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MY FEELS STILL AREN'T HEALED

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I just looked up Legend (by Marie Lu) on Tumblr.

MY FEELS WILL *NEVER* RECOVER.

~Amanda

BOOK REVIEW: REBEL BELLE BY RACHEL HAWKINS

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This book was fun, fast-paced, and full of sass!! (AND CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO LOVE ON THIS COVER?)

I found myself sucked into a totally weird story that started with a girl named Harper Jane Price not having any lip gloss on.

It was amazingly original, laugh-inducing, and awww-inspiring!

Meet Harper. She's the student body president, an extra-curricular queen, the Girlfriend of the Best and Most Wanted Boyfriend, Homecoming Queen, and a number of other positions many girls would envy.

Did I mention she has ninja powers?

Harper encounters Mr. Hall, the school's janitor, in the bathroom as she is applying "Salmon Fantasy" to her lips. Not only does she find out that he is not fat, old, ugly, but he's also stabbed and dying. Before he breathes his last, Mr. Hall places his lips over Harper's, and with one blow of air, Harper finds herself endowed with the powers of a Paladin, a sort of knight who stands to defend a noble cause...a place or a person.

Harpe…

Finals Day.

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HI.

ALLOW ME TO SUMMARIZE MY DAY IN GIFS.



WHEN I WOKE UP:







WHEN I WOKE UP (AGAIN):



WHEN I REALIZED I HAD A FINAL IN AN HOUR:



THE FINAL:





WHEN I REMEMBERED I STILL HAD ANOTHER FINAL LATER: 

HOW I FELT  SIX HOURS LATER AT THE NEXT FINAL:

AFTER THAT FINAL:




WHEN THIS STUPID NOISE WOULDN'T STOP NOISING DURING THE FINAL:



0/10 do not recommend do not read nope nope nope nope run away now

-MechEngie

Book Reaction/Minireview: DAMNED

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THIS POST CONTAINS NO SPOILERS, ASIDE FROM BOOKFLAP INFO.







This morning I finished Damned. 















Let's talk about the part where Aurora is Lust from FMA. Why does every book character worth mentioning have a doppelganger in FMA? Because SCIENCE!


And dandelion Dantalion is Kasper from Jormungand.

I like his eyelashes.




After finishing the book, I sat there.

LIKE THIS!

STEP 1: 'I think they accidentally the whole thing'

STEP 2: 'Oh.'

STEP 3: '... ...'

STEP 4:  'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO'

STEP 5: 'BUT WAIT!' (I got feels from looking at this picture... Guilty Crown<3)

STEP 6: 'THERE'S A THIRD ONE! AND I HAVE AMAZON CREDIT!'


STEP 7: *ORDERS IT!*
STEP 8: 'WHAT DO I DO UNTIL IT GETS HERE.'

First Impressions/Cover Rant: THE DAMNED (Vampires)

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THIS POST CONTAINS VERY, VERY LIGHT SPOILERS. THE KIND THAT COULD BE FOUND ON BOOK FLAPS. 


A note on the title: I don't consider it profane because context. They're books about slaying vampires in an attempt to save the world and stuff. So, yeah.

Damned is the second book in the Crusade series by Nancy Holder and some other lady whose name I'll never be able to spell.

I read the first book nearing on a year ago, more on a whim than anything else. I literally got the book on a whim, too.

Here's what happened:

Borders was closing (this was several years ago, obviously). I was very sad, but the same time happy. BECAUSE CLEARANCE SALES, YO. So in gallivanting around the store looking for enticing reads, my mom shoved this dark-looking book in my hands.



I was like, "lol okie" and took it, but never got around to actually reading it until last Spring for some reason. While it certainly wasn't the best book ever, it wasn't bad, either. It was quite entertain…

Book Reaction/Minireview: RUSSIAN ROULETTE

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NO SPOILERS PRESENT






There's always that said day when you finish the last book one of your favorite authors. I thought I had done this when I finished OBLIVION more than a year ago. The Alex Rider books were done, as Mr. Horowitz had said multiple times, and OBLIVION was the last book in his Power of Five/Gatekeepers series.

So when I finished OBLIVION, I thought I wouldn't have any more Horowitz novels to read.

Well, guess what?



I found out this book existed and promptly ordered it and shuffled it into my reading schedule.


...


I finished it last night.


The best I can say is that this novel is classic Horowitz. It's pulse-pounding, it's exciting, and it's all about YASSEN! What more could an Alex Rider fan want?


Seriously. If you've read Alex Rider, read this book. It's wonderful and sheds light on many Yasseny things.

9/10.

-MechEngie

Hi....so Review: Storm

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I have not posted since I reviewed Hollow City almost a month and a half ago....

Umm....

I would have, but I didn't have a new book to review. I was rereading Looking for Alaska and then I acquired Storm, the second book in the Sylo Chronicles by D.J. MacHale. I just finished it today and OH MY GOSH. Spoilers will be present.

Overall, I really did like this book. It was a really fast read and I have so many questions.

My rating: 8-8.5 / 10



Okay, so Storm picks up right where Sylo left off. Tucker, Tori, Kent, and Olivia just made it to the mainland after escaping from Pemberwick. There's a lot of traveling and stuff and there are the many plot twists characteristic of D.J. MacHale (see also: Pendragon series).

So, one thing that I did get kind of tired of was how many times we think one side is good and then some new thing happens and we think that the other side is good. Tucker talks to some people and the Retros (the Air Force) is good. The group talks to some other people and Sy…

BOOK REVIEW: THRIVING AT COLLEGE BY ALEX CHEDIAK

To begin: This book is NOT just for high school students (particularly twelfth graders) or current college students. This book is for LIFE in general. Wherever you are in life, this book provides extremely biblical and wonderful advice and pointers on how to live your life for Christ, avoid distractions, squash idols, manage time and money, nurture God-honoring relationships, and several other aspects and areas of life.

Mr. Chediak starts out in the introduction of Thriving at College saying that “this book is, in essence, an attempt at taking you out to Starbucks and telling you what I’ve learned about the college years-and, most importantly, telling you how to make your college season the best years of your life (so far).” And that’s exactly what reading this book is: a refreshing one-on-one break with a wise professor in a coffeehouse atmosphere. I wish I could quote the entire book, but as that would be both ridiculous and futile, I have pulled out my most favorite parts and quotes…

IT'S BEEN WAYYYYYY TOO LONG

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Hi guys.

Amanda here.

Yeah, I haven't posted on here in 20 days.

That's not good.

CUE BLOG POST.

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You can probably guess why I've been gone.

Yeah, I'm busy.

I was going to say something sarcastic like "That's right! I've been fighting Greek monsters" but no.

I'm not in the mood.


BOOK LIFE:

I have read 22 books so far this year.

I finished "The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert" by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield today.

IT WAS SUPERB. <3

I am 60 pages away from finishing "Thriving at College" by Alex Chediak.

After finishing and reviewing these two books, I will read Ruins by Dan Wells which Tyler lent to me this past Saturday.

All he said was his feels matched the title.

Uh-oh.

SCHOOL LIFE:

I...want to say a lot of things.

Some not-so-good.

Basically, I sum up my school life like this:

I want to run far, far away.


I have my two AP Exams coming...WAY soo…

Life Update

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Time a typical update post on all things MechEngie.

So, what's going on with me?

First off, I finished Quintana of Charyn this afternoon, bumping up my booktotal for this year to 11.

Next up to read is RUINS, by Dan Wells.
Then is RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Anthony Horowitz
And unless something happens, a re-read of CITY OF BONES will follow after that. At that point I'll be alternating between Mortal Instruments and the 'Origin of the Clans' arc in the Warriors series, BZRK: Apocalyse, and Divided, provided I can get my hands on the latter two.

That should hopefully lead right up to vacation week in mid-July, where I'll be mass-reading City of Fallen Angels, Lost Souls, and Heavenly Fire over that week, similar to how I did Infernal Devices.

August sees a projected 'Maze Runner Marathon' before the movie, which will have me rereading all three Maze Runner books and probably Kill Order because Kill Order is amazing.


On the school side of things, the semester has …

Book Review: QUINTANA OF CHARYN

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WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS SPOILERS! It's a freaking review, what did you expect?




















If you're reading this post, then you've probably read Quintana of Charyn or just don't plan to. If you're the former, you've also probably read my review of the predecessor novel, Froi of the Exiles. For those that didn't read it, read it now or for those forgetful ones that may not remember, there was kind of a cliffhanger in that review:
"The youngest person in the kingdom is the Princess, a split-personality crazy chick that nobody appreciates. More on that later."

Welcome to later. 
Moving right in, the entire focus of the third and final Lumatere Chronicles novel is Quintana, the supposedly mentally unstable and quite misunderstood princess of Charyn. Three weeks after the event of Froi of the Exiles, Froi is less of a pincushion and Quintana is nowhere to be seen. Charyn is about to explode into a civil war, and the only way that it could be stopped wou…