Update: The Treatment (The Program, #2)

So this is the cover for “The Treatment”, the second book of The Program series by Suzanne young. Just so you know, this is one of my most favorite novels (so far).

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Isn’t it amazing? Yes it really really is.

The cover is physically fine but the message it conveys is very intriguing. In fact, it draws more curiosity to me, and I wager I have the same feeling with all those fans of “The Program” series. But whatever the cover is, or with or without a cover (which is entirely impossible), I will surely read “The Treatment”, no matter what happens. So, April 2014 please move faster cause you’re killing me. I’m waiting patiently. Love, Number one fan.

Note: This is what the author said (and can say at the moment to prevent spoilers) about The Treatment.

“The plot of ‘The Treatment’ picks up right where book one left off—lots of action, lots of tears, and more than a little kissing.” “I honestly didn’t know how my publisher would follow up ‘The Program’ cover, which I loved obsessively from the minute it popped up in my email. I think they nailed the cover for ‘The Treatment’ because it perfectly complements the series while conveying the isolation and starkness in the story.”

So, what do you think of “The Treatment?

Credits:

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How to Install Windows 7 for Beginners

Here is the link:

How to Install Windows 7 for Beginners: 16 Steps (with Pictures) – Mozilla Firefox.

 

Yesterday evening, I got my laptop given to me by my aunt from Japan. I really love it but it seems I have a major problem with it. The language.

Everything there is in Japanese and I want to change to language in English but according to my research, only Windows Vista Ultimate have language packs so I decided to format the computer and install Windows 7 instead.

And this, the link, that is, is the step by step process to install Windows 7 [with pictures] using a CD. I think it would also help others having the same issue as mine.

Review: Shatter Me

Partial Rating: 2 stars

Book Name: Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Book Boyfriend: None

From Goodreads:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

As of this time, I am currently reading the sixteenth chapter of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and these are what I have observed:

Reading the first fifteen chapters of Shatter Me is very frustrating, in fact infuriating. I can’t exactly pinpoint the depth of my annoyance, but in general I don’t like it that much. Maybe if I will rate it, I will only give two (2) stars, which means it is below my standard of a good novel. As a matter of fact, this will be the first time ever that I will rate such low when it comes to any books I have read.

Juliette. I’m struggling to understand her because I can’t really imagine a heroine so weak and undetermined and confused of what she will do with her own self. I’m not fond of comparing but if I were to compare Juliette with other heroines from other stories I read, well, I can obviously say that she is the most weak of them all. Sometimes I get very angry about her that I want to break some necks, kick some groins and maybe slap some faces. She’s totally, undeniably and superfluously insane.

I hate her.

She’s nonsense, and because of that I want to shatter her face.

And here comes the repetitive words and phrases, with matching strikethroughs. What the hell is going on with the author? I mean, it’s just like a trash if you write something for three times and crash it out. I think Shatter Me is just a draft, isn’t it?

Lastly. there are certain things that are vaguely described (if it is described) by the author that leads to insanity of her readers:

1. I just don’t get how Juliette got her power (if it is one). It was not stated.

2. What really happens (in detailed form) when someone touch her or when she touches them? How did they die (if they did die).

3. What is the story actually all about? Is there really a plot existing?

UPDATED REVIEW PORTION

When I reached at least more than a half of Shatter Me, I was pretty elated that Juliette made and can make more decisions, right decisions, I suppose. I never thought she can, all I expect is that she’s always doing big crappy things and her life is just a complete waste; that she can’t even put herself into focus and sanity; that she is always confused, always saying “I don’t intend to do it but I did” and “I am insane” or perhaps ” I’m a monster”.

But nevertheless, I saw a great amount of confidence as well as improvement on Juliette and it makes me like the book. I can raise my rating up to 3.5 stars or four because of the revelations mentioned, the new characters that arouse my curiosity and the development of Juliette and Adam’s feelings toward each other.

And another thing that amazed me is the accuracy of Juliette when it comes to digits and numbers of time, of almost everything. She’s so vigilant when it comes to that, I bet.

So, that’s it. Shatter me is both frustrating and amazing at the very same time. “I must be insane”, hahaha.

Review: Legend

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Book Name: Legend
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Best character: Day

From Goodreads:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

The good news I will bring about reading Legend is that it is simple in concept yet complex in details. I found the concept simple because it is much like other dystopian novels like Divergent series, The Hunger Games, etc. but I’m totally impressed with the style of writing of Miss Lu when it comes to the details. And I think everyone agrees to with me.

The life of Day is a very good example of a good dystopian novel. The opposite sides of June and Day gives the story more twists and turns. In particular I really like the character of Day, his awesomeness, the personality, the love for his family, and everything about him makes me go crazy and punch those bad guys “beat” him. On the other side, I also love June but she is sometimes stubborn and reckless and I don’t really understand her much. But, she is also awesome. 1500 perfect score plus the skills at such young age! Incredible!

Overall, Legend is an action packed, romance filled, and interesting right from the start (Life Before Legend) up to the last chapter of it. Every word slowly but surely devoured. I am recommending this to all who love dystopian novels and those who want to experience a action-packed movie-like thing while by sitting.

My favorite quote:

Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart. He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light.

Review: Losing Lila

Overall Rating: 4.75 stars

Book Name: Losing Lila (Lila, #2)
Author: Sarah Alderson
Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural
Book Boyfriend: Alex

From Goodreads:

Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit, which is somehow tracking their every move. While Alex is determined to keep Lila safe and her ability secret at any cost, Lila’s only thought is of finding a way back to California so she can rescue her brother and mother from the military base where they’re being held.

Struggling to control both her growing power and her deepening feelings for Alex, Lila decides the time has finally come to stop running and start fighting. Together with Alex, Demos, and the others she’s come to think of as family, Lila plans not only to save her brother and mum, but also to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for. But the plan requires Lila to return to California alone, and to make friends with the enemy – and in doing so, she risks losing everything: Alex, her family… even her life.

* From the moment I read Hunting Lila, I already adore, patronize and love it. I even get ecstatically obsessed with the book. And there we go, it’s time for the second book — Losing Lila! *cheers*

* No one will not love Lila and her awesomeness and her being impulsive, lovable, humorous, and all her flaws makes her complete. She is the epitome of a kick-ass heroine. She isn’t just tough, she’s also playful and witty and funny. And don’t you ever forget the fact that Alex also loves her even before she confessed about her feelings to her.

* Speaking of which, the love story of Lila and Alex is too good to be true. I mean, she is so lucky that the one she loves loves her too, and more than she anticipated? I know it happens but it’s so rare nowadays. But, nevertheless they are a cute couple and I cannot deny the fact that I giggle every intimate moment of Alex and Lila doing you know, something. You know what that is.

* I love also the team of. especially Suki and Nate they’re really amazing! (though sometimes they’re annoying Lila) And Key is very helpful all the time especially when Lila needs his help. And who could forget the pioneer of all of it, Demos who seems to be very optimistic when it comes to all the plans that Lila and Jack are planning. And don’t ever forget Harvey and all of his contributions.

* And I also love Jack. I think he’s hot. And his FRZHUHJKAFKTQPW is super cool! I wish I was part of their team and had at least one power. And if I had, I think I would like to have a power like Nate’s or Suki’s or Lila’s.

* The concept, from the first book and this one, is very unusual and splendid! I love the twists and turns and every event or fight Lila will have makes my heart beat so fast, faster than I have expected.

* The things that are revealed in the book unbelievably makes me scream and think that I needed to be there, go and fight with Lila and Alex and the others!

*Too bad there’s no news for a third book in this series, yet. But let us hope that there might be a chance because I want more Lila (and Alex and Jack *chuckles*)

* Did I mention how hot Alex is?

My favorite quote:

“What I’m trying to tell you, Lila,’ he said, his voice husky in his throat, “is that I’ve always been there, looking out for you, even when you didn’t know it – even when you couldn’t see me.”