Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

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I literally just finished this book a few minutes ago and I was not disappointed!

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother has been missing for over a week and with the help of a street fighter named Wolf, Scarlet sets out to find her. This is the second book to Merissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. In this book we focus on the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. Like Cinder, Scarlet is pretty badass. She even carries around a gun that her grandmother taught her to use when she was eleven! How bizarre is that! Wolf’s character is supposed to be a little broken but at times I thought he was a little too pathetic.

At the same time this is happening, Cinder is trying to deal with a revelation that scientist, Dr. Erland revealed to her at the end of the first book( read review here). Towards the end of the second installment she meets up with Scarlet which sets them on the path to meet Cress who is the next character is this series.

I have to say this series is highly entertaining! Unlike Alex Flynn’s retelling of the classice fairy tales, the Lunar Chronicles overlap and they characters interact with each other which I love. Overall, I give the second book a 5/5.

Until next time!

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From the Laundry Room

Apparently traditional tampons contain chemicals.

Sorry male readers, you might want to skip this post or use it as an opportunity to get over the whole, “eww tampons” business. I’m sure the females in your life will appreciate the effort.

Back on topic, tampons, as in the materials that make up the things, have chemicals according to some article I read. They are not regulated by the FDA, which is strange since they are literally put inside female bodies.

I really need to work on not reading things and then spending half my day researching and creating a life plan based on the information some college intern probably posted on a lifestyle feed I’ll never be able to find again.

Focus is not my strong suit to begin with, so those extra little “you might also be interested in this” links are a killer. Last week I was almost convinced…

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Go Ask Alice

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Yesterday I finished the book Go Ask Alice and it was not what I expected.

Go Ask Alice is about a 15 year old who develops a drug habit which eventually leads to an overdose that takes her life.

The book is written in diary form and was considered to be based off a real life girl in the 70s. Later on, it was thought to be the fictional work of a therapist. Regardless, this read was eye-opening as well as heartbreaking. The narrator led a perfectly normal life until someone spiked her drink with LSD during a party game. And that one drink led her to become hooked on speed, acid, tranquilizers, etc. What was so amazing was that during this turbulent time the narrator still found time to journal her thoughts. I honestly can’t believe that any drug addict would find the time to journal almost everyday (whether the person is fictional or not). What I hate was that the narrator wanted very much to quit but it was not going to be done cold-turkey. There is a part at the end of the book where she goes on a really bad acid trip and ends up in an insane asylum. Now I’m sure what the procedure is for stuff like that but an insane asylum didn’t seem appropriate. But then again this was the 70s. Another thing I hated was that her parents thought the drug addicts she was hanging out with were nice, wholesome students. Every last one of them! Maybe they just didn’t want to see it. Unfortunately, the narrator was one of thousands of teens that overdosed that particular year.

Honestly, I have no desire to try drugs. Especially the hard stuff. Also, this is why people, especially the young ones need to be careful about where they go and what kind of people they hang out with because not everybody has your best interest at heart. Regardless of whether the book is fictional or not it talks about a very real subject among us. It’s no wonder why it was considered a best seller.

I’m not going to rate this book because of the controversy on whether or not it was fiction. But I will say that everybody should read this in order to get some kind of insight on drug addiction.

Until next time!

Michael Vey: Fall of Hades

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Michael Vey: Fall of Hades is the 6th book in the Michael vey series (http://www.richardpaulevans.com/books/). I started reading the series sometime in my freshman year of high school, I believe. Waaaaay before I even started this blog. So, unfortunately this book review may not make sense to anybody who hasn’t already read the series. However, I will give a brief summary of the previous 5 books in order to catch you all up to speed.

Micheal Vey is not an ordinary 14-year-old. He was born with special electric powers, along with many other children. Along with his best friend Ostin and Taylor Ridley they embark on an adventure to stop Hatch; a cruel man hell-bent on kidnapping Michael and the other electric children for his own twisted agenda, to help aid him in building an electric empire known as the Elgen. As the story goes on, the trio help rescue a small group of Hatch’s ‘children’ who refuse to take part in his plans, escape from an electric bowl filled with man-eating rats, sink one of the Elgen’s ships and rescue a Chinese genius known as Jade Dragon. These electric middle-schoolers now call themselves the Electroclan. All of these missions are being orchestrated by The Voice; a mysterious man who helps the Electroclan take down Hatch.

Hopefully, that short paragraph gave a little insight. In the latest installment, the Electroclan is on the mission to rescue Hatch’s right hand man, David Welch, who escaped from the Elgen and also to take over the Ampere, another one of the Elgen’s ships.

One of the reasons I like this series is because it’s serious but also very innocent. These kids, with the except of maybe 2, aren’t even 16 yet! There is still so much of their lives they need to live and yet they risk it all to save the world all before high school graduation! There is also a little bit of romance that takes place and even the ‘L’ have been said multiple times. Which sometimes makes me laugh because as I said before these kids are young and experiencing first loves. It’s adorable. One thing that confuses me every time is the amount of characters in this series. There are maybe 20 children with electric powers and it’s hard to keep track of them all. And at least 4 or 5 of them have names that begin with a ‘T’ so that makes it worst. There is also a lot of details and activities that I thought was unnecessary; like “Michael went to take a shower then came back and took a nap” or “We went to the ballroom and had breakfast. Afterwards, we went back up to our rooms and grabbed our bags. We headed towards the plane in silence.” Stuff like that. I didn’t think it was necessary to include EVERY SINGLE DETAIL and activity these kids did. Each chapter was less than 5 pages which made this a quick read and I look forward to the 7th and final book.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

 

The Cake Book Tag

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Thank you to thrice read for yet another interesting book tag


1. CHOCOLATE CAKE (a dark book you absolutely love)

Gone Girl. It was raw and gritty and Amy was psychotic but I loved it!

2. VANILLA CAKE (a light read)

I would go with Fahrenheit 451.

3. RED VELVET (a book that gave you mixed emotions)

The Handmaid’s Tale. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while and I did. But it wasn’t what I expected.

4. CHEESECAKE (a book you would recommend to anyone)

The Midnight Hour. It’s from a female POV but Kitty is pretty badass for anyone.

5. COFFEE CAKE (a book you started but never finished)

Here Comes the Sun. I bought it for my creative writing class but I have yet to finish it.

6. CARROT CAKE (a book with great writing)

 

7. TIRAMISU (book that left you wanting more)

The Man With a Load of Mischief

The Prey

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So after many months of this book occupying the top of my TBR list I have finally read The Prey by Tom Isbell! The reason I took so long to read it is because it wasn’t available at the library. Like, at all. So I had to buckle down and actually buy the book from Amazon. And with Amazon Prime it cost me less that $5!

After the Omega (an event that destroyed the Earth due to radiation) a group of kids find themselves escaping from their camps in order to seek a better life in the New Territory after they find out that their kind, Less Thans, are being hunted for sport.

According to some descriptions this book is The Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner and I couldn’t agree more. The Less Thans travel across dangerous territory like in the Scorch Trials (The Maze Runner #2) while also trying to advoid the Hunters who would like nothing more than to kill them off like in the Hunger Games. To be honest this book didn’t exactly give enough buildup, enough background in the beginning. Everything was pretty straightforward. A little too straightforward. I felt like the beginning of the book was a little rushed. But once the Less Thans escaped from their camps towards the middle of the book I got into it. However, this book was not what I expected it to be. It gave me this…..adolescent vibe of a book you would read in middle school. What I did like however, is that the main characters are people of color! As well as some of the other characters in the book. Another thing that confused me was Book’s lack of knowledge. They call him Book because he likes to read. Anything he can get his hands on. However, when it came to solving certain problems someone else came up with survival ideas. I mean surely, Book has read a book on survival, or life in the mountains or something of that nature. But that’s a minor issue. I will however, continue to read the rest of the series.

Overall, I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

P.S. I understand Wattpad is a great way to post your creative writing online. Other than that, and WordPress of course, what other websites are great for uploading stories?

Four

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This has been a great week for me…..pleasure reading wise, that is. This is the second book I have finished in less than a week and I am proud of it. Maybe it’s because I was able to put down my phone, turn off the TV and immerse myself in the world of fantasy. Yep. That’s sounds about right. This book review is on the book Four, the fourth (ironic isn’t it?) installment to Veronica Roth’s Divergent series.

The plot is pretty simple: it takes us through Four’s life on how he became a Dauntless initiate in the first place and how he met Tris Prior. It made sense to give Four his own book considering his back story, his life of abuse with his father. In a way, I think that was an advantage for Four as weird as that sounds. In the book, he wasn’t afraid of pain because he endured so much of it from his father. So that actually prepared him for Dauntless’ initiation. The book is separated into four parts: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son and The Traitor. Once it got to The Traitor, it became familiar because it overlap with Tris’s story of Divergent. I will say that there are three little snippets in the back of book where Four has three encounters with Tris. I honestly think Veronica Roth could’ve squeezed those snippets into Four’s story instead of making them three separate incidences. It was a quirk read and although there was nothing particularly exciting about the book I still enjoyed it.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Bookish Road Trip – Strand Bookstore, New York, NY

Just another place you should go if you love books.

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Last year, when we first started Thrice Read, Jenn went on a road trip and had and opportunity to check out several really exciting and well known book stores in the country.

This time though, it’s not Jenn doing the bookish road trip post, it’s me.

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in New York this week and what kind of book blogger would I have been if I didn’t make it to the infamous Strand bookstore.


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Let’s start with the size of Strand. To call it large would be a total and complete understatement. Strand is massive. It’s three stories — basement, ground level and second floor — and books fill nearly every space. It’s a book hoarder’s dream and I’m almost positive that even the most obscure books can be found here.

Once you get used to the size of the store and the…

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Cinder

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I just finished reading Cinder and I have to say…I absolutely loved it!!!

Cinder is a cyborg. One of the many that exist among humans. She lives with her stepmother and stepsisters after the Blue Plague took the life of her guardian. She works as mechanic where she one day hopes to be rid of her home forever. However, Cinder is more valuable than she realizes which puts her in the middle of an intergalactic fued as well as on a path of self-discovery.

This book is the first installment to the Lunar series. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series and I was not disappointed. Each book is a twist on the classic fairy tale of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Repunzel, etc. I love Melissa Marr and her remaking of Cinderalla was very original. I also like how it is set in a different country instead of America. I also love how Cinder is not your typical Cinderella where she cleans, cooks and does housework. No, she has to work as a mechanic to earn her keep and I think that is so badass for a female character and it was a nice change. Unlike, the original Cinderella, she is not passive and speaks up for herself which was very refreshing. In addition, the book wasn’t too long and it was evenly paced with no uncessary scenes which was also refreshing. I was so engaged with this read that I finished it in two days! As I was reading, the beginning reminded me of a book I read called the Red Queen but only a small portion. It also reminding of the books by Alex Flinn which I also love.

Overall, I give it a 5/5!

I look forward to reading the next installment, Scarlet.