Unfortunately, even history itself is flawed. How nice it would be to learn of truths, but nothing is as accurate as the moment itself.
The Other BoleyUnfortunately, even history itself is flawed. How nice it would be to learn of truths, but nothing is as accurate as the moment itself.
The Other Boleyn Girl is an absolutely enchanting world weaved by Philippa Gregory. It is fiction based on history. The plot is beautiful and solid, despite the deceit and treachery interlaced in every page of the book. But it was a wonderful journey nonetheless.
Everything was told by the eyes of the other Boleyn girl, Mary Boleyn. But don't be fooled. It isn't exactly her story alone, but the story of entire England.
Mary Boleyn was the youngest of the Boleyn sisters, however, she managed to marry first. With her youthful charm, she caught the eye of King Henry VIII, and managed to become "THE Boleyn girl", with whom the king was enamored himself.
But even the greatest of the stars manage to loose their luster and fail to shine their brightest.
This was when Anne Boleyn, the oldest, smartest and most cunning of the Boleyns, entered the scene, and strategized to capture the King's eye. Mary is at first jealous, but seeing the life of Anne, who had everything she ever wanted, slowly loose her grip of real happiness, Mary manages to sail (or rather ride on a horse) towards the man who loves her, Sir William Stafford, and manages to find genuine love that the court could never offer.
At first, everything was going Anne's way. But despite Anne's wit and charm, everything turned sour after her inability to give the king a son.
Anne, after trying to shine her brightest, still struggled to shine even brighter, however, her shine was cut short. Her shine ended by the sword of an executioner.
I loved the story, however the lack of stars could be explained by my loyalty to Queen Anne Boleyn. My loyalty may be centuries late, but I refuse to think of dear Anne Boleyn as the villain, and point all the blame, and all my fingers to the real villain, the king. He is fickle minded and a philanderer, and only his title saved him from punishment. (Okay, my head could nearly be as cut off as Anne if I lived in their times).
However, it doesn't matter, for it is all in the past. No one has the full story. We may have glimpses, but never the entire, real story.
All I would like to think that Anne's reward for all the mistreatment she so ill-deserved was that her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, has managed to become the greatest queen, England has ever had :)...more
Klause poetically describes the violence and sensuality of the pack lifestyle, creating a hot-blooded heroine who puts the most outrageous riot grrrl
Klause poetically describes the violence and sensuality of the pack lifestyle, creating a hot-blooded heroine who puts the most outrageous riot grrrls to shame. Blood and Chocolate is a masterpiece of adolescent angst wrapped in wolf's clothing, and its lovely, sensuous taste is sure to be sweet on the teenage tongue. (Ages 13 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
Does this sound like a book for 13 year olds?
Was she Aiden's soulmate? Vivian wondered up in her room. Wouldn't she know if she were? Maybe if she made him the mate of her flesh first, then she would know.
Aside from that, there us also mentioning of biting off of buttons and searching for dark corners in the theater.
Doesn't sound like a book for young adults, right? And it is definitely not suited for anyone of 13 years old.
And overlooking the part where Vivian is presumably sixteen or a little older than that, we have a pretty decent love story.
Vivian Gandillon, is far from a normal teenager. She's a loup-garou/ werewolf. She's trying to fit in within normal society but fails, since she has zero friends. Until, she approaches Aiden, the poet/ meatboy. She feels the connection. She feels that Aiden understands her, despite not knowing what she is since he did write a poem about werewolves. They date. Vivian is in love. Everything was perfect.
Until she decided to tell Aiden the truth of what she was.
She thought she was beautiful in both her skins. Human and wolf form. But Vivian in her wolf form wasn't enough for Aiden to love her. ____
However, despite me not recommending this book to young adults, this book is enjoyable. At times, sweet like chocolate. And at times, bitter like blood (or rather coppery). But still, a book to be devoured by romance enthusiasts like me. :) ...more
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a wonderfully poignant tale about Santiago, a simple shepherd with whom, before having dreams about treasure at theThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a wonderfully poignant tale about Santiago, a simple shepherd with whom, before having dreams about treasure at the Pyramids, had a simple life and simply contented with what he had. But as I said, that was before the dreams.
Santiago, started out as an ordinary shepherd, then having extraordinary dreams, and them out of the blue, meeting a real king (which doesn't happen everyday, especially to a shepherd). The king, obviously an intelligent lot, had guided the boy into following his dreams, and this starts up Santiago's extraordinary journey of finding his dreams' treasure, learning the simple secrets and joys of life, and following the path of our destiny, because if we want something so bad, life will conspire for us to achieve our desires. But hey, who said it had to be easy? ♥...more
I enjoyed reading this book, because Mia was so full of life. I could feel her being a real person. I could understand her distresses and all. I couldI enjoyed reading this book, because Mia was so full of life. I could feel her being a real person. I could understand her distresses and all. I could understand where her desire for normality comes from. Well, who doesn't want that?
Well, Mia's story is every little girl's fantasy, I have to say. Who doesn't want to wake up one day, knowing she's a princess? At one point of my life, when I was a tiny girl, I wanted to become a princess. But Mia's fortune couldn't happen to everyone right?
But I'm glad I read this book. It sure made me laugh and connect with her. Especially with Mia's struggles on Algebra and her wants to stand out and fall in love.
If you're looking for something extraordinary, try picking this up and imagine yourself in Mia Thermopolis' shoes, and you would see being royal isn't just about pretty dresses. It's also about more ♥ and a little vegetarianism. :)...more
This is a laugh-as-you-read book. It's funny and light. Plus, it gives you tips on how to evade creditors: 1. Fake a broken leg 2. Pretend to have glandThis is a laugh-as-you-read book. It's funny and light. Plus, it gives you tips on how to evade creditors: 1. Fake a broken leg 2. Pretend to have glandular fever 3. Send a check - has to be unsigned though 4. When the check comes back, sign it, but make sure you get the date wrong - e.g. March 7, 2200 5. Your non-existent aunt is sick 6. Your non-existent aunt died 7. Your poor, but also non-existent dog died 8. Hide at your parents' house 9. Tell the creditor, that there's probably a glitch in their system 10. Leave the letters unread
So many options! Rebecca Bloomwood indeed tried them all :)...more
Midway in the book, I would have given it 3 stars.
But coming near the end, those last few pagers of seriousness, i changed my mind. This book deserveMidway in the book, I would have given it 3 stars.
But coming near the end, those last few pagers of seriousness, i changed my mind. This book deserved 4 stars!
At first, it was all about Becky, just wanting to shop. And of course to shop. And to shop some more. Well, of course, what would I to expect out of Becky, but midway, things started changing. Her shopping was ruining her career, breaking up her relationships, in short, destroying her life. But she really came around.
She sold all her stuff. Became more mature and worked things out.
I wonder whats in store for me in the next book of the series.
I'm thinking Rebecca Bloomwood just doesn't learn :)...more
Sophie Kinsella never fails to make me laugh. She also does an outstanding job of making me experience a flurry of gases. LOL
Samantha Sweeting. She haSophie Kinsella never fails to make me laugh. She also does an outstanding job of making me experience a flurry of gases. LOL
Samantha Sweeting. She has a life everyone could dream of having. Samantha thought so too. She had a wonderful career anyone would envy. She was a high flying lawyer. She was the youngest in her firm, with the brightest future ahead. But that was before she made a grave mistake that put her entire career at stake.
But then, she just thought that she had everything she ever wanted. Well, maybe she had a non-existent love life, but things were better that way for her. She always had only six minutes to spare on a relationship, but that wouldn't work out. Until she was given a chance to a different taste of life.
Blinded by shame, she rode the train and ended up some place she didn't know, and ended up knocking on a doorstep, where she was cared for, but unfortunately, was mistaken for an applying housekeeper.
But that was when Samantha Sweeting had a taste of the sweet life. Cooking, ironing and laundry is hard even to those who have plenty of experience of it. But Samantha has ZERO knowledge on anything about household chores.
But she learns and takes the "SWEET" out of Samantha SWEETING and lives it. And maybe, just maybe, Samantha would have more than six minutes or even a lifetime to spare on love. :) ...more
Life of Pi is one of those books you will think about forThis review will also be found on my blog Jasmin l-ves to Read.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel ★★★★☆
Life of Pi is one of those books you will think about for days. It's also one of those books that stick with you. And I know Life of Pi will stick with me for a long time. I'm also sure that other readers will agree with me since more than five hundred people has classified Life of Pi under their classics shelf. It being published in 2003 does not classify it under classic "literally". But with it's quality, Life of Pi will transcend generations.
Life of Pi is spiritual and informative and (most importantly) highly entertaining and thought provoking.
I honestly cannot get over the fact that sloths can sleep for twenty hours a day. Must be good to be a sloth. Yann Martel also shares a bunch of animal trivia, which do not become tedious. They're actually good to know.
Life of Pi is told in first voice narration. The major narrator is a writer travelling, who came across Pi's life. Pi's life is also being narrated by first voice, so basically, it's about a writer who is writing about Pi's life in first voice.
Piscine Molitor Patel was old for his age. He had the innocence of a child, but the maturity of an adult. Born as a Hindu, Pi has also embraced Christianity and Islam. Pi makes so much sense. Though hard to fathom, how can you embrace all three religions?
“Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat wearing Muslims.”
“If there's only one nation in the sky, shouldn't all passports be valid for it?”
He was mocked and ridiculed for this. He was told to take up more religions, since there are more days in the week than his religion. He was told to go to church on thursday, mosque on friday and synagogue on saturday.
His family decides to go to Canada aboard the Tsimtsum, with some animals Pi's father sold to American zoos. But due to unknown reasons, the Tsimtsum sinks. Pi manages to stay afloat on a boat with an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. But they eat each other out, until it's just Richard Parker (the bengal tiger) and Pi left, until they reach Mexico.
Pi says another version of the story without the animals as the Japanese investigators are insisting Pi to tell them how the Tsimtsum sunk. (view spoiler)[On the boat was a wounded sailor, Pi's mom, the chef and Pi himself. They eat each other out, until it's only Pi left. (hide spoiler)]
Which story would you like to believe?
Audiobook is 11 hours and 41 minutes, narrated by Jeff Woodman. Before, I blamed myself if I did not understand the audiobook I was listening too. Apparently, all I needed was a good narrator. Jeff Woodman surely delivers as much as Yann Martel.
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But I can't tell you til later. I have to start from the very beginning. But you have to know is involved. But the thing is, I can'So I have a secret.
But I can't tell you til later. I have to start from the very beginning. But you have to know is involved. But the thing is, I can't tell you the name of who is involved! I really can't tell you very much, but how?
Oh look, there's chocolate!
Let me stop writing this review-wannabe as I eat my chocolate.
So going back, would it help if I gave you a code name? Do not assume it is a real name. The code name is Jasmin. Whatever I tell you about Jasmin, you have to forget right away. For your own safety.
So Jasmin was reading a book. But the name of the book is secret.
Oh look there's a bird!
I'm getting tired.
The Name of This Book Is Secret, so does that mean the book title is secret? Enjoyable, action filled and awesome. Pseudonymous Bosch (I hope that is not his real name), is an engaging writer and I have enjoyed going through this book. His writing style is unique and hilarious. ...more
Saw the trailer for the book at theater? Should I try it out?
So Ok, I did try the book out. The trailer was interesting enoughSaw the trailer for the book at theater? Should I try it out?
So Ok, I did try the book out. The trailer was interesting enough to spike my curiosity.
I liked the concept of the book being in the POV of the male character, Ethan Wate. It's different from main stream young adult fiction where it's the girl's swooning over the male lead, which sometimes ends up to mushy. Well in this case, it was the guy who was being mushy, but +1 star for being different.
Ethan has been dreaming of a girl falling over and over. The dreams become more realistic but he just classifies them as dreams. A new girl, Lena, is enrolled in the school. But Lena is an outcast, being nephew of Macom Ravenwood, owner of the so-called "haunted house" in the town. For some reason, Ethan is drawn to Lena. He cannot help but be with her.
Lena is a caster, in short, a witch. On her 16th birthday, she will become light or dark. She doesn't really have a choice. With Ethan, they try to control fate.
The first half of the book was enough to get me interested. I was going through the pages really quick, however, I couldn't say the same for the last half of the book. I felt like the pace was becoming slower and slower and slower.
The book is also the first of the Caster Chronicles series. I'm perfectly happy with the ending, and do not have the compulsion to read the next book. I applaud Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for that. Lately, I just feel that all authors are jumping the series bandwagon, leaving their books in cliffhangers and killing their readers with impatience just by waiting for the next book....more