A Book Review: Library of Souls

Library

I’m about to give Library of Souls a 3 STARS but when the story enfolds at the latter part of the novel I suddenly changed my mind and be generous enough to give it a 4 STARS. The reason I gave it a 4 AWESOME STARS not 5 is because I am looking for some characters that promised their comeback on the story. Like those Gypsies especially Bekhir in which Jacob, Emma, and Addison have encountered along their way.

Quoting from the Hollow City:

I know a shortcut,” Bekhir said, and he drew a simple map in the dirt with his shoe. We thanked the Gypsies. I told Bekhir we were sorry we’d caused them so much trouble, and he unleashed a big, booming laugh and waved us on down the path. “We’ll meet again, syndrigasti,” he said. “I’m certain of it.”

Since the last part of the Hollow City focused on Caul taking hostage of Emma and Jacob, I thought that these characters I’m looking for will be in the Library of Souls. But it turns out that the other peculiars–not in Jacob’s circle of friends–were not included on their battle against Caul at the Abaton.

So, yeah, I was kinda disappointed for the characters who don’t get much exposure on this book. Nonetheless, I’m in great admiration on the ending. It was very millenial, I think.

4 STARS.

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A Book Review: Hollow City

Hollow

I loved this book as much as its fast-paced story does for the whole novel. I was completely floored by the twists Ransom Riggs created especially when Caul enters the scene in the latter part; it took me by surprise. This is an amazingly-written sequel that is an absolute must read and it’s truly upsetting how there’s only one more book left in the series. Hollow City is definitely one of those book I want to read over and over again.

5 STARS.

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A Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

MissPeregrines

What took me so long to finished this book? Ransom Riggs’ first novel was fascinating and had an intriguing dark twist to it. Many of the added photographs were haunting and unsettling, making me dread that I was reading this so late at night. On the other hand this novel had it’s fair share of flaws. Many of the characters are not as exciting and real as I would have liked them to be.

3 STARS.

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A Book Review: Before I Fall

Before I Fall

The last ten pages of chapter five made me cry for about a minute to the point where I needed to close the book and look at the fairy lights on my room and into the window in search of isolated star; because that is Sam until the very end. She did not tell anyone on what she’s going through.

This book is about how beautiful life is, and how you should live every moment of it to the fullest. In this book, Lauren Oliver taught me to give my all in everything I do–to anyone. And not regret things I didn’t do, eventually.

4 STARS.

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A Book Review: Another day

another day

A PIECE OF GARBAGE.

I just cannot make it through this. I do not enjoy Rhiannon’s point-of-view. Hell no to the plot, hell no to the characters, hell no to the narrator. What’s the deal with all these retellings, anyway?

NO STARS GIVEN.

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A Book Review: Every day

everyday

“Every day I am someone else. I am myself–I know I am myself–but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.”

This is me after reading this amazing book. I have learned that even though you were in a different version of yourself; your real self, there is one thing that can not be vanished and it is love. The universal language. I might be a different person today but I am sure that my love for this book will stay.

4 STARS.

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A Book Review: Where She Went

Where

If I Stay, while I flew through it, I had problems with it. With the characters or the plot whatsoever, in my review I had stated a lot of flaws that I encountered with the book.

And I read its sequel, Where She Went.

All problems that I had noted in its predecessor were gone by the second book. Its as if Gayle Forman read my review and took it off from there.

Where She Went took a turn and used Adam’s POV in telling the story. It took place three years after the events of If I Stay. The writing style is beautiful and the plot holes and questions of If I Stay(it ended in a cliffhanger) were answered here and I was very satisfied with that.

One of my problems with the first book was a sense of disconnect. The author used memories of Mia to help us empathize with her character but it didn’t work for me. What made me lose that connection was the choppiness of the plot and the absence, truly, of emotion within the set of characters.

Well this book was REDEMPTION. I felt more dread in Adam’s story rather than Mia’s in If I Stay. I was really emotionally connected to him. I felt exactly like him, I felt his pain and hopelessness towards Mia’s decisions. I think this is what the author wanted us to feel in If I Stay. Just a study of grief, loss, despair, hopelessness. Not only that but the execution was great and it was beautifully tied up.

So this book basically concentrates on the aftermath feelings of the events of the first book. This is not more of the plot, but more character driven and on the emotional strength of the character voices.

I also love how everything unfolded and was tied up. It ended neatly, no plot holes, and it was a very realistic ending considering the views on Mia’s and Adam’s characters. This book definitely had a bigger impact on me rather than If I Stay, and I’m glad this doesn’t suffer from second book syndrome, unlike many other sequels out there.

5 STARS.

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