they found him at his desk, with a knife in his chest.”

“How has nobody noticed? Where were this man’s relatives? His wife?”

 “All they said was his wife went over to a neighbors and when she came back-”

“How many is that now?” the High Advisor asked abruptly not bothering to hear the rest of the story.

Raven watched as the old man’s eyes averted to the ground.

“46.”

The High advisor scoffed, “ I believe the last time we met last week you stated 14.”

The old man looked up with pleading eyes, “There were, Honestly. The disappearances have almost tripled since the time you left.”

Raven’s eyes widened, how could this be possible? 46? Right from under her nose?”

“And do you believe this to be the work of Kai?” the High Advisor stated raising an eyebrow.

The old man quickly shook his head, “I-,” his eyes fell to the ground, “I do, but some of the other locals are getting ideas. I keep telling em Kai likes to make a big showing of his killings, and that this was too quiet. But they won’t buy it..”

“How long do we have until suspicions creep in?” The High Advisor asks rolling his eyes.

Raven quietly lays on the snow draping her head over the curve of the hill to better conceal herself. The wind howls in the distance,

“I believe we have er-”

Footsteps.

She casts her head back, her eyes widen as she glared. The cool grey eyes, vibrant yellow hair. Kai.

She stands quickly forgetting secrecy and pulls her sword out from her scabbard.

“Stay away from me!” Raven yells sternly pointing her sword straight at the Kai.

He stops staring at her from below, giving her a toothy grin.

“You really think I’m coming for you?” he says in a smooth manner..

“This is my lead. They are my territory. Stay away or I will be forced to kill.”

Kai smiles continuing to advance up the hill,  “I have a right. They are talking about me. They are mine.”

Raven shakes her head gripping at the handle of her sword.

“This ends now.”

Raven raises her sword  running forward and swings to the side in an arch, Kai quickly reacts raising his sword swinging angrily and blocking the blow. The sound of metal upon metal fills the air making Raven’s ears ring as she plunges backwards from the impact hitting the snow, and watching as her sword flies from her hand and down into the snow somewhere below.  She looks up staring at Kai’s face wincing as he raises his sword above his head. This was it, death had came for her. She’d always known it would come for her, she just didn’t realize it would come this soon. She looks up making eye contact with Kai starting to quake in fear..  Shaking; swinging; the light of the moon gleaming between Kai’s sword as he swings.

Through the cold, wispy winds, a scream could be heard.

REVIEW-Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Shattered Lens

cooltext133089402245467Alcatraz Smedry, the boy with the incredible Talent for breaking things, has a lot to prove and little time in which to do it. In this adventure, Alcatraz faces an army of librarians–and their giant robots–as they battle to win the kingdom of Mokia. If the librarians win the war, everything that Alcatraz has fought so hard for could end in disaster. Alcatraz must face the robots, the evil librarians, and even his own manipulative mother! But will he be able to save the kingdom of Mokia and the Free Kingdoms from the wrath of the librarians before everything comes crashing down?

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cooltext133089343094800 This is the fourth book in the Alcatraz series. And it wasn’t a let down. After getting used to this unique writing style I really enjoyed this book! It wasn’t my fav book of all time, but it wasn’t a let down. I love how in each book Brandon explores the whole Smedry talents and twists them into things you wouldn’t expect. This book has by far the best ending. I am so excited for the next book Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Dark Talent coming later this year! The plot was fun and exciting. The series is adorable and the Chapter headings are hilarious.  I love Alcatraz as a character because he’s fun, witty, clever, and just all around weird. with the storyline FINALLY heating up, I’m almost positive the next book will be the best, by far!

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Honestly I feel like I’m missing the tension in the series, I feel like Alcatraz doesn’t have anything to loose. I just feel like this series is lacking that kind of tension if anyone knows what it means. But I love that we finally have figured out the villan in the most unlikely way!

Rating:

3.5/5

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Thanks for reading my review! We’re back to regualar scheduled programming! See my next post on Saturday! Until  then thanks for reading, and I’ll have another post up soon! My name is Jared, and this is me saying see ya till Saturday!

Haven’t read this series yet? Read my review for book 1 below

REVIEW- Alcatraz Vs the Evil Librarians by: Brandon Sanderson

5 Ways to Organize your Bookshelf!

Hey guys,

So I wanted to do a Bookshelf Organization post so that if you ever feel bored and up to the challenge, you can re-organize your bookshelf. Anyway enough talk let’s start this thing!

Ways to do your

  1.   Rainbow

If you have not already thought of this you can organize your books by color. It’s such a fun way and visually pleasing way to set your books up on your shelf, but sometimes it’s a pain to remember what color the spine of your book was if you’re looking for it.

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2.  Alphabetical.

You could also set your books in order from A-Z by author last name or by title. But I mean just in general to organize them from A-Z.

3. Height

Your could also organize your books by height like have them all gradually get bigger or smaller. I personally like this one the most cause I like seeing all of my hardcovers sitting next to each other and looking all perfect.

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4. Genre

Another way you could organize the shelves is if you put the fantasies with fantasies, the Mysteries with the Mysteries and so forth. If it was my bookshelf it would be all fantasies and like four mysteries in a little corner in the left.

5. Chronological

Basically try to set your books in order of the time and setting like the dystopians at the end and the old pirate books at the beginning, play around with it. I personally wasn’t a huge fan of this but I know others that like that.

 

Well thanks for reading this post! I hope you’ve gotten some good Ideas for future re-organization. If you’ve tried organizing your shelves any of these ways, or maybe even another way. Comment below and tell me, I’m anxious to see what you’ll say. Until next time, READ ON!

-Jared

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Cover Wars Wednesday!

Hey guys,

So I started to think and I decided that I wanted to start a new thing on my blog. It’s called Cover Wars Wednesday! It’s been created by Books Is Glee so I decided I wanted to do it too. Basically I compare the U.S. Cover of a book to the U.K. Cover and ask you which one was better.  Well withought further ado let’s start this thing.

The book I wanted to compare covers to today was Mistborn by: Brandon Sanderson.

Behold the covers.

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The cover on the left is the American edition, and the cover on the right is the UK edition. I personally like the UK edition better, I’m not a huge fan of the American, but the story is amazing! Anyway here was my short post, which do you like better? American or United Kingdom? Tell me in the comments below.

Anyway thanks for reading this, my names Jared and I’ll have posts up every Wednesday and Saturday, so look for me then.  So until next time! Bye!

-Jared

 

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A Recap

Hey guys,

I have not been on this thing in a little bit and I apologize. I’ve been busy with no internet, a bunch of reading, and NanoFailMo. Let’s begin.

NaNoWriMo: Well this was a fail. The Hunt, my book. Started out good, but then I stopped. We had no internet because of drywallers. So this sort of went in the toilet. Overall I did get 7K words… But still I got words, It’s a good start! So overall I’m a bit proud of myself for writing that much in a little short of time.

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Reading: Reading wise, I read so much I read I think like five books. They were all really good and so I will get those reviews up at a later time. In case you want to see what I’m reading you can find my goodreads account and follow that.

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Well anyways that was my short recap of this last little bit. I’m hoping to get at least two reviews up by the end of the week so stay tuned to that.

Thank you for reading this, and stay tuned for more. I’m Jared and this is dabook.club.

 

 

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!

Thanks for reading my review! Please subscribe as well as comment and tell me if you’ve ever read a book that fast, or what you’re reading right now. Thanks for reading my review and I’ll have another post up soon so, bye!

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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!

-Jared

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