November 20, 2011

Icecore By Matt Whyman


Carl Hobbes is no criminal.

At least not in his mind. Come on! He only penetrated the high security vault at Fort Knox! What's more, he was in the comfort of his own bedroom. Carl Hobbes is a computer hacker. But he just does it for fun.

He didn't actually want someone to steal from Fort Knox! The only problem is that the government won't believe the truth. Deep in his heart he knows that, but he still holds onto the shred of hope that maybe they will listen to him and in turn, boost their security. Then let him go.

He was supposed to fly into Alaska to be asked a few friendly questions. He was supposed to fly out immediately after with no charges on his criminal record. But what he got was no breathing room in a plane that was about to fall apart while being crammed in with the nation's most wanted. He was then shut in a cage in a transformed fish cannery in the middle of the Arctic circle. His life is quickly deteriorating.

Will the government believe his story? Will he even survive this frozen wasteland?

This book had a good plot idea, but the beginning was really boring. It wasn't interesting and the pace was like molasses. It started to get better, but by then I was already 1/2 to 3/4 finished with the book, and thought that I should just finish it. In many places it was predictable, but there were a couple times when I was shocked at what took place.

November 14, 2011

Waiting for What is to Come (AWESOME POEM)

I thought I would blog a poem my friend Signe wrote!

It illustrates a time in American history that not many people know about. Well, it takes place in War World II (about which many people know) but this is a poem written about Japanese Internment Camps (about which few know).

Here is the link to her blog and this post:
SigneG: Waiting for What is to Come

November 6, 2011

Fixing Delilah By Sarah Ockler

Fixing Delilah

Delilah Hannaford's life has been chaos since the day she was born. Things just seem to fall apart. Her grades, her friends, and especially her family.

Delilah and her mom used to go to Vermont every summer. She had a friend she played with there, she had a lot of fun, and she got to see her grandparents. But when her grandfather died, her summer life was shattered.

Eight years ago, at his funeral, her mother and her Aunt Rachel got into a fight with Delilah's grandmother. Her mom refuses to tell her what happened, and their relationship is constantly on the edge. It doesn't help that her mom never talks to her about her dead father, no matter how hard she pushes. Delilah hasn't been to Vermont since that summer. She was eight years old.

Delilah and her "high-powered executive cell phone and every other electronic device carrying" mother have returned to Red Falls, Vermont once again. This time, for Delilah's grandmother's funeral. Tensions are at the breaking point, for Delilah's mother is (if possible) more closed up and work-absorbed than ever. She practically avoids any conversation with her daughter at all. And Delilah knows why.

There are three things her mother NEVER talks about. The fight eight years ago, Delilah's father, and Stephanie.

Stephanie is Delilah's dead aunt. Her mother's sister. All Delilah knows about her is that she died of cardiac arrest at age 19. Being in her childhood home, where her younger sister died, is hard on Delilah's mother, and she absorbs herself in her work in order to keep her mind busy while the funeral preparations are being made and the house and all of its contents are getting ready to be sold.

Meanwhile, Delilah has discovered something that gives her some insight on her dead aunt's last years. Delilah has made a few new friends, and has rekindled her friendship with the boy she played with every summer when they were younger. Are they just friends, or is something beginning? She isn't sure.

Delilah needs to patch up her ruined relationships. She needs to learn the truth but whenever she tries, her mother shuts her down.

Will this summer heal the Hannaford family, or will it break them more painfully to a point from where there can be no return?

Divergent By Veronica Roth


Beatrice has always struggled in the simple and considerate society of Abnegation.

When the children of the Factions turn 16, they each go through a test to determine which Faction they belong in as an adult. These tests do not determine their adulthood, however. The children have the final say in the course their lives will take. The five Factions are:

Abnegation - The selfless

Amity - The peaceful

Candor - The honest

Dauntless - The brave

Erudite - The intelligent and knowledge seeking

These tests determine the Faction that best suits the person, but in the end, the person gets to pick their Faction. Many choose to stay in the Faction they were born into, but many choose other Factions as well. Usually the tests clearly point to a specific Faction, but Beatrice's case was different. Her tests pointed to three different Factions. People who show these characteristics are known as Divergent. This was a rare occurrence, and the people of the Factions that do know about it keep it hushed up. Beatrice knows nothing about this predicament except that she must tell no one for people of her condition tend to be killed.

She ends up choosing Dauntless rather than staying in Abnegation, because she never could be 100% selfless. She tried and tried, but she could never be like the rest of her family. Her new life as an initiate in Dauntless is going well. She chose a new name for herself as a symbol of a new life and new beginnings. Tris. An abbreviation for Beatrice. She is the same, just modified. She is making new friends, and romance is right around the corner. But no one knows she is Divergent. She hopes. She can't hide the feeling that someone will find out and put an end to her days.

Can Tris trust her friends? Can she trust her feelings and her instincts?

Will being Divergent save the human race, or will it destroy the world as they know it?

Tris needs allies and miracles, but she doesn't know who will stand with her. Or who it is that is plotting to destroy her.

November 2, 2011

Song Quest By Katherine Roberts

Song Quest

Rialle is a novice. She is in training to become a Singer. And when you're a Singer, you make people dream. You make them laugh. And cry. You can make them scared. And you can also make them die. Using just five songs, the Singers of Echoing Isle give therapy to souls in need.

They make people forget their problems with Challa; They make people laugh and become happy using Kashe; They make people cry to show their fear and anger with Shi; They scare with Aushan; and when their cases are hopeless, they close the doors of the mind with Yehn.

When storms constantly ravage the island, the Singers believe it to be the work of the gentle but forgetful Half Creatures known as Merlee. First Singer Eliya sends Rialle and a few others on a boat into the sea to try to figure out what is going on with the Merlee.

What the Singers find out is shocking. The Merlee are being hunted. They are scared and they are protecting themselves by creating storms through which no ship will ever pass. It is Rialle's job to understand the Merlee's predicament and (she believes) that is also her duty to right this wrong.

Meanwhile, rebel Singer Kherron leaves Echoing Isle and heads for the mainland. Kherron wants answers and explanations. He as absolutely no idea what he is getting himself into.

He knows he will be punished if he ever returns to the Isle. Yet he knows he will never regret this decision.

During their journeys, Rialle and Kherron discover and unearth many twists and turns in this plot. Their journeys are separate but intertwined, and if this puzzle will ever be solved and if this problem is ever to be fixed, then we will need both Rialle and Kherron's knowledge to figure it out.