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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

5 Stars

When a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? Did it become something else?

Graceling was a wonderful book. It’s the first part of a trilogy but it can perfectly stand alone. Kristin Cashore wrote a colorful story filled with beautifully-written characters. The tone of the narration was neither too fast nor too slow. The pace was both slow and action-packed at the same time.

Katsa, the main protagonist, was a flawed yet incredibly strong character. You’ll be able to empathize with her easily despite her attitude problems. Her strength of character and willpower was so admirable that it was almost impossible not to like her. She was a girl who was aware of her imperfections and learned to embrace them. Po, the main male protagonist, was also a great character on his own. He was the voice of both reason and passion.

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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

4 Stars

I think it’s perfectly possible to explain how the universe came about without bringing God into it, but I don’t know everything, and there may well be a God somewhere, hiding away. Actually, if he is keeping out of sight, it’s because he’s ashamed of his followers and all the cruelty and ignorance they’re responsible for promoting in his name. If I were him, I’d want nothing to do with them.

His Dark Materials is a trilogy that tackles the theory of parallel worlds, and more importantly, it parallels the present Church and Religion. The movie adaptation was an extremely watered down version of the real Golden Compass, and did not give it justice at all, so I hope potential readers won’t base the quality of the books on the horrible film.

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Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

5 Stars

Freedom is an illusion. It always comes at a price.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy is set in a fictional London, wherein magic, magicians and demons are normal occurrences in everyday life, and that they actively participate in events all throughout history. In a sense, the trilogy offers an alternative, witty and funny “explanation” on how monumental events have happened in history. The story follows Nathaniel and his djinni Bartimaeus from his childhood as a young noble magician to his transformation to becoming the corrupted John Mandrake, and eventually his redemption and return to good.

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