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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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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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Book Review #96: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 04/08/16
My 11th book this year.)

Cinder is now a runaway fugitive who has accidentally let loose another prisoner who gets caught up in her dramatic life.

Meanwhile, Scarlet’s grandmother is missing and she thinks a man who goes by the name “Wolf” definitely has something to do with it. She has no choice but to believe him when he says he can help. She follows him to France, throughout the journey, something feels not quite right but she can’t quite work it out.

Cinder realises she needs to find the woman who saved her and kept her hidden on Earth in order to save the planet that she knows as home.

Cinder and Scarlet’s problems bring them together. They must stay on the same side and help one another otherwise the evil Queen Levana will destroy everything that matters to all Earthens.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Not even sure where to start with his book. 2nd book of the Lunar Chronicle series.

So Cinder’s life is both traumatic and dramatic as ever. But life somehow manages to get more complicated when she realises she has to find the woman who brought her to Earth when she was only a young child. The woman happens to be Scarlet’s grandma and this is where the journey finally makes sense.

I love how the “Red Riding Hood” fairy tale has ever so slightly been woven  into the book. With Scarlet and her red hooded clothing, the Wolf who has taken grandma, and of course grandma herself!

Cinder is still growing and trying to adjust and to believe she is THE Princess Selene. Now everyone just needs her to find a way back to her rightful place on the throne and to save Earth from the evil Queen Levana.

This is a highly recommended read. I have enjoyed both books in the series so far and am very much looking forward to book 3

Written by Ling Lee
(04/08/16)

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Book Review #92: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

I rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 24/06/16
My 7th book this year.)

Meghan Chase, part human-part summer fey, caught in a newly discovered world of Never Never, she is imprisoned by the Winter Queen, in love with a Winter Prince who doesn’t know how to be who he wants to be. All because Summer and Winter cannot be together in the world of Fey.

War is about to begin between the opposing sides all because of a misunderstanding, with the Iron Fey causing chaos and neither side even believe that they exist. No one believes except for Meghan, her best friend Puck and the Winter Prince. Now the 3 of them must find a way to get the truth out whether they work as a team or fight one another along the way.

***SPOILER ALERT***
My Thoughts:

This book is definitely written for young teens. I love the story line, I enjoyed discovering the characters and I enjoyed being in the Winter and Iron realms.

However, the treachery, lies, dishonesty were a bit daunting considering the age group for this book. I would have expected a bit less trouble but a lot more detail when describing the worlds whilst we travel through the world of Fey.

Written by Ling Lee
24/06/16

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Book Review #62: The Prince by Kiera Cass

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 14/06/14
My 21st book this year.)

Prince Maxon has a selection of 35 girls to choose from. Only one can become his wife, only one from the selection. All pre approved by the king who has carefully chosen the girls for various reasons ranging from beauty to riches and to better future business within the family.

This novella is written from Prince Maxon’s perspective. How he feels about the process, how he feels about his duties and how he feels about the huge choice ahead.

I couldn’t support Prince Maxon’s character. He was too insecure, too indecisive and too controlled by his parents. I can’t fall for a man who has no manly characteristics. A very unusual choice of character for a prince. I love the idea of the Selection. But with this novella as an introduction, I feel like the book would probably have a better chance just starting from book 1. I will probably read The Selection at some point. Right now, I just want to stay away because the Prince has deterred my intentions of trying out this series.

Hopefully the actual series is better. I definitely would not recommend this to other readers.

Written by Ling Lee (16/06/14).

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Book Review #59: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 19/05/14
My 18th book this year.)

Tris Prior’s life is turned upside down as she is forced to choose between loved ones. She holds too many secrets that inevitably surface at the worst possible moments.

With war breaking out, the factions must choose sides. Tris is unsure of what is right but she follows her instincts, time and time again, taking possible fatal risks.

Jeanine tries to control entire factions through mind control. Can Four, Tris and the rest of the dauntless and abnegation rescue society once more?

I wasn’t entirely drawn into this book. A little disappointed compared to Divergent. I don’t know what I expected but I wanted more from Four and Tris. I hated the ending. As most books I have read, the ending is always the biggest downer. I still want to read book 3 of the series, but I’m not sure if I can read the next book straight away.

The characters didn’t feel real this time round. All the action was in the fighting and the blood. I hate war books so I guess that’s my biggest dislike for this book.

Written by Ling Lee (19/05/14).

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Book Review #58: Real by Katy Evans

I rated this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 07/05/14
My 17th book this year.)

Remington, the famous underground boxer. Every girl wants him. Known for his crazy knock outs, everyone in the fighting world knows him as Riptide.

In the midst of a fight he lays eyes on Brooke and is completely crazy about her. When he realises Brooke’s retreat from the ringside, he abruptly knocks out his opponent and chases her out of the arena. Very soon after obtaining her number, he offers her a job that she cannot refuse.

Struggling between taking her job seriously and fighting the urge to lay a claim on Remington, Brooke’s common sense is quickly clouded by the muscle’s, the dimples and everything Remington has to offer.

I’m not really sure what to make of this book. Almost every scene felt over exaggerated and very much repetitive and obsessive, from both Remington and Brooke. I very much wanted this book to grab hold of me and pull me into the dark that surrounds the underground scene. Almost every moment felt surreal but somehow I love the idea behind the story. The ending was a bit of a surprise, however I still can’t say that I’m desperate to start book 2.

Remington was too dark of a character. Too possessive and unbalanced for me to fall for. Brooke was quite annoying and definitely too obsessed with Remington’s physique. Every few chapters she had to remind us which body part she was daydreaming about.

I wouldn’t recommend this book, but I might still give book 2 a go sometime.

Written by Ling Lee (07/05/14).

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Book Review #50: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 13/02/14
My 9th book this year.)

Sloane has lost all memories that ever made her feel pain, sadness or depression. Feeling hollowed out and knowing there’s something missing in her life but she cannot remember what. Until the one memory she she was allowed to keep, cracks her, then she realises she has to find out what happened in her past to know who she really is.

Sloane and James find one another again, even without their memories of one another. Somehow they piece together information about themselves until they choose to run from the program.

Realm… Mysteriously appears at the most crucial moments, filling James and Sloane with doubts about who to trust.

The oddly made team join up with other program rebels and fight for their pasts, their memories and their lives back.

I love the message of this story. What matters is now. If things were meant to be then they happen over and over again. Realm and James are really great characters. I really like feisty Dallas. Sloane was a better character in book one. But all in all, this book was just as good as the first of the series. Not as dramatic and suspense filled as I had hoped but a great story til the end. Well done once again Suzanne Young.

Written by Ling Lee (13/02/14).

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Book Review #49: The Program by Suzanne Young

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/02/14
My 8th book this year.)

Suicide is a massive epidemic affecting too many teenagers. After losing too many lives, society has decided to impose “The Program” to control this mass problem. Handlers watch the students on a regular basis, searching for signs of depression or suicidal individuals.

Every teen has a fear of being taken into the Program and losing all of their memories, their pasts’. After being flagged as a potential risk, handlers take people whether willingly or forcefully.

Sloane’s brother, Brady, committed suicide. That means people are already keeping tabs on her. Those who were close to someone who committed suicide are high risk. One handler has his eye on Sloane, waiting for her to breakdown and take her in.

James was Brady’s best friend. He made a promise to look after Sloane after watching Brady die. Now we see if Sloane and James beat the Program or get taken in…

What happens when you lose all of the things that ever made you feel pain? When they take away meaningful memories but leave you only with happy thoughts?

I loved this book. I love the idea of having everything painful removed. Having only happy memories must be such a relief. But surely confusion is a permanent feeling?

I fell for James. For his quirkiness. His bad boy reputation and his need to protect Sloane. I’m intrigued by the ending and am very much looking forward to reading book 2 of the series “The Treatment”.

It feels like the whole book is centred around defying rules and beating the program but it works. I highly recommend this book. A fresh idea and a delightful find. Congratulations Suzanne Young for this amazing story and for broadening my mind.

Written by Ling Lee (11/02/14).

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2014

May this year be the start of something bigger and better in my life. To get a step closer to my dream of becoming a published author.
To complete my reading challenge goal of 52 books this year.
To be a better mother, a better daughter and a better person.

May I and all my loved ones find happiness throughout 2014. To keep on track of our goals and dreams. Most important of all, we must never give up hope for what we most want and believe in.

2013’s demons got the better of me. But I start this year with more determination. A stronger heart, with my mind still set on the same goals and dreams. May I succeed at least in getting another step closer to my dreams and goals for the year.

Happy belated New Year to all who have supported me on my journey in finding my story to tell. With too many ideas and too little time, I will try harder to at least write down my ideas as I piece together the words that were made to fit together. Thank You for reading and thank you for joining me on my journey as the Lost Girl.

Written by Ling Lee (08/01/14)

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