We are all sorry that we have not been posting but that is due mostly in part to graduation and my needing a new laptop. My old one is permanently dead as it shorted out. Now I have a new one. I also had a hard time getting my hands on a copy of The Host by Stephanie Meyer as I looked for it. It is coming though.
Blood Trail – C.J. Box
Waiting for Morning – Karen Kingsbury
Another Fine Myth – Robert Asprin
Walk in My Soul – Lucia St. Clair Robson
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
10 is the best and 1 is the worst.
A Wrinkle in Time – 1
The Last Herald Mage Trilogy – 9.999
Black Beauty – 7
Last Unicorn. – 7
Secrets Beneath – 6
The Wanderer – 9
Forgotten Beasts of Eld – 7
Christmas Shoes – 10
Fahrenheit 451 – 5
Frankenstien – 5.54
Dr. Jekl and Mr. Hyde – 4
Island of the Blue Dolphins – 8.5
Paint the Wind – 6.79
Pride and Prejudice – 7
Atticus Finch, a depression-era Southern attorney, fearlessly defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. The story is told by Atticus’s daughter, known as Scout, and how she and her family deal with the racism and hate toward not only the blacks in their community, but also them because Atticus is defending the black man.
I enjoyed this book on the second reading, not the first though. My first reading was for school and I had to do an essay about the theme and plot and how it’s message is still around today. But, On the second time reading it, for leisure and this website, I was able to get more invested and I honestly enjoyed it more than I had thought. I read it my freshman year in high school and I only wanted to get through it. But, on my second reading, I felt as if I was part of the story. Ms. Lee is excellent when it comes to immersing the reader into her work and using not only imagery, but similies and metaphors for what is going on and to pass her message on. My only complaint is that it was a slow read at first, in the first few chapters it is only world building and building to the plot. The descriptions took some time but I enjoyed the way that I could use her words to elaborate on what the setting looked like, and what the people looked like. I enjoyed the message of tolerance and doing the right thing because it is right as opposed to hopping on the band wagon.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in realistic fiction and who enjoy a slice of life story. I rate it on my new scale as a solid 7 out of 10. I will post my other ratings in another post for my previous reviews. I was introduced to the rating by my cousin. Enjoy!
March is my subscriber appreciation month. If you are subscribed to me or following me you can choose from the following books or another one of your own choice.
Blood Trail – C.J Box
Waiting For Morning – Karen Kingsbury
To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
Another Fine Myth – Robert Asprin
Walk in My Soul – Lucia St. Clair Robson
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
I am Never reading the Harry Potter or Twilight series, no offence intended but both have been ruined for me by spoilers when I picked up the book. I also do not really like the plot line of the latter and feel that the movies spoiled the books from Harry Potter. My brothers are big fans of Harry Potter and Yugi-oh. But let’s see what else people come up with in the comments. Thank you!
A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
You would think this book was interesting, but NO it is not interesting until the very end when they are rescuing the father from the evil forces. Then, after putting the book down, I completely forgot I had read it. It is boring, the characters feel like only the plot drives them. “The plot calls us away from wondering what it is! Away!” It is boring with dull characters and the only really interesting place is at the end.
I do not recommend this book. I don’t care what you say. You can rage in the comments but it will not change my mind.
Black Beauty is a nearly all-black horse and is the title character and narrator of the story. Throughout the course of the novel, Beauty introduces the reader to many characters, including his mother, Duchess, and other horses named Ginger, Merrylegs, Sir Oliver and Captain.
The story that is told in Black Beauty is one that people can understand if they know horses, have a soft spot for animals and have a soft spot for animals. But, personally, I think that while a good read, that this book is a bit boring. Yes, it has interesting points but Black beauty is not what I consider my favorite story. It is a relief to read it after reading books heavy on action, drama, and other intense stories and it lets one relax to sleep or just relax. I recommend it but not if you are tired.
The story begins with a group of human hunters passing through a forest in search of game. After days of coming up empty-handed, they begin to believe they are passing through a Unicorn’s forest, where animals are kept safe by a magical aura. They resign themselves to hunting somewhere else; but, before they leave, one of the hunters calls out a warning to the Unicorn that she may be the last of her kind. This revelation disturbs the Unicorn, and though she initially dismisses it, eventually doubt and worry drive her to leave her forest. She travels through the land and discovers that humans no longer even recognize her; instead they see a pretty white mare. She encounters a talking butterfly who speaks in riddles and songs and initially dodges her questions about the other unicorns. Eventually, the butterfly issues a warning that her kind have been herded to a far away land by a creature known as the Red Bull. She continues to search for other unicorns. During her journey, she is taken captive by a traveling carnival led by witch Mommy Fortuna, who uses magical spells to create the illusion that regular animals are in fact creatures of myth and legend. The Unicorn finds herself the only true legendary creature among the group, save for the harpy, Celaeno. Schmendrick, a magician traveling with the carnival, sees the Unicorn for what she is, and he frees her in the middle of the night. The Unicorn frees the other creatures including Celaeno, who kills Mommy Fortuna and Rukh, her hunchbacked assistant.
The Unicorn and Schmendrick continue traveling in an attempt to reach the castle of King Haggard, where the Red Bull resides. When Schmendrick is captured by bandits, the Unicorn comes to his rescue and attracts the attention of Molly Grue, the bandit leader’s wife. Together, the three continue their journey and arrive at Hagsgate, a town under Haggard’s rule and the first one he had conquered when he claimed his kingdom. A resident of Hagsgate named Drinn informs them of a curse that stated that their town would continue to share in Haggard’s fortune until such a time that someone from Hagsgate would bring Haggard’s castle down. Drinn goes on to claim that he discovered a baby boy in the town’s marketplace one night in winter. He knew that the child was the one the prophecy spoke of, but he left the baby where he found it, not wanting the prophecy to come true. King Haggard found the baby later that evening and adopted it.
Molly, Schmendrick and the Unicorn leave Hagsgate and continue toward Haggard’s castle, but on their way they are attacked by the Red Bull. The Unicorn runs, but is unable to escape the bull. In an effort to aid her, Schmendrick unwittingly turns the Unicorn into a human woman. Confused by the change, the Red Bull gives up the pursuit and disappears. The change has disastrous consequences on the Unicorn, who suffers tremendous shock at the sudden feeling of mortality in her human body. Schmendrick tells the unicorn that he is immortal and that he cannot make real magic unless he is mortal, and encourages her to continue her quest. The three continue to Haggard’s castle, where Schmendrick introduces the Unicorn as “Lady Amalthea” to throw off Haggard’s suspicions. They manage to convince Haggard to allow them to serve him in his court, with the hopes of gathering clues as to the location of the other unicorns. During their stay, Amalthea is romanced by Haggard’s adopted son, Prince Lír. Haggard eventually reveals to Amalthea that the unicorns are trapped in the sea for his own benefit, because the unicorns are the only things that make him happy. He then openly accuses Amalthea of coming to his kingdom to save the unicorns and says that he knows who she really is, but Amalthea has seemingly forgotten about her true nature and her desire to save the other unicorns.
Following clues given to them by a cat, Molly, Schmendrick, and Amalthea find the entrance to the Red Bull’s lair. Haggard and his men-at-arms attempt to stop them, but they manage to enter the bull’s lair and are joined by Lír. When the Red Bull attacks them, Schmendrick changes Amalthea back to her original form. At this moment, Schmendrick joyfully becomes mortal. In an effort to save the Unicorn, Lír jumps into the bull’s path and is trampled. Fueled by anger and sorrow, the Unicorn drives the bull into the sea. The other unicorns are freed, and they run back to their homes, with Haggard’s castle falling in their wake. As the castle falls, its wreckage dissolves into mist before it even hits the ground, and nothing remains to indicate that a castle had ever been there.
The Unicorn revives Lír with the healing touch of her horn. Now king after Haggard’s death, he attempts to follow the Unicorn despite Schmendrick advising against it. As they pass through the now-ruined town of Hagsgate, they learn that Drinn is actually Lír’s father, and that he had abandoned him in the marketplace on purpose to fulfill the prophecy. Realizing that he has new responsibilities as king after seeing the state of Hagsgate, Lír returns to rebuild it after accompanying Schmendrick and Molly to the outskirts of his kingdom. The Unicorn returns to her forest. She tells Schmendrick that she is different from all the other unicorns now, because she knows what it’s like to feel love and regret. Schmendrick and Molly later come across a princess in trouble and he tells her to go to Lír because he is the hero to save her. Schmendrick and Molly leave this story into another as they sing a love song together.
This is a really good story for the side characters but not really the main character. Yes, she does change but that is pale in comparison to the arc that Schmendrick goes through. He goes from being a trickster to being a shell of himself, to a tragic trickster, to being a lost person, then to being all knowing as the master be had envied. Molly goes from rough and hard to kind with a bit of a rugged touch, and more motherly than at her introduction. The unicorn goes from all knowing and fearless to puzzled, to afraid, to sereine, to supposedly permanent ‘ll y depressed, and she literally turns into a woman and learns regret and true bravery. Prince Lir learns to be a hero, brave, selfless, kind, and knowledgeable. Lir learns to love and show that love through words and gentleness rather than giving bloody trophies and doing violence. The setting and world are different from other stories, especially in its description. I think it is a really good story but my only nitpick is that there is no clear message beyond greed is bad and can consume a person. That was a real nitpick.
I recommend this for teenagers and young adults.
A wrinkle in time is considered a classic sci fi. tale and I both did and didn’t enjoy it, tune in later this February to see what I think about it and Black Beauty.
Synopsis: Something strange is going on in Middlefield and Bekah is determined to find out what it is. Fist, she sees a stranger sneaking around the deserted house next door. Then her cousin, Amanda, shows up to live with them for the school year, and no one will tell Bekah why. When Bekah starts asking questions, Mami and Daed tell her to mind her own business- about Amanda and the house next door. But Beka just can’t resist her curiosity. Just when she thinks she will be able to crack the case, she ends up putting herself in real danger. Are some secrets best left for God to resolve?
Kathleen Fuller is a really good author when it comes to simple plots and she has taken the cake. This is something that I had never read before when I first read it but now I find myself going back to it yet again. I think that I will start with my problems first.
I don’t like how Amanda is portrayed for the first part of the book. It makes her look like a whiny little brat and then it goes to her P.o.V and she is so different. I think this was supposed to be like one of the moments when someone realizes that they were judging someone unfairly. I also dislike how Bekah is so nosy. She comes off as one of the kids in school that always wants the gossip. I know she is supposed to be nosy but it gets annoying. I know that she was supposed to be the focus but I actually find the stories we don’t know a lot about better and more compelling.I personally feel like the focus should have been Amanda instead of Bekah. Amanda is going through a hard time and she is a lot more likable than Bekah is in my opinion.
But, giving credit where credit is due, this is an interesting book and I enjoyed it very much. The background characters were well developed if they were close to the plot. Everything falls into place and you see how the initial problems were resolved.
I would recommend it for those who want to see a little girl solve a mystery in the Amish country.