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Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes

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Since my last post was about the best selling single volume book, I decided to do some research and find a book that is known for having low ratings. After looking through many books with low reviews, I came across a book called, Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes, by Larry Ellis and Denise Brown Ellis.

Reading through the reviews on Amazon was pretty entertaining, and when I read some that took actual quotes from the book, I couldn’t believe this book was allowed to be published. Their spelling and grammar is embarrassing, and apparently they state a character takes a train from Britain to England. I’m hoping this book is a joke, and I would not recommend it!

 

Sources:

http://www.amazon.ca/Antigua-Land-Fairies-Wizards-Heroes/dp/1425997821

http://www.homeshop18.com/antigua-land-fairies-wizards-heroes-part-1/author:larry-ellis-denise-brown-ellis/isbn:9781425997823/books/miscellaneous/product:21101089/cid:14567/

City of Bones

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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, is a novel targeted towards a young-adult audience. The story is based around main character, Clary Fray and her family secrets. At the beginning of the book, Clary is doodling a strange symbol everywhere, that only her mother, and her mother’s boyfriend seem to recognize. When Clary and her friend Simon decide to sneak into a strange bar, Clary watches somebody being killed. When Clary reacts to this, nobody else but the people involved with the killing know what is going on. This leads into Clary going on many adventures to discover what her mother has been hiding from her.

This book was also made into a movie, which turned out pretty good. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a easy read filled with vampires, werewolves, and other fantasy creatures!

 

Sources:

Clare, Cassandra, and Mike Rosamilia. City of Bones. New York: M.K. McElderry, 2007. Print.

http://www.literaryfeline.com/2013/10/bookish-thoughts-city-of-bones-by.html

Divergent

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I have started reading the book Divergent, and so far it is pretty good. The storyline is set in the future, in Chicago. Within the city, there is 5 different factions which are split up depending on certain traits. At the age of 16, there is one day of the year where everyone of this age group must go through a series of tests to see what faction they fit best. Throughout the movie the main character Beatrice doesn’t go through this system like she’s supposed to.

So far the novel is well written, and interesting. It has been made into a movie recently, and it also looks like it will be good.

Sources:

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen, 2012. Print.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/summit-sets-release-date-film-369966

 

Is Harry Potter worth reading?

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The other day, my roommate and I were arguing about movies. Mostly the Harry Potter series. Her argument is that these movies are brilliant, and the books are even better. Personally I did not really enjoy the Harry Potter movies that much. The first one was not bad, but all the others didn’t really impress me. I realize that the book is usually better than the movie, but I’m not sure if I should waste my time reading the series. The storyline and some of the characters just do not interest me.

Is this book worth reading? Or will it be similar to the twilight series, where both the books and movies fell short.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Sources:

http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/562497-trolling-2-harry-potter-sucks#/slide/1

One for the Money

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One for the Money is a novel by Janet Evanovich, and is one of the first in a series with the character Stephanie Plum. This book is about Stephanie, who is unemployed, and gets a job with her cousin. This job consists of her getting after people who have skipped out on their bonds. Throughout the book she gets put into a more dangerous situation than she anticipated. She gets involved in this dangerous case to get a large payout, so she can look for a better job, and get back on her feet.

I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy humour, and action. This book has also been created into a film, and I do not think they did the book justice. I would advise to read the book instead of watching the movie!

Sources:

Evanovich, Janet. One for the Money. New York: Scribner’s, 1994. Print.

http://bookaholicmom.blogspot.ca/2012/02/one-for-money.html

Trust Me, I’m Lying

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About a week ago, in one of my university classes, we had the opportunity to Skype call with Ryan Holiday.  He is the author of the book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.  This book is split into two different parts. In the first part of the book he talks about how he exploits the media by setting up a hoax that was spread through blogs.  The second part of the book is a closer look at media exploitation. The book was super interesting, and I enjoyed hearing Holiday talk about this topic. It was pretty exciting and I found myself agreeing with his perspective.

I would recommend this book to everyone and anyone. It brings awareness to people who question everything they read in the media. He also has many other books that I hope to read in the future!

Sources: 

Holiday, Ryan. Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. New York: Portfolio, 2012. Print.

Trust Me, I’m Lying: Interview With Ryan Holiday

The Shack

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I recently read a book by Wm. Paul Young called, The Shackit is about a father named Mackenzie, or “Mac” for short. After his daughter passes away while camping, Mac finds himself depressed, and doesn’t know what to do. Further in the book he finds a shack, and a African American women cooking in the shack, which seems odd and out of place for Mac. This book takes Mac through a emotional and spiritually journey.

This book overall is extremely interesting to read, and definitely worth reading. The only critique I have of the book is that it can be a bit confusing at times, and it may not be suited for someone who is against religion. Rather than that I would highly recommend it!

Sources:

Young, Paul, Wm. The Shack. Newbury Park: Windblow Media, 2007. Print.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-controversy-of-the-shack

The Fault In Our Stars

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“The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green is a book about a teenage girl named Hazel who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. She is hesitant to go to a support group, but decided it would be good for her. She finds herself meeting a boy named Augustus, and goes through many experiences with him. This is all I’m going to say about this book, because it is absolutely brilliant and it is a must read. John Green found a way to write an emotional book that tugs at your heart, but at the same time writes with incredible witt and humor.

Last summer I attended an event in California called Vidcon, which is a convention for the YouTube community to come together and meet and watch their favourite YouTube stars in person. John Green, and his brother Hank Green organize this event, and are also famous and respected YouTubers. I had the opportunity to go to a meetup where John and Hank talked about their career and experiences, as well as answered questions from audience members. John Green is not only a very talented author, but also a positive role model for many people.

This book is also being made into a movie, and is expected to be released in the summer 2014. If you ever get a chance to read this book, or go to a meetup with John Green, I would highly recommend it!

Source:

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. New York: Penguin Group, 2012. Print.

http://penguineducation.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/teacher-review-of-the-fault-in-our-stars-john-green/