Book Review: The Dazzling Heights – Katharine McGee

Ok I planned on leaving a chunk for Saturday so I wouldn’t have to sleep insanely late, but its 2am I’m writing up this review right now because this book is too good to forget, and I must have my thoughts fresh.


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Name: The Dazzling Heights
Author: Katharine McGee
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 29, 2017

Synopsis

All that glitters is not gold.

New York City, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amid high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

Leda is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden—even if it means trusting her enemy.

Watt just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When Rylin wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there also means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

Avery is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him…no matter the cost.

And then there’s Calliope, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. After all, in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.


Book Cover Comments

Ok I never realised that this book is the “silver”. And after looking at it 500 times, I am absolutely mesmerised. I love how these two towers play a pretty big role in the book, and we actually get to visit these two towers. The meaning behind it is also pretty sick BUT ALSO SADDENING ARTOIJGDFR FEELS

Font is gorgeous as ever, and just that black tower………..
the secrets behind it…………..
its name…………..


The Review

“Fanaa.”
“It means destroying yourself for the one you love.”

Ok no I’m absolutely dead in fact I can’t even wait to do a BookTube review on The Dazzling Heights so I can go down the complete spoiler route, but I have two Video reviews overdue DX

“I dreamed that I lost you.”

There’s one clear proof to why I know I am so addicted to this book: during the two sittings that I finished this book over, I ignored the percentage I set myself to read per night, and just kept flipping the pages till I felt like stopping. That was today basically. I got past 66%, and then i was like “ok this is not enough I need more” and then i was like “ok guess what I’ll just finish the book 2am is nothing for me”——
SO HERE I AM!

She just hoped their love was enough to keep them safe.

WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?
Can I just say that The Dazzling Heights is even worse than The Thousandth Floor? How everything is deeply entwined together and all the secrets, lies, relationships, everything? The web woven from the previous book is now filled with even more intricate detail and sophistication.

There was nowhere they could go that was safe.. Maybe love wasn’t enough after all. Not when every last obstacle was arrayed against you… When the entire world was keeping you apart.

The amount of suspense Katharine put into this book is unbearable, especially during the story arc at the end. The Dazzling Height’s ending actually matches The Thousandth Floor in terms of the general concept, mirroring roles (OMG MIRRORING ROLES MIRROR-CEPTION soz I’m dying here I know you can tell) and the final chapter’s results? But I like how it ended despite knowing what’s to come. That kept the suspense the entire time, making me wonder exactly who will die. (This was explained in Katharine’s “The Dazzling Heights Secrets” Vid)

“Live. With or without, here in New York or on the damned moon, I don’t care. Just live, and be happy, since I can’t. Promise me that.”

And then the god damn brewing romance. Some of you might know by now, but I have a very soft spot for romance. Not only did Katharine hit the right spot, she sent butterflies down my stomach into my belly, and basically ripped my heart out. IT WAS THAT BAD PEOPLE. I WAS NOT READY FOR ALL THE RELATIONSHIP EMOTIONAL TURMOIL AND BEAUTY LIKE HOLY HELL (I had six pink tabs for some sweet scenes I deemed worthy of tabbing)

“It’s killing her.”

During my review of The Thousandth Floor, because I saw it more as a drama book rather than the sci-fi, let’s spend this paragraph talking about the sci-fi aspects of it, since its a major chunk in the book as well!
I LOVE IT.
There are so many cool things that Katharine came up with, from this cool form of transportation in a small distance, to how other cities around the world function, as well as a lot of new cool technology that I won’t spoil you, cus I just want you to first hand experience it. I remember while reading the book, at one point I basically went :O
The technology introduced from the previous book is, of course still here, and is super super awesome, because we also have a super quantum computer hacking into systems and basically doing all the cool stuff. Yes, super quantum computer is a legend. ALSO THE 360 RECORDING DEVICE

For once, she didn’t really feel like admiring her own reflection.

Ok right now I’m listening to probably the perfect song for this book: Sweet Lies by EXO. Here’s a snippet of the translated lyrics:

Sometimes the truth
Hurts more than lies
We’re scared of getting hurt
We turn away from the truth

I don’t wanna hurt you either
So bitter
This is the only way we can be
No matter what I do
So again I
Do it again because I have no choice

So I tell her sweet lies, sweet lies, sweet lies
The sweetest lie in the world
I tell her sweet lies, sweet lies
If this is what you want, I’ll give it all to you

And the song’s slow and heavy mood is basically the perfect song for a book full of drama. I swear I’m still dying internally right now. I basically told my mom: “OK MOM ABSOLUTE SILENCE BECAUSE KATHARINE’S BOOKS ARE TOO MUCH TO HANDLE”.
So just like last review, I’m going to talk a bit about the individual characters as well, and then I’ll wrap up otherwise this review is getting too long.

And then there was nothing more.

Leda started off crazy. She was basically off the charts. It is because of what happened in book 1 that basically led to her current breakdown, but as she starts to untangle the knots that she and the others have created in her life, what will her path lead down to? And light spoilers, but Leda has a brewing relationship, and despite all oddities of the relationship, I totally ship it. Leda’s path in this book was full of healing and untangling, and I end up just loving her so much.

He might set himself free—or he might destroy life as he knew it.

Watt is firstly, simply a child that needs to learn about the real world and stop relying on super computers. Yes. Secondly, he totally killed me. The first intentions of some of the actions Watt chose to do, and how those developed later, and how friendships were brought together and then a whole super bunch of stuff developed… I love how Katharine adds a tone of humor between Watt and Nadia, and I love how these two partner in crime is basically the bloodhound that sniffs out all the puzzle pieces together. Btw I also love Watt as a character. I love the choices he made.

Gods I’m hungry (TIMESTAMP: 09/23/2017 2:22AM)

Rylin needs to get her crap together and go for the boy in which they broke each other’s heart. These two are like absolute baes that I want to see together again, and of course Katharine needs to add a little bit more drama at the end…. BACK ON THE MAIN TRACK! Super cool how Rylin got sent to a high-class school. Rylin learns something about herself that she never knew, and also a bit of that self realisation and acceptance that the levels of the Tower don’t define who she is. Rylin got super awesome near the end of the book when she and Leda’s relationship started thickening!

How strangely the world worked sometimes, that the two of them were off to find risotto together, forming a bizarre sort of truce under the soft, glittered sky.

AVERY IS MY ULTIMATE GIRL AND BAE THAT KILLED ME. I PERSONALLY LOVE AVERY’S PERSPECTIVE THE BEST SIMPLY BECAUSE I WILL DIE FOR ROMANCE. LIKE I’M CONSTANTLY DYING WHENEVER AVERY IS DYING, SEEING HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER LOVED ONE GETTING MORE AND MORE TANGLED AND COMPLICATED. AS AVERY BEGINS TO SORT OUT THE FUTURE AND LOOK TO WHERE THE THREAD ENDS, AS THE RELATIONSHIP SENDS BUTTERFLIES DOWN MY STOMACH!?!?!?!?! I still feel sorry for Avery though. Its also because of who she is, the girl on the Thousandth Floor, that gave her a lot of restrictions and perceptions from the others. BUT EITHER WAY I LOVE AVERY AND I JUST WANNA GO COMFORT HER HELLO

Except this was the only way it could be.

Calliope. OH WOW. I did not expect to like her in the end. From the synopsis, you can obviously deduce that Calliope will be the one to stir up some drama. Ok she basically did but that’s only with one perspective, but Calliope’s background is real complicated… that’s when I started falling for her. When Calliope’s time spent in New York began to change the person who she was, when her time spent in New York made her rethink on her past.. a path of realisation.. But hey I still hate her for causing drama #SorryNotSorry

She couldn’t wait to find out what she, as a New Yorker, was really like.

The Dazzling Heights never lets you off the hook on the rollercoaster of self destruction. Until the very last moment…
Until more secrets have been revealed…
Until the spiderweb is more complicated than ever…
Until all that glitters is not gold.

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ARC Review: Zenith – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Not to be confused with the 9 chapter eBook that was the backbone of this magnificent masterpiece: eBook review here!

Also, Its 2am in the morning, just finished this book and I am absolutely dead, but if I don’t write it now, I won’t be able to function properly.

Update: it’s 3am now. I finished this review at around 3am.


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Name: Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: January 16, 2018

Synopsis

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder‘s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation—and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship—or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.


ARC Cover Comments

I think the difference between this cover and the old cover, is that the simplicity just makes it much much much more beautiful.

The Mirabel symbol with its shadows and depth, but at the same time simple is just absolutely gorgeous, and the background, the galaxy smokey lightning-ey like beautiful blue and purple and indigo just takes my heart away.


The Actual Review

DEO0BvQUMAA4Vfp.jpgAbsolutely dead.

I am in shock.

On the right is me after I finished Zenith around fifteen minutes ago from now.

Zenith was a true roller coaster ride, and it definitely reached Zenith at the very end of the book. The plot twist at the very end was insane, and I am listening to an apocalypse-sounding-sad song of death.

Words cannot describe how amazing this book is. You’ll know what this book means to me when I do a video review, cus thats when I can show all my emotions. #ded

There was no fear in her eyes. Only a burning anger as hot as a flame.

Starting with the basics, as I said in my video review of the overlapping chapters with the original eBook, there was so much, so much that Sasha and Lindsay and improved on, even if its just the basic sentencing and redundancy issues (yes ever since I went for ACT tutoring these just come to me naturally). And I know just how much they improved, because I annotated 90% of the differences of the eBook VS the ARC. Oh right I’ll be making a separate post on how I managed to GET MY HANDS ON THIS BEAUTY ASDFGHJKL

For the first time in a long time, he felt fully alive.

I haven’t read much Sci-Fi and have absolutely no idea of what is the definition of a good Sci-Fi book, but either way, this blew me away. I always tried to steer away from the sci-fi simply because I’ve never liked Star Wars or Star Trek cus I got haunted by that horned red black face evil dude from Star Wars as a child—with the exception of The Illuminae Files— but I really enjoyed this.

She’d fallen, not for a lover, but for the skies. For adventure.

The bond between Andi and her crew is simply unbreakable, the respect they have for each other and the care they have for each other, their acceptance, their closeness, and more of this would be repeating myself over and over and over again. Can I just say that the AI on their ship, the Marauder, has the most beautiful name on Earth?

Like the stars.

The so called sadistic bounty hunter Dex comes in, and unfortunately Andi and her crew has to hangout to go on some sort of business that I will not spoil you. There is this love-hate relationship between Andi and Dex that is so hard to explain, and their tangled pasts and how that plays out in their relationship? And by the end of the book, seeing these two enemies acknowledging each other is nice to see. There’s always more to this relationship, and its so hard not to spoil you, so I must try my best to seal my mouth shut.

Androma Racella wasn’t an angel.
She was death incarnate.

We get to see the view and everything from three planets: Arcadius, Adhira —home to Lira the pilot— and Xen Ptera. Each of these are unique in their own way, and the vivid description that each of these cities have, the details and the work the Lindsay and Sasha put into describing everything to its finest is what won me over. I love beautiful places and beautiful sceneries, and having such a paradise (well this is ironical) is unimaginable. It’s always hard to start a world from scratch, especially set in different planets in a more futuristic environment, but I think this book definitely nailed that part.

“There’s a million colors up there. A million shades all mixed together. When you look at the world in more than just black and white, you begin to notice them.”

In this book, the story is told from the following perspectives: Andi, Lira (NEW!), Dex, K the female (NEW!), Valen (NOT SO NEW BUT NEW!) and Nor. K the female plays an extremely special role in explaining the story, especially in the very last bits of whats gonna happen. If it wasn’t for her perspective at the very end, my mind would not have exploded into millions of pieces.

“We’ve been through darkness. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still live in the light.”

Oh and if I haven’t showed it yet, there is a huge revelation at the very end, and with the help of K, my mind blasted into 5 million pieces.

She was sound and wind and movement. The elements that made up the world were hers to command.

Androma is such a strong and beautiful character. She’s been through so, so, so much in her past, from unescaping nightmares that haunt her till today, to the binding chains and the broken relationships that she has, she is an absolutely amazing character. And her other self, the Bloody Baroness, the one that stands so strong to defend the ones that she loves, the defend what is right, to stand up once again even if she falls over again and again.

Because it was not Andi who rose, but someone else in her place.
The Bloody Baroness.

At this one planet, we get all the different people in Mirabel Galaxy, and I love how all forms of extra terrestrial beings are included, from rainbow-shifting-iridescent-skinned people to those with 500 billion horns on their head, as well as those with beautiful tattoos all over their body or something.

“Sleep, and remember to dream of the light.”

Nor, the so-called ruthless ruler from Xen Ptera, she’s pretty amazing as well. I think its that special type of light that she manages to bring out, as well as all that she’s been through, that strength inside of her to continue to survive to reach her final goal.

“You will, Nhatyla. You’ll give us all back the stars and more.”

And now that we’re talking about Nor, I’d just like to say that by the end of the book, I seriously have no idea who to put as the villain or antagonist. Some of the characters-that-seems-like-an-antagonist has a soft side to them, and this is reason #2 why your mind will explode at the very end of this book.

The light had finally begun to shine.

Unfortunately if I say more, I will actually spoil this book. Bummer.

“You will join me, Brother, and together, you and I will take back the galaxy.”

But what else do I have to say other than the fact that this book is simply out of this world? When I read the last few chapters, it was as if I was thrown into a pool of feels to drown in and never surface again. And to end this review that is over 1000 words long: (why can’t this be school essays)

Fly true.

 

Book Review: The Forgetting – Sharon Cameron

Yay it’s Chinese New Year Holiday so let’s see if I can finish up Three Dark Crowns today as well… Because there’s homework and procrastination… and manga…


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Name: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher(s): Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 13, 2016

Synopsis

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.


Book Cover Comments

Getting this in hardback was worth it. The cover jacket is slightly shimmery, and you can feel the words and the tree which is just wickedly awesome. The concept of the tree is also really cool. There are also a few golden words and some tiny details printed on the naked cover, which is just sick.


The Review

I think the Forgetting was pretty cool. The entire concept of a cycle of forgetting memories isn’t actually new to me. Ah yes, brings back all dem’ good memories of Amagi Brilliant Park. Yes people it’s an anime that you definitely should watch if you enjoy comedy. And why does it remind me of Amagi?

Spoiler Alert so if you don’t want it, skip this sentence and image. Well you see there’s that tree there. And the Forgetting’s cover also has a tree. Unlike the book, the tree below reverts a curse when in Full Bloom, and the book, you see, does the opposite.

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Canaan is just way too idealistic in a way. Everything seems to be overly in order and perfect.. But it is because of that “purity” that the plot is able to move forward.

Nadia is a really interesting character. She goes against a lot of concepts that society wants to set for her, to step into the dark and find out what is really going on. When you are the only one who remembers anything, it’s kind of scary, isn’t it? When you are the only person who would understand and remember the most.
The life of Nadia that we see in this book, other than the main plot of figuring out what is going on behind Canaan is full of twists and turns, relationship issues and blooms. It might be unnecessary to the ultimate plot, but all these side characters are what helps Nadia achieve the final goal and for her to find loopholes in order to find the truth.

I really liked the complicated truths and revelations that the book has. It just keeps my head-hard drive spinning the entire time trying to figure out what’s going on. Not that I like the fact that I can’t get to the point. It can be really really confusing at times. I felt like some of the points could be better explained, but it’s probably just me.

The pace of this book is also rather slow despite spanning over I think, 78 days? Yes. And it’s also one of those books where the action comes in pretty much wayyy later into the book.

So if you guys check out the categories this book is in, it is also under Science Fiction. And that part will come in when some of the biggest revelations of the book enter. I think the entire concept of what Science Fiction the author puts in this book is really interesting. (spoilers in this sentence) The way the author touches the concept of modern technology (yes i kinda spoiled it geeez) from a completely isolated society is really interesting, though I also got confused at the revelations part, haha.

The romance is really light in this book, not much going on, but it’s just me who wants these fantastical love stories. Haha.

After every chapter, a page from Nadia’s diary is inserted, and I find those really interesting, to know some of Nadia’s deepest and most intriguing thoughts.


I think this book is great for those who want a little science twist in a calm and “pure”-like society, as well as those who like a lot of riddles and revelations.

 

Book Review: Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Did someone say Gemina????

YES I JUST DID

Btw you should really try comparing this review and my Illuminae review side by side. Then play iSPY and spot the differences lol. #GeminaReference


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Name: Gemina
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: November 1, 2016

Synopsis

The saga that began with breakout bestseller Illuminae continues aboard Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of BeiTech’s assault. Hanna is the station commander’s pampered daughter, Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station crew one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon, Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


Book Cover Comments

two words. again. tbh I just wanna copy and paste Illuminae’s book cover comments cus its applicable here

IT’S LIT.

YES SHUTTERSTOCK AGAIN BUT THE CARVED OUT SECTIONS AND THE “HIGHLIGHTED TEXT” EFFECT GETS 100 POINTS

THE MESSY MARKER AND SCRIBBLY LINES

IT’S LIT.

AND YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW THE COVER ART THIS TIME, CAN BE EASILY RELATED TO A CERTAIN PLOT POINT IN THE BOOK, WHICH IS JUST SICK.

those of u who hv read Gemina will get my color coding above.


The Actual Review

THIS BOOK

BLEW ME OFF THE CHARTS AND INTO A PARALLEL UNIVERSE.

And blood and tears and screams did not matter anymore, because at least they are together.

SO THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT AGAIN IS STRUCTURE.

STRUCTURE FFS, STRUCTURE. OH MY GOD.

Like it’s preceder, Gemina comes in 500 thousand formats other than just a regular novel format. And this time, we even get journal illustrations by fellow author Marie Lu. Everytime I look at those drawings I go: oh my god she’s so talented. You simply must see her wonderful drawings for Gemina. It might not be everyone’s style, but it’s adorable. a.k.a. IT’s LIT. if you’re done with the two words IT’S LIT you can probably leave this blog post right now because I’m not gonna stop anytime sooner again. And oh my god the moments when we see AIDAN the Artificial Intelligence do something real cool and sick which I won’t spoil, it was super super super fun to read, as well as see those gorgeous pages, and the parts where there are only one or two quotes on the page, and let the rest of the graphics blow your mind. So here’s how I’m going to sum it up:

IT’S
LIT.

I should really stop.

Ok screw the mirror effect with blogpost Illuminae.

At first, I was a bit worried while reading Gemina, cus it didn’t start off mind boggling, and for some reason, I didn’t know how it would turn out. Another main reason is that the main focus is no longer on Kady and Ezra from Illuminae, but two people at their destination: Hanna and Nik. And in the beginning, Hanna came off as too much of a spoiled brat, so I thought she would be the type to be helpess whatsoever. But the book didn’t disappoint me. In the end, I love Hanna and what she does so much, and her strategical thinking, the realities that she’ll have to face.

Choices that people will have to make, decisions that they will have to choose, priorities to set, sacrifices to make, all or one.

And now, born from the ashes, she’s a warrior in bloodied black.

By the way, this computer bug in the Heimdall Station is such a troll. Plays weird singing music 24/7 on the PA system that’s annoying as hell. I would scream and shout at the PA system if that song plays for another 2 seconds.

“It’s not about what I say, right? It’s what I do that matters here.”

I guess one thing I found myself to do when reading this series, and that includes both books, is that I don’t believe in certain large impactful events that happens on an individual. Not sure if I refuse to believe or whatever, but it’s just kind of funny. And the antagonists in this book are like super super fun to deal with.

I CANNOT HELP BUT WONDER
IF THE THOUGHT OF SAVING ALL THOSE LIVES AND HOPES AND DREAMS
PALES IN COMPARISON
TO THE THOUGHT OF SEEING HIM AGAIN.

Hmm. Do I have anything else to say?

I WONDER.

OH WAIT I DO.

THERE WAS THIS ONE PAGE WHERE THERE WERE A LIST OF NAMES. AND I RECOGNISED SOME AUTHOR NAMES WHICH WAS SOOO COOL AND I WAS LIKE WAIT WHAT! R U SRS! THAT’S SO COOL!

*brain identifies Victoria Aveyard and Kami Garcia*

I definitely can’t wait for the finale/3rd book next year, going through this exciting and thrilling space opera again.


Her eyes shining with the light of it.
Beneath, between, beyond.
And waiting for her on the other side?

A whole sky of different stars.”

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: Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Yes, review two of November 21. And after this I’m going to go to bed because I’m tired and sleepy, and yea. All of that.


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Name: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: November 1, 2015

Synopsis

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.


Book Cover Comments

two words.

IT’S LIT.

I MEAN OK FINE ITS SHUTTERSTOCK BUT THE STYLE THEY DO, THE CARVED OUT SECTIONS AND THEN THE SPINE AND THE PUBLISHER WITH THE “HIGHLIGHTED TEXT” EFFECT LIKE HOW COOL IS THAT

AND THEN THE PREMISE AT THE BACK, WITH THE MESSY MARKER AND SCRIBBLY LINES,

IT’S LIT.

And oh my god once you flip the first page of this paperback (yes this is one of the paperback editions that is an XL size. I got XL despite this edition having no discounts on Book Depository so that I can maximise reading this book in larger surfaces.) the inside cover, other than author blurbs, are some quotes from inside the book that’s HOLY ASIDJAPOSFIJKPEKPSOFJ


The Actual Review

I

Do not give a hell

about Sci-Fi.

BUT THIS BOOK

BLEW ME OFF THE CHARTS AND INTO THE UNIVERSE.

AND LIKE A FIREFLY IN SOME LIGHTLESS ROOM ABOARD HYPATIA, I SEE HER.
ALL AGLOW.

SO THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT IS STRUCTURE.

STRUCTURE FFS, STRUCTURE. OH MY GOD.

Illuminae is actually “Files”, as in it comes in 500 thousand formats other than just a regular novel format. From emails to IMs to security cameras to interviews to Wikipedias to file reports, IT’s LIT. if you’re done with the two words IT’S LIT you can probably leave this blog post right now because I’m not gonna stop anytime sooner. And oh my god the graphics in this book. Can we talk about the frickin spaceship diagrams? It’s SO GOD DAMN COOL. Fine I do give a damn about some futuristic things simply because. So here’s how I’m going to sum out how cool the spaceship diagrams and specs are:

IT’S
LIT.

I should really stop.

I still can’t get over the fact that this space opera has legit been a roller coaster ride, two large climaxes that the crew had to face, and then small climax after small climax. I seriously love the main characters here so much. Kady is our wonderful space master who is of course the protagonist and heroine of our story, and the fact that she is a prodigy at something I won’t tell you what it is, it is because of her abilities, where this story is able to go on and become something so cool and holy hell. Another main character is actually A.I.D.A.N., which is the Auto Intelligence uh Defense uh what’s the A and the N again oh whatever. All you have to know is that it’s a master computer. AIDAN is really tricky to handle some times due to the fact that it pretty much is a machine, but even AIDAN grows despite being dead or alive, and that is one of the concepts that I loved so much about this book.

“You deserve someone who’ll run with you as far and as fast as you want to. Holding your hand, not holding you back.”

First of all thank you Amie and Jay for creating this ultimate roller coaster space opera that is filled with love, friendship, decisions, and all a bunch of other themes that I cannot explain in such a short amount of time. The fact that anyone, as cold hearted as they can be, can grow into something new is definitely magnificent. And how every sequence is laid out for something in the future to happen… just magnificent.

“Part of being alive is having life change us. The people around us, the events we live through, all of them shape us.”

IT’S LIT.

So the internet says that fans of James Dashner will def. love this. And tbh I prefer Illuminae of James Dashner. Mainly because its way more interesting (sorry James no offence) in terms of the formatting and the casualness of it, while despite having not actually read Maze Runner (therefore I don’t think I have the right to judge the book), it’s direct dystopian, which is not 100% my thing. Soaps and drama and whatever BS this book review is going towards is my thing. I definitely see some common aspects between the two series, but I mean, things get inspiration from other things, and definitely, Illuminae gave it a perfect plot and ending.

BUT STILL. THAT TINY SPARK.
THAT FLAME REFUSING TO DIE.

Hmm. Do I have anything else to say?

AH YES I DO. All the “swearing” oh my god. So for you guys who don’t know me long enough, I actually do swear on a daily basis (hahahahahhaha) and therefore despite all the swear words being censored and covered in this entire book, firstly I like how swear words are just included in this thing; secondly I love to think about what swear words go into the blackout spaces, and it keeps my mind spinning at top speed.

So to sum up this review, other than using “IT’S LIT”, this is the definite quote that sums up this beautiful space opera that will want you getting it’s sequel A.S.A.P. and reading it:


The universe was here long before you.
It will go on long after you.
The only way it will remember you is to do something worthy of remembrance.

Book Review: Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

One of the best physical books ever, with the most peculiar credits and author picture, as well as that beautiful fabric jacket and shimmering golden vines.


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Name: Tales of the Peculiar
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: September 3, 2016

Synopsis

Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales.

Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. The origins of the first ymbryne. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—known to hide information about the peculiar world—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar.


Book Cover Comments

Classy, pretty, that gold shine on that velvet green, I like it!


The Actual Review

This book is super cool, beginning in the way where Millard (character from the main series) is sort of the collector of tales for the so-called re-editioned Tales of the Peculiar. Millard has an author profile page for himself, and this book has the most amusing copyright credits whatsoever you call that page thing. Syndrigast publishing my goodness. I was like wait what, WOAH.

So Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of some of the best tales from the original rare story-only-existing “Tales of the Peculiar” which is three volumes and heavy as hell. I absolutely love the idea of this book, because we get to experience what its like to read the Tales of the Peculiar with the book in our hands. The gorjass pages also makes the flipping way more fun and amusing I know I’m not making any sense at all.

In the actual series, (all reviews can be found in my review page), there were two tales mentioned, one being Cuthbert, the other being St. Paul’s Cathedral one. In this recollection, Millard decides to take another telling of St. Paul’s Cathedral, which was really interesting instead of repeating whatever we have in the original series, giving us a new sample of what the story came out as in different generations of peculiars. Cuthbert story, because it meant a lot in the series, was kept its original way, with an additional ending by Millard at the end, which was really lovely.

This book is a wonderful read at anytime of the series, as well as being a standalone novel itself. Of course you won’t understand who Millard is, but this book is basically my Peculiar Aesop’s Fables, and I absolutely love more of this world building of Peculiardom, as well as a trip to discover many more different peculiarities and perspectives of one’s story.