The Weather- Book Review

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Author: Caighlan Smith

32 pages

Genre: Horror Short Story

Sinopsis: In the middle of a barren wasteland, a small town goes through the motions as if nothing’s changed. Lolly has school, a part time job, a senile grandmother that needs looking after. But everything has changed, and Lolly’s always one storm away from facing that.

Source: tor.com

This short story was written by the same woman who wrote Children of Icarus, therefore, I expected that this short story would be amazing.

The writing’s brilliant in such a way that mundane things felt amazing.

The characters are very intriguing and the plot compelling. However, the ending was, in a word, bad. It felt as though the story was cut short because the author ran out of words to write. It didn’t give me any kind of closure nor had any elements that would make it an open ending.

Rating: 4 stars

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Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1)- Book Review

113436Author: Christopher Paolini

503 pages

Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Sinopsis: One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Source: Borrowed from Every Book Counts (in Portuguese)

This book tells the story of Eragon, a young man, and his epic journey after discovering a rock. Except it’s not a rock. You’ll get it once you read the book.

The book’s writing is amazing. The descriptions were beautiful and detailed in such a way that they didn’t tire the reader. The sceneries are breath taking and every little detail makes everything better.

The story itself is fantastic. It features many twists and turns, making it unpredictable. It’s also quite emotional. Also, something I really enjoyed in this book is that everything that happens has a justification, no one does anything with no point whatsoever.

The characters are well written. They felt mysterious and most of them were smart, something I’ve always appreciated in books. They’re real. I mean, they feel real: they have morals and their own flaws.

Another great thing about this book is, obviously, the villain. The best books have the best villains and this book is no exception. Galbatorix is dark, very dark, and his backstory shows why.

The character development is wonderfully crafted. The main character, Eragon, starts the book as a simple country boy, however, throughout the book, he becomes stronger and smarter than ever.

There is no such way to put into words how much I enjoyed this book, it made me dive into a whole new world.

Please read this book, especially if you’re a fantasy fan. But be careful: it might pull you into a world you won’t want to escape.

Rating: 5 stars

The Zodiac Legacy #1 – Book Review

Authors: Stuart Moore, Stan Lee, P. H. Marcondes

66 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Sinopsis: When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-American teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This book tells the story of a few people who have super powers based on the chinese zodiac.

The book’s concept is very interesting, it was great to see how it worked.

The art was as if it was a sketch and the colours were well thought of.

The plot was basic but enjoyable nonetheless.

The characters were diverse and unique.

If you like the zodiac or Stan Lee’s work, check this book out.

Rating: 4 stars

Monstress #6- Book Review

Monstress #5- Book Review

29277177Author: Marjorie M. Liu

Illustrator: Sana Takeda

32 pages

Genre: Fantasy Graphic Novel

Sinopsis: Maika and her friends face betrayal and death, and only the monster inside — and her growing relationship with it — can save them.

Source: Netgalley (in exchange for an honest review)

This issue is a direct sequel of the previous.

The art continues as great as ever, seemingly growing more detailed.

The plot’s great, the ending features some plot twists and the arc’s ending. We also get to see some characters’ real intentions and forms.

This issue has a great ending. I highly recommend it to everyone that likes fantasy.

Rating: 5 stars

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Grimm Season 1- Show Review

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Creators: Stephen Carpenter, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

22 episodes

Genre: Fantasy Drama

Sinopsis: A homicide detective discovers he is a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces.  

Source: Netflix

This show tells the story of a detective and his cases.

Each one of this show’s episodes are different cases that are, for the most part, independent.

The characters are diverse and interesting.The character development is made in such a way that the watcher can see which events motivated it.

The scenery in this show is stunning. It also features a lot of forest shots, something rare in urban fantasies.

The special effects are also great. There were many moments in which I felt that all of that could have been real.

This show’s cast could not have been better. Each actor/actress played their character perfectly.

This season’s ending was very surprising.

I really like this show and think that everyone who likes shows featuring fantasy creatures and ‘stand alone’ episodes will too.

Rating: 4 stars