The Immortals series by Alyson Noel
My rating: ★★ (out of 5)
The only reason why I continued reading the series until the fourth book is because I hate leaving a book series unfinished. It makes me uncomfortable.
Don’t get me wrong, the entire synopsis of the series is very original. I actually liked Evermore. And Blue moon. Though I didn’t like Shadowland that much. I even forgot what happened in these books. Such a shame.
And—I know this sounds ridiculous but—I started growing skeptical whenever I see a book that’s written in 1st person P.O.V. All because of this series. I realized it wasn’t my type. This is also when I started hating romance books. I know that in romance books, you have to keep up the romantic scenes. But see, this book is also under the category of fantasy, magic, and supernatural. Where did all of that go? Suddenly the book took a turning point at 45 Kissy kissy street. The so-called magic and fantasy was the reason why there was a pull of bookwormism in my veins; It’s why I started the series in the first place. Because when I read the blurb, I imagined enchantments, and potions and spells with a touch of romance. And the high school drama? Merlin, help me.
Ever is an ass character. She can fight yeah, but she doesn’t think things through. She’s so reckless and doesn’t think about the other possible options. And what kind of character makes that much mistakes? I keep wondering how someone like Damen fell in love with someone like her. And Haven? Wow. I never thought I’d ever hate a character so much. This is how I imagined her: A wannabe. An emotional, depressed spoiled brat who chases after guys. She reminds of the girls at my school. It’s as if their life depends on a boy’s thoughts about her. How pathetic.
Roman was a nice villain though. Very manipulative, just like how an antagonist should be. But judging from the descriptions I gave the characters above, if Roman was left with their company, and became the only living organisms on the planet, I could imagine him thinking: I give up. This game is ridiculous. I’m a villain. Why was I put with three douches that act as if they’re in a high school love triangle chickflick?
I guess I started hating the series on Dark Flame because I felt betrayed and lied to. Reading this series is like eating a box of caramel apples. A touch of healthy, a touch of not. It tastes good at first, but once you have too much, you have nothing else but a bile just below your throat, ready to be released. The only thing about this book that I liked is that it made me miss Ever’s little sister, Riley. She was the only character that actually made sense to me. It’s a shame she was dead in the first place.
Title: Battle Royale
Author: Koushun Takami
Genre/s: Dystopian, thriller, horror, alternative history
My rating: ★★★★★
My review: Battle Royale is definitely the perfect definition for “hard to put down” book. Having read the blurb of the book, I was a little worried that it might be too horrifying but at the same time I was intrigued by it.
The story takes place in an alternative Japan, but a Japan that’s way different than Earth’s. The alternative Japan is called “Republic of Greater East Asia”, ruled by a ruthless and fascists totalitarian government.
Every year, a third year high school class will involuntary participate in the “Program”. The Program is officially a military research project designed to create such fear and paranoia among the population that they will never revolt against the government. In the Program, all kids must kill each other until there is only one student left.
I thought this book would focus only on the killing of the students. But it was more than that. It also showed their backgrounds, thoughts, and how they’re going with the game. I really loved how every character was showed in this novel. They all had their parts and everyone of them had their thoughts written down. I would prefer reading a first-person novel but this book was an exception.
I just absolutely love this book! I adore it, I love it, I was and still am hooked to it. One of the best books I’ve read ever, hands down.
Overall, Battle Royale is gore, interesting, bloody, just the way it should be, and a book that will keep you up all night with a chill on your spine.
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre/s: Young Adults, Paranormal, Fantasy
My rating: ★★★ (Two stars for the story, three stars for the photography)
Review: I heard about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children online. I was intrigued by it. Spooky cover+thrilling blurb+creepy photograph, who wouldn’t get interested in that? However, I have to say that it was pretty disappointing.
The story had this eeriness at first but as I go further on reading, the more flat and predictable the story gets.
(I’m ending this review now since I can’t think of anything else to say. This review has been on our draft for weeks. So yeah, I guess I should post it by now)
Title: Norwegian Wood
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre/s: Contemporary, coming-of-age
My rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 stars)
I once had I girl
Or should I say
she once had me
As he was boarding down the plane, a familiar song flushed to his ears. “Norwegian Wood” he whispered. As he was listening to the music Toru Watanabe, reminisce his old days as a college student and the two women who he had developed feelings for.
As I was reading the book, I was listening to The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood (The Bird has Flown) and I felt like traveling the past together with Toru.
Murakami’s writing style in this novel is far different compared with his other novels. A lot of his novels, as you may have noticed, contains mysterious wives, talking cats, odd personas, and so and so. This novels however revolves around a college student and his how he first fell in love and his feelings for two women at the same time.
I didn’t really realized it was a romance novel at first. I don’t know why. It just didn’t. And it didn’t really matter to me whether it was a romance or what, but I like this book like rainy weathers with coffee and a fluffy sweater. But what I really, really, like about this book is the raw honesty in each of the characters’ thoughts and mannerisms. They felt like real. Like real beings flashing in your very own eyes.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed reading this novel greatly. It’s a story that discusses suicide, death, depression, love, and growing up. I have to admit though it left me feeling so unanswered.
The Secret garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My Rating:★★★★★ (4.5/5 stars!)
“I have never watched anything before and it made me feel very curious. Scientific people are always curious, and I am going to be scientific. I keep saying to myself, ‘What is it? What is it?’ It’s something. it can’t be nothing! I don’t know its name so I call it Magic. I have never seen the sun rise but Mary and Dickon have and from what they tell me i’m sure that is magic too. Something pushes it up and draws it. Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden, I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have a strange feeling of being happy as if something were pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us… I don’t know how to do it but I think that if you keep thinking about it and calling it, perhaps it will come.” -Colin Craven
Mary Lennox has no one left in the world when she arrives at Misselthwaite Manor, her mysterious uncle’s enormous, drafty mansion looming on the edge of the moors. A cholera epidemic has ravaged the Indian village in which she was born, killing both her parents and the “Ayah,” or Indian servant, who cared for her. Not that being alone is new to her. Her socialite mother had no time between parties for Mary, and her father was both too ill and too occupied by his work to raise his daughter. Not long after coming to live with her uncle, Mr. Craven, Mary discovers a walled garden, neglected and in ruins. Soon she meets her servant Martha’s brother Dickon, a robust country boy nourished both by his mother’s love and by the natural surroundings of the countryside; and her tyrannical cousin Colin, whose mother died giving birth to him. So traumatized was Mr. Craven by the sudden death of his beloved wife that he effectively abandoned the infant Colin and buried the keys to the garden that she adored. His son has grown into a self-loathing hypochondriacal child whose tantrums strike fear into the hearts of servants. The lush garden is now overgrown and all are forbidden to enter it. No one can even remember where the door is, until a robin leads Mary to its hidden key. It is in the “secret garden,” and with the help of Dickon, that Mary and Colin find the path to physical and spiritual health. Along the way the three children discover that in their imaginations-called “magic” by Colin-is the power to transform lives.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I love the way Burnett wrote and described the characters. It was as if she herself was playing the characters one by one. I was frustrated with Mary at first but I also felt sorry for her. I understood her feelings, having a complete family, a mother and a father, and yet she felt like an orphan. Her mother would go out and attend every party she was invited to; her father would find satisfaction in mimicing rich blokes and crash his green paper in casinos. And Mary would be left at home, with their servants to dress her, and feed her, and bathe her. Her Ayah acting as her mum, though she was never really fond of Ayah.
One of the good things about this book is that it emphasizes what people love to say, “Your friends can be your family too.” What does it take for a friend to be your family? The answer is simple. Acceptance. Probably one of the most important things needed in a family. Learn to accept what you have, what they are, otherwise, you can never be happy.
I learned that from Colin Craven. An English boy who is hidden inside the dark premises of the Manor. Mary’s biological cousin. Queer and Stubborn. Arrogant and bossy. Alone. Filled with sorrow. A bit unusual for a kid ain’t it? Well, that was what he was. Until Mary found him. Yes. Found. I meant it literal when I said hidden. Not a soul outside the manor has ever seen Colin. Though whispers and murmurs about the lad was often carried around the air. Colin is quite the same as Mary. Both never had a real friend. Not even a friend. But neither didn’t know about the other until Mary followed Colin’s cries of despair. This part made me smile. It shows how two unhappy children find happiness when at each other’s company.
I am 14 years old. But I felt like four years younger while I read this. All the things I never got to experience as a kid, I was able to do it all while I read this. That feeling when you are oblivious to everything. When all that mattered was having adventures, lots of them, and doing it all everyday.
I would really love to have a place that only me and my friends have any knowledge about. A secret sanctuary, filled with life and adventure. Maybe all of us would love that. With a place like that, we don’t need to pretend like there is magic because the magic would already be there. Greeting you a good morning, a good afternoon and a good evening every time you enter.
A wonderful tale about friendship, love, hardships, magic and family, The Secret Garden is a book that will make you smile, laugh, and want to throw at things at unexpected moments. My favorite classic. A story that will remain in my memory forever. <3
The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
My Rating: ★★★★★
A simple yet mesmerizing story about two “twin primes” who looks for company in absolute solitude.
When I first heard of the book, it sounded familiar. I’d probably came across it while at the bookstore or something but I never paid that much attention to it. Until much later, I read Cinderellainrubbershoes’ review and I was eager to buy it. Whenever I go to the bookstore I will always pick it up but still won’t buy it. I kept saying “One day. One day I’ll be able to buy this.” (I didn’t bought it sooner since it was expensive I was on money shortage back then. Haha)
I was never a fan of romance novels. Romance is the genre I usually avoid reading since I just can’t stand it. Especially soul mates stories that ends with happily-ever-after. I find it so cheesy and corny and sometimes silly. (My heart is like a tin-man when it comes to romance) And I don’t like Math and Math doesn’t like me either. Math is the subject that I have been cursing and despising throughout all my years in school. But this is the first novel, despite having soulmates and Mathematics and romance, it truly had touched my heart.
The story was not focused on a love story. But the book also focuses on the characters battling their inner demons and hidden secrets. And what I really loved about it is that the theme isn’t romance but solitude and loneliness.
Alice and Mattia are “twin primes.” Alice, anorexic and crippled due to the skiing accident she had when she was younger is desperate to fit in and to be accepted. Mattia, a gifted child who rejects the world. Haunted by guilt when he left her sister on the park on the way to a birthday party and when he returns for her she disappears. Becomes of this incident, Mattia begins to cut himself. Both are always alone in solitude. Never touching. So close yet so far. Both with an empty hollow space in their hearts that only each other can fill. Soulmates who were meant to be together but kept on making wrong choices that drifts them apart.
When I finished reading the book at 12:02 in the morning, I was left empty and quite unsatisfied. I want to tear it up. I kept on thinking, “Why? Why can’t you two just be together? Stop making stupid freakin’ choices. You both are idiots. You should be together!” The emotions were piling and creeping up on me. I want to scream but I ended up hugging the book, saying goodnight to it, still thinking about Alice and Mattia and what the future holds for them and without my acknowledge, I fell asleep slowly then all at once. (And yes I used John Green’s quote)
Overall, The Solitude of Prime Numbers is an amazing novel. Lovely, simple, yet elegant and mesmerizing. A story I fell in love in an instant. A story about loss, rejection, leaving, and finding company in solitude. Giordano writes his characters in the most realistic way. No Mary Sue but real and honest characters. One of my all-time favorites. A beautiful novel that will carve a place in your heart.
Happy reading everyone! >:D<
Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
My rating: ★★★1/2
A story that begins with a proton and ends with a smile. A story about love and time.
Will Tuppence has planned everything in his life. He even has a list for it. Starting with the day he was born up to the last which is Heaven. Will is, by nature, a sensible planner who follows the rules. He always thinks about the future, plans them and lists them. But one tragedy made him see things clearly.
The book started pretty slow. The story line was random. I’ve read 1/2 of the book but everything was just weird. Nothing much happened. I actually thought the main focused of the story was Will falling inlove with Mi-Su and understanding their relationship and how to deal with his pesky little sister Tabby. But Will is so focused on his problems, that it takes his sister, Tabby, a trip to the hospital to make him realize that his sister bothers him to try to get his attention and love and to realize that he loves her as well.
The story wasn’t that much plot driven but it sure was heart-whelming and touching.
Quote to remember (and to live by): Live your life. Love your life. Now. Every second of it. Wring it like a sponge. Forever will take care of itself.
Happy reading fellas! >:D