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Book Review: Magisterium

Book: Magisterium

Author: Jeff Hirsch

Recommend: Absolutely! This is book is much better than his debut!

This is the second book I have read by this author and when I read the synopsis I could tell that this was the book he really wanted to write. His first book was intended to really get his name out there so that something this original stood a chance. Don’t get me wrong, The Eleventh Plague is a good read but it pales in comparison to this one.

Mageisterium is the story of a world divided. Glennora has grown up in Collisium and dreams of traveling to the stars, leaving everything behind her. She has been told that the world beyond the border is a nuclear fall out zone where nothing can survive. However, when her father’s latest invention forces her over that line, she find out that everything in her life has been a lie and nothing is quite what it seems.

Okay, besides the fact that it is really hard to remember that Glenn is actually a girl, this book is amazing. Without giving away too much, it was not at all what it seemed to be and that was a wonderful thing after having read one too many dystopian novels of late. This one will suprise you and will be a fun ride. There are some places where it is somewhat predictable, like I knew immediately who the evil queen was going to be – no question and rolled my eyes when I was right on but it really didn’t detract from the story at all. The author had an intersting solution to the problem and it didn’t all tie up in a nice neat bow at the end.

While this is not the best thing I have ever read, the author’s inventiveness makes it a memorable and worthwhile read. I see this one joining my library very soon.

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Book Review: Underworld

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Book: Underworld

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: Definitely worth reading. Better than the first book!

After reading the first book in this series, I had to know what happened next and so I requested book two from the library. More often than not, the second book in a series is not a strong. There are many reasons for this including a much shorter time to write it, using something to prolong the story or the introduction of a poorly planned love triangle. This book however, suffers from none of these things and while it isn’t the strongest bit of writing I’ve ever read, this is a big step up from the creator of Princess Mia.

A modern retelling of the story of Persephone, this story follows Pierce as she tries to save her cousin from school bullies who place him in a life threatening situation. As she tries to help her cousin she learns more about her situation in the Underworld and who John really is.

I think the writing was far better in this book and the plot clipped along at a good pace. Overall, it was a much stronger read than the first book. At one point I wanted to shout at the main character like the dumb girl in every horror movie you’ve ever seen that goes into the scary house instead of calling for help and waiting outside. Yep. She has not one but two big moments where she is really that clueless. I mean does she not know the story of Persephone at all?

There were a couple of plot points in here that were a little too lame to be real and while the writing was better, I wanted more insight and detail than the author gave.

While this was a much better read than the first books, it still wasn’t among my favorites.

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Book Review: The Girl in the Steel Corset

Book: The Girl in the Steel Corset

Author: Kady Cross

Recommend: I was very surprised by how much I like this one!

I must admit, I picked this one up for the cover. That and the fact that it was part of a series called The Steampunk Chronicles. Yep. Instantly meant that it had to come home with me from the library. I don’t know why I waited so long to read it but I waited quite a while. I wished I hadn’t. It was a great read.

Finley is not a normal girl. she might seem like the sweet subservient girl she should be and she is, until she feels threatened. The night her most recent employer comes after her, she feels her dark side take her over and she beats him to a pulp before running away and running into the last person that should help her. It leads her down a path that changes her life. When everything you thought you knew was a lie, how do you move on and become more?

Honestly, my favorite character in this book is Griffin.  Finley is just fine but the main male character is definitely the best thing about the book. He is just the right balance of everything to make him an extremely likable character.

I think the weakest point of this book is how Finley meets and befriends Jack Dandy. It felt extremely abrupt and unnecessary. The author forced it to create the love triangle she felt necessary. I really think the story would have stood well without it. Sam was a bit too stubborn for my tastes as well. I think that in some ways the author missed out on a couple of things and made certain bits too obvious. I was also amused that she stole the plot from The Great Mouse Detective. Yep. You got it. The Disney movie about the mouse version of Sherlock Holmes.

Despite its issues it was a fun read and I could see myself continuing the series.

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Book: Behemoth

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Book: Behemoth

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Recommend: Worth reading but getting a bit frustrating!

The second book in the Leviathan trilogy, this book continues to follow Alek and Dylan as they run around Istanbul attempting to do what is best for each of them and not being able to stay out of each other’s way. Both characters seem to move closer to their goals only to have everything change when Dylan’s secret is threatened and Alek’s succession is in question again.

Great second book, building the conflict while seeming to move towards a resolution. Creating impossible elements while still managing to move the story along. At this point I really just want Alek to figure out what is really going on with Dylan and why they get along so well.

I really enjoy this series but I am ready for them to figure it out already!

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