Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


 

FOREWARNING: PREPARE FOR LOTS OF RANTS AND READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!!!


 

My Review

Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin with this review!!! My heart and my mind are completely WRECKED! WRECKED I SAY!!! This book took me on the most incredible and heart wrenching ride! I am so blown away by how amazing it was!! It literally left me shook! I haven’t felt this way about a series/book in too long!!

Ok ok let me get started now. Or try to…

Oh wait, before I really begin, let me also add that my experience with this book was all the more involved and real because I made sure I reread the first two books before this one. So everything was crystal clear this time, and made this third book all the more enthralling!

Ok ok, trying again. (***Clears metaphorical throat***)

Alright! We all know after reading book two that Rhysand is EVERYTHING. And Tamlin is a big giant pile of poo poo. And wasn’t that just the most insane turn around you ever did read in a book? (***bows to Sarah J Maas***) Check out my review for A Court of Mist and Fury to see more of what I’m talking about!  However, my perspective on Tamlin and that entire destructive love triangle, Love battle? Love fiasco?  completely became altered after reading ACOWR. Of course I still have some animosity toward him, but his character development allows the reader to open their eyes more in regards to the reality of his situation.

After book two ended, the reader was left with watching Feyre literally walk into the arms of the enemy, and though it was heart breaking, she was on a mission to destroy Tamlin and his hold on his kingdom, and boy does she do that and then some!! As if we didn’t already know Feyre was an eternal badass, she takes things up a notch now that she is a full blown High Lady! The measures she takes to ensure the safety of her family are astronomical, she goes to any lengths, even if it means facing her true nightmares in order to see those she loves succeed. And of course Rhysand is there for her through it all being all dashing and wonderful as always! Their romance was as sweet and fierce as ever, making me fall even more in love with their relationship.

Moving on. The character development in this book was INSANE!! Something new about every main character is revealed that adds further depth each time I turned the page.  Maas dangles Cassian and Nesta’s tumultuous relationship in front you the entire time, and its so killer yet so fantastic! Also, I didn’t think I could enjoy Mor, Amren, and Azriel even more, but I was oh so wrong! It’s so rare when an author can create characters who are so wholly different and unique that they cause you to love each one individually for their own ways. I can’t wait to see more from these side characters in future books, because it’s sure to be mind blowing!

And lastly, so much happened in this book, it was easily the most fast paced of the three thus far. The action and suspense was nonstop, I could not put it down, and when I had to for stupid things like work and studying for the GRE, I was super sad to see it go. By the time I finished this book, I was a complete emotional wreck, but I was also bursting with so much love and hope for the story. From what I understand, I believe this is a mini conclusion for Feyre and Rhys’s story. The next three books in the series  will focus more on the other characters, which I’m ecstatic to delve into, but damn I hope Maas includes those two throughout! Either way, the ending of ACOWR was phenomenal, I couldn’t have asked for a better book! I don’t think there’s one thing I would change! And Maas certainly dropped multiple easter eggs about certain events to come!

I would most definitely, 100% recommend you read this book, it is so worth the experience! Go buy it right now!! Right here!And if you did read it already, please comment, I would love to discuss! Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to convince a lot of my book friends to read this so I haven’t been able to really talk about it with anyone yet!

 

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Reread and Repost (Plus Some New Thoughts): Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Be sure to scroll down to the very end to see my new thoughts after rereading it! 

 

My Review

I had seen so much hype over this book and saw all the wonderful reviews, that I definitely had high expectations! And sure enough, they were met!! A Court of Thorns and Roses is similar in some ways to Beauty and the Beast but takes on a life of it’s own as events progress!!

Feyre has been the sole provider for her family ever since her father lost his fortune. Day after day she is forced to hunt the forests for meals and trade what she can in the local village in order to sustain her family. That is until the day she accidentally kills a faerie and gets swept away to Pyrthian (the faerie lands) by the mysterious Tamlin, . While there her life is turned entirely upside down as she discovers more behind the truth about faeries and their dealings with humans, falling for Tamlin along the way.

Feyre was the perfect female lead! She’s a badass, and doesn’t wait for a man to step in to do what a woman can just as easily do! She is persistent and was a wonderful character to experience. Her relationship with Tamlin was definitely slow on the uptake but it was oh so worth it. Though I would have liked for the romance to be a little bit heavier, there was sill plenty for enjoyment. Besides SO much happens in this first book, that the lack of more intimate moments did not impede on the excitement of the story whatsoever.

The plot movement was constant, and kept me on my toes throughout. There really wasn’t a slow moment in the story. In fact so much happened and progressed, that it almost felt like I was reading book one and two! The last 150 pages were so insanely epic and emotionally strenuous that it felt more like the sequel to the beginning pages. The last half was definitely the most amazing, but the first half was lovely and the perfect set up for the conclusion. Maas created a beautiful world in A Court of Thorns and Roses, one that was both captivating and alluring, as well as intriguing and suspenseful! Though most the loose ends were tied up and the book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, I can still see how there will be a book two. However, with such a great beginning, I’m afraid a sequel might dampen things. Nevertheless, you can be sure I’ll be reading book two!!

I would definitely recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses to any fantasy fans out there!! I’d recommend it to anyone really! Buy it on Amazon here!

SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK TWO DON’T READ ANY FURTHER

New Thoughts, now that I know what I know from book two:

Finally book three in ACOTR is out!! So of course, I had to slow myself down from devouring A Court of Wings and Ruin and take the time to reread the previous books! Unfortunately, its taking me longer than I thought it would.

Anyway, OMG why didn’t I see this before?! Of course Rhysand loved Feyre from the very start and had a connection with her! It was utterly devastating to read the book knowing she would eventually be with him and yet having to endure her rejecting him! Rhysand clearly would have done anything for her from the get-go, which made me appreciate him as a character all the more. His side of the story is just as unfortunate as anyone else. In fact, I’d say he’s an even bigger victim! 

Review: The Affiliate (Ascension #1) by K.A. Line

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Goodreads Summary:

On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm’s lifelong plans come to fruition when she’s chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland—an Affiliate to the Queen.

Or so she thinks.

When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene’s position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have…

King Edric himself.

Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom. Find out in this first book in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s new Ascension series.

My Review

The Affiliate was a unique fantasy story that puts a twist on the “coming of age” story! When Cyrene turns 17 she is placed into a presenting ceremony in which her future will be decided. She lucks out and is placed into the 1st class position of Affiliate and to the queen no less. However, court life is not all that it seems, and Cyrene soon becomes ensnared in an unexpected relationship, and a string of murders seem to lead back to her as the main target.

Cyrene was an admirable lead, she worked with what she had and took everything in stride. So much gets thrown at her at once but she never falters for a minute. It was hard to remember that she was so young based on how she reacted. I also really liked the diversity of the characters. Each one has their own individual part to play and they all added depth to the story. I’m super conflicted over the romance in this book, because at this point I don’t see how things are going to work out for them

Though I felt that the story itself was unique, I couldn’t help but feel that most of it was just build up. It took until around 85% of the way through before the main point of the plot was revealed! I’m expecting lots of plot movement in this next book titled The Bound of which I am currently reading the ARC. The Affiliate ended with not necessarily a cliffhanger but certainly in the middle of the action. I’m super intrigued to see where this world takes me.

If you’re looking for your next fantasy read, I would recommend checking out The Affiliate.  Buy it on Amazon here!

Pottermore Presents Ebooks Review

Due to each story corresponding with one another, and the fact that they are so short, I decided it would be best to review all three as one.

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Goodreads Summary:

‘Minerva was the Roman goddess of warriors and wisdom. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall.’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.


These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way. 

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Goodreads Summary:

No Muggle Prime Minister has ever set foot in the Ministry of Magic, for reasons most succinctly summed up by ex-Minister Dugald McPhail (term of office 1858-1865): “their puir wee braines couldnae cope wi’ it.”’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.


These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle. 

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Goodreads Summary:

‘The Ministry of Magic felt strongly, however, that to construct an additional wizarding station in the middle of London would stretch even the Muggles’ notorious determination not to notice magic when it was exploding in front of their faces.’ – J.K. Rowling
Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

My Review

Ok so it’s kind of hard to make this an actual review seeing as these books were more of Harry Potter encyclopedias. So there is no real story to review upon. All I can tell you is how they made me feel. Any die hard Potter fan is gonna absolutely adore learning everything there is to know about the Wizarding World! J.K. Rowling inspired all the feels , and her chapter on Remus Lupin had me tearing up all over again. I truly felt like I was being educated on a topic that I sincerely cared about (unlike most my college courses).

The most unique part about the way these books are written is that after each section there is a section titled: “J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts.” You basically get a glimpse inside of her head as she was brainstorming/writing the Harry Potter books. You discover where her inspiration came from and how she thought up the names of characters. She even talks about ideas that she decided not to go with. If anything, reading these books increased my appreciation of her as an author even more! She did so much research, and put so so much thought into constructing the Harry Potter books; it’s absolutely amazing!! Even minor characters (ones I had completely forgotten existed until reading these) were given extensive backgrounds.

Though Rowling does touch on a lot of details I had been wondering about, I can’t help but feel that she could still tell us so much more, and give us spin off books on characters (wishful thinking I know). My inner fangirl would love to see a series written on the Marauders! Oh well, I most definitely enjoyed reading these lovely little ebooks, it made my heart happy and made me what to reread all the books now that I have a greater understanding.

I most definitely recommend any Harry Potter fan read these three books! Buy book the series on Amazon here!

Release Day Launch & Giveaway: Bearliest Catch by Bianca D’Arc

I am very pleased to present to you the Release Day Launch of  Bearliest Catch by Bianca D’Arc. Be sure to check it out and grab your copy, and enter her giveaway!

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About Bearliest Catch:

 

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Drew spends his days fishing in the Pacific, far from Grizzly Cove, seeking the peace of the ocean. Jetty lives in the ocean, part of a hunting party of mer folk, in near-constant danger now from the evil creature that roams the deep. When they meet, sparks fly and the ocean comes alive with danger. Can they get her people to safety?

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“I’d better go and tell the others what you’ve said.” She walked toward the stern of the boat slowly.

“Is it safe to swim after a meal like that? I mean, most humans have to wait a bit before they go swimming after eating. How does that work for you?” He looked adorably confused and genuinely curious, so she humored his question.

“Once I shift, the mer characteristics win out, so it won’t be a problem.” She sent him a smile as she walked farther away.

It was hard to leave him, which surprised her, but she couldn’t stay. She had responsibilities to her people, much as she would have loved to spend the rest of the day with the sexy bear shifter. He followed her, and they both stood at the stern of the boat, his hooks picking up nothing during their meal and continuing to just drift with no action.

“If you go a little northwest, you’ll find some big sturgeon and halibut. The fishing is much better in that direction right now,” she offered, hoping to help in some small way. “I might as well give you a solid tip on where to find dinner since you fed me part of your lunch.” She turned to him, laughing lightly.

“The tip is appreciated, but you don’t owe me anything, sweetheart.”

The breath caught in her throat at his use of the endearment. He also stepped right up to her, not a foot between their bodies as he looked down into her eyes. She almost forgot to breathe.

“But…” She didn’t know what she was objecting to as his head drifted lower. Was he going to kiss her?

“Ssh,” he soothed her, drawing her under his spell. “If you really want to repay me for the sandwich, all I ask of you is a single kiss.”

What? Alarm bells sounded in her mind, but they were drowned out by the nearness of him. She could feel his warmth only inches away from her, and she wanted to snuggle up against him. She’d been so cold for so long…

Which was an odd thought for a mer to have. Mer didn’t feel cold. The oceans were their home. So what had gotten into her now?

And why was she suddenly so eager to snuggle up to a land dweller? Oh, he was a shifter—they had that in common—but he still lived on land, and she in the sea. Though she could survive very well on dry land too. In fact, she’d spent most of her youth on land, with her family, doing the normal things that humans and shifters did. She’d gone to school, had friends, drove a car, had a job, and even moved in with her boyfriend.

But the situation with Dirk was what had driven her into the sea. She refused to go down that path again. Dirk had been human, a little voice inside reminded her. Andrew was a shifter. Maybe things would be different with a shifter.

Did she dare try to find out?

As his lips touched hers, all thoughts fled in the face of his passion. What started as a simple kiss turned into something much more profound within a single heartbeat.

He took her into his embrace, and she did get a chance to snuggle up to his warmth, basking in the feel of his strong arms around her. He kissed her lightly, at first, then gradually deepened the kiss when she made no move to push him away. His tongue danced with hers, showing her new patterns of pleasure even as her knees threatened to give way.

He was holding her up, his hands around her waist, supporting her, not imprisoning. And that was the key. He held her firmly, but lightly. She could break free any time she wanted…which was why she stayed.

About Bianca D’Arc:

Bianca D’Arc is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She has twice won EPPIE Awards for her work, along with the Australian Romance Readers Favorite Erotic Romance eBook of 2008 for her first werewolf romance, Lords of the Were. She is a native New Yorker who worked as an executive on Wall Street during the summer of 2001. She changed careers after the tragic attacks of 9/11 and started seriously pursuing publication in 2005. She has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, a Masters in Library Science, and a Juris Doctor, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves her garden and plays the piano, ukulele and guitar.

Connect with Bianca!

Website: www.biancadarc.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BiancaDArcAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/biancadarc

 

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Movie Vs Book

I recently listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on Audible while I was driving to California to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (fitting right?). I absolutely loved listening to it! I’ve read the first book twice but it had been at least 4 years since I read it last. I had definitely forgotten certain differences between the book and the movie. I thought I’d share the main differences for those of you that are either like me, or have only ever seen the movie and don’t know what you’re missing. I listed them in chronological order. WARNING: MOVIE/BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD!

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 MOVIE:  Hagrid takes Harry away from the Dursleys, they go straight to Diagon Alley and from there Harry gets right on the train to Hogwarts

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BOOK: Hagrid takes Harry to get all his supplies for Hogwarts, gives him his ticket and instructions to get on the train, then sends Harry back to the Dursleys for a month before going to Hogwarts. 

 

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 MOVIE:  Harry meets Draco on the stairs prior to entering the Great Hall and being sorted into Gryffindor. 

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BOOK: Draco is the first Hogwarts student Harry meets before even arriving at the school. They meet in a shop in Diagon Alley while Draco is trying on robes and complaining about muggle borns. 

 

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 MOVIE: Harry’s broom get’s jinxed but he later catches the snitch by swallowing it and spitting it out all in the same match.

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BOOK: The match in which Harry’s broom is jinxed and the one in which he swallows the snitch are two separate games. In fact, multiple games take place in the first book that are described.

 

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 MOVIE: Harry only sees his “mum” and dad in the Mirror of Erised 

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BOOK: Harry’s entire family (all relatives from both sides) are depicted standing behind him in the mirror, their similar characteristics to him are described and it is said that they are all dead and gone.

 

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 MOVIE: Harry meets the centaur Firenze while serving detention in the Forbidden Forest accompanied by Malfoy.

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BOOK: Harry along with Hagrid and Hermione meet two centaurs Bane and Ronan prior to meeting Firenze and splitting up. The two centaurs proceed to chastise Firenze for saving Harry from Voldemort.

 

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MOVIE: Harry, Ron, and Hermione go through the Devil’s Snare, the flying keys room, and play the chess game to get to Quirrel at the end.

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BOOK: there is one additional obstacle that Harry and Hermione must face after the chess game. They encounter a room with multiple bottles (set up by Snape) in which they must determine which bottle will kill them, which will transport them backwards, or which will allow them to move forward. It’s a game of logic that Hermione solves in order for Harry to move on. 

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MOVIE: Dumbeldore arrives after Harry has already killed Quirrel just by touching him

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BOOK: Dumbeldore pulls Quirrel off of Harry just in time before Quirrel kills Harry. Dumbeldore later explains to him that Quirrel will soon die from being Voldemorts vessel and from his wounds inflicted by Harry. 

 

Alright well there ya have it, the main differences,  overall making for a fantastic movie. I feel that all the details that were taken out of the film were fitting to allow for a reasonable time lenght. The first movie is already over two hours long. The fact that I could only come up with 7 major difference is a testament to how well done the adaptation is. However, feel free to let me know if there are any others I might have missed.

Review: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

 

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Goodreads Summary:

Once, a hero arose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

My Review

Wow, there is so much that needs saying about this book! What a crazy, unique story?! Unfortunately, I took a much longer time to read Mistborn then I  had intended. I’ve now heard from multiple people that that isn’t the way to read it. In  order to fully appreciate how great this story is, I should have read it in a few good sittings. It took me over a week to read the book (it’s 643 pages). So naturally, I initially felt like the beginning was too slow and consisted of too much set up. It’s true, the first 200 pages or so essentially frame the story of whats to come. I understand that a lot of information was necessary in order to fully comprehend the rest of the events, but when you take too many days to read the beginning it ruins the enjoyment of it. Once I did get over that initial hump of dislike and started moving quickly through the content, I was hooked!!

The story is told from multiple third person limited perspectives, however the main focus is on Vin: a 16 year old girl who just happens to be a thief and a Mistborn. She has always known of her unique abilities but never truly understood the depth of her gifts until she meets Kelsier: a man with great power and a dark past that has him on a revenge warpath. Before she knows it, Vin becomes a key role in a rebellion that has the capacity to change the entire world.

Mistborn is a one of kind fantasy story filled with all the makings of what is sure to be a wonderful series. The characters are individually structured to suck you in and make you sympathize with each and every one. Vin and Kelsier are the main protagonists, but there are also so many others that play a key role in the succession of the story. You definitely have to pay real close attention while reading in order to keep up with it all.

Sanderson created a world that has never been seen before, with rules and creatures that are beyond imagination. The struggles that the characters undergo are vast and the emotion that is thrown at you is great. By the time the ending hit, I was dumbfounded by all that I had learned. Though the final events were great, there are still foreboding details that indicate that there is much more to come.

If you are looking for a new fantasy filled with suspense and a killer plot, then I would definitely recommend Mistborn. Buy it on Amazon here!