The Hero’s Journey

This past semester I have been learning more and more about the hero’s journey and how important it is in stories.

Almost every story you read follows the hero’s journey.

If you don’t know what this is, then it can be broken down into 12 parts, which can all be found and explained in The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writer’s by Christopher Volger.

  1. Ordinary World
  2. Call to Adventure
  3. Refusal of The Call
  4. Meeting the Mentor
  5. Crossing the Threshold
  6. Tests, Allies, Enemies
  7. Approach
  8. Central Ordeal
  9. Reward
  10. The Road Back
  11. Resurrection
  12. Return with Elixir

You could pick any book from your bookshelf and find this structure. Heck, you could even look at your own story and maybe find this structure.

If anything, this might be considered the back bone of a story with you just putting in the words of your story you had created.

Over each week or maybe every other day, I will be going into each of these twelve parts to give you more insight about them.

I also highly recommend for you to read The Writer’s Journey if you are as writer.

Book Reviews

A Court of Wings and Ruin-Book Review(Slight Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: ACOTAR #3

Rating 3/5 Stars

Summary(Spoilers if you haven’t read the first two books): “Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.” -From Goodreads

Review: I’m finally writing this review after thinking about this book for a long time and I have my final thoughts for the end of this story arc.

One thing that I loved was Feyre. Her character grew into a strong woman and the journey she had gone through shaped her. I enjoyed her as the main character. Found her to be someone I could connect with, even in this book. Though I will say she wasn’t used to her potential. What I mean by that is she never used her powers or fought much in the battles. She only used a little bit of her powers and would standing off to the side while a battle happened just so we could see what was happening during it.

Something I continued to enjoy was getting to read about new characters like enemies and the other high lords. They all brought more life to this story and made the whole over 600 pages bearable to read. Reason I say this is because this book did feel too long at times.

The was scenes dedicated to talking about what should get done or what do and never actually doing it. There three almost long sex scenes that weren’t as great as the ones written in ACOMAF. They are cringy and don’t do anything to the story. Another thing was spending too much time in the Spring Court instead of moving along. This book could have been 100 pages less than it’s actual page count. Don’t get me wrong last 100 pages destroyed me, but that doesn’t save this book for how long it is.

The romance is good, I guess. If you enjoyed the romance in the first two books, you will like it in this one.

Also Sarah J Maas still does the great job of making characters doing a 180, changing who they are without it being a smooth transition.

Now, if your wondering if Sarah J Maas did good with representation, yes and no. Yes, she did put more representation in this book, which is a step in the right direction. Though also no because it wasn’t done right. I’m not going to spoil anything, but the representation could have done better.

I think I should mention this doesn’t close up lose ends because there will be 2 novellas and 3 books to continue the story.

The reason why I gave this book three stars instead of one or two, was because I did enjoy it because of characters and wanting to know the ending to the story.

Overall, this book is worth the read if you want to know how this story arc ends.

Book Reviews

The Legend of Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Origins-Review

Author: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillion

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “A new 9-issue miniseries with a story written and pencilled by Renae De Liz (“The Last Unicorn”)! In the beginning, there was only chaos. But Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, saw a better future–and eventually, her daughter would be destined to bring that new world to life. Before her ultimate fate unfolds, though, Diana of Themyscira must learn the important lessons of an Amazonian childhood!

Collects the 27 digital chapters of “The Legend of Wonder Woman,” later released in print form for 9 issues.”-From Goodreads

Review: If you don’t know where to start with Wonder Woman comic books, then start with this one. It is perfect for anyone to start.

The art was beautiful in this comic. I couldn’t help but stare at each page for a bit after I read it.

The story was easy to follow and fun to read. It does stay with her being made from clay and other things from her origins with some changes, but it was still enjoyable to read. It was nice to see how Diana’s character grew to be Wonder Woman in this comic. I don’t think any of the plot dragged at all. If it did, there was humor, emotional, and heart pounding scenes that made it move along.

Start with this comic if you want to start somewhere with Wonder Woman comics. This is perfect for new and old fans.

Book Reviews

Mask of Shadows-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Linsey Miller

Release day: August 29th

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Series: First book in a series

Summary: “Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears — Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal — their world changes. They know it’s a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.” -From Goodreads

Review: First thing I want to say is to go into this book not expecting it to be like Throne of Glass or the Girsha Trilogy/Six of Crows Duology. If you do, then you might be disappointed with the book when it it a pretty good first book.

I want to right away talk about the main character. Sal is gender fluid and was a great character to follow. They were funny at times, including interesting and smart. I was rooting for them to be one of the Queen’s personal assassins like they have been wanting. Sal was just an interesting character to read and follow in this world Linsey created. The other characters were interesting too, but for some of them I would have liked to gotten to know more about them than I did.

Linsey’s writing was like Elisa Kova with being easy to read and follow. It made the book a quick read, including making me want to read the next book. Though unlike with Air Awakens I didn’t have to force myself to finish, because I was enjoying this book. Just there were times when it could have been better.

As for the world, it was interesting, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of world building to show it off. There were only bits and pieces of this world getting explained or shown. Wish there was more.

This is worth the read if you like fantasy, as well as wanting a fast read.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Air Awakens-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Elise Kova

Series: Air Awakens #1

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.” -From Goodreads

Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. I found two thirds of the book to be boring, but the last third was my favorite. I liked the ending more than the beginning.

Elise’s writing was good. Her writing made was what made the book go fast for me. Though I do wish she could have gone more into the world and about the magic system. Also cut down on the number of characters that were introduced. I hard time keeping up with all the characters because they got introduced almost right away and it sometimes became hard to follow, since this book was less than 350 pages.

Speaking about the characters, I did enjoy some of them. I didn’t care for Vhalla in the beginning but I did start to like her more towards the end. I don’t how I feel about Prince Aldrik yet. I hate and love him at the same time.

The relationships in the book went too fast and didn’t take a good amount of time to take to develop. Like two characters would hate each other but then fall in love with each other after he said he was sorry to her and she would then right away feel different for him. I just didn’t like it.

Overall, I wish I didn’t fall for all the hype over this book. I’m sure if I went into it to just enjoy it then I’m sure I would have liked it more, but since I had high expectations, I didn’t like it as much. I will continue with the series because I’m interested to see what happens.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Our Dark Duet-Book Review(Spoiler Free)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Series Monsters of Verity #2

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary from Book 2(spoilers): “THE WORLD IS BREAKING. AND SO ARE THEY.

KATE HARKER isn’t afraid of monsters. She hunts them. And she’s good at it.

AUGUST FLYNN once yearned to be human. He has a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.



Kate will have to return to Verity. August will have to let her back in. And a new monster is waiting—one that feeds on chaos and brings out its victims’ inner demons.

Which will be harder to conquer: the monsters they face, or the monsters within?” -From Goodreads

Review: Victoria Schwab never lets me down. All of the books I read from her, including this one, has blown me away. She knew how to write a great and sad ending that felt like it wrapped everything up.

With this book I found it to be better than the first, because you really do feel on edge with the fact that anyone can die in this book.

What I loved most about this book was the world Victoria created. It’s interesting and I would love to learn more about how this world came to be the way it is. I just would love more of this world.

This book does have it’s slow moments but right away it makes up for it and you forgive the slow parts.

I’m not going to spoiler the ending but I want to mention it was good and it did make me cry.

If you have read This Savage Song, then you should defiantly read this. It very much worth it.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

King’s Cage-Book Review (Slight Spoilers)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Series: The Red Queen Series

Summary of Book One: “This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.” -From Goodreads

Review: This book bored me.of scenes that just didn’t add anything. It bored me so much that I skimmed the 300 pages left of the book.  This book could have been 200 pages less than 507 pages that it is.So many pages

Through out this book I hated Mare. She was whining all the time and never like tried to do anything. She just stayed in her nice room doing nothing. I wanted to see her try to do something to escape. Instead she kept hoping Maven would become the boy she knew in the first book and that he would break away from the damage his mother had done to him. I would like to mention she doesn’t pick either of the brothers. She kind of leads them on.

Also Maven isn’t a good villain. He doesn’t really do anything. He’s basically Joffery from A Song of Ice and Fire, but Joffery is still better than him.

I found the other two characters she wrote perspectives in were my favorite characters. I would enjoy those chapters more than the ones in Mare’s perspective. But, I will say there was a points when each of the three perspectives sounded the same, which is what I get afraid of when ever a first person story decides to go into different perspectives. Some times it can go well and other times it can go bad, like Allegiant.

I will mention that this did feel like a filler book. Almost like Glass Sword did, but at least Glass Sword was some what interesting than this third book. I also didn’t care for the fact that this was a dystopian with a mixture of fantasy, but I did think Victoria’s writing got slightly better in this third book.

I don’t know if I will continue on with this series. I loved Red Queen. I liked one out of the two novellas. I felt meh about Glass Sword. I just felt disappointed with this one because I was hoping this would save the series for me. Unfortunately it didn’t. Reading this had made me not want to finish this series at all.

I’m sorry if this was your favorite book. I really did try with this one.

Have fun reading!!!