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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.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

10 stars

It was the best book I had ever read. The first book was a blast. J.k Rowling has really outdone herself this time.I am reading the 7th book now, and it seems to be really interesting. Young readers, I am advising you to start reading Harry Potter, as it is truly amazing and interesting to boost your imagination..... The magical world of Harry Potter is includes dangerous, fun and legendary adventures, starring Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, who are three best friends in this fabulous story. They fought together against many fantastic and dangerous creatures, and came across many obstacles. Finally, it was the time, for Harry Potter to fight against the most powerful, dangerous wizard all the magical people could think of. You wanna know more about this legendary adventure, then reading the Harry Potter series is the best way possible.

Amber
India

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

10 stars

I found this back in high school and to me it was an introduction into the fantasy worlds one would crave for to escape the daily monotonous life as it stands today. While I had read other science fiction from Bradbury, Bear and others around the same time, this captured my attention far better combining the natural worlds of different eras with adventures in lost forests, dinosaurs, ape men, science facts woven into a palatable or believable story told in a way to sustain interest for all ages. Of course, the other all time favorite of mine is the Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne! So, that should explain why The Lost World generated the kind of excitement it did. Attention to detail, the camaraderie, fairly believable scientific facts that were well researched round up this wonderful narrative.

Sanjay
India

It by Stephen King

9 stars

I preface this by saying I am a huge Stephen King fan and have been since 10 years old. I recently read IT as an adult in my 30's and here we go...This story is an undertaking to read at over 1000 pages, but I don't feel like the details are "filler" as some feel or too much. Stephen King is super detailed in all of his stories. IT was a beautiful story about childhood, facing fears, life long love and friendships, and finding inner strength and courage. There were so many parts of this story that I reread because of how beautiful it is. King's ability to remind you of feelings associated with childhood - fear, awkwardness, love, lonesomeness, best friends, bullies, etc - is amazingly relayed. I too feel that I know Derry and could draw a map of it. I feel now familiar with the Barrens, the library, Kansas Street - I feel this because he writes descriptions the viewer feels they can see. The picture is painted for you and it's a masterpiece. I will say I agree that the particular scene was jarring to me, but not enough to ruin the story for me. I've been reading King so long, you would think I couldn't be shocked anymore, however...but all of that aside, I fully recommend it, it's a fantastic read. It took me a month and I am an avid reader, reading to the detriment of all other things, so..but while this book is a commitment, I don't think the reader will be dissapointed.

Felicia
United States

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

9 stars

This make me reflect with morality and mortality. Life is short, but it is not a reason to ignore what is right. But ironically, humans can love unconditionally. It's not how long we have to live, but how we spend our life with the people we love and care, regardless of our gender, status, physical abilities, capabilities, etc. We can be selfless and naive at the same time. The book have the same feel with the twilight series, with the aspect of POV story telling. But, I think this is more mature and in-depth with the characters. There is neither a pure evil or better person with the characters. Every one have a personality and each of them defy stereotype perspectives. The pacing of the story is easy to follow, since I think it is nice to concise some parts so we can get the effect for the surprise at the ending. In general, I adore this book. I always think about it when I'm away from it, always have an itch to read more. I'm also curios with wide possibilities if the story continues, since the end is really a cliffhanger. But, as with the intended ending, I am happy how Ian and Wanda are together. I am hoping for a sequel, tho.

TheCatUnderTheBed
Philippines

The Unspoken Name by A K Larkwood

10 stars

AK Larkwood debuts with one of the most original fantasy books I've read in a long time. Our heroinne is a young orc girl, Csorwe; a sacrifical virgin, who gets rescued by a travelling wizard, Belthandros Sethennai, on the day of her death. He becomes much like a father to her, albeit one she hero worships and she will do anything for him, becoming his bodyguard/weapon, with no wishes or dreams of her own. All this would probably have continued for eternity, if not for one thing; while on a mission for Sethennai, along with her frenemy Talasseres Charossa, Tal for short, the unthinkable happens; Csorwe meets Shuthmili and falls in love and loyalties are put on trial. The world in which the story takes place is a vast array of paralell worlds, all with gate portals opening onto a huge dimension called the Echo Maze, from where you can enter other worlds. You weave your way from world to world, through the maze in floating maze ships, which gives a kind of steampunk or scifi feeling. Gods are both real and powerful as Csorwe will find out soon enough. I had so much fun reading this book, at first I was a bit unsure if it was YA, but it is definitely written for adults. There's no sex, but some focus on love, but more as a plot driver as that is what makes Csorwe question her life and gets the whole storyline on a different track. And did I mention the names? They're are just brilliant! This is an absolutely amazing fantasy book, I absolutely loved it and I absolutely believe it will be "the talk of town" in 2020! And I can't wait for the next book!! I was lucky enough to receive an E-ARC from @Tor/Forge, via the good people at @Netgalley.

Helga FJ
Norway

Swan Song by Robert McCammon

10 stars

Read this book for school and book club and I loved it. I really am not a fan of horror or dystopia or any stories of the sort yet i really did love this book. It pulls you in and gets you involved with each perspective and how the all come together. In book club, I heard from everyone that while it was a little explicit, it was a favorite of theirs as well and they loved the storyline. One person even said they loved the fact that it could lead to political discussions without fighting being involved and it leading to a debate. Overall, it really is a great book and now one of my favorites!

Jessica
United States

Skulk by Rosie Best

10 stars

I'm writing on behalf of my daughter, Eden who is 11. She LOVED this book, devoured it. She tells me there was meant to be a second book, but it wasn't published?? Yikes. It should be published. My daughter, is not the only one who loved it. We have leant it to 5 other friends and they loved it too. Could we please have the second book Stranger Chemistry? Jennie - Eden's mum

Eden
Australia

Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

10 stars

I loved this book, and loved the conclusion to the series. I can't remember the last time I have been so moved by a book, a movie, or anything else - but the end of this really got to me.

Brendan
Australia

Master of Sorrows by Justin Call

10 stars

This book is a work of art. Reading it imersed me into the world of annev and made me think about the book more. Justin has done a great job and every author has there mistakes but this book just isnt a mistake. Its ,if you want to call it, Magic!

Nate
United States

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

10 stars

I honestly can't think of where do I put this book in comparison with the other two. This book easily has the best collection of goosebumps moments. The best and longest climax. Actually there are two. And the best charecter work I've seen in fantasy, or in general. Ignore a few odd dialogue choices and pacing problems and epic fantasy doesn't get any better than this. "If I must fall, I will rise each time a better man." 9.6/10

Sardar
Pakistan

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