Monday, March 30, 2015

Ashes to Ashes, by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

The novel Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian is the third book in the Burn for Burn trilogy. In order to understand what is going on in this book, you must read the first two books in the trilogy, Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire. The novel is about three teenage girls, Kat, Mary, and Lillia, living in a place near Boston called Jar Island who want revenge on different people. They formed an agreement to get revenge on different people, and the only catch is that if they forget the pact, they become fair game. 

The novel splits between the point of views of Kat, Lillia, and Mary, which makes it extra interesting because it gives insight into each of the characters thoughts and actions. The book begins at the funeral of Rennie, a popular girl who was friends with both Lillia and Kat. Rennie’s death largely affects the plot of the book because of events that occurred in the previous books of this series. In the beginning of the series, it was told that Reeve bullied Mary the point that she committed suicide. 
Mary’s part in the revenge pact was to get revenge on Reeve. This is Mary’s goal throughout the book. She has the internal struggle of figuring out why she is a spirit that hasn’t moved on, and works to help herself try to do her unfinished business. 

 I would definitely recommend this book to any teen reader, although you would need to read Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire before reading Ashes to Ashes. These books were filled with romance, mystery, and fantasy. There was also an element of suspense that made this book impossible to put down. As the book progressed, the plot became more and more intense, and I couldn’t stop reading. I enjoyed each character, because they each had their own personalities; they each had some good qualities, but they also had some bad. Not being perfect people made the characters come alive more in my mind because they were more realistic .The conflicting thoughts from characters about doing what you want to do and doing what’s right also developed a strong theme to the book. The characters had things that they had their hearts set on, but decided to give them up in order to save the lives of their, friends, families, and other citizens of Jar Island. Although I loved reading this book, and I recommend it, I didn’t particularly enjoy the ending. I was hoping something else would happen, and I was a little disappointed to learn of the sad ending.

-Sydney Zagar

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hungry, by Heather Swain

The book Hungry , by Heather Swain takes place in the future, where there's no real food. For all her life, Thalia Apple had been living off a substance known as Synthamil, which was created by her parents so people don't feel hungry. All of a sudden, Thalia starts to feel empty and hears growling noises coming from her stomach; she is HUNGRY. She soon meets a boy named Basil, who belongs to this group known as Analogs, and also feels hungry like Thalia. 

The Analogs are a rebellious group of people who wanted to bring the real food back, because they were hungry. Thalia joins Basil on the goal to bring real food back and to rebel against One World, the government that controlled the food supply. I really enjoyed this book because of the thrill that can be found in this book. There were many exciting points in the book that would make any reader reluctant to put it down. Also, the plot is really vivid and carries a lot of suspense in the book. 

There are many things in this book that would make a reader suspicious and very curious. Most of all, I really liked this book because the pieces of the story flowed really well together. The plot of the story fit together, which made the story in Hungry amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into books like The Hunger Games or Divergent because this book also has to do with the whole dystopian world and a rebellious revolution, with fighting that current state of government to bring a change to their society. Anyone into those series would definitely be, um, hungry for this book.

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Swamp, by Megan Shull

The Swap by Megan Shull is about two people, Jack and Ellie. Jack is in eighth grade. He is trying to impress his dad and fit in with his brothers. Jack thinks that girls have such an easy life with no troubles. Ellie is in seventh grade. 

She is trying to be friends again with her former best friend, and is having a difficult time. She is now the target for all the girls to make fun of. She has a hard time in school and at home. The two teens switch bodies trying to live each others lives, learning how other people may not have it as easy as they thought. Jack has to learn how to live life as a girl, and deal with the mean girls and all their drama. He learns that not everyone has an easy life. Ellie learns that Jack doesn’t have it easy, and she has to work really hard to impress his dad, because he doesn’t accept “good”. Both kids learn that they have to appreciate their life and everyone around them.

I really liked this book. At some points if was funny. The book was clear and easy to read. I understood what was happening even though there were two narrators. This book taught me to appreciate what I have and not to think I have it bad because there are other people out there that have it worse than me. I would recommend this book to everyone. It was enjoyable to read, and it taught a lot of life lessons.