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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Monument 14 (Momument 14)

Monument 14  - Emmy Laybourne “Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.”Catchy isn’t it? Then I find out that the protagonist is a guy, plus this is a dystopian novel. Score! Unfortunately that’s all the excitement this book got from me. Monument 14 is about a group of kids, they were riding a bus on the way to school on a day they thought would be as typical and ordinary as any of the days in their lives. Suddenly a monstrous hailstorm comes crashing down and a very traumatic accident befalls these kids. Thankfully, one elder rescues them and leads them into a superstore where they find refuge until things get better outside. The elder goes off to find help and leaves the big kids in charge of the little ones. And they spend a number of days in that store… like the remaining pages of the book itself. It was a frustrating wait for me.I got to say the pacing of the plot is a little inconsistent. First we have a quick settlement of the disastrous event and then I see a constant recurring scene of cooking, eating, sleeping, cleaning and whatever other things that I don’t find relevant enough to be repeated annoyingly more than four times or so. Then we get some splash of crazy human reactions on chemical gasses spreading around, [insert recurring cooking, eating, sleeping, cleaning], also a spark of scary adults here and there [back to cooking, eating, sleeping, cleaning]. I was grateful for the surprise events in between but I feel it wasn’t enough to balance out the boring cooking, sleeping, cleaning parts (I’m saying that again ‘coz I was really annoyed about it). Don’t even get me started on those characters. Ugh! Dean was supposed to be the protagonist but he seemed more of just a supporting character if you look at Niko (not sure of the spelling of his name, I forgot already) and Alex, Dean’s brother. They seem more significant than Dean. Everyone else just irritates me, even Josie. And also, Jake, I am not interested in finding out what names you gave to Astrid’s boobs! Sorry, everything here was just such a big mess and as much as I know they were going through a lot, I couldn’t empathize with them. The immaturity of a lot of them (yeah, I know they’re just kids but still I feel like if I were in the same situation, I’d try to grow some back bone!) and the constant whining and melodrama just gets in the way. Now what do I think of the ending? I felt like the huge amount of “household chores” scenes was just a way to prolong the number of pages in this book so that they can make a second book out of it. I stuck through the book because I thought things were going to get better only to find myself a lot more disgruntled than satisfied by the end. *Thank you, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and NetGalley for the copy of Monument 14.For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/