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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, reviewed by Jenna Meade

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


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 When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?


This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…


Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.




What would be more exciting then finding a whole different world that others cannot even see?  Clary Frey, the main character of the trilogy City of Bones, finds herself in another world that she can’t walk away from.    As the book goes on, many complications arise which pulls others into the trilogy!  The author, Cassandra Clare has outdone herself with this book series.  Although, this book has some outstanding main points, the most that stand out to me, is the plot, theme, and the word usage.


One of the main topics the was brought out in the book was the plot.  While most supernatural book series is great,  the author has wrote this book in a strange but addicting way that pulls you in.  The plot twist that occurs in the climax of the book changes the way the book is brought up.  This is the main reason why  the plot really stands out to me.  Seeing as I read on, the plot of this book  is definitely shown in the second one as well.  In the book, the plot can truly hold your attention.


The second element the was shown clearly in the book was the theme.  Comparing the book to real life is impossible due to the genre. Although, the actions and personalities of the characters help let my mind imagine how living while seeing a whole new world could be possible.  The book starts out telling the story of the main character living her normal life, so in the beginning, I seen myself as her.  So as the story went on I still saw myself in her shoes and tried to picture everything that she went through in life happen to myself.


The third noticeable element  the stood out in the book is the word usage.  This book is set in the present day, however the vocabulary is outstanding.  This other world has different slang that one will have to get used to.  As I read on, I understood more of what things meant and what the characters were talking about.  To me, when I caught  on to what the words meant, the book got a whole lot more interesting.  Without reading the trilogy in order, one will not understand the transition of the vocabulary.


In conclusion, City of Bones is an enjoyable book.  I would recommend this book to anyone with a taste for thrill and the love for fantasy.  I am really  excited to see what the other books in this trilogy has to hold.  People always says that the first book is always the best, I am hoping that  with is series, this statement is not true.  Cassandra Clare as done an amazing job portraying the plot, theme, and word usage in the City of bones.


Insurgent by Veronica Roth, reviewed by Jenna Meade

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.


Wouldn’t it be nice for life to be as simple as a book?  Most books have a fairytale ending however, Tris, the main character in Insurgent, sees no such thing as a good ending.  She faces difficult decisions, life changing choices, and learns more than any sixteen year old ever should.  This situation is just the outline of Veronica Roth’s book Insurgent, the second book in the three book trilogy.  This novel will have anyone sitting on the edge of their seats although, the things that truly engrossed me into the novel would have to be the theme, the setting, and the plot.

The first element that I enjoyed about Insurgent is the theme.  The overall theme of the novel is extremely hard to tell because one could find so many life lessons in the novel.  However, to me, the theme is a quote from the book, “The truth has a way of changing people’s plans”.  This quote has away for speaking for everyone and it does because it is true.  That is probably the reason why so many people get lost into the book even though it is labeled as a dystopian novel.

Another reason I relished the novel is because of the intense setting.  Insurgent is placed in a future post- apocalyptic city torn apart by leaders with different views for the city.  There is a total of five factions that make up Tris’s city, the abnegation, which is her home faction that is based on respect for others, Dauntless, the faction Tris transferred to, which is based on skill and thrill, and three more.  These factions play an important role due to the way it builds up throughout the novel.

The third element that I enjoyed about the book is the plot. The plot of the novel, like any other trilogy grows throughout the series.  Locked out of the real world by a fence is one plot twist that I find intriguing that happens to the city.  Just like the first book, the climax was building and ends in a cliffhanger, and if you ask me, I get frustrated when a book ends in that manner.  Especially when I get into the book and it suddenly ends right in the best part.

In conclusion, I overall enjoyed this book.  It has some interesting plot twist and I cannot wait for the third one getting released.  I precede that the final novel to the book will be the best yet, I am excited!  Judging on the way that the author leaves so many questions unanswered, the last book will have to be promising.  This trilogy has been an amazing, I expect to be blown away when the last one is read.  Veronica Roth has really outdone herself with her book with the theme, intense setting, and the plot.

Divergent by Veronica Roth, reviewed by Jenna Meade

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage  at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.


Deciding which fraction was best for Beatrice Prior was one of her most difficult decisions that she has had to face.  Coming from the small fraction of Abnegation, her simple life of thinking for others hasn’t prepared her for the question she is about to face. This decision forms the outline of the rest of her life.  Her aptitude test scores states she is Divergent which promotes danger, danger in which she loves. Her passion for thrill leads her into the hands of Dauntless, Divergent.  While I have enjoyed the entire novel, I have mostly enjoyed the Setting, the plot, and the theme.

I have enjoyed the unusual setting of Divergent.  Like most Dystopian novels, Divergent is based in a city from the future, where the society has split into five fractions and the citizens are placed into the proper fractions based on their personalities. Each of the five fractions has its setting assisted on capturing the idea of the character’s personalities.  While reading, the author really had the ability to capture someone’s mind, I got so engrossed while reading the novel, I felt like I was in the actual scene.

The second element that I enjoyed is the plot.  The plot that is displayed in Divergent is when Tris has the choice to choose which fraction she wants to live in. She is then put into a situation where one fraction attempts to override the entire city and Tris has to stop it.  Divergent ends right in the middle of the climax which leaves out questions not answered.  So, this plot twist leaves me wanting more.

The last element in this novel that I found intriguing is the theme.  The overall theme of this book is where the main character, Tris, is being the hero and basically saving the city from destruction.  She has to take control and lead her pack into life or death situations and hopefully lead them out alive.  The message that I got from this is to trust your instincts.  She has had so many obstacles that has stood before which she has pasted and I do believe she as a leader will get through them and learn lessons which us as a reader will also learn and will also teach us life lessons.

I overall enjoyed the novel Divergent, and intend to keep reading the series.  With this novel and the climax ending, I can’t wait to read more!  I recommend this novel to teenagers looking for an action and somewhat romantic novel based in the future.  This is exactly what I look for in a book and I do believe many people will enjoy this novel.  With the unusual setting, plot, and the life lesson theme, Veronica Roth has created an extraordinary novel.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson , reviewed by Jenna Meade

Speak by Larie Halse Anderson

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.


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“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.


Who doesn’t like high school? With all of your friends

With all you friends by your side, meeting new faces that you will be stuck with for nine months.  Well, it is the total opposite for Malinda Sordino.  She has no friends or familiar faces.  She has no one.  She is  outcast.  This idea comes from Laurie Halse Andersons book, Speak.  While I loved the whole novel itself, I mostly enjoyed the setting, plot, and them of the Speak.

I extremely enjoyed the original setting portrayed in the book and I that many students can relate to it many different ways.  This novel’s setting was in present day.  The main character is in high school and she has found herself in a predicament that is out of the ordinary.  The worst of these predicaments was when Malinda was raped by an upper classman and she had to face him daily.  Malinda is not alone in this situation, because many girls now of days experience such random acts of rape throughout the US.  The setting of this book for me was perfect and matched plot.  I often found myself living the book and became the character.

The second element of the book that I enjoyed was the plot.  Malinda is a shy and backward person who never wants to be seen or stand up for herself or what she believes in.  The Novel explains in great detail of how she became this person and what took place to help overcome her self-image.  The Climax for me was when Malinda was faced with her fear when she had to see Andy Evans on her own.  I became very proud of Malinda because she took a chance and stood up to him.  This move alone helped her come out of her shell and others followed by her example.  I liked the reaction of the students that thought that Malinda was just strange.  When she stood up to Andy, they found out her problem and began support and notice that she needed help.

The third Element I enjoyed was the theme.  The moral of this novel gives us an important life lesion that we all need to remember.  An example of this is when Malinda stands her ground against Andy and she gains her self-respect back for taking up for herself.  She became unstoppable and refused to allow anyone else bring her down.  In her world. Malinda was a no body and was misunderstood.  In our world there are many people that can relate her situation, although this is a sad realization, but a true fact.

In conclusion, I have truly enjoyed this book and I wish there was a sequel to it.  I would strongly recommend this book to every young teenager because it is a true problem for many around the world that is often forgotten about or ignored.  This book goes into detail in the first person point of view and can be a life lesson that everyone should be more informed and educated about.  I cannot truly relate Malinda because I have never been placed in her situation, but I have been educated and made more aware of the possibilities of the reality of the occurrence of rape.  The author, Larie Halse Anderson has wrote a winner in my opinion in her novel “peak”