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Review: Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey

After reading Once, I had to read Rise so I bought it right away, which is something I don’t usually do.

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ EVE OR ONCE, DO NOT READ RISE! THERE ARE SPOILERS!
For the Eve review, go to:
For the Once review, go to:

Cover: Interesting

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 5

Overall: Exciting

Characters: Well written

Plot: Different

Page Turner: Somewhat

Series Cont: No, but I’m hoping she writes a 4th

Recommend: Yes

Book Boyfriend: No, since Caleb died 

My review for Rise:
It seemed that Once was a bit on the slow side so I gave Once 4 stars, but Rise redeemed the series back to 5 stars. I absolutely loved how Rise was written. Rise took a different direction than I thought it would go in, which is something that I love! The only thing that bugs me the most is that the ending of Rise ends with a scene that makes you question to what actually happens next and it ends with a line of dialogue. Seriously! It’s supposed to be the final book of the series and it’s going to be left up in the air. It just felt like it needed more closure, in my opinion. The next thing on my list after this review is write a letter/e-mail saying that she needs to make a fourth book because it can’t be left unfinished like that! So…
The book takes place 2 months after Once. Eve has married Charles against her will to save Caleb, but Caleb at the end of Once gets killed. Eve mopes around during the time for her loss, and Charles understands and gives her distance. Eve’s father, the King, acts like it’s no big deal and a weight lifted off his shoulder. In the meantime, Eve is found by rebel Moss who is actual the Reginald for the Palace. Moss and Eve plot together to kill her father so that his tyranny will be put to an end. Eve is the only person who can kill him. Will she be able to do it? Also, a few unexpected events happen that are extremely shocking and make the book more exciting. What happens and how will Eve deal with these unexpected events?
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My Opinion: Reading Books Before Watching Movies vs. Watching Movies Before Reading Books

It seems that everyone has an opinion about whether they prefer to watch a movie before or after reading the book.

Well for me, I always read the book first and for few reasons. First, I don’t want a movie to ruin the book’s surprises. A book has more detail and a movie can show an important event that happens that would cause the book to be less interesting. A second reason why I like to read the book because sometimes the concept of the movie can be confusing. Finally, I like to see how the director portray their views and ideas in the movie. Even though it might not be part of the book, it would be different kind of surprised after reading the book.

For example, The Hunger Games movie would have been hard to follow a little bit because the book explains a lot more than the movie can portray and would also give away the ending if I didn’t read the book first. Since I read THG, I knew what was going on with rules and the plot. The movie had a different take on the story to make it unique to the book, but kept to the book, too.

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Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

I had a friend of mine who read this and seemed to like it so I decided to give it a try.

 

Cover: Weird

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 3.5

Overall: Slightly slow

Characters: OK

Plot: Weird

Page Turner: Not really

Series Cont.?: Yes

Recommend: Sure

Book Boyfriend: Prince Kai

 

My review for Cinder:

I give 3.5 stars. I have read many dystopian society books that some outshine others. This dystopian is written well and unique, but the style of story isn’t my cup of tea. I really like how Marissa Meyer used the classic story Cinderella and made the story her own. The story is a futuristic Beijing, China, called New Beijing and is about 126 years after World War IV. The main character’s name is Linh Cinder or simply Cinder, and she’s a 16 year old cyborg. What are cyborgs? Well they’re human, but have robotic parts. Cinder became a cyborg after an accident that killed her parents and really injured her. So she’s adopted by this man who dies before the book actually takes place. Her stepmother/guardian hates Cinder because she’s a cyborg. Cyborgs are hated in society, but Cinder has a gift as a mechanic probably because of being cyborg. There’s a plague going around called letumosis that was carried by Lunars, who are also hated and live on the moon. Cinder’s stepmother makes Cinder go to a lab to get tested because one of Cinder’s sister is sick with letumosis and a lab requests for cyborgs. Cinder isn’t getting sick like many others, which is another reason why she’s forced to go to the lab so that a cure could be found. Why isn’t she getting sick? Is it because she’s cyborg or something else? Prince Kai is also trying his best with what letumosis is doing with everyone. He also has to deal with the Lunar queen, Queen Levana, who wants to take over the world and will pounce on any opportunity. She also wants all Lunars on Earth to be killed. Why would she want her own kind dead? How will Prince Kai deal with this situation?

For the Goodreads’ page, go to:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11235712-cinder

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Review: The King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby

So I wasn’t able to get the book I wanted to read from my school library so I picked The King’s Rose up.

Cover: Pretty

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 3

Overall: Annoying

Characters: OK

Plot: Sad

Page Turner:  Not really

Series Cont: No

Recommend: No

Book Boyfriend: Thomas

My review for The King’s Rose:

I give The King’s Rose 3 stars. It was a little difficult to get into. At first, I didn’t realize this book was almost a biography, but it’s not quite because some details are made up. We all know who Henry VIII. He wasn’t a very nice king toward his wives by executing or banishing half of them. Henry is really old and is soon to die, but he needs an heir specifically a son to take the throne once he’s gone. Catherine Howard was Henry VIII’s 5th wife(!) and she was known as the king’s rose. Catherine Howard was about 15 years old when she got married. She has the weight that Henry’s past 4 wives haven’t fulfilled. For Catherine’s, it’s a matter of life or death! Unfortunately, Catherine wants to be loved by a real husband and not a power hungry and scared king. Catherine finds that the only way to be safe is through the King’s love, which she might lose if she doesn’t seducing him. Will Catherine give Henry VIII a son? Who can she trust? How far will she go in order to keep herself safe from the king’s wrath?

For the Goodreads’ page, go to:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3544982-the-king-s-rose

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My Opinion: Movie Posters as Book Covers

     So I find it a huge pet peeve of mine that whenever I go to the bookstore or the library and I find that there’s a book I want to buy or borrow, but the movie poster is the book cover. It drives me bonkers that book companies sell books with the movie posters. Once a movie is released or on the verge of release, every single one of the books in the bookstore have the movie poster. Would you rather see some of the actors on the cover or the scenery that was originally on it? I know that I would choose the scenery. A primary example would be The Last Song.

 

Which one would make you want to read it more? I’m more likely to read a book with a nice scenery and be surprised by how it’s incorporated than a sappy picture from the movie. I’m less likely to pick up a sappy version of the book.

 

What are you thoughts? You’re welcome to post your opinions in the comment box below!

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Review: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies #3) by Pittacus Lore

I had this book on hold for 3 or 4 months before I was able to get my hands on it.

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ I AM NUMBER FOUR OR THE POWER OF SIX, DO NOT READ THE RISE OF NINE! THERE ARE SOME SPOILERS TOWARD THE END OF THE POWER OF SIX IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS REVIEW.

For the I am Number Four review, go to:

I am Number Four review

For The Power of Six review, go to:

The Power of Six review

Cover: Weird

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Ok

Characters: Epic

Plot: Interesting

Page Turner: Kind of

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Sure

Book Boyfriend: None

My Review for The Rise of Nine:

I give The Rise of Nine 4 stars. The story picks up right where The Power of Six leaves off. Four and Sam split off from Six toward the end of the book to get Four’s chest that the Mogadorians took, while Six went out to Spain to go find Marina/Seven. Four and Sam got captured by the Mogadorians, but Four manages to get out and in the process helps another Loric child and didn’t know he was in there. He saved Number Nine and they both manage to escape the Mogadorians with their chests. Unfortuantely, Sam is still stuck in the Mogadorian cave and it’s too dangerous to go back in there just yet. Four also believes that he is the new Pittacus Lore, but Nine doesn’t believe him because it could be any Loric child. Will they get Sam out? Is Four or another Loric Pittacus Lore? While Four finds Nine, Six makes a surprising discovery while finding Seven. There is a 10th Loric child, and not 9. The 10th Loric child is slightly younger than the others, but her name is Elle and she has a power of age shifting. Elle was on the second ship that John dreamed about. So Six, Seven, Elle, and Elle’s Cepan go find another possible Loric child who is in the mountains pretending to be a culture’s God. Will they find him or her? Will all the Loric children find each other? Will they learn new abilities?

The Rise of Nine is in 3 points of view (instead of 2 POVs in The Power of Six and 1 POV in I am Number Four). All POVs are equally give their input. You get Four, Seven, and Six’s POVs in The Rise of Nine.

For the Goodreads’ page, go to:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12971616-the-rise-of-nine

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Review: The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore

I read this earlier in the school year.

IF YOU HAVEN’T READ I AM NUMBER FOR YET, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW!

For the I am Number Four review, go to:
I am Number Four review

Cover: Weird

Rating: PG

Thumbs Up: 4

Overall: Ok

Characters: Epic

Plot: Interesting

Page Turner: Kind of

Series Cont: Yes

Recommend: Sure

Book Boyfriend: None

My review for Power of Six:
I give the Power of Six 4 stars. The story picks up right after Four, Sam, Bernie Kosar, and Six escape from a really life threatening battle of Mogadorians. Four doesn’t have his Cepan, Henri, anymore so he is on his own with the others on the run. Four and Six have to learn their new abilities with each other. Four has these dreams, too, of a second ship coming from Lorien to Earth, but he isn’t sure if he is being wishful. Four wants to visit Sarah, but he’s not sure if she’ll turn him in. Will Four and Six learn their abillities on their own and survive? What does these dreams Four has really mean? Will Sarah turn Four in? Then there’s Marina in Spain. She’s number Seven and lives in a nunnery as a safe haven from Mogadorians. She wants to learn more about her ability, but her Cepan tries to prevent her. Marina/Seven tries to look up information on the computer about the other Lorien children and she’s pretty sure she found John Smith to be one of her, but he isn’t in Ohio anymore. Will she find Four and Six? Will she be able to get out of the nunnery and learn more about her ability?

This book is read in 2 different points of view: Marina/Seven and John/Four. It makes the book going by showing what happens in different continents.

For the Goodreads’ page, go to:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8659601-the-power-of-six

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