The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black review

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For some reason i have been putting off this review not because i didn’t like the book or anything of that sort, it’s just that i didn’t have the strength to write but i finally do so here it goes. I read this book in December and remember a lot of events that took place in it so thats always a good sign that you thoroughly enjoyed a book. I gave this first book of a middle grade series called The Magisterium written by two authors, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, a solid 4.5 stars. It had a lot of the components i like in middle grade; adventure, friendship and of course, magic with great writing and awesome characters. I was a little worried before i got this book because i was seeing a lot of shipping and it made me wondered if it was heavy romantic but it wasn’t. People just don’t want 12 year old adventures to be 12 year old adventurers. I also want to clarify that this is NOTHING like Harry Potter. The only thing they have in common is the concept of magic. Now lets get on to the likes and dislikes.

Likes

The cast of this book is just flipping amazing. Not only does it have a main character thats disabled but a cast of major and minor characters that are people of color. I absolutely adore the main character Callum Hunt. The book does a good job on describing his struggle of doing things as a crippled boy and also doing things like magic. His friendship with the other characters, specifically, Tamara Rajavi an iranian girl and Aaron Stewart a boy that you will love dearly is amazing, its not rushed and they do take a while to get to the point of strong teamwork which is shown through the battles they face. It actually made me have a little percy jackson nostalgia on how i felt reading these kinds of books when i was younger. You know about a young boy who doesn’t really fit the criteria of normal. Always feeling like you’re messing up and can’t be as good as other people just because you’re different from them. The book shines a light on that as well. Theres excitement and wonder whenever magic enters this kind of aspect which is all the more better. This was just overall a fantastic middle grade book and the plot twist at the end just left me shocked. I’m too for the second book.

Dislikes

Now as i mentioned before i adore the trio friendship going on in this book however i’m already foreseeing the typical leave-out-the-only-girl-in-the-trio aspect. Theres a lot of Aaron foreshadowing of course and you’ll find out why but it would be nice to have an emphasis on the all three of these characters because we have to believe they’re actually best friends and we can’t exactly do that if we never get to know each of them so hopefully not only do we get to see what will happen with Aaron and Callum but also have Tamara play an important role rather than backup. Thats really all that i’m worried about but in the end i’m very for the second book. I’m expecting a lot of focus on their friendship and of course Callum. We’ve come to the end of this review and so let your readings continue. 🙂

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Throne Of Glass By Sarah J. Mass Review

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I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed i was with this book but i have to because thats the whole point of reviewing it. Let’s get straight to the point. I leniently gave this book 2.8 stars just for me liking the main character in the very beginning, the interesting plot and mostly, the bad ass action scenes. But before i go into detail with those likes let me give a brief synopsis first.

The story is basically about an assassin trained teenage girl named Celaena Sardothien (every time i’ve ever read her named i kept saying See-lee-na only to find out when i was done reading it, it is pronounced as Sell-lay-nah) being locked up in this kind of cruel and ruthless prison and then shes released by the prince to serve as the king’s champion in a competition in order to gain her absolute freedom. Then turns out theres some evil stuff lurking in the castle that is killing her opponents and so she has to put on her nancy drew shoes and figure out whats going on.

Likes

I will push my dislikes aside and fairly admit i really really loved Celaena’s personality in the beginning. Like, very very beginning you know, before some things got tedious and repetitive. I really loved how bad ass she was, how she only thought of herself and had a goal in mind. It truly stuck with the assassin aspect of her character. Which is shown through her fighting scenes. I really loved reading whenever she fought, she has a very positive mindset that basically tells herself that she can do this and with this, it often results in success. I gave in to this book mostly because of the hype of it on Booktube but not just that it had an interesting plot that pulled me in and thats what all the action scenes did for me. It pulled me in and kept me on edge. If the book had a little bit more of that kind of energy and focus it would’ve been greater and i wouldn’t have as much dislikes but unfortunately for me it does.

Dislikes

I really don’t know if its just me but i for one can’t stand reading an action book that has equal or more romance to action. To me it always has to be less romance than action just because when i pick up an action book guess what? I want some action and some adventure. Especially if its a first book in a series. Like the reason i enjoyed the Hunger Games series was because of that. You just don’t have time to make romance a prominent aspect in a first book just because you have the world explaining to do, explaining the characters and conflict on whats going on. Same thing with the Percy Jackson series. Percy did not have time to be wondering if he liked annabeth in that first book. What he did have time to do is wonder how the hell did a pen turn into a sword. So to me this whole drama with the prime was just so upsetting cause here i am, overly anxious about who could it be doing these evil things while Celaena is out here low-key flirting with the prince. And its not even in the sense of flirting but her semi-feelings (because its not entirely expressed or out there) between the prince and the Captain of the Guards. There was just too much romance going on in her situation. Especially after all that bragging about being assassin.

That brings me to my next point. Like i said, in the very beginning i really loved how true she stuck with expressing her character as an assassin. But after a while saying, “because i’m assassin” gets tiring. For everything her entire excuse was “I can’t because i’m assassin.” Why can’t she have friends? Because she’s an assassin. Why can’t she do the right thing? Because she’s an assassin. Why can’t she have My Little Pony stickers with matching pillow cases and bed spreads? Because she’s an assassin. This overused excuse to me was really just humorous and even made her character not seem as identical true to the ideal that she is an assassin.

Between all the romance and bragging i’m not eager to read the next book and i most likely won’t unless i’m in the mood to reread the first book and end up liking it more the second time than the first time…but i don’t see that happening. This does not mean i’ve given up on the author. Her writing was decent and she has another book called A Court Of Thornes And Roses which i’m really interested to read.

If you are the opposite of me on when it comes to the ration of action to romance you will probably like it more and you’ll probably be even more drawn to Celaena’s character throughout the book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea and thats fine. Thats all for this review and so let your reading continue!

If you want you can check my video review to it!

Still want to check it for yourself?

Check the goodreads page for it right here!
If you want to buy here are three links.
Amazon
Barnes And Nobles
BooksDepository *ships free worldwide*

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han Review

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With the upcoming release of Ps. I Still Love You by Jenny Han and the very beginning of this new blog i thought it would be the perfect time to review To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the book prior to Ps. I Still Love You. I read this book a while back, like a week after it came out so i’m going off an old review and memory but don’t worry i’m young. I should have good memory. Should.

Now let me give you a quick synopsis on it, my rating and then tell my likes and dislikes about the book.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is basically about the story of a half korean and half white teenage girl named Lara Jean who is living this quiet peaceful life then next thing she knows all the letters she’s ever written to a boy she’s liked in her life gets sent out to them. The book is most on what results of this event and her family life that occurs during this event. I gave this book a whopping 4 stars for it’s inclusiveness of her family and characterization.

Likes

-Not many young adult or contemporary or..any form of literature involving teens has parents included. Which i’ve always been jealous about how 15 and 16 year olds can run around L.A or how they can do pretty much anything and their parents are no where to be seen,completely unheard of, could be killed but we don’t know cause they’re not included. This is absolutely opposite for To All The Boy’s I’ve loved, not only is spotlight on Lara’s parents but also on her siblings and her relationship with them. It’s not strongly intertwined with her love life but finds a little way in it.

Jenny Han truly has a way with her words and characters. I really loved how characters are introduced and how they communicate in this book. It’s light, its smooth, its never hard to follow their conversation and just overall with this book, its really not hard to read. Like what i always say when i read a not-so-heavily-conflict-book, it doesn’t require a lot of ATP. I read it in one sitting and i was just entirely pleased and in love with the story when i was done.

Dislikes

-I never have much dislikes for any book i’ve read just because i don’t really look for them but if it stands out to me it definitely is a problem. Not sure if this is a problem, probably will be for some but necessarily me is that theres really no memorable moment or scene in this book. Like i said, its a light brainless kind of read, which again, i enjoyed however when i’m ready to discuss it with someone i won’t really have much specific to say since nothing stuck out for me. Sure i’ve said i read this quite a while but it really hasn’t been a year yet and even after i read it i couldn’t really remember anything significant besides some family problems that happened.

But i’m really not that upset by it because even though i don’t remember anything much, i still have this crazy excitement for the second book yet i’m really scared on this new crush that is going to be introduced. Hopefully its going to be a bit more on Lara and her feelings and relationships than family, as much as i enjoyed that in the first book, because theres going to be two of them. Let your readings continue and if you haven’t picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before yet, pick it up now!

Still want to check it for yourself?

Check the goodreads page for it right here!
If you want to buy it here are three links.
Amazon
Barnes And Nobles
BooksDepository *ships free worldwide*

How Do I Review

I’m fairly new to book reviewing. Not really since i have a youtube channel but i’m still exploring the ways of it and learning what works for me..and what doesn’t. Based on that i decided to create this blog just to have a more clean cut, well explained and somewhat longer reviews about books i’ve read. It’s so much easier to type why i gave the rating i did in text than making what will result in a 4 minute explanation video.

What is my rating system then?

My rating system is the usual 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Kinda boring, i know, but it works best. Now, i give 5s. Some don’t. Thats fine. Though, when i first started i thought i was such a noob for giving 5s and tried to find negative things about a book so i can rate it lower. Absolutely horrible. Don’t do it cause you’re not entirely being honest. If you think a book is good with few problems. Then give it what you want! In which my case, is the kind of books i give a five. Fours are usually great plots but a little bit more than few problems. Threes. Oh wow i kind of use threes a lot and in different reasons but its usually when a book has a okay plot but with fantastic characters. If i give a two its because i absolutely couldn’t find anything good about a book but there was a potential great idea in it. I rarely give ones just because every author puts in effort in their books. Not every author though in which case i’d have to give a one…but to me, just finish writing a book is effort and i would never not acknowledge that.

In a typical review my explanation for my rating system would come after i talk about my likes and dislikes about the book. What i like about written reviews is that i can go into lengthy paragraphs on my likes because my likes usually overpower my dislikes. And thats not because i’m just an abominable easy to please reader. But then again, thats reviewing. Its about your opinion and thoughts and if i like what i’m reading, i like what i’m reading. I didn’t really learn that concept until the beginning of this year when i realized that i bought a ton of books last year solely based on Booktube and me wanting to be more included in the Booktube community. And theres nothing wrong with that. But i was clouded with the thoughts of others’ opinions that i didn’t read the synopsis of the books i was buying to see if i would like them. So in my reviews thats key. To talk about my opinions with explanations for it while also keeping it short. Because lets face it. Who reads long reviews anymore?

I do sometimes now that i think about it.