I love X-men and the last time I watched the movie was when my brother punch me on my face for acting like a super...more
X-men and Hunger Games going gaga!
I love X-men and the last time I watched the movie was when my brother punch me on my face for acting like a superhero-wannabe, damn those powers! At least I used my advance fake telekinesis to my brother and throw him out in the room, for short I pushed him out. I missed those days when the family gathered around and watch superheroes acting like they exist in reality mix with invisibility, ice, magnet, controlled weather, ghost-like skill, teleport and many more. Whoever missed those days, I'm sure they suffer from losing half of their childhood.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is another replication of X-men and again Hunger Games; in general Tahereh Mafi just copied most of her ideas and sold millions like any other books. G, the synopsis mentioned paranormal. I don't know how to define paranormal but from what I read this book is purely nut-cracking-not-so-original book, at least I liked it and for one reason, I like sadist characters with its irritating 'I' all over the book from the beginning until the end. I nearly die of purely reading 'I'.
Ms. 'I', Juliette, had been locked for a year in a fake asylum for being insane or maybe not and for one reason why she was locked, because she had the power that nobody dared to try and that was—the deadly touch. One day, a strange guy had been locked the same room with her and manage to escape her imagination into reality. But things become more clearly as the days pass; The Reestablishment has plans for her power to use to hurt those who defy the new regime. Animals are endangered; books, artifacts and all evidence of man were burned, crops are nearly dying and bird can't fly. Which side is she going to choose, the rebel or the Reestablishment? The last days of mankind are in the hand of a girl named after 'I', Juliette.
1. 'I' for an 'I' - The book is in first person point of view. Normally, the book usually uses 'I' but in the book, 'I' was overused that irritated me for so long. At least she changed her style in the middle of the book. Not only irritates reader but also confuses them and slows down reading speed. In the other hand, it expresses clearly the character's emotion.
2. 'I' am Rogue Juliette - Yes you are Juliette in the mask of Rogue. I don't know why she use Rogue as the main idea of Juliette or maybe because Rogue in X-men is one of those characters who have emotional problems because of her power not to touch those who she loved. So sad, if only Rogue was the true Juliette in the story so unoriginal that I want to cry for the author and Juliette.
3. I'm a Sadist - I agree! I don't know how you manage to survive without talking to anyone for 264 days in a row without noticing the outside world. Girl, you are strong and I like you that way. Better to be away to those people whom you are trying to be loved but never ceased your existence. So very very sad that I want to use most of the lines on your book. I already picked one!
4. I'm Confused - Okay, yes you are and most of dystopia novels I read, the characters were always confused on which side they should choose. Is this really needed for the development of the character? I'm kind of sick of reading this type of character again and again. I know this is a good start of having a nice conflict but it's too overrated to be used again and again.
5. Lousy Final Acts - I nearly gave this book four (4) for it inflected my heart so much that I want to pity those people who surrounds Juliette but the middle and the ending proved that this book needed editing. I don't like copied X-men in the second book! I want original work like what the book indicated inside, as in originally 'original' not originally fake.
I can't wait to read the second book and how this book will end up fighting with the Reestablishment using their superpowers. Not so original but the character is very interesting that most readers might love her. For no more than that reason, I can't say something interesting to a book that only approaches the main character; no more, no less.
I keep on reading books, books are already part of my everyday life, but what if you manage to encounter a book that have similarities to the book y...more
I keep on reading books, books are already part of my everyday life, but what if you manage to encounter a book that have similarities to the book you hated before you read it. What will you do? React like a destructive monster or an angelic reader who just leave the mess away and continue reading it, or in between. I read few reviews of this book and I was so shocked that until now I can still feel the intense feelings (mostly hatred) of those reviewers and I mean it, I agree to what they wrote on their reviews.
What if fate tied two lovers who only wanted is peace and love to each other but given them destruction as the result of their love? Most of the books have managed to portray love as the strength of individual but in this book, you have to choose between your interest and the others. Will you continue to love the person that will destroy the mankind or you will surrender yourself to your destiny?
Leigh Fallon's Carrier of the Mark made her work controversial to most readers and reviewers now days because of its potential to become the next Twilight Saga. Did she execute it well? The answer is yes! Did she impress the readers? And the answer is, sad to say, no! To consider her work as no originality to most reviewers and to sum up I, but few were changed and entice me to read it. And what is that changes that readers must read? Well, the mystery behind the characters that something magical and historical. (Do I have to include Rick Riordan here?)
It was Megan's first day of school in her new school in Ireland. She made friends like any ordinary student at school but there are times that you will encounter not so normal student that your interest made you follow them. Adam DeRis, the hot guy with black hair and green eyes, is a mysterious hot jock in her school that she give her time and interest to stalk it. I'm a little but exaggerated but in the end, she realized that they are destined to each other that will cause destruction.
What can you say about the book?
1. No Originality - Okay, I think most of us find this book disappointing because of some similarities in the book which I already mentioned above. So when I read the part which I find similar to Twilight Saga, I want to jump from my bed and throw it. No need of that action but see, I cannot accept that those negative reviews really make sense. If you need reference, refer it to Stpahnie's Review—she had the best comparison so far. Ms. Leigh Fallon, don't put me on your worst list after this.
2. Stop Kissing! - Stop kissing guys, can you guys please stop that? I mean, you don't have to kiss in the book a hundred times. Once, twice or thrice is enough for us to consider you guys love each other. This is not erotic book; this is just simply a book with romance or a love story on it?! Please, don't make me wrong. I don't like people kissing in front of me every day. I agree with Aine, you gross!
3. Yawning... - I finish the book for two hours but it keeps myself deactivated from too much junks. I mean, this book bores me to death that I only give interest to the historical part of the book. Do not enlist me to your friends, readers. I'm just reminding you that I yawn a thousand times (multiply the kissing by hundreds) before I finish it. I'm glad I did not give up.
4. Weakest Villain of All Time Award Winner - I'm counting pages when I'm near in the end. I was hoping for a good villain scene. I know that this will appear sooner but it happens to be the highlight in the ending that disappoints me again! Not again! She just makes the scene smells like a dung of amateur villains. Can she make it exciting at least in the last two chapters of the book? Another sad face.
5. Mythology and History is Fun! - Where did you get the history part? You made it better but it looks like you copied it through wikipedia. Kidding. You made the book interesting for me when you explained to the characters about their.... problems and its history. How cool if those were really real in old books, are they?
6. Huh? What Are You Saying? - I told you, Fallon just copied it through wikipedia. I'm kidding again. I know you did that part very well but you are not good in explaining the whole point. Don't judge me if I really read the book very well but the book had problems regarding its history. Why only female can be carriers, because they can only bare a child? Do you think male can also be carrier because they also carry genetic materials through their bullets? Too many questions to ask, but I'll leave it in the next book.
7. Dashing Cover - I have an eye for a cover but never inside. I'm like anyone like a normal readers who sometimes read books because of a very interesting and well edited cover. This is a good advertisement but remember, don't judge the book by its cover. *wink (I just wink like a girl, so pathetic Kwesi!)
8. Simplicity - Are you playing safe? There is no problem having a book with simple plot and everything and that made it more readable for everyone. Some may find it advantage for a book but there are also disadvantage that we have to consider if we speak about simplicity.
First, your work is common. Other readers won't mind your books once they read the whole sense of it. Two, copycat. Some may call you that because they thought you copied your work from someone's work (Consider you mentioned a series in the synopsis, I suggest don't advertise your books by mentioning them. Most readers will think that your work is another fan fiction or something.) Third, I can't think of anything after reading it and my reaction, "Yeah, I'm done reading it. So what's next?". Period, I'm totally out of my mind while writing this review.
9. Lucky and Creative but with 99% of Disappointment! - I'm very happy that another aspiring author had been discovered through inkpop.com, will readers love her work? Maybe some but readers might mark themselves with the word 'expectation'. Expectation in a sense that Fallon was discovered online that there are thousands of writings online which you think had the opportunity to be published. Don't worry one thing you must remember—keep writing girl!
Maybe not all readers might like your book but sometimes after reading negative reviews some authors scared to continue their career but I suggest everyone have to try and put their novels at steak again. There will always hope in the end of the road until you reach the top of the ladder. What? Ladder and road, I don't know what I'm talking about. Last but not the least, be creative. Everyone love new ideas and that's the reason why I don't like to write novels. You have to be creative and it's a must for a writer.
Rating: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier Trilogy, #1) by Leigh Fallon, 2 Sweets
There are times that a person will ask for his faith to God. Asking God's existence, the problem's that he is currently into, or why God did not stop...moreThere are times that a person will ask for his faith to God. Asking God's existence, the problem's that he is currently into, or why God did not stop evilness in the world. A normal person can't answer why God created everyone equal and why evil lurks in the earth. Maybe soon, we will be like Carolyn Weber, the girl who meets God in Oxford and how her life change.
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber, is a four-hundred-page full of questions and answers about God. Ways on how she manages to overcome her own problems and created a life full of wisdom. Like anyone of us, Carolyn Weber also experiences a life without God but there is a right time and a right place to discover love.
Carolyn Weber went to Oxford to attend college. Bringing her religious doubt and loving broken family memories. She became one of those students who met a person or people and change her life. Step by step, the darkness that surrounds her become more visible and the picture can now be seen, her future that embarrasses God fully in the end of her journey; professor, colleagues, family, books and friends that will cherish her questions with true answer from God's people.
It's hard to judge a book especially if the book talks about its religious journey in life. Everyone have its own interpretation of each passages, how to overcome it, her own point of view in life and anything under the sun. But the most interesting part of the book is when Carolyn Weber asked herself is God is a woman. This kind of issue also appears in The Shack written by William P. Young. Issues like this are usually discussed in Theology subjects and one of the interesting debates that you might join in.
Life is a cycle and sometimes we stumble in the middle of process, God lifts us and everything will change our life forever. How far can our faith reach or how far can our understanding answer every question we ask every day. The answer only lies in the Bible, the most creative non-fiction ever writing according to Carolyn Weber. I wish I can study to Oxford someday.
Special thanks to BookSneeze and to the publisher for sharing a free copy of the book.