Sunday, June 28, 2009

One of my favorite books

This is from one of my favorite books by Ellen Hopkins. Identical is one of those books that are so terrible, scary, but good, you just don't think you'll make it through. However, Ellen Hopkins really makes you care about her characters, makes you want to see Kaeleigh and Raeanne's struggle for freedom, even if it's not such a happily ever after ending. Identical is hauntingly, but wonderfully written in Ellen Hopkin's usual style.

Mirror, Mirror

When I look into a
it is her face I see.
her right is my left, double
moles, dimple and all.
My right is her left,

We are exact
Kaeleigh and me.
Mirror-image identical
twins. One egg, one sperm,
one zygote, divided,
sharing one complete
set of genetic markers.

On the outside
we are the same. But not
the inside. I think
she is the egg, so
much like our mother
it makes me want to scream.
That makes me the sperm,
I guess. I take completely
after our father.
All Daddy, that's me.
Good, bad. Left, right.
Kaeleigh and Raeanne.
One egg, one sperm.
One being, split in two.

And how many

much love,

ps. sorry, I know this isn't much of a review, but I'm not sure any review would do this book justice--it's just got so much to it. I would recommend this book for ages fourteen or older. It is definitely NOT a light read (but in this case that's a good thing).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Water Mirror (Dark Relfections, Book 1) by Kai Meyer

Merle is an orphan in Venice in the 1800's. But her Venice is a much different Venice than we know. Of course there is the Doge's palace, the gondolas, the canals and such, but this Venice is also home to stone lions (some with wings) that prowl the city, mermaids with sharks' mouths that swim in the canals, and, of course, the Flowing Queen--a goddess of the mermaids and the source of the canals. Merle and her new found friend (who is blind) Junipa are apprenticed to Arcimboldo--the magic mirror maker. For both girls this apprenticeship means a new found freedom from their orphanage, it also means an end to Junipa's blindness as well (but at a stange cost). While apprenticed at Arcimboldo's shop Merle meets a master thief under the age of fifteen, a mermaid with legs, The Ancient Traiter (the last talking, winged lion), and the Flowing Queen herself! Among many others.

I thouroughly enjoyed The Water Mirror. For the most part it was interesting and had wonderfully crafted world with many inventive creatures, who wouldn't want to ride on the back of a huge, winged, obsidian lion? But although I enjoyed it, the book was strangely put togeteher--some things needed to be explained (although I suppose the author was trying to leave loose ends for the rest of the books in the trilogy to pick up). From what I've heard of the next book in the trilogy, The Stone Light, I'm not sure I want to read it. But The Water Mirror is definitely worth reading if you love well-woven fantasy--which I do.

Friday, June 5, 2009

It's just, for once in my life, I feel...Wicked

Wicked The Musical
I'd been told by many of my friends just how awesome the musical Wicked is, but I don't think I could have believed them until I actually saw it (last night). I absolutely fell in love with this play--the concept that the Wicked Witch of the West isn't actually wicked at all, that Glinda (Galinda) the Good wasn't actually that good... And of course I loved all the songs (Popular and Defying Gravity are my favorites!). The costumes and set were amazing! It's definitely a play worth seeing at least five times (even if you have nosebleed tickets...which is what we had).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I've been on Hiatus for Nearly NINE Months!

The header of this entry is totally true. I’ve been on a hiatus. Although why I didn’t inform anyone, contact anyone, or write anyone in nine months is unknown to me. Trust me, I thought about it often—coming back, writing a post or two on what I was reading (mostly textbooks), how crazy college is, or just putting up a post that said “On Hiatus, Come Back Later.”
And why didn’t you? You might ask. I think it’s probably because I needed a break—a long, long break from blogging. My freshmen year of college was coming up and I wanted to experience everything, without many attachments to anything else. Does this excuse me for not contacting my blogging friends? No. I wish I had kept in contact.
I feel so bad about just picking up and leaving. But, I’m coming back again. I missed reviewing books, my friends, and writing in a blog nearly everyday so much. First things first: I’m hoping to post an entry on my trip to Amsterdam (with photos!). I also want to post my Best Books of 2008 post since I never did that this year. There are also so many books I want to review—right now I’m reading Ever and enjoying every minute of it! As well as some manga books I’ve been wanting to review as well (who knew I’d turn out to absolutely LOVE manga?). As far as writing goes, I’ve been neglecting my nanowrimo novel since I started it. Unfortunately, college doesn’t offer much time for writing. Something I hope to remedy when I take MY FIRST CREATIVE WRITING COURSE EVER NEXT SPRING!!!!! (You can’t tell I’m excited at all, can you?)
I look forward to reading everyone’s blogs and book reviews. I’m so thrilled to start blogging again!

Much love,

ps. Who is looking foward to reading Sarah Beth Durst's Ice this fall? I know I am!