Read It: Dwellers

Dwellers

Dwellers

by Eliza Victoria

I must admit I don’t often read books written by Filipino authors. It’s either, 1) there are very few good authors who catch my attention, 2) sometimes it’s just the lack of interest because I am afraid of discovering the material to be a local spin off of a popular foreign novel or 3) local novels are not as publicized as the foreign ones.

And the reason why I read this book was because it was the Book Discussion posted on TFG and I wanted to read along with them (although I wasn’t able to attend ReaderCon because of my schedule- boo!).

Anyway, back to the book.

This book is a very short read and one that does not disappoint. I loved and am intrigued by every event happening and found it hard to put the book down. It was mysterious, captivating and short, something I usually look for in novels. Everything was fast paced and there was no moment that I felt it become dragging. It was written well enough to pass off as a foreign work.

After reading this, I felt hopeful that maybe Filipino literature is not going down the drain as I thought. And am looking forward to reading more works of the author.

Read It: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

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The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat & Other Clinical Tales
Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales is a book by neurologist Oliver Sacks describing the case of some of his patients.

I am not used to reading this kinds of books and I found it hard to finish.

Honestly, the case histories of the patients are engaging and the stories are informative that it made me think that sometimes it is hard to decipher whether something is psychological or neurological. The terms and descriptions of the case studies were clinical and hard to understand (at least to me with no medical background).

I don’t think I’ll be holding another book of this genre any time soon. Nosebleed.

Read It: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry’s life is at a total loss. He lost his wife from a car accident, book sales from their bookstore is at its lowest and he discovers that his most prized possession, a rare copy of Tamerlane by E.A.Poe, is stolen. He has lost all hope and would rather live in total isolation because of the pain and grief of a love lost.

When an unexpected package is left in his bookstore, he rediscovers himself and his capability to love and care again. Slowly, he regains his lost self through Maya and shares his passion for books at the small town of Alice.

  1. The transition from A.J. solitary life to sudden fatherhood was touching. It shows that people can change from bad to good. Having Maya helped him regain his life, his business and his relationship with other people. He got back on his feet and became a better.
  2. Throughout the story, you can feel how much he loved his daughter. Everything was about raising Maya and being a great parent to her.
  3. I love that the characters loved books. Everything revolved around books and stories. Every now and then, excerpts from famous books are introduced which is awesome.
  4. Even though this is a very heartfelt story, I can’t help but think that something is lacking. Maybe the story was too short or the transition of events became to fast for me. It was hard to cherish every moment since after every chapter Maya grows and then we were pushed to the end where A.J. is old and sickly. It was written so it can end right away. Bam, he’s dead.
  5. It was also important that the author did not fail to input side stories about the other characters in the story. It helped a lot in building the storied life of A.J. Fikry.
  6. If anything, I would have wanted to know what happened to Maya and Amelia after moving out of Alice Island.

The story is a very short read, enjoyable and very heartfelt. The pace was (too) fast that you will realize it was over just when it was beginning to get good.

Read It: Hollow City

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)

Hollow City

Ransom Riggs

Before I even start with this review I am thanking my sister for giving me this book as a belated birthday gift. I felt really happy waking up in the morning and seeing a copy of this on my table. It really made my day. I love sweet surprises.

Anyway, back to the book.

Hollow City is the continuation of Ms. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It starts with Jacob with the peculiar children riding on a boat, looking back to the destroyed island they have called home for centuries. Without a loop and an injured ymbryne, they go on a journey to look for Ms. Wren, the only ymbryne left uncaptured, and ask help to cure Ms. Peregrine who is stuck in her bird form. They travel from loop to loop, time zones and unknown places while evading hollowghasts and wights.

  1. What I love most about this book is the collection of vintage photographs used to describe peculiars and timezones. It looks very eerie although the plot was never about horrors. It is a nice touch.
  2. The pace of the book was quite slow and dragging. There were moments that I wanted to skip parts but I think this is forgivable because the ending killed it.
  3. I am not really sure about the Jacob-Emma romance. If you ask me, I don’t want this to continue in the next books. Emma was Jacob’s grandfather’s love interest. To think that Emma is an old lady trapped in a child’s body is creepy and a teenager falling in love with her does not sound right in a young adult book.
  4. It was very interesting that a lot of peculiars have been introduced in the book. It shows that peculiardom is a vast concept and makes you look forward to what else is out there.
  5. The climax of the book came too late and was very short. Just when things were getting real good, the author slapped me with an open -ended story. Damn.
  6. Jacob’s discovery about his ability to talk to hollows sounded like Harry Potter discovering he has a parseltongue.

Read It: London Belongs To The Alchemist

London Belongs to the Alchemist (Class Heroes, #4)

London Belongs to The Alchemist

Stephen Henning

James and Samantha Blake are back in London after an adventurous stay at their grandparents. They are now trying to go back to the life they left in London and are also excited to meet with old friends. Everything seems to be normal until they were invited to an underground party and learned that Super D is being given away by the mysterious DJ Alchemy. Add to that, Lolly Rosewood appears on their doorstep and seeks refuge in their home and proposes a truce. There are a lot going on at once and the twins’ trust for each other are tested as they are forced to defend their new found relationships.

  • Since I love Lolly, it really interested me when she appeared and became part of the Blake’s home. I was beginning to think that she might have turned over a new leaf but am happy that she did not change as much.
  • DJ Alchemy’s character was quite annoying. He has this self-righteous attitude and dreams too big but just cannot handle it. He is still a boy trying too hard to change the corrupt society.
  • With the inclusion of gangs/mafia, the plot just stepped into a new level. Besides Rosewood and the MI5 , they now have to deal with Mr Smith and others.
  • Its nice including love interests for the twins, makes you think that this really is a young adult fiction after all.
  • I loved the ending since it makes you hope for what is coming up next. Where is Samantha Blake?

Thanks to Stephen for letting me read his work. :)

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