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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the best story-tellers I've ever read. And I mean story-tellers not just authors. Story-tellers are a whole other breed of authors. I don't know if that makes any sense but even if it doesn't just know that the way Stephen King writes is different than the average author. I've read other author's work when they are telling a story and it somehow seems too detached. In Mr. King's worlds, he holds a certain regard for the characters and it somehow makes it more real. This book had me engrossed from the 30th page. Not bad :)

The story is set in medieval times. Times of kings and royalty and scandals and magicians. One particular magician named Flagg is the main antagonist in this story. He is the perfect villain - old (very old), knowledgeable, has a sense of strategy, and is evil and wants to cause discord wherever and whenever possible. There's a lot of foreshadowing that keeps you reading. It's done so artfully that you can't help but wonder why Mr. King wrote it and therefore read on until you find out at which point another foreshadowing point has come up. It continues in this manner until the very last page. It is a sort of fairytale.

Overall, 4 stars!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

I was debating between 3 and 4 stars and finally decided to give this book 4 stars for the message it sends. It could have been one of those hypocritical books that finds mistakes in everything except for itself but it didn't. This was the story of a girl in a small town that has everything wrong with it - even the things that big-shots think only happen in penthouse suites and billionaires garden parties. It showed that everyone shares common difficulties and common misgivings about the other groups of people. In the last portion of this book, the main character has some serious enlightening going on and she discovers her inner self that she's been holding in for a long time. It's a pretty powerful message.

I didn't give this book 5 stars mostly because I felt no emotion whatsoever except maybe astonishment and the sudden urge to shake the main character until she came to her senses. I didn't get too attached to it so it wasn't amazing to me - just surprisingly enlightening.

This book really is a good read so give it a shot :) 4 stars and I can't wait to read the next one.
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