Film Review: Wonder Women

I was really excited when I heard that DC had finally made the iconic Wonder Women into a movie. And I wasn’t disappointed. DC did a great job with the movie keeping Wonder Women the iconic female superhero that everyone remembers.

Diana is just a little kid who wants to fight. Who wants to be just like all the other Amazons on Themyscira, even though she is the only kid on the island. But her mom, Hippolyta doesn’t want her to. So she trains in secret.

But one day, Steve Trevor crashes into the island. Not far behind him, an entire army of Germans. The amazons, defeat the army, but they lose many and Steve explains the raging war, World War 1, the war to end all wars.

Only Diana believes this is the war, created by Ares, that the Amazons were created to defeat.  So she sneaks out, with Trevor, and they sail to Europe.  Where she finally sees the full-scale of what she is dealing with. As well as how different modern life is compared to life on the Amazons island.

She fights. Becoming the hero everyone needed. Helping give courage to those around her. Until she finds Ares.

I really loved this movie. And I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves superhero movies.

-Ava G.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2

As a sequel to the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, this movie is very well done. Though, it is not quite as great as the first movie because, while a sequel is almost never as good as the original, it is still an amazing movie!

The soundtrack, like the original, is amazing. It is filled with classic 70’s rock songs that really just help make the movie. Personally, I think this movie has one of the best movie soundtracks compared to some more recent movies.

In this movie, you get to follow yet another one of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s adventures to save the universe. With Rocket’s and Peter Quill’s constant bickering (because why should a raccoon be flying a plane when you have a pilot, right?) and snarky comments from the entire team, the movie is definitely hilarious.

The movie starts off with the Guardians of the Galaxy protecting some precious batteries from a monster trying to steal it but, after protecting it, Rocket being Rocket decides to steal one — which results in the team pretty much being chased by people who are trying to kill them. Meanwhile, Peter Quill finally learns a little bit about his past, which eventually turns into someone trying to take over the world and the team having to save it.

This is the perfect movie for anyone who loves the superhero genre and it is also the perfect movie to go out and see with friends.

Authors We Love: Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan was definitely one of my favorite authors.  He is the writer of the Percy Jackson series, the Heroes of Olympus series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Magnus Chase series. Riordan’s books take ancient mythology and weave it into modern-day stories of adventures.

The Percy Jackson series, which was his first series, revolves around a boy named Percy Jackson who learns that he is a demigod — a son of Poseidon. You follow Percy and his friends, Annabeth and Grover, as well as others, in adventures while learning about Greek Mythology. Placed in a world where Greek Mythology is fact, Riordan does a fabulous job writing this series. When you start reading, you aren’t going to want to put the book down. I think that this is one of the best series of books he has written.

The Heroes Of Olympus series is, in a way, a continuation of the Percy Jackson series. However, it adds new characters and involves both Greek and Roman mythology. This series was just as great as the Percy Jackson series and had me intrigued till the end.

The Kane Chronicles revolves around Egyptian Mythology and a brother and sister, Carter and Sadie. Though, out of all the series’ Rick Riordan has written, this is my least favorite, but it is still good. To me, it was just not quite as captivating as some of his other pieces of writing. I would still recommend reading it, though, because it still a really good story.

The Magnus Chase series is about a boy named Magnus Chase and Norse Mythology. It is a really cool series, especially because you get to learn a little bit about Norse Mythology — something that you really won’t know much about other than the fact that Thor and Loki are Norse Gods.

All of Riordan’s writings are a great way to not only get lost in a book, but to learn about ancient mythology in a new and exciting way. All of his books are pretty easy to read, but they can entertain you for hours. Overall, he is just a fabulous writer and I would recommend any of his books.

-Ava G.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. It’s one of those classic books that everyone has to read.

Tom Sawyer, is a young boy with wild dreams who just can’t sit still. School to him, is just torture and, as soon as he gets out he decides he wants to go be a pirate with Huckleberry Finn one of the local boys as well as Joe, another local boy.  They spend days adventuring the island and having fun until, they decide to surprise the town and come back.

Once they come back, there is a big murder case about the death of Dr. Robinson. It was either Injin Joe or Muff Potter. The thing nobody knows, is that Tom and Huck where there is witness it all. I’d say this is my favorite part of the book with questions burning up inside of me like, will they tell court who really did the murder or will the right person get arrested? After it all, the right person gets arrested but, the other runs away!

You’d think after all this, Huck and Tom would have had enough adventuring for awhile but, nope. They decide they want to look around the island for buried treasure.

Then Tom goes on a trip out to the cave with his class. But, being Tom he convinces Becky, his love interest, to stay with him after the trip is over and explore the cave. But, they get lost.

This book, weaves a murder case with a murderer on the loose with with the tale of Tom, a restless kid from the 1800’s. It really shows you what it would be like to live in the 1800’s.  I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an adventure book. Though, the book does have some words that are not used often anymore so, it can be a little stretch for the brain to figuire out what everything means. But, personally I think its just part of the fun of reading this book.

-Ava G.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded from Hoopla

Film Review: Beauty and the Beast

The original animated Beauty and the Beast film gets redone as a live action movie. It was amazing! Disney did a really good job with this movie.

The story is pretty much the same as the original Beauty and the Beast that we all know and love. There were some differences from the original and I wished some scenes from the animated version were brought over for the live action film. Some of the differences, however, gave some cool twists regarding the world the characters live in that you wouldn’t have known from watching the original.

One of the best parts of the movie was definitely the music. The new film had many of the original songs and they were just done perfectly. Emma Watson, who played Belle, also sang many of the songs – knowing it was her singing gave the movie a cool factor. She also has a beautiful voice and it just worked with the songs perfectly. On top of it, Disney added some new songs which as always, were amazing.

Emma Watson, was also perfect as Belle. The image that she gives Belle, is just the was you would imagine her as a real life person .She is also a great actor, and did a really good job of bringing Belle to life. Overall, it was a great family friendly movie. It is a great to watch especially, for something like a family movie night.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

harrypotterchamberofsecrets_jkrowlingHarry Potter, ready to head back to Hogwarts after another long summer at the Dursely’s, gets an ominous message from a house elf named Dobby that he should not return to school. He returns to what he believes is just another year at Hogwarts but when messages written in blood are found on the wall declaring the Chamber of Secrets had been opened, students are petrified, and a mysterious voice that only Harry seems to hear, the entire campus is left in fear. This perplexing plot snatches the reader’s attention as Ron, Harry, and Hermione slowly find pieces to this puzzle.

In the midst of all this, Harry find a journal from a student named Tom Riddle which shows him the last time the Chamber of Secrets was opened. According to this, Aragog, a spider Hagrid had care for, was the result of the attacks. This is what really left me puzzled. Why would Hagrid let his arcomantula hurt the students? He was always nice to all the students and never would want to harm any of them. So, obviously the trio had find out what really happened on that day. Hermione, being the brains of the group, figured out what was down in the Chamber of Secrets and learned how to find it only to be petrified.

Harry, Ron, and the clueless Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gildroy Lockhart, all head down to the chamber. A rock slide separates them leaving only Harry to fight the beast hidden away in the secret room along with young spirit of Voldemort. By a miracle from Godric Gryffindor, he defeats Voldemort and his basilisk before being rescued to safety by Dumbledor’s pet Phoenix, Fawkes.

A wild ride of twists and turns, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets keeps you captivated through the very end. It is an amazing sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and a great piece of writing from J.K Rowling.

-Ava G.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available for download from Overdrive

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

schoolofgoodandevil_somanchainaniIn the school for Good and Evil, there are two friends: Sophie, a vain young woman who believes she is good, and loner Agatha who does not like others. They live in what appears to be a perfectly normal town. Except, two kids always go missing once a year, taken to the School of Good and Evil by the school master.

That night rolls along again, with Agatha and Sophie being taken away. But something seems wrong: Sophie, the “good” girl is taken to the School of Evil. Agatha, the “evil” girl, is sent to the School of Good. The girls go through their classes, trying everything in their power to get switched to their rightful schools until they break into the Headmaster’s office who gives them a task that, if completed, will send them home. For example, what is Sophie’s task? Sophie must do something no evil student has done before: Find love.

Soman Chainani weaves a terrific story of love and fantasy and adventure. With plot twists at every turn you never know what is going to happen next. This book is perfect for one of those lazy days when you feel like picking up a long book. It takes you though many adventures and even has you thinking about your own personality. All in all, this is a very well written book.

-Ava G.

The School for Good and Evil is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It is also available to download from Overdrive.