I feel so guilty I did not finish this book. Extremely compunctious and guilty I truly was! This was required for high school and I feel myself doze a...moreI feel so guilty I did not finish this book. Extremely compunctious and guilty I truly was! This was required for high school and I feel myself doze along the page, and things went exceptionally downhill since I began to read The Bell Jar and The Perks of Being a Wallflowe, which made me totally abort this book.
I don't feel like coming back to it now. I've skimmed over the plot for school work (guilty :( ) and I was unimpressed. Nothing was shocking or made me gasped. I think the most important thing about this novel is its character and description, not the action, so I guess I have to read it to truly appreciate it
This novel does not deserve 2 stars, but being an abominable reader as I am, it had to withstand it.
Do not take my word and not read this novel. If you like to discover the peaceful country life, go ahead. (less)
Ugh, why did I read this book at night? Guess because it was too addictive to put down, too powerful that it's worth a night sleep. But I half regret...moreUgh, why did I read this book at night? Guess because it was too addictive to put down, too powerful that it's worth a night sleep. But I half regret for reading this till the very end, it was shockingly disturbing and probably will haunt me for the rest of my life.
At first picking this up, I thought it would be some bromance adventure of surviving on an island. When the element of a "beast" was inserted to the story, things become more interesting - we finally got some action and mystery here! However, as the story progressed, I was shock how the boys can deprived their innocent nature and sink so low to the primitive condition, up to the point where they murdered a naive boy.
This story is about children and written for high schoolers, yet I think one needs a stronger mind to handle this: the terrible, dark things lurking in society and the savage demons dwelled within us, ready to succumb us into monsters. Both environment and inherent attributes play an important role in the crisis, and probably will forever echoes through civilization.
The prose is quite different, though I don't really feel that extreme intrigue by it. Most importantly are the allegories and metaphors building up and the construction of characters. So if you are looking for some fun adventure and a grand, epic quest, don't pick up this psychological horror. (less)
Hmmmm.... the ending to the Giver Quartet is quite.... insufficient and abrupt. The best book is still the first one, however. I really extol the noti...moreHmmmm.... the ending to the Giver Quartet is quite.... insufficient and abrupt. The best book is still the first one, however. I really extol the notion written about human loss of love and turned to cruelty and greed, but this novel is too narrow. Rather than depicting the struggle of a whole country, where different individuals conflict and battle their inner self, she just had this one hero stand up with "special gifts" and boom! yay, we save the world.
I like this series overall and give it positive reviews because it is way much better than these normal YA novels about stupid shitty paranormal romance. Yes, sorry for those who think "book is just entertainment and fun!", I really wish my book to be in some way morally teaching a new thing, either in the development of characters, actions, expressions, plot or words, not to be brainwash and endure hour-long of nonsense entertaining (which, I found present mostly in video games and televisions these day, not all are bad, but mainly are), in other word, to find more about life and human is somewhat my way of entertaining, hahahaha.
But anyway, remain to Lois Lowry series, yes, her notion is good, but the way she tried to put her thoughts into words and the way she executes it is not that brilliant. Her characters are way too clearly lined - the "gift" people are good yarayrarar, and the "evil" dude is bad and good vs evil, done! Nah, it is just too simple, too easy, that i didn't really find much intense when battles being fought and won. I just feel like, "yeah, the good characters gonna win, and everyone will celebrate". The Giver is the best, and the other three books that follow it is just "meh, alright". Characters are likable but not worth me spending hours to analyse and deeply in love.
I finish the series yesterday, and yeah, it is good to read dystopia thing :D (less)
It was a very, extremely, utterly beautiful book. There are a lot of scenes in which I had to gasp for realization - it has true remarks about the so...more It was a very, extremely, utterly beautiful book. There are a lot of scenes in which I had to gasp for realization - it has true remarks about the society.
I love it!
So fortunate we gotta study about it this year (less)
Then I would watch all the episodes on HBO of season 2.
THE BOOK ROCKS AND SO THE ACTORS! ....................................................
Okay, I do agree with many people that this book is REALISTIC! And quite brutal. After reading a few medieval heroes with magic and stuffs (like Eragon), I said George R.R.Martin is so much better. The heroes do not always win, or having a cute romance, or things like that. This story is full of raping and killing and torturing. So don't expect it would have happy ending.
I like the plot very much, the twists, and all those stuffs. However, I don't really like too much details, it was pretty lame and boring and made the book longer. In my opinion, the only person who is capable of making every lines interesting is J.K.Rowling (you might have different opinion though)
I like ARYA! She is so cool!
I use to hate Sansa, because she is like - a weak girl who only dream of handsome princes and sweet songs, but now I love her. She seems to realize the realistic of life - and seems to learn how to deal with it (she being beaten by Joffrey many time)
Tyrion is awesome as ever. Theon Greyjoy was so unexpected, but I feel kind of sorry for him, though.
It just has its own unique. Unique words. Unique ways of describing. And unique characters.
I cried a lot while reading this book. It makes me laugh...more It just has its own unique. Unique words. Unique ways of describing. And unique characters.
I cried a lot while reading this book. It makes me laugh when it comes to Rudy, it makes me feel warm and cosy through the love between Liesel and her parents, and Max, and it makes me cry and rage when it comes to the Hitler and the Jews. Yes, war. Death. But it is not the kind of story which portrayed death and war as something violent and hurt. It does hurt, but it hurt beautifully and gently. People didn't scare of Death. They knew he was waiting for them. And they smiled when he hug them in their arms, seek for their colours, and soothing them.
I cried when I saw Max imagined himself boxing with the Hitler, when I read his books, The Word Shaker ; when I saw Liesel's dad gave the Jew man bread, and resulted in being hit by the Nazi Germany; Liesel ran into their line, stood defiantly with the Jews, even though she knew she had to pay deadly consequence. Yes, that how unfair the world is.
And the bomb. People died. And the last longing kiss between Liesel and Rudy. It just sad, peaceful and quiet.
This book is a must read. It may seem too different than the other book in some ways, but it content is a well-crafted gem.
I has no idea why but this book doesn't make me feel that it was set originally in China.
It was just plain boring. The...more I am so tired of reading this.
I has no idea why but this book doesn't make me feel that it was set originally in China.
It was just plain boring. The dragon is too weak, it's just like people touch iron on it and it weaken. The girl is okay, but nothing much was indicates through her characters. It was not satisfying as I thought. I do like Chinese history, but this book fails me. (less)
Each Chinese family could only have two children if they live in the country...!
Chu Ju's ma ma is going to give birth to a child and everybody hoped t...moreEach Chinese family could only have two children if they live in the country...!
Chu Ju's ma ma is going to give birth to a child and everybody hoped that the child will be a boy since Chu Ju was already a girl. Unfortunately, when the child was born, it was actually a girl. To upset, Nai Nai(grandmother) decided to sell the girl yo an orphanage. Scared of her sister being sell to a poor orphanage where there is nothing to eat, or grown up being a slave or wife to elder man, Chu Ju ran away, give a chance to her mother to have a boy. Chu Ju's journey was dangerous. She found herself lonely in the dangerous China - the Shanghai city crowded with people and the unknown villages with strange people Chu Ju wasn't sure whom to trust. Will her fate be a fortune, or she will end up miserably? ……………………………………………. A very interesting book, indeed. (less)
3.25 star I really hope that Goodreads would have the 0.5 rating star thing!
The Iron King... well, I finish the book just in one day. The plot is some...more3.25 star I really hope that Goodreads would have the 0.5 rating star thing!
The Iron King... well, I finish the book just in one day. The plot is sometimes quite predictable, but still really enjoyable. Some scenes are really cute, but some are not. I really don't like the cursing language much. I think, Damn, or what the heck is fine, but not the f-word or the b-word. I don't like the love triangle in this story, I like Ash, but I felt unfair toward Puck. And Meghan Chase was so count on her friends like the cat, Ash, and Puck. She needs to developed more power. The action scene needs more thrill. I like the ending, how Angie grew more compassion to Meghan, and how Meghan's stepfather go looking for her. It just to warm and touched. I din't know but I kept hoping Ash will die, it just weird, right? I think it will be heroic. Anyway, the story is enjoyable, entertaining, and better than most YA books these days. (less)
Hope this book will save this series. I am looking for a satisfying ending here! The second book wasn't so good as the first...more Wow... look at the cover.
Hope this book will save this series. I am looking for a satisfying ending here! The second book wasn't so good as the first! I hope the the third book will be better. Rick Riordan,I count on you... (less)
It was a good book.... Will write my full review later. Just bought it from the book store. No, not in Vietnam, they don't sell that, in Australia, ex...moreIt was a good book.... Will write my full review later. Just bought it from the book store. No, not in Vietnam, they don't sell that, in Australia, exactly. I must said that I have always like the 39 clues series. They were hilarious, full with action and adventures, a little bit romance, and classified secrets. But the medusa plot was a little disappointed. I don't know why....(less)
Alanna: The First Adventure takes place in the old century in a kingdom where magic exist, thieves, tavern, king, prince, castle, knights,... etc( one...moreAlanna: The First Adventure takes place in the old century in a kingdom where magic exist, thieves, tavern, king, prince, castle, knights,... etc( one of my favorite). The story started with the Trebonds: Alanna, a young, stubborn girl dreamed of fighting and be a knight while her twin brother - Thom wished to be a sorcerer. But, in the the traditional of every noble family, boys have to go to kingdom to practice and become knights, while girls have to go to the City of Gods, and learned to become a lady and magic. Both Alanna and Thom thought that they were having their worst nightmare. So Alanna put forward a plan: she and her brother will switch their place. Thom, and Coram - who accompanied them to the palace and Maude - the village healer who supposed to travel with Alanna to the City of Gods all agreed with the plan.
Maude - teaching both Alanna and Thom about Magic... When Alanna arrived at Kingdom, nobody recognized her at a girl. She changed her name to Alan, and used a fake letter from Thom and said that she is son of the Trebonds, who went to the kingdom and become a knight. She's soon make friends with the charming George Cooper - King of Thieves, the other knights Gary, Alex, Raoul, the heir of throne - prince Jonathan and make her first enemy: Ralon - a bully. At there, she was really excited to lerned how to fight with sword, wrestling,... with the other boys but also had a lot of terrible problems - she had to hide her true gender, and the training was really hard that there was time she wanted to quit. During the year, a fewer - created by sorcerer, swept over the kingdom. Alanna had the Gift of healing, but she frightened to used it. A lot of people dead, but Alanna still consider when she should use it. Until her friend, prince Jonathan, had the fever, she decided to use her ability and rescued him. She's soon discover the prince also had magic, and was taught by his adult cousin - Roger. Alanna didn't know why that she had a bad feeling - hatred, angry, not comfortable toward Roger. She also had a vision about the Black City. She traveled to there with her friends and learned a history about it. She with prince Jonathan had to defeated the Ysandir, creatures that ate human souls. Jonathan learned the true gender of Alanna, and promised he will keep secret. Together, they won. In the end, he says he does not care that she is a girl, because she is the best page regardless.
In my opinion, the plot seemed really fascinating and really interesting. But through the pages, I felt like something was missing. It had a lot of action, but not surprised. After the introduction, I felt like I had already know what will happened then. I rated it 3.75 stars and I think I'm quite enjoy the book. Honestly, I really don't like the cover. I'm going to read the sequel. Hoped it will better than the first one. :)(less)
Hello, people, if you are looking for something kinda realistic, don't read Roald Dahl book. He had a very funny weird sense of humor and most of his...moreHello, people, if you are looking for something kinda realistic, don't read Roald Dahl book. He had a very funny weird sense of humor and most of his books are absolutely fiction. Totally fiction. (But if you truly believe it is real in your heart then it is real)
Matilda is a four-year-old girl who could read novels like Charles Dickens and C.S.Lewis, and J.R.R.Tolkien. She could do advanced maths, multiply many numbers with totally correct answers.
I mean, how unbelievable and fiction is that?
But this girl got something that really amuses me. She was so brilliant and wicked funny witty and so so so nice that I got hook!
Roald Dahl rocks! He actually know how to write with sarcasm, interesting details and a very funny plot!
And wtf Miss Trunchbull is Ms.Honey's aunt!!!
Recommend to everyone who love a light, humor reading, with lessons of life. That was why Roald Dahl remained one of the best authors ever in the world!