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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: Calamity by Brandon Sanderson

Calamity (Reckoners #3)
By Brandon Sanderson
Random House
ISBN: 9780385743600
Buy from Indigo

Description: When Calamity lit up the sky, the Epics were born. David’s fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. Steelheart killed his father. Firefight stole his heart. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.

David knew Prof’s secret, and kept it even when the Reckoners’ leader struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers. But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. He’s disappeared into those murky shadows of menace Epics are infamous for the world over, and everyone knows there’s no turning back…

But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics—Megan proved it. They’re not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

The Good Stuff
  • It's been a while since I read Firefight, but Sanderson does a brilliant job of reminding you about what happened in previous books, without boring the hell out of you with repetition 
  • Hard to mention this part without spoilers but the one part made me ache for my deceased father so bad that I had tears in my eyes 
  • Forgot how much I adored David and  his truly unique metaphors - I kinda wish he was my son
  • Dryly funny and mostly fast paced 
  • Audio version has a perfect narrator 
  • Truly unique spin on Super Heroes
  • Ok, I am such a Canadian - any mention of Abraham, Trenton, Canadian and Toronto made me smile
  • Ok I loved the moral about facing your fears and working through them - now if the rest of humanity could just understand this 
  • Enjoyed the snappy witty dialogue between characters
  • Want to thank Sanderson for writing this series as there are so few YA books that I can recommend to male readers
  • Have a soft spot for Cody - his Scottish stories always make me giggle 
  • The highlight of this series for me has always been David - I just love him so much - no matter the talent of the writer and the incredible world development - if you don't have a character that you feel a connection too you won't enjoy the story 
  • I liked the ending, clears up things nicely so if he never writes anymore about the series you will be satisfied, but at the same time leaves himself the option of writing more
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some of it just didn't make sense to me - its the other dimension stuff - I just cannot get around it (yes that is my problem, not the authors)
  • A tad (and I mean a wee tad) too much inner angst - again I am a 46 yr old women - but as I always mention my reviews are based on MY enjoyment of the story and not on the talents of the author - this book is written for teens & I slightly remember all that angst 
  • Yeah -- spoiler alert - don;t listen to the audio version while walking the dog  - um the part with David's Dad - tears rolling down my face - people staring at me 
  • Some parts made me go --- huh - I know its been a while, but I am feeling like something doesn't make sense here
  • Would have like more of Abraham's back story
Favorite Quotes/Passages

“Yet—in all of infinity—I don’t think I’ve ever found a dimension where you can kiss worth a hill of beans.”
“That’s unfair,” I said. “You didn’t complain last night.”
“You stuck your tongue in my ear, David.”
“That’s way romantic. Saw it in a movie once. It’s like…a passionate wet willie.”

"Cupcakes are too dainty for a Scotsman. Give him one, and he'll ask you why didn't you shoot the wee cake's parents instead and serve that."

“Damn, I miss the internet. You could always find people doing stupid stuff on the internet.”

3.5 Dewey/s

Borrowed the audio from Jen - so once again I don't have to review - I just have a sick need to share my opinion on every book I read - well I do get paid at Chapters for telling customers my opinions but I don't get paid to tell you all - please feel free to send cash - I am awesome, have a fabulous family and I am grateful for all I have but I really would like to be out of debt 

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