Monday, March 15, 2010

Eyes Of The Amaryllis

The Eyes Of The Amaryllis
Natalie Babbitt
***** 5 Star

 When the ship Amaryllis was swallowed in a hurricane, the captain, and all the crew were swallowed, too. For thirty years, the captain's widow, Geneva Reade, has waited, certain that her husband will send her a message from the bottom of the sea. But someone else is waiting, too, and watching her, someone called Steward, the man that made a bargain with the sea to spare his own life.
Into this haunted situation comes Jenny, the widows granddaughter.
The three of them, Geneva, Jenny, and Steward, are drawn into a kind of deadly game with one another and with the sea, a game that only the sea knows how to win.

This book was beautifully written, I couldn't stop turning the pages! This book was a haunting, gripping, and terribly romantic story. These are the kinds of books you don't see very often, (from my perspective).
My favorite character was every character! Each was done wonderfully! So please read this book.
You can buy this book a your local bookstore ~


Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt
***** 5 Star

Winnie Foster, is a "snobby, selfish, only child,"living in a rich house filled with servants and other fancies, and she loves it all.

That is what everyone in town thinks she is like, but no one has ever seen her before, or met her in person. But Winnie Foster is just a normal ten-year-old girl, kept away from the outside world by her overprotective parents. In truth Winnie would give anything for a normal life, where she could have friends, and play till dark without worrying about getting her stockings dirty and missing piano lessons.
So one day, she decides to run away, and disappear from her families life, they would think she was kidnapped. But then she is kidnapped, after discovering a spring on her fathers property.
She is taken to the Tucks, a family who who after drinking from that very spring, now lives forever.
As Winnie spends her days at the Tucks, they tell her of their experiences watching life go by, and never growing older. But when a man discovers the Tucks secret, Winnie must help them escape before its too late. And she also must decide, whether or not to join the Tucks on their never ending journey.

This book was amazing. So much better than the movie, they always make the movies horrible compared to the books they are based on! This story is very full of emotion, and laughs, sometimes it is nice to read a non-deep book. Anyway, my favorite character was the Toad, yes the toad. He was always there just out of the characters sight, I though he was actually kind of cute, (sorry to those who are not fond of reptiles).
I like this book because it was full of funny scenes, and quirky romance. There may be some thematic elements in this book for future reference if you ever show interest in this book in the future. But this book is definitely a must read book! You can purchase this book at your local bookstore ~


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Girl Who Could Fly

The Girl Who could fly
Victoria Forester
***** 5 Star

Piper McCloud can fly, just like that, jump off a roof, then a couple seconds later, up in the clouds.
And she loves to fly, it is a part of her, and she could never stop unless she could not do it at all.
But the people of Lowland County don't like Piper, because she flies.
But Piper cannot stop, even though her Mother, and Father desperately need her to. So when an opportunity arises to go to a top secret school for kids just like her, she cannot wait to begin!
School is amusing and fun at first, with tons of new friends.
But she starts to realize that something at this school is not right, and when she discovers the truth, she must get her friends and herself out of the school that was made to secure their downfall to extinction.

Five star! I loved this book, it was a heart racing novel, full of action, suspense, and danger.
This book made you feel like you were right there as she experienced the joy of flying.
The Girl Who Could Fly, could not have been made any better! Sometimes seeing a "regular" girl do the impossible, makes the mental barrier between yourself, and your own dream a step closer.
My favorite character was Piper, she was a fun, loving character full of life and faith. She was my favorite because she was always full of hope, and kept everyone happy, this book would not have been the same without Piper, even if she was a little naive, and hardheaded.
This book is a major suggestion to those in need of a little inspiration.


When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead
**** 4 Star

By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend Sal, can navigate themselves through their entire New York neighborhood. They know the places that are safe and who is nice, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy man on the corner, who yells at the sky and sleeps under a mailbox. But life begins to unravel when Sal gets punched on the street, for no reason.
After that, Sal shuts Miranda out of his life.
Then, the apartment key to Miranda's house is stolen, and she begins to get mysterious notes who's words have no meaning. As more of the notes keep coming, Miranda slowly realizes that whoever wrote these notes knows something that no one else on earth knows. As she tries to figure out the anonymous note leavers identity, she realizes someone very close to her is in danger, and that she is the only one who can stop the tragedy that is soon to happen. Until the last note makes her think she's to late.

This book was amazing! There was alot of depth, and some quirky romance in this random, yet emotional, award winning novel.
My favorite character was Colin, he is one of Miranda's best friends, he is quirky, goofy, and confident in himself. He is a very laid back person and handles any situation with ease.
The only reason I did not give it a five star, was because there was some dialogue in this book that made no sense. Some sentences just kept rambling, and rambling, going on and on about a conversation I did not even get! Also some of the conclusions for the end of the book, for example, why did Sal avoid Miranda, and shut her out of his life, when she did nothing wrong? that was a conclusion that made no sense. Besides that, When You Reach Me was a wonderful novel, and should definitely be on your list of Books To Read.