Saturday, May 13, 2017

Book Review: Fate of Flames

Title: Fate of Flames
Author: Sarah Raughley
Teen Reviewer: Nanditha Prashanth
Rating: 5/5 Stars

Fate of Flames is an action-packed book following the path of a girl named Maia (the next fire effigy). She is one of the 4 girls chosen to be part of a group called effigies who protect and serve the world from vicious creatures that are known as phantoms. Maia was always one of those many girls who aspired to fight like an effigy, to save lives like one of them, and to become one of them. But when she is given the responsibility or burden. in her eyes. of protecting the country and nation, Maia is bombarded with a tough decision. One that can save her and one that can bring her to her last wish. The plot of the story entails what future decisions Maia will have to make and what consequences she must face due to it. When she is chosen as the next fire effigy her life seems to be a game, a game of life and death. The rest of the story revolves around her journey and effort protecting her secret and living as an effigy.

Fate of the Flames is a book that combines the emotional and physical drama of a high school girl named Maia, which is the outline of this books action-packed plot. This book is a very entertaining and interesting book. It's a book that will make you want to read and make you want to see what happens next. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 because the concept of this book is definitely a very unique one. But not only that, this book kept me wondering and it really fulfilled the thriller aspect for me. It really pulls together every aspect of the plot very well. This book is a book that I am sure will not take very long to read if you are an action lover, and I definitely recommend it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Review: Scythe

Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Teen Reviewer: Se Choi
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: In the future (the book does not clarify when) there is no disease, hunger, and sadness. People can live forever and that was because the government of all the countries of the world were taken control over by a computer program. This program was never cruel, corrupt but governed people fairly and well. The only thing the program did not control was the Scythe Realm. The Scythes controlled the population of their given area. Every day they would choose a target five days a week and kill him or her and give their family members one year free of not having a chance of being killed by kissing the ring of the Scythe. 

One day, Scythe Faraday decided to take on two apprentices named Citra and Rowen. They both hated the idea of being a Scythe but decided to try after they heard that only one of them would become a Scythe at the end and that the two of them had to compete for the job. Scythe Faraday taught them that if you wanted to be a Scythe you would have to not enjoy killing people, Scythes only take what they really need, and if they did not want to be Scythes after a long period of time on the Job, they could take their own life. After many months of training, they went to the Scythe Conclave which happened every season. At the Conclave, the Scythes would discuss problems and test apprentices until the Winter Conclave, which was the final test for the students. Both apprentices failed their first test so they were even, but things got even more competitive when an evil Scythe named Goddard suggested the Grand Scythe that the one that fails the final test should be killed by the winner. After the Conclave, Rowan and Citra were informed that Faraday Killed himself to protect Rowan and Citra from killing each other. Expecting to be returned to their families, they were very surprised to hear that Citra would be trained more with the Grande Dame of Death (a very respected Scythe) and Rowen would be trained by Scythe Goddard until the Winter Conclave. During that time, Citra tried to learn more about the suicide of Faraday and also learned a lot from the Grande Dame of Death. But Rowan was learning how to kill without caring and granting people kisses on the ring for fame. Rowan eventually killed Goddard and his evil companions by cutting them in pieces and throwing them into a burning building. He did this because he knew the only thing that you couldn’t be healed from is fire. The day of the Winter conclave came and Citra became the Scythe. Instead of killing Rowan, she punched him in the mouth with the ring she was given. Because Rowan kissed the ring, he was granted one year of not being killed. So Citra and Rowan escaped and fled the region.

Review: This novel was gruesome and cruel but was very good showing the characters thoughts and emotions. That, I believe is the most important part of a novel. Also the main characters’ revolt against their inevitable doom is shown very clearly at the end.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Book Review: Left Handed Fate

Title: The Left-Handed Fate
Author: Kate Milford
Rating: 3/5
Teen Reviewer: Se Choi

Synopsis: Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell are aboard the Left-Handed Fate to find and build a machine that could end the war with the US. The US were allies with France, and Britain was alone. When the Left-Handed Fate was near The US, they were attacked by an american ship. There was a fierce battle but eventually, the americans won and took all of them as prisoners. The captain of the americans put Oliver as the prize-captain of the Left-Handed Fate. Oliver was only 12 years old but was still made the captain. As the new prize-captain and crew sailed out, they were stopped by a french ship that were asking for Max because they wanted the machine as well. Lucy recommended Oliver not to give in, so he let the prisoners join the prize-crew to escape and fight off the french ship. Then Oliver agreed to Lucy and Max to find the parts to this machine in a place called Flotilla. In Flotilla they put the ship in a secret dock and head out to find and make the parts to the machine. They met people that could make some parts of the machine, and also found some parts as well. But then the french caught up with Max and kidnapped him. But luckily he escaped. When Max made the machine he was horrified to see that it could almost think like a human. Max and the machine communicated by writing in strips of paper. But suddenly men in black suits came and threatened to kill Max if he used the machine to kill others. So Max changed the machine into a firework launcher. And when the french found out, they stopped hunting for Max.

Review: The book was slightly boring and confusing in the beginning, but every other part of the book was exciting and strange.

Book Review: The Kids of Appetite

Title: Kids of Appetite
Author: David Arnold
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Teen Reviewer: Se Choi

Synopsis: When Victor’s dad dies, he and his mother are deeply saddened. But after a while his mother moves on and finds a boyfriend named Frank. But Victor himself does not move on and constantly thinks of his father and listens to songs his dad used to listen to. Still not used to his father’s absence, he loathes Frank and would never accept him. Because of this, he was extremely upset when Frank asks his mom if they could marry. That is why he rushed out of his house screaming with a backpack and his father’s urn. He runs out into the cold night and meets a girl named Mad. Mad brings Victor to a greenhouse were her friends Coco, Baz and Zuz are. They all agree to let them stay with them and to call him a chapter. He was called a chapter because he would be part of a book that Baz was writing. In the next following days, the group name each other the “Kids of Appetite” and became very acquainted with Victor. Victor tells them about a rare disease he has called Moebius syndrome when he cannot blink or move his jaws much. In return, the Kids of Appetite share their stories and help Victor find the places his father liked most and spread his ashes there. Then, one night Victor found out about Mad’s abusive uncle when she was at her grandma’s house and injured him. But then Zuz came from nowhere and fought him until Mad’s uncle accidently got stabbed by a pair of antlers in the room. But the police was convinced that Baz was the one guilty of Mad’s Uncle’s murder. But Mad and Victor slowly convinced the police with stories that Baz was not guilty. When they were done telling their stories, he found out that his mom went missing, so Victor went to the one place that he did not have time to go to, the Empire State Building. And surely, his mom was there waiting for him. Together they spread the last of his ashes from the top of the building.

Review: Kids of Appetite shows very realistic emotion for each character and the chapters always start in the present and then goes back to the past. I think this is very unique and special. That shows that the book is filled with thought and well thought out. This novel is truly a work of art and makes the reader think of why the characters think this way or what the writer was thinking while he made this book.

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