#21 The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the witch

This is the story of a distopian society where those who actually can help are shunned, and those who corrupt and destroy are glorified. It is written by Joseph Delaney, and it is the first in a series. It takes place in the eleventh century.

The main characters are, The Spook, Thomas J. Ward, and a girl named Alice. The Spook is a mysterious figure who takes on apprentices who, like him are seventh sons of seventh sons. Thomas is a young boy who is like the spook, his mom sends him to the spook to help him fight the evil in their county, and Alice is a Witch, while she is only about thirteen, she receives great power from her aunt “Bony Lizzie” (also a witch). Together they band together to fight Witches and other things that go bump in the night.

As the story starts Thomas is about to get apprenticed to the spook, and no one is very happy about it, except for his mother, who has a mysterious backstory. His first day at the spooks house, he heads out to get supplies and runs into a posse of teen boys, who were starved, and needed food. As he fled away from them a mysterious girl (Alice) steps in and saves him from being beat by saying “Lizzie’s back”. Then she gives Thomas some cakes, and tells him to give them to a witch in a grave. Little does he know that those cakes boosted the witches power, but he realizes it to late. She escapes from her jail, and tries to flee, but Thomas accidentally kills her. now, you would think that that’s a good thing, right, if she isn’t around, she can’t do anything, wrong. She can now posses anyone, and her goal isn’t to make nice to anyone it’s to kill Thomas. To see whether he survives or not you’ll have to read the book.

This book was OK, but it was more like a starter. All the other books were better, I felt like it was a lot like Steven King’s novel the gunslinger, which was more of a starter than a real story.


#20 Dragon Rider

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This book was written by Cornelia Funke. Cornelia Funke has written many other books. Her favorite genre is fantasy. This story takes place all over the world, because it’s a travelling novel. It is about a dragon-Firedrake- a Brownie-Sorrel- and a boy named Ben. They go in search of the legendary Rim of Heaven, which is said to be in the Himalayas.

As the story starts Firedrake and Sorrel set out to find a new safe Haven-The Rim of Heaven- for the dragons, because humans are starting to take over the dragon’s territory. They are warned right as they leave to avoid the “Golden One”. They go to a rat to get a map which will lead them to the general area of The Rim of Heaven. When they arrive they meet Ben a homeless boy who lives in a warehouse. When they get the map they head out and intend to leave Ben, but after learning that a demolition team has destroyed his warehouse they invite him to going them on their journey. As they set of they are blown off course multiple times, and they meet some friends and the “Golden One” starts to hunt them. One of the friends is Professor Greenbloom- he is a researcher of fantastical beings- has two of the “Golden One”s three missing scales, and he goes hunting for him to get it back. Another friend is Twigleg who is a homoculus, he worked for the “Golden One” but he started becoming friends with Ben and the only way a homologous can die is if they give their heart to a human. He starts to (for lack of a better term) fall in love with Ben, and decides to betray the “Golden One” and send him to another place where he can’t chase Ben. Later they find out that Twigleg was the traitor but they decide to trust him. As the “Golden one decides to take matters into his own hands, and he will stop at nothing but to kill them. To find out how this fiction book ends you’ll have to read it.

This book was good when I read it, but upon reflection, I realized it wasn’t as good as I had wanted it to be, It was interesting and eventful, but it was just lacking, I just don’t know what.

#21 Wings of Fire

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This book is the first in a 10 book series, but I didn’t think it was very impressive. It was more like a lead up to the next books. It is written by Tui T. Sutherlands, and is obviously a fantasy novel for young adults.

The book begins in a cave, but like most books as the characters evolve so do their surroundings. The five dragons who we meet are the main characters and they are known as the prophecy dragonets.

The plot emphasizes teamwork and difference. As the story begins, we meet five dragonets (baby-juvenile dragons) Glory, Clay, tsunami, Sunny, and Starflight. Sunny is a nice and energetic sand-wing, but she isn’t like all of her tribe; she doesn’t have a barb on the end of her tail. Starflight is really a nice dragon but by being a night-wing he is always waiting for his “special abilities.” Clay is a nice easy going dragon, a lot like the rest of his mud-wing tribe he is always hungry. Glory is a rain-wing, and she is always being shunned because they are known for being lazy. Tsunami is ferocious and she doesn’t like to be left in a cave, she can’t wait to get out, and rejoin her sea-wing tribe.

As the story starts they are in a cave, being trained by the so-called talons of peace, who have kept them since birth. Tsunami desperately wants to escape, but when a mysterious night-wing comes and tells the talons of peace that they must kill glory, because the prophecy called for a sky-wing not a rain-wing they know that it’s time to escape. Clay and Tsunami make it outside, but an evil queen finds them, and tracks them back to where they were hidden, thus the prophecy dragonets become Queen Scarlet’s Prisoners. As the story progresses, they have to fight in an arena, where it’s kill or be killed. They also meet a dragon who can burn you to death just by touching you. To see how they escape, or if they escape at all you’ll have to read the book.

This book was not the best in the series I felt it was really lacking something, but I can’t put my finger on it, this book was okay, but the rest of the series was much better.

# 20 The Gunslinger

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The Gunslinger is part of the Dark Tower series. It is written by Stephen King. It takes place in a dessert in another dimension, but through out the series it goes to our world and many more. As the story starts Roland- the Gunslinger -is chasing the man in black. As Roland hunts the Man in Black he meets a boy named Jake who is the key to catching the man in black, but at what cost.

The main characters are Roland and Jake. Roland is the last survivor from his home city, and he hunts the Man in Black because he caused the destruction of his home- New Canaan. Jake is a boy from New York, but he got brought to Roland’s world, because he got killed by the Man in Black.

As the story starts Roland is in a city that the Man in Black was in, while there he makes acquaintances with a lady named Alice. Then He meets a man who was dead but was then brought back to life, Roland must kill him, but in doing so the town thinks he is a witch of some kind, and try to kill him. He then promptly kills all of them. As his search continues he runs across a boy named Jake who joins him on his quest. as they reach the end of the desert they run into a spirit who takes Jake captive until Roland talks with her. They then leave the cite and go deep into the mountains, but by then Jake learns that the only way for Roland to finally catch the Man in Black is for him to die. As they reach the end of the mountain range Roland must make a choice save the boy or catch the man, he choose to catch the man. After he does the Man in Black reveals his destiny for him, which then leads to the next book- the drawing of three. To find out Roland’s destiny read the book.

This book was really good, but it is more of an introduction than something that has to do with the plot. The next books are better. I would recommend this book to thirteen and older.

#19 It

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It is a horror novel written by Stephen King. He has written many other books. His preferred genre is horror. This story is set in a fake place called Derry, Maine, in the 1950s and the 1980s. There are two timelines in the book. It is about a group of children who must go up against a monster – the “it” of the title – that kills kids in a cycle every 27 years. It is also about what happens when those children grow up to realize that they failed the kill the monster the first time.

The characters are Stuttering Bill, Mike Hanlon, Ben Hanscom, Eddie Kaspbrack, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozer, and, of course, It. It is a monster that is unlike anything anyone has ever seen, It is an all powerful being, but it can still be hurt and even killed. Stuttering Bill is the leader of the band who stop It in 1950, when his brother dies and Bill puts a wheel of events in motion which will end in the final confrontation. Mike Hanlon was the last person to join the gang that stop It. Ben Hanscom was the builder of the group, and he became a famous architect. Eddie Kaspbrack was the directions kid in their group. Richie was the practical one in the group. Beverly was the only girl in the group, and the only reason they all came back.

The adventure all  starts with the death of Georgie, Stuttering Bill’s younger brother. The gang is then brought together by the creator of the universe – the Turtle – and someone else. As they get closer to the confrontation, a school bully finally goes crazy and hunts them. He hunts them and even threatens to kill them. As he – Henry – gets crazier he collects some other people in his gang that are even crazier than he is. The important one is a boy – Peter – who killed his brother, and saw the world in a weird strange way where only he is a real human being. He dies when huge leaches suck his blood and It drags him down into his lair.

After the gang defeat It, they drift apart, but they are called back together by Mike who stayed in Derry and researched It for the next confrontation. When they all return, they all see It at lunch and then again when they go walking. To find out how this thriller ends, you must read this book.

It was the best book I have ever read. I would recommend it to anyone in High School. This book affected  me in a way that has changed the way I see reality. I insist this is a must read. I intend to read it again.

I am sorry for not writing in the last month. This book was very long and complicated so I could understand it better. I will now check in more regularly.

#18 The False Prince

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The False Prince was written by Jennifer Nielsen. She has written many other books, This series is continued with the runaway king. The book is set in medieval times. It is at a time of discord, because the heir and all royalty have been murdered. One man tries who calls himself a patriot tries to save his country this is the story of that mans plan.

The main characters are Conner, Sage, Imogene, Mott, Roden, and Tobias. Conner is the patriot I was referring to. He is a nobleman, with plans to take over his country with a cleverly fiendish plan. Sage is the most unmanageable orphan ever, but he also has a strong devotion to his friends and will do anything to help them. Mott is one of Conner’s servants, he is one of the higher ones, he would do anything for Conner except kill. Imogene is one of Conner’s kitchen staff, she pretends to be mute to keep herself safe from more mistreatment than she already has to deal with. Tobias is a smart orphan who knows how to read unlike almost all the orphans in the world. Roden knows how to use a sword, because he trained with a veteran who wanted to keep his abilities up to average.

Sage, Roden, Tobias, and one other boy are collected by Conner to fill out his devious plan. Conner has decided to pretend to have found the long lost second son of the king of Carthya. As the boys arrive at Conner’s house they start to train to become the prince of Carthya, because if they lose they will die. As their lessons progress Sage gets hurt in more ways than one. His trait to fight back starts to bend as he gets closer and closer to the deadline of when he will become king or he will die. Along the way Sage is sabotaged by Tobias who cuts his back with a knife. He is also whipped by Mott, because he stole his rock from his dad back from Conner. To see how this adventure of forgery and dangerous truths, buy the book.

I thought this book was good, but I found it confusing the first time I read it. I would recommend this book to any readers of medieval works. I hope those who read it like it as much as I did, I hope you recommend it to all of you friends.

Throw back Thursday #4 A Children’s garden of Verses

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This book was written by Robert Louis Stevenson, and was illustrated, by Barbara McClintock. Robert Louis Stevenson, has written many other books, Barbara McClintock has also illustrated many other books. This book is about the adventures of childhood, and I grew up with my parents reading it to me.

There is no substantial plot or major characters. there are three favorite poems which I liked the most. The first one is called “My Shadow”, it is about a boy who believes that his shadow is a person. He calls it odd, because of its height, he also calls him cowardly, because he is always just behind the boy. Another one is called, “The Moon”. It is about all the things that are shined on by the moon. My favorite one is “The Swing”. It is about all of the things someone can see in one swing, from the garden in front of you to the hills over the fence, and the rivers that go swiftly along.

My mom grew up reading these poems, and so this is like passing it along to us. I would recommend this book to any parents who have restless children so that when you put them to bed they will probably just go to bed.