Beautiful Nothings

Photo taken by Me via iPhone.

Beauty is in the eye

Broken breezes i do spy

Soft caresses on its stem

Graceful falling to its end

The ground lay wet with new desire

Petals failing to hold ones fire

Thorns awaiting sunset glows

Destination truly unknown

Angels flying above the grave

Oceans forming a new wave

Clouds are crashing into horizon

The moon doth glows between the sirens

Beyond the Eye

To those who think I’ve lost my soul.

I wish you had the guts to know.

I am standing here so strong.

Every thought of yours is wrong.

To those who think I’m in the dark.

Maybe you shouldn’t have a heart.

I lead the pack and follow the law.

Every word is spoken raw.

To those who think I’ve lost my way.

Fuck off is really all I can say

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

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This is the first time I have actually annotated a book. I will put in this review what I made a note of so that you can enjoy my weird mind. I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Alosa’s mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he’s under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father’s justice.

When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36682619-daughter-of-the-siren-queen

Below are some parts of the book that I thought interesting or noteworthy. My thoughts are in italics. The quotes are in bold. This may contain spoilers and some foul language.

My notes:

Pg. 3. She tossed a coin to this little boy while she was trying to take care of all the spies. I was yelling at my book, “You idiot! Trust no one! I bet he is working for the enemy!”

Pg. 5. I was right about pg. 3! “Fucking told you, Alosa!” 

pg. 10. I nearly spit out my water on this page. Sorinda blew up a gaggle of Vorden’s Men. “You go, girl! Get em!”

pg. 12. Her first thoughts of Riden pops up on this page. “Just fucking tell him how you feel already! You putz!”

pg. 16. Alosa is thinking about Riden again. “We get it, Alosa!”

pg. 25 I have gone two months without his kisses. I can go the rest of my life without them as well. “Liar.”

pg. 45. She is finally starting to doubt her asshole of a father. “You are letting him brainwash you, Alosa!”

pg. 71 I sing a booming note, something that wong go unnoticed by anyone in the vicinity. Adderan rises from his chair and runs face first into the nearest wall. The contact splits open a thin line on his head, but it doesn’t render him unconscious. I want him fully awake when I humiliate him. “I’d like to see that in person.”

pg. 74. Alosa is trying to deny that she is under the influence of her father.

pg. 82. Alosa finally admits to herself that she wants Riden.

pg. 90 Alosa finds her long-lost mother.

pg. 92. There are different kinds of fathers. Those who love unconditionally, those who love on condition, and those who never love at all. “I was wondering when this quote was going to get repeated from the first book.”

pg. 106. Alosa just called her dad a beast of a man. “That’s weird, dude. Weird!”

pg. 113. Riden and Alosa are having a dick measuring contest. >.>

pg. 117. Riden stands up for himself after Alosa throws her emotional self at his feet. “Good job dude. You kiss him even though YOU KNOW HOW HE FEELS ABOUT YOU. You’re an idiot. I am proud of Riden for saying no.”

pg. 128. More dick measuring…

pg. 131. “no fucking comment.” Yes, I actually wrote that on a sticky.

pg. 150 Alosa and Riden arguing after she saves his life. “Just kiss and make up already!”

pg. 186. Riden having a McSteamy moment.

pg. 192. Another lovers’ spat. “I am rolling my eyes so hard. Just tell each other your feelings already. ALL OF THE FEELINGS.”

pg. 210. I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen. “YASSSSSSSSS!!!”

Pg. 217.  My own father blew holes in my ship. “STOP BLOWING HOLES IN MY SHIP!! She really is a Lady Jack Sparrow. HAHA!”

pg. 225. Go put on a shirt before we start. “its gettin hot in here, so take off all your clothes.”

pg. 258. We are FINALLY getting somewhere.

pg. 269. “OMFG! THEY FINALLY TELL EACH OTHER THEIR FUCKING FEELINGS! THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!”

Pg. 315. The beginning of the end.

What I liked:

I felt involved with this book. I felt attached to the characters and the world I was thrown in. I laughed, I cried, I conquered!

What I didn’t like:

Riden and Alosa took 269 pages to tell each other their true feelings. 269 PAGES.

Final thoughts:

Read it.

 

 

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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I gave this book 5/5 stars. Below is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33643994-daughter-of-the-pirate-king

Here is why I loved this book:

This book had me at “pirate.”

What I liked:

First off, it sucks you in almost immediately. Secondly, once you start, you can’t stop. Levenseller throws you into a world of pirates and ruthless captains. Alosa, the main character was cunning and a little bit of a smart ass. You can feel the hurt underneath, but she doesn’t always portray this throughout the book. She is intelligent, funny, kind of a badass, and bit of an asshole. She really fits right in with the pirate aesthetic, though sometimes she really does act like a princess.

I was entertained through the entire story. As an avid YA reader, I appreciated that it wasn’t teen heartthrob drama as per usual in this genre. The author has a beautiful writing style, and I read the sequel to this immediately.

What I didn’t like:

This whole Alosa/Riden trust issue thing got on my nerves.

Final Thoughts:

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved this book. If you like pirates and kickass female protagonists, then my recommendation is that you read this book.

 

The Hands of Men

When the sun expires to its peaceful sleep

the stars rise above all that lies beneath

when humanity falls at heaven’s feet

the prayer begins for hope and dreams

 

The devil grins at their dismay

when they cannot open heaven’s gate

the fallen angels meet their fate

what will they do trapped with their own hate

 

the masses of society underestimates time

they think the world ends with God

But I believe it ends in the hands of Men

For sometimes our faults outweigh our shine

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Before I tell you my thoughts on this book, I thought it to be useful if I posted the synopsis from good reads.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12600138-ready-player-one

I give this book 5/5 stars. Here’s Why:

What I liked:

THE WORLDBUILDING WAS FREAKING AWESOME! For those of us who love video games, future technology, science fiction, and virtual reality elements, this book is perfect! The 80s references were great, and the way the book was set up was even better. I listened to the audiobook, and Will Wheaton was the narrator. He did a great job. I was hooked in from the very first page (I started with the physical book). Wade was a fascinating protagonist, and he had me laughing through the entire reading experience. Artemis displayed a great persona throughout the book, and I appreciated the insertion of such a badass female gamer! I just couldn’t get enough. It is definitely a book I will keep on my shelf for years to come.

What I Didn’t Like:

There is one thing I didn’t like about this book, and I didn’t think it warranted me docking a star from the rating. The ending could have been longer. It got super abrupt, and then it was over. Done. Finito.

Final Thoughts:

If you don’t like technology centered Science Fiction, video game references, 80’s references, obsessive relationships, or smart ass teenagers; you won’t like this book. However, If the thought of the synopsis above intrigues you, I recommend you pick up the audiobook and see how you like it. Wheaton does a fantastic job. though, I also recommend you listen to it at double speed. >.>