But then, during the main climax of the story, everyone pauses for explanation and there is a lot of weird dialogue instead of describing what's happening around them. Also, spoiler alert for anyone who feels like wasting time to read this horrible book, the final battle between 2 giant warriors is horribly described and improbable even in the fantasy world. And what was everyone else doing during this time? Standing around and looking up at the giant fighters, but somehow not getting stepped on?
Even in fantasy things have to make sense, and nothing about these books makes sense. The biggest question of them all is how the hell did this crap even get published? I'll have to be more professional when writing my review, but I'm so ill I had to waste 3 weeks of reading on this crap. Jan 23, Brit McCarthy rated it liked it Shelves: arcs-and-first-reads , inbetweens , reviews , reads , books-i-own , summer Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Medallion Press, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book from a LibraryThing giveaway, not realising it was the third in a trilogy or really knowing anything about it at all. What I entered into was a complex world or worlds, I should say far beyond my expectations. Considering that this book is the third and final book in a trilogy, the author did a good job of catching me up to spee Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Medallion Press, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Considering that this book is the third and final book in a trilogy, the author did a good job of catching me up to speed in the first couple of chapters so that I didn't feel so in the dark.
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However, I was still missing a lot and at times there were things I didn't understand or could have used some context, which is to be expected when I came in as the story was drawing to a close. I can still appreciate the imaginative and complicated plot of the novel, but the large cast of characters made it hard to feel connected to any of them.
They arrive abruptly and were there for a short period, then gone and replaced by someone else just as quickly. This made it hard to see any real character development among any of them. I did however enjoy the plot twists and turns, particularly the major one at the end, and am intrigued enough to maybe pursue how it all began.
Loved the cover and loved the concept of the story. However didn't know it was 3 in a trilogy. It was written in a script like way. A lot of short sentences with a few clever words thrown in, A very choppy read, it didn't flow and at times I needed to re read as I couldn't quite get what was going on.
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I was actually quite confused through much of the book. The scenes were underdescribed and left t Loved the cover and loved the concept of the story. The scenes were underdescribed and left too much up to the readers imagination. Some characters pop up in such small splashes that you forget who they are and their relevance to the story. There are a few areas where the story is well written and you are pulled in Loved the twist! I think if the story was condensed a bit it would appeal to the age group. I received this arc to read and review. This might have been due to the fact that this is the third book in a trilogy that I have not prepared for by reading the previous two, though I doubt it.
There were a lot of people quickly entering the story and disappearing just as quickly. There also was a lot of telling how characters felt rather than leading us there gently so we can feel and believe those feelings. The story was very imaginative and the world building was OK but I never actually cared for any of the characters and checked my progress obsessively hoping it would end soon.
Maybe it would be more fair of a review if I were to read the first two books and then pass judgment but I honestly can not bring myself to do it. Jun 08, Cellerbe rated it liked it Shelves: read-books , urban-fantasy , ya , magic. For some reason this book was really hard to find.
Because of this it has been some time since I have read the first and second books. This book left me wanting more. Part if that could be because there was information I forgot from the first books or because of poor writing. The book felt rush and concluded like many other fantasy books that follow this type of storyline. Sep 02, Chin-Ning Chong rated it liked it.
Not bad. Interesting theories began to pop out towards the end. More enjoyable than the previous two books, I might add. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Science Fiction. About James Bartholomeusz. James Bartholomeusz. James Bartholomeusz lives in Hertfordshire, England, with his parents and two brothers, but is currently studying English Literature at the University of Exeter. When not reading or writing, he enjoys films and British comedy. His first young-adult novel, The White Fox, is published in December by Medallion Press, with two more in the same series to follow.
Other books in the series. The Seven Stars 3 books. Books by James Bartholomeusz. No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But, in defense of the book, it was really, really a new idea to me. I feel like I say this in a lot of my reviews, but here I actually mean it.
Moving between a multitude of worlds with new creatures and etc. With the right development, descriptions and emotions, this could have been a very popular book. I've also been hearing that the author is pretty young. For someone his age, this is quiet an accomplishment. Still, Christopher Paolini did a much better job. Dec 16, OpenBookSociety. Bartholomeusz has a lot of great potential as an author. The characterization was barely existent which made it difficult, as a reader, to connect to Brought to by OBS reviewer Annabell Review: Author James Bartholomeusz is the first young adult author to be published under Medallion Press new branch of publishing where Young Adult novels are written by Young Adults i.
The characterization was barely existent which made it difficult, as a reader, to connect to the various amount of characters he created. The pacing and fluidity were constantly at odds with one another. Scenes consisted of pages of description which not only sounded illogical at times but were also far too prolonged causing the story to feel weighed down.
The author gives off the impression he was trying too hard to wow his audience by force of heavy worded descriptions. There are elements of The White Fox that did work though. Jack, along with his best friend Lucy, are thrown into several different worlds filled with spaceships, dwarves, elves and goblins.
There are medieval elements as well as futuristic. There is also a lot of magic and one of the aspects I really liked was the fact that magic could be conjured by anyone instead of being limited by one set of mythological creatures or by the main hero. I also like the link to Greek mythology in the good guys being Apollonians and the Cult of Dionysus acting as the villains. My favorite character was the White Fox, Inari. Inari is snarky and sneaky and wise. The White Fox is a decent novel.
There are sections readers will very much enjoy. Aug 29, Taylor rated it it was ok. I find it difficult to write a review like this one, to both credit the author and offend the book. How to begin I guess I shall start with the book.
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Some people really enjoy this genre, of goblins and demons and elves and the highest level of fantasy there is. I am one of those people who are not die-hearts but still can enjoy it. I didn't enjoy this. Some people probably did, but to me it was almost forced, like the words don't blend together smoothly. For me, I personally did not enjoy th I find it difficult to write a review like this one, to both credit the author and offend the book.
For me, I personally did not enjoy this read. However, I have nothing but credit to give to his author. I have heard that this is his first book, and in terms of it being his first book, I think he did a phenominal job. I easily could tell that this author was only just begining, still testing to see what he likes to write and exploring his abilities. Through his words- such clever, descripted words- I could tell he is an amazing author. He has a passion and a gift for words, a gift that has not yet been honed to perfection but it well on its way to being honed. Through his words I could see his eye for detail, his love of writing, the future he has in the writing company.
And, though the book did not enjoy me as much as the author would have liked it, I have nothing but good words to say to him. If you are reading this, James Bartholomeusz I love your last name , and I hope that you are, know that you are gifted. Beyond gifted when it comes to writing. The book you wrote was unique and designed to a specific audience, and I think it being released in the era of dystophian novels didn't help.
Sometimes I enjoy this much fantasy, but not always. Just because I don't doesn't mean others won't. Trust me. Someone important will recognize your gift and acknowledge you for it. Don't give up.
Some people will say nasty things, but don't ever give up. Keep writing. Keep writing and never let bad reviews get you down. Jun 05, BadgerofBooks rated it really liked it. The white fox is a young adult book with next to no romance and for me, a young adult who's not a fan of romance, that makes it a rare and valuable find. The friendship between Jack and Lucy is fiercely strong and they both are very easy to identify with.
Jack's awkwardness and Lucy's character development make them a great pair to journey through the events with. The authors description of alchemy is easy to understand and the invention of the golden turtle is very original and unlike anything e The white fox is a young adult book with next to no romance and for me, a young adult who's not a fan of romance, that makes it a rare and valuable find.
The authors description of alchemy is easy to understand and the invention of the golden turtle is very original and unlike anything else I have read. A nice nod to doctor who is made through the dimension ship and as a whovian that made me smile. The descriptions of the settings and the demons throughout regularly took my breath away. I study classics so the Apollonians and the Cult of Dionysus were fantastic names for formidable heroes and foes. Inari is an awesome character, mysterious and sassy which is always a good mix. Bal turned out very differently than I first expected which was a nice surprise and the bond between Alex and Jack is enviably but dangerously strong.
There is a good mix of humour throughout that balances the darkness of battles against the cult very nicely. It's against sexism and racism which is great though I hope in the next book women become less shiny objects and more integrated into the plot, fingers crossed for a woman warrior with a shard. Also, the main character remarks that some of the situations are a bit cliche comic book and that sometimes takes away from their enjoyment. However, overall I thought this was an excellent book with a great overall message that you can overcome great obstacles if you work together.
It's the best book I've read with no romance in a long time and I'm looking forward to reading more of the author's writing and seeing how it develops. The ending gave a very interesting setting to the next book and one I am sure will be a fantastic read. Apr 16, Star rated it liked it.
Jack Lawson is an ordinary sixteen year old, living in an orphanage and with few friends. One day he sees a white fox and then Jack and his friends are attacked a few days later by mysterious figures wearing hoods to disguise their features.
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Later, Jack finds out the attackers are from the Cult of Dionysus when they are rescued by the Apollonians and taken to a different planet. The Apollonians need Jack to step up and become their savior and fight off the Darkness which threatens to consume the Jack Lawson is an ordinary sixteen year old, living in an orphanage and with few friends.
The Apollonians need Jack to step up and become their savior and fight off the Darkness which threatens to consume them all. Jack must overcome his fears, learn the mythos that rules his new world, and face the enemy head on to vanquish it. I found The White Fox to have some issues. Some of the phrasing and the plot seems a bit awkward and choppy at times. The character development is a bit haphazard and there seems to be some missing pieces from the puzzle. I hope the next two books are more polished because I think there is a lot of potential in this author.
Dec 23, Cellerbe rated it liked it Shelves: read-books , ya , giveaway , own. I received this book from the give-away. I enjoyed this book. As other reviewers pointed out, this author is a good writer with great potential to be great. The story was fun and a quick read. A typical fantasy story that takes elements from some of the classic fantasy stories. There are two things that I have problem with: first being that there are some random pictures that are added in between or next to the writing.
Lastly, the first fifty pages or so is fragmented and split between several di I received this book from the give-away. Lastly, the first fifty pages or so is fragmented and split between several different characters, with most of the characters not introduced. While I know that it was use to keep things mysterious but it felt unnecessary.
Other than those two small things, this book was enjoyable and worth reading if you like fun, YA fantasy books. Sep 24, Blake Norby rated it did not like it. This was the most horribly overwritten book I've ever read. I don't understand how there were so many words and so little was said.
Relationships suddenly appeared out of thin air. We know that Jack spent 3 days on a ship with a captain named Ruth, but all of a sudden when he was leaving he had feelings for her? Nothing was shown of the two of them even being in the same room. And Jack and Lucy's relationship, the supposed central friendship, isn't show at all. Lucy hardly even speaks throughout This was the most horribly overwritten book I've ever read.
Lucy hardly even speaks throughout the book and we get nothing of her character. Horrible, horrible book written by a wanna-be hipster who could give the cast of Dawson's Creek a run for their money with the unnecessary vocabulary. I hate that I have to read the 2nd and 3rd of this god-awful trilogy for my review. View 1 comment. It has potential but I feel like it is being overly detailed in a few parts, which sadly doesn't contribute much to the plot.
The main chara is your normal shounen main character. A lot of mysteries are remain unclear until the end of the book one is either to make you pick up the sequel or the author is trying to cut everything into a defined number of It has potential but I feel like it is being overly detailed in a few parts, which sadly doesn't contribute much to the plot. A lot of mysteries are remain unclear until the end of the book one is either to make you pick up the sequel or the author is trying to cut everything into a defined number of pages - but of course both still leave you feel irritated.
Decent but not the book I would recommend. There are a lot of better books out there. Aug 13, Dirkasaur rated it did not like it. NEVER judge a book by its cover. Dec 23, Rachel W rated it it was ok. Sep 10, Lucy Takeda rated it it was ok. I knew this was in the young adult section when I checked it out. However, I expected more. There's lots of, " He saw this," and " They did this. There was not much in terms of mental or emotional explanations. Plus, I'm sorryan evil demon that resembles a lobster made me giggle.
Yeah, they have sizable pitchers, but I immediately wanted to go look for melted butter! Mar 06, Ivan Zheng rated it it was amazing. Honestly, from the beginning I was hooked into the book. The characters, the complexity, the fictional science, all seemed real. It felt like I was one of them. I actually fell out of my chair once, because i was at the edge, literally. So if you want to have a really good, complex, and exciting book to read, i can recommend this book to you. Jan 05, Jordan Levy is currently reading it. Don't lose faith in the book!!! Yes the author is young and there are a few analogies that some people don't understand but everyone's reading experience is different, at least try it out.
I like The White Fox so far. I'm tempted to read this because apparently the author is my age Although, judging by the reviews so far, my expectations aren't very high. Sep 29, Lorrie rated it did not like it. Sep 02, Chin-Ning Chong rated it liked it.
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The plot is boring, but I like the setting. It is pretty interesting, except for the excessive use of descriptives. Dec 01, Jacquelyn Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , good-evil , mytholohy , nook , own , paranormal , demons. Jack lives an average life in southern enghlish town, his world is about to out of control, when he meets the white fox.
This was a great little read, I enjoyed this book. Dec 16, Sara added it. Feb 04, Catherine rated it it was ok. Oh my. It gets 2 stars as it was readable and I liked the Fox character. Nov 27, Rhiannon rated it really liked it. Somewhat confusing in the beginning, but it ends up making sense. I really loved Bal, the dwarf, and Lucy's kinda funny human. Feb 06, Jenna rated it did not like it Shelves: fantasy , young-adult , didn-t-finish.