Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 Booklist

Here's the 2020 List

# Title Author Completed
1 Uprooted Naomi Novik January 5, 2020
2 The Iron Trial Holly Black January 9, 2020
3 The Copper Gauntlet Holly Black January 15, 2020
4 The Bronze Key Holly Black January 20, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Bronze Key by Holly Black

The Bronze Key (Magisterium,  #3)The Bronze Key by Holly Black
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm going straight to pros and cons today.

Great read for the target age group.
Interesting story idea. Magic that can swap souls?
Good pace and length. Meaty enough to get into, but not a long term commitment.
Characters we can care about.

Inconsistent magic system. Knock people out with a thought, but still be crippled by your hands being tied together?
Goofy plot developments. Standing on a table and shouting your plan?

Yeah, I'm going to see this one through, but my epiphany for the day is that you don't have to be a perfect writer to be successful, especially with a younger audience. Focus on characters, and don't let your pace get too slow or your plot lines too deep, and younger audiences will fill in the gaps.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, #2)The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series continues and is going well. The best part about this is the pace. Things keep moving, and you go from major scene to major scene, avoiding potential pitfalls like dating the lectures and classes they are attending. The real payoff is at the end. Although this is only book two, major conclusions happen at the end of this book, and although there is a continuing conflict, you feel some closure. That is hard to do mid series, and as a reader I appreciate it.

To be fair, I will point out that this is written for a tween audience, and there are occasional shallow points in both plot and character. I don't see that as a drawback, since it fits the audience. This isn't a Wheel of Time or even a Harry Potter. Keep the right expectations, and you'll find that this book delivers.