Obsidian (Lux #1)

I’m not really  fond of paranormal YA books, maybe because I had enough of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, and yes, Twilight that I get tired of reading about people with extraordinary power.It was only last month that I started reading this genre again and I’ve chosen this book after reading the Hex Hall series.

I’ve been seeing good reviews about this book, and I got curious that most reviews say that the male protagonist is swoon-worthy. Well, I guess they’re right. It’s really hard not to like this book because love-hate relationship are really my favorite recipe for a love story. And I love the characters, especially Katy, who also  happens  to be a bookworm and a blogger. As for Daemon, yes, he is swoon-worthy but I think I still prefer decent guys over bad-ass ones. I really find the brawling episodes between Katy and Daemon sweet and cute so yes, I think I’ll love following this series.

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#30 – 2012 OMF Lit-MIBF Bloggers’ Challenge

OMF Literature

It’s back and it’s even more exciting this year!

Last year’s OMF Lit-MIBF Bloggers’ Challenge was simple but our participating bloggers sure had fun. And this year, we’re mixing it up a bit and changing some of the rules so that more of you can join.

Here are the mechanics:

1. Anyone with a blog/tumblr/Facebook can join. It would also be great if you have a camera/phone camera to document the challenges. Just email idatorres@omflit.com with the following details

  • Full Name
  • Contact Number
  • Facebook/Twitter
  • Blog URL

2. You have the entire Manila International Book Fair (September 12-16) to complete 5 out of the 10 challenges below (you can also choose to do ALL 1o of the challenges if you want)

  • Interview one of the OMF Lit authors and have your picture taken with him/her/them
  • Talk to 3 customers at the OMF Lit booth and ask them what book made them…

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My September To-Do’s

Wow, time really flies so  fast that we’re now in Ber months. Here in the Philippines, the start of September marks the start of one of my most favorite time of year — the Christmas season. For book lovers like me,  there is one more reason to celebrate September and that is the annual Manila International Book Fair!

But before that, I think I need to trim down first my TBR list which includes some of the books I hoarded last year:

  • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Toliken (well, this is long overdue!)

Stardust

I just can’t believe that I was able to put off reading this work of Gaiman for a year now. The movie adaptation of this book was one of my favorites last year so I decided to try the book as well. Besides, I’ve been hearing good things about Neil Gaiman from my bookworm friends.  I’m glad I did because I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the movie.

Stardust is a fantasy story about a lovestruck man, Tristan Thorn and a fallen star, Yvaine. Initially, Tristan was inlove with another woman, Victoria, and he will do everything just to get her attention. So when she asked him to get the fallen star for her, Tristan did not hesitate to cross the wall and oblige to Victoria’s request. To his surprise, what he found was not a piece of rock but an unbelievably stubborn girl and that’s the start of their wonderful story.

Anyway, I’ll stop discussing the details of the story in this review for I might spill some spoilers.

My experience while reading the book was actually a rehash of the experience I had when I was watching the movie. However, I felt betrayed when I found out at the end of the book that the movie was different in a number of ways. Well, they say never judge a book by its movie so maybe i’ll take note of that next time.

I gave this book 4 stars because I really like it. I think watching the movie first didn’t help for I was so familiar with the plot that I didn’t get excited that much while reading. But I want to give Gaiman some credit for the plot because it’s really unique and I love his kind of old english writing style so for sure, this is definitely not my last book from Gaiman.

Title: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) it was amazing
Copy: Owned
Read from August 01 to 02, 2012