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Book Review – Allegiant

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Title: Allegiant [Divergent 3]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 526

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Now I am commanding all people who have not read the book yet to leave this post. Good bye! This a spoiler filled post and I will not have the story ruined for you.

Have the people who haven’t read it yet left? If not well you were fully warned.

Out of all the books this is probably the most serious ones. It was kind of disturbing to find out that all their lives were just some experiment the government set up to try and get everyones genes back to the way they should be. Plus the fact that they were all being watched 24/7. Just so creepy. The people who went in their made that choice, but they wiped their memories and then they became new people who didn’t make that choice, let alone all the people who were born there after, no one had a right to treat them that way. It creeped me out so much that I had to put it down quite often.

Because of how I felt about the whole being watched thing I thought it was really wrong at the end of the book that our lovely characters decided to wipe the minds of the government people who were running the experiment. It was a bit hypocritical of them.

While I loved Christina in this book and couldn’t believe there was a time when I didn’t like her, Tobias seriously pissed me off to begin with. This whole “damaged” thing he got labelled with by the government because his genes aren’t right seriously messed with his head and he just walked around being stupid and all why me for agesIt made him do some really stupid stuff which ended completely devastatingly and I hope he feels just crap about it forever.

That being said I am so glad that he and Tris worked their shit out in this book because I wouldn’t want him to feel that bad about the things he did if they hadn’t of.

Because you see, and here is the big big spoiler so I will say it again that anyone who hasn’t read should just leave now, Tris dies. Oh my god I cried when I finally accepted that it actually happened. That last scene between her and Tobias as beautiful, and Tris’ death was beautiful in its own way. Her personality was leading up the point that lead to her death so I saw that coming, but I was so sure she was going to come back for the longest time. The way she saw her mother and she embraced Tris, I was like her mum totally didn’t die after all she is coming back. But she didn’t and the last thing she got to ‘experience’ was a loving and consoling moment with her mother. Tobias and Christina’s reactions were just shattering.

The writing style of the book annoyed me to begin with. We have gone through the first two books just in Tris’ head and I wasn’t sure that I liked seeing things from Tobias’ perspective. There wasn’t enough distinction between their two minds for my liking and I kept forgetting whoes head I was in at the time. I got used to it though and by the end I understood why it was written that way. I thought it was because Tobias was being stupid but it was because Tris wasn’t going to be around for the whole book. At the beginning of every chapter we got told whoes head we were in, and after Tris died and Tobias accepted that it had actually happened, we stopped getting someones name at the beginning of the new chapter because there was only one option left. I thought this was an awesome technique because I didn’t believe that Tris was dead until I stopped seeing names, thats when I accepted it.

So yes, I loved this book even though it wasn’t at all what I was expecting when I started the first one and it wasn’t my favourite out of all of them I still really really enjoyed it. Roth really took me on a journey and kept throwing me punches I hadn’t seen coming. So go read the series! Its worth it and the movie is out now so read the book before you see it. I haven’t seen the movie yet (Soon!) but I think it looked pretty good.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – City Of Glass

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Title: City of Glass [The Mortal Instruments 3]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Lenght: 541

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Wow this book was awesome, by far my favourite one so far.

There was never a dull moment in the plot, things were always happening but it still took its moments to make me laugh. Though I worked out a big plot resolving around someone I’m going to call S since I don’t want to ruin it for anyone reading this review, it didn’t bother me because I still questioned if it was true or not right up until the end.

Jace really got under my skin n this book. I barely even noticed how dumb Clary was (most the time, some stuff was too stupid to ignore), because I was too busy wanting to punch Jace in the face. The way he treated Clary at some points was just horrible and pretty much all he does is mope about how he is all filled with demon blood and is evil because of it. All of that being said, I actually really liked the relationship he developed with Simon. Who would have thought that would have happened?

On a side note how bad is Simon’s luck? Is it wrong that I find it really funny? Nah…

Though I loved this book because it had so much happening in it, it did have downsides. One huge thing was TOTALLY given away and I think it was because the author just had so much to think about that she kind of just chucked it in there. This is a bit spoilery so you might want to skip to the next paragraph. In this book we are looking for the third instrument, this mirror. Then we have Clary fall into a poisonous lake which is connected to angels, and which Luke said one of its names had the word mirror in it. That was a serious flaw Clare. Just it being poisonous and connected to angels would have left it open to people guessing. Calling it a mirror was just stupid.

But there are moment like made the feels come out. Yay for Luke and Clary’s mum, I was so happy that things start to kick off for them. When she woke up I was so happy. Her and Clary’s fight was sad but I still liked it. I actually laughed when this happened:

“I was just trying to protect you-”

“Well you did a terrible job!”

I don’t really know why it was funny. Probably because she really did a very terrible, terrible job.I freaked the hell out when Magnus vanished after Clary helped him do something without showing any sign of helping her with her side of the deal. Thank god that worked out. And Spoiler – Max dies. Wow was I sad. Out of everyone to kill though, he was probably a good choice. He was aside character but his death still showed the effect the war had on everyone, and it was kind of a good balance between the good things that were happening in the book. – End Spolier.

I love the ending even though someone who was supposed to have died clearly didnt because they never found the body. It was a great conclusion. I know the story was supposed to end here, and it was a great ending. Im a little bit worried about it continuing. The ending was great, why are you risking staining that? You have a lot to uphold Clare.

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Book Review – Insurgent

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Title: Insurgent [Divergent 2]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 525

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book is just as a good as the first one but has a much darker tone to it. Things are also constantly happening rather than it all happening at the end of the book.

Rollercoaster feelings happened. I have a change of heart about many characters. By the end I didn’t like Tori because I found her to be way more crazy than I originally thought, I totally despised Caleb with a passion. I wanted to ripped his eyes out and peel his skin from his body, one little bit at a time. While he was a awake and feel all this happening. Yeah thats the kind of hatred he produced. There was also a person who was an enemy who I was like, I don’t know if I can hate you anymore. I also actually fell in love Christina in this book. Which you think would have been hard to do because of what happened with Will and Tris and how I found her a bit iffy in the first one, but the whole thing with Will kind of brought them closer together I couldnt not love her after that. That scene where she forgives Tris for what happens to Will brought me to tears it was so beautiful. We also see Edward again, and oh my god is he bonkers, and we get much awaited deaths, and I took sooo much joy from at least one of them.

Tris and Four’s relationship was rocky in this story. I think this annoyed some people but not me. Who could have a solid relationship with what is happening in their world and with everything they are going through. Though I will agree that most of their issues wouldn’t be happening if they actually talked to each other and that was a bit annoying. That being said these issues do not over power the rest of the story time which was refreshing.

Tris’ struggle with dealing with the death of her parents and how things ended with Will is just so sad. I feel so bad for her. So much sadness. She is struggling so hard and Four tries to help her but he doesn’t really help much and she kind of goes on a “I shouldn’t be alive” stint. She can’t even hold a gun anymore. Thats a series issue in her world.

I think one of my favourite scenes would have to be one where the Dauntless return home and play a game of paintball. Everyone is just so happy and getting along for a change and it was just a really good contrast to all the horrible things. We needed a pick me up from the sadness. Another good scene which lightens up the of the book is when Tris is drugged with the Amity ‘happy’ drug they put in their bread to keep everyone calm and mellow. Tris gets injected with way too much and is totally loopy cause of it. Tris on the drug, and how Tris reacted when it finally wore off was great.

My next favourite scene spoiler would have to be when Tris is going through the simulations Jeanine set up for her, trying to win the battle and be able to trick her divergent mind into forgetting she is in a simulation. In what I think is one of the last ones Jenean put her through (there were other before hand) she snaps out of one having to do with Tobias and says “You’ll have to do better than that Jeanine,” and Jeanine totally flips out because she can’t understand how she keeps beating them. It was a glorious moment because really, who wants Jeanine to be happy? End spoiler.

At the end of the book we get left with a huge cliff hanger than completely changes the course in which the entire story was going and can only lead to serious changes happening in the next book. I can’t wait to start! And I demamd that everyone go read these books. They are just so awesome, and the movie is coming out/is out in some places and you should always do the books before the movie!

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – On The Jellicoe Road

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Title: On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

Length: 289

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ahh. I just don’t have the right words to explain how I feel about this book. I have read it so many times yet when I go to tell people they should read it, I can never find the words that will make them understand just how I feel about this book.

This is one of a few books that has made me cry my eyes out. Multiple times.

This is one of two books that once I finished it I found I wasn’t ready to stop yet and immediately turned back to the start and read it again.

Forget about the description, it doesn’t prepare you for what is hidden within this book. But I don’t know if I should try and explain it to you or not. I think perhaps you should go in blind and come out with new eyes.

All of this being said however I can see where some people might hate this book.Its depressing and there are very few happy moments, and so there is a lot of teen agnst. The structure might also annoy some, know the first time you read this you might be confused by its structure.

None of those things affected me though.

I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate I love. The angst doesn’t bother me at all. If I had been through the lives of some of characters within the book I would be angry or depressed too. I would find it unrealistic and less enjoyable if they were still so upbeat. However, the connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. It is probably wrong to say this, I would never want my life to be anywhere near as tragic as the ones they live, but I wish I could join in. I want to be part of that circle of friendship and family so badly, I kind of feel like I am though because of how I feel about them.

The structure and plot of the story is presented both in the present and the past, with the past story being presented to us in random segments. Part of the thing I loved about the structure was that I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present.

The writing is beautiful. Some of my favourite quotes of all time come from this book. If I was ever to get any tattoo, which I am so against, it would be a quote from this book. It is firmly placed in the top of my favourite books list. I am so glad I noticed the cover when it was on sale at Big W years ago. I don’t like to think about if I had of kept walking and decided I didn’t have enough money. It has gotten me through sad times despite its own sadness.

I will continue reading this book until the day I die. Its part of me.

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Book Review – Divergent

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Title: Divergent [Divergent 1]

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Action

Length: 333

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Movie Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I read this book on my kindle, and I made it all the way through the book without making a single note. I know you guys can’t see my note making habits, but I rely on them heavily. I love my notes and highlights, they help so much when writing a review. This book didn’t receive any because I was so engrossed with what I was reading that I didn’t pause long enough to actually make any. I don’t normally buy hardcopies of books but I have now bought all three in hardcopy form cause I want them to last forever.

I loved Tris. I feel she had quite a bit of character development. People have talked about her being a hard and cold character and I didn’t agree at first at all. But when she moves into her new faction you can see it start to come through and there was one moment with her friend Al that I was like I totally see her coldness now. I love her but I dont know if I would want heras a friend. The poor girl is struggling with herself throughout the entire book because her whole life she has been told that she will fit into one place only and she just doesn’t. She isn’t perfect and she doesn’t really pretend to be and its a nice change. Though in the world she lives she should probably do a better job at trying to seem normal.

Four was a good character but I found a flaw with the way he was presented. His true identity is supposed to be like this big mystery but I worked out very quickly when Tris started questing who he was supposed to be. That being said I don’t think that it was super obvious, I just put the dots together, and I really look forward to getting to really know him in the next book.

The love between him and Tris took pretty much the whole book to happen and I was so glad, It was really a nice side thing that you will get more of in the next book.

I loved Tris’ friends most of the time, they lightened things up and gave me some giggles and some really really heartbreaking moments. Im going to say this, I still like Al at the end of the book. Thats all the you get about him. I dont know if I feel that way about some of the other friends though, some of the things they did were very kind of backstabby and I don’t think the friendships will last long. Oh and Will! Omg Will. Ah. I need to read the next one now because of Will. I also really loved and was moved by her parents. Her mum was awesome.

Her enemies I hated all of them with a passion, I wish they would all just die. But they don’t. I will read on the feel the pleasure of their deaths.

I also thought the world building and plot was very very interesting. I love dystopian books and sometimes you run the risk of kind them being the same because every idea in like nearly every genre has been done already at some point, but I didn’t find that here. Some people have said that they think this is just another Hunger Games, and though I kind of see their point, I think that it is also very different. It does have its own flare and creatures an original concept. Couldn’t get enough.

So yes, loved the characters and the world and everything inbetween. I suggest picking up the book before the movie comes out in the next couple of months. I have high hopes for the movie too!

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From Book to Movie – True Crime

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Title: True Crime

Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rating: 4 Star

Book Review

Description/Synopsis:

Can an over-the-hill journalist uncover the evidence that can prove a death row inmate’s innocence just hours before his execution?

Movie Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

In terms of a book to movie adaptations this movie did a very good job at following along with the story that was given to us in the book.Of course a few things change, but they didn’t bother me at all.

For example our main character Steve’s child is a little girl instead of a boy. Im not quite sure why they changed this, perhaps it was to make it more emotional when he kind of lets the child down. Thats just a guess though because the whole movie seemed to be made more emotional than in the book. For example I found our main character much more likeable than in the books. I don’t know if this is because I really like the actor who plays him Clint Eastwood, despite the fact that the character is portrayed as just as much as an dick in the movie as he was in the book. Another slight changed they made that I didn’t mind was they made Ray’s child Grace have her meltdown about the green crayon at the prison and the Warden had his men go out to the car park to look for it. I think this was a good way to go cause you get the more of a feeling that the warden really cares about whats going on and that he is not completely happy about it.

They kept some moments in that I was really glad stayed the same. One of them was the relationship between Steven and his boss and the conversation they have about him sleeping with the editors wife. They were both such dicks in this scene with the things they were saying and the way they act, but you totally get the feeling of them being good friends and the scene was just as funny in the movie as I pictured it in my head while I was reading.

Now because its a movie they altered the ending to make it a bit more dramatic than it was in the book. In the book our guy doesn’t get injected with anything before the call that saves his life because our caring Warden delays giving the go ahead for the execution because he doesn’t feel right about it. But in the movie they made it more dramatic with the Warden giving the go ahead and the injection process is under way when the call comes through. This was to give the audience a moment of “is he going to die because of how much he was injected? Was it too late?” but then we see Steve and Ray’s final visual of each other at the shops at Christmas and we know that everything ended all happy and well. I think this was a good way to end with the movie. I think because of how much more emotional the movie kind of was the audience couldn’t really just have been left with the ending that was in the book. I think it would have been a bit anticlimactic.

So yes, it was a very good adaptation of the book. Really enjoyable to watch and seeing how well its done I don’t feel I would have missed anything or lost any feelings about the story if I had of just watched the movie and didn’t have the book to compare it to. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 was because of my own personal preference for movies. If we are judging purely on how well they turned it into a movie its a 5 star for sure.

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Book Review – Scared of Santa

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Title: Scared of Santa

Author: Denise Joyce and Nancy Watkins

Genre: Humour

Length: 288

Rating: 5 Star

Description/Synopsis:

“He’s huge and hairy and hulking.
He dresses in strange furry clothing.
He sneaks into people’s homes at night.
Who wouldn’t be afraid of . . . Santa Claus ?!?”

Nothing says Christmas quite like innocent children shrieking with terror as a stranger dressed in red drags them kicking and screaming onto his lap. Now this time-honored rite of passage is celebrated with a hilarious collection of more than two hundred and fifty priceless photos of kids’ traumatic trips to Santa’s workshop. “Scared of Santa” offers a cornucopia of photographic funnies–from sixty-year-old family heirlooms to last year’s howlers–along with delightful commentary on those unforgettable childhood visits to scary ol’ Saint Nick.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Happy holidays everyone of wordpressland! I hope you are enjoying the season and are getting lots of tasty food or something as equally enjoyable. In honour of the time of the year I thought I would review a easy and humorous book.

There isn’t really all that much to say about this book other than the fact that I completely love it. I really think that it is the best money I have spent this year.

The idea for this book is pretty simple. Its mostly just pictures of scared children sitting on Santa’s lap. You also get some pet pictures in there as well, but its the truly horrified once that are the best best. Members of my family think I’m a little bi sick for liking such a book where suffering children is the centre piece but I don’t care. It brings joy to my heart.

If you have a sense of humour or know someone who does I would pick this book up for yourself or as a gift.

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Book Review – Go The Fuck To Sleep

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Title: Go The Fuck To Sleep

Author: Adam Mansbach

Genre: Childrens, Parental Humor

Length: 32

Rating: 5 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Go the Fuck to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. Profane, affectionate, and radically honest, California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s verses perfectly capture the familiar — and unspoken — tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, he opens up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdities.

With illustrations by Ricardo Cortes, Go the Fuck to Sleep is beautiful, subversive and pants-wettingly funny, a book for parents new, old and expectant. You probably should not read it to your children.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

My alternate title to this review is The Best $20 I Have Ever Spent!

Though I have yet to have children, I have baby sat and I remember what I was like as a child, and I think this book can relate to a lot of parents.

It really takes you on a journey from at first hopefulness, and then gradually frustration then into despair. This is really funny to me but I suppose that makes me a bit mean and crazy but I think its funny cause I find it true.

My favourite line hast to be:

“The flowers doze low in the meadows

And high on the mountains so steep.

My life is a failure, I’m a shitty-ass parent.

Stop fucking with me, please, and sleep.”

I love the combination of how children stories normally read with the simple but nice rhymes and with cute and pretty topics, combined with foul mouthed feelings of the parent as you go through the book is what makes the book.

The artwork is nice, but the people and the kids are a little scary looking.

Now if it didnt sound awesome so far why don’t you go listen to it being read by Samuel L. Jackson. He does a pretty damn good job I must say, and you get to look at what the book looks like.

Since I want to hold my children off from swearing as long as possible I probably wont be reading them this as a child, but if anyone has this kind of humour I seriously suggest buying it. When I’m not feeling so great it always makes me laugh. It is very recommended!

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Book Review – Mockingjay

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Title: Mockingjay [The Hunger Games 3]

Author: Suzanne Collins

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Science Fiction

Length: 455

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3

Movie Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

“If we burn you burn with us.”

Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans – everyone except Katniss.

And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay – the symbol of rebellion – no matter what the personal cost.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Where do I even begin with this book? Well I spose I should start off by saying that I will be talking about spoilers in this review. There is no may about it. Its a bit hard to talk about it without spoilers.

The pace of this book seems to move slowly despite all the stuff that is going on but then it all seems to just collapse at the end when it turns out it wasn’t really all that slow. Sorry I know that doesn’t make much sense, but this book rocked me and I find it hard to think all that clearly. Also, some of the actions that happen in this book are just a tad ridiculous. Though things they have to face and things that happen are believable in the sense that the world they are in is ridiculous so that kind of stuff can happen, but it still seems really over the top and just mad. I kind of don’t think they are going to be able to pull this book off as a movie very well. Sure they can make it all digital and what not but it still might not work. I spose I will see in over a year when the last movie comes out.

Some other plot things that annoyed me were:

  1. I thought the districts were won over a tad too easily before they started taking on the capital.
  2. No one by the end of the book really gives a toss about them winning the war. Its mentioned but there is no emotion in it really.

This book is desperately throughout the entire thing. Its so sad even that I actually hated any happy parts. They were a tease and just made things harder to deal with. Everyone dies in this book. If they didn’t die in a physical way they all die emotionally.

Katniss starts off kind of weak and pathetic and by the end she is basically a shell. This kills me and yet I find believable so is very well done because she was just a strong person and it was heart breaking to see her die that way. I totally hated Peeta for how he was after they saved him. I know it wasn’t all his fault with the torture and how they made it all connect to Katniss so he hated her, but I still hated him. Its not realistic of me to think he could withstand things like that but I did. It took him far too long to come back around and even then he wasn’t the same. I think part of me needed him to stay the way he was before because Katniss just couldn’t. I wanted to like Haymitch. I did. But I couldn’t forgive him for stuff that happened in the other book. I hated Gale too by the end. Parts of his personality that now that I think back through the other books that have always been there but were not dominant are horrible. He was filled with too much hatred. I also hate him for his part in the final events no matter how small.

On a plus side the love triangle is resolved. But this too is depressing. Gale and Katniss don’t end up together because he played a part and designed the trap that killed Prim. Thats right, the whole reason Katniss joined the games to begin with, to keep her sister alive, was totally for nothing because she was killed as a result of her oldest friend’s actions. I was in shock over this for a really long time, and it didn’t really hit me that she was dead until Katniss started screaming at Prim’s cat telling it that she was never coming back. I cried my eyes out at that part.

The author tried to give the book a kind of happy ending, but it felt hollow. I had to go get in the shower once I finished the book. I was so emotionally stuffed up and broken that I felt dirty all over and I had to try and wash it off. So yeah, great book in a really depressing way. I would recommend it.

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Book Review – Last Sacrifice

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Title: Last Sacrifice [Vampire Academy 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal (Vampires)

Length: 592

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1234, 5, 6

Related Series: Bloodlines

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Description/Synopsis:

They come first.

My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.

The dead could finally have me.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

At last we reach the end of this strand of the story. I for one cannot wait to go out and get my hand on the Bloodlines series which continues on the story in the perspective of Sydney and Jill/ The only reason I have yet to start reading this new strand is because I cannot the book in the size I want yet. My OCD does not allow me to buy a book that is in/relates to a series unless all the books can be put side by side on a bookshelf and all be the same size. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Considering that this is the last book of the series, I was a bit annoyed with the overall feel of the plot and what not. I did not feel as though I was holding my breath throughout this book, and since its the last one I expected to be put on the edge of my seat. I did get caught up in moment,s but previous books made me feel that way more. Lots of things happen in this book however, from being on the run, people getting brought back from basically death, election of a new ruler, and of course many many many love issues. I enjoyed it all, I just expected more.

We get quite a lot of Sydney in this book but her ending was left up in the air and you don’t really know what happens to her. Though I thought this was a good way to make people want to continue on with the other series to find out what on earth happens, I thought it was a bit lazy for this series if we overlook the new series. This happens with other people as well. Eddie was someone I really wanted to know what happened to, but other than Rose going I think I ruined his life you don’t get anymore information. This annoyed me greatly for two reasons. One because I liked Eddie and want to know what actually happened to him, and two because everything turned out great for Rose and I think its really bitchy that you get to know anything that happens to the lives she wrecked, even though she didn’t mean to. So many characters endings where just left loose and I thought that this was poor writing. I get that SO MUCH happened in this book, and you can only solve so many of the questions that are raised throughout the series, but it was still very annoying. The only person besides Sydney that I can understand why the ending might not have been mentioned is my poor Adrian. He was so crushed since Rose and Dimitri ended up together and he found out she cheated on him, but what more could you say for his ending? You would need much longer than a few words to round off his story. I have heard exciting news about him being a main character in the new series!!! Even Mia, who really doesn’t make much of an appearance once she moves to court, should have had more of an ending because for all this books at least Lissa is living at court and they are supposed to be good friends. Many character loose ends.

Another thing that annoyed me is that in this book, Rose and even more so Dimitri tended to give long boring speeches over and over again. I get that huge things have been happening in their lives, but I did not feel these speeches were needed in the slightest. They probably could have been said better in fewer words or at least happened less often.

But the biggest issue I had was with Rose and Lissa loosing their bond. I don’t get why it happened, and the reason given in the book though kind of makes sense, just wasn’t thought of enough or really satisfactory in the slightest. I feel as though the author got it in her mind that this needed to go away for everything to end perfectly (thought I don’t see why that was needed either, they were pretty used to it and could handle it pretty well by this point in the series) and then just did a rush job at removing it. It was a bit of an easy way out. Not everything needed to end perfectly for Rose and Lissa.

Despite all this, I did enjoy the book greatly. I have always liked the characters even though they sometimes annoyed me, and I was happy with what I got from each of them, It was better than nothing. Also, if you include the second series it could be a lot of the things that annoyed me in this book are fixed or explained there, though thats a bit of an annoying way to sell the rest of the books.