Wicked, The Trilogy – A Review

Hey there, bookworms!

So at the beginning of the month, I finished the final book of this trilogy, Brave and promised a review of the series since it is a part of my New Year’s Resolution to read five series. And yes, I’m considering this a series since there are more than two books. You may disagree and that’s A-okay. The Wicked trilogy consists of Wicked, Torn, and Brave. The reviews to them are below:

Wicked: here

Torn: here

Brave: here

If you have read the reviews then you already know just how hard I have gushed and fangirled over this trilogy. I didn’t imagine I’d fall so hard in love with it. While it does get hot and heavy, it’s not just that. Not. At. All. It’s amazing storytelling in a phenomenal city of enthralling danger.

In New Orleans, Ivy Morgan is just trying to hold on to some semblance of normal in her life by going to college. Her entire life has consisted of training and knowing that she could die very young, as many do in this profession because her and others in the same line of work know that humans aren’t the only thing strolling around the French Quarter. She and others known as The Order hunt fae.

Then in comes a new transfer. REn Owens. Immediately, Ivy is taken off-guard by his bright, forest green eyes and unfiltered charm. They nearly break down her barriers, but after what happened four years ago, she’s not ready to let anybody new into her life. So, she’s even less thrilled when he becomes her new partner.

More so? It seems the world just might be coming to an end. Perfect timing, right? Not only is Ivy struggling with how she feels about Ren, but these two will have to work together to find out what’s behind it and how to stop it, and the secrets they discover along the way will change everything.

While I loved everything from the phenomenal and vibrant depiction of New Orleans, which only makes me want to visit the city even more, to the incredible and mind-blowing character development that left me pining, I still have some questions.

For those of you who haven’t read this yet, be warned. It’s a bit spoiler-y.

Some questions I have and am contemplating:

At one point, Ivy was going to look for Jerome because the cranky cake addict was the last living person aside from mind-bent Merle and that didn’t really happen. It’s just my personal curiosity, but where is he? I mean, he’s alive, right? Ivy still owes him cake LOL.

This next one came directly after it was discovered that Ivy is a halfling. Which of her parents is the fae? Again, a personal curiosity, but still…That’s a story I’d love to hear.

Also, I’m so curious about Tink’s true name. Will Ivy ever be trusted enough to know it?

End of spoiler worthy talk.

The Characters:

There was so much to love about this series. Going back to the characters, Ren and Ivy had some of the most electric chemistry that I’ve ever felt. My hairs stood up on end a few times and there were shivers to be had. What they have is so natural and realistic and I admired it so much! With the hot and beautiful and smile-worthy came the heartache and cringe-y and awkward. So much awkward. I can’t express enough how much I laughed.

Then there’s the star of this book or at least the one that was the most unforgettable. The last of his kind. Tink, the brownie. Such a little bastard that he is, he’s also sweet in his own way. Except for the fucking troll dolls. That just wasn’t right in the head. He’s one of those rare friends that will always be honest and true and loyal and let you fall on your face while abusing your Amazon and Netflix accounts. But while abusing your Amazon account, they’ll be sure to buy you a cool AF T-shirt because they love you. Much like Ivy and Ren, I can’t pick a favorite part with Tink.

The End:

Coming to the end of this trilogy was actually pretty difficult. It moves at a hard and sharp pace that had no intention of slowing down so I had no idea how it would end, but it did and on a very light and sweet note that left Ivy and Ren’s story open in case it would be returned to later.

Now, there are two novellas out there: 1,001 Nights: The Prince & 1,001 Night: The King. I’ll have to look into those…

The Author:

When it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout I must say that she is inspiring. Not only does she create fantastic works of paranormal fiction, fantasy, and YA, but she gives them so much life with her perfectly placed pop culture references, puns, wit, and charm.

Currently, she is writing her spin-off series to LUX deemed the Origin series (which I am also hopelessly addicted to). Also, currently released to paperback is her Dark Elements trilogy about a soul-sucking kiss and gargoyles. Not going to lie, I’ve never read about gargoyles, but I’m definitely interested. I also have Storm & Fury-another new release-on my wishlist and can’t wait to read it.

 

All in all, such a great series by a top-notch author that brings such fantastic and breathtaking storytelling to a whole new level. If you haven’t read it yet, then I hope you get the chance. In my personal opinion, it’s an instant favorite, especially for those who really enjoy Holly Black’s Modern Faerie Tale & Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series. This takes them up to a whole new notch, but it’s fae and lusty love with a side of kicking ass and taking no names.

More to comes soon…

  -K.

 

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Summer Booklist –2019: Fiction edition

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Hiya, my little book cult!

Like I promised, here’s the fiction list of summer reads! If you haven’t already, take a moment to peek at the Summer Booklist – 2019: YA Edition. If you’ve already gotten to a couple of these that’s awesome! How were they? Have a favorite? Is there one you’d recommend over others?

Creating a booklist is always fun and nifty because not only do I put these up for you, but for myself. I get the chance to put some new book on my ever-growing list. It feeds my inner book-addict and I’m totally okay with that.

Here’s the book list I’ve discovered, partially thanks to Goodreads and partially thanks to my ever-roaming eyeballs in the bookstore.

 

Elevation
Author: Stephen King
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Simon & Schuster

In the small town of Castel Rock, where a good majority of King’s stories take place, Scott discovers he’s losing weight and a few other strange things too. And sure, losing weight seems like a great thing, but when he notices that he weighs the same no matter how much he tries to put on. Other strange happenings occur that bring together unlikely alliances as well as bring out the best in those who have only ever indulged in the worst of themselves.

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California Girls
Author: Susan Mallery
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That California sun is very beautiful after three sisters get dumped in the same week. In the style, only Susan Mallery can bring, Finola, Zennie, and Ali together and they’ll do one of the hardest things ever. Start over. Finola recovers from an affair that her husband was having that’s gone public. Zennie’s decided she doesn’t need anybody, but when she takes up being a surrogate for her best friends it turns out that being pregnant is a lot lonelier than she thought. For Ali, nothing’s hurt worse than her wedding being called off at the last second, but when Daniel keep showing up “for support” she begins to wonder if maybe it was good that the wedding was called off.

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Providence
Author: Caroline Kepnes
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Penguin Random House

Growing up together, Jon and Chloe know each other in a way that only they understand, but they’ve never found the right words to come out with their true feelings. Then Jon disappears suddenly and just when Chloe feels like she can move on he returns. He’s not the same as he was and is struggling with both his identity and this uncontrollable power he now possesses. Rushing to protect Chloe, he discovers that he’s being tracked by a detective that’s fascinated and obsessed by a string of vigilante killing that seems to be connected him. Lines are blurred and feelings are explored between unrequited passion and complete obsession.

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When We Left Cuba
Author: Chanel Cleeton
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The Cuban Revolution took every from Beatriz Perez—her family, her people, country. On a mission of revenge, she’ll go undercover, infiltrating Fidel Castro’s inner circle. It’s all threatened when she’s caught up in a forbidden affair and she must make a choice between her past and future.

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Stillhouse Lake
Author: Rachel Caine
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Amazon

Discovering your husband’s ultimate secret is that he’s a serial is bound to get you to make some serious life changes. Gwen Royal did just that becoming Gwen Proctor. With her ex now in prison, she starts her life over on Stillhouse Lake, still trying to get out of the spotlight of stalkers and internet trolls and just when she starts to get a sense of normalcy back and a body turns up in the lake and threatening letters begin to arrive. After everything, she’s gone through she’s learned how to fight and she’ll never stop. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her kids and herself.

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Author: Stuart Turton
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At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle with be killed—again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. He must solve Evelyn’s murder to have any chance of saving her, but nothing and nobody is what they seem.

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Sea of Memories
Author: Fiona Valpy
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When Kendra visits her grandmother, Ella, who only has one request of her. Write down her story before she forgets. Her story of the summer in 1937 on the beautiful Ile de Re and when she met Christophe. When war breaks out she’s forced to return home to volunteer and she drifts away from who she was on Ile de Re with Christophe and wonders if she would ever find her way back.

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Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
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A murder…or a tragic accident? Or is it just parent behaving badly. Whatever the case, someone is dead and Madeline, Celeste, and Jane at the center of it but how when they lead such different lives?

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The Mister
Author: E. L. James
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Penguin Random House

Maxim has everything he’s ever wanted until he met Alessia. She’s a mystery luring him in. She’s musically gifted but harbors a past she doesn’t want anybody involved with. Maxim, dealing with the struggles of inheriting his family’s wealth and all of the responsibilities that come with it. On top of that, he’s determined to protect Alessia from whatever it is that’s threatening her. Both of them are hiding secrets, but what’ll happen when they all come out?

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The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
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Simon & Schuster

Olive is unlucky in her career, in love…in everything. Ami, her sister, is the luckiest person in the world. From how she met her fiancé to how she won an all-expense paid wedding, Olive can’t wait for the wedding to be over. The worst part of the wedding is that she’s forced to spend time with her sworn enemy and best man, Ethan. The two put their differences aside when the wedding party gets food poisoning and a free vacation in paradise is up for grabs. But when Olive unexpectedly runs into her future boss she plummets herself and Ethan into a crazy white lie and tells her boss she and Ethan are just married. It seems she’s unluckier than ever before…or is she, in fact, luckier than ever?

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There you have it! Ten fiction books to add to that summer reading list. There’s some romance, history, mystery, suspense, and drama. Keep a lookout for the nonfiction booklist coming soon!

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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No Tears Left to Cry (Little Monsters – A Book Review)

Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
Published: 2017

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Rated C for teenagers who disappear leaving only a creepy handprint behind as a calling card.

 

What kind of girl doesn’t cry when her friend goes missing?

Kacey Thomas is the new girl of Broken Falls. After moving in with her dad and his wife and step-siblings, she’s been trying to find her footing. It hasn’t been easy though this new life she’s stepped into is much better than that it was with her mom.

She’s also been accepted into the circle of new friends’: Bailey and Jade. They do everything together, even things that Kacey doesn’t even want to do. When Bailey and Jade go to the biggest party of the year without her, though they said they’d go together, Kacey is hurt. Kacey isn’t able to ask about though since Bailey goes mysteriously missing that night.

The whole town goes on the hunt for the missing girl. Kacey takes on her own mission to find her friend, but the shocking discoveries she makes along the way make her regret it. She learns quickly that even in a small town like Broken Falls, rumors spread like wild and sometimes appearances can be deceiving.

 

This book wasn’t my jam. It was surprising in places but it didn’t capture my attention in any special way sadly. Kacey comes from a broken home, though it wasn’t only her mom that made her life hard, it was her as well. With her father and new family, it’s not always easy either because he’s working all the time and doesn’t make time for her. This book is definitely in the mystery genre. While I’m lucky and didn’t fall asleep, I just didn’t get into this. It took all my effort not to flip to the end and figure out

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The characters were crazily layered in this small snowy town. There was always finding out something new and questioning who did what. Discovering who was responsible for everything was actually surprising and unexpected! And I really loved how an urban legend was tied in with all of this. I will say this, it sucks to find out that your friends were never really your friends. That’s happened to me in real life and reading about a situation like it in a book makes me hurt. It just creates a rotting feeling.

This is definitely one of those stories where you pay attention to the little details. There is so much in them and each one is important, leading up to the big reveal. The reveal of what, you ask? Snag a copy of this and find out! I can’t spoil it for you. LOL. Definitely a Girl on A Train, teen version vibe.

 

Overall

This book isn’t a keeper for me. It didn’t stir up more than my curiosity. I wish there’d been so much more, but I don’t know. I did little more than shrug about this. Wasn’t kidding when I said mysteries weren’t my thing, but I wanted to give this a try. I legit thought there’d be some horror, supernatural theme to it. Not the case and that’s okay. I’m actually going to give this my mom and then a friend. They love creepy mysteries.

 

Quotables:

“Thing is, I love my mom. But I’m starting to think it’s possible to love someone and hate them at the same time.” (Kacey, p. 23)

“Have you ever wanted something so badly you thought it might just kill you?” (Bailey, p. 167)

“There’s no such thing as best friends. Everyone is only out to protect themselves.” (Kacey to Ellie, p. 305)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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I Am What I Am (Torn – A Book Review)

Torn (Wicked Trilogy #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2016

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Rated D for a deceiving little halfling that actually feels guilty about it.

 

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Ivy Morgan has just made the horrific discovery that she’s a halfling. Half human, half fae. Her life will never be the same. She can’t tell anyone in the Order or it’ll be the end for her. Stake-in-her-heart end. But, she has to think about what to do next because the doors to the Otherworld were opened and the deadly Fae Prince was freed. He’ll be looking for a halfling so that he can open all of the doors and fae-ageddon the planet. Ivy must hurry to figure out how to kill the prince before he discovers her first.

She grew up, taught that fae are meant to be hunted and killed, but what will she do now that she’s one of them?

Then there’s Ren Owens. Tattooed, charming and, an Elite member of the Order, he’s meant to kill her, kill halflings. She hasn’t cared about anyone this much in a very long time. After what they’ve been through, could he handle this? Or would he do his duty and end her even though he’s claimed her heart for himself.

 

 The Wicked trilogy is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 3.

 

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The momentum of this trilogy has only increased with book two. Still in the city of New Orleans, the gate that Ivy and the Order fought to protect from the fae was opened thanks to an unexpected betrayal from Val, who Ivy thought was her friend, and out came not only a mass amount of fae but the Fae Prince as well. More so, Ivy is pretty sure she’s falling in love with Ren though if he found out about her being a halfling She’s pretty sure he’d kill her. Her struggle with this life-changing discovery is heartbreaking and intense and it shaped the entire story.

This book rides on sheer emotion. From wit to steamy to heartache, I’m even more obsessed than before. Torn also much darker than Wicked. Laced with twists, secrets, and even more wickedness that twisted my gut. Trying to figure out how to drop the news that you’re the one thing everyone wants dead, to the ones you love the most, is tricky and impossible business. It’s like ripping duct-tape off. Painful, searing, and a must in order to be free.

How does one deal with news like that? While I won’t give away the spoilers of that, I will say that everything changes. This was a rough ride, but it was also fun and addicting.

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I’m still in love with these characters! Even though some are backstabbers, they’re still so perfectly written. My favorite brownie, Tink, is still a pain with his strange infatuation with troll dolls. I still love Ivy and Ren even though this new complication is risking their new relationship. And the prince is actually frightening. One hell of a villain and he’s just getting started. The way Armentrout gives life to these characters is hilarious and beautiful and still so real. She gives them these qualities that I’ve found so rarely in other books. The great awkward and even heartbreaking moments that occur in the real world.

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The mega-twists from the last book come full circle here and they knocked the wind right out of me. I actually had to reread some parts. It was wild! They really snuck up on me, though there were times I had a sneaky feeling something weird was going down. This one was much more unpredictable and I really loved that.

 

Overall

This trilogy gets even better with this book! So good and so yummy and so much more danger! While this book mostly centers around how to handle this world-ending secret (literally one of those) it’s much more than that. It’s the consequence and the result of it too. While approaching the very magical, this book approaches the very human too. Armentrout really covered all of the areas. I couldn’t get enough. Definitely going up in my favorites bookshelf.

 

Quotables:

“We value freedom above anything else.” (Prince Drake to Ivy, p. 290)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Lost & Found Princess (Daughter of Egypt – A Book Review)

Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
Published: 2008

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Rated R for rebellion against love because no one should choose who you love but you.

 

From the winding alleys of Rome to the shimmering dune of the Egyptian desert.

As a child, Thalia lived on the streets, always on the run, trying to survive. Then she’s swept away to Egypt, adopted by a royal family and it became all she ever knew. Breaching her eighteenth birthday, her mother is trying to help her find a suitor, but none of them move Thalia’s heart.

Ona night of a suitor’s ball, Thalia is kidnapped by a man deemed the Destroyer. A heartless killer and commander of men. She’s told that she’s the lost princess of a country that desperately needs her rule. He then vows to protect and love her, but she’s too stunned to understand and wishes nothing more than to go home to Egypt. As she comes to know who she is meant to be, her heart changes for her people and for the man who’s been sworn to her.

 

I’ve told you just how much I love ancient Egypt, right? It’s one of my favorite eras to study in history from the religion system to how they farm to their royalty to the architecture. I love it all!! Even the mummification process. That being said, the imagery and attention to details on that front were simple and warm. Lots of love.

I’m not one for typical lush romances. Really not, but I was pulled to this one. Thalia is a rebel and a young woman that follows only her heart and instincts. My kind of girl. She doesn’t bow down to anyone, but she does open her heart and that’s special. She didn’t cave like some damsel. Ashtyn is definitely her perfect match. The moment they connected it was blazing hot. He wasn’t just some piece of muscle. He was earnest, yet determined. He proved he was the one for Thalia. That development during their journey was so great. Loads of drama. I loved it.

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I loved the cameo by Cleopatra and Antony so much. It was like getting to see one of my favorite celebrities. So wicked. All of the glam and air of the ruler was epic! It also etched this book into a very real part of history.

 

Overall

There was a lack of intensity for me when it came to character interactions. I loved the chemistry, but my breath didn’t hitch or halt. Lip-biting was a no. It was nice but didn’t get me there. Great action and a beautiful romance, but only a one-time read for me.

 

Quotables:

“Danger was stalking her, waiting for her to become careless.” (p. 34)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.   

 

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A Rose, A Key (The Waste Lands – A Book Review)

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1991

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Rated P for paradoxical twists that’ll leave you mind-bent.

 

Then he realized that it was not blood he was looking at, but roses…

Some time has passed and Roland, Eddie, and Susannah are well on their way toward the dark tower. There is conflict within Roland. He is struggling with two alternate realities since he saved Jake from getting shoved into traffic and run over by a car. Now, he can’t tell what’s real. Is Jake dead from him leaving him to die and go after the man in black or is Jake truly alive because he’d never been hit? Roland must fix himself before he completely comes unhinged. They cannot continue onward to the dark tower until he does.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

This book really picked up the series’s pace. There was much more action than in the books before it. Roland struggled to fix what he’d done to Jake in The Gunslinger and it put a great strain on the journey to the dark tower for him and his companions. Eddie and Susannah were very helpful in guiding him, though all three of them weren’t sure about where they were going. They followed ka-tet and their guts blindly. It’s really crazy but always keeps me guessing. Nothing about this series is predictable.

My hopes didn’t let me down! Jake returned. Granted it was touch-and-go for a good moment, but Jake is back and I’m so glad. While it’s hard to pick a favorite character, the crew feels complete with him a part of it. I got really giddy when Jake created a bond with Oy, a billy-bumbler. They’re very strange-looking creatures and very much in the so-ugly-they’re-cute category but incredibly brilliant. This one is no exception.

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Charlie Choo Choo made his debut in this book. In fact, he was one of the major points aside from Jake. It was the main destination of this book actually and without Jake, they wouldn’t have made it. Learning of Charlie led them to Blaine the Monorail. He helped Roland and crew get to Blaine the Mono. Both Charlie and Blaine are super creepy. The kid’s book unnerved me and when Charlie made his appearance I swear I shuddered.

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The world the crew was in this time is still crazy-wild. So desolate and dangerous. While they moved across the waste lands, there were strange doors, creatures, and crazy, psycho people. The detail is so deep and intricate. King didn’t spare a single sense useless. Sometimes the density made me slow down some, but I didn’t give up on it.

Also really admired the images created to help add to the story, such as Roland’s explanation of the dark tower and how it’s the pinnacle of all universes. It really does help and give better visuals for certain bits. Not only did it give me something better to go on, but I saw it how the characters did.

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Overall

This book left off on such a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to get to the next one. I’m really glad I didn’t give up on this series. Incredibly inventive and creative and dark. I’m so living for it! While it’s uber twisty and sometimes a struggle to get my brain to keep up with all of the overlapping time paradoxes, I just can’t get enough.

 

Quotables:

“We are ka-tet, which means a group of people bound together by fate. The philosophers of my land sad a ka-tet could only be broken by death or treachery…” (Roland, p. 422)

“You’re a long way from Forty-second Street, sweetheart—hope is a great thing, no matter what anyone says, but don’t hope so hard you lose sight of that one thought: you’re a long way from Forty-second Street…” (Eddie, p.460)

“Old ways are sometimes the best ways.” (Roland, p. 471)

 

More to come soon…

  – K.

 

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Fires Everywhere (The Outsiders – A Book Review)

The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
Published: 1997

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Rated

 

A heroic story of friendship and belonging.

Ponyboy has been struggling of late between understanding right and wrong in a society that automatically decides it for him, his brothers, and friends: greasers. His thoughts pull him in one direction and his brothers and friends pull him in other directions. After Johnny saves him from being drowned by a soc, the result something dreadful. Murder. The two go on the lamb. Even doing the wrong thing for the right reason can have consequences, and they’ll stay with you for a very long time.

Ponyboy’s world crumbles around him and this not only affected him but everyone around him, and he soon learns that it doesn’t matter if you’re a greaser or a soc, pain hurts all the same.

 

This is a classic I’ve wanted to read for years. I don’t care that people usually read it back in middle school. For me, The Giver and The Cure were what was read. Classics are ageless and this a classic. It’s a dark and tragic story that proves that it doesn’t matter what social class you are put into, everyone bleeds the same and hurts the same.

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Actually, experiencing life from such an unexpected perspective is incredible and fresh. Greasers, like everyone else at the time, worked hard, fell in love, and felt heartbreak like everyone else, but because of where they live and what they look like they still get hassled horrendously. It made me fill pity, to be honest. Nobody understands what it’s like to struggle at the bottom unless they’ve been there and to have people that don’t understand or care add on to it is heavy. This book really gives readers a chance to experience that some. You fight for all that you have. In this case, it was for family, respect, and dignity.

The family dynamic is heart-wrenching. Sure, the decisions the boys make more often than not made me frown because they were quite the troublemakers but the way they supported each other was the true spirit of family. This book also reiterates that blood isn’t all that makes a family.

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The setting of the book really gives way to a time when society really was a bastard. Today, it’s still pretty bad and disturbing. What is so wrong with the human race that we beat each other because of status?

 

Overall

I’m really glad I read this. It really got me to think. No matter how old you are, a book doesn’t tell you that you can’t read it because you’re too old. They all have interesting lessons, stories, and/or emotions to give you, and for a reason. Now, I can’t wait to watch the movie to this and compare thoughts. This really is a valuable read.

 

Quotables:

“Suddenly, in the red glow and haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it’s a red hell. Why aren’t I scared?” (Ponyboy, p. 92)

“I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city. I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!” (Sodapop, p. 136)

“We’re greasers, but not hoods, and we don’t belong with this bunch of future convicts.” (Ponyboy, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

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