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Listed below are the latest featured reader reviews on the site. Some are positive in praise, some are negative in criticism, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are well written and explain their reasoning. We can never have enough reader reviews as they add to the quality of the site, making it ever more useful for visitors.

It by Stephen King

10 stars

This book was just plain incredible. I didn't think I'd read all 1153 pages because I didn't like reading much anymore after school killed the joy of it. I just got the book because I had to get a book and I enjoyed the movie so I gave it a shot. Stephen King is an amazing writer, the amount of detail and characterization that goes on in this book kept me going. It did take me almost half a year though to read , since I procrastinate a lot. I enjoyed how the book took you from classic monster horrors that a child would dream up of like clowns, zombies, and spiders, to diving into all the real life horrors like racism, abuse, sickness, losing a loved one, homophobia, and just plain bullying. I love seeing the story unfold slowly learning along with the adults, what they did in the 50's and how they are gonna defeat the monster. Unlike others, I found the ending really satisfying but bittersweet. Would highly recommend picking up if you enjoyed the movie.

Alexander
United States

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

10 stars

Awesome sequel. The new characters are well thought out, the ones we knew are even more deep and interesting. The story, the motovation, the twists were all impeccable and it ends beautifully. An uforgettable reading experience!

Martin
Norway

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

10 stars

A few things made me hit my "unrealistic" button. First of all, canned peaches don't last anywhere close to 10 years, nor does canned food of any type. Also, why the heck, when they are freezing and headed south to escape the cold, are they going up to the top of a high mountain where it is much colder? I guess the man was anxious to see his boyhood home, but my goodness, how many calories did they burn between the cold and the climb when they were supposedly fighting exhaustion and starvation? Then the first thing the boy does when they reach the ocean is go swimming nude. What do you think the water temperature would be in this nuclear winter destroyed world? Maybe the boy had been so cold for so long that he could no longer feel cold. For those that believe this novel is a global warming guilt trip, it does not seem plausible that the initial disaster was climate related. It had to be more like an asteroid hit or an all out nuclear war to cause that kind of mass incineration. With that being said, I still loved the novel as the fiction that it is and was very emotional toward the end. A very simple read, I am by no means a fast reader and read it all in 5 hours. The lack of punctuation did not bother me and the author's way with words is magnificent. My interpretation, for what its worth, is that God had for whatever reason forsaken this world, but he was going to give humanity another chance by choosing the beautiful, wonderful boy, the essence of innocence and good, as its new source of regeneration. The father seemed to sense there was something special and Godlike about his son and that their incredible journey against all odds was God's mission. Some of their "luck" was not luck at all, rather God's intervention. Maybe God gave them the strength to climb that mountain, maybe God preserved the canned peaches for 10+ years. Maybe the boy's nude swim in freezing water was supposed to represent some kind of baptism or anointment? In that context it does not seem as unrealistic. So despite my nit-picking, this was an extremely profound and captivating read!

Andrew
USA

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

4 stars

A generous four. The first two books clocked in at about eight each. The excruciatingly long, drawn out back-and-forth conversations between characters was mind numbing. The plot was lost several times with all the meaningless visions and dreams. And let’s not forget the pointless interludes. Clearly Sanderson was trying way too hard at being grandiose. He did, however succeed in running circles around both the plot and his confused characters while leaving the reader shaking his head in disappointment. It must have been as painful to write as what it was as to read.

Guido
Norway

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

9 stars

A substantial improvement over his earlier Night Angel trilogy. Gone are the endless plot conveniences and loose ends. Without them, Weeks' excellent pacing, varied characters, and penchant for mind-boggling twists make the Lightbringer series difficult to put down. The story is made all the more compelling by what is probably the most interesting magic system I have ever encountered.

Kenan
United States

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

Easily the most entertaining book I have ever read. Miles better than Stephen kings The Stand. The epic story of Swan song moves along at a fast pace. McCammon writing style is that he is able to say more about a character in a paragraph than King could in 3 chapters. I have read this book about 10 times over the last 30 years and I know I will start reading it again very soon.

Ashley
UK

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

10 stars

A nice mix of gritty realism and the best and worst of humanity--an excellent book that is hard to put down. I had to read it with my jacket on, siting in front of my fireplace. Lynn and Jax are fascinating characters, and you pull for them as they struggle to survive and protect Lynn's family. I look forward to the sequels. I read many, many books and "The Wolves of Winter" is one of my favorites.

Stephen
United States

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

10 stars

Great read. A real page turner. However the ending left me wanting more. I call these millennial endings. I experienced it in the Netflix movie How it Ends and A Quiet Place in which there is no ending! It's frustrating. I want an ending like The Mist or Friday the 13th. There is absolutely no description of "the creatures". The characters lacked love but only admiration and sympathy. I'm tired of these conclusions, if they can be called that, that leave the endings to our own imagination. If I wanted that I would be inspired to write a novel myself but I don't have the time and rely on people to entertain. Entertained, yes. Satisfied, no.

Sonny
USA

Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

10 stars

This book was one of the greatest I have ever read. There's not much action but the thought provoking language makes up for it. She puts a spin on mind powers, making them much grander than the cheesy stuff you see in shows like the X-men. She's pretty popular here in Australia and I think that she would do amazing if her books managed to branch out to Europe and America. Hope that one day it gets made into a movie! *Fingers crossed*

Anna-Rose
Australia

Control by Kim Curran

9 stars

Absolutely wonderful, this series has grabbed my attention ever since I set sight on the book cover in a library and I borrowed it right away. Once I finished the first book, shift, I couldn't sleep while excitement coursed through my viens and anticipation blew my mind. I borrowed the second book on the very next day and I wasn't disappointed at all. Kim Curran had proceeded her writing in the next book astoundingly, and since it ended on a cliff's edge, I couldn't wait to buy the following book except it wasn't there :'( and I was on the verge of dying... I still am since I couldn't find the book up until now... The series was narrated amazingly and it has proved to be a page turner that grabs the reader from the first word... I strongly recommend reading the whole series starting with Shift, Control and finally Delete.... Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!

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