Saturday, August 27, 2011

"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

Divergent, by Veronica Roth


Beatrice Prior has a decision to make. This decision will influence her life in all ways, and she only has one day to make it.

Doesn't that sound like an amazing book? When I read the back cover for this book, I basically said "Yipee!!" When I read Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games I fell in love with the whole idea of a dystopian society.

In Beatrice's world, there are 5 factions, Candor- The truthful, Erudite - The knowledgeable, Amity- the peaceful, Dauntless- The courageous, and Abegnation - the selfless.

Beatrice has lived in Abegnation for all her 16 years. When the time comes to decide whether to stay with or leave her family, she finds she is caught in the middle.
 A surprising turn of events cements her decision. Though it may be hard, she knows what she has to do.

Veronica Roth is officially one of my favourite authours. She has a unique way of writing that just calls to me. I become the character. I feel what they feel, I see what they see. When I get pulled out of her books, it feels like I am falling through the air, trying to land on my feet.

Especially with this book, I found that everything happened just right. I mean, yes, there were some deaths and such, but the story wouldn't have been the same without them. The story had a good flow to it for the most part.
The only thing that I found that I didn't like about this book was that is went a little slow at times. Sometimes there was too much of Tris sitting and thinking.

SPOILER AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In my opinion, since Divergent is the first in a trilogy (or so I believe....) the ending shouldn't of been what it was. With the whole rebel thing, and Tris's parents dying, I think that if there is another book it doesn't have much to work with. That is just my opinion though.

So that's all!

Hope you enjoy Divergent!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book I: The Lightning Thief


The 12 main gods for eons have ruled over man kind. The big three, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are the most powerful, and therefore have the most powerful children.

Half-Bloods. Half Human, half god. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Unluckily for him, Percy Jackson knows exactly what it is like. When he is attacked by a demon teacher, he realises that not everything is how it seems. His favourite wheelchair bound teacher is actually a centaur in disguise and his best friend has hooves and a furry behind.

I found the Percy Jackson books when I was in middle school. I was crazy into Greek Mythology, and when I saw these, the ancient Greek gods, built into modern times, and I was hooked!

Rick Riordan did a really good job at writing at an appropriate level. The characters are not paper thin, but just deep enough to follow along. Percy has the attitude of a young boy. He often thinks he is always right, and doesn't really see all the way into situations. This makes him an easy character to fall in love with.

Another thing that Rick Riordan did great was the story line. Not once did this book get dull. The story had unexpected twists and turns, but it was still easy to follow along.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in a fantasy book where a teenager is playing the main character.

There is only one thing that I don't like about this book. Percy Jackson, while you fall in love with him, and I realise he is the narrator, but he can get annoying! I don't know why.... I just found it.

So that is all that I have to say on The Lightning Thief! I would definitely recommend the entire series, there are 5 books in all.

So have fun reading!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My children were all made from paper and printer's ink...

Rating: 9/10

Meggie has never heard her father read aloud. When a mysterious stranger appears in the middle of the night, she is pushed into a new world. An evil man by the name of Capricorn, wants her father Mo to read aloud. Finally Meggie understands why Mo has never read aloud, and why she doesn't remember her mother.
Soon Meggie realizes that Mo isn't the only one with a hidden secret...

First things first. It is confession time. When I began to read the novel Inkheart, I was expecting something pretty awful. I had read a few of Cornelia Funke's other books, and I expected this one to be the same. Not a very deep story line, and all in all to me, boring.

Well, I was wrong. Dead wrong. A squirrel hit by a train wrong. Why? Because this book is TOTALLY AWESOME. There! I said it! I love one of (or now three of, including the next two in the series) Cornelia Funke's books.

When I began reading this story, I felt that I could really connect with Meggie in someways. A young girl who always has a book and not that many friends? Pretty much a model of me when I was 12-13. Unfourtunatley, I don't have a bookbinder father who can actually read things out of a book, something which I inherited.
     (No. I had to have a trumpet playing father who I inherated m big teeth from!)
I really love books that you can connect to like that. Even though I have read this book probably a 1001 times, I still love it! The story still pulls me in, and only 3 things can take me out of it.
1. A child crying (I babysit alot)
2. My alarm going off saying I need to go to work
3. Food.

I need to be honest now. However much I love this book, there are still some occasions where I find myself asking, how did that work? How did Dustfinger get that key from Basta? Where did all that time go? Cornelia Funke seems to jump around sometimes. Oh well, it is still an awesome story!
There ya go!

Till Next Time!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Winning means fame and fourtune. Losing means certain death.

The Hunger Games have begun...

Rating : 9.7/10

When 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteered to take her sister's place in the Hunger Games, she promised that she could try her hardest to come home alive from this fight to the death.

Suzanne Collins turned a desperate sister's promise in to a bone-chilling adventure. With many a new twist occurring frequently throughout, this story has become a favourite.

Until I came across the Hunger Games series (3 cheers to Gracie for introducing me!) I didn't think I would like books revolving around dystopian societies. Evidently I was wrong. The Hunger Games was unlike any book I had ever read. The story line had unexpected twists and turns, and not once did it get boring. A desperate plea to save a life, a secret  lovers confession, and a final, heart-wrenching decision. Now who wouldn't want to read a book with all that - and more?! 

In my opinion the best thing about the Hunger Games is Suzanne Collins is a decent writer. It seems that half of the books you come across now-a-days are interesting stories, but the writing quality is so low that it seems to be a struggle to get through the book. A book is a thousand times more enjoyable when the writing is up to par with the story line. (For example, if you are interested in a more advanced book, check out Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth novels. Amazing story and amazing writing!)


I suppose you may be wondering why I gave this book a 9.7 rather than a 10/10. Well while there are many things that are totally awesome about this book, there are just a couple of teensy little things I would've done differently.

For instance, the small section of the book after the games have ended, I think could've been elaborated on. That is when Katniss is having to worry about convincing everyone that it was just a desperate lover's act that she pulled those berries out.
To tell you the truth- that is my only complaint!

There you have it!

Let the reading of the Hunger Games begin.....

Also check out the next two books in the series, Catching Fire and Mockingjay!

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Best Way to Say Hello? Just Simply Say It!

Hello there!


I am a lover of all books, not just A.A. Milnes'. I read non-stop and while most people get cell phones taken away in class, I get my books taken away. I have created this blog because I think that people are more likely to read books if they hear more about them! So this a a blog for teen readers to check out different books that I have read, and read the revies on them.

I suppose I should introduce myself. I am Alice. No, I didn't choose the name because of Lewis Caroll's famous book, or because of Susan Juby's increasingly popular books. I just like the name! I am 17 years old, headed into Grade 12 at my local highschool, and I spend every spare minute I can curled up with my nose in a book. Oh, and of course, just in case you didn't figure it out by the second sentence of this blog, I am a Canadian! Woot!

That is it for now,