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Fire on Ice by Sasha Cohen, Reviewed by Ashley Mollett

Fire on Ice by Sasha Cohen

From Goodreads.com

Sasha’s own story — on and off the ice Champion figure skater Sasha Cohen captured the world’s attention with her exquisite spiral and outstanding layback spin at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Today she is the reigning queen of winter’s most competitive sport and the most serious contender for the gold medal in 2006. For the first time, Sasha tells her amazing story, in her own words, including:
Her discovery of ice skating at age 7 and the coaches who trained her. Her comeback from the injury that almost ended her career. The crushing lows and miracle win. This is the official autobiography of the world’s most captivating skater, on and off the ice.

Has anyone ever wondered what it would be to spend the day in the life of a figure skater? In the Autobiography by Sasha Cohen it explains to those who are reading it that it isn’t easy. As I was reading this I found it is hard to manage being a teenager and figure skater. The three things I enjoyed most about the autobiography was the conflicts, the setting, and the characters.

The first thing I enjoyed was the conflicts that Sasha went through to become an Olympic medalist. She talks about all the injuries and travel issues. Sasha had a back injury that keeps reoccurring throughout the book. In the book Sasha had a lot of issues with her living situations, she moved a lot. When she would move she would always have to find a new coach, a new rink, and a new dress designer. Eventually, she would move back to where she started.

The second thing I enjoyed was the setting. I really enjoyed how Sasha would describe the dressing rooms, the ice rinks, and the new houses. She stated that the airport was “covered in Olympic decorations”. Sasha would tell us every place she went with vivid details.

The last thing I enjoyed was the characters. I have heard of these figure skaters but I didn’t realize how long they have been skating. One of the characters I have heard a lot about was Johnny Weir. She talked about other figure skaters, coaches, and her family. Sasha was the main protagonist in the book because this was her autobiography. She didn’t give many names of the judges but she told us who her biggest competitors.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed Fire on Ice by Sasha Cohen. The things I enjoyed about this autobiography was the conflicts, the setting, and the characters. I would recommend this autobiography to anyone who is interested in learning about the Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen. This book was inspiring because when something would happen she would always push past it.

Beastly by Alex Flinn, Reviewed by Ashley Mollett

Beastly

By Alex Flinn

From goodreads.com

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright–a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever–ruined–unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly

 

     Has anyone ever wondered what it would be like to have freedom taken away? In the novel Beastly by Alex Flinn the beast went from having anything and everything to having nothing and no one at all. He is this way because of a witch and her spell to show him what it is like to be different. The novel portrays witch craft and the fantasy that beasts are real. The three things I found most enjoyable about the book is the characters, the setting, and the overall book.

The first element I enjoyed most about the novel is the characters. Alex Flinn described the characters in a way where if I hear the name Lindy I automatically think of a “sort of mousey looking girl with a red braid and freckles”. The protagonist was the beast. He had hair all over him and had to find true love to be turned back to a human. At the end of the book the characters I thought I knew turned out to be a totally different person.

 

The second thing I enjoyed about the book was the setting. The main setting changed in the book at least four times. In the beginning of the book when Kyle Kingsbury “beast” was still human he lived in a swanky Manhattan apartment. Once the became the beast his father moved him to an old five-story house in Brooklyn. This is where he met Lindy the girl he wanted to fall in love with. He wanted to impress Lindy so they moved for the winter so the book took place on top of a mountain at a snow resort. After Lindy leaves Kyle returns back to Brooklyn and this is where the book ends.

The last thing I enjoyed was the overall book.  I thought the book had a lot of meaning.  It shows you that if you choose to act arrogant and like people don’t matter if they don’t have money things will come back at you.  Everyone should be treated equal.  The book is a fantasy fairytale type book with a happy ending, not everyone gets a happy ending though.  I enjoyed this book because Kyle almost didn’t get his happy ending.

 

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this book. I think the three things I enjoyed most was the character, the setting, and the overall book. This book shows the readers that money and good looks shouldn’t  make people different. You never know what is going on in a person’s life so don’t be to quick to judge.  I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy books.

The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore, Reviewed by Ashley Mollett

 

The Fall of Five By Pittacus Lore

 

From Goodreads.com

 

The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win. But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move. The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors. And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late. The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war. Lorien will rise again. 

 

How would you feel if your home planet had been destroyed?  I would feel lost and alone.  There would be no place to call home.  In the novel The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore the characters have lost have lost everything.  The three elements I enjoyed most about The Fall of Five is the love story, the way this book reflects back on the other novels in the book, and the supernatural theme.

The first element I enjoyed most is the love story.  As I am reading this I feel the love connection between John and Sarah.  The way they sat on the roof top together and he jumped up to protect her when he saw the flames coming toward the both of them.  I can also feel the connection between Sam and Six, with the way she held onto him so tight when they found each other.  Sam’s dad said “maybe you should let someone else have a turn” both of there faces became bloodshot.

The second element I like about The Fall of Five is the way it reflects back to the other novels in the series.  All throughout the book it kept flashing back to when Sam was having hot liquid poured on him in the novel the Rise of Nine.  When he gets nervous he will rub his scars.  I really enjoyed how it would flash back to when John, Sarah, and Sam were back in Paradise.  I think out of the other three novels it flashed back to scenes of The Rise of Nine more.

The last item I enjoyed  was the supernatural theme, that is my favorite type of book.  I love how they are the good Lorien Aliens and are fighting off the Mogs.  The Mogs are the bad aliens.  In the beginning of the novel Malcolm is working with a Mog to help rescue Sam.  They are each numbered. There are ten good ones, the rest are evil. The ten good ones are always battling the Mogs in the book so they can restore their home planet.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed the novel The Fall of Five.  I enjoyed the love story, the way it refers back to the other novels in the series, and the supernatural theme.  I would recommend this book to teenagers or young adults who like supernatural novels. The book isn’t very violent it just has many battles and fights.  I think that females would like this book much more than males would because it is a semi romance.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, Reviewed by Ashley Mollett

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

From madwomenintheforest.com

 

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

 

Bam! The unthinkable has just happened. Was all this Melinda’s fault?  Should she blame Rachel for bringing her to the party?   These are a few of the questions that went through my mind as I read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  The fiction novel portrays the point of view of a young girl who was raped.  She now has to make the decision whether to speak up or stay silent.  The novel made me think what if this happens to more young women who are afraid to speak up.  The three things I enjoyed most in this book was the tone, the theme, and the amount of details it gave.

The thing I enjoyed most while reading this novel was the tone of the book.  Laurie Halse Anderson didn’t care about grammar mechanics the book had one tone through the entire book until she got her justice.  She spoke up.  When Melinda was in the closet at the end of the book and “it” comes in she fights back.  After everyone finds out the tone of the book seems normal.  The tone through the whole book is kind of a mix between depressed and lonely.  The book made me feel alone and upset when I would read it.  I love books that make me feel the emotions and tone of the main character.

 

The second thing that stuck out most to me was the theme of the book.  The theme of the book to me was so strong and meaningful. I don’t think I have ever read a book about rape. The theme of this book was displayed in an appropriate way in my opinion. Everything wrapped around it but for a while you weren’t for sure what the theme was but once you read on you found out that the protagonist Melinda had been raped and no one knew it.  She couldn’t bring herself to speak up.  The book didn’t just open up and say ”She was raped”.  I felt that it just edged up to it with everyone hating her for calling the cops at the party.

The final item that stuck out to me was the amount of details in the book.  In some parts of the book I felt like I was with Melinda in the lunchroom without any friends.  It gave me that alone feeling.  Laurie Halse Anderson really drug me into the book. The way she described “Hairwoman” or how she described the art teacher really helped me visualize what it must be like to go to school with her.  I found that the such vivid details she gave with the weather made me feel cold or be able to feel the humidity in the air.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed the book overall.  The three details that stuck out most to me was the tone,  the theme, and the amount of details the author gave me as I was reading this novel.  I felt as if I was a character on the side lines through the entire book.  I would recommend this to all young adult readers so they can be aware they don’t know what people are going through so they won’t be so quick to judge them.  I really appreciated the way Laurie Halse Anderson gradually worked the theme up with out just coming right out and saying “She was raped”.