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Faceless – by Matthew Rossi

Faceless is the third book in the Nameless series. You should read Nameless and Heartless before starting this book.

As in the previous books, Faceless revolves around a magical family of cousins (and their significant others).  All of them are young people, and most are starting to put together a framework of how they think they want the rest of their lives to work out.

To me, one of the things that this book is about is that the choices people make – out of love, or fear, or desperation – have consequences. What happens as a result can affect not only the person who made a choice, but also the lives of other people. It’s a important piece of wisdom that some people do not learn until after they have destroyed something or someone they love.

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Heartless – by Matthew Rossi

Heartless is the second book in the Nameless series. You should read Nameless before you jump into Heartless.

Nameless ended in a way that made it clear that the “big bad” is no longer a threat. That doesn’t mean all the damage is done, however. In many ways, this is a story of redemption and forgiveness. It is about building trust with family after bad things have happened. This was touched on at the end of Nameless, and builds in Heartless.

The wonderful, individualistic, magic that was established in the first book continues to be part of the story. I love how imaginative the characters are in how they express their magical abilities. Rossi’s character’s are so vivid, and feel so real, that I find them fascinating even when they aren’t doing magic.

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Nameless – by Matthew Rossi

In Nameless, Matthew Rossi created a detailed world where vampires exist and magic is real. Magic can be strengthened by either pain or pleasure – it’s the intensity that matters. Those who use magic can conjure up monsters or heroes from mythology (be it from Greek mythology or modern comic books) and send them into battle.

I found myself wanting to escape into that world which, despite its dangers, seemed to hold more hope than this one. I mean, there’s a battle where Santa and his reindeer fight a giant, antlered, monster man. I love the idea that something as pure and good as Santa, as seen by small children, can effectively take down evil! This particular battle was one of several in the book, and each was so well written that I could almost see it, as though I was watching a movie.

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Wyrd Sisters – by Terry Pratchett

I’m not certain if Wyrd Sisters is, in fact, the first book in the series, but I do know that it reads quite well on its own. There is a wonderful description of Discworld, what it is, what it looks like, and why so much magic can be found there. Once you learn about all of that, you are ready to jump in and explore Discworld for yourself.

In this book we meet three very influential women of Discworld, Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick, who are also known as “The Wyrd Sisters”. Continue Reading “Wyrd Sisters – by Terry Pratchett”

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Eclipse – by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse is the third book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series. You should read the first book, Twilight, and the second book, New Moon before reading Eclipse.

This book starts off with a love triangle. By this point in the series, it is clear that Edward and Bella are head-over-heels in love with each other and that they have become an established couple. It is also obvious that Jacob is in love with Bella, and that she has very strong feelings for Jacob. But, are those feelings love?
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New Moon – by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon is the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. You should read the first book, Twilight, before starting New Moon.

As I was reading New Moon, I mentally renamed it as “Bella Goes Emo”. The Twilight series is intended for teenagers and young adults, and I was quite a bit older than that when I started reading it. New Moon is best read when you are the same age (or better yet, younger than) Bella is at the start of the book.

Adults who read this book might find themselves annoyed by Bella’s frequent overreactions to situations. This is especially true for adults who cannot remember how intense life seemed when they were Bella’s age.

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Twilight – by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight is a romance/horror/suspense book that can be found in the Teen or Young Adult sections of bookstores. Many books that are aimed at teenagers are a mixture of genres, and this one is no exception.

Bella is a seventeen-year-old girl who moves from living with her mom (someplace warm and sunny) to living with her dad in Washington.  It’s cold, rainy, and sometimes snowy, much to Bella’s disappointment.  Continue Reading “Twilight – by Stephenie Meyer”

Book Reviews, fantasy 0 comments on The Princess Bride – by William Goldman

The Princess Bride – by William Goldman

Action, adventure, and true love! What more could you want? The Princess Bride brings you all of that. This is one of my favorite books. I have re-read it several times.  I love the movie to death, and can’t even count the number of times I have watched it. It makes me happy.

The version of the book I just read is the 30th Anniversary Edition. It includes an introduction with details about how and why Goldman decided to write “the good parts” version of S. Morgenstern’s “classic tale of true love and high adventure”.

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