08 July 2012

Review: The Book Of Tomorrow

The Book Of Tomorrow
The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin. When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its' core.

The book started out incredibly slow and frankly, boring, so much that I put the book aside for weeks before finally deciding that I should probably at least try to finish the book. Maybe I didn't want to waste my money, or maybe I didn't want to be completely disappointed in my favourite author, but I'm glad that I did continue reading the book.

And serious warning, the first quarter or maybe even one third of the book was unbelievably slow and boring! Maybe as slow as Tamara's new life in the village (she talked about Facebook a little bit but she has no cellphone wtf I don't know if they're really in our time). I'm not sure when exactly it started picking up, maybe slowly from the arrival of the travelling library, and when it did, it was so good it totally redeemed itself. Maybe the slow part was needed to build up for the epicness in the later part of the book, but I wish the slow part wasn't that long. I mean, I even had to put it aside and wanted to not finish it for a while!

Don't be fooled by the cover and the summary of the book. It actually got darker, with secrets and mysteries, I had so many goosebumps when I was reading it. But it wasn't too dark, but it creeped me out so much I had to finish the book as soon as possible so that I could stop being creeped out. D: And right now as I write this I am getting a little goosebumps too wtf. I also have to mention that, I get scared and creeped out pretty easily and I avoid all horror films and books LOL.

Character wise, I'm fine with Tamara. I didn't reallyyyy like her because she's a spoilt brat so I don't think I should be, but she's okay. Sometimes I get very very annoyed by her grieving but oh what do I know about that. Her actions as a teenager though, I can get annoyed by them too but to come to think of it, most of the time I would've done the same thing as her, especially the Sister Ignatius part. Teenage pride and all that maybe? Or not brave enough? I don't know, I just know I would've done the same thing.

Romance was okay, there wasn't actually much to it. We didn't really get to know her love interests but they were never the main point anyway. And I can relate a little to Tamara in the romance part too. :( I almost always forgot about the Dublin Tamara and I kept getting surprised by how good she is at the art of flirting.

I can't comment on other characters without giving anything away so I'm just gonna keep them to myself.

The ending was good and I really didn't see it coming, but it didn't offer me all the answers to my questions in the book, and it was quite rushed, I got very confused. Maybe not rushed but too many things were happening! And it certainly didn't help that the book was written in Tamara's POV. I don't think it gave me the full closure, maybe just half. Btw who the heck is Paddy? I read through the good part of the book pretty fast so I might have missed it, but who is this Paddy?! I don't know if I should re-read some parts but I don't want to get creeped out again! Maybe I should. Afterall I pretty much rushed through reading it.

I gave the book four stars because I deducted one star for the boring part lol. Otherwise it'd be five stars.

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07 July 2012

Review: Jekel Loves Hyde

Jekel Loves Hyde
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents' rules - especially the one about never opening the mysterious old box in her father's office. But when her dad is murdered and her college savings disappear, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be the key to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship. 

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize but to save Tristen's sanity. Maybe his life. As things heat up in the lab, though, Jill's accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything - even Tristen's love - just for the thrill of being ... bad.

The book started out SO GOOD and so promising! The plot, the characters, the romance, and everything else was pretty good.

But when I reached the point of the book where Jill Jekel tasted the formula that would make her be bad, omg it went downhill. The thrill, excitement and danger of the book were just gone. I feel like Beth Fantaskey dragged out the plot/story/(or just the whole thing) for way too long and emphasized WAYYYY TOO MUCH on Jill's virginity (while we're at that, too much on sex too wtf), her inexperience-ness, how weak she is, and a lot other annoying stuffs.

And Jill? She was a great character, and yes she went downhill from the same point too wtf. She became a super weak (physically and emotionally!) girl, self-destructive and stupid too. So freaking stupid I feel like slapping her. Before that, she was physically weak but emotionally strong, smart and definitely not self-destructive. She was such a great and likable girl! Even though she was a little too uptight and stuff, but Beth made her so annoyingly so. In the end the girl she turned out to be would be very likable, if only we would be with her longer.

Tristen Hyde is the seems-bad-but-actually-really-good-boy that Jill fell for, and unfortunately for me I have a soft spot for seems-bad-but-actually-really-good-guys. I may be slightly biased but I liked him, not very annoying (he only annoyed me once or twice, which was very good compared to Jill). Most of the POV's were Jill's so we didn't get to know Tristen as well as we know Jill. In fact, when he spilled his ~big secret~ to Jill it felt forced, out of place. Or maybe it's just that I didn't see that coming.

Actually, they had so many secrets or shocking stuffs to spill, coming one after another, I might have became immune to them.

I finished the book for the sake of getting closure, and I still have some hope that they would have a happy ending and I wouldn't be annoyed at them anymore. And yes, the ending was great, and very satisfying.

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this book. Sorta mixed feelings, but the first half of the book and the ending was really great.

!!!! SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTTT!!!!!!!! Just need to rant a little.

WTF IS WITH HER STAYING WITH HIM THEN STAY AWAY THEN BACK TO HIM THEN STAYING AWAY AGAIN OMG. They repeated this shit so many times it became plain annoying and irritating. Just make up your mind! At one point I was wondering if they were take turns to stay away from each other!


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02 July 2012

Review: Twenty Boy Summer

Twenty Boy Summer
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 "Don't worry, Anna. I'll tell her, okay? Just let me think about the best way to do it."
"Promise me? Promise you won't say anything?"
"Don't worry." I laughed. "It's our secret, right?"

According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in ZanzibarBay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there's a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there's something she hasn't told Frankie---she's already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie's older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

First of all, I was pleasantly surprised by how good this book is. I never thought it would be this amazing. And the cover, I love it. I love that it has references to the story, and to Matt.

Honestly, I'm a little speechless right now. It was so good I don't know where to start. It is one of the best books I've read. This may be YA book, but I think it's only YA because of the characters' age.

Anyway, I may not have experienced the things that they went through, but it was realistic. I read and feel for them, as if I was there with them, going through the same thing. I loved all the characters, Anna, Frankie, Matt, Sam, and even Jake. They felt so real.

My heart breaks for Anna, falling in love and it barely even begun, but it ended so abruptly, and she had to keep it a secret. There were so many times when I wished that Matt didn't die.

And that trip to California, I thought their mourning and moving on process was good and natural. I have not experienced loss of someone super close, but I am hoping that I won't ever have to. Watching (or rather, reading) them fall in love, moving on and slowly letting go of Matt, I feel like I was letting go of Matt too.

There wasn't any cliffhangers or anything relatively super exciting, but I could barely put the book down. So much perfection in this one book. I wish the book, and their time in California didnt end.

You know, reading this only reminds me of my inability to love, or to fall in love. What's wrong with me?! -_-


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