Category: Middle School

Descendants TV Movie

Posted August 22, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fairytales, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle School, Music, Review, Romance, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Descendants

Plot Summary

In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King Adam “Beast” and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption to the trouble-making teenaged descendants of defeated villains exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains’ descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes’ kids.

My take on this movie: All I’ve got to say is that this movie was sooo good! Okay so this was my second time watching this movie. Once before I read the book and the second time after I read the book. The book was a prologue to the movie and this movie sort of starts right where the book ended. Granted I said sort of because we have to go through Mal talking and bringing us into with what was going through in Auradon if we haven’t read the book.

Sure some people say that this movie sucks but to someone that has watched the old Disney and some of the new Disney that this movie is really good. I love all the songs that was in the movie along with the acting. I love the way that they changed ethnicity of some of the characters in the movie so that it works well with the kids nowadays.

I don’t know for about some other people but I always wondered what happened after each happily ever after that happened in the movies. Now with this movie I can squash that wondering since I have it. I love all of the characters in the movies because they are all different.

The thing that I love is the way that the book tied in even more with the movie. Prince Ben and Mal both have visions of the other in both different locations than of where they were. Mal had a vision of her and Ben’s first date in Auradon and Ben had a vision of Mal helping him up in Isle of the Lost. I also like how Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos’s kind of friendship transferred into the movie.

If anyone asked me about this movie I will say that it is a five stars and that they should really watch this movie after they read the book!

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The Isle of the Lost

Posted August 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Book to Movie, Childrens, Fantasy, Magic, Middle School, Review, Rural, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Isle of the LostThe Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Descendants #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 311
Format: Hardcover
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Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.
But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?
Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.
Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.
Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.
Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.

My take on this book: I can only think of one word to say about this book is WOW!

Melissa de la Cruz has always been one of my favorite authors, especially after this book. Okay so probably the characters actually belong to Disney but with this book we understand the characters and how they become the way they seem like in the movie Descendants.

Mal, the daughter of Maleficent (and her namesake) has always been trying to make her mom proud of her. But the one problem is that Maleficent doesn’t seem like she ever will be proud of her daughter. This is especially true in this little prequel book of the movie.

Jay, the son of Jafar, doesn’t really seem like he is that evil in this book. He just wants to have a place that really makes him belong and with Mal, Evie, and Carlos he has found that. Even though he, much like Mal, doesn’t seem like he will ever make his dad proud of him.

Evie, the daughter of Evil Queen, can be seen even in this book that she is quite smart and not as vain as her mom, which can be a good or a bad thing. Probably with Evil Queen she wouldn’t be proud of her daughter being smart and not focusing on her beauty. Though she along with the other two aren’t doing their parent’s justice/evil and that is something that every second generation villain wants to try and do. But also wanting to do something better than their parents as well.

Carlos, the son of Cruella De Vil, is the youngest of the other three and is really trying to get more credit and love in his mom’s eyes but this is hard for him as his mom’s one true love isn’t him. Carlos is quite smart which is something that is needed in this little rag tag gang of “friends”. But like the first three he is also a disappointment to his mom.

We also see a little bit of Auradon but not a lot since this book is mostly about the main four starting to become “friends”. This book is really good and I am giving it a five stars.

I’m also happy to say that this book is good and now I can’t wait to watch the movie again and see if I like the movie even more now. 😀 I’m also hoping that there is another book!!!

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.


The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Childrens, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Middle School, Mythology, Review, Roman Mythology, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The House of Hades by Rick RiordanThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Series: The Heroes of Olympus #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Disney-Hyperion Books on October 8th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 597
Format: Kindle
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At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

My take on this book: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

Okay first off I blew through this book in like three days. It was soo good and so totally different. We got to finally see in our minds what Tartarus is actually like. I never thought that Tartarus would actually be a body. Well Tartarus, the god Tartarus’s body to be exact, I was happy to see Bob, the good Titan, again. Even if being in Tartarus he got his memories back but didn’t return to being evil at all.

We also find out with why Nico is so grumpy and not very talkative with Annabeth anymore like he used to be as a preteen. I had my suspicions that Nico might have liked liked Percy throughout the book but they were confirmed in this book by Cupid himself.

This book is really good and we learned a lot. Leo even visited Calypso and we learned what that line in the prophecy about a promise was really Leo promising Calypso to free her from her prison so that one day they could open up a car repair garage/food place.

A lot of the characters developed in this book. Leo’s ADHD hasn’t been too bad, Piper can charmspeak things to being actual living things while also learning how to fight, and being in Tartarus both changed Percy and Annabeth while growing them more together. Rick Riordan did just a good job on this book that I can’t believe that we will only have one last book of Percy Jackson/the Heroes of Olympus books left. It is just so sad in my opinion as I love both book series and I just don’t want it to end at all.

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About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.


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