I intentionally delayed reviewing The Virgin Suicides. I need the right frame of mind to fully disclose what andI recommend The Virgin Suicides.
I intentionally delayed reviewing The Virgin Suicides. I need the right frame of mind to fully disclose what and how i feel upon reading and finishing the novel. Eugenides' writing is good, but I'm always after the story of a book anyway... and the Lisbon girls' story is nothing short of a heartsore. :(
I never found out why Cecilia killed herself. I can guess but I don't think I'll get it right. To lose the youngest member of your family... I could not, would not comprehend it. When Cecilia succeeded the second time, I was depressed. What could've push a child to greedily want death at that age?
There are two scenes that undeniably stood out and showcased Eugenides remarkable talent for writing. (1) Cecilia's suicide being described as a disease that will eventually spread and catch by her sisters, and (2) Lux's promiscuity on the roof. I was utterly bewitched when I read these scenes. So i read them again and again, feeling awestruck after every reread.
The suicide of the remaining 4 Lisbon girls was not what I contemplated. Having said that, their deaths delivered more punch to my already crumbling heart. I could not fathom my child dying ahead of me, but Mr. & Mrs. Lisbon lost all of their girls. :( Such tragedy. At a time like this, being a parent seemed highly impossible. It made me think if I'm raising my son right.
There was a scene where the boys called the Lisbon girls and instead of talking, they converse in way of songs. I reveled in this part, I am so in love with it! A simple act of reaching out that spoke volumes in both sides. *sigh* It was so sad.
I hope suicide will never be an option for me and my loved ones as a way out. The Virgin Suicides taught me that help is just a hand away, you only have to reach out; love is just a walk away, you only have to take a step towards it....more
Have you read Insurgent by Veronica Roth? If yes, ever thought that Tris was annoying and mind-numbingly useless? Well, she's got a twin. In the form of Saba.
For a moment, I thought about giving Rebel Heart a 4. But I realized I had a few issues that kept bothering me.
1. What happened to Lugh in the hands of the Tonton that made him such a prick to Saba? 2. The "destiny" and "all in the stars" crap that Saba's father told her were as vague as ever. 3. The story behind Jack's life was as frustratingly thin. 4. Rebel Heart was too long to only deal and talk about Saba's emotional downfall. 5. If a love triangle's not enough, Moira Young made it into a love square. Three guys vying for Saba's heart, can you believe it? Ha. 6. Moira threw in a mix of scandals that i believed did little to contribute to the characters' depth.
I hated Saba here. as in hated. Whatever you thought of Saba in Blood Red Road, forget it. The Angel of Death is dead. For Dustland's sake, get your act together and fight! But all that's left is a whiny, crippling Saba who can't tell who her heart's desire was between two guys. Please, spare me.
And Jack. I thought I'd see more of him here. :( So sad and infuriating to expect more Jack-Saba moments in the sequel. Alas, it was not so. But he's as charming and compelling as ever.
Forget Saba. Hail to Jack's POV! to Auriel! to Maev's awesomeness! to Molly's and Creed's flirty bantering! to Slim and Moses! to DeMalo! Man, it rarely happened to me - that I like a villain so much as I like DeMalo. So mysterious yet more open than Jack ever really was to Saba.
I still like the ending. And that last POV? So intriguing ang deviously brilliant. Another betrayal in the making, people!
Rebel Heart will not be for every BRR fan. So little action but heavy with emotions, it barely made it to my liking. but it did. and even if it was 3 star rating, I still can't help but be disappointed.
Saba Maev rocks. Jack Creed. Lugh? i hated him. DeMalo? i really like him.
I want more of Jack!!! Saba can die for all i care. ...more
Alexander Yin, you just saved me from hating this book. You are the only part worth remembering.
Could it be that I am getting over myI likeEvery Day.
Alexander Yin, you just saved me from hating this book. You are the only part worth remembering.
Could it be that I am getting over my fandom over David Levithan? Because I just didn't like Every Day. It pains me to rate this a 2, but because of Alexander (thank goodness), I managed to up my rating just a bit (even though I feel it's a generous one).
I started reading last February, put Temple (view spoiler)[the iPad (hide spoiler)] down, and read other books. I promised that I would finish it, so I borrowed Tina's paperback, thinking this would push me to read on. It took me months before I grudgingly read the rest of A's story. In the end, I was still bored. I could not get myself to be compassionate about A's situation. Sorry man, it's just that, you're so boring to read. sleepy-boring.
Everything about A was forgettable. I cannot push myself to like him, or even sympathize over his tortured so-called life. And his obsession with Rhiannon (yes I will call it that) was not something that I will romanticize. Was it love? Or was it just a recognition of what his life might've been should he ever be normal?
I think the paranormal theme was the flop for me. Or I might be just familiar with David Levithan's contemporary books. Or maybe, Every Day is just flat-out jibberish nonsense.
When A is living Alexander's life for a day, it was the only good thing that livened up my reading.
Every Day. Sigh. How can you ruin my perfect record of loving David Levithan's works?
Picked this up last February, then put it down days later.
So here's my second attempt to finish this slap-me-good-so-I-can-wake-up-because-this-is-so-darn-boring book.
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When I finished the book, I felt like this: My friend told me a joke. I keep waiting for the punchline but it never came. The highlight that I expected for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks NEVER CAME.
But Lockhart's writing is really good. And I was excited that perhaps after all this quotable quotes, something exciting is in store for me. So I keep reading... I should've stop when my instincts told me to stop. *wears my DISAPPOINTMENT hat*
I didn't see the purpose of detailing Frankie's history. and it's not that disreputable. Was Lockhart only giving me a tour inside a snotty prep school?
I didn't get it. I really, really just didn't get The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. No story here, folks. Just a rambling teenager who felt out-of-place, and then pretended to be one of the guys, so she can pull pranks at her school. Ugh.
Ms. Lockhart? I don't need a lecture. I need an adventure. Obviously, it's not here....more
I had no business picking this book up since i had no experience ever in dealing with breakups. Sure, my friends bombI recommend Why We Broke Up.
I had no business picking this book up since i had no experience ever in dealing with breakups. Sure, my friends bombard me with theirs - how awful, degrading, traumatizing, humiliating, or funny it was. But personal experience? Nah. And I am blessed, you know? Because the one and only guy I fell in love with... he spared me the bitter taste of a breakup. ;)
I read Why We Broke Up simply because I was startled to know that it was a 2012 Print Honor recipient despite the less than stellar ratings of my GR friends. But when I saw the shiny, shiny illustrations, I was excited to read it! It reminded me of The Sky Is Everywhere, which has illustrations as well.
I was prepared to smack Min's head for falling for a player like Ed. But as her letter unfolds, I was getting smitten with her stories behind every single thing that she's returning to Ed. Simple trinkets like a folded note, a match, a camera. I have this quirky habit, too. I still have the notes I passed back and forth with my friends in high school. the pressed petals i was given as a gesture of apology. At this level, I connected with Min.
It breaks my heart, that even though i know how Ed will break Min's (based on the first few pages), it was still a stinging slap for both Min and me when it happened. Blinded by her so-called love, she refused to acknowledge the warning signs that Ed will eventually make her cry. I badly wanted Ed to be a good guy, because hell, if you read how they relationship grew, you'd fall for him, too. But no, Handler emphasized on bad in bad guy Ed, and oh, how ugly it was. :(
The reference on old movies i don't quite get, and when Min started every memory from her fave old movies, i get distracted. Here I am trying to figure out, maybe even justify Ed's actions, and Min just keep on yapping about these movies and lead characters.
A bit predictable, We Broke Up stirs up ugly emotions that are inherrent to breakups. It's sad that Min learned the truth that way, but at least she has the guts to admit that in spite of it all, she really did love the jerk that was Ed.
The key to enjoy reading Offshore is to read it at a slow pace. I did it by reading 20 pages a day. Fortunately, it worked for me. It was a surprise to even like this book, but to love it? It was close to unreal (at least for me, since I am a YA reader most of the time).
I did not try to connect to the characters, but I like Nenna. And her wise-beyond-their-ages children. I found Penelope Fitzgerald's writing funny, if you know when to laugh. Her style made me think that there are things happening other than what I am reading from her words.
I found the marital conflict between Nenna and Edward entertaining. I mean, it was absurd (some things they fight about), but it happens in real life. And how they respond to each other because of those issues, it was funny in a sarcastic way. =)
I peg Offshore as one of those books I will read offhandedly (just to say that I read a Man Booker Prize). But when one character managed to creep into the pages at the last minute... well, well. That was a hopeful turn to an otherwise typical open-ended story....more
...hate to say it, but it was only interesting at the start. So The Alchemy of Forever was forgettable for me.
The first part was exciting. How Sera was enchanted with this beautiful boy. How she thought everything was so magical when you're fifteen (or was she sixteen?). How she unknowingly became an Incarnate. But my interest stopped when Cyrus and the gang were showed in present time. I just felt so detached when the story went from there.
To think that Sera was around for hundreds of years, she would know how to be smart about what they do. I think she was too sheltered being an Incarnate when she should've been learning anything and everything like Cyrus. So when the time came that she wanted out of Cyrus' world, she will do it right. Sadly, Sera reacted like a ditz with her amateur plans. I mean, really?
I like reincarnation stories. They bring me fantasies of being anyone I want back to those ages when everything was so different. But The Alchemy of Forever was one of them. I'd say it was 2/3 contemporary, 1/3 paranormal. And that was not good enough.
I was looking for the connection between the stories to be more substantial. Unfortunately, it was simply tangible. No deeper connection that would've wowed me to pieces. Thus, Mitchell's unique writing style for Cloud Atlas did not appeal to me. Gimmicky? Maybe. But if by being gimmicky I enjoyed the stories in the end, then I won't be bothered by it. I really liked the individual stories. So I hope it's clear: the 4-star rating was for the stories that were awesome by their own right. I don't give a f*ck about the connection between them.
The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing. I appreciated this on the latter part of the storytelling. Kindness begets kindness, is it not?
Letters from Zedelghem. Poor Robert Frobisher. I laughed when his assumption went awry. Got burned, didn't you? haha! But it was sad to have created such a masterpiece (Cloud Atlas Sextet) and just took the easy way out. No happy ending here.
Half-Lives - The First Luisa Rey Mystery. This was the first story that I have no trouble reading at all. It was fast paced and quite suspenseful.
The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish. I thought I found a favorite in Luisa Rey, but I was wrong. Cavendish's story is hilarious! At first, I couldn't see where it was leading me, but the crazy antics of Cavendish got me laughing and breezing through his 'ghastly' ordeal. love Cavendish.
An Orison of Sonmi-451. I saw why this is a common favorite among my friends. Who wouldn't enjoy a 'fabricant' unconsciously developing an awareness for the truth? This is similar with 1984. Everything was contrived, so no, this is not my top favorite.
Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After. Absolute torture. I could've done away with the weird language. They say it was similar to the language structure of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness, but I disagree. Halfway through Ness' first book, I can already understand it. With Sloosha's, I finished the story with a vague recollection of what I just read. Ha!
Cloud Atlas is an investment. I wouldn't even read this if I stick to my YA genre. But, I'm glad I read Cloud Atlas. It was unique, maybe even rewarding in the end. But would I subject myself for a reread? Absolutely not....more
Finally. A Mina V. Esguerra read that fitted me like a glove. *happI highly recommend No Strings Attached.
Nearly everyday and twice on Saturdays.
Finally. A Mina V. Esguerra read that fitted me like a glove. *happiness*
I enjoyed No Strings Attached mainly because of relatability. Carla and I were almost the same age, and we have the same birthday! But that was just a plus :D I got The Marriage Club and the pressure she experienced from her married friends to settle down. I can relate but I am on the other side of the fence: I belonged to that Marriage Club. In my circle of friends from high school, only one girl remains single. But, let me clear this, I do not pressure her into anything. Why annoy her into settling down when she's not ready for it?
Anyway, I like Carla up until she acted like a spoiled brat. But she did raise some valid points to her best friends Mary and Tonio.
Dante is... wow. Hee! He doesn't sound like a 24-year-old to me! I want him. like really, really want him. *ahem* Dante's a History professor and a Wushu instructor. He dotes on her younger brother Miko and takes care of her single mother. Too perfect, right? I don't care! LOL
No Strings Attached is a fantastic quick read. It was perfectly imperfect (after all, I was irked when Dante didn't take the time to listen to Carla). Still, this Esguerra read managed to make me kilig from start to finish. Yay!...more
Is this the same author who wrote Eleanor & Park? I just wasn't into it. Gah. Now, I feel horrible.
- It was a major bore. - I could not find Lincoln romantic. - I can relate to Jennifer, but not to Beth. - Nothing happens.
Attachments could've been more different from Eleanor & Park. Not in story of course, but in the emotions drawn out of me by Rainbow Rowell. With E&P, I was constantly engaged, mixed feelings. With Attachments, grudgingly reading from one page to another - my response to Linc's plight was continuously flat.
My good friend Angus told me that this is about cheating (and more cheating). Interesting. So I say, it isI highly recommend This is How You Lose Her.
My good friend Angus told me that this is about cheating (and more cheating). Interesting. So I say, it is 213 pages, let me borrow it. I've been reading books outside YA genre for the past year and a half, and it is such a reward when I finish one and actually like it. And I like This is How You Lose Her very, very much. For it magnifies the question: Why cheat?
The collection of stories is centered on Yunior - his exes, past relationships, sexcapades. He would like to think that the "cheating" gene skipped him (knowing Papi and Rafa), but the truth eventually reveals itself. Many times, I want to punch Yunior in you-know-where. Other times, I want to give him comfort, even solace. Junot Díaz's writing is confusing yet straightforward, demanding and yet it does not ask. See how he messed up my head?!! It is downright engaging to the point of wrapping myself with words that make up and tell Yunior's f*cked up life.
My favorite part is Miss Lora. I was a leech to those pages, when I was reading. And Rafa? Yunior's relationship with his brother is nothing new, and yet it still managed to sadden me in so many ways.
I did not a get a happy ending with This is How You Lose Her. But what do I expect from A Cheater's Guide to Love? Heartache, despair, and acceptance of things to come as a result of things that were. But every story was distinctly alive, every character vividly portrayed - and that hooked me up BIG time....more
... So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me. But consideriI like Smaller and Smaller Circles.
... So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me. But considering that a Filipino author penned Smaller and Smaller Circles, I will admit it was a little impressive.
Two Jesuit priests are being consulted over a series of murders in the slums of Manila. They do have credentials as consultants, I think the background is anthropology..? Anyway, the victims are boys within the cusp of puberty. As soon as they went missing, it won't be long before they found the grisly, mutilated bodies lying blatantly in the slums.
It's a short read, and I liked that I did not feel shortchanged with the story. I liked the gore, on how the killer went on his ritual with his victims. I liked the back story too, on how the priests were able to profile the killer. I guess it did not just struck me as unique or inventive. Like I said, I was already too immersed with Dexter, Criminal Minds, and CSI to really enjoy the novelty of Smaller and Smaller Circles.
I might still recommend it, but if you are a hard-core fan of bloody murders, psychotic killers, and insane killing rituals like me, this will be just an ordinary "murder scene investigation"....more
It's a good thing I am introduced to gems like these, once in a while. If only to help pass the time while riding a bus. Or fill up the loss of having left Illium the Kindle at home. Heh.
The stories depict ordinary lives of ordinary people. The uniqueness of this book being special lies at the tone of Carver's writing, at the mood evoked from me through the exchange of emotions. But the stories did not linger with me, not that much. Well okay, the only vivid memory I had is about The Bath. The rest? Fragments in minute proportions.
Perhaps my unfamiliarity with reading short stories are to blame for my dissatisfaction. The ability to construct the story without the obvious storytelling was abnormally absent when I was reading this. :( Because Carver's talent is in the "reading between the lines". At least I got that, yeah? =) Carver's writing initially appeared simple, but upon closer inspection on his stories, he tells a lot more.
I wish I could retain more of what occurred in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, because I believe it is something special. Only I missed it.
I expected this to be in par with Karen Marie Moning's Fever series... but, no. I'm 100% sure even Pink Mac can whip McKenzie's ass in a flash.
Kyol - I like. Aren - I really like. (McKenzie - dumbass.)
The cover is very misleading, I kid you not. She is not a sword-wielding chick! What a disappointment. The Shadow Reader is my typical UF - human caught up in a world she doesn't want to be in. Poor McKenzie. Although that did not stop her from nurturing an unrequited love towards Kyol.
Should I change my rating to a 2?... Because McKenzie is a not as developed as a character I thought she would be. A string of bad, bad decisions seemed to be her specialty. Ding ding! I cannot help rolling my eyes, and smirking about her idiotic thoughts that led to her idiotic decisions.
Kyol reminded me of Chaol of Throne of Glass, only because they are both captains and seemed to take their jobs very seriously. Aren, I like... until he became this obnoxious guy because of his supposed "claim" for McKenzie. Really man, I'd go for Team Kyol, if you will always this immature.
The constant itch I had while I'm reading The Shadow Reader is that Fae are too human in behavior. Vindictive, yes. Selfish, yes. And yet, if I try to compare Fae here to Fae in the Iron Fey series, the former lot are so inferior. Fae are more wicked and more wicked in Julie Kagawa's books, and that's YA.
If ever the next installment shifts to Kyol, I'm going to curse someone to be stuck in the In-Between....more
It brightens my day if I hear a story of friendship formed in the most simplest of ways: A constant fellow passengeI recommend 84, Charing Cross Road.
It brightens my day if I hear a story of friendship formed in the most simplest of ways: A constant fellow passenger during your way home. An old acquaintance turned closest confidante. 84, Charing Cross Road reminded me of that. With a little heartbreak, of course.
I don't do regrets. I'm a carpe diem woman, if I may. That is why the ending of this book left me shocked, and angry for what was lost :( It got me thinking: Why didn't I take him for his offer to dine out? Why didn't I try my darndest to be number one at school? Why, oh why, didn't I buy that ticket and just hop on that freaking plane?!! That what-if game will be the death of me, I tell you, so I don't play it.
84, Charing Cross Road brings forth two people who love books, leading one thing to another. Then suddenly, friendship knew no bounds, no time. A bit bittersweet, but this book was something to read, even if to cherish those people we've come to know and love. Through common love for books. :)
It dawned on me: When reading, and that while I turn the pages that leads me to the end, there really is no end to the story. When it ends, it just opens to another chapter. Though the story will change, it will continue with its course. I think that is called friendship.
I suddenly miss writing letters in flowery stationery or just plain yellow pad. :(...more
It looks like I still have a problem with John Green's endings. Still, I adore Augustus Waters. The perfect dose of medicine for swoon-seeking readers like me.
I was not ready to be in tears when I started The Fault in Our Stars. Come page 25, I was closing my borrowed copy and mulling about putting it down after my emotions calmed. That scene with her father, when she was near death, oh the heartbreak for any parent...! My unshed tears I kept in check, I was literally choking from it. =(
Then it dawned on me how JG ca easily suck me into his gem stories.
I was okay with Hazel, but I was more focused on Augustus. His character was so vibrant, so electrifyingly alive! I was fully charmed by him. Augustus' presence in the pages was so strong that I actually felt the loss when he's not in it. Awesome writing, JG. ;)
I am happy with Hazel's admirable relationship with her parents. Because if there's anything she needs, it's the endless support and unconditional love she got from her mom and dad.
Whoever thought that a pre-funeral would be the best thing in this book? I loved every bit of it.
A little anti-climactic for me, but the ending was sort of joyous (triumphant, even) if you were to look it at a different way.
I am swept away again. :) Sonya Sones, how do you that?!
This time, it's about Robin. And I adore this boy!
What happens next when you finally get the girl of your dreams? Robin is clueless. But as he navigate his way through Sophie's heart, he realized that she might be suffering socially from their relationship. Sounds absurd, right? But where Robin is coming from, it sounds very legit, and very scary.
I think I enjoyed Robin's POV a little bit more than Sophie's (from What My Mother Doesn't Know). I found his thoughts spot-on with his feelings: raw, in awe, in love! The verse here in What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know is more honest, more romantic, and sometimes more painful.
The swoon you will get from Robin and Sophie will come from reading between the beautiful lines of Sonya Sones's writing =) The rush of falling in love is here, together with the classic mistake one makes when you have the everything you want.
I think I'm going to buy my own copies of this series, because these books are worth a reread. :D...more
Reading Lolita was a gruelling experience, because of my warring emotions. I should be disI recommend Lolita.
Madness. Nabokov's writing was exquisite.
Reading Lolita was a gruelling experience, because of my warring emotions. I should be disgusted, but I was not. I became entranced with Humbert's absurdity that he calls his life. The idea of enjoyability despite the controversy of Vladimir Nabokov's story made my reading experience all the more compelling.
Lolita. Manipulative, shrewd, beguiling. She won't get any pity from me. She's clever enough to understand the situation she's in with Humbert (and get out of it). Should I hate Humbert for his perversions? I am more inclined to hate Lolita for her falseness.
Humbert's portrayal of his love for Lolita is thought-provoking. Was he self-serving, struggling against the norms of society, or downright sick to be attracted to nymphets like Lolita? Those scenes where Humbert defends, justifies his actions to readers as simple acts o f a man in love, it was amusing. Crazy talk from him yes, but still engaging.
In the end, despair clung to Humbert like leech to one's skin.
Lolita is riveting, once you see past Humbert's sick mind. Temptation to fall for his machinations is great, given that Vladimir Nabokov wrote so tantalizingly, you would question the rightness to judge him.