I was walking through WHS last summer, and they had this beautiful blonde lady advertising a YA bookclub, and all her picks were buy one get one free, I got this book and We Were Liars, and started reading the latter, but then gave up because my summer vacation was combing to an end, and all the beach in the book was getting on my nerves. I did not know who Zoella was, but her hair sold me.
Fast forward 6 months later, and I see a trailer advertising the movie based on the book, It was a quick read with short chapters, so why not?
The book starts off with Madeline Whittier, a girl who was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency disorder SCID, who lives with her mom in a glass house, with air-filters, plastic plants, hypoallergenic clothing, sterilized books, white walls. Madeline has just turned 18, and her survival through her illness makes her grateful. Then Olly moves in next door, all dressed in black, mysterious and lovable, and Madeline discovers that the world outside the house might be worth leaving the house for.
The book had good elements, multiracial characters, domestic violence, family relationships, which were good, I have a thing for doomed love, and this book started good, and it was aiming at a permeant place in my shelf.
Then comes the twist!!!!!!!!! (view spoiler)[ Madeline does not have SCID, her mother was so upset after they lost her father and brother, and she got so overprotective of her daughter, that she self-diagnosed her with SCID. Therefore Madeline and Olly can be together happy ending!YAY! NOT! Yes if I were 13 I would have loved that ending, but as a young adult book-with a sex scene FYI-you would expect more mature handling of the events (hide spoiler)]
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read, with cheerful characters.
The stories included in The Tales of Beedle the Bard are written supposedly for wizard children, they are tales that promote tolerance,love, friendshiThe stories included in The Tales of Beedle the Bard are written supposedly for wizard children, they are tales that promote tolerance,love, friendship, humbleness, and team work. They are written in the same fashion as most fairy-tale stories are, where good always concours evil.
This book was featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Dumbledore leaves his copy to Hermione after his death, as he hopes that she can understand the hidden message and pass it on to Harry.
I enjoyed the stories a lot, Dumbledore's foot notes were a great addition. I would have liked more to be honest-who doesn't-and I am glad J.K. Rowling wrote the book.
The proceeds from the Hogwarts Library collection will go to charities chosen by J.K. Rowling herself, so make sure you get a copy....more
Reads like a history book, lots of thought was put into this book. I loved how J.K. Rowling wrote and designed it, in the beginning you have lots of reReads like a history book, lots of thought was put into this book. I loved how J.K. Rowling wrote and designed it, in the beginning you have lots of reviews from prominent witches and wizards. Then Chapters that detail the early beginnings of Quidditch, how brooms were used, how the balls were created and customized through the years. I especially liked the chapter detailing the English teams and their origins. The chapters discussing fouls and specific game details were boring, but they added to the authenticity? of the book I guess. Fun read....more
Indie Girl tells the story of 15 year old Indie Konkipuddi, who aspires to be a fashion editor, like her idol Aaralyn Taylor, the founder and editor oIndie Girl tells the story of 15 year old Indie Konkipuddi, who aspires to be a fashion editor, like her idol Aaralyn Taylor, the founder and editor of the glamerous Celebrity Style magazine.
Indie is ambitious, driven, and somewhat desperate, as she enters the world of fashion by babysitting Aaralyn's 2 year old son!!
Indie remains grounded to her Indian upbringing throughout the book, although she has some serious questions of faith, she finds the answers she seeks in the end.
Better suited for the younger middle school crowd. ...more
Soul of a Butterfly is the debut novel of Safaa Baig, she completed it at the young age of 17.I encourage young Muslim authors the get their words outSoul of a Butterfly is the debut novel of Safaa Baig, she completed it at the young age of 17.I encourage young Muslim authors the get their words out there, I like to read what they have to say regardless of the topic.
The story is about Katie Anderson, a young 16-year-old British girl. She has a seemingly perfect teenage life, until her father returns from an extended job trip a Muslim. She feels that her social status at school will be jeopardized, her friends will abandon her, basically she feels as if her entire life will crumble. Then slowly she starts reading about and embracing Islam.
The writing was beautiful, the chemistry between the characters was good. The explanations of Islam were simple and easy to understand.
Katie's "perfect" life was too perfect for my taste, her father is a top architect at a top firm, her mother is a top hair stylist at one of the top salons in London. Her high-school serves lobster for lunch!!!They even have a top chef of their own!The fact that her parents are divorced and have a friendly demeanor towards each other does not help things. She needed some vulnerability to make her believable, and more appealing to the reader.
I did not sympathize with Katie, when she cried, I honestly had no idea why, no explanation was given. Her character lacked the depth that is required for the topic. When she started reading about Islam, I did not get her reasons, was it that Islam answered her questions about god? was it because she found the Quran answered the questions she didn't even know she had? (view spoiler)[ when she finally became Muslim, I honestly wanted to shake her and ask if she was sure, or is she is just bored and wanted to shake things up. (hide spoiler)]
The book was good in general, It should be marketed as YA Islamic novel, young muslims would enjoy Katie's story. The simplicity and innocence of the writing would appeal to them. Safaa Baig had a good debut with Soul of a butterfly, I would definitely read more books by her. I just wish that her characters become more relatable....more
I got this book from the 2012 World Book Day Reading Club Book Swap Party.
I started reading it April 2012,but dropped it before completing the first cI got this book from the 2012 World Book Day Reading Club Book Swap Party.
I started reading it April 2012,but dropped it before completing the first chapter,the chapters were so long and I struggled to finish paragraphs. Fast forward July 2013,I picked up the book again,and promised myself that either I will read it,or return it to the Reading Club Library.
I am so glad I finished it!I would have missed on a great novel,In my mind as I was reading it one thought kept crossing my mind:I am pleased,I am pleased,I AM SO PLEASED!
The story begins in 1945 Barcelona when Father takes his son Daniel to The Cemetery of Forgotten books,where the young 10-year-old find a book by an unknown author Julián Carax,which will lead him to discover that some books are ought to be forgotten.
The book has many many passages worth highlighting and quoting.The writing was so beutiful,you couldn't tell it was translated.The story has everything a story should have,a character with ambition and a goal,a witty sidekick who's appearance brought joy and smiles,a well constructed plot,a bit of melodrama and mystery to engulf the reader and a lot of other things.I however did not fall for the love stories in the book,(view spoiler)[Neither Julián and Penelope nor Daniel and Beatriz.At the end when Daniel was rushing to find Beatriz,I was thinking:"Aren't we over her yet?(hide spoiler)]
Warning:The book contains mentions of rape, child abuse, sexual torture, accidental incest, and multiple gruesome murderer scenes....more
I have been wanting to read this book for so long, I kept putting it off on the hopes I would find the perfect time to read it.The time is now.
I likedI have been wanting to read this book for so long, I kept putting it off on the hopes I would find the perfect time to read it.The time is now.
I liked the idea,I read the foreword massage by Carol Gilligan many times over the last six months, I think I got an imaginary image in my head about what kind of book I was about to read while not bothering to read the book itself.
After I finished the last monologue I felt so disappointed, I wanted MORE!Little did I realize that MORE was n the form of discussion questions concerning each monologue at the end of the book. If have known about these sooner I would have read the questions after their monologue!The questions themselves were far more important than the monologue if you ask me.
The monologues ranged in topic,quality of writing,and resolution. Some were life-altering, others were daily concerns, but all were universally real.
The Epilogue is simple, heartfelt and beautifully written. It was my favorite part of book.
If you had the choice,would you choose to live forever?? Immortality...is it a curse or a blessing?? I honestly don't know the answer to either one of tIf you had the choice,would you choose to live forever?? Immortality...is it a curse or a blessing?? I honestly don't know the answer to either one of these questions,and I always enjoy reading books that tackle the subject.