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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

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In Bleach, a boy named Ichigo Kurosaki has the ability to see spirits that have not entirely passed on into the afterlife. His life is pretty much "normal" for his standards until he encounters Rukia Kuchiki, a shinigami (Death God) or "soul reaper" from the Soul Society that can purify spirits and send them to that kind of heaven. When Ichigo's family is jeopardized by a hollow, a corrupted spirit who lingered too long in the world of the living, Rukia lends him her powers to defeat the hollow. After, Ichigo becomes a substitute soul reaper and becomes stronger as he protects his world and the Soul Society from threats such as Espadas, bounts, and even more, for this story is extremely long. Ichigo even realizes the power of his Zanpakuto and discovers that he is not as human as he thought he was. Anyone could enjoy this series if given a chance. Bleach, while it can really drag in terms of story (not all the time), it succeeds in wonderful characterization and depth of prose. The overall concept of the story is not new, but the way in which it is executed is outstandingly impressive. This is a manga (Japanese comic), so not everyone may be drawn to the art style or outline of it, but it certainly is a very action packed and dramatic story. You would like this book if you like… Fullmetal Alchemist, Incarceron, Dragon Ball Z, and Seraph of the End.

- Sarina, RRHS Student

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Book Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

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The main character's body keeps on failing him due to cancer. Because of this issue, many of the doctors give up on Travis. But one doctor offers to freeze Travis's mind and connect his head to a healthier body when the technology comes out. After 5 years, Travis comes back to life but doesn't realize the hardship and the shock his surroundings went through. So he tries to get his old life back but it seems impossible. His old girlfriend has a fiancĂ©, and his best friend's having a hard time coming out of the closet. He struggles to get his girlfriend back and wishes everything were normal, but he stayed a teenager while his friends aged. His mom and Dad pretend to be happy, but they've been split up for years. After realizing that things will never be the same, Travis learns that he has to move on and find new happiness. I would recommend this book. When I picked up this book, I didn't realize I was going to finish the whole book in one go. The ending was a little disappointing because I would've liked to find out what happened more to Travis afterwards, but the development of the plot and Travis as a character were really entertaining. You would like this book if you like the emotions, humor, and drama of high school.

- Sung, RRHS Student