Spectacular: Finding Audrey

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I’ve been wanting this book since last year so I put it on my Christmas wishlist. Guess what? I received this book on Christmas from my grandparents. I finished this book on one sitting (yes, book review delayed!) and it was fantastic!

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. {Goodreads}

I finished this book on one sitting as I can’t stop reading it. The story was so immersive with Audrey’s narration. This book tackles anxiety in a light way without disrespecting the topic which I appreciate very much!

Audrey is such an engaging narrator. She’s the reason why I find this book so interesting, why I finished this book in a span of under 10 hours and basically why I love this book! Linus is also an amazing character, kind and compassionate while still being a realistic character.

Frank, on the other hand, is such a funny character. Frank is Audrey’s gaming obsessed brother. He’s one of the reason why this book is humurous. Another reason for this book to be funny is their Mom. Their mom is comical yet still likeable.

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But one thing I really appreciate about this book and probably the main reason why this book is lovable, light and humorous is the family dynamics. I can understand and relate to having a Mom who’s overprotective and having a brother who’s to obsessed with gaming.

As other book reviewers, I was also worried about the romance part of this book since this book also handles mental health issues. I don’t want this book to turn where love magically cure mental illness. Thank god that didn’t happen. Linus provides support for Audrey but it still takes a lot of effort for Audrey. The author acknowledge that Linus can’t solve Audrey’s problem.

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Speaking of romance, the dynamics between Audrey and Linus are realistic. The author acknowledges that  dating isn’t easy and this is evidently shown in the book as they both experienced up and downs in their relationship.

Finding Audrey is an awesome read providing you a fresh and humorous take on mental illness. I recommend everyone on reading this if you haven’t!

I hope you enjoyed this book review! Have you read Finding Audrey? What are your thoughts about the book?

Bye!


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Not Enough: Red Queen

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Before reading this post, I want to make a quick promotion. You know I run an online mag/group blog called The Artistics! It’s a medium for us to express our creativity. Well, we’re holding a member search! If you’re interested in joining us, click HERE!

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book review. My last book review was a review to The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon (which I loved) which was published at January. That long huh?

Today, I’ll be reviewing Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. My friend has been recommending this since last year and I actually want to read it. I heard a lot of good reviews about it and my friend has been crazy about it but the problem. When I finished this book, I was a bit disappointed. I thought it was pretty average.

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The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. {Goodreads}

As I said, I felt that this book was just “surface level”. The concept of the book is cliche and I didn’t like Mare Barrow, the main character, that much. The story was a slow paced but it surprised me in the end.

As said, I didn’t like Mare Barrow. Her opinion about how the Silvers always oppressed the Red and use them is repetitive which makes it so annoying! Also, her attitude got a bit irritating. I could understand why she feels these kind of things and emotions but it’s sometimes annoying. One thing I liked is that how the author evidently showed that Mare isn’t a perfect character- she’s flawed which makes her realistic.

Cal and Maven are characters that I liked. They both showed insights on how Silver lives. Their relationship with one another is pretty realistic with all the sibling rivalry. Kilorn was not a character I liked. Although,without him, the story wouldn’t even exist but Kilorn is like a Gale (Hunger Games) equivalent of this book which I don’t like.

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The concept of this story is cliche but I do like how the society is split into two – Reds and Silvers. It feels like a mix of X-Men plus Divergent plus Game of Thrones. I love those but if you combine them, you’ll get a cliche book but to be honest, it didn’t bother me at all.

The plot was inconsistent. At first it was interesting then it became slow paced, which I have problems with, then it got intense. The action parts at later end of the book was my favorite. I was on the edge of my sit.

It’s also great that we got to see how the world and society of this book is trying to portray. In the next book, I wish it could be expanded more.

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I have mix emotions with the writing. The writing was average but I can still understand what it’s trying to say and express but sometimes, I don’t get what’s happening especially the Queenstrial part.

There’s a lot of flaws about Red Queen but still, I liked it but I didn’t think it was great or a book to be on my Top 5 but do I recommend this? Of course! Will I reread it? Yes! I give this book 3.5 stars.

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Unexpectedly Brilliant: The Sun is Also A Star

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I would like to thank my friend for lending this book to me even though you still haven’t read it. Second, let me just say that this is such a brilliant book and I didn’t expect it to be this amazing (I initially thought that this will be bad). I’m excited to review this so shall we start?

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? [Goodreads]

When I saw the book from my classmate’s desk, I was very skeptical about it because I want to read it but I’m scared that I would waste my time to read it because it’s bad but I still borrowed it and guess what: I’m not disappointed at all. I loved the book SO MUCH! It’s probably one of my favorite reads this 2016!

The character are probably the best asset in this book! In the book, the main character is Natasha, a Jamaican girl waiting to be deported and she believes in facts, and Daniel, a Korean-American poet. I love how this book promotes diversity in race and I seriously appreciate it. Also, the characters we’re well established! This is probably the reason why I love the book. Daniel was first presented with a backstory of him and his family and this backstory progresses through the book until we truly know him and same with Natasha.

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What’s very random with the book is that it includes chapter about the minor characters that shouldn’t even affect the story but did! I think that’s just amazing and being honest, that blew my mind off because it develops the story more!

The plot was so simple but that makes it special. It doesn’t need something very extravagant to make it special. Although I love the part, I need to be honest to myself that it’s kinda weird (at least for me) especially the part where Daniel met Natasha. That certain part was weird for me.

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As this book is romance, I need to talk about the chemistry and all stuff about romance. The romance was just amazing. I didn’t expect that. Daniel and Natasha are very different characters. Daniel believes in fate, destiny, etc and Natasha didn’t, just pure facts, so I was questioning if this would work and it did! The dynamic was so great between them!

This book is a must read for everyone! It was the best romance novel I read! I hope you enjoyed that review and I’ll see you soon!

Bye!

A Tearjerker Book: Wonder

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First of all, thank you to my friend for lending me this wonderful [no pun intended, i swear!] book. Second, I’m so excited to review this book and share my thoughts. It’s a  lovely book and the best book I’ve read. It’s Wonder by RJ Palacio!

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August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

As I said, Wonder is the best book I’ve read so far. It’s a beautiful story about a kid named August who has a face abnormality. He’s been homeschool and now, he’s entering 5th Grade at Beecher Prep. It’s well written, very unique character and a realistic and interesting plot.

The book is told from 6 perspectives: August (or Auggie), Via (Auggie’s sister), Miranda (Via’s and Auggie’s friend), Justin (Via’s boyfriend), Jack (Auggie’s friend), and Summer (Auggie’s friend too). Each of the perspectives are different and has a distinct voice. it’s not the same. It’s risky when books have different perspecitves because sometimes, the perspective doesn’t have distinct voices and it’s all the same. Also, I think it’s a good thing that there are different perspectives because I had the chance to know more about Auggie’s life because each each perspective shared its own insight about Auggie and I also had the chance to know the character more and know the story.

A thing I appreciated about the characters is that they have their backstories and character development and I feel very connected to each character. Also, I love Auggie’s character so much. His humor and intelligence won over my heart.

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A thing I appreciated about the book is that every character has a flaw and you can see it in the book. It’s boring for me when characters seems perfect. Also, RJ Palacio “gets” kids. You can see in the books that the perspective are from kids and teens and not from adults and wow, that’s amazing. It’s not easy for a writer to capture how kids thinks and acts.

Another thing I loved about this book is that there’s a balance between humor and pathos and I love it. I was worried because I think this book would be so emotional and I don’t want that because it’s a story about a kid, not an adult but thank goodness, there’s humor in this book. The humor balances the heavy emotions in the book.

Also, because the book contains both humor and heavy emotion, this book wasn’t easy to read. My emotions change constantly from sadness and pity to happy and joyful and repeat but I quite like it. Reading this book was like a roller coaster ride. There were some twist and turns from the book and my emotions.

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What’s really important about this book is the moral, the lesson in it. Never judge a book by its cover. I know that quote is very cliche but it applies on the book. It shows that we shouldn’t judge someone based on how they look like because what’s really important is what’s inside. I know it’s cliche again but it’s true.

Wonder is a memorable book that touches your heart and will leave a mark there. I cannot see a problem about this book and  I can’t believe it’s RJ Palacio’s first book! Do I recommend it to everyone? Hell yeah! I guarantee you that this will be the best book you’ve ever read.

I hope you enjoyed that review. Also, yay for Monday because we don’t have classes on Monday!

Goodbye,
Jerrod

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A Fantastic Book: Percy Jackson and The Demigod Files

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God, I’m so excited to review this book because I love it. A lot of you may not know but I am a Percy Jackson fan. Proof? I read the series and the second series which involved Roman demigods and I hated the movie adaptation. I think that’s enough proof.

Today, I’m going to review the book from the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series, The Demigod Files, by the one and only, Rick Riordan. I really love this book but some things were just a bit off. Enough me babbling, let’s go!

NOTE: I know this is super late but I’m still going to review it. Also, the image only say “Percy Jackson and…”, not “Percy Jackson and The Olympians”. I actually intended it because it won’t fit in the picture.

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How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What’s the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy’s world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

The Demigod Files is such a beautiful (and cute) book. I love how the stories were made like they actually happened between the series and the graphic designs of the gods and the map of Camp Half-Blood were such nice addition. Let’s “dissect” it, shall we?

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First of all, the stories. The stories were just so good. As I said, the stories were made like it actually happened in between the series. I was so hooked by the stories I actually finish them in one sitting. Also, the stories were so beautiful I could read it again and again and again and I won’t get bored.

My favorite story was “Percy Jackson and The Sword of Hades”. It was so clever to bring Percy, Thalia and Nico together and they really make a great team. Nico and Thalia being smart and skillful and Percy being so powerful and brave, that’s just perfect for me. Also, the end of the story was actually shocking. I had some doubts about the story but I never saw the ending coming.

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It is so freaking clever that they added some graphics to the book. It makes it even more interesting and we learn a lot about the characters and places in the book. The graphic was also, so gorgeous that I drooled.

I also love that Rick though of adding interviews of the characters such as Percy, Annabeth and Clarisse. That was clever! It added more to the development of the characters and we had the chance to know more about them especially the minor characters like Clarisse and the Stoll Brothers.

As much as I loved this book, this can’t avoid flaws. A thin I didn’t like about the book is that it was just too short! It left me wanting for more and I know I can’t have more of this. I wish it was just longer. Another is that it literally has no connect to the series. It’s more like a companion book, giving us more information about the character rather than building the plot of the whole series.

Concluding this book review, I really loved the book but I wish it was just longer. Do I recommend this? Yes, but if you’re not a PJO reader or fan, don’t. You won’t understand anything in the book but if you seriously want to read this, read the series first.

I hope you enjoyed this book review! Goodbye,
Jerrod

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A Heartbreaking Book: If I Stay

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I had already read this. I read it on February 2016 and still, it remains my favorite book ever and by far, this is the best I’ve read. Even though this is pretty late and it’s been months since I read this, I would love to review this book because it is such a good! So, may I present, If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Note: For those who didn’t read the introduction, I know this is super late and I had read this book months ago but the book was just so great so I decided to review it!

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Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make. [Taken from Goodreads]

If I Stay is one hell of a book. It was a roller coaster journey  when I was reading this book. I felt sadness, the romance in the books and happiness. It’s a very beautiful book that touches your heart. It makes you feel a lot of emotions reading this. Let us just devote our time to clap our hands for Gayle Forman because she had written one of the most beautiful books humanity ever read.

Mia Hall, the main character of this book, was an interesting character and one of the unique ones. First of all, she is a musician, a cello player specifically. I had never encountered a character like this before and I love it. Also, she’s very loving towards her loved ones. The book really showed how she’s so caring to her family, friends and her boyfriend. I am not saying that she’s perfect though. Also her character is very realistic. Nice job Gayle Forman. There was this moment in the book where she just want to die because her parents died, her little brother died [Oh, a tear just dropped] and that’s so realistic. If I’m in her situation, I would want to die too.

Adam Wilde, one of the prominent character in the book and Mia’s boyfriend, is also an interesting character. He is a band member, the vocalist of their band and a composer and wow, these book characters are unique. He’s also very caring about Mia but of course, he’s flawed. He’s so flawed and realistic. [I wouldn’t focus much on him because the plot revolves around Mia]

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“We are like Humpty Dumpty and all these king’s horses and all these king’s men cannot put us back together again”

First of all, the book is a framed story. If you don’t know, framed story is a story inside a story. in this case, the external story in the book was Mia deciding whether she’ll go or she’ll stay and the inner stories was her memories of her parents, friends and boyfriend.

I really love the plot of the book and the book being a framed story makes me love it more. It’s genius or clever that there inner stories and the main story itself and it develops the characters of the book.Also, I love how music has an importance in the story. Music was the thing that connected both Mia and Adan and even her parents.

Also, let me insert how Mia’s and Adam’s relationship to each other was so realistic. They are not the perfect couple [and some romance story always has the perfect relationship]. They’re relationship has difficulties. They quarrel an fight and have misunderstandings and that is just so real. Gayle Forman must have a difficulty making this relationship realistic.

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“People believe what they want to believe”

Let me just say that Gayle Forman’s writing style was just so good. It is something to be envious. If I could steal someone’s writing style, I would steal hers because it is just so good! She delivers the intense and heavy emotions that is needed and she makes you feel a lot of emotions.

If I Stay is a heartbreaking and emotional book and it is definitely something to read. It’s achingly beautiful, very touching and it brought me into tears. I recommend it to everyone because this book is great.

I hope you enjoyed this book review. Until next time

Goodbye,
Jerrod

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PS I had read the sequel to this book but I’m not sure if I’ll review it because same as this book, I had read this months ago.

PSS Oooh, the format of my book review had changed!