Book Review: Warcraft Bonds of Brotherhood

My rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Oh boy, what can I say about this one?

I had been excited to read this book, because I loved the Orc prequel novel, Durotan, and figured that this one would be good as well. But, I was wrong.

The art is this book was really the only good thing. Though I will admit that I wish the main characters, Llane, Lothar and Medivh, had a bit more distinguishing features, because honestly they often looked too similar on most pages. Otherwise, the art was enjoyable.

The story however, was both terrible and lacking.

I want to say that this might have been more enjoyable had it been written as an actual novel, instead of a graphic novel, but I’m not sure adding length and those written details would have been enough to salvage it. I’m still gad I read it, but this is one that will now forever sit on my shelf collecting dust – I would get rid of it, but when it comes to Warcraft books, I keep them all, whether I liked them or not.

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Book Review: Warcraft Legends Volume 3

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Much like the first two volumes, this one has four stories within.

One of those stories is a continuation of Trag Highmountain, which started in the first volume. I will admit, I haven’t been much of a fan of Trag’s story. I think my biggest problem is that the font used for this story is so awkward that it makes reading it next to impossible. It’s hard to really get into a story when it’s difficult to read what is being said. Sometimes, with graphic novels, you can figure out a good chunk of what is going on based upon the images, but that little bit of dialogue and descriptive text is also very important to the story. If I have to hold the book an inch from my face and squint in order to read the text, then it’s hard to get into, let along enjoy, the story.

The second story, Crusader’s Blood, was pretty enjoyable. I’m a big fan of the Undead race in the game, so any story that involves them tends to grab my attention. Throw in some Blood Elves and it’s even better. This story has quite a good arc to it, bringing things full circle and had very good art to go along with it.

The third story was I Got What Yule Need. Let’s just pretend this one didn’t happen. Goblins are just wrong. Moving on.

The final story, The Thrill Of The Hunt, was my probably my favorite, along with the second story. This is the story of Hemet Nesingwary. Anyone who has played World of Warcraft knows who this character is and the annoyance of his quests. However, this story goes beyond his love of the hunt and shows a different side of Nesingwary. Honestly, I never thought I would want to know more about Nesingwary until I started this story, and now I wish there was more.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book. Some stories I liked more than others, but that is to be expected when several authors and artists are involved. It was a quick read and definitely something many World of Warcraft fans are bound to enjoy. I will be continuing on with this series to see what other stories happen in future volumes.

Book Review: Nimona

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Nimona is one of those books that I knew nothing about, but kept seeing it on so many blogs. It seemed like everyone loved this book and couldn’t stop recommending it. I’m normally leery of books that get too many recommendations, but I was also curious. So after months and months of debating on whether or not I should read this one, I decided to give it a chance.

I feel like I missed something. I liked the book, I really did. I just didn’t feel that love that everyone else seemed to feel when reading this book.

It was a quick read, and the characters were enjoyable enough. The story was…I don’t know, maybe this is where I only liked it and didn’t love it. This is really one of those ones that I can’t explain myself. Perhaps someone who did read this and love it can help me out here. Why did you love the book?

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who haven’t read this book yet and will enjoyed it. Others may be like me and simply like it. I’m not sure if I would recommend it or not, but hey if you want to read it, do so, since you will never know if you will like, love or hate a book until you give it a try.

Book Review: Night of Cake & Puppets

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Often times, I don’t read novellas that are part of a book series. Either I forget that they exist or I just don’t have an overall interest in them. However, I knew that I wanted to read Night of Cake & Puppets. A few years ago, when I was actively reading the Daughter of Smoke & Bones series, I really wanted to read this one. In fact, I even bought the Kindle edition, since that was the only one available at the time. The problem was, I hate reading books on my Kindle, so I kept putting it off. Then finally the book was released in physical format and I had to get it.

I really wanted to love this book, because I loved the main books in this series. However, as I was reading this, I kept questioning things. Who the heck was Kaz? What the heck is going on? Who/what was Kishmish? While I was enjoying the story, I wasn’t fully understanding everything. Obviously the problem lied on my end. It had been too long since I had read the series can I could no longer remember who was who or anything that had happened up to this point.

So needless to say, while I liked the book, I didn’t love it. The story is a very quick read, and the illustrations scattered throughout definitely added something extra to the whole experience. I am glad that I finally read this one, even though it didn’t blow me away like I had hoped it would. I think to truly appreciate this book, I need to go back and reread the entire series, that way I will know all of the characters and events that led up to this point – which I plan to do at some point..

Book Review: Erased Volume 3

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Boy am I glad that I randomly stumbled across this series last year. Even though we are only three volumes in, I can safely say that this is easily one of my favorite manga series.

This volume was so darn good. I feel like the story has been getting better with every volume. The first was amazing and set the groundwork for the story and the time travel, the second ramped things up and this one took everything in a whole new direction.

I will say that every now and then the plot was fairly obvious, especially when it came to the kidnappings, but there were still a lot of twist and turns along the way that made this book one heck of a ride. The characters have come a long way since the first volume and there is so much more for them to experience as the story progresses.

I found the ending to be particularly great, in the fact that it ties up some things as well as helps to pull characters back into the story that had little to no page time as of late. And yet, there is so much that is still unsolved, characters and events that are in need of more attention and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

Unfortunately, I can’t go into too much detail for this, because I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone. I am very much looking forward to the next volume, it can’t come out soon enough, and I would highly recommend this series to everyone.

Book Review: World of Warcraft Traveler

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

For many years I have enjoyed the lore behind all of the World of Warcraft games, so any time a new book comes out, I am eager to read it. Because of this, I have read all of the current books published set in this world. So when I first heard about Traveler, I knew I had to read it. Not only was it a new book in the series, but it was also the first young adult book as well. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if a young adult Warcraft book would even be any good, but I was at least willing to give it a shot.

It took me a little bit to get into this book. I think the reason behind this is that it surrounds all new characters. Up until now, all previous Warcraft books have revolved around well known characters from the game, so you tend to already know things about them and the book merely expands on those things and ties it all into the current and/or future expansion of the game. It was not the case in this book. I’m not opposed to new characters at all, after all, the world setting of this series is so vast that you can easily have a new character, or several of them, in each new book and still only begin to scratch the surface. It’s just that it took a bit too long for me to have any invested interest in the characters. I realize that it does take time to truly establish characters and for them to grow, but it wasn’t until the second half of the book when things finally picked up enough for me to start enjoyed the story.

I will also admit that for quite some time the story itself felt a bit flat. It was clearly leading up to something, but the destination seemed so far off that the journey was getting a bit monotonous. The second half of the book was much better, things finally started to pick up and the plot and characters seemed to finally have a purpose.

I have to say that the character growth in the book was hit and miss. Makasa, the female lead of the story didn’t change very much, but Aramar, the male lead definitely had a lot of growth. It took him time to come into his own, but once he found his way, his growth came quickly.

A great addition to this book were the drawings without. Since Aramar is an artist at heart, I appreciated the fact that they included the drawings he did along the way, instead of just saying that he did them and not allowing us to see him capture the places and people that he met along the way.

Though this is not the strongest book in the overall Warcraft series, I still quite enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the second book when it comes out. I do feel that younger readers would enjoy this story more, but really anyone who loves Warcraft or has even a small interest in the series may enjoy it as well.

Book Review: The Phantom Tollbooth

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Way back when in grade 8, or perhaps grade 6, I read The Phantom Tollbooth. This book was one of the many options we were given to read and write a book report on. I don’t remember why I chose this one, but I’m glad that I did.

Fast forward 20 some years, and I have thought about this book many times, and had always wanted to reread it again. Eventually I found a copy in a used book store and was happy to have it. Of all the books I read in elementary school, this is the only one that stuck with me all these years. I have read this one a couple of times in the last few years and loved it every time. My most recent reread was a couple of months ago and once again I found myself loving this book.

The story is simple enough and yet it takes the reader on such an adventure. I love the fact that it teaches along the way, pointing out how easy it is to confused words that sound the same but have totally different meanings. It is a fun way to learn the difference between these words, such as witch and which, among many others. I shows the importance of paying attention to the world around you, knowing the meaning behind what you and others are saying, and that opinions will differ between people but it’s okay, as long as you respect that persons opinion.

Milo, the main character, grows a lot in this story, as he discovers the world is not just black and white and that his previous life was filled with all kinds of wonders, he just wasn’t paying enough attention to see or appreciate them.

I feel like this is a story I will return to many times in the future. I also look forward to seeing my son read it, and hopefully he will enjoy it as much as I have. If you haven’t read this one, then I would recommend checking it out. If you have read it before, then perhaps it’s time to revisit this story.