<![CDATA[STACI   ROCKET - Blog]]>Sat, 12 Mar 2016 07:12:48 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Cesar's Way]]>Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:54:36 GMThttp://stacirocket.weebly.com/blog/cesars-way
When it comes to nonfiction- I am more picky than fiction. I have had a love for dogs since I was young. The fact that I haven't had the opportunity to have a dog since I've been married has been hard.  However, when I feel sad about it I realize how hectic my life is now with two young kids. I remind myself I should wait till they are a little older. Onto the review!

I did enjoy this book. It was an easy read, and I read it in two days. I could practically hear Cesar's voice as I read. There were a LOT of reflections in this book. You really get to know him and his journey from adolescence to adulthood.  I felt like the description for this particular book of his was a little misleading though. "Understanding and correcting common dog problems" turned out to be something more like "understanding dog problems". He really did get far into the dog psychology aspect, and why dogs in the USA are so messed up. It kind of irritated me by the end about how many times he dropped that USA dog owners make such a mess of the dog's life. However, he does explain the behaviors we create quite effectively, so you get to understand why he states it so bluntly.

The one drawback was that he didn't really go into how to correct problematic behaviors. He hammers the Exercise, Discipline, then Affection motto repeatedly. However, he doesn't go into "if your dog does _____, do this_____". (Which is what I was hoping for.) There were PLENTY of interesting things learned from this novel. It is definitely worth the time. Like did you know:
  • Walks are more than just an opportunity for waste elimination and exercise for Fido? 
  • Letting your dog run around in the backyard is not a retreat- just simply a bigger kennel?
  • After adopting a dog, Cesar recommends not giving affection for TWO WEEKS?

I learned a lot, including how we as humans are so empathetic to all living creatures that we superimpose ourselves onto our pets. Met a depressed dog lately? More than likely his owner is depressed...

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<![CDATA[DIVERGENT]]>Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:30:24 GMThttp://stacirocket.weebly.com/blog/divergent
Yes, Yes. I know, I know. I am super slow since this book came out eons ago. Let's jump in.

Divergent, first novel by Veronica Roth, has taken the U.S. by storm. (It seems like right now we are reaching the end of Super Hero Movies, and entering into the world of post apocalyptic teen novels. If you've ever written an apocalyptic book, 12 months ago would have been the perfect time to reach out to a literary agent.) Divergent is a truly unique story and point of view, unless you read Hunger Games first. 

From page one I did not enjoy Roth's name choices. Beatrice? Four? But the unnecessarily weird names don't stop there. It feels as though Roth read the Hunger Games and thought: "I can do better... or just different enough that HG fans will want to read it". Here are my points to that:

1, The world is set up in the post apocalyptic world of the United States (I know it's vague).
2. The population is divided into subgroups that don't fraternize with  different groups. 
3. Beatrice (a teen girl) must bridge the gap between all the groups except Erudite in order to overthrow them.
4. She has a really hot/attractive/adventurous co star that really shouldn't express any interest in her less than thrilling thoughts. ( I LOVE Katniss- but you got to admit she goes back and forth, back and forth a lot. It's amazing anything gets done for her outside of the arena.)

Anyway, you get my drift. continuing on with the overwhelming name choices, Beatrice has to choose between the different groups: Erudite (knowledge), Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), and Dauntless (brave/hellians). My first true annoyance that I had a hard time getting over (because it puzzled me to the end of the book) was these clique names. (Ab-negate, Ab-ga-tion, Abned- how the heck are you supposed to pronounce that? Is there a pronunciation guide in the back?) It felt like the  author decided which 5 ideals she wanted the groups to idolize and then did a synonym check for the most SAT appropriate words she could find. Remember your audience is teens? They don't like to feel stupid. And as a side note, the adults who are reading the teen book for an 'easy read' don't like feeling stupid either. Adults don't appreciate having to flip back from your book to a dictionary to make sure they understand what group 'Tris' is talking about. 

So, the population is divided into these 5 groups. When you come of a certain age (by the way, is Caleb her twin? All it ever states is that he's her brother. But if he is taking the test at the same time, wouldn't he have to be the same age?), you must take a test that will tell you which group you are most compatible with. But don't worry, if you don't like which group it tells you to go to, you can choose for yourself. Wait... wait... wait. You take a test to determine your group. But the next day you can just decide to choose whichever group you want? What's the point of the "test" then? Oh, it's to tell you if you're divergent or not. Hm. 

Okay, so you take the test, then go home and can't talk to anyone about the results. Why? Since the rules are Faction over Family, shouldn't you be able to explain your choice to your parent? Or talk it over? Say goodbye? At the next day's ceremony  you get to choose which group to go with. (Wouldn't everyone pick Dauntless?) If you choose a different faction you immediately go sit with them. 

So, Beatrice chooses Dauntless and the adventures start right away with climbing to the train... and jumping off the train... jumping off the roof... living underground... going through combat training... attempted murder... What's that? Go back to the combat training? Right.

So from the first depictions of Dauntless, they are rowdy, energetic, adventurous, BRAVE, reckless, athletic, and have no respect for authority. But then you find out that one of this faction's tasks is to be in the military and police. Are the adjectives above who you would want on your police force? That didn't make sense to me. 

Anyway, Tris manages to turn from a mousy girl into a rough-in-tumble warrior in no time thanks to her love interest, Four. He takes special interest in her from the beginning. She has some good ideas for the king of the hill game, and some bravery stepping in for Al during the knife throwing scene. About half way through the book I started to like her character. The ending proved to be exciting and thrilling. 

The last criticism I have is at the very end. She barely escaped death, her parents are gone, Four/Tobias has just been un-hypnotized, just hoped on a train with  Four's abusive dad and her brother Caleb shaking in the corner... and they do the logical thing... make out. 

All in all, Divergent was an okay read by the ending. I felt better once I researched Roth and read that she wrote this during college. I have no intention of reading this series further. I heard the second book has POV problems, and  third book ruins everything. So, read with caution :) I warned you...

P.S. Just as an additional note, I thought the movie was great and even purchased it! I might see Insurgent once someone I know buys it. 
<![CDATA[MYTH  II  SNEAK PEEK!]]>Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:36:32 GMThttp://stacirocket.weebly.com/blog/myth-ii-sneak-peek“Casen?” Charlie gasped, standing up and grabbing his arm to steady him.

“I’m okay,” he whispered, squatting down and plopping on the floor. “Really, I am,” he added, convincing no one, not even himself.

Charlie looked to Deacon for help. He quickly grabbed the phone receiver from the desk.

“Are there any medics in the building? Okay, send one to room S126. I have a downed agent.”

“Why do they make these hallways so confusing? Was it built by a paranoid person? I bet the blueprint looks like a maze.”

Deacon scoffed and Charlie witnessed a small smile on his face. A tiny bit of elation rose up in her chest. She made Deacon smile! A few minutes later he stopped at a set of double doors. He pulled out his key card and swiped it in a stationary reader off on the right wall. She could hear the deadbolts unlock, and he stepped forward to open the doors easily. Charlie wasn’t sure what she was expecting, maybe a couple of rooms for sick people. But when the doors opened it looked as though she had just walked into a hospital waiting room. Deacon strode straight up to the receptionist and asked where Casen was.

“He’s in recovery. Down this hall, left at the fork. Third door on the right.”

“Thanks,” Deacon nodded as he strode away.

Charlie was reminded that hospitals gave her the heeby jeebies as she looked around. Noticing Deacon leaving, she quickly ran to catch up to him. She followed in his footsteps as he navigated. She breathed lightly, you never knew what was floating in the air in these places. They came to the specified room and Deacon didn’t hesitate to swing the door wide open. It seemed like they walked past a dozen beds separated by only cloth dividers before reaching Casen’s.

“Casen?” she asked quietly, going to his side and taking his hand. His eyes didn’t open to her touch. “Why is he unconscious?” she asked fearfully.

"He's on some intense pain medications," Deacon informed her, checking Casen's chart on his bedside table. 

"Okay. I guess I'll stay till he gets up," she said, eyeing the room for a comfy spot to get comfortable.

"Here. Take his car," Deacon said, taking the keys out of the personal effects bin at the end of the bed. 

"No. No. I couldn't," Charlie said timidly.

Deacon grabbed her wrist and forced the keys into her palm. “I’m sure Dolen can come and take him home when he’s ready.”

“Who is Dolen?” she asked curiously, closing her fingers around the keys.

“His brother,” Deacon retorted. “Has he never mentioned him?”

Charlie shook her head again slowly. She looked back to Casen’s motionless face. How had she spent so much time with him and never knew he had a brother?

She laid her hand on his arm for a few moments before a nurse came and ushered them out. Deacon walked with Charlie out of the recovery room. Charlie’s mind was full of speculation as they drifted through the halls. He had never mentioned Dolen… or any family. Why hadn’t she asked him about this before? He never even showed her where he lived. What did she really know about this boy? Suddenly she was torn away from her thoughts by the sound of a familiar voice calling out her name. Her mouth fell open as she turned in shock at the sound of that voice again.

...TO  be  continued