Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

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This book is so good! The plot line is completely original, and so is the idea the book revolves around: certain people can create Chalklings, two-dimensional figures that come to life. This book gets 8.5 pens, and it would’ve gotten nine, but for some problems I had with the book.

More than anything else, Joel, the main character, wants to become a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are chosen by “the Master” in a mysterious inception ceremony, and they are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalkings–evil creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings are now a threat to all of the American Isles. (There’s the problem, right there–I didn’t really get the setting. Is it a whole ‘nother world? Is it the same world we live in? That’s like saying, “We might be in America, we might be in the middle of the ocean, and we might not even be on Earth. If you wanted to know.”)

As the son of a late and low-class chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that Joel would do anything to be able to do. The students don’t realize that they have something others may covet. Suddenly students start disappearing. They’re kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood.

Assigned to help the professor investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend, Melody, who is plunged into the mystery with him, find themselves on the trail of a new and unexpected discovery that which change Rithmatics–and their world–forever.

So like I said, not enough details on WHERE… But other than that, a great book! Hope you like!

~ Ash

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The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

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This book was so good! This book has come out by now, so if you want to go read it, you don’t actually have to wait until it does come out. The Colossus Rises gets 8 pens, just like most other “it’s good you should read” books.

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid like you or me, except for one thing: In a few months, Jack is going to die. He needs to find seven magic loculi that, when they’re combined, have the power to cure him. There’s a little flaw in the plan though: the loculi are the relics of an ancient and lost civilization that haven’t been seen in thousands of years–because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Anyways, I’m excited for the sequels to come out! It’s prepped to be a seven-book series, since there are seven loculi and seven wonders. The author does a really good job of confusing you, the reader, into thinking this guy is good when he’s really bad and this guy is bad when he’s really good! Even I, Ash, reader extraordinaire, couldn’t figure out exactly who was on which side. And that’s saying something. I usually pick up the little details and decide who’s gonna betray someone or something like that. (Side note: I didn’t even GUESS about the big plot twist in Ender’s Game!)

Hope you like!

~ Ash

What I’m Reading: The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson, and Nobody’s Princess, by Esther Friesner. Reviews to come soon!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

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This book is just simply amazing, although it does seem a little weird at first. The plot line is awesome, and the writing style of the author is wonderful. This book gets 7.8 pens, because it’s not your average book. It actually–wait. Don’t want to spoil it for you!

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just woken up from a year-long coma, and she is still recovering from the horrible accident that caused it. But before that? Jenna can’t remember–her mind is a blank slate, with no memories, from those of who her friends were to simple definitions of words, such as “time.” Jenna is given home movies chronicling her entire life, sparking memories to surface. But these memories are so exact, so precise and perfectly remembered that Jenna questions if the memories are really hers. And why won’t her family ever talk about the accident that left her like this? Jenna is becoming more curious and, in doing so, learning the definition of the word “curious.” Jenna is afraid of what she might find if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions. What really happened to Jenna Fox? What about her friends? And who is she, really?

If you look at my rating (7.8 pens) you’ll see that I knocked it down 0.2 from my average “good book” rating. That’s because there was a plot spoiler that I guessed near the beginning of the book, when it was supposed to be a surprising thing to learn.

Hope you like!

~ Ash

 

Age Rating: Kind of mature, for a little bit of language.

What I’m Reading: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis (Advance Reading Copy). Review to come soon!

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Hi everyone! Ash here. You’ll probably be a bit surprised at who recommended this book to me–Ginger. Yeah. She didn’t review it. And although I’d give it 8 pens, I don’t even know what Ginger would give it. Oh, well, I have been letting Ginger do all the posts lately, so here goes:

This great book is for people who love mystery with a dash of fantasy. Etiquette and Espionage is everything–everything, of course, but prim and proper. Like the back of the book states, “It’s one thing to learn how to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.”

This wonderful book starts out with Sophronia getting into an incident involving a dumbwaiter–it really pulled me in and compelled me to read it, even though I had another book lined up. (If you’re wondering, that book was The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson–review to come soon!)

Sophronia is not your average fourteen-year-old girl. She’s more interested in, as the book will show you, climbing, and, as you may infer from the background behind the girl on the cover picture, dismantling machines. She is caught doing both when she is involved in that incident with the dumbwaiter–and it’s the last straw for her poor mother, who can only hope that nobody sees her  atrocious curtsy. So her mother sends Sophronia to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

However, the academy isn’t what her mother expected. Yes, Sophronia learns the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but no only that. She also learns how to deal out, as the book states, “death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest way possible, of course.” Then again, when you think about it, it’s only right. Who would want to kill their adversaries without a polite curtsy and, possibly, an apology? Sophronia and her new, skilled friends are in for a surprising year.

Anyways, hope you like!

~ Ash

What I’m Reading: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson, The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis (Advance Reading Copy). Reviews to come soon!

Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede

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Hey everyone!

I can’t believe myself… I branched out of my beloved genre and I actually enjoyed a book!  Haha.

Anyways, I have this book for you called Thirteenth Child, which is a FANTASY about a girl named Eff and her brother Lan, (but mostly about Eff).  It’s nicely time lapsed from when Eff and Lan are eight to when they are eighteen.  Lan is an all-powerful seventh son of a seventh son, so he is kind of stuck up and thinks he knows everything when it comes to magic.  In fact, Lan’s the reason I’m knocking this read down to 7.5 pens.  I’m sorry for my “language”, but I HATE LAN!!!  He is so overprotective of Eff and snotty.  Eff seems like the type of girl I would be friends with, though, as she is so dang  misunderstood it makes me want to reach through the pages of the book and give her a hug, say “you’re not alone”!

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Age recommendation: 13+, for harder words

So yeah!  I hope you all read this book, or, if fantasy’s “your” genre, then try out one of our favorite dystopias instead, such as the Witch & Wizard series, The Hunger Games series, or the Graceling series!

Who’s happy for the new Catching Fire trailer that just came out?  I know I am!

XOXO,

Ginger

What I’m reading: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (Review to come very soon!)

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Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

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Hi everyone! Ash here.

When I started reading this book, I thought the plot line sounded good and the characters were detailed. When I was partway through this book, I thought it was amazing! When I finished, I wanted more–luckily, this book is part of a series. (Another thing I did when I finished was go onto my amazing blog and write a review, but you don’t really care about that–do you?)

Witch and Wizard, by James Patterson, is a book you won’t want to put down, so if you know you won’t have enough time to finish it, don’t even start.

“Everything,” as Amazon puts it, “Is about to change.” Why? Well, for one thing, your books, art, and music are banned by the New Order, or the N.O. Second of all, the government has seized control of society. This is the testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother arrested in the middle of the night, shoved behind bars, and accused of being–of all things–a witch and a wizard. Thousands more young people have also been arrested; some have been accused, as Wisty and Whit were; many others are missing.

The fate of these missing people is unknown, and the worst is easily feared, for this New Order will stop at nothing to suppress everything we hold dear: life, liberty, music, books, art, magic… Not to mention a difficult thing many people are going through now: trying to be a normal teenager.

I’m giving this book 9 pens, because it’s a must-read and a stay-up-all-night read.

Hope you like!

~ Ash