Sunday, January 29, 2012

REVIEW: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Title: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Date Published: March 1, 1948
Page Count: 32 Pages
Year Read: I was Young :)

Goodreads: Now fans of the delightful The True Story of the Three Little Pigs can hear the story read aloud in inimitable style by Jon Scieszka. Side one features a reading of the story accompanied by music, while side two offers a toe-tapping original soundtrack by composer Kurt Hoffman.

Pre-Review: I remember the first time, I read this at school... I thought it was the most brilliant story ever written... for I never did trusted those pigs xD

Review: As you may have already imaged or read this children's book is from the a wolfs perspective. In short detail this book is about how the wolf wanted to borrow a cup of sugar from his neighbors, the pigs, so he could make a birthday cake for his dear old granny,while having a cold may I add. I loved the fact that Scieszka portrayed the wolf to be a good guy and dressed him up in a clothes making him look like a modern citizen... unlike the pigs who had no clothes and were portrayed  as the mean neighbors who would not allow the wolf to borrow a cup of sugar.

AUDIO BOOK: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Story Title: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
Author: Jon Scieszka
Read by (username): bjdash

REVIEW: Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Title: Alice I Have Been
Author: Melanie Benjamin
Date Published: January 12, 2010
Page Count: 345 Pages
Year Read: 2010

Goodreads: Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

Alice I have Been by Melanie Benjamin is a historical novel that made me change the way I thought about Lewis Carroll or should I say, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Carroll's real name). Though I did enjoy this novel... I would not recommend it to anyone who is not a fan of his works "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass..." and of course all you fans out there should pick up this book and read it. It's a very interesting novel for a historical fiction novel.

REVIEW: Willow by Julia Hoban

Title: Willow
Author: Julia Hoban
Date Published: January 1, 2009
Page Count: 329 Pages
Year Read: 2010

Goodreads: Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow's parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy - one sensitive, soulful boy - discovers Willow's secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the "safe" world Willow has created for herself upside down.

Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl's struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy's refusal to give up on her.

Review: I remember when my friend told me about this book, "Willow, I really want to read that book it's about an 'emo' girl who goes through hardships." Instantly, I wanted to go read this novel. Especially since, I went through an "emo" phase myself therefore, I had to know how this author approached this situation. I actually came to like this book a bit more then expected. As the synopsis by Goodreads basically read... this book is about a girl named, Willow who lost her parents in a car accident leading to her current situation of being a "cutter" as the author puts it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

REVIEW: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Crank
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Date Published: October 1, 2004
Page Count: Paperback537 pages
Year Read: 2012

Goodreads: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina -- she's fearless. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul -- her life.

This book is a great book for young teens who do not like to read, it is just that engaging, but I must warn that this book contains illegal drugs usage and more. And should not be read or be read by non-mature teenagers. 
Review: This book was a quick read for 537 pages. It is such a page-turner. As I read this, I couldn't help, but wonder how Hopkins suffered through this. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Book Haul || Library Books - Random.

Okay, Okay, Okay... *blows the dust off this blog*

I am so sorry, for not even trying to keep to my promise of at the very least reviewing the books I have read, but I promise all that is going to change... I will make sure to start writing reviews and posting what I thought of the books and such... As promised I will write reviews for ALL the books I have read... even child's books (why not?) And, I know with school and all the 100 Book Challenge may be hard... but I will do it... You have a review coming your way... after I finish with what my new layout should be... :)
Photo from my Instagram @geishacielos 
My winter book haul was a total, fail! The only book I read from it was The Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken, but I promise you I will read all of these books and review them. Especially since, I’m taking my 100-book challenge seriously.  As you could see (below or above) I got some entertaining reads and two Greek Mythology books! So, I guess I better get on that. (I finished Crank by Ellen Hopkins in the morning, dam that cliff hanger.)

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