Saturday, November 3, 2012

Litspiration Challenge: Word Art

Wordle: Harry Potter Word art
Wordle: The Kill Order By James Dashner


These are both Wordle word art. The first is for The Kill Order (left) by James Dasher, and the second for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (right) by JK Rowling. I created the left by taking my book review and narrowing it down to some powerful words, and then proceeded to add my own. I chose that theme because it looked king of chaotic, like the entire world was in the story when the disease was released. I chose to do word art for these books because I had featured them in my book reviews. For the second word art, I decided to make my own new document, and put in entirely new words that I found powerful in the book, Harry Potter 4. I searched through themes and found this cool black and white theme. I chose to use it because it reflected Harry's world after being chosen. Everything was bleak, and his friends turned against him because they thought he had cheated his name into the Goblet of Fire. He had no support, and little hope. Thank you for looking at this word art.

My Awesome Review for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


            The summer holidays drag on, and Harry Potter can't wait to return to the magical world of Hogwarts to see his friends, Ron and Hermione, and his beloved headmaster, Dumbledore. In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry is now faced with a new challenge. Rumor has it that this year there will be a Triwizard Tournament. It's a skill testing and deadly challenge that guarantees fame and glory for the winner, and everyone is excited at the prospect of this. But there is one problem: The challenge is for those 17 and older. 14-year-old Harry will have to try again next year... or will he? When Harry's name is mysteriously chosen from the Goblet of Fire, tempers escalate and everyone wonders the same thing: What will young Harry do next?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth installment in the popular series by JK Rowling. This book delves deep within our imagination, and Rowling tells it with such description that it is extremely easy to picture all of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's adventures. I have no real negative comments for this book, for it has a perfect balance of description and holding the interest of the reader. I was constantly engaged, and marveled at Rowling's imagination of how she so easily conjures a great story. I think the theme of this book is “Bravery Goes a Long Way” because when Harry is outcast from his friends for supposedly cheating to get into the tournament, he powers through it, and has to be brave to get through this great challenge before him. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to step into a magical world of both action and adventure alike.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Epic Review for The Kill Order by James Dasher

-Side Note, thought this was pretty cool.

By James Dashner    

Mark had just barely survived the deadly sun flares not long ago and now the disaster seems to finally be over. After so many perils maybe he and his friends can finally build a new life. Maybe he can finally live without being in constant fear. Maybe… or maybe not. Now, a new disaster is spreading, a deadly biological disease that could wipe out the entire planet. Mark and his friends have only one goal: survival! They will do whatever it takes to try to find safety. But they are racing the clock for they already may be infected, on their way to going completely insane.
            The Kill Order is a thrilling book that you just can’t put down that takes place in the post-apocalyptic future. It is gripping, imaginative, and the action never stops. I really liked the author's use of descriptive language, and how much detail there was. An example is: “Screams tore through the air as panicked people fled in every direction.” The target audience is teenagers as they can relate to the main characters and the overall action theme. A negative about the book is that it got slightly boring in a few parts. For example, Dashner talked on and on about something as simple as walking, and my interest was lost. Despite this, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action novels. I think the theme of this book is “when you are together, anything is possible.” Sure, it sounds cheesy, but I think this because they try to stay together the entire book. From hoarding off the insane to taking down a blimp full of biological weapons, they always work as a team. Overall, I think this is an excellent piece of literature and hope the author produces more in this series.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Deltora Shadowlands: Cavern of the Fear By Emily Rodda Book Review

Deltora Shadowlands: Cavern of the Fear

             By Emily Rodda

Lief thought that he had defeated the Shadow Lord long ago. He could not have been more distant from the truth. Deltora Shadowlands: Cavern of the Fear is set in Del, a land once ravaged by sadness and darkness. Lief and his friends, Barda and Jasmine, once defeated the Shadow Lord and sent him back to the oblivion of darkness that is the Shadowlands. Still, they could only spread so much light, and now the Shadow Lord is rising back to power. This time, there is only one way to defeat him, and it is nearly impossible. Lief and his friends must find the Pirran Pipe, an instrument of ancient power, if he is to succeed in defeating the Shadow Lord and spread light further into the depths of the Shadowlands. Can Lief, king of Deltora, really manage to drive out an ancient evil that is now stronger than ever?
Emily Rodda uniquely and creatively tells of the magic and monsters in the land of Deltora. This book is fast-paced, and allows you to always wonder; “what’s going to happen next?” I will admit, this book is a little slow to start, and we sit there for a while just reading about life and such in Del. The real action starts when they find a map to the Pirran Islands, and go on a quest to search for the magical Pirran Pipe.  My personal favorite part of this book was when they find the first of the islands containing the Pirran Pipe pieces, home of the Plume tribe. There, they had to battle a great squid-like beast, capable of ripping them limb from limb. This fantasy book keeps you reading right to the end. In my opinion, the theme was “light will always drive out darkness”, meaning that Lief is like a shining light, driving out the Shadow Lord’s darkness. I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy adventures. I was very impressed at how Rodda so easily creates a magical adventure like no other.