Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

EclipseEclipse, much like the two previous books in the epic Twilight saga, is full of torment, surprises, fear, indecision and coincidentally, happiness for Bella Swan. After returning home from Italy, all seems well in the little town of Forks until unexpectedly a string of sudden gruesome murders happen in the city of Seattle. Thinking the murders are linked, the Cullens decide to keep an eye on the situation while things escalate. Confusion spreads as to why the Voturi have not stepped in and clean up the situation, when the Cullen’s discover these are vampire attacks.

Meanwhile Bella is having problems with her best friend Jacob Black who is coincidentally a member of an abnormally large werewolf pack, and the natural enemy vampires. This makes things difficult for Bella, after she has accepted to marry her vampire boyfriend Edward Cullen; in return Edward has to turn Bella into one of the immortal walking dead. This upsets Jacob deeply, and will also affect the entire Cullen family. The werewolves and the Cullens have a treaty, but this will end if any of Cullens bite a human, thus creating problems for Bella. Not only has that she discovered that her vampire enemy Victoria has created an army to destroy her and the Cullens.

In spite of the treaty, the immortal enemies join ranks in order to save Bella and the town of Forks from the wrath of Victoria and her new born vampire army. The victory was not without sacrifice, whilst helping another werewolf; Jacob Black is injured in the heat of battle having all of the bones in the right side of his body shattered.

This book is a great read and I recommend it to anyone to read it, whether you prefer werewolves, vampires or mystery/thrillers.

Rating: 8 ½ /10

By J.M.

Life as we knew it by Susan Pfeffer

published by Scholastic No shops.  No TV.  No phones.  No electricity.  No daylight.  No idea who is alive or dead…

When a meteor crashes into the Moon, it knocks the Moon’s orbit a bit closer to the Earth, causing tidal waves, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Told in journal entries, this is the story of 16 year old Miranda’s struggle to hold on to hope in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. When so many people are giving up hope, starving, and dying of diseases Miranda, her mother and two brothers must try to survive. When food, water and power shortages along with extreme weather take hold her family is forced to make tough choices while they consider their increasingly limited options.

The restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The restaurant at the end of the universeThe Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams is the second book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. This sequel may not be the gem that its predecessor was but it’s still an interesting and funny read.

I would call the genre of the book comedy science fiction. While some jokes will have you chuckling instantly, the majority are long, complicated situations that are very strange and insanely hilarious. Numerous jokes come from entries in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which in the book is the highest selling encyclopedia and book in the universe. The book is very eccentric and a bit weird in certain places and if you don’t pay close attention you can get a bit confused, but with this kind of book that’s half the fun.

It takes place after Arthur Dent and his cohorts leave the planet producing planet of Magrathea and decide to find a place for dinner, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. But like most things in the book things don’t go directly to plan. On their way there Arthur hilariously manages to give the their ship’s computer a problem. How to make a good cup of tea which was so difficult and yet so trivial it shuts down everything in the ship just as they need to escape a deadly alien ship hunting a member of the ship’s crew, Zaphod Beeblebrox Ex-President of the Galaxy. Zaphod manages to escape through strange circumstances and goes on his own  wacky adventure for about a third of the book. Arthur Dent and the rest of the crew eventually meet back up with Zaphod at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. After a delectable and comedy-rich dinner they find themselves in even more trouble.

All the characters are memorable and unique. There’s Arthur Dent an Englishman who is the sole male survivor of Earth; Trisha McMillan known as Trillian the sole female survivor of Earth; Ford Prefect Arthur’s best friend and alien from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse; Zaphod Beeblebrox ex-President of the galaxy and Ford Prefect’s semi half-cousin. The great main characters are backed up by strange and interesting minor characters such as Marvin the depressed android with a brain the size of a planet.

The people who will enjoy this book are those who are looking for a book that is funny, interesting and a bit strange. An interest in science-fiction will also help you enjoy this book.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a funny and interesting book with likable characters and a surprising story that’s hard to put down. 8/10.           

N.B.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

TwilightDespite Stephanie Meyer murdering the whole idea of vampires, I still found Twilight to be a pretty good book. It started off quite bad, but the characters and plot got better the further on I read. It even got to the point where I was worried or annoyed with the characters and couldn’t put the book down during some of the more important events.

I began reading the book last year, to see what all of the hype – and hate – was about. I stopped reading before reaching the second chapter, concluding that the next 23 would be the continuation of Bella whining about the weather. I had watched the movie, and thought that it was slightly better, but still not that great.

If you give the book a chance, you might find that it’s not as bad as you think, but you might still want to skip the first few chapters. The plot eventually reveals itself, being easy to follow, but quite simple. The characters’ relationships with each other end up being a little more complex than the overall story, making this a great book for teenage girls.

This book definitely isn’t for everyone, but I suggest reading it before making uninformed assumptions based on the movie, which I now believe to be inferior to the book.

I give this book 6/10.

B.O.