Thursday, June 21, 2012

Legend by Marie Lu


June is a military prodigy. Day is a mastermind criminal. Either way you cut it, these two are on opposite sides of the coin and utterly unrivaled in their clever abilities.

When June’s brother is murdered and Day is accused they find themselves on a collision course headed straight towards each other. June is looking to avenge her brother and Day is trying to save his family but neither of them knows the truth of what’s actually going on in the Republic.


"You should have taken me with you," I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother's killer.

I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine."


The first thing I said after reading Legend: Whoa!!! The passionate emotions of Day and June force you to feel the intensity of loss, hope, and everything in between. Marie Lu creates a thrilling and sinister futuristic world that’s a definite must read!  

Reviewed by: Lostnthestacks

*Note: Marie Lu will be visiting the Irving Public Library on July 19th, 2012!!! Click here for more details.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

 The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford's "ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.” Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African American literature and women's literature.

Their Eyes Were Watching God helps portray the struggles and experiences that a female teenager faces as they approach womanhood. The main character Jane struggles to find the right husband that truly loves her for who she is and does not try to control her. She goes through many different men before finding the right one, called "Tea Cake." This book is great for teenagers especially girls to read because it shows how Janie lives her life and the trouble she goes through to find the right man. It also shows her maintaining her courage and independence even when things do not happen the way she planned. It also helps understand the difficult lives that African Americans lived in the beginning of the 1900's especially because of racial discrimination.

Favorite Quote:
"Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly." 

Of Mice & Men

Based on John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of two travelling companions, George and Lennie, who wander the country during the Depression, dreaming of a better life for themselves. Then, just as heaven is within their grasp, it is inevitably yanked away. The film follows Steinbeck's novel closely, exploring questions of strength, weakness, usefulness, reality and utopia, bringing Steinbeck's California vividly to life. Written by Amy Thomasson
The classic John Steinbeck tale of two friends - George and Lennie - who wander the country during the Depression. Lennie is mentally retarded and doesn't know his own strength causing frequent problems for his companion George. An incident with a young girl leads to a tragic end for this classic American tale.

I highly recommend this book to read at least once in your lifetime especially since it is a very short novel and can be finished within a day. It makes readers visualize different perspectives of all the characters in the novel and makes you think closely about your own stance and preference if you were placed in the same situation as the characters in the novel. For example, readers are forced to think on how they would treat people who are mentally or physically impaired and realize the true value of friendship. This book can also be very sad at times, but make a different person by the end of the book. It relates to everyday human life which makes it a great book to read.

Favorite Quote:
"Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place. . . . With us it ain’t like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don’t have to sit in no bar room blowin’ in our jack jus’ because we got no place else to go. If them other guys gets in jail they can rot for all anybody gives a damn. But not us." - George


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