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Angel by James Patterson. Reviewed by Abby Lee.

Angel by James Patterson

From Amazon.com : Max Ride and her best friends have always had one another’s backs. No. Matter. What. Living on the edge as fugitives, they never had a choice. But now they’re up against a deadly force that’s racing across the globe, and just when they need him the most–Fang is gone. He’s creating his own gang that will replace everyone–including Max.

Max is heartbroken over losing Fang, her soul mate. Her closest friend. But with Dylan ready and willing to fight by her side, and she can no longer deny that his incredible intensity draws her in. Max, Dylan, and the rest of their friends must soon join forces with Fang and his new gang for an explosive showdown in Paris that’s unlike anything you’ve ever imagined . . . or read.

Wonder what would happen if someone came up to me and told me I had to save the world? Hmmm, I’m not actually not sure what I would, but neither did Max. Max, Dylan, and Angel were totally shocked when their doctor told them the world was in danger and since they were Gen77 kids it was their job to save it. In this novel I enjoyed lots of things. I mostly enjoyed the details, the plot, and the genre.

Between the madness of saving the world and the madness of Max and Fang’s ending love, somehow author James Patterson detailed the characters amazingly. In this novel I felt like I could imagine exactly what each character looked like. I could sense the jealousy between Fang and Dylan. I felt that I was saving the world with both groups. If I could give the author an award for best detailing so far James Patterson would win!

In this novel another aspect I enjoyed was the plot. I believe every little thing fell perfectly in place in the plot. From beginning to end it was spectacular. I honestly haven’t read a scientific fiction book that flowed so well together. The only thing I had a little trouble catching on to was how the narration of Fang and Max would alternate in some chapters. Sometimes I would have to figure out who was actually speaking because it wasn’t so clear at first. Overall, the plot was amazing.

Let’s get one thing straight… I’m not really much on Scientific fiction usually. I really enjoyed this book, though. I think the novel was classified perfectly. I can’t get over how great this book was. I think the love story mixed with “fixed” kids and doomsday was just a lovely combination!

I really enjoyed this novel. I think overall this book needs to be read in all first year high school classes. Not only is it a thriller, but some people could probably relate to the small love story that’s mixed into it. I rate this book a  5 out of 5 stars. The plot, the characters, and the genre was fantastic!

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Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks. Reviewed by Abby Lee.

   Nights In Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

From Amazon.com: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks comes a tender story of hope and joy, of sacrifice and forgiveness-a moving reminder that love is possible at any age, at any time, and often comes when we least expect it. At forty-five, Adrienne Willis must rethink her entire life when her husband abandons her for a younger woman. Reeling with heartache and in search of a respite, she flees to the small coastal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina, to tend to a friend’s inn for the weekend. But when a major storm starts moving in, it appears that Adrienne’s perfect getaway will be ruined-until a guest named Paul Flanner arrives. At fifty-four, Paul has just sold his medical practice and come to Rodanthe to escape his own shattered past. Now, with the storm closing in, two wounded people will turn to each other for comfort-and in one weekend set in motion feelings that will resonate throughout the rest of their lives.

Swoosh! That’s the sound Adrienne and Paul heard as they look deeply into each others eyes during the eyebrow raising storm in the small costal town of Rodanthe, North Carolina. This novel turns a simple love story into an eye popping thriller. We think divorce would be horrible but, two middle age people turned a bad situation into a quiet good one until something tragic happens! In this “want to read” novel I respectively enjoyed the characters, the narration, and the setting.

I enjoyed the characters in this book, and kept wanting to read more! Adrienne Willis middle aged women was portrayed very well. They detailed her out to be a conservative , emotionally hurt woman with a very rough past. I believe Nicholas Sparks done a terrific job at letting us not only envision her with details but, feel her emotions also. Not only did he portray Adrienne’s character he done a fantastic job at including Paul’s character and her daughters. Nicholas done an amazing job!

I also enjoyed how the narration was sought out to be in Adrienne’s character mostly through out the book. I believe that if this novel was narrated in the mind set of Paul all through this book it wouldn’t as been as interesting. Since it was wrote mainly in the mind set of Adrienne’s point of view we ended up getting most of the “mushy” detail of a woman and not so much of the so called “heartless” side of a man. I think Nicholas sparks done a phenomenal job with the narration in this book.

I mostly enjoyed the setting in this novel. Everything from Adrienne watching the Inn for her friend to her and Paul’s moonlight walk on the beach, everything fell into place. If this book was set in any other setting I believe this book wouldn’t be as interesting. The setting set the romantic feel to the novel. I think placing this novel at the beach was a lovely idea.

Overall this book was great. If I was rating this book I would give it 5 stars out of 5. I wouldn’t recommend this book for a class read because of the grave detail that this story does include. Nicholas Sparks done an amazing job at portraying the characters, the setting , and the narrations!

Divergent by Veronica Roth, Reviewed by Abigail Lee.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

From Amazon.com:

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.

Have you ever held in a huge secret? You probably have , but has it ever been about yourself? In the book Divergent by Veronica Roth you will be told a story about a girl you started out as Beatrice. She lived in a dystopian society where a test chose what category you should choose to live in the rest of your life. In this novel you experience a rebel teenager who just so happens to be different from everyone else in her society. I enjoyed this novel very much, but I mostly enjoyed it for the unique setting, the theme , and the outstanding vocabulary.

I enjoyed the overall setting in this book. I normally enjoy Dystopian fiction for the most part, but this book was fantastic. Like many other dystopian fiction books this book was based in a futuristic post apocalyptic setting. In this novel the society has made categories of people. 5 categories to be exact. Each child in their 16th year has to take a stimulation test to determine what “faction” they should choose on choosing day. The novel really touched on the details of the setting. The author done a great job explaining the setting. I really enjoyed the setting of this novel.

The overall theme of this book was amazing in my opinion. What does it actually feel like to be different? In this society Beatrice is different and does have to hide it or she’ll be killed. Why is it that you have to hide that you’re different? Is it really so bad that you have to be killed because of it. Just because your society is so called “perfect” doesn’t mean you should be “perfect”. It’s almost as if it is a crime to be different. In this novel it is like they fight for the people who are divergent (different). I believe it great that the theme represents it is okay to be different and you should fight to have equal rights.

This novel had very academically advanced vocabulary. Veronica Roth, the author done a very great job with keeping adult vocabulary in a teenage novel. I believe some language could be fixed, but other than that I do think she done a phenomenal job in presenting a well thought out vocabulary for adults and also younger people to enjoy. I do rate this novel with a 10 point vocabulary!

I honestly think this novel is worth reading if you’re into dystopian fiction. I can’t wait to see what happens after the mind rattling ending! I recommend this book for a class reading book and also a book to read for enjoyment. I believe the erotic setting was absolutely amazing, the futuristic setting, and the advanced setting was what made this book!

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Reviewed by Abigail Lee.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

From Amazon.com:

Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect–until the night someone takes things too far.

 

Do you know how it feels to be orphaned at fourteen? In the book the Outsiders you will read a story about Ponboy, a boy who is an orphan at fourteen. In this teen fiction novel a boy was caught up in some serious trouble. All he had was his friends and brothers. This novel teaches a great lesson. The characteristics  were fabulous! Also, the theme was extraordinary. Overall this book  is a great read.

 

I thought the novel The Outsiders teach a great lesson for teens of all ages to read about. When reading this phenomenal book you will realized that judging someone just by the way they look is a huge mistake. Ponyboy in a part of a gang called “The Greasers” (guys who look extremely tough with amazing hair.) In reality Ponyboy was just a nerd who was in the gang to look cool and seem great to his brothers. Just at the age of fourteen Ponyboy realized judging people just isn’t the thing to do. Also, in this novel it teaches you to have faith is siblings and friends. Especially, if that’s the only thing you have left. Lastly, you will find in this novel the Greasers have a slight rivalry with the “Socs”. Just like in todays society you will see social classes not getting along in any way. You will have to see Ponyboy fight through life with this rivalry. Overall they were great lessons in the novel.

 

Who likes to imagine what is happening in their books? I sure do. S.E. Hinton done a great job in portraying the characters and events in her book. It feels like you can just see the grease in the “Greasers” hair. She added fantastic details that makes the novel so lively. In your mind you could just imagine EVERY detail. When Johnny killed one of the Socs it was like you there at the time it happened. In this novel your imagination could run wicked with the details. I felt like when the church started crumbling I should’ve took cover from the falling wood. The details grabbed every little thing that happened and made everything so much better!

 

The theme was what really made the book. Throwing the idea of that violence, judging, and social class tension was icing on the cake for me. S.E. Hinton didn’t sugar coat anything in her book. Everything fell perfectly in place. The theme showed that there was conflict between the poor and the rich. In todays society the same thing happens every day. I believe the book will always be a perfect choice for a class reading and dicussion because it has topics that will always be an issue in todays society.

 

I honestly enjoyed this novel. Teens every where could easily relate to everything that was stated in this teen fiction story. Like I said previously, everything fell perfectly into place through this book. I recommend this book is used often for class reads and class discussions. It teaches a great lesson, characteristics, and awesome details. S.E. Hinton done a lovely job!