Chapter books are a type of literature that are usually aimed at children aged 7-10. They are generally shorter than traditional novels, and often have illustrations to help break up the text. Many popular children’s series are written as chapter books, including the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Warriors series.
Sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller! Maas’s sexy, groundbreaking CRESCENT CITY series continues with the second installment. Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal—they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax.
Slow down. Figure out what the future holds. The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing.
As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.
In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode—and the people who will do anything to save it.
Lots of twists and turns. A little spicy, you genuinely feel for the characters. I loved the first book and this just added more. Looking forward to the next installment. I screamed with joy at the end and was in a haze for a few hours.
This book was incredible! I did not see that ending coming. Sarah J. Maas is brilliant. If you love sci-fi/fantasy/adventure/romance – you will not be disappointed to get this series, or any of Sarah’s books!.
Firstly – the quality of the hardcover is superb. Secondly, the contents of this book had my jaw on the floor and I will NEVER GET OVER IT. Get on the SJM train now, before it leaves the station and you behind.
The beloved, Newbery Medal–winning classic is now in paperback! With more than a million copies sold, The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a must-read for fans of timeless fantasy fables. And coming in March 2022, an immersive new fantasy from Kelly Barnhill, The Ogress and the Orphans! Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest.
They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.
One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge—with dangerous consequences.
Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface.
And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl.
I am Azrin, a girl who likes Astronomy, stars, the moon, and outer space. The book is very interesting yet a bit boring, though I still love it! I haven’t finished reading yet but the book is either way very amazing.
It has all of my interests and is very entertaining. I’m only 9 but can still read non-picture books. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes stars, space, and frightening adventure.
As an avid audiobook listener, I was thrilled to have a book different than my norm. The narrator does a good job with voices and tone, however the story drags in points, then gets interesting, and then seems like it’s getting dragged out and could have ended in several different places.
Perhaps if you read the words, and don’t listen via audiobook your experience would be different. It’s not a bad book, just not one I would gift or excitedly tell people about.
Wow! Slowly builds up, layers and characters and mysteries and sorrow and the terror of what might happen. About power, love, identity, children, growing up, growing old, and friends, and curiosity and magic.
How can you love all the characters in a book? Even the bad ones? Even a crow? Magic! And the Bog, the Bog, the Bog. Glerk.
The New York Times bestselling Dragon Masters series is How to Train Your Dragon meets the Dragon Slayers’ Academy, and it’s perfect for newly independent readers! Grow a reader. This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers.
With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! DRAGON MASTERS has it all! Dragons, a Dragon Stone, a king, a wizard, and magic! In the first book in this fully-illustrated series, 8-year old Drake is snatched up by King Roland’s soldier and taken to the castle.
He is to be trained as a Dragon Master. At the castle, he is joined by three other young Dragon Masters-in-training: Ana, Rori, and Bo. The Dragon Masters must learn how to connect with and train their dragons–and they must also uncover their dragons’ special powers.
Does Drake have what it takes to be a Dragon Master? What is his dragon’s special power?.
I purchased the series for my 6 year old grandson. He could not put them down. He LOVES them. I have pre-ordered the next two books. My grandson hopes there will be many, many more So do I. It’s a joy to see a child so excited about reading and so engaged by the content.
These are captivating. They encourage imagination and enhance reading skills. 10STARS!.
My son has struggled with reading. He has trouble with focusing for extended periods of time. We have tried many different book series that have been popular (I work at 2NC) and none can hold his interest.
In fact, his interest level and judgment of the story line are above his level of reading. the Magic Tree House series just didn’t do it. He looks forward to the next book and has read each book in the series out right now.
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Finally decided to order this for my son and arrived quickly and safely. No damage and packaged very good. Similar to a “comic book” packing with cardboard tightly around the book set to prevent any damage and secure.
FedEx delivered it and happy to know and see their tracking is now accurate. Doesn’t give a time frame when it will arrive but will say the “by end of day. ” My “end of day” arrived at 1pm. Still sealed and my son will make a YouTube video on this for anyone interested.
Search the title of this book and you’ll see. Give me a couple days since I write this, but kids these days don’t read at all! Glad I can get these to have my kid get back to reading!.
Just got these for FREE! Someone was giving them away. They are in brand new perfect condition and my 8yr old is super excited to start reading them. This Pokemon book collection is great for kids who hate reading.
This gives them something they love ( POKEMON) to read about.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe adventure that started in Wards of Faerie takes a thrilling new turn, in the second novel of Terry Brooks’s brand-new trilogy—The Dark Legacy of Shannara! The quest for the long-lost Elfstones has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned.
Now the hunt for the powerful talismans that can save their world has become a series of great challenges: a desperate search for kidnapped comrades, a relentless battle against unspeakable predators, and a grim race to escape the Forbidding alive.
But though freedom is closer than they know, it may come at a terrifying price. Back in the village of Arborlon, the mystical, sentient tree that maintains the barrier between the Four Lands and the Forbidding is dying.
And with each passing day, as the breach between the two worlds grows larger, the threat of the evil eager to spill forth and wreak havoc grows more dire. The only hope lies with a young Druid, faced with a staggering choice: cling to the life she cherishes or combat an army of darkness by making the ultimate sacrifice.
Includes a preview of the next book in the Dark Legacy of Shannara series, Witch WraithPraise for Bloodfire Quest “Explodes from the first page. and the action doesn’t stop until the novel’s cliffhanger ending.
Intense and exhilarating. The author balances character development with intense action, and he has a gift for creating characters the reader cares about. Brooks is one of the best fantasy writers in the business, and Bloodfire Quest is better than its predecessor.
”—Associated Press “Shannara fans will delight in Brooks’s sorcerous action, skilled characterizations, and rapid-fire storytelling twists. ”—Publishers Weekly “Brooks mixes things up here with several sharp battle scenes, for which he brings his distinct talent, giving a true grandeur to clashes involving terrifying creatures and powerful magic.
A fine middle chapter to Brooks’ latest Shannara adventure. ”—Kirkus Reviews “From the first pages to the harrowing ending, Bloodfire Quest. is a thrill ride that will leave readers wanting more. This volume, paired with the first, might be just the right place to introduce new readers to this fine writer.
”—Booklist (starred review) Praise for Terry Brooks “I can’t even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks’s books I’ve read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood.
”—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind “Terry Brooks has been my constant companion over a lifetime of exploring my beloved fantasy genre. I say with all honesty I would not be writing epic fantasy today if not for Shannara.
If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle. ”—Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear “Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre.
Not only do I owe him for many hours of reading pleasure, I owe him my job. He is required reading. ”—Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy.
I liked the character Appleglow. She was my favorite. I kept wondering where I had read this book before, and then it dawned on me that I had read the same story in the Elfstones book and in the High Druid of Shanadowa series.
This would have been a better book series if the new Elfstones had been used after they had been found and that they would not have good right back where they came from. Also if the author hadn’t destroyed my favorite character: Grianne.
That really got me upset! For me, the Shanadowa series ends for good after the High Druid books. Nothing after that was fun reading for me. Pax et bonum!.
This is the 2nd book in a three book series continuing the story of “The Dark Legacy of Shannara”. Terry Brooks the author has a way of drawing his readers into the fantasy of the book. There are 40 plus books written by Terry Brooks in the Shannara series that take you back to Faerie time to modern day without losing your interest of good vs evil.
Terry ties in the new heroes and heroines with those of their past ancestors and relatives.
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world.
Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day.
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them.
Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen-before she is lost to him forever. As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future.
Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book has all spoilers tagged, so you won’t be spoiled unless you want to! MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK: It took me a week to fly by the finale.
Overall, I’d like to note that I believe ACOWAR is a stronger finale. I think because there were more life-or-death instances occurring during the battles of ACOWAR. HOWEVER, Aelin was 10000% more involved in the war than Feyre ever was in her own.
So take what you will from my urinate -poor comparison. CHARACTERS/DYNAMICS: Aelin: okay WOW. After hating her throughout the novels off-and on, it was nice to be fully behind my homegirl for this finale.
I loved that she still had surprises, even at the very end. People got mad over (view spoiler) thereby breaking her promise. But I think this truly showed her maturing. Just like when she didn’t want to (view spoiler) At least, not like she used to, back in her Dark Days.
Aelin truly grows in this novel, and it was a joy to see her story. She continues to inspire me. Fun fact! Every time I read a ToG novel, it makes me want to exercise, be fearless, and be confrontational.
Thank you to this awe-inspiring character. I already feel the need to reread these books over and over. Fun fact #2: I am the same age as Aelin————————- SJM, I need some answers. Why have I not either just become the long-lost queen and found my true love, OR been captured by the Spring Court and will soon find my true love THAT way—- I’m very disappointed.
Rowan: I needed more Rowan for this novel to be 5/5 stars. I love Rowan. He’s one of my fave characters, and I think he is perfect. For Aelin. Hehe. I don’t think we see him grow in this, not like other characters, and he was really just a hot side-piece for what I love abt SJM’swriting: romance, and fated mates <3.
Chaol: It was disappointing, after Tower of Dawn, to not see too much of Chaol. I KNOW! I’ve done a complete 180. I didn’t care about the guy before, but his focused instalment made me interested in one of the only humans in this novel.
I am so proud and happy for him and Yrene. Also, I’m glad he stuck it to his dad. Even after the Notebook Allie’s Letter Incident. I’m proud of my boy. Https://www. youtube. com/watch-v=Z22EAeIIZM0 Yrene: Honestly.
She’s as iconic as Aelin. WHY WASN’T SHE IN THIS FOR LONGER— Yrene is a goddess and I demand more of her story. Also: who’s helping Yrene (view spoiler) Elide and Lorcan: THEY WERE EVERYTHING. THEY.
WERE. EVERYTHING. THEY HAS USURPED MY LOVE FOR ROWAELIN. THEY ARE THE #1 COUPLE IN THIS INSTALMENT. I NEED A SEQUEL SPECIFICALLY FOR MORE LORIDE/ELORCAN(– what’s their ship name halp). I NEED MORE FANART AND SIDE STORIES OF THEM PLEASE.
The Cadre: (view spoiler) Feyrs was such a wholesome character, but also I stopped caring about him once the battles started. Oops. But yay the feels of all of Maeve’s slaves becoming Aelin’s men! <3 :') Dorian: HE IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS STORY BUT BARELY GETS A CONCLUSION.
Give. Me. More. I have always loved Dorian bby, he’s what hooked me in book 1. Manon: (view spoiler) Manon’s ice heart melted. I cried and cried for her. The Thirteen: Chapter 89. (view spoiler) They are the reason (view spoiler) Fight me.
Maeve and Erawan: Tbh. I don’t care about writing anything about them. Surprise, surprise, Maeve is bad. Erawan is. Blurgh. I hated the King from ACOWAR more. (view spoiler) Aedion and Lysandra: Honestly.
Their side of the war was so boring. And took way too long for a reunion. If you love action and the witches: you’ll love their sections. But I’m here for the romance, bby! (view spoiler) Nesryn and the Antica Royals: most irrelevant thing ever.
Tower of Dawn should have only been Chaol getting healed, and finding out abt the stagian spiders. Fin. ALSO: How amazing was page 800- If you can’t remember what happened. Hint: Feyrhys PLOT: Um. Tbh.
It’s almost 1000 pages, but after (view spoiler) it’s just all about the battles. Not too much plot. Just. War. But it made me like war, for once. Usually, I’m like hmm I disapprove. But dang. I was so proud of each soldier.
STRUCTURE: There are two parts to this book. Book 1: Aelin is trapped with Maeve, early battles begin. Book 2: Epic battles go on. Lots of action. When I hit 50%, I started to get sad about saying goodbye.
To my friends, to this world. I got very sentimental. I enjoyed part 1 more, but the finale, of course, was so god darn beautiful to witness. Everyone gets married and lives happily ever after (I’m super duper oversimplifying it of course).
It was so nice. I’m proud of my children. This is what I imagine Terrasen to look like at the end of #KingdomofAsh https://t. co/PhJv5h0siC — Cal (@YABooksAreLife) November 3, 2018 THEMES: – Destiny – Loyalty – Every Straight Must Be Paired Up = guaranteed happiness.
QUOTES: *literally every Rowaelin and Elorcide romantic conversation* THE ENDING: (view spoiler) The final lines of this book didn’t make me weep- What’s wrong with me– IMPACT: I will reread this series over and over.
If I want to see my innocent younglings, I will read ToG and CoM. If I want Rowan, I’ll read HoF. If I want to cry, I’ll read QoS. Then, if I want to consolidate this series, I GUESS I’ll venture into EoS and KoA.
I love this series and this book was an epic conclusion. Sarah J. Maas’ ability to give so much depth to her characters and storyline is so much fun to read. A great ending to a 7 book series, which is hard to achieve! I loved the intricacies between the crossing of worlds, what is ‘good’, and how heroes can be morally ambiguous and make tough decisions.
And let’s not downplay the epic magic and war scenes!.
I have a large collection of Sarah J Maas, and I have to say i thoroughly enjoy her writing style. This is the final book in the throne of glass series and a great one to close off the series! If you are a fan of ACOTAR, you may see a sneaky cameo!.
A Kirkus Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy pick for 2019! A Library Journal Best Book of 2019! An NPR Favorite Book of 2019!” Everything epic fantasy should be: rich, cruel, gorgeous, brilliant, enthralling and deeply, deeply satisfying.
I loved it. “—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians – When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back. – Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests.
When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions. – Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised.
The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins. – Then again, maybe he isn’t the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.
He’s destined to destroy it. – Jenn Lyons begins the Chorus of Dragons series with The Ruin of Kings, an epic fantasy novel about a man who discovers his fate is tied to the future of an empire. “It’s impossible not to be impressed with the ambition of it all.
a larger-than-life adventure story about thieves, wizards, assassins and kings to dwell in for a good long while. “—The New York Times – A Chorus of Dragons1: The Ruin of Kings2: The Name of All Things3: The Memory of Souls.
Great read! I had intended to purchase the next book in the current series I was reading, but it wasn’t in stock. So I picked up Ruin of Kings quite at random. Glad I did! I now have another great author to select from,and a new series to read.
I’m a huge Sanderson ,Butcher fan,and if you are as well,this series will fit well into your tastes. Jenn Lyons does a great job telling a story,even if it took me a while to get used to her use of foot notes on every page.
I found the book a little bit hard to get into because the author has chosen to tell the story of the main character with two separate timelines and in alternating chapters. I found this a bit confusing at first but got used to it and really enjoyed the story.
It has an interesting premise, characters and some concepts that are a little bit different from other fantasy novels.
An epic fantasy with twists, turns and awesome, fantastical ideas that made my jaw drop. Kihrin’s story is something I absolutely want to keep following. Pick this up if you love ASOIAF or Harry Potter for sure, it’s quite the addictive read.
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me. So begins the tale of a hero told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
Patrick Rothfuss is an American writer of epic fantasy. He is best known for his unfinished series The Kingkiller Chronicle, which won him several awards, including the 2007 Quill Award for his debut novel, The Name of the Wind.
Just as he did with the first novel, his writing and story is brilliant in WMF. I do see how some people can fall of the “kingkiller wagon” with this book though, there are more instances of sexuality and gore.
The second of the KingKiller Chronicle did not disappoint. Some parts felt too long for my taste and I found myself reading for long periods so we could finally move forward. Leaving the University for s time, this series describes how Kvothe begins to become the man we’ve heard him rumored to be.
The main plot doesn’t seem to progress much, but I can’t help but think there was SO MUCH in this book that appears irrelevant, but is very much not so. Still hoping for the third book to come soon! I can’t wait!.
I have not the words to describe how amazing this book is. This is the second in a series, and you know how a lot of second in a series things are disappointing? This is NOT disappointing. It is one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read, and I’ve read a lot of books.
It is a fantasy type book, so if you are anticipating a modern theosophy, it is not that. Anyway, since I have no way to describe how great this book is, I leave you to read it for yourself.
Now with over 10 million copies sold, The Mistborn Series has the thrills of a heist story, the twistiness of political intrigue, and the epic scale of a landmark fantasy saga. – Who is the Hero of Ages? To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler.
But as a result, the Deepness–the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists–is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed. – Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world.
Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible.
She can’t even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans! – The Cosmere – The Stormlight Archive – The Way of Kings – Words of Radiance – Edgedancer (Novella)Oathbringer The Mistborn trilogy – Mistborn: The Final Empire – The Well of Ascension – Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series – Alloy of Law – Shadows of Self – Bands of MourningCollectionArcanum Unbounded – Other Cosmere novelsElantrisWarbreakerThe Alcatraz vs.
the Evil Librarians series – Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians – The Scrivener’s Bones – The Knights of Crystallia – The Shattered Lens – The Dark Talent – The Rithmatist series – The Rithmatist – The ReckonersSteelheartFirefightCalamity.
If this review is about the quality of the structure of the item I received from the auction, I could not be more pleased. It is a 1st edition, 1st print in very fine shape. It is gift worthy, a perfect gift to myself.
If this review is on the quality of the writing and the enjoyability of the story, the reason I HAD to purchase a 1st edition, 1st print of this book was because this the grand finale of possibly the best series of books I’ve ever read.
Brandon’s story telling style truly allows one to escape into a fully realized world where the use of foreshadow and symbolism really cause some thought provoking moments throughout the reading experience.
His magic system is fully developed and so unique, it’s unlike anything else I have come accross in the science fiction/fantasy realm. I first read the “Mistborn” series in paperback and from the moment I finished I set out to find audio versions to listen to as well as collectible copies of each book as keepsakes.
This first “Mistborn” trilogy would make an amazing tentpole summer blockbuster franchise. I hope someone with the ability and means to produce a quality film discovers this and brings this amazing story and amazing storyteller to a wider audience.
Absolutely ridiculous, I know its such a small thing but I really wanted the some covering as the rest of my collection, just like the cover shown as advertised. WHY advertise a cover when its not the same as delivered, just a lazy google, copy, paste and print set up.
Bought for 16 yr old daughter who is avid reader. Has read all Hungergames series, Harry Potter & Game of Thrones & this appealed to her. A week in, well into the second book & loving them – cant see them lasting long! Would highly recommend.
Now a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with an introduction by Elizabeth Kostova and cover art by Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes, Mary Shelley’s timeless gothic novel presents the epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch.
In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness.
How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the greatest horror novels ever written. Shelley was only 19 years old when she wrote this masterpiece and when it was first released in 1818 she did not even put her name on the book, that was added in the second addition.
The story of the monster created by Dr. Frankenstein is one of the most read horror novels ever written. This is a timeless masterpiece that any good horror enthusiast should read.
This text the masterstroke of its sometimes overshadowed author Mary Shelley is an esteemed conflagration of early 19th century themes encompassing morality, science and the spiritual makeup of humanity.
Its plot surrounds Victor Frankenstein who seeks the gift of life and forbidden knowledge of Prometheus’ gift to man. The carrion monster that he creates is emotionally scarred by the inhuman suffering it endures by human hand and eventually seeks satisfaction in ruining its creator.
Descending from a long of line of dramatic tragedies this story no doubt holds true and in no small way does it revolutionize contemporary notions of horror and social ethos. Ranked among such great contemporary works of the time as “A protrait of Dorian Gray”, Frankenstein is a must read for all those with an interst in our cultural and literary history.
A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year and National Book Award finalist, Pachinko is an “extraordinary epic” of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan (San Francisco Chronicle).
NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 * A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE* WINNER OF THE MEDICI BOOK CLUB PRIZE Roxane Gay’s Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER “There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers.
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought.
Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.
Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan’s finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee’s complex and passionate characters–strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis–survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.
Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is memorable and full of heart and life’s struggles, ups and downs, challenges, survivals and kindness portrayed in lives of many characters of this unforgettable novel. The author shined a light over Korean people who lived in Japan for many generations, their longing for their unreachable motherland and being forever “outsiders” in Japan.
From the start to finish the author told a long but compulsively readable story, and described the harsh life of poor Koreans living in Japan. It also showed how hard work to provide for their family pushed them to work harder, and some of them were successful climbing out of the pit of poverty, and many were not so lucky.
Pachinko is a well researched novel and is a pleasure to read.
I read the book (borrowed from the local library) and read it again, then I decided to buy a bunch to give as a gift for my friends and to keep a copy for myself. As a Korean growing up in Seoul, having lived in Tokyo and been living Sydney, I could feel as Sunja( the main character) and Noa, Solomon throughout the story.
The history of a family was powerful and touching. Some might say that it was not such a dramatic story but I think that makes the story more believable and like that of any family. You will smile, feel touched and cry while reading this book.
You’ll learn so much about ourselves and others. I strongly recommend this book.
It is well- described how Koreans survived to live under Japanese colonial period and I strongly believe Min Jin Lee’s book showed the harsh life of poor Koreans living in Japan when Sun Ja moved there with her husband.
My grandmother grew up in Korean under Japanese colonial period and when she was talking to me about it, I was too young to understand how much our poor Koreans worked hard to make a living with lots of pressure in a such a difficult times.
However in this book, I was so impressed to read details of the story, could picture all of the characters vividly and am really appreciated all Koreans who lived in that moment both in Korean and Japan.
From the message of this book, I recommend this book to everyone to read and some issues back then are still going on today including race discrimination, cultural differences, etc. I hope all human beings get to be matured to respect each other and overall, this book was a satisfying read to me!.
The New York Times-bestselling I Survived series expands to include this thrilling nonfiction exploration of five true stories, from the Titanic to the Henryville Tornadoes. REAL KIDS. REAL DISASTERS.
From the author of the New York Times-bestselling I Survived series come five harrowing true stories of survival, featuring real kids in the midst of epic disasters. From a group of students surviving the 9.
0 earthquake that set off a historic tsunami in Japan, to a boy nearly frozen on the prairie in 1888, these unforgettable kids lived to tell tales of unimaginable destruction — and, against all odds, survival.
Read their incredible stories: The Children’s Blizzard, 1888The Titanic Disaster, 1912The Great Boston Molasses Flood, 1919The Japanese Tsunami, 2011The Henryville Tornado, 2012.
This book is engaging for children or adults. My children were captivated by the stories and enjoyed the mix of fact as well as personal story that was written. The photos were a great way of adding another layer to the story.
I purchased several copies for my grands and other relatives as I was sure it would be good for children to read during this time. All the children love the book. It’s inspirational and offers true stories of survival providing hope and insights into the tough times of other children.
I ordered this book for my son thinking what a great buy; 3 books in one. We received the book and realized each story was half the length of a normal story. I should of just bought each story seperately.
The story of Geralt of Rivia continues as war rages on in this epic fantasy—now, the story of The Witcher continues in the saga that inspired the second season of the Netfix series. For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace.
But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. – Geralt of Rivia, the cunning hunter known as the Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child.
This child has the power to change the world for good—or for evil. – As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all.
And the Witcher never accepts defeat. – Witcher story collections – The Last Wish – Sword of Destiny – Witcher novels – The Time of Contempt – Baptism of Fire – The Tower of Swallows – Lady of the Lake – Season of Storms – Hussite Trilogy – The Tower of Fools – Warriors of God – Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok.
“Blood Of Elves” is the third book in The Witcher series. First two books by Andrzej Sapkowski, “The Last Wish” and “Sword Of Destiny”, were collections of short stories about the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia.
Only few were directly connected. In them readers get to meet some characters for the first time, and see how Geralt got to know them in his adventures (including the girl Ciri, whom you might know from the popular video game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”).
“Blood Of Elves” is different, it is a beginning of one large story, revolving around Ciri, that continues in following books (there is total of 8 “Witcher” books, followed by video games). “Blood Of Elves” is not a self contained story, it is an introduction to a greater line of events that will involve adventures, politics, schemes and so on.
Do not expect all of it to come right away though. There is some of it here, but not as much as in following books. This one starts things up, and establishes various things and characters in this world of Witcher.
So if you want more lore and feel of this world, and of course witness the start of the main story line of The Witcher franchise, then I do recommend you the “Blood Of Elves”.
Blood of Elves is itself a little confused as to which direction it wants to take. It starts intently enough, however begins to traverse the rest of the book a little slow. Don’t get me wrong it is still the great Witcher content we have come to expect, but it is in very much the early stages of setting up the main narrative of the four books which follow.
Not only is the pacing quite different from the short stories found within the preceding ‘Sword of Destiny’, but the series is taken in a new direction where not all of the focus is on Geralt and his adventurous journeys around the land.
Instead the protagonist is a small girl by the name of Ciri who is every bit as interesting as Geralt. As the book progresses, the secretive prophecy surrounding our characters begins to slot into place.
However as things begin to wrap up, the story really is just getting started, leaving the reader with many unanswered questions by its conclusion. Luckily these are followed up brilliantly in the novels following Blood of Elves.
The Witcher: Blood of Elves main goal is to introduce and provide complexity to a world and characters through a bard like tail of adventure. The book uses the chapters as a way to break up each adventure or event to provide background for the characters as well as illustrating each character’s unique development.
The Witcher: Blood of Elves is a great introduction to the world of the Witcher and provides a solid basis for future Witcher books.
The world is at war and the prophesied savior is nowhere to be found. The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, races to find her in the fourth novel of Andrzej Sapkowski’s groundbreaking epic fantasy series that inspired the hit Netflix show and the blockbuster video games.
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.
– But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies including Dandelion, Milva, Regis, and Cahir, to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down.
Her crimes have made her famous. – There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting. Witcher collections – The Last Wish – Sword of Destiny – Witcher novels – Blood of Elves – The Time of Contempt – Lady of the Lake – Season of Storms – Hussite Trilogy – Warriors of God – Translated from original Polish by David French.
With each book Sapkowski seems to raise the stakes and I m dying to find out how it will all end. Without entering into spoiler territory this book follows several of our favorite characters all in their own thrilling adventures that are more connected than it may seem at first.
Geralt rocks, Ciri even more, Yen charming as ever. Best thing about this book must certainly be its structure, Sapkowski tells the story in the most unusual way. It cannot be explained, it must be read.
I highly recommend. This series is a must for any fantasy lover.
Geralt the Witcher—revered and hated—holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this collection of adventures, the first chapter in Andrzej Sapkowski’s groundbreaking epic fantasy series that inspired the hit Netflix show and the blockbuster video games.
– Geralt is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless hunter. Yet he is no ordinary killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.
– But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. – Witcher collections – Sword of Destiny – Witcher novels – Blood of Elves – The Time of Contempt – Baptism of Fire The Tower of Swallows – Lady of the Lake – Season of Storms – Hussite Trilogy – The Tower of Fools – Warriors of God – Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok.
I got hooked on the witcher after playing the 3rd game never realizing there was a book series. If it weren’t for my responsibilities, I wouldnt have put the book down until I read it in whole. Being new to fantasy, it wasnt a hard read and I got into it right from the start.
Amazing characters, detailed monsters, I felt as if I had lived Geralts life in everything he had done within the book. I definitely recommend this book and entire series to any fantasy lover.
So glad I read this book whilst watching the TV series. If you’re into fantasy fiction then The Witcher is excellent. Just the right mixture of serious narrative and humour. The Last Wish is a collection of short stories providing a background to the characters.
The #1 New York Times bestseller from Brandon Sanderson, the author of Oathbringer, coauthor of Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn trilogy.
And don’t miss the rest of the Reckoners series: Firefight and Calamity. How far would you go for revenge if someone killed your father? If someone destroyed your city? If everything you ever loved was taken from you? David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart.
But to exact revenge in Steelheart’s world, David will need the Reckoners–a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice. And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too. Look for book two in the Reckoners series, Firefight, available now.
Praise for the Reckoners series #1 New York Times Bestselling Series “Another win for Sanderson. he’s simply a brilliant writer. Sanderson uses plot twists that he teases enough for readers to pick up on to distract from the more dramatic reveals he has in store.
Brandon Sanderson author of the internationally best-selling Mistborn trilogy brings an incredible tale where evil rules all in chaos and destruction. Steelheart is a wonder Sci-fi Dystopian with fast-paced action and surprises.
It’s a wild energetic read with characters that are expertly drawn assassinations gunfights superheroes villains romance hope and lost. Sanderson creates a thrilling journey giving wonderful characters and a vividly described world.
His writing flows off the pages in imaginative and vibrant details leaving you wanting more. Ten years ago Calamity came and with it a burst in the sky that presented ordinary people with extraordinary powers super human abilities.
The frightened public called them Epics. Epics were not heroes but yet villains in the renewed world taking ‘Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ to a whole new level. Epics with the incredible gifts came to the desire to rule mankind no matter how they achieved it.
Steelheart is the number one the alpha of these Epics claiming a newly reform Chicago aka Newcago and its dwellers. Steelheart is say to be undefeatable unbeatable and undefeated. No one has ever seen Steelheart fall but someone has seen him bleed.
Nobody fights the Epics. nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans they spend their lives studying Epics finding their weaknesses and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart the Epic who killed David’s father.
For years like the Reckoners David’s been studying and planning and he has something they need. Not an object but a special event a memorable experience. Sanderson loves to begin with a prologue for his stories and to some readers this is unsettling or disgruntling.
However the prologue which Sanderson opens with for this novel is one of the best parts of the story sowing seeds of intrigue and developing the premise for the rest of the book. In the prologue the reader meets the narrator David an awkward young man with a habit of creating bizarre metaphors.
David in the prologue narrates the day that Steelheart an invulnerable superhuman took over the city of Newcago turning it into a city of steel and ensuring with the help of other super-humans that it is a city of eternal night.
David has his own personal reasons for wanting to kill Steelheart and so he seeks out the aid of the Reckoners a group of humans who aim to kill as many of these super-humans as possible. The book explains that these met-a-humans who call themselves Epics gained their powers when some kind of red satellite called Calamity began to orbit the Earth.
Of course one gets the feeling that what Calamity is will be explained throughout the rest of the series for this is one of the ways that Sanderson writes. He sets up a basic premise and gradually begins to explain the finer details.
Another of these details is that every Epic has something that acts as a kind of ‘kryptonite’ for their powers. Something that causes them to lose their powers. These powers when being used further lead to the Epics having their selfish and impure desires doubled and tripled which means that all Epics in the novel are evil or at least self-centered beings.
It is as if Sanderson is creating the idea that in gaining extra-human powers that the darkness of humanity (the hamartia) is also doubling. The themes of this novel focus around the abuses of power and what would really happen if we as humans were granted great power.
Would we really do what is best for others? Or would we use our powers in a whimsical fashion destroying rather than creating. Furthermore there is the subject of revenge the need to have something other than vengeance to dedicate oneself to and the matter of action and inaction which at one point David is told that one cannot worry about what could happen as a result of action but what will happen as a result of inaction.
Of course in true Sanderson fashion the novel ends as both a nice stand alone and as part of a continuing series. So if you want to be sucked into a new trilogy then by all means: read this book. I will be hoping desperately for a quality film version and starting on the sequel.
This story is fast pace and full of details. I love all the characters, even the bad ones. It was like being there in person, seeing everything in their world first hand. It has action, mystery and a possible love interest.
Brandon Sanderson is a wonderful author. His ability to draw you into his world of imagination is remarkable. I was not able to put this book down until I finished it. I definitely recommend this book for people to read.
Soon to be an original series starring Rosamund Pike as Moiraine! Robert Jordan’s #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, continues as Rand al’Thor and his companions set out to retrieve a powerful magical artifact from The Dark One’s Shadowspawn in The Great Hunt.
– For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.
And it is stolen. – In pursuit of the thieves, Rand al’Thor is determined to keep the Horn out of the grasp of The Dark One. But he has also learned that he is The Dragon Reborn—the Champion of Light destined to stand against the Shadow time and again.
It is a duty and a destiny that requires Rand to uncover and master magical capabilities he never imagined he possessed. Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.
The last six books in series were all instant #1 New York Times bestsellers, and The Eye of the World was named one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. – New Spring: The Novel#1 The Eye of the World#2 The Great Hunt#3 The Dragon Reborn#4 The Shadow Rising#5 The Fires of Heaven#6 Lord of Chaos#7 A Crown of Swords#8 The Path of Daggers#9 Winter’s Heart#10 Crossroads of Twilight#11 Knife of Dreams – By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson#12 The Gathering Storm#13 Towers of Midnight#14 A Memory of Light – By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson – By Robert Jordan, Harriet Mc – Dougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons – By Robert Jordan and Amy Romanczuk – Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER – From the author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver comes the first book of the Scholomance trilogy, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic.
– FINALIST FOR THE LODESTAR AWARD – “The dark school of magic I’ve been waiting for. ”—Katherine Arden, author of the Winternight Trilogy – I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the second time he saved my life.
– Everyone loves Orion Lake. Everyone else, that is. Far as I’m concerned, he can keep his flashy combat magic to himself. I’m not joining his pack of adoring fans. I don’t need help surviving the Scholomance, even if they do.
Forget the hordes of monsters and cursed artifacts, I’m probably the most dangerous thing in the place. Just give me a chance and I’ll level mountains and kill untold millions, make myself the dark queen of the world.
At least, that’s what the world expects. Most of the other students in here would be delighted if Orion killed me like one more evil thing that’s crawled out of the drains. The school certainly does.
But the Scholomance isn’t getting what it wants from me. And neither is Orion Lake. I may not be anyone’s idea of the shining hero, but I’m going to make it out of this place alive, and I’m not going to slaughter thousands to do it, either.
Although I’m giving serious consideration to just one. – With flawless mastery, Naomi Novik creates a school bursting with magic like you’ve never seen before, and a heroine for the ages—a character so sharply realized and so richly nuanced that she will live on in hearts and minds for generations to come.
– The magic of the Scholomance trilogy continues in The Last Graduate and The Golden Enclaves“The can’t-miss fantasy of fall 2020, a brutal coming-of-power story steeped in the aesthetics of dark academia.
A Deadly Education will cement Naomi Novik’s place as one of the greatest and most versatile fantasy writers of our time. ”—Book – Page (starred review) “A must-read. Novik puts a refreshingly dark, adult spin on the magical boarding school.
Readers will delight in the push-and-pull of El and Orion’s relationship, the fantastically detailed world, the clever magic system, and the matter-of-fact diversity of the student body. ”—Publishers Weekly (starred review).
This book is physically beautiful. The illustrations in the front and back covers really give you a sense of the setting – this gargantuan, otherworldly school of magic. While you may be tempted to read with preconceptions based on Harry Potter, please don’t.
There really aren’t a lot of similarities and (even as a diehard HP fan), I think this is a real strength of the book. The logistics around how magic works are well explained and interesting. The protagonist is clever, angsty, and altogether likable.
The supporting characters felt a little less formed to me, but consistent nonetheless. The heavy, torturous atmosphere of the school itself is really interesting. I don’t think I’ll lose any sleep wishing I got admission to attend the school, but I am definitely looking forward to sinking further into this universe in the second and third book! TLDR; if you’re into YA magic books and strong pig-headed protagonists, pick this up!.
3. 75 stars The plot: The story follows Galadriel ‘El’ Higgins a 16 year old magic wielder who at 14 was sent to the Scholomance, a magical boarding school, along with all of the other magic wielders her age.
This isn’t any normal boarding school though for one there are no teachers and two there are Mals (monsters) roaming the halls trying to kill you every chance they get. Lastly the only two ways to leave the school are graduation or death.
World building: I have to say the world building in this story is on another level. At times it can feel like an information overload while reading but the world is so intricately built and unique that the info dumping didn’t bother me.
Characters: EL- Look I ended up really liking her character by the end of the book, but through out the start and the middle I wasn’t loving her. She’s prickly, snarky and sarcastic which I loved but I thought at times she pulled the victim card a little to much and was unnecessarily mean.
But then I remembered that she’s 16 and that’s probably normal. I did really like how unwaveringly loyal she was to her friends. Orion – I love Orion so much I have nothing bad to say about him. I just really hope he doesn’t turn evil.
Overall: I would absolutely recommend this book to people. It was such an interesting read. The world building is so unique and enjoyable, it’s dark without being to triggering or gory.
Naomi Novik has always been an excellent writer. “A Deadly Education” and it’s sequel have very atypical but very interesting characters. The higher education systems for magic users in her world differs greatly from Hogwarts.
Its sink or swim with great white sharks and devil take the hindmost. It is one of those reads where you fear to stop reading. I initially bought the book in the audio format and couldn’t take my earbuds out.
Having an autographed hardback became one of my must haves and both my daughters agree.
The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Tower of Swallows, in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired The Witcher video games. After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world.
This was the hardest Witcher book to read. I think I picked it up and put it down so many times. I just found it so boring. For a book about a Witcher and monster killing, there was not enough Witchering and monster killing.
Too much politics and too many characters I don’t care about.
A great finish to the main thread first started in The Last Wish. Like the other novels, tend to be large chunks that focus on seemingly unimportant characters that can be frustrating and wanting to get back to characters like Gerald and Ciri but overall enjoyable.
A good read for fans of the Witcher games and a nice finish for those who have read the previous novels.
George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their school – and now they’re about to bring him to life! MEET CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! HIS TRUE IDENTITY IS SO SECRET, EVEN HE DOESN’T KNOW WHO HE IS! FIGHTING FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE AND ALL THINGS PRE-SHRUNK AND COTTONY!.
I love Captain Underpants! It’s a very unique and humorous book, perfect for children of all ages. What kid wouldn’t laugh at their principal running around in his underwear doing crazy stuff? I even used captain underpants to get my niece and nephew to start using the potty! I made them fall in love with hearing his stories and then I told them if they’d use the potty they could wear underwear and be just like captain underpants, and it worked almost immediately.
They also have the movie now which is really funny and helps even more!.
Unique format, colourful and excellent illustrations which I am certain will appeal to my grandson who is about to turn 7. Parts of this nonsensical story will most likely require some adult input which is really another plus for this book.
As an ex school teacher I believe any writings that encourage children to read are well worthwhile and Captain Underpants certainly fits into that category – title alone creates interest! I also read where Disney has made a film about the escapades of CU to be released mid 2017 and that is another good reason to introduce my grand son to this character now!.
My son has collected and memorized the entire series. Yes, they are silly and gross and weird. Yes they teach kids about word play and adversity. Yes they encourage kids to read and love reading. They help kids love learning.
I would totally recommend. Write the author too- my kids got a kick out of doing that too.
The conclusion of an epic chapter book is usually the climax of the story, where the main character faces their final challenge and defeats the antagonist. This is followed by a resolution, where the aftermath of the conflict is revealed and the characters’ lives are changed forever.