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MARGARET AND THE MOON | GUEST BLOG POST @PICTUREBOOKS4LEARNING

This week we are featuring Jen from Picture Books 4 Learning. Her blog is mainly about children books and here is one of her blog posts that she wanted to share with all of us:

 

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Back of Book: Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter.

My Review:

I am overjoyed and the about of picture books that are being published with the theme of strong women. I think it is so important to show young girls how affective they can be on the world. Margaret and the Moon is a perfect balance of fun and information. I had no idea that the person who helped Neil Armstrong land on the moon was a woman. The text focuses on how inquisitive Margret was. The story not only focuses on her great accomplishments but how she got there. The illustrations are fun and creative. The authors note in the back adds a perfect touch. As a teacher, I loved that there was an additional list of reading that children can look up. This is also a perfect beginning to any STEM Project involving the moon. I am excited to add this book to my list of must haves for my classroom.

Ages 5 and up

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THE LOVE INTEREST REVIEW | LAUREN

SPOILERS

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This book had moments that were great and moments that were not so great. I really loved how the love triangle flipped and the two boys fell for each other, that doesn’t normally happen. Caden and Dylan’s relationship was adorable; I got really sad for a second when I though Dyl was actually straight. Speaking of Dyl, he honestly reminded my of a four year old for a majority of the book, it seemed extremely unreal; but I guess he was exaggerating his personality to get Caden to fall for him? There were some super cheesy moments that made my cringe, like at the end where the Love Interests cheer the protagonists for saving the day. I’m glad Caden and Dylan got their happy ending, but we only got a brief glimpse into what Juliet’s life was like, and absolutely nothing about how Nat was handling Trevor’s death. While reading this I was reminded of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (I had a huge urge to reread these while reading this book) and recommend The Love Interest to lovers of these books and vice versa.

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A COURT OF MIST AND FURY REVIEW | GUEST BLOG POST @BOOKLATTES

“I will say this once– and a only once. You can be a pawn, be someone’s reward, and spend the rest of your immortal life bowing and scraping and pretending you’re less than him, than Ianthe, than any of us… Or, you’ve got another choice. You can master whatever powers we gave to you, and make it count. You can play a role in this war. Because war is coming one way or another, and do not try to delude yourself that any of the Fae will give a shit about your family across the wall when our whole territory is likely to be come a charnel house.”

Synopsis: A Court of Mist and Fury takes place a few months after the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, Feyre, Lucien and the rest of the Spring Court are trying to recover from the traumas under the mountain. Feyre is struggling in her new fey body, and feels like she completely destroyed herself under the mountain by killing the innocent fey. Feyre and Tamlin have PTSD, and don’t really know how to help each other. Tamlin doesn’t want to talk about anything, and Feyre relents and never pushes him.

Anyway, moving on. So Tamlin and Feyre are engaged, and are about to have a very symbolic wedding to prove the world is peaceful and everyone in the court is safe. Feyre is really struggling though, both from nightmares and just lack of communication between her and Tamlin. And obviously Lucien is no help.

But on their wedding day, things go poorly, Feyre basically has a panic attack and BAM Rhysand comes and crashes the party (smh that he wasn’t invited to the big day right). Rhys decides that today is the day that he’s going to cash in the little deal they had and he whisks Feyre away to the night court.

Rhysand tries to help Feyre as best he can, and teaches her to read. He also tells her of his suspicions that she has powers or “gifts” that the other High Lords bestowed upon her when she they saved her life under the mountain. Rhys urges Feyre to master her powers and Feyre wants to learn, but when she returns home, Tamlin forbids her from learning how to fight or learn to use her powers.

Feyre, now a prisoner in her own home, is rescued by a member of Rhy’s Court and is taken back to Rhy’s home. There, Feyre agrees to work for him, and his Inner Circle, in order to master her powers and learn to fight in an upcoming war against the King of Hybern.

This book means so SO much to me. I loved every bit of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and loved A Court of Mist and Fury just as much, and more. This book is so filled with such raw, unending emotion it just took my breath away. The sadness, the joy, just everything was so perfect and well written and Sarah truly outdid herself.

The first time I read it, I didn’t fully absorb the ending, but my second time reading it, I took my time and went over every single line, including that brutal end scene. I think I loved it even more this time around.

Now for the spoilerly part:

The Plot: The plot of this book was absolutely AMAZING. Sarah is a master plotter and gah just the twists, turns and interwoven relationships are just incredible. And the ending dear lord you will not see it cOMING.

The Characters: You meet so many new characters in ACOMAF, each one more lovable than the last.

Feyre: I loved seeing more of Feyre, who’s one of my favorite female characters of all time. She grew so much in this novel (cHARACTER DEVELOPMENT) and she turns into such a strong, powerful woman. She was so strong in the last book, and she goes through so much trauma, and though she struggles, she comes through it even stronger. She’s a total badass, and she eventually learns to stop apologizing and that moment is just so powerful and I want to be I strive to be her omg. I relate to Feyre so much, both through her love of art, fierce love of her family and her struggles with depression. She can be bitchy at times, and rude, but honestly who isn’t, and I love her so much. Just seeing her grow, learning to love herself and conquering depression is SO inspiring, and her falling in love with Rhys and finally getting treated how she deserves makes my heart so happy.

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

Rhysand: Obviously we all knew he wasn’t the villain after the end of ACOTAR, but you truly get to see a different side of him in ACOMAF. I adore characters with very emotional, traumatic pasts and Rhysand is definitely one of those characters. He is so broken inside. He loves deeply and is willing to do anything to protect his friends and court. And he learned to love himself too, and be with someone who loves him and GAH Feysand is life.

“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”

Morrigan: THE LIGHT OF MY FREAKING LIFE OK. Mor has been through SO much but is such a bright, happy part of everyone’s life and I literally want to cry about her 24/7. She was tortured by her own family, left to die, and almost was kept captive and bred like a broodmare but she is happy. And she makes other’s happy. And I just have so many feels about her.

“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”

Cassian: My heart can’t take all the emotions regarding these characters. Cass is so sassy, and hot, and an amazing friend, yet he had such a hard childhood uGH MY BABY.

“He winked at me. There was something rough-hewn about his features– like he’d been made of wind and earth and flame and all these civilized trappings were little more than an inconvenience.”

Azriel: MY MATE AND THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Az is so precious and he bottles up his emotions but is so cute around Mor and I could literally just talk about the Inner Circle for 5 billion years can you tell????? Friendly reminder that his hands were burned so badly by his brothers that even his immortal blood couldn’t heal it. Goodbye.

“But the second male, the more classically beautiful of the two… Even the light shied from the elegant planes of his face. With good reason. Beautiful, but near- unreadable. He’d be the one to look out for– the knife in the dark.”

Amren: I haven’t read ACOWAR yet but I can’t wait to find out what Amren is. I really think she’s a witch/valg prince baby??? Or a dragon?? Idk but I love her and she’s a bad bitch.

Elain: Honestly I’ve never been that big of a fan of Elain or Nesta, but honestly Elain grew on me in this book. She isn’t fearless, but she’s brave. She shows weakness, and strength, and is just very real.

“Feyre gave and gave– for years. Let us now help her. Help… others.”

Tamlin:

  • honestly I still don’t hate Tamlin. I have lots of thoughts about him and yes he is a tool, but I don’t hate him.
  • Tamlin wants dominance, control, stability. Rhys said that Tam sat on his ass for 50 years and basically sat it out while Feyre fought for him, but imagine how Tamlin felt. He just had to sit there or his friends and court would be punished. Yes, Rhys had to be Amarantha’s whore for 50 years and that is absolutely unimaginable, but Tamlin was facing an eternity as her whore/plaything. Rhys was basically a plaything that Amarantha messed around with while she waited to get Tamlin.
  • Tamlin’s PTSD took the form of controlling everything and bottling up his emotions. Am I saying that’s right? No. But it is PTSD and he was struggling like Feyre was. And it doesn’t mean he can’t change, and grow, like Feyre did.
  • Do I think Feyre was the right romantic partner for him? Absolutely not. But I don’t think people should just write him off as a bag of dicks.
  • Feyre says it herself: he’s a protector and defender. He does what he thinks is best because he’s used to thinking that way.
  • Sidenote: I don’t think Tamlin doesn’t want Feyre to train because he just wants to keep her to himself because that makes zero sense. I think he doesn’t want her to train because he doesn’t want the word getting out and all the High Lords to come and attack her. He just wants to protect her because it’s the first time he can. It’s the first time he has his powers back and again, HE IS SUFFERING FROM PTSD TOO.
  • Again, not saying that way of thinking is justified, but I think people need to try to understand him more.
  • Feyre and Lucien don’t push him. They just let him win, all the time. I think if they pushed him, really made him listen, Tamlin could change.
  • I hate how they never discuss anything. Feyre just tries to work things out or justify his actions in her head. I’m NOT saying I want Feyre and Tam to end up together. But I don’t hate Tamlin and it makes me mad that he just had a total 180 personality change.

Best scenes:

  • Literally all of Rhys and Feyre’s flirting. I adore them SO much. Especially the scene where they’re talking about licking and Feyre is like “where do you want me to lick” and I was like damn girl get it. p. 290
  • When Feyre and Cassian are sparing and she just loses it and is like “it should have been me” and Rhys wraps her in his wings GAH I JUST LOVE THE GROUP DYNAMIC p.297
  • Rhys and Feyre talking on the roof and Rhys is all pissy and Feyre tries to comfort him or just try to break his shell because he did that so many times for her. p. 365
  • Just the entire scene of Rhys having the nightmare and Feyre comforting him. My heart is literally dead. p. 370
  • The starfall scene. I. Cannot. WHEN SHE SMILES AT HIM GAH DEAD p. 438

PLEASE read this book people. It will change your life.

 

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STRANGE THE DREAMER REVIEW | LAUREN

BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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I’m empty inside, like I always am after a great book. I fell in love with the characters easy-peasie (except Thyon, still don’t like him), and had a great time loving them. The only thing about this book I didn’t find perfect was that I predicted a lot of the end. I knew Lazlo was going to be a godspawn way before it was revealed, so there wasn’t much surprise there. I even guessed that Minya would capture Sarai’s soul, but not how cruelly she handled it! That’s what broke me, but there’s so many possibilities for the next book, and I can’t wait to read it. I wonder if Lazlo’s going to go back to the ground and see how everyone reacts, but what if Minya forces Lazlo into something that kills everyone?! Anyways, my mind’s a huge jumble after this book and it gave me feels. But these are the things that make books brilliant, and I would read it again in an instant! The book’s unique, I would recommend it to lovers of The Raven Cycle series or the Darker Shades of Magic series. 🙂

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CONFESSIONS OF A BOOK LOVER REVIEW | GUEST BLOG POST – @DROWNINGINBOOKS_

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Author:- Ruskin Bond

Published:- 2017

Publishing house:- Penguin- Viking

Cost:- 6.22 USD

Pages:- 348

About the book: – If you thought this was another one of those proper classics by Ruskin then the truth is that it’s not, it’s better. You see, any author was once a reader or always had his or her nose between a book, and this book can be considered as Ruskin Bond’s journey through the ruffled pages and the hardcovers, the stale smell of the new book and the sinking feeling we get when we finish reading a book. This book is Ruskin Bond’s memoir as a reader in his younger days.

Synopsis: – So, what’s in the book you ask? The answer is yet again quite simple. It’s a collection of selected chapters from the author’s favorite novels as a young man. These range from the adventurous endeavors of Mr. Polly to the humorous misfits that Stacy Aumonier has created. To me, this has been a great book to discover some great authors about whom I didn’t know before.  The genres included here are for all ages ranging from the classics of literature to the crude adventures which may leave you asking for more (‘Love of life’ being a fine example for it) .

It is a great read and a great journey of exploration through the finest of literature. Surely a book I would recommend for your to read list.

 

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LOVE IN THE FRIEND ZONE BY MOLLY E. LEE REVIEW | ALISON

5 laugh out loud stars

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I completely devoured this book. I read it in one sitting. I had moments where I was laughing uncontrollably and moments where I was frustrated with the male character. Well after I put the book down I would think of a line from the book and laugh out loud which earned me some strange looks.

Fynn and Braylen stole my heart. I loved them, I felt for them, especially Braylen. And I was rooting for them from the beginning. I become Braylen’s cheerleader!

I loved the whole setting, I wanted to be there, I wanted to party with them. I could totally see this story being a movie and I would love to watch it!

I can’t wait for book two!

5 Stars!

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Synopsis:
The only thing worse than not being able to tell your best friend you’re head over heels in love with him? Having to smile and nod when he enlists your help to ensnare the girl of his dreams.

Braylen didn’t even want to go to Lennon Pryor’s epic graduation-night party, but when Fynn begs her to be his “wingwoman,” she can’t deny him. Talking up her BFF—how he’s magic behind a camera, with a killer sense of humor and eyelashes that frame the most gorgeous blue eyes in the history of forever—is easy. Supporting his efforts to woo someone so completely wrong for him? Not so much.

Fynn knows that grad night is his last shot before leaving for college to find true love. And thanks to Bray, he gets his chance with the beautiful Katy Evans. But over the course of the coolest party of their high school careers, he starts to see that perhaps what he really wants has been in front of him all along. Bray’s been his best friend since kindergarten, though, and he’d rather have her in his life as a friend than not at all.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two best friends whose sexual chemistry is off the charts…if only they’d succumb to it.

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WEAVE A MURDEROUS WEB REVIEW | NAJA

Hello and welcome back to Blissful Life Project blog.

Reading this book was one of my favourite reading journeys of this year and it led me to meeting my two new favourite authors!

Jane Larson is a lawyer working for a major New York City law firm and a woman with temper. Jane is asked by her friend to take a pro bono custody case which at first seems like an really easy case. Her client Gail is fighting her ex boyfriend Larry to pay child support for their little girl Courtney. Larry is an attorney who deals drugs on the side and has connections with mob associates. Case soon takes a big turn when Larry is found dead after he attempted to murder Jane. Jane finds out that Gail was only asking for help because she wants all the money Larry has hidden and her plan does not include sharing the money with their little daughter Courtney. Jane also realises that she should not trust anyone involved in this case since everyone has their own hidden agenda. Jane was warned by her friends and enemies as well to step back from this case and get out while she still can but her being strong and determined woman leads her to a heartbreaking discovery of who is the person behind all this murders, threats and drama.

 

I really enjoyed reading this suspenseful thriller full of mysteries surrounding the murders. I also loved the writing style, the book was easy to read and the plot twists were amazing, I was unable to put the book down!

After reading the last page my heart broke and I had that feeling of not knowing what to do next with my life, the feeling I always get after reading a great book. I am sure other book worms can relate to this feeling!

Goodreads rating: 4.23/5 🌟
My rating of the book: 5/5 🌟
My rating of the book cover: 5/5 🌟

 

I would definitely recommend this book to all who love unpredictable plot twists and murder mysteries. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this book series!

I must warn you my dear friends once you take this book in your hands and start reading it you will not be able to put it down until the end!

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Until the next time,
N.

 

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A LIST OF CAGES REVIEW | LAUREN

I loved this book soooo much! I want to hold it and cherish it for the rest of my days. The characters were so lovable, my heart swells thinking of them, and after the first fifty pages I began to feel protective of them. No one is allowed to hurt these characters! The book wasn’t at all superficial, and dove into serious matters that I will never completely understand. I come from a loving family, and I’ll try not to take that for granted, especially now that I have glimpsed at these horrible things. I loved the friendship between Adam and Julian, and how Charlie was dealing with it throughout the book. Charlie really did remind me of Ronan! I loved seeing the character development, I feel like a parent watching my babies grow up *tears up*. I recommend this novel to people who liked Fans of the Impossible Life and Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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