Blog #5 Final Steelheart Post

First of all, I’d like to start with how much I enjoyed the Steelheart novel. It had so many scenes that rose questions about heroes and villains, and even how humans play a part in their lives. One point we can take away is how for there to be a good hero there needs to be an even better villain, so the hero or protagonist of the story can e printed in an even better light. As for humans, I believe they can be considered heroes, even without superhuman skills. I think to make a good hero you just have to be willing to sacrifice yourself in order for the audience to really connect and see the character as a hero. I liked the surprise ending a lot, and all the hints that lead up to it. The only thing that I wish was explained a bit more in this novel is how the epics received their powers. I also would have liked to learn more about Megan after her surprise reappearance and more about prof.  Lastly, for our podcast me and my partner are going to focus on the theme of revenge as well as the villains. We are focusing on the villains because they are obviously a large part of the novel and it’ll be nice to go more in-depth on them. Then we are focusing on revenge because this is a very prominent emotion David feels throughout the whole book so we wanted to discuss whether or not it’s a viable/ethical motive.  All in all Steelheart was a great read!

Blog #4 Series Planning

The series I chose was the Steelheart series! I chose this because we read the first one in class, and I really enjoyed it and would like to see what happens next. I’ve already read the first book and plan on reading the second one by the end of March and the third by the end of April. My plan is to read every chance I get, whether it be when I’m bored or before I go to sleep!

Book Show and Tell – The Talisman

The Talisman is about a young boy named Jack Sawyer. His mother is greatly ill and all he wants is to find a way to save her. One day he meets an old man, Speedy Parker, who teaches him about the wonderful world of the Territories. It’s a dimension which coincides with our own. Jack soon learns that the territories are in great danger and that his mothers twinner (a reflection of the people in his own dimension) is also very sick, and the only way to save both is to find the talisman in California. He then embarks on a great journey from the east coast to the west and we follow him through all of his encounters as he travels and flips between worlds. We read as he learns about his fathers mysterious death, his evil uncle, and as he turns into a brave young man. Overall I enjoyed this book immensely. It is suspense throughout and always keeps you on the edge of your seat! It is definitely one of my favorites. I would recommend this to any who enjoys fantasy or thrillers. If you like suspenseful books then you’ll greatly enjoy this one!

Blog #3 Bookish Comforts

I’ve always loved reading and with that comes a lot of bookish comforts.  A few of mine that matched up with jessethereader’s are when you walk through a book store just looking at all the stories, and when book adaptions accurately capture the heart of a book. I also really relate to daydreaming about my future home library as well as reading on a rainy day. Not to mentions relating to the characters personally and really being engulfed by the story. Of course, there are many more bookish comforts that I could go on and on about.

Books always bring me comfort when I can relate to the characters or when the story itself is just happy and hopeful. One book I’ve always really enjoyed is Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp. It is just a very comforting, peaceful, and happy story about a boy finding the meaning of life in a little town. I don’t know why I’ve always liked the book so much but when I finish reading it I’m always left happy and grateful.

Personally, the most perfect “Bookish” activity to me would be reading outside. Particularly, my favorite thing to do is go on a little hike to a pretty place on a warm summer day and just read for hours in nature. I don’t think anything can get much better than that, no distractions, a pretty view, and spending a whole day outside. It’s just absolutely perfect! Or if that’s not an option a close second is setting up a ton of blankets on my tramp and bringing snacks to have a mini picnic while I read!

Blog #2 Steelheart’s Backstory

” Why are you like this?” Young Steelheart asked his sister. Of course, he went by Declan back then, he wouldn’t be known as Steelheart for another year or so.

“Because why would I try to do good if nothing good ever happens to me,” his sister answered. She had just stolen an apple from a young child.  Food was scarce for them. She’d become cynical after their parent’s death. He hadn’t seen her smile since that day, it was only a year ago but it seemed like an eternity.  Their parents were killed the day Calamity came. Declan and his sister were left orphaned, alone, to fend for themselves on the streets of Chicago. She was happy before, and it pained young Declan to see his sister suffer. He still believed in the good of humanity but it was getting harder when his only family was so pessimistic.

“Still don’t you believe in Karma? Or helping others less fortunate?” Declan begged, hoping for any hint of sympathy or goodness in his sister’s response. Anything at all to help keep him positive and giving, for those were the characteristics his parents were best known for. Instead of a loving response, his sister pulled him in close and said in a sharp tone,

” Do you really think any of that matters? Bad things happen to the best people. Look at what happened to mom and dad. Bad things will happen to you no matter what. The world is bad and even if you try your hardest to help make it a better place someone will come along and try even harder to ruin it. So stop caring about everyone else and start caring about yourself, you are number one always. If you have a heart of steel then you can never be hurt.”

Declan’s head was pounding, he couldn’t believe what his sister had just said. He was so fragile then, he didn’t know what to think or believe. He wanted so badly to be good but it was getting harder and harder these days.  Then with almost impeccable timing, an epic rose above them in the sky.  He wore a mask darker than night and was shooting pure energy from his hands at any passing bystander unfortunate enough to be standing in his aim.

Declan looked at his sister, too stunned to know what to do and looking for some sort of direction. “Run,” she tried to scream but was cut short. The epic had hit her and she was pulverized mid-word.  Declan screamed for his sister, all that he had left was gone. Then a strong force wrapped around him and pulled him into the sky. He struggled but soon gave up knowing where he was going, Calamity. Everything he loved had been ripped away from him. It was then with the image of his sister and her last words in his mind that his heart turned to steel.

Blog #1 Introduction

Hello! I’m Lynlee and one thing I’ve always loved to do is read. It’s something I always enjoyed even when I was younger. I started learning to read when I was 4 years old! I was even reading small chapter books by the time I was in second grade. When I was younger I really liked the Percy Jackson series, they were definitely some of my favorite books. I also really liked the book series Remembering Isaac which is realistic fiction about a town potter. Now one of my favorite things to do is read outside on a nice summer day, or if it’s bad weather to curl up in bed and read a good book. Lately, my favorite books to read are ones by Stephen King. I really like mysteries and when they are spooky and intense. Personally, I prefer to read books one at a time so I can remember all the details and really get into the story line.  Lastly, my favorite types of books to read are any books that have a mystery or leave you sitting on the edge of your seat! And that’s all about me as a reader!

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