REVIEW- Ashoka by: E.K. Johnson

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance….

 

FINISHED THIS BOOK! I can know OFFICIALLY say that I’ve read my first Star Wars book, and I LOVED IT!

*Dabs about this accomplishment*

One of the reasons I liked a TON about this book was the character, Ashoka. While she was bland in the show, she was interesting and resourceful in this book. The way the author writes this story is heartbreaking, dramatic, and AMAZING.

The setting was bland, and the ending felt rushed. One of the reasons it felt bland was because the town was Ashoka stayed in for most of the book, wasn’t that interesting. There was nothing engaging or attractive about the landscape, and it didn’t serve its purpose. If it did anything, it detracted from the story and stopped it from achieving greatness too early in the story.

The ending wasn’t satisfying, at all. My reasoning behind this is simple. We spend the WHOLE book trying to get a light-saber to fight the “evil one”, the bad guy shows up, and she kills him with a gun. SERIOUSLY? It didn’t deliver its promises, and that annoyed me, BADDD!

Overall, this wasn’t my favorite read, but it was still pretty good. I’d recommend it for people who’ve seen the Star Wars TV show, or any of the movies. It’s worth your time, and you’ll enjoy every second of it.

Star Rating:

BLOG TOUR/REVIEW-Dragonwatch by: Brandon Mull

Summary: In the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven, the dragons who have been kept at the dragon sanctuaries no longer consider them safe havens, but prisons and they want their freedom. The dragons are no longer our allies....
In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power.
No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. In ancient times, Dragonwatch was a group of wizards, enchantresses, dragon slayers, and others who originally confined the majority of dragons into sanctuaries. But nearly all of the original Dragonwatch members are gone, and so the wizard Agad reaches out to Grandpa Sorenson for help.
As Kendra and Seth confront this new danger, they must draw upon all their skills, talents, and knowledge as only they have the ability to function together as a powerful dragon tamer. Together they must battle against forces with superior supernatural powers and breathtaking magical abilities.
How will the epic dragon showdown end? Will dragons overthrow humans and change the world as we know it?

 

Wow! WHERE TO BEGIN? First, I wanna say thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing, Before blogging, I  would have never even dreamed that I’d be able to interview a book that one of my favorite authors of all time had written. I never thought I’d be here, in my yoga pants typing my review of a book, with a newborn sister in between me and the laptop, and quickly typing as fast as I can before she stirs. I guess life has it’s surprising, right?

In short, I just want to say thank you to EVERYONE that contributed to my love of books, I am in your debt!

Anyway, now that the sappy stuff’s over, let’s dive right into this review!

For those who may have skipped the summary( I do too), Dragonwatch is the sequel series to the Fablehaven series. Going into this book, I had high expectations. It was one of the books that got me into reading, the author was SUPER nice, and the illustrations were always BEAUTIFUL. Needless to say, I had high expectations.

It’s not that I was disappointed, It’s just that I didn’t get exactly what I asked for.

It’s like ordering a hamburger, you want it right. If you ordered no bacon, then you expect NO BACON. But, on a rare occasion, the waiter decides to bring something different than what you expected. You like it, but you wish it had been done right the first time.

This is exactly how I feel going into this book.

One of the reasons I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would be because it just felt like a BIG, LONG, introduction. Yes, I know, the fight was ALSO amazing. But still, half the time the book was explaining this new world and I thought we were already past that, I guess I thought wrong.

I still liked it, but it wasn’t what I expected going into another Fablehaven book.

The characters were REALLY GOOD. It was weird, their voices sounded almost exactly like they were in Fablehaven. It was if no time passed between books. Brandon did an AMAZING job re-discovering all of his character’s voices, it REALLY paid off in the long run.

The plot was simple and yet complex at the same time. The world was REALLY interesting. It was nice to expand on it, add new things, but still, contain the mystery and wonder at Fablehaven. I do have to admit that I wasn’t as enthralled like I was when I started the Fablehaven series, but then again it’s WAY different. Things are the same, but there is a darker tone/vibe going on in the story, and I LIKE IT!

Overall this was a pretty good story. I would TOTALLY recommend buying it, and if you haven’t read the Fablehaven series, START! What’s keeping you from reading greatness?

Thank’s for reading this post, my names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon, BYE!!!

Star Rating: 4.5/5

REVIEW- Romeo and Juliet by: William Shakespeare

Summary:

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a world of violence and generational conflict in which two young people fall in love and die because of that love. The story is rather extraordinary in that the normal problems faced by young lovers are here so very large. It is not simply that the families of Romeo and Juliet disapprove of the lover's affection for each other; rather, the Montagues and the Capulets are on opposite sides in a blood feud and are trying to kill each other on the streets of Verona. Every time a member of one of the two families dies in the fight, his relatives demand the blood of his killer. Because of the feud, if Romeo is discovered with Juliet by her family, he will be killed. Once Romeo is banished, the only way that Juliet can avoid being married to someone else is to take a potion that apparently kills her, so that she is buried with the bodies of her slain relatives. In this violent, death-filled world, the movement of the story from love at first sight to the union of the lovers in death seems almost inevitable.

 

Overall Reaction:

Going into this book, I had a no opinion. Coming out, I realized that I HATE Shakespeare.

ALL SHAKESPEARE!

Calm down, calm down. I’m sure someone out their loves his writing just as much as you (the reader), unfortunately I’m not your someone.

One of the reasons I HATED this book, was the drama that filled this book.

Book in a nutshell: Two suicidal teens marry in an attempt to unite their families, unfortunately It doesn’t work. (Spoiler no spoiler)

Juliet and Romeo cried about everything, and it constantly got me frustrated, so much that I wanted to yell. After barely meeting each other they get married after a SINGLE scene (Without telling their parents), and expect everything to go okay.

That’s totally the right thing to do, right?????

The lack of communication was horrendous I feel like this happens in every book, A boy and a girl, (usually) fall in love, barely talk to each other in the process, and when things go bad they STILL don’t talk to each other. *SLAPS FOREHEAD ANGRILY*

EVERYTHING COULD’VE been prevented if they’d talked this out, and not used messengers to communicate with each other.

TOO MANY CHARACTERS! In between acts, I’d find that I would be flipping back and forth anxiously figuring who’s who. Why mention a character if they’re only in the book for saying a sentence?

That’s it, I know it’s a short review, but other than that I don’t really have any other thoughts about this book. All I know is that EVERYTHING about this book annoyed me, and I do NOT plan on reading any more Shakespeare. (Sorry, not sorry)

Thank’s for reading, I’ll have another post up soon so until then, BYE!!!

My 2017 February Favorites

Hey guys,

Can you believe it? It’s March already. With the new month already here, I thought it would be a good time to review my reading month, as well as all of my favorite things I’ve watched and experienced this past month.

Let’s begin.

My Favorite Movie:

For those who haven’t seen Moana, (If you haven’t I feel bad for  you) I’ve included a summary at the bottom, so you can find out what’s so AMAZING about this.

Some of the reasons I enjoyed this so much was because of the AMAZING SONGS. It also had a GREAT plot, and supplied SUPER  interesting characters. It’s G rated, and is the newest addition to the Disney Princess Collection.

Rating:

 

Summary:
The epic journey continues for "Moana" fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure "Moana." From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

 

My Favorite Book:

One of the reasons I liked this book so much was how original it was from what I normally read. Basically, it’s about this finishing school, that trains spy’s and assassins. It’s clean, perfect, and I LOVED IT!

Summary:
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
 Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

 

My Favorite Song:

We Know the Way by: Lin-Manuel Miranda

Yep, Moana. Again. But I can’t help it. The song’s are just SOOO good, and interesting, and fun to sing. So why not. If you haven’t heard this song, google it now and enjoy its AMAZINGNESS!


That’s it! Those are my 3 FAVORITE things of February. Make sure to let me know in the comments below what your favorite things were this year. Thank’s for reading, hope you have an AMAZING DAY!

REVIEW- Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Summary:
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 

Overall reaction:

That was pretty good.

WOW! This was NOT what I was expecting. Going into this book, I assumed this would be like a carnival,  Clowns and Circus’s!

Boy was I wrong.

This is one of those books that you have to try it yourself to experience the magic. The summary doesn’t describe the book well, and it’s really one of those “Go into it blind” books. If that makes any sense at all.

Starting off, my review  One of the thing’s I LOVED was the characters. At times, I found myself physically (and mentally) gripping the book as hard as my fingers could hold,  it wasn’t even until the last half of the book I  truly realized how attached I was to the characters. The strong sisterhood vibes was beautiful, and the mystery surrounding it was amazing. 

One of the things I didn’t understand was the world. It was hard to latch onto, and their was little to no world-building.  The setting felt a bit dry, and unworthy of the characters. Through the course of the book, I had a hard time imagining the whole world, It ended up throwing me off. A LOT.

The ending felt a bit rushed, and I would’ve liked a bit more closure with the character and the world.

While the ending is okay, something I adored about this book was the beautiful description intertwined with the text. Sometimes, I would close my eyes and it almost felt as if I could actually smell the scent of the cinnamon apple scent in the air, or the salty ocean water hitting directly onto the characters face. It was INCREDIBLE!

Overall, this was a pretty good read, and I look forward to reading the next book.

Star Rating: ⅘

Percentage Rating: 72%

Stacking the Shelves- 2/25/17

Hey guys,

So today I wanted to update you about all of the recent books I have acquired over the past little while. I don’t want to make this too long, so let’s get into it.

 

 

I know, it’s a lot. One of my personal reading goals was to attend the library more, and not spend my money on books. Fortunately, It hasn’t been very hard. Between begging for my father to go to the library, as well as having all of my money stolen, all in all things are going pretty good.

Library Books-
The Sorcerer Heir by: Cinda Williams Chima

The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Ashoka by: E. K. Johnston

Cardboard by: Doug TenNapel

Magonia by: Mariah Dehava Headley

Yep. That’s it. Just ONE book. I was SOOO close to not getting it, but then I read ANOTHER review about it, and finally I caved in. For those who can’t read the title, Carve the Mark is written by Veronica Roth, and I’m SUPER pumped to read what she’s written!

 

That’s it! Those are all of the books I’ve acquired over the past little while! Short and SWEET!

Let me know in the comments below what books you’ve gotten recently so I can get SUPER jealous!

Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon. Until then, BYEEEEE!

 

 

 

REVIEW-The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Summary:

Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

 

Honestly I’m a bit shocked.

OVERALL REACTION:

Yes, you heard that. Going into this book I had HIGH expectations, I was a HUGE fan of Brian’s other book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. So much that it made it to my favorite books of 2015. It was PURE AMAZING! The story CONSTANTLY switched from pictures and words, and it was the whole story was just BRILLIANT.

Needless to say, I thought I would like it as much as The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Unfortunately, none of that happened.

One of the thing’s I despised about this book was the fact that it tried to make this story meaningful, but failed miserably. It tried SOO HARD to shove it all into my face, and attempted to make me feel bad for this MC. Sadly, I found it agitated me EVERY SINGLE TIME! It tried so hard that it actually had me rolling my eyes, EVERY SINGLE TIME something SAPPY rolled around.

It didn’t really have anything to work with. We get a good story, interesting characters, not much known about the background of either, and then we find out it’s fake. After we found at that, I was done. What’s the point of building up a story if you’re going to only drag it down and not even have a purpose for doing it?

The ending made me dissatisfied, and bitter. One of my FAVORITE thing’s about Brian’s writing is the food for thought that comes after you’ve finished the book. You find yourself constantly looking back and thinking, and wondering if thing’s would be different. This time it did the opposite thing, the ending was confusing as well as forgot to properly wrap up everything. Honestly, it felt a bit rushed to me. This is definently NOT Brian’s best work.

In closing, I believe this wasn’t Brian’s best work, I would much rather prefer to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was WAY more interesting and provided a VERY satisfied ending.

Star Rating: 3/5 Stars

Percentage Rating: 49%

 

How to grow your TBR (The Right way)

THE BOOKWORM’S DICTIONARY:

TBR- T.o B.e R.ead; More commonly known as the To be read pile.

Hey guys,
So yesterday I went to my local library! *Flails around* I went in, was only intending to check out one or two books, and then…. I checked out 8 FREAKING books, It was an outrage. My Dad laughed, my brothers complained, and we drove to target. (And yes, I did also buy another book their as well).
Yeah, I already know I have a problem.
After re-stocking my bookshelf, I realized I hadn’t written my post for the day. So here I am, lecturing you about getting in debt through books, these are some of my MOST HELPFUL tips and tricks to get into debt through books, let’s begin.

1.Follow Other Blogs
Congrats! Your already growing your TBR by reading this, my book blog. *Throws a handful of confetti over your head*
If you’re looking for other HONEST bloggers, I’m your guy.

Blogger Recommendations:

Cait @ paperfury
Mikaela @ the well-thumbed reader
Wendy Darling (Goodreads reviewer)


2. Join Goodreads
Another simple, but successful thing I do to increase your TBR pile is to track your reading progress and follow authors on Goodreads.
By doing this you see all of the book Authors are currently reading, you also  get a taste for what the book community is like. (WIN WIN)

If you’re looking for authors to follow, Here’s a list of my favorites. (Note, most authors post infrequently because, well… their authors).

List of Authors:

Rick Riordan
Brandon Mull
Veronica Roth
Suzanne Collins
Cinda Williams Chima
Patrick Ness
Etc, etc, etc.


3. Use the Library to your Advantage

One of the things Library’s have that major bookstores don’t usually have, are people. TONS of people. People have thoughts, people have feelings, ASK SOMEONE for a recommendation. Ask the librarian, ask your mom, ask the random kid sitting it the corner, ASK EVERYONE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. Plus, if you regularly attend, The Librarian will be more likely to help you, As well as put things on hold without you even having to ask him/her.

 

That’s it! Those are some of my tips and tricks for increasing your TBR. As Always, make sure to comment below to let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorite ways! Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon! BYE!!

REVIEW-Champion by: Marie Lu

 

SUMMARY:
He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

WOW! What a ride, This book caused a HUGE amount of problems some good and some bad, but my overall it was a REALLY GOOD BOOK!

Overall Reaction:

One of the things I couldn’t stand about this book was that this book felt a bit rushed, the beginning was okay, and then things got amazing, and by the time the climactic end comes rolling around, I feel like it detracts from the greatness. An example of this is when they are meeting with The leader of the Colonies, and we get like a sentence of what he looks like. He talks quick, we never really find out what his motives are, and what really happened with the plagues. Personally, I felt like it didn’t have a HUGE effect on the ending, but it still would’ve been nice to see that fixed.

Another thing I was confused about was the lack of action. Sure, we’ll always have the ending, but even then this book is mainly focused on the politics side of things as most Dystopian novels tend to lean toward. It wasn’t necessarily something that made the story not as great as it could’ve been, it just felt like this book was becoming what every other Dystopian book is, and that bummed me out big time.

Speaking of things getting cliche at the end, the end part was SUPER cliche. I can’t really tell you without spoiling it, but when it happened I was a bit frustrated. One of the reasons I liked Legend some much was because it wasn’t like your normal Dystopian novel, it has it’s own twists and quirks that make it feel different and fresh, and to finish on that note, it felt like it was trying to become what every other Dystopian novel is. While I’m not angry at the ending, I am a bit frustrated that we had to end on that note.

When we finally finish the third act, we get a “Ten years Later” thing, This made me angry. The reason I was feeling discontent was because it felt like the author took a turn for laziness at the end, I would’ve LOVED to have seen what had happened in this ten year gap, a novella, a novel, a short description of what happened, ANYTHING! Sure, we do get a good list of events that have happened, but I want MORE! GIVE ME MORE!

Another thing that surprised me going into this book, was the depressing tone it had to everything. It felt like everything was against Day and June, and not a SINGLE thing could go right between them. I liked this because it generated this whole mystery over the ending and made you sad for the book to end, but also made you anxious to see what happens.

Overall, this book was pretty good, it played with my emotions and did a good an AMAZING job in the plot department. It struggled a bit in the  Character and Relationship department, but honestly overall it made for a very fun and entertaining read!

Star Rating: ⅘ stars

Percentage Rating: 87%

 

5 Book to Movie Adaptations that were GREAT!

Anyone remember when Percy Jackson came out? How everyone was SUPER excited to see the movie, and then they saw it?

Yeah, I hated it too. Let’s be honest, we all did. (Except for my Dad, but he hasn’t even read the book, so that doesn’t count)  (;

Instead of talking about all of the book to movie adaptations that have failed. (Trust me, their’s a lot of them), we’ll be talking about MY favorite book to movie adaptations that were GREAT!

Let’s begin.


 

Harry Potter

The wands,  the magic, the characters, the world-building, HARRY POTTER HAS EVERYTHING! Each movie rings SOOO true to the book and David Yates did an EXCELLENT job with these movies. If you’re a Harry Potter fan and haven’t seen the movies, What’s stopping you? You HAVE to read them? They are SUPER accurate, and I LOVE THEM!


A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Show

Have you heard the news? The HUGELY POPULAR A Series Of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket has been adapted, again! This time It was actually DONE RIGHT! It’s filled with mystery, confusion, and a LOT MORE DIVERSE THAN THE LAST CAST! It really rings true to Lemony Snicket’s books, and It payed off!

The first season is NOW available on Netflix, and I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU WATCH IT!


 

The Giver

Based on the popular book by Lois Lowry, some could argue that this book started the genre of Dystopian. It’s basically about a world that can’t see color, can’t feel emotions, and assigns each of it’s people a job based on their hobbies for the rest of their life. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they’ve  also lost all their memories? This movie is SUPER GOOD! And, it’s even PG, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you go check it out!


 

The City of Ember

Also, another Dystopian. The City of Ember movie was GREAT! It wasn’t my FAVORITE book or movie of all time, but it sure wasn’t BAD! The characters in the movie and book are SUPER likeable, the plot is interesting, the music is enchanting. All things considered, this movie made for a GREAT Book to Movie Adaptation.


 

The Hunger Games

Probably my FAVORITE on this list, The Hunger Games is SUPER enchanting! It’s full of action, character growth, world-building, mystery, I LOVED IT! While I feel like the first and the second movies in this trilogy were the best, their is NO forgetting the girl on fire!

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Divergent
  • The Maze Runner
  • Ender’s Game
  • To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

That’s it! Those are my Top 5 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations, Let me know below in the comments if I’ve missed any of you’re favorites. Thank’s for reading! My names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon!

Bye!