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August 2017

The One Memory Of Flora Banks: Book Review

“Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.”

Book by Emily Barr. Review from Goodreads

 

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All of the characters were very lovable, especially the supporting characters. It was very lighthearted and was a fun read, well sort of. The Memory of Flora Banks was very repetitive. Since Flora (like it says in the summary) looses her memory about three times per day, she was always forgetting things and it started getting to the point where it was almost annoying. Sometimes she would almost find what she was looking for and then forgets, goes through the memories all over again, and then has to plan it for… I don’t know how many times. (Seriously if I read “Drake kissed me on the beach” one more time I would have exploded and screamed at the book before I could even finish it.)

It started to get boring, and there were points in the book where Flora didn’t get anywhere. I get why, but it kind of made the book less entertaining and gave you more of a feeling like it would never finish. I felt like the characters were great, the story line was good, and it was well written. I was going to give it three and a half stars but it was so repetitive that I had to take the half off.

Don’t get me wrong, I actually really liked the book and I would recommend it. But if you are a very impatient person like me, I wouldn’t recommend it.  I would, however, not let your kids under 13 read this just because there is some sexual content in the book. Flora and Drake were sending emails back and forth to each other and Drake was being a little inappropriate with the words he was using. If you want to know more information and understanding of why the book is recommend for ages 13+ click here.

Will be writing another book review soon as I am rereading Divergent for you guys!! Be on the lookout for it, and I will see you soon my bookworms!

-Jordan

 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: Book Review

“Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.”

Review from Goodreads

 

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Review: Alas, another great book! I loved how this book was very detailed and character building. I’m sure you guys are surprised that I haven’t read this book before, and I don’t really have an answer. Boy, was I missing out! I am pretty disappointed that I watched the movie before I read the book, and I now get why a lot of people are really disappointed in the movie. I thought the movie was really good, but that was before I read the book.

Firstly, Percy and his friends are all teens in the movie when, in the books, they were all twelve or thirteen years old. Although I would make an exception to their age in the movie because it’s hard to find great actors that age. Secondly, the satyr (Grover) was kind of like a ladies-man in the film, but in the book, he was very awkward and friendly. The movie was way different from the books. It was rushed, and the scenes were very different from the book. (I would tell you, but I really don’t want to spoil everything.)

It was beautiful written, and I cannot wait to read Percy Jackson Sea Of Monsters! I found the book very lighthearted and was a very quick read, so I was never bored. There was no swearing or sexual content, which shows that a book doesn’t have to have either of those things to be successful and well written. Of coarse, there is violence, but not anything that young children would be afraid of. The Percy Jackson series, in my opinion, is appropriate for ages 9+.

I just finished another great read, so watch this space for my next review! So long for now, my bookworms 🙂

-Jordan

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