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The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

by shainasays



Truth be told, The Lying Game is quite the page turner (pun intended!)

From the start of the book, Ware places you smack dab in the middle of an intense and juicy mystery. She gives you just enough imformation to shed light on the question at hand; however although you have one question answered, the information that she previously gives you opens up a whole new can of worms. Before you know it, you now have a whole slew of questions based off that answer. It’s a real emotional roller coaster, I must say.

The Lying Game takes you on a journey of lies, secrets and cover ups through the eyes of Isa, the narrator. Isa introduces us to Kate, who emrges as the leader of the foursome when she receives a mysterious yet very direct text from Kate. And so the drama begins with three little words, “I Need You.”

Those three words summon Isa, Thea, and Fatima and whisk them back into a life filled with lies, deceit, pain and dare I say… death. It takes them back to a place they all thoguht they left behind twenty years ago when they were just teenagers at Salten House.

I have to admit, upon reading the synopsis  of the book, I wasn’t impressed. I thoguht, “How much of a plot could come from the actions of four preppy boarding school girls?” It didn’t seem to have much substance at first glance. Hoooooooowever, I gave it a shot, but I did carry that preconceived notion when I began reading the book.

Needless to say, I wasn’t prepared for what came as the story began to unfold… I was hit by bombshell after bombshell. I mean, there were even times I had to put the book down just to regain my composure. Am I being dramatic???!!!! Probably. (I’ve been told that I am quite the drama queen.) But listen, in all honesty, this book takes twists and turns that will legitimately have you on the edge of your cozy little couch, or bed, or crowded subway seat.. just know you’ll be on the edge of wherever you are and if you’re standing, I would highly suggest you have a seat… Seriously, sit down.. reading is no fun standing.

The craziest part to me though, is that Isa totes her infant all over London (poor Freya) in pursuit of Kate and her mess. I mean the poor girl couldn’t be a day older seven or eight months. She can’t even walk!! By the way, Kate really, truly grinds my gears. I hope I never in life have a friend like her. Ugh, such a bitc.. I’m not even gonna say it, but you all get my drift. Anyway, because of Kate and her shennanigans, Isa’s beautiful baby girl almost dies in a freaking fire. Like come on, aside from shady parenting, why would Kate even put her “friend” and I’m using that term very loosely through an ordeal like that??

Overall, I would give the book a 3.7 out of 5 stars. Pretty Good.





Don’t Call It A Comeback !

by shainasays

Just kidding.. It’s totally a comeback. After a six year hiatus, I am ready to start wriitng again. What better way to start it back up than with my dear old fiction.. my escape from reality.



I recently joined The Book of the Month Club so I’ll definitely have content for this site 🙂

(Shouts out to BOTM Club !!)

What’s happened in these six years.. well everything that you would think… had a baby… got married… graduated… went to grad school… got myself a good ol’ 9 to 5 (for now)… I think that about sums it up.

But I am glad to be getting back to my roots. So allow me to reintroduce myself…

Hi, I am SRod and I am gonna write until I can’t write anymore! Thanks for being a part of my journey.

First book of the Comeback: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware.

Guest Post by The Mad Blogger

by sgo12

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
by Mitch Albom

Sooner or later, each of us asks ourselves the question that seems to have no answer:

What is my purpose for being here?

Mitch Albom tackles this question via his soon-to-be classic “the five people you meet in heaven” through the book’s protagonist: an 83-year-old maintenance worker who spends his final moments on Earth attempting to save the life of a little girl. He dies before he knows whether his efforts were worthwhile or in vain.

In the world beyond, Eddie learns that the people he meets (and the people he met in his life) were not chance encounters, but rather meetings with a purpose. To shed light on who Eddie really was and why he existed. The beauty of this literary gem is the same principles which apply to him can also be used by you and me. And, as a result, we no longer need to wonder what our purpose is for being here.

After reading “the five people you meet in heaven” by Mitch Albom, you’ll know. And if knowing who you are, and even more importantly, WHY you are, does not put you into the Christmas spirit, nothing will.

The Mad Blogger has spoken.

Guest Post by Jessica P.

by sgo12

When I found a tattered copy of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman at the back of a school bus, I embarked on a dark journey disguised by a children’s book’s facade. The first story of the His Dark Materials trilogy explores the themes of fantasy, philosophy, science, and most importantly, religion.

The novel revolves around the life of Lyra Belacqua, a young girl who grew up in a world similar to 18th century Oxford. The world is conflicted with scientists and theologists, both of which seek the truth but fear it. In a multi-universe world full of magical animals, witches, and people, Lyra becomes the owner of a truth-telling compass which leads her on journey culminating in her fate.

The book had a profound influence on the way I perceive authority. Within the novel, Pullman marked religious administration as the “bad guy”. Trusted authorities would split children from their souls to rid them of sin. Meanwhile, scientists were made to be discoverers of truth. The role-reversal propels The Golden Compass beyond the genre of “children’s fantasy”; the novel is a social commentary on society.

Perhaps the subliminal messages within the book are too dark and analytic for young children. I know it personally confused me as a freshman in high school, but it intrigued me to look at organized systems from a different perspective.

Many critics claim that Pullman promotes atheism within the series. But whether or not Pullman “stepped over the line” is a matter of personal opinion. I found the fantastical universe mind-stimulating. (As did many readers, since they decided to make a movie based on the first book!).

Unfortunately, the movie was a total let down! Hollywood dumbed down the story-line to appeal to one target audience only (children). The movie explained nothing and instead entertained the viewers with talking animals and flying witches. The film exemplified style over substance and my parents and I were not pleased.

Here is a trailer for the first movie. They never came out with the second of the series, The Subtle Knife:  The Golden Compass Movie

Side Note!!!!

by sgo12

Although this post is not about a fiction work, I felt it would be a good addition to my blog. For one of my other classes, I had to write a “How To” essay and I decided to write “How To: Write a Blog.” I am really satisfied with how the essay came out and I decided to share it. Hopefully, it is clear and concise. Enjoy!!!  🙂

How To: Write a Blog

So you’ve made a solid decision that you want to write a blog, you have your idea and you’re sitting in front of your computer. But, you have no idea how to start and you’ve been sitting in front of a blank computer screen for an hour. No worries, here are step by step directions on how to write a blog.

Step 1: First you need to choose your blogging platform. A blogging platform is the site on which your blog will be displayed. Some popular blogging platforms are Blogger, Live Journal, and WordPress. For the purposes of this guide, WordPress will be used.

Step 2: Now we are on the WordPress website and in the middle of the welcome screen, there is a “Get Started” option. Click on that option, it will take you to a screen that will prompt you to create an address for your blog, a username and a password. The format of the address is: Be sure to choose a catchy and descriptive name for your blog. Make sure it portrays the idea that you want to set forth for your blog. This page will also ask you to provide an email address to associate with your blog and your preferred language.

Step 3: The next screen you will see is the “Update Your Profile” page. This will ask you to provide you first and last name and a short bio about yourself. But before you can update any information, you must first activate your account by checking your email and confirming the account.

Step 4: Now you’ve clicked the “Activate Blog” link in the verification email from the email address associated with your blog. This link will now take you to your blog dashboard. A blog dashboard is central page of your entire blog. From the dashboard, you can update your profile, create new posts, edit old posts, design your blog, manage comments, and invite friends to your blog page. Basically, everything that you need to begin and maintain your blog is controlled on the dashboard.

Step 5: (Optional) You can, if you wish add a bio and contact information so that fellow bloggers are aware of who you are, what your message is and how to get in contact with you should they have any questions.

Step 6: If you wish to skip the contact page and get straight to your first post, click on the third tab on the left side of the screen, which reads “Posts.” This will then send you to a page with a post called “Hello World.” You can choose to edit that post or trash the post and start fresh. If you choose to edit the “Hello World” post, there are helpful instructions to help you publish your first post. So, if you are a first time blogger, your best choice is to follow the “Hello World” instructions.

Step 7: After you’ve made the necessary changes to your post, you are now ready to publish! Publishing your post is the easiest and most exciting part of blogging. All you have to is click “Update” (if you edited the “Hello World” post) or click “Publish” (if you deleted “Hello World” and started your own post. Once you are published you did! You’ve successfully created your own blog! Congratulations!!!! Now you are just waiting for people to read and comment on your blog.

Starting your blog and publishing your first post is only the beginning. You can add photos, videos, polls, audio, and whatever else you wish. Your blog is your own to express your thoughts and feelings about anything from your favorite food to the cure for cancer. The possibilities are endless! Only you can decide what to do with your blog from this point forward.

The Hamish Macbeth Series

by sgo12


When I was browsing for books on one of my library rendezvous, I came across this mystery book series called The Hamish Macbeth Series by MC Beaton. The Hamish Macbeth series follows a detective in Scottland as he figures out the murders of various people in his town and the surrounding areas.

I was drawn to this series because it has a main plot line, it feels like I’m watching a television mystery, like Columbo or a Scottish ‘Who Done It?’ The first book I read was called Death of a Gentle Lady. The overall story was very ironic, leading you to believe that Mrs. Gentle was a sweet old lady when she was really a sneaky old hag. Many of the books have a great emphasis on irony. I like irony as a recurring theme, it keeps my mind going.

One thing I found a little weird about the series is that they all begin with “Death of a.” For example, Death of a Gentle Lady, Death of a Maid, and Death of a Dreamer; it’s really weird and not to mention monotonous.

It’s not the greatest series, but it does relieve boredom and helps to pass the time on my daily commute. It’s an entertaining time filler.

My Favorite Book To Movie List: Part 2

by sgo12

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

First off, Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors; so I may be extremely biased with my preference in this post.

The book Angels and Demons is not my favorite Dan Brown book, but it is on my list because compared to the movie it is superbly on a higher level. The movie is really boring and it drags through. I’ve never EVER seen a movie that is more boring the book. Needless to say, I was disgusted with the movie.

When I was reading the book, I was hooked from page one. My favorite part of the book was when Robert Langdon got trapped in the Vatican library.  I could almost feel the air being sucked out of my lungs. I was completely engulfed in the whole idea and I needed to know how Robert was going to escape. I actually needed Robert to escape. And, boy, was my adrenaline pumping.

However, the same scene in the movie was awful. I didn’t feel the least bit enthralled and it was a bit generic. There wasn’t  much suspense in the scene at all. What does a person have to do to get a great thriller?

But I do have to admit, that the anti-matter explosion was depicted very well in both the movie and the book. It was almost exactly the same as the book’s anti-matter explosion.

The clip was vivid and it was, in my opinion, the only scene that really reflected the Dan Brown’s writing.

The Existentialist by C.F.

by sgo12

The best word I could use to describe myself is ‘introvert’. I am constantly wrapped up in my head, getting lost in my own thoughts. It is for this reason, that I feel so close to Mersault; the introverted protagonist in Albert Camus novel, A Happy Death.

My first encounter with Albert Camus was during in my Modern Fiction class senior year of high school. While reading The Stranger, I realized I have never had a more personal connection with a piece of literature. It was a very strange, yet comforting experience. In my recent quest to begin reading more avidly, I decided to reunite with my dear Camus. Sifting through all the titles, there was one book that was rather short and had a very peculiar title: A Happy Death. I turned the book over, and read the back. It was the first novel written by the French existentialist. This, I thought, is where I should begin.

The novel follows Patrice Mersault, a gentleman leading a very lonely life. Even when he is among people or in an intimate relationship, he is still alone; trapped in his mind. The narrative is told through his stream of consciousness as he strives to find peace after murdering a man.

There is something about this novel that I so closely identified with; it is very special to me. Camus’ genius illustration of this man’s thought process truly puts the reader in his head, creating a window to his soul. In this hectic world, our ultimate goal is to be happy. Mersault, unfortunately, seems to only find this happiness in death.

My Favorite Book to Movie List: Part 1

by sgo12

Many of my posts have been about books that have been turned into movies so, I decided to do a series of my favorite book to movies. The list goes in ascending order (LOWEST VALUE TO HIGHEST VALUE), one at a time, meaning that the last one on the list would be my absolute favorite 🙂

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Book: Honestly, I didn’t like the books much. The language was a bit dry. I know that Lewis intended the books for a younger audience, I just couldn’t get into the story-telling approach.


ONCE there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. ( Ok, I know that it’s a story about something that happened. Isn’t that what a story is?)

“We’ve fallen on our feet and no mistake,” said Peter. “This is going to be perfectly splendid. That old chap will let us do anything we like.”
“I think he’s an old dear,” said Susan.
“Oh, come off it!” said Edmund, who was tired and pretending not to be tired, which always made him bad-tempered. “Don’t go on talking like that.” ( “Oh no, I think I hate too much character dialogue!” said Shaina.)

The Movie: Great. The graphics were awesome. The language was crisp. I almost couldn’t believe that it was based on the book that I dragged through. I loved the actors portrayal of Susan, Edmund and Lucy.


Enough said.  Book 😦    Movie 🙂

A Series of Very Fortunate Events

by sgo12

I fell in love with reading in the fifth grade. I remember it like it was yesterday, the year was 2003 and the teacher who made it happen was Ms. Jimenez. She got me into the Lemony Snicket books.

The Beginning of My Love Affair With Reading

I loved A Series of Unfortunate Events. The stories were so captivating and grotesquely entertaining. I enjoyed the misery of the poor Baudelaire orphans. I was completely taken by the fact that nobody ever figured out that it was Count Olaf disguised in all those ridiculous costumes. I remember I used to stay up late to read and I used to get in trouble for reading in class.Those books were great. This series also began my addiction with book/movie comparisons.

(Side note: this was definitely one of the top 5 on my book to movie list.)