The Moon Is A Loyal Companion

“It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do.  Every day its a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.

Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections. “

Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

This is my favorite part in the whole book. The way the Juliette describes the moon is the way I feel about it. Growing up by the lake, I would always go down at night and sit on the dock, when the moon was out it was like I wasn’t alone.

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Betwixt

Betwixt

For Anyone Who Has Wandered

BETWIXT: A place, a not-here, not-there world somewhere in between.

I believe that Tara Bray Smith the author of Betwixt puts it so elegantly, “I liked the idea of there being an alternative current that hums and crackles just at the edge of our visible world. Now I realize it is a metaphor for the sometimes confused and ill-at-ease way we feel in our lives , but as a child I thought of it more realistically: if you enter that forest, you’ll go somewhere else. Somewhere exciting!” I love that idea that if I go through this closet or fall down that hole, I will be transported into a world that is not my own. Not a world that is make-believe or part of a fantasy, but somewhere that is within reach, somewhere that is on the other side of that door.

I am not going to lie I am 22 going on 6! I live for the fantasy and fairy tale life, that just within reach world that is so different from my own. Going to school and dealing with the ups and downs of everyday life sometimes makes it hard to remember what being a kid really feels like, the carefree days and wild adventures. Books allow me to feel this way without even moving from the couch. In the book Betwixt, Smith resonated those feelings within myself. She made it possible to put yourself into the book and relate to Morgan, Nix and Ondine. At the beginning they seem like normal kids, who live a normal boring life. After a trip out to a rave in the middle of the woods these three realize that they are not as normal as they thought. They actually belong to a group called the Fay, and are actually changelings  (fairy creatures traded at birth with real children, with odd powers and seeming lack of human empathy). They began to question the life they have been living and the people they have grown to know and love. If they are changelings who else around them also belongs to this fantasy world. They have a hard time grasping the concept and their destiny as fay.

I did enjoy this book, but not for the main reasons one should enjoy a book. I really found the way in which Smith approached the story amazing. It is not until half way through the book that you find out what the characters actually are, but you learn about their life and how oddly they all became part of each others lives before they knew the truth. I also enjoyed how Smith wrote the book from multiple perspectives, it really gave the book depth and allowed you to learn more about each character because you could see them from others eyes. The one thing that I feel like lacked in this book is Smith left many questions unanswered and many things very vague. Having a high interest in the fantasy and fairy tale life, I was able to make inferences and assumptions about many events and questions I had, but if someone were to pick up this book having no background I feel like they would be left confused. I also did not find the ending quite satisfying. With this as well, it is left open, which can be seen as a good thing because it leaves one to create their own idea with what happens etc. It was just left to open and with no real direction.

“When you find something out about yourself that you’ve always known, how are you supposed to feel? Not shocked,because the knowledge isn’t wholly a surprise. Not at ease. Consciousness rarely breeds ease.”

-Tara Bray Smith, Betwixt

Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: YA Paranormal/Romance

Insurgent

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“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”

– Veronica Roth, Insurgent

As the factions start to collapse and after one faction is put into a simulation to attack another one, it is up to Tris and Tobias to save the lives of those who have had their right to make decisions taken away. Living with the memories of the past and actions she had made, Tris, is having a hard time dealing with people who used to be her best friends. In an attempt to save the hidden information about what is outside the gates of the society, Tris goes against all of her friends and love of her life, Tobias, to find out that her mom was keeping the secrets of what existed before.

I found Insurgent to be a little less exciting than Divergent. I feel like Roth had a hard time creating a strong story line to follow-up the epic, exciting action from the first book. I do believe Roth could have made Insurgent a lot more appealing if she did not spend so much time filling it with fluff. Through parts of the story I could not manage to put the book down and then there were other parts that angered me and I could not keep reading. I have to admit the ending is a definite cliff hanger and I am patiently waiting for the third book release in October of 2013.

I feel like I really do not have else to say about this book. I feel like a lot of times books that come in series, the second book always falls a little short because the writer wants to drag out the series when they really should not. I feel like besides the extremely important moments of action the second books are never really memorable.

“It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.”

– Veronica Roth, Insurgent

One thing that I feel like Roth accomplished was to make me fall in love with Tris and Tobias’s view and reasonings for choosing Dauntless. I also feel that need to be free and in control of my own life.

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Dystopia

Coming Soon: Allegiant (#3 Divergent Series)

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower- Finished

That awkward stage in life where everything is confusing and new. A new crush every week, the confusions of sex and the other gender, growing up and truly finding yourself, those four years of high school really help to create the person you are. Filled with laughter and tears, there was never a dull moment in high school. Feeling all alone or surrounded by friends, ones mood and surroundings seemed to change in an instant.

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

Chbosky, Stephen (2010-06-25). The Perks of Being a Wallflower (p. 211). Simon & Schuster, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I feel like all of us go through some of what Charlie experienced. All of us of those moments of doubt, depression, and loneliness. Those times where we feel like no one understands what we are going through or why we do what we do. We even have those great times filled with laughter and happiness that create wonderful memories that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Even like Charlie, we all have/ had that teacher who cares too much, but we appreciate them for everything they did and how they helped guide us and figure out life one step at a time. So even though all our problems differ, I really fell like Chbosky captured the true essence of the teenage life, joy, self-doubt, angst, love, friendship and the feeling of that moment where we all really do feel INFINITE!!!

Divergent

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” We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

– Dauntless, Divergent (Veronica Roth)

The book Divergent by Veronica Roth follows the lead of many new trending books appearing on the “best-selling” to movie track. Roth does a fantastic job of presenting a “new” world in which society is divided by turmoil and is on the brink of erupting.In this new age society all citizens are divided into what are referred to as fractions. At the age of 16 each child must decide whether to stay within the faction they were born into or leave for another life, starting all over and leaving their family behind. The young girl Tris (Beatrice) goes through the life changing formation and troubles of leaving her family and faction behind to start  a new life of her own, in search for a place where she will belong.

I thought Roth did an excellent job portraying the different factions by differentiating them by personalities, clothes, jobs and even the way they lived their lives. The term “divergent” is meant to refer to those who have aptitudes for more than one faction. I was highly intrigued by how by the end of the book it seemed that even though being  “divergent” was seen as a bad thing, many people seemed to carry those traits. It is much like the world in which we live in today, many people carry various traits and attributes that allow them to apply themselves into many different subjects and task and I feel like that allows for many people to resonate with the characters in this piece of literature. As I was reading through the book, at first I associated myself with one faction, the dauntless, but as I went on it became apparent that I contain qualities from each of the other factions erudite, candor, amity and abnegation. For me, a big part of enjoying a piece of work is the ability it allows me to feel like I am actually in the book and have that connection to the events that are going on. So as I have never lived in the world described in Divergent, while I was reading it I seemed to lose myself within the book until I put it down again and reality slowly set back in .That is a great quality of a book to bear. Following the trials and growth of Tris engulfed my being for that time I spent reading the book. For that time, I belonged in a world which was not my own and it was incredible.

Rating: 5/5

Genre: YA Utopian and dystopian fiction

Book Two : Insurgent

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

I am currently reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Stephen Chbosky does a marvelous job at genuinely capturing a perspective of high school life that is sometimes forgotten or overlooked, being a Wallflower. The format in which Chbosky tackles through this piece of work kept me guessing throughout the book at exactly whom Charlie is addressing his letters to , but also brings up the question of ” Why does he feel the need to share his story with this person?”. The use of letters makes it seem a lot like the diary of Charlie and really helps to give a better insight of Charlie’s life and who he is as a person than a normal style of fiction writing. I feel like this book has a lot of topics that resonate with the public. From entering high school, losing a friend, making new friends, sexual interaction between teens, dating and just normal dysfunctions within the family life are all issues which any teenager in the world can relate to.  I am 3/4ths of the way through and I am highly enjoying following the progress and growth of Charlie!

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower : Finished

Taking A Step Into Another World

Sometimes when one place doesn’t seem like enough and all you want to do is get away, jump into a different life and different world, nothing fills this void better than a great book! Books allow me to leave my reality, for however long it is, and in that moment life seems better. I can hide away from all my troubles and not worry about what tomorrow holds.

One of my favorite books of all time is Alice in Wonderland. Cracking the book open and instantly I am taken into another world. One with adventure and mystery, where anything can happen. A world in which a cake can make you grow and a drink can make you shrink, animals talk and a cat that disappears exists. When my life seems like too much to handle, taking a trip down the rabbit hole takes me to a place where anything can happen.