Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read about how amazing this book was and received so much positive feedback that I had to pick up this book and try it out for myself. I can’t say that this book lived up to my expectations, but I suppose that’s just because I had set the bar too high. It was a pretty good book, but not a great book (at least to my standards).

My Rating: 7.7 out of 10

Brief Summary: There are six teenagers who are given the task to retrieve a drug maker from a high security prison.

My Thoughts: As I previously mentioned, this book was not a great book as I was told. It was an ordinary fantasy genre book with a relatively ordinary plot.

The story was set in a world which had these people called Grisha, and they had special powers that controlled certain things. I think that there was a previous series that was already set in this world, so in the beginning there was a lot of information thrown at you that you didn’t understand.

As stories go, the rest of the story explained it, but I still felt like I didn’t get the full picture of the world, and I suppose that it was fully explained in the previous series, which I haven’t read.

About the point of view, I was really disappointed. In the very beginning, we went into the POV of Joost, who never again appeared in the story. He was just another person who had no real relation to the plot, but was just there because he witnessed something important happen.

Throughout the whole beginning, I was expecting this Joost guy to appear later, but he never did. I mean, if you’re gonna give the POV to a character, at least integrate him into the plot line.

Also, I was disappointed because Wylan, one of the six main characters, did not get a POV like all of the other five main characters. If you’re going to give the main characters each a chapter dedicated to their thoughts, at least be consistent and include all of them, instead of leaving out one.

Now moving on to the character profiles, I would first like to ask the author, why would you make the main characters a bunch of 16,17, and 18 year olds? I don’t know if this was an act to relate to the target audience of the book, but it was really unsatisfactory.

I mean, we have a 17 year old who moved from some far away nation, supposedly attending a university, is good at shooting people, and is hopelessly addicted to gambling? (Jesper)

We also have a 17 year old kid who is the leader of an actual gang which owns a gambling house and an inn. (Kaz) All I want to say is, why does every one of the main characters have to be a teenager? It would be much more satisfactory to me if there were a couple of adults who actually had the experience to pull of the stunt which these kids did in the book.

But I liked the variation of the main characters. There was a good balance in the character personalities and such. But one thing that I personally didn’t like was that the six main characters were perfectly matched into couples. I don’t know what other people think, but I for some reason didn’t enjoy that.

I have complaints about some of the things that happened in the book. Some things were not quite explained very well, and I just flowed from one scene to the next. Such as the time when Inej somehow jumped out of the window, slid down a rope, jumped into a tank, and somehow got it operating, shot the window, and blew it up all before her friends in there were killed. It just wasn’t a satisfactory flow of events.

Aside from all of this, the plot line was pretty okay, although it might have been a little cliche. The maker of the drug had to be rescued before enough information could be pulled out of him which would have started a war.

The plot twist at the end was also pretty good, if not a little bit expected. Overall, it concluded the book pretty well, while still being able to persuade the readers to read the next book.

Overall, the book was okay in most aspects. There wasn’t enough action/things that caught my attention throughout the story, so I got bored as I read parts of the book. It was just another genre book, and I’m not really sure I’ll recommend the book.

Anyways, thanks for reading.

Peace.

Book Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
This book is the sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I have to say that I’m a little disappointed with this book. This book had the same great satirical language, but the plot development on this book was much messier and not defined.

Rating: 6.7 out of 10

Brief Summary: Arthur Dent and his friends? go adventuring around the galaxy, time traveling and going to meet the man who rules the Universe.

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Book Review: Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

I picked up this book because of a random recommendation from a comment on some random blog post, and although I had no idea whether the book was a good one, I am seriously glad that I read this book. A beautifully written book indeed.

Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Brief Summary: A boy named Vaelin is left off by his father in a house/training place to serve the Faith with the sword. He learns how to fight and goes off to fight a bunch of people.

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A Poem: Obligation & Procrastination

I really don’t want to make this a habit, but I’m going to upload a poem that I thought of.

I’ve seen many other poems on blogs, and I can’t say that I’m really attracted to any of them. Most of the poems don’t really evoke any emotion in me, so I don’t really enjoy them all that much.

But hey, I wanted to try out something new. But this is probably going to be a very occasional thing because I want this blog to revolve around book reviews instead of other stuff.

So here’s the poem.

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Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is my first science fiction book review on this blog, and I’m happy that it is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Brief Summary: Arthur Dent is the only person to survive the destruction of Earth by aliens due to the fact that a hyperspace bypass was going to be built there. He goes to a mysterious planet with his not-so-human friend Ford and some other people/aliens.

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Standardized Testing

We all have to go through the ACT or SAT while we are in high school. As of now, I have not taken my ACT test, but I plan on doing so later this year. I have an ACT study book, and my dad told me to work on it in preparation for the upcoming test.

But I really don’t like tests like this. Think about it; millions of students every year are working their butts off to get a good score on the ACT or SAT to show that they are better than their peers, while not truly developing any skills. Continue reading “Standardized Testing”

My Favorite Books

I have two favorite books (series).

The first is The Kingkiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss. The first two books in this series, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fears, are beautifully written, and I am avidly waiting for the last book to be released, The Doors of Stone. 

The second is the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch. The first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, is an absolute masterpiece and the rest of books are very well written too.

Try them out for yourself. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I started and finished this book today in a span of like 5-6 hours. I was surfing some book website, and I saw that it had relatively high reviews, so I indulged. And this is my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Brief Summary: This kid named Jacob lives in Florida. One day his grandfather dies. Jacob sets out to find the place of his grandfather’s childhood. Jacob stumbles upon a different world of time loops and finds his grandfather’s childhood friends. He even hits on his grandfather’s ex (I hope I didn’t spoil it too much).

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Book Review: Storm Front by Jim Butcher

I finished Storm Front by Jim Butcher today. I had first requested the book from the local library, but they never got back to me with the book, even after I waited like two weeks. I wondered what was wrong, so I requested the second and third books a little bit after that.

And just yesterday, the notice for the second and third books came from the library, and the first one was nowhere to be seen. So, of course, I did the logical thing and read the first book online. And this is me one day afterward, writing this review.

As this is my first book review on here, I want to set a format for these reviews (subject to change at my disposal). I’ll first give the book a rating out of 10. Then I’ll give a brief summary (no spoilers) and then I’ll give my thoughts about it. In the end, I’ll just stick on a couple of notes I made during the reading.

Also, bear with me as I learn how to write a good review. Keep in mind I’m only a kid.

Ok, now let’s get started.

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