I say “soap opera like” in the best possible way. A disinherited heir trying to regain power, siblings facing the potential of having to duel one another to the death, a surprise twin, a scheming patriarch manipulating others to further his agenda, and everyone is trying to gain power and raise themselves in the hierarchy. All this is set amidst a magical tournament to determine which House will lead the Unseen World, the world of magicians kept secret from the mundane. Every twenty years or so Fortune’s Wheel begins Turning, ‘When it ceases rotation, all will be made new”. The Turning […]
This was such a mixed bag of a reading experience. Honestly, though, I figured it might be. I’ve read a couple of Shannon Hale’s adult novels before this, and neither of them worked for me. And the Goodreads average rating for this book is not great. But I was still hoping! Especially considering the premise. It wasn’t one of those ‘meh’ reads, either. One second I would be actively hating what was going on, irritated with the main character, the next, something adorable would happen and I would be happy again. I have three main complaints: 1) The main character, 2) the […]
What a great title for a book. What a shame that the book does not deal in either brevity or anything that resembles an account of Oscar’s life. This book was an absolute slog to get through. From the overt sexualization of women to the complete lack of plot there was nothing to be gained and certainly no connection to be made with any character. “The next day at breakfast he asked his mother: Am I ugly? She sighed. Well, hijo, you certainly don’t take after me. Dominican parents! You got to love them!” The book starts off promising, explaining […]
The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.
In February 2016 two authors, Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne, were stuck in an airport and decided it was time to kill the proverbial farm boy. Specifically, it was time to make fun of white male power fantasies that typically involve a boy being destined for greater than his humble beginnings because he is somehow special, and all the tropes that often accompany those stories. And so they wrote Kill the Farm Boy. The elements are all familiar; there is a chosen one, a talking animal companion, a warrior, a wizard, a rogue, and a bard. They go on a […]
I am sad to say that this book was not as good for me as the first one. I still loved the characters a lot, and there were still all these great, small moments peppered throughout the book. Lara Jean’s family continues to warm my heart. Peter continues to be a huge doofus. Lara Jean is a fashion icon. Some spoilers below, so be warned. I just thought this book was a little weak. Where the first book had at the center of it the whole hullabaloo of Lara Jean’s letters escaping into the world, forcing her to confront her weaknesses, […]
CBR10Bingo: CannonBookClub (Or should I say CBR10BINGOBINGOBINGO, because that’s a triple for me!) AlabamaPink may be our warrior queen, but she must also have been a damn saint for all of the sins she overlooked in her review of this book. She was (obviously) a far better person than I, because I just couldn’t get past all of the awfulness to say anything constructive. The good: I stopped caring after page 21 when he makes a very distasteful joke about suicide, so I skimmed through the rest pretty quickly, not really caring about how much I absorbed. The bad: The […]
The Regulators was something of a rarity for me. Dreamcatcher aside, I’ve not often read a Stephen King book that I didn’t really enjoy. As I’ve been mostly reading in chronological order, I’m well aware that his best is now probably behind me, but I do hope that the rest to come is still better than this. Written under the name of his alter ego, Richard Bachman, The Regulators is a companion piece to Desperation, a decent read in which an entity named Tak was roused from its slumber beneath a mining operation and lay waste to the titular town […]