Sunday, February 19, 2017

"Cinder"

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Title: "Cinder"
Author: Marissa Meyer
Published: January 3, 2012


My Review: 


Cinder is the first book of the Lunar Chronicles series. I first discovered this novel at a book fair and I was quickly interested in it because of its mash of science fiction and fairytales.  Personally, I love reading fairytale retellings and so far in my reading experience, the Lunar Chronicles is my favorite. I might even go as far to say that it is one of my favorite series(plus Harry Potter, of course). Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella. 16-year-old Cinder is considered a mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother and stepsisters. However, being a cyborg does have its benefits. Her brain interference has given her an ability to fix things. This affects her to become the best mechanic in New Beijing. This exact title brings Prince Kai himself to her booth one day at the market, needing her to repair a broken android. He jokes that it's "a matter of national security," however Cinder suspects there might be some truth behind his comment. Enough she wishes to help the prince, her plans are put on hold when her younger stepsister(who is the only family member who cares for her) is infected with the fatal illness that has been plaguing the Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter's illness, her stepmother volunteers Cinder's body for plague research. Which is an "honor" that no one has survived. However, it doesn't take long for the royal scientists to discover something strange about Cinder, something others would kill for.


At the moment, I have read the Lunar Chronicles twice now. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars, hands down. This is an amazing series. The science fiction and the fantasy are perfect. Meyer has created wonderful and powerful characters who you can fall in love with immediately. She created a complex storyline that is perfectly planned throughout the books. Everyone should read this book. The series include Cinder, Scarlett, Cress, Winter, Fairest(prequel), and Stars Above(filled with short stories). The Goodreads profile is linked above and I hope you take my advice and read this book. Enjoy getting lost in this magical and alien world.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Candles, By Carl Dennis

Hey guys! I found this poem that's pretty interesting! Enjoy!
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Candles
By Carl Dennis


If on your grandmother's birthday you burn a candle   
To honor her memory, you might think of burning an extra   
To honor the memory of someone who never met her,   
A man who may have come to the town she lived in   
Looking for work and never found it.   
Picture him taking a stroll one morning,   
After a month of grief with the want ads,   
To refresh himself in the park before moving on.   
Suppose he notices on the gravel path the shards   
Of a green glass bottle that your grandmother,   
Then still a girl, will be destined to step on   
When she wanders barefoot away from her school picnic   
If he doesn't stoop down and scoop the mess up   
With the want-ad section and carry it to a trash can.   

For you to burn a candle for him   
You needn't suppose the cut would be a deep one,   
Just deep enough to keep her at home   
The night of the hay ride when she meets Helen,   
Who is soon to become her dearest friend,   
Whose brother George, thirty years later,   
Helps your grandfather with a loan so his shoe store   
Doesn't go under in the Great Depression   
And his son, your father, is able to stay in school   
Where his love of learning is fanned into flames,   
A love he labors, later, to kindle in you.   

How grateful you are for your father's efforts   
Is shown by the candles you've burned for him.   
But today, for a change, why not a candle   
For the man whose name is unknown to you?   
Take a moment to wonder whether he died at home   
With friends and family or alone on the road,   
On the look-out for no one to sit at his bedside   
And hold his hand, the very hand   
It's time for you to imagine holding.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

12 Broadway Songs You Must Listen To

Yes, I know, this list doesn't have much to do with a writing/reading blog. Well, I suppose, it has to do with song writing, so I guess it relates to my blog. Now that we've cleared that up, here are 12 broadway show tunes(in no peculiar order) that were written so perfectly that you must listen to.






1.) "One Step Closer" from The Little Mermaid 


2.) " Lullaby of Broadway" from 42nd Street


3.) "Proud of Your Boy" from Aladdin


4.) "If Only(Quartet)" from The Little Mermaid


5.) "Defying Gravity" from Wicked


6.) "Cell Block Tango" from Chicago 


7.) "Alexander Hamilton" from Hamilton


8.) "The Stepsisters Lament" from Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella


9.) "A Million Miles Away" from Aladdin


10.) "I'll Cover You" from Rent


11.) "The Phantom of the Opera" from The Phantom of the Opera


12.) "Light My Candle" from Rent



So, there you have it.Now, go on, and let them quickly take over your life and destroy it. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in], by E.E. Cummings

Lately I've been reading a lot more poems and trying to memorize them in my spare time. I came across this one and I just wanted to share it with you all. E.E Cummings(or Edward Estlin Cummings) wrote this poem. 



[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]
By E.E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)                                             
i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

10 Books for you to Explore

You know that feeling where you desperately want to read a new book, but you can't figure out what book to read next? That pit in your stomach when you are surrounded by books, but for some reason, none of them interest you? Well, here's a way to try and solve your problem! Here are 10 books that you should try and explore:
(Goodreads summaries links below)



1.) All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven



2.) Dear Killer, by Katherine Ewell



3.) Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige



4.) Margot, by Jillian Cantor



5.) Cinder, by Marissa Meyer



6.) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli



7.) Room, by Emma Donoghue



8.) Not As Crazy As I Seem, by George Harrar



9.) Jackaby, by William Ritter



10.) The Wrath & the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh