Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly is an amazing beginning to the Waterfire Saga series.

Serafina spends her days practicing song spells and preparing for her Dokimi, the ceremony where Alitheia declares her blood of the crown, or kills her. The ceremony where she must song spell as well as a professional, becomes betrothed, and swear to give the realm a daughter. Nothing special. At night she dreams of a prophecy concerning six other girls who will save the underwater world. But the ceremony goes wrong goes wrong. Her  future husband whom she had fallen for when they had last met she finds cheating on her. During the ceremony the palace is invaded and her father killed, her mother poisoned.

She is forced on a journey around the world, to find the other girls

Daughter of Merrow, find the five

Brave enough to keep hope alive

One who’s heart will hold the light

one who possessed of a prophets sight

one who does not yet believe

Thus has no choice but to deceive

one with spirit sure and strong

one who sings all creatures songs

Together find the talismans

Belonging to the six who ruled

hidden under treacherous waters

after light and darkness dueled

the girls are spread across the six seas and now six girls together must find the master and the talismans, in hope to save their world

Deep Blue is a tale of mythology, magic and adventure. It is a great example of how great teamwork can be. I loved reading Deep Blue and can’t wait to read the second book. This book reminds me of my friends, how special they are and everything we’ve been through.

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across the star-swept sea by Diana Peterfreund

across the star-swept seaAcross the star-swept sea is a romantic, futuristic story about Persis Blake, a flirty, famous, beautiful, stupid girl on the royal court. Justen Helo, a Galatean, a medic and traitor to the revolution with a dark secret, and the mysterious Wild Poppy, a mysterious person who raids Galatea and rescues the reduced; a devastating brain disorder that caused the wars that tore the earth.

When Persis returns from Galatea, she meets Justen, who wishes to speak with the Princess about asylum, and ends up stuck in a fake romance with Persis. They go to Persis’s house and meet Helosis, Persis’s mother who is a reg and is darkening. As soon as Persis learns Justen’s secret, she wishes to kill him, no matter what his medical skills could do for her mother, the reduced regs…and herself. And with Galatea’s revolution turning deadly, war on Persis’s country one mistake away, and Persis falling for the enemy, will the Wild Poppy be able to save the day…and her heart?

What I like about across the star-swept sea is that Persis is an actress, spy, and able to convince everyone that needs to believe it that she is stupid while she is really brilliant. She has the heart of the champion, skill of Nancy Drew, and the determination of a bobcat. Justen is determined to save the regs he unknowingly hurt, and to live up to the reputation of being a Helo. This book pulled me in with the first few words and held me right to the very end. I’ve reread this more than twice and it never gets old.

 

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East by Edith Pattuo

East by Edith Pattou is a remarkable tale told by Ebba Rose, a young girl born to replace a her older sister, who was an east born, who suddenly died; Neddy; a  Northwest born, her older brother who is closest to her; and their father, a Southeast born, secretly calls Ebba Rose Nyamh Rose, a mapmaker and farmer; The troll Queen, a troll who stole a mortal prince, and is determined to marry him; and White Bear, the mortal turned in to a bear as punishment for the Queen. Rose’s mother Eugenia is superstitious, and refuses to have a North born, for their wild, wandering, and bad behaved. Their family is poor, and when Roses older sister, Sara falls ill, and a white bear shows up at their family door, offering health and prosperity to her family, she agrees to go with him, against his families wishes.

 At the castle she is homesick and spends her days sewing and weaving, a childhood habit. At night she sleeps with a stranger, lights turn off when he comes, and he’s gone when she awakens. She grows more homesick as time goes on, and eventually gets sick so white bear takes her for a visit home. When she returns, things go bad. This sparks another adventure, and this time Rose is the one searching. Along the way she meets kind families the Inuit Indians, and rude sailors.

Rose reminds me of my friends, parents, and myself; willing to do anything for our families, yet wild and mischievous. Neddy reminds me of one of my friends, he is kind, great at giving advice, friendly, hilarious, keeps you laughing, and smiling, yet doesn’t hesitate to scold, trustworthy, and got your back. He’s like a brother to me.

East is a beautiful spin off of Beauty and the Beast and remake of East of the Sun and West of the Moon. The book is for children 12 and up although I don’t agree. This book is the perfect bedtime story.

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Legend of the timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith

legend of the timekeepers

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Legend of the timekeepers is a great book that tells the history of the timekeepers. The book starts in Atlantis, where Lilith’s family is getting ready to move away with an arch. The book then travels, along with Lilith’s family to The Black Land as refugees. the book shows her trying to adapt to her new home and her journey to the past to set things right, as the timekeepers will do for along time in the future, with her group of friends. This is another amazing book that I read in 2hrs, while texting my friends.

Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.

Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her new found friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever. —Amazon

What I like about this book: it takes you on an unforgettable journey, the characters will remind you of friends, it gets you hooked on the book in a few sentences, and it helps you understand the history on the timekeepers and the danger of the world. Its amazing and worth recharging your kindle(something I struggle remembering to do) for😉

 

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Tomorrow Girls by Eva Gray

This week I read Tomorrow Girls by Eva Gates.

There are four books to the Tomorrow Girls series. this week I will be reviewing book one Behind the Gates.

the back of the book reads

Disaster and destruction are all that 13 yr. old Louisa has ever known. but now she and her best friend, Maddie, are among the lucky few being sent to boarding school, far away from home. Finally, a taste of freedom!
country manor school isn’t perfect. the girls’ roommates are tough to get along with, and the school is hard work. still, Louisa loves CMS-the survival skills , the fresh air. she doesn’t mind having no TV, or the internet, or any contact with home. it’s for their safety after all.
or is it?

Amazon summarizes it as:

In a terrifying future world, four girls must depend on each other if they want
to survive.
Louisa is nervous about being sent away to a boarding school
— but she’s excited, too. And she has her best friend, Maddie, to keep her
company. The girls have to pretend to be twin sisters, which Louisa thinks just
adds to the adventure!
Country Manor School isn’t all excitement, though.
Louisa isn’t sure how she feels about her new roommates: athletic but snobby
Rosie and everything’s-a-conspiracy Evelyn. Even Maddie seems different away
from home, quiet and worried all the time.
Still, Louisa loves CMS —
the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn’t even miss not having a
TV, or the internet, or any contact with home. It’s for their own safety, after
all.
Or is it?

my summary is:

Louisa’s life has gotten better. she now has a twin sister-her own best friend! Maddie, her best friend, had to move in with her because both of her parents had gone to fight in the war. so now they had her ID bracelet information changed so it looked like she was her twin, and now their off to CMS aka Country Manor School, where they will “travel back in time” to our age.

but things start to go wrong. all the girls have their phones taken away as well as their electronics. then they have their jewelry taken away. Finally, the most astonishing their identity bracelets which they had been told could never be taken away.

Here’s what I like about this book:

doesn’t show communities with a controlled life. it shows a more realistic life style with real things that could happen or are happening. Example: more drastic weather.

next week I will be reviewing book two of the tomorrow girl series

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The Mostely True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill

I am doing my book report on The mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill. This is an amazing book. here is a short summary:
When Jack is sent to Hazelwood, Iowa, to live with his strange aunt and uncle, he expects a summer of boredom. Little does he know that the people of Hazelwood have been waiting for him for quite a long time.
When he arrives, three astonishing things happen: First, he makes friends — not imaginary friends but actual friends. Second, he is beaten up by the town bully; the bullies at home always ignored him. Third, the richest man in town begins to plot Jack’s imminent, and hopefully painful, demise. It’s up to Jack to figure out why suddenly everyone cares so much about him. Back home he was practically, well, invisible.
The Mostly True Story of Jack is an eerie tale of magic, friendship, and sacrifice. It’s about things broken and things put back together. Above all, it’s about finding a place to belong.

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Jack has always been invisible. No one in his house ever pays attention to him. The bullies at school didn’t bother him. He had no friends. The kind of attention that would make most kids turn to doing bad things just to get attention.

When his parents divorce Jack is sent to go live with his Aunt and Uncle. Then strange things start to happen to him. The house seems to quiver when he says things like “I’m not going to read this.” and sigh when he says things like “Maybe I will.”

Though he prefers nonfiction, his uncle gives him a book on the town. it help all the weird occurrences that happened to the town, including al the people who have gone missing and eventually forgotten.

Here is one of the things I did for my book reports dear diary statements

I wrote a letter to my parents, and the cats acted weird the whole time, bobbing their heads in time to my writing, and they hissed at the stamp. And when I finally got there to place my letter in the mailbox, there was a letter for me! It was written in 1849 and it was ridiculous!! Later that day when the mailman arrived I tried to give him my letter, but EVERYTHING was erased!

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I have tried to write the letter to my mom and dad 8 times over the past four days and it just ended up blank, though this time faster. It was blank by the time that I got to the bottom of the stairs.

Anyway, I made a new friend today. Her name is Wendy. She saved me from a bully. At home, the bullies ignored me! Hazelton is nothing like San Francisco. Wendy has a weird brother. He doesn’t speak, and has scares all over his face. It’s like he has been in a war zone. His name is Frankie.

So I have decided that I’m leaving, I am running, rather walking away, from these crazy people and this weird feeling. I have no money, but it won’t matter. I can just sneak on to the bus, since no one ever notices me.

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Sneaking out was a bad idea, there I admit it. I almost got hit by a car, but Anders saved me. And surprisingly, probably luckily, we didn’t talk about it at the meal. At home, I would have gotten in deep trouble, if anyone had noticed that is.

Wendy, Frankie, Anders, and I went over to the old school-house today. Bad idea! Frankie walked in and made everyone worry especially Wendy. Then he talked to me, and handed me a stone despite the fact that I don’t know what to do with it.

Oh, here is Frankie now. I ought to leave to see what he needs before I get hit on the head by a rock.

My favorite part is when Jack pulls his mother Jack into one  person. another part I like to reread finally realises who he really is and saves the day, and when his skateboard turns into a rocket.

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The Mostly True Story About Jack by Kelly Barnhill

this week or two i will be talking about The Mostly True Story About Jack by Kelly Barnhill.

 

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