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Review: We Can Be Mended

We Can Be Mended
We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not sure I can fairly review this book because I <4!

Seriously, Four can do no wrongs. In my opinion.

So this beautiful little book was the best piece of mail I’ve had in a while. By little, I mean it’s a little longer than a standard 4×6 photo and only 33 pages long. But it’s still very much a large story.

my copy

This story picks up five years after the end of Divergent. There is a reunion in Chicago for the remaining characters Allegiant. Evelyn (Four’s mom) and Caleb (Tris’ brother) are there. Ugh. I still have issues with those two. Johanna and Cara are mentioned and have small appearances. Chris and Shauna’s story is updated.

But this is more about Four still missing Tris and Christina missing Will. And how they’re coping with all of the changes since they became free from the social experiments that the Divergent series told. And they’re doing okay.

And I can’t say anything else because it will SPOIL IT! No how much I want to talk about the…

Anyway, this adorable book is worth a read, especially if you LOVED DIVERGENT as much as I did!!! Loved that book series….

HIGHLY REC!!!

*A BLOODY VALENTINE READ* ~ February 2017

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Reading Theme for March 2016.

I know I am tackling this early, but I ran out of short story compilations and Tiny Stories takes only a few moments to read…I need something to keep me occupied while I wait to hear about #PitchMadness…so I’m going into March a few days early…

March. That odd month where it feels like winter is clashing with summer. Plants decide to start coming out of hiding. It gets a touch warmer then freezes you to death. In like a lion and out like a lamb.

Of course when I think about Lion and Lamb…

Yeah. Twilight. Some habits are hard to break. I still sneak peeks at Eclipse often.

But, I’ve already read Twilight more times than I care to share. Not near the triple digits but still… The point of reading themes is to get something new in my hands for my eyes to scan, my brain to decipher, and [hopefully] my heart to melt. Sorry, Divergent, I’ve read you already, too.

Who doesn’t love that moment when Four and Tris meet? *happy sigh*

No romance, though. I’m still on the “I’ve written a romantic comedy so I can’t read anything like it” phase, because I know I’ll start daydreaming about my story, really start nitpicking at it like a chimp trying to rid fleas off its friend…and I don’t want to dislike anything about Wings. (It’s also why I have three stories in first draft only. Got picky about everything.)

But I am going to go with Spring in this month’s theme. Ish. Technically.

SPRING INTO A SERIES.

Not finish a series I’ve started and haven’t finished because it was time to change themes (Legend…not that it was bad, but I desperately wanted a RomCom to read) or maybe I’ve been waiting for the next installment (see Illuminae…dying to know when book two will be out). I have quite a collection of untouched series, including but not limited to: The Siren by Kiera Cass, The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, Red Rising by Pierce Brown, The Wayward Pines series by Blake Crouch, The Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg, a few more Hugh Howey series…and so many more. I’m not even counting the romance series in this choice…

Needless to say, I have quite the collection of collections.
The rules for this month:

  • I must have all available books in the series.
    • That takes out quite a few sets including The Siren.
  • It has to be entirely new to me.
    • Sorry Hitchhiker’s…I’ve read one of you before.
    • quite a few other’s too.
  • My heart needs to smoke with admiration for the story
    • like so many stories before
    • big shoes to fill

That leaves me with The Uglies and Cinder.

Tough choice as everyone tells me I need to read them both. It seriously came down to a coin toss.

The SPRING INTO A SERIES winner:

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

I have no idea what the story is about. I do admit the cover art grabbed my attention, therefore I do tend to judge a book by its cover…hence the collection began…and I have all of the available books in the series…and I hope I’m not going to suffer cliffhanger-itis at the end of this. Already 20 pages into Cinder and am enjoying it. I’m looking forward finding out how this Cinderella tale will blow me away (according to everyone who suggests I read it).

Out of curiosity, are there any other series I need to keep an eye for? Any I need to read?

I’m always looking to expand my TBR list. As if there aren’t more than enough books there already.

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This post filed under themes.

All gifs found on giphy.com, except the Cinder one found on Pinterest…all remain property of their original owners.

Bonus points to the person who knows why I have a gif of Chris Evans smoking…

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69 is a test? Okay.

I was over on Epic Reads’ blog and was reading about this theory to use when you don’t know what book to choose to read. (see the post here ~~~> {Epic Reads: The 69 Test} Supposedly, 69 is where the action is at. Outside of a teenage guy’s mind, that is. Read the page, snippets or otherwise, and if it speaks to you, you might read the book.

I had never heard of that. Usually, I read the back of the book, inside of the book jacket, or online description and think… “Oh, that sounds good. I’ll read it.” or “Nah. Next.” Who knows what books I’ve missed by just doing that…I mean other than ones that didn’t excite me from the get go.

So just for fun, I’ll try it out with a few of my favorites:

“No one seemed concerned about Edward, though I explained over and over that he was the hero — how he had pulled me out of the way and had nearly been crushed, too.”

~Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

“The finished clock is resplendent. At first glance it is simply a clock, a rather large black clock with a white face and a silver pendulum.”

~The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

“He stares at me, and I don’t look away. He isn’t a dog, but the same rules apply. Looking away is submissive. Looking him in the eye is a challenge. It’s my choice.”

~Divergent, by Veronica Roth

So, does it work? Keeping in mind that these are just a tiny snippet of the page from the hardback copies (unsure if the digital or paperbacks are different…mostly because I’m too lazy to check right now.) I think it’s mixed.

Twilight already had a major event or two happen by this point, although I would wonder, had I not read this book a million times, what exactly did Edward do and why no one seemed to notice.

The Night Circus seems a little boring. That being said, the continuing lines go on to describe how magical this clock is as it transforms into something completely different. A night and day comparison. Honestly, though, if I hadn’t already read this book, I wouldn’t be intrigued enough to read it just from page 69 alone.

Divergent still gets me! Okay…page sixty nine begins in the middle of a sentence, so I would definitely go back to the beginning of it and start. And it would hook me as Tris, is being so snarky to Four. (This moment is at their first meal after the Choosing Day ceremony.) And it would hook me enough to want to know why Tris is being so snarky and her friend, Christina, thinks she has a death wish.

So, let me try this with a few books I haven’t read yet… Again, these are from the hardcover and the “Remastered Full-Color Edition” respectively.

“Sharp rocks dig into S.’s skin as he rests on all fours beneath a pier, coughing seawater.”

~Ship of Theseus, by V. Straka

~which is actually S., by JJ Abrams

“Of course she’s not there, but that doesn’t get me down. I’m still optimistic she’ll arrive.”

~House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

S. is a difficult book to put to this test, because this is a book that is a story within a story. What that snippet comes from is the book by V. Straka… Not the annotations of these other characters from the JJ Abrams part of the book. And the whole story within a story has a feel of Inception to me, and that’s why I chose this book to read.

The House of Leaves is so difficult to determine from just that small piece. The page begins in the middle of a thought, but as this book is the most confusing book to read (according to the reviews on Amazon), it’s undetermined if following that sentence/thought would be helpful. Then the part where the snippet came from was in the middle of this guy’s dream and after dream experiences. It leaves one lost…so if it’s something you want to make sense of, you’ll read it. And if it’s so confusing you’ll never find your way out, you might skip it.

And lastly, I am going to try this with a few stories I’ve written…mostly out of my own curiosity to see what I’ve done and if it’s any good.

“Slow motion waves throughout the room as his hand reaches for the door knob, progressing frame by frame. Intense fear takes control immediately. The surge forces me through McClane, slamming the door shut.”

~Human Touch, a YA romance with a paranormal twist

 

“Everything I had been afraid of happening, was actually happening at that moment. I knew I couldn’t stay there. I managed to get up and stumble my way down to the gym floor. I brushed past Edward quickly as I made my escape.”

~It’s Been Ten Years, the first fanfic I wrote

“I ran my fingers through my hair as Sable came into view. Sitting with her… Well, fuck me sideways…”

~Life Imitating Art, an eromedy

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a little bias about my works. Human Touch is pure genius. I guess if I didn’t feel that way from my snippet, I’d have no business querying my story. Even if you all hate it, I love it. And I would read it. Probably pure bias on my behalf.

It’s Been Ten Years…oh, sigh. That little fic o’ mine. I look at it and love it because it got me back into writing. I look at it and cringe, because I know I can write better than that. I look at it and still think it’s mine no matter what. I own her. So, would I read it? I don’t know. Bella is running from Edward, while Jasper is holding Alice back from killing Edward. Very soapy. And, as it turns out, I do like a good sudsy drama from time to time. But off the snippet? I probably wouldn’t give it a read.

Life Imitating Art. That is the first line on page 69. The first moment my main character, an author,  sees the hottest man on the planet, even if he is her new editor that drives her mentally insane because he’s um-something years younger than her and thinks he knows it all when it comes to editing a book. Oh, something like this, to me, if I’m in that mood to read that kind of story…Yeah. Off that one line, I’d so read the pages bald. Again, I am sure there is a lot of bias in that statement.

I guess for me, I am either a make-up-my-own-story-that-I-want-to-read sort of person, or I really do prefer to judge a book by its cover–the images, colors, and synopsis. I think jumping into a page–69 or otherwise–is quite a dangerous thing. Especially for someone who hates spoilers…and what if the best thing of the book is happening on that page in that moment. It would suck to know that ahead of time.

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I love some books to death.

What do I do with a book I really love?

I destroy it. In a sense.

Back when I was younger, I tried my dernedest to not bend the spines on my paperbacks. Pet Sematary and Misery were perfection when you looked at the spine, but to look at the covers…they were torn, barely surviving with the bends and so very loved. Back to the Future and Ferris Bueller books, too.

But then for a long while I just didn’t read but the random Stephen King book and some comics…mostly nerd into hero stuff. *sigh* But most stories just didn’t grab my attention.

Until I came upon a little movie I wanted to see. And this movie was a book before. But like I do, I wait until I see the movie before reading a book. Just because I know I’ll hate the movie…and I get character voices so I don’t have to listen to my own drone on and on as I read…The movie was Twilight. Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone has such a love/hate thing for that movie/book series. I don’t care what people say; for me, it opened a world.

I read those four books in four days. And of the four, my favorite is…

Something about Eclipse spoke to me. I can’t explain it. I could read that book every day and never get tired of it. There’s all sorts of back stories…so much going on in the story itself…Jasper got to have a voice. It made me want to read…and note…and draw…

It’s the first one I’ve actually loved to the point it’s falling apart. You could probably ask what page what event happened, and I’d flip through and find it through all my notations…and if I couldn’t find it, I’d make sure to mark it.

And then I saw a book at Costco. The Night Circus. It could have been the black and white cover or the premise, but something told me to buy it. It was added to my book collection. And one day, I was bored and decided to read it. And fell in love with a story that is just so different…and unique. And because I refuse to destroy a hardcover, I found a paperback version and removed all the pages to get the thoughts and feelings I had for this book. It had to be something different. Just like that story.

I’ve done art journaling on some of the pages. Others I have used ribbons and clear letters to convey the illusions going on in the story. Then there are the dimensional aspects of making something 3D with the words of the pages, my favorite being the Wishing Tree… I took the pieces of art–keeping them all with the black, white and red theme of the story–and put them into the hardback so as you read the story, you experience it visually as well.

one side of the card…

the reverse side of the card

close-up of the Eiffel Tower standee

front side of the postcard

reverse side of the post card.

I was thinking that when The Night Circus art is all said and done, I’d leave it somewhere for someone to find…to read for themselves and experience it as something not done before. (Yes, I know about S by JJ Abrams now…should have worked quicker on this.)

And now it’s Divergent‘s turn. I don’t know what it is about the trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, & Allegiant) that really just got into my head. I don’t know why I am so OBSESSED with Four/Tobias Eaton. I don’t know why I just adore everything he says. I do know, I love this book to pieces, although it doesn’t quite reflect that love yet. This is my art journal book. I’ve been underlining and doing notation like Eclipse, but I’ve also been drawing images and quotes like The Night Circus…And when it’s all said and done, I hope to have every page in color, the spine barely able to hold on, and the cover so loved and worn like a favorite sweater on a cold winter day.

choosing day – the bowls of the five factions.

There are many, many other books I have liked. Some I’ve loved. They’re even on my favorites list…but I only own one copy or they don’t evoke the need to notate, quote, image…And I can’t wait to meet the next one in this Bookish Love Life I’m living. What book will have me buying every format so I can keep one pristine, one read, and one über loved into pieces…being held together with rubber cement and rubber bands.

What books do you love beyond all others?

FOURGASM ALERT!!!— Next Tuesday…Four will be out! (Parts of the Divergent series told from Tobias’ POV!!!) I’m so dying. One week from today!

Books:
Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Divergent – Veronica Roth

art journaling supplies:
Faber Castell water color pencils and color pencils
pens – G2, Sharpie
Stencils – Christy Tomlinson, Balzer Designs, Crafter’s Workshop
stamps – Graphic 45, Pink Paislee, CTMH, Making Memories
stamp ink – Staz On in black, red, & grey
paints – Claudine Hellmuth, Twinkling H2Os
Washi tapes – Michael’s

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