Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Book Review of Dangerous by Shannon Hale by Ravjit Kaur

Book Review of Dangerous by Shannon Hale
by Ravjit Kaur

This is a fantastic dystopian book that has a sci-fi twist to it! It is interesting, and different from other dystopian books that have a typical plot. This book is filled with action packed adventure, and crazy science fiction, with alien tech that’s out of this world! (Literally and figuratively).

Enter Maisie Danger Brown, the one armed girl that will save the world. Maisie has always wanted to be an astronaut, but with one arm, that isn’t likely to happen. When she gets the chance to go to NASA-like astronaut boot camp, she jumps right in! Little does she know, she will be getting into a whole lot more than that. Her team wins challenges at the camp, and she, her team, and the alarmingly charming Jonathan Wilder head to a little island off the coast of Ecuador to see a space pod. Before she knows what’s going on, they are up in space, and Dr. Howell, the rich scientist who made the camp, lets them touch alien technology. The alien technology plants itself inside their bodies, and they gain crazy superpowers. Aliens whose planets had been taken over sent these so called “tokens” to other plants to help them. Faced with saving the world, the “fireteam” appoints Wilder as their leader. Complications arise, and Maisie acquires all five tokens. Now it’s up to her to save everyone. However, Wilder’s dad wants the tokens to himself. With Wilder’s dad, Maisie, and the scientists all fighting for the tokens, time is running out for the Earth to be saved from the ghost-like aliens that inhibit humans’ bodies and trash them after they’re done. The only way to save everyone is to destroy their ship, so that the aliens won’t have anything to use as a host, but will Maisie be able to do it? Or will she crack under the pressure?

I love this book so much. It shows great loyalty, courage, and teamwork between the characters. This book is amazing, and is one of the best books I have ever read! If you want in on the full story, then read this book!

4/29/15 from Saleena

I love how Kontis changes the fairy tales and yet stays true to their spirit.  This one concentrates on Friday one of the younger siblings and pays homage in large part to the Seven Swan brothers.  I enjoyed the characters, watching the scenes play out and then seeing the interesting changes that were made.  Kontis is amazing.  If you haven't read the other books (and you can read them out of order if you wish.)  Then get on it!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

4/9/15 review from Saleena

Another zombie-esque novel....and equally AWESOME!!!  Ok, this one is from the point of view of Melanie...she is feared by the scientists who house her in a concrete cell.  The only life she knows is being strapped to a chair and sent to a classroom to learn things, and random scientific tests.  One day everything changes, and she learns who she is; and who she can become.  
I love the whole "flipped on it's head" function of this book.  It was truly a wild ride and a suspenseful read.

Finn is an earnest young man, a junior in high school.  He looks at the world a bit differently than everyone else partly because his brain works differently thanks to being horribly injured as a child and still suffering from seizures.  His best friend is irreverent and yet caring; and then he meets the love of his life, Julia.  

I can't say enough of this book, it is a slice of life about a young man just trying to figure out who he is, give himself some space and room to grow and fall in love.  Life isn't always easy, but characters like Finn. they make it interesting.   This is a great book that everyone should read, it's got a good heart even if it's a bit quirky (and that's why I love it so much)

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

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