Review: The Ables – Jeremy Scott


The Ables – Jeremy Scott

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Title: The Ables

Author: Jeremy Scott

Release Date: May 1, 2015

Publisher: Clovercroft Publishing

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 364

Source: book club pick

I did have fantastic hearing, mostly by virtue of being blind. But that couldn’t actually mean that he’s trying to tell me I have super powers, right? Because that would be ridiculous

It wasn’t the “sex talk” he expected. Phillip Sallinger’s dad has told him he’s a custodian—a guardian—and his genetically inherited power is telekinesis. He’ll learn to move objects with his mind. Excited to begin superhero high school until he discovers he’s assigned to a “special ed” class for disabled empowered kids, he suddenly feels like an outsider. Bullied, threatened, and betrayed, Phillip struggles, even as he and his friends—calling themselves the Ables—find ways to maximize their powers to overcome their disabilities, and are the first to identify the growing evil threatening humanity. As vital custodians disappear and the custodian leadership is mired in indecision, a mysterious and powerful figure taunts Phillip, and the enemy is poised to strike. But what if the next “one who does all,” the multi-gifted custodian predicted to come, is one of the Ables?

The Ables is a fast-paced, captivating debut novel from Jeremy Scott, a bold new voice in fantasy and sci-fi, and already a widely popular storyteller as co-creator and narrator of CinemaSins, a YouTube channel that has amassed more than 3.8 million subscribers in under two years.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Superheroes are real and there are small towns specifically for them to live and get an education. Philip and his family live in one of these tiny superhero towns. At school everyone has a special power that they can use to, ultimately, help the world. Philip is blind, so he’s in the special education program at school; he becomes friends with the people in his class and they begin to discover new parts of their powers. The school decides to let all the students participate in a simulation of real crime to try and get them ready for the real world; this event is called the SuperSim. Everyone is allowed to participate in the city-wide even except for the kids in the special ed class. Of course Philip and his friends are outraged and decide they need to find a way to participate. They all work together and end up calling their team The Ables after they go through the legal troubles to become a team. They meet a man that they believe is evil and they tell the adults, but of course no one actually believes them. They take matters into their own hands and help the city.

I read this book for book club this month and I thought it was an ehh book. I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t great. At page 100 I was thinking I’d have to struggle through the whole book, but by the end it had gotten much better. I had problems with the formatting of this book, to be honest. I didn’t think that the way things were spaced out would mess with the reading experience, but it did. It was really odd to read, actually.

Characters:

The main character was Philip; his power was telekinesis. All of his friends have powers like super smarts, growing really big, and mind reading, so it was kind of cool to read about that. I liked Philip and all his friends, but my favorite was Bentley. He was the one with super smarts and he was just really funny. He was too smart for his own good and had trouble realizing that other people weren’t as smart as him.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Bentley because of his power. He was really sweet and the problem solver of the group. He was most definitely my favorite from this book.

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Review: The Far House – William Lowrey


The Far House – William Lowrey

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Title: The Far House

Author: William Lowrey

Release Date: October 25, 2014

Publisher: N/A

Format: eGalley

Page Number: 139

Source: author

For half his twelve year life Nacaño has lived as a simple peasant in the shadow of the local patrón’s house where his mother works as a maid. He awakens one night to the sight of the house set ablaze by an angry mob and his mother having escaped with the daughter of the patrón. She tells him they must run from their home under the cover of night and makes him swear to protect the strange, exiled girl.

Nacaño is thrust into a world of roving packs of flat eyed knifemen who kill as easily as they breathe and callous landowners who prey on the poor and vulnerable. To survive this harsh new life he must come to trust the girl who has shattered his quiet existence and who his mother seems to care for more than her own son.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Nacaño and his mother live together a short distance from the Casales family. his mother worked for Señor Casales and knew the daughter Odiana. One night Nacaño is woken by his mother and told to gather his things. His mom had brought Odiana to their house because the Casales’ house had been burned to the ground. The three of them leave with a small bag and a knife. They walk for many days until Nacaño’s mother tells him to protect Odiana, then disappears. Nacaño and Odiana continue walking until they can’t anymore. They find themselves at a plantain farm; a man tells them to follow him. They walk with the man and end up working for the owner of the farm for many years. They stay for seven years and end up escaping after that time. They run away and join a group they meet, and then very odd things happen with the group. Why did they run from the farm? Did they accomplish what they were trying to do?

Huge thank you to William Lowrey for sending me this book! I do have to say, I was very confused for a lot of this book. I didn’t really understand why they left in the first place or why they stayed at the farm, but whatever. I finished this book fairly quickly, so I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t for me. It was kind of cool, though, some parts were in Spanish and I understood them. That was a rewarding feeling.

Characters:

Nacaño and Odiana were the main characters, but they were very similar to one another. Not much actually happened with either of them. There wasn’t much development, so I wish they would have grown a little more.

Who Would I Be?:

I’d probably choose to be Odiana because she’s the girl. I wouldn’t want to not have parents, but she did have someone watching out for her.

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Language and Literature


Today I will be answering some questions concerning language, literature, and the written word. Books convey a message no other media can; they have internal monologue without being extremely boring. They discuss morals and help people make decisions. The written word is one of the most beautiful things that mankind has ever created, and I’m glad I get to use it every day. All of us who can read and write are very fortunate in the fact that we can understand that letters make words, and words make sentences.

What aspect of writing would you want to be preserved from language to language?

I love reading sarcasm and hearing what the characters have to say with their sarcasm. Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars, Clarke from The 100. None of these characters would be the same if you couldn’t see their sassiness. If I could choose just one thing to be the same from language to language it would be the conversations and the sarcastic comments.

How can language translation allow literature to be shared with the world?

The question should be, ‘how can’t it?’ As much as people in the United States believe English should be spoken everywhere, it’s not true and probably will never be true. All over the world there are so many different languages that most of us will never even hear spoken. Why should literature be separated by language? People who speak English should be able to read books originally written in another language and vise versa! Literature brings people together. I have met so many people from having this blog that I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the books I’ve read.

How does the language of the piece bring the story to life?

In every language there are different ways of saying specific things that aren’t understood elsewhere. People whose native tongue isn’t English sometimes don’t understand English humor as well. Each language gives each story it’s own light. If you read a book in a different language it will still be the same story, but there will be slight differences. Quotes won’t be the same, but that’s because if you translate it directly the emotions won’t be there for the reader.

If my favorite piece of literature was translated, what would be the most important aspect I would like to keep consistent?

I will use The Mortal Instruments series for these references. I would want Jace and Clary to keep their romance the same. I love them together and think that the way they go about things is beautiful. Clary and Simon would need to keep their conversations. Just because it would be translated (which it is) doesn’t mean the friendship can’t stay the same. And lastly, the action! I love the action in this story and it would be a shame if it were changed.

The company Smartling has been translating websites and blogs into other languages so others from other countries can enjoy the same resources. The translation software can translate any page to a native tongue if you ask it to! It’s a really cool program that everyone should know about. So, if you could choose one thing that would stay the same between languages, what would it be?

The translation software platform can translate any page to a native tongue if you ask it to!

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Review: Day 21 (The Hundred #2) – Kass Morgan


Day 21 (The Hundred #2) – Kass Morgan

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Title: Day 21 (The Hundred #2)

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 320

Source: library

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Clarke, Bellamy, Wells, and the other members from the first drop ship have been on Earth for three weeks now. Clarke knows about radiation poisoning and understands that some major symptoms start to show on day 21. This is why she’s so scared when her friends fall ill on this day. She has radiation poisoning pills in the medical kit, but knows they will kill them if it isn’t radiation that is making them sick.m She holds off giving them pills until more tell-tale signs of radiation poisoning start to surface. Meanwhile, Wells has captured an Earthling. A young girl named Sasha was found spying on their camp, so they’ve been holding her captive trying to get information out of her. Bellamy automatically freaks out yelling and wondering where his sister is, so naturally Sasha doesn’t talk to him. Bellamy leaves and Sasha talks to Clarke; they begin to see the other side of things. They learn more about Sasha and her people and begin to trust them until three others of the hundred die from mysterious arrows from the forest. Wells finds something very odd when the group finds one of their own hanging from a tree; her feet have a message carved in them and the handwriting looks familiar…

I loved this book just as much as the first one! I love the suspense; it keeps you engaged the whole time. You never know what is going to happen and it’s so great! I love that it’s so different from the TV show. I loved the show, but the books are much better. One of my favorite things is that it goes to flashbacks of all the characters; it’s really cool to learn some of their past. I cannot wait to read the next one! Unfortunately, MY LIBRARY DOESN’T HAVE IT. Okay, cool.

Characters:

Ooh. There is some romance in this book and oh man I have some strong Bellarke feels. Bellamy and Clarke are the perfect couple. Then there’s Wells and Sasha. So cute. I love that the romance didn’t take over the whole book, because… I mean… there are kids trying to survive on Earth. The most important part is that they’re actually on Earth, not how many times they kiss another person. I like that them being sent to Earth is still the main focus.

Who Would I Be?:

Still would be Clarke. I love her; I love Bellamy. I love them together. It’s just perfect. Sometimes her choices are a little dumb, but she always works them out. It’s also pretty cool that she gets to help people because she’s the doctor. I am looking forward to the third book in the trilogy because I know that there is going to be angst between the hundred and the adults. The hundred know how things work on Earth, but the adults are still adults… Can’t wait to see how much fighting occurs :)

Series:

The 100 (The Hundred #1) – Kass Morgan

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Review: The 100 (The Hundred #1) – Kass Morgan


The 100 (The Hundred #1) – Kass Morgan

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Title: The 100 (The Hundred #1)

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 323

Source: library

NO ONE HAS SET FOOT ON EARTH IN CENTURIES – UNTIL NOW.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life… or it could be a suicide mission.

Clark was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

100 delinquent children are sent down to Earth for the first time in three centuries. The adults in their spaceship need to know if it’s safe to send people down to the surface of Earth, so why not send their own kids. Great idea. Radiation levels were high on Earth for hundreds of years, but they think Earth could be habitable again; they’re running out of oxygen up in space so they need an alternative. 100 kids are sent down to the Earth; they land, with some casualties and quite a few injuries. people and supplies are thrown from the spacepod; the most important of those supplies – the medical kit – is flung out. Clarke, Wells, and Bellamy are the three main characters on the surface but Glass is still on the ship. How are the unequipped kids supposed to survive? What are they going to find on Earth?

This is honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. I loved the show on CW, but never got to finish the series because it wasn’t all on Netflix. This is such a unique story with so many different elements to it; there is romance and sci-fi and dystopian, it’s just great. I loved this book. I think a lot of people could really enjoy this book. Even though there is romance in it, the romance doesn’t overwhelm the story line. There were those moments that you just had to put the book down and “aww” for a little while, then pick up the book and finish it in a day… I thought that since I watched the show that I would know what was going to happen, but I was wrong. The book and the TV show were just different enough that it kept me in suspense the whole time, but similar enough that I had the same feelings while reading it as I did watching the show. I highly, highly suggest reading this book; I finished it in a day…

Characters:

Clarke is the problem solver who was a doctor’s apprentice. She becomes the doctor down on Earth. Wells is still in love with Clarke even though they’d broken up a while ago. He is the Chancellor’s son, so he tries to become the leader of the group. Bellamy came down to Earth to keep Octavia, his sister, safe from harm. He’s the trouble maker and major flirt. Glass escaped the spacepod before it was launched to go with her boyfriend, Luke. All the characters are great because they’re all so different. It’s a four person POV and I usually hate when the story is told from too many perspectives because I can never tell who’s who, but this one was executed very nicely.

Who Would I Be?:

I would most definitely be Clare. She’s my favorite from both the book and the show. She and Bellamy… oh my gosh. OTP. Major ship. I love them apart, but they’re absolutely perfect together. She saves lives and holds a lot of power over everyone because she’s a realist and she’s reasonable. I like to think that if I was put into this situation that I would be able to help in some way. We have a lot of similar ideas on things.

Series:

Day 21 (The Hundred #2) – Kass Morgan

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Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black


The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

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Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Author: Holly Black

Release Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 324

Source: book store

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Hazel is just your average teenage girl, except she lives in an enchanted town. Everything is enchanted by faeries. Not fairies like Tinkerbell, but evil faeries. Hazel and her brother, Ben, are, like every other teenager in this town, obsessed with the faerie in the glass coffin. The boy of the fey has been entombed in a glass coffin for centuries, but no one knows why. One morning everyone freaks out because the glass has been broken, and that same morning Hazel wakes up with glass shards in her hands and dirt on her feet. It seems like everyone is skeptical of faeries except for Hazel and Ben. The siblings are best friends with a faerie boy, Jack. Hazel has had a crush on Jack for as long as she can remember, but Ben doesn’t know. Ben has been in love with the entombed boy since the beginning of time, so when they find out he’s been broken out, they decide they need to find him. All is well until Hazel finds out she’s been leading a different life than she once thought.

I really enjoyed this book! I absolutely loved the magical elements to this book and the twist Holly Black took on it. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five was because the end seemed rushed. I love when the resolution to the conflict is drawn out a little longer. All the loose ends were tied up nicely, though.

Characters:

Totally ship Hazel and Jack. They’re absolutely perfect. I also ship Ben and Severin even though their relationship seemed a little rushed. I loved the part at the end where Severin tells Ben how he feels. If you’ve read this book you know what I’m talking about! It was just perfectly worded; I loved it.

Who Would I Be?:

I would love to be Jack because he’s absolutely wonderful. I love him; he’s sassy and the perfect match for Hazel. I don’t know how I feel about the faerie mortality thing, though. I’m kind of glad that the epilogue didn’t talk about the distant future. The epilogue was perfect and just reiterated the fact that Jack and Hazel are perfect.

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May Wrapup + June TBR


Read:

  1. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell *review*
  2. The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle *review*
  3. Anthem – Ayn Rand *review*
  4. Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman *review*
  5. The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black *review*
  6. The 100 (The Hundred #1) – Kass Morgan *review*
  7. Day 21 (The Hundred #2) – Kass Morgan *review*

TBR:

  1. The Far House – William Lowrey
  2. Death Before Daylight (Timely Death #3) – Shannon A. Thompson
  3. The Boy in Her Dreams (The Girl in Between #2) – Laekan Zea Kemp

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