by suvaena_24  | Category: Reading Lounge
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BeastlyThe modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast taking place in New York City by Alex Finn, Beastly. No fairy tale. No kid with a skin disease. Just a boy that was cursed by a witch. Well, that’s the story according to Kyle Kingsbury. Kyle Kingsbury, the guy who has it all. Money, charming looks, popularity, the hottest girlfriend in school, the most famous anchorman in New York City and a perfect life overall. But he’s a lot of other things too; selfish, rude, stereotypical, egotistic. No one complains, until one day like any others, a peculiar girl named Kendra, oddly no one but him found unfamiliar and strange. Kendra does something that no one has done before, she calls Kyle out in front of the entire class for what he really is, a egotistical boy in high school that doesn’t know the true meaning of beauty. Struck by Kendra’s words, thoughts flew in and out his head but there was one that stuck with him throughout the entire day, witch. But seriously, a witch, in New York City? That’s impossible.

What could be better than getting revenge on Kendra in front of the entire school at the school dance. He asks Kendra out to the school dance, and tells her that all she has to do is simply dress up and come to the dance and that tickets will be taken care of courtesy of Kyle. But the night of the dance, Kendra arrives only to be laughed in her face by Kyle. Oddly enough, Kendra is neither dejected nor furious with Kyle. It was as if she saw it coming. Even so, she left Kyle with one phrase that repeated in his head again and again, “You’ll see.” Later that night, he comes across Kendra yet again except she looks different. Magical actually. She casts a spell on him. One that will make him look on the outside, the way he looks on the inside, and the only way to break the curse is to get a kiss from someone that not only he loves but someone who loves him back. He is supposedly given this small token of kindness for the one and only act of genorosity he performed that day when giving a rose that was not in need to him anymore to a girl. A girl that accordinig to him was a nobody. Lindy.  He immediately realizes that he has been turned into a beast. Not a gorilla or a bear. A horrible, disgusting, ugly creature. A beast!

After trying many doctors and “witches” to try and cure himself, his father, not wanting to lose his reputation seen with his son as a beast, sent Kyle to a secluded house in Brooklyn. There, he is left with his maid, Magda, his blind tutor, Will and a magical mirror as a gift from Kendra. During the time Kyle is at home, he takes quite an interest in watching Lindy through the mirror. So is it a coincidence when Kyle finds Lindy’s father intruding their house to steal money. In exchange to being let go, he offers Kyle his only daughter, Lindy. Kyle sees his chance to get someone to love him. At last Lindy comes and of course she loathes her jail keeper. But soon enough, they both start warming up to each other and start having fun, Lindy being Kyle’s only friend. But when Lindy sees her father yet again in danger, will she leave Kyle? If so, will the strong still growing bond between the two survive over the next few months? Will Lindy be the girl to cure Kyle?

This book is a complete replica of the original fairy tale. No twists and turns to the plots, entirely like the beauty and the beast fairy tale. This book was something that kept my eyes glued on the pages the entire time too. I didn’t put this book down since I started reading until I got hungry and had to stop to eat. While reading this book you can completely imagine the scene and characters in your head. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a not too romantic, but realistic storyline. Go now to your nearest library and get Beastly, it’s something you won’t regret.

The Fault In Our Stars

by rosebud13  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Must-Read Fiction
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The Fault In Our Stars  by John Green

The Fault in our Stars cover imageThe Fault in our Stars is the perfect merge of sentiment and romance with a comedic flare. At first, I was hesitant to read this book because I do not like sad stories about cancer, although when I finished the novel I gained an infinite love for John Green’s plot, characters, setting, and words. In this fiction, Hazel Grace Lancaster is a teenage girl that has a type of lung cancer that has a minor chance of survival. She has an overall negative outlook on life seeing as she thinks about death very frequently. However, as the story progresses her perspective changes because of a boy names Augustus Waters. She catches his eye in the cancer support group and from then on, they are inseparable. Augustus has a positive and kindhearted nature which lifts Hazel’s spirits and, despite her best efforts of opposition, makes her fall in love with him. They share a beautiful love story in which they make special memories together. However, Augustus, who had a bone cancer but was said to be free from it, got sick again and his cancer became fatal. Despite the despair that they will eventually be separated by a force more powerful than man, they still make the best of their time together and stay by each other’s side through thick and thin. Augustus heavily impacted Hazel and let her look at life as a blessing instead of a burden because of her cancer. I enjoyed this novel very much because of all the factors about cancer, love, comedy, and reality that were woven together perfectly and complimented each other in every degree. I was fascinated how strong their love grew and how, through the course of the book, Hazel Grace became more appreciative of life, happier, and more fulfilled. It was brilliant how John Green “killed” Augustus Waters, the character, but kept the spirit of Augustus Waters very much alive not only in Hazel’s heart but as well as our own.

Fairy Tail Graphic Novel Volume 1

by Joseph S  | Category: Blog for Hours, Reading Lounge
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Fairy Tail Graphic Novel Volume 1 cover imageFairy Tail is a manga series from Japan created by Hiro Mashima.

Fairy Tail centers around a young girl name Lucy Heartfilia, an aspiring mage who wants to join the wizard guild Fairy Tail. The story is set in the town of Magnolia, a city filled with magic. Lucy needs to find a connection so that she can join, and when she stumbles upon the famous fire mage, Salamander, she thinks she has found it.

There’s just one problem: Salamander is an impostor, deceiving Lucy and many other aspiring mages. But when the real Salamander, Natsu Dragneel, shows up, Lucy is in awe at the power of a real-life Fairy Tail mage. And when Natsu brings Lucy to Fairy Tail, it’s not really like she had expected.

Later, the two new friends go on a mission together: trying to find a lead on Natsu’s lost father, the fabled dragon Igneel. And when Natsu gets into trouble, Lucy shows off her great magic: calling forth the power of the celestial spirits.

I really like Fairy Tail because it’s one of the few series that is consistently good. The quality of the work has only increased over the years and the chapters never let me down. Whether you want to laugh or cry, Fairy Tail is definitely the series to read. The author does such a good job of balancing the two.

I also love the different themes that it shows. The most important one is friendship, and how you are nothing without it. The series tells the reader that even when you feel like you’re alone, there are always people out there that want to help you. And every time it seems that the heroes are in trouble, they always find a way to get out of the situation and always end up beating the bad guys.

Bottom line, Fairy Tail is a great series because it has a great story, loveable characters and important messages behind it.

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1)

by Teresa  | Category: Blog for Hours, Reading Lounge
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Sea of Shadows is the first book in the Age of Legends by Kelly Armstrong. Sea of Shadows is about a pair of twins, Moria and Ashyn, who are the Seeker and the Keeper of the Forest of the Dead. The Forest of the Dead is where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, and the twins are the ones who must quiet the souls of the ones there. However, something goes wrong this year and spirits that they call shadow stalkers are attacking people and destroying their town. Ashyn and Moria become separated after a while, but are accompanied by someone else. Ashyn is accompanied with Ronan a thief who survived the ordeals of the Forest of the Dead and made it out. Moria is accompanied by Gavril, one of their town guards. While making their way to the nearby town where they meet up again, they both come across creatures that are never thought to have really existed, only in legends. They soon make their way to find the emperor to tell him the strange news but more problems constantly come their way.

Sea of Shadows had so many elements of things I look for in a book so I fell in love with it almost instantly. Although the plot may seem a little slow to begin with, but to keep reading is definitely worth it. The characters are just so loveable that I wouldn’t be able to pick a favourite with all their distinct personalities. The points of views in the book are easy to follow because of that and readers will be feeling like they are right there with the characters.

Anyone that loves the genres fantasy, mystery and romance will most likely not be able to put this book down. If you are a big fan of plot twists too, then I would also definitely encourage you to keep reading the book.  The ending will be a shocker for anyone that reads it, and will leave them wanting the second book very badly.

The Mysterious Island

by marialovesanimals  | Category: Blog for Hours, It's here!, Must-Read Fiction
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The Mysterious Island book coverSurrounded by a vast expanse of water was a hot air balloon in the sky. This said balloon held five passengers and was slowly  drifting toward the water. A serious problem would be an understatement to the passengers, Cyrus Harding an engineer, his faithful servant Neb, a reporter named Gideon Spilett, Pencroft the sailor and his adopted 15 year old boy Herbert as well as their kind dog Top. These men, were although in a terrifying situation, acted thoughtfully and attempted to reduce their heavy load, in hope that they may have enough fuel to land on a nearby island. However, having nothing left to unload and still, now drastically, sinking the men prepared to meet their doom and let this be their punishment for escaping the American Civil War. Just when things couldn’t get any worse they now had to deal with the strong gusts of a furious tempest! Although as you may have already guessed the balloons five passengers do not meet their doom, even though almost happening to, and they all arrive safely, thanks to the strong winds, on the setting of our story, uninhabited and unknown as of yet, Lincoln Island.

This marks the beginning of the amazing tale filled with adventure, mystery and of course science, based on the ever fascinating story of Robinson Crusoe, The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne. The land they finally rest on is soon explored and discovered to be an island which becomes their new home and throughout the book a thriving society  full of technology and tools all created by the hands of the five extraordinary  inhabitants. As well, you will also learn how different people, such as Verne’s extremely contrasting cast of characters, can become the best of friends. These good companions  learn many new things to survive like hunting, crafting, building and living on their wits alone ,because of the limited resources they had on them when they landed, although luckily Lincoln Island  supplies them with a vast array of elements. Another interesting  part of the plot is the mysterious character who lives somewhere deep in the island and who always seems to show up just at the right time.

Now this is one book you wouldn’t want to miss out on reading! I for one really love the characters and how much they accomplish while castaways on the mysterious island. I also admire how the author, Jules Verne, creates a whole new and utterly perfect society using his imagination and can actually create and clearly depict this world on paper. This book is a true page turner and will make you laugh, cry and want to know what the characters will think of next. In addition, The Mysterious Island is the final book in the series after 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and The Children Of Captain Grant, although you can read this book on its own too and I promise that you will also thoroughly enjoy it. To conclude, I would like to recommend this book to anyone the age of 12 and beyond, because this story is a timeless classic novel and I know whoever reads it will love it as much as I do!