Rim of the World

Alex (Jack Gore), ZhinZhin (Miya Cech), Dariush (Benjamin Flores Jr.), and Gabriel (Alessio Scalzotto) barely started summer camp when aliens start to attack Earth and cause havoc.

Things get even more weird when an astronaut gives them a key and tells them to go to JPL, a NASA facility, to get rid of the horrendous aliens. Dodging aliens, military units, prisoners, and other dangerous things, the kids trek 48 miles to get to JPL.

Along the way, great friendships are started and maybe a little awkward romance. Like, really awkward. So they begin the journey together, hoping to save the world.

This movie was not the best, but it definitely wasn’t that bad. The cast was really good and the action and adventure wasn’t all that bad. The movie was a little too straight forward for me, but if you’re looking for a bloody, friendship, action and adventure movie, then this one is a good idea.

I give this movie a 8.2/10 partially because I could kind of guess what would happen next but there were some parts where I was scared. Or maybe it’s because I scare often. There are cute friendship moments and bravery so it wasn’t bad. The movie overall was great, and all the cast members did a good job becoming their character.

I will warn you, this movie does have mild language in it, and parts of the movie are creepy, but if that doesn’t bother you, definitely watch this movie! Hope you like it!

The Lost Hero-book review

The Lost Hero is the first book of the Heroes of Olympus series, which is kind of like a spin-off of the original Percy Jackson And the Olympians. 

The story starts off with Jason, who has no idea where he is or what he was doing on a bus full of kids going on a field trip. He finds himself holding hands with a girl that he doesn’t recognize. He establishes the fact that there are about a dozen kids. He later finds out that he and his group of friends are all actually demigods and Jason gets in a fight with a Ventai or a Storm spirit named Dylan as it is referred in the book. He defeats the Dylan with a huge sword. A chariot arrives piloted by Annabeth Chase. She’s looking for her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, who has disappeared.  Everybody discovers they have superpowers. Piper can charm speak people and make them do what she wants, while Leo can control flame. You’d think this would make them happy, but it doesn’t. Piper has been having dreams of an evil giant who has captured her father, and she’s afraid she’ll have to betray her friends or the giant will eat her dad, while Leo is afraid to use his fire powers because he thinks they resulted in the death of his mother. Jason doesn’t remember his family, which in comparison seems like maybe it’s for the best—though he does figure out that Thalia, one of the Hunters of Artemis, is away. While they were in the camp they heard about a bronze dragon. 

Through various prophecies and surprise revelations and then more prophecies, the heroes discover that they need to go on a quest to rescue Hera, who is being held captive. Leo fixes a malfunctioning magical robot dragon named Festus to give them transportation, and up, up, and away they go, dragonning across the continent to Quebec, Chicago, Detroit—just all over the place. On their way they meet and/or battle lots of evil gods and mortals and critters. 

As they bump along they get even more prophecies and dreams and clues, and eventually put it all together to figure out that the earth mother, Gaea, is awakening, which is bad. Gaea has captured Hera, and plans to destroy her and use the energy to summon the giant Porphyrion, which will be even worse. They also meet Thalia (this, thankfully, is a good thing)—Jason’s sister—who tells them that Jason was given to Hera when he was two, at which point Thalia thought he was dead. Meanwhile, Piper decides that she can’t betray her friends, and tells everyone that her father is in trouble. So Leo, Jason, and Piper send Thalia to try to delay Gaea and Porphyrion while they go off to rescue Piper’s dad from the giant Enceladus.  

There is a big amazing super-battle with Enceladus, who loses like the bad guy that he is, because that’s what bad guys do. Piper saves her dad, Trevor McClean, and gives him a magical potion that makes him forget about the kidnapping and gods and all that because it was freaking him out, and no wonder. Coach Hedge takes Trevor under protection. Leo, Jason, and Piper scurry off to help Thalia try to prevent Gaea from waking. 

There is another even bigger, even more amazing super-battle with wolves and air spirits and so on. The bad guys lose because they are losers, etc. Hera is freed, Gaea doesn’t wake up, but Porphyrion gets away to fight another day. Curse you, Porphyrion. 

Once they get back to Camp Half-Blood, Leo starts to build a giant flying ship to take them on their adventures, using pieces from the broken Festus.  

Most importantly our heroes figure out that Jason comes from a whole other group of demigods who are children of the Roman, rather than the Greek, aspects of the gods. The Roman and Greek demigods were separated by the gods because they kept killing each other. But now Hera is trying to reunite them so that the seven demigods foretold by prophecy can kick Gaea’s earthy butt. Hera brought Jason to the Greek Camp Half-Blood to be a bridge to the Roman camp. Similarly, they realize Hera sent Percy Jackson over to the Roman camp, where he probably has amnesia. We have now run out of plot though, and won’t know for sure about Percy until the sequel (titled The Son of Neptune). I’d give this book a 8/10 because while it was thrilling I think it could’ve spent more time developing the characters, this book was overall great and I suggest you give it a read and check the out the sequel (The Son of Neptune). 

The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This book starts out relatively normal, a girl and her friend are entering a club called the “Pandemonium”.   It is written from two different views, one with Clary, the main character, and one with a demon boy. The demon is led into a closet by a very pretty girl.  Clary enters the closet and witnesses the “murder” of the demon boy. He poofs into magical mist and Clary gets a horrible phone call. Her mother is telling her to not come to the house, she sounds in danger and very scared. Clary goes back to her house, leaving her best friend Simon confused. She returns to see her house ruined, she is attacked by a Ravener demon, somehow managing to survive. She then meets Jace Wayland, a handsome boy who helps to bring her to the Institute, a magical place where Shadowhunters can stay. She stays there while she recovers as she was bitten by the demon.

She meets Hodge and then other people of the Institute. She then goes on a multitude of adventures with the other Shadowhunters, who are the people who hunt and kill demons, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood and of course Jace Wayland. Simon also comes on some of the adventures. Some of the adventures include defeating a Forsaken and traveling to the City of Bones and meeting the Silent Brothers. The story ends on a very interesting note, which includes lots of drama with her love interest and we uncover some new things about her newfound brother and her apparently dead father. I will let you read this and find out what truly happens.

I really enjoyed this whole book, it is the first in a six-part series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire). The series was introduced to me by a friend, who happens to show me most of the books that are now my favorites but anyway, I am really glad that she showed me this book series because I love it!

            It has many twists and turns. Some parts that warm your heart, make you angry or sad and just the parts that you can’t help but love. Cassandra Clare has also created some really unique characters. Overall, I would recommend this book and the rest of the series too.

I would give this book a 9/10

Bleach

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The main protagonist (Ichigo Kurosaki) was born into a family of Quincys and Shinigami/ Soul Reapers (sworn enemies) which granted him the ability to see ghosts. When his family was attacked by a hollow, a young Soul Reaper by the name of Rukia Kuchiki showed up to the scene and was unable to protect Ichigo Kurosaki, therefore she was forced to pass on her powers to Ichigo with the stab of her sword which allowed him to protect his family and he was able to gain Soul Reaper powers in the process. With these powers he was able to protected innocent wandering souls from hollows and allow them to pass on to the soul society.

Ichigo then goes to a candy shop worker by the name of Kisuke Urahara (Formerly a captain of the 13 Court Guard Squads) in order to train and become good enough to save Rukia Kuchiki. After the training was complete Uryu Ishida, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue decided to come along with Ichigo with their new found powers in order to help save Rukia. After entering through a portal that leads them into the souls society with good friend of Kisuke Urahara, Yoruichi Shihouin (a cat) leads the gang to a house in the middle of nowhere to a person (Kukaku Shiba) that can get them through the border into the seireitei where Rukia is located. With the help of a cannon they made it through, but ended up separated where each one had to go through many obstacles to get to the location of where she’s being executed. Ichigo, after already fighting one soul reaper, encounters another but this one of captain class and ends in a stalemate. He wakes up and finds himself in an underground lair all healed up by Yoruichi who ends up being a woman who transformed into a cat. Yoruichi takes Ichigo to an underground training area to obtain his bankai (the 2nd release of his zanpakuto/ his sword) with only 3 days of training where it would usually take about 10 years for someone to obtain it.

After about 3 days he comes out of the underground training area. He ends up making it just in time to stop the execution and sets Rukia free. She then tosses her to Renji and he starts running away as fast as he could, leaving Ichigo to fend off the other Soul Reapers. After finishing with them he encounters a familiar face, Byakuya Kuchiki, and then ends up fighting where Ichigo ends up releasing his Bankai and winning the fight. Renji is still running away but the Soul reapers by the name of Gin Ichimaru, Kaname Tosen, and Sosuke Aizen arrives at his location and take an item out of Rukia called the hogyoku which is something that can grant the user immense power, and they run off.

After about 4-6 months later, Aizen returned with the hogyoku fully activated, completely crushed the 13 court guard squads. Ichigo then came in and destroyed him with the final Getsuga Tenshou. Ichigo ends up losing his powers by activating Final Getsuga Tenshou and ends up gaining them back in the end.

My thoughts on Bleach, overall it was a very good anime, the fight scenes were amazing, looked nice, and so much detail was put into them. I don’t think the rate of how fast Ichigo progressed was too slow or too quick, meaning it wasn’t rushed and took its time. I feel like Ichigo’s strength wasn’t too overwhelming and was only a little more than your average main character. But of course in the last arc The Thousand Year Blood War, he become extremely powerful. The character development was great. Uryu, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue were practically people brought closer together because of their abilities. They really ended up as good friends and they started becoming compatible together. Also Orihime, Yasutora, Uryu, and Ichigo were practically useless and now they’ve become strong and and able to handle themselves. The couple of things I didn’t like about Bleach was that about half of it was filler and the last arc (Thousand Year Blood War) was never animated. Overall I give it a 8.7/10

Review of The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau

Lina is an artistic girl that lives in the city of Ember, going about her normal life as twelve-year olds do in the city, working at her newly assigned job.

She lives at home with her Granny and her baby sister Poppy. All is well, until the city of Ember takes a turn for the worse.

Only when the blackouts begin happening, more and more frequently, Lina decides that something should be done. She knows that Ember won’t last forever, and she believes there’s another city, at least in her mind, out there somewhere . . .

When she finds a document of mysterious instructions, she knows it means something. So with the help of her friend, Doon, they decipher the instructions, bit by bit, in hope of escape.

Rating: 4/5 stars. This book was interesting and made me think: could there possibly be a city like this constructed in the future? I liked Lina as a character and how determined and curious she was. However, the book was boring at the beginning for me, though you might think differently! I am definitely the type for fast paced stories. Also, I felt that the story didn’t tie up some loose ends that I was curious about.

Ages: 9-13. I would definitely reccomend this book to younger readers.

The Seven Deadly Sins(Season 1and 2): TV Show Review

Cover image features characters from the show The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is about the country of Britannia in what seems to be set during the middle ages. The princess, Elizabeth stumbles upon the Boar Hat Tavern after running away from the kingdom. She ran away because the Holy Knights, who are the “supposed” guardians of Liones (kingdom in Britannia), attempt to overthrow the king. Elizabeth’s quest is the find the Seven Deadly Sins, the group that went rogue and murdered tons of Holy Knights in Liones only ten years ago. In the Boar Hat, Elizabeth finds Sir Meliodas, the captain and most powerful of the Sins. Little do they know that, the leaders of the Holy Knights Dreyfus and Hendrickson are attempting to bring back the legendary demon race by tricking failed Holy Knights into drinking Demon Blood. This not only makes them stronger but if their hate grows too strong, they will become a demon as well. Therefore, Meliodas, Elizabeth and the Seven Deadly Sins must take back Liones, the kingdom that framed them for a crime they didn’t commit, before the Grand Holy Knights can summon the demon race and end humanity.

Pros: This anime had a great story, which not only included great plot twists but also had loveable characters and a great sense of humor that anyone could adore.

Cons: Even though the story was fantastic, there are almost too many plot twists to keep up with.

Rating: 9/10

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Movie Review

 

The Spider-Man franchise has been one of the most successful ones to date. Even the worst Spider-Man movie (Spider-Man 3, which us Spider-Man fans refuse to talk about) made a giant load of money at the box office. Now, we have Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It’s been getting very good reviews from critics and audiences alike, and I’m here to share my thoughts on the movie. Is it as good as people are saying? This is my review of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Plot: When a villain creates a machine called the Super Collider, all of the Spider People are put into the dimension where Miles Morales, a teenager who is on the path to become the next Spider-Man, lives.

Acting: All of the voice acting is great. No real complaints here. 9.5/10

Animation: The animation in this film is amazing. It feels like a comic book, and even has little comic book noise bubbles that pop up occasionally. The animation is  a sight to behold. 10/10

Action: The action sequences in this movie are well made, and you can actually tell what’s going on, but this is a given considering it’s most likely easier to animate action scenes than to film them. 9/10

Overall, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Spider-Man fan’s dream. With a great cast, well thought-out characters, and great animation, I highly recommend you watch this movie.

Overall score: 9/10