less offensive than HP

The Magicians – Lev Grossman

College students, college graduates, magic, psychological, science fiction, fiction.

Rating 5/10

Quentin should be happy for living a good normal life but he isn’t happy that nothing exciting ever happens to him. Inside his beloved favorite novel series, there is always adventure and Quentin craves adventure. When he and his friends go to this man’s house for an interview with him, they find the resident dead. The ambulance woman hands Quentin something and he leaves in a rush to see the contents. After he sees the contents inside he manages to find a door that opens up to this other place. He soons to find himself at a Magical Academy. He never expected that magic was real and the hard work to learn to wield it isn’t as easy as the fiction books had outlined. During this time, he makes both friends and enemies. An incident occurs where it changes his life forever. 

I was curious about the book because the premise was interesting. The novel is a bit fast paced for my personal standards. Maybe others not so much. I felt that the plot was rushed. The character developments were alright. Not my cup of tea honestly. This was way less offensive and more mature than Harry Potter. Time transitions are not easy to spot.


Hate you/Love you

After – Anna Todd

Love stories, college, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Tessa is leaving home to go to college. She is accompanied by her mother and her boyfriend, Noah to the campus housing. After getting the room assignment, Tessa meets her roommate whom her mother and boyfriend already don’t like. After they leave, Tessa introduces herself to Steph and Steph tells her to come to the party. Tessa runs into the infamous Hardin who is bipolar and intriguing that draws Tessa in. After some interactions, she ends up hooking up with this moody guy. Tessa becomes someone who she doesn’t recognize but is grateful for the change. Life becomes less boring for Tessa with Hardin in her life. An unknown bet comes between the two and a storm happens.

I didn’t know that this was previously a One Direction fanfiction and was surprised that this was decent. I had blindly picked this novel off the shelf and didn’t know until a fellow classmate commented about the book. I must be more careful about blindly choosing books off the shelves. I only do that because its less judgmental and more surprise to see if I enjoy a book more if its random choosing or deliberating choosing one. Names were changed but overall the story was good. Enough heat but not enough to turn me away from this book. I loved it. I ignored the fact that it was fan fiction. At least this was decent than 50 Shades and Twilight put together. I would recommend this novel because of the little steamy romance there was along with the plot too.