Saturday, 19 March 2011

Green Witch

It's been a long time since I picked up a book that has left me wanting to buy it now and read it until I am not alive. Green, a girl who has lost her family in a fire, lives alone where every seems to grow with her touch. People come to her to tell her their stories and she writes them down giving each story their own flavor with the garden she grows. From the start, one can tell that she carries a huge weight in her heart. She feels responsible for what has happened to her sister, but she manages to move forward with the stories she hears and continues to write because people are coming to her to relieve their burden. She also knows that she has a position in the village as a writer. She knows that people acknowledge and want her to be there. She knows that she is known in the village as a writer. Over time, Green grows into a character with strength and love. The strength and love she did not have before. The strength and love she lost when she lost her family. Readers will tattoo Green in their heart and let the love of stories grow with her.

There is very little dialogue in this story. Some dialogue that is there is in italics, which I find strange because it adds eeriness to the story. Its as if the conversation has taken place in their mind, but we all know that the conversation has taken place orally. Alice Hoffman keeps her writing simple yet adds depth and clarity along with challenges that teens I know will love. The story is in first person yet readers will feel as if she's telling her story in third person. Alice Hoffman takes story telling to a whole different height. The height that old writers use to take.

Green Witch is written not in chapters, but parts I would say that is full emotional depth. Readers will submerge themselves in elements and colors that will change the readers lives.

Sunday, 6 March 2011


Evermore was one book that I wanted to put down, but could not because I wanted to know what happened next. The writing was not that bad, but the main character, Ever, was annoying. I just wanted to get inside the book, shake her and tell her get a grip. You lived. Your sister needs to move on and Damen is the best thing that has happened well besides her aunt. I wanted to tell her to embrace what she has right now and to cherish it, but Ever is bent on playing woe is me part. I may sound insensitive while saying that, but the truth is Ever seems to finds faults in everything she does. Ever seems to want to shut herself out of her life because she has these powers. Her psychic powers. She should consider that a gift and help other people with it instead of shunning it out. I am deeply troubled with Ever and her actions. I hope she improves in the books to come.
I also found the beginning of the book a little slow. It took 3/4 of the book to get to the exciting part where we find out Damen is an immortal. The story definitely needs work and some action has to come in halfway through the book, but what I did was I just stuck to the book and read it. Then once I got passed the 3/4 mark. The story picks up and now I get to see some action, so the thing is readers will have to force themselves to stick to the book until they don't find out Damen is an immortal.
I won't say the writing is bad. Alyson noel goes into great detail in providing the scene for the party and details of the house. Her book is not heavily on dialogue. It is there, but the there are descriptions and she does showing instead of telling. So I would say pick this book up if you have the tolerance to deal with Ever like I did.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Welcome to the World Uncorporation

Guess what? You will meet people who will not want to work with you. People who refuse to say yes you can do this but I need you to do this. Nope! They want to fill their pockets, so they will find ways to make you pay so they can go home and buy a BMW while you ride that raggedy old Nissan or whatever.
I met such a man today who refused to cooperate with me. He said, "you could do the study abroad program or go to a university in US to study Japanese." I made some proposals, but refused all of them. It's not my problem that you don't have a professor to teach Japanese. They're job is to give me what I want because I am paying them to teach me. Seriously if it wasn't for students, teachers would not exist. On top of that, he treats me like crap.
"I don't think you're understanding me. You will either have to do study abroad or study at a university here." That is not how you answer to students. He couldn't be any nicer. There are better ways to say no than to say that and say no. If he wanted to say no, then why waste my time and make me wait just to say no.
I didn't say anything when I left. I just left his office saying I need time to think about it. Oh and by the way, when I left his office, he said I should get a rich uncle to pay for my education.
Now after hearing all that, can you guess how I'm feeling?