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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Name: The Messenger
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Classics, Series
Rating:

For the past six years, Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man, known for his special sight. Village was a place that welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself. (goodreads)

Review: This is the third book of The Giver Series. I absolutely loved every minute of this book. I never got bore and could not put it down! The book starts off with Matty and his life at the Village. He was an outsider but they welcomed him 7 years ago and he is now a good, strong, good mannered young man. We find out he has a special gift. The gift to heal. Every person gets a name, the Leader assigns them. And Matty can't wait to get his, he wants it to be Messenger since he IS the Messenger and knows Forest very well. Unfortunately, things get complicated and people start trading their personalities for material goods. This causes a change in everyone, and for the worse. Which changes the Village and the Forest. Matty must find the Seer's (a blind man who is like his father) daughter and bring her back before they close the Village to outsiders. The Forest starts changing and getting dangerous even to Matty. He is a accompanied by his puppy Frolic, who he once saved along with his mom from death when he was born. The way back is much harder though, and Matty must choose between saving the others or giving into the Forest. At last he gets his true name, Healer.


The Good: The story is so amazing! It caught me right from the start and there was never a dull moment. It is so amazingly written and beautifully done!

The Bad: Too emotional, I cried....

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12930.Messenger


This book is
#18 in my 50+ Classics Challenge
#141 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Name: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, Series
Rating: 


J. K. Rowling continues to bewitch readers everywhere with the third book in her magical Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Harry's ongoing exploits, along with those of his contemporaries, teachers, and relatives, are as imaginative, entertaining, and mysterious as ever. For during Harry's third year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he must face his greatest challenge yet: a confrontation with Sirius Black, an escaped convict and madman who is rumored to be in cahoots with Harry's archenemy, the Dark Wizard Lord Voldemort. This alone would be daunting enough, but Harry's task is made even more trying when he discovers that Sirius is suspected of being the one who killed Harry's parents.

For Harry, the Hogwarts campus has always been a sanctuary, but when Black escapes from the horrifying clutches of Azkaban Prison, all clues suggest the madman is headed for Hogwarts and Harry himself. As a result, the school starts to feel more like a prison than a sanctuary as Harry finds himself constantly watched and under guard. What's more, the terrifying Dementors - the horrifying creatures who guard Azkaban Prison - are lurking about the campus looking for Black. And their effect on Harry is a devastating one.

Still, life at school offers plenty of distractions. Harry really likes the new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts, Professor Lupin, who might be able to teach Harry how to defend himself against the Dementors. But Professor Snape's behavior toward Lupin has Harry wondering what secrets the two men are hiding. Harry's friend Hermione is also acting very strangely. And, of course, there is the tension caused by the ongoing Quidditch competition between the Gryffindors and the Slytherins and the never-ending bullying of the Slytherin leader, Draco Malfoy.
(goodreads)

REVIEW: 

The book starts with Harry being stuck at the Dursley's yet again. He feels alone but is looking forward to going back to Hogwarts and with Ron and Hermione. This book is about SIrius Black and of finding out what happened the night the Potters died. Everyone thinks Sirius betrayed them and practically let them get killed. But Harry must find truth. The Dementors are looking for Sirius and they get in the way at the Quidditch Games. Harry finds a horrible truth and must decide whether to do as his Dad would do, or to avenge them. In the end, the truth is cleared out and more than one life was saved thanks to Time. This book is one of my least favorite books, I just never thought this book was as good to me as Chamber of Secrets. 

The Good: More than one life is saved! Plus, Sirius Black is free again!

The Bad: I super dislike Draco more than usual here.

Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5.Harry_Potter_and_the_Prisoner_of_Azkaban

#53 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
#3 in my Harry Potter Challenge
#17 in my Witches and Witchcraft Challenge
Name: Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: YA, Series
Rating: 


Timed just right to anticipate the August feature-film release from Walt Disney Pictures, with new cover art from the movie
With wry, observant wit, Mia chronicles her rocky first month of high school. First she finds out she's the crown princess of a European principality, then there's a first kiss from her big crush, an empowering ice-cream-cone shove into the sweater of her nemesis, and a meltdown in the ladies' room of Manhattan's Plaza Hotel.
(goodreads)

REVIEW:
I read this book a long time ago, like 4 years. My English teacher Freshman year of High school always commented on Meg Cabot's books. One day I saw her reading this book and she said I should read it. So I did. And it is one of my favorite series EVER! I could identify with Mia and even though i am NO princess, I could relate to her finding out of such an out-of-this-world secret and having to deal with it. I love her personality and her talks with Grandmere always made me laugh! This is such a fun series, that will cheer you up and make you laugh until you cry!! Mia is so unusual in many ways, so when she found out she was a princess, she felt even more weird. I enjoyed her discussions with Lily about the positive and negative things of being a princess.

The Good: The story is so interesting. Not typical teenage girl drama, this is another level.

The Bad: Grandmere makes me mad!

Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38980.The_Princess_Diaries

#61 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Name: Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging (Georgia Nicholson #1)
Author: Louise Rennison
Genre: YA, Series
Rating: 




There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones's Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it's "Fabbity fab fab!"
(goodreads)

REVIEW:

This is the first book of the series. And It starts off great! When I read this book for the first time ever, I laughed out loud so much, I literally couldn't stop. This book always makes my day. It is so funny and Louise makes a great job in making a great story that never bores you and always makes you laugh. Georgia is quite annoying sometimes to me. She can be self-centered but her outrageous comments just makes you cry from laughing. Her constant comments of how her family is messed up are hilarious and her ideas in getting the boy of her dreams are not so typical. I love this book and I always enjoy reading the series!

The Good: HILARIOUS!

The Bad: Some parts might be annoying or too dramatic

Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/402013.Angus_Thongs_and_Full_Frontal_Snogging

#140 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
#37 in my YA Reading Challenge 2013
#7 in my 150+ Reading Challenge
Monday, August 6, 2012
The Challenge is by A Book Lovers' Review . The Challenge is like this: Make a short list of your Hotter than Summer guys. Add a link to your review and the book title, add a rating and answer why him. 

1. Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson Series.

I absolutely love Percy. Come on, he not only is the Son of Poseidon and can control water, but he is SO sweet and hot! :D Could you ask for more? I don't think so! 

Rating: 4 STARS

2. Luke from Starcrossed

Luke is a Son of Apollo. Therefore he is an amazing singer, he can fly, he is a Demigod, and he is super handsome! Ever since I've read Starcrossed, he has been one of my favorites!

Rating: 5 STARS
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Top Ten Tuesdays is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


(06/26/12) 

Top Ten Books Who Remind Me Of Myself Or Someone I Know In Real Life:


 1. Beauty: A Retelling- This book reminds me a lot of myself. I have always been fairly unusual for a teenage girl. And I still am. Always expecting the best, and imagining fairy tales. 

2.  Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging- This book reminds me of me and my friends just a little when we were younger. Always complaining about the adults' decisions. 

3. Gossip Girl- Reminds me of some of the girls of my class when I was in High School. Crazy, not-so-smart, and popular.  

4. Princess Diaries- Another book that reminds me of myself, just like Beauty: A Retelling.

5. Harry Potter- Hermione reminds me a lot of myself and some of my friends and former classmates. Always with a book in hand.  

6. Starcrossed- Helen reminds me of a couple of friends I have. They don't realize how great they are and their potential.  

7. Pride and Prejudice- i tend to speak my mind just as Elizabeth, sometimes I get in trouble. Specially when I think something is unfair. I tend not to care so much.

8.  Hunger Games- I tend to be like Peeta. I would totally have sacrificed myself to give food for someone else. I prefer me suffering than someone else. 

9. Princess Diaries- Tina Hakim Baba is a total romance novel lover! That is so me!!

10.  Celine Dion: My Story, My Dream- I am so much like Celine it is not an over statement at all! We both like the same type of music, we dance when we sing, and we can truly feel the music.
MUSING MONDAYS is a weekly event where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. Everyone can join in! Just acknowledge them and post the link to your Musing Mondays in their comments. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/




(07/30/12) Today's Topic is What question(s) would you like to see asked in future Musing Mondays posts?

Mmmm, perhaps:
1. Your favorite authors?
2. Least favorite book?
3. If you had to choose only 3 books to read forever, which ones would you do?! 
4. Books that annoyed you/made you mad?
5.  Books you wish didn't have sequels/or became series?
MUSING MONDAYS is a weekly event where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. Everyone can join in! Just acknowledge them and post the link to your Musing Mondays in their comments. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/



(07/23/12) Today's Topic is Do you read magazines? If so, which ones? If not, why not?

Yes I do. Although it has been a while since I have read any of them. I read the usual girl magazines like Cosmopolitan and Vanity. Also I read comics, but I do not know if they could be labeled as magazines. I am currently very into Japanese Manga and Superhero Comics :D
MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly event where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. Everyone can join in! Just acknowledge them and post the link to your Musing Mondays in their comments. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/


(07/16/12) Today's Topic is What are you currently reading? Is it any good? Would you recommend it?

I am currently reading the 39 Clues Series. I absolutely love them! They have adventure, romance, mystery and action in it! They are very good, I love all of the books and they have become favorites to me. I would recommend them. They are middle school books, but you get so into them that it does not feel like you are reading kiddie books at all. Opposite! 
MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly event where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. Everyone can join in! Just acknowledge them and post the link to your Musing Mondays in their comments. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/


(07/09/12) Today's Topic is Have you ever read a book that, at the time, you didn’t feel a strong connection towards, but as time goes by you find yourself thinking about it a lot?

Yes, I had a hard time reading Classics 4 years ago. But I guess in my case, it is probably because of the language. 4 years ago, I did not know the English I know now, so it makes sense for me to be able to understand Classics now.  I really like them now, and understand them much better.
MUSING MONDAYS… is a weekly event where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic. Everyone can join in! Just acknowledge them and post the link to your Musing Mondays in their comments. http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/


(07/02/12) Today's Topic is When you’re stuck for a book to read next, what do you do?

I am never stuck on a book to read next. I always have a book in mind I want to read, or maybe some waiting for me to pick up at the library. But sometimes when I am not in the mood of a certain book, I will browse websites and get some suggestions. Then get them at the library. I have a huge TBR Pile, so this doesn't happen often!

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