Sunday, September 11, 2011

100th Post...The Book Thief!

Yes, amazing--the 100th post on this Amazzzzzing Blog. For those of you who haven't checked it out yet--I have a baking blog @ If you have any awesome recipes or tips, feel free to comment. It's like my baking journal :D
ANYWAY, going back to books. I recently read The Book Thief, which was amazing without a doubt. No need for words and summaries---GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.

I would write more but I'm in a bit of a rush...just wanted to post since I haven't in a while.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Writing Contest

Sayonara! :)

If you didn't know(didn't look @ the profile description), I love writing, and aren't too bad at it, if I do say so myself. In any case, a friend of mine told me about a fabulous, FREE-TO-ENTER, writing contest that can be found @ this link:
The contest's deadline is actually tonight(midnight) so hurry and get your Word 2007/11 running! There is a word limit of 300 words so you should have time to complete an awesome SHORT STORY.

Good luck!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Howl's Moving Castle

An utter success, in my opinion.

Howl's Moving Castle

The only other movie besides Howl's Moving Castle I've watched that's been directed by Hayao Miyazaki is Spirited Away. My impression of Spirited Away was very was definitely interesting, oddly hooking, but at the same time, had a creepy edge to some of the animations. When I decided to check out HMC, I had no idea how much I would love it, and appreciate Hayao M's style like so many others have. I now consider myself a new fan of HM's films and plan to watch the rest of his movies.

Book Progress: Not enough to post about.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


OK, I returned from the library around 1 point 5 hours ago and guess what I got?
Yeah. Books. But not just any books...lemme list 'em for ya! :D It's very interesting how ecstatic I can become when I go to the library and pick up a buncha books I put on hold that I was waiting for a very long time to receive.

1. Howl's Moving Castle(DVD)
2. AP Calculus(Barrons)
3. AP Chemistry for Dummies(and Medallion)
4. How to Draw Anime and Game Characters(V.1)
5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
6. Dialogue by Gloria Kempton
7. Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

All in all, I got 1 novel, 3 instructional books, 2 prep/supplementary resources, and one movie. I'm still reading The Singing by Alison Croggon, not at all implying that it's not good. On the contrary, it's very, very good.

-Questions about any of the books I got? Feel free to comment. questions, opinions, your own recommendations are greatly appreciated

-I'll keep you posted with reflections on my reading! Right now, in addition to the Singing, I'm reading Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. Good so far(only on pg. 21)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Hey again :)
Upcoming books I'm very much looking forward to:
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman(Sep, 2012)
Commentary: Unwholly is the sequel to the epic novel Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This is one of the books that have literally caused me to rave about it for considerable time(in this case, with the amazing person who introduced it to me, Bree). I highly, highly recommend the book Unwind.

The last book of the Maximum Ride series. I don't think we know the title of the book yet. I honestly thought the series would last longer...some dreamy part of my subconscious thought; Fang, Max, Angel, then Iggy, Nudge, etc...but I suppose not. I heard a rumor that there was going to be...was it 12 books or so in the series? Well, facts are, there's gonna be one more book. For those of you aren't familiar with the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, it's a science fiction(in the last few books meandering into the romance genre)/action series centering around a "flock" of bird-human kids who have formed a family since they escaped their hostile "School"(laboratory where scientists performed cruel experiments on them) and encounter various tribulations from both inside and out of the flock. Very good series, but I preferred it more in the beginning. It was the ultimate ride(quite literally, the pages fly) full of sweet combat and action and a witty narrator, Max. Recently, the series hasn't  been focusing on the things I really loved about it. I still do like it, I suppose. But you really should read the first books and not start at Fang or Angel. Anyhow, that book is coming out in Feb of 2012. 

Pottermore and Books


For those of you who didn't wake up insanely early like myself and Marvel to view J.K. Rowling's highly anticipated mystery announcement, click the link and watch the video. There was actually a countdown starting from February, I believe, on J.K.'s YouTube channel; it was very, very unique. The background was purple, and essentially the theme was owls gathering to hear her announcement. As the numbers ticked down, more and more owls would literally appear and take their places on branches. Somehow, J.K. had gotten the page to be animated. Anyhow, thank God I found out about pottermore less than a week before the announcement; I didn't have to wait too long. Still, the anticipation was incredible. I somehow was left as uninformed, confused, and excited after watching the announcement as I was before doing so. She revealed a bit of information, but then counteracted it with some more unknown material. Can't wait till July 31st!!! Why? GO TO: WWW.POTTERMORE.COM.

All righty, now let's go to books.
I currently am reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Summary from
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Clockwork Angel is actually the first of a planned trilogy. The sequel, Clockwork Prince, is coming out later this fall; I can't wait! The book is going pretty well so far but it's not rave-material yet. It's very, very captivating though. I especially love the cover:
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

I have realized I've made this post a bit longer than I'd like so I'm going to continue my thoughts in another post. Thanks for reading, and comment, comment, comment


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Reading!!!

Hola! Medallion here, chomping on a sweet blueberry muffin. Haha...anyway, now that it's summer, there's more time to READ. Therefore, submit any and all recommendations(not really ALL, please submit appropriate material)! Thanks

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Hunger Games

Hello! :)
I'll give a quick dialogue concerning books in general and then go on to The Hunger Games. Feel free to skip this part and go right to the good stuff.

Well, Vespers Rising came out last month, which is the 11th book in the 39 Clues Series...I read the first book, and despite the fact that a friend made a point to buy the second for me...I couldn't finish the 2nd. I remember starting it a year ago or so...then stopping one third through. then a few months later I'd read another few pages and stop. It didn't really captivate points was a little annoying with the cliche Dan and Amy relationship. Scorpia Rising, the latest book in the Alex Rider series, also came out this spring. I haven't really talked much about Alex Rider recently since the last book before SR, Crocodile Tears, came out a few years ago. I assure you it's a great series, though...appealing to both genders so that's a plus. I might make another post later on to elaborate on the AR series by Anthony Horowitz but you could look through last year's posts and I should have something on the series. Books I Have on My Immediate To-Read List: A. Courage to Heal(currently reading), B. The Singing by Alison Croggon(!!!! ) I need to acquire Catching Fire as well but the local library isn't very reliable especially when it comes to popular books like the Hunger Games series. Ah well, I'll find a way to read it. 

Scorpia Rising: An Alex Rider Misson (An Alex Rider Novel)       The Singing: The Fourth Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)

Most recently, I have read: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, The Crow by Alison Croggon, and The Hunger Games; the latter of which shall be the focus of this post. Beginning NOW:

The Hunger Games 

Katniss Everdeen...hmm. Interesting name, interesting heroine. I thought the characters were very fleshed-out and realistic. Quickly, somewhat randomly:
I don't know if this is just me or were there a few prominent typos in the book? I found at least 2 or 3...let me know if it's just me.
OK, back to the characters. Katniss, Gale, Prim, and Rue were my favorite characters. If I had to choose one it'd probably be Katniss or Rue. Rue was sort of, SORT of, a combination of Katniss and Prim...she had Prim's adorableness and Katniss' practical skill and intelligence. By this point, I think I can say I fall for dystopian novels pretty easily such as Incarceron by Catherine Fisher and Unwind by Neal Shusterman(AMAZING book). I was a bit surprised by how long it took to actually get to the actual Games, though. But in the end, I enjoyed the book well enough--there were never any unbearably dull points nor incredibly irritating tendencies from the author, and plenty of commendable aspects. However, I do feel that this book  is a bit overrated. It didn't exactly have the "oomph" books like the Harry Potter and Unwind, Alex Rider and The Naming had. Still, I liked it and will definitely be reading Catching Fire.


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Oh My Goodness

Finished The Hunger Games (yes, finally. yes, really) and The Crow. Will post reflections and things like that later on, hopefully.

The Hunger Games                                        The Crow: The Third Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Updates! :D

Hey all!
Happy April! :)
Lots of awesome book news...

1). I completed The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and now officially consider myself to be a Dan Brown fan. His writing is amazingly masterful...I've read the three books revolving around Robert Langdon, protagonist of The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol. I really, really hope Dan Brown writes another book(w/ Robert L. as the protagonist). I am reluctantly considering reading his other books regardless of the fact that Robert Langdon isn't in them :(. Not any time, soon, though. Why? Read on to #2!

2). I am currently reading The Crow by Alison Croggon, which is the third book in the Pellinor series followed by The Singing. As I expected, The Crow is very good, although I do miss the original stars, Maerad and Cadvan. I highly recommend the Pellinor series!

3). Marvel bought me The Hunger Games (book 1) recently so I'm going to begin that the instant I'm done with The Crow! I'm very eager to read it...after all, it's a very popular book especially with teenagers...I would have read it before now but I've been on the waiting list for several months and still am not even #20. Which is why I am extremely grateful Marvel bought me The Hunger Games. Thank you, Marvel :D

I actually have to
go right now(but really wanted to write a post so be happy with this much!)

I want to close with a request for you guys to tell others about this blog...I'm hoping for BookLoversCentral to gain a large community where people, especially book lovers, can talk about books and just have a great time receiving and giving recommendations, discussing books and characters; this whole awesome idea was in my mind when we chose BookLoversCentral as the name of this blog. So, please spread the word, give the link to friends, etc.

Will Hopefully Post Again Soon,


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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sorries and Purple Roses

Let's start with the sorries. Or sorry. I apologize for not having posted the Non-Spoiler review of Angel by James Patterson but I have been insanely busy these past few weeks. Still, not many seem to be reading this blog much so I suppose it's not such a catastrophe *cries*. Anyway, my birthday is coming up soon so I was thinking that what I'd really, really cherish would be a gift of purple roses. No, I'm not asking you to somehow send me purple roses :D I'm just hoping that one of my best friends *hint, Marvel, HINT* will send me some. Why purple roses? That's a SECRET! *evil laughter*

All right, that's all for now. Gotta run but I'll post again soon(hopefully)

84 Silk Rose Flowers w/Raindrops - Wedding Flowers - Bridal/Floral - Purple


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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spoiler Alert! You Likely Won't Want to Read This If You Haven't Read Angel by James Patterson Yet

SPOILER ALERT!!!(Non-Spoiler Review Coming Soon! :)


I finished Angel last night. Hmm, hmm, hmm. Fang and Max reflected, "What happened to us?"
I would have expected a glorious, dramatic, unexpected, reunion... I hadn't expected them to meet up so soon in the first place.
It was so casually arranged; Fang calls Max, says, "Please don't hang up, but can you come over to California?"
Least of all had I expected their transformation from the closest of friends to bittersweet colleagues with a hidden past.
And...Dylan. OK, I know I said he irritated me before...but now, I just can't dislike him. Compared to Fang's tactless attitude with Max, he seems very kind-hearted. Not saying I dislike Fang, of course. Going back to Dylan. The only reason I now dislike Dylan he's starting to replace Fang in some ways.
And I hope Angel's gonna be OK. We know she's alive currently but I can definitely see that there's going to be some manipulation and betrayal. Now going to the more intellect-based section of the plot...the Doomsday Cult. Definitely very sinister. I wonder how the apocalypse and cult will add up in the end. Will the cult somehow cause the apocalypse, will there actually be no apocalypse at all? We're rooting for ya, Max and Fang(always will be the pair)!
All in all...I loved this book. I've always loved this series, (some of) the characters, and the prose. The author's writing style is exceptional. Angel definitely contained some surprises(not all of them pleasant) but great work as usual, James Patterson.

P.S.#1:  Apparently, the last book of the Maximum Ride series is due to be published in 2012. Repeat: the LAST book.

P.S.#2: Non-Spoiler Review Coming Up! :)

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Reading Progress :D

Hey all,
long time since I posted...
well, I started Angel by James Patterson and paused about halfway through late last night. Didn't want to stop but I had an event early next morning so it wouldn't have been wise to stay up past midnight. I'm also currently reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown(I completed Angels and Demons a week ago, by the way). I am STILL on the holds list for The Hunger Games; it's taking an unbelievably long time :(

Book recommendations, news, reflections, or just any comments? Post your amazing intellect in Comments.

-I probably will complete Angel soon so look forward to a post on that! :)

-I just read for some time--I'm actually editing this post which I began several hours ago--and I'm almost done w/ Angel...once again, Angel Post Coming Soon :)

Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel

Sunday, February 13, 2011

In Honor of Angel, Newest Installment of M. R. Series: Quotes from Books 1-6

Let's gaze back upon the amazing awesomeness of the six books...

(OK, here I was GOING to post a gazillion quotes from the books but...there were complications...for example, I wasn't sure about the whole copyright thing, and I did find a site with the quotes but they made errors and typos every once in a while so I was like...yeah. I'm srry about that :( )

Done gazing back? OK. Purpose of this post has been fulfilled.

Before I go...I'd like your opinion. Should I buy Angel? No libraries anywhere near here have it in their catalog! 


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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Angel by James Patterson

2 days, people. 2 DAYS until Angel by James Patterson, seventh in the amazing Maximum Ride series comes out. Unfortunately, none of the libraries in the city have it in their catalog. I'm tempted to buy the's pretty inexpensive if you pre-order it(hardcover: around nine dollars) on I'm SO EXCITED!!! I read the excerpt provided on the author's official website...oh God...Dylan gets on my NERVES...he's so irritating.

Progress in Reading:
-Done with about 1/4 of Angels and Demons

I've put The Hunger Games on hold but I'm like 35th on the waiting list :(

As for the sequel to the Riddle by Alison Croggon...The Crow...I dont know whether I am going to buy it. I had initially thought I would gradually buy the entire series as I read the books...but it seems that The Crow will be centering around Hem. Don't get me wrong...I adore Hem, but my favorite characters would have to be the central characters: Maerad and Cadvan. And to have to endure the whole book with little mention of's going to be :(. I'm definitely not saying that it's going to be a bad book or anything like that, most certainly not--I'll just miss Maerad and Cadvan.

Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel (Maximum Ride: The Protectors)


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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Riddle, The Da Vinci Code, and Sapphique

Hi! :)
I'm feeling pretty satisfied right now...just finished The Riddle by Alison Croggon, which was completely fantastic and definitely lived up to The Gift/The Naming(prequel). In addition, I finished The Da Vinci Code a couple of days ago, as well as Sapphique by Catherine Fisher. I'm going to go one book at a time, now.

The Riddle by Alison Croggon: Was incredible. I find it really refreshing when a sequel proves to be equal or better than the prequel...instead of being a let-down, y'know? I'm going to very depressed when this...tetra-logy? over. This series is honestly one-of-a-kind in its beauty and individuality; it's one of those books that seem to deserve their own sub-section in the fantasy genre.

The Riddle: The Second Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: Extremely well-written with a fluid, intriguing plot, The Da Vinci Code really was a new sort of book to me. It struck me as a historical fiction thriller, perhaps? Whatever it's genre, it was very, very good as a novel. However...I felt the title wasn't very relevant to the story, at least not enough to warrant its title. Reflections on that? Please comment! :) Oh, almost forgot--this book contains some...mature well as very controversial issues. So please keep that in mind before reading. Also, any comments on the prequel, Angels and Demons?

The Da Vinci Code

Sapphique by Catherine Fisher: I always liked the story of Incarceron. I realized while I was reading Incarceron, the prequel to Sapphique, that this was one of those stories you either like or you don't. A fantasy novel, it really strikes the chords of friendship and rivalry, and the blatant truths of the cold nature of humanity. The two books in the series conjure two worlds that are really one and the same: a dimension where most people kill for themselves, take for themselves, and live for themselves. Every man (or woman) for him or herself. The ending message: Do we have that same nature hidden deep within ourselves, ready to be released if the situation is right?


K, that's all for now. All the books that I have read and finished recently. I obtained Angels and Demons yesterday, so that's on my To Read list. I also need to get The Crow by Alison Croggon. I'm going to put the Hunger Games on hold as well!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Wanted: Reflections on Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

To the chagrin of several of my friends, I haven't read The Hunger Games. (Dramatic Silence).
It's definitely on my to-read list, but I was thinking it'd be nice to receive some detailed recommendations and/or reflections. If you've read the series, please, comment!

Progress in Reading: On Chapter 61 of The Da Vinci Code. Still waiting for my replacement copy of The Riddle. Oh, and I forgot to say this before--but a few weeks ago I completed The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Didn't impress me, unfortunately. Visit the link for my reaction to the first ten chapters of the book. I'm also reading Sapphique by Catherine Fisher--going pretty well :)

Hunger Games Trilogy BoxsetCatching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Snake Game

Hey All
A friend recently enlightened me onto the presence of the Snake Game on YouTube Videos. Check it out:

It took me some minutes to figure out how to play it but in the end I got it...with my friend's help :)

And this relates to books because...since...hmm...well, I'll get back to you on that later(not really).

I've started reading Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, by the way. I was reading The Riddle by Alison Croggon but some pages were missing from the book! I was distraught. Still am. Now I need to return the book and purchase a new copy...well, that's all for now. Oh, and I'm nearly half done with The Da Vinci Code which I am finding to be a fantastic book.
-Oh, and a hasty acknowledgment to our 8th follower! Thanks for following Matilda :)



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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Have The Riddle by Alison Croggon!


Yes, another very brief post. :D. Sorry--but expect lengthier posts once I finish reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and then  Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, and then The Riddle by Alison Croggon. I'm surrounded by books...such a warm, lovely feeling! :)

The Riddle: The Second Book of Pellinor (Pellinor Series)


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Have Sapphique by Catherine Fisher!


That is all.


Medallion :D

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Have You Heard of...?

Hey all! First, I'd like to acknowledge this blog's seventh follower(dabs at tears). Haha, well--seriously, thank you for following this blog. If you have a blog, please comment with the link! I'd love to check it out. So, now that's out of the way, I'm going to put down a couple of books that don't seem to be well-known but most definitely should be. I highly recommend these books :)

The Gift by Alison Croggon

The Gift (Pellinor)

-I own this copy but I believe this is the British, or Australian, version. The English version's title is The Naming. The typical cover for the American version is below.

The Naming (Pellinor, Book 1)

The Gift, or The Naming, is a great book, full of excitement, ancient magic, wonderfully vivid characters and regions. Everything appeals to your senses, everything captivates your imagination. It's one of those fantasy books that are just in between blatant fantasy and cold reality. I actually just ordered the sequel to The Naming, The Riddle, and can't wait till I get my hands on it! As I haven't read the book in a while, and some of the finer details are foggy in my mind, I'll provide you with a synopsis from; I find that summaries from wiki often contain spoilers:
In the classic spirit of epic fantasy comes this glittering saga of a young girl who learns she possesses an uncanny gift - and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil. Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesn't yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

 Montmorency by Eleanor Updale

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman-I own this book as well. If I had to use three words to describe this story, they would be: fascinating, intriguing, and unique. Definitely a one-of-a-kind book. Picked this up in a bookstore; I had made up my mind not to leave the store empty-handed, and eventually I found Montmorency by Eleanor Updale. The plot seemed interesting, so I purchased it. I was astonished at how brilliant this book was. The characters, plot, story line----everything is so sophisticated and great. Not one single complaint. I recently discovered that there isn't just one, but several sequels to this book. I'm intending to read the sequel soon. Synopsis from  
When a petty thief falls through a glass roof trying to escape from the police, what should have been the death of him marks the beginning of a whole new life. He soon becomes the most elusive burglar in Victorian London, adopting a dual existence as both a respectable, wealthy gentleman named Montmorency, and his degenerate servant Scarper.

Jip: His Story by Katherine Paterson

 Jip: His Story PMC (Puffin Modern Classics)-Bought this book in Barnes and Noble. Once again, I went in intending to buy at least one good book, and I succeeded. Jip:His Story, although a short novel(under 200 pages), is a sentimental story I'm sure everyone will value as much as I do once they read it. The storyline is composed of two main parts; a relationship Jip has with someone, and the underlying plot which adds a bit of suspense and drama into the story. The plot itself isn't very in-depth, not too amazing either--what I really think readers of this book think about is the relationship I mentioned. This book is one of the few books I've read that provoked tears from me. It's a treasure. Incredibly genuine characters and great writing to convey it all.
I would suggest you buy this copy because the other version doesn't look too great, in my opinion. Same story and all, but the cover is drastically different...
Synopsis from
They tell Jip he tumbled off the back of a wagon when he was small,and no one ever came back for him. He never had reason to question this tale—but then a stranger shows up and begins asking about him around town. Who is this man, and could he possibly know something about Jip's mysterious past? (For some reason, the synopsis doesn't mention the relationship I referred to earlier, but it's given considerable space in the book.)

So that's that. Have a good first week of the New Year! :)

(I'm always looking for books to add to my to-read list, so feel free to comment w/ recommendations!)


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