Review: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

HollowcityThere’s definitely a third book.

Pictures. That’s pretty the main reason why I’m reading this. Pictures are fantastic. But the first book had a lot of “flavor” than this one. It was more interesting and eerie compared to the sequel. Although it didn’t suck, it could’ve done better.

Mixed Emotions. If I had to write a book that mimicked my PMS, then this would be it. Every chapter was an exhausting read. Try riding a roller coaster just after you rode one, fast-paced—that’s how it felt like. Also the characters helped make the ride worthwhile; each of them was so different from another—no overlaps or copy paste issue here—that made it more realistic. So get your Zumba on, cause there’s definitely a lot of (plot) twisting involved.

Everything is child-like in this book. Which is a good thing, since reading this makes me very nostalgic. It reminds me so much of my childhood. How we would fight over small things like who would get the last bite or who loves mom/dad more? How we would quarrel if someone made a dumb move and his/her whole being was now judged from that one act. But beside that, I would never forget how much we looked after ourselves. We’ll always have each other’s back—esp if we both did something wrong. (Which they all did in the book)

I also like how they KNEW that they were in charge, that they were the bo$$. Because of the state they were in, they had to act like they were the adults, which for me was deeply moving. Kids are very self-centred; for them to put that aside would mean, that they’re one-step ahead already, that they’re growing up.

Pretty much the summary (Divergent style): In this book, friendship is tested, love is questioned, and life is put to risk.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Definitely!

Recommended to: To non-peculiar and peculiar people

(Fully Booked, Hardcover, P 699)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: January 14th 2014 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2014)

From Goodreads:

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike.

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.

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Review: Daytripper by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Craig Thompson (Introduction), Dave Stewart (Colours), Sean Konot (Lettering)

DaytripperThis is my first graphic novel read. I know, crazy.

Art. The illustrations are beautiful. I believe they wanted to imitate the texture and the finish of a watercolor. Since it has the capability to look soft and dreamy, it gave the story an illusion appearance, which elevated the book’s quality. I actually would’ve bought this for the art alone.

Idea. Apparently, this talks about life in a very creative way. As if every day a new life should be lived. Clearly, they wanted to show how important life is, how short it is and how it shouldn’t be taken for granted. I genuinely like the concept, but the execution was a bit off, for me anyway.

I get it. Life is short, cherish what you can; death is just around the corner. But people already know this, they’ve memorized this and they’re sick of it. I’m sick of it. What I wanted to know is WHY. What’s the point in living if you’re going to die anyway? I want to know why life is worth living. I want answers. I want reasons.

And the thing is every chapter was no different from the other. They had the same theme, same view, same characters, and definitely same ending. It’s hard to continue reading if you already know where it’s headed. Plus the character was soo dramatic. He’s exaggerating too much. He moans a lot like “… nothing in my life is extraordinary. Nothing in my life really matters.” See what I mean? Annoying.

This story had a lot of potential, really. Beautiful idea, beautiful artwork.. but the story? the essence behind it? lacked the passion, I was looking for. So towards the end, I was just looking forward to see the artworks.

Here are few illustrations from the book. (You’re welcome)

Rating: ✰✰✰

Do I like it: Uhm, it’s okay.

Recommended to: To people who want to prove me wrong

(Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 809)

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: February 8th 2011 by Vertigo (DC Comics)

From Goodreads:

What are the most important days of your life?

Meet Brás de Oliva Domingos. The miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer, Brás spends his days penning other people’s obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author himself—writing the end of other people’s stories, while his own has barely begun.

But on the day that life begins, would he even notice? Does it start at 21 when he meets the girl of his dreams? Or at 11, when he has his first kiss? Is it later in his life when his first son is born? Or earlier when he might have found his voice as a writer?

Each day in Brás’s life is like a page from a book. Each one reveals the people and things who have made him who he is: his mother and father, his child and his best friend, his first love and the love of his life. And like all great stories, each day has a twist he’ll never see coming…

In Daytripper, the Eisner Award-winning twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá tell a magical, mysterious and moving story about life itself—a hauntingly lyrical journey that uses the quiet moments to ask the big questions.

Review: Iron Knight (Iron fey #4) By Julie Kagawa

Iron KnightI might be a little biased. But before you roll your eyes out, hear me out.

Team Ash. I am definitely on his side, all the way. But for you Puck-lovers out there, it’s still A-Okay cause instead of having a Meghan heart Puck situation, this time it’s an Ash and Puck kind of love affair. Those two spend quite a lot of time together. You get to see what they’re like without Meghan and even before she existed. There are a lot of secrets revealed that were not addressed on previous books. Btw, this is Ash’s POV hence the solo book cover.

Engaging. This isn’t a surprise, since most of her (Julie Kagawa) works are innate when it comes to good writing. It’s her usual style that gets you to open the book and immerse yourself into the fantasy realm. Every chapter, my feelings and emotions get scattered; it’s all over the place! I have these mixed emotions and I have to pick them up, only to get the routine started for the next chapter or so.

Okay, this is the only book review I have for the whole series, which is crazy considering it’s the last book. But I was never into goodreads before, and I never even thought of sharing my opinions out in public or, worse, the Internet, but things change and now I’m here.

This is my favorite, numero uno, YA series/books. And that’s coming from a person who snobs a lot of YA and fantasy—it’s just not my genre. I try to read “beginner” type of fantasy because I find it difficult to appreciate it since it’s far from reality and I get very doubtful. But ever since I started reading this series, I realized how different it is compared to other genres—it stands out. This is what people call an “escape.” This is why there is such thing as “fiction.” And we owe it all to fantasy.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Is that even a question?

Recommended to: To people who are in search for the purpose of fiction

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 599)

Below are books from the series.

Btw, brief 101 of what this series is about. This has something to do with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, wherein characters from the play are incorporated in the story including Puck, Oberon and Titania. The story follows a girl, Meghan, which is believed to be not as human as she appears. On a dramatic turn of event, his brother, Ethan, is captured and kidnapped. So then she is forced to a wild and one-of-a-kind adventure. (In other words, just read it)

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Below are information about the first book, which is Iron King (Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Publication: February 1st 2010 by Harlequin Teen (first published January 1st 2009)

From Goodreads:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Review: Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

Fahrenhiet 451I can’t do a full review for now since I cannot study this classic as in-depth as much as I want to, because of the (obvious) TBR pile I carelessly accumulated. But if you’ve been eyeing on this book, I highly recommend this edition (60th Anniversary Edition) since it has additional excerpts about the book—it’s process, inspiration and history. Although most are from different authors, Ray Bradbury also has his solo parts. This might also require a reread.

Nonetheless, I did enjoy it!

But for now, I’m terribly sorry.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To people who question the power of books

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 560)

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Publication: March 28th 2013 by Voyager (first published 1953)

From Goodreads:

The terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post-literate future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock

 

Review: Escape to Camp 14 By Blaine Harden

Escape From Camp 14On a more serious note, I don’t know if I can ever give this book justice for what it truly deserves.

Heavy. This deals with serious stuff, so it’s just natural for it to be this heavy and intense. There are a lot of information you have to process, and trust me when I tell you it’s not the good kind. Although it can be a challenge to swallow all the bad news up, Harden makes it easier since he puts in a narrative tone. So it sounds like (more or less) a story rather than a full-on news report.

Guilt. I find it quite impossible to read this book without feeling guilty and responsible of what happened. That might pull off most people, but I find it healthy. To feel accountable of what happened and what is still happening means we still care, that we still have souls to spare. This book serves as a reminder and (hopefully) a trigger to be mindful of the fact that what lies beyond your Facebook or Twitter feed is far beyond of what is really happening. You don’t expect to get this information from the news since there is NO news to get it from. This is about North Korea, you don’t expect news to be as easy as turning your TV on. Most probably, this is going to be difficult read but try to imagine what more if it was actually you in there and they’re the one who’s just reading.

I apologize for being harsh but I find it hard to sum up my feelings without being pissed. I just cannot understand how people (including me) are still out and about without having full (or to be more accurate, slight) knowledge of these existing regimes. I mean, seriously, can you quit on moaning about your #GoalInLife or #FirstWorldProblems shit. It may sound rude but fuck, I’m tired of those petty dramas so suck it up and get over it.

I know we can’t save the world overnight or just by reading a book. Awareness isn’t going to solve all the problems. But the least you can do is cherish and remember their story. To bear in mind that these are the stories they decided to tell and share to us. Think of it as a privilege, to be one of the people to know and appreciate the challenge they’ve been through.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To humanity

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 599)

If you want to be more graphic, here’s a video:

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: March 29th 2012 by Viking Adult

From Goodreads:

A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.

In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin’s life unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden’s harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.

Review: City of Thieves by David Benioff

City of ThievesI didn’t know historical fiction could be this funny.

Hilarious. I have to admit, for a historical fiction this one is incredibly and surprisingly hilarious. I don’t know if it’s appropriate or even legal for a historical fiction to be funny but I guess this one’s an exception. Although it wasn’t funny to the point it was disrespectful and rude but it was, in a way, to lighten the mood, the atmosphere—since it’s set in World War 2

Friends. Throughout this book, you’ll see the value and essence of having (real) friends.

To be honest, for a historical fiction, this felt the most unrealistic in terms of characters (which is a win-win btw) In the first place, it was meant to be a fictional work so obviously it wasn’t supposed to be realistic and without it, this wouldn’t be nearly as funny—so no hard feelings.

Now that’s out of the way, I really enjoyed reading this one! It was certainly not what I expected it to be, which in this case is a good thing. Although I won’t say that I prefer historical fiction this way however I definitely like the idea that it can be funny and light sometimes.

Also the ending was a little bit annoying, but appropriate, nonetheless still annoying.

Actual Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yeess!!

Recommended to: To people who neglect the value of eggs

(Fullybooked, Mass Paperback, P 315 )

Waiting on Wednesday: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I’m definitely a sucker for a good title. Another addition to my wish list!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Publication: June 26, 2014 (Not in my country)

From Goodreads:

A haunting debut novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s Ohio and the tragedy that will either be their undoing or their salvation

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . . So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart. James, consumed by guilt, sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage. Marilyn, devastated and vengeful, is determined to find a responsible party, no matter what the cost. Lydia’s older brother, Nathan, is certain that the neighborhood bad boy Jack is somehow involved. But it’s the youngest of the family—Hannah—who observes far more than anyone realizes and who may be the only one who knows the truth about what happened.

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

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