[REVIEW] Cinder

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 0 comments
Book Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. 
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.


MY THOUGHTS

This book was pretty amazing. I was blown away with the story, including how well the retailing of Cinderella was. It was a great interpretation of the fairy tale that included small elements from the original tale. For example, the tale originated in China and the setting of the novel is in New Beijing. It is subtle but a nod to the original tale. It still has the evil step mother and step sisters but it has a different spin as well.

My favorite character from the novel (other than Cinder) is Iko. She is an android that has such a personality and is extremely funny. She definitely adds much of the comical aspects to the story. Iko actually continues to be a favorite through the series.

Queen Levanna makes it very easy for the reader to despise her. She is taking advantage of all of her people by her glamour. She kills all of the Lunars who are born as a shell, this is terrible because it is also a new born that they are killing. Levanna has also killed most of her family members in order to get the crown for herself, including trying to kill Cinder when she was just 3 years old. Not even old enough to understand what was going on when the fire broke out around her. Luckily, Cinder was saved and can crush Queen Levanna with a heavy hand.

Overall, this story was very entertaining. It is a novel that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for something new.

Dear Allie | vol.16

Monday, April 13, 2015 0 comments
You gained weight this week at your meeting. Luckily you know exactly why you gained weight. You bought Easter candy because it was on sale and you actually ate most of it last week. Go You! Now you have to work on a plan to get the numbers going back in the right direction. I know that you are struggling mentally to lose the weight. It is hard when it seems like it is just you working. You feel so alone doing this. You can't lean on your husband for support because it seems like all he does is sabotage you. Your mom tries to give you advice but she just ends up making you feel like shit about yourself, causing you to eat more and more unhealthy stuff. You need to find a person to lean on and be completely honest about all of these things. You are already doing that with your meeting leader but you should find someone else too. It would help to compliment her in your struggle to change your terrible habits. This is going to be an uphill battle with huge boulders coming towards you. I want you to over come those challenges and reach the top of that mountain. You can do it.
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[REVIEW] A Clockwork Orange

Book Title: A Clockwork Orange
Author: Anthony Burgess
Series: None
Genres: Dystopian
A vicious fifteen-year-old "droog" is the central character of this 1963 classic, whose stark terror was captured in Stanley Kubrick's magnificent film of the same title.
In Anthony Burgess's nightmare vision of the future, where criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology. A Clockwork Orange is a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. When the state undertakes to reform Alex—to "redeem" him—the novel asks, "At what cost?"
This edition includes the controversial last chapter not published in the first edition and Burgess's introduction "A Clockwork Orange Resucked".

MY THOUGHTS

This was a book I was supposed to read in high school for one of my summer readings but surprise, I did not read it. I have it in my mind that I need to read all the books that I should have read in high school now because life is going to get away from me and I may never get another chance to read all those glorious words.

A Clockwork Orange is a novel about a boy who is a fan of ultra-violence with his friends, or droogs. The story takes us through one night with Alex and his droogs as they go through out the town dishing out all kinds of violent endeavors on a few people. At the end of the night Alex actually gets arrested by the millicents (police). We also go to prison with Alex as he is put through an experimental treatment to cure him of those feelings that make him ultra-violent. The last part of the novel is the aftermath of Alex being cure and released from prison.

My edition of the novel has 192 pages with the final 21st chapter that wasn't in the original USA publication.

I thought this novel was pretty amazing, aside from the detailed violence. The story was very interesting in the sense of we see a young boy going down a terrible path and then the consequences of those actions and the outcome. I also enjoyed how the novel goes in to the exploration of free will. This is played out while Alex is at prison getting treatments. We see it in the staged action towards Alex just before he is released in the last part as well.

The only thing that bothered me was the made up language; Nadsat, created by Burgess for the novel. Some words were given the translation at the beginning of the story. Unfortunately most of the words you were forced to come to your own conclusion about what they were supposed to mean.Of course once I finished the novel I stumbled upon an appendix of all the words for the Nadsat language.

Like I already mentioned, my edition of the novel has the controversial last chapter.  When I finished chapter 20 I took a little time to reflect before reading on. This was the point that the original publication in the USA ended, it is also where the film ends. I found that I was wanting so much more on a conclusion. That chapter makes it seem like Alex was going back to his old ways, in a sense I guess that is what they wanted people to think about this in the end, originally. Unfortunately I was extremely upset and couldn't believe that that used to be the end of the novel. I told several coworkers how much it bothered me. The last chapter proves that Alex is cured. He sees one of this old droogs grown up and married. Alex finally mentions that he wants to get married and have kids too. He even mentioned how his kids would, of course, be exactly like him.

Overall I recommend this book with caution because of the ultra-violence. It was a great read that I am happy to have read. I will allow my children to read this one day. It is one of the modern classics that I believe everyone should read at least once.

Friday Reads | Week 10

Friday, March 13, 2015 0 comments
This weekend starts the high school's spring break in the county that I work in. That means that I also get a spring break. My Friday reads are going to be amazing this week (I hope) because I am hoping to make it through an entire series, hopefully. I started and finished reading the first book if the Lunar Chronicles this week. Today I started the second novel, Scarlet and I am so excited to hopefully cross off an entire series from my TBR list this week. Although the final book doesn't come out until this winter, I will be completely caught up with the series.

I also want to try and read Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang. I had read three of Yang's other graphic novels and am excited to add this to my read shelf. It looks amazing and I honestly don't know much about the story line for the graphic novels. I just know that Regan from PeruseProject on youtube.com enjoyed the duology.

Hope you are having a splendid week and make sure to get some reading done. Especially if you are on  spring break like I am.

Project 1/3 | Eating Food...Or Your Feelings?

Thursday, March 12, 2015 0 comments
This week we were asked to write down a time we ate something but we weren't really hungry. I wrote down a time that happened just the day before. I am actually pretty ashamed of what I did but I should shared it with my meeting because my leader wanted to work through the exercises with actual events that have happened to us.

I was extremely nervous to share. I was afraid of all the looks I'd get. I then remembered where I was. Duh! I was in the comfort of my meeting group. There was no need for me to be afraid because these people knew where I was coming from because many (if not all) have had the same experience.

I am glad that I am speaking up so much at my meetings. I don't have much to show for going to all my meetings just yet but it is a hard road to learn new habits, especially if you feel like you are going at it alone.

Guest Blogger | Please go check me out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 0 comments
I found an application to be a guest blogger on a website justmoogley.com and I filled it out thinking I would never get picked for this. I don't post on a great schedule (even though I try my hardest), I don't have very many readers at all but I don't have a few social media followers. To my shock I was chosen as the organization/planner blogger for the site. I am so excited to be apart of this team right now. I have a little introduction post over on the site that should be published on Friday sometime. You can find a link to the site in the blog list on the side of my blog. I would love it if you could take a moment to check it out and see what I will be doing.

Again, thank you Megan for picking me to write about planners and organization. I can't wait to get started on this adventure. It is going to be a great ride and I am so glad to be riding in the passenger seat with you.

Outfits of the Week | vol. 1

Sunday, March 8, 2015 0 comments
Sunday was a cute casual for a lunch date with my husband.

There is no #ootd for Monday because I went home feeling ill from work. Sorry!

Tuesday was a cute chic kind of day with my polka dots shirt. I love this shirt except for the sleeves. I need to get them cut off a little bit because the edges are a little tight and make it feel awkward. 
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This was my work attire for Wednesday. I love those shoes as anyone can see. UGH. 
 Here is the same version of the Wednesday outfit buy after I got home because it was really hot.

Here is the outfit from today, Sunday. I was going for a comfy and casual style but I absolutely wanted to wear this awesome dress that I got from Target. 

Project 1/3 | Who's Got Your Back?

Thursday, March 5, 2015 0 comments
This week's Weight Watchers meeting really hit home for me. It is a big area that I struggle with in my journey. We discussed who are the people we can turn to when we truly need help or encouragement. Unfortunately it usually means we want an nonjudgmental person we can turn to but many time we find that that person is judging us constantly. 

I think I am lucky that I have a friend that is doing Weight Watchers with me. She and I are able to share with each other the struggles we are having and we are honestly not judging each other because we know what each of us is going through.  I love that I am able to turn to her constantly. Unfortunately she doesn't go to the same meeting with me because our schedules are very different (i.e, she isn't a morning person at all). Love you Katie!

I am very family oriented so you would think that I could just turn to my family for support. There is no way I can truly turn to my family because it would be like the boy who cried wolf to them. My husband thinks he is helpful and supportive but many times it is not the right kind of support. I struggle with how I can tell him exactly the kind of support that I do need, but I know I need to just tell him. I would love to lean on my mother but like I said before, it is like the boy who cried wolf for her.She has seen me say one thing and do another that she can't be sure if I am going to stick with it this time or not. Usually it is the later, so she is right in her judgments. 

My action plan is to be honest with my husband and tell him exactly how he can help me. I also want to tell him what he does that hinders my journey either because of what he says or how he judges me. I think this will even bring us closer as a husband and wife because we will have that much more of a bond together. 

Friday Reads | week 9

Friday, February 27, 2015 0 comments
This Friday I am still reading Ursula Le Guin's novel "The Word for World is Forest." I am enjoying the novel but I've slowed my reading down a bit due to working on my blog content. 

After I finish that book I plan to jump straight into Cinder by Marisa Meyer because I've heard so many great things about that series. It also helps that I already have all those books too. 

Looking at my shelf I know I won't be able to get my TBR shelf to #0by16 but I am going to try very hard. I can possibly get it #0by17 but we will see. No big deal. I am starting to be very selective on what books I want to purchase for my library. It is nice to feel that way about it. 

Happy reading this weekend. 
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