REVIEW: Allegiant by Veronica Roth (3/3 of Divergent Series)

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Title: Allegiant (3/3 in the Divergent series)

Author: Veronica Roth

Version Read: eBook, because I am STILL waiting for my copy BARNES & NOBLE! I preordered the book hoping I would have it the say of release but no it was shipped on the day it was released. Next time I will just take my chances at the bookstore.

Summary: The Official Synopsis from the backside and inside flap.

One Choice Can Transform You.

Once Choice Can Destroy You.

One Choice Will Define You.

What if your whole world was a lie?

What if a single revelation–like a single choice–change everything?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered-fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

My Feelings:

I had a hard time switching between the two points of view. But I also had the same problem while I was reading Breaking Dawn. I believe this is because while reading these books I am in a Tris frame of mind. It was just what I had come to expect from the books. However, by the end of the book I understood why she chose to write from two perspectives. The book tied up loose ends and answered questions. This book was not my favorite of the three books but it was not bad I would give it about 3 and 3/4 stars. But the series as a whole is totally 5 stars. I recommend this series to everyone.

Thank You:

Thank you Veronica Roth for creating this wonderful and captivating world. Thank you for creating Tris and Tobias. But most importantly, thank you for making us, your readers, truly think.

Coffee Before Work.

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I am enjoying some coffee and procrastinating going to work. Plus, all I really want to do it is sit down and read Allegiant. I am enjoying it so far. Having a tough time switching between the two different POVs. I am a little upset because I have to read the ebook and I would rather read my hard copy but it’s not here yet!! Oh well. So please don’t spoil me friends!!

REVIEW: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

16068905Title: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: Hard back copy

Date Read: October 21, 2013 (You read that right ladies and gents, 1 day)

Summary from Goodreads:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind.

Fist Impression:

I saw this booking sitting on the shelf at Barnes & Noble and I picked it up. I read the inside flap and saw that the book was about a girl in love with a fictional world. I was able to relate to Cath’s love of Simon from the beginning because I am a mega Harry Potter fan. I read the first page of the story and it was a fake wikipedia entry about Simon Snow and it made me giggle. I knew from that moment I had to read this book!

Things I Loved:

All of it! I finished this book feeling that the story was real. The story resonated within me. I love how Rowell created a real voice for Cath. I feel as though Cath could be my best friends, my fandom friend. The love story is extremely realistic. It wasn’t some sappy story but one that seems to happen to people in real life.

Things I Do Not Like:

That is ended. I could have kept reading about Cath, Simon, Levi, Reagan, and Wren. But it had to end and it ended in the best way possible.

Overall Thoughts:

Go out and buy this book…NOW! Go! Get to reading! You won’t regret it.

I give it 5 stars.

Enough reading this blog about the book and read it!

Eight Reasons I Could Marry Ben Wyatt

Leslie Knope I am absolutely IN LOVE with your husband. Yes, Ben Wyatt (From Parks and Rec) may be fictional but I have compiled a list of reasons why I could potentially marry him!

So here we go:

1. He love calzones. I mean who does not love a good calzone. They are like pizza but better.

2. He writes FanFiction. Now, it is for Star Trek, a show I do not watch, but it is refreshing to see someone unashamed of being in a fandom.

3. He is a major fan of Batman.

4. He is a nationally ranked player in Settlers of Catan

5. He enjoys summer jams like Shoop by Salt n’ Peppa.

6. He tells extremely dry but hilarious jokes.

7. He likes Game of Thrones

8. Oh, and he is just ADORABLE!.

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Learning to Work With Hateful People

In every work place you have to deal with a hateful person. I have a hateful person that I have been learning to deal with. Being a Christian I turn to the Bible to seek the answers to the questions I ask. Do I argue with them? Do I talk back? How do I go about working with someone who is difficult and hateful?

So here we go:

Speak With Respect

The Bible says that we should speak with love even if it is a tense situation. Love and respect should be out guide. You can be kind and firm when it is necessary.

Ephesians 4:15 “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Follow the Pattern in Matthew 18:15-17

I know this pattern is mainly talking about conflict among believers but it can be done when dealing with conflict among you and nonbelievers. First you go privately to the one with whom the problem is. Secondly, you take a few people as witness with you so that you can establish the facts and you can get away from all that “he said she said” nonsense. If you cannot resolve this issue you need to take the issue to the proper authority (boss, supervisor, whatever).

Sometimes You Need To Walk Away

Sometimes it may be better for you to walk away both mentally and physically from an argument. You need to stop dwelling on it. There are things that are worth fighting for and others that are not worth your time.

Their Argument May Not Be With You

As humans we may take our frustrations out on the wrong people. This may not make them being hateful toward better but it will make your burden lighter knowing that you are not the problem. They may be having a hectic, stressful day and take it out on you.

Ultimately: Treat People With Love

Love and respect is the best way to deal with people. Treat them with respect and love and they may feel conviction to see why you act in such a way.

Remember God will fight for you and with you.

Lunch With Pops.

IMG_2918I had lunch to day with this handsome man! This would be my dad! I do not usually get to take lunch with my dad during the work week but today I was off. It’s a funny story really.

My roommate and I both work at the same nursing home and we were working the same at the same time today. So I thought it would be a good idea to just ride together. I mean why not? We’d save gas, help the environment, blah blah blah. However, when I got to work I found out that I was not actually working today. Yeah, I am that girl who goes into work even though she does not have to. Oh well, I thought I’ll just go to lunch with the pops.

We went to this place here in town called Pappy’s Place. It is a tiny place. I’m pretty sure it only seats like 30 people. But they have REALLY good food. We split a cheddar bacon burger. But this was a cheddar bacon burger like you’ve never seen before. The cheese and bacon was in SAUCE FORM! Talk about good noms. Plus, I got to spend some much needed time with my dad. IMG_2916

Fall Movie Suggestions.

Considering how awesome fall is I thought I would make you all a list of my favorite movies to get me in the mood for the cool weather, colorful leaves, and sweaters.

So here it is:

All 8 Harry Potter films (Ideally you’ll watch the bonus features as well. Oh and do them all in one weekend)
Just about everything Tim Burton

Sleepy Hollow

Big Fish

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Corpse Bride

Edward Scissorhands

**EDIT: Beetlejuice! my friend, Emily, reminded me about this one and I cannot believe I forgot it!! SORRY!

Halloween Town I and II (you can get these in a two pack at Target!)

Hocus Pocus

I suggest that while watching these movies you light your favorite fall scented candles and curl up in your favorite quilt with your favorite fall drink.

Here are my suggestions for fall drinks:

Mulled Cider

Hot Butterbeer

Hot Chocolate

ENJOY!!

P.S. Doesn’t this Butterbeer look delicious!!

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Awesome Autumn Festival.

Sunday at work we had our annual Awesome Autumn Festival. We do this festival every year to raise money for our resident Christmas fund. The fund is to help out facility buy gifts for residents who have little to no family. The festival is centered on a car/truck/motorcycle show but we also have food, music, and crafts. Oh, oh, oh and a hayride!!

The residents absolutely loved the festival this year. We had a parking lot full of old and new cars to peruse. They enjoyed homemade corndogs, cotton candy, chili, and live music. I even caught quite a few of them singing along to the music. I know I had a lot of fun watching and spending time with them.

I may complain about job on a regular basis but when I watching the residents have fun Sunday made me realize that I am a part of a loving group of people who just want to make the gold years of these people wonderful. Seeing the residents have fun and enjoy themselves brings me joy and peace in my job.

I challenge everyone to find that one thing that brings you joy and peace about your job. Most of the time it will be something small like the hug from a coworker or it may be something as large as the Awesome Autumn Festival. You cannot go about your days not finding joy.

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Waiting for Allegiant.

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I have not had a count down for a book release since the last Harry Potter book but I have been waiting since I finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth. We have seven days, five hours, thirty-seven minutes, and some odd seconds until we can read it. Unless you are one of those people who got the accidental shipping this last month. I secretly wish there was going to be midnight release party at my local Barnes & Noble. Even though there is not going to be a party I will be celebrating when I get my hands on that book!

Changing Seasons.

The seasons are finally changing here in the Ozarks.  Yes, fall may have technically started on September 22nd but it was not until this last week that the temperatures dropped to 60.  This week I turned off the air conditioner/heating unit and have opened all the windows while I sleep. I wake up to cool crisp air. I love it. I broke out my cardigans and light jackets. I went and got myself some fall scented candles and I light them regularly.

I love the changing of seasons.  I prefer them when they are slow transitions so I can ease myself into the new season, however this does not always happen. Sometimes seasons will just smack you in the face. One day it’s beautiful and then the next thing you know you have snowstorm on rearing on you. This is when you have to be able to bend with the wind.

You have to be flexible when things change in your life. Sometimes you get nice easy transitions and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes transitions will cause strife and struggles in your life.  That’s okay. You grow during these times.  Accepting that not everything will be easy will allow you to stand firmly rooted in your ground and simply bend with the wind.