I enjoyed the use of word play so much, the neglected positives. I thought they were really funny. I was very much “turbed” with the writing because I was definitely not “perturbed.” Lol. But really, I think the plot is very clever, something you don’t read every day. Frankie who brilliantly found a way to infiltrate and manipulate the members of this all-male secret society called “The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds” by making them do all her bidding to instigate pranks against the Alabaster’s (this used-to-be-all-boys-elite-prep-school) mostly patriarchal culture and symbolisms.
The literary references are quite impressive. I think this book can be a really good resource for a post-grad study on literature, language or even philosophy. Don’t know why it took me this long to read another book by Ms. Lockhart since I read We Were Liars but after this, I am definitely going to look into her other books. ...more
They All Fall Down is a psycho-thriller that is a little juvenile, a bit dark and a bit comic although I wish the comic element was more. Nonetheless, They All Fall Down is a psycho-thriller that is a little juvenile, a bit dark and a bit comic although I wish the comic element was more. Nonetheless, it was quite entertaining. I’m glad I didn’t expect more because the cover alone already foreshadows the story’s out-turn. That way, I was able to enjoy reading the book.
At the surface, the plot is supposedly about Mackenzie making it to the list of the top ten hottest girls in school. But to make it fair to Kenzie, she thinks the list is stupid too and now her life is upturned because there seems to be a curse (or a psycho) causing the deaths of the girls in the list in the order of their rank. Kenzie is fifth. She couldn’t tell her problem to her parents because her mum already suffers from dystychiphobia or fear of accidents because her son, Connor, died a few years ago from an accident so Kenzie plays detective by tapping on her excellent Latin skills to try figure out everything on her own.
Of course, I was immediately curious and eager to know the truth behind the deaths which are all staged as accidents but which are obviously not. It’s kind of like watching Final Destination except the Grim Reaper in this story is literally portrayed. In the end, I find it quite amusing the revelation of the deaths. It’s actually kind of a plausible explanation on so many deaths attributed to accidents that have happened and keep happening around the world.
A much younger friend loaned me all six books of the Gone series and I felt a little pressured to read them and felt like I had toStopped at page 141.
A much younger friend loaned me all six books of the Gone series and I felt a little pressured to read them and felt like I had to start the first book right away. At first, I was immediately riveted because by some unknown, super mysterious reason, everyone ages 15 and up suddenly vanish and kids get left behind without any choice but to fend for themselves. Imagine the disaster! The book pretty much showed an accurate picture of what would have happened if the world were rid of adults and kids started taking on adult roles and responsibilities.
But as the story progresses, I find the plot getting more and more like that of the Lord of the Flies (which I wasn’t a huge fan of in the first place, sorry) but with characters who have X-men like mutant powers.
Events get weirder and weirder and characters pile up like dirty clothes, it’s really hard to remember them. And slowly my interest starts to fade. I guess I could no longer summon that kind of patience. Perhaps if I read these books when I was much younger, I probably would have enjoyed then more but now that time is essential to me more than ever, I really prefer more unique plots and faster-paced stories. I would have to satisfy my curiosity on the ending by reading online summaries. :( ...more
Like most YA sci-fi books with a utopian/dystopian vibe, the story is built on a quite ridiculous premise, a what-if future of a society that ostraciz Like most YA sci-fi books with a utopian/dystopian vibe, the story is built on a quite ridiculous premise, a what-if future of a society that ostracizes morally or ethically flawed people. It took a lot of effort in my part to employ “suspension of disbelief”. People are just not pliable when it comes to committing errors and making mistakes whether big or small on a day-to-day basis. It’s part of who we are. Flaws are usually what make us human and to brand people as flawed is simply just stupid. It’s like branding cake as sweet which is pointless and blatantly obvious.
And yet, I still felt curious about the story. I guess I wanted to know more. I wanted to know how the Guild came up with the rules in order to make their judgment. I was curious of what a society might look like if indeed it divided people into morally flawed and perfect human beings. And I guess if I made it through series upon many series of YA dystopian books, then maybe I’ll make it through this book too. Lol.
So for the second time around, I decided to give it another try but unfortunately, I was only able to endure one-third of the story. I just can’t anymore. The main character is dull, the plot buildup is slow, there is little action and entertainment and I could no longer afford to invest time on a seemingly futile read. So sorry about my rudeness, just being honest with my opinions. *sighs* ...more
I honestly didn’t expect to like this but come to think of it, I was the same with the first two books. (Lol!). I must give Ms. Katie Mc Garry the cre I honestly didn’t expect to like this but come to think of it, I was the same with the first two books. (Lol!). I must give Ms. Katie Mc Garry the credit she deserves for convincing me to like “gritty, cheesy, sexy romance novels” which what Crash Into You exactly is.
For some reason, I find this an even lighter read than the first two books probably because of Rachel’s perspective which is innocent, playful, witty and daring all at the same time. I didn’t like Isaiah’s character in Dare You To but now that I’ve learned about his background, I have come to appreciate where he is coming from. I like his dedication and passion especially once he has chosen to fall in love. ...more
It’s a lot like the first book where even though both of the characters have a lot of baggage, one obvious, one not, the story still managed to entert It’s a lot like the first book where even though both of the characters have a lot of baggage, one obvious, one not, the story still managed to entertain me as a reader. It also managed to come off as a bit playful since both characters are always up for dares. It’s a bit heavier than the first book though and quite more mature. The sports element is also very interesting and I liked that the jock is also an excellent writer at the same time. I also appreciate the pairing up of the couple with completely opposite personalities and even opposite worlds and how they were able to complement each other. ...more
It’s angsty, it’s super cheesy as an NA romance rightfully should (lol) but surprsingly, I still liked it. For a change, my average expectations were It’s angsty, it’s super cheesy as an NA romance rightfully should (lol) but surprsingly, I still liked it. For a change, my average expectations were very satisfactorily met and I’m not complaining (much). I did roll my eyes several times and got goosebumps (not the good kind) but the elements of the story still worked together well.
The plot was really good although the characterizations are kind of cliche-ish. Hot bad boy (of course his name is Noah) with a reputation with the ladies falls for the classic, rich, smart girl. It went deeper though with the dark past the two characters went through and are still haunting them and with the scars they’re still actively trying to move on from.
It’s honestly not bad. In fact it was an easy read with this constant, light humor coloring the story. The conclusion is also very satisfying and overall, it was still a good read. ...more
Another unexpected lovely read that reminds me very much of a recent book which I also adored (Invisible Ghosts). North of Happy kind of has a similar Another unexpected lovely read that reminds me very much of a recent book which I also adored (Invisible Ghosts). North of Happy kind of has a similar premise because the main characters in both stories suffer the loss of their older brother and now their ghost is haunting the still living brother although maybe entertaining is the better term. Lol.
Carlos, as part of his giving process, flees his hometown and embarks on a journey all the way from Mexico to an island one ferry away from Seattle for a single meal at the well-renowned restaurant called Provecho. Serendipitous events take place which begin with Carlos meeting Emma to eventually getting himself a job as a dishwasher at the said restaurant. From there, he slowly gets his chances on actually fulfilling his dream on being a chef as the famous but super scary Chef Elise (seeing the rare talent and potential of Carlos) handpicks him to teach (or torture) him about cooking.
But what I enjoyed most about the story is the omnipresence of Carlos’ dead brother, Felix who takes different forms: as a bird, on TV, in his coffee, as a fly, as his shadow doing flips, as Casper-style cartoon ghost, as a zombie and even as food always providing Carlos cheesy but useful counsel. I know it’s supposed to be heartbreaking because, of course, it’s only Carlos who sees these and are most definitely just by-products of his grief but it’s also just too hilarious. I’m very eager to flip the pages if only to see the next form Felix takes. Lol.
But humor aside, I think the book is able to tackle grief in a light but actually believable manner. It definitely doesn’t hurt that the story is laden with all these incredible recipes and I am right along with Carlos as he concocts dishes whether just for himself, for Emma, for the staff of Provecho but especially during the time he is allowed to fiddle with the day’s specials. The conclusion is also a flavorful and satisfying seasoning to the entire story as it resolves Carlos issues with his family and gives hope for an Emma-Carlos possible second chance....more
I think I have a new favorite from Ms. Robyn Schneider. I love the premise. Rose starting out in the story trying to be invisible in schoo 4.5 stars
I think I have a new favorite from Ms. Robyn Schneider. I love the premise. Rose starting out in the story trying to be invisible in school and always happy to go home to spend her afternoons with the literal but funny, insufferable and childish ghost of her older brother Logan who died at the age of 15 and who is now probably chummy with Casper the friendly ghost. And then Jamie, her childhood friend, comes back to town and pulls her back to their old circle of friends, back to doing what she loves and back to being seen.
The writing is witty and comfortable to read. I especially adore the characters majorly because of their sarcasm. Lol. I particularly like the characterization of Rose’s old friends-how they are popular but also geeky and are never mean. I enjoyed the nerdy dialogues and the friendly banters especially between Jamie and Rose. As a couple, they are too cute. The romance is just so sweet and easy. Logan’s ghost is endearing. That’s probably the last word you’ll associate with a ghost but this book managed to do that. I am applauding the author for this brilliant idea and making it work so well in a YA novel. This is going to make a really cute movie.
This is the kind of read that I could easily devour in a matter of just a few hours because it is such an easy read despite the sad undertones but I am adoring it so much that I wanted to take my time to savor the story, the writing and the characters. So I tried my best to prolong the reading experience but to no avail because I eventually finished it on no time. ...more