Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The Color Purple Book Review

Author: Alice Walker
Publication Date: 1982
Grade: A-
Gender: Female
Age: 14+ (Strict Parents: 16+)
   This book took my a while to read mostly because it was a book I was reading for school and also because at some parts I thought it was a little slow. Over all it was a good book. It showed how bad life had been for women, particularily African Americans. The book brought up a lot of topics physical abuse, sexual abuse, and racism. It also had a lesbian twist to it. While I read it I got a little confused by the way they talked, I know it is supposed to be like a journal, but sometimes I could only get the gist of what they were saying. In the middle, as I brought up earlier, was a little slow, but only for a very little part. There was a vast set of characters so sometimes I got confused then too. This is not really the books fault, but I just have to say, I was reading this book because I tested out of the other Great Depression book my class read, so this book has something to do with the Great Depression and not until the very end could I tell that it was about the Great Depression because they started  talking a little about World War 2, so I knew before that it was the Great Depression, but they didn't talk about it at all, not about Black Tuesday, loosing jobs or anything. It is not really the authors fault, it just made it a little harder for me in school, that's all. Well anyway, I liked that Celie was a lesbian it made her different from a lot of literary characters. What I don't see is how she loved Shug! She was so rude to Celie when she first met her. Well I guess people can forgive. Even though sometimes the way the book is written sometimes confused me, it was also kind of cool, setting it apart from other books. At the begining of the book I hated Mr._____, but near the end when he became nice, I actually liked his character. I loved reading about Nettie, it was very interesting to learn about Africa and the African life. So in all it was a good book.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

What I Got From The Library...

Grace Hammer by Sara Stockbridge
    Who would not want to read a book about the Victorian Underworld

What My Bobbeh Got For Me...

Soulless by Gail Carriger
     This book looks so good, so my Bobbeh bought it for me!











The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
     Learned about this classic in school and ever since I wanted to read it.











Ophelia by Lisa Klein
      Borrowed this book once, but never got around to reading it, so I guess I will read it now.












The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory
    Saw the first half of the movie, until my parents were to tired to finish it, ever since I have wanted to read the book!












Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
    Decided I needed to read a nice adventure book.




Friday, 26 March 2010

Random Quotes From Books

1. "See those deathberries? You're going to eat them- or i'll make you!"

2. "All together now. One, two, three. Camazotz, Camazotz, he's stupider-"

3. A girl what's born for hangin' ain't likely to be drowned.

4. He was glad that with the friendship of Emily and Ben, he had no nees to steal. At least, not for the time being. Still, old habits die hard.

5. "Your services are indispensible to me, Will Henry."

6. "Hey, all you sods, I can fly and you can't! A natural airman, in case you havven't noticed. And in conclusion, I'd like to add that I'm a girl and you can all get stuffed."

7. I am haunted be humans.

8. But maybe it wasn't a question of who was climbing the stairs. Maybe it was a question of what.

9. What of the flies?

10. When they finally did dare it at first with stolen glances and then with candid ones, they had to smile. They were uncommonly proud. For the first time they had done something out of love.

11. How could a messenger boy be here? Had one of  the others brought a servent? Could we do that? I wanted to ask, but I was afraid to. Whoever he belonged to, he stank of sweat and fish.

12. "Our friend must be the alpha male of his troop, Will Henry. Only the alpha male enjoys the priviledge of breeding."

13. "Snap to, Will Henry. We have work to do."

14. "Pull the trigger you insufferable, melodramatic, semi-suicidal, blubbering bugger."

15. Everyone looked out for themselves around the docks, but nobody let anyone else starve.

16. "I'm not having those filthy boots in here. Two hours I spent scrubbing that floor, and you just walk in as if you own the place" "I do own the place!"

17. But some thing here was wrong. The docks were usually full of life and energy, even after dark, but something about this ship seemed to have sucked the energy away.

18. Chance or destiny... that brought the blade in blindness thrust into the black eye of the accursed beast.

19. He had learned a lot, and he hadn't even reached the bottom of the ladder yet. But he was determined to try again the next night, and this time he would get it right.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

The Black Book Of Secrets Book Review

Author: F.E Higgins
Publication Date: 10/02/07
Grade: B+
Gender: Male and Female
Age: 11+
I have read this book and I thought this was pretty darn good. The characterization I just loved. Ludlow was sooooo cool. I felt sorry of him for his parents. They should learn to get a job!! Mr. Zabbidou was pretty good, but I just don't know what you would call his personallity. Reminds me of my mom sometimes.......Anyway, what I don't really like is when it's in third person sometimes, but then it's in first person. In my opinion, first person was way better. Plus, the ending. It's cool how like, they write down everyone's secrets. But then they left the cliff hanger. They should have put more detail about the orginization that they were in. I know they had some, but the author needs more. Although I still like this author and that I will read the next one.

Soulstice Book Review

Author: Simon Holt
Publication Date: 9/01/09
Grade: B+
Gender: Male and Female
Age: 12+ (Strict Parents: 13+)
Genre: Horror
     I absolutely loved the first book in this series, it was great scary fun! This one was also great fun, but at parts it just became a little too cheesy for me. Let's just say if it was a movie Rotten Tomatoes would probably give it a rotten tomatoe for something like too many cheap scares of something like that. Anyway it was fun, but it wasn't totally memorable like the first book The Devouring. The lines weren't cheesy, but some parts were just unbelievable. The beginning was pretty, actually most of it wasn't cheesy it was more the climax. It became kind of science fiction. Ok seriously the Vours having a underground gigantic Vour- human science lab. Seriously, why would they happen to choose the town the book was based in? I don't know. Everything just seemed to happen in that town, with really no reason. Ok when  Quinn betrayed Reggie and then he got caught I just didn't get how they just stabbed a needle through Quinn's forehead to get connected to the prain, don't you have to do a clean injection, I just don't know. When Reggie is in the Fearscapes of  Keech and Quinn, they were Vours for a long time, so it said that their Fearscapes would big bigger, but they were just a big as Henry's Fearscape and he was only a Vour for a few months. I also didn't get the path Quinn spotted when they were leaving the Fearscape, maybe they explained it and I missed it. It was really sad the Eben died, well at least we know the author is not afraid of dropping his characters. I also thought it was really cheesy at the very end when Reggie's dad didn't believe her about the Vour and he took her to the hospital it was just weird, but at least it left us wanting to read the next book. So in all the book was fun, even if it was on the cheesy side. I am pretty sure I will read the next book.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Deadly Little Secret Book Review

Author: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publication Date: December 2008
Grade: A-
Gender: Female
Age: 12+
Genre: Thriller (I guess?)
     I didn't think I would like this book, but it was pretty good. I have to say, I still like Blue Is For Nightmares better. It feels refreshing to actually give a book a A, I haven't done that in a while. You see, I like to talk about the bad things in a story and I know a book is good when it takes me awhile to think of something. That happened with this book. I rarely get scared in books, but on parts of this, I actually got a little nervous and had to check around the room to make sure nobody is there. So that is definitely a good sign. This book went very fast, which I like I don't like when books go super slow so that is good, but because I have to say some thing bad. I didn't really identify that much with the main character, I was nothing alike her and I found it hard to like her. I just don't know why. I also don't like to much romance in a story, if there is a little it doesn't bother me, but there just was a little to much in this one.That is why I gave it a A-. Ok that is pretty much the only bad things. In the first half of the book I seriously thought that it was Ben that was stalking her and that those chapters with the bad writing, he was writing. Then I started to realize that it can't be Ben, because that would be way too predictable. So then I thought i was her boss, Spencer was stalking her, he just seemed malicious. Then I did something when I was about forty pages from the end that would of probably ruined the book for most people, I looked ahead and figured out Matt did it, I know, it was very stupid for me to do, but it didn't ruin the book for me, so i'm ok. Something about the very end bothered me though, I just couldn't get why Ben left her? Seriously, does stuff like that always happed in teen books? I guess I just have to read the next book.

A Clan In Need Manga Review

Created: Erin Hunter
Written: Dan Jolley
Art: James L. Barry
Publication Date: 3/23/10
Grade: C-
Gender: Male and Female
Age: 9+
Genre: Fantasy
      I finshed this in about twenty minutes. As I said in earlier posts, I don't like manga, well the only manga I read is Warriors, so maybe I just don't like Warriors manga. As you can see I gave this a very bad grade because I seriously think it is lacking. I'm a major Warriors fan, I've been reading it forever, the first book I became absolutely obsessed with,  but lately my thoughts about Warriors has been going down hill, maybe because I started reading it when I was in Elementry school, so maybe I'm growing to old for it, who knows. Anyway it has been so lacking recently, exspecially this manga book. I has no emotion at all. I know all the characters from the books, and they just don't seem the same. Even our good old Firestar isn't the same. If something bad happens I don't feel a thing. In fact I feel like I'm rushing through it trying to get it done with. Another thing is that the lines are so cheesy, in the books I think all the characters have good well thought out lines but not here. They all state the obvious. Another thing is, I don't really like the pictures, so offense to the drawer I just don't. I don't know why, it just isn't pleasant to look at. The battle with the old Bloodclan cats at the end was real stupid, it didn't make any sense it was just stupid and the BloodClan cats just decided to stop hunting there, I just didn't get it. The end had no real resolution either. Yes, they were going to try to take their farm back, but they didn't say that Thunderclan was going to help them our not. So as you can tell I seriously didn't like this book, I think instead of making these manga books they should just make them into regular books. The only manga Warriors book that was good at all was the Rise of Scourge, seriously.

What I Couldn't Help But Buy...

Fading Echoes (Warriors) by Erin Hunter
         I have been a Warriors fan for four almost five years, so I always have to get the new books. So far out of all the book series my favorite is the Power of Three, I am not really sure about this one yet, I just think I need some new characters, you just know the characters too well now, but maybe the sisters will make it better. I just think maybe they should make a series based in another Clan, like ShadowClan!





A Clan In Need (Warriors) by Erin Hunter
       I am not really big on manga, but I had to read it because it is Warriors, so far I have not been fond of Warriors manga and I already read this, because I read it right when I got home and I really didn't think it was that good, so anyway I will put a review up for this one.







Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
     On amazon they suggested this book to me, so I went to the bookstore and bought it. Anyway, I loved the book Leviathan, so I decided to try some more steampunk. I heard some good stuff about it, so I decided to get it!







Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
    Well, I didn't really buy it, I ordered it so I guess I bought it, so I should be here in a week or two, hopefully. I have been wanting this book forever and it wasn't at my lacking Barnes and Noble, so i had to order it. I heard so much good things about this book, so I hope it is good.

Seriously! Bookstores in my town are horrible!

    I couldn't go to the bookstore yesterday, so I went this morning, these are the books I was going to buy:
Fading Echoes
A Clan In Need
Brightly Woven
Boneshaker
Ash

The ones highlighted in red are the only ones they had. My bookstore really needs to keep more books in stock. I ordererd Brightly Woven so I should get it at my house in a week or two, but for Ash I decided to wait for it to come out in paperback or cheap on Amazonn for me to buy it.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Today, is a good day for books!

Yay!!! Today three books I want are coming out. I have to go to Barnes and Noble. Two Warriorcats books are coming out and Brightly Woven, I heard so many good things about this book and I've been wanting to get if absolutely forever. So that's what I want to dop today. I also am going to buy one more book, either Ash or Boneshaker.

Monday, 22 March 2010

What I Got From The Library...

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling
   I am not really sure about this book, but the cover is just darling. So I decided to give it a try, after all what do I have to loose?









Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
     I have been wanting to read this book absolutely forever, so finally I decided to check it out.









Viking Warrior by Judson Roberts
        I have been wanting to buy this book, but I saw it at the library so I decided to check it out and if I like it I will save up money to buy it.

Does Anyone Have Any Book Suggestions...

I really need to read a good young adult book, since I have been reading way to many adult ones recently. If anyone knows of any really good ones, please comment!

The Frightened Man Book Review

Author: Kenneth Cameron
Publication Date: 4/28/09
Grade: B-
Gender: Male (Some Females)
Age: 14+ (Strict Parents: 15+)
Genre: Historical and Mystery
    This book took forever for me to read and even longer for me to write a review on. Let's start out with positives. The main character was great, he was different from a lot of main characters and highly developed. There was also a lot of good historical details, it showed me that I might not want to live in early 1900s London because women are treated very poorly, the ending was truly surprising, well at least for me. Ok now, since I always dwell on the downers, here is what I didn't like about the story. Some parts were extremely boring that is why it took me so long to read it, but I can give it this there was a lot of parts that were exciting too. But it was very choppy, it didn't flow smoothly. The main character Denton was very adventurous, but sometimes I thought he was just stupid. Seriously he went to far trying to figure out who killed the young prostitute, Stella Minter (or is she) then most common people would, he didn't even know her! Well, maybe he was just a good person, he does treat women better then most other people in the book. I didn't think his relationship with Mrs. Striker wasn't that well developed I don't think, the author could of done more with it. In all it was a ok novel, I might read the next one since the ending was very good, but I might not.

What I Got From The Library...

Everwild by Neal Shusterman
    I loved Everlost. So I hope this one is as good.











Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Faria Stolarz
    Blue Is For Nightmares is one of my favorite books. I held back on reading this one because it has very big print, but because I love the cover I decided to rent it out.

My Top Ten Favorite Books...

Here is a list of my top ten favourite books. I wrote the summary because some of the summaries I didn't like. The covers are not always the version I read it is just the cover I like the best. I will be posting the review for The Frightened Man today, well later today.

1. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
    This story is based in the 1980s in Sweden and is mainly about a twelve year old boy named Oskar who is bullied in school. He is very unhappy until he meets Eli, a 200 year old vampire who has been 12 for a very long time and still feels twelve. It also follows a lot of other characters as well. This isn't your average romantic vampire, there is many plot turns and scenes that make this book stand out among other vampire novels, but beware I found this book in the adult horror section. You won't find this cover in a store in the US of UK, since it is the original Swedish version, but it is just so cool.



2. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
    This book goes through the life of a man who lived in 18th Century France named Jean- Baptise Grenouille (I love his name, almost made me wish I took French instead of German.) Well anyway, Grenouille is gifted, he has a super good since of smell. As you can tell by the title Grenouille is a murderer. He kills more then 20 girls because they smell good and he makes a Perfume out of them. This brilliant book has a great climax and ending, but beware when he is in the cave in the middle it drags a little, but it is still great. Beware readers, I found this book in the adult literature section. This is also my favourite book to says lines out of.


3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
      This book is about a boy named Will Henry who lived in the 1880s who, after he is orphaned by a fire, becomes a apprentice to a docter named Pellinore Warthrop. He is a very peculiar docter since he studies monsters, not ghosts and silly stuff like that, but other "creatures of G_d" like us. The main monster in this book in the Anthrophopagi, which has been mentioned in much older stories as well (I just had to look it up) but sometimes in this story the monster is human. Anyway Will and Dr. Warthrop go through some pretty nasty little adventures. There is also a little bit of Jack the Ok beware to people with a weak stomach when it comes to gore, this book is one of the goriest books I ever read, and trust me I read a lot of gory books. I found this book in the Young Adult fantasy, horror, and science fiction section.

4. Into the Wild (Warriors) by Erin Hunter
   I first read this book in in fourth grade and I have read all the books in all the various series. It is a little lower level reading then all the other books on my list but oh well. It is about a cat names Rusty who has always dreamed of going into the forest. Then one day he does. Rusty tries to hunt for a mouse, but the bell on his collar gave him away, then a Clan cat names Graypaw attacks him and Rusty fights bak. Other clan cats see how good he fought, for a kittypet and since they are low on cats they invite him. Eventually he desides to join the clan and he gets the name Firepaw. Threw the book he goes threw a lot of advetures. This book is truely brilliant I remember being mesmerized with it even though it was a long time ago when I read this book I still read all the books in the series, in fact there is two more coming out 3-23 that I have to buy.

5. Bloody Jack: Being and Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber by L.A. Meyer
     This book is great. It might even be first on the list if I would ever just finish the book series. It is about a London street urchin in the late really 1700s names Mary who dresses up in one of her dead friend's clothes and cuts her hair so she can pass as a boy and join the British navy as a ship's boy. She goes through a lot of adventures. She falls in love with a fellow ship's boy names James and she gets captured by pirates. This book is just loads of fun and the main character talks cool.



6. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
     This is a steampunk book based in a very different version of WW1 by brilliant author Scott Westerfeld. This version of WW1 is that the Allies machines are really mutated animals (isn't that cool) and the Central Powers use just regular machinery. It is just so cool. There is two main character, one in frans Ferdinand's son, Alek and the other is a girl pretending to be a boy so she can join the British air force names Deryn. Anyway so I don't give it away, the two main characters go through a lot of things until finally the main characters come together. This book is just so cool.





7. London, 1850 (Vampire Plagues) by Sebastian Rook
     This book as a children's book staring three kids named Jack, Benedict (don't you just love that name), and Emily. Jack is a street urchin and one day he sees a ship come to dock and a lot of bats fly out. Soon he meets Benedict a stowaway on the ship. Benedict tells him a horrifying tale about a trip to Mexico with his father. Jack becomes friends with Benedict and his sister, Emily. Then a mysterious plague starts gripping London in a tight grasp. Oh no it is vampires! So with help the trio have to get rid of them. This book is a great easy read, but a little hard to get. Oh ya, did i mention it is based in 1850.



8. Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
     This book is a great fantasy. I started this one day while I was sick around six o clock and I read until one o clock in the morning it was so good. It follows two people who seem to not be connected at all Sadima and Hahp. In Sadima's story she can talk to animals, her mom was killed when she was born by a "magician" so her dad and brother didn't like magic. Well rumors went around about what she can do and this guy named Franklin (he is so cool) talks to about coming to the city. After that there is a lot of adventures. In Hahp's story, his dad is trying to get rid of him, so he sends him to a magic school, but this magic school is no Hogwarts it is much cooler, usually only one of the students usually survive to become a wizard. Anyway they are not really nice to the students they don't let them eat until the conjure up their own food. Well, anyway at the end you see how the two storys connect. It is just so awesome.

9. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
    This book is great. It is based in Nazi Germany and the main character is a girl named Liesel who is living with a foster family because her parents were Communists. She goes threw a lot there like hiding a Jewish man named Max in her basement who she becomes friends with. There is always the threat of a bomb over her city's head. Anyway this book is very unique because death narrates it. This book is really good, read it now! The ending made me cry.






10. Revenge of the Witch of The Spook's Apprentice (The Last Apprentice of The Wardstone Chronicles) by Joseph Delaney
       This book is spooky fun. It is based in, I'm guessing, 1700s England it doesn't right out say but you can tell it is not modern. It is about a boy named Thomas Ward who becomes a apprentice to the old spook Gregory. They go through spooky fun adventures, Tom even becomes friends with a young witch or sometimes not a witch. Anyway it a little like The Monstrumologist, but not nearly as serious of violent.


Sunday, 21 March 2010

Books That I Covet...

MAIRELON THE MAGICAIN BY PATRICIA C. WREDE
Kim, a streetwise girl who disguises herself as a boy, and Mairelon, an itinerant magician who dresses as a dandy, share adventures in an alternate Regency England that is populated with sorcerers and riddled with magic.
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL BY PHILIPPA GREGORY
Fabulous historical novel set in the court of King Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn attracts the attention of the young king and becomes his mistress; when he tires of her, she sets out to school her sister, Anne, as a replacement. Politics and passion are inextricably bound together in this compelling drama. The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way to attract the attention of the most powerful in the land than to place their most beautiful young woman at court? But Mary becomes the king's mistress at a time of change. He needs his personal pleasures, but he also needs an heir. The unthinkable happens and the course of English history is irrevocably changed. For the women at the heart of the storm, they have only one weapon; and when it's no longer enough to be the mistress, Mary must groom her younger sister in the ways of the king. What happens next is common knowledge -- but here it is told in a way we've never heard it before, with all of Philippa Gregory's characteristic perceptiveness, backed by meticulous research and superb storytelling skills.
TO SHIELD THE QUEEN BY FIONA BUCKLEY
When Ursula Blanchard, a poor young widow in 1560, is sent to Queen Elizabeth palace to protect the Queen's reputation, she becomes involved in solving th murder of the wife of a man with whom the queen has fallen in love.
A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER BY DAVID LISS
Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London's gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves. In A CONSPIRACY OF PAPER, Weaver must investigate a crime of the most personal sort, involving the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockdealer. To find the answers, Weaver contends with a garrulous prostitute who knows too much about his past, estranged relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a group of powerful men in the world of finance who have disguised their business dealings with an intricate web of deception and violence. Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation - a way of life that poses great risk for investors, but real danger for Weaver and his family.
EMPRESS ORCHID BY ANCHEE MIN
To rescue her family from poverty and avoid marrying her slope-shouldered cousin, seventeen-year-old Orchid competes to be one of the Emperor's wives. When she is chosen as a lower-ranking concubine she enters the erotically charged and ritualised Forbidden City. But beneath its immaculate facade lie whispers of murders and ghosts, and the thousands of concubines will stoop to any lengths to bear the Emperor's son. Orchid trains herself in the art of pleasuring a man, bribes her way into the royal bed, and seduces the monarch, drawing the attention of dangerous foes. Little does she know that China will collapse around her, and that she will be its last Empress.
NEWES FROM THE DEAD BY MARY HOOPER
WRONGED. HANGED. ALIVE? (AND TRUE!) Anne can't move a muscle, can't open her eyes, can't scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she's dead, terrified she's buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is left with her racing thoughts, and her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the gallows. Meanwhile, a shy 18-year-old medical student attends his first dissection, and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive?

THE HIGHWAYMAN'S FOOTSTEPS BY NICOLA MORGAN
Inspired by "The Highwayman," the famous poem by Alfred Noyes, this dramatic and moving historical adventure is set on the stark, ghostly moors that seem as menacing as the pursuing redcoats. A thrilling adventure featuring a feisty heroine, a rebellious young man, and a galloping, heart-clutching story.
THE STRING OF PEARLS
The original Sweeney Todd.
SOVAY BY CELIA REES
It's England, 1783. When the rich and beautiful Sovay isn't sitting for portraits, she's donning a man's cloak and robbing travelers—in broad daylight. But in a time when political allegiances between France and England are strained, a rogue bandit is not the only thing travelers fear. Spies abound, and rumors of sedition can quickly lead to disappearances. So when Sovay lifts the wallet of one of England's most powerful and dangerous men, it's not just her own identity she must hide, but that of her father. A dazzling historical saga in which the roles of thieves and gentry, good and bad, and men and women are interchanged to riveting effect.
BLOOD RED, SNOW WHITE BY MARCUS SEDGWICK
Set at the time of the Russian Revolution, the end of a centuries old dynasty, the rise of the Bolsheviks sent shockwaves around the world. This is the story of one man who was there. It's real history - about the riches and excesses, the glory of the Russian nobility, Nicholas and Alexandra, their haemophiliac son, Alexei, notorious Rasputin, Lenin and Trotsky who ruled from palaces where the Czars had once danced till dawn. The man was real too, his name was Arthur Ransome. He was a writer, accused of being a spy, perhaps even a double agent, and he left his wife and beloved daughter and fell in love with Russia and a Russian woman, Evgenia. Fictionalising history and blending it with real life, part i is told as a fairy tale. Wise and foolish kings, princesses, enchantresses (characters more suited to fairy tale than reality), wishes and magic, Russia with its vast cold plains and mighty cities, its riches and poverty, all play a part in the downfall of the Czars and rise of the new order. Part ii is about betrayal - Ransome the spy, bleak and threatening. Part iii is a love story, a fairy tale, ending - of Ransome's love for his daughter, Tabitha, and for Evgenia. With all his hallmark gothic style and cleverly created crossing places bridging history and fairy tale, BLOOD RED, SNOW WHITE is a multi-layered novel destined to be a bestseller.
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON BY DANIEL KEYES
Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental tranformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.
CAPTAIN MARY, BUCCANEER BY JACQUELINE CHURCH SIMONDS
This adventure of greed and romance will carry you to a distant time when violence was the norm, and the difference between the good and the bad was the flag they flew from the masthead. Captain Mary is more than an ordinary pirate; she is both principled and ruthless, a robber baroness and a generous patron. She is as much loved by her allies as she is hated by her enemies who will stop at nothing to destroy her and her empire. But those seeking Marys head best watch out for their own, for in Captain Mary they will find a worthy adversary and deadly foe.
I, CORIANDER BY SALLY GARDNER
In this exceptionally well-crafted tale, Coriander tells the story of her childhood in seventeenth-century London - and of her discovery that she has inherited magical powers from her mother, who was a fairy princess. But her mother's sudden death brings on a dark time for Coriander. And after mourning her beloved mother and dealing with the disappearance of her father and the wrath of her evil stepmother, Coriander finds herself locked in a chest with no hope of escape and no will to survive. But when a bright light beckons to her, it is then that Coriander's journey truly begins. Beautifully written, this magical and luminous story is destined to become a children's classic.

Updates...

I made a temporary blog button and blog header, because I family member of mine who is a real good artist is making one for me. So, I am waiting for it to be done, so anyway this is my blog so far. Oh yea and thank you for all the new people who suscribed, I really appreciated it. I am going to make a review for The Frightened Man real soon.
-Too da loo!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

What I Got From The Library...

THE COLOR PURPLE BY ALICE WALKER
Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

Catching Fire Book Review


Author: Suzanne Collins
Publication Date: 9/01/09
Grade: B
Gender: Male and Female
Age: 12+
Genre: Science Fiction
   I liked the original better. I have to say that. Yes, if you like violience it was violent. Even though it didn't satisfy my violent needs since I like a lot of gore. Yet, I didn't think this book was nearly as good as the first. In my opinion it spent a lot of time recapping all the stuff from the first book. My favourite character, Rue was obviously not in the book. That made me very sad. I think Katniss was to weepy threw out the book. One big thing I didn't like is that it was going through a patten that followed the first book. I also don't like the idea of them going back to the Hunger Games. Even though it is a good idea. Ok does that that make any sense? It is a good writing idea and good for the story, but it makes me upset. Also the whole entire Hunger Games went extremely fast and near the end I got a little confused. So that is pretty much all I have to say about this book. In all as I stated at the beginning I thought the first book was much better, but I will still read the next book.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

What I Got From The Library...

POISON BY CHRIS WOODING
When Poison's beloved baby sister is snatched by the phaeries, she leaves her suffocating hometown, deep in the marshes of the human realm, to rescue her. Many dangers await, including the horrifying Bone Witch, the capricious phaerie king, and Lady Asinastra, queen of the spiders.








VIOLIN BY ANNE RICE
Triana, a 20th-century woman is haunted and inspired by Stefan, a 19th-century ghost. A tale of violence and music set in 19th-century Vienna and ending in modern-day Rio, and of the shifting power struggle between Triana and Stefan, the genius in thrall to the muse and the muse to the genius.








THE FRIGHTENED MAN BY KENNETH CAMERON
Introducing an intriguing new hero in the world of crime fiction...American novelist Denton is an uncomfortable outsider in class-ridden turn-of-the-century England. But he is about to be plunged into the dark heart of a society where privilege and propriety hide unspeakable horrors. When a stranger turns up at his door declaring he has just seen Jack the Ripper, Denton dismisses his lurid ravings as the delusions of a madman. But then a prostitute's horribly mutilated body is discovered that night - and Denton suspects the two events are connected. While the police investigation grinds towards a seemingly pre-ordained conclusion, Denton becomes obsessed with finding out who the victim really was and who killed her - a search that leads him by degrees into the darkest, most violent underbelly of London...

No Promises in the Wind Book Review

Author: Irene Hunt
Publication Date: January 1970
Grade: A-
Gender: Male and Female
Age: 11+
Genre: Historical Fiction
   I thought this book would be boring because it was a forty years old and the cover is terrible, but as you can see by my rating I was happily surprised. It reads smooth and quick. Since of course I love historical fiction it was great in that aspect to, very interesting. Even though it was a great book the main character Josh was simply in my eyes annoying an mean. Poor Joey having to deal with him. I thought it odd that he fell in love with Emily who was fifteen years older and already had three children, it just seemed very unlikely. His relationship with Janey was a little better, but I don't think the author developed it enough. Otherwise then that the book was excellent. Even though I didn't like Josh much, all the other characters were really good. Joey was the best, he was so sweet in the book. It was a little upsetting how Howie died at the very start, I was already starting to like him. Oh well to bad. It showed us how bad it was during the Great Depression. It wasn't that depressing because something always happened to make it better for Josh and Joey. Anyway way this is a great fun book that can give you a look back in time.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

What I Couldn't Help But To Buy

THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES BY CARRIE RYAN

Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's ever known, and all she needs for happiness. But life after the Return is never safe, and there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back. Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.
One night beyond the Barrier...
One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery...
One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.
Gabry knows only one thing: if she is to have any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Book To Movie: Let The Right One In

I recently saw the movie based off Let the Right One In. I reviewed the book earlier on this blog. I have one thing to say about the movie. It was great. I usually don't like movies based off of books I read, but this one was great. There was a few differences, but even with the differences they pulled it off awsomely, if that is even a word. Ok here is one major thing that was different, Tommy was not in the movie at all. Which was okay with me I like Oskar better. Another major thing is that when  Hakan fell out of the window in the hospital, in the movie he died, didn't wake up, no creepy vampire Hakan. The last major difference was that Hakan was a pedophile. Which was okay since my parents might have not let me seen it. So all was good. They also changed Jonny's name to Conny and Johan's name to Martin. Which wasn't really that big of a difference because I still got who they are. Well anyway with the differences or without, this movie was great. Like the book the romance between Oskar and Eli was so cute and innocence. My friend and I said awww every five seconds we thought it was so cute. It was so good. Anyway my old favorite vampire movie was Interview with the Vampire, now it is Let the Right One In. It was so good.

City of Bones Book Review

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 3/27/07
Grade: C+
Gender: Female
Age: 13+
Genre: Fantasy and Romance
    Sorry to say, but this book isn't really my genre. First thing is the character Jace annoyed me. Everything he said made me just dislike him and I don't no what it means for me, but I didn't understand some of his sayings. He was way to full of himself and even though I think the author wants you to feel sorry for him, I didn't at all. I just hated him so much. I didn't like the character Clary either. She just didn't believe in anything. Like when Valentine was Jace's father, yea that bothered me when she didn't believe him. I didn't like how she was choosing Jace over Simon either. Simon was practically the only good character in the whole book. He was still devoted to Clary even if she just completely forgot about him and started kissing her own brother. Ok now since I said brother I will tell you my opinion on the brother sister thing. I thought it was only thing in the whole book that was interesting. Seriously, during that part of the book I was practically falling asleep, it was that boring, well until we figured out they were related then it got extremely better, but then Clary had to be all I don't believe you so then I got bored again. The part with Alec being gay, I thought was good, because there is nothing wrong with gay people, I would just wish they made him more likeable. Ok anyway done with the negatives. Overall the book was very fast pace and they developed the characters well. It was just that it was not my genre that's all.

Monday, 1 March 2010

A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce- March 2010

Time for a new book and maybe someone will actually discover my site. So anyway if you read the title you know the book. So yea, lets hope this book is awesome.

As Charlotte struggles to manage the difficulties she inherits along with Stirwaters Woollen Mill, she discovers a shadow world at the fringes of the familiar: Dark magic, restless spirits, a mysterious Helper. A wicked uncle, an age-old curse.... How can Charlotte prevail with such forces allied against her? In this novel inspired by “Rumpelstiltskin,” the miller’s daughter of the fairy tale comes to life as a young woman determined to save her family and her mill--whatever the cost.

Let The Right One In Book Review

Author: John Ajvide Lindqvist
Publication Date: 10/28/08 (English)
Grade: A
Gender: Male and Female
Age: 14+ (Strict Parents: 16+)
Genre: Horror and Romance
   This book was amazing. When I bought it I had very high expectations and it didn't let me down. On this review I am going to focus on the things that make this book good and very uncomfortable and times. First one thing that is absolutely disgusting is that Hakan who gets blood for Eli is a pedophile. There is this one part when the kid has no teeth, if you read it you would know what I'm talking about and it's pretty disgusting. Anyway that part is short. I liked how they talked about everything that is wrong in the world, exspecially murder, but they talk about drugs, bullying and other things like that too. I felt very sorry for Oskar through the whole book. I liked how I could kind of relate with him. Even though it made me sad, I liked hearing about his problems and how he cut up the trees thinking of murder. I liked the romance between Eli and Oskar, it was way better then the corny vampire romance in Twilight. I liked the ironic innocence of the whole thing. I loved when Eli sneaked into Oskar's window at night and no it was not copied from Twilight, this book was published in Sweden first. It was so cute, in a weird way. I liked how Eli wore like all the girl clothes even though you discover that is gender is very interesting. It reminded me a lot of Ring by Koji Suzuki. It was cool. It was very surprising when Hakan dumped the acid on his face, put cool. My review is so far so complementary so I will put in stuff I didn't absolutely love now. Ok the Chinese restaurant group was kind of boring to read about and when Virginia killed those cats it made me very sad and other from that I loved the whole thing. I had a lot of fun reading about Tommy, I don't know why though, it was just interesting. Just to say, the ending was wonderful, but not open for a sequel. This book is for anyone who likes mostly horror, but with a little bit of twisted romance.

The Red Queen's Daughter Book Review

Author: Jacqueline Kolosov
Publication Date: 10/2/07
Grade: B+
Gender: Female
Age: 12+
Genre: Historical Fiction and Fantasy
The book over all had a good plot, but there was some definite things that spoil the book a teensy bit for me. First, the character is to perfect for me. Mary Seymour is beautiful and good all the way threw. She has very strong beliefs and is very studious. There seems to be nothing wrong with her, except for that she falls in love with Edmund. It gets a little annoying how she just can't except that she loves him. Second is that they never explains why Edmund seduces Frances ,maybe I missed it. After all, I read that part late at night so I might have missed it, but I don't think I did. Last I didn't like the ending. It seemed rushed. They could of spent a hundred more pages devoloping Edmund's and Mary's romance. The author could of spent another fifty pages describing how he was arrested. Then the epilogue I think was useless. I think she should of just made a sequel, I would of read it. Even though I have only been pointing out the flaws(I'm a pessimist, I often do that), there were a lot of good things as well. I loved reading about the magic and Mary's meetings with Cordelia. I liked the part where they were at Vivienne's house a lot. I even liked Perseus, even though I am not a dog person. I wished she could of explained more about him, he was a mystery to me. Over all it was a good book, a little flawed but good. I recommend this to any girl that liked a healthy blend of magic and history.