Book Avengers: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

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Hello and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we are featuring Mistborn by Brandon Sandersonthe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in June. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this new feature that Kristina and I debuted this year! 

After a back and forth battle, MISTBORN came OUT on top as the winner of your votes, so come find out what WE thought of IT!

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Mistborn by BRandon Sanderson

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?

 

Sarah’s Thoughts…

Mistborn has been on my TBR for the longest time, so I was pretty thrilled when you guys selected it as the Book Avengers read for June. I grabbed my long neglected copy off the shelf and excitedly dove in. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Sanderson’s writing wouldn’t work for me. I think it may just be a matter of taste, but I’m not a fan of overly descriptive writing. I will say that I really enjoyed the plot of the story and loved the characters, but I got so bogged down by many parts of the book.

I wish I had more to say about Mistborn, but I finished it feeling really underwhelmed. It’s an odd feeling though because I liked most of its components. The storyline, characters, action, conflict and world building all worked for me. I just could NOT get past the writing style. It was always a struggle for me to pick Mistborn back up…I wanted to know what was going to happen next but I got exhausted at the prospect of five more pages describing how allomancy and burning worked. It’s such an intriguing magic system too, but I didn’t need a pages long description each time it was used.

Did it live up to the hype?

Siggghhhh! Needless to say, Mistborn was a disappointing miss and, sadly, did not live up to the hype for me. I’m soooo, SO bummed to have to say that and I feel like I am going to be letting a lot of you down. But, I just couldn’t find it in me to love this as much as I thought I would and as much as everyone said I would. Not sure if I’ll continue on with the series at this point. which makes me really sad. I always want to love every book I read. Especially one that is so beloved by my friends.

Sarah’s Rating: THREE Stars

Avenger Rating 3 STARS


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Kristina’S THOUGHTS…

Guys.  Don’t be mad at me but Mistborn is not the book (or series) for me.  I loved the blurb, got excited when I saw everyone’s glowing reviews, heck I even bought the fancy YA reissue covers because I just KNEW I would love this as much as everyone else.  Unfortunately that wasn’t the case.  Within the first 50 pages or so I felt slightly off about everything; while I was enjoying the characters and the actual story there seemed to be so much information dumping I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep going.  I pushed through to section two and by the end of it I was skimming.  The information just never stopped and so much of it felt unnecessary to me.  I can see how others loved it but I think with so much detail to process I lacked a full connection to any of the characters and therefore I never felt invested in it.
For the actual story line I LOVED the Ocean’s 11 planning and any element of magic is a good thing for me.  The way metals are used was very interesting and original and I really enjoyed reading about the different characters who could master one (or more) of the metals.

DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

For me?  Sadly, no.  While I liked the story and characters (see above) I felt we could have cut the book down by half if we wouldn’t have has so much description.  Do I want descriptive books?  Absolutely! But three pages of one guy’s internal monologue about something I’d consider not necessary or really contributing to the overall story? No thanks. Again, my opinion – I know so many of my friends love this one and the entire series but for me I think I will be stopping at book one.

Kristina’S RATING: THREE STARS

Avenger Rating 3 STARS


What Will Happen Next

Want to be a part of selecting our next book? Below are our three July picks that we’ve narrowed down from our current TBR list! These are three popular books we haven’t read, two of which are the first book in a series that so many of our fellow bloggers are so passionate about. For your vote to count, please comment below with your pick or head on over to our twitter hashtag #bookavengers and vote using our Twitter poll. Feel free to retweet and help promote your pick! Voting closes July 1 and we will be announcing the winner via Twitter that day.

JULY picks…

448873The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

Every Breath by Ellie Marney20300225

When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft’s numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft’s passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn’t right–and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he’s busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den–literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again…

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater10626594

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.


NextTime

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite and join us on Twitter on July 1st when we announce our July pick. As always, if the winning book is new to you as well please join us in reading, we’d love to chat with others about the July selection. See you soon!

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Sarah

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