Monday, January 28, 2013

Book Review- The Fellowship of the Ring

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Summary (from Good Reads)- 

The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

My Thoughts- 

How do I try to describe a book that is so wonderful, so detailed, so mindblowing.... and put it into words? I have no idea. But I'm going to try. 

The Fellowship of the Ring was first published in 1954. Tolkien intended for the trilogy of books to be read as one, but due to economic issues, it was published as the now very popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  

These books are high fantasy novels about the world of Middle Earth. And in Middle Earth, we have Elves, Goblins, Orcs, Wizards, Dragons, and even Hobbits.  The story is wrapped around this One Ring. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.  When Frodo Baggins discovers this One Ring and all it's horrible power, he embarks on a long journey to destroy it.  Along the way he meets many characters who are well crafted and are each different. 

I must say that the thing that sets this book apart from everything else, is the amount of detail that is put in this book. The history, the stories, the literature, the languages, the characters, everything; it all has immense detail. 

If you are someone who enjoys a fast paced, action packed novel, you probably won't enjoy this as much because that's not what it's about. It's more about this adventure, and the effect it has on the characters.  Even though, the summary only mentions Frodo Baggins, it really is a book about so many characters and their lives and experiences. 

Even though it feels like I've talked quite a bit about this book, I really have only scraped the surface of it. So if you can't already tell, READ IT!!! I'm not joking. Go and pick this book up. But if you haven't read The Hobbit, I would recommend reading that first. 

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. LOVE IT. 

Miss Book Reader

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Book Review- The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green 

Summary (from Goodreads)- 

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My Thoughts-

The Fault in Our Stars.  Such a powerful, heart wrenching, beautiful, and wonderful book about life, love, and the in between. 

This story has been talked about by so many people, that I just had to pick it up. But what is very interesting is that I went into this book, already knowing the major plot twist (thank you very much Internet). And yet I still had powerful reactions to what happened, and I found myself crying several times.  This book is one of the best books I have every read. I only just finished it two days ago and I already want to re-read it. 

I, like so many other people, cannot really talk about this book that well, because you simply just NEED to read it to find out. I loved this book so much. And even though there were a couple things I didn't like, in the end, I really didn't care, because it's just that good. 

I really can't say anything else about this book except go read it!! Enjoy this wonderful story. 

Five Stars. 

Miss Book Reader