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Today I am reviewing Bone. This is considered by many to be the best fantasy graphic novel and one of the best comics of all time. Written by Jeff Smith, it is the story of three small creatures in a new and strange land, discovering many unusual and new animals and a war as old as time itself.

On the cover, we see our protagonist, Fone Bone, being ambushed by a rat creature.

On the cover, we see our protagonist, Fone Bone, being ambushed by a rat creature.

Bone is the story of three brothers. Fone Bone, the rational one is like a normal human. While annoyed with his brothers at times, he still loves them and stands by them. Smiley Bone, the well-meaning one. He is the comedy relief in the story. Although he only wants the best of his fellow beings, he is not bright, and is often influenced by his brothers. Phoney Bone, the smartest, and greediest one. He often causes most of the problems, out of his love for wealth, but still feels a sense of loyalty to his brother. They are chased out of their own home town due to Phoney Bone’s scams into a new land. Here things aren’t quite the same. Here, there be dragons, and a war is about to occur that could destroy the world itself.

This is amazing. It’s hard to say anything bad about this. Art is superb, characters are all likable. The villain is scary, and never fully seen. Plot is suspenseful, and all characters change and develop through the course of the story. It is possibly one of the greatest books I have read. This book is great for everyone, of all ages. Lovers of romances, sci-fi, war, politics, rebellion stories will love this. I am not giving this book nearly enough credit, but I don’t know any words to adequately describe this. This deserves, and should get better, than my rating.

This book gets a 10 out of 10

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Before I begin my review, I just want to say sorry for not posting any reviews for a few months. School has kept me very, very busy. Thanks to Sophie and to all my other fans for keeping posted. I should be doing daily reviews from now on. Today I am going to review Half Magic, written by Edward Eager. It is not one of the better books that I have read, but it is okay, and my rating might be influenced by personal tastes.

 

 

On the cover are the four kids, witnessing the power of half magic.

On the cover are the four kids, witnessing the power of half magic.

       Half Magic is the story of when four kids, Mark, Katherine, Jane, and Martha find a magic coin that grants wishes, but with just one catch. It only grants half of your wish. For example, if you were at a horrible party and wished you were home, you would find yourself halfway home. This book talks about the adventures of a wish for Mark, Katherine, Jane, and Martha, and the children’s mother. Unfortunately, that’s it.

     This book isn’t really that bad. The characters are developed okay, and idea is creative. The descriptions are good enough, and has a pretty good ending. Ordinarly, this book would recieve a 7 out of 10. However, there is just so much potential for this book. For example, instead of just doing a few adequate short stories, the author could have done one story about one wish gone wrong and make it a grand adventure. Even with the same style of writing, it would have been better for this kind of story. But unfortunately, it is only shows short stories. That is the reason Half Magic is getting a Half Rating.

Half Magic gets a 5 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Stardust, the story of a young man who journeys into the mythical land of Faerie to retrieve a falling star. I have reviewed a book by this author, Neil Gaiman, with Coraline. Stardust has gotten great reviews from several newspapers and magazines, and even got a good review from Stephen King.

 

 

On the cover is The Wall, which borders our world from Faerie, and the shooting star that Tristan has to get.

On the cover is The Wall, which borders our world from Faerie, and the shooting star that Tristan has to get.

 

Tristan Thorn is in love with a beautiful young woman named Victoria. But in order to win her heart, he journeys across The Wall, into the land of Faerie to retrieve a fallen star. It would seem easy, but two others are also searching for the star, one for power, and one for life. And in Faerie, nothing, even a fallen star, is what it seems.

 

This is an outstanding book. Great characters, great plot, great setting, great descriptions. This is a great book for any teen or adult who enjoys fantasy. Unfortunately, young kids cannot read this book, due to sensual themes that happen sometimes in the book. But anyone else will love this book.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing Sabriel, the story of a necromancer, who instead of rising people from the dead, put them back to sleep. This story, written by Garth Nix, has gotten great reviews from acclaimed authors such as Phillip Pullman and Llyod Alexander, and also got good reviews from Publishers Weekly and the ALA Booklist.

 

On the cover is Sabriel. Behind her is Kerrigor.

On the cover is Sabriel. Behind her is Kerrigor.

 

 

Sabriel is a girl who has just graduated from Wyverly College. But when she receives a message from her father Abhorsen, a necromancer who puts the dead back to sleep instead of rising them from the dead, says that he is dying, Sabriel quickly runs over to the neighboring country, The Old Kingdom where he is dying, hoping to bring him back to life using her training. But The Old Kingdom is a dangerous place, with the Dead hiding behind every corner. With help of a talking cat named Mogget, and a man named Touchstone who doesn’t know his origins, will Sabriel save her father?

 

This book is great. The characters are well developed and the plot is great. The only weakness is the description, which is sometimes in the book not strong, it makes up for it in the setting. The setting is amazing. In addition, it has two sequels, which are just as good as the first.

 

I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing The Golden Compass, written by Philip Pullman. It is the story of a world that is similar to ours yet different. In this world, for instance, witches are real, polar bears can talk, and everyone has a daemon, which is a companion that never leaves their human’s side.

 

On the cover is Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon, and her companion in the North, Iorek Byrnson

On the cover is Lyra, her daemon Pantalaimon, and her companion in the North, Iorek Byrnson

 The Golden Compass is the story of a girl named Lyra, who lived in Jordan college. She was living a happy life until Mrs. Coulter, a beautiful woman, comes and adopts her. She seems to be charming at first, but when Lyra suspects that Mrs Coulter has kidnapped children, she runs away to the north to find her uncle. However, she has no idea how to get there or why Mrs Coulter has kidnapped these children. Her only clues is a Golden Compass a professor gave her at Jordan, and hushed talk of a mysterious new particle. Will Lyra find her Uncle? And what is this particle called Dust?

 

This book is marvelous. Great descriptions, great plot, great imagination, great everything. It hooks you from the first sentence on. And the best part of it is, that even though this book is great, the sequel is even better. This would be a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys fantasy, and who liked the movie. Trust me, you will not regret reading this book.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10.

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That was a quote from Animal Farm, the story of mistreated animals that have had enough with the farmer. This is George Orwell’s most famous book, besides 1984. It is a great book, and is a great book for a car trip.

 

On the cover is the pig, the leader of the Animal Farm

On the cover is the pig, the leader of the Animal Farm

Animal Farm is the story of a group of mistreated farm animals, who decide to rebel against the farmer and her wife. At first they are a democratic society where everyone has a say. But as time goes on, it starts to evolve to a totalitaristisiam which is even worse than before. 

 

This book is really good. The characters are great, the story is incredibly intresting, and has pretty good details. The only thing is the setting. The setting could use more work. But, other than that, it is great. This would be great for any fan of 1984, any fan of politics, and some lovers of animal books. 

 

P.S. A lot of people think, because of the title, this is a baby book. It is not. It is a great book adults and middle and high school readers.

 

I rate this book a 9 out of 10

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Today I am reviewing The Princess Bride, written, (or as he says, abridged) by William Goldman. It is a story of true love and high adventure. This one of the greatest books I have ever read.

 

On the cover is Buttercup, with Westley

On the cover is Buttercup, with Westley

 

 

The Princess Bride is the story of a woman called Buttercup, the most beautiful woman in the world. Buttercup is to be married to the king of Florin because of her beauty. However, when she gets captured by three pirates who plan to cause a war between Guilder and Florin, she gets caught up in an adventure that will leave the reader wanting for so much more.

 

This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It has great descriptions, colorful characters, a very curious setting, and a spell-binding plot. It will hook you from the first sentence onward. I loved it so much, I read through the entire book in one sitting. This book for anyone and everyone.

 

I rate this book a 10 out of 10

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