Book 1 in Divergent series
By Veronica Roth
Movie in March 2014
In a futuristic Chicago, to keep the peace, you must decide your life at sixteen. Will you be honest in Candor, peaceful in Amity, intelligent in Erudite, selfless in Abnegation, or brave in Dauntless? Beatrice Prior has always pushed herself down to be the daughter of an Abnegation leader, but even then, she isn’t perfect. So when it comes time for her to decide, and she finds out she is Divergent, which means she has the ability for three- Erudite, Abnegation, or..Dauntless. Going against every instinct, Beatrice picks Dauntless. In Dauntless, she becomes Tris, and learns how to jump trains, fly off cliffs, fight and kill people, and shoot a gun. And there’s a boy, of course. She learns the meaning of Divergent, and learns that she must keep it a secret at all costs. That people would kill her if they found out. And that her peaceful society has a breed of plotters, about to start a war.
Oh, my. I have heard about this book for a very long time, and though I searched for it in the libraries, I never found it. Until the other day when I saw it peeking out of the shelves. I picked it up, opened the pages, and I was hooked. This book is impossible to stop reading. It had me on the edge of my seat. The author writes with an unmistakeable voice, and characters so developed they will blow your mind. The one part I didn’t like about this book was the tinge of violence to everything. Knives, blood, guns, easy death, suicide, sure that’s all fine in small doses. But over and over it can prove to be too much. Overall though, I loved this book, and am dying to find the next one. I highly recommend it.0
The Hot Zone
5/10 Stars. It really depends on the person.
By Richard Preston
Ok, if you want a thriller, that is “terrifyingly true,” you have come to the right place. The Hot Zone. Probably the scariest book I have ever read, simply because it is all true.
A deadly, highly infectious virus has arrived in America from the African rain forest, completely out of the blue. There is no cure and 9 out of 10 people who get the disease are killed a few days later. The viruses are called Marburg or Ebola, and they are some of the most dangerous viruses in the world. The author takes the reader through the past histories of the virus, and explains (in gory detail) how the virus kills a person. How can this virus be stopped? After all, no virus ever goes away. They simply hide.
Ah! This was a Biology assignment from school and I picked this book because I thought, if anything, it wouldn’t be boring. I was right. This book grossed me out and made me want to walk in a bubble for the rest of my days, but it is definitely not boring. I don’t recommend reading this if you are not interested in how easily you can get infected and die, but I do recommend it if you are interested in that sort of thing.0
Life As We Knew It
By Susan Beth Pfeffer
Everyone is talking about the meteor that will be passing by. Miranda’s teachers are assigning projects and essays about it. But everything goes wrong in a split second..the meteor hits the moon. Miranda quickly learns that in this new world with the moon so close to their planet, it’s survival of the fittest. Her family piles the food, and already begins the rationing, and when people start dying, it just gets worse. The temperatures drop and Miranda and her family shelter in their home squished & starving. While earthquakes rock the world, dormant volcanoes explode and tsunamis drown the coasts, Miranda is forced to adapt to a world much different than her past one.
This book freaked me out! The whole time reading it my heart hammered and I planned what I would do if the world became Miranda’s. It was scarier than a horror book for me, because it felt like this situation could actually happen. I hope we are more prepared if it ever does! This is a really well written book, and includes snatches of love, teenage difficulties, and interesting takes on the world. I highly recommend it- if you are looking for a thriller to keep you on the edge of your seat.2
I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore ”
Confessions of a Shopaholic0
Confessions of a Shopaholic
By Sophie Kinsella
Becky Bloomwood has big dreams. Unfortunately, her bank account isn’t quite as big, and whenever she receives that news she treats herself with a little something. Just a little something. She is a writer, but a writer for a financial magazine. How boring can it get? But as Becky’s world comes crashing down and she hits rock bottom, Becky hears a story she wants to write, and the world starts to realize that maybe Becky has something to say too.
Oh, my gosh. This is such a great book, full of humor and sadness, shopping, and bank account warnings. The author puts such a spin on the situation that I felt like Becky was real the whole time, and I was worrying right with her. I highly recommend this to all women, especially those with shopping love and money problems.0
Dawn of the Clans: The Sun Trail
Book 1 of the Warriors prequel series “Dawn of the Clans”
By Erin Hunter
Before the four Clans reached the lake, there was a Tribe starving in the mountains. Their leader saw a sign that would lead half of them to a new home, and so the cats left, journeying to a new home. Gray Wing didn’t want to go, but when he was forced to find his younger brother, who decided to follow the journeying cats himself, Gray Wing has no choice but to leave his mountain home. Deadly eagles and heartless Twolegs make their path all the more difficult, and Gray Wing can’t help but wonder, Is this a trail we were never supposed to take?
I loved this book. I am a fan of the Warriors series, and I always love when the author comes out with another story explaining some of my questions about the Clans’ origin. Written very well with subtle hints of the clans to come, I highly recommend this book.0
By Anne Ursu
Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were inseparable. They dreamed of Oz, Hogwarts, and so much more together, always having their own worlds, apart from other children. But then Jack begins to ignore Hazel, and everyone tells her that this is bound to happen at her age. Hazel knows it is never that simple, and she is right. A witch with an icy heart has stolen Jack and taken him away into her kingdom, and if Hazel wants to get him back, nothing will ever be the same again.
This is a haunting, magical story of mystery, darkness, and friendship. I recommend it to all who enjoy fantasy and excitement, especially kids. This author has always been a favorite of mine and she has an amazing writing style to keep you on the edge of your seat.0
The Fault In Our Stars
By John Green
Hazel was supposed to die before now, but thanks to a tumor shrinking miracle, she is still alive. Hazel has always known she will die sometime. Walking around with the machine that lets her breathe, Hazel is not so loving of her life until she meets Augustus Waters at Cancer Kids Support Group, and everything changes.
An immensely powerful book covering hard subjects such as cancer, real life, etc. No sugar coating or hopeful kids. A love story wrapped in tragedy, literature, and humor, this book is one where everyone doesn’t want it to end. I highly recommend it to those at a level where they are ready to read real-life truths.2
By Jessica Brody
When she wakes up in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by dead bodies, she doesn’t remember anything. She doesn’t remember her name, or her age, or even the simplest things, like a cell phone or a supermarket. A mysterious boy keeps appearing, claiming she knew him before, and strange clues to her true life keep popping up in the weirdest places. Can she find out who she is? And does she really want to?
This was a great book that I really enjoyed. The skills of Jessica Brody’s descriptions, and eerie feelings really felt real. I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole book.5
The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nick Carroway lives next door to Jay Gatsby’s mansion where there are parties full of people every night, and where rumors about Gatsby center. After seeing his friends, Tom, Daisy, Jordan, and learning of their lives once again, Nick is invited to Gatsby’s party. He is quickly swept up in an exciting romance of Gatsby desperately chasing after married Daisy as they escape the average life and star in a fantastical story full of action, dialogue, and romance.
Honestly, I don’t know why this is a classic. It is written very well, and as I was reading through the first three quarters of the book, I enjoyed it immensely. Excellent background for each characters were written in the plot pretty well, and great dialogue and descriptions were very good in this book. I really liked this book and was starting to consider it one of my favorite classics, because of its interesting storyline and plot, and it was easier for me to read than many classics. Until the end. I won’t reveal anything, but the end is very disappointing. It is like the author just got bored and wanted to get the book done. I’m not sure I would recommend it, because I was very disappointed in the ending. It had so much more potential.0
Book 1 of the Infernal Devices series
By Cassandra Clare
Tessa Gray’s aunt just died and she is going to live with her brother in London. But immediately after arriving, Tessa is kidnapped by a pair of warlocks, the Dark Sisters, who will prepare her for marriage with a mysterious Magister by teaching her of a power she has inside, allowing her to become another person, living or dead. She is rescued and soon feels at home at the London Institute of Shadowhunters, angel-human beings created to fight demons. The danger just grows higher and higher as Tessa and the Shadowhunters fight to figure out who Tessa is, and how to get her brother back.
An amazing, spellbinding book full of twists, and mystery, and romance, and action. I couldn’t put this book down, and bought the next one right after, since I was loving the book so much. Cassandra Clare does a great job with her plot & characters, and if you are a fan of the Mortal Instruments series, you’ll recognize a few last names, and a couple awesome characters will return. I highly recommend this book to ages 13 and up.2
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