Friday, April 24, 2015

The Infinite Moment of Us, by Lauren Myracle

The Infinite Moment of Us, By Lauren Myracle is a book I chose to review. In the book, there was a boy and a girl who were both seniors at high school in Atlanta. The girl, whose name was Wren Grey, had brown eyes and dark brown hair. She was an only child and because of that, her parents were overprotective. Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents but, as high school graduation nears, she realizes that she needs to honor her own desires instead of her parents. But how can she honor her own desires when she doesn't know what they are? 

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is a gentle boy with auburn eyes and brown hair with a troubled past. Charlie has liked Wren since the day he first saw her. They both talk for the first time at the end of the school year and the rest is written in the stars. The Infinite Moment Of Us was a great book to read. I really liked this book because it was very fun to read and was one of the most interesting books that I have read in a long time. In comparison to other books that I have read, this keeps you reading until the end and you never want to put it down. Wren has always felt the pressure of her overwhelming parents. Her parents always pushed her to get good grades and go to a good college. Wren’s parents are overbearing and overprotective. Wren is on the fence as to whether or not she should please her parents about going to a local college as they wish, or go to a foreign college as she desires. 

Throughout the story you learn about the choices Wren has to make in order to be independent from her parents. From reading this book, we can all learn about how teens mature and become more independent. I would highly recommend this book to other young adults ranging from 12+ because other people that are under 12 might not enjoy this book or understand some of the literature in the book. Also, some kids that are under 12 would not enjoy reading a story that is at a higher reading level. -Ariana Bakalo

Friday, April 17, 2015

No Dawn Without Darkness, by Dayna Lorentz

NO DAWN WITHOUT DARKNESS by Dayna Lorentz is the final book in the NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS trilogy. The book focuses around the survivors of a deadly viral outbreak in a mall and the resulting quarantine. Shay, Marco, Lexi, Ginger, and Ryan have been trapped in the mall for almost three weeks when suddenly the power goes out and the mall descends into total anarchy. These teenagers have done whatever was necessary to survive, but after the quarantine is lifted, these scarred individuals must return to normal civilization if it is even possible. In the dark, armed gangs wage war and prowl for survivors to plunder and assault for fun. To maneuver the mall without a light, the survivors hug to the walls until they trip on the litter of corpses from plague victims. 

The Homemart is the base of a trapped senator, the healthy, and the security forces, but they are not excepting individuals from outside the security gate unless they return with Lexi, the senator’s daughter. The second floor is run by the green-paint gang that uses glow stick goo to see in the shadows. The Bowling alley houses the headlamp gang which is more coordinated and well-armed. The service halls house the sick and the dying, but supplies are aplenty among the dead and the few security forces outside the Homemart are more likely to taser you then help you. 

If you were trapped in the mall how would you survive? Despite this book being the third of a trilogy, I found it to be quite enjoyable. It was easy to understand who the characters are as each one has their own arc that is flip flopped back and forth and they start in different mall locations but somewhat confusing in the beginning as I had no idea who anyone was and that some character arcs had references to others. The plot is simple to follow, kids trapped in a mall and fight to survive. A lot of minor characters are introduced but they are not really mentioned. This book contains intense moments and deaths as it is a story of survival and would not be good for the faint of heart. The ending does bring closure for the villains and the survivors and I feel it ended appropriately for each character. I would recommended this book to people who like stories about plagues or a post-apocalypse because this book has plenty of scavenging, improvising weapons, containing an outbreak, and finding a cure scenarios.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Knockout Games by, G. Neri

In the book Knockout Games, by G. Neri  Erica Asher's parents  get separated and she is now living in St. Louis with her mother with a rough relationship between them. As the new girl she falls in with the wrong crowd in an exploration of racial tension in St. Louis. Erica finds herself in a new city and a new school. Erica wins the attention of a boxing club called the TKOs and the affection of their leader Kalvin. The TKOs play the horrible the “Knockout Game,” where kids attack total strangers with a single punch for no reason other than the adrenaline rush. Erica follows the TKOs and their worldview, but as things get real, Erica makes a decision to make ways out of the TKOs. The book’s second half, includes Erica’s struggles to escape the TKOs and Kalvin’s tightening grip, is even stronger than the beginning. 
Noah Rizvi 7th Grade

      It’s where the author’s meaty and juicy ideas and exciting action sequences blend together perfectly. I liked and enjoyed reading the book “Knockout Games” written by G. Neri. One reason I liked the book is that it included don’t stop reading just one more page moments. I also liked the book because the book was recently written so an adolescent child like me can relate to the book and compare on how we are similar and we are not. Another reason I enjoyed the book “Knockout Games” is that the book also included very intense jaw dropping chapters which either leaves you hanging or cheering wherever you are. I would recommend this book to my classmates in the seventh grade and/or adolescent teens everywhere so they can also relate and understand the feelings of the main character of the “Knockout Games” by G. Neri Erica Asher.