Ruined Review (Mini)

Mini Non-Spoiler Review


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Title: Ruined

Author: Amy Tintera

Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy

Average Goodreads rating: 3.89/5


My rating: 4.75/5 (rounded up to a 5/5 on Goodreads)

Do I recommend? Without a doubt

Main Characters: Em, Cas, Queen Fabiana, King Salomir, Iria, Aren, Jovita, Galo, Damian, Mary, Olivia

Short Synopsis: The daughter of a fallen queen disguises herself as another princess to marry the prince of the kingdom that captured her sister.

My Goodreads review: 

“Sooo good. I’ve been waiting to read a book that would blow me away for a while now and this was most definitely it. After all, I started this yesterday and finished it today!! I enjoyed the first 2/3 especially and while the majority of the last third felt flat to me, the ending was insane. I can’t wait to read Avenged. It’s going to be thrilling and significantly darker in my opinion (maybe young elites vibe??).


Characters: 8.5/10

-really liked the two main characters (Em and Cas) but wasn’t a big fan of the main romance

-background characters could’ve been more fleshed out

Writing: 9/10

-flowed very nicely

-LOVED the consistent descriptions of the dark things that were going on inside Em’s head

Pace: 9/10

-very fast

-slowed down in the last third of the book but ended with a bang

Entertainment: 9.5/10

-easy to read

-finished it in two days

Average: 9/10


Addicting? 

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Boring parts?

none    ,    rare   ,   some   ,   frequent   ,   lots

Continuing Series?

definitely not   ,   probably not   ,   maybe   ,   probably   ,   definitely

Overall thoughts?

bad   ,   meh   ,   good   ,   very good   ,   excellent   ,   superb


Grade: 92%


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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My current obsession (sharing an amazing song)!!

I know this is random, but below I wanted to share my current favorite song. I’m absolutely obsessed with the spanish vibe I get from the song, it’s just absolutely amazing.


Download it, stream it, do whatever you need to because this song is amazing! Go listen to it and tell me what you think in the comments:)


-Sean, kingdombookblog

Middle Grade Book Recommendations

Hey everyone!! Below, I am going to recommend some of my all-time favorite middle grade reads. The grade that I give each of these books is only for the first book and does not represent my opinion of the overall series if there are continuations. Hope you all enjoy;)


the eighth day by dianne k. salerni

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grade: 88%

wonder by r.j. palacio

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grade: 92%

mockingbird by kathryn erkskine

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grade: 91%

among the hidden by margaret peterson haddix

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grade: 96%

the dragonet prophecy by tui t. sutherland

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grade: 94%

savvy by ingrid law

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grade: 91%

the lightning thief by rick riordan

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grade: 94%

the red pyramid by rick riordan

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grade: 96%

 

the sword of summer by rick riordan

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grade: 97%

the fires of calderon by lindsay cummings

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grade: 89%

the quantum league: spell robbers by matthew j. kirby

grade: 91%

spy school by stuart gibbs

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grade: 93%

house of secrets by chris columbus and ned vizzini

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grade: 89%

pennyroyal academy by m.a. larson

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grade: 90%


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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The Hammer of Thor Review (Mini)

Mini Non-Spoiler Review


The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Title: The Hammer of Thor

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre(s): Middle grade, fantasy, mythology


Rating: 3.5/5

Do I recommend? Certainly

Main Characters: Magnus, Alex, Hearth, Sam, Blitz, Thrym, Loki, Thor, Jack

Short Synopsis: The continuation of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy.

My Goodreads review: 

“Unfortunately this book didn’t live up to first one in the series. I didn’t get into this book until more than halfway through so it was difficult to award the book much higher than a 3/5. Overall, this definitely suffered middle book syndrome and the majority of the plot felt like a set up for the conclusion. I really enjoyed the last half of the book and even though I was let down by this installment, it renewed my anticipation for the final book in this trilogy. I am sooo excited for it!!

Also can we talk about Alex Fierro!!!!!! So amazing to have a kick butt gender fluid character represented in this story. She is an all time Rick Riordan favorite of mine.

Update: Just to clear things up, this book does not in any way impact my thoughts on Rick Riordan’s books or this series. I had a hard time getting into it and that’s all. I feel that the finale is going to be even more amazing because of what happened in this book.”


Characters: 8.5/10

-LOVED Magnus and Alex

-rest of the squad (Sam, Hearth, Blitz) fell flat in this one

Writing: 9.5/10

-hilarious of course

-many new words

Pace: 8/10

-way slower than expected

-first half was difficult to pull through

Entertainment: 8.5/10

-rough first half

-thrilling second half

Average: 8.65/10


Addicting? 

not at all   ,   minimally   ,   sort of   ,   considerably   ,   extremely

Boring parts?

none    ,    rare   ,   some   ,   frequent   ,   lots

Continuing Series?

definitely not   ,   probably not   ,   maybe   ,   probably   ,   definitely

Overall thoughts?

bad   ,   meh   ,   good   ,   very good   ,   excellent   ,   superb


Grade: 85%


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Darkstalker Review (Mini)

Mini Non-Spoiler Review


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Title: Darkstalker

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Genre(s): Middle grade, fantasy


Rating: 4.5/5

Do I recommend? Yes

Main Characters: Darkstalker, Clearsight, Fathom, Indigo, Arctic, Whiteout, Queen Vigilance, Foeslayer

Short Synopsis: A companion novel to the Wings of Fire series set 2,000 years in the past and recounting the story of a dragon’s descent into villainy.


Characters: 9/10

-loved Clearsight and liked the depth of Darkstalker’s character

-felt Fathom was nearly irrelevant to the story

Writing: 9/10

-standard

-pretty dark

Pace: 8/10

-slow beginning

-overall, the pacing felt somewhat off

Entertainment: 9/10

-quick read once past page 115

-very gripping

Average: 8.75/10


Addicting? 

not at all   ,   minimally   ,   sort of   ,   considerably   ,   extremely

Boring parts?

none    ,    rare   ,   some   ,   frequent   ,   lots

Overall thoughts?

bad   ,   meh   ,   good   ,   very good   ,   excellent   ,   superb


Grade: 91%


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Top 5 Wednesday // Second Books

I randomly decided to continue on with Top 5 Wednesday topics, so I decided to start with this week’s topic which is best second books in series. Sorry this is a day late, but better late than never. Let’s begin;)


5.) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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This book was a huge improvement from the already impressive first book. It was action-packed, suspenseful, and I grew to care for the characters so much more.


4.) The Keeper by David Baldacci

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This book was also super action-packed and fast-paced, and I remember being unable to put it down.


3.) Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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This book was undoubtedly exhilarating and unputdownable. Seriously fantastic and amazing up until the end.


2.) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

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This book wasn’t actually as good as the first, which I understand was the topic, but I had to include it because of how amazing it was.


1.) The Pillars of Ponderay by Lindsay Cummings

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This book was by far the biggest improvement from the first one in the series. It was sooooo fast-paced and the characters were breaths of fresh air. I loved it.


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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August Releases 2017

August is jam-packed with exciting new releases and as we approach the new releases season, also known as the fall, I have listed the books I am most eager to get my hands on in August 2017.

All release dates may be subject to change.


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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Cover Releases #18

Below are more newish cover releases. Like always, any covers with astericks next to them are my favorite;) Here we go..!


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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Cover Releases #17

Below are some book covers that have recently been released. In this post, I included some old covers that I just stumbled upon. Any book with astericks is a book with a favorite cover of mine. Let’s begin;)


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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Cover Releases #16

Below are some cover releases that were just recently released or I recently discovered. This time I also included a couple of covers that I just recently stumbled on as well. As usual, the books with astericks next to them have my favorite covers. Let’s start!!

WARNING/NOTE-sorry for the New Adult book covers I have mixed in there if you aren’t into graphic content. I included them because I wanted to represent new adult readers on my blog as well even if I don’t read those types of books. This is just for this one post, I will be returning to my regular reads right away:)


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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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