My Last Several Weeks

First I need to admit I went into a slight reading slump for two books,  I have read Bitterblue and Half-Bad. Bitterblue’s story dragged on and on for me. The only reason was so determined to finish the book was due to my love for Graceling the book just did not grab my attention at all. Half-Bad started out great but went downhill for me after the first hundred pages. I loved reading about the main character’s family and how he related to them. The book’s main flaw for me was the viewpoint. The book was written in first perspective which created problems. The protagonist had very little knowledge about the antagonist in this book so we learned barely anything new once he left home. The main character is also a very simplistic person so he lacks the curiosity necessary to drive the story forward. I will not continue this series due to the main character lack of caring about pretty much anything “including finding answer or fighting the antagonist”. The next two books I read were the first four books in the dark secrets series which I enjoyed but they got very repetitive. I have spent last weekend preparing for The Giver movie by reading the book The Giver by Lois Lowery, and I am one hundred pages in. Next week I plan to give this terrific book the review it deserves


Review of Compound by S.A. Gooden

The book Compound asks the question is living life with regrets worth living? The book’s main character Eli and his family have spent six years living in an underground compound built by Eli father after hearing reports about a nuclear attack but not everything is perfect Eli’s brother and grandmother do not make it to the compound before the doors close and are presumed dead. Eli feels the loss of his brother every day and wants to leave the compound’s safety to be with him so Eli regrets his brother being gone so much that he feels life in the safety of the compound is not worth living.Eli father actions are driven by the regret that he could not spend more time with his family so he cherishes his time in the compound to the extreme. After reading the book the answer to the question for me is a diehard no. A life with regrets is not worth living. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a short attention span due to its short length and rapid fast pace

review of Graceling

I am currently reading Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I am still working on finishing the book up so I wrote a review of “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore. I love the book it is like nothing I had ever read which is saying a lot. Generally when it comes to reading new series you can find a part of another series that it resembles. One example is how the horcruxes in Harry Potter can affect your personality negatively much like the ring in Lord of The Rings. Graceling is about a woman named Katsa who has one blue eye and one green eye. In Katsa’s world anyone born with two different eye colors is considered graced or gifted with some kind of ability. Katsa’s grace is to survive no matter what circumstances surround her. The theme is the book for me is to take control of your own destiny and embrace it.
the actions of three main characters Katsa, Prince Po, and Bitterblue all reflect the theme in different ways. In the beginning Katsa works for her uncle, the king to kill people who oppose the council. Katsa eventually embraces her survival grace by refusing one of the king’s orders and decides to leave his court entirely,taking destiny into her own hands. Prince Po struggles with a grace that allows him to have an inner sense of the world around him. Po eventually becomes blind and embraces his grace to allow him to use his inner sense to see instead of his eyes. Po does this by accepting his grace instead of trying to limit what it shows him. The last character Bitterblue is my favorite from this book. She embraces her destiny by succeeding her tyrant of a father after he is killed. Bitterblue from the beginning was not afraid to speak up when Katsa kills her father to protect her. Bitterblue speaking up to help Katsa shows that she embraces her destiny as queen especially since she announces she is queen after her father’s death.