Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Standing on the fringes of life... offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
One of my favorites of all time. 5 Stars! Amazing book.
 Characters: One of my favorite parts of this book was the characters. I loved them because they were all far from perfect. They all had major problems that made them more relatable. And they each had their own personality. I loved Charlie. During the whole book I just wanted to go in and help him. Sam and Patrick were great. They showed him how to have fun and how to be part of something and I really respect them for that. The other side characters like Mary Elizabeth, Alice, Peter, Bill, Bob, Brad, and Craig were good too. They all somehow contributed to the life of Charlie. One thing that I especially liked was that when they did something bad, it wasn't just like the next day the situation would fix itself. I liked that they actually had to work hard to fix the mess that they created.
 Plot: The plot was great. The story is written as letters, and at first I didn't know how I would like it but I ended up loving it. I liked that the things that happened in the story happen all the time in real life. And the book isn't afraid of going into serious subjects. Throughout the whole book you get the feeling that somethings wrong with Charlie, and in the end you do get to do know. And once you do you will be surprised and if your like me you will question the world we're living in. This book also has some philosphy in here. I don't know if its obvious or you have to search for it but I picked it up pretty easily.
Overall: Overall this book was completely amazing. But if you do not like sex, drugs, and gay relationships I would probably avoid this book but even if you don't like those things I strongly urge you to read it because if you don't, you're missing out on a great read. I'm sorry if my review isn't good but this book is so good I just can't put it into words.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Stand Tall by Joan Bauer

Tree, a six-foot-three inch twelve-year-old, copes with his parents' recent divorce and his failure as an athlete by helping his grandfather, a Vietnam vet and recent amputee, and Sophie, a new girl at school

I had some problems with this book but overall 3 stars!
Characters: The characters were alright though I didn't find anything special about any one of them. Tree was good, I think he acted as anyone would, with his height, his parents' divorce, and his grandfather's rehab to learn to walk again. His brothers' Curtis and Larry were especially my favorite characters. Even though we only saw them for a little bit you could tell how much they loved their family and how much the divorce hurt them even though they don't show them. Tree's parents were alright. Though I honeslty didn't like his mother. It seemed to me that she was always so unreasonable and I got really annoyed by her. I also really enjoyed Tree's friends Eli, Sully, and Sophia. I liked how you could see that they were true friends and wouldn't leave his side when he most needed them. All the characters acted as normal teenagers or preteens would act. Thats what I most liked about the characters, how believable and relatable they were.

Plot: There really wasn't a plot, I mean the whole story focused on how Tree survives his year with all that goes on in his life. I am a plot driven girl. I like stories with good plots with a twist and I don't think this book really had that. I did like the fact that this author constantly compared life with war. I never really thought about it like that but the more I think the more I know its true. I thought that throughout the book Tree (Real name, Sam) would progress into being comfortable with himself but one chapter to another he went from shy to outgoing and that change was to abrupt for my liking. The pace of the book was fast but not that much. The writing style was alright it was very simple. It was just like any other book. Didn't have anything special that I could say only that book had.

Overall: Overall this book had a lot of problems but I still liked the self impowerment. How it teaches you that you are equal to everyone else and you should like yourself no matter you size, height, or appearance. I liked many of the characters and I also very much liked that there wasn't any romance. I love romance don't get me wrong but sometimes romance did get very annoying so this is a nice break. Any age can read this. I highly recommend this, even if you don't like anything about this book focus on the message and it'll make the book all the much better.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong

After years of frequent moves following her mother’s death, Chloe Saunders’s life is finally settling down. She is attending art school, pursuing her dreams of becoming a director, making friends, and meeting boys. Her biggest concern is that she’s not developing as fast as her friends are. But when puberty does hit, it brings more than hormone surges. Chloe starts seeing ghosts–everywhere, demanding her attention. After she suffers a breakdown, her devoted aunt Lauren gets her into a highly recommended group home.

At first, Lyle House seems a pretty okay place, except for Chloe’s small problem of fearing she might be facing a lifetime of mental illness. But as she gradually gets to know the other kids at the home–charming Simon and his ominous, unsmiling brother Derek, obnoxious Tori, and Rae, who has a “thing” for fire–Chloe begins to realize that there is something that binds them all together, and it isn’t your usual “problem kid” behaviour. And together they discover that Lyle House is not your usual group home either…

Great book. Only a few minor problems. 4 Stars!

Characters: The characters were really great! I only really had problems with Rae and Chloe. I felt Chloe was too naive and it felt like she was just a spoiled girl that thought that she could do whatever she wanted and that really annoyed me. Rae I didn't like because I felt she was just too desperate to fit in and that she was really stubborn. Other than them I liked all the others even the bad characters I just loved to hate them. Another thing I liked about the characters is that you never really knew who was good and who was bad. I also liked to find out about their different powers. Most characters were really realistic. And I could relate to them a lot. I also liked that the character wasn't invinsible.

Plot: The plot was nothing how I expected it to be. It was full of surprising twists and turns and I never knew what would happen next. Though I thought the powers that the kids had were a little disappointing. I hoped that the powers would be more original. I was also sad because I thought that I finally found a book that didn't have a werewolf in it, but it did. I liked atmosphere of the book. In the beginning it was really spooky that it gave goosebumps. The pace was very good. Not too fast and not too slow. I didn't really like the writing style because it too simple to plain but after a while I got used to it.

Overall: Overall I really liked this book and if it weren't for the writing style, some characters, and the originality I would've given it five stars. It DID however contain hints to sexual stuff and some bad words so I wouldn't recommend this to children under the age of 13. Unless you're mature.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Voluspa - A Magical World by Sam D. & Ray East

Amy, a forlorn fifteen year old girl from NYC, never thought that she would attend school on a magical mountain with wild animals as her classmates and that she would go to a prom on a flying carpet. Its love at first sight when Drake- a shape shifter rescues her from a pre-historic beast and befriends her. Little does she know that Drake’s father is the tyrannical leader who has always wanted Amy and her kind dead. In her struggle to challenge the supremacy in the magical world, she realizes her powers, confronts aspects about herself that she may not be comfortable with, makes lasting friends while excelling in her school - something which she had not been able to do in her human world. All hell breaks loose, as Drake goes missing and Voluspan mercenaries try to hunt Amy down. Amy and her friends use strategic warfare, pit adversaries among themselves and use every last drop of strength, skill and courage as they take on warriors far more ruthless and skilled than themselves. But Amy is in for a rude shock when she finally finds Drake.

***This book was given to me by Ray East in exchange for an honest review. ***

Characters: I didn't really enjoy the characters. They didn't really have personalities. I especially didn't like Amy. She seemed so naive to me and she wasn't very smart in some cases. She would give up something very important just for a guy, and while I understand that she was in love with him I don't think any rational person would give up the key to possibly the distruction of a realm just to save someone she liked. Drake is actually a character I somewhat liked, he was very loyal and brave and I think he was the only character that they explained his personality. I could really relate to him because he was always pressured to be perfect and had to live up to great expectations. What I found strange was that some of the characters just vanished in some parts of the books and then came back but some characters like Renata who I would've thought was somewhat important pretty much disappeared for the rest of the book.

Plot: The plot was very unique and I liked exploring Voluspa and I loved learning about the different clans and the history of Voluspa. It was very a very fun world and I just couldn't get enough of it. I had a lot of problems with the authors' writing style, it was in second person but I wished that they could've gone into more detail, I admit if the writing style was written a little more differently I would've enjoyed this book a lot more but I got used to the writing eventually. Some of the book was predictable but only if you really thought about it like me. I liked that the book was really action packed and sometimes I even had to put down the book to let everything that happen sink in, the pace changed from slow to fast. I also really liked all the creatures that Sam D. and Ray East created such as the Tyrannos and the Gangrels. I also liked the different clans and how you got to learn about their powers' and the different kind of jobs that they can do.

Overall: Overall even though there are a lot of things I didn't particularly like it was still a very unique book and I really liked the plot ideas and how creative the whole book was in general. I can't wait for the second book and this is definately going on my Favorites list. I would highly recommend this to both boys and girls. Great book and I understand it took me some time to finish but that was because I was in a bit of a reading slump, not because it wasn't good because as soon as I had the book in my hand again I was hooked!