Friday, May 29, 2015

The Name of the Blade

In the book the name of the The Name of the Blade by, Mio Yamato has a secret blade called a katana in her house in London. She first saw it at the age of nine when her Ojiichan showed it to her, he promised her the sword when she is sixteen but until then she can't touch it, he promises to tell about the sword to her the next day but he has a massive stroke and dies. When her parents go away for vacation, and her sixteenth birthday nears, and she goes to a costume party she decides to be a Rukia an anime character from bleach, but she use her katana as part of her costume. She unleashes a great evil from mythical Japan to the streets of London and now she, her best friend Jack (Jacqueline), and her 500 year old warrior ancestor Shinobu have to save London and Mio has learn to control the sword before time runs out. 

I like this book and have many reasons why I like the book. My first reason is because in the book it talks about Japanese myths and turns it into an adventure. My second reason is the Kitsune (fox spirit) they are mentioned later on in the book. The third reason is because of all the Japanese words you learn like for example Ojiichan is grandpa in Japanese. My fourth reason is that because of all the battles in the book. I think that everyone teen and up( it has some inappropriate language ) should read this book because this way they will know a little more about Japan.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner

The book  Eye of the Storm, by Kate Messner, is set in  futuristic America where a deadly tornado-like storms ravage the country, and no one is safe. Only one community, Placid Meadows, is miraculously free of tornadoes. Jaden Meggs was selected to “Eye on Tomorrow,” a summer camp for gifted teenagers in Placid Meadows, run by her father’s company, StormSafe. 

There, she met Risha and Alex, two others who were interested in the storm situation. Together, they researched destroying tornadoes while they discovered Jaden’s father’s dark secrets. Although his company was supposed to destroy storms, he was actually making them stronger at the same time as deflecting them away from Placid Meadows. Together, they attempted to stop Storm
Safe when it spawned the most powerful storm in history. 

 I enjoyed this book because it was an easy to read, science fiction novel. I enjoy reading many fiction novels. I am an advanced reader, so this book took no more than a day or so for me to read. However, for those not interested in reading, it should not take more than a few days to read. The author wrote the story as if you were actually in the shoes of the narrator. It was a quick, easy read, and it is a good book for those who are mildly interested in science fiction. It is a book for people who aren't avid readers. It was a bit too easy for me, but others might find it perfect.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Only Thing to Fear, By Caroline Tung

The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond It is 2025, eighty years after the Nazis won World War II, and Zara St. James is struggling to find her place in a world controlled by the legacy of Hitler’s regime. On top of being a mischling, a person of mixed heritage, in a world obsessed with purity, she has a secret that – if discovered – could give her Nazi overlords the excuse to kill her that they’ve been waiting for. 

When that secret becomes clear to the Alliance, a group of rebels working to fight the Nazis, Zara is allowed into their ranks. Finally, she has the acceptance she’s always craved – but what price is she willing to pay for it? This book is ok. It’s reimagining of history is intriguing and Zara is a well-written, complex character. However, it cuts to backstories incredibly often, especially in the first half of the book. Zara has an obvious personality, but the rest of the characters are cardboard cut-outs who exist only to make things happen in the story. 

The book also exposes Zara’s secret too early, then never goes into it again until the end; it was as if the writer was trying to rebuild suspense on a plot-point she realized that she had revealed too soon. Overall, the idea and main character are interesting, but the story is slow and the supporting characters are not developed enough to keep a reader’s attention. This book is for people between ages 13 to 20. It has some intense moments (such as torture and execution), but nothing too graphic for a PG-13 movie. There is no bad language and no sexual content beyond a kissing scene. Unless parents have an issue with allusions to violence, they should find nothing wrong with their children reading this book.