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Chelsea Russell's Blog

I grew up with a love of the written word. Writing is an art just like any other creative endeavor. Unlike painting with pastels, my words are my medium.

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The Passage
Justin Cronin
The Golem and the Jinni
Helene Wecker
Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God's Everything
Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Jenna Woginrich
The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré


Pure - Julianna Baggott This timeless dystopian tale was brutally honest. There were times when my heart was broken into a million pieces. Pressia’s bravery and hope made her a very enjoyable heroine. She just picked herself up and kept right on going despite all the wretchedness she encountered. All of the characters were interesting in their own way and I enjoyed trying to deduce whether they were friend or foe.

I was kept guessing throughout the entirety of this book, which was refreshing. I feel as though so many plots are way too predicable nowadays. I thought I had the twist figured out in the beginning, but I dismissed my original idea. Ironically enough, my guess ended up being correct.

Julianna Baggot effortlessly manages to introduce a slew of controversial themes into her story. I was impressed by her portrayal of domestic violence, genetic engineering and the woes inherent in big government. Her use of imagery was spectacular. In fact, there were several times when I wished I wasn’t able to images the scenes quite so vividly.

This book is epic in so many ways :). If you haven’t already read it, then make sure and add it to your to-read list!