Book Review: Nine Lives by Shari Richardson

The Solitary Bookworm and Reading Addiction Blog Tours presents Nine Lives by Shari Richardson, 5th book in the Highland Home series.

Title: Nine Lives (Highland Home #5 series)
Author: Shari Richardson
Pages: 138
Publisher: Createspace
ISNB: 1461070090
Source: Reading Addiction Blog Tours

When in the midst of the usual supernatural uproar which surrounds her, Kerry Cote finds herself pregnant, she thinks the worst has finally come. But when her fiancé doubts her love and her child while the supernatural world lays itself at her feet, Kerry knows she must be strong. Nine Lives takes readers through Kerry’s pregnancy and an epic battle among vampires to bring them out on the other side with the birth of her child.

REVIEW

Wow I just devoured this book. I wasn’t expecting it to be this good and now I am regretting not having read books 1-4 but as soon as I finish writing this review I need to read Mourning Sun immediately. Though Nine Lives is the 5th in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. Didn’t have any issues reading it although I would have enjoyed it more if I read it from its original order. I do have the books, I just hadn’t had the time to read it in order. I am babbling again, sorry guys okay now for the actual review –

Mairin just got married to her gorgeous vampire and that leaves Kerry feeling alone but with her super hot wereboyfriend-soon-to-be-fiancee everything seems to going great for Kerry until Meg arrived. Soon after Meg arrived, Kerry and Xavier’s relationship becomes sh*tty and to top that, Kerry soon finds out that she’s pregnant. Xavier was very irritating in this book and he seemed weak for not having the will power to overcomes Megs hold on him. It sucks really and I just hate him. Kerrys baby seems to be a big puzzle in the coming books and I would love to read what will happen next. I just got to know Kerry but I love her character immediately and her dying in Nine Lives sucked triple time. Overall the writing was awesome and though this was a short read it was amazing and gripping. Richardson has a unique ability of storytelling and I am looking forward to reading more of her work!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

AUTHOR BIO
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Shari Richardson holds a master’s degree in English Education and has spent much of her life teaching students the joy of reading and writing. Her love of writing began when she was in elementary school and has carried through her entire adult life. Shari lives in Pennsylvania with her two Chihuahuas.


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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Pages: 213
Publisher: MTV Books and Pocket Books
ISBN: 0671027344

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

REVIEW

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, asides The Fault in the Stars, I think is one of the most visible books in Tumblr. Yup, yeah heard me! It’s insanely popular – but that’s not why I read it. Far from it actually. Okay so where do I start?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an absolute must read! It is one of those books that I believe everyone should’t read out of curiousity but simply because it’s an awesome read. A little tidbit – before I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower I avoided reading reviews on Goodreads since I don’t want to spoil the mystery of the books. I didn’t want to have a biased opinion or to even have an opinion before I read the first page and good thing I didn’t because I loved it.

Charlie narrates the story through a series of letters. I love books that are written this way, it made me feel like Charlie was confiding or talking to me directly. It made it more personal and realistic in my opinion and to tell you right now, I didn’t think he’s childish or immature or whatever readers brand him to be. He’s different. That’s the bottom line. He’s very timid, aloaf and antisocial and may view and do things differently compared to kids his age but that’s Charlie and I love every bit of him.

The book talks about almost everything that teenagers underwent through or thought about trying to in their young life. Sex, drugs, patries, smoking and all that jazz that makes up what highschool life really is. I may never have done drugs or went to a lot of parties but my eye definitely opened up to a lot of thing when I was in highschool and it’s all normal. For me, this are the realities that a teenager needs to be aware of – they just need to have that self control of not going overboard. This is one of those books that I would encourage my children to read if ever I’ll have one for the sole purpose of opening their eyes to what’s out there.

Another thing I loved about the story is the tons of books that was discuss in it. I just started reading classics and this book had a lot of interesting reads that I would one of these days read myself. Who doesn’t love a book that talks about another book right?

Everyone of us is different in our own quirky way and Charlie is like anybody else. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is yet another reason why to read banned books. I can’t emphasize enough in this review how more I adore Perks so I’ll just leave you with quote eh?

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.

and for the most quoted of them all –

we accept the love we think we deserve.

Book Review: Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young + GIVEAWAY

The Solitary Bookworm & Enchanted Book Tours presents Telesa: The Covenant Keeper by Lani Wendt Young

Title: Telesa: The Covenant Keeper
Author: Lani Wendt Young
Pages: 432
Publisher: Self-pub
ISBN: 1466253711
Source: Enchanted Book Tours
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When Leila moves to her new home, all she wants is a family, a place to belong. Instead she discovers the local ancient myths of the telesa spirit women are more than just scary stories. The more she finds out about her heritage, the more sinister her new home turns out to be. Embraced by a Covenant Sisterhood of earth’s elemental guardians – what will Leila choose? Her fiery birthright as a telesa? Or will she choose the boy who offers her his heart? Daniel – stamped with the distinctive tattoo markings of a noble Pacific warrior and willing to risk everything for the chance to be with her. Can their love stand against the Covenant Keeper?

A thriller-romance with a difference. If you enjoyed Twilight, then you will be enthralled by Telesa as it blends the richness of Pacific mythology into a contemporary young adult love story that will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.

REVIEW

I burn. Inside and out. I burned. There was indescribable pain and the knife edge of pleasure. It was ecstasy and hell all at once. Then, as swiftly as it had begun, it stopped. I was empty. A dried hus scorched beyond belief. Withered and dead. I fell. The steaming darkness claimed me.

Telesa is an engrossing tale about Daniel and Leila – a tragic love story that proved to go against all odds. Okay, first off all Telesa is not really solely about Daniel and Leila I just wanted to put that out as early as now to make a dramatic entrance of some sort. Telesa is actually more of about the journey of Leila in discovering her history and power. Everything went well for Leila that is until she was face to face with Nafanua- her mother.

Leila, our heroine, is a gifted teenager who lost her father and mother. She went to Samoa to rediscover her roots but was warned immediately by her aunt and uncle about things unknown to her. Leila was a strong lead. She can be very stubborn and irritating at some parts but you can definitely see her charm. Then she meets Daniel. Daniel is the swoon worthy kid persistent in keeping Leila at his side. He is all what you would want in a partner – handsome, respectful, courageous and smart in addition to being one of the head kid and the captain to the rugby team. Smart and sporty. Yum!

The two didn’t had a relationship immediately (thank God) and their relationship took time to develop. You can definitely feel the connection and the relationship was very believable. It was a cute partnership that I can really say works well in a series. The irritating part here though is Leila. She can’t make up her mind if she wants to be with Daniel or not. She loves him completely one minute then shuts him off the next. I was at wits with irritation. But as I said, it all worked out in the end.

So let’s talk about the whole Telesa gig and Nafanua. As discuss there are three gifts to a Telesa: Telesa matagi – air, Telesa casa loloa – water and Telesa faNua afi – fire. Air and water are very common and fire is considered a myth but it just so happened that Leila was fanua afi which makes her a very important and powerful Telesa. Nafanua has many secrets, juicy and oh so scandalous secrets that will be reveals in due time, and it seems like she’s not the mother Leila expected her to be.I don’t want to indulge you with too much information so enough about Nafanua, you need to get to know her to appreciate the story let’s move on to Sarona. Now, that is one crazy b*tch which makes her a more effective villain that I appreciate so very much. I was so mad and pissed at her althroughout. Talk about a well written and effective evil b*tch with sooo much power. You’ll definitely be in for a treat.

Telesa was an awesooome read not just because of the heart pumping action and heart breaking non-mushy lines (need to emphasize on the non-mushiness of the love story) but it is also a tale of family, courage, belief, discovery and self respect. Telesa has an interesting twist to a story used plenty of times in the past. Telesa had its own version and twist and I can definitely say the journey was nail biting from start to finish. Its a starter to a trilogy but it can be read stand alone. And with what I have read, looks like the second book will be as good as this one. Let’s see. For now, Telesa is a 5 star rating on my list.

** GIVEAWAY **

And since Telesa is such an awesome read, I have to give you guys a chance to read it too right? So, Here’s another giveaway for you guys. There will be 1 eBook copy up for grab. Easy entries (wouldn’t even take 3 minutes to finish) and this is international. Open until Sept 11th. All you have to do is full out the form in TSBs Facebook page and that’s it! Good luck! 🙂

ABOUT THE TELESA TRILOGY

Lani self-published her second book ‘Telesa: The Covenant Keeper’ as an electronic book in October 2011 – a first for a Samoan author. Telesa is the first book in a Young Adult contemporary Fantasy series set in Samoa and within two months, it had reached number one on the Top Rated Fantasy Romance List on Amazon, the world’s largest e-book distributor. On June 10th 2012, the second book in the series, ‘When Water Burns’ was launched on Amazon, making it to Amazon’s ‘Hot New Releases’ listing within the first 48 hours. Both books 1 and 2 are also available in print books. The third book, ‘The Bone Bearer’ will be released in early 2013.

Lani uses a variety of social media to market, distribute and promote her writing, taking it to a global audience. The multi-visual marketing campaign for Telesa showcased a wide variety of Pacific talent as Lani collaborated with ‘up and coming’ innovators in the fields of photography, film, dance, art design, sports, modeling, bone carving, music, and fashion.

AUTHOR BIO
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Lani is a Samoan-NZ writer who blogs as a (slightly Demented) Domestic Goddess at Sleepless in Samoa. Her award-winning short fiction has been published in collections in NZ, Australia and the UK. In 2009, Lani was commissioned to research and write her first book, the narrative non-fiction account of the disaster which devastated the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and Northern Tonga. The printing of ‘Pacific Tsunami – Galu Afi’ was funded by the Australian government and all proceeds from the book go to survivors who shared their stories for the project.

Lani is married to Darren Young (who is probably the most patient man alive) and when she’s not writing blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking, getting depressed about a two star book rating on Goodreads, and ecstatic about a rave review on Amazon – she’s the full-time mother to her five fabulous children. (Who are also very patient people)

She won the following awards:

  • 2011 USP Press Fiction Award, ‘Sleepless in Samoa.’ Short story collection.
  • 2010 Commendation Award, Commonwealth Short Story Competition. ‘The Beast that Came from the Sea.’
  • Winner of the 2002 Telecom/National Univ of Samoa Short Story Competition. ‘A Sister’s Story.’

Book Review: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Pages: 112
ISBN: 0141036133

Animal Farm is the most famous by far of all twentieth-century political allegories. Its account of a group of barnyard animals who revolt against their vicious human master, only to submit to a tyranny erected by their own kind, can fairly be said to have become a universal drama. Orwell is one of the very few modern satirists comparable to Jonathan Swift in power, artistry, and moral authority; in animal farm his spare prose and the logic of his dark comedy brilliantly highlight his stark message.

Taking as his starting point the betrayed promise of the Russian Revolution, Orwell lays out a vision that, in its bitter wisdom, gives us the clearest understanding we possess of the possible consequences of our social and political acts.

REVIEW

First of all, this is my first book for 1001 Books to Read Before You Die and of The Classics Club so I am giving myself a pat on the back for finishing it. 🙂

I had Animal Farm sitting in my bookshelf for a few months now dreading to read it but when I started reading Animal Farm, I loved it from page 1 to the last. This review has been long overdue.

For a person who has no knowledge about Russian politics, I can’t compare it to what its main purpose was so this review is mainly about the story and its characters. The story revolves around a farm of animals and how they successfully lead a revolution against their owners to be independent so that they can solely govern their own but ends up being an unfortunate misfortune of being controlled by other animals instead.

From the very start, one can see where the problem lies. As the story unfolds, we can see hints of power and control from some of the characters. Brainwashing was rampant and it was sad to actually see how the plans of the greedy characters progressed. You can feel the inhumane treatment, the sorrow, the pain from what the animals is feeling and I am very impressed at how realistic and true the story is to some of the stereotypes of the real world. Anothing thing I love most about Animal Farm was how simple to read it was yet the meaning was as loud as it can get. It was a pleasant journey worth treasuring.

My only regret now is not reading Animal Farm before. This is a definite re-reading material and a highly recommended one as well.

Book Review: Phobia by C.A. Shives + 2x Giveaway

Title: Phobia
Author: C.A. Shives
Pages: 324
Publisher: Firestor Editions
Source: Enchanted Book Promotions

Ex-cop Artemis Herne thought he left the grit and crime of the city in the past when he moved to a small town in Pennsylvania. But the discovery of a woman’s dead body, bound and covered with snakes, sends panic through his community and ignites his investigative instincts.

As the serial killer continues to target his prey, Herne must confront his own haunted past to uncover the pattern in the deaths. He soon discovers that every victim suffers from a phobia. And every murder transforms the victim’s worst fear into reality.

Tormented by his personal demons, he is forced to face his own fears as he hunts for a murderer who uses terror for a weapon.

REVIEW

OMG! This is absolutely, incredibly, super dupppppeeer good material. Oh wait, good is not enough to describe Phobia – Phobia is FANTABULOUS! A must read in the suspense/thriller genre. It was arrrrrrrrrrrr amazing! Men on men I was blown from page one until the very last. It has been a long time since I read a good suspense novel and I am over the top joyous to have read Phobia.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel by Paolo Giordano

Title: The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel
Author: Paolo Giordano
Pages: 271
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
ISBN: 0143118595

A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both “primes”-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together? A brilliantly conceived and elegantly written debut novel, The Solitude of Prime Numbers is a stunning meditation on loneliness, love, and what it means to be human.

REVIEW

The Solitude of Prime Numbers revolves around Mattia and Alice, two individuals who doesn’t know each other but paths would cross and they will influence each others life’s. The Solitude of Prime Numbers is not a very happy novel to divulge in, it can be depressing at some point but the story is deep and heartfelt.

Alice is very troubled to say the least. A teen girl who’s been wanting to be accepted. Mattia on the other hand has a sad soul not content with everything or anything. There seems to be nothing important in his life than Math – the logic and complexity behind it. When these two teenagers met, there’s something heart breaking about the two. It’s really hard to explain but I’ll tell you as early as now, if you want a love story with happily every after – this is not the book for you. There is no cliche in The Solitude of Prime Numbers, it’s plain and simple – as discussed in the book Mattia and Alice are two prime number – two separate entity that will never be together because no matter how hard they try, there will always be a wall to separate the two (17 and 19, separated by 18 and so on and so forth).

To sum it up The Solitude of Prime Numbers is somewhat a glimpse and in a way explains the issues carried by most of us hinders the development of love, companionship and happiness into full bloom. there are incidents that can be very traumatic, like what Alice and Mattia experienced, but that shouldn’t hinder someone from living.  I don’t mean the literal way of living but rather living the life that you wish. There are experiences that marks one’s life forever but take those experiences as life lessons and battle scars rather than phantom enemies that haunts you forever, killing your soul and the life in you. Life is beautiful and loving is divine, don’t let yourself stop living and loving but rather find someone that you can share these experience with to grow and life happily.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers is beautiful and bittersweet and Giordano wrote it exquisitely that it will always be a read that I’ll always remember. It may not be for everybody and some may not enjoy it but as I said it is deep and it is complex beats most novels I know that doesn’t have any sense or just a re-hash of other stories. This book is highly recommended, believe me!

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Title: Seraphina
Author: Rachel Hartman
Pages: 464
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Source: Netgalley

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina’s tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they’ve turned the final page.

REVIEW:

There are a number of books that can keep a reader interested – fascinated – hooked – and eventually falls in love and Seraphina is one of those books for me, no doubt.

The world building was just phenomenal – it was very detailed and vividly presented to the readers that it can be very overwhelming at first but I don’t think that’s a reason to be challenged in reading Seraphina but rather a motivation and an experience worth remembering. I just can’t imagine the research done for the background and creation of both the story and the world Hartman created.

The pacing of the story was just right – it wasn’t rushed for agitation to arise nor was it too slow for boredom to manifest. Hartman took her time to present everything and that is the exact reason why each element was at their places in eactly the right time.

The characters were fun to read, each can be individually characterized – with a magical theme, the characters were amazingly believable. Orma is a definite favorite as well as Fusspots – actually it was fascinating to read about the characters in Phina’s head (stopping myself from revealing too much of the book)

The ending was epic and disappointing at the same time. Not disappointing in a way that things were not resolved but rather disappointing of where the author was directing the love angle of the two characters. Let’s see though where Hartman will go on that one – definitely a lot of controvery and dilemma for the future story. The ending did answer a lot of the questions presented at the beginning and Seraphina can be a stand alone book but is definitely part of a series. Looking forward of what Hartman can offer with the next installment. Highly recommended!

 

Book Review: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Pages: 318 pages
Publisher: Dutton Books
ISBN: 0525478817

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

REVIEW

I’ve never read a John Green book and most often when there’s a huge hype about a book, I am very hesitant to read it because most hyped books are just exaggerated praises and most of the time when I read one I am disappointed. It’s like there’s something in a particular hyped book that I am not getting like most readers are. Maybe that’s just me but that’s one reason why I didn’t want to read The Fault in Our Stars – I didn’t want to be disappointed. I wanted to read this before all the attention poured by the masses but they got into it and boom! Anyway, last night I decided to read it after putting it off for so long and I was just engulfed by it. I read it and I definitely felt the emotions had my share of tears through The Fault in Our Stars. I just can’t help it!

It’s hard to fathom teenagers or children to go through such a terrible ordeal such as cancer but as they said – nobody is safe once it gets you. The story has such weight that I found myself thinking if John Green can deliver a book that’ll leave a mark to his readers but after finishing The Fault in Our Stars, I think I’ll never doubt John Green’s talent in the future. The Fault in Our Stars was just amazing.

Hazel and Augustus are perfect. Their beginning was played cool and their relationship evolved naturally as time permitted it to be. It wasn’t rushed, it didn’t seemed fake and it had that right moment effect to it. They were both quirky, funny and made the best there is to their lives. It wasn’t “i-am-dying-pity-me-” sort of story but rather it gave us strength, happiness and contentment vibe to it. It was also a winner in the category of “most-bookmarked/quoted-book” since I have bookmarked a few of my own. I know some of you already know these quotes but I still like to leave some here:

Always’ was a promise! How can you just break the promise?

“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said

That quote I specially like and agree 100%. Granted that a lot of people will cry bucketful with The Fault in Our Stars and other stories with similar themes but Green captured the right emotions for this book and that’s what made it a best seller.

Most of the time, I could forget about it, but the inexorable truth is this: they might be glad to have me around, but I was the alpha and the omega of my parents’ suffering.

This one was just heart melting. I am not a cancer patient nor do I know one but Hazel’s emotion and fear about her parents are just heart breaking. How can one face these fears and how can one accept the fact that they will indeed die eventually and leave love ones behind no matter how hard they fight to stay? Life is indeed a matter of acceptance and to be able to face hard facts of life that nobody has power of controlling.

Here’s one favorite that I kept on seeing around and I know most of you guys also know and my heart just melted and went awwww and oohhh with this one!

I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that were all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am inlove with you.

It’s really hard to write a review that sums up your feelings towards a book so instead of writing all the technicalities and all the facts you need to know to read it i’ll just say this: This is the first John Green book that I have read and definitely wouldn’t be the last.

Kudos to John Green and his writing ability. Kudos to my fellow book readers who have read, reviewed and recommended this book. Kudos to other readers who will pick up this book and enjoy it. 5 Stars on my scale!

Book Review: The Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Pages: 398
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618346252

Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom.

REVIEW

First off – fireworks!

(gifs courtesy of: Steepedsea)

The Fellowship of the Rings was never in my TBR pile for 2012, but when I saw this on TFG in Goodreads, I decided that I want to join in although I never did participated in the group personally. To be honest, The Fellowship of the Rings is one of those books that I dreaded to review not because it was horrible but because I was too afraid that I can’t properly write down my thoughts. I’ve read and reviewed The Hobbit and that alone was a handful though I enjoyed my experience very much. I am not like others who had read this way way back, this is actually my first time to read the book [I have watched the movie(s) first before I had the guts to read the book(s)].

Reading The Fellowship of the Rings was both joyous and arduous at the same this. It has been 4 days since I waited for the right string of words to write this review and give it justice but as I am writing this review now, I still find it difficult to come up with a review worthy of the book but bear with me and let’s get on with it shall we? This will be short and sweet I promise. 🙂

Tolkien created a world so vivid and descriptive that you can actually “see” it as you read it (well given that some of us have watched the movies first that’s a no brainer) but you know what I mean right? Tolkien has the talent in enticing readers to devour his novels not because of how talented he is in writing but because he created a world so new that readers can imagine and “travel” to. The world alone is a pull. It is not only Middle Earth that was interesting, it was also the characters and the adventure. It was a voyage that once you experience it, it will certainly be an expeirence to remember. I am so proud of reading The Fellowship of the Rings, to be able to finish it and to proudly say that I loved every page of it. Reading The Fellowship of the Ring maybe hard at first since Tolkien is a lot to grasp but every minute invested reading this novel is worth it. WARNING: Never read this book if you only have an hour or 2 a day since it can be very addictive and very disappointing when you have to put it down. Believe me, I know.

One thing I also like to note is how the movie adaptation was near close to the book. There were a few notable deductions but I believe it was much needed. A much better explanation is: The movie is the compressed version and the book itself is the in-depth and detailed version of the story. If you want the gist and not read the in between, watch the move; if you want to read EVERYTHING, grab the book.

The Fellowship of the Rings is a definite 10 stars on my 5 stars scale. 🙂 I can’t tell you enough how I love The Fellowship of the Rings and I can’t wait to read The Two Towers and The Return of the Rings – I just need to buy the books without the movie cover. Oh I hate those movie covers. Grrrr.

SIDE NOTE: And interestingly, there are quite a number of people who rated this 1 Star and 2 Stars in Goodreads (filter it by rating and see why). Ohh why people??!!!

Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Title: Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Pages: 396
Publisher: Disney Press
ISBN: 0786817879

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

REVIEW:

I have read the whole Artemis Fowl series last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it and became an immediate fan. After a year, re-reading it resurfaced the exact emotions I felt last year. A mix of awe, joy and excitement. I only have one word for this book and the series as a whole – brilliant! But let’s talk about the first book shall we?

Artemis Fowl is the first installment in the series created Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is a teen genius and a cunning criminal/mastermind. He is accompanied by his trusted friend/bodyguard, Butler, in their adventures towards crime and inter-mingling with the People.

Although the concept wasn’t new, Colfer created an amazing world for his reader to indulge in addition to characters who are entertaining and enjoyable to read. There were no irritating moments, no out of place element, nothing. Everything mishmashed together perfectly which made the experience reading the story as fun as it should be. This is not only a story for young readers to enjoy but also by older audiences. This is one of my favorite series and I’ll be looking forward to re-reading the series again. 🙂