Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Release Date: November 8th, 2016
My Rating: 2/5 Stars

“I don’t know. But I would stay. For you. If you want me. If—”

“I want you.”

I’m highly unimpressed, although I’m entertained just enough to not rate it one star.

As usual, let’s start with the good stuff. I like how the love story is unfolded; at least it’s much better than The Notebook. Meyer reveals the complicated feelings the main character Catherine goes through and how she struggles with the fact that the reality is going the exactly opposite direction of her heart. Jest the Joker has to be my favourite character in the book. He’s very sassy but selfless, and he always takes the bigger picture into consideration. And oh, the book smells really nice! (Yeah I don’t have many good things to say about it.)

The biggest problem with this book is that Keep on reading!

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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

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Release date: October 11th, 2016
My rating: 5/5 Stars.

Maybe however much you’ve loved someone, that’s how much you can hate. It’s like a pocket turned inside out.

 It stands to reason that the opposite should be true, too.

Generally, I’m not particularly attracted to fiction that doesn’t belong to the categories of thriller, horror, fantasy, crime, detective and the like. When I first came across this book on Goodreads before it was released, I was a bit hesitant whether I should add it to my already-bloated to-read shelf. I started reading it without any clue what I should expect.

I was blown away. Keep on reading!

The Reader by Traci Chee [Review]

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Release date: September 13th, 2016
My rating: 2/5 Stars.

My favorite quotes:

“We choose what we want to do and who we want to be. Sometimes you gotta fight hard for it, but it’s worth it, to choose for yourself.”

“Home’s what you make it…. Could be a ship. Could be what you carry around on your back day after day. Could be family. Or maybe just one person you love more than any other. That’s home.”

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I’m quite disappointed in this book.

Before its release on September the 13th, Traci Chee’s The Reader seems to have received quite a lot of hype already, and after the release, it has been getting high ratings and very flattering reviews on Goodreads. But I’m going to go on a limb and say that half way through the book, I lost most of the interest and enjoyment reading it. Upon finish, The Reader is very mediocre compared to other young adult novels.

Let’s talk about the good things first. Keep on Reading!

Dolores’s Exam Mark

Why do I always fail my exams? That was the question that I asked myself every time I got an exam paper back and saw a mark that wasn’t even close to 50%. I looked at the big red circled “40%” on my English midterm exam, and sighed. It wasn’t like I didn’t spend time on studying. I mean, sure, I may not be a hardworking student, but I did study for this exam.

I looked over to my friend Dolores’s paper, and sure enough, a tripping 89%! Ugh, I wished I were her.

“Oh man,” I said grumpily, feeling annoyed. “Why do you always ace everything?”

“This is no good,” she looked scared as if she didn’t hear me. Keep on Reading!

Don’t Camp at Isolated Islands

“F. W. Island you said?” I turn to Jack, my superintendent, confused.

“Yes,” he says, frowning. “F. W. Island. A young man named Henry Grount who has gone there camping is reported missing this morning.”

I remain silence. F. W. Island is one of the small scattered islands near the city. When summer finally comes after a long, brutally freezing winter, lots of people love to go to some of those islands for camping. But no one really goes to F. W. Island because 30 years ago, a couple went missing there, and the case is never solved. My dad was the inspector who investigated the case and drowned on duty. That was a few months after my mom was pregnant with me. I can never understand how my dad would drowned there, since he used to be in the swimming team in university as I was told, but for some reason the case has been left unresolved like that. My mom never allows me to bring up this topic.

I snap back to the present and realize Jack is studying me.

“Sorry, sir,” I straighten up. “I…”

“I know what you were thinking about,” he says, his eyes still on me. “Do you want to take this case?”

“Yes.” Keep on Reading!