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The Body Finder

The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

Unimpressed. That's what I felt after finally getting through the book. Seriously, I was so excited with the prologue because stories about serial killers are supposed to be interesting right? The mystery, the revelations, the piecing together of the puzzle. But meh, this was not what I had expected.

 

The major thing you would have to know is that this book is mostly about Violet and Jay's relationship. I felt that all the other elements to the story - Violet's gift (or curse), the serial killer, the murders- were added to at least have a decent flow going. Still, the chapters were excruciating to read because they made simple things complicated. I had more fun on the chapters detailing the killer's thoughts than how the Vi's relationship was going.

 

Violet's character is one of the worst "heroines" I've encountered. Things and choices she made were blamed to anyone/anything else. She blamed Jay for:

- his smile when she fell and scraped her knees
- ditching her after school so she said yes to Grady's invitation to the homecoming dance
- Jay's absence which encouraged Grady's presence that certain week in school

 

Seriously? She is also one of those generic characters where she thinks she's unattractive and how there's just no way her hot bestfriend would fall for her but it turned out that he likes her. Why does the plot always have to be like that? But this couple, oh they also have attitude. Both of them used people to make the other envious, but making a statement later that they weren't even sorry for what happened.

 

And the ending, what more can I say? Everything worked out perfectly for all of them. How Violet was left alone for the serial killer to hunt. How Jay knew something was wrong. How the uncle figured out the killer right in time. Perfect timing for everything. Yaaaay!!!! *sarcastic grin*

 

The best of reading this? When it was over :)

The DUFF

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger

"And you, darling, are the Duff."

"Is that even a word?"

"Designated. Ugly. Fat. Friend," he clarified. "No offense, but that would be you."

 

Okay so I was intrigued with this book because I saw the trailer of the movie coming out next year. I heard a lot of good things about this book too, but with all honesty, it wasn't much to my liking.

 

There are a lot of stereotypes in this book - yep typical high school. Main character Bianca was such a hypocrite most of the time but I got to hand it to her for realizing that in the end. She is just so full of contradictions, lies a lot, hates almost everything, makes excuses about needing a distraction, . She has a lot to say about other people, but doesn't even stop to think about things she's been doing.

 

What is exactly honest about this book? What is it trying to say? Probably that teens have a lot of raging hormones. 

 

 

Coraline

Coraline - Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean Hauntingly beautiful. And yes Caroline, you are one of the bravest girls I have met! :)

Cut

Cut - Patricia McCormick I didn't really find any connection with any of the characters even an understanding of why they do those things. I'm happy with how the ending went considering how Callie was determined to be better. I think she meant a whole lot more than her obvious tendency to cut herself.

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You - Ally Carter Giving it 4 stars because it amused me a whole lot! Yeah, this book caters to young girls but who cares? Lol. I'll be reading more of the series when I get my hands on the books ;)

Tiger's Curse (Book 1)

Tiger's Curse (Book 1) - Colleen Houck I didn't really enjoy this mostly due to the fact that the characters weren't likeable. *rolls eyes*

Flipped

Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen Such a cute story! I like how it was told both from both Julianna and Bryce's point of view. It's ironic how it started out with Julianna chasing after Bryce only to end the other way around.

We need more Juliannas, as what Chet used to describe her.

Some of us get dipped in flat, some in satin, some in gloss... But every once in a while you find someone who's iridescent, and when you do, nothing will ever compare


Lockdown

Lockdown - Alexander Gordon Smith I love that I bought this book for a cheap price yet it was a good read!

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys  - Maggie Stiefvater Unique storyline. Definitely interested to read the next book!

Just One Day

Just One Day  - Gayle Forman Compelling read. Can't wait to know what happens next and the explanation for what has happened.

Where She Went

Where She Went - Gayle Forman Still enjoyed the book although I thought it wasn't as good as the first.

I love Adam of course and for everything he's done for Mia. I felt about her leaving without a word after all he'd sacrificed for her. I don't really get most of the contradictions about Mia hating Adam for making her stay, when in fact she was entitled to her choice. There's nobody to blame but herself for doing so. I guess in reality she really wanted to stay, just finding someone to pour out all that anger to. Poor Adam.

Glad things worked out in the end. It would be too depressing if it didn't.

Life As We Knew It

Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer I'm torn as to giving this book a rating of 3 stars or 4 stars so I'll settle for 3.5 to be fair. I haven't read any apocalyptic books until now and it truly was an eye-opening experience.

So what would you do being a teen leading a normal life, when suddenly an unexpected twist appears and gets all the normalcy out of you? Survival is what drives you into action, although it is something that you can't learn from textbooks. Rather, it is time to depend on your human instincts and take whatever life throws at you. Such is what happens to our female protagonist Miranda. This is book is actually her diary - a chronicle of events as she sees it - when the world fell apart due to miscalculations of an asteroid hitting the moon.

The start of the "end of the world" was filled with exciting frenzy - stockpiling, news, a wave of calamities that seemed to be happening everywhere, - until little by little, things considered as necessity were slowly being taken away. While reading this part, I share the sentiments of the kids. Is this really necessary? Is there such a thing as the end of the world? Maybe you're just over thinking things! As always, mom turned out to be right.

Being forced into such a life brought out the best and worst of people. I think it was adamant in this story how sacrifices were involved, but also some sacrifices which were not really necessary. One of the characters that stood out to me was Miranda's best friend, Megan. Don't get me wrong; I approve of being religious and of being repentant. However, I Megan and her church friends were probably victims of false ideologies because they came off as self-righteous. Other people, like Peter, Mrs. Nesbitt, and Miranda's mom, took this as an opportunity to prioritize others and show their love.

Although certain parts of the story became boring, not that I expected a whole lot of action with what has been going on, I certainly enjoyed maturing along with the characters. Simple things were deemed of value, being together became more important than all the physical comfort, and hoping that the best is yet to come can still abound. I sure hope it isn't in my lifetime when all these things are to happen, but we can still learn a thing or two from Miranda and her journey.

One Moment

One Moment - Kristina McBride Started out okay, but dragged on and on even though things are so predictable. There were a lot of dialogues and flashbacks; it bored me most of the time.

I don't like Mags, especially with what happened in the end. When the secret was out about how Adam loves her, there was became a moment where she "realized" she liked him too. Damn right.

The Elite

The Elite - Kiera Cass I liked how fast-paced it was, but please stop being so annoying America.

Pivot Point

Pivot Point - Kasie West Mind powers csn be overrated, but the way Kasie West created this story put a whole new level of interesting on it.

We Were Liars

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart Finally, a book that wasn't too obvious when it comes to its secrets. Tragic and beautiful at the same time. I felt something was missing though, thus the three stars :)