The Little Prince

The little Prince or Le Petite Prince since I got to read it in French class when I was in French four in high school. I’m really glad I got to read it in it’s original language, although I’m not so sure now I could still read it in it’s original language. 

I absolutely love this children’s chapter book. And although it’s a children’s chapter book, there is so much simile and metaphor there I wonder if the children reading it would understand what is going on? Of course, that’s when good parenting comes in and you have discussions with your children about what they read. 

The first time I read this book I thought, “Just a kids book to help us learn French,” but the class discussions were great. 

The Little Prince is about a young boy traveling to several planets by birds and opens with a crashed pilot in the the desert who discovers him. Each in counter the young boy makes teaches him something about adults and sets him apart from them in their thinking. 

The relationship that sticks out the most of all his ‘adult’ encounters though is that of the rose on his own asteroid. The rose is self-centered, rude, and very hard to get a long with. Even so, the Little Prince shows her love and kindness, eventually getting her a glass globe to live in so she can stay safe. She often times feigns illness or other lesser problems to get his attention. Like any relationship such as this, the Prince learns he is being taken advantage of and finally decideds to travel to other planets. 

There is so much packed into this short novella and will be one I read over and over again. 

Feral

I really enjoyed this story by Stanhope. It is the second in a series, but can really be read as a stand-alone, which is a good thing because I didn’t realize that at the time.

There is a paranormal agency called the PPK who inlist supernaturals to solve mysteries and problems for other paranormal creatures. This is Alice’s first mission (she is a half witch/light elf, which I find a fascinating combo since I don’t usually read books with elfs in them!) with Amarok a werewolf and although she only just met him must play the role of his wife in this mission (I like that kind of cute humor).

In this mission, they must join a pack to figure out why pack members are mysteriously disappearing. Amarok is an expert in the werewolf department, but Alice being a witch/light elf hybrid brings her own strengths to the table.

I love the way these two broken people have been paired together to help each other figure out the mystery surrounding the missing pack members. Alice throughout the book is wondering who she can trust and it keeps her from being too friendly with Amarok. It kept me on my toes as I read and tried to figure out what was going on on my own in this paranormal whodunit.

The well-written characters and the paranormal mystery are so well done I can’t wait to read more in this series.

FIVE-STARS

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Illuminae

I was just so excited when I ordered Illuminae and it finally arrived in my mailbox three days later! I have had this book on my TBR for like a year now. I was so excited because it was so hyped up and I hyped up too.

This book is so beautiful and I skimmed through the pages several times before reading it because it was just so darned pretty.

BUT….now after reading it..I’m afraid I have a very unpopular opinion of the book 😦 I didn’t want to, I really didn’t, but I do. Sometimes, I just feel like I’m really hard to please.

This book ended up being just okay for me. I only really felt a connection to surprisingly the AI and Ezra. Other than those two characters everyone else was kind of blah. Kady was okay, but it felt like she was trying to hard to be badass and man can that girl hold a grudge! I thought I was bad at holding grudges, that girl takes the cake! Cool down little grasshopper!

I think because I had a hard time relating with the characters it kept me from really getting into this story. Not to mention the format, although brilliant and beautiful, really just ended up getting in the way of the story for me and that’s the real let down and I’m still kind of sad about it.

It was sometimes very hard for me to actually get into the action of things when real action was happening because I had just read page after page of instant messages between two people and my brain got lazy and didn’t want to read the third person perspective of what was happening through a severance camera.

Even though I was disappointed by this book, it was still an interesting read and overall a fun and different. I hope they make this book into a movie in the future because I might like it a little better.

3stars

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Ender’s Game

I don’t usually like sci-fi or military style books, but I loved this one! This was so well written and I think the main thing that really dragged me in were the characters.

Ender’s Game is about a young boy named Ender. Ender is the youngest in his family and all the children in his family happened to be ultra geniuses. Ender being the smartest of the three. His brother is a bit of a psycho and his sister, Valentine, is his best friend.

There is an impending attack on earth by an insect-like alien force and authorities are going to use Ender as a secret military weapon with his military tactics. But before he can command a fleet he will have to go through training with other children just as smart, but not quite smarter than him.

The ending of this book was awesome and a bit unexpected, but I thought it was perfect and really left an important message about the human heart and misunderstandings.

Like I said, the best part of this book was the way Card built up his characters. I was really invested in all of them and it brought me closer to the story. He is also great at world building and I really enjoyed the different trial battlefields they put Ender through and the way Ender navigated them was truly smart.

I will read this book again in the future…whenever I have the time lol my TBR is pretty long right now. 😉

FIVE-STARS

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Warcross

So, I just finished reading Warcross and loved it! It took me several chapters to get into the book because I’m just not a first-person present tense kind of reader, but it really was a good book. Although, sometimes it did slide into first-person past tense, which made the reading a little easier for me to read. 

This is my first cyberpunk novel to read. To be honest, I really didn’t even know what this book was about when I bought it, but it was all over the book group I’m in on FB so I thought I’d give it a try and I was so pleasantly surprised. 

Emika is a hacker in the near future who has rainbow hair, has a tattoo sleeve, and rides an electric skateboard. She lives a destitute life until Hideo the creator of the game Warcoss needs her help. In order to catch this bounty, she is thrust into the world tournament game. 

This book is pretty fast-paced and exciting. Emika is not only hunting a bounty but uncovering a mystery in the process. It has some twists and turns and romance. One thing I have to say is by the first breadcrumb, I already figured out who Zero (the one she is hunting) was. I think it was just too obvious, but that did not keep me from being entertained anyway. 

The book gives you many visuals to see in your imaginations so if you read it I hope you are good at painting pictures in your head because you’re going to need to. The way the warcross games were played were also very interesting and I almost wish that we actually had this technology so I could try it out. It’s no surprise that the author Marie Lu was a former video game tech. 

I cannot wait to read WildCard next in the series and learn more about warcross. The first book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger and leaves you wanting more!

FIVE-STARS

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Safe

I can’t believe I read this all in one day! I was sick in bed so that helped. I love dystopian and this book by Dawn Housted did not disappoint. It was fast paced and kept me interested on each page. The three main characters are Penny, James, and Lucan and I loved them all and they are all so different from each other. I truly cared for each character, even when they did something wrong.
One of my favorite things about Safe is the world that Husted crafted. It’s very different from our own and at times very scary once Penny learns the true background behind the town she grew up in. People are born with ‘vines’ where their veins are black and show up throughout their body. The more vines a person has the stronger they are. A Perimeter is set up around the island they live in so infected people without vines can’t get in. That in returns means they can’t get out. But some babies are born without them and are thought to be infected and spreading the disease, but are they? I can’t wait to read more by this author, I really love her writing style.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19547736-safe

FIVE-STARS

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The Godfather

Just finished reading The Godfather and it gave me a lot to think about. It was an epic book and I enjoyed it. I can see why it’s a classic. 

On the flip side of that, I, unfortunately, thought the movies were much better. So if your on the line about what to do: read the book or watch the movies, I would just watch the movies, they are done better. 

The Good stuff: The Godfather is truly an iconic book. It brings you to the heart of gangsters of the 1940s. The book is gritty and graphic and doesn’t hold back on sexism or racism of its time. I liked getting to understand the underworld of the Corleone family and how it got its start and the individuals in the family. Even if part of the family tried to stay out of the family business it sucked them in anyway. I felt like no character was all bad or all good, “It’s just business.” This book has so many quoteables, some of which I didn’t even realize came from this book, most of which are in the movies. 

A difference between the books and movies: Once difference I noticed in the books and movies where that some of the characters came across differently. For example, in the book, I really liked Sonny and was sad about what ended up happening to him. He was a dynamic character with flaws, but he seemed more real to me than any of the other characters. 

In the movie my favorite character was Michael. He was cool and collected but didn’t want anything to do with the family business, until he was forced into it. In the book, it starts off like this, but his call to arms for the family comes without much hesitation. In the book, he is kind of boring and too much like his dad. It’s like a story with two different characters, but they are exactly the same. 

One thing that makes the movies so much better than the books is the cutting of unnecessary plot and characters. I could have done without ever meeting Johnny or Lucy and been better off never learning of their characters. I’m not really sure why they are there at all. They bring absolutely nothing to the table at all. 

The unfortunate: The main thing that got on my nerves reading this book, also why I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is the writing. I’m not sure if the editors of this book just thought it wasn’t going to do well, so hardly made any changes, or editors back then just didn’t do as good of a job as editors now? Whatever the cause, the book has very weak prose. I constantly saw b for h mixed up in multiple words and other similar mix-ups. And the way Puzo writes just drove me a little crazy. He would explain something, then he would show it happen, and just to make sure you didn’t miss anything give you a rundown of what happened a few pages later. Sometimes I wonder if he even read his manuscript more than once before turning in to the editor. And this happens throughout the book. I’m thinking maybe the rules of writing weren’t around back then or maybe he just didn’t bother to look them up, but there is so much info dumping going on at every stage of this book.

When we finally meet the other 5 families we get an info dump for each one in case you really needed to know all their backstories of how they came to power and what their main bracket of power they hold (drugs, politicians, police, gambling, or prostitutes.)

Also, this book is pretty much all show an no tell. I didn’t really realize how much this bothered me until I read this book. 

I still recommend this book and enjoyed it despite the writing. 

gold star

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American Gods

This is another book I put into a lot of book tags, but realized I hadn’t given a review yet. 

I really like Neil Gaiman’s writing. It is wonderful and his descriptions are great and I can see and understand all the things he describes. But that’s where I stopped liking this particular book of his. 

The concept of this book was really interesting to me any God you warship comes to live because of your belief in them. And in modern day. Very intriguing indeed. 

But these American Gods are actually very boring and don’t really have much of importance to do from day to day except stay relevant to stay alive or they will “die” so to speak. 

I was hoping someone like Odin would have more of a meaningful and exciting life, but he is more of some kind of mob boss, and not a very good and organized one at that. Most of his other friends are close to fading away and kind of live sad lives. 

Most of this story takes place through a character named Shadow’s eyes. He is a go with the flow kind of guy and basically does whatever Odin tells him to. I got to the 75% of this book and DNF’d. Shadow was running around a small town on some side mission and I guessed what was happening (my husband had read this book first and confirmed I was correct.) I was tired of this side story and was annoyed that Gaiman seemed to be going for some word count than giving me a well-rounded story that stayed on track. My husband filled me in on the rest of the story and I didn’t even feel compelled to read the rest.

3stars

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

This is the first book I have ever read with time travel. I think it really takes a unique spin on time traveling especially since the main character has no control over when or where he travels to. 

I really didn’t know much about this book, a friend suggested it to me and I’m glad she did. I really enjoyed this read, mostly because the concept was so unique to me. 

The author really makes the story complex because, well, in unexpected time travel that tends to happen. The timeline is out of order for Henry. He could be traveling back in time, or forward in time. He may or may not know the people he runs into, it might even be himself! And apparently, time travel in this universe is in the buff!

Because of this Henry leads a life that is out of control most of the time. He isn’t an upstanding citizen and had a problem with drugs and women. 

Clare is the one person (besides himself) that seems to keep popping up in his time travels. Sometimes she knows him, sometimes not. Sometimes she is expecting his pop up visit when he didn’t know he would be there. 

Finally, they meet in real time, which is interesting. The love story between the two is cute and romantic, although Clare falls for him so fast and hard it’s a little scary (she is way younger when he starts dropping in on her.) 

So my thoughts: I really enjoyed this book, but there were some weird awkward parts throughout. *SPOILER* Like the time Henry tricks himself into a sexual act and doesn’t want to return the favor to himself…weird, awkward…strange. There are some very sad scenes in the book too after the couple is married, but it went with the story, although it lasted a long time.

Despite the bumps in this story I really enjoyed it and will probably read it again.

FIVE-STARS

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Wuthering Hights

*Warning* this is probably going to be an unpopular opinion review, but at least it’s honest. 

When I broke into this book I was just like wow! This love story between Catherine and Heathcliff is amazing. (hopefully, that wasn’t a spoiler) I just fell in love with the intensity of their love story. From childhood to teens and young adults, they just got each other, even when Catherine is being taught how to act properly and they are separated for a time Heathcliff is still the person who understands her.

Heathcliff is an orphan who is adopted by Catherine’s father and love ensues. But there are major setbacks (at least for them) Heathcliff has none of his own money and Catherine is a rich spoiled brat, so she can’t go down in the society pole, instead, to keep them together Heathcliff decides to go and make his own fortune. 

*Possible spoilers*

This is where things go downhill as you can imagine. Three years later Heathcliff finally returns. But Catherine didn’t wait that long for the boy she loved as herself but was too arrogant to agree to marriage so she married someone of her own economic standing. 

She still wants him to love her as much as he did before he left, but keeps him at arm’s length because she is married. One of those, “If I can’t have you no one can.” mentalities. Heathcliff keeps waiting for the Catherine he knew and love to come back, but she never shows up.

Instead, this becomes a book of Heathcliff’s revenge. He has no interest in Catherine’s husband’s sister but starts flirting with her to make Catherine jealous. Also to piss off Edgar, Catherine’s husband. This is where the book turns into a love triangle of sorts. I stopped reading somewhere around here because the book turned pretty petty and these people were no longer the people I fell in love with at the beginning of the book. The way Catherine treats Heathcliff when he returns is appalling. At one point she even tells him that even if he had returned earlier that she would have still married Edgar because Heathcliff was born in the wrong family (that was pretty much when I started hating her, I’m sure that’s when Heathcliff started seeking revenge as well). 

If this book had ended differently, or there were more redeeming qualities about these people I’m sure I would have liked this book, but instead it was depressing and disappointing to me. 

one star

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