Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sophie Someone, by Hayley Long

Sophie Something, by Hayley Long, begins off with a fourteen-year-old British-Belgian girl named Sophie Nieuwenleven. Her and her family prepare to leave the United Kingdom so they could all move to Belgium. While living in the city Brussels,she makes a new friend named Comet Kayembe and she can't figure why she left her old residence. Also,she realizes that there is something not right about her identity. So she looks back to her past such as when she was a little girl trying to pronounce her long last name or when she was an eleven-year-old attending the sixth grade.

I thought the book was pretty good. I kinda liked the part that the story would use random vocabulary to replace daily used items such as instead of the word "night",they use the word "nitrogen". I also liked where the story took place and when it had a really good climax. What I would have to say that I didn't like is the ending. Even if this book had a really good climax,I think that it should have a good ending with it too. Also,I didn't like the fact when they used French and possibly Dutch because if this were to be on a library's book shelf,the words should be in English since there are many people who don't understand on what the words would say. But overall I think that this was a good story. This would be a 4-star rating in total. Especially for the people who understand this type of language in the story.

Reviewed by Hannah Rachel, Grade 8
Downtown Central Library

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One, by  Ernest Cline,
 is a story that takes place in the year 2045 where everyone has been playing this game called the Oasis. The Oasis is this V.R system where you can go and do amazing things like fight monsters or climb Mount Everest. It was created by a man named James Halliday who was an enthusiast of video games and fictional trilogies.The people in this time is known as the lost generation because all people do is play on the oasis. The main character of this story is a guy named Wade Watts and he lives in a town full of stacked trailers. His parents died when he was young and he lives with his aunt but he spends most of his time in the Oasis like everyone else. In the Book wade is not a very experienced character but he is clever, especially when it comes to fictional fan bases. One day the creator of the Platform Halliday, dies and sets out a video to everyone on the Oasis announcing the Easter egg hunt. The person who finds the egg wins half a trillion dollars and total control of the oasis. Wade makes it his goal to find the egg and faces a number of puzzles and challenges. He makes friends on his journey that eventually help him. His main threat is This Company called the Sixers who plan on doing what it takes to find the egg.

I thought that the book was enjoyable and full of creative twists. I liked how all the challenges the characters faced were Pop culture references. There were a lot of moments in the book where I'd go ," hey I know what that is". The story had a cool concept of a future that I'd both wish for and hope doesn't happen. In the story Society grows antisocial and people had relied on technology for freedom of the worlds instead of a social life in the real world. Whenever the people in the book went on these bizarre adventures I'd think of how cool it would be to do something like that. My favorite character was Artimus who was a very hardworking character who"s main mission was to get the egg. She was very competitive even with Wade (her love interest).

Reviewed by Anonymouse, Grade 10

Montrose Library

Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of The Rings written by J.R.R Tolkien is a loved story and had been adapted to movies and also bad sequels like the Hobbit. The Lord of The Rings involves a Hobbit named Frodo Baggins and his friend Samwise Gamgee and without sloping any of the book they own a very powerful ring that is wanted by many evil people and Samwise and Frodo have to do all they can to destroy the ring and keep it out of the hands of people that will do no good with it.

I personally did not like this book. I did not like story because I think in my opinion it took too much time introducing the plot of the story and it always kept adding characters that I personally did not care much for them. However the two best friends Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee I felt that they had a lot of chemistry together and worked well and a duo. I would recommend this story to people who like stories like Harry Potter buy I however did not like it very much.

Reviewed by AB, Grade 8
Grandview Library