1 - Knowledge is power 2 – There’ll always be someone in a higher level and someone in a lower level 3 - We canThis is what I've learned from this book:
1 - Knowledge is power 2 – There’ll always be someone in a higher level and someone in a lower level 3 - We can always take more than we think ourselves to be capable of 4 - Memory fades 5 - No matter how hard working one can be, in the end, it will be the end 6 - Pretty words and a sense of friendship can slave better than any whip and chains 7 - All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others ...more
It's been a while since I wrote a review, but once in a while I read something that inspires me and so, I must write about"Love makes us such fools."
It's been a while since I wrote a review, but once in a while I read something that inspires me and so, I must write about it.
I pick up this book for two reasons:
1 - the cover, so beautiful and the feather so pretty and sad. 2 - The name. It has a melancholic quality to it that I could not resist.
If I could describe it like a drawing it would be full of lines that cross over one another. Leaves and branches that broke and mend into each other. Flowers that mingles and become a new and strangely beautiful hybrid flower. If I could describe it as a pastry, it would be a lemon and vanilla cupcake. Soft and with mixtures of sours and sweet. The frosting as light as air and with a mixture of happiness and sorrow that makes you smile with tears in your eyes. Ava is the girl with bird wings and that's the main story of this plot, but not the most important one. Ava tells the story of her family since her great-grandmother and she tells it in a way that is not just telling a story, she draw pictures with her words. Makes the reality more personal and bring her story close to our hearts. She is like a story teller that makes even the normal events look like magic. In fact, if you ever watched a French movie you get what I'm saying. French people have a way of telling stories that makes you see magic even in the simple things. It makes you see life with new eyes. I guess that's more of the writing than the plot itself, but nevertheless, it’s a great plot. A series of misfortunes love stories that end up in the birth of twins. One girl with wings and a boy , a very peculiar boy.
I can honestly say that one is totally different from the other, and every one of them are alive and have their own ways and personality. I can't say I love them all, but I can say each one of them marked me in singular ways. Even when I want to punch them in the face, I know why they do what they do.
Personally I think that this is the most important part of it all. If the book is a living thing, the writhing is its soul and personality. The writing in this book is the fairy dust that makes the readers fly without wings. It's gentle, it's heartfelt, it's beautiful like a dance and sweet like a fine pastry. I'm looking forward to read more from this author.
Her gentle tone and simple way of reading went beautifully with the spirit of the story. I really like her reading and the interpretation of the characters. I'll look for others audiobooks read by her.
This is, as always, the part where I talk some spoilers so if you don't want to know too much, I would advise you to stop reading.
ok, so if you are reading this, I can only say : You've been warned.
At the beginning of this story I was expecting a crazy story about a girl with wings. Maybe some curse and stuff like that. A prince and some cruel witch to make it more interesting and make the happy ending all the better. I was wrong. So, so, so wrong. And I love the fact that this book is not what I was expecting because it turned out to be much better than my expectations. It's the story of a girl that was born with bird wings and, that is one of the parts that really got my heart, to each person in her life she was something different. An angel, a freak, a memory, everything except a girl, just a girl. In the story of her family, the long story of her family, love has always play a part, but this was a blessing and a curse. "love makes us such a fools" this is the heart of the whole thing. Love can be so wonderful, but it can be tragedy and pain and scars. You can take this story just as it is, a tell of a strange family and their misfortunes or, as I like to think of it, a tell about love and how it can change you from inside out. My mind is drifting here, I just have too many words and they ar all running away with me. This is what I could entangle in this moment. I wish I could be more clear, but I'm afraid my heart got in the way of my words in this one. ...more
This is NOT a review. It's just some things I need to remember , feelings and thoughts I don't wanna forget till I get around to write a proper reviewThis is NOT a review. It's just some things I need to remember , feelings and thoughts I don't wanna forget till I get around to write a proper review . 1 - I love this book 2 - this author tried to sneak one on me to get me crying like a little. not fair, not fair at all 3 - money is superficial , is not as important as anything else, but if you don't have it, anything else can go away in a blink of an eye 4 - I disagree when Jr disagree about Tolstoy . Just because I love the book I don't need to agree with everything . just saying... 5 - friendship is not suppose to be understood 6 - alcohol keep you from the world. it isolates you from sights , feelings, sounds and I agree with the author on this . but, when all you see is pain, all you feel is pain, numbness can appeal like a bottle of water in the desert 7 - challenge yourself to the unknown and you can be amazed 8 - expect greatness to achieve greatness 9 - forgive, let go of the anger. I know is hard, I'm still learning how to do this 10 - when somebody you love dies it sucks. you feel like dying too. the thing is, what about who stayed with you? what about the living? show love for those who stuck around. be happy to have them. they deserve to be appreciated . 11 - apple used to mean something totally different to me before 12 - this is a good story, you should read it....more
Eu ia fazer uma resenha enorme e detalhada de todas as coisas que eu amo sobre esse livro. Como me comoveu e como me fez pensar em coisas profundas eEu ia fazer uma resenha enorme e detalhada de todas as coisas que eu amo sobre esse livro. Como me comoveu e como me fez pensar em coisas profundas e tal. Eu não vou fazer isso. Se eu contar minha versão do livro vocês lerão esse livro com uma preconcepção que irá cegá-los para todas as coisas que eu não vi enquanto lia ele. Livros são jornadas muito privadas e pessoais, então você realmente precisa fazer essa jornada sozinho. Mantenha seus olhos, seus ouvidos e sua mente abertos caso contrário irá perder muita coisa. Quando estiver presente, seja presente. Deixe a história te levar. Não comece esse livro pela metade, pule no lago com dois pés e deixe a água cobrir sua cabeça. Com cada livro do JG eu aprendo algo novo. Eu abro meus olhos e minha visão um pouco mais. Não é sempre fácil e normalmente me faz chorar sendo de felicidade ou de tristeza. Mesmo assim, me faz sentir algo real sobre a história e especialmente pelos personagens. Isso é o que aprendi com esse livro: “Coisas desmoronam. Nada pode durar, nem mesmo a Terra. Sofrimento é causado pelo desejo e saciar o desejo significa a saciar o sofrimento. Quando você para de desejar que as coisas não desmoronem você para de sofrer quando elas desmoronam.”
I was gonna make some huge detailed review of all the things I love about this book. How it moved me and how made me think of life and deep stuff likeI was gonna make some huge detailed review of all the things I love about this book. How it moved me and how made me think of life and deep stuff like that. I’m not gonna do that. If I tell you my version of this book you’ll have preconception that will blind you for all the things I didn’t see while reading it. Books are journeys, very privet and personal journeys, so you really need to take this one alone. Keep your eyes, ears and mind open or else you’ll miss a lot. When present, be present. Let the story take you away. Don’t start this halfhearted, jump in the lake with both feet and let the waters cover your head.
With every JG’s book I learn something new. I open my eyes a little wider. Is not always easy and usually makes me cry either of happiness or sadness. Nevertheless, makes me feel something real about the story and especially for the characters.
This is what I learned from this book:
“Things fall apart. Nothing can last, not even the earth itself. Suffering is caused by desire and the satiation of desire meant the satiation of suffering. When you stop wishing things wouldn't fall apart you stop suffering when they did.”
When an author seems to know your every hidden feel and thoughts, man, you are screwed. I know it sounds bad, but in a way is great. SureWill&Will
When an author seems to know your every hidden feel and thoughts, man, you are screwed. I know it sounds bad, but in a way is great. Sure it makes you face all the shit that you usually hide from, but in a very surreal way, it makes you understand things and yourself. Sometimes I do stuff I don't even see it, much less know why you do the shitty things that you do. Well, that's the magic of the mimi representation stuff. When you have this sort of out of body experience things get clearer in your head. You realize how perspective matter. Straight Will Grayson is really a girl, sentimental and all full of drama. I can relate to that 100%, but I also relate to gay Will Grayson and his dark view of life. This is kind of hard to explain. It's easy to say what you don't like about stuff, but to say and explained the things you love can be tricky. David and John have a way with words, that's a fact. I love them and with each book I read I become more of a stalker of these two. Just like the zombie craving for brains, I crave for their words. Arrrrrrrg *me need words* The audio is one of the best audios I've ever heard and that is saying a lot. They absorb every word, sigh in the sigh parts, screams in the screams parts and even below a high not in the singing parts. I'm in love with this audio, for real <3 I love the happy feeling I got in the end of this book. I wish more authors could make endings that well. Bottom line is, all this talk can simply be shortened with one sentence: My name is not Will Grayson, but I love Tiny Cooper. <3
Now I'll take a minute to show my love for this book and these two authors with a bunch of thumbs up.
The plot is simple, at least at some length. We are in the future where, after a bio war only the old people (aka enders) and the teens (aka starters)The plot is simple, at least at some length. We are in the future where, after a bio war only the old people (aka enders) and the teens (aka starters) are alive. The thing is, old people are really old, like 150yo and have all the money and essentially rule the world.
The starters have no rights, are poor, really poor and live as outlaws in a world where the old people are evil (most of them anyways). I'm not really sure I buy this, but is not so out of the box I would take off my list (aka The Amazing Apocalypse Theories’ List), so it's still on the list. The main character is this starter girl that has a little brother and want to make money to save them from a life in misery. So she finds this clinic called Prime Destinations. The job is easy and you would get the money in your sleep, literally. Starters can't have jobs until they have 19yo, so she would be a donor and would get pay lots of money to (get this) rent her body to enders to get the feeling how to be young again. Body snatcher much? Yep, I think so. But still, very interesting stuff.
They have this contract that has all this "don'ts" and if the renters, aka enders, brake the rules they pay like a gadillian of dollars. It looks like bullshit? Yep. Still believable? yep. I'm not gonna say Callie, the starter, had no other choice, she had, but desperate times ask for stupid choices. So she decides to do this crazy stuff and after three rentals she would be free with her payment and a better life. That would be great, but then we wouldn't have a very long story, would we? As you can imagine, the stuff is deeper than it seems. Human rights, sacrifice, priorities and a whole lot of etic discussion fill this book. I like it very much, but I can't say the plot is that perfect. The idea is better than the execution. The action part is really good, but the interaction seems a little robotic. It felt a little cold and flat. Since this is the first book and I know there's a second, I hope this get better. As far as twists and turns, this one is good. I had some moments I was surprised and that's good, but I wish it had more warmth in the writing. All in all is a very good book and I'm certainly gonna read the sequel.
Before I start this review, I must say that if you are looking for a review that is based on actual facts and will give you an i
Reviewed on 09/15/2012
Before I start this review, I must say that if you are looking for a review that is based on actual facts and will give you an impartial view of the book, you may stop right there. Don’t need to go any further. This is 100% selfish, nonsense and some of the stuff I’ll talk about will come right out of my head with no connection to the story what so ever. Ok, consider yourself warned.
Lets start with the basics and built up the crazy stuff on the way.
The Plot - Yukiko is the daughter of the great hunter Masaru. After a really awesome (and crazy) dream, the Shogun (the High Roller) sent Masaru and his daughter (along with a bunch of other people) to catch an arashitora. You may think this is easy enough, but there’s a little problem, two actually. The first is that an arashitora is a flying creature called griffin.
No, not that Griffin LoL This griffin
Yep. A mythical creature that nobody saw for a long, long time and is supposed to be extinct, or don’t even really exist. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for the second little problem. If they don’t bring that little pet, they are as good as dead. Talk about pressure.
The Characters - I don’t know what to say about the characters. They literally stole the words out of me. Ok, *deepbreath* I’ll start with Yukiko. She is damage by a haunting past and, as we all know, life is a bitch, so of course her past will get her on the behind. Her dad, Masaru, is just the shadow of the great man he used to be and is haunted by the ghosts of choices he can never take back. I think if there’s one thing that we can connect all these wonderful characters with is one fact: secrets. They all have dark, dangerous, almost crippling secrets. Complex, yeah, that’s the perfect word to describe it.
The Writing - This guy, this guy sure has a way with the words. His writing is flowing and poetry and all that crap girls always say. He made me smile, he made me scared, he made me warm like a summer day and he made me cold like a storm in a winter day. There’s just one thing that I must warn you about, it’s a really visual descriptive writing. As I said before in my others reviews, I have a serious problem with descriptive writing. I have a 5yo attention span and when it gets really detailed, I drift off like a pipe in a windy day.
"From above, it was intricate, beautiful and terrible, a winding maze of squeeze ways and alleys twisting between the cracking sores of bleached buildings. The broad square of brick at its heart, cobbled arteries worming off in labyrinthine patterns that mimicked a maniac’s scrawl. A great cluster of broad, grand roofs on the hill, red flags crowing among its stunted gardens. A five sided fist of yellow stone amidst a growth of hunchbacked, abandoned slaughter houses, the great nest of pipes and tanks and vomiting chimneys that must be the refinery, a rusted length of intestine spilling from its bowels and leading off north toward First House. Winding serpents of filthy river water, spilling out into a bay of char and floating refuse, shoals of garbage drifting on a dirty sea breeze. The streets were choked with a black-tongued haze, a dirty stain smeared across the skies, hovering over the crust of concrete and brick on the harbor’s skin."
Beautiful, right? The only problem is that is too distracting and the fact that is a 3º person narrative don’t help me to connect to all this beauty. In some parts I felt like I was watching it all through a glass window. I saw the beauty, but I couldn’t feel it. That is not a problem to some people, but, unfortunately, it is for me. That is my only biff with this book.
I guarantee that it gets really heart felt and personal, but I advise you guys to read the Prologue before purchase this:
Considerations- Ok, now the crazy really kicks in. So, Shima is a dying land, man. Smoke are in the air and people die every day from starvation, pollution and murdered for being out of line. Does that make you think about our society? Blood Lotus, I love the name and what it represents in the story. They live for it and they die for it. It’s the poison that is killing everything, really fast. If that wasn’t bad enough, we have the crazy and psycho Shogun that is just like a mean kid holding a magnifying lenses over the ants to watch them burn, just because he can. Power can turn a good man mad, and that can be even worse if the man is already crazy to begin with. Ok, but that is not enough, we also have the Guildsman cult. It’s not actually a cult, but is just like it. They go around being all superior and, get this, they burn people alive saying that they are impure. I know, right? In a land where people turn black inside out because of the pollution, these mechanical monsters go around picking people who are different and burn them alive for something that is not even their fault. (you’ll know what it is when you read the book) Here is a quote that made my brain burn:
"The Communications Ministry invokes past glories to inspire new ones among the working class, to wring more sweat from the karoshimen’s backs. To convince more young men to take up arms and spill their heart’s blood beneath the Shogun’s flag in a war they know nothing about."
I know this is a fantasy book, but this is something that sounds really true. Have you read 1984? Control, control, control. We know only what they want us to know and, in all the stories I know, knowledge is power. Keep them dumb, keep them in control. Why do we fight? Because they say we must. If that is the answer, you are fighting for the wrong reason. To win a battle is to believe what you are fighting for is worth the fight.
Here is another quote that I keep in my heart:
"HAVE MERCY ON ME, FATHER. TAKE MY WINGS. CHAIN ME TO STINKING EARTH. BUT THIS TORTURE I CANNOT ENDURE. Oh, shut it."
I crack up every time I read this. LoL
Here is another pearl of wisdom:
“One day you will see that we must sometimes sacrifice for the sake of something greater.”
This is the perfect sentence and it sums up everything I’ve read in this book. Greatness comes for those who make the hardest choices and the biggest sacrifices.
By the end of the book I was crap. I’m not embarrassed to confess I wanted to punch Jay right in the baby maker for make me watch those horrible things and see my friends suffer so.
But after the 3º (8º) drink, I was thinking clearly and now I can see why those things had to happen. Heroes are forged in fire and blood. Pain is what makes them better and the overcome of the adversities is what makes us love them so. I still want them to be safe, but I know I can only hope that my heart won’t be shredded in the Jay’s hands.
Here is a quote that says exactly the state I was in by the end of it:
"The tears rolled unheeded down her cheeks, pattering on the floor with the sound of rain."
So sad and so beautiful. *tears*
Ok, now, I only have to wait for the next book. I know that Jay will say something helpful like: “Hold your breath, it makes the time goes by faster.” But I got a better Idea. I’ll just freeze myself and ask Butters to unfreeze me when the next book is out. That will totally work. I’m a genius.
Now, I have a little surprise for those who like a little more “visual” stuff on the review.
Here is something the guys can expect from this book:
Here is something for the ladies:
And underneath all of this you’ll find this:
If you are romantic, expect some of this:
And there’s also this:
Ok, that’s not in the book. LoL But this pic is so funny. I just had to put it in this review.
See? This book has it all. *wink*
*An ARC was kindly provided by the publisher. But this in no way influenced my views on this book. This is my honest review.* ...more