Posted in Battle, Book, Book Review, fantasy, Fear, hope, mystery, Uncategorized

House of Salt and Sorrow

Can I just say WOW! This book was pretty incredible! I never heard the stories of the 12 Dancing Princesses, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book, but I’m in love! The world of a mix or balls and glamour, and also dark and full of sadness. I haven’t read a book that me want to read all night for quite a while! I read it in about a week! This isn’t really a short time, especially since it’s 400 pages, but I work College Sports, and in the past 3 weeks, we had three football games, two hockey games, pep rallies, and countless volleyball and soccer games. So to read this book in only a week is a pretty big deal!

First of all, I love cover! It’s one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen! It made the story even more magical! The characters in this book, were great! I was absolutely in love with Fisher and Annaleigh! Very much wanted them together in the end, but thank yo Erin Craig for ruining that. This was such a magical journey full of balls and dresses and death and sadness. I really didn’t know who was behind any of it or if it was in Annaleigh’s head! I was always wondering who would be next!

Secondly, The stepmother was a great addition. I loved the story of the stepmother just trying to get the kids to like her. I know a lot of it was a little fake since she ended up being behind EVERYTHING! She was indeed a step-monster. Throughout the entire book, she was trying to be happy and get the girls everything nice, but really she was the one who wanted a son so badly she risked having all of them killed. For some reason, though, I really didn’t want her to die. She really didn’t want them to die, she just wanted a son.

This book so dark and a little suspenseful. It’s a perfect read for a person who scares easy (aka me) for a Halloween read! It has the right amount of suspenseful and creepy parts mixed with juts enough of a comedy and love to make many things happen at once and keep you interested in the story. I really couldn’t stop reading it! Such a good book! I wish it had a squeal, but I really don’t want anyone else to die! I really recommend this book! I will probably keep this book and read it endlessly.

Posted in Book, Book Review, fantasy, hope, love

Good book, Bad Series

Let’s talk about one of my favorite series of all time. Red Queen. This series had so much potential, but what the heck happened to the end? This book had so much potential, and I was really hoping for a movie, then I got to the third book, and I was done. A lot of readers even said they gave up on this series, and it was such a letdown! But why? Today we are going to go book by book to figure what happened to this series.

1.            Red Queen

This book was SO GOOD! I don’t want to spoil the best book out of this series in case you want to read it, but I would reread it. The only complaint I really had with this book was that I felt like I had read it before. Parts of it reminded me of Divergent, parts reminded me of Deliurm, and other parts reminded me of the Hunger Games. It had a lot of the same characteristics as the dystopian kind of books, and to be fair, there are a lot of them. There so much going on in this book, and I love the twist and never knowing who to trust!

2.            Glass Sword

Even though a lot of things happened, this was definitely a filler and set up book. We had a reunion for some characters and others we lost. What I did like in this book was that even though they were gathering an army, the villains were still very present, and we saw them win and lose. The newly introduced characters in this book were terrific. There were so many different types of personalities and values in each of them. A lot of books would the background characters similar to each other in the way that they come off to the reader, but most of the characters in this book were so different it was easy to love them! This is probably one of the best sequel books I’ve read. The love triangle I actually like. I switched teams a lot, and that is VERY uncommon for me.

3. Kings cage

This is where I got lost. I don’t know to understand what this book was setting up for. I honestly took a reading hiatus because of this book. It took me forever to finish it! It was kind of repetitive and didn’t actually get good until the middle/towards the end, with a genuinely good twist. This book did have a good fighting scene, but as a whole, this book kind of was a letdown. If you want to more on my thoughts about this book and read King’s Cage Made Me Stop Reading.

4. War Storm

*Spoilers*

What kind of ending was that? Just honestly, what were they thinking? The whole conflict of the book was ended because a mother didn’t want her daughter to die. What. A mother changing her mind ended a civil war and a war between nations? What? This had too much potential to be good! Maven could have somehow been saved, someone could have been brought back to life, Mare’s dad could have fought, something! We had four books, and that’s how it ended. Then we didn’t even get a good idea of what happened after the war. Mare went back to her family and chose to be with Cal. I wanted so much more, like how they mix sliver and red bloods? How did the new bloods fit in? I just wanted more out of this, I feel like it was rushed and not really thought through.

If you have read this series, let me know what you think! Even though the middles and ending of these books were not the best, I still i might reread them! These books will always have a place in my heart!

Posted in Book, Book Review, Classics, Depression, hope

Is Orphan Train That Good?

 If you like books that aren’t that along are about the past, live the life of someone who struggled, I have a book for you. The Orphan Train is a full circle book that tells the lives of two people who face many of the same challenges years apart. This book gave me so many feelings. I honestly might have thrown my book at one point because I was mad. Like why kill such good characters?? I saw it coming by doesn’t make it any easier! I loved the characters in this book. We were introduced so many different people, and there were very few that I actually didn’t like…and one that was very creepy. Many people were telling me about this book and how I should read it, so I bought it. I didn’t plan on reading it overnight, but sometimes these things happen! 

This story was like listening to grandparents and great grandparents telling a story. There was so much history that we never really get to learn about! Sadly though, I feel like there was a lot left out of this story. The book its self was pretty short, and some things were missing. I don’t know much about the Orphan Train, but feel like this was water down version of what happened to these kids. With that being said, the book did have some scenes that gave some insight into how bad things were and where that was pretty interesting. The story of Vivian’s life was inspiring and was a good reminder of how much we take for granted. 

All in all, this was a good book. It was a pretty easy ready and I would recommend it to anyone that likes heartwarming books! The author was able to make the pictures in my head and see the people I was reading about. I would give this book about 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t a bad book. I wish the book was longer and had more details.

Posted in bonfire, Book Review, family, fantasy, Fight, hope, love

Why King’s Cage Made Me Stop Reading.

**There are spoilers in this review**

I love the Red Queen series, almost as much as I love the Hunger Games or Harry Potter. I love the world, the characters, the storylines, just everything about the books. I read the second book in two days, I think. Well, here we are almost a year later after I read the second book and my love didn’t change until I finished King’s Cage.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have a great love for this series, but what the actual heck. We spend a lot of the book with Mare in prison, which was fun for the most part. About halfway through the book, I got bored of that, but Victoria Aveyard did an excellent job at keeping it exciting and making it not feel like the same day over and over again. While Mare is in this prison, we find out that Farley is pregnant! Like this just broke my heart. RIP Shade. But we find this news out through Cameron’s viewpoint. Was it just me or did anyone else find she storyline a little weird? I honestly was kind of bored and didn’t want to read her chapters. That’s not what made me stop reading though.

For two and a half books, we have been building this love story between Cal and Mare, just so that Cal can be given an ultimatum; to be with Mare and give up his crown, or marry Evangeline and become king. That was all fine, UNTIL HE PICKS EVANGELINE! Like what?! He tells Mare not to worry about anything, sleeps with her, protects her, and when given a chance, he doesn’t pick her. Like I understand why, and I love that the author did this, but seriously? And then end the book there? Like what the actual heck.

I honestly took a week or so off of writing and reading because I was so mad at Cal. I know he’s a fictional person and all, but he made me angry. I tried to read the book three times before I finally was able to get passed it. All in all, though, it was a good book, with a twist I didn’t see coming. Per the usual, the storytelling is excellent, the dialog is perfect, and some part made me laugh. I do suggest reading this book or actually, go ahead and reread the whole series. I know I will be..after I get over how it all ended, but that; s for a different day!

Posted in Battle, Book Review, Fight, hope, poems, quotes, Uncategorized

I am a Warrior.

**Disclaimer: I was asked to do a review on this book, but all opions are 100% my own.**

When I was asked to do a review of We are All Warriors fighting our own battles by Gurpreet Kaur I was a little hesitant; 1. because it’s a book of quotes and poems (which I’ve never read before) and 2. because it is an ebook, and I’m just not a huge fan of ebooks. I went ahead and read it anyways because why not? I’m all about expanding the types of books I read! Much to my surprise, I enjoyed this book!

This book really hits home on a few different things in my life and the kinds of things that are going on in society right now. I’m not joking when I say I actually wrote down in a notebook and took a screenshot of a lot of the things in this book. Kaur has a way of captivating our feelings and just making us go whoa. If any of you listen to Sadie Rob’s podcast on great quotes, I would send ALOT of the material to her to talk about. It really does have some truly inspiring things in it, but at the same time, there were a few things that I just could not get into to. The book is an easy read and worth the money, go and grab yourself the book, read it, and come to me and let’s talk about it. I really would love to talk about how this book affected everyone!

I would give this an 8/10. It’s for all readers, and I truly think that anyone can get something out of it. It’s pretty short and packed full of great stuff! It wouldn’t be something I would take on a train or plane ride since it is short, (Maybe that’s how this genre of books are, I don’t know) but if I needed a good pick me up or just something that I needed to connect with, this book would be at the top of my list. I think I’ve read it twice now honestly, and I keep finding new stuff.

Posted in Book Review, Classics, Depression, forgiveness, John Green, love, lovewins, relationships, selfworth, Uncategorized

Will Grayson, Tiny Cooper, Will Grayson and Jane Tuner

Will Grayson Will Grayson. Another John Green book, another story I never want to end. I didn’t even know what this book was about. Bad on me, cause I didn’t read the back, but John Green has never done me wrong so in the cart, and to my house it went. AND THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT! John Green and David Levithan created a world of characters and a story that gave me so many different feelings and made me laugh out loud. Honestly, it was so much fun having two characters names Will Grayson was so much fun and surprisingly easy to tell them apart.

I loved that even tho there was two Will Graysons, it’s so easy to tell which view we are reading in. First, following Will Grayson #1 you not only has his friends, but he talks about not caring so much it almost seems like he’s just trying to cover up his feelings. While reading from the point of Will Grayson #2, everything is lower case, you can feel him struggling with life and feelings, and honestly, I was worried about this own well-being at some points. The two characters don’t have any many scenes together, but their lives intertwine and maybe even flip at a point. Then we also have Jane Turner, who might be the more relatable character that we meet struggles between two guys and figuring out what will make her happy. Then we meet Tiny Turner. He is probably the most lovable character that I have read in a long time, my word..he makes me laugh so much! These characters have this unique relationship, and it’s so much fun to read their story! So man turns, and nothing happens like you think it will.

This book also has a musical twist to it, which was quite fun. I’ll be honest I wasn’t a big fan of how the songs, but I know many people love it. I’m a big fan of how the screen names and how interacted with each other. I gave the story just another side. Between the singing, talking in the commuter, talking on the phone, and talking in person, sneaking out, the book felt like it could have been something that happened life! I mean I don’t think the musical would ever get approved by any school, but hey, something has to be non-realistic! If you went to a school that had a play like Tiny’s let me know! I think that would be hilarious!

All in all, this is one of my favorite adventures I’ve been on! I would recommend this to more mature readers, there is much explicit language and is a little dark in some places. I don’t say this about too many books, but I would never want this to become a movie! I think that the dark parts might become lighter and the musical will get watered down, and I feel like the characters wouldn’t be themselves.

Posted in Book Review, love, mystery, summer

I got a Deadly Little Secret

I love a book published by Disney. I never thought that day would come..even when I was younger, I never liked Disney’s books. I decided to take a chance one day and picked one up. It’s been on my shelf for a couple years, and I decided to read it. Deadly Little Secret, by Laurie Faria Stolarz, is a book I really didn’t expect t like. I know I say that with a lot of books, but this book had a Disney symbol on it, so I was thinking that It would be cheesy..like bad cheesy, but it was a good cheesy!
On top of that, it was actually kind of suspenseful! It kind of gave me the same vibes that Netflix’s show You gave me. Every few chapters, there would be a letter or journal page that the villain has written, but his identity was not released until the end of the book. While the book its self was pretty short, I read in almost a day and almost stayed up all night reading it! I didn’t even pause to take notes about what I liked and disliked!

Stolarz writing definitely felt like is was aimed little kid, kind of Disney writing, but had a very good plot that had me wanting more. She wrote in a way where you got a lot of information, but also just kept you guessing about what happens next. She also wrote the villain in a way where I couldn’t tell if it was a boy, girl, friend, stranger, or even if they went to school with her! The letters honestly creeped me out a little bit. I got chills reading a couple of them. I loved not only that we got the main character’s view of what was happening, but also of the villain. For being a short book, I was pleased with the amount of detail that the author included in the story!

Now I’m super excited for book two! I really don’t know where the story is going to go, the hero and love interest of the book has left and I just have questions. Like what happened to Debbie? Has Ben’s reputation changed? Does Camellia’s friends like him now? What do they even know ? How different is her life? What happened to Matt? I’m so intrigued! I really need the second books guys!

All in all, I LOVE THIS BOOK! I would never have thought I’d like a Disney book this much! 10/10 would recommend! Especially if you want a quick read! This book might just be the best book that Disney has ever published!  This book was full of surprises and I just still don’t even know who to trust!

Posted in Book Review, faith, Fight, immigration, make a change, Religion, Uncategorized, World, WWII

What I Love About Reading Memoirs and Why you should Read Them.

Truth is, I love reading about genocides. I believe you can learn so much about life though these stories. I recently went to Washington D.C. and went to the Holocaust Museum. It was there where I got to meet Elly Gross. Listening to her talk was so beautiful. I ended up buy two of her books ,and WOW! The things she has been through. She not only is a survivor of the holocaust, but she was only living in New York when 9/11 the twin towers went down! Her story not only opened my eyes to how victims of the holocaust felt, but how much I don’t appreciate the life I have as much as I should. Truth is, I love reading about genocides. I believe you can learn so much about life through these stories. I recently went to Washington, D.C., and went to the Holocaust Museum. It was there where I got to meet Elly Gross. Listening to her talk was so beautiful. I ended up buying two of her books, and WOW! The things she has been through. She not only is a survivor of the Holocaust, but she was only living in New York when 9/11 the twin towers went down! Her story not only opened my eyes to how victims of the Holocaust felt, but how much I don’t appreciate the life I have as much as I should. Truth is, I love reading about genocides. I believe you can learn so much about life though these stories. I recently went to Washington D.C. and went to the Holocaust Museum. It was there where I got to meet Elly Gross. Listening to her talk was so beautiful. I ended up buy two of her books ,and WOW! The things she has been through. She not only is a survivor of the holocaust, but she was only living in New York when 9/11 the twin towers went down! Her story not only opened my eyes to how victims of the holocaust felt, but how much I don’t appreciate the life I have as much as I should.

Very few photos of victims of the Holocaust survived. Most of the people in these pictures were brutally murdered. Taken at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Like every family, my family fights a lot. Most people never think about losing all of your family, or having to find yourself a home and make money at the age of 15. Elly Gross blamed her self for her mother’s death. She even saw a picture of them from right before the died. How crazy?? I can’t even imagine how must of felt. But people today, like Elly, this is real. Genocides are still happening and kids are left with one to one take care of themselves. I don’t want this to be a political post, but I can’t help but think about America today when I read these stories and I’m just in awe of how we just throw around the word “concentration camp”. It’s such an ugly word. The “camps” that people who cross may not be the best, but they certainly are nothing compared to the camps in Cambodia, Germany, Poland, or how people in Rwanda are and were treated. The government does not want to these people to die, its about sustainability of the country.

Another thing that memoirs like this opens up my eyes to is just how strong we as people can be. I’m sure you, like me, often complain about dumb little things, like our coffee isn’t right, how we feel left out, being hungry, our phones dying, or someone just being rude. Then I read and think about what people have gone through, and what people are going through, and I just think “wow, I have all these things and complaining while others are literally struggling to see another second of the day.” Like whoa, we have clean streets, can do and say pretty much whatever we want, the freedom to walk and go places, while today, thousands of people will because of their religion, ethnic background, or for even owning a book. The people who have survived this, and are still fighting are probably some of the strongest people in the world, and if they can fight through this, then we can certainly deal with a dead phone or a coffee made wrong.

Elly Gross and a picture of her mother, brother, and others before they were gassed.

Memoirs like this just make me take a step back and look at my life and how good it honestly is. I know there are Americans that do struggle every day, and I don’t want to discredit them. But I do think it’s essential to remember that no matter how bad life gets, it’s important to know that someone else had it worse. I highly suggest that you pick up at least one memoir from someone who has survived genocide and see what they have to offer you.

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Dorothy Must Die….?

***Disclaimer: I bought this this book. I am not affiliated with any brand or company and do not receive any money from any purchase. My opinions are my own and are completely unbiased**

I must say that I did not expect to like this book, but Danielle Paige page….thank you. This book combined my childhood and my present life and completely shook it. This book is an unexpected adventure with so many twists and turns I really don’t know what to expect for book two! Dorothy Must Die is a story that I didn’t know I needed in my life. Surprisingly enough, this story, as well as The Wizard of Oz, is a book that I could see myself as the main character at times.

Obviously, Paige took the story of The Wizard of Oz and made it her own, and her version of what happened after is crazy. ***Spoilers Ahead*** Amy Gumm is the narrator that takes us to Oz. This Oz isn’t the OZ that we know, this Oz is bleak, and the magic is being drained. By who? Dorothy. Amy eventually gets roped into a quest to kill Dorothy and restore OZ to its former glory. Who ropes her in? Well, wicked witches, of course. How is she supposed to do this? Well, Amy nor we know the answer that. In this Oz, wicked is good and good is wicked, and everything is backward. The story takes us on a roller coaster of emotions while some characters die, some are freed, and others show their true self.

I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure if I would like the book when I first picked it up, and the first chapter or so I thought that maybe it was a bad choice. The book felt like it was a book it was written for younger kids but had a lot of cussing in it. Then there were a few things that just felt a little too made up and magical even for Oz, like a wicked witch crying diamonds (even though it had been a curse). But after I got passed that this book was actually really good! I read it in about two days and almost stayed up all night reading it! The story is very captivating and so much fun! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves twisted fairy tales!

Author's Website:  http://daniellepaigebooks.com/ 

Book Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dorothy-must-die-danielle-paige/1115554770?ean=9780062280688#/
Posted in Book Review, Classics, John Steinbeck

East Of Eden…A Classic

***Disclaimer: I bought this this book. I am not affiliated with any brand or company and do not receive any money from any purchase. My opinions are my own and are completely unbiased***

John Steinbeck’s masterpiece hits many different aspects of life and takes you on an up and down journey of one man and his family. East of Eden discusses, suicide, war, love, hate, sibling rivalry, race, religion, and so much more! Written in 1951, John Steinbeck gives us a perspective of life during this time while also still being relevant today.

John Steinbeck wrote this book in his later years, but I think it may be one of the most beautiful books he ever wrote! He took ideas from the Book of Genesis and created a whole new world with some of the same thoughts! The story of Cain and Abel was very prominent throughout the book and left you gripping book from how tense some of the scenes. Steinbeck’s ability to make such a clear picture in your mind is seriously crazy good! You could see the fighting, the love in the eyes, the craziness of some of the people, and the hope of others.

While Steinbeck’s writing was tremendous, like all books, I felt like some things could have been better. There was so much going on in the book that I feel like I missed some of the points and I honestly got lost a few times. It also felt like the books was a little disorganized. For example, You could read three full chapters of Adam and Charles and then pop over to one of the Hamilton kids for a chapter and then get the narrator’s view on history then go back to a Hamilton to go a different part of Adam and Charles life. It was nice having many story lines, but there wasn’t a real pattern or anything to it. Even though the book was good, I found myself putting the book down a lot and choosing to do other stuff instead of reading the book.

East of Eden had a little bit of a slower start. It took me about 100 pages to really get into the story. While the story introduces you into two families, the Hamiltons and the Trasks, the Trasks are the more of the focus in the book, more specifically Adam. Adam goes through a lot of heartbreak and regret (or at least I think he goes through a lot of regrets) in his life and we get to see him grow from a boy to entering his death. His story is quite remarkable and had me captured. I honestly could care less about the rest of the story lines, I only wanted to read his!

This may be a book that you would need to read twice (or more) to full understand it, but I had a lot of questions after reading it though the first time. For Starters, I don’t see why there was so much focus on all the Hamilton kids, I feel like some of it was irrelevant to the story. Another question I have is WHY KILL AARON???? Oh my word. This is the only death I think that really upset me. I probably missed the point of it but I really wanted him to come to terms with who he was and make a life for himself. Also Why did Kate/Cathy/Catherine shoot Adam in the shoulder and not kill him?? Did I miss that because if she felt any love for him I would of liked to know more about that. I have so many more but I think you have the gist.

All in all, this was a really good book. I would highly recommend it to adults, and mature teens. It does cover some topics that I don’t think would be okay you younger people to read. It is very detailed so to anyone who is looking to read it, I would just be warned.

If you would like to read this book there is a link on the picture to the book.