Happy Holidays 2018

Just a quick stop in today to say Happy Holidays 2018! Thanks to all who read my blogs, books, and musings, I appreciate it all. I’m going to spend some time over the next week thinking of everything I want for this blog in 2019, and also setting some personal goals for writing, reading, and world building. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for something new to read, here is a free story for you, just follow this link. 

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I wish you all the happiest of holidays and coziest times of winter (or summer, depending on which hemisphere you live in I suppose!), I’ll see you in 2019!

JEH

What I’m Reading: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Young Adult Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I finally found time this summer to pick up the second book of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I wasn’t sure I would be into Scarlet so much because I loved Cinder and entire first book is told from Cinder’s point of view, and Scarlet changes that up, but I quickly fell in love with Scarlet.

Cinder is loosely based on Cinderella, and Scarlet is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood, but she’s strong and fearless and easy to love. Just as the entire futuristic world of the Lunar Chronicles is easy to love.

I’ve already started reading Cress, who is loosely based on Rapunzel, though I’ve left that book at home while I roam the country on my epic road trip, more on that later.

5/5 Stars

JEH

What I’m Reading: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

Young Adult Book Review: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

I’m going to start out by saying, if you read my review of Carve the Mark then you likely know what I’m going to say about The Fates Divide. There were multiple points where I was confused, where things didn’t seem to make sense. Mainly, in The Fates Divide, it was character description. To me, I felt like people actually changed how they looked in this book. And Yma, she has white hair in The Fates Divide, yet in Carve the Mark I was under the impression that Yma was trying to seduce Ryzek. So yeah, confused.

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That said, what I love about Roth’s writing is her ability to describe what it is to want to belong. Both the Divergent series and Carve the Mark have this same theme: do we chose to belong, or do we belong to who or what we are born? What choice do we have in our own lives, in our destiny? I love that Roth asks this question, and does so in a way that feels natural.

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The Carve the Mark world was vivid, even if I was confused. There was a lack of description of things like space flight—exactly how far apart are these planets? How long does it take to get to one from another? I’m a scientist, this is the kind of information I want to know!

Overall, I would give The Fates Divide 3/5 Stars, mostly because by the end I just really felt like I wanted to be done. Though I will say that the ending was much better than the ending of the Divergent series.

JEH