The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by: C.S. Lewis (Book Two)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by: C.S. Lewis (Book Two)

“I’m very sorry, Mr. Tumnus,” said Lucy. “But please let me go home.”
– Lucy to Mr. Tumnus, a Faun

Cast of Characters:
The Greatest Character
Aslan: “The King, Lord of the whole wood, and son of the Emperor across the Sea. Aslan is the Lion, the Great Lion. He comes and goes as and when he pleases; he comes to overthrow the witch and save Narnia…”
The Main Characters:
The Pevensies (there are four of them and this is oldest to youngest)
Peter Pevensie: King Peter the Magnificent, and the High King
Susan Pevensie: Queen Susan the Gentle
Edmund Pevensie: King Edmund the Just
Lucy Pevensie: Queen Lucy the Valiant
*they all send Narnia into its Golden Age during their rein until they disappear*
Other Important Characters
Mr. Tumnus: the Faun who was in charge of killing the Daughters of Eve (Lucy and Susan) by the White Witch, first person to meet Lucy, is an ally and friend for the Pevensie children
The White Witch: also known as Jadis, always makes Narnia stay in winter but never Christmas, shows no mercy, all the Narnians hate her
Mr. and Mrs. Beaver: the ones that meet the Pevensie children after Mr. Tumnus’ arrest, goes on an adventure with them to overthrow the White Witch, etc.

*Whew! That was a very long intro! But this is my favorite book in the whole series… but I promise that I’ll shorten the body “paragraph”*

While playing hide and seek, Lucy finds that there is another world hidden behind all the coats in the wardrobe. Nobody believes her at first, saying that she’s crazy and making this up, but that ended up with Lucy crying and everyone feeling guilty (except Edmund).

Edmund loves being mean to his siblings for no reason. (teenage mood swings much?) Trying to kill his siblings just for food . . . Maybe that’s why Jadis wanted to use him.
ANYWHO.

One day, they walked into the closet to avoid a very mean person, and found that Narnia does exist and that no, Lucy wasn’t lying. Once they enter Narnia, they quickly learn of the mistreatment the White Witch (Jadis) has done to all the Narnians. Therefore, everyone, but Edmund because he has his own mission, must go to Cair Percival to end her rule. With the help of some people.

Read on to figure out how the battle goes and everything else.
Until next time . . . read on!

 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by: C.S. Lewis (Book One)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by: C.S. Lewis (Book One)

“Think what Another World means – you might meet anything – anything.”
– Uncle Andrew to Diggory Kirke

Diggory had many adventures with his friend Polly, but the two of them fought a lot, like siblings.
But this time, Uncle Andrew has a special “adventure” in plan for them.

Background for Uncle Andrew:
1. He thinks he’s a great magician
1A. He really isn’t. He doesn’t understand a single thing he’s doing
2. Blame everything that happens in the book on him.
2A. I’m very serious.

Now that’s settled with, let’s get on with the story.

So Uncle Andrew had been experimenting with some “magic” (it’s all a bunch of nonsense that happens to do something) and makes a yellow (outwards) ring and a green (homeward) ring. But he wanted some test subjects to make sure he was correct.

After some unfortunate event, Diggory and Polly end up in his study and Uncle Andrew decides to make these two innocent children his test subjects.
Long story short, Polly and Diggory arrive at the Other World and after a few “jumps” they end up waking a witch named Jadis, taking her back to their world, and cause havoc.

Background on Jadis:
1. She’s awoken by Diggory following the riddle by striking the bell at Charn (the idiot, but like I said, blame this on Uncle Andrew since Diggory wouldn’t have done all this in the first place if Uncle Andrew didn’t send him here)
1A. And she takes them captive to “jump” around with them
2. She’s very tall and pretty which causes Uncle Andrew to follow her orders
3. She grants no mercy to those to cross her bad side. She likes things her way
4. She comes in on later books, so remember her!

Now the big question is: how do we get Jadis out of London and into a different world?
That’s for you to find out.

I rate this book a 10/10 because, although not my favorite book in the series, it kept me turning the pages. There are some very boring parts, but I promise you everything gets better. And watch for a very important character that comes in at the very end because he’s in all the books.
That’s all for now! Until next time… keep reading!

The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by: Jonathan Stroud (Book One)

The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand by: Jonathan Stroud (Book One)

Nathaniel is a young magician in training, who’s birth parents left him at the age of five so he can practice.  His master, Arthur Underwood, works for the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He’s cold, cruel, and distant. He never calls Nathaniel by his name, instead, opting to call him “boy,” or “you.”  Nathaniel doesn’t like him that much, and his only saving-grace is Arthur’s wife, Martha Underwood. Her no-nonsense and unconditional affection gives Nathaniel a home. In return for her love, he gives her his unconditional loyalty.

It was right before Nathaniel’s eleventh birthday when Simon Lovelace, a higher ranking magician, shows up on their front step and publicly humiliates Nathaniel. His unfaithful master does nothing, and he plans revenge, his blood boiling.

Nathaniel reads books and practices, perfecting and growing his strength to defeat the magician who had defeated him in the past and to show his master that he is worth more than anything.  Finally, Nathaniel is ready to execute his plan.  Step One? Summon a 14th level djinn who’s 5,000 years old. Oh, and preferably strong and sneaky. The perfect djinn. And it’s yours truly, Bartimaeus.

After a messy summoning that somehow goes right, Bartimaeus is under Nathaniel’s control and has to do a task only a skilled djinn can do, steal Simon Lovelace’s prized possession: the Amulet of Samarkand.

Little does he know that stealing this treasure would pull him into a mystery of murder and lying. He’s trapped in an adventure that is dangerous at every turn, but can he make things right again?

I give this book a 10/10 (it’s really good!). It’s full of magic and characters that you will love (or hate). The plot is always moving forward, and I don’t remember a single part where I was bored! This book is about 400 pages, so it’s pretty long, but I promise all 400-ish pages are totally worth the read. Enjoy the book!

The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr Carter isn’t your typical high schooler. She lives in the middle of two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she lives, and the fancy, white prep school she goes to.
There’s a thin line between the worlds, and it was in a balance, an uneasy one, yes, but still balanced. That all changed when Starr witnesses her childhood friend, Khalil, get shot in front of her. The police officer shot him.

Khalil’s death is the new gossip, the new headlines in the news. People are calling him a thug, a drug dealer, a gangster. But is he? Nobody, not even Starr, knows everything about him.

The police aren’t doing anything about the tragic accident however, and protesters are getting angry, starting riots and fights. Starr’s neighborhood becomes a small war zone. The want to know what happened that night, and if Khalil can have some justice.
The only person to know what happened and to help Khalil receive the justice he deserves, is Starr, but is she ready to face the facts and put her family, friends, and her in danger?

I give this book a 10/10 because it was wonderfully written. It also reflects on what happens in our society at times, and it was really mind-opening. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is able to handle a bit more mature topics like violence, racism, trauma, etc. Enjoy!

 

The Land of NeverEndings by: Kate Saunders

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders

Emily and Holly were very close sisters, nothing could keep them apart. But when Holly died, Emily’s life shattered like a pane of broken glass, which, of course, can’t be fixed .  Or can it?

Holly’s death changed everything: her ex-best friend is ignoring her, she moved to a new school, her parents are a little edgy, and she’s the lead of the school play.
But even all those changes combined couldn’t top the one big surprise Emily’s ever had: Holly’s teddy bear, Bluey, talked to her.  On top of that, other toys are coming alive and entering Emily’s world.

The magic that keeps the barrier between the human world and the toy world is broken, and negative feelings are coming across the happy toys. This magic is dangerous and it has to stop before it causes more havoc, but Emily isn’t really sure. Is finding Bluey worth risking everyone else’s lives that she cares for?

I rate this book a 9/10 because some parts were a little boring to me. I liked that it shows how different people cope with grief and what it can do to you. The messages in this book are really powerful. It’s a fun and amazing read, and I definitely recommend this to any reader who’s looking for a new book to read. This would help. Enjoy!

A Tale of Magic… by: Chris Colfer

A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

In the Southern Kingdom, there was a set of rules that everyone had to follow.
Girls couldn’t read or go to “boy” schools; instead, they have to learn how to be the perfect wife, host, etc. in “girl” schools.
Boys have to read and learn the history of the Southern Kingdom.
The rule everyone has to follow, and is punishable by the harshest punishment ever, is that NOBODY CAN DO MAGIC.

Brystal Evergreen lives in a family where her father and oldest brother are well respected judges. Her second oldest brother, Barrie, is her best friend, and is trying to pass his test to become a judge.

Brystal also reads books. She loves reading them. But instead of actually finding books to read, Barrie, gives them to her to read. (I know, scandalous!)

When Brystal gets a job at the library, she stumbles upon a restricted section for banned books. She finds a book that is about magic, and long story short, she found out she was magical and she got caught.

After being put on trial, she’s sent off to Bootstrap Correctional Facility. She hates her small time there, but she has made a friend, Pip.
However, Madame Weatherberry is one of the strongest fairies of all, and she sees Brystal’s power. She takes her, and a few others, to her new academy where they can learn to grow their powers.

But when a new and very dangerous threat arises, and with Madame Weatherberry absent, the new apprentices have to stop the threat before it causes more damage. But things aren’t really what they appear…

I rate this book a 100/10, or a 10/10, because it was amazing. The characters’ personalities made me fall in love with them, and the descriptions and story line went well together at a evenly matched pace. The plot twist near the end of the middle part was surprising and I think everyone will enjoy that. I would totally recommend this book, especially if you liked The Land of Stories series. It’s full of magic, adventure, and fun! Enjoy!

Rated by: Melissa Grey

On the cover of the book Rated, students in school uniforms sit in rows of desks
Rated

At Maplethorpe Academy, people are scrambling to keep their ratings high, otherwise you might drop out and get sent to who – knows – where. Plus, the higher your rating, and your parents’ and siblings ratings, are, the better value, society ranking, and luxuries you can get. The lower the points go, the harder you have to work to get them higher.

When an act (or two) of vandalism rocks the school, a chain reaction follows, leaving 6 students: Bex, Tamsin, Hana, Noah, Chase, and Javi,
At first glance, all of them have nothing in common, but as the mystery wears on, it seems like they have what they need together.

Bex, the smart one, and soon to be valedictorian, Noah, the photographer with an interesting past, Tamsin, the school witch, Hana, the Olympic skater, Chase, the baseball pitcher star, and Javi, the video gamer, all come together to solve the riddle of who is doing all this vandalism.

If they figure out who’s doing this, a bunch of secrets about Maplethorpe Academy will be spilled to them, but are they ready?

I recommend this book to everyone because it’s such a good book. I rate it a 9/10, partially because the point of view switches every chapter. It’s about an utopian society where everything is “perfect” and because I love those types of genres, I loved this book twice as much. Enjoy!