Right from the beginning of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, you know the plot. You know who is going to die and who is going to live. Not only do you learn this at the beginning, but you're constantly reminded of it as the story goes on. This does not, however, cause you to care less about the book. If anything, it makes connecting to the characters easier. The Book Thief is about a young girl named Liesel Meminger who is growing up in Germany in World War II. The story starts with Liesel and her brother journeying to their new home in the town of Molching. Her brother dies on the way there, marking the first time that she and the narrator, Death, cross paths. While living at the home of the Huberman's, Liesel learns to read, but it's not until she steals a book from a Nazi book burning that she really develops a love of books, and it's not until her family hides a Jew named Max in their basement that Liesel discovers the power of words. This is a wonderful story told from an original point of view. Death, although reading Liesel's autobiography, is not afraid of inserting it's own opinions and experiences. While the content and style of writing are not particularly mature, Liesel's adoptive mother has a very colorful vocabulary that rates this book for age thirteen years and up.
House of the Red Fish is the sequel to Under the Blood-Red Sun. It continues the story of Tomi, a young Japanese boy living in post-Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Together with his friends Billy, Mose, and Rico, he attempts to float his father's fishing boat, the Taiyo Maru, which American soldiers had axed and sank after arresting his father. Keet Wilson, a spiteful American boy, realizes what Tomi plans to do and starts sabotaging his plans. Because his family lives on the Wilsons' land, Tomi is helpless and can't retaliate for fear of losing his home. All in all, this book is a little slow in some parts but is still worth reading. It has a very inspiring plot and will teach anyone who reads it a lot about perseverance and dreaming big.
The last book in Jen Calonita's Secrets of My Hollywood Life series, There's No Place Like Home is a little of a let-down after the rest of the series. This is supposed to be a realistic fiction book and some of the things that Kaitlin Burke, the main character, goes through (like being in a coma and experiencing an alternate universe...) are far from realistic. As expected, this book does reveal Kaitlin's final choice about whether to attend college or continue living her usual Hollywood-starlet life, but it doesn't wrap-up the storylines of all the characters and leaves the reader feeling incomplete once they're done reading. Maybe it's just me, but this book wasn't as satisfying as the other books in the series, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but die-hard Secrets of My Hollywood Life fans.
The Last Sacrifice is the last book in the Vampire Academy series and it is an AMAZING conclusion!!!!! Rose, the main character, has been accused of murdering the queen. Lissa is trying to get her vote which she is being denied since she doesn't have any family. Most importantly, Rose must choose between the two men in her life. Adrian is charming, funny, and adores Rose, but Dimitri understands her completely. And this time, unlike Twilight, Rose chooses the right guy. I won't say any more but definitely read this book, or if you haven't started the series yet, read the first book, Vampire Academy. You won't regret it!!!!!!!
I SURVIVED The Shark Attacks Of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis
Rating: Good (4)
I SURVIVED The Shark Attacks of 1916 is a good book. This is actually close to being a real life story. The story is really I guess you could a little bit shocking. You will love this book. I know I did.
In a weird future world people travel to the moon for vacation. They live in neighborhood pods that control the weather. Suburbs are stacked on top of each other. And people have their "feed"?, transmitters that are right in people's brains. The feed allows people to see sales, buy stuff, watch shows and movies, and communicate with each other. Life is good for Titus and his friends. Sure, the world is full of radiation and barely anything is alive in the wild, but nobody really knows or cares. That is until they meet Violet. She actually cares what happens in the world. After an attack by a hacker, Violet's feed is damaged. Titus is dating her and doesn't know about her damaged feed at first. But he soon finds out and must try to help her. Feed by M.T. Anderson was an okay book. Halfway through, it finally became interesting. At first, I was really confused by the way they talked. A sample sentence from the first page is, "I'm null too, unit."? At least I eventually got used to the way they talked. The ending was pretty good and actually wrapped up the story pretty good.