Insurgent by Veronica Roth(Divergent#3) Book Review

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Rating:  ☆☆☆☆.5

I apologize for not being active this month, I miss writing and doing reviews but I had this moment wherein I was just only reading for the sake of doing a review, and it made me restless and unfocused so I had to refresh my mind for a little while. I’ve read a lot of books this month! But, first and foremost, below is the third book of Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.(from goodreads)

Spoiler Free Review:

Call me emotional but I give five stars with books who make me cry and this one made me bawl at 1am I had to get up and go down to stifle my sobs. I’ve heard a lot of things from my friends and everybody’s already buzzing with that spoiler but still, it did not prepare me for the imminent event that shattered my soul into pieces. It was heartbreaking.

The last book made me feel tense all thought, and the writing of Roth is really straight to the point with few poetic notations that will make you sigh. It’s heartbreaking and it made me feel like everyone’s just bidding their time. There are also moments when I don’t want it to end and reread a phrase or a paragraph.I can still feel the pain of last night and that means it’s beautiful, beautiful book that will make you feel something.

As for the scientific references, I know that we should not dwell on this too much but I’m just glad that Roth didn’t use many jargons that would only be ignored by the readers who are not geeky. I think everything is well written and it made me wonder about a lot of things. I mean, how would you react if you found that what you believed about the world and yourself are all lies?

Some of my Favorite Quotes:

 “I think I’d like to find a middle ground for myself,” he says. “To find that place between what I want and what I think is wise.”

“I catch myself thinking, Thank God for this, out of habit, and then I understand what he’s so concerned about. What if my parents’ God, their whole belief system, is just something concocted by a bunch of scientists to keep us under control? And not just their beliefs about God and whatever else is out there, but about right and wrong, about selflessness? Do all those things have to change because we know how our world was made?”

“And,” I say, “I think you’re still the only person sharp enough to sharpen someone like me.”

“I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true of beginnings, but it’s not true of this, now. I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”

“Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”

 

 

 

 

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Generation Without a Purpose

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Overhearing TV sounds from some noon time show while contemplating how in the world we got here. We used to fight in wars, help people fight for their freedom and untangle the mysteries of the world. Now, we live as if we’re always running out of time. We go to school and make to do lists so we could at least say we accomplished something. Learning has become synonymous to a piece of paper gained after decades of understanding synopsis, theories and conclusions without really knowing what these are for. Sadly, we learn, so we can earn.

What happened to the noble dreams of wanting to become a doctor or an engineer, a teacher when all we think about are our parent’s unfulfilled dreams? Sometimes, I wonder what happened to humanity. Did technology changed it all? Or we just let ourselves became blinded by wanting more and more?

Do not blame the computers. Do not blame the internet. Do not blame government’s corruption. As far as I know, it’s been wired that way since the beginning of time. As far as I know, we are the ones who put these things in our lives.

We live to consume. We live for the future we do not even know will come. Gone are the good old days of enjoying the moment when all we really do is escape with our selfies and ootds and all the rubbish we invented, or maybe just inherited, who knows. We value people on how they look and how much money they have on their virtual vaults. Sadly, we are bullied to believe the same.

Accomplishments are based on gaining certificates, recognition and public attention no matter how fleeting. We document our lives without really feeling anything, what happened? Can we do something real and good without boasting about it?

Now, tell me. What is your purpose? Is it to make this world a better place or contribute to its destruction?

We used to fight in wars but I think we are in a larger war in the history-with ourselves. We are hypocrites saying one thing and doing another. Choosing our beliefs to fit our actions. This.Generation.Suck and I am ashamed to be part of it.

Make a difference? Sure, yeah. Maybe later I’ll post some selfie with a very long inspirational post from some guy who died 100 years ago and I never even met, so it’s okay to plagiarize,  and hope it would amount to something.

Monday Book Talk and Life Update!

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Hello guys! How are you and your reading habits? Halloween season has come and gone and now Christmas breeze is once again coming to town. As for me, I’m still working as a freelancer at home but I’ve job offers from various companies I just can’t seem to accept yet. But a friend of of my bestfriend’s mom asked me if I wanted to work for her so I’m still looking into that since the time is flexible and there are no shift on weekends which is what I am actually looking for. I’m still weighing things because going back to the BPO industry doesn’t really excite me but all my other options are there.

My reading is a enthusiastically improving as the month progresses. I read three of my To be read books this month in five days(plus I won on a giveaway!!!) and all my Halloween reads are already finished and reviewed.
I’ve read The Graveyard Book, The Hobbit, both I gave five stars and Vanishing Girls which more or less I enjoyed and gave three stars. I thought these books are going to last me a month but well, I reading happens.

The reason I am doing a Book Talk is because I am currently reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. It’s my first book which tackles feminism and mentions a lot of women authors and a brief history of how novelization became on woman’s league. I am enjoying it so far and I love how it make me see the patriarchy of men over women and I think I’m going to be a feminist real soon, just kidding 😛

Because of this book I think I am going to make another TBR which includes classics about/ written by women like Sense and Sensibility, a Portrait of a Woman and some other books I would stumble upon.

How about you? How’s your reading going so far and what genre are you enjoying the most at this moment?

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PS: I just made a new instagram ful of books you might wanna follow me there! It’s 7 days old today 😀 
Username is @oleenreadsandloves

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Book Review

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, 2015

Rating: ☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

 l loved the book all throughout! But if you looked above, I only gave three stars for some reason. But first let me tell you what I liked about it.

1). The sister rivalry is real as the clouds above. I haven’t got a sister but I found that factor in the story very honest. 2).The writing is so good, but I disagree that it’s a thriller of sort, I did not feel any creepiness with this one. 3). The build up is so strong.

On the downside, at page 96, I started having ideas about how the book would end and I got them right. It’s good if I’m already halfway through the end, but I’m just starting the book, so that’s quite disappointing.At page 242, I started getting confused again but still my ideas proved correct.

If you’re looking for psychological thriller with Young Adult theme, this one is definitely good for you, but I found myself thinking what came out of it afterwards. Still, in the end it’s just a book but I was really hoping for some mind-blowing conclusion I did not get. But still, I recommend this to everyone. It’s gripping just don’t expect a lot about the ending.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Life Lessons

Originally, I wasn’t planning to make a review of this book but I still want to write something about it so I decided to make a list of the lessons I learned from and while reading this timeless tale. Needless to say, I give this book 5/5 stars! 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Life Lessons

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Synopsis:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.(goodreads)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Life Lessons

  • Bilbo Baggins showed us how we can be happy and contented with a simple and quiet life
  • … but sometimes we find ourselves in one great, unexpected adventure with people we might find weird and obscure and may actually become a big part of our lives.
  • A journey worth your while entails challenges, battles and meeting new friends and foes.
  • Some people can be blinded by wealth and power no matter where they came from from.
  • You might help people or make them stumble along the way but we should remain helpful and humble.
  • Sometimes we make decisions that are against our friends but will actually save them a lot more trouble in the end.
  • Help is available to those who give help themselves.
  • No matter how brave you became, never forget who you are.

Great book indeed. Below is my collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings books and movie companions.

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(My Halloween Read!) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Book Review

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages

My Thoughts:

Let me just say that it’s more than what I expected from a children’s book! At first I was hesitant to continue reading it but after fifty pages or so, I couldn’t put it down! This story got a heart ❤ It’s full of adventures and eerie details and I loved how it played out in my mind. There were times that I found myself so immersed with Bod’s world that I actually have to pause reading it. Even though it’s a ghost story, it did not feel forced to me. I feel like I would reread it again anytime soon.

I had a few reflections after reading this book. This book has a lot of metaphorical symbolism to real life and they’re actually good (and life changing if you let it). Basically, it’s about a kid who grew up with ghosts(who are obviously dead) and how he will eventually face the world of the living, but I’m not spoiling you guys. Also, there is this guy like Gandalf who is Bod’s gurdian and how he always talks about doing things at the right time.

Why You Should Read It:

This book is a great foundation for kids who read and adults who need a little reminder. You wouldn’t want to miss Nobody’s adventures and aim for great adventures of your own.

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PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern Book Review

PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern, 2003

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Cecilia Ahern and I must say it does not disappoint! It’s really simple, real and captivating. Just what I expected from an adult novel. I am starting to appreciate the beauty of this genre because it usually talks about real problems, adult problems, and it makes me open up my eyes to the years to come. Going back to the book, I guess what made this book so popular is the concept that the husband died and the wife is left alone to fend for her self. After that is where the real story starts. I love how it does not dwell on the past but on Holly’s moving on process. The snippets of Gerry and Holly’s relationship are enough to make me cry so I’m grateful the author did not include all those details because it might read like a Nicholas Sparks novel (I love Nicholas, it’s just that I had too much of that)

Characters:

All the characters are distinct and vibrant and you can tell them all apart. I loved each and everyone of them and I enjoyed walking with their lives. This is one of those books where you really enjoy their interactions.

Story Flow:

The flow is just right. Not too fast, not too slow and it actually plays on my mind like a movie, so that’s a good thing.

Why You Should Read it:

It’s the perfect balance of love, drama and real life. Plus, you will find yourself cheering for Holly as she untangles her life and finally stand on her own feet. It’s actually inspirational and speaks directly to you. Like, they just live along your neighborhood. Plus, it’s actually a hilarious read! I laughed out loud A LOT of times!

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