Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Narrated by Kirsten Potter
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterward, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.
What can I say about the audio-book of If I Stay? This book was very difficult to listen to and there were many times that I had to turn it off so I could actually drive and not just start bawling on the side of the road. That is how powerful its words are and how much it affected me on an emotional level. In fact I listened to it over a month ago but it took me this long to be able to write about my experience.
Kirsten Potter did a great job narrating the voice of Mia and all the other characters. She captured the emotional intensity of the characters and the raw grief that Mia felt through out the story. I felt that I really got to know Mia, her family, friends, and others through the various flashbacks. This is good and bad because you come to love her family and their dynamics but you also grieve along with her when you find out that they are gone.
I think from now on that I will stay away from audio-books that deal with such tough issues because I am so drawn into their lives and how the characters react. I have enough trouble drawing myself out of books that audio-books make it that much harder to disengage. But I highly recommend this book because it does make you think about life, happiness, and love. Just don't read or listen to it when you are already emotionally stressed.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The graphic novel is illustrated by a Korean author and is in the manhwa style of drawing. This means it quite beautiful with even more exaggerated features than seen in Japanese manga. The style is not for everyone and I know I cannot read too many in a row without looking at the world and thinking it is not pretty enough. I would recommend Goong by So Hee Park for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of manhwa.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thank you Amy for suggesting this book! It is one of those great Young Adult books that i would suggest to those who do not general read young adult. It is a beautiful love story about trying to face insurmountable odds to be with the one you love.
I did have a problem going into the book- all I could think is, "Why not just move from the cold weather states and come live in Texas? Trust me you would never change here." But when they finally addressed it in the book there was a plausible explanation. I just wished that Stiefvater told us sooner because it stopped me from totally immersing myself in the world and characters. None the less, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any one who enjoys a paranormal romance.
(This trailer was created by Maggie with hundreds of paper cut-outs and multiple photographic frames per second. Music composed & performed by Maggie Stiefvater & Kate Hummel.)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I would recommend this series to anyone who was disappointed in the anime’s ending and would like a more closed ending. I also liked the back story with Shinji's parents and how they met and fell in love.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I shall get off my soap box now… Anyways, Letters to Juliet was a fun movie and although predictable the characters are likeable (which is different). I would recommend this movie to anyone who liked Mamma Mia, When in Rome, or other romantic comedies.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
YA Short Stories
Holly Black can write a short story! My favorites included:
The Night Market
When Tomasa’s sister falls ill after an encounter with a tree elf, she must try and convince him to lift the spell.
The Dog King
The King’s wolf might be more than what her seems in this mixture of horror and high fantasy.
In Vodka Veritas
Prom night will never be the same after the Latin club summons up an evil spell.
The Coat of Stars
This is a twist on the Tam Lin/East of the Sun, West of the Moon legend, where a gay costume designer must save his lover from the fairy queen.
Some sexual situations and mature settings make this a collection for older teens but over all a great collection of short stories.
Holly Black seems to be popping up in this blog pretty often now. I hope to get White Cat as soon as my library buys and catalogs it. I had a really hard time starting her books but after getting the feel of her style through her graphic novels and now the short stories I think I am ready to start on the novels.