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Anna-Racquel Perez

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Hufflepuff. Amity. Daughter of Athena. Looking for an uneven sidewalk. Class 1A. A bookworm tried and true. Am currently writing a book of my own ;) Pfp is my current read

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I am reading this book as a re-read after probably 5 years since the last time i read it. The Divergent series was my favorite series growing up and really launched my love and obsession with the Dystopia genre and I wanted to take a look back and see how those themes and characters from my youth held up in my present. The answer? They've only grown. I have been through a lot these past couple months, a lot of grief and mourning for a lot of reasons, and I never realized how little action there was in Insurgent and how much /emotion/ there was. Everything felt so real and raw, like a completely new world from the safety of the Dauntless compound in Divergent, and I was really in Tris's headspace, moving with her as she dodged bullets and questions that would leave her more pained. Tris traveled through all of the sectors of the city in this book and the world building was amazing, but more still, the world breaking was spectacular to see, especially in hindsight. I think the writing is still a bit bland at times, but the way that each of the factions responded to the threat of war made so much sense and reading it knowing what lies beyond the gate made every choice Tris made, when she thought she mightve been making all the wrong ones, made me want to cheer her on, remind her that she just had to keep going. On the other hand, knowing her fate at the end of Allegiant, I almost wanted to stop reading. There are a lot of character deaths in this book, from important side characters to random ones, but the way Tris viewed all of the deaths made each one absolutely gutwrenching and I was choked up for most of the book. Anyway, I love this series, always will reccomend it.

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Insurgent

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I have loved Chris Colfers books since I read Land of Stories and followed along since the first ones. This story is a perfect prequel, in that you don't need to have read the books prior to understand what's happening but if you did, nothing was spoiled for you and the twists and reveals were still very satisfying. The creation of the Fairy Council and the birth of Fairy Godmother were things that I always wanted to know about in the original books, but also wasn't something I wouldve died without knowing. However, given this whole story and history behind, i love the adventures that happened far before Alex and Connor were even concepts in this time-line. The knowledge of what was to come also made it very interesting since I knew a little of the magic and witchcraft in the world, but was able to learn it all again through new eyes. The metaphors for racism, sexism, and homophobia are also not lost on me and I felt dealt with very well. The magic conversion camp, the humans driving out other races and rewriting history to make it seem like it was for the good of the people, and the women in the Southern kingdom not being allowed to even read brought real world issues to my mind while also not deterring from the story or even feeling forced. All in all, another splendid work from Mr. Colfer and I will definitely be getting the next book, A Tale of Witchcraft.

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A Tale of Magic...

Books | Chris Colfer

This is such an interesting book to review. On the one hand, I have to say that I truly hate the title. It made the actual Lying Game in the book seem extremely important, when in reality the same book could've been written about four cliquey teen girls who didn't know any better and ended up burying a body of someone they saw as a father and how the truth is finally catching up to them 17 years later without the Game ever being mentioned. Other than that, wow. My favorite kinds of mystery books are ones that actually keep you guessing til the last minute, as things fall into place, but also don't come from basically nowhere. Ones that you can re-read and have Aha! moments seeing scenes that in hindsight are incriminating. Though, admittedly, the writing could be confusing at times, everything in the end made sense. I don't think I would have made the same choice as Isa made at the end of this book. To continue lying, even after she finally knew the whole truth, or at least not to the extent that she did. But I understand her decision and it makes sense with her character, and that's the most important thing when making endings like this. Though, I do wish Owen had been treated slightly better ;/

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The Lying Game

Books | Ruth Ware

This is a non-fiction book that I decided to read because I am super into biology. I had a couple chapters assigned to me back in 7th grade, but I bought the book a couple years ago to peruse when I wanted some fun anatomy things to think about. The doctor who wrote it goes in depth on how the body reacts to different stimuli in different environments, from the top of Mt. Everest to the bottom of the sea (and even in outer space). It's a collection of his own first hand experience plus stories and interviews of other people that he's gathered all into one. The writing isn't even that hard to understand. It was because of this book back in 7th grade that I realized how much i loved biology, so in a way, I attribute it to me now majoring in Biology and Biomedicine in the fall.

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Surviving the Extremes

Books | Kenneth Kamler

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