Colors! My First Brandon Sanderson Book…

Warbreaker For years my husband has told me how amazing Brandon Sanderson is, but I hadn’t read any of his books until recently. We selected his book Warbreaker, as a book to read together – even though it was Dave’s second read-through. The story definitely lends itself to be read multiple times, so I can see why he chose it – aside from FINALLY introducing me to his favorite author!

So finally, I get it! And yes, I agree, Brandon Sanderson is extremely creative.

What makes Warbreaker so amazing, is the unique world-building and entirely original magic system Sanderson creates. The story itself is great… two sisters, one marries the God King they fear (who has never taken a living breath, so the fear is justified), and the other who… well, I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say, the story is interesting and an enjoyable adventure.

But the world? It’s captivating! Who would have thought of having a way to bring objects to life by way of using color, have a city and its inhabitants who views this as normal – and a warring city who views this as blasphemous, ostentatious, and vain.

And, all the intricacies that go along with such a system… I’m not sure which I enjoyed more, the story, or the magic system upon which it was built. All in all, it may have been my first Brandon Sanderson book – but it won’t be my last!

How to Ruin a Book Series and Anger Your Fans

Burned by Karen Marie MoningAfter 8 years of reading books on Kindle, I finally understand what makes someone want to throw their Kindle against the wall – or use it to slap the face of the author who destroyed a world they so carefully built.

Burned by Karen Marie Moning, is the 7th book in the Fever series, and the last book by KMM I will read.

This is how you destroy a book series:

Kick off the 7th book with a scene that occurred in Book 1, from the other character’s point of view. Then, throw in some added content that concludes with a memory-erasing spell – of just the new content. Be sure to include something that fully changes your perspective of BOTH characters since the event that occurs never would have happened with the characters as they have been written, yet make sure it serves no purpose and does nothing to move the plot forward. It’s just there for decoration.

Have a strong-willed character who has lived for centuries, and needs nothing, run to the main character, a young 23 year old valley girl – for HELP. Because he needs a lot of help, and she can give it, right?

Give a split personality to another character, that again, was invented in Book 7, and simply make the character the exact opposite of who they were before. Make sure to make her extremely annoying. Nails-on-the-chalkboard annoying.

Shift point of view from one character to another for the entire book. Make sure this doesn’t actually serve any purpose. Just use it because other authors do it. Why not, right? In fact, be sure to give a few chapters to some minor characters who are not relevant to the story. Plot? Who cares about plot?

Don’t worry about details being congruent. For instance, when a character is invisible (again, it doesn’t matter that this type of magic has never happened in the previous books, just go with it), and the character makes a point to tell you that anything she touches or holds is invisible, you don’t need to keep this line of fantasy going. No one is paying attention anymore. So it’s totally okay to have her stand on a scale, and have the scale disappear, yet in the next sentence, read a book. The book doesn’t become invisible because details do not matter, right? Right.

Oh, and be sure to end on your classic cliffhanger, but, to fully make sure your fans never read the next book – use a minor character for nail-bitting-thrilling ending – one we care absolutely nothing about.

Karen Marie Moning, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Liked Coraline? Read Dust by Arthur Slade

Sometimes books listed as “for children” are really an “all ages” type of read – but the only way to find out, is to read them. Since I just read a book listed for ages 9-18 on Amazon, and loved it, I wanted to be sure to write a quick review. Because… I’m not 18 anymore…

Dust by Arthur SladeIf you’re in the mood for something that’s a quick read but has some serious creepiness, enough to make you want to keep turning the pages because you MUST find out what happens next, be sure to check out Dust by Arthur Slade. Part fantasy, part horror, it’s quite a unique story. Children go missing and an entire town is mesmerized… What has happened to the children, and why are people held captivated by the town newcomer? You’ll have to read to find out.

Then, if you want to continue reading more books that fit the same vibe, be sure to check out Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and Ashlyn’s Radio by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty.

P.S. Isn’t that cover just awesome? I admit to purchasing this book because of the cover. See? Sometimes that choice pays off!