Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Page to Premiere: Outlander

Super excited for Outlander as a TV series, it's almost here! Also a gentle reminder to post my review of Voyager :)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Toibin, C: Brooklyn

Author:  Colm Toibin
Title: Brooklyn: A Novel
262 pages

Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, who loves the Dodgers and his big Italian family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future.

Review: I read this after I saw a couple of set pictures of Saoirse Ronan filming the movie. I can't say I loved or hated this book, Eilis is a pretty passive character which makes her hard to like or root for. However, Brooklyn is a pretty easy read and the flow is very good that the reading goes by pretty quickly. I would recommend this book if you liked the film An Education, its set in the same era and deals with similar issues.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Roth, V: Allegiant

Title: Allegiant
Series: Divergent #3
Author: Veronica Roth

Summary: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 

Review: I've remained a casual fan of this series, I never really thought it was that good (or that bad for that matter). However, Allegiant asks the reader to do a lot of backpeddaling going back to explain many things were told as a fact in previous books. It also takes you away from Roth's initial faction-separated-world (a world building was was very weak in the first place) and the reader is introduced to a new world and characters that I honestly wasn't very interested in. Roth isn't afraid to try new things, not sure if she is trying really hard to be "edgy" but for the most part this book falls flat to all the elements she wants to combine (something that also happened in Insurgent) except in Allegiant is even more rushed.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saphire: Precious

Title: Precious [goodreads]
Summary: Precious Jones, an illiterate sixteen-year-old, has up until now been invisible to the father who rapes her and the mother who batters her and to the authorities who dismiss her as just one more of Harlem's casualties. But when Precious, pregnant with a second child by her father, meets a determined and radical teacher, we follow her on a journey of education and enlightenment as she learns not only how to write about her life, but how to make it truly her own for the first time
Review: I have not yet seen Precious the movie, and I knew very little of the plot. I can only say that I very shocked and moved by Precious journey. I can say that more than once the content made me flinch, and made me uncomfortable, but I appreciated the author's honesty. Definitely, a book you would recommend to those that wish to learn about the struggles of people with little education and income. However, if you are looking for a "feel good" overcoming adversity type of story, I'd look elsewhere.
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