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
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
Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus,Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus, there’s no sex scenes, and just one decent kiss.
The book, is narrated by Leo Borlock’s perspective. He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing someone she barely knows a happy birthday, she stands out. Her schoolmates couldn’t help but find her odd. One time, Stargirl goes to a football match, which no one almost ever watches. She makes an exhibition of herself, by roaming around the football field (I imagine her like a fairy), until police had to come forward just for her to leave the field. That’s when Mica High attended every game onwards. Stargirl was a sight to watch. She was also recruited to the cheering squad. And again, she gives the readers another dose of her weirdness, by cheering enthusiastically, for everyone (that includes the other team). For others, we might find this hateful (just imagine your cheerleader cheering for the other team), but this proves the depths and lengths of Stargirl's naïvety and pure-heartedness. It’s actually amazing.
Leo, is and always has been amazed by Stargirl. The feeling was mutual, and they become a couple. Leo enjoyed being with Stargirl. He was at peace, but then he noticed that the entire Mica High was shunning him as well. Leo Tolstoy was definitely no island, so he turned sad. He needed Stargirl, but he needed his peers as well. How Stargirl ever manages it, was a wonder to him. And Leo makes a choice. A terrible choice.
And Stargirl, makes a terrible choice as well. She decides to be ”normal”.
All of us are either Stargirls or were Stargirls. Everyone is a star. We are stars, some in little ways, and some in ways that no one can possibly miss them. But the thing is, we have what it takes to be a star. The problem is, how do we deal with the stars lodging in us. Some polishes their star to make it brighter, while some hide in the brightness of other stars to suppress their shine.
After I finished this book, I was left with the same thought as Leo’s:
Is she there? I wonder what she calls herself now. I wonder if she’s lost her freckles. I wonder if I’ll ever get another chance. I wonder, but I don’t despair. Though I have no family of my own, I do not feel alone. I know that I am being watched. The echo of her laughter is the second sunrise I awaken to each day, and at night I feel it is more than the stars looking down on me.
And I have to say, we have to make Stargirls the new normal. ...more
The Iron King is something I've read before. I'm not saying that it's the same book. I've read the "Storm Born" series by Richelle Mead and I could hoThe Iron King is something I've read before. I'm not saying that it's the same book. I've read the "Storm Born" series by Richelle Mead and I could honestly say that Mead's fairy land was better written and better executed. I don't know who wrote which first, but both worlds are very similar. I'm not biased, because I've read Julie Kagawa's "The Immortal Rules" and I've enjoyed it very much.
Puck, Meghan's best friend, is a fairy looking over Meghan. he protects her from seeing the fairy world. when suddenly Meghan's little brother, Ethan, acts all weird, Robbie/Puck divulges that Ethan has been replaced by a changeling. Meghan decides to venture into the fairy world to save him. from then on, she discovers that her father is the seelie/ summer king. she is a bastard daughter and the summer queen hates her with a passion. there comes a fairy gathering where the summer and winter court would come together. Meghan discovers that the boy who hunted her is son of the winter court, an enemy, Ash.
What I didn't buy in this book is the progression of the love story between Meghan and Ash. There was barely any interaction then suddenly there's tension between them? Yes, Meghan was attracted to Ash but it was weak.
I feel that this series has very strong potential so I will continue reading the next books....more
The Book Thief is a beautifully woven tale, interspersed with the bright colors of life and the agonizing hue of war and death.
The book is actually naThe Book Thief is a beautifully woven tale, interspersed with the bright colors of life and the agonizing hue of war and death.
The book is actually narrated by Death. If I understood it right. He talks about everything, but the primary focus was Leisel Meminger's books and life plus the people around her.
Death carries souls in his arms. He is everywhere at once. But he never fails to notice Leisel Meminger, the book thief.
It started on the train. Her mother was a communist, and communists were better off dead. Along with her brother, she was to be adopted. But by some unfortunate accident, her brother died and she was orphaned alone. But before that, was her first stealing. At the grave of her brother, she steals "The Gravedigger's Handbook". She was orphaned to a quite a lovely family, the Hubermanns. She had a loving Papa, in the form of Hans Hubermann, and a loving mama, in the form of Rosa Hubermann. Both loved her, but Hans' way of showing it was more obvious.
Leisel struggled at school. She knew nothing about reading and writing. But despite that, she loves books. Her first book, The Gravedigger's Handbook, Leisel had no way of knowing what the words were telling her, but knew that it some way it connected to her brother.
But she persevered and learned.
Leisel is a strong and memorable character. Her love of books would be something all of us could relate to. But not only is she gifted with but 10 books, she shares and gifts us with her own book, "The Book Thief" to Death.
Almost all the major characters are unforgettable.
(1) Leisel Meminger - How could I forget how she stole but still touched my heart? (2) Hans Hubermann - How he filled me with hope as he played his accordion? (3) Rosa Hubermann - How she has the ability to love but hides it with her foul mouth? (4) Rudy Steiner - How he fooled us thinking he was shallow minded for appearing to just want a kiss, but is actually very deep? (5) Andy Steiner - How he lost his family and survived and blames himself for not sending Rudy to war? (6) Max Vandenburg - How he hides in the basement, but comes out and takes a view of the horizon as bombs were being thrown over?
I am almost about to stop.
"Somewhere far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid it might come leaking out." Unfortunately, same goes for me.
____ I actually love a good romance, however this book doesn't have much. But I'm not going to take it out on the book. So I base my rating on not on its ability to make my heart flutter a beat, but on how it touched my heart :)
P.S. Despite me giving this book 5 stars, I must make it clear that I am not advocating book stealing :P
A treasure. This is what this book is. Every page is filled with honesty. Every page offers a lesson to be learned. Every character is so full life anA treasure. This is what this book is. Every page is filled with honesty. Every page offers a lesson to be learned. Every character is so full life and is bound to never be forgotten, as each of them awards the reader with endless love and insight. This book gives so much and asks for so little in return. It asks for you to read her.
Who doesn't know the March sisters? They've been turned into movies and cartoons. And I can see the producer's goal: for every little woman to learn and grow like the March sisters had.
It is unfortunate that I have read this book just now, and I am considerably not a little woman no longer.
After reading this book, I no longer wonder why this book transcended time. For a book of this quality, and at the same time imparts lessons and knowledge, deserves to live for eternity. This book will definitely survive another century or a millennia at that.
And I will help by reading this along to my future daughter, if I am to be blessed with one, not for her to grow up much sooner, but for her to become a better little woman than I was. And hoping that she would also pass it on.
BTW, lack of stars is due to my disappointment that Jo rejected Teddy's love. I have rooted for their love team since cute Teddy has been hiding underneath the curtains with Jo....more
I've found treasure in a form of a diary. It's shiny and has a very beautiful cover. I'm dazzled. I flip the cover. I read the pages. It's hard stoppiI've found treasure in a form of a diary. It's shiny and has a very beautiful cover. I'm dazzled. I flip the cover. I read the pages. It's hard stopping. What I'm doing is bad, but, who could resist the temptation of gossip this diary brings?
That was what I felt when I read this book. I felt like I was invading in private property, lacking the skulls and the warning "you will drop dead if you read this". (Well, okay, it isn't exactly a diary, but still, I'm in the complete impression that I am. Since, this book is personal.)
Princess in the Spotlight is the second book of the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. And the spotlight is on Mia Thermopolis, still a quirky lass. She never fails to make me laugh out loud (literally like a crazy person). She's still entirely funny and witty and still with a great aversion to her lack of mammary glands, increased growth rate and fact that she is princess of some European country called Genovia.
Still more to burden her were her flunking in Algebra, her taking princess lessons from scary grandmere and her having a big crush on Michael Moscovitz, big brother of her best friend Lilly.
Her problems don't end there though. Aside from her breasts resembling tiny scars on a chest, her mom is pregnant by her algebra teacher. And her totally scary grandmere is already planning a grand wedding, with all the luscious hors d' oeuvres one can handle, that her antisocialite mom would never attend to.
Well, she's also had this secret admirer, sending her love letters and love e-mails.
But still, things could have been tolerable if she had someone to share a French kiss with. But she didn't.
Really, there's not so much a girl, even a princess, can handle....more
WARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.
As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually misWARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.
As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually miss it sometimes, but then thanks to Goodreads, I discovered that it all started with a book.
Jerusha Abbott is an orphan at the John Grier Homes. She always gets into trouble and has been overstaying for two years. She works her stay by taking care of the younger ones. She's actually scared that they might turn her out, but one day, Miss Lippet calls Jerusha to her office. On her way, she sees a man's shadow who appears to have extremely long legs.
As she enters Miss Lippet's office, Miss Lippet tells her that she is to be sent to college by an anonymous man, whom she could call Mr. John Smith, which is of course is an alias.
Jerusha is very thankful. She sends Mr. John Smith letters on almost about anything, ranging from her studies and silly exploits and how a foundling like her strives to keep the secret of her roots. The letters, some silly, some serious, some showing what she learns, but all are funny and touching.She calls him Daddy Long Legs since his shadow is all that she could tell of him.
She does very well at school, ends up being called "Judy" and gains friends, Sally Mc Bride (the one with glasses) and Julia Pendleton (blonde).
But despite the constant sending of Mr. John Smith of gifts, she can't help but be depressed writing to someone who never writes back. A girl couldn't help but cry.
Ah hah! Then she meets Jervis Pendleton, a rich uncle of her classmate Julia Pendleton. Jervis understands her, and in some way, they have the same flow of thinking.
But somehow along the way, she happens to fall in love with him, despite the 14 years age gap.
And ah, the ending is so refreshing. I remember feeling the same amount of lightheartedness, because the ending is so touching.
And now that it's over, I look wistfully like this:
Well not as cute as that, but teary eyed since my longing for the cartoon is somehow eased, but still there.
Daddy-Long-Legs is a sweet tale, not just of romance, but also how an orphan girl strives and blends in the normal world. Judy is a heroine that is very admirable and whom everyone must set an example of. She is strong and hardworking. And her roots never interfered with her dreams, and she somehow made it an inspiration to aim higher. And also, she is not perfect, and as she constantly points out, she is just a girl of whom all of us could relate to.
But somehow, I couldn't get enough of this, so, off to get a copy of the sequel Dear Enemy.
But who is Daddy-Long-Legs? Read to find out :D...more
Graceling. n. A person born with an extreme skill – called a grace. Identifiable by presence of mismatching color of eyes.
Seven Kingdoms. A place wherGraceling. n. A person born with an extreme skill – called a grace. Identifiable by presence of mismatching color of eyes.
Seven Kingdoms. A place where gracelings are either laughed at or feared. But mostly, they are exploited and used for other’s personal gain.
Some gracelings are blessed with absurd graces, such as ability to hold breath for hours underwater. Some graced with practical skills such as cooking or combat skills. Some graced with powers to see the future. And one is blessed with the grace of killing.
Katsa. Gifted with the grace of killing. At the age of seven, she has managed to strike a powerful, killing blow to her cousin, who ended up dead on the spot. She is equipped with insurmountable strength, unbelievable agility and more than human stamina. With the years, Katsa has managed to control her grace. She has trained. She has been on the field as her uncle/ King Randa of Middluns’ deadliest weapon. She has been his assassin, always at his beck and call, to kill or punish anyone who displeases him.
Stories of the girl with one eye as green as the grass, and the other eye as blue as the sky, has travelled rampantly. Katsa is feared all throughout the seven kingdoms. Katsa is unbeatable. Until she met Prince Greening Grandemalion or Prince Po of the Leinids, who is graced with combat skills and has one silver and one golden eye. Katsa has met her match, or rather a “challenging opponent”.
Katsa and Po, both brought together by the need to uncover the truth about Grandfather Tealiff’s disappearance. They embark on a journey, ready to unravel the deceits planted by a graceling, far more vicious and powerful than Po and Katsa ever imagined. ___ Graceling by Kristin Cashore is beautifully written and highly imaginative. It is a unique and wonderful read. But why my lack of star?
1. Katsa and Po being okay with being casual f*cking buddies. (not really a good message to impart on the young readers) 2. Kristin Cashore presents clues, you think a little, but then you don’t really need to think, because a few pages later, you are faced with your answer. 3. Silly names. Really, Tealiff and Greening Grandemalion? Would you name your children that? 4. Bitterblue. A character who’s very young but then very wise. Really hard to believe. 5. The problems resolve themselves so quickly! Can’t she give us a little more heart pounding action?
Should I go on? Hmm, but despite my complaints, this was still a pretty decent read with a chance of being a blockbuster once it hits the big screens. ...more
Class, silence please. I am your teacher for today.
What happens if you add a weak acid with a conjugate base?
Ah! Forget my blubbering silly chemistryClass, silence please. I am your teacher for today.
What happens if you add a weak acid with a conjugate base?
Ah! Forget my blubbering silly chemistry.
How bout this formula below?
What happens if you add this hot Latino hunk plus this blonde cheerleader [image error] ?
*wrong buzzer sound*
No class, we do not get perfect chemistry.
We get this movie instead:
*hands shoot up in the air*
Okay I am not fit to be a teacher since I'm talking nonsense here.
But really, what is perfect chemistry?
I'm not a master of the subject, but after reading this, I could say that perfect chemistry isn't perfect at all. (okay, that totally sounded weird). Perfect chemistry isn't shared by two people who are too alike that they never ever have a spat. It isn't shared by two people who are too different that they never ever have something to agree about. It's actually something two people have, that despite the differences that attract them and the same feathers that make them flock together, that despite all the perfect moments, the incomplete moments still has the ability to feel perfect. Perfect, maybe not in a good way, but rather something that still makes them feel complete, just like how a puzzle pieces fit. But these things are better to be felt than read about. :)
Brittany Ellis, is the perfect girl. She has the perfect face, the perfect hair, the perfect pair of breasts, the perfect boyfriend. But her life is far from perfect. Her parents are only there to mandate rules on how to employ being perfect while hiding her retarded big sister at home. Don't get me wrong. Brittany isn't just another bitch in high school. She's the cheerleader with a heart, with too much love for her sister.
Alejandro Fuentes, Alex for short, is the perfect way to make a girl sin. He's hot and has biceps, triceps and all sort of eps but he's in the Latino Blood gang. He's Mr. Tough Guy. But behind it all, is a gangbanger with a heart, with too much love for his family.
See, both of them have hearts. But they couldn't possibly suit. Brittany's from the upper crust of society, while Alex is from the slums. So how could they ever have perfect chemistry between them?
As I said, I'm no master on the subject. But Alex and Brittany just work good together. Starting from Brittany almost running down Alex with her car, to being Chemistry partners, they end up getting there and having perfect chemistry. But I'm not saying the road towards getting there was easy. The track they might have chosen might be the one less traveled but it's all worth it.
Simon Elkeles makes it worth it. For this is a story that isn't full of stuff that sounds too good to be true. This is a story that feels so real that it's so beautiful.
And btw, who wouldn't want to find someone they could share perfect chemistry with? ♥...more
Never did I imagine that a fourteen year old would teach me how to kiss.
The third time is definitely lucky for Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi TheNever did I imagine that a fourteen year old would teach me how to kiss.
The third time is definitely lucky for Princess Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo, Crown Princess of Genovia. Well, of course, not at first, since Mia is stuck with a boyfriend she likes but not loves. She's in love with her best friend's older brother, Michael. And she's still struggling with her Algebra.
Meg Cabot's writing is definitely full of life and humor. It actually makes me nostalgic of my high school life.
The Princess Diaries is one of my guilty pleasures, since even at the age of 22, I definitely enjoy them more than I should. But you wouldn't see me reading this in public. Aside from the fact that this book is intended for someone younger than me, there are tons of laugh out loud moments that would catch attention of others and make them think that the reader is demented.
Thing is, Mia's definitely falling in love and saving the world, one step at a time. After vegetarianism, the dolphins definitely go next....more