Putting aside the fact that I agree with the reviewers that say this story has similarities close to the plot of Hunger Games, reminds them of the X-MPutting aside the fact that I agree with the reviewers that say this story has similarities close to the plot of Hunger Games, reminds them of the X-Men, and has Game Of Thrones elements, I still find Red Queen to be pretty damn awesome. There were moments when I felt my heart pounding in my ears much like the main character, Mare, does because those fight scenes are thrilling. You read enough books that sometimes the twists might seem obvious to you but then once the twist happens in this one, Aveyard takes you beyond what you could have imagined it was. I was pretty shocked by some of the behavior! But it’s an exhilarating ride and I relished every moment I spent with Mare and company. The next installment of this trilogy cannot come fast enough!...more
What I don't get about these "based on the movie" junior novels is that they always leave out the ending. They should release them well after the DVDWhat I don't get about these "based on the movie" junior novels is that they always leave out the ending. They should release them well after the DVD of the movie hits stores or else it just leaves you hanging. At least this one gives the reader a little epilogue that might satisfy their curiosity of what happens to the characters but it doesn't explain the conclusion with Ronan and the infinity stone he took from the Guardians. Yes, we all know what happens but say the reader never saw the movie, they're going to be disappointed in the so-called ending with a promise of another story that may or may not ever get published. So as much as I love the jokes and the behind the dialogue feelings they have, it gets 2 1/2 stars for leaving the reader with a half-assed story....more
When asked that hypothetical question of: If you could sit down with any three historical/celebrity figures, alive or dead, who would you pick?, my toWhen asked that hypothetical question of: If you could sit down with any three historical/celebrity figures, alive or dead, who would you pick?, my top two spots have always been the same.
Ferdinand Magellan and Billy Joel. Always these two gentleman.
Being raised on Long Island, I think it’s a requirement to be a Billy Joel fan. I can proudly say I have been a die-hard fan since I was a fetus and have memorized all of his albums and can most likely list you all of his song tracks backwards from Air (Dublinesque) to She’s Got A Way. So when this all about Joel book (see what I did there?) was pointed out to me in the store, I knew I must have it. And of course the 5 star rating might be bias but I seriously enjoyed every second of Schruers tale of Billy the Kid.
It starts out with the history of his family and how events preceding World War II led to his grandfather’s escape of Nazi Germany. Then onto Joel’s childhood and how different types of music shaped the artist we all know him to be today. I love how Schruers breaks down every album, clues us in on what transpired during the creation process, and who or what Joel’s lyrics are really about. I have new appreciation for many of the titles and also for the kind of man Joel really is: brilliantly talented and also one of the most forgiving people on this planet.
Billy Joel has always been a fantastic storyteller, so having an extra 300+ pages of more insight into his life is fascinating. So if you are a fan, I think you may enjoy learning more about what truly makes up the Piano Man. ...more