Review: Stardust – Neil Gaiman

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Rating – 3*

This book was a really enjoyable couple of hoursย of listening to Neil Gaiman read to me. I love any of Gaiman’s audiobooks as he generally narrates them himself which just adds a much greater depth to the story, in my opinion. A quick sidenote, if you’re unsure as to whether audiobooks are for you seriously check out some of Gaiman’s work as not only are the stories amazing, but it’s a perfect way to slip in to audiobooks.

That note aside, this book was good. I enjoyed it, it was easy to listen to but it felt a little flat for me. I loved the idea of this, a boy goes on a quest to capture a fallen star. The issue with that is he does it to win the heart of a girl he’s in love with, or just get a kiss for her, that didn’t sit particularly well for me, it didn’t address the fact he was being predatory instead shrugged it off with the attitude of “boys will be boys”. Yes it’s a fairy tale, yes it’s short, yes there was a lot overlooked and missed out but I don’t think that really excuses the fact that it really objectifies women. The premise of it being a fairy tale for adults I also loved. It’s just it fell quite short of the mark for my personal tastes; adult equalled random sex and some violence which, in and amongst the childish narrative, felt quite out of place.

So, on the whole this was a good book. I enjoyed listening to it. I just didn’tย loveย it like I was expecting to. I gave this book 3*

Review: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

03 - The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)One of my new years resolutions for 2016 was to read more fantasy and I’m so glad I cracked this one open. I whizzed through this and I really, really loved it. I’ve seen it everywhere and, honestly, the cover is beautiful which made me want to read it so this was a book I read after caving in to peer pressure.

It is set in a dystopian future where ash falls from the sky and mists fall at night. It has the most incredible magic system, burning metals to give you power really drew my nerdy scientist side in. I’m not a big lover of fantasy because often, things just happen and while that was somewhat the case with this, I feel that the why this is possible will be explained in the future books. The empire is run by this immortal figurehead known only as The Lord Ruler and, this book is essentially a mission to overthrow him.

I loved this. The plot was incredible, the magic system was mighty fun and the characters were great too (Vin has her issues but is on the whole an incredible protagonist). What I appreciated is that this book could essentially stand on its own, I want to read the rest of the series, but this was action packed and had good character development so doesn’t feel like some of those series where the first book is just a nondescript character building event. I felt some of it was a bit predictable but I can forgive it because on the whole it was great.

I rated this 4* and I don’t know how long I’m going to last before picking up the second book. I don’t think it’ll be very long at all!