Book Talk

I can read faster than I can fry an egg. Never seem to have enough time to read but I'll make my own time coz heck once a reader always a reader. I buy books like all the time. Occasionally I feel guilty of my excessive expenditure; it isn't a reason enough to hold me down from spending on books altogether though. I don't always speak coherently about the books I love because I'll be overwhelmed by emotions, naturally. Books make me feel so strongly, that one thing people sometimes fail to do. And I'm in love with fictional characters; I'm doomed I know.

 

Currently into YA literature. But I love my other books alright. 

 

Music of the Heart (Runaway Train, #1)

Music of the Heart - Katie Ashley 2 - 2.5 stars. I couldn't be bothered, really.

This is way, way too much cheese. I was in mood for some so it didn’t bother me much but heck, cheesy to the max.

What I liked:

1. Her innocence and forgiving heart aside, Abby was a kickass character herself. I liked that she didn’t let the boys manhandled her and she was not easily swayed, except when it came to Jake. Hmmm. We'll talk about that later.

2. The easy back and forth banters between Abby and the boys.

3. Easy, quick read. Not too many conflicts and no unnecessary drama. Definitely easy, if you aren't looking for some heart-wrenching read.

4. Cheeeeese.

What I didn’t like:

1. The romance between Jake and Abby wasn’t paced accordingly. A little bit too rushed, if you ask me. I was like, “Seriously guys, what train were you on?! It was unnecessarily fast, didn’t give me the chance to settle down and enjoy the view and the next, we had safely arrived at the destination. I didn’t know we were taking magic train here. Bummer, I didn’t sign up for this.

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Oh, wait a minute. It suddenly dawns on me Jake was on the Runaway Train. He was the RUNAWAY Train and Abby happened to hop onto one. Now it made sense why it was so fast. They were running, of course *giggles*. Ugh, bad pun I know. Running or not, I still want my frikkin’ view! After all, that's what a train is for, right?

2. I can't believe all it took for Jake to redeem himself from his d-bag moments is by saying sorry. It's even harder to believe when Abby accepted Jake's a-thousand-times-sorry-I'm-sure-they-must-have-lost-their-meanings-long-long-time-ago sorry graciously. Are you for real, Abby?! Well, I guess not. Minister daughter or not, when somebody throws the word whore and you in the same sentence, you don't forgive him in 30 seconds flat. That's dumb, and not on the borderline of a noble act even. Jeez!

3.The writing. I picked this book up because I thought The Proposition was a decent read and I rather enjoyed it. Except for the banters between the characters, I didn’t really like the writing in this book. It was a bit amateur-ish to me and there were more telling rather than showing. Certainly didn’t bode well with my brain.

4. Ashley was kind of overdoing on the ‘Oh, I didn’t know you like that too, you are soooooo awesome’ things. We get it. Jake and Abby were meant to be together, now be done with it. *rolls eyes*

5. I have a problem with Ashley's obsession with making Jake and Abby's romance coming to life. Granted, this is a story about them. However, much to my annoyance, everything that wasn't Jake or Abby was pushed aside, ignored or swept under the rug. The story could have been better and more fulfilling rather than downright nauseating (too much cheese, remember?) if several of these issues were addressed.

i - There wasn't any obvious interaction between Abby and her family and Abby and the Jacob's Ladder that could have indicated the kind of life Abby led. We know from Abby that her parents were missionaries and her brothers were in the Jacob's Ladder and Abby was soon to take over Micah's place. There wasn't any evidence to show though. These were all according to Abby and Abby alone.

ii - Rhys and AJ were supposed to be notorious womanizers. Except for Jake -- even that's questionable -- I didn't get the picture of how Rhys and AJ were womanizers. Again, where's the evidence? Don't mention they are what they are if you don't intent to elaborate on that, Ashley!

iii - Garret. Hmm, he was supposed to be attracted to Abby but Ashley surely didn't even bother to go down on that lane. I thought maybe Abby would've had to explain her relationship to Garret, but nada. Definitely a swept-under-the-rug material.


6. The ever so confusing alternating point of views. Sigh. Not many authors can pull this off, and Ashley certainly didn't. I couldn't tell the difference from Abby to Jake. They sounded so similar. More often than not, I had to re-check whose voice I was reading and that was frustrating.

7. CHEEEEESE! *gags*


I definitely had more issues with this book than I originally thought, lol! Well, at least it was a quick read and no extensive brain damage is in sight.
Back to You - Priscilla Glenn Back to You by Priscilla Glenn, you say?

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I heard it's a beautifully written story?

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Aww, are you sure? People say this book will make you smile, bring you tears, give you shivers and break your heart only to bring it back together in a much better shape.

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So maybe you didn't like the story. How about the characters? Didn't they at least leave an impression on you?

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Uh, okay. So, both story and characters are out. But still, would you recommend it to me?

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Okay, then. I guess this is goodbye.


I don't even have the energy to rant properly about this book because ugh.

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Let me spare my feels.

Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1)

Mystery Man (Dream Man, #1) - Kristen Ashley I loved Gwen's sassy attitude. I loved Cabe “Hawk” Delgado even more, attitude or not. That's probably it what I liked about Dream Man series. I am not that big of a fan of formulaic story, this is a formulaic story thus you can imagine my displeasure upon discovering that. Why I wasn't able to guess it from the blurb is beyond me. I'm not that familiar with Kristen Ashley's works, so forgive me. The only series of hers I read was the Rock Chick, which I thoroughly enjoyed. But like I said, I tolerate formulaic story with the littlest patience. Bossy alpha male, female lead with attitude who (unfortunately) comes with insecurity issues and to much of our surprise stuck in dire situations; I'm sure I've had enough of that in Rock Chick series.

Despite the whole formulaic story thing, I enjoyed Mystery Man though I most probably won't be following the rest of the series any time soon. Or ever. Maybe as a filler? Yep, I think that probably works. But who knows?

Finding It (Losing It, #3)

Finding It (Losing It, #3) - Cora Carmack The best of Cora Carmack so far! While I tremendously enjoyed the last two books, Finding It did it for me. This is it. This is my bane of existence. Cora Carmack just gave me the most perfect love story to rewrite all the other perfect love stories in history and I might have become a little more than addicted to it. I wish it would have never to end. Why, Carmack, whyyyy? You could at least write it a little longer but no I won't have it because this is so perfect already, sobss. I'm a mess, I know.

You know what else is great? The playlist I listened to while I was reading this book played all the right songs for all the right scenes. As if my playlist was syncing with the book. And no, I didn’t tamper with my playlist, I swear.

“I don’t understand how we can spend every waking moment together, how you can touch me, how we can sleep in the same bed, sleep in each other’s arms, but this? This is somehow not okay? No, I don’t understand that. I don’t understand how you can kiss me the way you kissed me and feel the way I know you feel, and keep pushing me away.”

She keeps her distance
And sits on fences
Puts up resistance
And builds defenses (Jenny, what’s the problem?)
(Jenny, The Click Five)

Remember this song? It's perfect, except this one is for Jackson instead of Kesley.

I turned my head and met Jackson’s eyes. They looked almost blue in the cave, and my heart beat at a frenzied pace. Before I could change my mind, I said, “I’m falling for you.”

So maybe it’s true
That I can’t live without you
And maybe two is better than one
But there’s so much time
To figure out the rest of my life
And you’ve already got me coming undone
And I’m thinking two is better than one
(Two Is Better Than One, Boys Like Girls ft Taylor Swift)


“Because every time, every single time, I would choose our future over my future. Because in my wildest imagination, I couldn’t imagine how the best future without him could even compare to the worst future with him. Because even though the life I’d make here in Madrid filled the empty spaces, I didn’t burn without him.”

Say it’s true
Or everything that matters breaks in two
Say it’s true
I’ll never ask for anyone but you
(Another Heart Calls, All American Rejects)


Now for the other songs I listened to that had made the connection between me and the book electrifying.

I’ve waited all my life
To cross this line
To the only things that’s true
So I will not hide
It’s time to try
Anything to be with you
All my life I’ve waited
This is true
(True, Ryan Cabrera)

This song fits Jackson, don't you think so? Sigh. I put it on repeat, naturally.

This song came up right after Ryan Cabrera’s True.

Can’t put my mind at ease with the words I say
Trying to get myself to get out of my way
Birds in the trees just make me depressed
Seeing sunny skies, feeling emptiness
Layers of lies just seem to fold
This kind of life is all I know
(Believe, Hanson)

I’m sure you all can guess for whom it’s for, right?

But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And it’s 2 am and I’m cursing your name
You’re so in love that you act insane
And that’s the way I loved you
Breaking down and coming undone
It’s a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that’s the way I loved you
(The Way I Loved You – Taylor Swift)

Even before the song started, I knew this is Kesley and Jackson’s song. Can it get any more perfect? Siiiiiigh.

I LOVE MY PLAYLIST ALRIGHT.

Mr Jackson Hunt, you’re now on my most wanted list. So, wherever you are, just know that I’ll know and I’ll hunt you down. No mercy.


“Maybe they didn’t choose locks because love is permanent. Maybe they chose locks because emotions bind us into place. They weigh us down. They pull your heart into a thousand different directions until the only option left is for it to break.”

Willing Captive

Willing Captive - Belle Aurora Despite the cover and the title, this is by any mean NOT a dark romance. Just thought I mention it, in case any of you missed out on the author’s note.

Willing Captive is a funny, heartbreakingly sweet story about unconditional love. Of a father to his daughters and family. Of a man and a woman to one another. A fitting title for this story, if you ask me. When you are stuck in this kind of love – the love that lasts forever – you’d give everything and anything in your might to preserve it. You may grumble, throw endless tantrums, pick a fight over a small matter but in the end you know you’re going to do it one way or another. So, in a way, you’re a captive of your own love. A willing one at that.

Minus a thriller one or two, I’ve been on Young Adult reading spree for quite a while now so it felt really nice to take a detour this time around. Even though I felt Willing Captive wasn’t as good as people raved it to be, I’m glad I was able to enjoy it at the very least. The characters were likeable and their exchanges of banters were humorous and entertaining. The conflict didn’t leave me tearing my hair apart, but it was enough to compel me to read further. All in all, it was a good recipe for a quick read.

While I should have been head over heels with their lead characters Lily and Nox, in actuality it’s Rock and Boo who stole my heart. Is there a chance their story would ever get written? Man, I’d kill to know more about them. If anything that’s worth written, it’s Rock and Boo’s love story. Am I the only one who thought so?
Finding Cinderella - Colleen Hoover I knew it Daniel and Six would make a great story! Sigh. Too bad it was only a novella. For something as good as this, it was toooo short. I want to know what had happened in Italy. I want to experience what Six had to deal with after the 'discovery' and the 'decision. I want to know to whom 'he' went to. Basically, I want to know everything because I'm greedy like that. Even so, I'm thankful enough Hoover wrote Daniel and Six's story. One can always imagine what would have happened between them but that doesn't come close to actually reading the story. For that, I thank you, Colleen Hoover. You've made your readers so very happy! :D

Daniel's parents are officially on my list of fictional characters I'd like to have for myself. Aren't they the coolest?
The Piper's Son - Melina Marchetta I admit it took me some time to warm up to this book but that wasn’t the book’s fault as I was distracted by my own excitement to start The House of Hades. I should have known not to read anything if my mind is on some other books.

Anyway, I loved The Piper’s Son! Marchetta totally rocked the story of Thomas Mackee and the people around him who were directly and indirectly affected by Joe’s death. I was affected by Joe’s death. Even though he existed only through other people’s recounting of him, I felt we had known each other for a distinct period of time before he was bombed. Marchetta’s portrayal of Tom’s, Georgie’s and Dominic’s grief and depression were powerful. The usual stuff like dropping out of university, becoming alcoholic, aggressiveness towards everything and withdrawal from people they love but it was like as if Marchetta’s words were laced with magic because I couldn’t stop reading! And what’s great is they didn’t turn out as cliché either.

I liked how Marchetta ended the story. It wasn’t that fairytale-happily-ever-after ending entirely but rather an ending full of promises of joy and a better future. It’s perfect! :’)

An author I finally realized I've outgrown. So long, Nicholas Sparks

The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks

I can see why some people favour this book while the others don’t. I, for that matter, happen to fall into the third category – enjoyed the story but wasn’t entirely impressed by it. It was just an okay kind of story for me; sweet enough to leave you aching but doesn’t make you sugar-rushed, which is a tad disappointing to be honest. But then again, I didn’t really know what to expect from Sparks’ books anymore. The last book of his I read was Safe Haven and that’s only because I got it for cheap. Even then, I didn’t really enjoy it. It seems my days enjoying Sparks’ stories are finally over.

So anyways, there are two separate-but-not-entirely-different love stories being spun in The Longest Ride (I hate the title by the way, I don’t know why but I just do). The couples, Ruth and Ira and Sophia and Luke come from different generations – the old and the young. Both couples don’t have any relation whatsoever that would tie them together – they are complete strangers – but their paths are bound to cross when they’ve found their significant others. 

I may have made it sound interesting but in honesty The Longest Ride is just another typical love story. A bland one at that. If you’re a Sparks’ fan, rest assured you’ll find everything that you like about him in this book. His writing doesn’t change much. The plot, however, is a lot weaker as compared to his other works like The Notebook, The Choice and The Lucky One to name a few. I feel there aren’t enough conflicts in this book to leave a hollow in you. The couples were given life-altering news to face, they had misunderstandings and they fought but nothing that would really leave an impact to the readers. 

I found that I couldn’t care less about Sophia and Luke. There was nothing in them that would make them special. A bull rider in recovery and an art & history student – it could have been interesting but the thing is, it wasn’t. Both characters were kind of static to me. Luke was boring, and so did Sophia. Because they were so uninteresting, I don’t have anything else to say about them except that they were forgettable. I’m already forgetting about them as we speak. 

Ruth and Ira’s story, on the other hand, is a completely different case. I found their story heartwarming and most certainly intriguing than the aforementioned couple. Ruth had been dead for nine years. Since then, Ira was adrift between his past and present because that one beacon that had held him afloat was no longer there. For most part of their story, it was about recounting the love they had shared between one another. Definitely eye-tearing material.

Don't read this if you're looking for an epic love story; you'll be tremendously disappointed if you do. But if you're looking for a quick read, then I guess this can't hurt.

Wonder - R.J. Palacio True to its title, this book is wonderful to read. When I first picked up the book, my initial prediction was this book is gonna make me cry a lot. It is true; I did cry a lot, only the reasons for it were different from what I had had in mind. Instead of tears of anger and frustration, they were tears of joy and hope. It was a good cry. I hadn’t had one in a long time.

Wonder tells the story of August Pullman, a boy who was born with a facial deformity. He has a severe form of Treacher-Collins syndrome which makes him practically an alien to everybody, except to his family. Because of his deformity, August has to undergo countless of operations to reconstruct his face which makes him unable to attend school so he is homeschooled instead. However, when August turns 10, and when most of his major operations were already behind him, his parents have decided it's time for him to take up school. That’s when August's real story begins.

“Hey, the truth is, if a Wookiee started going to the school all of a sudden, I'd be curious, I'd probably stare a bit! And if I was walking with Jack or Summer, I'd probably whisper to them: Hey, there's the Wookiee. And if the Wookiee caught me saying that, he'd know I wasn't trying to be mean. I was just pointing out the fact that he's a Wookiee.”

Wonder is told from multiple perspectives: August’s, Via’s, Summer’s, Jack’s, Justin’s and Miranda’s. While it should have bothered me, the fact is it didn’t. Multiple perspectives worked fine for this book. In fact, I think the book warrants it. I believe multiple perspectives add value to this book; it’s stimulating to take a peek what everybody has been feeling, thinking and acting around August.

The book discusses about bullying but that’s expected. What’s great about this book is it makes a point to highlight the fact that a child’s attitude is a reflection of his/her parents’. It’s true, isn't it? Children are like little ambassadors to their parents. Whatever the parents believe will find its way to their children one way or another. Most of the time, a great family happens when parents take their children education seriously and that includes everything. And I mean everything; it isn’t just about academic matters alone.

August’s parents are the best evidence of how unconditional love is done.

“Do people look the same when they go to heaven, mommy?"
"I don't know. I don't think so."
"Then how do people recognize each other?"
"I don't know, sweetie. They just feel it. You don't need your eyes to love, right?”


“Thank you, Auggie,” she answered softly.
“For what?”
“For everything you’ve given,’ she said. “For coming into our lives. For being you.”


Julian’s parents, on the other hand, explain why some children turn out as a bully. It can’t be just peer influence alone; it has to come somewhere with much greater influence and what would that be if not the family institution itself?

“I heard that Julian’s mom actually Photoshopped August’s face out of the class picture when she got it. She gave a copy to a couple of other moms.”

There are also other parents who are trying very hard to make a world better living for a boy like August. Like Jack’s parents.

“No!” said Jamie, “it was from seeing that kid! When I saw him, I was like, ‘Ahhh!” and I ran away…”

“Wait a minute,” said Mom, getting serious. “Did you do that in front of him?”

“I couldn’t help it!” said Jamie, kind of whining.

“Of course you could help it!” Mom scolded. “Guys, I have to tell you, I’m really disappointed by what I’m hearing here.” And she looked like how she sounded. “I mean, honestly, he’s just a little boy –just like you! Can you imagine how he felt to see you running away from him, Jamie screaming?”


Some people feel that this book is a tad too unrealistic. Everything is too neat and tidy; even some of the conflicts are a little too soft which is a far cry from real life. Their points couldn’t have rung any truer. The world IS harsh. The real life is unsympathetic towards the weak, the ugly, the poor, the alone etc. Because I feel our world is already filled with too much hate, it is the more the reason why the book should have ended the way it ended – on a happy note. People are entitled to happy endings. People deserve to be reminded that this world doesn’t necessarily have to be the way it is provided that we are willing to change - be kind if we do not and kinder if we already are.

“If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place. And if you do this, if you act just a little kinder than is necessary, someone else, somewhere, someday, may recognize in you, in every single one of you, the face of God.”

Wonder is an uplifting read. It will make you smile, it will make you cry, it will make you tense with desperation and most of all, it will make you humble. This is a book that will leave your insides warm and fuzzy. A recommended read for all.
The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks 2.5 stars

I can see why some people favour this book while the others don’t. I, for that matter, happen to fall into the third category – enjoyed the story but wasn’t entirely impressed by it. It was just an okay kind of story for me; sweet enough to leave you aching but doesn’t make you sugar-rushed, which is a tad disappointing to be honest. But then again, I didn’t really know what to expect from Sparks’ books anymore. The last book of his I read was Safe Haven and that’s only because I got it for cheap. Even then, I didn’t really enjoy it. It seems my days enjoying Sparks’ stories are finally over.

So anyways, there are two separate-but-not-entirely-different love stories being spun in The Longest Ride (I hate the title by the way, I don’t know why but I just do). The couples, Ruth and Ira and Sophia and Luke come from different generations – the old and the young. Both couples don’t have any relation whatsoever that would tie them together – they are complete strangers – but their paths are bound to cross when they’ve found their significant others.

I may have made it sound interesting but in honesty The Longest Ride is just another typical love story. A bland one at that. If you’re a Sparks’ fan, rest assured you’ll find everything that you like about him in this book. His writing doesn’t change much. The plot, however, is a lot weaker as compared to his other works like The Notebook, The Choice and The Lucky One to name a few. I feel there aren’t enough conflicts in this book to leave a hollow in you. The couples were given life-altering news to face, they had misunderstandings and they fought but nothing that would really leave an impact to the readers.

I found that I couldn’t care less about Sophia and Luke. There was nothing in them that would make them special. A bull rider in recovery and an art & history student – it could have been interesting but the thing is, it wasn’t. Both characters were kind of static to me. Luke was boring, and so did Sophia. Because they were so uninteresting, I don’t have anything else to say about them except that they were forgettable. I’m already forgetting about them as we speak.

Ruth and Ira’s story, on the other hand, is a completely different case. I found their story heartwarming and most certainly intriguing than the aforementioned couple. Ruth had been dead for nine years. Since then, Ira was adrift between his past and present because that one beacon that had held him afloat was no longer there. For most part of their story, it was about recounting the love they had shared between one another. Definitely eye-tearing material.

Don't read this if you're looking for an epic love story; you'll be tremendously disappointed if you do. But if you're looking for a quick read, then I guess this can't hurt.
And we would have kept going on and on and on.
And we would have kept going on and on and on.

A Kiss Before Dying by Ira Levin

A Kiss Before Dying - Ira Levin

2.5 stars.

Well, it wasn't that bad actually. They are actually a few moments in the book that I really I liked. However, the book as a whole didn't quite achieve the kind of effect that would have made it memorable. This is just another quick reading to pass the time except in my case, it wasn't. The longer the storytelling went, the quicker I fell to sleep. Nope, certainly didn't work out for me. I had had my hope though. 

What you need to know is it definitely piqued on my interest when I started reading A Kiss Before Dying. The classic premise this story is based on about a gold digger searching for rich girls undoubtedly holds its lure for me. The story started rather well, actually. We were first introduced to this handsome young man who had got his eyes set on the inheritance of this girl, Dorothy who he was currently dating. Only that his plan came with quite an unexpected hitch; Dorothy was pregnant and she would be disinherited if her father found out. This young man was angry alright. Angry with himself but mostly with the girl. So, he began to plan. Hence, one thing lead to another. I can't say much without revealing the plot but I was mostly hooked for the first two parts of the book. 

What I liked best about this book is how Levin's introduces the main character to his readers. I think it was quite brilliant. I didn't even realize Levin didn't put a name to his antagonist until I was well into the second part of the story which I cannot comment any further in the fear of spoiling the story for you. But man oh man, that was brilliant. I was like, "No, it couldn't be. I was sure Levin mentioned this guy's name on the first part of the book." But of course, when I leafed through the pages again, none of the 84 pages of them mentioned this guy's name except for the excessive use of pronoun "he". Not that I'm complaining though. Like I said, it was brilliant and it certainly added up more bone-chilling suspense to this book. 

The young man himself made quite an fascinating read. He became the man he was because of the way he was raised. Indirectly, A Kiss Before Dying emphasizes on the important of raising a family correctly

As interesting as this book could get, it was also tedious. The book was quite out of proportion, truth to be told. It was a loooooong read before the story reached its climax and it wasn't until the third part of the book. A little bit overkill, won't you say? Mainly, the first two parts of the books served to highlight how desperate and mean this young man would get which I deem as unnecessary. Therefore, when the story reached its climax, it only had like few pages to go before it ended. Now that totally killed it. If this story were to be revised, I'd suggest for the person to start somewhere in Part 2 and onwards. 

I liked Levin's writing style, the story was promising only to fall flat as the end product didn't quite yield the result that I had had in mind. Thus, the 2.5 star rating.

It's that time of the year

Currently about 3/4 of Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. I'm re-reading the book to better prepare myself for the upcoming The House of Hades in Oct 8. I already pre-ordered my book; I just hope that it arrives on time. Can't imagine having to wait any more after one year of painful, nerve-wrecking waiting.

 

The closer it's getting to the date, the more agitated I become. Everyday is like House of Hades this, House of Hades that. It has been quite a while since I last anticipate a book this eagerly. The last book that got me like this was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I mean, who didn't right? It's friggin Harry Potter. Unless you're no Harry Potter fan. Are you not? Then, you can totally disregard my previous comments. 

 

                              

 

I pre-ordered US version of The House of Hades, even though if I wanted my collection to look nice, I should have ordered the UK version:

 

 

But the UK version doesn't look as nice as the US version so I think I'm gonna let is slide this one time. Plus, there's nothing I could do now. I already paid for my book; now I just have to wait for it to arrive. I can't wait! 

SPOILER ALERT!
Son of Rosemary - Ira Levin

EVERYTHING WAS A FUCKING DREAM. WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?!

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you ruin a book.

Thanks, Levin. That was absolutely 'brilliant'. I don't know why you even bother writing Son of Rosemary if in the end everything that had happened is going to be a fucking useless dream. Way to go, sir. Your talent bedazzled me. You should have just left Rosemary's Baby alone (which was excellent, by the way)but of course not. You came out with this crappy sequel of it instead. Totally unnecessary, alright?

Anyways, just a tip if any of you people would like to make a 180 degree change from a horror into a chick flick. You make sure that the mother of the world's most beloved icon who just woke up from 20++ years of a coma to become an instant celebrity because well, nothing is more interesting, astonishing and worth news covering than a story about a woman's feelings after being under sleep more than 20 years.

And then maybe, after its novelty has worn off and you need something else to make the book the shitznits, you make the son totally in lurveee with his own fucking mother cos according to his fucked up mind she's the only person who understands him in and out. Of course she understands you; she's your own fucking mother you idiot.

I can't comment any further than that as I stopped reading about 1/3 about the book and I jumped straight away to the ending. I don't think I need any more convincing what a fucked up book this is.

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator  - Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl

Meh.

If you pick this book up hoping that you'd get to see how things would take off after Charlie had been chosen to become the next successor of Wonka's chocolate factory, don't. You'd be greatly disappointed.

I don't know why I even bother with this one. I didn't even like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that much.

Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin

3.5 stars.

I picked this book up with half of an intention to read it. It was supposed to be a distraction while I decide what book to read next; I ended up reading this book cover to cover. Rosemary’s Baby is an unsettling story with a sinister plot and even more sinister characters. In short, it’s about a married couple who recently moved into a new neighbourhood which is supposed to signify the beginning of Their New Lives with job opportunities and babies coming along (or they plan to), only that it takes a spine-chilling detour unbeknownst to them.

Overall, Rosemary's Baby made a decent read of its genre. It was suspenseful enough to fuel my curiosity. The book also had it drive-to-the-edge-of-your-seat moments. Levin's storytelling in Rosemary's Baby is more enthralling than The Stepford Wives, which I think was quite a bore. Levin made me impatient to know what’s really going to happen to Rosemary and her baby. By the end of Part 3, I was sweating profusely.

And I just found out that there's a sequel to this, Son of Rosemary. The reviews are not looking good, but I think I'm going to give it a try to see if it's going to agree with me or not.

I also just found out there's a movie adaptation to this book. Will I be brave enough to watch it? We'll see.


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