Monday, September 26, 2011

Shiver - ORR 4

Title: Shiver
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Genre: Young Adult/ Paranormal Romance
Comments: This book it about a girl named Grace, who is saved from an attack by a pack of "werewolves" by a single one of them whom she instantly has a special connection with. These werewolves are humans that are bitten and infected. They then turn into larger, stronger and harder to kill wolves when the temperature drops to low, so int the summer they are in their human forms and in winter their wolf ones. The process of changing is hard and painful and many wolves dislike this and find it the hardest part of being a "werewolf". Grace has been watching these wolves from her window for a long time, and one, the one who saved her from an attack, has also been watching her. This wolf is a boy named Sam, his parents when they found out about his changing between wolf and boy, they believed it was the devil and attempted to kill him at around age 8. This did not work, and they were both sent to jail, abandoning Sam, now age 18, is abandoned. One day after years of waiting to meet, Sam and Grace finally come together. With Sam staying at Grace's house (it becomes evident through the story that her parents are extremely lax with Grace, age 16, and expect her to look after her self) because it is a warm and safe place, they quickly fall in love. Yet they are torn apart by the fact that Sam, as the weather gets colder will soon turn back to his wolf persona. There time is limited, and they are looking for clues to a cure while trying to keep Sam a human. Shiver was definitely a page turning book with a cliff hanging end, but luckily there are two more books in the series I can't wait to read. Even though when I first started this book, I saw werewolves and I immediately though "Twilight" but this book was much better and I enjoyed it much more!  I would recommend Shiver for people who enjoyed Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare from the Mortal Instruments Series. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Wednesday Wars (ORR 2)


Title: The Wednesday Wars
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Genre: Fiction
Comments: In the pages that I read this week, the main character, Holling Hoodhood, had to play the role of a fairy wearing yellow tights in a Shakespeare play, The Tempest. Holling has to do this in order to be able to pay for the cream puffs that he owes to people in his class. After the play, Holling gets teased a lot and pictures of him wearing yellow tights are stuck to every single door, locker, wall, window and even in the ceiling by a school bully. 

After the tight incident, Holling studies another Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. He finds it very stupid: 'Never mind that Romeo wears tights- at least according to the pictures- but he isn't very smart. And Juliet isn't too strong in that department, either. I mean, a potion to almost kill you? She drinks a potion to almost kill you? Who would drink a potion to almost kill you? Then Romeo goes ahead and drinks a potion that will kill you because he can't figure out that she's only had a potion that almost kills you? An then Juliet, who at least is smart enough to figure out that Romeo really is dead, makes sure that she uses a knife this time, which is not almost going to kill you, but really will kill you?
Does't this sound like something that two people who can't find their way around the block would get themselves into?
Of course it does.
Mrs. Baker couldn't see this problem at all. Because she's a teacher, and no teacher ever does. "Didn't you find it tragic and beautiful and lovely?" she asked me when I told her I'd finished reading it.
"Not really," I said.
"What did you find it then?"
"Stupid." '

But soon enough, Holling discovers that the play isn't that stupid after all after a series of unexpected events.

The Rangers Apprentice

The Ruins of Gorlan
John Flanagan

This book is based in the ancient times, it is about a boy, he is an orphan. He is also someone who no one else can find a use for. He is good at climbing walls, stealing cakes, and being hard to see. He is chosen to be in an organization of secret spies. His job is to get information, information about other countries or enemies who might attack his home. However, in the early days of his training his country, Araluen,is faced with a fierce enemy who threatens to take over the world. To stop him, he has to fight wild boars, bear/ape like creatures, and werewolfs. But first, he has to learn to cook.

This is the first book in a series of 10 books, which describe Wills adventures. This book is recommended for anyone who is interested in swords and arrows. It is very easy to read and can be funny.