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The Princess Diaries Review

Reading as slowed down but it is still a part of my life.  AND If I’m reading, then I’m reviewing.  Below is my review of The Princess Diaries.  I borrow the book from the library and do intend to borrow the next one in the series.


The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a fan of the movies, I had some expectations when I finally sat down to read this book. While I know books and movies are two very different arenas, I had this idea laid out of this story. What a surprise it was to find out that the book was so very different.

Mia is the same lovable character that I met in the movie, and reading her private thoughts instead of seeing the situation laid out was a good experience. There was something engaging and quirky about the book Mia. Anne Hathaway plays her excellently, but book Mia was just different, and I LOVED that.

While the book is short, only 228 pages, it is still an engaging and fun read. It’s high-strung and dramatic at times; but, you are reading the thoughts of a high school freshman. It is always thoughtful and powerful because it explores the mechanics of relationships.

The displays of friendships and relationships play out nicely. While it is only high school, we never really outgrown the dynamics of clicks. And this book looks at how those clicks work. How Mia is sloshing through it. From being invisible to front page news. Seeing how others will use and bruise you and others will always have your back.

This book is a beautiful nod to friendship. It’s a well-written tale about a nobody who is a somebody. It’s a wonderful coming of age story about a girl who is learning her role. I’m excited to continue reading the series.

Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Did I love this book: Yes.
Do you need to read the rest of the books: Yes.

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Beautiful Redemption Review

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Yes, it’s another book review, because that is all I have been doing here lately.  Reading.  I have really gotten on my reading train again.  And since I had reviewed the first three books, I thought I’d share the last book review.  I have finished reading the main books in this series.  Now onto the secondary stories and spin-offs.

 


Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4)Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful Redemption

Now that I have finished the fourth book in the Caster Chronicles I am happy with the way the main story ends.

This review does contain spoilers, so read at your own risk.

At the end of Beautiful Chaos, I was frustrated with how the story ended. Not because it was bad, but because nothing was resolved. The neat and tidy ending I hoped for was not present. Thankfully, this book fixed that frustration. When Ethan dived off the tower it created a problem. I was curious how the next book would be written. Having both Lena and Ethan’s POV was very helpful. The multiple point of views solved the issues of not knowing what was going on in Gatlin, now that Ethan was not there.

The journey Ethan had to go on to find his way back was both adventurous and mundane. There had more to it. I know the boy had already been through more than enough; but, it felt too easy. There should have been more than a riverboat ride, hanging out with the gatekeeper and witty conversation with the villain. Fighting your way back to the land of the living should have required more.

However, I didn’t feel the same about Lena’s journey. Her side of things felt rushed, but intense. I loved seeing her in her pain, but not letting it consume her. That he love and passion for Ethan, guided her to him once more. Her friendship with Ethan’s family and friends blooming. Her determination to push all boundaries to find Ethan. Lena was a great character in the book. I loved how much more we saw of her.

I hated that Amma’s deal still stood at the end. But I appreciate that it wasn’t all well and good. That the characters had to lose someone, who was more than a secondary character. A lesson had to be learned for all. Sometimes stories focus on being happy rather than to push the boundaries.

Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Did I love this book: Yes.
Do you need to read the first three books: Yes.

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Beautiful Chaos Review

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I finished this book about a week or so ago.  I just now got to type out my review.

I have to say three things:

  1. I’m so proud that I haven’t stopped reading since I started again.
  2. This book was good.
  3. I actually have finished the following and last main book in the series.  So go me!

Below the line is my Goodreads review.  Check it out!


Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles, #3)Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos Review

This book was one of three I have thrown in my life. The ending had me frustrated. As I neared the end the book, I realized there were not enough pages to satisfy what I wanted. The ending was incredibly frustrating for me. Because I like neat and tidy, and this was not.

With that being said, this book kept my interest. I wanted to know what had happened to the order. I needed to know what Amma’s deal was. (Though I’m sure I know what it was.) I needed to know how this story was going to unfold.

Again, I say is this the end all, be all book that everyone has to read. No. But it is a fun adventure into the world that the authors’ created. I highly enjoyed traveling along with Ethan, experiencing his love for Lena. Exploring Link’s new life. Seeing how Ridley was dealing with her new path. Watching Olivia deal with the fall out from Beautiful Darkness. Seeing how all the mortals and casters travel in their directions and bouncing off of each other. Creating the chaos that directly affects Ethan and his world.

Would I recommend this book: Yes.
Did I love this book: Yes.
Do you need to read the first two books: Yes.

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Beautiful Darkness: My review.

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If you know me you know I love to read but don’t always get to complete a book.  So yes, finally I finished another book.   I really liked reading this book.  So below the line is my Goodreads review.  Check it out!


 

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is this the book that changes the world. No. But is this a book that will entertain you as you enter into another world that can only be found in the pages of a book. Yes.

I have to say I enjoyed reading this. There were some mundane parts. Some highly impossible moments that seemed as if the writer was taking a shortcut or two. But I liked reading it. I enjoy Ethan’s story. How he and Lena have to deal with the worlds of caster and mortal. Seeing how the song changes. How impossible and improvable intertwine with what is actually happening.

It’s a fun read. It’s a quick read, once I got past the first few chapters, I couldn’t really put it down. It kept me drawn in.

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Blog Post #754

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This morning I was in the shower, and since there is where I do my best thinking, I was going over different things in my mind. There was my to-do list, my random crazy thoughts, my brain badgering me over things I did in 1997, and some pretty hard questions about why I’m so stressed and frustrated here lately.

Now I already used the intro paragraph on my Journey of Faith Blog post. That really divulged into my spiritual shortcomings. But I wanted to look at another point and post it here, so that’s why I plagiarized myself this morning.

So the other thing I was thinking about this morning in my shower was how March is practically gone. I mean where did this month go? It’s already the 23rd and I feel like it was yesterday that we started March. Like I have these plans and ideas for my blogs. I try to post once a month. Give a check in on how my life is good or annoying. Truthfully it’s annoying sometimes. But my last blog post for POV was January 31st. I totally missed February, though the month was overall okay. Had some sickness, through March has been worse with that. But seriously how are we already about to be in the 4th month of the year?

 

I do know where some of my time has gone. For a huge chunk of it, I was working in my house. Thanks to the tax refund check we got, we were able to purchase a new living room couch. Now this couch is just what we needed. It’s a sectional, which takes a HUGE portion of the room, but as a family of five, we needed something this size. We all like to lay around together and watch movies, and the love seat/couch combo that we had, just didn’t work. Plus the love seat, where Phil and I normally sat, was demolished by two little boys going through their toddler stage. Now they are both big boys and all, replacing seemed like a good idea. And it’s so pretty and makes me so happy. I’ve slept on it two night now. If that tells you anything.

The rest of it I don’t really know. There have been events and whatnot on Saturdays, but the rest of my time has seemed to vanish to some far off undetermined location. The days have passed without any real knowledge of it. Which is weird. So that is my March update. Time has been stolen from me. I blame whoever is still allowing it to snow in Spring. But I feel as if I am digressing. I might add to this post later, but for now…

 

 

 

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January Reflections

How Did the Month Go?

 

So now that we are one month down into the new year, I thought I’d take a moment to think about what I wanted thirty-one days ago, and today. I re-read my Happy New Year post.  At the start of the month, I was really excited about the new plans and ideas I had.  Truth is, I’m still pretty excited about it.  I was thrilled with the idea of starting these new lists and plans.   I felt that I had it in me to do the hard work needed to complete these plans.  A fact that I’ve proven to myself.

I have started and made progress on three of my projects.  My books,  my desk, and the clothing.  These are the things that I’ve gotten started.  Which is more than it sounds.   My desk was a nightmare, I could barely use the keyboard, let alone find anything.  So tackling that was hard.  Thankfully I was able to get a handle on that.  I just have to finish it.  The papers I have to go through is crazy.   I’m quite proud of those accomplishments.

Now there are things I am still not happy with.  Like I didn’t do one bit of exercise.  That was something I wanted to do.  But never started it. In fact, when it comes to my health, all I’ve done is take my medicine.  Which really isn’t good.  I need to get back on the track I was, granted it wasn’t the most healthy.  But, it was better than not.   And not, is what this month has been with my exercise, eating, and health habits.

The debt cutting, which is something I wrote about on my other blog post, and I have to say that I’ve been taking some great strides on that front.  I have a lot of plans to deal with the debt our family has.  It’s just going to be a matter of time when those are dealt with completely.  Thankfully, Phil gets bonuses and that will help pay some of the student loans down.  That makes me so happy.  I have a plan and I’m happy that I’m sticking to it.

 

Another plan for the past month was to read the bible daily.  This goal is discussed in a ton of detail on my Journey of Faith blog.  But I have to say here, I did read 31 passages, I did write 30 passages.  That is a huge feat for me.

My month has been filled with snow days, cleaning days, projects, daily cleaning,  going to church, running around doing errands and such.  I’m proud that I haven’t been lazy, that I’ve been able to have fun.  That I feel like as a person, I’m growing.  So that has been my month.

 

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Happy New Year 2018

New Beginnings

 

Whew, another new year.  Another set of new beginnings.  Another time of reset and start fresh. I am looking forward to this year. There are a lot of things on the horizon that seems really awesome.

Right now I’m still wrapped up in the excitement of new ideas, prospects, things to do.  It’s hard to not feel good.  It’s gonna take hard work to take the list and ideas and make them into reality.  But for the first time in a while, I feel like I have it in me to do the hard work.

That in itself is really exciting to me.

You might be wondering what is so exciting to me.  Well, one I have these goals and ambitions to learn more.  Just because I’m a college grad doesn’t mean that my learning should stop, and I miss learning.  I miss challenging myself to study.  I have set some goals for myself, like learning French and learning basics from my childhood.

I also have a goal of cutting debt out of my life.  There are things that just need to stop being so expensive.  There is no reason to spend so much money on things that just don’t matter.  So I will be finding ways to save money.  Learn to do more with less.   There is no reason that we are so quick to swipe the card.  I intend to do some yard sales to get rid of clutter, with the intent of all proceeds going to cut our debt.  Phil and I have been very loose with our spending habits.  It’s my goal to cut that.  It’s my goal to take more steps to pay off our debts.  Between credit cards and student loans, we are being strangled.  I intend to change that.  I just do.  While all of this is probably too much information, it’s just a goal that means so much to me.  This time next year I want to report that I have succeeded in getting cutting out all credit card debt.

The reason this means so much to me, is I want a new car.  My car is great.  Don’t get me wrong.  Great gas mileage.  It has been through a lot.  The only issue with my beloved car is that my family of five does not fit into it well.  Now when the hubby is at work, and one of the kids can sit up front it’s fine.  But when all three kids are in the back, it’s very bad.  Poor Haylie is tortured.  So if I can get out of all credit debt.  I could save and get a new car by this time next year.  It’s a long goal.  But I’m playing the long game with my money.

 

Other goals include getting my body to a point that I can withstand daily life.  Due to the health issues, I’ve been through I have every attention to give myself the resources to keep me healthy.  I don’t want to be super strength girl or anything.  Just healthy enough to be able to live a good life.  Yes. I want to lose weight.  I have a number in mind but the truth is I don’t care if I am a size two or twenty.  I just want to be able to run around with my kids.  Go on field trips and have a good time.  So there are reasons I need to get my body in order.

There are a bunch of other smaller goals that I’m excited about, but for tonight.  I’m going to leave it at this.  The year will be full of great things.  I’m excited to for this year.  Are you?

 

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