Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Reviewed by: awesomeVia, 17
Rating: Really liked it

This is a common book read in twelfth grade English classes. I thought I wouldn't like it but turned out, I did. I love the tension between Arthur Dimmesdale and Hester. I love how Hawthorne portrays Hester as a strong woman and how the scarlet letter in turn makes her stronger.

I found the diction in the novel confusing at times but the overall story is still good. The ending is kinda sad though.

Recommended to: People who love classic American Literature

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

If I Stay

If I Stay

By: Gayle Forman
Reviewed by: maxiemuas, 16
Rating: It was amazing!

This book is based on music. The plot includes a cellist named Mia and a rock star named Adam, who are crazily in love with each other. Mia gets into a car accident with her whole family one day and the accident wiped out her whole family except for her. This book is really good because of how the author placed the character in her problem. I don't want to ruin the rest because everything inclines after the accident! There is a sequel to it too, and it is Where She Went.

Recommended to: People who like to read music/drama/romance

Vampire Knight (series)

Vampire Knight (series)

By: Matsuri Hino
Reviewed by: IchiruFanGurrl, 15
Rating: It was amazing!

I've never really been into to manga series before, I read a couple (Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew to name a few) but I've never been able to read one obsessively with only eating, sleeping while reading that until I came across Vampire Knight. Matsuri Hino's manga series is hands down the best manga series I've ever read. It starts out ten years ago when a young girl is almost eaten by a vampire but is save by a beautiful stranger. Ten years later its starts at a private boarding school called Cross Academy, where two classes co-exist with one another the Day Class and the Night Class but the beautiful Night Class have a secret, they are all vampires. The young girl who life was saved that day was adopted by the Headmaster and given the name 'Yuki' she and her childhood friend Zero guard the Day Class from finding out the Night Class secret but soon Yuki discovers Zero's dark secret that he's been keeping for four years.

The plot is very suspenseful and every chapter you just turn the pages keep wondering what will happen next, there a lot of romantic tension in throughout the series especially between Yuki, Zero and Kaname (the vampire who saved Yuki.) But there are a lot of other romantic triangles throughout it that keep you guessing and wondering who will end up with you. There's a lot of drama, shocks and revelations that keep you guessing and things you won't except. Its a very dark and bloody story that can be rather sad at some point which you can really sympathetic with the characters especially Zero, Kaname, Ruka, Shizuka and others to name a few but it really makes them humane and realitisc seeing these 'perfect' vampires dealing with problems and emotions we go though everyday. Jealously, Power, Drama, Revenge, Love, Family, Betrayal, Greed. Though some parts are actually funny in especially The Headmaster and Aido but really are the characters have their quirks. Its a plot-driven drama-horror story.
I especially like Matsuri Hino's characters, Yuki is probably one of my favorite heroines, she very strong willed and caring toward others, she has a strong heart and you really watch her grow throughout the series. Kaname is a character that defiantly keeps you going throughout each volume. His mysterious vibe and shocking revelations makes you wonder what is his true motive is and keeps you until the last the volume. I don't really know about Zero but he's a very twisted, mysterious character who you can sympathetic with him making him surprisingly human (which is kinda ironic.) The side characters really shine with their different personalities and developed past. The villains are evil but Matsuri Hino always back up the story to kinda explain why they are evil and it makes you sad but that one one of the great things about her manga is that you can love all her characters without feeling remorse for them.

The art is so beautiful and very detail, I am really amazed at her artwork and the clothes are just as beautiful the characters are all very design beautifully and the school, the town, just beautiful.

I really would recommend this to anyone who love vampires or Gothic tales, actually I would recommend this to anyone! Its really amazing and just pulls you in.

Just Read It!!!

Recommended to: Any Manga Fan, Vampire Fans, Gohtic Fans, really anyone :)