Review: The Selection

Overall Rating: 5 stars

Book Name: The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Book Boyfriend: Maxon

From Goodreads:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Fresh. Unique. Gorgeous.

*First impression truly lasts.*

It’s the most stunning, beautiful and catchy cover I have ever seen in my life. Look at the beautiful girl in that blue dress? Isn’t she enough to read the book itself? Well, I think the cover speaks for itself already.

I have read not so good reviews about this book and at first I was disappointed of what they have written there because it was not true or they just did not see the beauty that lies within “The Selection”. And I would tell you why.

First: The Selection, just like with “The Bachelor” TV series is about finding the one, the most right girl out of the chosen girls. But “The Selection” has a twist. There are scenes in the book that are far better than the former.

Second: The unique and fresh dystopian concept. Many are comparing “The Selection” with the “The Hunger Games” and the like that the heroine physically fights for their desire of freedom, self-discovery, etc. but here in “The Selection”, the girls are fighting, but not physically, to win the heart of Prince Maxon and to be crowned as the Princess of Illea. I don’t think any princess will fight brutally.

Third: The love story in this book is very good. I love Maxon, I also love Aspen and most especially I love America (and the stunning girls in the Selection). She is just doing very well from the moment she filled out the form. Really.

There are more more spectacular things in the book that I will not mention but nevertheless they all are what makes “The Selection” the talk of the town.

My favorite quote:

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

Warning signSPOILER ALERT

I think there is something personal about those rebels attacking the palace but not taking the valuables inside it. I really feel it. Do you feel it too? What do you think?

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Review: Clockwork Angel

Overall Rating: 5 stars

Book Name: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk
Book Boyfriend: Jem

From Goodreads:

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

Why I like it:

* The Victorian England setting is super mega ultra amazing, including but not limited to the words they enunciate and the culture itself

* Compared to TMI, I like this one because the characters are beautifully crafted and are thinking rationally and calmly. And most especially: not lousy and paranoid.

* I really admire the different, yet superb writing style of the author, regardless of the series. She is great, like Michelle Hodkin

* Will, in particular, is a very interesting character in the story, not typical, and of course not boring. Jem is one of my favorite characters: calm and sexy. Tessa, oh my dear Tessa, you’re such a wonderful creature. I can say no more. You just have to read it.

* With Clockwork Angel, and maybe the whole Infernal Devices series, I understand more about the Shadow world, the downworlders, warlocks, the nephilim, and all other creatures that were just created by Cassie Clare but feels like real.

 

My favorite quote…

“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” 

Review: The Rise of Nine

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

Book Name: The Rise of Nine (I Am Number Four, #3)
Author: Pittacus Lore
Genre: Young Adult, Aliens
Book Boyfriend: Nine

From Goodreads:

In Pittacus Lore’s The Rise of Nine, third in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series, the stakes are higher than ever as John, Six, and Seven try desperately to find the rest of the Garde before it’s too late.

The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all.

Reasons why I love it:

*The places they’ve been and the challenges they faced were cool
*More than two narrators? No freaking way
*More and more Gardes makes it more fantastic and exciting
*It’s good to have some love affair among the Gardes

I really like this series, though I was a bit upset about the second book but it’s okay. That’s part of it. As I’ve said earlier, the characters, in particular the Gardes and their legacies are pretty awesome. They are incredible! I wish I had some legacies or I am one of them myself ready to fight Setrakus Ra and his mog armies and of course for Lorien.

The most amazing characters for me were Marina because of her healing powers, Six for her fierceness, Nine for being the coolest guy on earth (never mind how rich he is) and Ella for her intelligence (and I don’t know how she got it, maybe from her Papa Crayton).

Oppositely, the characters which I don’t like are Eight and Four because I thought they are strong and have rational thinking, but sometimes they do not have that kind of quality. Too bad.

Warning signSPOILER ALERT

Just asking…

Did they save Sam too after their fight with Setrakus Ra?

What happened to Number Five? Where the hell is he? Their reunion will not be complete without him.

How nuts are theses FBI people are? They don’t really know what they’re doing. They just want ammos for sure. And that’s it, lives risked.

Review: If I stay

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Book Name: If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
Author: Gayle Forman
Genre: Young Adult
Book Boyfriend: Adam

From Goodreads:

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, and the forthcoming Just One Year.

On a day that started like any other,

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

 

Well, I don’t really know where to focus because sadness flooded my ideas. Okay. I shall start.

Her Family. Mia has an awesome family. A musically inclined mom and dad and a golden-haired younger brother who truly cares for her even if her type of music is very different from theirs, and she still have their support and love of course. Aside from that, Mia has also her grandparents, her Gran and Gramps. Well, even though they are not technically close with her Gramps, he still cares for her and even physically supports her in her auditions.

Adam. The thought of him being in love with Mia makes me happy. There are very few of guys nowadays who are like Adam. That thing that even he and Mia are having a hard time intersecting their schedules, they still can manage to go out and celebrate.

I can’t deny that this guy is so sweet.

Isn’t he sweet in the part of the pizza tips and Yo yo ma?

Isn’t he sweet in the ICU moments with the full support of his band friends?

Isn’t he sweet that he even bargained his happiness just to let Mia stay?

Yes, he is. He really is.

Kim. Here goes Kim. I never thought that her friendship with Mia started like that. And I didn’t thought how strong she is even if her best friend is in coma and still she can managed to remember the says and moments she shared with Mia and replaying it to her like she’s delivering a secret message to Mia to stay.

Music. This is a great part of Mia’s happiness. It molded her into what she is and what she must be.

It’s a big choice Mia will make throughout the story. If I Stay is a very sad one, full of grief, of happy memories and of difficult decisions. Full of lessons, of hopes and dreams. If I stay touched my heart. It states the fact that you can’t get the best of both worlds so you have to choose and that choice of yours will determine what your future will be.

Review: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Overall Rating: 5 stars

Book Name: The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Book Boyfriend: Noah

From Goodreads:

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.
She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.
They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.
She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

 

NOTE:Do not attempt to read this review if you haven’t yet read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. You have to read it first.

 

First and foremost, I would like to thank Ms Michelle Hodkin for doing such a great job. I am a fan of hers from  the moment I discovered The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

The first installment in the Trilogy is awesome, while this one? It’s a breathtakingly mind-blowing work of art. I was so happy I decided to read this because I realized what a real ‘good book’ is.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is already a 5-star rated book to me but this book gives me too much chills. If I were to rate it, it would be 7 over 5 stars because the more pages I read, the tighter my grip to the book is.

The twists and turns especially on the last part were so unpredictable, I can’t even predict what will happen in the next book and I would not dare to do so. I just want to “wait and see”.

I also like the awesome revelations that I can’t stop reading it albeit it’s already two in the morning. I just can’t stop loving the all of them. Mara, Noah Jamie and Daniel and Joseph and many other characters. I won’t mention them all for not to spoil this one.

And the romance? Oh my freaking hell. I so envy them, seriously.

Truly a page turner. Every page makes me so crazy. I cried, laugh, get angry, anxious, jealous and curious. All of it at the same time.

I highly recommend it most especially to those who love psychology and paranormal stories.

So that’s it. Let us now proceed to the characters.

1. Mara Amitra Dyer- Mara is Mara. Brave despite of all the things that happened, all the lies and forced decisions to be made. We can’t blame her because of what what she did because you know what she is facing, and don’t you dare face her problems. You’ll just get mad and end up in a treatment facility. Oops.

2. Noah Elliot Simon Shaw – Thank God there’s Noah the Savior and the Healer. He is unbelievable, undeniable and unforgettable. He seduces and tempts every reader effortlessly and it’s his asset aside from the enormous mansion. He’s a God. The God of Temptations. He is the epitome of a perfect book boyfriend and even if he is the only character in the story, still…

Noah Shaw

3. Daniel – The ever supportive brother of Mara. I wish I had a brother like him, intelligent, caring and at the same time very supportive.

4. Jamie – “Jamal” has a very good sarcasm that’s why I just don’t cry while reading, I also laugh a lot.

5. Other characters – They’re the ones who add more spice to the creepy, sad, and happy life of Mara (aside from Noah of course). I don’t understand why some of them are doing such actions but I know they have their own reasons and I won’t spill it here. Better read the book.

Warning signSEMI – SPOILER ALERT

 

1st: Mara is facing another major problems aside from what is mentioned in the first book.
2nd: She is still Mara, though now she is version 2.0 (That’s why it’s EVOLUTION)
3rd: There are so many twists and turns. More revelations to come!