The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine #2) by: James Dashner

“Michael completed the Path. What he found at the end turned everything he’d ever known about his life—and the world—completely upside down.
He barely survived. But it was the only way VirtNet Security knew to find the cyber-terrorist Kaine—and to make the Sleep safe for gamers once again. And, the truth Michael discovered about Kaine is more complex than they anticipated, and more terrifying than even the worst of their fears.
Kaine is a tangent, a computer program that has become sentient. And Michael’s completing the Path was the first stage in turning Kaine’s master plan, the Mortality Doctrine, into a reality.
The Mortality Doctrine will populate Earth entirely with human bodies harboring tangent minds. Any gamer who sinks into the VirtNet risks coming out with a tangent intelligence in control of their body. 
And the takeover has already begun.” -Goodreads

There were a lot of books in 2014 that I had high hopes for. Some came through others though fell flat. In my review of The Eye of Minds I basically summed down my experience as: it sucked, but the ending was worth it and that I would be looking forward to the second book. Now that I’ve read the second book I have to say it’s exactly the same.

I don’t know what is going on with Dashner, well I have a vague idea, but I’ll get to that later. I will admit that the Maze Runner series wasn’t perfect, but it was good, it held my interest and told an interesting story and the writing wasn’t bad. Is it wrong for me to compare this work with that one? I’m pretty sure it’s not. The Rule of Thoughts does have an interesting concept idea it’s just that Dashner’s execution is very much lacking. The writing style still has this feel like he’s a newbie debut writer which was exactly how I felt in the last book. The characters are flat, the locations are generic, and the plot is just plain boring.

I think Dashner’s problem is that maybe he’s writing a story about a topic that he might not know too well and is therefore very hesitant with it. Gaming and computer lingo are pretty instrumental if you want to give off the feel that you are writing about games and computers. This is where his shortcomings seem to be coming from. The only words that he uses are hack and code and I’m just like “Okay… what type of hacks, what types of code?” Surely Dashner wouldn’t find it too difficult to pick up a computer book and do a little bit of researching.

My thoughts are kind of going like this, what I want is Log Horizon what I’m getting is .Hack//Sign. Anyone else feeling the same way?

So, yeah, overall the story sucked just like the last book, BUT…. I still want the third one because of that ending. It’s just like he knows the book sucks so he’s just like “Yeah, I’ll hit them hard with that exciting cliffhanger so they’ll go read the next book.” I just kind of want to bang my head against the wall because unlike for this book I am having no expectations whatsoever for The Game of Lives. It’ll suck like the Rule of Thoughts and the Eye of Minds, but hopefully the ending will be somewhat decent like these two.

My final thoughts are that I wished I’d never started this series, but now I feel somewhat invested in it. I rate it 2/5 stars.

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Eve & Adam by Michael Grant

In creative writing class today I had an assignment that was to create a poem that was also a review. The review could be of anything from past relationships to movies, but I immediately went to book review and I decided to do a little bit of cheating, so instead of doing an actual book review I’m just going to put up this poem.

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Review of a book

Eve&Adam by Micael Grant

I  found this while searching the library nook

Now listen to this poem turn to a rant

This book failed on all levels

I hated the writing, I hated the plot

Was this even written by Michael Grant or some devils

I saw his name and I thought, “This is going to be top notch!”

But instead I read through and through

And only felt a sense of disappointment

It read like a crappy debut

I didn’t find an ounce of enjoyment

A girl is asked to create a perfect guy

While a bunch of other unrealistic bullshit goes on

There was a love square, my brain hurts, I want to die

This book didn’t have any good points like Gone.

Don’t be tricked by the name

The book was a complete dive

Even though the Gone series went to fame

This book, I rate a two out of five.

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The Finisher by David Baldacci (Vega Jane #1)

Book Review of The Finisher by David Baldacci. YA-MG. Published 2014. Action, Fantasy.

Welcome to Wormwood: a place where curiosity is discouraged and no one has ever left.

Until one girl, Vega Jane, discovers a map that suggests a mysterious world beyond the walls. A world with possibilities and creatures beyond her imagining.

But she will be forced to fight for her freedom. And unravelling the truth may cost Vega her life.” -Goodreads

Most YA books you read that are told from a girl’s perspective (and this is a large majority) the girls in question are either whiny, annoying little twits who need everyone to help them achieve their goals or they are in the complete opposite of the spectrum and are a powerhouse of energy that is so completely unbelievable it’s stupidly unrealistic. And of course, since we’re talking YA here there’s always a boy which the previously stated powerhouse will fall in love and become completely useless without said boy, the whiny girl on the other hand won’t have a boy, she’ll have boys because love triangles are so popular and are an actual thing in real life. In The Finisher the main character Vega Jane is neither of these, kind of.

In the beginning Vega is very average considering her situation. And I can actually say this with complete honesty. She is average. She is not some whiny girl wanting to rise up against the government, she’s not some completely unrealistic powerhouse who is actually plotting to achieve something. She’s a girl who’s taking care of her little brother in their parent’s absence, she’s going to work at a factory as a finisher (Ha, look it’s the title), but wait, what is this her best friend is a guy, oh no!, but not really, because if you can imagine it for a YA she’s not in love with him! OMG, I think the world just broke.

Now you’d think that with all of this normal, realistic stuff going on she would be boring, but you’d be wrong. Vega Jane is actually pretty interesting and I have to hand this Baldacci, he did an excellent job at creating a character that is both realistic and awesome. Vega’s got some spunk and she’s not afraid to throw down with the men if they insult her or her friends. My only beef with her is that she’s actually pretty naive and trusting with the people she knows are lying to her. Her council people persons, them, yeah, you know what I mean. She know’s that they’re lying about some things but then she still believes and trusts everything they say and I’m just like “Are you a complete moron?” but then I just kept reminding myself that she has only had schooling till she was like thirteen and she’s grown up admiring these councilmen so why would she not trust them? It still annoyed me though when it seemed like Baldacci was purposefully dumbing her down. But by the end she wisens up and kind of becomes one of those aforementioned powerhouses (it has yet to be seen if this will actually come to pass)

Speaking of Baldacci, the writing in this book was pretty awesome, okay scratch that, what he’s writing about is pretty awesome. The setting and storyline that he invented is completely wow. The creativity and imagination he used for this fantasy novel really rendered it well. However, his actual writing style, that was confusing as fuck. Listen, if you have to have a glossary in the back of the book then you’re doing something wrong. If you’re glossary isn’t actually helpful in anyway you’re definitely doing something wrong. Trying to decipher this guy’s made up and (I think) british lingo was super taxing. It was like trying to translate Gavin speak except an entire books worth. (Gavin Free from Achievement Hunter for those who don’t get the reference.) But despite that I still enjoyed his writing, Wormwood was so vividly described I can imagine it and it’s inhabitants to the tee, and the impressions are definitely long lasting (considering I’m doing this review half a year after I read it) I can still remember all of the character and places, albeit not exactly the names… This book was really well done.

However, that ending filled me with a certain sense of foreboding. Dare I say it, there might be a love triangle on the horizon. Uh! But Baldacci might continue to amaze me and not do that at all, I’ll just have to wait and see. Overall this story was really good. The plot was interesting and held my interest pretty well. The book is actually intended for MG so I think the author did a good job making it enjoyable for people who are not in MG. The writing, a bit confusing, but worth it to read about the unique characters, creatures, and places that Baldacci describes with first class imagery. The book left me, while at a cliffhanger, not about to weep or throw the book against the wall, but still excited and anticipating the next book. That’s a good way to end a book.

Final Verdict: 4/5

The Three Musketeers by: Alexandre Dumas

“The Three Musketeers tell the story of the early adventures of the young Gascon gentleman d’Artagnan & his three friends from the regiment of the King’s Musketeers – Athos, Porthos & Aramis. Under the watchful eye of their patron M. de Treville, the four defend the honour of the regiment against the guards of the Cardinal Richelieu, & the honor of the queen against the machinations of the Cardinal himself as the power struggles of 17th-century France are vividly played out in the background. But their most dangerous encounter is with the Cardinal’s spy: Milady, one of literature’s most memorable female villains.” -Goodreads
This story had me enraptured from the first page. From cover to cover it was witty, funny, and exciting. Dumas kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat and despite his characters being more than a hundred years old I still felt a strong attachment them. This speaks volumes of the strength of Dumas’ writing prowess. At some points I could hardly sit still in my seat, I was laughing out loud while reading about d’Artagnan and his fateful encounter with each musketeer in turn and all their misfit adventures. At times I found myself holding my breath and gripping the book tightly as I read about our heroes daring fights, near death experiences, the betrayals they experienced, and the pains they all went through. The story starts fast-paced and doesn’t slow down until the last page and Dumas’ third person point of view allows the reader to really view the action from all sides. This book can only be described as one of a kind. I truly loved reading this story and would recommend it for anyone who is interested in a classic.
This book had excellent and engaging characters, the writing was above superb, and the plot was exciting and fast paced. Given the chance I will gladly read the sequel and the triquel. I rate this book five out of five.

The Lunatic’s Curse (Tales from the Sinister City #4) by: F.E. Higgins

The town of Opum Oppidulum is home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and its rumored monster. On an island at the center of the lake is an asylum; no one has ever escaped it. So how will Rex, whose father, Ambrose Grammaticus, has been imprisoned there under false pretenses, prove that Ambrose is not insane? And if Rex can free his father, will his evil stepmother drive them both to madness?

After finishing this book my first thought was, “What the hell?” Usually Higgins books are actually mystery novels, not guess the entire plot in the first five pages.
I know this book is for little kids, like twelve year olds, but that is no excuse to write such a terrible book.

Through the entire plot Rex keeps moaning on and on about how he doesn’t understand what happened to his father or what the Society of Andrew Faye is and it honestly pissed me off. Half way through the book I just wanted to shut it and then possibly throw it at Higgins face.

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Quite obviously Rex’s father Ambrose was poisoned, I don’t even understand why that was a mystery. For Rex supposedly being a genius he sure was moron through the entire book, all he did was just fumble around while Hildred did all the real investigative work. And he was to stupid to even realize that his best friend was actually deaf.
What would have been a real plot twist is if it was discovered that Hildred’s father, who was put into the asylum, turned out to be one of the characters who was working there.

Canniblism

The whole cannibalism theme in the novel was so overrated; I think Higgins expected this to completely “wow” and “gross out” her readers so much that they would overlook the stupidity of everything else going on in the story, but it was just too obvious. Even before they started kidnapping homeless people I knew that Acantha and her “friends” were cannibals. This book was just infuriating throughout. Whoever thinks that these were dramatic plot twists and didn’t see them coming at all is an idiot.

I rate the book 0/5 stars which is completely pitiful. To me this book doesn’t even deserve one star and it might have ruined all of the other Sinister City books that I did love and have rated at fours and fives. This book shouldn’t have even been made, it was completely terrible. My advice for anyone possibly interested in this series, feel free to read the first three, but leave The Lunatic’s Curse on the bookshelf.

This Book is Full of Spiders,… (John Dies at the End #2) by: David Wong

This book series is the most complex book series I have ever read so far in my life. I know some people can’t get pass the jokes of penis’s and other lewd stuff, but these books are fantastic. They are littered with pop culture references and it’s almost impossible to follow the story line (I find that a good thing) the ending is always a surprise. I love the John Dies at the End series, the stories are always very original and creative, and they always make me laugh until the very last page.

This book started off with David and John pissing off the top of the water tower when they see a convoy of trucks coming past. One of the trucks veers off and crashes while the rest leave it behind. I laughed when I read that that the trucks were full of life-size GI-Joe dolls in the place of humans, and like a true John Dies at the End book, we don’t learn why that is until the very end, nor do we learn what’s in the case that they picked up from the truck. Everything is done in the usual manner of David and John, mainly they bumble around, get wasted, kill some monsters, try to save people (and the world). The whole zombie/spider apocalypse made me smile and I think they got it pretty head on as to how people would react if this stuff actually did happen.

This book had a continuos countdown in it, from the Outbreak, to the Massacre, and to the Bombing, and then the book was broken up into different parts. It made the story seem even more complex. It also made me sit at the edge of my seat the whole time, making me wondering how this or that was going to happen and then cringing when it does.

I liked being able to read the parts with Amy and John without David being there, because in the last book it was solely just David. We got to learn a bit more about Marconi too (he’s such a MorganFreeman). The way that the Author manages to write how each characters’ actions affected the others always had me guessing as to what was going to happen next. Like when Amy is trying to get to David and ends up creating the Massacre at the hospital, I completely did not expect that.

The whole book is just a slopping pile of complicated twists and turns that will leave you guessing and chasing your own tail until the very end when everything is finally played out. I always hate books that I end up figuring out who the bad guy is or how it’s going to end, which is why this series is so good, they are always unpredictable.

I rate this book a 5/5, a very high praise. Definitely for anyone who can stomach the inappropriate jokes about anything and everything that can be considered inappropriate.

Allegiant (Divergent #3) Veronica Roth

Divergent became the most popular and most anticipated book series along with Legend, Mortal Instruments, and Heroes of Olympus. I loved this book series it made me cry, laugh, and actually think about moral issues and about “doing the right thing.” Not many books can hold that kind of sway over a reader, but Veronica Roth delivers a trilogy that is so touching that you have to put real thought into it. This series has taken me through a real journey and I’m glad to see where it’s finally landed. It’s not the best ending ever created, but it’s not the worst either, it’s an ending that you’ll remember.

The story basically starts off where it ended in the last book, Insurgent. Tris and her friends are in a jail cell awaiting their trials after having shown the video of Tris’s ancestor telling everyone about why the city was created and what the Divergent are there for. Truth be told, I didn’t actually remember half of the characters or what the video actually said because of the long wait in between reading the two books. However, even though I never actually re-remembered the characters, the message was repeated over in the story and had many mentions and recalls.

I think what made this book so awesome was that we got duel perspectives; one POV was from Tris like in all of the other books and the other was from Tobias/Four. We got more details about Tobias’s mother and father and how growing up with them was like and how it made him into the person he was currently. I liked all of the back information we got about his life and family.

The book takes into detail about the conflict between the Faction believers (or also known as the Allegiant) and the FactionLess. The FactionLess want to stay inside of the safety of the fence and leave the outside world alone, the Allegiant want to leave the Town and try to help the people outside. Tris and Tobias end up joining the Allegiant and leaving the Town to see what is actually outside of the fence.

But then *major plot twist* the whole thing is just a ruse by the government in the outside world (I really never saw that one coming). It turns out the people who live past the fence built the town into what it was and they created the factions to try and create desirable genes… or the Divergent.

After that everything seems to fall into a familiar pattern, except this time we get to learn about it through Tobias’s eyes as well. Tris and her friends learn about how these government had betrayed them and are going to wipe the memories of all of the town’s people so they can reset the program. So after Tris and Tobias start having couple’s issues, a revolution fails, people die, and Tris gets put on a council or something they all decide that instead of letting the government erase the memories of all their friends and families they’re going to erase the memories of the people working for the government. That one seemed very stretched to me, instead of releasing the memory serum on the government people I don’t know why they just didn’t decide to inoculate everyone in the town, that sounds way more reasonable.

In the end though that’s what they do, erase everyone’s memories, but in the process of that Tris dies. I was in the middle of my French class when I got to that part and I just started crying, it was terrible. I’d hate to say that the ending was terrible, but in a situation like this I wish Roth had done something different. I didn’t hate it, I didn’t really like it either, but I can see why it was done like that it. It gave a final and resolute end to a great series. I’m glad to have read this book and been able to learn so much from it.
I rate the book 4/5

P.S.
I’m excited for the movie set to come out this year, I hope it’s fantastic and really portrays that books as it should.

The Eye of Minds by: James Dashner

A highly anticipated novel. I think after the Maze Runner was born everyone went Dashner crazy, with a reason. The Maze Runner books are completely awesome, they get you right in the feels, and have good plots. This book is nothing like the Maze Runner.
The Eye of Minds really disappointed me, I actually thought about giving up on it, it was that boring. Not only does little happen in it, the writing is worse than a debut novel, Dashner What Happened!?

Our main character is Michael, a suppose skilled gamer, but we never actually get to read about him doing anything special or genius, to me he seemed like any other gamer. His friends, however did pull some sweet moves. Bryson and Sarah seemed to be the only ones who did any of the heavy lifting in this novel, they were shown repeatedly looking into the programming and hacking stuff while Michael just sits there and watches them.
There were only two interesting points to this novel for me. The first one was the diversity in the Path, every single level they went through were unique and a few of them even had me on edge while they were passing through them. The second interesting thing about this novel was the ending, most endings can’t surprise me, but this one completely threw me. I was shocked, stunned, and a bit flabbergasted. The ending alone, that plot twist, had me sitting there for a good minute thinking about it and bumped up what would have been a two star rating to a three and a half.
If the book hadn’t ended the way it did I would have lost my faith in Dashner’s writing and said screw the sequel, but now I’m completely inpatient for The Rule of Thoughts.

ARC

Today I got my first ever ARC book ever in the mail. I was super excited when I got the e-mail saying I won the book, and while the summary was a bit confusing it still sounded interesting, however now that I have the book in my hand I’m not all that excited, they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but… well… I’m judging. The cover looks like this.

Can you see why I might be a bit discouraged, it looks like something from a video game. But, still as soon as I finish my current book I’ll read this and write my review for it. Hopefully, I won’t be completely crushing the author’s feelings.