Book Reviews

First Days by C.L. Stone

My Edition: Kindle (hopefully an actual book someday.)

Pages: 280

Series: The Academy: Ghost Bird #2

Rating: 5 Cute boys stars

Review: School has started. Sang has her schedule and which classes the boys will be in with her.

  • Homeroom (North, Luke)
  • AP English (Kota, Luke, Gabriel)
  • AP Geometry (Nathan, North)
  • Violin (Mr. Blackbourne)
  • AP World History (Victor, North)
  • Lunch (All except for Blackbourne,Green)
  • AP Biology (Silas)
  • Japanese (Green, Victor)
  • Gym (Gabriel, Nathan)

Sang and the guys are just trying to settle into the school. The problem is the Friday Fall. It is a messed up tradition on the first Friday of the school year a bunch of students throw a kid off the second floor. Only this year they are targeting one of the Academy boys. Who is going over??

We are starting to see more personality from the boys. They are all different yet they seem to fit and work together perfectly. Sang is also trying to hide from her mom that she is hanging out with the guys while protecting the guys from her mom. All we know at this point is that Sang’s mom is abusive and she is also very sick. She takes a lot of medication. Marie (Sang’s older sister) is starting to sneak out too. She goes to see a girl named Danielle which the boys don’t like.

Danielle is just really a mean girl and Marie just wants to fit in with her. Now I don’t like Marie. She is just to self centered for me to like. Her and Danielle are like that and I don’t like them.

At this time I am leaning more for Silas as my favorite. It is hard to choose which one is my favorite. It changes with books but my top are normal Silas, North, and Mr. Blackbourne. Now on my book boyfriends list they all share a line together. Because like I said they are hard to choose from and I don’t really have a favorite.


Book Reviews

The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

My edition: Library book ISBN: 9780316200608

Pages: 417

Series: No Stand Alone

Rating: 3.5 sorcery stars

Review: A witch is one who can do or seems to do strange things, beyond the known power of art and ordinary nature, by virtue of a confederacy with evil spirits.

Ah. The Salem Witch Trials, a very horrific time in American history. Fourteen women, five men and two dogs were executed for witchcraft. When I first read that all I could think of is what in the hell did the dogs ever do to you??? I learned some new things that I didn’t know before and had to look up to make sure they were true. Dorcas (Dorothy) Good was the youngest at age 5. Five!!! These people were nuts.

I’ve always been kind of a history nut. I have this strange fascination with the what a human could do and the how it has effected history. My favorite two subjects are History and Psychology. I love that I am still learning new facts every day. My main love with psychology is that we never know what a human being is really capable of doing. I mean look at WWII or as this book is about the Salem Witch Trials. Why am I telling you this? Because this book had these two subjects collide.


It’s strange how this all started with just two well mannered girls suddenly throwing fits. How this escalated was amazing and incredibly terrifying. This went on for a period of nine months. At the end innocent lives had been taken. An old man was crushed to death and the rest were hung. None had been burned at the stake.

The writing I have to say blew me away. There were points that I thought the author seemed to babble on but the writing was superb. I understand why she babbled on. I mean she had to give backstory to certain things but I just found myself only wanting to know what was going on during the trials and hearings. An example of this is her talking of how the children grew up always being told to prepare for the end of times, or the death of a parent. The way Schiff seemed to word a fact sounded better than most.

Ex: Instead of just saying that the Salem Witch Trials is studied many times through American History she put “It crackles,flickers, and jolts its way through American History and literature.”

There were also few pictures put in with facts under them. (Inner child happy dance)

One of the best items I read in this book was a foot note on page 123. It quoted our beloved J.K. Rowling.

It seemed as if Schiff went through all three acts of the Witch Trials. The beginning which started with the girls throwing the fits and the start of the hearings. The second act of which came trials and executions and then finally the aftermath of what had happened.

The evidence that was amounted against these “witches” is just remarkable and incredibly stupid.

Ex: One “witch”, Martha Carrier, had been accused of being a witch for forty years. The fact was she was 38 didn’t come up.

Another amazing fact was none of the confessed witches were hung. Only those who said they were innocent and did not confess.

If you’re doing a history report on Salem, I recommend this. If you are like me and a history nut, I recommend this. If you don’t like narratives throughout history and don’t like to read about said history, I don’t recommend this.

Not what the book is about but I find it ironic that Puritans left England to get away from religious prosecution and be free to worship God in their own way but look highly down on the Quakers. Reason I mention this is because a few times it was noted the Puritans thought very unlikely of the Quakers.

On another note, page 284 a question was asked. “If you could save your life by admitting that you flew through the air on a pole, wouldn’t you?”

My answer to that question: No. Why would I confess to a crime I am not guilty of committing? Even if I were to die I know I would die an innocent woman. Points I would use to help my case. Tell the truth and shame the Devil. I am telling the truth. If they still to see me as a witch then they would. At the pearly gates it wouldn’t be a sin I was judged for.