Gilmore Girls- A Day in the Life

Overall Rating-2 out of 5 stars

“Fall” Finale Episode- 5 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary (Will not contain spoilers!)

This four episode series covers the life of Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) eight years after the season finale for the TV shows. If you have not watched Gilmore Girls, then wait to watch this series as it focuses on the main events of their lives that did not unfold during the TV series. Rory’s love life and career and Lorelai’s inn and relationship with Luke are the main events of this series along with a death in the family. Each episode features one season over the course of a year and is approximately 1.5 hours.

Brief Review (Will not contain spoilers!)

The first three episodes, winter, spring, and summer, are extremely depressing. While they grasp at the concepts and quirks of what made Gilmore Girls special, they were empty and shallow. The two main characters were not in character at all rather they were extremely watered down and confusing. We were bored through most of the first 3 episodes. The last episode was phenomenal and saved the entire series. There were numerous twists and beautiful surprises that lacked “cheese” and were accompanied by impressive actors. One thing the directors did right was they brought back almost all of the old characters. They somehow got everyone back to shoot these. Will there be another follow up episode or series?

Extended Review:

Rory and Logan- There whole relationship was totally weird! It was disappointing that Rory did not learn from her past experience with Dean but rather jumped right in on another girl’s man once again. They are obviously perfect for each other but they just do not commit. Well Rory just won’t commit. Instead of tying up this loose end, it was left on a total cliff hanger. We were holding our breathes begging Logan to come running onto the set with a ring when Rory dropped her bomb to end the series… Oh and the life and death brigade was awesome. We were through the roof at that point.

Rory- Her character is disappointing. Instead of the morale, head strong, confident girl that starred in the TV show, a shallow character replaces her in this series. I was hoping that she would pull herself together by the end. I did love the idea of the book, I think that was awesome. I hope that we get to see where it goes and I hope that she makes the right choice about the baby. Kudos for showing the joys of being a mother in a world that dignifies murdering unborn children. But hopefully she does not discount the baby’s father. And please please let the father not be Wookie man.

Lorelai and Luke- I loved how Lorelai expressed her feelings about her father and maintained her strong character. We were disappointed that they were not married but were excited to see that was resolved. The wedding was amazing- it could not have been any better down to the decorations created by Kirk. It was also great to see the cute town emphasizes during this part. I loved that she went on a hike to find herself but she did not stay or run away from her problems. She addressed them and came back to the people she loved. Luke was perfect just as he always have been. We loved the twist about purchasing the inn. We thought that house was for Luke but it was perfect for the expansion. It was not over the top or unrealistic.

Jess and Christopher- I put these two together because many people are saying that the show is going to come full circle. Logan=Christopher and Jess=Luke. If Logan equals Christopher as fans suggest, then Rory will not let him into the baby’s life which I hope is not the case. I thought it was good that there was not sunshine and flowers with Christopher. To be perfect, everything does not need to be happy. This scene with Christopher hinted strongly at what may come in the future with Rory and her baby. Jess was awesome in this series and many people believe that Rory will end up with him. However, THEY ARE COUSINS PEOPLE THAT IS WEIRD.

Dean- I loved the quick scene featuring Dean. It was sweet and simple and did not end in shambles. He moved on in his life just as Rory should. He was a huge part of the series and deserved this time.

Emily and Robert- It was heartbreaking without Robert but was powerful. I loved the emotions between Emily and Lorelai and how they resolved things. Also, the powerful scene with Robert and Lorelai in the TV finale gave a sense of closure for his death in this series. I loved the story Lorelai came up with about her father.

Morality Rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars

Classic Gilmore style there was not much to skip through. The language was generally clean (one scene in the last episode shows Emily going off her hinge in the DAR- there is bad language) and nothing inappropriate was ever shown. The immoral concept of cheating on a fiancé is obviously not appropriate or comfortable and there are many suggestive themes.

 

 

Echelon Conspiracy (movie review)

Although this is an older movie (2009) and I try to review newer films, it was recently added onto Netflix. I thought it would be helpful to review some films that Netflix users could take advantage of or not waste their time with.

Overall Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

Max Peterson (Shane West) is a thriving engineer who receives a package in the mail. Within the package is a cell phone that begins to give him instructions. Hesitantly, he begins to follow the mysterious directions and pleasantly receives fortuitous outcomes. Once he wins almost every game in the casino, suspicion begins to bubble. It does not take long until the instructions become corrupt and troublesome. Next thing he knows he has several groups of people very interested in him and the phone he received.

Brief Review- Will not contain spoilers!

This movie was thrilling from the start. The action prompted heavy anticipation and suspense to formulate throughout the film. The original concept was built upon to form one giant conspiracy of which Shane West served as a suitable center. Although somewhat predictable, I was intrigued by the originality of the concept of the film. It would have been legendary if the execution was slightly altered in terms of storyline timing. The supporting cast also did not help the story- I did not form deep bonds with any of them and felt that they were lacking. However, I did enjoy watching this mystery unfold and believe it is worth the watch, especially for all Netflix owners.

Extended Review:

Although this is an older movie (2009) and I try to review newer films, it was recently added onto Netflix. I thought it would be helpful to review some films that Netflix users could take advantage of or not waste their time with. Here are some reasons why this movie would be worth the watch:

  1. Interesting story- This movie certainly contained twists and turns that made for a fun time. My attention was immediately captured as Max was following the orders of an unknown sender. It was intriguing to watch the casino, FBI, and band of spies get a hold of him and try to figure out what was going on. Each group came at a different time making the viewer go through an intriguing thought process. I had many guesses for what was going on which were all thrown when a new group would get involved. I liked all these moving pieces to the story. I also appreciated the sneaky shifts in characters. Some were predictable but they added to the story as a whole. Once you found out the computer system was flawed, dozens of opportunities for the story popped up. This was a lot of fun to experience as a viewer.
  2. Characters- Shane West was an awesome main character. He played Max well- he was just incapable enough while also just gutsy enough to fulfill the role. I appreciated how his role meant something by the end of the movie as did all who died following instructions of the phone. He had a valuable skillset and was not just a random guy. Martin Sheen was unfortunately a predictable villain and Ving Rhames made a typical trusting agent. In my opinion these were the weakest roles of the film. Tamara Feldman also made for a typical character as the spy Camila. All of the supporting roles dimmed the movie in my view except for Edward Burn’s and Sergey Gubanov’s characters. They were characters that had some mystery and surprise about them.

Morality Rating- 3 out of 5

The violence and sexual content does not make this movie appropriate for children. Older teens would most likely be fine watching this film but the story may frighten fragile minors.

 

 

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Brief Review- Will not contain spoilers!

This book opens with a fascinating idea involving sirens, the mythical creatures. The story certainly opens with a bang and the reader is immediately sucked in. Unfortunately, the body of the story is somewhat lacking as it seemed to drag on and on without much substance. It was painful and almost completely void of hope. Once the climax is reached the action picks up again to bring the readers to an unexpected and somewhat satisfactory end. The beginning and the end are intriguing and entertaining but getting through the middle was a challenge.

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

Kahlen was just a normal girl traveling by ship with her family when everything goes wrong. She is dragged into the ocean and before life can leave her she is rescued by sirens. In exchange for her life, she is summoned to 100 years of service to the ocean during which she must sing her song of death at passing ships to satisfy the ocean. Her and her sisters receive remarkable physical features and live comfortably. Unfortunately, Kahlen was not designed for this line of work and emotionally struggles with her duties. The only thing she wants is to fall in love and get married which is impossible seeing that she cannot speak without sending a human to the grave. When staying in Miami Kahlen finds herself falling for someone that will be long gone by the time she gets her human life back.

Extended Review:

There were many aspects of this book that I would have changed to enhance the story but there were also some elements that made the story unique. Here they are:

  1. The sirens- I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the lives of each of the siren sisters. I think that the individuality of each of them gave the story a timeless component. It was a downer to watch Kahlen in pain through the ENTIRE STORY. It became a drag and made me feel like she was weak. It also gave a sense of hopelessness to the reader. For me, if there is no hope, I do not see a point in continuing the story. This book was different because the end contained all the hope and there was not an ounce of hope through the story. The sirens were the main event of the entire story and while thrilling at first, it became boring. More action and less drama would have boosted this tale.
  2. The ocean- I loved the dynamics of the ocean. She was angry and hostile but loving and comforting. It made for an interesting antagonist that had a huge potential. The relationship she had with each of the sirens was interesting. Her powers also gave an additional unique element to the plot. She was of the Earth and not a human but had powers over the humans. I appreciated her actions at the close of the story but I definitely did not regard her highly.
  3. Akinli- The character Cass designed to love Kahlen was perfect. He had enough substance to make it extremely probable that a girl desperate for love would fall head over heels for him after only a few hours. The link shared between Akinli and Kahlen was hidden well and was certainly a nice surprise. I was bored once she left his small home town because he just disappeared from the story and there was not any hope of them coming back together. She just wallowed all the time. Once the action picked up it was amazing. But for such a long time the story just drudged on. It was smart that she did this because once Kahlen lost her memory, it was not too detrimental as she was quickly able to reconnect with Akinli on an emotional basis. However, Cass should have trimmed down the extra fluff of the story to refrain from boredom during the waiting period.
  4. The ending- The ending was quite superb. It was meaningful and clearly thought out. I did not see the events coming which made it all the better. I thought she was turning into a human when she got sick but the link between her and Akinli was even better. The fact that she had to lose her memory and that the ocean had to give her away did not take from the story but significantly added to it. I would have liked more of an epilogue because Akinli was not very present in the story but you can’t have it all I suppose. The ending was certainly tainted by the constant pains of the characters throughout the story that just seemed far too overwhelming.

All in all, this story had huge potential from the start and a well planned ending. Unfortunately, the middle section of this story needed some amending. I definitely would recommend the story to Nicholas Sparks fans- I see some resemblance with his stories. If you like action as I do, you will need some patience during this story.

Morality Rating – 4 out of 5 stars

There were some sexual references with Elizabeth- nothing graphic in the least bit. There was also a lot of pain and suffering. I mean the story is about mythical creatures that lure humans to their death so that can obviously be traumatizing for young readers. The themes were pure but the ocean had some slightly misguided incentives and reasoning that could be misjudged by younger readers. I would suggest this story for older teenagers.

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall (book review)

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary: Will not contain spoilers!

Map of Fates serves as the sequel to The Conspiracy of Us in which Avery West discovered her true identity as the heir and savior to a powerful political group. This book begins in France as Avery and Jack search for the clues and treasures that will lead them to the tomb of Alexander in hopes that Avery can save her mother from captivity. As the story continues, a strong group of adolescent circle members bond together to keep Avery from an arranged marriage and find the tomb before it is too late. Twists and turns manipulate the characters as some dark secrets regarding the Circle and the Order are revealed.

Brief Review: Will not contain spoilers!

Unfortunately I did not enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed The Conspiracy of Us. The focus was blurred and it was slightly difficult to track with the characters. The meaning and clarity behind the characters actions was not nearly as deep in this sequel. I did appreciate the surprises that popped up regarding the Circle but I was not happy with how the characters developed individually. Yes the camaraderie that formed was endearing but even that was flawed in an awkward and unnecessary fashion. In the end morality is always the most binding factor of a story as it focuses on the depths within an individual. This was a weak sequel to a great story and I believe that reason lies within the fact that romance was overplayed while the morality of the story was thrown out the window.

Extended Review:

I was really let down with this book but it was not horrible by any means. It was a good story but I suppose I was so disappointed because I saw the potential it had. The following are some things I appreciated about the book and other aspects included are those that made me cringe.

  1. Romance Triangle- This new aspect of the book really let me down. The romance that formed between Avery and Jack was so sweet and real. It did not go too fast or too crazy. They really cared about each other and he always protected her. Here are some affects this love triangle has had on each of the three involved:
    1. Avery- The reason in which she broke up with Jack was bogus. Honestly in her situation, she had no right to push away someone was actually was trying to look out for her. She just sort of freaked and did not act like someone in a mature relationship. Jack was trying to reach out to her and she was letting herself slip away from him. What she was doing wasn’t fair and it is how affairs happen every day. Quite frankly this situation weakened Avery in my eyes. Who wants to read a story about a typical teenage relationship that just leads to trouble? Disappointing.
    2. Stellan- Stellan still just gives me the goosebumps. He is not naturally good like Jack is and seems sort of creepy. He seems to have ulterior motives in almost everything that he does. Any guy that allows a girl to come after him right after she breaks up with someone else has a serious lack of judgment. Sure he was a great friend and a great character but this romance weakened his potential.
    3. Jack- Jack was good through the whole story and what he did for her mother was huge. Sure he left Avery in the dark but everyone makes mistakes. He even had her best interest at heart. I hope he ends up with Avery in the end just because he was the only noble character in the whole sequel. I really do not know who she will choose because she is off her rocker judgment wise but my vote is on Jack. They had so many sweet moments that would just be a waste otherwise.
  2. Surprises in the story-
    1. Mom- The fact that Jack went and found Avery’s mother definitely added to the story. She definitely should have had some more dialogue before she was killed out of the story which was somewhat predictable. If Avery could continue with all of her friends her mother would not fit in the environment.
    2. Nonexistent Order/The Saxons- This really caught me for a surprise and was a nice element. The danger was actually from Avery’s family which was interesting but provided a more focused enemy. I felt bad about her new family betraying her but it did add an epic spin.
    3. The Plague- This was a cool way to unite the One and the girl with the Violet eyes. I figured it was not through marriage but I liked this idea. It was executed in a somewhat sloppy manner but in the end the emphasis was there.
  3. Camaraderie- The best part of the story was the friendship that formed between Luc, Jack, Stellan, Avery, Elodie, and Colette. Each character in this group is so different and makes for a dynamic character pool. Each one has a strong potential in the next book and I am looking forward to seeing where each character goes. Luc is whimsical, Jack is good, Stellan is the One, Avery is the girl with the violet eyes, Elodie is sassy, and Colette is loving and famous. I loved this group and I hope they stick together.

This book was a roller coaster but one worth reading to get to the final book which is set to come out in 2017.

Morality Rating- 3 out of 5 stars

This book was worse off than the first- more violence, more suggestive themes, and harder concepts. I would say older and mature teenagers would serve as the best audience although some of the content is not necessarily wholesome.

 

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall (book review)

Overall rating- 4.5 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

Avery West has spent her childhood moving from town to town with her mother. It is no surprise, then, that when one exciting night presents itself in which she has the potential to meet her family she grabs hold. Only when she is in Paris does she realize that her family is comprised by a very powerful lanolin within a very powerful organization known as the Circle. The story surges forward when Avery learns her significant place in the family and develops feelings for a Keeper- a body guard or agent of sorts for the family. Furthermore, her mother has not answered he phone since Avery took off.

Brief Review- Will not contain spoilers!

This exciting tale is doused in glamour and action through every chapter allowing the treacherous story to unfold in epic fashion. The characters were well developed but the storyline was the marvel of the book. This tale endorsed a unique concept that provided several twists and some intriguing problem solving. Teenage fans of the Selection, the Jewel, and the Defiance series will love this enthralling tale.

Extended Review:

When I watched Alexander and the terrible no good very bad day for the first time I was glued to the screen and howling in laughter the whole way through. Although I was not necessarily laughing through this book, my emotions were deeply attached as I flew through this quick read. When it was over, I was upset because I knew I would never have that first-time-read-through experience ever again. Here are some elements that made this book what it was:

  1. Story line- This book had a fascinating concept. Avery did not know who she was or that her mother was protecting her throughout the duration of her life. The whole idea of the Circle and the Order is mind-boggling and makes for an appealing story. The clues and treasure hunt the characters embark on add a puzzle aspect of the book that many modern stories do not embody. The dynamic storyline provides action, adventure, mystery, suspense, elegance, and romance. In one scene the characters may be running for their lives and living on the run. Turn the page and the same characters are living in a luxury palace. This book takes the poise of the Selection and combines it with the action of the Divergent series. The twist with Stellan made an interesting line-up for the sequel.
  2. Romance- This book has a forbidden romance that is unpredictable. You do not even know how the characters are necessarily feeling which adds to the suspense of the story. It also makes for meaningful resolutions throughout the story. The scenes with Jack and Avery are very sweet and innocent. It is also amazing how the author pulls them together through their history and links them through important people.
  3. Avery was slow- I understand that this was an intense story and needed to be thoroughly explained for the reader’s comprehension. Unfortunately, I found myself annoyed with the amount of time the author spent re-hashing the same pieces of information. Once Avery finally grasped her situation, the story moved on and it was interesting. Until that point however, I kept wanting to shout at her to just process the information and start taking action. Avery was a very good star for this story. She was honest in her train of thought and stubborn enough to have impact in the Circle.

Morality Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

This book had some violence and intense themes but the actions of the main characters were innocent. This is a great story for teens as the trials are very relatable to adolescent life.

 

The White Rose by Amy Ewing (book review)

Overall Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

The White Rose follows the story of Violet after the unsettling conclusion of The Jewel in which Ash is taken prisoner in the House of the Lake. It does not take long for a rescue plan to surface. The bulk of the book actually concerns Violet’s powers and where they originated from. They were misunderstood in the first book and thus take on a whole new meaning in this sequel. A society known as the Black Key emerges as the supreme authority on royalty oppression. Violet and her new friends join forces with this mysterious league to plan a legendary revolt.

Brief Review-

For several reasons, I gave this sequel the same rating as its predecessor. In my opinion it is much harder for a story to maintain momentum than build it although I know that does not comply with traditional logical thinking. It is simple for an author to write an amazing storyline and then crush it with one flimsy chapter. It is much more difficult to continue a fascinating tale. This story maintains the impressive edge of the Lone City while adding depth to the surrogates. The story lacked in the area of heartfelt romance and did lag in some areas but altogether, this was a successful venture.

Extended Review:

Here are the reasons why I gave this book the same rating as The Jewel and also the reasons why this book was not a 5.

  1. Romance- This book continued the romance between Violet and Ash and also spawned a kindling relationship between Raven and Garnet. Unfortunately, once again I struggled with the relationship between Ash and Violet. They really only have a physical relationship. They fight frequently throughout this book and it is exhausting. It probes the question- why are they together? They do not have many meaningful scenes and seem to rub each other the wrong way- sometimes even on purpose. Their story is too realistic- I would much prefer a romance that was based on something more supernatural than just physical and emotional attraction.
  2. Blood- HALLELUJAH THIS BOOK WAS NOT COATED IN BLOOD! I commented that the Jewel made me woozy from the amount of pain and suffering. To my delight, this book maintained the feelings associated with loss and pain but did not constantly have unthinkable events bombarding the characters. It was a breathe of fresh air to listen to the characters work through what happened to them rather than watch horrible events constantly hurt them. I did not feel nearly as sick during this book! Nevertheless, the emotion was certainly still there.
  3. Twist/Storyline- I really enjoyed the history presented behind the surrogates. Furthermore, I am interested in seeing where the revolution goes as the war they are producing has a unique element within the surrogates powers. I was unimpressed to see the traditional pattern unfold- bad things happen, people revolt. However, I think a backbone was set firm to allow for a successful ending. The background of Ash’s, Raven’s, Rye’s, and Sil’s lives make the story meaningful while also displaying the magnificent plot that is slowly unraveling. The ending (with Hazel) was unexpected and a nice element to throw readers into a tizzy. The story developing among the royals also adds for an interesting twist. Will some of the other royals follow Garnet’s lead and revolt?
  4. Violet/Powers- Violet is certainly growing into a strong and dare I say feisty individual in this book. In the Jewel, she seemed to have no backbone but she most definitely stuck to her will throughout this tale. The powers that she had but did not know about where beautiful, lovely, and refreshing (once again- YAY THEY DID NOT INVOLVE BLOOD). The author had to do some serious planning to manipulate the story in the manner that she did.
  5. Theme- Rising from the ashes- This book has a distinctive theme that is so refreshing in this particular series. Those being walked all over and making a comeback but even more profound are the scarred individuals. Those who had to trade their purity and freedom for the royals are stepping up and saying I am not who they made me be. I think that is powerful. NO ONE is ever too far gone. I believe that and obviously Ewing did as well when writing the White Rose- even the title is a symbol of purity. No one is ever too broken to turn around and do good. I believe the symbolism in this story made it even more powerful- Violet’s flowers were white, the house was called the White Rose, and all the characters were healing. This book had a great theme that went beyond a silly love or revolution story.

The third and final book in the Lone City series is set to come out on October 4th, 2016 and I am looking forward to reading it. Please feel free to comment on your opinions of the White Rose!

Morality Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

This book was not nearly as heavy as the Jewel but still had some difficult scenes to process. Most of the tiresome features involved stories from the past. Sexual content was not present in this book but violence and suggestive themes were woven throughout. This is definitely a book for teens but I would still suggest older teens because of course one must read the Jewel before this tale which was much harder to swallow.

 

 

San Andreas (Movie Review)

Overall Rating- 3.5 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Will not contain spoilers!

Laurence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) is a seismologist who invents a piece of tech capable of predicting earthquakes and finds that a disaster is upon the country. Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson) is an experienced helicopter rescue pilot who is losing his family as he suffers the loss of his daughter. While trying to cope with her loss, he pushes his wife away and with her his other daughter. His daughter Blake is traveling with her mother’s boyfriend when disaster strikes. Ray rescues his wife Emma and they take off to find their daughter in the hazard zone at San Fransisco.

Brief Review-

This movie was certainly action packed but had some flaws that separated this film from the greats. Some of the pros included the amazing cinematography, awesome cast, noteworthy action scenes, and deep themes. The only downer which unfortunately affected the entire film was the “cheese” prevalent throughout which could be funny but took away from the storyline. I would definitely suggest this movie to older viewers.

Extended Review:

This movie was certainly action packed but had some flaws that separated this film from the greats. Here are some elements that added or took away from the movie:

  1. Cinematography- This film was packed with sickening but powerful scenes. The cinematography was astounding as the devastation was displayed on a tremendous scale. It was like watching the Titanic sink again. This movie defiantly had some noteworthy scenes.
  2. Action- Some amazing action scenes took place- the Rock was an excellent choice. He executed his role with the intensity I believe the producer was looking for.
  3. The Cheese was Real- It is one thing to be serious but it is another to go completely off the deep end. For this reason, however, I along with many friends thoroughly enjoyed the movie. We laughed through most of the film in between the extremely deep scenes just because Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino (his wife) reacted with such cliche sap.
  4. The cast was awesome- Although the main characters did not provide the relief that was necessary in such a film, they played their roles impressively. The supporting cast was exceptional. Giamatti played an excellent scientist, Ioan Gruffudd was a perfect newscaster, and Ben and Ollie were the sweetest and most charming heroes the director could have casted. These actors and actresses made the movie worth watching.
  5. Themes- There was a profound theme of forgiving oneself for the past and allowing loved ones to help in troubling times. When Ray finally let his family in, growth and healing became possible. There was also a theme of women empowerment as Blake successfully navigated the boys through the collapsing city. The themes made the story extremely meaningful… just once again the cheese was too much for me to handle.

Morality Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This movie was not inappropriate with the exception of some spotty uses of language. This movie was wholesome and rejuvenating. But obviously there were traumatic events unfolding in the movie that are not appropriate for young viewers.

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Deliverance by C.J. Redwine (book review)

Overall Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

Brief Summary- Wil not contain spoilers!

Deliverance opens with Ian dragging Rachel to Rowansmark and several enemies holding Logan at Lankenshire. Rachel begins to plan how to slow Ian’s trek and aid the cause she began with Logan while also fighting for her life. Logan begins to manifest the most extravagant plan of his life. He and many of the survivors of Baalboden make a treacherous agreement to bring justice to the corrupt leaders and save Rachel. This story is filled with Redwine’s typical plot twists and breathtaking scenes. The final book of the Defiance series contains many previously unanswered questions and thus secures the loose ends of the tale in dramatic fashion.

Extended Review:

It is comical to compose a review for the third book in an extremely successful series. Obviously if a reader has completed the first two books in this remarkable story the individual will undoubtably pick up this grand finale. Many authors run with this truth and pump out a half hearted conclusion to make some money before they start the next project. I am relieved and delighted to report that this book stood solid as the prior two in it’s own accord. The best features of this series were maintained while great features gave this book its own gusto. Here are some of those features:

  1. Love story- Once again this romance held itself higher than the typical physical flings. The story brought the reader through an emotional journey that deepened even while the characters were apart. I never felt sick of the main relationship or the other romances that formed during the book.
  2. Character development- Logan and Rachel both faced tremendous battles- physically and mentally. It was amazing to watch both of them struggle through their pain and continuously do what was right. They were not perfect but they did the hard thing and worked through it. This gave the book a tremendous theme of good vs. evil. It is dangerous when one operates according to fear or revenge. This concept is eloquently explained by a fellow bloggers (Mesmeric Ponderings) poem, The Price of Vengeance. When individuals open themselves up to their emotions and do things for the right reasons, they are healthy and everything changes. Many people feel as though emotions are dangerous and show weakness. Emotions make us great and this book showed how one can be strong and extremely human at the same time. The last book explained how one can rid themselves of loneliness and guilt if they expose their secret sins. This book showed the beauty of a guilt free person living in peace through the hard times. Not only did Logan and Rachel develop during this story but Redwine prompted several characters to blossom into dynamic individuals. This made the story even more gripping as it gave the reader several emotional ties. Some of the best surprise characters were Willow, Ian, Quinn, and Frankie.
  3. Story line- Like always, Redwine formed an Enchanting and surprising story that required expert precision and much planning. The twists (such as with Logan and Ian’s father) were extraordinary. The characters changed according to the new events which really made the story feel realistic. The story was not as surprising as in the second novel but that is somewhat necessary to build an appropriate climax and ending.
  4. Tied ends/Happy ending- As with character development, there were many things that needed to be resolved in this book and Redwine accomplished all of it. Logan and Rachel sorted out their emotional issues. The Commander was brought to justice. Rowansmark was defeated. Marcus was reunited with Logan. The characters all fell into a beautiful life. All of this was accomplished in dramatic fashion that was definitely planned out. It was refreshing to have a beautiful ending. These characters were extraordinary. That is what storytelling is all about! They came out victorious and that is what I wanted to see. Sure they made sacrifices but sometimes you just need a relief in a happy ending. Especially in a story such as this one where the characters suffered on such an extreme level.
  5. Realistic: the whole world is not corrupt- In many modern fantasy stories the “good guys” have to conquer the entire government as it is assumed to be comprised completely by monsters. I appreciated how these characters did not have to take on a new world- just fix the inappropriate elements of their current life. We should all aim to make our world a little better and realize that not all people are bad but sometimes things just need to change.

Morality Rating- 3 out of 5 stars

Once again this book had an intense amount violence and pain. Definitely not appropriate for younger teens. Nevertheless, the story was wholesome and the characters were genuinely good. This book has some great messages that were extremely profound and I believe everyone can learn from them at the appropriate time.

 

The Price of Vengeance by Logan S.

It starts with rage
That compelling hate
Burning through strongly
No hope to abate

The energy flows
From the mind to the soul
Bring upon vengeance
Summon it’s toll

The inception is glorious
Justice has been served
Evil has been dethroned
It receives what’s deserved

But guilt settles in
As guilt always will
Tortures the heart
Softens the will

It’s always too late
No time to take back
The misguided mismap
The vengeful attack

No victor emerges
From the impulsive act
Both sides defeated
No victory intact

Book Suggestions by Topics

I am generating a list of suggestions for young adult readers based on interests and categories to make it simple for followers to find a new book to read. I hope this helps build your reading list! Please help me create this list by suggesting books for the given categories:) I will check out all suggestions and then add them in if suitable!

Happy endings:

Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

A Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

Flush, Hoot, Sink No Surrender, Chomp, and Scat by Carl Hiaasen

Paper Towns by John Green

Defiance Trilogy by C.J. Redwine

The Siren by Kiera Cass

If you liked Hunger Games:

Matched/Crossed/Reached by Ally Condie

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Quick reads:

Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones

Flush, Hoot, Sink No Surrender, Chomp, and Scat by Carl Hiaasen

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

Paper Towns by John Green

Did not get past first chapter (bad reviews, boring, or too kinky):

This is where it ends by Marieke Nijcamp

Adventure series with Romance (my favorite):

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Adventure:

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Glamorous:

The Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Mystery:

The Charmed Life by Jenny B. Jones

Paper Towns by John Green

Light Romance:

Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson

Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

Paper Towns by John Green

Emotional Roller Coasters:

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

 

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The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall (book review)

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The Crown- Kiera Cass (book review)

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Deception by C.J. Redwine (book review)

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Defiance by C.J. Redwine (book review)

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Deliverance by C.J. Redline (book review)

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The Jewel By Amy Ewing (book review)

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The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Charbonnet (book review)

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Captain America: Civil War (Movie Review)

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Echelon Conspiracy (movie review)

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Gilmore Girls- A Day in the Life

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The Intern (Movie Review)

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San Andreas (Movie Review)

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