Strange the Dreamer – A Review Months in the Making…

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I finished Strange the Dreamer two months ago, and I am still struggling to put my feelings into words.  BUT.  I think about this book all the time.  Like, ALL THE TIME.  I am borderline consumed with thoughts on what my precious Lazlo is up to, and how everything is going to play out in the next book.

So, since it has been on my mind for months now, I thought I should at least attempt to write a semi coherent review.  Here goes nothing!

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It’s All in the De-Tales – Whole Series Edition! (The Bone Season is GORG)

its all in the detailsThere is so much to consider when picking up a book if you are judging it how it looks: the cover yes, but also the spine details, the back cover, the pages (are they deckled?! are they sprayed?!), the title pages, the chapter headers, the naked spine, the naked hardcover, and I could go on and on and on…

Based on all of these factors, I thought it would be fun to start a blog meme, which I am so fondly calling, “It’s All in the De-Tales”.  This is not necessarily a book ‘review’, although you could say its a review based on physical properties and has nothing to do with what is on the inside!

So for this third edition of “It’s All in the De-Tales” I thought it would be fun to do one of my favorite incomplete series, one which I picked up several years ago specifically because I loved how the book looked without the dust jacket on.

I present to you: The Bone Season books in all their glory! 

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The Song Rising – A Summary of Feels

bone-season-advocate_button200x200rev4a-1As a Bone Season advocate, I was gifted – nay, I was blessed – with an ARC of The Song Rising.  And guys, I just need to talk about all of the FEELS.  It is too early to post a coherent review, so, give me another month to let all of that action soak in.  But I thought it would be a fun idea to give you a summary of my feels, because Samantha Shannon is an evil genius. Evil. Genius.

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The Hero of Ages

Brandon Sanderson

Published October 14th, 2008

Mistborn Trilogy #3

I am going to just start this ‘review’ off on the weird foot by being as blunt and honest as possible: Not since reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the first time, have I had such a lasting and intense book hangover than I have been suffering since I finished The Hero of Ages.  It is mid December and I have read a grand total of 76 pages so far this month.  All other books just taste like ash in my mouth (figuratively speaking, I mean obviously I’m not actually eating them) and I am wondering if anything will ever live up to this series ever again…

It is really hard to review a book like this, because not only do I not want to spoil anything: I don’t even want to leave you with any HINTS.  So, instead of a traditional review, I am just going to make an obnoxious list on all of the reasons why you should read the Mistborn Trilogy if you haven’t yet.

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The Mime Order

Samantha Shannon

Published January 27th, 2015 by Bloomsbury

The Bone Season #2

17901125If you thought The Bone Season was a crazy read: well, buckle in my friends, because The Mime Order is absolute insanity.  I tried, I tried so hard to not read this book in one sitting, and I succeeded somewhat!  I read it in three sittings.  Go me!

Reading this series though, is borderline torture.  I just want to get to the end so badly, yet there are 5….FIVE books left to be published (including The Song Rising which is coming out in March 2017 THANK THE LORD). I feel so invested in this story and the characters already, and I can see this series being my next big obsession for the next decade.

What I love, and I find to be one of the more unique aspects of the Bone Season books, is that each new book picks up mere seconds after the last one ended.  There is no ‘six months later’ recap, there is only non-stop action.

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Nevernight

Jay Kristoff

Published August 9th, 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books

Nevernight Chronicles #1

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So, let me tell you a little story about why reviewing books is the most wonderful yet terrible thing to ever happen to me:

Head on over to the Nevernight Goodreads page.  Okay, now click on the *reviews* link up at the top.  Don’t know what I am talking about?  Fine, I’ll make this easy and just click this.

Okay, were all on the same page now?  Take a look at the first five reviews that show up (not including Mr. Kristoff’s creative use of GIFs to describe the plot).  There are THREE 1 star reviews, and TWO 5 star reviews.  That is pretty drastic and extreme different opinions.  And that is also the sole reason why I put off reading this book for so long even though I pre-ordered it.

But, I finally did it.  And now Nevernight is sitting safely and happily on my all time favorites shelf.

Moral of this story:  everyone has different opinions.  While reviews are entertaining to read and may possibly steer others towards (or away) from a certain book, at the end of the day, read the damn thing because YOU want to… or not.  That’s cool too.

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Morning Star

Pierce Brown

Published February 2016

Red Rising #3

18966806I am doing it.  It is happening.  I am finally going to review Morning Star, after finishing this dang book over two months ago.

With the ending of Golden Son being the most bat-shit insane ending / cliff hanger to a book I have read possibly EVER, it wasn’t long before I picked up Morning Star.  And by “wasn’t long”, I mean it was approximately 7 and 1/2 minutes.

While this final installment in the Red Rising trilogy wasn’t my favorite of the three, it was a solid ending to a fantastic series, and I highly recommend the series to any fan of science fiction.  I think Morning Star left much to explore and possible situations unexplored, but for the most part, I finished the book satisfied, so it’s a weird line to walk.

Please, beware that while this review will not have too many spoilers for Morning Star individually, it is EXTREMELY difficult to review the finale in a trilogy without spoiling some aspects of the previous two books. You have officially  been warned.

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war.

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