Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blog Tour Review and GIVEAWAY: Bridger by Megan Curd


Welcome to the Bridger Book Tour! Read on for my review of Bridger and to join the GIVEAWAY!


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:
Ashlyn McVean doesn't believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn't enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what's most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms.
MY TAKE:

Ashlyn McVean is not like anyone else. The stories her Irish grandmother told her about supernatural beings and myths and folklore? It's all real and Ashley is more a part of it than she could ever imagine.

I liked Bridger a lot. I think this is the first novel I've ever read that plays around with Irish folklore, and I was definitely entertained. Megan Curd does a masterful job of creating a world that feels real even though it's also a bit nuts and unbelievable at the same time.

Ashlyn is a cool chick. She kind of reminds me of my bad-ass friend who can kick the crap out of most guys I know. :) I liked that even though Ashlyn is vulnerable sometimes and needs to be rescued by some of the characters, there are still occasions wherein she can fight her own fights. There's nothing as annoying as heroines who do all the fighting in their head and just sit in the corner while everyone else fights around her.

Ashlyn's grandmother Memaw is another character to watch out for. She's the grandmother you almost wish you had. ;)

This book certainly needs to be read by a lot of people because I think this could do for Irish folklore what Twilight and The Vampire Diaries did for vampires.

THE GOOD:
  1. The characters are well-written.
  2. The location, the settings and the story itself are believable, despite the fact that the premise of the story is not that realistic.
  3. It's perfectly paced.
THE BAD:
  1. There was one character who would have been likable if he had not repeatedly hit on Ashlyn despite the fact that she had a boyfriend. To me, that's just rude and unforgivable.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Liam made it nearly impossible to feel human, even before knowing that I wasn't.
READ IT IF:
  1. You like mythology and folklore.
  2. You like strong heroines.
  3. You like romance and action.
RATING:
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I am the 22nd stop on this book tour. Next stop is Ya-Aholic.

And now for the GIVEAWAY: To win an ebook copy (you can state your preferred ebook format) of Bridger, just comment below with your email address. Giveaway ends on October 29. Keep following this tour as there will be a grand giveaway wherein you can win a signed copy and some swag!


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Review: What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS.COM:
The Tipping Point woke us to the wonders of Malcolm Gladwell; Blink, bringing us up with a start, confirmed his talents of discernment, and Outliers proved that this conscientious outsider was still watching us, picking up clues to how we all tick and synchronize our tics. In this batch of inquiries, Gladwell covers the world: from insurgent warlords to ketchup makers; from canine whisperers to ethnic profilers; from NFL signal callers to high school teachers. Most of us don't fit into any of those categories, but that doesn't lessen our interest in his observations. What the Dog Saw challenges us to think like other people and see like other species.
MY TAKE:

Until I read this book, I have never read anything by Malcolm Gladwell. Maybe I should have.

The book is basically a collection of articles by Gladwell and published in The New Yorker. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is about minor geniuses (like the inventor of the Chop-o-Matic). The second part is about theories. The third part, on the other hand, is about the way we judge and assume things about people.

The articles are all quite interesting, but I have two favorites. The first one is the title article (What The Dog Saw), which is about dog whisperer Cesar Millan. I watch the show every now and then, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite show. This article, however, made me see Cesar Millan in a slightly different light. It talked about his background, what he's like outside of the show, and what his childhood was like. It's a must-read for every fan.

The second article that fascinated me was "Million-Dollar Murray: Why Problems like Homelessness May Be Easier to Solve than Manage". Homeless people and panhandlers are not an uncommon sight here in the Philippines. The Department of Social Welfare and Development does what it can to help out, but there's only so much they can do. The article discussed how in one U.S. study, it was shown that most homeless people are not homeless for very long. It also showed that the chronic homeless can end up with hundred of thousands of dollars in hospital fees, etc. and it would cost the government less to rehabilitate them than it is to just manage their situation. In order to try and solve the homelessness problem, one city tried a program that offered to give homeless people a place to stay, and for the most part, the project has been a success. The arguments are logical and it makes me think if this can work in our country too and what the response to such a project will be.

THE GOOD:
  1. All the articles are interesting.
  2. The book will make you think. :)
THE BAD:
  1. It could be boring, if you're not a fan of non-fiction.
FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
Illusion remembers Cesar scribbling furiously on a pad. "He wrote that down. He said, 'That's it! It's like the dogs. They need exercise, discipline and affection.'" Illusion laughed. "I looked at him, upset, because why the hell are you talking about your dogs when you should be talking about us?"
READ IT IF:
  1. You like non-fiction books.
  2. You like literature that makes you laugh and think at the same time.
  3. You like Malcolm Gladwell's style.
RATING:
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