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Review: Dark Days

Posted on Actualizado enn

Dark Days
Dark Days by Derek Landy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s a 3.5-4 stars rating. I really looked forward to this book because I had hoped it would be about the training of Valkyrie with Wreath and her developement as a Necromancer, I also thought that it’d include much more background information about Skulduggery’s head and past along with more history regarding the Faceless Ones and their alternate universe. The story itself is not bad but it’s just an 11 month leap and suddenly Valkyrie already has some Necromancer skills, they’re just about to recover the head and we barely hear anything about backstory, it’s another action packed, fun and entertaining story with it’s nice plot twists but I had my expectations elsewhere.

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Review: The Diamond Age

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The Diamond Age
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It is clear that Neal Stephenson has some great writing skills and a prodigious imagination as this book is lush and packed with an extraordinary amount of detail as well as some very deep and complex technological hypotheses… however, I found this book as just being way overdone: I find the language unnecessarily complicated, extremely tangled, with obscure words and references. I found the book quite enjoyable at first but after about 150 pages or so it became way too tiring and I lost my interest altogether. Perhaps a good book for fans of the genre but I wouldn’t just generally recommend it.

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Review: Clariel

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Clariel
Clariel by Garth Nix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was quite hard to come to terms with a final rating for this book because, unlike many other books with begin alright or actually quite well, I felt entirely the opposite with Clariel: The first 20 pages or so were well enough for an introduction, not much to say there, the next 80 pages I actually found somewhat annoying, I couldn’t get to like anything of what was going on although it had its merit but it was just rather bland. After that the story really did pick up ant it felt once again like another book from this series I’ve loved since the very beginning, the feel of urgency, mystery and discovery was back and it was a steady improvement up until the very end which was quite amazing. Lastly, I didn’t like the epilogue that much but I guess it was a sufficiently good closure.

Now I would like the analize the book further rather than my own experience: What is interesting about Clariel is that the story was quite unexpected, along with all the motivations, even though we all know where it’s gonna lead in the end, it delivers the story in quite a surprising and original way. I’ve read coments here who have found Clariel insufferable, obnoxious, always complaining and the like but on my part I find her a truly tragic heroine, also many accuse the background characters from uninteresting but actually I think it is all very well formed: Clariel and Belatiel particularly but even some secondary and minor characters are all well fitting of their environment. Unlike the other books in the Old Kingdom, Clariel comes not from the immediate doom brought by a long lasting turmoil and chaos, instead, she comes from the after-effect of a long lasting peace and apparently fruitfull era: complacency. The key word to the background story is complacency which has ended in neglect of ages old roles which has brought by an inner and less noticeable failure of two key bloodlines: The Abhorsens and The Royal House which have apparently never been better off but have also never been so disconnected to their own heritage.

Thus we find an unwilling heroine which might sound selfish and is truly so but with simple demands who takes up on herself a mission whatever the cost, both a victim of ther own wiles and a reivindicator of the damage brought by the inaction of others.

I find myself joyously surprised once more by Garth Nix.

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Review: Clariel

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Clariel
Clariel by Garth Nix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was quite hard to come to terms with a final rating for this book because, unlike many other books with begin alright or actually quite well, I felt entirely the opposite with Clariel: The first 20 pages or so were well enough for an introduction, not much to say there, the next 80 pages I actually found somewhat annoying, I couldn’t get to like anything of what was going on although it had its merit but it was just rather bland. After that the story really did pick up ant it felt once again like another book from this series I’ve loved since the very beginning, the feel of urgency, mystery and discovery was back and it was a steady improvement up until the very end which was quite amazing. Lastly, I didn’t like the epilogue that much but I guess it was a sufficiently good closure.

Now I would like the analize the book further rather than my own experience: What is interesting about Clariel is that the story was quite unexpected, along with all the motivations, even though we all know where it’s gonna lead in the end, it delivers the story in quite a surprising and original way. I’ve read coments here who have found Clariel insufferable, obnoxious, always complaining and the like but on my part I find her a truly tragic heroine, also many accuse the background characters from uninteresting but actually I think it is all very well formed: Clariel and Belatiel particularly but even some secondary and minor characters are all well fitting of their environment. Unlike the other books in the Old Kingdom, Clariel comes not from the immediate doom brought by a long lasting turmoil and chaos, instead, she comes from the after-effect of a long lasting peace and apparently fruitfull era: complacency. The key word to the background story is complacency which has ended in neglect of ages old roles which has brought by an inner and less noticeable failure of two key bloodlines: The Abhorsens and The Royal House which have apparently never been better off but have also never been so disconnected to their own heritage.

Thus we find an unwilling heroine which might sound selfish and is truly so but with simple demands who takes up on herself a mission whatever the cost, both a victim of ther own wiles and a reivindicator of the damage brought by the inaction of others.

I find myself joyously surprised once more by Garth Nix.

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Review: The Book Thief

Posted on Actualizado enn

The Book Thief
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve realized throughout theese reading years that coming by books which really manage to surprise me is rather uncommon, but managing to find a story that also leaves such a warm and fuzzy feeling is something akin to unique.

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Review: Eleanor & Park

Posted on Actualizado enn

Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a sappy teenager romance novel but at least it was entertaining and kinda cute.

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Review: Shadow and Bone

Posted on Actualizado enn

Shadow and Bone
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s actually a 2.5 rating.

Meh. It didn’t blow my mind. At first I thought I wanted to read the series, then I read The Witch of Duva and thought: “Holy cow, I HAVE to read the series!”, it was so bleak and amazing and fresh. Then I read this book and it’s terribly laden witn clichés, you can see the plot-twists coming from a mile away. I only rounded the rating up because: I found the justification beneath the plot original (technology is moving on) and I did like the way the climax happened.

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