As you all know, I’m not really good at posting reviews so this short summary (of sorts) of what I’ve read the last two months would have to suffice for now. I’ll try to do something about them later once I get work off my back.
The Symptoms of My Insanity - Mindy Raf (1/5) : I started reading this way back January. It was interesting at first, but four chapters in and I started getting bored. By chapter eight, I was just about done with it. I pushed it back down my to-read pile. I finally managed to finish it last month.
At its core, Symptoms is about a mother-daughter relationship. Izzy’s mom has cancer, and she’s the one taking care of her, all the while becoming a hyponchondriac herself. It’s something you can attribute to being the main caregiver to her mother. Then there are the subplots: the supposed love interest, Blake, best friend drama, and an unexpected love at the end. It would have been good if it was written in a balanced way, but this book tried to tackle too much at one time it lost its ground and veered off from its main storyline.
Pandemonium (Delirium series book 2) - Lauren Oliver (2.5/5) :I’ve been meaning to get this book since last year after finishing Delirium. What hindered me? Well, I can’t find the ‘right’ book, and when I say that I meant I can’t find a copy that matches the first one. There’s a mass market paperback version of this and for months that’s all I ever saw available in the bookstores I frequent.
Lauren Oliver’s writing is as beautiful as ever, and Lena has grown in this book, but I’m iffy with love triangles, and that’s what turned me a bit off. Julian just came out of nowhere for me, and even though there was build up in the beginning of Pandemonium, it wasn’t enough.
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent series book 0.1-0.4) - Veronica Roth (3/5) : If you know me personally, you’ve probably heard me gush over Tris and Tobias a million times already, that or you’ve heard me lament over Allegiant and all my coping mechanisms to try to forget it. (Shut up! Tris is alive in my head. If you say otherwise, keep it to yourself and let me live with what I want to remember, okay?) With that said, Four is a required reading for me.
Did it de-mystify Tobias’s character? Yes, a bit. If anything, Veronica Roth was able to give a good enough backstory on a need to know basis, and I’m fine with that. What made me give it a 3 and not a 4 or 5 (ratings I gave Divergent and Insurgent respectively) was the distinction between Tris’s and Tobias’s voice. Their voices were still too alike, a problem I had with Allegiant, though there were minor improvements.
Still, it was fun reading about Tobias, and I won’t deny I smiled a whole lot when I got to The Traitor (and grinned like an idiot when I read the bonus content). I may have felt betrayed by the way Allegiant was written, but I’d still read Roth in the future.
P.S. Get the hard copy of this. It has three deleted scenes from Divergent. Really, Tobias is so dorky sometimes.
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta (5/5) : There’s just something about Melina Marchetta’s way of writing that gets me every time. I’ve read Jellicoe Road a year ago, and it convinced me to get every book she wrote.
Marchetta writes teens convincingly: the way they speak, the issues they have to deal with and all that jazz, she gets it all. What I like most about her novels is the balance between family, friendship and romance. And, oh, she writes it in a very witty way, too, so it never gets boring.
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart (5/5) : This one is truly heartbreaking. It’s a story about family and friendship and lost. Cady, as a protagonist, earned my sympathy and understanding.
I may not have many words for this book, but that’s more because I don’t think anything I say about it won’t give it enough justice. It’s a book one must read to understand why so many people love it.
I Am The Messenger - Markus Zusak (4/5) : I Am the Messenger may be Markus Zusak’s first novel, but it’s as good as the more widely known The Book Thief. It’s about Ed Kennedy, a cab driver and, as his mother would like to put it, a total lost cause. It’s funny, touching and absolutely hopeful. If you’ve read this, you might also have felt like Zusak was trolling you with the way it ended, but, hey, it’s a brilliant twist, and I love it.
Enders (Starters series book 2) - Lissa Price (4/5) : I’ve put off getting and reading this since I didn’t really like the first book much. Yes, the plot was really interesting, but the characters were lacking. I found Callie dull and Michael redundant.
Book 2, though, was a whole league better than book 1. It’s fast-paced, and full of twists - some I expected, others not. It satisfied me in the excitement department. Really, if the fact that I finished it in one day is not proof enough, I don’t know what is.
Open Road Summer - Emery Lord (4/5) : This book is as much a book about Dee and Reagan’s friendship as it is about Reagan and Matt’s relationship. It rings true especially for people who’ve experienced having that one friend who picks him/her up after every fall and never gets tired of your shit. Seriously. Dee and Reagan’s friendship is so precious. It’s something you rarely see these days.