Book 42 is an amazing book called I See London, I See France. I loved this book more for the traveling then for the character building but it was still an amazing book. I related so much to this book because it was kind of like me with my friends from college. When I was junior in college, I am an unique opportunity to study for a month in Italy. I was freaked out and so my amazing friend who I will refer to as D and I made a deal to go together. I met some of the most amazing friends on that study abroad and I recommend the opportunity to my students every chance that I get. Going to another country is amazing and it really lets you see who you are because you are out of your own comfort zone. You either adapt or you are miserable. You start to see your strengths and your weaknesses. And you make some of the best memories to tell the next generation, whether it is your kids or your nieces and nephews or your students. This book brought back all those memories for me and I loved it. If you have never traveled, this book will make you want to travel, that is for sure. But enough about the influence the book had on me and about the book itself.
Now the one thing that is cool about this book is you see two best friends from high school go on a trip for a month and you see how much one-year apart does to them individually as in growth. The author sneaks in little parts to the reader, to show that, though these two are besties from high school, the time apart means they grew up a little. Now I will admit that both them main character and her bestie did get a little on my nerves, more the bestie Leela than Sydney (Sydney is the main character). Leela was a little whine and back and forth about things. First she wants to change their whole trip to include her ex who happened to be on the first stop (London) with his friend. Then, after traveling together for a little while and shoving Sydney and ex’s friend Jackson together, she gets mad at her ex and wants to travel anywhere but where they are going (which sucks for Sydney because her and Jackson like each other a lot). So Sydney has to change the plans again. Then she wants to leave a place early because she doesn’t want to see her ex anymore when he happened to show up there (actually Jackson persuaded the ex to go there when he found out Sydney was there, that was super romantic in my opinion). So Leela was a little selfish and it annoyed me. At the end of story, she does a selfless act which was nice but the ending is a different story all together. Sydney annoyed me a little because she used her friend’s selfishness as a way to try and push Jackson away when she thought it wouldn’t work out. She says she needs to stay with her friend instead of doing something she wants but is scared to do.
Now the ending. It was rushed in my opinion. I didn’t like it. I wished there was at least an epilogue so I would know what would happen after everyone got on their planes back to the US. Sydney and Jackson want to make it work but they don’t out right and say they are going to try. An epilogue showing like a couple months down the road with either one of them getting off a plane to see the other because they are trying to make the long distance thing work would’ve been awesome and a great way to finish.
In the end, the author did leave a little note to hint that she is going to write a second book about characters only mentioned in this book. They were the ones left behind in America at a summer camp. I will say this, though, this book is not for young adults, or at least I would not suggest it to any student of mine unless they were a senior about to graduate high school. There is sex, drugs, and drinking all over this book. They visit the red light district in Amsterdam and go to a sex show! The pot wasn’t that big a deal since it is becoming more and more common here in America and is being legalized in states. None the less, this is the most liberal of young adult books I have read to date. I enjoyed it thoroughly but I don’t know if I had a teenage kid that I would let them read this. Granted I was reading romance novel in high school, so I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised or fazed by this. Anyways see you next book!
Book 41 is a book I have been listening to with my husband. It is Eragon, the first in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Yes this is an older book and had an okay movie made based on it (though you can’t compare the book and the movie or you will hate the movie because it doesn’t do the book justice). For me, this is a re-read since I had read this book in high school but I didn’t remember many details, except for what they did put in the movie. Just a heads up, the end of the movie is no where near the same as the movie, also the elf Arya is supposed to have raven hair, not pretty brown hair. Just some things that I hated about the movie. But this isn’t about movies but books and so I will talk about the book. Just beware, since I listen to it as an audiobook, I will comment on that as well.
So the story of Eragon is like Lord of the Rings except dragons are good and people can be chosen to be their riders. Paolini did a great job of building the world that Eragon lives in. He placed characters in place to help show the history of the Dragon riders and how they fell and why this world is in the position it in now. It was just really amazing to see how everything fell into places as of world building. Paolini didn’t make a world that needed so much explaining in the beginning, so he wrote the information as the reader needed it, building without overwhelming them. The only thing that would frustrate me with book if I had read it instead of listened to it is the language. There is an ancient language that Eragon learns (and that dwarves and elves know as well) that I would have no idea how to pronounce. It seems to be close to Germanic in origin so something that I wouldn’t know how to pronounce. I think I have mentioned in another review that I didn’t like that there was so much language that I didn’t know how to pronounce. This doesn’t stop me from liking a book overall, it’s a personal perspective. I voice it because it is something to warn other readers who may have the same perspective.
Eragon is a great main character in my opinion. He grows from an adolescent boy to a young man who is on the brink of becoming a great man. You can see the potential of the hero that Eragon is supposed to be. You really see how he learns from his mistakes and he tries to do what he can to make the correct decision about his future and his place in the world. Saphira, his dragon, is interesting in that she is young but wise. She does what she can to help Eragon and to mentor him, but she is young herself.
The supporting characters were also interesting. Eragon meets people that you think you won’t see again but they show back up again. At the end of the story, you start to question who is loyal to who and what did Eragon get himself into. I know I started to question whether if he made the right decision to go where he did, though it wasn’t like he had much of a choice. I feel like Eragon doesn’t get much of a choice in a lot of what happens to him. He is thrown onto this path when he found Saphira’s egg in the wilderness.
Now what really gets me is the end of the book. There is a mystery kind of thrown in there right when you thought the story was concluding. That being said, you know there is going to be more to the story since Eragon has to defeat the tyrant king but the reader doesn’t know what the next step is until the last chapter. Eragon is protected and helped by the mysterious presences that requests that Eragon come to seek him out in the city of elves. There is now a somewhat purpose to the second book. Is that all that is going to happen in the second book, probably not. Paolini doesn’t seem like an author to just have one thing happen in this epic story. I think it is a starting point for the reader to look forward to, with other things happening to Eragon. I think Eragon has a lot more heartache and heavy decisions to make before this story is finished. Am I going to read the other books? Did I ever read the other books? No, I haven’t read the other books. When I started this series, I was young and didn’t believe in flaws in my heros, so when Eragon did something in the second book, in the first couple of chapters if my memory is correct, it made me mad at the character and so I stopped reading. I am curious so I do want to read the rest of the series. I am a different person now then I was in high school and love when my hero’s are flawed because they are real and relatable in my opinion.
Well that’s it for this book. See you next book. (Sorry if this review is a little random and choppy. I listen to this for half a month, fell asleep for a chapter or two every time I was in the car and did this review at midnight after driving for a day. I am a little tired)
Book 40 is an older book, one that I had though I had read when I was younger but I don’t think I did. The Golden Compass is the first in a series called His Dark Materials. “His” I do believe refers to the main antagonist who you don’t know about until the very end. If only our dear heroine Lyra hadn’t stopped a small plot from happening in the beginning, this whole book would not have needed to be written. Well I would like to tell you a small synopsis for this book but it would be very hard are you are finding out what the book is about as the story is told. I guess you could say that this a story about a girl who makes a small decision that puts into effect a series of events including rescuing a bunch of kidnapped kids, forging alliances with polar bear (they are more intelligent and great fighters in this world), gyptians, and witches. All of it centered over the exploration of a mysterious substance called Dust and who her parents really are.
So I know I have seen it somewhere that there has been this allusion of how the Church and science don’t get along in this world, much like our own reality (remember this book was written and published 13 years ago, I KNOW things have changed some). You can see the similarities. This world that Lyra lives in is just like our own but more steampunk, as our technologies are not the same as theirs. If you don’t know what steampunk is, its like late Victorian style with instruments and technology fueled by steam. If you have ever watched Atlantis the Lost Empire (an older Disney movie) you can see some of that there. Anyways, as I was saying, Lyra’s world isn’t too different from ours geographically speaking as there are countries, continents, and such that are the same. The people are a little different because each human has something called a daemon, this little animal companion that is linked to the human’s spirit or soul. It is hard to describe. There are also other groups of culture that we don’t really have now. They are similar to cultures present in our world but have been changed.
As for the similarities of science verses Church. In the book, there is also a Church (though not ruled by the Pope) who thinks this particle that has recently been proven true is bad. It thinks that it is the origin of the original sin and it must be severed so that sin is no longer present in that world (which is stupid to think this because sin comes from a person not a particle but whatever). Lyra’s parents (and you will find out who they are) are trying to destroy this Dust, each in a different and horrible way. Poor kid comes from fanatics but since they didn’t raise her, it seems she is unaffected. She just wants everything to be back to normal (which was living in a world of ignorance). In the end, Lyra comes to the conclusion that Dust isn’t bad. Her reasoning? If bad people , ie her parents, think Dust is bad, then it must be good. My opinion? After reading this book, I have concluded that Dust is part of what makes the world go round; it is neither bad nor good, it simple exists. If you look at the clues, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what the conclusion is. Dust makes the daemons possible, since there is a connection there. Where it comes from, it has been concluded that it is from another world only seen through the Aurora lights in the North. What that other world is like, you have to read the second book, as that is where Lyra is headed to next.
My final thoughts on the book? It was an interesting read and I do want to see the movie adaptation again (maybe that is why I thought I had read it when I was younger, cause I had seen the movie). The ending I didn’t really see coming. Lyra has thought this whole time that she was going to rescue and help the person that is supposed to be on the side of good but turns out is the true evil that she must stop. It is weird. I kind of saw it coming but not in the way that it turned out. I thought maybe the person she wanted to rescue was only someone meant to help Lyra as she is the true hero, not this other person. Didn’t think it would turn like it did. Well all in all, interesting book. Will I read the rest of the series, maybe. I haven’t decided yet. I kind of want to know what will happen but I kind of just want to look it up on the interent (remember how old this series is, trust me the whole plot is probably on Wikipedia by now). Well I’ll see you next book.
Book 39 is the audiobook that I had mentioned in my last post, the one that is emotionally draining. There is a reason for that. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is a book about refugees from Prussia who were trying to make it to the safety of Germany during WW2 when Germany was loosing to Russia. It is also about one of the greatest maritime disasters of all time, just as bad if not worst then the Titanic.
So the book follows 4 teens, each from different nationalities and each confronting their own stance in a war that none of them started. Joana is a half German, half Lithuanian who was sent away from medical training trying to get back home. She is the beginning of the journey, the reader meets her first. Out of everyone, she is the one who seems to be the most reasonable. Florian is a Prussian who was working with the section of the Nazi’s who were stealing the art of Europe. He started the job thinking he was helping to preserve the art but realized that he was helping to steal it and decides to take a piece of art that Hitler would want, a piece from the Amber Room. This was his reassurance that he would left alone as long as he made it out of Prussia without anyone finding out who he was and what he had done. Emilia is a Polish girl who is 16 and pregnant from Russians who assaulted her while she was with a family in Prussia. She is the most vulnerable out of all the characters and the youngest. And finally, there is Alfred, the German solider who is a sociopath (character’s words, not mine but I agree with the character).
So, this book is not for the week minded. I decided to listen to it instead of reading it because I felt that I would have more motivation. I put off books that I dread and I knew this book would be sad and I just didn’t want to read a sad book. Why did I read, or in this case listen, to a book that I would dread? It’s part of the popsugar reading challenge. I must read a book about immigrants or refugees and this seemed to be interesting. No matter what, I knew that reading about refugees would be sad (and I chose refugees because it is something that I couldn’t even fathom being removed from my home because of a war and I like to see new and different experiences when reading). When I say this book is not for the week minded, the author does a fantastic job of showing the horrors of war and the causalities are often the innocent, not the soldiers that fight the war. I know fantastic makes it seem like a good thing, and it is. Not the causalities of war, but the ability to make people see through words war and it’s horrors. It takes a lot of talent to be able to do that and I admire Sepetys for her writing.
The audiobook for Salt to the Sea is really amazing. The people who read the book (a different person per perspective) are really talented. They add the personality of each character, so much that you believe their voice is the one of the character they are reading for. It was definitely an experience listening to this book.
So all in all, this book was definitely worth the experience and I do recommend it to anyone who loves history. It is heart wrenching but the book is amazing. You hope for a happy ending knowing this book is about a tragedy. Well that is it for this book. See you next book.
Book 38 is from an author that I have already read this year, Nicola Yoon. The book is her newest called The Sun is Also a Star. The one thing that I have noticed with this author is she doesn’t give you the ending that you really want, she gives you something a little more realistic and also kind of sad and happy at the same time. So on to my thoughts and feelings on this book. Please know that there are some spoilers ahead.
First, I love that the main characters are both from immigrants that came to America. Natasha is an undocumented immigrant from Jamaica who came to America when she was a young kid, she only knows America but unfortunately she is about to be kicked out. Now I know this is an issue in America today and you will find different opinions when you talk to a different person but I love the perspective this book gives. A girl who wasn’t born in America but has only known it as her home; now she has to go back to the place she was born. Daniel is a first generation immigrant; both his parents came to America legally from South Korea. He is now feeling pressure of his family. He is feeling the pressure of being a blend of Korea and America. He has such a sweet look at the world, which helps to make Natasha fall in love with him in their one day together. That’s right, this book is all in one day and Natasha and Daniel only really gets one day together.
Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica, as stated before, and today is the last day for her to fight. She leaves that night on an airplane if she can’t find a way to stay in America. She meets Daniel on her way to an appointment with a lawyer who is supposed to be the best immigration lawyer in New York City (That is said with sarcasm because of what happens in the story). Daniel has an interview that will determine his future, whether it is to become a doctor like his parents want or it is his own course. Daniel knows immediately that there is a connection with Natasha and he uses the time between their appointments and a series of questions from a questioner to get her to see the connection.
Now the beginning of this book was kind of depressing for me. You see the characters interact with some people and all of them were depressed on their way to killing themselves, or so it seemed. Left the book a little harder for me to get into because I have already be listening to another book that is seriously depressing (yep, I have an audiobook and I read. I fell like this helps me with my reading challenge, plus I am driving a lot lately to go see my husband). I will admit, didn’t think I could be so emotionally drained from listening to an audiobook and trying to read a book at the same time. As the book progresses, you kind of see all the stages of a relationship in a matter of hours. It’s cute and a little nauseating (get’s a little cutesy for me) and a little uplifting as Natasha sees hope in her situation. Daniel and Natasha have their first fight and make up and see their future together. But life doesn’t work that way and the other shoe drops. The immigration lawyer messes up and costs Natasha her ticket to stay. It’s a little depressing but I was more mad than anything. I will not judge him for falling in love with his paralegal even though he is married with 2 young kids. But to tell someone that you are doing to do something but then blow it off to finally cheat on your wife with you paralegal, I am sorry but that I will judge. Though Natasha never finds out that is why her last effort doesn’t work, the author tells the readers, to show (I think) that anything could happen and one small decision can have horrible repercussions.
There is one line in this book that really got me. Daniel is constantly saying that him and Natasha are meant to be. In the end, Natasha believes him but she says one think. “Just because it is meant to be doesn’t mean that it is forever” or something like that (That’s not a direct quote). This is really deep and can help people when it seems the good things in their life are not there for long. Love and lost. It’s sad but somehow really true.
Now the book was really good and a quick read once you sit down and give it time. It’s not my cup of tea since I don’t really like realistic fiction as I like to read books to escape reality but it was a good book. There is just one question I have because of this book. Is it true that a good portion of African American hair care stores are owned by Koreans? Or was it just a plot device for the book? See you next book.
So I said I would finish the Grisha trilogy and I did. Man, was it a ride. This book made me cry, I will not lie and it was interesting that I even cried for the bad guy. Don’t judge! You have to read the series to understand why. So this post is going to have spoilers, just so you know. I will have so say, this book has left me with a feeling of lose at the end, like I wasn’t really ready for it to be completely over. Don’t usually feel that way with books, but then again I don’t usually read a lot of series. I try to stick with stand alone books because series usually leave me with these feelings because I am stuck with characters for so long. SO onto my feelings with book.
I cried for the villain. Seriouly, when I read a good book, I don’t usually feel for the villain of the story. Hell, I cheered when Voldemort died in the Harry Potter books. But the Darkling is a unique antagonist because you can see and understand what sent him into his spiral to being the villain. He just wanted to not be alone. It really comes down to that. He knew when he was younger that he was alone in the world in abilities, so he became obsessed with finding someone who could be like him, who would want power like him. When he finally saw his end, all he wanted was someone to remember the ordinary kid who just wanted to be loved. It made me sad. It is understandable to feel this way. I know I have felt alone in the world before and it sucks. Many kids feel it, especially teens because they are still trying to discover who they are as a person. I love that Ms. Bardugo put an antagonist in there that teens could relate to. I feel like she uses it like a way of warning people that wrong decision because of understandable feeling can lead to some horrible outcomes. Gives teens something to think about.
Now one thing I was scared about was the death of a character. I though maybe Mal or Nickolas would be killed but surprisingly, nope. There was an actual happy ending, though a lot of people died before that ending was accomplished. I really do love how everyone ended up, especially Alina and Mal because they deserved their ending together after everything they had been through. I was worried about what was going to happen to Mal and Nickolas considering their circumstance. I was really worried that Bardugo was going to kill off Mal, but she didn’t. She pulled a Harry Potter with Mal and let him survive. If you want to understand, you’ll have to read the book to really understand why I made that connection.
So all in all, I loved the series. I love the following that Leigh Bardugo has for the series (look up characters in google images, there is a lot of really beautiful fan art out there). It has a lot of relations to different things that I love. I felt there was similarities to Avatart the last airbender because you had people who had these natural abilities to move and bend natural elements. Granted there are other abilities the Grisha have so it isn’t just air, water, and fire that can be manipulated. But like I said, just some similarities. You can see the Russian influence the Bardugo brings into the story as well. Usually fantasy worlds have a lot of Western European influence but Bardugo was able to bring in the influence from somewhere that many people don’t associate fantasy.
Well, that’s it. The series is done and I don’t have much left to say. I am sure I will think of stuff later, especially if I find someone who read the books as well. Everyone always has a different experience when they read books. They like and don’t like different things and see similarities to different things. Well, it’s on to the next book. Granted I got to clean some things in the house and such first. See you next book.
Book 36 is the second book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. Now I read the first book last year and it took me some time to get up the courage to read the second book. Not because it was a bad book or I thought it would be a bad book, I just didn’t now what would happen to the characters and I was scared to see. It didn’t help that I went to a book signing with Leigh Bardugo and a fan had asked about a death in the book. Granted Ms. Bardugo was swift to shut the person down on saying anything more so that more spoilers weren’t given, but the damage was done. I know that someone is going to die and I am scared to know whom it is. Ms. Bardugo is really good at making your feel about the characters, and her characters are not two-dimensional at all. You actual see the struggle the characters go through as they as going through the story.
So since this is the second story, you have to understand where the first story ended. When we last saw Alina and Mal, they had escaped the Darkling and his Grisha in the Fold. The Fold is this huge area that is nothing but darkness with these evil and malicious creatures that feed on humans. Alina is a Sun Summoner, she can summon light and harness it. This is the direct opposite to the Darkling, who can summon darkness. So what does that mean for our heros in the second book.
So Alina and Mal are trying to disappear, but almost immediately they are captured by the Darkling and taken to sea. Seems there is something the Darkling wants, and it has to deal with power. Each summoner has an amplifier; something that helps to amplifies their natural abilities. But summoners can only have one amplifier. The Darkling has found out that there are 3 magical creatures that work together to create one powerful amplifier (though the characters see it as 3 separate amplifiers, I think it is really 1 really powerful amplifier, just makes sense). So when the Darkling found out where to find the second creature, he set out with Alina to kill the creature and claim the power. Unfortunately he didn’t know that the pirate he hired to get him to the creature was actually the second prince of the country and had enough Grisha to help him steal back Mal and Alina and take the creature for the second piece of the amplifier. This sets in motion a divide for Mal and Alina. Alina is learning that she isn’t normal and will never be like anyone else. She can’t have what she wants and Mal doesn’t like it either. He wants to accept Alina for who she is but he can’t. That is something that is really interesting in the book; you see the struggle for both of them.
So that being said, I really do love Bardugo’s world building. She adds information a little at a time, so you don’t feel bogged down with to much information about the world and not enough story. That is something that author’s has to be careful with, especially when making their own world. If an author doesn’t build the world correctly, leaves plot holes but if they build too much, they can lose the reader in the information.
The only problem I had with this book is that Bardugo pulls her inspiration for her world from Russia, and that means there are words and such that I can’t pronounce. That was really the only problem I had. I do hate it when that happens, because I don’t know that if what is in my head is the correct way of pronouncing it. But, it isn’t so heavy that it takes away from the story, just enough that it makes you wonder.
All in all, great book. I would always suggest Leigh Bardugo to friends and family that would like a good fantasy book. Especially if they like a villain that they can like. The Darkling is what I have always thought a villain should be. He is so tempting to follow and it makes it so much easier for the reader to understand the struggle of this world in villianizing this character. He reminds me of Loki from the Avengers. The bad guy that you want to love. Well I have decided I really want to know how this will end so I am going to read the last book and finish the trilogy. I actually have 2 more trilogies that are ending this year that I will be reading. Seems that this year I will be finishing more than one story. Well I will see you next book.
Book 35 is a book called The Appearance of Annie Von Sinderen by Katerine Howe. Now I listened to this as an audiobook so it took me awhile to finish it. One thing with audiobooks that sucks is that it takes a little to get into because you are not reading at your own pace but at someone else’s. That is how it is for me at least. That doesn’t mean that is bad, just takes a little while to really want to know what will happen then with other books. So this book is about a kid, Wes, who is helping out his friend and fellow film school student. His friend, Tyler, is trying to capture a transcendent moment and so he films a séance trying to find that moment. Wes is the sound guy and he noticed this really strange girl who keeps walking around and moving, much to Tyler’s annoyance. Wes tries to get the girl to sit down and touches her on her elbow, which leads to this connection. Wes finds her again, not to long after, trying to get her to sign a release form so that Tyler could use the footage he had of her in is film project. Now why is this important? Because she is a strange girl and disappears at weird time. She says she hears her mother calling and tells Wes to wait, and then never comes back down. Strange.
So there is another girl that Wes meets at the séance and her name is Maddy, Wes likes both her and this mysterious girl. There is a connection here. I realized it when mystery girl and Maddy at one point bump into each other. This comes into play towards the end of the book but it was really cool learning more and more. Now mystery girl is Annie and she is, what she likes to call, a Rip Van Winkle. You know the story of a man who fell asleep and woke up like 100 years later (at least that is how I remember it. If you don’t remember or know, watch Wishbone. He did an episode on it). Anyways, the book goes back and shows the reader how Annie got to the séance and why she connected with Wes.
So the book has two parts in my opinion. Establishing who and what Annie is and then helping her find out the last couple moments of her life that led her to being in the time she isn’t supposed to. It was cute to see Wes kind of fall in love with her even though he knows there is no chance, but he also like Maddy so that is a little strange as well. All in all, it was a cute book about ghost (yes, if you didn’t get that she was a ghost by now, well now you know) Also, they never say the word ghost in the whole book…
Anyways, listening to book shows how some of the writing is a little corny, at least to me. I don’t know if all books are like that and I just don’t notice because I am reading them in my head or if it is just some author’s style. It doesn’t take away from the book, just makes you giggle sometimes. The way the people read the book was funny too. Even my husband chuckled at a couple of things (I kind of begged him to let me finish the audiobook with like 40 minutes left when we were driving home.) Well that is all I have for this book. See you guys next book.
Book 34 is a book called Bloodline by Claudia Gray. Now, for those who know me, know that because I have moved recently, I decided to have a couple of movie marathons, one being a Star Wars marathon, in chronological order. Since I got through the prequels, rogue one, and the original trilogy, I wanted to read Bloodlines as a way to ease into The Force Awakens. I wanted to know more about the fall of the New Republic. How did the First Order become so powerful, as it pretty much rules like the Empire? How did the New Republic not learn from the Old Republic? Bloodline is the perfect way to see how that happened.
The book follows Leia at the end of her political career, she wants to leave the Republic after 20 something years of trying to build it up. The sad thing is, she is seeing what her mother saw before she passed, the destruction of the democracy. Not only that, she is discredited before the entire galaxy when it is let loose that she is the daughter of Darth Vadar. It is interesting to remember that, though we the fans of the series know the truth of Luke and Leia, the people in the universe doesn’t. Took me a minute to wrap my head around that.
The New Republic is divided. That is the same for any democratic government in the world; there are always factions. But this isn’t the same as say the US or Britain, as the division is causing everything to fall. For those that live in the US know that right now there is a huge division in the government and it is causing so many problems, it is distressing. But that is nothing compared to the New Republic, who is falling under this division shortly after it began. With many leaders in place who were in place during the Empire, or people who didn’t live during much of the Empire and don’t regard what happened as something as horrible as it really was. The division is central on one thing, power. The populist want to give planets more power to run their worlds and so one but centralist want to have a central power, much like the Empire. We come to find out that centralists are the ones that have been using criminal cartels, much like the Hutts, to rebuild what was once the Empire to make the start of the First Order.
For me, I think what I really loved about this book was seeing Leia outside of being a rebel and in a senator role as well as her coming to terms with her past. There is a point in the book where she actually wonders how Anakin felt before he turned to dark side. She is in a position where she doesn’t have the power to stop the harm coming to an innocent person and she wonders if Anakin’s turn to the dark wasn’t something grounded in good. That he wanted to protect someone and wanted the power to do so. It was really neat to see that because that is what turned Anakin. He just didn’t realize that the dark side would take away what he wanted to protect to begin with (at least that is how I saw it).
Anyways, well I am going to leave this here. I don’t want to go into smaller and smaller details about the book and how it ties into the over all story and such. There is one thing that makes me wonder…Ben was never told about his grandfather until it was leaked to the universe when Leia was outted. Makes me wonder if he finding out about his grandfather led to him to joining the First Order. Well, see you next book.
Book 33 is a book called Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I loved this book for many reasons even though it read somewhat like a fangirl's fanfiction (I say this not to offend) I feel the reason I love this book is because I relate to it so much. As a geek girl myself and as someone who likes going to comic cons to meet more people like me as well as to see the stars that have voiced or acted in a show I loved, I related with Elle so much. Now I will admit that I am not as bad as Elle is sometimes, like judging an actor before you see him play the part or having a blog where I analyze the show I love over and over (not that that is a bad thing, I just am a fan of many fandoms), but I am alike in wanting what I love to be preserved and not used by Hollywood as a platform for another hit movie. It’s actually why I get scared when they say a book that I love is being made into a movie or show.
SO the book, it is about Elle, a girl who lives basically like Cinderella. Her father was a huge fan of a tv show series much like star wars, star trek, and firefly. He started a huge comic con because of his love for this series and it was there that he met Elle’s mom (at least I think I got that part right). Well Elle’s father died in a car accident and left her with her stepmother and stepsisters, country club kind of people. So when her favorite show, the only thing that has been constant in her life, is becoming a movie in hopes of a reboot, she is very critical about whom they chose to be the lead character. Why? Because he played in a teen drama and is known in Hollywood mostly for his character and looks.
Darian is the actor chose to play the main role. He loves the show and the character he will play just like any other fan. He hates that he is seen as only a teen heartthrob and wants to do right by the character he is to play. That being said, he doesn’t like doing comic conventions because of some bad memories of a friend who betrayed him. So when he was told he would be attending the comic con that Elle’s father started, he tried to reach out to Elle’s father (who is dead) to try and get out of the appearance. The plot twist, Elle inherited her father’s phone and it’s number and the two start texting each other, falling for each other.
Now the reason I say this reads like a fanfiction is because this is a dream every fan would have. Who wouldn’t want to start a relationship with his/her favorite actor/actress (regardless if it’s romantic or not) Who wouldn’t want to talk with their favorite actor/actress likes friends, and have them be these really cool people that you always wanted them to be (because we do know not all of Hollywoods famous stars are really nice people). Now don’t let that fact that I said this book reads like a fanfiction, that it is bad. If you have ever read fanfiction, you will know there are some amazing authors out there who write them. They read really well and are really interesting. Hell, Fifty Shades of Grey started out as fanfiction and looked out that ended (or so I am told, and no I don’t like Fifty Shades of Grey, I personally think it was poorly written and this book is so much better than it).
All in all, if you are a geek like me, and you like going to conventions and day dreaming about meet the stars that play your favorite characters, then this book is something you will like. I thought it was amazing and I hope you guys do. See you next book.
Let's enjoy the many worlds there are to enjoy, in just our own heads.