"Men, at some time, are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." Julius Caesar Ac"Men, at some time, are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II.
I hate books about death and dying – and I always prefer those novels that makes me feel good and would make me stay in the clouds for quite some time. Now, what made me grab this cancer book (base on the book description)? First, I haven’t read anything written by John Green (Yes, poor me). Second, the title sounds good. And lastly, The Fault in our Stars has 4.63 stars on Goodreads.
What I so love about The Fault in our Stars: Hazel Grace Lancaster. She’s a 16 year old who adores reading, watching weird TV series, her mom and dad and lastly, Augustus. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer which metastasized to her lungs that made an oxygen tank a necessity to her existence. She regularly attends a cancer support group that meets in the heart of Jesus (literally). Then she meets Augustus (I love the name, and I loved the owner even more).
Augustus Waters. He’s sweet, optimistic, intelligent, amazing, 16-year old boy who had lost his one leg due to cancer. He’s a smooth character and I find him really cool in dealing with both the disease and dying. He has a big heart filled with love for everyone especially for Hazel Grace.
Plot. Cancer Book? I stand corrected. Although Cancer plays a very important role in the story, I think that The Fault in Our Stars simply talks about a near-real story about two teen-agers who are both suffering from a dreaded disease when they found each other. Taking each day at a time and sharing all the love that they could for each other.
Together, the two main characters had the most fantastic combination of wit and humor, coupled with literary conversations which I think is just so deep (I’m thanking the dictionary installed in my kindle for a very big help). The love story isn’t cheesy nor uber romantic. Instead it was sweet and heartwarming. Couldn’t help to sigh – and wished that the ending would not result in death of any of them.
It made me laugh at first, then it made me cry.
In addition, I’ so glad John Green made his research and did it well. Being in the medical field, I could not find a single loophole (or if ever it has one, I have overlooked it because the novel is quite fetching).
Not to mention the dialogues – geez, this will probably be the longest review I ever had because of too many mushy-sweet-super-nice words John Green wrote on this book.
The Ending. Nicholas Sparks moved to the second spot once I got to the last few pages of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. My heart ached so badly, and I couldn’t help a few tears to escape my eyes.
I would gladly recommend this to my friends and urge them to make The Fault in Our Stars their next read. ...more
What makes the Moreno clan irresistible: 1. They are all swoon-worthy 2. Very alpha male - Christian Gray material (but they're not sinfully rich as him) 3. Players, but when they find the woman for them, they stick to one 4. Very possessive - their girlfriends cannot possibly have friends who are boys. 5. Bad boys you wanna turn good. 6. They love their families, have great relationships with them.
What makes Vincent different from them? ♥ He's an uber bad boy - he does stuffs I don't think any of the Morenos has ever done before. He reminds me of the boys from the Perfect Chemistry Series - well, who doesn't want a bad boy who promises to change?
But when promises are broken, and doubts starts to arise? When the one you love offers no explanation and chose to walk away? Will you let go as well? I have always enjoyed reading Elizabeth Reyes' Moreno series, and I'm glad she decided to continue and didn't stop with Sal. Fate is all about Vincent (Sal's cousin) and Rose (Grace's sister) who met during the baby shower.
The story starts with Vincent in Iraq.
There was some flashbacks and their story was told. I like their story not because it was once again a love-at-first-sight type but I think they pushed that instant attraction aside and allowed things (yes, love) to grow gradually. Their friendship blossomed and when the both of them were ready, they jumped into the next step.
They survived the long distance relationship with constant communication coupled with trust - but then something happened. When no clear explanation given, Vincent broke Rose's heart. Fate separated them in the most painful way. Can fate bring them back together?
This is a story of love that waited, and bloomed; crushed and withstood the test of fate and trust. I just love it, and yes, Vincent is a nice incentive on a cold night :)
Thank you Ms. Elizabeth Reyes for sharing another Moreno, I am looking forward for the next one.
“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decided“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decidedly warmer if there’s a fire burning in something other than his cock.”
I really loved the Hellions of Halstead Hall Series by Sabrina Jeffries, and for those who haven't read it yet, no worries. 'Twas the Night After Christmas works well as stand alone. But of course, reading the whole series can be worthwhile.
Why do I love this book?
1. Pierce. I wanted to give him a soft, tight hug. He deserves one or a hundred more after what he had been through as a little boy.
The little boy who felt no body wanted him at all. His asthma made him a little weak and his father hated weak. Saying that he has a poor relationship with his father would be an understatement. But his mother, at first I didn't know what went wrong with the relationship because I can feel that his mother loved him to a fault. She was the buffer that he needed with all the shenanigans that his father threw him at an early age. The moment he was sent off to school, he never saw his parents again. He was forced to spend his vacation with the cousins he barely knew. And when he reached his age of majority- he went back to his parents and finally confront them, only to be sent away.
I couldn't blame him if he hated both his mother and father. I couldn't blame him if he wanted the truth out- something his mother wanted to forget. I think he deserved to know the truth from the moment he reached his majority...
When the truth came out, oh well, it wasn't as dramatic as I hope it could be. But at least the story ended every cards placed on the table. The little boy finally had his needed truth and happy ending.
2. Camilla had worked for the countess for a while and saw the great love for her son and her son's subtle rejection for it. Since the old lady has been kind to her and her little boy, she decided to repay the kindness by meddling with her affairs. She sent a missive to the earl that his mother was at death's door. When the earl finally knew that he was tricked, he refuses to stay unless Camilla agreed to a compromise.
I love the dedication Camilla has given her work and to the countess. Even though she learned the truth, and could not fathom how the countess could have done it, she never left her. But most of all, I really adore her because she was a great mother. That no matter what her feelings are, or how those feelings run deep for Pierce, she would still chose her son.
Sabrina Jeffries once again made a beautiful story, not just a love story shared between the opposite sex. But it's a wonderful story of forgiveness, moving on and the extent of a mother's love for her children. 'Twas a Night After Christmas is a perfect season read for all the regency book lovers out there.
Adam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociableAdam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociable person and everybody likes him - especially girls. On the other hand, Adam, oh Adam. He's the geek in the pair, he's a member of the band where he excels as one of the rhythm drummers. He's silent, and has little friends. These two are way to different from each other, but they have a bond. They were close and they truly love each other. Their mother died giving birth to them, and it was only their father who served as both mom and dad.
Then Olivia came along - she's sweet, and pretty hot. She has this aura of a girl who lives her life each day at a time, looking at the positivity of life rather than the negativity of it. Who wouldn't be attracted to her, right? Adam saw her first - dancing on her window from across his room.
“Well maybe if you’d had the balls to actually ask her out, none of this would have happened!”
My sentiments exactly.
Aaron already gave him the chance to be the one to ask her first but...
All you have to do is ask her Adam! Just ASK HER! But he's too shy.
Olivia was just too good to be true, and like the old adage runs: (view spoiler)[ good things never last . (hide spoiler)] :) Nevertheless, this was a great story of friendship, brotherhood, living life, finding and losing love and lastly, moving on. It teaches us that yes, we need to grab every opportunity we get because it may never knock on our doors again, or if we delay accepting it - we may not have enough time in the world to enjoy it.
After I read the book, this is what I told myself:
But still, My Only was...
Oh it is. I'd recommend it to friends who likes: 1) A boy's POV. 2) Twins with different personalities 3) Free-spirited girl who's torn between two boys 4) Cry ( I admit, I didn't, but was just close to...)
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The Characters Anna. I find her cool when she was not pregnant. Especially when she threw the snow globe - it waReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
The Characters Anna. I find her cool when she was not pregnant. Especially when she threw the snow globe - it was childish but she pulled it off. She thought that one night she had with Ben meant something to him, but she was dead wrong. When she heard he agreed to the risky stem cell therapy - she left. He wanted to die, and she wasn't going to watch him do it.
Growing up in a few foster homes, all Anna wanted was a home of her own. She's saving her money to finally buy a dream house.
She's pregnant with Ben's child and she wanted him to be a part of it. But she refused his marriage offer - after all, he just wanted to marry her because: 1) she's pregnant with his child 2) his chemo left him sterile.
Ben. He didn't like being defeated, especially with a disease that could leave him for dead. He gave up his chemotherapy and proceed to the stem cell therapy -a risky procedure but with a high chance of cure. Ben knew he was risking his life, but he wasn't the kind of person who would let anyone or anything break him. That night, thanks to the yoga pants - he broke his personal rule: never to get involve with his employees.
12 weeks later, he was well and Anna, just when he had expected an apology from her for leaving him at the time that he needed her the most - dropped the bomb.
She was pregnant with his child. A child he could never have after the rounds of chemotherapy left him sterile. If only he can convince the mother of his unborn child to marry him.
Mark. He's Ben's rival during his CIA era. I like how his brain works. He may consider Ben an adversary but he respects his former chief and cares for Anna.
He has his secrets on why he suddenly quit his job and moved to Philadelphia - he wanted to be with his prodigy child - but his daughter didn't want his absentee father in her life.
How can he convince her that he's back in her life for good and he's willing to be a father now?
I find their relationship exasperating. She wanted him to love her but when he wanted her in his life - well, at first mostly because of the child, but when he started to show he cared - she ran afraid. Their fights which mostly she instigated because of her fear (or probably hormones) is quite annoying - good thing Ben is patient and doesn't give up on her. He would take his time, plan his strategies well and reach for his goal before their child is born. Yes, his will power and patience is admirable. He doesn't get provoked easily to matter how Anna poked him. Can he finally convince her to include him in their child's and most importantly, in her life?
I would have loved this novel more if not for the 'provocations' that Anna would start because the emotions got her scared. It felt so weird after all the efforts shown by Ben in trying to win her. Somewhere along the novel - it was obvious that he wanted her as much as he wanted the baby in his life - now why can't a level headed woman see that?...more
I'm not usually a fan of suspense, I hate to feel my heart palpitate, and there is the urge to read the last paReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
I'm not usually a fan of suspense, I hate to feel my heart palpitate, and there is the urge to read the last part of the book to know what in the world is going to happened. Beautiful Whispers, had me on my seat, on my bed, and I was awake the entire night. The urgency of finishing the novel was important - and when I finally did my heart didn't stop from beating so fast, and I have the urge to thump my head into the wall - it ended in a cliffhanger. Argh. How did this happened?! I'm about to get into the good stuffs here!!!!
When two separate world collides, either everything will crumble or the pieces will just fit in the puzzle. The attraction between Jane, a daughter from an old rich in Virginia and Alexander, a maid's son.
Everyone thought that Jane will marry her rich, childhood sweetheart Byron. But everything changes when Alexander came into the picture. But there are mysteries that are yet to be solved. Jane thought that people around her are keeping secrets from her. Secrets that involves her. And Alexander - she just saw him, and yet why does he feel so familiar? Jane starts to take responsibility in the household, but as she begins to, secrets begins to unravel. Her memories starts coming back, and she wasn't sure if those were just dreams or a part of her past. Where did her scars came from? Who is following her?
Alexander knew something, her family knew something. But Alexander wouldn't dare to tell her, until she's ready or at least remember something. Her grandmother promised to tell her. But before she could, something happened - I was at the end page. (See?!!!)
Nevertheless, Alice Ayden gave me a novel worth reading for (and it's not even my favorite genre!), she kept me up and awake. I couldn't wait to get my hands of Missing 6 - maybe then I will have all my answers, but as of now, I just have to sit back and wait patiently for its release.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review....more