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The Handmaiden’s Tale

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Author: Margaret Atwood

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…” -From Goodreads

Review: This book is such an eye opener and really does reflect the world we are living in today. Atwood does a great job with not showing everything but giving enough information to help readers along. What makes this book, for me, amazing is because of the character Offred and that we get her perspective. Offred is such a different character from ones you read in these type of books with the main character wanting to fight against the government and make a change right away, but that’s not Offred. She is the opposite of that with slowly rebelling in her own way. Now as much as I loved the characters, how eye opening this novel was, and the writing, I just didn’t like how opened it felt. The Historical Notes help to show you what has happened, but there were some stuff still open ended. This book is definitely worth the read if you can get your hands on it.

Swarm Theory

Author: Christine Rice

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Summary: “It was a time of hippies, heroin, and All in the Family. It was a time, in the small town of New Canaan-a fictional town in mid-Michigan-when developers gobbled up farmland and spit out subdivisions. Against this backdrop, Swarm Theory’s interlocking narratives reveal the troubled lives of Astrid (a young woman trying to hold her family together), Caroline (Astrid’s best friend who has lost her mother to heroin), Will (a soldier struggling to make sense of life after being discharged from the Marines), and Father Maurice Silver (a priest caring for a young man dying of AIDS). Nothing in New Canaan is quite what it seems. Swarm Theory is a book that reveals life’s amazing contradictions-the wonderful and the profane, devotion and infidelity, understanding and revenge-through stories told from different perspectives. These stories investigate what happens when people come together-whether to do admirable or horrific things. Here, intimates and strangers alike can’t help but be intertwined; their unpredictable journeys providing a backdrop for characters complex, honorable, and not. Swarm Theory reveals our often misguided, dark, and life-sustaining dependency on each other.” -From Goodreads

Review: I never read a book before that told the story through short stories. I did enjoy this book in that style. This book, as I said before, is told in short story form. The stories are told at different points in time, as well as switch off between first person and third person. I found the story to be enjoyable. Sometimes it was hard to follow when each short story took place, but besides that, it was still a fun read. The only thing that I didn’t like was that a lot of stuff that happened was sometimes out of revenge and it did get kind of repetitive. It is still worth the read if you are able to buy it.

Beauty and The Beast: Lost In a Book

Author: Jennifer Donnelly

Rating: 5/5

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Summary: “Smart, bookish Belle, a captive in the Beast’s castle, has become accustomed to her new home and has befriended its inhabitants. When she comes upon Nevermore, an enchanted book unlike anything else she has seen in the castle, Belle finds herself pulled into its pages and transported to a world of glamour and intrigue. The adventures Belle has always imagined, the dreams she was forced to give up when she became a prisoner, seem within reach again.

The charming and mysterious characters Belle meets within the pages of Nevermore offer her glamorous conversation, a life of dazzling Parisian luxury, and even a reunion she never thought possible. Here Belle can have everything she has ever wished for. But what about her friends in the Beast’s castle? Can Belle trust her new companions inside the pages of Nevermore? Is Nevermore’s world even real? Belle must uncover the truth about the book, before she loses herself in it forever.” -From Goodreads

Review: This was such an enjoyable read for me. After having seeing the Beauty and the Beast movie I right away I had to read this book and it was a good thing too because it shows the relationship grow.  This book takes place after the Beast shows Belle the library and she finds a book that she is able to go into. I loved getting go on adventure with Belle and see what she was going to do while being inside this book. I liked how this was connected to the movie, including have a specific place during the movie. If you loved the 2017 movie or enjoyed it, then read this book if you are curious about the adventure Belle goes on.

Beauty and the Beast Novelization

Author: Elizabeth Rudnick

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “Belle has dreamt of adventures like the ones she reads in her books, of traveling the world outside her small town. When Belle’s father is captured, she takes his place as a prisoner of a fearsome Beast. But life in the enchanted castle isn’t as terrible as Belle imagines, and she ultimately finds friendship and love. Enjoy this tale as old as time about adventure and love, about looking past first appearances, and about the inner Beauty and Beast in all of us in this beautiful novelization of the upcoming star-studded film!” -From Goodreads

Review: I loved reading the novelization of one of my favorite movies of 2017. This book does follow the movie from beginning to end. It does add some scenes that weren’t in the movie, but were part of the deleted scenes. I will say I loved how things got explained more than they did in the 1991 animated version. It helped to develop the story even more. If you loved the 2017 movie, then this would be a fun, quick book for you to read.

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