Friday, March 16, 2012

This was an insightful biography and written in a highly readable style.  I really enjoyed getting to know of of the USA's most notorious traitors a bit better.....History rocks!









In this highly lauded story (in poetry format) we get to know Ha, who escapes from Vietnam with her family and comes to the US.  We watch the struggles they go through and how they adapt.  Lai does a great job of putting the words together just right so that the reader feels what Ha feels, and the lesson of acceptance as well as how hard it is to be a refugee is there without hitting you over the head.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

I had been told that this was an amazing novel.....so I had to try it....and you know what?  They were right!  I really enjoyed this the entire way through (and actually didn't want to put it down).  The basic story is that it is 2044, and the world is a mess.  Fortunately for the masses of working poor, there is an online place where everyone can go to get away from the disaster that is our world, and that is OASIS.  When the creator of the online interactive game dies, he declares that he has left keys and games and challenges behind, and that the one who can find his "Easter Egg" (which is a computer game term for a hidden object) will win controlling interest in his company and his entire fortune.  Of course the entire world is looking, but years go by without any progress.....until one young man just a few months away from graduating high school finds the first key.  Finding the key sets off a series of events that feel like a tidal wave....unstoppable and destructive and scary....it also turns him into a target for everyone else who wants to win the Egg.   As a fun bonus, all the clues and all the games are from the late 70's and 80's....so there are lots of pop culture references along with the intrigue and game play.   You MUST read or listen to this book!

Chime started with a bang, with the main character declaring herself a murderer at a trial....and then goes backward to all that happened before.  It has some slow parts as the reader catches up to the events that have happened......but it was all in all a good book.  Billingsley grabs your attention and makes the main character feel real, with all the flaws and self-hatred she brings....which makes her an unrealistic narrator so the reader isn't sure what's right or wrong......I thought the ending was a bit obvious, but satisfying nonetheless.



This is the 3rd volume in the Chronicles of Nick.....and honestly wasn't one of my favorites.  Let me clarify....I love Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I love Nick.  I just thought that this particular book was a bit dark and unsatisfying.....lots of attacking, lots of bad guys lining up to take a shot....but no shining light, no "it's going to be ok".....and I realize it's because the series isn't done yet, and he's trying NOT to become the worse demon ever and the destroyer of all worlds......but it still just felt really sad and harsh (although a swift read).  I shall be hoping the next episode is more satisfying.....




I quite enjoyed this story.  Essentially the main character is brought her by a rift in space from a manga universe (complete with all the stereotypes of googly eyes and crazy hair).  Everyone is kind of stunned by him, except for one girl who falls in love with him.  This is sort of a comic version of a "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" with the "cartoon" character interacting with the "real" world in unexpected ways.  Definitely a fun, fluffy read  =)

Ananya Singh, 11th Grade Book Review of Embassy Row by Quinn Fawcett

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