Review – Rick and morty season 3 episode 3

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Review by: wrackon

Rick and Morty season 3 episode 3 “Pickle Rick” is one I have been anticipating for a while. The concept of Rick turning into a pickle and having to make his way back home struck me as a very intriguing concept. In this episode, Rick turns himself into a pickle in order to get out of having to go to family therapy. When Morty discovers a timer on a needle that appears to be the serum that turns Rick back into a human he tries to play it off as something unrelated. Beth then takes the needle, puts it in her purse and leaves to go to the family therapy with Summer and Morty. Right after they leave, a cat comes into the garage, knocking Rick into the driveway. After this, heavy rain starts pouring and carries Rick into the sewers. There he manages to kill a cockroach and uses its brain control its limbs. Using the cockroach he builds a trap that decapitates a rat and attaches its limbs to his body giving him arms and legs. From there he fights through all the sewer rats and manages to escape the sewer unscathed only to find out he escaped into an armed facility. When the guards don’t let him escape, he kills them one by one until the head of the facility decides to let a mercenary named “Jaguar” out of his cell to kill Rick. After a shootout between Jaguar and Rick takes place and it appears that Rick won, the head of the facility calls in a escape helicopter only to find that it is piloted by Jaguar with Rick in the back. Rick then takes a puff of a cigarette and flicks it onto the ground that is covered in kerosene with a fuse that leads back to explosives blowing up the building. Jaguar and Rick part ways as Rick flies the helicopter to the therapy session where his family is and barges in in the middle of their conversation about Rick. After the therapy session with a spot on analysis on the family’s problems Beth gives Rick the anti-pickle serum and the episode ends shortly after.

Overview:

This episode I think is one of the best yet. It has a very interesting concept and was a funny episode all throughout. It was cool getting to watch Rick go through the process of finding his way to attach limbs to his pickle body and to escape the sewers and the armed guards to make it back to Beth and to get the anti-pickle Serum. Overall this was a cool idea for an episode with many comedic moments and is easily my favorite of the season so far. This episode is one that I have long awaited and it did not disappoint.

Rating: 9.3/10

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Now I Rise (Book Review)

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Review by: apiazza4

This review contains spoilers for And I Darken by Kiersten White

Lada Dracul is the rightful owner of the Wallachian throne, but when she fails to obtain it she is determined to get back what’s hers. With the help of some of her soldiers, Lada goes to other leaders and proposes an alliance. When she is denied and sent an assassin she starts burning their cities. Sending her such a minor assassin means they don’t see her as a real threat, so she is insulted.

As a woman, Lada is trying to prove that she can do more than just be a wife. When she crosses paths with Hunyadi, an old colleague, and his men, they team up and she quickly puts him in his place. He is a powerful war general in the Ottoman empire, so a strategic ally, but sometimes he thinks he knows better than Lada.

Radu, Lada’s brother, is back home in the Ottoman empire with his wife. He works in the navy, building ships for Sultan Mehmed’s fleet. Currently, the Sultan is trying to take Constantinople and Radu was put in charge of secretly building an indestructible navy. Radu has also hired traveling architect, Urbana, to build him the best cannons in the land that could knock down any city. They need to keep this work secret because one of Mehmed’s advisors isn’t extremely trustworthy and could be working with the enemy.

Mehmed then recruits Radu for an even more dangerous mission. He must travel to Constantinople and pretend he has turned on the Sultan so that Mehmed has an agent on the inside. Radu has information he can tell Constantine that will gain his trust. It becomes harder to carry out his mission because by living there he realizes these are just innocent people and he doesn’t want to hurt them after all.
Radu and Lada are trying to do what’s right and sometimes they don’t know what that is. They learn the true meaning of family and friendship as they battle lies, betrayal, and heartbreak.

I like Now I Rise by Kiersten White because it was intense and interesting. I recommend this book because it was a great tale of fighting for what you believe in and never giving up.

Lifeblood (Book Review)

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Review by: apiazza4

This review contains spoilers for Firstlife by Gena Showalter.

As Tenley “Ten” Lockwood’s Firstlife ended, she chose her realm in the Everlife. This decision, though, has many consequences as the war between Myriad and Troika continues. One of these is that the love of her life, Killian, is Myriadian, which means they can’t even touch each other without getting hurt.

Ten is a Conduit, which means she absorbs the sunlight and directs it to Troika. They need sunlight because it acts as a fuel for their bodies. There are only two Conduits currently in existence and the other one is in hiding so Ten’s role is even more important for Troika’s survival. Myriad realizes this, so they are doing everything they can to get to Ten, mostly by using Killian against her.

Another weapon they use against her is Penumbra, a disease capable of draining Troikans of Light. They placed it into two humans and there is a chance for it to be spread to more. Ten is the only one who can cure them but with all the fighting it is extremely difficult to reach them.

With no end in sight for the war and Ten’s life constantly in danger she realizes that everyone isn’t who they appear to be and that nowhere is safe anymore. A big battle breaks out in Troika and a lot of innocent people die. Ten really wants this war to be over and she will do anything to stop it.

I liked Lifeblood by Gena Showalter because it was suspenseful and I couldn’t stop reading. I recommend this book because it was very different and well written.

Book Review of Keeper of the Lost Cities

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review by mcr1220

Keeper of the Lost Cities is the first book in a series that is still being written.  The series is written by Shannon Messenger.

The book starts off with Sophie in a high school class in the real world.  She is only twelve years old.  She then runs into Fitz who tells her that she is not really a human – she is an elf.  Elves are not like the ones you would think of from Santa’s workshop or Lord of the Rings.  These Elves have special powers, or abilities.  Sophie has the abilities to read minds and a photographic memory, which is the reason why she is so smart in the human world.  During her time in the Elves land she starts to go to schools, and makes friends like Brianna and Dex.  She also learns that there are other species not just Elves.

This book was a lot of fun to read.  I really enjoy long books and this book was 512 pages! A bit longer than I normally read but I love longer books.

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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Review by: apiazza4

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan is the first book in The Trials of Apollo series. In this book, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus by his father Zeus, king of the gods, for starting the war with Gaea, the Greek earth goddess. He is turned into a 16-year-old mortal boy with none of his godly powers. Without Apollo (the god of poetry, healing, prophecy, and other things) up in Olympus, the oracles go silent. Oracles tell prophecies, the prediction of what is to come. Apollo meets a street girl in New York named Meg and it turns out she is a demigod, half-human, half-god.

Meg has a goddess mother and a mysterious step-father who has some big plans that become clear in the end. Meg’s real father was killed by “The Beast” when she was young. Apollo and Meg go on an adventure together to reclaim the stolen oracles and find the missing campers from Camp Half-Blood.

I liked the unexpected twists and the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. I also liked that it was told from the point of view of Apollo, so you knew what he thought about the different events in the story. I would recommend this book because it is full of adventure and suspense, so you will never want to put it down.

Warriors: My full Review (Including Into the Wild)

Review by: 3344marigold

Hello reader! I am going to try to review ALL of the Warriors series, so please be patient as I go through each one. Beware, you can get hooked fast with these…

Vocabulary needed for understanding:

Kit – kitten

Queen – she-cats expecting or nursing kits

She-cat – female cat

Elder – elderly cat that has retired from being a warrior

Twoleg – humans (us)

Kittypet – housecat owned by twolegs

Loner/rogue – cat that is not in a clan, but is not a kittypet either

Thunderpath – human road

Intro:

Written by Erin Hunter, the Warriors books are a series that follow the lives and adventures of wild cats. They live in clans – groups of cats that have the same skills, and follow the warrior code. The warrior code is what makes a cat a true warrior.

The code includes (This isn’t all):
Being loyal to your clan above all things.
Hunting for your clan’s kits, queens, and elders first.
Not leaving a kit in danger, even is it is from another clan.
Not killing other cats in battle.

The clans include Thunderclan, Windclan, Riverclan, and Shadowclan. These names reflect upon the lifestyles of each group, (for example, Windclan’s territory is on an open field where is it windy). The stories mainly revolve around Thunderclan as the main characters. Although the clans hunt and fight for their own, they meet at a “sacred” place called fortrees (where there are four trees) every full moon to exchange news and share peace. The clans are united under Starclan, their ancestors home and belief of where they go when they die. Starclan is in charge of guiding the living clans, and sending them warnings and prophecies. The clans face many dangers, including other clans, loners/rouges, kittypets, twolegs, thunderpaths, animals such as foxes, badgers and large birds, sickness, starvation, and any other challenges you would face when living in the wild.

Into the Wild:

Spoilers for Into The Wild, book one of the Warriors series beyond this point:

The first book in the Warriors series is called Into the Wild. A young kittypet named Rusty has always dreamed of going into the woods and doing something other than eating the hard, brown, tasteless nibblets that his owners give him to eat. One day, he jumps his fence and goes into the forest. Another cat attacks him… but than releases him, introducing himself as Graypaw, a Thunderclan apprentice. Graypaw leads his clanmates to Rusty, and they take him back to the Thunderclan camp. Thunderclan’s leader, Bluestar, has heard of a prophecy, Fire alone can save our clan. She believes that Rusty, with the pelt color of flames, is the fire that can save the clan from a mysterious threat. Rusty, although with some grudges from the Thunderclan warriors, is accepted into the clan with the name of Firepaw. His mentor is Bluestar. Firepaw has to earn the respect and trust of his clanmates, he was, after all, a former kittypet. And according to the warrior code, “A warrior rejects the soft life of a kittypet.”

Firepaw trains as a Thunderclan warrior, along with Graypaw and Ravenpaw, his closest friends, and Dustpaw and Sandpaw, Firepaw’s rivals who despise him because of his kittypet roots. Ravenpaw is in danger though, because he witnessed his mentor, Tigerclaw, killing the clan deputy to get his power. (Not to spoil anything, but Tigerclaw is a real MURDERER). Tigerclaw might harm Ravenpaw so that he doesn’t tell what he did to the deputy.

Since Tigerclaw is evil, he plans an attack on his own clan. Spottedleaf, the medicine cat, is ruthlessly murdered by another one of Tigerclaw’s allies. Now the clan was without a medicine cat, someone who knows about healing wounds, herbs, sicknesses, and injuries. Plus they interpret messages from Starclan.

One day when Firepaw is out on a hunting assignment, he comes across a loner on Thunderclan territory. Firepaw fights her, and ends up winning only because she is so weak and helpless. Firepaw is overcome by sympathy and compassion, tells her to wait there, and a few minutes later returns with some fresh-kill and gives it to her to eat. This sparks a bond between these two that will last forever, even when they are both in Starclan. The cat’s name is Yellowfang, and she is a former Shadowclan cat who was exiled. (Want to know why? Read Yellowfang’s Secret.) She also used to be a medicine cat, and after gaining respect from Thunderclan with heroics and loyalty, takes Spottedleaf’s place as the medicine cat of Thunderclan.

Ravenpaw is still in danger from Tigerclaw, so Firepaw and Graypaw help him escape to a barn, where a friendly cat named Barley lives. They told Tigerclaw and the rest of the clan that Ravenpaw had died.

Having completed their training to be Thunderclan Warriors, Firepaw and Graypaw, along with Dustpaw and Sandpaw, earn their warrior names. (Fireheart, Graystripe, Dustpelt, and Sandstorm). That night, they are to keep vigil in silence in the camp clearing.

Keep a lookout for my next review of the Warriors book  ………………..  Fire and Ice!

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles Review

Review by: shipperprincess52

Stars- 3.5/5

Summary- It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.
X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future.

Thoughts-The  Edge of Everything was amazing. I couldn’t put it down, especially when X was around. X was my favorite character, just because he was so clueless about the human world. It made me laugh and cry, he was just so cute. Then there was Zoe, I liked her enough, but she just didn’t hook me the same way as X or even Jonah, Zoe’s younger brother. When Zoe and X were together though, I loved her, the way she talked to X, and everything about their relationship. I really liked the book and I’m really excited for the next one.
Age- 13+