Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Okay, ceritenyer macam ni.. Hari tu, Fifi bukak tv lepas dua bulan tak mengadap tv sebab (kononnyer) bizi dengan SPM.. Tekan punye tekan, ternampak pulak trailer untuk cite ni. And terus je fifi jatuh cinte dengan cite nih.. Although English Fifi tak bape nak okay, Fifi dapat gak teka jalan cite die.. Rase nak tengok lah pulak, tapi...... Fifi tinggal kat luar bandar... and kat luar bandar ni takde pawagam... Patah hati dibuatnyer... So since movie tu dari buku, Fifi nak gak bace buku tu.

Lepas buat research, Fifi jumpe gak buku tu (ebook)....Maxis yang provide buku tu.... Tapi..... Buku tu mahal sangat, RM40 sumting..... menanges kejap... last-last dapat gak buku tu... Happy Ending kan? *smiles*

Hmm... kalau korang nak copy buku tu, email Fifi kat : FREAKING_RANDOM@YAHOO  :)



Life of Pi is a masterful and utterly original novel that is at once the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas, and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound. Using the threads of all of our best stories, Yann Martel has woven a glorious spiritual adventure that makes us question what it means to be alive, and to believe.

Growing up in Pondicherry, India, Piscine Molitor Patel -- known as Pi -- has a rich life. Bookish by nature, young Pi acquires a broad knowledge of not only the great religious texts but of all literature, and has a great curiosity about how the world works. His family runs the local zoo, and he spends many of his days among goats, hippos, swans, and bears, developing his own theories about the nature of animals and how human nature conforms to it. Pi’s family life is quite happy, even though his brother picks on him and his parents aren’t quite sure how to accept his decision to simultaneously embrace and practise three religions -- Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

But despite the lush and nurturing variety of Pi’s world, there are broad political changes afoot in India, and when Pi is sixteen his parents decide that the family needs to escape to a better life. Choosing to move to Canada, they close the zoo, pack their belongings, and board a Japanese cargo ship called the Tsimtsum. Travelling with them are many of their animals, bound for zoos in North America. However, they have only just begun their journey when the ship sinks, taking the dreams of the Patel family down with it. Only Pi survives, cast adrift in a lifeboat with the unlikeliest of travelling companions: a zebra, an orang-utan, a hyena, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Thus begins Pi Patel’s epic, 227-day voyage across the Pacific, and the powerful story of faith and survival at the heart of Life of Pi. Worn and scared, oscillating between hope and despair, Pi is witness to the playing out of the food chain, quite aware of his new position within it. When only the tiger is left of the seafaring menagerie, Pi realizes that his survival depends on his ability to assert his own will, and sets upon a grand and ordered scheme to keep from being Richard Parker’s next meal.

As the days pass, Pi fights both boredom and terror by throwing himself into the practical details of surviving on the open sea -- catching fish, collecting rain water, protecting himself from the sun -- all the while ensuring that the tiger is also kept alive, and knows that Pi is the key to his survival. The castaways face gruelling pain in their brushes with starvation, illness, and the storms that lash the small boat, but there is also the solace of beauty: the rainbow hues of a dorado’s death-throes, the peaceful eye of a looming whale, the shimmering blues of the ocean’s swells. Hope is fleeting, however, and despite adapting his religious practices to his daily routine, Pi feels the constant, pressing weight of despair. It is during the most hopeless and gruelling days of his voyage that Pi whittles to the core of his beliefs, casts off his own assumptions, and faces his underlying terrors head-on.

As Yann Martel has said in one interview, “The theme of this novel can be summarized in three lines. Life is a story. You can choose your story. And a story with an imaginative overlay is the better story.” And for Martel, the greatest imaginative overlay is religion. “God is a shorthand for anything that is beyond the material -- any greater pattern of meaning.” In Life of Pi, the question of stories, and of what stories to believe, is front and centre from the beginning, when the author tells us how he was led to Pi Patel and to this novel: in an Indian coffee house, a gentleman told him, “I have a story that will make you believe in God.” And as this novel comes to its brilliant conclusion, Pi shows us that the story with the imaginative overlay is also the story that contains the most truth.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

The Perfect Game



THE PERFECT GAME



He's a game she never intended to play.
And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.
The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.

Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...


hmmm... this book is pretty great.



Some highlight?
-good girl falls for the bad guy. Both have issues. She changes him.

The writing?
-simple and easy to understand (to my delight since I can barely read stuff written in English)

The Characters?
-relatable

The plot?
-nice. Not complicated or too predictable.

Quick summary with spoiler?
-girl meets boy at a party
-girl wanna stay away from bad boy but he pursues her
-bad boy becomes good
-they end up dating
-boy gets into a baseball league
-long distance relationship
-boy accidentally sleeps with other woman
-boy marries her because the woman gets pregnant
-girl cries and feels heartbroken
-boy divorces the woman
-girl refuses to return to him
-time passes
-they meet again
-they end up together
-the end!

This book is nice for...
-those who love romance books
-those who love alpha males
-those who like Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster and others
-those who's looking for mature love stories (without too much making out/sex)

My Rating?
-4 stars

Would I recommend it?
-yes

Do I love it?
-love is strong word, so no. But I like it :)

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend




the DUFF


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.



hmm.. let me tell you one thing, this book is for mature young adult. So the story doesn't just revolve around sweet love story, there's more than that.

Okay, so what is this book about?
-about a girl who falls for the bad guy and she changes him (not such an original idea I guess)

How's the writing?
-simple and easy to understand. Not too descriptive of unimportant things

How's the plot?
-predictable (although I suck at predicting stuff lol)

What's the main theme?
-romance and a little bit of family problems

So does the story is relatable?
-yes and no. Yes for when she is not with him and no when she's with him (I'm not sure whether it's love or lust).

A very short summary?
-he calls her DUFF
-she hates him
-they meet again
-she kisses him
-she has issues
-they have sex
-they keep having sex
-she throws away her friends
-she stops meeting him
-she returns to her friends
-she starts someone else
-she misses him
-he pursues her
-they make up
-the end!

So what do I think of this book?
-simple. Don't like it much but I guess I don't hate it.

My rating?
-2  bright stars!

So the question of the year, would I recommend it?
-if you're a fan of cheesy family issues and love-hate relationship, just give it a try
-if you're not a fan of predictabe stories, stay away from this book

What to read after The DUFF?
-Kane Richards Must Die
-oh...I guess thats the only book that i think is quite similar to this one~

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Kane Richards Must Die by Shanice Williams


After an unexpected transfer to the States for her senior year, Suranne's new friends give her just one instruction: stay away from Kane Richards. According to everyone, he's a heartless playboy concerned only for himself. With one glance, it's easy to see why he gets away with it. But things aren't always what they seem, especially when he sets his sights on her and whispers that she's different.
Despite all the red flags, Suranne considers whether or not his intentions are genuine or if she's simply another name on his list.
In the process, she may just uncover the real Kane Richards. But, when it comes down to it, the real Kane Richards may not want to be found. Filled with raw emotion, Kane Richards Must Die explores relationships, trust, love, and what can happen when life takes an unexpected turn.

hmm... Just finished this book. After Find You in The Dark, I really do not want to come across any stupid erotica book anymore, so I chose this one since it is labelled young adult. And guess what? This one is pretty much a book for slightly MATURE young adult (which I am) and I'm so not happy with the slihtly MATURE parts. Call me immature or what, but I prefer sweet love stories over sweet stupid heated ones. Well at least this one is better than Find You in The Dark in the romance section. If you're a fan of making outs, this is so your kind of book, but if you're like me, this one is just okay. Okay the story follows Suranne love story with an infamous playboy in her new school, Kane. She has been warned about him but she still falls in love with him and surprisingly (or is it not-surprisingly?) he falls for her too. And they are head over heels over each other. And basically, that's all this book is about. And Kane's secret? Not that big to me, plain normal I'd call it. Well for the sweet parts, I gotta give this book 4 stars too. The one star got stolen by the cliche parts in the story. As an overall, this book is a sweet read. Read it if you're planning to.

Spoiler:

Surenne goes back to London, and after graduation, Kane goes there too.

Mini review: Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters




Find You in the Dark
by A. Meredith Walters

Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades...normal life.
Until him.
Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness.
Until her.
Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life.
That together, they could face the world.
But the darkness is always waiting.
Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.

 My Thoughts:


I picked up this book because I love the topic discussed in, mental illness plus brooding hero is just so my kind of hero lol The writing was great, the characters were nice. So what about the story right? hmmm... This book is so not for young adult, I can be sure about that. There are some steamy scenes in it which young adults like me should skip. As an overall, the story is nice. Although Clay's problems are a bit scary for me and Maggie is a bit naive at times. A sentence to fully describe this book : Clay needs Maggie and Maggie needs Clay. (SPOILER ALERT!) The ending is nice, with Clay letting her go although they are so raspberrying in love with each other.. I give this book 4 stars for the awesome story and the simple writing. The missing star is for the steamy scenes lol


Mini Review: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski


Book Description
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she's ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she'd do. He shows her what it's really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew's dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

My Thoughts:

I read this book a few days ago, not sure when though. This book just went out and most (or is it all?) of them said that this book is great. And Guess what? This book is NOT great. It's just fine for me. The first half was great, but the other half was terrible. I didn't realize when picking this book that it is an adult bookwhich is so raspberrying stupid of me so certain parts of it suck, I mean really suck. The main characters are hard to relate to. Honestly, who would suddenly go out and start and adventure just because they're pissed off with their best friend?! And who on earth would trust a guy enough to follow him on an adventure, alone? Okay, believe me, this book is so raspberrying boring, well at least for me. I can't even give it a star. I'd never ever recommend anyone to read this book, never! And the best decision I have made so far is  deciding not to finish this book lol Okay, just read it when if you feel like it, if you are still hesitating, JUST DON'T!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Want by Stephanie Lawton

Want by Stephanie Lawton



Synopsis:

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her.

She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

Crow's Row : A Book Review


Crow's Row (Crow's Row #1)
by Julie Hockley



SYNOPSIS
For college student Emily Sheppard, the thought of spending a summer alone in New York is much more preferable than spending it in France with her parents. Just completing her freshman year at Callister University, Emily faces a quiet summer in the city slums, supporting herself by working at the campus library. During one of her jogs through the nearby cemetery while visiting her brother Bill's grave, Emily witnesses a brutal killing-and then she blacks out. When Emily regains consciousness, she realizes she's been kidnapped by a young crime boss and his gang. She is hurled into a secret underworld, wondering why she is still alive and for how long.

Held captive in rural Vermont, she tries to make sense of her situation and what it means. While uncovering secrets about her brother and his untimely death, Emily falls in love with her very rich and very dangerous captor, twenty-six year- old Cameron. She understands it's a forbidden love and one that won't allow her to return to her previous life. But love may not be enough to save Emily when no one even knows she is missing

MY THOUGHTS
A friend of mine gave me a copy of this book a few days ago. I don't know what to expect of it, so the first thing I checked was the ending. And reading the ending, I felt positive that I wouldn't read the book. Period. But guess what? I couldn't help but read it although I hate the ending! lol

One word to describe this book: AWESOME! (well in my world it's called raspberrying awesome lol). Everything is awesome. The plot is great. The characters are sweet. The setting is cool. The whole story is perfect. This book is the best book I've read so far (minus my favorite book, A Season of Eden lol).

Okay lets talk about the characters.

Firstly, Emily is a nineteen years old college girl. She stumbles upon a gang leader and gets kidnapped after witnessing a murder done by the handsome guy. The guy keeps him at his house. He's nice and does nothing to hurt her. Overprotective at times.

Next, Cameron. He's a twenty something guy who is a respectable gang leader. He keeps Emily as a captive in his house not really sure what to do with her. he's just trying to protect her.

Other than that, there's Rocco (my favorite character!), Cameron's brother. He's funny, and nice at times. Quite childish but is a good friend of Emily.

How the story goes? Easy. (Spoiler!) Eventually, Cameron and Emily fall in love with each other. Emily starts loving Cameron's friends. He works, and she stays at home. (And this is where I wanted the story to end, Happily Ever After, but no, it doesn't end this way!). One day the house gets attacked, and my beloved Rocco got killed. The attacker wants Emily (because she sorts of have lots of money left by her former-gang-leader-but-dead-brother). Emily escapes and has a good time with Cameron alone for a few days before she gets kidnapped again, by a dangerous gang leader who wants the money. (Yeah, people just love to kidnap her!). The gang leader tries to rape her. Cameron saves her. Cameron gets shot. She cries.

The end: Emily goes back to her old house, with Cameron's dog. She refuse to receive Cameron's money. She's thinking bout seeking a revenge for the death of Cameron, her brother (Bill) and Rocco. And Cameron is alive!!! He wants Emily to be away because he wants her to be safe. He returns to his old life. No, they don't end up together c:

Okay, here's my favorite quotes from the book:

"Whoever said that love hurts was wrong. Love is excruciating, especially when you can feel it slipping through your fingers and there is nothing you can do about it. Like someone was playing tug-of-war with my limbs, ripping to shreds whatever was left behind. What it would feel like when love was lost … I wouldn’t survive that. I closed my eyes, willing the tears to stay hidden behind my eyelids and focusing on breathing in and out instead of the pain that was ramming in my heart." - Emmily or Emmy


"How do you know when you’re There, I had once wondered. Maybe you’re lucky enough to notice the moment it’s happening to you. Maybe you’re able to block out all the other stuff that is, in the end, just background noise. But, most often, you don’t know that you were There until you lose it, or until it gets taken away from you. When you look back, you clearly see that time, that place, when all the pieces of you had finally fit together to make you blissfully happy, make you your whole self. Like one of those jumbo puzzles that take up your entire kitchen table for weeks, the tiny pieces are just cardboard shapes with colors splashed on them, and they don’t make any sense until you find their rightful place among the other pieces. When you put the last piece into place and the pieces now form a complete picture, that’s when you’re There. But while you were busy thinking about gluing the puzzle together, so that the pieces would never be apart again, someone comes from behind you, destroys the last piece and throws the rest of the pieces away. Even if you could muster up enough courage to put the pieces back together, the picture would never be complete again, because of the last missing piece … which, as it turned out, was smack in the middle, or in the heart, of the picture." -Emily or Emmy

"Knowing that Emmy was out there safe, living her life, even if it was without me, was enough … it had to be." - Cameron

OKAY GUYS, YOU NEED TO READ THIS ONE!!!! YEAH< I'M YELLING LIKE A SARGEANT HERE!!! SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???? OKAY, I'm sorry, that's a lil bit rude. Just read it okay, and share my giddiness.. xoxo