Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fortunately, The Milk

Fortunately, the MilkFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another twisting, adventurous, funny story for kids and adults alike that is truly Neil Gaiman. If a reader lacks the imagination to bring a Gaiman story into life, the amazing artwork will help a lot.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Lover's Dictionary

The Lover's DictionaryThe Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is something unique about this book that makes it interesting and refreshing to read. It is a love story between a nameless couple, but David Levithan searched for seemingly random words and alphabetized them like entries in the dictionary. Interspersed are moments or memories of the roller coaster ride that a romantic relationship can bring.

This quote from the book describes it best:
"Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough."

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Monday, December 09, 2013

The New World

The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)The New World by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This short book is the prequel to the Chaos Walking series. It tells the story of Viola's bits and pieces of experiences before she landed in New World. I found it engaging and emotional and it kept me wanting more. I recommend this to those who are hesitant to read the series. It might help decide whether to continue or not.

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

Love & Misadventure

Love & MisadventureLove & Misadventure by Lang Leav
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read bits and pieces of Lang Leav's poetry way back and I was one of those who were excited after knowing she's going to publish a book. Recently, I have admitted to reading mostly e-books, but I told myself that I would really prefer getting the actual book, so I can turn the paper pages.

Poetry is not for everyone, including Lang's work. Some people may think it's just hype or very Hallmark card-y, but the thing is, her words are formed to mean something that a lot of people can relate to-- life and love. There are bite-sized poems that are simple, even bordering on so-so, but there are poems that make me want to read out loud. After reading some of these poems, I find myself staring at the page, thinking of events in my life, then reading it all over again.

I never thought I would appreciate poetry this much, but people change. Words are powerful.

I hope she continues her work and I hope one day, I can also own a book by Michael Faudet dedicated to Lang. :)

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)

Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a bad idea to finish reading this book in a public place. My loud sniffles attracted questioning looks, but I couldn't stop reading until the end.

This took me a really long time to finish. I was a bit bored during the first half of the book. I don't know why as I couldn't put the first two books down. The pace picked up during the second half. I appreciate 1017's point of view in the story. The familiar fast and stressful pace came back and this final book gave me the closure that I needed.

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