Friday, September 19, 2014

The Book Thief: Sept. 19th

  • Title: The Book Thief
  • Author: Markus Zusak
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • AR Points: 18
  • Page I am on: haven't started yet
  • Where I am toward my AR goal: 29/goal point

I am so excited to start this book! It has been on my book list for a couple years and I always end up forgetting about it. I have heard nothing but great things about this book and I honestly have no clue what it is about! I know there was a movie rendition as well, but I am strongly against seeing movies before reading the book; I like to compare & contrast it after I have read it!

To find out the genre & AR points, I needed to look it up & I read the synopsis while I was doing that. Based on that, I further confirmed that I am most likely going to love this book. It is during the Holocaust & I find this subject to be incredibly interesting. Looks like I know what I will be doing this weekend.

In a Glass Grimmly: Sept. 19th

  • Title: In a Glass Grimmly
  • Author: Adam Gidwitz
  • Genre: Fairy Tales/Fantasy
  • AR Points: 8
  • Page I am on: starting ch.5
  • Where I am toward my AR goal: 29/50

I picked this book based off the cover & the title, predicting it was going to be another parody on common fairy tales. I based my prediction on my prior knowledge of who the Grimm brothers were (famous Germans who recorded stories that became fairy tales, such as Snow White, Cinderella, etc.) and the cover with a boy climbing a beanstalk & some black birds near the top. Using this information, I figured I would probably love it since I love adaptions on fairy tales!

Now that I am in Chapter 5, I am glad that I found this book. It is a great pick that I would recommend! The author is very comical; he puts a great spin on these widely known fairy tales. It is a little gruesome and, at times, almost kind of gross, because this author's adaptions are more closely to the original fairy tales, not the happy endings that Disney does. If you are interested in the original stories for (Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White), I suggest this book or even reading the original stories. (Keep in mind they are more gruesome than you would expect for "fairy" tales. I have a book with the original stories if anyone wants to read!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Shadow Thieves: September 4th

  • Title: The Shadow Thieves
  • Author: Anne Ursu
  • Genre: Myth/Fantasy
  • AR Points: 12
  • Page I am on: completed
  • Where I am toward my AR goal: 21/goal point

Just finished this book tonight, very interesting book. The premise of the book is that Greek myths are in fact real, not myth. Philonecron, an Immortal in the Land of the Dead decides to overthrow Hades, King of the Underworld. To do this, he must build an army made of children's shadows. Two cousins are all that stands between Philonecron & the end of the world. For if Philonecron takes over the Underworld, it cannot mean anything good for the living or the dead. Can Zee & Charlotte stop Philonecron before it's too late?

Mergers: August 25th

  • Title: Mergers
  • Author: Steven Layne
  • Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • AR Points: 9
  • Page I am on: Ch.3
  • Where I am toward my AR goal: current points/goal point

Just started this book last night; kinda of a strange and uncommon mix, fantasy and science fiction. (Usually you have one or the other, not both combined.) This book takes place in either an alternate universe or the future where all races have been merged into one race. We are introduced to four different teenagers that are being held captive by the Alliance, the group that was in charge of the Merge. Not only are these teenagers the only non-merged humans on the planet (different races), each of them have a supernatural power. For the moment, it does not seem that the Alliance is aware that these four have these powers. I am curious to know why these teens have these powers!