I Am The Messenger Review

Author: Markus Zusak.
I read this book for a class in school and originally thought i would not like it. But this book was completely different from others I have been told to read.

This review has SPOILERS.

Stars given: 4

Review:

In the beginning of this book I really did not understand what was going on other than the bank robbery taking place. Even once Ed was given his first card I became confused as to why he would be foolish enough to follow their orders. Once he went to the first home and seen what was happening I began to think that this was just another school book, one that would be a waste of my time but eventually grew on me. As he helped the old woman become less lonely and more social, how he helped the young girl by giving her an empty shoe box and show her real running talent without shoes on no matter the pain. Finally the last person he helped in this section was the first house he went to but left and did nothing. Here he did eventually take the man away from the home and scared him away.

The second section of this book was to help a priest get more people to come to his church service. This part I did not particularly like and still was wondering about this book. Continuing on he helped a pair of brothers b beating up the younger one and in return getting beat up by the older one. At this point I became confused as to how this helped but apparently it did. Lastly he helped an overwhelmed woman with three small children by buying her an ice cream. This was not much but still made her smile which is what she needed as she was very exhausted from putting her three children first.

The third section of this book was by far my favourite. He helps a poor family get their christmas lights up but then sees how only half of them work so he buys them a new set. This makes all of the children happier and the parents can not thank Ed enough. He helps his mother which is very difficult at the same time he believes his mother deserves this. This part really touched me and made me feel all the feels. The best part of this section, and all of the book in my opinion, was when Ed went to an old and almost abandoned movie theatre. The owner here was very happy to see him. Ed helps him get more audience, himself and Audrey.

The forth section was also great as Ed has to help his friends. Ed and his friends never had a close relationship because of the way they are. But when he saw their names on the card he knew this would be then most important and the hardest. As well as the final section of this book was his own address in which he comes to figure out that he is indeed the message not the messenger.

My favourite part was when Ed and Audrey went to the movie theatre as well when the bank robber got into Ed’s taxi and told him he was the guy behind this.

Welcome to my blog

Hello everyone!

Here on my blog I will be updating at least once a week or as fast I read book basically. I’m starting this blog to express my way through reading, I absolutely love to read and it has taught me so much useless information.

I am a really bad speller so I am going to apologize in advance, if you see any mistakes in anything do not be afraid to comment and I will attempt to fix it as I still have no idea what I am doing on here and how to properly work this. Please stay with me during this learning time.

Books vs. Movie- Enders Game

So this is something I want to do, a Book vs Movie kinda series thing. So I have a few written up that I will be posting soon along with some other content. School is over so it will be easier for me to remember to post and to actually type everything up so anyways onto the post.

SPOILERS FOR BOTH BOOK AND MOVIE

In the well written novel, Enders Game, by author Orson Scott Card the main character, Ender, is unconfident for the majority of the whole novel. But opposing this fact in the movie Ender gains confidence quickly as he defeats his bully, Stilson. He also does not find out that Stilson has committed suicide because of this defeat, which would have been a very good character building plot line. The movie also does not show Ender breaking Bernard’s arm on the space shuttle which shows why Bernard is out to get Ender but instead movie watchers are left wondering why there is so much tension between the pair. The battles were very well represented, although there were quite a few missing but that is only minor in my opinion. The part of Ender’s breakdown in the movie was shortened. I appreciated this as this was the only part of the novel that I found uninteresting and entertaining. The rest of the book was rushed as well as the movie so I feel as though they kept the same pace. The endings while very different were very good as a nonreader would not be confused but as a reader of the novel not seeing Valetine again and for her not being the reason behind the move to the new bugger planet it didn’t all add up.

SPOILERS OVER

I feel like the movie did an okay job on representing the novel and as separate medias they would be fantastic.

Recommend: I loved both the book and the movie. The book is an easy read and the movie is a captivating companion.

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix Book Review

Title: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Author: J.K. Rowling

Rating: 4.5/5

Summary:

Now in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Harry learns that most people in the wizarding community do not know the truth of his encounter with Lord Voldemort. Cornelius Fudge, minister of Magic, appoints Dolores Umbridge as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, for he fears that professor Dumbledore will take his job and so then people would find out the truth about the Dark Lord’s return. But her teaching is deficient and her methods, cruel, so Harry prepares a group of students to defend the school against Umbridge and the ministry.

Non-Spoiler Review:

You find out a lot of new and exciting things that you didn’t even think about. The action is key to the book but mainly in the ending section, approximately the last 150 pages. The school year and the stress of O.W.L.’s are very relatable to people taking exams. The main characters do not develop a whole lot but you find out a lot more about minor or supporting characters such as Cho Chang, Hagrid, and Dumbledore.

Spoiler Review:

The ending is so surprising, and by the ending I mean the last 150 pages of the book, when Harry has his dream that Sirius has been taken by Voldemort your heart basically just stops right then and there. But then you find out that he wasn’t actually taken but find this out AFTER Harry has gone to his ‘rescue’ but really Sirius isn’t there and then he is there and then he is killed by Bellatrix!!! And when Voldemort shows up to kill Harry but Dumbledore decided to make a grand entrance so everyone is saved, except for Sirius. Anyways that was basically a summary of the book and everything that happens in the last 150 pages. My review of this is basically very heart stopping and exciting. The book is probably the most action packed one of the series so far with the order, classes with Snape, Umbridge, the DA, and the fact that Dumbledore was fired and replaced by Umbridge.

Recommend?
Yes, but you will have to read the rest of the series first.
If you have already then defiantly because it tells you more about the story and why things happen the way they do.

Illuminae Book Review

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff

Stars: 3.75

Summary: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT

Thoughts: I really enjoyed the whole concept of the spaceships and the deadly plague but I think it could have been done better if there was less focus on the format of the book with all of the different types of pages and the many many characters and their usernames. I did not like the confusion of Erza with not knowing if he was dead or alive I feel like it was a good move on the author’s behalf but in the end caused confusion, I believe he is alive now. The emails and video records were by far the best and the messaging between the captains were the worst as I could never completely follow everything going on.

Recommend: Yes! Anyone who likes sci-fi or anything space and futuristic technology would enjoy this book, although I warn you it can be confusing so take your time to read it.

You Are Here Book Review

Title: You Are Here
Author: Jennifer E Smith
Rating: 4/5

Summary:
Emma Healy is used to being considered the boring child in her family, well that and she is the only child still living in the house with her parents. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated just two days later, she realizes why she never felt quite whole. She sets off on a trip to visit her brother’s grave. Peter Finnegan, her neighbor, comes along for the ride. Emma thinks they can’t possibly have anything in common, but with each passing mile, they find themselves learning more and more about themselves and each other. The epic road trip not only let Emma meet her dead brother but she got to meet her true self.

Spoiler Free:
Emma is a great character who is a normal girl who does not fit in with her family, she gets annoyed easily and doesn’t know what she is good at. Her family members are very smart and know everything and anything where she feels like a disappointment but when she is with Peter she learns that she is better than she thought.

Spoilers:
I felt like the conflict of Peter leaving Emma alone in the graveyard was very unnecessary and felt like it was a page filler, which is not a good quality in my opinion. This was not the only page filler either. The flashbacks of Peter following Emma was also one and honestly felt a bit creepy. What I did love was the the dogs role in the storyline. I liked that Peter did not question Emma when she got in his car and a three legged stray dog got in with her. I liked the part when the police officer pulled them over and Emma had to come up with a story about why they were there and what happened to the dog’s leg even though they have no idea what really happened.

Recommend?
Yes,the book is very easy to read and shows real potential to be a favourite book of many, that saying it is not one of my many favourites so that is why I only gave it four stars. It had a great storyline but I did not feel completely connected to the characters. The conflicts were a bit drawn out making some chapters go on forever but other than that it was very good.

10 Books I NEED To Read This Summer

1. 99 days by Katie Cotugno

2. The Treatment by Suzanne Young

3. Replica by Lauren Oliver

4. A thousand pieces of you by Claudia Gray

5. The distance between us by Kasie West

6. On the fence by Kasie West

7. Harry Potter and the half blood prince by J.K. Rowling

8. Harry Potter and the deathly hallows by j.K. Rowling

9. Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

10. The trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Hopefully I will read all of these and many more!

Books and School

Ahhhhh! School is almost over again and life is crazy, with exams, school work, books and netflix its super hard for me to prioritize. So here I will be telling you guys my ways of keeping things on track;

1. Setting reasonable free times

Making sure you take your breaks but don’t make them super long otherwise you’ll end up never getting back to your work.

2. Having fun while studying

Usually I watch netflix while studying because it helps you keep up your binge as well as being able to have a little bit of background noise so you don’t get super board and fall asleep or end up taking another break way to early.

3. Being super organized

I love this one as I am a super organizer which you will see throughout my blog posts. I love the thought of getting out all of my schedules and making sure everything is timed perfectly.

4. Taking care of yourself

Making sure you don’t over stress! Thats such a big one. You don’t want to overseers yourself because you will not learn anything and you’ll feel bad.

5. Read feel good books

Don’t read a John Green style book when attempting to study try something that is only slightly addictive and one that doesn’t make you cry all day and all night long.

What I do when studying is not alway the best answer but I hope this stuff helps.

The Selection Book Review

Title: The Selection

Author: Keira Cass

Stars: 4.5

Summary: America does not want to go to the castle and attempt to win the love of the king’s son, Maxson. One of her many reasons is because she is in love with another man. Still she is one of the 35 girls chosen and she has to go. As she goes along she meets many new people and obstacles on the way.

SPOILERS beyond this point.

Thoughts: I love everything about this book except for the delay in America getting to go to the castle. I also wish that there was more backstory of the other girls who are trying to win Maxon’s heart. I also wish that there was a little more about America’s family during her experience in the castle. Other than that my favourite parts were America’s and Maxson’s relationship growth but I feel like they moved too quickly. I enjoyed seeing the girls growing on each other even though they all assumed that they would hate each other as they are fighting for the same thing and only one could win it. America was a really good character as she was strong and very independent. The rebels could have been represented a bit more but I thought they brought a lot of much needed rebellion and action as this book could have fell very low as if there was no rebels.

Recommend: Definitely. I absolutely love this book!! Anyone who struggles with reading could easily read this or anyone who only likes contemporary can read this and still enjoy it as this is a very multi-genre read.