The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This starts with Katniss Everdeen. She lives in the 12th District (coal mining). She is a hunter, who’s father died in a mining explosion. Her city Panem has the Hunger Games every year. A girl and a boy from each of the districts is chosen and, after training, must fight to the death.

When the time comes for the choosing, she is chosen (kind of, read the book). The chosen boy is Peeta Mellark. Katnisss meets Rue during the training, but she comes in more later. The Games start and Peeta teams up with what people call the “Careers” (the really strong people that kill most of the people). Katniss meets Rue and they work together, Rue is then killed, and Katniss must try to find some way to survive to avenge her. She finds Peeta lying injured and helps nurse him back to health. They fight together and end up as the last two surviving people. They have started to love each other so obviously, they don’t want to kill each other. They decide they will die together so there is no winner, ruining the Games. Their plan is ruined, and they are the first people to survive together. They get to come back to their homes as heroes.

  I really enjoyed this book (and the other two books too, Catching Fire and The Mockingjay). It had many twists and turns, it also had heartbreaking moments, scary moments, and just general heartwarming moments. This book was recommended to me by a friend (who recommends most of my now favorite books) and I am glad that she did recommend it as it is now one of my favorite books. Suzanna Collins’ book is really unique. I have never really read any book that was similar to this book series. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who was looking for a book to read. On another note, the movie was quite accurate to the book and was quite good. It was one of the movies that has been most like a book, even if it did take out some parts (every movie based off a book does that so I wouldn’t be surprised). Anyway, I would highly suggest that you give this book, or the whole series for that matter, a look.

I would rate this book a 10/12 Districts (Some Hunger Games humor for you, I am so funny, I know HA. HA. HA.)

The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a nearly perfect community. Every family has two children, one boy and one girl. They share their feelings together each morning and each night. When the old tire of life, infants fail to thrive or someone doesn’t fit in, they’re simply “released” to a place known as Elsewhere. Rarely does anyone suffer or die.

The community Elders spend years observing the children to ensure each receives a vocation matching his or her aptitude. At an annual ceremony, 12-year-olds are assigned their careers. When the officiating Elder fails to call Jonas’ name at his ceremony, he fears he’s done something wrong. The Elders have saved his assignment for last because of its significance. He will be trained for a rare, honored and secretive position called the Receiver of Memory. He’s unnerved to learn the position will involve pain and isolation, and troubled to hear that the last person selected for the position 10 years earlier “failed” at her task and mysteriously disappeared.

Jonas meets with his new mentor, a man he calls The Giver. Jonas will take all of the older man’s memories — some of which were given to him by a predecessor — and preserve these truths and experiences about which the rest of the community is oblivious. The Giver transfers his memories to Jonas by touching the boy’s bare back. Jonas is thrilled to discover feelings and objects he’s never known. The Giver allows him to feel snow as he speeds downhill on a sled and the warmth of sunlight on his face. Jonas also begins to “see beyond” what his community has been genetically engineered not to see. He discovers color and begins to question why his neighbors aren’t given the choice to see color. He convinces himself that, given too many choices, people would make the wrong ones and disaster would follow.

The more Jonas understands about objects and ideas others can’t see, the more isolated he feels from his community. He begins to understand why The Giver is so tired, weighed down with difficult concepts he’s forbidden to share. When Jonas asks why they must retain these painful memories, The Giver explains that memories are the key to wisdom. The Elders don’t consult The Giver as often as he feels they should, but when they do, he’s able to recall tragedies of the past and steer the leaders in the right direction.

I would 100% recommend this book for every teen, all the twists and turns make this book perfect for a rainy boring day.

Bullet: Part Three

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I briskly walked up the stairs and into my hallway, with Bullet right next to me. I opened my door and Bullet immediately burst inside. I entered my apartment room and shut the door, locking it behind me. I pulled out the glass bullet from my robe pocket and set it down on the kitchen table, next to my computer.

I sat down and opened my computer, quickly typing in my pass-code. Bullet laid down on the couch, his beady eyes watching me. I opened a new tab and looked down at the bullet. Not knowing its official name, or if it had one, I just decided to look up its features. Glass bullet with a dandelion seed inside of it. I clicked search and waited for the results to load.

Within the blink of an eye, I got dozens of results on what I searched. I skimmed the results to see if anything stood out, since I had no clue where to start. I didn’t have to skim for very long, because as soon as my eyes laid on the first result, I knew I should click on it. Enigma Bullets: From the First “Magic” Moon Flower.

“What on earth?” I muttered as I scrolled towards it and clicked it. A futuristic looking website popped up, with a huge article written in really tiny font slapped into the center of it. I leaned in towards the screen, squinting in the process, and began to carefully read it, not wanting to leave out anything important.

At first it was pretty boring, just a bunch of random facts about the moon, magic and modern history and blah, blah, blah. But then it got a bit more interesting. Apparently, an American astronaut had landed on the moon with a small crew and decided to take an interesting-looking moon rock back to earth to run some tests on.

As he was examining it back at NASA, he accidentally knocked it off the table and broke it open. Shockingly, inside of the moon rock was a dandelion flower with only nine seeds left on it. The astronaut then decided to study the flower and quickly realized that it wasn’t from earth.

Just playing around, the astronaut wished he could see his family, and threw one of the dandelion seeds into the air. Of course, nothing really happened. The astronaut then keep running tests on the dandelion.

A thirty minutes later, the door to the lab suddenly opened, and one of his co-workers said there was someone outside of the building waiting for him. The astronaut quickly burst outside to see his family running up to him.

The astronaut asked how they got here, and the wife explained they were going to come in two days, but she got this gut feeling thirty minutes ago that she should come and greet him now.

The astronaut quickly realized that the dandelion was somehow magic and decided to protect it. So, he inserted the remaining eight seeds into glass bullets that could only be broken by human flesh, and scattered them around the world.

To make a wish, if you find one-“ I read out loud. “you must say it out loud and then shoot the bullet at someone.

I froze as I read the last line again. “To make a wish, if you find one, you must say it out loud and then shoot the bullet at someone. A person? I don’t want to have to hurt anyone for me!”

I looked down at the bullet, laying still on the table, now slightly afraid of it. “Gosh, even if I had the gut to shoot someone for a wish, what would I even wish for?” I clicked the favorite star on the website and exited out of it, before closing the computer lid.

I stood up and made my way to my bedroom with the bullet in my hand. I reached under my bed and pulled out a small, wooden jewelry box. I set it down on my bed and opened the lid. Just as I was about to place the bullet in, there was a loud knock on the door.

 

Book Review — “A Cold Legacy”

 

“A Cold Legacy” is the third novel in the series “The Madman’s Daughter” by Megan Shepherd. The book has fourteen editions, was published in 2015 by HarperCollinsPublishers, and is a young adult and science fiction novel of 390 pages.

In London, Juliet and her best friend Lucy found out that their fathers had been corresponding for years, even after Juliet’s father, Dr. Moreau, had escaped to an island to continue his dark experiments. At the island, Moreau had been conducting gruesome experiments — creating human-like creatures through the process of vivisection (dissection on live creatures without the use of anesthesia). He connected organs from various animals, kept them together by inserting tissue, and had created a serum in order for the body not to reject the foreign organs. In the first novel of the series, called “The Madman’s Daughter”, the author revealed that Juliet was his first experiment. When she was little, the doctors said that Juliet was going to die due to a spinal cord deformation. Her mother had desperately asked Moreau to do anything to keep their daughter alive, and he did what any logical surgeon would do… he transplanted deer parts in place of Juliet’s problematic organs.

After killing all the men who tried to steal Juliet’s father’s lifelong research on vivisection, except Lucy’s father, Mr. Radcliffe, Juliet, along with Montgomery, Lucy, and deadly-ill Edward, now wanted by London’s authorities, escape to a remote mansion in Scotland, owned by Elizabeth Von Stein, Professor Von Stein’s niece. The idea is that, since the estate is registered under Elizabeth’s name, the police would not be able to find Juliet and her “accomplices”.

Now in Scotland, Juliet has even more things to worry about in this sketchy mansion – dead bodies, hidden paths, hostile servants, and many more. In that mansion, Juliet learns about reanimation – the process of bringing someone back to life using electricity. One of Elizabeth’s ancestors, Victor Frankenstein, had discovered how reanimate a living organism using lightning, a technique he had originally used on Hensley, Professor Von Stein’s son. This miraculous procedure, however, has its downsides. Hensley is a monster. He is a 40-year-old man in a little boy’s mind and body; a body strong enough to tear trees from the ground, and do who-knows-what when things don’t go his way. However, when Lucy, who is deeply in love with now-dead Edward, learns about this procedure, she begs Juliet to revive him. Juliet, knowing that by doing this she could be creating a monster even worse than the Beast, refuses to do so. Now, amidst the darkness and confusion of who she is and who she wants to be, she is split between two paths — her mother Evelyn’s, the path of a kind-hearted and loving person, or Henry Moreau’s, the path of a mad, dark-hearted and reckless scientist. Will Edward ever be alive again? Will Juliet Moreau follow her mother’s or her father’s footsteps, or will she create her own?

“What darkness began, only madness can end.”

Full of spine-tingling thrills, this is the most fast-pace, descriptive, fascinating, intriguing, beautifully dark novel. So many unexpected events take place in this book, though I will not talk about them so as to not ruin the unpredictability of it. I loved everything about this book–Juliet’s intelligence, bravery and courage, the suspenseful, ominous, creepy vibe of the story, the thought-provoking ideas, the new setting, Juliet’s internal conflict, the addition of new, enigmatic characters, the character development of Juliet and Lucy. I also love how the author explores the fine line between curiosity and madness, the dark side of science and morality, and how Juliet must decide on which side of the line she wants to stand.

In my opinion, this book is the best of all three in the series. I would highly recommend reading this book and the two previous ones if you enjoy twisted stories and/or mystery and science fiction novels. This book was not as graphic as the previous two. The only major procedure is a very intense scene of reanimation and a brain surgery. However, if that still sounds like something that would make you uneasy, I would not recommend reading this book, especially at night. +12. 5/5.

 

Lunar Chronicles Cress book review

 

This is the 3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles Series.  This book revolves around a girl named Cress who is trapped in a satellite.  Cress is related to the story of Rapunzel. As Cinder, Throne,  Wolf, and Scarlet join together in their journey, they find out the girl who warned Cinder about Queen Leanna in the first book. While communicating with the Rampion spaceship, Cress asks Cinder’s crew to rescue her from the satellite where she was imprisoned by Thaumaturge Sybil Mira. However, this rescue mission takes a dangerous turn when Thaumaturge Sybil Mira finds out that Cinder’s crew is going to rescue Cress. Another new character is introduced known as Jacin Clay, the pilot who flew Thaumaturge Sybil Mira to Cress’ spaceship in order for her to lay out the trap for the crew but, Jacin Clay joins Cinder’s side and plays an important role throughout the rest of the series.

THE TRAP THAT SEPARATES THE CREW…

The trap results in Throne and Cress close to death with Wolf so injured that he is unconscious, and Scarlet captured by Sybil Mira. Cinder is the only one left who thinks Throne and Cress are certainly dead.  So she decides to go to Africa to meet with Dr. Erland. On the other hand, Throne and Cress land on the Sahara Desert but, soon rescued by a group of people who turn out to be Lunar traffickers that kidnap Cress and take her to Dr. Erland. What they don’t know is Dr. Erland and Cress are related… and Throne goes after Cress and the group is reunited again except for Scarlet.

KIDNAPPING THE KING…

The crew together hatches a plan to kidnap Emperor Kai who fell in love with Cinder in the first book, but is marrying Queen Levena to prevent war with Lunars.  Later on, the crew decides to go to Luna and declare Cinder as the missing princess Selene, and have a plot to overthrow the queen. Many dangers takes place in this plan, causing some to die.

NEW LOVE!

A new love story is created between Throne and Cress! This brings them even closer as they get stuck together in the Sahara Desert.

RATING

I would rate the book a 9 out of 10 because of its surprises, twists, and turns. It really makes you  think what will happen to the crew when they reach Luna as Cinder is back to her home planet,  and will Wolf meet his parents after many years. This also makes you want to read the next book to find out what happens to the crew and will they succeed?…..and what is Queen Levena plotting?  This is a great book! Definitely read this book but, first read the first two books in the series if you haven’t yet.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Review by apiazza4

In 1866, several ships come in contact with a mysterious sea monster, which some people suggest to be a huge narwhal. The United States government decides to gather a group of people to find and kill the beast. The narrator of the story, Professor Pierre Aronnax, is a French marine biologist who is asked to join the group in New York, and he accepts. Aronnax brings along his faithful servant, Conseil, and they meet a new friend, Canadian Harpooner Ned Land. They set out on the navy frigate Abraham Lincoln and head into the Pacific Ocean. After days of sailing around and finding absolutely nothing, they spot a huge almost metallic mass in the water. When a storm hits the Abraham Lincoln, Ned Land and Pierre Arronax are thrown overboard. Conseil, being the loyal man he is, follows his master into the Pacific and they all wake up upon the Nautilus.

The Nautilus, explains Captain Nemo, is a new type of submarine that allows him and his crew to live completely isolated from civilization. They have to come to the surface every few days to refill their air stores and that’s how they accidently ran into the ships.

As the story continues, Aronnax, Land, and Conseil, along with Captain Nemo, hunt unknown species underwater, fight sharks, visit Atlantis, and encounter giant squid. Captain Nemo has a dark past, and the men realize this when he finally breaks. They know they have to get off the vessel and get back to land for their own sanity but also know that Nemo won’t let them leave easily.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a riveting book that had me hooked from the beginning. The amazing detail made me feel like I was actually there with them under the ocean and I would definitely recommend it.

Rengades (Book Review)

Renegades

Stars- 5/5

Summary – The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone … except the villains they once overthrew.
Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.(Goodreads)

Thoughts – I absolutely loved Renegades! It took me less than a day to read it. I couldn’t put it down, just like I couldn’t put down any of The Lunar Chronicles books or how Heartless was impossible to stop reading. That’s what I love about Marissa Meyer’s books — they pull you in and they won’t let you out until you’ve devoured the entire story.
This month, I was lucky enough to meet Marissa Meyer and see her in a panel with Cassandra Clare which was amazing! She was super nice and I got Cinder and Heartless signed. I wrote a review on YALLfest so go check that out!
My favorite character in Renegades would have to be Nova. She was strong and though her abilities weren’t showy, they were silent and powerful. On the other hand, my least favorite character was Ingrid, she was just horrible to the other Anarchists.
I highly suggest this to anyone that likes superheroes or anyone that enjoyed Marissa Meyer’s other books.

Age – 12+