This book is very different from what I normally read, I bought it because the author was a co-worker of mine. I really enjoyed the book and the art woThis book is very different from what I normally read, I bought it because the author was a co-worker of mine. I really enjoyed the book and the art work within, she did all the art herself and it really adds to the story....more
* Hardcover: 391 pages * Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2009) * ISBN-10: 0439023491 * Author: Suzanne Collins * Cover Art: I * Hardcover: 391 pages * Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2009) * ISBN-10: 0439023491 * Author: Suzanne Collins * Cover Art: I like it. * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars. * Obtained: Personal book shelf.
Catching fire by Suzanne Collins Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
Sparks are igniting, flames are spreading and the Capitol wants revenge.
Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol-- a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.
Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.
In Catching Fire, the second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before... and surprising readers at every turn. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I really liked book 2. I liked getting to meet new characters and seeing the new arena. I absolutely loved Finnick, I found him to be hilarious and such a treat to the book. Sadly, I had a large part of this book spoiled for me so I knew what was going to happen before it did, so I can't say what I would have thought or if it would have been a surprise.
I can't wait to read book 3, even though again I had parts of it spoiled for me. Even with book 2 being spoiled, I stilled liked it more then book one. I think this has a lot to do with Finnick, Johanna and Beetee, all of them were awesome! I hope to see more of them in book 3.
It's really neat how in book 2 we really go to get into the heart and underlined message that the books present. I highly recommend this series....more
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-oLike Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.
It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin. When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their Badlands town. Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
This is a debut novel! I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a fast read but also a read that makes you think. I saw a vlog with Kirsten Hubbard who described her book as dealing with heavy topics but also being light-hearted. I think that is probably the best way to describe it.
The book does deal with heavy topics and Hubbard does allude to some difficult things such as rape (At least that is how I interpreted a scene towards the start of the book) I really liked the character of Mandarin and how she is care-free one moment, but can get really angry the next.
I was a teenage girl at one point and I think Hubbard did an awesome job in capturing the intensity and the frailness of friendships between females, and teen females to be more precise.
I found Grace’s mother to be self-centered and to blame Grace for a lot. Her little sister I found to be adorable.
The book had a lot of parts that will make you smile and parts that make you stop and think. There were also some parts that will make your heart ache for the characters. I loved the book and I look forward to Hubbard’s future works.
* Paperback: 320 pages * Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 18, 2004) * ISBN-10: 140007021X * Author: Liz Curtis Higgs * Cover art: I love this edition * Paperback: 320 pages * Publisher: WaterBrook Press (May 18, 2004) * ISBN-10: 140007021X * Author: Liz Curtis Higgs * Cover art: I love this edition! * Overall Rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: My personal bookshelf.
Unveiling Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
The veil has been lifted.
Discover the Gospel truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess? Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible, combines heartfelt contemporary fiction with extensive biblical research to bring to life the real Mary Magdalene of the Bible.
With her own eyes, she saw him. With her own ears, she heard him. With her own hands, she touched him.
Unveiling Mary Magdalene opens with the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a madwoman adrift in modern Chicago. Her moving story, closely paralleling the biblical account, is followed by a verse-by-verse study of the first-century Mary Magdalene and her life-changing encounters with the Christ. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads)
This book was originally published with the title Mad Mary.
After reading several other books by Higgs, I was curious to learn about the notorious bad girl in the New Testament, I eagerly busted into this one and was shocked by what I found. Everything I thought I knew about Mary was wrong.
Yep, all those thoughts we have about her, nope. We are wrong. Higgs dug deep in her research for this one, she went back to the 1600's and found out where some of the thoughts we have about Mary today are from. My eyes were opened.
I admit I found it a little disappointing that Mary wasn't a reformed bad girl but rather a good girl who had 7 demons cast out of her. (Don't get me wrong I am glad Christ cast out the demons!)
However, after reading this book, I have found that Mary the REAL Mary Magdalene not the Mary Magdalene I thought she was is truly my favorite woman in the Bible. I love what I learned about her and if you want to know who she really was pick up this book and find out!
Like the Bad Girls of the Bible series, this too begins with a modern day fictional tale on Mary and then in the last half of the book we get the study. Higgs shares with us all that she learned about Mary and she keeps her humor alive in this one as well.
Again, Men and women can learn form this one and like all of Higgs books, you don't have to be a Christian to enjoy them....more
Paperback: 336 pages Publisher: HarperTeen (May 6, 2014) Language: English Author: Angie Stanton Cover art: Love it! However, the girl's legs are darker tPaperback: 336 pages Publisher: HarperTeen (May 6, 2014) Language: English Author: Angie Stanton Cover art: Love it! However, the girl's legs are darker then her hand and that looked weird to me. Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars Obtained: Sent to me from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.
Royally Lost by Angie Stanton Reviewed by Moirae the Fates book reviews.
Dragged on a family trip to Europe’s ancient cities, Becca wants nothing more than to go home. Trapped with her emotionally distant father, over-eager stepmother, and a brother who only wants to hook up with European hotties, Becca is miserable. That is until she meets Nikolai, a guy as mysterious as he is handsome. And she unknowingly finds herself with a runaway prince.
Nikolai has everything a guy could ask for-he's crown prince, heir to the throne, and girls adore him. But the one thing he doesn't have...is freedom. Staging a coup, he flees his kingdom and goes undercover on his own European tour.
When Nikolai and Becca meet, it’s their differences that draw them together. Sparks fly as they share a whirlwind of adventures, all the while dodging his royal guard. But Becca's family vacation ends in a matter of days. Will Nikolai and Becca be forced to say goodbye forever, will his destiny catch up to him, or will they change history forever? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I loved this book. I had so much fun reading it. I felt like I was on the streets of Europe with Becca and Nikolai. I loved the humor that Stanton provided in this novel. Nikolai is funny and the type of guy that I would love to tour Europe with.
I really liked how we get to see Becca grow and the different dynamics in her relationship with her stepmother. I know Becca doesn't want the reader to like her stepmother, but I couldn't help but like her. I felt sorry for her at times and I could really sympathize with her.
Becca's brother was one that I liked at times and other times he really bugged me. But in the end I think that actually added to his character.
Becca was far from a Mary-sue. She has her faults but nothing that makes me dislike her.
One thing we didn't get in the book that I wished we had was more information on Nikolai's sister. She was a lot of fun and I would love to see more of her. It would be cool if we got another book and could see more of her, or even a spin off book with her as the main character.
The descriptions of the cities they visit are very rich and they make you feel as if you are there. I could feel the warm breeze and smell the food.
This book is perfect for summer and would be a lot of fun on the beach or at the river. May 6th you should go out and pick up your copy!...more
Fallen review by Moirae (the fates) book reviews. In Fallen by Lauren Kate we meet Luce Price and Daniel Grigori a pair of star-cross lovers…with a twFallen review by Moirae (the fates) book reviews. In Fallen by Lauren Kate we meet Luce Price and Daniel Grigori a pair of star-cross lovers…with a twist. Daniel is a fallen angel. Luce meets him when she is sent to a reform school for “problem” teens. She was sent there due to a fire at her old school, when Luce was in the room and the other student that was with her didn’t make it out of the fire. When she sees him, she feels an immediate pull to him; however, she can’t understand why he is so rude to her. Luce makes fast friends with Penn, her and Penn talk about Daniel like all girls do with their friends. Luce and Daniel are first able to interact a bit more when both of them have to do detention in the school cemetery. The relationship that blooms between Luce and Daniel felt very organic and true. Kate never made it feel forced or like it was fake. The character development was amazing in this story. I did see the book marketed as another Twilight, calling this book Twilight is an insult to Fallen. It was nothing like anything I have ever read before and saying it is like any other book, is calling it unoriginal. It is a very original book. Daniel truly loves Luce and Luce truly loves Daniel. The pair make a wonderful couple. The whole book is action-packed and Kate gives the reader a little snippet of information throughout the book and the reader can put it together like a jigsaw puzzle. The ending and the chapters just before the ending where jam packed with information and action. The twists and turns that Kate gives to the story is amazing and I never saw a few of them coming. This is going to be a four book series, the second of which Torment will be available on 28- September-2010 I would recommend this book to readers of all types. Kate is an author to watch!
What parents need to know: The book has some language, but not much, there is no sexual content so to speak in the book besides kissing, if one can call that sexual content.
Cover art: The cover art is beautiful and the reason I first picked up the book, it reminded me of Amy Lee.
Over all rating: My overall rating for Fallen is a ***** 5 out of 5 stars