Film Review: Power Rangers 2017

 

 

Hey there! Today, I’m sharing a film review of the new Power Rangers film. Growing up in the nineties, Power Rangers were an entertainment staple. I was often getting beat up in play fights. Now much older, I’d gotten the new Power Rangers movie on DVD.

Tarnishing the Spotless Original

I don’t mean this in a  bad way at all. The original Power Rangers cast was presented as a perfect group of people. If anything, I found them unmemorable and interchangeable over the years. Aside from name changes and costume design variations, there was no way for me to notice the characters had changed in the original versions of the show.

This film, however, presents troubled teens as our heroes. In doing so, they are humanized as characters. Each one of them is then given a redemption arc through their relationships with each other.

Diversity

There’s certainly much more diversity in this Power Rangers story. Trini, our first queer ranger, is struggling with revealing her sexual orientation to her family. (Oh, and did I mention that she’s a woman of color?). Kimberly Hart is played by a bi-racial woman.

Zachary Taylor is played by a man of color, and Billy Cranston as well! Billy’s on the autism spectrum and he nothing but pure love.

Training Sequences

My favorite aspect of this film is the coming of age as heroes theme that runs through it. The best training sequence I have ever seen is in this film. And, I love that the characters are not perfect or even good at fighting. I love the friendship budding through their training, through their attempts at connecting to the morphing grid to get into the Power Ranger suits.

Alpha 5 is hilarious and he punches Billy in the nuts, which is very funny for some reason. This movie brings Power Rangers to a less dated setting, and character depictions that are more relevant to a wider audience.

That villain though

The one part that is very cringe-worthy is (aside from the bull thing at the beginning) Rita Repulsa. I never liked Rita, even as a kid. So, I wasn’t really surprised that I didn’t like her in this one. I understand what she’s like, but I found her upsetting because she’s terrifyingly scary to the rangers.

Still, the humor is great. “Did you just slap her?” “Yeah. Weird, right?” Ah, perfection. I love this cast, and I do hope they make more movies together. Also the whole Krispy Kreme thing was hilarious, too.

 

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BT: Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

So, I was watching my sweet friend Ely’s channel when she discussed this tag. It is called the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. Essentially, it is a bunch of questions that help you reflect on the year thus far in terms of literature. Super excited to do this.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May, I think.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, Wild Beauty by Anna Marie McLemore, Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Oh, I don’t like this question. Writing is hard, okay? Some things are just not a good fit. For me, what didn’t gel well with me: Uprooted by Naomi Novak and The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chianani. Also, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

6. Biggest surprise.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was a surprise, especially since the Grisha books did not resonate with me.

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Elizabeth May’s writing is a dream. That’s all I have to say. (Thanks, Chiara, if you ever read this).

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don’t have crushes, in general, but I do have characters that resonated with me quite a bit. I look up to these ladies: Aileana Kameron, Inej Ghafa, Nina Zenik.

9. Newest favorite character.

Derrick from The Falconer is adorable. I like that little pixie and his honey-loving ways.

10. Book that made you cry.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare made me tear up.  The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I do suspect that A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness will make me cry when it is time for me to read it this month.

11. Book that made you happy.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

*Fights inner Slytherin noise* Um. A couple of books. 1) The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima, 2) Roshani Chokshi’s books, 3) Marie Lu’s books?

*Inner Slytherin comes out* ALL THE BOOK I OWN MUST BE READ!!

Ahem. Yes. What was I saying?

14. Favorite Book Community Member

You may be thinking, “Dina, can’t you alphabetize this list?” to which I say, “No, this is less rehearsed. I like authentic lists. Also, this made me very anxious, because I wanted to mention everyone who is been very kind to me over this past year of me blogging more seriously. If you’re not on this list, I still love you, I swear!”

Ahem. Here we go:

Ely and Michelle from Tea and Titles 

Inge and Aly, Anissa and Ella over at OfWonderland 

Chiara, who has the cutest little Figgy boy of my heart, @ Delicate Eternity 

Lara Liz @ Another Teen Reader 

Jolien from The Fictional Reader 

Annemieke at A Dance with Books 

Cee Arr @ Diary of a Reading Addict 

Topaz Winters @ Topazwinters 

Wendy @ What The Log Had To Say

Shannon Miz @ It Starts at Midnight 

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Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Series That Got Better

 

Ah, another Top Five Wednesday. This week, the topic is the Top Five Series That Got Better within the first few books and so on. Before I begin, let me link the Goodreads group for Top Five Wednesday, so you can join in on the fun next week!

5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

It takes some getting used to, the writing in this series. Juliette has a scared and uncertain voice. While I don’t quite remember everything that happened (I read these books ages ago), I do recall Juliette becoming quite the fierce woman. I love her. These books get better because the narrator (Juliette) gets more certain about herself and the power she has.

 

4. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

You shouldn’t be surprised to see this series on here. At first, I really hesitated to read the books for some reason. Like, Kel and Lila didn’t know each other, and Rhy wasn’t in the story that much. We had no Alucard either. So, it improved so much once the characters got to interact, and Kel hated Alucard. Lila challenged Kel.

I could weep from the beauty of the second and third books of this series. Just perfection. To me, I didn’t know that pirates were that awesome. Or, the battling between Kel and Lila? Epic.

Also: this is your weekly reminder that I love Holland.

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Look, I know many of my friends are not fans of this series. To me, though, the deeper you go into Cassandra Clare’s writing, the more you see inclusion of diverse marginalized groups. That in itself is a triumph and a victory. I love her stories in this Shadowhunter world thus far. Have you even considered the genius that is Lord of Shadows? 

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I am specifically thinking of Catching Fire and how shocking it was. You could say that I was not a fan of the first book upon my initial read-through. But, when I read it again, and picked up the second one, I was so surprised by how the story intensified. It was not a love story anymore. It was more than that. It’ll always stay with me as a powerful tale. For sure it got better with each book. Not all good stories are pleasant.

 1. Harry Potter by J K Rowling

Words cannot begin to describe just how powerful the latter books in this series were to me. I am due for a reread, but I recall being moved and increasingly more invested as the story developed some more in the later books. I am in awe of how intricate the inner workings of the tale were, especially now that I am trying to write stories. This much detail is a feat. Now, granted, I wish there was more diversity in these books, but I still value the development of the characters and the plot.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Character BFFs

 

 

Hello! It’s a Tuesday, which means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday. This week, I am digging through the Broke and the Bookish’s archives and discussing my top ten characters who happen to be BFFs. Let’s begin!

10. The Gentleman’s Bastards by Scott Lynch

Look, this book was not for me, but I still can attest to the power of friendships in the story. Jean and Locke are fantastic friends. I don’t remember much from the story, yet their friendship is rather strong in my mind. If you don’t mind changing in the narrative’s setting and time back and forth, check out this story.

9. The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants by Ann Brashers

Look, I hate these books, but I’ll hand it to the author: the friendship of these four girls is sweet. Let’s just ignore that last book. Actually, the more I think about it, the less I want to discuss these girls.

8. A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

Rhy and Kel have such a wonderful friendship. I mean, yes, they are brothers. However, not all siblings are friends. These two genuinely love each other and enjoy being together.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

How can I ever get over Reepicheep and Eustace’s friendship? Or Mr. Tumnus and Lucy Pevensie? They’re some of my favorite relationships I’d ever encountered.

6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huck and Jim’s friendship was an influential one in my high school career. I was kind of in awe of how this book displayed bravery on both of these characters’ part to connect with each other even though racism was rampant at the time. I love them.

Obviously, there’s also this jerk face called Tom Sawyer (I’m just teasing. I don’t know much about Tom since I didn’t really read or study his story). But, Huck Finn was just rude and gross. He is fantastic.

5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

The epic beauty that is Rose and Lissa’s friendship is one to behold within this series. I enjoy how they balance each other out. They collaborate quite a bit. While the series tends to focus on Rose, I am fully invested in Lissa and her path to awesomeness.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Even though I am not too crazy about Charlotte, I think she provides context to Elizabeth’s love story. In the vein of Kel and Rhy’s friendship, I am going to talk about the beauty of Jane and Elizabeth’s relationship in this book as a token of certain friendship and siblings goals that I have on my mind. Jane is a precious soul and I adore her.

 

3. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Come on. Hobbit-friends being awesome is my favorite. I love their relationship, especially the way they all raise each other up. Friendships are not just about getting along. Positive relationships are the ones where people make each other better somehow. Think of Sam and Frodo’s team work all the way to Mordor. And, I keep on remembering Bilbo and his dwarf buddies. Obviously, Gandalf is also a great friend, too. They all make me feel fuzzy and warm inside.

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Gansey, Blue, Ronan, Adam, Noah, and Henry are a wonderful team. They go through a lot together. Sacrifices, fights, and humor bound their lives together. If you want a dark and lush story, check out this gang’s evolution as a team starting in The Raven Boys. 

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

The Golden Trio are an amazing team. They really are. Sure, they fight sometimes. But, think of all the times they helped each other. There’s also the Silver Trio (Luna, Neville, and Ginny). I wish there was more on them. Perhaps I could like Ginny that way. Obviously, the Marauders are the OG buddies to me. So much love to them. If you’re ever in the HP fandom, look out for all the fans of the Marauders. They post the cutest things.

Your Turn

What are some of your favorite friendships in literature? Holler in the comment section below!

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Film Review: To The Bone

 

You may not know this about me, but I had disordered eating all my life. When I heard of To The Bone, a story of a girl with anorexia nervosa, I knew it’d hit a nerve. Below are some of my thoughts regarding this depiction of eating disorders, based on my experience. TW: discussions of eating disorders and disordered behaviors/thinking.

Rituals and Eating Disorders

Most depictions of eating disorders tend to reduce it to stubborn behavior. But, eating disorders are maintained by rituals. Eating, spitting out the food, repeat. I remember seeing relatives cut the food really small, and I learned that trick ever since. Counting the bites. Sit ups.

It’s weird seeing other people do it, because then you realize how destructive these rituals can be. Of course, the story’s premise is beyond the rituals, though.

Social Media and the Glorification of Eating Disorders

Look, we don’t talk about these things enough in a realistic way. Missing periods. Failed pregnancies. Body hair growing heavily. This movie is a bit more honest about how eating disorders look and feel. Measuring your body, counting calories obsessively.

But, what this story also does is show the reality of eating disorders in how they impact different people. For example, I like that there was a plus size girl also in the home Dr. Beckham set up. She talked about binging (something I relate to).

In addition, the premise of the story is that Eli posted something triggering on Tumblr, which resulted in someone’s death. In doing this, the film is self-aware and draws a thin line between providing some detail while cautiously hiding some things that could give people ideas.

As Eli’s sister says, some people look at those with eating disorders as though they are role models or heroes. They try to copy them, because we live in such a thin-idolized world.

The Breaking Point

The whole “mom feeding child” thing feels very specific to this particular story, and so I can’t actually be too mad about it. I actually found it rather healing. Just reconnecting Eli with her mother and therefore back to her origins. Even showing her going home back to her stepmother and half-sister was a gentle way of showing that the stakes are high. Eli recognizes her importance, I think.

I also like that she’s not magically healed. If anything, I find that eating disorders are a life-long battle. Or perhaps this is the case for me at this point in my life. Maybe one day I can talk about it more openly. But, I can simply say that I related to this film so much.

If you’re curious about anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders, or disordered thinking and/or eating, check out this movie. It could be a painful experience for you, though. I have to caution you to steer clear if you can be triggered by discussions of eating disorders, disordered thinking, disordered rituals/habits. We need to have this conversation, though. Awareness levels when it comes to these topics are low. Just go on Tumblr. Look at the Fitness inspo blogs. Look at Instagram feeds. Take a look at advertisements, movies, families shaming people for eating things, guilt-tripping folks about what and how they eat. So much of this film resonates because it taps into how these pressures can affect a person.

Overall, stories like this need to be told. They are not “fun,” I know. And, they can be upsetting, but this is the reality for so many people. Again, all I can say is that I have had an eating disorder and disordered thinking/habits for a long time. This movie felt truthful to my experience. It’s on Netflix, if you’re up to seeing this journey unfold.

 

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BT: The Nope Book Tag

 

Today, I am going to be doing a tag that I saw on the lovely Farrah’s channel, which I will link here. The tag is called The Nope Book Tag. Basically, it’s a series of nope situations in relation to books.

Let’s begin.

1. NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Just pure shock. It’s a great book, but, like, no.

2. NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Well, I don’t quite hate her, but America Singer makes me upset sometimes.

3. NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch. It’s definitely not my thing.

4. NOPE. Popular pairing: A “ship” you don’t support.

Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. Look, I am trying to be nicer to Ginny, but I just feel like her character development was rushed. It is upsetting to see characters shoe-horned into relationships that came out of nowhere.

Shut up, Harry, with the whole “beast” thing inside of you. That’s weird.

5. NOPE. Plot twist: A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. The whole Mal sacrifice thing followed by the Just Kidding moment–it was frustrating. In case I have not informed you lately, I don’t like Mal.

6. NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE.

Any time Adrian Ivashkov started drinking, I was shaking my head. As someone with an illness close to bipolar depression, I feel a close connection to his character.

7. NOPE. Genre: A genre you will never read.

Erotica. Anything with graphic sex scenes. Romance novels. Not my thing.

8. NOPE. Book format: Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

Um. None? If I can read it, it’s good. The only thing I never get is e-books, because: a) I get anxious about purchasing online copies of things, and b) I don’t like staring at a screen to read my novels. Also, like the temptation to buy things would be WAY too intense. I’m not the one who buys the books. My family does. So…yeah, it’s just not a good fit for me.

9. NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.

The whole “innocent and perfect girl falls in love with bad boy” is upsetting. Stop reducing women to just stereotypes. Yes, even “innocent” girls have a dark side.

10. NOPE. Recommendation: A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read.

Any Sarah J Maas books. Nope. Not for me. While I am definitely not judging people for reading her work, I did give it a try and it was not for me at all.

11. NOPE. Cliche/pet peeve: A cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I don’t normally roll my eyes at other people’s work, even if it is somewhat not fitting in with what I like. I do get annoyed when women are shown as mean people (hello, Greek myths).

12. NOPE. Love interest: The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest.

Micah from the Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima. I do not like him. In addition, I have very mixed feelings about Ammon.

 

13. NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. I honestly don’t remember this book. Really don’t care about Sydney going off on her own adventure.

14. NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction.

The villain in A Conjuring of Light is scary. I can’t stop thinking about him.

15. NOPE. Death: A character death that still haunts you.

Noah Czerny in The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater. He is my favorite ghost.

16. NOPE. Author: An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit.

Soman Chainani.

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The Netflix Chronicles: Shows I Am Currently Watching

 

I have a couple of ideas to expand my blog entries’ variety. Among these musings is sharing shows I watch at the time. This segment is going to be called the Netflix Chronicles.

Jane The Virgin

This show was interesting to me, because it has people of color playing major parts and white characters playing minor characters. It’s refreshing to see a tele-novela in English. Jane is very emotional and she’s led a difficult life thus far. Still, she is quite graceful in her reaction. The story is a bit over the top, but I like it a lot.

Currently, I am on episodes nearing the twentieth one on the first season.

TW: none come to mind (if you know of any, please let me know!)

Favorite characters: Luisa.

Fun fact: I took a personality quiz that revealed I am closest to the abuela on this show. Not sure how I feel about that.

The 100

Slowly, I am making way through season one. This show is not an easy one to watch, because I love the characters. Except Murphy. He makes me angry. Gritty and dark, yet there’s this weird sense of hope on the show that keeps me invested.

Favorite people on the show thus far are: Raven (smarty pants), Clarke, Bellamy (who apparently can’t sleep with one girl? Seriously, he’s way into threesomes.), and Octavia. Sometimes, I like Finn, too. Other times, I just want to shake everyone on this list.

I’m detaching myself from a certain goggle-wearing dude because I looked up what happens to him. No, I can’t handle such pain.

TW: depictions of violence and peril

Fun fact: I have written a poem inspired by (what I hope to be) a love story on the show.

The Fosters

Some nice representation on this show drives me to keep watching. A biracial lesbian married to a white woman, and they have adopted children who were in the foster care system for a while.

Of course, there’s one of their kids who is “in love” with one of the foster children living with them. Hang on, I need to take a deep sigh here, because, oh my God, he makes me angry.

Favorite characters: The two mamas. Jude and Callie. Not Brandon. Ugh.

TW: mentions of rape and abuse.

Fun Fact: I am particularly intrigued by how the parents handle conflict on the show. It inspires me a lot, because it’s a calm and collected way to reach out to the younger ones in the family. There’s no yelling. And, I like that a lot.

Riverdale

I have watched the first half of the show, and then stopped for a while. Discouraged by the ace erasure, I had to take a break. But, I need to research Jughead’s sexuality in the comics better. A lot of people say he’s depicted as ace. However, I also heard that he’s ace in a single issue/volume?

So…it’s tricky.

Favorite characters: uh. I like them all so far, but probably Cheryl. I like Veronica quite a bit, too.

TW: mild peril

Fun fact: This show is pure Tumblr-like aesthetics. I love it. Even though the characters say the weirdest things, and I don’t think anyone talks like that.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Can Dedicate Theme Songs To

 

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. As the feature is on hiatus, I am sharing my answers to old topics from their blog. Today, we’ll talk about the top ten characters I can dedicate theme songs to.

10. Uprooted by Naomi Novak

The Woods in this book is just perfection. I have not stopped thinking about it since I put down the book a few months back. Hopefully, I will finish the book soon to see what will happen.

Theme song: I Need a Forest Fire by James Blake and Bon Iver

9. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Baz has such a unique voice. I don’t think I’ll ever fully get over his romance in this book. It was not a corny relationship, and it definitely demands all the love it gets on the Internet.

Theme song: Blood by The Middle East

8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Mason and his relationship with Rose frequent my thoughts. I miss him. If I say more, I’d be crossing into spoiler territory.

Theme song: Coaster by Khalid

7. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

This is kind of surprising, but I find myself thinking of Alina and The Darkling (with a dash of Nikolai) very often. I didn’t expect her to stay with me so much, but here we are.

Theme song: Light by Sleeping at Last

 

6. Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I love Inej and Nina, but Kaz definitely left an impression. While I adore the whole crew, I was fascinated by Kaz and his brain. “Scheming face?” “Definitely.” It never gets old. He has a certain swagger to him. I love it.

Theme song: Go Fuck Yourself by Two Feet

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I love every single main character in this trilogy, but if I have to pick one, Holland would be the one for me to dedicate music and playlists for. He’s got such a compelling story arc. Any way you dice it, he’s always dealing with a heavy, painful burden. While I do wish there was more of him in the story, I am content knowing that he exists so closely to my heart. (shush. don’t make fun of me, oh my God!).

Theme song: Start a War by The National

 

4. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

Miss Blue Sargent is incredible, and she’s liberated me so much. I think of what she’d do in certain situations. Her role in the books tends to eclipsed by these raven boys who have tragic stories. But, this girl comes from such great lineage and history. She’s destined to do great things, regardless of whether she has her own psychic skills.

Theme song: So Close to Magic by Aquilo

3. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Listen, okay, I am halfway through this book and my mind is simply blown away by these characters. In particular, I like the hesitance of Mr. Cuffs  himself (Han) to be a hero. Raisa is also interesting as she tries to find her place in the queendom.

Theme song: Hero by Family of the Year

 

2. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Oh Aileana Kameron has stolen my heart with her badassery. I’m absolutely smitten.

Theme song: In For the Kill (Skrillex remix) by La Roux

 

 1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Vin and Kelsier’s relationship makes my heart swell with affection. And, I understand why the end of the first book happened, but I am still heartbroken. This shock is why I haven’t been able to pick up the second book yet. I will, though.

Theme song: Stand By Me by Bootstraps

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Book Review: The Falconer

I have practically devoured The Falconer by Elizabeth May. Here’s a book review, let’s quit stalling. If you want a brief note on the book: It was awesome.

Plot

It’s a pretty straight-forward plot: girl’s mother killed by fairy. Girl goes after fairies and kills lots of them.

There’s more to it, obviously. Aileana is training to face off with the idiot who killed her mom. Um, she does that by killing many fairies and by punching her teacher (Kiaran). It’s great. So much punching.

There’s also a twist: the story is set in the 1800’s. Aileana is bound by the restrictions of her time. She needs chaperones, and has to entertain people at home. Social gatherings are a thing. No pressure, Aileana.

Oh, and steampunk!

Characters

Aileana is such a fantastically dark character. Traumatized by the loss of her mother, she is driven to the point of aching to kill. She’s not in denial about it, either. Aware of her desire to murder fairies, this eighteen year old is isolated often.

Still, the characters around her are incredible, too. Derrick, my little pixie dude, is pure sweetness and sass. He’s just adorable, okay? I have a lot of feelings about him. My hope is that he makes it through this trilogy.

Kiaran (whose name is very hard for me to spell) is dark and brooding. He does have a tragic back-story and so on. Part of me is unsure of this dude. I like Gavin a lot more.

Ah, Gavin, her best friend’s brother, is sympathetic when it comes to the whole fairy-murdering-hobby thing. In fact, he has a connection to all of this. And, his friendship with Aileana makes me so happy. They’re perfect.

And, finally Catherine (and her grumpy mom) are frequently in the story to provide context and grounding to this very supernatural tale. I’d wish for us all to have friends like Catherine. People like her are bright lights in this world, and should be guarded.

Ships…

Look, I don’t know how the shipping thing will work out in this novel. I understand that Kiaran is meant to be the “attractive” dark side type dude.

Gavin though!

I’m literally gesturing at the book right now.

Um. Things are kind of serious in this book, and there’s an apocalypse, so I mean, worrying about ships is kind not the point.

Let’s just hope they all make it through this next book. Thankfully, I have my copy ready to go!

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Top Five Children’s Stories

It’s another Wednesday, which means it is time for Top Five Wednesday. As always, I will be linking the Goodreads Group here for information and topics. For this post, I will be focusing on the top five children’s stories that resonated with me.

I did not read children’s books when I was a child; however, I did read more of them as an adult in college.

5. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

What a strange and charming story this is! I remember it being a rival to Alice in Wonderland in terms of its bizarre plotline. Still, it is such a sweet story. Hands down, it has the coolest puns and companionships ever.

4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This book is always so fascinating to me. I think the story has a wonderful timelessness and yet it has a sense of urgency in regards to acting kindly and lovingly. My French is practically non-existent, so I have to admit that I read this as a child in English. Still good though.

3.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

When I came to the US, I remember reading this book for the first time. It sticks with me, even now, the story of Huck Finn and his adventures. The beautiful friendship in this book is touching, particularly as I grow up. This book brings back memories of learning about American history and culture for the first time.

 

2. To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee

Scout is one of my favorite female leads in a story. She was so cool and whip-lash clever. My young brain was trying, with difficulty, trying to place this girl in a box. No matter how hard I tried, she slipped away from my grasp. No, I didn’t read the sequel. I refuse!

 

1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

My sister was starting to read when I found this book. She was an itty bitty kid, and we bonded over this story of a brave mouse. Now, I think of Reepicheep and Despereaux a lot, especially when faced with difficult decisions. Their bravery is inspiring.

 

 

Your Turn:

In comments, please share some of your favorite children’s stories. Have you read any of the ones I discussed in this post? What do you think of them?

 

 

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