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!


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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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