Dem Books Tag!

Once again,  it’s tag time! Now, for this tag is was *tagged* by Maddie  @ofreadingandrandomthings. To you Maddie, thank you so much for tagging me! This is going to be a lot of fun :D.

The rules are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the Tag
  3. Nominate 5-10 bloggers

Let’s begin!

Dem Memories:

The Secret GardenThe First Book You Remember Reading

The first book i remember reading, and by it i mean the fact that i still remember the plot
of it, even though it’s being a while since i read it is; The Secret Garden. I’m sure there were many others before i read this one, but even though i know there were many, i just cannot remember which were they… I have a very selective memory, so, i guess i’m just remembering the first book i cried and loved as much as i did.

Dem Feels:

A Book That Gave You Major Feels

All the Bright Places

I feel like i Say it a lot, but the one book that gave me the major feels, or more like MAJOR FEELS is All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This book means so much to me. I mean, i don’t think i can put my love for it into words, but yes, this is the book that just thinking of i start to cry, so… yes, i read it on April (or May) last year and i haven’t since, but i still remember it very clearly and cry when remembering some of the stuff that happen in the book. Oh my kokoro.

Dem Retellings:

A Book That Is An Awesome Retelling

 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Now, i’m not a huge fan of retellings, but this book really made it for me, like honestly when i read it i loved it so frigging much. Since, i have had some trouble getting through Scarlet but i’ll make it soon enough and then i’ll be able to enjoy all this series!

Dem Guilt:

A Book That Is Guilty Of Being On To Be Read Shelf For A Long Time

Dem Love ♥:

A Book With An Epic Romance

My Name is Memory

This is for me, one of the most beautiful love stories i read, and because of how it makes me feel whenever i think about it, this is an Epic Romance … sure, it may not really be one, but i don’t enjoy romance itself, so for me to like the main characters’ story so much, it’s what makes it such an epic one.

 

Dem Boys:

A Book With Your Book Boyfriend

Daddy-Long-Legs (Daddy-Long-Legs, #1)

So, i’ve been in love with Jervis Pendleton since the first time i read this book, and i read it a million times, and i’ll read it a million more and i know i said i would want him as my grandfather a while ago on my T5W: They Say You Can’t Choose Family But…, but if i could have him for myself, it would be even better, even though i love his story and how it ended, perfectly… if not, then i’ll have me a Charles Bingley and everyone can be happy again.

Dem Hype:

An Over-Hyped Book

Dem Nominees:

12I don’t know who has been tagged already, so i’ll leave it open to whoever wants to do the tag. This way  i won’t be bothering people who already did it or were tagged and i don’t know…

01Bullet dodged.

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Violent Ends by Various Authors.

Trigger warning! This review is, yet again about a very sensitive topic, school shooting. I talked aboutsome books like this in my reviews of the books; [endgame] [This Is Where It Ends] [Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock]. Because i don’t know how critical this topic may be to many people, so i decided to warn you about it before i start talking. Please, if you know this is a difficult topic you don’t want to know or read about, move on, don’t read this. If you know you can handle the topic and you want to read my review, please go ahead.

I hope you make the right decision for yourself,

Violent Ends Violent Ends by Various Authors *

Genre: YA, Realist Fiction, Short Stories.
Pages: 384
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Rating: 4.5 stars

Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day.

This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates.

Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.

This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads.

*Authors:  Shaun David Hutchinson (Editor), Kendare BlakeSteve Brezenoff, Delilah S. Dawson ,Trish Doller , Margie Gelbwasser ,E.M. Kokie, Cynthia Leitich Smith , Tom Leveen, Hannah Moskowitz , Elisa Nader, Beth Revis , Mindi Scott , Neal Shusterman , Brandon ShustermanCourtney Summers , Blythe Woolston, Christine Johnson.

My Opinion On The Book:

When a significant event happens at school it shakes everyone to their core. Kirby Matheson has come to school with a gun, shot six people and then killed himself. Now, from different perspectives of people around school, and especially around Kirby himself we’ll get to see a story develop in a way we didn’t expect to. Each chapter is written by  a different author, and each one tells a different side of the story  before or after the event itself.

This book, i’ve been trying to get it for a very long time. The book, it reads itself. Once i started reading i just couldn’t stop. The story being told from such different POVs makes the event very real. It’s not just one person telling how something went down but different people seeing the perpetrator before he committed the act and the aftermath of it.

I think the most powerful thing of the book is that we actually don’t ge to read about the events from Kirby himself, like so many times when the perpetrator kills himself, we are left with a lot of questions of why he did it. Yes, we learn a lot about him, and we can think of reasons ourselves, but there’s never just one reason.

The different writers made the story feel more real, each one of them being a different person and telling their story in a different way made it a unique experience. I really enjoyed it. Also, since each one felt different for some reason it made them more close to my as a reader. My personal favorite was Kirby though, there was so much to think about him through the book, his presence was very powerful (not  only because he was the perpetrator).

My favorite chapter was the one from *wait for it* the gun’s pov. Seriously, that was some inventive way of telling a tale. I never thought i’ll find such an interesting tale, for a gun. Showing how it was waiting for it’s moment to shine and how it *felt* when the time came.

The thing though about having so many writers is some of the chapters fell flat compared to others. Yes, most of the characters were very easy to care for, but many others, i couldn’t care at all. Also, there were some of the stories i wished were longer. The thing is i was left with the feeling of need more that the book gave me.

I won’t keep comment on the book because i really don’t want to spoil it for you. If you think you can take to read the story with such a topic, i recommend you read it. There are some graphic moments on the book, but they aren’t many and it isn’t extremely gory, and being such a book, it needs to have at least one comment on what happened when Kirby pulled the trigger.

In my opinion, the overall of the book is a very interesting share of experiences by people who even if they weren’t close to each other, they were scared by the same violent act, and how it changed each of their lives forever, some before the act itself and some after.

The topic is very well handled, being such a sensitive one. I think, it’s a book to read and think about, not only because it’s a good book, but because it makes you realize and rethink many things.

If you think you’re strong enough, give it a chance.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

T5W: I’d totally watch that show. 

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: I’d Totally Watch That Show

Yes, who hasn’t dream about their favorite book series, trilogies or any book related thing to come to life as a tv show?! I know i do, a lot. Being tthe huge fan of books and tv shows as i am, this is the best topic to talk about especially when the fall tv’s season ks about to start.

Now let’s talk about it!!

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)The half bad trilogy by Sally Green. 

I’m obsessed with these books, okay? So, who do i pay for them to start casting actors for the characters? You see i believe there are two characters the world needs to meet, one is from these books; Gabriel Boutin. The other one is from a series i’ll talk in a minute. Yes, i need Gabriel and in my mind, everyone needs him. Also, obviously the story of the books is thrilling and amazing, i think it’s time for it to become a tv show or at least a movie. Magic, war, representation, and a lone half blood. I tell you these books are great. NOW GIVE ME MY SHOW.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

The other character the world need to meet is obviously Ronan Lynch! Ha! Another amazing book series that would look fantastic in my tv as i watch it over and over again. No, seriously though no one thought about making this series a tv show? The books have one of the most original and unique stories.  Aw, now i made myself want this show too much.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Okay, i know this one had two terrible tries as movies. Still, even though many things didn’t work in the films, my first worry was the fact that you can’t really put all the information from the books in a movie, this series deserved better. In my personal opinion it deserved a tv show.  I realise it may be pretty pricey because of effects and all, but there are ten and now even more books that can be put into a lot of seasons and also a spin off for Magnus Chase. I mean, it’s a great saga. Please someone save it.

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King. 

One of my *non-YA* fiction books is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. This being the first book of the Bill Hodges trilogy is the main reason i want this to be a tv show. Honestly, these books are amazing and adaptations of Stephen King’s works are great for tv shows and movies. Let’s make another Stephen King’s book into a tv show, this time, Mr. Mercedes, Clemence deserves to watch Brady Hartsfield on her screen each week, thank you.

Alive: The Final Evolution, Volume 1Alive! The Final Evolution by Tadashi Kawashima.

This one is one of my favorite manga series of all time. Sadly enough it was never adapted into an anime or a dorama. I thought it would never happen because 1.) the mangaka passed away so i don’t know anything about the rights to the series 2.) it is an *old* manga. I still have no idea about the first fact but now many old manga are being revived (see Parasyte and Berserk for example) so, why not this awesome manga?! I mean,  pretty please? Seriously this manga was my all time favorite for a very long time. Now i have many all time favorites, but.. Adapt this into an anime, please!

Well, that’s it for this week’s topic… what are the books you want to watch as tv shows?!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Reminiscing Monday #16: Digimon

Monday’s here, which means i’m bringing you once again this section, where i talk about Books, Shows and Movies i’ve read/seen a while ago but because of reasons i haven’t talked about them in the blog before.

Here i’ll review mostly from the feelings and impressions these left in me back in the day and what i can remember to this day.

Digimon by … wait, who is the creator of Digimon!? … (goes check…) Akiyoshi Hongou

Digimon AdventureI have an eternal fight with my brother, which one is better… Digimon or Pokemon? My brother says it’s Pokemon because it’s still running, to me it’s Digimon because i liked it better and the fact that something still runs doesn’t mean it is necessarily good.

The Digidestinated, the Digimons, the Digievolutions, omg… i have almost tears in my eyes.

Now, maybe i started watching Pokemon before Digimon, but the moment i started the last i lost all interest i might have had for Pikachu and Ash.

I started watching Digimon when i was about 9 or 10, i remember i caught the first episode by chance, and it was in the very beginning of it, when the kids where at camp.

From the moment i watched that episode i knew i would love the show and would watch every episode, which i did and still do, because the anime from my childhood are the ones i rewatch most of the time.

There was something really fun about the show, maybe the fact that it wasn’t happening in our world, but the Digidestinated were humans brought there like it could happen to anyone.. (escaping this regular and boring life is a leitmotiv in my life). Sure, they were animated but who was thinking about that fact then?

Also, i think for the first time i found a character that reminded me of myself in an anime, later i would find some more, i’m talking about Koushiro and maybe a little about Jou.

When i was little (and actually it’s still that way) i enjoyed more shounen than shoujo (CLAMP aside) and the Digimons’ battles were super fun for little Clemence. I could play hours as a Digidestinated and as a Digimon itself.

To be completely honest here, even though i really like Digimon i only completed watching two seasons (Digimon Adventure and Digimon Zero Two) but i watched some episodes of the others seasons and they are all in my TBW list.

Now, last week i talked about my childhood crushes, but now thinking about Digimon i’m realizing i totally forgot about one of them … (maybe two or ten), the one crush i had from Digimon though… Yamato Ishida.. i liked him in both Digimon Adventure and Zero Two. Like omg, i liked him so freaking much  it’s really embarrassing.

Yamato Ishida
(My sister thought i was crazy because i was crushing on an animated character -) Yamato Ishida.

So, i really hope i wasn’t the only kid crushing on Yamato Ishidaanimated characters… otherwise07.

But what can i say, since i was never going outside to play with other children, all i saw most of the time was animated series, and kids develop ridiculous crushes all the time!!

Anyway, so i was talking about how much i liked Digimon… Sure, i watched the show at least 1o times from beginning to end. And i still cry with the last episode of the first season.

I talked actually about Digimon coming back when i started the blog, i was really happy because we are now getting some new OVAs (original video animation) with the original Digidestinated (aka; the kids from Adventure) but they grew up and everything is amazing.

Thinking back, Digimon is part of who i am, at least th first two seasons are. Like, to this day when someone makes a change on how they look or something i say they “digievolved”. My sister thinks i need to grow up, but she sas that about all the anime i watch so…

There was something really neat on the show, i can’t pinpoint why i liked so much… i could as well not like it and nothing would have changed in life much. Still, i’m so happy that i enjoyed it and i like it to this day.

 

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Random Post Sunday: I’m a listener. 

I’m a listener. I am like a serial listener.

I’ll be waiting at the bus station and an old lady will approach me to talk about her problems. I guess i have the look of a listener.

You see, i don’t share my problems with people, they don’t understand. I don’t complain to them because i know they don’t care. At all.

That’s most people for you. People like sharing their problems but not listen to others’s.

It’s not like i don’t have problems. Although if you just look at me you’ll think i don’t have any.

Well, i used to have a soul but it died at some point and i’m now dead inside. I don’t tell that to people. They wouldn’t understand. They wouldn’t care either.

So i conceal and people see it as an invitation to talk and share their *problems*.

I used to care and try to give my help or advice but then my soul died. So if i’m giving advice unless it is about books, movies or tv shows i don’t recommend you to follow them.

You may be thinking, but you are sharing here right now, aren’t you? Well, joke’s on you. I don’t truly believe any of this is even real.

Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger

Parrotfish Parrotfish by Ellen Wittlinger.

Genre: YA, Glbt
Pages:  294
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis: “Last week I cut my hair, bought some boys’ clothes and shoes, wrapped a large ACE bandage around my chest to flatten my fortunately-not-large breasts, and began looking for a new name.”

Angela Katz-McNair has never felt quite right as a girl. Her whole life is leading up to the day she decides to become Grady, a guy. While coming out as transgendered feels right to Grady, he isn’t prepared for the reaction he gets from everyone else. His mother is upset, his younger sister is mortified, and his best friend, Eve, won’t acknowledge him in public. Why can’t people just let Grady be himself?

Grady’s life is miserable until he finds friends in some unexpected places — like the school geek, Sebastian, who explains that there is precedent in the natural world (parrotfish change gender when they need to, and the newly male fish are the alpha males), and Kita, a senior who might just be Grady’s first love.

My opinion on the book:

Okay, so this book. The story about a ftm trangender teenager that a just a few weeks ago came out to his parents as trans. Before that he came out as a lesbian and now that he changed the “label” some of his family can’t take it.

I think the topics the book brings up are important ones, not only the way Grady feels about finally being himself, even if he isn’t still sure who he truly wants to be, but also how his family takes the whole situation, as do the kids and teachers at school.

The thing about the book i think i liked the most is the fact that though  Grady wasn’t sure how and who he wanted to be, he still felt like a boy. I mean, he didn’t care about a lot of things that are *super macho* yet still, he really knew he was a boy, because you don’t have to be the extreme of something to be it.

There’s a little romance in the book and when i say little i mean it. Sure Grady has a girl he likes and all, but it isn’t a book about romance really and it gets pulled aside for the most. Friendship and acceptance are more important.

I’m not a 100% sure of how real the characters felt to me, but i gotta say i did like them, Grady, Eve, Sebastian… they had something that made them especial and so even though i couldn’t see myself in them i was rooting for them all the way through the book.

You won’t be finding here the greatest writing ever, i think it was rather rudimentary, but it’s kind of good for younger readers i guess. I think, the book has a lot of insight aboutt he topic, especially for kids trying to understand themselves.

I gotta say i read some reviews that said the book was a little stereotypical, and it may be a little true, but it doesn’t take the good things the book had.

Happy reading!

firma

Friday Finds | August 9th, 2016

Friday Finds
Hosted by: MizB at booksandabeat
Description: Friday Finds showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

On My Shelves:

 

The Sky Is Everywhere
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey.

But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to centre stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding…

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Art Of Star Wars The Force Awakens

Step inside the Lucasfilm art departments for the creation of fantastical worlds, unforgettable characters, and unimaginable creatures. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will take you there, from the earliest gathering of artists and production designers at Lucasfilm headquarters in San Francisco to the fever pitch of production at Pinewood Studios to the conclusion of post-production at Industrial Light & Magic—all with unprecedented access. Exclusive interviews with the entire creative team impart fascinating insights in bringing director J.J. Abrams’s vision to life; unused “blue sky” concept art offers glimpses into roads not traveled.

Bursting with hundreds of stunning works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and matte paintings, this visual feast will delight Star Wars fans and cineastes for decades to come. The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the definitive expression of how the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga was dreamed into being.

 

 

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis: Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

 

*finally i’ve got the physical book, before that i’ve only owned the ebook*

Lately i haven’t added any books to my TBR, don’t want to make it even greater than it is, mostly because i started the month not reading much, i hope it will change soon, but really i don’t know, i’m out of inspiration….

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma