With so many Reading Challenges out there, I figured doing a monthly update of the ones I’m doing will be a great way to keep track of my progress!
Check Off Your Reading List– Currently my Reading List has 58 lines with some of them covering an entire series or author’s work and includes upcoming releases. Most of these are for my Reading Challenges. With 42 of these read, I’m down to 16!
It’s my fifth and final #MustReadin2014!
Black Knight by Christopher Pike
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“The sequel better step up its game.” I wrote that after I finished reading Red Queen, the new title of the first book in the Witch World saga. Black Knight did just that!
But, let’s back track a bit. I liked that they reformatted the series. The covers are vast improvements. Unfortunately, I don’t think the publisher doesn’t know how to quite market it, which is a shame because Christopher Pike was- is- a pioneer in the YA world.
Black Knight, although it’s a sequel, can be read as a standalone. It’s been quite a while since Red Queen came out so I had forgotten some of what had happened in the first book anyway. With that being said, readers will understand more of Witch World if they read the books in order.
Whereas Red Queen introduced readers to a mysterious new world, Black Knight goes even deeper and darker. Humans and witches are forced in an Arena style batter where only one can be victorious. Pike was clever enough to know there’ll be comparisons with another book series with the same plot so he actually referenced it- Battle Royale by Koushun Takami! There’s lot of action in this one!
Some of my nitpicks:
1) A few of the resolutions were handled too quickly. Lots of build up and then over with in a sentence or two. I actually had to flip back through some pages to make sure they actually referenced it.
2) This is obviously a series. Lots of things are mentioned with no payoff. Hopefully, there’ll will be more books.
3) I’m sick of soul mates, true loves. The main character doesn’t seem to know the difference between lust and love.
My next point is both good and bad. Pike writes strong female protagonists. But when you have two series with two superpowered ladies who both battle conspiracy groups, shifting loyalties and death itself, it gets kind of confusing to tell the two apart.
If you have a thirst for more books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins with a heavy dose of the supernatural, check out the Witch World series!
With 6 more nonfiction picture books read this month, that brings my total to 119! That’s 15 more than my goal of 104 books.
-A Little Bit of Soul Food by Amy Wilson Sanger
-Hola! Jalapeno by Amy Wilson Sanger
-Yum Yum Dim Sum by Amy Wilson Sanger
-The Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola
-A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Ines by Pat Mora, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
-Saturn Could Sail by Laura Lyn Disiena and Hannah Eliot, Illustrated by Pete Oswald and Aaron Spurgeon
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How are your Reading Resolutions going?