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.

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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Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) By: Marissa Meyer

The second book in the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. This is the retelling of Little Red Riding Hood in a new and inventive way. With twists, betrayal, and attitude to match it all Meyer brings this story out as the new fantasy/sci-fi adventure series to read.

With Cress just coming out I thought it prudent to final get myself caught up on this series and read Scarlet. This book was okay. I rated it a four out of five stars on Goodreads.
The plot had a lot of ups and downs for me- it had a lot of action which I liked, but it also had a few boring and repetitive bits.

Most of what I remember from Cinder was her mooning over prince Kai and complaining about her stepmom, but not a lot of stuff was actually going on, it was more like the all of the story arcs were being set up, which Meyer did work pretty well, but it was still just a bit lacking. In Scarlet we finally get to see the results to those story arcs and they were exciting.

In Scarlet the main thing that I didn’t like was Scarlet. The whole book would have been way better off if all of her bits had just been cut out. She walks into a bar to deliver some vegetables to the owner and boom it was practically insta-love at first sight with her and Wolf, it made me want to grind my teeth together. Her character has practically no personality, all she ever goes on about is her missing grandmother. And she’s always angry, if she’s not ranting over some small injustice then she’s just throwing stuff. On the very first page she’s throwing tomatoes at a wall and ranting about the police, second page she’s yelling at a bunch of bar patrons and starting a bar fight, and her character grows not an ounce through the entire story. She was just a limp piece of lettuce through the entire novel.

What I did like about the story, though, was everything else. Everything else was perfect. Cinder escapes from prison and on her way out picks up Captain Thorne. Captain Thorne is awesome. I love Captain Thorne. Captain Thorne should get his own book… err maybe not, but he was my favorite character in the entire novel and I can’t wait to see him in Cress.
Getting a POV from Kai was really good too. I liked the way he thought about things; his confused feelings towards Cinder, his hatred toward Queen Levana, and the love he has for his country. They’re all jumbled up in his head as he tries to do what’s best for everyone.
Cinder gets a definite upgrade (and I’m not just talking about her new arm and leg) her character is on the move and not slowing down for anyone. Instead of going to Dr. Erland in Africa she heads to Europe to find Ms. Benoit, Scarlet’s grandmother, to get some answers about her forgotten years. The answers that Cinder finds are quite honestly, pretty weird and alot sad.
The ending to Scarlet had me thrown pretty hard. We get a POV from Queen Levana and it left me just plain confused, but also very very intrigued.

This is definitely a series to read. It has just about anything a person could ask for in a book series: good characters (mostly), interesting plot, and most of all excellent writing. If you haven’t read the Lunar Chronicles yet you should definitely pick it up now.

http://www.marissameyer.com/book/book-two/

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.

SteelHeart by: Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

An okay book, the plot and idea’s for it were fantastic, but I still fell asleep a few times while reading this (and that’s not a metaphor, I actually fell asleep on multiple occasions) and a really good book shouldn’t do that to you, no matter how long you’ve been awake and are tired a book should keep you riveted to the pages, hell there are some nights when a book is so good that I just don’t go to bed. I didn’t get that here at all, it took me almost a week to finish it and that’s a very sad thing, because I can get finished with a four to six hundred page book in a single day, my copy of the book was only 384 pages, I could have finished this easy in three/four hours had I not been falling asleep during it.

Despite the lack of interest I had towards the book I will say that it was pretty creative, A city made completely of steel is not something you encounter every day especially when said city is full to the brim of Epics (SuperVillians) and hasn’t seen the sunlight in years. That’s really the only reason why I kept reading it, because the writing was so boring, but everything in the book was just so original and there were even a few plot twist that I didn’t see coming, except for Megan I saw that one a mile away, very few authors have the guts to kill off an important character like her. But Prof’s secret and SteelHeart’s weakness really did turn my head.

So despite of the uninteresting writing style the author took up I’m going to rate the book 4/5 for creativity and originality which is how I usually rate a book anyway.

The Fall of Five (Lorien Legacies #4) By: Pittacus Lore

I love this series, and the movie is pretty good to. I have been waiting for this book since the day I finished ‘The Rise of Nnie’ last year when it first came out. I was quite ecstatic when I spied on my Public Library’s book shelf in the YA section. Along with this book I picked up three other new books like ‘Icons’ by Margaret Stohl, ‘The Girl in the Steel Corset’ by Kady Cross, and Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, which I can assure you will all be up here by the end of the week.

Now back to ‘The Fall of Five,’ the story jumps through different perspectives like it did in the last book, except instead of just John(4) and Seven talking Sam is also added into the mix. It was a bit confusing, they all talk pretty similarly and the only thing that was used to distinguish between these voices were the character fonts. I really wish the author had put their names up when it switched from each character, because John’s and Sam’s font styles were a lot alike.

Even though the it was hard to distinguish between voices I was really glad that Sam got one, instead of just being a background character he was thrown into the spotlight. It was a little depressing hearing about Sam’s torture even though from what was said about it, besides the burning goop it all seemed more psychological than physical and I wish that Sam had been portrayed more steelier, I guess, not just some alien space nerd who was only along for the ride because he met John. Even Sarah has a more hardcore character now, she’s no longer the prissy damsel in distress cheerleader that’s John’s Achilles heal, but instead a badass who’s adept with guns and can actually kill a mog. Sam is still just the wet blanket being carried around by the group and I just really wish had given some core strength. I am glad that Sam and Six seem to be gravitating towards each other though.

All the other characters were perfect, except for Five (obviously, because he’s insane). I love Ella and her crush on Nine, she is absolutely perfect and it honestly just gave me the complete creeps when John saw her as like the Queen or something in the vision.
Sarah and John make a cute couple, but I wish the time spent on them went elsewhere like Nine and Ella’s friendship, Marina and Eight’s relationship, maybe evolving Sam and his Dad’s bond, I mean they were both kidnapped and tortured, or perhaps letting Nine train Sam, so he’s no longer the gent in distress.
Eight and Marina were so cute together, *spoiler* when he died I got all misty eyed, Marina’s reaction is awesome, she fucking takes out Five’s eye and gains a new Legacy, practically freezing him to death.

The ending though had me flipping and screaming at the book, John lets the Mogs take Ella, sweet innocent little Ella, who’s now going to turn all evil and twisted under Setrakus Ra’s influence and torture, just to save Sam’s dad. Garrr! This pissed me off so much. I hope the next book is the finale, I don’t think I’ll be able to handle having to wait two years instead of one for a final conclusion. The title will definitely have to do something with Seven (Marina), The Wrath of Seven? or something with Ten (Ella)?
I rate the book 5/5 a definite good read despite the flaws.

Under the Dome 1×12 Exigent Circumstances

For the first time on this blog I’m going to write an episode review. This review is going to contain spoilers so beware.

As you might know last night I was baking cinnamon rolls, I had everything timed perfectly so that they would be in the oven by nine o’clock and I could watch Under the Dome on my t.v. when usually I just watch it on my laptop. Last Night, though, the most awful horrific thing happened, at 9 P.M. when I turned on the t.v. I saw not Under the Dome, but Big Bang Theory. Now I’m pretty sure that everyone who was just tuning into CBS at that time was flipping out as much as me because last episode was genuinely awesome and left off at such a cliffhanger I was super excited for this episode.
Quick back track, in the last episode Julia got shot and it was the most adorable thing just watching Barbie saving her life while Joe was there to help. After making sure Julia was okay Barbie went off to see Big Jim so they could get Maxine and turn her in, but instead Big Jim kills her and her henchmen and then frames the murders on Barbie. Barbie is then forced on the run with Julia stuck in the hospital. While all of that is going on the four kids, Joe, Norrie, Angie, and Jr., go to a certain spot at the dome and receive a vision of them killing Big Jim.

Now after reading that you can imagine my anguish over the cliffhanger and how ecstatic I was for it to be Monday. Eventually Under the Dome started, but it wasn’t until halfway through the episode at ten that an announcement scrolled at the bottom of the screen saying that the news would be starting thirty minutes late because of a tennis game that lasted to long. I sais “Wow, that would have been nice to know before Under the Dome started so I wouldn’t have been having a meltdown about it starting late.

Anyway, the episode was completely awesome, Barbie risked his neck to save Julia, who was in a coma, from Big Jim, and he kissed her and said that he loved her and Clara, my sister, who hasn’t even seen all the episode agreed that they were completely perfect. Barbie then let himself be caught so that Angie (who was helping with the rescue) could drive the get away ambulance. I am completely shipping them.
The mini dome, meanwhile, is glowing red and making a screeching noises, probably because Barbie got caught and Big Jim plans on killing him.
At the end of the episode I was screaming at television set “Say it! Say it! Say it! Not Guilty! Say it!” and then Barbie says “Not Guilty.” All suave in front of his lynch mob and I’m just like *TEEHEEHEEHEE*
Least to say I hope the finale next week doesn’t end in one humongous cliffhanger that leaves me sobbing on the floor *Cough* Doctor Who, Sherlock, Da Vinci’s Demons, Arrow, Haven *Cough* *Cough*