Warriors: Power Of Three Books 4-6

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Title: Warriors: Power of Three: Eclipse (book 4)
Author:
Erin Hunter
How did I get the book: 
I bought it.
Genre: Juvenile fantasy

Summary (from Amazon):

Firestar’s three grandchildren have learned of the powerful prophecy that foretells their destinies, and the responsibility of deciding the Clans’ future weighs heavily on the three apprentices. But each secretly yearns for power: Lionpaw dreams of being undefeatable in battle, while Hollypaw longs to be a great leader and Jaypaw knows only he can see the true past and future for them all. Their strengths are tested when ThunderClan is suddenly attacked—and all four Clans are thrown into a battle unlike any the cats have ever seen.

Then a dark shadow falls across the forest, and a mysterious stranger warns the Clans of more trouble to come. For the first time, it appears that StarClan does not hold the answers the cats need.

All of a sudden, the warrior code is being tested. A crisis of faith threatens to tear the four Clans apart and destroy what the cats have built their lives upon. . . .

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book held so much tension. It was great.

WindClan sneak attack and RiverClan are with them to fight against ThunderClan. ThunderClan asks ShadowClan for help and before you know it, the four Clans were battling it out all over ThunderClan’s territory, two versus two.

There have been plenty of battles throughout this series, but not a battle as big as this one. It was amazing how the four Clans feuded with each other for so long.

This battle lasted three chapters. Most battles last one chapter, sometimes less. This set the tension and mood for the next two books; that’s how much of an impact it left.

Everything that led up to the battle was great and when the battle was over, a new character was brought in (even though he was technically introduced before the battle) making the Clans question absolutely everything–and I really mean everything.

Warriors: Eclipse by Erin Hunter gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Truth is a powerful weapon… We must be careful how we use it.” — Erin Hunter, Eclipse

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Title: Warriors: Power of Three: Long Shadows (book 5)
Author: Erin Hunter
How I got the book: I bought it
Genre: Juvenile fantasy

Summary (from Amazon):

The Clans are in turmoil. ShadowClan has turned its back on StarClan and pledged to follow the dark predictions of Sol, the strange cat who foretold the solar eclipse. But not all the cats have lost faith in their warrior ancestors. . . .

Jaypaw is convinced that StarClan still holds an important place in the warrior code, and his search for answers leads him far back into the past, farther back than even StarClan can remember. Lionblaze, tortured by violent dreams and bloody visions, wishes he had never been prophesied to be one of the three but to turn his back on his littermates would be the ultimate betrayal. And Hollyleaf is terrified that once the Clans lose their faith, the warrior code will fall apart. She’s willing to fight tooth and nail to preserve it—whatever the cost.

And when murder stalks into the heart of ThunderClan, the cats realize that the darkest shadows don’t always lie outside the territory.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book didn’t get good until the ending.

A new character, Sol, was introduced in the previous novel. He was a pretty big character to the plot of this series and yet he was barely in this book. He took over ShadowClan for a bit, but even that sub-plot didn’t last too long.

The book really picked up when one of favorite characters turned out to mentally unstable and ends up getting murdered.

This character, Ashfur, was barely in the book as well. You didn’t get to see him progressively turn evil and lose his mind. So it was a huge shock to find out what he had been planning all along. Not to mention it’s a pretty dumb reason as to why he went crazy; it was all because of a girl. Like we haven’t seen that one before….

We find out the three main characters’ parents are not actually their real parents creating tension between the cats; especially as they try to figure out who their real parents are. Which is kind of obvious to the reader, but we don’t officially find out until the end of the following book, Sunrise.

With that being said, the whole book felt kind of pointless up until the end. And I think that was only because they wanted to create a decent cliffhanger for the next book. Which they succeeded at; just ask my sister about how I barged into her room ranting about the ending and mixed emotions I felt.

Warriors: Long Shadows by Erin Hunter gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Then we could pelt Blackfoot with acorns and he’d think they came from StarClan.” –Erin Hunter, Long Shadows

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Title: Warriors: Power of Three: Sunrise (book 6)
Author: Erin Hunter
How I got the book: I bought it
Genre: Juvenile fantasy

Summary (from Amazon):

A mysterious murder in the ranks has ripped ThunderClan apart. But more secrets still remain to be discovered.

Jayfeather is determined to find out who his real parents are. But he’ll have to trample through a forest of lies in order to uncover the truth. Hollyleaf is shocked by her Clan’s disobedience of the warrior code, and distraught enough to strike out at someone she’s always admired. And Lionblaze must bear horrified witness to events that will change everything he believes.

In the harshest days of leaf-bare Clanmate turns upon Clanmate, danger lurks behind familiar faces, and one more warrior may be lost forever. . . .

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book got to the point that I was unable to put it down towards the end. But that was it–towards the end.

Being the last book in the Power of Three series, I have to say that I expected more. The book took place right where Long Shadows took off, but that ended up being pretty much the entire book.

ThunderClan is on the hunt for clues as to who killed Ashfur. I’m not saying they should let it go, but I didn’t think it needed to drag out through the whole book.

All secrets are revealed (plus another shocking death) about 40 pages before the end of the novel. The whole book was so slow and then all of a sudden everything happened at once.

Plus, the shocking death was abrupt and kind of swept under the rug, which I didn’t like because it was a major character.

That death did however put a twist on the prophecy that I didn’t see coming and it makes sense. So, that was a good thing.

Warriors: Sunrise by Erin Hunter gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“His words are nothing more than mist and sunshine, impossible to hold down.” –Erin Hunter, Sunrise

 

Be sure to check out my Goodreads page to see what I’m reading next!

Six On The Sixth #7: Summer

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Six on Sixth Summer

Seeing
She stared towards the shining sun.

Tasting
Sipping on a large iced coffee.

Touching
Heat burning into her tanned skin.

Smelling
Sunscreen scent drifted through the air.

Hearing
She heard splashing in the pool.

Summer
Summer had made its grand arrival.

Short Story Sunday #64

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SSS Spying

            Daniel put his car in park and leaned back in the driver’s seat. He gazed out the window across the quiet street and bit his bottom lip. Should he leave? He thought about it. It wasn’t right for him to be there, but he was being pulled there by a greater force.

He reached forward and took the keys out of the ignition. He would sit there and pretend that he belonged there just like everyone else.

Daniel twisted his neck to the left and right. There was no one else around yet. He glanced at his wrist watch and groaned. He was fifteen minutes too early. Why couldn’t he have been that early before? Why couldn’t he be that early all the time? Then there was a chance he wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.

He made drumming sounds by patting his hands on his thighs and bopped his head from one side to the other side. He started whistling a fancy tune he came up with right on the spot before stopping abruptly with his lips still pursed together. His shoulders slumped and he cleared his throat almost as if he was embarrassed someone was watching.

What time was it again? He looked at his watch. Oh… ten more minutes.

Daniel looked around his car and scrunched up his face in disgust. He hadn’t realized what a mess his car was until now. He wasn’t about to get out and start cleaning, though. He would have to wait until he got home because he didn’t have anything left to do now.

He was going to finally have time to clean his car because work was one less thing he needed to worry about. Sure, he wouldn’t be getting a paycheck each week, but at least he could spend those work hours working on home projects that he’s always wanted to get done. Everyone was always telling him to look on the bright side of things… the counted, didn’t it?

Using his right hand, Daniel brushed off a few papers and food crumbs from the passenger seat. No one was getting in his car, but if people walked by he wanted them to see a clean car at first glance. So, on the floor it went.

He then noticed a brown paper bag sitting beside him. He picked it up and grunted at its weight. Without opening it, Daniel knew what was inside. He shook the bag and listened as liquid swished around on the inside.

He shook his head putting the bag back down on the seat. He wasn’t supposed to have that in his car. He must have missed that one when he was cleaning out his stash. He looked out the window trying to get his mind off of it. He was going to have to remember to pour it down the drain when he got home.

Other cars were beginning to park around him now. The rush was coming and time was running out. Daniel sat up straight in his seat and turned the car back on. He wanted to be able to make a quick getaway just in case. He hoped no one saw him; that no one would recognize him.

A bell rang and Daniel stiffened. Children began to pour out of the school building and his eyes frantically searched for his two daughters. As he scanned his surroundings, he came across a tall woman standing outside her car. She smiled and waved to two young girls, who were quite happy to see her. One ran and jumped into her arms as the older one lagged behind carrying both backpacks.

Daniel smiled at the sight.

The two girls and their mother got into the car. With the crossing guard’s thumbs-up, the minivan pulled off from the curb and drove away.

Daniel frowned once the van was out of sight. He hadn’t seen his daughters or his ex-wife since the court date. He didn’t know when he was going to get the chance to see them again.

Without thinking, Daniel took a swig of the paper bag next to him and then drove out of the school zone.

Paper Towns by John Green

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Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Genre: Young adult
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

My Review (May contain spoilers!):

I’ve heard many great things about John Green and one of them was that once you start reading his books, you can’t put it down until you finish. Well, I certainly understand what those fans mean now.

I read Paper Towns in a day. The mystery of the plot was such a page-turner that I just couldn’t put the book down.

The first part of the book followed the two main characters, Quentin and Margo, as they embarked on an all-night adventure to wrong some rights and right some wrongs–as explained by Margo. Margo drags Quentin along as a getaway driver as they play harmless revenge tricks on a few of her friends and ex-boyfriend after finding out he had been cheating on her.

I absolutely loved that part of the book. The chemistry between Quentin and Margo was awesome, Margo’s personality was fun and energetic, and Quentin tried to be the voice of reason, but adrenaline took over–and maybe also the fact that he was head over heels for Margo.

The second part of the book is after that fun night. Quentin goes to school exhausted, but Margo is gone. She ran away and no one knows where she is. She’s done this before, so her parents have given up. Quentin finds clues left by Margo for him to track her down. With the help of his awesome friends, Quentin embarks on another journey to search for Margo.

Overall, the book was fun and suspenseful, but not in a scary way. There were many outcomes that you just didn’t know which direction the characters would take you. All the characters were easy to read and fun to get along with. Plus, there was plenty of comic relief.

I would highly recommend this novel.

Paper Towns by John Green gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“I mean, at some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too.” –John Green, Paper Towns

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Time To Write #1: Goodbye

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TTW Goodbye

We all know how hard it is to say goodbye to someone we love.

Or how easy it can be saying goodbye to someone we want out of our lives.

Kris and I watched the final movie of The Hobbit series, The Battle of the Five Armies. Battles were fought and people died. Journeys ended and people went their separate ways. This prompt was inspired of that.

Write a story, poem, what have you based upon saying goodbye.

Maybe your character has a hard time letting go, maybe it’s easy for them. Are they leaving someone they love or someone they hate? Are they leaving an item behind? Maybe they leave in a subtle and don’t even say goodbye for whatever reasons.

If you choose to participate, post your work in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with.

Next Friday, before revealing the next prompt, I’ll post my version of the prompt along with anyone else who participates with a link back to their blog.

Happy writing!

July/August Writing Contests

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July August Contests

I posted the July contests last month, but here’s a reminder as the deadlines get closer. Also, I’m posting some contests that are due in August to give you guys a good head start on those if you choose to participate in them.

Good luck and happy writing!

July 2015

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2015
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Poetry
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 20, 2015
Entry Fee: $23

Type: Spring Story
Hosted by: Narrative Magazine
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $23

Type: Very Short Fiction
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

Type: Random Acts of Kindness
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

August 2015

Type: “Enemies”
Hosted by: Slice
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: My Very Good, Very Bad Dog
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short Story (for new writers)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: August 31, 2015
Entry Fee: $15

*Please note that any contests are subject to change their deadlines or fees at any time. Please check their websites often to make sure I’m not giving you the wrong information. Remember, a lot can change in one month. Thank you!*

July Goals

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July 2015 Goals

Reading:

With more free time this month, I’m going to challenge myself to read two books a week. That means eight book reviews as long as I can meet the challenge. Here’s what I’m thinking of reading:

1. Eclipse by Erin Hunter
2. Long Shadows by Erin Hunter
3. Sunrise by Erin Hunter
4. Paper Towns by John Green
5. I Am the Mission by Allen Zadoff
6. I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff
7. Spelled by Betsy Schow
8. I have too many books, I can’t decide. I may have to throw ideas into a jar and pick the book at random.

The books are this list are subject to change depending on whether I feel like reading something else or not. I go to Barnes & Noble every week. You never know what I might find on their shelves.

Also, my Reading List was updated with June’s books.

Writing:

I have to finish rewriting George Florence and hope to get started on editing it when that’s done.

Camp NaNoWriMo begins today, so I have to start writing Hunter to hit my goal of 50,000 words. As usual, I plan to write 2,000 words a day. Whether that will happen or not, I’m not sure.

In addition to that, I want to keep querying my children’s book as well as submit to magazines and contests.

It doesn’t seem like a lot in the writing department, but it will take up a good chunk of my time.

Blogging:

There’s nothing too new with the blog. For my reading challenge, I’m going to keep posting book reviews on Saturday, but I’m also going to post book reviews on Tuesdays for the month as I hope to get two books in per week.

I’m changing my Friday schedule yet again. I don’t know about you guys, but I just wasn’t feeling the weekly wrap-up. I decided to create prompts instead.

Every Friday will now be known as Time to Write and I’ll post a new prompt. I’ll participate in the prompt myself and I encourage you guys to participate as well. If you do, post your story in the comments and I’ll showcase the responses the following Friday before revealing the new prompt. I hope you guys enjoy that new feature.

July is going to be yet another busy month for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenges.

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