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text 2016-07-08 12:56
Review: Max!
Maximum Ride: Max - James Patterson

 Basic Info

Format:
Audio

Pages/Length: n/a

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

 

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Obsession

Cliff Hanger: eh

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 2 stars

 

Score Sheet
All out of ten

 

Cover: 6

Plot: 4

Characters: 5

World Building: 4

Flow: 5

Series Congruity: 6

Writing: 5

Ending: 5

 

Total: 5

 

In Dept

Best Part:
Short!

Worst Part: Bored.

Thoughts Had: SHUT UP!

 

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
ehhhhhhhhh

Recommending: No.

 

Short Review: Hey do you remember that these kids had gills, i sure as hell don't SINCE IT WAS ALMOST NEVER MENTIONED TIL THIS DAMN BOOK. Also did you know they were in a submarine, I DO BECAUSE THEY FREAKING MENTION IT A THOUSAND DAMN TIMES! Did you know Max loves Fang, I DO BECAUSE SHE NEVER STOPS TALKING/THINKING ABOUT HIM. Did you know he is trying to make Max jealous by talking to this other girl, I DO BECAUSE MAX COMPLAINS ABOUT IT EVERY 5 MINS!!! FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. Hate it.

 

Misc.

 

Book Boyfriend: NO!

Best Friend Material: NO!

 

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text 2016-02-26 03:13
Characters: Love to Hate

This is a new series of blog posts I'm going to do called Characters. Each week (hopefully) I'll upload something having to do with characters so let's begin!
We all have those characters that we fall helplessly in love with. Then, something happens and you just want to murder them, you hate them. I have too many characters like this. And it really makes me sad because of how much I used to love them; but I can never forgive them for the things that they have done.


WARNING. This blog post will contain spoilers for the following series: Maximum Ride, Divergent, and the Maze Runner. You have been warned.

 

Angel from Maximum Ride by James Patterson
Let's begin with the character who always come to mind when I think of those I want to throw in a hole to die: Angel. Oh this little seven year old used to be my favorite in the flock except for Max and Fang, of course. When me and my friends picked characters for myself I was even Angel. I loved her so much. And then FANG happened and everything changed.
This was the novel when that devious little seven year old took control of the flock. She basically ran Max and Fang out of the flock and took control. And then she was basically the reason Fang left in the end by telling him Max couldn't focus on protecting the flock with him around. In the end, I didn't hate Angel yet but my love for her was gone. I hated what she had done to Max and Fang and the flock.
I don't even remember what she did in ANGEL but my dislike of her continued. However, I was a bit sad when she "died." And then Nevermore happened and I hated her. Once again I can't remember what happened except one fact (it's been too long okay? A reread of the series is in order). She's the freaking Voice. Or wait...she's who's James Patterson wants you to believe is the Voice. I honestly do not believe it at all. How would Angel know half the stuff the Voice did? And when the a Voice came to be Angel didn't even have the full extent of her powers yet. Honestly I feel like Patterson set up the Voice to be someone else but the plan fell through and he just said Angel was it. Anyway after it was revealed she was the Voice she became a know it all for me. She always thought what she said was best for the flock. C'mon Angel, Max was the one who's been protecting you your entire life.
Then..Forever happened. I didn't even want to mention this book but I will. Once again Angel opened her big mouth and breaks and flock up and drives Fang away too. Stop Angel, just stop it. And at the end...she's leading the flock when they're flying? Like what the hell? Max is the leader, Max has always been the leader. The series is called Maximum Ride for pete's sake not Angel. She had basically became the leader and I hate it so much.

 

Theresa from The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Now, before I begin, my knowledge of Theresa only comes from the first novel and second movie. I stopped reading after the first book because honestly the series just didn't interest me anymore.
Theresa, oh Theresa. Oh course I loved her in the beginning. She was the only girl character and being a girl I was glad to see my gender represented. She was cool and I sort of shipped Theresa and Thomas a bit (now I hate that ship). I don't really know when my hate for her begin. Maybe it was when I began to ship Newtmas or Thominewt and she was in the way. Maybe it was when I realized how flat of a character she was. I don't know. But I sure as heck know I hated her when she betrayed everyone at the end of the Scorch Trials. And the worse part was: I knew she had done something. I knew something was off with her; for almost the entire movie I knew. Oh Theresa, you could have been so much better. Why did you have to do those things.

 

Tris from Divergent by Veronica Roth
It's not even that I hate Tris, because I don't...I just don't like her at all anymore. (The same goes for Katniss but I'm going to talk about Tris). When I first read the trilogy I loved her. Six and Four was my otp. I cried when she died. It was really bad and I was so depressed. I couldn't believe Veronica Roth would do something like that to us.
But...now whenever I think of Tris I have nothing but dislike. I wonder where did all this go wrong? And then I figured it out: the movies. Don't get me wrong Shailene Woodley is an amazing actress...but she's just not right for Tris for me. She wasn't what I imagined. And the movie Tris started to cloud my view of book Tris. And now she's completely clouded it. I can't see Tris in any other way then the movie and I hate that. I hate it that I hate Tris because I used to love her so much. Maybe I need to reread the trilogy. And maybe one day I will and fall in love with Tris all over again, but for now she's included in this list.

 

And in interest of not making you read this all night...I'm done! Those are the characters I loved but now hate. Do you have any characters like this? Let me know below! Thanks for reading!

 

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text 2016-02-24 04:28
Books That Define Us

So this is just something I'd thought I'd blog about because I've been thinking about it a lot lately. 

Everyone has that one book, or that one series, or maybe dozens of books that stand out to them. Maybe it's because that's what got you into reading, maybe you connect with it on some level. Whatever it is, we all have them. And I just thought I'd talk about a few of mine today. 

 

Warriors by Erin Hunter

Yes, this is the series about the cats that live in the wild. Honestly, it seems a bit childish now and if I hadn't started reading the series eight years ago I wouldn't have just bought one of the books on Thriftbooks two days ago. I want to say that Warriors sparked my reading. Sure, I read a book here and there before that. I enjoyed reading but I didn't do it avidly. Then, my friend was reading these books and she showed me the website but I wasn't really that into it. That was until I went to the school library and checked out the fourth book of the first series one day (it was all they had okay?). Anyway, I started reading them after that. I read them so fast. I was ready for the final book of the third series when it came out in 2009. 

After reading all the Warriors I could I started with the authors' second series: Seekers. I loved that as well. I think after that I flew through any book I could get my hands on. 

 

Maximum Ride by James Patterson

Yeah, I talk about this series all the time and I'm sorry. It's just a really big part of my life. I started reading this series 7 years ago in 8th grade. I read it because my teacher had a few of the books in his library. And also because my friends all got into reading them. I actually started with the fourth book The Final Warning. Because that was all that was available when I wanted to read it. My friend had the actual first book. Max Ride became such a big part of my life, so much more then Warriors. This was mainly because a group of four friends and I all read the series. We all picked characters that were ourselves (I was Angel, a choice I regret so much now). We talked about the series nonstop. We let each other borrow the manga editions. I drew wolverine on steroids in art class (it was actually Ari but it was so bad). 

Even after I moved away from my friends Max Ride remained to be a central series that I read. I eagerly awaited a new book or a new manga. I reread. I supported the movie campaign (which failed...horribly). I wrote fanfiction. I had so many feels when the series finally ended with Nevermore (And then Forever happened but I'm trying to erase that from my mind). Max Ride is a series that I loved, and a series that I will always love (even though Forever is an abomination). 

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

For me this series was another stepping stone towards the hoard of books that I call a library. I started reading the series after the saw the first movie (I know, I know it suckedm but I enjoyed it at the time). I read the entire series over the summer before my 2nd year in high school. When the school year started I was actually jealous of someone in my English class reading the Lost Hero because I wanted to read it but I didn't have any money to buy it. That person later on became my best friend. Not because I was jealous, because we were in other classes together and our other friend pulled us together. 

Anyway, she let me read the first two Heores of Olympus books (which was all that was out at the time). I loved them so much. Mark of Athena was one of the first books that I bought on release day I believe. Percy Jackson to me is a huge part of my life. With this series I really got involved in the fandom. I had a facebook page about it and then I followed social media. I loved this series. 

 

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

This series almost goes hand in hand with Percy Jackson for me because I started reading them both around the same time. This series however had a first for me: my first OTP or the first time I really even knew what the heck that even was. It was Clace, Clary and Jace. My OTPs of OTPs (and the show is breaking my heart because I do not like their relationship in it). I believe I really started hardcore shipping with this series. I had in the past but I didn't really know what it was. TMI is an important series to me. Like I said, it's were shipping really began for me. And to a fangirl, shipping is almost everything. 

 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

This is an odd one and one most people probably wouldn't even put on this list, but it's important to me. Panic was the first, or one of the very first, contemporary novels I ever read. People were raving about it so I had to pick it up. And I read it within a couple days. It was great and amazing and I loved every second of it. I don't really know why, but Panic sparked my need to read more contemporary novels. I verged away from just fantasy and science fiction and started to get into the core of YA (my bank account regrets this). 

 

And...that's it. Yeah. There's more books that have had an impact on me as a reader but none as much as these. When people ask "what's your favorite series?" or "What got you into reading?" these always pop into my mind.

As always, thank you for reading and listening to me ramble! Comment below or post your own blog! I would love to hear what you have to say! 

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text 2016-01-28 03:01
Totally Should've Book Tag!

I wanted to do a tag blog so I decided to do this one! I've seen it floating around booktube a lot recently so why not? This tag was created by the amazing emmmabooks


1. Totally should've gotten a sequel

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I LOVED this novel so much. I read it in pretty much 24 hours, basically the span of the book. I would love for this book the get a sequel to see where the ship ends up. Do they stay together? What happens? 

2. Totally should've had a spin off series

Maximum Ride by James Patterson. This series is one of my favorites of all time. But that doesn't mean it has it flaws and one of the big ones: what about the others experimented on at the school? Yeah, sure we see a lot of them again. But what about that one winged girl at the end of book one? She is never mentioned again. I would love a book about her and some of the other mutants too maybe. 
3. An author who totally should write more books

Rainbow Rowell because I love, love her books like Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. I love her writing style so much, she's one of my favorite authors. And wouldn't it be awesome if she wrote a series? I would die.
4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else

**Contains Spoilers for the Throne of Glass series, under the cut. You have been warned. 

 

 

 

I know, I know, the series isn't over yet...no one's exactly 'ended' up with anybody. But with the way that things are going by Queen of Shadows it seems like Aelin is going to be with Rowan. I'm still holding out hope for Chaol or Dorain because I really, really don't ship Aelin and Rowan. For me it's like more of a parabatai thing between them. They don't need to be together to have a really close relationship. But hey, maybe she will end up with someone else because Aelin was pretty much endgame with Chaol in Crown of Midnight and we all know what happened after that. 

 

(spoiler show)

 


5. Totally should've ended differently

More spoilers...yay! This time for Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

 

I think I speak for the majority of the fandom when I say this....that book was crap. Like what the hell was it even? It was not a series ender at all. House of Hades was far better then it. BoO totally should have ended differently. No Leo closure...really?? That needed to be changed. Percy never telling his mom that he was even like alive?? Ugh, there was more but it's been far too long since I've even thought of that book to remember. 

(spoiler show)


6. Totally should've had a movie franchise

 

The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa. Omg, I love this series so much! It's one of my favorite of all times. I would LOVE for it to be turned into a movie franchise...that is if they do the movies correctly (Like 5th Wave...which was AMAZING). It would be awesome to see everyone in their roles as Megan and Ash and Puck. I would love it so much.
7. Totally should've had a TV show

Sort of a kidish one but...Warriors by Erin Hunter. Yes, the series about the cats. I think this would make a really great tv show! Animated, obviously. But I would be really cool and it already has a lot of fans that would support the idea (have you seen the fanbase for fanmade things on YouTube?).
8. Totally should've had only one point of view

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. Let me say one thing: I understand that having the multiple POVs is essential to the plot but let me explain. When I was reading this book and it switched from Cassie's POV to I think Ben's for the first time I was soooo confused until I realized it changed like four pages later. I mean at least put the name at the top of the page or something? I understand why there needs to be POVs but do it in a better manner Yancy, please. 
9. Totally should have a cover change

None??? I don't know. I looked at all the books I own and I couldn't find any that I would change the cover on. Maybe I'm just too nostalgic for original covers, I don't know. 
10. Totally should've kept the original covers

Confessions of a Murder Suspect Series by James Patterson. The Original cover was amazing! I loved it so much...the new covers...not really pretty? Plain?? Like why? It's like the Max Ride covers honestly. 

Original vs New

   
11. Totally should've stopped at book one

The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. This series...ugh. I really hated it. I read the first book and couldn't finish the second one. I don't know what it was about this series that made me hate it so much. I actually really enjoyed the characters and Gods so it wasn't that. Personally (and I totally understand if you don't agree with me!) I believe that the series should have just like stopped  after the first book XD

 

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review 2014-02-27 00:00
Max (Maximum Ride, Book 5)
Maximum Ride: Max - James Patterson I thoroughly enjoyed this series as did my children, it was fast paced, exciting, action packed and very well written. The characters are all so different but gel together wonderfully and you can't help but get drawn into their world. Definately a series I would and have recommended to friends.
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