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Book Review: Across The Universe by Beth Revis

When you first come across the title “Across The Universe”, you immediately know that this book is definitely out of this world, like literally. You immediately start picturing aliens, spaceships, astronauts and all that kind of stuff. Well, a spaceship is definitely there. Even though you might not get much in terms of astronauts and aliens, some spaceship romance might make up for that a little.

For a super-hyped sci-fi, dystopian, YA novel, there isn’t much room left for the imagination. You may run short of Ahaa! Moments since most of the twists and turns we have encountered before. Let’s see; an unfortunate situation arises, boy meets girl, boy saves the girl, boy helps the girl to try and figure out what went wrong, sounds familiar?

But then again, that doesn’t mean that it is all boring and mundane. One aspect of the society that this book clearly brings out is racial profiling. You will definitely relate to Amy on this. As for Eldest and Elder, that is a story for another day. This book deserves a 4 out of 5 rating based on the strong moral awareness it posses.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Novella: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being A Ghost Story of Christmas
Author: Charles Dickens
Original Publication Date: 19 December 1843
Length: Roughly 84 pages

My summary: We are all rather familiar with the spin-offs but do you really know what happened when Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by four ghosts that Christmas Eve night?

My say: As is usually the case the book is much better than any rendition I have ever seen. It is short, rather simple, and contains some lovely language.

My verdict: If you are looking for something both fantastical and seasonal, pick up this piece. It is a quick easy read.

Kiddie-o-meter: While this story is much darker than the Disney version (there are minor references to poverty, starvation, illness, death, malice, and theft) I truly believe the message is more powerful in its original classic form. Note: Younger children will probably not understand the language. Therefore reserve this one for the tweens.

My favorite part:
The introduction of two minor characters I can not recall ever seeing or understanding before: Ignorance and Want.

My favorite quotes:

  • …”No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused!”
  • “It is fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow , there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good-humour.”
  • “…For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.”
  • …”He was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset…”

My final say: Mr. Scrooge handles his ghostly visitors much better than I would. I would have a MAJOR freak-out if I started seeing faces in my door knocker.

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Book Reviews: 13 Little Blue Envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope

2¢ worth: I don’t smoke. These books have nothing to do with smoking. But I feel like I smoked them because I just about inhaled them. From the moment I opened book one (13 Little Blue Envelopes) and read the first letter that kicks off Ginny’s journey through Europe, I was hooked. I had to know. I had to know where she went, what she would find, and what happened to her vibrant 35 year-old aunt. Book one moves really fast, bouncing from city to city and letter to letter. It’s quick but not choppy. Ginny is on a mission and it was almost impossible for me to put down. Book two (The Last Little Blue Envelope) was more about closure. More about Ginny going back (more mature and sure of herself this time) to finish things that she had started and get answers. Would I recommend these? Absolutely. Try book one when you need something fast and fun. Then if you’re like me and don’t want to fill in the blanks on your own, grab book two.

Word to the wise: Book one was initially meant to stand alone so it very well can if you don’t wish to go on. Book two needs book one.

Whippersnappers: While there is no sex or foul language, there is some minor mentions to sexuality, sexual orientation, nudity, drugs, and death. There was also one dicey scene in book one where I held my breath until Ginny was out safely.

Wrapping: The girl on the covers is just too put together and cool for me. She’s pretty but doesn’t suit my mental image of the shy slightly nerdy Ginny. That was (especially in book one) part of her charm.

Wondering: Ginny gets to visit some pretty amazing places. So I’m wondering, what city is #1 on your list of places to see?

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