Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1)Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story was catching and very interesting, I really liked it in the sense of story, though I must admit I disliked the writing style. Still, it was not the worse I have read, and once I got used to it I could get by it for the sake of the story.
I loved every single character in the book… except the main character, Vanyel. It felt way over the top, and that his angst could have well been toned down without making him as annoying and difficult to love as I found him to be. I spent 3/4 of the book wanting to slam his head against a wall and that the book would focus on something else.
And that’s the reason why I gave it a simple three stars- it was just above “ok” to me, but I hated the one that appeared as main the most, so I could not come to “really” like it.
I would, however, like to read most of this and recommend it for a simple time passing read.

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Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

Castle in the Air (Howl's Moving Castle, #2)Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars award_star_gold_3

This is a sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle, and like it, it doesn’t fail to deliver it’s funny moments. The setting is slightly different, however, as it reminds you more of something just out of 1001 Nights. There’s even appearances of characters from Howl’s Moving Castle, including Howl and Sophie themselves, however there is no real need to have read that book in order to fully enjoy this one.

Much like the first, I know I will be re-reading this one often.

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The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was read mostly out of obligation, while I liked the story and all, I can’t help but feel no sympathy for hobbits.

My neighbor first introduced me to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s writing- I wanted to read Lord of The Rings, but he insisted (and with good reason) that in order to understand everything better I had to read The Hobbit first (or he wouldn’t lend me LOTR… ) And so I did.

The story and writing are excellent and it certainly cleared up questions I would’ve had reading LOTR without any background, but I felt little sympathy for the characters, so it doesn’t get more than three stars.

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Get it with the epic Lord of The Rings award_star_gold_3: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (the Hobbit / the Fellowship of the Ring / the Two Towers / the Return of the King) & The Silmarillion

 

La Saga de los Confines (Trilogía) by Liliana Bodoc

Los días del venado (La saga de los confines, #1)La saga de los Confines by Liliana Bodoc
My rating: 5 of 5 stars award_star_gold_3

I can’t say how much I love this trilogy. I bought all three in a whim, and when I learned the author had previously only made children books, I thought I would be disappointed, but I was not.
I don’t regret my purchase at all. It kept me hooked from beginning of the first book until the very end of the last book.
It’s a sort of quasi-historical cavemen story, if you may, mixed in with lots of fantasy.

They must be read in order. The three books describe in parts the main setting and troubles that arise, an all out war between good and evil, and it’s resolution.

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Get the rest of this series: La saga de los confines I: Los días del venadoLa saga de los confines II: Los días de la Sombra & La saga de los confines III: Los días de fuego

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

El nombre del viento (Crónica del asesino de reyes, #1)The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book had a very, very long and unnecessary prologue. I kept reading in the hopes that something good would happen, but nope. Nothing happened. At all. I mean, sure, there were kids fighting and a some sort of maybe romance and something that wanted to hint to an actual plot… but nothing of real plot-like importance happened. so basically it was a lot of pages of… I’m still not sure. Character introduction, I guess? Maybe a bit of world building? Meh.
Oh, and also, Gary Stu.

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Gifts by Ursula K. Le Guin

Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore, #1)Gifts (Annals of the Western Shore) by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first part was a little strange- the way it seemed to begin one way to jump right into a story-mode flashback… and how at the end it didn’t seem like an “end” to the flashback itself, but instead as if the story was still being told.

Other than that, I found the book very enjoyable. It was interesting, and seemed a good opening and background info to what could be a very interesting story. It was a quick, easy read. I’m looking forward to reading the second part.

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Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fuego (Los Siete Reinos, #2)Fire by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found it rather disappointing, the end felt a bit rushed and the addition of the one “bad guy” made no sense (as in, I felt the story would’ve worked just the same without it, and it was pointless and forgotten for more than half the book, or should have been played with more to make it more interesting).
I can’t say I liked the main character either, I found I felt more for minor characters than for her.

I enjoyed her first book much more.
I didn’t dislike Fire, though, it just wasn’t as good as I expected of it.

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Ico by Miyuki Miyabe

Ico: Castle in the MistIco: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This book is based on a videogame by the same name for the PS2. While it’s not necessary to have played the game to understand the book, it does provide background for the story told there and is recommended to be read after playing it.

This was such a wonderful story, it really brought back a lot of memories of playing the game, and it was full of descriptions of familiar places (that probably would have meant a lot less had I not played the game before), to have more of a background on the happenings of the game was really nice.

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