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Review: The Scorch Trials

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all let me just say that I wasn't aware of how different the books and movies were until I read the book. Initially, I started with Scorch Trials, thinking that since I've seen the first movie I didn't want to waste time re-reading the first book. But about 3 chapters in, I realised the stark difference between the movie (I saw the first AND second movie before reading the books) and the book. I was confused with the book at first because I hadn't remembered such a scene in the movie.

So I went back to read the first book first.

Long story short, I think I much prefer the books. There were more 'actions', per se. A LOT of details had been left out in the movie that it could've been a completely different movie with similar characters.

At the beginning of the book, there isn't too much action. Made me wonder about what Rat Man said about the Trials being much harder than the Maze. But wh…

Review: The Shining

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The Shining by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just finished the book and I'm in a daze. It felt like I had personally lived everything with every page I turned.

I must admit that I hated Jack though. I hated how he blamed everyone else but himself for his drinking problem. I hated how he always felt sorry for himself. Oh boo hoo, everyone's mean to Jack and they don't understand him. He has anger issues and most of the time releases it on Wendy.
Which also brings me to my next point: Wendy also annoys me sometimes. Jack has mistreated her for almost as long as their marriage, yet she still loves him and allows herself to be manipulated by him. Yet, she hates him at the same time. Like WTF.

In the beginning of the book, I admit that I initially couldn't see what all the hype about The Shining was. Sure it did have it's suspenseful moments, but nothing out of the ordinary or akin from other such thrillers.

AND THEN IT GOT INTERESTING.

King definitely has a kn…

Review: The Maze Runner

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok so this turned out to be a lighter read than I had expected. Also, holy crap but there were so many alterations to detail in the movie!
I've seen many movie adaptations, but I think this takes the cake for most improvised. Sure, the main content is the same: They're stuck in the maze, the Gladers all appeared without their memories, and the Grievers. I understand if the movie cuts some scenes out due to time constraint, but... scenes weren't even 'cut' in this case; rather, they were replaced with something else.

Anyway, more about the book. As I should.
I got the set box, and truth be told, judging from the movie (which I saw before deciding to buy the books), I had expected the book to be a bit thicker, or at least the words a bit smaller. In other words, I expected there to be more details in the book.

The story was very 'out there', in the sense that it sort of tells you the story. It doesn…

Review: Doctor Sleep

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yes I'm finally done. =P

The first book of Kings that I read had been Cujo (you can find my review of that here ), and while it was okay, I admit I never liked it as much as I do Doctor Sleep. (Then again, King admitted to writing Cujo while half-drunk and not remembering most of it. )

The only thing I regretted was that I probably should have read The Shining first. Although Doctor Sleep could be read as a standalone novel, there were still bits of references here and there that didn't really 'sink in' with me I think, because I didn't fully understand the references.

Apart from that, you can't help liking Abra, and of course, hating Rose & Crow. I do sympathize somewhat with the others in the True Knot though, in the sense that some of them were literally brainwashed or blackmailed into joining.

That being said, with how powerful the True Knot claimed to be and all, I was eager to see how the final show…

Review: Unfed

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Unfed by Kirsty McKay
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I admit, I would have probably been able to finish this in a seating or two, but I grew a bit lazy.

Truth is, this isn't some Stephen King novel. I think that's pretty obvious. It's more targeted for the preteen/YA demographics, in my opinion, so I would say that this is a light read.

The story overall is okay, though I admit the finale was good. Otherwise, I think the story moved in just about the right pace.
I hadn't read the previous book ('Unfed' was the sequel) , so there were certain parts that left a blank; but nothing too bad.
Some words that the kids used were too 'bimbo-ish' for my liking, and Alice annoyed me to no end. Personally, I would have let her die. Lol. Her character seemed to be like the typical spoilt-rich-kid, and even when she tried to be sarcastic, it was a poor attempt.

So yeah, I'd call this a light-reading zombie novel. If you're looking for an easy read that packs a dece…

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So yes. I finished it in one sitting.

As if you needed a reminder as to why JK Rowling is THE QUEEN. Honestly.

This book dragged me on an emotional roller coaster, and I mean that in the highest praise possible. It's hard to review this without spoilers, but I'll try.

There were so many moments were I gasped in shock, and felt my skin prickle because I knew from the get-go who was not to be trusted. And I was right.

Many readers said they got emotional within a few chapters in, but I didn't; although the pain described in the book was more than relatable. The part that really got me, however, was the last bit. Harry watching as it all happened. I can only imagine how it must feel like, and couldn't help but cry.
Another scene was in the hospital, the conversation Harry had with the other person. Broke my heart. =(
Almost every single revelation in the book was a shocker. You…

Review: The Girl with All the Gifts

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

HOLY SHIT.

When I got this book I knew that it was supposedly good, but it was far from what I was expecting. The Girl with All the Gifts was fresh and original, and though the main essence is similar to what we've read/seen many times already, Carey puts a fresh spin to it.
More times than I can count, the revelations in the book made me gasp, curse, and literally break out in cold sweat from feeling my heart hammering in my ribcage at the finale. I actually let out a huff of breath when I was done with the book; it felt like I had actually seen it all played out in the pages.

I've read a fair share of zombie novels, and you can almost spot the similarities in them. But this... it fucked with my brain. In a good way, of course.

When I read the title, I wondered what the possible 'gift' could be. And then when I read it, I wondered how what Melanie had could possibly be considered a 'gift'. But y…

Review: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel

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Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes, this is another book in which I stayed up late to finish.
Because I LOVED it.

Truth be told, the thing that initially drew me to it was that it involved dance being part of it. (That, and it was on sale at the book store.) When I opened the wrapping up, I was hesitant for a while that I may not like the story after all. I couldn't be more pleased to be proved wrong.
I first fell in love with the protagonist because she was so darn clumsy..- like me. I could relate to Lauren's mishaps, and she did things that I would've done too. Halfway through the book, I couldn't help noticing though that the storyline bore somewhat of a resemblance to a bit of what I went through myself. Bits and pieces here and there seemed so uncannily familiar, it felt a bit creepy.
Also, without giving out too much, let's just say Cate's dilemma is the reason why I've never, and never would do what sh…

Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like all his other books, I love this one. And yes, I am aware that I got into this one rather late, considering this was one of his earlier books. Mitch has the ability to, I feel, make the reader feel contented and assured by the end of his books. Whether you laughed or cried, at the end of everything, you will feel like you're not alone, and that better days are up ahead.
In this, Eddie, who feels like his life was worthless and boring, dies and goes to heaven. But before he steps foot in actual heaven, he meets 5 people that will teach him something about life.
The message I like most in this story is that although you may feel that your life is worthless, you have had in fact affected someone's lives along the way; even if you never knew it. Good or bad regardless, your actions will unconsciously affect someone in their life. It makes you look back at your life and how you're going about at it, …

Review: Northanger Abbey

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

... Soooo I think it's safe to say that this has been the longest it ever took me to read a book; no less a book of this size!
My reason for doing so is (unfortunately) simple: it was boring.
Just a few notches shy of me actually giving up on finishing it (I came close to it), actually; which is sad because it's a Jane Austen novel!!
As a fan of classical novels, I find that this was rather disappointing. The title of the book is, I find, also rather misleading. The reader would suppose that the main plot of the story would revolve around Northanger Abbey (or at least be a huge part of the story), as the title suggests. However, mentions of the Abbey only came up more than halfway through the book. Compared to the first half of the book (which consisted mostly of Catherine & James Morland and John & Isabella Thorpe's antics in Bath), I'd say that Northanger was only part of the story.
Also, I felt that th…

Review: Eleanor & Park

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I loved most about this book is how 'bite-sized' the story is. It constantly goes forth between third-person perspectives of Eleanor & Park, so it makes this book a very easy read. Unlike some books in which third-person perspectives seem all over the place and a bit confusing to get your head around on who's talking, Rowell does an amazing job.
She describes the young love of Eleanor and Park with great accuracy; yet at the same time making Eleanor wise beyond her years due to her experiences. And then there's Park, who's well off enough to warrant the attention of popular kids, yet doesn't exactly fit into that clique.
You can't help but feel emotionally attached to the book; even if the main storyline is no different from your average teenage love story. I actually found myself yearning to get back from work as early as I could just so I could read it.
Without giving too much away, this …

Review: The Drowning Pool

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The Drowning Pool by Syd Moore
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Don't get me wrong by my rating: I merely rated it so because I kinda had a hard time reading it. Not in a bad way either; just that the way Moore punctuated her sentence had me re-reading a sentence sometimes several times just to get what she meant.
I thought the story overall was really nice with the last chapter really keeping you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't help but ask myself, as I normally do when I read certain books, a WWYD scene. What if I suddenly, out of the blue one day, saw visions/entities like Sarah did? I knew I would piss my pants. Maybe shit in it a little too, friendly ghost or not. (I admit I'm a huge chicken. Cluck cluck)
I also found that when I read this book, I could not go past about 3 chapters at most without drooping in sleepiness. Then again, it just might be me exhausted from the day. In this story, I find that for similar reasons to After You's Ambulance Sam (by Jojo Moyes), …

Review: After You

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After You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where to begin? To be honest I didn't know what to expect with the sequel to Me Before You, but I don't think it was this.
First of all, for most of the book, I couldn't stand Lily. I felt that she was rude and obnoxious, and felt no shame. She had no respect for Lou or anyone older than her; and, with me growing up with my mom constantly impressing on us kids the importance of manners and respect, Lily went right up my nerves.
Then there was Mr Traynor and Della, whom I felt I couldn't really stand either. I sort of understood why they treated Lily the way they did initially, yet I felt a bit annoyed at Della. I understood Lily's reaction, but at the same time it irked me how she was always 'woe-is-me'.
In all honesty, plot-wise, it didn't really attract me much. However, I have to put it to Moyes' writing that kept me hooked. I wasn't particularly interested in the story, but the way she had tol…

Review: Me Before You

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh my god. UGH. This book. asalkaskfhajhfasf.
I was expecting there to be a lot of drama throughout the book and a lot of sad weepy moments in between. But NOOOOOOO. It just came in a huge dollop like *FWOMP* towards the end. I don't think I'll be able to see the movie in the cinemas. I'll probably get it for personal viewing alone or something.

There is nothing like good sarcastic statements even better when someone else understands that and throws it back at you. The story was all rather light and fine throughout, but things got really emotionally heavy in the last 2 chapters or so.

I understand Will's predicament, yet I'm incredulous at his decision. I understand Camilla's dilemma, yet I still can't bring myself to quite forgive her for agreeing. I understand Treena's need for the bigger room, but I couldn't stand how she seemed to get her way all the time. And I can't stand Patrick. This st…

Review: The Charm Bracelet

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The Charm Bracelet by Melissa Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review will consist of a bit of a back story, so forgive me for ranting a bit.
As I got to know the characters in the book, I could already figure out the basic ending, and I was right. But there was something so addictive about Hill's writing that made it almost impossible to put the book down.
For some reason, I knew that for the Chinese New Year holidays, I had wanted to read this particular book. Weeks before I went on holiday, somehow, I had this book planned in my head already. For some reason, I had wanted this particular book. I went through the other books I had, but in the end decided on the original book that I had in mind. (It was a conflict between a Nicholas Sparks' piece and The Charm Bracelet.) If I had wanted to, I could've finished in a week, but when I was on holiday, I dragged a bit because I didn't want to finish the book so quickly and not have anything else to read after.
Anyway, tho…

Review: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

FINALLY I've finished this book! It's the longest I've EVER taken in my life to finish a 180-page book. And truth be told, after finishing it, I still think the price of it (RM42) is a bit too much. That's saying something, as I managed to find a website selling it at the lowest; other sites were selling it at about RM80 for paperback.
It feels like a great weight off my shoulder, finishing this book. It has been dragging on because most times I never felt pulled enough to pick it up and finish it; yet I wanted to get it over and done with as soon as I could, so I would be able to finally pick up another book. (I have this thing where I have to finish a book I started before going on to the next one)
I first got to know about this book through an Oprah video where she interviewed the author. Back then, the topic they were discussing intrigued me, and I read an excerpt of it on…