This is the "Book of the Month" for The bookclub I have joined a few years back, and the difference this time, is I actually pick up and read this one...moreThis is the "Book of the Month" for The bookclub I have joined a few years back, and the difference this time, is I actually pick up and read this one due to the attraction of a "post-apocalyptic" genre I enjoy so much. This is a story of a family, who has to endure a life change as a comet crashed onto the moon, which, in horror, brought it closer to Earth. This is Miranda's diary of her day to day account, along with her family. Her hardship with them, her frustrations, the changes she, her family and the rest of the people she knew have to endure. The plots, scenes and the characters within this book is so absorbing, I ended up drowning in deep enough, that when I look up, I actually thought, "Oh good, Electricity back on for today." and I spent a while to get oriented back into the real world.
Why exactly I picked out this book? The big, humongous moon, on the cover kinda entice me. Then, the book description pulls me in and I thought, "Hey, why not." Post-apocalyptic.. ohh yeaahhhh
Librarian Muse Yes, I would love to have this one in my library. It would interest any sort of students, who loves science-fiction. I would certainly recommend it to be a "Readers Set" for Year 9 (Secondary 3) up(less)
Personally I love this book due to being bias. Eygptian mythology and archeology are two of my favorite things so it's easier to follow. For a newbie,...morePersonally I love this book due to being bias. Eygptian mythology and archeology are two of my favorite things so it's easier to follow. For a newbie, this would be a crash course read along the fiction.
It's a great book, but as a librarian, I am kinda reluctant to place this in my school library without any request. Why? The indepths are to distracting regardless interesting and educating. It slowed down the storyline and dampens thefast moving adventures. Otherwise, if egyptology is an interest to a the students, the would enjoy it thoroughly.
Personal review, I love this book to bits and throwing it to my favourite books. (less)
I have avoided this series for a while now, since I thought I have had read one way too many vampire series. Honestly, it took a while a...moreWhen She Reads
I have avoided this series for a while now, since I thought I have had read one way too many vampire series. Honestly, it took a while after the movie came out too, but I can't stand seeing it there.. telling me to pull it out.. read it especially when I have been rewatching the movie like crazy - out of boredom *yes*
My first reaction? Yes Sir! I was disappointed to see the movie was kinda off from the book itself. But I must say one thing. I love the book! Regardless this series kinda start off a bit um.. weird for me, but it has been quite an experience. What I must mention here is, I have read 6 books from this series before I actually started writing this first review of it. I can say one thing, the book itself is NOT a stand alone book from the series, it depended on each other, because after a couple of books, Darren stop explaining who is who, what is what, which is which. You would be lost at what's going on. So I suggest any readers interested in this series should start from the first book.
What you can expect is... friendship gone astray, betrayal; yes, of course a circus featuring "Cirque Du Freak", Snake boy, beard lady. and then some. It started like any other normal story.. a boy with his friends, then boy sneak out with best friend to a Cirque Du Freak. More sneaking around. Then stealing. then close to death experience, and then broke up a friendship... and of course death by a deadly spider!
But that's not the end.. that's the beginning of everything. Darren Shan, died so he could live (reluctantly) as the creature of the night as a Vampire's Assistant to Mr. Crepsley. Darren Shan thought he could live his life as a half-vampire like a normal kid. But when Darren fell out when his best friend was just heartbreaking to read. Especially when his best friend was said to have bad blood by Mr. Crepsley!
It is a fast read for me, and I ended up wanting to read the next book as soon as I finished this one. I found myself so wrapped up, there are points I actually gasped at the horror of what's happening, of course there are some scenes, that would caught me by surprise that left me in dismay. Humor isn't left out from this particular book. I found myself so pulled in into the story I can't help reading it where wherever, and whenever I could! Yes, I am that kind of book worm. I actually enjoy reading it!
░▒▓ Librarian Muse ▓▒░ This has been one of the most wanted series in the library I'm working at, so I guess it would be a good addition as any school library there it, who students are very keen into the Horror Genre. But I must warn you librarians out there, this is one series, you can't get without getting at least the prior books if you're set into getting one of this books in the middle of the series. (less)
Why exactly I picked out this book? The movie made me curious. Plus it has been awhile since I read any vampire genre. I was sick of the...moreWhen She Reads
Why exactly I picked out this book? The movie made me curious. Plus it has been awhile since I read any vampire genre. I was sick of the genre for a while (can you blame me? there's glittering vampires now!) until I'd picked out the first book from this series. It revive my love for the genre itself, and I tend to read this like an addiction. Hey, just look at the cover, that pulled me in right away, plus this is one of the most checked out books we have at school.
My 2 ¢ Book cover. That reminds me of that one scene from the old Dracula movie pose. Except the fact it's green...and scaly.
Darren Shan is a half vampire and he is also the assistant to Mr. Crepsley, the ever so impatient and sometimes bossy vampire. Darren is going through angst in this book. Mr. Crepsley decided to bring Darren to Cirque Du Freak so he could have companions of around his age, so he could at least have a social life.
The plots and storyline in this book, like the first one, really is a fast page turner for me. I really couldn't put it down. What i see so clearly, is the fact the movie is really different from this book. Remember the monkey girl Darren likes in the movie, she's virtually absent from this book. I'm actually disappointed by it really, because that actually one of the reason, I sometimes prefer watching the movie first rather than read, cause I've enough experiences on being disappointed due to the major differences between the two medias.
Which one do I prefer? I like the book much better, but the movie has it's own attraction. I guess it depends on what individual wants though.
Librarian Muse Inclusion of this series in teens library is a good way to promote your library. for any young readers. Having a movie about this book helps in promoting the book itself for the young patrons. For the library which cater DVD's, I suggest in gettign the DVD as well. This would ignite discussions about the difference of the two different medias in their class. (less)
Darren has to prove himself through several trials to prove himself to his fellow vampire peers. Much of the excitment of his trials the matter if the...moreDarren has to prove himself through several trials to prove himself to his fellow vampire peers. Much of the excitment of his trials the matter if the vampaneze isn't out if mind yet.
This is a very fast pace book. Darren brought us into his world and experience his trials with him, feeling his pain and joy as he experience his new life as a half vampire. Personally this has become one of my favorite series. I actually smiled when I saw a student checked out this book in my library. But all I could thnk of is, have they read the books prior to this one, since this isn't a stand alone book within the series, I seriously suggest. Reading it from the first one.(less)