Latinx, magic, day of the dead, ceremonies, transgender, coming of age, culture, science fiction, young adult, fiction.
Yadriel wants to prove he’s a brujo worthy to be a part of the brujos. Despite being transgender, he still tries to convince his family to allow him to prove his worth. As they don’t want to accept his gender he will not stop trying to convince them. One night a spirit left the world and that spirit is their cousin. Defying the rules he goes to find where his cousin went and summons his spirit. Except that wasn’t his spirit but of a fellow high school student that died that year. Yadriel also accidentally summoned a relentless spirit that doesn’t want to leave. Yadriel has to clean up the mess he made and prove to his family his gender.
This was the most beautifully written young adult novel that I ever had read. I was so sad that this book was short and I had binge read this. This novel speaks so many truths behind the fiction of how some families in society do not accept their child’s gender and the pronouns that they prefer. I loved the ending and found it perfect. Usually there are only novels that have families either shun them or the protagonist is accepting of themselves. Never in between and this book made my heart warm and glow. There was some romance and a lot of science fiction going on. I loved it and I would’ve loved it more if there wasn’t a potential dead love interest. That got me bummed out in the end. Overall, I loved this novel and was so glad to have read it.
adult, science fiction, genetic, alchemy, fantasy, fiction.
had always lived a pretty normal life minus the constant seizures in her life.
Her parents have always had her on lockdown because of this. She never had a
normal life until she had convinced her parents to at least let her go to
public school, but even then, she felt like an outsider. When she came across a
mysterious photo and decides to pursue the photo’s location in which it was taken,
she discovers a secret lab of Nikola Tesla. As she learns more and more about
her unique powers, one side wants her dead whereas the other side wants her
alive. She had to make a risky decision to save her life and others as well.
enjoyed this unique novel but felt it was too cliched for my taste. A young
girl being hid away from the rest of the world and finding out she has
something incredible powers or something to that nature. I am fine with this
because unlike others this novel was written with in depth narrative. The plot
builds up to the climax was incredible and well thought into. I hate the fact
that this book left on a cliffhanger which means the author is bound to make a
sequel. I really hope that this novel becomes a series because it has immense
In this dystopian science fiction novel, it is set in
a time where firstborns are reared as important and great. Secondborns are
reared as lowly and unimportant to society. Firstborns are given good quality
jobs whereas secondborns are sent into servitude to the firstborns. It is time
for Roselle to go into servitude like her fellow secondborns on transition day.
When Roselle becomes a solider for The Fate of Swords, she realizes that she
must either do what she needs to survive or face death. Along the way she finds
allies who find being secondborn as an injustice and being treated differently
as wrong, she becomes apart of the rebellion. Roselle wants equality and fights
for that equality for all secondborns to be treated just as the same as
firstborns. No matter what the cost.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I was satisfied
with the plot. It is an interesting new addition to the world of science
fiction that isn’t so clichéd as well as it seems like it’s a new idea. I
personally thought that this book could’ve been more in-depth with the ideology
of firstborns and secondborns. However, it is well written and excellent at
capturing my attention when I first saw the title and read the small inadequate
synopsis on the back. I would say, if your interested in science fiction, give
this a read.
Stranger Things: Darkness on The Edge of Town – Adam
Science fiction, fantasy
Jim Hopper had adopted Eleven, named her Jane Hopper
but still calls her El. As the time of Christmas, it isn’t easy for Hopper. For
he had a family once before and lost his family in a tragic way. Eleven whose
curiosity wonders, asks Hopper of his past. Hopper doesn’t really wish to share
about his past, but he gives in and tells her from the beginning. Jim Hopper
worked as a detective homicide in N.Y.P.D. There had been three murders exactly
alike and it disturbs Hopper and his coworkers as well. Things become eerily
dark as truths surface and a sinister evil is looming over the entire town.
Hopper retelling all this to Eleven helps him cope with the past a bit more.
This novel was exceptionally good, and it was well
written. I enjoyed this novel as it is from one of my favorite shows, Stranger
Things. Hopper retelling to Eleven was equally as heart warming as Hopper
adopting Eleven as Jane Hopper. If one hasn’t seen Stranger Things, it is wise
to go watch it then to read this novel. I would’ve hoped that this book could
have been slightly better. This gives insight as to Hopper’s background, where
he came from, what experiences he went through before coming back to Hawkins,
Set in the year of 1876, William Johnson whom doesn’t
wish to go touring of Europe wants to go with Paleontologist and Professor
Marsh to the West to find fossils. After discussing with the professor to let
him go, taking photography lessons, and convincing his family to let him go,
William is ready to go West. Professor Marsh grows a bit suspicious of William,
thinking that William is a spy that was employed by Edward Drinker Cope,
Marsh’s was best friend into rival. Marsh abandons William behind because of
paranoia. William comes across said “rival” and decides to go with him. This
journey takes a turn for the worst.
I genuinely did enjoy this novel. Anything Michael
Crichton writes is a masterpiece. However, I feel like this literature was a
bit short and too quick paced. I prefer delayed gratification when it comes to
thrilling science fiction. I feel as if maybe Crichton could’ve expanded this
literature a bit more and go in depth. Otherwise it is phenomenal as Jurassic
Park and The Lost World but sadly without the dinosaurs and playing with
genetics. This feels as if this is a bridge to Jurassic Park since this is
about strictly finding fossils and Jurassic Park explores the consequences of
extracting DNA from amber to produce these extinct beings. Crichton should have
mentioned like a familiar ancestor to John Hammond. I am not the author, but I
feel like Crichton could have a lot of writing opportunities with this novel
A man was found wandering the desert, speaking nonsense at first, then dies shortly after being admitted to the hospital. In another part of the world, an archeologist grad students comes across a shocking discovery at a current site that dates to the medieval ages, among papers, a letter from the professor who is assisting the archeologists. What the shocking twist is that the professor went missing. ITC, a company who is funding the archeologist grad students and their investigations, give them an offer. The team can go back in time to rescue their professor and be able to take note of history. Whether they come back or not isn’t the matter, surviving in the past is harsh and unbearable. Quickly the archeologist grad students fight for their lives and try to survive to come back to the present.
Michael Crichton sort of disappointed me with this book. It wasn’t as thrilling as his “Jurassic Park” and “Lost World”. However, this novel was good with the plot line and such. Just a slight disappointment that’s all. I’d had such high hopes for this novel, but overall time travel is a fun subject when paired up with history interactions. Its just this novel wasn’t piece of work.
Mythological creatures, science fiction, fantasy,
fiction, young adult
Myreen, a teenager whose mother moved around many
times had always wondered why they kept moving around and the rules. Rules such
as no staying out after dark and never go swimming. Up until Myreen had it with
the rules decides to defy her mother and go out with her new friend Kenzie.
After coming home to find her mother dead and a guy taking her off to a school where
there are shifters. Oberon introduces her to a whole new world her mother kept
from her as well as the fact that Myreen is a mermaid. Myreen has trouble shifting
but later on finds out she is a chimera, she can shift into more than just a
mermaid, she’s also a siren and part vampire. She is now being hunted by not
just any vampire but her father. Myreen sees why her mother had to protect her
and forgave her a little.
I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more
of this series. Not much more to say other than this was an incredible book that
had a plot twist.
Identity, science fiction, romance, dystopian, classes,
young adult, fiction
In this dystopian novel, there are five factions;
Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. On the day that Beatrix or Tris
for short turns the right age to choose her new faction, she decides to go with
her fate with the Dauntless. However, she is harboring a dark secret of the
testing that happened just the day before that she had the results of a
different kind, a dangerous kind that if anyone found out she would be dead, Divergent.
So in order to survive, she must hide the fact that she is Divergent. Meanwhile
after joining Dauntless, this dark and tall stranger has his eyes set on Tris. This
stranger, named Four, opens to Tris. As their romance blossoms, dark things are
happening with the Dauntless. The ruthless leaders of Erudite and Dauntless
wants to control the dauntless to hurt the rest of the factions. Sadly, the
leader doesn’t get away with it. Tris and Four plus some now “rogue” dauntless members
are in the run.
As I recall this was a book I had read in high school, with my best friend’s recommendation. I simply had enjoyed the book and would reread it again over and over again.
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012.
Time travel, fiction, repetitive, science fiction,
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five is about this Billy Pilgrim time traveling through decades and through wars. Then he is abducted by aliens as well as travels through space. He becomes traumatized by seeing deaths and goes insane. There is a lot of going back and forth, the past and present.
This is what I could only remember from reading this god-awful book in high school. I absolutely hate this book. It is confusing, repetitive, and depressing to read. Not sorry to give it an extreme negative review. I’d rather read Stephanie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn than this.
Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. Slaughterhouse Five: Kurt Vonnegut. Perma-Bound, 1989.
In “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, it is a tale of
the future where all happens in a virtual world called OASIS. Wade Watts is a
teenager on a mission to decipher these riddles that was proposed by the father
of OASIS, James Halliday, who died and, in his wake, had left a competition to
get ownership of the OASIS. Seems easy just decipher the riddles and collect the
three keys. Wrong. They are hidden across the OASIS. In order to understand
where Halliday hid the keys, Wade had studied James Halliday’s autobiography
and history as well to possibly find the three keys. Wade isn’t the only one
trying to find the keys. Everyone wants to own the OASIS. Even a money hungry corporation
that threatens OASIS. With the help of his friends Aech, Shoto, Daito, and
Art3mis, they successfully find all three keys.
I have to say this book is incredible and well written
as well as well thought into. Very detailed and strong story line that keeps
one on their toes. A real page turner at that. I continuously reread this book.
Really loved how they explained in detail how society became after OASIS was integrated
into daily life. Also with that thought, it gave an insight of how technology can
become consuming. Even in the now, as I go out and about, I see people always
on their phone. That is getting off topic but relates to the book’s theme.
I had went and seen the movie. I was gravely disappointed that they didn’t fully follow the story line of the book. However, movies tend to be that way especially if they were books at first. Damn you Steven Spielberg… We were rooting for you..
Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One: a Novel. Crown Publishers, 2011