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Weregirl by C.D. Bell

weregirl Nessa Kurland is running for her life. A college scholarship for cross-country is her route of Tether, Michigan, a town on the brink of shutdown since it was stripped of its resources by corporate polluter Dutch Chem.

Talented teammate Cynthia Sinise invites Nessa on a nighttime run through Tether’s overgrown forest trails. But she speeds ahead, leaving Nessa to discover a trapped wolf.

Nessa tries to free the animal but is badly bitten instead, ruining her hopes for a strong fall season with the cross-country team.

But her freakishly quick recovery is followed by improved running times. All her senses are heightened.

Nessa has transformed. She has become a werewolf.

In her new state, Nessa learns there are things about Tether that powerful people want to keep hidden. Why does a Nobel Laureate work at the small-town medical clinic? Are top college athletic scouts really interested in her emerging talent? Can she trust Chayton, the motorcycle-riding guide her friends have afith in?

Nessa must navigate her junior year and true human darkness, while making peace with her new, wild nature.

Weregirl by C. D. Bell (Book 1 of the Weregirl Trilogy)

Published: November 2016

Edition: First Edition

Genres: Science Fiction, YA

Shelved: Science Fiction, YA

Pages: 387

Rating: glasses iconglasses iconglasses iconglasses icon

How I Came to Read the Novel 

I was contacted by the Marketing Manager from Chooseco, the publisher of the novel, who offered me an Advance Reader’s Copy of the second book in the trilogy, Chimera, in exchange for an honest review. I accepted the offer. However, I do not like reading series out of order, so I purchased the first book in the trilogy, Weregirl.

My Thoughts 

This book is a well-written story about a girl coming-of-age in a small town, a town she both loves and wants to escape from. Along with this classic idea, the female protagonist named Nessa Kurland must come to grips with her new-found shape shifting power.

What I loved about this book is that despite the supernatural and fantasy elements of shape-shifting into a wolf, there are elements of reality that are at times raw and even unpleasant to think about. By this I mean the addition of a fictional corporation by the name of Dutch Chem that polluted the water of Tether, Michigan thereby leading to a generation of children born with health problems. This part of the story reminded me of real life events such as the pollution of Flint, Michigan, Woburn, Massachusetts, U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp LeJeune, and countless others. In this manner, Weregirl manages to raise awareness of environmental issues and the importance of corporate responsibility or lack of that pollutant corporations undertake when their actions are discovered. Nonetheless, Weregirl takes the evil corporation to a whole other level by making them part of a nefarious experiment that disrupts the laws of nature and breaks laws of ethical medical care and research experimentation.

Alongside this issue of environmental disasters, racism and cultural appropriation also appear within the book, albeit in a more subdued manner. These issues come into play when Nessa seeks help from mysterious, handsome, and Native American associated Chayton. These moments of racism are more reverse racism, in which Chayton disregards Nessa’s feelings and lack of understanding. And while these moments are a bit refreshing, they also seem to be awkwardly placed. If you were a teenage girl who is suddenly giving the power of shape shifting into a wolf, you would also be highly confused and wanting answers.

The running aspect of the novel is also highly extensive and enjoyable for another girl who enjoys running. For others who do not run as a hobby or a sport, the in-depth running moments may seem too long yet these moments are necessary. They demonstrate the desperation that Nessa wants to leave Tether. As well as the way she is plunged into a whole new life.

The romance within Weregirl is typical teenage drama, self-discovery, and great to read about. It is a bit cliche, but beautifully written and that all makes all the difference. Mixed in with the teen romance is the action of wolf pack fights, trespassing and entering into multiple buildings, and cross-country meets. All of this makes Weregirl an almost impossible to put-down book. And I am very excited to dig into its sequel Chimera which promises to have more action and conspiracy.

I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a slightly different fantasy/ sci-fi read. Or a new tough as nails heroine to cheer on.

 

 

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Hunted cover Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood.

She knows that the forest holds secrets and that her fatheris the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

But Yeva’s grown up far from her father’s old lodge, raised to be part of the city’s highest caste of aristocrats. Still, she’s never forgotten the feel of a bow in her hands, and she’s spent a lifetime longing for the freedom of the hunt.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman.

But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obssessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s heard about only in fairy tales. A world that cab bring her ruin— or salvation.

Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Published: March 14, 2017

Edition: first edition, hardback

Genres: Fantasy, YA, retelling

Shelved: Fantasy, YA

Pages: 374

Rating: glasses iconglasses iconglasses iconglasses icon

How I Came to Read the Novel

This book came to be in my hands through the subscription box Book Boyfriend  (now, no longer available). Before it came I had seen it swirling on many a Bookstagram feed and, I must admit, I fell in love with the gorgeous cover.

My Thoughts

Even though I loved the cover of this book, before I began to read it I had a bad feeling that it was going to be a bad retelling: corny, cliche, and cringe-worthy in all the bad ways. I was wrong. Completely and indisputably wrong.

Now, it did take me about two or three chapters before I really began to inhabit the world of Yeva, but once I was in  I stayed in. Yeva is a caring sister, stubborn, and craves something more, an unnameable unidentifiable more. This wanting of an adventure of something besides her everyday life is easy to relate to. Her rash bravery and her deep feeling allow her to finally find her adventure, her something more. Before she finds what she is really been searching for, she must first be tested both emotionally and physically.

Before she finds what she is really been searching for, she must first be tested both emotionally and physically. Reading these moments of physical strain was very vivid and at times terrifying. Spooner describes the stretching of joints and the ripping of muscles to a  terrifyingly accurate degree. Being a runner and workout lover, everytime Yeva was sore or in physical pain due to the training she underwent in the book I felt it as well. I credit this to Spooner’s gift of realistically describing the physical pain Yeva underwent and her understanding of human anatomy. Seriously, my friends, Spooner does not shy away from pain, blood, carnage, or death.

That makes it sound like the book is a lot gorier than it actually is. It is an adventure book full of the forests, a lonely girl who becomes courageous, magic, and the realization that monsters have not always been monsters. There are just moments sprinkled throughout that are messy with blood, and these few moments are expertly crafted so that you feel, taste, and smell everything that Yeva experiences.

Aside from Yeva, we also get some of the Beast’s thoughts in journal entries or stream of consciousness (it was a little unclear) before the start of each chapter. These Beast moments are brief and yet they convey so much. They were at times confusing, but I was glad for them nonetheless. Especially as the novel was coming to a close and the Beast wrote/thought less and less. The power of silence can convey so much more than words, and this is an excellent example of that.

I also greatly appreciated the Russian flavor throughout the novel. I think this can be a bit easy to miss if you haven’t read Russian fairy tales before but the stories that Beauty [Yeva] tells the Beast are Russian. “Vasilisa the Beautiful” who bests Baba Yaga, the many stories of Ivan, and the Firebird. I think Spooner made” Ivan The Little Humpbacked Horse” all her own by making the horse a wolf and incorporating that into the Beast’s own predicament. I thought it was clever and really showed Spooner’s talent as a writer. But perhaps I am biased. I am a Russian Studies minor and so Russia with all her history and culture holds a special place in my heart, so perhaps this novel has a special place in my heart because of the Russian touches [which are mostly accurate].

Nevertheless, this Beauty and the Beast retelling is top notch and I suggest all those who love the fairytale also give this retelling a try.

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Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

eveything leads to you 3 Emi has been entrusted with her brother’s Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, but she isn’t sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he’s gone. She may be a talented young productoon designer, already beinning to thrive in the competetive film industry, but she still feels like an everage teen, floundering when it comes to romance.

But when Emi and her friend Charlotte discove a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi finds herself chasing down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life. The search leads her to uncover a decades-old secret and the potential for somethig truly epic: love.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour

Published: May 15, 2014

Edition: 2015 Speak paperback

Pages: 336

Rating:glasses iconglasses iconglasses iconglasses icon

How I Came To Read the Novel

My bookstagram friend Jana, at jaythereader, posted it about it on her feed and I was immediately drawn to the cover. After asking her a little bit about the book, I added it to my TBR on Goodreads and proceeded to find a copy of it. I bought my copy off of BookOulet.com.

My Thoughts

Everything Leads to You is a novel full of the sweet hope of life, of a young life who is just beginning to really experience the world by itself ad who is energized with the promise of adventure, of love, and an ideal.

The novel has great and loveable characters. Emi, our protagonists, is an artist that one cannot help but believe in her dream as well as admire her talent. Emi is a dreamer but she has Charlotte, best friend, to keep her grounded as well as give her the push she needs now and then to keep on dreaming. And Ava is the dynamic and complicated character that we all need—in varying degrees—in our lives to provide spice, zeal, and adventure.

Half of the time, the girls are zipping across SoCal either for their work or to help solve the mystery that landed on their laps one day while they listened to a record. The other half seems to be spent on a film set of some kind, as Emi continues to improve and hone her skills. These scenes are magical. They give the reader glimpses of behind the movie scenes as to how movies are created. They gave me a deeper appreciation of the art and talent that production designers have.  It also made me wish the film that Emi gives her heart to Yes & Yes where a real film I could go and watch. It sounded perfectly lovely and seemed to me a film that would tug at the heartstrings and make you think.

This is a lesbian romance of sorts, so if other forms of love outside of the one male and one female heterosexual norm not your thing, maybe this book is not for you. There are no risque moments, but moments that we all experience: do they like me back? This is also not a book with self-doubt about sexuality. Emi knows what she likes and is not afraid to express it. She shows that sexuality does not define who she is, but is an extension of who she is. She is just Emi. This is another aspect of the novel that I really appreciated.

There is a soft and sweet overtone that pervades all of the novel, which in my opinion made it a perfect summer read. It is easy to follow and full of dreams. The perfect book to kick off summer is you are loving for a light romance.

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Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

emily of new moon Emily Starr never knew what it was to be lonely—until her beloved father died. Now Emily’s an orphan, and her mother’s snobbish relatives are taking her to live with them at New Moon Farm. She’s sure she won’t be happy. Emily deals with stiff, stern Aunt Elizabeth and her malicious classmates by holding her head high and using het quick wit. Things begin to change when she makes friends: with Teddy, who does marvelous drawings; with Perry, who’s sailed all over the world with his father yet has never been to school; and above all, with Ilse, a tomboy with a blazing temper. Amazingly, Emily finds New Moon beautiful and fascinating. With new friends and adventures, Emily might someday think of herself as Emily of New Moon.

The Anne of Green Gables series has been one of my favorites heroines since I was a little girl. Anne was so dreamy, imaginative, and so positive. For the longest time, I also believed L.M. Montgomery, the author of this series, had not written any larger works besides Anne. Now, I knew she had written Chronicles of Avonlea, but I did not think she had created other little girls with quaint, lovely villages. Thus, when I discovered that she had (thank you Bookstagram!) I snatched them up as quickly as I could.

When I finally made up my mind to read Emily’s trilogy, I was scared that she would be too similar to Anne or too different. Emily is her own person; her own, loveable, spunky, and a bit proud person.

Emily Bryd Starr is an imaginative and nature-loving girl like Anne is, but she is also proud (but not too proud), straight forward, and courageous. Emily inhabits Fairyland most of the time and the Real World at others. When adults and other children attempt to tell her to be normal and not ‘so queer,’ she asks why in earnest for she also likes to know things. When others ridicule her, her little soul rises up and shows her adversaries that she is serious about her words, her poetry, and her stories. Emily, in short, is full of courage, full of hope, and full of love.

Her new family at New Moon is excellent in the terms that she has discipline and order instilled through Aunt Elizabeth and encouragement and indulgence in Aunt Lara. A ‘good cop, bad cop’ routine that allows Emily to grow up healthy in body, mind, and soul. Her other family members are a mix of mean and rude, understanding and kind, and everything in-between. They allow for adventures and misadventures that shape Emily’s character.

Perhaps, one of the things that I enjoyed about this book ——besides Emily and her great personality—is how the idea of Hope and Love are shown through the characters. Their words, their actions, their thoughts. Emily shows great amounts of Love for those lucky enough to gain her affection and those who love her show the many different ways one can love. Easy and simple, stiff and true, shallow and in-the-moment, deeply and sweet.

The novel, Emily of New Moon, is great if you want to be reminded of the magical nature of words and their power to touch one’ s soul; as well as an inspirational and endearing story of a girl as she attempts to follow her dream and make both her dead father and her new family proud.

 

 

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The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The_Hidden_Oracle My father’s voice still rings in my ears.

Can you believe Zeus blames me for the gods’ battle with Gaea? Just because the earth goddess duped one of my progeny—Octavian—into plunging the Greek and Roman demigods into a civil war that nearly destroyed human civilization. I ask you, how was that my fault?

Now I’m cast out of Olympus in the form of a sixteen-year-old mortal boy, acne and all! Sadly, I’ve been punished this way before. I know I will face many trials and hardships. I can only hope that if I suffer through them and prove myself worthy, Father will forgive me and allow me to become a god again.

But thus time my situation seem much more dangerous. One of my ancient adverseries knows I am here and is having me followed. The Oracle of Delphi remains dark, unable to issue prophecies. Most embarrassing of all, I am bound to serve a demigod street urchin who defends herself by throwing rotten fruit.

Zeus could not possibly expect me to fix the Oracle problem by myself. Not in my present weak condition. It’s time for me to drop in on Camp Half-Blood, where I might find some talented fodder…er, I mean heroes to help. No doubt they will welcome me as a celebrity! They will bring me holy offerings, like peeled grapes, Oreos, and—oh, gods—perhaps even bacon!

Mmm. Yes. If I survive this, I really must write an ode to the power of bacon…

The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Book 1)

Published: May 3, 2016, Hyperion Books

Edition: First Edition, Target Edition

Genres: YA, fantasy

Shelved: YA. fantasy

Pages: 376

Rating:glasses iconglasses iconglasses iconglasses icon

How I Came to Read the Novel 

My sister is a big Rick Riordan fan and now that summer has begun for me, she thought it was high time I read The Trials of Apollo.

My Thoughts 

What a great start to a new book series! Rick Riordan is a master in intermingling humor and dire circumstances into a coherent and laugh-out-loud novel.

From its first sentences, The Trials of Apollo: The Hiden Oracle is funny, sarcastic, and enjoyable.  I had some reservations about this series, for what can compare to Percy Jackson and his friends as they do their best to save human civilization from ancient curses, demons, and gods? Apparently, Apollo the Sun God turned human and attempting to regain his godly status while saving humanity along the way.

Apollo is extremely sarcastic, funny, full of faults, and for the first time realizing the full spectrum of emotions and the human body and what it is capable of. For the first time, really human. In this manner, Rick Riordan creates a novel that captures the human spirit and the trials and triumphs that one faces throughout a human life. Simultaneously, he continues to teach so many of us about Greek and Roman mythology. By continuing these series, he continues to encourage us to not only enjoy the act of reading but also to keep learning for there is so much still to learn. And perhaps most importantly of all, Rick Riordan continues to show to his readers what friendship and what a life fully lived looks like through the adventures and interactions of his characters. Of Apollo and Meg, of Will and Nico, of Harley and Leo, and Percy and Annabeth and Grove before them.

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I also greatly appreciated how Percy finds himself inside this novel, no matter how briefly. He who started it all may not be the main star no longer, but it is still nice to see him involved and alive in the universe still. I hope some of the old favorites will continue to pop up here and there as this series progresses.

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Musings On Kafka’s Metamorphosis

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I have owned The Meowmorphosis, the Quirk Classic of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, for at least two years; however, me being me, I refused to read it until I had read the original work of which it was based off. Thank you, Barnes and Nobles for having a sale in which all of your Barnes and Noble Classics edition were all on sale for $5 flat.

Now, going into The Metamorphosis, I knew the gist of the story (or arguably, the novel)

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for it is one of those stories that you cannot escape knowing the gist of. Popular culture has rendered this impossible. Perhaps my earliest introduction to Kafka’s famous work was through the children’s television series known as Arthur (1996-present) which parodied The Metamorphosis in the episode titled “Bugged.”

 

Nevertheless, no matter how much exposure I had had for the fictional work, I was not prepared for the beautiful and grotesquely vivid prose that I now know is characteristically Kafka. The story follows Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman and dedicated son, who one day wakes up to discover he is a creature most disgusting. From then on, one follows his life as a bug and the son who provided for everyone is now a burden upon those he most loves. The story is disgustingly vivid, horrifying, and at times heart-wrenching; a reader takes turns feeling sorry for Gregor and sorry for his family.

The edition I bought from Barnes and Noble also contained some of Kafka’s other short stories, which I greatly appreciated. Although The Metamorphosis is perhaps his most well-known story, I found myself enjoying “The Penal Colony” the most. It is twisted, vivid, and at its core, profoundly sad. It conveys the feelings of one who is stuck in the past, who remembers the glory of the old days and refuses to accept the new coming age. Thus culminating in an act of deep symbolic meaning that is reversed and made instead into a hideous act for those who look on. All of this, of course, while commentating on the use of torture in the criminal justice system, the bureaucratic nature of our civilized societies, as well as what it means to be a civilized person.

After enjoying Kafka’s disturbing and yet enchanting work, I then finally decided to tackle Coleridge Cook’s The Meowmorphosis that has stared at me morosely on the shelf for two years. It follows Kafka’s original work almost to a T, except of course that Gregor Samsa is transformed into an abnormally large and cuddly kitten instead of the cockroach he is so often through as; there also seem to be some references to Kafka’s novel The Trial, although not having read it, I cannot be too sure. This reimagined classic, while perhaps easier to read than the adventures or misadventures of a bug loses some of the great genius of the original. It is more trying on one’ emotions for it is tens times easier to feel sorry for a cat than it is for a cockroach. And perhaps, this is one of this reimagining’s strong points: it allows the reader to more easily see the family’s ingratitude, selfishness, and meanness— something that is harder to achieve in the original.

I am glad I was able to have my own sort of Kafka Fest for I read his short stories, the graphic novel of The Metamorphosis, and Cook’s reimagining. Without a doubt, he has made it onto my favorite author list. I encourage you all to read something by Kafka if you have not already, and to my fellow feline lovers definitely give The Meowmorphosis a read.

 

 

 

 

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Melody’s Key by Dallas Coreyell

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“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

Published: June 24, 2016,  AsherRain Publications

Edition: Alternate cover edition, pdf.

Genres: Romance

Shelved: Romance

Pages: 305

Rating: glasses iconglasses iconglasses icon

How I Came to Read the Novel 

A digital copy of this book was provided for me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts 

Dallas Coryell’s Melody’s Key inhabits the genre of Romance, a genre that I do not typically venture into. Having said that, I found this novel to be addicting in the same manner that television sitcom is addicting: brilliant at times, cheesy at others, cringe worthy at its low points, and incredibly profound in its high points.

I was especially pleased with all the music, both fictional and real (the lyrics that appear in the novel are from actual songs the author has written and performed) that is incorporated into the novel. I am no master of music, but the incorporation of the music gave the novel an added beauty that really allowed me to enjoy the book. It also gave me so appreciation into how much work it takes to create the music that so many of us appreciate today.

Aside from this music love, Melody’s Key also provides the reader with amorous love, the love of friendship, and the love of family. By having so many ranges of the emotion, Coryell provides an incentive to keep on reading and catch glimpses into the different facets of Love.

The adventures that Tegan Lockwood and Mason Keane undertake are endearing, shocking, and entertaining to read. At times these adventures appear to be far fetched and seem implausible, but for the most part these adventures are amusing scrapes, wild nights, and the familiar rites of passage that any new couple undertakes. As a reader, I found myself mortified at the moments when this couple gets caught and pleased when they got away with their escapades.

Becoming emotionally invested in these characters is a sign of a good book and I definietly recommend this book to all of you who love a good romance. My only concern is that there are some scenes that might not be appropriate for younger readers. If you are 16 and older, I think this would make a good romance book to read.

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April TBR

 

My spring quarter begins in two days! Perhaps three books on top of all my assigned reading is too ambitious, but one never learns one’s limits until one tries.

Iris Johansen’s Shadow Play was a book gifted to me by my sister and it has been on my TBR too long already. One thing I have learned over the years is that my sister always buys me the best thrillers.

Emma Donoghue’s Room was suggested to me by one of my best friends. I bought a copy off of ThriftBooks.com in early January.

Jennifer Donnelly’s Lost in a Book was gifted to me by my mother. She knows Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales ever.

What books are you reading this month? Have you read any of the ones I propose to read? Let me know in the comments below.

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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark CYRA is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

AKOS is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Published: January 17, 2017, HarperCollins

Edition: First Hardcover Editon, Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins publishers)

Genres: Science Fiction, YA

Shelved: Science Fiction, YA

Pages: 468

Rating:glasses iconglasses iconglasses iconglasses icon

How I Came to Read the Novel

The book came in February Out of this World themed BookBoyfriend Box.

My Thoughts

I have read very mixed reviews on this book, but for the most part, it seems, that not many people are enjoying this book. The major complaints are that this book is too slow or boring. I very much disagree with these sentiments.

Yes, at first the book is a bit disorienting. It is a science fiction YA novel, so there is a learning curve to the culture, lifestyle, and slang of a very different universe. Aside from this small learning curve, the book is very intense. There is a ruthlessness to more than one of the characters, perhaps another reason some of my fellow book bloggers have not enjoyed the novel, but that I find to be very realistic of the setting described and the childhoods these characters are said to have lived.

The book is told in two alternating points of view, those of Akos and Cyra. When different viewpoints are used, I find that one of the characters is either a hit or miss for me. Veronica Roth wrote two very distinctive viewpoints that I enjoyed. I did enjoy Cyra a little bit more due to her blunt manner of speech, her strength of both body and mind, and the fierceness in which she loves. Akos was a wonderful opposite to Cyra’s cutthroat surroundings, though this does not mean he is a weak character himself. Akos is sensitive but very capable. Together, these two characters create a narrative that displays very different kinds of strength: from bodily strength to mental strength to emotional strength.

For those who claimed the book to be boring, I find it a shock when one considers just how much action there is in the forms of battles, specifically those that have Death as the fate of the loser and Life for the winner. Add a form of supernatural power for every character and prophecy into the mix and the story never lulls.

Speaking of prophecy, I very much enjoyed the villain of the novel, Ryzeck. While a complete manipulative and desperate mad man, I must admit that his main conflict is the ever controversial binary of Fate vs. Freewill. And perhaps, this debate of predestination and the option of choice sums up the novel very well. Being an advocate of Free Will, I found myself very much surprised by how much I was on the side of Fate during the course of this book. Ryzeck is truly an example of how far Man will go to attempt and change their Fate, their own personal being for success, and the length and costs of appearing Strong.

If you have read the book, let me know what your thoughts were. Were you bored and let down? Or appreciative and amazed as I was?

 

 

 

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March 2017 Wrap Up

 

 

Hello, fellow bookworms!

I am very sorry for being MIA for the past two months, but I am back! And just so you all know that I have still been reading here all the lovely books I have read for March.

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
    • This was vigorously recommended by a friend. She was right about its splendid prose and enchanting style that is so uniquely Oscar Wilde. I recommend it to all of my classic lovers or if you just want to try out a classic but don’t know where to start, then give this little novel a try.
  2. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    • This one was required reading for my Tragic and Comic Vision course. It was an interesting to read. I am not completely sure I understood all of it even though it is such a short play (only two acts).
  3. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by MitchAlbom 
    • This was my remaining Mitch Albom book that I had yet to read. It os just as good as all his previous work. Mitch Albom does not disappoint!
  4. Little People, Big Dreams: Agatha Christie by Isabel Sanchez Vegara
    • This is an adorable children’s book that I saw floating around Bookstagram and that I just needed to buy.
  5. At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie
    • I read this for the Agatha Christie online book club on Bookstagram known as the Maidens of Murder.  This is a Miss Marple mystery.
  6. Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie
    • Being a huge Agatha Christie fan, I couldn’t just stop at one book! This was a Hercule Poirot mystery.
  7. Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell 
    • This is a book I was given by the author to read and review. Review will appear on my blog in the following week, so keep your eyes peeled for it!
  8. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
    • I received this book through one of my book boxes. I was very excited to read another book by the woman who wrote the Divergent series. A review will appear very soon.

2017 goodreads Goodreads Update

If you have been following me here on this blog, Instagram, or Goodreads then you know that I typically read 100 books a year.

I barely managed this goal last year and I also realized that I did not enjoy the rush. Reading had become a sort of chore at the end of last year, which really shocked me, seeing as reading had been my escape and stress reliever for years. In light of these feelings, I have decided to make my reading goal this year 50 books. If I surpass this goal, great, but I just do not want to be adding any more stress to my already stressful life.

Current status: 17/ 50.

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It was my birthday month, so I thought I would splurge.

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelley was a gift from my mom. Everything else was bought by me in either my campus bookstore, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository.