Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Unremembered Series by Jessica Brody

Unremembered Series by Jessica Brody
Published between 2013-2015

Review:
I found this series to be fascinating especially since I can definitely see the world heading in this direction especially if the Apocalypse has not yet happened (or the Revelation if you’re religious).  There are a lot of concerns and topics that were addressed in these books that I found incredibly relevant.  Particularly topics such as the gas/fuel outage, the rise of technology and human’s dependence on it, how the government and/or large corporations want to control the normal population, etc.

Sera, or Seraphina, the main girl in the series, was never really introduced as someone with no feelings or very robotic.  Right from the start, she seemed like a normal human girl who just survived some sort of crash and was simply confused.  So when Zen or someone else tried to tell her what she used to be like, it wasn’t something I could easily imagine.  I mean, granted, the way how she talked and referred to things did seem a bit robotic but she quickly overcame that so I never really got the impression that she was manufactured.  Even though she was easily controlled by her creators aka Dr. A, I still found her very strong to be able to hold on and remember Zen despite the many memory wipes.  I would definitely consider her as a strong character.  The only time I would consider her as weak would be in the second book when she basically cheated on Zen with Kaelen because she felt this “intense chemistry”.  So much for true love, right?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus
Published October 6, 2015

Review:
This book teetered more on the “vague, abstract” concept but it wasn’t really obvious until the last few chapters and then I was like “oohhhhh, that makes so much more sense now.”

I wasn’t a huge fan of the protagonist, Summer.  I found her spoiled, irresponsible, and somewhat lazy.  I mean, she had this huge fortune waiting for her and literally all she needed to do was graduate yet somehow that was taking forever for her and she kept flunking out or getting kicked out.  It literally mind-boggled me.  She didn’t even seem to try very hard – I mean, she didn’t even go to class half the time and was almost always wasted.  She had a serious alcohol problem and no one, I mean literally no one, seemed to be aware of that fact until Moony came along.  I just wasn’t really sure what drove her to drink so much either since in the beginning, I thought maybe it was because of her father but I think she was around 6 when that happened yet she didn’t start drinking heavily until middle school, I think.  She was just simply a character I could not connect with and half of her choices, I couldn’t fathom.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Need Series (#3-4) by Carrie Jones

Need Series (#3-4) by Carrie Jones
Published between 2010-2012

Review:
This series have been a long time coming now – I read the first two books back when they first came out (almost 8 years ago, omg!) so now that I finally had the chance to actually finish the series, I’m not at all surprised how much I have changed as a reader and my expectations have also changed a lot.  While I still found the whole pixie thing to be fascinating as well as the other mythical creatures – shape shifters and Norse gods, I found the characters and the plot itself to be a little childish and immature.  This definitely included Zara, Nick, Astley, and company. 

For Zara, her goodness was, at times, too much to handle.  She was always trying to save the world.  However, in the third book when she was trying to recover Nick from Valhalla, I found her so incredibly selfish.  For someone who was all about peace and whatnot, she was willing to sacrifice so many people just to get him back.  Her friends and family, who were behind her in her efforts at first until the body count was going too high, started to discourage her from saving one person by sacrificing many.  However, did she listen?  No, she still went on and they ended up finding a solution that they could have easily found in the beginning and countless lives would have been saved.  It was so idiotic and ridiculous to me.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark

Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark
Published October 20, 2015

Review:
If there was one word to describe this book, it would be: odd.  It was probably one of the strangest and weirdest book I have picked up in a while.  The premise seemed promising and it seemed interesting as well but I think the overall execution was a bit vague and even after finishing the book, I’m not 100% sure what I had just read. 

First of all, I just want to discuss about the layout of the book.  Each chapter started with this dialogue between Eren and someone (you’re not entirely sure who it is at this point, by the way) and then it goes on with the actual chapter.  It’s also not clear at what setting the first part of each chapter is at so it’s not until towards the end that you realize that the dialogue between Eren and that someone is the present while the rest of the chapter/book is set in a flashbook scenario.  It’s all a little confusing, to be perfectly honest.  I’m still confused.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras + GIVEAWAY

How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras
Published November 3, 2015

Review:
Finally got a chance to read this book and I have an extra copy so scroll down for my GIVEAWAY! J
I didn’t realize that the book was centered on this Greek family so it was a pleasant surprise mainly because my current company that I work for is a Greek-owned company so all of the higher-ups are Greek either naturalized from Greece or Greek-American.  There were a lot of words, phrases, gestures and even the way how they act had a direct connection with my coworkers.  It was just interesting to be able to connect those things together and get a better understanding of Georgia and even my coworkers.

Let’s talk about Georgina – I have mixed feelings about her.  In a way, she was a goody two shoes – always following directions and never taking any real risks and that was something I didn’t particularly like.  I mean, let’s be honest - goody two shoes are boring.  However, I did like her initiative to make that “how to be brave” list or, should I really call it, “bucket list”.  I did find some of her goals to be a little silly though such as cutting class but other ones like asking her crush out without waiting for him to do it was quite progressive.  So that was something I definitely liked.  On the other hand, without Liss, her best friend, Georgina would not have followed through with most of the items on her list especially with things like skinny dipping.  While I thought she was “brave” for trying things out, there was a lot of pushing from the others around her for her to actually follow though.
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