What else can you do when you're sick besides sleep and read?
I started this book earlier in the week. My students said this was a book they were realWhat else can you do when you're sick besides sleep and read?
I started this book earlier in the week. My students said this was a book they were really interested in having in our classroom library, so I set out to acquire it and read it quickly. I shared my progress with my students in our daily status of the class reading. I feel The One Safe Place will appeal to middle schoolers, because the action is fast paced and the language very accessible. There's also some pretty cool twists, and opportunities for further exploration (synesthesia). Dystopian novels are also all the rage right now.
My one complaint, like I told my students, is that the action moves almost too quickly creating confusion and inconsistencies in plot and character development....more
A great recommendation from Cat, a former student, and Kelsey a current teacher. I did enjoy the action and adventure aspect of the book, but there weA great recommendation from Cat, a former student, and Kelsey a current teacher. I did enjoy the action and adventure aspect of the book, but there were a couple glaring items that I found distracting. The over-the-top chapter endings, because of course if they weren't over-the-top how ever would it keep the attention of the target audience? Some of the language did not match the character using it. For someone who was only educated 12 sessions their vocabulary was impressive. Besides all that I'm thrilled to read the sequel. I think many young readers with enjoy the book. Pairs well with Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Incarceron....more
She did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him. Another interesting twist on a fairytale. I'm curious aboutShe did not know that the wolf was a wicked sort of animal, and she was not afraid of him. Another interesting twist on a fairytale. I'm curious about how Cress will play out. A great book to recommend to readers who enjoy Alex Flynn's remake of fairy tales. ...more
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simpleFavorite Lines:
"The oath cannot protect against the error in judgment, the failure of knowledge, or the lack of skill. Avoiding harm is not so simple as flipping the switch linked to a human generator, knowing that light will always follow. What the oath demands is that you always choose with care, with the intent of not doing harm - and that when you cause harm in spite of these efforts, you do all you can to mend it." p. 171
"It is no promise of safety, only of mindfulness. Yet mindfulness is a sort of protection, too."...more
The Giver should be a stand alone novel. To me the beauty and horror of The Giver is lost in the other three novels. Mostly likely, and this is just mThe Giver should be a stand alone novel. To me the beauty and horror of The Giver is lost in the other three novels. Mostly likely, and this is just my opinion, because Giver was not intended to be a series. Perhaps Lowry felt compelled by fans to continue Jonas' and Gabe's story. But I think because they were written so many years apart Lowry's original message with Giver changed with the other books. Son feels nothing like Giver. The following three books are good, because Lois Lowry is an amazing writer, but The Giver is by far the best. ...more
Oh... sequel. Seriously, I have a theory that sequels have it the hardest. I mean Ashes came out in Sept. of 2011 and Shadows was published a year latOh... sequel. Seriously, I have a theory that sequels have it the hardest. I mean Ashes came out in Sept. of 2011 and Shadows was published a year later. Now there are probably a ton of people out there who would reread the first book, but I'll be honest, I'm not one of those people. My memory of Ashes was a little foggy when I picked up Shadows, but I did remember the nail-biter-ending and I was pumped to start reading. Man I should have reread the first book. Bick does give some glimpses of the first book, but gosh there was a lot going on in that book. So maybe that's why I dislike sequels. I forget everything from the first book! Overall Shadows was more gore then drama, but it did hold my attention, probably because every chapter ends with... a cliffhanger.
"What -" Peter was sick with horror. "What are you going to do with me?" "Isn't it obvious?" Finn said. Mather's eye dangled from his fingers by a bloody stalk of nerve. "Experiment."
Eeewww so gruesome!
Her mother had never let her watch movies or play computer games like that. What made people think that killing, even when it was pretend, was something you should do for fun? ...more
I kept seeing this book pop up on blogs, so I was super hopeful that this would be a great dystopian story for middler school**spoiler alert** Hmm...
I kept seeing this book pop up on blogs, so I was super hopeful that this would be a great dystopian story for middler schoolers and down who are not quite ready for The Hunger Games, but could read something just as engaging and thrilling.
Eye of the Storm fell flat for me. The characters are not developed enough for the reader to make an emotional connection. The setting is in the future, but never explicitly stated. 2050s? People have HVs, DateSlates, bioengineered food, and... bicycles. These all seem pretty current with our own times, humvees, iPads, bioengineered food, and ...bicycles. Perhaps that was the author's intent (to make is seem so possible), but as a reader I kept forgetting that the story takes place in the future.
The last part that was confusing was Jaiden's father's role in the storms. I thought her father was the one creating the killer storms that were terrorizing the world (starting after he returned from Russia), because "The more tornadoes hit the farms, the more people have to buy DNA-ture. The more damage, the more danger, and the more reason to give up and clear the way for Phase Two of Placid Meadows." But was it really? I think it may have just been his obsession with his mother and her research which was perpetuated by his own mother's obsession with weather manipulation ever since her husband's death in the war in Afganistan. "This close to a breakthrough, when they cut the funding and threatened to throw me[Grandma Athena] in prison if I didn't step back from my research. They didn't care that your grandfather had given his life for his country or that I was about to create a weapon so powerful that no American would have to die in battle ever again."
Confused yet? Well that's probably just my review, but read the book and then let me know.
Comments to come. But I'll leave you with, wow, my adrenaline was pumping.
Here are promised comments:
I gotta admit, I am completely bias when it comeComments to come. But I'll leave you with, wow, my adrenaline was pumping.
Here are promised comments:
I gotta admit, I am completely bias when it comes to post-apocalyptic books. They're like candles. I love them all, some more than others, but they make a room warm and cozy and a little mysterious. If you're lucky their delicious scent will encapsulate an audience. Now, you're probably thinking, that is the strangest analogy I've ever heard. Well, I am strange, but I chose candles for a reason.
Have you ever thought about your sense of smell? No, really thought about it. When someone asks, what would you wish for if you could have a super power, would you ever say, kick-butt sense of smell? Probably not, but I guarantee after reading Ashes you'll think twice about your sense of smell.
Imagine being able to smell if someone is lying to you, or scared out of their wits, or having some other hormonal surge. Yes, you would be able to smell the unpleasant things like rotting flesh and the sort, but get over it. There are so many wonderful descriptions of how things or people smell in Ashes. Dark, like how shadows would smell, warm like apple pie, or a spice quality. Alex, girl with kick-ass smelling abilities and others, survive an electromagnetic pulse. Some people have interesting side effects as a result of said EMP and others, yep, kaput.
Would I recommend the book? You betcha. Will I read the sequel? Seriously? You had to ask? ...more
Black Hole Sun reads like a movie, so I will not be surprised if I find out the rights to produce have been bought. There are a lot of things to likeBlack Hole Sun reads like a movie, so I will not be surprised if I find out the rights to produce have been bought. There are a lot of things to like about this book. Tons of action paired with comical dialogue, little tidbits of science, and yes, even some of the characters. I thought for sure Durango was going to be the typical 'chief' self-obsessed and absorbed, or the opposite and perfect down to his machismo shoelaces. (I don't think the symbiarmor had shoelaces though.) But he wasn't. In fact, I thought he was a pretty lousy chief, and if not for Mimi he wouldn't be worth his salt. Vienne was the real tour de force and I just gobbled that up. I was a little disappointed with some of her choices towards the end though. I also enjoyed the ubber-psychotic queen. Please, somehow have an evil twin for book two!
There were a few flubs in the writing, but nothing detrimental. My one remaining question is why Black Hole Sun? Did I miss the black hole part?