Monthly Archives: October 2016

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Book Review #104)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished reading 19/10/16
My 19th book this year.)

Most of society believe that love is a disease and everyone must be given a cure to protect the people. Sometimes before the cure can be administered, people catch the disease.

Lena has fallen for Alex, together they were supposed to escape into the wilds. But Alex sacrificed himself and told Lena to run and be free without him. She must learn to live with those who have been infected with “Deliria”. In the wilds people learn to survive by scavenging, by relying on those on the inside to sneak out food, by hunting. Raven helps Lena gain strength and understand what kind of harsh reality life now brings. Raven and her friends are part of the revolution to bring down society and their control over people’s lives and emotions. They try to free society and teach people that love isn’t something to be afraid of.

***SPOILER ALERT***
I was absolutely drawn into this book (2nd book of the Delirium Series). With the different turns and the way people handle different situations.

I didn’t like Raven, I didn’t like Julian. But the book was still great even though I couldn’t side with any of the characters. It would not be nice to be part of this world.

I really enjoy dystopian societies as I love to enter worlds that are different to the way we live today. I love how authors explore these ideas and Lauren Oliver absolutely got this right. Although parts of the book were over the top, it was still a great read. I would definitely recommend this book.

PS. The very last chapter just finished the book. I rarely feel complete when I finish a book but this ending was perfect.

Written by Ling Lee (19/10/16)

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Beastly by Alex Flinn (Book Review #103)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading 14/10/16
My 18th book this year.)

Kyle is the rich, handsome, charming young teen and has all the girls falling for him. Lindy is the scholarship girl who doesn’t quite fit in. Leading a stressful young life, with a druggie for a dad, she has to make ends meet as well as take care of their basic needs. But even with a realistic head, Lindy has fallen for Kyle, just like all the others.

Lindy’s dad has finally gotten himself in the deep end and has made an exchange, leaving Lindy in the care of a rich man’s son. She must live with and accompany Adrian for 1 year so that her dad can avoid a prison sentence. However, Adrian has a terrible physical appearance. But Lindy has to put up with Adrian no matter what, in order to save her dad.

The retelling of Beauty and the Beast in the modern day.

***SPOILER ALERT***
This book had amazing potential but I guess to factor in the modern day and realism, this was always going to be a difficult one.

The book was choppy and randomly pieced together. There wasn’t really an explanation as to why Kyle was cursed and what would have happened if he didn’t complete the task in time. No explanation as to where and how Kendra keeps appearing in Lindy’s dreams.

The characters were nothing special and Lindy’s sudden change of heart for Adrian made me ask “WHY?!?!?” Over and over again. He hadn’t done anything to make their relationship progress.

I enjoyed the storyline but this book isn’t as good as some of the other books that Alex Flinn has written. Unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend this book, but if someone were to tell me they want to read it, I also wouldn’t tell them not to. Nothing special. Apologies to the author.

Written by Ling Lee (15/10/16)

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Book Review #102)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/10/16
My 17th book this year.)

Patroclus was once a Prince. He was exiled to King Peleus’ kingdom and managed to befriend Prince Achilles. Achilles has a sea nymph sea goddess for a mother who tries time and time again to persuade him to become a God and join her.

Achilles and Patroclus’ relationship begins quite awkwardly but somehow Achilles doesn’t care what the other people think. Once they break this barrier, they do everything together and almost never leave one another’s side.

As they experience life, they find themselves in Chiron’s good hands. The only “good” centaur who likes mortals. He teaches them everything they wish to learn and more. One day Achilles is called upon to fulfil his role for his Kingdom. Helen of Sparta has been taken from her kingdom and he must go to war against the Trojans and save her. Achilles’ heart is somehow distracted, full of his need for fame and proving himself better than other mortals. His relationship with Patroclus changes as his morals change and he can no longer see past the wrongs that he makes.

In the age of Heroes and Gods, Achilles must choose how to escape the misfortunate prophecy foretold and must make a name for himself in Greek legends.

***SPOILER ALERT***
This was a wonderful read. Engaging and difficult to put down. This book was all the more beautiful at the end. Rarely do I read books with a satisfying ending and the feeling of closure. The most unexpected final chapters made this book well worthy to read.

I only gave 4.5 stars because there was so much more that could have been done with descriptions. I wanted to see Ancient Greece through the eyes of the author. But I could only picture the story from what I have glimpsed in books from the school library. Not enough detail had gone into describing the people, the surroundings, the places, but the rest of the book was a great read.

I love the unexpected relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I love how they learn together, grow together, love together and how they deal with the difficult times in life. Life is full of regrets but we are reminded that we can only try our best. Love and cherish those important to us before they are unfairly taken when the final day comes.

Highly recommended read!!

Written by Ling Lee (11/10/16).

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Twist Me by Anna Zaires (Book Review #101)

I rate this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 29/09/16
My 16th book this year.)

Nora is close to turning 18. Loving life, living life like your average teenager. She has her eyes on the cutest guy in school and hopes he will notice her one day.

On a night out with her best friend she meets a gorgeous, mysterious, older man. Then her whole world is turned upside down.

She is taken into captivity on a private island. She must obey every command. As the days become months and time passes by, Nora begins to fall for him, need him in more ways than one.

How can she escape when she feels like she can’t survive without him?

***SPOILER ALERT***
The main storyline has great potential but I just didn’t get it. From day one Nora failed me. She didn’t put up much of a fight although her “thoughts” tell us she has no choice, her heart is just not there. The story was much too short and there was minimal story.

The erotic scenes were too bland and too predictable. It felt like reading a story where the author knows nothing about BDSM yet is trying to tell a story without ever knowing or feeling how things happen. It lacks detail and depth.
This book completely failed compared to “Captive in the Dark”. There was barely any suspense, barely any punishment and Nora too readily accepted everything without much of a reaction. Anyone who thought this book was great should go pick up “Captive in the Dark”. Being taken isn’t supposed to be an enjoyable experience. In my opinion it should be horrendous but it seems like almost from day 1, Nora had already accepted her role and submitted quite easily.

I am much disappointed and can’t seem to understand why this book has such high ratings. All I know is Julian, the Captor is supposed to be stunningly handsome, amazingly rich and has very particular needs. Yet everything needed to be told to us. Nora tells us how she thinks she feels yet her actions seem to show the complete opposite.

She is treated with so much care and attention but she is supposed to be a prisoner who needs to be trained. She willingly let’s everything happen and barely puts up a fight.

I didn’t connect with either character. The end of the book picked up when Nora leaves the island for the first time in over a year. Her reaction is unbelievable but I wont spoil it for you.

Sadly I wouldn’t recommend this book as there wasn’t much in it worth remembering. There weren’t any shocking scenes, or as expected of captivity; mild violence and disturbing moments. This book had so much potential. But Nora was pretty much pampered on a private island. It felt like she was on holiday more than taken unwillingly. I’m not in much hurry to read book 2 but I might give it a go in the distant future.

Written by Ling Lee
(30/09/16)

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