Book Review: Fallen – Lauren Kate

Yes It’s been 16 days since my last review. Where was I?

After going through a book hangover of The Thousandth Floor, I turned to Japanese manga for rehab because I died. And then my schedule to reread the Fallen series in preparation for the movie came along. And so, here we go, the marathon reviews of the Fallen Series.

Oh and, contains light ~ mild spoilers? Well the synopsis already spoiled a bit of your fun.


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Name: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher(s): Delacorte Press (Corgi, Doubleday, Ember)
Release Date: December 8, 2009

Synopsis

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall . . .


Book Cover Comments

It totally suits the title, doesn’t it? That beautiful black dress just suits the entire theme so well, and a blue twilight forest…. No one could ask for more when it comes to Gothic Elegance.


The Review

Ohh my god.

Like, who wouldn’t love a beautiful starbound romance like this?

Fallen Angels and everything like that?

There are no words that I can really use to describe how beautiful Fallen was to me.

“What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?”

Everything was perfect, that slow build up until the revelation explodes behind your eyes, from the intriguing reform school Sword & Cross and how Lauren uses that to bring the characters to life even more, tying in the concept of destiny and fate, the magnetic pull of one and other that brings Lucinda and Daniel together over and over again.

“The only way to survive eternity is to be able to appreciate each moment.”

Luce’s back story was very interesting as to how she ended up in Sword & Cross. You can read more about it in short stories of the Fallen Series. And then we begin introducing each main character along the way of the plot. Arriane, Roland, Molly, Gabbe, all of them are wonderful characters with their own magnificent past and story (that is not this book’s and not my place to tell). The fact that all of them are keeping hold of a mystery, the fact that no one in that school really knows much about them, keeping that lock shut until the climax of the book.

“I do all of these things,” Daniel said, leaning into her so that their foreheads touched, “because you’re my love, Lucinda. For me, you’re all there is.”

Then there’s Cam. The bad boy to Daniel.

I mean, isn’t it nice to always have a love rival? Sparks things up, doesn’t it? (oh god my mind is switching to the Fallen Movie mode. Focus Joanne, focus.) Fine. It might seem a little bit cliche with the bad boy vs love boy, but despite not getting a lot of screen time in this book and the latter books to be the bad boy for Lucinda, Cam plays an extremely important role in the entire story line, and I love him as much as I love anyone else.

“I get to live forever,” he repeated. “I get to watch it all over again and again. Everyone but you.” His eyes were glassy. His voice dropped to a whisper. “You don’t get to fall in love—”
“But…,” she whispered back. “I’ve…fallen in love.”

All the beautiful butterflies of love and sweet and honey and overflowing emotions when Luce gets kissed or when she kisses just sweeps me off my feet every time, and I literally die every time that happens, and I just want to reread those parts again, take a deep breath, and dive in into it again.

“We meet. We always meet, somehow we’re always thrown together, no matter where I go, no matter how I try to distance myself from you. It never matters. You always find me.”

I guess every story needs an antagonist, so I’ll talk a bit about antagonist A here. This antagonist was a bit surprising, I have to say. I didn’t expect this person to be the one who would go against Luce and everyone else (on her side of course), all because that person has a target to reach that is complete blasphemy, I could chop that person’s head off for harming Luce like that. Not in a physical way. In a mental way ;)

“And while the truth still scared her, being in his arms made her feel like the sea finding its shore, like a traveler returning after a long, hard, distant trip— finally returning home.”

And all the revelations, never ever ending beautifulness. One wave after another, star-crossed, angelic, devilish, magnificient, and it is always the separation that makes one person looks so forward to the encounter, and the fact that everything has changed this time, so that this time, all of them may truly find a way out.

So to end this book review, there’s only really one thing to say:

Some angels are destined to fall.

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Book Review: The Thousandth Floor – Katharine McGee

After the Empire of Storms hangover, this is the LARGEST hangover I’ve had. The largest hangover. I’ve had. Actually. I haven’t been reading any YA for the past half of a week. I’ve been only watching Gilmore Girls and reading manga.


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Name: The Thousandth Floor
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 30, 2016

Synopsis

NEW YORK CITY AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.

A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future where anything is possible—if you want it enough.

WELCOME TO MANHATTAN, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. Everyone there wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

LEDA COLE’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

ERIS DODD-RADSON’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

RYLIN MYERS’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will this new life cost Rylin her old one?

WATT BAKRADI is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy for an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is AVERY FULLER, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Amid breathtaking advancement and high-tech luxury, five teenagers struggle to find their place at the top of the world. But when you’re this high up, there’s nowhere to go but down….


Book Cover Comments

How gorgeous is this? Well I don’t know! It’s magnificent! Like, Gold on Black. That’s such a good colour match oh my god. And I’m really glad that the cover for the hardback jacket and paperback is the same, so all the engraved words are there, as well as the shininess.

The words are popped out and have this gold bronze like gradient, plus it’s in cursive, so it’s so pretty. I cannot stop praising the beautiful design of the building, and I super super love the fact that it fades into nothing. The spine is even more sick, because it’s the building, except that it’s shiny and somewhat reflective!!!


The Review

You people do not know how I’m dying over this book to the point that I literally cannot start And I Darken. Or maybe it’s just me who doesn’t feel like reading And I Darken. Maybe I’m gonna try to start on something else.

So it’s been 6 days since I haven’t read a YA novel and I think it’s an issue.

I know people say that “Oh it’s futuristic gossip girl I’m over that kind of thing and that plot with the overly complicated web”. WEll I’m not. In fact don’t hate on me but I haven’t read Gossip Girl so I know what it is but not the actual content. But I seriously found this book absolutely absolutely amazing.

“The higher you are, the farther you fall.”

It is completely up to you if you want to take that metaphorically or literally, because this phrase is something that will be popping up in your mind throughout the book.

At first I was a little bit lost mainly due to the fact that there are 5 characters on and running at the same time, but later on when one or two people start crossing each other’s ways, everything becomes much more interesting (yes i know this sounds cliche for this kinda novel). There comes all the plot and the beef and the secrets lurking behind the tongues of people, and holy crap, the romance in this novel.

“Sometimes love and chaos are the same thing.”

There are really mixed feelings about how the main couple turned out in the end and the fact that they were together in the very first place, because it is well, somewhat not something that every single person would be looking for? But I found it absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t stop reading the scenes they spent their time together over and over and over again until I could stop (which was like never), and I really appreciate Katharine writing about this type of couple that’s really rare in society, and I believe that in someway, it is also something that our modern society should learn to accept. (really. especially Asian culture.)

“If you aren’t sure, then you definitely aren’t in love.”

Other matches will eventually go on in this book, and it’s expression of diversity is something that I really appreciate. I also really like how New York is squished into one whole building. It just makes things really interesting, and putting it in a futuristic context just gets our minds to imagine more about the future.

The building up climaxes then return to the prologue in the book (btw you can check out the first four chapters in EpicReads), as the main timeline occurs 2 months prior to the prologue, and holy moly that ending was just mind-blowing and devastating. I knew immediately that I needed book 2, and I went to find my mom and told her the entire plot in 30 minutes.


Onto character talks! I won’t be talking about anyone besides the main character, because that would be such a giveaway of what goes on.

LEDA. Oh my goodness. I never expected her build up, plot wise and character wise to be so strong, it really blasted that ending and gave it a grand finale, in a really interesting way of course, and I didn’t even really see that coming either. She is indeed a character who would do anything for things to go her way, but at the same time, she’s going through some difficult times, and so I feel sorry for her, because she is gravely affected by her environments.

ERIS goes through another type of hardship than Leda, and at first, she displays that kind of spoiled brat behaviour (yea. the monarchy princesses, mocking the high society. jkjk) I really like this part near the ending where Eris goes to do something really meaningful and sweet, and that part really showed me that she changed. All I really wanna do is give her a big hug.

RYLIN changed so much because of other people she met, and she started to change some of her old behaviours. And I really love the fact that she cares so much for her sister and her family. It’s really sweet of her to go all out to do what she can. And Rylin is the character where I really connect to one of Katharine’s interviews, as Katharine really loved Paris and also cares so much about her sister ;) (those of u who’ve read it, you get the Paris reference)

WATT the computer genius. So this is really light spoilers, but Watt has this supercomputer that’s constantly telling him what’s going on, basically Watt’s Brain the II. Though some people might think “oh wow that’s a convenient thing to go on, having an encyclopedia in your mind”, but I find it really sad. Watt has to rely on the supercomputer a lot of the times to make the right move, but when he decides to temporarily turn it off, he will revert back to a person who lost all that power of knowledge, but at the same time, the power of knowledge is a huge burden, as knowing the truth doesn’t always give you an uphand. (ending spoilers *********************)

AVERY. AVERY FULLER. MY DEAR, SWEETHEART AVERY. Now I haven’t done any research on other people’s names, but I know that Avery has something to do with birds, and that really ties into her intro paragraph.

“The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.”

When I read that paragraph, I could imagine her looking out the windows of the thousandth floor, looking down at the city in sadness, because of something that she couldn’t have. I knew she was locked up in her birdcage, unable to be free because of the expectations set on her.

Her biggest Secret was standing right there before her. She just hoped he wasn’t also her Biggest Mistake.

I actually predicted that one thing she couldn’t have, as in the general topic, but I never expected her route to wind down that way. But in my opinion, it’s completely perfect and absolutely satisfying and oh my gosh. Five hundred more words to describe this and it wouldn’t be enough.

“Up here on the roof, so close to the stars, she felt young and alive and hateful.”

People always see Avery as the symbol of perfection, but at the same time she loathes being that symbol, because it is also a big burden and a stress, where everyone sees that outer shell of you, but all you really want is to relax and live like a normal person.

Now, I don’t want to spoil you so I’ll have to stop talking about Avery. I crie.


And when the path of the five merges into one line,
In between the web of lies,
Is where the Thousandth Floor lies.

Book Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

It’s true that a contemporary book can make any day feel even more sweeter and better. ooo i hear my dog bark.


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Name: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016

Synopsis

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.


Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Book Cover Comments

Simple, cute, straight to the point, perfect for a contemporary book ;) Also credits to my friend Jonathan (not that you’ll ever read this) for introducing this book to me, because I died.


The Actual Review

After a roller coaster of fantasy and depressing life, it’s really true that a sweet star-crossed contemporary romance can cheer your day up.

Eleanor & Park is such a sweet contemporary romance filled with mini arguments and interruptions through out their relationship, I thought it really reflects RL when every couple is only trying out and beginning to get used to a new person in their life. The book must also be praised for it’s diversity and the fact that it addresses some social standard stereotypes, and one of those that was in the book somewhat, in a way, applies to me? No shame here. That’s what I really love about this book, the fact that it’s expressing some issues that people are feeling nowadays, why they are uncomfortable around other people.

It was also interesting to see how Eleanor & Park started off, how they first interacted and talked to each other, as well as how they learnt to accept each other’s flaws, which is of course, a really important aspect that we need in our daily lives, even with family and friends. (and animals, too.)

But seriously, the ending was really heartbreaking, and here’s my reaction.

*flips page. Acknowledgements*

“Wait What”
*flips back and forth*
“What the hell r u srs”
“Shit”
“WHAT THE”
“NO WHAT THE HELL WHAT IS THIS ENDING YOU CAN’T JUST LEAVE IT HERE”
“SMVKJBAKMOIVMASLDI”

Yep that was my wonderful verbal reaction which I actually said out loud. Then I went to my friends for therapy because I didn’t know how to deal with the ending. A nice thing about the ending is that instead of being a close ended future if you get what I mean, it is an open ended future that can lead to so many paths because the final ending and how it will turn out is blurred. That gives the reader a wild imagination of what will happen to Eleanor and Park in their far future. Though I personally prefer closed endings just because I want to draw a “full stop” to a story.

I’d also like to talk about the school life of Eleanor and Park, and as I said, there are some stereotypes going around at school and terrible behaviours going on. I really like how it’s addressed in the book, because, of course, it increases the book’s diversity and just really shows how flawed humans are (sorry if this might be controversial) and how much more we can be improving.

Both Eleanor and Park’s family separately are also really interesting to learn about. The power in the family, how the family runs, their fears and their lives, accepting and not accepting, rules, regulations, all these things you will be seeing in this book.

*yes i know this is a fairly repetitive book review but i’m sorry i dunno wat 2 talk abt*


 

Spark up your day with this fluttering romance and stay stunned from the beautiful ending, as well as smile at the diversity of Eleanor & Park.

Book Review: Heartless – Marissa Meyer

Geez I need to stop procrastinating and step up my book review game. ;)

Thank you my dear cousins from San Francisco for buying me this book, it was an absolute surprise, and I originally had no intention of reading this book until you guys got it for me, so I am overjoyed.


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Name: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016

Synopsis

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Book Cover Comments

I found the vines really popping out from the black, mainly because these two colors just actually go very well together. And the vines are popped out in the actual hardback jacket, so that’s a much love as well ;) The inside of the book is a diamond-checkered surface which is shiny and really pretty as well.


The Actual Review

I did not expect that ending. At all.

I didn’t even know who Catherine would be until the near end, where her character became predictive.

At first, I just thought it would be an Alice story but in a predictable world a.k.a. Wonderland, and I really didn’t look forward to it so much. So when I started reading it, it wasn’t the most captivating due to the fact that it was mostly world building in the beginning, and the development and character introducing came first, and so not much happened.

But when Catherine and her friend went to find a certain ingredient for this bake-off competition, things started getting interesting, as there was something that can be predicted and would be revealed later on, and that’s where everything starts getting into place.

And the fact that Catherine started falling for joker also makes things much much more interesting, and whatever happens next.

Now, as you have read the synopsis above, you would know that there is a fate that is waiting for her. And it is that fate that I was most shocked by, because who Catherine was representing really didn’t show until the very end, and no one would actually really know until the very end, and that very very last line in the book was SO iconic, SO well known, any assumptions of who Catherine is would of course, BE KNOWN.

I really like these kind of retellings when they have some of these really iconic lines, and in this case, Marissa ended the book with a grand suspense. She gave Catherine an extremely well background and past to what lead her to her current character, as well as really interesting past events and the blending of the world of Cards and Chess, a.k.a. the two sides of the Looking Glass really well, as well as including tons of the most iconic Wonderland elements.


So yea. You might go slow reading this book due to the plot build-up, but once you hit that point, things started getting interesting as everything builds up, the piece rises up to Crescendo and goes into dark silence.