**spoiler alert** And here I thought, after reading 1.5, I'd be able to see more Warner when I start book 2. Because, that's where 1.5 ended right?
Wel**spoiler alert** And here I thought, after reading 1.5, I'd be able to see more Warner when I start book 2. Because, that's where 1.5 ended right?
Well, no. There's still so much drama--Adam being tortured, Juliette exploding in anger, the two pitiful lovers' break up. And a little bit more stuff I can't really remember.
But finally. Yes. Finally it's time for Juliette and the Point people to go aboveground. Finally Juliette sees Warner, and it conflicts with what she knows.
Juliette started being better here. I'm still not her fan, but towards the end she's learned how to stand on her own and to think of others and not just her and her pitiful self and her freakish abilities and her love problems. I am very much grateful for that.
And I just really, completely, totally appreciated Warner here. Sure he can be a jerk to Adam, but that's understandable. Although, I do wonder how he'll react if he knew they're half-brothers.
Those "interrogations" were truly amusing and I loved those moments--those moments which pretty much screamed, Let's get to know Warner better! But of course, in a very entertaining way.
I have another thing I'm wondering about. Why is IGNITE written on Warner's back and then there's the third book with the title Ignite Me? I literally froze when I read that part. Then I couldn't hold back this huge grin on my face. Because. Why? Why the IGNITE tattoo on Warner's back and why Ignite Me as the last book title? That can't be nothing, right?
And then there's this part that's just so heart-wrenching, so beautiful.
And he leans in, so carefully. Breathing and not breathing and hearts beating between us and he's close, he's so close and I can't feel my legs anymore. I can't feel my fingers or the cold or the emptiness of this room because all I feel is him, everywhere, filling everything and he whispers
He says "Please don't shoot me for this."
And he kisses me.
And like, ain't that such a sweet, tortured moment? Oh Warner.
And that last part? I really thought the book was going to end after Juliette was shot. But of course, Mafi just had to show Warner in so much torment.
Maybe they see something in him, see something in his face, in his features. Maybe they see what I see from this disjointed, foggy perspective. The desperation in his expression, the anguish carved into his features, the way he looks at me, like he might die if I do.
All right. That's enough. I'm going to drive myself mad if I keep on thinking like this.
But there you have it. Why my rating for this book suddenly shot up....more
**spoiler alert** I read this book in like, pretty much half a day, and I am quite stunned. Right now, except for this giddy feeling (because I just h**spoiler alert** I read this book in like, pretty much half a day, and I am quite stunned. Right now, except for this giddy feeling (because I just had to scan for those Warner scenes again), I feel rather blank.
Well. That was some way to kill the villain. Really cool.
Not. I can't even believe how quickly it ended. I mean, the whole 408-paged book was about this freaking rebellion that would take many lives, that would be so devastating, so terrifying, and then there's... what? Two, three chapters for the "final" fight? And it's not even anything complicated or awe-inspiring or nerve-wracking. I, for one thing, am not a "Go action!" reader, and I honestly would have breezed through the paragraphs and thoughts and realizations and oh-nos during Juliette's search for Anderson and the killing that would follow. But. I have never felt calmer reading such a climax.
You know, all the time as Juliette was searching the ship, I kept thinking, "Where is Anderson? How is this going to end?" And then, "Maybe this is a diversion. Oh no what if he's planning to kill Warner on land? Oh no oh no oh no." Ah. But. I was greatly disappointed. I shouldn't have thought like that.
And don't even get me started on Adam. I just want to laugh every time I think of what to say about him. What a self-centered guy! All he thinks about is, "What about me? What about what I did for you?" Everything is me, me, me. I have never seen such a hero (or in this case, one of the love interests) who could be so angry and irrational and rash and selfish and self-pitying. I mean, usually readers are conflicted between the two guys right? What happened to Adam just... makes everything seem ridiculous.
And I was right. He never really did love Juliette. He keeps on denying they ever broke up and then says that he's still hopelessly in love with her but then he says to Juliette to get out of his house and that he doesn't want to see her ever again and that it would have been better if she was dead? Just because it hurt less for him? Excuse me? Ah. I still find myself wanting to laugh because of the absurdity of Adam's character. And Juliette's realization of the fact that Adam doesn't really love her, and then knowing that Warner was truly sincere about her even though both of them pretty much suffered because of her is just love love love. GO WARNER.
Well, I am glad that Adam's alive, because (1) I did not want Juliette ending up with Warner because she thinks, Oh hey now that Adam's dead I don't have to be guilty and what other choice do I have but to stick to this extremely tortured and handsome guy right? So yes, thank you for not making this romance into something disgusting like that. In fact, I kind of like how Juliette had a firm conclusion for her feelings for Adam. And (2) I feel it would have been very devastating and unfair to Warner if either he never knew he had brothers or he had but now they're dead and that may partly be because of him.
Lastly, I would just really like to say that I wholly, completely, absolutely enjoyed and loved Warner's scenes, whether they be him alone, or him together with Juliette, or him together with the rebels, or him together with James (it was just one short scene but man I LOVE IT). I am so very biased but I don't care. It messed up my rating big time. And I don't really care.
You must know by now that I am thoroughly thrilled to know that Destroy Me is told in Warn**spoiler alert** Destroy Me
Date read: 2015/8/18 - 2015/8/18
You must know by now that I am thoroughly thrilled to know that Destroy Me is told in Warner's POV.
It's refreshing to be in his mind after reading Shatter Me. While book 1 was all confusing and jumbled (with good reason), this book is neat, proper. I can't help but imagine Warner speaking in British accent with the way he speaks and thinks. I know he's not but it's not bad to think so. Right? I know I'm right.
Warner is just so... tortured in this book. Every single chapter is such a painful thing. Must he suffer even in his dreams?
This was wonderfully written, and re-reading it would be just as interesting and addicting and immersing as the first time. And I just loved Warner here. I think it's really cute that a guy like him admits with such straightforwardness and with no hesitation that he's fallen for Juliette.
Rating: 4 stars.
Date read: 2015/8/20 - 2015/8/21
Please, please, please don't tell me Mafi wrote this novella in hopes of making those people who like Warner like Adam. Because he did not, in the least, become better in my eyes.
As I said in my review for book 1, I would rather not elaborate on why I don't like Adam, but Fracture Me just provokes me to do so.
First of all, Adam's thoughts are not in any way... pleasant. Everything, as in every. single. thing he must feel something negative--anger, irritation, jealousy, envy, pride--and that just doesn't make me feel attracted to him, not even just a teeny tiny bit understanding of him. Reading Adam's thoughts is like reading an angsty teenager's mind who was a grudge against the whole world. And, I'm repeating myself but, Adam is not in the least grateful for the people of Omega Point for everything they have done to him and to Juliette and to James his beloved "I-could-never-love-someone-as-much-as-I-love-him" brother.
And I will say one last thing about Adam's feelings for his brother. Seriously, you love your brother so so much that you can't even imagine him dying, but he easily makes you annoyed, and you show it--you show you're irritated by him and try to shut him up in a very moody teen way! Wow! Why don't we give this loving man a big round of applause! I just can't reconcile his supposed "love" for his brother and his actions towards him. I mean, it would be really nice if Adam's consistent even just throughout this short novella. He's already breaking down with just the thought of James being gone from his life, but what? Why is it that he reacts that way to James' unrelenting questions? It doesn't fit the puzzle.
I don't understand why Juliette loves him, why James doesn't even react to Adam's unusual annoyance towards him, why Kenji still treats him like a good friend (Oh wait, I do know. It's because Kenji is so much more mature than Adam. Yep. That's it.), and why the heck I feel he doesn't even remotely like Juliette anymore.
Finally, this novella did not make me ecstatic about the final book when, in truth, after finishing book 2, I was so hyped about it. Thanks a lot, Adam!
So. I wasn't much interested in Shatter Me when I started it. My sister was telling me I'd probably like it because I am quite... attracted to tormentSo. I wasn't much interested in Shatter Me when I started it. My sister was telling me I'd probably like it because I am quite... attracted to tormented boys. And oh yes. Was she right.
Well, to be honest, this book here was more about Juliette and her somewhat unstable mind and her broken past and her childhood friend (view spoiler)[who turned out to be her love interest (hide spoiler)] and a psycho villain (view spoiler)[who is just so, so adorable (hide spoiler)]. So even towards the end I wasn't excited about it. (view spoiler)[Especially since half of the book is pretty much Warner-free, and that, my friend, is not very fair. For me. (hide spoiler)] That is, until I knew what the next book would be all about, and THEN I started to really look forward to it.
I wasn't very fond of the writing style either, with the strikethroughs and repetitiveness and so many confusing stuff. But, I guess it represents Juliette's thought process, which I must say, I am amazed at how Mafi showcased it.
(view spoiler)[One of the biggest reasons I have not thoroughly enjoyed this book is that, while I am already not very fond of Juliette and her self-pitying thoughts, I did not appreciate her fawning over this too-kind, too-nice boy she remembers from her childhood. Seriously. It did not make me like him. I don't know. Maybe I didn't like how he first appeared all mean and suddenly switching to such a caring cellmate. Maybe I was already rooting for Warner the first time he appeared (which is, I admit, very biased and unreasonable).
BUT. I cannot accept how he's portrayed to be this really nice guy who would do anything for his first love (a.k.a Juliette) and his younger brother, but does not have even a single appreciative bone in his stupid muscular body for all that his supposed "friend" Kenji did for him AND his first love AND his brother. I mean, that is just ABSURD, right? Some hero! I would understand if he is like Warner, who in all honesty is a tad bit mad and cruel. And all of this goes under Juliette's POV, so obviously she should know Adam's not as sweet and gentle and kind as he is towards her. Like, really? You'd like someone so two-faced?
That is my opinion of Adam. Sorry if I trampled on someone's feelings.
And I will try not to bash him again. I will avoid it in the second book and in the 2.5 and in the third book.
This guy is really... him, you know? He's his own person. Whatever his past may be, it made him turn out like how he is, and that's really him. There's no hiding behind a facade that would make him lovable in Juliette's eyes. He shows who he really is, and he wants Juliette to accept him that way. And I do believe that that is really nice. I'm just so tired of people acting all the freaking time to make people like them. (Oops, sorry Juliette.)
And to be honest? I really, really, really like tortured boys I am so sorry but then again I'm not. Like that kissing scene and then being shot.
Why. Why must Mafi write a scene like that.
And there's something appealing in Warner's... insanity. I don't know. Maybe I'm crazy too. Haha. (hide spoiler)]...more
I really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I doI really feel that this book deserves a better rating--it's good; but there's just something about it that's stopping me from liking it more than I do, and I can't even tell what it is.
First off, there's nothing negative I can say about the writing style. It's great; a smooth, easy-to-read narration, with the pacing just right. Consistency is a big plus, too.
Next. I liked many of the characters here, on differing levels and points. They were very whole, well-rounded people who felt real, at least in my opinion. And not just one, but so many of them. It'd take me hours to explain how that came out nicely in the book, but it's enough to say that it did, in a magnificent way.
The romance was... Well, honestly speaking here, I was absolutely looking forward to some nice, make-me-smile-like-an-idiot romance. Not to say that it didn't. And not that I wasn't satisfied with it either. It just left me confused. Yeah, that's it. I was confused about the romance. If that makes any sense. (And as I'm writing this review, it barely does.)
So, there you have it. It's a very messed up review, I know, but that's exactly how I'm feeling right now. Puzzled and...lacking...something. And I'm not not recommending it. Give it a try if you're up to some girly friendships and other types of...relationships. (Don't worry, it doesn't mean anything negative.)...more
When I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss ofWhen I saw this book, I was super duper hyped about it. The synopsis was very interesting to me--antihero (kind of), mystery, detective stuff, loss of a good friend, etc. Which is why I read it as soon as I could. So, you can just imagine me not appreciating the first few chapters where I was wondering who the heck was this guy (main character) praising, ogling at, and making out with this girl half the time she's there. OK, so, I'm not anti-romance, don't get me wrong. But this book, for me, was supposed to be different. Sure, why not have romance? I love plots mixed in with romance, too. But...I don't know. Maybe I couldn't appreciate it since it was right at the beginning where I didn't even know the characters yet.
The mystery bit was OK, how the MC discovered this and that, how this related to that, etc. etc. By around 50%, I stayed up too late into the night reading, so there's your proof that the book did have my interest halfway through. And actually, the book did seem better and improved for me around that time.
(view spoiler)[Honestly, I was relentlessly being suspicious of Parvati since the story came around to the part where Max was discovered in the Colonel's cabin. Seriously, I thought it was her who killed Preston, and I had good reason--the cabin, the Las Vegas trip and the arson, the shark's tooth. What I didn't have was the motive. But, I never thought of Preston's motive either. And I don't know what to say about that matter. At first, his reasons seemed rather childish and trivial. After some time, though, I realized that I could never really underestimate people's feelings just because I feel otherwise. Dramatic and cheesy, yes. But that's why I have nothing to say about Preston and his killing motive, and I can't completely blame him for being mad at Max because of the adopted parents thing. Though I do wish he and Max had ended (or patched things up) better, and not just "goodbye and stay in prison" kind of ending. (hide spoiler)]
The characters, in the beginning, felt flat to me. The MC: typical HS boy, a bit rebellious, insecure, untrusting but to a few. The girl: popular, rich man's daughter, sexy, manipulative (for me). The friend: nice, a bit aloof. And that's it, them sticking to these traits. The MC was the first to feel more alive, probably because he's the narrator. The others (aside from these three) were OK, too. They're not really...spectacular, in these terms, but they were pretty good.
I really can't say whether I liked or disliked this book. Honestly, I was about to drop it after the first five chapters or so. By half and towards the end, it got better, but I'm not sure if I'm satisfied with it. Some good mystery plot, but that's about where it really interested me....more
One warning to my dear friends: Don't read the summary on Goodreads. I read it before writing this review, and it pretty much tells half of the story.One warning to my dear friends: Don't read the summary on Goodreads. I read it before writing this review, and it pretty much tells half of the story.
So, onto my review.
Honestly, I thought this book would be spelling depressing all over the pages, since this is about that and something even darker than simple depression. Yes, it's not all sunshine, and it is still rather dark, but it's not the dark kind that I myself feel like I want to shut myself from the world and be lonely and depressed all alone. Somehow, such a delicate topic was written in such a beautiful way, like I can see where the lead are coming from, including their thoughts and actions; how they turned out to be the kind of people they are; and what effect and to what extent other people had over them. In other, shorter words: wonderfully written.
I also kind of like how things flowed out. The actual time frame in the book may seem short, but I think even that had an effect on why things turned out this way and that way. And the two leads' relationship? The only thing I can say about it is that it was heart-wrenchingly sweet. OK, honestly speaking, I'm not sure if I was just swept up in the story or the writing style or because I like the two leads or because I'm a sucker for ultimate sufferings. But, it could be because it simply was delivered in a very awesome way, too. So, for me, another plus for a beautifully played-out romance, among other things.
This book is surprisingly...satisfying, despite its dark topic. And I really am amazed at how Warga created and portrayed her characters, especially the narrator. I'm looking forward to her other books, and hopefully they're as good as this....more
This is surprisingly a pretty good book, after all the rants and negative reactions I had when reading the first few chapters.
OK, honestly, the narratThis is surprisingly a pretty good book, after all the rants and negative reactions I had when reading the first few chapters.
OK, honestly, the narrative isn't exactly my type. Like, everything is just written there too plainly. Leaves nothing for the reader to figure out him/herself. The mysteriousness of the characters and their secrets are sort of screaming mysterious that could may be implied more subtly. I think. Even so, they were OK, stuck to their personalities in the beginning and had made pretty reasonable and realistic changes.
One of the things I liked is the world setting. I'm not even sure why I like it. Maybe because it feels real. Whatever, I don't know. I just liked it. And the story is pretty good too. It's kind of dark, actually, now that I think about it. But it's not bad, except for one thing I can't accept until now.
(view spoiler)[The super insta-love between Dai and Mei Yee honestly feels so...ridiculous and absurd. I mean, Dai, you're going to hang the success of your operation (and thus, your freedom) on one girl you met less than five times through a freaking window? Well WOW. Super insta-love, right? And unbelievable building of relationship and trust too. Frankly I liked Jin better, even though I did feel that I wanted her to trust Dai, but she couldn't bring herself to up and do just that without proving that Dai can be trusted. I felt sad that she left Dai's apartment when they were finally getting along, but I can completely understand why she did that (and even praise her for her clear thinking instead of blind trust and feelings; because seriously, how can you trust someone so easily in a world like that?). But what happened between Dai and Mei Yee is just...insane. It felt as if the author simply couldn't find any other way to get the story moving in the right direction. And it seemed to me that since Jin isn't Dai's love interest, it's OK to make her not trust him and whatever, but not Mei Yee, because that's just wrong and unfair. Right? Not really. Which is probably why I liked Jin's character more than Mei Yee. Well, I can't say that I actually like Mei Yee. So there you have it. (hide spoiler)]
I'm not sure if I can actually recommend it whole-heartedly, but like I said, it's not awful or terrible. Reading the first few chapters might need some patience and time getting used to, though....more
Four stars, but maybe not a full four. Still, I like it enough to give that rating.
Aveyard's writing is wonderful. I like how the narrations were doneFour stars, but maybe not a full four. Still, I like it enough to give that rating.
Aveyard's writing is wonderful. I like how the narrations were done--from descriptions to actions to thoughts. It was easy and fun to read, too. (But not in a sense that the book was light in terms of plot.) And I really liked how the feelings of the characters were shown through the writing; it was so well done, I even found myself tearing up a bit at some point.
Plot? To think I finished this in three days when I wasn't even into reading books just a week ago is a big enough proof that the plot is great. How things played out made sense and seemed likely to happen (though there were a lot of things I didn't expect).
I liked the characters, too, surprisingly. But like is a very big word, and my feelings for each character still differ a lot. Take, for example, the lead girl. She's strong and kind, but she is also a lot of many other things that make her strong and kind. True, I'm not 100% her fan, but I can positively say I like her for a female lead.
Well, I can't say much for Cal. Except that I'm fairly glad he turned out to not be the male lead. Honestly, I like Cal, especially in the beginning. And in the end, I still do. But not the "I want him to be with Mare" kind of like, rather the "I wish he'd be on Mare's side" like. And though I'm not sure it ended like what I wanted, at least it's not what I didn't want either. Maybe I couldn't root for him because he's too much a good son. Which, let me just say, I won't and can't blame him for. And I suppose princes who forsake everything for the sake of love is too much a cliché for me. So I guess I'm glad that didn't happen.
Now, I really want to rant about Maven. Seriously, I love Maven. I want him for Mare. I want him to be the male lead. I want him to be good--good as a person and good to Mare. I want him to be the younger brother who, even though feels a bit jealous, still loves Cal a lot. I want him to be the prince who would betray his family because he knows what's good. (Not that I'm promoting betrayals. Oh no.) So just how? How am I supposed to react when I get to that chapter where he reveals his true self? What am I supposed to feel when I realize he's not the guy I want him to be? Oh I do feel so frustrated. I couldn't accept it and was still waiting until the very last page that Maven is good and he will save Mare, that he's playing another role and he'll betray his mother. I just... I kept waiting but it never came and I was just too much saddened by the turn of events. Thinking about it clearly, I suppose I did find it weird that he was so kind and patient and gentle with Mare after they were engaged publicly when normally people like him who were forced into marriage to someone they despise for being of lower stature would be cold or at least not that friendly. But I guess I erased that feeling from me as I kept reading and kept liking Maven even more. Even right now, despite Maven's meanness and cold-heartedness towards Mare, I still can't bring myself to just switch and be mad at him. I don't even know why I can't. I think I might still be hoping. Sigh. I should probably just think about how he manipulated everyone and orchestrated his own father's death. Yep, that would definitely help.
Somehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, ISomehow, I found that I'm pretty disappointed in book. But I don't think it's the book, or is it the way of writing; it's just me.
In the beginning, I had fun reading. I was so into it that if was hard to actually stop reading. Two-thirds into the book and the excitement dwindled. I think that's mainly because of my expectations in regards to the storyline. Not that there were parts that made me think, Now that's just not possible! Or something. The happenings were likely to happen, I know. I just couldn't accept them. And I just felt annoyed by the turn of events.
So, blame me for rooting for something different from what the author planned....more