Eclipse

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I pass through places dark and lost,

Prices higher than what I’d cost.

I walk through worlds without a word,

Watching the flight of an mockingbird.

I stride through cities consumed by the past,

Sorrowful nations that had seen their last.

I stagger through streets sometimes all alone,

Searching for a seat to call my throne.

I dance through domains drowned by death,

Desolate darkness where none draw breath.

I ramble through realms wrought in the rain,

Rebels and rogues who realize pain.

I flee federations forgotten and found,

Fading fantasies that fear has crowned.

I linger through lands longing for her lips,

Lonely and lamenting this my heart’s Eclipse.

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It (2017) vs. It (1990) (Movie Review)

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I saw the remake of It a couple of weeks back and here’s my opinion of the movies. This will be separated into categories and whichever wins the most is the best movie.

If you don’t know what Stephen King’s It is, here’s a synopsis. It is about a child killing spree, in Derry, Maine. It all starts with a kid named Georgie. His brother makes him a paper boat and he runs outside to float it with the flood water. It ends up going into the sewage drain and he is greeted by a clown. Georgie is only five and is killed by the “clown”. Similar things happen to other kids of Derry until Bill Denbrough, (Georgie’s brother) has had enough. He teams up with the so-called “Losers” of Derry to get revenge for his brother. They soon find out that “It” is not just a clown but a leper, a werewolf, a mummy, and other nightmares all wrapped into one. Therefore, need to stop the “clown” before he keeps killing kids and before they’re all gone.

1.    Overall story: In 1990 , It was a TV mini series. One episode as kids and one as adults. Since they had so much time to develop the story, it could be closer to the book. Therefore the remake can only be so long, which is why they are making a second movie. Round 1 goes to It (1990).

2.    Characters: In the 1990 It movie, I personally was upset with their character choices. The kids of It were okay and in my opinion didn’t really seem like a “family” like in the books. The adult cast was not good at all and disappointed me as a reader. In the remake, the character choice was outstanding. The cast really fit the reader’s imagination. The Georgie scene was perfect, and the lack of adults was also very important and they delivered. Winner: It 2017

3.     Pennywise (clown): In the 1990 version of It, audiences were absolutely terrified by Tim Curry playing Pennywise the Dancing Clown. He matched Stephen King’s description perfectly and I wished he had a little more screen time because he was great. When the remake came along Bill Skarsgard, knew he had big shoes to fill. The costume design was not my favorite but the clown’s story had much more time to develop. Winner: Tie!

4. Special effects (horror): Since the 1990s It movie had such a low-budget, it couldn’t spend it on special effects. And let’s just say it didn’t deliver in that department! The scariness was fair but not as scary as some other movies at the time. In the new It, they had CGI and better special effects than the 1990s did. It (2017) was more suspenseful than horror, but it really wanted to focus on the characters not just horror elements. Winner….

IT (2017)!!! I hoped you enjoyed this and I can’t wait for It Chapter 2!

“The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly”, Part 1: Summary (Book Review)

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a Young Adult, Fiction novel, by Stephanie Oakes. Published by Dial Books, it is a novel of 400 pages. Though there is no action in the book, the mystery of who killed the Prophet, as well as the practices in the cult, will keep your interest until the last page.

The story begins when Minnow Bly, the main character, attempts to kill a boy, named Philip, after stressing her. “I am a blood-soaked girl,” is how the novel begins, and is what makes the readers want to keep turning the pages. A few pages later, the police are there in order to provide medical assistance to Philip, and to arrest Minnow. They are ready to handcuff Minnow, but there is a small issue — Minnow doesn’t have any hands…

Flashbacks throughout the book reveal to us what had happened earlier. Minnow is a seventeen-year-old, who has just escaped the cult which she was in for the past twelve years of her life. The cult has unusual practices and beliefs. However, the characters don’t refer to it as “cult,” but rather “Community.” The Community is run by the Prophet, named Kevin. His followers refer to themselves as “Kevinians,” in the name of their prophet. The Prophet claims that once, he had met a janitor who was named Charlie, and that he was God. He also claimed that Charlie had told him that he was chosen to write and share his words.

Life in the Community is much different than in the real world. Every day, people wake up early and start doing their chores. Some people milk the cows, and some others clean and do other chores. Every man has multiple wives, so the families are very large, each one having more than ten children. This cult has many strict beliefs. For example, the Prophet claims that women cannot read books, since they are creations of the Devil. We later learn that he wants to keep them illiterate, so they will not be able to read his notes. The believers cannot listen to music, nor do anything that goes against the Prophet’s rules. Whoever doesn’t follow the rules shall see the consequences — the Prophet’s sadistic practices.

That is what happened to Minnow. Since she was considered older, the Prophet wanted to marry her, adding to his other eight wives. Minnow refuses, but the Prophet insists. Therefore, Minnow attempts to escape the Community. When the Prophet’s men catch her, she is sent to the Prophet. The Prophet orders Minnow’s biological father to cut off her hands, and after much debate, he does so.

One day, a fire starts in the Community. Minnow is able to escape into the forest and run to civilization. She attempts to save her sister, but she sees that her father has already gotten her. When she reaches civilization, Philip causes distress to Minnow. Being much exhausted, traumatized, and having witnessed a fire, Minnow is not very patient. Though she does not have any hands, that doesn’t get in the way of kicking Philip, almost to death. Minnow escapes, and the Prophet is mysteriously murdered.

Minnow is sent to a juvenile prison, where she becomes friends with her cellmate, Angel. Not true to her name, Angel had murdered her uncle, giving her the longest sentence of all the prisoners. An FBI agent, referred to as Dr. Wilson, has taken interest in Minnow. He wants to find out who has murdered the Prophet, in return of giving back her freedom. Did anyone in the Community survive? Will Minnow get out of prison? Did Minnow kill the Prophet? Will Dr. Wilson ever know the truth?

 

Another Day, Another Dungeon (Book Review)

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Another Day, Another Dungeon is a hilarious book by Greg Costikyan that describes a treasure hunt in the legendary Caves of Cytorax. Timaeus De’Asperge, a fire mage, and his companions fight Rog, a huge beast, and get its “nice comfy pile of gold”. They proceed to find a life-sized statue of a man in the altar of an evil temple. It is made of solid athenor, the most valuable metal in the world due to its ability to store mana. They bribe the guard to get in, but nothing of that value can be kept secret and soon their home is a battlefield, their friend kidnapped, and the statue gone — but only they know that. They find out that the statue depicts the last human king, Stantius III, and that the scepter of Stantius is glowing — the sign that a new king has arrived.

Suddenly, they are on a quest to not only find the statue, but to bring it to Arst-Kara-Morn, where the people will do anything to destroy them. They must somehow reverse a spell at Arst-Kara-Morn that has entrapped the soul of Stantius III inside the statue, preventing any more human kings from coming. This series is a great one to read and one I would highly recommend.

Rengades (Book Review)

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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+

YALLfest Review

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Last month, I went to YALLfest in Charleston, South Carolina. It was amazing! I met so many amazing authors and went to so many fun events. I even got five free books, and three of them were advanced reader’s copies!

Both days, I carried bags of books and got almost all of them signed. My favorite part was the very last event, The YA Smackdown. Most of the authors were there and they were all super funny. There was a part where a bunch of the authors split into two teams, Team Harry and Team Voldemort, for a lip synch battle. It was hilarious, and while this was happening, Veronica Roth was sitting right next to me!*Squeal*

To close the event and YALLfest, Tigerbeat performed. Tigerbeat, a band made up of a group of YA authors, was amazing! My favorite cover of theirs was a rock version of You’ll Be Back from Hamilton.

I went to panels for Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller, Becky Albertalli and Angie Thomas, and Marissa Meyer and Cassie Clare. They were all really funny and I’m super glad I was able to make it to all of their signings and panels. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet Cassie, but I did meet all the others and they were all super nice! During Becky and Angie’s panel, they tried mystery Oreos and hated them, but they still gave it to the audience to try. During Marissa and Cassie’s panel I was all the way in the back, unfortunately, but Cassie surprised everyone at the panel by releasing the cover and release date of the third book in the Dark Artifices Series!!!!!!!

I was so happy I got the opportunity to go to this amazing event! I can’t wait to go again next year!!!

Roar: Book Review

Cover of the book Roar by Cora Carmack

Review By Alyssa7128

“Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.”

Princess Aurora Pavan comes from one of the most ancient Stormling families in the world. As an heir to the throne, Aurora’s been groomed and pampered, more than you can ever imagined, to be the perfect queen. Thousands of years ago, her family was pledged service and devotion, in exchange for safety from the sky. The kingdom was practically made out of magic, and was capable of repelling the world’s deadliest enemies. To the people of the kingdom, Aurora sounds like she wold be the most intelligent and brave queen ever imaginable. But she shows no trace of magic she’ll need to protect the kingdom.

Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and menacing Stormling Prince from a nearby kingdom, to keep her secret safe and save her crown. He seems like the solution she’s been waiting for, as he’ll guarantee the protection of her people, and a spot as the next queen. But the more she finds out about him the more she want to hide under her bed and never come out.  When she sneaks out of the castle to spy on the Prince, she stumbles upon a black market she’s never seen before, and they’re selling what she lacks: storm magic. What scares her the most is the people selling it. They’re not Stormlings, in fact they’re storm hunters.

According to the many books Aurora read, her ancestors faced a storm and tore out its heart, to first gain magic. But when a handsome storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but instead possesses it, Aurora realizes there might me a third option for her future besides destruction and marriage.

She doesn’t have magic now, but if she’s brave enough, she could steal it.

I loved this book. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. It’s 380 pages long, with small print. It was a longer read, at least for me. I would recommend this book for ages 12 – 16. This book was so good and I would rate it a solid 10/10!!!!!!

-Alyssa7128 7th Grade