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Book Playlist: Deity

I absolutely LOVED the book Deity by: Jennifer L. Armentrout. I didn’t feel like a review would convey all of my feelings correctly, so I am creating another playlist. *These songs are in no particular order.* Click on each song to listen to them!

Waiting on the Rain-J Boog

A Drop in the Ocean-Ron Pope

All of Me-John Legend

Can’t Hold Us-(Orig. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis) Cover by: Pentatonix

Take a Bow-Rihanna

Dirty Little Secret-the All American Rejects

Dazed and Confused-Led Zeppelin

Barrels Out of a Bond-Howard Shore (starts at 00:30:17)

Let it Go-Idina Menzel

Chasing the Sun-Sara Bareilles

Just Breathe-Anna Nalick

Set Fire to the Rain-Adele

For Good-Wicked (the musical)

Be sure to check out my last book playlist on The Scarlet Letter!

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9761778-deity

-Kathy

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The Elite (Selection Novel #2)

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

 

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Release Date: 4/32/2013

Rating:

 

**Warning: There may be spoilers for The Section in this review.**

Quote I liked:

“Perhaps the highlight was Natalie on top of the table, doing some kind of dance that made her look like an octopus.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.


My Thoughts:

     Where on earth should I begin with this book? I suppose I’ll start with the fact that I absolutely loved the pacing in The Elite.  In many books, as I’m sure the majority of you have experienced, there often seem to be excessive details or moments taking place that seem as if an author wrote them simply to increase the book’s page count. They don’t add to the story at all. In this book,  I was completely happy with the fact that there were none of these moments. Every sentence contributed to the story and made for an enthralling tale. The characters were well developed and I felt extremely connected to the them. 

     There was really only one thing that I disliked in the book. The author  seemed to contradicted herself about a certain topic in the novel. For fear of spoilers for The Elite, I will refrain from writing what she contradicted herself about, but it was not a huge part of the story, just a minor detail. I fell in love when I read The Selection only to have said admiration increase in The Elite. This book was completely engrossing, and I am waiting in suspense for the publication of the next book in the Selection Series. I would recommend this to ages 15 and above, and of course I would highly suggest reading The Selection before beginning The Elite. 

-Kathy

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16248068-the-elite?ac=1

 

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Plastic, Ahoy!

Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Here is a post in honor of Earth Day! This is a guest post written by my older sister.

Goodreads Synopsis:

These scientists are on a mission. As part of a research expedition known as SEAPLEX, theyre studying the massive accumulation of plastic in the Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As they use the scientific method to conduct their investigation, their adventures will introduce readers to the basics of ocean science and the hazards of plastics.

Review:

Recycle. Go Green.   Earth Day. All common buzzwords ringing in the ears of 21st century Americans and heavily reinforced now by many commercial businesses as well as schools, neighborhoods, and other localized communities. While environmental enthusiasm can vary greatly from college to college or city to city, it’s a pretty safe bet that some form of eco-responsibility has weaved itself into the habits of at least a handful of the population at hand. Whether this means recycling a water bottle, using the back side of scrap paper, or somewhere in between, however, I think for many it’s become just that: a habit. Very few recyclers think, “Hey, good thing I didn’t trash that; looks like I just saved another 7000 bacterial species” every time they dispose of waste, because unfortunately most do not understand the gravity or sheer complexity of the issues Mother Earth is currently struggling to handle. In her children’s book, Plastic, Ahoy!, which I recently read courtesy of Net Galley, Patricia Newman simplifies one of the largest yet relatively unpublicized concerns, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is an accumulation of millions of pieces of plastic off the Coast of California, and it has many serious environmental implications studied by a Scripps research group highlighted in this book, from the atmospheric carbon dioxide buildup resulting from the death of phytoplankton to the frequency of human pollution as a result of chemicals embedded in mass-produced plastic. Plastic, Ahoy! presents some of the latest environmental research not only in a way that is understandable to the average reader, but to many children as well. She has been able to elicit important lessons from the heavy science of the research itself, and for the most part keeps the reader engaged and focused through a variety of methods, such as ‘Trash Talk’ blurbs and glossary terms, which are useful but perhaps maybe a bit more effective if they were bolded in text. She ends with a list of creative ways to ‘give the ocean a voice’ beyond just recycling or reusing. There are a number of truly innovative ideas that I’ve never heard of, and I think Newman communicates her message very clearly. There are some portions of the book I would imagine might be a bit dry for a young reader (or even those adults with low interest levels in the science research involved), but for the most part it was a great read and definitely not something children will have learned too much about, so worth a read for sure.

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18353968-plastic-ahoy?ac=1

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Author: Aya Ling

                               Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

      Release Date: 10/19/13

Rating:

three stars

*I received this book for review from the author*

Quote I liked:

“‘Over here, people!’ Giles, as usual, was exuberant. Today he was practically rubbing his hands with glee. ‘Today-is the day you’ve been waiting for!’ Ari had a sense of impending doom. Somehow, the more enthusiastic Giles appeared, the more apprehensive she’d become.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Who says a girl can’t wear a dress and wield a sword?

It has become fashionable now for princesses to run away and seek adventure. Princess Arianna of Linderall, however, is willing to stay home and be proper. She screams when she sees spiders, enjoys sewing and dancing, and always looks at her reflection first thing in the morning.

What happens when her great aunt, the first woman warrior in history, decides that Ari is too “traditional” and sends her off to the Royal Rivieran Academy of Fighting Arts? Can she survive the vigorous physical training and earn the respect of her peers? Moreover, can she attract the attention of a prince even when she’s forced to relinquish makeup and dresses during training?

My Thoughts

       This book is the sequel to Princesses Don’t Get Fat. Ms. Ling was generous enough to give me this book for review! I had sincerely hoped that this book would meet my expectations because of how much I enjoyed its predecessor. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this book. I found it to be quite slow and it took me awhile to read because of that. It seemed to drag on for a long time. Also, this book was almost to similar to the first one. The characters were very similar, as well as the occurrences.

       I loved that the characters from Princesses Don’t Get Fat were characters in this book as well. I also really appreciated the character of James (the main character’s love interest) and thought he was really cute. The end of the book was great, as it gave the reader closure.

       Overall, I would recommend reading the first book over the second. The second book was a fairly good read, which I would recommend to any age, as the content was suitable for all.

-Kathy

 The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18632100-princesses-don-t-fight-in-skirts

 

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Taking the Reins (The Rosewoods #1)

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Taking The Reins (The Rosewoods, #1)

Author: Katrina Abbott

Publisher: Over the Cliff Publishing

Release Date: 1/28/2014

Rating:

four stars

*I was provided this book as an ARC*

Quote I liked:

“‘Come on you two,’ Evan protested, picking up his end of the trunk. ‘You can flirt on the way.'”

Goodreads Synopsis:

Brooklyn Prescott (if that’s even her real name) is the new girl at The Rosewood Academy for Academic Excellence, now that she’s moved back to the States after two years living in London. Rosewood, a boarding school for children of the rich and famous and known for its celebutantes, is missing just one element important to any junior’s education: boys. But luckily for Brooklyn, and the rest of the Rosewood girls, there’s a boys’ boarding school, The Westwood Academy, just a few miles away.

On her very first day, Brooklyn meets Will, a gorgeous and flirty boy on campus to help with move in. But is he who she thinks he is? And what about Brady, the cute stable boy? Or Jared, the former child actor with his grown-up good looks who can always make her laugh? As Brooklyn settles in at Rosewood, she’s faced with new friends, new challenges and new opportunities to make herself into the girl she always wanted to be. Whoever that might be.

Taking The Reins is the first installment of The Rosewoods, an exciting new Young Adult series for readers who love fun, flirty love stories.

My Thoughts:

Taking the Reins pleasantly surprised me. I assumed that based on the title and cover, it would center around horse-back riding. It did involve a bit of it, but the book was mainly about the events that took place while at the barn. The storyline was absolutely adorable, and the love interests were cute as well. I thought that the author did an excellent job with ensuring that the reader felt part of the story. She also left a lot of loose ties in this book that makes me really want to read the next one. The main character was extremely relatable. I was really upset when the book was over, and I’m super excited to read the next one!

The one criticism that I did have about the book is character development. I felt as if the characters needed a lot more development. The author did a fair job with giving characters personality, but rarely did she describe the physical traits of the characters. When she did do this, she could have provided many more details than what was given.

I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely read the next one. I would recommend this to ages 16 and up.

-Kathy

The Book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20492469-taking-the-reins

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The “I Love Spring” Book Tag

This tag was created by Helene Jeppesen and Mysecretbookclub.

1. How is spring where you live?

During Spring where I live, it is basically sweatshirt weather. It isn’t cold enough you need a jacket, but it isn’t hot enough that you could go without something as a layer. Some days are fairly hot, while others are kind of chilly. Usually, it is a warm day, with a breeze.

2. Most anticipated book release this spring?

I am *super* excited for the release of The One by: Kiera Cass! It is book three in The Selection Series.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15844362-the-one

3. Show us a book cover that makes you think of spring.

This is a bit of a cliche, but this cover for The Secret Garden reminds me of spring, mostly because of the color scheme and the flower border.

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4. Where are you going to read this spring?
This spring, I am traveling to California, and I cannot wait! I will absolutely be reading on the plane and at the beach (and everywhere in between) 🙂

5. Find a cover with a sun on it.
The cover I found was The Sun Also Rises by: Earnest Hemingway.

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6. What are your favorite spring reads?
I don’t necessarily have a specific book in mind, but at least this year I’ve been in the mood for lighter books, such as contemporaries.

7. Find a book with many different colors on it.
For this book, I chose Theater Shoes by: Noel Streatfeild. It has a primary color of turquoise, but it also has other colors as well.

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8. Whom do you tag?
I tag anyone that reads this.

Have a fantastic spring!
-Kathy