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Book Review- Promised

I’m finally back, and it feels great! Christmas break is so close I can taste it, and I’m hoping to catch up on reading. As you can imagine, between school and extracurriculars, including a newly minted online newspaper for my school that I’m in charge of, I’m swamped. The few minutes I have each day to read are heaven, if I can get them. There’ll be another dry spell in January because of finals, but hopefully next semester will be easier and I can get back to my usual reading. I’ll try to space some of my movie and book reviews from over the break out through January. Anyway, let’s get to the review! I got this lovely gem from Arcycling! 🙂

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This book is the last in the Birthmarked trilogy, one of my favorite series’ ever. My hopes were very high for this one, to say the least, and I was very happy with the end. Gaia finally has to confront the things she’s been running from. I can’t really tell y’all more than that without spoiling the series (sorry, that’s been a trend from me lately, hasn’t it?), but here is my review of the first one (I’m was a bit inexperienced at reviewing back then, but either way, it’s glowy and gets the point across). I don’t think anyone would regret reading this series!

That being said, these books did rip my heart into tiny pieces. Sometimes I love that, but other times it just stresses me out to read the book, and for the most part, I read to relax. The angst between Gaia and Leon is so strong that it’s like a physical thing, but they make it work. I’ve always admired that part about their relationship, that despite all they’ve been through they are still happy together. I was happy to see this stay in Promised. It was also nice to finally see some romance between the two! Because of the way that books 1 and 2 were set up and the circumstances, we didn’t get much of an opportunity to see them together. Now that we do, I am convinced that they are the cutest couple ever. Not in the sicky-icky, always kissing-and-whatnot way, but their witty banter and still tenderness stole my heart. If I was ever unsure about the depth of Leon’s feelings before, that is completely gone now.

In the book, something really, really tough happens to Gaia. Something that stands out above the other terrible things and really resonates with me as a woman. (don’t worry- for those of you who hate reading sexual assault in books like I do, that’s not what I’m talking about) I loved the way Gaia handled it, in fact, I love the way Gaia handles most things. She doesn’t block herself off from her emotions, she embraces them and stands back up, and succeeds.

The end was great. It felt a little rushed at times, but overall I was satisfied with the way it ended up!

Hope y’all are having a good week!

Olivia

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Book Review- Birthmarked

Oh, wow. This book was everything I hoped it would be- and more! From the very first chapter, I had my nose stuck in it. (and trust me, my poor teachers weren’t too thrilled ;)) I can’t believe I even have to say this, but I totally recommend this!

Birthmarked is about a teenager named Gaia Stone who lives in a future society. The city is divided into two parts- a bustling, rich city inside a wall, called the Enclave, and those who live outside of it in relative poverty. Gaia and her mother are midwives. Each midwife must ‘advance’ (meaning take the baby from the mother and give it to the Enclave) her first 3 babies of each month. When Gaia’s parents are taken to jail inside the Enclave, she decides to rescue them, no matter the cost.

I’ll give you a little bit of a hint here. The Enclave is pretty messed up. Terrible things happen inside that wall. The Enclave is in a time of trouble, because they don’t keep track of who the babies come from when they are advanced. This has lead to many, many people unintentionally marrying their siblings, making the gene pool smaller, and currently the majority of babies born inside the wall have hemophilia.

I did not expect to find so much adventure in this book. Gaia has to be one of my favorite heroines now! I hate to make comparisons to The Hunger Games, but I think it is called for in this case. I think so many people enjoy Katniss as a strong female lead because of her ferocity, her unwillingness to give up on what she believes and who she loves. Katniss’ downfall, in my opinion, is her coldness. She is sometimes unfeeling because that is what is necessary for her to do to survive at the time. I always struggled with that aspect of her, because I enjoy characters with a little more warmth to them. Gaia has all of the ferocity, gall, power, nerve, strength, and wit of Katniss, but she always follows her heart as well as her head. She is not cold, she has emotions. And while Katniss can find these things inside of her relatively easily, Gaia has to put a lot of effort into finding these parts of herself.

This book changes very much from the beginning. Once you start, you definitely won’t want to stop, but where you end up at the end is much different from the beginning. It took me on an emotional roller coaster ride as well. I tend to get a little overly sentimental when it comes to books (especially the romantic bits), but WOW. I won’t spoil anything, but there is one particular scene that captured my heart. (if you’ve read it, it is the scene where Leon and Gaia are trying to leave. I cried so much. In class. It was embarrassing.) It tugs at the heartstrings, but in a pleasant way.

This is a book that no one should miss. There are a few bloody birth scenes, death scenes, and a few mentions of incest. Nothing gross or over descriptive, though. And nothing that wouldn’t be appropriate for anyone middle grade-ish and up.

I am ordering the sequel, Prized, to my local library this instant. I am still in awe of this book.

Do you have any recommendations for me? Have you read this book? 🙂

Olivia

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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 4

I picked up some books from the library last Saturday. I wasn’t actually going to post this, but I haven’t read that much in the past few days 😦 so I don’t have a book review for you! This one is only a few books, but it’s better than nothing, right?

As you guys have probably noticed, I’ve been more into writing lately. I have been picking up a few from the library each time I go, for a little professional help. There is no perfect ‘how to write’ book. But hopefully this book has some little gems in it. It looks like it was meant for little kids, but hey, you never know!

Another writing book, focused on making the first five pages of your novel great! Seems very useful, and this one isn’t tough to find like Spilling Ink!

I read a sample of this on my Kindle! It totally got me hooked, and I couldn’t wait to read it! My Goodreads says I am reading it right now, but that isn’t really true. I’m about to start it, I promise!

I found this book on Goodreads and added it without looking to much into it. (shame on me, shame, shame) The idea seems good on the surface, but it is one of those hit-or-misses if you ask me! Wings and fairies and all things supernatural are tough to get right. I really want to enjoy it, but you can be sure I’ll tell you about it!

Lastly is a book I have been waiting quite a while to read. If you remember a few weeks back, I read (and TOTALLY loved) two of Sarah Addison Allen’s other books: Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. This is one of her most popular novels, so I can’t wait to read it!

That is all for this time guys! I’ll be back soon with a book review of one of these!

Olivia

P.S. has anyone seen Dark Shadows? I was going to see it, but it seems to be getting very rough reviews. I would like opinions please! My mind is still open!

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