I think the tree in the story is very noble. The tree just gives and gives 'till there's nothing left for her to give. I just feel sad for the tree because the boy was actually taking advantage of everything. It's weird but I'm actually sad because of a tree.
I think there's something really painful when you have love someone truly that you don't care about what's in it for you and it is not reciprocated but you still continue to love and give and you are just content that that person is happy.
Now I'm depressed and I want to hug and comfort that tree.
I stayed up all night reading this and it was a very short read like you can read it in one sitting. I decided to read it because of the hype surround...moreI stayed up all night reading this and it was a very short read like you can read it in one sitting. I decided to read it because of the hype surrounding this new book of Patrick Ness and someone told me that it is about death and acceptance. And if you're like have already an experience about someone you love dying you'll relate to this book and it is about this monster who comes one night and speaks to a boy and tells him three tales and in the end the boy will need to tell the fourth tale and that is the truth.
I figured out that judging from the title alone "A Monster Calls" I wouldn't really picked the book because I never thought that it will be an emotional book about death. Actually I've thought that the book at first was about horror fantasy adventure for kids.
For the record I didn't cry and I was really surprised because I'm a crybaby and virtually everyone cried reading the book. I actually feel detached to what was happening in the end because I thought it was predictable and there's a part that is really cheesy and cliche.
However I gave it four stars because the writing style and plot style is very interesting and unique. I really like the three fairy tale-ish tales because they are ambiguous, dark and I really like the messages they convey.
It was actually a book that has a pretty straightforward message and it's not like it leaves things for interpretation which I also really like. I also thought that the five stages of grief and dying denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance (DABDA) was also properly conveyed.
It actually has that universal message about death and how people accept death that I think everyone can relate to.(less)
This book has a very interesting protagonist/narrator. He loves prime numbers. He hates brown and yellow. He knows a lot about capital cities of diffe...moreThis book has a very interesting protagonist/narrator. He loves prime numbers. He hates brown and yellow. He knows a lot about capital cities of different countries. He finds it hard to understand human facial expressions, jokes and metaphors. Etc. Etc.
Actually if there's a real crime (not just a killed dog) and a bigger mystery and somehow a more complicated plot I'll give it 5 stars. But the story is very simple so just 3 stars. I still like it because I learned a lot about Math, Science, Sherlock Holmes, etc.
Also the atheistic comments and the dry humor makes it more compelling and enjoyable. (less)
or The Knife of Never Letting Go or Divergent, etc.?
Do you love the dessert?
*coughs* I mean desert. Do you love the desert?
Do you love cage fighting?
If you're cool with those things, then I got to say YOU HAFTA READ THIS!
When I started reading Blood Red Road I did not like it that much because the beginning was a little bit cheesy especially when they talked about stars and prophecy. Also, the writing style did not help, there are a lot of spelling mistakes and grammatical mistakes. I know that this writing style was used by Patrick Ness on his Chaos Walking Trilogy and I also have the impression that Moira Young stole the idea.
The words in this one spells like how they would sound like for example:
exactly will be something like ezackly, stomach will be stummick, respect will be respek, afraid will be something like afeard and so on and so forth
There are also grammar mistakes on the subject and verb agreement like I says was used rather I say.
But once you start reading it you will get used to it in the end. Just like what happen to me when I read The Knife of Never Letting Go.
Once you meet Miz Pinch that is when the story will get more exciting. If there is a one word that I can describe what Blood Red Road is, it will be Adventure. Once you read this, you are brought to different places, different situations and different characters. I really like the places they are different and I can just imagine them. The world Moira Young creates is really something. It's like Graceling and Lord of the Rings, the world is just rich. The Silverlake, Hopetown, Freedom fields, etc. There are many places and they are really amazing.
It is also unpredictable I'm always looking forward to what will happen next. There are a lot of characters from the good ones and the bad ones. I really like them Saba, Lugh, Emmi, Jack, Epona, Ash, Maev, Helen, Tommo, Demalo, Miz Pinch, the King, all of them. The characters are really great you will root for them, and care for them like they are real.
The love story was also a good one Saba and Jack. Saba is stubborn and strong. She reminds me of Katniss and Katsa.
Jack is happy go lucky, cocky and teasy. He reminds me of the lead guy in Tangled ...Finnick, and Jace Wayland.
That's it! I really like it because of: 1. The world building 2. The characters 3. The love story
My favorite part is the one (view spoiler)[when they are in the river Saba and Maev was there bathing in the river and Jack came. Maev left and Saba and Jack were talking and then Jack wanted to take a bath too and he teased Saba if she wanted to watch him and he started to count one two three trying to remove his trousers and Saba ran (hide spoiler)] And there are times that Jack will be shirtless
and I'm thinking
Maybe what I didn't like about it is the ending because I expected that (view spoiler)[killing the King would not be that easy (hide spoiler)] and it (view spoiler)[ended like all is well (hide spoiler)]. (view spoiler)[How about the next book? Who will be the villain and what will be the conflict? (hide spoiler)] I just hope the next one is just as exciting as the first one. ["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"]>["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"]>(less)
This is a pretty good sequel to the first book Divergent. The plot is action-packed, there are lots of running, shooting, and fighti...more Non-spoiler review
This is a pretty good sequel to the first book Divergent. The plot is action-packed, there are lots of running, shooting, and fighting. These days I've been addicted in watching Nikita an American T.V. Show about a group of assassins. While watching the show I missed reading Divergent because it made me remember the initiation of Tris in the dauntless faction when Alex, a character from Nikita is undergoing her training to become an assassin. That's why I'm really excited in reading the sequel and to go back to Tris' world. I think that's the good thing that I liked from this series because it's full of action. Although, in this sequel Tris is traumatized and she is having problems holding a gun, which is acceptable because of what happened at the end of Divergent. So, it became more complicated because Tris can only use knife or any other weapons except gun.
This book is also more suspenseful and the horror is more psychological. A lot of the characters here have been controlled because of the serum and simulation. It also became hard to know who are the allies and who are the enemies. It has a lot of intrigue and in the end it seems like the enemy is not the enemy and the friend is not the friend. I find myself confused and I like it because there are a lot of surprises, twists that I didn't see coming and great reveals. The ending is amazing and mind-blowing. I feel like I really wanted to tell someone about it because it's really shocking and I just need someone to talk to. It's crazy, the ending is just 'oh my God I want to know what happens next'!
There are talks about which one was better this series of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And let me tell you this, Mockingjay for me was a little bit disappointing and if the ending of this series will surpassed THG...I might prefer this series over THG. :)
Thank goodness I have money and thus I can buy a copy of Insurgent. This series is too good to not buy the books. Will probably go to the bookstore tomorrow. :) ________________________________________________________________ OH EM GEE The cover is out and its gorgeous ^_____^ me likes it.
Oh my gosh! I never really expected it but here I am hooked with another series. It's like a really long time since I'm excited for the next book. The waiting, the agony but there's also excitement.
Of course Harry Potter, Twilight, Vampire Academy, Percy Jackson, The Mortal Instruments and my most loved of all The Hunger Games has long ended.
But with every good series and trilogies that end I'm happy that there are new series and trilogies that emerge.
Divergent's so good it deserves a white teddy, and that's saying something.
***Review of Divergent***
Note: Without spoiler
I've known a lot of good thi...more Divergent's so good it deserves a white teddy, and that's saying something.
***Review of Divergent***
Note: Without spoiler
I've known a lot of good things about this book, from youtube and goodreads and they were saying that if you liked Hunger Games, definitely you have to read it. Also one of my friends here, Rollie, even mentioned that he liked Divergent more than the Hunger Games. And of course, I trust these people, when they say that a book is amazing, for sure I know it is true.
Then I'm itching to read it, but the problem was, I've no money and I'm even finding a hard time looking for the copy at our National Bookstore. Then, came the time that we went to Mall of Asia and, we're kind of celebrating my 20th birthday and our waiting place was the National Bookstore and I've seen Divergent in the New Releases Section. I think it was really the approriate time, I've money and it's my birthday (4 days kind of late, actually) and I decided to have a birthday treat.
So for those who haven't read it yet I heartily recommend it. It is a Young Adult Book. The genre is dystopian. The futuristic world in Divergent is divided into five factions...
Abnegation (The Selfless)- symbol: a hand helping another hand Amity (The Peaceful)- symbol: a tree Erudite (The Intelligent)- symbol: an eye Dauntless (The Brave)- symbol: a flame *this is also the symbol in the bookcover Candor (The Honest)- symbol: scale
If you're wondering what the term Divergent means it actually means that you can fit to two or more factions. You will know more about it reading the book.
What I really liked about the book is the world the author has created, at first I thought it was really idealistic, but when I'm reading it, I surmised it is flawed (of course I'm reading Dystopia, you know the 101, government and system is corrupted blah blah blah) and it is also more like political so it's really thought provoking and intriguing. I also like that there's romance in this book, but there's no love triangle, so I think it's different.
It's a mix of adventure, lots of fighting and there's training and simulation tests, there's mystery, there's political intrigue, there's humor, lots of violent scenes and it also has romance. So boys and girls I think would love it.
I also like that there's a lot of betrayal, a lot of twists and turns and for most of the time it's not really what I expected. I've been thinking that it could be a contender for the Hunger Games, but I'm not 100% sure if this one is better since this is only the first book in the series. So my decision if Divergent is better than Hunger Games will be decided I think after reading all the books in the trilogy.
PS: I think if I will have to choose for a faction, I'll be Erudite. :)
Note: With spoiler, to those who have read it, just scroll down
Yay spoilers ^^
The scenes that I did not expect:
1. So while reading it I never really expect that Caleb will choose to be Erudite, I knew that Beatrice will choose Dauntless because of a youtube review I've watched.
2. I was also shocked when I've learned that Beatrice's mom is a former Dauntless and she was killed in the end of the book, I thought that the author would spare her life. And even Tris' dad she had it killed at the first book.
3. Four's real identity. I thought that when at the start of the book when they're talking about Tobias and Marcus it never really crossed in my mind that that conversation would be important. And Four is Tobias and then at the end of the book he was reunited with his dad. I don't know if Marcus was really an evil character, I think we'll know more about it as the series progresses.
4. The end part of this book really came out as a shocker. There's war, there's genocide and all came out really intense and violent. There are important characters that were killed like Will and Tris killed her. Tris' mom and dad were killed. A lot of Abnegations were killed. And we don't know what will happen to Tori and Christina.
5. Two factions are left in chaos and we don't know what will happen to the Dauntless and the Abnegation. And it seems that for a while they will be factionless. I'm not also really sure what will happen in Amity and Candor if they will support the Abnegation refugees or the Erudites.
I never would have thought that I'll have the chance to read this book, for the reason that I don't even know that this book exist. However, when I on...moreI never would have thought that I'll have the chance to read this book, for the reason that I don't even know that this book exist. However, when I once again attended a meet-up by The Filipino Group in Goodreads last April 10 2011, which was also a celebration of the first anniversary of the group, Kwesi and I had the opportunity to swap books.
I have given him the book 1st to Die by James Patterson and he gave this book to me, which I don't have any idea what the book is all about. But judging on the title "Godless" I have a feeling that it will delve on Religion and Atheism.
Reading the backcover of it I was already fascinated, a teenage boy bored of his parent's religion (Catholicism) decided one summer to create his own religion, which was Chutengodianism, a new worship which fundamentally believe that the Town's Water Tower was the one and true God.
A big part of me immediately relate to that kid. I would say that I also found going to churh, listening to priest, praying rosary, reading the bible etc. boring. Most of the time, I believe I am a non-believer, an atheist, but no I think a Skeptic is the perfect word for me. I want to believe in God but I wanted proof, I want to see it before I believe it.
I find it really funny that this book is so natural. There are a lot of things the character said about Religion specifically Catholicism that are really offensive. I'm thinking if you're a believer of Christian Faith you might find it blasphemous or the book was like questioning Religion and it puts Religion on a bad state and there are a lot of the propaganda but for me it doesn't felt contrived or it doesn't felt like I was forced to believe in it. It's like here's the thing, think about it and it's not like here's the thing, believe in it. If that even makes sense.
I also love that the book is very funny and sarcastic. It's like reading this, I laughed out loud and I can't stop it. I even think about it's like a long time ago a book made me feel that way. And yeah I found books that made me laugh, special. It's like a very nice friend that could lighten up your mood and will give you a stomachache for its dry wit.
It's a very nice read and I really recommend it, just be open minded especially if you're a Catholic. I don't find questioning faith and God wrong or even found Atheists bad people. It's a very thought provoking and imaginative book that would really got you thinking about your own faith as well.
I also find the ending of it satisfying and it's a great way to end the book. Jason, the main character ended it with an epiphany or a reflection about himself, and there is that uncertainty about him and what he really believes in, that I find amazing and haunting.(less)