Book Review: Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

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This trilogy has had a huge impact on me as a person. I feel like this is a trilogy that should be taught in school! It has adventure and life lessons galore. It teaches you that even the smallest person can have an impact on the world.

Tolkien creates an entire world and fills it with deep and interesting characters. His world is full of detail and mystery, Tolkien immerses the readers deeply, you can see the landscapes and feel the characters’ emotions. You will fall in love with this trilogy!

The books are super long and you really have to pay attention, every detail is important. I’m a very avid reader and these books still took me a good three months (I was also attending classes though).

To get the real Lord of the Rings experience, I recommend reading The Hobbit first. My dad read it to me and my little brother when I was a kid, and I loved it so much. He bought me my own book two Christmases ago and I cherish that book! Then when you’re finished with all four books, they have six movies to go along with them, which I might add are wonderful. I even loved The Hobbit movies, although many Tolkien fans don’t.

These books all in all are awesome! I recommend this book for older teens and up, they are difficult to get through, but believe me they’re worth it! If you enjoy these you will definitely enjoy the A Game of Throne series! Remember heroes are never who you expect them to be!

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5/5 on my official book rating scale! These books are my all time favorites and I think everyone should read them once.

Let me know what you think of these books in the comments or by email!

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Book Review: Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard

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Secrets, mischief, and romance! What else could you ask for? This book has it all, the Freeform TV series of the same name is based on this series! If you watch the TV series you MUST read these books!

Here is the official description from Amazon:

“In the exclusive Philadelphia suburb of Rosewood, Alison is the Queen Bee of her elite seventh grade hive. BFs Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily vie for her attention, even as each of them hides a hideous secret only Alison knows. So when Alison goes missing after a slumber party, never to be seen again, each girl is heartbroken, but also a little relieved. Now it is three years later, and though the four girls have grown apart, they are each still hiding something. Artsy Aria is carrying on an affair with one of her teachers, fashionista Hanna shoplifts to accessorize her trendy outfits, blue-blood Spencer is sleeping with her older sister’s boyfriend, while straight-A Emily is trying to ignore her attraction to a new female classmate. When the girls begin receiving threatening text messages and emails that from someone known only as “A,” they must confront the fact that against all odds, it appears Alison is back. Could Alison still be alive? And if so, why is she so determined to uncover all their dirty little secrets?”

I started watching the TV series last year, and finally took the plunge and started the book series. So far it’s as awesome as the show, with few differences (other than characters appearances) and more detail. You build an attachment to the characters through their insecurities, which may be similar to ones you had in high school.
To me the characters are even more relatable in the books, because you are allowed into their own thoughts. You get to see the whole picture, instead of just the outside. I like Aria a lot more in the books because of how unique she is. She’s the weird one of the group, not just the girl who’s having relations with her teacher. Her situation is more believable in the books, and a whole lot more enjoyable.
My only problem with this series is that it’s a little heavy on the romance, I’d prefer to learn more about ‘A’! I want more mystery, I want to be just as scared as the characters! The initial fright is down played a little in this book, I want it to creep me out, not just make me feel curious. I understand that the ‘boyfriends’ have roles in the downward spirals of the girls, but I feel like there’s paragraphs of unnecessary garbage about the boys, and even unimportant boys that have no role in the story line.
I recommend this book to teen girls most specifically, though young adults and some boys make take an interest in this. Other books like this are ‘Dead Girls Don’t Lie’ by Jennifer Shaw Wolf and ‘Get Even’ by Gretchen McNeil.

4/5 on the official book score! Good mystery, with a lot of romance on the side.
I’d love to hear what you think!

New Books! Plus Updates!

 

Snapchat-8128088147271328719Used books are my favorite thing! I got all of these for around $20 from Thriftbooks.com, my favorite website. They aren’t in tip top condition but they’re readable and the covers are still pretty beautiful. I’m currently ready Pretty Little Liars, I have about a hundred pages left. I intend on writing a review for that book, then I’m going to start Cell by Stephen King! Cell will be my first venture into the world of Stephen King, I’m pretty excited…

I am also very happy to say that I was approved to read the second book in The South Forsaken Series, The South Reclaimed! Thank you NetGalley! I can’t wait to read and review that one, the first one was so good!

My own book is coming at a very slow pace, like slugs pace. I kind of have my next chapter mapped out, but haven’t done a whole lot yet. With summer just beginning, I am enjoying my week off from school before my college summer session starts. Sorry, but I swear once I’m done enjoying this week, I’ll get back on the horse and write again.

Stay tuned for my next couple reviews, and in about 2-3 weeks the third chapter of my book! Take care everyone and contact me with any questions or comments!

Book Review – One Was Lost

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Do you fear being lost in the woods? How about being hunted down by a murderer? This book is about both, and is filled with action from the very beginning. I found this novel to be extremely enjoyable and massively entertaining. It twists and turns and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Natalie Richards really nailed this book, she beautifully entwines her characters and the murderer, and keeps it filled with questions that will grip you until the very end. You will experience the fear the characters feel right along side them. Here is the synopsis posted on NetGalley:

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Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

While on a mandatory senior field trip, a flash flood cuts off Sera and three classmates from their group with no way to call for help. But they’re not as alone as they thought…

Someone is stalking them through the woods. Someone who drugged them, stole their supplies, and wrote on their skin. Is it a judgement? A warning? If Sera doesn’t uncover the truth, it’s only a matter of time before the hunter finds her.

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This book does a good job of relating to the typical teenage insecurities and using them against the characters, to twist their minds and turn them against each other. This book is also excellent at mixing the horrors of what is going on around Sera and her romantic interests, without detracting from the story. I found the romance off putting at first, but I think I was just being impatient. Once I sat down and quit being stubborn I enjoyed the romance. I don’t really have any complaints, which is rare.

One Was Lost will be available on October 1st, 2016. So mark your calendars! If you like this book by Natalie Richards you will also like her books Six Months Later, and Gone Too Far. This is a wonderful young adult and teen book, that will make you wonder who the killer really is…

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5/5 on my official book score! Read this, I loved it and recommend it to everyone.

As always tell me what YOU think!

Book Review: The South Forsaken – Rachel Drummond

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Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! Easily one of my favorite subjects to read about. This zombie horror book is easily going to become popular in the genre. Rachel Drummond, paints a very vivid and terrifying story based in Australia, about a family and the people they are acquainted with as they struggle to survive in their new and terrifying world.

I recently joined NetGalley.com, a book reviewing site, and this was the first story I was approved to read and post on my blog. This is the official description on NetGalley.

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Book Review: A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

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Most people have heard of HBO’s Game of Thrones, well this is the book the TV Show is based on. If you didn’t already know that.

First off this series is very very very long, but don’t let that frighten you. These books are very well thought out, and have twists and turns you’ll never expect, and so far the companion TV series has been pretty accurate, but the books have more history and detail you won’t want to miss out on!

I love this series, even though it’s taking forever to read, and some parts do get boring, but it’ll all be better once the boring stuff ties in with the action. I do have to warn you, there is a ton of explicit material. Sex, violence, and mature language are very prevalent in this series. So I recommend it for older teens and adults, it has very mature themes, sometimes I even cringe. I can’t explain enough that it’s not a children’s book in any way.

Another warning is that everyone you love will likely die because George R.R. Martin apparently loves to make his readers cry, no specific spoilers but beware. But it is awesome at the same time when it kills characters. No one is safe in the Game of Thrones!

If you like this you will likely love Lord of the Rings (Probably my all time favorite trilogy!), it has all the fantasy and action you could ever hope for. From white walkers to dragons, you will not be disappointed!

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4.5/5 on my official book rating, because it does get a bit slow, but it is all around awesome!

(Still cant figure out how to make the half book images not white)

Enjoy!

Horror Story: Chapter 2

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I decided to work solely on this project because I had a couple emails and Facebook messages telling me how excited people were for chapter 2. This is my first draft of chapter 2, I was very excited about this chapter, because it will allow me to get into more of the scarier aspects of this story.

The introductory stuff is pretty much over after this, and we can delve deeper into the secrets Ali is keeping, and we can learn more about the scary stuff she is experiencing. I can’t wait for you guys to read some of the stuff I’ve been planning. I think any horror enthusiast would appreciate my ideas.

So enjoy chapter 2, and I will be working hard to bust out chapter 3, which will be titled ‘Weekend’. You will be seeing more of Erick in chapter 3, and I hope you enjoy his quick intro in chapter 2.

As before this is a scary story, so if that’s not your thing don’t read this. But I’d appreciate it if you did! Let me know of any questions or comments, I’ll do my best to respond to you, and work your ideas in with my story!

Here’s the link!

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Enjoy!