Lost by Donnielle Tyner

After the meteorite crashed on Earth, it released a mist that changed the DNA of some soldiers in the second World War. They are known as Caelians and have different powers called Talents, and they live along with Norms- Talent-less humans. Sadie is an orphan and doesn’t have the ability to harness her talent yet. Until one day, she meets Kian.

It started off at a good, easy pace and I enjoyed it until around the middle. The beginning of the story was great and it felt like it was gearing up and a surprise would come later on in the book but it all just fell a little flat. I did like reading it but it wasn’t captivating or

The writing was simple but I found the conversations between the characters to be forced and even sometimes, awkward. Most parts of the book felt dull and I couldn’t bring myself to be as invested in the story. The plot line had great potential, though, and the history of the Caelian magic was very interesting even if there wasn’t a lot of it.

I didn’t buy the romance between Kian and Sadie, though. It might be because of the time in the story and how it spans over a few weeks, but it wasn’t convincing enough. They only met about two times before she started falling in love with him. I didn’t particularly connect with Sadie’s character either. She was likable, yes, but she is very ordinary and lacked the traits that makes a good main character. I found it hard to relate to her.

Despite all my little complaints, it was a good book with a great background story. I especially liked the prologue piece and it drew me in from the first page. I would have liked the book to be longer! I was just beginning to distinguish the characters and recognize them individually.

Please don’t be discouraged by my low rating for books. It was a good read. It is just that after book blogging, my rating and views have changed and I tend to unemotionally rip its different components apart when reviewing. 🙂

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for review.

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Fairest by Marissa Meyer | Review

This book has left me scarred. Initially, I had thought that Levana was just cruel-hearted and carved out of pure evil, but this book has left me even more puzzled than before. And also begging for more.

I do have mixed feelings about this book, but overall it was just disturbing. The writing, the story and the book itself was really intriguing and probably worth a 4 stars, but just the disturbance factor sets it down one star. Honestly, this book was so interesting, but it is such a big change from the rest of the books in the Lunar Chronicles so it was a little surprising. Levana is shown as an evil queen in the first three books, but only after reading this did I realize what a mad-woman she is. And it might not even be all her fault.

Levana is just completely insane. If you think you have read books with crazy or mentally unstable characters, they are nothing compared to this. Levana is a totally different kind of crazy. I do sympathize with her because she has gone through a lot, but she is sick. Now, obviously her character wasn’t written to be likable. The author is just brilliant because she can weave such complex characters—I can tell you for sure that there is no way to accurately describe Queen Levana’s character. Marissa Meyer can write anything—even lunatics and psychos—and it would be a work of art.

Aside from all the synonyms of nauseating and disgusting that I can come up with, this book isn’t all awkward scenes and horrendous cruel acts. Like her other books, Meyer always outdoes herself and I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in a day, and that’s a record, although that might have been also because it is so short. It was so compelling. I do make it sound like the book is brimming to the edge with horrifying scenes, but in truth this was very well-written and more original than anything I’ve read. A book about the villain, explaining their background story and what exactly made them a villain? Yes, please.

I can’t wait to read Winter!  This book isn’t like a novella—the story that it tells is equal to any other book in the series. Fairest is definitely a must-read before you pick up Winter because it does give some insight as to why I really hope Winter lives up to my expectations and is a great conclusion to the series!

Would I recommend? — Yes!

Age Range: 15+

I know this isn’t much of a review, I’m sorry, I haven’t been able to write reviews lately. I apologize for not posting for the past two weeks! I don’t really have a strong excuse for it—I’m just lazy and a big procrastinator and I have a couple reviews to finish so it’s been a little hard 🙂 I will try to make up for this unexpected hiatus!

From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion

Lucas is dying. He has cancer, and everyone, including his family and friends, has given up on him. Except his girlfriend Emma. She prays day and night, knowing that Lucas will be all right and one day, he wakes up from his comatose state. Everyone is relieved and joyful, but Emma knows there’s something wrong with him. Something that has got to do with the object that landed in the fields outside.

We don’t get to know Lucas much in the story, but an overall idea of him is given by Emma. She’s an okay lead, but she didn’t really have the spirit in her that makes the reader feel something for the characters or the book.

Scout, the alien from the other planet, was really sweet and innocent, despite being very intelligent. He was made believable, but there wasn’t much insight about his feelings and other than what he told everyone else. He had a very short point-of-view in the book, yet it seems like I know him better than I know the main character, Emma.

I felt that the story was a bit too short and under-developed. I needed some more time with the characters to get to know them properly and actually relate with their problems. It was not the best sci-fi book, as I would have liked to know more about the alien planet. It was really interesting and it felt like the show ended right at the peak. However, it has been a while since I’ve read a science fiction book, so I might be biased.

In my opinion, science fiction lovers would enjoy this book, but only if you don’t pay attention to the little details that were slightly amiss. The age range for this one would be around 14-15 years old, because older readers might not like the vague answers and explanations.

“This is a very confusing planet. People believe things that aren’t true about other people just because of how they look and what kind of vehicle they drive. Why can you not wait and see who they are inside before you make a decision?” “Because we’re afraid,” I said.

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*Thanks to NetGalley and Karen McQuestion for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

From a Distant Star

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Book Review

This was a cute and fun read, and I liked that it was not only a light read, but also mixed in with darker topics like bullying and abuse. Overall, it was good, not a favourite, but good. I don’t think I’ll ever be reading this again, though. It just wasn’t that great.

I think I liked Park’s point of view much better than Eleanor’s. She was just downright annoying, and sometimes when I could tolerate her, I even felt like skipping her part, and reading Park’s. But everybody loves this book, so I decided to give it another chance. And another. And another. I totally did not get Park’s love for Eleanor.

Eleanor wasn’t the best female lead—not even close!—and I always was mad at her. Park, though, I really liked. He was the awesome guy who, albeit quiet, knew what to say each time, and was very supportive of Eleanor.

There were many flaws with this book. I hated how this was just mainly about two kids with family problems trying to fit into society’s view of them. There wasn’t more to it than that, the way I see it, and soon even my admiration for Park disappeared. I couldn’t believe why he was still enduring her, because she was getting on my nerves the whole time.

My favourite character would have to be Park’s mom. She was really funny and her Korean accent was really great when I imagined it. She was always supportive of Park and gradually even accepted Eleanor when she found out that she was a little troubled. She was a steady, nice woman and made a great supporting character.

Audiobook Review

I listened to this book as an audio book, and even though I wanted to like it, I couldn’t. The female narrator’s was very drab and flat, and felt like I wasn’t listening to a book, but a zombie. And Eleanor sounded even more annoying in her voice. The male narrator, on the other hand, didn’t do too bad, and may even have done a little justice to Park’s character.

Favourite Quote: “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Book Theme Song

Wonderwall by Oasis

It feels as if throughout the book, Park and Eleanor believe that they are each other’s cure. The thing that brings them out of the life they don’t like. This is a teensy bit similar to the song 🙂

My Rating: ★★★  3 stars