A part of me really wants to praise the hell out of this book for so many reasons, many of which are legit and other reviewers agree with. It has an incredible setting you can’t get enough of, a beautifully poignant writing niche, lovable romances and charismatic characters (who are ethnically diverse) as well as a brilliant build-up to a shocking ending. However, there are a couple of things that keep it from being a masterpiece, and one character that really irks me the more I think about him.
Serial killers: they’re pinnacles of murder mysteries and most of the time becoming icons in both literature and film such as Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs. When it comes to young adult fiction however, serial killer characters themselves can usually be hit or miss. it’s not that the book may be bad, but the big reveal can either be disappointing or the idea not clever enough for its own good. Continue reading
Great storytelling often involves creating a fictional world for the character(s) to live in. Whether it be a simple story about life or a grand, epic adventure, fictional worlds are what can define a story and help it stand out on its own among the hundreds of millions of good stories out there. And in many instances, as I’ve pointed out in the past, fictional worlds can become so popular that they all seem too good to be in just mere pages. Continue reading
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It’d be hard to lie and say 2016 hasn’t been a depressing year. War in the Middle East has intensified, a nasty presidential election has left the nation feeling empty inside, many terrorists attacks have shaken the world, and countless cultural icons have passed away (including Carrie Fisher and George Michael earlier this week). However, there’s a saying that fiction is a way to showcase how worse or better a world like ours can be. That is why this New Year’s Eve, I am going to review a new book that part of something somewhat special to me. That is, the third installment of Evan Michael Martin’s “Clio Boru” series!
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It’s almost Christmas, and finals week is coming up, so I’m sad to say I’m not reviewing a book this week. However, I will say I have a book review planned before the end of the year (literally).
For now, let’s talk about NARR8 again.
This goes outside my normal criteria, but a good friend of mine recommended this to me and wanted to know my thoughts on it. I’ll be honest and say I’m not a huge reader of books set in the Star Wars expanded universe, but I’m willing to give this a shot. I’ve also never played “Star Wars: The Old Republic” before, but watching the trailers that come out each year makes me want to.
If you recall my review of Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s “Illuminae”, you may remember how I found it to be one of my new and one of my most favorite books of all time. It had every single thing a sci-fi geek like me would want: it has massive spaceships, a rogue AI, a cover-up that spans the galaxy, and frigging zombies overrunning spacecraft. It also has an engaging plot, complexly human characters, a uniquely chosen narrative style, and all while leaving off with an ending that leaves you wanting more. And my impressions on “Gemina”, the latest sequel and (supposedly) second in the “Illuminae Files” trilogy?
“Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” is nothing compared to this!
It’s no surprise to most of you that I am a massive Marie Lu fan. Ever since I first discovered her at random in my high school’s library as an awkward sophomore student, she among many authors have inspired me to write fiction. In terms of young adult fiction and literature, she can never do any wrong. The characters she writes are original, her worlds vast and lifelike, the stories woven compellingly, and it makes you more hyped with each passing book.