“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I will not kid myself and say that I haven’t judged a book by its cover because that’s what I do every time I visit the bookstore … I search… More
Author: Marissa Meyer
Date Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 387 pages
Status: Read from March 18 to 23, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.15
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.
Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.
But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.
Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella … with a twist! Android, cyborgs, and people who live on the moon! Hot daaaaaaaaang. It’s so cool.
I had high expectations for this book. The review on Goodreads told me it was good! It was! Well … at least on the first few chapters and some parts in the middle. Don’t be mislead, Cinder is a great book. The world building, the characters, and the unexpected plot twist in the end.
Okay, so let me explain about the world building. It was fascinating to have a world wherein there’s a little bit of royalties, plague, and battle for the crown. It was very imaginative and creative. Also, some of the characters were amazing: Iko, Queen, and the Doctor. Iko, the sweetest android who lightens up the mood whenever she’s around. The Queen and her glamorous lies. The Doctor, who’s very much like Dumbledore, who’s nothing but a good man who wants a better future for everyone. Oh, I almost forgot about the heroine … Cinder.
I love Cinder!
She started as a badass and I wish she continued acting like that … But NO! She became the most annoying heroine ever. -_-” She’s whiney, wimpy, and there are parts where she’s indecisive. Or maybe not? I actually can’t remember since I may have skipped some of her parts because I can’t take it. It’s better than letting this book unread.
The twist was predictable but it somehow shocked me by the way it was introduced. I kind of spoiled myself while reading the book. I already have my guess but it was confirmed when I accidentally clicked Cinder’s profile through Wikia. I was curious on what she looks like and fanarts can help. I didn’t mean to click her profile.
Overall, it was a fun read despite my annoyance with Linh Cinder. I fell in love with the concept of the whole book. But then it was somewhat ruined by Cinder. No worries though, usually with characters like these … they undergo a tremendous character development on the next book. I hope that’s the case with her.
I live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.
CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.
Hey ya, friends! So I just found a whole list of Top Ten Tuesday in here. But ten was too much for me so I’ll be using these topics for my Top 5 Wednesday instead.
Anyway, isn’t it amazing when the book you love came to life in a form of movie? You can see your imagination on the big screen, actors and actresses portraying your favorite characters. The best! So here are the books to movies that I chose. 🙂
Harry Potter series
Who hasn’t seen Harry Potter franchise? Tell me then I’ll give him/her a copy. Because if I have a list of favorite movies, the movies from this series will always be on top. Though there are parts I wish that made into this movie as well like Peeves. Nonetheless, this series will always occupy 99% of my heart. I actually reread the books and rewatch the series every year.
I haven’t read the book. I know that I should be reading it before watching the movie but I can’t help myself. I saw that Ben Affleck was the main guy then the next thing I knew, I was watching the movie. *shrug* Well, I ended up loving it. I thought it was genius and crazy. Oh, and creepy as hell.
The Maze Runner
So for this one, I watched the movie before I read the book. Which I shouldn’t have because it just ruined the good points of the movie. The book was meh but the movie was epic! Not just because of the three guys, especially Dylan O’Brien, but because … yeah … it was because of the three guys.
Though the movie was great … greater than the book.
The Lightning Thief
This is the same scenario with the Maze Runner. I watched the movie before I read the book. There are some parts missing but the movie was great.
And also … yep, you’ve guessed it! Logan Lerman yaw!
I vaguely remember the details from the movie but I know it was amazing because I’ve watched it several times before.
Lord of the Rings
As for this one, I haven’t ready any of the books. But I wish I did because it would be nice to be part of this fandom. So I watched the movies instead. I was so happy because it was three hours long! I spent my whole day binge watching this. Then The Hobbit came out and I binged watch that too.
I think you’ll recognize the movie listed above, especially Harry Potter. 😉 Also, there are great book to movie that will be released this year. I’m particularly excited for the movie adaptation of The Murder on the Orient Express. I’m excited to see the actor for Hercule Poirot, that cute little Belgian.
That’s it, then! See you next Wednesday.
Bonjour, mon ami! I’m actually running out of ideas on what to do for book tags when I found Lizzy‘s blog. She did this amazing book tag that she found on Buzzfeed. If you want to take the quiz too, here’s the link: [x].
Here’s the tag:
1. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?
I’ll definitely choose hardbacks. One reason is that I can confidently open them without worrying for the spine. But if I’m going to choose what to bring to school, I’d choose paperback.
2. HARRY POTTER OR LORD OF THE RINGS?
Harry Potter!!! Isn’t it a bit obvious? *coughs* Look at my username.
I haven’t read Lord of the Rings (though I would love to) but I watched the movies!
3. THE SMELL OF AN OLD BOOK OR THE SMELL OF A NEW BOOK?
Hmm … I think I’ll have to go with the smell of an old book. It has this special smell you know. Like the smell of being owned for too long or being read not once but twice (or more). It’s just … you can smell the bonding. Oh my, I’m having a hard time explaining it.
4. STEPHEN KING OR RL STINE?
I don’t know who RL Stine is so I’ll go with Stephen King.
5. SCI-FI OR FANTASY?
6. READING INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?
Indoors, when I’m surrounded by pillows.
7. TWILIGHT OR 50 SHADES OF GREY?
When it comes to books, I’ll choose 50 Shades of Grey. But for the movies, I’ll choose Twilight (I have a crush on Jacob)
8. SHOP ONLINE OR FROM A LOCAL BOOKSTORE?
Local bookstore. There’s just something magical when I pick up the book I like.
9. THE GREAT GATSBY OR THE CATCHER IN THE RYE?
Neither. I haven’t read any of these.
10. FICTION OR NON-FICTION?
F I C T I O N
11. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARING?
Bookmarks. I use anything that could be used as a bookmark.
12. DR. SEUSS OR ROALD DAHL?
Dr. Seuss is more familiar to me.
13. E-BOOK OR AUDIOBOOK?
E-book. I read twice as fast when reading e-book.
So that’s it! Again, I’m not tagging anyone. If you feel like doing this tag, feel free. Just tag/mention me so I can read your answers.
See you next Monday for another book tag!
HAPPY SUNDAY, MON AMI! I’m back again with my Sunday Extra. Today is all about my favorite bookstore, Fullybooked. It has many branches all across the Philippines but I am so lucky to be living near the bestest branch ever.
It is located at B6 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig. Or you could just visit here for more information about where the branches are located and their store hours.
I didn’t take a picture when I entered the bookstore because it’s been so long. I just went straight to the second floor where my favorite genre is located. The first thing you’ll see when you go up is this:
When you turn right and look over (I don’t know what it’s called) you’ll see Mr. Whale. And that’s what it looks like on the first floor. Some of the best sellers are located on the first floor and Haruki Murakami books.
When you turn right again, you’ll see this:
Even from this view, I could see my favorite section. There it is!!!
If you look closely enough, you’ll see A Court of Mist and Fury, the Lunar Chronicles series, and other books we love. I could stay in this section for two hours, admiring and reading the blurb of every book.
When you walk again to the right, there are more books. From young adult section to contemporaries. And also these comfy chairs for when you get tired and want to rest. I personally think that these chairs are dedicated to my Mom whenever she waits for me while I browse books.
I went to the third floor where Starbucks and the classic novels are located. But my main purpose was to take a picture of the beautiful Cat Lady who guards this bookstore. Aside from the books, the comfy chairs, and the perfect ambiance of the place … I think this Cat Lady is my favorite of all. Dang, girl. Eyebrows on fleek!
Aside from all of I mentioned above, the staffs are nice and very accommodating. They’ll help you find the book you have hard time finding. They will even suggest transferring a copy from other branches whenever they don’t have the copy of the books you’re looking for.
This is such a nice place, isn’t it? In the future, if they somehow offered a place for the bookworms to sleep (like a mini apartment) I’ll definitely be the first one to try.
So that’s it with today’s Sunday Extra. See you next week. 🙂
Title: Alice Takes Back Wonderland
Author: David Hammons
Date Published: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pages: 283 pages
Status: Read from February 27 to 28, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.52
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: This review was originally posted February 28, 2016.
Featured image will be updated soon with the book’s actual cover.
After ten years of being told she can’t tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she’s going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real.
But all is not well in Wonderland. The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful.
But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl? Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows.
Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace. With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.
I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me the eBook copy and Clare Dugmore of Curiosity Quills for providing me the physical copy of the book. Also, David D. Hammons for writing this amazing book.
Alice Takes Back Wonderland is about Alice who they thought is crazy for not being able to distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy. For ten years, she fought hard about what she believes in until one day she decided to stop. Then one day, White Rabbit decided to pay her a visit.
When she went through the rabbit hole, she found out how devastated Wonderland is and it’s because of the devious and evil Ace of Spades. That’s just … sad. I know guys. As much as I want to kill him too, we can’t. So now our badass protagonist has a mission! Save Wonderland!
“Tomorrow, Alice takes back Wonderland!”
I really liked the idea of one fairy tale character will be part of another fairy tale and all the fairy tale world will meet in one world. It’s just … maddening! And I’m running out of things to say! I haven’t read Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland or Peter Pan or any fairy tales for that matter but I watched those when I was a child, even now, so I know how the story goes and how it will end.
I must say that I did not like the changes because I … freakin’ LOVE it! All the fairy tales that I adore combined into one book. I seriously love everything about this book. I love how I excitingly wait for another fairy tale character to be introduced.
The pace was extraordinary. It’s not slow nor fast. It’s somewhere in between that will make you anticipate what’s going to happen next. David D. Hammons, the amazing author of this book, wrote the scenes in a way I could imagine them perfectly without damaging my brain. The other amazing thing is that I could connect to every one of the characters that were introduced. It felt like I’m a thousand people just by reading this book. It’s just astonishing that someone could write as breathtaking as this book.
It was such a fun read and I hope I’m not getting mad. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone I see and will encounter. I think I’ll be talking about this book for weeks. And oddly enough, I’ve been reading the whole book with a British accent. How mad can I get?
“But we’re all mad here, Alice, remember?”
While visiting Cambridge during my time studying abroad, I tried to sneak into C. S. Lewis’s old apartment. I wanted to stand where the old master stood. I wanted to glean bits of imagination that no-doubt still clung to those walls. A locked door barred my path, and I fled to the safety of the campus pub.
It has been my goal to live a life that is notable as the life of that master of writing. I’ve climbed the slopes of Machu Picchu, swam in Loch Ness, smuggled ice cream into China, and made moonshine in my hometown. I studied writing and business in school, and gave up a position in my family’s Black Walnut company to chase my dream. Life, if you make it so, can be an adventure.
Despite all my adventures, there is no greater journey than that which can be found in a book. It was cartoons that got me into writing, works meant for children that as an adult fascinated me with their joyful outlook. It was the old masters, Lewis, Tolkien, Hemmingway, Vonnegut, who challenged me to live an adventure of a life, and then write even greater adventures in books. Perhaps one day I’ll make it into that old Cambridge apartment. Perhaps one day I’ll be invited.
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YO! I’m back again with my Top 5 Wednesday! Today is all about the series I want to complete. By complete means, I want to have these books physically. No matter how hard it is to own every book in a series. I’m making this one of my goals for this year.
So yes, let us start?
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – I know. The series is loved by many. I was halfway through the first book but had to stop because I couldn’t bear to finish it without having the second book with me. I am in love with Sarah J Maas’ writing so completing the series is definitely worthy.
Shades of Magic and Monsters of Verity series by VE Schwab – I’ve read the first book via eBook. It was phenomenal. The action was there, the vibes, and everything else. But it wouldn’t hurt to buy the hardcover copies of the book, right? And besides, who wouldn’t want a book that talks about FOUR Londons!!
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I have the first two books of the series. I’ve read them too. I kind of disliked the first book because of the whines and complaints of the main protagonist .. but I loved Scarlet and Cinder’s character development on the second book. From being that weakling to I-will-destroy-you type of thing. So far on this list, this series is the easiest to complete.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan – It would have been easier for me if I just said “every book by Rick Riordan” *sigh*. I’m a big fan of his works. I read the first two books of Percy Jackson (I borrowed a copy from my friend) and I totally love it! HMM IF I COULD JUST HAVE ALL OF HIS BOOKS ON MY ARMS.
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie – Completing this series is close to impossible. Probably because our local bookstore doesn’t have every book in the series. Finding these books is hard but once I have these books on my shelf, it would be the most satisfying feeling ever.
I have more series on my list, like the books of Cassandra Clare and Elise Kova. I wish I could accio every book on this list. How amazing would that be?
What series do you want to complete?
UPDATE: I’ve already completed the Lunar Chronicles series. 🙂
I was browsing through book tags and found this tag on Beatrice’s (Dreamland Book Blog) blog. It’s not Halloween or anything, I just want to do this because it looks fun (I was wrong). So I just copied Beatrice’s instructions on how to this tag. You basically need to:
1. Pick 5 books
2. Turn to a random page
3. The first name you see gets to be on your zombie survival team
4. Apply the characters to the 10 situations and types of people in the order you got them
5. Fret over how doomed you are.
The books I have are: A Game of Thrones, Ignite Me, A Torch Against the Night, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Six of Crows. Here are the results:
A Game of Thrones
1. The first one to die: Catelyn Stark
You have died an honorable death, my Lady. You protected me and shielded me from harm. I must repay you by continuing on living.
2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies: Robb Stark
If I’m going to trip him, it’s better if his direwolf is not around.
3. The first person to turn into a zombie: Kenji Kishimoto
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I love him.
4. The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Adam Kent
HUH. I knew that it would come to this. You’ve always been jealous of me and Warner.
A Torch Against the Night
5. The idiot of the team: Elias Veturius
Hmm. I’m having a hard time believing that. Elias is not really an idiot though are times when acts like one.
6. The “brains” of the team: Helene Aquilla
I TOTALLY AGREE.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
7. The team’s medic: Tamlin
He’ll cure me even though I’m not Feyre, right??
8. The weapons expert: Lucien
I could see Lucien being a weapons expert.
Six of Crows
9. The brawler: Inej
Her build isn’t exactly the brawler type but her strength is. I have faith in you, Inej.
10. The Team Captain: Kaz Brekker
I WILL SURVIVE! This weird team will survive. One scheming face from Kaz and it’ll annihilate all the zombies on our way.
Eh bien, I had fun. The last one, which is Kaz, will totally save us all. This is such a great team, don’t you think?
Also, I’m not tagging anyone but if you’ve seen this and want to do it … feel free!