I just finished a new book called The Demon King. I promise to make a review for it on sunday at the latest. I have work tonight and I am going to a concert tomorrow but I promise to have the review for Sunday night.
I need to make a video for Illusionarium and I just finished Famous. I will be picking up a new book or two soon. I have the SATs on Saturday so I will not be starting a new book anytime soon.
I just finished Illusionarium. I will make a video for it tomorrow. I will be starting Famous probably on Thursday.
I am reading a book right now that is like sci-fi/fantasy. It is really cool and I hope to finish it this week. I have a book lined up to read after that.
There is a cool site where you can get clothing and other items with books on them. I have a bag with illustration from Alice in Wonderland on it. There are many different books and plays that you can browse.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Summary: Though the Greek and Roman crew-members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.
Review: I just remembered Piper's dad is a movie star and Aphrodite liked him because he was attractive, can you say shallow. Piper got to play a big part in this book, great. Time to ignore her. The real heroes of the book are the Amazons and Hunters of Artemis. Two groups of bad-ass girls who will not let people control them. They believe strongly in family. Other heroes are Nico and Reyna who have to take the Athena Parthenos back to Camp Half-Blood. Real troopers. Leo gets his own staring part that is so much fun. I am really happy with this ending. Plus Nico and Will so cute.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Summary: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? They have no choice. If the demigods don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
Review: I really like Greek mythology. I believe I first started reading Rick Riordan books when The Lightning Thief was on the Acorn book list. At the time I was in elementary school. They would give us a nice free lunch if we read all of the books on the list. So I read all of them even if they were terrible because I wanted free food. Time has passed and now I'm reading the Heroes of Olympus series.I am happy that Nico is okay. Annabeth and Percy have a great relationship and it is nice to see Bob again. The only problem I have is Piper. I love that she is a character who is part native American. My problem that she is a daughter of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Her mom is the laziest god there is, even more so than the god of sleep. The only thing Aphrodite does is start wars, boring. Plus Piper is a charm speaker. She can make people do things they don't want to for the fun of it, like take cars. She is quite a boring character. The only good child of Aphrodite was the one who lead the Ares Cabin against a dragon and actually fell in love with one of the nerd mechanics, unlike her half-siblings who likes playing with people. Everything else is really good. I love all the evil characters.
I read The House of Hades and The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I picked up Eragon. I also still have The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to read. I will get on that. School is starting in about 2 weeks. I don't think there are going to be many books to read in the English classes I have.
Rating: 5 out of 10
Release Date: September 2015
Summary: Part-psychological thriller, part-urban legend, this is an unsettling narrative made up of diary entries, interview transcripts, film footage transcripts and medical notes. Twenty-five years ago, Elmbridge High burned down. Three people were killed and one pupil, Carly Johnson, disappeared. Now a diary has been found in the ruins of the school. The diary belongs to Kaitlyn Johnson, Carly’s identical twin sister. But Carly didn’t have a twin . . . Re-opened police records, psychiatric reports, transcripts of video footage and fragments of diary reveal a web of deceit and intrigue, violence and murder, raising a whole lot more questions than it answers. Who was Kaitlyn and why did she only appear at night? Did she really exist or was she a figment of a disturbed mind? What were the illicit rituals taking place at the school? And just what did happen at Elmbridge in the events leading up to ‘the Johnson Incident’?
Review: The book was very interesting. There were a lots of turns that you do not expect. Probably close to 10. The format was so different from anything I have read before. I have read books where the point of view changes quite a lot. Having said that it was interesting I did not like it. I could put it down for long periods of time and i would only read it when my father decided he wanted to watch sports for 2 hours. That is how I finished the book. It was interesting but I will stick to my fantasies.
I started reading a new book it is called Dead House. It is is a different format than I am used to. It has diary entries, convo logs, post it notes, videos, and more in it. pretty interesting right now.
This book is not yet published. Publish date is below.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Publish Date: August 4, 2015
Summary: On the ruined planet Earth, where 50 billion people are confined to megacities and resources are scarce, Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works so hard for. But one day she comes across a beautiful boy named Rose struggling to cross the river--a boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet. But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart after the Magistrate's son is murdered and Rose becomes the prime suspect. Little do Deedra and Rose know how much their relationship will affect the fate of everyone who lives on the planet.
Review: This thing was so cool. It is another dystopian story but the prologue is something that should not be skipped. It seems really weird but it makes sense later on trust me. We have two main charters, Deedra and Rose. Deedra is an orphan is showed us what is like to be human. She just wants to be free and she is selfless. She helps Rose who looks like he could not make it across the river. Rose is not quite human. This book shows what life could be like if we continue on the path we are on with destroying the earth. And it brings up a two other big issues, rape and police brutality. Now the rape does not happen but people in power do not believe Deedra when she says that a son of a powerful guy had attacked and had tried to rape her. The police brutality comes in later on but I will not give that away. This book is full of darkness and horror with one bright spot. Enjoy once it comes out. This was a really good read.
Just a quick word. This book is not yet published. Publish date is below.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Publication Date: September 2015
Summary: A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war. Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Prefecture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace, even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive. Enter Elián Palnik, the Prefecture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Prefecture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages. What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?
Review: I have mixed feelings about this book. I was constantly flipping between what is going on, holy shit, and LGBT representation. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book. There is a lot going on from an android type leader of the world and the captive royals. It is basically everything and the kitchen sink. So much goes and it takes a lot of turns that you do not see coming. I do not want to spoil anything so you have to wait to find out. However this is what I can tell:
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy Book #1) by Sherry Thomas
Rating: 7 out of 10
Summary: Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training. Guided by his mother's visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.
Review: I liked this book. I got confused in parts but that had to do with the history and the laws of the fantasy land. Other than that you have a very straight forward plot. Two people who do not get along have to save the world from an evil guy. What is added onto the plot is what makes it interesting. We have magic and people who can control the elements. The bad guy takes people's lives and this helps him live longer. And why not go to England and make up an whole country and customs. My favorite parts was the characters were goofing off. Even in the face of danger they could take the time to be teenagers.
A Raisin in the Sun by
Rating: 3 out of 10
Summary: A Raisin in the Sun portrays a few weeks in the life of the Youngers, an African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s. When the play opens, the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000. This money comes from the deceased Mr. Younger’s life insurance policy. Each of the adult members of the family has an idea as to what he or she would like to do with this money. The matriarch of the family, Mama, wants to buy a house to fulfill a dream she shared with her husband. Mama’s son, Walter Lee, would rather use the money to invest in a liquor store with his friends. He believes that the investment will solve the family’s financial problems forever. Walter’s wife, Ruth, agrees with Mama, however, and hopes that she and Walter can provide more space and opportunity for their son, Travis. Finally, Beneatha, Walter’s sister and Mama’s daughter, wants to use the money for her medical school tuition. She also wishes that her family members were not so interested in joining the white world. Beneatha instead tries to find her identity by looking back to the past and to Africa. As the play progresses, the Youngers clash over their competing dreams. Ruth discovers that she is pregnant but fears that if she has the child, she will put more financial pressure on her family members. When Walter says nothing to Ruth’s admission that she is considering abortion, Mama puts a down payment on a house for the whole family. She believes that a bigger, brighter dwelling will help them all. This house is in Clybourne Park, an entirely white neighborhood. When the Youngers’ future neighbors find out that the Youngers are moving in, they send Mr. Lindner, from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association, to offer the Youngers money in return for staying away. The Youngers refuse the deal, even after Walter loses the rest of the money ($6,500) to his friend Willy Harris, who persuades Walter to invest in the liquor store and then runs off with his cash. In the meantime, Beneatha rejects her suitor, George Murchison, whom she believes to be shallow and blind to the problems of race. Subsequently, she receives a marriage proposal from her Nigerian boyfriend, Joseph Asagai, who wants Beneatha to get a medical degree and move to Africa with him (Beneatha does not make her choice before the end of the play). The Youngers eventually move out of the apartment, fulfilling the family’s long-held dream. Their future seems uncertain and slightly dangerous, but they are optimistic and determined to live a better life. They believe that they can succeed if they stick together as a family and resolve to defer their dreams no longer.
Review: Was not really a fan of this play. I like it more when I can connect to one of the characters. Then there was all the fighting. IT DIDN'T EVEN DO ANYTHING!!! There was no advancing of the plot. Family members were just yelling at each other. That is boring. If I want yelling people I can just go watch any reality tv show ever.I felt like nothing actually happened. There was a good message about how racism can hide behind pretty words. That was the only part of the play I liked, the message. Other than that nothing. You probably do not want to pick this play up to read on your own free time, but at least when you read it for school it is not too long.
Update time. I have 3 books to read. None of them have been published yet. So you will be able to hear about them before they are out. I just started reading one of them today. They are not too big but school is ending so we have lots of tests. It might take me a while but vacation is coming up soon and I will have all the time in the world, minus work.
The book I finished was called Burning Sky and we finished A Raisin in the Sun. I picked up the Feminine Mystique. But I don't think I will write about that one. I should be getting a lot of books for the summer.
I fished the book I was reading. I will try to write a review this week. We are still reading A Raisin in the Sun. I do have another book to read.
This list a warning so you don't have to read a terrible book:
Rating: 3 out of 10
Summary: In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.
Review: God this book was so hard to read. The first 10 chapters progress very slowly. There go to like 5 different places:
3. her room
That is it. The do not do anything. This book as probably the same pace as Catcher in the Rye, it doesn't go anywhere. This book is so boring. Please do not read it. Spare yourself the wasted time. I had high hopes for the book. It sounded pretty good yet the summary can be very deceiving. It is meant to get you to read the book. It doesn't tell you anything of importance. It is like look at me look at me but I won't tell you anything.
I have another book to read and we will be reading A Raisin in the Sun soon.
I was reading the Inventor's Secret but it was so boring that I could not finish it. I will post about it soon. I have another book to read. So everything is all good. I just had better hopes for the Inventor's Secret.
There is not a new book for class. We are watching the Great Gatsby. So I will be posting in the movie section for that one. I did pick up a few books the other day. I read Expiration Day and right now I am reading the Inventor's Secret.
Rating: 5 out of 10
Summary: It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction. Tania Deeley has always been told that she's a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society. Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania's life are not real? Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth "birthdays," teknoids must be returned to Oxted--never to be heard from again.
Review: The book was okay. It seemed to drag and I got thrown off by the random parts from an guy in the future reading it as well. There was an interesting story/idea. However it was lackluster in execution. I wished the author had a better set up, i.e. getting rid of the Zog guy. It is not a book that I would heavily endorse. It is not terrible but it is readable. In general it is okay.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Summary: The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.
Review: I had no clue what was going on at first, completely lost. At one point they were talking about cutting off a dick and the next it was about clothes. I finally got what it was about: Rich people can not have kids so they use the poor to have the kids. The poor are abused by the rich because the poor are their property. For the most part it is an interesting book. There are no lulls were there are just fillers. The only problem was i had no clue what it was about.
I finished The Jewel. Will try to post about it soon. We are working on a project in English so we won't be reading for awhile. No new books as of now.
Rating: 7 out of 10
Summary: Near the little town of Fairfold, in the darkest part of the forest, lies a glass casket. Inside the casket lies a sleeping faerie prince that none can rouse. He's the most fascinating thing Hazel and her brother Ben have ever seen.
Review: The book had an interesting storyline blended well with different and intriguing characters. Each character is unique, you don't see the same quality repeated, except bravery and stubbornness. Plus, one of the main characters is gay. No homophobes please.
Note: We are reading Of Mice and Men in class (the language is hard to read but it is really short, so that is good) and I picked up a book called The Jewel.
What are books that you were forced to read by your teachers that you actually enjoyed? I know that the only books that I was forced to read that I liked were Hunger Games and Crucible. What books did the school get right?
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Rating: 1 out of 10
Summary: Guy Montag is a fireman. He lives in a society without books. In fact if any are found he is the one who is to burn them. Guy soon becomes curious about what is in the books and takes one. Guy's wife, Millie, is apposed to this and would rather watch the "family" in the parlor like most in the world.
Review: This book was so boring. I was shocked when I read it. I thought it would be good. It is about a world were people freely give into their own destruction. How could you mess that up? You can just ask Bradbury. He shows how to do it. He throws in one to many metaphors, really more like a 100. He takes away from the concept of the book and delivers a very dry read that makes you want to burn the book.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Rating: 9 out of 10
Summary: Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.
Review: I really liked this book. It followed through with its concept. It had an idea and was presented well. The characters are interesting and have substance. They aren't so boring you sit there and wonder when they will die. The book also shocked me, but in a good way. There is a huge twist that scared me and broke my heart. This is a really good read. I read it in 2 days because I was hooked on it.