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The Fifth Season


adult fiction- fantasy

The Fifth Season

Rating: 4.7     Goodreads rating:  4.3

Description: 

It’s the tale of an alternate earth called the Stillness, which is plagued by constant seismic activity. This leads to frequent near-extinction events called “Fifth Seasons” that keep humans on their toes. The evidence of past civilizations litters the planet — ruined cities, incomplete ‘stonelore’ handed down from earlier generations, and strange obelisks that float through the atmosphere like low-altitude satellites and serve no apparent purpose. The civilization that we meet in this book, the Sanze Empire, has survived for centuries by harnessing the power of orogenes — people born with an innate ability to control their environment. The orogenes can stop earthquakes or start them. They can save cities, or drawn power from living creatures and “ice” them. Their powers are terrifying yet essential, so the empire develops a caste of Guardians who have the power to neutralize the orogenes when necessary. The orogenes are held in contempt and called “roggas” by ordinary humans. Despite all their power, they cannot control their own lives. They are either hunted down and destroyed or sent to the Fulcrum to be trained and used by the empire. Imagine Hogwarts, if Hogwarts treated its students like chattel.

What I thought:

I found it to be very interesting and thought provoking. I kept comparing it to the world today. I loved how diverse the writing and characters are. I love the many topics it brings up that world that mirror ones in ours and make us think how everything that is done effects everything else. There is a lot of terminology to get used to, and the book is told in three intertwining narratives that at first don’t seem to match up, but once you get into the world and into the story, it is a fantastically rewarding read. It can get a tiny bit confusing but you will get it. The reason it gets confusing is just so the surprises and final parts of the story are more entertaining and more dramatic. I found especially towards the end that characters stories were heart wrentching. I can’t say i loved everything that happened with the characters cause when you like a character you want everything to be great and how you like it to unfold. I think that is also what made this a great book though it did not play out to my expectations and was fresh and new and made me have feelings about all that happened and stayed with me after i finished making me want to dive into the next book. The only downside for me was i did get a little irritated that the characters kept changing and i would have to stop and think back to other parts cause my short term memory is not the best. I also was confused at the last few lines of the book (can anyone explain it to me?) I am thinking it is because you need to continue to the next book to find out what it means maybe. I enjoyed the writing style so much in this book and the description that I was sucked in pretty easy. It was not a fast read for me but one that was worth it.

favorite passage in the book:

“Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives everyone else receives by default. tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who scoff at the contradictions, and tell the rest that the dead deserved annihilation for the weakness and doubt. Then they’ll break themselves trying for what they’ll never achieve.”

~ I liked this passage because i felt it is so much of what the world shows us today. Whether it is race, class, gender, immigrants, anything that identifies you as different or makes you feel less than this passage made me think of that.

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YA – fiction- mystery

One of us is lying ~ Karen M. McManus

rating: 2 (slightly disliked it)     goodreads rating: 4.o

description: On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

What I thought: I wanted to love this book like so many others have and i tried hard to do that but, for me it fell flat. I just had problems with it being so much like the breakfast club and pretty little liars mixed together. Don’t get me wrong I loved both of those shows however I don’t always enjoy remakes or retelling of stories. I found the characters to be to stereotypical and the storyline and characters to predictable. I felt I already knew the whole book before even getting into it. I was not surprised by the ending at all. I do think it has some redeeming qaulities. It has a modern feel and the little secrets that come out where somewhat fun. One relationship helped me move through the book. I somewhat enjoyed it but did not love it cause nothing was surprising to me.

what was my favorite passage: I guess I would say my favorite part was the interaction between the brain and the criminal even if i did know what would happen.

would i recommend it: hmmmmm. maybe to a teen not sure.

 

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What Girls are made of ~ Elana K. Arnold

my rating:  4             goodreads rating: 3.7

description: When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now Nina is sixteen. And she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, just to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What if she is not a girlfriend? What is she made of?
Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are. She’s been volunteering at a high-kill animal shelter where she realizes that for dogs waiting to be adopted, love comes only to those with youth, symmetry, and quietness. She also ruminates on the strange, dark time her mother took her to Italy to see statues of saints who endured unspeakable torture because of their unquestioning devotion to the divine. Is this what love is?

what I thought: I had a love/hate relationship with this book and it being written for the young girls audience. wow! Surprised me. If you’re looking for something that is going to push boundaries, and not hold back on much of the goriness of being a girl, this could well be the kind of book you’re after. She talks about miscarriages, masturbation, and martyrs. About self-induced orgasms vs. unsatisfying sex with the object of her affection. She works in a high-kill animal shelter and talks openly about the dogs that are more likely to be adopted than others, and what happens to the animals who are put to sleep and EVEN MORE.. The only part i was not sure on how realistic was the abortion part because i have never met a girl who did not have hurt over having one even if it was a horrible situation but maybe there are some that are so happy they did. This is not for adult readers who would get easily upset by young girls learning or openly sharing these things. I went back and forth in my feelings as a parent and my feelings of what it was like when i was a girl. I mean it is realistic just not sure how i feel about a author talking to them about those things. Over all I came out liking it. It is real and the struggle of girls and women hood is not an easy one.

My favorite passage: In this particular book I felt so bad for the girl most of the book so I would have to say my favorite part did not come til the last few pages of the book but they were a lifesaver. I WILL SAY THIS…it helped to read the authors note at the end of the book and i would suggest reading it first. whew…hardcore this author is. I think you will either love it or hate it not much in between.

 

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YA-fiction-coming of age

Radio Silence ~ Alice Oseman

my rating: 5  (loved it!)     goodreads rating: 4.2

description: https://youtu.be/eT4NStHsUPI 

What I thought: This was easy to read book for me and I was so interested in the creative aspects of it and into the interesting character of Aled. I could not put the book down easily. I mean where was that run away sister? I had to find out deeper into that family.

My favorite passage: There were many of those. Strangely I think my favorite part was the relationship Frances had with her mother. It was not a huge part of the story but I loved how laid back and accepting her mother was and how they would spend time together and share life. It touched me.

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   YA fiction – drama

The Wrath & the Dawn ~ Renee Ahdieh

rating: 5   (loved it !)     Goodreads rating: 4.2  

Description: Khalid is a boy king who is flying through women brides marrying them one day and having them killed by morning. Shazi has just seen her good friend killed by the king and offers herself up to be his next bride so she may stop the killing by killing him by sunrise but she finds herself falling for him making it a problem of killing him.

What I thought: I was drawn in by this book because of the beautiful cover and inside art and decided to give it a chance. I am glad i did because the characters pulled me in and made me want to learn them. The surprise for me was the story within the story that Shazi (as the king calls her) tells the king to prolong her life was so interesting like getting two books in one. I loved the tension and watching things unfold and the dynamics between her and the handmaiden as well.

A favorite passage in the book: ( I love how she Shaharzad stands up for herself)

Shahrzad’s mouth fell agape. “Listen to me: we can either stand in the hallways of the palace and shout at each other , or you can let me have my way now and spare yourself the trouble. When I was twelve, my best friend and I were falsely accused of stealing a necklace. The shopkeeper’s fourteen year old son said he would let us go for a kiss each. I broke his nose, and my best friend shoved him in a tough of water. When we were confronted by his father , we denied the entire incident, and I had to sit outside our door for a whole night. It was the best sleep of my life.”

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Where you can find it: amazon, ebay, library

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Posted: March 31, 2017 in New Books
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David Gregory, christian fiction, 2016

Rating: 5    Goodreads: 4.3

descriptionEmma is hurting deeply after a breakup. She is struggling with how biblical scripture relates to her modern life and why God seems so far away. She gets a envelope that says “open” and that begins an adventure where she goes back in time to meet Jesus.

What I thought: This book brings Jesus and his time on this earth come to life in a personal way. I loved every bit of it. I read it all in one night. It makes the gospels simple, relatable, and to the point.

Favorite part: I enjoyed all of the book but the part that touched me was towards the end when Jesus is explaining how we give our lives to Him so He can live his life through us. It explains how we have everything in Him. I also liked how he explained how not forgiving people kiss something in ourselves.

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My Best Friend’s Exorcism

Posted: September 4, 2016 in New Books

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Grady hendrix- horror/comedy-fiction

*Note: I read this before published so I can not quote anything directly only generally.

Rally Rating: 4/5 (really liked it) not my favorite genre but loved the time period and friendship.

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

Description: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act…different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?

What I thought: Normally I am not a fan of anything involves satan. LOL. I gave this book a chance however because i love the time period it is set in. I have not really seen any books that dive into the time of my childhood in a way I could relate to and it was a blast to re live some of it again. I also loved the humor and the complexities of friendship in the characters. I think some of the religious parts may put some readers off but it is life and we deal with the same topics in real life so I thought it made it more believable.

A favorite passage in the book: One of my favorite passages would be a spoiler so I will just say any part in the book where a friend fiercely stuck up for the other. Saving the other from hurt or rejection. I love how when you are young friendships seem so dear and feel so close. I think the world could use more people standing side by side helping each other through. I also loved the references to her car cause i never had one but my friend and I adored her little escort that took us everywhere that used to die every time we turned a corner to fast.

Where you can find it: amazon, retail stores, library

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Harry Potter and the cursed child

Middle grade – fantasy

Harry Potter and the cursed child ~ J.K. Rowling & John Tiffany

rating: 3.5       Goodreads rating: 3.76

description:

The script to the play. (in play format) It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

What I thought:

I was so happy to see the characters I loved again. It was so fun to see the crew as adults dealing with their own children. I enjoyed the new aspects and revisiting characters and places from the original books. It was a fast read although it may take time to adjust to the format. The downside was the format, the shortness, and the retelling of things that already happened. I also was disappointed how dumb they made Ron seem. In total I liked it but was no way as good as the original books with such rich content, details, characters and emotion but i still liked it a lot.

would i recommend it:

yes but with warning of the format and how short it is.

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Every heart a doorway

Fiction

Every heart a doorway ~ Seanan McGuire

rating: 2.5 (did not like)   goodreads rating: 3.8

description: Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost

What I thought: I thought the idea of it was very interesting but where the story went with it I did not really enjoy. I found it to be too dark for my taste. The mystery solved just felt flat to me. The crude adult talk did not seem nessecary. I don’t know I just did not enjoy it so below is someone who did love it.

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Born a Crime

Adult – bio- non fiction

Born a Crime ~ Trevor Noah

rating: 5    goodreads rating: 4.5

description: https://youtu.be/YHzElvrSUEc

What I thought: I thought it was fantastic!! I love Trevor Noah’s comedy and wit. I found his story extremely interesting and dramatic. I feel his story like all of ours is part of the whole world’s story of how we interact and deal with each other and struggle to hold on through struggles and see victory in our lives. I think many can learn a lot from what he shares with other whether about his life or the observations he tends to share in his stand up. He had a rough road and he often got himself in a little trouble (which bugged me when he would say it did not bother him lol).  I enjoyed learning his story.

My favorite passage: My favorite part was his relationship with his mom. she was a strong women for sure. I had to laugh at the conversation jabs they would have on views and religion. She did what she truly felt she needed to do and in a way i felt his book was a tribute to her more so then just his story. Gives his mom applause for working so hard and holding onto faith.

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Lost Lake

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Sarah Addison Allen – fiction/relationships

2014

Rating: ♣♣♣♣ (really liked it) simple but comfortable

Description: Eby Pim has lost her husband and for the last year herself. She wakes up with a new drive to be there for her daughter who she decides to take to the summer resort of her youth. What she finds there is exactly what she needs in the perfect place, perfect time and the best people she could have imagined.

What I thought: I have followed and read each book by this author but, I was a little put off by the description of this one and was not sure i would enjoy it. I decided to give it a try anyway. I am SO glad i did. For me it was the perfect summer reading book. It brought back all those feelings of summer and vacationing and the loves of country girls like me. As i read about the lake, cabins, and barbeque’s by night I was taken back to my youth as well. I could smell the summer and the food. I could hear the music and the people. I could feel that feeling of being somewhere away from home but feeling like you were really home. It made me want to visit the place. With a little bit of magic thrown it in it was touching, fun, and I could relate to it.

A favorite passage in the book: “She remembered her grandmere (grandma) once holding out her spotted, papery fingers and telling Lisette that old hands made the best food. Old hands can hold memories of good things, she had said.”

I loved that passage because it is so true! When we think of someone we loved who has aged whether it is a friend, mother, or grandmother we do not concentrate on what they are on the outside but on their spirit and who they were to us and the love they showed. Everything seems better to us when it is made or done by someone we really care about and the more wise they are the more they tend to know. I thought of my grandmother and my mom in this passage.

Where you can find it: amazon, ebay, library

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Damage Control

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Dean Merrill – christian non-fiction

Rating: ♣♣♣♣ (really liked)

Description:his book addresses what Christians are doing that makes them look bad and turns away those who are far from God. It gives us a guide and suggestions on how to avoid bad behaviors that are not Christ like. The shines light on how we can better represent the Lord in our daily walk and with other Christians and avoid arguments and division between Christians.

What I thought: I felt this book did a great job in shining light on how christian’s can hurt their own image and represting Christ in how they are behaving. I loved the examples and instruction on how we as christian’s can better come together and represent ourselves better. I like how this book promotes peace and understanding between believers and non believers alike.

A favorite passage in the book: One of the parts of the book that stood out to me was how christian”s treat each other and how they really show do that.

Another part was the author expanding on the scripture: Luke 14:12-14 in which he talks about how Jesus dinner a very nice dinner tells people to continue to have dinner’s but not to invite friends, or family but instead to invite strangers–the poor, lame, blind. How many of us are brave enough to reach out and do that for people who are not close to us? This is really stepping out of our comfort zone like Christ so many times ask us to do.

Where you can find it: amazon, some churches, library, ebay

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Express housekeeping

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Anna Shepard

Rating: ♣♣♣♣♣ (loved it)

Description: Shows you how step by step to quickly clean your home with simple techniques and ingredients.

What I thought: I was very impressed at how this book shows you simply and visually how to clean without all the complicated talk and techniques. I love the photos and steps and the little tips along the way. It also does not go into all kinds of cleaners but, keeps it very simple and pretty natural. I think this is a great book for people needing the basics of house to clean their first home.

A favorite passage in the book: I felt all parts of the book were useful but, for myself personally I liked the part that teaches how to quickly clean your oven. (something I do not do much of)

Where you can find it:

amazon, library, and more.