If you read fantasy novels then you have definitely heard of Brandon Sanderson.
Well he wrote The Rithmatist for a younger audience. Teen/Young Adult audience to be exact. If you are not usually a fan of Young Adult novels, then you may want to start being a fan. This book made me so excited and happy!!!
Seriously, it hooked me right from the start, and it kept me interested and wanting more. Which is where it made me sad because from the information I could find, the second book is only scheduled for 2017. Brandon Sanderson, if you ever see this… please hurry!! I will give you … (checks pockets…) 20 euros if you release it sooner!!
It is indeed that wonderful.
This story is about Joel, who wants to become a Rithmatist. Rithmatists are a very selective group of people who have the ability to bring two dimensional figures that are known as Chalklings to life. This is important because there are wild chalklings that the Rithmatists need to be able to defend their world from.
Joel is just a son of a chalk maker at Armedius Academy who would give anything to become a Rithmatist himself. He gets thrown into a mystery when a few Rithmatist students go missing. Him and his friend Melody along with another group of wonderful side characters bring this mystery to life. This story might be written for a younger crowd but Brandon Sanderson got it right. The story has mystery, and amazing detail. There are drawings explaining exactly what it is that Rithmatists do.
It brings this world to life, and it had been a while since a book has brought me so much joy, and yet some sadness. Booknerds know what I am talking about. I highly recommend this book!!! The characters are wonderful and the plot is imaginative.
This one gets 5 out of 5 Metalhorns from me!!!
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (I am glad this is a blog and not a youtube video, because I would butcher her last name, I am so sorry) was the first book I read from the books I chose from my summer reading challenge. It was a great first read and first choice. I have this fear now every time I decide to read a super hyped up Young Adult novel, that it will be disappointing but this one was surprising. It was actually worthy of all the hype.
This story is about Shahrzad (Shazi) who wants to take revenge on Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, why, you ask? Well quite simply, or not so simply put Khalid has married about 100 women, each dawn after the wedding, the women have been killed. The last one was Shazi’s best friend. This is when she volunteers to marry Khalid. She wants to be able to break the cycle of murder and innocent lives lost once and for all.
Khalid has his own secrets, and as you go through this book, you realize there’s so much more to the story.
This book is a retelling of 1001 nights, and the greatest thing of all is the beautiful descriptive language used, you practically feel like you are within the palace walls.
Here’s the surprising factor for me. I have mentioned before that I am quite tired of the romance and love triangles in young adult novels. Coming from a hopeless romantic that’s really saying something. The truth is though, that I LOVED the romance in this book. It’s not cheesy and it’s not lame. It shows real conflict of emotion and real feelings in the characters. You will fall in love with them, even the secondary characters, who were actually some of my favorites from all the books I have read.
I highly recommend this book. It pulled me in and did not let me go. I read it in a couple of days, probably could have finished it sooner if I had the time. Really go out to your local book store and buy it, buy it on your kindle, or head to your local library.
This one gets four out of five metal horns from me.
Guys…Gals, I am about to get really hyped up about this. I am going to tell you what I think of this book, and I think very highly of this book. I read it so fast, and kept having a hard time putting it down. Let me tell you why, cuz why else would you read this review?
This story is about Evie O’Neil who gets shipped off to New York, for reasons you shall discover when you read it. (cuz ya will!!…probably…maybe.DO IT) She has to live with her uncle Will, who is absolutely obsessed with the occult. This is really where the fun begins, but even the opening of the story is pretty damn creepy.
The story takes place in 1926 and Evie gets mixed up in some occult and mysteries of her own. She has a supernatural power that she tries to keep a secret, but when a murder occurs and her uncle gets called to help with the investigation Evie gets thrown into a world of craziness.
The book is written in such a wonderful way that you feel that you’re being transported back in time. Some of the scenes in the book are so creepy that I actually had a moment where I didn’t want to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night to pee. TMI…I know but seriously all the little shadows as I walked out of the room really creeped me out after reading this book.
I am really looking forward to the second book that comes out soon (August 25, 2015) and I hope it is just as creepy!!! I absolutely recommend this book!!!
This one gets 5 out of 5 metal horns from me!!
Okay so I am a little behind on my book reviews.Bare with me as I change up some things here on the site.
So I need to tell you all about this book.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley is one of the most imaginative stories I have read in quite some time. You can’t compare this to anything else. You can’t describe it by saying that it’s the next game of thrones or the next hunger games, because this book stands out on its own.
It is about Aza Ray who has been sick her entire life. It is a mystery what the character has, but it is a lung disease where she has a lot of trouble breathing.
Suddenly she starts seeing ships in the sky. That’s right SHIPS (ok this aspect is a little like Stardust, but thats where the comparisons end) Her family kind of just shrugs it off as “oh well you have crazy side effects from your medication…ships in the sky…HAHA” (not a direct quote here.
The only one who really believes, is her best friend Jason. (yes theres a bit of a love interest here)
Craziness ensues and she ends up in a world where she’s no longer sick, and she’s no longer weak.
Listen, I don’t want to give too much away but I really loved how creative this story was. I read it fairly quickly as it’s not that big of a book (300ish pages) I loved it, and highly recommend it if you’re looking for some out of this world fun and a unique story.
Comment below if you’ve read it, but please NO SPOILERS!! Comment below if you haven’t read it as well!!
It gets four out of five metal horns from me(like my new rating system?)
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