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 the 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-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. :)

You’re Not a “Plan B” Kind of Girl


Something nice to read and ponder on. :)

Originally posted on The Messy Life:

DeathtoStock_Spring7You deserve better than someone who is afraid to commit to you. It may seem like enough for now. You’re just taking things slow. Oh, how I know those little phrases of “one day” and we just need time.

You believe them.
And I’ve believed them.

But you’re not a plan B kind of girl.

You need to know that you’re not the invisible one standing in the back who gets chosen last.

You’re the girl who the team captain will be frantically hoping doesn’t get picked by someone else before he gets a turn. You’re a first-pick kind of girl. And no one worth having sits back and lets those girls wait around.

‘Cause every good man knows that the good ones get gone fast.

He should be jumping out of his skin in anticipation to call out your name and say “I pick you.”

“But he’s…

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Read It: The First Phone Call From Heaven


The First Phone Call From Heaven

Mitch Albom

In Coldwater, Michigan, seven people have claimed to be receiving phone calls from their departed loved ones giving them reassuring messages about the the after life and giving them words of encouragement to go on living their lives. It is penned to be one of the greatest miracles that has happened in their town or perhaps the world. Is it real or is it a hoax? While everyone in town believes to have witnessed a rare miracle in town, Sully Harding, a grieving husband fresh out from jail for a crime he did not commit, thinks so otherwise. He believes that these miracles are just a fraud played by someone in town and tries to prove to his son (and more to himself) that miracles are not true and these phone calls from heaven are just man-made.

  1. The book has an interesting premise. Just like any other novel by Mitch Albom, it stirs one’s curiosity and touches one’s faith on bigger things that wait us in the after life. Mostly, it is an easy read to inspire you about the value of life and keeping faith.
  2. More than just an inspirational story. This time, the author introduces a character,Sully Harding, who is not a firm believer, someone who defies the cult and tries to prove that there is no such thing as a miracle. I think Sully is an interesting character because he embodies people who are ‘to see it to believe’ types.
  3. It would have been a better story if it were not for the multiple POVs (point of view) from the different characters. The shifting of POVs was too much that at times it gets confusing which thoughts I was reading about. There were no cues when the POV is about to shift and you get surprised that the setting has now shifted to another character’s environment. You will only realize this when the character’s name is mentioned.
  4. There were seven phone call receivers, and out of seven, only three were developed throughout the story (Jack, Katherine and Tess) with a few snippets about Elias and Doreen. The others? Their names were only mentioned but no background story at all. If the story were to revolve around the phone call receivers, it would have been great to be consistent with it. Why concentrate on three? You have others as well. I looks to me that they were neglected. Unimportant in the development of the story.
  5. The story was dragging. The supposed progress of events doesn’t take you up, it stops and remains on a plateau. It was disappointing how the climax became anticlimactic (at least to me). There was just too much nothingness going on and you just wanted everything to end.
  6. The only saving grace I believe was how Sully uncovered everything. I was actually rooting that he prove nothing of his hunch only to discover otherwise.

Read It: Thirteen Reasons Why


Thirteen Reasons Why

Jay Asher

Clay Jensen returned from school one afternoon to find a mysterious package for him without a return address. He opens it and finds cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, a classmate who committed suicide earlier in the month.

On those tapes, Hannah explains that the receiver of the tapes were connected to the reasons why she decided to end her life. And if the receiver listens through it all, he will know why and how he is connected in her demise.

My sister recommended that I read this book. I found its premise interesting. Recording a tape of what was supposed to be your suicide letter and sending it out to people who affected your decision was  exciting and scary at the same time but as it turns out, I may have set my expectations too high. I feel disappointed.

To stay true to the title, I also made my list of 13 reasons why the book was good or bad:

  1. The plot was good and exciting. Having to find out the reason behind a suicide through listening in a series of cassette tapes is something unique now that we live in the digital age. Cassette tapes are now obsolete and mentioning it excites us who listened to our favorite bands’ albums recorded in these little things.
  2. It is not everyday you read a kind of story detailing the events that lead to one’s decision to end her life. The idea is new (at least to me) and tickles one’s curiosity.
  3. I liked Clay Jensen. He sounded very sincere about the way he felt about Hannah. He also felt very troubled why he was included in the list of people why she committed suicide. I felt sorry for him because he liked Hannah despite all the negative things he heard about her and lost her even before he had the chance to confess.
  4. There are a lot of drama going on in highschool. It’s when you start to find yourself. School is not always about the good stuff. You encounter a lot of people with personalities and perspectives very different from you. You don’t have to hang with the people you think you don’t get along well with but you have to find the time to look for people who complements your personality well which I think Hannah failed to do.
  5. After reading through it all, I found the reasons why Hannah Baker committed suicide shallow. I didn’t really grasp the reason why. Yes, she was the new kid in school so she felt left out and experienced bullying  in a subtle form. If you ask me, there are far more worse bullying cases than what she had experienced.
  6. If you think about it, she was like trying to take revenge on the people who have hurt her feelings by blaming them for her death. But the thing is, she never stepped up against them, she let them push her around. If she did not like what they were doing or if she believes that these people have hurt her, she should have told them and maybe then people will treat her differently.
  7. I think it was unfair to put Mr. Porter on the list. He was their guidance councilor and was just trying to help Hannah out. The thing is, he does not know what she was depressed about. She gave him very little details but did not disclose it all and then walked out on him even before they even got started addressing her issues. So, how was he supposed to help her then?
  8. I hate Hannah. She was putting the blame on other people. She did not really try to look for solutions to her problems. She did not address them, she just let everything ruin her life.
  9. In the end, she was this girl who has severe trust issues. When she transferred to a new neighborhood, it seems like she was running away from her past life and trying to start on a new slate but things went out of hand. Maybe there are more reasons why she felt depressed and more unsettling events that happened than what she experienced in her new school.
  10. I think Hannah was very selfish. She was always thinking about herself how others are trying to ruin her life. She was very pessimistic about everything. She does not seem to see the good in others but dwell on the negative things she observes on other people.
  11. Hannah kept pointing out the cause and effect of other people’s actions against her. This is true for everyone of us. There will be cause and effects in every little thing we do to ourselves and to the people around us. I think this is one fact in the story which will remind us to be wary of our actions. We do not know the state of other people’s mind and we have to be sensitive of our actions and words.
  12. The book glamorizes suicide. Although the author tries to point that what we do to others have effects on their perceptions,feelings,whatever, it does not change the fact that Hannah Baker took her life. Hannah talks about why she took her life because someone wronged her gives an impression or an idea to already troubled kids that they can take revenge on people who hurt them by killing themselves and let the wrong doers live with guilt for the rest of their lives instead of facing their problems and asking for help.
  13. Suicide is not the quickest answer to your problems. It should never be the go-to option. Ever.

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