Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Leviathan

This fantasy/historical fiction title by Scott Westerfeld is quite fascinating! Aleksander Ferdinand is the son of a Duke in Austria, amid the tension of threats of war. Suddenly, his father is assassinated and he is thrust into the world of war. Deryn Sharp takes desperate measures to get into the Darwinist army. Her most threatening secret: Deryn is a girl. The Clankers and Darwinists take sides against each other, pitting fabricated animals against brutal machines. Among all this, the living airship Leviathan encounters Alek and his troupe, who are running from those who want to quietly dispatch the heir to the Duke's example of peace.

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Plot: 4 stars - The "Mulan" idea was somewhat of a story cliche.
Characters: 4 stars - They showed much emotion, but I couldn't relate to them as well as I would like.
Engagement of reader: 5 stars - The author explained a lot about each of the fabricated animals and machines in so few words, that it both gave you a mastery of each of their worlds, and did not bore you at all.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Warrior Heir +

Jack is the average teen. He goes to high school, plays sports, and has friends. His life is a normal one, until one day he forgets to take a medication. During soccer practice, he nearly kills a player. Soon, he finds out he is Weirlind, one of the magical warrior race. There are five magical races: warriors, wizards, sorcerers, soothsayers, and enchanters. The wizards are masters over the other four, and they use warriors to fight amongst themselves. Because of this, warriors are in short order, so Jack is hunted by many as he struggles to understand this new world he has been thrust into.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Giveaway Eminent

Yes, that's right! I am hosting a giveaway! I won't say what for yet. (some of you probably already know, but don't say if you do) :) The what, where, when, why, who will be decided as soon as I get 30 followers! If I happen to somehow reach 60, I will host a second giveaway!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Blink

This is one of my most favorite thrillers I have ever read. Here is my review of Blink:

Blink, written by Ted Dekker and published by Thomas Nelson, is quite an enthralling tale. It begins with Seth Borders, a seemingly normal college student. One thing different about him is, he has one of the world’s highest IQs. He is suddenly stricken with an unusual ability, an eye into potential futures. One day, he runs into Miriam, a Saudi Arabian princess, fleeing to avoid a forced marriage. Together, they attempt to keep a step ahead of people bent on kidnapping and killing Miriam.
Dekker’s characters are very realistic, especially in today’s society. In Blink, he merges the Arabian culture with the American, creating a unique situation. Miriam is an Arabian princess who doesn’t want to be, if it means being forced into marriage. Seth is a bored genius who is looking for something new in the world, and finds it in Miriam and his new talent.
The writing in Blink is very engaging. It draws the reader into the story so well that they don’t remember turning its pages! With each of the characters, you seem to feel what they feel, see what they see how they see it, and respond the same way.
Dekker provides the reader with a view of the strange culture of Saudi Arabia, and helps us discover the moral issues in some of their traditions, such as drowning a matrimonially uncooperative wife. Blink also explores the possibility of the existence of God. The reader is given no solid conclusion, but left with evidences given by the book, some of which are present in real life, to formulate his/her own conclusion.
Overall, Blink gives the reader a sense of purpose in the world and a moral guide. The writing draws the reader into the characters’ shoes, and gives them reasons for their moral decisions. This thriller is a must for avid readers!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Start Here



I am currently reading Start Here, a book written by Alex and Brett Harris as a follow-up to their great success, Do Hard Things. This is an amazing book
about defeating low expectations for teens, and I highly recommend it! 12 out of 10 stars!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Busy...

I am sorry that I haven't posted anything recently. I have been extremely busy with school and job searching. Here are the books I have been reading in the meantime. Above them are my ratings.


4-5 1-5 3-5 3-5 2-5 5-5 5-5 4-5 5-5
The Vanishing SculptorThe Wish ListThe SupernaturalistRaven's GateTunnelsThe Pilgrim's ProgressKissSaving the World and Other Extreme SportsLord of the Flies