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“Arclight”—A Book Review

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Arclight by Josin L. McQuein was an interesting read. It definitely put a new spin on the post-apocalyptic genre.

In the future, very few humans remain. The small number of humans, that are still human, live within a compound surrounded by the Arclight. Anything beyond the Arclight means death. Light is safety. Light is life. The people in the compound live on a nocturnal schedule, doing normal activities at night, so they can be on high alert, ready to take action if necessary.

Then one day a girl comes out of the Dark, giving people a reason to hope again. Maybe there is a way for humans to regain their rightful place as the dominant species. In order to save Marina from the Dark and bring her into the light, several members of the compound had to sacrifice themselves, causing a lot of hostility from her new classmates (having lost a parent in her rescue).

“They died for the hope that a human coming though the Dark alive meant…something.”

Outside of the Arclight, living solely in the Dark, are creatures called the Fade. The humans must do all that they can to keep themselves safe from the Fade, holding on to everything they can that still enables them to identify with humanity. Living in a walled off compound, never being able to experience nature (for the Fade have claimed anything outside of the Arclight as theirs), or any part of the outside world is the most saddening part of this tale.

“The Fade took that from us. They stole the moon, and robbed us of the stars.”

Arclight contained an interesting lore on creatures I haven’t encountered yet. This aspect of the book I found pretty interesting, if not a little confusing at times. But I found the pace of the book to be a little slow and lack luster. The romance wasn’t pulse-pounding enough for me to care too much about the fate of the young lovers involved.

All in all, it was pretty interesting, just not outstanding. I give this YA book three out of five stars.

“The Eternal Ones”—A Book Rant

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The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller was completely redic. To be honest I can’t even remember a whole lot from this book because it was just a whole bunch of boring nonsense that never really led anywhere.

Basic overview:

Haven has had “visions” ever since she was a little kid, but her grandmother refuses to let her speak of it and sent her to therapy for many years to get her to stop talking about them. Haven keeps seeing herself as another person in a former life with a guy.

Then one day she sees celebrity Iain on TV and is all like, “OMG, I know him from a past life, I must leave my rinky-dink Tennessee town and go to New York to find him!”

With convincing from her gay bf and some weird backwoods pastor, she sets off for NYC. While there, she runs into the movie star, Iain and he instantly recognizes her and is all, “Oh, thank God, you finally found me. I became a movie star in this life hoping that you would see my face and come be in love with me again.”

Haven discovers some secret Ouroboros Society and unravels weird sketchy past secrets about a bunch of people who also keep getting reincarnated. Is Iain lying to her about stuff? Has she been murdered before? Does someone want to murder her now? Did her therapist back in Tennessee sell her out? Did her dead father believe her when she was a kid and was his death an accident?

Seriously…this book was ridiculous…and not in an entertaining kind of way. I got really bored with the back and forth, “I love him! I can’t trust him! I love him! He lied to me! But I love him!”

I give this book one star. I will NOT be reading the sequel.  

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Percy Jackson –A Book Rave and Movie Rant

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The entire Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan was simply wonderful! Any fan of the Harry Potter series will fall in love with Percy Jackson and his oddball friends. These books will have even the most reluctant readers begging for more.

Percy Jackson has gotten kicked out of every school he has ever gone to. It’s not his fault…things just seem to happen around him. Things he has no explanation for and no control over. Add to it the fact that he is ADHD and dyslexic, school just flat out sucks for Percy.

Then, on his sixth grade school field trip, something insane happens…his pre-algebra teacher turns into a Fury and tries to kill him! He only survives because Mr. Brunner, his wheelchair-bound teacher, throws him a ball point pen that somehow turns into a sword when he uncaps it. The even stranger part…no one acknowledges that this near-death-event even happened. Even his best friend Grover, a kid with a handicap limp, says that Percy just imagined it.

While on vacation at a seaside cabin with his mom, shit gets real. Percy’s mom orders him to the car, where they embark upon a high-speed journey to a destination unbeknownst to Percy.  Somehow Grover ends up in the car with them and Percy discovers the startling truth: He is a demigod, birthed from one mortal parent and one Greek God, straight out of ancient Greek mythology. Also, it turns out that his best friend Grover is really a satyr—human from the waist up (if you ignore the small horns growing out of his curly hair) and goat from the waist down (this explains his “handicap” limp—all those years of stuffing goat hooves into tennis shoes).

The destination is Camp Half-Blood: A summer camp where a magical boarder keeps half-bloods safe from mythological monsters. You see, monsters can smell demigods…they sniff them out to try to kill them before they get old enough to learn how to fight. That’s what Camp Half-Blood is for: training young demigods how to battle mythological creatures.

Unfortunately, Percy is only at camp for a short while, and soon embarks upon a quest to try to prevent war from breaking out between the gods. You see, Zeus’s master lightning bolt is missing…and he is convinced that Percy has it! Thus, with his new friend, Annabeth Chase (daughter to Athena), and of course the trusty satyr Grover, Percy must travel to the underworld and back, searching for the lightning bolt. If he can find the bolt, and return it to Olympus (which just so happens to reside on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City), just maybe he can stop a war between Gods.

Great for kids and adults alike, the Percy Jackson series is not to be missed! These books are surprisingly full of wit and humor. And the Greek Mythology is extremely accurate, so you learn about all of the mythological legends in a fun way that doesn’t make your head hurt.  

Five Stars for the entire series!

 

 

Okay…now for the movie:

If you haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson books, I imagine the movie would be quite enjoyable. But for avid fans of the novels, it is extremely aggravating! They leave out SO MUCH!!!

First of all, let me start out by saying that I absolutely adore Logan Lerman, who portrays Percy Jackson. I have absolutely no beef with him. Great actor.

But the fact that they made all of the characters teenagers in the movie kind of irked me…they are supposed to be twelve-year-olds in The Lightening Thief. AND Annabeth is supposed to be a blonde…AND they didn’t even have her invisibility hat in the movie, which was a major part of the books. Plus, they add characters to the movie that don’t show up until Book 5 in the series! Little things like that throughout the movie and got on my nerves. They also left out some of my absolute favorite scenes and failed to show some major characters, namely the god of war, Ares.  

And Camp Half-Blood looked ALL wrong! The camp is supposed to be comprised of cabins around a central courtyard in a “U” shape. In the movie, they made it look like a primitive camp site with tents thrown out all willy-nilly.

Also, they don’t even make Percy have to figure out who his immortal father is…they’re just all like, “Oh, hey, B T Dubs, yo daddy is Poseidon, mmm kay?”

One thing I did really enjoy from the movie that they got mostly accurate is the Lotus Hotel scene. It was pretty bad ass J

All in all, I can only honestly give the movie two out of five stars. Maybe three stars at most.

I do have to say though, from what I’m seeing of the trailer, it looks like they are trying to correct all of their mistakes with the second movie, Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. I guess they realized that Percy Jackson fans are abundant and were royally pissed with the outcome of the first movie. So fingers crossed and here’s to hoping!

“Altered”—A Book Review

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Altered by Jennifer Rush…the only word I can think of to accurately describe this book is “meh.”

For the past several years, four boys have been held captive in Anna’s basement. Her father works for some organization called “The Branch” and does experiments and records data on their progress and whatnot, because the boys have somehow been “altered,” but how and for what purpose we never really find out. And now that Anna is old enough (at the age of sixteen), she gets to help.

Of course, Anna is madly in love with one of the boys (the stereotypical “hot guy” who is also kind). The three other guys have very stereotypical personalities as well, which kinda bugged me: You have your bad boy, your intellectual, and the playful puppy dog.

One day when The Branch comes in for a visit to check on the progress of the program, things go amiss and people get shot and the boys escape with Anna after her dad helps tells them to keep her safe. So now there are big scary agency type men after them, and they have to steal cars and keep a low profile, yadda yadda yadda.

So Anna and the guys hide out together, trying to decipher clues and learn who they are and when they entered The Branch (because their memories have naturally been wiped clean)and what The Branch planned to do with them. There are fights and shootings and mystery files….and that’s pretty much all that happens.

To be honest, from the summary on the inside cover of the book, I was kind of hoping for a least a little romance, but you are literally only given a snippet. Quite disappointing.

All in all I give this book two out of five stars. I was definitely not intrigued enough to read the sequel when it comes out.