Archive for September, 2010

I’ll Take The Challenge (YA-D2 Challenge)

September 26, 2010 4 comments

Since all my friends in GR who loves YA and also a dystopian fanatics will join this challenge, then it’s about time for me to join them in Bart’s Bookshelf’s YA-D2 Challenge.

I’ll be joining the die-hard category of the game and it goes like this:


Level 3: Is for the dystopian die-hards! Minimum requirement for this level is five young adult dystopian novels, between the 1st October and 19th December. There is, however no maximum cap, you can keep reading for as many books as you like!

And my list is here:

1. Atherton: House of Power No. 1  by  Patrick Carman

2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

3. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

4. Lies by Michael Grant

5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

6. Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey

7. Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

8. Feed by Mira Grant

That’s my list for now. I intend to read more, but not sure if I can finish my list if I add more books because I’m now in a graveyard shift.

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The Thin Executioner By Darren Shan

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Jebel is one of the sons of the executioner in their town (I forgot the name), a thin and accused as weak unlike his brothers. Time has come for his father to retire from being an executioner, so he endorse his two sons excluding Jebel to join a competition to become the next executioner.Because of his pride, Jebel think of joining the competition, but he knows it himself that he can’t win the game.

There is only one way for him to gain the strength he needs to win the competition, Jebel need to do a quest, he need to go in a certain mountain to seek for the god. For him to be granted a quest, he must find a slave who he can offer to the God of that mountain and ask for the invincibility he needs to win the competition. He didn’t fail on finding a slave for his quest and for that, he was granted a quest… This is where the story began…

The book tackles about the equality of the people living in that place, the relationship of a slave and the master. Shan also touched the most controversial topic, religion, though he wrote it in a fictitious and gruesome way (One of the scenes in the book is really disgusting that made me want to vomit). He is lucid on the message he wanted to tell his readers.

And in the end, Shan showed that nobody is perfect whether you’re in a high or in the lowest society, and everybody can be a tool for a change, it is not based on the status you have in your life.

Shan is really a good story teller. He can make you move and can keep you amazed all throughout his novel, this is what I felt while reading his Cirque Du Freak and The Thin Executioner. And because of this, I will certainly say that I am a fan of him.

And by the way, the ending? Did I say “The Ending”? Oh! The ENDING!

*** The names of the characters and places are weird, so I really can’t remember the names except for the protagonist, Jebel…

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Freebies From Mockingjay

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I hope it’s not yet late for posting this stuff…

A week before the release of the most awaited book of the year, “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, me and my bookworm friends already file a reservation in National Bookstore. It is not just we can get the book during the release date, but there’s a freebie for every reservation, as for this, we got a free “Mockingjay” shirt and some of us got a bookmark.

"Mockingjay" bookmark, shirt and book

I can’t help myself going as early as possible to the bookstore where I made my reservation (I’m just lucky that my boss allowed me to have a leave of absence during this day) and luckily, the shirt they gave me fitted me.

I run as quickly as I can to start reading after they gave me the shirt and the book,  I finished reading  “Mockingjay” after two days of  devouring it (I honestly don’t know if I can do a review of  “Mockingjay”, I still need to read it again and decide if Suzanne really disappointed me).

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Naughty or Nice?

September 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, September 1, 2010 is the start of BER months, meaning, Christmas is nearly approaching…

I’m thinking if I had been naughty or nice! I don’t know how will I answer the question. But one thing I am sure of, I’ve met a lot of new friends this year, and I’m so glad about it.And by the way, I’m still making my wish-list so if Santa will visit our house, he would know what I want, and maybe he can grant at least one of my wishes in my list.

Soon to follow:  My Wish List

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