Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Day 21: Kass Morgan

Humans left the earth as it plunged into an eternal darkness
Now as their home in the sky crumbles,
100 have returned…but things are not as they expected.
They've survived 21 days…
But the days to come will be the hardest yet…

Twenty-one days have passed since the 100 landed on Earth. They have loved and lost, grieved and enjoyed. They have survived. But now the hardest days are ahead of them. A mystery illness is striking them down as well as an unknown enemy. Wells struggles the keep those left united while dealing with the burdens of leadership and the loss of Clarke. Clarke strikes out with Bellamy to find his sister and perhaps others while back on the ship Glass faces the consequences of Wells ill-thought actions. Things are not as they appear; secrets will come to light and the 100 will learn the only way to survive is together.


Day 21 is the pulsating edge of your seat sequel to the The100; while I did find the plot of this novel to be a bit more predictable that the first but Day 21 doesn't disappoint. What drives this novel are the characters, their diversity in both physical traits and personality engage the reader into the lives of the characters and the plot as well. In this sequel the reader not only gets to watch these characters develop as the face their own shortfalls and those of the people around them but you also get to witness the complexity of that age between childhood and adulthood in perhaps the most extreme circumstances. What I really enjoy about this series are the characters, I enjoy bouncing between the characters perspectives, not only does it add different dimensions to the overall plot but it also makes for a refreshing read; the next chapter is always a new voice, a new personality to tell their part of the tale. My one criticism of this book is that it ended rather abruptly; one minute the plot is moving along and the next it is going full pelt, everything happens at once and then the story is over. So while I was a bit disappointed with the ending I enjoy the concept of the tale as well the characters enough to come back next time and do it all again. The hundred series is for those who enjoyed watching Lost and reading the Hunger games; no-one knows what’s going on and survival is what will be what counts in the end. 

Also check out the screen adaptation- first season is available on DVD from the library. 




Courtney :)

Monday, 22 December 2014

The Eye of the Sheep


'The Eye of the Sheep' is a magnificent young adult novel written by Sofie Laguna.

The story is written from the point of view of Jimmy, a boy with behavioural difficulties, and the individual and extraordinary way in which he sees and interacts with his world makes for compelling reading.

Jimmy's mother, Paula, stands out as the only person who can truly deal with him.

Thrown into this mix is a situation of inter-generational family violence.

If you are like me the characters in this novel will stay in your mind long after you have finished reading.

Highly recommended.

-Ann

Monday, 8 December 2014

Vietnam Diary


Vietnam Diary
Author: Mark Wilson

This book was about the Vietnam War. This war was after the First and Second World War. This would've been a realistic fiction book because people might have actually sent letters to their loved ones on that time. This war was real but the only thing that might not be real are the the characters. A main theme that came out of this book is love because to show that the brothers really love each other, they play together, they both loved cricket and they couldn't be separated. But when Jason has to go to war Leigh is alone. On the weekends all he ever talked about was the Vietnam War. This made me connect to all the wars in the world because there was a lot of wars over many years and this is one of them.

You might like this book because it is about war. It is good to learn about history and their mistakes. I was interested in this book because i didn't know that much about the Vietnam War. You might also like this book because you might know how some characters feel,  because you might have experienced their pain or you can connect to them. You might have known someone that went to war and never came back.

Sana

Age: 12

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl' is Melissa Keil's second young adult novel. Her first novel was the award winning 'Life In Outer Space'.

'The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl'  is set in small town Eden Valley.

Our heroine is Alba - a teenage girl with attitude - and aspiring comic book artist.

A prediction is going around that the world will soon end, and that Eden Valley will be the only place to survive. This leads hundreds of newcomers to the town. They swarm into town, hippy style, and set up home wherever they can find space.
 
Meanwhile Alba and her close circle of friends have end-of-school decisions to make. Alba, although outwardly confident, is uncertain and scared.

And what of Grady, Alba's best friend since they were babies. Where is this all leading?

Great characterization and storyline.

Colourful and warm.

Recommended reading for teenagers.

-Ann

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Twilight


Title:Twilight
Author: Stephenie Meyer

This book is amazing . I love this book because it makes me feel in control and helps me feel nice about myself .

Meggan

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Fault in our Stars

Author: John Green

The Fault in our Stars is all about a girl named Hazel Grace and she is a cancer sufferer. She didn't want to go to a Support Group and she likes it when she ends up meeting someone named  Augustus Waters. Firstly they were acquaintances and then when Augustus went to Hazel's house and then they became friends and they fell in love. They were the cutest couple. He made her wish came true, which was going to Amsterdam and meeting her favourite author of "An Imperial Affliction" by Peter Van Houten so they did that. But this is a sad book that's not such a good thing though because Augustus ends up having a prefuneral because... to find out the rest of this terrific book go and get The Fault in our Stars now. I recommend it
would be rated PG=)
How good was it? Fantastic

Samantha
Age: 8

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The Sorrows of Ava Lavender

‘Love makes us such fools.’

On the surface The Strange and Beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton is about Ava, a sixteen year old girl born with wings, who yearns to fit in with everyone else. But this novel also traces her family history, a history of love gone wrong, of myths and fables.

It begins with her grandmother, Emilienne, who fell in love three times before she was nineteen. After the deaths of her siblings, all due to love, or the lack thereof, she married a man she thought would never leave her. Love didn’t enter into the equation.

Ava’s mother Vivianne is just as much troubled by love as the rest of her family. Falls in love with a boy who, after a one night stand, leaves her. From this one night, Vivianne has two children, winged Ava and silent Henry….but all the time waits for her errant lover to return.

This novel is an interesting mixture of fable and magic realism. Nothing and no one are really how they appear. Vivianne has an unnatural sense of smell and can detect the seasons.

"Summer rain smelled like newly clipped grass, like mouths stained red with berry juice – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. It smelled like late nights spent pointing constellations out from their starry guises, freshly washed laundry drying outside on the line, like barbecues and stolen kisses in a 1932 Ford Coupe."

One of Emilienne’s siblings cuts out her own heart, another quietly turns into a bird. Ghosts freely roam this book as though it is the norm. Now it is Ava’s turn to try and find her place. She longs to leave the safety of her home, all that she has ever known. With the help of a friend she sneaks out but now becomes the obsession of a man who believes her to be no mortal woman but an angel.

This novel is like a grown up fairy tale.  If you accept that fact and allow yourself to be swept along with some beautiful writing, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.

Vicki @ Pakenham

 
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