It took me a while before I decided to make a review for this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight. I LLLOOOOVVEEEE TWILIGHT! It was my first YA...moreIt took me a while before I decided to make a review for this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Twilight. I LLLOOOOVVEEEE TWILIGHT! It was my first YA Paranormal book. This book brought me back to reading.
As a kid I loved reading. I read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley and the sort. One day I just stopped reading. I don’t know why but I just stopped. Then one of my friends told me about Twilight. She told me to read the book because there was a movie coming out about it. I got curious and bought a copy. I had the small paperback version with Kirsten and Rob on the cover. I started reading and the rest was history.
I didn’t stop reading until I finished it in one seating. If I remember correctly I started reading it at around 11pm and ended it around I think 6am or something. I just couldn’t put it down. The book just rekindled my love for books.
I was new to the whole YA paranormal genre back then. I was clueless. I didn’t know that books like Twilight existed. I only read Dan Brown, Stephen King, Sidney Sheldon, Nicholas Sparks and other known authors but nothing like Twilight.
This book was narrated in Bella Swan’s point of view. Bella was moving to Forks, Washington to live with her father Charlie. She wasn’t at all that thrilled because she hated the weather there. It was almost always raining in Forks unlike in Arizona where it was always sunny and dry.
At school, she was the new kid and everyone wanted a piece of Bella Swan. Forks was a small town so almost everyone knew everybody. It was lunch time when she met them, the Cullens. She was however particularly drawn to handsome bronze haired, Edward who turned to be more than who she thinks he is.
Edward and the whole Cullen clan were vampires. They feed on animals because they didn’t want to kill humans. Alice and Edward both have gifts. Alice could see the future and Edward could read minds apart from Bella’s. If you want to know why then you would have read Breaking Dawn. :)
What is a good love story without the third party? Jacob. He was Bella’s childhood friend from the reservation. Jacob was human but he has some secrets of his own that would be revealed in the later books (can’t reveal it here aahahaha).
All in all the concept of the book was original which was what drawn me to the book in the first place. A vampire falling in love with a human was new to me. I have been reading books with vampire and human love affairs but still Twilight would forever be my favorite vampire book.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the heroine, Bella. She was annoying most of the time and a little immature for my taste. Edward however pulled me in immediately. He was like a drug to me that I couldn’t get enough of. Aside from Edward, Alice was also my favorite. She could see the future and she was very nice to Bella which I liked.
Despite my dislike for Bella, I would still give Twilight a 5! (less)
Just watched the movie! I know a lot of you have already watched it but heck I was still excited! BEST MOVIE ADAPTATION OF A BOOK EVER. Felt th...moreOMGosh! :)
Just watched the movie! I know a lot of you have already watched it but heck I was still excited! BEST MOVIE ADAPTATION OF A BOOK EVER. Felt that it was as close as the movie is going to get to the book!
Well. :) So excited for the next movie. Will have to read Catching Fire soon.
------------------- Dystopian books?
Not really my thing.
Wither was the first dystopian novel I've read and it seriously gave me a headache. It wasn’t because that book was poorly written but because I was just not comfortable with the fact that young girls were getting kidnapped and sold to rich boys in order to procreate. I have no issues with teen pregnancy but then the kidnapping part and them being sold was a lot like prostitution to me. There were a couple of instances where I swore I was going to put Wither down but I didn’t because I thought it would get better. It didn’t. After that I stirred away from dystopian books until Hunger Games. Hunger Games was another dystopian novel. This book has been on my to-read pile for so long that I almost forgot about it. Sure there were good reviews about it but since it was dystopian, I had to skip it. Then I saw the movie trailer. I thought the trailer was cool but still I didn’t pick the book up. I was still hesitant about the whole dystopian thing. I was afraid that it would turn out just like the other book I read. March 2012 was nearing. The movie was going to be in the big screen soon and that's when I told myself that I had to read it now! So I picked up my copy and began reading it after I got home from work.
OMG! OMG! OMG!
Then I finished it!
I would like to give this book a round of applause! A standing ovation if it's even possible. HUNGER GAMES was AWESOME! One of the best books I have read so far. It had all the elements that make a book fascinating. Despite it being a dystopian novel, I still love it. Completely loved and adored it.
The setting of the Hunger Games was in a place called Panem.
WHERE IS PANEM?
Panem is a future nation that came from the ruins of what we all know as North America. It had twelve districts that were governed by the Capitol. Because of an upheaval that happened before against the Capitol, the Hunger Games was born. The Hunger Games would require tributes –- a boy and a girl whose ages were between 12 and 18 – and they will be chosen to represent their district on the Hunger Games.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE HUNGER GAMES?
The 24 tributes from the different districts had to face each other in the arena. They had to fight for survival. They had to outwit each other. They had to think before they act. They had to show everybody that they are the best. Why? Because only one of them will come out of the Arena.
WHAT’S THE STORY ABOUT?
The main protagonist is Katniss Everdeen who I loved almost instantly. She was a perfect example of a girl strengthened by poverty. She lived in District 12, which I think was poorest of all the districts. The time to choose the tributes came. Prim, her younger sister was chosen. Katniss loved her sister and volunteered herself in exchange for her sister. Katniss was now District 12’s tribute along with Peeta Mellark who was not really a stranger to her. The chosen tributes were then transported to the Capitol for the Hunger Games. They were prepped and introduce to everyone. Bets were on. People had their own bets to cheer on. Katniss was struggling. Katniss was scared but she couldnt let it show. She had to be strong.
Who will she trust? What will she do to survive? How will she prevent herself from getting killed?
The Games will change you.
REACTION AFTER FINISHING IT:
Flabbergasted. I think that is one word that would describe how I felt about the Hunger Games. It was full of action, suspense, drama, romance. What more could you ask for?
Katniss was the perfect heroine. She is my type of lead female character. She had this courage in her that lights up like fire. Katniss, the Girl on Fire. I adore her. She wasn’t weak like most of the lead characters in YA books. She was strong, brave and courageous. She was also smart. She uses her head. I hate depended lead characters and Katniss was not one of them.
While I can go on and on regarding my crush on Katniss, her male counterpart actually caught me too. Peeta Mellark, the baker boy who burned bread to give to his childhood crush. How sweet! Peeta was not as skilled as Katniss but he does everything to protect her nonetheless. Peeta. Peeta. Peeta. I hope you’re mine. You are a paradigm of a perfect boyfriend.
Katniss and Peeta had perfect chemistry. You will always come across a book where the characters blend together perfectly. Katniss and Peeta were one of them. They were a smokin’ couple. (They were literally a smoking couple during the introduction of the tributes right? :D) Anyways, Peeta and Katniss were made to be together. I did have Katniss for hurting Peeta! Arrrg,
I was told that the concept of the Hunger Games was not entirely original. I heard that somehow it was a bit similar to the Lord of Flies but I haven’t read that so I couldn’t say if it is true nor not but still I fell in love with the book either way. It was a mixture of everything I wanted and not knowing I wanted in one book. Not only did it have the action, romance, exceptional writing style that I wanted, I also felt there was a deeper meaning to the book that was hidden between the lines.
The society that Katniss belonged to was very similar to the one that we have now. The status quo remained. District 12 symbolizes the underprivileged ones. It symbolizes the oppressed ones who didn’t have enough food to feed their families. It symbolizes the ones who had to take desperate measures to survive. The Capitol represents the rich people. They control the least fortunate ones with their money. They think they’re superior. I am not stereotyping. Not all rich people are bad while not all poor people are good either. It’s just a thought anyways. Don’t burn me at stake because I said that about the rich people. I know a lot of rich people who were more humble than me. I am not rich to make things clear. Hahaha. I’m part of District 12. Enough of that already. I didn’t know what came over me.
THE HUNGER GAMES easily became my favorite. I’ve learned my lesson not to judge a book by its GENRE. If you are looking for an interesting read with a twist then I recommend this book. THE HUNGER GAMES did not disappoint. If this book could talk, I’m sure it will slap me in the face and say “Take that you b*tch for thinking that I am not worth your time reading!” Hahaha. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES! I can’t wait for the movie.
A PERFECT 5!
PS: The movie is coming out next year. I thought the girl who played Katniss seemed to fit the part. I am just not too sure about the guy who played Peeta. I had a different Peeta in mind. Maybe Chace Crawford or Alex Pettyfer? Not expecting him. I thought Peeta was supposed to be blond anyways?!
If you are looking for a great YA book that is not about angels, demons, vampires and faeries then this book is for you.
This book was about a girl wh...moreIf you are looking for a great YA book that is not about angels, demons, vampires and faeries then this book is for you.
This book was about a girl who fell in love with a Revenant.
What are Revenants you say?
The Revenants were people who take the place of someone who was about to die. They die in the place of someone else. They were like guardian angels but not really. They become Revenants because they died saving someone else in their past life. Not everyone who does that could become like them though.
How are the Revenants involved in this story?
Kate and her sister Georgia lost their parents because of an accident. They both have to move to Paris and live with their grandparents because of what happened.
Georgia was coping just fine with the loss of their parents but Kate was not. She still could not accept that her parents were gone and they were never coming back.
After exiling herself in her room for so long, Kate decided to go out and explore Paris for a change. She then met Vincent Delacroix, a mysteriously gorgeous young man who caught her attention at a coffee shop.
Fate has other plans for them though. Kate and Vincent met again at a museum and after that they spent more time with each other.
Kate knew that Vincent was different. She knew that he had a secret and she won’t stop at nothing to figure out what it was.
Because of a little incident, Vincent had to tell Kate what he was. He was not human. He was undead but not a zombie. He was neither a vampire nor an angel. He was a Revenant.
For my review, I would like to break it down into two: my RANTS and RAVES.
* The story for me was unique and original. As I mentioned earlier, it was like a breath of fresh air from the usual vampire and angel thing. The whole concept of other people dying in place of someone else and then living again caught me off guard.
* This book was written in first person which was a plus for me.
* The setting was just perfect for the book. Where? PARIS!
* The cover was stunning. I have to say that the cover was one of the things that pushed me to read the book.
* Kate was a nice girl who loves books and art. She was like a girl after my own heart so I love her. She was vulnerable to Vincent’s charm but she tries to hide it. In short, she wasn’t the type of girl who would immediately show interest in someone even if she knows that she already like him.
* Vincent was no doubt gorgeous. He was old fashioned gentleman. He was honest and I like that about him. He trusts Kate could handle the truth. He kept his word when he said to Kate about telling her more about them. Vincent. Vincent. Vincent. I have added you to my list of book BFs. :)
* Jules at first was an ass. I was not sure why he was like that but then that changed. Turns out he was outgoing and friendly and flirty too. Hahaha.
* I liked the part that Vincent was able to use Kate as a vessel. I liked it because they worked together to kick the ass of the bad guy.
* Kate and Vincent’s relationship was something I definitely envied. They were perfect for each other. They both were willing to make sacrifices for each other. Kate saved Vincent and Vincent was willing to do what was necessary (even if it was hard) so that Kate would not feel the pain she felt when her parents died.
* Ms. Plum’s writing style was superb.
* Lastly, no freaking cliffhangers which I ABSOLUTELY ADORED! With this book you’ll know there is a sequel but still when you read Die for me you don’t get pissed off when you reach the ending because there were loads of unanswered questions. You got to agree with me, sometimes cliffhangers are not good. The ending was just great.
* The characters sort of reminded me of certain characters in Twilight. I know, I know. I shouldn’t compare either books because they are different. Let me just share my opinions though.
1. Kate was like Bella because she was vulnerable like her. She was like Bella not aware that she was pretty. Both were insecure and they also fell in love at first sight. I like Kate a whole lot better than Bella.
2. Vincent was like Edward (obviously). They both were old fashioned gentleman because they were old. They don’t age. I would have to give kudos to Vincent though because trusted Kate with the truth. Alright I’ll admit, Vincent was a way better guy than Edward. I mean Edward is my first love and all but Vincent was just everything that Edward was and more. :)
3. Charlotte reminded me of Alice. Yep. She had short hair too only it was blond. She was close to Kate like Alice was close to Bella.
4. Ambrose was like Emmett. He was buff and likes to tease a lot.
* I hate Kate’s sister, Georgia. Arrrg. She was very irresponsible and stupid. He has a temper of a bull.
* I didn’t like the antagonist. Why? He was not that interesting. And he died in the first book. He was the head of the Zumas (bad revenants) and he died so quickly?
* The book ended so quickly. I wanted more Kate and Vincent time. I felt that it was cut short a little.
All in all I loved the book despite some obvious similarity to Twilight. I know most of you won’t agree with me on that but I just couldn’t lie that I didn’t remember Twilight as I was reading this.
Still, I love this book and I am already impatiently waiting for the second book. I just couldn’t wait to have more VINCENT time. :)
“I held her close to me with my eyes closed, wondering if anything in my life had ever been this perfect and knowing at the same time that it hadn't....more“I held her close to me with my eyes closed, wondering if anything in my life had ever been this perfect and knowing at the same time that it hadn't. I was in love, and the feeling was even more wonderful than I ever imagined it could be.”
Love changes everyone. It changes the way you think, the way you look at things, the way you do something. It changes you in ways that you couldn’t do on your own. It changes you entirely. Love is mysterious. Love is complex. It works in ways we would not be able to understand or comprehend. There are no words to explain it. So when Langdon Carter fell in love, he found no words to clearly express how he felt for Jaime Sullivan.
Langdon and Jaime were two different people destined by fate to be together maybe not forever but they were destined to be in each others lives and change one another. Their story was beautiful. It was simple. Not unique. No supernatural thing. There was nothing spectacular about this book. But you get to feel pure emotions coming out of its pages. You feel Jaime’s faith and Langdon’s love.
A great book is not the one with difficult words and complicated stuff. For me, a great book doesn’t need to have profound words or lengthy sentences. A great book is the one that touches your soul despite not having intricacy. It touches your life and makes you realize things that you may have overlooked. A Walk to Remember is one of those books. Simply written. Not too long but full of meaning and emotion.
I actually watched the movie first before I had the chance to read the book. The movie was an instant favorite. It made me cry. A lot. I watched it at least 10 times. No Joke! Shane West and Mandy Moore really made it believable. I wouldn’t have chosen any other actors for Jaime and Langdon’s part. Every time some one asked me my favorite movie, it would always be A Walk to Remember. After reading the book, I just made fell in love with A Walk to Remember more. It made me realize also how short life is and the importance of faith. It made me envious though. Langdon and Jaime’s love was something rare. It was something that I hope someday I would have too. I think everyone wants this kind of love. The one that’s gentle and kind. Not jealous. Not boastful. Not conceited. After reading this book was when I truly understood what Corinthians 13 meant.
I love this book and I would love it forever. I also love the movie by the way. I don’t care what other people say.
“Knowing there's one thing I still haven't told you: I now believe, by the way, that miracles can happen.”
One definition of wither is to dry up as part of the process of dying. Another one is to fade or lose freshness of vitality. Both of the defini...moreWither.
One definition of wither is to dry up as part of the process of dying. Another one is to fade or lose freshness of vitality. Both of the definition was shown in this book.
Rhine was a sixteen year old girl who has been abducted by the Gatherers to be the House Governor’s wife.
Be a wife?
Yep, that’s right.
How about the other wives?
One was I think Eighteen or Seventeen and the other one was Thirteen.
This book was set up in a dystopian setting where girls die at the age of 20 and the boys die at 25. This was due to an experiment conducted to perfect humans so that everybody would be healthy. All the first generation experiments were good they were healthy and everything but the following generations had the disease that kills them when they reached a certain age. Girls were kidnapped and inspected (yep inspected like some sort of animal). If they were good enough they keep them to be sold to the wealthy people to become wives of the House Governors but if not then they either get left somewhere or worse they get killed.
Rhine Ellery had been abducted. She and other girls were kidnapped and were kept inside a van until they reached a facility where they get inspected. Rhine and two other girls (Jenna and Cecily) passed the inspection and were handed over to the Ashbury’s to become the House Governor’s wife.
Rhine maybe Linden’s wife but she will never allow him to sleep with her. They may share the same bed every once in a while but she couldn’t let him get what he want from her. She was the only one of the three wives that hasn’t slept with Linden.
Because aside from her distaste of being a prisoner in the mansion and leaving her twin brother behind, she was already in love with someone else, Gabriel.
For the review:
I would have to say that I like the concept of the book. I like how the whole thing was thought of.
Rhine as a character was very fearless. I loved her. She was not the kind of heroine that was useless or clumsy or very dependent on the guys in the books. She herself thinks of ways on how she could get out of the situation she was in. She was the perfect example of GIRL POWER! YEAH!!
Gabriel wasn’t the typical handsome and rich leading man. He was sweet and gentle. What’s not to like about him? :)
And as for Linden Ashby, I really feel bad for him. He seems like a nice guy. He was very oblivious to what his deranged father was doing. He lost his first love and failed capturing the heart of Rhine. He may have everything materially but still I guess that really isn’t enough to make people happy.
Jenna and Cecily were the two other wives of Linden. They both have character of their own. They were not lifeless like most of the secondary characters. Jenna was the silent rebel type. She didn’t have anything to lose. Jenna didn’t like to be where she was but still she didn’t want to do anything about it because she thought there was no use in doing it. Cecily (the thirteen year old) on the other hand was very happy to be one of the wives. She was the first one who got pregnant of the three. Her character was probably one of the things I didn’t like in this book. I don’t really want kids getting pregnant. She was so so young. :(( I thought that maybe the author could have made her older than 13.
And there’s Linden’s evil mad doctor father, Housemaster Vaughn. I hate him and I want to beat the crap out of him. I don’t like what he did to those people. He was controlling, cunning and just plain EVIL! I mean I am not a pronaturalist if I was there. Of course I would like to find a cure for the disease but then what he was doing was just so out of the line. He said he was doing it for his son but I actually don’t really think so!
Anyways, all in all I liked the book. It was a little slow for me but still it was good. I would recommend the book for those who enjoy dystopian genre. It is a good read. It was simply written. The author didn’t make use of very complex words probably because the narrator Rhine was young. The book was good but did not really excite me that much.