I enjoyed reading this book from the start until about 75% of the book. I really like books where both the lead characters were denying that they wereI enjoyed reading this book from the start until about 75% of the book. I really like books where both the lead characters were denying that they were in love with each other but their actions spoke louder than their words. I am weird, I know. This book did the push-and-pull thing for most parts of the story, and that made me happy for a while. However, I kind of got bored when the characters kept doing the same things over and over again--- dancing in parties, acting all-cool but not really, the girl matchmaking her friend with the boy she actually loved.
Then when the guy finally confessed her feelings to the girl, it was too mushy. I found myself just scheming through the last couple chapters. I only started actually reading at the epilogue part because it was somewhat interesting.
I was wondering why the title was "The Secret Mistress", and when it was finally explained towards the end, it was... blah...
Anyway, 3 out of 5 stars for this book because it was not completely a waste of time. I enjoyed it for the most parts, I just did not like how the ending was written....more
This sequel to The Maze Runners was still gripping and action-packed, but it was not as awesome as the first book hence the minus 1 s4 out of 5 stars.
This sequel to The Maze Runners was still gripping and action-packed, but it was not as awesome as the first book hence the minus 1 star. Having said that, I still enjoyed reading The Scorch Trials. There were times that it made me question who were the real allies and who were the enemies. The only thing that did not sit quite well with me was Thomas's over-dramatic attachment to Teresa to the point that almost every paragraph he was thinking about her. I get that they had a special connection which started even before the maze, but I did not get that strong feeling for them as a special couple. In fact, I felt more attachment to Minho and Newt than Teresa. Then Brenda came into the scene as well. I was not sure if the author meant for them to have a love triangle in the succeeding books, but for sure I am not looking forward to any love pairings at all from this series. I would much rather prefer the story to concentrate on the WICKED problem.
Overall, The Scorch Trial was a great read. It kept me up again for many nights just like the first book. I am definitely looking forward to read the third installment.
BTW, I watched the movie version of The Maze Runners and it left me feeling disappointed. The film did not give justice to the book. Still, I might watch the movie version of The Scorch Trials but I doubt it would be any better than the first one. I will just try out of curiosity....more
I give up! I just could not finish this book. To be fair, I tried to read it until I got way past half of the book. I reached page 324 out of 429, andI give up! I just could not finish this book. To be fair, I tried to read it until I got way past half of the book. I reached page 324 out of 429, and that was when I decided that this book is not for me. I just could not grasp the story. Oftentimes I found my mind wandering and not really understanding what was happening in the book. I could not empathize with any of the characters. I think the author was trying to create a love-square between the four main characters but it was too weak. The only character I actually liked was Doc, and I was not even sure if he was considered a character because it was just a talking computer. Despite having so many descriptions written, I just could not picture most of the scenes that the author was trying to paint. It was either I lack imagination or the writing was not very effective for me.
I was actually looking forward to reading this book because I enjoyed the Beautiful Creatures series which was co-written by Margaret Stohl. Unfortunately, I ended up getting disappointed. Oh well, I better move on to other books....more
Wow. It has been a while since I have read a book that has captured my interest right from the start until the end. Most of the books I have read in tWow. It has been a while since I have read a book that has captured my interest right from the start until the end. Most of the books I have read in the past couple of months were somehow disappointing towards the end despite having such intriguing plots. I am so glad that I actually gave this book a shot.
I first heard of it through Tumblr. I have seen lots of posts about the movie version of this book and I thought that it would be somewhat interesting. Although, I was not that inclined to read this sooner because I thought it would be another dystopian book with helpless children as the main characters. After being so immersed in reading The Hunger Games, all the other dystopian books that I have read seemed like a "blah" to me. But The Maze Runner was intense enough to keep me up for how many nights trying to figure out what was happening.
There were so many questions and twists that I did not see coming. I had some hunch on what was happening, but they were not completely right. I could feel the frustration and fear of the Gladers, which helped me empathize with the characters as if I was actually going through the same experience as them.
There are only two things that I did not like about this book:
1. When Thomas first arrived in the Glade and kept asking questions, no one would answer him even just a tiny bit of information like where they actually were or just even say that no one really knew anything instead of just ignoring him or getting pissed when Thomas tried to get his bearings. Then when he suddenly said or did something stupid, the leaders of the Glade would get mad at him. Oh well, it might be for the sake of creating more drama and tension... So, okay, acceptable.
2. What was up with the Gladers' choice of language? They kept saying "shuck" and "shank". They were like kids who were trying to act like gangsters but too scared to say bad words in case their parents hear them. But I guess this was because the intended audience of this book were young adults... oh well.
Other than these two not-so-good points, I would say that this book is a good read. The epilogue part made me even more anxious to read the next installment of this series....more
I have mixed feelings about this book. Honestly, I enjoyed reading it because the plot was really intriguing. However, I wasActual rating: 3.75 stars
I have mixed feelings about this book. Honestly, I enjoyed reading it because the plot was really intriguing. However, I was disappointed about the ending. I was hoping for a more in depth background stories for both Jason and Sandra to support their current behaviors and way of thinking. The revelation part did not have that "BAM" feeling, and halfway through the story I had already guessed the real perpetrator.
*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD* (I am only writing this review using my phone so I do not have the option for the click-y thingy to hide spoilers)
1. The title should be changed. Right from the start, I have never suspected the neighbor to be the perp based on how the story was told in his POV.
2. The book made a huge deal about Jason's suspicious computer activity, but when it was revealed it lacked that wow factor.
3. I liked that the story was written in the POV of the different characters, but that also made it quite obvious for me who the real perp was. So, the ending was not totally a surprise for me because I kind of guessed as much.
4. I was not particularly fond of D.D. Warren's character.
5. The story reminded me of Gone Girl... and I prefer Gone Girl than this one.
6. Sandra, don't you think your actions were too extravagant???
7. The ending was rushed. I was hoping for more dramatic explanations after all the ruckus in the story.
Overall, I did enjoy reading this book for the most part. I felt so invested in the story to the point that I was dreaming about it at night. I just hope that the ending was better. This is my first Lisa Gardner novel, and I might try more of her works someday....more
This is a fast-read kind of book. I finished it the same day I started it. The story was really gripping and fast-paced. The events in this book tookThis is a fast-read kind of book. I finished it the same day I started it. The story was really gripping and fast-paced. The events in this book took place within two days, and a lot had happened overnight. I liked that the chapters were short since it gave that urgent vibe which was appropriate for the plot. I often found myself really internalizing Cady's character throughtout the book. I could feel her fear and desperation, especially when she started doubting her own sanity.
I only gave this book 4 stars out of 5 because I was not as satisfied with how the book ended. I was hoping for a more dramatic conclusion. But, overall I really enjoyed the story....more
The Huntress had always been my favorite story in the Night World series. I've first read the entire series probably seven years ago, and I fell in loThe Huntress had always been my favorite story in the Night World series. I've first read the entire series probably seven years ago, and I fell in love with this particular story. I decided to read Huntress again out of the blue, and I'm so glad I did. However, I didn't feel as excited as before because probably my preferred genre is slowly changing from fantasy to a more realistic one-- BUT, I still enjoyed reading this short story.
I want to be able to read the very last book so I could finally know what happened to the Night World, but I could never find a copy on any of the bookstores I've been to. I'm not even sure if it was actually published. Hopefully I'll be able to find one online....more
I have mixed feelings while reading this book. Sometimes I would feel invested, other times I was bored. The main character, Emma, reminded me of BeckI have mixed feelings while reading this book. Sometimes I would feel invested, other times I was bored. The main character, Emma, reminded me of Becky Bloomwood from Sophie Kinsella's Shopahokic series. They were both very outspoken and they would do everything just to get what they wanted. Those traits made me both like and dislike Emma. Sometimes she would go overboard to the point that she drove her husband and other people around her mad. She could be a bit self-centered and obsessed with becoming pregnant. But, I could not completely bring myself to hate Emma because I understand what drove her to become that way. She felt so pressured to get pregnant, and after two years of trying with no results, she could not help feeling despondent.
I have never been in her shoes since I am still not planning for a family right now, but I could feel the frustration and pressure that Emma had been feeling. There was one chapter in the book (I can't remember which one) which discussed about the society's expectations about women-- that they should get married and bear children. It is frowned upon if a women could not do them This is really sad, because not all women could bear children or maybe choose not to. But this does not mean that she is useless.
The book also discussed the extra hardships women face from pre-conception continuing even after giving birth. There was a point when Emma felt so frustrated with her husband, James, because he could not understand the pressure that she had been going through.
I think these issues were what made me kept reading this book. I was hoping that a miracle would finally happen for this couple. Just read the book if you want to know about the outcome. I saw in a book sale that Emma's story continues on in a second book, but I do not think I would read it....more
I found this book at a book sale, and I thought the concept of arranged marriage was intriguing so I gave it a shot.
I enjoyed theActual rating is 3.5
I found this book at a book sale, and I thought the concept of arranged marriage was intriguing so I gave it a shot.
I enjoyed the first part where Anne was still trying to figure out whether to push through with the marriage until the part when she and Jack actually got married. After that I kind of lost interest. I thought their relationship was going too fast considering that the couple only met each other a couple of days ago. Well, to be fair, I should say that I'm the kind of person who loves to see a lot of pushing-and-pulling when it comes to the relationship aspect of the main characters. So when Jack and Anne acted too lovey-dovey so fast, I thought the mystery was gone. I lost interest at the middle part hence the long period of time it took me to finish the book.
Fortunately I decided to continue reading the book because there was a twist towards the ending. I was so happy that finally there was a conflict between the two main characters. Somehow the push and pulling that I was looking for finally happened! I liked the way the story progressed, and I was satisfied with the ending. Also, since the book was written in Anne's POV, it was nice to see a glimpse of Jack's POV through reading a snippet from his book.
Hmm... now that I think about it, I might give this book a 3.75 rating instead of 3.5....more
It was a good read. It kept me up for a couple of nights. There were some down parts, but every chapter made me want to read more. I'm glad that GabriIt was a good read. It kept me up for a couple of nights. There were some down parts, but every chapter made me want to read more. I'm glad that Gabriel and Olivia did not end up together (yet) in this book, which would make it more exciting to read the sequel. I would definitely read Visions later....more
I really enjoy reading stories about a love-hate relationship, where both people involved try to act indifferent towards each other but in reality theI really enjoy reading stories about a love-hate relationship, where both people involved try to act indifferent towards each other but in reality they are dying to be together. This is basically the plot of Private Arrangements. It was interesting when Camden and Gigi were trying to get the upper-hand, but I was not totally satisfied when they finally got together again.
I felt bad for Freddie.
I skippied the last chapter about Victoria and the Duke of Perrin. I was just not interested in their love line.
If you like a push-and-pull love story in an old century setting, this book might interest you....more
Honestly, I am still not sure how I feel about the story. The circumstances were not as complicated as theI am giving this book a 3.5 to 3.75 rating.
Honestly, I am still not sure how I feel about the story. The circumstances were not as complicated as the other books I have read before, and sometimes I could not help but think that America's problems were a bit petty. However, there was something in the plot that kept me wanting to read more so I ended up finishing the entire book. Just to be clear, I do not dislike the story but it was not on par with my favorite books.
The first nine chapters were pretty boring for me. The interactions between America and Maxon were too cheesy for my liking to the point that my toes were curling inward... and not in a good way. I was not a fan of Aspen, but I could not bring myself to hate him completely because he was so devoted to America. His character was like what most girls would say they want for their ideal man to be-- caring, always there for you, brave, passionate. But, I still was not rooting for him.
Maxon was a fine man, but there were times when I disagreed with his thinking. I disliked him the most when he was explaining to America why he did what he did with Celeste. Well, sure he had a point... a man has his needs, and America could not assure him about her feelings. But... ugh I don't know where I am getting at now... It just felt like there was something more in his personality that he had not shown yet. That was why I kind of understood America when she was having her doubts about Maxon's sincerety.
I am still unsure whether I like America or not. Sometimes I get annoyed with her for being so fickle-minded. But there were also times when I could relate to her sentiments, especially whenever she tried to decode Maxon's actions. It was so annoying when at one point she was so in love with Maxon, then she would suddenly switch to Aspen on the next chapter, and vise versa. But, when I thought about it this kind of decision could be tricky in real life. I could not bring myself to totally hate America's character (despite judging her decisions a lot) because at one point or another I could see myself thinking and behaving the way she did.
Oh well... I am looking forward to read the third book in the Selection series.
By the way, I really love the cover design of this book. I love the orange color of America's gown....more
Finally, I got to read a book that has kept me on edge again! This is the fourth book that I have attempted to read for the year of 2015. I did not geFinally, I got to read a book that has kept me on edge again! This is the fourth book that I have attempted to read for the year of 2015. I did not get to finish the last two books because they were so boring, which made me really frustrated. I thought I had lost my passion for reading because I just did not get the same feeling I used to experience whenever I read books. Thank goodness, I came across this particular book at a book sale event!!!
I was captivated right from the the first paragraph. The main theme of story was introduced right at the first page. I liked how all the details meshed well together, and there were no unnecessary parts added in just to prolong the story. I was able to quickly grasped the personality of each characters, and I was able to empathize with the female protagonist. I also liked the fact that the chapters were really short-- like three to five pages only. I think this was very effective for me because it made me yearn for more of the story so I had the urge to proceed to succeeding chapters.
This is my first time reading a James Patterson novel, and I think I might try another one. I recommend this book to those (young) readers who love mysteries, or even to those who are still new to this genre (like me). It might be boring to those who usually read mysteries, but for me the story was really intriguing. ...more