Monday, October 28, 2013

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Opinion:
I was on the fence about reading this book from the start, but I finally decided to read it because my older sister thought highly of it and really wanted me to read it. My sister has been the person I have trusted the most with picking out books for me since she's the one who showed me so many of the authors I read today. She reads many more varieties of books than I do, but when it comes to romance we have always been of a like mind.

She was right about the romance part of this book. I did like it! Their was tension between the two main characters throughout the story. However, I was a little disappointed that they didn't have many encounters. They could have one and then the next would be several chapters later. This I think made the story run a little slower for me, because the whole time I'm waiting for their next encounter.

I did like the concept Marissa was going for in this book, and how well it is thought and played out on paper is beyond genius! BUT, I couldn't relate. I'm not much into futuristic stories because theirs many things thought up by the author and I have NO idea how to picture those things. I'm also not a mechanic like Cinder was, so when it talked about her fixing stuff and all the mumbo-jumbo she had to do, I was lost. I had no idea what she was doing to fix most of the machines/droids.

There were also some things about the story I found to be predictable; I can't say what though because then I would giving it away...

I liked it enough that eventually I will read the second in the book. I HAVE to know how it all ends! Who knows? Maybe I will absolutely fall in love with the second installment, but for now, it was just okay.

Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fancy Friday- Beautiful Soul

This is a great song! You might have heard it before but I thought I would share it anyway. Enjoy:)


Friday, October 18, 2013

Fancy Friday- What Love Really Means


Love on someone a little each day, even if you don't know them or what they are going through. God has given all of us the power to change lives- whether it's by making a new friend, witnessing to someone, or just smiling and acknowledging a persons existence. We would all be surprised by the impact we have on one another and the little things we can do to change someone's day.

1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

I challenge each of you to love on someone and show them what love really means- Show them God's love!

Monday, October 14, 2013

*A Hint of Passion* In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer

In Every Heartbeat


As three friends who grew up in the same orphanage head off to college together, they each harbor a cherished dream. Libby wishes to become a famous journalist, Pete plans to study to become a minister, and Bennett wants to join a fraternity and have as much fun as possible. But as tensions rise around the world on the brink of World War I, the friends' differing aspirations and opinions begin to divide them, as well. And when Libby makes a shocking discovery about Pete's family, will it drive a final wedge between the friends or bond them in ways they never anticipated?

My Opinion:

This was a really good book but it took me a long time to read because I have had a few busy weeks lately. I have mentioned before that I am in some AP classes this year and they are really taking a toll on me. My AP Chemistry class is very frustrating and has practically been consuming my life, not to mention I feel like I'm not retaining any of the information. On top of that stuff, I have been doing stuff for Homecoming that just ended this last weekend. Boy am I happy it's over! I have a great time during it but it is so time consuming! Therefore, I was not able to give this book the time it needed. I think I would of liked it a lot better if I would of had zero interruptions.

I liked this book because it showed how life is inside school- bullies, fakers, geeks, pretty girls, shy people...etc. and how they all fit together as a whole. Not everybody gets along, and their will always be clicks, but everyone is a piece to the puzzle. We have to be there for everyone, even if we have an extremely small chance of witnessing to them.

I also liked that it was not all about schooling/college, but that it focused on family as well. Family is very important and sometimes we take our own for granted. Throughout the story I saw Pete reaching out to a family that had abandoned him as a child. Even though not all his intentions were good he was still trying to tie all the loose ends his parents had left.

Libby's transformation was amazing! I felt the pain she was going through for everyone she cared about, and I felt so bad when she thought no one loved her back. When she finally stopped chasing after everyone's love she received the gift of God's comforting arms wrapped around her! Sometimes we just need to stop trying to MAKE everything happen and just LET it happen. If that makes sense.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I just wish I wouldn't have been preoccupied by other things while reading it.

Rating: 4 stars

*I will be one Fall Break later this week! Can't wait to fill up that time with, hopefully, reading and sleep!*

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fancy Friday- 10 Ways to Love