The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Synopsis:

the-scorch-trialsSolving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

My Review:

You can read my review of book #1, The Maze Runner, here.

After reading The Maze Runner, I was extremely anxious to start The Scorch Trials and continue this amazing story, however, I was very disappointed with book #2.

For one, there were several mild curse words thrown in, in addition to the crude talking that was present in the first book. There were also several kissing scenes that were not grossly detailed, but they were NOT “I love you so I’m going to kiss you” type kisses, they were out of vengeance and anger, so that was a little odd. But the main cause for my disappointment would be the violence, which was awfully close to horror.

Zombie like creatures make an appearance, horrible deaths occur in gruesome detail, and the storyline seemed to falter further into the book as the author seemed to put all of his focus into the gore rather than perfecting the story.

Dashner is an incredible writer though, and I was in awe at the power he had over his readers because of his effective wording and imagination. I just wish he wouldn’t have focused so much on the violence in this particular series.

But, because of the above stated, I am only going to rate The Scorch Trails 3 stars out of 5 and hope that The Death Cure (book 3) will be more like The Maze Runner instead of this one.

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When I Grow Up I Want to be…A Veterinarian! by WIGU

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

wigu-veterinarianSofia wants to care for all the animals in the world. But Mom does not think Sofia is ready for the responsibility of even one pet. Ready or not, when a hungry and sick-looking cat appears at the family’s back doorstep, Sofia takes action. When Sofia is found feeding the cat, Mom gives in and agrees that a trip to the vet will tell them if the cat is healthy and not someone’s lost pet. As the veterinarian introduces Sofia and readers to the important and wide-ranging work of animal doctors, Sofia learns how she might help all kinds of animals, including a little stray cat!


Many children who love animals often find themselves desiring to be a Vet. This book is for those kids to point them in the right direction and give them some more info on what exactly that means.

I have mixed emotions about this book. It is very informative about the different types of veterinarians and I loved all of the animals facts that were found throughout the story. Even the personal story of Sophia is a nice touch, but I found that story to be very poorly written. The sentences just didn’t flow right and I didn’t care for how the mother of story was portrayed as a mother who “always said no and meant it!”. For kids this age, their parents should not be described negatively because that broods into disrespect.

Sophia had a pouty attitude throughout the story and though the mother finally explained why Sophia could not have a pet do to the responsibility one requires, it was done harshly and a little late. The mother should have explained this to her daughter in the beginning.

Had the above been the only thing I disliked, I would have still given this book 4 stars, but, in the facts about describing dogs, this book portrays its evolutionary belief; saying that the dog evolved from the wolf some thirty-million years ago. I, being a firm Creationist, obviously disagree to the dates and therefore take another star away from the book due to my beliefs.

This gives the final rating to be 3 out of 5 stars and though I do not recommend it for its entirety, it does have excellent facts about being a vet and children can learn from it in certain areas.

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