Featured reader reviews: Page 9

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.

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

9 stars

One of the best books ever! Brought me to tears at the end. Very emotional book for me. Wonderful book.

Ella
Australia

Valour by John Gwynne

9 stars

Valour is a very good book. Not just fantasy wise, but in general. The battles (in which 90% of the book is people fighting, making it exciting adrenaline fuelled throughout) are breath taking and brutal in equal measure. However, there is one flaw which plagues a lot of books and tv shows, with he first 4 seasons of Game of thrones being the only thing I can think of which did not suffer this; it's the fact that Main Character do not die. What I mean by this is that writers tend to not want to kill off main or developed characters unless it's in a particularly dramatic (and sometimes predictable) way. Although Valours predecessor, Malice, managed to pull the rug out from under the reader towards the end of the book, Valour did not seem to have that same rug pull moment. There is an emotional loss that affects the reader and the characters right at the very end of the book, but mostly everyone else worthy of mention was able to dodge Deaths scythe. Saying that, I don't want all the characters to die, so maybe I'm being a hypocrite. This book is absolutely jam packed, you will be exhausted by the end by the sheer amount that happens throughout, however it's fast pace means that you're never bored. You'll never get bored of the characters too. Each has their own motivations for doing what they do and each feel fleshed out and deep, with everyone in the book going through a satisfying arc or multiple mini arcs which leave you rooting for everyone, whether they are good or evil or a mixture of both. I implore everyone to read the Faithful and the Fallen. It's rich narrative and fast exciting pace keep you glued throughout. It's a vast epic series, and John Gwynne is one of the best around. This is worthy of all the praise.

Harry
England

Fade to Black by Francis Knight

10 stars

Possibly one of the best books I've read in the past two years! I've been struggling with reading ever since my depression hit me hard and one of my joys in life was stolen from me. I picked up this book thinking nothing of it other than it might be boring. But honestly, I was so wrong. It's an amazing and really interesting plot, it really caught me off guard. The character development is great, story is well thought out, and it's worth your time.

Yvan
United States

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

9 stars

Although I am in my fifties, I love this book! I assume YA means Young Adult, and it certainly has a different vibe from Reynold's other books, which I have read all of, but I thought it complemented the slightly steam punk landscape. It left me wanting to know more about the souls in the Quoins, Palladin's progress, Adrana's life before being rescued, and what Fura does next. I buy into the universe and would dearly love there to be a sequel. The fact that Fura suggests that she and Adrana would each write their own version perhaps provides an opportunity to close some loops and open others. My only complaint- I thought the idea of Fura writing her story on human skin was weird - wouldn't it be too thick? Finally, the suggestion another reviewer made that the book was somehow anti Semitic and that the Crawlies were based on Jewish money lenders is utterly preposterous. I hope it does not dissuade the author from continuing with the story.

Anthony
England

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

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