19 June 2008

Review: How They Met and Other Stories

How They Met and Other Stories is a modern-day collection of shorts by David Levithan. The stories are about love and the many shapes and forms love comes in. Sometimes, love hits us with no question. In the escaltor, a love story, Daniel doesn't really know anything about love- it's a concept to him. He's been dating a girl, Mandy, for a while and they fit well together. While Daniel and Mandy are at the mall, Daniel suddenly decides that they should go up and down the escaltors. After Daniel reaches the second floor, he stares at Mandy- transfixed by her, as she is pushes up the stairs. At that moment, love hits him and well, Mandy hits the floor. The story ends with a little blood and a kiss.

How They Met and Other Stories is surprisingly, to me, an excellent collection. I honestly expected sappy stories, but David Levithan's collection has more depth than I expected. It's also the first time I have read about different types relationships. (eg. boy meets boy, girl meets girl, etc.) Although I felt that at times the gay characters were presented sterotypically, as shown in the media, the stories were shown in realistically. Overall, I recommend this collection if your looking for a quick and contemporary read. If your not comfortable with some profanity or "unconventional" relationships, go for something else. Although, you'll be missing out!

09 June 2008

Book Mooching Addiction?

So I've recently become a book moocher. (see previous post)

I must say, I'm addicted to the site! It's so much easier than going to the bookstore or library. I'm always reading something, so it's great that I can look at my wishlist every now and then, and mooch something to read later.

What makes me really happy, is that they also let you mooch re-used packages/manilla folders.
That saves me a lot of money! Ahh, so I guess the point of the silly post is that I am in book mooch heaven.

Oh and don't forget! If you ever don't know what to read next, go to this nifty site!

It will give you a pretty good recommendation! I've used it myself quite a few times. It's useful especially when I go to the library. I don't really know why but when I go to the library, I always forget what I'm looking for so it's fantastic for me to use it there!

Till next time! (With a new review!)

03 June 2008

Review: Cathy's Key by Sean Stewart

For my review of Cathy's Book here a link!

Review below summary!

Summary from Amazon.com
Cathy’s Book was literally a word-of-mouth success story, with over 120,000 copies of the groundbreaking, interactive teen novel in print. Perhaps less noticeable was the heart of the book: a good story well told. Now fans of Cathy Vickers will return to the exciting, unpredictable world that made the first book such a success. Cathy was your average high school student-doodling in the margins of her journal, crushing on a cute boy, and hanging out with her best friend Emma. As this story begins, she’s trying to keep a job, her journal is stolen, the cute boy is not who he seems to be, and even Emma’s side project/start-up company, Doubletalk Wireless, is about to get caught up in the mystery surrounding Cathy and her search for the truth about her father. Her presumed-dead father. It’s just a simple story really: Girl loves Boy, Boy disappears, Girl discovers secret that will alter the course of humanity....

When I first picked up Cathy's Book and flipped through the pages, I knew I would be hooked.

I did not anticipate another sequel so I was really surprised and happy when I heard that Cathy's Key was coming out! In fact, I remember when I bought it, I was running up to the register and slapped my hands on the table and look at him with these crazy eyes (I could feel them coming on) and asked, "DooYouHafghCathysKeyy?"

The man (aka Gentle Giant) gave me this blank stare and directed me toward the YA Section of Barnes and Noble and handed me the book. It was as if I was Indiana Jones picking out the true holy grail. Well, maybe not so much, but pretty close.

Anyways, I got home and sat on my bed and read it in two hours (love the illustrations!). So maybe your wondering, did it live up to my great expectations? Yes and no. It wasn't God awful or anything like that. Infact, I rather enjoyed it! I just felt like some of it was rushed. It's definitely bigger than Cathy's Key, but I feel like it was lacking sometimes. Overall, I must say I really loved it and yes, it has its Cathy & Victor moments. Cathy's Key also ties up some loose ends with the mystery of her father and some of the immortals.

Oh I almost forgot! The Evidence. (Evil Laugh)
I guess you might be interested in knowing some of it.
  • A Hospital bracelet with /r3m3mb3r on it

  • Paper Crane (unfold for message)

  • Chinese Coin from Victor

  • Several Illustrations in packet as well as in the book!
Luckily, I think there is going to be a third! Keep your hopes up, and I'll keep you updated!

Till Later!