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The rules

I loved this book from the moment I opened it. The protagonist was a young  girl called Ariane who lived under strict rules with her father in a small town. We find out eventually that she is an alien human hybrid who was produced and spent her formative years in a laboratory. Het whole life had been spent being invisible until she meets the boy Zane. She joins with him in an effort  show up the popular mean girl but their efforts result in her secret being revealed and disturbing revelations about her fathers role on the saga.

The characters were realistic and drew emotions from me. I found it easy to empathise with the main character and top see the events of the book through her eyes.  I loved this book and would definitely buy a paper copy for myself.

buried, Gerilyn Marin

I was given this book to read for free so I could review it. When I first opened it and started reading it I did not want to continue reading but felt honour bound to do so because I was meant to review it.

I had to force myself over several sittings to get as far as half way through the book. I had a hard time dealing with the teenage speak of the main character Cadence as most teens I know do not talk like her. The writing structure was okay and unlike many free ebooks I have read there was no obvious spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes.

The plot was slow moving to begin with and I became more and more interested as the book progressed and the quest became obvious. The love interest and the quest to rid the town of the evil influence drew my attention and Iwanted to read to find out if they succeeded.

The book is worth reading and once you get into it is a refreshing paranormal novel which is different from most out at the moment.

The plot.... Cadence lives in a town plagued by paranormal weirdness which gets worse when the new boy moves onto town. The new boy is connected to the weirdness through his family and is searching for a way to get rid of it . Cadence joins him in his quest which ends with surprising results.

The hiatus is over!

I have started this journal/blog again because of a pre approved book offer from NetGalley.

The book:
The Testing

Book One in The Testing Trilogy

by Joelle Charbonneau

I had no idea what to expect when I opened this book for the first time; I had not read the description and I had not read anything by this author before.

The protaganist was a 16 year old called Malencia Vale who lived in a dystopian society formely known as the USA. Her world had been torn apart by war and environmental disaster almost a century before the events of the book took place. The USA was divided into "colonies" which were situated where cities once stood, and a capital city. In Malencia's world graduates were put forward for the "Testing" where they competed to get into University. Malencia was looking forward to going until her Father told her about his nightmares related to when he took part in the testing. She went through great pain and suffering while enduring the Testing- physical and mental, but ended up with the boy in the long run.

I was fascinated from the beginning and the book held my attention to the end. The book was well written and the world building was excellent. I could easily put myself into the world of the Testing and feel what Cia felt and imagine what the world looked like.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in dystopian fiction!

I was so fascinated with this book that I did not notice any problems with plot holes, spelling or grammar. I am very much interested in this series and am looking forward to the next book where I anticipate learning more about the world!
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I do not see the suck. This person is being wayyyyy oversensitive
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I do not agree with most of the comments in this post. Basically, the OP originalley wrote that he had a caller who spoke at ear damaging volumes and would not stick on topic. Most of the commenters seem to think that the caller was going deaf and that the OP had no right to complain about this situation AT ALL because the man could not help. I think that the OP has a right to complain if the caller/customer was potentially damaging the OP's hearing. My sister used to work with an autistic kid who screamed constantly and now my sister has got partial hearing loss because of this kid. Does my sister have the right to complain? Of course

Sep. 8th, 2011

Bloody year 7/8s. I planned a lesson for them, which had a mix of textbook and non textbook exercises. One might even call it a fun lesson. The little turds refused to accept what I had set. They refused to do a single bloody thing. Miss why are you telling me off? Why do I have to? Waa waa waaa waa waa. Sounds harsh? I do not care. They are all little turds who do not appreciate what they have been given.

We cannot wait for next year when we will actually learn something. They are buggers. Little buggers. I have tried and tried to teach them, but they do not listen. They ahve learnt lots this year. I cannot wait to leave this school.
Screw it. I am way too busy at the moment to use this journal as a book review blog.

I need to talk to someone, but am to ashamed to talk to my friends and family. This is so silly, but it is the way I feel.

I am a first year teacher and I suck. I spent three lessons trying to teach the kids something, and they still did not get it. They regularly tell me how bad I am at explaining stuff, and how much they miss their old teacher, who got my job for the next year. No matter how hard I try, or do not try, I still cannnot do it. My Behaviour Management skills suck. I suck.

I wonder about quitting; but where would I go? What would I do for a living? I cannot move back home. I want to go back to McDonalds.

Then I think, I did well on my prac teaching science! Why can I not teach maths contextually? I am so bloody naive and ignorant that it is rediculous.

I worry about getting a job. I like teaching, but find it frustrating. I enjoy the pay and the lifestyle. I actually like this town, but no one likes me. I find it really hard that no one likes me as a teacher. I am the type of person who people say is a really nice person, but a horrible teachers.

I started crying today to God for help.

It feels like nothing good is happening. I feel so bad about myself and what I am doing to these kids.

Gees, and I feel no better. I thought that if I vented it would get better, but no luck.

Review:  Eve by Anna Carey

Eve’s mother died in the Great Plague which devastated the Earth until a vaccine was found. America descended into chaos until one politician, who later became King, took drastic steps. Twelve years after her mother died, Eve graduated as valedictorian from the School for orphaned girls. All her life, she was taught that men and boys were essentially predators. The night of her graduation, she discovered the drastic steps put into place to ensure population growth- School graduates become sows, their whole life devoted towards baby making.

The book follows Eve’s journey as she escapes from those seeking to recapture her. For the first time, Eve is forced to trust in a male to help her escape and is betrayed by those who who were meant to keep her safe. Eve reaches safe haven, without her male protector.

I liked the concept of this book, but it does follow a fairly predictable pattern for dystopian novels. I could not help but wonder if the mentality and events that happened in this book are actually possible. I was horrified that girls could be strapped down, continually having babies and wondered what would happen when the numbers of orphans due to the plague diminished entirely. I was shocked that the stereotypes held by the students at School regarding males were true for some men that Eve met.

The main messages in the book were that great tragedy can either bring men together, or tear them apart, that there is a need for social justice in any world for the underclass (including orphans and women) and that regardless of the ‘party line’ politicians have ulterior motives. I may be reading too much into this, but I could not stop thinking about social justice, which is ensuring that all people have equal rights with regards to food, social status and so on. The most vulnerable in Eve’s world (orphans) were victimised, the boys being used for slave labour and the girls being breeding factories.

This book is well worth reading. I hope that there is a sequel which describes how Eve survives in the safe city and that eventually her and Caleb meet again.

 

 



REVIEW: Variant by Robison Wells

Benson won a scholarship to a fancy private school, escaping the hellish cycles of foster care. Instead of teachers, weekend leave and competition for grades, he found no adults, a gang of ‘students’ running the school, with no escape and detention meaning death.

I like this book, and am looking forward to the sequel. The writing was fast paced and characters believable. It was chilling to see how some students were forgetting the rest of the world, and were growing complacent while Benson was still questioning the system and look for a way to escape. This contrast was a rather obvious plot device to show how the system changes inmates, but I felt it was an effective way to influence readers’ emotions.

Upon hearing there was no adults (teachers, janitors or cafeteria workers) in the school, I initially expected a ‘Lord of the Flies’ scenario where there was utter chaos. I was surprised to find that there was, at least seemingly, a well ordered society. Students were divided into Havoc, Society and Variant groups, which determined their allegiances and jobs in the school. There was discord between the groups but this did not result in the school descending into chaos.

Readers in high schools would enjoy reading this book as characters are relatable and the storyline interesting. It is a pity that the book ended so abruptly, and I did wish for more, but at least it will be tied to the next book and there will be continuity.


Review: SEERS by HEATHER FROST


Kate lives in a world in which people who experience near death can potentially become Seers and where after death, people choose between going to heaven or becoming a Guardian. There is a war going on between Guardians and Demons (evil dead people) and Seers can assist Guardians in fighting this war. “Seers” describes Kate’s journey as she discovers her role as a Seer, meets her Guardian and hunts demons, while she is dealing with normal teen issues such as boyfriends.

I liked the concept of the book; a girl suffering from the death of her parents, learning to cope with her new abilities and role as a fighter of Evil. It was a refreshing take on the popular young adult supernatural genre. There were no supernatural creatures such as vampires or werewolves.

For the most part, this book was well written, but it did not hold my attention. I wanted it to end, not because I wanted to find out what happened, but because it was bland. I felt that Kate’s character was not well developed, and this was redeemed only by the love triangle between her, Patrick (her Guardian) and Aaron (her human boyfriend).

I did not like the Australian character, Jack. He was too stereotypically Australian. It seemed like he was written by someone who did not know Australians and our accents. His language was old fashioned and stereotyped, but this could easily be explained by his date of death.

Although there are issues, this book is definitely worth reading. The way you view this book definitely depends on personal taste