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photo 2018-04-19 18:08
The Complete Stories and Poems - Edgar Allan Poe

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—


I’m almost finished reading Fahrenheit 451, and while that little tidbit may seem wholly unrelated, bear with me. As many of you know, books are illegal in Bradbury’s story, but there’s a part when Guy reads a poem to his wife and her friends, and one of her friends starts sobbing without knowing why. They hadn’t felt anything real in so long, if ever - everything that was shoved down their throats was fake happiness they thought they needed. But hearing a poem caused her to cry uncontrollably, and Guy began to doubt that books should ever be brought back to light. That maybe happiness was better, even if it was shallow. Guy seems to be learning his own depths at this point, and his hesitation really struck me. I’ve always found the sorrowful or the tragic to be the most breathtaking. Like Poe, for example. There would never be a moment when I thought that sorrow should be hidden from the world. And I’m so glad that works like Poe’s exist. Could you imagine a world without authors like him? Or ANY authors, for that matter? 

If I’m rambling, I apologize! Fahrenheit 451 is just so provoking and relevant - read it, if you haven’t yet! And PS, HBO is making a new flick of it to be released next month

Source: getfictional.com
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review 2018-03-27 18:21
Book Review: Alluring Raven (Curse of the Vampire Queen #3) by Jessica Sorensen
Alluring Raven - Jessica Sorensen


I've loved the past two books in this series, but this one felt more like a filler than anything else. The story only started to move along and get interesting by the last 5 or so chapters. This novel also ended, once again, in a cliffhanger. I felt cheated, to a degree, because there were only more problems presented for the main characters. When things finally started to maybe get resolved the novel ended.


Raven was the ultimate damsel in distress in this novel in particular. It was illness after bad luck after bad coincidence for her with no end in sight. I understand that she didn't have control of what was happening to her (which is also how this series started in the first place), but it got old very fast.


Rhyland and Kinsley were nice characters. They help Raven when things go wrong (because they always go wrong). They can't reveal any pertinent information because of the curse, which means they get to leave Raven guessing at what happened in the past and how she can right things once again.


Overall, this wasn't the best novel in this series. I would have been happier with this as a novella to move the story from points A to B faster. The characters were mostly in their heads for this entire novel with a tidbit or two of important information thrown in here and there with no explanation. Even after all this, I'm still looking forward to the next novel in this series because it left me with too many questions and no answers.


My Favorite Quotes:


"Darkness lies where most believe there is light."


"Because you need to learn that with everything you see, there is a price [...]."


"Maybe it's time. Time to let go of the past, move on from the distrust, and focus on the future."

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review 2018-03-27 17:44
The Raven King - Maggie Stiefvater

I had to read the last few chapters a few times to get what had happened, it was all so abrupt.

Still an interesting read and a good end to the series.

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review 2018-02-23 00:00
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot - Margot Theis Raven,Gijsbert Van Frankenhuyzen This is another book my son and I read together as a background for a school project they are beginning on WWII. It's a true story about an Air Force pilot that dropped candy from his plane to the children in Berlin. It's a pretty short story but it's so heartwarming. Even in just those few pages, it brought tears to my eyes. It reminds you that there are good people in the world. I think everyone should read it once.
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text 2018-02-13 01:25
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Raven King - Nora Sakavic

He was their family. They were his. They were worth every cut and bruise and scream.


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