The Giver by Lois Lowry: A book review

I borrowed this book from my office mate, and I felt like I should have bought a copy in the first place. I love the book! It deserves to be in in my favorite shelf! It was so interesting! The concept and the writing style is great! While reading it, I can’t stop thinking how better it is from Hunger Games and other dystopian and utopian books. I think better is an understatement, the Giver is the best! (But I love Hunger Games in a different way!)

There are several things that made the book incredible; the mystery of Jonas role in the community, the introduction of color, happiness, and pain and the concept of Elsewhere, Release and Sameness.

I’m just confused about the ending. Can somebody tell me what happened there? Do I need to think deep to grasp the meaning of it?

But I love it, really love it!

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz: A book review

Summary: “They said his uncle Ian died in a car accident. Alex Rider knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle’s car confirm the truth. But nothing can prepare him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for Britain’s top-secret intelligence agency. Enlisted to find his uncle’s killers and complete Ian’s final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, with no way out.”

 

I liked the book, I realized that I really like spy books. This reminded me of my favorite TV series, Chuck! And I didn’t watch the movie of this so I guess it’s better because they did a different version. I love the action and adventure in this book that I remembered the Stephanie series. Of course, they are much different. I was amused by the reason of the antagonist, Herod, in killing the children and I almost felt like it was so childish. He wanted to kill every child in Britain through a virus from the Stormbreaker because he wanted to take revenge from those people who bullied him at school when he was a student. I concluded that this book wanted to imply to those young readers that its wrong to bully someone and everyone should stop it at school. I guess its one of the moral lessons of it. 🙂

Top 10 Books that I want to receive this Christmas!

I stopped buying books this month hoping that someone might be thoughtful enough to give me a book as a Christmas gift! 😉 Hoping so much!

1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren OliverBrief Summary:

“Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.”

I really like the concept of this book and also the author is such a good writer.

 

2. Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

Brief Summary:

“Ever since the gods of Ancient Egypt were unleashed in the modern world, Carter Kane and his sister Sadie have been in trouble. As descendants of the House of Life, the Kanes have some powers at their command, but the devious gods haven’t given them much time to master their skills at Brooklyn House, which has become a training ground for young magicians.

And now their most threatening enemy yet – the chaos snake Apophis – is rising. If they don’t prevent him from breaking free in a few days’ time, the world will come to an end. In other words, it’s a typical week for the Kane family.

To have any chance of battling the Forces of Chaos, the Kanes must revive the sun god Ra. But that would be a feat more powerful than any magician has ever accomplished.

First they have to search the world for the three sections of the Book of Ra, then they have to learn how to chant its spells. Oh, and did we mention that no one knows where Ra is exactly?

Narrated in two different wisecracking voices, featuring a large cast of new and unforgettable characters, and with adventures spanning the globe, this second installment in the Kane Chronicles is nothing short of a thrill ride.”

I love Rick Riordan, but I’m not that familiar with Egyptian mythology.

3. Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

Brief Summary:

“What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.”

4. Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Brief Summary:

“For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.

Not anymore.

His younger brother has followed him.

Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear. . . .

Unless he can find a way to stop it.”

 

 

 

5. Warlock by Michael Scott

Brief Summary:

“Alcatraz:
Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loose the monsters of Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco, thereby triggering the end of the humani race.

Danu Talis:
The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan of Arc have entered is far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And they haven’t landed here by chance-the warriors were called for a reason. So were Saint-Germain, Palamededs, and Shakespeare. The group was summoned because they must travel back in time to Danu Talis and destroy it. For the island of Danu Talis, known in humani myth as the lost city of Atlantis, must fall if the modern world is to exist.

San Francisco:
The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare. Unless Sophie can find her twin before the battle begins, all is lost – forever. ”

6. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Brief Summary:

“The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.”

 

 

 

7. Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Brief Summary:

“Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.”

8. Crossed by Allie Condie

Brief Summary:

“In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.”

9. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Brief Summary:

“Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? ”

10. Where she went by Gayle Forman

Brief Summary:

“It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.”

I LOVE BOOKS! SO MUCH! Hope to get some of them!

Divergent by Veronica Roth: A Book Review

I finished reading Divergent this lazy afternoon. For me, this book deserves 4.4 stars, the remaining 0.6 due to its resemblance to Hunger Games. I just couldn’t stop thinking about HG while reading it, but usually, I’m not the kind who compare books. I feel like I’m reading a separate story in a Hunger Games setting. Also, I’ve read it for one week which doesn’t usually happen. I love Hunger games but I don’t feel the same way with this book. I didn’t feel any emotion while reading it, just plain curiosity to finish it. But I admit, I liked it, especially because of Four. And I hate it when Al died, I thought he might also be one of Beatrice’s options. Al is special for me, and its hard to know that he committed suicide. I also hated it when her mother and father also died. I have this feeling that the author wanted us to feel the sympathy so we could like the book… well, it’s effective. 😉 The protagonist is also not likable, with no impact to me. Overall, the book is well written and engrossing. The author has chosen the right factions or values that should be emphasize and she has described them well, especially the symbols that she illustrated. They keep me thinking about the specific initiation, simulations and tests in each faction. And I wish that the author has also explained them, or maybe do it in the next book.

Happy Feet 2!

I’ve watched the movie “Happy Feet 2” in 3D last Saturday, December 3,2011 at SM Southmall cinema 1 in our celebration of our 22nd monthsary!

I like the movie, but I think the first is much better and more entertaining. They should have emphasized with Eric’s reluctance to dance and his talent in singing. But the movie brings out emotions that we  we thought we will never show.  I love the songs that they used and the voice of Pink is so perfect as Gloria. They made the movie very memorable and the characters very entertaining. Overall, i enjoyed the movie like every kid did. 😉