Unique Blogger Award!

Thank you so much for nominating me for this Bree @ In Love & Words! I love this blog because it is designed with such bright and airy colors. Also, if you want to find amazing book recommendations, you should definitely check her out. I find something new to read almost every time I go there!

The Unique Blogger Award

 Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate 8-13 bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family!

Bree’s Questions!

1. What are your favorite type of book blogger posts to read and why?

I really enjoy reading the Top Ten Tuesday or WWW Wednesday posts that people write. I just think that it really lets me know what types of books that they are into, and I can talk to the person about common books on our lists. It just makes for some really fun small talk with both new and older bloggers. I also like to search for book reviews on books that I have recently read in order to get other people’s opinions on the novel.

2. Who is one of your favorite main characters ever written and why? (And what book are they from?)

One of my favorite main characters ever written was Freya Snow from L.C. Mawson’s series by the same name. She was one of the first characters that Mawson ever wrote, but she was one of the best in my opinion. So many books have sprouted from her main storyline, as most of Mawson’s other fantasy series are connected to the Snowverse.

She is autistic, even though she was told for years that she wasn’t, and she sometimes struggles to get through situations that most people would consider to be “normal.” Nevertheless, she realizes in the first novel of the series that she is an Angel, and has to go fight Demons while still keeping up with her normal life.

Freya is open, even though many people have hurt her in the past. This openness allows her to make several really good friends as the series moved forward. She has grown from merely 14 to her early-to-mid twenties in the series and has gone through many changes due to her magical circumstances. She is also bisexual, which is touched upon a few times throughout the series.

I just really admire Freya’s strength and determination to help people. She barely lets anything get in her way. There are currently 11 books in the series currently, and I have read, reviewed, and loved every single one. I couldn’t recommend this series more! Here is a link to the list of the books: https://www.goodreads.com/series/212671-freya-snow

3. Do you like poetry? Do you like reading poetry on blogs?

I’m not gonna lie, I am not a superfan of poetry. 99% of the time, I can’t get into it. I follow a few poetry blogs though and check them out from time to time. I also really enjoy hearing poetry being read aloud.

My Nominees!

James J. Cudney @ This is My Truth Now

Tiana @ The Book Raven

Stephanie @ Reader Fox and a Box of Books

Cia Black @ She Always Reads

Elena Johansen @ Elenajohansenwriting

Susan Dyer @ SusanLovesBooks

Shi @ Bookworm Ink

 Madame Writer

Tavleen @ Traveling Through Words

Ruthsic @ YA On My Mind

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My Questions

  1. What is the hardest part about blogging for you?
  2. What is the most inspiring character that you have met in a book, TV show, movie, or other creative media so far this year?
  3. What is your favorite artist/song/type of music to listen to while reading and/or blogging?

 

Join The Book Robin Hoods!

I am a part of a great community of bloggers, reviewers, and authors called The Book Robin Hoods! It is a free site that connects authors with readers interested in their books, and it helps to support the indie author community. Currently, the site is searching for both new reader members and new authors to feature! If you are interested in joining, the link for readers is here: https://bit.ly/2HAVWS6 and the link for authors is here: https://bit.ly/2IXxaLM .
The only books the site doesn’t accept are graphic horror, erotica, and non-fiction. The reviewers must also be semi-established, meaning you can’t participate if you don’t have experience on a blog or some other platform. If you have any other types of books, you should definitely check it out!

I have already been connected to two authors from this site. This site is truly amazing and more people should know about it and use it. The owner is Author MC Frank, so if you have questions you can send her a message through Facebook. I hope to see some of you guys there!

Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders

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Cole is going trick or treating with his friends Jenna and Dalton, but since they are in 6th grade they don’t want to go anywhere lame. So, they decided to brave the super-scary neighborhood haunted house. The first part of the house was not that scary, but when the owner decided to invite them to the second top-secret part of the house they decided to go. When they get down there, they hear a voice telling them to turn around and run away, but by that point, it is too late. Slavers come to steal the kids, Cole manages to hide, and after sending another hiding girl to go get help he goes after the Slavers to try to save his friends. When he reaches their train where they have the kids in cages, he has come up with a plan, but one girl that he doesn’t know tells the slavers that he is hiding and so he is captured. After being punished by being forced to walk along the wagon train without food or water for a day, and then shoved into a cage with a strange talking smiley face, a slave buyer comes along. He belongs to a place that is notorious for slaves dying early, and the slavers cannot wait to be rid of their most belligerent slave: Cole.

Once in the Sky Raiders, he meets Jace, Mira, and Twitch, and then realizes from their stories that the early slave deaths are not quite as frequent as they seem. The Sky Raiders use special weapons and tools to raid the sky castles that appear daily from the cloud walls. After 50 missions a person can rank up and not have to put their life in danger every time they go on a mission. Cole is not worried about his first mission, but when it begins to go south this job proves more dangerous than he could have ever predicted, and his life is flipped upside down again.

Although these characters were younger than I had expected, the story was not cheesy or dumbed down. It was written for middle schoolers (I found myself dying of laughter at some of the “romantic” parts), but the adventure parts truly threw me into a whole world nearly completely disconnected with Earth. All of the elements of a true fantasy world were there, and it was paced well enough that I never felt bored. At about 430 pages, it was by no means a quick read, but I did enjoy the ride. While the characters are young, all of them have an air of maturity about them, and they all approach the situations in the book with the sense of real adventurers. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Glass Sword Review (Spoilers for Red Queen!)

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This book took me a few weeks to complete. I always have issues with pacing in the Red Queen series, because althought he beginnings may have action it takes me until the last 100-200 out of 300-400 pages to get truly drawn into the story. But then when the climax of the story hits and everything comes crashing down, I won’t stop reading  until I reach the end of the book.

Mare and Cal have escaped death from Maven’s executioners, but now they are on the run with the Scarlet Guard. They begin to see how intricate the Guard is and how it expands through even the warring territories, no one is as safe as they thought that they were. Mare has a list of all the Reds that live with Silver powers, but she gave Maven the list when she thought that he was on her side. Now Mare, Farley, Cal, Kilorn, and Shade must race Maven to find the “newbloods” because as soon as Maven find he kills or imprisons them.

Mare’s character grows exponentially in this story. She goes from being a weaker girl who cannot fully control her powers to a balanced machine. She has some romantic scenes with Cal spattered throughout the story, but it does not define her character and does not weaken her at all. Cal’s character becomes weaker in this story as he is taken down from the king-to-be to lesser than even the lowest Red. The Scarlet Guard is afraid of trusting him because of his silver blood and the former brotherhood with Maven.

Kilorn struggles with being the “useless” character without powers. He does not act on his feelings with Mare however, instead choosing to politely step back, making me give him great respect. Shade struggles with being able to help the younger sister whom due to his time in the army he has missed years of the life of. More of Farley’s backstory is revealed in this book as her father comes into the picture.

Although the beginning was a bit slow, I did get swept into Mare Barrow’s world again throughout the middle and the end. Just a warning for anyone who reads it, the book ends on a giant cliffhanger, so if you are wise order the second and third books at the same time.

Overall rating: 4/5

Out of My Mind Review

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This story is very close to my heart. I read it first when I was still in middle school, and now that I am in high school and rereading it I noticed a lot of things that I had only glanced at when I read it the first time.

Melody is an 11 year old genius girl. She can remember documentaries just from watching them one time, she can read thousands of words without anyone actually teaching her how to read, she can learn to speak multiple languages, remembers things from when she was less than a year old, along with many other things that she is teaching herself to do.

However, no one knows of these things because Melody cannot speak. She was born with cerebral palsy, and cannot do many things on her own. Her parents have never heard her say a word, but her mother believes that she has potential. Sometimes, Melody has what she calls “tornado explosions” when she gets fed up with her body for not allowing people to understand her and she simply starts jerking and screeching, but everyone else thinks she is simply being a brat and having a temper tantrum.

Before she was two years old her parents treated her like a baby that was disabled. They never tried to teach her how to sit up or roll over and just assumed that she would simply never be able to. Then a supportive neighbor named Mrs. Valencia who offers to babysit Melody, but she never treated Melody like a disabled child. She taught her to roll over in case she fell out of her wheelchair, helped her learn things through documentaries, and fed her food such as soda and regular food instead of baby food and juice like her parents did. Melody loved her time there, and Mrs. Valencia helped to give Melody her first word board where she could communicate with other people by tapping her thumbs on the words she wanted to “say”.

When she was 5 she beat in her mind the doctor that attempted to give her an IQ test, but the doctor was convinced that she would not be smart and that she would not thrive in a school setting. Her mother refused to believe him and put her in the Special Education program at the local school, where she went through a variety of teachers, some who wanted to challenge the students and some who believed that they were all babies who could not learn. Then the school decides in 5th grade that they would start inclusion classes and then Melody’s world is turned upside down.

This book is very good for all ages and gives anyone who reads it a totally different perspective on the people they see that may have some sort of physical or mental challenge. I love that the book never made Melody into a weak or useless character, she was just always battling with her own body and brain. Mrs. Valencia was truly a hero in the story as she helped others to see how amazing Melody could be, including Melody’s own parents. I would recommend this book to anyone who has not read it yet.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Twilight #1 Book Review/Movie Review

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I finally got around to reading Twilight and watching the movie again. Boy, did I notice the difference. I finally felt the pain that Bella felt in New Moon when Edward leaves her, simply because the Edward in the book is so much more, passionate and loving towards Bella than Edward in the movie. Both Edwards were still afraid of hurting Bella, but the movie Edward seemed to keep closed and just not want to be emotional towards her at all (or the acting was just bad).

Bella’s eccentric mother is going to be traveling around with her new husband a baseball player, and so she sends her daughter to live with her father Charlie whom Bella has never seen in quite a few years. Both her and her father are quiet people, but Charlie tries to keep bella happy by buying her a truck and fixing up some of the small house. There were only 358 kids at Forks high school, so Bella can no longer just blend in, especially being the new girl that nearly all of the guys had a crush on.

Jessica, one of Bella’s first female friends, explains that the mysterious Cullens had moved to Forks 2 years prior and that they kept to themselves. However in Biology Bella is forced to sit next to Edward, and he acts quite mysteriously as if she is the most disgusting thing that he’d ever smelled. He disappears for a few days but when he returns their hands brush over each other and  it feels as if sparks flew between them.

Charlie gives Bella snow tires on her truck, but she doesn’t realize this until she gets to school and goes around the back of her truck to see them, unlike in the movie where he tells her. Tyler, his tires without the snow chains on them, nearly slides into Bella killing her. Edward leaps in front of her saving her life, but then sweeping her into a supernatural whirlwind. Boy after boy asks her out but she turns them all down in order to focus on Edward. Edward saves her yet again when she goes to Port Angeles and a group of men attempt to attack her, and she finally gets the opportunity to ask him some questions.

Edward explains that that he can read minds, and in the car away from the prying waitress tells her basically all she needs to know about being a vampire. He is nervous when Bella speaks about the Quileute legend, but neither denies nor affirms its validity. He promises that he cares for Bella just as much as she cares for him, seems pained to even leave her even so long as for his classes, and so their love story begins.

Edward in the movie does no justice to the Edward from the books. Edward from the books showed greater control over his thirst, greater love for Bella, and far more personality than Edward from the movie. He acted more like a teenager, sneaking off to meadows to try to make out before his “vampirey instinct” kicked in and he had to stop until he calmed himself down. He complimented Bella far more on her looks, even if she was wearing a simple blouse and a skirt, and their kisses in the book made her faint, go crazy, or stopped her heart.

The more I read this book the more I compared it to the movie I had seen beforehand and became saddened as I realized how watered down the movie had been. There is a stigma around the Twilight franchise, but I feel that some of the stigma could have disappeared if the movies had kept more of the book information in them. I will have to give totally different ratings from the books to the movies for once, simply because the difference is so adamant.

Overall Book Rating: 4.5 out of 5 books

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Overall Movie Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars