Magyk by Angie Sage

Magyk by Angie Sage
Posted on November 11, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style The style is extremely simple but still fun and engaging from a kid’s point of view (I’d assume). It definitely kept me engaged, because while the plot was going a million directions at once, it was easy to follow. There is no complex language (or concepts) or difficult vocab whatsoever. It’s very straightforward but not frustratingly so. It also had fun things like how all the Magykal words were bolded. Some might find it condescending (as I read on other reviews) but I enjoyed it. I think that, to a kid, […]

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The Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott Erickson

The Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott Erickson
Posted on November 11, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style From the beginning, it’s a perfect replica of a 14-year-old (or maybe someone younger) girl’s journal. The language is mostly unsophisticated and the general tone throughout the ENTIRE thing is hyper-enthusiastic. Makes it an engaging read. Much of it isn’t necessarily what people would actually write in a journal (like entire conversations word-for-word) but it has to be that way for the book to be in journal form and it works. Story This book was surprisingly insightful. I learned a lot, actually, and while a few bits were beyond me (or […]

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The Elements by Teresa L. Perin

The Elements by Teresa L. Perin
Posted on November 5, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style  The style is simple enough. Not too overdone or descriptive, and paced well enough to make me want to keep reading, which is what I like in a fantasy novel. Some words seemed a bit oddly placed but it did not affect the style too much. Content I found the plot really interesting, if not too original. It wasn’t too complicated. It transitioned from scene to scene really well and the settings were well done. The whole thing was kind of simple but endearingly so. I definitely wanted to read the […]

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The Wacky World of Wendy White! a Whopper of a Tale by Barbara Ann Bonilla

The Wacky World of Wendy White! a Whopper of a Tale by Barbara Ann Bonilla
Posted on November 4, 2013 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Main Points Design First off, I just want to say the design of this book was beautiful. The borders, the font, the color choice, and especially the pictures worked really well together and I can imagine a kid being really captivated by it. I loved how the pictures were so beautiful but the characters weren’t drawn quite the same way twice, just subtle differences but I enjoyed looking for them. Writing Style  The rhyming was very fun. Some of the words might have been a little hard for kids to understand, but I would definitely […]

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The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash

The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash
Posted on November 3, 2013 in Book Review, Novella Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style I quite liked the writing style. It’s pretty close to my own. Just the right amount of description, nothing overdone, to the point. The language is not too sophisticated but not too simple. That, and some of the content, is most likely what makes this a young adult novella and not a kid’s novella. But some of the editing was distracting- some phrases didn’t flow and punctuation was wrong or missing. But that wasn’t too terribly distracting. Content  This was a bit of something new. For me, anyway. I don’t usually […]

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A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Posted on October 7, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Before Reading The main reason I wanted to read this book was because I had recently read The Paris Wife and after seeing his first wife Hadley’s point of view, I wanted to read it from Hemingway’s own perspective. Writing Style (repeat from The Sun also Rises) I can see why so many people love Hemingway’s writing, but it’s really not my thing. It’s pointed, and opinionated, and short, and poignant, and directly to the point (let’s see how many times I can say words that sound like ‘point’ in that sentence). He […]

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Six Months or Less by Latifa Hazim-Rogers

Six Months or Less by Latifa Hazim-Rogers
Posted on September 19, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Writing Style  The style was a bit inconsistent. Sometimes it would be elegant and descriptive (and occasionally poetic) and other times it would be short, choppy and confusing. This wasn’t too distracting, however. I did notice a tense change (past to present) at least once and punctuation missing in a few places, and at times it was hard to tell who was talking, but it didn’t take too much from the story. Content The plot was fairly unpredictable due to skepticism. You think something is going to happen, but then you think ‘no, […]

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The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Posted on September 16, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main Points Before Reading: The main reason I wanted to read this book was because I had recently read The Paris Wife and it discussed Hemingway and Hadley’s trip to Pamplona, and this was the book Hemingway himself wrote about that trip. I really didn’t expect it to be fantastic, but I was curious about how Hemingway saw everything. Also, the only book by Hemingway that I’d read before is The Old Man and the Sea, which was required reading for school at one point. It was also a rather okay book, but better than the other […]

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Poem: What It Means to Be a Writer

Posted on September 5, 2013 in Poem / 0 Comments

This was done for an English project. I feel like everything I write for that class turns out really well. I feel bad putting my writings on this blog (that wasn’t the original purpose) but as soon as I have amassed enough work I will most likely move it to a new blog.On a more reviewer-like note: I have three books whose reviews were requested by authors that just came in the mail and one that I have started reading, and I know I have been a bit lacking in activity, but I will finish […]

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Essay: The Food Factors

Posted on August 30, 2013 in Essay / 0 Comments

              Note: This essay was inspired by a conversation with a friend about me always bringing in food to school. He inquired how I have time, and I said there are a lot more factors involved, thus, this essay. I also thought it would be interesting to note that I used the much-neglected second person point of view.              Remember when you were in elementary school, and on your birthday your mom baked cupcakes for your whole class? That was the day you looked […]

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