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Desire of the Soul Chapter Two

I posted the first chapter to my original story a couple of months ago and I decided that for this post, I will post the second chapter just in case anyone wanted to read a little more of it. DISCLAIMER: This is a very early version of this story and I haven’t edited it in a while, so it might be a little rough. Enjoy!

I woke up the next morning when my alarm clock went off at 6:30. I rubbed my eyes as I walked out of room and down the hallway to the bathroom. Right as I turned the corner, I ran right into someone.

“Whoa, I’m sorry.” I mumbled. I looked up to see a really cute guy. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and had to be over six feet tall.

“No, it’s ok.” he said in a charming voice. He then smiled an amazing smile and I felt a little bit of myself melt inside. He moved out of the way and I stepped into the bathroom and took a shower.

After my shower, I blow-dried my hair and went into the kitchen for breakfast. Officer Bla-Ernie, was making pancakes and sausage for breakfast.

“Good morning.” Ernie smiled at me. He flipped another pancake and then put some on a plate and gave it to me.

“Good morning to you too.” I said as I took a bite of the pancake. “Yum! These things are amazing!”

Ernie laughed. “Thanks, they’re just pancakes.” he said and laughed again. I laughed with him.

“I know, it’s just that my mom and dad never made breakfast for me so I always had cereal for breakfast.” I explained to them. Ernie smiled and put a few sausages on my plate and I ate them too. Maybe living here wouldn’t be that bad.

“I have a question.” I said to Ernie. He looked up at me. “Do you have any kids?” I asked and took another bite of my pancake.

He smiled and nodded. “Yes, I have two kids. I have a boy and a girl. Emily is fourteen and Will is eight. They are my world.” he smiled again. I smiled back. It must be hard for him to leave his kids behind. I know it would be hard for me.

I finished my pancakes and sausage just as the cute guy from before walked downstairs and smiled at Ernie and me.

“Hello everyone. Ready for school today Angela?” the guy asked me.

“Uh, yeah. I, uh, guess so.” I shrugged. School was never a problem for me. I always got good grades and never got into trouble. But transferring to a new school during the middle of senior year might be a little tricky.

“Before I forget, I’m Officer Benjamin Barker. But you can call me Ben.” Ben said and smiled. He extended his hand and I shook it.

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“It’s nice to meet you. I’m Angela, but you already obviously know that.” I smiled at Ben and he laughed a little bit. “I have to get going to school…but I have no idea where that is.” I admitted.

“No worries, I’ll drop you off.” Ben said and grabbed my backpack for me and walked out of the door.

“I’ll see you later, Ernie.” I said to Ernie as I followed Ben outside to his car. I got into the passenger seat and he drove away.

“So, Ben, what am I supposed to tell people when they ask why I moved here and who you and Ernie are, because you’re obviously not my parents.” I said with a small, short laugh at the end.

“Well, the story is that Ernie is your godfather and I’m his son. Your parents died in a car crash recently, and you don’t have any other family members around for you to go live with, so Ernie took you in. It just so happens that I’m going to be a new teacher at this school so I can keep an eye on you. When people ask you where you used to live, say you are from Milwaukee, okay?” Ben said to me while driving.

I nodded. “Okay, sounds like a plan. It’s not too much to remember.” I said as I looked out of the car window. This place is definitely different than Chicago. You can actually see the grass and trees here.

“Right. And remember, your last name is now Martin. You go by the name Angela Martin, not Angela Ward.” I nodded again. “And if you ever need me during the day at school, come find me. If you can’t do that, my number is in your phone.” He handed me a cell phone.

“This isn’t my phone.” I told me while looking down at the phone in my hand.

“I know. We are giving you a new one so no one can trace you down and so people from Chicago can’t contact you. We also took down your facebook page. We don’t need anyone looking at that anymore because as of today, Angela Ward no longer exists.”

Whoa. I no longer “exist.” Will I ever be able to go back to Chicago and see all of my friends? I miss them so much and I hate that I never even got to say goodbye…

Ben pulled into the high school parking lot. It was smaller than my old school, that’s for sure. I grabbed my backpack and got out of the car. A few students who were also in the parking lot stared at Ben and me and I had a feeling there would be a lot of staring today. But oh well, there’s really nothing I can do about it. Unless I convinced Ernie to home school me…

Ben and I walked into the school together. “We have to go to the office and check in. Only the principal knows about why we are really here, so just keep everything on the down low. Try to keep yourself on the down low, okay?” he looked at me.

“Keep myself on the down low. I got it.” We walked into the principal’s office and got everything settled in. After that, I went to my locker and put my bag in there and got out my schedule. First hour was a study hall. Ben was going to be teaching a home education class, which he signed me up for. That class was right after lunch. At this school the schedule is a block schedule, so I only have four classes a day. Thank heaven. I really was not in the mood for eight classes a day right now.

I walked to my study hall and sat down in the back. I looked around and saw that the teacher wasn’t even in the classroom yet. Then I noticed I was pretty much the only student in here. I looked at the clock on the wall and class starts in three minutes. Does anybody here know how to be on time or read a clock? I took out my notebook and started doodling on it. As the next three minutes took place, students started filing into the classroom and the teacher walked in right as the bell was ringing.

The teacher introduced himself to me as Mr. Galsworthy and told me that study hall was a time for me to work on my homework and talk quietly with others in the room. He sat down and then told me to go sit back down in my desk. I did what he told me to do and then doodled some more on my notebook.

A few minutes later, a girl approached me. The girl had blonde hair that curled at the bottom. Her eyes were an intense blue color. She looked around the same height as me and was probably my age considering she was in the same study hall as me and at this school, all seniors were in the same study hall.

“Hi! You’re Angela Martin, right? I’m Dot Smith. Some teachers asked me to be your student guide since you’re new here.” Dot said and gave a huge smile.

“Hey, it’s nice to meet you too.” I smiled a little.

Dot smiled again and sat down next to me. “So, where are you from?”

“Uh,” I thought back to what Ben had said to me earlier in the car. “I’m from Milwaukee.”

“That’s quite a ways away from here!” she exclaimed and the teacher told her to tone down her volume.

“Yep.” I nodded. I really wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone right now.

“So, I heard you live with your godfather and his son.” Dot said to me.

“Yeah, that’s true.” Wow, news got around really fast here.

“What happened to your parents?” She questioned.

“They died in a car crash…” I said, remembering my fake story.

“Oh my goodness! That’s so sad! I know I never met them or anything, but I’m sorry for your loss. If you ever need to talk to someone, I’m here. We’re friends now.” She smiled warmly.

“Thanks Dot.” I smiled a little at her. If only she knew my parents weren’t actually dead and were living down in Chicago. If word ever got out about me being in witness protection, it would spread like a wild fire around here.

“No problem! Now, I have to do some homework, so I’ll talk to you after class.” Dot said as she opened up a text book. She started doing her homework so I took out my iPod and put my ear buds in. It’s time to listen to some depressing music.

When class was over, Dot walked me to my locker. Turns out that our lockers are right next to each other. What a coincidence.

“Hey, do you know who is on the other side of my locker?” I asked Dot. I might as well befriend that person too while I’m at it.

“Yeah, that’s Chris Holiday’s locker. He’s a senior and suuuuppeeerrr cute!” Dot gushed. “Oh, here he comes right now!” She gestured towards a guy walking down the hallway. You had to admit he was pretty darn cute. He was tall, blonde, fair skin, and blue eyes. Pretty intense blue eyes, considering I could see them from twenty-five feet away.

“Hey, you must be the new girl.” Chris said as he walked up to his locker. “I’m Chris.”

“Hi, I’m Angela, but some people call me Ang.” I smiled at him. He opened his locker and shoved his books in.

“So, what class do you have now?” he asked me while grabbing a book out of his locker.

I looked at my schedule. “Um, I have Spanish class.”

“Me too!” he smiled wide. He grabbed my schedule from my hands and read over it. “We have cooking class together too after lunch.”

“Awesome! The new teacher of that class is my godfather’s son.” I informed him.

“Really? That’s cool!” Dot smiled. I had kind of forgotten that she was even here.

“Well, we should get to class. Senora Lopez gets mad when we’re late to class.” Chris took my books out of my hands. “Here, let me take those for you.” He smiled wide. I smiled back and we both walked to class after saying our goodbyes to Dot.

When we walked into Spanish class, I had to do the usual introductions of myself, where I came from, blah blah blah. It turns out that Chris doesn’t have a partner because there was an uneven number of students in the class, so that means I get to be his partner. Plus, he sits in the back and I love sitting in the back of classrooms. It’s fun to watch the whole class and how ridiculous everyone can look. It entertains me when I’m bored. I picked out my Spanish class name, Alicia, and learned that Chris’ Spanish name is Carlos.

During class, Chris and I talked and learned more about each other. I learned that he has a little sister who is twelve years old. I also learned that his family is divorced, and that he lives with his mom. I was so sad when the end-of-class-bell rang. But it turns out that Chris and I have the same lunch, Lunch A, so I felt better. So far I have made two friends here, if you don’t include Ben and Ernie. Maybe living here for a while won’t be so bad.

Published in:Book Review |on December 13th, 2016 |No Comments »

The Catcher in the Rye

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For this post, I will be discussing the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This book is not a current book. It was published in 1951 and it has 214 pages.

I feel that I cannot give this book a decent enough summary with my own words, so here is a summary of The Catcher in the Rye that is done by Amazon.com: “The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.”

I read this book about six months ago because my boyfriend recommended it to me and it was very good! I usually do not like reading classical literature, but this novel surprised me and I loved reading it. It was very hard for me to put the book down as soon as I started reading it.

Holden Caulfield is a fantastic main character and it is so interesting to read about his journey as a young adult. It was also interesting to read about his relationships with the people he met throughout the book. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. My recommendation should really mean that the book is fantastic because I usually do not like classical literature, like I stated above. So please go buy or check out this book from your local library and if you do that, I hope you enjoy it!

Published in:Book Review |on December 13th, 2016 |No Comments »

100 Young Adult Books to Read in a Lifetime

For this post, I will be posting a link to a page on Amazon.com. A group of editors on Amazon got together and put together a list of one hundred books that young adults should read at some point in their life. I have definitely read a handful of these books on the list. Have you read any of these books? Comment below if you have! I hope you enjoy this list and you might even find a book you want to read!

http://www.amazon.com/100-Young-Adult-Books-to-Read-in-a-Lifetime/b?ie=UTF8&node=11424451011

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Vampire Academy

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For this post, I will be talking about one of my favorite books, which is Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. This book has 352 pages and is actually celebrating its ten year anniversary this month. Vampire Academy is the first book in the series. There is also a movie made from the first book back in 2014, but it was not as successful as the book series. The book is in first point of view and is in the point of view of Rose Hathaway.

I have not read the book in a couple of years, so here is the summary of the book via Amazon.com: “St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.”

Like I said in the beginning of this post, Vampire Academy is one of my all time favorite books. I read it in seventh grade for the first time and I have read it probably twenty times since then. It never gets old to me. The characters are amazing and Rose, the main character, is a strong female role model. She is very fierce, brave, sarcastic, witty, smart, and passionate. Rose and Lissa’s friendship is also very nice because a lot of people can relate to their friendship. They are so close and are practically sisters.

Another amazing aspect of this book is the relationship between Rose and Dimitri. Dimitri is her mentor at the school and is technically a teacher at the school. They have a very interesting relationship throughout the entire series. First of all, any kind of romantic relationship between them is forbidden since she is a student and he is a teacher. But their relationship was not romantic at first. It was just a student-teacher relationship which then developed into a respectful friendship. But obviously after that, it blossomed into something more.

I know that vampire themed books and television shows can be pretty cheesy, but I think Richelle Mead did an excellent job of not making this series cheesy. The movie, on the other hand, was very cheesy and I would not recommend watching the movie. Please read the books first if you decide to watch the movie.

There are so many different aspects of this series that make it amazing, so please check it out! You will fall in love with all of the characters very easily and you will not want to put the book down once you start reading it!

For more information on this book, the whole series, or the spin off series that Richelle Mead wrote, please visit her website at www.richellemead.com.

 

Published in:Book Review |on December 13th, 2016 |No Comments »

The Hunger Games

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This post is going to be about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This book is 384 pages long and is intended for ages thirteen and up.

I feel like I cannot give an adequate summary of this book, so here is the summary of the book, courtesy of Amazon.com: “In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.”

I felt that this book was very good and it is very empowering. I think the main character Katniss Everdreen is a very good role model for young women, especially girls who are reading this in middle school or high school. She shows girls and young women that they can be brave and that they can stand up for themselves. I would definitely recommend this book for everyone, not just young women. This book is very engaging and it is hard to stop reading as soon as you start reading it.

If you are interested in reading more about this book or other books from this author, please visit

www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/the_hunger_games_69765.html. 

 

Published in:Book Review |on December 13th, 2016 |No Comments »

Fifty Shades of Grey

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For this post,  I will be discussing the book Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. This book is 514 pages long and is available in paperback. It is the first book of a trilogy and then there is a fourth book. The fourth book is titled Grey and it is Fifty Shades of Grey, but it is in Christian Grey’s point of view. This book and series is intended for mature readers.

This book is about Anastasia (Ana) Steele, who is a literature student. She interviews Christian Grey, who is a young and successful businessman. During the interview,  the two of them experience a chemistry that neither of them had ever felt before. Christian and Ana meet up later and Ana realizes there is much more to Christian and his tastes. Christian shows Ana his erotic ways and Ana ends up doing things she had never really heard of before. Throughout the book, the reader follows Christian and Ana’s relationship and all of Christian’s dark secrets from his past.

I thought this book was very descriptive during the sexual and erotic parts of it. It was not really my taste and I wish there had been more plot involved in the story. It was basically just all about sex. Christian and Ana would have sex for ten pages in the story and then there would be a couple of pages of dialogue, and then they would have sex again, but in a different way. It was just really graphic and I would not recommend this book for younger audiences. I was eighteen years old when I first read the book and I was uncomfortable reading it in public or when I was around people. But if you are int erotic literature, then this is the perfect book for you.

If you are interested in this book or other books by this author, please visit www.eljamesauthor.com/books/fifty-shades-of-grey/ .

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Millennials and Reading

For this post, I will be discussing the information presented in the article “Millennials are Out-Reading Older Generations”, which can be found at http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/millennials-are-out-reading-older-generations/379934/ .

I am a part of the millennial generation and I love to read, so I felt that this article would be interesting to read. The article mentions how younger generations are always receiving slack from the couple of generations above them because of the types of things they are into. But to many people’s surprise, millennials love to read. According to a poll they did in the article of six thousand people, eighty-eight percent of people under thirty  read a book within the last year. Seventy-nine percent of people above the age of thirty had read a book within the past year. So I think it is very interesting that younger people were reading more than the older generation.

Another interesting thing from the article is that it said that people are buying books more than borrowing them from the library. I personally have bought several books, but I tend to borrow them from libraries more often. Since I am in college, I do not really have a ton of extra money lying around to spend on books. Besides, free rental from the campus library is built into my tuition, so I might as well take advantage of that.

I would highly suggest that you read the article that this post is about. There are many interesting facts and points within this article! Have a great day!

Published in:Book Review, Writing |on December 13th, 2016 |No Comments »

Matched

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This review will be about the book Matched by Ally Condie. This book is about a society that controls every aspect of everyone’s lives, including who they will be romantic with. Each person has a matching ceremony where they find out who their ideal person is. During the main character, Cassia’s, ceremony, a boy named Ky flashes quickly on the screen and the society says it’s just a glitch because then Xander’s face appears on the screen. This book is about Cassia starting to doubt the society’s methods and it is also about a love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander.

I read this book in high school, which was a few years ago. I remembered that I liked it and that it was very interesting. This book has been compared to The Hunger Games Series because it has a strong female character who is challenging society and how it is run.

Matched was released in 2011 and has 411 pages. It has a great mixture of romance, finding yourself, and challenging a dystopian society. I have read on other reviews that they did not think that there was enough of the challenging the dystopian society and than Cassia was too obsessed with the boys, but I thought it has a good balance. But I do like to read about love triangles, so I guess I am more interested in the love story than the overthrowing the society’s government aspect of the book. So if you are someone who is more interested in love triangles, I would definitely suggest this book.

Matched is the first book in the series and there are two more books after Matched. The second book is titled Crossed and the third book is titled Reached. If you are interested in this series, please visit http://allycondie.com/.

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Published in:Book Review |on November 2nd, 2016 |No Comments »

Most Anticipated YA Books of November 2016

For this post, I will be posting a list of the most anticipated books of November 2016. I will be getting the list of books from http://www.epicreads.com/blog/most-anticipated-ya-books-to-read-in-november-2016/ . I will not be posting the whole list, but I will post some of it.

1.) Heartless by Marissa Meyer

This book is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland about the Queen of Hearts.

2.) Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

This book is about a princess who has an affinity for fire, which is quite dangerous.

3.) Timekeeper by Tara Sim

This book is about a Victorian world that is controlled by clock towers.

4.) Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys

This book is about a girl who is sick of being babied and looked down on. One day she receives a mysterious invitation to a secret society.

5.) Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

This book is about a group of four girls who can control the elements. These girls have to work together to save the world from evil.

6.) We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

This book is based in the 1980’s and is about two childhood friends.The book takes place after they’ve both graduated high school and are living their adult lives.

7.) This is Our Story by Ashley Elston

This book is about a group of five guys going on a hunting trip, but only four returned. The guys won’t say who shot their friend, so this is a mystery book.

There are ten more books on the list and if you are interested, you can go to the link I posted at the beginning of this post.

A lot of the books on the list sound very interesting and I will probably check out a few of them! I encourage you to read through the full list and find a book you are interested in and then check it out.

 

 

Published in:Book Review, Writing |on November 2nd, 2016 |No Comments »

The Fault in Our Stars

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“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Greene is about a girl named Hazel who has cancer. Hazel struggles to make lasting connections with people until she goes to a meeting for people who have been diagnosed with cancer and she meets Agustus. The two of them hit it off right away and quickly become best friends and fall in love with each other.

This book is another one of my favorites. John Greene does an outstanding job of writing from Hazel’s point of view. Hazel and Augustus’ relationship feels so real to the reader and you instantly fall in love with them. This book is filled with friendship, love, laughs, and a few cries.

I know this book has been popular for a few years already, but it’s still an amazing book. The book was adapted into a movie a couple of years ago and I think they did a fantastic job. The main reason why the movie was so close to the book was because John Greene was with the cast and directors the whole time while filming.

“The Fault in Our Stars” will hook you in right from the beginning and will keep you hooked until the end. This book will definitely tug at your heart strings!

If you want to read more about the book or John Greene, please visit http://www.johngreenbooks.com .

Published in:Book Review |on October 22nd, 2016 |No Comments »