Wolves & Roses
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Monster House Books, LLC
Jet Black and the Ninja WInd
Jet’s mother’s dying wish was to have Jet travel to Japan and protect some mysterious secret. When Jet arrives, her grandfather and her ten-year-old cousin are there to welcome her, but her grandfather dies soon after Jet’s arrival. After the initial shock has worn off, Jet and her cousin travel to Tokyo to visit their monk uncle. On the way, Jet realizes she is being followed by a cute and mysterious man who was sent to assassinate her but Jet has strong feelings for him and he seems to have the same feelings for her. Jet must take up the legacy of female ninjas that her mother has left to her if she is to save the people she loves and protect the mysterious treasure she knows nothing about.
Jet was an interesting character but their seemed to be random points of teenage angst that didn’t seem to fit with her character, and there were several other minor points that detracted from the overall story. My favorite parts were definitely when Jet was using Ninja skills, but these were too few.
The Secret Side of Empty
What does it feel like to hold a secret so deep that it separates you from the world you live in? Knowing that, at any moment, your world could come crumbling down around you and you’ll be sent to a place you have never known and don’t really fit in? This is life for more than 1 million kids living in America as illegal immigrants. The Secret Side of Empty tells of M.T.’s life dealing with this very same struggle. As a high school student, when all of her peers are planning for college, getting their driver’s licenses, and looking for work, M.T. is at a loss as she can’t do any of them without official papers; papers she doesn’t have.
As a teenager, I know how difficult keeping secrets are, dealing with high school, and life in general. But to know that in a few short years the same goals and dreams most teenagers have will probably continue to be just that, a dream, is something I think most of us take for granted.
This book will grab at your emotions, show the struggle is real, and remind us we are all human and to stand up for another. This is definitely an eye-opening novel I highly suggest everybody read!
The Nazi Hunters
This is a true story about a group of people who captured Adolf Eichmann, the person who ordered the death of six million Jews during WWII. The book starts with the story of a Jew whose family was killed by Eichmann’s men. It continues by explaining what happened to Eichmann after the war. He fled to Argentina and lived under an assumed name with his family. The book covers a fifteen-year period, and jumps around a lot; it tells about several people who were essential to his capture. One man’s teenage daughter dated one of Eichmann’s sons for a while, but when they realized it was Adolf Eichmann, they contacted the Israeli police, because they realized the Argentine government was sympathetic to Nazis. After the agent they contacted disregarded their story, another man picked up the trail and asked the MOSSAD (the Israeli secret police) to help track him down. Eichmann was eventually apprehended, and executed in 1962.
It was interesting to read about the components that went into capturing him, like the struggles that the countries were going through (Argentina, Germany, Israel). The book was written in a gripping, fascinating way, with great dramatic tension.
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral
Cyberbullying is a widespread problem in today’s increasingly computer-connected society. With so many online interactions, it stands to reason that some of these would be both harmful and degrading. Many teens who are on the receiving end of cyberbullying feel helpless and despairing. This book helps them overcome their feelings of hurt and fright, and also gives bystanders and the bullies themselves ways to end cyberbullying.
The book contains some good tips for general good online habits. It has some tests you can take to determine if you are depressed, being bullied, or if you are bullying others, and also to see if you are suicidal due to bullying. There are a lot of stories from those whose lives have been affected by cyberbullying. It is a major issue for teens today because they are so reliant on praise from their peers and are constantly barraged by text and other online messages. The authors encourage teens to recognize the impact of their messages to each other and find words that build others up rather than tearing down. However, I feel that the target audience will not have much interest in trying the recommendations of this book; I hope that I am wrong.
Here by Mistake: The Secret of the Niche
Here By Mistake: The Secret of the Niche is a slow read all of the way through, and I am puzzled that as a teenager, Stephen’s parents would forbid him to go in his aunt’s basement to even look around. There was just a lack of reasoning provided by the author. I understand it supposedly holds “more than the vault at the Rollings Savings Bank,” but if the stuff were really down there, wouldn’t one of his aunt’s children have locked the valuables away, rather than just behind a locked door to prevent theft?
The characters are easy to like, though you don’t really get to know their true selves. I kept waiting for a climax, up until the end, but it just never came, which was shocking. The majority of the book is merely conversation.
I am torn about this book. I really wanted it to be this action-packed history meets time travel story, but it wasn’t. Id hope this is a prequel to set the story for future books. I would probably suggest to others to just check it out from the library.