Dragon's Lair

Dragon's Lair
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Amethyst Eyes

Amethyst EyesAmethyst Eyes by Debbie Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would rate this book about a 2.5. The story starts off very fast paced and honestly a little bit confusing, then after a bit it slows back down and stays slow for the rest of the book. I found it hard to get into, not sure if it was the story or what. I did enjoy the technology the alien's had and what they were able to do but everything seemed to easy for them. I would have liked for there to be more action in the novel, possible the author could have put in some parts of the aliens' technology that malfunctioned, as it is there are only four main action sequences, all of which take about a chapter each to resolve.

Another aspect of the story that was detrimental to me was the main character, Thomas. As a person I felt that he was very good, but he seemed to have a lot of abilities that a typical 15 year old farm boy would not have, and I am able to say that because I was a typical 15 year old farmboy. He seems to be able to analyse events better than most of the adults that he is around, which I find un-realistic as the adults he is around have great mental capabilites than humans.

I would also like the author to have explained the reason behind the Amethyst Eyes a little more than she did. All I got from it is that those with them have abilities and that since Thomas is the son of someone with Amethyst Eyes then he has greater abilities. But other than that, like what abilities are possessed, nothing is mentioned, at least to my knowledge.

All in all this would be good for the casual Sci-Fi fan, but if you are looking for a book with a lot of depth then this probably isn't the book for you

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review of Pandemonium

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I didn't like this book as much as the first, but I still really liked this book. The style was different, alternating between the events that were actually occurring and those that occurred when Lena first makes it to the Wilds. I felt that a linear sequence would have been better at some points, but I soon came to see that the flashbacks are useful in letting you learn about the characters in one section as opposed to getting a little at a time. Most of the plot though was fairly predictable, especially the last chapter except for the (view spoiler)[ twist with the kidnapping (hide spoiler)]. Once I got about 25% through the book I found that I couldn't put the book down. I do wish that Lauren Oliver would have chosen a different ending to this book, because I felt that it was very cliche and overdone. I hope that the third book will be more innovative with the story and not a rehashing of all the other YA love triangles that have become so popular today.

This book does have a lot more action in it than the previous book. This does help make everything more real for reader, and you forget that this world is fiction. Also the book definitely fits the title, as most of the book can be described as Pandemonium for Lena as she doesn't see the things around her that may or may not be obvious.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Fossegrimen Folly

 The Fossegrimen Folly (Camp Lac Igam, Book 1)The Fossegrimen Folly by Michael Almich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First of, WOW. I just want to say that this a really good book. I felt that I wanted to be transported to this world and become Shy, even though he was being bullied and found something that he shouldn't have. Maybe it is just because I am a guy but I really enjoyed living through Shy this entire book, I enjoyed the comradely that was developed through the camp, and even the maturation of Shy through the novel. I think the author spent adequate amounts of time on each topic, none where ran through the mud while none left you wondering about what actually happened. Also there was just enough of the Fantasy to make this a realistic story but still have that air of a fairy tale about it. I think this will set the rest of the novels in the series up well. I truly cannot wait until the next book comes out because I want to see what happens next.

Probably the only thing that I did not like about this book was Claire, she was just too stuck up for me, but I understand that there has to be that character that has their own view of how things should be done, and I think that she is done very well. I guess it is just the scenes that the author uses her in don't portray her in the best of lights.

My favorite character would have to be Tad, he just seems like the cool college guy that all of the little kids look up to. He just seems like someone I would enjoy hanging around, even at the age I am now, or I would have loved to have him as a camp councilor. He really does serve as the big brother figure to Shy throughout the novel, which is needed because Shy does not seem to have a good male figure in his life until then.

So I highly recommend this book, especially to guys who want to reconnect to their childhoods. This would be a great book to get guys interested in reading, at least imo.

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cyborg Divine

il cyborg divina :: The Cyborg Divineil cyborg divina :: The Cyborg Divine by Nipaporn Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I really liked this one. It is just a short story about one Android, Zzysra. It is written in a prose format so you don't have to worry about the style switching back and forth. This does show a love story also which adds to the interest. The only problem is that it ended much much too soon. I would have liked to have had much more than the 10 or so pages that this story took up, but I don't know if the author is going to add onto this story at a later time because there does seem to be that loop hole left open in the story. If not I will be a little disappointed but there will be other stories to enjoy. There were a few questions I had, like where are the Owls coming from and when did they join with the Dragons because if i remember correctly in the previous book I read they were not in a partner ship, but as there has been some time between this and the last then it might have occured there.

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Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Graceling by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really did enjoy this book. I enjoyed seeing the maturation of Katsa and the development of her humanity from the beast that she is seen as at the beginning of the novel. The book reads quickly and flows nicely. There are jumps in the action but they are typically in spots that need to be skipped anyway. The one problem I have is that there isn't much detail into the fights that occur, most of them are simply a couple statements about what happened then the person died or that Katsa was able to escape. I did enjoy the plot twists that occured, especially with Katsa developing her character and attitude toward the world. I did have to re-read some scenes to make sure that I understood everything that was going on and to determine what was going on at times. All in all a good book that I do recommend to YA fans, it is different than most YA fantasy in that this is true Might and Magic(ish) fantasy instead of the Modern Urban Fantasy. So if you like books like LOTR, Sword of Truth, or Wheel of Time, I would suggest this book for you if you don't mind a lighter read in that genre.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Androids and Dragons

The Androids and the DragonsThe Androids and the Dragons by Nipaporn Baldwin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The rating that I gave this book comes from the fact that the only other book in the series that I have read is the very first one, so all of the changes are lost on me. With that being said this does provide a good story of the (view spoiler)[ Androids being taken over by a virus and then controlled to kill humans, i think. (hide spoiler)]. The story does flow very well and the poetry and prose work together very well. I do recommend reading the other stories before picking this up as it will help in understanding what is going on.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Link and Review of La Circala di Italia

La Cicala di Italia (The Society On Da Run #1)La Cicala di Italia by Nipaporn Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a series of short stories this book works very well. There is some unity in the stories and it helps to bring the seemingly random stories together. You do have to keep your mind open as it is written in free verse poetry in parts and prose in others. It likens itself back to the ancient epics of Greece and Rome. Also you have to remind yourself of the overarching story as the seemingly random side plots may not show right away their relevance but it is there. As this is the first I am excited to read further and see how the story develops. I hope that more information is given about the dragon and their technology, because a lot of the technology is seen but little is explained. All in all a very good Anthology and I hope to enjoy many works from this author.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sacred is Finished

Ok so I just finished the book. All in all it was good. I didn't love the love triangle that was formed because it was just ridiculous in some parts. It reminded me a lot of the Twilight love triangle, only the guys were of the same race not competing races.  Also the book took almost 85% to finally link the prologue into everything. The first person perspective was annoying, but the actions described worked well. The reason i didn't like the narration is that the action would jump back and forth way too much and I felt that I was missing details that were in between the lines. The book was slow for the most part with the main action being PG13 make out scenes, not that I am putting them down the level was appropriate for the characters and audience. I felt that if there was more of background fighting between the races present then the book would have flowed much better and faster. I think that female readers will enjoy this book more than male readers would, simply because there isn't that much action and the romantic scenes are not that exciting (sorry coming from a guy here so this is just what I think) though they are appropriate.  A good book to pick up but I can't guarantee you will like it.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


I have gotten through the first 4 chapters of the book, and so far it is going well. It is written in a first person perspective, and being in the girl's head can get a little annoying but it is turning out to be a quick read. Hope to finish the book tomorrow and give a complete review.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

First Post

Ok so this is my first blog, and blog post.  I am going to start with reading http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13190535-sacred

I will update my status on this book daily and add other books in the future.