The Mortal Instrements

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey

Book I: Eve (October 4, 2011)

Book Description (My Copy)

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and her life.

Book Description

The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust...and her heart.

He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Book II:Once (July 3, 2012)

Book Description

 Eve finds refuge in Califia, but she can't escape the king's soldiers forever. When she is captured and brought to the City of Sand, she learns why the King has been hunting her, and the role he intends her to fulfill. Eve feels desperate and trapped—until she is reunited with Caleb inside the city walls.

Together, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hub Ul Binat | حب البنات

I LOVE this movie!! I've seen it a lot of times. It always gives me a warm feeling. It’s one of the best Arabic movies of the 21c.

The Title
Ashraf Abd El Baqy playing Muheeb
Muheeb after moving to Nada's buliding, taking care of his office.

Bored and looking for true love.
"Drink water every night before you go to bed."

After I watched Nora Roberts' Montana Sky I knew from where the story has been taken.

Hub El Bannat is a remake of Nora Roberts' Montana Sky, minus the killings and murders parts! They made it more close to the Arabic culture, in any case I LOVE both movies a lot, and have them both on DVD.

Montana Sky, also known as Nora Roberts' Montana Sky, is a 2007 made-for-TV movie. It was directed by Mike Robe, and stars Ashley Williams and John Corbett.

Nada played by Layla Olwi being very sad after her father's death.
Meeting their new neighbor Muheeb, and meeting her sister Ghada.
Half-sisters (Three different mothers and one father “Mustafa Abu Hagar) Nada, Ghada, and Rouaya "Roka" Abu Hagar are left their wealthy father's multimillion-dollar money and apartment, after his death. The only stipulation is that the girls will have to live with each other for a year.

Having never previously met, the three sisters, who have very different personalities, (Nada loves to cook and take care of others - Ghada is sporty and edgy, always nervous and can’t let anyone in - Roka is Half-English, Half-Egyptian who likes to have fun but feels lost) agree to the strange situation, despite having reservations about their forced family reunion.

During their trial, the three girls fall in love, and realize that maybe their situation wasn't such a bad thing after all. They discover what family means, and how wonderful it is to have sisters. They start viewing their womanizer father differently, and even Ghada start missing him.

Nada returns to her school sweetheart Omar, Ghada marries the hottest guy in campus, the sporty Hazim, and Roka leaves the actor superstar Kareem and marries their family shrink Muheeb who tells the whole story, having been the shrink of the three girls. (I love Ashraf's voice, it's very deep and beautiful.)

Ghada's mom trying to get her to live with her sisters so she can have her father's money and so she could marry again.

Ghada played by Hanna Turk
Trying to open up and let love and life in.
Scaring off her true love Hazim when she thinks he was making fun of her with his friends.
Hazim asking Nada for Ghada's hand.

Ruka trying to fit in.

Dumping Kareem and feeling lost again.
Kareem asking for love and respect not just as a guy, but as a star.

Finding happiness and love with Muheeb of all people!

Finding love and happiness with Hazim.
Finally being with Omar after so many years of breaking up and getting together.
Leaving a superstar to find herself.

Omar surprising Nada with her banner cooking show "Tabak El Nada".

Omar trying to ask Nada to be his wife.

Ruka convincing her sister that she should be with Omar.
Afraid to love.

The Cast

Layla Olwi - Nada Abu Hagar
Hanna Turk - Ghada Abu Hagar
Hanna Shyha - Roqaya Abu Hagar
Ahmad Aze - Omar
Ashraf Abd El-Baqi - Muheeb
Khaled Abu El-Naja - Kareem
Ahmad Barada - Hazim

Hanna Turk and Khaled Abu El-Naja
The Cast
The Cast

My Copy of the movie, you can get your too on:

Habibi by Craig Thompson [September 20, 2011]

September 20, 2011
From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets (“A triumph for the genre.”Library Journal), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.
My Review: [September 27, 2011]
I just got this book!! It's 672 pages of gorgeous beautiful Arabian art!!! Habibi حبيبي in Arabic means "My Love" or "My Beloved".

I was shopping for books on September 27, 2011. I was going to the cashier when I noticed a breath-taking looking book! I remember holding it close and saying "Wow" loudly, a customer beside me turned his head to look at "the-wow-book"!

I went home quickly wanting to be alone with this pretty Arabic/English book! I flipped it open and begin reading and I was instantly in love with Dodola and Zam's story. The description of the prophets' story was very accurate and beautiful to look at.

But because I read both Arabic and English was confused over some things going on. First, until the half of the book, I thought we were following a story in the old times, stories of harem and whatnot. But by the half we see there are cars and modern life technology! We see from the costumes, that are kind of Indian or Pakistani country, and yet they speak and talk and write Arabic and obviously are Muslims! The world he created is not contemporary to our world now.

Second, I didn't get the whole use of the magic boxes and why we see a ط on Dodola's back for slavery when ع is the first letter in Arabic for the word.

I'm an Arabian woman who lives in the Middle East and I never encountered anything like what I read. The world he created is not contemporary for me at least.

About men actually removing their manhood is so strange and unrealistic; I never met or knew a man who wanted their "equipment" removed.

All through the book, we see that Dodola tells Zam The Prophets stories as bedtime stories. We see that she tries to relate to them to stay strong, and to teach Zam something in their free time.

The book is beautifully breath-taking that takes the beautiful Arabian designs and stories like One Thousand and One Nights way of narrating a story to a whole new level of beautiful. 

My only complainant would be Prophet Noah's story. It was written in a foul language for a story about a prophet.

After some research, I think the meant city is India and the language is Urdu (

I was shocked to know that the author spent 8 years creating this book!! WOW!! I mean, wow, really, that's dedication!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Marmara Hotel in Amman Catches Fire!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Today before 4:20 apparently, a close by Hotel caught fire, and it burnt the half from downstairs to all the rooms above.

All I can say, thank God nobody was hurt as far as I know, and it was raining lightly, I hope the helped the firemen taking control on the raging fire.

I wish I was there to take photos for the fiery event, but I got photos of the place in black shades and ruins!

Check the photos out.

The Hotel official website:

Everyone that heard the news are gossiping about it and some say that the fire was fabricated, they told me that this is not the first time this hotel caught on fire. Artificial fire or not, these photos are something. Hope you enjoyed some local news from your one and only journalist Miss Dana Al-Basha (^_~)

I’ll try to keep you posted with facts and local gossip from Amman.