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.”

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?

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.”