What I read: Skullduggery Pleasant, Derek Landy, fiction, 128 pages, 3.5 of 5
How it starts: Samantha’s uncle has just died, and though he was super weird she still loved him and enjoyed being around him occasionally. Her cousins, aunt, and uncle never loved him but because he was a super rich successful author they hope he’ll give them some stuff in his will. When shockingly Samantha is invited to attend the reading of his will it becomes super obvious that she will get most of the stuff he had. And she does. Her uncle and his family get a brooch and boat, her dad and mom get a French Villa and a car, and she gets a full blown house.
How it gets complicated: While she is at her uncles house she gets left alone because the car tire popped. She feels safe and starts exploring the house. All of a sudden a monster thing comes through the window and starts attacking her. Then a talking skeleton saves her using magic.
What I liked: The book is super short and simple. There isn’t very many difficult words and no deep topics.
What I disliked: Because the book is simple the series is broken up into books like you would a book. You have the opener, the training montage and a bunch of little side quests along the way.
Recommendations: The book is heavily FANTASY. It’s short and super straight-forward. So more beginning readers yeah. and also readers looking for something short and sweet.
What I read: Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, historical fiction, 278 pages, 4 out of 5 stars
How it starts: Jean Louise has come home from New York City to her hometown of Maycomb Alabama. She meets her boyfriend, aunt, father, and uncle. She starts to notice some stuff going around about different practices that have change (i.e. not visiting black folks, and a city council being set up.) She notices that her family, who have always been very anti-prejudice, have starting to attend the city council meetings, get mad at her for visiting her old black friend, and not defending the blacks as rigorously as they used to.
How it get complicated: She finds her father and boyfriend attending a city council meeting in which a man is speaking about how terrible black people are. She thinks that her father, boyfriend, and aunt are becoming as prejudice as the rest of the town. She goes to her uncle and tries to get him to help her understand whats going on.
What I liked: It is a deep book that talks about the civil rights movement and why it happened and how it could have been avoided. It is a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird and addresses some issues in that book as well as revisiting her childhood. It talks about how people like to think that we have changed from the Civil War and stopped being as bad of people, but we really haven’t.
What I disliked: It’s super confusing and sometimes hard to understand. Some people think that the main character’s father is a prejudiced in this book but I don’t think so.
Recommendations: I would recommend this book, I think it’s super good, and I really loved it. For anyone who loves historical fiction or thinks that some stuff that gets super deep is good, then I think they would like it
What I Read: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling. The book is fiction and is 759 pages. 4.5 stars out of 5
How It Starts:
17 year old wizard Harry Potter is planning on going out with his friends to try and kill the evil wizard Lord Voldemort. However, they have to stay at his friend Ron’s house for Ron’s brother’s wedding. They have to move Harry to Ron’s house secretly so you-know-who doesn’t kill them. They are constantly worrying about He-who-must-not-be-named infiltrating the Ministry of Magic and making it illegal for them to try and kill him.
How it gets complicated
You-know-who infiltrates the Ministry making Harry and his friends criminals. To top it off they have to find 4 items that You-know-who impeded with his soul if they want to kill him. These items are protected by powerful spells that make it hard to get to. On top of it all they learn some shocking truths about Harry’s mentor Albus Dumbledore.
What I liked
It’s a really good book that has lots of adventure and mystery. It also deals with important subjects like giving people second chance even when they screwed up royally. It’s also super sad because it’s a series and several people we’ve met die. It’s also a long book so It’s good for long car rides. It also shows how some people who have experienced loss can have to deal with it for the rest of their like (Harry’s Parents being dead.)
What I disliked
Not much, it is a long book so not good for people who just want to get through a quick read. It can also get boring because of how long it is and sometimes all it is is people talking