Monthly High Points: March

MonthlyWriting!

Well, I didn’t do any writing this month, but I joined¬†Camp National Novel Writing Month. So this April I’m setting a goal of writing 30,000 words. Wish me luck!

Anyone else doing Camp NaNoWriMo this April?

Reading!!!

I just love books. Don’t you? ūüėČ

  1. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4) by Marissa Meyer
  2. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle: Book 1) by Maggie Stiefvater
  3. Dreamlander by K.M. Weiland
  4. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle: Book 2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. The Giver (The Giver Quartet: Book 1) by Lois Lowry
  6. Jackaby (A Jackaby Novel: Book 1) by William Ritter
  7. The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles: Book 2) by Rick Riordan
  8. The Serpent’s Shadow¬†(The Kane Chronicles: Book 3) by Rick Riordan
  9. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle: Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater
  10. Queen Song (Red Queen: Book 0.1) by Victoria Aveyard

I also read the Bible books Titus and Philippians. 

Winter:¬†Ahh… I loved this book! It was a great conclusion, but I want more Cinder and Kai!

The Raven Boys: These characters sell the book. I loved it except for the fact that there was a lot of bad language.

Dreamlander: Beautiful. I mean absolutely beautiful. A really good mix of fantasy and contemporary. So intense and exciting. It had such a sad (but good) ending.

The Dream Thieves:¬†I couldn’t figure out the plot to this one, but I still loved it. My precious characters. *hides them and keeps them safe from harm*

The Giver:¬†This was a reread for school, but I’m glad I read it again. It’s still as good as the first time.

Jackaby:¬†So strange…and weird. But it was great and quite different from what I’ve been reading.

The Throne of Fire: I read the first one in this trilogy awhile ago, but it was so good to read a Rick Riordan again.

The Serpent’s Shadow:¬†A pretty good closing to the series, but quite strange with Sadie and her two boyfriends.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue: I understood this one better than the last one. Oh, how how how is this series going to end???

Queen Song:¬†Very good to learn a bit about Queen Coriane, but it was also very sad. Poor Coriane…

Right now I am currently reading:

  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
  • Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy: Book 3) by Mary Weber

I’m also reading the Bible book James.

One Thousand Gifts: I only read about ten pages this month, but it is really good.

Siren’s Song: Oh my goodness! It is the last book of an amazing trilogy! Help me!!!

Music!

So…I’m still mostly listening to Twenty One Pilots. I’m pretty sure that I know almost all the lyrics to all the songs.

Right now I have Mad World by Gary Jules stuck in my head. All because I had to look it up and play it on Spotify after I heard it on American Idol. The man has a very interesting voice.

What have you been listening to? Any artist that you totally love?!

Other Things!!!

Having my amazing friend and her family over for about a whole week is absolutely amazing! I haven’t seen her in over half a year. She is a very close friend and I’ll miss her when she leaves. ūüė¶

What are you up to? Please comment! I’d loved to hear from you.

-G. Paige

 

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Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle: Book 1)

81iFWnYVpTLRating: 4/5 stars.

My first thoughts on this was that this was not what I was expecting, but I don’t really know what I was expecting.

Every year Blue Sargent and her mother watch the dead walk past and for the first time Blue sees a boy. Blue has always been told that she will be the cause of her true love’s death, but when she sees the dead boy, she must find him. His name is Gansey and he is a rich student at Aglionby. He and his three friends are on a search for something amazing. Their Raven Boys, which means trouble. But Blue is drawn to these boys and their search. She never believed in true love, at least, until now.

I have to say that these characters were some of the most unique and well written characters that I have ever read.¬†Oh my word, these characters are so gripping. I loved them all for different reasons. Blue was bold in a way. She stuck out as different purposely. Her style of clothes was so her. Once she set her sights on doing something, she followed through with it. The Raven Boys were so great. Gansey was a person you just liked right away. He had two sides. One was vulnerable and fearful and worried. The other excluded confidence and showed just how rich he was. Adam, oh I loved him. He worked so hard to be where he was. He was poor, but he was his own man. He was quiet, but not really shy. Ronan was gruff and angry (I don’t think I really knew a moment when he wasn’t in some way angry), but he had this surprising kind and protective side. Noah was quiet and shy. He was kind of in the background of the book for a bit more than halfway through then you find out something shocking. Woah…I wasn’t expecting it at all.

This was set in our own world, but it had some very fantasy and mystical elements. There was a lot of psychic stuff (well, it seems all of Blue’s family are psychics) like predictions and fortune telling and even a few rituals. There was a little bit of speaking with the dead (or more like ghosts) and much discussion on ley lines. So I advise caution for those who don’t like to to get into magic and the like.

It was such an exciting book. I loved every moment of it. There was always something new to learn and discover either about the characters or the “quest” the Raven Boys were on. There was also a fair share of intense and shock moments especially towards the end. Ther was some violence and it was a bit bloody, but I didn’t think that it was really described. This was just one of those books that held your attention even if it wasn’t an exciting moment.

I loved the way this was written. There was a ton of times when the boys would say something and you knew there was another underlining meaning to it. Then you’d have to think for a moment to get it and sometimes you didn’t get it until later. It switched the points of view and I loved it and was frustrated by it when it cut off an exciting part.

The only thing that I didn’t like was the language. It was probably the most bad language I’ve read, though I haven’t read many books with bad language. It had f*** a few times along with d*** , s***, and a** among a few other choice words. There was a few mentions of really bad cursing, but they didn’t say the language. There was also a bad hand sign or two and the book also included use of God’s name in vain which quite disturbed me.

I will still definitely be reading the next one! All things considered, it was fantastic!¬†This is great for people who read fantasy and contemporary. I’m recommending this for older teens and up.

-G. Paige 

Book Review: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles: Book 4)

Winter_CoverRating: 5/5 stars.

Oh my word! This was a great conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles! I loved it!!! I want more by this author.

Cinder, Wolfe, Thorne, and Cress have a plan to get on Luna, but things go wrong when they land. Soon they’re split up all over Luna and they must find a way to get to people of Luna to side with Cinder¬†if they’re ever going to have any chance of defeating Levana. Meanwhile Winter, the stepdaughter of Levana, has depised Levana for years. She is in love with Jacin, a palace guard who has been her friend all her life. If she gets the chance, she wants to help Cinder overthrow Levana, but Levana might kill her first.

Winter and Jacin are now like my top favorite characters (just behind Cinder and Kai). Winter was kind, sweet, in love, and had this quiet funniness to her. She was also going crazy and it was so sad and messed up. I just wanted to comfort her. Thank goodness Jacin was there for her. He was so willing to do anything for Winter. I mean anything, even turn against friends to keep Winter safe. He worried about her so much. Cinder kind of stole the spotlight in this book. She developed very much in this one. Kai, oh my, he went through some hard stuff. He had so many burdens to carry and worry about. Scarlet and Wolfe were together for such a small amount of time. Cress and Throne’s relationship developed pretty quickly towards the end. I love each of them and there personalities! Oh, and don’t forget about Iko! She brings so much fun to the book.

This was amazing and a little complex. I loved every moment. It jumped between many points of view, but it never got confusing. It was intense, frightening at times (Oh the worry I go through for fictional characters.), and shocking. The violence was very high at the battle scenes. It got quite bloody and gory in those scenes, but it was beautiful in its own way. The romance got a little intense towards the end but there were only kisses.

Everyone who loves dystopian and science fiction and fantasy needs to read this series! It was amazing and I hope to read everything by this author!

-G. Paige

Gun Control

Gun ControlGun control has been a much discussed topic in the U.S. Many crimes are committed through the use of guns and other similar weapons. As the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the U.S.A. explicitly states that “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of he people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”.¬†But what is our right to bear arms? Are there limitations to this? Should there be tougher gun control laws or easier ones? Are guns the problem that there’s crime? I hope to share my view on all of this and more relating to gun control.

Guns are used by all sorts of people. They’ve been used to do good and to do bad. To save and protect and to kill and destroy. But I don’t think that the guns are the problem. It’s the people who are behind the trigger that decide whether it will be used as a force for good or evil. It’s never the guns that are doing the terrible and horrible things. It is the people. If a person wants to commit a crime and he/she doesn’t have a gun, do you think that will stop her/him? No, of course not! We can always find a way to do evil with whatever we have if we really want to. A gun just makes it so much easier. If we’re going to put really tough gun control laws down, we might as well start putting such laws on everything else, because seriously, just about anything can be used for crime.

I believe that there are limitations to the Second Amendment like age restrictions. You wouldn’t just give a gun to a three year old. Also, those who have committed crimes in the past should never be allowed to have guns unless it’s for military purposes or for defense in a life or death situation. Those same could be said for those with mental issues, we wouldn’t want them to accidentally hurt themselves or those around them. Besides things like that though, I think anyone of a acceptable age should be allowed to have guns if they can afford it. We have a right to have them, whether or not people want us to.

Now we are never going to be able to fully stop crime. We live in such a sinful world that it is quite unrealistic to think that we’ll have a prefect utopia here on earth. We’ll have to wait on Jesus’s return for that. But no matter how fallen this world is, we can still do our best to stop crime. I just don’t think that tougher gun control laws are going to help. In fact, I think that it might make crime worse because as harder laws are put down it makes more people want to break them. To really stop crime, we need to change the people’s lives. The people are the ones who commit crimes, not the tools they use. If we can change people’s heart towards God, we’d be taking a big step towards having peace in this world.

-G. Paige