It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill

It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill

It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill

It’s Better This Way by Travis Hill

ASIN: B00CWV34XA

 

Evan lives in a world that has been destroyed by alien “bulls” that have destroyed and harvested minerals from major cities. He, and his partner Tony, scavenge things that are useful from the areas around them. On a trip, they come across a downed alien craft and a dead bull – it’s the closest they’ve ever come to one of the aliens and it spooks them.

They travel back to “The Farm,” where they live, and tell the leaders about what they’ve found. They decided how to handle the situation.

Meanwhile, they get a visit from someone who claims to be military, trying to recruit people for their cause: taking down the bulls.

 

When I started reading this story, I thought it had strong promise. I was quickly disappointed. There were large plot holes (just one example: at one point it was night time and then all of a sudden they’re getting ready to leave in the morning).

Next, the author explains at length that the people at The Farm, and general society, have no use for last names, and then almost every character after that point has a last name. That was a waste of words and completely inconsistent.

Then there were more inconsistencies in grammar and editing. Sometimes it was correct, and in the next paragraph it would be the wrong way (mainly in and around dialogue with dialogue tags).

The end was a total and complete disappointment with more huge plot holes. This story also suffers from telling not showing, which is another major breach in good storytelling.

 

I give this story: 1 QUILLS

 

1Q

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Straight to You by David Moody

Straight to You by David Moody

Straight to You by David Moody

 

Straight to You by David Moody

ISBN-10: 0957656327

ISBN-13: 978-0957656321

ASIN: B00IC0OHDG

Publisher: Infected Books

 

David Moody takes his readers on an emotion and physical ride through his nightmare of world ending destruction.

 

Steven and Sam experience an extremely personal emotion trauma, which neither of them really knows how to handle.

Steven shuts himself off and drowns himself in work. This affects their marriage badly.

While they’re dealing with their own life and hearts, the sun is on the verge of killing itself and the world.

Things around them keep getting worse, but they don’t pay close attention because they’re more concerned with their marriage and keeping things as normal as possible.

It’s not until Sam leaves to visit her father that Steven realizes his mistakes, but with the world falling apart faster than anyone thought possible, will he make it to her in time to straighten things out before it’s too late?

He races the deadly effects of the sun’s wrath to see the woman he loves one last time…but will he burn to death before he reaches her?

 

This book hit me a little too close to home for comfort – I was proud of myself for not bawling during the first few chapters. I’ve had personal experience (twice) with the traumatic, emotion struggle the couple deals with. That being said, Mr. Moody nailed it – the shutting off and distancing and the struggle with knowing how to deal with the situation at home and in public.

I thought the apocalyptic sun aspect of the story was fun, because it was different and there was no way anyone could really do anything about it. It’s the classic “the boat is going down and we’re all screwed” scenario that you don’t see too often anymore. Most people want at least that hope of salvation through some miracle. There’s none in this book. Just the hope of love and forgiveness.

I thought Steven’s journey was a bit long, but in reality, all that stuff probably would be in someone’s path to slow them down. In the end, it just showed his determination to make it where he wanted to go despite how much got in his way. Although, toward the end…he was really, really exhausted, but then flipped completely and could do things like walk and run easily that minutes before he couldn’t.

Note: The book has British grammar.

I give this book: 2 QUILLS

2Q

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

ISBN-10: 0545663261

ISBN-13: 978-0545663267

ASIN: B003XF1XOQ

Publisher: Scholastic

 

Suzanne Collins brings us back into the world of District 13 where the rebellion is in full swing, and Katniss is out of control.

Katniss is the Mockingjay – the symbol of the rebellion to all the people of the districts. She has flaunted her contempt of the Capitol twice, and they want her to do it again.

She doesn’t want to. She’s injured…and scared for Peeta, who was captured and taken to Panem. They didn’t get him out of the arena.

She is now dealing with a controlled existence, although it’s not like the Capitol’s control – there is plenty of food, but people have a purpose and schedule. But she suffers through being underground in safety for her family’s sake.

Eventually, through much convincing, she agrees to be their “Mockingjay,” but she has her own terms for her giving the service. President Coin doesn’t like her, she can feel it, but it gets worse after she delivers her terms. But Katniss will do anything to save the lives of the victors from the arena who are now at the mercy of Panem.

Peeta is one of those conditions. But, what they bring back to District 13 is an abomination of Peeta; he’s no longer himself.

With her best and oldest friend, Gale, Katniss learns to be the Mockingjay…her way. She becomes not only the symbol, but the spirit of the rebellion. And, when things get difficult, she goes rogue so she can finally have a chance at ending the war and bringing an end to President Snow once and for all.

This comes at a very high price…one that will haunt her for the rest of her life. Even after she decides which man she really loves and starts a life with him in peace and freedom.

 

Again, I’m still not fond of Suzanne Collins’ writing style, which I found flat and kind of dull.  And this book, more than the first two, shows off that weakness in writing. Where in the other books Katniss was strong and rose to meet challenges, in this book she was wishy-washy; instead of developing as a character, she regressed. That, on top of Katniss being injured through almost the entire book, made it slower than the previous two. I felt like the author was bored and couldn’t inject any excitement into the story because she wasn’t feeling it. The third book was disappointing for me, so much so, that I have to give it a lower rating. If I hadn’t been vested in the characters from the movies and previous books, I probably wouldn’t have finished reading it. I hope I like the movie more than the book…when it arrives. Otherwise, there were a few minor mistakes in the book with punctuation and extra or missing words here and there.

I give this book: 1 QUILLS.

1Q

 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

 

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

ISBN-13: 978-0439023535

ASIN: B003O86FMW

Publisher: Scholastic

 

Suzanne Collins gives us more of the world where everything has fallen apart, and the “Capitol” now runs everything and everyone’s lives. But now…the people of the districts have hope. Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire, gives them that hope and that makes her dangerous to Panem.

Catching Fire starts with the life of Katniss, back at home with her family. They now live in the Victor’s Village – a small cluster of houses for the victors of The Hunger Games in each district – as does Peeta Mellark and their mentor, Haymitch.

Panem is angry with them, Katniss in particular. There was only supposed to be one victor of The Hunger Games, but she forced their hand to make it two – she had to save Peeta, or else! She went to such an extreme to save him that she pretended to be in love with him to save their lives.

They’re about to start their Victory Tour through all the districts, with its end in Panem, where they’ll meet President Snow for a grand party at the Presidential Palace.

Along the way, on the tour, they see how the districts have been taken over by more soldiers – “Peacekeepers.” Some districts are in full rebellion and under stringent control.

Katniss reveals that President Snow paid her a surprise visit before the Victory Tour, and tells Peeta and Haymitch that she’s afraid for her and her family’s lives. She has been tasked with calming the rebellion by the President, to convince them all that the love story was real and that she didn’t act against the Capitol when she saved her and Peeta’s lives in the arena.

But, President Snow has his own ideas…and Katniss and Peeta end up in the arena again. This time, it’s a whole new game.

 

Again, I loved the movie, so I enjoyed the book because of the added depth, especially with the new characters – the added victors. I’m still not fond of Suzanne Collins’ writing style, which I found flat and kind of dull. There were a few minor mistakes in the book with punctuation and extra or missing words here and there.

I give this book: 3 QUILLS.

3Q

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

ISBN-10: 0439023483

ISBN-13: 978-0439023481

ASIN: B002MQYOFW

Publisher: Scholastic

 

Suzanne Collins introduces us to the world where everything has fallen apart, and the “Capitol” now runs everything and everyone’s lives.

The Hunger Games are supposed to remind the districts and the people of the mercy of the Capitol and the bravery of the warriors who fought during the rebellion. But, they don’t. They remind the people how helpless they are. The Capitol takes a young man and woman – “tributes” – from each of the twelve districts every year and forces them to fight to the death. One victor remains. One tribute survives to live the nightmares of their survival experience over and over again for the rest of their lives; they – and their district – are rewarded with money and food.

The story follows two tributes from District 12 (the poorest, most outlying district) from the POV of the young woman, Katniss Everdeen, as she volunteers as tribute in place of her little sister. She can hunt and she has other survival skills that lead her to do so – she knows her sister is too young, kind, and gentle to survive the slaughter.

Katniss is torn away from her family and the life she knows along with a boy from her district, Peeta Mellark. He, in the past, showed Katniss a kindness, but she doesn’t think he remembers. Regardless, she feels a responsibility to him, to try to help keep him alive. It’s an extra burden that she doesn’t need.

They are whisked away to the Capitol – Panem – to compete for their lives. They’re given a coach – a previous victor from their district – but he doesn’t much care about teaching them anything, as he knows the likeliness of them surviving is slim. It’s not until Katniss starts showing some promise that he takes real interest in his tributes.

But, it’s still up to Katniss and Peeta to survive in the.

 

Since I loved The Hunger Games movie, I enjoyed the book even more. Even though I’m not overly in love with Suzanne Collins’ writing style, which I found flat and kind of dull, the book gave more depth to the characters and more backstory. This made some things in the movie that weren’t explained make sense. There were a few minor mistakes in the book with punctuation and extra or missing words here and there.

I give this book: 3 QUILLS.

3Q

The Horror Film Quiz Book: 1,000 Questions on Spine Chilling Films by Chris Cowlin and Mark Goddard

The Horror Film Quiz Book by Chris Cowlin and Mark Goddard

The Horror Film Quiz Book by Chris Cowlin and Mark Goddard

The Horror Film Quiz Book: 1,000 Questions on Spine Chilling Films

ISBN-10: 1906358710

ISBN-13: 978-1906358716

Publisher: Apex Publishing Ltd, Essex

Age Group: YA, Adult

The Horror Film Quiz Book is a book of questions on many films. This book would make a movie night with friends much more than sitting around watching films; it would make it a challenging experience where you try to outwit one another with knowledge. Think trivia with pizza and popcorn. A must have for any horror movie buff who wants to take the experience of films to the next level.

I give this book 2 QUILL!

Rating: 2Q