Sisters Red

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“I am confident, I am capable, and I will not wait to be rescued by a woodsman or a hunter.”

– Jackson Pearce, Sisters Red 

With Sisters Red Jackson Pearce tackled the fairy tale retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. In a world where Fenris (werewolves) roam in dark alleys disguised as beautiful men seducing and luring vulnerable girls into the dark, Scarlett and her younger sister Rosie hunt and kill the creatures that once upon a time killed their grandmother and took Scarlett’s eye. The hunt is all that Scarlett cares about and nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the Fenris that claimed her beauty and grandmother when she was younger. With the return of their friend Silas who is a huntsman, their is always an increase in the presence of the Fenris. Rosie struggles with the hunt and having a real life and when suddenly drawn to Silas the situation becomes worse. The hunt is all Scarlett cares about and Rosie does not want to ruin the bond that they share, but she is not passionate about the hunt but agrees to help Scarlett with the large amount of Fenris entering Georgia along with Silas.

There were times through this book that were slow and not all that I thought they could be. I am not much for happily ever afters and so was a little disappointed in the ending, but I guess it is a fairy tale so it is meant to have a happy ending. I thought the way in which Pearce attacked this story was creative and a nice twist from the original. I was just expecting a little more .  But the big mystery of who is the potential and to be the next in line was easy to figure out and did not create much suspense. Also Rosie was a pretty dull character and besides toward the end when she finally came into her own she was just following Scarlett and was not her own person. There was not much that jumped out and was spectacular. It was intriguing and was an easy read. Nothing like werewolves and a strong female lead.

“Knowledge does have a way of making you an outcast.”

– Jackson Pearce, Sisters Red

Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: YA- Fantasy-Fairy Tale

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Movie Adaptation Craze

I feel like recently there has been so many movie adaptation happening from the type of books I read. I do not know how I feel about this at all. Some of the movies have done such a great job and others have failed greatly. Since I also hate watching the movie before I read the books I now have to pick up my reading pace and get through a ton of books before the movie is released. The other reason I hate it is because so many people become obsessed with the movies and haven’t even read the books and it gets really annoying and sometimes ruins the love I had for the books. I very much like having read books and series that no one else knows much about and it seems like lately I do that and then all of a sudden they are being made into huge motion pictures and then all of a sudden everyone is obsessed with them. There is such a craze surrounding the books and I don’t like it, but then I do like to see how someone else envisions the book. It is such a double-edged sword and just another way for Hollywood to make money. Well that is my rant for the day.

ALLEGIANT [Book Review]

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There’s bravery and then there’s masochism” 

-Veronica Roth, Allegiant

In the aftermath of revealing the video from Edith Prior, the fighting continues as Evelyn controls the factionless and destroys the institution of the factions. Many people still believe  in and want the factions and create the group called the Allegiant. In the quest to discover what is outside the fence of the city, a group including Tris and Tobias (four) sneak out of the city and discover the truth. They discover that they are part of an experiment to create genetically pure people (divergent). Tris discovers that her mother was a part of the government and was placed into the experiment to work from the inside. The government has been keeping a lot from those within the experiment and the experiment is on the verge of being disbanded. Tris and her friends must figure out a way to save the people from the city and get rid of the harmful label of “genetically damaged” that has limited peoples advancements and ways of life. Tris takes the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends and family.

I had mixed feelings about this book. I feel like Roth should have stopped after the 1st book. I am not a fan of the multi narrative in this book. The other two are from the perspective of Tris and I understand in a way why she chose to write it this way, but I did not like it. The beginning of the book was very confusing and there was a lot going on that caused me to have to re-read it. I did like the way in which Roth finally began to answer some questions and give background to how the city, experiments and world came to be. The addition of all the gene information takes the book in a very different direction and seemed very confusing and proved to be kind of boring. It took me until the last 100 pages to really get into the book. Tris and Four have changed a lot and I don’t think I like who they have become. Four has become soft and so obsessed with Tris, I liked him much better as the strong dauntless that he once was. And Tris has become so self involved and cocky. This book was a let down for me. I thought the end was surprisingly well done and I am very picky about endings, but the beginning of the book dragged on and was a waste of paper.

It is impossible to erase my choices” 

– Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Rating: 3.5/5

Genre: YA dystopia

Other Reviews in The Divergent Trilogy

#1 Divergent

#2 Insurgent

Divergent Movie Review 

Arena One

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Had I but died an hour before this chance, I had lived a blessed time; for, from this instant, There’s nothing serious in mortality.”

– Shakespeare, Macbeth

This was like the best part of this book. I love that quote by Shakespeare, but the rest of the book was a huge let down and I am not even going to spend much time on this review because I do not think anyone should spend time reading this. I did believe Morgan Rice had a great idea and something that was new to anything else I have read, but towards the middle of the book it seemed to change direction and the story turned into this massive love triangle story. One of the worst things about this book is that is was so poorly edited. I almost didn’t finish the book because of that fact. I can understand a few mistakes in the book, but there were so many that it is embarrassing for the author and book editor.

Rating: 1.5/5

Genre: YA- Dystopia

Mystery of the Quote

Come little children, I’ll take thee away

into a land of Enchantment,

Come little children, the time’s come to play

here in my garden of Shadows.

 

Follow sweet children, I’ll show thee the way

through all the pain and the Sorrows.

Weep not poor children, for life is this way

Murdering beauty and Passions.

 

Hush now dear children, it must be this way

to weary of life and Deceptions,

Rest now my children, for soon we’ll away

into the calm and the Quiet.

 

Come little children, I’ll take thee away

into a land of Enchantment,

Come little children, the time’s come to play

here in my garden of Shadows.

 

-Brock Walsh (“Garden of Magic”)

 

I got the book Come Little Children by D. Melhoff in the mail today. Not only is the cover beautifully done, but in one of the first pages I found this poem and immediately recognized it from the movie Hocus Pocus. While trying to locate the poem on the internet so I could just copy it and not type the whole thing, I realized that there is some controversy on who actually wrote the poem (said to be written by Edgar Allen Poe, but Poe’s fan do not believe it came from him). I am still a little confused on the origin of the poem, but according to Melhoff’s website this is the way to credit this poem:

 

Garden Of Magic

from HOCUS POCUS*

Text based on the poem “Come Little Children” by Edgar Allan Poe

Additional text by Brock Walsh

Music by James Horner

(c) 1993 Walt Disney Music Company

All Rights Reserved Used by Permission

*Adapted lyrics not used in film

Bottom line, I really enjoy this poem and found it very interesting that the origins and creator of the poem is a mystery! Well thats my rant for the day. 

Home for the Holidays

So I left this morning to go home for a week to spend Christmas with my family. This caused a huge problem for me. I am halfway through a book and was not sure how many to bring with me. Since I am on winter break I wanted to get through as many books as I could. I couldn’t decide on books and ended up only bringing one besides the one I am currently reading. I realized this would probably be a mistake because I would get through them and then have nothing to read. But to my surprise I still have a lot of books on my bookshelves at home that I haven’t read and should. A lot of them are from when I was younger so they are really short and a lot are also not really what I am into currently, but it never hurts to branch out. And with being shorter it will be easier to finish them. I would call that a WIN! Happy Holidays!

“Synonyms know each other like old colleagues, like a set of friends who’ve seen the world together. They swap stories, reminisce about their origins and forget that though they are similar, they are entirely different, and though they share a certain set of attributes, one can never be the other. Because a quiet night is not the same as a silent one, a firm man is not the same as a steady one, and a bright light is not the same as a brilliant one because the way they wedge themselves into a sentence changes everything.”

-Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me 

She has an amazing way with words.

Daimon

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Alex is a half-blood, the daughter of a mortal and a Hematoi: the child of a demigod. For the past three years, Alex and her mother have been running from an unnamed threat in their past, living among the mortals.

Now, the past has caught up with them and the daimons – which live to feed off the Hematoi and the half-bloods – have come for them. Alex must make a decision: face her present danger or run back to the unknown dangers of her past.

This is the Prequel in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s series The Covenant.  Like all novellas it was quite short, but very engaging. I was sucked in from the very beginning and can’t wait to read the first book Half Blood. Daimon is a book on the paranormal, but is a very different take on the supernatural world than I normally read. This was the first book I have read that is about demi gods and demons. I usually read about vampires, zombies and werewolves! This novella was a great insight into the world and life of Alex and was able to offer the background and starting point of a series. Cant wait to continue with this series!

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA- Fantasy

Coming Soon: Half Blood (#1 Covenant Series)

Unravel Me

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” Loneliness is a strange sort of thing                                                                                      It creeps up on you, quiet and still, sits by your side in the dark, strokes your hair as you sleep. It wraps itself around your bones, squeezing so tight you almost can’t breathe. It leaves lies in your heart, lies next to you at night, leaches the light out from every corner. It’s a constant companion, clasping your hand only to yank you down when you’re struggling to stand up.”

– Tahereh Mafi

Adam and Juliette are making a new life in Omega Point and learning about their powers. As she continues to struggle reigning in her abilities her and Adam grow further apart when she learns that she makes him weak and can kill him. The Reestablishment has learned of their location and kidnapped some people from Omega Point. The people of Omega Point must now prepare to attack the Reestablishment and the Supreme. In the first meeting with the Supreme, Juliette almost kills hims and they manage to take Warner as a hostage. Warner professes his love for Juliette and she begins to see another side of him and fall for him. But after he escapes and the people of Omega Point learn of the Reestablishments plan to attack they decide they must go to war. In the midst of battle, the Supreme shoots Juliette, but Warner is able to get the healers to save her. Omega Point is are war losing members, the Supreme thinks Juliette is dead and Warner saved Juliette’s life and keeping it a secret.

Mafi works magic with her writing. The story and plot could use some work, seeing as the 400+ pages mainly consisted of them in an underground compound, but it is beautifully written. I am obsessed with the way she uses words and phrases sentences. I also love how she continued the trend of striking out some of Juliette’s word so that you can see her thought process play out. I also became a huge Warner fan. I am team Warner! It is my belief that you want someone who will challenge you and make you a better person and that is what Warner does for Juliette. I have a feeling that I am gonna be let down in the third book and that something will happen to Warner. If she ends up with Adam I will be so upset. My favorite chapter was 62. It was absolutely amazing and shocking and had everything that makes a great moment and twist in a romance. I re-read this like three times. I would suggest to pay attention to this if you ever read the book!

“And even when you’re ready to let go. When you’re ready to break free. When you’re ready to be brand-new. Loneliness is an old friend standing beside you in the mirror, looking you in the eye, challenging you to live your life without it. You can’t find the words to fight yourself, to fight the words screaming that you’re not enough never enough never ever enough.                                                                                                                         Loneliness is a bitter, wretched companion. “

– Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA

Coming Soon: Ignite Me (#3 Shatter Me Series)