7/30/12

Some of my favorite things ~ Books

Books, they make the world go around. With simple little letters that forms into words that can transform into a sentence and that can make you feel emotions. There are many books many I haven't read, most of them I need to read. While there are others that I'm not going to read ever in my entire life whether it may be from bad reviews or if they're not really my type because of a boring synopsis (most likely the first one). And of course there are the books that I will read over and over again and still not get tired of it. These are the books that I can tolerate and will die for, if it comes to it. Here's why~

*Warning: It may contain spoilers*

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
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 steps forward to take her sister’s place 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 will weigh survival against humanity and life against love. 

Why I like it: The Hunger Games isn't like other dystopian novels I've read. Sure it has the kick ass protagonist that changes the government and turns the world into a better place. Only Katniss didn’t really change the government on her own, other people changed the government. She was just a pawn in a complicated game of power; she was just there to give the people hope. And in the end she’s just so broken from everything, so she was unable to control the government. This is what I like about the Hunger Games the main character doesn't gain much in the end except for lost family members, love for the right person, and hope for the future. Plus, The Hunger Games is exciting and it makes you think, “What if that really did happen to us in the future….”
If you want to go in deeper about The Hunger Games, I recommend reading The Girl Who Was on Fire; it will make you think about the book non-fictionally and possibly blow your mind.


In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. GONE.
Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.
Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.
It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else...

Why I like it: Gone brings you into a world that isn’t like any other world. There are literally no adults and the oldest people are around fifteen years old. There isn’t much weather except for the sun, there’s no rain, and food is hard to grow. Monsters and creatures of every sort are coming into existence, and some of the kids are developing powers. There are wars, lies, plagues, hunger, fear, darkness, and death. Everyone is trying to survive but it’s hard considering that their resources are diminishing and people are power hungry. And it’s all under a dome (technically it’s more like a bubble) that will hurt you if you touch the walls. And the person that created the bubble, the monsters, and everything else, does not realize he’s doing it and how much power he possesses. The story doesn’t just stick with one character throughout the whole thing, the story sticks with many characters allowing you to see through many point of views, and to know what is going on everywhere. And I like that, very much. It brings you more fear, happiness, love, and any other emotion. It’s more exciting that way, and it’s just an amazing book. 


The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

Why I like it: The Night Circus makes the circus Le Cirque des Rêves so real, that you just wish it was actually traveling to your town. It only opens at nightfall and closes at dawn. And in it, there are unusual feats of magic that doesn’t require the use of technology or science in general to goodies so delicious that you buy another one despite your diet. And the tents are filled with anything and everything imaginable, a cloud maze, a labyrinth of rooms, an ice garden, a place where you can ride a boat made of books, and more. Everything is black and white with a dash of red here and there. There’s a giant clock keeping track of time that shows you beauty and wonder if you look at it closely. The circus seems to pop up out of nowhere and it disappears without warning. There's more I can say about it, like how the plot is okay but Le Cirque des Rêves is just an amazing circus and it’s definitely one of the fictional places I would go to (I just need to find a lot of black clothing and a dash of red first, though). I would recommend it to you but it’s an adult book, but there isn’t really much adultish things going on. So if you don’t really have a filter on what you read, then I would recommend The Night Circus. It will be hard not to fall in love with the circus in my opinion.


Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. 
Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Why I like it: The Fault in Our Stars will make you laugh really hard one minute to sobbing out loud the next. This book makes you feel a lot of emotions and it makes you fall in love with the characters, Hazel and Augustus because they’re so… human. They make you realize that there are a million infinites and that they seem big or sometimes small. They make you realize that there isn’t always a happy ending in cancer or in anything really but there’s..... I don’t know. It’s hard to explain anymore about why I like this book because it makes me go asdfjkl; It’s the only book I know that can make me cry really hard as well as laugh my butt off in certain moments. And the book is about cancer but it isn’t depressing nor is it always happy. It’s somewhere in between always edging towards one side one moment, then the other side the next. 


Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone. 
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

Why I like it: The whole thing makes you learn how racist and mean some humans can be and how kind and courageous other humans are. It also shows you that you can do anything you want despite your skin color or your awkward self. And that you truly are beautiful no matter what. It also teaches you to look at a person for who they really are, not just a human with black skin or white skin. 



I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn't your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all.
It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.
There wasn't a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I've ever heard. Before I knew it, I was spying with a flock of enchanted swans, talking (yes, talking!) to a fox named Todd, and nearly trampled by giants in the Keys. 
Don’t believe me? I didn't believe it either. But you’ll see. Because I knew it all was true, the second I got CLOAKED. 

Why I like it: Cloaked just doesn’t focus on one fairy tale, it focuses on many. It’s not about finding love (though he certainly does find love along the way) it’s about getting money to help his mom even if that means marrying a very rich and hot princess that gets drunk. Cloaked is funny and easy to read. There are paranormal, fairy tale creatures that are fun to see roam about in the human world (though they’re in a very sad condition considering that they don’t have refrigerators, air conditioning, or any of the appliances that humans have). And I like that, along with a couple of plot twists that you wouldn’t expect to see coming.


Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Why I like it: Julie Kagawa transports you into a world of the fey, where you can start hallucinating if you eat fruit that are not made for humans. You can get lost in thorns and mazes, and when you finally come out it could have been years or minutes; and your surroundings is most likely not what you first started with when you first went into the thorns/mazes. In other words, the world is what made me like the Fey Series, not the plot (though that has certainly motivated me to read the rest of the series). In the world of the Fey, you can find beauty in the cold on the Unseelie’s side of the kingdom (or in the book’s case queendom), warm, happy spring days on the Seelie’s side of the kingdom, and even the technological advances of a new kingdom (technically it’s a queendom). Where there are literally technology bugs that can kill your computer, metal dragonflies that you can control to take you wherever you want, and more, that you haven’t expected to find in land full of technology and iron. 


When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores.
If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hunter just might. At least she has playful Cole, who's always teasing her, but is oh-so-comfortable to hang out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam-they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.


Why I like it: It reminds me of my three day trip to camp, that I went to a long time ago. And it makes me want to go to a summer camp that doesn’t last three days. The place seems real enough that if it did exist, I would be working my butt off trying to get the money to go there. Plus the plot is cute: with the rivalry, romance, and friendship, which I like out of a contemporary novel.



When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 


Why I like it: The characters are funny, arrogant, artistic, nerdy, and well themselves. The plot keeps on twisting throughout the series that it’s hard to remember when and where it first started (at least it is for me). And the whole thing, in a way is original (or as original as you can get in the writing world), filled with a bisexual warlock that is willing to help the Shadowhunters, even if it means committing crimes that can get him and certain other Shadowhunters severe consequences (their defense: It was for the good of the community, really!) A very evil Shadowhunter (though I doubt he can be called a Shadowhunter anymore because of all the crimes he has done), that has a very messed up mind that includes: incest = okay, because his and his sister’s blood are very different. Which is true… but they still share the same family blood. It also includes, an odd trio that is kind of like the Three Musketeers, and a guy that has three (four?) different last names and a slightly confusing background history.




Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal


Why I like it: It’s not like any of the other modern paranormal books that I’ve read in my short fifteen years on this planet. Paranormalcy is funny, romantic, and filled with paranormals that actually has an interesting personality. The paranormals don’t bother jumping and rolling around in a field of flowers, they hunt, act creepy, or just live normal human lives trying to hide who they really are from humans using glamour. Plus, it’s bleeping fantastic.




*Looks up at all the books* You know, I'm just realizing that all of these books are from this century. I should  make another post containing my favorite books from the last century. Well have a wonderful day~


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