Thursday, March 19, 2015

3/19/15 Saleena's reviews

Proxy is another (sigh) dystopian story; albeit with an interesting premise...that the rich can commission someone else to take their punishments and also be sort of their slave in order for them to get the essentials to succeed (like get an education, medical help, etc).  I've sort of seen this before (but not in the futuristic setting) and so have you if you've read the Newbery Award winning book, "The Whipping Boy".  However, it was an interesting read and it went to different places than the children's novel it reminded me of.  Check it out if you like dystopic novels.

Roomies was a fun and engaging read.  It begins when two girls get their college room assignments and decide to reach out to each other in an attempt to learn a bit more about them before the fall.  The novel alternates viewpoints and shows the emails as well as what is going on in each girls life.  They are VERY different girls with different lives & circumstances; and they both work through some major issues with each other and in their lives.  I really enjoyed this book which is one of only a few to speak of the transitions one goes through in the summer between ending high school and beginning college.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Saleena's reviews 3/4/15

I really wanted to like this book, but it was soooo dull.....and though I'm not a grammar nazi, there were some glaring issues that just made me cringe (which then takes you out of the believability zone).  So, the idea was good, but the execution, for me, left a lot to be many words with not much actually happening makes for an extremely boring read.

I found this to be an interesting and informative book about a section of the world that I'm not really familiar with.  So, if you're a nature junkie, you would probably enjoy this.

This book was not anything like I thought it would be, which was exactly what the title says it to fake a moon landing......sadly, what it really is happens to be a compilation of various "this is real/this is fake" scenarios, looked at through this scientist's point of view (and some references to others who have also looked at the phenomena).   The short vignettes and the dry scientific language along with the very simple pictures (it is a graphic novel after all, so art style counts) make this come off as very boring.  I want the book I thought it sounded much more interesting than the book I got.

Golden is a two tiered story.  First, you have the story of Parker, Valedictorian and looking to attend an Ivy League school....she's never done anything that might get her into trouble.  She's helping one of the teachers when she comes across the journal of a girl who disappeared (and is presumed dead) 10 years ago.  Against all her good judgement, Parker takes the journal to read it; and finds that all the things she thought she knew about the Golden couple who died tragically 10 years ago are not true.   Can she unravel the mystery of what really happened?  Will doing it force her out of her small coccoon and bring her happiness or will it destroy all she's worked for?   I liked the approach to the story and found it interesting to read.  It was a bit predictable in spots, but a fun read nonetheless.

I am, as most people know, NOT a fan of dystopic novels....however, this post-apolcalyptic story was absolutely amazing!  Lozen is a Native American, mostly Apache, but with other tribes mixed in.  She survives as a hunter and killer of deadly creatures that now roam the earth, ever since The Cloud came and made all electronics cease functioning.  The Cloud actually killed a lot of "enhanced" humans, but those who hadn't completed the conversion to computers in their brains, have survived; and are building small cities with themselves as leaders.  Lozen's family is held hostage to her good behavior, so she does what she is told, all while watching for a way to escape & save them all.   I love Lozen as a character, she is strong, tender, intelligent, and oh so capable.  Bruchac has outdone himself with this story......someone needs to write the screenplay version of this....or turn it into a TV series because I would SO watch.

Living with Jackie Chan is a companion to Jumping Off Swings.  You don't need to have read one to understand the other (I didn't read both yet and it worked for me).   Josh has left his hometown in his senior year of high school, to live with his Uncle in an attempt to run away from the tragic mistake he made last year; and also to try and restart his life in a better way.  I really enjoyed the journey of Josh as he grieves for his mistakes & tries to move on.  I also love the fun & corny relationship he has with his uncle as well as the real struggles that come up with his dysfunctional family.  Knowles really brings the characters to life, flaws and all in this book.

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