Book Review: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

Page: 318

Publisher: BenBella Book Inc. (Thanks for sending me the book to review)

Published in: 2014

Buy it: BookDepository

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.

My Review:

The story starts off by Anne told the reader what were her objectives on the island, but there was no explanation why Anne was on the island in the first place. I do like the mystery part of the book, why Anne was on the island and why there were so many weird incidents happened on the island, these events did give me some suspense feeling about the book. The plot of the story is fine, although sometimes I feel like it’s not a very natural story line, like the author is piling up random events to make the story looks mysterious. I won’t say it’s not a good plot, but it doesn’t feel like a great one. The writing is cool, while shaping of the characters are non-existing (which is probably why I end up giving it a not-so-good rating).

I was quite satisfied with the book until some very unreasonable events happened between two characters, and it’s not a one-time thing, it keeps on coming which makes me started to hate the book. But I’m glad the story was becoming more reasonable and more exciting when it comes to the final quarter of the book. If the author can stop forcing some irrational events in this book, I think it can be a much better story to read.

I give this book 3/5 star, it’s an okay book.

 

Fan Girl | Book Review

Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell 16068905

Pages: 448

Published: 2013

Buy it: Bookdepository

Shelf it: Goodreads

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

My thoughts:

Before reading this, I didn’t expect this is such a great book to read. I don’t even have any intention to buy this before I saw a tweet about the $3.99 deal of this book on amazon. But after I read it, I regretted so much that I didn’t read it as soon as it came out.

The writing of this book is good. Dialogues are hilarious and sometimes really funny(Laugh out loud literally). The pacing of this book is great. It’s a page turner, you’ll never want to put this book put once you started it. Characters in this book are very likable, especially the main character Cath who is an Internet geek. I found her nerdiness very familiar, it’s almost like reading a character like myself. Everyone who are Internet enthusiast(better name than geeks huh)  will definitely love this book. I’m not really a fan of Romance story but I don’t dislike it either, but I found this love story explicitly likable. The love between Cath and Levi(another main character) comes in a natural way which is awesome. All the good things about this book come together to make it a VERY realistic story.

5/5 stars. Love it !

4 reasons to read it:

  1. Writing is perfect
  2. Very funny and hilarious
  3. Dialogue is well written
  4. If you’re Internet enthusiast

3 reasons Not to read it:

  1. You despise Nerd/Geek/Internet enthusiast
  2. You hate love story
  3. I can’t think of any more

The Humans | Book Review

The Humans by Matt Haig17790153

Pages: 294

Published: 2013

Buy it: Bookdepository

Shelf it: GoodReads

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)

It’s hardest to belong when you’re closest to home…One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world’s greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he’s a dog. Can a bit of Debussy and Emily Dickinson keep him from murder? Can the species which invented cheap white wine and peanut butter sandwiches be all that bad? And what is the warm feeling he gets when he looks into his wife’s eyes?

My thought:

This is a brilliant book. Idea of this books is genius. The writing is great and the writer has a great sense of humour. The Humans is one of my favourite reads in 2013. Here is the reasons why.

At the start of the story, it is known that the real Andrew Martin has been captured. A replacement of Andrew Martin is “acting” by an alien with Andrew Martin’s appearance. When I read to here, I was like ” this is going to be so much fun to read”. Why? Because this alien apparently know nothing about how the world of human works, he need to learn it all over, just like a new born baby. It means that there are plenty of stupid mistakes being made when this alien is learning to adapt the life of human race, which makes the story really funny and makes me giggle a lot.

About the writing of this book, I think it is good. It is neat and concise. I really like how the author shows the feelings and the emotions of the characters, because the main character in this book is an alien, after all, he is not human, so his emotions must be different from normal human. Fortunately, the author did it perfectly to show the emotions of this alien.

Characters is this book are well-shaped. They have very distinct personality which makes them very easy to recall. Even a dog in the story, the author seems to have give him a character which is really interesting.

The plot in this book is awesome. Since it is a story about an alien adapting the live of human, you can see the view of this alien on human is changing gradually from despise the way human are living to understand human then to love human. Of course, it is a novel and alien is virtual. The most sensational thing of this story is that you can see how we are living in this world from a different point of view(the view of alien). This is the vital element of the success of this book (at least I think it is a success).

I’m giving this book 5/5 stars. Sensational book.

4 reasons to read this:

1. The writing is cool.

2. It’s a humorous story while it’s very touching.

3. It teaches you how to life a live.

4. It shows you a different point of view

3 reasons not to read this:

1. It is quite absurd at the start.

2. Just in case you hate alien story.

3. It is a serious book, not the book that will make you relax or so.

 

Day 5 : Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon Update

Wow, Good Morning guys ! I have a very good reading day on Day 5 of #boutofbooks. I hope you guys are also having a great reading day too 🙂

Page read today : 234

Page read in total : 1016

Book finished : 3

Although I finished Mockingjay, I didn’t start any book today. Mockingjay is a great book to read, but honestly, I think Catching Fire is a little more exciting to read. In Day 6 and Day 7, I’m target to finish 2 books which are The Archived by Victoria Schwab and The Humans by Matt Haig.

Day 4 : Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon Update

It’s already Day 4, I think I’m a little bit behind schedule. But you know what, I’m going to read as many as I can in the reminding three days of #boutofbooks 😀

Page read today : 160

Page read in total : 782

Book finished : 2

I’m still reading Mockingjay in Day 3. I quite enjoy this book 3 of the Hunger Games Series but I would say that Catching Fire is better than Mockingjay. These two have a different theme though. Hopefully I will finish Mockingjay in Day 5 and start The Humans by Matt Haig, I’ve waited to read that so so long !!

Bout of Books 8.0 : Book Road Trip Challenge

Another great challenge during Bout of books 8.0 !

This time I’m going to make a list of 5-10 places I would love to visit and take a book which take place in that city or a book by an author who lives or is from there. Here we go !

My Book Road Trip:

Paris: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Australia: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Japan: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

USA: On the Road by Jack Kerouac 

New York: The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

U.K. : The Humans by Matt Haig

Spain: Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

 

Day 3 : Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon Update

Bout of Books

Day 3 was not a good reading day. Still I manage to finish one book ( although it’s a short one :P).

Page read today : 100

Page read in total : 622

Book finished : 2

I finished The Pearl by John Steinbeck in Day 3. There is a bit different from my first impression on this book. I thought this is a story about a man turn into devil because he became rich after he found the Pearl of the World, turn out it is not. But it is a great tale to read, it reflects some hiding nature of man in the story. The ending of the story is tragic.