1. Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part One (The Promise #1) by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzo, Michael Dante DiMartino and Gurihiru
Continuing from where the animated series left off, we see Aang and Zuko working together to bring back their Fire Nation troops back home from the Earth Colonies. However some of them made a home there and a family too. It was hard for Zuko to come to a decision because Aang and him don't see eye to eye regarding this matter.
I grew up watching the animated series and even till now it's still my favorite show ever. I was obviously excited to read this and indeed I wasn't disappointed. It shows that there is still some problems even after Aang defeated Fire Lord Ozai. Since I can only find the first volume of The Promise trilogy, I find this book too short and I wanted more!
2. Deadpool: The Complete Collection - Volume One by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Steve Dillon, Paco Medina, Carlo Barberi and Bong Dazo
Because a Deadpool movie is going to be made, I decided to give reading its comic a go. I had little idea of who Deadpool is so it's interesting reading about him. He is one complicated guy. He's fickle and impulsive and those are some of the things that he and I have in common. I love his randomness throughout the book. I still can't quite figure out if he's good or bad.
This comic book is quite a fun read because there were some random moments that were really funny. Deadpool's past still remains a mystery. There were a few theories on what happened to him but we don't know which is true. However, I sort of like that.
3. Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
This is my first time reading a new adult fantasy novel. It's not something I read because I'm not really a fan of fantasy novels. If it wasn't for my friend who forced / challenged me to read it, I'm pretty sure I never will. Despite the fact that this book has such high ratings ad good reviews, I wasn't entirely convinced that I would enjoy reading this book. The number of pages is already intimidating enough to turn me off from reading it. I decided to read anyway mainly because I don't want to get punished for failing the challenge. Little did I know that I would soon be emotionally invested in the book.
The story is set in a world where ashes fall from the sky and mists will come out at night. In a city called Luthadel, located in the Final Empire, there are two types of class groups: the noble and the skaa. The nobles are the rich ones, who dominates the city and are favored by the Lord Ruler. The skaa, however, are the poor ones, forced to do all the hard labor and were always badly treated. There were so much injustice in the country. One of the book's main character is Vin. She is a half-breed skaa who works for a thieving crew. She was a very quiet, reserved and paranoid girl. One day she was being rescued by a man named Kelsier who then asked her to join his team as the work on a huge task of overthrowing the Lord Ruler. What Vin didn't know is that because she is of mixed breed, she possesses Allomantic powers. Those people are called Allomancers. There are two types of Allomancers. One is Misting, referring to someone who can only use one of the Allomantic metals, or Mistborn, one who can gain powers from all Allomantic metals. Fortunately for Vin, she is the latter. Kelsier too. She then became Kelsier's apprentice and learn the way of Alllmancy.
Initially I found those stuff about Allomancy a little confusing and I had difficulty grasping the concept. But as I read further, I got a better understanding of it because of the way the explanations were being woven together. I thought that the author was going to dump chunks of informations about Allomancy, which is a boring sort of way but fortunately he didn't. Instead, he made put the readers in Vin's shoes and explained the whole Allomancy stuff as if we were the one learning about it. We also got to see Vin practicing it and I think that helps readers get a better understanding on how Allomancy works. Allomancy is a pretty cool power to have!
My most favorite character from this book has got to be Kelsier. He is one of the main characters. He is a charismatic, witty, funny, pretty optimistic and sometimes playful fella. Being charismatic and optimistic is what makes him an excellent leader. He led his crew with such efficiency. He's so determined that he can overthrow the Lord Ruler and bring justice to the skaa. That is another quality that I like about him. He is also like father to Vin. I love their father-daughter relationship. He taught Vin everything he knows about Allomancy and he gave her a lot of life lessons as well. He instilled good values in her and made her become a much better person who treasures friendship and cares not just for herself but for others as well. He is also protective of her and doesn't want to see her get hurt. What I love most about him is his smile. He is always smiling and I can imagine it's one of those sweet, genuine kind that gives you the assurance that everything is going to be alright.
Another one of my favorite character is Vin. She is timid, reserved and sometimes paranoid. She was sometimes badly treated in her old thieving crew. Being raised in that sort of environment might be one of the reasons why she has trust issues. Thankfully, Kelsier rescued her from that hellhole. For someone who is very new to Allomancy, she's a very fast-learner. I bet she is a special Allomancer. She seems more powerful than Kelsier but she's just not confident of herself.
Elend is another character whom I adore. He loves to read which is one of the qualities that makes him attractive. He is charming in an unconventional way. He is a remarkably intellectual and witty lad. If you like guys who read then you'll obviously be smitten by him!
This book delves me into the world of the Final Empire – a world of skaa and Allomancers and all their politics. The way the story is being written felt so alive and so fantastical. There were so many unexpected twists. There was a particular one that left me overwhelmed with emotions. At first, I was in a state of utter shock and sheer confusion. I refused to accept what had happened. Eventually, when I did, I was just so grief-stricken. That entire scene was bitter-sweet though.
Overall, the book is brilliant! For a person who is never into new adult fantasy novels, I find myself enjoying this one. I can't wait to read the next two books because I've still got questions and I need some answers!!