Monday, July 24, 2017

REVIEW | Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares by Steve Copling.

Happy Bibliothon Day 2! I hope you are all enjoying the addition of blog challenges to the array of crazy we have going on this week. 

Today's challenge is simple. Write a book review. One of the last biblithons we had a challenge to film a book review - we hoped that we would get you guys comfortable with pretty regular videos on Booktube, if you're just starting a channel.

Reviewing can be crucial when running a bookish account, whether it Youtube, a blog, or Instagram. It might not be something you choose to do which is totally okay! But many people do review the books they read, so we thought we'd like to see the way you guys choose to do it!

Here's my challenge for today:

Sage Alexander and the Hall of Nightmares was a 3.5 star read for me. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review.


                                                   



This story is super fast paced! I felt engaged the entire time reading it because it was very action packed! It felt a lot like Percy Jackson in certain aspects with the characters being involved in the fighting of monsters, having to go into something similar to Hell, etc. 


I did find some things felt a little unrealistic for me, and I don't mean the fact that there are half angel humans or magic powers, etc. But for example, our main character Sage is 14. In his 14 years he had time to train hard for a while and quit a few years ago before this story begins. It felt like not enough time passed in his life for Sage to be where he was in his irritation with his life/destiny/etc.


Some of the magic also didn't make a lot of sense. The fact that Sage is a destined warrior made it a very easy fix when he does end up having to fight after not training for most of his life essentially - remember he's only 14. If he had been aged up, and quit at 16 and was now 18 that might have been a little less frustrating for me. I also found it convenient that in the alternate hellspace nobody has ever seen, nothing attacks our inexperienced main character(s) unless provoked. That was just too easy in my opinion, especially after Leah so blatantly proves Sage isn't ready right before he goes. I think I would have loved a book of his learning to train before he ever had to go into the Hellspace.


But there were lots of things I did like about this story! Theo was a great character. I absolutely adored him and Sage's grandfather. They are both very endearing. I also found David and Kato hilarious while still being bad ass in their own magic. I loved the teamwork in this story too! All of the battles we see throughout the story were also well crafter, significant, and unique from each other. 


Like I said earlier, this book was a very quick read for me! Despite my issues, I found this book to be captivating every time I picked it up. I will be doing a spoiler free review on my channel as well very soon!

Comment down below - are you interested in picking up Sage Alexander? Along with a link to your challenge for the Bibliothon today so I can see them! (and hopefully find more books to aadd to my TBR)

Until next time,
Kassie

22 comments:

  1. My review is about And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie!!

    https://kehayoglus.wixsite.com/sosobooks/single-post/2017/07/21/Bibliothon-DAY-2-Review-And-Then-There-Were-None-by-Agatha-Christie

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  2. Amazing review, I added the book to my wishlist.

    My review is about Resonancias(resonances) by Joaquin Arespacochaga.
    I’m from Spain so my post is in Spanish, but you can translate it with the Google Translate Widget at the top of my blog.
    http://andreasbookshelf.blogspot.com.es/2017/07/reto-dia-2-resena-literaria.html
    Hope you like it 🙂

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  3. What a fair review! I am pretty good about writing reviews as soon as I finish a book, so I shared links to some of my most recent reads: https://rockytoprealtalk.blogspot.com/2017/07/summer-biannual-bibliothon-day-2.html

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  4. I reviewed The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. If you are looking to, optimize a process, any process, be it a single project or an entire business, then this is a fantastic book.
    assume-wisely.com/summary-goal-eluyahu-goldratt-audiobook

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  5. Great review! This sounds like an interesting book but I just don't think I'm going to pick it up. In any case, I'm glad you liked it, and I should be putting up a review later today! :-)
    -Amy @ burstingwithbooks.com

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  6. Sounds interesting but I'm probably not going to pick it up - too many books to read!
    I reviewed the first volume of Death Note! https://readwritezoe.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/biannual-bibliothon-day-2/

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  7. I am always looking for good middle grade books and I like the sound of all the action and Hellspace sounds intriguing. I would have more of an issue with the fight/action sequences weren't fully developed than having the character too young (when that happens a lot of times in my head they are just simple older than portrayed).

    I reviewed Princess Leia: Royal Rebel - https://easternsunset-reads.blogspot.com/2017/07/biannual-bibliothon-day-2-review-of.html

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  8. I reviewed Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell on my blog. Do check it out :)

    https://thebookishpandasite.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/fangirl-by-rainbow-rowell-book-talk-review/

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  9. I finished and reviewed "Once and For All" by Sarah Dessen. Here's the link to my review: https://singerofstories922.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/day-2-blogger-challenge-biannual-bibliothon/

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  11. That sounds like an interesting book I might like!

    I reviewed "Flame in the Mist" by Renée Ahdieh
    http://bit.ly/2v0FjvT

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  12. I reviewed Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor.
    kendramaidment.wixsite.com/readingovertime/single-post/2017/07/24/Biannual-Bibliothon-Day-2

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  13. Great review. I'm actually considering getting that book now. I did a review on the book We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquit. Have a great day. Can't wait to see what book you talk about next.

    https://alexandrareads.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/blogger-book-tag-day-two-biannual-bibliothon-2017-book-review-we-should-hang-out-sometime-by-josh-sundquist/

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  14. I'm not sure if this is a book that I would pick up if the magic doesn't make sense, that's something that annoys me with books with magic. I reviewed wonder: https://insidemyminds.com/2017/07/24/wonderreview/

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  15. My review was on Every Heart a Doorway!

    https://underthebookcover.blogspot.com/2017/07/summer-biannual-bibliothon-2017-day-two.html

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  16. I saw Percy Jackson and was sold, but in all honesty - I don't think that this book sounds like something that I would be interested in reading. Here's my review of One of Us Is Lying: https://cynthiaspaperbackheart.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/one-of-us-is-lying-spoiler-free-review-bibib-day-2/

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  17. Nice review. I reviewed a Deadman graphic novel.
    http://queendsheena.blogspot.com/2017/07/book-review-dead-man-dark-mansion-and.html

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  18. I am so late to the game, but I had so many thoughts on the book that I was reviewing for my challenge. Does anyone else ever start writing a review and then realize that they have so much more to talk about than they expected? Anyway, here is my review for Everything, Everything:http://weareonthesamepage.wixsite.com/justjaime/single-post/2017/07/24/Everything-Everything-by-Nicola-Yoon-Spoilery-review-Day-12-of-Read-A-Thon-Week

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  19. Thanks for keeping me on task with my reviews! (:
    I read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
    https://theliteratehedgehog.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/blink-by-malcolm-gladwell/

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  20. Here's my review for the day: https://ifthebook.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/review-girl-in-snow-by-danya-kukafka/

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  21. This is my review for the day! Sorry it's late; there was an issue and somehow the entire post got deleted. I was able to revive it, though, so here it is! ;-)
    https://burstingwithbooks.com/2017/07/24/everything-all-at-once/

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  22. I'm the kind of person who is okay with a weak plot if the characters are great, so maybe I'll give this one a chance. You have raised some valid points about the things that didn't make sense. It does seem unrealistic to me as well, especially this part: "The fact that Sage is a destined warrior made it a very easy fix when he does end up having to fight after not training for most of his life essentially - remember he's only 14." Great review!
    Here's the post I did in response to this challenge:
    https://unputdownablebooksblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/book-review-when-dimple-met-rishi/
    Thanks so much for hosting! Having a blog and a Booktube channel is my distant dream, but I can't because never have the time and I'm also super shy. You're such a hero!

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