Posted in Books

Unlocked 8.5 Book Review

EEEEEEEEEE I finally read Unlocked!!!!

*takes deep breaths*

Sorry, that was no way to start a post.

Welcome back to Blogging with Reese! Today I’m gonna be sharing my thoughts on book 8.5 in KotLC!

FINALLY!!!!

I’m kinda late, and I know that most Keeper fans have already read Unlocked, but I didn’t until a few weeks ago, so that’s why I’m writing this now.

For those of you who are still wondering what Unlocked is exactly, I’ll tell you, because I was confused before I read it.

Unlocked is book 8.5 in Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities series. The first part of the book is kind of a series guide to all of the characters and the Lost Cities themselves.

The second part is a novella told in alternating chapters between Keefe and Sophie’s POVs. You have to read the novella before you read book 9, because the novella picks up right where Legacy left off. Book 9 will make no sense if you don’t read book 8.5.

Also, this review has no spoilers, for those of you who haven’t read it yet.

Now, let me just start talking about the book already, because I can’t wait!

Not my image

Unlocked was and wasn’t what I was expecting.

I felt like all of the registry files were a bit boring at times, and I caught myself skimming a bit since I already knew most of the things that were mentioned. I liked how in Dex’s and Keefe’s files it said what they’d written, since they’d hacked in 😂

I did like the map and the life in the Lost Cities part, though. I thought that those were pretty cool. The Intelligent Species section was a tiny bit boring…

But oh my gosh, I loved Keefe’s memories! The pictures (and especially the memory from EXILE — Sokeefe alert!!!!) I also loved that we got to read from Keefe in 1st person POV! It was soooooo sweet, especially when he was talking about Sophie!

Moving on to the novella itself: Well, like any other KotLC book, it was awesome! And I’m super glad that Shannon Messenger decided to alternate the chapter POVs because it made it so much cooler! I’m not gonna say much else, because I don’t want to spoil anything, but Keefe’s new ability is so cool!

Overall, I give it a 4/5!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What are your thoughts on Unlocked? Have you read it yet? What’s your favourite KotLC book?

Posted in Monthly Wrap-Ups, Random Posts About Life

July Monthly Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! Welcome back to Blogging with Reese!

It’s now officially August (and it has been for the past 6 days), and so although this post is a bit late, I’m doing a July monthly wrap-up! Wow, it seems like the further we get into 2021 the faster it goes.

Now, as you know, I’ve been posting on Fridays, but I feel like that’s too restricting, because I’ve also been wanting to post on other days, so I have decided to just post whenever. You can expect a post once or twice a week from now on!

Anyways, on with the wrap-up!

  1. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 out of 5.

2. Matched by Ally Condie

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3. Crossed by Ally Condie

Rating: 2 out of 5.

4. Catherine’s War by Julia Billet

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

5. The Canyon’s Edge by Dusti Bowling

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

6. Unlocked by Shannon Messenger

Rating: 4 out of 5.

7. Reached by Ally Condie

Rating: 2 out of 5.

8. Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

Rating: 4 out of 5.

9. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero

Rating: 4 out of 5.

10. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

11. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Rating: 3 out of 5.

12. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

Rating: 3 out of 5.

13. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Rating: 4 out of 5.

14. We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

15. Timeriders by Alex Scarrow (DNF, 20% through it)

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Wow, looking back, I feel like it was forever ago that I read some of these books, not just 4 weeks.

As you can see, I have only one DNF (because I try to finish as many books as I can). It was just so cheesy and nothing happened, so I had to DNF it. On the other hand, I finally read Unlocked!!!! I’ve been waiting for months (spoiler-free review coming soon!)!

Believe it or not, July was actually a pretty productive month for writing for me. I wrote 5 blog posts (okay, not super productive…), but my friend and I started working on a script together (I’m not sure what for, just kind of for writing), and we’ve been having a lot of fun with that!

We’re also gonna write and preform a skit for our school talent show! Well, it’s like a talent show, but there aren’t specific winners.

I didn’t exactly do a whole whack of stretching and become super flexible, but I did stretch consistently, and that’s what matters. I’m hoping to stretch more in August as well.

(This category is for pretty much anything else I did in July)

I went on a 3-day trip to Kazbegi National Park, so that was a lot of fun! We went hiking to Gergeti Glacier, and kinda got rained out, but we still hiked a long ways. (Comment if you want a full post on this trip!)

I also have been volunteering at the dog shelter a lot, and taking tons of pictures of the pups for the dog shelter website, which I’m really enjoying! We’ve dressed some of the puppies up in little costumes and done puppy photoshoots! The dogs are so sweet, and each of them has their own personality.

Speaking of animals, some kittens have moved into my neighbourhood, so I’ve also been spending time feeding, taking care, and photographing them!

Also, I saw Hamilton, and I have discovered that I absolutely LOVE it. I listen to the songs all the time; on my way to babysitting, while I’m doing the dishes, or doing school projects (though not a lot of work actually gets done when I’m listening to music).

Overall, July was a pretty fun month for me!

How was your July? Have you seen Hamilton? Where’s your favourite spot to go on vacation? Dogs or cats? What’s the best book you read in July?

Posted in Tags + Awards

The Sunshine and Rainbows Tag

Hello fellow human beings!

Welcome back to Blogging with Reese!

First off, you may be wondering why I’m doing a tag instead of the promised photo contest post. Well, I’m sorry to say, but the photo contest has been cancelled. I only. got 1 submission for this past prompt, and I feel like it wouldn’t be right to have to pick that picture as the winner.

I just want to say thank you to all of you who sent in photos the first week, and I’d also like to thank Liz, who sent in her photo this week.

I’ll probably do another contest some other time (or maybe do this one at another time), but for now I’m just gonna have to cancel it.

Now, for the tag!

Thanks so much to Rosy for tagging me for this!

The badge. Not my image.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you
  • Share the badge and rules in your post
  • Include this blog tag statement: “The sunshine & rainbows blog tag is an award created to show appreciation for bloggers who bring positivity and happiness into our lives!”
  • Answer the tag’s 5 questions
  • Tag 5-10 bloggers whose blogs you love reading!
  • Include a custom message to your nominees about why you tagged them
  • Keep on blogging! We love that you’re a part of the blogging world!

The Questions

  1. What are your favourite kinds of posts to write?
    I’d have to say travel posts are my top favourite, because I love sharing my travels with others. I also love doing photography posts and posts sharing my stories. Oh, and collabs are super fun too!
  2. What’s a post you’d love to write but haven’t yet?
    Probably a post about my favourite summer outfits, or maybe easy hairstyles. I keep thinking of doing them, but then I forget. Speaking of forgetting, guess who keeps forgetting to write a post on volunteering at the dog shelter?
  3. In what ways do you enjoy helping other people?
    Hmmmm…. I think I just like helping people in general. I feel like (hopefully) I’m the kind of person who can just be there for a friend if they need help with anything, whether it be math homework, or just needing someone to talk to.
  4. What (or who) inspires you?
    A lot of things inspire me in different ways. Seeing other people achieve their goals inspires me a lot. And also seeing a problem, and then knowing that I need to do something about it. That tends to inspire me.
  5. What do you love to see on other people’s blogs?
    Mostly just what people enjoy writing. You can tell if the person writing the post enjoyed it or not, and that makes the reader more interested, I think. 

The Nominees:

Roshni @It’s the little things – I love reading your posts so much. They always bring a smile to my face, and a positive side to my day.

Alexa @A Fangirl’s Hideaway – Your posts are always fun to read, and they’re super funny too. You always have a fun post series or a contest or something going on that’s fun to participate in.

I know I only nominated two people, but everyone else I can think of has already done this tag, I believe.

Anyways, thanks for reading today, and don’t forget to come back next week! I have some fun posts planned!