Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lullabies

LullabiesLullabies by Lang Leav
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are books that need to be experienced, not just read and reviewed.

There are books that affect me on a personal level that I had to pause and think after finishing a page.

There are random words that can be combined by an artist to create something meaningful.

"Lullabies" is Lang Leav's sophomore book. Like the first one "Love and Misadventure", it is "woeful and whimsical". This time, though, it included longer, deeper and more sensual poetry. You can either hate it or love it.

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Let It Snow

Let It SnowLet It Snow by John Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I always had this idea that you should never give up a happy middle in the hopes of a happy ending, because there is no such thing as a happy ending. Do you know what I mean? There is so much to lose.

This book has three interconnected stories focusing on three different plots. The stories are written by three authors.

Surprisingly, my favorite was the first one written by Maureen Johnson. The main character was funny, quirky and loveable. The second one is my second favorite, written by one of my favorite authors of all time, John Green. As expected, he wrote like he were stuck in his teenage years and that's a good thing. The story was fun and light. It has quotable quotes like I expected it to have. I had a love-hate feeling for third story by Lauren Myracle. At one point, I think I rolled my eyes, but the main character has her own redeeming factors.

The book succeeded in making me think of Christmas and love, but I don't think this is the perfect read if it was snowing outside and I had to curl up by a fireplace.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Flipped

FlippedFlipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss...
But every once you will find someone who’s iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare.


The movie was highly-recommended and I loved it. It was almost identical to the book.

This story is written from the points-of-view of Bryce and Juli, with overlapping events. It showcased the characters' personalities. The author wrote it in a way that I can feel when the characters start to mature. It's funny and entertaining. It made me want to fall in love again. Ah, to be young and in love! :)


I wish people could see both sides of the story in real life. There would probably be less misunderstandings and more happy endings.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

People need quality information, the leisure to digest it, and the freedom to act on what has been learned.

There's something about dystopian novels that attract me as a reader. I thought I had to adjust myself with the fact that this book was published in 1953 and it's describing today as a time where books are banned and burned. Oh horrors! Well, I need not adjust because most of what was written here stays true and still applies to current society, even symbolically speaking. Thus, we consider this a classic.

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Sunday, November 09, 2014

A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary.
And your mind will punish you for believing both.


This is not just some young adult, coming-of-age, fairy tale-ish book. It is beautifully written with a profound plot. Yes, Patrick Ness ripped my heart apart again. The book is not only about tragedy and loss, but it is also about strength and love.

We have monsters in our nightmares. We also have them in real life. We have to run away from some of these monsters. On the other hand, we have to face some of them.

You do not write your life with words... You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.




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