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Dauntless, by Dina L. Sleiman ~ An Illustrated Review

Hello, everyone!

This is my official book review for Dina Sleiman’s new book Dauntless. So, if you want to read it first (Though I will not put any spoilers), I suggest you do so now.

This book was exciting from the start. I instantly fell in love with the writing-style and the topic. Though I’m not a big fan of Robin Hood (because of the confusing writing), I was skeptical when beginning. My mistake. Dauntless’s style was spunky, to the point, and modern… while also having traditional Robin Hood dialogue.

The story was so well-plotted, I couldn’t put it down! This is basically how my afternoons were spent:bookcomic

Another thing I have to mention was the characters. The development in the characters was something to look at and say, “MAH GOODNESS, THAT’S JUST PERFECT!” And in all honestly, that statement is true. It was so well-done, I fell in love with Timothy Grey almost instantly. He was so full of ambition and love for Merry (the lady), it made me swoon (and frankly, very jealous…). Merry, on the other hand, was my role-model as a young lady the moment she was seen in the book (page 1, if you were wondering). She was so independent, and smart, and pretty, and epic, and strong, and kind, and so forth. I was like, “I WANNA BE HER!” Though I must admit, I wanted to slap her sometimes. But that’s all a part of the story….it'sallpartofthestoryBy the end of the book, I was all like:

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For real, I devoured this book.

So this book deserves a wonderful…

drum roll, please…

5 RIBBONS!!! I WANT TO SEE THIS BOOK AS A MOVIE SOMEDAY.5RIBBONS

Thank you to the publisher, Bethany House, for the opportunity to review this book! 😀

Peace out,

~#1Kid

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Life on the Couch

Hello, people! WELCOME to Road2Gold.

SOOOO, as you can see, I’ve been, well, absent for the past few weeks. Yeah, it stinks. I know.

brain-bandaidThe reason for my absence is because of a concussion that occurred the week of my last post here. It’s been crazy boring and I really wanted to a ton of stuff this summer but, unfortunately, the brain comes first.

Here’s how it all went down:

Swim swim swim swim swim. Ten minutes straight of just swim. No break or anything like that. Gr. I mean, what am I supposed to think about? Sing a song? Yeah, that sounds nice. Hm? Which song should I sing? Well there’s- wait! Flipturn. Anyway, a song. Right. How about Chopin’s “Nocturne Op.9 No.2”? No, too slow. Oh, I do like “Mein Gott”! No, that’s waaaay too fast for a distance swim. Why is this so complicated?

Tap tap tap. Darn. Someone passed me. I was trying to stay ahead of them too. I guess my mind drifted off to a nearby restaurant. Now I just have to get ahead again.

Success! I’m in the lead again! The amazing, victorious, amazing, wowerful, ME! Wait! Flipturn.

That was a good flipturn. But my timing was a bit off and I should probably speed it up a little bit. This next one I’ll get it, if I remember. Continue.

Okay, I’m at the wall. Now speed it up, flip, push off really hard, and…

Bonk! What the heck did I just hit? And agh! My head kills! What just happened? I clutched the top of my head as everybody started telling me what happened.

“You just rammed into her!”

Oh, the person I had just passed collided with me? Weird. Okay, it doesn’t hurt as much anymore, but it still hurts. Just keep swimming. The ten minutes are about over now.

I was fine for another five minutes when we started doing some serious sets. I felt dizzy, nauseous, and a bit shaken. I got out of the pool and sat there for the rest of practice.

The next morning, I saw a doctor. Yep, a concussion. My balance, reflexes, and my head was wildly messed up.  Even my stomach was all wacky!Couch

Then all I did was sit there on my couch, bored… very, very, very bored. Luckily, I found some cool stuff to do like audiobooks, chillin’ with the cats, friendship bracelets, knitting, and napping. I found talking on the phone fun as well, but I think people got tired of me calling them so much. Oops. Also, the entire time I had to wear dark sunglasses to keep

Me being cool with my shades on the couch.

Me being cool with my shades on the couch.

the sun out of my eyes. I felt pretty “cool”.

So how I am I doing now? Meh, I’m okay.  I’m definitely getting better, still experiencing headaches when there’s loud noises or bright lights, stuff like that.

But the life on the couch wasn’t exactly exciting. As I had mentioned before, I was going to states in swimming this summer, as well as a training camp… Obviously, I couldn’t go to those… or could I? Yes, I did go to states, not the camp.

I’ll see y’all later with some insight on the individual state championships with a concussion! 🙂

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Art of the Goat and the Cat

Hello, welcome to Road2Gold!

Today, I’m going to talk about the arts. My family has always been pretty artistic. My mom writes, my bro and I play instruments, I draw.

Here’s what I do to get an idea for a work of art: Listen to music, let my imagination go free, and boom… art.

There are many forms of artistic talents out there. There’s music, literature, painting/drawing, dance, and a whole lot more!

So, what do I do for art? Let me show you…

Here’s what I wrote in English class the other day:

Billy and Friskies, Chris and Joe

                “Get back here you goat!” Farmer Joe yelled.

Billy Goat was running as fast as he could from Joe. He had a dream to become president of the United States. The day he would become president, he’d lock Joe in jail.

“Stupid goat,” Joe muttered to himself. “I’ll get you!”

Billy ran into the town square in D.C. He saw an orange cat with stripes. “Good day,” He bleated.

The cat cocked her head. “Meow?” She purred. “Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow.”

Billy gave up speaking to the cat for he didn’t understand meow. “Bleat bleat.” Billy continued running until he felt something on his back, the cat!

“Meow meow!” The cat said. “MEEEOW!

Billy and the cat turned to the post office. They tripped a guy with a bag and almost hit a mailbox.

“Stop him!” Joe cried. He had followed Billy all the way to the post office. “The goat, get him!”

The guy with the bag grabbed Joe’s leg, trying to get up. But Joe just fell down.

“What are you doing, fool?” Joe lectured the guy. “My goat is running away from me!”

“Help me up first and I’ll help you find your goat and my cat!” The guy said. After Joe had helped him up, he introduced himself as Chris Hanbag.

“I’m Joe. I live on a farm in Pennsylvania. How my goat ran to Washington D.C., I don’t know.”

Chris and Joe tried tracking the two animals. They asked the city’s people. All they said was they saw them going towards the White House.

“Oh no!” said Chris. “What are they going to do now? That cat’s curious. She’ll climb Mount Everest!”

“Bleat! (It’s the White House)” Billy exclaimed. “Bl- Bleat! (I’m going to become President!”

“Meow meow! (I’ll be your Vice!)” The cat said. “Meow meow purr Friskies! (My name is Friskies!)”

A week later, Billy and Friskies ruled the United States for eight years. They locked Joe in jail and appointed Chris for U.S. Senator of Virginia.

THE END

There you have it! A work of art!

Another type of arm I enjoy is, as some of you may already know, drawing!

Here is one of my recent drawings:

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Another type of “Canvas Art”, as I call it, is using computers. Back in the summer, I wrote a post about using PhotoShop to make my pals from the neighborhood the Superfriends. Well, I’ve gotten a bit better using PhotoShop since then as you can see. (The one in the top left is the original picture.)

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The musical part of the arts is another one of my favorites. I play the piano and my little bro plays the electric guitar. We sound quite well together.

In the end, anything you create is art. Whether it’s drawing, composing, choreographing, it’s still art.

What types of art do you enjoy?

#1kid

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Land of the Mouse

Hello, hello! Welcome back to Road2Gold!

This past week my family and I took a trip to Orlando, Florida! Land of the Mouse!

The first thing we did was head to Epcot in Disney world. We stayed there walking around the countries and flying to Mars and back. (I guess space travel makes Mom and Dad a bit queasy.) My favorite part was Japan. (If you don’t know, I have always wanted to go to Japan. I had a whole post on it.)

Japan’s area at Epcot had the country’s arts. Anime and everything! It was so awesome!

We had dinner in Morocco and had dessert in Italia! Go Gelato!

The fireworks are really amazing! If you ever go, you always stay until closing.

The next day we went to LegoLand! Where nearly everything is made of Legos! There were roller coasters, fly-cycles, boats, cars, and horses, made of Legos! It was so cool! I even got a caricature done of me swimming!

On Tuesday, we took a trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s. We watched a whole special effects sequence of Indiana Jones, took a tour through the effects behind war sequences and the factories behind dress making. It was all very interesting.  My favorite part was Star Tours, the Star Wars ride. It felt like you were really in hyperspace and flying through the galaxy!

Also at Hollywood Studios, we learned how to draw Daisy Duck, met the amazing Mickey Mouse, and greeted our friends Wreck-it-Ralph and Vanellope Von Shweetz!

Our hotel was awesome! I mean really, how many times do you get to stay at a hotel with a water slide! The staff set up a giant screen and we watched a movie in the pool!

My fat cat got even FATTER and he still woke us up for food. It seems that is all he ever wants!

Have you ever been to Orlando? What did you do there? Was it fun?

See you next time!

#1kid

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Book Worm

Hey, peeps! Welcome back to Road2Gold!

Sorry about that crazy long wait… Academics, sports, and stuff like that have been keeping me from blogging.

Okay so I’ve been reading A LOT lately. Cuddling with my cat and my Nook on my giant leather chair we call The Chair of Wisdom.  I’ve never really discovered how much I like romance novels until this year. And paranormal romance has also caught my attention this past summer.

In June, I read Howl’s Moving Castle. I really was hoping it would be like the stellar animated movie but no… man…

During the Awesome Trip, I read the Talisman series by Brenda Pandos. It’s a part of the Vampire Genre, which I really don’t like, but this was EXCEPTIONAL! I cried, laughed, giggled, and I would not stop talking about it with my family. You can imagine my brother’s annoyance on our vacation.

The next book I read was a Supernatural YA Romance. OH MY GOSH! It was the best book EVER! The book is called Halflings by Heather Burch. It is about half angel half human beings protecting a teenage girl in Missouri. If you like romance novels, you will LOVE the Halflings series!

The second book in the Halflings series is Guardian. It just came out and I snatched a copy instantly. The third and final book is called Avenger. It’s not out yet! AAAAH! March 27th Avenger comes out! When will that date come?

What kind of books do you like to read? What is your favorite book or book series?

I’ll see you next time, peeps!

#1kid

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The Awesome Trip

Hello! Welcome to Road2Gold!

Sorry about the loooong wait. I’ve been on vacation for a while and let me tell ya… awesome.

Beach sunrise

We went to North Myrtle Beach. The waves were perfect and boogie boarding was great! We rented a condo, which we named Excalibur for a bit of a magical experience…even though there wasn’t a stone in sight. But when you’re within walking distance of the beach, who cares!

There was one not-so-awesome problem, though … Storm Isaac. Luckily, the storm just missed us. But it still rained…and rained…and rained. But we didn’t let that stop us from going into the water!

Another awesome thing we did was go to Charleston for a bit!Horse and Carrige

Charleston had perfect weather! No rain! We walked around a bit, ate lunch, rode around in a horse and carriage, and a whole lot more — Like old plantations and stuff.

Another really awesome thing we did was Gettysburg, PA. Now, I didn’t really know that much about the Civil War so I was like “huh?” I mean, I knew Gettysburg PAwho Lincoln was and about the Gettysburg Address, but not much about the civil war. I learned SO much on the Gettysburg trip, starting the school season with the Civil War will be cake! Well, not really. There is always much more to learn about, but I think get the “gist” of it, plus more.

For me, the best part of Gettysburg was relating to what I knew. I had read a story once about a certain battle. It didn’t mean much to me then. But standing in the place it happened in made it come to life for me.

On Little Round Top, a part of the battlefield that was crucial for the outcome of the war, Col. Joshua Chamberlain held more than 3 charges from the Confederate soldiers while being nearly out of ammunition. Chamberlain knew he had to hold down at all costs, so he and his men flipped their bayonets and charged. The Confederates assumed the other side had20th Maine Monument on Little Round Top reinforcements and surrendered. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a 34-yearold school teacher in Maine, became a general a few years later. Seeing where he charged and seeing the 20th Maine Monument was awesome.

When we got home, the fat cat got fatter and the milk went bad… bleh… I did NOT drink it, thank goodness!

See ya later!

#1kid

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A Trip to the U.S. Capital

Some of you may know that this year is the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary. So, to celebrate, the Girl Scouts hosted the world’s largest sing-a-long in Washington D.C. on the National Mall last weekend.

Girls from all around the world came to enjoy the Girl Scouts anniversary and “Rock the Mall.”

Everybody did this thing called SWAPs. Basically what you do is you make a bunch of silly pins and trade with other girls. It seems odd, but it is really cool when you have a bunch of pins on your bag or shirt from Pennsylvania and West Virginia and Florida and North Carolina and South Dakota and- well you get the point. 

Everybody didn’t spend their entire day melting in the blazing hot sun on the Mall.  People went to museums and went to memorials. I went a few myself like the Art museum and the American history museum. We also went to say hi to Tom Jefferson and sup to Abe.

The nine hour bus-drive was absolutely AWESOME! I met a few new friends and we talked and talked about things that had no meaning whatsoever.

We went to the zoo, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, National Museum of Art, National American History Museum, World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, and I think that’s it.

In my opinion, the best thing about this trip was my friends. Making new friends, chatting and talking with them, getting to know them, and so on.

Make new friends, but keep the old. One ins silver and the others gold.

A ring is round, it has no end. That’s how long I want to be your friend

Back at home, the fat cat seemed to get larger and they both were a bit skittish, but I think they missed us.

#1kid

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Road 2 the Road

Hello, my friends. Welcome to my Road2Gold!

Who thinks they have a busy life? You’re not the only one.

Unlike my cats, I tend to be everywhere in one day!

I’m a busy girl. I CURRENTLY do tennis (or golf in the summer), swimming, karate, dance, piano, Girl Scouts, and of course- school! Not always in 1 day, of course, but it does make for a busy week.

My life is also filled with friends, hobbies like drawing and reading, and now I can add blogging to that list.

So, I guess you can say I’m always doing something. Or always on the road.

Won’t you join me on my road 2 gold?

And tell me: How busy are you?

 

#1kid

 

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