Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Pete the Cat His Four Groovy Buttons

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Story by: Eric Litwin   Illustration by: James Dean
Published May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins

*Children Book* 
 
Summary:
 
Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.
 
 
 
Review:
    Pete is having fun, and happy, as he goes around the neighbourhood wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons.
But suddenly he loses one of his buttons. It's GONE!!! But does Pete cry? NO! Instead, he keeps on playing and having fun, wearing his favorite shirtnow with three groovy buttons.
What will happen next? What will Pete the Cat do? Will he cry? No!
 
    I found and read this book to my little sister while we were at the book section at Costco, waiting for mom and dad to finish shopping (It was a hardcover version and cost almost $20.00, so we weren't allowed to buy it). Later, at a scholastic book fair, paperback version, and bought it. That night, we finally finished the book and loved it.
 
    I love books, especially books with morals; I call them "Once Upon a Moral" (OUM), and "Morally Ever After" (MEA). Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Button is one of my favorite, and plus, the word groovy sounds so fun and interesting and hip. Though I liked this book quite a bit, I did get a bit bored, but that's probably because I've just finished reading Ender's Game and all other books just seem so dull to me now.
 
    If you're a parent in need of a good bed time story to tell your children, I totally recommend Pete the Cat and all of Eric Litwin's other children books because our children are the future, we want to raise them right. I also recommend Dr. Seuss for those creative little artists and wordsmiths.
 
Happy readings,
Sunny
 
 
Eric Litwin's website: http://www.ericlitwin.com/
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6871646-pete-the-cat
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9466024-pete-the-cat
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13624074-pete-the-cat-saves-christmas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Sunday, 8 December 2013

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
By: Amy Chua
   Published January 11th 2011 by Penguin Press HC, The (first published January 1st 2011)         
 




    Summary:




An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother's exercise in
extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.



All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to
respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a
nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing 
them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua's iron-willed decision to raise her daughters,
Sophia and Lulu, her way-the Chinese way-and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Here are some things Amy Chua would never allow her daughters to do:

 - have a playdate

 - be in a school play

 - complain about not being in a school play

 - not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama

 - lay any instrument other than the piano or violin

 - not play the piano or violin

The truth is Lulu and Sophia would never have had time for a playdate. They were too busy practicing
their instruments (two to three hours a day and double sessions on the weekend) and perfecting their
Mandarin.

Of course no one is perfect, including Chua herself. Witness this scene:

"According to Sophia, here are three things I actually said to her at the piano as I supervised her
practicing:

1. Oh my God, you're just getting worse and worse.

2. I'm going to count to three, then I want musicality.

3. If the next time's not PERFECT, I'm going to take all your stuffed animals and burn them!"

But Chua demands as much of herself as she does of her daughters. And in her sacrifices-the exacting
attention spent studying her daughters' performances, the office hours lost shuttling the girls to lessons-
the depth of her love for her children becomes clear. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is an eye-opening
exploration of the differences in Eastern and Western parenting- and the lessons parents and children
everywhere teach one another.






Review:

  When I first got this book, I had wanted to read it with my mother, I don't really why, but I did.
  Amy Chua wrote in this book how she raised her daughters and why she did it that way and it was nice that Amy loved her daughters so much (even though she never wrote about that).

   This review is going to be short one, so, here goes: From the moment each girls where born, Amy had wanted the BEST for them. Which meant she had to prepare them for life out in the real world and made sure they had  knowledge, work ethic, and talent(s).
She made Sophie and Lulu(her daughters) study all day, made them practice for hours on end, and would not accept anything less than perfect.
   Some of you may think that what she did was wrong and that she's a devil, but look closely; how many times have your parents complained about your grades and yet did nothing  to help, or actually asked about what you did at school that day? Some of you might have very nice parents who are nice, but do they try to make you be the best you can be, or do they just tell you?
    Amy's schedule was so tight that she barely had free time, if any at all. She did it because she loved her daughters and wanted them to have a great career and not live on the streets, and she didn't care if they hate her, she wanted to raise them to be strong no matter what.
    I agree with Amy some what, especially the part that 'western' parents say they will try to give their child freedom no matter how much it hurts them, then turn around to wine parties, yoga class, and etc. etc. And I do some what agree to forcing your children to learn something because now-a-days most of 'em only care about having fun and not working, and they never try anything new, and they mostly always give up after the first try. As a kid, I can relate.
    I used to go to a French-Immersion school, and I hated it. But now that I understand the value of language, I regret not trying harder. Even though I hated French school, I am now glad that my parents forced me to attend, otherwise I would have never understood the value of language and culture, and would have complained endlessly about the mandatory French classes I am required to take at school. And for that, I am grateful... And feel--though I'll never admit it to them--indebt.

You would love this book because it's the truth and I would recommend it to parents and soon-to-be parents.
P.S. If you do not want to read the whole book, get a copy from the library and flip to page 227, you'll understand everything then.


Happy readings,
Sunny~

Amy doesn't exactly have a 'website': http://www.law.yale.edu/faculty/AChua.htm

Check out her other books here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/59966.Amy_Chua




https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/295894.Day_of_Empire
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/714042.World_on_Fire
 
 
    I did my own design, is it any good?:
 
And here's the inside flap where I wrote the summary:
 
 

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Guitar Notes

by Mary Amato
           Published July 24th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2012)   
 
 

Summary    

 1. A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship forged between a straight-A, classical musician and a bad-boy guitar player told through notes, lyrics, texts, and narration. 
 
2. On odd days, Tripp Broody use a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.
    On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she's trying to become even more perfect–she's already a straight-A studentand an award-wining cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him between the strings of his guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.
    What stars as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of intrest and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.
Challenging each other to write songs, they begint to connect, even though the circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
    From beloved author Mary Amato comes a novel of wits and wisdom, both heartfelt and heartbreaking, about the power of music and the unespected chords that draw us dogether.
 
 

Review

    The story began with Tripp Broody waking up on the first day of school to find that his mom took away his guitar, so Tripp replaced his mom's coffee powder with dirt as revenge. That same day, Lyla could hear her heart beating abnormally loud, and with it came the thoughts of throwing her cello out the window and it blowing up while she played in her school orchestra.
    This book was about friendship, choosing your own path, and...MUSIC! Need I say that I loved it from page 1?
    I'm a big fan of paranormal and sci-fi novels, and those usually have 'love at first sight' or 'soul mates'. But this book? I just loved how Ms. Amato didn't do any of those things, and instead, wrote on a different path.
    Tripp and Lyla never anything about each other except the other's name. They only knew what they thought they knew by judging the cover. But as the first notes of exchange turned to secret meetings and later on, music writing, they began to notice how off their judgments were, and how much they had in common. Awwwwwwwww, they were just so cute together. I was grinning through the whole book.
    But at last, secrets (secret meetings) can not stay a secret forever.
    If you've read other reviews of this book, you might have heard about the big, dramatic U-turn in the story that led to the ending. But I will not spoil the story.
    In a review that I've read, it said that he/she believed Mary Amato wrote this book with only the ending in mind, and that the story didn't went anywhere in till the ending. But I don't think believe the to be true. Not all friendships have to happen fast, and love shouldn't be at first sight. It should be knowing a person, in and out, and loving them as they are, not thinking someone is cute/hot and want to marry that person for it. If you pay attention, you'll see what this book is about as you read each page and hear the music in each word. All you need is to understand the friendship and music to enjoy this book; after all, not all books are packed with adventures, fighting, guts and glory, and boys like The Hunger Games or Divergent or City of Bones.
    Amato didn't wrote only about music; she wrote a story of friendship, in a way everyone can enjoy. I read this book without knowing anything about guitar or cello, yet I enjoyed it more than I thought possible–because I lose patience when I do not understand something. Even if you've never been in the school band/orchestra or played guitar, you'll still love this book.
    I recommend Guitar Notes to grade 7 and up, high schoolers, and everyone who has a love for music–even if they don't understand how music works or the history of it.
 
    Happy readings,
    Sunny~ 
 
 
Mary Amato's website: http://www.maryamato.com/



 
 
 
 

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger



                                 Keeper of the Lost Cities

                                                           by: Shannon Messenger
                                               Published October 2nd 2012 by Aladdin

Summary:

Twelve-year-old Sophie Foster has a secret. She’s a Telepath—someone who hears the thoughts of everyone around her. It’s a talent she’s never known how to explain.

Everything changes the day she meets Fitz, a mysterious boy who appears out of nowhere and also reads minds. She discovers there’s a place she does belong, and that staying with her family will place her in grave danger. In the blink of an eye, Sophie is forced to leave behind everything and start a new life in a place that is vastly different from anything she has ever known.

Sophie has new rules to learn and new skills to master, and not everyone is thrilled that she has come “home.”
There are secrets buried deep in Sophie’s memory—secrets about who she really is and why she was hidden among humans—that other people desperately want. Would even kill for.

In this page-turning debut, Shannon Messenger creates a riveting story where one girl must figure out why she is the key to her brand-new world, before the wrong person finds the answer first.(less)


My Review:

Containing sadness, happiness, friendship, and anger. In this book, the heroine, which is Sophie, is learning and discovering who she is (Then again, aren't all books like that?).

So Sophie Foster is this twelve year old prodigy with photograghic memory living in the wrong world; the Human World. One day, she and her high school senior class went to the museum, and that's where she met Fitz. Fitz took her to this Elf world whereI know this is useless imformation, but I find it amusing plants taste like hamburger. It sounds gross, but I want to try it.
    

From there She finds friends, families...and enemies. The funniest thing about this book is that at school, for the lockers, there are no key locks or lock combinations. Nope, none. Instead, they have to use their DNA; as in, lick the locker handle with their tongue. EW!!! I know its gross, but at least the lockers are flavoured. Each day, there would be a new flavour on the handles, but sometimes, students will play a prank and the handles will taste like FART! Who would want to lick that? 
     But keep reading, fart flavored lockers aren't the only strange thing in the Elf world. They have a Zoo-like-Animal homewhere Sophie lives with her Foster Parents and uses her telepathique abilities to comunicate with the animalscontaining Dinosaurs, Mammoth, and every endangered and/or extincted animal. Even animals from myths, like the Pheonix.


I would totally recommend this book to anyone. Trust me, you will love this book. This book mad me LAUGH OUT LOUD alot! Hope you'll enjoy this book as much as I have.
    Keeper of the Lost Cities is only the 1st book of the series.
I. CAN'T. WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!

More Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12842828-keeper-of-the-lost-cities?ac=1


Shannon Messenger's Blog: http://shannonmessenger.com/

 

Sunnny~


Monday, 11 November 2013

Princess for Hire

                                       Princess for Hire

                                                                By Linsey Leavitt
                Published March 16th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion (first published March 1st 2010)

Summary:
When Desi Bascomb gets discovered by the elite Facade Agency–royalty surrogates extraordinaire–her life goes from glamour-starved to spectacular in a blink. As her new agent, Meredith, explains, Desi has a rare magical ability: when she applies the ancient Egyptian formula “Royal Rouge,” she can transform temporarily into the exact lookalike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?
Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras. Like, what do you do when a bullying older sister puts you on a heinous crash diet? Or when the tribal villagers gather to watch you perform a ceremonial dance you don’t know? Or when a princess’s conflicted sweetheart shows up to break things off–and you know she would want you to change his mind?
In this hilarious series debut, one girl’s dream of glamour transforms into something bigger: the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.



Review:
Desi is a soon to be sophomore who likes to design T-shirts. Her worst-enemy is her former best friend. She works at a pet store, has a crush on her enemy's boyfriend, and is constantly made fun of. So to sum it up, her life sucks. But when she gets discovered by the elite Facade Agency, her world is turned around. By turned around, I don't mean that she gets the boy she wants, or people stop bullying her. No, I mean she discovers herself.

Her first job is to substitute for Princess Simahya bint Zafir bin Sultan al-Dhayrif (Simmy for short), second job is for Princess Ama (an Amazon tribe Princess; seriously, the women wear no clothes there), and her third jod is for a lost princess named Elsa. But Desi didn't do a 'good job'. Well, actually, she does a wonderfull job, but others don't see it that way. See, she was just supposed to substitute, but instead, she changed the Princesses' livesall for the better.

At the begining, I was kind of getting bored, but I knew I haven't gotten to the exciting part yet so I kept on reading:


Then I got to the exciting part and things were not what I have expected. I don't mean that nothing made sense, I mean as in:
 

Honestly, the only thing I didn't like about this book was that Desi couldn't see that the guy she likes, was not the right guy, and that she didn't appreciate everything she had. Well, she did, but at the same time she...didn't? I'm trying to explain thing you, but failing miserably.

I liked this book alot, the author was very creative and imaginative with writing the tale, but I can only give it a 3.8 out of 5 star because although I liked it very much, I wouldn't say everyone or even the majority would enjoy it as much as I did. But if you are a naturally book loving person, who enjoys creativity and comedy, then this is the book for you.

More Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6506483-princess-for-hire?ac=1

Author's Website: http://lindseyleavitt.com/

Happy readings, Sunny~

 
 
                                                                 

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Lunar Insignia

A while ago, Marissa Meyer (author of the Lunar Chronicals) made a new contest for us all to conpete in to win an ARC of Cress. That's right, she's making us mork for it. Again. Here is what we have to do; Design the Lunar insignia. So here's mine:
 
 
 
I know what you want to say Come on, just throw it out there; I'm a horrible artist, it might not seem like it, but it looked better in my head.
What is the meaning behind this...'Drawing'? Well here it this;
We all know who the Lunars are, right? But if you didn't know, then get out of your house, drive to a bookstore, buy yourself a copy of Cinder and Scarlet, and read them till dawn. Then you come bakc to this blog, and read.
Anyway...This is the Lunar insignia, which supposedly means a Lunar designed it. As in, a Lunar who love his/her Planet. To design this insignia, I had to think like a Lunar. So I did; The Lunars believe they are the greatest, the sun is plain garbage, and that all should bow down to them. So in my design, I put 9 dots/stars surounding the moon; Those represent the other planets     which are very insignificant to a Lunar's eyes. The planets are connected, that represent the solar system, in which Luna is; the largest, in the middle, and (with a crown) royal. 
 
That is why I designed my Lunar insignia this way. It is also drawn this way because I'm not a very good artist, so I left out very detailed details and made it simple. This idea's inspiration also came from the circle of fifths, which is a music thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circle_of_fifths
 
 
I look forward to seeing the designs of others. If you want to win an ARC of Cress, then design your own Lunar insignia. But hurry, the contest end on; Midnight of Sunday-November 3rd, 2013.
 
 
 
 
Best of luck!
Sunny~

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The School for Good and Evil



                             The School for Good and Evil

                                                                By: Soman Chainani

                                      Published May 14th 2013 by HarperCollins                                                      


Summary:

“The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.”

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

The School for Good & Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.

Review:

    Almost 500 pages of childhood fairy tales brought back to life, better than ever.
    The book started out with Sophie 'visiting' Agatha then arguing with her. I kind of already guessed that Sophie is probably the evil one from reading the summary, so it came as no surprise to me when Sophie showed her narcissistic side. Later, the girls are kidnapped--though not the way your thinking of--and brought to the School for Good & Evil. That's when things get interesting.
    Now, we all know at least one fairy-tale, right? But has anyone ever wondered about the characters' lives after happily ever after? I haven't...at least, I don't remember doing so.  Back to the story; Sophie got dropped off(literally)at the school for evil. There, she meets her bunk mates, who are all daughters of story villains; one of which is the daughter of the Sherriff of Nottingham. While Sophie witnessed evil with horror and disgust, Agatha woke up in a field of flowers...then ate a roguish fairy. She didn't swallow it, mind you, and, it was an accident that you will understand later in the story.
   A little warning, the story does end with a cliff-hanger.

   My Thought?: J' ADORE! I absolutely loved it! It was different and real. I loved the fact that Agatha did not fall head over heels for Tedros and, instead, hated his guts--even though, as Sophie had described, he's the handsomest of the lot; The fact that Sophie wanted to be good, yet, in her soul, she's evil--the result was a turmoil of emotion that controlled her actions; The undeclared war between good and evil. Those things, and many more, made the story seem real.
    Chainani did a wonderful job bringing the fairy tale world back, and I would definitely read the second the second book of the trilogy, A World without Princes.
   
Sunny~






 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013


                          Chosen at Nightfall (Shadowfalls #5)

                                                        By: C.C. Hunter

                                                                 Paperback, 400 pages
                                              Published April 23rd 2013 by St. Martin's Press
 
Summary:
 
Kylie Galen's life hasn't been the same since her world was turned upside-down in Born at Midnight, Shadow Falls #1, and now an epic conclusion to her journey—not to mention a tough choice between two guys!—is brewing in Chosen at Nightfall:

When Kylie Galen left Shadow Falls, she thought it was the hardest decision of her life. Heartbroken and separated from everyone she loves, she has to embrace her abilities and what it means to be a chameleon. But as Kylie's journey comes to a close, she must return to the camp that started it all...and she must finally chose between the two boys who love her. The werewolf who broke her heart when he chose his pack over her, and the half-fae who ran from their intense attraction before they ever really had a chance. For Kylie, everything will finally be revealed and nothing will ever be the same.
 
 
review:
 


                                                                  ** spoiler alert **
                    
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I think the details everyone wants is which boy she choose, right? So I'll tell you, just kidding, no I won't because wanting to know which boy Kiley choose is one of the reasons why we want to read this book, and I will NOT spoil the story.

So at first,when Derek and Lucas started insulting each other, I felt annoyed. I mean, really? If They Both love Kylie, shouldn't they be helping her? Kylie already has enough on her plate, she doesn't need more problems added to her plate.

But what anoyed me the most was when the story got to a point where it everything was so unpredicteble. Even her choice in which boy was unpredictable.

Then, when the most possible outcome was choosing Lucas, that's when I got angry. Lucas got engaged and gave his soul to someone else behind kiley's back, that was UN-FOR-GIVE-A-BLE.

But in the end, well, I'm glad she chose _____, and got an engaged to be engaded ring necklace. And _____ found love too, with someone else. I remember in the book, it went, 'Kiley can imagine when _____ explains to his children how he and their mother met, he's gonna say, "Your mom jumped out of a bush one day and demanded I give her a piggy-back ride." It's hilarious:D

At the end of the book, Holly marries if-you've-read-the-whole-series- you'll-know-who-it-is. And the last sentence, it went, 'Inhaling, Kiley felt love in the air.' AWWWW. I SO-O-O-O wish that there's more to Kiley's story.

Maybe someone will pick up the story from there and continue it as a Ghost-Writer. I hope so.
chosen at Nightfall is a really great Novel. If you haven't read the whole series, it goes:

-Born at Midnight
-Awake at Dawn
-Taken at Dusk
-Whispers at Moonrise
-Chosen at Nightfall

Read them all before you read Chosen at Nightfall or else the book won't make sense.

Hope you enjoy the Shadowfalls series as much as I did;D

P.S. My anger toward an unjustice act usually last an hour, then I begin to think clearer, so my hatefulness Lucas was what I felt at that moment.

P.P.S. If I told you which boy Kiley chooses, then you might get mad at me and alot of other people (please don't hurt/kill me) depending on which team you're on. But if you read the book, then you won't get mad (well at first you might be mad), but when you see how much _____ has changed (oops, I almost gave the spoiler away), you'll be happy with Kiley's choice.

Sunny~

                                        

             Team Derek                                                                                    Team Lucas

                                                     
                                                              Which team are you?