BOOK REVIEW: Perfect by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Perfect

Author/s: Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: April 4th 2017

Publisher: by Feiwel & Friends

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 341

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synopsis

“Celestine North is Flawed.

Ever since Judge Crevan declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick, the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret—one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or risk her life to save all Flawed people.

My Thoughts

In “Perfect”, I learned to love each character, be it the good and the bad ones.

Unlike in the first book, the romance was more present in this one. The characters’ real intentions were also revealed, and oh my that was just what I am looking for! the thrill, the answer to the mysteries!

Celestine North, once again, developed. And it was from a hundred to perfect. She learned how to embrace her flaws, and to accept other people.

The supporting characters were quite developed too. And that is what I loved most. How her family, those who love her, did not turn their back against Celestine. They stood beside her, fought with her, fought for her, despite knowing the fact that they are in a really dangerous place.

The novel also showed how power drives a person crazy, how much of a person is willing to give and take just to have the power that they desire.

Cecelia Ahern’s writing style is what gave this book a perfect 5 stars. It was compelling, regardless the fact that some parts are too descriptive and irrelevant, I did not dare to skip.

Perfect was a wonderful ending to the duology. I just wish that there are still more, for the reason that the first and this book was beautifully written but it felt like it was a bit rushed.

Overall, I recommend this action-packed and intense book to Dystopian lovers!

Rating

5stars


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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

 

 


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BOOK REVIEW: Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Flawed

Author/s: Cecelia Ahern

Publication Date: April 5th 2016

Publisher: by Feiwel and Friends

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 336

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My Thoughts

**Thank you Macmillan International for providing a copy of Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, in exchange of an honest review.**

Flawed grabbed me from its very first line: “I am a girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white.”

I don’t know why, but it happened that I used to avoid this book. No, I used to avoid books with a concept like this one. I am not a fan of Dystopian. However, Karina of @afirepages ‘ love for this book made me really curious, and got me asking for a review copy to read. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

In the first few chapters, we were introduced to the main character and the Guild- government’s temporary solution to people’s wrongdoings. If you are branded as Flawed (literally) it may be because you made a bad decision, you lied, you committed theft, or you’ve been disloyal to the Guild. The branding location will depend on the error of one’s judgement. And there are only a few things branded people are allowed to do.

Celestine North, Art Crevan’s girlfriend, daughter of an admired couple, a girl who’s been Perfect her entire life not until she made a choice of helping an old flawed man. Now she must face the consequences of her decision.

The pacing is another factor why this book was rated 5 stars. It was quick-paced but it’s pleasing enough since it has thrilling events. I think the pacing also worked for the novel’s world building.

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is diverse? Celestine having a black father and a white mother.

I liked how the main character, as well as SOME of the minor ones improved. Their development are pretty much satisfying knowing that Celestine was once a people-pleaser, as well as her mother. They used to obey the rules and make sure that they aren’t doing anything that will ruin them. All of those changed when one had the courage to stand and fight for what she knows is right. Needless to say, the characters, almost all of them has loud voices. Just read between the lines and you’ll get the messages they convey.

“Remember, in this world, image is everything.”

Flawed is has perfect storyline with an amazing concept and a wonderful writing style. Hats off to Ahern!

This novel was my most favorite read last month. And Cecelia Ahern, surprisingly, made it to my “auto-buy authors” list.

Piqued your curiosity? Please do read the book.

Rating

5stars


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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

 


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BOOK REVIEW: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author/s: Sabaa Tahir

Publication Date: August 30th 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 464

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

“A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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**I would like to give thanks to Penguin Random House International for the review copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Also for giving me the opportunity to join A Torch Against the Night International  Blog Tour**
 A Torch Against the Night is the second installment of An Ember in the Ashes series, and boy should you believe that this book amazed the hell out of me.
Let me start off by saying I love how the sorcery in the book unravels. How it works, who has magic and who doesn’t, and how the magic intertwine within their world. I love the magic system, I find it interesting and cool. I want to know more. 
The characters! Reading the book, they grew more and more mysterious and unpredictable. Each of them blew my mind! I’m dying to figure out the mystery behind Cook’s sudden appearance in some parts, Laia’s abilities, Keenan, and the Commandant’s history.
The plot. Oh my, I never expected a plot like this one. The surprise ending caught me off-guard! I experienced lots of suspense and surprises in the midst of reading the book. Turning each page made me feel anxious. I like how Sabaa plotted out the book, I like the direction of it. It made me excited for the next book. I want to mention the way she gave small details on the first book that made huge impacts on this sequel, oh gosh, I loved it. 
As much as I’d like to give this book 5 stars, there’s this one reason why I didn’t. It’s said that going to Kauf takes longer than two months. Sharks, a long journey eh? I was disappointed when I expected it to be a slow but a sure on, but it ended up in a flash. The journey did start slow but ended quickly. In short, the inconsistency of the pace. 
It took me a long time before making a review for the simple reason that I was drained. I think I just expressed all my feelings through eating. Too cliche but the twist at the ending left me gasping for air. The brutality of ATATN is somewhere in between nerve-wrecking and entertaining. 
Brace yourself! 
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Rating

4stars


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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Title: An Ember in the Ashes

Author/s: Sabaa Tahir

Publication Date: April 28th 2015

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 446

Purchase at: Amazon

synopsis

Laia is a slave.

Elias is a soldier.


Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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I read the book without any expectations. It’s best if you swoop into something without being revealed to its context. I wasn’t ready for the magnificence that faced me.

An Ember in the Ashes is a YA Fantasy with a pinch of Dystopian. It’s told in two perspectives, Laia’s and Elias’. Laia is a scholar, while Elias is the finest student in Blackcliff Academy. Laia’s goal is to save her brother from being imprisoned in Kauf, and Elias’ is freedom of body and soul.

The world-building is all the good in great things. It’s generic and formulated. With an ancient inspired society, Roman Empire, I think. The realm is tainted with brutality, cruelty, and darkness which made the story more intriguing. Social hierarchy is included, from the Martials down to the slaves.

Sabaa Tahir’s writing style is stirring. How she weaved the story is impressive. The book was character driven, Tahir depicted the characters’ feelings and emotions with such cleverness, it was captivating. I’ve seen no great character development yet, but I’m not saying that it’s not a bad thing since I liked how the book did not focus on the romance aspect of it. The love interest was overwhelming enough to keep me exhilarated.

An Ember left me hanging with too many unanswered questions, both regarding the past and present happenings. It was a long, intense, but fun trip!

Rating

4stars


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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Oleah Chronicles: Truth by Michelle Johnson

Title: Oleah Chronicles: Truth

Author/s: Michelle Johnson

Publication Date: May 25, 2015

Publisher: Oleah Publishing

Format: paperback

Number of Pages: 220

synopsis

“What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life was a lie?

Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki must face overwhelming truths about her family when she meets Zander Black, a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about her family’s past changes everything, and as her relationship and feelings for Zander deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate and face the true reality of who and what she is. Even if that means giving up everything, including being human.”

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I won Oleah Chronicles: Truth from Michelle Johnson’s book giveaway last year. Thank you, Mich!

This book has really promising concept! Oleah, half lion, half human.Interesting, right? Right. So I expected something new, and different.

Kindren is a planet where all beings of the darkness dwell. A planet which is ruled by Lucifer’s sister, Sindrell. Later then, she became obsessed with power. She invaded the planets of the angels, until only one remained. The most protected, and cherished planet by God, Uforika. Ruled by a king, and a queen whose daughter was made out of pure love. And that child was born indestructible. Since Sindrell is on the hunt for the child. With no other choice, the king, queen, and the princess flew from their home.

Best friends Angel and Julie are too childish. They spent their time swooning over Zander, and discussing Angel’s seventeenth birthday. Then there’s Zander, the guy who’s supposed to be hot and all. But I only find him conceited. He’s one who’s always grinning.
I’m supposed to find it adorable, bit it only made me sick thinking that two teenage girls, are being immature over a guy they just met.

In Oleah, readers were taken into new worlds. Yes, there are not just one. It’s quite complex, yet it’s truly fascinating, and intriguing since it holds a new and fresh one.

Oleah’s plot is pretty cliché for a YA Fantasy, but its aspects are new and quite diverting to read. The book being fast paced, was fine because it’s action-packed and books like this need not to have a pace like a snail.

The writing is really well. It’s simple, yet catching. My problem is how the characters were portrayed. This book is supposed to be for Young Adults, but reading the book, and criticizing the characters, especially best friends Angel and Julie, they act and talk like middle graders. Their dialogues are a bit juvenile. Though not a huge dilemma, there’s still a huge impact. Also, some details became a bit lengthy, and most paragraphs are extraneous.

The book became agreeable almost at 40 pages before the end of the first installment. Characters are starting to undergo development. Everything was ferocious. I was just sitting on my bed, aghast. It left me hanging, and waiting for the next book.

Oleah Chronicles: Truth, is still a well-founded introduction to the series. Enough to keep readers anticipated, because it really has potential and the notion held a lot of words.

Rating

3stars


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14046388MICHELLE JOHNSON

Throughout my childhood I was always told I had a very creative imagination. I was drawn to stories of mythical creatures and all things that would usually give my peers the heebie geebies. Shows like Tales from the Crypt Keeper and Buffy the Vampire Slayer were among some of my favourites.
I developed a strong passion for design and illustration, drawing the ideas that arose in my head and finding great excitement in bringing them to life. This led me to pursue a career in graphic design and marketing so that I could always use my creativity to the fullest.

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BOOK REVIEW: Melophobia by James Morris

Title: Melophobia

Author/s: James Morris

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

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Format: mobi

Number of Pages: 252

“Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.

The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.

Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.

Can love survive in a world without music?

Publisher’s Weekly called it “a convincing alternative history novel and…an accomplished coming-of-age love story that asks big questions about freedom and expressiveness in the face of oppression.”

5 BLAZING STARS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! If I could, I’d give more than what this book deserves! Oh gods.

I’m grateful to James Morris for providing me a review copy of his book, Melophobia. Also to Karina of @afirepages , for the recommendation.

I am in a reading slump before I read this book, and I’m too desperate to read it ASAP. So I struggled to read the first chapter, again and again, for four consecutive days. Later did I realize, I’m few chapters away from the end of the book. What kind of sorcery was that?

“Just the music. Gets to me.” “I know,” Val said. “Sometimes it’s so beautiful it hurts.”

Envision the world where music is absent. A place where people who have fondness for music would be punished- worse, killed. Classical music are, be it, allowed, but still needs approval. Abominable, isn’t it? James Morris introduced to us a world we never conceived. I’m a person who listens to music every time, I usually rave, aside from books, music gives meaning to my life.

The book followed Merrin Pierce, the daughter of the Minister of Broadcast Standards. She’s a member of the Patrol who captures law defiers. One who goes undercover to bust the “music people”. Together with her ex-boyfriend Anders Copeland, they were given an outrageous mission by the commander in chief to find the insuperable, The Source. In their journey, they found themselves inclined to the music. Questions arise, confusions struck them. Characters started doing, and feeling things they shouldn’t. Now they must redetermine everything that they believe in.

I loved how the characters were portrayed in this book. They all have strong voices. They know what’s right, and they do what they think is right. I love how Merrin thinks wisely, she doesn’t just listen to whatever her heart says. She criticize everything, making sure what she’s doing is right. I love how honorable Anders and Merrin were. I admired how passionate some characters are to music, to their duties especially. Readers will love the appeal of each character. Mostly, how the characters did what they truly want. Because that’s what this is all about, discovering yourself, finding meanings, learning the answers.

The romance between two characters. The impermissible love that’s growing, deep and gripping. How hard it is to love someone you shouldn’t be loving. Knowing that it’ll be against all of what you’ve believed in. Merrin and Rowan Sol’s love is drop-dead comforting, yet dreary. Rowan’s feelings for Merrin happened too fast, but in a way, it’s utterly good. They started escaping boundaries, crossing lines. I appreciated them when they’re together, for they’re being able to be their true-selves.

I was invested to the book for plenty of reasons, but the sole reason was I wanted to know the reason behind the government’s abhorrence to such beautiful creation, to music. Why would someone be so impenitent to charge imprisonment just because of their hate for something? One raised question, leads to more.

“It’s not funny. Look around –music’s considered a doorway to sin. Excitement’s a disease. A calm society is a productive society. A safe society. And a damned boring one.”

The plot, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a plot like Melophobia’s. The intricacies and the developments surprised me. It has well-flourished ideas that made the book suspenseful.

James Morris did not make a book that will just manifest to us the meaning of music. Through his book, he conveyed us to the significance of music. He steered our hearts to our love for music.

The book was told in a 3rd Person’s POV. James used meticulous words, one that will constrain you. He has this uninterrupted writing style that will tranquil, at the same time, disturb your mind and your heart.

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Melophobia, is an unexpected book that made me want to rip my heart out. Made me want to be emotionally numb for the rest of my life. I’m still hurt, I feel like I’m feeling all the pain I’ve felt when I read such a tragic book. Only this time, Melophobia’s all the heart-breaking book in one. I don’t think I can ever get over how the ending of this book made me feel, this book per se. Would someone blame me if I’m aching for a sequel? Even if it’s just a short one. Would someone blame me if I wanted Merrin to avenge Rowan’s death? Even a sentence will do. Something that goes like this: “And then Merrin, with all the pain, the rage, the hatred inside her, hurled Anders, grabbed his gun, and shot him through his head.”

Melophobia is rare, it’s a page-turner

A book about self-discovery, love, responsibilities, and family. This book made me want to get out of the cage I’m in, soar and fly like a bird. Free myself from everything, and just do what I love most.

“Why? Why did they do it?” “They’re scared, Rowan. Scared of you.” “…it was only music.”


Even though Melophobia has a great potential for a second installment, the book being a stand-alone is still splendid. Melophobia, like my favorite music, my favorite songs, will be forever treasured.

James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.

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