A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(PART B OF BRONZE AWARD)

Last year, the GLOBE came to Singapore to preform Midsummer Night’s Dream in the esplanade. My Mum was very excited since the last time we had gone to see the globe, it was very good. I was excited too, of course, but maybe not as ballistic as Mummy was. Mummy bought four tickets because we never know whether Daddy would be in town; sadly he wasn’t able to make it so she asked Aunty Eileen to join us. Aunty Eileen is a good friend of Mum. She said she enjoyed these things, but I think that she either lied or maybe we just heard wrong. The seats we had were… very high up. It made me slightly unsteady if I looked down, although I don’t get vertigo. It was also quite cold but I didn’t mind. The first half of the play was great. I really enjoyed it, it was funny and well-acted in my opinion. The only problem was that we were so high up, we could quite the actor’s faces. I was glad when the lights came back on and we had a fifteen minutes interval. We walked around a bit and found out that some of our friends were there. It was a lovely surprise! Aunty Eileen though didn’t seem to be enjoying herself. She was frowning, confused and flustered. She said that she couldn’t understand what was said and decided to leave. It was childish and immature but I think it was best.

In Worcester a few months before we went to see the play in the esplanade, we saw the same play in the Commandary in Worcester. I found that it was much more confusing watching it there. For some reason it wasn’t as easy to watch as it was in the esplanade. My mum said it got boring and the people behind us started talking. I found it was not as good as in the esplanade but we had a much better view and it was also much warmer. The costumes in the esplanade were definitely better than in the Commandary but the globe had more money to use, obviously.

When I acted in midsummer night’s dream I really enjoyed it. It was fun to act as Demetrius, Titania and Hippolyta. However, the play was only 20 minutes long because we skipped the play within the play. I still think it was alright though. My brother told me afterwards that it was hilarious which it was meant to be.

The play I think is very amusing, comical and definitely entertaining but it’s not my favourite. I much prefer Julius Caesar or Romeo and Juliet. I actually find it hard to watch the play within the play because I find it very boring and embarrassing to watch. I like the romance story and the magic but everything else was I find was rather dreary. Midsummer night’s dream is definitely another brilliant play by Shakespeare but it is not, I find, one of his best.

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Book review – Insurgent

(Part C of Bronze Award)

Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Date: 26/8/14

Pages: 525

3.5/5

Review: The fractions are falling, people are dying and the world is deteriorating. Tris is in the midst of this chaos, trying to fight and survive for what is right. With all her family dead except her brother, Caleb who has turned traitor, Tobias is the only one she has left but she has to go against his side and lose his trust to uncover the truth of what lies behind the fence.

This was a very good book. It is action packed and full of thrills and surprises. Tris is racked with Grief and regret. It almost destroys her. But her bravery is within her all the way until the last page. She is a truly amazing person. I’m glad that this book was not as confusing as Divergent. I found that the last book had sentences structured in a way that made it hard to get its meaning but this book does not have any of those so it easier to read. It is definitely well written.

The cover is a really nice one. It has a girl standing on a ledge look at a stream and mountains. The most obvious thing about the cover is the three burning leaves next to the girl. I really like the title. It is golden surrounded with a set of purple wings, it’s simple but nice. I also like how the cover is purple, everything from the stream to the sky has this purple tinge to it. Even the burning leaves are kind of purple.

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There is a part of the book where she turns herself in to Erudite so to save other people from dying. And she has to be examined and tested so they could find a simulation that works on the Divergent but when they fail, her execution is advanced to the next day but she is saved by Peter which was a surprise since he tried to kill her once. It shows that you never know who will help you, it could be your worst enemy.

I thought this was an awesome book and I really enjoyed readying it. It was exciting, action pact, slightly psychopathic and anything but dull. I really think it is good and should be read by everybody.

Fighting for survival in a shattered world, the truth is her only hope.

Book Review : The Witch of Salt & Storm

(Part C of Bronze Award)

Title: The Witch of Salt & Storm

Author: Kendall Kulper

Pages: 373

Date: 10.02.15

4/5 stars

Review:

All Avery wants is to become a roe witch and make charms to keep the sailors safe at sea; but her mother despises the very thing that makes them different, special. When she was twelve years of age, her mother dragged her away from her grandmother’s before she can unlock the magic within her. She hates her mother for doing so. That was four years ago and now she is even more desperate than ever because you cannot kill a roe witch; and Avery has foreseen her own murder.

This really was a very heart-warming tale capturing not only the desperation of a girl trying to become what she is expected of but also the agony of heartbreak. Even before she dreams of her murder she was already at the end of her tether to become a witch, the dream just made her even more frantic and got her to spin into action. It was also interesting to see as you read this girl turning from a grumpy sixteen year old with no freedom, into an independent, deeply in love woman.

The cover really suits the book. It has a silhouette of a girl being weighed down by an anchor. It summarizes the feeling of the book. The anchor representing the sea, her magic, Prince Island and other things in the book. It’s quite simple and basic but that in this case is a good thing.

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My favourite characters are Avery and Tane. At first I didn’t think much of Tane, just an ordinary sailor with tattoos. I actually kind of disliked him! But I think as the story progressed I started to fall in love with him and in the end I was silently dying inside. It didn’t affect me at first but it started to dawn on me and I kind of got obsessed with it. My favourite part I think was really the first time he tells Avery his dream. That first dream was amazing.

Kendall is a great writer and told an absolutely fantastic story filled with a painful magic that controls the sea. I would definitely buy the next book and go through the storm of emotions all over again. It is truly a heart-warming and heart wrenching tale.

This book was sent to me by Hachette Children’s Book.