Monday, October 5, 2015

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)The Magicians by Lev Grossman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I strongly hoped I would fall in love with this book, as I had heard it was like Harry Potter only more adult. I will give it a hat tilt, it did have some comparisons. We have a magical school, a school sport (no flying brooms mind you.) It even had different "houses", so to speak. These being the groups you wind up in after your discipline is figured out.

What I hadn't heard about The Magicians was the Narnia aspect of it. Because Fillroy = Narnia.

So like I was saying, my hopes were high. But sadly love did not come to me. That feeling of warmth and tingles failed to make an appearance. I did however like and enjoy aspects of the book.

I was turned off at times, one of these times was all the swearing. I can't say all but some of it. Don't get me wrong I've read many a tale with cursing, heck I can swear like a sailor myself at times. My point is that it didn't feel right. The flow, it felt fake at times.

Another turn off was Quinton, our main dude. He at first I found likable but then as the story continued on he just got on my nerves. I kept on thinking okay he'll redeem himself now....pages after pages later, I was still holding on to that hope. There's always book 2? Right??

While I'm on a roll, let's continue. For sure I thought there was going to be storyline and characters just forgotten about, and to some degree they were. They were bloody well just left simmering in the back, meanwhile I was thinking, gah did the author forget? Apparently he never, but I'm still in the dark. Book 2 will light my way? Right??

Now don't get me wrong I did say I liked and enjoyed aspects. I'm a sucker for magic schools, I love the magical world, I'm drawn to the mage class. So of course I would at least like the book. The storyline was able to hold my attention disbite any of the negatives I have pointed out. So for the better part of it I was happy. I will read book 2, I have to, unanswered questions and the what not.

3 star rating:
-.5 stars for the fake feel of the swearing.
-1 star for the my unhappiness with Q
-.5 for almost letting things simmer away to nothing.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Mission by Jason Myers

The MissionThe Mission by Jason Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Keaden is going to San Francisco to meet his cousin James, a bestselling author for the first time. It's a trip he is taking to fulfill his dead brother, Kenny's last wishes. He was only hoping to go to the Chuck Palahniuk book reading, spend time with James and see the sights like anyone else. What he experienced is one messed up crazy ride.

The 15 year old boy we see at the start has grown up by the end.

This book contains fights, lots of drug use, partying, cheating, lies and secrets, all around fuckery.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Heavenly Nostrils #1)Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic fantastic graphic novel. Phoebe is a 9, she doesn't have friends, just an arch nemesis and with 2 nerdy parents. Then one day by mere accident she becomes best friends with a unicorn. From then on we have nothing but hilarious moments.

Recommended to everyone who likes humor, sarcasm, unicorns, nerdy kids and/ or nerdy parents.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

The Truth CommissionThe Truth Commission by Susan Juby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I honestly really enjoyed this book. Fiction written as if it was a work of non-fiction. Such a wonderfully original and refreshing book to read.

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Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been GoneSince You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One day Emily wakes up to find her best friend is gone the only thing said to her was a letter containing a list of things for her to complete.

With this list Emily's summer is an eye opening one of small victories, friendship and discovering herself.

I really enjoyed this book. I could see some of myself in the main character. By that I mean some if her social awkwardness and fears. I like that this book was basically about about stepping out of your comfort zone and self discovery. A great coming of age story.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Saving FrancescaSaving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked it, I never loved it. I was quite happy whenever Buffy was mentioned though.

This book has a lot of 5 stars and I really couldn't give it that many. It was just an okay book for me. I normally love a good coming of age story but this one for me personally just never lived up to its hype. Don't get me wrong I am in no means bashing the book, I am just stating that I personally felt it wasn't has good as I made myself think it would be. Or how it seemed like it would be at the start.

3.5 stars

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

StolenStolen by Lucy Christopher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I find myself having difficulty rating and reviewing this book. It is a touchy subject matter and hard to judge or understand fully. Many thoughts circulating in my mind.

Book 2 of this rounds #crushyourtbr

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