In the children’s book, “The School of Good and Evil”
by Soman Chainani, it’s not just any children’s fairy tale book. It starts off
with Agatha and Sophie living in a village where they fear a monster that takes
two children each year and those children are to never be seen again. These
children are sent to The School of Good and Evil where boys and girls are
separated into two categories. Good and evil. They are trained to succeed in
the fairy tale they have to play out. Sophie wanted to be “kidnapped” due to
possibly going to the School of Good as she sees that she is good and Agatha
would go to the school of Evil. Agatha doesn’t feel nor agree with Sophie. Both
of them are swiped up and to their surprise their fates are reverse. Agatha falls
into the school of good while Sophie falls into the school of evil. Fearing
that this is a mistake, they plead that they got the wrong fates. In the end, in
order to succeed, they have to face their new fate by playing out their fairy tale.
I LOVE this book. I feel that any age audience would enjoy this book. Given that there are elements for everyone and has a lot of strong messages. I reread this book as many times as I had reread the Harry Potter series. Totally worth giving it a read.
Chaniani, Soman. The School for Good and Evil. HarperCollins Childrens Books, 2013.
In “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, it is a tale of
the future where all happens in a virtual world called OASIS. Wade Watts is a
teenager on a mission to decipher these riddles that was proposed by the father
of OASIS, James Halliday, who died and, in his wake, had left a competition to
get ownership of the OASIS. Seems easy just decipher the riddles and collect the
three keys. Wrong. They are hidden across the OASIS. In order to understand
where Halliday hid the keys, Wade had studied James Halliday’s autobiography
and history as well to possibly find the three keys. Wade isn’t the only one
trying to find the keys. Everyone wants to own the OASIS. Even a money hungry corporation
that threatens OASIS. With the help of his friends Aech, Shoto, Daito, and
Art3mis, they successfully find all three keys.
I have to say this book is incredible and well written
as well as well thought into. Very detailed and strong story line that keeps
one on their toes. A real page turner at that. I continuously reread this book.
Really loved how they explained in detail how society became after OASIS was integrated
into daily life. Also with that thought, it gave an insight of how technology can
become consuming. Even in the now, as I go out and about, I see people always
on their phone. That is getting off topic but relates to the book’s theme.
I had went and seen the movie. I was gravely disappointed that they didn’t fully follow the story line of the book. However, movies tend to be that way especially if they were books at first. Damn you Steven Spielberg… We were rooting for you..
Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One: a Novel. Crown Publishers, 2011
In this thrilling romance novel, “The Marriage Pact”
by Michelle Richmond, it’s focused on marriage. These two adults, Alice and
Jake freshly had gotten married got some fears about what happens after the
honeymoon. After receiving a suspicious package labeled, THE PACT, both are
highly interested and willing to try this out. It seemed easy, abide by simple
rules of marriage and read all handbooks that helps the marriage stay happy and
prosperous. This society helps it’s members if they see a marriage slightly
gets rocky or uneasy. When they join, they start to regret ever joining this
society. As they struggle to maintain a happy marriage, they see how dark this
society truly is. Members in the THE PACT interfere in their marriage and
purposely sabotage for personal interests. Between marriage prisons and demonic
“focus” devices create chaos for the newlyweds. Alice and Jake hunt down information
to get out of this dark society and succeeds with persuasion.
When I had saw this book at the book store, the title alone caught my attention. Usually I hardly read romance novels ever, but this storyline intrigued me to read more. Given that there are some morbid scenes and very adult like content I would recommend it to mature audiences. It is very fast paced and keep’s one on their toes as they read. I personally love this book but some of the content described such as a marriage prison and a focus mechanism disturb me greatly. Other than that, pretty good.
Richmond, Michelle. The Marriage Pact: a Novel. Penguin Books., 2018
Romance, fantasy, historical time era, drama, fiction
This is a book from a telenovela, Jane the Virgin, “Snow
Falling” by Jane Gloriana Villanueva, by the main protagonist. Jane wrote a
love romance inspired by her love with Michael but in a romantic retelling
historical view point. Josephine Galena Valencia wanted to write a novel and it
was uncommon in her time era of the nineteen hundred. She was engaged to a
detective, Martin Cadden, while working at this hotel. After one
misunderstanding and getting a bit drunk, Jane makes a terrible mistake that
changes her life forever. Now she is in love with another man by the name of
Rake Solvino. Along with possibly being pregnant, her mysterious father whom
her mother never mentioned comes into the picture, and a very threatening crime
lord thrown into the mix. The drama continues as Josephine tries to manage her
feelings and her life. She has to face a final decision of who she truly loves.
As my soul sister had introduced me the show Jane The Virgin, I was hooked on it. I was not expecting a telenovela to publish a book that a fictional character wrote yet alone expect this book to be decent. However, I was not expecting my soul sister to have another copy and gave the spare copy to me. I was thrilled and excited. I was a bit disappointed in the main character’s choices and petty misunderstandings, but it had to happen to ensure the plot to thrive. It is a decent book and I would give it another read.
Villanueva, Jane Gloriana. Snow Falling. Adams Media Corporation, 2017
Young adult, fiction, fantasy, adventure,
retelling, witches, flying monkeys
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page is an intriguing page turner that will ensure to keep one on edge. The title sort of tells all but its way more than that. In this epic retelling of our favorite place, Oz, comes a new girl from Kansas named Amy Gumm. She is carried off into Oz by a tornado. One would think, “This is going to be the same exact story as Wizard of Oz”. Wrong. Dorothy was corrupted by Oz magic and its up to Amy to undo what Dorothy had done. Meaning that she has to remove the Tin Man’s heart, steal the Scarecrow’s brain, take the Lion’s courage, then and only then, Dorothy must DIE. Amy must be prepped in all things Wicked from training fighting styles to dinner etiquette and lady like mannerisms.
When I saw this at the library on the book self I was intrigued by the mysterious title. Since I am a bibliophile (someone who really loves books) I always love to go on adventures with books. This book was an incredible trip. Just because it’s a young adult book doesn’t mean only for that age window. I would recommend it as a children’s book and for any adult who loves everything and anything that is related to Oz.
Paige, Danielle. Dorothy Must Die. (Dorothy Must Die Series, #1.). Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
In the Postmortal by Drew Magary, it is a
post-apocalyptic world where there is a cure to aging, but sadly one can still
die, just not peacefully. John Farrell, the main character, goes and gets the
cure illegally at a great cost and risk. Shortly after he gets the cure, it is
legalized and this is where the chaos starts. Married couples across the world
get cures together, then realizing that “till death due us part” would last
forever, so they all divorce. Wars between pro-cure and anti-cures result in
these men painted green causing crime by finding people and carving their
birthday into their skin as well in which John is one of the victims of this.
After a couple decades, the government creates a program for euthanasia for
those who had got the cure and don’t want to live anymore, they can choose to
be put to sleep. John becomes one of these people who does this for a living.
In the end, he dies happily knowing that he met his end.
My thoughts on this book is, it’s worth giving it a read. Whether one is into science fiction or not, this truly gives insight about a possibility of a reaction should there be a cure for aging. However among the laughs this book gave me, it did make me question some events and I also cried, I never cry while reading a book unless its really sad. Excellent book and I would forever keep this book in my library and reread it.
Magary, Drew. The Postmortal: a Novel. Penguin Books, 2011.
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