Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Review : Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige


The New York Times bestselling first book in a dark new series that reimagines the Oz saga, from debut author Danielle Paige.
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a road of yellow brick—but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas. I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I've been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman's heart. Steal the Scarecrow's brain. Take the Lion's courage. And—Dorothy must die.

Review :

I want to start off by saying that when I started this book I what I would think if it. My twisted sense of curiosity is what got the best of me on this one and I am glad it did. Lots of twisted and backwards adventure to be found here!

Amy Gunn is your average girl who has been dealt a bad hadn at life. She has no friends (thanks to nasty Ms. Madison), her father left when she was young and her mom is is a druggie. She wants nothing more than to get away from her crappy trailer life. Well she gets her wish; just no how she expected it.

Welcome to Oz. But not how we know it. Yes the happy movies and the book is based on what had taken place but the story didn't end there...Dorothy came back and apparently became power and magic hungry. Glinda is a horrible slave driven, the munchkins are back to living in fear worse than with the witches. The beloved Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion are mutated and twisted into something atrocious! And many other twists await!

Let me give warning: DO NOT get attached to characters. There is a fair share of death in this book. And the first one I read has me very distrustful of bubbles right now and was gross! so unpleasant death at that! You have been warned...

Then we get the fun job of attempting to figure out who to trust. Everyone tells Amy to trust no one. So that sends a firm message that has me wondering through the entire book. Many characters seem to have ulterior motives and secrets. So Amy has to train and learn to fight, control magic all while wondering what is going on and why.

Danielle Paige has done a great job with character creation. Nox, Glamora, and other fantastic new characters are in this book. Amy I felt could have been a bit better. I do like her with her balance of flaws and abilities but her frame of mind and willingness so early on to kill disturbed me.

The ending bit a bit rushed with lots of important facts but it is just sort of hurled at the reader. Which leads to my last small annoyance: the back cover is misleading....By the end of the book she is just barely starting on the actually missions set. When I got this book I was not expecting a long series. Now I wonder how long this can be. I have no problem with a series but I prefer my summaries to cover the book not the whole series arc. There is a lot if filler in this book. While enjoyable, it was not necessary and I feel is deliberately drawing it out (much like drawing a movie into 2 parts-I don't like that either).

Less those few flaws, I really enjoyed this book. A good start to a new adventure. This is for older teens-adults with some graphic scenes and behaviors. The recreated world is fun to re-explore after many years. I will assuredly be continuing the series!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Happy Teacher's Day!


First of all, on behalf of the batch ALACRIS 1314, I’d like to wish a very Happy Teachers’ Day to all teachers especially the teachers of SESERI. Coming from various schools under the guidance of various teachers, we all do share the mutual feeling, that the teachers of SESERI are definitely one of a kind. They are the best of the best.  And even though we can never really thank our teachers enough, today is a chance to offer them a small token of our appreciation for the difference they make in our lives for the short period of time we were there.

Teachers are wonderful human beings who we’ll still remember for no matter how long it takes. We’ll remember the way they challenged us, how they pushed us, the encouragement that they gave us, the values that they taught us, the way they helped us to understand the world and analyze it and ask questions.  They helped us become the people that we are today.

Many adjectives come to mind when describing the teachers of SESERI but most importantly, these are the great people who touched our lives. They are the ones who constantly strived to get better and helped their students get better; Those teachers who stayed up late grading papers.  The teachers who gave up their afternoons and free periods to give that student a little bit of extra one-on-one help, and spent evenings and weekends developing lesson plans and activities so that they don't just teach the material, but make it come alive.  And the teachers who see the potential in students even when the students themselves don't see that potential.

William Butler Yeats, a famous poet once quoted, "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."  Teachers here today, and thousands like them, are surrounded every day by young people who will shape our future.  But it takes a special person to recognize that.  It takes a special person to light that fire, to raise our expectations for ourselves, and never give up on us no matter how challenging it might be. And we’re lucky that we found those special people here in SESERI.

And so today, we are honoured to recognize these outstanding men and women and all the teachers like them who have always had -- and will continue to have -- such an important impact on our lives. Again, Alacris 1314 wishes you Happy Teachers’ Day and continue inspiring.

Prepared by,
Ruba Shree a/p Ruba Sundaram
Assistant Head Girl Alacris 1314,

SM Sains Seri Puteri, KL.

Fabulous Us

Us (desperately) waiting for a pickup truck

Dear Miss Duratul Naqiah, 

We, the Alacris librarians of 13/14 would like to give you our most sincere gratitude for teaching us to be more responsible people. Thank you for the extraordinary amount of time you put into us, just to shape us into better person.  From being oblivious to mindful, passive to assertive and dull to resourceful, you've taught us invaluable lesson. We'd never forget these things you've taught us. Dealing with us may be a pain in the neck, but your effort wasn't futile. We hoped we had managed to make significant improvement in the organisation. We may have wronged you in every possible way and for that, we are truly sorry. Thank you for being patient with our flawed (yet fabulous) attitude. We may not be the best librarians you've had, but we've given our all! Happy Teacher's Day Miss Dura! 

Librarian Dinner

The "we got chill" squad aka Geng Bilik Media

We did read a few books

No, we didn't mess up the Children's Library

Us against the Nilam Week

“It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”
 Jane Austen