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Friday, October 18, 2019

REVIEWED: Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Calamity
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners
Issue: 3

Rating: 4

My name is David Charleston.
I clicked the button.
And I kill Epics.

- David Charleston

The third book of The Reckoners series follows David Charleston and other Reckoners in their crusade to find Epics and end the dispute. With their new found knowledge of Epics they at least have a better grasp of the situation. Only this time their mentor and ally is no longer by their side. Things are even more complicated than ever.

Plenty of unanswered questions, doubts, and fears it time to face Calamity.

This has been an adventure of epic proportions. Though Brandon Sanderson is an amazing writer I stand by my decision of giving it a 4 stars truly I would have gone and given it a 3.5 stars but for decided it had good portions that I would stretch it into a 4 stars.

The book did not live up to my expectation from the first two books of the series. It started to decline in the second book for me. The identity of the story was muddled rather than vividly portrayed. There were plenty of questionable things written in that colored the picture the wrong way. Rather than being intrigued I was frustrated with the movement of the plot. It wasn't moving forward at times but rather backwards in this book. Plenty of scenes felt rushed in order to finish the book.

The identity of Calamity was bogus. It wasn't explained well. It wasn't given proper screen time or reading time in this case for you to see him as a big threat. The antagonist didn't feel bigger than Steelheart which did not help it's cause.

Prof. was supposed to be the antagonist for the most part of this book after what happened to him in Firefight but he was nothing but an annoyance. There were times I was angered by his decision but he has always been a character that infuriated me. He seems lucid enough and others he was just a whiny character. He is supposed to be an emphatic character due to his past as a member of the Reckoners but he sounded like a brat. He didn't endear himself to me in the first place.

The scenes weren’t dynamic but chaotic. Instead of introducing the scenes especially the dangerous situations I couldn’t feel excitement because they weren’t written in a sense that made me feel the danger. I was pulled out of the situation before the excitement came. The events haven't registered yet and it already skips to something else. It felt like a safe writing.

David as a main character can be a compelling one at times. There are times that it's confusing too. He was human. Vulnerable. A bit indecisive at times questioning plenty of things but there is the idea that doubt is the first step to knowledge. In this book he felt like he was being saved rather than the savior. I saw him as too dependent on Megan to function to the point of vomiting. Clingy is not always cute. There was also the thing that happened to David in the end of Firefight that makes you question if he was an Epic or not. It could have been a good plot center but I didn't feel like it was given time to bloom. After the last book you’d think that this would be a major plot point and in a sense it was supposed to be but it was written chaotically that it seemed nothing more than a bothersome tidbit.

The other characters seems to have a background that could be explored but it was sadly all about David.

I hated the ending which didn’t make any good conclusion for the story but a hasty fix of it. I’d rather have it perfectly shown if they would end the story this way.  I would have loved a death of a hero if it would make the story better adding the last chapter killed the mood. A sacrifice is always part of war. Brandon wasn't afraid to kill people off why couldn't he allow David to go out with a bang. The ending did not tie-in the story but it showed that they wanted a happy ending but it was confusing. It lost the idea that war is bloody and lives are sacrificed for a purpose.

Writing my review now I'm thinking of dropping the star rating into a 3.5. There was so many problems in this book. If it was to be taken on it's own I'd give it a lower rating for sure. This makes me want to write a series over all review but I have no idea on how to do that. Leave a comment if you think I should do that.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

REVIEWED: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4

Title: Firefight
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners
Issue: 2

I tried to remember a quote from the book but my mind is running black at the moment. It was mostly a blur to me.

After the events of Calamity the world was enslaved by Epics, humans with superhuman abilities that causes them to go crazy. Years spent trying to avenge his father caused David Charleston to gain a life with the Reckoners. Rebels that kill Epics.

Now that David's greatest foe Steelheart is dead he is faced with a new challenge. How does he rid the world of Epics? It's no longer about revenge but saving the world for this young hero.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

REVIEWED: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5
Title: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Series: Reckoners
Issue: 1

Year ago the Calamity came and the heroes that were supposed to save them ended up being their destroyers. Men and women with extra ordinary powers became their rulers capturing cities and nations in the palm of their hands.

After seeing his father murdered by the Epic he thought would save them David Charleston made it his mission to avenge his death. With years of research and a good mind on his head he knows that the way to do so is by joining the Reckoners a group of rebels fighting Epics.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

REVIEWED: One Night to Wedding Vows by Kim Lawrence

Rating: 3
Title: One Night to Wedding Vows
Author: Kim Lawrence
Series: Wedlocked!

Unlike her reputation, Lara Gray is not the party girl she portrays to be. She is a virgin. In Paris where she planned to spend time with a gorgeous man she ends up in bed with another. Not only that but this stranger awakens passion inside her after on night.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Blog Alert Update

Hello there! Jesha here. I just wanted to inform you that regular posting schedule will now be Monday and Thursday 8:30 Pm Pacific Time. I've already scheduled the post due to my exams. Feel free to leave a comment here. Do you think this new schedule is good or is it a drab? I'd appreciate the help since I am new to blogging. Thanks!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

REVIEWED: The Earl Claims His Wife by Cathy Maxwell

Title: The Earl Claims His Wife
Author: Cathy Maxwell
Series: Scandals and Seduction
Issue: 2

Rating: 4

"A husband and wife may disagree on many things but they must absolutely agree on this: to never, ever give up."


After years of neglect from her cheating husband Gillian, Lady Wright, has had enough. She goes away to the country with relatives and doesn't plan to return to her husband no matter if he summons her back to his side.

Brian Ranson has made a mess of his marriage. He married Gillian years ago out of duty but made it clear he was not in love with her and plans to continue his relationship with his beloved mistress. After years on the battle field seeing the horrors of war and feeling the sting of betrayal he is ready to return home and make right of his marriage. Especially now that he is Earl of Wright and he needs his wife be his side more than anything else.

The problem with his plans is that Gillian refuses to come back to him. Their relationship has deteriorated to a point where it seems impossible to save. Can mistakes of the past truly be redeemed? Is their room for second chance after all the hurt?

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award: Jesha is a Bookworm

First of all I'd like to than @TheRayJourney for the nomination. You can find his blog on the link here. I won't lie and say that I know a lot about this or about blogging but I am thankful for the nomination. I've been doing this for only six months and I am amazed of the great community blogging is. I've met great people and enjoyed talking to them. It has gone beyond my expectation and I am so happy I took the leap to start blogging.

REVIEWED: ARC: Ashes of Revival

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