BOOK REVIEW: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist.(Goodreads)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Considering how high this book’s rating is in Goodreads, I feel like giving three stars is going to raise some eyebrows and roll some eyes. Thing is, I understand why this book has gotten high reviews. First, it has a diverse set of characters that aren’t flat and have interesting relationships. Second, the plot has twists and turns and unexpected corners. Finally, the worldbuilding wasn’t complicated so it was easy to follow the characters through their adventure and to understand why things happened as they did.

Here are what I didn’t like about it:

First, although the characters weren’t flat, they weren’t exactly not stereotypes. I liked Inej and Jesper because they had layers. They had valid fears and unexpected strengths, and they had thoughts and made decisions that sounded human. Sadly, the rest were nothing more than stereotypes; mannequins with shiny accessories and fancy dresses.Read More »


BOOK REVIEW: The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett

On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet…(Goodreads)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Here’s what happens to my brain during a reading slump: it forgets words and how to string them together. So when I started to read The Colour of Magic I was wondering why it was so complicated and when it would end.

But I plodded on and eventually my brain remembered how stories are told, and I reached the top of the hill where I got a view of the Discworld. It was a great view. It was magical, hilarious, exciting, and unpredictable with two unlikely heroes (and an unforgettable Luggage) right in the middle of it.

It takes some effort to understand the Discworld, and the myriad of characters, monsters, and creatures can be confusing, but who cares. This book took me out of my reading slump and that deserves credit.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler.(J.R.R. Tolkien)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was 12 when I read The Fellowship of the Ring and I remember I was very disappointed because I thought it was difficult and, peculiarly, I couldn’t appreciate the son of father of grandfather that kept popping throughout the book. I finally gave up on it when Frodo’s party reached Rivendell. Since then, I’ve had a poor impression of The Lord of the Rings novels although I loved the movie adaptations.

After I saw The Hobbit I decided to give this book a chance but, admittedly, I kept delaying because I couldn’t forget the experience I had from my first J.R.R. Tolkien book. Luckily, The Hobbit is in my 2016 Reading Challenge. Like Bilbo who was drawn out from his comfortable hobbit-hole with the promise of a great adventure, I was forced out of my comfort zone with the promise of getting something good out of one of the best-selling books ever.Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.(Goodreads)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave up on this book years ago because I couldn’t stand Jacob, but my sister convinced me that it isn’t that bad so I decided to pick it up again. Since I was forcing myself to read a book I could only read until Chapter 2, I decided to go with the audio book in the hope that it would change my mind.

Tadah! I was able to finish the book this time. Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Truckers by Terry Pratchett

Truckers (Bromeliad Trilogy, #1)Truckers by Terry Pratchett

Under the floorboards of the Store is a world of four-inch-tall nomes that humans never see. It is commonly known among these nomes that Arnold Bros. created the Store for them to live in, and he declared: “Everything Under One Roof.” Therefore there can be no such thing as Outside. It just makes sense.
That is, until the day a group of nomes arrives on a truck, claiming to be from Outside, talking about Day and Night and Snow and other crazy legends. And they soon uncover devastating news: The Store is about to be demolished. It’s up to Masklin, one of the Outside nomes, to devise a daring escape plan that will forever change the nomes’ vision of the world. . . .(Goodreads)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like pretty things. I always did. It’s the reason why I was nicknamed Doña as a child and why, years later, I can’t help judging books by their covers. This book was no exception and it got a lot of bad judgement from me because it had not just one, but two nomes on it’s cover.

Nomes are so stocky that a Japanese Sumo wrestler would look half-starved by comparison, and the way this one moved suggested that it was considerably tougher than old boots.

Not a very good pitch. Also, it didn’t help that the only Teri Pratchett I’ve read is a collaboration with Neil Gaiman and a book of short stories that I haven’t finished yet. I didn’t think I would like the book, but I did.Read More »