A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle

I know this is kind of way late, but here is the review for book three.

Synopsis

In this companion volume to “A Wrinkle In Time” (Newbery Award winner) and “A Wind In The Door” fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace’s sister, Meg–grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother’s thoughts and emotions by “kything”–goes with him in spirit.But in overcoming the challenges, Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and will, as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.

via Goodreads

Review

As you all know, I am a huge fan of A Wrinkle in Time. Totally excited about the Disney movie coming out in March. But that being said, this books has me with mixed feelings.

As the series is called the Time Quintet, this book does a bit of a time jump. Well not a bit, a huge time jump. We see Meg go from being in high school to having been married and expecting her first child. And Charles in now a teenager. While I’m happy about those outcomes, I would have loved to see more of Calvin and Meg in high school. (Yes, I ship them together.)

As it is, I felt that there could have been more of Meg. But I’m glad CW got an adventure on his own. (See mixed feeling I tell you).

Basically C.W. has to travel back in time, like to the beginning of a certain civilization, in order to change the present. Once he completes a task in that time he jumps forward in time, closer to the present.

All these conflicting emotions are good, it means I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Okay, I am so beyond late with my review for this book. I’ve had a hard time with school and my personal life, on top of not being able to purchase the book. But hey, it looks like things are starting to look up.

As you all know, I love Richelle Mead’s young adult novels and series. They’re amazing! Fairly recently, the cover for the third and final book in the series was released (yes it is as amazing as the cover for this book as well as The Glittering Court In case you are wondering, this isn’t a sequel to Glittering CourtMidnight Jewel recounts what was happening in Mira’s life, from her point of view, at the same time it was happening to Adelaide, i.e. Elizabeth Whitmore.

So here we go

Synopsis

In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.

A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.

via Goodreads

Review

Oh my goodness, I had such a blast reading this novel. Things were kind of crazy to say the least.

Mirabel “Mira”, is absolutely one of my favorite characters. She compares to Rose so much it was great to read. Basically she isn’t one to back down from a fight if she believes in the cause.

Grant and Mira are hilarious, and infuriating. Half the time when those two interacted I was laughing like crazy or was frustrated because those two were being frustrating. As to what their relationship is, that’s for you to discover when you read the novel.

We learn about Mira’s past and her secrets. My friends, her secrets are dark af. We also learn where she was disappearing off to all the time. It was impressive that she didn’t get caught…often. The drama wasn’t as intense as it had been in Glittering Court, but there was some.

The things Mira got involved in were different. I think Richelle’s work is becoming more and more complex, and I am here for it!!!!

Seriously, there’s feminism (although with RIchelle that’s expected), it also briefly covered the LGBT+ community. Let’s not forget espionage, the thievery, etc., etc..

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this novel. I kind of wanted to learn more about Grant or Aiana, but hey the book was about Mira, so I’m okay.  There was a few comedic moments and such and the ending made me so happy. Mira is hilarious and so strong, considering what she’s been through. I highly recommend this novel and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

This novel follows the descendants of four fairy tale villains and one of the Kings of the original fairy tales. Yes, they are the same characters from Disney’s Descendants and Descendants 2.

Synopsis

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that’s been left to rot and forgotten by the world.

But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon’s eye: the key to true darkness and the villains’ only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it…who will it be?

Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.

Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent’s daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon’s eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.

Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen’s daughter, Evie, doesn’t know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she’s a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal’s little tricks.

Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he’s not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon’s eye.

Carlos: Cruella de Vil’s son may not be bravest, but he’s certainly clever. Carlos’s inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon’s eye and ending the banishment for good.

Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon’s eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She’ll just need a little help from her “friends.” In their quest for the dragon’s eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain’t so bad.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, so you guys know about the hype surrounding these books. I mean hello, there’s two Disney movies. And yes they are the same characters, just not in the same light as we see them in the movies.

Honestly, this whole book felt like a prequel to the Descendants movie. It’s as if only just now get to meet them. And gosh do I feel sorry for the V.K.s. But it does explain why they were super close in the movie.

Can we take a moment to appreciate the characters not mentioned or even seen in the movie? There were so many. We even got to see the Forbidden Fortress. Come on Disney!

Ben and his parents are a bit more complicated. We do get to see Ben deal with the intricacies of taking over his father’s job. And we don’t see much interaction. And Ben, his feeling that way makes perfect sense, is this why he makes that declaration???

My main question is: was the movie inspired by the ending of this novel or was the second book a way to elaborate on the ending of the movie? Let me know what you guys think down in the comments section.


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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

I’ve mentioned this series about 50 or 60 posts earlier in Pawn. Now I get to write a post on it! YAY!

Synopsis

Every girl who had taken the test has died.

Now it’s Kate’s turn.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom – and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld – and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy – until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

If she fails…

Review

You guys, I really love Greek Mythology mixed in with fiction. One of those examples is Percy Jackson and the Olympians. But that’s a post for later.

This story is basically something that happens after Persephone decides that she is done being Queen of the Underworld. But the premise for this story is a bit different. It’s set in the present, close to the deadline Hades, i.e. Henry, gave the other gods to find a new queen.

This whole series is focused on Katherine “Kate” Winters. She’s really the only hope Diana, her mother, has to make sure Henry doesn’t fade. This is because she feels guilty about the whole Persephone thing. Kate, in turn, is a little hurt and resentful because she feels like she’s someone’s replacement and not her own person. I get it actually.

Okay there’s a reason it’s called Test. Kate has to do a series of tests, as mentioned in the synopsis. Does it really take six months to do seven tests?  Really? Nope. They literally could have tested Kate in like 2 months realistically. But that wouldn’t have been as entertaining and wouldn’t have allowed for the romance between Kate and Henry.

Speaking of which. Let’s discuss Henry. He’s kind of mysterious and very melancholy. As Kate gets to know more of Henry, we, the readers, do as well. I honestly LOVE Henry! He’s so sweet.

You know who really surprised me though? James and Calliope. Those two are definitely something else. There’s a betrayal and it turns out one of them is the one that’s been killing the other girls. Geez someone lost their marbles. Honestly, I really wasn’t expecting it.

I have a love-hate relationship with the ending. Sure, it ends how you’d expect, but the fact that James kinda takes over her 6 free months, i.e. The Goddess Hunt, makes me a little upset because of the whole betrayal thing I mentioned earlier.

It’s been awhile since I last read this novel. And it’s honestly still one of my favorites. I really, truly, do hope you enjoy this novel.

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Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub

There’s a show based on this novel. I started watching the show before I decided I wanted to read the book. Needless to say, it was a good novel.

Synopsis

Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, I actually loved Romeo and Juliet when I read it my first year of high school, like 20 million years ago (not really). It’s only been about 6 years. I always wondered what happened afterward. I have a compulsion for wanting an epilogue to what happens to the other character.

Onto this novel.

It focused on Rosaline Capulet and Benvolio Montague. And there’s trouble brewing in Verona. And apparently, it has to do a lot with what Romeo and Juliet did. But some  really don’t want peace.

There appears to be a bunch of love triangles, obviously since it’s a drama.

Anyway, if you have seen the show, the book is pretty much the same. Well, kind of. If you haven’t seen the show on ABC or read the novel, go check it out, it’s actually pretty great.

So the differences between the book and the show… as we know, most of the time TV tends to age the characters. They’re in their teens in the novel. That’s actually one of the more common differences in books and book-based shows.

Another is the whole Ghost thing going on with Lord Capulet. Then again, it’s TV and you got to keep things interesting.

But yeah not much that different. I’m honestly not shocked by the ending of the book. It’s a romance, hello. Actually, I didn’t enjoy Prince Escalus being manipulative. That was a crappy move Escalus.

So I totally would go on about the book like I normally do, but it has been a few months since I read it.

Hope you enjoy.

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Shadow Kiss (VA #3) by Richelle Mead

What I love about Richelle’s work is that it’s never what you really expect.

Synopsis

WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…

Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most… but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

-via Goodread

Review

So, it’s almost Rose’s birthday. She and Dimitri kind of understand each other a little bit better. Especially after the events that transpired in Spokane. And while her training must go on, she is still trying to recover emotionally from what happened then. It doesn’t help that she thinks she is seeing things, particularly a person.

Rose throws a tantrum, but really not surprised with all the emotional turmoil she’s experiencing. Adrian is definitely more involved in this novel, but not the way he wants.

Rose and Christian do some bonding, and do some pretty awesome stuff together. Even if they refuse to admit it, they’re very similar. There’s a lot more drama and Rose’s sanity is definitely questioned.

The Royal Brat Pack are back at it with their whole secret society. Idiots. They were the cause for the tragedy that ensued nearer to the end of the book. And it caused Lissa to go dark, which in turn meant Rose went extremely wild. I guess that’s how their bond works. Thank goodness for Dimitri though.

So tragedy strikes because no one remembered the wards after the whole event with Lissa. So now more people are in the hands of Strigoi, what’s a girl to do? Convince her mom and the love of her life that she knows exactly where the Strigoi are and to do a rescue mission.

There’s a lot more. But honestly, my heart just can’t take this ending. It’s worse than the whole Frostbite ending.

Even though Richelle had this twist of events, after everything that happened, I will continue to love and hate this particular book. But it was definitely entertaining and sad.

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

To be honest with you, I only bought this book because of all the hype the show was creating before it was released on Netflix. That being said, the book did not disappoint.

Synopsis

You can’t stop the future.

You can’t rewind the past.

The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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Review

If you have already seen the Netflix Original show, the only differences between the book are: Hannah’s parent’s involvement, the lawsuit, and how long it took Clay to finish the tapes.

If you haven’t, disregard everything I just said. This is a type of novel every young adult or parent should read. Yes it does deal with difficult topics like bullying, suicide and rape, but the main point of the novel is to show us readers that every action does have a consequence. It also shows us that a person can appear to be fine but there are so many things going on in their minds that we can never really know how they’re feeling.

I don’t think the novel fully captured what the people that caused Hannah to feel that way were going through. I’m sure they behaved a certain way because there were other factors.

As a young woman, just a few years out of high school, this novel was particularly difficult because yes there were two rapes that transpired during the novel. That was hard to come to terms with because that happens so frequently yet is under reported for fear of being blamed and even worse shamed for something that isn’t their fault.

Jay Asher created various situations that could occur at any given moment, in any city, in real life. While it is a fiction novel, it is very realistic in these situations. We hear about an accident caused by a drunk driver all the time. We sometimes participate in the ostracizing of a classmate and don’t realize that what we’re doing is wrong.

All this being said, I also don’t think that Hannah placing the blame on those twelve people was by any way okay. She was isolated and had no support. She also had a condition that does affect thousands of people every day: depression. For anyone to say otherwise doesn’t understand it. The counselor and teachers, as much as they try to help, often don’t recognize the signs or are improperly trained to help someone in these situations.

It isn’t really a novel that is easy to get through. It’s very dark and the themes are very adult-like, but I feel that young people, particularly middle schoolers and high schoolers, show read this and have real conversations with their parents about what is going on in their lives.

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