Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Title: Emma
Author: Jane Austen
Paperback edition, 592 pages
Published: June 26th, 2014
Publisher: Vintage Classic
2/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18300260-emma

Summary:

Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.

Review:

This book divided into 3 volumes. I don’t really like this book, compared to Pride and Prejudice because the plot about matchmaking is really bland and boring. Volume 1 was all about Emma’s effort to unite Harriet and Mr. Elton. It was sooo boring. But it picked up it pace at the end of volume 1. Volume 2 is much better. It’s more fast paced, interesting, and many new characters were introduced. Volume 3 is where the story really happens. Lots of confessions and action and it tied up all the loose ends. 
Emma isn’t a very likeable character at the beginning. She thinks she’s more superior than others. She IS more superior than others but that doesn’t mean she can decide everything for Harriet. But after all her errors, she became more sensible and humble, and wasn’t very judgemental.
Harriet is too naive and obidient for Emma, she agrees to everything Emma said. Mr. Knightley is a true gentleman, not only to people equal to him, but also inferior to him (such as Harriet). But I think it’s kind of creepy how he fell in love with Emma since she was 13 years old… Miss Bates talk too much, but I think it’s because she was lonely/nervous. Mr & Mrs Elton are both arrogant, like really arrogant.

Since English is not my first language, I found the language was hard. So many odd words, words that are not common, so I think vocabulary is really hard. The opening was really helpful for understanding the plot. Still, not exactly my favorite, because the beginning was very slow and boring, and the rest of the book didn’t make up for the slowness of the first volume.

Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
E-book edition, 352 pages
Published: April 8th, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
4/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21863335-rebel-belle

Summary:

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

Review:

I’ve been putting this book away for Emma, because I didn’t think I liked it. But this book took my by surprise. It was soo good. I enjoyed every minute of it. I never read anything by Rachel Hawkins, but this book is a really good start for me. Definitely going to read rest of her books. 

The main character, Harper, is really easy to like. Yes, she might seem stupid and shallow at the beginning of the book. But we can see throughout the book that she’s more than pretty. She’s sweet, caring, over achiever, and of course, she kicks a lot of ass! It took her a while to adjust to her Paladin role, but once she does, she’s such a badass! Even before anyone told her what happened, she already did her research about Paladin. The first few chapters gave us the picture of the-seemingly-perfect-life-of-Harper-Jane-Price. But the rest is how she handles the problemsin her life. She struggles to balance her social life, her relationship with her perfect boyfriend, and her duty as a Paladin. Overall, Harper handles all the problems pretty well. 

The other characters are also likeable (except Mary Beth). I really like reading banter between David and Harper, those banter are so witty and funny! I just wish the love triangle didn’t happen. I just feel bad for Ryan, he’s such a supportive boyfriend. 

This book is hilarious. It had me laughing several times. Even the action scenes, no matter how badass it is, still has a funny scene. Such a page turner. Definitely going to read Miss Mayhem!

Book Review: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Title: Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
Author: Rick Riordan
Paperback Edition, 404 pages
Published: 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
4/5 stars

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23010073-percy-jackson-s-greek-gods

Summary:

A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don’t need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week.

So begins Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic–and sarcastic asides–to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who’s who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. “If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that.”

Dramatic full-color illustrations throughout by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco make this volume–a must for home, library, and classroom shelves–as stunning as it is entertaining.

Review:

This is the story of greek mythology, from the beginning to the 12 Olympians, in Percy Jackson’s style. This book is soooo good. Percy is such a hilarious narrator, and Rick Riordan always knows how to make mythology fun and age appropriate. This book is for everyone, even for children, because it gives explanations for the nasty and gory thing in this book, and the language is friendly.

This book gives so much knowledge and insight about Greek Gods in Ancient Greek. How dangerous and powerful they considered in that time, and how easy for them to punish, kill, or turn anyone into animals or plants. There are many other events and humans related to the Gods in the Greek mythology, for example Pygmalion. And the illustrations! They are really pretty seriously! But if you want to buy this book, I recommend you to buy the hardcover one because it has more pictures.

Don’t read this book if you haven’t read PJO/HOO because it contains mild spoilers. If you want to know more about Greek mythology in an easy and funny way, this book is perfect for you. Really can’t wait for Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes!

Homestay Book Haul

Hi guys! So as you guys know, I went to a homestay program for the last two weeks. But now I’m back! The whole experience was really fun. I met new friends, explored new places, learnt new things, and the homestay families were really nice.

But aside from that, I also visited some bookstores. And I bought 4 books. That’s not much I know, but that’s the most I’ve ever bought in a month. So without further do, here they are!

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The story follow Jude and her twin Noah who were incredibly close, until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. The story is told from two povs, Noah and Jude.

Lately I’ve been in the mood for some contemporary books, so when I read the description from Goodreads, I want it immediately. And I don’t have any books with yellow spines, so I bought this edition.

2. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The story follows Victor Frankenstein, who obsessed with the secrets of life and created a new life from bodies of the dead. He became horrified by his creation, and his creation, rejected his own appereance, brought death, terror and misery for Frankenstein.

I want to read more classics, and I’ve wanted to read Frankenstein for the longest time. Frankenstein is one of the most famous monsters, and I just want to read the backstory of the creation of the monster. I’m already into some chapters, and so far, it’s really satisfying and kind of creepy.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

I’ve seen many good reviews about this book, and I get this book for a buy 2 get 1 free book so why not? And I’ve never read any book by Patrick Ness, but many people love his book so I think it’s time for me to try reading one of his books.

4.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The story follows Celaena Sadorthien, who is a trained assasin who got caught. To buy her freedom, Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free.

Female assasin? That seals the deal for me. I’m in. So many people raving about this series, it’s one of the hyped series lately. And Sarah J. Maas also released a new book this year so it’s the perfect time for me to start reading her book.

So that’s all the book I’ve got, and I’m really statisfied with them. All of them are from authors I’ve never read before, so it’s going to be exciting to read their books. Tell me which book should I read first, and see you in my next post!

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
E-book edition, 308 pages
Published: February 10th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
2/5 stars
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22308716-red-queen

Summary:

MARE BARROW’S WORLD IS DIVIDED BY BLOOD—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except… her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

Review:

This is the first book I’ve read in 2015. It’s been six months and I only remember bits and pieces about this book.But this book is one of the most hyped up and most anticipated release of 2015.

I remember the description about the world is pretty solid. I can remember the river, where the Reds live on the river bank and every year the Silvers would parade/flaunt their power and wealth while going through the river. I remember the palace being amazing (made of gold?) and the big arena in the middle.

Now, Red Queen has elements of dystopia novel. But it’s just feels so similar with other books.
  • Social injustice? Check
  • The lower castes lives in extreme poverty while the higher castes enjoy lavish luxury? Check
  • The country is on a brink of rebellion? Check

Just basic elements of dystopian novels. BUT THEN.

  • The country is losing war with other country? the selection
  • The silvers with amazing superpowers? Shatter me
  • The castes divided by blood? Red Rising 


The romance between Cal and Mare is insta-love and the chemistry is nonexsistent. They just fall in love without any reasons, and the love triangle is unecessary. 

This book is just so similar with other dystopia books, so it feels like a mash up, instead of original series. I probably won’t bother to read the next book.