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Relative Book Length!

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HI CHILDREN.


Something that's always bothered me (and I'm sure has bothered you) is when someone asks how long a book is and you have to describe how long it is... kind of... because you don't really know what to compare it to. So you're just like, "It's kinda long. But not really. The text is small/big and it has a lot/a little pages." 

That's to ambiguous for me. 

SO. I decided to crank some numbers and make something I've come to call 'Relative Book Length'. The idea is to have an 'at a glance' number that you could compare to another book's number and tell how much longer or shorter the book is. 




After some thinking about it and testing it, I've come to really like the idea. And just looking at the books I tested it on, it's a actually pretty accurate. 

So, what is it?

(((Page-chapter)*adj) + ((chapter*(adj*Header))))/2000

In English: The words on non-chapter-start pages added with the words on chapter-start-pages. Then di…

STUCK. I'M STUCK.

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Yes.

OKAY!

I graduated.

WHEE YAY YAY PARTY WHEE


Moving on.

I finished the Selection trilogy off last week and I'm just...

glad it's over.

But now I'm stuck in my reading process/progress.

There's just

SO MANY BOOKS TO READ.

WHICH ONE SHALL I CHOOSE.


I want to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

BUT NOPE I AM WAIT-LISTED FOR IT IN THE LIBRARY SYSTEM AND I AM NOT PAYING $10 FOR THE KINDLE VERSION.

Sooooo...

kind of going in circles.

But it shall be resolved.

Of course, I have summer laziness combined with busyness so I'm in a constant struggle.

That's my story. ISN'T THIS PICTURE BEAUTIFUL: 
IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 YET

SHAME ON YOU

AND GO SEE IT.

I will review it soon c:

Love y'all!

~Amanda

Review: Mila 2.0 Renegade

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Review for the second book in the Mila 2.0 series (I'm not sure how many books there are going to be...)

My rating: 8 / 10

There will be spoilers.


What?!? You can't end the book by saying that Mila, who used to be more android than human, is now turning more human than android and has two hours before a bomb planted in her abdomen will explode. No. 

Excellent cliffhanger but it's cruel.

So, Mila. I was getting tired of the whole "I don't want to deal with these emotions anymore" thing. She's always talking about how she wants to feel more human and fit in. Then when it's too painful, she decides to allow Quinn, the leader of the Vita Obscura, to "upgrade" her and take away her emotions. Well, you're finally getting what you've always wanted. Lucas finds Mila abandoned in the desert and discovers that Mila's body is generating more human cells. 

Hunter. I always thought that Hunter was just too nice all the time. So when Mila finds the…

Review: The Serpent's Shadow

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It took me a while longer to finish this book because I got distracted by YouTubers. I finally finished it this morning.

I will try to find a copy of The Staff of Serapis. After that, I will be reading Mila 2.0 Renegade by Debra Driza.

My rating: 7 / 10

Some spoilers below.


Because I read bits and pieces at a time, I don't quite remember everything that happened. I know Carter and Zia are together at the Brooklyn House. I know Sadie and Walt/Anubis are also together at the Brooklyn House. Since the execration spell pushed Apophis away, the gods also had to distance themselves to keep the balance. 

One thing I am definitely confused about is the Walt/Anubis thing. At the beginning, Walt begins to show signs of this new power, being able to like disintegrate things. Later we find out that this is a power of Anubis. And somewhere along the way, Sadie hears Walt being referred to as Set's son, but Set's only son is Anubis. So....Walt was channeling Anubis at the beginning of the b…

NAME THAT BOOK CHARACTER TAG

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I am not dead.

My last post was on my last day of school.

Which was at the end of April.

It's the middle of June.

Why haven't I been posting? No idea.

But to give you an idea of what's been happening in my life, here's what I've read since I finished Damned...

City of Bones
Throne of Glass
Fault in Our Stars
Dangerous Days of Daniel X
Vanquished
City of Ashes

And currently in progress is this book called The 5th Wave.

Next is (presumably) City of Glass, followed by either BZRK: Apocalypse or Divided, or both, depending on timing/pricing.

I'm considering doing a first-impressions for 5th Wave, but that'll come later if I do it.

- MechEngie

The Fault in Our Stars Movie

I just got back from seeing the movie with Tyler!

I don't have much to say other than:

The book was (of course) better, but the movie was still excellent :)

It was tender, real, rich, engrossing, and emotional.

I reallllly didn't want to cry because I've been crying for the past 2 days but I did cry nonetheless...a little.

Secretly.

And quietly.

My mom hadn't even read the book and she cried <3

So, it was good, and you should totally go see it :)

BUT ONLY IF YOU READ THE BOOK FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!

That is all.

~Amanda

Review: City of Heavenly Fire

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Finished the monster of a book that is 725 pages long, also known as City of Heavenly Fire. By the Angel, IT WAS AMAZING. 

Throughout my entire reading of the book, I was gasping, mumbling, raging, or near tears. Only Cassandra Clare, man.

My rating: 10 / 10

Below are spoilers for the entire The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series.




This is going to be quite a long post. Just a heads up. There's a lot to say.

So, from the spoilers that were released before CoHF came out, we knew that six characters we knew by name were going to die. I believe the six are as follows: Jordan, Rufus, Raphael, Maureen, Sebastian/Jonathan and one more person who I can't remember although I know I counted six before I wrote this...of course, plenty of people died. I don't think the Endarkened count though, as they weren't considered Shadowhunters anymore. 

*Just to clarify, when I use Sebastian, I mean the evil son of Lilith. When I use Jonathan, I mean the brother that Clary…

Shipping Names In Real Life

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So, my boyfriend (Tyler) and I came up with a ship name for ourselves.

Tymanda.

Which is totally and completely epic.

But the other day, we were trying to come with up a ship name for his older brother (Nathan) and his new (and first :'D ) girlfriend (Joy).

*squee*

After experimenting with several options we came up with a final product.

...........*drumroll*...................

Joythan.

*fanfare*

:D

I decided to text Nathan explaining our shenanigans and his and Joy's ship name.

He said that his ship would fly and shine with all of the radiance of the sun and moon combined.

For some reason, the ship from Peter Pan came into my head.

AND LOOK WHAT I FOUND:



NATHAN HAHAHA YOUR SHIP SAILS ITSELF.

SO IT'LL NEVER GO DOWN

AND PEOPLE CAN'T UNBOARD IT.

JOYTHAN IS INVINCIBLE.

*laughs for eternity*

~Amanda

Review: The Throne of Fire

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This will be a short review, my copy of City of Heavenly Fire is finally coming today and I want to prepare myself.

So, review of The Throne of Fire, the second book in the Kane Chronicles. Spoilers below. 

My rating: 8.5 / 10




Most importantly, when Ra was in the throne room with the other gods, he said, "Fish, cookie, weasel." We know from the previous pages, that "Weasel" refers to Walt, who has a sort of family curse that causes certain generations to die young (ex: King Tut). Now, the only possible person I could think of that might be referred to as "Fish," is Percy Jackson. I don't know who "Cookie" might be, though. 

I knew from the moment it was mentioned that Desjardins was the first most powerful magician and Vladamir Menshikov was the third, that Amos was the second. And now because Desjardins is dead from execrating Apophis, Amos is the Chief Lector. 

Bes. They better find a way to fix him.

Walt and Sadie. Their whole thing going on k…