Monday, April 29, 2013

The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune

In "The Son of Neptune" Percy has lost all memory but for little scraps and pieces of his past. What he does find though is that two Gorgons are chasing him, calling out to him "You have killed our sister Medusa, you must perish." Percy has no recollection of this happening, and as most people would he ran from them. The gorgons chased him for many days and nights, up until Percy ran into an old lady, named June. June asked Percy "Provide me with a favor or live safely under the sea and everybody and everything destroyed." Percy, being one to not sacrifice others for his own good, performed this favor for her. Carrying her across the river Tiber, Percy lost his immortality which he obtained from the river Styx. June, after the favor being completed, announced that she was actually Juno or Hera, in Greek Mythology. Juno instructs Percy with a prophecy of what he should do and what will happen if he does.

                                                              "I've got this." - Frank Zhang

I loved the Heroes of Olympus books, and I think that this series will be even better. Riordan writes with such fluency that captures every moment of the story line. It was really hard to put this book down, there was just so many action packed chapters that I would finish one, and then another would start.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fighting and some pretty good dialogue. This book is great for those who need a good read, but you still need to read the first one. 

Ethan Toone

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Callie's parents are dead, killed when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. Now she is living as a squatter with her sick little brother, Tyler, and her friend Michael. Her only option is Prime Destinations, a place in Beverly Hills, that hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders, seniors who want to be young again. Lissa Price has put together a compelling dystopian story about a girl who's just trying to survive- even if that means renting her body to icky old Enders.

"I know another building," Michael said. "Not far, twenty minutes."
Another building. Another cold, hard floor. Another temporary place to squat. Something inside me broke.
"Draw me a map." I fished in my sweatshirt pocket and pulled out the contract. I ripped off a quarter of it.
"Why?" Michael asked.
"I'll join you guys later." I handed the paper to Michael and he started drawing.
"Where're you going?" Tyler asked, his voice hoarse.
"I'm going to be gone for a day or two." I looked at Michael. "I know where to get some money."
Michael glanced up from his map. His eyes locked with mine. "Cal. You sure?"
I looked at Tyler's tired face, his sunken cheeks, his baggy eyes. The smoke had made his condition worse. If he went downhill and didn't make it, I would never forgive myself.
"No. But I'm going anyway."
When war broke out, so did a genocide spore. Even one fleck of the deadly yellow flakes can kill you. The oldest and the youngest got vaccinated first of the deadly spore, for being the most vulnerable. Ironically, they are now the only ones left. Though she hates the idea of old Enders controlling her body, Callie agrees to be a donor for Prime Destinations, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive. But when the neurochip they place in Callie malfunctions, she wakes up in the life of her renter. Living in her mansion, driving her cars, and passing as Helena Winterhill's granddaughter.

The setting was really fascinating to relate and contrast with. Starters is our own world today; but huge differences. There's the places like Beverly Hills, that's the exact same. Clubs, salons, and jails, that are filled with Enders, and their grandchildren. Then there are the places that are considered 'ghetto'. Filled with Starters- kids under twenty- trying to survive as squatters, or trespassers. It was really interesting to be able to see how different things were. Everyone is either rich, or very, very poor.

I personally really enjoyed this book a lot. It's vaguely similar to The Host, and it was cool to compare the differences and similarities between the two. I think people who liked The Host and/or The Hunger Games would enjoy reading this captivating story. Lissa Price writes it in a way that makes you never want to stop, and then a huge gasping plot twist at the end, craving you for more, topped it off. Definitely a good- make that great- read.
Pendragon (Book 2)
The Lost City of Faar
 By: D.J. MacHale

"I could go on forever about how strange this is, but I don't have time." -Bobby Pendragon

     Shortly after his first adventure on the territory of Denduron, Bobby Pendragon is whisked off on another journey to save the underwater world of Cloral. Saint Dane, the villainous mastermind, is back once again. This time, he is more than determined to turn the seemingly perfect territory of Cloral into a war zone. It's up to Bobby, Uncle Press, and a new friend, Vo Spader, to save this underwater colony from disaster. This crime fighting gang find a clue that leads them on a hunt to find The Lost City of Faar. Bobby, Press, and Spader believe that Faar holds the key to stopping Saint Dane in his tracks and saving Cloral. Can this rag tag group, along with some new friends, find the Lost City of Faar and stop Saint Dane before its too late?

     This is the second installment of a great series. I loved the first book, and the second book definitely was NOT a disappointment! I really enjoy the format that this book is written in. It's written as Bobby's journals being sent to his two best friends back on Earth, Courtney and Mark. I love science fiction, and this book is incredible. I also was able to make a connection with The Lost City of Faar being The Lost City of Atlantis in our world. D.J. MacHale writes with great detail so it's easy to visualize what is going on.  Overall, a super good read with great characters and a superb plot.

Of course, you have to read the first book though :) 

-Natalie Freeze B8

No Safety In Numbers

No Safety In Numbers By;Dayna Lorentz

A biological bomb has been discovered in the air ducts of a mega mall.People start to think that the threat is no real life threat maybe its just game or maybe its a scam.Till the bomb goes off and the all of the doors have been locked.People start to get very sick hundreds of people trapped inside a mega mall with no way out and a bio hazard substance flowing through the mall.Days become longer but a a group of friends,Lexi,Marco,Ryan,Shay have also been trapped inside the mall as with the others.

"There is no safety in numbers or in anything else"-James Thurber

I think i made a pretty good connection with this book because i like the way the story kinda rolls out and unfolds.

The kind of person that i think would like this book is really anybody i may be wrong or i could be right but all i can say is i love this book i think you would too.

The Hunger Games

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Les Miserables

 Les Miserables
by: Victor Hugo

 A battle between virtues Mercy and Justice has just begun.  But in France's 
post-revolutionary era, which will come out on top?

It's 1815 in a revolutionized France.  The French revolution got rid of the king, but another mighty ruler once again reigns over France.  The lower classes are suffering.  The people are angry.
There is an uprising on the horizon.  

Jean Valjean, a man convicted for steeling a loaf of bread, has finished his time in prison.  It has been 19 years since he has breathed the air of a free man.  Valjean is given his yellow ticket of parole, which offers him little freedom.  If he does not follow the scheduled itinerary outlined in his parole, he will be thrown back into prison.  He is a broken man who has learned to love nothing.  It greatly affects him when a bishop reaches out to him in kindness.  Valjean is shown a new side of life and becomes very successful.  But his past seems to follow him wherever he goes.  Will he escape the clutches of the ruthless Javert, who has every intention to banish Valjean to a life behind bars?  Will he find love?  What will happen to those few of France who still wish to defend their rights?

“Before him he saw two roads, both equally straight; but he did see two; and that terrified him--he who had never in his life known anything but one straight line. And, bitter anguish, these two roads were contradictory.”

This is just one of the many profound quotes that can be found in this book.  This particular one is referring to the police officer Javert. For all of his life, Javert has only known justice.  He sees the world in a very black and white manner.  But then he is shown mercy, and he is not able to understand it.  The idea torments him, and becomes his undoing.  I think this quote relates to us because it describes how a new way of thinking can be very frightening.  There are times when we may only be able to see one way to go, and when that veil is lifted, it can almost be too much to comprehend.

I really loved reading this book.  I am an avid fan of the musical, and reading the book really added to the story line.  There are so many interesting twists and turns that were not included in the musical or movie, so if you are a fan of either of these renditions, read the book!  I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and is a great reader because the language can get kind of tricky. This is a novel that everyone needs to read before they die!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Prue Mckeel is a girl that lives a simple life. That is until her brother gets taken away by a murder of crows under her supervision. They take Mac to the "Impassable Wilderness." Prue decides it is her duty to get her brother from what is in the unexplored woods. While on her way, she is followed by Curtis, an acquaintance from school. When in the woods they get separated from one another. Prue is led to a village where the people that are high in the government stay in, and animals and stores are at. Curtis on the other hand was taken away by coyotes and, unknowingly, became allies with one of the most evil people in the woods. Alexandra.

They find animals that talk, bandits, Alexandra who is evil in some eyes and a queen in others, and on top of all this, the government is after Prue for saying that Alexandra would try to come back to be the ruler of everybody. This means she has police officers, coyotes and other talking animals trying to pull her many different ways.

“As she walked, she breathed a quick benediction to the patron saint of sleuthing. 'Nancy Drew,' she whispered, 'be with me now." This quote is what Prue, the main character has said on her adventure, and I chose to talk about it because it kind of shows that this book is slightly adventure, mystery, but also talks a lot about how important it is to be around friends and family, and how they uplift and help you in hard times when you feel all alone.

The setting in Wildwood starts in Portland Oregon which is rainy and green. It then follows Prue into Wildwood which is a forest in some parts that if very thick with trees and plants and in the other parts there are pretty buildings the are cute shops, and small classic homes. the colors are teal, browns, golds, and orangy pink, which I just loved!

I really enjoyed this book once I got into it. It was slightly hard to get into, but once you do, you will feel very rewarded. It was very exciting and had a lot of plot twists. I would say people above the age of nine years old would be the best to read this because it is kind of hard to get into, but a very good read!

Lock down
Escape from Furnace
by Alexander Gordon Smith

Furnace Penitentiary. The world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. One way in, no way out. Once you're here, you're here until you die, and for most of the inmates that doesn't take long not with the sadistic guards and the bloodthirsty gangs. Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole,  Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world.
 In Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and as dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.
Together with a bunch of inmates some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers Alex plans the prison break to end all prison breaks. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex's actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that's hidden from the world.

 “Don't make the mistake of bringing your heart down here with you, there is no place for it in Furnace.”
-Donovan, Escape from Furnace.

The setting of this book is in Furnace Penitentiary, it is a mile under ground. It is made completely out of rock.

I would recommend this book to people who like scary books and are 10+ in age.