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Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Book one, The lightning thief

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Percy JacksonThe book “The lightning Thief” is written by Rick Riordan. It is a fictional novel that focuses on a young protagonist named Percy Jackson. It begins with summer when he made a discovery that he is actually half human, and half god, making him a half-blood. Now that he is grown up and able to support himself, Percy was sent away due to the rising numbers of monsters that are hunting him down. His mother brought him to camp half-blood, where his adventure begins. After entering the camp, Percy learned that Poseidon is his father and learned more about the stories of Greek. The main conflict of this story is that the lightning bolt-Zeus’s weapon- is stolen. The blame is put on Poseidon, and now the conflict between the two gods can bring disasters to the human world. Percy has taken up the quest to find the lightning bolt and return it to Zeus.

The lightning Theif brings us an adventurous and humorous storyline, with a hint of romance. In my opinion, the fist book creates a nice “hook” to capture the audience to read the next book and the one after that. They reflect on the lives of teenagers and is easy for their readers to make connections. The emotional changes and description of the novel are easily recognized and bring curiosity to the mind. During the process of reading, I found myself unable to put down the book and getting emotionally attach to their characters. Overall, this was a fantastical book for me to read, and I would definitely recommend this to others who seeks adventures.

Shot At Dawn (I AM CANADA)

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Shot At DawnThis is a book of the story of Allan McBride experience being with the Canadian forces during the first world war. It shares his experience being “shot at dawn” and why ‘he is Canada.”  Allan was a regular farm boy in Nicola Valley,BC with Ken- a boy 4 years older then Allan-  as his hero. The boys were always together on or around their farm. Ken taught him how to fish and how to hunt. When the war came along, Ken was one of the first to volunteer. The boys had a feeling that war was all fun and games, Ken was even worried that the war would be over by the time  he got there. Allan, being too young to join the military was forced to stay back and read about the war. Ken was fortunate enough to get a Christmas leave in 1916, and Allan was able question him. He was given the rank of lieutenant and had a decorated uniform from what he accomplished. Ken was wounded, but refused showing the scar or sharing how it happened. Ken did talk about his journey in Edinburgh and London and little pranks they played. Ken was trying his best to discourage Allan from joining the military but had only enforced Allan’s motive to go. About 4 months later, the newspapers were filled about the Canadian victory at Vimy Ridge. That news convinced Allan to join, and a week later he was enrolled in Ken’s unit that was deployed in France. To qualify, he had to lie that he was one year older then he actually was, but the need for soldiers was so great, that nobody questioned it. After that Allan had went through basic training in Calgary  then was shipped to Etaples.  Allan goes through a hard life where he has seen many companions killed and has encountered deserters. What happens when Allan gets to Etaples could only be truly described by the book.

I really enjoyed this book, being at only 200 pages it was a quick read, but that didn’t make it a boring one. The book was really interesting to me, I totally would recommend it to a friend. It described how the war was realistically to someone who just joined at the time of the first world war. I felt a strong connection to Allan although I don’t know much about the military and how it works. It also showed how no human can just take everything. Allan was “shell-shocked” which made him leave his post without any intention of deserting his unit, although to everyone else, he was considered a deserter. This is definitely one of those books that you want to turn the page and would really make you interested how things change over time. Such as how would soldiers be treated now and days, with advances in technology available. This is a book I find interesting, and I’m sure you will find it interesting as well. I totally recommend Shot At Dawn by John Wilson.

Shugo Chara! Vol.1

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Shugo Chara! is a manga written by Peach Pit. It has humor, adventure, and a touch of romance, and has a very captivating plot. The story focuses on a young protagonist named Amu Hinamori, who made a wish one night for herself to become the person she really wants to be. The very next morning, she found three colored eggs hidden in her bed, and she decides to bring them to school. Within her school system, there are the Guardians- the four postitions include: the King’s Chair, the Queen’s Chair, the Jack’s Chair, and the Ace’s Chair. They are in charge of the safety of the students in the school and protect them from any danger or harm. One by one, Amu’s eggs started hatching. The first egg, who is known as Ran, helped to bring our her outgoing and sporty side. Because of her inexperience to the different Guardian Characters (the eggs), she ended up performing many embarrassing actions, including confessing her love for the King’s Chair publicly during an assembly. Later on, Amu gained the ability to transform with her Guardian Character, and she was invited to meet the Guardians, where they reveal the secret behind their Guardian Characters and their duty to protect the people. As we get to learn more about each character, we see how much they have experienced, and how they share their power to protect the ones they love.

Shugo Chara! was a very enjoyable manga to read. It has a humorous effect that help ease the tension in the story. I liked the idea of the different types of “magic”, we see in the story that is based on the holder’s personality. Overall, the characters were really fun to know, and the message of the manga was carried out very well. Personally I feel that sometimes the story may move too slowly for my preference. I would still recommend this to magic and humor loving audiences!

You are here : around the world in 92 minutes

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cover imageThis very interesting book is called You Are Here around the world in 92 minutes, it is a book that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has made after he went to space and was the Commander of the International Space Station during Expedition 35 in the years of 2012 and 2013. This book contains  Hadfield’s collection of his favorite pictures  he took on paper. This book shares his opinions of what he photographed and has the picture in a sharp, detailed, high quality way that is only gotten printed out on paper. I enjoyed picking this book up and looking at these pictures when I had some free time. The pictures had a variety of pictures from far away seeing the big picture of our Earth and some close up pictures that reviled  the very detailed patterns that the Earth has. The lives up to the name “You Are Here‘ as on pg. 148-149 there is a picture of Toronto and the Bathurst Clark Resource Library is visible. This was one of my favorite parts of the book seeing how we are so small, yet our actions are visible from space. I loved this book because I was able to just sit down and look at pictures without knowing anything and just calm down and think. Also as this book is mainly pictures, it can be interpreted as many different things dependent of the reader. The book crosses from around the world featuring man-made and natural land marks the Earth has. I really enjoyed learning out the world and actually seeing this geography as real as it gets rather then a school textbook. This book also made me think of how much the Earth changed over the last century and how we as humans have left a mark. I would totally recommend this book just to look at during a small period of  free time or to someone that is curious about our world . Especially since there is no commitment to reading a whole book as this book is pictures with very brief captions. Coming with this you see what you want to see and it isn’t a set point  that the author made. This book is just generally great if you have a sense of curiosity of your world.

 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games book #1)

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The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games is an amazing series that is written by Suzanne Collins. This is the first book in the series of The Hunger Games.

This book starts with Katniss Everdeen waking up on the day of the reaping. Katniss lives in District 12-known for providing coal-  of Panem which is in a place one known as North America. Having to support her, her mother and her little sister Prim, Katniss goes out of the district to go hunting with her friend Gale. She hunts with a bow, one that was made by her father. Katniss’ father was one of the many coal miners that died in an explosion. Sneaking out of the district and hunting are both highly illegal but the officials in the district turn a blind eye and make the best customers. When with Gale they hunt and gather to support their families. They trade at the hob which is the black market for the stuff they sell  and trade. When they finish their trading they head home to prepare for the reaping-everyone needs to be there. Katniss washes herself and is given her mother’s precious dress and her mother gives her help with braiding her hair. Prim wears the dress Katniss wore her first reaping day. Since she is now 12 she is entered into the games. Katniss always tries to protect Prim in every way. When the family goes to the reaping as they are supposed to, they find out how they girl tribute from District 12 is Primrose Everdeen. What does this lead to you might ask? Read this amazing book and find out!

I like this book and think it is amazing. It cleverly includes suspense, risk, romance,speed, and fear. The book uniquely gives a sense of time, giving more details with a  slow pace  with less details when speed is present. This is an amazing book and I hope you chose to read it and enjoy it just as much as I did.