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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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Eclipse (Twilight Saga #3 ) by Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse (Twilight Saga #3 )

riley.mitchell24, June 14, 2010

Imagine yourself as a 18 year old girl who's world has been completely twisted by a living fantasy. But do not think of this fantasy as sweet and friendly, instead imagine yourself torn between your best friend who is a werewolf, or the one you feel is your significant other and they happen to be a vampire. Well you have just momentarily stepped into the shoes of Bella Swan, in the book Eclipse, by best selling author Stephenie Meyer. This book is the third book in the Twilight Series. In this mystical and mythical book, Bella Swan struggles to decide if she loves her best friend, Jacob Black, or if she really loves who she feels is her soul mate, Edward Cullen. While this is going on, there are increasing amounts of deaths in the Seattle area, which they soon find out their old vampire enemy, Victoria is behind. Victoria's mate was killed by Edward in the last book (New Moon) and now she is set out to kill Bella to get revenge. In this war, the wolves and vampires will have to put aside their old truce and join forces to defeat this evil vampire. Who wins will be for you to find out! While reading this book, I felt overwhelming emotions such as fear, excitement, and anxiety because of how Stephenie Meyers can paint the image in your mind. To me I feel more like I am watching a movie than reading a book! I believe her intended age group for this book would be from 14 years of age and up, just because of its language and sexual content. Last but not least, I liked how detailed her writing was, how even if you are a guy you could feel Bella's emotions, and how even without tons of cliffhangers you will always want to keep reading! A description of Victoria that I thought was detailed was this passage: " Her eyes were black with thirst. She did not smile, as she always had in my nightmares-her lips were pressed into a tight line. There was a striking feline quality to the way she held her coiled body, a lioness waiting for an opening to spring. Her restless, wild gaze flickered between Edward and me, but never rested on him for more than a half-second. She could not keep her eyes from..." So if your into dramatic teen romance novels with a twist of fantasy, Eclipse would be a great book for you to read!
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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Princess Academy

riley.mitchell24, June 10, 2010

Imagine yourself as a 14 year old girl who has lived in the small village of a Mt. Eskel all your life, when you hear that a Prince is going to select a girl from you're village to become his princess. Well this is exactly what Miri experiences in the book, Princess Academy. To be concise, everyone in the village is constantly working, except for Miri. Because of this, she feels left out but she is still very close to her father and sister while favoring her best friend named Peder. Unexpectedly, on an ordinary day a messenger from the King came to announce that in a year the Prince will come to their village, and a princess from Mt. Eskel will be chosen. But in order for a girl to be picked, they will all attend a "Princess Academy" to learn the ways of noblewomen. Who ever the prince chooses at the end of the year will be the princess. Miri will meet many new girls and learn new things with the help of a mean teacher. In the end, unexpected events will occur and many surprises will form as you read. A preview later in the book: "She kicked and screamed and tried to get her teeth into his hand, but she was so small and her attacker so strong. He carried her back to the academy writhing under his arm and dumped her on the floor of the bedchamber." I believe that the author's intended age group varies from young teen to young adult (around 13-20), but it could be fairly enjoyable for older readers if you love reading about how people go through challenges and friendships. While reading this I felt very interested in the text, and I feel like it is a well thought out story with balanced details. If you find teamwork, action, friendship, and secrets appealing, then "Princess Academy," by Shannon Hale would be a great book for you!
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The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain #1) by Lloyd Alexander
The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain #1)

riley.mitchell24, June 7, 2010

If you are the type of reader who enjoys the mythical wonders of fantasy, love things that relate to the Medieval Times, or would just enjoy an adventure in a book, then "The Book Of Three," by Lloyd Alexander would be an excellent choice for you to read. In my honest opinion, this is a well thought out book with twists and turns throughout its events, but even though I could say it involves a lot of action, there are a few things that could have been improved. First of all, the main character in this story is a 12-14 year old boy named Taran, who has to travel on a journey with many new companions joining him along the way to get Hen Wen safe. (Hen Wen is a white pig with a corky personality that can see what will happen in the future, and a anonymous ruler named "The Horned King," is trying to steal her and use her powers in his favor.) Second, while reading this book I felt many different emotions such as fear, excitement, anxiety, relief, and the classic adrenaline rush. As in many books, you will find that the author will leave cliff hangers at the end of the chapters. An example would be, "Calling to the bard and Eilonwy to follow quickly , Taran ran on ahead. He stopped suddenly. To his left, on a high shelf of rock, crouched an enormous wolf with golden eyes and a lolling red tongue. Before Taran could draw his sword, the lean animal sprang." After reading that, I had become extremely curious if Taran would kill him, the wolf would kill Taran, or maybe even something unexpected could take place. Third, I kind of like the authors style of writing, but I have to admit that many times in the plot, he will peed through little events, but then make big deals about the events you're suppose to remember. I think if he put more detail into the awkward transitions, maybe the reader (including myself) would be able to understand the book better. But all in all, I consider this book worth reading a great adventure story that shows that you cannot complete something alone, because teamwork and friendship are portrayed so often.
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