Thursday, October 1, 2009

Book Review of Touching Spirit Bear

Ben Mikaelsen's Touching Spirit Bear was an impressive roller coaster of a book. One theme of the book is that karma is a very prevalent force on this planet. Another is that most things in life work in a circle or cycle like your very existence you are born, you live, and you die. Also everyone can change no matter how bad of a person they are originally it just takes the right catalyst. The author's style is very descriptive and always giving very much detail. This style is the best, but it takes along time to get finished with the book in this style. This book's setting is easily seen because you go from the urban city streets to smack down in nature. The voice is unlike any other I have other heard because at times the main character Cole at times seemed somewhat evil.

The main character in the book is Cole, a troubled teenager that has a court record longer than some streets and has a very short fuse. Cole is the type of character that he seems like anything opposite of good is what he represents and he is okay with that. Cole is very believable because I have known and seen many kids just like him over the years. Some other characters in the book are Cole's pitiful parents who deserve to be exiled in Circle Justice themselves. His whole life his father and mother have been alcoholics and his father even beat upon him all the time. A lot of what is wrong with Cole is because of his parents, but that does not justify him to the evil deeds he does.

The setting is somewhat like my world because I live out in the country pretty close to nature. The author does a good job of painting a very clear and vivid picture of the setting that Cole is in. Sometimes I could feel the cold, splintering rain and the stench of an unwashed body.

In the plot Cole, the main character in the book, is being taken to a remote island because it is apart of an alternative program to reform convicts. He was arrested for beating up a kid that had told on him and Cole felt like he needed to get him back by slamming his head against the pavement. Cole only wants to this program so he does not have to sit in a jail cell and he thinks it will be a year long cake walk, but the spirit bear with some natural helpers helps open his eyes. Will Cole ever straighten up his act? What happens to Cole if he makes it out of Circle Justice?

This book relates to current events because some states in America are starting to use this type of punishment, and legal officials are starting to really considerate it as an alternative form of punishment. This book should be read by anyone because it teaches lessons that will help in the present and future.

Book Review of Twilight

Stephany Meyer's Twilight was a compelling novel that was an amazing adventure. One theme of the book is that human life is worth more than we give it credit for sometimes. Another is that love will make you even risk your life just to sustain it. The author's style is very long winded and descriptive. This is very unusual and helps the setting to be imagined easily in the mind. The author's voice is somewhat calm and at times melancholy and has its own style.

The main character in the book is Bella a new girl at Forks High trying to find her way, but she ends up going on an adventure that she would have never expected. Bella is very believable and anyone that has ever been to public school knows about new kids, and I like her because she is herself and stays that way the whole book. Another character is Edward Cullen a shady character in the book who at first makes a bad impression upon Bella. but they soon find themselves in a situation no one suspected. I like him because in this story he is the guy that seems like an enemy and becomes a friend. Charlie is Bella's father and he is, according to Bella, the type that does not hover, and I think he should be more involved in Bella's life.

The setting is in Washington and its one of the wettest places in the continental United States. This is completely different from my word in Arkansas where the weather fluctuates from day to day. In the plot of the book a new girl Bella moves to this school and crashes into Edward Cullen. At first, they do not like each other, but before its all over they can not live without one another. This love even holds lives in the balance and tests the strength of there two characters.

This book reminds me of Romeo and Juliet because it is a tail of two young lovers. Both Bella and Edward were willing to risk their lives for their lover. This is a great book for the teenage mind and should be read in schools everywhere.