Book Review: The Heir by: Kiera Cass

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Didn’t they know who I was, what they’d trained me for? I was Eadlyn Schreave. No one was more powerful than me.

So if they thought I was going down without a fight, they were sadly mistaken” – The Heir, Kiera Cass

Initial Thoughts: In spite of my initial reservations, I greatly enjoyed the first three Selection novels. I decided to give this one a try out of curiosity. It has been nearly one year since I read this novel, however, I remember it as being the book that was my greatest disappointment of 2016. Brace yourself for this review.allgau-178081_1280

Summary

Twenty years after America Singer fell in love with Prince Maxon, their daughter, Princess Eadlyn, has now come of age to choose a husband. Like her father before her, Eadlyn must go through the selection, a televized event where young bachelors compete to marry the future ruler of the kingdom. But, Eadlyn is not interested in romance. As political unrest begins to shake the fabric of her nation, Eadlyn has no choice but to put on a show as dozens of eligible bachelors make their way into her kingdom. As tension begins to grow, could one of them break through her icy heart?

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A Bookworm’s Reflection on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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There was a frantic excitement in the air when I awoke on July 21st, 2007. My mind could hardly be lulled back to sleep into speculation after speculation of how the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was going to end once and for all. For years, my Harry Potter obsession had swelled to an enormous infatuation touching every corner of my life. I watched the movies religiously, I plastered my walls in Harry Potter posters, I scribbled Harry Potter fanfiction in a cheap notebook, I had read each of the Harry Potter books at least twice, and on top of everything I had read the first three books in French.hogwarts-2036645_1920

It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since that day.

I had seen on the news how people were so anxious to get their hands on a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that they cued for hours on end. Copies were flying off the shelves. Fun fact, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows holds the record for being the fastest selling book in history with 11 million copies in the first twenty-four hours. In my mind, I was smart. I had paid a whole five dollars (Canadian) to reserve my very own copy at Toys R Us. There was no need for me to spend hours waiting outside a bookstore. Though, honestly, if I would not have been a child, I probably would have done so.

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Book Review: Anna and the Swallow Man by: Gavriel Savit

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The practice of lying is concerned with attempting to overlay a thin paper substitute atop the world that exists in order that it seem to suit your purposes. But the Swallow Man didn’t need the world to suit him. He could make himself suit whatever world it pleased him to agree existed” Anna and the Swallow Man, Gavriel Savit

Initial thoughts: The title of the book was strange enough to entice me to read it on a whim. When perusing through my local library’s electronic website, I was immediately drawn to Anna and the Swallow Man long before I even knew this book’s synopsis. Even though I was reading three books at the same time, I decided to give this one ago. What’s one more book, right?swallow-1352542_1920

Plot Summary

In 1939, in Krakow Poland, seven-year-old Anna is separated from her father, a language professor, and is left as an orphan at the beginning of the second world war. As Anna roams through the city, she finds herself utterly alone without family or friends to take care of her. Then, out of nowhere, a mysterious tall thin man who can speak many languages appears. Anna befriends the stranger and together they try to escape the dangers of the war. However, this man, the Swallow Man, isn’t what he seems.

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Currently Reading #3 (July 9-15)

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One of the number one rules about keeping a blog is consistency. Unfortunately, I’m not always as consistent as I want to be. Like many people, my life is not devoid of responsibilities. However, I found that the more blog posts I write, the quicker I become at writing them.

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Book Review: Tuesdays With Morrie by: Mitch Albom

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The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning” –Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom

Initial Thoughts: I had found this book lying in a heap of various novels at a book fair at my local library. I had seen Tuesdays With Morrie on the Goodreads list “Books you have to read before you die.” As I am an absolute overachiever, I am currently trying to read all the books on that list in spite of interest. I had no idea what Tuesdays With Morrie was about or that it is a true story, I only knew that I should read it according to Goodreads.cemetery-1472149_1920

Summary

Tuesdays With Morrie documents the conversations between a young man, Mitch, and his professor, Morrie, during their meetings every Tuesdays. But these were not ordinary meetings. Morrie was slowly dying of ALS and wished to pass on his life lessons to his beloved student from the perspective of a dying man. Morrie imparts his wisdom of his life experience in this thought-provoking memoir.

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