Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass SwordTitle: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Published: February 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 444
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

As a huge fan of fantasy, when I read young adult author Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, I had to know what happened next. In Aveyard’s novel Glass Sword, a young woman is accidentally thrown into a world of glittering jewels and magical powers in a futuristic take on the future of the United States.

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Girl on Fire: It’s what we do

CFD Bench 1[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015]

The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest.

Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This tension wasn’t because of a mounting fight among auction-goers. It wasn’t about silly words out of a person’s mouth. This tension was like magic because it increased every time the Creston Fire and Rescue bench went up for bid in the course of one night.

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Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching FireTitle: Catching Fire
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #2
Published: September 2009
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

Catching Fire is the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy written by American author Suzanne Collins. It’s a continuation of the first book, The Hunger Games, and to be perfectly honest, a more intricate book that delves deeper into the human condition than even the first could have.

In the second post-apocalyptic revolution novel by Collins, Katniss Everdeen suffers the mental damage done to her in the first Hunger Games she participated in in Collins’ novel The Hunger Games, and is forced to relive everything all over again.

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Girl on Fire: How NYC and Princeton compare to Iowa

NYCFD[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 5, 2015]

I walked out of the glass doors onto a large piece of triangle pavement and a sudden wave of the smell of garbage, grime and pollution slammed into me. The smell, however, was accompanied by a view of stories-tall buildings with lights flashing and painted words on the walls.

Unfortunately, my first minute of New York City wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences, but that only made the rest of the trip that much more amazing.

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Can anonymous really accomplish something?

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, November 19, 2015]

The devastation of France has been written in blood all over the newspapers and cyberspace. The horrors that have occurred in that country, just one in a vast world of war, have brought out the true nature of humanity.

The United States and the world stand with France, as shown with the French colors overlaying profile photos on Facebook. But, what about Syria? What about every other country in the world we as Americans have forgotten to pray for or send thoughts to?

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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger GamesTitle: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages:
From: Shawna Freeman
Rating: 9/10

The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in learning when certain films will be released; this one is included. But, when I discovered it was showing at the Creston movie theater, I jumped back on the wagon I love so much and began devouring the Suzanne Collins novels.

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Girl on Fire: Dolores to the rescue

[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 29, 2015]

It was the screeching noise as I turned onto the highway that caught my attention.

My car had been making funny noises for awhile, but nothing that made me wonder if I should take it in to get fixed. That is, until the moment I turned the wheel and accelerated onto Highway 25 and a weird metallic screech reverberated up through the frame and into the cab.

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Girl on Fire: Mother nature can be so breathtaking

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The sunlight was warm on my face as I trudged up a steep incline, little clouds of dust forming around my Nikes with each step. The dirt and grass were dappled with light until I reached an opening in the trees at the top of the hill.

Through the opening I saw a hill rolling downward, a small lake with kayakers creating sparking ripples and a tall, craggy hill made of loess and blanketed with emerald trees.

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Girl on Fire: Back in the classroom

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I walked into the hospital, unsure where the conference room was. There were two men leaning against the wall, and one asked if I was with the class. I said yes, and he led me down a long hallway and pointed at a door with frosted glass. I thanked him and walked inside.

Inside the room, sitting around tables set up conference style, was a small group of people mostly around my age with giant yellow books in front of them. I took a seat and waited.

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Girl on Fire: Happy anniversary

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Today is Aug. 20. Historical events for today include:

• the American Civil War ended in 1866,

• NASA launched Voyager 2 into space in 1977,

• in 1988, a ceasefire was agreed upon after almost eight years of fighting in the Iran-Iraq War,

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