Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Lock Artist

Micheal was never ordinary. A tragedy in his childhood has left him completely mute. In his forced solitary life Micheal is able to discover a talent that will completely change the course of his life. He can pick locks. Not just one lock, but all locks; be it a simple padlock or a 800 pound safe. His unique skill makes him a hot commodity with the wrong types of people.

We meet Micheal in Prison, after the initial introduction we are transported into the scenes of his past.  In my opinion to have such a layout you need strong writing. The story line was interesting, but what sold the book (at least for me) was the developed characters. Each character had time to develop and grow, until they weren't just a character but a person. I actually felt like I was truly reading somebody's life story, not some fictional tale. Overall I really did enjoy this book and I would give it a 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.

First Sentence: "You may remember me."

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Hunger Games Review

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hero or Villian?

Hate List by: Jennifer Brown

Review written by: Besiana

Hero or Villain? That question endlessly haunts Valerie, the shooters girlfriend. She is the one who stopped the shootings, but she is also the one who created the List. The infamous Hate List is the list of people and things Valerie and the shooter (Nick) hate. This was the list where Nick chose his victims.

Jennifer Brown beautifully constructed this heart-wrenching story about a girl struggling to understand why. Why do people change? This book made me laugh and cry; I would give it a five out of five stars.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Inception - Review written by: Besiana

Dom Cobb travels in the world of dreams stealing people’s ideas. He is the best there is at extraction, the art of stealing an idea from a dream. This talent has cost him dearly, forcing him to lose everything he loves. Now in effort to redeem himself and fix his mistakes he attempts the impossible, planting an idea into someone’s mind. This mind-twisting movie is great for people who like to ponder about a movie after it’s over. I really enjoyed this movie, and I would give it a four point five stars out of five stars.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A wonderful historic novel

Revolution by: Jennifer Donnellly

Review written by: Besiana

Within seconds of reading this book I was completely rapt. Beneath its thick covers lies a girl struggling to keep living. Pressured by the weight of her younger brother’s death, Andi’s life went deep into chaos. Rage and grief threaten to destroy her, threatening her to make the final step that would end her and her pain. Her family is so deep in separation it is as if they don’t exist. Her mother is too lost in her own pain to even look at Andi, and for Andi to see her father is practically unheard of. After her brother’s death Andi’s father cut himself off from their family and remarried; until one fateful day when he barges back into her life uninvited, unwanted. His appearance changes everything; he puts Andi’s mom in psych ward and forces Andi to come to Paris with him. Armed with only her music and her brother’s key she goes with her father. There she meets Alexandrine (Alex) a girl who lived more than two centuries ago. Alex’s past soon becomes Andi’s present as she fights the revolution inside herself, and finishes Alex’s quest.

Jennifer Donnelly beautifully constructs a world that ties the horrors of the French Revolution with our present time. She vividly depicts the endless struggle of our hearts; the revolution we fight inside ourselves.

I adored this book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good historical fiction novel. If you enjoyed The Red Necklace you will most definitely love this book. I would rate this book a five out of five stars.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Jacob's Rescue- Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."- Edmund Burke
This was a quote that was used to describe World War II. The book, Jacob's Rescue by Malka Drucker and Michael Halperin, is about one of the men and his wife that did do something. Alex and Mela Roslan hid three Jewish boys in their home for four years. During the war, the punishment for hiding Jews was death, but these two courageous people risked their lives to save others. I would recomend this book because it teaches courage. I would also give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Friday, July 2, 2010

The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen

This book is about a girl whose father has died and her mother no longer pays attention to her. Her mother wants her to be perfect, just like her boyfriend. But when he goes away to camp for the summer, she starts to change the way she things and the way she acts. This book was amazing just like all Sarah Dessen books.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fablehaven-Brandon Mull

Fairies, demons, giant cows! Oh my! These are just a few of the things you will find in Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. This is a wonderful fantasy book about Kendra and Seth Sorenson, and their adventure to Fablehaven, a magical preserve. To find out all of the adventures they have as they try save Fablehaven, after they break the rules and release evil, you have to read this fascinating book. I definitely give this book five out of five stars, and you'll know why when you read it.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Faking 19 - Alyson Noel

The title of the book I read was Faking 19 and was written by Alyson Noel. I recommend this book because it is very funny and also explains what someone from the real world would do. The teenager was put in some situations that I could be in and solved them in ways that I would normally do. BB

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Red Pyramid- Rick Riordan

Anybody out there like Egyptian mythology? If so, then The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is the perfect book for you. This is the first book in The Kane Chronicles. Personally, I don't know a whole lot about Egyptian mythology, so I was a little lost while reading this book. But I liked how The Red Pyramid was jam-packed with adventure and action. In this book, Carter and Sadie Kane go on a typical trip with their father to the British Museum. Everything was completely normal until their father blew up the Rosetta Stone and released five of the most powerful Egyptian gods. Everything went downhill from there. I'd give this book four out of five stars.