The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Hello friends! It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything, a hiatus should be expected every so often, but I continue!

I’ve been excited to read this book for a long time, my local bookstore had it on sale for a few months and I’d been going back and forth on if I should get it or not, due to my not knowing when I’d get the chance to read it! I’m sure all readers know the struggle of having a too-long tbr, never knowing what to read first.
I was picking up the last 4 books of Game of Thrones that I needed to complete my collection and decided, why not!? And thus, this book came into my possession.
This review is going to be miles better than my previous ones, since I plan on completing it right after I finish it, unlike previous reviews.

A short spoiler free blurb I can give you is as follows, all in my own words!

When the book begins, we are met at an Inn, night time. The Waystone Inn, owned by (unbeknownst to us at the current moment) our main character Kote.
Chapter one begins with a few boys, telling stories and talking of creatures named The Chandrian. At this moment, said creatures will not mean a lot to us until about 30% of the way in. Shortly after there is a knocking, there’s been a demon attack, a man and his horse, only the man lived. This strikes the men as a strange occurance, mostly due to the fact that this certain type of demon always travel in packs, the man that survived claims there was only one demon.

A chapter or so later, we meet a character named at first, The Chronicler, though his true name doesn’t matter a whole lot.
He is thrown into the story at an interesting moment, he’s being robbed, but it is without a doubt the most civil robbery I’ve ever read/witnessed!
The Chronicler is on his way to a nearby city to listen and record a story for a rather famous nobleman. It is his job to record stories, like a reporter of an ancient kind, hense his name, the Chronicler. However on his way, he stops into the Waystone Inn.
Shortly after the arrival of The Chronicler, it is revealed to us that the owner of the Inn known as Kote, is actually a very famous master of the Arcane, young prodigy, known hero and criminal across the land, Kvothe. The Chronicler demands to hear his story, a story that Kvothe never intended to tell. His identity stayed hidden for many years, and he is believed dead by most. As you read on, you will find that Kvothe is quite the cheeky bastard, so of course he agreed under a few conditions, and that is how our story begins.

Kvothe’s story is one of love, hope, death, and destruction, not to mention revenge. It is not one to be missed. Not that I claim to be any kind of authority on the do’s and don’ts of the fantasy genre (though someday I hope to be).
Patrick Rothfuss is also such a genuinely amazing person? He deserves all the credit he has recieved.

The book is well written, to put it lightly.
Me personally, I gave it 4 stars out of 5.
I couldn’t really tell you why it’s not a 5 star read, I suppose I just felt that it was missing something, but do not let my opinion discourage you, I still recommend it in the highest, and I’m running out to buy book two basically right this second, for this series I’m not going to mind the wait!

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A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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If anyone is a part of the YA Fantasy scene at all, you know about Sarah J. Maas.

She became a serious sensation after she came out of College at Hamilton, New York where she majored in creative writing. In 2010 she emerged with her first book deal with Bloomsbury. Her debut series Throne of Glass was written on FictionPress.com originally. She had started writing the series at age 16, the drafted original name for the series was Queen of Glass. The story was actually based on Cinderella and the premise of, What if Cinderella was not a servant, but an assassin? And instead of going to the ball to meet him, but to kill him?

Then came Sarah’s next series, A Court of Thorns And Roses (that’s a friggin mouthful innit) that was written in 2009, but didn’t hit the shelves until 2015. The book I’m going to review here is the second book in that series!

***  S P O I L E R S   F O R   B O O K   1  ***

★★★★★ / ★★★★★

This book is without a doubt the best piece of young adult literature I’ve ever read. I finished all 626 pages in a weekend, I couldn’t put it down for the life of me (which kinda sucked because I was supposed to be on vacation), but it was time well spent!

I disliked the first book in the trilogy, like, a lot actually. There was a lot of abuse and manipulation going on between the main character, Feyre and the love interest Tamlin who is a Fae king and basically abducted Feyre from her human home, and Feyre is a human child at this time, she’s a young girl no older than 16 or 17. Tamlin and all of the court kingdoms are put under this curse by this witch that lives under the mountain. There was a ball that she threw decades ago which everyone attended, it was a masquerade ball and everyone wore a mask. The curse was placed on all of the court royalty from all the season’s courts (there are so many, I won’t even begin to list them). Feyre’s love interest Tamlin gets captured by this queen along with the court royalty again, and Feyre must go through these trials to save Tamlin & the life of everyone she took, but in order for her to win, she had to earn the favor & assistance of Rhys, another Fae prince (unknown to Feyre at the time) who was kept by the queen of the mountain as her sex slave to be raped over and over. Rhys agrees to help her win, if he can win a favor from Feyre, to be collected at a later date. Feyre reluctantly agrees and the deal is sealed with a tattoo placed upon Feyre’s left arm.

The pace of this book changes drastically in the second book. After Feyre saves Tamlin’s life under the mountain and all of the courts are freed. Feyre and Tamlin have a date they’ve chosen to get married, Feyre has seen Tamlin for the controlling, thankless, spineless ass that he is, and she begs for anyone out there to save her. As you might expect, Rhys comes to the rescue and saves her from being married to him. In short, Rhys and Feyre fall in love and agree to fight the forces of evil together, we meet various other side characters, we learn more about Rhys’ past and Feyre’s two older sisters get very involved in the story as well.

Since this is the book that I’m reviewing, I’m not gonna be super spoilery  even though I totally was for book 1 just now but, maybe I’ll put a spoiler alert for book 1…

But my main point with this book, is that you gotta friggin read it, even if the first book is a flaming garbage can of abuse, triggers and lies. I knew what I was in for with the first book, and a small part of me still enjoyed it, a LOT. So don’t take everything I say here verbatim, if you enjoy the book anyway, hey sure. Nobody should be judged for the type of literature they enjoy. Judge the people that don’t enjoy it at all!

That’s the lesson we can take away from this, KILL THE NON-READERS!

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Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah & The End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

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Hey guys, coming at you with a review for a book that I didn’t like this time.

When Rick Riordan announced his side project Rick Riordan Presents, I was really excited. I was a big fan of Percy Jackson growing up and I’ve enjoyed a lot of the stuff that Rick has been coming out with lately. I feel that a lot of fans had these same thoughts when they were heading into this novel. Now, before I really get into everything that I didn’t like about it, I should tell you that I finished this book in a matter of 6 hours. Not because it was good, but because it was so bad, I didn’t want to have to come back to it later to finish it. I hate unfinished book business.

So this book got 2 out of 5 for me, the 1 was for the writing because it was still done well, .5 of star was for the idea, and another .5 because I learned something from this book. I love mythology and learning about other cultures through it is always an interesting experience, especially at a time now in our society where Indian culture can be stigmatized and misrepresented.

Now, to get into it. The main reason for my hating this book had heavily to do with the fact that the entire story played out exactly like the Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief movie. Right down to finding the marbles, the talking half-animal companion, travelling to the underworld to make a deal with the devil, saving Aru’s mom from the supernatural. There were too many similarities for me to genuinely enjoy this, I kept picking things out of it that I hated. It’s very unfortunate considering how highly I anticipated this novel, I mean I was searching for it for days before it even came out, and got it exactly on the release date.

One big problem for me regarding this also had to do with how highly Rick regarded this novel. I mean obviously he has to promote it, it has his name on it. However, he went above and beyond just support for the book (I think he keeps it on his bedside table, like, his bible or something). Which made me think of another serial he had come out with recently named: Magnus Chase And The Gods of Asgard. This. This series I anticipated the crap out of. I love Norse myth, definitely my favorite pantheon. The series though? awful. Complete garbage. The writing was bad, the characters were interesting but I couldn’t get past the amount of potty humor in the book itself, and I found myself wondering how it got to be that way? Rick never wrote like that, his earliest writing is the best he’s ever done, being Percy & The Olympians & The Blood of Olympus series, and I fear he’s spiraling downwards.

I’d love to know how others felt though. This book got a 4+ star rating on Goodreads and I definitely have cause to believe that it’s the fans, wanting desperately for anything to reflect the same stories that changed our childhoods.

Or maybe I’m just getting older.