Book Reviews: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The book is narrated by Kvothe, the innkeeper of a rural town, who tells his life story as a powerful arcanist.

Kvothe grew up as one of the Ruh, a travelling troupe of performers. When his entire troupe is slaughtered by a supposedly mythical force of evil and corruption called the Chandrian, Kvothe reaches the University to become more powerful and learn more about the Chandrian. There, he finds friends and enemies, love and love lost, and the incredible power of magic. On the most basic level, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic, but also enjoys having more real-life related plot rather than focusing solely on the enchantments. This book is also very much about the little quirks and clever ideas that Kvothe has throughout the book, which made me enjoy the book all the more.

Written by: Matt W. (Student)

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Book Reviews: Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Westerfeld continues this brilliant series with this next book. The book is much like the first one, a light read,  but intense enough to keep you reading. It is a perfect continuation of the series, and in my opinion, he doesn’t make a mistake with what direction he chooses to go with. He holds a strong story line, with no evident loose ends. If you liked the first book, then this book is a must! Westerfeld makes the series such that you want to read the rest and can’t resist not to!

Recommend: If you liked the first book, yes!

Stars?: 4/5

Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Westerfeld writes one of those books which lures in a person the minute they open the book. It is an interesting book which takes you through a marvelous journey and essentially shows the growth of Tally Youngblood.
Westerfeld shows his view on this dystopian, post-apocalyptic world in a magnificent way. Even though the look-altering premise is hard to believe, if you accept it, the rest of the book is wonderful. It is a great light science fiction read since Westerfeld’s writing isn’t as sophisticated as other books out there, but the story line is unique and a book definitely worth reading.
Recommend?: If you’re up for a light, not intense read, yes!
Stars?: 4 out of 5

Book Reviews: Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Sebold does a wonderful job of conveying such a gruesome story without the gore. She does an amazing job and delivers a compelling exploration about a family trying to find closure from the horrific past that surrounds them and shows a powerful story of Susie trying to find herself, she is, who she was, and who she would be.

Although that maybe the case, if you open up the book and read the first few pages and end up hating it, don’t force reading the rest. Sebold may have done a wonderful job, but she did have a few loose ends when it came to Susie’s morality. Besides the few bits which could have been more realistic, but the book was amazing. Something I thoroughly enjoyed and something I would recommend.

Stars: 3 1/2 out of 5

Recommend?:  Yes.

Book reviews: Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

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This book is extravagant in terms of explaining everything, but keeping enough hidden that it doesn’t ruin the story. Brown does an excellent job of luring the reader in, and then keeping the reader until the story is finished. The book itself is unique. The historical aspect and religious aspect makes the book different, not what is seen often. It is well researched, as well as properly executed, making this fast-paced book a perfect book to sit down with and read from beginning to end. An excellent read for anyone who enjoys mysteries and books with raging suspense. The book is fairly descriptive, with a few scenes which might be a bit much for readers, but it only adds onto the rather extravagance the book has to offer.

Stars: 5

Recommend?: Most definitely! Like all of Brown’s other books, this is worth reading.

Book Reviews: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

200px-DaVinciCode Brown has done a marvelous job of stringing the storyline in such a way it leaves the reader wanting to read more, from the first word of the first page to the very last. It’s a lucid thriller, from the eerie details about Langdon and his partner in crime running from the French Police, to remarkably in depth, yet understandable explanations about the Priory of Sion and every bit surrounding this secret society.

Any reader who enjoys mystery, adventure, and thrillers won’t be able to put this book down and upon finishing will be craving more.

Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5

Recommend it?: Yes!