Monthly Archives: July 2016

Book Review #95: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/07/16
My 10th book this year.)

Tate is moving in with her brother Corbin. Tate is a nurse and Corbin is a pilot.

On moving day Tate turns up alone and discovers a drunk guy passed out on their doorstep. Corbin tells her he lives across the hall and to let him in.

Miles has such a disturbed personality. Cold, depressed and just a workaholic.

Tate and Miles form a complicated relationship where it is all about their physical needs. Miles has 2 rules: 1) do not ask about the past, 2) do not expect a future. But Tate is falling for him and needs him. The only way she can have him is to follow the rules.

***SPOILER ALERT***
The emotions in this book are extremely intense. The love, the guilt and the pain. So raw and extreme.

It was a nice read. The beginning felt so real and the love was captured perfectly. Then came the hard times and it left Miles a broken man for many years to come.

I loved how the love was delivered in this book, but then it began to get repetitive. I thought this would have been a tear jerker book, but it didn’t even come close which is what disappointed me the most.

I wanted the love and the pain. I wanted to know the whole story. But even after reading it all, something didn’t deliver and I expected something to make me feel heart broken.

It was a worthy read but it won’t be a particularly memorable one to recommend.

Written by Ling Lee
10/07/16

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Book Review #94: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 06/07/16
My 9th book this year.)

Cinder the cyborg, stepsister to Pearl and Peony, stepdaughter to Adri. Cinder is the only one who works in the family, but all her earnings go to Adri for running the house and for expenditure. But she is disgusted by the mere sight of the cyborg. Cinder is a well known mechanic, although many come to her for repairs, many people dislike her kind.

Prince Kai has a very sentimental android that is severely damaged. He has heard of Cinder’s skills and turns up to drop the job on her.

Peony is Cinder’s only human companion. She has caught a deadly plague and is quarantined and awaiting her death. Adri being quick to blame Cinder for everything that goes wrong, signs her up for voluntary research on an antidote for the plague.

Cinder is taken by force to the Royal research laboratory for testing. Dr Erland seems to be untrustworthy and Cinder’s cyborg senses detect all his lies. He tells her she is immune to the plague and she is somehow able to fight off the disease that is injected into her.

Prince Kai is waiting for the plague antidote so his father can be saved. He bumps into Cinder at the laboratory. Dr Erland continues his lies and deceit even to Prince Kai.

Cinder finds out she is very useful and special for once in her life yet she knows she cannot trust the doctors words.

***SPOILER ALERT***

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this book. I have never read a cyborg book before and would never think I would enjoy it. This book has been a very interesting read and a very enjoyable story.

I loved the way Prince Kai’s character is so innocent yet he knows what he must do for his kingdom.
I love how Cinder has attitude and although she is treated with no respect and is constantly working for nothing she still has the strength in her remember her place in the house and in society.
Cinder somehow has a great relationship with Prince Kai that I would love to see more of. I love the way he enjoys her company, although Cinder loves his attention, she knows she cannot be with him.

This book is highly recommended and I am desperately wanting to start on book 2 of the series Lunar Chronicles.

Written by Ling Lee
(06/07/16)

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Book Review #93: The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/06/16
My 8th book this year.)

Amber has been abused by her father since a very young age. Her older brother Jake has been protecting her as much as he could for just as long, taking the beatings to distract him from hurting Amber.

Jake’s best friend, Liam, lives next door. He is the boy who sneaks in her bedroom window. Since she was 8, Liam has been there to comfort her, to wipe her tears and to hold her until the nightmares disappear so that she can finally fall asleep.

Amber, Jake and Liam finally manage to get rid of this terrible man in their lives. This story tells us how their lives have been affected as they live out their teens in as normal a way as possible. Full of love, abuse, sex, and teenage drama, the trio grow up together and stand strong with one another to beat the demon from their past.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I feel like this book deserved a lower rating because the storyline would have been much better if the book was written in a different manner.

I hated the way the entire book was focused on sex. Considering Amber was sexually abused, I would have thought no matter how much she loved any person in her future, she wouldn’t so easily change her perspective and be so demanding, so flirtatious and so sexually orientated throughout the book.

I have read another book with the same storyline but it was executed in a much better way. This book felt very amateur yet at the same time I understood and remembered the way first love felt. If the story wasn’t anything to do with sexual abuse, the rest of the story would have been more acceptable as teenage behaviour.

The author has tried very hard to make this into a love story with a difficult beginning, a better middle and a happy end. But I was left dissatisfied. I kept waiting for something to happen but Liam was too “perfect” for real life.

I would never recommend this book to another reader but when I remember the alternative book with the similar storyline I won’t hesitate to share and recommend.

Written by Ling Lee
(01/06/16)

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