Summoner Rising by Melanie McFarlane review {Spoilers!}

First off don’t read this unless you want to be spoiled !!

The book officially comes out tomorrow. March

March 28th 2017 🙂



Summoner Rising
by Melanie McFarlane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I really liked this book so much. I am into paranormal books and this one was just fantastic. I loved the characters of Daciana and Tryan. The story begins with Dacie moving in with her great aunt Katya because Dacie’s mother died. Dacie starts to see shadows moving in her peripheral vision all the time, or so she thinks so. She makes a fast couple of friends. A boy takes a liking to Daciana, but she isn’t really interested. She meets this other boy named Tryan and he seems mysterious. He kind of seems to always watch Daciana when she is not looking. Later in the book, Daciana looks at a painting in a bathroom while out with her friends and she notices that the painting moves. Then pops out a strange looking creature.

Later she discovers that she is a Summoner and their job is to be a pathway for demons. She must use paintings and focus on them to release them and her responsibility is to let the creatures, monsters, etc into this world and then later paint them back into the paintings so they will be trapped in the paintings. She must monitor them and responsibility to put them back.

There is a book of rules for Summoners and everything. Along with rules, there is a senate and people who will punish Summoners who don’t follow through with the laws. Once Daciana turns 17 her Summoner training is supposed to begin, but somehow before her 17 birthday she summons an Ifrit. Dacie has a hard time believing her great aunt about all this and its such a new territory for Dacie. since she knows little about her family from Romania. Her aunt tells her that Summoners also have a Tavros which is supposed to help her in her journey as a Summoner.

Later after discovering that Tryan is a Tavoros, Dacie learns that once a Summoner chooses a Tavros they are bonded for life. Dacie and Tryan become closer and after they hunt a demon down and Tryan gets hurt they discover that they are meant to be bonded and Tryan ends up healing faster because of her being so close to him. Later on, in the book, Daciana ends up letting out a Wendigo and it gets loose and it ends up catching up with Dacie and Tryan. This other summoner comes to town named Liana who came to town because the senate was punishing Tryan for other crimes.

They all end up taking down the Wendigo. Lastly, throughout the book there is mention of a shadow that whispers Daciana’s name and at the end, once she turns 17 she finally can see the shadows form into shapes now and she chases the shadow and it tells her that he killed her mother and now he will kill her. I really loved this book, it was an easy read. I will definitely be reading the next book!

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Oldie but goodie! Number The Stars review

Number the StarsNumber the Stars by Lois Lowry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I knew I would because I read the Giver by Lois as well and liked her writing style very much. Although this book is very serious Lowry somehow manages to find lighthearted moments and makes them stand out and therefore be very poignant. The book took you through being in 10-year-old Annemarie’s eyes through the whole story. The storyline is easy to follow as this is a children’s book. The characters feel as though they were real people and I think that’s what this book does well.

 

Synopsis:

The story is told from the point of view of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannsen. The Storyline takes place in 1943 Copenhagen, Denmark. It takes place at the time when German troops were starting to relocate the Jewish people in Denmark. Annemarie’s family decides to take in her Jewish friend Ellen Rosen into their home. Through the eyes of Annemarie, we see a story of heroism of people who took in Jewish families to protect them from the Germans and who’s bravery was astounding. This work of fiction is a moving story of courage amongst a time of war.

I had to read this book for one of my education classes. I thought I would share my information from a handout I made as well. 

Grade level:

4th – 6th grade level (10-12 year olds)

Interest level: 4-8(Middle Grades)

Genre: Historical fiction

Year published: 1989

Other awards the book has won:

 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award in 1991 and the National Jewish Book Award for Children’s Literature in 1990.

An interesting fact about the author: is that she loves photography. She used to work as a professional photographer. Some of her photos were used in her own book covers.

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I recieved my very first VoxBox from Influenster!

I joined Influenster in November and I’ve been using it ever since. I got my first VoxBox in the mail from them and was ecstatic! I received the product(s) complimentary to test and/or review. However, all opinions are my own.

what I received: 

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I got the L’oreal EverPure Moisture VoxBox and that is because I have dry hair and that was the best one that fit what I needed for my personal hair needs. Specifically, I received the following products-

  • L’oreal EverPure Moisture shampoo
  • L’oreal EverPure Moisture conditioner
  • L’oreal EverPure 10-in-1 Elixir

Opinions on each product:

The EverPure Moisture shampoo was really nice.I liked the fact that I only used a little and it made my hair feel nice and soft. Usually, I only feel my hair this soft when using conditioner but this was a nice surprise. I also love the way it smelled the scent is light but delightful enough to have nice smelling hair. I like it to be lightly scented because I am somewhat sensitive to smells and I notice some other shampoos over do it on the smell and this was not the case at all with the shampoo. Although I will say the lid on this is a bit hard to open and close it kinda gets stuck a little. Be careful to close it correctly otherwise, it might spill if not closed correctly.

You can buy yours here:  L’oreal EverPure Moisture shampoo

The EverPure Moisture conditioner was awesome too! I felt like it really conditioned my hair and made it even softer than with just the shampoo. Smelled the same as shampoo ao loved that. I will say that for me personally using this two times a week kinda of made my hair a little over moisture but I now use it once a week and it works well without that happening. A little goes a long way with this.

You can buy yours here: L’oreal EverPure Moisture conditioner

The EverPure 10-in-1 Elixir was great as well because it gave a nice smell, softness, silkiness, and shine. All of which it would said it would do. I love the way my hair felt after using this after I towel dried my hair which it says to do. I like that it made my hair feel soft at the ends which are my problem. I tend to have dried ends a lot so this helped a lot! I will say that the nozzle is a bit hard to push to get a good spritz of product at first when you spray it then it gets a bit easier to use.

You can get yours here: EverPure 10-in-1 elixir

Overall thoughts:

I loved all the products and truly feel they improved my hair for the better. I have been using these for about 2 weeks now and I love them. I will be buying these again so I am glad to be chosen for this particular VoxBox. I also love that the shampoo and conditioner are vegan and 100% sulfate free, paraben free and no harsh salts used.

 

 

 

 

Assasin’s Creed movie review! (Spoiler Free)

 

 

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First off, I have never played the Assasin’s Creed video games. I do however know about them and have only been familiar with them from seeing the commercials on TV and Youtube for years. I am not a gamer of any sort. I only went to see this movie because it generally looked good and I was curious all these years about the storyline and plot of it. That being said I am coming at this movie from a sight of not knowing anything about the game.

I liked the story a lot actually. I felt the whole Assasin’s lifestyle was pretty intense but really great. I enjoyed the special effects and the costumes were awesome. I loved their hoods and gear so much! Fassbender was really good in this movie. I also enjoyed seeing Jeremy Irons who I love as an actor and human being. I did have one problem with the film and that was the noise level. Whoever did the sound editing must have not paid attention to the volumes or something because when they would talk when Cal was hooked up to the machine you could barely hear anything they actors were saying at all. The music was way too loud! Don’t get me wrong the music was amazing and I loved it but it caused me to go wait what did you say half the time. I almost wished I could have rewind the bit, so I could actually hear it properly haha. I think when it comes out on DVD I will have to buy it just for that reason.

Overall it was a pretty decent movie. I liked the fighting scenes, costumes, and actors. I enjoyed it and I liked the storyline enough I might just look into the games and compare it to the movie.

Rogue One: A Star Wars movie review {Spoiler free!}

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I really did enjoy this film. However, I will say it was quite slow at the beginning. It felt a little draggy in some places.As far as characters go I loved Jyn Erso who is definitely a strong female character and its a nice placement in the Star Wars Universe. I liked how she didn’t play by anyone’s rules but her own. Cassian was quite likable even at first I was hesitant to like him, but he was okay with the ending. It also helped that he was adorable! haha. The android K-2SO had a lot of lines that were really funny.

I liked how this film explains a lot of the stuff we have not seen before. I enjoyed seeing certain people that we have seen before in the past Star Wars films and yes the ending made you want to rewatch episode 4 (A New Hope) to remember and now watch it with new eyes! Highly recommend seeing it if you have not already 🙂

Seen Rogue One? comment down below your favorite character, but please no spoilers!

 

 

 

My review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.{caution spoilers}

I loved the film so much!! It gave me chills just seeing the WB with the ominous clouds that I grew up seeing right before the Harry Potter films again. I think David Yates did a wonderful job directing. Although I will say it was slow at the beginning of the movie, however, I understood why it was that way. I mean were being introduced to characters we’ve never met and they had to set the setting and time frame so I will give them that.

On to the actors in the film! I thought Eddie Redmayne was absolutely Fantastic! haha, see what I did there… no okay moving on. Anyway, I loved him in the movie. He did a great job as Newt Scamander. Colin Farrel, Ezra Miller, and okay the whole cast was awesome.

I thought the movie was great. I liked being back in the Wizarding World and learning new things like what went on in America. I liked all of the creatures in the film. My favorite beast was Pickett the Bowtruckle. He was too cute. I also loved the Niffler. He was a scene stealer for sure. I thought the cgi was amazing on the beasts, who looked so real and life like.

As for theories I have seen going around and after me reading them for hours and days, oops. No shame! Call me hungry for more. If you have not heard already the Fantastic Beasts series will continue on and in total, there will be 5 movies, so four more to come for us to sink out teeth into. On to the theories!!  In one I read that Ariana Dumbledore might have been an obscurial just like Credence Barebone was as we saw in the film. Theories say that that was the reason Dumbledore’s mother was killed. They believe that it was Ariana’s uncontrollable actions that caused the mother to die in a terrible accident . There was another theory that Voldemort could read people’s minds like Greenie could in the film. They explained why he always knew what they were planning or doing. It kind of seems far fetched,but I am not saying it’s not true,but until more proof comes up I will be looking into more theories.

How did you like the movie?? answer in the comments and include any other theories you found because I love reading those 🙂

 

 

My spoiler free review of Alice Through the Looking Glass

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I didn’t know what to expect going into this movie. Its been a long while, six years to be exact since the first movie came out. I did like this movie even if I think it would have been better to release it sooner than the six years it might have done a bit better. I did feel at times it dragged on a bit while they were traveling through time, but other than that I felt like it was a pretty good second movie. In the film it showed how Alice is now a captain of her own ship. She travels with a crew and explores the world. Although this film was not as good as the first one it still captured my heart in the sense that the movie shows what true friendship is. Alice is sent on a mission to travel through time to save the Mad Hatter to change his fate of his family who he believes is still alive. I liked that this film showed young girls a great role model in Alice. She is fierce and will do anything to help a friend. It did make me tear up in the end. I do recommend you see it. Kids will love it!

 

Also I really liked the end credit song Just Like Fire by Pink!

 


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My spoiler free review of There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane!

 

 

There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

Overview of the novel: 

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?


Review:

I received this novel in ebook form from Month9Books the publisher of this book for free for my honest opinion.

If you like Under The Dome, The Giver, or The 100 book series, then you will really enjoy this book!

I really got into this book almost upon reading the very first pages. It was a really easy read, not hard to understand at all. What I liked about this story was the main character was a woman who is strong and fights for what she believes is right. I also enjoyed the relationships in this story, which was not over the top at all just the perfect amount. I enjoyed the dystopian feel to the novel, however, this isn’t the typical dystopian novel. It separates itself into its own category because of the way it’s written. I liked the fact that this story has heart, love, action, and a sense of mystery to it.I liked the way that it leaves me wanting more story and leading into the next book in the trilogy.  I want book 2 right now because I need to know what happens next. I will say I ship a couple from the book,won’t say who because well spoilers but read it for yourself and you will find out.

Be sure and get yourself a copy when the book officially releases on Tuesday, April 26th 2016.

 

Where you can buy the book: 

Amazon link

Barnes & Noble

Google Play books

Goodreads page:

There Once Were Stars

Author’s Website: 

MelanieMcFarlane.com

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My spoiler free review of Zootopia

This film was so cute! I didn’t really know what to expect going into Zootopia,but I left the theater wanting to see it again. I like the message of the film, which was no matter what anyone tells you ,you do what you want to do. As well as if you dream it ,you can make it happen. I enjoyed the film alot because it had heart and alot of laughs. I can’t wait to have it on DVD because its a great movie. Its not only just for children though, it totally was enjoyed by parents and older people as well. Proof of that was everyone in the theater was laughing including myself. I know if you want to take your family to see a movie, Zootopia is the one to watch!

 


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My review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (spoilers)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer   book 2 in the Lunar Chronicles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Overview of book: spoilers are only in the overview,  my review is spoiler free however.

 Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

 

 

My spoiler free review!

I really think Marissa Meyer topped herself with this novel. I didn’t think the book could get any better! I felt like I was watching a movie or TV show because of the two story lines of the story and maybe one day it could be made into either, it would be awesome. I like how in this book both story lines are intertwined with each other. The new guy characters were awesome,even though one of them I don’t know if I can trust just yet! I can’t wait to read Cress and the rest of this series. I really enjoyed Marissa’s writing style and I loved the details she puts into describing the cities and whole world she has created. Overall great story and an easy read.

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