Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Rithmatist

"More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Rithmatist have the power to infuse life into two-dimentional figures known as chalklings. They are humanity's only defense against the wild chalklings- merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake.

As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students learn the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing - kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes. Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery, one that will change Rithmatics- and their world - forever." - excerpt from book.

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is a young adult fantasy about a boy and his adventure of uncovering the truth. I was totally captured by this book from the start till the end of the story. My feelings after completing the book was wanting more of the story. That urge is so strong as this book is just that good. The world created by the author is absolutely fantastic and there are still  many mysteries that I can tell is left for other books to reveal but it's enough for this current plot line. The magic aspect of the book is so interesting and truly unique along with other mechanics of the book.

The characters of the book are also really interesting people and you see much growth from the main characters. I really like the mysteries of the characters in the book that was slowly revealed. There is nothing I have no complain about the characters as they seem so perfectly fitted for the story. As for the plot of the book it was so smooth and exciting where everything that happened is so significant to the story. The turn of events in the book was also written in such good timing to the story and it caught me by surprise.

Some favourite lines from the book:

"The most dangerous kind of man is not the one who spent his youth shoving others around. That kind of man gets lazy, and is often too content with his life to be truly dangerous. The man who spent his youth being shoved around, however...When that man gets a little power and authority, he often uses it to become a tyrant on par with the worst warlords in history." - pg 121. I find that these are such wise words describing human nature which does manifest in the real world.

"I can't understand something until I know why it happens the way it does. There has to be an objective point of reference that determines what makes a good drawing and what doesn't - even if that objective point of reference is the subjective opinion of the Rithmatist doing the drawing"  - pg 191. I like the logic sense of those words said by a certain character.

"school is about learning to learn. If you don't practice studying things you don't like, then you'll have a very hard time in life." - pg 214. Another set of wise words that I wished someone could have told me when I resented studying history when in high school.

This is my first time reading this author's creation which is now one of my favourite books of this year. I am so impressed with the book which gave me high hopes that other books from this author will offer excellent quality of fantasy stories. I cannot wait for the next book and looking at his website, the second book won't be coming any time soon as his book schedule is quite packed. I'm already feeling excited to start his mistborn trilogy which will be soon in the months to come. I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers, fans of Brandon Sanderson who have read his adult fantasy. Even though this is young adult fantasy, it does beat much of the adult fantasies that I have read. This is no doubt a book that I will read again nearing the release date of the second book.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

We Were Liars

We are liars
We are beautiful and privileged
We are cracked and broken
A of love and romance
A tale of tragedy
Which are lies?
Which is truth? You decide 
- excerpt from back of the book

We were liars by E.Lockhart is a contemporary young adult book. I went into this book without any knowledge since most people in the booktube community suggested to read it that way. I was surprised by this book and I quite enjoyed it. The plot of the story can really take you by surprise and I like the timing of things happening in the story. I also enjoyed the perspective of the main character and her feelings. The characters of the book are very suitable for the story which made the book a good one.

The message that's the purpose of the book is what I love the most. You might not see it clearly but as things unfold in the story you will. Overall this book is a big surprise with a wonderful meaning attached to it. It's quite a thin book so it's quick to read. I don't think I would read this book again unless I can forget what's it about as knowing the story erases the thrill of reading it. 
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