Review: Blight of Mages by Karen Miller

Posted February 13, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Blight of Mages by Karen Miller

Review: The aim of this book is to explain the flight of the Doranen to the land of Lur and to set up the story for the King Maker, King Breaker series.  When I originally brought this book I had no idea that it was a prequel; however this did not affect my reading experience. The book started and ended well, however there was pacing issues in the middle of the book. I could not motivate myself to read, and I went from caring about the characters and their desires to thinking that they were annoying and arrogant; its no wonder the Guild turned against them. Yet it is this arrogance which make  Barl and Morgan and which pushes the story forward. Both are trapped by the strict social hierarchy of Doranen – ranked vs. unranked – with has nothing to do with the level of power each individual holds. Barl is a unranked magician with power that surpasses many of her superiors. When we first meet her is arrogant, selfish and convinced of her own superiority, her one redeeming feature is the love she feels for her brother, Remmie. Nevertheless there are times where she allows her selfishness to hurt  him. However towards […]

Challenge: 100 Books Everyone Should Read

Challenge: 100 Books Everyone Should Read

The BBC recently published the list 100 books to read in a lifetime and I got the shockingly low score of eighteen; I have, therefore, challenged myself to read every book on the list. How many have you read? Challenge so far 18/100 (started 11/02/2014) 1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (read 2003) 2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien (read 2003) 3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte (read 2002) 4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (read 1999-2007) 5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 6. The Bible (read at School) 7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte 8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (read 2000) 10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy 13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller 14. Complete Works of Shakespeare 15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier 16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien (read 2003) 17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk 18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 19. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger 20. Middlemarch – George Eliot 21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell 22. The Great Gatsby […]

Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

Posted February 10, 2014 by Charlotte in Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

 This book, is one of those easy to read; feel good about yourself kind of book. It is well versed, has amazing twists and plots and is one of the few books that I have been trying my hardest to get my friends to read. Dertings’ writing style allows you to quickly get into the book, allowing for the novel to flow easily and for the reader to empathise with the characters. Without trying to give too much away Derting uses the simple idea of differing classes and creates a completely different world to the one we see today; there is an element of a dystopian world. Classes are dictated by the language you speak; preventing mobility amongst the classes. If you want a book to snuggle down with and be transported to another life, then this is the book for you. Just grab a coffee, sit down and the rest will appear before you in black and white. I highly recommend this book. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 211 other subscribers Email Address