4.5 Stars. I could have given this a perfect five if I fully understand Jared's reasons on why she bullied Tate THAT MUCH. And I mean MUCH. Tate was h...more4.5 Stars. I could have given this a perfect five if I fully understand Jared's reasons on why she bullied Tate THAT MUCH. And I mean MUCH. Tate was humiliated, tortured and abused to the point that I wanted to punch Jared and Madoc to the face and kick their asses. I questioned Tate why she still love and forgive such kind of a guy after all he'd done to her. BUT there is no question that this book is so good. It was unputdownable and I immediately grabbed Until You after I finished this. It was a whole roller coaster ride kind of feeling and I really enjoyed riding it!(less)
I WAS BLOWN AWAY. I LOVED IT. It was sad and so heartbreaking that I couldn't believe if things were really happening, but it was also beautiful and t...moreI WAS BLOWN AWAY. I LOVED IT. It was sad and so heartbreaking that I couldn't believe if things were really happening, but it was also beautiful and touching and oh so romantic. Jake Andrews. You've got to meet him. And the story is unpredictable and the characters are amazing. I loved every bit of the story. I devoured it like a favorite meal and I keep coming back for more. It's one of the few books that I want to reread over and over again. It's like reading it for the first time every time. And if all of Jay Mclean's books are like this, or even half as good as MORE THAN THIS, I will surely read those. I definitely recommend this book.(less)
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Ophelia London writes the stories that I love to read. She nailed it again this time. After i fell in love with Definitely, Maybe In...moreI LOVE THIS BOOK! Ophelia London writes the stories that I love to read. She nailed it again this time. After i fell in love with Definitely, Maybe In Love, she became one of my most fave authors. And this book did not disappoint. There's a reason why I love her books and it's because she writes beautiful and romantic love stories that will make you fall in love over and over again... And those guys she created, wow, those are the kind of guys that you will definitely root for. (less)
“I don't think we get answers to every question. We don't get to know all the whys. But I think we will look back at the end of our lives, if we do th...more“I don't think we get answers to every question. We don't get to know all the whys. But I think we will look back at the end of our lives, if we do the best we can, and we will see that the things that we begged God to take from us, the things we cursed him for, the things that made us turn our backs on him or any belief in him, are the things that were the biggest blessings, the biggest opportunities for growth.”
There were many things I expected from this book but I'm not sure if "inspiring" was one of them. Until I read it. You can't really judge a book by it's cover or by it's title. This book isn't like something that you will grab immediately when you see it. But this book is so much more than what you think it is. It's heartbreaking and beautiful all together. My heart has been broken by other books many times before but very few had actually made me cry. Making Faces is one of those rare books that deeply touched my heart. It's worth the read, it's worth the tears. The inspiring verses from the bible is one big bonus and it made me appreciate the story even more. Making Faces is a beautiful story of friendship and loyalty, love and sacrifice, forgiveness and acceptance. It was really touching and very inspiring. It deserves to be read and I recommend it to all who are beautiful and knows how to love and be loved, and especially to those who has Ugly Girl/Boy Syndrome who doesn't think they are beautiful and capable of loving and being loved in return.
"And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can't see. We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can't contain it.” (less)
This book took me by surprise. A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I haven't read the classic book but I've read a quite few re...moreThis book took me by surprise. A modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I haven't read the classic book but I've read a quite few retelling. But this one is my absolute favorite! I was immediately hooked! It was hard to put down. Though I know what might happen next, it doesnt lessen my excitement and enjoyment. I love Spring and I love Henry. They are an adorable pair and I loved every second they're together--talking, debating, arguing on almost everything. They are so cute together that I didn't want them separated with each other. I love and adore Henry. The half-mysterious, night and shining armani. I love everything about this guy and he is definitely one of my favorite fictional guy ever. Meet him and you'll love him for sure. This book truly worth the time. I loved that I got it as soon as I saw it. I highly recommend it to those who are fans of Pride & Prejudice. I hope there's another book. I want more Honeycutt and Knightly. Did I say I loved those two? Loved them and I miss them already. Definitely, not maybe, I'm in love with Knightly.(less)
4.99 stars + 1 :) I love it. I'm not totally 100% satisfied about the ending but it was a hundred and one better than Allegiant. I'm just not sure whet...more4.99 stars + 1 :) I love it. I'm not totally 100% satisfied about the ending but it was a hundred and one better than Allegiant. I'm just not sure whether I'm happy or sad or maybe a bit frustrated by the way it ended but at least it was hopeful. Too bad we're not going to see what will happen next especially to Day and June but then again, as I said, it was HOPEFUL. I just wish there was another pov of Day in the last part. It could've been a better ending for me to read his thoughts. But then again, and again, it was a great journey. I wish it's not the end. I wish I can still read more about the series. I want more June and Day and their possible future. Marie Lu made it to a heartbreaking yet heartwarming and beautiful ending. This series is absolutely beautiful. Love love love it.(less)
"I start to shake. In this time and place, a letter I don't remember writing means something very specific. But it's the last line that made me scramb...more"I start to shake. In this time and place, a letter I don't remember writing means something very specific. But it's the last line that made me scramble for the toilet in the corner of my cell.
You have to kill him."
There are plenty of time travel books out there and you probably think it's the same old thing. But I tell you, this book lived up to my expectation. The concept and the theories revolving around this subject are not easy to grasp, but it always fascinates me. Could we really have a different present if we made things differently in the past? Or can we really go back in the past and change the things we've done to have a different future?
I want the readers to enjoy this book as much as I did and it won't be possible if there are spoilers. One wrong word and it will break the story. One wrong word and I might ruin the book for you. So I will try my best to give my honest to heart review without giving anything away.
All Our Yesterdays is a story of friendship, love and sacrifice-- how friendship play its vital role just when you needed it, and how true love can get you what you want and lose what you already have.
The story started four years from now, with Em locked inside her own cell. We didn't know how she got there, only why she was kept inside-- somebody wants something from her and she's not willing to give it up. She won't give them up. With every torture and pain she had suffered, she takes comfort in the voice of the boy behind her prison's wall. The boy she knew but the face she couldn't remember. She knew that she holds his life in his hands and there is no way she would let him die. Both of them were trying to protect each other from the man they only refer to as the "doctor". And they need to escape again and save the world from the hands of this man.
It's true that there are books to be tasted and books to be devoured. This book is the kind to be devoured. It was addicting. The first chapter got me hooked and I knew right away that I want this book. It was hard to put down especially when almost every chapter has revelations to tell. Figuring some of them doesn't make them less surprising either. It actually made me want to read more and it felt like I was the one chasing time. I was caught up in a whirl of emotions--fear, sadness, disappointment, surprise, and anticipation. Another best thing is the plot. It was fast-paced and very well executed. It amazed me how it was written so flawlessly. And though I think that the story was lacking a bit on world-building, I easily overlooked it. A better description of the world where Em and Finn came from could have enriched the backstory more but then again, it wasn't a big deal for me this time. Other than that, the rest was pretty neat and the story was really good. I appreciate the storytelling--the alternating POV of Marina and Em. The personalities of both girls are total opposites and I'd say I loved Em more. Marina was a bit selfish and immature. She was annoying most of the time but it was obvious (for the good reason) that the story needed it for the other characters to be more effective and real. Finn and James are well developed as well, and I liked Finn specifically. Finn, James, Marina and Em-- it was great to see these characters grow and become those persons they couldn't have possibly imagined.
Gripping and emotional, with meticulously executed, fast-pacing plot, great twists and underlying secrets, with interesting characters that will hold your heart, this book makes an awesome read. I shouldn't have been surprised because I expected it to be good, and yet I still was. If you find time traveling a fascinating story, you'll surely enjoy this one. I hope there's a sequel, because stories like this doesn't need to end just yet. It's one of the best I've ever read in a while and if there's one time travel book I will recommend, it's this one. All Our Yesterdays lived up to my expectation, I hope it will also live up to yours.(less)
I didn't liked Emma's actions and the way she coped--her alcoholism and her suicidal tendencies. I didn't liked how sh...more4.5 Stars FULL REVIEW to follow.
I didn't liked Emma's actions and the way she coped--her alcoholism and her suicidal tendencies. I didn't liked how she was pushing away the people who cares for her, and how she hurt Evan over and over again. It was tiring and sometimes irritating, but then I was trying to understand how it is to be in her shoes. She's broken in ways I can't imagine, and that made her who she is. BUT I love EVAN and Emma's friends. I loved how they all tried to protect and support Emma until the end. It was an exhausting journey, reading Emma's story and how she struggled to survive... to live, to just keep breathing.
I just have a little issue about the ending. It was short and quick and I need more. I don't think that that ending is enough, after we heartbreakingly followed Emma and Evan's story. I need more of them. I need to read more of their life after that "ending". I want to see more of Sara and Jared, Meg and Serena, even Cole (after what happened), and the rest of Evan's friends. Feels like I still need closure... but nevertheless, the story is good, heart-wrenching, beautiful. It was emotionally exhausting but it's all worth it. I think I'll be thinking about it for a while. (less)
I'm attempting to write a review of a "book" which I won't be able to give justice to. Insurgent is a story at it's finest, a book at its best, awesom...moreI'm attempting to write a review of a "book" which I won't be able to give justice to. Insurgent is a story at it's finest, a book at its best, awesome to the fullest. The extreme plot, complex characters and unexpected twists and turns of events that never fail to surprise and amaze the readers made this book a one huge awesome read. I can't tell you how much I love this series!
"We are all right, you know," he says. "You and me. Okay?" My chest aches, and I nod. "Nothing else is all right." His whisper tickles my cheek. "But we are."
Once again I was thrown into the world of Divergent, beautiful and terrifying at the same time. The story immediately picked up where the first book left off--Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter, and Marcus--in the train heading to the Amity compound. I'm glad that this time, Insurgent gave me a glimpse of what it is to live inside Amity, the faction dedicated to pursue peace. In the same way that the readers were given the opportunity to see how to live in Candor.
"I love Tris the Divergent, who makes decisions apart from faction loyalty... But the Tris who's trying as hard as she can to destroy herself... I can't love her."
There are so many things to love about Insurgent, and I won't be able to finish if I state them all. But what I loved the most is Four (*swoon). I love it because I get to know him more in this book. Though there are lots of readers who seemed to be so irritated by him, I think he remains strong and amazing. And though Tris annoyed me from time to time because of her recklessness, I'd say that she's the most effective heroine I've ever met. She's strong-willed and smart and absolutely kick-ass. She suffered a lot--the death of her parents, the destruction of Abnegation, and the guilt of killing his friend Will--but she remains strong all through out the story. I just hope that Tris learned to trust Four, and not be stupid to think that Four will just let her go and do whatever it is that she wanted even if she risk her life. I want to pin-point one thing that Tris must have been missing the whole time: Four will always come to the rescue no matter what. He ends up saving her all the time. And Four should have trusted Tris more. I see that both main characters have their own issues to deal with like trusting each other and learning how to communicate with each other better. I hope they will learn to work this out in the next book to spare the readers some heartache that may result from stabbing one another out of arguments whether who is most infuriating of the two! Believe me, I felt stabbed a million times now! *winks*lol*
The setting of the story is as great as ever. The pacing is perfect! No dull moment, no boring ones. Most of the times I was expecting something to happen and then my heart throbs, my stomach flutters. But what's great is that they come when I'm least expecting them--always surprising, shocking even. Action-packed, full of suspense and lots of exciting moments. This book will leave you breathless. The characters are amazing. Friends and enemies aren't what they seem. You'll hate some of those you've loved, and love some of those you've hated. The turn of events will question what you believe, who to trust, and where to stand. The twists and the revelations will amaze you once again, something that Veronica Roth didn't fail to give her readers.
We both have war inside of us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.
I don't think my rating can ever give justice to it. I would give it a "10" if I could. I will definitely give this book the highest possible rating I can give. This book is what you call "the total page-turner". It did not disappoint, it will never disappoint. Undeniably and irrevocably, this book will take it's place beside Divergent -- there on top of the list of my most favorite books.
To Miss Veronica Roth, Once again, consider me awed.(less)
This book is one of my favorite reads this year and once again I was reminded how much I enjoy dystopian novels. Surrender is the second book of Posse...moreThis book is one of my favorite reads this year and once again I was reminded how much I enjoy dystopian novels. Surrender is the second book of Possession Series, and if you've already read the first book, then you already met Violet Schoenfield, Zenn Bower, and Jag Barque. You already know what happened to them in the end of the book, and how Violet and Zenn end up at Freedom City. (Freedom City, as weird and as crazy as it is, Freedom City doesn't live up to its name, because here, the Citizens are controlled, and free-will isn't an option.)
In this second book, I was introduced to a new set of amazing characters. If you loved Vi and Jag in Possession, you'll gonna love Raine and Gunner. These two new characters will fight for what is right no matter what the cost is. Just like Vi, Jag and Zenn, they possessed controlling powers that can destroy the whole Freedom City, its government and the whole society.
Every person has a season of knowledge. - Cannon
Raine Hightower has always been good in the eyes of her father, the Director of Freedom City. She was assigned to monitor and report every detail about Violet, her new non-student roommate. She doesn't understand why her father give too much interest about Vi, but Raine suspects that her roommate is not an ordinary citizen. Especially when she already saw how everything will end once Vi got what she desired most--to be free. In the vision, she also saw herself standing with Vi and with another boy--Gunner--as they watched Freedom City falls. Together, with their powerful abilities, they will destroy the city. The time that Raine Hightower realized this, she didn't stop until she recruited Gunner to be part of the Insiders where she too is a member. The Insiders (consist of different groups) are branches of the Resistance that are assigned to work and operate inside the Freedom City. When Jag, the leader of The Resistance was caught, Raine knows that the time has come to unbrainwash Violet and help Jag escape.
"Maybe if she saw Jag again...maybe that would wake her up. But if she sees him and remembers, I'm nobody. In more than ways than one." - Zenn
There are lots of things that I wanna say about the story and let me start with the characters. How could anyone love a book if the characters aren't well-developed, weak, even more so, annoying. But I tell you, I don't have any problem with that in Surrender. I loved Raine and Gunner. They absolutely have the five S qualities of a protagonist that I like--Smart, Strong, Snarky, Sneaky and Stubborn. Secondly, the plot and the setting. There was a slight difference in the setting of the two books. As far as I could remember anyway, Possession mostly happened outside the Freedom City, while in Surrender, everything took place inside (well, mostly). It was fascinating to read about high-tech gears and facilities, hovercrafts and even the High Rises buildings and apartments. It was so futuristic and scary at the same time. Especially when you know that there are people in the society who have the abilities to control you using their voices, their minds, their touch.
Okay, well, maybe the plot isn't that fast-paced. It was rather a bit slow for me and confusing, BUT, it was never a hindrance for me not to enjoy the story. When I first read Possession a year ago, I admit that it was confusing and I had to go back to a couple of pages and re-read them. There were questions that hadn't even answered even I reached the ending. I had the same experience with Surrender, but as I reached the last part of the story I began to see things clearly. I finally understood what truly happened in Possession and why certain characters acted that way. I'd say that Surrender surprised me with it's incredible twist and revelation! I suddenly want to read Possession again and see if I would have the same reaction as I had the first time I read it. So you must know that the people/characters aren't exactly who they seem, and you'll discover that in Surrender.
If you love dystopian novels, you should read this series. It might be a confusing and slow at the beginning, but overall it's amazing. If the ending of Possession killed you the last time, then be prepared with the ending of Surrender. It was another cliffhanger ending that made me want to read the next book now. It is really good! With the addition of new remarkable characters, the unexpected twist, the huge cliffhanger ending, this series just get more riveting. I can't wait for the next book! (less)
Love is the most beautiful thing in the world. Unfortunately, it's also one of the hardest in the world to hold on to, one of the easiest things to t...moreLove is the most beautiful thing in the world. Unfortunately, it's also one of the hardest in the world to hold on to, one of the easiest things to throw away.
Slammed is one of the best contemporaries that I read this year and Point of Retreat is much better! I didn't expect to love Point of Retreat more than Slammed, but reading what's on Will's mind was so much better than reading Lake's.
And that's when it happens...my whole world comes crashing down on me... Lake looks into my eyes and I see it...I see her heart breaking.
Point of Retreat is more emotional and heartbreaking than the first book. Lake's mom died almost a year ago, and no one better understands Lake more than Will, now that they both lost their parents and left with their brothers to take care of. Their lives should have been less difficult now that their together, but things doesn't go that way. Sometimes what binds two people is the same thing that might tear them apart. And there goes this saying:
"Sometimes two people have to fall apart to realize how much they need to fall back together."
In this book, I got to see Will and understand him and love him even more. The storyline is really good, and you won't be able to put this down. It was very engaging, very entertaining. I felt several emotions while reading this book and I'm telling you that it's all worth it. I love how the story was told and I loved how the characters matured and developed. I love the amazing characters and I can only imagine how fun and exciting to have those kind of people around. The author did a great job creating wonderful characters that are so real and very inspiring.
I don't know what else to say, except that I totally loved it and I highly recommend it! It's emotionally gripping, achingly beautiful and surprisingly sweet story. This book is made up of well-blended emotions that will surely give you a delightfully roller-coaster ride kind of feeling. It's a remarkable book and it's butterflying amazing.
If you enjoy contemporary books that is so entertaining, emotional but with funny moments too, sad but hopeful at the same time, adorable, amazing characters, and with just the right amount of swoon, Point of Retreat will be a great pick! Read Slammed first then grab this book immediately afterwards. I totally loved this series. You won't be disappointed.(less)