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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
  • Buy Book: Amazon

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
  • Buy Book: Amazon

Video Review

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.

Links:

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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

Links:

Buy on Amazon
Author Site
Read Excerpt

September 2017 TBR

This is list is late but I did a video recently, talking about my TBR for the month. This month I am excited to read some of the books that have been on my TBR for awhile. I have a mix of sequels, a standalone and a new trilogy. This month I am adding an extra dose of fantasy and one historical fiction book.So let’s get to the list.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare books and I am an even bigger fan of the world of Shadowhunters. Even since The Infernal Devices I was hooked and loved her recently trilogy The Dark Artifices. So this month I will continue with the second book of the trilogy. If you have read it yet this is a trilogy focused on the two characters Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn along with the family of Blackthorns and other characters.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J.Maas

Another book I will be reading is the last book from the A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you haven’t read the trilogy it’s about a girl named Feyre who accidentally kills a wolf. Later an angry beast shows up to tell it her that she actually a fae. As punishment, she must live with the beast and to live in the world of fae. If you wish to learn more do check my review on the book itself at here.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

This is a fantasy book that I am excited about. I actually saw the cover and thought it looked cool. This book takes place in New York when magic was thought to be extinct. Except a few have magic but sadly it’s not allowed in this world. A thief who also has magic has to power to time-travel. This thief whose name is Esta takes on a job to steal an object that is in Old New York and so she has to time-travel there. Soon, she learns that the past is as dangerous the present.

The Lesser Bohemian by Eimear McBride

Here is another book that got my attention by the cover. I thought the cover was cool, mysterious and just interesting. This was a book sent to me by Blogging for Books. This is the book is history book about a girl who goes to a London school to study drama. There she meets an older man who is an experienced actor and then form a bond.

Links:

Lord of Shadows
The Last Magician
A Court of Wings and Ruin
The Lesser Bohemian

Anticipated Reads of Fall 2017

Even though summer is at a close, I am not sad in fact, I am stoked because this fall there is a boatload of awesome books ready to hit the shelves. There are some sequels, returning authors who left us wanting more since their last book, and new series to looking forward to starting. So, in this post, I will be talking about some of the books that made my anticipated list.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

After reading Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows Duology I was really impressed and wanted more. So I was excited to hear there is a new book coming out. This book is a collection of fairytales, folklore, and myths that are connected to the Grisha World that we got to know about it in her other books.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

This is another book that I was interested in checking out after reading Passenger and Wayfarer. I never read her other works and felt like I wanted to pick up another of her books. This is a fantasy book about a boy who has to deal with a demon that lives in him because of his great-great-great-great grandfather broke a deal with the demon. And through the story, the book must break the curse or else.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I never read any of Marie Lu’s book but her books have been on my TBR List for awhile. After my recent trip to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C and seeing her speak I knew I wanted to pick this science fiction book.

Turtles All The Way by John Green

I was excited to learn that John Green is coming out with a new book. I was a fan of The Fault in Our Stars and recently read Looking For Alaska. I knew I must pick up this book when it comes out.

Origin by Dan Brown

This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I been waiting for this book like forever. I am a huge fan of The Robert Langdon series and when I saw the cover I went crazy. This is the newest installment and can’t to see what adventure Dan Brown has in store.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Lastly, the new book by Andy Weir is going to be dropping in November and I am stoked. I been a fan of his other book The Martian and enjoyed it so much that I will soon reread it and then watch the movie. I can’t wait for Artemis to drop.

So that is my list of anticipated read of fall. I hope you enjoyed this list. Let me know in the comments if you are excited about these books and what other books you are excited about.

Links:

Origin
Warcross
Artemis
Language of Thorns

A Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
Turtles All the Way Down

August TBR List

I am excited for August because on my TBR list there are a ton of exciting books. On this TBR I will be reading a couple of sequels from books I read last month but also books that have a movie coming out next month. Below I have a video talking about the books I will be reading.

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

One of the books I will be reading is Traitor to the Throne. This is the sequel to Rebel of the Sands. Both books take place in a fantasy world that is similar to Aladin. This story also focuses on a girl named Amani who dreams of leaving her hometown in hopes of being free and to be able to see the world. Later she gets tangled up with the foreigner Jin who is wanted for treason. Both Amani and Jin go on the game and get involved in the middle of a rebellion that wants to be free from the evil sultan. The book picks up where the last book and I am sure it holds more magic and djinns in it.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

After reading the first book Six of Crows I was sucked to the world that Leigh Bardugo built. Six of Crows has a mixture of fantasy, action and great characters that held me to my seat. I also enjoyed the elements that were inspired by the culture of Russia.In the second book, I will be continuing on with a story with great expectations.

The Glass Castle by Jennette Wells


I don’t know a lot about The Glass Castle except that it has a movie coming out this summer. I know the book is a memoir about the author and the trailer for the movie looked like a great story that I must pick up. Though from what my sister has told me it seemed like a great book.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King


I been wanting to pick this book up and always wanted to read a Stephen King book but always had to put it off. I mean his books look really intimating and he has so many to choose from. So, after seeing The Dark Tower trailer I knew that The Gunslinger was going to be a great place to start. Plus I like the fact that it has its fantasy elements.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


I heard A Wrinkle in Time was a good book and I love fantasy books. I love reading about new worlds and magic and wanted to jump into this world. I also thought the trailer looked fascinating and imaginative as well.

That is my list for my TBR. I might add more books during the month and discover more. Let me know in the comments below if you read or heard about these books? What do you think of my TBR? And are you a fan of Six of Crows? Well, until next time keep on reading.

Links:

Traitor to the Throne
Crooked Kingdom
The Glass Castle
The Gunslinger
A Wrinkle in Time

How I Get Cheap(free) Books Part 1

Hi, guys. It is Friday and today I am back with another post. And today I will be talking about the ways I save on books. I go, to be honest, I think books are expensive and my own personal financial situation makes it hard to buy expensive books all the time. I also know that many others who just starting out with book blogging or even booktube can’t always afford books all the time so I am here give you my tips on how I get my books without breaking the bank. So in this post, I will be broken this subject into two different posts. Today I will be covering physical books and on my next post will be about e-books.

Cheap Books

Starting things off I will be skipping out on buying physical books online because I don’t really shop for books online unless I got a gift card for my birthday or Christmas because I find shipping cost to be pricey for me.

Used Bookstores

One of my favorites places to go is a used bookstore. I love how each store is different and you never know what you’ll find. I also like the fact that you can walk in and not have to worry about a sales person following you around and asking you if you need something like tens times. Which sadly happens to me a lot when I shop at other stores(Victoria’s Secret).  Another thing about used bookstore is the fact that most of the books are affordable. The books can go between $5 to a $1 depending on the store.  Another great reason I like about Used bookstores is that you can trade in your own books for either money or store credit and can use to buy more books. But note to not expect to be paid a fortune just probably $10 bucks or less. Just check with the bookstore.

In the Streets:

This is something I learned on a nice day while going to a gelato store in my area. I was walking down the street and spotted a chair and on it had junk all over. It even had old books, papers and so on. Along with the stuff on the chair, there was a sign that said: “Free take it”. I decided to take home one of the books that were on my TBR list and since then I came up with this tip. If you are even walking down the street or just anywhere and see a book that interests you just take it. Someone has to give it a home and give it some one appreciation.

Library Book Sales:

Another great place I love getting books is library book sales. I got to say that this is my favorite place because I visit and support the local libraries I go to. I also can return the books I borrowed and then buy books. Most library books sales happen once a month and last a certain amount of time. Usually a week or a few days. What I like about library book sales is that you never know what you are going to find and can find that hidden gem. I also like the super dirt prices. In fact, the prices are so low I barely spend more than $4 at a book sale. By the way, my personal library has a $1 a Bag day where for just one dollar I get can a whole bag full of my choice of books. Deals like these vary depending on the library but these sales are great for anyone who wants to do book haul videos.

So those are my favorite ways to get books. I hope this list helps you on your journey to finding books and as well saving money on them too. If you totally enjoyed this post do share it on social media. And if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments below and until next keep on reading.