Hiroshima Dreams

24 September 2009

Title: Hiroshima Dreams
Author: Kelley Easton
Stars: 3.2
Reveiw by Kirthi
Summary by Book flap
...gorgeous flower on the cover, I love the design and the broken letters in the paper...

I have a gift of vision. It was given to me by my grandma, handed to me in a lotus seed, a pod that felt as big as my five-year old hand.

As a young child, Lin din discovered that she has the gift of second sight. It is her grandmother from Japan who teachers her to develop her gift through meditation and the mysterious of Buddhism. As Lin tests the strengths and the limitations of her powers, she also has to make sense of her visions that increasinly haunt her- images of a missing child, premontitions of her sister's troubles, mysterious snapshots of nuclera devastation, and the vision of a boy who will be more than a friend. With only her gramdnother to guids her, Lin must learn how this inherited gift and her family's history will shape who she will become as a young woman.

My thoughts:
I love realistic fiction on other cultures. This book was amazing, sort of hard though, and fast paced. Easten can really characterize her characters, making them so real, it was as if they were actually real.

Blue Jasmine

Title: Blue Jasmine
Author: Kashmira Sheth
Stars: 5
Review by Kirthi
Summary by book flap
....Plus I love the cover!!! so beautiful!....

When twelve-year-old Seema Trivedi moves from her home, a small town in India, to Iowa City U.S.A., she has to say good-bye to the pruple jeweled mango trees and the sweet-smelling jasmine, the monsoon rains, and the bustling market. Most improtant, she must leave behind her cousin and best friend, Raju.
Everything is different in America, where Seema feels like an outsider. At first she doesn't speak the language: and she doesn't know the food, the season, or how to behave in her new classroom, let alone how to handle a bull who has it in for her. But when Seema's grandmother becomes ill back in India, all of that suddenly seems lest important. During a return visit Seema is given a precious gift that helps her understand the meaning of "home" and to realize that it might be possible to bloom in two worlds.

My thoughts:

I love this book. Being indian myself, this book was easy to relate and understand to. In many movies, this always happens, but I never knew how the character felt (magic of books) until now. Seema is so much like me (if I can say so) and it was young, great first novel. It won the Paul Zindel First Novel Award. I highly recommend this to young adults who love realistic fiction.

The Off Season

19 September 2009

Title: The Off Season
Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Stars: 4.5
Review by Kirthi
Summary by Book Flap

Life is looking up for D.J. Schwenk. She's made it to eleventh grade, finally. After a rocky summer, she's reconnecting with her best friend Amber. She's got kind of a thing going with Brian Nelson, who's cute and popular and smart but seems to life her anyway. Plus there's the fact that she's playing for the Red Bend High School football team as probably the first girl linebacker in Wisconsin.
But then the season, which began so well, starts to go suddenly, horribly wrong. As autumn progresses, D.J. struggles to understand what's happened with football, Brian, Amber and most of all her family. And as her life turns completly upside down, she discovers she's a lot stronger than she- or anyone- ever thought.

My thoughts:
Catherine has done it again, this was the most wonderful sequel she could have ever done. It had the ups and downs, and it revealed D.J. as the strong, funny heroine that everyone loves. I sort of didn't like the ending with Brian, or the D.J. Basketball thingy, but the rest was amazing!

The Awakening

11 September 2009

Title: The Awakening
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Review by Kirthi Rao
Summary by book cover
Stars: 5

As said by Kelley Armstrong: You know the big problem with a trilogy? After the first book, it gets really hard to describe the next one without giving away serious spoilers for book one. If you've read The Summoning, click the link below to see the description of The Awakening. If you haven't read The Summoning, don't do it!

so this reveiw and summary contains Spoilers!

If you had met me a few weeks ago, you probably would have described me as an average teenage girl — someone normal. Now my life has changed forever and I'm as far away from normal as it gets. A living science experiment — not only can I see ghosts, but I was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. What does that mean? For starters, I'm a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control; I raise the dead without even trying. Trust me, that is not a power you want to have. Ever.

Now I'm running for my life with three of my supernatural friends — a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch — and we have to find someone who can help us before the Edison Group finds us first. Or die trying.

My thoughts:

I absolutely thought this book was amazing, it was a book as good as The Summoning. Chloe was strong and heroic, the characters were believable, new alliances were made, and the suspense never stopped. This book, not being an introduction book to a series, was easier to understand. It wasn't as scary either because all of that happened in the Summoning.

Blue Moon- alyson noel

Title: Blue Moon
Author: Alyson Noel
Review: Kirthi Rao
Summary by book flap
Stars: 2.5

ust as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever's powers are increasing, Damen's are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen's past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day...

My thoughts :

I LOVED Evermore, it was amazing, but when I read Blue Moon, I thought it was the most obvious copy of Stephanie Meyer's New Moon. The title, the antagonist, the plot, the events, EVERYTHING!!! Noel had a streak going with Evermore, it was totally original with maybe a hint of Meyer in it, but it was great. But now she just RUINED it with Blue Moon. even my friends, who just looked at the cover, knew it was going to be like New Moon!!!!!! I'll put a post later composed of Spoilers, with a list of similarities between New Moon and Blue Moon, which will be REALLY long.

The Red Necklace

07 September 2009

Title: the red necklace
Author: Sally Gardner
Review: Kirthi Rao
Summary: The Book Flap
Stars: 2.4

The winds of change are blowing though Paris in the winter of 1789, both for France and our hero, a striking and mysterious Gypsy boy named Yann Margoza. He was born with the gift for knowing what people are thinking and an uncanny ability to throw his voice, and he has been using those skills while working for a rather foolish magician. That work will soon end, however, and on the night of the magicians final performance, Yann's life will truly begin. That's the night he meets shy Sido, an heiress with a cold-hearted father, a young girl who has only known lonlieness until now. Though they have the shortest of conversations, an attachment is bron that will influnce both their paths.
And what paths those will be! While Revolution is afoot in France, Sido is being used as a pawn of a fearful villian who goes by the name Count Kalliovski. Some have instead called him the devil and only Yann, for Sido's sake, will dare to oppose him.
As in the award winning I Coriander, Sally Gardner has masterfully combined the historical and fantastical in this sumptuous, romantic adventure.

My thoughts:
I thought this book was a little confusing, I got bored 25% of the way. I had to force myself to read the rest of it. The romance was a little strange, but sweet all the same. I understood small bits, the most important ones. I de-starred this mainly because I couldn't follow the plot.

Birthday Book: Pictures, 1918

06 September 2009

Title: Pictures, 1918
Author: Jeanette Ingold
stars: 5
Review by Kirthi
Summary by Book Flap

Asia stares at the camera in the drugstore window. It is beautiful. So much more than her dad's Brownie camera. Its an Autographic. Black and gold. She's never wanted a camera before, but this Autographic- it seems as though the picture this camera could take might really make a difference.
If she'd had this cameria she's have a picture of Straw Bit, her rabbit, who had died in the fire. She'd be able to look again at the shadowy figure she'd seen running away from the flames. And she could get a picture of her friend Nick before he goes off to college- or to war.
Right then, looking at the Autographic for the first time, Asia decides that somehow, someway, she'll make the monet to buy that camera herself...

My thoughts:
I love historical fiction, and stories of women left behind during wars. Like Two Girls of Gettysburg and Song of the Sparrow. Jeanette Ingold is an awesome writer, and this story was amazing. I loved Asia's character, especially her name. It's an unusual and creative name. The plot was simple and sweet, and not complicated like other stories, and there were few other lobable characters that were easier to remember.

Jade Green

02 September 2009

Title: Jade Green
Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Stars: 4.9
Review by Kirthi
Summary by the inside of the book flap.

At first glance the large brown house at the end of Stone Street seems so forbidding that Judith Sparrow wants to turn back. But turn back to where?
Recently orphaned, she has no alternative other than to be taken in by her stern uncle Geoffrey, who agreed to the arrangement with one peculiar provision: Judith could bring with her whatever belongings she liked except for anything green. The color green is strictly forbidden in his house.
Upon the arrival at the house, Judith is determined to make the best of it and indeed is cheered by the warmth and charm of Mrs. Hastings, her Uncle's housekeeper, if less by her older cousin Charlies, who seems to alternate between friendlisness and a certain suspicious animosity . Even her uncle seems willing to open up at her at times.
But then strange, ghostly things behin to happen, and Judith finds her happiness in her new home, including a budding romance with Zeke, the millers son, compromised by terrifying experiences she can share with no one, not to mention the ghastly stories she hears about the households past.
And Judith must wonder if her one small transgression to the rule- her having concealed in her trunk a small green picture frame given to her by her mother- has somehow caused it all by bring that past to life again.

My thoughts:
I picked this up at the school library because of it's display, cover, and calligraphic title. My friend and I intended to read chapter by chapter for our book club, but my habit of not putting a book down until it's finished prevented that from happening. This book was absolutely WONDERFUL!! I loved it except for the fact that it was hard to tell what time period the story was taking place in, at first it seemed modern but then it turned to old times. I also degraded it by .5 stars because of its shortness. I prefer big beefy books, and this one wasn't as beefy as it could've been.

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