The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

•July 1, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsHazel Grace Lancaster is a girl with terminal cancer. Her life consists of carrying around a tank of oxygen, reading An Imperial Affliction and watching multiple reruns of America’s Next Top Model. When she is diagnosed with depression, she is told to attend a cancer support group, one located under a church, literally in the heart of Jesus.

Augustus Waters is a boy who had cancer, which resulted in the lower half of his leg being amputated. His life consists of chewing cigarette ends, terrible driving and helping his best friend Isaac through surgery that will result in Isaacs becoming blind. When his best friend asks him to attend a support group with him, he agrees, and finds himself located under a church, literally in the heart of Jesus.

Gus and Hazel have plenty in common, and soon find themselves amidst a world of friendship, love and reality. When Gus gives up his Genies’ wish in order to travel to Amsterdam and meet the author of their favorite book, an Imperial Affliction, Hazel begins to realize and understand just how much Augustus Waters means to her. And she to him.

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing books I have read in a long time. Again, this was a book I read through recommendation, and I’d heard a lot about John Green too, and it didn’t disappoint. This was one of the first novels I ever teared up in, and I read it in under a day. It’s a book I will one day force my children to read because I view it as a modern classic.

I even managed to get one of my best friends, someone who had never read before this, to read it. And she loved it. Hazel and Gus are characters you immediately fall in love with and John Green has a fantastic style of writing that makes you laugh, cry and smile, sometimes at the same time. It thoroughly deserves the #1 fictional book rating from Times and I cannot sing it enough praises.


Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi

•June 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

imagesWhat do you do when your very touch is lethal? What do you do when your parents send you away to an asylum, to be locked up forever? What do you do when everyone and everything you’ve ever known fears you? And what do you do, when your new cellmate happens to be the one person who ever noticed you, the one person who ever cared?

Juliette Ferrars lives in a world where the weather is odd and food is scarce. Where the Reestablishment promised a better life but in truth, they kill more people than they save. She lives in a world of fear. A world where she is feared. And people have every right to fear her. Her touch kills. She is a walking weapon. A weapon that needs to be locked up, kept away from the world. And she accepts this, until the asylum gives her a cellmate.

Adam Kent was the closest thing she ever had to a friend when she was younger. But now he is a soldier of the Reestablishment, and seems to have forgotten the past.

Warner is a man of power. A dangerous man of power who wants Juliette, more than anything else. In the Reestablishment, he is respected and feared. He has done his homework on the girl he wants, and will stop at nothing to have her.

When Juliette is ripped away from the four grey cell walls she has always known, she is thrust into a world of hunger and luxury, poverty and splendor. She is thrown into the real world, a place she has dreamt of for so long, but nothing is as she expects.

I read this because of a recommendation. It’s a similar sort of book to Divergent, except more of a mix between x-men and romeo and juliet and prodigy. And thoroughly kick ass, in my opinion. It’s the sort of book that you read in less than a day, because you fall in love with the characters and the world. I recommend it to people who enjoyed Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu and Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

I like the style in which it is written as well. Unlike most books, Tahereh Mafi uses the structure of the writing and things like crossed out words to add to the plot. It makes it more interesting to read as well as more fun.



•June 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

•June 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

200px-hunger_gamesIn  a dark vision of the near future, where North America is now Panem, split into 12 different districts and the Capitol, 24 boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 are placed into an arena each year with one rule: kill or be killed. The Hunger Games is a live T.V show where the contestants must kill each other and be the last one standing. The ruling power in Panem, the Capitol makes sure the games are always entertaining for the audience. If there haven’t been enough deaths in a day, they control the arena, dropping temperatures, causing wildfires. Anything to make sure the audience is kept on their toes.

Katniss Everdeen is a 16 year old girl who lives in the Seam; the poorest area of District 12. Everyday she hunts in the forest illegally to feed her family with Gale, another hunter who lost his father in a mining explosion. On the day of the reaping, when Prim, Katniss’ little sister gets picked for the games, Katniss steps forwards to take her place, basically sentencing herself to death, and together with Peeta Mellark, the male tribute, they leave to the capitol with Haymicth Abernathy, the only live victor of the hunger games and Effie Trinket, the bubbly lady from the capitol here to escort them to the arena. Katniss Everdeen is a survivor who has been close to death before but she doesn’t think she stands a chance. Kids from district 1 and 2, where winning is a big honor are taught to kill in 20 different manners. They can use any weapon you place in their hands and they have been training since they were born. The only motivation Katniss has is that she promised Prim she would try to win. But in her eyes, she is climbing an impossible mountain.

The Hunger Games puts forward a very interesting idea, were people kill for entertainment. Where the people of the Capitol are very self centered and it’s all about them. How the Capitol will do anything to make sure the audience is entertained, even if it means killing 23 innocent children. The book itself can be very gruesome but I think that just portrays the Capitol’s vicious and dictating image better. The movie is being released in March 2012, I’m hoping it will be just as good as the book.

The Throne of Fire, Rick Riordan

•June 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

250px-the_throne_of_fire_cover1Carter and Sadie Kane are back, powerful as ever and currently training other descendents of the House of Life. After giving up the power of the gods, Carter and Sadie’s lives went back to about as normal as a magicians life could be. But they’ve just found out that Apophis is going to swallow the sun in exactly 5 days on the spring equinox. In exactly 5 days, Ra’s enemy will rise from his prison, swallow the Sun and all life on Earth will cease to exist. Unless Sadie and Carter stop the Lord of Chaos they will all die. So keep the plan simple: awake Ra.

Ra went into ‘retirement’ and took great trouble to sleep peacefully. Carter and Sadie must find the 5 parts of the book of Ra and then travel into the Duat and face Apophis. Bast decides to go back to her old enemy’s prison to find out how long the duo have leaving them another mentor, Bes, the god of dwarves. Not exactly a Bast, but he’ll have to do…

A great sequel to the Red Pyramid. Action packed with even more incredible characters. Rick Riordan certainly knows the perfect recipe for a mythological book.

The Red Pyramid, Rick Riordan

•June 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

the_red_pyramidCarter and Sadie Kane are descended from Narmer and Ramses the Great, 2 pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Their parents were magicians of the House of Life and up until the day their Father blew up the Rosetta Stone unleashing the Egyptian gods into the modern world, their lives where about as normal as you could get when you had magicians for parents. However, Julius Kane’s plan messed up and Set, the god of Chaos imprisoned him in a golden Sarcophagus. Sadie and Carter are forced to run to Brooklyn where Amos, their uncle (who, by the way, is also a magician) shelters them in the 21st nome of the House of Life. Desperate to save their Dad, they embark on a terrifying quest into modern Egypt. With the goddess Bast, as their guardian, they travel from Cairo to Paris to America only to find that they have become hosts to the gods Isis and Horus and the House of Life is hunting them down. Being a ‘godling’ is illegal in Egyptian law. On top of that, Set is planning to release Chaos on his birthday which just do happens to be in a couple of days… Will Sadie and Carter be able to stop Set and save their Dad?

A fun read for all ages. This book also contains a lot of ancient Egyptian myths and legends, much like Riordan Percy Jackson series.

People’s Republic, Robert Muchamore

•June 30, 2013 • Leave a Comment

peoplesrepublicAfter the very successful Cherub series with James Adams, Robert Muchamore created a new generation of CHERUB agents. Ryan Sharma is 12 years old and about to go on his first mission with Amy Collins. The mission: become friends with Ethan Aramov, a spoilt, rich, California kid. Why: His mother, Gillian Kitsell, is related to the Aramov Clan, a group based in Kyrgyzstan who transport drugs, weapons, high-value counterfeits and illegal immigrants. Brief: Find out as much as possible.

Fu Ning is an adopted child with a boxers build and a tendency to hit people she dislikes. But when her stepfather, Chaoxiang, is arrested due to his large human trafficking empire, Ning and her mother are forced to run. From Daodong to Kyrgyzstan where they are captured by the Leonid Aramov and her mother is killed. From Kyrgyzstan to the Czech Republic and finally, from the Czech Republic to England. There, Ning stands the chance of being deported because she is unable to get a British citizenship even though her mother was English. Amy Collins however, has different ideas. Ning is perfect for Cherub but will they get to her in time?

Like the other CHERUB series, People’s Republic is witty, fast-paced and action packed. If you haven’t read it yet, go out right now and buy a copy. It’s brilliant for older readers but may contain some unsuitable language for younger kids.