*Eon: Dragoneye Reborn* is a wonderful concept by Alison Goodman. Eon is an apprentice who hopes to win a spot asAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Eon: Dragoneye Reborn* is a wonderful concept by Alison Goodman. Eon is an apprentice who hopes to win a spot as a Dragoneye, which is basically a human link to the dragon's energy and power. The problem is that Eon is actually Eona, a 16-year-old girl with a bad leg. If discovered that Eon is actually a female, she could be put to death as women are forbidden to be a Dragoneye.
Now, the question is why would Eona/Eon put herself and others, who know her secret, in this dangerous position. It is simply because she has the "mind-sight" ability to see the 11 dragons. The 12th dragon has disappeared long since. In addition, being a Dragoneye brings prestige and honor to Eon, his master and his household.
Little does Eon know that once s/he has been selected as Dragoneye, danger has increased exponentially. Eon's secret must impenetrably guarded or all else will end in vain. *Eon* is filled with politics, honor, battles, betrayals, secrets, power and traditions.
As I said earlier, I loved the concept. However, I didn't love the story as I felt it dragged on and on, especially with these little fight challenges throughout the book. In addition, there are too many "unimportant" characters that just seem to get in the way. Also, Eon's training and handling of the dragons isn't quite clear and left me wondering just how it's done.
Simply put, I was less than impressed with *Brisingr*. To be honest, I kind of expected it. *Eragon* was fantastiAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Simply put, I was less than impressed with *Brisingr*. To be honest, I kind of expected it. *Eragon* was fantastic! *Eldest* was not quite up to par. *Brisingr*...well, I could not wait to finish it and that is not necessarily a good thing.
While I appreciated the background stories, I thought they were too detailed (in other words, dragged on and on) or unnecessary. Eragon's departures from Saphira. The whole Dwarf coronation, politics, and attempted murder. Ayra and Eragon's undercover travels. Roran's Hecurlic tasks before proving himself worthy of military service. Elva, the witch child, and her enigmatic personality. All these and other substories really drag the whole point of the story....Eragon is supposed to be confronting and fighting Galbatorix!
Alas, you don't get rewarded such a battle. That's because Paolini decided to expand the trilogy. So, I read the entire book for what?!?!? Oh, just to read how Eragon acquired this Brisingr sword. I seriously do not know if I'll bother reading the next book. ...more
I dunno what is it with me and popular series. When *Harry Potter* first came out, it took me about two years befAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I dunno what is it with me and popular series. When *Harry Potter* first came out, it took me about two years before I relented. Wished I hadn't because I loved it. Then, with the *Eragon* series, I resisted until someone gave me a book as a gift. Loved it as well! And since there were so many vampire stories on the shelves, I thought *Twilight* was just another one that would soon be forgotten. Then, I noticed more and more of my friends were raving about this series.
I got my hands on *Twilight* and could not put it down! Sparkling vampires! Vampires running as fast as The Flash. Vampires playing baseball. Vampires with extraordinary talent, like mind-reading or seeing into the near future and the like. And...werewolves! (Think of *Van Helsing* or *Underworld*.)
In the midst of her teenage angst, Bella Swan moves from Phoenix to Forks, Washington, to live with her father. In her new school, she encounters a group of people who seems to off on their own. As soon as she meets Edward Cullen, a member of this quiet group, her life is forever changed.
Via Edward, her eyes are opened up to new worlds...vampires and werewolves. These vampires are cultured. They don't run around on a rampage, devouring any humans in their peripheral vision. If they need to feed, they hunt an animal.
In addition, they honor a pact with the local Indian tribe. Despite the treaty, there are animosity between them. Bella just cannot understand why.
Despite Edward's warning, Bella is enthralled with the vampire world. Unable to be discouraged, she falls in love with Edward. This romance is both welcomed and scorned by other vampires.
I cannot do this book justice. You just gotta read it and get addicted! There are some aspects of the vampire that we're all familiar with. However, the rest of it are new concepts and origins and that's why I loved Twilight! ...more
Marisol Guzman is a young woman taking a year off from Stanford in order to writAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Love is a funny thing, isn't it?
Marisol Guzman is a young woman taking a year off from Stanford in order to write a novel and to find love.
Marisol was hoping to find peace and comfort in her apartment in order to concentrate on writing her first novel. However, she doesn't get her wish. Her gay roommate, Birdie, who is her childhood best friend, has fallen head over heels over a man and asked him to move in without consulting with her first. In addition, while enrolling at an adult continuing education class on novel writing, she discovers that Gio has also enrolled. Marisol is awkward because Gio was once in love with her and he seems to be trying to get over her. Meanwhile, at The Mug, where she works, Marisol has befriended a young recently-outed lesbian, Lee.
Despite the chaos in her life, Marisol is high on infatuation and love. Olivia Frost, the one teaching the class, is stunningly beautiful and intelligent. Before she knows it, boundaries are blurred and they are girlfriends.
Love is grand, right? Not for Marisol because her relationship with Olivia soon takes a nosedive. Plus, there's Lee, who isn't sure of her feelings. And Gio, who seems to have move on, still brings up the past. Just what is Marisol supposed to do?
Her salvation to the surrounding chaos is her novel, which she seems to have a natural talent for writing. The characters and the plot in her story are a reflection of her own life. Nonetheless, it is therapeutic for Marisol.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book by Ellen Wittlinger. She does a fantastic job of making another (Marisol's) story within the book. I was a little hesitant because of the techniques and exercises that the writing students had to do. However, Wittlinger didn't disappoint me because the developing story was just as interesting.
Plus, there's plenty of drama to keep you interested. Having roommates, drama is guaranteed. Jealousy and lies are a-plenty. An overbearing mother and a sister just cannot stay out of other people's lives and resentment is bound to rear its tempermental head.
Again, an enjoyable read and I would recommend my friends to read this book. If Wittlinger keeps this up, she just might join my small pool of favorite authors. ...more
*A Corner of the Universe* is a simple story about Hattie Owens and her brief summer, in 1960, with Uncle Adam. WAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*A Corner of the Universe* is a simple story about Hattie Owens and her brief summer, in 1960, with Uncle Adam. What's interesting is that Hattie didn't even know she had an Uncle Adam until she was 12 years old.
Hattie is excited that summer has begun even if it means staying in town and helping her parents run a boarding house. Then, out of the blue, comes Uncle Adam. Uncle Adam is special. In other words, he has "mental problems" according to Hattie's mom and grandparents.
But to Hattie, Adam has an out-going personality which is just infectious...well, just to Hattie. She just cannot wait but to hang out with him and show him off, especially to her new friend, who is in town as part of a traveling circus.
However, not everyone in Hattie's family share the positive welcome and acceptance of Uncle Adam. Little by little, Hattie rebels, especially to her grandparents, because she is appalled by how they treat Uncle Adam. However, she starts to learn a little more, day by day, about her Uncle Adam. It is a summer that Hattie will never forget.
I found this book by Ann Martin to be a wonderful read on acceptance and bias. I believe that readers will relate to Hattie because we've all been in situations where found the "oddballs" to be cool yet looked down by others. ...more
I was truly disappointed with *The People of Sparks*. With *City of Ember*, I really like it because it was diffeAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I was truly disappointed with *The People of Sparks*. With *City of Ember*, I really like it because it was different with 2 teenagers leading the citizens of an underground city to the top. In the sequel, I had high hopes that it would be better. However, it was not to be.
Doon and Lina have lead their people out from underground. Soon after this, they meet civilization, namely the people of Sparks. It looked like a beautiful world for both of these people. However, greed, backstabbing, blame soon reared their ugly heads. How the book became bad was that it contained repetitive topics and dialogues especially about how the people of Sparks were concerned about their dwindling supply of food and the Emberites feeling like they deserve more food.
In addition, I did not what was the point of Lina's wasted trip to a ruined city. She learned nothing nor gained anything from this trip. Now, back to the city of Sparks, people just bickered constantly against each other. This kind of drama may work well in soap operas on TV but it certainly didn't work in this book.
So, I do not recommend this book. I highly doubt that I'll read *The Prophet of Yonwood* unless another reader can convince me that Duprau has improved the story plot....more
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* is the bittersweet end of the Harry Potter series. So, take your sweet timAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows* is the bittersweet end of the Harry Potter series. So, take your sweet time and soak up this last book and all those charms you've come to know throughout the series.
If you've been a loyal fan of Harry Potter, then you pretty much know what has been accumulating in regards to the battle between the magical community versus Lord Voldemort. Rowling doesn't disappoint in this book because she sprinkles revelations throughout the book. Some of them, you might have already known or suspected and others were a surprise.
The ONLY thing that I didn't like was the epilogue. I will refrain from stating why so that I won't spoil it for others. I just felt that the last sentence in the last paragraph was perfect. The epilogue kind of tainted the series a tad bit. So, I'll just pretend that I didn't read the epilogue.
Other than that, it was a good series that has captured the attention of the world. It'll be a while before something like this occurs again. ...more
Peter Paddington is an overweight 13-year-old paperboy...with man-boobs. Any guys who have struggled with their wAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
Peter Paddington is an overweight 13-year-old paperboy...with man-boobs. Any guys who have struggled with their weight as a teenager knows it's just downright embarrassing to be cursed with man-boobs.
What's even worse is that Peter has imaginary conversations with his nipples. His nipples are telling him what to do even to the point of daring him.
Peter is just a fat paperboy who is just not quite like the other guys. He isn't into sports, which is a disappointment for his dad. He rather be in Home Ec. class. He trades stickers with the girls. He has fantasies about the cute married man across the street. He "makes sperm" with the showerhead. Can you say gay? However, *Fruit* doesn't really dwell much on homosexuality but rather implies it. More like we all know he's gay but he doesn't know it himself.
His goal is to be skinny and normal like the other guys by the time he hits 9th grade in the Fall. However, he keeps postponing the day that he'll really start the diet. He has to deal with his family. His mother is going through The Change. His father is just distant. His sisters are fighting more than usual. His embarrassing and talkative Uncle Ed keeps hanging around.
*Fruit* is a simple read with some occasional humor. The talking nipples is just really odd as having man-boobs is already embarrassing enough....more
*Peter* is a simple read about a typical Australian teenager. Peter Dawson is like any other normal teenager. HisAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
*Peter* is a simple read about a typical Australian teenager. Peter Dawson is like any other normal teenager. His divorced mother is working full-time as some health care specialist. His father comes and goes from time to time. He has a love/hate relationship with his older brother.
Peter enjoys his roaring bike. He has a group of peers that also enjoy bikes and motorcycles. These guys tease each other incessantly. Often, they'll be put on the spot to prove their masculinity or else they're "poofs".
However, these guys are riding near an area that has been fenced off. Peter has been told by his folks to get these guys away from the fence. Of course, the guys could care less. Peter is pressured to get the guys to comply with the rules. If he tells them to comply, then he'll be thought of as a poof. If he shrugs over it, he'll be cool. Ah, peer pressure...
Meanwhile, Peter also enjoys photography. He has his own dark room. Peter's older brother's friend from university, David has found out about Peter's hobby. David wants Peter to take pictures of him and his vehicle. However, Peter finds out that David is gay. When Peter finds out that his older brother, Vince, doesn't give a care about what people do behind closed doors, Peter adopts the same nonchalant attitude. However, he's curious about David.
A situation arises that Peter finds comfort in David's arms. When they're busted in their innocent embrace, Peter is forced to re-evaluate himself and his approaches to people. In a search for identity, Peter explores homosexuality and finds that he is not disgusted with it but rather nervous. Of course, this puts additional pressure on Peter as he knows that he'll be hassled by his friends as a poof.
I thought that *Peter* was a wonderful book that didn't dwell on the usual issues in other gay literature. *Peter* simply focused on a young man's awareness that he is indeed gay and the pressure that envelops such an awakening. The best part of it all was the last part where Peter develops his first crush with David. Of course, like some of our first crushes, Peter is crushed when he discover that David doesn't reciprocate the feelings.
For some of us, *Peter* will make us take a stroll down memory lane. Simply an easy read....more
I thought that *Belonging* was an ok book. This book dwelt too much on Gustie's dealings with her newfound deafneAs posted in [http://www.amazon.com]:
I thought that *Belonging* was an ok book. This book dwelt too much on Gustie's dealings with her newfound deafness.
At 15, Gustie encounters spinal meningitis, which resulted with her being deaf. Of course, intially, she deals with this consequence with anger. Next, she deals with her fluctuating hearing loss by trying to lip-read and experimenting with a hearing aid.
At the same time, her friendship with Sara, Dana and others have have changed. They are simply not comfortable with Gustie's deafness and do not want to bother with repeating themselves. However, she is not completely lost. She finds solace with her Latin teacher, her notetaker and her new boyfriend, who has a Deaf brother and sister-in-law.
There is no mention of sign language or the Deaf culture until the last quarter of the book. Even then, Gustie doesn't really take advantage of it except learning fingerspelling. She is hesitant about Deaf people because she has some stereotyped perception of the Deaf.
*Belonging* is about a teenaged girl's struggle with a hearing loss, which turns her world upside down. She loses some friends but gains new friends. Meanwhile, she has to adjust in order to stay on top of school. She's rewarded with a new boyfriend who understands her plight and gives her valuable insights. In the end, she finally musters up the courage to tell people, especially her parents, how she wants to be treated....more