A House like a Lotus

I finished listening to A House like a Lotus by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the third book of the Polly O’Keefe book series. There are four books in the book series. I already the fourth one which was tagged on the A Wrinkle in Time book series.

Warning: there is a sex scene, a misunderstanding, and a sexual assault.

In this book, Polly O’Keefe’s uncle introduces her to a good friend of his named Maximiliana Horne. Max becomes a teacher for Polly. She goes over to her house to talk and learn about all kinds of topics. Max introduces Polly to an doctor intern who specializes in a rare disease. He is trying to find a cure for it. She later figures out that Max has this rare disease and is dying. Polly’s brother and cousin hears rumors about Max being lesbian. Max ends up telling Polly that it was true. Then Ursula, Max’s partner, asks Polly to stay the night with Max. To sooth the pain she feels, Max drinks. She gets really drunk. She stands up and moves toward Polly and Polly flees out of the house. (I think this is misunderstanding. I don’t think it was seduction. She got all the rumors in her head and thought the worst of Max.) Polly panics and gets a cut on her foot and a guy tries to get Polly to have sex with him. Then she does have sex with the doctor intern.

Max had planned Polly to go to Greece to help out at a conference before the drunken misunderstanding happened.  So she goes to Greece and meets a guy named Zachery Grey. (I don’t like him.) Then at the conference she meets some really nice people who teach her what true friendship and love is which leads her to forgive Max for the misunderstanding that had occurred.

I loved this book. I’m sad that this is the last book and there won’t be anymore because  Madeleine died. She really was a great author. Now I’m listening to 14th Colony by Steve Berry.

Dragons in the Waters

I finished Dragons in the Waters by  Madeleine L’Engle. It is the second book of the Polly O’Keefe book series. There are three books in the book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Polly, her brother Charles, and her father are going on a boat ride to Port of Dragons in Venezula. They met a boy named Simon Renier and his “Cousin” Forsyth Phair who are going to Caracas to deliver an important painting to a museum.  When Simon tries to board the ship he almost gets killed, but Polly saves him. Simon almost gets killed again later on, but one of the ship’s staff saves him. Then Simon’s “cousin” gets killed on the ship. They find out later that the cousin was a con man and the real Forsyth Phair died a few months back. The con man was trying to kill Simon. In the end, the murderer was caught and Simon finds peace on Dragonlake.

I loved this book. I will be getting the third Polly book. I’m reading next N0S4A2 by Joe Hill. Yes, there is a tv show based on the book. I will be watching it while reading the book.

The Arm of the Starfish

I finished reading The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the first book of the Polly O’Keefe book series. There are three books in the book series.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, a boy named Adam is given an opportunity to work for Dr. O’Keefe (Cavin who married Meg) at his lab in Portugal.  While traveling there, he meets a girl named Kali. She tells Adam that Dr. O’Keefe is no good. This makes him very confused about who is telling the truth. He later is put in charge of Poly O’Keefe who is  12 years old. But he loses her and she is kidnapped by Kali’s father who wants O’Keefe’s work and sell it to China.  Adam does find Poly again. Everything ends up being clear when he does work for Dr. O’Keefe.

I did like this book. I just got the second book in the O’Keefe book series, but I have to read a book I had recommended to Overdrive first since it became available first. It is Moon of Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.

An Acceptable Time

I finished listening to An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s labeled as the fifth book of the Time Quintet book series (A Wrinkle in Time book series), but I think it should be the last book of the O’Keefe book series.

Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, Meg’s daughter Polly is taking some time of from school to stay with her grandparents. She had met a guy when she went on class trip to Athens. His name is Zachary Grey. He shows up at her grandparents house wanting to see her again. They see a strange man near one of the trees, but the man doesn’t say anything to them and then the man disappears. Then Polly meets a strange girl. The man and girl are part of the past of 3,000 years ago. Zachary tells Polly that his heart is bad and he is dying. Then they both go back into the past. Zachary is so focused on getting his heart fixed that he does something so terrible that ruins their friendship. Zachary and Polly do come back to the present.

Even though I didn’t like Zachary, I loved the book. I will be reading the O’Keefe book series soon. Now I’m reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

A Slightly Tilting Planet

I finished listening to A Slightly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the third book of the Time Quinet book series. (I skipped the second book, but I might go back to listen to it.)

Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Meg is older (around 24 or 25 years old) and she’s married to Calvin. She’s also pregnant. Charles Wallace is older too. He’s 15 years old. Their father gets a phone call from the president about a mad man is calling for a nuclear war. Calvin’s mother tells Charles Wallace needs to remember a rune and to save everyone. Charles Wallace thinks he can’t do on his own. He meets a unicorn (so cool. I love unicorns) who takes him back in time to find out who the mad man is (I was wrong about who he is. I was thinking it was Mrs. O’Keefe’s brother. It wasn’t). He changes the past to stop the nuclear war from happening.

I loved, loved this book. It’s an awesome book. Now I’m listening to Mary Poppins Comes Back by Pamela Lyndon Travers. It is the second book of the Mary Poppins book series.

A Wrinkle in Time (movie)

I watched A Wrinkle in Time. There is a book that the movie is based on by Madeleine L’Engle which I finished listening to. I watched it on Netflix. It has Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Zach Galifianakis, and Michael Peña in it.

Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

Quick Summary: There is a girl named Meg whose her father went missing. Her father is a scientist. Meg, her brother Charles Wallace , and a boy named Calvin go on a wild journey to find Meg’s father.

Here is the differences between the book and movie:
1. There was no wall and storm when they go to the dark planet in the book.
2. Calvin doesn’t fall off when flying in the book.
3. They meet the red eye man in a room not a beach in the book.
4. They meet two other guys in the book before going to the Central Central Intelligence.
5. They see Meg’s father in a cell in the book.
6. Meg’s father take her out of the room with It. They land on another planet and she’s frozen in the book.
7. Meg’s father doesn’t see Meg at first in the book. In the movie, they see each other.
8. The creatures on the other planet help Meg unfreeze in the book.
9. The three W’s tell Meg that she has to go back to save her brother in the book. In the movie, when her father tries to take her away from It, she doesn’t leave.

Even though there were some differences, it is a good movie and I did like it. Next Monday I’m watching Snow White: A Tale of Terror. I will also be watching Dark Places once I finish the book.

A Wrinkle in Time

I finished listening to A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. It is the first book in the Time Quintet book series.

In this book, a girl named Meg who is very bright (gifted) gets ridiculed in school because her father had gone missing. Her father is a scientist. He is sent on mission wherehe gets lost in space. Meg’s little brother is different too. He had met some interesting people. Meg and her brother go meet this interesting people one day. While going there, they meet up with Calvin (a boy who is different too.). Those interesting people tell them they can find Meg and her brother’s father. So they take a wild journey through time and space. They end up finding her fatheron a dark planet. Her brother gets sucked into the brain of the planet. Meg saves her brother.

I loved this book. I have the third book of the book series on hold. I’m reading next Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.

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