The Magician’s Nephew (The Cronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S Lewis

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My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb

When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.

My Review

Boy oh boy, was I glad I found The Magician’s Nephew before I began The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! This book was simply magical! Diggory and Penny’s friendship and curiosity -the kind of curiosity which only children seemed to be blessed with-  was the crucial bit that laid a foundation for the other books in the series. Though how horrid and cowardly (and ridiculously funny in his own way) Diggory’s uncle -the said ”Magician”- might have been, his role was just as important.

Here we learn about how the charming and wonderful world of Narnia came to be! Not forgetting how the White Witch, Queen Jadis, had come to lay her wretched eyes upon it’s bounty. I’m sucked into this magical world with Polly and Diggory, a world filled with love, magic, mystery, beauty beyond imagination and danger, it was certainly an honor to witness the birth of Narnia (my most favourite part), the coronation of it’s very first King and Queen and to be graced with Aslan’s noble presence, an honor I tell you.

I was filled inside with what I felt was the beginning of a rather fierce longing to be there in Narnia, to bask in the warmth of it’s new sun, to laugh and to live amongst it’s people (if I may say so for many of these people seem to have more than a pair of legs amongst other parts), to exist in a world where there were no barriers where the trees, animals and man alike can live together in harmony as a family, my kind of utopia.

I could go on but I shouldn’t, least I give away more than I already have. I highly recommend The Magician’s Nephew to everyone both adults and children, for no one’s too old for magic, adventure, friendship and love.

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/65605.The_Magician’s_Nephew

Existence by Abbi Glines

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Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Blurb

What happens when you’re stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn’t let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he’s dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn’t realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he’s about to break all the rules.

My Review

I came across Existence by chance and the cover just spoke to me, or maybe it was his haunted glowing eyes … So I tried the sample and I was intrigued, falling in love with death? How in the world will this end, so I did the obvious and went ahead and got it. I believe Pagan is what one would call a mediator but what they do is help souls move on but the ones in this book don’t speak at all, so all she does is ignore them. Until Dank. He was definitely a weird soul, for one, he speaks to her … among other things.

Leif, a hot jock on the school’s football team, was another jerk, an arrogant stuffed shirt or at least that was what Pagan had thought, what she’d labelled him, until she learned of his little secret when he had come to her for help with his speech problems. He wasn’t at all what she’d thought of him … not at all. So as you can imagine, they hooked up. Everything was going fine except for the fact that Dank wouldn’t leave here alone and to her surprise she found herself hopelessly falling for him … and him with her.

With the both of them knowing of their feelings for each other, what would it all lead to? They were from two completely different worlds. Dank’s appearance was not the only strange happening in the recent string of events. Souls were attacking her for some reason that eluded Pagan but Dank seems to know many things that she doesn’t. Just who is he, really? He’s not you average left-behind soul,that’s for sure, he’s something more … much more. He knows he’s not good for Pagan, he wasn’t supposed to feel this way for her and tried to tell her so but not the million dollar question: why? Of course she didn’t listen, she didn’t like being left in the dark and the following events rocked Pagan and left a gaping hole inside of her and further along leading her to a special home for the mentally unstable young women (where she met a certain fellow mental, Gee, who I wouldn’t mind befriending), an event that didn’t surprise either of us.

Overall, Existence was a good read, its not-so-original plot (hero who heroine cannot possibly be with due to paranormal circumstances) but an enjoyable one nonetheless. I felt that Pagan’s character could have been a bit more developed as well as the the supporting characters, Dank’s shrouded in mystery (you know,being Death and all) so his is fine.

A somewhat predictable ending did not prevent me from gasping after reading the very last words. I would’ve given this a 3.5 star because though interesting Existence may be it didn’t have an iron grip on me but it got a 4 because for the handsome hero (shallow of me,I know but what’s a girl to do?) who just happened to be Death (can you imagine?), the twist at the very end and the fact that it was a quick and fairly enjoyable read.

By the way I felt that I just had to share this with you; when I got this on my Kindle on Amazon, there was this line that had said ‘Existence is waiting for you in your Kindle library,’ now tell me that doesn’t sound weird to you, imagine existence waiting for moi! Okay I’m done now:)

Happy New Year!

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I know that it’s still New Year’s Eve but the Internet connection is on the fritz so I’m taking precautions:) 2011 might not have treated some of us as well it might to others but we can all hope for the best in 2012, that’s beginning tomorrow (obviously)

Well, you can expect a Resolution list soon if not later, I know I’ve said that earlier but apparently procrastination is what I do best so that’s on the list, as you can imagine.

I could talk about how this year has gone for me but I’ll just bore you to death so I’ll spare you the gory details and outline the best and, yes, some of the worst as well. Well here goes:

  • I got a Kindle! Yippy! I got most of my reading done on this.
  • I passed my CSEC exams with good, if not great, grades and I’m officially out of high school! But I’m still going to school mind you.
  • I’ve gained about 20 pounds.Oy. I’m not proud of it, but chocolate is too damn hard to resist!
  • I met my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year! I’ve read some awesome and thought provoking books this year, but I still need to review them.
  • I made a blog I actually stick to! Yep, it’s this very same one and I love it! Through blogging I’ve met some really interesting people so I’m not that lonely any more

That’s about it. Have a Happy New Year everyone!

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The Hunger Games by Suzane Collins

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My rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads blurb
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love. Acclaimed writer Suzanne Collins, author of the New York Times bestselling The Underland Chronicles, delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in this searing novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to our present.

My review

I can’t believe that I’ve waited so long to read this book! The time wasted seems absurd. When a book keeps me up ’til 2 in the morning, at the edge of my seat, well my bed, makes me ignore being yelled at to turn out the lights and commands my attention it definitely deserves 5 stars at least. The Hunger Games was no exception. I haven’t read a book so captivating since Harry Potter but it doesn’t beat Harry, mind you. This is a diehard Harry Potter fan talking here!

Panem had thirteen districts with the Capitol at the top of things and I emphasize on had. After the districts came together to overthrow the Capitol, District 13 was obliterated and the rest of them were in shambles, well most of them.

Long story short, the Capitol is full of a bunch of greedy power hungry, heartless loonies, with a few exceptions. Body alterations that you wouldn’t believe I mean they take surgeries to look perfect, a few dyes their skin colour, even guys wear make-up as a norm.

To remind everyone of their huge mistake the Capitol punishes everyone by forcing them to give up a boy and a girl from each district to participate in The Hunger Games, where they fight to the death until only one remains. So the people of Panem watch their children die before their eyes. Can you imagine being helpless, having no choice but to give up your kids for slaughter?

Katiness Everdeen ,from District 12, was in a fight for life from the moment she volunteered in her sister’s, Prim,place in the Hunger Games when she was chosen,which was a supprise because the odds were supposed to be in her favour! She leaves whatever comfort she had, her friends, especially Gale, her family and everything she’s known of home.

Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son, is the male tribute for District 12.Once in the only way out was to win. Katiness put her hunting skills to the test, unsure how to treat Peeta’s kindness towards her. I mean one of them will have to end up dead for the other to win. What if it turned out that one of them will die at the other’s hands? Why be so kind? He must be deceiving her, or is he?

In the end what Katiness did had ‘Rebellion’ (ahh!The sweet smell of rebellion!) all over it but she only meant to make the Gamemakers a laughing stock, when it actually made her an enemy of the Capitol. Not good news at all. But it’s not that they weren’t enemies from the start, but now the Capitol has their eyes trained on certain people from District 12.

At this point we know she lives or there wouldn’t be any Catching Fire and she made it to Mockingjay that makes it easier for me to breathe, but I know that the ride to come will leave me breathless!

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Blood Bound (Mercedes Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs

 

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Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads blurb
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shape-shift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind. 

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

The Cover
Would you look at all them tattoos!I was never one for them,uh-uh.But Mercy pulled it off nicely and she has this don’t-mess-wid-me-look!But still … I think the tattoos were a bit too much.

My review
You will find that a majority of this review may consist of my opinion of the supposed love-triangle. Blood Bound was more fast paced than Moon Called.It had me day-dreaming more than I care to admit.I don’t like love-triangles and the one in this series has me almost screaming to Mercy,”Pick one of ‘em already,woman!” Honestly,I’m not sure to say who I prefer Mercy to choose, Adam or Samuel,not that my choice matters because Mercy doesn’t take my advice.

Adam and Mercy had a rather bumpy-smooth relationship, pissing each other off every other day but things visibly change in the previous book.It turns out that Adam had a thing for Mercy for a while now and his feelings came out into the open by the end of Moon Called.Mercy has this attraction towards Adam too but she’s afraid of her reactions towards him and tries to avoid him.He had admitted that it was his alpha power thingy was what was responsible for Mercy feeling that she wanted to submit to him and told her he tries to withdraw that part of him when he’s with her away from the pack, well most of the times.
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Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson

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My Rating: 4 Stars

*Contains Minor Spoilers*

My Review 

I’ve been itching to read this for a while now and I must say it was an enjoyable read.But it felt like something was missing don’t ask me what, believe me if I knew I’d tell you.

I’ll be totally honest though, I love Mercy!I mean she could be a badass but she knows where to draw the line.She may be physically inferior(which might be too strong a word) but she makes up for it in mouthing off to authority and those above her ,but hey I can’t blame her with all of those overbearing werewolves around, she had to stand up for herself.

Mercy’s an okay gal, she’s tough, funny, caring and doesn’t like to be out of the line of fire when she knows that she could be helping.She doesn’t have tons of magic (or any of it so to speak)so that she could just wriggle her pinkie and WAM leveling the street with vampires, nope,that’s what makes me like her even more, she relies on her instincts and quick thinking rather than power.

Another thing I like about Mercy is her expressing her faith in God, she didn’t like the crucifix because it was an instrument of pain that had led to our saviour’s death so instead she carries a lamb around her neck because Jesus’ other name was “The Lamb of God”. I admit that’s also clever I mean which vampire would have thought that they’d be knocked out by a wee little lamb?

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