Sunday, February 26, 2012

Clockwork Angel Book Review

Cassandra Clare is known by her Mortal Instruments Series, Cassie’s new series it’s a prequel! You don’t need to read the Mortal Instruments for starting with the exciting Infernal Devices but you’ll be pleased if you’re already into the MI. This is the first book I’ve read about this author and what a journey!
At the beginning of the story I thought that this was just the kind of book that everyone is hyped about because of the fame of her other series. But through all the reading I discovered how talented Clare is!

The story starts with Tessa Gray leaving New York to find her brother in England. Instead of finding her brother and being happily ever after she’s kidnapped by two witches, because Tessa is not the average girl, she’s a kind of shape shifter but her powers are way more powerful than just a simple shape shifter, what she can do it’s just incredible. The thing is that she didn’t know about powers or magical creatures so all this things are strange and scary for her.

This book is about Tessa discovering who she really is and how someone wants to use her powers for his benefice. She’ll meet the Shadow hunters and she’ll focus in finding her brother.

The book has a lot of action but a really slow beginning. I needed 200 pages before I felt like something interesting was going on.  

-          The setting: Victorian age
-          Action
-          Writing style
-          How it ended: Makes you want to continue with the series
-          Author’s imagination
-          Surprising turns in the plot
-          Genre: for me historical fiction is a win- win!

-         Flat Characters
-          The SLOW beginning
-          Too many details pointed out for no reason

I felt that he last 150 pages saved this book, it was all about action and I felt that towards the end Tessa was showing more personality.

Sincerely I expected more from this book because of all the things I’ve heard about Clare’s series but definitely I’m going to give a chance to the next book in this series Clockwork Prince.

This read what a 4 stars read taking in consideration the Pros a listed + the amazing cover in this book and the excitement I felt when I was reading the last half of the book.

For me this was the most powerful quote in this book….

"One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us."

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Night Circus Book Review


This book is about Marco and Celia they were chosen and trained by their mentors Hector and Alexander for competing in an epic duel. Both of them didn’t know when or who they were going to face in the duel.

The venue of the duel is the circus. This circus is not the average circus, arrives without warning, the tents are black and white, no color at all and it’s only open at night. It’s a magical place full of tents that will blow your mind and the descriptions of each tent are so perfect. When I was reading I felt I was in the circus, I even felt the smell of popcorn and candy apples augh yumm.

My problems was  I didn’t buy Celia and Marco’s love :( , they didn’t know each other that well, and they said they loved each other.. It just didn’t felt real for me.

Erin’s writing style was amazing! Everything was so well described; you can see she put a lot of taught into this book. 

The book art its amazing, the US cover and the UK one are both amazing!! I don't know which one I like more just look at them..

It's a worth reading, I give this 4 of 5 stars because I expected more from this. But it was pretty good for a debut novel. I felt in love with the circus, it made me want to go there so bad.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: MOVIE/BOOK

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Today here we'll have a review/comparison of the movie vs the book, hope you all enjoy this.

If you think that watching the movie it’s enough to understand this magical world then you’re wrong. I’ve watched the movie several years ago but every time I went to the cinema to watch the next one I was lost. Thumbs up to my great memory lol. -_-

The only way you can appreciate this creation is reading the books, that’s what I discovered after reading the first one last week. I was blown away with EVERYTHING!  It’s an amazingly well thought book. Every spell, name, location…. WAO. I felt like I was in Hogwarts.

It was AMAZING! There are no words that can express how wonderful it's this world, J.k. Rowling is a genius; her writing style is one of the best I’ve seen so far.

So here I’ll let you a summary about what is this book about:

Harry Potter has lived with his aunt and uncle, the Dursleys because his parents died when he was little. He sleeps in a closet; the Dursleys treat him more like an employee than part of the family.  But in Harry's eleventh birthday, things change when a letter arrives, inviting him to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He couldn’t believe anything that was happening to him, when he arrives there his known by everyone, a bit uncomfortable at first but the story behind his fame is unknown until Hagrid, the gamekeeper of Hogwarts, tells him about his family’s background and the story behind the scar on his face.  The story focuses in Harry’s first year in Hogwarts, sort in Gryffindor, meeting his friends (Hermione and Ron) and all the mystery behind sorcerer’s stone.  

The book is engaging with its humor, plot twists and appealing characters.

If you haven’t read any book or  watched any Harry Potter movie please do! If you are a fan of fantasy and magic this book goes beyond. BTW, I recommend you to start with the books first!!!!

After reading the book and then watching the first movie (which I didn´t remember at all so it made the reading process more exciting) I’m really satisfied with the cast choices, especially  Snape's , Alan Rickman is an amazing actor :D The movie itself was close to the book's plot, obviously it has some changes and some parts that were omitted, which it's perfectly understandable because its really hard to portrait every single detail from a book to a movie. I know this was made a while ago but still has great special effects! 

The only part that needed to be better done in the movie was the quidditch game, when I was watching the movie I laughed a lot, but it is forgivableJ 

Thumbs up for the producers and to JK Rowling as well.

When you read the book you will understand why this series will never be forgotten.  The sorcerer’s stone is the beginning of an epic story. 

 Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets its next, I’m beyond excited for getting deeper in this epic world.
5/5 STARS!

I’m going to finish  with this quote from Snape’s twitter account :D LOL

Epic tweet. It's so true..

Thursday, January 26, 2012

1st review in this blog!

“The Year My Sister Got Lucky” by: Aimee Freedman

So I bought this book 2 weeks ago in El Hombre de la Mancha which it’s a bookstore near my home, I was looking for something to entertain myself while I could find the 4th book of the vampire academy –which stills sold out- so I found this book and what attracted me was that the story is about two sisters and how they dealt with changes. I immediately thought about my sister and me because we had the same ages as them.

A little bit about the story:

The story begins with Michaela and Katya Wilder; they attend a renowned dance school together. Katie is 14 and she’s going to be a freshman in high school, Michaela is 17 and going to be a senior. Michaela is the great ballerina with a promising future in Julliard while Katie has to try really hard to be as good as her sister. Then, her mother got a job in Fir Lake which it’s the opposite of New York.  Now Katie is lost on her own, trying to fit in a new school while her sister transforms into the queen bee of the social scene; Michaela doesn’t seem to miss New York at all. By the time they got there she immediately had a clique and a few weeks later she was dating the hottest guy in school and now her best friends don't include Katie.
The two of them always shared secrets, but now Michaela barely talks to her sister and she’s keeping big weight things from her. So Katie feels stung by Michaela’s betrayal.

I was expecting a light and lovely reading but this turned out a frustrating instead of enjoyable.

I had 3 problems…
1.       The lack of development in the plot: In the middle the story got stuck, really boring. It was the same thing over and over… -Katie complaining and Michaela being a social butterfly-. Fortunately the last 70 pages were kind of exciting because you’ll find out what were all Michaela’s secrets about.

2.       The ballet references, because they talked about a lot of ballet movements and obviously this was one of the main topics covered in this book.  This made the reading process a little bit heavy for me because I don’t  know a lot of ballet and I don’t like it that much as well. If you are into ballet just ignore this point.
3.       The thing that was painful through the whole book was the sisters’ attitude especially Katie’s she was complaining in almost every single page. And it got really annoying. Seriously… it got to the point I wanted to quit the reading.

 I understand her anger, sorrow and pessimism.  I’ve been there through my school years changing school 3 times. I know how hard is to leave your friends and all the things you are used to. I wished she was a little bit open-minded and showed some fortitude but was at the very last pages of the book, maybe we all have a little bit of Katie inside.

One thing I did like is that this left me thinking about my relationship with my sister and I think it might do the same for other girls.

The overall message of the story is that everything can change in just a second and we need to treasure every single moment with the ones that we love, things change, but no matter what, your family will be always there for you.
I thought it would be deeper, I feel that a lot of things were incomplete and I wasn't satisfied with the ending at all.
So I’ll give this book 3 of 5 stars because it took me a week to finish it, the plot wasn’t as engaging to make me want to finish the book in one seat.