Frankenstein Review

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Before I get into the review, I just want to apologize for being away for so long! I haven’t been able to read or do anything as much as I had wanted in the past 2 weeks or so due to midterms being this week. Now that midterms are over and most of my college stuff is slowing down, I will be able to read faster and update this blog more often.

I read this story in my English class, and at the beginning, I thought that this story was going to be super boring. The letters and the chapters up to chapter 5 are actually rather slow. However, after chapter 5 the story picked up the pace and soon I fell in love.

Before reading this, I thought that Frankenstein was a story of a monster named Frankenstein who had broken away from his creator and killed many townspeople. This is actually not even close to being the true story of Frankenstein.

Victor or Dr. Frankenstein was a student who was obsessed with the human anatomy. After his mother dies, he buries himself in his work for 3 years working on his creature. After bringing the creature to life, he realizes that the creature is a horrific thing made of body parts sewn together. He is frightened and runs away, and then he falls into a feverish sickness and is nursed to health by his best friend Clerval.

When he decides to go home to his family, he receives news from his beloved sister and father that his young brother has been murdered. A family friend is blamed, but while traveling through the woods he sees the creature, and he knows that the creature had decided to attack his family. This starts the main plot.

I loved this story, but my favorite parts were definitely the ones told in the creature’s point of view. Unlike popular belief, the creature did not wake up with murderous intent. The creature simply wanted Victor, his “father”, to raise him. He had the mindset of a child and was left completely alone by Victor who decided that he was too ugly to take care of. Frankenstein has been turned into a pop culture “monster” story, even though it truly is a story about loneliness and isolation. Also, this story warns scientists about crossing the boundaries of life and death. Scientists of this time actually were trying to bring dead creatures back to life by electric shocks and other horrible methods. They never worked, but no one knew that they wouldn’t work so they kept trying. This would be inhumane to cause a dead creature or human to have to be brought back to life, even though they would be stuck in bodies in some state of decay.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a horror story, but also for anyone looking for a rather deep novel that talks about the true definition of being a monster, and about loneliness and obsession.

If you have read Frankenstein before, tell me, who do you think the true monster of the story is?

Overall Rating: 4/5

Norse Mythology Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I saw it on @MyScarletBlog and it looked so cool.

The Rules

  • Link back to the original post on Kyera’s Library so I can see all your answers! (Be sure to do this via pingback, I don’t get notified if you just tag my URL)
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  • Obviously, come up with your wonderful answers!
  • Don’t forget to tag others to keep the tag going!

ODIN – FAVORITE STAND ALONE

Odin is the All-Father, the leader of the Norse Gods. He is the god of wisdom, poetry, battle, death, wine, and war, among other things.

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This book made me fall in love with reading, as I felt so much like Sara Crewe at 8 years old. This book was a beautiful book, and was not difficult to read although being over 100 years old. Although unofficial sequels have been written, it was originally written as a standalone.

THOR – A BOOK THAT HITS YOU RIGHT IN THE FEELS

Thor is the god of thunder, weather, warriors, strength, and storms, so his might packs a punch. He is married to the beautiful Lady Sif.

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The Hate U Give really stood out to me when I was reading it, and now I know that I will never forget it. Starr was such a memorable character who went through so much, from seeing her friend shot in front of her to seeing the lackluster responses of her friends in her private school and the violent responses of her friends in her poor community. As it is so relevant to what is happening today, it really got to me and made me think about how I view the world and the shootings on TV.

My Review

LOKI – BIGGEST PLOT TWIST OR CHARACTER BETRAYAL

Loki is the god of mischief, thieves and thrives on chaos.

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All I will say is that the Character Betrayal relates to Red Queen and a Court of Mist and Fury is the Plot Twist. But I won’t spoil anything! And Yes, Red Queen is the same as  @MyScarletBlog XD

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FRIGG – OTP

Frigg is Odin’s wife, the goddess of love, marriage, fertility and fate.

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Again, I won’t spoil, but if you have read this book, you know who I am talking about, and you know why they are completely OTP.

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HEIMDALL – FAVOURITE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES

Heimdall is the god of loyalty, faithfulness and he is who protects the bi-frost, the bridge that connects all nine worlds.

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I swept through both of these books when I read their respective series, and I loved each one more than the first book of the series. In the Harry Potter series, I also loved the second movie more. However with the Divergent trilogy, I didn’t like the Insurgent movie as much as the first one.

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BALDUR – FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTER

Baldur is the beloved son of Odin and Frigg, twin brother of Hodor.

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To be honest, I can’t really choose. However, my current favorite male characters are all in fanfiction, and they are members of BTS, so I just chose two male characters that I really enjoyed reading recently. Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury and Beau from Life and Death were two of my favorite male book characters this year.

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SIF – MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK COVER

Lady Sif is known for her beautiful golden tresses, although she is also the goddess of the harvest and is married to Thor.

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I just love the covers of this series so much, even though the ratings of each book vary.

 

FREY – BOOK/SERIES THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU HAPPY

Frey is the lord of weather, god of light, summer, master of agriculture, fertility, and brother of Freya.

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I haven’t thought about the Here Come the Brownie’s series in years, but I still remember reading it and enjoying all the books to this day. The 39 clues series also brought light to my  life when I was in middle school, and introduced me to several authors whom I now love, such as Rick Riordan.

FREYA – FAVOURITE BOOK SETTING

Freya is the goddess of love and beauty, fertility, war, wealth and growth, and sister of Frey.

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I fall in love with the settings of many books. However, Alice Through the Looking Glass will always be the most memorable. I was never one for getting completely lost in a book and visualizing that I was there. However, I remember reading this book in middle school on my bed. I got so into the story that I didn’t realize that I had been reading for an hour and a half. Then when I looked up from the book after a while, I forgot who I was and where I was. This is so far the only book who has ever done this to me, so this must be my brain’s favorite setting XD. I barely remember the story now though, I have to reread it soon.

TYR – FAVOURITE BOOK WITH A BIG UPHEAVAL/EPIC FIGHT SCENE

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I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows almost exactly 6 years ago. I remember because it took me a summer of sporadic reading to get through the last 3 books. Then I actually lost my last baby tooth when I was in the middle of this book during October of 2011! I loved the fight scenes in this book, but some things in the story did go over my head because I was so young. I plan to eventually return to this book once I am done working my way through the series.

ULLER – CHARACTER DEATH THAT AFFECTED YOU THE MOST

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All of the deaths in this book really affected me at 11. I won’t say any names for anyone who hasn’t read this book yet. I may even forget one or two since it has been so long since I read this book in the series. But I know that a few of them just stabbed me through the heart.

NJORD – FAVOURITE BOOK AN EPIC JOURNEY ON WATER/OCEAN SETTING

Njord is the god of the wind and the sea.

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Mermaids are a weakness for me. I personally love the beach, and one of my favorite Princess movies when I grew up was actually A Little Mermaid 2. I didn’t care about 1 to be honest, but I loved Melody so much. This series is about a girl who found out that she was a mermaid, and I never actually got to finish it! I have the first 4 books somewhere, but I was never able to buy the 5th and I can’t remember if I ever read the 4th. This book was another golden middle school find.

VALKYRIE – FAVOURITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

The Valkyries, much like the Amazons, are strong female warriors.

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Four of the strongest women I read about this year were Cyra from Carve the Mark, Sadie Kane from the Kane Chronicles, Feyre from the A Court Of series, and Starr from The Hate U Give. All 4 impact their surroundings in different ways, and they all represent different age groups. Sadie is a middle school strong female hero, Starr and Cyra are high school aged, and Feyre is a young adult/college aged.

AESIR/VANIR – FAVOURITE BOOK CREW

The Aesir and the Vanir are two groups of Norse gods, believed to be old and new gods

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I love the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked in this book, they are all such unique characters and yet they come together in order to save Oz!

SEIPYRTS – FAVOURITE SIDEKICK (NON-HUMAN CHARACTER)

Seipyrts is Odin’s trusty eight legged steed, yes you heard that correctly – eight legs.  I promise that he is the god’s horse companion and not a giant spider that he rides around on… although that would probably strike more fear in the hearts of his enemies than a pretty horse does.

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Ignatius was such a good helper to Fletcher throughout this series, and although I haven’t read the final book, I know this will never change.

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Lord of the Flies Review

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A group of boys crash land on an island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. All of these boys seem to be between the ages of 6-12, and they do not know what they are supposed to do without adults to guide them. Luckily, Ralph uses a conch shell to bring all the boys on the island to a central location, and he helps them formulate a plan. First things first, they need to make a fire to attract any passing planes or boats. Secondly, they need to find food and shelter. However, one boy named Jack wants to be able to hunt for pigs with his men, and slowly the boys start to turn surviving on an island into a game. First the game begins with hunting for a beast, but it ends with hunting for men.

I had to read this book for a summer project, but I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Throughout the novel, each boy had a certain personality that was expressed through all of his actions. This allowed me to look at young boys that I see on a day to day basis, and be able to see them in the novel. I noticed how this novel really delves into the discussion of whether evil is rooted in the heart of man, or whether it is created by age or by one’s surroundings. Even though this novel was used as an anti-World War II novel, it can still be applicable today.

This book could be classified as horror in the past, but now I found it more as an interesting adventure story rather than horror. So even if you dislike horror novels, I would still advise for you to read this novel, as it is pretty tame. If you enjoy adventure novels, definitely read this. If you want to read a book that talks about the real human brain and how it might work, this is also the novel for you.

Overall Rating: 5/5

 

The Wizard of Oz Review

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Almost everyone knows the story of the Wizard of Oz. A farm girl from Kansas gets swept up in a cyclone and is transported to a magical world, where she is hailed hero for killing a wicked witch accidentally with her house when she landed. She wants to be able to go home, but she is told that she has to go to the Emerald City and speak to the Wizard of Oz. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow who is looking for brains, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion looking for courage.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am used to going back to old fairytales and seeing that when the movies were made that the story was toned down a lot. Therefore, the original stories would be violent, and often racist in some way or another, so I would end up disliking it. However, this story was just as pure and innocent as the movie was. I read this before Dorothy must Die to see if there would be any discrepancies between the remake and the original story, and I still found none.  So I recommend this to anyone who wishes to read the Dorothy must die series or who simply wants to read a nice and sweet classic book.

Overall Rating: 5/5

The Secret of the Old Clock Review

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Nancy is a strong-willed 16 year old girl whose father is a lawyer. When she hears about how the rich Topham family  is receiving all of the money from deceased Josiah Crowley’s will, she is slightly suspicious. When she hears rumors from some of the old friends that Josiah used to have and the Tophams themselves about another will having possibly been made, she is immediately on the case. She is determined to find out if Josiah had made a different will, and if he did she wants to be the one to find it.

I have to say that first and foremost I love the Nancy Drew series. Especially the older versions when she was really a spunky girl. In the newer versions with the yellow spines, or the even newer ones that are completely yellow or something, she was still a very bright girl but she was dumbed down a bit and started caring about things such as “prom” and “having a boyfriend”. I can’t say that I hate those books, I even read the Nancy Drew Notebooks with an 8 year old Nancy Drew when I was younger, but it wasn’t sticking to the original character. The original Nancy Drew did not worry about things as trivial as that, she was a true crime solver, and that is why I loved her. That being said….

The author who wrote the original Nancy Drew books was a very racist woman. Many people have never actually read the original Nancy Drew books, but even when my mother used to read them to me she would have to omit certain parts. Let me give you an example. There is only one black man in the entire book of the Secret of the Old Clock. Since he is kind of a spoiler character, I am only going to tell how he is portrayed. Nancy refers to him as a “colored man” which, okay this was written in the 1930s. I will forgive that. But then when the character opens his mouth, he speaks in the most broken, idiotic English that any character in the book has spoken yet. He slows Nancy down in her case. He is drunk the entire time he is in the story. He is basically the most useless and stupid character in the book. And this is the ONLY black person in the entire story. I vaguely remember reading several of these original books,  and in almost every story, there was very few characters that were any race other than white, and if they were they were usually black and were either being made fun of or being chastised for their stupid actions. If this doesn’t say something about the author, I don’t know what will.

So there you have it. The storyline is great, but the racism is very prominent and pretty harsh for a children’s book. I will continue with this series, because I just love Nancy Drew and I want to see her in her original form. However, I do not want to ignore the glaring faults of this book for the sake of loving it.

Overall Rating (Ignoring racism): 5/5

Overall Rating (Not Ignoring): 3/5

Animal Farm Review

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The book Animal Farm is a classic that many students have to read for school. However, besides having to watch the movie for an afterschool activity, I was never forced to do anything related to this book. Therefore, I decided to take it upon myself to read the book on my own time so that I would not miss out on being able to read such a great book.

 

All the animals in the book live on 1 farm that has a neglectful, alcoholic owner. Old  Major, a very old pig, holds meetings to lead the eventual rebellion against the farmer. He even makes laws for when it happens, so that the animals that run the farm do not become like the abusive humans. He dies. When the farmer goes a full day without feeding or taking care of the animals, they have had enough. THe animals storm the feed storage, and when the men come after them to drag them back to their pens they drive them out. Officially owning the farm, called Animal Farm, the birds fly to the other farms to spread the news and their anthem, Beasts of England.

 

The pigs decided that because they were easily learning how to read and write and because they were some of the more dexterous animals on the farm, that they would be the leaders. The pigs write the Animalism commandments on the barn door, and tell the animals what to do in order to keep the farm running smoothly. At first, everything seems to be going smoothly, and everyone is happy, but the pigs begin to take more and more goods for themselves and utilize control over the other animals’ lives, akin to the humans.

 

I enjoyed this book, not because of simply the political message, but also because of how it represents how different people actually react differently to independence. Some people, such as the horse Mollie, cannot imagine life without having someone over them to take care of them and reward them, even if the rewards are small. They are so set in their ways that they become physically upset when things change. Then there are people such as Boxer. Boxer wants to obey someone, as long as it is a person in power he feels that he or she deserves his respect. He will work himself in order to please the people in power, and does not expect a reward, simply seeing the people around him living comfortably is reward enough. Those two characters were the ones who stood out the most to me in the entire book.

 

I wish that there had been more of a conflict between the male and female members of the society. I feel that in a real rebellion of sorts, there would have been the mothers of the society being more worried about their children, and women on the farm most likely getting pregnant. Moreso, an interesting storyline would have been the female pigs being trapped with the male pigs constantly, but not able to make any decisions, only able to have more and more children, and leading a revolt of their own.

 

I love that George Orwell wrote books that are relatable and comprehensible, even though his works are over 70 years. I hope to read more of his works on this blog in the future.

 

Overall Rating: 4.5/5