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review 2017-02-23 21:08
Book Review: The Soldiers of Halla by DJ MacHale
The Soldiers of Halla - D.J. MacHale

You know what makes a great book? Authors who aren’t afraid to get dirty; authors who don’t hold back on tragedy. This is especially true in adventure books — if your characters are frequently put in dangerous situations, bad things should happen. Yes, maybe they’re able to get out of those bad situations and rise above it, but it shouldn’t be easy for them. D.J. MacHale is one author who definitely doesn’t hold back and definitely doesn’t make it easy for his characters in the final battle.

 

I am very satisfied with the conclusion of this series. All the characters showed tremendous growth and the final battle was pretty awesome. MacHale did some careful planning with this series, because I noticed things that tied back to clues given in previous books, which was fun. This is the point I was waiting for throughout the entire series, and like I said, MacHale doesn’t hold back. The stakes are high and it gets dangerous for Bobby and his friends.

 

The only thing I didn’t like was the explanation of what makes them all Travelers and how the gates were formed. I know it’s a fantasy/science fiction novel, but it was just a little too far-fetched for me. I’m not going to go into detail due to spoilers, I’ll just say that I think there could be far better explanations to the one MacHale chose.

 

However, this was a satisfying ending. It got kind of shaky for me around book 6 (The Rivers of Zadaa), but I continued with it because I was invested in the characters by that point. Around book 8 (The Pilgrims of Rayne), I was feeling it again, and now I’m glad I stuck with it. Soldiers of Halla is a great book full of excitement, danger, adventure, friendship, and everything that I love about the Pendragon series. Honestly, I think it’s the best book of the series because the stakes are raised so high and the characters really have to struggle.

 

I recommend this entire series to lovers of young adult adventure/fantasy. They’re imaginative, exciting books that don’t disappoint.

Source: www.purplereaders.com/?p=2269
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review 2014-02-19 21:58
The Lost City of Faar (Review)
The Lost City of Faar - D.J. MacHale

It should be no secret by now that I’m absolutely in love with the Pendragon series. I have been since I first read it in the eighth grade, and getting to experience the adventure all over again for my blog makes me giddily happy. These books will always come highly recommended from me, and you can bet that I will almost always write a raving review for them.

 

As much as I truly do love this series, this particular book is not perfect. Bobby’s voice isn’t very mature, and the third-person narration with Bobby’s best friends, Mark and Courtney, needs a lot of fleshing out. However, it’s been so long since I’ve read this book that I completely forget just about everything that happened, and it felt like reading it all again for the first time. It’s gripping, it’s engaging, it’s emotional—it’s everything a book should be, and though it might be wrong to talk about the future of the series in a review of the second book, I know that all the things I have issues with are resolved later in the series. (Which is hopefully a comfort to anyone deciding whether or not to continue the journey. Hint: You should.)

 

What I Liked: Spoilers!

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text 2014-02-14 20:35
Finished!
The Lost City of Faar - D.J. MacHale

Yeah, I know, it only took me a month

 

But I finished it!

And I loved it!

Still, though, not as much as the first one. The resolution with Mark and Courtney and their Andy Mitchell problem was way too easy and convenient. And the third-person narration on Second Earth needs a lot of emotion and fleshing out added. These books sort of...follow their readers age level. Right now, Bobby has turned fifteen, so I feel like the books are directed at fifteen-year-olds. But I remember feeling the writing and the characters become more mature as they get older through the series, so it's a problem I'm not too worried about right now. And I was neck deep in love with this series when I was that age, so I guess it's not all that surprising, hahah. 

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text 2014-02-12 21:36
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The Lost City of Faar - D.J. MacHale

Okay, so after Jude the Obscure, we have to read The Importance of Being Earnest. Which is like, fifty-something pages, and I don't need to have it read for another two weeks.

 

*immediate reading binge*

 

So, I don't like this one as much as the first Pendragon book, but I still love the way MacHale is able to describe everything. Bobby's narration is perfect, while the Second Earth perspective of Mark and Courtney needs a little more fleshing out. But I'm still eating up every moment, especially since I don't remember how they get out of any of this, hahah. <3

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text 2014-02-05 20:45
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The Lost City of Faar - D.J. MacHale

Ugh, I love this book so much, and I just want more time to read it. Not fifteen pages here or there. 

 

I'm going to really hunker down tonight and make sure to get all my Jude the Obscure reading for today done and then give myself an hour to read this. I really need it. 

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