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 »
Miss 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 »
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. (Goodreads)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book found me at a time when it could hurt and encourage me most; it was beautiful and terrifying, sad but consoling, and it kept me reading even though my tears left me in abandon while everyone was asleep and the only company I had were my own monsters, my personal ghosts.
I wish I had a hundred years. A hundred years I could give to you.
It resonated with me because stories, after all, are what we make of them. If loss had taken someone’s future from yours like it has mine, you might feel the same way. If not this book has 205 pages, 32 chapters, and so many beautiful things to tell.
You do not write your life with words. You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
It could be about strength of character and the weaknesses hiding behind it. It could be about growing up or even a fairy tale. In the words of its author, go, run with it. Wherever the story takes you, I’m pretty sure you’ll end up in the same place I did: hurt, hopeful, and entirely amazed.
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.(Goodreads Summary)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
He does something to me, that boy. Every time. It’s his only detriment. He steps on my heart. He makes me cry.
If even death’s heart could bleed for the characters of this book, then what chance did my heart have? None. Zip. Nada. Zippo. It was so easy to fall in love, to laugh, to cry, and to cheer for the handful of tough but loving characters that made half of The Book Thief’s größe.
The other half? Well, that was occupied by Death. And I don’t think I’ve ever been told a story by a more poetic and ironic narrator than Death.
It kills me sometimes, how people die.
Well done, Markus Zusak for making Death a narrator for a book about life, which is what, I believe, this book truly is about: humans and how we live.Read More »
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart – the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning – and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.(Goodreads Summary)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Although Brandon Sanderson is a prolific writer, I’ve only read two of his books. The first one turned me into a fan of his story-telling, and the second one made me fall in love with his character development and world building. Just two books and he instantly turned into one of my favorite authors.
Steelheart was the third book and I was excited to inhale another Brandon Sanderson world. It started out very promising. It had a good backstory and an exciting premise, but there were so many disappointments.Read More »