Saturday, October 11, 2014

Book Review: The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
"If you ain't scared, you ain't human."

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name.  He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze.  It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives.  The first girl ever.  And the message she delivers is terrifying.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I have had this book on my to-read list for a very long time, saw that it was going to be a movie so finally decided to read it.  The premise of the book is very intriguing.  Thomas is thrown into this new world where he has a million questions that no one will answer.  The one thing he knows is that his name is Thomas and he wants to be a runner.  He gets to know boys at the Glade and makes friends as well as enemies.  Also the girl arrives and he someone how even though he doesn't know it, knows who she is.  The ending was great and really had me wanting to read the second one.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Book Review: The Paper Magician - Charlie Holmberg

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart.  Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal.  And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic...forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined--animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes.  But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An excisioner--a practitioner of dark, flesh magic--invades the cottage and rips Thane's heart from his chest.  To save her teacher's life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane's still-beating heart--and reveal the very soul of the man.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book was very different from other magic books I have read before.  The time period as well as people having an affinity for a certain type of magic.  I really liked the character of Thane and how weird he was.  Ceony was an interesting character as well.  I love how we really got to know Thane and the way that we got to know him.

Book Review: Insatiable - Meg Cabot

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