Sunday, January 7, 2018

Comment Using the "Core Four" Strategies

The book I was reading is called The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn. I already finished reading the book, but I stopped at page 101 to work on these strategies, but I had a technical problem so could't post them until now; without further ado, let's start.


I think Zekeal is going to get in trouble with Kayla and Nedra, because he's supposed to be with Nedra, but he kissed Kayla. Additionally, I think that if Nedra figures this out she's going to want revenge against Kayla, and at the end, Kayla will have a broken heart (stopped at page 101 of the book The Bar Code Tattoo).


What if this happened in the real world? We're not so far from it, we already created artificial intelligence, why not tattoos that have our information on them?. What could Kayla's visions mean? Could she be seeing the future? Is that how everything is going to end? I have too many questions in my head at this point.


What I want to clarify are some of the meanings of words I found hard to understand.
Compel (page 5) meaning : force or oblige (someone) to do something.
Smithreens (page 5) meaning : small pieces.
Salesclerk (page 18) meaning : an assistant who sells goods in a retail store.
There are so much more words I had to look up, or read twice to understand what they meant.


A summary of what has happened so far in the story would go like this...SPOILER ALERT
Kayla and her family are another victim of the bar code, her father killed himself after going into a deep depression "because of the tattoo", at least that's what Kayla's mom says. Kayla has a friend named Amber, but unfortunately Amber's family is "attacked" by the bar code as well, and in an emergency Amber has to leave. Kayla finds herself completely alone until while she was walking found Zekeal, and he takes her with the "Decode" group of the high school. Everything seems to go far.

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed, and see you next time!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Explaining the Point Of View of the book I am reading.

The book I am currently reading is called "Thirteen Chairs" by Dave Shelton, and its Lexile is 930. One of my recommendations when you're picking a book its to check the Lexile, additionally you should know your Lexile level. Why? Well because it will help you find the book that is "the right fit" to you.
Excluding what I just said, this is not a post to talk about the Lexile and other things you could do to find a "perfect fit" book to you (maybe I'll do a post about that, but later).

We all know what POV or Point Of View is, but in case you don't here's the definition:

POV/Point Of View: The narrator's position in relation to the story being told.
It could be...
First-Person Narrator: Uses words like "I", "me", or "my", additionally it only knows its own thoughts and actions.

Second-Person Narrator: Uses words like "you", and mainly focuses on "you".

Third-Person Limited Narrator: There are two types of "Third-Person Narrator", the "limited" one is an "outsider" that uses the words "he", "she", or "they", but it doesn't know EVERYTHING in the story.

Third-Person Omniscient Narrator: It knows EVERYTHING in the story. It knows the characters' actions, thoughts, EVERYTHING! It also uses words like "she", "he, or "they".

Good. Now that I'm sure you know what is POV, I can start. As I said before, the book I am currently reading is called Thirteen chairs. The point of view in this book is a Third-Person Omniscient Narrator. It knows everything that's happening, it knows Jack's (which is the main character) thoughts, actions, and feelings. Additionally, it knows everything that's going on in the story. It can detect feelings and thoughts of other characters, as well. It would be a completely different story if it was told by one of the mysterious person's perspective, or in another POV. If the book was told on a Second-Person Narrator it would be kind of tricky and weird, because you wouldn't really know who's the "you" that it would be talking about. Furthermore, if it was told on a First-Person Narrator it would clearly be biased, and I (the reader) wouldn't know more than what the narrator knows. I believe that for this kind of book the author made a good choice when he decided it would have a Third-Person Omniscient narrator/point of view. It was the "perfect fit" POV for the book.

See you next time!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

 "To Read" List  

Books that have been recommended to me.

1) The "Bar Code Series" by Suzanne Wayn. (Recommended by Stacey)
2) "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer. (Recommended by Noelani)
3) "Dorothy Must Die" by Danielle Paige. (Recommended by Ms.Petrella and Janiya)
4) "White Fang" by Jack London. (Recommended by Jaiden)
5) "Deep and Dark and Dangerous" by Mary Downing Hahn. (Recommended by Stephanie)
6) "Tears Of A Tiger" by Sharon Draper. (Recommended by Dakari)
7) "Prophet Of Bones" by Ted Kosmatka. (Recommended by Nickiyah and Google)
8) "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka and Martin Ganda. (Recommended by Nyla)
9) "Golden Boy" by Abigail Tarttelin. (Recommended by Liani)
10) "I Funny" by James Patterson. (Recommended by Ulises)
11) "The Uglies" series by Scott Westerfeld (Recommended by Ms.Petrella)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Recommendation of the series The Demonata by Darren Shan

I'm so into scary books; I just can't help it. Tell me, don't you love the feeling of suspense running through your body, making you cringe, and predict the worse things coming for the characters of the story? Oh, but anything is never what it seems. If you like that feeling you should definitely read this series! The story is divided into 10 horrific books. The main character of the series is Grubitsch Grady also known as Grubbs, but in some books the main character would vary because there are books of the series that are told in first-person narrator from another character's perspective (a character who's not Grubbs). Through the story, Grubbs is in a constant struggle between his universe/world and The Demonata universe. In the beginning of life there was originally space only for the Old Creatures and the demons. The universe was divided into 64 sections, and there was no space for humans, but one of the Old Creatures made our world, and some demons didn't like that. Not everything is about demons and magic, there's drama too, and multiple antagonists, but over everything there's a lot of suspense. I highly recommend this series for someone that likes abnormal, scary, and weird stuff. I personally rate this book with a 9 out of 10. "Why a 9 and not a 10 Rachael?". Well, the series are awesome, but you got to pay close attention to the small details, or you won't be able to understand what is the story about. I got lost in the story a lot of times, I literally had to go back and reread the entire chapter to understand what was it about. If you're going to read this book, make sure you read it in a place where all of your attention will be on the story, well, do that with every book you read. I hope you enjoyed this blog.

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See you next time!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Comment about "The Girl With All The Gifts" by M.R. Carey

This is the book that I've been reading and---

Melanie: What's this?
Me: This is a blog Melanie.
Melanie: Oh. Like the one that I helped you with the other time?
Me: Yes Melanie, now . . . please let me finish it.
Melanie: Alright.

As I was saying, this is the book I've been reading. It's a book that will literally play with your emotions. I'm not kidding. There was a time that I was reading and my mind started to make inferences out of what I was reading, and one of them was that one of the characters had committed suicide. I was literally crying, trembling, and walking around because I couldn't believe it. Then I---

Melanie: Aww. You cried with our story, and you haven't even finished.
Me: S-So? It was a really emotional part of the book. Plus, You would've cried if Miss J would had committed suicide.
Melanie: D-Did ... D-Did she...? WAAAAAAAA *cries really loud without stopping*
Me: I was just putting an example, Jeez! Calm down!
Melanie: *sobs*
Me: Plus, you're the main character! Shouldn't you know already how this story is going to end? I mean is your story after all.
Melanie: Yeah but for now. . .I only know what you know, and what you tell me.
Me: . . . Just let me finish this post please.
Melanie: . . .

Where was I?. . . Oh, yeah. I was astonished and with my mouth open, I couldn't keep reading, I was scared about what was going to happen next, but the intrigue won over the fear and I grabbed the book and started reading; my hands were trembling and my eyes filled up with tears as I kept reading.

Melanie: What a mix of emotions!
Me: Shh!
Melanie: Okay okay . . . *whispers* Jeez.

So...I kept reading, and found out that she didn't commit suicide. The "gun" that Helen was holding was a flare, and the red things were only flashes of the flare (but I thought it was Helen's blood). After reading that, I took a deep breath, looked at the ceiling and stared at it for at least 2 minutes, until I felt ready to continue reading.

Melanie: Can I talk now?
Me : No.
Melanie: Oh come on!!!
Me: Melanie, Shush!

The author includes a lot of imagery in the book, which means that he gives a lot of details about wherever the characters are, whatever they're doing, listening, eating, or touching.
The author will make sure you feel like you're a part of the story. There was a time I was reading, and they (the characters) were walking through a street, and they have to be really quiet so then the hungries didn't detect their location, not even that they (Helen, Gallagher, Caldwell, Parks, and Melanie) were there. One of my classmates asked me something and I yelled "Shhhhhh!" but not just because I was reading, but because I thought that if I wasn't quiet the hungries were going to find us (the characters and me). I apologized to my classmate after I finished reading. The author has me so into the story, and I think that if you give the book a chance, it will hook you into the story too.

Melanie: Can I please, please please talk now?
Me: Sure. I'm done.
Melanie: Well I just wanted to say that "We're not alone!".
Me: . . . They don't know---
Melanie: They'll have to read if they want to find out.
Me: True.
Melanie: Can I say "goodbye" with you?
Me: I don't say "goodbye".
Melanie: You got what I said!
Me: Hmm . . . Alright.
Melanie: 3
Me: 2
Melanie: 1

Me and Melanie: See you next time!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Recommendation of 

"The Girl With All The Gifts" by M.R. Carey

"The Girl With All The Gifts" is such a really good book!
I would definitely recommend this book because the story is really interesting, and it will get you hooked just by reading the first pages. People that like zombies and scientists in the stories should definitely read this book; also, there's drama between some of the characters, a drama that will become stronger and more interesting as you read more.
The author uses a third-person narrator to write the story, which helps a lot to understand the conflicts that happen throughout the story; also, the third-person narrator sometimes focuses on Melanie's thoughts (we could say she's the main character), sometimes on Miss Justineau's, Parks', or even Dr.Caldwell's thoughts and actions (other character's thoughts). You should take a look at the book!

WARNING: This book is for MATURE people. Why? Well, it uses a lot of profanity and very very descriptive details about some mature stuff.

See you next time!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Explaining Conflict Of Story From Different Points Of View!

Remember that a couple of days ago I posted about my favorite character? Well, today I'm going to talk to you about the story in the book in which that character appears, but I'm going to write it from different POV (Points Of View) so you can understand it better.
Here we go...

Miss Justineau's POV

I'm Miss Justineau; AKA (Also Known As) Miss J or Helen. I was a teacher in the base where analysis were made to different "subjects", that's how Dr.Caldwell calls the kids, in a hope to get the cure to finish this apocalypse. Dr.Caldwell was trying to do one of the "analysis" to Melanie without telling me (I know she's my superior and she doesn't have to tell me when she's going to do something but I had asked her to do so or at least to let me know which "subject" she was going to take), and things went in the wrong way. We had to leave the base because of certain reasons, but I was going to leave WITH Melanie, or I was going to stay; without Melanie, I'm not going anywhere.

Dr.Caldwell's POV

I'm Dr.Caldwell, the superior and the one in charge of this experiment, you may not call me by my first name because I would find that disrespectful, and you don't want to disrespect me. I work with subjects in which the Ophiocordyceps unilaterralis fungal infection have had mercy with (we still don't know why) to try to get a cure for it. I sometimes dissect the subjects to go into the problem deeper. My analysis shall not be interrupted by anyone because they are a really important part of my report and notes which could help me figure a cure out, well...I shouldn't have been interrupted when I was at the base trying to make a dissection with the test subject number one. I had to leave all my notes at the base because of certain reasons, and I left with Helen Justineau (the one that interrupted the dissection), Sergeant Eddie Parks, Private Kieran Gallagher, and test subject number one (AKA Melanie).

Sergeant Parks' POV

I'm...wait why do you even need to know my name? Call me Sergeant Parks and only that, just follow my orders and we'll be okay. I was the leader of all the soldiers/sergeants/privates in the base, but after what happened I don't know if my people is okay or not. I'm stuck with Helen, Dr.Caldwell, Gallagher, and the worst for the of those kids or subjects I don't know and I don't care; for me that thing is only my enemy and a human's flesh eater. I would have killed that thing a long time ago, but Helen and Caroline (Dr Caroline Caldwell) have been stopping me, they both have different reasons to keep that demon with us, but they both want it with us. I would have killed that thing if Dr.Caldwell wasn't "for" to keep it (I really don't care what Helen says). This team of 4 humans and a little demon has to survive, and that's why I'm the leader.

If you feel hooked to this story you can look for the book "The Girl With All The Gifts" by M.R. Carey. I really hope you enjoyed this blog!

See you next time!