A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki is a meta fiction novel that expresses interesting concepts about time and life. This book features two perspectives told both in the present and past. Both narrators are Japanese- American, so it was a new perspective for me to listen to. This book was very new and intense for me as I am accustomed to reading typical young adult novels, but I really enjoyed this novel. It felt close to home as some of setting is by Vancouver Island. The rest of the setting takes place in Tokyo. The novel brings up topics like mental health and suicide, while also expressing some good messages. This book makes you realize that even a small act can have great benefits or consequences to others and everyone has their own superpower. It will shock you with its gory details and intense descriptions of traumatic events, but, will also inform you with random bits of knowledge and wisdom in contrast. I would highly recommend this book to someone looking for something more deep to read that is still in the young adult novel kind of area. This would be a great book for any school projects or novel studies
Summary: Ruth, a novelist, finds a diary washed up on a small island by British Columbia and suspects it to be debris from the 2011 Japan tsunami. She is quickly consumed by the fascinating and intense stories of Nao, a teenage girl living in Tokyo who goes through many traumatic events leading her to desire committing suicide.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, is an animated superhero film. The film stars Shameik Moore as Miles Morales, a new teenaged Spider-Man in a different multiverse. Morales must come together with other Spider-people from different universes to defeat Kingpin. This Spider-Man movie is unlike any other, it features a diverse Spider-Man, and the animations are like a comic book come to life. These animations in fact took four years to animate. This film presents many different Spider-people from the comics that all have their own little stories while still having the Spider-Man qualitites we know and love. I enjoyed the film because of the meaningful messages combined with sarcastic one liners. It was very different because we got to see different elements of Spider-Man from over the years into one. The soundtrack was also wonderful. Overall I really enjoyed the film and would recommend it for anyone that also enjoys the friendly neighborhood superhero.
The Iron Trial is a part of a 5 fantasy book series written by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, both are well-known fantasy authors.The story follows Callum Hunt as he is forced to attend the Magisterium, a school for magic, and learns about why his father always warned him to stay away from magic. I was very excited to read this as I have enjoyed the authors' books in the past, and I was not disappointed. There was imagery of the world created, with relatable characters and major plot twists. The book does have some similarities to Harry Potter, but I still really enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to someone looking for another fantasy world to immerse themselves in.
"You Majored in What?", by Katharine Brooks is an informative and problem-solving book about the struggles of finding a job that occurs after graduating college or university. I was recommended this book by my sister, a job-hunting university graduate. I would describe the book to be witty, engaging and interactive, as it has short activities to do as you read. "You Majored in What?", teaches you several lessons that are important when planning out your life or trying to find a job, such as what you major in doesn't have to automatically equal your job or pay grade, it depends how your location and other factors. One of the biggest things I learned was chaos theory, the idea that unexpected things can change your entire life's course. While I am not a university graduate, this book did help my understanding of the job market and lessen some of my anxiety about university and my future. I think that this book can still benefit high school students as it is helpful in understanding how your specific skills and knowledge can help you plan out your life just by writing it on a piece of paper. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is also feeling anxious about their future and needs some help figuring out what they want to do.
"I'll Give You The Sun," by Jandy Nelson is a coming of age story centred around a pair of twins.
Noah and Jude are twins who have a unique connection. This connection is strengthened by their love of art. One day something happens and the connection is lost. Pulled apart by secrets and lies, can Noah and Jude become NoahandJude again?
Noah tell us what happened at the age of 13 leading up to it, and Jude tells what happened 3 years later after the event. Will they be able to get back the connection they lost?
Their interesting relationship just engulfs you into their amazing world that they created which just makes you rethink the way you view life. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny and unique book with an interesting yet relatable take on the world around us.
-- Krishma Singla
This review goes over the reasons it is a good book as well as the main parts and ideas (I tried for no spoilers).
The book is set in modern day New York, with a few main characters of Clary, Simon, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, Valentine, Joycelyn, and Luke. Clary a round dynamic character, struggles to come to terms with her past and who she really is. She learns Valentine is the reason her past was hidden from her, and that he meant to acquire the mortal cup. Valentine is the main antagonist in the book, and is always in the way of Clary’s needs. The inciting incident in this book was when Valentine sent a demon to Clary’s house while she is out, and took her mother as bait for Clary. Clary goes searching for answers and gets taken to the shadowhunter institute by Jace, Alec, and, Isabelle. Clary discovers she has special powers just like her mother, and uses them to help her find the mortal cup. I feel like many teens will identify with the characters extremely well as they are just like us except of course part angel. I would definitely recommend this book to any mature teens and anyone interested in fantasy mixed with the modern day world. It is quite like the Percy Jackson and Harry Potter series in that sense. The book (and series) has everything from comedy, romance, action, and drama. At the end of the story things calm down a bit, but don't worry they pick up again in book two!
… If you enjoyed the book I would strongly recommend the City of bones movie and Shadowhunters tv series. They highlight and keep important parts from the book, but also add in action, adventure and romance. Both are on Netflix!
The City of Bones book can be a little confusing at first for some readers, but I give this book a 9/10 for its tactical plot twists, and strange events that keep the reader second guessing on every turn.
- Jasmine Laidlaw
Romance, murder and supernatural powers... What else could you ask for in a YA novel? With increasing popularity, the Mara Dyer trilogy is definitely a must-read for lovers of science fiction. These books follow the strange incidents of a teenager named Mara Dyer, as she finds out what she can do and the toll it takes on her and the ones she loves. Her story starts when she and her family move across the country to escape Mara's past; a past she can't remember. As she goes through a journey trying to remember how her friends died and she didn't, she meets some new people and discovered some new things about herself.
Action-packed with a dash of creepy, the Mara Dyer trilogy is an essential read if you're into that kinda stuff.