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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore


where I got my copy: Borders
where to buy: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Book Depository

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.


After reading Mockingjay, this was recommended to by VIA Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads so I was expecting a total dystopian genre, make no mistakes it is still present day Earth and although the blurb says they are aliens, humans are still oblivious of the fact that they are among us. I am not very fond of alien themes but I do love watching them in the movies but something about I am Number Four catches my attention. Maybe its the: "Nine of us came here." or "We are the superheroes you worship" or the creepy feeling that nine aliens came here on earth, either way whoever wrote the blurb gets to have a champagne bottle because it worked.

I love the concept of the story and the futuristic theme. The Mogadorians are going planet to planet to suck up all its natural resources to feed their greed. They have already done so, on the planet Lorien where our heroin for this book, John Smith a.k.a Daniel Jones a.k.a Number Four came to earth with his Cepan (bodyguards, keeper, etc) Henri and the other nine kids. This book has been garnering some attention, maybe because Spielberg is directing a movie on it. I hope it turns out well because the book is just OK. It did not really offered anything new or super exciting, the dialogues are border line lame too I still have hopes for this book, the action scene was good and I wish there was more of that somewhere in the middle... anyway, the point is it did not suck too much for a debut, it could use some improvements and still deserve to be read.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Convo of Mockingjay (Hunger Games 3) by Suzanne Collins with Rex Robort reviews


where I got my copy: Borders
where to buy: Amazon, B&N

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

I have rated this 2 stars as soon as I finish reading it and I wrote a little of what I am feeling on but after much contemplation I decided to change the rating. But before that let me just say that I still hold the ground that I think part 1 and part 2 was a waste of paper. I was bored and I feel sorry for all the characters and annoyed by the turn of events. I guess that is what Ms. Collins is after (minus the boring part), because this is dystopian after all. No sugar coated scenarios and no mellowed down scenes. I can't stand it everytime Katniss is being manhandled, seriously. Coin needs to die, so I was happy at the end.

Here's my convo with Julia of Rex Robot Reviews on Facebook after reading Mockingjay.
I decided to post this since, I have already read a million reviews about Mockingjay, so I figured other people might already get sick of reading another review. So I opted for this route.

STATUS: Patricia Ann Tolentino-Ortin I am so disappointed with Mockingjay :( I WAITED for this?! Julia Sutch you done reading?

September 2 at 1:22pm Friends of Friends · ·

    • Julia Sutch I'm done... I liked it! But you know, I was kinda depressed about the ending... I wanted to see Katniss happier than that. She seemed too apathetic for me.
      September 2 at 2:00pm · ·

    • Patricia Ann Tolentino-Ortin Yes!!!! that's why. But the first two parts is what really gets me :( I got bored and I keep waiting for something exceptional to happened but no... I haven't been to your website, I'll go there and see if you review it yet.
      September 2 at 2:44pm · ·

    • Julia Sutch
      I haven't posted a review for it... I mean, every single site is posting reviews, so I'm going to wait awhile. With all the people posting about it the past two weeks, I got sick of the cover/title. haha.

      What did you think about the two died?!?!See More
      September 3 at 4:07am · ·

    • Patricia Ann Tolentino-Ortin
      Oh me too. I think I am going to wait till everything dies down. lol Maybe post my broken Lake and Blameless review.
      After much contemplation, I realized that I am riddled with emotions after finishing Mockingjay. I realized that I was just ......seriously frustrated with the lack of action and flatness in character on the first two parts but after that it was actually good. I have finally realized that I am Team gale and I am very very sad on what happened to them.

      Two that died? You mean Rue and Finnick?
      See More
      September 3 at 1:02pm · ·

    • Julia Sutch
      How was Broken Lake and Blameless? Don't you give my any Blameless spoilers! I am going to start that book today. Did you read Deeply, Desperately yet? I'm going to read that one after Blameless.

      (Mockingjay spoilers below to anyone who has...n't read the book)

      I felt like my heart was broken at the end of Mockingjay. I liked the happy ending, but I want Katniss to feel more joy/happiness. I just didn't feel that when she was talking about the life she had with the kiddos. I'm sad Gale kinda went MIA too, but I was really happy she ended up with Peeta. I think they were the better match.

      Two that died - Prim, her sister and Finnick. He had just gotten married and had a baby!!! AGH!! And then Prim, she went through all this hell to save her, and in the end, the Capitol gets their way anyway.
      See More
      September 4 at 4:28am · ·

    • Patricia Ann Tolentino-Ortin
      yeah I meant Prim and Finnick. i dunno why I keep saying Rue, since she's been dead since end of Hunger Games.

      Exactly what I am thinking! my heart broke when Prim died. She had such a good future ahead of her and she is so smart and talent...ed. i know that was the final straw for Katniss. i was surprise she didn't really go insane. Finnick's death, I don't have so much, but the fact that i wish he could have had some last words, a message for Annie. like a convo maybe between him and Kat before the whole mission.

      Why does it have to be Gale's invention that killed Prim and those kids? odds have been so against him, it was obvious that Peeta is a better choice. And ohhhh Sbiw should have died a painful torturous death after the genocide anf inhumanity that he has done, but no! he died of what? Poison, stampede, unknown reason? weeeak. Coin's death was kind of awesome, the woman had it coming.

      Broken Lake is goood :) read it soon. i haven't read Blameless yet, i decided to read I am Number Four first. Dooood it is pretty interesting you gotta check it out. Def,maybe... i havent bought a copy yet.
      See More
      September 4 at 8:33am · ·

    • Julia Sutch
      Finnick went through so much and was a little insane, so I'm glad things were better for him before he died- but he was a relatively large character and I feel like his death wasn't given enough time!! Agh!! I wish she were writing more.

      I ...liked Snow's death... I feel like it would have been tiring and made the Rebels just like the Capital if they would have tortured him. I was so happy when Katniss killed Coin. I had a feeling they were going to take her out in one way or another.

      What is Broken Lake about? I started Blameless- good so far. I have an ARC of I am Number Four... I wasn't that interested in starting it right away, but let me know what you think- if it is good I will jump on it. I've been more into the YA books lately... but I'm still getting more romance ARCs than YA. :(

      PS! I'm glad you're back!!! :)
      See More
      September 5 at 4:08am · ·

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Fans of Marta Acosta

Good news to all Marta Acosta fan, there is a free read of Nancy's Theory of Sty at Scribd for us.
You can download on you e-readers (Nook, iPad, Kindle...) or download it on your computers. This is the draft of the book so the cover is of different version. If you haven't read it here is the perfect chance to see what it is all about.
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