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Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: October 25th, 2014, 11:22 pm
by laila_6045
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Genre : YA, contemporary, coming of age
Rating : 4/5

i'm glad i also enjoyed this book...after all the hype about it. i hope to get around to watching the film version soon. Charlie's voice was also engaging and there is such innocence is his youth and also so much going on his mind...awkward yet earnest...he has no malice even at such an impressionable young age. it is one of the most profound coming of age story yet.

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: October 25th, 2014, 11:27 pm
by laila_6045
The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter
Genre : YA, paranormal fantasy, contemporary, romance
Rating : 3.5/5

Even though i enjoyed this book over all, there were scenes here that had me eye rolling, and damn it the character deaths were brutal...not happy with the casualties :( and how they dealt with defeating the Anima was kind of rush, seriously after all the grief they put you through and that was how Ali chose to deal with the evil mastermind!!!! grrrr!
anyways Cole and Ali smexy scenes were appreciated ;) so many hawt guys!!!! coz that's just how Ms. Showalter roll!

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: October 26th, 2014, 12:27 am
by ayanamifaerudo
Rating: 3.5/5

After the intensity of Su Baekhyang, The King's Daughter, I sought light reading. My reading queue showed that I had two books in line, Scorched Mari Mancusi and Pennyroyal Academy. I knew that Scorched would be, although not quite as intense as Su Baekhyang, would be not of a light read that I would have wanted at that time. So Pennyroyal Academy it is.

Who wouldn't want to be a princess? With knights who would rescue from clutches of evil stepmothers and dragons, castles to live in and beautiful dresses to wear? But the princess cadets of Pennyroyal Academy were not your typical princesses. They fight alongside their knights against the evil magic of witches - with Courage, Compassion, Kindness, Discipline. Such values reminded me of another princess, Sara Crewe.

Pennyroyal Academy was a light and charming read. It reminded me of Gail Carson Levine's Enchanted and a little bit of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy. It held a certain kind of whimsy that made me remember those days when I was play-pretending as a princess.

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: October 26th, 2014, 12:31 am
by ayanamifaerudo
laila_6045 wrote:The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter
Genre : YA, paranormal fantasy, contemporary, romance
Rating : 3.5/5

Even though i enjoyed this book over all, there were scenes here that had me eye rolling, and damn it the character deaths were brutal...not happy with the casualties :( and how they dealt with defeating the Anima was kind of rush, seriously after all the grief they put you through and that was how Ali chose to deal with the evil mastermind!!!! grrrr!
anyways Cole and Ali smexy scenes were appreciated ;) so many hawt guys!!!! coz that's just how Ms. Showalter roll!


Yeah, I noticed it as well - how the matter was resolved. I noticed it as well in the second book, when Zombie Allie disappeared just like that. It felt anticlimactic.

But I loved the series overall. Although, I still want to Cole to suffer longer with regards to the breakup. The douche-purse.

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: October 27th, 2014, 8:01 pm
by MissRed
Latest Reads:

Crossed (Matched #2) by Allie Condie 2/5
Reached (Matched #2) by Allie Condie 3/5
I did not really like the entire series.

Angelopolis (sequel to Angelology) 3/5
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West 4/5 -- really really liked it
Asylum (Asylum #1) by Madeleine Roux 3/5
Sanctum (Asylum #2) by Madeleine Roux 3/5

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: October 28th, 2014, 9:30 am
by Super_Mark
The first Haruki Murakami book that I read.

I don't know what's with Murakami's writing that really hit me. It was so different but I can't pinpoint the difference.

Set during the late 1960's to early 1970's Japan, the novel is the story of Toru Watanabe, a normal and diffident college student. Looking for a way to deal with everything that happens around him like the death of his bestfriend, Kizuki. He then meet Naoko, when he moved to Tokyo attend university, a naive young lady whom she fell in love with. Kizuki was Naoko's former boyfriend. A girl of doubts and vulnerability, Naoko was not sure how he would deal with Toru which made them drift apart away. Toru then meet Midori, the sensual, liberated and outspoken lady whom Toru had sexual interactions with. We learned along the way that Midori also has her own share of longingness for relationships. The rest of the story then revolved around Toru torn between Naoko and Midori.

This is basically an adolescent love story which tacles issue of adolescents growing up in a world and looking for their identity. This is also a story of death and the all the complication of many things that come with it. How many of us deal with death differently. How each loss represents a scar in each of us and how it heals depends on us.

This book is phenomenal. The book hit me hard with it's set of characters, setting, the author's narration and the plot. It's like you're with the characters. Feeling their feelings and it's like when they're speaking they are talking to you directly. It's like being transported to a different dimension. His words are carressing to some extent. Unexplainable.

The author let the characters grow on the story. The characters were presented in a way that they are broken and diverse. Each of them are like holding a single piece of a puzzle that when fused together they will create a whole better picture of each of them. The author masterfully used the secondary characters to reveal the growth of the main characters.

Murakami wrote with richness and profound understanding of the nature of his characters. He does magic with his words.

A solid book.

“But who can say what's best? That's why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

An easy 5/5 for me. :)

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 12:28 am
by laila_6045
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Racen Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
Genre : YA paranormal, romance
Rating : 5/5

i am a fan of this series...and Maggie is a great great writer...sometimes the pacing is slow but she has the ability to draw in her readers with vivid imagery and amazing character development and and also i am shipping hard for GLUE and PYNCH!!! and once again this one ended with a cliffy.
With 51 chapters...i thought it would be such a long read but in actually it felt short...coz each chapters are not that long at all.
The search for Glendower is coming close at hand and so is Gansey's fate...OMG!!! i'm gonna crey if that ever came to passed.

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 12:33 am
by laila_6045
Insidious by Aletha Romig
Genre: Erotic contemporary romance
Rating : 3.8/5

If you are familiar with this author's works...then you should know that she like her romance very dark and very twisted and erotic as hell! but ghaad! the ending of this one left me OMFG!!! WTF!? she loves packing her readers mind...shameless and evil!mwuaahahaha!
I wasn't comfortable with some of the scenes in this book and yeah I wasn't just as invested with the characters here like i did with her Consequences characters.

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 12:40 am
by laila_6045
My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
Genre : Contemporary romance, holiday short stories, anthology
Rating : 4/5 over

This book features 12 YA authors and most of them i am very familiar with like Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan, Holly Black, Gayle Forman, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Ally Carter, Laini Taylor...this other remaining two authors i have not read anything by them : Kelly Link and Matt de la Pena.
I love that each short stories features varying couples with diff. ethnicity, backgrounds, orientation and yet still make them lovable to us :)

Re: Latest book you have finished

PostPosted: November 3rd, 2014, 9:11 am
by Super_Mark
I just finished reading Dwellers by Eliza Victoria, a Filipino author.

A gem of a book. Thrilling and to the point.

The book is about two cousins who are "dwellers", which means that they can reside over another body that they choose.

Their lives follow three rules:
Rule No. 1: You don't kill the body you inhabit.
Rule No. 2: You should never again mention your previous name.
Rule No. 3: You don't ever talk about your previous life. Ever.

The story starts with them inhabiting the bodies of two brothers, Jonah and Louis, without them knowing how dark the past of the two brothers are. They settled on the latter's house and after a couple of days they found a dead body of a girl in the basement.

During the first couple of pages, the storyline was quite confusing for me. And I thought I won't be able to enjoy it. But after a couple more pages the action and thrill started. I can't dropped the book down. The plot was intense as with the characters involved. I like how the author was able to sew two stories in the book and how they were intertwined. The story of the girl in the basement was made in a dramatic way and the story of the two twins were made in a so dark manner that I didn't see it coming.

The whole novel was so intriguing and it kept me thinking all throughtout while I was reading it. I pity the characters, how they were trapped in their worlds that they do not like and how they want to come out of that world but they can't and the only way that they can think is to do the unthinkable.

I also like the vivid description of the scenes and how the writing was made so simple. The author was also clever enough to add semi-abstract pictures on the book which I liked and appreciated. It made the novel even more intense.

And the one thing that I totally enjoyed on the book was its element of excitement. You never know what happens until you flip the next page. It will keep you guessing. The author satisfied me with its pacing as unlike other novels who just piles and piles alot of things and unnecessary stories on the novel to just make it thicker and longer. The novel is short, which is perfectly fine, that made the story not dragging at all.

The novel has alot of potential for me to have its sequel or even become a series. The story has alot of characters whose stories can become a starting ground for a new novel. Celeste, for instance, for me was presented for in a way that I won't be able to forget her. Her character was so strong that the amount of story given to her for me is not enough. I would definitely be buying Dwellers 2 if their will be one.

This is the first novel by a Filipino author written in the English language that I read. I pity my self for that. I thank this novel, for this kept me wanting more and explore Filipino literature.

This is a must read and I totally recommend it.

Easy 5/5 stars for me.

This book was just released this year and I hope we could all support it. :)

"If a life is defined by how it ends, then no life has meaning because every life ends with nothing. So the goal, is not to be rich or to help the planet or to help other people, but to live NOW. To find joy NOW. We are infinitesimal. We are too smal and our lives are too brief to make a difference. There's no use making ourselves believe otherwise."