Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Blood Song

Blood Song
Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It has a fantasy feel to it but it isn't your typical fantasy novel. There is a slight magic system involved but, for the most part, it is a fantasy-laced war and adventure novel. Ryan mixes in great threads of religion, politics, friendship, and betrayal. There are some interesting twists and turns that are fairly unexpected. While the end does not tie everything up into a neat little bow, you do end up with a good understanding of what has taken place and where things might head in the future.

This book is fairly clean with a few cuss words here and there. I think it is good for anyone 14 or 15 and up. Some of political and religious aspects may be tough for a younger reader to grasp but I think it will be a very entertaining read for whoever picks it up.

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Review: Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen

Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen
Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen by Richard Paul Evans

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The first Michael Vey book was great. This one was basically the exact opposite. I don't think it was particularly clever. I RPE could have done a much better job with the characters. The story, the setting, and the use of the characters' special "powers" each lacked creativity. Candidly, this is what I expected to get from RPE in the first Michael Vey book. Maybe this is the proverbial sophomore slump and the third book will be back on track. I hope so because the ending to this book was fairly lame but I was happy to get to the end so I could move on to something else (and that is just kind of sad).

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