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August 2017

Poster/Theme of the Week!: The Outsiders by S.E Hinton

As you guys probably already know from my last post, I will be doing posters of the books I read more often than book reviews. I just finished The Outsiders last week and I loved it and the movie was outstanding, so I was super excited to make a poster of it.I decided to make the poster a compare and contrast between the greasers and the socs.

In my last post I also explaned that you are not allowed to use this poster unless you comment below asking permission and link your blog so I can look at it. As soon as I say you can use it please give me credit by linking my blog or this post. I hope you love this poster as much as I do! Enjoy!

 

Greasers Vs Socs

Images I used

Greasers vs Socs photo

 

I will be writing a book review on The Outsider soon so take a look out for that! Bye for now bookworms!

-Jordan

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Divergent by Veronica Roth: Book Review

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.”

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I know everyone has read this book and reviewed it. I think I read this book about four or five times. Only because I kept forgetting to write a review about it, so I needed to re-read it in order to refresh my mind and to make the review nice and detailed.

The main characters in the story (Tris, Tobias, Christina, Will, Al, etc.) were very real (if that makes sense.) The book of course is fiction, but some of the characters choices were very realistic for what was going on. Tris’ relationships with her friends were very realistic as they became friends really quickly and had some arguments like all relationships have.

Tris and Tobias’s relationship was very slow and wasn’t too rushed. There relationship was perfect timing and wasn’t too sexual either. Tris was at one point afraid of Tobias because she thought all he wanted was sexual behavior with her and ended up not being true. They did kiss quite a bit and they did mention sex but they didn’t do it in the first book.

The book had a lot of violence which included war. Guns, knives, fights, and bloodbaths were related in this book so I would not recommend anyone younger than thirteen to read it. When I read it I did get some dreams that were very similar to the book, so if your child gets nightmares or bad dreams often I wouldn’t recommend this book to your child.

This book all in all was very well written and the book didn’t feel too long or two short. It didn’t feel like it was missing any details and didn’t feel like it needed anymore. It was an easy read and it wasn’t too hard to comprehend what was happening. So all in all it was one of the best books I have ever read!

(Just to warn you in advance. Never ever watch the movies because they are really terrible and Four literally is a 30 year old man in the movie. Your welcome.)

Bye for now bookworms and will be writing another review soon! Hopefully;)

-Jordan

 

 

Creating Posters for Books/Characters!: Divergent Theme Week!

This is something I will probably do a lot more often than doing book reviews because I absolutely love making posters. I love crafts, decorating, and making stuff so I feel like this is something I will enjoy more. I will be doing a week theme of the character or book doing posters, crafts, and more, so keep a look out for more themes.

This weeks book theme is: DIVERGENT! Here is a poster of Tris and her characteristics and traits that make her divergent.

If you would like to use this poster to post or save comment below the poster you want and link you blog so I can take a look at it before I give you permission. Also If I give you permission to use poster than you must link my blog or the blog post you got it from for credit.

Anyway, hope you like it and comment below book themes or characters you want me to do.

Divergent Tris Characteristics Poster

Pictures I used:

http://divergent.wikia.com/

http://www.teen.com/2014/07/29/movies/shailene-woodley-no-wig-insurgent-movie/

 

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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