Sunday, June 3, 2007

Book Review: The Good Earth By Pearl S. Buck

Side Note: I partially wrote this a few months back, so I am just blogging whatever I had and therefore this review isn't so great and doesn't do justice to this amazing book. I apologize in advance!

Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction

I recently read the book The Good Earth by accident, because it happened to be one of the ones in my room that I had mentally labeled classic and therefore didn't touch. However, it turned out to be better than most of my mentally "non-classic" labeled books.

The Good Earth, is a story about the life of a farmer named Wang-Lung. The story starts on his wedding day, when as a poor farmer, he goes to the house of Hwang to pick up his wife to-be. Together, with struggle and luck they make a life, and whenever Wang- Lung had enough money to buy land he did. As his family grows, Wang-Lung goes through a tough period of his life, where as a farmer, the crops fail him and cause the whole village to starve. Due to much luck and fortune, eventually Wang Lung starts making money, but he puts all his savings into buying land. The Good Earth, is about Wang Lung's life, and how when all else failed he always counted on the land.

Pearl S. Buck's story of one man's life and struggle, is very realistic and extremely good. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Book Review: New Moon By Stephanie Meyer

At the beginning of New Moon, the sequel to Twilight, we find ourselves on the day of Bella Swan's dreaded 18th birthday, for although Edward is excited for her, she does not want to become older than him...because Edward will always be 17. But, after an accident at Bella's birthday party Edward and the rest of the Cullens decide they need to leave Forks for Bella's protection. And so they go, leaving behind Bella who is heartbroken. As Bella struggles to overcome her heartbreak, Edward, she becomes better friends with Jacob. Bella becomes "adventerous" in order to try and 'hear' Edward in her mind.

But, Jacob also has a big secret. And when Bella finds out she must decide whos side she is on...all while keeping her loved ones safe. New Moon is a sequel in which, you can never guess what will come in the future. It's full of unexpected twists. Stephanie Meyer's New Moon will not leave you disappointed if you liked Twilight. A real page turner.

Any thoughts? Feel free to post a comment!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Golden Compass By: Philip Pullman

Also known as The Northern Lights, I originally read this book in 2002 and loved it, now that I have found out they are making of movie out of this book I went back to see if this book was as good as I remembered (i remembered it was good...not the plot) and it was just as great. Can't wait for the movie to come out!

Can you imagine living in a parallel world to ours where people have a part of themselves outside of them, but connected to them in the form of an animal? Well in Lyra's world, they do. They are called daemons and every person has one. Lyra is a young girl living in Oxford, growing up in Jordan College among the scholars. Her life involves playing with her friend Roger and the kids throughout the town, and every few months has to clean up nice for a visit from her uncle, Lord Asriel. But when children start disapearing around the country and eventually Roger does too, Lyra knows she has to do something. Using the special device that the Master of Jordan College gives her, she goes off to rescue Roger on what comes to be an adventure.

The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman's first novel in his trilogy His Dark Materials is fantastic. It doesn't matter at what age you read it, its just as great. Pullman manages to draw Lyra through and extraordinarally large amount of people throughout the story, and still make it easy to remember who all the characters are. The parallel world where this story takes place is a very believable place, yet really different. The book is well written, and very interesting. I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes some fantasy combined with a bit of the real world.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Book Review: No Shame, No Fear By: Ann Turnbull

Its the year 1662 in England, in the times where Quakers are being charged with illegal gatherings. A Quaker girl named Susanna is sent from her home to work in a town after her father is sent to jail. There she meets Will who has just finished 3 years at Oxford. Will is a Christian who after a Quaker encounter, a few years back is curious and drawn to the Quaker faith, to the irritation of his father.

As Susanna and Will's romance begins to bloom in a time where Quakers are being prosecuted and with so many complications in their lives, what will happen to them?
Ann Turnbull's No Shame, No Fear, is a book which while being historical, could also be related to in our modern day society. Ann Turnbull uses her talented writing skills to make this book historically believable.

Although not one of my favorite books, as Will seemed to change much faster than is realistic, I'd give it an overall "okay" read. If you enjoy a historical fiction book with some romance, No Shame, No Fear is the book for you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer

Isabella, "Bella" Swan has just moved from Phoenix to her father in Forks, Washington. Everything there seems to be dreary compared to her old life if Phoenix. Especially her high school. Until she meets Edward Cullen. Not only is he completely gorgeous but he is also a vampire. Dangerous though it is, Bella finds herself almost instantly in love with him. And Edward in love with her. Twilight, by Stephanie Meyer is the story of Bella and how her life changes after she meets Edward.

This book is spectacular. Stephanie Meyer is an amazing writer who portrays all the complications Bella encounters while being in love with a vampire in the modern world beautifully. Her descriptions are fantastic. Although I'm not particularly a vampire novel fan, I loved this book. If you are looking for a superb read Twilight is the book for you.
I have so much to say about this book! Twilight is my favorite book EVER
There is no specific genre to this book but some are: teen, romance, vampires

This book majorly reminds me of the 1st season of the old TV show ROSWELL.
Where Max and Liz are in love with eachother except Max is an alien...and he potentially puts Liz in danger? Well I found the book Twilight and the Tv show ROSWELL really similar. And they are both amazing. After all... "whats so great about normal?"

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Laguna Cove- Alyson Noel book review.

For all those Laguna Beach lovers out there, people who love books like the A-List series by Zoey Dean, this is a book for you.

Following her parents divorce, Anne moves into her fathers home across the country in the private neighborhood of Laguna Cove, California. Its quite the opposite of her life in Connecticut. They are all about the surfing...the guys, the girls, the parents. Although it takes time Anne makes friends with everyone...well almost everyone...except beautiful and popular Ellie. Why is it that Ellie hates Anne so much?

I'm not saying anymore about the plot.Its a cute, easy read. Like I said before, if you are into Laguna Beach and books like the A-List novels you won't be dissapointed with Alyson Noel's Laguna Cove. If you don't like that sort of thing...its a waste to read.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Thoughts on Rebel Angels by Libba Bray

My review of Rebel Angels by Libba Bray:

Gemma Doyle is a little more interesting than your average 17 year old girl living in 19th century England. She possesses powers to open the realms, a magical place between life and death, a dreamland. Rebel Angels, by Libba Bray is a great book containing both aspects of fantasy and of life in the 16th century. Although it is the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty, it’s easy to read without its predecessor; however I recommend the first novel first.
At the end of A Great and Terrible Beauty, we leave off with Gemma and her friends leaving the realms after a narrow escape, releasing the magic and an unfortunate casualty. So what is next?

Rebel Angels plot begins as Christmas break is approaching. There is a new teacher at Spence and Gemma doesn’t like her all that much. Luckily, Gemma is heading off to England to spend the holidays with her grandmother and family. Her mysterious guardian, Kartik, follows her there to keep an eye on her. Ann and Felicity go to Felicity’s home in London, spending their time going to parties and teas. When all three of the girls are able to meet, they divide their time between visiting their former teacher Ms. Moore, and visiting Pippa in the realms. But, because Gemma smashed the ruins the magic is free for all to use and so there is trouble in the realms. Can she rebind the magic in time?

In this book Gemma deals with living as a 17 year old girl in the 19th century, dinners, operas, and a male suitor, as well as being the one who can change everything in another “world”. I loved this book because although there is a lot of foreshadowing, the sense of mystery is really thrilling. The ending is quite unexpected. Libba Bray keeps you captivated with her writing and waiting for the next book in the series.