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Mini-review for Marie Lu’s, “The Rose Society.”

“Someday, when I am nothing but dust and wind, what tale will they tell about me?

Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.”

This quote best describes the first two books of the Young Elites triloy and I’m gonna write a semi-informal and short review for it. Much like a blurb. 

The Rose Society is a story that clears and divides. With its reasons for compelling plot and character complications, I can’t help but root for someone I believe should be appreciated more. It’s heartbreaking because pain is inevitable. May it be because of Magiano, Teren, Enzo, Gemma, Raffaele, Maeve, Violetta, Sergio or Adelina, regardless of their triumph or failure it is still saddening because every one has to feel pain. 

Our girl, our little wolf, mi Adelinitta. You are a wreck of a character but I still love you. 

To Marie Lu, thank you for letting me believe in the power of dystopian fantasy once again. I can’t remember when was the last time I’ve read such genre.

12 Things I love about “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publication Date: September 01, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 310 pages

My rating: 5/5

“Olly and Maddy, sitting on a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G.”
Okay, forgive me. It’s for the feels.

This is an extremely laudable book that needs to resound all throughout the universe. Five of five stars, people.

Well, I really want to post this semi-decent review that I have for ‘Everything, Everything’ in my public social media accounts specifically Goodreads, but I decided not to. Apparently, I don’t want to mess up other people’s reading experience if ever they bump into this review, so I’m keeping this a secret review that will only be posted on my blog/ WordPress, so I’ll still be able to vent out my praises to the book because in all honesty, I can’t suppress my feelings anymore. I want to tell the world every good things I know and found to love about the book. So here it goes. The 12 things I love about ‘Everything, Everything’:

1. The book cover a.k.a the jacket art by Good Wives and Warriors is adorable. The first time I saw it, I felt the need to touch it because it’s really enchanting and different. It’s as if an adult coloring book was brought to life! (I love coloring books!);

2.The main character, Madeline Whittier loves books.
I love books that have characters that love books. Like, you got a friend that reads and you both share the books you’ve read with each other and bam! Healthy exchange of book perceptions. And Maddy is pretty awesome on setting up the right mood for each book she mentions;

3. Few characters. I love that the book was written with few characters. Sometimes, you just put enough characters that can actually support the plot. It gives the reader distinct focus, breaking down complexities. Sorry, Am I that bad if I’ll say that I am not a sucker for books with too many characters that doesn’t have character development at all? Okay, that’s a personal one, but don’t get me wrong. I have a lot of favorite books with tons of characters. Really depends on the development and their importance to the story;

4. I love that the book is medically based and yet the author explained essential details concerning Maddy’s condition very well. I am deeply thankful that the book explains SCID in a simple manner that readers with little idea about it can understand;

5. It’s a fast-paced book. No dull moments. Sequence of events dart towards their own specific momentum;

6. Straightforward. The book isn’t wasting time delaying story’s turning points. Scenarios are straightforward, clear and intended to let the readers understand;

7. I love Olly! He looks tough and invincible but he’s a kind-hearted man who vows to protect the people he cares. Also, I love that he loves parkour. Man! I would give everything to someone who loves parkour the same way that I do. And a math prodigy with a muscle to flaunt?! Allow me to drool please. Haha;

8. There are cutesy, little illustrations inside the book. It gives accent to the book by emphasizing certain situations, points, materials or emotions. It is so creative for it allows the readers to objectify their imaginations. And what could have been sweeter than the fact that those inside illustrations were made by Nicola Yoon’s husband, David Yoon. Aww!

9. Characters are honest about their feelings. Except for Paula Whittier who is Maddy’s mom. She’s a liar. But I love their (Olly and Maddy) honesty. Maddy being able and certain about her feelings toward Olly and Olly being open to her about his feelings without having the need to lie. It’s beautiful.

10. Maddy’s witty and unfiltered side comments or opinions. This is the thing I love about her, a machine of wise rebuttals and funny side comments. Whenever they’re IMing and talking about philosophical stuffs, I love how she manages to return Olly’s wise words.

“He’s wearing a close-fitting black T-shirt, black shorts, and black sandals. The angel of death on vacation.”
See? That’s her making the best compliment ever. Haha!

11. This book is oozing with morals. It is impossible to get away from the book without learning about life, forgiveness, the value of honesty, loving and caring for the people you put above all, taking chances, living the life you intended to have. Family and Love;

12. The book is a shocker! Just when you thought that the plot revolves around the girl, facing the burden of her queer condition unable to live her life to the fullest. Falling in love, breaking the rules, the price of breaking the rules, someone almost dying, comes the shocker no one may have thought will occur.

! S P O I L E R A L E R T !

Maddy is not sick. She never had SCID. Basically, her mom couldn’t take the death of her husband and son. Suffers in a nervous breakdown and becomes so obsessed of taking care of the only person left in her who is Maddy. Maddy’s life as a sick person is nothing but a lie!

Okay, breathe.

One more thing, IT’S GOING TO BE A MOVIEEEEEEEE! 

Photo from Amazon.uk

Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz (First Book Review)

Title: Twilight Eyes
Author: Dean Koontz
Publication Date: First published 1984
Paperback edition published November 02, 2010
Pages: 416
My Rating: 5/5

I always believe that a book, for it to be considered as laudable should be composed of a completely original and extraordinary plot. Also, part of the book’s originality is the capability of the author to put in labels or specificity that emphasizes the era when it was first published or brought about. Somehow, it gives identity to the book making it out of the box.

Dean Koontz successfully coiled these components in a remarkable and thought-provoking book – Twilight Eyes.

I actually don’t know the genre of this book. Suspense-Thriller, part coming-of-age, philosophical, Sci-Fi or YA. Apparently, the tags suggest that Twilight Eyes falls to any of it. Imagine, that’s how diverse this book is!

The book was set in a time frame far from the present year (2016) and yet it appeals, and greatly affects the readers from the year it was first published and beyond.

Twilight Eyes is an exceptional book of hope, despair, defeat, triumph, good, evil, failure, success and camaraderie. It encompasses the common virtues of the man and perpetually gushes out the heroic values and virtues every man should have.

It’s moving, inspirational but it doesn’t leave the horror of threat the world out there is facing. Not the most ideal for heroic situations, sickening in fact but the realism it shows allows the readers to be involved. Somehow, the book (more like, Slim Mackenzie) got me. I was never into books like this not until I’ve read Twilight Eyes and I’m so proud to tell the world that this book broke the curse. It is a must read for everyone for a fact that it was greatly crafted and interesting. It deserves spotlight as much as mainstream books have.

Dean Koontz created monsters also known as Goblins in a most hateful and gruesome form and set those creatures into characters that walk with us. The mere idea that monsters can be anyone and is feeding on our sufferings for sustenance added the fact that only few people (mostly those who have Twilight Eyes) can differentiate one Goblin from a human is a torture yet it’s the very reason why the book is insanely interesting.

He made an incredible mixture of mundane-heroism and power-based heroism all in a fairly odd band. Slim MacKenzie, Rya Raines, Joel Tuck and the rest of the carnies made an exceptional quest that vows to help the humanity although the world has been cruel to them.

There’s no such thing as genuine love for humanity. We are all thriving for survival and none of us see the impending doom that will befall unto us. We live without the fear of dying soon and as I see it, the Goblins don’t need to use much effort (sorcery, science or cult stuff) to erase us. Man-made disasters are achievable and sometimes, we ourselves may also be a Goblin. We pose threat to each other, that’s pretty evident from the book. It’s in our hands whether we’re going to live our lives in service and appreciation of the people or we’re going to continue our way up the hierarchy.

“There’s more decency in the world than cruelty.”

The world is beautiful. May we appreciate it the way Slim and Rya did.

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