Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Staci Reviews Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

So, on November 8th, my world was altered and dramatically changed for the better by the author Christopher Paolini. Oh what a wonderful man, truly, I would marry his writing (not him, sadly he is too old for me). The final book in the Inheritance cycle, conveniently named Inheritance, came out and put a new standard on what a good book is, making all other books cower before its mighty story telling power. I managed to finish it in about four days (pretty good, since it was 850 pages…) and it proved to be the best in the entire series. Every page was a beautiful masterpiece I wanted to cling on to and never let go of its brilliance. This book should be printed on gold paper, it would be worthy. There were plot twists, prophecies fulfilled, and dragons, tons of magnificent dragons. Also elves, dwarves, urgals, werecats, and humans converging for battles of epic proportions, aiming to reach the king, which proved to be a culmination of everything awesome in the world put together and sold as a hardcover book for $27.99. But the best part is that I went to get this beautiful book signed by the author. I always swore to never let out one of those high-pitched fan girl squeals of idiocy, but I just barely contained it. He was right before me. Years of my life flashed before my eyes, making me relive the times of my early youth as I read the first book in the series, Eragon, then Eldest…Brisinger. I grew up to his fictional world, and it was almost a second life to me! Now I’m done…with the last one…I’m so lost. Completely and utterly lost, like part of my life just vanished. Now I have to move on, or I will never be able to.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Hunger Games Trailer!

May the odds ever be in your favor! Check out the newly released trailer of the Hunger Games movie in theaters in March 2012. Read it before you see it!

Friday, November 11, 2011

I Am Better than Your Kids - A Review

The most recent book I have read is I am Better than your Kids by Maddox. This book is the funniest book I have read in a very long time. This book isn't really a novel. It is a book filled with kid's pictures and other things children have done that Maddox basically makes fun of. Yes, that does seem very sadistic but it is just hilarious. This book is not for everyone though. You need to get a certain type of humor to actually find this book amusing. I showed this book to a lot of my friends while I was reading and they also found it hilarious. Although, I do know a couple of people who found this book horrid and cruel. From a certain point of view I can see how they find it cruel. “They are just kids. How can you find humor in making fun of their hard work?” people say. It is just a certain type of humor you need to have. People think if you like this book, you must hate kids. I love kids and I also loved this book. In the intro of this book, Maddox explains it all. Why he wrote it and why people find it amusing. It all makes sense in this book. This book is short and an easy read because it is not an actual novel. So, if you would like an easy read that will make you laugh, I suggest you give this book a try.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Teen Book Club

 A book club is always a fun way to read a variety of books from different genres and authors, but for many teenagers it is hard to find a book club with titles they are interested in.  WUHS has its very own book club specifically for students! If you would enjoy joining the book club, but aren't interested in some of the titles, the club is extremely flexible!  It is not mandatory to read every book every month; you can pick and choose which books you want to read and forget the rest.  Once a month the club meets in the library after school and discusses the chosen book of the month (treats are provided as well!).  The WUHS book of the month club is a fun way to get involved in school and read an assortment of different titles! Stop in at the school library and pick up the November book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach.  You can also visit the link listed below to see what books are in store for the rest of the year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

For Harry Potter Fans

 If you are a fan of Harry Potter and you haven’t heard of yet, keep an eye out for registration to begin!  I was lucky enough to be able to register early, and the site should be open to everyone any day now.  You can explore each book in detail, and as you explore you can unlock new content from J.K. Rowling.  She talks about decisions she made in the writing process (for example, why she chose not to use the metric system, and how, in doing so, she managed to anger her sister), and she also gives very detailed histories on favorite characters such as Professor McGonagall.  As you work your way through the first book, you get a wand in Diagon Alley, and you get sorted into one of the four Houses.  After that you can earn House points by brewing potions and collecting potions ingredients while exploring the chapters.  You can also participate in Wizard Duels, collect Chocolate Frog cards, and add your friends who are also registered so you can interact with them on the website. It’s definitely worth looking into for anyone who has enjoyed the books!