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Sorceress Review

Well, I finished reading Sorceress by Claudia Grey within the last month. Personally, I liked the book as well as the series. I would recommend the book as well as the series. However, there are two things that I would have changed. The first thing would be the big battle towards the end of the book was a little bit more epic. To me, the battle was a little bit wimpy. Especially the battle between Nadia and the One Beneath. I think it would have been better if it was a little bit more like the last battle in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: Return of the King meets the fight between Gandalf and the Balrog in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Maybe not on the same scale as either battle, but more than what was written. Anyway, the second thing that I would have changed is how the epilogue is set up. I would have liked to have known things like what happened between Mr. Caldini and the guidance councilor. Oh, and what are the new rules that deal with the Craft? Especially now that males can become witches and Steadfasts.

Steadfast Review

So, surprisingly, I was able to finish Steadfast by Claudia Gray pretty quickly. I didn’t think I would, based on past experience with reading books. Anyway, you can find a synopsis of the book here. I personally liked the book. I found it to be so interesting, as evident in me finishing relatively fast. And I can honestly say that I did not expect how the ending turned out. I was hoping that it would have turned out a different way, but it was a good cliffhanger.

Spellcaster Review

So, this is my second book review for this week, although I finished the book last week. So, the book that I’m going to review is Spellcaster by Claudia Grey. I have to say that I liked the basic premise of the book where the main character, who is a witch, comes to a “new” town and sees that the town has magic all of it. The main character tries to figure out why this town has so much magic in it. Anyway, like I said, I like the premise but I didn’t like a few things about it. What I mean by that is that I thought the characters and the plot were not as well developed as I would like to have seen as well the fact that the points-of-view change within the chapters. As for the development of the characters, I don’t know if it’s just because it’s the first book or if it’s because the author didn’t think everything through. I also felt that the author left me asking more questions that I had answers for in terms of plot and characters, which I will put at the end of this post. As for the points-of-view changing several times within a huge chapter, I would much rather see the points-of-view divided into smaller chapters as they changed as opposed to having many different points-of-view in one huge chapter. Anyway, I would recommend this book if you don’t mind the stuff I mentioned. And here are the questions that I had from reading the book, but don’t go any further if you haven’t read the book yet.

  • How does Nadia know so much about witchcraft if she is only half-trained? Did Nadia’s mother start training her when she was young?
  • Why did Nadia’s mother leave Nadia’s father?
  • Why didn’t Nadia’s mother train Nadia more or introduce her to other witches if she knew she was going to leave Nadia’s father?
  • How did Nadia figure out that Elizabeth was a witch when Nadia hadn’t met any other witch other than her own mother? And how did Nadia know that Elizabeth was stronger than any living witch, for the same reason?
  • How do spells work? Are they just “general” incantations that the witch says with her own unique memories and charms?
  • What’s the difference between a witch and a Sorceress? Is a Sorceress just a witch gone extremely bad?
  • How did Nadia remember her confrontation with Elizabeth if Elizabeth made her forget the confrontation?
  • Why did Elizabeth target the Cabot family? Is there something special about the Cabots that made them excellent people to carry a curse? Or was it something that the first cursed Cabot did to Elizabeth that made her curse the entire Cabot family?
  • Why did Elizabeth kill Verlaine’s parents? Did they see or hear something that they weren’t to see or hear? And why did that affect Verlaine’s hair? Was Verlaine there when her parents were killed and the graying of Verlaine’s hair was an unfortunate side-effect? And why did Elizabeth cast a spell on Verlaine so that Verlaine was socially invisible to the town’s student population?
  • Spellcaster

A Shadow Of Night Review

        So, I guess this will be my first post of my project, although the review is way overdue. Well, first off, I have to say that I did not finish the book. I was only able to get the part where Diana and Matthew got the letter from Matthew’s father to come to Sept Tours, and them going to Sept Tours, mainly because to me, the book began to read like a history book. And I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to feel like I’m reading a history book when I’m actually reading a fiction book. So, my review of A Shadow of Night is only based everything up until Matthew and Diana going to Sept Tours.
        Anyway, I would have to say that if you’ve read my review on A Discovery of Witches, then a good portion of the problems I saw in A Discovery of Witches are also in A Shadow of Night. For example, the issue of plot and character development. In A Shadow of Night, ironically, the first part of the book felt so slow. I don’t really expect that to happen in the second book in a series. I always expect that the beginning of every sequel in a book series should get into the action within the first fifty pages or thereabouts. I mean, I get that Matthew and Diana wanted to get acclimated into Elizabethan England, but I mean, there’s only so much I can take before I’m like, “Come on, get into the action already, have the characters do what they went to Elizabethan England for.” You know what I mean? Also, with Diana and her cover story and obsession with doing what a proper high class Elizabethan wife should be doing. First off, why didn’t Matthew and Diana come up with a cover story before they went back in time? I think that would have saved some time. Second, I get that Diana has to keep up a rouse to the outside world and pretend that she is a high class Elizabethan wife, but does she have to obsess over things that are irrelevant such as how to write in Elizabethan script or the proper terms for clothing, etc.?
        Another example is again, the amount of characters in the book, especially the fact that the author named dropped so many famous people from that time period. I mean, I get that Matthew was a member of the elite class during Elizabethan England and he was bound to interact with a lot of famous people from the time period, but I mean, given that the average Joe Blow, like myself, doesn’t really have as much of an interest in history as an historian, like the author is, it’s hard to keep track of so many different famous people from Elizabethan England.
        Anyway, personally, I wouldn’t recommend the book to anyone if they’re not interested in Elizabethan history.

The ALA Most Challenged Books Of The 2000s

As a result of seeing the Twilight Saga being on a most challenged list, it led me to the ALA list for 2000-2009. As expected, the Harry Potter series was way higher on the list than Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Although, I think that His Dark Materials should have been higher on the list for reasons that I mentioned in this post. Anyway, the book that surprised me the most was Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. Now, keep in mind that it’s been a while since I have read the book but I saw the 2007 movie adaptation. Anyway, based on what I remember of the movie, I can’t really see the justification for the book being challenged. Now, on the list, the reason that was given as to why it was challenged was that a death was crucial to the storyline. Personally, I think that’s a load of B.S. I say that because there are other stories out there that are worse in terms of deaths being a crucial plot element.

Bridge To Terabithia

“My Books Are About Killing God”

One day, I happened to stumble upon this article and I found it to be somewhat interesting. In the article, it talked about how The Golden Compass should have been boycotted, and how Chris Weitz copied the Chronicles of Narnia movies, in terms of design, etc. Anyway, that’s not what I found interesting. What I found interesting was the quote from Philip Pullman that said that his books are about killing God, and that there’s less controversy surrounding it as compared to the Harry Potter series. You know, I don’t get these Christian people/groups who are against having the Harry Potter series in school libraries because the Harry Potter series are about wizards/witches and magic, and yet they allow His Northern Materials, a series about killing God. The way that I look at it, and having read His Northern lights, the Harry Potter series is a small fish compared to His Northern Materials in the metaphorical frying pan. Because I think that a series about killing God is way more anti-Christian than a series that has very little, if any, religious connotations, whether it’s Christian, Wiccan, etc.

His Dark Materials

The Golden Compass

I just finished reading The Amber Spyglass, the third book in His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Now that I’ve finished the trilogy, it made me think about movie version of The Golden Compass. Anyway, I’m kinda torn about how the movie was criticized as being atheistic. Well, in terms of the movie being faithful to the book, I wish that the ending of the book was included in the movie. I also wish that the fight between Iorek and Iofur was put back where it was supposed to be and that the whole spiel with the witches council was also put back in. Now, as for the movie being “atheistic”, I really don’t get why it could be construed as being atheistic. Because it’s not like the Magesterium is a religion. I consider it to be more like communist or dictatorial regime. And that it’s not just the Catholic Church that can be considered to be dogmatic and that tried to “eliminate” heretics. There are other religions that are dogmatic and whatnot. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.

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