Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—the book that started it all.
I’m so excited to finally pick up this book and read it all over again. It’s been years since I first read it which was probably the reason why I had forgotten some bits of it but the feeling I experienced the first time I flipped open this book and meet the characters years ago was still very much there—it didn’t change at all. I felt like my teenage self all over again.
I decided to re-read this book around Halloween of this year and it was just the perfect read for the occasion—witches and wizards, there’s a gentle giant, broomsticks, dragons, ghosts that roams around the castle, a singing and talking tattered hat, and there’s also Fluffy, the three-headed dog and I can go on and on! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book, the humor in this book is seriously incomparable and distinctive from any book I’ve read. It’s so easy to read yet it will pull you in instantly with how interesting the characters are. Once you meet them, you’ll crave for more.
There are so many things in the story that I genuinely enjoyed: Quidditch, when Harry got sorted to Gryffindor, flying lessons, Ron and Hermione’s never ending bickering and I also found the Dursley’s denial about magic quite hilarious. Here’s my top three favorite parts of the story (in order):
(3) Halloween. The part where the golden trio knocked out the stinking mountain troll is quite special to me because this is the part where the golden trio became friends. They started hanging out more often after the incident so, yeah, this is definitely up on my list.
(2) Mirror of Erised. In my opinion, the most emotional part of story (both in the book and film). I just can’t imagine and fathom how Harry must’ve been feeling being an orphan and not knowing his parents (for 11 years, he doesn’t know what his parents look like!) and for the first time, he saw his parents through Mirror of Erised. The fact that kept going back there for nights made my heart break.
(1) "Harry--yer a wizard." My most favorite part of the story is when Harry discovered he’s a wizard. He’s been through so much and his only relatives weren’t of any help at all. When he found out he’s a wizard and he can go to a place where he’ll finally feel like he’s home and belong to something, I felt extremely and genuinely happy for him.
Of course, I’m giving this a solid 5 out of 5 stars and I genuinely recommend this book for all ages. If you still haven’t picked this up thinking maybe you’re too old for a middle grade book, I’m telling you, age doesn’t matter! I’m so sure everyone will enjoy this book. It’s not too late pick it up! I’ll see you in Hogwarts :)
Hush, Hush is a sexy, hot and thrilling debut novel of Becca Fitzpatrick, which follows Nora Grey, a 16 year-old typical highschool student, who's lea...moreHush, Hush is a sexy, hot and thrilling debut novel of Becca Fitzpatrick, which follows Nora Grey, a 16 year-old typical highschool student, who's leading a perfectly normal life until she got paired up in a Bio class with Patch, a full-on sexy transfer student who gives out a mysterious and dangerous vibe. Having said that, Nora finds herself drawn to him the way she'd never felt drawn to anyone.
This book is ON FIRE! It's downright fantastic--from the book cover which is just tempting until the very last page. I finished this book in just one sitting. I actually read this book twice in one week. And I just love my best friend for lending me this book because I know I'll be missing half of my life if I hadn't read this.
Moving on, the concept of the story was very well defined. I simply adore how Becca made the story incredibly without trying too hard. The writing was just awesome and there were remarkable dialogues. The characters complement each other very well and they are easy to like.
I find Nora's innocence quite amusing and she has a lot of common sense, well, atleast when Patch is not around. Vee Sky, Nora's bestfriend, is more outgoing, straight-forward, sassy and funny. She reminds me of my close friend so it was easy for me to like her. And then there's Patch, to make it short, he's one of the things that sets the book on fire. I saw an interview of Becca where she mentioned she wanted Patch to be the "Ultimate Bad Boy". I believe she justified that well enough in the book. For me, Patch is new definition of Bad Boy.
The climax was out of control and breath-taking! I just love how everything turned out.
I highly recommend this book to those who likes to read a Paranormal Romance mixed with humor and a braintwisting mystery.
I had high expectations on this book, perhaps because I've seen the movie first? And I have this mindse...moreGreek Gods, monsters and a not-so-typical hero.
I had high expectations on this book, perhaps because I've seen the movie first? And I have this mindset that most of the books that are being adapted into a movie had made an exceptional mark on the literary world. Percy Jackson was, indeed, exceptional!
I love the book more than the movie, no surprise there really, I've got so used on that feeling after seeing books turn into a movie that did not successfully lived up to how great the book was, but don't get me wrong, I liked the movie although not as much as I liked the book.
Moving on, The Lightning Thief definitely exceeds my expectations. I love the book so much that I don't even know where to begin. I'll just sum up everything I liked and hopefully, I make sense in here.
The concept of the story was fresh, tremendously creative and undeniably fascinating! I just love how Riordan smoothly banded these mythology beings and creatures with the day to day living. Every thing was detailed but not in a complex way, the pacing was in perfect timing and everything was balanced-- the action, adventure, drama and of course the humor. Not a single page bore me. From the first chapter, there's already something happening that will keep you engrossed into the story.
The characterization was simply wonderful. I may sound biased but Percy Jackson is my favorite character in the book and now one of my favorite literary heroes as well. He definitely broke the all-tough-and-mighty-hero mediocre. He's actually flawed, he gets into a lot of trouble at school (like getting expelled 6 times in row), and not to mention he has ADHD and Dyslexia which is connected to him being a Demigod (half-human, half-god). Almost every kid can relate to him, he's sensible and very human.
The Lightning Thief is a fantastic start of the series. I'm rating this 5 out of 5. I really enjoyed reading this book not only because it's a great read but it's a fun way of learning too. I've learned a lot about the ancient Greek Mythologies and stuff alike and by saying that, I HIGHLY recommend this especially to those Greek mythology junkies. I'm sure they'll enjoy this a lot since the Gods and Goddesses (and not to mention, monsters) were in a whole new and fresh setting.(less)
I was thrilled when I found out that C.C. Hunter’s Born At Midnight, one of my anticipated reads for this year,...moreOriginally posted at: Girl about Books
I was thrilled when I found out that C.C. Hunter’s Born At Midnight, one of my anticipated reads for this year, has a prequel and it's available up on the publisher’s site and we can all read it for free! So I went there in a heartbeat and read it.
Turned At Dark is a quick-read yet it includes ideas and glimpses on what to expect on Born At Midnight. I really enjoyed Della as a character and I also like the fact that she was actually a human first. I thought the way she struggle and deal with her transformation at the same time was really vivid and tangible in a way. The way the story was presented, the verbiage and the characterization was all great, which also gives us a foretaste of the author’s writing.
Overall, Turned At Dark is a fantastic way to warn-up the fervently awaiting fans (that includes me!) of Born At Midnight. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars because I simply enjoyed reading it!(less)
Delirium is the very first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read and also the first dystopian book I’ve read. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Lauren...moreDelirium is the very first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read and also the first dystopian book I’ve read. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Lauren Oliver and after reading this amazing masterpiece, I knew – and felt – exactly why.
It’s the premise of the story that basically caught hold of my attention. Where have you heard or seen a story where love is despised and regarded as a disease? I think that is genuinely original and creative.
This story was beautifully written which is most probably the reason why it’s so easy to be drawn towards Lena’s world and her life. Furthermore, there are so many compelling dialogues in it regardless of how long or short the line was.
The characters are easy to love and I felt emotionally connected with them. Lena is such a wonderful, strong and worthy of a heroine. I admit that at first, I want to shake her vigorously and tell her to listen to herself and hear how ridiculous she sounds. Perhaps, that’s what Lauren wants the readers to feel. I just love Lena’s development as the story goes on, she’s just fantastic! The other characters are just as lovely too. Alex is such a charming guy; I totally understand why Lena fall inlove with him because I totally would too. Lena’s best friend, Hana, was also one of my favorite; I think she’s the bestfriend any girl wants to have.
Delirium is a riveting, wonderful rollercoaster ride of emotions and truly an unforgettable read. I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars because I've never felt so connected with a book before. I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone who's inlove, who wants to fall inlove and to those who never gets tired of loving someone. It's something you've read before and it's something you haven't read before. You'll know what I mean when you read it yourself!
Pandemonium, the second book in Delirium trilogy, is definitely one of my anticipated read for next year. I can't wait!
*I received this free e-galley from publisher, HarperTeen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!(less)
First of all, that cover is very eye-catching! I totally love it! I've always wanted to read Memento Nora the very mo...moreAlso posted at: Girl about Books
First of all, that cover is very eye-catching! I totally love it! I've always wanted to read Memento Nora the very moment I laid my eyes on it and now that I finally did, it did not disappoint! Memento Nora is a fast-paced, intense and gripping dystopian read.
My most favorite aspect of the book, besides the dynamic and exceptional plot of the story, was Angie Smibert’s writing. The story was told in the three main characters’, Nora, Micha and Winter, perspective. I find it really impressive because Angie successfully created a resonating voice for these very interesting and distinctive protagonists. I thought their relationship with each other was very tangible. Their differences with each other makes them more likable and stirring as characters. I also enjoyed the supporting characters on the story, like Mr. Yamada, pretty much all of the characters in the story has their own individual interesting personality.
I found myself, mostly, on the edge of my seat when I was reading this book. For such a thin book, with only 192 pages, it was packed with gripping suspense and drama until the very last page. The ending was so unpredictable! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!
I'm giving this a strong 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all suspense and thrilling Sci-Fi and Dystopian readers out there. Believe me, this will not disappoint.(less)
When I read Babe In Boyland’s plot synopsis I was already kind of expecting that the plot would be (but not enti...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
When I read Babe In Boyland’s plot synopsis I was already kind of expecting that the plot would be (but not entirely) similar with a movie (She's The Man) and with Hisaya Nakajo's Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Japanese manga) that I also loved. But Jody Gehrman put her own story and humor on this hilarious book!!
In my opinion, what really makes Babe In Boyland stands out was having a protagonist like Natalie. She's got a very engaging and fresh voice. She's also smart, confident and downright witty! I just loved her from start to finish. Her quest on understanding boys for the sake her friends and readers was really hilarious and fascinating. Her two bestfriends, Darcy and Chloe, were also very adorable plus, their relationship was really awesome. The three of them complements each other’s personality. I also enjoyed the sweet and cute moments of Natalie and her roommate, Emilio.
I have SO many favorite scenes in this book. So many laughed out loud moments. (Like really laughed out loud!) One of my favorite scenes was the one on the closet! Every time I remember that one I still can’t help but laugh!
Overall, I loved this Babe In Boyland! It's something I'll never get tired of reading. I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to all girls who are curious on what boys really like and also to those who wants a good read with highly entertaining plot. (less)