Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (September 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • Buy The Book: Amazon
 Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

     This is going straight to the top of my favorite list. Even above the Heist Society books. That's how good this book is. I love how Katniss is like, the top dog in her family and how she's tough yet caring at the same time, and she was so brave, to step in to volunteer for her sister and to take over for the family when her dad died. Suzanne Collins made me feel like I was really there, watching the events happen. This book was awesome because it had all the best things in it, romance, danger, action, fighting and awesomeness in general! Anyone who hasn't read it yet... you should just go read it... right now... drop everything and go to the library... I'm not kidding... go now. *Shoos people off to the library*
     My favorite characters were Katniss- of course- and Cinna, and Gale and Peeta. I even liked Haymitch a little. I felt like I knew all of them personally by the end of the book.
     Overall this was a really awesomesauce book, and a clean one too, other than all the blood and killing of course. <(^^,)> But yeah, no bad language or inappropriateness or anything. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!! Just go read it right now.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Storybound by Marissa Burt

  • Reading level: Ages 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • Buy The Book: Amazon
     Inkheart meets the Never Ending Story in this sweeping middle-grade fantasy.

     In the land of Story, kids go to school to learn how to be the perfect character: a brave Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They dream of the day when they will live out stories written just for them.
     But when a lonely twelve-year-old girl in our world named Una Fairchild is magically transported to Story, she realizes that the land is threatened by a dark secret- and and it may be up to Una to save it.
     With the timeless appeal or A Wrinkle In Time and the breathtaking action of Inkheart, Storybound will leave the readers wishing they too could jump into this enchanting fairy-tale world.

     Okay, so I thought that since it said Neverending Story on the back, that I would NOT like it. Because I thought the movie (I think that's what it was) for the Neverending Story was weird and annoying. But when I finally got past the beginning and all the boring stuff and it got to the action I really liked it! It was kinda cheesy how the main girl's name is Una Fairchild... like, that's kinda weird. But the character in general was cool. She was brave, smart, kind, and clever, and she always came up with cool ideas. I liked how they were all training to be characters, like how we learn to read, they learn to provide the story. One thing I thought was cool, is the old rulers of Story, and how they are kinda like the gods and goddesses of Percy Jackson, but in this book they're imprisoned and everyone hates them... except a few who think they are innocent. Well, I'd better not give away too much... that wouldn't be very good. My favorite character was Endeavor Truepenny. He was kinda mysterious at first, but then he and Una kinda get to know each other.. and I think they would be perfect together!!! Even though Peter and her were kinda cute together he has Snow. Anyway, this book was really clean and there was really nothing even a little bad!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Warriors: Sign of The Moon by Erin Hunter

  • Reading Level: Ages 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • Buy the Book: Amazon

The end of the stars draws near.
Three must become four to battle
the darkness that lasts forever. . . .
The dark forces that have driven a rift between the four warrior Clans are growing stronger. Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw now know that unless they can unravel the true meaning behind the prophecy that binds them, the warrior code could be destroyed forever.
While Lionblaze remains focused on protecting ThunderClan from another deadly battle, Jayfeather receives a desperate plea for help from the Tribe of Rushing Water. He must travel to the mountains in search of answers that link the Clans to the Tribe in ways no cat could have imagined. But with the summons comes an ominous warning that suggests the power of the stars may not be enough to save the Clans.

     Yeah, warriors, they're not actually that bad. I'm going to be in ninth grade next year and I'll still read them even then. I have actually had this one on my shelf since last year when it came out, which is kinda sad because I usually finish one of these in a day with breaks. But this one was kinda slow at the start and then I found out my least favorite cat in the whole entire series was going to come back in the next book and I was like, "meh." But it turned out to be pretty good, Jayfeather has a special medicine cat quest and Lionblaze seems to be pretty happy protecting the clan and Dovewing and the others are all happy. Except Leafpool. *Tear* She seems like she'll never see happiness again! JK lol, but still, she isn't very happy and it's sad because I liked her. Oh well, but yeah this book has some action here, a little romance there, the usual for warriors.

     I love Lionblaze, Jayfeather and Dovewing they are my current favorites because they are the three! I like how Dovewing is so nice and sweet and then Jayfeather can be soo grumpy then be kinda okay ish then be grumpy again. And Lionblaze is awesome period. I will always like Sandstorm and Squirrelflight and Leafpool, mother and daughters. But mostly Squirrelflight because she knows when to rip you apart and when to not rip you apart, and when it's a go she won't hesitate to rip you apart!
      I don't really not like Firestar but he's soo old! He needs to retire, he's only got like two lives left and when he only has one he really needs to retire! But before he does somebody kill Brambleclaw so that Lionblaze can be deputy then leader! Lionstar! Mwahahaha! And those two are okay compared to Hollyleaf! She gave away the biggest secret ever to the WHOLE forest at a gathering! And then Leafpool lost her med-cat ness and Brambleclaw dumped Squirrelflight for protecting her sister and her sister's kits!
     Overall the book wasn't bad, there's nothing really mature or bad like language in this book because it's for kids, so if you haven't read this book you should give it a try and read multiple books because it takes a few to get to the good parts like the big battle and all the fun stuff like betrayal and secret romance! lol I'm hopeless! Haha oh well!