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Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review! This semester, I'm taking a popular genre class, and we are focusing on Science Fiction. We started the semester with a novel by Jules Verne called Journey to the Center of the Earth. That's what I will be reviewing today. Now, on with the review!

I read the free version on my Amazon Kindle, so the names for the characters may be a little different from other translations. In my book, a young man named Harry goes on a expedition with his uncle Professor Hardwigg and the stoic Icelander Hans. Together these three men make a trek to the center of the Earth after the Professor finds a message from a long gone famous alchemist. The message says that he made it to the center of the Earth and states the point from which he started from. The professor hopes to make the same journey, Harry just hopes he doesn't die, and Hans is more concerned with getting his payment every Sunday. They face hunger, thirst, wrong turns, explo…

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Book Review (School Edition)!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with a much needed update. In this post, I will be reviewing The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is another one of my school books, except I read this book last semester. I just never had a chance to review it since exams began right after we finished the book. Now, I'm back on track, and let's get started with the review!

The Great Gatsby is the story of Nick Carraway and his experiences after he meets his new neighbor Gatsby. Gatsby is constantly throwing wild parties but doesn't actually partake in them. After befriending Gatsby, Nick finds out the reason behind Gatsby's actions, and Nick decides to help him. This book has nice cars, old flames, cheating spouses, and murder!

There are several things I like about this story. I love the mysterious Gatsby, and I may love him more after finding out his intentions. I also like the relationship he has with Nick. Gatsby throws Nick off his game, and Nick finds him fascinating. I also…

Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. This time I'm reviewing Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the final book of the Divergent Series. I'm very excited about this review, but enough of that. On with the review!

As I've said before, Allegiant is the conclusion of the Divergent Series. It follows Tris, Four, Christina, and their ragtag team as they travel beyond the fence, all while Evelyn and the factionless use their control to destroy the faction system. Tris and Four make many discoveries that change the way they see their society, the society outside the fence, and each other.

This novel is incredible! I really love it. One thing that I like most about this novel is the way that Roth describes how Tris's Chicago came to be. When you first read Divergent, you couldn't imagine this actually happening in real life. Then you read the explanation in Allegiant, and suddenly you're terrified. Everything starts to make sense, and you can see just how e…

The World of Divergent: the Path to Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. This is a different type of spin-off of the Divergent Series. This book is The World of Divergent: the Path to Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Let's get on with the review!

So, as I said before, this is a different type of spin-off book. This book doesn't have a story, it is just a source of information about the dystopian world the Tris, Four, and the other Divergent Series characters live in. It comes with a note from Veronica Roth in which she talks about utopian/dystopian worlds, the factions, and the names of her characters. It also comes with a quiz that determines what your faction is, manifestos from all five of the factions, and quotes from Allegiant.

There is so much I want to say about this book, so I think I will go through it part by part. Now, usually I'm not one for author's notes, but I do like what Roth has to say about her books and the choices that she made for her books. Something that really spok…

Insurgent by Veronica Roth: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review, and this one is all about Insurgent by Veronica Roth. After reading Divergent, I was really excited to get to the next one, and now I'm even more excited about the third book and the conclusion of the series.  But enough about that, let's get on to the review!

This book is very much a suspense-filled novel. The novel picks up where Divergent leaves off. Tris and her group are trying to figure out Erudite's next move. One thing leads to another ending with a full out war between the different factions and the factionless. There is hardly a moment where you can just set the book down and take a break because so many things are happening.

One thing that I loved about this novel is that we get a better picture of all of the other factions. Last time, we mainly saw Abnegation and Dauntless and a little bit of Erudite. In Insurgent, we see more of Amity and Candor and even more of Erudite. The way that each faction works i…

The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review on another book from the Divergent Series.  It is a another spin-off book from Four's point of view. It's "The Transfer: A Divergent Story" by Veronica Roth. Now on with the review!

First off, I did not read the summary of this book before I read it. So, going into it, I thought it was going to be like "Free Four," which is a scene from Divergent in Four's point of view. That's not the case. This story is before the Divergent story begins, when Four or Tobias transfers from Abnegation to Dauntless. It gives further background on his character along with further detail on how he got his nickname.

I really loved this story. I like how there were some similarities between how he transferred and how Tris transferred, but I also liked seeing how they were different. Tris transferred because she knew she was selfish and brave. Four transferred because he didn't want to be afraid anymore. I also t…

Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Story by Veronica Roth: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review. This time I'm reviewing "Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Story" by Veronica Roth. Since this is such a short story, I'll also try to keep the review short. Notice the word "try." Now, on with the review!

This story is the knife-throwing scene from Divergent, but it is in Tobias's point of view. You probably won't have any idea what I'm talking about unless you've read Divergent already. So, if you haven't, please do before reading this review.

Now, whenever your reading a first person narrative, you never get the full picture. You can get bits and pieces and maybe eventually put it all together, but there may still be some small holes in the background. What I love about this book is that we get an entire scene from someone other than Tris. We see it differently; therefore, we view the scene a bit differently and get a fuller picture. That makes it all the more interesting. I…

Divergent by Veronica Roth: Book Review!

Hello again! I'm back with another book review. If you haven't guessed yet, my new year's resolution is to do more posts, which is why this is the second one in one day. I've heard a lot of hype for the Divergent Series from its popularity as a young adult dystopian novel series and that the first one is about to be turned into a movie. I wanted to give this book a shot and I'm glad I did. So let's get to the actual review!

Divergent is a dystopian novel about a girl named Beatrice "Tris" Prior who lives in Chicago in the future. In this dystopian world, each sixteen year old has to decide which faction they belong in. There is Candor for the honest, Amity for the kind, Erudite for the intelligent, Abnegation for the selfless, and Dauntless for the brave. The choice between staying with her family and doing what she feels is right is tough for Tris, especially when she finds out that she is Divergent: someone who does not fit into one singular faction…

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: Book Review!

Hello, everyone! Happy New Year! We're starting the year off with a book review of Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. This is the third and final book of The Infernal Devices, although there are some spin-off books that I do plan on reading very soon. Without further ado, let's get started!

This book picks up where Clockwork Prince leaves off. Will is dealing with his sister's arrival. Jem's disease is taking a toll. Tessa is dealing with loving two people at the same time. While all of the drama between these characters occurs, Mortmain puts the final touches on his clockwork army, which puts everyone into high gear. The London Institute heads off to find Mortmain and his army, with near-useless weapons and almost no backup, in this thrilling conclusion of The Infernal Devices.

This book held a lot of surprises for me. I wrote in my review for Clockwork Prince that I had an idea of what might happen in the next book, but I was completely off. I was surprised with…