- Seraphina (Seraphina #1) – Rachael Hartman *review*
- Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard *review*
- To Kill A Mockingbird (To Kill A Mockingbird #1) – Harper Lee
- Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachael Hartman
Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard Release Date: February 10, 2015
Page Number: 320
Source: Book Store
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
4 out of 5 stars
There are Reds and there are Silvers. Both human, some non-distinctly human. Reds are commons folk with red blood, and Silvers have abilities along with silver blood. The Silvers and the Reds go to a war that’s been going on for one hundred years; Reds are forced to fight, Silvers have the choice. The main character, Mare, lives in a small, very poor, Red village with her family. Her three older brothers were sent to war; her sister is the only chance for Mare and her family because of her special embroidery skills. Mare is almost to the age where she’ll be sent to war, just like her brothers. Mare’s best friend, Kilorn, is safe from being sent away because of his apprenticeship. He’s completely safe until his master takes a fatal fall. Mare tries to find a way to save him, just like she always does, and actually does find a way. She needs to get enough money to send him away in secret with the black market workers. She steals directly from people’s pockets but she’s interrupted by a boy that tells her pick pocketing is rude. He throws a coin worth a fortune her way any way, though. Soon she finds herself as a server in the Silver palace. She goes through the motions she’s supposed to, but finds something out that freaks her out. Mare is different from most of the Reds. She has an ability just like one of the Silvers. Why is she so special? What makes her so different?
It is so refreshing to read a good book. This was so good, and I loved it. The cover is gorgeous and it really does represent the book quite well. The reason this didn’t get 5 stars was because it was very predictable. There were a lot of things very similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent. I understand that it is a dystopian world, so some things will be quite similar, but there was a lot that was the same. There were a lot of things that were completely different, though. I loved that the Silvers had powers and that the blood type differentiated the people. I loved (and hated) the characters; the world building was beautiful. Aveyard really is a fantastic writer. I don’t know if I can wait however long it is for the next book to come out!
Mare was the main character, and I liked her. She was powerful and vulnerable, and very sassy. She couldn’t really hold her tongue a lot of the time, but I liked that about her. She was the perfect mixture of everything. I don’t know what I would have done with myself if I were just thrown into the mix with a bunch of Silvers. I would definitely freak out. A lot. She was calm a lot of the time and she rolled with the punches. I would have had a mental breakdown, more than likely. Maven and Cal. Oh man. They were perfect, well mostly perfect. *cough cough*
Who Would I Be?:
I would choose to be Mare because she was very strong when she probably could have been a baby. I would have freaked out and gotten very cold, but she still opened her heart up. I loved that she was different, not just characteristic-wise. Some of her choices were questionable, but she really knows how to pick the guy. *cough* Maven. I just. I really love(d) him. I highly suggest this book! You will get hooked.
Hello everyone! Happy Easter! I hope you’ve gotten to spend the day with family and friends and have eaten a lot of good food. Did the Easter Bunny bring you anything? I got some Reese’s peanut butter eggs, so that was cool. Where have I been? Oh my goodness! Most of you have probably been wondering why I haven’t been posting, and it’s because I just took a break. I have always been happy with blogging, but sometimes it just feels like too much. Right after I got back from Florida with my school music program I just decided to not post for a while. I honestly haven’t been reading that much because I have been so busy! I recently added an extra hour of dance a week, started soccer, and have been cracking down on school. School has been crazy lately; there are have been so many tests and assignments to do! I will continue blogging consistently again, I promise. My wrapup from last month with be posted soon, as well :) Happy Easter!
Title: Seraphina (Seraphina #1)
Author: Rachael Hartman
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Page Number: 482
Source: Barnes and Noble Nook Store
In the kingdom of Goredd, dragons and humans live and work side by side – while below the surface, tensions and hostility simmer.
The newest member of the royal court, a uniquely gifted musician named Seraphina, holds a deep secret of her own. One that she guards with all of her being.
When a member of the royal family is brutally murdered, Seraphina is drawn into the investigation alongside the dangerously perceptive—and dashing—Prince Lucien. But as the two uncover a sinister plot to destroy the wavering peace of the kingdom, Seraphina’s struggle to protect her secret becomes increasingly difficult… while its discovery could mean her very life.
2 out of 5 stars
In the kingdom of Goredd humans and dragons live in peace. All get along due to a treaty stating that the dragons are allowed to live there as long as there weren’t any major problems. The main character, Seraphina, obeys these rules as a human, but has a huge secret to keep. She is the child of a human and a dragon. The skilled musician woks under the music master and helps to organize banquets and things of that nature for the Royal Court. The most important banquet in her life gets postponed suddenly when a member of the Royal Court shows up decapitated. Seraphina wants to help find out why the man was brutally murdered, so she teams up with the Queen’s Guard to help find out. Why does she think she can help? She can see others like her (half-breeds) in her mind. Her teacher, Orma, is a dragon who has started to love her in a fatherly way. He helps her along the way with the whole endeavor. Prince Lucian Kiggs, part of the Royal Guard accompanies her to find the reason his relative was murdered, and some romance starts to brew between the maid and prince. Why is Seraphina so special? Is there a reason she’s musically gifted?
I had a lot of problems with this book. Nothing seemed to be happening, but everything was happening all at once. This book could have easily been half the length. There were so many characters with such similar, or even two, names. There was kind of no plot, and the romance was very cheesy. I really struggled to find the time to want to pick this book up.
Ahh. I don’t even know where to start with the characters because there were so many. Seraphina, Lucian Kiggs, and Orma were the main characters, but there were so many side characters. Lucian Kiggs was my favorite character, because… love interest, but I did like Seraphina. There was a lot of character development, and that aspect of the book was really impressive and fun to read about. I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary things to just fill the space.
Who Would I Be?:
I would choose to be Seraphina because she was a really strong character to follow. She was brave and strong, but also vulnerable at the same time. Even though the romance wasn’t executed well, she and Kiggs really were the perfect couple. I hope that the relationship continues to grow in Shadow Scale.
Hello, hello! Shannon A. Thompson, author of the Timely Death Trilogy, emailed me and asked if I would be part of the second edition cover reveal for her book Minutes before Sunset. Of course I said I’d love to, so here it is. I have loved all of Shannon’s books that I’ve read and plan to read all of her works in the future. Here we go…. *bum bum bummmm (Belt’s voice from The Croods)*
Shannon recently moved to a new publishing company, and they’re releasing her books with new covers and revised work. Applause is necessary ;) This talented woman is a beautiful writer and has a unique writing style. Check out her blog!
Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
Seconds Before Sunrise (The Timely Death Trilogy #2) – Shannon A. Thompson
Title: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls
Author: David Sedaris
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Page Number: 275
Source: Book Club
A guy walks into a bar car and…
From here the story could take many turns. When this guy is David Sedaris, the possibilities are endless, but the result is always the same: he will both delight you with twists of humor and intelligence and leave you deeply moved.
Sedaris remembers his father’s dinnertime attire (shirtsleeves and underpants), his first colonoscopy (remarkably pleasant), and the time he considered buying the skeleton of a murdered Pygmy.
With Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris shows once again why his work has been called “hilarious, elegant, and surprisingly moving” (Washington Post).
1 out of 5 stars
This was a collection of short stories and essays recording parts of David Sedaris’s life. There were so many random tidbits of information in this book. He basically tells random stories from his life in a really weird way. He tells about how mean his father was to him when he was a kid, about how his passport got stolen by drug dealers, and how he felt during his first colonoscopy. So weird and so random. I have no idea how to feel about this book. I didn’t like it, but I did find myself laughing at some points. The weirdest short story from the whole book was where he buys this stuffed Pygmy owl for his boyfriend for Valentine’s Day (romantic??) at this sketchy random taxidermy shop in England. Why? I honestly do not understand what possessed this man to write about the things he ended up putting in this book.
Because this was so all over the place David was the only constant character. His boyfriend was nice enough, but only showed up in two or three stories. His dad was just weird and really mean, therefore I did not enjoy reading about him. Some of the side characters that he met along the way were fine; I liked the random girl from Australia. She told him about the kookaburra bird and sang the kookaburra song with him. The man at the taxidermy shop was super sketchy, though. Just weird characters along the way.
Who Would I Be?:
I didn’t like any of the characters from this book. David was irritating and weird. I usually like weird, but this went to another extreme. I really don’t know why this book was a thing. I wouldn’t choose to be anyone in this book, but if I had to choose I’d choose the Australian girl. She has an accent…
This week I didn’t read that much. I read about 50 pages in Seraphina and read about 20 pages in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Next week I will read more and have the review for Seraphina up. I have been very busy with schoolwork lately, so that is why there has been a lack of posting. I am trying my hardest to get back on a regular posting schedule.
I went to an auction today, and found a small bag with a Gameboy Advance, a Gameboy Color, six Pokemon games and about six random games. I bid on it, and got it for $42. I have started playing the Pokemon Pikachu Edition on the Gameboy Advance and it’s so much fun. Pokemon is definitely still my favorite game, and I’m definitely planning on bringing it with me on my Florida trip!
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