Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Book of Three

Lloyd Alexander is, like Scott Westerfeld, an awesome writer of female characters. In Westmark, it was pretty borinbg 'till Mickle showed up. Then things got interesting. Eilonwy of the Book of Three totally owns. She's a bit like me, as in talkative *cough cough... yeah* and she tends to babble (sound familiar?) Also, her epic mediocre-sorceressness is pretty amazing.
I love Gurgi. Last night I was going around Gurgi-talking--crunchings and munchings? Poor, humble Manon-y gets smackings and scoldings for talking and telling about readings and writings! Oh, poor underappreciated Manon!
Considering there are a few more books in this series (Although this is the first) I'm gonna cut this short and get started on the Black Cauldron.

What would make me really happy right now:
-A magic bauble
-A driver's liscence
-More books
-How has no one caught on to the Misaki-thing yet? Like, I might actually be free this Saturday night for once.

Next book: The Black Cauldron

Sunday, October 24, 2010


I do have a million excuses for not finishing a book in, like, a week, but assuming you don't want to hear them, I shall cut to the chase.
Spells by Aprilyne Pike is the sequel to Wings, which has the same title and disturbingly similar beginning to Wings by E. D. Baker. I actually originally bought it to see if it was a complete copy of it. Although far too similar in beginningness and plot, they have very different vibes. I have decided to devote this posts to why I hate this book but still love it.
Report card! : Ms. Pike gets an A for the character Chelsea, because in this book she's actually pretty interesting. Or at least in the end, which is freshest in my head. Hopefully she'll get a bigger role in the action in book 3. Unfortunately, I do not like how Laurel treats the boys in her life. Also, she is very Mary-Sueish and not very dimensional. She gets a C. David gets a B-, because he lets his girlfriend walk all over him yet is still the whole knight in shining armour deal. Tamani gets an A-, because even though he's sort of jerkish in some parts he has a lot of conflict and his character has layers and all that.
Relationshippydramaness gets an F. The love triangle is way too Twilight and everyone worships Laurel even though she only deserves it, like, once every few chapters. Ish.
Fairy awesomeness gets an A, though, because it's actually very good.

What would make me really happy right now:
-Misaki. Seriously.
-Mom to give up the everything-you-buy-gets-saved-for-Christmas because, like, I might run out of books. This is a very imposing threat.
-A couple of Austrailian time travel-related books that are not readily avaliable here, even though other books by those authors are. Gah. I'm gonna need an Amazon shipment by New Year's.

Next book: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (Maybe. As you may notice I'm not very faithful to these next-book thingies.)

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Pricker Boy!

Yay! I finished The Pricker Boy!
It's by Reade Scott Whinnem, AKA Mr. Whinnem, my homeroom/future basic media teacher. This fact in itself makes him pretty awesome. However, when blogging about a book you should never be biased, because the true awesomeness of a book is what's inside. Or something like that.
So, what's in side is pretty awesome. It kind of got confusing about halfway through, because a lot of the story is written as a flashback. Like, we're talking every other chapter or so. Sometimes I had trouble figuring out when things were happening and what was going on.
Then, toward the end (So, for me about twenty minutes or so ago) everything fell into place. I refuse to spoil the ending of this one, even though I make no guaruntees for the other books I blog about, but if you do read it, and by about 2/3 of the way through your brain is very mixed up, just keep reading. The ending is soooo worth it.

What would make me really happy right now:
-A trip to Misaki
-Purple lipstick
-Some more green eyeliner
-Magical hair that magically gets short when I want it short then magically gets long the rest of the time.
-Someone who can talk Cricket-sign with me---Mr. Whinnem may never hear me voice again. Actually, scratch that. Shutting up is something of which I am incapable.

Next book: Pendragon 3: The Never War. I think. Don't quote me on that.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Maximum Ride: The Protectors, book 2: Max

I am a liar, dude.
In my last post, I mentioned that my next book would be the Pricker boy. Whoops- last night, I, Mom, and Sammy went to Borders, which I debatably may spend more time in then my school. Anyway, I left with the 5th book in the awesome Maximum Ride series, which is a very quick read in the sense of pageturniness, as in it doesn't drag. So basically, I started it last night around 8:30, went lights out before 10 and finished by twenty minutes ago. Yay.
Surprisingly, I do enjoy reading below my reading level, because the pages fly, which is nice.
Anyway, Max, which is by James Patterson, is pretty awesome in many respects. I like the characters, which I think are extremely important to the story. I love the Gasman, and Fang is pretty awesome, and Max is a great narrater. I love Nudge and Iggy, too, but Angel is starting to creep me out. I kind of identify with how Max has trouble keeping people in line. I see a lot of similarities between her and myself, sort of, and I know from experience that telling a six year old that they cannot do something fun because it's dangerous is hard to do.

What would make me really happy right now:
-Wings :D
-A talking Scottie
-Some sushi. Anyone wanna meet me at Misaki? Great, as long as we use your credit card <3

Next book: The Pricker Boy by Reade Scott Whinnem (For real this time... :D )

Monday, October 11, 2010


This morning I finished reading Behemoth, which is an amazing book by Scott Westerfeld. It was awesome for a multitude of reasons, but I am still kind of mad at Scott-sama for not having Deryn tell Alek she's a girl. Arrghh!!!
For anyone who doesn't know the series, Behemoth is the sequel to Leviathan, which is an alternative version of WWI in which Darwin discovered DNA and was able to fabricate animals, bringing old species back to life and creating new ones to use in daily life or war. One of the main characters, Deryn Sharp, if a fifteen year old girl disguised as a sixteen year old boy in the British Air Service, working on board the Leviathan, which is a giant whale warship that flies, basically. The other main character, Alek, is an Austrian prince who is being hunted by the Germans for a variety of reasons. The whole thing is pretty awesome.
Anyway, in celebration of finally finishing Behemoth (I've had it since FRIDAY NIGHT for god's sake!) I am Deryn Sharp for the rest of today. I'm wearing a white shirt, red tie, jeans, a bomber jacket, and combat boots, which it the best I could come up with, and pretty soon I'll be shouting "Barking Spiders!" at people when provoked.
So please, someone, provoke me so I can swear like a barking book character.
Hey, that worked.
One of the amazing things that makes the Leviathan series--Leviathan, Behemoth, and soon Goliath--is that they have illustrations. This is pretty amazing considering that most YA novels do not get cool pictures. The illustrations, I think, are very important because all the cool techy stuff is extremely difficult to describe, so pictures are kind of necessary for the reader to be able to stay on the same page as the story. Unless Scott Westerfeld wants to go into extreme boring detail about walkers and beasties and stuff, when instead he can just have the fabulous Keith Thompson draw it in perfect detail.

What would make me really happy right now:
-If someone would get me a perspicacious loris
-A short sleeved white button-down shirt
-A bomber jacket, so I don't have to borrow dad's

Next book: The Pricker Boy, by my homeroom teacher Mr. Whinnem :D