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The Hunger Games trilogy was a fascinating read. I would only recommend it to young adults in middle school and onward. The subject material of the book is hard for some people to read because it is kids killing other kids. It does get very graphic at times. These books are about a new government and civilization called Panem that replaced North America. There used to be thirteen districts but now there is only twelve. There is much conspiracy thoughts about district thirteen. Besides the thirteen districts there is one Capitol. The people in the districts have to work so the people in the Capitol can do as they please. The Capitol holds the Hunger Games every year. A boy and a girl are picked from each district to fight in an area until only one is standing. Some of the districts like one and two have more technology than other districts like eleven and twelve. Many times the kids from district one or two win. This year anyone can win. Katniss is the chosen girl for district twelve. She volunteers to go because her sister was picked initially. Katniss not only tries to win the Hunger Games but she tries to win against the government and causes many problems. It is not a very hard book to read but it does parallel the ancient city of Rome. Again, I would recommend this to anyone looking for some good books to read.
When first starting the Great Gatsby, one may find it confusing and hazy. Once you read past the first chapter or two the plot becomes more clear and defined. The main character is Nick who has recently moved to the New York island of West Egg. He finds that many people who live on both West and East Egg are enchanted by the man named Gatsby. He is a mysterious man who lives in a mansion next to Nick.
He happens to be fabulously wealthy and throws extravagant parties on the weekends that can end in either the destruction of property or live-in party-goers. The story really heats up when Nick discovers that Gatsby had a previous relationship with his wealthy cousin, Daisy, who lives across the river in East Egg. Not only did they have a previous relationship, but Nick learns that Gatsby wants him to arrange himself and Daisy to meet again. However, this raises concerns for Nick because Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan and they have a young daughter. Another important point in the story is the fact that both Tom and Daisy are unfaithful to each other, Daisy with Jay Gatsby, and Tom with Myrtle Wilson.
The boiling point of the story is when Tom and Gatsby have a fight and then everyone leaves the hotel. On the way back an accident happens involving Myrtle Wilson which leads to the ultimate demise of Gatsby.
The day begins like any other. Dean's bus ride to school is uneventful until impossibly large hailstones start falling from the sky, destroying cars and causing the bus to crash. The students on the bus are saved by another bus, and find shelter from the hail in a Greenway superstore (the equivalent of a Walmart). When Mrs. Wooly, the only adult, doesn't return from seeking help, things start to get ugly. The group – six high schoolers, two eighth graders, and six children – finally catches a television signal that explains how a huge volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami that wiped out the east coast of the United States. Then a massive earthquake hits Colorado – and shortly after, the kids hear that the earthquake destroyed NORAD, causing radiation to leak. Panicked and terrified, the children make the store home. Within the confines of the superstore, they wait. They fight. They struggle to survive.
Monument 14 was one of the best books I've read in a long time. If you like the dystopian genre of books (Hunger Games series, Uglies series, Matched series, Maze Runner series, ect.), you will love this book. It keeps you hooked with every word. The only part I was disappointed with was the ending, but there's a second book coming out! This book is totally worth reading.
"Since the dawn of time one question has dominated all others: Zombies or Unicorns?"
Zombies vs Unicorns is a book filled with several short stories written by some of the best young adult authors. Six Unicorn stories and six Zombie stories. Each author tries to prove why their side is better. Throughout the book Zombie lead Justine Larbalester and Unicorn leader Holly Black debate the pros and cons of each mythical creater. Justine sees the Unicorns as frilly little girl creatures while Holly sees the Zombies as gruesome flesh eating monsters.
Carrie Ryan writes a tragic story of a young girl whose mother was killed by a group of zombies and has to live with a ruthless father. From Diana Peterfreund we read about a different side of the unicorns. We read of a killer unicorn who can only be controlled by a young girl named Wen.
Personally my favorite story is by Maureen Johnson. In her story a teenager who was abandoned in England by her boyfriend has to find a job. If she wants to get back to America she needs to get a job so she can buy a plane ticket. She ends up being a sort of nanny to an actresses group of children. These children aren't ordinary though. They are zombies.
I definitely recommend this book if you are into fantasy. It's a perfect, simple read for the long summer days. So, whose side are you on? Zombies or Unicorns? Choose wisely.
Mclean Sweet is a seventeen-year-old who has been on the go for two years now. Her father’s job as a consultant in the restaurant industry requires them to move around, and Mclean has forgotten what it’s like to have a real home. She blames her mother for her parents’ divorce, and constantly avoids all her mom’s efforts to get close to her. In each town she moves to, Mclean creates a new name and a new personality for herself: Eliza, the cheerleader, Lizbet the drama queen, Beth the student council representative. But when she and her father move to Lakeview, Mclean finds herself giving out her real name, and making friends that she actually likes. Nothing seems to be following her set pattern anymore, and even her father seems to be changing as well. In What Happened to Goodbye, Sarah Dessen creates a touching story about family, believing in love, and the true meaning of home.
Paper Towns wasn’t anything I expected. It’s a coming-of-age story, but with a little romance in it, with a bit of adventure and friendship. The story starts with Quentin, who lives next door to Margo. Margo takes Quentin — who has been in love with Margo forever — on a journey he’ll never forget, before she disappears. Quentin hears that Margo has always left clues whenever she left in the past, so he takes it upon himself to follow the clues and find her.
I loved how this book was about searching — not only searching for Margo, but searching to figure out who you are, searching for friendship, and searching to find out what matters. The book isn’t written in some philosophical way, but in a nerdy, hilarious boy-way. The dialogue was great, and the characters were memorable. Any reader can connect to this book.
I don’t want to ruin it for future readers, but I liked how Green didn’t write a story to just satisfy, but one that was more similar to everyday life. Not everything is easy and I loved how Green can write such an appealing novel about such hard topics. Paper Towns was one of the first John Green books I read, and it was definitely not the last.
When seventeen year old Clary Fray heads out to her favorite club in New York City, she gets a nasty shock. She seems to be the sole witness to a murder, and not only that, nobody else seems to see the murders. They are the Shadowhunters, people whose job is to rid the earth of the horrible monsters known as demons. This is also Clary's first encounter with sexy Jace Wayland. In mere hours after this encounter, Clary discovers that her mother has been kidnapped and she is attacked by a demon. With that she is pulled into Jace's world, thirsting for revenge and wanting more than anything to find her mother. But will she have what it takes to survive the encounter? That is a question only Clary herself can answer.
This is a brand new phenomon in the making. With its twist of humor in this dark and sexy tale, it definitely is worth anyone's time to read. Full of suspense, drama, and action, this tale of love and secrets is bound to make anyone hungry for more
This tale takes place in the Empire of the Celestial Dragons, a place where twelve ancient dragons control the land, along with their Dragoneyes, certain men who are chosen by the dragon itself to control the dragons power. The biggest rule in the land is this: a Dragoneye can never be a woman. In this land is a boy named Eon, a crippled boy who is in training to hopefully be picked as the next Dragoneye apprentice. Little does everyone know, Eon is actually Eona, a sixteen year old girl who just wants a good life. With her deadly lie to protect, Eona finds herself caught in political affairs and a devastating plot that threatens the entire land.
Eon is full of action, suspense, and secrets revealed: perfect for the avid reader. It is a phenomenon, so full of beuaty and humor that I can barely describe! Charming and truly unique, Eon is a book that will have readers bouncing in their seats for the sequel!!
The Empire of Celestial Dragons is being torn apart by the twelve dragons, who are still mourning the loss of their Dragoneyes, murdered by Lord Ido. And even worse: Lady Eona cannot even control her new found power. With Kygo still missing, the resitance to Sethon isn't well. This new installment by Goodman is full of romance. Love will be found and lost, desire will be fulfilled and broken, and war is near. One thing is very certain: the thousand years of peace in the land are over.
This is an extraordinary tale full of love and suspense. With an unexpected love triangle in the making, you will see things you never imagined possible in this wonderful world that Goodman has created. Eona is definitely a worthy endig to a thrilling tale.
The Son of Neptune is the second book in the Heroes of Olympus series, which is a sequel to the Percy Jackson series. This book doesn't only include Greek mythology but it also incorporates Roman mythology. The book is mainly about Percy getting his memory back. It is also about Percy Frank and Hazel trying to stop the children of Gaea (Roman god of the Earth) from destroying half-blood camps, the gods and eventually the whole world.
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