The Dragonfly Effect by Gordon Korman book update

The third book in the Hypnotists trilogy by Gordon Korman is sure to keep you reading, even without reading the first two novels. The plot centers around 12-year-old Jackson Opus, possibly the most mentally powerful being in the universe. Jackson possesses the ability of hypnotism, also known as mind-bending or mesmerism. He is the product of two of the greatest mesmeric bloodlines to ever exist, making him an almost invincible force. In the first and second books, Jax meets his archnemesis: his former teacher, Dr. Elias Mako. Mako is potentially more powerful than Jax, which is why he attempts to kill Jax in the first two books. But after he breaks out of the highest security prison in the U.S., Mako sets a different plan in motion. Not one to hurt Jax, but rather a sinister and twisted plot to take over the world. However, no one will be able to stop him, not even Jax, because no one will be paying attention. In conclusion, this is a solid book with a strong plotline and several twists that help keep you engaged and focused.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick Book Review

As with any intense and interesting story, it was a real challenge to put this book down. Matthew Quick did a really nice job of starting off strong, by giving a short but sweet first chapter that outlined the rest of the book. As the story progresses, it highlights real-time action, while also indulging in flashbacks every few chapters. The book follows 17-year-old Leonard Peacock, living in Philadelphia, who is struggling immensely with his mental health. His parents, a one-hit-wonder rockstar and a ludicrously vain fashion designer, refuse to help him or even give him attention. However, he has made a few friends at his school, which is what the story is centered around. In the very first chapter, Quick tells the reader how the book is going to end: Leonard will, with his grandfather’s Nazi P-38 pistol, kill his former best friend and commit suicide. But before that, he will give gifts to each of his 4 friends he made along the way, all on his 18th birthday. The novel shifts from giving backstories of characters to them receiving the gifts in real time, and eventually concludes with the final gift being given, and of course, Leonard’s plan to “go out with a bang”. Overall, this was a really interesting book with a lot of cool characters, and I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for something good to read.

Book review of Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster, A novel by Walter Dean Myers, is an enthralling book about a young man’s struggle with the American Judicial society. Steve Harmon, 16, was mixed up in a robbery of a drugstore in which the owner was shot and killed. No one knows who actually pulled the trigger, or even who exactly was involved. Steve is on trial for first degree murder, but in the meantime is locked away in the county prison. The story is told from two different perspectives; the diary in which Steve keeps as a record of his life and time in prison, and as a movie script. The diary and movie script is a very interesting way to quickly shift modes, and to give the reader a chance to speculate as to what is going to happen. With plenty of strong evidence from both sides of the story, and a relentless prosecutor hell-bent on proving Steve guilty, this story is sure to leave you breathless. As the story progresses, the tension builds, and one burning question is stuck bouncing around Steve’s mind: Am I guilty? Read Monster to find out for yourself.

Music Poetry(Clouds)

The song "Clouds" by NF is a quintessential example of a poem, proving that some songs do have a deeper meaning than you may think. To start the song, a line that appears to be nonsense plays, but in reality it is the phrase "Head's in the clouds" played pitch down in reverse. This hints that unlike other popular rappers, NF has kept his head down to earth and taken nothing for granted. 

As the song continues, NF provides several unique metaphors and similes to describe himself, including:
I'm Bruce Willis in a train wreck
I'm like trading in your car for a new jet  
I'm like having a boss getting upset
'Cause you asked him for less on your paycheck 
By using these poetic devices, he implies that he is different from others, by describing several other ludicrous and seemingly impossible acts. 

Later in the song, he sings: How could you doubt me? I've always delivered Ripping the teeth out of my mouth's the closest you get to my wisdom, which is a clever double entendre. In the next verse, he uses a hyperbole, overexaggerating and saying ("I pick up your body and throw it a block/Okay, I admit it, that's over the top, not!"). In conclusion, this song it more than just a song, using several poetic devices and demonstrating a work of poetry.