Seamless. That's what this book is all about. The moment i read the first chapter, i was hooked. to trella's world. to the Uppers and Lowers. to the PSeamless. That's what this book is all about. The moment i read the first chapter, i was hooked. to trella's world. to the Uppers and Lowers. to the Pop Cops. there's no turning back once i hit the pages. i just need to read and read and read.
The plot was concrete so it wasn't hard on the author's part to sell it to me. it was readily believable and easy to absorb in. the segregation. the population control. the 10-hour on-off work hours! my, oh my. it is a sick world to be in. i was addicted to it!
She is strong, self-sufficient, dependable, a loner (despite having only Cogon as her friend) and a cynic. she doesn't think things will ever change. it is the reality of her life. so she goes on with as less trouble as possible. but as strong as she may be, she still feels the sting of labels. being a Lower. a scrub. the queen of pipes. yet she swallows it all down and work her job diligently. i admire her character. her conviction. who wouldn't be? in a dystopian world like hers, i'd be the same. and yet she could not prevent the inevitable. being the queen of pipes led her to the hope that she thought she could never have the luxury to ponder. led her to take action. led her to being the threat the Travas thought impossible.
he's an okay character, i guess. not much of a standout from my POV. pretty much Trella is the star of the book, so there.
no need to highlight my ultimate high experience and fave scenes, coz truth be told, from start to finish of the book, i was riveted scene after scene. the story goes in one fluid motion. from one false prophet to the revolution, it was inevitable.
the verdict: fan of dystopian novels? then pick this up. it is action-packed, suspenseful read that you won't have time to get bored.
oh and yeah, book two is out now. so expect me to pick up where Trella left off as soon i can lay my hands on it. :) ...more
Shaun Mason, marry me? (this is me going all-the-way insane with Shaun, but I don’t mind, really)
I’m still grieving. I do not know how to move on and collect my shattered (reading) life after Georgia & Shaun. After Alaric, Maggie, and Mahir. After Becks. *bawling*
It was not what I had in mind for a finale, and I was somewhat felt… cheated. But that’s such a heavy word, right? After all, I did give Blackout a 4-star rating. The story is as engaging, finger-twitching, and mind-numbing as Feed and Deadline, but the ending fell short to what I expected. Yes, I am a little disappointed with how things worked out, but it was still pretty decent ending. I wish… I just wish Mira Grant didn’t have to blast my most favorite character into oblivion. I mean, COME ON! Am I the only one who thought that death was uncalled for? Because if that is all that Grant has to give me for the final book, then I guess Georgia and Shaun were not the true hero and heroine of the Newsflesh Trilogy. Not them, but my favorite character. Georgia and Shaun should’ve been the ones who sacrificed themselves or some sh*t. not my favorite character.*crying again*
In the search for the truth, freedom was the price to pay for Shaun and his team. They are hounded from every side by the CDC. They can no longer publish their posts because of the danger they are in. They are on the run. And things are about to get blown one way or another.
The ending of Deadline stumped me like a freaking zombie who just got shot (but kept advancing anyway to its intended victim). I moved on to Blackout shocked, dazed, and on-the-high excited. This is a new level of ecstasy! The science behind Kellis-Amberlee virus was explained further. It was believable enough. Thus, the danger for a new strain of KA virus is more deadly.
I found some loose ends. Shaun’s condition, that’s one. CDC’s master puppeteer, that’s two. Is Blackout really the last book?!! Perhaps, I miss the last book?!! No? This was it? Sigh. The ending wasn’t spectacular. It's not that I don’t want a happy ending for Shaun (with all that’s taken from him, right?), but it was not f*cking fulfilling... Oh man, someone get me out of this (book) misery!
At least, the semi-subtle insinuations about Georgia and Shaun since Feed were answered. I didn’t think it was gimmicky nor forced, for I sensed Grant really intended for them to end that way. I might be in the minority here, but I really liked this part.
It doesn’t matter that I have issues with Blackout, because I would still recommend it. Newsflesh trilogy is edgy, ruthless, and brutally awesome! If you are feeling a little violent (toward zombies, of course) and a tad bit crazy, PLEASE read Feed, Deadline, and Blackout. This is zombie apocalypse with a lot of BITE (pun intended)....more
...What an incredible journey this series was. *awestruck* So... do you want to know who Clara ended up with? *wiggles eyebrows*
When reviews started popping up last month, I was getting crazy! My pre-order copy from The Book Depository will only be delivered 2-3 weeks here in Manila. And each glowing review that I scanned (okay, read and consumed) made me even crazier. And my GR-TFG friends were aware of it. I was on text blast mode every time I got agitated! Oh, the insanity of it. Perhaps this is the first time I was truly rooting for a love interest, to the point that it will ruin the whole series for me if he did not end up with Clara. Yes, that was my crazy moment. Haha!
Story-wise, the conclusion to this angel-themed series was really, really good. I have my apprehensions but still, I can say that Boundless solidified its stand for the Unearthly series as one of the most concrete angel books out there.
My dealbreaker for love triangles: the feelings of the heroine to her love interest must be absolute. It means that from start to finish, there is no doubt that her heart belongs to that one guy. No ifs. No buts. Just him. I do not want my heroine to come across as undecisive, conflicted, and easy-to-sway on her emotions. If that was the case, I'm outta there.
It came as no surprise that Christian will have more face time than Tucker in Boundless. Clara was going to Stanford with Angela to figure out her friend's purpose there. So naturally, Christian will tag along. His visions were still connected to Clara's in some ways. So really, Tucker (my sweet little human) has no place in Clara's life in California. =(
I admit I was getting crankier with Clara-Christian scenes, and there were lots of it. Studying, training, fighting. I was already sold out to the idea that Clara will end up with him. And it broke my heart. Imagine me trudging through the pages just because I want to get it over it already. *sigh*
Then came the twist. and the climax. and the end.
I was left reeling, close to tears in fact. I was even ready to blast Cynthia Hand online for the pain she caused me! But it was pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that I'd be willing to be subjected to again. Because I was happy on how everything turned out for Clara. Happy, but not quite satisfied. Is that even possible?
Jeffrey. His character has a lot of potential, but Jeffrey was written obtusely and was underdeveloped, as if he was just an afterthought. It would've been nice if his purpose was defined and cleared to compensate with the hurt and loss he experienced all throughout this book.
Angela. She was not my favorite character, but what a stunner it was that she was at the center of it all. But in the end, she was left in tatters. What's up with that?
Samjeeza. Certainly the most blindsiding character! My heart went out to him. A simple request that has so much hold on his eternity... just wow. This is my favorite angle of the story. So tearful and disquieting. :(
Christian. What a remarkable supporting character, but... I didn't liked how he was built to be this undeniable hero, being Clara's source of her glory, and yet.. I thought it was unfair, even for him. And I'm not even Team Christian! I'd understand if he disillusioned himself as Clara's Knight in Shining Armor. But to be the reason behind Clara's source of glory? Mixed signals, I tell you.
Tucker. Like I said, he was barely there in 2/3 of Boundless. But his quick appearances were heartwarming, spine-tingling, and 100% emotional. What's not to love with this guy? Team Tucker FTW!
Clara. She was kick-ass. Dry humor, unfailing loyalty, and fathomless goodness - that's her. Only thing I was not in favor of: confusing feelings towards Christian and Tucker in the middle of the book. Have you gone bonkers or something, Clara? We all know who you love! So pick him!
Boundless almost rendered me to a book slump last night. It was, for a lack of better word, poignantly beautiful. What an awesome way to celebrate Valentine's Day. =)
For parents who are expecting a child (whether their first or not), normally what would they fear at that stage?
Me? When I was pregnant, my big worry is that my baby will be abnormal. deformed. I did not wish for a beautiful child, I only wish that he will be healthy when he's born. When I saw my son, not only is he perfectly healthy, but he is beautiful. whole. normal. so much more than the things i prayed for.
Auggie's parents were not so lucky. But despite his facial deformity, Auggie is as normal as it gets. he's smart, witty, and hilarious. I love Auggie! His personality just leapt from the pages and tickled my fancy. I thought this is a depressing story. It's not. Just a lot of reflections from a boy who just want to be remembered (and loved) but not because of his horrible-looking face.
I want to embrace his Dad! The most striking scene he has with Auggie is this. In two years, Auggie wore a helmet and never took it off. one day, the helmet has gone missing.
Oh, Auggie, don't be mad. I'm sorry. I just couldn't stand see you wear that thing on your head anymore, you know? i didn't think it was good for you.
Come on, Auggie, please try to understand, you were wearing that helmet all the time. and the real, real, real truth is: I missed seeing your face, Auggie. I know you don't always love it, but you have to understand... I love it. I love this face of yours, Auggie, completely and passionately. And it broke my heart that you were always covering it up.
What a WONDERful father. :)
You're gonna love all the characters here (well, except Julian, maybe). Wonder is heartwarming, heart-wrenching, heart-everything!
People can be cruel to Auggie almost every time. But he found comfort, love and triumph in his family, and his new friends. He never expected the universe will be kind to him. but it did. ...more
My fascination with serial killers came back with Heartsick. With a woman as thI 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. :)...more
The stories are mesmerizing, marvelous in the way that they can stand alone as a short story. I remember I loved most of them, whether its sad, romantic, gory or tragic. Marcus Sedgwick did not stick to the conventional plots, for his were far out! The imagination involved, the emotions stirred - those elements made Midwinterblood really worked for me.
I think I was on the fourth story when I caught up on the connection. I say, that could not be it, but then, why not? And it was unbelievably unusual that I want to revel in the uniqueness of it. And let me not forget the horror, and gore. Wee!
How come the most saddest people have the most beautiful of histories? What could've gone wrong? If there is another chance, will they be strong enough to fight for that same love, over and over again?
Midwinterblood is an acquired taste, for I think not many readers will be inclined to claim it as a favorite. But I hope you do. It will be a shame to be deterred by the tragedy alone. ;)...more
Okay, so I like Hunter now. and Michael's cool (as always). but Chris? The coolest of them all. *grins*
Secret is all about Nick. He wishes for many things, but being the responsible Merrick that he is, anything and everything that he wants will just need to take a backseat, because family comes first.
Nick's nerdiness was adorable! I like that he's responsible, and takes family matters very seriously. I hate it when he thinks he needed to hide his true self because of his fear to be judged, and to get it from his own twin brother, no less! He deserved more than he got from Gabriel.
Nick's elemental power? So cool! It's like a science geek fantasy coming true. Heh. I thought it was awesome. :D
Quinn was okay. I expected her to be more annoying than usual, but she did good for Nick and the Merrick brothers. That foe-turned-ally twist? I liked that, too.
Michael is such an amazing brother, and Chris as well (he's still my favorite Merrick). The maturity that went with these two, in terms of helping Nick with his secret, it was really sweet.
Secret was emotionally intense. I'm kinda off with Nick's resentment to Gabriel (his twin not knowing his problem, and yet he resented him for not knowing), but other than that, this is a definite must read for Elementals fan like me.
P.S. Swoon-worthy scenes are not lacking for Nick! *ahem*
FACT: I'm waaay more excited about Nick's story than Hunter's.
... 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!...more
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!...more
...well, well, well! Some Aussie angel book just captured my heart. =)
I've been eyeing Mercy for a long time now. So upon finishingI recommend Mercy.
...well, well, well! Some Aussie angel book just captured my heart. =)
I've been eyeing Mercy for a long time now. So upon finishing Mercy's story, I felt awesome. That basement face-off scene with the bad guy? So badass!
Mercy woke up to find herself inside Carmen's body, disoriented (again). It amazed me that while she has no idea on who Carmen is, she's so calm and collected, thinking on how she should impersonate Carmen. Oh, Carmen is still there, a hovering presence inside her own body, but she can do nothing while Mercy play body-snatcher. And at the same time, Mercy's trying to recall her past 'lives' - the bodies of the girls she inhabited prior Carmen - to figure out who she really is.
Mercy 'loves looking' at beautiful things, and I found that charming on her character. She's also not afraid to be condescending. Definitely not a dull moment with Mercy! Especially the first time she met Ryan. Ha! My girl got balls. :)
The angelology was alright, but it was a solid take on Lucifer's fall. The angel theme was halfway elaborated because the mystery element overwhelmed the story. Still, it was okay! Because of Ryan's adamant refusal to admit his twin sister is dead, Mercy found something else to brood about besides her f*cked-up existence. And of course, being a crime/suspense junkie that I am, I was so delighted on how the story unfolded.
Mercy is to my great liking. Not too paranormal, more like a crime/suspense story with a tinge of angelic. And yet, when Mercy had to embrace her true identity as an angel, it was so darn impressive!...more
My second mermaid book and it was a little better than Lies Beneath (IMO). Monstrous Beauty is just that. Gory. Monstrous. Fetching. Beautiful.
Told in alternating POVs, between 1872/1873 (Syrenka & Ezra) and current time (Hester), and I truly enjoyed Syrenka's/Ezra's more. Their story is fuller, richer than Hester's detective skills (in history) and cold-shoulder tactics (keeping everyone she loves at a distance).
The mermaid tale? It was particularly terrifying and mesmerizing at the same time. Story flow was consistent; Characters were accordant to their natures.
My issue with it? Ghosts. Somehow, I found it misplaced with the mermaid plot. The story around mermaids was complicated enough; the paranormal element made it difficult for me to appreciate Monstrous Beauty's authenticity as a whole.
Monstrous Beauty is a page-turner. And I might say that I am looking forward to reading more of Fama's vengeful sea creatures. Oh yes, I am. :D...more
If Feed murdered me with its ending, Deadline is far more torturous. It toreI highly recommend Deadline.
What the f*ck is going on here?
If Feed murdered me with its ending, Deadline is far more torturous. It tore my heart to pieces every single time that Shaun speaks, muses, and curses. How is it that I adore this male POV (Shaun) which is more bitter, more f*cked-up, and more "to-hell-with-them" angry? Simple. I just love Mira Grant's brutal writing.
I found Deadline more entertaining than its prequel. The nasty humor, the biting remarks, and the raw mourning all gripped me into submission - i cannot put this down!
No boring moments when Shaun is the narrator. The conspiracy is still alive and more dangeruous than ever. Together with Shaun are Becks (my heroine!), Alaric (sweet geek), Maggie (cool heiress), and Mahir (unrequited love for...). All characters are phenomenal, each with his/her own distinct personality. I enjoyed Becks the most: her spunk, and her audacity (to Shaun!). Georgia is quite the surprise. The story that unfolded in the midst of them is bigger than i'd hoped, better than i dare imagined from Grant's sick and twisted mind. Oh, my heart is so deliriously happy with the suspense and betrayal!
The Newsflesh Trilogy just got personal. Shaun Mason just captured my heart. In between terror and grief, I found solace in the incomparable relationships of the characters. And for some reason, i want Shaun's brand of craziness if ever I find myself in his shoes....more
This book is so weird. Fortunately, I like weird. Having said that, When the Sea is Rising Red is not for everyI like When the Sea is Rising Red.
This book is so weird. Fortunately, I like weird. Having said that, When the Sea is Rising Red is not for everybody. and I meant that. I'm impressed with Hellisen because she is not afraid to tell a story that is a whole new level of different. So, the questions is: Are you bold enough to read this?
Felicita was stunned when her best friend Ilven committed suicide. When she realized she's facing the same situation that made Ilven jumped, she ran away after faking her own death. Living in the slums was a far cry from her High-Lammer life and Felicita almost succumbed to going back after every hardship. But she carried on, not knowing that she got caught in the uprising being brewed in Old Town.
I'm a little confused on the legends of sea-witches and boggerts, but i get the gist and it was fun. It reminded me of a folklore here in the Philippines about a body of water (say a river, or ocean) where people drowned. They say that the spirit or entity residing in that particular river/ocean requires a sacrifice every now and then in exchange for a bountiful catch. Quite scary, yes? It is similar with Hellisen's sea-witch. The Hobs and Low-Lammers are really scared of the sea-witch stories even when High-Lammers like Felicita doesn't believe in it.
The love triangle was actually not a love triangle per se, but it did involve Felicita, Dash, and Jannik, not in the way I expected. And this is my first encounter with weird. Ha! This book almost felt like a mystery/suspense because I keep solving and connecting the links! I guessed right, on how it gone down between the three, but it still was weird to me. Yeah, let's leave it at that, shall we? Like i said, I like weird. But hey, if indeed it was a love triangle, I'm all for Jannik. ;)
The fantasy element was quite good, especially Lil's magic. I really liked that concept. If this was a series, I would continue reading after this one.
I think I need to read this again. Once is not enough to fully capture and enjoy the rare story that Hellisen delivered. When the Sea is Rising Red is something that will tickle your dark imagination....more
...Oh, wow. What a heartwarming, feel-good book :)
Family is very, very important. Would you agree? The sole reason thatI 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....more
You dreamed a different way. Akiva, too. You, the pair of you, you had the capacity not to hate. The audacity to love. Do you know what a gift that is?
So. Out of 517 pages, the only swoon I got came from pg 512... and darn it if I did not feel hopeful after that! One word. Akiva.
Warning: This is not a happy sequel. But if you are still inclined to read, then be prepared to be desolate. =(
For Akiva, Karou was dead. For Karou, Akiva needs to be killed upon eye contact. See? It was (almost) hopeless. Akiva's existence was meaningless (again) now that Karou's gone. The continuous grief of Karou for her family was unbearable (good and bad). Both are chafed with despair, but who came stronger and unyielding to pain in the end? Making him/her better and more determined? It was Akiva.
Akiva's path to redemption was heartachingly beautiful. Here is a man who knows his mistakes, and yet he did not deny it. Rather, he embraced the consequences, no matter how dire and sorrowful. From an angel who knew nothing but bloodshed, to a man who loved no one but Madrigal, Akiva's transition was empowering and reassuring. :) Akiva FTW!
Karou was hard to like in this sequel. I felt that things dawned on her too slowly. But isn't she grieving? And does that not entitle her to be blinded by anguish? Maybe. But the pain heavily questioned that one thing that made a peaceful future possible between angels and chimaera - her love for Akiva.
Oh, hell. Why don't you just kiss and make up already?
My heart broke for Hazael, because I really like that angel. and Issa, such a sweetheart. Either you love or hate Zuzana (I'm in between). And Karou's fellow Kirin? Very interesting!
The twists are still amazing though. and the hopeful note in the end? My goodness, it whet my appetite for the third book!!!
Be brave. Be very brave when you dive into Days of Blood and Starlight. This rather sorrowful fantasy is still extraordinary in its own right.
*emerges from state of sadness*
We have a war to fight, Akiva. And a girl to win, all over again. *winks*...more
I had no business picking this book up since i had no experience ever in dealing with breakups. Sure, my friends bombI recommend Why We Broke Up.
I had no business picking this book up since i had no experience ever in dealing with breakups. Sure, my friends bombard me with theirs - how awful, degrading, traumatizing, humiliating, or funny it was. But personal experience? Nah. And I am blessed, you know? Because the one and only guy I fell in love with... he spared me the bitter taste of a breakup. ;)
I read Why We Broke Up simply because I was startled to know that it was a 2012 Print Honor recipient despite the less than stellar ratings of my GR friends. But when I saw the shiny, shiny illustrations, I was excited to read it! It reminded me of The Sky Is Everywhere, which has illustrations as well.
I was prepared to smack Min's head for falling for a player like Ed. But as her letter unfolds, I was getting smitten with her stories behind every single thing that she's returning to Ed. Simple trinkets like a folded note, a match, a camera. I have this quirky habit, too. I still have the notes I passed back and forth with my friends in high school. the pressed petals i was given as a gesture of apology. At this level, I connected with Min.
It breaks my heart, that even though i know how Ed will break Min's (based on the first few pages), it was still a stinging slap for both Min and me when it happened. Blinded by her so-called love, she refused to acknowledge the warning signs that Ed will eventually make her cry. I badly wanted Ed to be a good guy, because hell, if you read how they relationship grew, you'd fall for him, too. But no, Handler emphasized on bad in bad guy Ed, and oh, how ugly it was. :(
The reference on old movies i don't quite get, and when Min started every memory from her fave old movies, i get distracted. Here I am trying to figure out, maybe even justify Ed's actions, and Min just keep on yapping about these movies and lead characters.
A bit predictable, We Broke Up stirs up ugly emotions that are inherrent to breakups. It's sad that Min learned the truth that way, but at least she has the guts to admit that in spite of it all, she really did love the jerk that was Ed.
I intentionally delayed reviewing The Virgin Suicides. I need the right frame of mind to fully disclose what andI recommend The Virgin Suicides.
I intentionally delayed reviewing The Virgin Suicides. I need the right frame of mind to fully disclose what and how i feel upon reading and finishing the novel. Eugenides' writing is good, but I'm always after the story of a book anyway... and the Lisbon girls' story is nothing short of a heartsore. :(
I never found out why Cecilia killed herself. I can guess but I don't think I'll get it right. To lose the youngest member of your family... I could not, would not comprehend it. When Cecilia succeeded the second time, I was depressed. What could've push a child to greedily want death at that age?
There are two scenes that undeniably stood out and showcased Eugenides remarkable talent for writing. (1) Cecilia's suicide being described as a disease that will eventually spread and catch by her sisters, and (2) Lux's promiscuity on the roof. I was utterly bewitched when I read these scenes. So i read them again and again, feeling awestruck after every reread.
The suicide of the remaining 4 Lisbon girls was not what I contemplated. Having said that, their deaths delivered more punch to my already crumbling heart. I could not fathom my child dying ahead of me, but Mr. & Mrs. Lisbon lost all of their girls. :( Such tragedy. At a time like this, being a parent seemed highly impossible. It made me think if I'm raising my son right.
There was a scene where the boys called the Lisbon girls and instead of talking, they converse in way of songs. I reveled in this part, I am so in love with it! A simple act of reaching out that spoke volumes in both sides. *sigh* It was so sad.
I hope suicide will never be an option for me and my loved ones as a way out. The Virgin Suicides taught me that help is just a hand away, you only have to reach out; love is just a walk away, you only have to take a step towards it....more
I had no illusions about love anymore. It came, it went, it left casualties or it didn’t. People weren’t meant to be together forever, regardless of what the songs say.
So, that’s Remy. Such a bucket of sunshine, right? *snorts*
This Lullaby is my second Dessen book… and I liked it. Not bad, see? This is because The Truth About Forever damaged Dessen’s first impression on me. It was not my cup of tea, really.
Last January, I was tweeting about my plans to read romance for February. Tina hinted, “Why not try Dessen again?” And I say, why not! I was feeling gracious that day, I think. When I added This Lullaby in Goodreads, I was surprised that some of my friends wanted to read it as well. And so we decided to buddy read. And I thought it was awesome, right guys? =)
Moving on. Tina told me that I will like Remy than Macy (from TTAF). Well, I did not like Remy a whole lot (sorry, Tina!), but Dexter… he’s my funny surprise! Well, I’m not asking to be his girl anytime soon, but there’s something… magnetic and charming in Dexter that just seemed to rub off me. His antics in trying to goad Remy were just plain funny. I’m not even offended by the silliness of them all (because normally I would). Every single time that I want to throttle Remy with her washed-out ideas on relationships, Dexter almost always saves the day. His flippancy more than made up Remy’s run-down attitude. And I really, really liked that.
Remy is complicated. How can she not? Seeing love as a weakness. Just look at her mom! Already at her nth-time marriage. But… maybe I see myself in her? Thus, my hostility to her bullheadedness? I hate that she’s too scared, too rough, too tapped out on her life. And how old are again, Remy? *deep sigh*
I still think Dexter deserves better than Remy. That Remy’s mom is indeed stronger than her, jadedness included. That Dexter might not be the most responsible among his lot, but I adore him anyway. That Remy, despite all her flaws, deserves to be treasured.
The ending was open, not quite satisfying for me (as I rarely feel good about open endings) but it felt right. Not forced. Or formulated.
This Lullaby was an amusing read. I’m still getting there – on being a Dessen fan – but for now, I think it’s enough that I gave her work another chance.
I will leave you with this:
But wasn’t it better to just be brutally honest? To admit that your feelings for someone is never going to be powerful enough to justify taking up any more of their time?
...took me a while to get reacquainted with Harrington's writing. But it's worth it! While Saving June is still my favorite, SpI recommend Speechless.
...took me a while to get reacquainted with Harrington's writing. But it's worth it! While Saving June is still my favorite, Speechless still managed to render me smiling and happy by the time I finished it. =)
I was delighted with Chelsea's hot and cold persona. She can be a witch sometimes, but she can be human, too. She can be cowering from shame and despair with the bullying, but she can be a total awestruck ditz when she sees Brendon..! It was funny to me, I don't know why. At least shes' not that depressing even if Chelsea thinks that her life is so over.
I rarely like nice guys. But I have one from Geek Girl, and that's Trevor. He's such a sweetie! and now I have another one in here... Sam. =) He skateboards, he cooks, and he's... good good. You know? He's Noah's best friend and I was expecting he will be this very, very angry kid towards Chelsea. Well, he's not overjoyed, but he's not hostile to her, either. It raised my eyebrows a little, but it was nice. :)
But my favorite character is definitely Andy. Cute, chain-smoking, angsty, angry, gay Andy! *beams* He's not the MC, but I felt that he's role is so big, and perfectly tuned to the theme of the story.
Speechless did not display Harrington's remarkable writing as compared to Saving June. But the depth of emotions and the strong chemistry between characters is still amazing as ever. I may start reading Harrington's work with the blues, but I always finished it with the warm fuzzies. *grins excitedly*
One more thing: Kristen should meet Lindsay of Before I Fall. I'd like a showdown of these mean girls. Oh yeah.
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request....more
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!...more
Alexander Yin, you just saved me from hating this book. You are the only part worth remembering.
Could it be that I am getting over myI likeEvery Day.
Alexander Yin, you just saved me from hating this book. You are the only part worth remembering.
Could it be that I am getting over my fandom over David Levithan? Because I just didn't like Every Day. It pains me to rate this a 2, but because of Alexander (thank goodness), I managed to up my rating just a bit (even though I feel it's a generous one).
I started reading last February, put Temple (view spoiler)[the iPad (hide spoiler)] down, and read other books. I promised that I would finish it, so I borrowed Tina's paperback, thinking this would push me to read on. It took me months before I grudgingly read the rest of A's story. In the end, I was still bored. I could not get myself to be compassionate about A's situation. Sorry man, it's just that, you're so boring to read. sleepy-boring.
Everything about A was forgettable. I cannot push myself to like him, or even sympathize over his tortured so-called life. And his obsession with Rhiannon (yes I will call it that) was not something that I will romanticize. Was it love? Or was it just a recognition of what his life might've been should he ever be normal?
I think the paranormal theme was the flop for me. Or I might be just familiar with David Levithan's contemporary books. Or maybe, Every Day is just flat-out jibberish nonsense.
When A is living Alexander's life for a day, it was the only good thing that livened up my reading.
Every Day. Sigh. How can you ruin my perfect record of loving David Levithan's works?
Picked this up last February, then put it down days later.
So here's my second attempt to finish this slap-me-good-so-I-can-wake-up-because-this-is-so-darn-boring book.
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I'm not much of a lover of stories about heartbreak, especially about a girl who can't find the strength to leave a staI 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. :)...more
I am swept away again. :) Sonya Sones, how do you that?!
This time, it's about Robin. And I adore this boy!
What happens next when you finally get the girl of your dreams? Robin is clueless. But as he navigate his way through Sophie's heart, he realized that she might be suffering socially from their relationship. Sounds absurd, right? But where Robin is coming from, it sounds very legit, and very scary.
I think I enjoyed Robin's POV a little bit more than Sophie's (from What My Mother Doesn't Know). I found his thoughts spot-on with his feelings: raw, in awe, in love! The verse here in What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know is more honest, more romantic, and sometimes more painful.
The swoon you will get from Robin and Sophie will come from reading between the beautiful lines of Sonya Sones's writing =) The rush of falling in love is here, together with the classic mistake one makes when you have the everything you want.
I think I'm going to buy my own copies of this series, because these books are worth a reread. :D...more
Ah, yes. Thank you for making my 60-minute bus ride home very enjoyable. Simple, and sweet. And sometimes, I jI recommend What My Mother Doesn't Know.
Ah, yes. Thank you for making my 60-minute bus ride home very enjoyable. Simple, and sweet. And sometimes, I just need something simple to read :)
I've read some contemporary YA, and I think What My Mother Doesn't Know fully captures why I like reading this genre. It is because a story so simple, so ordinary, and so obviously relatable, can make me smile, and make me feel good.
I love the prose, I love it! Funny and familiar, if I can somehow put only it into two words. The gist is this: Sophie is boy-crazy. And amidst the hits and misses she have with the opposite sex, she ends up liking (and falling in love with) the most unlikely boy. :)
I found myself looking back, when I was Sophie's age. Reading how she clumsy her way through high school (and with boys), I wonder if I was like her back then..? I can only laugh now, for the awkward moments Sophie have with adolescence can sometimes be too real for me. Worth a cringe, if you ask me.
It is safe to say that beautiful words matching a sweet story is a sure recipe for a romantic read? With What My Mother Doesn't Know, it sure is.
i've always love fantasy books, more so if there are kings and queens. so i was set on loving this book.
unfortunately, i can hardly see what made The Thief an award-winning book. well... until i reached the last few chapters of it. and i meant it - LAST. FEW. CHAPTERS.
i liked that the opening scene is with Gen already locked up in prison for bragging about stealing the King's... ??? gosh, even that i can't remember! so he ended up in the dungeon cells for quite some time.
when the Magus (advisor to the king) approached him offering freedom (sort of) in exchange of stealing something, Gen is more than happy to oblige. though he did not trust the Magus, the opportunity gave him to escape the prison walls.
together with the Magus and his apprentices (plus a bodyguard), Gen was more than dragged to an adventure he never dare to dreamed would be real.
3/4 of the book - slow. slow slow.
all did it for me was to help me keep on turning the pages so i can be rewarded with the slimmest of adventure the book promised me with.
Gen was the typical criminal. hates the Sounis King. hates the Magus. but i want to credit him for his dark humor. snippets of his wits and humor are given by the author and for that, i like him.
At the end, Gen was revealed in his true nature. the thing i loved the most about him is this: his replusion to killing. he'd rather steal than kill. no matter if he is only defending himself, he hated the act of killing. but that doesn't mean he can't fight. and ooh, he was very deceitful on that! i love that twist.
I was determined to hate the Magus, but as the story progresses, that hate turned into admiration. then awe. then acceptance. his character is what intrigued me the most.
After trudging the boredom that was almost three quarters of the book, i still think it's worth the read. The revelations of how and why things were, of who the people were, were shocking. and it was a GOOD shock. :)
I thought this book was in line with The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander (which is also a Newberry Honor awardee), but it doesn't come close to the adventures of Taran.
But i'll read The Queen of Attolia first. I'm also interested on the relationship between the Queen and her Thief. *wink*
Perhaps, The Queen's Thief series will measure up to the Prydain Chronicles i so love....more