Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review: The Power of Six




So what can I say about The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore?  Well,  it was not as good as I am Number Four which was actually a great book.

In the Power of Six we are again following the story of John Smith or Number Four after he has left Paradise, Ohio along with his friend Sam and Number Six.  They are wounded and on the run.  It's what to be expected considering the ending of the previous book.  And while we follow them around as they wander around the U.S. we are introduced to Seven, who is also called Marina.

Marina lives in an orphanage with her Cepan, Adelina.  Adelina has abandoned her duites to train and teach Marina and has essentially become a nun.  So Marina is left to her own devices to discover her legacies for herself.

I really enjoyed the "idea" behind the story since I really like I am Number Four but I really felt that The Power of Six was lacking in the story telling area.  Things were never really serious and the battles in the story could almost be overlooked even though that it what the story is mainly about.  When describing these scenes Pittacus Lore (James Frey) was obviously rushed to finish the story.  It seemed like he was trying so hard to create cool stuff that was going on he forgot how to tell the story.  When reading through it I felt as if someone was telling me about these battles in a very boring monotone voice.  There was no excitement.  There could have been a lot more.

There was also an attempt at a love triangle that failed.  It didn't seem worth the effort to add it in.  John was supposed to be in love with Sarah and now he wants Six and Sam also wants Six who wants John and Sam.  It's too complicated.  I know that they are teenagers in the story but, come on, enough with the raging hormones, there are two planets that need saving and it can't get done if all our main characters are worried about is if they'll have a girlfriend or not.

Oh and a slight spoiler, we also get to briefly meet, Nine and Ten.  That's right... I said Ten.  Even though there were only supposed to be Nine there is a Tenth Lorien walking on earth.

The next book in the series The Rise of Nine is due out in August.  I'll have to check it out and hopefully we will see the return of great story telling to make it worth continuing on.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Only Wear Make-Up on Sundays

It's totally and completely true.  Unless I have some sort of special event during the week I only wear make-up on Sundays.  I may even wear make-up on Fridays if I am going into the office with Michael, but that doesn't always happen.  I have to confess that most of the pictures you will see of me on my blog or on facebook are sans make-up.

Sure there are days that I feel washed out and think that maybe I should put some on but for the most part I like how my skin looks and have no problem leaving my house without any on.  The other reason you will most likely see me without is because that I spend most of the day with MJ and he doesn't care if I wear make-up or not.  That, and I am pretty lazy about it.  I feel no reason to put in the effort in for make-up if I'm going to spend the majority of my day running after my 3 year old, running errands and cleaning and dropping off and picking up Sidda from school.  But on Sundays I am out of the house all day and see so many people that I feel it would be appropriate to finally after a week without to put on some make-up.

So here are a couple of pictures for comparison.

No Make-up

Make-up, don't mind the green tinge, my case for  my phone does that sometimes

Make-up and Sidda!

Make-up

No Make-up

All these pictures have been taken in the last month or two.  I don't see a hug difference between make-up or no but I when I do wear it I don't put on a ton either.  So there it is.  I'm too lazy to put on make-up during the week.  Maybe I'll start to put in some kind of effort so I don't slip into a wearing-pjs-everywhere-I-go-and-it-all-started-because-I-never-wore-make-up kind of person.