Hate is...it's too easy. Love. Love takes courage.
Speechless spoke to me in so many levels. I believe this is one of the strongest contemporary novels I've read to date.
Chelsea, for a lack of a better word, is a blabber. She's a gossip starter and she couldn't care any less whatever her gossiping might bring to the persons involved. She's doing it for Kristen, her supposed-to-be best friend and the most popular girl in school, and she's doing it for her social status. But everything went horribly wrong when the latest secret she shared almost cost the life of someone. She ended up telling what happened to her parents, cops were called, news spread out, and just overnight, her social status came crashing down.
At first, I thought I wouldn't like Chelsea. I thought she was conceited and self-involved. But boy was I wrong! Not only did I love her but she and me connected in a way I never thought we would. I love her voice, I love being inside her head, and I love hearing her thoughts. When she took the vow of silence, she didn't know it yet but this showcased her strength and character.
It's not an easy process, though. I saw her struggle to maintain her vow, how confused and frustrated she was that Kristen didn't take her side but only made her downfall worse. But with these came the realization that what she and Kristen had was an unhealthy relationship. New friends came along the way and she understood the true value of friendship.
In the end, Chelsea became one of my most favorite characters. Her resilience is commendable and I admire her for growing up, owning up to her bad decisions, and learning to forgive herself.
Speechless is my first Hannah Harrington novel and it definitely wouldn't be my last. I am very much looking forward to reading her debut novel, Saving June, and her future works. Speechless is out today. Don't forget to grab yourself a copy, I assure you it won't disappoint.
**An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley.(less)
I never thought I'll be finishing this book in a heartbreaking note. For a book that seemed so magical and lightweight, it packed quite a melancholic...moreI never thought I'll be finishing this book in a heartbreaking note. For a book that seemed so magical and lightweight, it packed quite a melancholic atmosphere and emotion. What a fantastic read!
**This review focuses more on the feelings I had in Code Name Verity rather than about the characters. This wa...moreOriginally posted at Smitten over Books.
**This review focuses more on the feelings I had in Code Name Verity rather than about the characters. This was intentional to keep myself from giving away major spoilers.
Excerpt: "All I have done is buy myself time, time to write this. I haven't really told anyone anything of use. I've only told a story. But I have told the truth. Isn't that ironic? They sent me because I am so good at telling lies. But I have told the truth."
Code Name Verity was one of a kind. I believe it was the first book I ever come across that did not make any sense, well at least to me. Everything I read was pure technical, war details, pilot stuff and I couldn't care less. I was ready to drop this and just get on with my life--I was bored, in short.
But there was something really compelling about its narration. Told from two perspectives, you just want to find out what would happen next and even though you know that freedom is next to nil, you still wish for it.
Verity is a British spy. When she made a seemingly minor but fatal mistake of blowing her cover by looking at the wrong side of the road, she was arrested and held as a prisoner of war. This started her confession and she was then branded as a collaborator.
She started this confession by saying, "I am a coward." I believed her. She was indeed a coward but what I did not realize was she was brilliant and cunning. If only I knew how good she was as a spy, I would've prevented the inevitable. Before I knew it, I was cradling my heart like a broken limb suffering from what I called the book-heart attack. That "KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK" wrecked my heart in two. *sobs*
It amazes me how Wein managed to snagged my heart where it mattered. She planted tangents and those tangents knitted itself together taking the story with it. As I was reading, I thought I have no idea what the characters were talking about but I kept guessing correctly at everything!
Don't be fooled by Code Name Verity. It is not solely a novel about World War II. It was the undercurrent, yes but Code Name Verity is so much more. It is a novel about friendship and loyalty, how you will do anything to save someone precious to you. It was everything the book cover was trying to sell.
It is so hard for me to write this review, more so in rating it. Logically, Code Name Verity is a book I would not like. It was slow and it does not make any sense half of the time. But the saving grace of this book definitely overshadowed its weak points. Code Name Verity made me feel so much. There was just too much conflicting emotions running around inside of me that I simply do not know what to say. But if there was one feeling that stood out from the rest, it would be heart ache. I was heartbroken, crashed and trampled upon by this heartrending tale of friendship and sacrifice.
Resilience and patience pays in the end my friends, and I was definitely glad I decided to finish this book.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley.(less)
Excerpt: "Don't you know the first thing about fairy tales, Mirabelle? No one is going to s...moreOriginally posted at Smitten over Books. Actual rating 4.5.
Excerpt: "Don't you know the first thing about fairy tales, Mirabelle? No one is going to spoon-feed you the answers. A curse is as much about courage as it is about growth. They're one and the same."
It's been a long time since I came across a book that gripped me from its first page and that book cover could never be more appropriate for this mesmerizing novel.
"Girls became victims and heroines. Boys became lovers and murderers. And sometimes...they became both"
Kill Me Softly revolves around Mirabelle, an orphan. Her parents had died in a tragic fire at her christening party so she lived with her two loving godmothers. She always dreamt of visiting her parents' grave but her godmothers won't allow it. So on her sixteenth birthday, she runaway and went to Beau Rivage to look for her parents' resting place. But Beau Rivage was not really a regular town and she was introduced to people whom she thought only existed on children's books and bedtime stories.
She met Felix and she fell in love with him despite the many warnings of Blue and others. She knew what was coming, but she gave in to the temptation to know more about him. She thought she was special, the sole exception to all that he was capable of doing. She believed what she wanted to believe and that was Mira's mistake and it almost cost her life.
Mirabelle or Mira was by no means perfect. She was stubborn, hard-headed, and sometimes downright rude. But what really got to me was the insta-love. I almost hated her for it but I do think she couldn't help it. Felix was magnetic and enthralling because it is in his blood--or in his curse to be alluring to girls who are vulnerable. He might seemed perfect but he was dangerous. Blue, Felix's younger brother, tried to ward her off through unconventional deed. He share the same curse with his brother, but whilst Felix is charming, Blue is exasperating.
One of Mira's weakness was plunging blindly to love so quickly. By running away, she was finally able to stand on her own because although her godmothers love her so much, they shielded her too much and she was sicked with all the rules. The do's and dont's were just too suffocating. That's why when Blue kept on warning her, she was fast to stay on the other path, the wrong direction which made her all the more naive and trusting to the wrong person.
Felix was undeniably, a gentleman. I liked him, although I was a bit wary with all his perfectness and smoothness. But like Mira I did not believe Blue because he was, in a lack of better word, a jerk. He drove me nuts with his mixed-signals, inept warnings, and unwavering cockiness.
The characters although not without weaknesses and imperfections were impressively apt for the setting Cross was trying to build. Her version was not conventional wherein everything just fit perfectly into place. In Kill Me Softly, there is no guarantee that you will have your happy ending. But you were a pawn, nonetheless, because you are a character in a story that has already been written. So Cross needed her characters to stray afar from the goody-two-shoes act. She need them to rebel even if fate could just thwart their efforts.
The other characters were also very interesting. I kept guessing who's who. The modern versions of the fairy tale characters we loved like Snow White, Beauty while greatly different from the ones we're familiar with are surprisingly fresh and fascinating.
But what really captivated me was the retelling itself. If the book cover was any indication, Cross did not choose to pattern her story with the usual "cheery" versions. It was the Grimms' version she picked, the version where The Little Mermaid did not get his Prince and became a sea foam, where Cinderella's stepsisters cut their toes to be able to fit into Cinderella's tiny slipper. It was the mixing and incorporating part that held my attention.
"She'd never looked more beautiful, more perfect, than she did when she was dead."
"I held her life in my hands. And then I took it away from her."
"I lost her. I destroyed her. But I never forgot her. I never let her go."
I hated the weakness of Mira, the insta-love, her indecisiveness and impetuousness. I almost gave up reading this. But Kill Me Softly has its moments, and when it has it, it was glorious. The little snippets of a story within chosen chapters were haunting but incredibly enchanting. The Bluebeard tale depicting that of the curse of the Valentine brothers (I am not really sure if this was adapted) was extremely well-done and perfect for the scene. The little details made the whole novel much more whole and solid: the animal magnetism, the taxonomy of curses, Jewel coughing up gems, Viv savaged treatment to apples, Henley's obsession to Viv, Freddie's obsession to swords, Blue's hair color, Felix bloody chamber, the razor blade necklace. It was full of everything and I would have smacked myself if I gave up on it because of its flaws and setbacks.
Kill Me Softly was an exceptional take on fairy tales. It was a whole new dimension of retelling and it was anything but fluffy or light. It was original and the plot was cleverly woven. It amazes me that beneath all the dark and twisted layers, the core was really about hope and love. If you want a leap away from traditional happily ever afters, then you do not want to miss this brilliantly executed novel. I love retellings and Kill Me Softly did not disappoint.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley.(less)
Stormdancer has all the merit, the grace, the freaking epicness. I AM IN AWE. I AM STUNNED. I AM AMAZED. My jaw is somewhere in the floor of my dormitory struggling to close itself and to recover from the awesomeness of it all. There are no words to express how much Stormdancer touched me. There are no words. No words.
Oh come on guys. Do I really need to spell it all out why Stormdancer rock so hard, it made the ant hills tremble in fear for their existence. It made thunderstorms cool. It made you want to have a Kenning. This book is so good, I have to stop for a while, wide eyed and slack jawed, look at my surroundings and remind myself that I'm not Yukiko. It's a shame really because I want my own Buruu. I want my own arashitora!
I swear to you, I was grinning, smirking, giggling all by myself in class with my professor in the middle of her lecture about peritoneal dialysis and epidural anesthesia. Nothing else mattered at those times. NOTHING ELSE. I was thoroughly sucked in and I could care less with anyone. Anything is nothing compared to this. SHALL I CONVINCE YOU MORE? Because I can, I could go on and on about how freakingtastic Stormdancer is.
Honestly, I was well-prepared for anything. Those early reviews of those lucky reviewers about Kristoff's writing being so...overwhelming. Indeed it is, in a good way. I loved it. Every word is chosen carefully to add more conviction, to provide more weight in a situation. I appreciated how he string words together, how the words become lifelike, how it showcased his creativity, how it become an art, a written painting. Everything was so vividly described and characterized, even the slightest details were beautifully crafted. Kristoff's writing made my senses alive.
For those of you who might've problem with that kind of writing, do not give up. The last thing you would ever want to do is give up. I swear it will grow on you and you will love it. If not, then something's really wrong with you. Nah, I'm just kidding. Or am I? But seriously, you wouldn't meet Buruu. The glorious arashitora whom everybody loves right now. Just do it for Buruu. ALL HAIL BURUU!
Yukiko, the bearer of the kick-ass sash and the winner of the badass trophy. You just have to hand it to her. She's fierce yet compassionate. She's just a young girl task to start a revolution, to change everything, to inspire people to see through the haze of corruption, the heat of oppression, to save what there's left to be save. She was an enigma to behold.
The romance. Oh how I giggled. Buruu can be such a tease sometimes. I think it effectively added another side to Yukiko. There was also Yukiko's relationship with her father. She hated him for all the thing she thought she lost because of him. Only to find out that he gave it all up just for her. In his father he learned forgiveness and sacrifice. Her father once said to her, "One day you will see that we must sometimes sacrifice for the sake of something greater". And her father do held to this until the very end.
Kristoff's Stormdancer is my first steampunk. It reminded me why I love reading in the first place. It's because I want to feel so much, I'm going to be so close to exploding. It's because I want to be mindblown. I want to be transported into a completely different world that only amazingness awaits me. GAWD. JAY KRISTOFF remember this, if I see you someday I will...cry. YOU ARE JUST...My heart just bursts with admiration for you.
It's been a long time since I fell madly in love with a book I'd sell my right kidney just to..I don't know..spread the love? It's packed-full of adventure with solid characters and important and relevant themes. It was about everlasting bond and friendship, unconditional love, sacrifice and reconciliation, and family. It was incredibly outstanding, marvelously superb and everything in between. It was love.
If I had a love jar, I would certainly be broke by now. But yeah, I still want my own Buruu. Dibs.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley. ----------------- *squeeeeeee*
This review is originally posted at Smitten over Books. Actual score 4.5.
Warning: This review was done immediately after finishing the book...at 4 AM....moreThis review is originally posted at Smitten over Books. Actual score 4.5.
Warning: This review was done immediately after finishing the book...at 4 AM. Needless to say, I'm still gathering up my brains on the floor, I think I stomped on it a few times.
So what to say? First of all, I think I really need to say that this was one of the best dystopian books I've read for a while now. I was mindblown by everything, but let's backtrack a little shall we?
In Kira's world, no newborn survives.The RM virus made it that way. In an Isolation war fought over by humans and Partials--genetically engineered superhumans, America won but the world was destroyed. The RM virus was deployed, millions died and only thousands of people survived. Now living in a world post-Isolation, The Senate does it best to strive against the slowly dwindling population by the Hope Act in which they established a certain age for females to reproduce.
It's 11 years now and it's still not working. A civil war is brewing because of the Voice and the people are getting restless due to the attacks from them. Kira is a medic and has seen enough newborns die. When one of the most important person in her life got pregnant, she vowed to find the cure for the virus to save her baby before it's too late.
Crazy plan, dangerous undertaking, one epic capturing after, and we found ourselves a one heck of a YA dystopian novel.
You know what I liked about Partials, there was no "romance-ing" that happened here. Sure, Kira has a boyfriend in the persona of Marcus, (which by the way totally has a rocking sense of humor, most of my snorts came from him) but it was almost an afterthought. The story doesn't center from it at all.
So you ask, what made this story incredible then? Well I don't know about you sister, but if the medical stuff, crazy adventure, great bunch of characters, dash of political intrigue, and kick-butt heroine, didn't make it for you, I don't know what will. Because I'm telling you, it was like the whole book was rigged with C4 explosives and every end of the chapter was the trap button.
Being on the medical professional field myself (well, I'm still studying), I was really engrossed by the whole virus thing. I could really relate and I even got a few I told you so on the first few chapters.
Partials has the aura of Newsflesh trilogy by Mira Grant minus the zombies. The twists and turns just keep coming left and right, you just have to hold on to keep from being overthrown into a sea of nothingness. It was packed-full of action, mystery-driven, and it will keep you up at night. I know I need to sleep but I seriously need the next installment right now.
An advance copy was provided by the publisher at no cost via Netgalley.(less)
Excerpt: “The future is never ours alone. Without others, our destiny could never be fulfilled. Could...moreThis review is also posted at Smitten over Books
Excerpt: “The future is never ours alone. Without others, our destiny could never be fulfilled. Could you imagine Superman trying to fulfill his purpose if there weren’t people to save? He could never do it. And so we must be aware of those around us and never shut the door on opportunities that help us to grow and learn, no matter how difficult they seem. Only by doing this will we be able to live to our full potential.”
From the moment I read the prologue, I knew I was going to love Fractured Light. And I'm happy to say my expectations were greatly exceeded. This book was awesome! It has the right amount of love, thrill, and adventure.
Ever since Llona's parents died, something inside her died as well. She blamed her parent's death on their kindness and vowed that she would never make the same mistake. But goodness is innate in her, because like her mother, she's an Aura and an Aura's purpose is to bring light and comfort to those who need them. When she settled at Bountiful, Utah all her survival plans starts to crumble. She started making friends and opening up. But everything has a price and if she's not careful the same enemy, who had killed her parents, might claim her life as well, along with those she loves.
First, I’d like to say that Llona is amazing. If you define a heroine that kicks butt, she would definitely fit the bill. Here's why:
1) She's independent and brave to the point of foolishness but you'll love her for it because it just makes everything more exciting. 2) She knows what she wants and fights for what she believes in. It does make her seem selfish at times but that's also where she truly shines. As Auras, they were raised not to fight but she defied the rules to protect everyone she loves. 3) She's a survivor. You'd think by all the crap-ola she's been through, she would complain but nah she never whined. Plus, she's hilarious.
And there’s Christian, the endearing knight. Half of the time I love him, half of the time I want to punch him for being such a stickler to rules.
I was also engrossed by the guessing game McClellan skillfully created which is to guess who is Mr. Lurking Evil. By the time of the big reveal, I was suspecting half of the characters. Although, I have a pretty good hunch that it was that someone, I couldn't exactly pin that someone down because the guilt-o-meter is wildly pointing at different directions and everybody was equally suspicious.
And when Mr. Lurking Evil was finally revealed, it did confirm my guess but it didn't lessen the intrigue factor. What it actually did was heightened it! I think a stupendo was warranted here. So there you go, stupendo!
Another thing that's really commendable about Fractured Light is the humor. Sometimes I think authors forget about them thinking intense world-building would suffice. There’s also the suave storytelling which has the right balance of everything. From the story of Light vs. Dark, to the suspense and mystery parts, and to the love aspect. She also injected just the right amount of information to grip her readers and not bore them. And when the story grips you, it wouldn't let go. Every end of the chapter was like a mini-cliffhanger which made this book very un-putdown-able.
And the ending, oh the ending! McClellan took my heart out and squeezed it just a little. And who would have thought first kiss could ever be that sweet?? Just thinking about it makes me swoon.
One of my favorite reads this 2011, I couldn't say enough how much I adore Fractured Light. The ending left me with a silly grin on my face, but with all the seriousness I can muster, I am highly recommending this book and you MUST get a copy when it comes out on February 2012. I couldn't wait to know more about Auras and Vykens and I am definitely looking forward for more sweet kisses. Kudos to McClellan for a job well done!(less)
Excerpt: "The music defied classification. If I had been writing a review of...moreThis review is originally posted at Smitten over Books. Actual rating: 4.5
Excerpt: "The music defied classification. If I had been writing a review of the show, I would have labeled it progressive, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll. But the guitars made sounds guitars didn’t always make. Symphonic sounds. Sacred sounds. The music dug in so deep you didn’t hear it so much as feel it, reminding me of a dream I used to have when I was a kid, where I would be standing on a street corner, I would jump into the air, flap my arms, and soar up into the sky. That’s the only way I could describe the music. It was the sonic equivalent of flight."
So this was the first book I finish this summer vacation, and I couldn't pick up a more deserving book. To be honest, I've been reading this for a while now and only got to finish it today (Apr 1). I'm really surprised that even though days and weeks had passed before I continue reading, when I did pick it up I was still so into it, it seemed like no time has passed since the time I put it down.
It must have been the humor, the characters, the romance, the betrayal, the sick twist in the end but this book is in Paul's fashion of saying things is one "goddamn" of a gem.
Music and rock 'n roll is a huge part in the story and although I'm no rock star, the magic connection was still skillfully created between me and How To Kill A Rock Star. When Eliza described the music I'd give anything just to hear what it sounds like for real. It sounded so beautiful and it feels like I'm hearing it in her eyes.
Bananafish is a struggling band, with Paul Hudson as the lead singer and the Michaels. Between having crappy part time jobs to pay for rents and whatever there needs to be paid, their time revolved around having gigs wherein only the deemed "loser bands" played. Then came along Elisa Caelum, the sister of one of the Michaels and she became the roommate of Paul.
I've never felt chemistry so palpable like between these two. Their attraction to one another is undeniably thick, it could have zapped a fly if there ever is one between them.
I mean, Paul was no heartthrob, he was pale, skinny, has a nose that defies the proportion of his face (I still don't know how that looked like), has the optimism of a frog which is saying a lot. But goodness, I do like him. Not in the crushy-sort of way but to really root for him to make it in the business. And him with Eliza was like reading something that's really worthwhile.
And no, this book was such a success not only because of the romance but because of the passion just right underneath. The music was such a big part of their lives, you can just feel the passion and the grit.
The other characters were not just characters, but people who made the story really worked. Loring, who was the real heartthrob in the story, was in all sense the catalyst of all the screw-ups. But calling him a jerk would really end up with me being the jerk not him.
And you know what, if I haven't implied it enough, the dialogues are to die for. They were witty. It will have you snorting and giggling on any vehicle anywhere, everywhere (I know I did), but boy when they got serious, it passes right through your heart, sits on your brain just for laughs and really messed you up. You were laughing one minute, and then this horrible feeling of sadness will just creep up on you without you even knowing.
The shocker twist was just too much as well. I was sobbing like crazy. I was devastated, heartbroken and trashed. I remember wailing, "How can a book that started so hopeful, end up so tragic?" But if you think that was the end of all ends, then you're in for a treat.
DeBartolo did really well in fleshing out her characters. She made them vulnerable, relatable and human. That is why they will be forever immortalized in my mind. I probably didn't give half the justice this book rightfully deserves, but I'm telling you, if the title How To Kill A Rockstar, didn't draw you in or at least put this book into your radar, then I will not be in the least bit surprised that you might be one of the "heathens and pagans" Paul keep mentioning about.
**** You should know that while coming up with a review for this book, the first thing I wrote was OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!! Yeah, like a noob.
There's just something about a girl pretending to be a boy in an all male school.
Remember HanaKimi or She's The Man?
Im gonna read this soon. :)
And I...moreThere's just something about a girl pretending to be a boy in an all male school.
Remember HanaKimi or She's The Man?
Im gonna read this soon. :)
And I've read it, in one-sitting! :D
Excerpt: “I only succeeded at putting the pieces together because for once in my life I observed. I stopped talking long enough to listen—really listen—not only to what’s said, but also to everything that goes unspoken.”
When highschool junior Natalie—or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper—is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won’t give straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected—especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover? -Goodreads
First-off, I like the cover and I really like the protagonist of the story.
I have so many laugh-at-loud moments, I think my cat would kill me. You see, my cat is currently baby-sitting her grandkittens because the mommy cat is out for a walk. Anyway, reading this in public is not really recommended, but if you don’t mind people shooting you shut-up looks and if you’re good at snorting then go ahead. I for one never succeeded in snorting, I always end up with a liquid squirt. Not a pretty sight, I’m telling you.
Babe in Boyland is not a shallow, one-dimensional book. It is not just, “Hey she’s in an all-boys school and then he’s roommate will fall in love with him-her even if she’s pretending to be a guy so let’s read it.” Unlike what the premise is trying to sell, in fact there’s a lot to learn in this book. Like you discover yourself in the least probable situation, in a completely foreign environment, alone.
I think we all need this kind of adventure. And I’m not talking literally like cross-dressing and enrolling yourself in an exclusive male or female school, I mean we all need defining moments in our lives. Some of us (which means all in my lingo) are confined to our sexes. We’re so afraid to explore and observe outside the box because we think we’re wasting effort and we’re getting left behind. But even if the world spun like mad and the days flew like Superman on fire, if we learn to listen more and talk less, we will save ourselves many time and efforts in patching things when we mess up. Bottom line? Start paying attention. A lot can be said by gestures. For example, when you’re so engrossed in talking with someone and that someone suddenly shifts and discreetly looks at his watch that means he’s bored and you need to shut up. Pretty amazing, right? So like I said, pay attention.
It’s crazy, I know but trust me to realize all these while reading this. And I’ll trust you to come to your own realizations when you did read this book. Babe in Boyland is a surprisingly deep book in spite of its hilarious exterior. Another must-read people!
In the end, Underwood taught me less about the secret lives of guys and more about my own secrets-- the aspects of myself I couldn't see because I'd never stepped outside myself long enough to observe them. I hope I'm a better person because of it. I hope the people I hurt can see past the prank to the very real respect and affection I feel for them... I hope this boy-meets-girl-pretending-to-be-boy story has a happy ending, one with less bitter and more sweet. (less)
I've just watched the movie adaptation starring Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen.
And it was so beautiful and I can't help but love it. I tried re...moreI've just watched the movie adaptation starring Keira Knightly and Matthew MacFadyen.
And it was so beautiful and I can't help but love it. I tried reading it once, but I never get to finish it because I feel that there are other books to read. Other fast books to read. I don't read classics so I guess that's why.
But after watching the movie, I realized that I have to read this. It wasn't hard to understand when Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy converse. I laugh at the subtle humor, I cried, I sighed in delight and contentment.
I am so going to read this soon. Like right now. :) (less)
Excerpt:Dad and I had seen the same action movies, so he got into place, all very Lethal Weapon. I mouthed, “One, two,three!” and he yanked open the...moreExcerpt:Dad and I had seen the same action movies, so he got into place, all very Lethal Weapon. I mouthed, “One, two,three!” and he yanked open the door so hard it banged into the wall, showering plaster onto the carpet. The crash startled me, and I flung my barrage of salt into the bathroom with a stifled squeak.(...)
“I’m getting too old for this shit,” said Dad, making me laugh, mostly with relief. He examined the big hole the doorknob had made in the wall. “Your mom is going to kill us.”
This book was totally hilarious. If you want you and your friend stress to cool-off for a moment, you may want to give this book a chance. I promised it won't disappoint.
Excerpt:If you want something, you need to get out there and grab it by the horns because no one is going to give you what you want on a plate. Good...moreExcerpt:If you want something, you need to get out there and grab it by the horns because no one is going to give you what you want on a plate. Good girls always come second.
One of my favorite works of Cecilia Ahern. One minute you're laughing out loud, the next your sniffing and holding back tears. (less)
Excerpt:“And now I’m wondering,” he said, “how it is you don’t realize your eyes ensnare me, just as mine do you. I can’t explain it, Katsa, but you...moreExcerpt:“And now I’m wondering,” he said, “how it is you don’t realize your eyes ensnare me, just as mine do you. I can’t explain it, Katsa, but you shouldn’t let it embarrass you. For we’re both overtaken by the same—--foolishness.”
[image error] That’s Katsa’s eyes. Kidding. But that quite explain the eyes of a Graceling, just imagine it 10 times fantabuluos.
A Graceling is a person with Graced. Being Graced is like having an exceptional talent. But it does not only refer to singing or dancing, it could be that you are Graced with holding your breath for 30 mins without dying or killing like in the case of Katsa, the heroine of the story. You can also distinguish a Graced from an Ungraced by his or her eye color. If it’s two different eye colors, then voila you’ve spotted a Graceling.
A Graceling if deemed worthy will serve under the king’s order whether they like it or not. Katsa is feared for she is Graced with killing and is used as a striking hand to punish the people who defies the king. However, Katsa is not the monster the people think she is and despises doing the king’s order. She even created the Council to help the oppressed and their latest mission was to save the father of the King of Lienid. But even as they completed the mission, they have still no clue as to who is the mastermind beyond the kidnapping, and as she continues to unravel the mystery, Katsa found herself in the middle of everything she had not foreseen. It is changing her and challenging every bit of her surviving skills.
One thing I immediately noticed was the unique names. Katsa, Prince Greening Grandemalion, Grandfather Tealiff and Bitterblue. Is there a trend for names like this? Maybe I should change my name to Kiki or C2? What dya’ think?
Anyway, the story is strong, fresh and engaging. I actually finish the book in one-sitting. ‘Twas that amazing!
Katsa was described as a fighter who is unbeatable and unconquerable, she even have to control her strength on her sparring sessions. She’s invincible and self-sufficient. But Cashore being cunning that she is, created someone, a one-eyed king, who can matched Katsa not by strength but by something more powerful and evil.
The love story was just like wow. I find myself loving every character and investing on each of them. Prince Greening Grandemalion aka Po was just so charming and funny that even if he uses wildcat (blah) as a term of endearment, I immediately rooted for him. And Katsa is not your typical heroine. She’s no damsel in distress. She can do her stuff, carry her own, and sacrifice even if it meant breaking her heart. I just love their banter and sweet moments.
There’s just this one chapter (Chapter 20) where my eyes were threatening to fall out of their sockets and I can feel my blood rushing into my brain. It’s my least favorite chapter and I wish it to be non-existing but I realized that it was needed. It’s an essential piece to what I guess Cashore is trying to build. She’s attaching Katsa and Po and simultaneously engrossing the readers to their relationship, and if she also planned to have her readers heartbroken and feel wretched in the succeeding chapters, then she’d definitely succeeded. She’s a very wise lady, I say.
The element of surprise was greatly executed too. I dunno if it was me being too engrossed that I did not saw it coming. I was completely blindsided and I applaud her for that.
Reading this was like a breath of fresh air. The pacing’s just right. The character building was great. Cashore is as of now enlisted as one of my favorite authors and knowing that this is her debut novel, I am looking forward for her books in the future. She made my first book this year very worth it! This is definitely a must-read people! (less)