PANDEMONIUM by Lauren Oliver: A book review

Title: PANDEMONIUM

Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date: February 22, 2012

Finished Date: February 25, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

WOW! I was totally blown away by this book! I love it so much that I can’t find the right words to say, and I had this mixed emotions. Personally, this is way so much better from Delirium, and this is what I definitely feel. Oliver’s way of writing captured my heart. I will not read other reviews, not until I’m finished writing this.haha!

The whole book consists of the “now” and “then”, and it confused me at the start but I learned to understand it and love the writing style along the way. I was really expecting the book to be the same as the first one, where there are quotes at the beginning of the chapter. But this book was told in a very different way, and it felt like there’s always increase in anticipation in every chapter. Sometimes I just want to read the “now” chapters, but it seems like cheating. 😉 The “then” part is about her life in the wilds and the “now” is her new life as “cured”.

A lot of new characters have been introduced, and each of them are unique and have became a big part of Lena’s life. I will not say much about them, cause I might spoil so much. Lena is really a strong heroine, I like her more here. There are parts of the book that made my heart ache, especially her life in the wilds where her grief has consumed her and at the same time, surviving was hard. Deaths are inevitable.. Happiness is far-fetched. I was glad that a new love has found her, even though she’s not sure if Alex died. I was also in love with Alex, but I learned to love Julian too!haha!

The twists are amazing, I like the concept of DFA, revolution and alliances that were introduced in the book. The last part of the book is the major surprise. Well, I admit I somehow expected it, but only a little. I was relieved by the last part of Lena and Julian together, but I guess I was wrong. It only made me want the third book! I can’t choose between the two guys! Of course, Lena will be done to choose, and I really really really hope that Lauren Oliver will make this trilogy a happy ending!

My favorite quotes from the book:

“This is what hatred is. It will feed you and at the same time turn you to rot.” -page 166

“They’d already taken her from me once. I didn’t want to lose her again.” -page 277

“I need him to know that I came for him. I need him to know that somehow, at some point in the tunnels, I began to love him.”

 

I love this book so much..

The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch: A book review

Title: The Name of this Book is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch

Started Date: February 18, 2012

Finished Date: February 22, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

I admit, I decided to read this book of the intriguing title, and I do feel like I want to read children’s books. And this is definitely for kids! I had to think like a kid, if not, you will not enjoy it. What I consider as good parts of the book are the illustrations on every chapter. They are good and funny, the characters as well. Cass, a survivalist who carries a backpack, and Max-Ernest, a talker, are two unique characters that any children will love. They collaberated to do a mission regarding the magician and the absoulte secret. Anyway, there are parts of the book that I didn’t actually get or understand, and they left me hanging. I think it lacks the organization of events or may be, the narrator is just too annoying at times. But I guess, young readers will like it, if they are not scared of those people who abduct children.

BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall

Author: Lauren Oliver

Started Date: February 9, 2012

Finished Date: February 14, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

beautifully written..
captivating…
moving..
I just love it so much I will not write a comprehensive book review.
I highly recommend it to everyone.

Take every chance we have.

“Are you ever afraid to go to sleep? Afraid of what comes next?

“Sometimes I’m afraid of what I’m leaving behind.”

Reading Challenge: Off The Shelf 2012

What It’s All About

Do you love books? Do you love them so much your to be read list seems to keep growing, and growing, and growing? Is space on your bookshelf taken up with unread books? Is your eBook library burgeoning with unread stories? We’ve been there at BA and we still are!

This challenge is to read those books you own a copy of, print, digital, and audio, you have been meaning to read, but never gotten to. If you don’t own enough books for the challenge you can read your TBR list instead. And no, you do not need to get rid of your books afterwards, that’s completely your choice, this challenge is only to read them.

The Deets

  • The Main Rule: Do not include books acquired during 2012, it defeats the purpose, read those books from before 2012 started!
  • Running Dates: 1st of January – 31st of December 2012
  • When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December 2012!
  • Crossover Genres: Anything! The name of the game is to turn those unread books into read ones.
  • Mr Linky: To use the Mr Linky you’ll need to click on the graphic then enter your link. These will be updated and posted into this page every couple of weeks or so.
  • Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in (read further for details).

The How To

  1. Choose Your Level:These are listed further down and you can change levels at any time.
  2. Grab The Badge: Place it somewhere on your blog, profile, or in a signature where possible and link back (main page or this page, it’s up to you).
  3. Sign Up Post: Create a post on your blog, in a group, or on a forum (only if allowed) to let others see what you’re aiming for (a predefined list of books is optional).
  4. Link Up: Grab the direct URL to your sign up post, not your blog, click the Mr Linky graphic and enter your link!
  5. Blogless? Don’t worry, you can sign up with your social network profile (YouTube, Twitter, GoodReads, Shelfari included), just make sure you link to your review list, shelf, tweet, or category. If you don’t have any of those feel free to comment!

Afterwards

  1. Your Reviews: Reviewing is optional! But if you do review we’d love for you to share them by submitting them on the Review Page (including social networks).
  2. Finished: When you’re done it’s completion post time and you can share these on the Completion Post page!

Challenge Levels

  1. Tempted– Choose 5 books to read
  2. Trying – Choose 15 books to read
  3. Making A Dint – Choose 30 books to read
  4. On A Roll – Choose 50 books to read
  5. Flying Off – Choose 75 books to read
  6. Hoarder – Choose between 76-135 books to read
  7. Buried – Choose between 136-200 books to read

Extra Challenges

If you feel like that extra kick to your reading challenges here’s a couple you can choose from.

  • World:Choose a country as your theme, reading only books from that country or where it’s the setting. For how high you go you can choose more than one country;
    • Level Tempted and Trying: Choose one country
    • Level Making a Dint and On A Roll: Choose two countries
    • Level Flying Off to end of Hoarder: Choose three countries
    • Level Buried: Choose four countries.
  • Gender Battle: Read books only by female or male authors. Another alternative is to read equal amounts of both.

Sign Up

Click Mr Linky and away you go!

 

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BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn: A book review

Title: Bewitching

Author: Alex Flinn

Started Date: February 4, 2012

Finished Date: February 8, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

WOW! I absolutely love this book! It totally deserves to go in my favorite shelf! This is the best book of Alex Flinn so far, but I also love her Beastly and A kiss in time.

I was really excited about it once I’ve learned from Flinn’s website that she will do a series about Kendra. And I saw this book already out on our local bookstores last week even though the expected publication date is on Feb 14. That’s why I’m a bit shocked when I saw it on our stores and I bought a copy immediately. I have no time for hesitations since I’ll just be thinking about it. 😉 I also learned that there’s a book giveaway and I can’t join because it is only available in US. So I’m a bit jealous to those who won a copy while I bought my own. But it’s all worth it!

Bewitching is mostly about Kendra’s adventures since her discovery from the plague in London. What’s the best part about the book is the combination of history, literature, and teen romance in it. I was introduced into different book classics which I know but haven’t read such as Candide, Vanity Fair and Shakespeare plays. And I love the history part such as the Plague in London, the sinking of Titanic and the story of Louis, Dauphin of France. I even googled everything about them,haha. I also like the spin-off of different fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Mermaid and Hansel and Gretel.

I had mixed emotions while reading it, I like the history of Kendra and her relationship with his brother. I like her personality, she’s strong and smart, she loves to help even though everything doesn’t go right and she got blame in the end. I got sad about what happened when she helped the children from a gingerbread house, the prince and the mermaid. They all turned out not well.

This is not just about Kendra, but also about a girl named Emma. She’s a typical teenager with a gorgeous evil stepsister, Lisette. But it’s not a typical Cinderella story, so you must read it to find out why. It’s a great read, sometimes I hate Lisette and sometimes I pity her. But Emma is such a kind girl and I totally believe that she doesn’t Warner. Good thing she didn’t end up with him but with Travis. (*spoiler alert*, LOL, I can’t help it!)Anyway, I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves fairy tales and happy endings. 😉

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island


“Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s boyfriend on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.” -IMDB

 

I totally love this movie! I watched it today with my boyfriend at Alabang Town Center, cinema 3, 3:40 pm in 3D. The effects are great, they are so fantastic! It’s very funny, and the characters are also lovable. I normally don’t like Vanessa, but I like her here because of Dwayne and Josh. Kids will definitely love this movie! And I believe they enjoyed it earlier because I heard them laughing. Also, they applauded at the end. To be honest, I wanted to watch it because of Josh Hutcherson! He was so charming and cute when he was young, and I have watched all of his movies. So I had this need to watch this and also the Hunger Games movie on March. I’m so excited!



Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: A book review

Title: Unearthly

Author: Cynthia Hand

Started Date: January 26, 2012

Finished Date: January 26, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

I didn’t see it coming.
Really.
I SUPER love this book! Yes, it’s right, I finished reading it for a day! This is definitely addicting, I was glued in my seat, I just couldn’t stop. I didn’t expect that it will have this kind of effect to me. After reading other angel books, I believe this is the best! It is different, well-written and characters are described perfectly that you can literally picture their images in your mind. Clara, the part angel, is very likable. She’s not the usual selfish and confused protagonist of other young adult books. She has character and unique personality. I love her orange hair and how she hated it. I love Tucker and how he calls her carrots. I was amazed when Clara fell in love with Tucker. That was definitely unexpected. I thought Christian is the one for her, right from the beginning. But Christian left, then Clara and Tucker spent their summer together. I like their dates in the outdoors since I’m really into recreational activities.

One thing is for sure, it is definitely the best angel book I’ve ever read. I expected the cliffhanger ending, but it didn’t leave me hanging. It was satisfying, I like what happened there, it really blew my mind away. haha.

I love Tucker’s joke:
“What did the fish say when it hit a concrete wall?”
“What?”
“Dam”

😉