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Musicals & Book Reviews


I read a book yesterday, (Yes, I did finish the entire novel in one day, this is normal, don’t panic.) and I realized that I hadn’t posted in a long while.

This past week I was in a community production of the Broadway Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. It was a blast, and I loved every moment of it! The musical had many wonderfully quotable lines, but my personal favorite quote from the production is this:

“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Just GO.”    – The Fairy God Mother

By the way, the original Broadway music is on Spotify, so be sure to check it out if you’d like!

The rest of this post will be dedicated to book reviews and/or suggestions, so hopefully I don’t ramble too much.

The first review is on a series called The Menagerie, which I absolutely loved. It’s a Junior Fiction Novel, full of exciting turns, and fantastical beasts. I recommended it to my younger brother (aged 10), and he is enjoying it as much, if not more than I did. Here’s a blurb for those of you who are interested:

Logan Wilde recently moved to Xanadu, Wyoming and is having a hard time making friends when one day, he walks into his bedroom only to find his pets terrified, a golden lion tail sticking out from under his bed and a sound he’s never heard before in his life. “SQUUUOOOOOORP,”

I read another book this past week or so entitled Beauty and The Clockwork Beast. A Steampunk, Proper Romance, Vampire, Werewolf novel. You might think that all of that at once might clash really badly, but it actually came together fine. I however, did not love it because I do not like heavy romance novels and this book had much more romance than I would have liked. Luckily, the mystery, my love of Steampunk, and the excitement kept me reading to the well written ending.

Lucy Pickett is a capable, sophisticated, botanist, who has worked hard to earn her place in the world. When her cousin marries into the Blackwell family and falls ill under unusual circumstances, Lucy goes to investigate and care for her cousin. But how can she possibly investigate her cousin’s illness with an angry ghost visiting her and when she seems to be falling for the Lord of the Manor himself?

The third book that I read the week was The Naturals book 1. I liked the idea for the story and I liked the characters, but even though I read it through to the end, I could never say that I enjoyed the book because it was far to gruesome and disturbing. My stomach churns at the thought of it actually. If it had been written without the pages with the serial killers very thoughts as they are murdering someone, I probably would have liked even that better. So I suggest, that if you wish to keep your mind clear and clean of these immensely bloody images and disturbingly dark thoughts that you don’t read it. Ever.

The book that I mentioned at the beginning of this post was, in contrast to the last one, absolutely delightful. Cinder & Ella is sweet, heartbreaking (In a good way), funny, exciting, a little nerdy, and absolutely wonderful. I fell in love with the characters as soon as I met them, and it’s easy to get so lost in this story that it feels like it really happened. You can connect with the main character, Ella, and easily get sucked into her world. Honestly one of the best books I have ever read.

Ellamara Rodriguez is a total book nerd. She has her own blog where she reviews books, movies and the like. Her best friend, other than her mom of course, is her blog fan Cinder458. It’s her birthday/blogaversary and she and her mom are going on a ski trip to celebrate when a semi-truck swerves and hits them. Ellamara wakes up in the hospital from a coma, her mom is dead, she’s covered in burn scars, and her life will never be the same again.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope the reviews were helpful and the little blurbs were enjoyable. I will make sure to keep blogging as often as I can. Until next post.

– The Actress & The Bookworm

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2 Replies to “Musicals & Book Reviews”

  1. It always confuses me a bit when I hear that some people don’t ever read a whole novel in one day, since I do that all the time. Or that some people can go months without reading any books.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. In my English class at the school this year 95% of the kids in the class hated reading. Muggles.

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