You can't keep Bethany Hamilton out of the waves, or more importantly out of surf competitions. But when she discovers that she didn't make it for the state amateur surfing competition, it dawns on Bethany that she now has more time to spend on the mission trip to Mexico her Youth Group is doing. The Youth Group leaves to Mexico with willing hearts and prepared minds... Or so they think... When they get there, they're thrust into the relization that not everybody has a great home to live in, a paying job, and warm meals each day. Bethany and some of her other friends plan to go and help out at an orphanage. But when a tragidy smashes into Bethany's life, she'll have to choose between a chance of a lifetime, or the chance to keep her word. This book made me relize that not everybody has what I'm blessed with continuously every day. It was fast paced and made me want to help more in my community.
The multi-billionaire co-creator of the most popular video game ever created has just died, and he has hidden his fortune inside the game. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline follows Wade, username Parzival, a boy in search of the "Easter Egg"? that hides the fortune and the three keys needed to unlock it. After finding the first key, Wade's life is upheaved and changed forever. He must now race against his best friend, his cyber-crush, and the army of an evil corporation to reach the prize. For game-lovers, this book is nerdtastic. It references enough late twentieth-century pop culture to shame Trivial Pursuit. For non-gamers, this is still incredibly entertaining. I couldn't put it down, even though the pacing is very uneven. Whole chapters are devoted to describing Wade's daily life and giving background information on the video game and the contest; the book then jumps into life and sprints at full speed when one of the players grabs a key. Wade's romantic relationship with another player feels almost forced. Despite this, it is a great read for anyone in middle school on up.
The third installment of the Nightshade series is just as good if not better than the rest. Calla, a guardian that can turn from human to wolf whenever she wants, has to prepare along with Ren and Shay, also guardians for the impending war that will free her and exile the keepers for good. To read this book, you definetly need to read the previous two. If you enjoy a love triangle, this is an enjoyable, light read that will definetly keep your intrest.
The Great Gatsby is considered a classic, but it is definetly a modern classic that still today draws the attention of readers everywhere. The book is narrated by Nick, who lives in a rich neighborhood of New York in the 1920s. When he finally meets his next door neighbor, Gatsby, his life is changed forever. Gatsby is a timeless charcter that throughout the story, continues to be a mystery to Nick. The Great Gatsby examines human nature and the desire to have the perfect life. If you like allegories this is the perfect book for you.
Marne is a classic teen. She can't wait for summer break, but with her mom going to Paris and her dad never home she can't seem to find a place to stay. That is until she remembers her bff is going to Hawaii in July and she has an aunt there. Her aunt is thrilled to have her and everything is settled. Her parents start to warn her about her aunt and her strange procedures. Marne takes no heed until she gets there and things are super different. After a while she finds herself settling in to the lifestyle, until Kim shows up in July.
The unknown book of the famous author is by far more touching than any in the Twilight series. In this world the earth has been taken over by aliens who must use our bodies to live.Wanderer had a normal incersion and life until she notices one difference. Her host's mind doesn't fade away like the others. soon she is in love with her host's relatives and is looking for them. That doesn't happen, they find her. Wanderer finds herself in a human community and everyone hates her. Not because of her personality,but because she's an alien. Will be accepted into this group, or even survive long enough for it? This and excellent book that i recommend to anyone and everyone.
Boys come back changed men after a war. Such is Cam Attling's fate. Follow the story of his return and read about characters that you've never read about before. Even the way the characters speak is captivating and earthy. Returning from war is harder than one might think. For Cam, it affects not only himself, but his entire village, and even once he's in his own house, he hasn't yet fully returned. This book was really good and fun to read.
This is a classic, romance novel. Clea is the daughter of a famous heart surgeon, her dad, who has dissapeared. She is into photagraphy and soon after she gets back from a vacation she analyzes all her photos. In some of them are a man who she is drawn to. Clea starts to freak out as it looks like he was stalking her. In her sleep she starts to have "memories" about him. When she goes to Rio for a job she sees him and he starts to run. She chases him only to be attcked by thugs. With his help she escapes and falls in love with him. They turn out to be soul mates. Clea insists that they find a woman who may be part of her dad's dissapearance. Soon everything is out of control and they are on the run. Not that good a novel because it is too predictable.
Cosmo lives in an orphanage on the outskirts of Satellite city. Everything in and aroung Satellite city is controlled by the Satellite. Lately though the Satellite has been failing and that is exactly how Cosmo manages to escape. cosmo then procides to survive being fried by a generator. Just when Cosmo thinks he might be okay blue creatures fizzing with energy come and seem to suck the energy out of him. following closely are a group of kids who call themselves the Supernaturalists. Soon Cosmo is accepted into the group and is promptly taught their trade, killing those creatures. But are they truly killing them or helping them?
Dear America, The Diary Of Angeline Reddy, Behind The Masks bySusan Patron
Rating: Excellent! (5)
Having the backround of growing up in the rustler town of Bodi, California, it's no wonder that witty Ageline Reddy is like she is: Courageous, plain, adventurous, blind to fear (or so she's trying), and with the gift of being able to see behind the masks. News strikes hard around town that Angeline's daring lawyer father, Patrick Reddy, was shot in a gunfight, but Angeline and her mother know better. Often Mr. Reddy has gone missing to asume costumes and gain more clues and truths to help him crack cases. Unknowing to what her father's intentions are, Angeline hopes that her father will come back to "life", so that the Reddy family can get back to their every day life. But Angeline can't get off the hoke so easily when a mystery awaits her. Thrust into the an unknown adventure with her new comrades, Elli and Ling Loi, Angeline braves the unkown. Many opportunities slam into Angeline so that she can uncover the mystery of why her father is in hiding...With midnight runs, highway men on the loose, mysterious balls, ghost children, stylish commities, and mysterious beus, this book was on the run with me! It was hard to put it down and it entertained me from the very beggining!
Bethany Hamilton is in the waves again, only for a different reason. Her youth group plans to take a missions trip to Mexico, but raising money has been difficult for the small group. Car washes don't get an amount of money anywhere near what they need! Bethany is starting to question her faith in her prediciment. While all this is going on with Bethany... A girl struggles with many questions that pop into her head after a terrible accident that changed her family. When Bethany and her friend, Holly, are thrust into a dangerious situation, will they ask God to help or rely on their own earthly strength? This book was energetic and fun to read! It shed a good light on life and gave me something to be thankful for. A good read for those who like to look at things in a bright perspetive!
Rebecca And The Movies by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Rating: Good (4)
Energetic, spunky, and with a stylish tilt to her angle, Rebecca Rubin longs to be an actress someday. But her parents have something else planned... being a teacher. Rebecca cannot imagine pacing in front of a blackboard for the hours on end, but it seems she has no choice. She then learns that it's best if she keeps her thoughts and dreams to herself. Her birthday arrives, but things seem to be taking on their own swing! Before she knows it she's watching a famous director film a movie! Excitement bubbles up in Rebecca, but her troubles aren't over. This book made me want to reach high and live my dreams! The writing could be improved, but all together, it was good.