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The Disney Book Tag

disney-book-tag1I was tagged for this from Michelle over at Michelle, Books and Movies Addict. Thanks for the tag, I am a Disney lover and this was fun to do; though it did take some thinking.

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1. Little Mermaid: A character who out of their element, a “fish out of water.”

This was a difficult one to come up with. I ended up choosing Jonas from The Giver by Lois Lowry. Jonas has always lived a life that was very much about being the same as everyone else and never going out of that box. Then he becomes the Receiver of Memory and his whole world is flipped on its head. He goes from being a very comfortable fish in a large school to being a fish flopping around on the shore, trying to figure out some way to survive.
2Cinderella: A character that goes through a major transformation.

This was difficult because there are so many character I love that change in a number of A1bCf-Xhe4Lways. I chose Wade from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Wade started off the book as a kid who was just existing, he finds the first key and his world gains purpose. He learns the importance of reality, love, friendships and standing for what you believe in.

 

51gBHSuI1jL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_3. Snow White: A book with an eclectic cast of characters

This one was easy to come up with. I just finished The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, one of my all time favorite books. This cast of characters is wide ranging and includes a literal “watch dog,” a curious child with too much time on his hands, a cranky Humbug, and princesses who are Rhyme and Reason. There are so many different characters, all playing an important role and bringing fun and intriguing elements to the story. The cast is what makes this book so much fun to read

 

4. Sleeping Beauty- A book that put you to sleep

I have never been a fan of what are considered classic novels, many of them put me to sleep. But the one I have never been able to get passed chapter 3 or 4 is Little Women by Louise May Alcott. I have tried so many times to read this and have never succeeded, I just cannot relate to any part of the story and I get bored very quick every time.

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5. The Lion King: A character who had something traumatic happen
them in childhood.

details_GraveyardMy first instinct here was to go with Harry Potter, but I am using that for two other ones so I chose The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimen instead. Bod’s life starts off with the murder of his parents and sister, which he barely escapes. He then finds his way to a Graveyard where he learns a number of lessons from the inhabitants. He can’t really remember his traumatic beginnings but it leads him to a place where he can learn how to see the world a bit differently, something that is always necessary.

Beauty_and_Beast6. Beauty and the Beast: A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by; but found the story to be beautiful.

This one was the most difficult to come up with because big books are my favorite. The more pages the better. I am not intimidated by the size of a book. So I chose the Game of Thrones series by GRRM  for this one. Mostly because I did not quite know what I was getting into when reading it. I didn’t know what to expect and after reading five of the books I still have no idea what to expect. I am eager for the series to finish (if it ever does) and would not care if they were thousands of pages long, as long as I get an end, I will be happy.

7. Aladdin: A character who gets their wish granted for better or for worseHorns_cover

I chose Ig Perrish from Horns by Joe Hill for this one. He wanted to find out what happened to his girlfriend and clear his name. He got his wish, but also found the darker side of himself as well.

 

8. Mulan: A character who pretends to be someone or 1581572842_060ff50eb5something they are not.

This one was difficult, I ended up choosing a Harry Potter character, though I am going to use the series again. Peter Pettigrew spend almost three books pretending to be a rat. But most importantly he pretends to be a tough person, while in reality he is a sniveling mess who is weak and stays around those who can save him. He pretends to care but in reality he is all about protecting himself.

9. Toy Story: A book with characters you wish would come to life

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Look, Harry Potter again! I would love for all those characters to come to life and be able to hang out with them. They are so interesting and different that I don’t think you could ever get bored spending time with any of them.

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10. Disney Descendants: Your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

This was a tie for me. I have written extensive posts on both of these characters so I will keep it short here. I chose Jamie from Game of Thrones and Seichan from The Sigma Force series by James Rollins. They both have made some poor decisions in their lives but they begin to change when they meet new people in their stories. Watching them step away from being that “villain,” and become something in the middle is one of my favorite storylines to read.

 Time to tag! As always if you have no interest in this or have done it already, feel free to opt out.

  1. Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over
  2. BrittneySahin at Brittneysahin

Horns- Joe Hill- Review (Spoilers)

Horns_coverThis is another book I picked up because I saw that it was becoming a movie. As I have stated in previous reviews I like to read the books before seeing the movies. I want to see where the original story came from then see how they compare. I did not have a clear idea of what the movie was actually about. I thought it was more a love story. The main idea being having to accept and love someone despite the demon they may have in their soul.

What the book was really about was accepting the darker side of oneself and trying to determine what good can be done with that darkness. A reader learns that avenging a loved one can bring out the darkest sides of someone and sometimes that is necessary. I enjoyed the book so much because I was left questioning my idea of good and evil and what it means to live out a life defined by one or the other. And as I have stated previously as book that makes me question anything is always a book I enjoy.

Ig Perrish wakes up one morning with zero memory of the previous night. He also has a pair of horns growing out of the top of his head. He has no idea where they came from or what they mean. Almost immediately he learns what they do though. The horns compel people to express their darkest desires or confess their worst deeds to Ig. Unless they are in possession of a cross they can’t help telling him the worst sides of themselves.

Naturally at first Ig is confused, lost and upset. This is all made worse by the fact that the horns showed up a day after the anniversary of the murder of his girlfriend Merrin. He quickly realizes that he all those he leaned on and trusted are against him. They all harbor ill feelings or negative opinions that tear Ig apart. He is left alone and desperate to figure out what is going on with his life.
Ig does find a new mission for his life. Under the influence of the horns his brother tells him who killed Merrin, their old friend Lee. Ig instantly decides that he has to kill Lee to avenge the love his life. He becomes consumed with this mission and this mission only. He can’t rest knowing the man is walking around free.

I thought we were going to see Ig striving not to sink under the horn’s influence. I thought it was going to be a story about a man fighting not to kill and not lose himself to the darkness. What we got was a story about Ig learning that darkness and good are part of each other. They are meaningless concepts without each other. You can’t have pure evil without pure good because without one the other is just a word or idea with no reference point. Ig fights to find a balance between his good and evil side.

Ig is human and is not perfect. At first he doesn’t know how to control his urges. He pushes his grandmother down a hill when she confesses she wished she was dead and not dealing with him. He lashes out like many of us have. We all have had that moment when we hit someone with words or fists in anger. We all have a moment where we go too far. Ig realizes that he can’t let himself go around punishing everyone who confesses to him, despite the rush he gets from those actions. He decides to focus his energy on killing Lee instead.

We see his growth when he goes after his own brother. He believes his brother had to have something to do with Merrin’s death. He then sees that his brother had no control over the situation. He was present but not responsible. He wanted to confess was his hands were tied. He can barely live with his actions and decisions.
The easy thing, the devil thing, would have been for Ig to kill him or punish his brother no matter what. He could have stabbed him or tortured him just because he had the information for so long. Instead Ig tries to send him away and to his own life again. He does not want him to suffer anymore. This is the moment when we see Ig taking a step back and realizing that there is a line he has to walk no matter what is poking out of the top of his head.

Even when he is at peak devil he still thinks about others. His ex-girlfriend Glenna comes looking for him. He could hurt her. He could punish her for cheating on him or the number of other negative things she has done in her life. He could do a lot of things but he instead tells her she deserves more and sends her away. He tries to give her a better life. He wants her to get what she deserves in life.

Ig Perrish wakes up with horns believing his turning into the devil. What he learns, as well as what the readers learns, is that the line between being good and being evil is a very hazy line. They are two concepts that are woven together and trying to separate them into two completely separate concepts is nearly impossible. We all have angels and devils inside of us. We just have to determine when to let which side out and how to make them work together instead of against one another.

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