BOOK REVIEW: The Midnight Sea (The Fourth Element #1)

BOOK DETAILS

  • Title: The Midnight Sea
  • Author: Kat Ross
  • Reading Status: February 2-4, 2018

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. 


REVIEW

First things first. The Midnight Sea is the first (ever) book of Kat Ross that I’ve read. The book sat on my shelf for about a year already and I haven’t decided on reading it until February 2018. From the first few pages of the book, it captured my attention already. Although, at some point, I got lost a bit because I cannot memorize the names of some characters and places right away so I had to back read a couple of times.

Honestly, I’ve had hesitation before reading the book but my patience to read a little longer got the best of me and I did not regret it! The magical and unique world of Nazafareen had pulled me deeper into the book until the end. The book has a potential. The characters, specifically, Nazafareen has a great impact on me. In my own perspective, her character is strong enough to be the main character of The Midnight Sea. Darius, on the other hand, is also a likable character.

Moreover, the supporting characters have their own distinctive personalities which I found great. The writing style is also simple in which the emotions of the characters are exemplified well. I am glad that the author focuses on the growth of the main characters rather than their thrilling romance. I am sure a lot of Young Adult readers will love The Midnight Sea because it is a mix of action, thrilling and irresistible romance, enthralling plot, and fascinating characters.

Lastly, I really don’t have high expectations about the book but I am glad that the story has surprised me in every way possible. I am hoping to love the second book too which is entitled, Blood of the Prophet. Let me know what you think about this book through the comment section below.  🙂

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BOOK REVIEW: Letters to the Lost

BOOK DETAILS

  • Title: Letters to the Lost
  • Author: Brigid Kemmerer
  • Reading Status: April 26-April 30, 2017

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. 


REVIEW

Letters to the Lost is a young adult fiction of Brigid Kemmerer which tells us a story about two teenagers who are suffering from losing someone they love. This is the first (ever) book of Brigid Kemmerer that I’ve read. My first impression about this book is that it will give me a feeling of “light reading” and I was very wrong! Because it gave me heavy and serious feelings. Although at the end, I loved every bit of it.

I have so many feelings about this book. The book doesn’t purely depend on the love story of Juliet and Declan and it has so many things to do with family and friendships. Families that are perfectly imperfect. It gave me a feeling of being a teenager

The character of Declan has the “stereotype” attitude of a teenager who is perpetually misunderstood and easily judged because of a single mistake. It reminds me of the saying (in non-verbatim):

“Do good to people all the time and they never notice. But when you make one mistake, it’s never forgotten.”

The book covers some realities in a teenager’s life. It gives us a window on what will happen to kids when their parents failed them or left them to discover everything on their own. I don’t know but the situation of Declan really made me sad rather than the situation of Juliet. Although at some parts of the story, I don’t feel like Declan is a teenager. Sometimes he feels like somewhere in between 18-25 years old. (Is it just me or you felt it too? Haha.)

“Turned out he was scared of Geoff and Kristin because they’re black. His dad told him that black people were evil and sent by the devil.”

I loved this part because it’s timely and it’s related to issues about racism. I don’t know what was running through Brigid’s mind while writing this part but I’m grateful for it because it gave me an impact that you should NEVER (EVER!) judge people based on what race they came from. And just to clarify things, I am not a racist. I’m just stating here why I loved this part. 🙂

Another thing that I loved from this book is that it taught me the exact term for “silhouette with details” photography which is conte-jour. Furthermore, I loved this because I am an amateur and enthusiast of photography and it taught me a lot too. Brigid exemplifies some important things here through Juliet’s character in which people should never underestimate other people’s passion and people have different perspectives in making an impact and difference in this world.

“I’ve spent years idolizing my mother and her vibrancy, thinking of my father in boring shades of beige, when he’s been right here beside me the whole time.”

Just O-M-G! This part made me cry because admit it. We all have those moments in life when we were so blinded by other things that made us forget about the persons who were there beside us ever since.

“Because I loved you, and you loved her. I couldn’t take that away from you.”

“But I was here for those three days. And I’ll be here for all the other days, as long as you need me.”

Hands down. I can’t really describe how amazing this part is for me. But one thing I’m sure, I love this 100%!

Thank you, Brigid Kemmerer, for expanding my English vocabulary. I’ve learned a lot!

Let me know what you think about this book by posting your comments below. 🙂

BOOK REVIEW: The Problem With Forever

BOOK DETAILS

  • Title: The Problem With Forever
  • Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Reading Status: April 13-April 19, 2017

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. 


REVIEW

First things first. I might be a little late for reading this book, but still, I want to make a review because I fell in love with it. My first impression upon reading the title was “cheesy and lousy” because why not? This is the first (ever) book of Jennifer L. Armentrout that I’ve read. So I guess, my first impression never lasts (sometimes) and I was so so wrong for judging the title (sorry Jennifer, FORGIVE ME).

This book made me think about the profound and deep meanings of life and how it differs from one another. At first, I was easily attached to Mallory. Not that I have the same painful past but because I related myself with her. I love her transformation until the end. Who wouldn’t? We all know that dealing with that kind of past is hard and it may drag you down for the rest of your life. But she did it! And I admit, I get butterflies in my tummy too whenever Rider tell sweet things to Mallory. I just feel like he was directly talking to me! Hahaha.

I love Ainsley and Jayden’s personality in here because I can really feel the free-spirited vibes from them. I also love the strictness of Carl because he reminded me of my papa when I was a teenager. What I’ve learned from Paige was that people cope up with their fears and painful experiences differently. We should learn to face and deal with it.

Lastly, I just hope that there will be a novella for Hector and Ainsley because I’m sure I will love that!

How about you?

BOOK REVIEW: King’s Cage (Red Queen #3)

BOOK DETAILS

  • Title: King’s Cage
  • Author: Victoria Aveyard
  • Reading Status: February 12-April 11, 2017

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WARNING: This review may contain spoilers. 


REVIEW

King’s Cage is the third book of Victoria Aveyard’s best-selling Red Queen series and it is one of the most awaited books last February.

I must say, King’s Cage gave me a total shock. I’ve been very excited to read this book because I’ve been rooting for Maven and Mare’s love story since the Red Queen. I was eager to know what were his plans for Mare, for Norta, for Scarlet Guard, and for Cal. I already have a lot of hope before I read this book.  These were: for Maven to redeem himself from being the monster his dead and evil mother had made him to be; to prove to Mare and Cal that he is not really a monster; it will satisfy my fascination about Maven and Mare’s love story; and lastly, Norta will have the taste of peace without division of blood and houses.

I honestly grew tired of Mare’s torture and trauma because she simply doesn’t deserve it! And she seemed quite matured in this book because she can finally control her temper and anger. It was a major transition of her character despite having a broken soul and shattered hopes (thank you, Victoria!). I admire her strong determination and honest perception around her. I also love the part where two men in Mare’s life have found friendship with each other. But for me, Cal, a mere Silver prince who can’t stand firm with his decisions, is still an idiot. (sorry Cal lovers!)

I admit, at some point in the story, I was confused and delighted at the same time because of the additional characters. Because of them, I have finally seen the different point of views aside from Mare. Although I can sense some Shatter Me Series effect from this book (specifically Maven as Warner and Mare as Juliette), Victoria Aveyard exemplifies the main characters strong and good.

Yes indeed, the ending broke my heart. But I’m still hoping for the best in the next book. Let me know what you think about this book through the comment section below.  🙂