Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Publisher: Speak (Penguin Group)
Favorite Character: Anna-Her heart is worn on her sleeve and her honesty is incomparable. Anna deserves happiness because of her wonderfully optimistic outlook.
Summary: After the Russian Revolution turns her world topsy-turvy, Anna, a young Russian countess, has no choice but to flee to England. Penniless, Anna hides her aristocratic background and takes a job as servant in the household of the esteemed Westerholme family, armed only with an outdated housekeeping manual and sheer determination. Desperate to keep her past a secret, Anna is nearly overwhelmed by her new duties-not to mention her instant attraction to Rupert, the handsome Earl of Westerholme. To make matters worse, Rupert appears to be falling for her as well. As their attraction grows stronger, Anna finds it more and more difficult to keep her most dearly held secrets from unraveling. And then there's the small matter of Rupert's beautiful and nasty fiancee. . .
Review: First off, the first 100 pages were a drag. The very beginning was okay, but the rest was quite unexciting. The characters, though, are amazing because it is original and interesting! Here we have a humble Russian countess working as a servant for the nice guy she's falling for. We have his promised wife who is really weird because eugenics are her thing(she's also goddess-like) and then we have an arrogant "doctor" who's bent on creating a bunch of perfect humans. I really liked the story even with those hundred pages. The author was descriptive, sometimes excessively, so you got a good handle on the scenes and sorroundings and some parts were really funny! I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a tale of old-fashion love with some interestingly serious obstacles.
Rating: 3.5 /5 - It's better than many, but the slowness in about a 1/3 of the book doesn't give it a 4 in my opinion.
You might also like:
1. A great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
2. The luxe by Anna Godbersen
Friday, March 27, 2009
Information: This was the presentation for Premio Lo Nuestro 2009 which aired March 26. I didn't watch it all, but this part rocked. When Pee Wee Gonzalez (Irvin Salinas) came on, I thought I was gonna melt, and Flex is pretty famous now in Latin America because of his song Te Quiero which he got a prize for. Anyway, DJ Flex is from Panama and Gonzalez was a former member of The Kumbia All Starz. He is pretty cool! This song is getting a lot of publicity right now and it'll probably be a top hit worthy of a prize, hopefully. This performance is in no way their best. Pee Wee is a little weird in the end of it because he is just very passionate, but some people like him because of that. Flex did seem to be on the top of his game though and this song is more reggaeton-like than the other one. The point is that I really like it!
This is another song by Pee Wee with La Nueva Banda Timbiriche! Quedate is the title. This was a presentation on a song/dance competition latin show from a couple months ago! He has a nice versatile voice! *melting*
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Yep, I'm obsessed with this song and is there any way you can blame me when Xiao Zhu is amazing? He's a host on Yu Le Bai Fen Bai, he can dance, sing. He is also hilarious and a great actor. I'm watching Hot Shot (taiwanese drama) right now and the three main characters are Xiao Zhu, Jerry and Wu Zun!! Anyway, this song rocks! What do you give it? Me?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Publisher: Gulliver Books Harcourt Brace & Company
Summary: Imagine. You are Mary Tudor, a beautiful young princess in a grand palace filled with servants. You are accustomed to sparkling jewels, beautiful gowns and lavish parties. Then, suddenly, you are banished by your father, King Henry VIII, to live in a cold, lonely place without money, new clothes, or even your mother.
At first it seems like a terrible mistake. Even when your father has a public and humiliating affair with a bewitching woman, you remain hopeful. But when he abandons your mother, marries his mistress, and has a child with her, you begin to lose faith. And now, dressed in rags, you are summoned back to the palace to be a serving maid to your new baby stepsister.
Review: England and its monarchs are very interesting to learn about. I especially liked reading anything and everything about Elizabeth who was Mary's stepsister. Elizabeth had always seemed like the good one and I was always on her side, hating Mary Tudor. Mary's side of the story is very moving and I've decided that I would hate Elizabeth too if I had gone through the experiences Mary did. It is a fiction piece so some of it must have been exaggerated, but nevertheless it was still shocking to peer into Mary's terrible childhood. I would have opted for suicide even though I believe that to be EXTREMELY bad. Her life pretty much sucked.
You might also like:
1. Queen in Waiting: A Life of "Bloody Mary" Tudor by Georgess McHargue
2. Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary by Jane Buchanan
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Info: This is a Japanese T.V. show currently airing. Its about two teens trying to solve mysteries. The two main characters are Touma and Kana. They are both seventeen even though Touma is an MIT graduate because he is a very introverted genius. Kana is Captain of the Kendo club and very extroverted. She's the one that drags Touma around to all those murder scenes. Its based on the manga by Kato Motohiro.
Kana played by Takahashi Ai
Touma played by Nakamura Aoi
Review?: These are just my thoughts on the drama. I actually really like it beacause I really like mystery. Kana is a really sweet energetic girl and her dad is a detective. Touma is super intelligent, but he's still very nice to Kana. Maybe it'll turn into a romance by the end of it! It's a really cute show and the mysteries are actually pretty interesting.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Publisher: Front Street
Summary: (inside flap) "I am looking for Harabugi all over Gomo's house. There are so many rooms. All of the floors are covered with a warm white blanket that is soft on my feet. And the rooms do not have rice paper doors but a big piece of wood like the stores in the village. Everyone in heaven must be very rich to have so many blankets and wooden doors inside the house."