Book Review: Tolkien’s Trilogy End

Today’s book review is on “The Return of the King” by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the third book in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

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 The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien // Review

As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive — now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom. -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Fiction // Sci-fi // Classics // Young Adult

My Thoughts: Although it is a close tie with the first book, this one is my favorite book in the trilogy! It’s definitely a tear-jerker, but I love it! You get to see how the characters act in the face of danger and how everyone deals with their own problems.

Writing Style: Pretty easy for a classic. Very descriptive.

Story Line: I loved most of the story line! There was definitely a lot of action in this book.  The part that seemed to drag on for me was when Sam and Frodo were trudging their way to Mt. Doom. Maybe it was just me, but it felt like forever! But I totally understand, cause it was a long way to go.

Characters: We still see that more characters are introduced. I love pretty much everyone except Frodo and Denethor. *ugh!* Tbh, I actually like Sam a little less in the books…

Favorite Part: Such a tough decision! I’ll just say that I liked the battles and the Shire part. 😉

Cons: From what I can recall, there weren’t any cons.

My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Conclusion: Okay, if you’ve read all of my reviews on the LOTR trilogy and still haven’t decided to read them, then what are doing here! Go read them! You will not be disappointed. And if you have read them (or at least one), let me know what you thought of it! Later darlings! ❤

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Book Review: The Giver

Today’s book review is on ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry // Review

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. -From Goodreads

Genre: Classics // Fiction // Young Adult

My Thoughts: Oh my word, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book so fast (under a day)! This book was amazing and surpassed my expectations for it! Although, it might be kinda hard to pick up that they don’t see color (cause it was for me, but luckily I had watched the movie first).

Writing Style: The writing style is very easy to read and gets the point across pretty quick.

Story Line: The story line was amazing and pulled on some heart strings! Even though I sometimes wish the world was more structured like the way it was in The Giver, the ending reminds me why things play out better the way they are.

Characters: From beginning to end you get to see how the main characters grow in knowledge and strength. It shows that young or old, you can always learn something new!

Favorite Part: I love when The Giver and Jonas start having their sessions together and you get to see more character development.

Cons: From what I remember, there wasn’t anything that I disagreed with.

My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Conclusion: This book will always be one of my favorites and I would recommend it for any age group!

Hey darlings! I’m so sorry that I haven’t posted in forever! Life has just been pretty crazy lately, but I hope I’ll be able to post more! ❤

Book Review: Tolkien’s Towers

Today’s book review is on ‘The Two Towers’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the second book in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

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The Tow Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien // Review

Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin — alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go. -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Classics // Sci-Fi // Young Adult // Fiction

My Thoughts: The first half of the book I really enjoyed, but when I got to the second half I just got kind of bored and it felt like a drudge to read though. If you read my FOTR review, you’ll know that I particularly don’t care for Frodo, so I wasn’t looking forward to it. But all of a sudden I was reading the last few chapters and got back into it! The cliffhanger was great and I ended up liking it.

Writing Style: Tolkien is very descriptive in his writings, which I kinda zone out in, but the more you read it, the easier it’ll get.

Story Line: As the series progresses, we start to see more action and conflict. We also see how the decision making process changes for the characters as desperate times call for desperate measures.

Characters: Frodo was pretty much the only one I didn’t care for. Out of the newly introduced characters, my favorites were Eowyn and Faramir! ❤

Favorite Part: The battle of Helm’s Deep was my favorite part. Especially when Legolas and Gimli would fight and play their game at the same! XD

Cons: Other than it getting a little boring at times, I don’t think there were any cons.

My Rating: 4 Stars ****

Conclusion: I ended up enjoying this book and would recommend it to anyone who reads!

I hope you liked this review! Til next review darlings! ❤

Book Review: Tolkien’s Fellowship

Today’s book review is on ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the first book in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien // Review

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Classics // Fiction // Sci-Fi // Young Adult

My Thoughts: I am a HUGE LotR fan, so of course I loved this book! This was actually my 2nd time reading this (the last time I finished reading it was summer 2014). Since that summer, I have read The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin (also by Tolkien), and it gave me a better appreciation of the historical part of Middle-earth! The 1st time I read it, I was totally lost and I thought the backstory of some parts were a real dread to get through, but this time around, since I knew the history of it, I would react like this when a character/place was mentioned:

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Writing Style: I will admit that the writing style is kind of hard to get into at first (but it is a classic so *shrugs*). But the more you read it, the easier it gets. 🙂

Story Line: *If you really think about it, the whole world coming to an end all because of an evil eye wanting a piece of jewelry is really dumb, but shhh!*

Characters: Okay, I will have to do this with a list of some main characters

Frodo: I know pretty much everyone loves him, but not me. I thought it was just the movie Frodo that’s bad, but no, it’s also book Frodo who annoys me just as much. He complains way too much…

Samwise: He is definitely one of my favorites! His loyalty and stout heart makes him totally love-able! ❤

Gandalf: Just Gandalf…’nuff said.

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Aragorn: I love how he is usually level-headed and tends to think things through instead of making rash decisions (except in Moria, but shh!). Even though he’s a ranger, he still has the mind of a king.

Legolas & Gimli: Okay, Legolas is a total show-off and the best part is that he doesn’t even realize it! Even though Gimli is short-tempered (pun intended) I can totally see to why he feels the need to do so. It’s hilarious when he gets all workd up!!

Merry & Pippin: I love how Merry is always trying to be mature and serious, and then Pippin decides to come along. When they are together, it is the best thing ever! Pippin is definitely one of my favorites!

Boromir: I know he can be a big jerk like 98% of the time, but I have to cut him a little slack. I mean the ring can be pretty hard to resist for Men. But, I know that deep down, he really does care for his people. 🙂

Favorite Part: It’s pretty tough to choose, but I think my favorite part was when they were in Moria, and stuff happened down there…

Cons: I wish it had some more dialogue, because sometimes the narrating in some parts seemed like forever.

My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Conclusion: If you haven’t read Lord of the Rings yet, you NEED to! It is definitely a classic that will always be in my favorites.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Later, darlings! ❤

Book Review: Eye of the Oracle

Hey darlings! I’m really excited because this is my very first book review! I got this book from the ‘Teach Them Diligently’ convention last year, and I barely got around to reading it in February. Since I got sick for almost a week at the end of March, I had some spare time to finish it up. Here’s my review!

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Eye of the Oracle by Bryan Davis // Review

‘What ancient mysteries lurk behind the amazing stories in the Dragons in our Midst series? Eye of the Oracle takes the reader back in time to the days when dragons abounded. From the era just before Noah’s ark, through the battles between dragons and mankind in the time of King Arthur, and to the haunting presence of dragons in our day, this stunning prequel reveals the mysteries that led to the bestselling fantasy adventure that began with Raising Dragons.

How did dragons survive the flood? Who helped preserve an ancient evil force that led to the demise of the dragons in the days of King Arthur? What heroic sacrifices kept that evil from exterminating the dragon race forever? If you enjoyed the heart-stopping action and spiritual depth of the first four books in this series, you won t want to miss the astonishing story that began it all. Eye of the Oracle will captivate young and old alike, and it will challenge every reader to search deep within for answers to the mysteries in their own hearts.’ -From Goodreads

Genre: Fantasy // Christian Fiction // Fiction

My thoughts: OH, MAN! Before I read this book I heard amazing things about Bryan Davis, so I had pretty high expectations for this book. Not only did it surpass my expectations, but it’s now one of my favorite books!

Writing Style: It is very easy to read through, so you can get through the 600 pages quick enough. His writing style was a fun read!

Story line: The story line was great and kept me craving for more with each page turn.

Characters: All (good) characters were totally lovable! My favorites were probably Makaidos, Elam, Valcor, and Bonnie.

Favorite Part: All of it was great, but I really enjoyed the last third of the book the best.

Cons: From what I can remember, there wasn’t anything major that I didn’t agree with.

My Rating: 5 Stars *****

Conclusion: My only regret is not reading this book sooner. If you haven’t read this book or any other book by Bryan Davis yet, DO IT! You will not be disappointed! ❤