Thursday, March 16, 2017

Skulduggery Pleasant Series



First Series
1. Scepter of Ancients
2. Playing with Fire
3. The Faceless Ones
4. The Dark Days
5. Mortal Coil
6. Death Bringer
7. Kingdom of the Wicked
8. The Last Stand of Dead Men
9. The Dying of the Light

Second Series
1. Resurrection

Short Story
 1. Tanith Low in...the Maleficent Seven



Book 23: The Death Bringer


As you may have guessed, (considering the last three books were part of the Skulduggery Pleasant series) this is yet another book in the series.
To be honest, I didn't like this one as much. The series feels like it's kind of dragging.

*Contains Spoilers*
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Valkyrie has sooo many problems right now. Her friend is possessed by a remnant, it turns out she's a evil sorcerer reborn, her parents had a baby (not necessarily a problem), and boy drama. Also a vampire stalker.

Oh, that and the necromancers think they found the Death Bringer.

And just about every has a major secret that comes out. Well, not everyone. Just Valkyrie, Skulduggery, and China.

Did I forget anyone?

-Maria

Book 22: Mortal Coil

Book five of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series!

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILER! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

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This book is set around Christmas.

Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie are off to find Davina Marr, the detective who blew up the Irish Sanctuary. They meet the Tesseract. Not the blue glowing block from Captain America. A Russian hit-man.

Oh, and Valkyrie found out her true name at the end of Dark Days and guess who it is?
The evil sorcerer who is supposed to end the world? Aw. You guessed it.

And the necromancers accidentally let loose a remnant. Which in turns lets loose ALL the evil remnants.

Fletcher and Valkyrie are dating. Tanith and Ghastly admit they like each other and they plan to get back together for steak after everything.

And then they all die.

-Maria

Book 21: The Dark Days

This is the fourth book in the Skulduggery Pleasant series.

*Contains Spoilers*


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Valkyrie has to find Skulduggery's head to bring him back and a group of villains has formed a group called the revenge club...for, well...revenge. Mostly against Valkyrie.

There is also a deadly bomb. Wheee

-Maria


Monday, March 13, 2017

Book 20: The Faceless Ones

The Faceless Ones is the third book in the Skulduggery Pleasant Series.

Yay!
It took me awhile to finally read this. I'm blaming a mixture of Midterms and the fact that I just read the Lunar Chronicles.

I really enjoyed this book. All your favorite characters are back (ALL of them) and we even get some annoying new people (Yay).

Oh, and this one does not have the same happy ending as the others...

-Maria


Saturday, March 11, 2017

What I've Been Up To/ Lunar Chronicles

You maybe noticing that I haven't written a review since the first. Well, I haven't read anything since.
(Actually, I've read "Stars Above" a collection of short stories about the main characters of the Lunar Chronicles, but I decided not to blog about it.)

Mainly, I've been spending my time doing school and infecting all my friends and family with my love for the Lunar Chronicles. So far, one person has read the books and now understands my obsession with tomatoes.

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Yay


Ummm


How am I?

Fine


Fine.



JK

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Yep, Actuate.

-Maria

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How To Write A Book Review

I know, basically every post I've written this year has been a book review. So, I thought, maybe you'd want to know how I do it and maybe get a few tips!
(That or you're reading this for my sparkling personality)



Step One: Read the book. Honestly. This should be a no brainer.


Step Two: Wait. When you are in control of yourself emotional and mentally (this period changes per book)
This is EXTREMELY important. Wait for until the massive gut wrenching feels are gone, ok? You have to be able to distant yourself from the story, or else it will end up looking like this:

AAAAH. THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! THE FEELS! THE FEELS! AH! MY HEART! I LITERALLY CANNOT TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!

And you literally wont be able to write anything because all you'll be able to think about is the spoilers.

That and all the massive feels mentioned above.

Got it?

Good

Step Three: You may now begin writing, Open up your blog post and start. Be sure to keep the book close. That way you can easily grab it if you need to find the authors name, the title (Always double check the title. You don;t want to post something with the ALMOST title. Also so you can check how to spell that  one name that was written..ah...creatively.  

Step Four: Intelligently write out your opinions in a polite but truthful way that reflects your own feelings and writing style (You do you)

Step Five: Publish! (And enjoy)  (DON'T FORGET TO SPELL CHECK)

-Maria

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Bibliophile Tag!



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The tag started at The Rebelling Muse.
The Rules: 

If you want to add a question, Catherine says that is ok.
I think it would be an awesome idea. We could add one each time it spreads, and it'll grow like a snowball.

Ok! Lets do this!

1. What is you favorite fiction novel/series?
This on is going to be hard. Fiction is my favorite overall, so....so many books. My favorite is probably The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  I mean: WOLFLET!!!
2. What is your favorite historic novel?
I think I'm going to say When Jessie Came Across the Sea. It's actually a children's book, but so cute. Plus the illustrations are awesome.
3. What is your favorite contemporary novel?
Does the Gallagher Girl Series count?
4. What character/book best reflects your personality?
I have to say Bex Baxter from the Gallagher Girls series. Like her, I'm obsessed with anything spy like, and am always down to help my besties. Even if it means stealing somebody's trash off the curb.
5. Favorite book character of all time?
I'm thinking Bast from the Kane Chronicles. I love that cat.
6. Favorite author?
Gah. I can't choose. Off the top of my head....Marissa Meyer.
7. Do you judge a book by its cover?
I choose books off cover, title, the blurb on the back and what my friends think.
8. Paper books, ebooks or both?
Paper! Nothing compares with the smell. But carrying a tablet is good too. It's like having a whole library with you!
9. Have you ever read a book you didn't like?
Ugh. So many. But I think the one I hate the most would be "My brother Sam is dead" It's really boring and you go through the whole book waiting for Sam to die. But guess what? He FINALLY dies in the last chapter, and to be honest, even though he was my favorite character (which isn't saying much) I was just glad he finally died.
10. Favorite book villain?
Oooooh. Villains. I'm thinking Gea from Heroes of Olympus. Such an annoying dirt face.
11. (My added question) Book with your favorite cover art? 
Right now I'm going to say the cover of Heartless (The one with the lips), The Lunar Chronicles, (So pretty as a set), or the older Gallagher Girl covers.

Ta da. I'm done.

Tagging: "Anyone who wants to do this"

(This means you)

-Maria


                                 

Friday, March 3, 2017

TA DA!

I changed by background again!

-Maria

(Just letting you know so you don't think space monkeys hacked into my account and changed it)

Emotionally Influenced By Vegetables


Thanks to Marissa Meyer and her books, Heartless and the Lunar Chronicle Series....
I am emotional influenced by tomatoes and pumpkins.

I am not kidding. Halloween is going to be fun. Luckily I'm not a Pumpkin Spice Latte fan. (My go to fall drink is a toasted marshmallow, caramel, and cinnamon latte, known as the campfire caramel)

But still. I intend to carve a collection of pumpkins for Halloween. I'm thinking one with the queen of hearts crown, one with a jester mask, one with a hat, and one with a raven. And of course, one carved like a house.

My family will probably think it's weird when I finish and break down and cry, but whatever.


Tomatoes on the other hand....*sigh*
Well, lets just say I never thought I would get warm fuzzy feelings from looking at a tomatoes. I can just see this summer.

"Ok, everybody! Time to weed the garden!"

Then I'd always pick the tomatoes to weed and then I just end up sitting there smiling at a tomatoes.

"Maria? What are you doing?"

"Shipping...I mean weeding"

You know a book is good when you see random vegetables and  cry,

-Maria

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Book 19: Winter


Winter is the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles!

And once again Marissa Meyer uses her superb writing skills to stamp on our hearts again. Whee


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In this book we follow the story of the Rampion crew as they travel to Luna for the wedding of Prince Kai to the Lunar Queen. We also get to meet Princess Winter, who isn't all there but is still one of the best characters in the book.

A satisfying end to a thrilling saga.

Series

Whatever you would call these

-Maria

Book 18: Cress


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Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles.

Cress is based of Rapunzel, (the original story), but to be honest, Cress (Short for Crescent Moon) reminds me A LOT of Rapunzel from Tangled.

Thorne reminds me of Eugene by the way, but you meet him in Scarlet.

Seriously, you could read this book just for Cress and Thorne, but you know what? There's more!

In this book, they rescue a girl from her satellite, chaos ensues, and they break into the royal palace to break up the royal wedding by kidnapping the groom.

Don't worry.

They put him back,....

Eventually.


-Maria

Book 17: Scarlet


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Scarlet is, you guessed it: The second book in the Lunar Chronicles.

I loved this book so much. The book switches view points every couple chapters.

One part tells the story of Scarlet, the granddaughter of a french farmer. She is delivering her produce when she meets a  Wolf.
Little does she know this shy street fighter knows something about Scarlet's missing Grandma They embark on an epic quest to find her and rescue her from the weird gang that thinks she is hiding something or other.

The other half of the story follows Cinder as she escapes from prison, bringing along the very annoying Thorne, an ex-american pilot and thief.

There are also little chunks of Kai doing stuff too. Mainly mooning around about Cinder and the fact that he hast to marry the evil moon queen to keep the earth from being invaded.

-Maria