Thursday, June 30, 2011

What I'm reading (Emiline Edition)

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
(In which Marsh and Emiline have a brief visit with the author)
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Well, when I started filming at the book signing, they said we couldn't film the whole thing.  So . . . I just wanted to, well, tell you what we asked.  Here it is:

Ally's Awesome Answers, by Emiline.

I asked:  When did you start writing?

This is what she told us: When I was in middle school.  But I started seriously writing when I was 25 or 26.

I asked: What was your favorite book when you were a kid?

Her response: When I was 12, and it still is my favorite book now, [Harper Lee's] To Kill a Mocking Bird

My brother hasn't started the books, but he also asked a question: 

Questions for a Spy, by Marsh.

I asked: What is your favorite book that you've written?

She said: It's like children--you can't pick a favorite, you can only pick which one is less annoying.  My favorite is my new book, Uncommon Criminals.

[Editor's note: All answers to the interview questions are paraphrased--filtered through the memories of seven and ten-year-olds.]

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, by Heather Brewer

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Heather Brewer's The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 
By Marsh

In the little town of Bathory, there is a boy with a big secret . . .

Vladimir Tod is a typical middle/ high-schooler.  Or is he?  He is a vampire. 
(No.  He's not Mr. Sparkly Hunk; he's a loser.  Girl's don't swoon when he walks by.)
But Vlad is not a normal vampire.  He's the Pravus--the vampire that will rule over vampire kind and enslave the human race.  But he does not know that until later.  There are vampires trying to steal his title and slayers trying to stake him.  Can he live?

My mom recommended the first book to me early this year and I loved it.  Heather Brewer is a great author.  (We also have the same favorite band and I think she is hilarious.  You should check out her blog.)  I like the book because sometimes I feel a little like Vlad.  Well, I'm not being hunted, but I don't exactly fit in.  

I am very excited about her next series, The Slayer Chronicles.  But you'll have to read The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod to find out who the slayer is.  I can't wait to see what happens.

I give the entire series 5,000 monsters out of 5.

Marsh


Thursday, June 23, 2011

I Am Number Four by Pitticus Lore


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My I Am Number Four Report
By Emiline, age 7

I Am Number Four
 is a book about a boy that is from Lorien.  Lorien is his home planet, until the Mogadorians (which are their enemies) destroyed Lorien.

There are nine special children from Lorien.  The Mogadorians are hunting them.  When the planet was destroyed, every person from Lorien that could evacuated to Earth.  Three are dead and he is number four.

He lives in Florida.  The Mogadorians were close by, so they moved to Paradise, Ohio.  For once, he made two friends. 

On the first day in Ohio at his new school he got bullied by a kid named Mark James.  A couple of months later, Mark invited John (who was from Lorien) to his party.  In the basement, two people accidentally knocked a candle into the curtain.  It made the house go on fire!  Sarah, John's girlfriend, was stuck in the house.  John saved her with his legacies.  

The Mogadorians were in Ohio.  John and Number Six defeated the Mogadorians.

It's a great book. I really love it.  My favorite part was when Mark's house burned down.  I liked it because John saved Sarah.  It had lots of action.
This book is awesome.

I do not recommend it if you are afraid of aliens.  Aliens usually freak me out, but this is a really good book, so it did not scare me.  Well, occasionally it gets scary, but this is just my opinion.
The book is addicting, funny and sometimes weird but I give it FIVE MONSTERS.
I really think you should read it.  I hope you like it too.
(I loved the movie too + Alex Pettyfer is cute!)