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Books 22-30
Stronger (Runaway, #1)Stronger by Lexie Ray

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I'm in love with this story, more specifically its message that just because you're down it doesn't mean you have to stay that way.

In Stronger by Lexie Ray we are introduced to a Jasmine, a young homeless girl in the process of eating food from the garbage.

From there we travel back in time to see how exactly she ended up at that station in life and follow along as she struggles to deal with the hardships life has thrown her way.

Casting Shadows EverywhereCasting Shadows Everywhere by L.T. Vargus

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm not really sure how this story got on my radar but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

This story is told from the POV of Jake, a self proclaimed wussy teenager trying to find the meaning of life in the worst way possible and that's under the guidance of his quasi psychopathic cousin Nick.

Besides the fact that it had a nice flow to it, I enjoyed some of the tidbits about how the brain works. One of the main things I enjoyed most happens halfway if not a little close to the end of the story.

(view spoiler)[He's discovered that Nick's a killer and decides to take Beth, the girl he fancies, and keeps her locked away to keep her safe. Throughout this section I kept thinking how predictable; I just knew that Beth was going to wind up dead. (hide spoiler)]

I enjoy books that have you thinking a story is going one way and then doesn't.

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 by Hajime Isayama

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first became aware of Attack On Titan as a Toonami feature on Adult Swim. As I've enjoyed the show its printed counterpart was a no brainer. It's set in a future where what's left of humanity is confined behind a three-walled city where they feel they can be safe from cannibalistic humanoids known as Titans.

The story as a whole is centers around Erin Yeager, who's bent on killing the 'Colossus Titan' after it killed his mother and demolished his home.

As this is my first real attempt at reading authentic manga I thought the tradition of reading it right to left was enjoyable and liked the imagery even though it's strictly black and white.

MoriartyMoriarty by Anthony Horowitz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was not aware that this was a sort of a continuation to the book The House Of Silk until I started reading. While there were references to events and outcomes to that story I still think of Moriarty as a standalone.

This story picks up after the Reichenbach Falls incident written about in The House Of Silk inwhich Frederick Chase, an investigator with New York's Pinkerton Detective Agency teams up with Scotland Yard inspector Athelney Jones to pursue a deadly criminal via evidence collected from the belongings of a deceased man identified as James Moriarty.

Based on the theories mention throughout the beginning pages I often found myself wondering when or if Sherlock Holmes was going to show up, if else de-cloak and reveal he was in disguise all along but thus that never happened. (You do see fragments of him thanks in part to the Jones character who studied him.) I also wondered the same about Moriarty. I mean the book is named after him after all.

His reveal comes towards the very last chapter and was still a surprise even though I knew he'd have to show up eventually. I don't know what it is about me but I'm fascinated by a smart and devious criminal and Moriarty is certainly that.

Thomas and BeulahThomas and Beulah by Rita Dove

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm not a fan of poetry in general. In fact after all I've read, during school and out I have probably only enjoyed two at most so it should come as no shock that even though Rita Dove's Thomas And Beulah won a Pulitzer Prize I am just not a fan.

It consists of a little more than 40 pieces broken down into two sections and seems to be centered around Thomas and Beulah and their lives before and after getting together.

Attack on Titan, Vol. 2 (Attack on Titan, #2)Attack on Titan, Vol. 2 by Hajime Isayama

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Volume 2 which contains episodes 5-9 picks up immediately after Armin witnesses Eren being eaten by a Titan. Still in shock when some reinforcements show up he doesn't really speak again til he must inform Mikasa of Eren's and his squads deaths.

The first if two main events to occur is as follows:

We get the backstory of how Mikasa's came to be with Eren and his family and learn what motivates her to fight as she does.

The second and most fascinating is the arrival of an abnormal Titan that seems to be helping the humans by fighting and killing the other Titans. (view spoiler)[It's not until the very end that thus mysterious Titan is revealed to be Eren. (hide spoiler)]

Will this new Titan be the thing that turns the battle for the human race? Gotta read the next volumes to find out.

Attack on Titan, Vol. 3 (Attack on Titan, #3)Attack on Titan, Vol. 3 by Hajime Isayama

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The main story focuses on Mikasa and Armin trying to protect Eren after his titan transformation. Understandably some of his peers and higher ups don't know if they can or should trust him until one Dot Pixis, the highest ranking commander of the territory steps in with hopes to use Eren's titan abilities to win a small battle by blocking the entrance for which they enter.

As always where titans are concerned events do always go as planned.

The Cat in the HatThe Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Cat In The Hat is one I'm sure every English speaking kid would've read or learned to read by as it's full of colorful corresponding images with rhyming words.

The reason I, as a grown adult without children have decided to reread this was because it was part of a bingo reading challenge given by my local library.

Animal FarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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