Stolen (a letter to my captor) by Lucy Christopher

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The Truth..
I am expecting that I would love this book.. most especially that everyone seems to love the book, that most of the reviews from the readers are positive.
but..
It saddened me that I feel disappointed after reading this. Truly that every book has different effects to the readers – and every readers has different reactions, overview, perspective and experiences with the books. And this book is flat..disappointing..annoying..

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.
This is my story.
A letter from nowhere.
Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?
The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

This book seemed very promising, but it was clear about halfway through that it wasn’t going to deliver. I couldn’t find a way to relate to the emotional flatness of the narrator, and I couldn’t take the attempts to redeem her captor either. It is a unique story, the premise was right up my alley – a psychological thriller, an exploration of Stockholm Syndrome, a story about a kidnapped person who finds herself emotionally attached to her captor – I think the last fifteen to twenty pages deal with it. But I need to finish this book so I did.. and what is this? A letter to my captor, but as I viewed it, it’s a recollection of everything that happened between Gemma and Ty in the middle of Australian Outback. I just couldn’t get all the wonderful reviews that I have read about this book – while me, I felt as disconnected with the characters – I don’t understand why I never loved this book the way other readers loved it. – I am Bored.

So this book… Just not my type. I’m not going to lie, Indeed I am disappointed. If you are into this kind of thing, more power to you! But it just wasn’t for me. Happy reading guys.

1 out of 5 stars.

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Refuel by RU Dela Torre

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After giving my life to the Lord, entrusting everything to Him, giving him the wheel of my life and being the Good Driver in Me – there comes a time that I wanted to experience again being the driver of my life and when I take it over again, my life becomes a mess again, confusions enters into my mind, problems arises, and underwent to the one of my biggest test last year and last year was the worst year of my life. And that made me decide to give it back to God again, And when I did that, amazingly, everything became normal, step by step problems solved. I felt that God’s hand is moving – and to maintain that I have to hold on to God, reading His word and communicating with Him through prayer makes me stronger everyday – and when I failed to read His word I feel dry, tired and weary to strive for everything in life.
Refuel is written by Pastor RU Dela Torre, a mix of personal reflections and devotional entries , it energize the reader while they are spending quiet times with God. And help the reader to go back to God’s Word and connect with Him again through prayer.
Deep inside each of us, there is a river of life. This river is a wonderful gift given to each of us by God. It flows with good health, a positive outlook on life, and a generous and forgiving attitude. Ideally, this river flows freely through us. When we allow this flow and keep our “well” from getting plugged-up, there’s a peace or an ease—a current that takes us along—and everything seems easier. Good things come our way. When wonderful opportunities are presented to us, we’re ready for them. On the other hand, there are those who always seem to be down, whether physically or emotionally. No matter what they do, they can’t seem to “snap out of it.” Their river has been stopped-up, and only a little trickle seems to pass through. Many people, however, have allowed their well to become stopped-up. They are always discouraged, and no matter what they do, they can’t seem to snap out of it. Years of neglect have turned a once power flowing river into a small stream. Everything’s hard—nothing comes easy. People with a stopped-up well have to strive for things that come easily to others. It’s as if they’ve become mired in a mud hole and every step is a struggle. Refuel will help you recharging your battery with the Lord, knowing God through His word, knowing His promises instore for us. Sometimes we have this struggles – issues like unforgiveness, anger, selfishness, offense and disobedience. These issues became like stones, dirt and debris that had caused our well to become stopped-up – Just remember, until you’re able to get your well cleared out and unclogged, everything will be difficult, disappointing and unfulfilling.. With this book and with the Bible, tap into that stream by clearing up what blocks its flow – and you will see that God will help you deal with the “stones” and “debris” that are stopping up your well. The issues – these issues are being dealt with one by one in my life. It’s been a long process, but the stones are much smaller today than they used to be – Be Recharge and Refuel by God.

5 out of 5 stars

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson , and Lauren Myracle

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♪♫♪  I’m dreaming of a White Christmas ♪♫♪

It’s not too late for me to read this kind of book that talks about Christmas and holiday season. Well to tell you the truth here in the Philippines, summer season had just started and other people are now in Boracay for their summer vacation and with the Holy Week vacation.

Let It Snow this is a three stories and three authors in one book. Each story is semi-connected to the other, giving us a full picture of the events of these characters night and the Christmas miracle that graced there lives. The Jubilee Express written by Maureen Johnson, Jubilee her protagonist finds herself stranded on a train in Gracetown in a huge snowstorm. A trip to the Waffle House introduces her to Stuart and friendship, or maybe something more, starts to form (to tell you the truth this one is my favorite among the three – funny and engaging and their story interested me). A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle written by John Green, hilariously describes the mission of three friends (Tobin, the Duke and JP) to get to the Waffle House where a group of cheerleaders are stranded and wanting to play Twister (Obviously it’s a masterpiece of John Green because of the most quotable lines in all – If you’ve read Green before, you’re already familiar with his formula: normal guy; nerdy, witty best friend; and mysterious, unattainable girl. His writing is so smart – it beats me why he doesn’t mix it up sometimes.). and lastly, The Patron Saint of Pigs written by Lauren Myracle, It focuses on an extremely self-focused character, Abbie and it shows that lost love can be found again with the help of Starbucks, angels, and even a pig (It was my least favorite – the story of Lauren Myracle, there was something snappy about her writing that was striking).
Let It Snow, it was a beautifully connected story of teenage love and loss. The authors each offer their own unique style while masterfully interlacing the people and places of the story. It was sweet, light-hearted and entertaining, the authors did a good job of interweaving the stories and characters and I think the book had a good sense of atmosphere. It is worth a read if you’re looking to escape a stormy night, or feeling nostalgic for your years of teenage angst.

I stood under the awning for a moment, but finally I decided that being in a bad mood with your friends beats being in a bad mood without them.

3 out of 5 stars

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

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The truth is we will meet the person that will change our lives in God’s time.

Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.
A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it. Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter’s life would never be the same. Being with Jamie would show him the depths of the human heart and lead him to a decision so stunning it would send him irrevocably on the road to manhood…

A Walk to Remember is one of those rare books that I’ve seen the movie of before I’ve read the book. I try and avoid this as much as possible as usually I love the book far more than the movie, and I’d rather be let down by a movie than by a book. (The truth, the movie made me cry. Even if I want to control it, the tears just falling down on my face). This story is of course about love, loss, grief and change. But while you read it, you also get this breeze of a wind that blows your face and says: it’s ok, this has to happen, but it’s gonna be alright. Anyway, as with every love story, this one too reaches a peak beyond which you just know that something bad is gonna happen. It’s the feeling you get when you know there is a price to pay. It is at that point that Nicholas Sparks has really penetrated your defences and leaves you reading in a very vulnerable state because you just don’t want nothing bad to happen to these characters. When he serves you with the tragic facts that have been kept hidden halfway through, he does so in a way that is acceptable. As I said, that wind in your face really does its job in telling you: yes, you and the characters have to go through this to come out stronger. The greatest thing I liked about this book is the profound messages of the story beyond what are written, though some are already given. I liked how faith works at Jamie, that even though everything has been taken from her, she dignifies how her faith still remains. I was also touched at how simply a very kind person could turn the people oppositely to what they were. There is even presence of the true effects of love, which it leads the in love human to think either sane or insane. And the story, in a way, emphasizes how humans should give attention, importance and deeper understanding on the things that surround them not until it’s too late. And the best of all is how faith can bring out the miracle to the surface out of the deepest pit. Nicholas Sparks draws the reader in with emotions, descriptions, love, and death. For those who enjoy novels that touch your heart and make you think about real life, A Walk to Remember is perfect for you.
The book is an easy read. It’s not like you won’t be able to put it down because at times you may find yourself putting the book down to reflect on what you have read. This is a book to remember.

I dont think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.

5 out of 5 stars

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

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Allie and Noah..

Noah and Allie..

A love story begins in the 1931, set along a small beach town in North Carolina. The Notebook tells a story of young love. Two teenagers in New Bern North Carolina meet. Noah Calhoun and Allie Nelson catch a little southern summer magic and fall in love. Unfortunately, they are doomed to be parted, and at the end of the summer, Allie’s disapproving parents take her away from Noah.
After 14 years of separation, Allie’s father shows her a newspaper article with Noah, standing in front of the restored home he’d promised for her. About to be married something inside her needs to see him. Needs to confirm that all that’s been in her heart all these years is real, was real. After they spend a couple days together, their feelings emerge and they must make some difficult decisions.
A trademark of Nicholas Sparks, his novels are jam-packed with emotions (this is not an ordinary for a man to write an emotional novel – it’s always been a woman who are emotional when it comes in their novel isn’t it?). But Nicholas, he is the kind of man who put his heart in his every novels. And this one, is the best, The Notebook is a tear-jerker, a heartwarming, and yet a heartbreaking story. The characters are authentic, the plot is fantastic yet not unbelievable, and each scene flows smoothly together so we are able to understand a story told in pieces. Sparks writes in a way that brings out the love, pain, and uncertainty that fuel his characters. When it rains in the book, the reader feels the chill and excitement of the downpour (and me looking up in the sky hoping that it will rain, so that I can go outside while the rain is pouring), and understands just how two people can fall in love as Allie and Noah do.
The Notebook is a classic tale of love lost and regained after many years, and is a truly romantic and touching story (Indeed, there is a forever). This is an amazing book that captures your attention and keeps you guessing what will happen next. You will never want to put it down.

We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has only happened once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.

5 out of 5 stars

The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner

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Meet Chris Gardner, and this is his story.

Chris Gardner grew up without a father. He has a stepfather who was degrading, unpredictable and constantly reminded him that he was not his daddy. At a young age, Chris vowed to never be like his stepfather. He vowed that if he ever had a child, he would constantly be by his side and in his life. Growing up in a variety of places and with a variety of people, Chris had a challenging childhood. He joined the Navy as an adult, went into medical training, and got married and has a kid. His wife left him with financial issues and he become homeless at one point. His wife left Chris with their son because of money and relationship issues. I was amazed at how passionately he wanted to be with his son in the meantime. And later on his wife returned their son because he could support him better. After seeing a red Ferrari, he wanted to be a stockbroker. He worked towards that, homeless and all. That shows determination and motivation; to work towards a goal when it seems almost impossible. After being hired by Bearstone’s stock company, Chris gradually succeeded as a stockbroker. He later went on to open his own brokerage firm.
The Pursuit of Happyness, is a brutally true, remarkably honest, foul mouthed account of a rags to riches story. Chris Gardner shares the episode of his life that full of beliefs, perseverance and courage. Despite of being an Afro American, he proved to us that no matter what life throws infront of us , no matter how hard it is, we have to believe in ourselves and in our goal that everything is possible. Keep moving forward to achieve success in life. It also has excellent messages about the importance of keeping your cool in the face of incredible disappointment and provocation. I’ve seen the movie and it’s really a heart wrenching film most especially the scene of Will Smith with his son, a great relationship of father and son. The unusual spelling of the book and film’s title comes from a mural that Chris Gardner sees on the wall outside the daycare facility his son attends. He complains to the owner of the daycare that “happiness” is incorrectly spelled as “happyness” and needs to be changed. Great Book and great movie, very inspiring story.

Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish. This is your worth, who you really are, your degree that can go with you wherever you go, that you bring with you the moment you come into a room, that can’t be manipulated or shaken. Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to feel legit inside first.

4 out of 5 stars

To My Forever Date

“What’s on your mind?”

Every time , when we are together and I’m unusually quiet, you’ll look at me and ask, “What’s on your mind?” I’ll always give you an answer, “Wala lang. (Nothing.)”. You are not satisfied with that kind of answer because for you there’s always a reason. So I will say that I’m thinking about you, but you ‘ll never believe in that. And then, we’d talk about something else. The truth is, I wasn’t thinking about nothing. I was REALLY thinking about you. Have you ever wondered why I would always stare at you when you were sleeping, when you were busy playing games with my phone or with your phone.. looking at you as if I am studying and memorizing your face? That’s because I love looking at you while you’re in dreamland, playing games, and just doing nothing. I would look at you, just look at you. And then I’d just find myself praying, “God, what good did I do to deserve him?”

I believe that God loves me unconditionally, and here He is sending you just to make me happy. And I believe in you. You are real. Your love for me is real. Nothing is more real than this. What good did I do to deserve this? I’d look for reasons. I would consider the moment I looked for the student who dropped her school ID when I was in a shopping mall with Mama. Or being a good daughter with my parents. Or helping those people who are in needs. But no, they are not good enough. You are bigger than all of them combined. I got scared sometimes. I’d think, maybe the question I should be asking was “What bad did you do to deserve me?” Or maybe this happiness actually came with misery that I was yet to feel. Worst, “What if I don’t deserve you at all?” That’s what ran through my head every day when we were together or when I am all by myself. I couldn’t figure it out. I was looking for a reason you’re mine.

Not anymore…

I woke up today with a smile. Last night I had an epiphany. Screw karma; screw it. Who cares if I deserve you or not? Who cares if you deserve me? Who cares why you’re here? What matter is you ARE here, you are mine, I am yours and I’ll be the biggest idiot if I ever let you go. When you see me looking at you like that again, there’s no need to ask me what I’m thinking and why I’m not saying anything. I’ll say it now. When you’re looking at the best thing that ever happened to you, the most beautiful man, your one and only source of inspiration, there really isn’t much to say but this..

“Thank you.”

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

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It hurts..

My heart really hurts…

It break my heart into pieces..

aaarrrggghhhh!!!…

Tired of the usual dating politics, Beatrice “Trixie” Jordan follows an impulse and replies to a personal ad: “If your intentions are pure, I’m seeking a friend for the end of the world”. In doing so, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming young writer, a passionate seeker of life. Despite their jaded views of the world, they fall immediately in love. Trixie and Jacob begin an emotionally charged and tumultuous affair, one they tried desperately to keep sacred. As they struggle to carve out a future beyond the Los Angeles hills, Trixie and Jacob face family secrets that threaten to keep the two close to home… or atleast apart from one another.
With brash humor and a bit of heartbreak, wry and vulnerable Trixie leads us through the joys and furies of her wrenching romance, leaving behind a raw vision of love and loss of a lifetime.

I can’t count how many times did I put this book down, just to paused for a while, to internalized every word of this book. I don’t know how I am going to get over this book. I don’t think I can. It has left it’s imprint in my heart and soul. Its the type of book that leave its mark and I will keep thinking about it over and over for next…forever…. I am seriously getting teary eye just reading this book and looking through my clippings for quotes I want to use. This book is full of poetic words.. words that I really enjoyed. Enjoying the words that flowing into something so beautiful that it will grow and make you think there is nothing better then this right now. Its a wonderful feeling and I thank this author for creating something so perfect. I sigh a lot of times because I felt every emotions of Trixie, I want to scream at the top of my lungs, because I find myself putting myself into Trixie’s character and it really break my heart.
God-Shaped Hole, is something that is so unexpected, its so hard to come up with the right words to describe this book, its beautiful, amazing, awesome, heartwrenching, painful, heartwarming – its all in one. Tiffanie DeBartolo, You are perfect, you really made my day and thank you for this great book and you really made me fall in love with this one.

We’re all searching for something to fill up what I like to call that big, God-shaped hole in our souls. Some people use alcohol, or sex, or their children, or food, or money, or music, or heroin. A lot of people even use the concept of God itself. I could go on and on. I used to know a girl who used shoes. She had over two-hundred pairs. But it’s all the same thing, really. People, for some stupid reason, think they can escape their sorrows.

5 out of 5 stars (more than 5, I mean!!)

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

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Poetry can be difficult to read.
A poem often has multiple layers of meaning that will unfold over a few readings–and it’s important to give a poem that opportunity. It’s a good idea to read a poem more than once in a sitting or go back and reread it over the course of a few weeks or even a lifetime. Remember that the process of exploring a great poem should be part of the reward. And at the end of the day, you will just see yourself loving to read more of it.
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty  is written by Christine Heppermann, it’s collection of fifty poems puts the ideals of fairy tales right beside the life of the modern teenage girl. It talks about modern issues, from anorexia, abuse, social pressure and women’s sexualization. It’s a seamless transition from fantasy to reality. The poems accompanied by the weird and wonderful photograph that made the book absolutely georgeous. The author does a wonderful job by touching female issues in such a unique and interesting way. The book is very light, slim and small and easy to handle but full of surprises. This collection of Poetry is great for a woman finding herself in a modern world, and for every female who wants poetry and those who wants to try reading a poetry.

If you find the dividing line between fairy tales and reality, let me know. In my mind, the two run together, even though the intersections aren’t always obvious. The girl sitting quietly in class or waiting for the bus or roaming the mall doesn’t want anyone to know, or doesn’t know how to tell anyone, that she is locked in a tower. Maybe she’s a prisoner of a story she’s heard all her life- that fairest means best, or that bruises prove she is worthy of love.

4 out of 5 stars.

MACARTHUR ni Bob Ong

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Paano ko ba uumpisahan itong pagsusuri ko sa aklat na ito, kapag kasi nakikita ko itong librong ito sa bookstore lage ako napapatingin dito na para bang nagsasabing basahin mo ako, saka ang cute din talaga ng kulay – pula, eh wala pa akong ideya na si Bob Ong ang sumulat nito – ulit, eh kasi nga nakakalimutan ko nang lapitan itong libro na ito pagkatapos kong maglibot sa bookstore at magbayad sa cashier. Tapos si Goodreads lang pala yung mas makakapagyugyog sa akin na basahin si MACARTHUR na isinulat pala talaga ni Bob Ong. Na wala akong kaalam-alam na maloloka pala ako sa librong ito. As in Naloka ako na bonggang bongga.

Ang librong ito ay Rated SPG. Striktong patnubay at gabay ng magulang ay Kailangan. May maseselang tema, eksenang karahasan, droga, lenggwahe, at katatakutang maaring hindi angkop para sa mga batang magbabasa 

huh??bakit??…
MACARTHUR, ay ang librong naglalaman ng napakaraming mura, mga bisyong katulad ng droga at alak, idagdag ko pa po ang korapsyon ng isang pulis, at ang pagnanakaw ng isang estudyante sa kanya mismong pamilya. Ngunit, subalit, datapwat, ang librong ito na isinulat ni Bob Ong ay may aral na tatagos sa puso ng isang mambabasa – may kapupulutang aral – at naglalaman ng tungkol sa pagkakaibigan. Dito ko nakilala ang ibat-ibang uri ng karakter, ang apat na magkakaibigan na my ibat-ibang pinagdadaanan sa buhay, ibat-ibang hamon sa buhay na pilit nilang hinaharap sa ibat-ibang paraan, at napansin ko na lang na ang mga nararanasan o ginagawa ng bawat karakter sa istoryang ito ay siyang nararanasan at ginagawa din ng ilang mga tao hindi lang sa ating bansa kung hindi pati na rin sa ibang mga bansa. Si Bob Ong ay muling gumawa ng isang libro na hango sa tunay na buhay – sa pagkakataong ito hindi lang sa buhay ng mga Pilipino kungdi pati na rin sa buhay ng bawat tao sa mundo, tinalakay niya ang ibat-ibang aspeto ng buhay (ng mga nalululong sa droga, buhay ng mga kabataan, at ng kahirapan sa buhay ng mga mamamayan). MACARTHUR – hindi ba siya yung nagsabi ng katagang “I Shall Return”?.., opo siya nga, pero hindi po niya ito istorya, talambuhay o kasaysayan. Bagkus ito po ay tungkol sa sinabi niya. Ang buhay po ng ating bida ay may kinalaman dito, ang ating bida ay hindi perpekto, siya ay gumawa ng mga mali sa buhay, naligaw ng landas na ikinalungkot ng kanyang pamilya, at sa bandang huli siya ay nagdesisyong bumalik sa kanyang pamilya, at sa kabila ng lahat ng ginawa niya ay buong pusong tinanggap siya ng mga ito – at yan po ay tumutukoy sa salitang “I Shall Return” .
Sa isang banda, ang librong ito ay pagiisipin ang kanyang mga mambabasa, at muli mapapasambit ka ng tama nga naman, ang ating pamilya lang talaga yung kaya tayong tanggapin kahit pa ikaw ang pinakamasamang tao sa buong mundo, yung talagang ibang iba silang magmahal, grabe no. Ang galing talaga nitong si Bob Ong, matapang niyang isinulat itong napakasensitibong librong ito. Para sa lahat maliban sa mga bata.

Dalawang dekada ka lang mag-aaral. Kung di mo pagtitiyagaan, anak, limang dekada ng kahirapan ang kapalit. Sobrang lugi. Kung alam lang iyon ng mga kabataan, sa pananaw ko e walang gugustuhing umiwas sa eskwela.

5 bituin sa librong ito.