Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: The Scrivener's Bones

The Scriverner's Bones
by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz #2)
Published January 1st 2008 by Starscape

In this second Alcatraz adventure, Alcatraz finds himself on a mission to meet Grandpa Smedry when he gets swept up by a flying glass dragon filled with his unusual and mouthy Smedry cohorts.

Their mission? A dangerous, library-filled one, of course!

They are on their way to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria (which some silly people think was long ago destroyed!) where they must find Grandpa Smedry, look for clues leading to Alcatraz's potentially undead dead father, and battle the creepy, dangerous soul-sucking curators who await them. 
*An ARC was provided by Tor in exchange for an honest review.* 

In The Scrivener's Bones we are reunited with sassy Alcatraz, Bastille and the gang when they set off to the mythical Library of Alexandria. #WIN. In case it wasn't immediately obvious, I was over the moon at the prospect of exploring the world's most famous library.  Even though the circumstances were far from ideal - and despite the fact that the librarians here are undead soul-sucking monsters, I knew I would have followed Alcatraz straight into harms way. And so I did the next best thing: I read his retelling of the tale with rapt attention.

As soon as I finished the first book in this series, I dived right into The Scrivener's Bones. Literally.  I am 100% already hooked on this series - it makes me happy in my heart and as lame as that may sound it's the only way to put it. The unique tone, the story itself, the characters...they make me content. Alcatraz narrates the story, but it's his older self retelling the adventures and perils of his youth. He constantly breaks the fourth wall in a constantly entertaining and witty way; his sass and irreverent humor really sets the tone for these stories, which are a mixture of suspense, magic, humor and action. The plot keeps you guessing and wanting to know more. So far, both instalments have featured a healthy mix of familiar tropes and fresh ones but the better-known scenarios always have a clever twist on the usual.

Fun fact: beyond a truly hilarious scene that finds Alcatraz intentionally drooling all over himself to get himself out of a tight spot (LMFAO), this volume contains a joke about author Garth Nix.  I have to say that Sanderson and Nix are my two all-time favorite male authors and both are among my top five authors of all time so having one of them make a joke about the other MADE.MY.LIFE. ♥

It's the characters and their unique magical abilities that set The Alcatraz Series apart. Alcatraz is immensely likeable, despite his best efforts to convince the reader that he's not.  His estranged family is a unique assortment of oddities, but they all feel like long lost friends to me already. And Bastille. Well, Bastille is one tough cookie but that's why I enjoy her. She's feisty, prickly and hard but she and Alcatraz are developing a very special friendship, which I am loving to my bones!

But the best part out of all this? The tongue and cheek references to Brandon Sanderson's other adult fantasy books. They're BRILLIANT. Sanderson fans of all ages will get a kick out of little Easter eggs scattered throughout about the Cosmere. You don't need to have read his previous works to enjoy these books, but us fans get a little something extra for our obsession devotion. Plus: these books are filled with gorgeous illustrations, edited in places so the words and illustrations mesh together on the pages in really eye-catching ways.

Considering my fangirling review of the first book in this series, I'm sure none of you are surprised that I loved The Scrivener's Bones just as much - maybe more! There was definitely no second-book-syndrome here.  And just as I did before, as soon as I read the last page, I jumped into the next book.

14 comments:

  1. I so need to read Sanderson. If you love him so much I know I will too. His books sounds so amazing. Great review!

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    1. I agree my friend ;) He's definitely one of my all-time favorite authors and I feel like he writes something for everyone (that loves fantasy of course LOL!) Thanks^^

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  2. This sounds fun! The mix of humor and magic, plus library of Alexandria? Yes please I don't think I've read anything w/ the library, but it's an amazing idea to visit it. And the inside joke about another author- nice to see that sense of humor. :)

    I need to read Brandon Sanderson at some point...

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    1. Exactly! I'd never read any books about the Library of Alexandria too, that's why I was so excited about the premise here^^ And that joke made my life HAHAH! The overall book was hilarious though :) And YES you NEED to read Sanderson Greg! Get on that ASAP ;)

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  3. This book was sooo funny. And would you believe me if I was totally waiting for your review of this book just to see what you'd say about the Nix mention? I know you are a fan, so when I saw that in the book, I was like, oooomg Micheline is going to love that! :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Ahhhh NO WAY?! LOL! That's awesome ♥ I just about died when he mentioned Nix, especially in the way he did! I laughed out loud and then I fangirled because they're my favorites :D You were right, I LOVED it!!

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  4. Wow, it sounds like this is a series for you! I'm glad it's working so well and you're enjoying the series so much. The allusion to the other books is awesome!

    Great review, Micheline!Have a fantastic weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Sanderson is always a winner for me, whether it's his adult books, his YA books or his MG books :D Thank you!

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  5. I totally need to read this series! I love that Sanderson references his own books AND Garth Nix; I'm such a geek over that sort of cleverness. Glad to hear that you're loving these books so much, my friend! :D

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    1. Hahaha I'm glad it's not just me, I pretty much lost it on the Nix joke :D I really hope you do give Sanderson another chance soon...with these, Mistborn OR The Way of Kings ♥ hehe

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  6. This sounds like a good fantasy series Micheline, and I'm glad you enjoyed the second installment :)
    I hope you're having a great week.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. It really is Lexxie! Thank you :) Happy weekend! xx

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  7. Hey now! I say 'makes my heart happy' all the time and I'm not lame! I'm incredibly hurt you would suggest such a thing LMAO :D I had already added this series to my to-read mostly for Zane since I'm always looking for something that he would enjoy. I think this is a series that he would love, and I'm glad to see that you enjoyed this one so much! Excellent review :D

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    1. LOL! Of course you're not lame, I just felt kind of lame saying that in this context for some reason? Yeah I'm having a lot of fun with the series! Thank you :)

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