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Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword
By Victoria Aveyard

BookMattic's Rating: 2/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.97/5

I had hopes for Glass Sword and for Victoria Aveyard's writing, but unfortunately I got turned down the pleasure I usually get from reading novels of this type of genre by a bland style of writing and an average story-line hanging by a huge thread of YA readers that probably don't know the difference between good writing and bad writing since Victoria Aveyard's 'work of art' is the only crap they've ever read in their lives. I really don't have much good to say about Glass Sword whereas Red Queen was actually decent in its own way which is the reason why I chose to read Glass Sword and was happy when I was finally finished. Here's what the story is about and some more reasons why you should steer clear of the Red Queen series.

Glass Sword is set directly after the end of Red Queen and shows the main character setting out on a mission to collect more reds like her. The …

Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Star Wars: Lost Stars
By: Claudia Gray

BookMattic's Rating: 4/5
Goodreads' Rating: 4.26/5

Absolutely amazing characters and different point of view of the story we have grown to love since it came out even before I was born. The unique thing about this book is the fact that it gives us an inside look at the life of Imperial officers and how 'normal' people view the Empire. The regular characters that we're used to seeing in Star Wars take an almost non-existent seat in this story. You most definitely will recognize most of the main scenes in this book from episode IV, V and VI then eventually leading into episode VII on Jakku and the origins of how that huge Star Destroyer and all those X-Wings and TIE Fighters got on the surface of the planet but it's from the view of our two lovely and handsome main characters, Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell that you'll grow to love.

First of all I have to give Claudia Gray a big round of applause for writing this book. She's …

TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking By Chris J. Anderson

TED Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking
By Chris J. Anderson 

BookMattic's Rating: 5/5
Goodreads' Rating: 4.23/5

TED Talks is a wonderful foundation setter for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills. In fact I personally have used these skills not just in public speaking but also in a classroom setting or just while talking with friends. This book can be for anyone that is looking for ways to improve their confidence and get around common problems that occur during any point in the process of preparing and giving an effective motivative speech in a TEDlike talk format.

No matter whether you have had thirty years of public speaking experience or are a newbie, TED Talks is very informative in helping you to have an edge that not many people have. The book gives many examples of great talks given from famous people new and old such as Elon Musk and Tanya Harding. There's also some examples of things to avoid when giving a talk. Luckily the names of the p…

Project GOD by V.M. Thompson

Project GOD by V.M. Thompson

BookMattic's Rating: 3/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.8/5

I tried to search for the title of this book everywhere on Google, and Goodreads and only came up with just a few results. This is a book from the late 80's that just seemed to slip through the cracks, but actually deserved more than that. It's not that big of a book and easy enough to read. 

The premise of the book is straight forward. A reporter named Alec is about to take a few weeks holiday from his crazy schedule at work with his wife Krista and their 'child' Thumper, who is a pet that they treat as if it were their child. Unfortunately they've been trying to have a baby for a while but it ends up that Alec is sterile. The plan was to have a relaxing time at Krista's cabin by a lake, go fishing which Alec hates, and just freshen up until Alec's brother comes along with some interesting information that Alec can't help his gut instincts from being curious as to what t…

Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child

Bad Luck and Trouble
By Lee Child

BookMattic's Rating: 3/5
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.16/5

I haven't been much of a mystery thriller reader but after reading Lee Child’s 11th Jack Reacher book it makes me want to at least try reading another one in the same genre. With the new Jack Reacher movie coming and the previous success of the last movie it makes reading the books a little more interesting.

Jack Reacher was once part of an elite investigative team about 10 years ago. He hasn't seen or talked with any of his partners in that amount of time. Then all the sudden he gets a 1030 from one of his partners in a hidden message, which in military talk is an S.O.S. message to get your ass over and help. One of his partners has been found dead, likely thrown out of a helicopter in the middle of the desert between California and Nevada. Now it's Jack Reacher’s duty to his dead friend to gather what remains of the special investigators team to find out who killed their friend in such a …

Quotes from The Alchemist

If you've never read 'The Alchemist' By Paulo Coelho I recommend reading it due to its many inspirational messages. My previous post has the review for the book. This post has a list of ten quotes from the book in no particular order that I found very meaningful.

1. "Love never keeps a man from pursuing his destiny.”

For me this means that if you love something so much than there is nothing that can stop you from achieving what you want. It doesn't mean that it will be easy to achieve your dream but at least it makes it worth it in the end to go through obstacles to achieve something that you love. 
2. "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself… no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.”

All of us at one time or another have been afraid to do something risky. It's in our instincts to avoid something that might make things harder for us. The hardest part of starting something new is to take the first step and to follow thr…

The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist
By Paulo Coelho

BookMattic's Rating: 5/5

Goodreads’ Rating: 3.79/5

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”
-Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,”


Many people have mixed opinions about this book and that's because they go about reading it the wrong way. The majority of people read this as a self help book or an inspirational book, but for me, I read it purely as fiction and took the messages of ‘life’, the suggestions and advice that were spread throughout the book as only part of the whole story. Nonetheless the messages had a great impact on the way I think about my goals and happiness.

The story is about a ‘boy’, who is really actually a young man I believe, named Santiago from Spain. He works as a shepherd leading his sheep around trying to learn from them by watching. During the night he has a reoccurring dream that tells him he has a treasure waiting for him close to the pyramids of Egypt. He has some doubts about this dream so he goes …

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen
By Victoria Aveyard

BookMattic's Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads’ Rating: 4.11/5

Step into a world in the far future where the human race has been split into Red and Silver, where Reds are normal people like you and I but live in poverty and are slaves to the ‘Godlike’ Silvers who have special abilities such as being able to shoot fire out of your hands or being able to move anything that is metal with your mind, kind of like Magneto in X-Men. They're not called Red and Silver just for the heck of it, Reds have red blood and Silvers have silver blood.

In Red Queen the main character, Mare Barrow and her family live in a suburb called the stilts. It's basically the ghettos where all the Reds live just outside one of the many bustling Silver cities where life is luxurious. Mare, her three brothers and one sister and the rest of the Reds live two purposes, either they serve as servants to the Silvers doing specific jobs, or get conscripted at the age of 18 to fight in a war with…

The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

The Places In Between
By Rory Stewart

BookMattic's Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads' Rating: 3.87/5

The Places In Between brings you to a world that you never knew existed. The author, Rory Stewart sets out on a journey across Asia on foot and at all costs he avoids any other type of transportation. 

The story centers around Rory's walk across Afghanistan following in the exact footsteps of Afghanistan's first Mughal Emperor named Babur. All in all taking place at the beginning of the American invasion in 2002 which made his travels more intense than it would have normally been at any other time. His purpose of walking months across Afghanistan was to document the culture after the Taliban leaders got brought down and the new government gradually getting set in place. 

This is not just a story or an anthropological telling of culture, although it does have some excerpts from Babur's diary spread throughout the book in not such a logical order or sometimes seeming a little out of …

Star Trek Voyager: Unworthy

Star Trek Voyager: Unworthy By Kirsten Beyer
BookMattic’s Rating: 4/5 Goodreads’ Rating: 4.09/5
Unworthy is one of those Trek books (if you’re into Star Trek) that is similar to watching an episode of the series. There’s a strong moral to the story which Kirsten Beyer has done a great job in writing. It’s nice to pick up this book and just zoom right through it since it’s easy to read and has a good story line. These Voyager characters have well rounded characteristics which bring life to the story and make it fun to read.
Unworthy’s plot is tied in with a few of these new Star Trek Voyager books written by Kirsten Beyer which at first I did not know. So there are some back plotting that might come to a surprise, like it did for me, if you haven’t read any of the other books. This doesn’t take away from the understanding of this story, though it does open up many questions as to how the story lead up to that point, how the characters got to where they are and generally makes you want to go…

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

The Little Friend By Donna Tartt
BookMattic’s Rating: 2.5/5 Goodreads’ Rating: 3.42/5
After months of reading Donna Tart’s ‘The Little Friend’ I personally just could not get immersed into the story. It’s not that Tart is a bad author, on the contrary she wrote the words in this book beautifully. I emphasis the word ‘words’ because there are some phrases and descriptions in The Little Friend that still pop into my mind. But when it comes to the story as a whole I felt like there was no real direction to the book. I imagine that if you are a woman you might like this story much more than a man because the main character Harriet is a very convincing strong little girl who will do anything to get her way.
The Little Friend focuses on a young girl named Harriet whom before she was even born her family experienced a great tragedy. Her older brother Robin got murdered in the backyard of their own house. The story then takes off 12 years after Robin’s death with Harriet and her friend Hely tryin…

Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Mercy
Jacqueline Carey

BookMattic's Rating: 3.5/5
Goodread's Rating: 4.3/5

It's the last book in the Imriel series of three books and it has one of the highest ratings out of all six Kushiel books according to Goodreads.com. This series as a whole definitely deserves more attention than what it gets. But Kushiel's Mercy is weak in some aspects as an individual book to end the series, but has a fantastic ending which makes it all worth the while of finishing all the way to the end.

The plot of the story is fairly easy to understand and doesn't go too far into politics unlike some of the other books. You've got two conflicts to this story. The first is that the queen of Terre d'Ange will not allow Imriel and Sidonie, the heir to the throne, to get married unless Imriel brings his treasonous mother back to Terre d'Ange to be executed for her crimes, which should have been difficult to do. But then Carey makes the circumstances of the book way too …

Ghost by Piers Anthony

Ghost
Piers Anthony

BookMattic's Rating: 1/5
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.2/5

I have no idea what this author was thinking when he wrote this book. Maybe he was on drugs or a little retarded at the time he was writing it. No wonder he couldn't find anyone who would publish it. Although I took about 6 months to read a 273 page book which is way too long and at one point I just felt like putting the book down forever I decided that I had to find out what was going to happen by the end of the book.

Ghost starts out on a far future Earth with the main character named Shetland returning from space. The world is obsessed with conserving energy because unfortunately they're running out of resources. Humans generally hate people who waste energy specially if they're what they call spacers. Shetland has come back to Earth for his mandatory space leave but when he meets with his commanding officer he ends up getting a promotion to captain a ship called the Meg II. His mission is to travel to…

11/22/63

Stephen King's 11/22/6

BookMattic's Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Rating: 4.27/5

Are you ready to find yourself immersed in a world that you know is based on real events but something about it seems off? Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if JFK was never assassinated? Your questions may or may not be answered, you'll just have to read for yourself. Steven King has done it again with a well worth the time read but this one is different from his other books. There's a very romantic and sweet side to Steven King's writing that he's never thoroughly explored before. Did I just say romance? In a Stephen King book? Yes there's romance but it just adds that much more depth to the story than it would without it. But for those that don't really like romance, don't worry because there are also some very gruesome parts that will send you squirming.  Here are a few things you may want to know before reading the book or watching the Hulu Original mini ser…

Zero to One

Peter Thiel's Zero to One

BookMattic's Rating: 3.5/5
Goodreads' Rating: 4.15/5

I've read several other business books and this one takes a fairly different approach. Some of it is pretty original and unique which is why this book gets a pretty high rating from me. The message is pretty simple yet very hard to accomplish. Basically the book is asking you to be original in the type of company that you create, or the types of things you do whether it be acting or playing music. The ongoing message of this book is to try and 'create' something that has not been created before rather than just minimally improving something that already exists. The book is short enough to not be drawn out like some other business books. It's concise in its message and has some valuable suggestions that you might not have thought of before. 

The aspect that Zero to One doesn't go into much detail is how to create a successful business. For sure there are suggestions and a few exam…