Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Every once in a while we find time to read sweet romance novels so we could fall in love with the characters! That’s what I was thinking when I decided to read this one. It wouldn’t hurt to relax, to find time for light cheesy chick-lits after reading some mind-blowing dan brown-ish novels. But I was wrong, this book offers so much more! So this is not your usual girl-meets-boy-who-sweeps-you-of-you-feet love story. This is something cliche but at the same time unique and new. Brittany Ellis has the perfect life every girl dreams of- rich famly, perfect boyfriend, expensive clothes, and the perfect face and body everyone would die to have. In school, she portrays the perfect image to everyone to hide her secret. That contrary to what people might think she is, she is still human with flaws, insecurities, problems, and unfulfilled expectations. But everything alters when she meets Alex Fuentes, a Latino gang member with a bad reputation. Together they discover that despite their opposite status and lifestyle, deep down they are so alike, struggling to live up to other people’s expectations and make it their life. The shifting point of views between Alex and Brittany balances the story, it made me understand them more- why they had to make bad choices, and why they had to live a complicated life. Although I’m not familiar with it, i found the spanish lines spoken by the characters interesting. The realities presented in this novel is very well developed. Fobidden love, gang violence,poverty, mental retardation and discrimination are achingly true that I felt what the characters feel in sometimes. When Alex is pressured and left no other choice but to follow Hector because he has to protect his family and when Shelley yanks a whole chunk of her sister’s hair and yet Brittany still understands her condition and  loves her wholeheartedly. In some way, it reminds us that life is not all bliss and pleasure, that even the luckiest person on earth has to thwart some obstacles and fight his/her own battle. But now I’m grinnng because the ending is a happy one. It’s like after witnessing all the struggles i’m finally walking on sunshine! I came to admire Alex because he finally has someone to live for, enough to give up the things he never thought he would, and the same goes for Brittany for finally taking control of her life. The author, Simone Elkeles did it! Now I’m interested in taking Chemistry classes..haha!

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

After reading this book. . . . .

My heart is torn apart, broken into little pieces, and scattered all over the place.

I’m trying to tape them back together but it’s useless, impossible, it can’t be whole again.. not until Tessa choose Will, not until Will is happy..not until Tessa is freed from the crucial decision she has to make in the end….

I never thought Cassandra Clare is capable of doing something so emotional in the midst of the Shadowhunting world. Clockwork prince is the second book to the Infernal Devices trilogy I came to love. If you liked the first one, there’ll be no frustration in the second book. There are enough surprises, revelations, and betrayals. The ever beautiful Victorian London is perfectly described, and the story brilliantly paced and told. I found their conversation quite wonderful it was like going back in time but still enjoying the company of some interesting people from the past. In here, you’ll see the depths of Will’s mysterious personality. Why he has to be so despicable and why he has to push Tessa away. I sincerely felt bad for him, he endured everything all by himself. And just thinking of how everything turned out makes me so disappointed. If only he had known it earlier, things would have turned out different for him, for his family, and for Tessa. But it’s too late now, it’s why I pity his predicament. But not Jem, he’s one lucky shadowhunter I wanted to make him feel how his parabatai’s feeling. I’m not exactly mad at him. I just realized,after reading this,how badly I wanted Tessa and Will to be together. I can’t blame Jem either because he’s too good, and he’s dying. I cannot bear to see him hurt. Man! Could everything gets even more confusing!

So I’m just hoping against all hope that Tessa makes the right decision in the end. I’m feeling that it’ll still be Will even though their future together seems far-fetched. I can’t wait for the last installment! Can’t bloody wait!

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I think i’ve been infected with amor deliria nervosa for a while now.

I kept on thinking how lauren oliver came up with a beautiful concept. Love as a disease sounds impossible and absurd at first, but it was introduced in a brilliant way with all the poems and paragraph from books oliver created. It added to the dystopic atmosphere during their times. I even found myself anticipating the beginning of every chapter. Plus the incredible writing skills of the author, her writing is just pure and heartfelt that i didn’t get tired reading how the story unfolds. I’ve been very much into dystopian novels nowadays so reading one is a pleasure to me. I wouldn’t compare it to the hunger games because i clearly understand that the author steered clear from the kind of story the HG is famous for. it is not as action-packed but it focuses more on the love story, of course it’s natural for it talks of love being a disease. And i think it’s emotional inclination to the readers is what made the book more interestng.

The plot chronicles the development of the forbidden love and as all forbidden love goes, there will come a time when people will try to tear it apart, which brings us to the ending. Well, it was touching and heartbreaking. I was impatiently waiting for the big climax when the there will be a great battle or something similar but it was rather different. After reading the last few paragraphs, i stared at the remaining blank pages and can’t believe it ended that way….

I wanted to go inside the book and throw Alex to the other side of the fence because i didn’t want to see sacrifices or even Romeo and Juliet references. The sight was just too unbearable. It’s very emotional, and i would recommend it to any sappy love story/dystopian fanatic out there. So now i can’t wait for the next book, pandemonium!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I finally read Divergent after hearing quite a buzz about it lately.It was often compared to the Hunger games so i got even more excited. Although I would still consider HG as the best dytopian novel, Divergent missed by a few points.

The society veronica roth pictured as  dystopia was strange at the same time genius.The atmosphere seem oppressed and dark. The five factions: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless,Erudite and Amity are great representations of what personalities of people in the real world are. I liked the heroine, Tris , because she is fearless and doesn’t act like a damsel in distress like someone i know ( uhhem!! Be-lla!). Four or Tobias(I really wanted him to go back to being Four, Tobias sounds funny and weak for his personality) , was cool that even though he’s not even trying to be overly heroic or handsome,you can’t help but to admire him. The other characters have great attributes as well, it’s exciting to watch them interact. There are times when it gets too violent and sometimes i think “Was that even necessary?” but roth  was just probably doing something new that we don’t normally read from a YA novel. The story was even made interesting bacause of the trainings they’re having.

The ending was okay to me but i wanted more actions because that’s what i was expecting. I also liked the look of the society, the way i imagined it is believable. I liked how the dauntless rides the trains, or how each person acts according to their chosen faction. It reminded me of the song from High School Musical, “Stick to the Status Quo”, where everyone are grouped to their own personalities. Anyway, it’s a great book and i can tell why so many people compared this to the Hunger Games.