Interview and Giveaway with Carol Oates

28 December 2010

About Carol:
Carol Oates has never been one to remain still for long. After her mother’s mad dash to the hospital through the empty city streets of Dublin, Ireland, Carol made her debut into the world in the early hours of Christmas morning. Since then her pace has not slowed down in the least.
Carol was introduced to the world of supernatural books when, as a child, her family moved to a coastal suburb of the north Dublin known as Clontarf; famous as the birthplace of Bram Stoker, the prolific author responsible for breathing life into the legendary story of “Dracula.” This stirred in Carol an early passion for reading about all things supernatural. When that passion was combined with a deep interest in the history and folklore of Ireland, as well as an active and vivid imagination, Carol Oates, the author, was born. Carol’s love of writing about anything not entirely “human" emerged, and the premise for her debut novel, “Shades of Atlantis,” came to life.
Carol still lives in Dublin, but spends a great deal of time traveling though the counties of Ireland and Northern Ireland with her partner and her son. When not traveling through the countryside, Carol spends her days at the office and her evenings immersed in the world of legends and mythical creatures


Interview:
1.       What was your inspiration for Shades of Atlantis?
The main inspiration for Shades of Atlantis comes from my love of Ireland and the heritage.  I do a lot of traveling around the country and spent a lot of time driving by the hill of Tara, one of the main locations. It’s one of my favourite places in the country.  We learned about the legends of old Ireland in school and it was when I was revisiting these legends that the idea for Shades of Atlantis was born.
2.       What motivated you to finish and publish your novel?
I’ve been writing all of my life in one form or another. I love to write. I’ve finished several novel length stories. Some people write for their own pleasure. I write a journal for that, the fiction I write is meant to be shared and publishing is a way to take it to a larger audience. My ultimate goal is to be able to write full time. It hasn’t been an easy road and I do get frustrated. I’m been rejected. Being a writer means having a thick skin and having respect for people in the industry as well as readers  and their opinion while keeping faith in your work. Above all keep writing.
3.       Is there a message you want to get out to your readers through your book?
 Shades of Atlantis isn’t meant to preach, it’s a piece of fiction and it’s meant for enjoyment. There is the Romeo and Juliette element with Triona’s parents. So obviously there is the underlying theme of people being the same all over and everyone should try to respect others and show tolerance.  We are all born, we all die, we all have the capacity for love, forgiveness and hate but it’s up to us to choose what we do with that ability.
4.       What’s your favourite place to think?
My favourite place to think is anywhere I’m alone, the fewer distractions the better. I love long journeys in the car alone. Sometimes when the weather is mild I go to the hill of Tara, bring a coffee with me and go for a walk.
5.       Chocolate? ^_^
Yes, I love chocolate.  At the moment I have a passion for White Mochas.
6.       Do you like the scent of old book pages or new pages?
I have to say I’m a new book girl. Although I do have a couple of old books, normally they are because of sentimental value. For me, there is nothing like the sound of the spine on a book cracking for the first time to discover if the pages have that silky satin feel to them or slightly rougher, heavier pages then being hit by the scent of clean paper and ink. Can’t be beat. 

    Since Carol's from Ireland, and Ireland is the setting of my current novel, I was thrilled! She patiently answered all my questions with detail, and I've learned a lot. And for that, I love her ^_^
    
  And Carol also generously offered an e-book of Shades of Atlantis of her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis for a lucky winner!

Giveaway:
Rules:
Must be a follower
Ends January 6th 2011
This giveaway is: International 
(the code will need to accessed at SoA, an "omnific" site)

Please fill out the form below! 

 

Review: Entice and cool giveaway!

16 December 2010

 title: Entice
author: Carrie Jones
stars: 3
summary: goodreads
review: Kirthi
pages:  288
recommended for: ages 13+


Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out.

For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla?

And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't just turned. She's Astley's queen.

My thoughts:
  Need and Captivate were both tense, active, magical, and captivating, so that I needed more. I was ever pleased when Bloomsbury asked me if I wanted to review this. Of course I said yes!


Pros:
  • good setting
  • elaboration on Astley and his life and family
  • Zara's consistent character
  • detailed writing
Cons:
  • seems as if the story is being stretched out; very long
  • not much "action" 
  • kind of...boring? This ties in with the first Con bullet...

It seems like just a few, but it basically sums up the book. I believe that Entice would've been a good book, had it not been so long. Entice wasn't as good a book as I hoped it to be, but it was still enjoyable!


And thanks to Bloomsbury I have:
  • a copy of Entice 
  • Entice bookmarks (I'll try to upload the picture of how they look like, but my computer is having problems. Thanks
Rules:
  • Must be a follower of Pages
  • Ends January 1st 2011
  • U.S. Residents only




Holiday Giveaway!

12 December 2010

Thanks to Eric Smith from Quirk Books for sending me a charming e-mail with offering a copy of Pride Prejudice and Zombies to giveaway. It was mailed to me with a letter from Elizabeth (complete with yellow paper and twine). I read it and loved it, and now I'm mailing a copy to you!


 Rules:
  • Ends 12/20/10
  • Must be a follower
  • U.S./ Canadian residents only
  • Extra entry for linking (on Twitter or anything else)

Review: Shades of Atlantis

title: Shades of Atlantis
author: Carol Oates
stars: 2
score:
summary: goodreads
review: Kirthi
pages: 307
recommended for: 14+

Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn't quite fit in...in Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona's small town. While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous...and deadly.

When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It's there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her - secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well. Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

My thoughts:
  A supernatural romance. Sounds good, right? I really wanted to read and review this book, so I requested a copy of devoured immediately upon its arrival.
  I read  through it once, then twice to see if I was right. And I was. Shades of Atlantis is a cousin of the Twilight Saga. Oh don't groan! I don't compare everything to Twilight, really I don't. But I have to say it was nearly identical! Look, look:
  • bossy, overprotective hot supernatural guy 
  • needy, clingy "heroine" who's intoxicated by the guy
  • the guy has a totally gorgeous supernatural family
  • the guy leaves the girl for her own good
  • a nice funny guy friend wants to girl and hates the guy
  • the good funny guy gets rejected
  • the hot guy and his family embark on a mission
  • the girl becomes supernatural like her boyfriend
  • the hot guy wants to marry the girl....
AND I'M GIVING AWAY TOO MUCH! But what I'm saying is that Shades of Atlantis is a combo of almost all the events in the Twilight Saga.
 The Pros were:
  • good romantic scenes
  • detailed characters
  • nice writing, detailed and well formed structure.
I think it was disappointing. I was disappointed, really. So why didn't this get a 1? I'm not that mean. It was an 'okay' book, but not a total failure. I enjoyed it, really. Some scenes were amazing and are so quotable. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to quote though, since it hasn't been published.

Should I get a new URL?

02 December 2010

I wanted to change my URL, because I've been getting complaints about my URL. But if I do change it, anyone who clicks on the 1bookblog URL won't be able to come to my blog.

What do you say?

Review: Delirium

30 November 2010


title: Delirium
author: Lauren Oliver
stars: 5+
score: 100%+
summary: my ARC
review: Kirthi
pages: 441
recommended for: 14 and up (grade level 9 and up)
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn't understand that once love--the deliria--blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold.
Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
my thoughts:
I can honestly say that Delirium is the best book of 2011, even though I haven't read all the 2011 books ^_^ It may be the best in a century! I didn't enjoy Before I Fall, but Delirium had be yearning for more! Lauren Oliver has written an eloquent, "astounding contemporary told of Romeo and Juliet"

I
Love
This
Book
So
Much!!!!!

Pros:
  • Detailed and realistic characters
  • The most thought-provoking "perfect" dialouge
  • Written in present-tense
  • Very odd and interesting subject, which proved to be the best
  • Ending that leaves me so emotional
  • Concessions and details woven so beautifully....
  • Good Setting
Cons:
......................................um...................................????

Yes, it really was that good.
I don't think I can describe it in any other way, you just MUST read it! Too bad it comes out February 1st




Some books...^_^

28 November 2010

I totally abandoned the only meme I had participated in: In My Mailbox by Kristi from the Story Siren.
So I thought I'd just post some books I've got:
The last 6 I received from Melissa at Spellbound by Books for her Once Upon A Time project. Thanks, I've enjoyed them! I already read The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran (who is a very wonderful lady!) but I wanted my own copy. I also read The Secret Garden (the movie for it is my favourite) and again, I wanted my own copy. I read the poem versions of the Iliad and the Odyssey, so I bought the "story" version in Barnes and Noble Classic Leatherbound version. I knew I'd be seeing a lot of Edgar Allen Poe in my high school future, so I picked the Edgar Allen Poe book. Y pues....Emily Dickinson, enough said.

I also got an ARC of Shades of Atlantis, of which I will need to review soon:
So yes. ^_^

CSN Review: Yoga!

Thank you Jocelyn from the CSN Promo Team for offering me a chance to review products from CSN. From over 200 stores online, I had a wide variety of things I could choose from. There were a TON of stuff in the Yoga section, I was pleasantly surprised.
Now:
For the review:

I got several packages on this day, so I opened this one without reading who it was from. But upon opening it, I realized it was for CSN! They ship really fast, it's great. Kind of makes me feel important ^_^

I plucked all my stuff from the white wrapping-peanut and fittingly laid it on my yoga mat:
The Review Part
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The Organic Cotton 8 inch Yoga Straps from Gaiam


The yoga straps were soft and strong, and really helped with stretching. A sad part was that I had to look up how to use it on the internet. I really think a "how to" on this product would've been nice.
I give this product a 3
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Next, the Gaiam Super Yoga Mat Wash
So I spread out my mat in the bathroom:
And then I took an old white T-shirt and scrubbed the mat with the wash. It said for deep cleaning to spray freely and wait till white foam to emerge. I tried as hard as I could to make white foam, but only a few little clusters popped up, after a good 15 minutes of vigorous cleaning. I didn't get these dark lines of stain out of my mat, but I did clean off a lot of brown-dust and gunk off of it. Plus, there was this lingering, fresh scent that came from the fragrant oils in the spray. How nice ^_^ I'd give this product a 4
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And finally, the AM/PM Stretch DVD from Gaiam.

Madeline Lewis is a skilled instructor that taught me a better routine exercise than the one I was doing before. The AM part took place on this giant rocky disk in the mountains with sunlight pouring through. The sunlight was kind of distracting, but it didn't really affect me that much.
The morning routine was relaxing, yet still gave me this boost of energy that I needed to start my day. Very helpful!
What I like about this product is that it includes both AM and PM Yoga exercises, whereas all the others are either AM or PM or Power or Fat Burning, and all that.
The night time routine was calm and brought down my energy and had be ready for bed.
The only problem was that I have my mat set up in the privacy of my bedroom, and the room is really crowded. With my bookshelf, desk, vanity, bed, and night-stand and all of my furniture. Some of the exercise I couldn't do because of space, but it's a mistake on my part.
Otherwise, the DVD was amazing! Informative, easy, and incredibly helpful.
I give this product a 5
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I hope all the excessive pictures didn't bother you. ^_^ And I hope you enjoyed the review!

Vacation!

24 November 2010

I'm going on vacation to Florida!!! My family, including about....5 others will all be going to our Aunt and Uncle's house. It's pretty big, and yeah, it'll fit more than 20 people. It's going to be a massive family reunion. There's even the dog I left behind.
Last time, I traveled the house with an "invisible fence" disk, and every time Shiba came close to me, I'd wave the fence around. And then, on the LAST DAY of my staying there, I finally got to love her. Then I had to leave. Sad, right? But now we "shall be reunited once more!" quote Trelawny (spelled it wrong) from Harry Potter.
With a pool, a tennis court, a home-theater, a pool-table, and a couple of television sets scattered around the house, no one will ever be bored. Whopee!

Anyways. I'll be gone for a good 4-5 days, so I'm sorry I won't be able to post all the wonderful, and amazing things I had planned. You wish ^_^

Adios! I'll miss you all!

Water Shaper Re-Create Winner!

22 November 2010

Here's the winning cover! Unfortunately, I lost the e-mail and info of all the covers, so I don't know the creator of this cover! I checked back at the entries, and one of the covers had been removed from the link, so I think that person may be the winner. Please contact me at raokiki6@gmail.com!

So congratulations!

Change: The cover was international, so it couldn't recieve the prize. It was all my fault. The winner is actually Amelia!
By the way, I don't usually post the winners for contests here at Pages. I usually just directly e-mail the winner and get things going. Just curious, would you like me to post winners or not?

Harry Potter: Giving Shape ot My Life

18 November 2010


I've always dreamed I could go to Hogwarts. I always dreamed of getting my Hogwarts letter! The closest I've ever gotten, though, was this weird dream that I went to "Wizard Camp".

Since elementary school, I've read the Harry Potter books so many times over that it's hard to count. Always, at home in my bed, I'd have a thick chocolate bar, maybe some Indian chai, and a Harry Potter book. My parents always scolded me, threatening to get rid of my Harry Potter books because I read too much. I think that's how I got glasses...
Anyways. Harry Potter has always been my constant bed-side companion and the books that brought me into the wonderful world of reading and magic.
Harry Potter shaped who I am, with his wonderful humour and the writing. I became a writer after being inspired my the awful talent of J.K. Rowling.
  • In the 4th grade, I did a biography on J.K. Rowling.
  • I attended the Midnight premeire of the Deathly Hallows Release
  • I attended all movies (except the first two) in the theatre
  • I still, to this day, quote Harry Potter
  • When asked what I like better, Twilight or Harry Potter, I scream "HARRY POTTER!"
  • I cried so much when Dumbledore died, I really did. I was depressed the whole day.
  • After coming out of the theatre after watching the Half-Blood Prince, it was raining and I said "The sky is crying for Dumbledore"
  • The password to my computer and e-mail is a Harry Potter term
  • I went to Orlando to the Harry Potter park and drank Butterbeer and bought my own owl and wand at Olivanders after standing in line for the entire day.
I'll continue, but I've got to go to my crummy, non-magical, purely academic public school. Hogwarts, WHY?

I do so honestly believe that Hogwarts exists. Or at least some magic school. It's still my dream to go there........

Top Favourite Covers!

15 November 2010



After reading Smitten With Book's post on her top 5 favourite book covers, I decided to do my own. Expect with 4.
They are not ranked in any particular order ^_^

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Fragile Eternity- Melissa Marr: The lovely shades of violet and the delicate, perfect butterfly fits so well with the title "Fragile Eternity" Something so beautiful as eternity, yet so inhuman, can be symbolized through a crystalline butterfly. Plus the characteristic cheekbones seen in faeries from Melissa Marr's book in the background is really reflecting the inside of the book, which is not seen in several books.


Hush by Donna Jo Napoli (one of my favourite authors)

The grim, darkened shades of the cover and the half smile-frown on the models face reflects the grim severity of the book. The girl is enigmatic and sooo mysterious. And the cover itself. There isn't a million swirls or flowers. It's simple and loud in the best way.








A Map of the Known World- Lisa Ann Sandell

Notice how the heart is built of mechanical parts. It gives the impression that the heart is work of art, pieced together by so many things. It's beautiful. And if you can see, there's a dark black backdrop with black bricks. It's gives a textural, and more hard-core story. I read the book and it's...amazing. The cover reflects the book perfectly. Simple, raw and emotional. Hey, I should write a review....







The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher: The cover is one of the most beautiful covers of 2011. There's no sparkles, or gold, or flowers or pretty supermodels. There's a mysterious young girl with chapped lips, dry skin and that is bursting with tears (of hope?) of water.









CSN Upcoming Review

12 November 2010

I've had the amazing opportunity to work with CSN in the past, having already done both a review and giveaway, I decided to do another review.




What's CSN?

Now, if you haven't already heard about CSN, it's a mega-online store with pretty wide variety of items, with over 200 stores. Seriously, if you go through CSN it has EVERYTHING from kitchen appliances to bathroom shelving to exercise and fitness, and it's amazing.

How amazing?
Know that this is truly my opinion, and I'm not getting paid or whatever to say any of this, but CSN really is satisfactory. The package I received last time arrived within a week. Imagine my surprise. The packaging was very careful and safely protected all the items. PLUS, did I mention over 200 stores with almost everything?

Bathroom shelving?
The bathroom shelving has a load of gorgeous styles, that are simple and beautiful, seriously. And they're fairly inexpensive.

What will my review be on?
Probably on these:
Gaiam Super Yoga Mat Wash
Gaiam Organic Cotton Yoga Straps
Gaiam AM/PM Stretch for Health DVD


Um..why?

Since I've been into health and fitness, I've been searching through the YOGA section that CSN has, and I'm not kidding. CSN has yoga! I already have a pretty worn yoga mat, so why not use some mat wash? And to help with stretching, why not have straps? (They help you stretch when it's hard, like touching your toes) Plus, since I'm a beginner, I need an explanation DVD.
I've checked and the prices for these items are far cheaper at CSN than at Amazon and guess what? Walmart doesn't even have Gaiam products on their store website!



Anyways! Just be on the watch for
  • a CSN review,
  • a couple of book reviews
  • a giveaway
Adios, mi amgos!


Review: The Water Wars

06 November 2010


title: The Water Wars
author: Cameron Stracher
stars: 4
score: 50%
summary: my ARC and a bit by me
review: kirthi
pages: 256
reccomended for: 12 and up

Would you risk everything for someone you just met? What if he had a secret worth killing for?

Vera and her older brother, Will, live in a world where water is hoarded, rivers are damned, polar ice caps have melted and clouds are sucked from the sky. A world where water is more precious than gold or oil...
The Vera befriends Kai, a boy who seems to have limitless access to fresh water. When he disappears under mysterious circumstances, Vera and Will know the must find him. What they don't know is that they are being hunted themselves. Their search for Kai plunges them into a world driven mad by thirst--whose salvation hinges on one boy's survival.


MY summary: Vera watches a boy in awe as he drinks clean, fresh water from a plastic cup. He let one, single drop spill, on purpose, and was enough to shock Vera into an alliance. Where it led though, was as unpredictable as the world.

My thoughts: When I read the summary, I knew I had to read and review this book. With climate change as serious a threat to our world, this book was a necessity in the YA world overpopulated by paranormal and romance.

Factoid: "What is a Water War?"

"This is a term devised by environmentalists for a type of conflict (most probably a form of guerrilla warfare) due to an acute shortage of water for drinking and irrigation. About 40 per cent of the world’s populations are already affected to some degree, but population growth, climate change and rises in living standards will worsen the situation: the UN Environment Agency warns that almost 3 billion people will be severely short of water within 50 years. Possible flash points have been predicted in the Middle East, parts of Africa and in many of the world’s major river basins, including the Danube. The term has been used for some years to describe disputes in the southern and south-western United States over rights to water extraction from rivers and aquifers." --Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 1996-2006.

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Pros:
  • realistic situation
  • well thought out cause and effect
  • usage of popular landmarks in dystopian perspective
  • characters get hurt, ergo stronger
  • descriptive writing
Cons:
  • too short
  • not very developed characters
  • a little bit confusing
  • too fast of an ending
  • unrealistic in certain spots

The Pros and Cons balance out equally. The idea, I think, of this book isn't just for entertainment, but as a warning. A world like Vera's is very possible. The ice caps are melting, and climate patterns are slowly changing. It's very obvious!
The cover is, of course, one of the most beautiful covers of 2011. There's no sparkles, or gold, or flowers or pretty supermodels. There's a mysterious young girl with chapped lips, dry skin and that is bursting with tears (of hope?) of water.


Thanks for reading!

Blogs that Should Get Attention + Upcoming Reviews

03 November 2010

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Best Manga's and Their Reviews: Deniz reviews all sorts of manga ("random genres") and is a great blogger. She posts fun and very intense comments about the manga's she reads. It's like she's there, screaming in your ears about every book ^_^

Sincerely Frm, Rose Cunningham: Rose is a very active blogger that posts many lovely poems. Very creative and fun!


Upcoming Reviews:
Water Wars
The Count of Monte Cristo

Happy Samhain

31 October 2010

Have a happy and save Halloween! Play a few good pranks, eat candy and get spooked.

People have forgotten the true meaning of Halloween

"To Be Scared"
Haha, but not too scared, like mentally scarring and emotional traumatic nightmarish, just the good-laugh and hearty fun scared. Hehe.

I WILL POST PICTURES OF COSTUME!!!!!! At around 5:00. It I can, maybe tomorrow. Sorrrry! I'm short of a photographer!

Halloween Weekend: A history, a weekend question, and quotes!

30 October 2010

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Several ancient peoples believed that the end of October was sacred: credit
These Druids believed that on the night before November 1 (October 31) Samhain called together wicked souls or spirits which had been condemned to live in the bodies of animals during the year which had just transpired. Since they were afraid of these spirits, they chose October 31 as a day to sacrifice to their gods, hoping they would protect them. They really believed that on this day they were surrounded by strange spirits, ghosts, witches, fairies, and elves, who came out to hurt them. In addition to this, they also believed that cats were holy animals, as they considered them to represent people who lived formerly, and as punishment for evil deeds were reincarnated as a cat. All this explains why witches, ghosts, and cats are a part of Halloween today.

The Romans worshiped various gods and on October 31, a special feast was held in honor of Pomona, goddess of the fruit trees. Later, the Druids, an ancient order of Celtic priests in Britain, made this feast an even more extensive celebration by also honoring Samhain, lord of the dead. This was normally done on November 1 and it was therefore decided to conveniently honor both Pomona and Samhain on October 31 and November 1.

The custom of trick-or-treating and the use of "jack-o'-lanterns" comes from Ireland. Hundreds of years ago, Irish farmers went from house to house, begging for food, in the name of their ancient gods, to be used at the village Halloween celebration. They would promise good luck to those who gave them good, and made threats to those who refused to give. They simply told the people, "You treat me, or else I will trick you!" The apparently harmless lightened pumpkin face or "jack-o'-lantern" actually is an old Irish symbol of damned soul. A man named Jack was supposed to be able unable to enter heaven due to his miserliness, and unable to enter hell because he had played practice jokes on the devil. As a result, he was condemned to wander over the earth with his lantern until judgment day (i.e., the end of the world). The Irish were so afraid that they would receive an identical plight, that they began to hollow out pumpkins and place lighted candles inside to scare away evil spirits from their home.

Now, for some Notable Quoteables hosted by Bewitched Bookworms:I'm currently reading my brother's Barnes and Noble Classic: The Count of Monte Cristo:
"He was one of those calculating men who are born with a pen behind their ears and an inkpot in place of a heart"

-page 64

"But sadness is not banished so easily. Like the wounded hero of Virgil* he carried the arrow in his wound" *Aeneas, hero of Virgil's epic: the Aeneid

-page 63

Now, for a Weekend Question hosted by my affiliate, Liz from Cleverly Inked:

Do you judge a book by it's cover? If so which is your favorite?

Like Liz, I hate to admit that I do judge a book by it's cover. Only books though, not people! Covers, in most cases, reflect what a book is about. If it's attractive, I think that the story will be attractive as well. Don't worry, I read the book synopsis too, but the book cover is the deciding factor.


And: Oh my goodness! Halloween is tomorrow! I promised a few bloggers that I'd post my pictures of my costume last week, but my camera man (Dad) was too busy. I'll take pictures tomorrow! ^_^ It's a home-made costume, so it won't look like what I'm supposed to be (a character from the Matrix)

Have fun!


New Review System. Help?

26 October 2010

photo credit

Wow, does it feel good to write a couple of reviews! But I've been thinking, I need a new review system. How does this look:
title:
author:
stars:
summary:
(goodreads)
review:
kirthi
pages: ___

recommended for:

(summary)


my thoughts: [overall thoughts]

Pros:

Cons:
_______________________________

What I'm thinking of doing, is some math. Add up the total of my pros and cons, and divide my pros by the total. Like if there were 10 Pros and Cons total, and there were 4 Pros out of the ten. It'd be 0.4 or 4/10. Hmm?

Or would you like me to use icons?
5 icons or 'stars'- very very good. a 'best book' (A)
4 icons or 'stars'- very good, but several problems (B)
3 icons or 'stars'- on the brink of good and bad (C)
2 icons or 'stars'- not very enjoyable, (D)
1 icon or 'star'- a 'worst' book

OR, do you have a totally new idea that you think I should try? Maybe mention the publisher and the publication date? Or the price on certain sites like Amazon or Book Depository. Or the genres and categories the book could fit into?

I'm just hoping I won't have to do a load of work by cramming in all of these into a review.
And thanks so much for being patient and dealing with all this. The last 2 reviews set me back on track and clear of any more required reviews. I'll start posting reviews on pleasurable reads, of which I have a lot to post about. This is again, a "book review blog"


Review: Empty


title: Empty
author: Suzanne Weyn
stars: 4 (0.6)
summary: goodreads
review: kirthi
pages:192 pages
recommended: all ages

It's the near future - the very near future - and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.

Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope - there has to be hope - just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.

Teens like Nicki, Tom, and Leila may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again

my thoughts:

This is a real and raw book that brings the vital subject of our possible future, that I think is 75% likely to happen. It's time that we start using green energy; the time for oil must come to an end. Suzanne Weyn brings out every detail of what would happen.


[pros]
  • good subject
  • real details
  • possible articles that bring the real world more closely together to science fiction
  • facts that prove the "fiction"
  • strong vocab and writing
  • well plotted-out plot
[cons]
  • characters weren't that developed (not enough pages to add on to, I guess)
  • unlikely ending
  • not enough pages to cover all the necessary parts of a good book
  • too many characters
As you can see, my Pros outnumber my Cons, proving that the book was good. I can say that I'm partial towards this subject because I believe in climate change, and that oil is a serious problem that needs to be stopped. Ergo, Suzanne Weyn is kind of a hero, being one of the few dystopian YA authors who has had the courage to write on this viewpoint.

Review: Hush


title: Hush
author: Eishes Chayil
stars: 1
summary: goodreads
review: kirthi
pages: 368

Inside the closed community of Borough Park, where most Chassidim live, the rules of life are very clear, determined by an ancient script written thousands of years before down to the last detail—and abuse has never been a part of it. But when thirteen-year-old Gittel learns of the abuse her best friend has suffered at the hands of her own family member, the adults in her community try to persuade Gittel, and themselves, that nothing happened. Forced to remain silent, Gittel begins to question everything she was raised to believe.


my thoughts:
The summary does sound good, right? That's what I thought. The book, however, had very little to do with it. All I read were a bunch of Hebrew words strewn together in a poorly stabilized plot line. Since I'm not Jewish, a lot of this made little send.
But, it was very good in certain scenes with vivid, raw and emotional writing. Chayil's writing has style.
A Con? The name "Devory" is repeated a lot...and it got on my nerves, just slightly.
A Pro? This story shines a light on a neglected topic that needs some attention.


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