Guest Blogger: Marine, Grade 11
Settings : The story takes place nowadays in a small town called Long Thorpe.
Ratting : 4 out of 5 Stars
At first I did not like the book. I thought it was boring and repetitive. But as the story goes I was more and more into the story and I think the author make a good job making you feel the character’s emotions. I have always been intrigued and scared of what a psycho or emotionless person could do or think. It is a reason why I really liked the book.
The cellar is the story of a kidnapped and sequestered 16-years old girl named Summer. We follow the half year she spent on this cellar through 3 differents eyes, hers, her boyfriend’s, Lewis, and his sequestrator’s, Colin.
Colin is a loner, psychotic and murderer. He works for an attorney and is very polite and nice in public. He kidnaps girls and rename them after flower to create his “perfect family” in his cellar, and make them call him Clover.
Summer, “Lily” was taken without leaving any trace behind her and brought to the cellar to live with 3 other womens : Rose, Violet and Poppy. The cellar is most likely a one floor apartment with a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. There they spend the following months doing anything Clover ask in order not to be killed and replace. She gradually learn to distinct Lily from Summer, trying not to get crazy and protect herself, and spend her days reading, watching movies, sewing, cleaning...
Clover, him, is obsessed with the idea of building his perfect family and getting rid of prostitute, after losing his mother. He convince himself that he is making the world a better place. Lewis is devastated and spend every days of her disparition looking for her and investing.
“He pulled a knife out of his pocket, Poppy and Rose flinched at the same time. “No please. Clover, I’m sorry. Please don’t,” she begged, holding her hands out in front of her. He shook his head, breathing heavily. His eyes were dark and cold, there was no emotion on his face other than rage. He took one step forward, almost smiling at her; it sent a chill down my spine that someone could be so cold and evil. I couldn’t see the knife as his back was to me but I saw his arms push forward. Violet made a choking sound and fell to the floor.”
I would not recommend this book to anyone who has ever been physically of sexually assaulted, or kidnapped. But if you don’t mind violence and like suspense and action, you will probably like it.
Guest Blogger: Bethany, Grade 11
Setting(Time): Modern day time
Setting (Place): A small town called Long Thorpe
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 5 stars
At the end of each chapter, there is so much suspense that it makes you want to read more. The book is so well written you cannot stop reading until you read it all. Natasha Preston does an excellent job reeling in the reader by the use of flashbacks, switching the point of view, and fully developing the characters in a realistic way, allowing the reader to become enveloped into their lost reality that they could not choose.
Summer Robinson lives the ups and downs of a teenager’s life, but before she is able to appreciate her annoying family and overprotective boyfriend Louis, her world is ripped away from her. She has to learn to master the role of Lily, the perfect “flower” Clover, whom her attacker, forces her to be along with three other girls (Rose, Poppy, and Violet) with similar stories that are never talked about. As OCD Clover yearns to keep his house spotless and his perfect family together forever, the girls develop and learn valuable lessons such as appreciation, friendship, and most of all, hope.
“He pulled a knife out of his pocket, Poppy and Rose flinched at the same time. “No please. Clover, I’m sorry. Please don’t,” she begged, holding her hands out in front of her. He shook his head, breathing heavily. His eyes were dark and cold, there was no emotion on his face other than rage...”
would recommend this book to a specific type of reader. Anyone who likes suspenseful, sad, thriller, and/or scary stories would be suitable to read this novel. Generally speaking, high school and adult readers would enjoy this
psychological thriller. It will captivate you and make your spine tingle. With every page turn you will become addicted and become attached to the characters and their stories filled with hope and courage.
Author: Madeleine Roux
Setting(Time): Summer Time
Setting (Place): New Hampshire at a college
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
It was very suspenseful and kept me intrigued
A student named Dan is spending the summer at a before-college program at a college that he wants to go and hopes that it will help him find friends that he is similar to and can enjoy being around. After meeting a few friends, they decide to explore around their dorms after knowing that it used to be an insane asylum and find some things that are utterly disturbing and make dan soon have nightmares and hallucinations. When he is searching through his dorm he finds a picture that is very familiar to him because he saw it in the abandoned rooms. After he chooses a class to study as an extra credit assignment he chooses to do a report on the background of his school (Brookline). After that and going to coffee with his new friends. They decide to go back and do more exploring and one of his friends finds a file that reminds her of her grandmother and soons becomes obsessed with learning more while Dan is still very creeped out and distrubed. Then someone gets killed, another is hurt and then it becomes a criminal case and thinks that the famous serial killer is still there and alive. He is then invited to the basement where all of the torture and killings took place and things happen so he makes it out of there and is okay.
Younger people that like horror and suspense and maybe some adults too
Reviewer: Chase (Grade 11)
Setting(Time): Present Time
Setting (Place): Britain and France
Protagonist(s): Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu
Antagonist(s): Sir Leigh Teabing and Silas
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
This book uses real religious and history to turn it into a fictional history/mystery book.
Short Summary: The Da Vinci Code is about a College professor framed for the murder of the curator of the Louvre. He then has to find the real murder and decrypt a hidden message left for him, while being wanted by the French police and chased by the opus dei.
Why do you or don’t you feel that others should read this novel?
I would recommend this novel to someone because it provides actual historical facts to the plot. This book also derives the theories of Leonardo Da Vinci of his painting of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Also the story that is told has a good rising action and a great climax.
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