Friday, October 28, 2011

Maximum Ride: Max (#5) By James Patterson

    Reading level: Young Adult 
    Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 
    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (February 1, 2010)
    Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock have barely recovered from their last arctic adventure, when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone--or something--is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the Flock to help them get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late.
      While Max and her team are exploring the depths of the ocean, their every move is being carefully tracked by Mr. Chu--a criminal mastermind with his own plans for the Flock. Can they protect themselves from Mr. Chu's army of mercenaries and save the ocean from utter destruction?
      Plot Summary MAX,<3 FANG<3, Nudge, Iggy, Gassman(Gazzy), Angel, Total (The talking dog with wings) all are happy to be back in the United States, Max's mom, Dr. Martinez, created a thing called the CSM , to put people's notice to pollution and ocean pollution so that the global warming will stop. So to get the message out they MADE the flock do these air shows, so when they get shot at they decide that the air shows are too dangers (after much arguing)  so they do one more air show. But of course Fang was right. They where WAY too dangerous.  They are attacked by what they described as robot ninja's with orange blood and flesh. So they get moved to a safe house.  Max goes flying alone at night when she gets shot by the robots that she named M-geeks and taken to a short angry Asian man named, Mr. Chew. When she refuses to join him in his plans she is thrown a half a mile away from the safe house (Quote!: So this ended up with me actually ringing the door bell.)  She has to rest for 3 days (really a week) in those three days Jeb had told them about a day and night school that he wanted them to try.  When they came back they learned that Dr. Martinez had been kidnapped. So they go in military subs down into the depths and mysteries of the ocean and awesomeness ensues. 
      Plot High Point:
      When Max and the flock find out where Dr martinez ais and rescue her. 
      Main Characters:
      Max-The flock leader- Brown hair, brown eyes-brown wings <3Fang!OMG....<3<3- Black hair, Black eyes(Always back clothes)-Black wings Nudge- Carmel hair, Brown eyes-Tawny wings Gazzy- Blonde, Blue eyes- (Unknown..) Iggy- pale bolde, Sightless blue eyes- (Unknown..) Angel- Blonde, blue eyes- Pure white wings Total- black fur-black wings 
      Personal Opinion 
      GO FANG GO FANG!!!!!! I like Fang cause he can change in a snap and he's SOOOOO awesome!!! I <3<3 this book. I like is because it's SO EPIC!!!

    Thursday, October 20, 2011

    AudioBook Review: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russel & Read by Lana Quintal

    Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Renee Russell

    Audio CD
    Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (September 28, 2010)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1442338962
    ISBN-13: 978-1442338968
    Reader: Lana Quintal
    Buy the Audio Book:
    Dork Diaries follows eighth grader Nikki Maxwell as she chronicles through text and sketches her move to a snooty new school; her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone; her enthusiasm for drawing and art; and a love/hate fascination with the new school’s queen bee, a girl named Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki’s rival in a schoolwide art competition. Nikki writes about friendships, crushes, popularity, and family with a unique and fresh voice that still conveys a universal authenticity. Nikki’s sketches throughout her diary add humor and spunk to the book, a surefire hit with tween girl readers.

    Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

    Audible Audio Edition
    Listening Length: 2 hours and 56 minutes
    Program Type: Audiobook
    Version: Unabridged
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Release Date: September 28, 2010
    Language: English
    Reader: Lana Quintal
    Buy the Audio Book: Amazon

    Settled in at her new school and flanked by awesome friends Chloe and Zoey, life is looking up for Nikki Maxwell, especially since her crush, Brandon, asked her to be his lab partner - a seriously awesome development. However, when Nikki overhears mean girl Mackenzie bragging that Brandon's taking her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki signs on to spend Halloween at a kids party with her little sister, Brianna, instead. After she finds out Mackenzie was lying and her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality, Nikki has two events to juggle... plus plenty of other entertaining trials and tribulations along the way!

    Dork Diaries: from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Renee Russell

    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Audio CD
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (June 7, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1442340460
    ISBN-13: 978-1442340466
    Reader: Lana Quintal
    Buy the Audio Book: Amazon

    Nikki Maxwell knows her reputation will be destroyed if anyone at school finds out her Dad works as the school’s exterminator in exchange for her academic scholarship. So when it looks like her secret might be leaked, Nikki’s willing to go to zany and wacky lengths to protect the truth—and the timing seems perfect when a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize. Nikki loves to sing and dance, but of course hijinks and misunderstandings aplenty ensue, along with more hilarious and heartwarming moments with all our favorite characters in this ultra-popular series.Dork Diaries 3

    AudioBook Review:

    So... the audio part was pretty good, I mean it wasn't my kind of book, but it was pretty good! I thought that the reader was a really good reader. I thought that Lana Quinlan did very well on the voices and she was very entertaining with the reading. I also think that if you like girly books that this is your kind of book! This audiobook (all three) was pretty entertaining and it wasn't very long so I breezed right through it!

    What I liked about the book...

    My Favorite character was Nikki, and she is the main character. Why I liked her was because she didn't always say "OMG! OMG! OMG!" And I liked that about her, she didn't want to be a really big popular girl. So that is what I liked about her! I like how there is a little bit of romance in the book, and I like scary books, but the only good scary books are YA books and  I cant read a lot of YA books! So as far as this book goes, it was well written and enjoyable.



    Saturday, October 15, 2011

    Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 Trailer!

    Yeah, you know what I want!

    My whole family loves Lego Harry Potter!!  We can't wait to get this one!

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Author Review: Shel Silverstein

    Shel Silverstein is not only an incredible poet but also a lyrical genius.
    "Once there was a tree... and she loved a boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written by the gifted and versatile Silverstein.

    There are many who would say that Shel Silverstein is a less nonsensical Dr. Seuss. I would heartily disagree; Silverstein is entirely his own writer. He takes any and every subject, making the words rhyme with a magical flow. Some of his work is funny, some whimsical. Other still make you smile at the sheer cleverness of the story.

    "Who wants a pancake,
    Sweet and piping hot?
    Good little Grace looks up and says,
    'I'll take the one on top.'
    Who wants a pancake,
    Fresh off the griddle?
    Terrible Theresa smiles and says,
    'I'll take the one in the middle.'"

    All of the different characters and personalities that Silverstein portrays on paper are the purest form of creativity I can imagine.
    Over the years, no matter how much I mature, no matter how much I grow, I simply cannot help but be intensely entertained whenever I recall a segment of "Falling Up" or am reminded of a line from "Where the Sidewalk Ends."
    Although most of Silverstein's work is humorous and lighthearted, there are those poems that take a much more serious note.

    "You should have heard the old men cry,
    You should have heard the biddies
    When that sad stranger raised his flute
    And piped away the kiddies.
    Katy, Tommy, Meg and Bob
    Followed, skipping gaily,
    Red-haired Ruth, my brother Rob,
    And little crippled Bailey,
    John and Nils and Cousin Claire,
    Dancin', spinnin', turnin'
    'Cross the hills to God know where
    They never came returnin'.
    'Cross the hills to God knows where
    The piper pranced, a leadin'.
    Each child in Hamlin Town but me,
    And I stayed home unheedin'.
    My papa said that I was blest,
    For if that music had found me,
    I'd be witch-cast like all the rest,
    This town grows old around me.
    I cannot say I did not hear
    That sound so haunting hollow-
    I heard, I heard, I heard it clear...
    I was afraid to follow."

    A word I used earlier to describe Silverstein was versatile. And I think that the poem above proves just that. Not only is Shel Silverstein incredibly adept at writing comedic rhymes, but also can take on that which is more serious, and this is what proves that he is an amazing writer.
    I don't think I'll ever grow out of Silverstein's work; it's just too good.

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

    • Reading Level: Young Adult
    • Paperback: 368 pages
    • Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (June 28, 2011)
    • Buy The Book: Amazon

    The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness...

    Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country--and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home. But North has secrets--about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North's sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?

    Through a journey that spans a country, magic and hard-won romance are woven together with precision and brilliant design by a first-time novelist.

    This book was AWESOMESAUCE! I loved the characters, the settings, the romance, all of it! This is definitely going to be added to my long list of favorites. I really especially liked how there were lots of different scenes, all in different places, it makes it more interesting to me when the author is explaining the scenes constantly. I also liked how the author didn't just instantly make the characters fall in love, they gradually discovered new things about each other and got closer before they fell in love. They only kissed like, twice or three times in the book, which made me happy, I like romance, but not excessive kissing. 

    I didn't not like this, but it still made me angry how North yells at Syd and gets mad at her sometimes when he's had too much drink. I didn't dislike much about this book, just North's random outbursts made me a bit angry at him. 

    My favorite character is probably Sydelle, because she is independent, strong, but also passionate about what she does, and also very kind, intelligent and helpful to those in need. I also think North was a pretty good character, he was misunderstood, but still kind and protective. The perfect hot guy of the story lol. My other favorite character of the story was Owain, North's friend. He's like, this big, teddy bear type guy who helps Syd and North with their quest. I got the feeling that he wasn't much for romance, because he started talking about his girl, Vesta, and it turns out she's a horse. 

    My least favorite characters were probably Queen Eglantine, The Sorceress Imperial, and Dorwan, a rogue wizard and North's sworn enemy. I usually have a thing for the bad guys, because they're cool, they have better weapons or it turns out that they have a heart... not this time. The villains were cruel, they didn't have very good weapons or anything, and they just didn't captivate me like they usually do. 

    I think this is a more fantasy-ish book, and real-life lovers might like it, but it has a lot of magic in it. Guys might like this, but it does have romance and mushy, sappy parts. I also believe that everybody should read this book, it is awesomesauce, epic, and it will knock your socks off!

    Angel: Maximum Ride: James Patterson

    Reading level: Young Adult
    Hardcover: 320 pages
    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (February 14, 2011)
    Buy the book:  Amazon
    In the seventh book in the bestselling series, evil scientists are still trying to convince Max that she needs to save the world, this time by providing the genetic link in speeding up the pace of evolution. Worse, they're trying to convince her that her perfect mate is Dylan, the newest addition to the flock. The problem is that, despite herself, Max is starting to believe it.

    Fang travels the country collecting his own gang of evolved humans, but the two separate flocks must unite to defeat a frightening doomsday cult whose motto is "Save the planet: kill the humans." And this time, the true heroine, for once, might just be little Angel.

    This book is about, Max, FANG, ANGEL, Gazzy(Gassman), Iggy, Total, (DIE!) Dylan (KILL HIM!!).

    So Fang left at the end of the last book to make his own flock. So he leaves Max heart-broken. Since she was screaming her head off in her room at the flocks safe house, and crying up in trees, the flock called Max's mom, DR. Martinez. So who's left? Fang. So who's there? you guessed him: Dylan *growls at him lashing tail*.  So when Dylan and Max are told that they should go to a house and get married Max and Dylan say no, BUT they become closer and closer throughout the book. Fang and Max's flocks both hear about this Doomsday group, that they are chanting, "Save that planted, kill the humans!" So Fang calls Max begging for help. So both flocks come together to save the planet...again.

    I HATE this book!!!! It's dumb and stupid and it's ALL DYAN'S fault!! I hate it because Fang leaves Max and Max likes stupid DYLAN!!!!! IF DYLAN HADN'T TOLD FANG TO LEAVE IN THE BOOK BEFORE THIS THEN MAX AND FANG WOULD BE TOGETHER AND I WOULD LIKE THE BOOK!!!! BUT NO IT'S STUPID DYLAN INSTEAD!!! Don't read it if you like FANG(Who's worthy of Max, Hotter than Dyaln, SMARTER than Dylan, and he's not 6 MONTHS OLD!!) I punched the pillow, I cried and I really screamed into the pillow.

    Oh and there is kissing in this book and it's really mushy gushy!

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Book Review: Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull

    Reading level: Young Adult
    Paperback: 464 pages
    Publisher: Aladdin (April 22, 2008)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 1416957707
    ISBN-13: 978-1416957706
    Buy the book: Amazon
    At the end of the school year, Kendra and her brother Seth find themselves racing back to Fablehaven, a refuge for mythical and magical creatures. Grandpa Sorenson, the caretaker, invites three specialists -- a potion master, a magical relics collector, and a mystical creature trapper -- to help protect the property from the Society of the Evening Star, an ancient organization determined to infiltrate the preserve and steal a hidden artifact of great power. Time is running out. The Evening Star is storming the gates. If the artifact falls into the wrong hands, it could mean the downfall of other preserves and possibly the world. Will Kendra learn to use her fairy gifts in time? Will Seth stay out of trouble?

    My Review

    As this series continues, my sheer awe and incredulity increases. These books are just plain awesome.

    This book picks up nearly a year after the end of book one. So, although there's a pretty big span of time covered, the characters retain their previous awesomeness of the first book. Brandon Mull really does a great job writing his characters in a way that makes you never want to stop reading about them. Every time I come close to finishing a Fablehaven book, I wish I could somehow add another hundred or so pages. And maybe another hundred or so pages to that.

    Although there is sort of a new villain is introduced into each new Fablehaven book, there is always that one same goal present that is partially introduced in the first book: defeating the Society of the Evening Star. Though, this one goal doesn't really come into play until the second book. This is where the real genius of the plot really starts. This is when the books get incredibly interesting. I'm not saying that the first installment wasn't great, but this second book is where Mull's master plan is introduced, and where you get really hooked.

    This is a very recommended series for any lovers of fantasy-type fiction. I first came across this series when I heard one of my friends compare it to Harry Potter; I couldn't not read it. These really are amazing books.