I didn't even finish this book. I was hopeful for the book to be inspirational for an avid shopper like me. Turn out what I feel guilty about the mostI didn't even finish this book. I was hopeful for the book to be inspirational for an avid shopper like me. Turn out what I feel guilty about the most was purchasing this book at the first place. Gimme back me money!!...more
Well, what can I say. This book is equivalent to a cute cat on the internet. Heart-warmiThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Well, what can I say. This book is equivalent to a cute cat on the internet. Heart-warming and generally likeable.
It's kind of funny because I kept anticipating outrageous revelation such as Stargirl is an alien, or Leo's imaginary friend, or a doll coming to life or anything like that (paranormal fantasy overdosed for sure). It is funny but in the same time it is sad that I can't imagine the existence of someone like Stargirl. What kind of society we live in today... *sigh*
If you read this book for the romance then well, there's not much in store for you. Leo and Stargirl relationship is oddly healthy (because Stargirl is definitely not the type of girl people would introduce to one's family but hey, she's definitely better than the bitches out there). Leo was not the strong male character I was expecting but I guess the author shaped his character as a representation of what a regular nice person would do. Of course most of us has a conscience to be nice to other people no matter how he or she behaves but not all of us would have the courage to stand up for the outcasts even though you know the majority is wrong anyway.
All in all, I would approve this book as a school textbook in coming years. There're so many valuable lessons coming out of this little gem....more
Honestly, this book doesn't fall in the genre that I usually read but the synopsis offered something new and unique so I decided to give it a go. I stHonestly, this book doesn't fall in the genre that I usually read but the synopsis offered something new and unique so I decided to give it a go. I started slow at first, but the story grew on me after the first half of the book and it became a page turner.
All the incorporated fairy tales fell into right places, did not feel like the author forced them into the story. I like the way the story appeals not only to kids but for readers of all age. The lessons delivered in such subtle ways that they left marks in you. The ending was satisfying as well....more
Well, I can't believe I lived without reading this book at least once for the past ten years.
Poison Study was my planeFirst published June 1st 2004.
Well, I can't believe I lived without reading this book at least once for the past ten years.
Poison Study was my plane book (for a seven-hours flight and five-hours transit). Minus a few hours of sleep, I finished it even before it was time for my second flight. I always have trouble reading in public because I got distracted easily but that day, I didn't care about the lady behind me who kept poking the back of my seat, I didn't care about the hyperactive kids siting next to me who kept throwing tantrums until they fallen asleep, I didn't care about 'Ultraman' show which played on the TV in front of me.
All I care was this book (and Valek and why can't he be real and not fictional).
All I can say is, I wish that I wrote this book.
I love everything about this book. The subject matter; poisons. Gosh, I always love the arts of brewing or mixing things to give rise to something of different textures, taste, properties (which is a shame because I'm not an expert in Chemistry and baking). I also totally adore both of our leads, Yelena and Valek. You know how rare it is to have two amazingly intelligent, strong, kick-ass main characters in the same book but Maria V. Snyder did just that. I liked how their relationship was built slowly and convincingly without much physical interactions and romantic tension. Yelena didn't sound like a lovestruck girl but you would know all along that she'll ended up with Valek.
Valek...*swooons* You know I always have a soft spot for assassins (not healthy, I know). I liked the fact that he's not all knight-y and noble, he'll cheat and he'll play dirty in order to win. But he is fiercely loyal to the Commander. He is also protective of Yelena but maintains great respects for her intelligence and resourcefulness.
In short, I'm actually very surprised that a fantasy book could entertain me this much. Of course I'm a huge fan of Fantasy genre, but I always struggled reading fantasy books without watching the movies first, so Poison Study came as a very pleasant surprise....more
After watching LOTR trilogy for at least twice, I admit that I'm still a noob in this Middle Earth stoThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
After watching LOTR trilogy for at least twice, I admit that I'm still a noob in this Middle Earth story. I once hated Bilbo Baggins. I felt sorry for Frodo because he had to clean up whatever mess his uncle had created. I mean, if Bilbo never stolen the Ring from Gollum, Frodo didn't have to go through all the trouble to go to Mordor in order to destroy the Ring. Ha-ha! If it was never stolen, then there would be no hindrance for Sauron to rise to his power all over again. Silly me!
Since then, I felt neutral towards Bilbo Baggins...
...until I've read (or technically heard) The Hobbit!
What can I say, J.R.R. Tolkien was a master in storytelling. It's a shame that I still have yet to read the LOTR trilogy. I do believe that the books must hold greater magic than the epic movies which just stunned me from start to finish, over and over again.
The experience with my first ever audiobook was quite interesting. I kept anticipating for Ian McKellen's voice but instead I heard this dude with Snape's accent playing Gandalf which was odd yet entertaining. But I definitely, definitely need to read the actual book itself because of my short attention span problem!
[image error] Release date 14 December 2012? And for Part 2 a year later? One does not simply survive this torturous wait!!!...more
This is a double-review for The Hobbit (the book) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (the movie). I have to admit that I watched the movie first beThis is a double-review for The Hobbit (the book) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (the movie). I have to admit that I watched the movie first before I read the book (I listened to The Hobbit audiobook once but didn't understand the whole book since I got distracted literally every two seconds).
Personally, I actually liked the movie adaptation better than the book. I suspect this is because the movie was made such that it appeals to people of every age. As The Hobbit is technically a children book, it's impossible not to give this masterpiece a five-star because the lessons that you can get out of it are really powerful and wonderful.
The Hobbit, the movie for me struggled to remain faithful to the original book while maintaining the bad-assness and the emotional depth as seen and felt in The Lord of the Rings films (expectations, people haz it).I did get bored a few times especially during the first hour!
[SPOILERS, SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!]
What I liked about the movie;
- The part where the dwarves unexpectedly intruded into Bilbo's house. Bilbo was more polite in the book but I think I prefer the grumpy Bilbo in the movie. I'd feel equally as annoyed if a random bunch of strangers raided my pantry!
- Bilbo only agreed to come along with Thorin and his companions after they all left the hobbit hole so it can be said that he is the only person responsible for that decision. In the book, Bilbo went along half-heartedly after Gandalf personally persuaded him.
- The handkerchief scene!
- Thorin. Of course Thorin received greater exposure in the movie than in the book. I liked how he was portrayed as a tormented character. We get to see a more emotional and a more respectable version of Thorin.
- The goal of the journey itself. This line; Thorin Oakenshield: Why did you come back? Bilbo Baggins: Well, you were right. I do miss my home. I miss my bed and my hearth. But you lot... you haven't got a home. And I'm gonna help you get it back, if I can. ...almost made me weep for the dwarves. In the book, the journey was for me very material-orientated.
- Azog the Defiler. Without his character, I wouldn't feel for Thorin this much.
- Bilbo himself! Contrary to in the book, the Bilbo in the movie is more resourceful. He tricked the Trolls and saved Thorin from Azog.
No explanation needed. I swear I'm going to cry once I saw the third movie.
- The trolls. They weren't as volatile as in the book. I particularly liked the part where one of the trolls pointed out to Gandalf and asked, 'can we eat him too?'.
- Gandalf. He is weaker in the movie and I liked how less dependent Bilbo and the dwarves were to him considering Gandalf is expected to dissapear in the last third of the book. Bilbo Baggins: [asking Gandalf about Radagast] Is he a very great wizard, or is he more like you?
- Radagast Radagast: I'll draw them off. Gandalf: These are goblin wargs. They'll outrun you. Radagast: These are Rhosgobel rabbits. I'd like to see them try.
- The Necromancer. With his mention, it's clearer how The Hobbit is linked to the LOTR trilogy
What I disliked about the movie;
- The scene where Bilbo first met Gandalf was awkward LOL. While this part is portrayed as very similar as in the book, I felt that the scene should be more condensed.
- If I remember correctly, the Great Eagles don't actually talk. So when they dropped Thorin and the rest, still a long way from The Lonely Mountain, I questioned why didn't they choose to drop them as far as they can! They are eagles, right? Only in the book, I found the answer; The Eagles are afraid of arrows from the people on the land who could mistaken them for birds seeking to prey on their livestock.
- The scene in Gollum's cave. I really liked this part in the book although it was longer with more riddles! But somehow, in the movie, it felt draggy. But I appreciated the early scene where Gollum was shown to actually eat a goblin! Gross! Now I know how twisted Gollum really is.
I'm not going to elaborate these points since I'd like to compare them with the subsequent films first.
What I liked about the book - The illustrations. - Breun. - Bilbo's transition. - The Archer. - Bilbo's conversation with Smaug. - The ending. - Bombur. Although I'm expecting to be annoyed by him once I saw the Mirkwood scene on screen.
What I disliked about the book; - How Smaug meets his end. - Lack of female characters!...more
For the first time ever, I refused to check out the community reviews for this book. Not because 'this is the best book evaaaa and if you disagree witFor the first time ever, I refused to check out the community reviews for this book. Not because 'this is the best book evaaaa and if you disagree with me, you're soooo wrong!' or 'oh, you gave this book five-stars too, we should be pals!', but because I think people need to stop reading this just as a story.
Just stop treating Hannah Baker as a character because if we really want to go down that path, then I really think she's selfish and horrible. Instead, consider Hannah Baker as a representation of all things that are wrong in our society especially among the teens. Consider her as a critical phase, or maybe even a disease or a plague. Because I think it's really unfair to define a person based on their psychological diagnosis. Depression is not a choice, depression doesn't automatically mean that the person is weak and selfish and a quitter.
I honestly don't know how to put my words into more sensible sentences. I think this is an important book. I wish for a world where people will start treating people with mental illness as they are treating people with cancer....more
It started with a cup of hot tea I made at 1 am. Darjeeling tea to be precise.
I felt craving for hot bThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
It started with a cup of hot tea I made at 1 am. Darjeeling tea to be precise.
I felt craving for hot beverage after a few rounds of UNO tournament with my housemates. While waiting for the drink to cool off a little, I decided to pick up the book where I left it off at around page 100 or so.
It was a wrong decision.
I even forgotten that the hot drink was there.
I ended up going to sleep at 5.30 am.
Which obviously pointing out at one thing. I'm a painfully slow reader. Well, I wanted to savour every word of this book!
Oh ya, another obvious thing...
THIS BOOK IS FREAKING GOOD!!!
After Unearthly and Angelfall last year, I had a season of drought when I could hardly find a phenomenal book like this.
It took me forever to borrow the book from my local library. The requests keep coming in. That explains why I had been so left behind of this awesomeness. I'd say now...
I SHOULD JUST BUY THIS FREAKING BOOK.
Well, I almost feel reluctant to review the actual book. I believe I'll be repeating what the other awesome reviewers had said.
But I'll review it anyway because I can. Ha-ha!
Since I've read Angelfall and Divergent first, It was hard for my brain to adjust that this book came before those two. And if there are any intentional resemblance to The Hunger Games, it's Veronica Roth and Susan Ee who have to answer to us. But soon, I didn't care much because I was too engrossed in the story and the actions.
The narration was simple enough, not many catchy phrases or mind bogging words but the philosophy runs deep. As brutal as The Games, I couldn't help but to question, are we being control to that extent as well, but with more subtle disguise?
I would totally vote for Raffe against Gale or Peeta because this book IS about Katniss. Although without any male characters to be swooned for, I feel like the emphasis on Katniss was a smart move by the author albeit the risk.
I'm kind of nervous in continuing with the series right now because I had a very terrible experience with the second book in any series so far. Hopefully, Catching Fire would be able to break the consistent streak. I'm not sure if I would be glad if Suzanne Collins would like to start writing about a new series because I'm afraid, when you reached max level, you stop leveling. ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Rounded off to 5 stars because this book broke my Australian authors curse and for that, I thank you so much, Alison GoodmanActual rating: 4.5 stars. Rounded off to 5 stars because this book broke my Australian authors curse and for that, I thank you so much, Alison Goodman.
This book satisfies my Chinese Wuxia craving (been trying to avoid watching any long tv series because I don't want to get addicted and abandon everything including my self-hygiene!) although this is not technically a martial-art oriented book.
But it has dragons.
Come on! How can you say no to dragons. You can have the unicorn and the phoenix, I'll take the dragon as my pet.
The start was a little bit slow. At first, I was like, is this a middle-grade book?
Then I kept reading...too much political drama...I didn't really admire Eona at first. I expected her to be braver and more kick-ass but then if I was limping on one leg and was on her position, I'd probably chicken out worse than her. So yeah, I really appreciate that Eona sounds like a real person to me.
The last five chapters or so...
Well...now I know this is definitely not middle-grade. I kind of glad that the author didn't try to sugarcoat what would happen in a battle for the throne.
So yeah, really forward to Eona. Although I can sense a love triangle coming *shivers*....more
I was waiting…and waiting…and waiting for my adrenaline to pump up. But only at the last 20 pages I feel like yeah, I got the thrill going on. PersonaI was waiting…and waiting…and waiting for my adrenaline to pump up. But only at the last 20 pages I feel like yeah, I got the thrill going on. Personally, I thought this one will catch my attention easily because of it is rich in science facts. But nah, just about a quarter of the story, I could already guess where it will be heading to.
But bravo to the author for making me cry like a mad lady loses her son at the first 3 pages. Yup, first 3 pages! Why? Because of the portrayal of brutality against animals. And yup, I have an untreatable psychological disease of being too compassionate towards animals even it doesn’t happen for real. And I don’t think scientists have found a name to this disease yet since I’m the only sufferer in this world. And no, mosquitoes & flies are not in the list of animals I’m compassionate about....more
Ermm, I don't know why but I feel the urge to explain why did I rate this book so high. This was technically the first Young Adult Paranormal book I'vErmm, I don't know why but I feel the urge to explain why did I rate this book so high. This was technically the first Young Adult Paranormal book I've read way, way, way back loooooooooong time ago.
I was so...
hence I remembered that I like it. I even finished the whole series.
So, I'll keep the rating because I remembered that I like the book but I couldn't remember what I liked about the book. So, I want to keep it that way.
So that I don't hate my past self.
But thanks to Stephenie Meyer, I developed my interest in this genre which leads me to find way, way, better books than what she had written. I owe her so much! ...more
First & foremost, I wasn’t the type of reader who prefer romance genre books because it is so diffThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
First & foremost, I wasn’t the type of reader who prefer romance genre books because it is so difficult to find a story which portrays love in depth without any physical contact.
This is actually only the second book in romance genre I ever read (minus all those craps I read when I was in secondary school.
So, here’s quick (hopefully) look on why this book is such a smashing hit for me.
1. I got it for free! (Well, I swapped with a handbag which I don’t like. Haha)
2. I never read Cecilia Ahern’s before (I did watch P.S I Love You movie which ppl say not up to the standard with the book itself) And I didn’t take a peek on Amazon’s rating or read the reviews. So, basically, I knew nothing about the book before I started to read it. So, all the surprises & twists felt genuine to me.
3. The lead roles were not any near to perfection (handsome, pretty, romantic, or anything like that)
4. It offers my favourite type of ending. A tragic happy ending.
5. You can guess it was meticulously drafted and yet, the tone felt natural and spontaneous.
6. The author is ridiculously talented compared to how young she is.
7. Not making me google anything (like when I read Dan Brown’s. Which is a wonderful thing to do actually)
8. Some of the scenes will just stuck in my head.
9. The book made me realize how all this time I was being more like a logician than an aunt. Seriously. The author wrote something like this
“I am not like Edith who will going to beat and blaming the floor in front of Luke when Luke fall on his knee” I - Elizabeth, the main character Luke - her nephew Edith – Luke’s babysitter
Yup, my mom always do like that to her grandchildren and I was like, huh?
10. The last reason is despite no exaggeration on how the characters were feeling, I did shed a few tears. Hey, it’s not just about love between the two main characters, it was also about love within the family....more