Seed is a story of Pearl, a fifteen year old who has lived in Seed her whole life. Seed is a cult, even though the people inside doesn’t realize it, that worships the nature. Nature provides everything for them, so they views technology and outsider as a bad thing. This book paint a perfect picture on how a cult works, it is based on fear and lies. Everytime the member of Seed did something forbidden, the leader, Papa S will manipulate them to believing that “bad things” are happening because of it.
Because of the lies and manipulation Papa S does, the members can’t see how wrong and disgusting Papa S is. He took the young girls as his “companion”, each time (weekly? monthly?) different girls. He doesn’t allow any doctors, and does another terrible things (Sorry for the vagueness, trying to avoid spoiler here!)
The story is very fast paced and the writing conveys the emotions and situation inside Seed really well. I’m honestly felt underwhelmed by the book, but overall it is a great story that gives us insight of how life inside the cult works.
Glitter is a book with weird setting that took me a while to get used to. It sets in the future, where a company got so rich they decided to buy the Versailles palace and assume the life of 18th century, while the world outside stays modern. Inside the Versailles, there are king, who’s actualy the CEO of the company, dukes, duchess, marquees, and other monarch official. They use the 18th century dresses, while also using modern technology. It’s so weird for me to read it, and honestly feels pointless. It’s just too extravagant and honestly stupid. Oh the things rich people do. Still, it’s fascinating to see the decription of Versailles palace, the dresses and the etiquettes, even though I had to open google more than one time to understand the French word thrown here and there.
The character felt underdeveloped for me. I was hoping the king is the type of jerk-with-soft-side, but oh no he’s not. He is exactly what he is, at least in this book. I’m curious about him in the next book, and I feel a triangle coming. Saber is pretty flat, he’s your typical angsty love interest, but I admit he’s 100x better that the King. As for Danica… Well I love how determinded she is, but she is too confident in her plans. She doesn’t know anything of the outside world and wanted to escape, but doesn’t do any research or be more careful to the people she trusts. She thinks she knows everything and therefore doesn’t make any plan B. It also makes the story predictable, because I can see the ending from the first time she got the idea.
Despite the negative things I said, I actually liked this book a lot. In fact I stayed up all night reading it. The story flows very well and the writing is easy to read. The writing thought everything up, from the way people dresses until the way they talk. It pays attention to details without being info dumpy. The plot is really good and interesting, but I found the ending was underwhelming. I will definitely read the next book though, I’m really curious about what happens next!
Faithful is the journey of Shelby, from surviving the crash that put her bestfriend in a coma until turning her life by never giving up. At the beginning of the book, we meet the Shelby that doesn’t have any will to live and punishing herself for surviving the crash. At the end of the book, we met an entirely different Shelby.
I really like this book. Shelby’s progress isn’t immediate, it’s slow and small steps. But when you stop at any point in the book, especially after she’s moving to the city, you’ll be surprised at how different Shelby at that point is with the Shelby we met a the beginning of the book. She evolved, into a better and stronger person, through hardships and love, through loss and meeting new people. This book feels like a reflection of a human lives, and it hits me really hard. I’ve always been a kind of person that is afraid of the future, but this book made me realize that no matter how hard you try, you’ll never know what will happen and there are things that you can’t control.
Faithful captures the human lives through the story of Shelby. Even though you never experience what Shelby had experienced, you’ll still feel connected to the story and feel like growing up with Shelby at the end of the book.
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