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Sunday, March 24, 2013

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Eulogy for Cora {Once Upon A Time}

Before I continue, let be say if you haven’t really caught up with Once Upon A Time series and at the moment following it up, hates spoilers, stop reading now.

The reason why I do this post is to pay my respect to Cora, Regina’s mother. As a reader, Cora has been part of my life, and even more, it was wonderful to have her included in the TV series Once Upon A Time. She was a wonderful character, strong and evil. Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis had beautifully integrate her into OUAT’s storyline. This is her eulogy from me.





Cora Once Upon A Time Cora was the Miller’s daughter.
  She spins straws into gold.
    Became one of Rumple’s love interests.
  Mother of the Evil Queen Regina.
Snow White’s step-grandmother.
   Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts (off with their heads!)
Turned Mad Hatter’s mad…

Compare to the Evil Queen Regina, Cora was Heartless, Truly Heartless.

Yes… it did make sense… Too bad she died.. minutes after getting her heart back, then realized this huge love she had for Regina. Oh, how much she love her and how she missed all that. She, who turned her daughter as dark as her…

Cora, the one who tainted the purest heart of Snow White with the speck darkness.

Cora will be missed.

Rest In Peace.
♥ Cora ♥

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Book Review: Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Heroes in Training 2); By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Yeah, as you can see, I’m on a Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams reading roll! Being sick, these series seems to be my comfort read. It’s a delightful wonderfulness for me.

This is a fast pace, page turning next in line of the adventures of our teens Olympians to defeat the Titans and trying to find the Goose! (Pst it’s actually Zeus, but he doesn’t know yet.) But of course, it’s Poseidon turn to get his Trident. It is quite umm.. there was a huge "angry” moment when Hera left the troupe. I do wish she didn’t leave the boys on their own!

Oh well.

Snapping crab claws *chuckles*

Ok one thing I don’t like about this book is, much different to the Goddess Girls series, much to old tradition when it comes to Zeus, everything orbits around him… *again*. Well. most of it. I was expecting more of like the other mainstream series, ie the book is suppose to be about the feature character. This don’t really happen here. I was expecting to read Poseidon thoughts and character development, and less ion Zeus, but that um.. oh you see when you read it. 

But plot is good, setting is awesome, but yeah. I still miss Hera! Waiting for Hades turn!     

Poseidon and and the sea of fury by joan holub & suzanne Williams Poseidon and the Sea of Fury (Heroes in Training #2)
By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

A young Poseidon must triumph over aquatic terrors in this Heroes in Training adventure. The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian. They have a boat, but they also have a problem: Poseidon can’t swim and is terrified of the water (well, really of the creatures that lurk in its depths). The group faces danger after danger as they battle singing sirens, a fishy and ferocious Titan named Oceanus, and people-eating monsters sent by Cronus himself. Can Poseidon overcome his fears and help his fellow heroes escape Cronus and his cronies?
Finished Reading: 21th March 2013
Acquire: 19th March 2012
Rate } ♠♠♠♠
Genre }
Fiction | Mythology | Young Adult | Teens | Middle Grade
Release Day }  04th December 2012
Publisher }
Aladdin
Format } Paperbook
ISBN } 9781442452657
Pages } 128 pages
Source } Bought
Age Group } PG 12 yo +
Interests } Mythological junkies like me. 
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

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Book Review: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training 1); By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Zeus. The King of the Olympians.. Well... not yet. But he’s the start of this series. Meet the Olympian in their teens! It’s not enough to read about the second generation Olympians in their teens, I have to get my paws on the original Olympians teens.

Let me state forth that Zeus isn’t in my “like” list of characters, but he *again in a Holub & Williams state of mind* has turned him.. oh.. adorable. Especially when he is in a quest of looking for a guy name Goose to return the Thunderbolt. Hera is always classy bossy, Hades as always moody, and of course, Poseidon is so cute when he’s afraid of water! Oh I would melt!

I wish I have a thunderbolt of a pet now.

I must say, if you love the Goddess Girls, you would love this series. I’m so sorry I had this book as one of my “Filler Reads”, I ended up hooked on this series. That is such good news for me, to find a new series to enjoy and to look forward to, *sighs* The agony of waiting for the next book. Oh boy!

Look, here’s the deal. Why aren’t you picking this up?! Read it! =3

The secret is, I actually got both versions of e-book and paperback for this one.


Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom (Heroes in Training #1)
By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series! The terrible Titans—merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans—have dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....      Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.      Zeus gets his wish—and a lot more than he bargained for—when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, Zeus grabs the first thing he sees—an actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime—and a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

Finished Reading: 12th March 2013
Acquire: 25th February 2012
Rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
Genre }
Fiction | Mythology | Young Adult | Teens | Middle Grade
Release Day }  04th December 2012
Publisher }
Aladdin
Format } Paperbook
ISBN } 9781442452633
Pages } 112 pages
Source } Bought
Age Group } PG 12 yo +
Interests } Mythological junkies like me. 
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In My Mailbox Monday, Stacking the Shelves (23 March 2013)

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In My Mailbox hosted by The Story Siren.
Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Alex Cross Run by James PattersonBeauty From Pain By Georgia CatesHard to Resist by Shanora WilliamsStarlight by Debbie Macomber5
Alex Cross, Run (Alex Cross #20); by James Patterson
Beauty From Pain (Beauty #1); by Georgia Cates
Hard to Resist (Hard to Resist #1); by Shanora Williams
Starlight; by Debbie Macomber
The Sound of Broken Glass (Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #15); Deborah Crombie
A Terrible Love by Maata ErosA Terrible Love By Marata ErosBad Blood by Dana StabenowBarefoot Season  by Susan MalleryCalculated In Death by JD Robb
A Terrible Love (A Terrible Love); by Marata Eros
Wicked Nights (Angels of the Dark #1); by Gena Showalter
Bad Blood (Kate Shugak 20); Dana Stabenow
Barefoot Season (Blackberry Island #1) ; by Susan Mallery
Calculated In Death (In Death #36); by J.D Robb
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee arnettPoison by Bridget zinn1415
The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1); by Mindee Arnett
Poison; by Bridget Zinn
Jenny’s First Adventure (My Very Unfairy Tale Life 0.5), by Anna Staniszewski
My Very Unfairy Tale Life (My Very Unfairy Tale Life #1), by Anna Staniszewski



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Friday, March 22, 2013

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Book Review; Pandora the Curious, by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Yes! Another excellent Greek Mythology retelling read. I will NEVER, EVER get enough of these… hopefully this will be a lengthy series! I must confess, the first book I’d picked out from this series was a “filler read”, but I ended up gobbling these like hot cakes. This was also my “comfort read” when I was sick and bedbound that whole week, hence the reason for the late review. 

Here’s the thing, I used to hate Pandora. She annoyed me the most amongst the all of the mythological characters, and I mean all!

I said, used to. This book made her lovable. Pandora is so adorable that I’m willing to get past her busybodyness and absolute total unnecessary curiosity. I love the way they represent the “evils” from the box as “Bubbles”, popping and whispered what evil it unleashed… of course, only Pandora could hear it. After a bit while of popping, I feel for her when alot of her friends had been bubble-bumped, and she’s left alone to save everybody. Oh dear.

My verdict? So, so, so, so, so, so, so reading another one! Brilliant! Just Brilliant! Oh yeah, I actually bought the e-book and paperback for this one, because I couldn’t stand to wait for the paperback to arrive. Yes, I’m geeky that way.


1 Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls #9)
By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Is Pandora about to open up a box of trouble?
One of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy, Pandora is famous for her mega quizzical nature—not that she thinks there’s anything wrong with being curious, of course!
Her curiosity kicks into high gear when a godboy named Epimetheus brings a mysterious box to school. Epimetheus is the nephew of an MOA teacher in whose class Pandora once opened another box that sent a few weather disasters to earth. Still, Pandora can’t help but take a peek inside this new box when it unexpectedly lands in her lap. What could be the harm in that, right? Little does she know that opening the box will open up far more trouble than she ever expected!
Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams put a modern spin on classic myths with the Goddess Girls series. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.

Finished Reading: 10th March 2013
Acquire: 06th February 2013
Rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
Genre }
Fiction | Mythology | Young Adult | Teens | Middle Grade
Release Day }  04th December 2012
Publisher }
Aladdin
Format } Paperbook
ISBN } 9781442449350
Pages } 256 pages
Source } Bought
Age Group } PG 12 yo +
Interests } Mythological junkies like me. 
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Keep Calm And Read More #Brunei

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Friday, March 15, 2013

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Book Review: Mick Harte Was Here; by Barbara Park

I never thought I be sad for a book character.

And yes.. the narrator lied when she said, “this isn’t the kind of book where you meet the main character and you get to like him real well.” She made sure she fall in love with this character… only to tell us he died. No spoilers there.

This is a story about remembering Mick Harte. And this is the story how the people who left cope post-event.

It’s an emotional read, it shows how different people deals and cope with the death of a person they know. 

P/S Get tissues ready before you start reading this one.

Quote. “The upside to grief is it takes away your appetite. When people say you look good they really mean it. Nature's thoughtful that way.”

Mick Harte Wa Here By Barbara Park Mick Harte Was Here
By Barbara Park

How could someone like Mick die? He was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school--and the kid who, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte's twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe's world has turned upside down. With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor--and hope. Chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 1996. "A full-fledged and fully convincing drama

Finished Reading: 01st March 2013
Acquire: 06th February 2013
Rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
Genre }
Fiction | Realistic Fiction | Young Adult | Teens | Middle Grade
Release Day }  26th January 2011
Publisher }
Yearling
Format } eBook
ISBN } 9780307786821
Pages } 96 pages
Source } Bought
Age Group } PG 15 yo +
Interests } Realistic Fiction Readers 
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No matter how busy you are…

No matter how busy you may think you ate, you mus find time for reading

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Top Ten Series Lisa would like to start but hasn’t yet

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I have these series bought / given and still sitting in my TBR pile. Honestly It’s kind of hard, since I have lots of series that I haven’t started to read yet. Do I really need to just choose 10???

The Iron FeyThe Gunslinger by Stephen KingThe Ultimate Hitchhikers guide to the galaxyThe Eyre AffairGraceling by Kristine Cashore
Across the Universe By Beth RevisPartials Sequence by Dan wellsStarters and enders by Lissa PriceMonument 14 by emmy LaybourneThe Mortal Instruments; Cassandra Clare

1. The Iron Fey; By Julie Kagawa
2. The Dark Tower; By Stephen King
3. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams
4. The Eyre Affair; Jasper Fforde
5. Graceling Realm; Marissa Meyer
6. Across the Universe; Beth Reves
7. Partial Sequence; Dan Wells
8. Starters And Enders; Lissa Price
9. Monument 14; Emmy Laybourne
10. The Mortal Instruments; Cassandra Clare
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

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Book Review: The Wide-Awake Princess; By E. D. Baker

So it turned out, Sleeping Beauty has a little sister and she has been bestowed the gift of “Anti-Magic”. Now that a killer plot. We know they love baby sister Annie that’s why they let the fairy bestow her that magical gift, but in the same time, everybody is treating her like she’s unwanted, because when she’s near them, their magical gifts weakened and show them their real self.

Pst.. in this version Sleeping Beauty not really that beautiful at all when Annie comes close.

I am so happy Liam is there for her. (ohh spoilers tsk tsk)

And to my friends and fellow bloggers who has read this, don’t you just wish there’s a Disney tv series/movie about this? Cause man this would be so darn cute to past!

I must admit, it took me  a while to finish reading this book. It’s not that it’s boring or anything, that I could only blame my hectic work schedule. (Yes, you heard that right, a librarian has a hectic schedule.) 

Forewarn, the characters in this book includes characters we all know and not that quite familiar with, so I suggest, you have a back up knowledge on your fairy tales before you pick this book up. or maybe this is the reason why you want to know the background stories of the characters involved.

By the way… “Princess and the Pea” reference is such a cute fit in that particular scene!

Quote. More than anything, Annie wanted to feel as if she belonged. But instead she felt as if she were a remote and not-too-fondly regarded cousin who was allowed to live in the castle.


The Wide-Awake Princess The Wide-Awake Princess (Wide-Awake Princess #1)
by E. D. Baker

In this new stand-alone fairy tale, Princess Annie is the younger sister to Gwen, the princess destined to be Sleeping Beauty. When Gwennie pricks her finger and the whole castle falls asleep, only Annie is awake, and only Annie, blessed (or cursed?) with being impervious to magic, can venture out beyond the rose-covered hedge for help. She must find Gwen's true love to kiss her awake.
But who is her true love? The irritating Digby? The happy-go-lucky Prince Andreas, who is holding a contest to find his bride? The conniving Clarence, whose sinister motives couldn't possibly spell true love? Joined by one of her father's guards, Liam, who happened to be out of the castle when the sleeping spell struck, Annie travels through a fairy tale land populated with characters both familiar and new as she tries to fix her sister and her family . . . and perhaps even find a true love of her own.

Finished Reading: 28th February 2013
Acquire: 07th February 2013
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Genre }
Fiction | Fairy Tales | Children | Teens | Fantasy
Release Day }  15th March 2011
Publisher }
Bloomsbury USA Children
Format } eBook
ISBN } B004PGMHUQ
Pages } 270 pages
Source } Bought
Age Group } PG 12 yo +
Interests } Fairy Tale Retellings 
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