We are-two crazy teenagers-Raven and Beez and on this blog we hope to enlighten you with our hilarious comments on the countless books we have read ;)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beez: Landline 

Rainbow Rowell

beautiful alternate cover by http://laurenbaldoart.tumblr.com/

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leaving the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Neal, Neal, Neal.

Have you ever experienced something so in comprehensive that the only words you can muster up go something like, "There are simply no words to describe that."? 
Or have you ever tried to name or define an object or a concept and discovered that nothing in the dictionary you carry around in your skull matches?
Well, there's a book for that: Landline.

This book.

This book found me wrapped in voiceless bewilderment , unable to find the words to properly express this inexpressible something. Its as if the dimensional plane i was standing on suddenly shifted, just a bit, leaving me disoriented and the world around me changed forever. 

Or maybe its simply because Rowell's sentences climbed into my heart and sank their claws in.

I may not be married or have kids or even working but this book touched me and affected me on a MOLECULAR level. 
This book felt to me so beautifully breathtaking and the entire time i was reading it, 
i was holding my breath, reading every word so carefully and being so emotionally choked up in emotions. 
I felt my heart would shatter into a million pieces if more feelings dare attacked me with this book. I was treasuring every word of this book, because every word did something to me.

I can't -i physically cannot- write a review for this book.
I beg you to understand but this is not a book that can be able to be contained by the mere words of a review; this book is a bundle of feelings that you have to live.

Landline is about Georgie and her life while being a mother, a wife, a tv show writer, a sister, a daughter, a best friend and in general a person. It's about falling in love and falling in love again while still being in love.

 “You don’t know when you are twenty-three. You don’t know what it really means to crawl into someone else’s life and stay there. You can’t see all the ways you’re going to get tangled, how you’re going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten — in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems”
This is one of the thing that fascinates me about this book, is that its in the future of their story. There's a lot of books about falling in love and blah blah, but it usually ends there. After some many years, is the magic still there?

I am unfortunately unable to tell you anything about the plot or characters or otherwise, because doing so would give something away and there is no way in hell I'd do that(see in my head you're going to read it but if you're not then i dont give the slightlest fuck about you).

A bit of advice: from the first word, read this book with extreme dedication because those words are precious and there is nothing as the joy of reading them the first time with no idea of the wonders yet to come. Take your time and absorb the life and death of this book and its perfect sentences.

Landline is my example of perfection. 

And, ultimately, so deeply, satisfyingly happy. 

 This book is about love, all kinds of it.
And how it makes us who we are.
It tells us this beautiful thing that love is something we place our bets on. When we don't know what the future holds we hold on to it, its what builds us and makes us.
Its what makes us brave and courageous and above all human when we blindly believe in that love.

Also, Neal.
Oh Neal.
Neal made me feel in love. 
Neal made my breath catch in my throat.
Neal made my heart feel fluttery and paper thin, he got me floating in the skies..
Neal made me want to trap him in a bottle and look at him all day, because he is SO beautiful, and bearthtakingly so.
I love Neal because Neal... is Neal.
“I love you,” he said. “I love you more than I hate everything else.”

"Because he didn't laugh when he thought something was funny--he laughed when he was happy.” 
“Georgie. You cannot be jealous of Dawn--that's like the sun being jealous of a lightbulb.”
Yes, i sobbed while reading this book. It was hardly possible not to because whenever i got through a line, i got thrown off my axis and my breath caught in my throat and i was choked with feels...
This book might not be sad, but it is a FUCKING ball of emotions.

And its about second, third, or even hundreds of chances.
"She didn’t want to hear him tell her how much better off she was without Neal. Georgie wasn’t better off. Even if Neal was right—even if they’d never make it work together, even if they were fundamentally wrong for each other—she still wasn’t better off without him. (Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.)"
“I’m not asking you to promise me that everything will be perfect,” Neal said. “Just promise me that you’ll try. "
“Do you love me, Georgie?” 
“More than anything,” she said. Because she was still telling the truth, damn the torpedoes. “More than everything.” 

So in conclusion, Rowell is a fucking goddess and everyone should just worship her.
Her writing is astoundingly wonderful and soulful and so real and heartfelt that i am certain she has the power to make the world cry with their ears with her words.
Nobody could have written this book better than her and i'm (so fucking) glad she did because now i can die peacefully.

This book was a wonderful depiction of how bittersweet love can be, and how important it is to never take that love for granted.

The ending in this book will take you places.

And oh, the refrences!
The wonderful nerdy refrences of the best things ever sprinkled in those paragrapghs!
Just when you thought this book couldn't get any better.. 
And theres a magic fucking phone. Brilliant!

Just a summary of the above lines:

6/5; this book deserves it
Lots of love and a motherfucking cheese burger,

Monday, August 11, 2014

Beez: Addition 

Toni Jordan

Grace Lisa Vandenburg counts.
The letters in her name (19). The steps she takes every morning to the local café (920); the number of poppy seeds on her slice of orange cake, which dictates the number of bites she’ll take to finish it. Grace counts everything, because numbers hold the world together. And she needs to keep an eye on how they’re doing.
Seamus Joseph O’Reilly (also a 19, with the sexiest hands Grace has ever seen) thinks she might be better off without the counting. If she could hold down a job, say. Or open her kitchen cupboards without conducting an inventory, or make a sandwich containing an unknown number of sprouts.
Grace’s problem is that Seamus doesn’t count.
Her other problem is… He does.
Addition is a fabulous debut novel. Grace is witty, flirtatious and headstrong. She’s not a bit sentimental but even so, she may be about to lose track of the number of ways she can fall in love.

In the past 24 hours that I have spent reading this book, Grace Lisa Vandenburg (19) has taken over my mind. Grace with her ocd, her craziness and obsessions and quirks.
 Addition is about Grace, who has a serious case of ocd of numbers and how she falls in love and lives.
 In my mind I see Grace with her head busy spinning with all the numbers and those million thoughts of hers, along with Nikola and Seamus with his long and sexy fingers and adorable Larry....
Grace is such an amazing character who is crazy in all dimensions.
What Grace does is counts. She counts everything so her whole world is encompased in those numbers and those numbers give her the sense of safety and security. She counts because she cannot stand not knowing the numbers. 
If Grace were here she would know the number of things on my to do list, the mirrors on my pouch, the number of the line I'm currently writing, the number of things currently on my table, the number of books stacked in the pile to my left, the number of leaves on my glass holder, the number of paper planes flying on my skyline sticker etc.....
The reason (I think) Grace counts so much is because she likes to be in control in her own way. In the same way that some people cannot stand having a thing out of order or stand even the thought of the germs on their hands (ocd), Grace can't stand not knowing the numbers.

Her whole life is structured on numbers. A lot of people have this but only a fraction of what Grace has. 
I for one cannot stand if the volume of anything is not a multiple of ten. Loads of people have this. I eat nuts in tens and if i add one more I have to eat nine more. If I want to start doing something I wait till the time is a multiple of 5 and if I'm even a little late, I have to wait for another 5 minutes. Sometimes I count the number of steps I take. The other day I was counting the number of people I saw with plaits (I lost count after 30). 

Just like me everyone has these tendencies. But suppose I'm late for something and the time isn't a multiple of 5 it doesn't mean I won't start. I'll shut the part of my brain so bothered by it and do my work!
Every time our teacher rubs the board and leaves a spot unclean my head bursts and I try to erase it with my telekinetic powers but I don't have a panic attack or burst into tears!
But not Grace.
If Grace remembers that she doesn't know the number of bristles on her tooth brush she's going to drop everything and count them till she gets it right.
 That's just Grace.

In this book, Grace counts so much and does everything in numbers or knows every number that it is exhausting!

This book, sucked me in and I haven't been able to stop reading it since. I'm probably going to reread it. 
This one was definitely a book of a kind and a really special one. Not everybody's cup of tea but an amazing whirl wind. Why, i think you should pick it up right now and give it a go!

yes i did like it that much
Lots of love and 5 sour punk,

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Raven:Stay where you are and then leave

A novel by John Boyne

Publication date: September 26, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Pages: 247
Targeted Audience: Young Adult (And adults) 

Summary: The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight - but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission.
Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name - on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realises his father is in a hospital close by - a hospital treating soldiers with an unusual condition. Alfie is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place . . .
If you X-rayed me right now, you would see shards of my heart all over my chest. So before beginning this review, WARNING!: YOU WILL BE EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED BY THE HANDS OF A PAPERBACK!

Moving on.

I love history. It's something that surprises people for some reason. I might not know everything about history but I love knowing more about it. There is the appeal of the unknown. So I guess that is one of the reasons why I picked up this book from the library shelves. 

I loved this book the moment I read the first line. The story is told through the POV of a 9 year old boy and I believe that it's really difficult to write it cause after you grow up, you mostly don't remember what you knew and what you didn't know when YOU were younger. So it was really cute how he used to interpret certain things and the author has done a great job at it *claps*. 

1914- The year the first world war broke out. Alfie Summerfield made his dad promise not to go to the war, but he broke that promise later that day. Georgie Summerfield would go to war and not even his weeping wife could stop him.
Joe Patience- Georgie's best friend, who refuses to go fight a war just because the government wants him to. He is a man who sees no peace through war. And as expected, he is insulted, tortured and left to fend for himself.
Alfie Summerfield- Who goes to school only on days when they teach his favorite subjects and the other days he earns money by polishing shoes in Kings Cross Station. 
Four years have passed and talks of the war finally ending have begun, yet Alfie's mother refuses to tell him why his father hasn't returned. She says he is working on a secret mission. But Alfie knows this to not be true. And one day as he was polishing shoes in the station he saw his fathers name on his customers file. 
Apparently his father wasn't on a secret mission. He was in a hospital. 
Then why had his mother lied to him? Whatever the reason, now Alfie has only one thing on his mind. And that is to rescue his father.

If you actually think about it, it's pretty obvious what kind of a hospital his father is in. But I was so indulged in the happenings of the book that I didn't realize it until the author told me (as in, until I read it).

As I said, this book is written from a child's point of view so the emotions that older people feel isn't something that a kid completely understands. So when Alfie talks about a particular thing or a situation and if you are really paying attention, those things will make you laugh or break your heart. Because it's been said the way he sees it. There is no sarcasm, no running around the bush. The happy or sad facts are just thrown on your face and it hurts guys, it hurts worse than an author describing the characters distress. The author has used such simple yet solid words that dig a hole in your heart forever. And I loved it.

Every page made me cry or laugh. I mean, it was terrible! No book has ever affected me like this. I am not lying when I say that the left side of the book made me laugh and the immediate right side made me cry. I AM NOT LYING! Or exaggerating. It literally happened. I don't like people seeing me cry. So when I cry over characters I just keep my eyes closed or look up for a second or two and I'm done. But it wasn't like that. In this case, before I could turn away the tears were already rolling down. And usually I read on my way to school, on the bus! You can just imagine the number of people looking at me cry.

Now time for a little rant. 

I knew I would fall in love with Joe Patience. I just knew it. The way he was described as, since the beginning, just caught my attention and I knew I would fall for that heartbreaking bastard! He rebelled the government and his views were so similar to mine. I just... GODDAMMIT! Does everyone love a good rebel or is it just me?? 
This guy here, plays a clarinet (though I think the saxophone is sexier, I still like the clarinet), is a reader (his house is stacked with books, why wouldn't I want to marry him??), And he is just bloody awesome. 
I cried for him. I mean I cried just for him, the character only. Not the plot or what was happening. Just for him. After the end of chapter 10, I just closed the book, lay my head down and cried *insert loads of tissue usage* 
To be honest, I don't know what it really was that made me love him so much. But whatever it was, I just wanted to get inside the book, knock on his door, hug him as soon as he opened his door and then give him a red rose saying that he was the bravest man ever and that he shouldn't let himself down just because certain stupid women think that only men who do go to war deserve them. He is a hero to me.

You guys probably want me to shut up so I'm going to talk about the rest of the things that I want to mention. 

I really love how Alfie believes that it's absolutely normal for a girl to be president even though his own mother laughs at him. I'm kind of a feminist (to say I'm truly feminist would be wrong). 

The description of the hospital and all the troubles of those patients will make any grown person cry. I also marveled at how Alfie was able to get in and out of the hospital so easily. He is one smart boy.

Most people talk about how honorable they felt when they fought for their country, but this book shows you the invisible scars that war leaves on people. And I think that is what people need to understand. Just because a person's face isn't readable does not mean he/she doesn't feel any emotion or in this case, just because you don't visibly see the harm of the war does not mean it's not there.

I have noted down certain quotes from the book. I haven't been able to find this book on any bookstores but I'm planning on ordering it online because I really need to have it with me. It may not be the same as it was the first time but I still feel those emotions in me when I see it.

"It's a big wide world, isn't it? said Georgie. "Do you think they all hate each other on other planets too?" (I had to stifle a cry at this part)

"Of course I was afraid. What kind of fool wouldn't be afraid, going over to some foreign country to dig out trenches and to kill as many strangers as you could before some stranger could kill you? Only a lunatic wouldn't be afraid. But it wasn't fear that kept me from going, Alfie. It wasn't because I knew I'd be injured or killed. It was the opposite of that. It was the fact that I didn't want to kill anyone." (OH MY JOOOOOE! *cries Niagara falls and incinerates into the sun with pain*)

He'd done it for the best reason in the world. For love. *Ambulance needed*

The ending of this book left me scarred with happiness... if that makes any sense. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone. Maybe you all won't feel the same emotions that I felt. But still do read it, it's worth it.

I'm very stingy when it comes to rating books. But this one gets a five without a moments hesitance.

Don't you love these Raven feathers? (thanks to Beez for helping me pick them... not literally. I meant choosing)

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Beez: How to fall in love
Cecelia Ahern

She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love – with his own life.

Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate – but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him she can show him that life is worth living before then. 

Despite her determination, Christine knows what a dangerous promise she’s made. Against the ticking of the clock, the two of them embark on wild escapades, grand romantic gestures and some unlikely late-night outings. Slowly, Christine thinks Adam is starting to fall back in love with his life. 

But has she done enough to change his mind for good? And is that all that’s starting to happen?

[Lets go bananas, bananas..]
I've just finished this book and I'm laughing a little crazily. 
This is also a proof of the fact that I'm crazy because i have my exams and yet I'm reading books and writing reviews and laughing like a person gone bat shit crazy.
That I am.

So what do i say about this book?
Meh, meh, nyeah.

That's exactly how i feel about this book.
I'm like in a rant mode now so be prepared.
When i started this book i quite liked it. Christine, the protagonist is the wacky lady who's just seen a guy shoot himself in his head and then changed her life coz watching a guy kill yourself in front of you is a life changing experience (no sarcasm there, hones.).
And then she meets Adam. Uhh, who's about to just from the H'appeny Bridge. So Christine sees this as her chance to undo her mistake with the previous guy (the one i mentioned above, the one who shot himself in the head). And so she begs him to please give her chance till his birthday (2 weeks later) to make him want to live again.

Now this might sound a little more than cracked (it does to me to), but Cecelia Ahern has the Stephenie Meyer effect and it doesn't feel so ridiculous when reading the book. In fact the first part is quite fun actually. Basically Christine just keeps doing these crazy thing and you wonder whats wrong with her, but you admit you've fallen prey for Adam's cheeckbones, so you don't do much and go along. 
And for bonus there are a lot of funny parts including one in which Christine dips her chin in cake icing and so gets a dripping Gandalf beard (i might be exaggerating). 

There are so many things wrong with this book. But did i mention the Stephenie Meyer effect? 
So in the end most of it is okay.
It makes you life and enjoy the insanities of living in a make believe world. 
Basically a rom com.
That's what this book is. A total rom com. 

I was enjoying this book until the point.
The the point I'm referring to is when she so pathetically dramatically tells Simon (the guy who shot himself in the head), that she is 'in love with Adam'.

Why do i have a problem with this, you might ask?
After all it was obvious they'd fall in love and she was in love with him, i agree.


There was so much i thought was wrong after that. I guess i just can't wrap my head around the fact that somebody can be so hopeless and pathetic and stupid and send the novel into free fall.

After that i didn't like the book much and everything was so predictable and i felt like personally throttling Christine for being the above mentioned. 

As side notes, i really enjoyed Christine's crazy family but i did not like the Detective and his daughter story part or Amelia's story. 
I also didn't like her ex husbands part all that much but at times it was comical, but why the fuck did she marry him?
Its like before the guy who shot himself in the head, this Christine didn't know how to think. 
Sad life really.
And then after that she becomes Miss WhackHead but that's the part i like best after. Then after that comes, you know, the dreadfully awful stage of pathetic blonde from rom com. 
After the incident, i felt the book lost a lot of direction and structure and became unreadable at certain levels. Ask Raven, I've droned on enough. 

But see in the end i did not hate this book. The ending is soo cliche rom com that i could have told you that would happen before reading it. But it wasn't bad. Like compared to the free fall. And it was really sweet and it fit perfectly. So i gracefully forgave Christine for becoming the pathetic person she had become and wished her well on having her lovey dovey love story.

So i guess the bad part is from after the incident to after they do it.
I'm literally telling you everything but i needn't even do that but i wouldn't really recommend reading it.
Just someone make into a really funny and cute and whacky film and I'll watch it.
No i did not hate this book, i just didn't love it, sorry Cecelia Ahern.
There are some books of Cece i love but others no so much. This would go into the latter. If you want to read more Cece then read P. S. I love you (really soo good and magical), The time of my life (crazy yet completely fun), A place called here(ditto),The gift(i can't explain why but i really liked it).

So if ye want to read a rom com with its fair share of sweetness and if you can handle people falling pathetically in love and if you like guys named Adam with cheeckbones(if you dont, get out.), then totes read it.
(it honestly is not as bad as i made it sound)

3 stars :(

Lots of love and cupcakes,

Friday, May 30, 2014

Raven: Fangirl

A novel by Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: St, Martin's Press
Pages: 445
Targeted Audience: All Fangirls (new and old)

Summary: From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I am ready for this.
Let's begin.
So... I-uh...I really... I just... Damn man! I am not ready! And I don't think I ever will be. Recently I have read so many beautiful books like 'Me Before You', 'Between the Lines', Addition', 'Pivot Point', 'The distance between us', and many many others but this book... This book is on a whole new level.

Now I am going to be honest with you here. Beez was the one who suggested that we should read this book since we have been fangirling over Sherlock, Doctor Who, Supernatural and Loki for a pretty long time. (Not that long actually. Just a few months)

So we start reading this book and it doesn't speak out to us. I mean, when you start reading a good book, the first page itself grips you in its tentacles and pulls you in but this book did not do that. We read like twenty or so pages and gave up on it. But then we read a few reviews by other people on this book and almost everyone loved it and so we decided to start off again and we kept reading and kept reading and kept reading...

For me, I was entranced by the book as soon as Reagan started talking to Cath. Her character was just so vibrant and hilarious. I have a bus mate who is exactly like her so I always kept imagining Reagan as that girl and now whenever I see her (My bus mate) I can't stop snickering! Reagan is a very intimidating person. Usually I don't get along with people who intimidate me but she and Cath got along so well that I couldn't help loving her.

Oops! Before we get into characters, the blurb. 
So Cath and Wren are twins. They have an awesome Geek dad and their mom left them when they were kids. Wren decides to go to college in Lincoln which is pretty far away from Omaha and Cath is forced to go as well.
Wren and Cath love each other (I mean they are twins! They grew up together) but Wren wants to have her own identity and so she does everything from cutting her hair to getting a different roommate in college. However, Cath doesn't want to let go of her sister. She does not like change. All she wants to do is sit in her room, put her glasses on and write Simon Snow fan-fiction and give Simon and Baz (The two main characters in the Simon Snow books) THE best ending ever. 

Simon Snow: It's just like how Harry Potter is to us.

Cath has a huge number of people who follow her fan-fiction and since she just loves writing she chooses 'fiction writing' as one of her subjects in college. And now she gets to learn from an awesome fiction writer called Professor Piper who thinks fan-fiction is plagiarism. 

The problem: Cath can't let go of Simon and Baz. She is losing her sister but gaining an awesome guy in the process. And as you can see, there is more 'change' than she can handle. 

Now lets continue with the characters.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Beez: Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

Jess Aarons' greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He's been practicing all summer and can't wait to see his classmates' faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys' side and outruns everyone.

That's not a very promising beginning for a friendship, but Jess and Leslie Burke become inseparable. Together they create Terabithia, a magical kingdom in the woods where the two of them reign as king and queen, and their imaginations set the only limits.
This story.
We've all seen the movie. We all love the movie. We've all cried over it. But what about the book?
Yeah, the books the same.
This book is a trip back to our childhood where we all lived in our worlds, had our issues and saw the world differently. Its about the simple things of our childhood and how we were so new to this world and loved stories and had wild imaginations running around.
In this book, we live in Jess's mind and meet our favourite exotic Leslie and then go to the kingdom of Terabithia were two children are the king and queen of their fantasies. Jess might be a eleven year old boy who lives a life a world apart from ours but my inner child was immediately friends with him. Jess is a different sort of boy. He has some darn determination and a damn good heart. That is probably another amazing thing about this book, it lacks any malice and contempt people grow to have.
This book is definitely a childhood classic but well its a recommended read for all ages.
The author has created the characters so well and the story is quite beautifully written and you know, 'its an out of book feeling".
Another best thing about this book is Leslie's colourful imagination. She fascinates us the way she fascinates Jess. And then there's her awesome family.
Also Maybelle.
She is seriously the cutest!
In general, the part I love the most about the story is the end.
*spoiler alert*
No I'm not happy that the author killed Leslie off, but then she this probably was her only way to have her chance to have tea with Satan for whatever reason.
And that's not my favourite part of the story.
My favourite part is the part after Leslie's death, the part where Jess graciously kills us with his sweetness and cuteness and crowns Maybelle as the queen of Terabithia.
Because what could be a more wonderful moment than that?
Its one of those moments when your heart blooms with happiness and your choking with emotions and your smiling inside out because damn this boy is good. And because apart from being so cute and just lost a best friend, he's the sweetest guy and the best brother you could possibly ever have! Again, too much emotion.
I guess, now you should go and read this book?
You probably should.
Will break your heart but worth it.
(And now you know what to do if you ever want to have tea with Satan ;))
Lots of love and watermelon,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Raven : Doctor Who The Price of Paradise

Colin Brake

Aaaah! David Tennant & Billie Piper

Laylora - the Paradise Planet. A world of breath-taking beauty, where peace-loving aboriginals live in harmony with their environment. Or do they? The Doctor and Rose arrive to find that the once-perfect eco-system is showing signs of failing. The paradise planet has become a death trap as terrifying creatures from ancient legends appear and stalk the land... Is there a connection between the human explorers who have crash-landed and the savage monsters? What secret lies at the heart of the natives' ancient ceremonies? And what price might one human have to pay to save the only home he has ever known? When a planet itself becomes sick, can there be a cure?
The Doctor and Rose find themselves in a race against time to find out...

 This was my first Doctor Who book and to be honest, this book was kind of average compared to other sci-fi books that I have read. I expected a lot from the book since I love Doctor Who (New whovians here!) But it wasn't horrible, it got interesting after a few chapters. 

So, this time the TARDIS takes the Doctor and his companion, Rose to a beautiful planet named Laylora, or paradise planet as the human explorers call it. But the paradise planet seems to be in peril. It's been showing signs of falling such as landslides, earthquakes, etc which is very unlike Laylora according to the natives. But these signs worsen when Laylora gives birth to her protectors - The Witiku (I like the sound of it). The Witiku are savage monsters whose main purpose is to destroy everything that threatens Laylora.

And now it's up to the Doctor and his companion to save the day and protect the human explorers and the natives from the Witiku but also figure out how to save the paradise planet from falling.

Now like I said I didn't like this book that much but it had a great green message. If you actually think about it Laylora kind of represents our planet Earth. Earth too was beautiful once but we humans have ruined it and like Laylora, the natural disasters are increasing in number (And soon there shall be an apocalypse!) 
On the other hand I thought that Laylora had serious adapting issues. You could compare it to some people, who cannot handle a shift in their routine and will throw fits if their schedule is changed in any tiny way. These kind of people really need to learn to adapt. I mean, come on! I like having proper schedules too but change is good!

Anyway, back to the review. I didn't like how the Doctor and Rose were rarely together in the book. I also think that the writing was not that good since I couldn't really connect with any of the characters. However, I liked how the different story lines fused into one by the end of the story. So I would give it a 3.5 even though I want to give it more since I love DW. In the meantime I will keep a lookout for more DW books. 

Lots of Love & Pasta,

Beez doesn't like Macaroons... Bad Beez!

Sowie Note

So i figured we probably owed you an apology and explanation.
And yes we do have one but we agree we are not justified.
Life has been a lot of crazy.
We just fully realized that probably taking science as our stream was probably- is -a mistake.
But now we have no choice but to live with it.
And in vetween of school, exams, fangirling (our new job) and TV shows to watch, we did slouch.
But not now, now we are back on the track and are going to keep these endless reviews flowing even tho we're going down the road to our imminent death.
We are truly sorry.
Please forgive us.  
(insert Benedict's puppy dog eyes)


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Beez: The perks of being a wallflower 
Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a freshman.

And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Note before reading this:
Do not read this review if u haven't read it and plan to. This is not a review. This is basically a collection  of my lots of thought on this book and Charlie and everything so basically its the whole story. 

lets talk about charlie.
he is a wallflower (later i realized that anyone could see that from the title)

this story, is a story from Charlie's eyes. (mindblock)
Charlie is a lot of things. Hes a wallflower because he thinks about everything but isn't in it much. He's like the guy on the sidelines who observes and analyzes. But there is a lot of depth to him. His brain is just a jumble of thought and a lot of things jumbled up together. So basically he's just this normal typical guy you usually don't notice. That being said, let me remind you that guys like Charlie simply do not exist in this real (and cruel world) -just the sad truth. 
And so in this book while charlie tells us his story, we have this total stay in in his brain and just be. So yeah, there are many down sides to Charlie's character like how he sometimes restricts himself from all the things he could be. He is incredibly talented and he doesn't know it. When Bill tells him just how brilliant he is, he just humbly says thank you because he's confused coz he doesnt see that brilliance in him, he just sees himself as him.

One thing i absolutely loved about Charlie is how he observes people. He doesnt see their bad points or do the sherlock type analysing, he just simply takes notes of the small things. You realize that when he gives gifts to all those people. They didn't get him anything but he got them stuff that they very much liked and they were surprised because they really didn't think he knew them so well or noticed them. And another great point about Charlie is he is very good hearted.
It paricularly showed when Sam and Craig break up. And when his sister gets hit. And a lot of other situations. He doesn't think if himself. He just wants everybody to be happy. When Sam and Craig break up, he spends a lot of paragraphs telling us how the whole thing went but we do not see a single sentence of maybe he is kind of happy that theres a chance of him and Sam again.
Though quite  lot of that is because Charlie doesn't think he stands a chance wih Sam  but also because he cares aboyt her first, then likes her. So he is not at all happy that they broke up. But over here we have a negative point too.
Charlie doesnt think he is a is a possible chance for Sam. That is kind of disheartening but then u realize that Chrile doesn't quite consider himself. The wallflower thing. But while a wallflower might be someone who is on the sidelines and thnks things through, Charlie doesn't think much about himself. 
When i read Openly straight, Rafe thinks quite a lot of what he thinks others might think about him. But then in the end times he comes to this understanddng that people dont think much about him, instead like he himself they think about themselves.

So our Charlie over here doesn't really think about him.
He doesn't think that people think about him maybe the way he thinks about them. He has clearly written that he is surprised when he finds out that they thought about him too. This is quite the reason why Charlie doesnt participate. Because he just doesn't consider himself. I find this i several places like when his sister gets a abortion he doesn't utter a word what he thinks about it. No question nor anything. And when Charlie tells us abouut his various family holidays you can clearly see Charlie is invisible, as in he is there and people know it but he doesnt participate because he doesnt hold himself there. I hope u r getting me. This is a huge part of Charlie's character because despite his brillaintness this stops him. Now Charlie's two best friends Patrick and Sam, slowly start seeing him because he starts getting more open with them and then he does start considerig himself a bit more, but not all people are like that are they?
We see how Charlie is with those kind of people in Mary Elizabeth part of this book. 
When Charlie was with Mary Elizabet, i didn't feel like he truly connected with her. He felt that too. But i think that is mostly his fault. When Mary Elizabeth chatters off incandescently about things she doesnt want Charlie to participate and but in and say something but Charlie just doesnt. Yes he acts as an incredible listener so ME continues talking. But when Charlie feels suffocated by that he doesn't tell it to er. And if Charlie had probably tried more to be a person to ME than a ear things could have gone a lot lot better. He just doesn't think hes the one to have an opinion. Of course like normal person he does have opinions but he doesnt always share them and nor does he think its his place to have them. So when ME really wants him to say something and when he disagrees she does want him to argue Charlie simply doesn't. And then he doesn't tell her that he's feeling suffocated and she never knows. 

So to Charlie he is nobody.

So i guess since this is technically a review i should include a bit of the book in it. In simple words this book is all about Charlie's story. So i dont know how to write a summary on this one. Basically yeah its Charlies story and he tells us about his freshman year at school and the different stuff that happens to him and all about other people and in that way we get to know charlie. I particularly liked Charlie. He's a sweet guy who is brilliantly brilliant. And that mind of his thinks deep stuff. 
Also i completely forgot to mention an important act. Charlie cries a lot. At a lot if times. He doesnt bawl. He is just rather sensitive and an emotional wreck. Also he is absolutely not afraid or shy to cry being a boy and a teen himself. There are so many parts where he's written he has cried. From a person who cries very less, this is a mixture of both good and bad according to me. While crying is like a good way and all to express yourself, Charlie does cry a bit too much. But we all love him for it.
So this just  says about how he makes 2 best friends called Patrick or Nothing and Sam who he is infatuated with. And then how he simply tags along and does so many things with them and their friends and then gets his first kiss and a girlfriend and then very self destructively wrecks his life and then wallows while going through a lot of mixed feelings and reading a lot of good books and just silently brilliant beng himself and coping and dash dash. Then after some more things happening with different turns for some characters, we see Charlie still stay the same while every body is doing something. And then we see in the end Charlie doesn't really have any enemies because all he wants is for people to be happy and have a great life (he make no secret if it: e once called a teleshopper for some exercise equipment and told her that he didnt want anything but just wanted to wish her a good day). I think its all a mixture of that that makes us finally love and adore Charlie. 
But let me just tell you in bold that there is no Charlie in this world.

So i really want to talk about this.
Patrick. Patrick is a really huge part if Charlies life. I think he is a more bigger part than Sam. Now i mainly want to talk about Brad. Brad is the guy who sleeps with Patrick but is in the closet and doesn't want anybody to know. So at first i didnt like him. i didnt like how Patrick dedicated so much time to him and he still didnt do him justice. Like, i loved Patrick and i felt like Brad was using him. But then theres a turning point. Over here i think people go into two groups- one who sympathize with Patrick and one who hate him. I'm the sympathizing one. 
While i dint particularly like him, i felt like after all he s just a child of repressed bringing up and no freedom to be himself. Thats because when his father discovers them in bed he beats poor Brad up and if u really see it from Brads view he dint really have a choice and i felt sorry for him. Sure you can tell him to be brave and take a stand but till we walk a mile in the persons shoes we really cant dictate them. Its his choice. 
Now i think a normal person would still get a dislike for Brad after the faggot comment and tho i definitely didnt like it, i was expecting it (seen the movie) didnt really think much of it. I just got a feeling that even if Brad didnt really want to be that person, he didnt really have any say in it. Then i didnt really like Brad that much when i saw Patrick suffering and i did kinda want to punch him(yay charlie!)
But in the end, at graduation Charlie is happy for Brad too. Which just makes you wonder what planet Charlie is from.

So one of my favorite parts of this book is obviously the "We are infinite part". I have Charlie's last letter as per the movie and i am obsessed with it. I can tell you every word right now. And that line
"Änd in that moment, i swear we are infinite.""
that line is like the key to my heart. I love that line. And that scene. And when Charlie sees all of that. 
Its just beautiful.

Love this book.
Definitely gonna read it again.

No doubt it. 6/5