Friday, May 30, 2014

Favorites

Leggings, Dahling, I love leggings.  But I should probably write an introduction before I get into that.  This is going to be a blog post about all my favorites everything from leggings to food.  (thumbs up, with a wink, and a click {like in the movies})

You can learn a lot about a person by finding out what their favorite things are.  What really tells you about a person is why those things are their favorites.

My favorite book (not including the Bible):  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  I like how the author handles the topics of death, drugs, and alcohol.  You can read my review for more on why I like this book.


My favorite series:  A Charmed Life Series by Jenny B. Jones, but it could switch to The Anomaly Series by Krista McGee when the last book is released.  I like A Charmed Life Series, because the book sounded really cliche, but turned out to nothing of the sort.  The author dealt with difficult topics very well, and even when things were hard, the humor kept things light-hearted.  I will write a review on this series eventually.


My favorite current TV show:  Agents of Shield is a very awesome show.  I really like the Avengers and how the show is like super spies. The show keeps me on the edge of my seat.  The cliffhangers at the end keep me coming back for more. And  I am always theorizing the next plot twist through every show.

My favorite classic TV show:  This is a  tie between "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Dukes of Hazzard".  "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Dukes of Hazzard" are my childhood.  I grew up watching them on dvd.



My favorite movie:  God's Not Dead is awesome, because I like how it dealt with other religions, atheism, trusting God, and standing up for your beliefs.  I really like the song "God's Not Dead" from the Newsboys, so bonus.  I really like all the all the actors like David A.R. White, Shane Harper, and Kevin Sorbo.  I also like Duck Dynasty, so it was cool that Willie and Korie Roberston were in the movie.  I cried in the movie, and I don't cry in a lot of movies (actually only in two movies), so that was an accomplishment.

My favorite color:  Green is my favorite color, I tried to change my favorite color, but it didn't work.  The only thing happened is the walls of my room got painted blue.  An old Indian guy told me that green is the color that means you love the outdoors and/or are creative and artistic. And I'd say that's me.

My favorite color that I dyed my hair:  Red is my favorite, because it stayed the longest and looked the best on my natural hair color, and with my skin tone.  I just dip dyed my hair, not my whole head.

My favorite leggings:  My Avengers leggings are my favorite.



My favorite food:  Rigatoni!  This is the meal that we make for holidays with my Dad's side of the family.  It's their recipe.  I like my Mom to make it the best.  Here is a link the the recipe, since you probably want to eat Rigatoni now.

My favorite sweet:  Popsicles are my favorite. Lime Outshine bars and Yasso Vanilla Bean Frozen Greek Yogurt are my top picks.

My favorite season: Autumn is my favorite season, because the weather is getting cooler, and my birthday is during this season.

My favorite board game:  The Game of Life is my board game of choice, because you get to buy a house, you get to have a cute little car, the game is not as competitive as Monopoly, and tragedies can happen.

My favorite genre of music:  Christian, especially Christian Rap.

My favorite author:  A tie between Krista McGee and Jenny B. Jones.

My favorite singer:  Britt Nicole, female, and B. Reith, male.



My favorite band:   1 Girl Nation



My favorite fruit: This is really hard, I love fruit.  A good watermelon, or a banana, would be my choice fruit.

My favorite vegetable:  My favorite vegetable is broccoli, mmm, with cheese.  I also like broccoli just plain.

My favorite animal:  Is an elephant, because I always connected with the elephant as a child.  Elephants are one of the few animals I am not allergic to.  Also, both of our names share three letters.



My favorite candy:  This depends on whether you are asking me about candy that is going to kill me, or candy that is not going to kill me.  My favorite candy that is going to kill me is gummy lifesavers.  My favorite candy that will not kill me is Newman's Own Organic Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cups; they are organic, all natural, with no high fructose corn syrup, or any of that junk.

My favorite holiday:  Is St. Patrick's Day.  I really like St. Patrick's life story, and how he was a really good missionary to Ireland.  Also, GREEN, and Shamrock Shakes (homemade, not from McDonald's, because they will kill you, because high fructose corn syrup is the first ingredient).

My favorite style:
Hippie/Biker/Prep-school Student

My favorite Marvel superhero:  Is Thor

My favorite D.C. Comics superhero:  Is Man of Steel, aka Superman


Friday, May 23, 2014

Book Haul #2

I know I said these weren't going to happen a lot, but:  Ha, ha, ha, in my face!  Good thing I didn't say never, because I don't even want to think about me not having money for seven years (because I would be spending all my money on new books).

Luminary by Krista McGee, this was mentioned in my other book haul, but it wasn't really part of my 1st Book Haul.  You can read my review of Luminary by clicking HERE.


Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace is the first book in the Betsy Series.  I have read the 2nd, 3rd, and part of the 4th one (I was reading #4 last summer, and kind of forgot about it).  Book #2, Betsy, Tacy, and Tib was a gift from my Mom's cousin, Tracy.  They used to trade books when they were growing up, and since I like many of the same books my Mom liked, her cousin sent me the 2nd book in the series.  The series is based on the author's life growing up at the turn of the century (19th/20th century), but they were written in the 1940's and 50's.  The books start out when Betsy is age 5 and end in her 20's.  For a young girl starting out, it would be neat to start reading at age 5 or 6, and get a new book every year, or two years.  For a nice age progression in comparison to the books, you can check out the Betsy-Tacy Society page.


My Dad was bribing me (I like bribes!!!) to get my Mom to go to Walmart for him, so he offered to buy me a book. Does that man know what I love, or what?  So, this is Mom's Night Out by Tricia Goyer, a novel based on the movie "Mom's Night Out".  I saw the movie, and recommend it.  I laughed... A LOT!  I saw the movie with my Mom, the Friday before Mother's Day.  We attended the movie with my Grandparents (Mom's Mom & Dad), and my former AWANA Leader, and her daughters, who are my friends.  Before I got this book, I bought the novel for my Mother for Mother's Day.  I skimmed her book, and then I wanted one for myself.


The book is the first in the Katie Parker Production Series, called In Between by Jenny B. Jones.  This is the only Jenny B. Jones series, that I have not read.  I consider her one of my favorite authors, so I NEED to read all of her books.  Only two more to acquire, unless she writes another before I have completed these.


Interrupted by Rachel Coker is the first book written by the homeschool author.  I reviewed her 2nd book Chasing Jupiter last month.  That was a fun time, a fun crying time (tears, sobbing noises).  Her books are stand alones, which I want to read more of, because series are too much of a commitment, you know, like marriage. (No offense intended for all the married people.  I hope to be in your ranks someday. (Army Salute!))


You may recognize this book from my previous haul, Chasing Jupiter, by Rachel Coker.  Only this is not the same book. Dunt, dunt, dun.  Well, it has the same story inside, but the 1st book was hard cover, and this one is soft cover.  I am either going to do a giveaway here on my blog, or give this book to a friend.


The Merciful Scar by Rebecca St. James & Nancy Rue.  I have read the Sophie Series, and part of the Lily Series by Nancy Rue.  I have listened to songs by Rebecca St. James.  I would say that makes me qualified to read a book written by both of them, wouldn't you?  This book is about a girl with a cutting problem.  I was choosing between this book and a book a about a girl with an eating disorder.  The one with the eating disorder was a series, and you already know about my commitment problem, so the choice was made.



Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston is the 2nd book I've picked up by this author.  I got the other one at the library.  Amy Clipton's titles are so "let's go on a road trip bro."  The other book was Roadside Assistance, I reviewed that book in March.


You may recognize the author, Krista McGee, I consider her one of my favorites.  I have read all of the books she currently has published, except the one you see pictured above, Right Where I Belong.  You can see by the book mark sticking out the top, that I am making fast work of ending that problem.


The Captive Maiden is the second book I purchased by Melanie Dickerson.  The first book was The Fairest Beauty, and you can see that book in my First Book Haul.  This is another Christian re-telling of a Fairy Tale, and this one is based on Cinderella.  I have read both of these books now, but I do not know when I will review them, because now I want to buy the rest of Melanie Dickerson's novels, and I have SO MANY other books I want to read and review.

If you really want to hear about one, or more, of these books, write a comment.  Otherwise, I'll just do whatever I want.  And, if you want me to do a giveaway for Chasing Jupiter, comment!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Theories for the book Revolutionary

These are my theories for Revolutionary by Krista McGee.  Revolutionary is the third and final book in the Anomaly trilogy.  This book is set to be released July 15, 2014.

This post includes spoilers for both Anomaly and Luminary.  If you have not read those yet, and do not want to be spoiled, stop reading now.  Here are links to my reviews of Anomaly and Luiminary.  If you have read these books, continue reading and hear my theories.

1.  Berk and Thalli are brother and sister! (Luke and Leia situation people!)  The reason I think this is because they both have green eyes.  No one else in the book has mentioned that they have green eyes, and their hair is only one color shade difference.

2.  Dr. James Turner (John's son, and only living relative... that we know of) is Berk and/or Thalli's biological father (Darth Vader situation people! Yes, everything has a Stars Wars reference today.).  If this is true, that would make John the Grandfather of Berk and/or Thalli.  How cool would that be?

3. OR Dr. Loudin could be Thalli and/or Berk's biological father... dunt, dunt, dun!!! (Another Darth Vader situation, but really more like Count Dooku.)

4.  Someone will die.  My ideas on who will die:  Dr. Turner, Alex, or Berk.

5.  James Turner and Alex become Christians by Thalli's witness when she is brought back to State (which is also a theory, because we don't know for sure that's where they take her after they drug her again).

6.  Because Alex (the new King) got kidnapped, Athen's will attack New Hope...again! (There's a Star War's reference here, I'm sure).

7. Thalli will end up with Berk (only if he is not her brother), or with Alex, if he does not die (which would be a Han Solo and Leia situation, wink, wink, wink!).

8.  OR Alex will end up with Diana, because they both have no one left in the world (Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala situation).

Friday, May 9, 2014

Luminary Book Review


Luminary is book two in the Anomaly trilogy by Krista McGee.  WARNING: If you have not read ALL of Anomaly, this review contains SPOILERS, SPOILERS, AND MORE SPOILERS for Anomaly.  If you have read Anomaly, feel free to proceed, but proceed with caution, you don't want to get your toes chopped off! (Laughing Hysterically)  This book is MADNESS!  I need Revolutionary NOW!  Krista McGee is really good at writing cliffhangers.  Which could be a good thing, or a bad thing.

Luminary begins right as Anomaly left off. Literally, not a second has passed.  The great thing when I was reading this book, was that not a second had passed when I opened the next book.

John, Thalli, Berk, and Rhen have escaped from the "State".  They are now on the surface of what was the United States, and on their way to searching for cities that survived the Nuclear War.  Berk, as a Scientist trainee, found out that there were some areas that were still livable on the surface after the bombs went off.
We also find out spoiler, spoiler, spoiler, spoiler (I can't tell you that! They're spoiler, spoiler, spoilers!).  Thalli's faith grows throughout her experiences in this book.  She has a lot of moral dilemmas that she deals with well, because of her new-found relationship with the Designer (aka God).

This book reminded me of the Bible, mainly the surviving city of Athens, because of the evil King, and other things I cannot tell you because they are spoilers.  I gave this book 5 out of 5 STARS.  I recommend this book for ages 12 and up.  If you have not read my review of Anomaly, click HERE for a synopsis of the series, my thoughts, and the review of Anomaly.

Now I'm going to tell you things that are SPOILERS for Luminary, so if you have not read Luminary, and you don't want to be spoiled, QUIT READING NOW!

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Okay, so you're sure you want to read this?  Ready?  Spoiler time!  Duh, nuh, nuh, nuh... (evil laugh).

John dies!  Oh, the tears!  Even though I knew this was going to happen.  Not because I was spoiled, but because my favorite character ALWAYS dies, not matter what, except in one book... but we won't discuss that right now.

Love triangle time:  I was starting to think this series was not going to have a love triangle. And I have other theories about that, but that will be in my next week's blog post on Revolutionary  Theories.  Alex, the Prince, the bad boy, the one that is probably not going to win, but he might, because I am not good at this game of love triangles.  Berk, the young Scientist, who has been saving Thalli since they were like eight years old, or before.  Thalli, of course, makes of the last person in the triangle.

We find out that the Scientists in charge of the State were the ones who released the nuclear bombs.  We
also find out there were fifteen Scientists, but five of them left the State.  Can I tell you how many times I yelled "MADNESS" while reading this book?  I cannot even count!

I love this series.  I am dying for Revolutionary to be released.  This one of the best Christian Young Adult Books series that I have read.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Anomoly Book Review


Anomaly by Krista McGee is the story of Thalli, a seventeen year old, living in a Dystopian, or post Apocalyptic World.  She is living in, or rather under, what used to be the United States.  There has been a huge Nuclear War, which made the surface unlivable.  Underneath the ground, the people live in pods, everything is sterile white, emotions are bad, Scientists are the leaders, and children are not born, they are made in test tubes.

There are three pods, Pod A (the oldest), Pod B (the middle-children), and Pod C, which Thalli belongs to (they are the youngest).  After the children are incubated (think Man of Steel movie), they are taken out and given to Monitors who take care of the children.  The Monitors must be switched out every few weeks, so that no one becomes emotionally attached.  

Each person in the society has a job.  Thalli is a musician.  She plays the violin.  And she is an Anomaly, which means she has emotions, although the Scientists are trying to breed people without emotions.  Thalli and a few others are Anomalies, and that means they need to be eliminated.  Also, any baby,or person, with any kind of sickness is eliminated; even if the sickness is just a cold that they will get over in a few days.  Emotions, sickness, and religion are bad (according to the Scientists), they weaken society, and must be eradicated.

This book reminds me of The Maze Runner (by James Dachner), The Hunger Games (by Suzanne Collins), Inheritance (by Christopher Paolini), The Giver (what I've heard about it, but actually haven't read, by Lois Lowry), and Delirium (by Lauren Oliver... which is just on what I've heard about, too... haven't read this one either).  The thing that makes this book stand out from the crowd is the fact that it is Christian, but that's not all.  The characters were believable, and so were the situations; I felt like the things that occurred could happen in the very near future.  I have read other books by this author that didn't have great description (not as much as I like), but this book had great description!  I loved the character John, the part he played in the book as a whole, and in Thalli's life (not the love interest).  The love interest appears to be Berk, but I have others theories about him, which will be revealed in a later blog post.

You can read on the back of the book (or the Goodreads synopsis) that Thalli's emotions reveal her as an Anomaly.  The rest of the book is about how the Scientists deal with her, her journey to discover what life used to be like, and her knowledge of the Designer (aka God).

 I highly recommend you check out this book.  I greatly enjoyed Anomaly by Krista McGee.  I recommend this book for ages 12 and up.  I gave this book 5 Stars.  Anomaly is the first book in this trilogy.  The second book is called Luminary (review coming next week!).  The last book will be Revolutionary, and is set to be released July 15, 2014.