Book Reviews: What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang

The book takes place in a world where each person has two souls, after the first few years of the person’s life, the dominant one takes over the body while the recessive one slowly fades away like a memory. Eva and Addie are two such souls, which are woven together, learning how to dance, how to live together. The first few years of their life passes and they are yet to settle. Addie and Eva’s parents start to worry, and one slowly fades away. not completely  Addie takes over the body, being dominant, but Eva is a voice in Addie’s head. Not being able to speak out loud or control Addie’s movements, but is able to talk to Addie, hear everything, and remains as a wallflower for no one to see. The only thing is, that’s a secret. They are in such a world where being a hybrid is dangerous. The story takes the reader through a quest of Addie and Eva keeping a secret as they slowly discover what happens to those who have yet settle it, and try and escape it all.

What’s Left of Me is amazing. The story line and how it moves along is executed in a great fashion. The plot falls a bit weak, but it still keeps the reader engaged, wondering what will happen next and what happens to Addie and Eva. Zhang does a great job with character development and explains this world perfectly to the reader. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, but not only adventure, but a book which will engage you and thoroughly incorporate your brain into the story.

Stars?: 5 out of 5

Recommend?: Yes!

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Book Reviews: Horker’s Law by Mike Lee

 

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“A thief simply takes what he wants, and leaves people behind him poorer for his having been there. A Horker, if he cares to, with just a bit more effort, can take what he needs, and leave some people better off, at the same time.” These are the words that the father of Spivver MacAnders left for him. Spiv is a Horker, an honorable thief, per say. But when a magical stone that has initiated a war falls into his hands, what is he to do? Thus begins Spiv’s adventures in the world of magic.

Anyone who delights in the comical subtleties of human nature will enjoy Horker’s Law. As Spiv cheats the undeserving out of their possessions and benefits the victims, he is almost like Robin Hood. His adventures are filled with fun and creativity. I have to warn those of you who wish to read this book for magic, however, that the magic shows up quite late in the book, and the majority of the book focuses on his travels and adventures.

Stars? 4.8

Recommend?: Yes

Book review written by Matt W.

 

Book Reviews: Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande

The author, Atul Gawande, talks about his experiences as a surgeon. He explores the mysteries and uncertainties of medicine. In the process, he considers a variety of different medical conditions and his experiences with them, from necrotizing fasciitis, the flesh-eating bacteria, to the enigma of chronic pain. Besides the mysteries of modern science, he also explores the fallibility of doctors and the idea of a “gut instinct” when it comes to disease. Altogether, Gawande tells the inside story from a surgeon’s point of view.

Anyone who is interested in medicine would be extremely interested in the diseases and ideas mentioned in the book. Anyone interested in social interactions in the medical field would be interested in the theories about medical center systems and the fallibility of science. And I think anyone in general would be intrigued to find out about this very involved science in everyone’s lives.

Recommend?: Yes!

Stars?: 5 out of 5

Book review written by Matt W.

Book reviews: Don’t Blink by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

The book itself is a very adventurous book which is very easy to tell from the plot. The plot is of a journalist who was a witness to a crime. He soon goes ahead and helps try to solve the murder and find the murder and the intent behind it. The book starts with adventure and ends with it as well, in all honest though, the book is good, plot-wise, but writing-wise, not so much. Patterson is a great writer, but his writing style fell short with this novel; his partnering with Roughan may not have been the best choice for this specific novel. The storyline needed to be executed better, tying up any loose knots and answering questions which he hadn’t already done so. It’s a nice read, not a light one for sure, but not one of beyond amazing writing.

Recommend?: Yes and no depending on if you like his writing style or not

Stars?: 3 out of 5

Book Reviews: How To Read A Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles van Doren

“How to Read a Book” seeks to increase our ability to read for increased understanding, the kind of reading that forces the reader to think and deeply analyze the text. There are four levels of reading for increased understanding. Elementary reading is basically being able to read words off a page. Inspectional reading is systematically skimming a book prior to truly reading it. Analytical reading is actively reading a text, asking it questions, and thinking deeply about it. Syntopical reading involves comparing multiple books on the same subject. The author then discusses how to read about different subjects. I would recommend the book to anyone who loves to read. This book acts as a key to other books: It will help improve your reading comprehension and your overall ability to analyze a text. It also discusses how to read books on different subjects such as science, history, and philosophy, which is important if you are a student.

Stars?: 5 out of 5

Recommend?: Yes

Book review written by Sabiq K.

Book Reviews: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the story of King Caspian’s journey through the Eastern Seas to find the seven missing lords of Narnia and seek out Aslan’s country. Published in 1952, it was the third of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia chronicles to be issued, C. S. Lewis constantly amazes me with his ability to make me feel like I’m there in Narnia with the characters. His descriptions of the Dawn Treader, the sometimes perilous sea voyage, the places they see, and all the people they meet along the way are so well drawn that they kept me engrossed and anxious to continue reading. The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” is a book that presents something new and exciting in nearly every chapter. There is a little something here for everyone: adventure, mystery, magic, and discoveries to be made.

Recomend?: Yes

Stars?: 4.5 out of 5

Book review written by Benjamin W.

Book Reviews: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

In the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry and co. set out to defeat the Voldemort. Much of their journey revolves around finding the remaining Horcruxes, objects containing the Voldemort’s soul. They eventually manage to destroy three Horcruxes before a war breaks out at Hogwarts between Death Eaters and Hogwarts students. Harry is given a message through Severus Snape’s memories that he is to willingly die at Voldemort’s hands because he is a Horcrux. Harry sacrifices his life but instead is revived to return to the Battle of Hogwarts and defeat Voldemort. I would recommend this book to people who have read the first six Harry Potter books, because the storyline is very complex, and it’s almost impossible to fully understand the seventh book on its own.

Stars?: 6 out of 5
Recommend?: Yes!

Book review written by Kevin C.