...what a strange, strange tale. o_O and yet the strangeness of it all did not lessen the richness of the story, bewitchingly written by an obviously talented author.
I had been ugly once; I must remember that, remember how to be ugly again now that I knew I was beautiful, remember how to be ordinary now that I'd seen the wonders inside me.
The Brides of Rollrock Island is told in several point of views of the inhabitants of Rollrock Island. How the sea witch directly or indirectly impacted their lives -- their loves, it was disturbingly enchanting. It was hard to get into the story at first, but as soon as Misskaella's life unfolds, it was harder to stop reading.
The similarities and contrasts on what people of Rollrock did for love and their families were astounding, yet no further from the truth if it were in real life. The desperation is always present, whether the witch is involved or not.
To say more will only lead to spoilers, but for those who are brave enough to chance upon a copy of The Brides of Rollrock Island, please pick it up and read it! It doesn't matter that not everyone in Rollrock got their happy endings, but let's just say that bad karma will always find those people who had it coming.
Such an enthralling story, strange and beautiful at the same time.
And I never expected that you could have a broken heart and love with it too, so much that it doesn't seem broken at all.
Oh, Peter. :(
I could have been stronger. I wasn't enough to keep something so important.
Oh, Tiger Lily. :(
I've been eyeing the gorgeous book cover since it was released. And I when finished reading, I was not surprised that the story inside was far more gorgeous than the cover let on. I marveled at the exquisite story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. It was bittersweet. It got me despaired and near tears. It led me to believe that,
Every kind of love, it seems, is the only one. It doesn't happen twice.
*eyes brimming with tears*
Anderson wrote so beautifully. While reading, I felt haunted and tortured. I was simply enchanted. But hey, this is not a happy story. So yeah, I am not deluded.
Peter's character is stunning. I'd never expected he will be depicted like that. So good. =) Tiger Lily's is the same. and how I love her.
"Maybe I just love some of you. Maybe not enough." Tiger Lily blinked at him, and she didn't understand how anyone could only love a part. Her greedy heart didn't work out that way.
Tiger Lily is a quick read. I became attached to Neverland, Pine Sap, Moon Eye, the Lost Boys. even Smee!
Forget the fairy tale. Anderson's version might just be the real thing. And as much as the ending broke, broke my heart, I wouldn't want it in any other way. *sniffs*
Having someone who is constant isn't such a bad thing. In fact, in can be rare.
An easy favorite. Smoldering H.O.T. this book was!
Who's up for another bad boy after my disgusting experience with Noah from Pus...moreI recommend Easy.
An easy favorite. Smoldering H.O.T. this book was!
Who's up for another bad boy after my disgusting experience with Noah from Pushing the Limits? I am! Fortunately, Lucas didn't let me down. He is very cool, and very hot at the same time. Hello, book-boyfriend!
The opening scene didn't waste any time. an attempted rape was showed. a terrified victim was in a state of shock. an unsuspecting hero was revealed. and so it started. the intense stares between Jacqueline and Lucas in Eco class. the sketching sessions. the texts that Jacqueline can't help but think if they are just bootie calls (or texts, for that matter). Oh, my. Webber got sexiness down to the peg!
I like Erin, she's such a fun and empowering character. And Benjie, too! I also found it amazing that Jacqueline refused to be a rape victim (she took action), and that Lucas doesn't want his past tangled with what he have with her.
Lucas' bad boy rep is played just right. he's reserved, he doesn't flaunt his conquests (it was only implied). he's not an emo-boy either, so YAY! (i have to confess though, i keep looking on the book cover to refresh the Lucas image in mind. =P he's addictive, really.) Not to mention that he can beat the sh*t out of anyone. Martial arts, taekwondo, you name it, he knows it. Definitely my current book-boyfriend. Dude, show me your tats!
5-stars seemed approriate after finishing the book, but there are tiny issues that ticked me so i have to take off a star. The predictability of the email exchanges was too high-schoolish for me, totally wrong since Jacqueline is a sophomore and Lucas is a senior. Her naivete here is slightly annoying.
The conflicts from both characters were handled very nicely. The sexy scenes are not sleazy. Swooooon is more like it!
Gotta love Easy. This fire is never meant to be put out, so fan it up!(less)
Obsidian really got me all hot and bothered in those 6 hours that i read it! It has flaws, yes, but i’m willing to...morei recommend Obsidian.
Obsidian really got me all hot and bothered in those 6 hours that i read it! It has flaws, yes, but i’m willing to overlook them just for the spine-tingling, nerve-wracking, laughter-inducing moments between Katy and Daemon. Let’s just say if you are in the mood to just read, enjoy and relax, try Obsidian. Armentrout will leave you wanting, panting… for more. *ahem* (entering fangirl mode)
Katy no longer wants to be a bystander. With Daemon around, she becomes a queen b*tch that she needs to be, since Daemon is a jerk. She’s tired of being good ol’ Katy, that’s why she never backs down from him. I like her. She’s as real as any teenager can get. Feisty, angry, and has a filthy mouth (according to Daemon). Now this hot alien… WOW. How come I’m beginning to like obnoxious boys nowadays? Oh well. :) Daemon kept the dialogues alive, spirited, and totally swoon worthy! Man, i believe i have a new book boyfriend, LOL! The thing i love the most about him – he never went from cold to sappy. i thought he’s just a regular guy who can’t express his true feelings that well. So i really liked the open ending. It leaves much to my imagination.
I liked the concept of light versus shadow. the plot reminded me a little of that Roswell tv series though. but Armentrout wrote in such a way that i never thought i was reading. i thought i was hanging out with a friend while she regals me with this alien story that’s a little rough on the edges, but entertaining nonetheless.
Obsidian is a super fun read if you want to chillax. Smart-mouthed and heart-thumping, Katy and Daemon will surely fire up your senses. This book is HOT. (exiting fangirl mode)
Fuck You for cheating on me. Fuck you for reducing it to the word cheating. As if this were a card game, and you sneaked a look at my hand. Who came up with the term cheating, anyway? A cheater, I imagine. Someone who thought liar was too harsh. Someone who thought devastator was too emotional.
The Lover’s Dictionary turned me into this mushy lil marshmallow. I felt a lot of emotions when reading this: i smiled a lot because i can relate. i harbored resentment when trust was broken. i felt complete when despite the frustrating times, the couple worked out their differences. Truly, The Lover’s Dictionary is a haven for hopeless romantics!
I love how Levithan presented his story – through snippets of the couple’s lives encased in vocabulary words. I basically have to read between the lines and i loved that. This kind of storytelling was so unique and effective it made me think: a word can really have a whole lot of meaning, right? Arrears. Dumbfounded. Libidinous.
The Lover’s Dictionary is a quick read (211 pgs) but the writing will stay with me for a very, very long time. If you’re in a mature relationship who needs guidance, or you just can’t resist a romantic read, try this Levithan book. It sure made me sigh and realize how wonderful it is to have someone to love… and love me back that much. =)
Special thanks to Tina for lending me her copy while we were on vacation!(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)
Kody Keplinger fearlessly wrote about something that is almost always cloaked by taboo: teenage sex. Reading ab...moreI highly recommend The DUFF.
Kody Keplinger fearlessly wrote about something that is almost always cloaked by taboo: teenage sex. Reading about Bianca’s and Wesley’s sexscapades made me feverish! But it didn’t lack the constant reminder of what sex should really be about: a relationship between two people who care enough for each other and mature enough to share this intimacy responsibly.
Bianca is as real as it gets. A broken heart made her smart but cynical and sarcastic. Bianca’s reaction to her problems is totally relatable that I can’t help but think, Yes, I would’ve have done just the same. Escaping the ugly realities of her life by hooking up with the biggest, baddest man-wh*re in her school is just the right drug. But Bianca started to get irritating in the end. After realizing how strongly she felt for Wesley, she is the still the b*tchy, snarky, and rude girl that I met at the start of the book. Ms. Keplinger, it wouldn’t hurt if Bianca showed some gentleness to Wesley when they finally got together – for real.
I can only have lots of love for Wesley Rush! At first, I was kinda hoping that Keplinger wrote also in Wesley’s POV because I wanna know him aside from the jerk that he is. But later I realized it wouldn’t have worked. Reading the DUFF in Bianca’s POV and no one else’s only solidifies Wesley’s one-dimensional character that Bianca hates: his famous wild reputation with girls. But oh, how I love Wesley’s character being flipped on the other side! He was definitely swoon-worthy and (I can’t believe this at first but it’s true) boyfriend-material. Did I mention he is super funny in his own cocky way? ;) I have lots of laugh-out-loud moments because of his witty remarks and sexy comebacks to Bianca’s cynicism.
I love Bianca’s and Wesley’s story because it is so refreshing and brutally frank! Bianca’s friends Jessica and Casey are commendable characters that shone on their own. I don’t like Bianca’s mom, more so when Bianca easily forgave her after leaving her and her dad.
I found The DUFF unputdownable. The story pretty much embodies the all-too-real facts of teenage life: family letdowns, peer pressure, and the consequence of sex. Let me tell you something Bianca’s mom told her. No matter how far and how often you escape, reality catches up on you, eventually. It did catch Bianca eventually, but when Wesley’s the one doing the catching, she’s on for a happy ending.
Are you a DUFF? I’m sure you are, even once in your life. If yes, then this is your story – so read it.(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)
“You know, I thought about that a lot these last couple of years,” She says in a choked voice. “About who was there for you. Who held your hand while you grieved for all that you’d lost?”
Oh, you’re good, Ms. Forman. I’d give you that. Have you read my review on If I Stay? If yes, then i will tell you right now that you’re gonna make me eat that review. word for word.
If I Stay is not gonna work as a stand-alone, so it’s a good thing that Where She Went came out. If I Stay series is one of the most emotional and thought-provoking I’ve read. Suffice it to say that it now ranks as one of favorites.
It is now Adam’s POV and i really liked that. The author’s writing style captivated me from page 1, to chapter 2, and so on. I loved the snippets of lyrics at the start of every other chapter. It captured Adam’s emotions perfectly. The alternating stories narrated between one chapter to another (one deals with Adam’s present life, the next one deals with his memories of Mia) is very effective. The holes in If I Stay were filled out by his narrative and I’m super satisfied.
Everything Adam felt, I felt. Loss. Anger. Bitterness. Despair. Hopelessness. I was there with him, cursing whatever it is that made his life a living hell. Halfway through the book, it’s official: I HATE MIA.
“I needed to hate someone and you’re the one I love the most, so it fell on you.”
Then Mia’s New York tour for Adam began. I was hopeful and disappointed at the same time. Did she want him back? Or Is it just for old time’s sake? I, for one, believed that this book won’t have the happy ending that I desperately craved since book 1 ended.
So how did it end?… Imagine me smiling slowly, then grinning widely while lovingly clutching the book close to my heart.
Mia & Adam’s love being just average? I take that back. willingly and obligingly. What they’ve gone through was brutal, hateful, and unforgivable. How the author managed to sneaked in the happy ending is beyond me. It is truly epic.
But I’d do it again. I know that now. I’d make that promise a thousand times over and lose her a thousand times over to have heard her play last night or to see her in the morning sunlight. Or even without that. Just to know that she’s somewhere out there. Alive.
The VERDICT: One of the best love stories there is. and i’m not talking about high school romance.
Hate me. Devastate me. Annihilate me. Re-create me. Re-create me. Won’t you, won’t you won’t you re-create me. ~ Animate (Track 1)
A good book (and author) found me! and i must say, i was really happy i was found. :)
This is a surprising read. I normally don’t read Contemporary Teen Romance on a whim, mainly because almost always, the storylines are basically the same. But after reading Forget You, I am starting to look forward to reading this genre. and The Wrong Path reinforced that feeling!
Annabelle is with the “in” crowd but not without consequences. She thought all the stuff important to her friends is unimportant to her, so she pretends to be like them. She can’t risk rising to object or she might find herself thrown out of the circle. This is a typical setting, i admit, but reading further in the book brought depth and further musings on the story.
Annabelle is somewhat annoying for the fact that she keeps on putting a front so she’ll be accepted by the popular circle she’s in. But i guess, this happens in real life so i won’t hold it out against her. and she’s so lucky having parents like hers. And can she really be that dense not to know that she’s falling for Will? Her character is not notable but I liked her at the party when she was… Ha! No spoilers, please. :)
Will – i’m in love with him! :) he’s one of the most solid and strongest characters i’ve ever read. bad boy appeal, indifference, once-in-a-blue-moon gentleness. His bluntness and acceptance for things as they are really did me in. When he confronted Belle on what they really are to each other, i was on his side (applauding him). That’s the kind of guy i want!!! Crap, the author sold me the story with Will alone! And what i wouldn’t do to do all those crazy rendezvous he did with Belle. *sigh*
The conflict the author represents definitely is a striking one. How will Annabelle choose? Yikes, i don’t wanna be in her place during that time.
The ending was simple, but i liked it. Although i wished the author took the time to have Annabelle tell off her “fake” friends just to solidify her decision to be herself and not be controlled by them.
I also wished the book could have a more enticing title that would’ve invite readers to try it. The title didn’t even embodied the essence of Annabelle’s story, because she took not the WRONG path, but the path LESS taken by girls in high school like her.
Overall, i loved The Wrong Path. A light and heart-melting read. I can’t forget you, Will. That’s why i will read you again. (less)
Closure isn’t closure until someone’s ready to close the door.
Rot & Ruin intensified my ultimate love for reading in full force! Once again i was duped by a zombie book – and still i was deliriously happy to be duped because this is unlike any other zombie read i’ve had. Rot & Ruin actually reminded me of The Knife of Never Lettting Go by Patrick Ness - i never know where the author will take me! Every chapter end is as nail-biting as they come! The non-stop action, the constant feisty humor, the unforgettable nuggets of wisdom about life, love & family – these elements made Rot & Ruin truly deserving of literary awards and nominations.
I have a love-hate relationship with Benny. But given he’s fifteen, i think it’s natural that he’s immature, vindictive, and thinks only of himself. I’m irritated with him most of Part 1, but i think this kind of portrayal of him is necessary so I can connect with him in the end in so many levels. Later on, Benny grew up, became remorseful and thought that there is life besides hating zombies and worrying about his daily rations.
Now, i am in love with Tom Imura! Such patience to his half brother Benny, such conviction to his work, and such lethal ability towards zombies and bounty hunters alike – surely this is one hero that deserves my worship and i am so raising the roof for Tom. woot woot!
Rot & Ruin is a gripping, shocking, soulful read – definitely a must read for all dystopian and post-apocalytic lovers out there. It made me realize that besides the obvious abomination that are the zombies, the cruelest monsters (more often than not) are humans.(less)
"I don't think we should spend any more time together unless i have a chance with you."
That’s how Echols described Brandon and it seemed fitting that i describe her book in the same manner. :)
Gosh, i am definitely having fangirl moments in this review. I’ve got dibs on Doug Fox!
Zoey (she looked like Uma Thurman) reminded me of Brittany from Perfect Chemistry (they wanted to preserve their perfect-girl-daughter act), but i have to say the latter has more steel in her character than the former. I have nothing against Zoey (except maybe she doesn’t deserve Doug, lol), it just that her refusal to end her relationship with Brandon so she can be with Doug is idiotic considering she and Brandon just hooked up! But i do love her cussing after the accident – it was funny!
Doug Doug Doug How about you park with me, instead? *wink* I do like bad boys, more so if they admit their mistakes and make up for it. They are explanations, not excuses – he says, and i agree with him. His family issues are real enough and i like that the author didn’t delve too much on the drama of it. Doug, you are one swoon-worthy guy!
I hate Zoey’s dad. really, really hate him. Zoey should’ve crashed his benz when she had it.
The backseat scenes are hot and steamy! The author knows how to keep me going and panting after Doug. *huffs*
The story is simple but the characters are not and that makes the story interesting. Forget You is a quick read for me, and boy, did i ever read it again minutes just after finishing it. It was good!
"Or that I couldn’t stand to watch anything bad happen to you, because it was like it was happening to me too.Is that love?”His hand clasped my hand again and squeezed. I swallowed. “It could be."
The fact that i finished it in less than 4 hours is proof that i cannot, could not, would not put it down. Just like that, i went from late-20's mom to a 17-year-old girl who squealed and mushed over Norah's predicaments in just one night!
So Nick & Norah hooked up in the most inconvenient (yet realistic) circumstances. What is supposed to be another night of sulking over his ex (for Nick) and another night of dragging a drunken best friend going home (for Norah) turned out to be one of the funniest, most romantic and unforgettable one-night-stands of their lives. And i'm not talking about sex (well, almost). *wink*
i didn't mind the constant profanity. in fact, it fit right into the concept of bands, drinks and nightlife.
i love nick. i love norah. they are two opposites that really got lucky into meeting someone that just might be the right one for him/her.
ok, i'm rambling. but before i cut this short, lemme say that the Marriott scene is one of the hottest and funniest ones i've ever read. :D
simply put, if you want a quick read that has a MAJOR swoon factor, read this.(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.
“What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
CONVINCING. REVEALING. BRILLIANT.
i was not entirely convinced by the book blurb (but i still read it anyway, since my GR friends insisted Jellicoe Road is really good). halfway through it revealed to me that yes, so maybe Jellicoe Road is award-winning. finishing & closing the book made me realized that Melina Marchetta conned me, but oh, how i loved to be conned this way! because Jellicoe Road is one BRILLIANT read. (I’m done reading in 6 hours! Man, i could not, would not put it down.)
First half was so confusing – i did not know Marchetta is contructing two stories that will collide in the end. I needed patience to read Jellicoe Road and i was rewarded BIG time!
Taylor’s strength came out in the middle of the story, when things started going awry that she needed to stay in control. I wanna hug her, tease her, and constantly remind her that her past (mistakes) does not define her future. She was willful, defiant, and cunning. I feel for her, especially with the dream scenes. They were heartbreaking.
Griggs is one tough character. Not because he’s the leader of the Cadets, but because the story that Marchetta wove for him was dark, hopeless but resilient. His background made me appreciate him more at the end of Jellicoe Road. I found his character very strong – i just love him!
This is not just a love story; there’s also a touch of mystery, crime & suspense. That’s a BIG plus for me!
Jellicoe Road is also about family and friendships, and how you can find love and family in between those friendships. It is definitely a must-read. Why? Because Jellicoe Road will surely stun you into silence. A very, very good silence to accompany your sudden love for Melina Marchetta.(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.
This book left me heartbroken. Why, oh why, does the ending have to be that way? Harsh world... is that it? Not...moreclick here for more book reviews.
This book left me heartbroken. Why, oh why, does the ending have to be that way? Harsh world... is that it? Not FAIR!
WARNING: This is book is for open-minded, liberated readers only due to its sensitive content.
Call me a perv, i don’t care! I really, really like this book. This will go to my stand-alone-ultimate faves shelf despite the ending.
There’s something about this YA sub-genre that i don’t like: it does not give me the escape from reality that i crave.
But for Forbidden, it gave me a chance to view the real world in a whole new perspective. And also, an escape of some sort.
Lochlan and Maya are siblings, with three younger ones to take care of because their wh*re of a mom doesn’t want the responsibility. They are best friends. Lochlan is an introvert. A socially inept weirdo, they call him. But to Maya, he’s just a normal guy.
When family problems get rougher than usual, things start to get intense. Lochlan and Maya found comfort in each other. During one of those times, the physical closeness takes a different meaning and steer them to a life of pain, confusion, and love.
All throughout, not once did it enter my mind that the story was gross (admit it, a brother and a sister in love with each other?). The author played out their characters so well that i found myself symphathetic to them. I even felt empathy. The voices behind Lochlan and Maya are so strong, yet weak sometimes. Lochlan is far realistic than Maya. He said: if they get caught, they will go to prison. She said: she doesn’t care! They are not hurting anyone.
I praised the author for imprinting the value of family and the importance of loving your brothers and sisters by placing their best interest before your own.
I was sad with Kit, Tiffin, and Wila. I understood Maya. I felt the loss with Lochan.
In my opinion, the stigma of an incestuous relationship did not stain Lochan’s and Maya’s love story. If anything, it strengthens my belief that any love, long as it’s true, knows no gender, or blood relation, or whatever the society imposes as moral or not.
I’m still heartbroken. I need a place to sulk.(less)
Unwinds didn't go out with a bang - they didn't even go out with a whimper. They went out with the silence of a candle flame pinched between two fingers.
there is only one word to describe it: INSANE.
after the hype CoFA has caused me, and the disappointment it brought me after finishing its chapters, i want a book that will wipe off my mind completely of Jace (and his somewhat-downfall) because yes, i was in mourning. :(
so i scanned my recommended TBR list and settled for Unwind. i need something mind-boggling; and where else can i find that but in dystopian novels?
i have to say that my mind was not only boggled. but it was SHAKEN, turned upside down, and left hanging without any support. UNWIND is (like i said) definitely INSANE. and i loooved it!
(Jace, i'm sorry but this book slightly cured my despair over you. SLIGHTLY. but it's enough. for now.)
a solution was discovered to end the war b/w pro-lifers and pro-choosers. when a kid reaches the age of thirteen, they can be 'unwound' - every SINGLE part of their body (not a limb wasted) will be harvested and given to donors who most likely need it (or want it). so who are the candidates? kids who are too much trouble to raise for their parents. orphans who the gov't can no longer support their basic needs. kids who are 'tithes' - kids conceived and nurtured then given to be unwound upon reaching the age of thirteen.
i know. morbid, right? the story was wicked! the solution to a society's problem was unethical but the people sees it as normal. which made the society even creepier.
oh, there's also 'storking' - if you are a mother who doesn't want to raise your baby or simply doesn't have the means, you can leave your baby at anyone's door for them to find. and once they found the baby, it is theirs by LEGAL rights. crazzzy!
i liked that the first chapter kicked off with Connor running for his life when he knew his parents decided and signed the papers for his unwinding. from there, i was glued to the pages!
have you seen the movie Vantage Point? it is similar with the first part of this book. A single commotion linked Connor's story to Lev's, then to Risa's from each of their POV. the unlikely alliance to get away from unwinding was born. it was amazing!
Stupid dreams. Even the good ones are bad, because they remind you how poorly reality measures up.
give me the permission to bash his character because i really dislike him!... at first. he doesn't think. he only acts. and it got him (and the others) into trouble. there's this scene with him and a baby that was storked and i so wanna beat him to death! moron. although he redeemed himself in the end, and he did grow up after each chapter, i don't like him that much.
a strong and independent girl, very bad ass! and street smart, and responsible. i felt the unfairness she felt when it was announced to her that considering she already reached her 'potential', it's the end of the road for her. she is just too much of a burden for the gov't to be fed, given shelter, etc. so she needs to be unwind. crap. if that was me, i will kill everyone present when that was announced. *brandishing my samurai* lol
if i dislike Connor, i HATE Lev. as in really really hate him. after the school incident, i keep on praying that he'll get caught already so he can be unwound. he's so eager for it, so why not give it to him already!
but the scenes he had with CyFi made me turn around and wait for his conversion to my good faith. and he did! the 360 degree turn of his story was unexpected (if you knew his unwavering faith on the unwinding system and how being a tithe is an honor to serve God) and very touching. :)
from that point, the change in his character is shocking. scary even.
i believe he is the star of this book, not Connor.
but there are times i don't believe that such convictions are coming from a thirteen-year-old. and yet, a month of Lev surviving on the streets, trying not to get killed, it can be believable.
ultimate high experience:
the scene between the Admiral and Emby at the graveyard. jeepers creepers! When the name ______ was mentioned, i closed my Kindle so quickly i could've killed a fly with it! There's no thump thump in my heart (i think). i was frozen for about ten seconds. Gosh, Neal Shusterman, KILL ME NOW why don't you! it was really really a petrifying moment. *goosebumps*
1 The second time Connor and Risa hid in a bathroom *wide grin*
2 The Harvest room - need i say more? *wiggling eyebrows* the author has a very very sick mind, i tell you.
one of the best dystopian reads. ever. it can even surpass Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. but it stops there. The Hunger Games trilogy (as a whole) still top Unwind. but in terms on ending, i'd go for Unwind. why? because it has the best ending i read in a dystopian novel. close to a Happy Ever After, i might say.
One thing you learn when you've lived as long as i have - people aren't all good, and people aren't all bad. we move in and out of darkness and light all of our lives. right now, i'm pleased to be in the light.
This book is a Crime Choice of the Year awardee, and well deserved!
It has a very intricate plot but you won't be confused with the story.
The character...moreThis book is a Crime Choice of the Year awardee, and well deserved!
It has a very intricate plot but you won't be confused with the story.
The character of the sculptress is very real. Sometimes i hate her. But there are times i took pity on her. Her character evolved so beautifully from the first page up to the last one.
the author is a superb storyteller. this is the second book i read from her (first one is The Shape of Snakes) and i must say that only in this book did she make a fan out of me.
The killer will render you immobile when you found out the truth for the chances of pointing him/her as the culprit is very, very unlikely. but once the story behind the killing is revealed, you'll see the light, that he/she is capable of such a horrific crime.
i recommend this book to those who want to be shocked.(less)
The dark allure of Lisbeth Salander’s character is too addicting to ignore because truth be told, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo rocked my world! Goodness, it’s been awhile since I was enamored with a mystery/thriller book. And now, the big question is: was this book all worth the hype? A big YES!
Mikael Blomkvist is a respectable financial journalist who fell into a nightmare when sued for libel and got convicted for it. As he retreats to regroup his life and career, industrialist Henrik Vanger hires him to investigate the case of his missing niece, Harriet, forty years ago. Lisbeth Salander is a private investigator with major issues and loads of (un)emotional baggage. She was hired to investigate Blomkvist’s background and with Vanger as their common link, meeting her subject is inevitable. Eventually, she helps Blomkvist unearth the mystery behind Harriet’s disappearance. Little did she know that stepping into Hedestad is a nightmare she doesn’t need in her already messed-up life.
Blomkvist’s character is very solid: he’s a smart guy and a strategist. Although I do not approve of his casual friendship with Erik Berger (it really bothered me), he’s a pretty decent male lead. Salander is so different from all the heroines I’ve encountered but boy, did she take the cake! Plus the icing! She’s brilliant, cunning, and downright cruel (well, if you asked me, those brutes deserved what they got from her). The complexity of her character is so amazing that I can’t help but scream, “that’s my girl!”. She had a rough life, having it still, but it mattered little when she’s working, snooping about other people’s business. Salander made my heart ache in the end.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an astounding read. From the calculated indifference of a seasoned killer to the precise debauchery of a brilliant girl, this book will rob you of any sanity you might have. Family legacy has never been this inescapable.(less)