Posted in Testing Recipes

RECIPE TESTING: Marshmallow Fondant

The first recipe I tried was for Jell-o marshmallow fondant from ‘instructables’ and it was terrible.  It was incredibly stiff, gritty and had a funny aftertaste.

I think that the recipe was fine, the instructions just failed to describe it in detailed steps which caused it to turn out all wrong.

BUT! I spent a few hours retrying this recipe over and over again until I got the perfect consistency.

Firstly, I chose to omit the Jell-o as an ingredient while trying to perfect this recipe because added ingredients can sometimes be the cause of a recipe not working out.

The recipe I have come up with is so simple and comes together flawlessly.

So let’s get into my fixed version of this fondant:

**This recipe will make a tennis ball sized amount as it was just a tester portion.

Double the recipe for enough for a small cake.

Quadruple for a medium cake, etc.**

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**Also note: You will need to refrigerate for 24 hours before use so make in advance!**

What you will need:

2/3 cup of Marshmallows

1 tbsp water

1/2 cup icing sugar + (a bowl of extra icing sugar for perfecting the texture.)

Shortening (for hands and counter to keep from sticking.)

**Optional** Vanilla

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The first thing you want to do is take your marshmallows and your water and microwave it for 30 seconds, at this point you can add some vanilla for extra flavouring

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Stir and microwave for another 15 seconds until melted completely.

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Next you will want to add in your icing sugar and mix well. Once it looks like you can pick it up, rub shortening on your hands and counter and grab your fondant, it will still be ‘gloopy’ at this point.

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Now mix it in your hands, adding icing sugar a little at a time.

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Once it becomes more manageable, you can start to knead it on the counter.

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Once it gets to point where you can stretch it 2-3 inches before it breaks, you are done.

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You will have to refrigerate this for 24 hours at this point.  Make a ball with the fondant and cover it with a layer of shortening before double wrapping it with plastic wrap.

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After 24 hours, when you are ready to use, just knead it well before using.

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Once you have softened it, you can roll it out and do what you want with it, for example I made some very simple “Paint” with icing sugar, water and food coloring. (Remember, icing paint should be thick, not runny. So there should be more icing sugar than water.)

Then I created some fondant leaves, painted them green and we are done!

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**This fondant will last up to a month in the fridge as well as it is tightly sealed.**

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 13-14

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 13-14:

Tris goes back to the training room to find that they will be learning something new today.

Eric is in a terrible mood and Tris suspects it’s because he lost the paintball war.

Tris really excels at this new training but her mouth get’s her in trouble with Eric. Four and Tris have a heated argument.

Tris thinks about how visiting day is tomorrow and she wonders if her parents will come. Tris goes shopping because her muscles have caused her to outgrow her clothing.

Peter, Drew and Molly go after Tris is an extremely embarrassing way. They are back to fighting each other again and Tris will be against Molly.

Tris kind of loses her mind and Four must calm her down.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 13-14**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 13:

Summary:

Tris walks into training to find they will be learning how to throw knives at targets.

Eric is in an extremely grumpy mood, he is stiff and hard.  He is yelling at them and is extremely impatient.

Tris studies how Four throws the knives and takes her time, practising before actually throwing the knife.

Peter remarks, “Hey, Stiff! Remember what a knife is?” (Roth. Pg. 159.)

Tris uses her anger and hits the target the next throw.  Peter misses again and Tris remarks, “Hey, Peter, remember what a target is?” (Roth. Pg.159.)

After half an hour, Al is the only initiate who hasn’t come close to hitting the target.

Eric is getting on Al’s case and when Al misses again, he tells him to stand at the target while Four throws knives at him, until he learns not to flinch.

Tris speaks up and basically calls Eric a coward for bullying the initiates. Eric makes Tris replace Al and she is trying not to show any fear.

Four reminds her, “If you flinch, Al takes your place. Understand?” (Roth. Pg. 163.) Four keeps goading her and stressing her out but she holds her own, on the last knife he cuts her ear just slightly.

Eric lets her off and is creepy saying that he should “keep [his] eye on [her.]” (Roth. Pg.164.)

Tris feels like he knows she’s Divergent and she is freaking out. Once every one but Four is out of the room Tris yells at Four for cutting her ear saying that he did it on purpose. He gets extremely close to her and says, “If I wanted to hurt you, don’t you think I would have already?” (Roth. Pg.165.)

With that he leaves before she even gets a chance to respond and she screams with a massive amount of frustration.

Favorite quotes from chapter thirteen:

When Tris sticks up for Al and tells Eric off, “Any idiot can stand in front of a target, it doesn’t prove anything except that you’re bullying us. Which, I recall, is a sign of cowardice.” (Roth. Pg. 163.)

Chapter 14: 

Summary:

This chapter starts out with Tris thinking about Visiting day which is happening the next day. She wonders if her parents will be there and if it will be harder for her if they show up or if they don’t.

Tris goes to have a shower and when she comes out, she realizes that her clothes no longer fit because she has gained so much muscle.

She walks to the room in a towel and Peter, Drew and Molly are there to taunt her. She grabs her dress and tries to leave but they block her.

They tease and taunt her while trying to rip the towel off of her saying, “Look at her, she’s practically a child.” (Roth. Pg. 169.)

As Tris races to the door, Peter rips the towel off of her, they burst into fits of laughter as she runs out of the dorm to the shower, clutching her dress to keep her covered.

Once in the bathroom, she sobs but quickly resolves herself, gets dressed and goes to get new clothes for training.

When she enters the training room, her friends all notice that she is stressed.

Tris sees that her last fight will be against Molly, she was hoping for Peter but concedes that Molly is good enough.

Tris gathers all the rage she has from this mornings incident and the last straw was when Molly stands in front of her before the fight starts and says, “‘Was that a birthmark I saw on your left butt cheek?’ she says, smirking. ‘God, you’re pale, Stiff.'” (Roth, Pg. 172.)

Tris lands the first punch against Molly and that is all she needs, her anger fuels her and when Molly goes down she keeps kicking, ruthlessly.

Tris has completely lost it and is filled with so much rage that she doesn’t notice that Molly isn’t fighting back anymore.

Four has to stop her, pull her away and tell her to stop.

The chapter ends with Tris thinking to herself, “I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did. I don’t.” (Roth, Pg.174.)

Favorite Quote from chapter fourteen:

When Tris loses her cool while fighting Molly and Four stops her, “I pull my foot back again, but Four’s hands clamp around my arms, and he pulls me away from her with irresistible force.

I breathe through gritted teeth, staring at Molly’s blood-covered face, the color deep and rich and beautiful in a way.

She groans, and I hear a gurgling in her throat, watch blood trickle from her lips.  ‘You won,’ Four mutters. “Stop.” (Roth. Pg. 174.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 13-14:

I loved these two chapters, we get to see Tris excel at knife throwing and see into how much she has changed since starting at Dauntless.

Stage one is coming to an end and she is really having a tough time keeping her mouth shut when it comes to Eric.

She has made great friends and big enemies.

Four is protecting her and helping her a lot throughout these two chapters, what is going on between these two?

Will her Parent’s show up?

Will she make it to stage two?

Cheers,

JMaxwell

Posted in Subscription Boxes

Subscription Box: August Ipsy unboxing: “Beauty Schooled”

I am so excited that my first Ipsy bag has arrived! Ipsy is a beauty based subscription service, (If you would like to know more about the company, I will leave the information and links at the bottom of this post.)

Let’s get into the unboxing,

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What I first see is this gorgeous hot pink envelope in the mail,  once opening I see this orange and white makeup bag which is so vivid and colorful. I am in love!  The next is the “Beauty Schooled” card with a special chance to win some extra “swag” and one of the most exciting, a sample of Urban Decay’s Perversion.

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There were five things in this month’s bag plus the makeup bag.

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This dry shampoo is amazing, thankfully I woke up to this being in the mail and hadn’t showered yet so I could try it right away. The dry shampoo soaks up oil extremely well and lasts all day long.  Very impressed!

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Next is this lip balm, I absolutely love the smell of this product, it is in the flavour: ‘Mandarin green orange ginger.’ It is all natural, non-gmo and is very smooth to apply.

 

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Next up is the eyeshadow,  I actually love this color for an added shimmer or a highlight for my brow-bone, it is in the color: ‘FSE 110 Half-Naked.” Another bonus is that the shadow lifts up to reveal a little applicator and a small mirror.  So cool!

 

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Next up is pores no more by dr. brandt. I didn’t really like this, it isn’t terrible but it didn’t really have any effect on me. So it may work well for some and not others.  It comes out in a light beige color but when blended into the skin, it is clear.  One thing I will say is that it is very smooth and easy to apply.

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Last but certainly not least, my favorite product in this month’s bag,  Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara sample. It is rather small, 3 ml’s worth but it is so amazing!  I absolutely love this mascara. Easy to apply, long wear and thick eyelashes without all the clumps.

I am so happy with August’s Ipsy bag with a love of 4 out of 5 products and an awesome makeup bag!

Cheers,

JMaxwell

** Ipsy is a beauty subscription box that is actually a bag that you get every month for $10/month, free shipping for the US and shipping to Canada costs $4.95.  I am in Canada so my bag comes to 14.95/month + tax.

You get 5 or more beauty items that are customized to you through their beauty quiz and you also get a new makeup bag each month.

You can also gain Ipsy points through referrals, reviewing the items you get on Ipsy’s website and more, you can use Ipsy points to get free products once you have accumulated enough.

You can access the website through my referral link here:  http://www.ipsy.com/r/ktoh   (if you want to help a girl out :P)

or

You can access it through the normal website,  www.ipsy.com  **

Posted in Blog Milestones

Celebrating my 50th post!

So as I type this and hit post, it will mark my 50th post to this blog.

I am in shock. This has been such a crazy journey, I can’t believe that I have come this far into this blog and how much I enjoy it.

I started this blog because I needed one to post school assignments on for my Journalism course. I used it very rarely for a long while because it was strictly for school but then one day, I thought why not just use this blog to get my thoughts out there. I loved the website url and I just jumped into it.

It was one of the best decisions that I have made.

This blog gives me a purpose and a reason to be the best that I can be.  I am so touched and appreciative that you all take the time out of your busy day to read my posts and send me touching emails about how I inspire you.

Seriously, every email I read makes me so happy, waking up to a full inbox is both stressful and amazing! Keep your emails coming, make suggestions, give me your thoughts, I love it all.

YOU are the reason why I love writing  on this blog, you all keep me motivated and you make me strive to bring you better content, more often.

So thank you for keeping me motivated, strong and keep me typing away at this keyboard.

Top five favorite posts I have written so far:

Number 1: https://contemplateandcommunicate.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/avoiding-copyright-infringement/

This was my very first post to Contemplate and Communicate. It was my first blog assignment for school and I went all out with the topic of copyright infringement.  It was a very small assignment and I remember that I did really well on it.  It was so much fun to plan and create this post.  This is the start of me wanting to continue this blog.

Number 2: https://contemplateandcommunicate.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/in-loving-memory/

I wrote in loving memory at a time where two people in my loved ones lives had passed away.  On my mom’s side of the family and on my boyfriend’s side of the family.

I was inspired to write it because I have always dealt with the loss of people close to me in an internal way and most of the time it is perceived as not caring.

I wrote this to not only get my own feelings out but to also give comfort and to memorialize those we have lost.

Number 3: https://contemplateandcommunicate.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/super-excited-first-byline-and-summer-plans/

This one was one of my favorites because it was announcing that two of my articles were published in my school’s newspaper and a digital copy that I could share with you all on the website.

It was one of my proud accomplishments that I am so glad I could document. It was also the end of first year, now that I am headed back for 2nd year soon. I feel like first year went by so quick.

Number 4: https://contemplateandcommunicate.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/coming-soon-book-thoughts/

This one is one of my favorites because I love books.  Seriously. I read like it’s my full-time job and I have spent countless sleepless nights because I have been reading an awesome book.  I thought of doing book reviews because I always talk my boyfriends ear off about intricate details of a book he hasn’t read.

So I figured, why not create a category on my blog where I review 2 chapters at a time, with a non-spoiler section and a full-detail section so every one can read along but do it at their own pace.

You guys really seemed to like it, so keep your email requests for the next book to review coming 🙂

Number 5: https://contemplateandcommunicate.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/rambling-with-jmaxwell-when-it-rains-it-pours-and-how-i-dry-off/

My rambling with JMaxwell section is becoming my new love.  I started off writing as a young child by just writing everything down that I thought of, some of my old notebooks have paragraphs that cover three or four different topics with no conclusions.

I am a huge fan of free thinking and free-writing.  I only like brainstorming big topics or topics that need researching otherwise, I just type away and hope it comes out right.

I am still in shock that this is my 50th post!

Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so supportive!

You are all awesome!

Cheers,

JMaxwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 11-12

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 11-12:

When Tris wakes up after her escape from the hospital, she is extremely sore and disoriented.

All of the Dauntless initiates are going on a field trip and she is running late.

Christina is extremely supportive and helpful for Tris.

Peter continues to be his normal, cruel self.

Tris sees an old friend.

Molly and Tris get into a little fight.

Tris begins to get suspicious of some things that are happening.

Tris and Four have a cute moment.

Later that night as Tris is trying to get some rest, Eric, Four and some other Dauntless wake them all up for another field trip but this time in the dark.

This time it is a game of sorts and they will be split in teams, half with Four and half with Eric. The winning team gets bragging rights.

The two teams split up and it is an all out battle.

Tris and Four have some more cute moments.

At the end, Tris heads home with some Dauntless born-initiates having some fun along the way.

Tris muses about her potential life in Dauntless.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 11-12**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11: Old friends and fences

Summary:

Tris wakes up after sneaking out of the hospital and she is very sore and disoriented.

Christina wakes her and tells her to get ready fast because they are going on a Dauntless field trip.

Tris is running extremely late so Christina runs to get breakfast while Tris gets ready.

Tris looks in the mirror and can’t believe what she looks like, covered in bruises, cuts and scraps. She doesn’t recognize herself.

Christina returns and hands Tris a muffin and ties her shoes without being asked because Tris is too sore to bend over.

Tris muses that there is Abnegation in every one and that they just aren’t aware of it.

They run to the train and Al helps Tris up onto the train like a child, Tris is grateful and slightly annoyed because it makes her look weak in front of every one.

Peter makes a comment, “‘Feeling okay there?’ Peter says, giving me a look of mock sympathy-his lips turned down, his arched eyebrows pulled in. ‘or are you a little Stiff?'” (Roth, Pg. 121.)

After Peter and his friends start to laugh, Tris’ friends jump to her defence, “‘We are all awed by your incredible wit,’ says Will. ‘Yeah, are you sure you don’t belong in Erudite, Peter?’ Christina adds. ‘I hear they don’t object to sissies.'” (Roth. Pg. 121.)

Christina and Tris talk about whats beyond the fence and Amity farms and what danger could possibly be out there.  Christina jokingly says, “Monsters.” (Roth. Pg. 122.)

They have to get off the train now, right near the fence.

Tris feels safe with her friends because she knows they will protect her if Peter tries anything.

Four tells them all that if they don’t rank in the top five they will most likely end up guarding the fence.  Four also tells them when asked that he ranked number 1 when he was an initiate but chose not to be a Dauntless leader, instead he works in the control room when not training initiates.

The main jobs of Dauntless are guarding the fence, working in the compound control room, tattoo shop or making weapons, or being a Dauntless leader.

The gate opens to let an Amity truck in which is when Tris hears her former name. It’s her old Abnegation friend, Robert.

Molly hears her real name and says, “‘Beatrice?’ demands a nasal voice next to me. Molly folds her arms and laughs. ‘Is that your real name, Stiff?’ I glance at her. ‘What did you think Tris was short for?'” (Roth. Pg. 127.)

After Molly leaves, Robert continues to tell Tris that her family would probably allow her to go back to Abnegation and Tris becomes annoyed with him, “‘What makes you think I want to go home?’ I ask, my cheeks hot. ‘You think I can’t handle this, or something?'” (Roth. Pg. 127.)

The Amity truck is done being inspected and Robert must leave, they wave good-bye and Tris notices that they lock the fence from the outside instead of the inside.

This leaves her wondering why, “I bite my lip. Why would they lock the gate from the outside and not the inside? It almost seems like they don’t want to keep something out; they want to keep us in.” (Roth. Pg. 128.)

She quickly pushes it from her mind as Four walks up to her and gives her trouble for breaking the rules. (You aren’t suppose to talk to people from a faction that is not yours.)

The chapter ends with a short conversation between Four and Tris about how she can win fights showing that Four has a weakness for helping Tris,

Four: “‘You’re fast. If you can get a few good hits in before they know what’s going on, you could win.'”

Tris: “‘I’m surprised you know that,’ I say quietly, ‘since you left halfway through my one and only fight.'”

Four: “‘It wasn’t something I wanted to watch,’ he says.” (Roth. Pg. 129.)

Which leaves Tris wondering what that is supposed to mean.

Favorite quotes from chapter eleven:

A short conversation with Molly that really shows Tris’ attitude,

“‘Beatrice?’ demands a nasal voice next to me. Molly folds her arms and laughs. ‘Is that your real name, Stiff?’ I glance at her. ‘What did you think Tris was short for?'” (Roth. Pg. 127.)

 

 

Chapter 12: Paintball war

Summary:

It has been two days since Tris’ fight with Peter and her bruises are still vivid purple.

She is trying to get to sleep and thinking about how she beat Myra today because she got a good punch in right off the bat but that she can’t rejoice because Myra is weak and can’t punch.

Eric, Four and the other Dauntless come bursting into their room, waking them up and telling them they have five minutes to be ready and on the train. They are going on another Dauntless field trip but this time at night.

They learn once they are on the train that they will be playing a paintball capture the flag game. They will be split into two groups and each team has a flag to hide. First team to find the other’s flag wins and gets bragging rights.

Eric takes all the strong, built initiates whereas Four takes all the fast ones. Tris thinks that Four is using that edge to his advantage even though Eric assumes Four is trying to use them to blame if they lose.

All of Tris’ friends are on her team with Four except for Al who looks visibly upset by this fact.

Fours team gets off the train first and get right down to business.

They end up in an abandoned amusement park and decide to hide their flag by the carousel.

Tris muses about how being Dauntless means trading in your comfort for self-sufficiency.

Four rallies them all together and reminds them that having a quick mind is the most important skill to being in Dauntless, “What good is a prepared body if you have a scattered mind?” (Roth. Pg.139.)

They all begin to argue about what to do, none of them can agree which cues Tris to leave the group and think of her own strategy.

Tris decides the best course of action is to find where the other team is by climbing high. She sneaks quietly away to climb the ferris wheel for a better vantage point.

As Tris starts to climb she thinks, “My heart starts to pump faster. Will I really risk my life for this- to win a game the Dauntless like to play?” (Roth. Pg. 141.)

She climbs the ladder when Four calls her name in a low voice.  He begins to climb with her and while they do so, he asks, “What do you think learning strategy has to do with…bravery?”  Tris responds with, “It…it prepares you to act…you learn strategy so you can use it.” (Roth. Pg. 144.)

At this moment, Tris notices that Four is having a tough time and asks if he is okay. He retorts with asking if she is human and as they get to the top, Tris realizes that he is afraid of heights. She asks him how he makes it through the Dauntless compound and he tells her, “I ignore my fear, when  I make decisions I pretend it doesn’t exist.” (Roth. Pg. 145.)

Tris decides they aren’t high enough and continues to climb up the spokes of the ferris wheel, she knows that one mistake will mean she dies.

She finally gets high enough and sees where the flag is at the pier. They start to climb down but one of the bars snap and Tris is left dangling in the air. She can’t get down and she is slipping.

She calls for Four’s help and he tells her to hang on while he climbs down.

After a few terrifying minutes, she hears creaking and she starts to move, she is picking up speed and she knows she must jump off at the right moment or she will be pulled under and killed.

When she can make out the cracks in the sidewalk, she jumps and rolls out-of-the-way just before a car hits her, she is scraped and cut but okay.

Four helps her up and they laugh while having a little moment and Tris thinks about how she wants to be closer to him.

They return to the rest of the group to find some have left. An older dauntless girl tries to scold them for turning on the ferris wheel but Four shuts her down by saying, “While the rest of you were twiddling your thumbs, Tris climbed the ferris wheel to look for the other team.” (Roth. Pg. 151-152.)

Tris notices that people are looking at her as if she is a different person and even though she feels like she should shrug it off, she comes up with a plan she can’t resist vocalizing.

They approach the pier and the paintball war begins, Christina and Tris are dodging paint-balls and then they see the flag in a tree.

“The flag hangs from a tree branch high above my head. I reach for it and so does Christina. ‘Come on Tris,’ she says. ‘You’re already the hero of the day. And you know you can’t reach it anyway.'” (Roth. Pg.153.)

Christina gives her a patronizing look that makes Tris feel like a child who is trying to hard to be an adult and then Christina snatches the flag and gives a whoop of victory.

Tris thinks, “Maybe she’s right, I’ve already proved myself today. I do not want to be greedy; I do not want to be like Eric, terrified of other people’s strength.” (Roth. Pg. 154.)

As they all celebrate winning and banter back and forth, Al complains about being on the losing team. They all tease him a bit in light-hearted fun.

Tris meets Uriah and Marlene on the train who are Dauntless-born. They are impressed with her intelligence and bravery.

Uriah is playing with a paintball when the train jerks causing him to squirt paint in Tris’ face.

They are giggling and spraying paint on each other, laughing so hard it hurts.

The chapter ends with Tris musing about how much fun she is having as she gets more comfortable with dauntless, “If my entire life is like this, loud laughter and bold action and the kind of exhaustion you feel after a hard but satisfying day, I will be content.” (Roth. Pg. 156.)

Favorite Quote from chapter twelve:

When Tris and Four are climbing the ferris wheel during the paintball game, “‘Are you human, Tris? Being up this high…’ He gulps for air. ‘It doesn’t scare you at all?'” (Roth. Pg. 144.)

 

Thoughts on Chapter 11-12:

I love the description of the amusement park and how none of them really know why it would be fun, they think about the people who used it and wondered why they would bother.

I absolutely love the back and forth conversations between Four and Tris, they seem to be drawn together but unsure of each other at the same time. The scenes where Four shows he cares are so cute as well.

I also love to watch as Tris begins to have fun in Dauntless and become this new person.

Where is Tris and Fours friendship going?

What will happen between Christina and Tris?

Will Tris, Uriah and Marlene become new best friends?

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell

Posted in Book Reviews

Friday Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Ch 9-10

Brief no-spoiler overview of Chapters 9-10:

The transfer initiates will have to fight each other from now on in stage one.

Every day each initiate will face a new opponent but because there is an uneven number of them. One initiate will sit out per day.

Tris muses about the difference between her ‘friendship’ with Susan from Abnegation and her new friendship with Christina.

Christina explains about some of the other Candor initiates and faces something huge that tests her strength and courage.

Tris and Al support her through it and their friendship blossoms.

Tris is the butt of another cruel joke and Al is there to comfort her.

Tris faces an unfair fight match up but Al gives her an unexpected pep talk.

There is talk of visiting day and whether any transfer parents will show up or not.

Tris muses about whether her parents will come and how things could be different if she didn’t have such a big secret.

**SPOILER ALERT AHEAD: IN DETAIL DISCUSSION OF CH 9-10**

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 9: 

 Summary:

The transfers must start fighting each other. Their names are paired up to show who will fight who and it will change daily.

The first day, Tris doesn’t have to fight because there are an uneven amount of people. Tris thinks of her budding friendship with Christina and how she protects her, laughs with her and talk about everything together. She muses that her friendship with Susan in Abnegation never had a chance because they weren’t allowed to talk about themselves so they could never really get to know each other.

Christina is against Molly who she refers to as “the tank.”

This realization sparks Christina to describe the other Candor initiates.

Peter as “pure evil,” Drew as someone who has “never had an independent thought,” and Molly as someone who is, “The type of person who fries ants with a magnifying glass just to watch them flail around.” (Roth. Pg. 93.)

Their other two friends, Al and Will must fight against each other. After a few good punches, they inquire about when they will know the fight is over to which Eric replies, “It ends when one of you is unable to continue.” (Roth. Pg. 95.)

Eric and Four argue about this new rule as Four believes they should be able to concede but Eric is the leader so his word is final.

After more sparring, Al punches Will hard and knocks him out.  Al waits by his side anxiously until he regains consciousness. Which is when Four escorts Will to the hospital.

Christina and Molly are up next.

Christina gets one good kick to Molly’s side but that is it.

Christina is a bloody mess and calls out that she is done which really pisses Eric off.

Eric marches all of them to the chasm and tells Christina to climb over and hang from the thin metal railing for five minutes of she is out of Dauntless.

For a while, she is doing fine but then water from the chasm soaks her and her hands slip.

Tris is struggling inwardly about whether she will help her friend even though it means that she will become factionless too.

Tris sees the pain in her friends face and Al calls out, “Come on, Christina.” (Roth. Pg 102.)

Tris decides in that moment that if Christina needs her, she will help her.

Tris calls out loudly, “Come on, one minute left.” (Roth. Pg. 103.)

When five minutes are up, Al moves to help Christina and Eric tries to stop him.

Their conversation goes as follows,

Eric: “No, she has to do it on her own.”

Al: “No, she doesn’t. She did what you said. She’s not a coward. She did what you said.” (Roth. Pg. 104.)

With Eric unresponsive, Tris and Al move in to pull Christina over the edge.

The chapter ends with, “I kneel next to her. Her eyes shift to mine, then shift to Al, and we all catch our breath together.” (Roth. Pg. 104.)

Favorite quotes from chapter nine:

When Christina is describing Peter, “Peter is pure evil. When we were kids, he would pick fights with people from other factions and then, when an adult came to break it up, he’d cry and make up some story about how the other kid started it. And of course, they believed him, because we were Candor and we couldn’t lie. Ha ha.” (Roth. Pg. 93.)

 

Chapter 10: 

 Summary: 

The chapter starts with a description of a dream Tris is having, “That night I dream that Christina hangs from the railing again, by her toes this time and someone shouts that only someone who is Divergent can help her. So I run forward to pull her up, but someone shoves me over the edge, and I wake up before I hit the rocks.” (Roth. Pg. 105.)

Tris showers and returns to the dorm to find that the word ‘Stiff’ has been painted across all her bed things. Peter is smiling and whistling while watching her reaction.

She is furious and yells at him but tries to calm herself.

Al comforts her while helping her remove the sheets and tells her to just ignore him and he will stop.

Al doesn’t want to hurt anyone anymore but Tris reminds him that he will have to.

Tris finds out she will be fighting Peter today. Al suggest that she just take a few hits and then pretend to be knocked out.

Tris tries to come up with a strategy but when it is time to fight, she doesn’t have a chance.

She holds her own but he gets her on the ground, despite her stubbornness, he knocks her out but not before she notices that Four has stormed out before the fight had ended.

She wakes up in the hospital surround by Will, Christina and Al. They all make a few jokes at her expense and comfort her.

When Christina and Will leave for dinner, Al pays her a compliment telling her she doesn’t look too bad and that “she always looks good.”

Al tells her that he lost his fight to Drew on purpose so he wouldn’t have to hurt him, he figures that he won’t rank last because he already won against Will.

He says, “I just can’t do it anymore. Maybe that means I’m a coward.” (Roth. Pg. 115.)

To which Tris replies, “You’re not a coward, just because you don’t want to hurt people.” (Roth. Pg. 115.)

They speak about visiting day and how transfer parents usually don’t show up.

Al comes to the realization that he doesn’t want his parents to show up on visiting day because it will only make it harder on him.

Tris thinks about her parents and she is sure that they won’t come. She wonders if it would be different if she could have told them that she was Divergent and confused.

The chapter ends with Tris sneaking out of the hospital and back to the dorm so that Peter couldn’t feel the satisfaction of putting her in there overnight.

Favorite Quote from chapter ten:

When Al explains to Tris how she looks after her fight with Peter, “‘And don’t pay attention to Christina. Your face doesn’t look that bad.’ He smiles a little. ‘I mean  it looks good. It always looks good. I mean– you look brave. Dauntless.'” (Roth. Pg. 114.)

Thoughts on Chapter 9-10:

I was actually wincing while reading these two chapters, the fight scenes are so well written.

I also enjoyed seeing the strengthening of Al, Will, Christina and Tris’ friendship. They are so close already and I see the friendship going so far.

What will happen between Peter and Tris?

Why did Four leave during Tris’ fight?

Who will fight next?

What will Eric do next to torture the initiates?

These are questions that I hope are answered soon.

A review of chapters 11-12 will be released on Monday, Aug, 11th, 2014.

Cheers,

JMaxwell

Posted in My thoughts

My top 3 passions

Writing:

Writing has always been a love of mine. I have boxes and boxes of old notebooks where I detailed every thought, emotion and experience within.  I wrote freestyle, poetry, songs and letters. I wrote with no rules, restriction or fear of it being read. I wrote for me. It was an outlet to help me get through things or express an emotion that I had a hard time doing in day-to-day life.

As I got older, I continued to do all of the above when it came to writing but I started realizing that I also want to write for a career. I found that I loved writing short stories, articles, essays and more detailed research paper.

Something about conveying thoughts on a page is an amazing feeling and when it all comes together at the end. Ahh, how wonderful.

Cooking:

I have always enjoyed working with food and it is something that started very early on.  My dad always retells a story from when I was young. I “cooked” him soup which I had made out of tap water, a whole onion, a whole carrot, rocks and other assorted whole vegetables.

My dad was a great sport when I made these creations and he always tasted them and told me how good they were. As I grew older, my mom and dad taught me how to cook at a young age and I fell in love.

It was and still is amazing how you can take very different ingredients and create one amazingly tasty dish.  I love to see the smiles on people’s faces when they taste food that I have created.  It is very satisfying to create recipes and cook them to perfection as it takes a long time to make something delicious.

Inspiring:

This one is something that I didn’t get into until I was in my late teens. I have always enjoyed listening to inspiring talks that get you motivated about life but it wasn’t until I was about 17 that I discovered that I wanted to inspire people.  Now I don’t go out and perform huge talks but I do it on a small-scale.  Whether it be smiling at someone to help brighten their day, helping someone with a task or giving advice about something that is bothering someone.

Small scale inspiration to those who are close to me or are within my proximity.

I enjoy this because I love to spread happiness and if I can just make 1 persons day, every day, I will be happy.

Those are my top three passions in life so far, I assume as the years go by, I will gain more.

 

Cheers,

JMaxwell