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REVIEW-The Marvels by: Brian Selznick


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.


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-Brotherband Chronicles: Outcasts by: John Flanagan

From the author of the global phenomenon Ranger’s Apprentice!

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others – they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger’s Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn’t mean they don’t have skills. And courage – which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing. John Flanagan, author of the international phenomenon Ranger’s Apprentice, creates a new cast of characters to populate his world of Skandians and Araluens, a world millions of young readers around the world have come to know and admire. Full of seafaring adventures and epic battles, Book 1 of The Brotherband Chronicles is sure to thrill readers of Ranger’s Apprentice while enticing a whole new generation just now discovering the books.


I disliked this book, a lot. Sorry to everyone who loved this book.I had many reasons for despising this book, and the HUMOR was a big part of why I hated this. Earlier this past year I read John’s other book The Ruins of Gorlan and loved it! The fighting was engaging, characters were interesting, plot was good. BUT IT WAS WAY BETTER THEN THIS BOOK!  The HUMOR FOR THIS BOOK, IT SUCKS. As sad as it sound’s every time a character would try to crack a joke I would cringe. It wasn’t even funny. And what’s up with all of the adverbs? Don’t get me wrong, I do remember the excessive use of adverbs from Rangers Apprentice and I was ready already prepared for this. But it was too much to handle in the first chunk of the book. I feel like John out did himself in the world of adverbs and by the end it was just too much and I would constantly say NOOO everytime I read one of the numerous dumb joke.

Next, I HATED all of the comments about disabilities in this book.  Do we really  HAVE to call these characters stupid or crazy all the time? Thorne has no hand and Ingvar is very near-sighted. Give them a break and focus on the story!

Another thing I couldn’t stand was that there was almost no fight scenes, And even when there was hints of a fight  it wouldn’t last as long as half a page. With the lack of fighting I became REALLY bored and reading this book became a HUGE drag.  (Although the end battle wasn’t anything special it did make it interesting)

Okay okay. While I do admit the ship they were building at the beginning was interesting for a time I am SOOOO done with it. At the beginning when they were testing it out I felt there was WAY too much description and a bunch of random little details nobody really cares about.

The only thing that made this book semi interesting was the setting. The characters were dry and boring, and the plot twists weren’t as good as I was expecting.

Honestly, unless you’re a die-heart John Flanagan fan I would recommend skipping over this one.

Grade Rating: D-

Star Rating:


The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1)The Outcasts by John Flanagan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Was SUUPPPERR boring. Nothing like the Rangers Apprentice books. Would recommend skipping this entirely and re-reading Rangers Apprentice.
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