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Book Reviews: The Maze Runner

Hey, guys! I FINALLY found this book at the library after four weeks of looking, so, needless to say, I checked it out immediately. I expected it to be more of a Hunger-Games-ish sort of story, but, honestly, the book it reminded me most of was Ender’s Game. I mean, seriously. Check it out.

Anyway, I started reading this book, and I noticed the beginning was a little slow. Yeah, they DID have to do an awful lot of setup, but I don’t recommend this if you’re more of an action reader. The book has enough action in it, but it takes a while to get to it. Also, there wasn’t really much character background, even for the characters who’d been in the maze for two years, which really bugged me, but I’ve noticed that James Dashner’s style doesn’t really include too many details.

Also, the scenes involving the only girl in the Glade – Teresa – took maddeningly long to appear at all. She was in a coma for half the book, and when she does appear you’re just sort of thrown into believing that she and Thomas had history before the Maze. The ending, too, was a bit late in the story; you have to read the next book in the trilogy for it to make any sense at all. But there were definitely good aspects about the story as well: the action, once it appeared, was suspenseful and well-written, and everyone acted within character – no one took some crazy leap of faith leaving you wondering why it had to happen at all.

For an awesome backstory, great action scenes, but taking points off for an annoyingly vague style and other various story flaws, I give The Maze Runner 3.7 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading! I hope this helped you!!

Summer 🙂

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Movie Reviews: World War Z

Hey, guys. I watched this movie with my dad last night and decided I’d review it here. Okay, it might have been a little old for me, but it was good anyway.
It’s a pretty common movie premise: Weird virus starts in Asia, zombies start attacking everyone in sight, no one can find a cure. Even though it begins as a normal zombie apocalypse film, it’s a good movie. The makeup was very realistic; I could tell that a lot of time and money was put into this movie. The only part I didn’t like was the plane crashing scene – an airline plane can fly perfectly fine on one engine. I guess it was necessary for the movie, though; it would be kind of dumb for the pilot to say, “Whoops, a zombie just got sucked into the engine, let’s keep going anyway!”
I also like the family theme. Action movies about groups are always better than action movies about single people, since with the latter, there’s no question that the protagonist will live and everything will be alright, but with the former, you don’t know who will live and who won’t. The action scenes in this particular movie made even my dad jump, but I have to admit, I found myself laughing at the giant pile of zombies trying to bust into Israel.zombiesforblog
For realistic makeup, good characters, and crazy action scenes, although taking a bit of the score off for the plane crash scene, I give World War Z four stars, but I don’t recommend it for ages nine and under.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was informational!

Summer

Book Reviews: Tunnels and Deeper

Hey, guys! Sorry I haven’t posted all day, but at my house we have a no-technology-on-tuesdays rule, and it took a while for my mom to decide whether blogging was legit.
Anyway, to the point. I checked out these books, along with the third book in the series, Freefall, at the library a few days ago because they looked cool. I have a thing for English literature – about three-quarters of the books I read are British – so this was just an added bonus. The longest book, Deeper, is longer than six hundred pages, so my 103-page success with the AJ Story seemed a little ridiculous.
The cons of the first book, Tunnels, are the slow start and the sparse boring parts of the story. It’s all interesting, but bits of it could do with a little more action. Although, I have to admit, the parts with action were worth the wait.
The second book, Deeper, is better. There’s lots of intrigue and, at times, parts that make you want to scream NOOOOOO at the top of your lungs. I especially like the details of Mrs. Burrows, which I know is a weird part to like, but it’s funny.
I’m about 75% through the third book, Freefall, and I actually almost believed it when Rebecca One was pretending to be a good guy. I guess Styx are good actors, even on paper.
For good plot, cool characters, edge-of-your-seat suspense, but taking marks off for the slow parts, I give both of the books, Tunnels and Deeper, 3.87 stars. Whoa, it’s a decimal!!

I hope this review was helpful. Thanks for reading!!

❤ Summer ❤

Book Reviews: Divergent

I bought this book for 20% off at my local Half-Price Books, which is probably my all-time favorite store. My cousin had read it and said she was going to make me read it if it was the last thing she did, so I decided I’d get it. I expected something that was a cross between The Hunger Games and a romance novel, but this was something new entirely. There was one inappropriate part – I wouldn’t recommend it for people under twelve – but there wasn’t anything else sketchy about it. I’m not a big fan of romance novels myself, but the sci-fi and dystopian world definitely overweighed it. I like this book a lot, and I think I’ll be rereading this more than once.
For sweet action, good plot, and epic background, I give this book four out of five stars.

Thanks for reading, you’re all awesome!!

Summer

P.S. My cousin gave me an aptitude test a couple of weeks before I read this book. The URL is http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/which-divergent-faction-do-you-actually-belong-in. I got Erudite, please comment below what faction you belong in!!

Book Reviews: Artemis Fowl – The Last Guardian

I bought this in eBook format on my mom’s Kindle Fire with a gift card I got for Christmas, and it exceeded my expectations twenty times over. It was really freaky and unexpected, which is exactly what I look for in a book. I really liked the way it not only had the trademark technological twist of the Artemis Fowl books, mixed with just the right amount of ancient magic. Not overdone at all; this book was awesome. The characters were just right and the storyline was incredible. I kinda feel bad for all the humans being misunderstood by the ancient fairy warriors… anyway, awesome book.
Eoin Colfer writes a lot of books, but I think the Artemis Fowl series is the best of all of them. This book finishes off the story magnificently and really is what you’d call an ‘epic story’.

For awesome storytelling, great plot and balance, and of course incredible characters, this book gets four stars.

Thanks for reading!

Summer