Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Reviews from Saleena 12/15/15

I honestly was afraid to read this one; it just seemed so sad.....The synopsis is that Veda is a passionate  and talented dancer who loses her foot in a car accident and struggles to find a way to keep dancing.   I started reading it and found two things....first, it was a quick read because it's in poetry form. Secondly  it's much more uplifting than I expected.  The journey is intense and fraught with emotion; but still, not the downer I was worried it would be.  I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone.

Abigail is back in the next adventure with Jackaby.  This time, someone has found strange dinosaur bones out in the country.  Luckily for Abigail it also is the part of the country where Charlie has been exiled to (and Abigail kind of likes him).  There is adventure and danger and fun throughout the novel and I didn't want the book to end.  I am hoping there are more coming, and shall look forward to devouring them in turn.

Celeana is back for further adventures in the Crown of Midnight.  Now that she's the King's Champion, she has a list of people she is supposed to assassinate for the king...but Celeana is quietly compiling more information about why the king wants them assassinated and if she can; she sends them into exile and pretends to have done the deed.....treasonous to be sure, but she is trying to walk a fine line.  Then the lines get even more blurred as she finds herself falling for Chaol, and also finds her friend Nehimia hiding things from her.  When disaster strikes, and the unthinkable happens, Celeana has to decide whether she is truly on the King's side or not.   I really liked the first book, and for whatever reason it took me awhile to read this sequel.  Thankfully, this book was just as captivating and shows some real character growth from Celeana.  I am looking forward to carving out some time to read the next two novels in the series.

The Crossover is another book in poetry format (which is awesome because they are always quick reads).  This one centers on two brothers who are twins and basketball stars; but who are finding that as they get older, they are less alike than ever.  Josh is angry that JB is dating and also worried about his father's health.  JB doesn't understand why Josh is making a big deal of things.  This book was quite engaging even if you don't like sports, and is a great look at growing up that is truthful, yet not too sad or plaintive....also, there are some vocabulary words (bonus!)   I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and if you're looking for a book for younger teens, especially boys or reluctant readers, this is a VERY good option.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Rithvik Nuti Book Review: The Novice

Rithvik Nuti
Book Review: The Novice
            Fletcher, a disliked and a not so popular teen is about become one of the most well known teens of his age. Starting as an apprentice to a local blacksmith in an unknown village, he becomes the best summoner of his age in the entire kingdom of Hominum. Fletcher, the  main character of the book is an adopted child by a blacksmith  named Brendon. His life was normal, working in the forge from day till night with some breaks in the day until one day, when a creepy looking soldier gives him a summoner’s book. The summoner’s book has all the spells, incantations, scripts, diagrams, and the description of how to summon a demon. Summoning a demon is not a very common skill among people, especially among commoners.
Not trusting his luck, Fletcher tries to summon a demon, and succeeds in summoning a red solomon. This conflict raises the question about his lineage. Is Fletcher really a blacksmith commoner, or is he related to a noble bloodline because only a noble can summon demons as commoners do not have that power in them which it takes to summon a demon. Also, on the same day he summons his demon, Fletcher is charged for a crime he does not commit. This is why, to stay alive, he has to run away from his village to prevent himself from getting arrested. Constantly on the pursuit, he arrives in the major city of Corcillum where the Vocan Military academy for  the nobles is there. In Corcillum, he meets Arcturus,who is impressed by Fletcher and sends him to the best academy in the kingdom, the Vocans. In this school, Fletcher is curious, excited, and extremely grateful for the opportunity he just received and tries his level best to succeeds in the school. However, his tries are suppressed by the noble kids who are present there. He also meets different races such as dwarves, and elves. These cause him to walk on a different and a dangerous path. There he meets Sylva, Othello, and Tarquin.
Now Fletcher has to choose the right friends, and allies to stay alive and succeed in the school. Will he able to do it? This exciting and adventurous book by Taran Matharu is  perfect for anyone who likes young adult fantasy. It has many ups and downs with cliffhangers which will make the reader grip their seats and to not lose interest. The Novice, the first in the trilogy has many realistic social problems. For example, the inequality between the different social classes is an important theme in this book. Also, racism and suppression of  the different and the not so popular races is demonstrated throughout the novel.
This debut novel is recommended for anyone who loves Pokemon, and all the games in that genre. If you are someone who love to read books like Harry Potter, Eragon, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and are comfortable reading them, The Novice is a perfect book for you because many of  magical information, demonology, and the spells are included. There were many things I liked in this novel. For example, the book is very descriptive and detailed throughout. This prevents readers from getting confused very often because there is a huge amount of information in this book. For example, the author has a description of every demon, its powers, its feature, who can summon it, how it works, etc,. Also, I loved the cover. It is so eye catching, and so descriptive that the cover itself is gives an insights about what the book is going to be about.It has all the major componenets that on might get confused if they do not see the picture properly. The one thing I did not like about this book is the amount of struggles the character has to face. Due to the class inequality, Fletcher had to face many struggles and a lot of disappointment. Even though it is very inspiring and focuses on the social issues of prejudice, it is a little bit sad to read at some parts. Nonetheless, it is wonderful and a suspenseful novel that teens would love to read.

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

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