The Divergent Tag

ATTENTION: CONTAINS SPOILER ****

1. Favourite book in the trilogy
Divergent

2. Least favourite book in the trilogy
Allegiant

3. Favourite character
Uriah Pedrad

4. Least favourite character
David, Caleb, Peter

5. Result of the aptitude test
Dauntless and Erudite

6. Which faction will I choose?
Dauntless

7. Which faction will I DEFINITELY NOT choose?
Candor

8. Favourite cover
Divergent (US)

9. Favourite scene
Zip-lining

10. Saddest death
Uriah and Tris

Sorry I’m running out of ideas lol
Anyway, this is the questions, and if you are interested feel free to answer them by posting in your blog or comment down below.

And a little bit of update, I’ve finished Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi!!! This book is amazing! I’ll do a discussion on that once I’m free 😀 Stay tuned!

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Book discussion: City of Bones

Book Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA Fantasy

★★★

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

– Goodreads

 

A lot of people (including my friends) rave about this book. So I thought, why not give it a try?

City of Bones is the 1st book in the Mortal Instruments series, written by Cassandra Clare. There’s also a movie adaptation, and I watched it BEFORE I read the book (now that’s really rare). Because of that, when I read the book, the movie scenes just pop up in my mind. Instead of picturing Clary with my own imagination, I pictured Lily Collins as Clary. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I prefer imagining my own character 😀 Next time, I’ll definitely read the book before I watch the movie.

If you don’t know, Cassandra Clare wrote The Draco Trilogy and The Very Secret Diaries (based on the Lord of the Rings) using the name Cassandra Claire. I haven’t read any of them, but I did notice the similarity between City of Bones and Harry Potter. I did a little bit of research after finishing it, and found that she is accused of basing The Mortal Instrument on her own fanfic – Draco as Jace and Ginny as Clary.

Personally I love the shadowhunter world. The demons, runes, stele etc are really cool. However, I do not have a favourite character. None of the character appeals to me and I think there should be more character development. To be honest, the story is kind of predictable, even if I’ve not watched the movie.

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars as I quite enjoy it and will definitely continue with the series. What do you think of the book? Do you enjoy it? Who’s your favourite character?

2014 February Wrap up

Another monthly wrap up!!!

So for February I read a total 9 books – 3 Chinese books and 6 English books:

1. The Lost Hero

2. The Selection

3. The Elite

4. The Darkest Minds

5. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

6. Shadow and Bone

 

The Lost Hero is the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series, which is preceded by the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. I’ve read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for multiple times and really love the Greek mythology elements in the book. However, The Lost Hero didn’t pull me into its world, unlike The Lightening Thief. Basically, The Lost Hero is based on both Greek and Roman mythology, and has three main characters – Jason, Piper and Leo. I personally prefer Percy Jackson being the main character, so I don’t really like this series. But of course, it’s a new one, so it’s completely normal that the main character(s) will change. Also, the amount of characters being introduced made me kind of hard to keep track with the story, and so I didn’t continue with the series.

 

The Selection and The Elite are the first two books in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. They are about a dystopian world where a ‘Selection’ will take place for the Prince to choose his future wife. At first I’m kind of reluctant to give these books a try as it sounds like princesses stories and fairytales (?), but once I read them, they’re all good. The Selection is a wonderful book, and I really enjoy how the protagonist, America Singer, goes through the Selection. She is the only girl who doesn’t want the crown, which give the story a little twist(?) as it’s not about a girl violently craving for the prince’s attention. It also has some rebellion happening in the book, and that’s obviously a plus. As for The Elite, I feel like more explanation is needed for the rebellion. The book didn’t really talk much about what’s going on with the rebels. It kind of focuses on America Singer and the other Elites, and there’s more and more drama. I’m a person who absolutely hate drama, so I didn’t enjoy this book as much. But overall, it’s still a great book 😀

The Darkest Mind is another dystopian book (yes, another one) about children with special abilities and brutal government. Actually, they are FRIGHTENING abilities. They cannot control it, and are sent to Thurmond, a kind of ‘rehabilitation camp’. Ruby, the protagonist, managed to break out and escape. On the road she joined a group of ‘weird’ kids, just like her, that have escaped from their own camp. I honestly don’t remember much from this book, but overall it’s an enjoyable read.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe is a free ebook from the website http://www.pulseit.com/. They feature different free books every once in a while 😀 This book is different from what I usually read. It’s kind of philosophical and psychological. It’s basically a story about a boy named Aristotle, how he is an outcast, how he meets Dante, and how they learn more about themselves through their friendship. I really remember how I was so shocked at the end – I didn’t expect it to end that early, but it is beautiful. This book is inspiring. I feel like I’ve missed something during the first read, and so, I will definitely reread it.

‘We all fight our own private wars’—

 

So the last book, Shadow and Bone, is a fantasy. It has some Russia elements in it, and is a story about a girl named Alina who has power that she doesn’t realize. The plot is well done, and I really enjoy it. At first, it’s kind of hard to keep up with all those names and places , but once I’m familiar with them, it’s all good. I remember how this book made my adrenaline rush. It’s amazing! After this book I feel like other than dystopia, fantasy is also a great genre 😀

 

I’m really sorry for this crappy monthly reads review thingy because my memories have faded. D: Anyway, I’ll see you guys in my next post! Bye!

 

 

Quote of the Week #1

I’m OBSESSED with quotes, especially quotes from books, so I figured I should post some here.

For the first ever quote to be posted, I chose to extract it from the Dauntless Manifesto, Divergent by Veronica Roth. It brings out a strong message, how bravery means standing up for others. I also think that bravery means standing up for yourself and your belief. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

Just a disclaimer, the background is from google image and I just edited it a bit. Other than that, all of them are made by mee:D