Summer Blog Design Giveaway!

29 May 2011

 Hey guys, guess what? SUMMER IS HERE? To me, that means more time to spend with my family, and more time to do what I love, like reading ^_^ However, it also means killer hot weather and bugss and sweat and......oh nevermind!

Spring Flowers Blog Design is a blog design studio made possible by all the designers that are part of it, including Libby. Her designs are sweet, simple and modern. And thanks to Libby, I have a full blog makeover to giveaway. Including:
  •  blog background
  • header
  • button
  • post signature 
  • post divider
  • tabs menu
Entering is easy:
Have a great summer everyone!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

21 May 2011

i'm so happy! i watched Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides yesterday night!
I know Jack I know!!!!!!!!

As you can see, he has this "x" on his cheek. I noticed it right away (having watched all the other movies at least a dozen times, it gave me a lot of time to stare at Jack's face) and pointed it out. My friend and her Dad thought it had been there the entire time.

Now, friends: examine this photo:
Remember in one of the movies, where Jack asks to his brother "So how's Mum?" and his brother shoves a shriveled head in his face. Look on Jack's hip, you'll see a shriveled head. I thought it was so SWEET how he carries his mother around with him. You know when someone dies, that they "will always be with you"? Jack takes it seriously ^_^

I missed Will and Elizabeth and the old crew of the Black Pearl. After three whole movies, I came to love them. Cutler Beckett, Davvy Jones, Gibbs, Elizabeth, Will, Norrginton, Tia Dalma, and all the crewman. ~sigh~ Now we have Jack, Barbossa, Gibbs, Blackbeard, Angelica (his daughter) and the Spanish fleet. They're all on a race to get to Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth.

 The main story line seemed....different. In all the movies, everything Jack did ended up to one big "OHHH!! I get it!!!!" but there wasn't that much in this movie. I was more interested in the side story of Phillip and Syrena.

They make such a cute couple!  British actor Sam Claflin and French actor Astrid Berges-Frisbey. Sam plays Phliip, described as a youthful Christian and Astrid plays Syrena, an alluring young mermaid. Doesn't it already sound sexy and romantic? Because it is. You will :LOVE this little side-story. It was my favourite part. 

 Of course the rest of it was funny, Jack and his moments. The entire theater laughed and it was great.

 Note: if you watch the movie in theaters, STAY TILL AFTER THE CREDITS. After ALL the credits, because there's this one last scene you have to see ^_^

Review: instructions for a broken heart

15 May 2011

title: instructions for a broken heart
author: kim culbertson
summary from goodreads
review by kirthi
pages: 292

Three days before her drama club's trip to Italy, Jessa Gardner discovers her boyfriend in the costume barn with another girl. Jessa is left with a care package from her best friend titled "Top Twenty Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard," instructing her to do one un-Jessa-like thing each day of the trip. At turns hilarious and heartwrenching, Instructions for a Broken Heart paints a magical Italy in which Jessa learns she must figure out life-and romance-for herself.
my thoughts:

   The idea of this kind of reminds me of Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes, but I enjoyed this a little bit more. The beginning was abrupt, without a decent introduction. It's one of those beginnings where the names of people (characters) are mentioned and you have no idea who they are. But as the story progressed, I got a good idea of what was happening and who everyone was, though it was a bit hazy at first. The events were abrupt as well, and to me, I just thought a whole lot of the book was rushed, and not very enjoyed because. 

 Also, as you can tell from the summary, the story starts off with boyfriend trouble, and the entire time Jessa's in Italy, it's about romance. Well, I mean, what do you expect from a young adult novel, but what I meant was: Jessa and the whole story was over-dramatic in aspects and focused a lot over a boy. Having never dated, I wouldn't know, so this may just be hypocritical of me. 

All in all, I don't highly recommend this, but it's a good light read.

review: Flawless

11 May 2011

title: Flawless
author: Laura Chapman
stars: 3
summary by goodreads
review by Kirthi
pages: 272

Sarah Burke is just about perfect. She's got killer blue eyes, gorgeous blond hair, and impeccable grades. There's just one tiny-all right, enormous-flaw: her nose. But even that's not so bad. Sarah's got the best best friend and big goals for print journalism fame.

On the first day of senior year, Rock Conway walks into her journalism class and, well, rocks her world. Problem is, her best friend, Kristen, falls for him too. And when Rock and Kristen stand together, it's like Barbie and Ken come to life. So when Kristen begs Sarah to help her nab Rock, Sarah does the only thing a best friend can do-she agrees. For someone so smart, what was she thinking? 


Hmm. I'll say that the entire time, I was horrified at Rock and Sarah and their misguided relationship. I kept yelling at them "No, you idiot!!! Don't do that!!!" "Ohmygosh, are you bloody serious?!" That sort of thing, and there are both positives and negatives on that. Positive: It keeps me reading. Negative: It's so hard to read mistakes! Positive: It's true. Negative: Mistakes on paper! Positive: The characters aren't perfect.

 Now what bothered me was that Sarah thought her only flaw was her nose. A physical trait. I mean, the fact that she felt so bad about that and made a big deal out of it. I understand a teen in that position, but then again, I don't worry so much on my looks as I do on myself. But then again, I guess a lot of my classmates would think this way.

 Now, the story. It made a wonderful point at the end, that left me smiling and thinking a lot, and that type of ending was worth reading some flaws in the book. Okay, now I know I can't write in paragraphs. Time for the old pros and cons list.

  • complete and wonderful ending moral
  • short, sweet situation with not too many complications
  • well put together story, whole and rounded
  • Sarah's best friends with her mom. Too many stories where that's happened.
  • Sarah thinks her only flaw is her nose. Seriously....
  • She has that super popular best friend who (in my opinion knowingly) took advantage of her

So the question is: would I recommend this?  Yeah, as a good light reading book. Is it a book you should buy? I'd say you should check it out at the library.

An Explanation from my Absence

I thought I needed a break from blogging. I know I've stopped the amount of posts I've made but I am going to make it up to you, somehow.

How about with these awesome Harry Potter pictures.

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