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Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Pages: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Date Published: May 23rd 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction
Maddielives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to goto school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s reallyno need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—untilshe meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physicalcloseness of face-to-face interactions. People aren’t meant to be alone, hetells her.
Suddenly,Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is adifferent, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling herotherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if shewants to change the path her life is taking.
Inthis not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their ownspace.
When I first readthe summary for this book I was ecstatic to read it because since I lovetechnology I really wanted to go into a world where everything was based off ofthat. Once I began reading I started realizing it was going in a differentdirection than what I expected. Don’t get me wrong though, the idea was there,the story was quite interesting, there was just things missing in my opinion.The characters were great and it was good imagination I will give it that. I’llbe honest and say that it might be a great book for someone other than me, inwhich case I encourage anyone to give it a try.
Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Pages: Paperback 335 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Date Published: April 9th 2006
Genre: Literature, Historical Fiction, Romance
Though he may not speak of them, the memories stilldwell inside Jacob Jankowski’s ninety-something-year-old mind. Memories ofhimself as a young man, tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home tothe Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Memories of a world filledwith freaks and clowns, with wonder and pain and anger and passion; a worldwith its own narrow, irrational rules, its own way of life, and its own way ofdeath. The world of the circus: to Jacob it was both salvation and a livinghell.
Jacob was there because his luck had run out – orphanedand penniless, he had no direction until he landed on this locomotive ‘ship offools’. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and everyone in thisthird-rate circus was lucky to have any job at all. Marlena, the star of theequestrian act, was there because she fell in love with the wrong man, ahandsome circus boss with a wide mean streak. And Rosie the elephant was therebecause she was the great gray hope, the new act that was going to be thesalvation of the circus; the only problem was, Rosie didn’t have an act – infact, she couldn’t even follow instructions. The bond that grew among thisunlikely trio was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hopefor survival.
Aninety-something year old remembering his days working for a circus during TheGreat Depression. Doesn’t sound asinteresting? Yeah that is what I thought until I read it and it was more thanjust a book to me.
This book hasjoined My Favorites list. I was not expecting much from this book; actually Iexpected to not like it. I only read it because the movie was coming out but Iseriously fell in love with it. A well-written and well-researched book. Veryunique and I really enjoy knowing that I learned a couple of things from itsince it is based on true historic events and I will admit I am not a bighistory fan so this helped me get into it.
I recommend thisbook to everyone, it is definitely a must read!
Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1)
Author: Stieg Larsson
Translator: Reg Keeland
Pages: Hardcover 465 pages
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday
Date Published: September 16th 2008
Genre: Mystery, Mystery Crime, Suspense
Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there’sno turning back. This debut thriller–the first in a trilogy from the lateStieg Larsson–is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston andMichael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist,watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appearbleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name isextended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch–and there’salways a catch–is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching amysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades.With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator LisbethSalander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is asit seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you reallydon’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Mikael Blomkvistis a journalist one day and another he is hired to be a private investigatorbut isn’t quite sure what it is he should be investigating since his case hasalready been investigated by police and has been unsolved for nearly fortyyears. Later on he gets help from an incredible computer hacker with bigissues, Lisbeth Salander.
This book washard to begin; it was a little slow at the beginning and only picked up ataround one third through it. I actually really liked it, but I didn’t read itall at once, I did pause for a month or two. Great plot and characters. It wassuspenseful and interesting. I am not a big fan of Mystery Crime novels becausethey seem a little boring to me but this book was different maybe because it iseasier to connect to these characters than with other ones in other MysteryCrime books, at least in my opinion. Lisbeth Salander is such a fascinatingcharacter it is hard not to like her. Once you read this book you will beshocked at the types of problems she is in and you won’t help but feel bad forher. Larsson isn’t afraid to be explicit; there will be a couple of things thatmight shake you.
I recommend thisto anyone that is into the Mystery Crime genre and to anyone that is willing toread something different.
Author: Alex Flinn
Pages: Hardcover 304 pages
Date Published: October 1st 2007
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorillaor dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangsand claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place isNew York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay thisway forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English classcast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls bynight? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guyyou wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then,I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.
For starters I will admit this book was not for me. Ireally believed it was of my taste but once I read it I realized it wasn’t. Itis a temporary version of Beauty and the Beast and I was really excited to readit. The book is small but it took me a while to finish it, I’m guessing it wasbecause it wasn’t seizing my attention. It was a good story and I understandwhy a lot of people liked it. It had its romance and its moral but it justwasn’t for me. I’m not going to say it was a bad book because it wasn’t, I amsure many of you will like it. It had a good little twist at the end that was prettyclever. I know this review was way too short but I hope you enjoy this book alittle more than I did.