Hello friends. As you know, I like to review books I've been reading. And I thought this week it might be fun to share a new album I've been listening to as well. Just to spice things up…
My cousin gave me this book a few weeks after Christmas, he's sweet. Thanks Griffin!
Anyway, this book centers around a young adolescent magician. We watch him discover that magic does exist in a sort of underground world that non-magicians are unaware of (nod to Harry Potter). He attends a special school to learn how to use magic, makes friends, graduates and then goes on an adventure in another world (big nod to Narnia).
First I should warn you-this book is NOT for young readers. There is swearing and some…um… well, sex scenes in the book. It's nothing too racy but I would not recommend this as a good read for parents to share with their kids.
I absolutely adored the first 2/3 of this book. I loved learning about the world of magic along with the protagonist, and I particularly thought the author does an amazing job of describing the world when characters turn into animals. Which happens a few times, and is quite fascinating.
But what about the last 1/3 of the book, Emma? Well… it gets a little lame if you ask me. The characters get into a sort of love triangle and there's a lot of self pity and hurt feels that are just sort of annoying to read about. It's just a little too much. That being said, I still really liked this book. Will I read the others in this series? Maybe.
In case you haven't heard-a new Bright Eyes album is out. I've been listening to him since I was in high school, so in some ways his music reminds me of growing up. Certain bands or certain albums usually remind me of specific eras in my life as I tend to listen to an album nonstop for a month or two and then move on. Does anyone else do this?
So if you like Bright Eyes then you won't be disappointed by this latest album, it is classic Connor Oberst nostalgia. If you were hoping for an album that is better than (or just as good as) Cassadaga or I'm Wide Awake it's Morning…. well, this just isn't it. Sorry.
Just my opinion.
What have you been reading or listening to lately?