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Review- The Way of Kings

Hey guys,

Recently I finished reading The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. This was a gift for me from Christmas from my parents (Thanks, Mom and Dad) that I started at the beginning of the month. For those who don’t know, one of my LIFETIME goals is to read this series! So far there has only been 3 books released, but the catch is that each book in the series is about 1000 pages.

For those who don’t know, I ADORE Brandon Sanderson’s writing! The action, the worldbuilding, the characters, the setting, the plot! EVERYTHING about his writing style just sucks me into his world’s and constantly leaves me invested in the character’s he has created.

Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get into the review!

 Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.


Where do I even begin? I enjoyed this book so much that my mind isn’t even working right.

One of my favorite things in a Brandon Sanderson novel is easily the worldbuilding. I highly enjoy learning little details behind things that I wouldn’t have known earlier, but only if they have a purpose and contribute to the story. This book is an amazing example of worldbuilding with a purpose behind it. Things aren’t just there to be there, everything has a purpose.

In this book, we learn about religion, social customs, the money system, trade, and a ton more. Because it takes the time to set up layers and layers of detail, it get’s you as a reader, lost in the world.  The only other series that has accomplished this for me has been the Harry Potter series, and it has been very refreshing to get back into reading with something with a massive amount of worldbuilding.

Another thing I highly enjoyed about this novel was the characters. In this novel, we follow 3 characters, a prince, a scholar, and a war hero, and watch as their different lifestyles start to mix together. We get to see their fears, and what their purpose is behind the things they do.  This was really interesting to me because the character’s pasts were so different, I had a hard time understanding how these characters would relate to each other. But, it ended up coming together perfectly which proves I don’t know anything about Fantasy.


My favorite part out of the whole book has to be the magic systems and fight scenes. Who doesn’t like a good fight scene? The fight scenes in this book gave me low-key inception vibes, but as a book overall, It is something entirely and completely different.

What book wouldn’t entertain you if it had 6-foot swords that can cut through your SOUL? Or, Bracelets that can change objects at a subatomic level? Or even, Harnessing power from gems to give you strength to fight a ton of people?  Who wouldn’t want to read a book about that?

While this is a 1000 page book that intimidates tons of people, it has ended up becoming one of my favorite books of all time.



Thank’s for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post, make sure to comment below to let me know if what you guys think about this one! Until next time, Read on!


Christmas 2017 Book Haul

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Currently, it is Christmas afternoon approximately 2 hours before I have to go and hang out with my family for a Christmas dinner, so I figured why not get my blog post done a bit early so I don’t have to worry about it a bit later. So here I am, quietly typing away while watching my younger siblings yell at each other over the Nintendo switch. Yep, that’s my life whenever we get a “family” gift. Enough about me though, today I decided I’d showcase off all of the books I got from my family as well as my close friends and neighbors.


The Stormlight Archives

This was one I wasn’t expecting at all, to say the least. Because I have amazing parents that listen to me ramble on about how I don’t have enough money for books anymore, they decided to “Invest” per say and buy me the first 3 books in The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson. For those of you who don’t know, I happen to ADORE Brandon’s writing and when I found out that he had written more after his book Mistborn, I became obsessed with his stories. Unfortunately, that obsession ceased to exist after I found out that the first three books out are each at least 1000 pages.

1000 pages= 35 BUCKS A PIECE!

35+35+35= A LOT!

(I can math really well)

When you’re an unemployed 15-year-old teen, the only money you earn is from your birthday, or from your neighbors, this is kinda a considerable amount of money.


As of right now, I’m currently on page 68 of The Way of Kings, book one in the Stormlight Archive, and are thoroughly enjoying it. The fight scenes are already amazing, and I can tell this book will be one I’ll most certainly never forget


Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Easily at the top of my most anticipated releases of 2017, Wonder Woman: Warbringer is finally in my hands. This book is one of those that I had on my Goodreads list for a long time but ended up being forgotten in my quest to re-read all of the Harry Potter books this last month.

So, when my mom saw this at the store, she knew I wanted this really bad and managed to snag it for me as a present for Christmas. To be honest, Now that I have it in my hands, I’m more than ready to dive back into the amazing world of the Amazons

Current mood:


Prince of Chaos

This one came also came as a total surprise this year.  Every year, I feel like I don’t get as many books as the last mainly because my family is sorta sick of buying me a book that I’ve already read. The past couple years they’ve gotten amazingly good and given me books that I’ve never heard of, but I end up loving them after I finish. This year was no exception. My Grandpa has been VERY good at giving me books I’ve never heard of, that end up surpassing my expectations greatly!


That’s It! Short and sweet, I know it’s not a lot, but I’m only just beginning. Right now, I’m currently trying to find a way how to buy all of my most anticipated reads of 2018! Thank’s for everything, Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make sure to let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and if not, let me know what you got this year for Christmas in the comments below!

Until next time, READ ON!

Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

Hey Guys,

So today I decided I wanted to do something different to spice up the usual posts.  A book tag! I wasn’t tagged for this tag, but I’m still going to do it anyway!

Let’s begin!

Oh my goodness. Am I really getting asked this question? Anyone who’s been following my blog know that I love HARRY FREAKING POTTER!!



While I’m not aware of books that can actually kill someone, (If you are aware, keep it to yourself!) One of the books that literally gave me all of the feels, (And literally killed everyone while doing it) was The Book Thief by: Marcus Zusak

In case you can’t tell. I LOVE IT WHEN AUTHOR’S KILL CHARACTERS! (I Promise I’m sane) I just think it’s so bold to kill a character that contributes to making the character more meaningful then we as the reader first expected!



Percy Jackson! I actually started reading this when I was in 2nd grade, and even still following the story now! Looking back at my younger brother’s, It’s made me realize how crazy it is for a second grader to be reading a 300 some-wad page book! I’ve loved Rick’s writing so much I’m pretty sure I’ll never stopped reading every mythology book the man puts out there. 



Steelheart by: Brandon Sanderson. If you’ve been following my blog recently you know that I am in LOVE with Brandon’s work. I remember starting this book way back in 2015. I have to say, I had NO idea about how good this book is. If you have not read this I HIGHLY recommend this book. The story, idea, characters, world are all SOOO great!



Currently reading Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

Honestly I would love to have my mind wiped about the Harry Potter series. I remember finishing it for the first time last year and freaking out about how good it was! I would love to go back and relive those days of reading without knowing what’ll happen to any of these characters and freaking out at the battle of Hogwarts.

To Kill a Mockingbird by: Harper Lee. Totally would have NOT read if it weren’t for my English class. I wasn’t a HUGE fan of it, It wasn’t bad. But it definently wasn’t up their with the best on my list at all. Although, looking back I am glad that I was forced to read it

Cinder by: Marissa Meyer. Sci-Fi meets Fairy Tail’s guys! It’s really original and really fun! I rated all of the four books in the series a five! PLEASE READ THEM! I BEG OF YOU! *get’s on knees and start’s begging* THEY ARE SOOOOO GOOD!


That’s all folks! Thank’s for reading! My names Jared and I’ll have another post up soon! Bye!




Review- Calamity by: Brandon Sanderson


When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when Prof struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Once the Reckoners’ leader, Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back. . .

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.


Anybody notice a particular theme in finale books? Finale books tend to suck. For those who are new to the YA realm, trilogies tend to go like this.
2nd book: Was really good and wanna continue even though it wasn’t as good.
3rd book: SUCKED…….
Now I know what some of you are thinking. But I read this and loved it! Or, I read that and freaked out about how good it was. THIS IS JUST A RULE OF THUMB. Or, more commonly known as the “Final book Curse”. Deep in my heart I thought that Brandon could go against all of the odds and deliver an amazing book that is promised to be better than both the first. Instead, my reaction was like the gif below.
I felt that the first book’s villan, Steelheart was way harder to beat than Calamity. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? The book explains that Calamity is like 1000 times stronger than any strong Epic. (Bad Superhero) And yet, there is no fight. the plot twist is predictable, and the book isn’t even focused on Calamity. CALAMITY IS A SIDE CHARACTER!
       Also, I felt that they never really explained what Calamity’s main power was. Even when the book gave an ok description of what is was. I was like.
But, the fight with Prof, was great. One of the reasons that I love Brandon’s work so much is because of the fight scenes. They are partly the reason why I read so many of Brandon’s books. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ A BRANDON SANDERSON BOOK I HIGHLY SUGGEST IT!
The fight scenes in books one and two are AMAZING! Book three was PURE AMAZING! While I was a fan of the ending I did feel that through this book David was too invincible, like he could never be hurt or wounded, And even when he did get hurt he had the healing machine thing -a-ma-bob to heal them.
 Overall, If I knew what I knew know I still would have read this finale. It was an ok end so if you were to remember anything from this post, it would be that you DON’T go into this book with high expectations.
Grade: B+
Start Rating: 

Goodreads Reading Chart

12/24 marked as: read
02/05 marked as: to-read
12/22 marked as: currently-reading
12/29 page 49 11.0% “As usual, the Brandon Sanderson start’s with a bang!!”
12/29 49.0% “Loving this!”
12/30 86.0% “loving this less… :(“
12/31 marked as: read
12/31 100.0% “Finished! The ending had all the feels!  So glad I could finish the year an amazing book!”

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?


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!


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!




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

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!


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.


 (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.


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.

On the Right is a picture of one of the Drawings, doesn’t it look so pretty?

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!


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.


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: 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)


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!


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!


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!



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


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?



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! (:


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!


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!

5 stars

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!





REVIEW- Alcatraz Vs the Evil Librarians by: Brandon Sanderson

cooltext133089402245467 via GoodReads

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!



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


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.