Review Rendezvous: 4/7/18

The Last Man by Tobias Wade
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, fantasy, philosophy
Medium: Kindle
Number of pages: 646
Publish date: September 2017
Purchase: Amazon

TLMEmbark upon the fantasy story of enlightenment through these seven surreal worlds.

Test your bravery to pass the land of fear and pain. 
Resist temptations to pass the land of pleasure. 
Clear your mind to pass the land of illusion. 
Trust your heart to pass the land of love and loss. 
Keep your word to pass the land of truth and lies. 
Know yourself to pass the land of identity. 
Forsake the world to pass the land of attachments.

All the while pursuing a desperate course to the center of the Earth where a primordial force awaits its freedom with the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. 

An epic and insightful adventure filled with magic, monsters, dragons, betrayal, and transcendence!

Before I begin, let me clarify things just a bit. This review is for the entire series, but the books can be read individually. That being said, I may end up with a few mild spoilers even though I try not to include them in my reviews.

Our main character Farris is quite the unlikely hero. The only reason that she is drawn into this quest is because she wants to save her brother Tom, who has become a victim of the ‘chosen one’ trope. I will admit, it was quite interesting to see a book from the perspective of someone who disbelieves everything in the beginning, only to be forced on the adventure later. Most of the time, people just blindly except crazy things, so I liked that her main motivation was her brother, rather than saving the world.

Farris must work her way through six different ‘layers’ of the earth, each containing a species that has long left the surface of the world after a great battle between man and serpent. The two were locked in mortal combat and sealed away, and now Tom has been selected to open it and see who has won after many years.

The series is mostly from Farris’ point of view, though we do get a few chapters with Tom, Sasha (Farris’ love interest) and with one of their companions on the trip. Farris is also certainly not perfect by any means, and may even seem crazy at times. There’s something endearing about a flawed character that makes the story even better.

Also, while there is romance (Farris has been crushing on Sasha for a while at the beginning of the book), her price for beginning the journey is all her memories of him, so that complicates things a bit. The romance is also such a side plot that it doesn’t distract at all, which is a very nice change from other YA.

All in all, great series. Loved how it contrasted with the majority of the books and themes I’ve read recently. Definitely a bit philosophical and hard to decipher at times if, like me, you’ve had a long day and you’re brain dead. But, still worth the read, and highly recommended ūüôā

I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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Writing Update!

Why hello, seems it’s been a while since I posted something other than a review here. But, I would like to officially announce something that has been in the works for the last year or so. While I was an intern at Walt Disney World, I collected information bits and tips about the parks that I’d now like to share with the rest of you. I am in the process of formatting, illustrating, and publishing the first edition, a guide to the Magic Kingdom. I’ll keep things updated here as they progress!

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Review Rendezvous: 7/1/14

So, now that I’m back from visiting college and have a day off, thought I’d write up a review on another book I actually just finished last night.

Lush by S. L. Baum
Book stats:
Genre(s): Young adult, dystopian
Medium: Print
Number of pages: 194
Publish date: April 16th, 2013

LushBluebell has spent the last twelve years of her life at Training Tech, the government-run boarding school all children are required to attend. Now that she’s seventeen she is fully prepared for Incorporation; a time when females and males are allowed to mingle again, for the first time since they were toddlers. It is also the day she must endure Citizen Branding – the mandatory searing of a mark into the flesh of the left wrist of all new Citizens. O for fertile, X for infertile. The fate of every Citizen, male or female, is determined by the results.

Bluebell knows that a Citizen’s duty is to live for the glory of Concord, just as she was taught. But the frantic dreams and hazy memories that haunt her make her different, and the questions she cannot deny threaten to turn her world upside down.

This one is another dystopian. If you don’t really like dystopians, sorry, I read them a lot because they’re my favorite haha. Anyways, Lush was quite interesting in the ¬†sense that it’s billed as kinda like a serialized television show. That was kind of odd, but I decided to go with it anyways. Well, this first book seems to do a lot of explanation and introducing the reader to Bluebell (that name kinda made me cringe. It makes sense because they go on to say that the government puts out a list of suggested names, and they were on flora at the point she was born, but still) and her world.

There’s no real action or conflict or anything. I mean, there kinda is at the end, but it just dragged on for a while there. This particular book is different enough from other dystopians that it’s intriguing, but still. There needs to be¬†some¬†form of plot. I’m willing to give the second book in the series a chance, but if the characters are still as flat and there’s still no action, then it’s probably time to cut this series off.



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