"for eight years i dreamed of fire. trees ignited as i passed them, oceans burned. the sugary smoke settled in my hair as i slept, the scent like a cloud left on my pillow as i rose. even so, the moment my mattress started to burn, i bolted awake. the sharp, chemical smell was nothing like the hazy syrup of my dreams; the two were as different as indian and carolina jasmine, separation and attachment. they could not be confused.
standing in the middle of the room, i located the source of the fire. a neat row of wooden matches lined the foot of the bed. they ignited, one after the next, a glowing picket fence across the piped edging. watching them light, i felt a terror unequal to the size of the flickering flames, and for a paralyzing moment i was ten years old again, desperate and hopeful in a way i had never been before and would never be again."
I finished reading the last page. Closed the book. Got mad & felt sad. Then got mad for feeling sad.
Bea (Robot Girl) & Jonah (Ghost Boy) both weI finished reading the last page. Closed the book. Got mad & felt sad. Then got mad for feeling sad.
Bea (Robot Girl) & Jonah (Ghost Boy) both were sweet, quirky (in a good way), innocent & naïve, being the way they were. Weaving stories, giving imaginary places names, meaningless things meaning, making the whole story cozy & colorful. Which is why I wanted to read it in the first place. The book even has a few colored pages (black, pink, blue), which makes it stand out even more than it already does.
I'm mad at Jonah for being so selfish at times. But also mad for him, all those things happening to him ... The horrors he had to go through ... *shakesHeadSadly* No one should have to go through things like these. His father definitely was an as*, I'm not sure what he did was forgiveable in any way. Apparently Jonah saw it the same way.
Bea's mother was awful, calling her OWN daughter a heartless robot, every time Bea didn't feel or act the same way she did (her father isn't without faults either), though she (aka Bea) did a few times remind me of a certain someone ... You might know her (or not)
the book was really good (though i noticed that i change the rating on this book a lot of times). i read it in one sitting that's how much it captivat
the book was really good (though i noticed that i change the rating on this book a lot of times). i read it in one sitting that's how much it captivated my interest. there wasn't much action or suspense though. but that was ok. there are some really interesting debate scenes though, which gives the reader food for thought.
i was a little disappointed that the main characters were the only ones who were fleshed out. i would have liked to read more pages dedicated to dane's dad for example. while it is explained why he did what he did (no spoilers, right?), because his wife died, it wasn't enough for me. but that's probably only me ...
the main characters were fully developed. unfortunately, i had a hard time imagining some things, like how does this planet look like? more like a plain, cold laboratory look with some plants here and there?
and yes, i agree with those who think the book cover doesn't completely fit with the story itself.
i liked the fact that although the focus lies on romance, it didn't overwhelm the story at all. they didn't fall in love at first sight. not at second or third sight either, for that matter. many authors tend to write about characters which instantly fall in love, especially in the ya-genre. first it was suspicion and curiosity between those two. then respect and care. at last came affection and with that the love they felt for each other. it was like watching a pumpkin grow.
from equilibrium, minority report, the golden compass
i still felt alone. i still fended off grief every day, but it didn't take me by surprise anymore. it was a dull ache all over, not an acute physical hit every time i thought of her. if it wasn't for the fact that the others saw him too, that he was made of flesh and bone, i would have suspected silence was my invisible guardian angel. since the attack on joe, he'd started sleeping in the room i shared with carrie and bree. the first night he crept in, i was unnerved. the second, i was resigned. by the third i was comforted by his presence and i missed him if he wasn't there. we found peace in each other and nobody else seemed to think it was strange that he watched me all the time.
i thought he was waiting to see when i'd leave. without him. that was what he expected -- to be left behind.
sometimes he knew what i was thinking before i knew it myself. he left me food when i was busking. offerings, like a cat might leave on your doorstep --a cinnamon doughnut, a bunch of grapes, a bag of nuts, a fresh bread roll. [ p 143 - 144 ]
apart from the shocking twist and abrupt ending, which i was not so fond of, i love how the author effortlessly blended the humour with the dram3.75/5
apart from the shocking twist and abrupt ending, which i was not so fond of, i love how the author effortlessly blended the humour with the drama. and that you couldn't quite pigeonhole most of the characters. taking e.g. raven's dad who seemed to be the villain in his family, but had his jolly moments (view spoiler)[ and also grieved like any other parent for the death of his child (hide spoiler)]. gemma .. she was relatable and witty for all her bluntness, but also unsufferable when looking down from her moral high horse, fortunately she came to her senses (more or less).
aussie ya-lit at its best, folks. i enjoyed every glorious minute of it!
book pairings: okay for now, looking for alibrandi
i hesitated. "i thought wearing blue eye shadow was out now?" "what would you know?" said debbie. dad walked into the kitchen, his hair slicked down with baby oil. "bloody hell!" he said."did you fall on your face?" mum's bottom lip flickered. "debbie gave me a makeover." "with a plank?" "no," said debbie. "she can't go to brian's like that," said dad. he wiped the oil off his hands onto a tea towel. "they'll think i bash her." (p30)
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"how do you know when you're in love?" i asked. mum stood up and popped her cup in the sink. "oh that's easy. i know a good test. you'll know when you're in love when you meet someone and --despite his faults and flaws-- you'll happily clean his shoe for him after his trodden in dog poo." "that's the test" i asked. "dog poo? that's the test you used on dad?" "your father had a lot of flaws," said mum. "he hocked up his phlegm in a way that made my skin crawl. he wasn't a good listener. he was tight with his money. his hair was oily and he always seemed to have a speck of red capsicum caught in his front teeth - but one day we went for a walk and he trod in a mountain of poo, and i couldn't clean it quickly enough. it was delight. a pleasure. after that, i knew he was 'the one', even though his flaws are the same if not worse." she dipped her hands into her pockets and beamed at me. "the moment that something like the dog poo happens to you and you don't care, you'll know you've found 'the one'!" "but what about the fireworks, the heart thudding and the legs trembling like jelly?" i asked. "the're important," said mum. "but they're not always the most reliable hallmarks of enduring, true love." she patted my head. "no, gem. you can't go past the dog poo test." (p112-113)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
this book is everything i wanted by these ten bones by clare b dunkle to be and then some!
book pairings: plain kate by erin bow foxmask by juliet marillthis book is everything i wanted by these ten bones by clare b dunkle to be and then some!
book pairings: plain kate by erin bow foxmask by juliet marillier the near witch victoria schwab wuthering heights by emily bronte (view spoiler)[ haven't read it myself (yet), but i think its a somewhat good match anyways (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
name: mary shelley black character: mary shelley black goggles mary's bluntness mary's love for science stephen's anagrams spirit photography i4.5/5
☺ name: mary shelley black ☺ character: mary shelley black ☺ goggles ☺ mary's bluntness ☺ mary's love for science ☺ stephen's anagrams ☺ spirit photography ☺ illustrated book (*swoon*) ☺ creep factor (including the beak mask) ☻ julius, not enough of a fleshed out character ☻ ending :'( ☻ stephen's (view spoiler)[disdain for his brother, cause i kind of pitied him and how his family treated him as if he were exactly like his father .. well, it just seemed as if they didn't really give him a chance that's all: "his father was a drunk who treated my mother terribly before she left him. and violent, thieving drunks often breed violent, thieving children." (hide spoiler)] [ click ] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book sh kate is an appealing but not overly-idealized heroine, and a smattering of eastern european and roma (gypsy) folklore and tradition gives the book shape. mostly, though, it’s about human nature: suspicion, desperation, family loyalty, mob mentality. to an adult reader, it’s a mite predictable, but not in particularly frustrating way; it didn’t feel like kate was being daft by not putting things together, it just felt like the reader had a longer view of the situation. kate had immediate concerns to distract her; the reader is looking for the big picture. the only significant flaw is the ending; it feels a bit too neat, and there are enough sudden changes to make the reader feel a bit jerked-around. still, it’s a beautiful, gripping novel. [ thebooleyhouse ] ...more
i wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to thi wish the book had been longer, because if you actually hold it in your hands ... - it's pretty thin. i inhaled the story. the book cover added to the story's sinister tone. ♥
some people complained about it being too slow. i sort of agree. twas slow, but not an unbearable slow, rather an enjoyable slow. i also think the slowness was necessary, so as for the reader to take in enough background information, in preparation for the line#2.
general: saoirse ronan is set to lead the indie drama how i live now, based on the novel by megan rosoff. directed by kevin macdonald (life in a day), the world war II tale follows a new york city teen named daisy (ronan) who heads to england to spend the summer with relatives. when bombs fall over london, daisy and a young girl named piper struggle to make it alone in the woods as they look for safety. [ article ]
movie vs. book [13. june 2012] the screenplay, though quite different in many ways from the book, is very good. emotional, modern, romantic, very english. (my husband didn’t like the presence of morris dancers in one scene, but that struck me as a fairly minor detail.) daisy and edmond are still cousins. a main character who survived the book fails to survive in the film, but it would be wrong to tell you who dies. the film starts shooting in approximately 10 days. [ blog article | rosoff ]
first picture of saoirse ronan on the set [11. july 2012]