Two New Book Reviews

By Adventures in Obsessive Reading 

Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 418
Rating: A
Keywords: Magic, Assassin, Kingdom
Genre: YA Fantasy
Younger Readers: Language is not extreme, fairly standard for YA genre

This book was amazing! Of course, the cover is absolutely beautiful but there is much more than a pretty face to this series. If you loved the first book in the series then this sequel will not disappoint. There are more of the fun fight scenes and creeping mystery in this installment that readers will recognize from the first novel. A strong continuation that really builds on the epic fantasy feel touched upon previously.

While looking back I did love this book, I will have to admit that it took me a very long time to get through the first 100 pages…about a year. I’m not sure if it was that I was in a reading slump or if the story was just slow to start but it did take me a very long time. With that being said, the last 300 pages only took a day and a half to finish.

Maas is a master storyteller, there is no denying this. The reader feels the story building and moving towards a massive shock but the direction the tale will take is not immediately clear. I will not spoil the plot, but that was an impressive ending that I did not predict. Not knowing which direction a twist is going to go is always enjoyable in its shocking nature.

One aspect that I liked was the simplicity with which Chaol and Celaena fall in love. Their story is sweet in a way that she and Dorian never were. There is something tragic and beautiful in it…especially if you read to the end.

Absolutely recommend. Already finished Heir of Fire and it was amazing also! I’ll post that review soon.

The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy

Author: Paige Williams
Page Count: 432
Rating: B-
Format Read: electronic ARC
Genre: Nonfiction
Keywords: Dinosaurs, Legality, Paleontology
Kid Appropriate: If interested in the topic

I requested The Dinosaur Artist because I was that kid that watched Jurassic Park repeatedly and told my first-grade teacher that I wanted to be a singer and a paleontologist. There was not a doubt in my mind that I was going to love this book. Unfortunately, it fell a bit flat for me.

To be perfectly clear, I do not think this is a bad book or that you should not read it. I was just the wrong audience for this one. I studied museology and anthropology at university, which means that a lot of the information that Williams was presenting throughout the book I had prior knowledge of and found myself tending to skim more than actually wanting to read or being fully engaged.

Who I think that this would be a great book for is someone that is beginning to get interested in paleontology and fossil hunting or maybe has not studied it extensively. Even individuals who have loved ones massively interested in the topic would benefit greatly from picking up this book. For those individuals there is a wealth of knowledge presented clearly in these pages and you would have a good foundation to move onto more complex reads.