Tuesday, April 28, 2015

REVIEWS: Not In The Script, Let It Snow, Cruel Beauty

     Hello fellows!
     It's been a while since I've been posting on this blog, but I have been active via Twitter, Goodreads and Tumblr. I've been trying to equally balance my life between reading, Twitter, Goodreads, Tumblr, homework and studying. Of course, the universe just had to bless me with horrible time management skills. Recently, my to-be-reviewed pile has been expanding and growing out of control. So what I proposed to myself in doing is making miniature reviews in one post to save time and effort. Here goes nothing.

     I'll be reviewing:
Title: Not In The Script
Author: Amy Finnegan
Rating: 4 stars
My review:
     Ever wanted to see what happens behind all those movies and television shows you love to watch again and again? Well, read no further, besides this review, of course. This book was a promising, new look on celebrities and actors/actresses. We're pulled into the world of fame, fortune and paparazzi by Emma Taylor and Jake Elliot. Emma's past relationships have ended in anguish and tears, and she's hoping to stop with all the heartbreak. But when Jake breaks down her walls from his heartthrob label to his sweetheart side, Emma is about to be pulled into a roller coaster of laughs and cries.
     This book really pulls the reader into the world of behind-the-scenes of Hollywood fame. I found this book very problematic for the characters and you really get an intake on how the actors/actresses deal with their fame and issues. You see a whole different side of all those controversies rather than what you hear from the media. A 4-star rating means that it was well-planned out, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and leaves you satisfied with the ending. It's not as much as a 5-star book, because although I loved the plot and characters, I wouldn't necessarily read it again. But, that's my opinion. Have a look at the book, and tell me what you think!
Title: Let It Snow
Author(s): John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
Rating: 4 stars
My review:
     Composed of three different stories written by three separate authors, we see the story of Christmas from quirky, fun and cute characters. Not wanting to spoil too much of what the story is about, prepare yourself for a heartwarming, easy Christmas read, in time for the holidays (although Christmas is in 7 months). It's a fast, short read that works best with sitting by the fire, drinking hot cocoa. Or just on your bed, comfortable.
     The stories involve three conflicting characters, some seen from all three, some seen in just a few scenes. With the use of recurring characters, you really get to see the story in it's whole. Now, I'm not going to dive too much into detail, but Maureen Johnson's story was well-written, strong and the characters we're relatable. Can't really say the same for John Green's story though. While it was hilarious and also relatable, it slightly decreased down until Lauren Myracle's story. This last part wasn't the best, it wasn't my favourite (I spelled it like that because I'm Canadian) from all three, but it wasn't horrible. The story did end well with all the characters tied together, but her part of the book itself wasn't well-developed as I anticipated from the content of the first two. That's my thought of the book, though. Read it and find out yourself if you'll like it before labeling it bad. You never know, it might become your favourite book of all time...
Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Rating: 5 stars
My review:
     From its roots of Beauty and The Beast and Greek mythology, this story circulates around Nyx, a girl who grew up learning to fear the enemy. But has to marry him in a debt for her father. Never really understanding what it feels like to be loved, Nyx delves into a world of magic, love, uncovered secrets and learns that sticky labels aren't always correct ones. Ignifex isn't who she thought he was; then again, when is someone ever?

     This book wasn't what I thought it would be. The book is so beautifully written and well-played out. It's full of mysteries, twists, turns and the plot twists can be so real. Not wanting to damage your full ride of reading it, Nyx learns to love and knows how risky it can be to love. It's a choice between saving her people, or defending what she loves most. Sometimes, they aren't always different. I wouldn't mind reading this book again, especially when anticipating for the publication of  Rosamund Hodge's new book, Crimson Bound.

     There you go guys, I've finally reviewed these books and a huge load has been lifted from my shoulders from not posting in a while. Expect more of these compressed reviews within these next few weeks or months because I never have time anymore. So when I do, I'll be able to check off a few books on my to-be-reviewed shelf more and more than expected.

      That's all for my post, and remember: you should be a tree; they have awesome afterlives.

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