Part 2: Review – “The Madman’s Daugther”

I have mixed feelings about this book. Personally, I found the story incredibly unique and interesting. The plot and vivid descriptions of “The Madman’s Daughter” definitely deserve a 5/5 rating. This novel has the perfect combination of the Victorian Era, along with crazy and complex science. While some people may find it hard to read through the procedures (which occupy a decent portion of this book), I thought they were fascinating without being disturbing. However, there was too much romance and drama, which took away from the story. The fact that Juliet was attracted to both Edward and Montgomery at the same time was cliché and boring. Still, there are unexpected turns that make it almost impossible to know anything before it is mentioned. It is also worth mentioning that, depite some cliché themes, the ending was so different than what I expected, which is always a great quality in a book.

I would recommend this book if you like romantic novels, science fiction, or just science in general. The focus on the scientific and medical field  is what makes this book amazingly fascinating. However, there are some graphic scenes during the surgeries, so if you do not feel comfortable with that, this book is not for you. I must also mention that the plot may be difficult to understand, mainly due to its complexity. I look forward to reading the other two books of “The Madman’s Daughter” series. 4.8/5. +12.

 

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Luner Chronicles Scarlet book review

cover of the book Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Review by sumaiyasblogpage

I am back with another book review and this time its the second book of the Lunar Chronicles. In my opinion I don’t think that this book is as good as Cinder, but it’s still a wonderful book and I really liked it. Scarlet is similar to the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood.

In this book Cinder, the protagonist from the previous book ,meets Throne (a new character) and together they escape the prison. Meanwhile, in France, Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and Scarlet is working hard to search for her, but no one knows where Scarlet’s grandmother is. Until she meets a street fighter named Wolf who might know about her grandmother’s whereabouts. So she decides to go with Wolf to find her grandmother. During this time Scarlet falls in love with Wolf and trusts him, but Wolf has some dark secrets that are unknown to Scarlet. When Scarlet finds the mystery behind her missing grandmother, she crosses path with Cinder and Throne, now the country’s most wanted fugitives after escaping prison. Together Cinder, Throne, Scarlet and Wolf decide to team up against the dangerous Lunar queen and to keep earth out of Lunar control.

I would rate this book 7.8/10. The author did a pretty good job writing this, but I still like the first book, and the next books in the series are really exciting. I hope you read both Cinder and Scarlet. Overall I really enjoyed the whole series and I will be doing a review on the 3rd book in the series, Cress. Let me know if you want me to review any other series.

Part 1: Summary – “The Madman’s Daughter”

cover of the book The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Review by evant794

“The Madman’s Daughter” is a novel written by Megan Shepherd, and is the first out of the three books in her “The Madman’s Daughter” series. Published by HarperCollinsPublishers, “The Madman’s Daughter” is a science fiction novel.

The setting takes place during the 1800s in London, England.  Juliet Moreau is the main character of the novel. Her father, Dr. Moreau, used to be London’s best and most widely recognized surgeon, making him a very wealthy individual– but that was before the scandal happened.

Fast-forward, six years later, and Juliet Moreau went from being a happy, young, rich girl with loving parents and many servants, to being a poor sixteen-year-old orphan who makes a living as a maid at King’s College. The only person who seems to care about her is Lucy. Juliet and Lucy have been friends for a long time, back when Lucy’s parents thought that Juliet was a good influence to their daughter, but that changed. However, even though Lucy’s parents do not approve, they are still friends.

One evening, right after her shift, Juliet meets Lucy, who had been waiting for her in the cold. After socializing with some drunk male college students, all of them, including Juliet, decide to go inside the college to explore, only to find a group of students performing vivisection (dissection performed on a still living organism) on a rabbit. Juliet, wanting to end the poor creature’s misery, cuts its head off. When she sees the chart according to which the college students are performing surgery, she sees her “dead” father’s signature – which is what makes her want to search for him.

She desperately searches at a hotel in hopes of finding him. To her surprise, she finds Montgomery, her old friend and servant, who is about to leave London in two days, only to go back to her father with a ship full of supplies for his crazy experiments. After cutting the tendons in Dr. Hastings’s wrist, who calls the police, Juliet convinces Montgomery to take her with him.

Their trip is a long journey with a boat, accompanied by wild, loud animals in cages, Balthazar, who has an awfully deformed face and body, a very aggressive captain, many storms, and an almost-dead castaway, Edward Prince. Juliet is thrilled to reach her father’s island. From the moment she sets foot of that island, though, it feels like something is wrong – terribly wrong. Then her father “jokingly” throws Edward into the water and lets him drown, until Montgomery decides to finally save him.

While Juliet lives there, she sneaks into her father’s laboratory at night, since she cannot hold her curiosity in after long hours of hearing the terrible, horrific screams of desperate animals. To her surprise, she finally finds out about “the scandal” that has ruined her life. Her father, being an amazingly skilled surgeon, performs vivisection on animals to transform them into humans. This requires numerous complex surgeries on the animals’ spines, and replacing their organs with a variety of animal organs. The result? Monstrous beings, also known as the islanders. The worst part is that he does not anesthetize them, therefore making them suffer an enormous amount of pain. She also gets suspicious when she learns that these islanders take the same treatment as her and starts questioning her existence. Though Montgomery keeps telling her that she is thinking irrationally, since her treatment is for her pancreatic disease, while theirs is to keep their bodies from rejecting organs, Juliet is convinced that there is something wrong with her.

Juliet knows the she will not be able to live a life like this; knowing that her father is the madman everyone was talking about. Also, the creature that is free, slaughtering the islanders, is not making the situation any better.  She must escape – fast. Even though the plan was to escape with Edward, Montgomery, and Alice, the plans change – and they change a lot.

“In the darkest of places, even love is deadly”.

 

Cinder book review(Lunar Chronicles)

cover of the book Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Review by sumaiyasblogpage

The book Cinder by Marissa Meyer is an amazing book! It’s full of surprises and has so much action mixed with fairy tale. Cinder is a second class girl that lives in the future where cyborgs exist. She has a very mysterious past that she never knew about. However, after she gets blamed for her stepsister’s illness, she is forced to volunteer to find a cure for the illness by her stepmother, and something strange happen On the other hand people from space watch to make their next move on earth to conquer it.

This story is full of action and fairy tale, and Cinder does have a Prince Charming that is falling for her.

Cinder is a different version of Cinderella, but her happily ever after gets extended to the last book since Cinder has something bigger to accomplish rather than just getting her happily ever after with her Prince Charming.

I read this book in two days because it was so good. This book is for those who love fairy tales and action. Hopefully others like it as much as I did. I will also be reviewing the rest of the Lunar Chronicles. I give this book a 5 out of 5 because I loved it so much and for the way it kept me hanging at the end.

Sumaiya R 7th grade

No Summit out of Sight

Cover of book No Summit Out of Sight by Jordan Romero

Review by 3344marigold

Jordan Romero was inspired by the mural on the wall of his school of the seven summits, and set a goal to climb them from that day. He researched the mountains and recorded their elevations and weather conditions. But he couldn’t have done it without his dad, stepmom, friends, and sponsors.

When Jordan first told his dad, he was very surprised and even a little doubtful. But Paul and Karen turned out to be Jordan’s biggest supporters. And their confidence gained every step, and every mountain that they summitted. It started with Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, and continued to Vinson, in Antarctica.

Sometimes Jordan felt like giving up. The weather beat at him, the aching, the altitude sickness, and the dangers. But he kept reminding himself of what his friend Samuel had told him on Kilimanjaro. “The mountain wants you to climb it.” So Jordan perservered and did it. He now travels all over the United States and made his next goal to inspire other kids to find their own Everest.

No Summit out of Sight is a true and very intriguing story about Jordan Romero and his adventure. I like how the book is divided up into sections of each mountain he climbed, and how there are so many details to the book that make me feel like I am living it with him. The book was never boring or dragging. I recommend for all readers, and 5/5 stars!

“Perfect Escape”

Cover of book Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

“Perfect Escape” is a  young adult novel written by Jennifer Brown. Published by Little, Brown & Company, “Perfect Escape” is a book of 368 pages. Though it has no extraordinary suspense, the plot and interesting words the author uses, as well as the imagery, this book will have you keep reading until you discover the secret the protagonist has been hiding since the beginning.

The entire novel is written from the protagonist’s point of view, named Kendra. Kendra’s brother, Grayson, or “Genius Boy” as Kendra calls him, is suffering from severe OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). OCD is defined as “a mental illness in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviors that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts”. Kendra, as the “normal” child in the family, has always found herself having to be perfect in order to be a replacement for Grayson.

Kendra’s world seems to turn upside-down when her best friend since birth moves from her old house, because her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Monett, didn’t want their daughter in a relationship with a mentally-ill person. Now, one of her best friends, Zoe, is gone, and her other best friend and brother, Grayson, is depressed. She feels lonely, especially when her brother went from sharing all his secrets with Kendra, to closing himself in a “bubble” which he refuses to come out of. Will Kendra ever be herself? Will she move on, or will she wait for everything to go back to normal?

Kendra has now found a replacement for the blank space in her heart, by having Lia and Shani as her friends. Her life is starting to get easy again for the first time in years. No more staying up at night, listening to her brother’s screams as her parents rush him into the hospital. No more searching for him in the middle of the night with her parents and neighbors. No more searching for him in the quarry, his only company being the thousands and thousands of rocks and a ruler. No more drama. With her brother away for treatment, her friends by her side, herself being an example of success at school, and being ready to graduate high school, her life seems to be okay – almost normal. Almost. That is until her brother returns from treatment. It is until she makes a mistake – a big one; a mistake that will cost her going to college. The mistake that will keep her from building her future. She now finds herself in a dead end. Add the fact that Zoe has been ignoring her e-mails, and there you have the perfect recipe for escape. Will she stay to face the consequences? Will she stay to see the disappointment in her parents’ faces? Or will she run away? Will we ever know what Kendra’s big mistake was?

“We all know what Grayson’s difficulties were. Grayson’s difficulties dominated his life. And Mom’s and Dad’s. And mine. Sometimes it felt like especially mine.”

For the most part, I really enjoyed reading this book. From the plot twist, to the interesting information about OCD, this book was almost perfect. I did not like the fact that Kendra is so jealous of Grayson throughout the whole book, and that she uses him as an excuse in her everyday life. No matter what she does, whether that is failing a test or being late to class, her excuse will always be her mentally-ill brother. She does not show much empathy for Grayson, and does not even try to understand him. However, after all that happened to her, she finally got to understand him and love him for whom he is. I recommend this book, mainly because of the interesting information on OCD and how it can affect people’s lives, as well as the interesting plot twist. However, I would not recommend it if you – or a loved one – are suffering from OCD, since I think that this novel might be triggering in that case. 4/5. +12.

War Cross – Book Review

Cover of book War Cross by Marie Lu

“For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – It’s a way of life.”

Emika Chen, an eighteen year old girl, couldn’t imagine how horrid life would be without Warcross. It’s a way for her to forget her many troubles. Emika is so poor, she can barely afford her apartment room in New York. In attempt to afford her food, shelter, and rainbow hair dye, Emika gets a job as a bounty hunter and a part-time waitress; neither of which will sustain her enough. Once the restaurant gets a robot waitress, Emika won’t know what she would do. In fact Emika doesn’t even know what to do right now.

Why is an eighteen year old worrying about money and food instead of exams and college you may ask? Well, ever since she was eleven her father, who was too happy and fell in love too quickly, died Emika was left no money and the responsibility to pay off all of her father’s gambling debts.

So, Emika pulls on her glasses and enters into the virtual world of War Cross Champions, and attempts to get more money by stealing an expensive item, causing her to glitch into the championships. Convinced she is going to be arrested, Emika is utterly shocked when she gets a call for the War Cross game creators asking her to go to Tokyo. She leaves behind her old life and adventures into a life of fame and luxury.

Recommended for ages 12 – 16, this sci-fi novel is definitely a must have.