The Magicians by Lev Grossman Book Review

When I first heard of The Magicians it was on TV. I saw the trailers and it was like “what is that?”. So, when I knew that it was based on a book and heard so much I knew that this must book a great book. Really was it? Well, after attending the Fall for Books Festival and seeing Lev Grossman(author) speak it convinced me that this was a must-read.

  • Title: The Magicians
  • Author: Lev Grossman
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Page Count: 402
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book is about a boy named Quentin who dreams of adventure and spends most of his time wishing to be in the same world that his favorite series takes place in…Fillory. Sadly, he is in Brooklyn and all he wants to do is leave his life. But how will he find happiness? Well, by taking an exam and getting into a college for Magicians. So, when Quentin gets enrolled at a college called Brakebills he must learn the world of Magic and that magical world takes him on an adventure he been waiting for.

BOOK REVIEW:

I didn’t think I would enjoy the book as much as I did. The book draws its inspiration from Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia like the part of a magical school and the magical doorways that take you into another world. Other than that the book is its own story. I like how the book despite it being about magic it makes you feel like what a really magical college would be like if you went to one. I also like how the book question is what magic is, and the laws behind it.

For the characters, I like complex and unique the characters were and how the story is driving by it. I like Quentin is relatable it can be defined as the depressed kid that struggles with finding his place in the world. But somehow he is learning about who he is and must decide how he must live it. Alongside Quentin, the other characters get their chance to shine and stand. I like how even though there was a lot of characters they don’t get totally forgotten or underdeveloped.

As the writing style, I get a sense of a C.S. Lewis and Tolkien influence and I like how the author can describe the world and make it feel real without getting to carried away with the long history of the world. I think he is probably saving it for the other two books.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and how real the world in the book feels. I like who each detail was thought out. So, if you are interested in checking out the book I do have links below the post and top. And until next time keep on reading.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

When I stumbled upon this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought about passing the chance of this book and thought it wasn’t something I would like. But when I saw some reviews and also got to learn more about what the book was about it felt me with enough curiosity to pick this up. This is something with a mixture of demons, fantasy but also gave me a feeling whimsical elements.

  • Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
  • Author: Alexandra Bracken
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 362
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
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SYNOPSIS:

The book centers around a boy named Prosper Redding. Prosper comes from a wealthy and well-known family that live in the small town of Redwood. In the book, Prosper learns about a curse placed on his family due to his great-ancestor who broke a contract with a demon. Because of this instinct, Prosper is left to pay for his ancestor’s mistakes and must live with a demon inside him. And things get worse Prosper must find a way to get rid of this demon before he turns 13 or else the demon will destroy his family. Can Prosper save his life and his family?

REVIEW:

The book was like a really spooky book. Filled with cobwebs, demons, and witchcraft. I liked the concept of the book and how it was put together. I thought at first that this book was going to be a book about exorcism or a demon hunter book but this was totally different. The book itself paints a dark story but adds its light humor to the mix. I also like the fact that book made me think of Tim Burton and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

As for characters I really liked getting to know. Prosper is not the most popular person in his town and his family.  Felt super sad about how his life was and the story made me want to be his friend because he was way better than what his family thought of him. As for my favorite character in the book is Alastor the demon. He was both serious, sarcastic and even has a touch of humor.

Overall I really like most of the Halloween spooky moments in the book and like how the both Alastor and Prosper interacted with each other throughout the story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. So, if  you are interested in checking it out I have links below and until next time keep on reading.

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The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride Book Review

This book gave me a mixed bag of feeling. When I came across this book I thought it looked interesting and thought this book had a cool premise and cover. And usually, I have a good feeling about a cover and can spot a great book. Except this one gave me a different feeling.

  • Title: The Lesser Bohemians
  • Author: Eimear McBride
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Author Site: Here
  • Read Excerpt Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

The Lesser Bohemians is about a girl from Ireland who goes to London to attend drama school. This book takes place in 1990. The girl at the school meets an attractive actor who is much older and they both develop a strong bond. Throughout you see how their relationship evolves and changes. Along with that you also get to see the inner feelings surrounding finding that first love.

REVIEW:

I really don’t know what to say about this book. I obviously don’t because I found this book somewhat confusing. In fact, the way the book was written was so confusing that I didn’t finish. The synopsis of the book was intriguing and I thought it was a great concept. But, the way it was written where there was the weird short sentence, awful use of function and just bad grammar usage I don’t know why I should finish it. The grammar in the book was very distracting that I didn’t really get into the story and after like 50 or more pages I gave up from frustration. Was this book written this way was for intended purposes? I don’t know but at the same time, I think the book should at least be a little easier for all readers. Anyway, that is my overall feelings. If you want to give the book a shot I will have a link above including an expert as well. And until my next post keep on reading.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

If you are in the mood for fae than I got a book for you. I recently finished reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. This is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t read the first book, I have a book review for you to check out. This third and final book kept me at my seat every step of the way.

  • Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 720
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • Goodreads: Here
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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

A Court of Wings and Ruin brings us back to the world of Pythian and continues the events from A Court of Mist and Fury. In this book, Feyre returns to the Spring Court and has to pretend she is in love with Tamlin. While pretending to be in love with Tamlin, Feyre must collect information in order to bring down King Hybern and Tamlin’s Spring Court in order to win the war against evil and save those she loves the most. But, will playing this dangerous game of deception go well? How much Feyre has to go before losing herself?

BOOK REVIEW:

This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I couldn’t stop reading it and in fact, when I finished it a few days ago I noticed that my clock read 2’o clock in the morning. Even though Sarah J. Maas already built the whole fairy world in ACOMAF, she wasn’t done and had more to add. I appreciated seeing new characters and the other part of the world I didn’t get to see.

As for the characters, I enjoyed seeing how much Feyre change throughout the whole trilogy. I enjoyed seeing how Feyre moved from her traumas and become stronger. She actually is now a force to be reckoned with. Watch out Tamlin.

Another part of the book that I enjoyed is the action and war scenes. I liked most of the fight action sequences between the characters. Just the let you know that the book mostly focuses on going to war and being in the war. I enjoyed that the war wasn’t glorified but the book should it’s ugly side and show how much it affects the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and Sarah J. Maas didn’t disappoint me in any way. And I am also looking for to reading more from her and might even give Throne of Glass a try. Well, that is my review. If you are interested in picking it up I have the links below and until next time keep on reading.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

If you are someone looking for something that has a combination of time travel, magic, and characters that team up to take on a heist than continue listening. I recently finished reading The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. Lisa Maxwell is well-known books like Unhooked and Sweet Unrest.

  • Title: The Last Magician
  • Author: Lisa Maxwell
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 512
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Goodreads: Here
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Synopsis:

The Last Magician takes place in modern New York and where magic is slowly coming to extinction at the same time the city is surrounded by an invisible force field called the Brink.The Brink keeps anyone with magician inside and keeps it from leaving. And if someone with magic gets near this leads to a painful consequence. And this Brink was created by a dark secret society called The Order who hates anything with magic and wants to use the Brink to destroy magic forever.

While this is going on, we focus the story on Esta who is a talented thief. Esta has the power to time travel and to slow down time which helps her with taken dangerous jobs. So, int he stories she ends up taking a job that takes her to the year of 1908 where she must still an ancient text that could help destroy the Brink and take down the Order forever. Things go well until she gets stuck in the past and she must team up with a gang lead by Dolph Saunders(our other main character) and steal the text. At the same, Esta must keep it away from the mysterious man known as The Last Magician from getting it. Can’t Esta handle this one job? Well, check out the book to find out.

Book Review:

I had so much fun reading this book. Ever since I saw the cover months ago I knew that this would be a book that I would totally enjoy. And the cover didn’t fail me. The book was fast pace, held my interest and was just a burst of surprises. I loved the combination of magic, time travel, and groups of characters that go on a heist. If you like movies like Now You See Movie, The Prestige or The Illusionist along with books like Six of Crows than this is a book to check out. This book has magical illusions like the movies but the darkness of Six of Crows. Along with the fact that the book takes places in a grime city.

The book also had awesome characters two. I especially enjoyed the leading female protagonist who was both talented and funny at the same time. I also liked the fact that even if she has special abilities that she isn’t super dependent on them. Esta is pure smart and actually is good with just her smarts, and talents. Alongside that, she also adds comic relief throughout the book.

Lastly, the book also gives your a magical world alongside time travel which both has its own rules and limitations. I like that the author did that and added the element of alchemy and made this world feel realistic if it was in 1908.

Overall I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see another installment. I really enjoyed the magic and the heist. As well as the characters that kept my interest going. And if you are totally interested in checking it out yourself the links will be below. Until next time keep on reading.

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Fall Book Recommendations

It’s fall and it’s the season of pumpkin lattes. And I don’t know about you but this fall is going to be awesome and I can’t read some fall favorites. In this post, I am going to talk about books that are for the fall. This book has a mixture of spooky, dark fantasy, thriller or just anything that I thought was great for the fall. I will add in some lighter books for those that want to be part of the season but aren’t looking to get scared.

BOOK 1: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

This is one of my all-time favorite series. If you are looking for books about witches this is a series to check out. This book is about a girl discovers she is a witch and learns more about where she comes from, learns how to use magic and also tries a live a normal life while avoiding the dangers that make lurk behind.

BOOK 2: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

If you looking for something with vampires well The Morganville Vampires series is going to give you that. It has great characters, and vampires. This series is about a girl named Claire who goes to college in a small town in Texas called Morganville. Claire soon moves into a house with three roommates and learns as well that the town has a secret. And that secret is that the town is run by vicious vampires.

BOOK 3: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Here a series that you should check out if you are looking for something with vampires. I was sucked in from the first book and couldn’t stop reading it. The series is about a girl who loses her parents in a tragic car accident and then moves in with her grandparents. Soon, she ends up meeting a boy named Cal who ends up knowing more about the story behind Allie’s parent’s parents. Eventually, Allie finds out that Cal is zombie slayers and their vicious zombies and Allie ends seeking to avenge her parents.

BOOK 4: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Here is a classic to fill your shelves. I know this book is already well-known but I decided this list needs this book. I figured Frankenstein is great for Halloween if you want something with a monster type of books along with a crazy scientist. When I read it I thought it was way different from the movies.

Book 5: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

My last book is one of my all-time favorites and it’s Neverwhere. This is one of the best Neil Gaiman books that recently got a new cover edition. This book takes place in London and centers around a guy named Richard. Richard has a great life and everything was going great until he runs into a wounded girl on the streets. He tries to help her out but it leads him into more trouble than he expected. The next day she disappears and Richard ends up being invisible. Richard must find a way to get back his life by finding the girl and avoiding those that want her. This also soon becomes an even more twisted dark story.

So that is it for my list of fall favorites. Let me know in the comments below what are your favorites. I am also on social media if you have more you wish to add to the list. Until next time keep on reading.

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Glass Houses by Rachel Caine
Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Book Review

I am back with another book review. I was happy to finally to get my hands on Lord of Shadows. For those don’t know this already I am a hardcore fan of Cassandra Clare’s books and I love anything Shadowhunter related. After reading Lady Midnight I was sucked into the world of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn and now with the follow-up Lord of Shadows, I grew to love The Dark Artifices even more. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight I do have a book review on that book here for you to check it out.

  • Title: Lord of Shadows
  • Author: Cassandra Clare
  • Series: The Dark Artifices
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 720
  • Goodreads: Here
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Synopsis:

In the Lord of Shadows, we pick where we left off from the events of Lady Midnight. First Emma is deeply in love with Julian but because it’s forbidden for Parabatai to be together in that, Emma must pretend to be in a relationship with Mark. But, this is the least of their troubles when everyone finds out about the Black Volume of the Dead. In the process, Julian makes a dangerous bargain with the sneaky Seelie Queen which may have its out consequences. On top of this, a group of Shadowhunters called the Cohort who hates Downworlders wants to take over the Los Angeles Institute and spread their harsh laws. Lastly, to top the icing on the cake another threat arises when the Unseelie King wants the Black Volume of the Dead and will stop at nothing have himself.

Review:

I thought that most dangerous thing in the Shadowhunter world was Valentine, Sebastian, and just demons. But I was wrong, in fact, I think demons was the easiest thing to deal with for the Shadowhunters. There so much happening in this book, that I wonder how anyone goes to sleep at night knowing you have to watch your backs.

The book is a roller coaster ride of emotions, action, and thrills. Everywhere I turn there is something that keeps my attention and made it hard for me to put it down. I also enjoyed the world building in this book. I actually the fact that in this book we got to learn more about fairies and see more of their world because in the other series she has written we don’t get a lot of fairies scenes as much. Another thing that enjoyed about the book is the fighting combat scenes that add another punch.

I love the characters. I like the interaction between Emma and Julian and how they always have each other’s back no matter what. Even when they are having a fight or what not they are still Parabatai I also like Julian who will do anything to protect his family and to keep everyone together. Another character that caught my attention was Kit who was introduced in Lady Midnight who was also known as The Last Herondale. I like how he starts out as an outcast but then slowly finds his way. I hope in the next book he overcomes he struggles and gets a spin-off.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and had so much fun. And in fact, I wait so long to read it and now I have I know I have great hopes for what’s to come in the next book. Cassandra Clare’s books keep getting better and I hope the world of Shadowhunters don’t end.

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