I was iffy at first, however the characters seemed to come to life, and I hated to put down the book. I love the way Ali, Cat and Cole seemed so real and they have an addicting personality. Showalter did a fabulous job at making this book seem so real. I can not wait to read the next book, but I have too.
The idea of a librarian having the ability of pulling things out of a book sounded awesome. The book totally lived up to the standard too. Hines did a great job with the plot and the characters were so great and realistic. I totally would recommend this book to any book lover.
This book is set in a near future where the planet is heading for a decline. With wars raging, famine, and disease; people escape this grim reality by plugging into the OASIS. This is an advance computer and gaming system wrapped in one that is now used by everyone on the planet. The inventor of this system has been dead for five years. In his passing he issued a contest, one that if you were to find the three keys you would inherit the vast fortune acquired by the creator of the OASIS system. This is where the book picks up: five years after the contest began and with no one having any luck with the clues – until Wade Wilson, or Parzival, his online screen name. Wade is the first to win the first copper key and now everyone is back in gear trying to find the copper key and the remaining jade and crystal keys. This was a really good read. I haven’t seen any other books with this type of story. I was not disappointed.
This book is the second part of the The Magicians. The Magician King starts with Quentin and his friends, who are now the king and queens of Fillory, which is the magical kingdom that they read about as children that they have recently discovered is a real place. Although one of the kings of Fillory, Quentin is starting to wonder whether there is not more to being a king than lounging around. He yearns for adventure. As it so happens, after Quentin sets off to collect taxes from an outer island of Fillory, he runs right into it. The book goes on with Quentin and Julia, one of the queens of Fillory being deported back to Earth, and shares her backstory, explaining how she is the way she is. In all this was a really good book. I am looking forward for the next book in the series.
I probably would have never picked up this book if a friend hadn’t recommended it to me. Once I started reading it, though, it was hard to put it down. With a somewhat mature Harry Potter feel, this book is about Quentin Coldwater. Quentin and the crowd he hangs out with are all really smart. He is near genius levels, but Quentin is just bored and tired with his life. Things begin to change for Quentin when he is scheduled for an interview. This interview is to get into a good school, but the man he his meeting is dead and Quentin finds him. Obviously shaken, the paramedic gives him a letter with his name on it. Walking down the street it slips from his hand and leads him to a magical school. Quentin has always been a fan of a popular magical children’s book and this new world seems to be perfect for him. Meeting new friends and staying at this school for five years starts off as a dream come true, but once again he starts to get bored with his life. This makes for a lot of mistakes then adventure for Quentin and he’s friends. This was a really good book. It shows how if magic was possible people with all this power eventually get bored, having no idea what they are going to do in a world where they don’t have to work or operate under the normal rules that most people have to follow.
Mockingjay is the last book of the Hunger Games series, and my least favorite out of the three. Katniss has found herself to be in District 13, thought to have been wiped out by the capital. She wakes up to find out that she was saved from the games but now Peeta has been captured by the capital. Hesitant to become the symbol for the rebellion, Katniss finally agrees when she knows that Peeta is being tortured. Katniss then starts training to be a part of a group that will be gunning for President Snow, only to find out that she is mostly there to be recorded on camera to inspire the troops. Things go wrong, though, on their mission and they are pulled directly into the middle of battle. This is when the war takes off for Katniss and she must take control of the mission. This was an okay book for me. It seemed to be all over the place and I could not get around how Katniss, a seventeen year old girl becomes the leader of a military troop with the responsibility to kill President Snow.
Several years ago I found this book online and never got a chance to read it since I was still in school. After seeing it one day and ordering it for the library, and now after reading, I’m glad I did. This is the story of Thom. Thom is raised by his dad who was once the world’s greatest superhero, Major Might. For Thom, though, he has never seen that side of his dad since a turn of events has made everyone hate his dad. His mom is nowhere to be seen and has been gone for several years. Thom’s world begins to change when playing for his high school basketball team. On a hot streak and scoring the most points he has ever scored before, there is a heated moment with one of the other players. An incident occurs where the opposing team’s player breaks his leg; so Thom, for some reason, places his hands on the leg that is broken and begins to feel a hot sensation on his hands. Thom heals the boy’s leg before anyone sees it. At the end of the game he is then pointed out as the “gay guy” by the opposing team. This is what Thom has to deal with mostly through the book. Even starting out as a superhero with the team in town he still has to deal with instances where people question his sexuality. There are a series of highs and extreme lows for Thom, but he has to figure them out if he wants to become the superhero he has always wanted to be.
The second book of the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, is a very good read and may have been just as good as the first one. The story picks up months after Katniss and Peeta return from the Games and are now living their lives in the victor’s village. Katniss is unaware that her actions in the games have inspired a massive uprising from several of the districts, and unknowingly has become the symbol for these riots. After hearing of the riots that have taken place, Katniss is unsure what to do. She plans on escaping the district altogether then decides to stay. The story really takes off when the contestants for the new games are announced with an unprecedented event. Winners from previous games are drawn randomly to once again go back into the Games. Of course Katniss is elected and must go back. This was a really quick read and a must read if you have read the first one.
Elizabeth is not the popular kid at school or even noticed for that matter, and her home isn’t any better. She has to share her Dad, whom she doesn’t see that often, with her step mother and step sisters, so she seems to just be unhappy in general; until one day when she gives a homeless woman her shoes and is offered a job by her teacher for a repository in town. This repository, though, is no ordinary place just to store things. It houses priceless items that also include magical items from the stories of the Grimm Brothers, along with other unbelievable things from myths and legends. Elizabeth finds out that there have been several cases of theft and hears of a story about a giant bird that keeps attacking patrons and the repository staff. It then becomes the job of Elizabeth and her coworkers to track down the items and find a newly missing staff member. This book started out pretty good. Reading about the different items in the Grimm collection and then looking them up to find that they were really in the original stories was cool. The climax and ending to the story, however, became pretty predictable and led me to just want to finish up the book.
Wayne of Gotham is the first actual novel I have read that is about Batman. I found it to be a very good read and may even prefer it over conventional comic books or graphic novels. The story takes place later in Batman’s career. He is now older and needs a high tech bat suit that allows him to fight crime. The storyline follows both Batman/Bruce Wayne and his father, Thomas Wayne. Bruce has always seen his father as the perfect man; however, recent developments have shown Bruce that there may have been more to Thomas Wayne than he would have ever imagined. If you are a Batman fan then you will find this hard to put down. This gives a lot of back story that I have never read about Thomas and Martha Wayne.