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His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass

by Philip Pullman

The final book in the trilogy follows Will as he tries to find Lyra, who is being kept in a permanent state of sleep by Mrs Coulter. In her dream state, Lyra communicates with her dead friend Roger, and she forms a plan to travel with Will into the afterlife to help him. Meanwhile, Mary Malone has stumbled upon an opening into a fantastical world with strange creatures who take her in as their friend and maybe saviour. Lord Asriel continues his plot to undermine the Authority, and Mrs Coulter struggles with her newfound emotional attachment to her daughter. A lot happens.

You may have noticed that I stopped reviewing books for a while. That is because of this book. Even though I am a fast reader, it took me ages to finish this book. As much as I loved it, it was almost too creative to read. I would start reading it and then get distracted and have to go create something of my own or just stare into space contemplating love or the universe or something. In the His Dark Materials series, I felt the momentum stall in the second book with the introduction of Will, who I couldn’t bring myself to care about. Everything picked up in this book, though, and I became really invested in his character and his relationship with Lyra. I loved all of the characters, even if I felt nothing for them in the previous books. I can’t say enough about how wonderful the writing is. The descriptions of the action, the different worlds, and the different peoples are so vivid I felt like I was watching this book instead of reading it. This series is definitely going on my re-read shelf, even though I think it will take me forever to get through it all again.

Obviously recommended to people who have already read the first two books. To anyone who may have given up over the course of the series like I did, I urge you to read on because it’s definitely worth it.

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Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

by Brandon Mull

This is a good a book as any to start the blog off with. Like this book, my blog is similar to scores of other blogs out there. It’s predictable, and you’ve probably read similar reviews elsewhere. But hopefully, as I found with the first installment of Beyonders, there will be that something extra that catches your fancy and makes it worth your time to read.

On to the book!┬áJason is just a regular kid (yawn). Then he falls into a hippo’s mouth, which takes him to another world, called Lyrian. There he accidentally starts on a quest with Rachel, a girl from our world who also recently stumbled into Lyrian. They want to go home, but are persuaded that the best way to get home is to first destroy the evil emperor, Maldor. They go about Lyrian trying to gather all the syllables of Maldor’s secret name, which will destroy him when spoken in his presence.

I picked this book up because it was shiny. I started reading it and was instantly bored by the main characters: a “regular” guy whose one non-average talent will surely come in handy later, and an annoying know-it-all girl whose demands to be treated equally are kind of silly because, danger! I came to like them a little bit more as I read on, but it was really the world that kept me reading. Such interesting side characters and weird creatures! There’s constant adventure, with captivating (if sometimes predictable) twists throughout. Even though the characters and the set-up are total cliches, I actually really enjoyed this book and would read the next one.

Definitely a good one to recommend to kids who like adventure stories like Percy Jackson.

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