Yay, that was fun! I didn't expect to like this book, but it was entertaining, really. I love Grandpa Joe and that's a fact. =)
Charlie's family is poor. They are usually cold and hungry. Imagine his delight when he got a golden ticket to enter Willy Wonka's chocolate factory! *me looking for something chocolatey to munch on while reviewing*
I haven't finished the movie adaptation starring Johnny Depp. Was it the same with the book? I read Charlie's story 2-3 hours before GR-TFG Face-to-Face book discussion. Yes, I was pressured, but I made it a point to read every single Ooompa Looompa song. =) See, I did not cheat.
So... would I let my son read Charlie's adventure? I say, why not. Because there was a discussion in our book club that debated the reward system versus punishment system (that was portrayed in the book). My stand is this: if ever my kid questions the punishment done to the children, I can always explain clearly that it was not meant to scare him, only to discipline. Tough love, that's what. :)
I enjoyed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now I'm wishing I can have a golden ticket too, say, to a Ferrero Rocher factory? ;) YUM!
Kapag ako hindi natuwa dito, may patayang mangyayari sa Disyembre.
Translation: This better be good, or else... a murder will be committed in December.
I like the illustrations. Even more so when my toddler son keeps on pointing at the star in almost every page when we are readin...moreI like Brightest.
I like the illustrations. Even more so when my toddler son keeps on pointing at the star in almost every page when we are reading Brightest. But the story… seemed incomplete. There’s no rise and fall. Was there a conflict? Oh, when the firefly ignored the firefly catcher – that’s it, I think. I wonder: why did the firefly never called on the firefly catcher because he’s capturing fireflies?
If not for the written message by the author (when the story ended), I wouldn’t understand the message behind the tale at all.
Brightest could’ve been better. Something’s missing that I know is essential to building the firefly catcher's story. It’s like a sentence without a verb. Makes sense?
But, if for the illustrations alone, kids will love this book. My son enjoyed it, and that's enough for me to like Brightest as well.
After all, Brightest is intended for children. :)(less)
For parents who are expecting a child (whether their first or not), normally what would they fear at that stage?
Me? When I was pregnant, my big worry is that my baby will be abnormal. deformed. I did not wish for a beautiful child, I only wish that he will be healthy when he's born. When I saw my son, not only is he perfectly healthy, but he is beautiful. whole. normal. so much more than the things i prayed for.
Auggie's parents were not so lucky. But despite his facial deformity, Auggie is as normal as it gets. he's smart, witty, and hilarious. I love Auggie! His personality just leapt from the pages and tickled my fancy. I thought this is a depressing story. It's not. Just a lot of reflections from a boy who just want to be remembered (and loved) but not because of his horrible-looking face.
I want to embrace his Dad! The most striking scene he has with Auggie is this. In two years, Auggie wore a helmet and never took it off. one day, the helmet has gone missing.
Oh, Auggie, don't be mad. I'm sorry. I just couldn't stand see you wear that thing on your head anymore, you know? i didn't think it was good for you.
Come on, Auggie, please try to understand, you were wearing that helmet all the time. and the real, real, real truth is: I missed seeing your face, Auggie. I know you don't always love it, but you have to understand... I love it. I love this face of yours, Auggie, completely and passionately. And it broke my heart that you were always covering it up.
What a WONDERful father. :)
You're gonna love all the characters here (well, except Julian, maybe). Wonder is heartwarming, heart-wrenching, heart-everything!
People can be cruel to Auggie almost every time. But he found comfort, love and triumph in his family, and his new friends. He never expected the universe will be kind to him. but it did. (less)
I am not an easy person to scare. I like horror books; more so on movies. The Monstrumologist is not that really...moreI recommend The Monstrumologist.
I am not an easy person to scare. I like horror books; more so on movies. The Monstrumologist is not that really scary to begin with, but with the overall creepiness of the story, it gave me this horrific effect that i should be scared of monsters. real, eat-you-alive-in-the-grossest-way-possible monsters. Mr. Yancey, I was afraid of the Anthropophagi, not because of the monstrosity, but because of the cunning and intellect that came with that monstrosity. *shudders*
Will Henry's life was not easy. Watching your parents burn to death is not something short of a nightmare. Then, you spend your life with a man whose eccentricity and brilliance shuns everybody around you. including you. not to mention your services are indispensable to this (sometimes) crazy scientist. your services, not you.
I like Yancey's writing. With a story so unique, his characters and monsters became vibrant through his easy storytelling.
Kearnes is my favorite character! His madness is infectious. Oh, he has faults, yes, but i can't help but admire him. he's a formidable hunter, but as a person? Ha! Better ask Will Henry. or Dr. Warthrop for a more definitive response. Also, the Sanitorium scenes are alive! Sanitorium: that one place that i'm the scariest. :)
If you are into horror and gore, you're gonna love The Monstrumologist. Monsters both literal and psychological, you will find it here. To those who have read this: whose life is sadder, Will Henry's or Dr. Warthrop's?
Full of fascinating lore and heart-buckling scenarios, Will Henry will make your nights worthwhile. Read this at night time! it adds to the suspense. *winks*
I remembered i read this way back in high school but i could not i remember what it is all about. Memory can be weird li...moreI like The Little Prince.
I remembered i read this way back in high school but i could not i remember what it is all about. Memory can be weird like that. Anyway, The Little Prince did not charmed me like i thought it would. Still, there are bits and pieces there that got a smile from me.
The scene that i really liked is when the little prince encountered the Lightsman (i hope i got that right). The logic behind the lightsman's action is sound enough, and perhaps real enough compared to everyone else's that the prince met.
The ending is where I curled my lip in confusion. In my opinion, it was not fitting for a children's book. Yes, in my mind, i saw the word suicide. Oh, well. I just tell myself not to read too much on The Little Prince.(less)
This rating is very hard to give to Liesl & Po. First, i am obsessed with Oliver's beautiful writing. Second, she wrote...moreI like Liesl & Po.
This rating is very hard to give to Liesl & Po. First, i am obsessed with Oliver's beautiful writing. Second, she wrote it to cope with a dear friend's death (i hope i got that right, it was written in the acknowledgements page). Third, it's just hard because Lauren Oliver is a nice person in real life. But i want to be honest. there was nothing in it for me. There was no surge of emotions on my part. I might as well have been reading a newspaper because it was so monotonous.
I only liked the part where Po remembered his own name in the end. :) And of course, i like Mo. He's a sweet, dumb guy i want to be friends with. and yeah, the relation between the thief and that old bat of a woman was quite funny, too.
There was nothing special with the story. It was just okay for me. I am not looking for action scenes (Oliver's books seemed to lack them), but the characters just doesn't seem alive. they don't jump out of the pages like i expected from a fantasy children's book!
You need little imagination if you are to read Liesl & Po. I would gladly give away this book, but it was a christmas gift. a granted wish list. So i'll keep it. Perhaps my niece will like the illustrations. :)(less)
James Patterson ran out of fuel. The Fire started out great, but Whit & Wisty STILL could not figure out their Magic....moreI didn't like The Fire.
James Patterson ran out of fuel. The Fire started out great, but Whit & Wisty STILL could not figure out their Magic. For goodness sake, it’s the third book already! Surely, they thought of something by now on how to defeat The One Who Is The One. *sigh* No. still not there… until the last few pages. What a disappointing final book (i hope it’s the last one) for one of my fave series.
Whit was so indecisive. A lot of things he wanted to do. Kiss Janine (the cute revolutionary)? Save Celia (his dead girlfriend)? Save Wisty? Save his parents? It was very tiring. Wisty is hot and cold all time. Kill The One Who Is The One. But I’m afraid. Kill The One Who Is The One. But I’m terrified. Kill The One Who Is The One. But I don’t know how to use my Gift! Wait, what is my Gift again??? Sheesh. My head ached for the all the going in circles of the story.
I really liked Witch & Wizard and The Gift. Unfortunately, The Fire is a failure in so many ways. The only thing i liked about it is Byron. Hey, Weasel!
Have you started this series yet? If yes, then don’t bother reading The Fire. Leave me a message, then I will summarize it up for you. I want to spare you the burden, that’s all. ;)(less)
I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly – I’ll beat you unfairly first.
MAGNIFICENT. IMMACULATE. GOLDEN.
Ender’s Game is un-FREAKIN’-believable. My review may not do justice to its pure awesomeness, but I will sure try to convert sci-fi non-readers into Ender believers ‘coz for sure it converted a non-sci-fi chick like me. =)
I sometimes forget that Ender is only six when he got recruited to Battle School and he is eleven or thirteen (I’m not sure) when the Third Invasion happened. The complexity of a child’s mind when pushed to isolation and fear was scary, but in Ender’s case, it was terrifyingly heartbreaking. I don’t like bullies, so I applaud Ender for defending himself whatever the cost. I love Ender for everything he is, and everything he doesn’t want to be. The contrasts of Ender’s traits is remarkably worked out by Card. Ender is afraid before he is brave. Ender adores his sister but hated her when she coaxed him to move on with his training. Ender doesn’t believe in violence but once he dwells in it, he’s cunning and ruthless. But beneath Ender’s brilliance in leadership and battle lies a boy who doesn’t want power… but acceptance. And friends. And love.
I like that the sci-fi element of this book is simple, easy to imagine and understand. No fancy names, just simple terms that I can easily adapt. Dr. Device, anyone? =) I love the Battle School part the most; it is where Ender developed into the promising fleet commander worth worshipping for. Hail, Ender Wiggin, Hail! The ending was bittersweet, but nonetheless satisfying.
Ender’s Game is simply excellent. Finally, I found a book that I thought deserved all the literary awards it got. So don’t wait too long to pick this up and read. Else, the buggers get you. LOL. Always remember: the Enemy Gate is Down!
I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
i've always love fantasy books, more so if there are kings and queens. so i was set on loving this book.
unfortunately, i can hardly see what made The Thief an award-winning book. well... until i reached the last few chapters of it. and i meant it - LAST. FEW. CHAPTERS.
i liked that the opening scene is with Gen already locked up in prison for bragging about stealing the King's... ??? gosh, even that i can't remember! so he ended up in the dungeon cells for quite some time.
when the Magus (advisor to the king) approached him offering freedom (sort of) in exchange of stealing something, Gen is more than happy to oblige. though he did not trust the Magus, the opportunity gave him to escape the prison walls.
together with the Magus and his apprentices (plus a bodyguard), Gen was more than dragged to an adventure he never dare to dreamed would be real.
3/4 of the book - slow. slow slow.
all did it for me was to help me keep on turning the pages so i can be rewarded with the slimmest of adventure the book promised me with.
Gen was the typical criminal. hates the Sounis King. hates the Magus. but i want to credit him for his dark humor. snippets of his wits and humor are given by the author and for that, i like him.
At the end, Gen was revealed in his true nature. the thing i loved the most about him is this: his replusion to killing. he'd rather steal than kill. no matter if he is only defending himself, he hated the act of killing. but that doesn't mean he can't fight. and ooh, he was very deceitful on that! i love that twist.
I was determined to hate the Magus, but as the story progresses, that hate turned into admiration. then awe. then acceptance. his character is what intrigued me the most.
After trudging the boredom that was almost three quarters of the book, i still think it's worth the read. The revelations of how and why things were, of who the people were, were shocking. and it was a GOOD shock. :)
I thought this book was in line with The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (which is also a Newberry Honor awardee), but it doesn't come close to the adventures of Taran.
But i'll read The Queen of Attolia first. I'm also interested on the relationship between the Queen and her Thief. *wink*
Perhaps, The Queen's Thief series will measure up to the Prydain Chronicles i so love.(less)
What the H happened?!?!?! — that was my reaction after hitting the epilogue of the book.
This is an awesome read! But the question posed at the start o...moreWhat the H happened?!?!?! — that was my reaction after hitting the epilogue of the book.
This is an awesome read! But the question posed at the start of the book remained unanswered: what is Wisty’s gift that The One wants it so badly?
reading this felt like jumping from to portal to freaking portal (like Whit & Wisty). i never know where the author will take me. some ride!
i love love LOVE Wisty’s character! very defiant and strong and undeterred despite the unfortunate events that followed them. and believe me, there are loads!
Whit is a good character but is overshadowed by Wisty’s. Admit it, Wisty’s POV is much more fun to read than his.
Byron is a very complicated character. but very, very persistent which is admirable. i found it funny that he claimed he loves Wisty and yet every time he gets an opportunity to be with Wisty, she almost always has 50/50 chance of dying. =D
i’m quite unsure if the author wants to paint Celia in a light or dark side. i was confused – is she really an ally or an enemy?
This is very fast-paced book. so buckle up and prepare for the N.O. attacks on the Freelanders!(less)
Flyte is a fun sequel. The emphasis on the importance of family is what I liked the most in here. See, Septimus' oldest brother Simon is...moreI like Flyte.
Flyte is a fun sequel. The emphasis on the importance of family is what I liked the most in here. See, Septimus' oldest brother Simon is the villain. Even if Simon tried to "indirectly" kill him a few times, Septimus chose to spare his brother's life in the end. Now, isn't that nice?
I got a lot of laughs while listening to the audiobook. Nico's the most entertaining character! Besides Septimus, his rants and banters are the most enjoyable. And the spells are delightful, especially the chocolate spell! I would love to get my hands on that.
Marcia was the typical adult character who does not listen to the complaints and accusations of a child, and in this case, Septimus (who is her apprentice). Sometimes, you just want to knock these kind of adults out, yes? :D
I found a loose end with the Dragon Boat, but overall Flyte made me want to continue reading this series. It was simply hilarious and just downright entertaining for fantasy readers like me.(less)
Reading this book is a roller coaster ride. it started with anticipation, then trudged on to boredom for sitting so long while waiting for it to begin...moreReading this book is a roller coaster ride. it started with anticipation, then trudged on to boredom for sitting so long while waiting for it to begin. but when the ride actually starts, the excitement is back! it builds momentum, although it really takes time to get to the top. From there, the rush is unstoppable.
i loved how the author began with the unlikely hero :) i liked how even the adults bicker in such a childish way. i really liked how the reader's POV shift from one character to another. one minute it was Jenna, suddenly it was Boy 412. Even the message rat gets his share!
this is wizard world in its simplified form. cast a spell by just saying it: SPEAK! or FREEZE! something like that. i love it!
simon heap. one interesting character. he reminds me of Percy, Harry Potter's brother. the prefect. i'm watching you, simon. *evil grin*
and septimus heap. wow. building his character as the chapter moved along was amazing. from strict life, to suspicion, to loneliness, to acceptance, to faith. and finally to confidence. i am really looking forward for him to grow up.
i really enjoyed the last part where all those unanswered questions you had at the back of your mind were answered. no need to wait for book 2!
the verdict: i will complete this series! could've given in 5 stars but then i delayed my reading when i reached the middle of the book. it couldn't hold my attention on that part. but i'm glad i finished it!(less)
The Son of Neptune first captivated me with that oh-so-cool cover (Percy is so bad-ass!), then i started reading… and man, i really miss Percy Jackson!!! He now thinks before he speaks, he became perceptive, and he is more powerful than before. Rick Riordan, thank you for making Percy Jackson grow up. I love him now more than ever. =)
Percy is in Camp Jupiter, gaining new friends like Hazel and Frank, and enemies as well, like Octavian. They embarked on a quest that will push them to discover their potentials as they become the demigods included in the Prophecy of Seven. Riordan took a story pattern similar to The Lost Hero but this sequel is hands down more fun and engaging! I admit that i can’t wait to read those chapters with Percy’s POV (Hazel’s & Frank’s are not as entertaining as Percy’s), so imagine my glee every time I read his chapters – loads and loads of humor! Despite Percy’s memorable deadpans, it is obvious that here is a demigod who has the wits and the moves that can topple down any monster or giant Gaea will throw at him. I will say this again: Percy is a (demi)GOD!
Although there are few inconsistencies that i found, I did not mind them much. I enjoyed the The Son of Neptune because it is such a feel-good book! Riordan got me laughing and laughing all throughout. I really like Mars far more than Ares. Arion is one indignant horse, err, stallion. LOL
Are you a fan of Percy Jackson? If yes, then better grab a copy now! You would want to know how Terminus (the boundary god) had me LMAO every single minute! If no, well then, it’s about time you meet the greatest demigod there ever is. After all, he is the son of Poseidon (or Neptune, whatever).(less)