In which Kris reads children’s books

Kris here,

It’s been a while since I talked about something I liked reading instead of rambling on about writing every week. I figured this week I’d talk about The Ranger’s Apprentice. This is actually a pretty recent series as far as stuff I’ve read goes – I read it a few years ago, but it was just published less than 20 years ago! Okay it’s not that new, but a lot of the books I like to revisit frequently were all written in the 70’s, 80’s and..well the 1800’s. I’m into older stories you could say.

The Ranger’s Apprentice I believe has a target demographic of something like 9-14 year olds, so I actually just read the first book to make sure it was alright for my then 6 year old and whether I could keep it around to read Nik at bedtime. Five or six books into the series and I’m thinkin’ “wow this is pretty good” – as evidenced by the fact that it took me about 3 days to read each book. The writing is surprisingly easy to digest for something written for such a young age; to be fair, when I was 10 I read Animorphs, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe and Dragonlance. So I guess kids aren’t as bad at reading as all that.

I don’t want to spoil the actual story here, they’re relatively short and easy to pick up, but it’s essentially a coming-of-age tale of a young orphan named Will who got picked up as a …Ranger’s Apprentice. And he’s all like “pfsh no way!” and then later he’s like “This is amazing!” Honestly the main character is relatively likeable, but is by far one of my least favorite characters. I don’t hate the guy, I just like all the others better. Especially Halt, which is the “Ranger” part of the series title. He’s a rough guy who knows how and when to help, and he fills in my need to have a badass dude who can stand up to the evil guys while the smaller good guys are still doing jumping jacks or whatever so they don’t get stomped.

The series romps through a few topics I wasn’t really expecting to see – befriending bullies, beating drug addiction and killing a guy with a longbow arrow through the face, but were written in a way that I’m definitely adding them to the stuff-to-read-Nik list. Check out the first book if you have a few days to read a fun story, I can honestly say my copies are chopped up between physical books and e-books (self-control, what?!) so it’s available in whatever form you need.

Also the wiki says Mr Flanagan originally wrote the story as a way to get his own child into reading – I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I’m 110% down with that.

(the first book is here)

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Tina chiming in here,

According to my research, The books have been slated to become a movie and started production in fall of 2016. I have not heard anything new but here is the New York Times article with more information if you want! (Link)

GGGS: Red Queen

I love YA fiction. There, I said it. I love it so much but dear lord do the females piss me off sometimes. How weak they are or if they are super powerful, they don’t believe in themselves. That is until the new guy shows up. OH but wait! Now that new guy is making the girl feel great about herself, let’s get long time friend who never said anything before this to butt in and make her feel like shit for not thinking of him! DRAMA!

I HATE IT. It is part of the reason that I wanted to write my own story. I enjoy the action and yes sometimes the drama but, I think that if we don’t address the very real issue that there can be more than one kind of action hero, more than one kind of love story, and more than one way of showing your reader drama. I love Jenna Moreci‘s book Eve the awaking. It is full of blood and guts and fighting and love and making out. She is one of the few where I have found myself in love with not just the Main Character but also with plot and line of the story. It led me on a journey to find more of them. Today, I bring you a saga.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is an amazing piece of work that gives you an almost post-apocalypse world mixed with fantasy. Our central character is Mare. She is a down to earth, rag tag, the man got you down kinda girl. She grew up working on ways to make herself useful in a world where the color of your blood can make you lesser of a person. Mare and her family and friends have red blood. No one with red blood is any different than you or I. However, if you have Silver blood, your family is gifted to have some kind of power that makes you better than everyone else. The Silver powers range from Avatar shit of manipulating elements like fire, earth, water, and air to super speed or reading people’s mind.

Without giving to much away, Mare gets caught up in a world of Silvers without warning. She causes her family to lose a primary source of support and sets on a mission to fix it. Mare uses her smarts and luck to work her way into a prized spot that launches her into a shit storm of excitement. This book knocked me sideways more than once. I can’t wait to get started on the next one and see what else she get’s herself into.

No issues with the dainty little princess here. Mare would kick your ass and give you what for. This sassy girl is worth the read and you won’t be disappointed!

What is GGGS?

Hello once again everyone! Tina here.

When we first started up this blog I had to make a lot of promises to my husband that I was going to work hard and stay on top of my part. It wouldn’t be fair to have him invest so much time and effort into something I would just leave by the wayside in a month.

Which is a bad habit of mine. I start up something new to get enough information to stop. Typically just as my husband is getting into it! So if you see short stories on here from me… That’s because they are so much easier to write for me than a blog-style writing. I would also like to review games, movies, and books in my own special way. Like ‘The Magicians’ that I just binged on Netflix. SO GOOD but soooooo graphic in its slam your face in this rawness. Which is kinda nice that things don’t stay stuck to the norm of what you expect to happen. This is one that I might have to force Kris to watch with me. 

OH and Anime reviews! I love anime and I have always just kind of kept it to myself unless someone asked or brought it up first. Now, I think I should start my own little Geeky girl gab section. Call them GGGS. So look out for them! If you have suggestions for books, shows, anime or even Youtube videos I should check out and talk about let me know!