Book Review : The Maze Runner by James Dashner

7805064Series : The Maze Runner #1
Edition : Paperback (374 pages)
Publisher : Delacorte Press (October 2009)
Genre : Dystopia, YA, Sci-Fi
Source : B bought this from Hugendubel Buchhandlung
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“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

“Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.”
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

“Everything is going to change.”
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

My Thoughts

Me and Joyce were planning to do a buddy read but we cannot really decide on what book and as a good sign, B came home with The Maze Runner. It turned out that Joyce also has a copy so we’ve decided to read this book.

Thomas wakes up inside a box with no memory of his life except of his name. He finds himself in a strange place called the Glade where group of teenage boys called Gladers are living for the past two years. Surrounded by monstrous stone walls which is the Maze and vicious Grievers, the Gladers spend their time trying to solve and find a way out. Thomas’ arrival brings weird things in the Glade including the arrival of a girl.

Though this book is more focus on the plot development than the characters, I still enjoyed reading it. I adore the friendship among the boys and how organized they were in the Glade. The secondary characters are more appealing to me and my favorite was Chuck. For me he was the most bravest and he made me cry.

“..don’t feel bad about crying. Ever.”

My least favorite was Teresa. I was expecting that because she is the only female character in this book, she will probably make something different. Maybe she did but it didn’t work for me. Hopefully I’ll get to like her on the next book.

I was lost in the beginning of the book and like Thomas, I was also frustrated because nobody wants to answer his questions. It took awhile, half of the book i think, before the questions were answered and this can probably cause a negative effects to the readers. I personally felt a little impatient about it but it didn’t really make a huge effect on me. I just keep on thinking that it may have something to do with the sequel or the trilogy itself.

These unique words called the Gladers slang quite annoyed me at first but then I thought that it was accurate because the Gladers really don’t have any idea how it is outside the Maze including how people communicates with each other.

We cannot deny that the author’s way of describing things are exceptional. The Grievers were scary and totally dangerous but I had a hard time visualising them. I know it may sound funny but I cannot help not to think of a champion from League of Legends named Rammus.

The Epilogue. It’s obvious that everything is still not okay because it is a trilogy but I still don’t know what to expect. The twist is perfect and unexpected.

This book entertained me and I will definitely start reading The Scorch Trial right after posting this review.

My Rating
4stars

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Book Review : Teenage Love Spell: A Halloween Romance by Gabrielle dela Cruz

23388940Edition : Kindle (88 pages)
Published : October 2014
Genre : Teen Fiction
Source : Provided by the author in exchange of an honest review
Date Read : December 2014
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The moon shines bright for the fifteen year old Caitlyn Cross as she discovers her true identity as a witch. Her mom strictly forbids her to use magic, but being bullied in school because of the way she dresses and her messy orange hair, she has no other escape but her powers.

She’s always been in love with one boy in school since the fourth grade, the dashing Angelo Pinzon, who comes from a Spanish family with perfect genes. She has been cutely stalking him ever since but enter Phoebe Conway, the spoiled rich mommy’s girl who will make her junior year a burden and hinder her from happiness.

With all the madness and drama in school, partnered with her uncontrollable powers, Caitlyn finds out about her destiny and learns to fall in love for the very first time.

My Thoughts

The lovely Gabrielle dela Cruz commented on one of my Instagram posts informing that her debut novella is free on Kindle. So, i grabbed the opportunity to download it.

It’s a story of a teenage witch named Caitlyn who has been bullied because of her hair color. She don’t have any closed friends until she met Yuri. Caitlyn’s huge crush on their class’ hearththrob Angelo, brought her to her mom’s “Book of Spell”.

I read this book last Friday for like less than two hours. It is a very easy read. For me this book is not just only for Halloween even it has something to do with witches and spells.

The target audience of this book are teenagers and I’m glad that the author included the issue about bullying. I’ve read from one of her interview that she was once a victim of bullying and she wrote this book as an inspiration to others.

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Book Review : Ignite by Lily Paradis

Series : Ignite #1
Edition : Kindle edition (328 pages)
Publisher : EmpireBooks (2014)
Genre : New Adult, Contemporary
Source : Copy provided by the author
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“Have you ever heard of koi no yokan?” he asked. “It’s Japanese,” he explained as he trailed his fingers lightly down one of my arms. “It doesn’t have an English equivalent. Roughly translated, it’s a term for the feeling that you have when you first meet someone.”

“Like love at first sight?” I asked, tipping my head up toward his.

“No, not quite like that. It’s more like you know that a future love with that person is inevitable, but it diesn’t exist in that moment.”

My Thoughts

First of all, I would like to thank Ms. Lily Paradis for sending me a Kindle version of this book. It means a lot because this is the very first ebook sent to me by the author herself and i love you for that. So, let’s talk about Ms. Paradis’ debut novel entitled Ignite.

Lauren Lindsay just turned twenty-one and is living her own life after the death of her father and the abandonement of her mother. She only has her twin brother but he’s also living away from her. While getting her new I.D. at DMV, she spotted a Henry Cavill-like guy named Dean Powell. After meeting her Uncle Jed, she learned about the death of her step-mother and the big responsibilities waiting for her. She was chosen to take the legal guardianship of her three step siblings. She has to decide if she will accept it or not.

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Book Review : Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Editon : Paperback (432 pages)
Publisher : Definitions (2010)
Genre : Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Source : Giveaway
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She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.

My Thoughts

I’ve posted some photos of this book on my Instagram account and I gotb comments like “you’re are going to cry so much” or simply bunch of crying emoticons. So i told myself to prepare. It took me a week to finish this book not because it’s boring but because it’s so distressing I cannot continue reading it.

Lochan (17) and Maya (16) are siblings. They are caring for their younger siblings and play the role of being the parents in the family. Their father abandoned them and their alcoholic mother is always nowhere to be found. Lochan and Maya depend on each other most of the time until one day, they fall in love with one another.

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Book Review : The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior by Xina Marie Uhl

18922359Editon : eBook
Publisher : XC Publishing (2013)
Genre : Animal
Source : Copy provided by the author
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Cats know that adoration is their birth-right. Humans have proved this by worshipping them as gods since the days of Ancient Egypt. But despite their clear superiority, felines continue to be frustrated with humans’ bizarre actions and incomprehensible desires — until now. In The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior, the great feline humanologist Professor F.L. Uffy advises cats on how to solve some of their most difficult human-related issues:

• Chase away your human’s romantic partners
• Increase your food supply
• And more!

What does your cat REALLY think of you? The Cat’s Guide to Human Behavior reveals all–even why you refuse to groom yourself with your tongue! (x)

My Thoughts

I was happy to get a free ebook copy of this from the author in exchange of an honest review because I myself is a cat-lover. My first pet was a stray kitten named “miming” and we always have cats (and dogs) walking or running around our house.

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Book Review : Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Editon : Kindle (386 pages)
Publisher : Dutton Books (2011)
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Source : Amazon Kindle
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Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

My Thoughts

Lola Nolan, who believes that “Life is too short to be the same person every day”, loves wearing coloured wigs together with her own unique clothing styles. She was raised by her gay parents and has a rockstar boyfriend, Max, who is five years older than her. Lola’s world turned upside down when their old neighbors, the Bell family, move back.

I love Anna and the French Kiss so much that’s why I was so excited about the next novel, Lola and the Boy Next Door and since it’s a companion book, we cannot avoid the comparison of the two and for me, I still love AanFK. Their appearance in this book made me love them even more.

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Book Review : Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

Original Title : Supūtoniku no koibito (Japanese)
Edition : Paperback (229 pages)
Publisher : Vintage (2002)
Genre : Fiction, Cultural, Contemporary
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
Date Read : October 2014
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My Thoughts

The story is narrated by K who is inlove with his best friend Sumire, who is in love with Miu, a woman seventeen years older than her. Compared to Miu who is glamorous and a successful businesswoman, Sumire is an aspiring writer and dresses in an oversized second-hand coat and heavy boots like a character in a Kerouac novel. Sumire spends hours on the phone talking to K about life and her feelings for Miu.

Sumire’s feelings for Miu causes her to change her “lifestyle” and even stops her from writing. She accepts a job offer from Miu and fly with her to Europe. K don’t have any idea about the trip until he received a letter from Sumire describing their travels across Europe and staying in a small Greek island. One night, K got a phone call from Greece but it wasn’t Sumire. It was Miu telling him that Sumire disappeared “like a smoke” and he needs to fly to the island to help searching for her.

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Book Review : Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Editon : eBook (204 pages)
Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (2011)
Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fiction
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In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone is stalking him… messing with him… threatening him. Worse, ever since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he’s been unable to sleep, spending night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as it sounds, Evan’s starting to believe it’s Ariel that’s behind all of this, punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself.

 My Thoughts

I keep reading because I’m eager to know what will happen in the end and I tried to finish it in one sitting but I wasn’t able to. So I spent another day to find out where the story will take me.

Evan, who suffers  is on his way home from school when he found an envelope on the ground that has a photo inside. He started getting more photographs where some of which he is in and most are of his best friend Ariel. He starts to think that it’s Ariel who’s doing it in order to punish him. He then asked Jack, who is also their friend, for help. As they unravel the mystery behind the photographs, Evan discovers himself more deeper.

What i love about David Levithan’s way of writing is his talent to create an uniquely incredible concepts and interesting characters that can bring out all the the reader’s emotions. I like his writing style, especially in this novel where some lines are crossed out using strikethroughs when Evan is talking to Ariel in his head or when he’s talking to himself. I can somehow relate because I also do like that in some of my blog posts.

Evan is struggling with the loss of his best friend Ariel and he feels that he’s responsible for it. He is more than depressed and hopeless without her. We didn’t get to know more about Ariel and what exactly happened to her except she’s not with them anymore.

This novel is told with words and photos which made the story more intriguing and msyterious. I’ve read in the acknowledgements that Jonathan Farmer provided the photos randomly to David Levithan who continued on writing about it. Neither of the two know what the other was doing. This novel shows how brilliant their collaboration is.

This is one of my favorites from this author though I didn’t give a five-star rating. I felt that maybe the story could be a little longer or maybe a good twist can be added on it. But all in all, this novel is haunting and it gave me goosebumps while reading. Not to mention the photos are somehow creepy. I would still recommend this book.

“You know one me. Just like I know one you. But you can’t know every me. And I can’t know every you.”

My Rating
4stars

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