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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.

Bye!

-Jared

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REVIEW- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by: Rick Riordan

Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder-god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki–and the price he wants is very high.

Guys. Guys. It was SOOO good. Going into this book I had high expectations because, hello Rick Riordan. I have LOVED EVERY book he’s came out with. So why wouldn’t I not like it now? Although I had a few problems, (That I’ll address later) it was a really good book.

The beginning. THE BEGINNING! What I’m about to tell you is NOT a spoiler for the book but it is one of the first plot points. (In case you want to go in knowing nothing skip ahead to the next paragraph) Basically Magnus and Samariah are meeting at this coffee shop because they have received a message from an unknown source that involves Thor’s hammer. They go, and well the messenger get’s KILLED in the first five minutes! It was a REALLY good way to kick off this amazing book making us as the reader realize this is a much more serious book than the last one.

The story was great, the setting’s were all great. But the thing that made this the best was the diversity that wasn’t present in the first book. In a way it made it more powerful because of everyone’s differences that really helped contribute to the plot to make it as good as possible.

Ex.

Samariah, daughter of Loki- Muslim (Only mentioned on occasion)

Magnus, son of Frey- Atheist (Only mentioned on occasion)

Hearthstone, son of a horrible father- Is deaf and speaks through sign language

Alex, son of loki.- Trans-gender (only mentioned once)

ALL of these things were JUST MENTIONED. Nothing actually was present except for Samariah mentioning that she was praying earlier.  While I would recommend this book to all of the Percy Jackson fans out there, I feel like as all of these characters in this world are growing up, fight’s are becoming more intense, plots more complex. It’s CLEAN though. Clean fighting, if that makes any sense at all.  🙂

My Favorite Character:

HEARTHSTONE. Hearth is a deaf elf and can only communicate through ASL. Did I also mention that he can use “Runes” to be able to do magic and a bunch of other awesome stuff. Reading conversations in ASL is SOOOO cool and different. I want to read a solo book just about Hearth!

While there were a bunch of awesome things about this book, Their were a few things that hated, badly. Let us begin.

First, I couldn’t stand how much Percy and Magnus are alike. Have a sword, son of a god, demigod, fights monsters, goes on quests, special privileges with gods. EVEN THE SAME WITTY HUMOR! (Which I love btw) I just think If Rick’s gonna make another “Norse” series that will eventually tie in with Percy’s story, you would assume he would try to make the characters different to make them more distinct and not the same.

The story wasn’t the most original book ever, but it was satisfying enough I’d buy the third one.

Overall Magnus Chase was pretty good and I would recommend you read it, just know it isn’t the most original thing out there.

Grade Rating: B+

Star Rating:

-Jared

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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!

 

The Fire Within by: Chris d’lacey. HATED THIS! THEIR IS A FREAKING DRAGON ON THE FRONT COVER AND THE WHOLE BOOK IS ABOUT SQUIRELLS! Total book click bait! DO NOT READ!!!


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!

-Jared

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rating: 4.5/5

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

Anyway Thanks for everything!

-Jared

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