Friday, January 27, 2012

The Shadow of the Bear - A Fairy Tale Retold by Regina Doman

This is the cover for my copy...but below I have another cover I found that I L.O.V.E.!!!

"Once upon a time... In New York City, a young, secretive street tough who calls himself, Bear, lands on the doorstep of two teenaged sisters. On the one hand Rose is delighted with his surprising knowledge of literature, poetry, and music; on the other hand Blanche is afraid of his apparent connections to drugs, murder, and a hidden treasure. Even as Blanche learns to trust him, her fears that Bear's friendship threatens their family prove terrifyingly true."

Genre: Catholic teen, and definitely mystery & adventure
# in a series: 1 of 5 (so far)
Written by: Regina Doman
Audience: Catholic teen (duh)
Main character(s): Blanche, Rose, Bear, Fish :P (the last two are nicknames)
My comments: Remember my comment for the first JPII High book? Same for this book (and series). Besides LOTR, the Fairy Tale Stories retold series and the JP2 High series are my favourite books. I think even non-Catholics may even enjoy this series.

Alyianna's rating: 10


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Catholic, Reluctantly - John Paul II High Book One Review



George would rather be at a school where he could join a wrestling team rather than the tiny John Paul II High, run by the parents of the four other students - his friend Celia Costain, Liz Simonelli, Brian Burke, and J.P. The prospect of attending JPII High is lessened when George learns that the obnoxious James will be joining them. However, when the gorgeous Allie Weaver arrives, things don't seem so bad. But she is hardly Catholic at all...so why is she here?

Genre: Catholic teen (and I suppose you could say it has a hint of mystery and action? :P)
# in a series: No. 1
Written by: Christian M. Frank
Audience: Catholic teen, obviously
Main character(s): George and Allie
Other important characters: Celia, Liz, J.P., Brian, James, and Tyler Gertz (and some parents :P)
My comments: I love, love,  LOVE this book and this series!!! I was so happy to find a teen book that was actually appropriate (and Catholic). I would definitely recommend this book (and this series).

Alyianna's rating: 10

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Literary Tag

I decided this was the appropriate blog to post my answers to this literary tag I got from Charity U over at Austenitis. Feel free to answer these questions, and if you have a blog, I'd love to see your answers!!!

1. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to:
I really admire Eowyn's courage (LOTR) and how moral Celia is (John Paul II High books). I can relate a lot to the dreamy and imaginative Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables), and probably somewhat to Jo March (Little Women).

2. Share five of your favourite historical novels:
Oooh...okay, here goes! The Sky Is Falling by Kit Pearson (does that count?), Quo Vadis by Henyrk Sienkiewicz, To Stand On My Own by Barbara Haworth-Attard (Dear Canada), Brothers Far From Home  by Jean Little (Dear Canada), and oh...so many more, but I can't remember any titles at the moment!!! D:

3. Out of those five books, who is your favourite character and why?
Probably Norah from The Sky Is Falling. She's the main character from this book (in a trilogy called Guests of War, which I have loved since my childhood and I have probably read about the same amount of times as The Lord of the Rings). Don't you dare ask me why I like her...I'm terrible at those type of questions! I suppose because she's brave and stubborn. :P Good enough?

5. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? 
EOWYN!!! That pretty white dress at the beginning of The Two Towers movie...

6. What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate?
Huh? I thought this was a literary tag. But if I must...YUMMY!!! Milk chocolate is the best...

7. Favourite author(s)?
What an easy question! My favourite author would be Tolkien (DUH!). Other favourites (AFTER Tolkien) would be C.S. Lewis, L. M. Montgomery, Jean Little, Kit Pearson...

8. As a small, imaginative, red-haired damsel might query: would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzingly clever, or angelically good? Why?
*groans* Wasn't your answer the first one, Anne? I would go with angelically good...because it's so hard to be that, and that's what I'd like to be. I'm already smart and beautiful enough, thank you!

9. In which century were most of the books you read written?
Hmmm....probably 20th.

10. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is...
FRODO!!! He's so brave, and he sacrifices his life to go on the quest for the Ring, and...he's cute. ;) Such big blue eyes and curly brown hair......

11. Have you ever wanted to change a character's name?
Hmmm...I mean hoom...umm...I don't know. I don't think I have...

12. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain in all literature is...
Would Sauron work? He wanted to wipe out all Middle Earth but he was scared that someone would take his Ring and overthrow him. And he never came out of the place he stayed...he always had his orcs, Ringwraiths, etc. do all the work. Would that make him more of a coward? I seem to recall Morgoth, Sauron's old master, actually fought someone in single combat...

13. Three favourite non-fiction books?
Terrible question. I read non-fiction like...NEVER!!! Or almost never. Does The Lord of the Films count? And the official guides for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian? Or what about...the Bible? :)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Hunger Games book review



I have never read The Hunger Games, and nor do I plan to, but I think that it is important that I do a review on this book from what I know.

From the reviews I have read, this book is okay, but it has many faults. It is not a good and wholesome book, and, therefore, should be stayed away from.

Here is a very good quote from St. John Bosco:
"Never read books you aren't sure about . . . even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view. Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?"

At the links below are good reviews of this book.
http://tinyurl.com/78r8mb5
http://booksnblather.blogspot.com/2010/09/hunger-games-by-suzanne-collins.html

My rating: 5

Disney Mania - a music review


I have to say...that these "Disney" CDs are awful. Trashy. My family and I listened to three of the CDs that we got from the library last night, and we were switching the songs after listening to ten seconds of them...they were that bad. The only good song was Demi Lovato's "Gift of a Friend" on Disney Mania 7, and that wasn't even a cover. Out of the three CDs we got, there was perhaps three Disney covers that were bearable. The renditions of Phil Collin's "You'll Be In My Heart" and "Strangers Like Me" nearly broke my heart - Phil Collin's Disney songs are my favourites.

My rating: 6

John Paul II High series - on the Internet

THE FOUR JOHN PAUL II HIGH BOOK IS COMING OUT THIS SPRING!!! I found my information from the website and blog I just discovered last night. You will definitely want to check these websites out.

The JP2 High Books website - I laughed so hard at the character pages.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue Movie Review



Name: Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Genre: children, Disney, animated
Number in a series: third of a series of three movies so far (a fourth is coming this year)
Produced by: Margot Pipkin
Released: August and September 2010
Running time: 79 minutes
Family friendly? Perfectly clean!
Main character(s): Tinkerbell, Vidia, and Lizzie (the little human girl)
My comments:
I just finished watching this movie with my eight-year-old sister and we both loved it! My sister has loved the Disney fairy books and movies ever since the beginning, but I was new to the series. With all the inferior quality media that Disney is releasing nowadays, I was very pleasantly surprised to find such a good movie. So, yes, I'm a teen, and I enjoyed this movie. :) In this movie, a little girl named Lizzie discovers that fairies, which she had always believed to be real, are really and truly real. The only problem that I would find was that Lizzie's dad was the villain of the movie until the end when he realized that his daughter was right all along.  I especially loved that Lizzie had a British accent...I just LOVE cute little kids with British accents.

My rating: 9 out 10