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,