Hamilton -The Revolution – Lin-Manual Miranda and Jermey McCarter

26200563.jpgI am not going to review this like one of my usual reviews. I am just going to do a quick take on what I thought about it and how it helped enhance the musical. (And also made me want to see it again!)

I had no idea this book existed until my brother’s boyfriend bought it for him for his birthday. He bought it before we saw the musical and as soon as the curtain fell, I knew I had to read this. I adored the play, thought it was enthralling, new and a pure work of genius.

This book goes into how the whole thing came about and the process that was taken to create this work of art. I loved how the book dove into certain sections which then related back to a song or a handful of songs. This way of tying it all together was perfect. You felt like you were there in the process.

I have a new appreciation for some of the songs, an appreciation I didn’t have before. I now understand the thought process and time that went into each song; the lyrics, the composition and the drafting process. It amazed me how many drafts there were, how it was constantly changing up until the last minute.

I also really liked how it reflected on the history of hip-hop and how the musical has opened up a new avenue for this type of music on broadway. I am not the biggest fan of hip-hop but the way these songs tell the story and connect you to the story are fantastic. Reading about the influences and how Lin-Manual Miranda used his favorites to help build this work, was great.

I also really enjoyed the way this reflected on the life of not only Hamilton but Burr. When I saw the production I came away realizing this was not just a story about Hamilton’s life but about everyone who touched his life. This book shed even more light on Burr and his tragic story. I do not see him as a villain, just a lost man.

The notes next to the songs were great. I read through the songs I have nearly memorized and learned so much about how they were created. While I am didn’t follow all the musical talk, I still understood the impact of certain elements.

Lin’s commentary was also witty and fun. You can feel his personality shine through. I loved the jokes and there were even a few Harry Potter references which were great.

All in all this book gave me an even greater appreciation for this musical. I knew it was a tough thing to write. I knew he took years to complete it but this showed just how much time, effort and thought went into this project. It just shows that sometimes things take years to complete but if you work at it and work hard, in the end it will all be worth it.

The ABC Book Challenge (A)

I saw this challenge over on A Book. A Thought. I liked the idea of going through my shelves and thinking about some of the books that stick out in my mind. I also like the idea of going through my TBR and looking at books from this angle.

I will periodically update this, not weekly, but once in a while. I like being able to add this ongoing posts in-between reviews. I like the idea of having different things to break up what I post.

For A I chose books that began with a word that started with A, not just A itself. I saw a few I loved that started as “A…” but I am going to use those for when the letter of the main word comes up.

(I will link to the review if I have done a review for the mentioned book )

                  Memorable Titles That Start With “A”

At the Edge of the Universe – Shaun David Hutchinson – I have sung Hutchinson’s praises so many times before. This one is my second favorite of his books. It is a unique look at what happens when you realize you are not the center of the universe and start living with the outside world.

Ash and Quill – Rachel Caine – The third book in the Great Library series. I love this series and the way it explores what happens when knowledge is controlled by a select few.

Alice Takes Back Wonderland – David D. Hammons – A reimagining of Alice and Wonderland. It was fun and full of imagination. It does justice to the source material while taking you on an even more fantastic journey.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz – A poignant coming of age story. I was swept away and cannot wait or the sequel!

Books starting with “A” on my TBR

(I am not going to go into detail about the ones on my TBR list. I will be doing that in my “Down my TBR Hole” posts)


Have you read any of these books? Which are your favorite books that start with “A”?

Down the TBR Hole #9

It has been about a month since I’ve done one of these posts so I decided to jump back into my TBR shelf and see what can come off. This is a handy thing to do since I have a tendency to continuously add to this list, so taking off some is not a bad thing!

This was originally created by Lost in a Story and seems like a good way to go through some of my TBR on Goodreads and see what is there and what I can get rid of or push me to start reading. 
Links will be  on the titles for the books Goodreads page. (I am going to do ten for this round of this tag).

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next time!

Current TBR: 252


The Children’s Home – Charles Lambert
The summary tells me very little. It also barely has 2 stars on Goodreads which is a bit disconcerting. I don’t find myself wanting to run out and get this one, so it’ll go for now.
Decision: Remove

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster (Book #1) – Sarah Noffke
I like the idea of someone realizing that having too much power has corrupted them. I am curious how this one explores the idea of someone understanding they are a monster and fixing that side of them.
Decision: Keep

Soul’s Asylum: The Parasite Lives – Derek E. Pearson
Holy crap there are at least 4 plot lines in the summary alone. Aliens, telepaths, an epidemic and a murder mystery. I am already too overwhelmed.
Decision: Remove

How to Suppress Women’s Writing – Joanna Russ
Exploring the the barriers that are in place for women and minorities in the art world? I am all for that.
Decision: Keep 

Envious – Katie Keller-Nieman
Sound alright but nothing new or exciting.
Decision: Remove 


Riders (Riders #1) – Veronica Rossi
Someone dies and becomes one of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Yes, please!
Decision: Keep

Figment (Insanity #2) – Cameron Jace
Why do I have the second in a series on my list without the first? I mean I like the idea of Alice in our world but I’m gonna have to read the first book then decide if I go onto the second.
Decision: Remove

Time on Her Hands (The Lineage 3) – Melissa Jarvis
Again somehow ended up adding the third book in a series. I have to stop doing that!
Decision: Remove

The Rook (The Checquy Files #1) – Daniel O’Malley
A mystery with a number of elements, sounds interesting.
Decision: Keep

Breeder (Arrow’s Flight #1) – Casey Hays
Not sure I like the idea of someone being forced to breed and then fighting that, especially since the summary sounds like there is a lot of harsh punishments involved.
Decision: Remove

Kept: 4
Removed: 6
Current TBR – 243 (Again found a few books that I have read and thought were on my “Read” list but somehow weren’t. This is a good exercise for finding the glitches on the shelf too)

Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on what I decided to keep versus get rid of?

The Great American Read List

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So I caught the PBS opening special about The Great American Read. The idea is to do a few themed episodes showcasing the 100 top voted books in the country. They chose the books through a voting system and now they are looking to narrow it down to the top book in America.

I found it interesting that I didn’t know a handful of these books. I also have only read a handful as well. I thought it would be interesting to think about the books I think should win.

I love this idea, having people go through a list and vote on the book that speaks most to them. Books change our lives in so many different ways. They can wake you up, they can break your heart and help you find a new way to grow. They can be the thing that changes your way of thinking. Books open so many paths.

After going through this list I have an idea of the top three books I think should win this. The first being Harry Potter of course. I have gone on and one about my love and adoration for this series. I have done numerous posts about the way this series has shaped my life. I would love to see this series win.

Second I would chose The Giver. This book is my second favorite book of all time. It is unique and fascinating. A world where there is no pain, no emotion, no memories. Watching the main character wake up, watching the world around him become something more is fascinating. It is short but it is powerful. For a world that is forgetting what it means to be human this is an important book.

Last I would pick The Outsiders. I remember this being one of those books that just hit me square in the chest when I read it. It was one of the first books where I saw male friends becoming family. You saw the emotional side of these friends and these guys, something you rarely see. I loved the intense emotion of this book.

On another note there are two books on this list I think should not have even made it on here. The first being Fifty Shades of Grey. I read the series, more out of curiosity than anything. While I didn’t hate it, it definitely does not deserve to be considered a “great read.” It has zero substance and perpetuates a lot of negative things.

Second I do not see why Twilight is on here. I read that series, I loved it at one time. It is a fun read. It is perfect to escape into and help boost the YA genre. But it doesn’t hold any real substance or life changing aspect to it.

I thought it would be interesting and fun to talk about these books. Out of the list which have you read? Which do you think deserve to win this race? (I have starred the books I have read).

I am going to leave the link to their website if you want to learn more or vote.

The Great American Read Book List:

* 1984 George Orwell

A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving

A Separate Peace John Knowles

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

* The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

The Alchemist Paulo Coelho

Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*And Then There Were None Agatha Christie

* Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery

Another Country James Baldwin

Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand

* Beloved Toni Morrison

Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya

* The Book Thief Markus Zusak

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz

* The Call of the Wild Jack London

* Catch-22 Joseph Heller

*The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger

* Charlotte’s Web E.B. White

*The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis

The Clan of the Cave Bear Jean M. Auel

The Coldest Winter Ever Sister Souljah

The Color Purple Alice Walker

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas6

Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon

*The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

Doña Bárbára Rómulo Gallegos

Dune Frank Herbert

*Fifty Shades of Grey (series) E.L. James

Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews

Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov

*Frankenstein Mary Shelley

*A Game of Thrones (series) George R.R. Martin

Ghost Jason Reynolds

Gilead Marilynne Robinson

*The Giver Lois Lowry

The Godfather Mario Puzo

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

*Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell

 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

*The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift

*The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

* Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling

*Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen

*Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

*The Help Kathryn Stockett

*The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

*The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins

The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy

The Intuitionist Colson Whitehead

*Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan

Jurassic Park Michael Crichton

Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Lonesome Dove Larry McMurtry

Looking for Alaska John Green

*The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

The Martian Andy Weir

Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden

Mind Invaders Dave Hunt

Moby-Dick Herman Melville

The Notebook Nicholas Sparks

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon

*The Outsiders S.E. Hinton

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde

The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan

The Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett

*Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

*Ready Player One Ernest Cline

Rebecca Daphne du Maurier

*The Shack William P. Young

Siddhartha Hermann Hesse

The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut

*The Stand Stephen King

The Sun Also Rises Ernest Hemingway

Swan Song Robert R. McCammon

Tales of the City (series) Armistead Maupin

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

This Present Darkness Frank E. Peretti

*To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

*The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer

War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

Watchers Dean Koontz

The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

* Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls

*White Teeth Zadie Smith

Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

 

 

Circe – Madeline Miller- Review

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How much do you know about Circe? Only remember her as the one who turned men into pigs? Ever wondered what her backstory was? Circe was disgraced, cast out and forced to find a way to stand on her own two feet. She went from wishing anyone would see her, to hiding from the world to finding her place in the moral and immortal world.

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4

I have stated in past reviews and posts that I adore mythology. Something about these past stories still speaking to us today pulls me in. I love learning about how ancient people tried to make sense of the world we live in. Take that love and give me a new way of seeing a character I have read about before and you have my undivided attention.

I know of Circe as the woman who turned men into pigs and that was all I knew about her. So when I saw this book popping up on blog after blog I had to give it a try and I adored it. I thought the way this book breathed new life into a character I knew next to nothing about and really didn’t care about, was fantastic.

I loved the progression of Circe’s character throughout the story. She starts off as someone who is left out. She is the unwanted child of Helios. She is not special, she is missing something. She does not stand out and no one sees her.

I thought it was really interesting how she fought to be seen when she was younger. She goes so far as to trying to get herself punished. She thinks if she does something everyone hates at least someone will know her. Someone will notice her. I found it really interesting how this is the place where she started.

Throughout the book we learn how she was able to find a way to be true to herself. She didn’t need anyone to see her because she saw herself. She found purpose in her own life, in her own talents and destiny. She found her feet and she stood proudly tall. Her evolution was inspiring and great to read.

The writing of this book was lyrical. I fell into the words and they kept me captured throughout the story. The comparisons made were unique. I felt like I have never read a book quite like this one before. I never found myself feeling like I have heard the metaphors or similes used before. It swept me onward and through the the story and I wanted to read it not only for the story but for the way the words sounded in my head.

I also found it really interesting how Odysseus was portrayed in this story. I know him as this larger than life hero. He stands high and he is noble. He does everything he can to get home and take care of his wife and son. I saw him as this perfect man and this book gives us a different angle of this man who we thought we knew.

I liked that this story made Odysseus more human. He is flawed and we see that shine bright in this story. He is a man who will fight for what he wants and he kills whenever necessary. We see that darker side of him in this book, we see that he is not perfect. Through his story we get a look at PTSD in a character as well. The fact that this was explored without really naming it was interesting.

I also really enjoyed how this book explored bigger ideas that connect to us today. A good book can remark on our world without having to be outright blatant about it. You don’t have to give a lecture on rape culture to get your message across. Miller does a great job at commenting on real life events in a non-heavy handed way.

What I was just okay with

My only issue with this book was how it ended. I loved the progression of Circe but I thought we were cheapened by the end. It felt a bit rushed. I wanted to see the way Circe took that last step into becoming who she was meant to be. Everything led up to that point and then it happened in a matter of pages.

We really only get a summary of the last part of her life. I wanted more. I wanted to feel that final connection her and how she ended up.

What I Wished was Different_
There was nothing that threw me out of this story. I enjoyed the character development, the plot lines and the writing.

I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. I was enthralled the whole way through and am eager to read her other book, The Song of Achilles.

Quotes:
“Beneath the smooth, familiar face of things is another that waits to tear the world in two.” (pg. 16)

“Sons were not punished.” (pg. 182)

“Humbling women seems to me a chief pastime of poets. As if there can be no story unless we crawl and weep. ” (pg. 206)

 

Enter the Enchanted – Everworld – K.A. Applegate – Review

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April, Jalil, David and Christopher are trapped in a world that shouldn’t exist. Myths are supposed to stay on the page. Merlin shouldn’t be fighting dragons. Galahad is in storybooks. Not in Everworld, in Everworld all their wildest myths and stories are living and breathing. Question is can our group stay that way as well?

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
This book ventures into Merlin and King Author myth territory. I really like the idea of the Arthur myths. I think they intrigue me because they are myths that have a touch of reality to them. No one knows for sure if they are true or not. We know that Zesus was a myth and that Loki never played tricks on people. But the Arthurian legends could be based on real people.

I liked in this story though that Arthur is not our main focus. Galahad is our focus in this one, which is interesting. We get to see a different character than people generally see in similar retellings. Merlin is prominent but not in a connection to Arthur. I liked that aspect.

I am enjoying the way the group is able to go back to the real world and make sense of what they are encountering. In this book Galahad and Gawain had similar memories of looking for the Holy Grail. Neither knew why, they just accepted it. They find out it is because our stories have them both in that role. I liked that we see this connection to the myth characters. They are influenced by their connections to our modern world.

I do enjoy the fact that we don’t just focus on typical mythologies in this series. While Loki and Zeus do play a part we also see people like Galahad and I know later elves. The lesser myths got carried along in the wake of the larger myths which is interesting. We are given a broader world and a more full world this way. It is all our stories connecting into one world.

I know that we are going to be getting Jalil’s POV next and eventually Senna’s. I am really interested in both of their stories. I remember that April, David and Christopher’s were pretty simple and predictable but the other two are a bit more of wild cards. I am really interested to see how they play into the larger picture.

What I was just okay with
This book was told from April’s POV and I had a bit of an issue with her. She is someone who is all talk but little action. She talks about wanting to not be the damsel that gets saved but then can’t take care of herself. She needs saving all the time.

She is hard to understand because she is constantly wanting Galahad to save her but she also sees that as annoying as well. She knows she needs to stand up for herself more but also realizes that isn’t easiest for her. I like how self-aware she is but I also want to see her use that self-awareness to actually start making a change for herself.

What I Wished was Different_
I like these stories. I love the plot and the characters are great. I am having more and more of an issue with the writing itself though. Not only is is choppy it is very repetitive. The same words or phrases are used over and over again. Sometimes right after one another. I know this adds emphasis but it does get tiresome.

Also I think this series may be where I got the habit of using synonyms  too much. I found that when I write I tend to write something like “It was a beautiful, gorgeous day outside.” There is no need for both of those words, they tell the same thing. I see that happen a lot in this book. I know this book stuck with me when I was a teenager and I think that idea or habit in writing crept into my style a bit.
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads. I am enjoying the series still. I am just curious to see April grow a bit more and have to not focus on some aspects of the writing too much.

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“He was a legend….We didn’t know him, but we knew what he represented. He was good standing up against evil. He was the strong man defending the weak. He was brave when the odds were against him.” (pg. 161)

Obisido – The Illuminae Files #3 – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review

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There is one fight left. The group comes together to get their home back. They take what they have learned and work together to take out the Bitech goons who have destroyed their lives. Will they all make it out in the end? Or are some sacrifices needed to save all those they hold dear.

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
This ending was action packed. It was paced perfectly for the end of a series. It starts off running and never slows down. The stake were well set up in the first two books and now we are ready to see how this all plays out. I felt like anything could have happened throughout the whole fight.

I also liked that there was tension between the adults and the teenagers when it came to leadership. Too often in YA books kids take control and no one questions it. People just shrug and say sure, because they were able to fight through one moment. In reality that makes no sense, trained adults are going to know more than teenagers no matter what they fought through.

This whole scenario played out in a realistic way. I liked that in the end they do end up working together. You felt like both sides were heard. Tragedy occurred but the emotions that sparked the mutiny made sense. I liked that you saw this infighting mixed in with them trying to determine how to get Kerenza back.

I found Rhys interesting. He was this kid who fell into this chaos. He was up in a honored spot, watching everything take place but never understanding. Then he is on the front lines and forced to figure out what he is doing. He is forced to see the realities of what has been told to him by his superiors. The grey lines that his story showed were interesting. You wonder who is the bad person and how is just trying to stay alive and keep their job.

I thought the growth of Nik, Hannah, Kady and Ezra was done well. You saw their growth from their previous stories. The way they changed and had to deal with the result of their adventures was realistic and good to see.

I want a story all about Aiden. I think Aiden as the most fascinating aspect of this book. Aiden is an AI that is alive, that can feel and that can love. It was fascinating to see him come into a realization that he loved Kady. I want to know more about how he was created and if there is potential for him to have a future.

What I was just okay with
While the ending was well paced I thought it didn’t have the impact that the ending of Gemina had. Gemina was a gut punch surprise, while Obsidio ended as you thought it would end. I saw a fight coming and saw danger for all our players. That is what happened.

I think the ending of this book would have had a bit more impact if the whole Gemina particle and alternate universe storyline was in this book instead. I would have put down the series in awe instead of just feeling somewhat satisfied.

Asha was probably the weakest character for me. I didn’t feel like I connected much with her thought the story. I think we would have benefitted from learning more about her in the previous books. Maybe if we had more time with her I would have felt more connected to her.

What I Wished was Different_
Again this book did the thing where deaths are faked. I mentioned in my last review that I usually don’t mind this tactic, but this became too much. I am fine with it for a minute but it is something to use sparingly. Once, twice if you are creative with it. Beyond that you take out all the tension of the story. If I know they come back, almost every time, why worry about a character at all? I see them die, I shrug knowing they will come back somehow and move on. If you are going to kill a character commit to it, make it have an impact for the reader and the story.

I was excited for the storyline about Ezra’s mother being tied into all of this but that petered out quickly. I felt like that was there for shock value and didn’t do much for the story itself. I would have loved to have a showdown between those two characters. Would have loved for that to be part of the epic finale but instead we got a hint that didn’t flourish like I think it could have.
I gave this one 3 stars on Goodreads. It was fun, it answered the questions that needed to be answered, but it left me wanting more.

 

Copy of What I was just okay with
“Live a life worth dying for.” (pg. 194)

“I have heard it said that evil is imply a point of view. The villain is always the hero in his own story. And he definitions of “wrong” and “right” ever shit on the inconstant tides of human morality.” (pg. 259)

August Wrap Up

I, for some reason, have been thinking that September is coming to an end and not August. I have zero idea of why this is, but I have to keep reminding myself that I have not lost a month. I am very glad that it is August ending and not September, because that makes me feel less rushed.

August was a good month. I ended summer on some very high notes and found time to do a lot of writing. I also went to a writing conference in my city and that was invigorating. I am so excited for the rest of the year. Things are in a good place and even better there are some fantastic books coming out soon that I am super pumped for!

 

 


Books I read:
I am only 3 books away from finishing my Goodreads challenge. Pending any reading disasters I will have that done by the end of next month!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- J.K. Rowling – I love rereading this series. This is so interesting to see where Voldemort came from and get a better understanding of him for the rest of the series.

Search for Senna (Everworld #1) – K.A. Applegate – Loving my reread of this series.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  – The format of this story makes it one of the most interesting things I have read this year.

Land of Loss (Everworld #2) – K.A. Applegate- Series is still holding as fun and fascinating.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- The end of this book made it one of my favorites of the year.

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This was an exciting end to the series. I think the second one outshined this one but it did provide a satisfactory conclusion.

Blog Posts:

I Spy Book Challenge 
Becoming Re-Inspired
Re-Reading Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Search for Senna (Everworld #1) – K.A. Applegate- Review
Down the TBR Hole #8
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review
Land of Loss (Everworld #2) – K.A. Applegate
Three- Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 1)
Three- Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 2)
Three-Day Lyrical Challenge (Day 3) – If this is not linked it will be soon
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Review – If this is not linked it will be soon

Movies I watched:

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To All the Boys I loved Before – I saw so many social media posts about this movie. Some of my favorite authors were singing its praises so I had to watch it. I thought it was quite cute. I don’t know if I was as enthralled as others were but I did think it was a really sweet movie.

Musical I saw:

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Hamilton – I have been waiting all summer to see this. Getting tickets was quite stressful but I managed it. It was well worth the work to get the tickets. It was beyond awesome. It was very different from any other musical I have seen (which is quite a few). It deserves all the praise it gets.

Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- Review

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Kady and Ezra have escaped the clutches of their pursuers but the war is far from over. Hannah and Nik have things to worry about, like upcoming parties and selling drugs. Then their home is invaded and they are forced to join forces to save themselves and all those they care about.

 

 

 

 

 

What I Loved_-4
The second book in a series has a tendency to be the book where little happens. Everything is designed to set up the final battle or climax in the last book. You get character development but usually not too much else. This book did the exact opposite. While it did set up the last book it blew me away with the story.

At first I was hesitant about getting to know two new characters. I wondered what it would be like to have a focus on two characters that I knew nothing about. I thought it would feel like a completely different story and thought it would take away from the story. I was very wrong.

I liked Hannah and Nik so much more than Kady and Ezra. Hannah seems like a spoiled princess but we learn quickly that is hiding a tougher side. Her father trained her to take care of herself and she does not back down easily. I loved how she was able to get on top of the situation. She was not going to let her home be taken down. She fought for her life. She didn’t even let grief cripple her.

Nik is my favorite kind of character. He seems like a low-life criminal but that is only the outside. In fact he is someone who cares with his whole heart. He is stuck in a situation that life gave him. In the end we learn that he is willing to do anything, even kill, to protect those he loves. I adored his character.

I can’t say too much about the plot element that I adored in this because it is a super spoiler but it made this series for me. I was shocked and beyond excited. If you have read any of my other reviews or any posts about my latest novel you may have an idea of what this element is. It was unique, didn’t see it coming and it raised the excitement factor so far.

I had to keep reading the series. I wanted to read something else in between but that end left me needing the next book.

What I was just okay with
There is a little bit of a feel that death is not permenant in this story. People “die,” but aren’t actually dead. I am oaky with this in some part but when it happens repeatedly you begin to lose the emotional element. I start to not feel sad because I know that the person could come back. I think this twist is fine once but not more than that throughout the course of a story.

I hope that in the last book we learn a little more about Bitech and their background. I am having a hard time understanding why they are doing what they are doing. I can’t quite get what their issue is. I would like a little history to have context behind their decisions.

What I Wished was Different_Again there was nothing that threw me out of the story. It was a solid part of the story. It set up new parts well, the new characters were integrated well and I am excited for the end.

I rated this one 5 stars on Goodreads. That plot point is what pushed that last star. I just loved it so much.

Copy of What I was just okay with
“Recent can wait a long time if it has to.” (pg. 217)

“….when u fight a monster, b careful you don’t become the monster.” (pg. 249)

 

Tag- Three-Day Lyrical Challenge – (Day 3)

Again thank you to Alyssa Grace for the tag. I had fun going through all my my favorite songs and deciding  which to use.

The rules are simple:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

I am going to use another musical for this last one. (I have a serious love of musicals). I have not seen Dear Evan Hansen but it is coming to my city next year and I plan on seeing it. I love the music and the story seems sad but important.

For this last one I am choosing “Waving through a Window.” I didn’t pick up on the lyrics when I first listened to the cast recording. Then I watched it on the Tony Awards and realized how much they spoke to me. They way he talks about anxiety, especially the first   verse. That hits home hard for me and I feel understood whenever I hear the song.
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Waving Through a Window
(performed by Ben Platt & Original Broadway Cast of Dear Evan Hansen)
(from “Dear Evan Hansen” soundtrack)

I’ve learned to slam on the brake
Before I even turn the key
Before I make the mistake
Before I lead with the worst of me (this line just hits so hard)

Give them no reason to stare
No slipping up if you slip away
So I got nothing to share
No, I got nothing to say

Step out, step out of the sun
If you keep getting burned
Step out, step out of the sun
Because you’ve learned, because you’ve learned

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
I’m waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
I’m waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me?

We start with stars in our eyes
We start believing that we belong
But every sun doesn’t rise
And no one tells you where you went wrong

Step out, step out of the sun
If you keep getting burned
Step out, step out of the sun
Because you’ve learned, because you’ve learned

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
Waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving?

When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around
Do you ever really crash, or even make a sound?
Did I even make a sound?
Did I even make a sound?
It’s like I never made a sound
Will I ever make a sound?

On the outside, always looking in
Will I ever be more than I’ve always been?
‘Cause I’m tap, tap, tapping on the glass
Waving through a window
I try to speak, but nobody can hear
So I wait around for an answer to appear
While I’m watch, watch, watching people pass
Waving through a window, oh
Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me?

Is anybody waving?
Waving, waving…

Tags:
I am going to tag the following three bloggers (If you don’t want to don’t worry about it!):
Bookisheights, The Book World   and Becky@ Velvet Spade Reads

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