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:
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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

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