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Friday, January 24, 2014

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent is a hard book to summarize. Basically, Beatrice, or Tris, ends up choosing Dauntless as her faction and struggles with the secret of being Divergent, whatever that means to her, and through Dauntless initiation. She finds friends and becomes close with her instructor, Four. As she grows, she finds the people she thought she knew aren't really who she thought they were, and the world isn't as perfect as it seems to be. Tris has to find where she belongs before everything she once knew is destroyed. But even then, could it ever be stopped?

I would rate this a 10 out of 10 (well really a 13 out of 10 but yeah) because it was so well written it keeps you gripped all throughout the book, even though the word Divergent really doesn't become important in the plotline until over halfway through the book. Veronica Roth wrote it so well, so intricately and interestingly, it would inspire, capture, and amaze every reader who comes by. Sadly, though, it would be best for older kids because of content. It's a f.l.a.w.l.e.s.s. read though. 

Rocky Road by Rose Kent

Rocky Road is Tess's favorite ice cream, but it basically describes her life: intense, a little nutty, and sweet all the way down. Tess's mother has bipolar, but refuses to admit it or go to a doctor, and that leads the family on crazy trips across the country when she has a grand idea. This time it leads them to Schenectady, New York, to sell out of all things in a cold New England state: ice cream. As life gets a little better and a little worse for the family, Tess has to help her mother, but also believe in happiness for herself.

I would rate this a sweet 8.5 out of 10 because it's a real good read, and I love that Jordan, Tess's little brother, is deaf so they have to use sign language. It's not flawless, but it's a nice thing to pick up and it left me smiling. I would recommend it to anyone who reads family struggle, a little fitting in, and finding your own happiness.

Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

This book centers around Elliot Turner who has died for the third time and only has one more chance to get it right. She has to learn about her past life and put the pieces together to save the people she cares about from making horrible decisions themselves, and from leaving her.

I would rate this book a 9 out of 10 because it was very interesting. It's an intense read and it's gripping when you learn what happened to Elliot in her past life, and how it all connects to the people around her, but only bit by bit. I would recommend this to anyone who wonders about what happens after death, anyone who enjoys a little love triangle, and anyone who loves the struggle of humanity to connect with one another without tearing yourself apart.

Warriors: The Ultimate Guide by Erin Hunter

In this book, it describes the Clans and all the important cats of the Warriorcats series by Erin Hunter. It describes each cat and what they did in the books. It also talks about the clans and what they represent, the cats before the clans. It's very interesting to learn about each cat's history.

I'd recommend this book to any cat lover, action lover, and, of course, anyone who reads the Warriors series. I rate it 8.5 out of 10 because it shows some cats on the front that aren't in the book. And, though it shows so many of the cats, they really should have included more about the Clans themselves and other history.

In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz

This is the sequel to A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Here, we follow Jack and Jill after they make a promise to an old lady to find a treasure. They climb the beanstalk with a talking frog with a missing leg, defeat giants, outsmart goblins, befriend a "dragon" named Eidechse von Feuer, der Menschenfleischfressende, or Eddie. Here, they learn to love themselves for who they are. 

I would rate this book 9.5 out of 10 because it was so good, but I don't like rating things perfectly. I think everyone should read this, but probably only 3rd grade and up because it might get hard to understand. 

The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble

Kathleen Benner Duble researched her family history and learned that they were present in the Salem witch trials. She took real information, like names and prison records, and put them together to create this story. That's what makes this so interesting, is that almost all of it... is true.

In the story, Abigail and her sister, Dorothy, are accused of being witches by three girls who claim to be tormented by the devil, only calmed by a witch's touch. They are put in jail with their aunt and have to survive while their mother tries to get them out. When it comes time for their trial, not all of them who have gone in will come out, and they have to make a drastic decision that will change the course of history forever.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting historical read, and, as said by my friends, wants a heart-wrenching plotline that will leave you in tears.

I'd rate The Sacrifice 8 out of 10 because, while it was very good and interesting in the fact that most of it was true, it didn't keep my attention throughout the entire book. It didn't make me cry, either. Hopefully it does to you!!