Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han – Reading Blog 34

 

Book #  34                          Words: 75943                                          Date: 14/Apr/2015

 

Title: Ashes to Ashes                                                                           Author: Jenny Han                              

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Realistic Fiction      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

     I’m high up in the rear balcony of Holy Lady of the Sea, and it is pure agony.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

We ride in silence, except for the swish, swish, swish of the wipers as they push the tiny snowflakes off my windshield.

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Compensate: Give someone something typically money, in recognition of loss, injury, or suffering

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I took a first good look at this book, I knew that it was one that was depressing. My sister had recommended me this book as she thought that it reminded her of something that she had read before. I took it and started reading. Along the way I had noticed that it was similar to a widely watched and read series. Pretty Little Liars. I thought that it was similar because of the fact that it had a person that ended up dead and friends unite because of this incident. Instead of having a person killing people, it was just death. But I think that it is similar to the Pretty Little Liars series. In this book I read about death, friendship reuniting, a girl that was broke that had no family, and also trouble between relationships because of lies. Each girl had a memory of Rennie that was personal that they didn’t want anyone to know. This book reminds me of when these two specific people in my school died because of certain reasons. It took everyone in surprise because it was so sudden and no one could have said bye to them before they had passed. I think that this book taught me to not keep secrets from anyone and to not make anyone feel bad about themselves or feel bad because you did something to hurt them. I think that this book is an amazing book with tragedy and also friendship. These four girls have to go through tough times when their friend died and with that they came together to become friends and grieve together. I think anyone should read this as it teaches lessons that cannot just be taught by saying that you cannot do this. 

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – Reading Blog 30 (31) (32)

 

Book #  30 (31)(32)                             Words: 150516                                  Date: 4/Mar/2015

 

Title: City of Glass                                                                  Author: Clare, Cassandra                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Fantasy, Adventure       

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke’s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

Isabelle entered the room in a swirl of black hair and tiered silvery skirts.

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Ozone: a colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light.

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This third book of the series the Mortal Instruments is another book that I love and I think that it is as amazing as both of the other books Cassandra Clare has written. This book starts off with the permission of the Clave to go to Idris. According to the colorful description of the city, I would find the city an amazing and pretty place. I think that this book is called ‘The City of Glass’ because of the city, Idris. I picture this place as a place with buildings covered and built in glass and everywhere you look, it is transparent and blue. Another color I see is green. From the description of the lake I also see green. I can relate to this because once in a movie, I saw a city that was entirely made of glass. It was gorgeous even though it wasn’t real. Personally I think that so far, I am in love with the series of the Mortal Instruments. I find it so good that I had already read three of the books in two days! I find that it has an amazing description of everything in the book so it makes it seem like this book is placed in the real world. Sometimes, when they describe some scary things, I can see the picture of the scary things and I would get so scared. I personally would recommend this series to anyone since it is such a good series that I personally think everyone would enjoy.

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare – Reading Blog 28 (29)

 

Book #   28 (29)                                  Words: 120608                                  Date: 4/Mar/2015

 

Title:  City of Ashes                                                                 Author: Clare, Cassandra                                  

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Fantasy, Adventure         

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

The formidable glass and steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

She smiled fleetingly. “We were human once.”

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Condominium: A condo

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I personally loved this book so much that I had to read the second book right away. From the last book, she left us at a cliffhanger. I really didn’t like it so I had to read the other book to continue my fantasy. This second book is as good as the first one I had read. This book does have the same concept as the first one and I like that because it is so appealing to me that I find it so hard to tear my eyes away from the page. I feel that if I didn’t read the book right away, I would think that the book would just vanish into blank pages. When I started this book I felt this tension between Jace and Simon, Clare’s friends. To me, I think that this tension is going to mess up the time when they stop the bad guy, Valentine. Another issue is the fact that his step mother or the woman who took her in after he had gone from Valentine, his father had threatened Jace and set him an ultimatum of saying that he didn’t like and hated Valentine or else if he didn’t he wouldn’t be allowed to stay in their house. Like every son or daughter, you cannot say that when this particular person raised you. Although Valentine is the bad guy in this situation, Valentine still did act as the fatherly figure in Jace’s life and Jace cannot thank him enough for doing that. I can connect with him because if I were ever threatened by a person to say that I hated my parents, I would automatically be set back because why should I hate them? They had raised me to become who I am today and they took care of me. I once again think that everyone should read this book, but like always, in a book with a series, you should always read the first book before moving on to the second book.

 

The Rule of Thirds by Chantel Guertin – Reading Blog 23

 

Book #  23                               Words:  65824                                   Date: Jan/20/2015

 

Title:  The Rule of Thirds                                                               Author: Chantel Guertin                                 

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Realistic Fiction         

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

“Can you Photoshop this?” Dace asks.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

There is clearly, obviously, something wrong with my phone right now. I’m not getting any texts.

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Ashen – Very pale with shock (v)

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first saw this book I automatically saw an amazing eye catching cover that made me want to read this book. Although you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, I just loved this book since then. When I started reading it, I learned that the main character of this book was Pippa or Philadelphia Greene. Pippa was a girl that was interested in photography and she had entered a photography competition. Two boys then greeted Pippa. One being her rival in her competition and two, the boy she had liked since she had entered this school. This rival of Pippa’s is Ben. He is a person who tends to trick people into doing things. For instance, Pippa’s camera and her photos for the instrument were stolen when he had pretended that he was her boyfriend. For her crush, he is Dylan. Dylan is a person who is well known around the whole school. He also currently has a slowly improving cancer. Since Pippa’s dad had died from cancer, she was terribly afraid of cancer. To deal with this, Dylan had told Pippa that he worked in the Hospital as a volunteer. In the end, Ben had stolen her photos and Dylan had become her boyfriend. But what happened to her current situation, the competition at hand? Well, Pippa had dealt with this by taking new photos. These photos consisted of her dad and Dylan and them getting over, or dying from cancer. She had learned on how to get over the fact that some will get cancer and die while some others will get cancer and live. She had both experiences and she had gotten over her fear of cancer. I have gone through something like what Pippa had gone through. Like her dad, my grandfather also got pancreatic cancer. Also like her dad, he had died. This was a terrible experience, but we all need to learn that everyone will eventually die. It would just depend on whether they die earlier or later. I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in photography. Even though it only has a little detail of photography, it does revolve around the competition and there are competitions of the best photos in the real world. This would then give them a snip bit of how a real competition would feel like. I would also recommend this book to any one young or old because this book has taught me to let go of things and I think that some others would need to learn this lesson too.

Famous Last Words by Katie Alender – Reading Blog 17

 

Book #  17                              Words: 71513                                    Date:  20/Nov/2014

 

Title:  Famous Last Words                                                                  Author: Alender, Katie                                

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type:   Realistic Fiction      

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Nothing glittered.

 

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

This is the kind of dream you don’t wake up from, Henry.

 

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Psychoanalyze – A theory meant to treat mental disorders (noun)

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I first started this book, I thought it was the type of book that you read a little of, then give up on it. But I was completely wrong. This book kept me interested and engaged at all times. The scary moments made me scared, of course but most importantly it made me want to read more. When I started this book I thought it wouldn’t be as scary as it is now. The main character Willa is just a teenage girl in pain. Her father had suffered a heart attack in a pool and she had been trying to get in touch with him ever since. How would she get in touch with him when he’s dead you may ask. Well, Willa used a closed, unknown method from a book that had been removed from all libraries. This then triggered a chain reaction of ghosts haunting her house that she had stayed in. Willa has changed a lot. She at first was this girl who was like any other girls on earth. She was a girl that had homework, moved to different countries and had a mom. But throughout the book she changed. She had slowly become into a girl that was aware of what was around her a girl who was curious and also a girl who didn’t care about her image as much as she had before. The reason why I say that she didn’t care about her image is because she hung out with a person nobody has. Wyatt. Wyatt is a boy that is a loner. He sits alone during lunch and has no friends. This is all because of one thing. The mystery. Ever since the times of the nineties there was a killer in Hollywood, the Hollywood murderer. This person killed anyone who auditioned for a part of a play and got away with it every single time. From this book, I have learned to look outside the box, and to also stay open to any suggestions thrown at you. Anyone should read this book. It is amazing, scary and engaging.

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney – Reading Blog 16

Book # 16                               Words: 41909                                    Date: 18/Nov/2014

 

Title:   The Face On The Milk Carton                                          Author: Cooney, Caroline B.                              

 

Genre ~ Fiction Type: Mystery     

                                                                           

 

  • Opening Sentence:

Janie finished her essay.

 

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

But did love conquer all? Could love conquer the theft of a child?

 

 

 

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Cyanide – a salt or ester of hydrocyanic acid (noun)

 

 

 

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

When I began this book, I thought this book was like any normal realistic story and not mystery. I thought this was mystery because I have a unit that is called Mystery Mania. When I started to get to the middle of the book I started to feel empathy for my character Janie. I felt empathy for her because if I were her I would be scared about these two people that I called my parents. I would be scared because of all my life, they have been caring for me but why would they capture me? Near the end I was relieved as well because the truth was revealed. I thought my character Janie changed a lot throughout the book. At first, Janie used to be a carefree type of girl that didn’t really care about anything except her family and her studies. But now at the end when I look at her I see a type of girl that is aware about things like the truth about life and how hard it is. I also see a type of girl that is now observant about everything. She is also curious too. At the end of the book, it gave a little teaser about the next book in the series. It was about her going to visit her biological family. Instead of leaving that family alone, she decided to look for them and contact them to say that she was okay. In the teaser, although the main character was Janie, the story was not in Janie’s point of view. It was in her brother’s point of view instead. In this I then got to know a bit about Janie’s brother. At this point, I see Janie’s old family as a really caring big family. But I also see that Janie’s twin brother as a person who never cared about anything too. I learnt from this book that anything could change in a blink of an eye. For example, for Janie when she realized that her face was on the milk carton. This then changed her family because she got curious and searched for the family she actually came from. For many other people it could be that somebody dies or something happened to their home. So now I know to treasure what I have. My family, my dog, my grandma, my school and all of my personal items because it or they could just go away in a second. I recommend this book to anyone near the age of twelve because this book is an engaging and good for people in that age to know to treasure what they have.