Thursday, February 26, 2015

Artemis Fowl by: Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is a genius, millionaire and a criminal mastermind, and he is only twelve. As Artemis tries to get more money by kidnapping a fairy, Captain Holly Short of LEPrecon, he puts himself into something he never even imagined. Will he escape get what he wants?

A lot of people recommended Artemis Fowl to me. Artemis Fowl is one of those children's fantasy books that you have to read as a kid. I didn't read it as a kid, I read it as a teenager and I still enjoyed it. It reminded me a bit of Alex Rider. Yes, Alex Rider is quite different from Artemis Fowl but Artemis and Alex are both prodigies who using their skills to the full extent. Eoin Colfer's writing style reminded me of the style that the 39 Clues is written in. The style might be similar because both series are written for the same age group. Which causes me to regret the decisions I made as a 12-year-old. I would have enjoyed Artemis Fowl so much more if I had been younger when I read it. I would give it 3 stars.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Books Read 1/2/15 - 7/2/15

Hiccup wants a normal, and nondangerous birthday. But Toothless might get banished, and that leads Hiccup on a dangerous journey to steal the Viking's most sacred book. 3 stars.

Harish finds an anchor in his life when he encounters the Jarawa community. Seema has returned to her islands after going to the mainland to study. They work together and try to find ways to help the endangered Jarawa. But a bigger threat has arrived, the tsumani of 2004. 3 stars. My Review
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vesper by: Jeff Sampson

Emily Webb is a geek and she is quite content that way. She doesn't get into fights, flirt with other girls' boyfriends, or sneak out for midnight parties. But then one night she finds herself doing just that. On top of that Emily doesn't know why she is doing any of this. During the day she is the same old geeky Emily but during the night she turns into a thrill seeker. Every night she gets wilder and wilder until it's not just Emily's personality that is changing. She is becoming stronger, faster, and fearless. Emily realizes that she might not just be coming out her shell, something much bigger might be going on.

When I started reading Vesper I was confused. But it was a good kind of confusion. I was confused because Emily was confused. Jeff Sampson managed to convey the situation and the Emily's feelings very well which caused me to experience things alongside Emily. Jeff Sampson also wrote Emily's "transformation" from nerd to popular girl very well, while he conveyed her bewilderment, discomfort, and fear on this "transformation." Overall I enjoyed the book and want to read the next book in the series. I would give Vesper 4 stars.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Books Read 25/1/15 - 31/1/15

Oz isn't what it used to be. The yellow brick road is crumbling, Good Witches can't be trusted, and Wicked Witches may just be the good guys. What happened? Dorothy. She came back seized power. I am Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, and I have a mission. Dorothy Must Die. 3 stars.

Mr. Braithwaite first fought the class bully. Then he taught delinquents to call him "Sir." When he took all forty-six of them to a museum, riots were predicted. But instead a miracle happened. He turned hate into love. 4 stars.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Books Read 18/1/15 - 24/1/15

Hiccup Horrendous III's best friend. Fishlegs, has Vorpentitis. The cure is a rare vegetable called... a potato. Hiccup will have to be the Hero. Again. 3 stars.

Someone has stolen the Fire-Stone. Now the volcano on Volcalno Island has become active. The tremors of the volcano are causing the Exterminator eggs to hatch! Hiccup Horrendous III must return the Fire-Stone to the volcano before it erupts... 3 stars.

Before. Miles Halter's life is boring, and his obsession with last words is making him crave the Great Perhaps. He heads to Culver Creek Boarding School in search of exactly that. His live becomes crazy, all because of Alaska Young, who is an event herself. She launches him into the Great Perhaps and steals his heart. After. Nothing is ever the same. 3 stars. My Review

Born at the stroke of midnight of August 15, 1947 (the exact moment of India's Independence), Saleem Sinai is destined to be special. He is one of the 1,001 children born in the midnight hour. These children all have special gifts, these children are all connected to Saleem telepathically linked. As Saleem grows he learns the consequences of his gift, and the fact that his life is inseparably linked to his motherland. His every act is mirrored and magnified in the events of India. 0 stars. My Review

Set three years after If I Stay, and told from Adam's point this story is about grief and the promise of new hope. 4 stars.
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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Brain Jack by: Brian Falkner

In a world where Las Vegas is gone, New York City is being patrolled, and an online gaming is the most dangerous drug around, neuro-headsets have replaced computer keyboards. Sam Wilson knows he has to get his hands on one. But once he gets a headset and familiarizes himself with the technology he has a terrifying realization. If you can hack a computer, what happens when your mind is linked to the system? Can your consciousness it self be hacked?

Brain Jack was a good read in terms of plot but I didn't enjoy it as much because it was about one of my not so favorite topics: Computers. To be more specific it was about coding and how people hack computers, and I haven't really tried to understand how computers work so some of the terms went over my head. If you are planning on reading Brain Jack I suggest you have an understanding of computers. I would give it 3 stars even though some of the terms went over my head.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Books Read 11/1/15 - 17/1/15

Ellie is a Charmer, one of the most powerful, but her stepmother, Laurissa, manipulates and abuses Ellie to work spells that benefit her. Avery Fletcher arrives from prep school, which sets Laurissa off on dangerous journey. This time Ellie's life is in danger. 3 stars.

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