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Shooting Stars 01 Cinnamon – V. C. Andrews Book Review

For Cinnamon, dreaming of imaginary worlds and characters is her only escape from her mother’s breakdowns. Her grandmother’s overbearing control. Her family’s turmoil. But Cinnamon is discovering something special about herself, a gift from deep within that sets her apart: a talent for the theater that would finally give her a chance…to truly escape.

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Divergent * Veronica Roth (Book 1)

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

I have to say, I had an absolute blast reading this wild ride of an adventure, and I enjoyed every minute of it. EVERY.SINGLE.MINUTE! I haven’t had this sort of rush since Katniss entered the Hunger Games and turned my world right side out! The characters, setting, plot, pace and narrative where perfectly blended to produce a highly action packed novel that I’m sure will captivate dystopia fans. I bought all four books at a sale downtown and read them all in close to 72h. I could not stop.

 

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Insurgent * Veronica Roth (Book 2)

“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.”

Insurgent takes off where Divergent left off. It is literally like we turned over the last page of Divergent and ended up in the beginning of Insurgent. Tobias, Tris, Marcus and Caleb travel with the remaining Abnegation to seek refuge with the Amity. The Amity live amongst the orchards and farms, just beyond the gates guarded by the Dauntless. It is not long however before they are discovered by the Erudite’s and must seek assistance from the only allies they have left, the Factionless.

“Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent

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Orson Scott Card * Tales of Alvin Maker * Book 5 – Heartfire

“With delicacy and insight, incorporating folk tales and folk magic with mountain lore and other authentic details, Orson Scott Card has evoked a vision of America as it might have been.” –Greensboro Tribune-Review

I love the Alvin Maker books. Even though how I imagine Alvin and how he currently looks on all covers are two distinct concepts. This is not one of those books were the guys are hulky and offer a once-in-a-lifetime romance to a swoony lady. This is a book about the hard truths of slavery in America – before the civil war that wrecked the country and took countless lives. This is the story of Peggy Smith as she tries to convince the king in exile, living in the appropriately named city of Camelot, to free the slaves.

This is the story about witch trials and the post-Salem mentality of priests and people. This is about law making and law breaking.

While it serves as an interlude to the Crystal City, this book can stand on its own and offer quite an accurate description of witchers, trials, torture methods and on the other end – life of a slave- without rage, without a name, without a heartfire.

a Slave Auction, Richmond, Virginia, 1861. The Illustrated London News (Feb. 16, 1861), vol. 38, p.139..jpg

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Seeds of Yesterday * Book 4 * V.C Andrews Book Review

After reading book 1, Flowers in the Attic , Petals in the wind and If there be thorns, I decided to continue reading the story of the Dollanger kids.

And so it came to pass, I started reading the next dark chapter in a strange, chilling tale of passion and peril was delivered, but it was neither strange or chilling, being instead a bad convoluted mess. This is as bad as the previous books but I rate this one 1/5 for one cute section about love. (See end of page for it)

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If there be thorns * Book 3 * V.C. Andrews Book Review

After reading book 1, Flowers in the Attic and Petals in the wind, I decided to continue reading the story of the Dollanger kids.

It seems the people found this lemony drama so compelling they made a third movie about it. This is another book about incest and rape so if you feel like you can stomach it, go for it. Again, my rating is 0.1/5.

This book was so… WTF. Like, literally. What. The. Actual. Fuck. Nothing made sense, people behaved irrationally and were inconsistent as hell, honestly, everyone should have been admitted into an insane asylum, except maybe Chris and Jory, but everyone else was just fucking insane.
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Petals in the Wind * Book 2 * V.C. Andrews Book Review

I am very happy I did not purchase a hard cover / paperback for the next book in the Dollanger series after reading Flowers in the Attic * Book 1 * V.C. Andrews Book review. I went with an e-Book and I wanted to scream and trash and burn away every shread of technology that kept this copy. It was such a shitty book… Solid 0.1/5

220px-PetalsontheWind.jpgThis book was probably released a year apart from the original story just to cash in on the fame. It was so terribly written that it somehow soiled my first impression of Flowers in the Attic.

Petals on the Wind picks up immediately where Flowers in the Attic left off: with Cathy, Chris, and Carrie traveling to Florida after escaping Foxworth Hall. Still weak from the effects of the poison that killed her twin Cory, Carrie gets sick on the bus. Henrietta “Henny” Beech, a mute African-American woman, rescues them and takes them to the home of her employer, 40-year-old widower Dr. Paul Sheffield of Clairmont, South Carolina. At first the children refuse to reveal their identities, but once Cathy is convinced that Paul genuinely cares and might be able to help them, she tells him their story. Paul, a single middle-aged man, decides to adopt the three siblings and offer them the best life possible. Yes. Who would not immediately adopt three siblings who show up at your doorsteps with signs of arsenic poisoning?

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Dexter in the Dark * Jeff Lindsay Book Review

I’ve listened to Jeff Lindsay * Darkly Dreaming Dexter Book 1 and Dearly Devoted Dexter * Book 2 * Jeff Lindsay and I must say I enjoyed the third book in the installment.
The blood splatter analyst is about to get married and his dark passenger is no longer an entity that’s part of Dexter. It becomes a fluttery angel from times immemorial, with its own history and its own monsters.
In this book Dexter, who is usually so sure of himself, suddenly loses something very close to him. It throws him off. He has no fallback. He is in the Dark! See what I’ve done here?

“What a frail thing a human being is—and without the Passenger, that is all I was, a poor imitation of a human being. Weak, soft, slow and stupid, unseeing, unhearing and unaware, helpless, hopeless, and harried.”

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Flowers in the Attic * Book 1 * V.C. Andrews Book review

When I picked up this tiny looking book (compared to the behemoths I usually adhere to), I was surprised that I really, really liked it! And I can totally see why it was banned for years due to strong sexual themes, incest, rape scenes and other sensitive subjects. This is not a “cute book” about flowers. This is not for the faint of heart. This is a story of death and misery and everlasting hope.

Written in 1979 – it still feels contemporary enough to give you the chills. If you’ve watched “The Room” you know how terrifying it must feel to be locked up and not have a sense of how the outside is like. It’s claustrophobic and very enlightening about family relations in close quarters.

After reading it, I found out it was adapted for the big screen and guess what I’ve got in my eBay basket? Yep – the movie.

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Forever Odd * Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz

The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs us, leaving on the canvas a less dark, less sharp version of the truth.

This is a good, if quieter and slower-paced read than ODD THOMAS. We still have Odd with his dead-seeing power and his good heart that wants to help, even if it puts him at risk. This time, rather than major bodach-thrilling carnage, we have someone Odd cares about deeply in trouble–kidnapped by one whack Voodoo-ish skanky beauty. Danny suffers from a condition that makes his bones brittle and with the thought that his psychopath biological father has abducted him, it is vital that he is found soon. When Odd, with his unique powers for finding individuals, sets out he will find himself up against a twisted evil far greater than he could have imagined.

“Get out of here while you can. She’s crazier than a syphilitic suicide bomber with mad-cow disease.”