Review: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman


Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

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Title: Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2)

Author: Rachel Hartman

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Format: ARC

Page Number: 608

Source: book store

Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

1 out of 5 stars

Plot:

This is the second book int eh Seraphina series. I didn’t like Seraphina; it was okay, but I really struggled through this one. This book took absolutely forever to read. Anyway, this book is about a half-human-half-dragon girl named Seraphina. She decides to gather her other half-breeds and create an odd sort of family for herself. Stuff goes down and Seraphina goes on this journey to try and find her friends. Bad things happen, and they find out that one of the half-breeds is really evil. In the end they figure everything out and all is at peace.

That is all that happens in this entire book. Ugh. I really disliked this book. A whole lot, actually. 600 pages of random crap happening that has nothing to do with the resolution of the story. I had so many issues with this book, and didn’t think there were many good things in it. This book had me in a multiple month long reading slump. Just a disclaimer here. A lot of people really liked this book. This is just my opinion. You can go and give it a try; I’m not telling you to never read Rachel Hartman’s books, but they were not for me at all. I mean, just putting that out there.

Characters:

Seraphina was the main character, but she wasn’t anything extraordinary. She wasn’t awful, but there weren’t many redeeming qualities about her. She loved this guy. He loved her, but nothing happened between them. Let the romance brew! Abdo was my favorite because he was cute. He actually reminded me of my little brother.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess I’d be Seraphina if I had to choose. Again, I didn’t hate her, but she wasn’t cool. I wish more would have happened in this book. It was a really monotone. The. Whole. Way. Through.

Series:

Seraphina (Seraphina #1) – Rachel Hartman

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Review: Anthem – Ayn Rand


Anthem – Ayn Rand

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Title: Anthem

Author: Ayn Rand

Release Date: December 1, 1999

Publisher: Plume

Format: eBook

Page Number: 105

Source: School

Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand’s classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him – a passion which he has been taught to call sinful.

In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd- to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

For school we read this short story; it is dystopian talking about the importance of individuality. Equality is the main character and he’s very smart, but the society doesn’t want his new ideas. They make him a street sweeper rather than a scholar because they know he could come up with ideas to wreak havoc on the carefully balanced society. He finds a tunnel in the city street and goes down there every day for three hours a day. Equality meets Liberty and they immediately realize that they’re different from the rest of the people in their town. In their society they’ve given up individuality, but also modern things. No electricity, no cars, everything is set back in time. The lack of individuality means that Equality calls himself “we,” and calls Liberty “they” when he talks about her. It’s kind of hard to understand, but it makes sense in the end. The reason for this is because in the city they believe that everyone works for the common goal, not for individual goals.

I enjoyed this novella; it was very short and I read it online with my classmates. This is a book that really makes you contemplate life. Everything was set so far back because no one had personality or were individuals in society. This really showed how important it is to be yourself and learn how to not take things for granted.

Characters:

The only two characters in this story were Equality and Liberty. The two really end up understanding that they are important without living in the extreme society. In the end they read books and it makes me really happy because… I mean… books.

Who Would I Be?:

I would probably be Liberty because she’s the girl from the story and she really grows throughout the story. Even though this is only about 100 pages, it’s crazy how much Rand has packed in the character development. I would also like to be the beginning of something new like what she and Equality did.

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Organization of Books


It’s been a while since I did a discussion post, so I decided ‘hey, why not.’ This post, as you can tell by the title, will be about organization of books. I love reorganizing my shelves, but never know how to do it. I tried the rainbow shelves, but that didn’t really work in my room because I have multiple shelves strewn across my room. I know it looks beautiful, but I couldn’t deal with the series not being with their families. I tried organizing them by height, but again, not all series were together. I’ve tried alphabetically by author; everything you can imagine, but my books aren’t organized in any specific way right now. I have all my series together, in numerical order, of course, but that’s about the extent of my organization. I keep all the books I’m currently reading up on top of my dresser, and all the books we’ve read for my book club on top of one of my book shelves, but I don’t really have a specific way that my books are organized. It partially bothers me that it’s random, because if you know me, I have some slight OCD, but it’s kind of nice to not have to worry about where I’ll put my new books. I just add them to the next open shelf. I haven’t reorganized in quite some time, but now that I’ve written this post the next organization will probably happen pretty soon. Leave a comment below talking about how you organize your books? Have you tried the rainbow? Do you have them organized by height? Series? Alphabetically? Let me know, so maybe I can have some order to my chaos of books :)

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Review: The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle


The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle

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Title: The Color of Happiness

Author: K. P. Gazelle

Release Date: April 1, 2015

Publisher: Radiant Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 218

Source: Radiant Books

Faith Lane is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what everyone thinks when they see her rocking a killer dress while laughing with her best friend, Tiffany. But Faith’s life is far from flawless. Her peers torment her relentlessly, and her parents expect her to be the epitome of perfection. Criticized and pressured at school and home, Faith retreats into silent acceptance and finds an escape in her passion of dancing. Then she meets Alex – quirky, forever with a pass, and concealing a mysterious secret of his own. And through his encouragement, Faith starts believing in her gift for dance and gains courage to stand up for herself. But will she be able to keep her footing when the events of one night consume her with the need to jump off the rocky cliffs near her coastal home? And what has pushed her to the edge of reason?

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Faith is a very conservative girl who likes to read and dance. Her family is very hard on her and strive for her to be the best in academics, and don’t appreciate when she does other things. She isn’t allowed to go out with friends much because her parents make her stay home and study, but she gets swept off her feet from a boy named Alex. She, of course, doesn’t tell her family about him, so she tells her parents she’s going to hang out with other friends, but she goes and sees him. Alex encourages Faith try out for dance team because she loves to dance. She tries out and makes it, then goes home to break the news to her family. Her parents aren’t thrilled, but they let her stay on the team. Unfortunate accidents happen and cute gifts are given; Faith and Alex are in love.

I had some problems with this book. Alex just stumbled upon Faith when his best friend was making fun of her. I don’t really understand why she would trust him based on his friend choices, but that wasn’t brought up. There are pointe shoes on the cover, but this book is about dance team. Alright. That’s not really how it works. But finally, their relationship moved so extremely quickly. They were calling each other babe right after they started dating. That’s weird. To call each other babe you need to have the right personality. Neither of them did. The also got “really mad” at each other then went right back two seconds later and apologized and kissed. That’s not really how it works. If you’re actually mad, you’ll stay mad for longer than a couple minutes. Despite some of the negatives I had with the book, I still liked it. It got me out of my two-month reading slump, so that’s really nice.

Characters:

I wasn’t too crazy about the characters, but I’m glad that Faith was really modest. Not too many books talk about high school girls being modest. I’m really proud of Faith that she didn’t give in to the peer pressure of her classmates. It was really weird when she decided to sew nude mesh on her dance team outfit, but it’s whatever.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Faith because I liked what she stood for. She was a good student, she liked dancing, she was modest. All in all she was a really good girl and she picked a pretty cute boyfriend.

*Huge thank you to Radiant Books for asking me to read this! I would love to read anything else from you in the future!*

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Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 328

Source: Book Store

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Red-haired Eleanor moves in with her mother and step-dad in a brand new town. All her siblings live in the house with the beautiful mom and horrible stepfather. Eleanor transfers to the school in the new town and now has to ride the bus; of course the high school hierarchy has declared assigned seats, so she has nowhere to sit. The dark-haired boy with almond shaped eyes quietly invites her into his seat. They don’t speak, but she finds out his name is Park. The two ride in very content silence for weeks until they finally start to talk about comic books. Park sends copies of comic books home with Eleanor and she reads them and brings them back each morning. They finally start having real conversations and it all begins there. The two in the odd pairing now hold hands, share music, and go to Park’s house after school. They’re inseparable and adorably awkward. Eleanor gets bullied at school, but Park helps her through it. The sarcasm and witty banter that is thrown between the two is perfectly hilarious.

I really liked this book and know why it’s always raved about. Eleanor has a really hard home life, but Park is what keeps her going. If it weren’t for him she wouldn’t have been able to function. This book is so cute. Rainbow Rowell has a very unique and real writing style. These are conversations that would actually happen and I think it’s really cool to read a realistic book like this.

Characters:

Eleanor and Park are the perfect couple. They are sassy and sensitive and just both really down to earth. Eleanor haws really bad things happen to her, but Park doesn’t make her tell him. They trust each other and really love each other.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Eleanor’s mom so that I could get my kids out of that house. I hate Richie for so many reasons and I would just make sure the kids are safe.

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Bout of Books 13.0 Wrapup


Starting on the 15th I didn’t read anything the rest of the week. I finished the book The Color of Happiness *review up next week!* and made some major progress in Shadow Scale. I have about 150 pages left of Shadow Scale and am so happy I’m almost done. This is the book that has put me in a slump and I’m glad I’m out of it now! I had an awesome weekend going to graduation parties with my boyfriend and saying farewell to my graduating friends. I had a movie night at my house and we watched Dirty Dancing. Best movie ever; definitely one of my favorites. All in all this was a really awesome week. I’m glad I participated in Bout of Books even if I didn’t make a ton of progress like I’d wanted to. Did you read anything during Bout of Books?

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Bout of Books 13.0 – Day Four


Today I continued reading Shadow Scale. I finished Anthem, but I haven’t been counting that since I’ve read it for school. I will have the reviews of all the books up soon! So far this week’s readathon has pushed me to get out of my reading slump. I know I’ve said this, but it’s so nice to want to read again.

Thursday, May 14th:
Today’s Read(s):

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 78
Total number of books read: 1
Total number of pages read: 296

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