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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+
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-Jared
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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.
1st book: LOVE THIS SO MUCH AND WANNA DIE!
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+
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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!”
-Jared
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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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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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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!
STAR-4Rating: 4/5
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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- 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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REVIEW- The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven By: Brandon Mull

 

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This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.

Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.

Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

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This book really is an encyclopedia it is was colorful and I love learning about my favorite characters like the Brownies, Kendra, Seth, and all the gang. If you really want to learn all there is about Fablehaven I definantly think you should read this.

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cooltext133089343094800Well I liked a lot in this book I loved the art, oh the art it’s just so beautiful It’s just so well done! I really loved learning about everything about Fablehaven. I really wish this book would have came out earlier when he was doing the Fablehaven books because I feel like it would have gotten more traffic for the book but oh well, at least we have it now, Better now than never!

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for the review copy! You guys are truly the best! It means the world to me that you sent me this!