Book Review: Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1) by Nicholas Eames

I consider this as a fantasy version of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.This adult fantasy took me to places that blew my imagination and consistently entertained me from start to finish.

Probably one of the best fantasy debut book of the decade.

SYNOPSIS: Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.  Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

This debut novel by Nicholas Eames is the first book of a very promising series that will surely make a fan out of die-hard fantasy readers and also video game players. This book offers great set of characters, interesting plots and very engaging atmosphere. The one thing that stood out for me in this book is its ability to make me as a reader feel like I was really in the world set by the author.

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Book Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Looking for a book under the genre of historical fiction with an impeccable writing style and a story that will stick with you for years to come— All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is the perfect book you.

The third book I read this year and a new addition to my all-time favorite books.

SYNOPSIS: Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. 

Never in my life I have read a book with such a beautiful prose. This book was so efficient in stirring my emotions. I cried, got angry, laughed and got really sad. Trigger warning for depression. This book will definitely make readers feel empty and weak for days to come. 

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2019 Most Anticipated Book Sequels

The previous years have been a blast for readers as it gave us a bunch of amazing reads. As much as I hate to wait for sequels and ironically not into binge reading at the same time, my fragile and impatient heart can’t wait anymore to read the next installments of the recent books I have read.

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The Anatomy of Global Dimming

Global warming imposes fear and confusion to people for ages because of the gradual increase in global temperature. However, the threat does not end there. Another issue regarding the environment has emerged based on recent research findings. You may have heard of the term ‘Global dimming’, but one thing is certain: destruction is its middle name. Continue reading “The Anatomy of Global Dimming”

Book Review: Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram is a young adult contemporary published last August 2018 under Dial Books. It follows our main character in his coming of age story, exploring new horizons and looking back at the same time the road he and his loved ones taken. The story revolves around Darius as he tries to maneuver his way on building relationships, achieving dreams, caring for what matters and securing one’s future without destroying his already lost and fragile identity.

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Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera is a young adult LGBTQ+ themed contemporary with a taste of science fiction. It was published last 2017 under HarperTeen.

The story was set in this world where people were being notified a day ahead of their death. In this book, we follow our two main characters as they face their upcoming death. Devastated and shocked, the two crossed each others path and eventually found themselves giving each other the support they have never expected. Continue reading “Book Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera”

Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

In this book, we follow Safi and Iseult, our two female young adult main characters as they embark on a journey to escape a bloodwitch that hunts them. The story is set in a world where some humans have powers and they are called witches. Iseult is a threadwitch, capable of seeing threads coming out from people—threads representing what they feel at that very moment. Safi is a truthwitch and has the ability to tell lies from truth. War is looming at the horizon and empires are ready to risk all they got just to have a truthwitch in their hands. Continue reading “Book Review: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard”

Update #1: Reading Statistics 2018

In case you don’t know, I have committed last December 2017 to read at least 100 books this year. I challenged myself and I admit it is quite ambitious given my job, school and other important matters I have to tend in my life. Yet, I still went for it and so far, honestly, I tagged myself as a noob in achieving it. I am way too far from my goal. It is August already, past the two first quarters and I have not reached yet the 50% mark! I know this is pretty bad. I will not give up though. I will still continue to push through this and see what happens by the end of this year. So ladies and gents, I present to you the reading statistics of the first 44 books I have read this year!

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Book Review: Red Sister (The Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence is the first book in the Ancestor Trilogy. A wild fantasy ride set to satisfy adult readers who seek an action-packed magical read. The book was published last April 2017 under Ace.

In the book, we follow our main character Nona as she fights for her survival in a dystopian world full of violence, deception, and magic being used both for good and evil. Nona is a young slave girl sold to fight in a battle arena for the pleasure of the nobilities. She was then saved by a Nun from a nearby convent and there she seeks shelter. Under the wing of the convent, Nona found herself in a school of magic, where young girls like her are trained to control and make sure they know how to make use of their magical abilities. Continue reading “Book Review: Red Sister (The Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence”

Book Review: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing #1) by Hank Green

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green is a young adult contemporary with a mix of science fiction. The book was published last year under Dutton.

The story follows our main character April May and her group of young adult friends as they uncover the mystery of Carl, an unknown ten-foot-tall Transformer-like contraption wearing a Samurai suit. The Carls, yes, because they appear all over the world; are things humans have never seen before. April May was said to be the first to discover them in one of the streets in New York and eventually became a celebrity worldwide because of this.  The story follows how fame changed the life of our characters, the mysteries behind these Carls and bunch of more complicated consequences revolving around them.

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