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review 2017-08-15 21:29
Wow! Just Wow!
Riders by Veronica Rossi (February 16,2016) - Veronica Rossi

These beings have attempted to find a key, that will allow them to control other beings and go into the world and make slaves of others. Gideon was training to be a part of the Army RASP, when during a training exercise, his chute failed. When this happened he hit the ground and died, but the other members of the RASP worked on him to bring him back. He went to the hospital and was sent home with many broken bones. He got better faster and was then found by Daryn, who is a Seeker. Together they gather the other riders of the Four Horsemen and together they gather to become a group. 

 

The story was fascinating and looked at how they come together and how they trained and helped each other and grew and learned about themselves and each other. 

 

I started the book one night, staying up until after midnight reading it (only about 2 hours) and it is a library book, my daughters brought home for their book club. Every now and then they get a book that when they discuss, I feel like reading and seeing what the story is about. So this led to my only reading when I could get my hands on a copy of the book (theirs). 

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text 2017-08-14 00:54
Reading progress update: "Riders"
Riders by Veronica Rossi (February 16,2016) - Veronica Rossi

My girls are in a Teen Book Club at one of the local libraries and this book is the next one for reading. The girls were excited about it and were discussing it and so I borrowed it, in e-book format, from a library, too. It is told in the first person, with flash backs to what had happened. The kid being interviewed was in the Army and part of RASP (paratrooper) when he was involved in a horrific accident while doing a practice jump. His chute doesn't open and he "bounced" and was brought back by his friends and comrades doing CPR on him in the field. He healed super fast and found a bracelet on his wrist. When he goes to his sister's apartment, he is found by a young woman who takes him on the adventure that he relates while strapped to a chair. 

 

He and four others are the Horsemen and they are brought to help the young woman stop a catastrophic event. 

 

When I first started this book, I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open. I read when there isn't anyone around asking me questions or I have to put the book down, mostly because I have been getting into the book and enjoying the story. I want to find out who the other Horseman is and what they are protecting and why they are being held in the rooms, separate from them and who actually has them. 

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review 2017-01-03 02:52
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

October 29, 2010

The only problem I had with this book was Todd's way of talking. (I don't think first-person books should be written in dialect, because our way of talking always sounds both natural and neutral to us. It only sounds like dialect to other people.) Other than that, I loved it. The very best thing that Ness did, was deal with how the lies and ignorance lead Todd to doubt everything. Beautifully done. I'd recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games

And yes, I'm eager to get the sequels and find out what happens next.

As an aside, according to the respective authors, both this and Feed come out of the same idea, the constant stream of info into modern lives. Very different books.

Library copyThe Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness  

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review 2016-11-15 22:39
Matched Review
Matched - Ally Condie

Ever since working at the library, I have been open to many different genres of books, and the one section that I was very surprised to be reading was the Young Adult Section. Ever since I could read, I read from the Juvenile Section and then moved right into the Adult section. Missing the Young Adult Section entirely. I don't know but I just never really got into the Young Adult Books when I was a Young Adult. But now, that I have been working at a library, and working along side someone that is SOO into the Young Adult books, it's got me reading some of those books, some of those genres. And the one genre that really got me intrigued are the Dystopia books. The definition of Dystopia is a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. In other words, it means, that if something bad that would ever happen to America, the government will come right in and "take care of things" for you. Where the government will be responsible for EVERYTHING that YOU do in your LIFE!!!! In other words, Marshall Law will be in affect. And there is nothing that you can do. Now in these books, the author is showing you a world where this is already in affect for many many years and something happens to a young person that they actually open their eyes and see what their world has turned into and they must fight to get their country back on it's feet again and away from the government. The kids must be like 12-18 year olds and there is bloodshed and romance mixed into this just like this book.

 

Matched by: Ally Condie. A Dystopia book that has The Giver all written over. A young girl is set to be matched to her lover. She sees the picture of the man for her, but also sees a glitch in the system and sees yet another man; a man that should not be trusted; a man that the Society sees as a troublemaker and all who are associated with this man is also accused of trouble making. Yet, somehow, she can't stay away from him. As long as she's with Him she is led down a path that NO one thought of going and it will change her life forever.

 

An interesting book; a really good read.

 

The only problem is that there are so many of these dystopia books!! These young authors like telling the young adults about how the government could actually control you and your family and there is nothing you can do about but retaliate and there may be some lives lost but you might find love, or what may feel like love.

 

BLAH!!!

 

How about a book that shows kids what to LOOK for when the government is TRYING to take over and show kids on how to KEEP their constitution the way it is and teach them the legal way of keeping their world the way it is BEFORE the government takes over and tells you who to love, where to love and how many children you should have and what you should for breakfast every morning! That's Entertainment!!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/7735333-matched
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review 2016-07-24 20:06
Not at war anymore - but also not quite at peace
Krieg und Frieden - 'Leo Tolstoi', 'Hermann Röhl'

Never before has it taken me that long to finish a book as it did with War and Peace. I started this work an unbelievable 8 years ago! I didn't read it during all this time, there were long breaks and several attempts to finish it. The main reason why it took me so long was that I had this huge one-volume edition which just was too big for my hands and too heavy for my handbag. But the end of last year my library finally had it as an ebook and this really helped! Now I'm just glad to finally be done!

I had watched a miniseries of War and Peace before reading the book which made reading it a lot easier: I had the character's faces on my mind and this helped remembering who was who. There really are a lot of characters!

War and Peace is an enormous work and it deserves to be read. It's just that tiny bit too long. The peace parts can be read fairly quickly, but the war parts are often very very slow going. I'm not really interested in battle descriptions or at least only up to a certain point. When they are hundreds of pages long with every detail and often repetitive that's a bit too much. He reaches the peak when he even uses mathematical equations! What I didn't like about Tolstoy's style is that whenever he uses an image or an example he explains it. It seems like he doesn't believe his readers can understand what he's saying. He's also often quite preachy which isn't my cup of tea.

I was at war with this work for a long time, now I'm finally at peace with it but only barely. After all the effort I put into reading it I just hoped that I would love it in the end. It's a good book but it will never be one of my favourites.

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