Okay, so...The Jaguar Prophecies...well first off I have to say that I won this book from Goodreads' through their Firstreads Giveaway. Secondly, I ha...moreOkay, so...The Jaguar Prophecies...well first off I have to say that I won this book from Goodreads' through their Firstreads Giveaway. Secondly, I have to say that this book is very good. It's much better than I expected.
Basically the book just goes into depth about the origins of 2012. Y'know, the world's supposed to end and stuff on December 21, 2012. But according to this book the world's not gonna end, it's just gonna get turned upside on its friggin head.
I loved the main character, Matt Howard, who is a woman. Sometimes it just seems that in books authors try to make their characters snarky and clever, but if done wrong it just makes the characters uber-irritating. Or at least I think so. But when done right it can make them extremely likable. Phyllis Gunderson did it right. I loved Matt, and I never got tired of her.
For me, this book is definitely something I'd want to read again, mostly because there's just so much information in it that I couldn't possibly take it all in the first time. I mean this book talks about everything: old Mayan myths and legends, the I Ching which I'd never heard of before reading this book, some Hopi prophecies, which say that there's gonna be a WWIII and that America's gonna get nuked!!
Which brings me to my next point: this book makes you want to get ready for whatever the hell's coming in 2012. I mean, after reading this book I just wanted to stock up on food, and trust me, I would, but I'm not the one that buys the food in my family. My parents do that since I'm just 16. But I'm seriously thinking about shoving this book down their throats so that we can be prepared. I mean, I'm scared.
But I loved all the stuff this book taught me. I just love books that can teach you something and tell a good story.
So...we all know the point in the Firstreads Giveaways. We, the winners, are supposed to read the book then write a good review that'll make others want to read the book too. So I'm just gonna come right out: Read The Jaguar Prophecies dammit! You won't regret it, but if you do...well...sorry. I really liked it.(less)
When I first started The Outsiders I really didn't like it. I just about hated it in fact. The way Hinton wrote was annoying, the dialouge was awkward...moreWhen I first started The Outsiders I really didn't like it. I just about hated it in fact. The way Hinton wrote was annoying, the dialouge was awkward at some points, and the main character has perhaps the stupidest name in name fiction history: Ponyboy. Bleh. (And let's not forget Sodapop, Darry, and Dally. The only characters with normal names were Johnny and Steve.)
And originally I was going to give The Outsiders only two stars, but after reading the terrific ending (which completely makes up for the rest of the book) I decided that Outsiders needs at least four.
At the end of the day, after getting past all those other things that makes this book a pain to read, Outsiders really has a great message. And I think everyone should read it at least once. (less)
I's been awhile since I read The Neverending Story but I've decided that I want to write a review on it. I loved this book. I didn't exactly want to g...moreI's been awhile since I read The Neverending Story but I've decided that I want to write a review on it. I loved this book. I didn't exactly want to give it five stars because there were times when I was seriously bored, but I couldn't give it 4.5 stars so I just rounded up.
I decided to read this book on a whim. When I was younger I used to love the animated series that'd come on HBO. That's really what made me want to read the book. I had to see if the book was anything like the cartoon, which it wasn't. And I had to see if the book was any good. I really didn't expect to like it as much as I did, so I was happily surprised.
This book is really two stories in one. I liked the first better, the one following Atreyu, but both were good. I loved in the first half when Atreyu ran into that giant wolf. The one that had planned to kill him. I can't remember the wolf's name, but that scene was probably my favorite part of the book. That or at the very end when Bastian had to forget everything.
The characters were amazing, I loved every single last one of them, especially Bastian. He was my favorite. It was interesting how Bastian changed so much when he went to Fantastica. And honestly I can't really remember why he changed so much, or understand, but that's just one reason why I'll have to read this book again.
I loved the themes: friendship, love, just be yourself and be happy with yourself, and there were so many more. This book was so layered.
When I get older and have children of my own I will definitely read this book to them. This book was amazing, it's so hard for me to explain it completely. But I honestly think that everyone should read The Neverending Story. I can't imagine anyone not liking it.(less)