Saturday, May 30, 2015

Revolutionary Book Review

This is my super late review of Revolutionary, by Krista McGee. Revolutionary is the third book in the Anomaly trilogy. I have reviews for both of the books in this trilogy.  If you have not read any of the books in this trilogy, I highly recommend them.  The first book is Anomaly.  They are a Dystopian, Christian, Romance (the romance is very much in the background).  If you want to know any more than that about them,  read my review of the first book.  And if you have read the first book, then you can read my review of book 2.

If you do not want to be SPOILED on this book, get out of here or be spoiled!!! If you do not mind, then you may keep reading.

I read this book very close to when it came out, but soon after I read it, things were crazy in my life. I did not have much free time to write a review, so I now it is close to a year since have read the book. And I have yet to re-read it, so this is going to be me just going through my "Theories For Revolutionary" post and seeing if I got any thing right. 

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. 

Mmm, no. I got this VERY wrong!!!!!!

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?

So, I did not get this right either....

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.) 

I got this one! I am winning! Wait, this is not a contest.  SO, I can not win, and I only so far have got one right.  So, I am not really winning.  :(

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

I did get some of this right. Half point.

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).
I got all of this right!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!  :) WINNING!

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).

I feel like I got this right, but I can't really remember........:(

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!).

I got it right that Thalli and Berk are together! WINNING MORE!

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

I did not get this right, because one of my other theories came true. CRYING!

So that's it.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren Book Review

Cascade, by Lisa T. Bergren, is the second book (of five) in the River of Time series. If you don't know anything about this series, it is a time travel, romance, set mostly in Medieval Italy.  You can read my reveiw of the first book Waterfall, if this sounds interesting.

Casade starts off right where the first book left off, and that 's all I can tell you if you have not read the first book. But if you have read Waterfall, read on.  Soon we are back in time, this time with Gabi, her Sister, and their Mom.  As in the first book, this is very fast pasted, has a lot of battle, and also romance. There are a lot of plot twists that I did not see coming, and I didn't want to stop reading. I had very mixed feelings on the end.  While I was happy for her family, it was just so easy and very predictable. I need more conflict.

This is set in the time of the Bubonic Plague, also called the Black Death. And just so you know, there are still some cases of the Bubonic Plague in the USA every year, to this day! And I GOT SICK the day after I started reading this book. Being the Hypochondriac that I am, I was all like "I have the Bubonic Plague!!!!"

I had a new favorite character in this book, even though my favorite character did not die in the last book.  I like the new characters that were introduced in this book, except for some of the evil ones.  I want to tell you more about these characters, but spoilers, spoilers, spoilers.  I hate being spoiled about the plot of a book, and I won't spoil my blog readers.

I personally think that this book should not be read my anyone under age 13, there is less violence than the last book, but there are make-out sessions, the Plague, and also, plenty of political intrigue that some younger readers might enjoy, and other might find boring.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren Book Review

Waterfall, by Lisa T. Bergren, is the fist book in the River Of Time series. There are 5 books, plus some novellas.  Gabriella is 17 and spending her summer at yet another dig, this time in Italy.  Her mom is an archaeologist, and so was her Dad, before he died.  I loved the feel of the beginning of this book, to me it was very Indiana Jones-esque. Some things happen (I don't want to give it away) and Gabriella and her sister, Evangelia, time travel to medieval times, and they get separated!

This book is really good at talking about the politics going on in Italy at the time that the girls go to.  I know some about this time period, but this book really made me think about it more.  I really loved Gabriella's devotion to finding/getting back with her sister; it was a lot like how I think I would feel in her situation, and as an older sister.

Now, on to the romance.  I felt that the romance was believable, but I wasn't really rooting for them.  I think that this is because I was VERY spoiled about their relationship. But I do really like them as a book couple.

In this book there were plot twists that I saw coming, and there were some that made me guess if someone was going to live or not!  I was expecting different things in the way of how this book was Christian, but I like how the story is unfolding and laying the pieces out for the next books.  I loved that the characters felt very real, and that Gabriella was not stereotypical to most girls in stories where there is time travel.  I also enjoyed that she did a lot of things that I think I would have done in her place.

I would recommend Waterfall for ages  13 +, because there is a lot of violence, and a bit of kissing, and things like the political aspect that I think anyone younger would not care for.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Haul #4 (this time of the conference variety)

So, I went to a Homeschool Conference.  And I may have spent a lot of money.  More than I budgeted.  But not more than I had in my wallet.  That's why I don't have a credit card.

This was the first book that I did not pick out at the Homeschool Conference.  My Mother picked it out, kindly, for me.  Then, I needed this book in my life.  It's about Amy Carmichael, written by Elisabeth Elliot, two amazing missionary women.

This is the second book I finished reading from this haul.  If you are a un-married girl, you must read this.  No, it's not a self-help book on how to get a man, like I previously thought from the first time I heard this title.  Before You Meet Prince Charming, by Sarah Mally, is one of my new favorite books.

I am currently reading Growing Up Duggar, by Janna, Jill, Jessa and Jinger Duggar.  This book is really good, so far.  I read bad Goodreads reviews before I read books, because this helps me in my life.  That way I can think about opinions while I am reading, and be able to defend good books.  Anyways, on this Goodreads Review, someone thought this was a memoir.  This is not a memoir,  it's more like a self-help book on relationships. 

A Constant Heart, by Siri Mitchell, is a historical fiction novel in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.  There is something to do with romance in the book, because I read about the romance in several Goodreads reviews.

Just Ella, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is a Cinderella retelling that is very non-typical.  I read this book in 2012 from the library.  I've been wanting to own this book ever since.  Now I do.

Palace of Mirrors, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is the sequel to Just Ella.  I found out about the sequel earlier this year.  I borrowed this book from the library, also.  Now I own it.  There is a third book in the series that was just released.

I read the entire Among the Hidden/Shadow Children series in 2012.  I only owned the first book.  The next year, I only owned the first two books.  Two years later, I now own the first four books.  Among the Betrayed is one of the two books I picked up.  I can't tell you anything about the plot of this book, because SPOILERS!  I can tell you what the series is about.  Among the Hidden and the following books are about a dystopian future where people are only allowed to have two children, but some people have more children.  The third, or more children, are called "Shadow Children", because they have to hide in the shadows, or the government kills them.

Among the Barons, by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is the other book in the Shadow Children Series that I found at the awesome used book vendor.  I only got three books that were not from that particular vendor.  I went back to them three times.  That's why I spent all that money.

Ohhhh, Trixie Belden.  I recently found out that these books are, once again, out of print.  I have already read The Mystery off Glen Road, by Julie Campbell.  This is a very good book.  I highly recommend this series.  This particular cover is the newest reprint which was done in the early 2000's.  You can probably still find them at your local library.  The first book is called The Secret of the Mansion.  Being as this series is out of print, I wanted them even more.  I already owned the first four books.

This is book six in the Trixie Belden series, The Mystery in Arizona.  The first six books were written by the same author.  The next books were written by ghost writers.  You can tell the difference between the original six and the next books in the series.  The first six books are the best!  Although, the author must have changed again as the series went on, because the writing gets better after a while.

Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen, was Jane Austen's first published novel.  This book is about Catherine Morland, who loves Gothic romance novels. She gets invited to Northanger Abbey, being influenced by all those novels of intrigue, she starts imagining all kinds of crazy stuff happening.  I think I'm going to like this book.

Christy, by Catherine Marshall, is the same book that the "Christy Award" is named after.  I have enjoyed every "Christy Award" winning book that I have read.  So, I thought I should read the book Christy.  The synopsis sounds pretty cool.

I read the Addie McCormick series a few years ago.  I started this series on the recommendation, and gift, of my amazing pen pal.  She could not get into later books of the series, but I did.  I enjoyed the later books just as well as the first book that she gave me.  Addie McCormick and the Mystery of the Missing Scrapbook, by Leanne Lucas, is book two in the series.  

I love the Donna Parker books that I have found and read previously.  I especially like Donna Parker Special Agent.  I had never seen Donna Parker Mystery at Arawak, by Marcia Martin.  I like mysteries, can you tell?

This book is not a mystery, but Gathering Blue, by Lois Lowry, is a teensy bit mysterious.  This is the second book in The Giver Quartet.  This is the first book I finished out of this haul.  I was disappointed, because I did not like this book as well as The Giver.

So, I got the third Robin Kane book as a gift from my Grandma.  We were looking for Nancy Drew, or Trixie Belden books a few years ago.  We found Robin Kane.  I read the third book, and I loved it. Robin Kane The Mystery of the Phantom, by Eileen Hill, is the second book in series.  I know, I'm reading them out of order.  Chill.  They are hard to find.

The End.