Book Review: Lorien Legacies #1: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now.

The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next.

*****

Let me just say this first: THE MOVIE IS BETTER THAN THE BOOK.

but i still want to post a book review. don’t contradict me! =)

sci-fi is not my normal cup of tea. every now and then a book catches my eye. IANF is one.

well the atmosphere of the book is dreary, what with all the running and hiding and fearing for your life because of the Mogadorians (gosh, i just hate them). but the story is captivating enough for an alien theme.  Alien Powers are called Legacies, which is cool. something new to my hearing, i guess?

Number Four a.k.a. John Smith – very original *snickers* his character is nice enough. staying invisible has been his way of life to avoid detection of the Mogadorians. but i loved it that when he was pushed, he stands his ground for the first time. enough shoving, he says. i have Legacies. i can and i will fight. about time!

Sarah – uhmm, picture perfect dream girl? nothing bad to say against her character. she even turned her back from cheerleader status because she noticed she’s becoming a different person. i told you, perfect. too perfect that she accepted John being an alien with (i think) a single bat of an eyelash. i mean, i wouldn’t believe it at first! aliens? cmon now. i might have laughed at John’s face. but Sarah, just took it in stride. she says it because she loves him. really? *rolling eyes*

henri: wow. such an admirable character 🙂 to leave his beloved wife on (about-to-be-destroyed) Lorien for the sake of duty (to their race, to Number Four). the author plugged that when their race loves, it is forever. meaning they are monogamists (is that the right term?). well they surpasses humans on that one, for sure. *evil grin* henri’s dedication to Number Four and their purpose is really something. i cried when he ____ (spoiler alert!)

Bernie Kosar – awww! i just melts for this guy! so very loyal and protective to Number Four. i want to hug him (but not on his monster state) when he was wounded in the battle.

Mogadorians – creepy big aliens. just reading what they’re look like and what they are like… eek! i keep remembering the nasty orcs from LOTR which are just as creepy.

fave scene: almost getting caught in the basement of the publisher(?). my my, i was quivering when i read that part. i want to push, push them to get away from there (the Mogadorians are almost there!), i was itching to run myself for their sakes! ha. that was good. i am certain that will be their end already. fortunately, its not. whoopee!

the ending: let’s just say i’m more of a Number Six fan. Number Four is not good under pressure. well at least he survived his first Mogadorian attack, right?

the verdict: it was a really good adventure! you just have to be patient when Number Four is brooding on the book. i understand his dilemma (in a strange planet, being hunted, without a family or a home planet anymore). it has a so-so love story – don’t expect too much YA romance here.

watching out for book two – Number Seven’s story is up.

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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Book Review: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

Talia fell under a spell…Jack broke the curse.
I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic…
I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.
I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger’s soft kiss.
I couldn’t help kissing her. Sometimes you just have to kiss someone. I didn’t know this would happen.
Now I am in dire trouble because my father, the king, says I have brought ruin upon our country. I have no choice but to run away with this commoner!
Now I’m stuck with a bratty princess and a trunk full of her jewels…The good news: My parents will freak!
Think you have dating issues? Try locking lips with a snoozing stunner who turns out to be 316 years old. Can a kiss transcend all—even time?

*****

This was a suprisingly light read. After reading Beastly from the same author, I don’t want to set myself for another disappointment. But i read it still. good thing since it is so much better than beastly.

this is a modern retelling of The Sleeping Beauty. the author injected a time transcending stuff that’s acceptable.

Thalia – typical princess. bratty as expected but rebels in a unique way. she sees her stature as an disadvantage. translation: no freedom.

Jack – he is silly! your all-american boy so-to-speak. i think he grew up in the end. i like him.

the verdict: it was a quick read. a refreshing one too. if you want a little romance, and maybe some laughter too, then read it. Sleeping Beauty has never been this bossy. 🙂

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Robert Langdon #3: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object–artfully encoded with five symbols–is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation… one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.

When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon–a prominent Mason and philanthropist–is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations–all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth.

As the world discovered in The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, Dan Brown’s novels are brilliant tapestries of veiled histories, arcane symbols, and enigmatic codes. In this new novel, he again challenges readers with an intelligent, lightning-paced story that offers surprises at every turn. The Lost Symbol is exactly what Brown’s fans have been waiting for… his most thrilling novel yet.

*****

i felt out of breath like i just ran a mile (if i can even run that far without stopping). that’s the feeling after finishing this book.

what i love about the author’s writing style is that he never lets me catch my breath first before plunging me into another gripping scene.

the story was a kinda complicated here and there, but once i got the hang of it, the familiarity of it, it got simple enough to grasp. it asked me, “science and religion: are they really two completely different things? or did one hailed from the other and vice versa?” the author made a plausible concept, i tell you. i was nodding my head while reading. musing. yeah, it could be possible.

i was always curious about the masonry stuff, but reading about it on this setting was unbelievable. the interpretation of the symbols are fascinating! talk about literal definition and/or hiding the meaning in plain sight!

ultimate high experience – langdon’s encounter with the villain. yikes. it was an eerie experience, what he’s gone through. i thought I WASN”T GOING TO MAKE IT. then i remembered, oh yeah, it’s langdon’s predicament, not mine.

fave scene: katherine’s encounter with the villain at her lab. wow. i felt was on a police chase… in outer space!

the ending: it was the twist that shocked me, but the demise of the villain was lame. i was like, “that’s it? he killed mercilessly and that’s the ending you came up with?”. injustice, man.

the verdict: it was technically good, unputdownable (if that’s even a word). if i bought the book (i read an ebook), i wouldn’t mind that i paid for it. it was a great Dan Brown read, but it doesn’t surpassed Angels & Demons as my favorite.