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Thursday, May 12, 2016

KBAR 28: Amulet book 6: Escape From Lucien

     This week I read the graphic novel Escape From Lucien. I have enjoyed the amulet series, but I think the artists drawings have changed, and not in a good way. I liked the beginning of the series, when the book had an anime feel to it rather that the cartoon feel it has now. The plot of this book is clearly well thought out, and you can easily tell the author had planned to make the books a series from the start. The characters are phenomenal, especially their backgrounds. Though the plot is a little hard to follow, this book has a lot of emotion. Many think graphic novels are not considered books because they don't have as much writing, but graphic novels are interesting in that they give the readers a better idea of the feelings and emotions expressed throughout the story. It allows the reader to have a deeper understanding of the text. This series is extremely moving, and I would recommend it to anyone interested.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

KBAR 27: Cress

This week I read the book Cress by Marissa Meyer. This book is a third in the series The Lunar Chronicles. I have really enjoyed the series so far and this book was no exception. I liked the fast pace and the unpredictable aspect of the book. The way all of the characters' stories interlace each other's is astonishingly complex and exciting. I really enjoy the character Wolf, because he is so fierce and will protect Scarlet at all costs, yet he doesn't know what tomatoes are. I think he would be the best person to ever have your back and I would be happy to know that I can depend on him for anything. I have really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read.

KBAR 26: They Never Came Back

This week I read the book They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney. I typically expect a lot of emotional moments when I read something from Cooney, and my expectation was reached. Cooney's realistic portrayment of emotions for her characters in the book allowed for an exciting and relatable read. I enjoyed the way she introduced a story from the past and had it intertwine with something from the present. The entire time, I was one the edge of my seat as the two stories of Murielle and Cathy unfolded. I enjoyed the fact that I could predict obvious things like the fact that the two characters were the same person, but couldn't predict anything deeper than that. Though this book isn't as exciting as an action movie, Cooney's style of keeping readers on the edge of their seats with and emotional roller-coaster allowed for the opportunity to have the same effects as that of something from the action genre. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend as long as they know how to appreciate the way this story has an intricate structure and complexity.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Human Agency

Human agency definitely changes our life more than forces beyond our control. Though there are many parts of our lives that we don't have control over, our attitudes and actions towards these things can shape who we are more than the things themselves. For example, most people don't have a say in whether or not they go to school, but being forced to go to school doesn't necessarily mean you'll succeed. Your attitude and effort towards school will shape your success in the future. When people are forced to do something, like washing the dishes or taking out the trash, they still have control over how well they do that job or how much effort they put in. Though forces beyond our control can try to change us, it is inevitably our attitude and actions towards these forces that truly shapes us.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

KBAR 25: The Sorcerer's Stone(Major Spoiler Alert)

This week I read the first harry potter book. I always love this book because for the time you are reading it, you can forget that half of the characters in it died in the end. It is also heartwarming to see Harry at his most innocent. I also love seeing Ron and Hermione interact because they hate each other in the book, and it is fun to know that they end up together in the end. I would love to have a pet dragon, even if it was illegal. Though I would end up with more scars than I will ever need, it would be so cool and a great way to make dramatic entrances and exits(Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows escape from Gringotts). I am still waiting one my letter to Hogwarts, but until then I'll keep reading the books.