The story starts off with Lyra Belacqua, who is a 12 year old girl who lives at Jordan College in Oxford. The story begins when Lyra enters the Retiri...moreThe story starts off with Lyra Belacqua, who is a 12 year old girl who lives at Jordan College in Oxford. The story begins when Lyra enters the Retiring Room in the college, which is forbidden to enter. Lyra's daemon, Pantalaimon - or Pan - tries to stop her, but it is no use because she doesn't listen to him.
Lyra and Pan hid behind a chair when they hear the master of the college coming into the room. They see him putting poison in some wine, which Lyra learns the wine is for her uncle, Lord Asriel, who is visiting. Eventually the master of the college leaves and Lyra hides in the wardrobe. A bit later Lyra's uncle shows up to the room and is left alone in there. Seeing he was going to drink the wine; Lyra bursts out from hiding and stops him from drinking the wine. Instead of punishing her, he tells her to hide once again until the meeting is over.
Through a little crack in the wardrobe Lyra can see through and sees what her uncle is showing to everyone. Pictures of where he's been and Dust...Something called Dust. Shortly after the meeting Lord Asriel must leave again and Lyra is left at Jordan College. Lyra can't stop thinking of what she had heard - and seen - in the Retiring Room. What is Dust? She doesn't know, but wants to find out.
Something strange is going on. Children are disappearing because of something called the Gobblers. Lyra and her friend, Roger, have been hearing about children disappearing all over town and no one knows why. One night Roger goes missing and Lyra becomes worried. Did the Gobblers get her friend? She doesn't know and no one else seems as worried as her.
Her friend is missing, what is Dust? And all the other things she heard in the Retiring Room? Eventually all this will lead Lyra into a journey that she will never forget.
This book was amazing and is now one of my all-time favorites. I actually had the His Dark Materials Trilogy since I was about 12 or 13 because my mom bought them for me for Christmas one year, but never read them until 2009. I really became interested in reading the trilogy after seeing the movie in the theater. I wish I would have read this book sooner and I have no idea why I didn't. The story is unique, amazing and well-written. And I love Lyra and Pan, Lyra may have a bit of an attitude and doesn't always listen, but she's a great character that I felt a great connection with. Pan is awesome, to me he is the voice of reason and tries to help Lyra. I also love Lee Scoresby, he is the type of character that you wish were a real person so you could meet him. I could just go on and on about the characters in this book.
The Golden Compass is a wonderful fantasy book that everyone should give a chance and read.(less)
All About The Spice Girls and Me has facts, profiles and different things about the girls as well as lots of cool pictures. There is spaces in the boo...moreAll About The Spice Girls and Me has facts, profiles and different things about the girls as well as lots of cool pictures. There is spaces in the book for you to put information about yourself such as favorite things, Spice nickname, Your style and there is even a place to put your own photo. There isn't lots of reading, but quite a few nice facts and things about the group and each of the girls. This is a nice item for anyone who is a Spice Girls fan.(less)
Melaine B has always been my favorite Spice Girl and I was so happy to be able to read about her life. The book talks of her early life quite a bit, I...moreMelaine B has always been my favorite Spice Girl and I was so happy to be able to read about her life. The book talks of her early life quite a bit, I don't think it focuses on the Spice Girls as much Geri's and Victoria's books do, that is okay though. I really enjoyed reading about her early life, her mom's family sounds a bit crazy I can tell you that.
I thought this book was wonderful though, well-written. She has done so much in her life so far and it is really amazing to read about. It's sad to read about her marriage to Jimmy, she truly loved him and it just didn't work out. Makes you feel really bad for her, but she comes out of it fine and much stronger then before. Very good book if your interested in learning more about the life of Scary Spice from the Spice Girls.(less)
"No two people see events the same way. Everybody's truth is different. This is my truth.
If only there was a world with no pain...only love. If only the...more"No two people see events the same way. Everybody's truth is different. This is my truth.
If only there was a world with no pain...only love. If only there was no fear. If only..."
That is how the book begins and I've always loved that part. Every diary I've had I've always wrote that on the inside. If Only by Geri Halliwell, most people probably know her better as Ginger Spice, the book goes through her life from the time she is young through the Spice years, her solor career and life after the Spice Girls. Geri's relationship with her father is very touching. I read If Only when I was, maybe 13, and around age 12 is when a lot of problems started with my parents. By the time I was 13 I was depressed most of the time and this book really helped me a lot.
People can think what they want of Geri Halliwell, but the only thing that matters to me is what I think of her; she's a great person and has really accomplished a lot. I really had no idea to what her life was like until I read this book. Geri did things she wasn't proud of and she's not perfect and I think this book really can show you that stars are people just like us.
When I read If Only and finished it for the first time, I felt good and determined. No matter what I went through I wasn't going to let it beat me. This book definitely was inspiring. It inspired me to go after my dreams and that's just what I am doing. (less)
Let me start off by saying that I bought this because I am a fan of Spice Girls and Victoria. I have been for years. I'm not really into fashion. I kn...moreLet me start off by saying that I bought this because I am a fan of Spice Girls and Victoria. I have been for years. I'm not really into fashion. I know what I like to wear and the places I like to shop at, but that's about it. I am just not into fashion. I did like this book though. Victoria knows what she is talking about and gives good tips. I also loved the photos of her in the book.
Even if you're not into fashion, but a fan of Victoria, I'm sure you will still like this even if just for the photos or just to collect.(less)
This is the second book in the His Dark Materials called The Subtle Knife.
This book starts off with a boy named Will Parry, who is also 12 years old....moreThis is the second book in the His Dark Materials called The Subtle Knife.
This book starts off with a boy named Will Parry, who is also 12 years old. Will takes care of his Mother and has ever since his Father disappeared when he was only a baby. Will loves his Mother very much and will do anything to make sure she is okay. She is a great mother, but just has problems sometimes.
Some men are after Will's Mother; and he thinks it has something to do with his Father. Will's Mother has some papers from his Father and Will figures that is what the men are after, but doesn't know why.
Will has left his Mother with someone he knows because he feels she will be safe there and he heads back to their apartment to pack a few things and get the papers his Father gave his Mother. While packing Will hears someone at the door and it opens. It's these men again, looking for something. One comes in and looks around while the other stands at the door. Will charges the man standing in the doorway and the man trips over Will's pet cat and falls down the steps. When the other man leaves Will gets his things and leaves too.
He has to leave; he knows the police will be looking for him for killing a man. While walking Will comes upon a portal to another world. A city called Cittàgazze. The city looks deserted and he finds a house where that is some food. It is this house he finds a 12 year old girl.
I enjoyed The Golden Compass very much and was excited to read the rest of the books in the series. This book was no disappointment. There was so much going on. Will was really a great character and this book had some very emotional parts in this book and I even cried a few different times. The Subtle Knife was just really amazing. (less)
Jamie Sommers' life growing up was pretty rough, but somehow he always seemed to make it through. He lost his parents when he was young, sailed the sea...moreJamie Sommers' life growing up was pretty rough, but somehow he always seemed to make it through. He lost his parents when he was young, sailed the seas, survived shark attacks and pirates; with the life Jamie has had you would think that he could make it through anything.
But, one night while in a quiet town in delaware, Jamie finds something. Something that changes his life forever.
I picked up this book because S.E. Hinton is one of my favorite authors. I had read some reviews before buying this just to see what people were saying. Pretty much people will say this is a bad book; it's nowhere near as good as her YA books, but I still bought and read it anyway. This being Hinton's first adult novel I wasn't sure what to expect, but after reading the book; I've come to find it's not bad like some people say it is. To me, Hawkes Harbor is a really good book and I enjoyed it very much.(less)
Ponyboy Curtis is a greaser and the youngest of three brothers. Eight months earlier his parents died in a car accident and since then it has just bee...morePonyboy Curtis is a greaser and the youngest of three brothers. Eight months earlier his parents died in a car accident and since then it has just been him, Sodapop and Darry. Besides his brothers, Ponyboy has his friends like Johnny Cade and Two-Bit Mathews who are like family to him. But Ponyboy, Johnny and the others do truly feel like outsiders and the Socs won't let them forget that they aren't on their level.
Ponyboy and Johnny are attacked one night by a Soc named Bob. Johnny realizes that Bob is the one who attacked him before and in fear and defence, Johnny stabs Bob. Realizing what he's done, Johnny and Ponyboy run.
I found The Outsiders by chance when I browsing through the teen section of a Borders book store. At the time, I was fourteen and I wasn't much into reading. But I was homeschooled and it was required that every year I turn in a list of books I've read so I was being encouraged to read. The books that were recommended to me I didn't find interesting so my mom took me to Borders and let me pick out some books that sounded good to me. When I found The Outsiders I have never heard of the book, or even of its author. I knew nothing of its popularity or the impact it has had on teen fiction and teenagers themselves. I only knew that from reading the back, it sounded interesting.
I read it soon after bringing it home and I was hooked from the first page until the last page. I was never a Soc, or a Greaser, but I could relate to Ponyboy and the story. At times I felt as if Ponyboy were in my head because he felt a lot of the things I felt. Alone, misunderstood and an outsider. This book was life changing for me in many ways, and I can still see the huge impacts its had on me.
When I was fourteen I had no one to talk to about how I felt, and whenever I would try to tell anyone, such as my parents, they never understood. The Outsiders finally showed me that there was someone out there that understood, even if it was an author I've never met. She understood and knew what it was like to be my age and the feelings. So the book gave me comfort in knowing that someone out there completely understood my feelings.
And it was also one of the books that made me love reading, the other being Slam! by Walter Dean Myers.
One of the most important ways it changed my life was that it made me want to write a book of my own. It was really after reading about S.E. Hinton that I wanted to write my own book. I had started writing at age 12, but never thought of writing a book until after reading The Outsiders. I had started writing a few books, but stopped and it was because of what someone had said to me. I stopped writing for a few years, but I have started writing again because I never lost my love for writing.
Although I have now another author who greatly inspires me, S.E. Hinton was the first to inspire me to write. I knew she was only 16 when she wrote The Outsiders and that was amazing to me. She was such an inspiration, and still is.
What I love about this book is that the story and characters are so real and a person can really relate. It is a book that can be read over and over and you still love it. It's been quite a few years since I last read this book, but I still love it and it will always remain a favorite of mine. It has changed my life in so many ways that I am very thankful for. I believe I'm a better person for reading this and I wouldn't be the same person I am today if I hadn't read it. It's the book that got me into reading, made me realize a lot of things and helped me find I was meant to be a writer.
I recommend this book to everyone. I won't say that everyone will love this book, but I believe it is one that everyone should read. I just know I love this book and it's had huge impacts on me.
I hope whoever decides to read it will find it as wonderful as I did.(less)
Orivon Firefist was stolen from his village as a young child by the dark elves and turned into a slave. 15 years later he is one of the best blacksmit...moreOrivon Firefist was stolen from his village as a young child by the dark elves and turned into a slave. 15 years later he is one of the best blacksmiths and serves the Nifl-she, Lady Taerune Evendoom. Taerune trained Orivon and is very proud of all the slaves she has trained.But, Orivon hates living with the dark evles and has never given up hope of escaping. Orivon wants to return home, even if it means he has to destory all the dark elves himself.
I loved this book. The characters are great, like Taerune; she is a great character. At the beginning I really didn't like her, she was so heartless, but as the book went on I really started liking her. Overall, this is a good book and one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel to this book.
I loved this book. There was so much information in it and it wasn't very long, you can read through it pretty quickly. It was very interesting to see...moreI loved this book. There was so much information in it and it wasn't very long, you can read through it pretty quickly. It was very interesting to see where Philip Pullman got some of his ideas from.(less)
This is a Pokemon sticker collection book. It comes with stickers, but also with scenes for you to place your Pokemon stickers if you wish. It's a nea...moreThis is a Pokemon sticker collection book. It comes with stickers, but also with scenes for you to place your Pokemon stickers if you wish. It's a neat book. Nice collector's item for Pokemon fans.(less)
This book isn't too bad, lots of cool pictures of celebrities and their tattoos. Some of my favorite celebrities were in this book, but I think there...moreThis book isn't too bad, lots of cool pictures of celebrities and their tattoos. Some of my favorite celebrities were in this book, but I think there was quite a few celebrities that could have been in this book too. So, it's not bad, but not an amazing book. It's great if your really into tattoos.(less)
This is from the 1998 Spiceworld tour. Now the book doesn't have much reading to it, but there is many nice pictures, has the tour dates on it. I thin...moreThis is from the 1998 Spiceworld tour. Now the book doesn't have much reading to it, but there is many nice pictures, has the tour dates on it. I think it is very nice for someone who is a fan and collects things of the Spice Girls.(less)
Ghosts At Carlisle Barracks Army War College tells the history of the Barracks and the many ghost stories. There are stories of Jim Thorpe, many peopl...moreGhosts At Carlisle Barracks Army War College tells the history of the Barracks and the many ghost stories. There are stories of Jim Thorpe, many people believe he haunts several places at the Barracks. Other stories include that of the sad Native American boy who is always seen looking out of the window, stories of Ashburn Hall where employees have seen and felt spirits in the basement, the story of Lucy Pretty Eagle who went to the Indian school and died shortly after arriving.
I very much enjoyed this book. There were a few errors in the book, but overall, this book is pretty good. I enjoyed reading the stories and learning about the Carlisle Barracks.(less)