Book Review : Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Series : Divergent #3
Editon : Paperback (526 pages)
Publisher : Katherine Tegan Books (2013)
Genre : Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction
Source : Amazon.de
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“Can I be forgiven for all I’ve done to get here?
I want to be.
I can.
I believe it.”

My Thoughts

I was able to avoid reading reviews and even talking about this book with my fellow bookworms that’s why I had no idea on how the story would end.

In this third and final book of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, a secret alliance was formed against Evelyn’s system and Tris, Tobias and the others were chosen to go outside the city to find out what is hidden beyond the fence.

It was narrated through Tris and Tobias’ points of views which for me was confusing most of the time and i had to flip back some pages to check whose POV I was reading. Maybe because I got used to Tris’ as the only narrator or they somehow sound similar. The good thing is we know what’s going on with Tobias’ head and how he feels about everything. The relationship between the two is tested and of course there are also some sweet and “intense” moments between them.

What is the symbol on the cover means? I thought it has something to do with Erudites but it’s not. It doesn’t have anything to do with the factions. (This is not a spoiler, right?) It’s really advisable to read the first two books before reading this one. Here, readers will encounter (again) some new characters and some new problems or circumstances in and outside the city. I personally didn’t expect that something like that was going on beyond the fence.

I really don’t know how i feel about the ending. I’m not really disappointed (unlike the majority of people who read this book) instead, I was dreadful (after reading chapter 50) that it made me cry while reading until the last chapter. I feel so sad until now while typing this. It’s not a perfect happy ending but I think it’s inevitable and it makes me admire Tris, Tobias and Peter (yes! You’ve read it right!) more.

I know some people who don’t want to read Allegiant anymore because they were spoiled about the ending and didn’t like it. All i can say is give it a chance. If you’ve read the first two then why not read the last book, right? It can answer your questions and help you understand why that certain thing happens.

I enjoyed reading this series and I’m looking forward to read more of Ms. Roth’s books.


My Rating
5stars

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Book Review : Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Editon : Paperback, Intenational First Edition (525 pages)
Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (2012)
Genre : Young Adult, Dystopia, Fiction
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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My Thoughts

B noticed that I was so excited to read Insurgent after I finished reading Divergent (Here’s my review), so he bought it for me. #SpoiledFiancee

This is the second book of Divergent trilogy by Veroncia Roth and it’s advisable to read the first book before reading this one and this review.

Insurgent begins directly after where Divergent ended and it was cool because I don’t have to remind myself again or reread the first book. (My memory sometimes let me down.) In this book, we get to learn more about the other factions including the Factionless.

Here, Tris is broken and deeply traumatized with her parents death and at the same time, guilty of Will’s death. She became too risky and vulnerable which made her do some terrible decisions. Meanwhile, Four gets over protective most of the time to Tris which is understandable because he really cares for her. This book don’t have a lot of Tris-Four moments and I know that romance is not really the main focus of this novel so it’s okay. No love triangle (which is common to this kind of novel, i think) so far but they argue most of the time.

I have problems remembering names and this book has a lot of new minor and major characters. I’m not sure if it’s good or bad but it’s just too much for me. Your opinion about the characters can also change through the story like with me, I started to like Peter and hate Caleb.

I can say that i like Divergent more than this but don’t get me wrong. Insurgent is more action packed and contains more surprises, twists and a cliffhanger ending.


My Rating
3stars.5

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Book Review : Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Editon : Mass Market Paperback (566 pages)
Publisher : Crown (2012)
Genre : Fiction, Mystery
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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My Thoughts

I’ll be honest. It’s quite hard to make a review of this book without giving out spoilers because of the exciting plot and twists so i’ll make it short and simple.

Amy Elliot and Nick Dunne fall in love with each other and eventually, they get married. After losing their job in New York because of recession, they transfer to Nick’s hometown in Missourri. To support them, Nick borrowed Amy’s money to buy a bar that he’s managing together with his twin sister, Go. On their 5th anniversary, Amy goes missing leaving Nick as the primary suspect of her disappearance. He claims he is innocent but all the evidences are clearly pointing at him. The book is told from Amy’s diary and Nick’s narration after the disappearance.

Though a bit slow at the beginning, Gone Girl is incredibly well-writen and the characters voices are convincing. I feel like watching the movie, seeing and hearing Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike saying the words while I’m reading. Though I think Neil Patrick Harris (Dessi Collings) fits the role of Tanner Bolt. I’m saying this because of Bolt’s character and attire (especially the tie). This book made me feel like hugging/punching the characters (Nick and Amy to be exact) at the same time. It’s confusing (in a good way) and I didn’t know what to believe anymore. While I’m still under the state of confusion, another revelations appeared which made me more curious and excited. I honestly don’t know what to feel about the ending. Somehow I’m disappointed because that’s not how I want it to end and at the same time, I’m also thinking that it’s the perfect ending for them.

Because every morning you have to wake up and be you.

This is my first time to read Ms. Flynn’s book and I’ve heard that her other works are also amazing so I think I’ll enjoy reading them. She’s a very talented writer and I like how she played my emotions. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a superb mystery/suspense novel.


My Rating
4stars

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Book Heaven : Hannover City Library, Germany

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I’ve decided to visit the Stadtbibliothek (City Library) because I’ve never been there ever since I transferred here in Hannover. I was hesitant at first to enter the building because I was shy and quite scared (Yeah! I’m always like that when I enter a building for the first time). So, after some few seconds, I’m inside browsing the shelves.

English books are located on the 1st floor (1.Etage) of the building. Most of them are classic books and they really don’t have a lot of other genres but it’s okay because I love the place.

I explored the floors and found my new favorite spot on the 3rd floor i think or 4th floor? I’m not sure. My new spot is near the windows.

I found this awesome Graphic Novel of Game of Thrones. I cannot bring it home because I still don’t have my library card, so I finished reading it there. It was totally stunning. I continued reading my book which I brought.

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I left the library around 6:30pm and took the tram to Fiederlerplatz. I dropped by to the second nearest public bookshelf from our aparment and left some of my german books for others can also enjoy them.

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It was an awesome day!

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Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman

Editon : Kindle (368 pages)
Publisher :
January 2011
Genre : 
Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source :
Amazon
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Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.


My Thoughts

“I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.”

The title says clearly what the book is all about. The reasons why Min broke up with Ed was written (as a letter) together with the items (which are also related to both of them of course) inside the box. Min drop it in front of Ed’s house.

This book (paperback) was on my wishlist last Christmas but unfortunately it’s not available. Well, I still got the other books so it’s okay. I admit that at first I got a bit bored specially when Min talks about the movies that she likes. I love watching movies but not those kinds. I also (somehow) don’t have any idea or clue on how they will break up then I’ve realized at the end that it’s very obvious. I’m so lame. Haha.

The plot is still interesting although sometimes it’s a bit slow. I’m always excited to see the next picture (every chapter starts with an illustration) so I read a bit fast. I think those were my favorite parts. I love books with pictures.I can say that maybe I cannot really relate myself to the story since my highschool “love-life” is not really colorful and I still have my virginity that time. But I’m still recommending this book.


My Rating
3starsDate Read : January 2013

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Find a guy who will buy you books.

Am i the only one who prefer books over flowers? I mean when it comes to gifts on Valentine’s Days, Anniversaries and other occasions or just a normal day. I’ll be honest. I somehow don’t feel like receiving flowers though I appreciate their beauty and smell plus it’s a romantic thing to do, I’d still choose books.

I remember when Bennito (my fiance) gave me a bouquet of red roses on my birthday last year even he knows that it’s not my thing. I admit that it felt so good and romantic but at the end of the day, I still asked him: “Why you gave me flowers?” Kill me now. Haha!

I consider myself lucky because I’ve found the guy who understands my addiction for books. He gave me a Kindle so it’s easy for me to read the books that i want (english books that are not available here in our place). He go with me to the library and even got me a library card. I also like when he suggests a book and share his thoughts about it.  He don’t want to disturb me when I’m reading. He asks me if i want to look for a new book if we pass by a bookstore even he knows that it will take long. When we start living together, he bought me a bookshelf and helped me build it. He never get tired of buying me books.

I’m so lucky and blessed to have him, not only because of those reasons, but because he loves me and accepted me for who I am including all my flaws. I didn’t write this because he bought me new books which came today. I just feel so happy and I want to thank him. 🙂

I love you Benjamin! ♥

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Book Review: The Catastrophic History Of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Editon : Kindle (400 pages)
Publisher : Penguin (2012)
Genre : Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
Source : Amazon Kindle
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“You can obsess and obsess over how things ended—what you did wrong or could have done differently—but there’s not much of a point. It’s not like it’ll change anything. So really, why worry?” – Brie (chapter 9)

My Thoughts

This is about a girl named Brie who died after her heart got literally broken by her boyfriend, Jacob. To be more precise, she had a heart failure (acute congestive cardiomyopathy in medical world) and died. She ends up in a pizza parlor called “Little Slice of Heaven” where she met a guy in his leather jacket and 80’s style named Patrick. The book will take you to Brie’s afterlife experiences while going through the five stages of grief before she can finally rest in peace.

The author created a realistic and likeable characters in this book. Brie for example, is adorable, strong, sarcastic and selfish (at times). Her love to her family and friends is also undeniable. She made some unfavorable decisions during her journey through the five stages of grief which I think is understandable since well, she’s a teenager and a (dead) human. The good thing is she grew as a person (or spirit) during and after the stages. I like her love for the 80’s music which is very rare for teenagers nowadays. (80’s kid here by the way). Then there’s Patrick, an appealing, sweet and mysterious guy who became Brie’s guide in the afterlife and partner in crime during her “revenge” plan. And mind you, “love at first sight” didn’t happen between the two of them, not even “love triangle”. The revelation of his past is unexpected but it made sense through out the story. My favorite character in this book is actually not a person but an adorable basset hound named Hamloaf. He’s so cute and smart.

The chapter titles are clever and also the way how the story was divided into five parts made me fall in love with this book. The author knows exactly what her reader wants not to mention the unpredictable plot twists. A combination of paranormal, contemporary and fantasy, this book will make you think of what is waiting for us after death. What does it look like and how does it feel like. How painful and heartbreaking it would be seeing your family and friends continuing their lives without you. But thankfully, this book is not only about death, afterlife and goodbyes. It’s also about acceptance and moving on, living and loving the life you have while you still have the chance. Life can be full of lies, betrayals and revelations but how you handle and accept these things can make your life easier and more happier. Life is far too short to be sad and miserable.

This is a great book and I’ll recommend this not only to young readers who’s heart got broken but also to those people who’s having a hard time moving on. This one is a good book for you.

My Rating
5stars

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Book Review : Guilt by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Guilt

Guilt is the fourth novel of Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen and this is also my first time to read a Adler-Olsen’s novel. I read this in english by the way and it’s also published as “The Purity of Vengeance” and “Journal 64”.

In 1985, Nete Rosen is happily living her life with her husband, until he meet Curt Wad again. Two years after the death of her husband, Nete Hermansen returns with her maiden name and with a plan. She will make her revenge to those people who were responsible of making her teenage life miserable. In 2010, Detective Carl Mork from Department Q which handles cold cases, investigates the disappearance of Rita Nielsen, owner of a brothel. Upon reviewing of the case, Rose, Carl’s new assistant, discovers a series of other missing persons disappeared at the same time as Rita.

This book was a gift from my fiance (who’s into mystery/thriller/crime novels) and he was the one who chose this book. He said the author is great and I guess he’s right.

What I like with this book is that I (and also the readers for sure) know already who’s responsible for the crime (missing persons) and the reasons after reading the few first chapters. It’s like I want to go inside the book and tell Carl and his crew about it but obviously, I can’t. And towards the end, I was surprised because the things i thought I knew was wrong. I wasn’t expecting that. Sprogo Island played an important part in this book and I’m glad because I’ve learned something about Danish history. This book can also considered as stand-alone but I think I still need to read the previous books because I, somehow, cannot relate to the incident that happened to Carl and his partners.

I can say that my favorite character here is Assad, Carl’s Syrian assistant. He’s funny, smart, mysterious because no one knows where he lives and eccentric. I’m looking forward to know more about him.

The story is entertaining and shocking. No wonder why Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the great crime fiction author. Highly recommended.


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Original Title :
Journal 64
Original Language : Danish
Series : Department Q #4
Editon : English | Paperback (560 pages)
Publisher : Penguin Books (2014)
Genre : Mystery, Crime
Source : Bought by B from Relay Buch- & Presseshop
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Movie Review : Divergent

SPOILER ALERT! Stop if you haven’t read the book!

So I’ve finally watched Divergent and I’m not sure about my thoughts about it. I’m aware that it may be different or there’ll be changes like what “books-to-movies” are. I just finished reading the book last week and I really love everything about it. I know it’s a bit late but I still want to share my thoughts about the movie.

What i like in the movie adaptation

  • The dystopian Chicago.
  • The zipline. I would also like to try that zipline.
  • Jai Courtney as Eric. The character fits him very well though I’m expecting more piercings.

Important Parts that were taken out

  • The Visiting Day. I think it’s important because it somehow revealed some important things about Tris’ mother and about the simulation.
  • Al’s “affection” to Tris.
  • The scoreboard where Tris ranked number 1. The reason why Peter (with Drew and Al) tried to scare/kill her.
  • The part where Edward got stabbed in the eye. This showed how cruel Peter is. (The scene was deleted)
  • More of Four and Tris romance like when Four was drunk and flirty. Also their moment at the bottom of the chasm.
  • Tris’ Abnegation and Dauntless tattoo.
  • Will and Christina’s romance. I love these two.

Things that changed too much

  • Miles Teller as Peter. Not really a change but somehow disappointing for me. I expected more of him like Jai Courtney.
  • The death of Tris’ parents. Everything about it.
  • Tris went to Erudite to visit Caleb and also when Jeanine talked to her.
  • Shutting down the simulation. Seriously? What happened to the “techy” Four? And where the hell did the idea of Tris-injecting-simulation-to-Jeanine to shut down the simulation came from? Where is the hard drive that contains the data? I don’t know. Haha.

There’s still a lot but I only want to list all. Btw, I know I’ve mentioned that Theo James didn’t get much of my attention as Four, well, I’m wrong. I love his voice and how he talks. That’s it. The movie is okay but the changes are disappointing. I still choose to re-read the book than rewatching the movie.


My Rating
3stars

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Book Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Series : Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2
Editon : Paperback (288 pages)
Publisher : Dysney Hyperion Books (2007)
Genre : Fantasy
Source : Amazon
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synopsis

The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.

my thoughts

“I am Thalia,” the girl said. “Daughter of Zeus.”

That line has made me more excited to read the third book. Grover was captured by Polyphemus (an evil Cyclops) and needs to be rescued. The tree of Thalia has been poisoned which made the magic walls of the Camp Half Blood open to monsters. The quest of finding the golden fleece (that can heal Thalia’s tree) was given to Clarisse but Percy, Annabeth and Tyson (a baby Cyclops, which happened to be Percy’s half brother) will also do the quest with the help of Hermes.

I love this book more than the first one. I think even if I didn’t read the first, I can still follow the story. It’s also good that Riordan included some background stories about the characters or names that was mentioned. It’s very helpful for those who don’t have a lot of knowledge about Greek Mythology (Ahem). My favorite character here is Tyson. He’s cute (not to mention that Douglas Smith played his character in the movie) and he likes Rainbow (a Hippocampus).

my-rating5 / 5 stars
Date Read : August 2013

 

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