This book had so many unexpected twists, turns, betrayals and connections! It was very enthralling, and I really enjoyed reading it! I loved the wholeThis book had so many unexpected twists, turns, betrayals and connections! It was very enthralling, and I really enjoyed reading it! I loved the whole revenge plot, and the changes in Edmond throughout the novel. There were sooo many characters, but I really got into all of them! Each character contributed something important to the story, and by the end of it, I had the feeling like the "job was done" and each character had finally been placed in their right place. I also loved that it took place in France, and had to do with Napoleon....more
Zooks man! This book happened during the Reign of Terror, a time period that I really find interesting! I loved all of the connections to that time inZooks man! This book happened during the Reign of Terror, a time period that I really find interesting! I loved all of the connections to that time in history! I also liked the guillotine and other things that personified the bloody, gory era. The dialogue was very clever, and perfect for all of the situations. I also like romance, so I loved the little love story tied into the book! I fell in love with all of the characters, especially The Scarlet Pimpernel himself...he was brilliant! This was the perfect combination of humor, dialogue, drama, action, love, and historical references....more
Wuthering Heights to me, upon first glance, seemed to be a long, boring book about some lame, boring characters. Not only did the thickness of the booWuthering Heights to me, upon first glance, seemed to be a long, boring book about some lame, boring characters. Not only did the thickness of the book and the tiny font deceive me into thinking this, but the time period it was written in- the mid 1800s- seemed so dull and far away that I associated all books from this time frame with old boring things, like candles. However, though I picked this book up with reluctance, I couldn't set it down! It is one of the most amazing and romantic stories I've ever read, and I couldn't help but shed a tear or two over the precious love and painful death I'd experienced throughout the book. All in all, Wuthering Heights is an wonderful story that displays love on many different levels. It delves into the depths of true passion, gently laughs at memories of childhood tenderness, and dwells upon the ingenuous affections of young lovers.
I thought it was interesting how the entire story was mostly a narration from one person to the other, relating the events that happened in order. It was very unique, although it was odd that the main character, Mr. Lockwood, had nothing to do with the happenings in the book, and he just left at the very end of it. I didn't really like that. I think that he should tie in with the events and characters towards the end, instead of just going back to his home. The "So What?" of the book was almost nonexistent because in the end, no one in the story (besides the reader) really learned or realized much. I think the story needs an overall purpose. The ending was not that great. The only part I liked was when Ellen said that Heathcliff and Catherine's spirits haunted the moors.
My favorite part of the book was when Catherine and Heathcliff reunited after Catherine's illness. " 'You teach me how cruel you've been - cruel and false. Why do you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry, and wring out my kisses and tears; they'll blight you - they'll damn you. You loved me--then what right had you to leave me? What right--answer me--for the poor fancy you felt for Linton? Because misery, and degradation and death, and nothing that God or Satan could inflict would have parted us, you, of your own will, did it. I have not broken your heart--you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you-oh, God! Would you like to live with your soul in the grave?' 'Let me alone. Let me alone,' sobbed Catherine. 'If I've done wrong, I'm dying for it. It is enough! You left me too: but I won't upbraid you! I forgive you. Forgive me!' 'It is hard to forgive, and to look at those eyes, and feel those wasted hands,' he answered. 'Kiss me again; and don't let me see your eyes! I forgive what you have done to me I love my murderer- but yours! How can I?' They were silent-their faces hid against each other, and washed by each other's tears" (Bronte 159). I like this part because it expresses the climax of Catherine and Heathcliff's love.
Bronte's diction helps to show the personality of the characters she is talking about. For example, when she introduces Joseph, she uses harsh words like "old", "peevish", "displeasure", and "sourly." These words make Joseph out to be an old, disagreeable man. However, when referring to Cathy (Catherine's daughter) she uses words like "winning", "sunshine", "beautiful", "spirit", "lively", "dove", "gentle", and "tender". Cathy seems to be a happy, lovely, sweet girl, unlike Joseph. The diction of the story helps differentiate these characters.
My favorite character is Hareton. The story tells us "his dress and speech were both rude, entirely devoid of the superiority observable in Mr. and Mrs. Heathcliff; his thick brown curls were rough and uncultivated, his whiskers encroached bearishly over his cheeks, and his hands were embrowned like those of a common labourer: still his bearing was free, almost haughty, and he showed none of a domestic’s assiduity in attending on the lady of the house." Hareton is a carelessly brought up boy, who is rude because of influence from Heathcliff, his main caretaker. I though he was very detestable, until I realized that the book hinted that he loved Cathy. This made me realize that he was just misunderstood, especially by her, and there actually was a good person inside of him. I felt pity for him, and soon grew to really like him. His attempts to learn to read and impress Cathy were all frowned upon, and I sometimes felt so sad! I really liked how, towards the end, Cathy and Hareton became lovers, and his true character came out.
Wuthering Heights is a must-read, if you like love stories, and are patient. It is inspirational, and if you crack it open, you'll find that it's definitely worth it!
This mystery is a captivating story that got me captured in its perplexing enigma. In the book, Mikeal Blomkvist, a publisher that recently unfairly wThis mystery is a captivating story that got me captured in its perplexing enigma. In the book, Mikeal Blomkvist, a publisher that recently unfairly went to jail, is hired by Henrik Vanger to find out what happened to his grandniece Harriet Vanger, who went missing many years back. With the help of a brilliant yet troubled hacker girl named Salander, they try to solve the mystery of Harriet. I liked this book because it was different from other books I've read. I don't recommend reading it unless you're old enough, because it addresses mature topics....more
At the end of this book, I had to sit there for a bit and soak it all in. And then I got into a huge frenzy of awesomeness. True story. This book is uAt the end of this book, I had to sit there for a bit and soak it all in. And then I got into a huge frenzy of awesomeness. True story. This book is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and interesting books I have ever read! (Thank you, Chase). It takes place in the future, when humans have begun to master interstellar space flight. In the book, Ender, a child genius, the third in his family, is chosen by the military to go to Battle School. In the school, he is intentionally alienated, but he is excellent at what he does. There is a race of aliens that humans are trying to destroy called the Buggers. I like this book because it kind of takes place in Ender's head. It's like peering into the mind of a genius. This book is a must-read, even if you don't like sci-fi. I didn't before, but when I began to read this, I simply couldn't stop! ...more
I love the concept of the Gone series! The children are stuck in a bubble and all the adults are...Gone! This series was sooo interesting! I loved howI love the concept of the Gone series! The children are stuck in a bubble and all the adults are...Gone! This series was sooo interesting! I loved how it got into such detail about the little world they live in, and the mystery of the situation kept me hooked! The whole situation is realistic. Most kids would think without parents things would be fun..but actually it can be pretty scary, and can turn into a competition for life....more
Recently, I read Downsiders for my seventh grade school assignment. When I first opened it I thought, "okay, this book is for a school assignment, itRecently, I read Downsiders for my seventh grade school assignment. When I first opened it I thought, "okay, this book is for a school assignment, it probably stinks." However, when I read it, I realized it's actually a brilliant book. This contributes to the fact that Neal Shusterman's writing is very descriptive and entertaining. I found it especially interesting that one thing leads to another in a very unusual manner, but after you've read it, you really understand it. For example, the story starts with an innocent snowflake that seems to have little importance to the rest of the book. But the snowflake leads to a dying man who tries to commit suicide, which leads to Talon and his friends, which leads to the Downside (I'm sorry I spoiled it if you haven't read the book, but this is only the first chapter anyways.) How Shusterman can make a tiny snowflake important to the existance of the Downside is amazing. The idea of a Topside and a Downside was very creative. It was one I'd have never thought of. I also admire the style of writing. It's a rare talent to posess the ability to pack so much detail into one chapter, but make it interesting enough that one doesn't get bored out of their mind. Many authors will try to imitate this style but it usually turns out poorly because you need the perfect dose of action and the perfect dose of description to lure a reader in and keep them interested. My favorite character was The Champ. You didn't really know about where he was going or where he came from, and that gave him an air of mystery. He gave Talon and Lindsay a lot of advice, and that made him seem to have a wise personality. I got the impression that he'd been through a lot and was old. The only issue I had in the book was that, honestly, Neal Shusterman is a terrible love story writer. The first signs of blooming love were very subtle, but not the kind of subtle that makes you think "ooh! I wonder if so-and-so likes so-and-so." They were the kind of subtle hints you don't notice are subtle hints. I'd thought that the subtle hints were mere signs of curiousity about the Downside and Topside people. That's why, when I found they (I'm not going to say who, that would be a major spoiler!) were in love, I was surprised. If the love had been omitted from the book, I'd have thought it to be a perfect book. I really do reccomend this book to be read, however, because even though the love part isn't that great, the rest is truly worth spending your time reading!...more
The Hunger Games series kept me up all night (besides the last one) and I loved the entire idea of the book! The events that occur in the game are entThe Hunger Games series kept me up all night (besides the last one) and I loved the entire idea of the book! The events that occur in the game are enthralling and you just want to know what will happen next! Suzanne Collins does an excellent job of pulling you into the happenings of Panem and keeping you there!...more
Sense and Sensibility is a book about two sisters with different personalities and different ideas about love. Marriane is a passionate girl who, likeSense and Sensibility is a book about two sisters with different personalities and different ideas about love. Marriane is a passionate girl who, like her mother, has a large amount of sensibility. Her happiness depends on the people around her, namely Willoughby, the man she loves. She and Elinor, her older sister, have many disagreements. Elinor's personality is based on sense. She tends to think before she acts. The theme of the book is love and discovering who you want to be. My favorite parts were when Willougby and Marrianne were together. The atmosphere in the book was jolly and happy. When Willoughby left, Marrianne was upset and it was depressing. The author, Jane Austen, used very high-level vocabulary in this book. She used words like commisson, benevolence, disposition, desirious, inconstancy, etc. Many times, I had to look through a dictonary to find out what the words meant. I also noticed that the author used the words latter and former more then they are used in the modern times. The writing was very formal throughout the entire novel, and I came across a lot of passive sentences. Jane Austen has written many other books such as Pride and Prejuice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and a few more. I am going to try to read all of them, because, in my opinion, Jane Austen is an amazing writer. Sense and Sensibility took a while to finish, but it was worth the time.
This classic series was HIL-A-RIOUS! It's told from the point of view of a British man named Wooster who really is not that bright, and is about all tThis classic series was HIL-A-RIOUS! It's told from the point of view of a British man named Wooster who really is not that bright, and is about all the funny predicaments he gets in! His butler, a genius named Jeeves, helps him get out of his situations. It's a collection of funny short stories that made me literally laugh out loud! :D ...more