Sunday, November 13, 2011
By: Alison Goodman
Published: August 31, 2010
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary: For years, Eon's life has been focussed on magical study and sword-work, with one goal: that he be chosen as a Dragoneye, an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune. But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a twelve-year-old boy. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; the penalty is death. When Eona's secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a struggle for the Imperial throne. Eona must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic . . . and her life.
The characters were great. I noticed that there was a lot of relationship building and trust between all the characters which could easily be broken by a single lie. I think the trust that Eon had with his friends throughout the story was absolutely amazing because during that time period with the emperors and rulers and such, finding trust and loyalty with others is pretty rare. I also liked a lot of the side characters like Ryoko, Lady Dela, Rilla and Chart, and the Master and the other Dragoneyes that were siding with the Emperor. But I hated Lord Ido. He was absolutely evil and cunning and the ending was absolutely weird but in a good way. There were times were I would get pissed with how Eon thought of himself because even though she had a lot of pride, she always questioned herself especially with the end result of the ceremony. I mean she's got to have some faith in herself at least through the middle of the story.
I absolutely enjoyed this book but I did not fall in love with it because there was points where I kinda got annoyed with the main character but now that I finished the entire book, I understand why the plot was the way it was. This book appeared to have a lot of story building but I did like how the story jumped right into it. I was not bored at all in because most books would usually give like a general background and such and I really liked how this book was different. The plot also had a lot of mystery and twists and with a lot of action which was one of the best parts of the story. I also loved the mix of their traditions with the dragons and the connections that they would have. The plot was absolutely amazing.
I would recommend this book looking for a good book that's similar to some aspects of Mulan but not completely. Someone who enjoys twists of magic, and dragons, and action with adventure, then you should totally read this book. I actually wasn't disappointed that there was no romance in here. With the plot of this book, I think that it was OK that there was no romance. I absolutely cannot wait to read the sequel EONA. (:
Saturday, November 5, 2011
By: Claudia Gray
Published: March 24, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one. But she has fallen in love with Lucas, a vampire hunter who infiltrated Evernight Academy, the exclusive vampire boarding school she attends. Bianca will do anything to be with Lucas, even if it means lying to powerful vampires of Evernight. Her deceit leads her to dig deep into the mysteries of the school, and Bianca discovers that even those she trusts the most have their own dark secrets. when a ghostly force begins attacking Evernight - and targeting Bianca - she learns a shocking truth about her past that will forever change her future.
Ok I seriously enjoyed this book a lot more then the second book. This one's got more action, and love tension and it was a lot more fast paced then the first one. The first one was OK, but it was a little boring. The one thing that I probably did not like about this book was how easily the paperback version could be damaged so easily. Like how the cover could bend really easily.
So the characters in this book had A LOT of character development from the first book and I actually really enjoyed that. we got to see more of Balthazar, and Raquel and how they grew from the first book. But all of this happened only because Lucas was out of the picture. But I actually like Lucas and Bianca together as a couple the most. With them separated in this book, it made them truly appreciate what it means to love and to endure for each other. Not a lot of books do that. even thought they were apart, they still had trust in each other even when they couldn't see each other everyday. Most books is just where one loses touch with the other for the entire story and they don't pop out until either the next book or at the end of the book. Balthazar was enjoyable to read and I learned a lot about Raquel's true life back at home and what happened that made her who she is.
The plot was also great. There was a lot of different twists and turns that I didn't expect especially about what Bianca discovered at the end. I think that Claudia Gray put a lot more thought into the plot of this book because it was great. I loved being able to see the traveling done between some of the characters. The introduction of new characters, new enemies, and new secrets brought this book to a whole new level. I absolutely cannot wait to read the third book, Hourglass. (:
I would recommend this book to people who like vampires but it's not as cheesy as the Twilight series I think. And there's also a love triangle, and it has some action mixed in. It's not all bad.
By: Misty Bernall
Published: September 1, 2000
Publisher: Pocket Books Nonfiction
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary: She Said Yes is an "intense and fascinating memoir" of an ordinary teenager growing up in suburban Colorado, and faced - as all teenagers are - with difficult choices and pressures. It is only now, when the world knows Cassie Bernall as on the of Columbine High Students killed by two rampaging schoolmates, that the choices she made offer a profound relevance for us all. Once a rage-filled young woman who walked a path similar to that of her killers, Cassie found a way out of her personal snares and, through her faith and a family's love, chose to embrace life with courage and conviction.
I remember getting this book when I was super young because I heard that it had a great message and a touching story that should be read by everyone. But since I was so little, I could only get so far into the story before I got lost and decided to put it down. Now that I'm a little older, I picked this book up again, and I could finally finish what I started years ago. This story was truly touching. I was not able to put it down once I got into it. It showed the pressures of what teenagers were going through and how the choices they made affect who they became. After reading this story, I thought for a long while about how I was treating my parents and how it affected them considering that I am in my teen years and how my attitude and choices can really affect how they feel. This story was told from the perspective of Cassie's mom along with some of her family and friends thoughts. I think the purpose of this story is to spread the message to teens and parents about connecting with each other and communicating before a wall starts to build between them because once it does, it is hard for two people to truly reconnect again. this was shown throughout the story. But to truly understand the Cassie's story, you are going to have to read it for yourself.