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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?

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Divergent Book Review

Hey bibliophiles! Welcome back to my blog!

I realised I hadn’t done a book review in some time, so I figured I’d post one today! Plus, I just wrote one yesterday for my school’s book club, so why not multi-purpose it?

The book I’m reviewing is….. (drumroll please)…. Divergent! Oh, yeah, you probably already knew that from the title.

Anyways, let’s get on with the book review!

Here’s the cover. Not my image.

The (rather legnthy) blurb off Goodreads:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Divergent is a great book for you if you love all of the same old dystopian tropes. If you get annoyed by these tropes easily, then this book probably isn’t for you. That being said, I thought that Divergent was a pretty good book, with a few things that could have been a bit better. 

There wasn’t a whole lot of interaction between the characters, other than Four and Tris. Also, the characters felt a little disconnected from the reader, and the pacing was a bit fast at times.

One thing I liked about Divergent was the action. There’s a lot of jumping off trains, zip lining, jumping on trains and other things like that. Another thing I enjoyed was that Tris could’ve chosen to stay with her family in Abnegation, but instead decided to make her own decision and choose Dauntless. 

Overall, it’s a pretty good book, with lots of the normal YA dystopian tropes and action. It could’ve had more character development, but oh well. I’d give it a 3.5/5 stars.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

So that’s my review of Divergent! I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Have you ever read this book before? What would you rate it? What’s your favourite genre of books?

See ya on Friday! Adios!

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The Trials of Apollo | Book Review

Hi everyone! Welcome to Blogging with Reese, where my crazy thoughts are expressed on paper my computer! Today I have a book review for you!

Every month my school’s book club votes, reads, and writes a review for the book. In February it was The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. I’d previously read the book in November, but it was fun to read it again. Anyways, I decided to share that book review on here, because, why not (plus it’s nice to reuse things when I’m feeling lazy 😏)?

So without further ado (we’re just gonna pretend I’m a YouTuber because that’s what YouTubers say), let’s get to it!

The cover. No rights to this image.

Blurb from Goodreads:

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan is a novel that follows the Greek god Apollo when he gets sent to the mortal world by his father Zeus. Apollo is shocked when he learns that he’s been turned into a mortal — and appalled when he discovers he has acne

After he first falls from the sky and lands in a Dumpster in New York, he meets – and after a while, befriends – young Meg McCaffrey. 

Together, and sometimes with the help of their friends at Camp Half-blood, they defeat plague spirits, huge human-eating ants, a giant stone statue that comes to life, and lots of other monsters. 

There are plenty of humorous scenes in this book, which is one of the reasons I like it so much. I also thought that the haikus at the beginning of each chapter were funny and interesting. The characters were enjoyable to read about and watch grow. 

I recommend reading the Percy Jackson series before The Trials of Apollo, because lots of the characters aren’t properly introduced in the latter. Other than that, it’s a great book, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys humor and mythology!

My rating:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thanks for reading today’s post and don’t forget to come back on Friday for another post!

Have you read The Trials of Apollo? What’s your favourite part? Do you like paperback or ebooks more (random question, I know)? Who’s your favourite character? Do you want to read this book?