Book Review – Calamity (Reckoners #3)

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This review is spoiler free for all the books!

“EMBRACE YOUR EPIC DESTINY AND THERE’S NO TURNING BACK.

IS THERE?”

Wow. Okay. This is the third and last (? let me live in denial ok) instalment in the Reckoners trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. The books follow the teenager David in a world were so called Epics rule, people with superpowers. David joins a group of rebels called The Reckoners who are intent on fighting back.

You thought we’ve all had enough of YA dystopian novels? Then you haven’t read this series. This is, no doubt, my all time favourite dystopian setting. Supervillains rule? Evil superman? A city completely made of steel and another of salt? New York as the new Venedig? And not to mention all the super cool superpowers. As a fan of superpowers and supervillains, this worldbuilding actually gave me goosebumps.

Brandon Sanderson truly demonstrated with this book, as well as the previous ones, that he’s a master of writing action scenes. I can vision the scenes so clearly like I was watching a movie, and I constantly found myself holding my breath in suspense. I also found a lot of other scenes that I loved, some funny and some more serious. There’s even a “KNEEL” (*cough* Loki) – scene which was, to be honest, super cool and just gave off such a strong supervillain feel to the story. The main villain, Limelight, appeared much more than Steelheart did in the first book which is another big bonus point to the story.

And as expected of Sanderson, all the main -and supporting characters are unique, loveable (except you, villains) and are all given their own unique traits that make them more 3 dimensional. You can tell when an author have added a character just to fill a certain role, but that is not the case with Sanderson. Sure, they have roles to fulfil, but they’re so much more than that.

For our main hero, I really love David’s character development and how hopeful he is to make the world a better place. Like instead of the “reluctant” hero we’ve seen too often in dystopian novels, David actually takes it upon himself to make a change instead of sitting around and whine or just accept humanity’s fate. Also, he’s damn good at what he does.

After her character development in the second book, I came to really like Megan (I was not a big fan of her in the first book) and what she symbolises. The other members of the Reckoners team were, like I said before, really loveable and all unique and distinguishable. Though the only regret I really have of this book is that I would have loved to see the other team members play a much more important role in the end. I can’t help but feel that they could have provided more in the end, but they did provide during the whole story and events, so it’s not a complete loss on that.

And about Calamity? Damn. It is not okay to end a series like that Sanderson, now you definitely need to do a spin-off. I HATE it when a book ends with even more questions. It’s not bad ending mind you, just frustrating. But overall I LOVED this series, so give it a chance!

And hey,

Don’t forget that there’s literary a character that’s like

Through the entire book.

You Should Read This Book If You;

  • Are a big fan of Marvel/DC
  • Love (to hate) supervillains
  • Want cool and unique superpowers
  • LOVE action-packed (and well-written) scenes
  • Want a unique dystopian world (set in the US)
  • Love running gags
  • Want the characters to be distinguishable and have their own unique traits
  • Love a good “let’s ruin the villain’s plan”-story
  • Are bad at metaphors and similes
  • Are a self-proclaimed Scott
  • Want a fast-paced read

You Should Not Read This Book If You;

  • Get personally offended by bad metaphors or similes
  • Dislike superheroes/villains stories
  • Ok can’t think of anything else, give this book or series a chance

A Song & A Book #13

Today’s Song Is;

Keep my eyes open
My lips sealed
My heart closed
And my ears peeled

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.”

T5W – Books To Get You Out Of A Reading Slump

This is my first “Top 5 Wednesday” post, so excited! Find the T5W goodreads group here.

This week’s topic is about books that are great for getting one out of a reading slump. We’ve all been there, those periods when you are at a complete lack of motivation for reading. Maybe you’ve read a terrible (or terribly boring) book, or you have a lot of things on your mind that makes it hard to focus on reading. So here are some of my recommendations to get you out of your misery!

5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Once upon a time there lived a demon, his name was Crowley, and he had one job. One job. And he screwed it up and now aliens are scolding humans for their high CO(2) value and confused Tibetans are coming up out of holes in the ground. Oh and the world is ending.

This book about angels, demons, witches etc. was just so ridiculous and completely free of any tropes that typically apply to books that they’re in (and we’re all tired of seeing). This book is filled with weird and funny things, and definitely, a great book to pick up if you want something light and funny after a long and boring book.

4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Omg this book I finished in like one and a half day. ‘The Final Empire’ is a High Fantasy set in a world ruled by the eevil Lord Ruler (God King was already occupied) oppressing the people known as Skaa. What happens is that the Skaa-thief Kelsier, hell-bent on revenge (and with a somewhat dramatic flair) decides to look big and take down their 1000-year-old ruler with God-like powers. Vin is a young Skaa thief herself who is, without warning, joining Kelsier’s crew of rebel(misfits). What happens next is fun for the whole family.

Okay this is why I will never be employed to do book descriptions. This novel was my introduction to the author Brandon Sanderson, and now I’m currently reading his 13th book and am addicted to updating his website to see how is Stormlight Archive #3 is coming along. Seriously, I’ve always been that person who’ve constantly been disappointed by (over)hyped books – until this one. Some say it’s a bit slow in the beginning, but I honestly did not notice. This book is definitely worth a shot if you feel unmotivated to read.

3. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Everyone loves a good Hero vs. Villain story – but what about a Villain vs. Villain story? ‘Vicious’ by V.E. Schwab is a short novel with short chapters, great for anyone who needs a quick read with a super intriguing story.

2. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

How cool wouldn’t it be to be a secret agent for a secret government organisation that dabbles in supernatural threats, such as vampires, dragons, Belgians, etc. But did you know that that is exactly what Myfanway Thomas is? No, she doesn’t know either.

This book was such a fast and fun read for me, I absolutely loved it. It has everything you need for a fast-paced read if you’re in a reading slump – lots of humour, plot twists, intrigue and a set of amazing characters. And no romance subplot!

1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

12-year-old Percy Jackson has always felt that the world was working against him. When his pre-algebra teacher turned into a Fury, Percy started to suspected that higher forces may be to blame.

The reason why I chose this book as No. 1 is because this book (series) got me out of a 4-year long reading slump. So much had happened in my life, and after so many bad books I just quit reading. Then I got sick. I was in bed back and forth for one year and a half, and then my parents gave me an audiobook premium membership on audiable (it’s a swedish/scandinavian audiobook site). I had heard of Percy Jackson, and as the mythology fan I am, I thought, why not? And, honestly, memoriseI was shocked. memories I had of books was that they were long and boring, but hell I actually started LAUGHING when reading. And I wanted more. The book gave me a completely new view on books than from what I had learned in school, and since then I have read like crazy. My dad had been constantly nagging me about that I should read, now he constantly says “I have created a monster”.

 

A Song & A Book #12

Today’s Song Is;

[Hyde]

Will the ghosts go away ? Will she will them to stay ?
Either way, there’s no way to win !

[Lucy]
All I know is, I’m lost-
And I’m counting the cost-
My emotions are in a spin !

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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“Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.”

Book Review – World Without End

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Finally completed the 1256 page historical novel by Ken Follett! No doubt the most intimidating book on my shelf, it took me quite a while to convince myself to start it. But I don’t regret it.

“On the day after Hallowe’en, in the year 1327, four children slip away from the cathedral city of Kingsbridge. They are a thief, a bully, a boy genius & a girl who wants to be a doctor. In the forest they see two men killed. As adults, their lives will be braided together by ambition, love, greed & revenge.”

Picking up the sequel to the wonderful “The Pillars Of The Earth” which had made me extremely emotional (with no doubt the best, most satisfying ending) was quite hard. Would the book be as good? Would some problems with the other book be fixed in this?

Let’s break it down;

The Plot was, as expected from Follett, constantly unexpected and ever changing. Of course there was a ‘red thread’ through the book, but you could NEVER trust things to turn out as predicted. You have to be prepared that the book is quite the angsty read since most of the time things never go the way for the protagonists. And again, the thing that tied all the characters’ lives together was the mysterious death of a monarch, although I feel that in this story it was much more present, while in ‘The Pillars Of The Earth’ I forgot it most of the time (though it did not downgrade the book for me at all, because once it came up again it was more shocking). But I really loved that some things happened in this book, that should have happened in the first. Also, even though it can be quite frustrating a lot of the times when the villains just get away with everything, have patience. Justice will be served.

What to absolutely love is, of course, the characters. I was quite worried that they would be too much alike the characters from the prequel, and although there are  A LOT of similarities, you don’t see them as the same people. To be honest, I first wanted to have more “new” characters, more different from the previous book. In this novel you can just make SO many comparisons to the characters, but when doing so you will realise that he has given each “comparable” character a twist. The monk who sought to be Prior in Kingsbridge was now the villain, the two main character brothers were instead friends despite one being protagonist while the other an antagonist, etc. I am also very happy that we get the perspective of more than one woman this time, and already from the beginning instead of like 400 pages into the book.

Two of characters were the following; Merthin, the builder. I must be honest and tell you that I did not root for him as much as I had with Jack in the previous book. Don’t misunderstand me, I really did root for him when troubles aroused regarding his building etc. But at times I found myself a bit frustrated with him, and in truth, I was much more concerned about Caris and her projects. Caris was such an inspiring character and overall a great woman. She expressed loudly women’s rights, she worked extremely hard, never running away from problems, held strong to her beliefs (not religious, but about justice and morale) and did not put romance, even though she loved Merthin, before her needs and ambitions. The treatment Caris receives will be, as expected, frustrating. But there’s a scene near the end that has to be on my top ten list of satisfying “I’m so done with this shit”-scenes. These two, as stated before, has a romance from the beginning of the book, and is a constant subject through the book (to the part where the whole town is gossiping about it). To be honest, I did not care that much for it but in truth I never really care for romance in books. Though most of the time it never really bothered me, in fact I could actually feel a lot of sympathy for them when things didn’t work out (which I like, never do). Sometimes it was in fact a bit annoying, but it depended throughout the books.

Of course, there are a lot more characters in this book but I don’t think I should describe them all for now. But overall I was very pleased with this book, the only thing that really annoyed me was the constant description of women with focus on their butts and breasts, which made me cringe at like every description of a woman, especially if it was from Merthin’s perspective. But thankfully it does not ruin the book, so if you like me find those descriptions always a bit annoying, you just have to breathe slowly through those scenes and you’ll be perfectly fine throughout the book. If my dear reader is a man and confused why this should be a bother, it’s just that most women don’t focus on the size of breasts and butts when describing a person, and in the reading community it is a common pet peeve when a male author describe breasts by the amount of sex appeal. Most female authors don’t even describe breasts, for honestly we barely take much notice to them. But it’s a pet peeve, so if you don’t have any problem with it, great!

But in conclusion, this book was great and I really recommend it. I really enjoyed it and the last 500 pages (it’s not often you say that and means more than halfway through the book) I finished in like three/four sittings. Though I really liked the ending, it was maybe not as emotional to me as the first. But I’m not surprised, as there’s no book ending that has made me as emotional as that book (Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson came close, but could not beat it). Though I absolutely LOVE one of the important things that this book teaches – change is necessary and an important part of life. You should not hold on to conservative ways with the excuse of “but we’ve always done that!”.

So,

You Should Read This Book If You;

  • Like historical fiction but don’t want the focus to be on royals
  • Want a woman to go against the conservative and unmodern teachings of the church
  • Want an unpredictable and intriguing plot
  • Lesbian nuns! Gay monks!
  • Believe in equality
  • Like several p.o.v. , including the antagonists
  • Love to hate a villain
  • Want an inspiring story about people that work so hard for their dreams
  • like romance that is actually important to the plot
  • Are not intimidated by a thick book. A really thick book.
  • Love a book with many important messages

 

You Should NOT Read This Book If You;

  • Are triggered by blood, violence or sexual assault.
  • Are very intimidated by thick books
  • not interested in historical fiction
  • You’re a conservative who don’t believe in equality

 

That’s all for my review! Hope you’ll give the book a chance 🙂 x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Song & A Book #11

Today’s Song Is;

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars

//
I can do anything with no permission
I have it all under my command
Because I can guide a missile by satellite
By satellite
By satellite
And I can hit a target through a telescope
Through a telescope
Through a telescope
And I can end the planet in a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust

And The Book I Chose For This Song Is;

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(A certain scene with the Antichrist in this novel made me immediately think of this song)

“According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .”

Beautiful Book Covers

 

“You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” goes the usual saying. But to be real – who doesn’t judge a book by its cover? Here are some of my favourite covers on my shelf;

 

  • The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

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Simple, yet exclusive looking. Considering the book’s description, this cover is like a beautiful and fitting frosting on the cake.

 

  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Although the previous books have really stunning covers as well, this one is my favourite. Beautifully designed and gives you a promise of an intriguing Fantasy world.

 

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman

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It is so simple, yet so eye-catching. When I saw this novel in a bookshop, I just couldn’t tear my eyes from it.

 

  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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The drawing on the cover really drew me in (sorry that was terrible) and is so different from my other book covers, which helps it really stand out on my shelf.

 

  • Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

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This cover is just so beautiful and intriguing and matches the description of the book perfectly.

 

  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

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Okay this cover is just SO stunning, hands down. Even though it was pretty expensive in the bookshop, I just had to buy it.

 

  • Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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Light book covers for Fantasy/SciFi novels are actually not that common, which is one thing that makes this standout. But what really pulls me to it is the mystical and magical design on the cover that promises a magical world. Just look at how all the colours stand out together!

  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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This book was illustrated by Chris Riddell as well (he illustrated ‘Neverwhere’) and is probably my currently favourite book cover. I remember walking into the bookshop in December to look for presents to my family, seeing this the cover and that it was the only book left, I ended up spending almost half my budget to buy this for myself. I just couldn’t leave the shop without it. Look at it! It’s beautifully mysterious, it’s impossible to not want to read this book.

A Song & A Book #10

Today’s Song Is;

Oh make it rain, ain’t a thing in the sky to fall
(The silver bullet’s in your hand and the war’s heating up)
And when the truth goes bang the shouts splatter out
(Revolutionise your lives and find a way out)
And when you’re growing down instead of growing up
(You gotta ooo ah ah like a panther)
Tell me are you bold enough to reach for love?

And The Book For This Song Is;

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Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial’s progress in its tracks.”

A Song & A Book #9

Today’s Song Is;

It’s not meant to be like this, not what I planned at all,
I don’t want to feel like this, Yeah,
No it’s not meant to be like this, not what I planned at all,
I don’t want to feel like this, so that makes it all your fault.

Oh The Amounts Of Books I Could Fit Into This Song… But What I Choose Is;

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with, of course;

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Book Review – The Bands Of Mourning (Mistborn #6)

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(This post is originally from my Goodreads!)

Note this review is spoiler free.

Okay if you expect me to give anything but praise for this book, you better hold a gun to Sanderson’s temple and threaten to kill him before he’s finished all cosmere books.

No but seriously, this book was just so fantastic and I really can’t believe after twelve books, I am still so amazed by Sanderson’s writing.

To describe my feelings from this book, I will use a very accurate gif;
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(after reading, you’ll know what is Deadpool and what is the Hulk)

The storyline – damn. Through this book I could rarely guess where the plot was going, but not only that. There are a lot of moments when we get character depths, all from a chapter with Wayne’s mini-adventure to a small conversation or gesture between two others. I just love how so much is focused on their relationships with each other, from platonic and romantic relationships or good and bad elements in a relationship.

With Wax- Usually, when a character goes through a sort of “faith” struggle b/c of an event, I tend to be kinda… apathetic. As a reader, you automatically see it through a different perspective, therefore making it harder to relate, because you know that that was for the best. And it is because of that that I actually found myself quite surprised by how I much I could actually understand him. I can’t say I was 100% on his side, but I’m not lying when I say that, due to my own shock of the event that sparked this mistrust in him, I can understand. More than I thought I would. And when it is resolved? Damn was that emotional. But the fact that Wax is still up and fighting, even after losing his faith, speaks a lot of volume on his character. He wants to fight for what is right, he doesn’t just lay down and decide to leave everything to someone else.

And Wayne, what would we do without you? I just love that he is such an easy-going person that bring light wherever he goes, but at the same time actually has a deepness he rarely shows. We usually associate someone wise as someone who is realistic and serious et cetera, but Wayne demonstrates there’s wisdom to be found even in “light” things. But Wayne is such a wonderful and talented character, just like the other main leads.

And Marasi, Steris and MeLaan? The whole book (and the previous as well) I just thought
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WORK!

No but seriously sometimes it’s hard to remember that it’s a man that have written this series, and then you remember you shouldn’t be surprised. Sanderson just doesn’t discriminate on writing a believable, 3-dimensional character with depth based on gender.

Oh god I love Marasi so much. The fact that she went from the typical love interest to a deep and important character on her own is something I did not expect since the first book. She’s just so smart and head-strong, I love her narrative. Her struggles with being in Wax’s shadow is honestly one of the most interesting I’ve ever encountered, since it shows so much of her character from her personality, her character development and her relationship with others.

And the fact that she’s the only one without a real love interest in this book, despite being established as one in the first? WORK!
I’m willing to bet that Sanderson was watching like Indiana Jones with his “side-kick” girl becoming his love interest or something and were like “fUck it, I’m gonna write a story just to completely deconstruct this trope”.

MeLaan is just so hilarious and cool. Do you guys remember her introduction, having a burping contest with Wayne? MeLaan is a century old immortal that have no regards for your imposed gender roles. Changing to a man? Convenient. Joking about eating people? Well she can’t help you’re being sensitive.

And the fact that WE GET MORE STERIS, the queen, in this book, just gives it automatically an extra star. I just loved her from her first appearance, because damn does she leave an impression. Her “crazy prepared for everything” persona becomes a major help now and it’s just so amazing when authors puts importance on character traits. But I love that we also see another side of her, a woman that is prepared for everything yet intrigued when realizing that not everything is, well, ‘prepare-able’.

And Wax and Steris’ relationship? To be honest, I don’t think I can even think of a better ship. It’s just- it’s a perfect representation for a healthy relationship (supporting each others interests, communicating with each other, trusting…). Because of an unhealthy trend with “love and first sight” and “Romeo and Juliet” tropes (seriously do they even realize that that relationship isn’t supposed to be romantic?) and a lot of “love” tropes that actually just builds on lust and passion, not building a relationship together. I’m seriously ready to fight anyone that criticizes their relationship.

And since I don’t want to give anything away about the plot, I’m just gonna say that shit’s going down. During half the book I was just-
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(in a positive way)

And the epilogue…
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And so, you look up when the next book is coming out and realising it’s more than a year 🙂
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No don’t worry I’m fine I’ll just sit here and wait for the next book in the Mistborn spin-off together with the next Stormlight Archive book.

 

You Should Read This Book If You;

  • Love Brandon Sanderson c’mon
  • Want a REAL page turner
  • Are ready to get shocked
  • Want amazingly written unique female characters
  • just a bunch of amazing characters
  • Love steam-punk
  • Love detective stories
  • Love steampunk and detective stories
  • Hate Insta Love
  • Love ~CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT~

 

You Should Not Read This Book If You;

  • haven’t read the other Mistborn books duh