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Hi-Five: My Favorite Book

A Romantic Relationship; a Dangerous World

Divergent by Veronica Roth

By Hina Yu

Divergent book cover Did you read Divergent? Did you know that it was based on The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner?  Divergent was published in 2011 by Harper Collins; written by Veronica Roth, a New York Time’s best-selling author. This young-adult dystopian novel is full of adventure.  Divergent is suitable for readers aged 14 to 18. This book is about 16-year-old girl Tris that has a decision in the choosing ceremony, a ceremony where you decide on a faction. But little does she know that there will be danger ahead. Can she fight this danger? Or will her life end?

Please help us by commenting down below what you thought of the book. If you haven’t read it yet, you should!

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This book has an interesting  plot. The main plot in this book is about a faction (group) that invades another. I’v read many, many books, but have never went across a book where someone or something attacks the other. This attracted my attention and Divergent quickly became my favorite book. There are five factions in this group: Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Candor, and finally, Dauntless. Among these groups, one is planning something. One of them is attacked, and the other one is used.  Read the rest to find out which group is doing what!
Abnegation The Selfless

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FOUR

There are many, many, many characters in this book and yet, I must tell you one of my favorite characters. The characters in this book all have something special in them. But, since we are on the the “fourth” category, I want to talk about Tris’s amazing instructor and boyfriend: Four. Four is a character most boys will probably admire the most in this book. He is brave, smart, kind ( in a not really kind way), and has a lot of respect for Tris. He has a lot of things he is hiding, but to know that, you must read the whole book and unravel the secrets one by one. I promise you that this won’t be boring and that you won’t be able to put it down till the very last page.
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Amity The Peaceful

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THREE

I love Divergent because it was also made into a movie, and also because the book’s cover looked really cool and the cover felt really smooth. I naturally love to touch book covers. The Divergent book I bought (you know that books have hardcovers and paper cover right?) was the one that says, “ A Major Motion Pictures In Theaters March 2014.” That brought me curiosity for how the movie will be like and how different it would be. The movie was awesome. You should totally go check it out if you haven’t watched it yet. (I will link down the movie in the the bottom. I am the type that don’t feel comfortable seeing violent things in real life where you can visually see everything. So I watched it (I’m young so please don’t criticize me for being a coward) and I freaked out. 🙂
Candor The Honest
Candor The Honest

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TWO

There is a part in the book where Tris starts losing some important figures in her life. When I read that, I felt like I could relate. I never went to a proper funeral yet because none of our family members passed away. However, I had lost some important furry, fluffy hamsters on the way and I was (like Tris,) heartbroken. The only difference was that I don’t feel guilt ripping me to pieces. Instead, I started blaming myself for some mistakes I had caused for my pets. This ending was very sad and I cried when some things happened. (Sorry guys! But you don’t get to know the ending ‘cause I can’t spoil it for you!) 😀
Erudite The Intelligent
Erudite The Intelligent

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ONE

I never. I repeat. I never had a favorite book character before. I never admired anyone in a book before either. But, after I read this book, I was awed by Tris’s bravery and the sacrifices she had to make in the book. I feel like we are alike in some ways. I am reckless and I don’t (or I should say rarely) feel like I need protection, I can be very stubborn and is curious. I am not quick to forgive.  Almost all of Tris’s personality and characteristics are reflected on me.  (You guys might also have some of her personality inside you. You never know.)
Dauntless-The Brave
Dauntless-The Brave
ENDING (thoughts and feelings about the Divergent trilogy)
I feel like Tris is my hero and that nobody should be angry about the actions she took in any of the Divergent trilogy. You shouldn’t criticize Veronica Roth for anything that she did in any book. You can burn the book if you feel like you don’t want to see it but you shouldn’t because that will be crossing the line. Also, you will be wasting your precious money! Cherish the book and feel special that you have read something. Even if it is a small accomplishment, feel proud of yourself.  And as Veronica Roth says it, “BE BRAVE.”
As I promised, here is the movie link: https://watch32hd.co/watch?v=divergent_2014#video=uA81ilr9Fgs7UKari5RUmclXQ0GfgQeIrod5c3lLVA4
(P.S This movie is completely free and I can’t do anything about the ads so yeah. This does not belong to me all rights go to the creators that made “Divergent”)

Did you know that I tried to make the text colors the same as the factions’ represented color?

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Hi-Five: My Favorite Book

The Royal Son to the Rescue!

Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools By: Philip Caveney

By Mary SY

Darke: Prince of Fools by Philip Caveney, was published Random House in January 4, 2007. It is 272 pages of fantasy and adventure and perfect for children ages 10 to 14. This book takes place in Keladon, a magical land ruled by Princess Kerin, who is in danger of losing the throne. Fortunately, a young boy named Sebastian Darke intends to save the Princess, and together with friends find out who is behind all the misfortune in the kingdom. However, King Septimus, the king of the neighbor kingdom, intends to stop Darke and destroy Keladon.

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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools has great development of the characters, both protagonists and antagonists. Each character starts his own adventure and learns a lesson through out the whole story. Not only the characters are taught to trust each other, but they also understand the importance of teamwork and friendship. But, don’t worry, you’ll definitely learn a great, valuable lesson!

The characters are described very attractive, in fact,
The characters are described very attractive, in fact, Princess Kerin is described to have the beauty of an angel.

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Prince of Fools has very descriptive vocabulary. Each words gives a very precise description of what is going, and the reader can easily identify what is going on. However, it leaves rooms for imagination too! The words create a picture of the setting and overall events, yet it depends on the reader to work out the details.

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Prince of Fools is a book for people who like to read thick, long books, yet anyone who wants can enjoy it.

3-HiFive   You will definitely how Prince of Fools has a creative story and great details in the plot. Nowadays, not many books out there include an actual princess being rescued! And even so the book is a bit confusing, the plot itself explains the story to the reader even if he doesn’t understand it.

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Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools has plot that isn’t similar to any other book I have read, it ‘s amazing!

2-HiFive   Even so this book is quite long, Prince of Fools is very easy to read. At first while reading the book, you will find the vocabulary hard, but later, you will love how easily readable it is. After you finish one chapter, you will just want to read more and more!

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This book is so fun and easy to read, even a small child would enjoy it!

1-HiFive   I love how the author of Prince of Fools created each character is completely different from the others. Every one of them is unique and their back stories will fascinate you! You will fall in love with the main character – he is brave, easy-going, and completely hilarious!

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This is the author of the Sebastian Darke Series- Philip Caveney.

Series Preview: Dork Diaries

Dork Diaries series book review

By: Bella

What is this series all about? It’s a humorous story about a teenage girl called Nikki Maxwell who loves to write her diary . Her arch enemy, a super popular girl called Mackenzie Hollister is oftenly causing trouble for her, which makes the story exciting to read because you never know what Mackenzie will do next. Nikki’s BFFs, Zoey Franklin and Chloe Garcia are also funny, and will bring you laughter while reading. However, if you don’t like funny stories but you like romance stories, Nikki have a crush called Brandon which she’s trying to figure out if he really like her or not. That is the lovey-dovey part of the Dork Diaries series. If you want to know more about the series, you can go to dorkdiaries.com and there will be more information about it there. So, if you like romance or (especially) funny stories, this series might be a good choice for you!

Read ’til you drop: Books of 2014

By Katelyn Chen

2014 has passed, and next in line comes 2015. It’s a new year with new hopes and opportunities, but do you know what happened last year? So now, I am going to introduce you to the top five young adult fiction novels of 2014.

According to Goodreads, the number one popular novel of 2014 is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, book six of the series The Mortal Instruments. This book is the last book of the series, and is a dazzling and wonderful conclusion. In this book, Sebastian Morgenstern is turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter, who withdraws to Idris. This book includes betrayal, adventure, and danger. Read the book to find out more!

City of Heavenly Fire  by: Cassandra Clare NUMBER ONE
City of Heavenly Fire
by: Cassandra Clare
NUMBER ONE

Next comes The One, book three of The Selection by Kiera Cass. An exciting, emotional, and dangerous plot brings the perfect end to the series. In the book, Prince Maxon is stuck choosing between the last two finalists, America and Kriss. However, rebels keeps on attacking, and this time it’s the Southern Rebels, who are more deadly and always kills someone when they attack. What happens in the end of the book, is for you to find out yourself.

The One by: Kiera Cass NUMBER TWO
The One
by: Kiera Cass
NUMBER TWO

In third place is Cress by Marissa Meyer, book three of the series The Lunar Chronicles. In Cress, Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlett, and Wolfe are fugitives on the run, trying to stop Queen Levana from marrying Emperor Kai. They find a girl named Cress, who has been living on a satellite since childhood, making her an excellent hacker. Depending on Cress to help them overthrow Queen Levana, they have an incredible journey and adventure.

Cress by: Marissa Meyer NUMBER THREE
Cress
by: Marissa Meyer
NUMBER THREE

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, book three of Shatter Me, comes in fourth place. In the final book of the series, Juliette doesn’t know if any of her friends are still alive, and can only rely on Warner, commander of Section 45. However, she doesn’t know if she can trust him, though he saved her life and promised Juliette to help her master her powers and save the world. This story is suitable for people who enjoyed reading Divergent, Hunger Games, or Legend.

Ignite Me by: Tahereh Mafi NUMBER FOUR
Ignite Me
by: Tahereh Mafi
NUMBER FOUR

Finally, coming in fifth place is the last and final book of The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus. In The Blood of Olympus, the crew of Roman and Greek demigods on the Argo II must try harder to stop Gaea’s minions, the giants from helping Gaea wake, thus needing the blood of two demigods; one boy and one girl. The Athena Parthenos will be carried to Camp Half-Blood to stop the war between them and Camp Jupiter, while Argo II will be heading for Gaea. Without the help of the gods (who are suffering from multiple personality disorder), the Athena Parthenos, how can a team of seven demigods stop Gaea?

The Blood of Olympus by: Rick Riordan NUMBER FIVE
The Blood of Olympus
by: Rick Riordan
NUMBER FIVE

2014 had many wonderful books, and these are just five of them. Look forward to books in 2015, which will be just as interesting and fun as these! 

Pros & Cons of Percy Jackson

By: LiT
   In 2005, the first Percy Jackson book, the Lightning Thief, was published, soon became the most popular book. nowadays, the Percy Jackson series, plus the two series that came after it, is still some of the most loved stories, and the latest book, Blood of Olympus is one of the most wanted book ever. Though, personally, I don’t like Percy Jackson stories that much, I made an effort to understand why it so popular, and discover the reasons for my dislike for Percy Jackson.
Why is Percy Jackson so liked by kids? A lot of people says it is the Greek mythology. But I think it’s because though Greek mythology takes place in the past, Rick Riordan’s stories take place in the present. It includes many things that kids are familiar with and gives the readers an interesting view at the Percy Jackson world. The modern language Rick Riordan uses also makes the stories a lot more likable. It takes the stories closer to the readers than any other stories. Instead of taking the readers to another world, the stories fit comfortably into the readers’ world. The characters themselves also use languages that many kids today uses, with a lot of sarcasm. The entire story is seen through teenagers’ eyes, and makes the readers more fond of the characters. Occasionally, a modern device shows up, like an iPad, something most older stories don’t have, but it an everyday thing for the readers. Moving the entire setting to a well-known country and make the stories more popular. Like putting Olympus on top of the Empire Building in New York, and sticking the Underworld entrance in Los Angeles. He also changed the myths, so they won’t be completely boring and monotone, such as making Daedalus three thousand years old. The gods, their enemies, and the demigods also have very distinct personalities. Sometimes the personalities are somewhat absurd, yet amusing. Like the ballet loving giant that lives in the sewers of Rome.
   Why don’t I like Percy Jackson? One of the reason is that, like many stories, the minor characters have to die for the major characters. But in this case, it seems more pronounced. Bob, the Titan, and Damasen the giant both sacrificed themselves to save Percy Jackson and his girlfriend, though neither Bob nor Damasen owe Percy and Annabeth anything. To make matter worse, Bob and Damasen both wanted to be free and “see the sun and stars again,” something that both haven’t done in a long time. They could have easily escaped their fate, but Rick Riordan doomed them. Of course, if Bob, or Damasen haven’t died, Percy would have gotten away too easily, but at least, one of them could have survive, and Percy and Annabeth could have suffered more casualties.
Also, Rick Riordan could have made the characters more life-like, and think more like a normal person, and not winning simply by sheer luck. A few hits on a monster’s head on it’s dead. Sure, if every monster’s battle is long-winded, it will not be extremely boring story to read, but there could be a lot fighting and closer calls and the hero or heroine could be the one finally killing the major monster.
   These are just my opinions, and I hope that I have not insulted you if you are a Percy Jackson lover, but only gave you another view to look upon.