Goodreads Synopsis:Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.
With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack’s past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.
- Like I've said before, triple Hale = triple the fun!
- I love this retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk! It is kinda steampunky!
- I think it is kinda weird that Rapunzel still carries her cut off braids around for lassos. Couldn't she get a rope now?
- I like how the giants ran the city and were causing havoc. It was a cool twist to the original giants.
- Poor Jack is not the confident schemer he was in Rapunzel's Revenge. He has some self doubt, and I like that he has to find his courage.
- The Illustrations are great, of course.
- I liked the new members of the gang. I liked the inventor guy (I can't remember his name), but he was fun. I really liked the pixies, and I loved the crazy beasts guarding the tower.
- I read this to my daughter, and she loved it! Gnome kept expressing concern for Jack, and she really wanted those giants to go down! This is a great read for kids and their parents.
My Synopsis: - Anya and her family have moved to America from Russia, and Anya doesn't like being reminded that she's an immigrant. - Anya is a typical self conscious teen. She worries about her weight and where she fits in at school. Her only friend is an outcast and a loser. - She also has a huge crush on a cute and popular boy, but he already has a beautiful girlfriend, of course. - While in a huff, Anya falls down an abandoned well, and meets a ghost. - At first, this ghost is awesome, and she is really helping Anya in a lot of ways, but things aren't always what they seem. My Thoughts: - I can see why someone like Neil Gaiman call this a masterpiece. It is pretty creeptastic, especially towards the end.
- I can kinda relate to Anya. I feel self conscious and fat too. - I wish Anya had learned more of lesson. Yes, she learned from a mistake and made things better, but I really wanted there to be more about self worth. Anya thought she had to be thin to be cool. She also thought she needed to smoke to be cool. I wanted Anya to learn to like herself for who she was. - The story is supposed to be all about Anya, but in a way the story shifts and it becomes all about Emily, the ghost. I liked Emily's story, and I wouldn't take it out of the book, but I wish the focus had stayed on Anya and her struggles. - The illustrations were fun and cartoony. I liked the style.
Goodreads Synopsis: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
- I can see why people had a hard time with this book, but overall, I thought it was good.
- I didn't like switching between Tris and Tobias's POV. It was confusing at times, and it took me a while to get used to Tobias. In the end, I understand why the author did the alternating POVs though.
- There were some boring parts in the middle. I felt the characters were just talking about a lot of info. There was a lot of telling and not as much showing. All the info was important though, and I don't know how else the story could have explained everything.
- The main thing that bugged me about this book was how Tobias and Tris fought like children. It was so immature, and it really bugged me. I felt like Tobias took a big step backwards in his maturity. He kind of threw fits, and the stuff that came out of his mouth was so dumb.
- My honest opinion of the end is that I'm okay with it. The decision Tris made was very much in her character. I felt like all three books were building her character into making this decision. Her parents would be proud of her.
- The author is gutsy!
- As far as the overall problem with the government and the people, I didn't feel like it was totally resolved. I still feel like the whole civilization could still turn into turmoil, and I would have liked the characters to resolve the whole government and gene thing.
- Overall, it wasn't amazing, but I thought it was good.
My Synopsis: - The book is about three stories. - The first is about a boy named Jin Wang. He is new at his school, and he just wants to fit in and make friends, maybe even take his crush out on a date. - The second story is about the monkey king. I remember watching this old Chinese fable on wishbone. The monkey king wants to become more than what he is. He even challenges the gods. - The third story is about Danny. His super annoying Chinese cousin, Chin-Kee, is visiting him. Chin-Kee is making life miserable and embarrassing for Danny. My Thoughts: - I was not expecting this book to be so crazy, silly, and confusing. It was awesome in a weird sort of way. - I knew these stories would all make sense in the end, and I was surprised on how they converged. The three stories seem so different, but they are connected. - I liked the illustrations and the way the some of the panels showed movement and action. I also liked that this one was in color. - This book had a good message. I liked that! After all the craziness, there was a lesson to learn. - I can definitely see why this book won an award!
Goodreads Synopsis: After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It's pretty terrifying. Maggie's big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn't been the same.
Besides her brothers, Maggie's never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don't have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures.
Missing mothers...distant brothers...high school...new friends... It's a lot to deal with. But there's just one more thing.
MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.
- The illustrations are awesome! I really love the art style! It is one of my favorites!
- The characters were really fun and relateable. I remember going through some of these situations and feelings in school.
- I wanted more story about Maggie's mom. Why did she leave? What happened to her?
- I liked the dynamic between Maggie and her brothers. I can relate!
- I usually blow through graphic novels pretty fast, but I really wanted to savor this one. It was good!
My Synopsis: - Dennis Ouyang is intrigued by video games. When the NES comes out, he freaks! - Sadly, Dennis's father thinks that video games are waste of time and money. - Dennis is weighed down by his father's rules and expectations, but when his father passes away, FREEDOM! - Dennis becomes an all out gamer! However, his gaming gets in the way of his studies, and Dennis is floundering in school. - Some "messengers" come to help Dennis fulfill his destiny (aka the life his father wanted him to have), and Dennis decides to give up his gaming ways. - Dennis doesn't hate his new life, but he doesn't love it either. He must choose his own way of life instead of doing what his father would want him to do. My Thoughts: - I LOVE the cover of this book. I often held it like a real Gameboy and pretended to hit the buttons. - The story made me reminisce about the good ole' days of playing Mario and other games. The NES was a good console. - For me, the story wasn't really finished. I wanted a little more at the end. - The "angels" were creepy! I would hate to be haunted by those things, but I would appreciate all the help with chores. - I like that Dennis makes new friends in med school, and I like that school isn't totally miserable in his new life. - The illustrations were fun and really simple. I think it would have been cool if the illustrations had been done to look like 8-bit. - Not my favorite graphic novel, but it was fun. A definite must-read for gamers!