Historical fiction, civil war, romance, action,
In this historical fiction tale, “Gone with The Wind”
by Margret Mitchell, tells a wind blowing story of how the old south was
forever changed in the Civil War. Instead of hearing from the victor’s side,
this novel tells a story of how a lifestyle was forever changed through eyes of
southerners or as they call themselves, the Confederates. A large focus on the
main protagonist, Scarlett O’Hara, goes through trials and tribulations. How to
survive and thrive in a fast-changing world. Scarlett does what ever it takes
to survive in this environment. Even as far as marrying a man who she does not
love to stay rich. After having two husbands die, became a widow twice, her
third husband walks out on her. She developed feelings for him and regrets not
seeing how she truly loves him. This book left off as a cliff hanger, but the
main purpose of this work is telling the other side of the story. Also, on that
note this book is controversial for its themes and everyone is entitled to view
this book in different opinions and viewpoints.
I had seen the movie during high school, and I thank my history teacher for showing us this movie. I sought out to read the novel. I loved the novel in a weird way. Hearing from the other side is good, not that I am saying what the south did was good, but it is vital to hear both sides of the stories rather than the victor’s side. Scarlett O’Hara is my favorite character and her determined personality is admirable.
Mitchell, Margaret. Margaret Mitchells Gone with the Wind. Avon Books, 1986.
In the children’s book, “The School of Good and Evil”
by Soman Chainani, it’s not just any children’s fairy tale book. It starts off
with Agatha and Sophie living in a village where they fear a monster that takes
two children each year and those children are to never be seen again. These
children are sent to The School of Good and Evil where boys and girls are
separated into two categories. Good and evil. They are trained to succeed in
the fairy tale they have to play out. Sophie wanted to be “kidnapped” due to
possibly going to the School of Good as she sees that she is good and Agatha
would go to the school of Evil. Agatha doesn’t feel nor agree with Sophie. Both
of them are swiped up and to their surprise their fates are reverse. Agatha falls
into the school of good while Sophie falls into the school of evil. Fearing
that this is a mistake, they plead that they got the wrong fates. In the end, in
order to succeed, they have to face their new fate by playing out their fairy tale.
I LOVE this book. I feel that any age audience would enjoy this book. Given that there are elements for everyone and has a lot of strong messages. I reread this book as many times as I had reread the Harry Potter series. Totally worth giving it a read.
Chaniani, Soman. The School for Good and Evil. HarperCollins Childrens Books, 2013.
In this thrilling romance novel, “The Marriage Pact”
by Michelle Richmond, it’s focused on marriage. These two adults, Alice and
Jake freshly had gotten married got some fears about what happens after the
honeymoon. After receiving a suspicious package labeled, THE PACT, both are
highly interested and willing to try this out. It seemed easy, abide by simple
rules of marriage and read all handbooks that helps the marriage stay happy and
prosperous. This society helps it’s members if they see a marriage slightly
gets rocky or uneasy. When they join, they start to regret ever joining this
society. As they struggle to maintain a happy marriage, they see how dark this
society truly is. Members in the THE PACT interfere in their marriage and
purposely sabotage for personal interests. Between marriage prisons and demonic
“focus” devices create chaos for the newlyweds. Alice and Jake hunt down information
to get out of this dark society and succeeds with persuasion.
When I had saw this book at the book store, the title alone caught my attention. Usually I hardly read romance novels ever, but this storyline intrigued me to read more. Given that there are some morbid scenes and very adult like content I would recommend it to mature audiences. It is very fast paced and keep’s one on their toes as they read. I personally love this book but some of the content described such as a marriage prison and a focus mechanism disturb me greatly. Other than that, pretty good.
Richmond, Michelle. The Marriage Pact: a Novel. Penguin Books., 2018