Monthly Archives: May 2017

Sever by Lauren DeStefano (Book Review #120)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 26/05/17

My 13th book this year)

Rhine has ended up staying with her husband’s uncle. Uncle Reed is an eccentric inventor with many crazy ideas and midway constructed items strewn throughout his rundown house. Whilst Rhine recovers from her last bought of forced experiments, all she can think about is how much her twin brother, Rowan, has changed. Nothing like the Rowan she knows from the year before when she was unwillingly taken to become Linden’s bride. The new generation males live to 25 years and the females live to 20 years and society knows the importance of finding the cure. But the experiments for the cure are based on mostly unwilling participants. 

Somehow Rhine has been granted some sort of freedom but it isn’t necessarily a better life. Together with her sister wife and Linden, their complicated and confusing relationship will bring them on a rollercoaster of a ride through too much sadness, loss and damage but  there is hope… hope for a cure.
***SPOILER ALERT***

The 3rd book of the Chemical Garden Series. I very much enjoyed the idea of this story. I am very open to dystopia and all the possible outcomes of our world over the generations to come. I try to live in the society that has been created as I read through the words of the authors. 

Linden is too soft, controlled and kept out of the dark making him ignorant to what was really happening in his household. 

Cecily is a feisty young teen who was previously an orphan. She takes to her new chance at life exceedingly well and wants to be the best of her sister wives. 

Rhine just never wants to follow the rules, yet she is kind hearted and very much family oriented. She likes to help everyonewho crosses her path and feels guilt at every bad turn.

If you don’t stop to analyse errors and just read the way the author intends, this series has an unusual storyline yet at the end of the day, it’s all about sacrifices and survival in this world.

I would recommend this book to other readers and find it strange that there were so many negative reviews for these books. 

Written by Ling Lee (26/05/17)

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Fever by Lauren DeStefano (Book Review #119)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/05/17

My 12th book this year)

Rhine has escaped her “husband” who has been holding her captive. All females will only live to the age of 20 and males to the age of 25, unless a cure can be found. Rhine needs to find her twin brother who has no idea what has happened to her and whether or not she is still alive. 

One of the house attendants have escaped with her. Now Gabriel and Rhine have escaped to freedom only to be caught in a whole different society where they once again become prisoners. 

Her previous Housemaster Vaughn is never going to let her truly be free. He is on the hunt for her and he wont give up until he finds her and brings her back to the house once again.

***SPOILER ALERT***

I really enjoyed most of this 2nd book of the Chemical Garden Series. Although some parts became annoying when incidentally the characters looking like long lost children of their captors, hence saving them from being instantly killed or buying them time to make an escape plan. 

I didn’t like the setting of this book but the story itself worked for me. I found myself drawn in and really wanted to find out what happens next. 

It became much more interesting once the group end up at the Lottner residence. The ending was very unexpected but if you can ignore the way she is found, you will still be held in suspense as to what becomes of Rhine.

I would recommend this series if you enjoy dystopian socities and are open minded to the world drastically changing. I rarely consecutively read nooks in a series but after book 1 & 2, I think this may be a first for me and I might just pick up book 3 next.

Written by Ling Lee (15/05/17)

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Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Book Review #118)

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 09/05/17

My 11th book this year)

In the new generation females die at the age of 20 and males die at 25. The older generation with normal lifespans are trying to find a cure. The new generation have become test subjects and the females are all being used as baby carrying machines. 

Rowan has spent all his life protecting his twin sister Rhine. They are now 16. Living in poor conditions but being alive and having freedom is what they aim for.

The day finally comes when tragedy strikes and Rhine is taken. Brought to another country, far away from the place she calls home, she is set to be forcefully married to Linden. To live as a “wife” (prisoner) and to serve her duty in securing a baby for her new husband. Her father-in-law is a scientist who is frantically in search for a cure. There are no limits to what he will try in order to achieve the cure.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Looking past the immediate “flaws”, I really enjoyed the storyline. I have a weakness for dystopia. I love to see different views and possible outcomes of our future. Many other readers have given this book quite low ratings but if you are trying to think outside the box and accept that the future will probably be a lot different from life as it is today, this book becomes quite enjoyable to read.

I like how the 3 wives have different lives prior to being held captive. Then how each of them react to their new lives. With such short lifespans they each want something different from life. One embraces the luxurious life, one just wants a place to die in peace and one wants freedom. 

Written by Ling Lee (10/05/17)

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Book Review 117)

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 6/05/17

My 10th book this year)

Rachel travels on the same train every morning and evening. She likes to escape into the made up life for a couple she has named Jason and Jess. She watches them through the window almost everyday. What a perfect relationship she wished she had. Then one day she sees one of them do something to destroy her perfect world and she wants to help. She wants to find out the truth so now she finds a way into Jason’s life and caused much trouble along the way.

***SPOILER ALERT***

What a crazy end to the story. I didn’t feel the suspense, the story didn’t pull me in but it was good enough to want to continue reading. The further I got into the book, the more the characters seemed to blend together. Scott and Tom having so many similarities. Then Rachel, Anna and Megan having too many issues that correlate with one another. I began to suspect whether this book was about a schizophrenic living in and out of character.

I didn’t feel the rush at every turn. In fact I felt more disbelief as to how the story ended. So disappointing when the ending doesn’t turn out to be epic. With so much hype about this book I have finally finished it. Apologies for not agreeing with the majority of readers. I would not recommend this book but would find it interesting to discuss the issues with anyone who has.

Written by Ling Lee (06/05/17).

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