[Book Review] MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Guys, I finished Maybe Someday on my phone.

Yes, I just finished an ebook. Like, this is only the 5th ebook I actually finished in Kimsiang’s history of ebooks. Reading through the electronic screen has just been very hard for me. The main reason is that my eyesight is not that healthy and I’m severely short-sighted, therefore my eyes get tired easily and just can’t focus on the texts for hours on end, anyways, that’s not the point. Let’s get to what I think about this book!

Maybe Someday was the few exceptions that I just couldn’t help but kept scrolling because it was a very entertaining read.

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Title: Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 385 

Publication: March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

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Maybe Someday was about Sydney whom her boyfriend was cheating on with her best friend, resulting her with swollen hands because she punched them both and nowhere to stay for the night. Her deaf guitarist neighbor, Ridge, was kind enough to let her be his roommate as long as she helps him with his writer’s block.

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most.”

 

First off, the characters are amazing. They are so realistic and down-to-earth yet very witty with their sarcasm, sass and the right on point humor. Plus, I love that Colleen Hoover writes about characters with disabilities, it’s very eye opening.

However, the characters are way too emotional, in my opinion, especially Sydney, she basically cries whenever her heart races a little more quickly than usual. One more thing, I didn’t like Ridge towards the end of the book, it was almost like he changed into another person ,and I don’t think I liked that ‘growth’. Also, I don’t feel like I know the characters all that much, yes, we were given background stories but it wasn’t enough, though that didn’t lessen how entertaining this book was.

Don’t even talk about the chemistry between the characters and the romance, I couldn’t take my eyes of the words. [Spoilers or maybe not, but read at your own risk]- [I still don’t quiet get how you can love someone and then fall hopelessly in love with another and are still sure you love the first person. Maybe because I haven’t experienced that sort of romance, but I don’t know, to me, I can’t even think of myself with anyone else other than the person I’m with.]

“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each others life, Sydney. It’s our lives that aren’t perfect for us.”

As for the writing style, it didn’t click with me at first, I don’t know why. It grew on me later and I flew through this book in a day nonetheless. I like her recent release, November 9 much more, writing style-wise.

The ending was amazing, just swoooooon.

Anddddd, the fact that this book focuses a lot on making music and stuffs, and that they actually recorded soundtracks for it is just nandhaiuwheija life and everything.

Maybe Someday – Griffin Peterson

“I failed miserably at trying not to fall in love with you.

I failed first.”

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars. It was a quick romantic read and I definitely recommend it!

Signing off,

Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

“A life of mediocrity is a waste of a life.”

Book Review | Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Greetings, friends!

Like everybody else, I know about Sophie Kinsella and the shopaholic series, tho I’ve never read them but I heard they are amazing and hilarious. (Okay, I don’t know why I said that, I was just trying to prove that I’m not from a cave.) I’ve also heard amazing reviews about this one, so I was very excited to pick it up and it didn’t disappoint! 🙂

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Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Pages: 286 pages

Publication: June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre: YA, Contemporary


Finding Audrey follows Audrey, a 14-year-old teenager, who has a severe case of anxiety after being bullied that she can’t even go out or have a social life and she needs to wear sunglasses even in her house to avoid eye contacts.

“It won’t be forever. You’ll be in the dark for as long as it takes and then you’ll come out.

As she is only 14, Audrey’s voice did sound a bit young tho it wasn’t much of a problem for me.

The story focused a lot on Audrey’s family as Audrey was always home. Her mom and dad were the stereotyped mom that was obsessed and believed everything the daily mail said and did whatever it takes for her son to stop playing video games. Her dad was the type that always agree with the mom even when he didn’t know what it was. I mean it was pretty cliche but it was very entertaining. And Audrey’s brother, Frank, a video game addict who wanted to play video as a career. Frank had his video game friends home often to practice for a video game contest which you could win a lot of money. One of Frank’s friends, Linus, caught Audrey’s attention. And a relationship was developed but there was Audrey’s anxiety issue in the way and blah blah.

“Although, as Leonardo da Vinci said: “Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge,”

Like I mentioned I really liked the family relationship in here, even though it wasn’t that realistic, I liked that it made me laugh. As for the romantic relationship between Audrey and Linus, I think it was very cute and all, with the note-passing and Linus being so sweet and just understood Audrey. However, it was a bit of an insta-lovey which I didn’t really like. I mean one moment Audrey was still struggling with anxiety then she kinda liked Linus then they were a couple.

“No!” Linus sounds really shocked. Shocked, embarrassed, discomfited. Kind of mortified. Like he can’t believe I would say that. (I’m getting all this from one syllable, you understand.)”

Another issue I had with the book was that we weren’t given a background story of Audrey’s anxiety. I want to know what happened to Audrey in the first place, what triggered her social anxiety and more.

“Sometimes I hope I’m building up a stockpile of missing laughs, and when I’ve recovered, they’ll all come exploding out in one gigantic fit that lasts twenty-four hours.”

In Finding Audrey, Sophie Kinsella dealed with social anxiety in a light funny way but with respect. I find myself relate a lot to Audrey’s issue especially the eye contact one as I’m pretty shy lol.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

I would recommend this book to you if you’re looking for a light fluffy comedy read. I have a friend who refuses to read anything related to depression or anxiety or just anything that is very emotional because, she said, she feels kinda suffocating with all those stuffs. So if you’re like my friend, I definitely recommend this book, because it gives you glimpses about what it’s like to suffer from anxiety too. 

Book Review | The Final Empire (MISTBORN #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Hello, bookworms!

I’m back with a book review of The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. To say in a few words, I love this book. I don’t even know where to start and this is one of those books that I think you should go into it not knowing too much and experience all the amazingness firsthand, therefore, for the non-spoiler part of this review I will give you reasons as to why you should read this book and also why you shouldn’t.

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You should read this book because:

  • It has amazing world-building. It’s set in this world where ash falls from the sky and mist roams the night. Like, doesn’t that make you want to pick this book up?
  • The characters! The characters are very well-developed. They are flawed and real, their wits and humor are my favorites! The relationships and friendships are to die for! The main character was Vin (that’s a very popular name in Cambodia btw, I know not less than ten people with that name lol), she was a Mistborn which means she can do magic by burning metals.
  • It will blow you away (Well, it did me). The plot was very engaging and even tho I wasn’t hooked until about 80 pages, once I was in, I never wanted to get back out! The storyline surprised me again and again, I could never guessed it! and so many plot twists! 😀
  • The magic I just mentioned! The magic system in this book was one of the best thing. It was very unique and cool. I love that even with that magic, they aren’t invincible and the magic too has its limits which make it even more real.

However, you shouldn’t pick this book up if:

  • You don’t want to experience all the awesomeness I just mentioned because you are still not convinced (whyyyy?) and you are intimidated by the size (I know I know but don’t be! It’s amazing from the first page till the end.)
  • You don’t want to be shattered into pieces (Because i did. I’ve heard that many people saw it coming but I didn’t and it was not okay. I still can not.)

“That’s the funny thing about arriving somewhere, Vin,” he said with a wink. “Once you’re there, the only thing you can really do is leave again.”

I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars!


And that’s it for the non-spoiler part.And obviously I recommend you pick it up! 😀 I hope you enjoy it as I did 😀 and come back once you’ve read so we can discuss!


Spoilery Discussions: (You’ve been warned!)

This book started out amazingly. I was thrown into this world where ash fell from the sky, it’s divided into noblemen and skaas. And there’s magic too! I was completely sold.

Then we met Vin, an introverted, observant girl, I already liked her. Tho I prefer Kelsier’s POV.

The crew tho, they are all amazing, I can’t think of another time when I enjoyed scenes about 30-year-old guys even just having a chat.

‘He’s such a fine lad,’ Breeze noted, accepting the drink. ‘I barely even have to nudge him Allomantically. If only the rest of you ruffians were so accommodating.’

Spook frowned. ‘Niceing the not on the playing without.’

‘I have no idea what you just said, child,’ Breeze said. ‘So I’m simply going to pretend it was coherent, then move on.’

Kelsier rolled his eyes. ‘Losing the stress on the nip,’ he said. ‘Notting without the needing of care.’

‘What are you two babbling about?’ Breeze said testily.

‘Ever wasing the wish of having the have,’ Ham added with a smile. ‘Brighting the wish of wasing the not.’

Breeze turned to Dockson with exasperation. ‘I believe our companions have finally lost their minds, dear friend.’

Dockson shrugged. Then, with a perfectly straight face, he said, ‘Wasing not of wasing is.”  

I loveeeee that scene, I was dying of laughter XD

Now let’s talk about the ending.

I didn’t realize how attached I was to the story and the character until Kelsier died. and that easy? For all that he has one? Ughhh. That scene. How did people see it coming? I was not okay. I would have broken down if I was not reading in a cafe at that time. I thought that maybe this was another plan of his, faking his own death for whatever I don’t care I just want to know that he didn’t die for real. I continue to read for about 20 pages more and there was still no sign of him. UGHHH.

The ending was very surprising, with Marsh turned into the Inquisitors, and The Lord Ruler was actually Rashek. All of those blew me away, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I want to after Kelsier was gone. :(((

But overall, The Final Empire has become one of my favorites book now. I definitely recommend this book!


 

And that’s all I have at the moment! Feel free to comment down if you want to discuss!

Thanks for reading! 😀

-Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

 

Book Review & Discussion | WINTER by Marissa Meyer

Greetings, bookworms!

This is my first book review of the year! Yayyy!


So Winter, the fourth and final installment in the epic sci-fi, fairytale-retelling saga, The Lunar Chronicles. It is very sad to see this amazing series come to a close but at the same time I’m glad to see it was wrapped up very nicely. 😀


Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 824

Publication: November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Source: Bought

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Fairytale-Retellings


 

There will be spoilers for the first three books of the series in this review so read at your own risk (;D) and if you haven’t picked up this series yet, what are you waiting for? Go read it and love it and come back here to discuss about it! 😀

Winter is a retelling of Snow White with our main character, Princess Winter.

The story opens with Winter on Luna trying to fight her evil step mother mentally and also the Luna sickness that hallucinate her because she refuses to use her Luna gift to manipulate people. Winter also had to fight with her heart, her childhood best friend, Jacin, and her will be in danger if people know they have feelings for each other

Meanwhile, aboard the stolen spaceship, the Rampion, Cinder and her crews have planned to tell the people of Luna the truth that their lost Princess Selene is back to fight Levana for her (Selene’s) throne.


 

The moment I read the first page of this book, I was hooked. It’s probably Marissa Meyer’s writing style or the familiar design format of this book or maybe it was something else but I felt like I was home. I know that’s weird and dramatic but there’s no other way to describe that.

There were many twists and turns and awesomeness in this one, it was 824 pages and as you might have heard a thousand times that there wasn’t a dull page, it’s absolutely true. I still spent about a week to finish this giant but it was definitely worth all the ravings and five-star ratings. This series is definitely one of my favorites, one that will live with me years after this 😀

But somehow there were scenes that I thought went too smoothly and there were certain things I wished for it to happen but didn’t therefore Cress, the third book, remains to be my favorite in this series. That doesn’t mean this book was not great because it was very very amazing.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My favorite thing about this series is the character. This series have got one of the most awesome set of characters ever written.

Princess Winter is the Luna people’s favorite which made her evil step-mother, Levana, despises her to the point that she wants Winter dead. Winter had to fight with Levana and her hallucinations that make her crazy because she refuses to use her Luna gifts to manipulate people like her power-drunk step-mother,  she also had to fight with her heart from staying close with her childhood best friend, Jacin, because living with Levana, the people you loved could be used against you at all time. Winter, beautiful inside and out despite the scars across her face, with her courage, wits and craziness, she was one of my favorites.

“The young princess was as beautiful as daylight. She was more beautiful even than the queen herself.”

“Winter trailed her fingers along her harness and sang to herself, “The Earth is full tonight, tonight, and the wolves all howl, aa-ooooooooooh…”

And Jacin, always want to protect his princess, it was all so sweet. Jacin was a guard in the palace, even tho Jacin wasn’t my favourite character, I really like the aspect that he cares for Winter so much, he promises to protect her with his life, he’s like the safest place that Winter can go to, she’s all that he cares about.

“So much importance pressed into so few words. It was just like Jacin.”

 

Then we have Cinder, the humble cyborg that was with us from the beginning. Cinder, she was scared and she doubt herself if she can be queen if she will succeed or if she was just leading all of them to death, but she still had courage and compassion to do the right thing and so she was brave. Of course I love Cinder, her POV is my favorite to read from. But because of that I feel like it’s kinda unfair, this book is supposed to be centered on Princess Winter but we’ve got more of Cinder’s POV. Not that it’s a big issue tho 🙂

“Cinder needed them. All of them. She shut her eyes and reminded herself to be brave.”

“Citizens of Luna, I ask that you stop what you’re doing to listen to this message. My name is Selene Blackburn.”

“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”

(Cinder’s message scene was another one of my favorite, I love that she sounded like queen and strong even tho Kai wrote the script XD)

Kai too is not my favorite character but his relationship with Cinder developed very nicely in this book and it got me swooning for them. Kai was forced to marry Levana despite his hatred for the evil queen, so he tried to help as much as he can since he was being watched all the time.

We’re getting to my favourite couple XD and that is none other than Cress and Thorne. These two is just so perfect and cute together. They got me chuckled and giggled like crazy with all the misunderstandings and stuffs. I really like that we really get to see how brilliant Cress was with technology stuffs. She can hack everything and she’s just so cool.

Thorne our captain got his vision back and he’s just as hilarious and sarcastic like before. Thorne definitely light up the mood of the crew (or at least me the reader because sometimes he actually stirs up the anger in the crew XD). and need I talk about Thorne and Cress? because Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress Thorne and Cress are perfecttttttt. They are definitely in my top favourites. 😀

“See that eye roll? It translates to, ‘How am I possibly keeping my hands off of you, Captain?” – from Thorne

“Scarlet and I are going to start a missing-fingers club. We might let Cinder be an honorary member.” – from Thorne

“She definitely has a crush on you. It’s about the size of Jupiter.” – to Cress

And then we have my least favorite couple :///. Scarlet and Wolf. I really liked the second book because it was when we got to know Thorne and all that but I never really loved Scarlet and Wolf’s story. It’s all so sweet with the Alpha male and female thing tho. Scarlet‘s POV was a bit boring to read from, Wolf’s too. But I really like Scarlet’s friendship with Winter, Scarlet was so cold and Winter was so friendly and tho they continued to be that way, we can see that Scarlet also cared for Winter deeply. As for Wolf, I thought he was a goner at the end, there was no coming back but luckily Wolf was still Wolf.

“Winter reached over and pulled the pilot’s harness over Scarlet’s head. “Safety first, Scarlet-friend. We are fragile things.”

 

How can I not talk about Iko? Iko’s friendship with Cinder was one of the most remarkable thing in this book, like they are android and cyborg but who cares? They love each other ❤ and their friendship was beautiful. Iko too was so funny and she helped a lot with the revolution. Even tho she lost a few limps in the end, l she knew Cinder, the best mechanics, will be able to fix her ❤

 

 

“Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.” -IKO


 

Spoilery Discussion: (You’ve been warned)

Things first start to pick up when we got Cinder’s POV on the Rampion, I love the atmosphere when the crew was together, they were so funny and they all seem so close.

So, Cinder was like 16 or 17 right? Considering her age and also the crew that they are just normal teenagers, it’s pretty realistic with the plans that they came up with, it was pretty good but still I really wished it was more brilliant, more mind-blowing. There were so many flaws in their plans but that’s why things were played out this way and I’m quiet satisfied with ‘this way’.

Another part that I was not too happy about was when they went to get the antidote, like Kai did A LOT for that cure, he married Levana and everything,but it could be retrieved this easily? It was kinda funny. There weren’t many obstacles and they got the antidote to save Winter and the people in that village.

Last problem is the ending, it did wrapped up nicely tho I wished it was more than that. I need something more mind-blowing (again). It wasn’t too bad tho, I was just expecting more.

Moving on to my favorite scenes, I love when Cress and Thorne were together lol and also when the crew was together.

“Did you see any rice in there? Maybe we could fill Cinder’s head with it.”
Everyone stared at him.
“You know, to…absorb the moisture, or something. Isn’t that a thing?”
“We’re not putting rice in my head.”

I love this scene so much, it was so funny I was laughing my head off XD

“They’re the first crew I’ve ever had and most of them even call me Captain. I’m going to miss them.”

I also love Thorne’s sentimental moments XD. And his awkward, not to mention very weird, confession to Cress, but it showed that he had thought about it a lot XD And the Luna girl who made herself look like Cress and Thorne said he loved her because he thought she was Cress and awwwwww I died. I was hugging the book and smiling. (Please don’t think I’m crazy. I’m a sucker for things like that.)

I really like the excerpt, book 1…, book 2…, and stuffs. Especially book 4, with the apple thing, it was so creepy but I was busy thinking it was so cool that I wasn’t so scared.

  
How do you feel about Levana’s true appearance tho? I didn’t know it was that bad :/// and everything that ended with Levana, so she was shot by Cinder with a gun? I feel like she should have suffered more than that (okayy I’m evil).

And the ending, that last sentence, I told you I’m a sucker for fairytale romance like this and that last word, I died again. ❤ I read it over and over again and I love that last sentence ❤

  

“Oh, I fully intend to form an alliance with Luna.” Kai glanced at the cyborg foot again. “I just intend to put a different queen on the throne first.”

 

“Leaning forward, Cinder spoke very clearly. “I have a computer in my brain,” she said. “So while I’m not going to tell you that I am the smartest or, by any means, the most experienced person in this room, I would suggest that no one use my youth to believe that I am also ignorant.”

Cinder was so sassy.

And also the last scene in the throne room, with Thorne controlled by Levana and everything. It was so scary and ironic at the same time, Thorne punched Cinder and kept saying ‘That’s not me’ and he stabbed Cress in the stomach! Like whattttt what if she…..it was a severe wound, but she also shot Thorne’s finger, I guess they were even then lol and they all survived in the end.

Everybody was in that throne room except Jacin and Winter and that’s the only thing I would change in this book because I wish Winter was there too. Winter has every right to confront Levana and defeat her too. She has been living with the queen and endured a lot of horrible things that Levana did to her and I think she should have been there in that room. It was all very sad for Winter, we don’t know if she recovered after everything, she lost her mind by using her gift and she might never be ‘okay’ again after that. It was a very sad ending for her.

Also I’ve always thought that it would end with Cinder appointed Winter the queen of Luna or maybe a leader and Cinder herself will be an ambassador instead because that way she will be able to go to Earth and stay with Kai.

And Scarlet and Wolf at the end, and Scarlet calling her friend on Earth was also very funny, it was totally out of nowhere like LOL.

And did you noticed the guard, Kinney, and Iko, like…..they might….? XD


 

That was all I could think of at the moment. I really love this series and would love to fangirl about it 😀 so definitely comment your favorite scene and everything if you want to 😀

I know this a very a long post. It took me days to complete this review because i just couldn’t gather my thoughts and opinions and I didn’t know how to start but this is it so thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it 😀

French Fries and Caramel (two of my favorite things in the world XD),

Kimsiang @ TheSpinesBreaker

P.S. All the edits, credits to Tumblr.com.

 

 

Book Review | THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan

Hi friends!

I know this is completely out of the bookish topic but I went to Jessie J’s concert yesterday! Finally crossing out one thing from my bucket list (going to a concert). Well, actually I crossed it out a few months ago when Demi Lovato came to Cambodia. Getting back to Jessie J, I’m still so pumped about everything even though it’s over since last night. I wasn’t that close to the stage (Actually pretty far) but that didn’t stop me from having fun! I screamed and sang along and danced (can you believe that? me? the most introvert and shy and nerdy person ever). I came home when it was almost midnight and got a full session with mom and dad and there was no voice came out when i spoke and now that my voice is still hoarse, I regret nothing of it! I was and am so cheerful that my friend thought I was drunk. 🙂



Now let’s get on with the business deal (woah that sounds like I’m selling drugs wtf), I read The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan a few days ago in an ebook form. I have read another book by David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I loved the first half and only like the second half (mini review here).

At first, I was very intrigued that it’s written like a dictionary but I have heard mixed things so I couldn’t bring myself to buy a physical copy because I was afraid it won’t be that good.


And now that I’ve read it, I think it was decent but still lack something. 

I don’t think it’s the fact that I wasn’t given the name of the protagonists, or that I wasn’t even sure if the narrator’s gender was a male or female, or that there was no ending or anything of that sort. Well the last one was a bit of a problem; I enjoyed reading it, I kept scrolling down for more, it was entertaining and it ended. So when it ended like that, I found myself thinking back to the reading experience and thought ‘well, that was pretty good’, but also looking back to the story, I felt like I don’t even know the characters or their story.

In this book, the main focus was on the relationship of the couple therefore there wasn’t much family time or friends time, it was mentioned just a couple of times. But I don’t mind that since it’s only about 200 e-pages, and I only want the relationship to be great but the story of the couple even wasn’t enough.

I felt like I was reading quotes after quotes and not a connected story (some were tho). Some words got the whole page and some got just a line, some were good memories, and some were arguments. I kinda like this aspect of the book, that it was unpredictable. I also like the voice of the narrator (I think he is a he-not 100% sure tho because the first half I considered he/she a she :///)

I feel like I’m repeating myself that the story wasn’t enough, so here’s my final rating:

3.5/5

And these are a few of my favorite words and explanations:

 





 

And this is the end of my review! I’ll hopefully see you in my next one ❤

Happy reading and Merry Christmas,

Kimsiang

Book Review | AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

Hello lovely strangers ❤

This is first review post of the month-actually my first ever post and i’m feeling so bad that it took about a week to actually post anything ://

But here I am! An Ember In the Ashes which was recommended to me a million of times, and I am a bit disappointed honestly.

Title: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Pages: 446 pages

Publication: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill

Source: Bought

Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy

 

Ratings: Plot: 4/5
World Building: 3.5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Total: 4 stars

Plot & World Building: The events that happened in this book was mostly set in a kingdom called “The Empire”, where there were racism between the scholars and the Martials (the one who won the war years ago). There was a school, military academy, in this world called Blackcliff which trained assassins or murderers, “The Masks”. Laia (a scholar), was sent into Blackcliffe to disguise as a slave and be a spy for the Resistance (Scholars rebels) in return to the Resistance saving her brother, her only living relative left, from prison. Elias, a Mask in training and soon to graduate, had always want to ‘desert‘ his status as a Mask because he felt not that different from all the slaves/scholars in his kingdom, having to serve the violence and brutal Commandment that is his mother, having to kill innocence, so he wanted freedom. But before Elias had left, Laia came to Blackcliff, and there was now trial which purpose was to find a new emperor for their kingdom. Elias decided to stay as someone promised him real freedom if he passed all the trials.
I think the plot and storyline was okay. What I don’t like was the world, during the trials, so many innocence and friends were killed for no reason. I hate that. I know it was supposed to show the readers how brutal and dangerous this world is but but but I see no reason why why why that third trial had to be like that. Ugh. Also The Commandment is like Umbridge’s twins, she’s just as horrible. Ugh.

And there’s sort of a twist in the end that made me very excited in the direction this book is heading.

Characters: As for the characters, I like both our main MC and the other supporting characters as well, I think they played their roles well, they were different distinctable characeters and so on. As I mentioned, I think Laia and Elias were great. Laia from a naive and coward girl to a strong, independant woman. I actually like that she was weak and scared at first, because who wouldn’t? If she just came out strong, I wouldn’t have liked her as much. And she and Elias both have humor which I love because it would have been sooo dull, I wouldn’t have finished.

“I’d rather die than live with no mercy, no honor, no soul.”

Elias, I already liked him because he had the sense of humor, he knew what he wanted but tho I hate that he couldn’t choose between Helene, his best friend who he sort of romantically involved with, and Laia. Helene, Elias‘s best friend, I think her characters was very well-developed, she was a great character tho the sticking to the rules part wasn’t fun, but I can’t wait to see more of her in the next novels when she has superpower like that.

“There are two kinds of guilt: the kind that
drowns you until you’re useless, and the kind that fires your soul to purpose.”

Other than that, I didn’t really connect with the other characters, for instance, Izzi, I think she was okay? she was just there so? I forgot all the characters’ names ugh clearly this book wasn’t memorable enough. Iam trying to find the name of Laia’s other love interest. I didn’t connect or swoon over him either. And yep there were love triangles in this book, two set of them. I’ve never had a problem with love triangles, not a trope that I mind, tho I wish in this book it didn’t happen.

Writing Style: It was the best thing, I have no complaints. I am so glad this wasn’t in third person but rather dual-perspective, just perfect.

“Three thousand bodies swing forward, three thousand pairs of boots snap together, three thousand backs jerk as if yanked straight by a puppeteer’s hand. In the ensuing silence, you could hear a tear drop.”

Get what I mean? lol ❤

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Overall, I gave this book 4 stars, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I mean I don’t know what I expected but I don’t think this lives up to all the hypes. It wasn’t bad for sure but it kinda made me question if I read the same books as others because I really couldn’t see the “IT BLEW ME AWAY. THIS WAS SUPER GOOD WOW I NEED THE NEXT BOOK”. I am excited for the sequel tho 🙂


Thank you for reading and I’ll hopefully see you in my next post.

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang

 

Book Review | I ALMOST BROKE DOWN IN A CAFE BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK…

Guys, my phone is broken. It drowned. And that is why I didn’t know about the events in Paris until a few hours ago. #pray


Anw, I’m back with a book review or more like ranting on how it messed with my emotions.

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Up there, is the culprit. The one that broke my heart.

Even though, Second Chance Summer is my least favourite out of all Morgan MAtson’s books, this one really hit me hard, right in the tears department. I kinda knew it would happen in the end but I still insisted on reading that last part in public anyway, and the staffs there kept looking at me. It was so hard not to cry, I kept thinking ‘no it’s not happening. No I don’t want to read this anymore.’

I should explain right?

So this book centered around a family of five who doesn’t have that close family relationship or much family bonding time. This summer, they discovered that their father has (back cancer) and he only has 3-4 months left. They decided to spend their summer at their summer home which they have stopped going since the last five summers because everybody has been super busy, but for our MC, Taylor, she was glad she didn’t have to go back (and that’s for good) but now…

Taylor likes to runaway when things get hard, but going back she has to face her first love and her ex-best friend, both she left five summers ago. And this summer, she got another chance to fix what she has broken. It’s second chance summer.

“But one thing that I was learning about what happened when you stuck around—it usually seemed that other people were willing to stick by you as well.”

I find this book a bit boring and unlike other Matson’s books, it lacks humor. But it wasn’t bad, not at all. It still gives me the feeling that only Matson’s books can give me. (wtf did I just wrote?) It’s raw and realistic and hit you where it hurts the most.

The thing that got me all teary-eyed (believe me I don’t cry because of books that often, it happens once in a while every blue moon) was the plot that her father was dying and falling sicker everyday during that summer. And that ending.

It’s just lately I’ve been thinking a lot about that issue that no one is immortal and that sucks because I need my parents to be here forever. I sometimes think I won’t survive when they are gone, nostalgia will bury me deep in the ground. I will be thinking about all the things I didn’t do or say when they are here and what things used to be and how I take them for granted and how I will miss the coming back home with dad in the garage and mom in the kitchen. I can’t take that. I don’t understand how people survive memories. I’ve always been grateful for them and everything that I’ve done even though my actions might act otherwise.

“Daddy,” I whispered, feeling my own breath hitch in my throat. “I love you.”
Just when I was sure he was asleep, the one corner of his mouth lifted in a smile. “I knew that,” he murmured. “Always knew that.”

Second Chance Summer proved all that to me. It made me even more wide awake about that. Taylor didn’t even know her father before this summer, and this summer is only when she gets to talk to her father about his life and what he has been through, his music taste, what he likes and what he hates.

The last part was so saddddddd ughhhhh I can’t get over this.

To conclude this, I definitely recommend this book. It was an emotional, heart-wrenching ride for me. It was boring at some part but overall I love it.

It’s a 4/5 stars for me.


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Love your parents. We are so busy growing up ,we often forget they are also growing old.