Book Review: Hollow City – Ransom Riggs

I’m. So. Guilty. For basically not reading anything and procrastinating. I’m writing this on Day 4 of since I started Hollow City. Like, I’d like to say that since school started, school is a decent excuse, but I’m pretty sure I had plenty of times where I could have read.

P.S. This book review would contain light-spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book, so head down to my review page to find the first book’s review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.


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Name: Hollow City
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
First Release: January 14th, 2014

Synopsis

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


Book Cover Comments

 

I showed my gym personal trainer. “Get that away from me Ew it’s so creepy.”

Lolz.

I’m supposed to be scared of these kind of things??? Maybe because I dared myself to play horror games that haunted me for life, making me basically never close my blinds when I sleep, I got used to it.

By the time I’m writing this Book Cover Comment I only finished Part 1 of the book. (There’s two sections). So I’m not sure how it relates to the book yet, but I’m loving the eerie effect.


The Actual Review

 

Since I need my memory to stay because I’m sleepy as hell, this review will be about the two parts in Hollow City.


So in my last review I also said about how Riggs said that Book 2 will be about exploring the newly discovered world, and that entire concept was cool a.f. The group travels outside of their “greenhouse/sanctuary” to discover more danger, others close to them, develop closer relationships and to understand each other better. And we also see more development and the coolios ability of the other peculiar kiddos (omg i seriously love this term)

I pretty much summed up some of the expectations in Part 1. Learning about the World of the Peculiars was really really cool, and Riggs never forgets to dump in a whole pile of mystery, riddles, confusing pasts and to-be-solved-hypothesis’-that-might-turn-into-an-actual-revelation, to keep us readers busy throughout Part 1 of the book. And I also love how Riggs throws in a little bit of that sweet romance. I couldn’t prevent myself from saying “Awwww.”

Because of what everyone needs to grow through, all of our wonderful peculiars grow up in Part 1, learns more about the outside world and to understand themselves, and we see the stories they share, and how each of them accept their own peculiarity. I also really love how Riggs threw in some deep and meaningful quotes into the book, and I thought “True. True. Another new quote to my Brain Library of Good Life Quotes.”


I need to stop eating popcorn.

In the end I slept after the review and a bit of reading. School tired the heck outta me.

And so in the end I finished this book and part 2 of the review the next day’s midnight. Hi World it’s 2am.


And so in Part 2, we get to discover even MORE of Peculiardom. At least, that’s what the book calls it. More Peculiar people, abilities, and I have to say, Riggs filled the ending with A LOT of plot twist.

I knew I loved this book TONS when Riggs added historical fiction into it, and that we get to explore a bit of London. Like C’mon. I bought this book in London right after I visited this place mentioned in the book okay? How is that NOT COOL? I could see the place as it was described in the book (nah jk. Put a little bit of imagination and it’ll b perf)

I have to say, whatever went on in in the carnival, those of you who haven’t read it will know what it is eventually, of course, with Elsa appearing there, I was like DAT CHILL THO. I have to say, I didn’t expect how some characters turned out to be in the end, and the plot development for it became.

Part 2 is even more about understanding one another, making decisions at hard times, and what will you choose: save this, or save that; sacrifice this, sacrifice that; as well as a lot of helping each other out and watching over each other’s backs in Part 2. It’s also really interesting to see how me myself and Jacob, of course, have pretty much blurred the age line, and forgot everyone else there is older than 80. And that’s where Jacob needs to make some important decisions at the end.

AND OMG BACK TO THE CARNIVAL, IN THAT BUILDING THEY WERE IN WITH THE “FROZEN ABOMINABLE SNOWFREAK” (hope those who have read it get my reference) I KNEW something was going to happen related to Snowfreak and Jacob’s dreams, and I thought it was similar in a way to the anime Freezing, of the concept of freaks and the metahumans (in this case peculiar) that requires understanding, not gonna tell you what happens next though. This will relate back to the ending when you guys actually read the book.

Book 1 was slightly more slow paced with the first world and location’s building, but Book 2 was even more awesome, with a fast paced: extreme time-travel that can be done by FOOT and no MACHINE or whatsoever, adventures in tons of different locations, paranormal stuff, horror that was actually creepier than last time, a hint of humor and romance, tons of suspense and cliffhangers that don’t kill you but makes you wanna get the next book A.S.A.P. And I forgot to reinforce the point of EXPLORING PECULIARDOM.


If you like Peculiar #1, then YOU MUST CONTINUE ON THE SERIES by reading Peculiar #2. Fantastic and SUPER cool.

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Wow that’s one long title.

Yes people I do feel guilty for finishing this book in 4 days.


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Name: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
First Release: June 7th, 2011

Synopsis

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


Book Cover Comments

 

Tbh it’s not that creepy. Ok it might seem its black and white with floating girl right there with a sad face, and that chalk font, but I coped with it. Probably because the regular elegant font and Peregrine’s face in white lines was calming.

I like the golden borders on the side. It’s super duper elegant.

The back is a plain ol’ background, which I never dislike cus they don’t make my eyes spin XD Can I also talk about the awesome Bonus features in this edition? The Q&A and peculiar photographs were really fun to read.


The Actual Review

Here’s a little piece of advice:

DO NOT WATCH THE PECULIAR TRAILER IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK. IT WILL RUIN YOU. IT RUINED ME WHEN I WAS READING THIS BOOK. OR JUST STICK TO THE TRAILER AND MOVIE.

As for how it was ruined, I’ll be making a video about it on YouTube soon, but it’ll be spoilery. I mean, it’s the inevitable if we wanna compare stuff, right? So read the book and you can go check out the YouTube review + movie to book comparison.


Back to where I was.

For a person who ain’t a big fan of horror, I actually really like this series and am interesting to see how it developed despite being ruined by the trailer.

Thanks to the Q&A, I got to learn a little bit more about how the series came to life.

Firstly, Riggs is a super duper creative writer. Collecting antique pictures and combining them to build into a story? That’s a super cool idea. I get it how all authors create “images” in their mind or find physical inspiration, but to also use these photos Riggs found in his free time and include them in the book? I’m not ashamed to say that I anticipate flipping to a photography page. I might be a biased professional iPhone photographer who would like to prove the point that iPhones can take pics as good as Nikons or Canons, but those pics were super cool, I tend to spend like a minute looking at each of them.

I certainly do love books that include a bit of a mystery so that along the book, by collecting hints and evidence I can find out a conclusion along with the characters. It’s also really nice to see how our protagonist, Jacob discovers his grandfather’s pasts and the peculiar children. I also think that the entire concept of the peculiar was really interesting and creative. I mean, it all sparked from having a paranormal mind and the antique photographs, right? I also appreciate the ability diversity, not just physical, but also mental. We don’t wanna be too biased, do we?

Oh and certainly I’m not going to leave out the time loop in the book. I’m not going to explain much about why there is a time loop, but a bit of science fiction mixed with historical fiction? I thought that was pretty cool. The part where the time loops again was described in detail, and I thought that section was really, impactful when it played in my mind.

I do think that the climax was a little bit rushed and slightly confusing, but overall I liked the events, funny sections and mysteries that go on in this book. I think because of the trailer, the book sort of ruined some of our impressions on the book, where the movie seemed more exciting and colorful, while the book seemed a bit more ordinary and dull, but as Riggs had mentioned in the Q&A, “the first book was about opening a door and discovering a world”,  basically detailed world building. And in that manner the book might be slightly slow paced, but everything was set for a reason so that we can get to know the peculiar children well, understand how the world works, have the relationships built, decisions made to set everything in motion.

Also it’s really not that scary.

Just replace every horrifying sounding creature in this book with a zombie from Plants vs. Zombies. It will ruin how you read this book but better than nothing.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children acts as the perfect house for a taste of mystery and adventure, choices, while being and not being creepy at the same time.

 

 

Book Review: The White Rose – Amy Ewing

Welcome back to BookReviewathon 101! I read this back in February 2016, so yea. Note that if you haven’t read the first book, this will contain mild spoilers for it. Head over to my review page to find it’s first book.


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Name: The White Rose
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: October 1, 2015

Synopsis

Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.


Book Cover Comments

 

The rose in the background along with the pink rose petals totally captures the title. I’m loving it. Violet and Raven stand in the middle, and even though I’m not a fan of these kind of outfits, the fire aura makes things really powerful and impacting. Once again with the beautiful intricate “White Rose” golden word print.

Once again the back has the mysterious mystery like premise with a pretty rose and pink petal background.

A basic comment on the HarperTeen ver: I love how Violet’s dress blends into the rose she is in. And at the same time, they maintain the prism reflection style from Book 1.


The Actual Review

Liked The Jewel? Well the White Rose is even better.

The book picks off from the previous cliffhanger in the first book, and here, we are on another roller coaster ride of adventure. Honestly I was a bit surprised when the White Rose turned out to be thinner than The Jewel, cus that’s not usually the case with sequels XD

This book is full of turning minds and thoughts, as well as detailed plans on how to save Violet, Raven and Ash out of the royal circle and into the farm circle. All the scenes of friendship were really beautiful. I’ll get to this part a bit later.

Can I just say I love how Amy puts in the sweetest scenes in the book? I went through that particular page a billion times (When they first arrived at the White Rose) because I wanted to see it over and over again. Tbh the fact that you’re at this review if you haven’t read the first book means you’re getting spoiled already. Our OTP is just the sweetest ever, there was this part where they were by the waters, and I thought that part was really sweet.

Amy creates her world of magic with intriguing history and secrets behind the Lone City, as well as introducing our “legend” Sil. The relationships between characters and the fact that you’re more closely related to each other than you think was what made the character web really interesting, especially between Sil and Violet. I also super super love the entire story behind the Auguries and how deep it actually runs. When Violet finally discovers the truth behind the Auguries and uses it the way it actually is, not childbirth of course, I thought it was super beautiful. Also the part where Violet helps Raven out and saves the day, I teared up. That was was superb to the best.

Then comes the secret societies, and I loved that part a lot. The fact that everyone is trying to help everyone out to get rid of the monarchy of the four founding houses and to have everyone live a peaceful life was really really cool. Though…

AMY WHY DID YOU LEAVE THE BOOK AT AN EVEN HIGHER CLIFFHANGER!!!!!

I

LEGIT

DIED

AT THE CLIFFHANGER. I WAS LIKE WHAT IN THE WORLD R U SRS WHERE’S THE NEXT BOOK OH IT’S NOT OUT YET DAMN IT.

I personally AM not a fan of novels with dystopian themes. I pretty much gave up on Maze Runner, and as for Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, not that I don’t like it, but I’m not sucked into it. But with Amy Ewing’s Lone City series, she mixed the dystopian element with way more elements and themes, making it really fun to read and extremely enjoyable.

I finished book 1 in 3 days, book 2 in 2 days, and while I was reading book 2 I was in Malaysia, so the caretaker for my grandma’s friend who lives in Malaysia (we were having dinner tgt) was like “wow you read so quickly! Yesterday it was that and today it’s this!”

 


Devastating truths, cliffhangers, beautiful relationships, Amy Ewing crushes our heart with the White Rose.

Book Review: The Jewel – Amy Ewing

Welcome back to BookReviewathon 101! I read The Jewel and it’s sequel back in February 2016, but because I love Amy Ewing so much, I just have to do a review.


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Name: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Walker Books (US Ver: HarperTeen)
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Synopsis

The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering facade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept her fate, Violet meets a handsome boy who is also under the Duchess’s control, and a forbidden love erupts. But their illicit affair has consequences, which will cost them both more than they bargained for. And toeing the line between being calculating and rebellious, Violet must decide what, and who, she is willing to risk for her own freedom.


Book Cover Comments

 

Ok. Can I say it is because of that simplicity, that shattered glass like background that makes everything so sweet? And then we have Violet in a violet gown standing in the middle of the room, creating a perfect contrast. The word “Jewel” is printed in glossy gold, and its really shiny, with intricate designs. The two quotes on the cover gave me a super powerful impression, I knew I was going to pick it up.

The back has the same shattered glass background, and has the mysterious-but-short-awesome-synopsis. The rose on the floor that has gradient color is gorge.

I’ll give a basic comment on the HarperTeen ver cus that’s probably what most of you would get. The cover, though pale, looks really beautiful with Violet being inside the jewel, and then the gajillion reflections.


The Actual Review

When I first read this book, I thought it was AMAZING.

I’m trying my best to remember all the details cus it’s been 6 months since I’ve read it.

Let’s begin with:

OH, MY, GOD.

Definitely a taste of The Selection Series in The Jewel, but it is something different altogether. What Amy has constructed in this book with her version of a similar selection is way more interesting, way more deeper, and, it’s just deep.

Girls with special abilities from different circles in the Lone City are collected and acts as surrogates to develop their three special abilities. The three abilities are color, shape and grow. But don’t think its just developing abilities for nothing. At a certain time of the season, the girls with better scores will be taken to an auction, where different people will come to bid the girls, and the entire point of it is to carry a child for them.

Sounds brutal doesn’t it? But that is what made the story so interesting. Violet gets chosen by one of the Founding Houses, the Duchess of the Lake. And that is where her story begins. You do well, you get rewarded. You do bad, you get punished. And there were so many dynamics going on in the House of the Lake, you couldn’t believe it. And I have to say, I felt bad for Violet whenever she had to go for medical checkups, because that means that she will have to use her abilities. I’m saying a bit too much, so I’ll leave it to you users to imagine how the surrogates will have to use their abilities for childbirth.

For pete’s sake, the Duchess of the Lake is ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL. I won’t say how or what she did. She is. She’s a horrible person, our so called antagonist in this book. But a lot of the times, she is so unpredictable, sometimes I don’t even know what she will do or what will happen to Violet.

I feel really glad for Violet whenever she gets to see her BFF Raven, who was “adopted” by the House of the Stone at any social events. You can’t stick around for long if you’re separated too long from your BFF. And how they interact and what Violet sees in Raven is all really interesting.

Amy is a genius in giving me sweet heart aches, and from time to time, I’m always going back to Chapter 24 ~ 26. Because that’s where all the sweetness reaches Zenith, especially the last page of Chapter 26.

It’s tragic that I can’t spoil much of what I would like to say, so I shall do a BookTube video soon about The Jewel + The White Rose so Amy Ewing can listen to me fangirl with no shame and full of spoilers.

BTW, the ending was brutal. I was like WAIT WHAT NONONONONONONONOONONONONONONONONONONONOONON

Also Amy is a terrible person in terms of giving readers extreme cliffhangers. I was lucky enough to read Book 1 at the time Book 2 was out, and I was fortunate enough to be in a mega-bookstore and was fortunate enough to find the Book on the “Featured/Bestelling Bookshelf” of the YA section.

After The Jewel, I knew I had to go on to The White Rose.


 

With a devastating past, a cruel society, a brave heart and blooming romance, Amy Ewing steals away our hearts in The Jewel.

Book Review: The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead

Note that I have never read any of Richelle Mead’s books, notably Vampire Academy, sorry to all you fans out there, and so I cannot compare this book to her previous work.


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Name: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razor bill
Release Date: April 5, 2016

Synopsis (I finally use the right word)

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…


Book Cover Comments

I love how the cover features Adelaide, and the black background with roses (I assume it’s prob not) around her is really sweet, and I have to praise the photo and concept skills. It’s one of the best “RL human” book covers I’ve seen.

The silver dress and the necklace is also something we find in the book, which I love. The back cover however, had the color system and theme sorta destroyed by the promotion of the Vampire Academy series. Thy synopsis can be found inside the book.


The Actual Review

I like this book.

One thing that is notable about this book, is that it is EXTREMELY fast paced. The first 100 pages takes the span of almost an entire year, but it was a good choice made so the readers wouldn’t be too bored with the details at the Glittering Court.

“Bad things are always going to happen, there’s no way to avoid that. Our control comes in how we face them.”

Onto the plot, I thought it was really interesting and intriguing, with all the plot twists and developments, though some were a bit expected. And I also thought that some parts of the plot lets readers think what is going to happen in the future and predict some paths as well as imagine some things. And I liked that about the Glittering Court. Sometimes its sad to think about the heroine’s future routes and what will happen. That reminds me, I like how Adelaide and Cedric are chasing for the same objective/outcome through their own methods.

“It’s not just about safety. It’s about freedom. Freedom to be who I am without putting on a show for everyone else.”

The three main girls, Adelaide, Tamsin and Mira are all headstrong girls in their own ways. Adelaide is strong in terms of to help others (well in this case it’s just Cedric), Tamsin being strong to get what she needs and never gives up, and Mira being strong throughout the stormy girl fueds. You all understand what I mean when I talk about girls and their fueds.

But I knew what Cedric had on the line. His life. No matter how dire, could Tamsin really have anything comparable to that?

The story gives different messages at different parts of the story, with one of those important ones being: being in the upper class doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want, and a title does not guarantee you everything. Adelaide starts out as a bit of a pampered countess, and by entering the Glittering Court, she learns how to live with the basics. With the plot development later on, she experiences manual labor, and I thought the storyline of Adelaide being in different social classes to understand her society better is a really nice thing.

“Never underestimate your own worth.”

A little bit of supernatural was included in the story, and it sorts of play a major role in this book. And I really love the concept of it, as well as how it reflects reality in terms of how religion is seen in modern society.

“We’re all in charge of our own lives–and we have to live with the consequences of the choices we make.”

Though one thing I would like to point out is after the fast paced Glittering Court, even though parts started to slow down when Adelaide decided to settle down with her chosen one, things got slow around there, and there were one or two parts in the last 100 pages where I got a bit lost. But of course, when Adelaide finally got to marry her one true love, I was happy about it.

Tamsin shook her head. “I don’t know how you got my without me.”
“Me either,” I said. “Me either.”

Can I also say Richelle smooshed my heart by putting so many sweetheart caramel (basically sweet) scenes in this book? And I love all the parts where my heart aches for those cutie parts. 5 out of 5 for heart aching sweet scenes. I also think Richelle did a great job wrapping up the main plot in 400 pages. *claps*

I was warmed by the sun, his embrace, and the joy building up within me.

The Glittering Court definitely reminds me a little bit of The Selection by Kiera Cass, so fans of Kiera can definitely come along and try The Glittering Court.

Richelle had mentioned that the other two books will be on the same timeline, but told from the other two perspectives, which is Mira and Tamsin. Midnight Jewel, which is Mira, comes next, and I definitely can’t wait to learn more about Mira and to see another perspective of the story I just finished.


Filled with secrets and identities to hide, The Glittering Court is a one of a kind intriguing tale filled with love and betrayal, capturing readers from beginning to end.

Book Review: Recreated – Colleen Houck

COLLEEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME YOU’RE GIVING ME A HUMONGOUS HANGOVER OMG IT’S ALMOST 2AM  AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING ANYMORE


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Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 2, 2016

Blurb from Hardcover

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened Egyptian prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, Amon transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfil his duty to protect humanity. Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to release their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She is ready to do whatever it takes.

In Recreated, the powerful second book in Colleen Houck’s Reawakened series, Lily will be tested body and soul.


Book Cover Comments

GORGE, GORGE, GORGE.
I MEAN, CMON WHAT EGYPTIAN FAN DOESN’T LIKE THAT GOLD TURQUOISE AND BLUE PALETTE.

That eye is more than magnificent, and I see how the cover relates to so many aspects in the book. The sphinxes, the impossible triangle, and Isis’ wings. Those wings btw, are magnificent and gorgeous. ON POINT.

The back is the front without the eye, and I’m loving it so much.


The Actual Review

HHHAAAANNNNGGGGOOOVVVVVEEEERRRRRRRRR

A lot of you might see that this is not the book where there involves extreme deep relationships and where the entire world gets entangled. But it is because of that simple path where we get to see the entire adventure happen, and it is also of all the understanding and acceptance going on in this book that reminds me of Colleen’s writing style, and why I fell in love with the first book I read from her: Reawakened. (P.S. you can find it’s review from my “Review” page)

The truth was that as long as Lily held his heart, Amon would  fight. He was beholden to her; if she wanted him to press on, he would find a way.

Lucky you people, this review will be spoiler free, because I’ll be making a 100% SPOILER VIDEO REVIEW.

“Lilliana, Amon left the afterlife for you. And for you, he will return.”

From the very beginning of the story to the very end, this entire book is packed with Egyptian mythology, as well as involving one or two elements from Greek mythology and Scottish/Irish folklores. This book sticks even more true to the knowledge about Egyptian mythology that I know about.

But Amon lit a spark that I’d nurtured these last few months.

From all of the trials and judgements and decisions made in this book, Colleen doesn’t fail me at all. All of them were extremely beautiful, and its something that made me recall about my own life as well. It’s also something that makes me think why the Egyptians had the concept of the “Scale of Judgement”. It’s not something that anyone can face, where you have to confess all of your wrongdoings and face your past, so that you can move on to live a better life.

“I love you, Amon, and I have no regrets either,” I declared. “That includes doing what I have to do now. I will find a way to you. I promise.”

There are a few characters I will have to vent about, and I’ll try to keep this spoiler free.

“Being the Guardian of Dreams is a very weighty responsibility, especially when those dreams involve myself.”
Asten, the younger brother of Amon, is loveable. In every. Single. Way. His bravery, his willingness in front of the Scale of Judgement, utterly perfect and beautiful. I was actually tearing up when I got to the part where Asten assists Lily during the Scale of Judgement scene. (Hey theses peeps gotta go to Netherworld. I’m not spoiling you.) Some parts I get really confused, especially the last scene, and therefore I need book 3 to explain EVERYTHING to me.
“I didn’t stop Amon because”—Asten paused and looked at me—”because she loved him back.”

Ahmose, the older brother of Amon. He is so selfless, so caring. And his heart of forgiveness is one thing I adore. It is rare to find one such as him. All I’m going to keep on saying is caring and forgiving. Ahmose is the beautiful older brother, and I don’t even know what I’m saying anymore because I’m going through hangover.

“Asten has always been my brother.”
“In truth, I forgave him decades ago. “

Amon, oh Amon. His love for Lily has hurt him so much that he decides to trap himself in the Netherworld. He wishes for Lily to stay on Earth and be happy, but their love is inseparable. The bond that is shared between them is so strong, that Lily just had to find him one more time. There were so many parts where it was really painful for me to read. TTATT

“…That is the time when the Liberator will appear…”

Lily and Tia. The two of them just shows me how much this book taught me about what love is, what acceptance and respect is. Arguments, disagreements, working as one to become something even greater. Lily has indeed changed every fiber of what she was, and that includes how she thinks and how she acts. Lilliana and Lily, two completely different people. She grew so much in this book, I gotta say: Lily, you are indeed the best. I see her confusions at times and I really wish she could have just stuck with “one”, and therefore once again, the last part in the “Waters of Osiris” (not-yet-read-readers, i swear its not spoilery.), I still got confused, but by the end of it, I was in love and heartbroken.

Having Tia with me was like having a guardian angel who understood everything. Who accepted my strengths and weaknesses and was willing to stick with me and loan a supporting hand regardless of whatever trouble I found myself in.

Back to talking about the plot, I seriously have to praise Colleen’s ability to write something that no one has ever actually “seen” before. The duat and the underworld is definitely not an easy place to write, as there are only descriptions of it in old Egyptian records and the pure mind of imagination. Another writer I know that included writing imaginative places is Rick Riordan. Rick’s Kane Chronicles is a different message, with it being family and friends. How he describes Egyptian Mythology was also magnificient and was more true to what we know of. But it is Recreated where I fall in love more. Acceptance, bravery, belief, respect, all those different things packed into this book, and not to mention all the wonderful and absolutely beautiful emotions and lovely scenes, thoughts and romance that made me go into hangover stage. If you didn’t know I’m still dying right now. It’s been an hour since I finished the book and I still can’t think properly.

We spun in dizzying circles, linked together in an embrace so powerful, even the rushing squall that erupted around us couldn’t pull us apart.

COLLEEN WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DROP OFF THE ENDING LIKE THAT
I WAS LITEARLLY LIKE
WHAT NO WHAT NO WHY WHY WHY WHAT WHAT WHERE DID THAT EVIL WOMAN GO WHY IS LILY ACTING LIKE THIS
NO WHY ARE YOU JUST LEAVING ME OFF AT THE EPILOGUE WHY DID YOU KILL ME


Recreated is the best masterpiece that I have read so far from Colleen, a level up from Reawakened. Something much more valuable in so many ways, something that touches more upon thoughts and hearts, something much more beautiful in any single way.

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