New Site!

Published November 24, 2013 by bmackgymnast

For anyone who comes to this blog, I will no longer be updating on this server. But, you can find the same site at www.books4nerds.com. This has all of the previous posts plus ones that will come in the future! Thank you!

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Good Morning!

Published November 23, 2013 by bmackgymnast

Good morning everyone! Todays review will be on the book H.I.V.E. (The Higher Institute of Villainous Education) by Mark Walden. This book is probably more in the fifth or sixth grade reading level, but still has a decent storyline. Basically, boys and girls from all over the world are taken to a top secret school for up and coming villains. When they are at this school,  they take classes in subjects like stealth and agility, villainy studies, and many others.

The storyline is rather continuous with no major plot twists or surprises until the last book in the series. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone of a highschool level as it is a lower level book. On the other hand, if and junior high/ middle school student were to come up to me with this book,  I would tell them it is a great book and that it was definitely something they would want to read.

Happy Hunger Games!

Published November 22, 2013 by bmackgymnast

In honor of the new Hunger Games movie, todays review is on Catching Fire! Although this wasn’t my favorite book in the Hunger Games trilogy, it was a very worthwhile read with plenty of surprises and great details. First of all, sending the victors back into the game was a great idea because it showed just how ruthless and horrible that the government was. Also, it was the perfect way for Katniss to really start the rebellion and become the Mockingjay without even realizing it. The ending was just as shocking as readers could hope for, and it created an impressive transition into the third book. All in all, it was a good book if only slightly boring in some places. Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!

~B

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Published November 22, 2013 by bmackgymnast

This novel has left me speechless. I have never read a more inspiring or heartbreakingly realistic novel in my life. This book shows the world through the eyes of a sixteen year old cancer patient, and yet it shows that no matter what happens in this world, there is always something good to look for.  Hazel Grace Lancaster, the main character, shows through her relationship with her family and her newfound friend Augustus that not everything is all bad and that even if you don’t have much time left, you can still try to live life to the fullest.

I believe that even though this novel is about a morbid and depressing topic, its message is optimistic and is a book that should be read by everyone at some point in their lives.

~B

The First Review

Published November 21, 2013 by bmackgymnast

Since this is my first review, I thought I would start with an uncommon book. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a fantastic book full of aliens, betrayal, and some pretty insane plot twists. The main character, Ender Wiggin, is forced into a world of loneliness when he is sent to battle school at age five. This isn’t just any battle school though. This school is thousands of miles into space, giving the students no way to communicate with their friends and family back on Earth. Readers become attached to Ender as he grows and matures far faster than any little boy should. He overcomes challenges that most people wouldn’t dream of, believing that battle school is a game. But is it really?

Without realizing this was a book, I went to see the movie first. And it was INCREDIBLE! After reading the novel, I realized that the movie followed the book, but had it’s own details that made the same story great in two different ways. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who asked. Thanks for reading 🙂

~B