It was time to find a princess for the prince of Illea. That was not going to be an easy task. For generations, a Selection was held, which meant that...moreIt was time to find a princess for the prince of Illea. That was not going to be an easy task. For generations, a Selection was held, which meant that 35 of the most eligible girls from different provinces were selected to participate in a game of sorts to win the heart of the prince. It’s supposed to be a dignified affair, but when a crown and a handsome prince are involved, playing fair may not always be graceful.
For America Singer, receiving an invitation to the Selection was not a high priority. She didn’t want to be a princess, in fact, she was content to remain a five and marry her first love, Aspen. Even though Aspen was ranked as a six it didn’t matter to America. Being selected, especially as the One, would elevate her family and present a wonderful opportunity for her. America acquiescence from the pressure brought on by her family and Aspen. Being selected was a long shot and something she felt strongly was never going to happen, until unbelievably it did.
Would America’s beauty and musical talent win the top prize or will her rebellious nature and love for Aspen get in the way?
I thought this was a cute book. It was very reminiscent of the TV’s Bachelor or Bachelorette. The characters were well developed. America had a feisty and endearing quality that was similar to Katniss from the Hunger Game series. I enjoyed America’s and Prince Maxon’s relationship, but of course like most YA books there is a love triangle. I definitely want to read “The Elite” and see where Kiera Cass takes this story. I’m interested to find out the back story to the rebel invasions and Marlee’s possible secret. There were some predictable things that happened in the last few chapters, but overall I was pleased with how it ended, because it left you wanting more. Though I have an aversion to love triangles, I have to admit I’m intrigued to see who America picks or if, Prince Maxon even chooses her (less)
During spring break, Colette Iselin was taking the trip of her life… to Paris. She was hoping that it was going to be a life changing moment. She was...moreDuring spring break, Colette Iselin was taking the trip of her life… to Paris. She was hoping that it was going to be a life changing moment. She was about to find out just how life altering it was really going to be. Faced with mysterious murders by a serial killing ghost, a secret society, and a romantic interlude with a tour guide the City of Lights was shaping up to be the most exciting excursion ever.
Will Colette be able to hold onto her elite friends Hannah and Pilar, especially if her secret was ever revealed that she was penniless and on scholarship at their prestigious school? None of that may matter though, if she becomes the serial killers next target… Sometimes the truest friendships can hold under the pressure or maybe not.
I thought the concept of Marie Antoinette’s ghost chopping off the heads of shallow rich kids was interesting, but sometimes the story was a little silly. The lead character Colette and her side-kick-friends annoyed the heck out of me most of the time, which decreased the enjoyment of this book. The usual young adult themes ran through this story such as the obsessive drive to fit in with the wrong crowd, narcissism, and cluelessness.
By the end of the story, Colette’s character finally caught on that her supposedly best friend Hannah was a rich brat that was never going to accept her for who she was, so she had to grow up a little and face the reality that being a part of the in crowd was not always a walk in the park. Overall, this was an entertaining read… maybe not a favorite, but I’m glad I read it nevertheless.
Jim Hawkin’s family operated the Admiral Benbow Inn in England and it was there that the old buccaneer named the Captain took up residence. H...moreSummary:
Jim Hawkin’s family operated the Admiral Benbow Inn in England and it was there that the old buccaneer named the Captain took up residence. He was surly most of the time and he scared many of the other patrons while singing some loud, wild sea-songs and hand pounding; but, he also provided some much needed excitement for the little country village. When the Captain wasn’t drinking rum in the parlor, he was hanging around the cove or cliff, with his brass telescope. The Captain offered Jim a silver four-penny to keep watch for any seafaring man that would happen their way, but especially he was to keep a careful eye out for the one with only one leg. Eventually, a seafaring man Jim was warned to watch for arrived at the Inn inquiring after the Captain. Jim learned that the Captains name was actually Bill. Captain Bill and the stranger, Black Dog, were arguing and a fight quickly ensued. Not long after Black Dog left, Captain Bill collapsed of a stroke. Dr. Livesey who cared for Jim’s dad while he was sick was called for to take care of Bill. The doctor informed Bill if he did not stop his drinking than he would surly die. Jim’s father was very ill and it was him that died. Then, another visitor came to the Inn looking for Captain Bill, a blind man named Pew; and it was after this visit that Bill did drop dead. Fearing the return of Pew, Jim and his mother went to seek the help of their neighbors, but none would oblige.
Jim and his mother went back to the Inn and searched Bill’s body for the key to his chest. It was in the chest that Jim and his mother found money and a parcel of papers. Pew arrived back at the Inn with more men, but found that Bill’s chest had already been searched and Jim and his mother were gone. Jim went to see Dr. Livesey and it was there that the map to a buried treasure was discovered among Bill’s papers. Plans were made to seek a vessel and a crew for the hunt to find the treasure. In appears Long John Silver who poses as a cook, in order to be included among the shipmates employed for the voyage in search of the treasure. Little did Jim, the Doctor, and Trelawney know that Long John Silver was plotting a mutiny aboard the Hispaniola, that was until Jim unearthed the scheme and warned the Doctor and Trelawney. It wasn’t until the Hispaniola and the crew reached Treasure Island that the full assault of Long John Silver and his band of buccaneers descend upon Jim and the honest men. It would be a fight to the death to see who would leave Treasure Island a rich man.
Robert Louis Steveson’s Treasure Island is an action adventure targeted towards juvenile readers, notably boys; however, many younger girls will enjoy it and adults of any age. The book is now considered classic literature. The illustrations by N.C. Wyeth were an amazing addition to the book and they brought to life some of the more memorable characters and moments from the story. The tale was told in first person narration, that of Jim Hawkins and Dr. Livesey. The writing had an old English dialect and tone, very proper, well except for the buccaneers’ dialogue. There was vivid detailing, especially when describing the sinister seafaring men and Jim’s account of Treasure Island. The action, violence, and characters carry this story along at a fast pace. Treasure Island is most definitely a page turner.
Some underlining themes with in Stevenson’s book was Jim’s adventure away from home and his growing into manhood. There was also the concept of good versus evil and the question of what made a proper English man. Trelawney and the Doctor felt that the buccaneers were English men and should have conducted themselves accordingly; it was funny that they were so astonished that they weren’t.
I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time and I’m glad I finally had the opportunity to do so. I was pleased and surprised with some of the violence. I thought the story was intriguing and moved along quickly. Through some research, I learned that this book was originally written as a series for Young Folks magazine. Each chapter and part was written with the intent to capture the reader’s attention by using action scenes, darkly detailed characters, and twist to ensure that they would read the next excerpt. It was successfully done. I also took note of the religious undertones throughout the book. I thought it was ironic that the buccaneers who were depicted as diabolical had names of Christian patriarchs, such as Job, Israel, and Benjamin. Overall, I would highly recommend this book and I see why it is considered a classic. (less)