Featured reader reviews: Page 8

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.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

10 stars

I am 11yo and have already read this book 7 times. I have also read the whole of the Lord of the Rings twice and the Silmarillion once and loved them all. The Hobbit is my favorite book in the whole world.

Max
Aus

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

9 stars

I'm honestly amazing at some of the low reviews given here. Criticism of the decisions of Kvothe such as focus why he did certain things and forgetting that he was still at a young age when most of this story started. It is an enjoyable story, focusing on a brilliant but rash child who loses his parents suddenly. The pace of the story is slow to start but once you read through what I assume if the setup of the plotline you can't leave the book. I have already read the second book which is even better and can hardly wait for the third and final with high expectations.

Shereef
Egypt

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

10 stars

A beautiful modern fantasy novel written from the perspective of an unreliable narrator. To those who read the low reviews that use the complaint that Kvothe is too good at everything, know that these people have missed the point of the books. We are watching a man set up his own myth in his lifetime, a talented man no doubt, but a prideful liar as well. Kvothe thinks all women want him, that he is the center of the universe and his storytelling reflects this. The beautiful irony is that one of his main struggles is unearthing true information from old stories where others have done the same. This is a fantasy tale for the ages, a story about stories and those who tell them.

Jacob
USA

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

7 stars

I had to read this book as homework from my new school and was so excited when I heard the reviews. It turned out to be extremely slow-starting and I stopped reading it halfway. When I gave it another shot I still found it slow-starting but the middle and ending were amazing and very enjoyable. I'd denfinitely be recommending this book to young teenagers and adults but be prepared for a slow start!👍 Good Luck

Sara
UK

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

9 stars

Really loved this book. First book I have read by Mark Lawrence and easy to see why so many people like his books. Red Sister had plenty of action to keep u riveted and waiting for more. Loved the idea of lethal nuns. The characters were well defined and easy imagine as being real people. The protagonist of this book was a different twist. Young farm girl with magical talents that left her not sure of who she really is. Hate to think I have to wait till 4/2018 for book two. Total thumbs up for Red Sister!!

Keith
United States

The Passage by Justin Cronin

5 stars

I have really struggled with this book. I, like most other readers, have heard raving reviews about The Passage - and when I discovered it was the first in a trilogy, I became even more excited. When I sat down to read, a smile found my face, and I knew I had found a story of epic proportions: the plot and pacing were top-knotch, the character development left me rooting for the characters, the regular POV change was also something I found easy to go along with. HOWEVER, and I say however with great passion: this book misled me, and I ultimately found myself bored with it. Part 1 & Part 2 were phenomenal - I was along for the ride. And then, Part 3 hit me like a bullet to the face. As a literary device, I have no qualms with skipping over 90 years into the future - but the major problem with this is: the characters stop being compelling, the action is dim at best. I found myself not excited to pick up the book. I didn't care about any of the survivors I found myself reading about; in fact, I missed the old cast of characters. I'm glad Amy was brought back to the plot, but even then she feels like a secondary character, rather than a major player. I rated the book 5/10 because I genuinely enjoyed the first 300 odd pages, but the book becomes unforgivable; especially when you invest so much reading time into such a tome of a book.

Adam
Australia

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

7 stars

Seriously... the book was up and down the whole way through. I like some bits yes, but definitely got very annoyed at some part of the story. It was the best writing out of all the books but was it the best book i dont think so. For me it seems like he really rushed the story while writing it and didnt think it through, the ending just took a inch to long. But i still do love alot of things he put in the story and he just made me wanting to keep reading. He left alot of unanswered questions but i assume thats for the fifth book of the series. I still recommend this series for whoever loves high fantasy because his world building is really well thought out...

Alex
Australian

The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

10 stars

I'm not sure how anyone could say the writing is poor or the story generic, as this book is objectively neither of these things. It's witty, beautifully written, and like the others in the series, extremely original. I will also be sad to see Lockwood and Co go.

Ashley
England

Weaveworld by Clive Barker

10 stars

Fantastic science fantasy book, read first 20 odd years ago and just re-read, and its still as good. Coming from Liverpool did have a look for some locations and found one or two. Weaveworld tour anyone?

Graham
England

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

10 stars

This book hooked me right away. Filled with stunning writing, wonderfully chilling case and lovable and intriguing character,I could not recommend it more. I like to put it as"even a scene as inocent as drinking tea in the library can give you the chills. The screaming staircase is a rousing tale with so much food for thought.

Mira
Canada

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