Friday, 4 January 2013

Book Review: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam

Title:  I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
Author: Pittacus Lore
Format: eBook
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

*This review contains mild spoilers*

Oh wow, oh wow! I know the next installment in the Lorien Legacies series isn't out 'til August but I am stoked! This spin-off has got my heart pumping blood like never before! Reading the summary months ago, I thought this book was going to be about Adamus and Malcolm Goode and I was right!

Set in the middle of I Am Number Four and later, The Rise of Nine it tells us what else has been happening while the Garde are busy wiping out the Mogadorian race. It answers a few minor questions from the story and even explains how the Mogs track down the Garde quickly.

This is probably one of-if not- the best Lost Files spin-offs so far. And the ending- oh the ending!- will leave you satisfied and will keep you wanting for that fourth book to come. C'mon, August!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Book Review: A Monster Calls

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Format: eBook
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

Children's books are like good movies. You finish them in one sitting and then you either smile or weep when it ends. In this book, you weep. *wipes tears*

This book is about a thirteen year old kid name Conor whose been having a difficult time with his life now that his mother has cancer and might just fade any second. Then he started having dreams-or nightmares-of a monster pulling his mom from his grasp. It happens every night and always ends at that same scene. But what happens when the monsters starts to visit him in real life? Conor learns different things from the monster in forms of stories that might actually heal his mom-and himself.

I devoured this book in one sitting (my eyes still hurt from the computer light and so does my backside) but I don't care! Heck, it was worth it. The theme is about life and unconditional love but also about facing the truth even if it kills you.

Keep a box of tissue nearby. The ending will make you weep AND make you hug your mom. :')

Friday, 9 November 2012

Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Format: eBook
Rating: 3.5 / 5.0

What happens when you’ve got two of the most brilliant authors of today’s generation and let them work together on a book? You’ve got Will Grayson, Will Grayson! Completely funny, moving and foul-mouthed, this book is a must for young adults out there.

The book is about two teenagers both named Will Grayson. The first Will Grayson, who narrates first, is a big city boy who has the biggest (and gayest) best friend in the world. Stuck with his only friend, he can’t help but help his friend in producing the most fabulous musical their school has ever had. The second Will, is a suburb emo who would rather die than to live in this depressing spherical object called Earth. Although their personalities may be entirely different and their lives are not the same, what happens if they cross each other’s paths in a cold and dark Chicago night?

While other might be ticked off of the second Will’s narration (seeing everything in lowercase can piss people off), I loved how vulgar and ruthless he is. Take that F***weasel! I like the impact both Wills did on each other’s lives and how they will have one BIG thing in common. *wink*
To conclude, I think this book is absolutely brilliant with a beautiful ending that can move hearts.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Book Review: The Mark of Athena

Title: The Mark of Athena
Author: Rick Riordan
Format: Paperback (Int'l Edition)
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Did I just finish reading this book? It only seemed like yesterday I was just reading The Son of Neptune and here I am now, waiting for the fourth installment.
Like the previous books, MoA had the combination of action, adventure, romance and humor. In my own opinion, this is the best book of the series, so far. We now have four different points of view from Annabeth, Percy, Piper and Leo, each of them going on a different adventure throughout the book. MoA started off exactly where SoN left and immediately kicked off the action and adventure until the very last page.

Although I was annoyed by some parts where there would be a dialogue and something interrupts it when it gets to the most important part. I just wish Mr. Riordan stops doing that now. Nevertheless, I still loved it.

I also loved how the ending was written. It was a cliffhanger, that doesn’t seem like a cliffhanger at all, but left me wanting the next book which makes it a cliffhanger, BAH! Go read it yourselves. Riordan doesn’t disappoint.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Book Review: Feedback

Title: Feedback
Author: Robison Wells
Format: Paperback (Int'l Edition)
Rating: 2.5 / 5.0

 (I'm gonna keep this review short and simple for some reasons.)

To be honest, I was so disappointed in this book. Variant was very promising and the cliffhanger left us screaming in agony. But after reading Feedback, I kinda wish that this series was a trilogy. Feedback lacked a lot of answers. Answers that we were promised would be answered. Sure it was thrilling and heart-stopping at times but I just wasn’t satisfied with it. The ending felt like it was cut midsentence, the love story felt awkward and it didn’t even tell us who Maxfield is. I’m still hoping that this isn’t the end and that book 3 is in the works. J

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Book Review: Variant

Title: Variant
Author: Robison Wells
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4.0 / 5.0

If you love books with the likes of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, then you’ll be very happy if you find this book in your hands. Aside from the shining, shimmery cover, what got my attention was the theme of this book. Putting a bunch of teens in an isolated place with no adults is my dish. Let’s see if they kill each other, or if they build a government. Oh, let’s try locking them from the outside. Love it!

The book starts off with Benson Fisher, a 17-year old orphan who applied a scholarship to Maxfield Academy in the hopes of finally being in a regular school. But the longer he stays, he realizes that Maxfield is no ordinary private school and that escape could mean death.

It’s the kind of book that makes your heart pound and palms sweat in anticipation of what happens next. It’s a must for all book lovers out there. 

Monday, 17 September 2012

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Title:  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Format: eBook
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

Well, what can I say? I loved it! It was like Charlie Bone and X-Men combined. I totally loved the idea of this book and I am so glad I wasted the whole weekend finishing this. This book is about Jacob Portman who goes psycho after the death of his grandfather. He has been seeing and dreaming about monsters and has blamed his grandfather’s stories for it. Thinking that it’ll help him cure his trauma, he sets out to a tiny island in Wales where his grandfather grew up. But as Jacob is about to think that all of his grandfather’s stories were mere fiction, he begins to realize that they might be indeed true and that the peculiar children are still alive.
I loved the characters in this book. Sure, they’re not as cool and strong as the X-Men but their uniqueness of personalities made me love them. The peculiar children (plus Jacob) and equally lovable. At least, most of them.  
One more reason why I enjoyed this book is the usage of vintage photographs. Some were just laughable but some did send chills down my spine. It was also like looking through a photo album os bizarre people.
The book is written in a first person POV and the usage of words is simple (I prefer simple : -)). To conclude, I must recommend this book to Charlie Bone and X-Men fans out there, to those who love time travel and to those who simply love a story about how a group of teens can save the world.