(view spoiler)[I wish that Pat and his father would have reconciled before the end ofWonderful book!
I would have given it five stars if not for this:
(view spoiler)[I wish that Pat and his father would have reconciled before the end of the book. I felt like that was a big story arc throughout the book, and the main reason as to why there were so many chapters about football (which got a little tedious). And yet, there was no resolution. I know that life isn't all about answers and happy endings, which, in a way, that is exactly what this book is trying to say, but I wish that they would have let us know what happened as far as their relationship goes. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Beautiful Creatures is a romance about a teenage boy and a teenage girl... or so we think she's a girl. Well, "surprisingly" she's not; she's a witch,Beautiful Creatures is a romance about a teenage boy and a teenage girl... or so we think she's a girl. Well, "surprisingly" she's not; she's a witch, or as they say, Caster."
The story was good enough, but just way too long. There were some moments in the story that were incredible. They were really good, they sucked me into the story, the plot, the characters--the entire story. In those parts, I could hardly put it down! Then, there were the parts that were slow, boring, and dragged on. Unfortunately, there were now boring moments than there were exciting ones.
Now, you're probably wondering why I gave it a four-star rating and that's because the moments that were good were REALLY good! I really enjoyed them. I liked the characters, I liked the idea even though supernatural teenage romance has been done to death, and I liked the setting. I felt like I was rereading The Help with the atmosphere the story created.
I doubt that I will ever read it again due to its length, and I have hopes that the sequel won't have as much unneeded material....more
**spoiler alert** I am always skeptical about books my teacher forces us to read in school, but this one, I was excited for, and liked! Everything abo**spoiler alert** I am always skeptical about books my teacher forces us to read in school, but this one, I was excited for, and liked! Everything about it - the characters, the setting, the story, the way Lee connected everything and had all the different characters play a role.
My favorite character, no doubt about it, was Atticus. I just liked everything about him! He reminded me of a certain other character I love that I won't mention because people will probably get furious with me comparing Atticus to this guy who most people don't appreciate because of the series he came from. However, I did like him - I like an intelligent guy who uses words rather than his fists to win fights.
The story itself was beautifully written and created. Everything about it was a symbol for something, and you could clearly see the themes in the story: the theme of innocence, not being judgemental about a person until you've walked in their shoes, and just prejudice in general. The people in Maycomb county were hypocrites, and it was clear when they say things about who people have equal rights, and the U.S. is a democracy and we don't persecute anyone when they turn around and treat the African Americans the way they do.
You get to see Jem and Scout growing up in the story, and watch as they realize that Maycomb - this town they believed to be perfect - really had major flaws. People were not a good and kind as they believed. The innocence they possessed as just being children was destroyed throughout the course of the book as they watched the racism, and saw how cruel the people they thought were good people could be during the trail. They didn't understand it, and they didn't want to really accept it, but they realized that it was just the way it was.
Going back to favorite characters, Boo Radley was another one of my favorites. We only see him for a short time at the end, but he reminded me of another character from another book, and from the same series as the one mentioned previously who tend to have a childish nature. Boo, who is made out to be like a ghost in the beginning of the book, finally is recognized as a real character. We finally see who he is, and get to meet him. I realize now that he a brave, and smart person, who cares about Jem and Scout.
I believe, that he as well as Scout and Jem symbolize mockingbirds. Atticus tells the children that it is a "sin to kill a mockingbird" because they do nothing but create sweet music, and are innocent. Scout and Jem are innocent, but that innocence is destroyed through the trial. Boo Radley is also innocent (to some extent) but is gossiped about, and is just a shy person. As Heck Tate said in the last few chapters, to drag him into the limelight would be a sin, which is why they kept the truth Bob Ewell's death a secret.
I think I've made this review as crazy and as difficult to follow as possible, so I'll end it here. XD...more
The only reason I discovered this book was thanks to this website. If it hadn't been in my recommendations, I never would have picked it up, but I amThe only reason I discovered this book was thanks to this website. If it hadn't been in my recommendations, I never would have picked it up, but I am glad I did.
Josh Mendel was sexually abused by his teacher, Eve Sherman in the seventh grade. After this experience, he has always viewed himself as different from his peers. Everywhere he goes in his small town of Brookdale, everyone knows his story. Everyone knows what happened between him and his History teacher five years ago. He wants nothing more than to leave that town and go away to college. His best friend, Zik is always supportive of him, and the two love baseball dearly.
Rachel is Josh’s “former friend” who Josh nearly raped five years ago. If he hadn’t torn her panties off in the closet, Eve might’ve had a better chance to abuse the poor boy. After five years, however, Rachel wants to be a part of his life. She forgives him for what he did to her, and wants nothing more than to be his girlfriend. She loves him, and even though it takes him a while to figure it out, he loves her. I wish that there was a longer epilogue that told us what happened between them and whether or not Zik became a professional baseball player and if Josh and Rachel ever got married. I think that would have been interesting to read.
Boy Toy is definitely for older teens, but I think that all teens should read it. This book stated a fact that I needed to share. Josh, during his many revelations, realized this:
“But I have known something else all along. Something critical. My mother, the prosecutor, the reporters, Coach, Roland… All of them adults and all of them full of shit.
We can know what love is. It’s adults who have forgotten, so they cling to their poor substitute and yell at kids who dare live real love. Pure love. Love without compromise or distraction. Hell, when you’re a kid you’ve got all the energy and all the free time in the world. You’ll never have a chance to devote more love ever again in your life”
That quote really stuck out to me. I was sitting there thinking that I had never read something more truthful in my entire life. Boy Toy is a book about life, and a book about growing up, and learning to live. Josh overcame this horrible thing that had happened to him. He realized that he was only being used this entire time. But, he overcame it. He wasn’t going to let him hold him back any longer, and that is important. You can’t let the past haunt you like he did. No matter how bad things get, you have to keep swinging. ...more
Okay... Well I bought this book a little bit ago, and it took a me a while to get into it. Throughout the book, I felt like i**spoiler alert** 4 stars
Okay... Well I bought this book a little bit ago, and it took a me a while to get into it. Throughout the book, I felt like in some parts it were too boring, and in others, things were rushed.
I also felt that Day and June seemed to be too similar in their narrations. I think that they were supposed to be the same since they both scored the 1500 on their Trials or whatever, but if it weren't for the different font styles, I felt like it would be difficult to determine who is speaking.
Another thing is that it severely reminded me of The Hunger Games. The way the government operated and what they did to the people just reminded me of The Hunger Games. These "sectors" reminded me of "districts" and I felt like the Patriots were like District 13. I don't know. That's just my opinion....more
**spoiler alert** This is one of my all-time favorite books. I tried to get my book club to read it but they didn't want to. I laughed and cried over**spoiler alert** This is one of my all-time favorite books. I tried to get my book club to read it but they didn't want to. I laughed and cried over this book. This is truly a book that should by all middle school kids and young troubled teens.
Doug Swieteck is the main character of this one, when he was only a minor character in Schmidt's other book The Wednesday Wars. He is a relateable character that I instantly connected with. Schmidt's characters just have earthly qualities. They don't seem obviously made up and there are no "perfect" characters. There are so many layers to each of the characters that some we get to understand, and others we are left wondering about.
He writes the world the way it is and brings in historical fiction to his stories as well. I cried when Lucas came back from the war in a wheel chair... and when those people called him a baby killer... Lucas did everything he could to get himself back on his feet and find himself a new way to live.
There's so much more to write about, but I really think that you should read it for yourself. :) You really should....more
**spoiler alert** Great StarClan! Warriors is over! Well, in a way. I never thought I would see this day. I read this book in three days, and could ba**spoiler alert** Great StarClan! Warriors is over! Well, in a way. I never thought I would see this day. I read this book in three days, and could barely put it down.
How many times did I cry during this book? Hmm, let's recount those memories!
1. When Hollyleaf died saving Ivypool from Hawkfrost. I was sobbing there. I felt so bad because Hollyleaf was by favorite cat and she didn't deserve to die that way!
2. When Ferncloud died. Oh my god, this was so depressing! First the kits were talking about her. "Why is Ferncloud asleep?" and then "Dustpelt will wake her up!" And then Dustpelt comes over and starts sobbing! I felt so bad even though I hated Dustpelt. He and Ferncloud were like rabbits throughout the books. XD
3. When Spottedleaf died. Spottedleaf was never my favorite cat, like Dustpelt. Spottedleaf reminded me of a Mary-Sue, and I'm a FireXSand fan, so I REALLY don't like her. Still, Firestar's reaction was heart-breaking. At least Sandstorm won't have anymore competition.
4. Firestar's death. Firestar was pretty much one of my favorite cats of all time for various reasons. One, he was awesome. Two, he was a great leader and always put his Clan first. He was not afraid to disobey the warrior code when he felt the need to, and he was a great warrior. Three, the series began with Firestar, and now it has ended with Firestar. Firestar started it all. Can anyone forget the point of view of Rusty in Into the Wild we've read so many moons ago? Can anyone forget how he befriened Yellowfang and became a hero? Can anyone forget how he exposed Tigerclaw and became deputy? Can you forget how he earned the love of Sandstorm, a cat that once hated him? How he defeated Scourge, saved the forest, and had kits with the love of his life? Firestar is Warriors. Without him, we would not have the wonderful series we know and love.
5. The final paragraph.
"There will be three cats, kin of your kin, with the power of the stars in their paws. They will find a fourth cat, and the battle between light and dark will be won. A new leader will rise from the shadows of his death, and the Clans will survive beyond the memories of his memories. This is how it always has been, and how it always will be.
If that is not a depressing sentence reminding you that the series you've read since you were in like the fourth or fifth grade is over, I don't know what is. I'm almost a freshmen now, and I've read these books since the fourth grade. Now that they're over... Well I don't know what to do! I mean I know that there is a new series called the Dawn of the Clans, but I will miss the characters.
Firestar, Graystripe, Sandstorm, Whitestorm, Bluestar, Lionblaze, Jayfeather, Ivypool... Hell, even Dovewing... I know that I've complained about Dovewing in the past. The truth is, I can't stand her. She annoys me continously and I just find her to be very stupid and selfish, especially in the first three books of the Omen of the Stars saga. I don't know... But I'll miss them! And Yellowfang, Cinderpelt/heart, Crookedstar, all them...
Okay, now down to other stuff. I felt that some of the deaths of the Dark Forest cats were very rushed. I mean... Brokenstar was supposed to be a freakin' monster and all of a sudden Yellowfang, A MEDICINE CAT, runs up outta nowhere and grabs his neck... And then Crowfeather confronting Breezepelt was just... very cliche... Firestar's death confused me, anyone else? I mean, did a tree fall on him, or did he catch on fire? I mean, they said that lightning struck the beech tree that had fallen in the camp soo.... how'd he die? If you know how, message me, or reply to me! :D
Oh my StarClan, the errors! Again, I saw many mistakes. Ivypool was referred to as a black cat once, the Dark Forest warriors were called DarkClan cats... Ugh. Warriors books have tons of errors, it's not even funny. God, if you read the Super Editions and you're a Grammar Nazi like myself, you should take a deep breath. I wonder if they proof-read their books? I mean, I love the writing and the stories, and the characters... They're well-written to an extent, but at the same time, there are many, many errors.
Overall, I liked this book, but I felt like it was a tear-jerker, and there were many mistakes and some of the deaths were unexplained and cliche. It seemed like anything adn everything was made right in this book. I mean, I can understand since it's the last book. It fell slightly short of my expectations, but not enough where I'm very disappointed. :)...more
Crookedstar's Promise is one of my all-time favorite Warriors books. I love the Super Editions because they not only give you a break from the new chaCrookedstar's Promise is one of my all-time favorite Warriors books. I love the Super Editions because they not only give you a break from the new characters and introduce a new personality and a new Clan in this case that we've never got to see before. It was a heart-breaking, tragic story, but at the same time showed that he could pull through and be a good leader even after everything that happened to him, happened to him.
Okay, what can I say about this book? It's beautiful. It's wonderfully written and it really brings the character of Crookedstar to life. To me, this is what Bluestar's Prophecy should have been. Here, I felt like I could connect to the character and feel their pain, while, with Bluestar, I didn't feel any of her anguish, and, consequently, I disliked it because it felt so forced in my opinion.
(view spoiler)[I cannot believe Rainflower! I know what cats would most likely cast a side their injured kits (nice way to incorporate real cat insticts Erins!) but it was just unlike the Warrior cats. I hated her, but I loved Shellheart and how even after he decided he didn't want her as a mate anymore, he still loved her. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I read the whole thing in one sitting. I had gone to Cleveland that day and was on a mission: to find the next Warriors book. I bought this as well asI read the whole thing in one sitting. I had gone to Cleveland that day and was on a mission: to find the next Warriors book. I bought this as well as the New Prophecy boxed set. I knew when I finished this book, that I loved Warriors.
(view spoiler)[ I didn't realize how many adult themes it truly contained until that book! Fireheart becoming Firestar was an amazing scene with all of the past cats he once knew; Lionheart, Swiftpaw, Brindleface, Spottedleaf, Silverstream, Runningwind, Redtail... Yellowfang's life almost made me cry. I loved Yellowfang and hated to see her die! I thought that her life was so appropriate and so sweet. Then there was Bluestar with her gifts of the true, good leader qualities and the prophecy!
This might be a bit straightforward, but has anyone noticed how much Tigerstar is like Hitler? I'm German, but I hate that dude. Tigerstar just reminded me of him! It was freaky. First his prejudice to half-Clan cats, then wanting to kill half-Clan cats and setting up TigerClan and Bonehill (Bonehill freaking me out since I read that part at night in my bedroom when I should have been sleeping, or studying for a test the next morning) I could not believe he killed Stonefur! It was unfair - it should have been Darkstripe versus Stonefur, but then Blackfoot had to jump in!
Scourge is one of my favorite characters. One, he killed Tigerstar. Two, I just think that he a great character to add to the story! I mean, I've written some fan-fics about him and read the Scourge manga story, and I think that he went through a lot, and was a true villian. I loved his character and felt like he added just a pure, genuine evil, but there was also something about him that made me just love his character and the way he ran his Clan and the way he operated. Scourge is one of the best Warriors characters even though he was a bastard. XD
The Firestar and Sandstorm lovestory was something else that annoyed the hell out of me, and made me want to go "aww" every time they were together. Sandstorm was a total... I don't want to swear, but you can guess what I think, toward him in the beginning, and in A Dangerous Path but in this book, I think she warmed up to him, and in the end I was so glad they became mates. I nearly screamed when she slept with him in the den that night even though the subliminal parts of my mind completely over-exaggerated it.
Overall, I think it is one of the best Warriors books and I've re-read that book alone a thousand times. I love it, I think it's completely epic. XD (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** OMG! I got this book as well as the first book of Erin Hunter's other series about bears, Seekers for a deal and this one is the one**spoiler alert** OMG! I got this book as well as the first book of Erin Hunter's other series about bears, Seekers for a deal and this one is the one I read first.
It was difficult to get into at first, but after he got into ThunderClan, I was just sucked into the world of Warriors. This was when I was like eleven. I'm fourteen now and even though I think the original series is no doubt the best, I'm still reading to find out what happens!
Rusty (one of my favorite characters of all time) is a kittypet who dreams of living in the forest, so he goes there and finds Graypaw (who becomes one of my favorite characters as time goes on) and then they meet Lionheart and Bluestar (another favorite character). Because of this prophecy TunderClan's medicine cat, Spottedleaf, tells Bluestar in the prologue, Bluestar asks Rusty to join the Clans and he decides that he will.
He is taken into the Clan the night that Redtail, their deputy (or seccond-command) is killed in a battle with RiverClan under "mysterious circumstances". Tigerclaw drags his body back and says that he killed Oakheart, the RiverClan deputy, to avenge his fallen friend, but Tigerclaw is harboring a dark secret. Ravenpaw, a young and frightened apprentice that reminded me soo much of Johnny from The Outsiders that it made me love him, was there and witnissed the attack.
A few chapters later Rusty, now Firepaw, meets Yellowfang (another fave of mine) and he attacks her, then feeds her, and then gets in trouble obviously for breaking the Warrior Code but Yellowfang remains in the camp as their prisoner. Firepaw is assigned to take care of her, hunt for her, change her bedding, all that fun stuff.
Life goes on, Brokenstar asks to hunt on other Clan territories at a gathering, Bluestar is troubled but says that she will think about it and goes to this Moonstone to talk to StarClan, ShadowClan attacks ThunderClan while Bluestar, Tigerclaw, Graypaw, Firepaw, and Ravenpaw/Johnny are away at the Moonstone, they rush back even though they get attacked by rats on the way and Lionheart is killed in the battle and Graypaw is distressed.
Bluestar begins to mentor Firepaw and takes him off Yellowfang duty (*chuckles*). She trians with him, but then this tryant leader of ShadwoClan, Brokenstar sends his warrior Clawface into the ThunderCLan camp, he kills Spottedleaf, who is at the time Firepaw's love interset even though its forbidden, and steals Frostfur's kits. Yellowfang, oblivious to the deat of the young medicine cat, follows Clawface to try and get the kits back, knowing that ThunderClan will blame her.
They do and Firepaw and Graypaw head out to find her, but now Tigerclaw is plotting to kill Ravenpaw/Johnny (at this time I was nearly screaming that they COULD NOT KILL MY LITTLE JOHNNYCAKE!!!) because, guess what guys, Ravenpaw was watching and REDTAIL KILLED OAKHEART!!!! WHEN THE RIVERCLAN WARRIORS WERE LEAVING TIGERCLAW KILLED REDTAIL IN THE HOPES OF BEING DEPUTY, BUT BLUESTAR NAMED LIONHEART DEPUTY INSTEAD, AND SO GUESS WHAT DURING THE BATTLE LIONHEART WAS KILLED AND BLUESTAR MADE TIGERCLAW DEPUTY AND EVERYTHING IS SPILLED OUT AFTER THAT!!! Tigerclaw wants to get rid of him because he knows that he saw so he accuses him of being a spy.
Firepaw and Graypaw take him to Barley, a cat who helped them earlier when they were attacked by rats. Then they go to ShadowClan, find Yellowfang, find a ThunderClan patrol and get some ShadowClan elders and senior warriors to help them attack and overthrow Brokenstar. They do. They find the kits. THey go home. Firepaw and Graypaw say that Ravenpaw had been killed by a ShadowClan patrol and they get their warrior names: Fireheart and Graystripe! :D...more