Posts Tagged ‘Kids fiction’

Wonder- R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Summary
Goodreads puts it quite well.

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Cons

I’m sure there are some because well, no book is perfect no matter how perfect it is. I just realized that made no sense, but hey ho I’ll just pretend you know what I mean 😛

Pros

Audience
This book can be read for anyone- just like any book to be honest. However, there does seem to be something special to this book, such that whoever you are, you can just connect to one of the characters. For example, when I read this book, although I fell in love with all of the characters, I particularly connected and understood Vi, Auggie’s sister (side note, I have a younger brother). I then recommended this book to my mum to read after she came asking for a book to read while on holiday, and although this is considered a “children’s book” she loved it (which just goes to prove that there should be no lower age limit for books). However, anyway, when my mum read it, unlike me, she at once connected with the mother of the child. It just goes to show how awesome this book is and how there is a piece of it that everyone can grow to love.

WonderPrecepts
If I heard them in real life or when I was younger I would have probably thought they were cliché (if I knew what that word meant as a kid ;)).

PoV
I loved how it didn’t just feature Auggie’s point of view but also all his friends and family. It just makes the book seem more 3D as the “baddie” is no longer the “baddie” and is just some kid who is trying too hard to make friends. Also, when we have a main character such as “Auggie” who doesn’t look “normal” we often ignore the other characters who are there, and at once sympathize with August rather than looking at who else his disfigurement also affects.

Favorite Quotes

  • “I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.”
  • “Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
  • “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness”
  • “The things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor heroes after they’ve died. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made out of the memories people have of you.”
  • “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing”

Overall
So anyway, in my opinion this book was amazing! 5 stars easily 🙂 but I really don’t think that this review can summarize how I really love this book.

Advertisements

Guardian Angel- Robert Muchamore

Guardian Angel (Aramov, #2)I’m not really sure what to make out of this book. Yeah it was good in some parts and in my opinion, better than the other series (you know the one with the twelve or something or other books?)
so anyway, To the review!
wow. did that sound like something off Thunderbirds to you?

Summary
It still follows the story of Ethan and Ryan but with some new characters introduced into the main plot such as Ning and Ethan’s evil family (minus his grandmother who is AWESOME! and his cousin).

If you are anything like me and when a new book comes out you forget everything that has happened in the previous book, here’s a quick summary of People’s Republic:
Ryan a new cherub agent is tasked with befriending Ethan Aramov who’s grandmother runs an illegal company making billions of money. So then Ryan has to try to get information out of Ethan “to bring down the Aramov business” (side note. did that sound like something off star wars to you?). Yup. A lot of pressure. So then there’s all this stuff about Ethan’s mum and best friend dying, so his family move him to their business base in a place beginning with K which I have no idea how to spell… which is where the beginning of this story starts with. There’s also a small side story about Ning. She comes from Hong Kong and is adopted and then she gets kidnapped with her step mother and escapes with the help of a guy called Dan. Oh and before she escapes she was going to be sold in the human trafficking stuff… which is also part of the Aramov business (I think…)

So Guardian Angel!
Ethan has an evil uncle who he thinks killed his mum, and he’s convinced he out to get him. And to save you guessing, he’s right. His uncle kidnaps him and locks him up in an animal cage without his grandmother knowing and he escapes and stuff. Ning is also recruited onto the team to do with the Aramov empire

Cons
Repeatability
I apologise for the science word, I had a science lesson today.
Without being mean, I just feel that Robert Muchamore uses the same sort of plot in each of the books, I just don’t feel as if this book is any really difference between the others. There’s always a mission, then something happens then its all good for the agent in the end. But I also might be biased because in the first few books in the Cherub series Muchamore wrote about Eco-terrorists and basically portrayed Tree Huggers in a bad light… and well… I’m a global warming activist… (But just to make it clear, I don’t approve of Eco-terrorism, it releases too much CO2 :P)

The Romance
Ryan and Grace
Seriously?
The only reason he decides to “go out” with her is because she looks hot and he wants to make out with someone. And he used her even though HE KNEW IT WOULDN’T WORK OUT because of their bad breakup last time (lol… she chucked spaghetti at him :P)
But seirously… this book is aimed at young/ teenage boys, and the message that it’s getting across just isn’t quite right… and I know this probably makes me sound like an old grandpa or something (trust me… I’m not), it’s just like it’s encouraging this behavior… URG…..

Pros
Ethan
I liked how he developed through the book, being at first a lonely helpless boy and at the end some guy to beats people up to get his freedom. But I did feel so sorry for him at the end, and how he kept thinking that Ryan and Ning were his Guardian Angel, rather than his family’s downfall… ;(

The concept
Since we haven’t done any other CHERUB review, I thought I may as well put this into this review.
I love the concept of kids bringing down evil people. IT’S AWESOME! But “For official purposes these kids don’t exist”. Well IF they do exit, I know where I’ll be going until I’m eighteen.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Everyone here drinks themselves to death long before they’re old enough to worry about cancer”
  • “It’s bullet-proof glass, the kind you’d fit in the window of a presidential limousine. It’s designed to withstand three thousand degrees heat, or a direct hit from an artillery shell travelling at supersonic speed. Your chances of breaking it with anything on that island were nil.”
  • “it had ended with a massive row that involved flying macaroni cheese, and relations had been awkward ever since.”

Summary
On goodreads the rating for this book is 4.27 stars out of 5, which is really high… To put that into perspective The Knife of Never Letting Go only has 3.99 and Unwind has 4.23. But bearing in mind that a lot less people have read Guardian Angel. In my opinion it would be 3 shuriken stars. But it clearly has to be a good book otherwise it wouldn’t have such a high rating.

Eragon/ Eldest- Chirstopher Paolini

Eragon (Inheritance, #1)I strongly dislike this book, however I must say that it was quite good, considering it was written when the author was around 15. I’m writing this review as two books, because I read Eragon, then I decided to give Eldest a chance (because I’m just that nice :D), but I gave up on it, and skim read the last 100 pages… ;). I just found the plot boring and the pace too slow, it could be worse than Twilight (I’m really sorry; fans of Twilight and Eragon)

Summary
This weird guy finds a dragon egg and idiotically decides to raise it. Then he decides to run off with an old man, because he is a creep. By the way, this is about half way into Eragon, and pretty much nothing has happened. There isn’t much that happens in this book, so I’m just going to ruin some major plot spoilers; they aren’t very good… He meets this physco fairy, who I think he falls in love with, then he walks into the capital city where everybody hates him. (Great plot so far… all I learnt when I was reading it was that he is AN IDIOT). He then runs off into a dwarf city, leaving the old guy to die. In Eldest pretty much the smae type of plot happens; he runs, he escapes, he lets someone die (wait, I actually may have made that up…)Eldest (Inheritance, #2)

Cons
The Plot
IT WAS SO BORING… AND SLOW… The only reason why I read it was because I forced myself to… and because someone mistakenly recommended it to me… The plot is very repetitive and I think I actually might have fallen asleep while reading it… (I have only ever done that with one other time; when I was revising for a test!)

The Characters
Eragon was so annoying, he just left his home without a second thought and left his uncle to die without saying goodbye. He was also really stupid; who walks into a capital city where everyone hates him…
Brom was the crazy old man who taught him. He also dies. It was funny and I was glad that he died, because he annoyed me.
Saphire was the dragon, she was actually quite cool, but she is in the cons section because she decided that Eragon and Brom were worth staying with; which was a mistake, because they are idiots…

The deaths
I’m not sure whether the deaths were supposed to make me sad; because they didn’t. In some cases they actually made me happy; one less annoying character to deal with.

The Length
It was too long. I got bored. Even the first sentences were boring. You can tell because the sentences that I am writing are really slow.

Pros
It was good considering it was written by a 15 year old, I could never write a book that long, lol, I couldn’t even write a book that is a few pages long…

Favourite Quotes
There are none… actually maybe…

  • Brom blindly turned his eyes to the ceiling. “And now,”me murmured, “For the greatest adventure of all….” (btw, this is the sentence that Brom dies!)

Overall
Overall I think this book sucks. Being generous, I would say that it is a 1 shuriken star (My apologies to any fans). The plot was just too slow and it wasn’t gripping at all… So my recommendation to you, is to not read the book…