Insurgent by Veronica Roth(Divergent#3) Book Review

Insurgent by Veronica Roth


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.


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.”





Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Book Review

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, 2015

Rating: ☆☆☆



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.


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



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.


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

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆



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.


PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern Book Review

PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern, 2003

Rating: ☆☆☆☆



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)


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!


What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Book Review

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi, 2015

Rating: ☆☆☆



It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

It’s actually nice and the blurb really caught my attention. It’s one of those books I badly wanted to have, but unfortunately the feeling got old as the story progresses. It’s really bad because that’s now how I expected it to be. I was ready to at least shed a few tears but they didn’t came.


The characters are okay especially Rye, I just hoped there’s a lot more of Meg because I didn’t really like Joni. I don’t know, she didn’t grow to me. I liked Meg’s bestfriend though, the Korean guy Alan. They’re just a bunch of typical teenagers and I found nothing special to them. It’s a good thing because it means it’s honest but maybe we need more creativity with that part.

Story Flow:

It’s a little bit slow and dragging at the beginning. I almost skipped the last fifty pages because I already know what’s gonna happen to the story.

Why You Should Read it:

It actually has a lot of potential. It’s like an aftermath of a Nicholas Sparks novel minus the sugar-coating. I can compare it to some Katie Cotugno novel but this one’s much better than those, I assure you. I know a lot people can relate to it, but maybe not me and as much as I wanted to get affected, I didn’t. But, it’s good enough for a light read. You might want to give it a try because others liked it but I don’t think it’s my cup of tea.

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs Book Review (Short Review)

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs,2015

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆



The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I was totally blown away! I really loved the third book for its consistency with the first two books. And, it’s a good kind of consistency where you can still see the progress and the development of the characters. I cannot really say a lot of things because I might end up spoiling you guys but one thing’s for sure-you will still feel like you are part of the peculiardom while reading this book. It’s the right balance of creepy and adventure, sprinkle of teenage love and whole lot of fantasy. It’s awesome! I really enjoyed the series and it’s kind of sad it has to end in the third book already.

I love how it ended to be honest. I was actually hoping for that kind of twist or I might aggressively demand a fourth book. Oh, and I did not put it down unless I’m done with it. I read it for 6 hours max, minus snack time and dinner(not that it matters) and I know that I will reread the series more than once.

I might do another blog post about it soon, because I felt that this book became a special part of me because somehow, I became attached with their world and the characters. But, for now, that’s it! Thanks for dropping by!

13 Reasons Why You Should Read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, 2007

Rating: ☆☆☆☆



Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.(goodreads)

Thirteen Reasons Why You Should Read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher:

  1. It’s an honest take on what’s going on inside a highschool girl’s mind and how they still look for acceptance and real relationship from the people around them.
  2. The concept is unique. It’s actually hard to read at first from the constant change of voices but you will get the hang of it after the first few chapters.
  3. It’s almost 300 pages but you can read it in one sitting with a normal pace.
  4. It’s lyrical and depressive. Yet, I found myself anticipating what happens next. There are some moments when I needed to take a break to breathe because some scenes are hard to swallow. It’s painful.
  5. Hannah is very sensitive. Maybe too sensitive. Some people might think she overreacted all the time but if you are sympathetic enough or you have walked in her shoes(at least, while reading) you will see how hard things became for her just because of a List.
  6. You will look for yourself in the book. There are diverse characters and somehow you will ask yourself if you ever find yourself in that situation, will you be included in the reasons?
  7. A snowball effect-that’s how Hannah described what’s happening to her life. Things got worse one problem after another. You will get to choose whose side you’re on, I mean, will you understand her or simply just shrug and tell her to get a grip of her life?
  8. It will teach you how to be sensitive enough to know that people around you might be suffering from suicidal thoughts and depression.
  9. And these people need others. But, they also need you to be patient enough with them because most of the time, they have created barriers due to the painful things they’ve encountered in the past. Only few are brave enough to knock even when no one’s answering. Only few people stay even after you push them away.
  10. Simple things, like creating rumors might ruin someone else’s reputation and believe it or not, people care about their reputation. Not every one is thick enough to be bulletproof and invincible with people’s perception of them.
  11. The metaphor about the STOP sign: It’s quite a very obvious depiction of how Hannah wants to make things right after all, but people can be so mean and selfish to even care.
  12. No matter how depressing the story gets, in the end we get to see how Clay wants to use his new understanding of Hannah to at least, try to “save” other people through his words and actions.
  13. This book has a hopeful ending.

It’s my second time reading this book and I admit I did not enjoy it the first time. I even rated it 2.5 stars on Goodreads but I think I just don’t have the proper timing to read it before or maybe I understood Hannah better now. But nonetheless, I recommend this to everyone who are sixteen and above. It has some graphic description you wouldn’t want kids to read yet and I understand how it became a banned book. It’s sad the movie adaptation didn’t push through. I’d love to see Selena Gomez play the role well. 


Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt Book Review


Hi guys! The book we are going to review today is a 1997 Pulitzer Prize awardee. It’s actually a memoir. I don’t really read memoirs because I think it’s a little pretentious (oh well, I’m absurd like that) and a little edited out of reality. But I gave this one a try and I did not regret reading it. I actually had a hard time finishing this book because it’s really heavy and the format isn’t really the traditional novel format. It doesn’t have quotation marks and some of the accents are sometimes indistinguishable. I finished this book more than a week and that was long for me, but nonetheless, I think I enjoyed reading it. So, here’s the review!


“When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood.”

So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank’s mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank’s father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy — exasperating, irresponsible, and beguiling — does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father’s tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank’s survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig’s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors—yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance, and remarkable forgiveness.

Angela’s Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt’s astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Let me just say that this book is so depressing. It actually made me feel uncomfortable and I almost did not want to finish it. From the story of Frank’s mother and father to how his sister and brothers died and how they almost became beggars. I also had nothing to do with his father because I resented him for his alcohol problems. I wouldn’t want to experience something like that.

You will imagine everything that’s happening around them because the writing is easy to grasp once you get the hang of it.

I never thought that I would remember everything that happened in the book because I was really not that determined to finish it but I found myself really absorbing everything around Frank’s life and how I imagined him growing up and experiencing more out of life, which, if I’d be honest is really really hard and I don’t know how they survived those miserable years. Pig’s head for Christmas anyone? How about going to school with broken shoes and being rejected by the Priests for secondary school? I had a lot of issues with this book but not because I don’t like the writing and all that, but I found myself asking why those had to happen to little kids?! I.JUST.CAN’T.

I read a review that this is just a one sided account of Ireland during their time, but one sided or not, all I know is that life is hard for Frank. And how he survived? Well, people are resilient and he showed me that. He’s very inspiring and I’m glad he lived to tell the tale.


I got the 2nd book and looking forward to meet him again, soon 😉

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Book Review!!! (Or, sort of fangirling)


Holy bed!! (yeah, whatever, I’m on my bed right now) I cannot explain what I feel right now. I just finished Crown of Midnight ten minutes ago and all I can say is, “Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!” The only fantasy novels I’ve ever read(except dystopian) are the the Harry Potter books , but this one, Throne of Glass, oh my!! I just wanna squeal and fangirl all day! But before that, we have to do a short review for each. Ready? Ready! 

Throne of Glass 


After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.(goodreads)

My Thoughts

Celaena,  Celaena. Who wouldn’t want to be you? I mean, yeah you have a troubled past but how could you be so strong yet so fragile all at the same time? And all those witty banters that you enamored the captain of the guard and the prince himself. But, don’t be fooled. The book does not revolve around the love story, but rather with Celaena and all that is surrounding her and the world she lives in. It’s the most interesting world I’ve ever come across so far! I had the same feels with Harry Potter, but it’s very different, it’s just that, I get the same excitement with these books. Moving on, I won’t bother giving you any spoilers but I just really want to release all the excitement that I am feeling right now and all the things that I love about the first book.

1.The main character is such a badass and witty and pretty and smart. Not to mention, she’s the world’s deadliest assassin who will become the King’s champion.

2.The love triangle is so absorbing yet it doesn’t really overturn the whole story. It’s just always in the background but it has significance on who Celaena is and how she handles making decisions. But, I ship Chaol and Celaena until the end! ❤

3.The Princess! I love her!

4.The castle made of Glass, the wyrdmarks and all the names you will have a hard time pronouncing.

5.The writing itself is splendid and perfection.

6. The UK cover is so cool.(photo above)

When I finished the book one, I know I have to read the second book as much as possible. This series have made a lot of fans all over the world for years now, and now I know what the hype is all about.

Crown of Midnight


“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts

The first chapter already caught my attention. Not just because it’s less than 24 hours before I continued the series, but because, THAT WAS BRUTAL AND CRUEL AND COOL all at the same time. I’ve read a lot of reviews that each books gets better and I must admit, that this book is better than the first and I don’t know how Sarah made it so awesome as this. All the twists, all the revelations made it even more interesting and mind-blowing. I even cried because of Chaol(Yes I know, I’m bias but I really ship them, okay?). Celaena’s reactions aren’t what’s always what you thought it would be. She would never fail to surprise you. I loved it! I couldn’t wait to start the third book later (haha!) Here are the things that made me squeal and cry: *Spoilers though*

1. Chaol and Celaena did it. (Okay, let me explain, I’m not a perv or something and there are no graphic details in the book, but, just UGH! I really love them together)

2.Mort is a talking door knob, wait is he a door knob? But he’s part of the door and he’s talking because of magic.

3.The friendship of Calaena and the princess came to a halt because the princess died making her depressed and out-of-control with all the anger.

4.When she admitted to Chaol that she did not really kill some of the people the King wanted her to kill.

5.The revelation of her true identity and the promise that he will come back for Chaol(and for Dorian for that matter)

So, there! I told you, I wouldn’t talk about a lot of things because my mind is faster than my fingers and I cannot seem to grasp everything. I just really want you guys to know, that you wouldn’t regret trying out the fantasy genre. There are actually good books out there and I would highly recommend this series. For now, back to reality!

Have you read the series or planning to? Let’s talk on the comments section below ❤