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 Angel by Cassandra Clare

I can’t help but remember The mortal Instruments series while reading this one,you get used to the way the characters of both series are alike, the concept, her writing style and plot development. However, what made me utterly admire her is the incredible way she still keeps me glued to the story.

As expected, the first book of the Infernal Devices series didn’t frustrate or disappoint me. Compared to The Mortal Instruments, it’s as exciting, action-packed, romantic, and full of shocking revelations. In fact, it’s even better. I can think of a few reasons why…

I liked that the setting used is Victorian London complete with Victorian houses, their clothes, horse-pulled carriages, and let’s not forget their British accent. I am forever in love with it, it sounds elegant, romantic, and music to the ears (oh! how I wish to be there!). I also adore the female lead, Tessa, she is less annoying than Clary, she’s has cool abilities, and of course i like anyone who likes books. Will for me is close to an anachronism, his attitude wouldn’t pass for an English gentleman during their time. He’s rude that sometimes you’d want to hurl him out of the books, then he gets so sweet and kind that you’re heart melts with his, then he goes back to the bad boy image. So I’m kind of confused. He looks drop dead gorgeous but there’s this mysterious side of him that he still keeps as a secret. I’m definitely going to watch out for it. Jem is the nice guy who Tessa magically bumps into when she’s having a hard time and then gives her advise you only get to hear from experts. Well, I’m sensing a love triangle coming up.

Also, the story is more interesting. There are no spontaneous unimportant-to-the-plot attacks from demons and the like that would make you think “what stroke of luck they have for always seeing one!” Every scene contributes to the overall plot or the revelation in the end. Speaking of the ending, it’s great, exciting, and worth reading the entire book. The narrator’s omniscient point of view helps a great deal in arousing my interest. Will definitely left me hanging by a cliff when he is meeting with Magnus Bane. He’s about to tell what the problem is, then that’s it, the next thing i know i was reading the acknowledgement section. The novel ended with a question mark that, without a doubt, etched a question mark in my mind.

Could this be the secret Will is so worried about? The reason why he doesn’t want any involvement with Tessa? I can’t wait to read the sequel and discover it!

Beastly by Alex Flinn

I have nothing much to say about the book because it wasn’t bad and it turned out to be what i expected.

Recently, modern versions of tales that we all came to love since our childhood days have magically emerged. But we still read or watch them even though they’ve been adapted so many times. The reason is probably the same as why i decided to read this. Like some readers, I just want to be able to experience again those childhood days when fairy tales are all that really matter, as if the world is full of fairies,princes, princesses and any one who suffers from evil witches, stepmother or stepsisters will be justly rewarded with a handsome prince in the future. Well, I can say that Beastly is one of them, albeit it comes with a modern twist.

The story is nearly the same as The Beauty and the Beast but it is obviously intended for young adult or teen readers. I mean I agree that beauty is nothing if you treat other people as inferiors. The only way you’ll be able to open your heart to others is to put your feet into their shoes. And isn’t it amazing how true love can change a person for the better? I know that this book is not flawless, it didn’t give me the jaw-dropping scenes and revelations, what it gave me was something to ponder about. Because sometimes, the most obvious and easiest lessons in life are the ones we give the least importance to. All we need is a simple reminder just like what it gave me.

I recommend this to those who are not really looking for something new but for something familiar yet beautiful.

I give this book 4/5 stars!

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

A lot of reviewers preferred this more than the first book, If I Stay, so now I know why. It may be because it gives justice to the love story everyone’s been waiting for. But no matter how i look at it i still think that the first book is way better.

Where she went is told from the point of view of Adam after Mia’s miraculous recovery from her coma. So i know girls would like to know what goes inside the mind of the oh-so-cool-emo-rockstar Adam Wilde. As expected, Gayle Forman’s writing didn’t fail to capture the hearts of the readers.

We witness how Adam reaches the peak of his career and at the same time how his interest in it plummets down. It is heartbreaking to see Adam wallow in misery of letting Mia go when they took their separate ways, as if she is all he’s ever wanted in his life. However, the story lost its spark after this. Gone were the scenes that almost made me cry and made me rethink my life. Replaced by the scenes of how a rockstar led a crappy life and my hatred for the girl who left him out of the blue.

So what happened? It’s probably because the story focuses more on  the love between Mia and Adam. I mean there’s not much to write about because her family is already gone. I’m not against their love, actually, I was kind of glued to them, my heart flutters with Mia while reading if I Stay. But what i didn’t like is how the story unfolds, there’s not much conflict. You’ll sympathize with Adam but that’s just it. They were both just reluctant to admit that they love each other no matter what the circumstances are.

Well, I must say the sequel is good in its own way and didn’t disappoint me because I didn’t expect it to have a part 2. After Mia squeezed Adam’s hand, I just assumed that they’d live happily ever after. So I didn’t expect anything. But hey, a closure to their love story is better than an open ending.

 

 I give this book 3/5 stars!

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson is unfreakingbelievable!

Actually, i didn’t expect to like this for the plot itself is a giveaway that it talks of death, grief, or anything that would make a novel depressing. But reading it feels exactly the opposite! Jandy Nelson is such an incredible writer that even the simplest plot could turn into something beautiful, wonderful, touching and refreshing! The characters are so believable that although they have their own flaws and struggles bottled up inside, I was able to feel them, I was able to feel their grief for Bailey’s death. I understood what Gram must feel- she feels alone, ashamed for what she’s done, and longs for the return of her daughter. I wanted to remind her that she’s not alone, that it’s not her fault, and that she did a great thing in raising Lennie and Bailey. I wanted to tell Lennie that wherever her sister is, she’s already forgiven, that she shouldn’t feel guilty, there’s no need to write poems for Bails in every candy wrapper, in every piece of paper and scatter them all over town because she’ll always be by her side. I wanted her to soar and touch the sky, to do everything without hesitation and the lingering ghost of her past. That’s how emotionally caught up I am in the story.

I admire Joe, his Joelirius, and his batting eyelashes! Bat. Bat. Bat. I admire that he’s like the sunshine that lights up everyone’s sorrow. I’m just glad that Lennie ended up with him because it means that she’s embracing the change. I also enjoyed reading Sarah’s personality, she made me laugh with her hilariously exaggerated language — “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat! That is so unfreakingfreakingfreakingfreakingbelieveable! Cows on the moon, Len! Cows. On. The. Moon!” — I seem to forget about Lennie’s dilemma whenever she spends time with her bestfriend.

I can say that I’m glad I read this novel because I learned so much, about life, about death, and about people. I feel enlightened after reading this emotional ride of a novel.

I’m just so in LOVE with this book..

I LOVE Joelirius!
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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!

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is the typical high school girl who wants to fit in. She’s unpopular, not that rich, and has a big crush on the football player . You would take one look at her life and decide it’s boring. However, everything turns upside down after her little brother, Ethan, disappears. She discovers the children stories she’s known when she was a child were true, that faeries are true, that her bestfriend, Robbie is one of them, and his name is Puck, not only that, she’s the daughter of King Oberon! She goes to Nevernever on a quest to find her missing brother. But she’ll soon find out a deeper dilemma that is much bigger than her losing her brother.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa brings back the pleasure of reading fantasy novels like The Harry Potter series, The Fablehaven series, with all its magical creatures and a new facsinating world (Nevernever) you’d surely want to explore. It also reminds me of Narnia, I guess it’s because how they first got there is through a closet. It is divided into two courts : the summer court (Seelie Court) and the winter court (Unseelie Court) where a winter prince named Ash lives. He’s handsome but I didn’t like that he’s cold I mean literally cold because i can’t imagine it without a vampire stalker lurking into my mind. I also hoped it didn’t made references to A Midsummer’s Night Dream because I was clueless as to what it is. It became interesting because its characters are personified in the book, namely Robin Goodfellow, Tatiana, Oberron, etc. But it’s probaly for those who have read and can relate to it, right? The heroine is great, she’s brave and has a heart to the ones she loves. And I also like Grimalkin, always helpful and interesting. It reminds me of the cat in the Alice in Wonderland. Also, the author made emphasis on the baneful effects of technology, it’s definitely cliche but it’s good to read a different plot now and then.

The ending went pretty well and it kept me guessing whether Ash will still surrender Meghan to the queen. So I have to read the next book to know what’ll happen! All in all it was a good story, this is a must read to anyone who is a fan of fantasy novels. 

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