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text 2018-09-23 10:27
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 387 pages.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer

Wow. Ok, this is turning a lot better than expected and is dealing with a lot of issues like body modifications, medical consent (and consent in general, really) and, just for the opening pages salvo, problems with unfit prosthetics (representation for the win!)

 

I'm at the mind-rape bit, and I'm taking a bit of a break because I've spent the last 30 or so pages in a rage.

 

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review 2018-09-18 15:48
good book and characters
Paramnesia: The Deadish Chronicles - Bri... Paramnesia: The Deadish Chronicles - Brian Wilkinson

Nora had a deviated septum and snored very loudly . Her brother Tom complained but there was nothing she could do. Nora woke herself up when she snored as she had become so self conscious that she woke up at even a hint of a noise so she wasn’t getting any real sleep. Her best friend Veronica/Vee  She was driving them to school and that was scary as Vee and cars didn’t do well. Then a D J mentions how it had been one year since eighteen year old Isabel Clarke and her prom date Jeremy Velloretto were killed under gruesome and mysterious circumstances. The media was salivating with idea of fresh tragedy so they could turn the deaths into urban legend. It was prom season now. Then it was mentioned there were groups that wanted prom cancelled in all the H Ss in the cityVee wasn’t happy about that. Then  she hits a kid by the school and Nora gets out of the car to check on him Vee starts complaining as if it’s the boys fault but then she sees him and makes a play for him as she helps him up and over his shoulder tels Nora the boy was hers- he was hot. But he called out to Nora and calls to her ‘Whoa slow down Angel’ like he had called her Angel when he opened hi eyes. Then he introduces himself as Andrew Manes and he was new at the school. Veronica had claimed him but he didn’t seem to want her, Andrew wanted Nora. The Revenant was very hungry - too long since her last meal. Needing to feed was important but secrecy trumped food. As to be known would mean you were hunted and killed, yet not to feed meant you starved and died. So she had to sneak meals - so to speak. That was why the Revenant became a paramedic. She specialized in becoming just another body in the crowd. The job was a brilliant idea and she positioned herself in the best possible place to fit her needs,She was called out to attend the dead and dying. No more than normal died under her care but those who did might have a little less to them after she done with them. It fueled her, It made her greater and increased her power. She had to run after the girl who had got away and then they found the boy at her home- the old hotel,Then she had to run and hide , to starve. That would have been bad enough but the Others were angry as she had broken their code. Death, torture,and mutilation were all on the table but forced fasting had won out. She was fairly new to their ways after all . She had to learn. Besides death was what they delivered to the living not each other. So she had to starve for one year. No new souls, no living energy to fight against the endless deep in her body. She withered under the punishment. It grew harder to live under the rules and thumb of the humans but her position as a paramedic was so perfect to feed her. Tonight the Revenant got lucky when a homeless person in the alley was having a heart attack. Nora and Andrew became a couple and are going to prom. The Revenant  causes a car accident and the Revenant gets Andrew but Nora gets away with a small scar. Now Nora can see as well as other dead people like Peepers was forever looking for his long lost love Adelaide. . There is a Deadish Society who want the Revenant dead.Nora tells everyone about the Revenant and seeing dead people especially Andrew. She is sent to a psychiatrist who says she is experiencing paramnesia.

I liked this book but I  believe this more geared to the YA group. I am happy I read this but won't read it again. It was a good book but not great. I did laugh while reading this at times. I choked up at times. It choked me up reading about Nora and Andrew’s ghost discussing the life they can’t have together now. I did like Peepers and felt he added to this book. I loved the ending.  I did feel there were a few too many ghosts. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2018-09-09 17:24
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

Lexile Level: 940L 

 

This series by C.S. Lewis would be wonderful to introduce to upper elementary students. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe introduces four siblings named Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy and details their discovery of the magical world of Narnia which they enter through a wardrobe. This book contains many moral lessons that would be great class discussions. C.S. Lewis creates a fascinating magical universe that is very enjoyable to students and can inspire their imaginations. Teachers could suggest this book to students who read and enjoyed the Harry Potter series as it would be a great way to get them interested in high quality classic literature. Teachers could read this book aloud to their class and teach several reading strategies through the text. Students could use the book to learn how to acquire meaning from unknown words using context clues or could write summaries and identify key events while utilizing graphic organizers. 

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review 2018-09-01 21:47
Year One by Nora Roberts - My Thoughts
Year One - Nora Roberts

I absolutely loved it!  I'd been dying to read it and was thrilled when it finally went on sale last week - for a day.  I cannot justify $15.99 for a book.  Not really.  So I waited. 

This book had everything I love about post-apocalyptic type stories.  It had characters that make you want to root for them because while they're good, they're also flawed in some way.  There's magical stuff - fairies and elves and magiks returning to this world.  The main characters are of assorted ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, (Nora still needs to work on her sexualities though).  There's evil that really gives you a chill.  There are friendships, there is some romance, but this is a book about The Doom and what immediately follows.  How life goes on even in the harshest and scariest of times.  And there are dogs.  Damn, I love Nora's dogs.  :)

It was a quick read for me.  I kept picking it up whenever I had a few spare minutes, anxious to see what was going on with my peeps.  And it would make a terrific TV series, I think.  A cross between Colony and The Walking Dead and Into the Badlands. 

So, while there is a satisfying ending to this book, it's not the end of the story by a long shot and you expect that.  This is a series of I don't know how many books - Nora's usual trilogy?  I don't know.  I just know I'm anxious to read the next one and if we don't revisit some of what have become my favourite characters, I'm gonna be pissed!  *LOL* 

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review 2018-08-31 09:00
good book and characters
Wicka: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake - Christy Deveaux

Elizabeth felt so very alone. Her best friend was Gwyneth/gwy was excused from exams as her mom had passed away. Mrs. Hall had been Elizabeth’s mother figure and she had loved her and was grieving also. Up until two weeks ago grade eleven had been great. Elizabeth had been at the top of her class, her soccer team had just won their championship, and socially elizabeth was fine. Elizabeth and Gyn did everything together other than sports. The lived next door to each other and their moms were best friends. Their families were secure around each other. Elizabeth loved to read especially books with vampires in them. Elizabeth and Gyn had hee to go on a short road trip together when and Gyn said they needed to go shopping Elizabeth didn’t want to go but in the end did she was reading while Gyn was in the changeing romm  but then Gyn got a call to come right home and Elizabeth was to go to Gyns house also. Relatives from Greece were coming in. When they got at Gyn’s house there was four men all very old. The atmosphere was strained. After the girls were told they could go upstairs Elizabeth said she was going home. Gyn hugged her and walked her out. Then Gyn called Elizabeth and she said that her mother was in the hospital and had cancer. Elizabeth wanted to get away after Mrs. Hall passed away and she went to France and then decided to finish her last year of HS in France. Elizabeth lived with an older couple while in France and so did Sophie. Sophie introduced Elizabeth to her friends and then she met William who Elizabeth was immediately drawn to. Thyen Sophie told Elizabeth a lot about William, that they had grown up and gone to school together. Sophie said William was smart, captain of the rugby team and from a great family. When William came back to Sophie. Felt very awkward and uncomfortable as she wasn’t used to such strange feelings for a guy especially a stranger. After that night they met William and Elizabeth barely left each other's side. When it came time for Christmas break William asked Elizabeth to go home with him to his family as it was too far away for Elizabeth to go home to t her parents for the two weeks.. Elizabeth fell in love with William and he with ehr. Elizabeth then learns she is a witch and from the powerful Harlow family. She also learned there are Elders are trying to kill her. She has to meet the Elders and convince them she means no harm to anyone.

I enjoyed reading this book. I loved William and Elizabeth together and how they interacted with each other. I really liked the plot but this did drag for me. At times. I really liked how the author related legends and family histories in this book. I choked up at times and chuckled at times also. While reading this I hated the ending as it was basically a cliffhanger and I hate them!!! This book had: witches, evil elders, murder, danger, first love, going to an international school, a prophecy, power, and romance and so much more.  I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book. It would have been a 5 if there was no cliffhangers and I do recommend this book as long as you know about the cliffhanger and don’t get disappointed as well as annoyed by it.

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