The Heretic Queen

The Heretic QueenAuthor: Michelle Moran

Pages:383

Published: September 16th, 2008

Goodreads Synopsis: In ancient Egypt, a forgotten princess must overcome her family’s past and remake history.

The winds of change are blowing through Thebes. A devastating palace fire has killed the Eighteenth Dynasty’s royal family—all with the exception of Nefertari, the niece of the reviled former queen, Nefertiti. The girl’s deceased family has been branded as heretical, and no one in Egypt will speak their names. A relic of a previous reign, Nefertari is pushed aside, an unimportant princess left to run wild in the palace. But this changes when she is taken under the wing of the Pharaoh’s aunt, then brought to the Temple of Hathor, where she is educated in a manner befitting a future queen.

Soon Nefertari catches the eye of the Crown Prince, and despite her family’s history, they fall in love and wish to marry. Yet all of Egypt opposes this union between the rising star of a new dynasty and the fading star of an old, heretical one. While political adversity sets the country on edge, Nefertari becomes the wife of Ramesses the Great. Destined to be the most powerful Pharaoh in Egypt, he is also the man who must confront the most famous exodus in history.

Sweeping in scope and meticulous in detail, The Heretic Queen is a novel of passion and power, heartbreak and redemption.

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Review: The Heretic Queen is the story of young Nefertari, the niece of Nefertiti, thought, at the time to be a heretic. Throughout the story we see Nefertari grow up from an awkward child to the beautiful wife of Ramesses the Great. It is a wonderful story of growing up and choosing your destiny.

I have never heard of Nefertari before reading The Heretic Queen, and picking up this book was on a total whim, but I am so glad I did. Nefertari’s story is so interesting and quite relatable. Even though most people are not the queen of Egypt, Nefertari is quite similar to many teenagers today. Throughout the book Nefertari experienced school, and first love, and learning what it is to be an individual while trying to have people like you.

The writing of Michelle Moran made me feel like instead of reading I was watching a film of Nefertari’s life. The was she described everything made the story come to life.

Overall, this book is a must read for all historical fiction fans. I loved this book and I hope everyone will give it a try.

 

Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and MenAuthor: John Steinbeck

Pages: 103

Publication Date: 1937

Goodreads Synopsis: The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength.

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

Review: This story was beautiful and tragic. Steinbeck has a way with words that really bring the story to life. The story is short but I am sure it will stay with me forever. The characters were beautifully crafted and the relationship of Lennie and George is quite unique. Lennie is such a likable character. He is incredibly unintelligent but he is so sweet in a childlike sense; you can’t help but like him and feel really sorry for them. George is also a really interesting character. He is a bit more intelligent but he is still a dreamer and you do end up feeling sorry for him.    This book is one of my new favorite classics.

Recommendation: If you are looking for a short but an incredibly good story I wholeheartedly think you should read Of Mice and Men.

Quote #21

When you were very small, perhaps someone read to you the insipid story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. A very dull boy, you may remember, cried, ‘Wolf! when there was no wolf, and the gullible villagers ran to rescue him only to find the whole think was a joke. Then he cried ‘Wolf!’ when it wasn’t a joke, and the villagers didn’t come running, and the boy was eaten and the story, thank goodness, was over.

The story’s moral, of course, ought to be ‘Never live somewhere where wolves are running around loose,’ but whoever read you the story probably told you that the moral was not to lie.” -Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room)

Currently Reading #12

I have just started The Heretic Queen by Michelle MoranThe Heretic QueenI picked up this book on a whim and I am really glad I did. The Heretic Queen is about Nefertari, the niece of Nefertiti who died when her palace caught on fire and is considered a heretic. The Heretic Queen follows Nefertari as she grows up and catches the eye of Pharaoh Ramses the Great but it is also a coming of age story as she decides what she wants to do with her life and has to come to terms with who her parents and aunt were.

This book is really interesting and relatable. Even though Nefertari lived in ancient Egypt it is easy to see how mush of a teenager she was.

 

July TBR

Sorry this is a bit late (7 days late).

Anyway, it is already July and I am out of school so I am planning on reading quite a few books this month. I have created a very tentative reading list for July and it is really subject to change. I do not want to force myself to read anything I don’t feel like reading especially during the summer.

I have already complete a few books this month and will leave those for the Wrap-Up at the end of July.

What I plan to read in July:

1. The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott-Fitzgerald

2. The Heretic QueenThe Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

3.Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the UniverseAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

4.Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

5. The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

6. The DivinersThe Diviners by Libba Bray (reread)

7. Clockwork AngelThe Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

 

Mind MGMT Vol. 2 and 3

 

Volume 2

Mind MGMT Volume 2Author: Matt Kindt

Pages: 181

Goodreads Synopsis: We’ve learned some of the secrets of Henry Lyme; now get ready to meet the rest of Mind Management! With the remains of the Management attempting to reform and hot on Lyme’s tail, the former spy is forced to seek help from other defectors around the globe, including the deadly Futurist, Duncan! Meanwhile, losing her memory has barely slowed journalist Meru down, as an attempt on her life puts her back on the hunt for Mind Management—and on a collision course with the terrible truths Lyme has hidden from her!

Rating: **** (4 stars)

 

Volume 3

Mind MGMT Volume 3Author: Matt Kindt

Pages: 178

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

 

Review: This graphic novel series is really, really cool! It was a bit confusing in the first volume (review) and the beginning of the second, but as I got used to reading a graphic novel and the weirdness of the story, these books were really good. It takes only about an hour to read each graphic novel and at the end you feel like you NEED more which is a good sign of a great author. The story is really interesting and the characters are all really cool.  All the characters have a special “superpower” in the second two volumes readers learn more about other characters and their (very often sad) back story. My favorite part of all these books are the illustrations. They are absolutely breath taking.

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Mind MGMT 10

Mind MGMT 9

If you look really closely at the illustrations you can see many hidden things that really make all these pictures super interesting.

The story continues to get better and better and I can’t wait for the fourth volume to come out.

Series I Do Not Plan on Finishing

I have been thinking about all the series I do not plan on finishing a lot lately and I thought I would share them here. This is strictly my own opinion and you may really enjoy these books as many people do.

The first series I will not be finishing is the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer.

Twilight Series

I read the first book Twilight when it was really popular and I don’t really remember if I actually enjoyed it or just pretended to like it because it seemed like everybody else liked it. I then picked up New Moon and HATED it. I could barely get through it. I was so upset with how Stephanie Meyer chose to write Bella’s character. I thought she was an awful role model for all the girls and women who read this series. I decided pretty quickly after to move on to other books.

 

The Fallen Series by Lauren Kate is the second book series I will not be finishing.

Fallen SeriesI read Fallen in middle school, at the request of my friends, and even then I though the story was pretty ridiculous. I thought the main character (I don’t remember her name) was a majorly dependent character and I was not interest in completing the series. The insta-love was stupid, the plot was boring, the characters were superficial and I really wanted depth in my stories.

 

I will also not be completing the House of Night Series by P.C. Cast

House of Night SeriesAs you can see by the picture above, this series is endless. I read the first 5 books and relatively liked them but I think I must have grown out of them because I no longer had the want to finish the series so I decided to move on.

 

I will not be completing The 100 series by Kass Morgan.

The 100I recently read this book and thought it was nothing special. I just thought it was really uncreative and a lot like every other science fiction book I have read. I felt no connection to any of the characters, which is crazy considering it followed 6 or 7 different characters. I was really disappointed with this book.

 

The Evermore Series by Alyson Noel is a series I will definitely not be completing.

Immortals SeriesI read the first two book, Evermore and Blue Moon, and hated both of them. Again, the main character was a defenseless and reliant character. A lot of the YA female characters are so dependent on their boyfriend, they stop living when he is away. I think these books are really detrimentally to the young girls (middle and high school girls), who are super impressionable, who read these books and think this is the was a relationship works. I want these girls to know that it is okay to be an independent woman and have your own thoughts. I really want to see more books for this age group that show strong women who don’t need a boy to help them fix whatever problem they are having.

 

I will not be continuing the Quarantine Series by Lex Thomas.

Quarantine SeriesI read Quarantine: The Loners this year and did not enjoy it. If you would like to see my thoughts on this book click —> here

 

The next series is the Confession Series by James Patterson

Confession SeriesI read Confessions of a Murder Suspect and was disappointed but not surprised that I did not like this books. I read the whole Maximum Ride series a few years back and I enjoyed the first few and then they got weird, like really weird, but I read them all. I have read a few others of his books and realized they are all pretty much the same they are all predictable after the first few chapters.  I picked up Confessions of a Murder Suspect because my father bought it for me. I found this book too much like many other James Patterson books to really care what happened in the next two books in the series.

The Shiver Series by Maggie Stievater

Shiver SeriesI read Shiver because all of my friends were reading it. It was not good. I don’t do well with books with werewolves (except Harry Potter, or course). Shiver was a book that contains all the YA genre cliques all in one book. Insta-love, werewolves, and again a dependent female character.

 

The Series I will not be finishing is the Unwind Series by Neal Shusterman

Unwind SeriesI read Unwind for my English class this year and thought it was okay. It read a little young but the story was interesting; I just have no interest in reading the rest of the series.

 

Anyway, these are the series I do not plan on finishing.

 

What are some series you are not going to complete?

Are any of the series above worth finishing?

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