*slams my brand new copy of Allegiant on the floor*
Pointless. So utterly pointless. (and I will not contain my grief.)
Here I thought Delirium series has a disgruntling ending. Congratulations to Divergent series for having the most illogical, senseless, and f*cked up ending to date.
*throws knives instead of confetti*
When Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ended, I was choking with tears. When The Reapers Are the Angels ended, I was ten times inconsolable. At least the grief for these two books was warranted. The deaths were not necessary, but it somehow embodied that the loss of life will contribute more on the lives of the people they left behind.
That was so not the case for Allegiant. My buckets of tears were from anger, disbelief and outright dubiousness of a death that was obviously contrived just so this sacrifice can be as tangible as it gets for the readers.
Well, f*ck sacrifice. F*ck selflessness.
Are these two traits only measurable by death? Heroism only identified when life is offered willingly?
I don’t think so!
I did not mind that the plot is ridden with holes, or the story is outlandishly veering off from the dystopian theme (and straight to a sci-fi one), or characters did not leave the same hard imprint that the story implied (Who is Edward again? Or Tori? I cannot even remember George Wu!). I no longer cared as much about these elements, so long as Tris and Four get the fruits of their triumphs, whatever they maybe.
But I was denied that. Fully, truly denied of that.
Without it, I asked myself: “WTF am I reading this for?!!!”
It’s been two days since I finished Allegiant, and I think it would take more days for my anger to subside. The madness brought about by its ending is nowhere near dissipating.
I remembered I hated that time when GRRM killed a main character after building him so succinctly in A Game of Thrones. I finished three books already in ASoIaF series, and I still question that death. I still question, and yet I understand more now of why it is necessary.
Veronica Roth killing one of her characters in Allegiant is a far cry from that. Not even a whimper.
The term Allegiant was just a décor. Because when Tris and her friends went outside for the first time, there is a new uprising waiting for them that they can join. But now, it is between genetically pure (GPs) or genetically damaged (GDs). The conflict between the factions and factionless is still spiking, but Roth has to introduce another set of conflict for Tris. Gah, it never ends.
So when the war between the factions and factionless reached its peak, the people watching from the outside (Department of Genetic Welfare) decided to act. But it was an abominable plan to Tris. But wait… in order to prevent them, Tris thought to do that same horrific deed (she abhorred) to the originators of the plan. What?! How’s that for a solution?!! The morality that Tris was asking for was so two-faced, even Four called her on that. But Tris told him, “let’s choose the lesser evil.” And Four reluctantly agreed. WTF.
Looking back, I realized that Four’s POV being present in Allegiant was a letdown. I did not see the Dauntless legend, the stern and disciplined Dauntless instructor who can whip his initiates into submission. Peter even manhandled him for a while in this finale! Four was insecure, unstable, and still reeling from hurt because he cannot have the love from either of his parents. *sigh* It was sad, really. But I love you, Four. Always have, always will.
Tris is stronger, wiser, and better equipped to deal with issues than Four. Her character was still developing, progressing into this heroine worthy from a dystopian world. The stupid twist in her fate was incomprehensible, incorrigible, un-f*cking-believable in the truest sense of these words.
The buildup of the story poorly supported the necessity of death of one of the characters. Not to mention that this character declared in this book, that s/he truly valued her life now, s/he very much wanted to live! So WTF is he/she doing sacrificing his/her life?!?! Where is the f*cking sense in that, please tell me.
One choice death to define you – puh-lease. Divergent is not as good as The Hunger Games. Allegiant failed where Mockingjay succeeded. Success in a series finale is not always linked to a death, to any death for that matter. So I wish the comparison between these two dystopian series will stop.
Forget the Epilogue. Why write one when you already killed…?!!!!!
How come it doesn't have the same punch as Divergent and Insurgent? It sounds so... boring. Doesn't have the finale feel, that's all.
And October?!! Please, please, do not let Veronica Roth disappoint me with this conclusion. I cannot take it, not after my fallout with Requiem.(less)
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
The author made an impressive debut. and there's a reason why it is #6 in NY Bestsellers list a week after its book release.
This is a fraternity/sorority initiation rites (with extreme sports on the side) - dystopian way. *evil grin!*
The story is beautifully crafted. The pace is exhilirating; sometimes i need to go back a page or two to relive its moments, i felt i will be left behind if i can't read fast enough. The development of the characters is just right on time - not slow but not hurried,either.
I have a new favorite heroine - TRIS! She is ass-kicking, gun-wielding chick who's afraid of a lot of things but faces fear anyway. She is small, skinny, not pretty but the way she uses her weaknesses as strengths is genius! Maybe she's a little dense (when it comes to Four), and a little selfish (when it comes to her family). But the selfnessness she hates (that's why she left her Abnegation faction & family) ultimately marked her as the Dauntless she wanted to be.
the one thing that i truly love about her: she isn't scared of having bad thoughts, dark thoughts and intentions towards other people. It only means one thing: an eye for an eye. a tooth for a tooth. i super love her! *hugging Tris*
'People often understimate my character' she said quietly. 'They think that because i'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, i can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.'
FOUR, you are sooo mine! A hero who is equally strong and troubled as Tris, he is the perfect imperfect love interest in any dystopian i've ever read. He's cold, efficient, (almost) invincible. But at the same time he is kind, compassionate, and selfless. *sighs* Four is one unforgettable character :) and in a dangerous place such as the Dauntless compound, Four is the love Tris has never seen coming. *fanning myself*
Initiation Rites (jumping on and off the train/roof, fistfights!)
Tris and Four on the chasm *squeals!*
Tris and Four on the train *double squeals* (ahem.)
Tris and Four on the computer room (UFC scene!)
The ending was a little bit soft for me (like how i wished two or more of the villains were killed by Tris or Four) but it was not a cliffhanger so it is satisfying (after all, there's book 2, so villains - watch out!).
As a stand-alone, I consider Divergent a pretty amazing book. I am BLOODTHIRSTY for more!!!
VERDICT: You think you are brave? Then read this. It will make you think twice.
I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.
One thing that my favorite books had to their disadvantage is that i tend to be overcritical of its sequel and/or series. I mean...moreI like Insurgent.
One thing that my favorite books had to their disadvantage is that i tend to be overcritical of its sequel and/or series. I mean, if the first book was amazing, it's only logic that the rest of the books to follow will follow its awesomeness, right? Sigh. Insurgent almost didn't lived up to its predecessor. Why, oh why, does Tris have to be this insipid, whiny girl when her world is in the cusp of war? Fortunately, Four miraculously saved the book. character-wise, he was the epitome of Divergent, not Tris. Um, Ms .Roth? Can we switch the POV to Four, then?
I thought the rebellion was not fully capitalized. I only felt it near the end, because the book paid more attention to Tris' dramatic antics. Where was the girl i admired and loved in Divergent? Where? Gah. Her strength is nowhere visible.
Now Four is the star of Insurgent. He was a true soldier, Dauntless and Divergent. why didn't Tris' character developed like Four's? He was capable, more matured, and more than stole the spotlight from Tris with his skills, street smarts and detailed reasoning. Man, you sweep me off my feet! I believe the 2-year age difference between you and Tris is really a difference, yes? Haha!
The dystopian plot was better; the action scenes were nerve-wracking, too. The ending was predictable, though. I mean, i saw that kind of twist before. Several times already.
And the inconsistencies I found flagged Roth to be this amateur author that I often forget when reading her book. Well, this sequel was easy to read. But stick to consistency, please! (1) Tris gave up her gun, but later she pulled it to blast (a door or a window?). What? (2) Uriah lost someone, he grieved for a short time. Christina lost someone, she still grieves. C'mon! people might grieve differently but the contrast between Uriah's and Christina's was noticeable. Both Dauntless. both teenagers. Figure it out.
Yes, i have rants, and yes i have issues. But Insurgent is still a fast and fun read for me. Four was to-die-for. He was not all chocolates-and-flowers sweet to Tris all the time. and you can see that even if he was in love, he does not forget that people are dying around him, that war is looming near. Tris, oh my, i still could not get over my disappointment with you. Go sulk, mourn and guilt-trip yourself but far away from Four, please.
Detergent will really fit the third book's title. I hope it cleanses Tris, and disinfects her brattiness. :|(less)
Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’ ‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.
A Game of Thrones just got personal. I was warned that GRRM has a habit of killing off characters, may they be decent or not. But oh, was I enraged when he did kill one of the main leads and another one worth pitting with the lords and knights fighting for power. It doesn’t make any freakin’ sense to me for an author to build characters so strong, solid and has potential to emerge victorious and then cut off their roles JUST. LIKE. THAT. I did not even get to see how they are in action/battle to justify their stature made by Martin. Ugh.
Tyrion is my favorite character, no doubt about that. Followed by Dany, Arya and Jon. I have a love/hate relationship with Catelyn but I hate her mad sister Lissa more. How I wish Sansa was beheaded then put on an iron spike. Ned… oh, he’s such a disappointing character. Martin constantly wrote about the hardness and of Winterfell Lords, but Ned just fell short for me. Khal Drogo grew on me and I find myself really liking him. Cersei deserves to be queen – cunning, cruel, and cold. If she were on the good side, I could’ve loved her more, but I think she’s more fitting to be a villain so that’s fine with me. Robb gets very interesting, I would’ve like to read his POV. I don’t know where I stand with Varys – he’s complex. Can someone strangle Littlefingers for me? Or cut off his tongue and feed it to the ravens. Joffrey will get his due, I bet on that. I’m so itching to put his head on the spike as well. Bronn, he leapt out of the pages and made a fan out of me!
The story is incredible. There’s a new twist for each chapter end. I was endlessly shocked and left to brood on what will happen next. Martin’s writing is consistent considering the alternating POVs from an adult (ex. Ned) to a child (ex. Bran) for the book chapters. After nursing my bruises over the dead Martin left me with, I was amused and maybe sporting a little smile on how the book ended. Oh yeah, Dany is one bad-ass dragon heir!
A Game of Thrones is truly a great read. I still recommend it to fantasy readers out there, but writing off strong characters the way Martin did left me with a very, very bitter taste on my mouth. Until I’ve coped with my grief over ___ and _____, I won’t read A Clash of Kings. I may opt to just wait for it on HBO and watch it instead. That’s how pissed I was.
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
The Iron Knight left me in awe. Ash was bared like you’ve never seen him before: indecisive, falt...moreI highly recommend The Iron Knight.
The Iron Knight left me in awe. Ash was bared like you’ve never seen him before: indecisive, faltering, broken. But the resilience of his character and the relentless pursuit of his happiness ultimately marked this finale as one of the most satisfying fey series EVER. I uber-love the Epilogue – it was so full of wonder, victory, and possibilities. Julie Kagawa, thank you for dedicating this book to Team Ash. I, for one, was moved. I thought I knew my Winter Prince; guess I was wrong. But how i revel at my mistake!
Ash (together with Puck, Grimalkin and two other surprising companions) went out to seek a soul so he can be with Meghan (now, the Iron Queen). What started out as a quest for true love turned out to be an eye opener for the former son of Mab. He was ridiculed for wanting a soul to become human. Does he even know what it’s like to become one? No. But his vow to find Meghan ties his essence; breaking it would mean death. Uhh… did Meghan changed him? because I could not see the Unseelie Prince anywhere in this book (okay, maybe once). His character was developed as though he was human already. I’m not ranting – just sayin’ that there are times that i found Ash unfaithful to Meghan, and thought that he was only bound by duty and the promise he made, not by his love for the Iron Queen. Oh well, i still love him. And i will say that nothing compares to what Ash went through. NOTHING.
I love Puck’s flippancy contrasting Ash’s grimness. I hate Grimalkin in this book, though. I will grudgingly admit that i love the ‘dog’ far more than the ‘cat’. First half was one amazing adventure after another, i could not almost keep up! Second half was sorrowful but understanding and peace came in the end. It was very, very nice.
The Iron Knight is on a somber note compared to the first 3 books. There are times i felt helpless and defenseless like Ash. But when Kagawa wove her magic to wrap up the ending, it was exactly as i wanted it! *sigh* So which love is greater: Meghan’s or Ash’s? After reading this book, I’d say…Ash’s.(less)
Angelfall blew me away to kingdom come in different, massive movements! It was a brilliant take on the a...moreI highly recommend Angelfall.
Angelfall blew me away to kingdom come in different, massive movements! It was a brilliant take on the apocalypse and the angels of death. Surely, this is one hell of a YA book you definitely don’t want to miss. How come I did not read this sooner?!! I won an ebook copy from Bookish Ardour months ago and warm, kind Susan Ee sent me a copy. I read this on New Year’s Eve, so it was quite a ride!
Penryn (together with her little sister, Paige and her mother) can barely survive in Los Angeles. Gangs prowl the streets and mark territories by day; Angels sweep them at night. With nowhere to stay and not much food left, she braved the night to get on higher ground (supposedly it is safer there). Unfortunately, she witnessed an angelic conflict that made one of the angels snatched her sister. With her mom fading into darkness (she’s a schizophrenic), all that was left for her is one bleeding, dying angel. Raffe.
I gotta admire Penryn because she’s got spunk. She was terrified of Raffe and yet she threatens him when he refuses to take her to Aerie (where angels congregate & perhaps her sister is there?). She’s not a weakling (for she was trained to defend herself due to her mom’s mental instability), but compared to the magnificent angel, she’s nothing. Still, she bargained with Raffe to take her to Aerie until he said yes. Her determination, street-smarts, and loyalty made her my no. 1 heroine to date. Raffe is cruel, cold, and arrogant (as most angels are). But I saw softness in him when he held Penryn on that night she was plagued by nightmares. I found his character solid for an angel of death. In the end, I saw that perhaps Raffe has a tiny shred of humanity in him. Oh, and of course he’s beautiful! Aren’t all angels?
The story is really good and credible. The pacing is fast but just right for a post-apocalyptic setting. The characters are strong and dependable (meaning I can rely on them staying in their character all throughout the book).
Angelfall‘s ending is not what i expected but it was the bomb nonetheless. So… are you tired of those angel-themed YA books that’s all cutesy and no plot? Then you better read this. Angelfall has the balls to shock you. You think angels are good and kind beings? *snickers* think again. Susan Ee will make you believe in the opposite.(less)
Anna Dressed in Blood could’ve been a 5, if not for the romance that felt forced and nonsense. Blake has...moreI recommend Anna Dressed in Blood.
Anna Dressed in Blood could’ve been a 5, if not for the romance that felt forced and nonsense. Blake has great moves in terrifying readers; i held my breath more than once on separate occasions! Thrilling and maniacal, Anna Dressed in Blood is one of the most frightening YA books i’ve read so far.
Cas started out as strong in character, but when Anna came along, he appeared scatterbrained and incapable. Are guys really like that? Hmmm. LOL. Anyway, Cas is just an average male lead for me. He could’ve been great, but his character’s development became null in the end. Anna was so kick-ass on the first scene! Cold, ruthless, merciless. Then Cas started hanging out at her house, and there Anna began to show some emotions or what was left of it. She’s okay, i mean i loved her when she’s the “Queen of Death”, but the solidity of her character when she’s not the “Queen of Death” did not hold much for me. Perhaps i just want her to be at her baddest?
The horror aspect is fantastic. Voodoo magic has that air of mystery and fright that i don’t wanna dwell in the middle of the night. The romance part is negligible. Lemme just say that a relationship between a human and a ghost is just uncomprehensible to me.
Anna Dressed in Blood is a good halloween read. If you’re up for some jolly ‘ol scare, this book won’t disappoint. Well, just don’t mind the romance and you’ll be good.(less)
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don't get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty nea...moreI recommend Champion.
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don't get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neat. It's just that.. too little time to say what should have been said, simultaneously time was too long to have the wounds and hurt be healed.
I am nitpicking, because I am so attached to the characters! So emotional with Day and June. My heart still bleeds, I tell you. The letting go broke my heart more than the giving up did.
Day is battling to stay alive every day, while protecting his brother Eden from the Republic's dangerous intentions. When June's life was threatened, Day was backed up against a wall with no options... I will always admire Day's casual arrogance to masked the suffering he experienced (caused by the Republic), but I think June should be called Champion.
June is caught between serving the Elector, and staying by Day's side because she believed he has suffered enough. When the 'big elephant' in the room between her and Day becomes apparent and utterly unavoidable, June must choose: break her heart, or Day's?
Last five chapters are the bomb, with June's last POV making me a mumbling, emotional wreck. She was so brave, I am in awe of her. *eyes shining brightly*
and that Epilogue.. while hopeful, still left me wondering: is this really how they ended??? It was really a good and realistic ending, but since I am heavily emotionally invested in this series, I am wanting more.. of Daniel and June. So very much wanting more. *sniffs*
The war is full mode in Champion. June's involvement in the plague's cure was a bit of a stretch for me. And that one time that June exhibited her prowess in military training, she got her *ss whipped. Understandable, since her opponent is older and more experienced, but still.
Nitpicking again. Sorry.
This conclusion was the right blend of rage, loss, and despair. I think Champion truly revealed the answer to the question: Can love ever truly forgive?
(Thank you, Marie Lu for a finale worth a good cry, for a day or two.)(less)
i'll be back for my review. let's just say Cassandra Clare should've stopped at City of Glass, and not extended the series up to a 6th book. :-(
******...morei'll be back for my review. let's just say Cassandra Clare should've stopped at City of Glass, and not extended the series up to a 6th book. :-(
WARNING: This is a long read.
'I love you, Clary. More than I ever--- God. More than i probably should. You know that, don’t you?'
i like this book, but i'm not jumping up and down about it. (yeah i know, boo!)
It is difficult to write a review for a book in a series that i love so much. Difficult because even though i liked this one, i have a nagging thought that the author is only stretching it for the sake of, you know, stretching it. Business? Profit? I dunno.
So this is my experience while reading the book:
After securing my copy the crazy way, i was giddy when i laid my hands on it. I don’t want to read it immediately. I want to savor the feel of the cover, the smell of printed paper. That’s how i was. I held the book with such reverence.
I’ve read the sneak peek on the net so i just skimmed the first chapter... Ok, that was a lie. I still read it line per line :| i wanted to start slow. Don’t expect too much, i said. So that’s what i did.
By the time i reached the second chapter, i picked up my reading pace a little. Why? Ah hell, Jace is on, thank you very much! My heart is building up its pumping, slowly but steadily. Man, i’m just starting out this book and i loved it already! I even thought then, i’m gonna rate this book a five!
I kept turning the pages. I couldn’t read any faster. I was getting impatient! My heart accelerates every freakin’ time Jace has a scene. Thump! Thump! Thump! There was this scene between him and Clary soaked in the rain, and i was gripping the book so hard. C’mon c’mon C’MON! Finally, things between them are starting to heat up!
At that point, there was no mistake in my mind that this what i expected the fourth book will be!
Too bad, i judged it early.
halfway through the book, i realized where the story is going, and how it could end. CRAP. then and there, i lost my mojo to enjoy the book. WHY?
Well, the author plugged that this book will focus on Simon. It did, at first. But halfway through, it slowly spiraled into Jace. JACE? Again? I love him but, his story should’ve not overshadowed Simon’s. I mean, Simon’s the one in the book cover, right? :(
Jace got the limelight in books 1-3. you might ask: if i love Jace, how come i am so pissed?!!
Because, BECAUSE while Jace is confident, conceited, and self-absorbed (all traits i looove about him), he is also doubtful, tortured, and unforgiving towards himself. And the latter negative vibes is greatly highlighted in this book. Jace is repeatedly doubtful (of Clary’s love for him), tortured (of memories of Valentine and his conflicting feelings between Valentine and his biological father), and unforgiving towards himself (things he might do to hurt Clary, Max’s death). It was annoying to the fact that Jace doesn’t appear to be as strong and dependable anymore as i thought he was before.
I wished the author could’ve given Jace a break. You know, like maybe he gets to enjoy first his newfound relationship with Clary, after finding out they are not related in book 3. THAT IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE BOOK 3 ENDED!
But no, the author decided to put Jace once more in the middle of it all. And where did that leave Simon? :(
Oh well, i did enjoy parts of it.
Now for the GOOD times:
The story line was fluid. Consequences of Clary’s actions in book three was unravelling. New characters were introduced that are essential in building the story of secondary characters. Besides the fact that the author is too hard on Jace, this is an engaging read. The twists and turns woven by the author are solid, believable, and i must admit, mind blowing.
Clary: she grew up. I loved that she is more mature than before, she speaks up (esp against Jace and her mom) and stands up for what she wants.
'No. You can’t just keep grabbing at me every time you see me. It’s not a substitute for actually talking.'
'J: The ritual is taken from the Song of Solomon. ‘Set me a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death.’ C: Ours is stronger than that.'
'I could’ve asked for anything, and i asked for you. And i would do it again. I love you, Jace Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood whatever you want to call yourself. I don’t care. I love you and i will always love you, PRETENDING IT COULD BE ANY OTHER WAY IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME.'
yeah. i can't pretend either. haha!
Although there’s this scene at the end when i want to punch her and screamed at her STUPID! IDIOT! MORON! She still doesn’t listen to Jace. Still doesn’t trust that he can take care of himself. Also, the author could’ve put Clary into more action scenes (and she actually winning them). This is book 4 already! She should be able to defend herself for goodness sake.
Jace: Still hot as ever! And confident. The best shadowhunter this world has seen, says a Greater Demon. Damn right he is!
I love him when he’s being conceited. And being funny.
'"Aren’t they supposed to be hiring someone else to train me full-time anyway?” “Yes,” he said, getting up and pulling her to her feet along with him,“ and I’m worried that if you get into the habit of making out with your instructors, you’ll wind up making out with him, too.” “ Don’t be sexist. They could find me a female instructor.” “In that case you have my permission to make out with her, as long as I can watch."'
'"You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you." Jace's eyebrows went up. "Hotter than me?" "It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically." "Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon."'
But i super love him when he’s being honest. And sweet. And vulnerable.
'Sometimes i dream you’re gone. I keep wondering when you’ll figure out how much better you could do without me.'
Aaawww. The author really has a way with words.
Isabelle: one badass chick! I worship her now.
'That new lead singer they have is hot. Is he single? I’d like to ride him around town like a bad, bad pony---'
'But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.'
Simon: i’m still unsure if Simon stood out from all the characters. He seems weak even now when bears the mark of Cain. He’s still funny though. And so little scenes from his love life! But i think it has potential. I’m looking forward to that.
'"No. That's Clary; shes's my best friend." Simon pocketed his phone. "And she has a boyfriend. Like, really, really, really has a boyfriend. The nuclear bomb of boyfriends. Trust me on this one."'
The make-out sessions of Clary and Jace, of course! I went craaazy with the rain scene! Gosh, get a room! No, wait. I wanna see this, so just stay in the alley! I swear i was palpitating while reading that. Hot hot hot!
1 When Clary and Jace were out in the park. This is Jace at his best throughout this book. honest, open, sweet.
2 When Clary and Jace are making out in one of the Institute rooms – no it didn’t lead to sex (although i was tearing my hair out while thinking that is where they are going). It did lead to something else, alright! and I didn’t expect that. It was like cold water pouring down my head after the steamy scene i just read. uh, HARSH!
3 When Simon faced off with the greater demon. This is the only time that i saw Simon as the character the author wanted him to be. And i’m so glad he had the opportunity to kill the greater demon or else there’s no more book 5 and 6 coz they’ll all be dead.
Despite my disappointments, it is a good read (if you haven’t read the first 3 books). But i’m getting the feeling that the author is setting Clary and Jace up as starcrossed lovers. And i’m so NOT a big fan of that.
I also love the story of Cain the author conjured, and the passages from the bible are so refreshing! The book of Genesis has never been this trivial. ;-)
I’m not so keen on book 5. I think i can wait a year for it.
'You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.' (less)
It is not hard to fall in love. It’s the admission, the acceptance that’s diff...moreI highly recommend Perfect Chemistry.
ELECTRIC. DELICIOUS. TEMPTING.
It is not hard to fall in love. It’s the admission, the acceptance that’s difficult.
I was never in Realistic Teen Fiction subgenre of YA, but wow, Simone Elkeles changed that. I read mainly to escape reality, so why would read stories that delve into that?
I did not just fall in love with Alex and Brittany. i was WHIPPED! and yeah, i’m proud of that.
amidst the flirting and attraction lies the reality of Alex’s and Brittany’s lives. One wants to escape, while the other wants to stay (stay perfect, stay still), but both puts up a facade. and yet, they see through each other’s masks and found comfort and strength in each other’s arms.
i have to say that i love Alex’s POV more. it’s raw, humorous, and well, goosebumps-worthy. i now have the hots for Alex. *fanning myself*
when the story got good, i have a sinking feeling that this might have a sh*tty ending, reality-fiction and all. Boy, was i wrong! It was rather an unexpected one, one that was very very much to my taste. :P
i liked that the author didn’t beat around the bush. halfway through, when Brittany’s feelings are starting to come out, she cuts to the chase and lay her feelings on the table. NICE! i’m impatient with stuff like this, so sue me.
Perfect Chemistry is a fun, spine-tingling, swoon-worthy read.
Feeling neglected by a loved one, lately? Then read this. teen romance, if not first love, doesn’t get any better than this.(less)
"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I...more"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I know that when I’ve read a good book, I refused to read a new one. There’s something that makes me want to pause, look back and rewind all those scenes I’ve just read with such clarity. With Delirium, I did not read anything over the weekend! And that says a lot.
Love is a disease. Singing, dancing is not allowed. Any form of emotional expression is restricted. No hugging or kissing even with friends! This could be real, I thought. No war, no pain, no nothing. There’s also no happiness. Or love. Harsh world, right? and it’s about to get harsher.
The premise is simple, get cured or you will be forced to be cured. If you are too much trouble, you are simply eliminated. The story is fast paced, the author introduces you into this world without sounding preachy. I love action packed novels, but in this book, the lack of it (or maybe there’s one or two action scenes), made it more pliable. Believable. Why? Because the terror of getting caught past curfew (9pm!), the helplessness of forgetting everyone you cared about after the cure, the reality that there’s no other option but to live the life given by the government is enough. I can feel them while reading, creeping between the lines and crippling me. Being scared all the time while doing the most mundane things (hanging out on a beach with a boy, for one), is there. Almost all the time I am reading this book, I can feel the tension. I’m quite terrified of the consequences the characters could face when caught. Whenever Lena or Hana or Alex sneaked out (for a party, or just hang out), I fought myself not to scream “c’mon, man, you’re gonna get caught past your curfew! Chop. Chop. Time to go home!”
I like Lena. The obedience to do what is right by the government clashes wildly with her natural need to rebel. Defiance is her key to unlocking her freedom. And she did, at the end of the book, Lena stood her ground. No more lies, she said. It’s time to live my life. My happy life. By my rules.
Alex is likeable. Although the author could’ve picked up a more subtle or unusual name for a hero in a dystopian world. It seems so common. Anyway, he is more human than most heroes I’ve encountered in YA. Confused and not confident at times. He is actually pretty normal, I guess. I don’t love Alex, but I don’t hate him either. and it is just right, that he admitted to liking Lena instead of loving her suddenly. they relationship started with mistrust and suspicion. and then their friendship grows, and that gradually blossoms into love. super likey!
am not that gaga over Lena's and Alex's romance. it makes me want to fall in love, but not with alex specifically :) Maybe it is just slow to build in my taste. Still, i'm hooked - it is heartbreaking. I wanted them to be together, against all odds!
The author writes in a way that she paints Lena’s world in such vivid pictures I can understand how’s it like to live there. She reminds me of C.Clare’s writing of the mortal instruments. I can relate to Lena. I already stepped in her world. The Regulators. The Wilds. The Crypts. And man, oh man, I don’t want to get stuck there!
the ending was like a BEP song: boom boom pow! the author stepped it up BIG time. although i was left hanging, i didn't mind since i know this is a part of a trilogy. reading towards the end of the book is simply exhilirating.
The verdict: I can’t wait for book 2. I hope I won’t stay in a state of delirium waiting for it. Haha.
"I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go." (less)
The only book i read that dealt mainly with necromancers is The Reckoning. It was new to my paranormal taste and yet i like its theme.
Morbidly funny - that's what comes to mind when I remembered reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Two-thirds of the book was information download, so i found that part okay if not a little boring. I'm waiting for some action! But the dark humor did cover for that.
Sam is somewhat a loser. So to think that he has these "necromancy" powers is laughable. How he dealt with this bizarre news is even funnier. =) And it seems that everyone wants him dead, but Douglas got the dibs on him. How can he defeat the most powerful necromancer in town when he is just a college dropout turned diner cook?
I love his friends! Frank, Brooke, and that Latino guy (man, i can't remember his best friend's name!). Brid and her family is way cool. There are also witches and werewolves here; just little touches, but enough to create the paranormal setting in Seattle believable.
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is an enjoyable read. Rarely does a paranormal book possesses both humorous and dark content. Wish this was a series, but I think this is a good enough to be a standalone. (less)
I googled Nicholas Flamel. So true. Because I am intrigued by fiction inspired by people that really existed in the past. And alc...moreI like The Alchemyst.
I googled Nicholas Flamel. So true. Because I am intrigued by fiction inspired by people that really existed in the past. And alchemy is something I craved reading way back in high school.
The Alchemyst was hard to get into. Really hard. The first half was boring. It only got interesting when Hecate came in. And that got the action ball rolling, so to speak.
The adventure was there; so were the villains. Its hard to hate Dr. Dee when you read his POV as well, correct? And Perenelle Flamel was very formidable!
As for the twins, Josh and Sophie, they were alright. I felt disconnected, somehow. It didn't matter to me that they are about to be annihilated by the undead army... maybe I was just starting to have fun, on their expense. Ha!
My favorite scene was the Bast-Sophie-Perry face-off. Now, that was fun. :D
I'm not sure if want to continue reading this series anytime soon. Or I can try the audiobook version. Yeah, I can try that. The Alchemyst and I might just have started on the wrong foot. I think the series will get better. Right? Because I like Scatty (and the Witch of Endor by association).(less)
My fascination with serial killers came back with Heartsick. With a woman as th...moreI highly recommend Heartsick.
...Yeees! Oh, how i love thee. *evil grin*
My fascination with serial killers came back with Heartsick. With a woman as the serial killer made it all the more interesting. I miss watching Dexter. =(
Archie and Gretchen have a very complicated relationship. You'd think Archie doesn't want anything to do with her after she abducted, tortured, left him wanting to die, then turn herself over to the police. Chelsea Cain is playing with my emotions, because I felt something for Gretchen other than hate and revulsion.
The story was compact. I loved Archie's POV. He knows there's something wrong with him, that his life sucked, and his mixed feelings for Gretchen were abnormal. Still, he does a good job being a cop. But the darkness Gretchen showed him during his time with her remained.
Susan the reporter is okay, too. Her life is as f*cked up as Archie's, but she hides it well. The way Gretchen read her like an open book whe she visited at the prison is so enjoyable. Hee.
I am in love with how Gretchen's mind works! Manipulative, smart, and very, very devious. This is the villain to beat!
Heartsick has gore, horror, and pain. I had an unbelievably good time reading it! It takes one to know one, right? So in order for Archie to defeat Gretchen once and for all, he has to think and act like her. like a maniac. :)(less)
I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly – I’ll beat you unfairly first.
MAGNIFICENT. IMMACULATE. GOLDEN.
Ender’s Game is un-FREAKIN’-believable. My review may not do justice to its pure awesomeness, but I will sure try to convert sci-fi non-readers into Ender believers ‘coz for sure it converted a non-sci-fi chick like me. =)
I sometimes forget that Ender is only six when he got recruited to Battle School and he is eleven or thirteen (I’m not sure) when the Third Invasion happened. The complexity of a child’s mind when pushed to isolation and fear was scary, but in Ender’s case, it was terrifyingly heartbreaking. I don’t like bullies, so I applaud Ender for defending himself whatever the cost. I love Ender for everything he is, and everything he doesn’t want to be. The contrasts of Ender’s traits is remarkably worked out by Card. Ender is afraid before he is brave. Ender adores his sister but hated her when she coaxed him to move on with his training. Ender doesn’t believe in violence but once he dwells in it, he’s cunning and ruthless. But beneath Ender’s brilliance in leadership and battle lies a boy who doesn’t want power… but acceptance. And friends. And love.
I like that the sci-fi element of this book is simple, easy to imagine and understand. No fancy names, just simple terms that I can easily adapt. Dr. Device, anyone? =) I love the Battle School part the most; it is where Ender developed into the promising fleet commander worth worshipping for. Hail, Ender Wiggin, Hail! The ending was bittersweet, but nonetheless satisfying.
Ender’s Game is simply excellent. Finally, I found a book that I thought deserved all the literary awards it got. So don’t wait too long to pick this up and read. Else, the buggers get you. LOL. Always remember: the Enemy Gate is Down!
I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
A Neil Gaiman reading experience will always, always be surreal.
"Nothing's ever the same," she said. "Be it later or a hundred years. It's always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans."
There's no turning back once I picked up The Ocean at the End of the Lane, I just got sucked in. The fantasy that might be too much for a boy, might just be relentless reality for a grown-up man looking for something, something to fill up his tired soul.
The Hempstocks. The cleaners. Ursula. Lettie. These characters extracted different emotions from me, just because a boy is praying so hard that his life will go back to what it once was. Can it be that simple?
I adore the Hempstocks. Their secrets, obscurity, and selflessness are entertaining to read. But when one selfless act was made to save another, was it worth it? Will the saved be forever be guilt-tripped into living good so the the other will feel compensated?
A short read, but The Ocean at the End of the Lane reaches deep. The truth about families, about father-son relationship, about unreliable memories - it's here. and much more.(less)
I cannot believe it's been five months since I read Ender's Shadow and I have yet to write its review like, right now....moreI recommend Ender's Shadow.
I cannot believe it's been five months since I read Ender's Shadow and I have yet to write its review like, right now. It's not as much as I could not put my coherent thoughts in place, but perhaps it is hard to give justice to the brilliance of Ender's and Bean's story.
Bean is a freakin' genius. In Ender's Game, he wasn't much of a favorite because he barely registered in my radar while reading it. Imagine me getting a little surprised that a parallel book was written for Bean's story. I asked myself, then: is he really that strong a character that he needs a book on his own? I dunno. But reading Ender's Shadow was worth the doubt.
I just find Bean too good to be true. You know? I mean, I know I will always be an Ender Wiggins fan. This book said that Bean is almost an equal to Ender, but to me? No, not really. Ender is far more human in the aspects of guilt, remorse, and conscience. And for that, he has more edge than Bean. I thought Bean's character too technical and too perfect for my taste in heroes. Still, he captivated me with the raw innocence he unknowingly has because of the decisions of the adults before his time.
Ender's Shadow is a terrific companion novel of Ender's Game. It brought me back to the viciousness of battle school. I believe I will be a completist of the Ender (and Shadow) series. :D(less)
After closing my copy, I hugged it tight. I had stars in my eyes, the biggest smile in my mouth. My husband stare...moreI highly recommend The Crimson Crown.
After closing my copy, I hugged it tight. I had stars in my eyes, the biggest smile in my mouth. My husband stared at me, asking, "What is wrong with you?" and I just murmured (without looking at him) that the ending of The Crimson Crown was sooo beautiful...! Of course, he doesn't know what I'm saying. I kept on smiling. What a fantastic way to conclude one of the best fantasy series in YA!
I would not have it any other way. :) There are little questions in my head, but I didn't mind them much. I am delighted with how everything fell into place, whether for better or for worse. I am utterly delighted!
The strength of the Seven Realms series lies in the tremendous amount of development that Cinda Williams Chima put into her characters. Han and Raisa were spectacular, but unbridled praise must also be given to Fire Dancer, Night Bird, even Micah Bayar! There is no good or bad, just the resolve to prove something or someone that they are worthy - of respect, service, and love. Woot!
The maturity of Raisa as a queen, and as Han's partner was incredible. She's out to get what she wants. She thereby complimented Han's determination to be the best person he can be. After The Gray Wolf Throne, Han now lives with conviction. He's no longer a thief, he said. He's resolute to make things work between him and Raisa, stands up to the challenge, just for the slimmest chance that they can be together. *happy sigh* Han was magnificent! He still have trust issues, and I loved that this is consistent with his character. He struggled with his secrets, and sharing them to people he cared the most.
Dancer's transformation was amazing! He was the epitome of the hope between jinxflingers and copperheads. And Night Bird was a pretty surprise. I did not like her in previous books, but now? Wow. Lord Bayar's fate was unsatisfying, but neatly done. Averill Lightfoot and Elena Cennestre are two of my least favorite characters. Such sneaky and insensitive Demonai warriors!
More than the superb plot, these character developments drove The Crimson Crown to the top of my favorites list. Han, Han, Han. I don't think I will ever forget you. Swoon!!!
And that Epilogue? Oh my goodness! So uplifting, and sweet, and undoubtedly kind. =)
Similar to Lumatere Chronicles of Melina Marchetta and The Queen's Thief series of Megan Whalen Turner in terms of epic love stories and intriguing politics, Seven Realms series is a must read for every fantasy lover. So Read. It. Now!(less)
Here's what happened when you play pretend. Love sneaks up on you.
What's the English word for torpe? You know, that guy you're friends with who doesn't make a move on you because he's afraid to lose your friendship? Yeah, that's Zack personified. I'm not a fan of torpe guys, but I can make an exception with him. Besides, I always liked love stories between two people who started out as friends first. I should know. That's my love story right there.
And I agree that Jasmine is dense. But that doesn't mean I tolerate Zack's hot and cold treatment of her. Their story was sweet and cute, though.
The clincher for me here is that Zack was Kimmie's Zack from Love Your Frenemies. I was like, Oh. So this is the jerk fiancé who left her for good after his Bachelor party. I was so psyched! I got to know the story before Kimmie's "supposed" humiliation.
Anyway, I also like Zack's philosophy in life. See, he have different set of friends that he spends time with on separate occasions. When Jasmine asked her why he's like that, I remembered he looked at her like she was crazy. Then he said, "So that there's not one person who knows everything about me." Interesting, isn't it? ;)
Based on the book blurb alone, I thought i will like My Imaginary Ex (same thing that I didn't think much of Fairy Tale Fail, and I didn't like it), and I was right.
While I patiently wait for a new copy, I borrowed Janus'. And yes, it was worth the trip to Ayala! LOL
A happy ending to an unrequited love? Count me in!
well, i was duped. i bought a copy for half the price and two chapters are missing! chapters 11 & 12 are doubly printed!!! oh, i hate you, bargain books. could've finish this tonight!!!(less)
The Son of Neptune first captivated me with that oh-so-cool cover (Percy is so bad-ass!), then i started reading… and man, i really miss Percy Jackson!!! He now thinks before he speaks, he became perceptive, and he is more powerful than before. Rick Riordan, thank you for making Percy Jackson grow up. I love him now more than ever. =)
Percy is in Camp Jupiter, gaining new friends like Hazel and Frank, and enemies as well, like Octavian. They embarked on a quest that will push them to discover their potentials as they become the demigods included in the Prophecy of Seven. Riordan took a story pattern similar to The Lost Hero but this sequel is hands down more fun and engaging! I admit that i can’t wait to read those chapters with Percy’s POV (Hazel’s & Frank’s are not as entertaining as Percy’s), so imagine my glee every time I read his chapters – loads and loads of humor! Despite Percy’s memorable deadpans, it is obvious that here is a demigod who has the wits and the moves that can topple down any monster or giant Gaea will throw at him. I will say this again: Percy is a (demi)GOD!
Although there are few inconsistencies that i found, I did not mind them much. I enjoyed the The Son of Neptune because it is such a feel-good book! Riordan got me laughing and laughing all throughout. I really like Mars far more than Ares. Arion is one indignant horse, err, stallion. LOL
Are you a fan of Percy Jackson? If yes, then better grab a copy now! You would want to know how Terminus (the boundary god) had me LMAO every single minute! If no, well then, it’s about time you meet the greatest demigod there ever is. After all, he is the son of Poseidon (or Neptune, whatever).(less)
I am not an easy person to scare. I like horror books; more so on movies. The Monstrumologist is not that really...moreI recommend The Monstrumologist.
I am not an easy person to scare. I like horror books; more so on movies. The Monstrumologist is not that really scary to begin with, but with the overall creepiness of the story, it gave me this horrific effect that i should be scared of monsters. real, eat-you-alive-in-the-grossest-way-possible monsters. Mr. Yancey, I was afraid of the Anthropophagi, not because of the monstrosity, but because of the cunning and intellect that came with that monstrosity. *shudders*
Will Henry's life was not easy. Watching your parents burn to death is not something short of a nightmare. Then, you spend your life with a man whose eccentricity and brilliance shuns everybody around you. including you. not to mention your services are indispensable to this (sometimes) crazy scientist. your services, not you.
I like Yancey's writing. With a story so unique, his characters and monsters became vibrant through his easy storytelling.
Kearnes is my favorite character! His madness is infectious. Oh, he has faults, yes, but i can't help but admire him. he's a formidable hunter, but as a person? Ha! Better ask Will Henry. or Dr. Warthrop for a more definitive response. Also, the Sanitorium scenes are alive! Sanitorium: that one place that i'm the scariest. :)
If you are into horror and gore, you're gonna love The Monstrumologist. Monsters both literal and psychological, you will find it here. To those who have read this: whose life is sadder, Will Henry's or Dr. Warthrop's?
Full of fascinating lore and heart-buckling scenarios, Will Henry will make your nights worthwhile. Read this at night time! it adds to the suspense. *winks*
I just let Susan Ee lead me, to wherever she wanted me to go with her story. I was a puppy on...moreI highly recommend World After.
Was that you, Pooky Bear?
I just let Susan Ee lead me, to wherever she wanted me to go with her story. I was a puppy on a leash, eager and excited and happy that my master is taking me to some awesome place. And how awesome it really was!
True, I have my expectations, but I trust Susan Ee to give me something that I do not know that I want, and she more than delivered. She excelled in providing one of the most fascinating sequels I read this year. Thumbs up!
I gotta admire Penryn. With a crazy mother and a misunderstood sister in a post-apocalyptic world, it was difficult to keep them safe from nasty angels, judgmental humans, and even from themselves. Penryn held it together, especially when her mom is in one of her moods. Their relationship is one interesting element of this series that I really like, and as eerie as it was, I can't help but feel for Penryn and her mom. So much hardship!
While the absence of Raffe was a bit of a sore thumb during the first half, Pooky Bear more than satisfied my cravings for the archangel. I mean, she's sentient, and the weird bond she has with Penryn was very entertaining. :) The flashbacks was more than what I wished for, and I was oh, so satisfied!
The thing I love about Susan Ee's writing was that as much as I want Raffe to be this dashing hero of Penryn, he was still this arrogant, impassive, and darkly humored archangel I came to know from Angelfall. But a little swoon here and there, and oh my. *blushes* Peanut butter, anyone? Eek!
Paige was the surprise. I thought the Stockholm Syndrome will push through, and I was afraid of that. Good thing Susan Ee got a taste for blood, gore, and violence. *fist pump*
Well, I did notice one itsy bitsy inconsistency during the last Raffe-Beliel meeting, so anyone who knows what I am talking about, talk to me please.
World After. It might not be what I had in mind, but glory, what I got was such an amazing, bloody sight. (less)
Imagine my intense delight when I came across a YA book with that theme! *happy dance*
Okay, not to sound so morbid or anything, but I really enjoy such stories. I have yet to perfect the act of blending in, so no, my tendencies of becoming a serial killer is still not apparent... Ha!
I Hunt Killers is very disturbing, and that's really good for me. The murder scenes might be mild to my taste (compared to Adult Crime fiction), but the terror lying beneath is there. Bill Dent... crap, he gave me the creeps with his charm and intellect. Really now, Barry Lyga knows his stuff!
Jazz Dent got me in his clutches from page 1. For someone who's hell bent on not becoming like his father, Jazz showed me snippets of himself that wanted, wanted to succumb to darkness so badly. I can feel his conflict, his guilt, and his defiance to his father's legacy. It was freaking amazing! Add to that his best friend Howie, whose punchlines are so funny. :) Ah, Bliss.
My favorite part(s): Jazz's internal dialogue with Billy - how to act in a certain situation? Billy is always in his mind to whisper practical, nasty, brilliant advice. Oh, you are evil, Barry Lyga. I am engrossed with Jazz and his dilemma!
I read maybe 2 or 3 YA books with serial killers in it, but I Hunt Killers is undeniably leading the pack. Woohoo!(less)
... and Lish McBride didn't disappoint! This sequel is even better than Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, like three times! Funnier, edgier, and sadder, Necromancing the Stone was a fantastic followup to the Necromancer series.
This is told in Sam's and Douglas' POVs. Sam's struggling with maintaining the house (and it's eccentric inhabitants) he inherited from Douglas. He's also dealing with the guilt over his best friend Ramon's transformation. All this while being the Head of the Council (that he doesn't even know how to run), being Brid's boy toy, and being the supposedly the most powerful Necromancer.. ever.
Sam is still this charming, dry-humored guy who is almost always on the wrong side of the track. He's at odds with his housekeeper James. Brid's pack was not his biggest fan. His powers were as reliable as the war-freak gnomes in his garden.
Despite his somewhat "still-a-loser" status, Sam was staying positive, and he sees the goodness in everyone. So cute. If there is a contest on the most compassionate necromancer, Sam will win. I love that he doesn't see death as the end, but something more. He associate his power over death with peace, contentment, even love. So nice.
I adored Brid's brothers. Bran and Sean - Sam is no better off than with these sweet, capable werewolves to back him up.
Douglas' character was pretty solid, too. Another villain that I am a fan of. His dreams of his past life was very interesting.
Necromancing the Stone has this touch of death and grief that can overcome even the most hilarious of Sam's unnatural situations. But, it was amazing that the desolation never lingers in Lish McBride's story. Death and Life were so closely intertwined in Sam's adventures. Maybe that is what made it so enjoyable. It's as real as it gets.
Guaranteed 100% Fun, you guys. I will be watching out for the next installment!(less)
This is my least favorite among the series. The fun was almost absent, and the brilliant connivance was short and unsatisfying in the end.
Perfect Scoundrels went heavy on Hale's and Kat's drama. And I was miffed when they were described as "on-off" boyfriend/girlfriend. Really? They are an item? Because I am sure that I did not miss anything from Uncommon Criminals, because their relationship in that book was as vague as it was in Heist Society. And now? I have to jump in and deal with their romantic sorrows? Please. Unless there's an e-novella somewhere (and I know there's none) that showed how they officially got together, this itsy bitsy fact was downright inconsistent.
I did like that puzzle desk (what was it called again?), and I want one for myself. :P And I very much like Uncle Eddie and Kat's dad, Bob Bishop. For such an absent father, Kat and him have this warm and comfortable relationship.
This installment is all about Hale, and his elusive family background. How he keeps Kat away from his family while he keeps on popping up in Kat's, as seen in previous books. I miss the fun-loving, charming Hale. I don't want this emotional wreck, because he's reckless when doing the crew's job.
But I have to say that Kat here is more mature and composed, especially when she's dealing with Hale and the failing con job at the same time. And I admire Kat's philosophy on families. That you don't need to have blood ties to call someone family. That you can always, always rely on your family, if you ask for their help.
Sure, Perfect Scoundrels was a quick read, for Carter's writing was as engaging as ever. But the execution of the story was just flat, almost boring. The last three chapters I think is the core. Perhaps you can skip the rest, and read straight there? Kidding. :)
I'm not much of a lover of stories about heartbreak, especially about a girl who can't find the strength to leave a sta...moreI recommend Table for Two.
I'm not much of a lover of stories about heartbreak, especially about a girl who can't find the strength to leave a stagnant relationship. or a guy who just can't seem to get that the girl will never see him as a boyfriend material. But Table for Two managed to endear itself to me despite that.
I was nearing the end when I realized the author will connect the characters from all the short stories. The key to enjoying this book is to read more from what the author wrote. Fill in the blanks and hope that what you thought is really what happened to the characters.
Fresh, 2 stars. Mandy & Tristan. The ending was not satisfying. Timeout, 4 stars. Jack & Jill & Robbie. This was hopeful. All The Best, 3 stars. Carl & Kim. A little vague. This Closure, 4 stars. Lucas & Bettina. I heart Lucas, even if he's a little pathetic most times. Table for Two, 4 stars. This is why I love reading love stories.
Table for Two is a quick read that will either make you sigh in delight or in contempt. Hee. Don't dwell too much on the characters. The writing is beautiful. A lot of quotable quotes in here. :)(less)
(I read this last night in 4.5 hours straight. Power was out again because of the typhoon, so I read it with nothing but my flashlight on, in my room...more(I read this last night in 4.5 hours straight. Power was out again because of the typhoon, so I read it with nothing but my flashlight on, in my room cloaked in darkness. :D *fist pump*)
Some of the story plots are not new to me, but the characters (and the relationships between), that did me in. I am fan, Eliza Victoria!
Some of my favorites are: Man on the Train Parallel An Abduction of Mermaids The End of Pi(?) Reunion Storyteller's Curse Siren Song(less)
It was a good thing that I did not read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone when everyone was talking about it way back September/October. It would’ve lost its uniqueness to me. So what did i think of Laini Taylor’s book with so much hype? I was… enthralled. I think that was the word i was looking for. I was drowned in the richness of the myths and tales – hook, line, and sinker! No doubt Taylor is a superb storyteller. I was lost in Elsewhere! And being lost in that world was a sweet escape.
When I think of Karou, i think of her doing her Jujitsu moves, wishing rather immaturely on her pebbles, and keeping her two lives as secret as possible. I love her wryness on hiding the truth from her friends by telling the truth itself. I found her remarkable as a heroine and as a daughter of Brimstone and the others. Akiva‘s character is well-played for me. The transition from being lifeless to confused to enlightened to helplessness was really smooth. I love Akiva, from his exotic name to his remorse.
The part where Akiva and Madrigal’s story unraveled? I rather found it unnecessary. It dragged on with the somber feel I can do without. Nevertheless, the mythical twists and turns are pretty much what gripped me tight. Fave scene? When Akiva attacked Karou the first time they met. He was dead set on killing Karou! *bloodthirsty* LOL
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a very adventurous read. Too much information? I think not. I handled the magnitude of Karou’s story with ease and quick understanding. It is unlike any urban fantasy i’ve ever read in a while. Not to mention that Taylor wrote beautifully it made me a fan of her overnight. :)(less)
...Oh, wow. What a heartwarming, feel-good book :)
Family is very, very important. Would you agree? The sole reason that...moreI highly recommend Tall Story.
...Oh, wow. What a heartwarming, feel-good book :)
Family is very, very important. Would you agree? The sole reason that I do not want to work abroad is that, I do not want to be separated from my better half, my toddler son, and my "senior citizen" parents. I want to be with my best friend as we grow together in our married life. I want to be here when my son grows up. I want to be here for whatever number of years my parents have left before they retire to the afterlife. And so, Tall Story having centered on a Filipino family, here and abroad, pricked me, and that made it so dear to me.
I understood Nardo. Longing for a mom who's halfway around the world with his little sister. Constantly anxious over the townspeople's belief that he is their hero. Awkward over his gigantism. When his immigration papers came, suddenly living in London with his family is not a far-fetched idea. But the people of San Andres will not let him go, for fear of catastrophe hitting them once their hero leaves. And so Nardo's blackouts began.
I understood Andi, too. The jealousy over a brother that her mom probably loved more than her. The determination to own something for herself through her basketball skills. and the incredulity of how being a girl limits her from reaching her dreams.
How Candy Gourlay reflected Filipino family virtues through the characters was really nice. Andi's disdain for his brother was not prolonged, and so did Nardo's despair. The common destroyers (sibling rivalry, parent-child separation, overworked parents) of a family was kept at a minimum, thereby keeping the lightness of the story intact.
I love Jabby (well, minus the freak show incident). And that scene where he's calling for help? Creepy. Because I know that happens, like all the time.
I did not like Nardo's mom, though. What kind of a mother discourages her daughter's dreams because of her height, or thinks there is something wrong about her son, and be ashamed about it? Grrr.
Tall Story is a favorite. Something about it is hopeful, and it has a certain degree of kindness we can all benefit from, once in a while.(less)
I was unprepared with the events that the author threw at me in The Queen of Attolia. Th...moreI highly recommend The Queen of Attolia.
I was unprepared with the events that the author threw at me in The Queen of Attolia. The pacing of the story is very different from book 1. And oh, so so much better!
Eugenides is back working for the Queen of Eddis as, of course, the Queen’s Thief. In the first few chapters Eugenides was caught, imprisoned, and suffered the most valuable loss perhaps in his life. I was shocked by this turn of the story. I didn’t know the author had it in her to be so cruel, especially to her hero! I mourned with Gen.
The lull for me came when Gen wallowed in self-pity and despair. These scenes made Gen annoying but brought about the strong character of the Queen of Eddis and what her relationship is like with Gen. He’s not only her Thief, but her cousin, her friend, her family. On those lengths she contemplated going to war with Attolia just for Gen.
The Queen of Attolia was a different thing. Ruthless, shrewd, cruel. She is also a strong character but in a different way from Eddis. I was kinda lost with her reactions to Gen’s antics and taunts. I’m thinking, ‘could it be that…’ nooo, that’s impossible. In the end, i realized that the reason behind might be difficult to fathom, but not impossible. And i believed it.
The action picked up again when Gen started plotting for revenge, err, a plan to counteract the inevitable war of Eddis with Attolia and Sounis. Gen coped up with his loss but not without a cost. His road to self-recovery is admirable, to say the least. And his plans! Wow, they are brilliant, if not perfect. Looove it!
My favorite part of this book? The unexpected love story. It wasn’t even the main plot, but creeps up to be the most essential factor of the story. and man, that did it for me. I was floored by the revelations of both parties. At first, i thought it is part of Gen’s plan but several scenes later, i realized Gen’s not lying! After everything that’s been done to him, he is still capable of loving her that much. Un-freaking-believable! If that’s not love, then i don’t know what is. The last scene melted my heart into a puddle.
There’s also the scene of Gen questioning the actions of the gods. I was like, backing Gen at first, egging him to go and confront them about their failures. In the end, even i was humbled and grateful by answer of the gods. Very nice!
The ending is satisfying for me. The Queen of Attolia really deserves to be queen. Her cunning and acceptance for things as they are deserve praise. *clap clap*
I think i’m going to stall reading The King of Attolia for a while. Why? Well, i want to savor The Queen of Attolia first in all its brutality and sweetness. :)
I believe i found a new gem worth listing in my most romantic book ever read. *sigh*(less)