Bone And Shadow |Book Review

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

I have heard so much about The Grisha Trilogy, and I’m going to admit the cover art drew me in. So I finished reading the first book of the trilogy Bone And Shadow. Here is my review of the first book!

Plot ***
Writing ****
Cover *****
Characters *****
Enjoyment ****
Pacing *****
Total star rating = 4*

PLOT

The Plot I felt was alright, I could see where the plot was going a mile ahead. It was very predictable. I wanted to see more of the war that was going on, more battle scenes etc. However, I think the first book was mostly for character development, and the main character Alina growing into herself, and her new role as a Grisha. So that is the main reason I gave Plot a 3* rating.

WRITING

Writing I gave the author a 4* rating. I think it was well written, and the scene’s and characters were described in a way that I could picture it in my head. I love when an author writes in a way that I can let my imagination take over and really get lost in the imagery, but also allow some room for me to create. I didn’t find many grammatical errors or have trouble with wording. Anything you had a question about name wise you could look up at the front of the book as well as a map if you got lost. So all in all the writing was fantastic.

COVER

The cover was what drew me into this series, to begin with! I love the cover art, it is simple but striking. The color choices for me were perfect. Black and Red just scream war and violence and interest. The image wasn’t too busy it was simple but well thought out.  Hence why I gave the cover of this book a 5* Rating.

CHARACTERS

The characters also received a 5* rating. I loved the characters, even though you had many cliche characters. For example, the BFF your secretly in love with, The sexy bad guy the MC stupidly falls for, the stuck up chick who gets on your nerves etc. However, the author did a good job at giving them individual personalities and making you fall in love with them. They are also written in a way that is relatable you really can feel for the characters and what they are going through.

ENJOYMENT

Overall I enjoyed this book greatly. It was a nice read by the pool and get a tan kind of book. lol Which is exactly what I did! I rated enjoyment a 4* simply because although I did enjoy it tremendously I could put it down. It didn’t overwhelm me enough to binge read it and not be able to put it down. Sometimes I would get tired and just need to put it down for a bit and then pick it up the next day.

PACING

The Pacing for this book was right on point! 5*’s The book wasn’t too slow and dragged out, and it also wasn’t too fast paced to where you got confused as to how you got to the scene. I think it was a good pacing of character development for this book. The first to a trilogy and it was mostly about character development, less about the actual plot. Which is fine for the first book in a trilogy I think. That way when the author does get into the nitty gritty dirty stuff we are well versed on the characters and why they make decisions the way they do etc.

 

 

 

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The Third Step | Book Review

 Meet Frankie, a young, disaffected amateur boxer, really more of a punching bag, a drunk and a drug addict. He is a loser at love, except for his relationship with his grandma, who, rumor has it, is a white witch. She, along with a handful of others, serve as his moral compass.
Frankie fights a lifelong struggle to find an understanding of the creator of the universe, not the poisoned caricature painted by the church and the “holy” people who seem to torment him.
His journey takes him from the East Coast down to New Orleans to face confrontations with his demons, both real and imagined. Along the way, the story is littered with tales of drug smuggling, murder, an affair with a woman who may be the devil herself, and an ultimate quest for revenge.

Frankie comes to terms with his addictions, but his search for a deeper understanding of this God entity and his need to connect with his soul could be his ultimate addiction, one that may follow him beyond the grave…


 

I felt as though I needed to post the description of the book just so you can know what to expect with this review. To be honest this book is hard to review. There are so many details so many things to cover when talking about this book. However, let’s start by showing you what I did rate this book.

Plot *****

Writing ***

Cover ***

Characters *****

Enjoyment ***

Pacing **

Total star rating = 3.5*

 

Plot

I rated the plot 5*. The plot itself and all the gritty details were fantastic! This was one of the few books where my predictions of what was going on happen next were almost never right. This book makes you doubt your intuition of what could happen. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. One moment you’re at one place and the next moment your completely thrown into the other direction. You end up getting reading whiplash, and you find yourself never satisfied never given what you want. At least not till you get to the end the book, and even that barely satisfies you.

Writing

This rating could very much change. For now, I will rate it a 3*. The reason I say this because of the editorial errors. There are a lot of editing errors, paragraphs that are doubled on accident, misplaced words, or just a lot of rep it ion of the same thing. However, if you can get passed that and ignore it the voice writing of this book is fantastic. This is an author that sees the world through different eyes and has written what he has seen in the world. Which somewhat saddens me, but at the same time, I am grateful.

Cover

The cover I rated 3* as well. As I have discussed in past reviews the cover is more of a personal preference rating. I rate covers half based on if I saw this on a bookshelf would I pick it up based solely on the cover with this book no I would most likely not pick this book up, for me, it is not ascetically pleasing to the eyes. However, that is not to say that the cover is perfect for this book! It shows the journey that the character goes through as well as the places he goes and sees. It is a small glimpse of his life through his eyes, his memories.

Characters

5*! The characters in this book all have their own backgrounds, stories, hardships, struggles, and life. He doesn’t just show you the main character Frankie view but also a glimpse into the life of those around him. This pulls you in gets you attached to them, so when he rips them away you feel hurt and loss. Even minor characters that may only be there briefly he shows a deep part of them so that even they have meaning. Tauthor’sors character building is breathtaking and well thought out.

Enjoyment

This rating was rough, 3*. This is not a book that will make you smile, it will not give you happy loving butterflies in your tummy. This is not a book or story to enjoy.  This is a book that will tear you apart, it will make you feel so may emotions. You will feel anger, disappointment, heartache, betrayal, fear, shame, and so many other things. So did I enjoy this book no, but it is a story that will pull you in and draw you deeper than you want to go.

Pacing

Pacing received 2*, this book tends to repeat a lot, or draw on scenes for a bit too long the only thing keeping you involved is the drama and need to know the outcome. Otherwise, this book dragged on in a lot of parts for far too long. It made it hard to get through, and I had to take many breaks. At some points, I wanted to read another book on the side, but I didn’t want to take the time this book deserved away from it. All I can say is hold on, take breaks the story and outcome are worth it.

So that is my in-depth review of The Third Step by William Lobb. It is a fantastic book, that will take you on a journey through a man’s eyes that have been through many trials and tribulations. His whole life fighting, not always sure what he was fighting for.

The Handmaid’s Tale | Book Review

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This being my first Book Review on my brand new Blog, is a bit intimidating. However, if you are here, reading this then I thank you for taking the time to do so.

There are a few things I like to consider when rating a book, or reviewing a book.

Plot

Writing

Cover

Characters

Enjoyment

Pacing

After looking over all these things and rating each accordingly that is how I get my overall star rating.

For The Handmaid’s Tale, this is how I rated it.

Plot * * *

Writing * * * *

Cover * * *

Characters * * * * *

Enjoyment * * * *

Pacing * * *

TOTAL STAR RATING = 3.5*

Now I suppose I should go into a bit more detail on why I rated each category the way that I did. Well lucky for that’s what I’m about to do!

Plot

The reason I gave 3* for the plot is due to the fact that there are a lot of holes and unanswered questions. I realize the author most likely did this on purpose. However, as a reader, it was very hard to cope with the fact that I wanted to know what happened in said plot holes.

All in all, the story itself and the plot was fantastic. It took you from the current time to flashbacks of the characters. It Also really put you into the head of the main character June.

Writing

I loved the author’s writing voice. She really brought the characters to life. Each character had their own voice and their own attitudes. Her use of imagery and memories made you feel like you were there with June feeling what she felt.  The only reason I gave 4* instead of 5* was simply because although her writing style was fantastic, there were times I found myself lost. There was so much back and forth between here and now that it gave me reading whiplash at times.

Cover

The cover I gave a 3*. Mainly because for me if I were rummaging through the bookstore looking over titles to see which stood out to me, this book would not stand out. We all have our own nostalgic imagery we look for when ‘window’ shopping for books. For me, this cover was not one that would stand out. If I had never heard of this book before, I would not pick it up due to the cover.

However, once reading the book you learn how well the cover goes with the story. The cover is simple, it does not stand out just like June. The handmaids were meant to be bland, boring, unappealing, people who faded into the background. The fact that the image has no face is very symbolic of how the handmaids were treated and meant to be viewed as. They weren’t individuals. I don’t want to say more just in case you want to read the book yourselves.

Characters

Characters were the only category that received 5*. The reason being, you fall in love with the characters and their individual personalities. Not only that but some of them you just love to hate.  The author did such an amazing job in her character building. She was able to really bring these characters to life, make you a part of the story through their individual eyes. She also used first person view for the main character, so every time you read ‘I’, you were thrown into June’s shoes. Even the voices of the characters and how they spoke were individual. She didn’t have to put the names of who was speaking, you just knew!

Enjoyment

All in all, I enjoyed this book, thus I rated it 4* in this category. There was a lot of drama and scenes that left you hooked. I actually bought both the e-book and the audio book on audible! The audiobook is fantastic! The voice actor did a fantastic job at portraying all the different character voices. They also added little bits of music before sections of the book to give the mood. There were so many moments in the book where I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.  I found myself scared for the characters and what could happen to them. Not only that but I was left wanting to know more, more about the outside world and the big picture. Unfortunately, since the book is being told in 1st person by the main character June, you only know as much as she knows.

This again created some holes in the story, because she simply didn’t know what happened to some of the other characters. The ending for me was the most .. not disappointing, but ‘wait that was the end?’ moment. I literally was so confused when the books historical notes came on. I didn’t realize the book had ended and had to rewind the audiobook and re-listen. This time paying close attention to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. Sure enough, that was the end, and I was left with so many unanswered questions.

Pacing

Pacing, for me is somewhat important when reading a book. I gave this book 3* for pace. Just because it was in the middle, it wasn’t too slow and it wasn’t too fast. Some points I felt like the story was being dragged on, and other times I felt like the author didn’t spend enough time in that specific scene. So it was a give and take relationship.

Conclusion

The Handmaid’s Tale was a good read, I would suggest it to my friends. However, I do think that the hype of this book was due to the fact that it is now a show on Hulu. I would love to know if you agree with my review, what you rated the book (feel free to link your review in the comments if you’d like) and also how I could improve my reviews. I love feedback, and if there was something I left out, or there is a way I could improve my reviewing process please feel free to let me know. I would also love to start a discussion in the comments if you have read the book. However, if you want to avoid spoilers for others feel free to send me a private message on my twitter where we can discuss it further!

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