Book Review: The Maze Runner Trilogy

maze runnerAnother trilogy done and done! My goal this year is to read 50 books. With a wedding and cross country move coming up, we’ll see how that goes..but that’s the goal!

I just finished the Maze Runner series, which for those of you who don’t know, the Maze Runner movie will be coming out sometime this year. Which left me a little like this.
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Yeah. So without further ado:

Maze Runner: I felt this was the best of all the books – typical trilogy style, it’s tough to top #1. My favorite part of the book was discovering things along with the characters. Basically, there’s a bunch of boys in this Glade, with high walls and monsters outside. Oh, and their memories have been wiped, so they don’t know why they’re there, or how to escape. Enter Thomas, our hero, who seems to have some forgotten connection to the maze creators. The book moves fast and you get caught up in the character development quickly. Before you know it, you’re downloading the next one on amazon. Which brings us to;

The Scorch Trials: Not gonna lie, this one was a bit slow at times for me. The boys are out of the Glade, yet find themselves in another trial – this time in a desert wasteland. Some good plot twists happen at times, some deep betrayal and all. But overall this one seemed to just set up the final book.

The Death Cure: This on picked up again for sure. With characters understanding more and more, some even getting their full memories back, the remaining gladers must find a way to stop WICKED (read the book, you’ll get it) once and for all. But it turns darker than they could have thought, and there are some great and tragic surprises along the way.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this series. The characters are well developed, showing both their strengths and weaknesses at times, which makes them more relatable.

That’s all for now!

xo. Brie

Book Review: The Widow File

widowI love those books that keep you on the edge of your seat. This is one of those books. I have to admit, when I first bought the book on Kindle, I was doubtful. I mean, for all I knew it was some romance thing where the wife died and everyone spends the book feeling sad and talking about her, and you want to kill yourself afterwards. Wrong! This book is about private espionage, the CIA, murder, cover-ups, assassins, the whole nine. I seriously couldn’t put it down.

My favorite part was the literary style the author uses. S. G. Redling switches voices between the heroin who is running for her life and trying to reveal the systeries of the company she worked for, and the assassin who was hired to kill her. They meet. You sit on the edge of your seat. Your roommate laughs at you for gasping at a book (no? That was just me? Whatever). Do yourself a favor. Read it. And then do what I did and look up her other works and read those too.

xo. Brie

Poetry Feature: W. B. Yeats

poetry 1I’ve never understood poetry very well, nor been able to write it. Recently however, I’ve been pushing myself to read more and more of it and to explore great past poets who contributed to the beauty and richness of poetic literature. And so, darling readers, you’re coming with me! This will be a new section of the blog where I highlight poems that touched me, and that I think will touch you too. Let’s revel in the beauty and mystery together, shall we?

xo. Brie

A Man Young And Old: I. First Love

Though nurtured like the sailing moon
In beauty’s murderous brood,
She walked awhile and blushed awhile
And on my pathway stood
Until I thought her body bore
A heart of flesh and blood.

But since I laid a hand thereon
And found a heart of stone
I have attempted many things
And not a thing is done,
For every hand is lunatic
That travels on the moon.

She smiled and that transfigured me
And left me but a lout,
Maundering here, and maundering there,
Emptier of thought
Than the heavenly circuit of its stars
When the moon sails out.

Like the moon her kindness is,
If kindness I may call
What no comprehension in’t,
But is the same for all
As though my sorrow were a scene
Upon a pointed wall

So like a bit of stone I lie,
Under a broken tree
I could recover if I shreiked
My heart’s agony
To passing bird, but I am dumb
From human dignity

A mermaid found a swimming lad
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown

– William Butler Yeats

The Victoria Library

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In Victoria, the library isn’t your typical little run down building with dusty shelves and books with the covers ripped off (yeah, I’m talking to you Broward Library, let’s at least pretend we care.)

Sorry, back to the point.

The State Library in Victoria is gorgeous. Built in 1854, it holds over 2 million books and 16,000 serials, as well as the armor of Ned Kelly, one of Australia’s criminal legends. Inside the library, the La Trobe reading room has a giant overhead dome, and was designed to hold over a million books and 500 readers at the old reading desks that extend out from the center of the room.

Books are kind of my thing, so this was one of my favorite spots so far along the trip. There’s something almost magical about books that were written a hundred years ago, and have somehow made their way into your hand at one exact moment. If you’re in Victoria, definitely go see the library.

“Books are threads from which the fabric of our culture and civilization are woven.”
– Richard W Clement (from the ribbon of words around the rotunda of the Victoria State Library)

xo. Brie

Book Review: Reconstructing Amelia

ReconstructingAmelia_ps In the spirit of encouraging more reading, I’ve decided to add some book reviews of the books I’m reading. Yay book! Yay nerds!

…ok, I’m done.

So, Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight. Oh. My. Goodness. This book was good. It was one of those books where you don’t know what truly happened until the very last page…which drives you crazy in a way, but is really the best thing ever. Now stop! I know you want to go read the last page now, but don’t! It’s worth the read. I read it in about 4 days; Adora read it in two. To be fair, she has a longer attention span, but that’s how good it is.

The narration goes back and forth between Amelia in the past and her mother Kate in the present. And of course there’s the random letter or text conversation thrown in for good measure. It all keeps you guessing about what could have happened to Amelia, and how it all played out. It’s not a spoiler (maybe a tiny spoiler) to tell you, Amelia dies in the beginning. First chapter. But did she commit suicide? Or was she pushed? Or was she perhaps manipulated by…well, who? So. Many. Questions.

Secret clubs, murder or suicide, piecing together the past…just go read it. Definitely one of my top picks so far this year.

xo. Brie