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  • felicisowl
    felicisowl added a new comment in
    I'm glad that no one was hurt, but I wonder if that'll stay the same in the long run, with all of the space debris + uncontrolled substances in our atmosphere at the moment. I really hope that the debris doesn't hit the International Space Station, and that we do get to explore space a bit more! It would be a shame to be grounded, after all of the hard work in the 'sixties and seventies.
    6 months ago
  • felicisowl
    felicisowl's book review was featured in The School for Good and Evil.
    Dazzling and brilliantly executed, The School for Good and Evil manages to be both heartwarming and seriously sweet. It's a middle-grade novel written by Soman Chainani, and it utilizes fairy-tale tropes to excellent effect –– it had me giggling for a while, because this is exactly the type of light-hearted, snappy humor that always makes me laugh. Sophie and Agatha, the two protagonists, represent why teenage girls shouldn't be taken lightly––they are characters that grow on you, and they are characters that grow with you. Like Shrek and other fairy-tale adaptations, The School for Good and Evil stays true to its roots. It's true that female villains are often the most delightfully wicked of all, and I especially liked how earnest Sophie's very turbulent, atypically teenage emotions were exploited––it was very real, and her motives were explained in a way that made sense. I think I would consider this a "light read," because it was coming-of-age and just very adorable, but––there was a lot of surprisingly hidden depth, lurking under the surface. Digging up the history and the world-building was enlightening, and the writing delves into answering some philosophical questions: What is the true nature of friendship? What even is "good and evil," exactly? What choices really matter in the long-run? We don't live in a world with castles and brambly forests and fairy-tale heroines, but that's the point––we can apply the lessons and questions from The School for Good and Evil and use it in our own worlds, in our own surroundings, in our own situations. I will tell you this: by far, the most important lesson that the School for Good and Evil strived to teach is that your nature is self-determined. We are not inherently good or evil, and we do not have to be what people expect us to be. We are more than capable of breaking out of our molds, and blazing our own paths into the future––in the real world, we can't travel back in time, but there is always (always!) room for change inside our souls.
    6 months ago
  • felicisowl
    felicisowl added a book review.
    Dazzling and brilliantly executed, The School for Good and Evil manages to be both heartwarming and seriously sweet. It's a middle-grade novel written by Soman Chainani, and it utilizes fairy-tale tropes to excellent effect –– it had me giggling for a while, because this is exactly the type of light-hearted, snappy humor that always makes me laugh. Sophie and Agatha, the two protagonists, represent why teenage girls shouldn't be taken lightly––they are characters that grow on you, and they are characters that grow with you. Like Shrek and other fairy-tale adaptations, The School for Good and Evil stays true to its roots. It's true that female villains are often the most delightfully wicked of all, and I especially liked how earnest Sophie's very turbulent, atypically teenage emotions were exploited––it was very real, and her motives were explained in a way that made sense. I think I would consider this a "light read," because it was coming-of-age and just very adorable, but––there was a lot of surprisingly hidden depth, lurking under the surface. Digging up the history and the world-building was enlightening, and the writing delves into answering some philosophical questions: What is the true nature of friendship? What even is "good and evil," exactly? What choices really matter in the long-run? We don't live in a world with castles and brambly forests and fairy-tale heroines, but that's the point––we can apply the lessons and questions from The School for Good and Evil and use it in our own worlds, in our own surroundings, in our own situations. I will tell you this: by far, the most important lesson that the School for Good and Evil strived to teach is that your nature is self-determined. We are not inherently good or evil, and we do not have to be what people expect us to be. We are more than capable of breaking out of our molds, and blazing our own paths into the future––in the real world, we can't travel back in time, but there is always (always!) room for change inside our souls.
    6 months ago
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    mags has joined a book club.
    Over 1 year ago
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    mags added a book review.
    The final book in the PJO series definitely doesn't disappoint! I loved all of their stories and points of views, and the ending was amazing. I love how they finally gave Nico a love interest, someone who is completely opposite from him! You should definitely read the last book if you like Percy Jackson!
    Over 1 year ago
  • mags
    mags added a book review.
    The first book in the Percy Jackson series got me started in a journey for reading all the way back in 2nd grade! Ever since then, I've always avidly bought each new PJO book and read it. This book definitely starts the adventure nicely, where you meet Percy, Annabeth, and Grove. They go on a quest to retrieve a lightning bolt that Percy is accused of stealing. There are definitely a few plot twists that will make you doubt yourself. This book is amazing, everybody should read it.
    Over 1 year ago
  • mags
    mags added a book review.
    Magnus Chase is actually the cousin of Annabeth from the PJO series. His father is a Norse god, which draws him into the Norse world. Magnus dies in the first chapter of the book, but that isn't the end of his story. He ends up in the Norse "heaven" and he meets many friends. I love how this book is inclusive of many different cultures, including the Arabic one. While this book isn't as great as Percy Jackson, you should definitely read it!
    Over 1 year ago
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    mags added a book review.
    House of Hades is the 4th book in the Heroes of Olympus series. More adventures await Percy and Annabeth, as well as the rest of the Argo crew. While Percy and Annabeth are stuck in Tartarus, they find some old friends down there. Up above on the Argo, Jason and Nico have a few adventures of their own, leading to a startling discovery about Nico. There are so many other things in this great book that you'll just have to read to find out!
    Over 1 year ago
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    This book is definitely a classic. I read it with my class in 5th grade and it was very mind-blowing. With just enough science and magic to keep you hooked, this book really sticks with you. I will admit that it was a bit confusing, but the characters are all so loveable. I love the three witches and all the other characters a lot! Everybody has got to read this book at some point in their life!
    Over 1 year ago
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    I love fairytale twists, and this is probably my most favorite book with one! It is set in a futuristic world, where Cinder is a cyborg who works for her evil stepmother and stepsister. Soon, she meets the crown prince of China, Prince Kai, which sets her off on a thrilling adventure. Not only that, but there is a disease devastating the entire world and moon people who are very evil. There are many twists and turns that you won't be able to foresee, which makes this book such a great read!
    Over 1 year ago

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