Book Review #3: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House
Date Published: 8 March 2016
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“Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.”

I don’t actually like contemporary novels but this book is definitely an exception. I picked up this book because I thought Continue reading →

Book Review #2: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney Hyperion-Books
Pages: 557
Date Published: 12 October 2010
ISBN: 142311339X
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Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

This book (the whole series, actually, though I’m currently on The House of Hades but i can’t quite allot my time to read because of school works) is actually one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. If you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, then you should definitely go and check this series out. If you haven’t then I don’t know what you’ve been doing your whole life. Because literally, this book is bae.

I’m sure you’re baffled why does the synopsis doesn’t even talk about the great, the famous, son of Poseidon (or Neptune? Hmm..), Percy Jackson *Percy flips hair*. Well, he will definitely be in the second book, I assure you that, though there are glimpses of what Percy Jackson has been up to the past years.

In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, they are like in their adolescence but in this whole series, they are in their young adults.

This book revolves around the story of three friends named Jason Grace, Piper McLean, and Leo Valdez. They are in their school field trip along with their Coach Hedge when an occurrence changed their entire lives (lives is such an understatement, let’s say maybe the whole Roman and Greek aspects of the Gods, plus their lives too!)

They learned about how the Gods have been playing with them (I can’t say what really happens to them because it would just spoil the whole book! And I don’t want that to happen), toying with them, basically they learned how they were a pawn in a chess board. Along with the issues with their families, love life, and Godly parents, they also faced a greater problem. All you need to know is that Gaea is stirring up.

Gaea, you know, the mother of all Titans? The universal mother? Basically the mother of everything? By everything I mean the horrible monsters Percy and his friend encountered in Camp Half-Blood. Yeah, that one.

I was constantly laughing and at the edge of my seat because there were simply no dull moments in the book! Every character has their own development and you can actually see how they evolve from one to another.

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. He makes studying Greek mythology easy and fun! I actually acquired all of my knowledge in Greek mythology through reading his book actually.

I definitely recommend this book to everyone! You don’t need to actually need the Percy Jackson and the Olympians but it would be nice if you read that one first because imagine your favorite character from a little bunny to a big mighty lion!

Book Review #1: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Published by Pamela Dorman Books/ Vikings
Pages: 369
Date Published: 31 December 2012
ISBN: 0670026603
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“Lou Clark knows lots of things.

She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home.

She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.”


Me Before You is a contemporary novel that revolves around two strangers (at first) named Louisa Clark, and Will Traynor. This exquisite story tells how these two opposite individuals captured each other’s hearts (not only theirs, but us, the readers, as well) and how they make each other experience from a different vantage point.

I admit that I actually just bought this book because of the trailer. This was published on 2012 and yet I haven’t read about it. The movie is starring Daenerys Targaryen from House Lannister and Finnick Odair from District 4. Hunger Games x Game of Thrones style. This movie will be showing worldwide on the 3rd day of June, 2016.

Louisa Clark is a bubbly and witty girl. She loves wearing colorful dresses and match it with her bright stockings along with her colored sandals. She basically has the world in front of her. She has a boyfriend, Patrick, who is successful in what he does. She’s living in an apartment along with her family. Louisa is very close to her family because of this. Often compared to her ‘perfect’ and ‘future-oriented’ little sister, Treena, Louisa grew up to be optimistic, cheerful and lively. She wouldn’t trade her job for anything in this world. She works in a coffee shop just below the castle where she sees a lot of people and she’s able to talk to them. She loves that. She loves being with people and serving these people.

On the other side, Will Traynor, a.k.a Mr. Grumpy Man, is a successful businessman, go-getter, and traveller… until this car accident that changed his whole life. Will grew up to be wealthy. He had it all. He had a perfect girlfriend who looks like a supermodel with long legs, and also his career. Everything was going so well until the accident. It made him quadriplegic. He cannot move a muscle from neck down, which makes almost all effortless chores such as drinking, eating and changing clothes impossible without the help of his assistants.

These two individuals crossed paths when Louisa was fired from her job. It devastated her because she loves that job. Supporting her whole family, she had no choice but to look for another job, and fortunately, the fates of the Little Miss Sunshine Louisa Clark and Grumpy Old Man Will Traynor met. And oh- it was such a scene!

Jojo Moyes is an incredible writer for coming up with such a story. I simply cannot turn down the book. It captured my heart from the beginning. Every individual in the story has their own vital part to play. Will is not a typical ‘look-at-me-im-sick-have-sympathy’ guy. He still makes his own decisions.

I’m not a big fan of contemporary but this book made me. I laughed and cried all at the same time! There were a lot of funny moments and sarcastic exchange from Lou and Will. But this book is not just about romance. It tackles a lot more issues happening in the society. I totally recommend this book even though you’re not a fan of contemporary because this book actually has a heart. It gives people feeling. It makes you feel a lot of feels.

I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.


P.S. This book is best read if you’re under a blanket with a box of tissue by your side because you will cry from laughter and sadness at the same time. I’m telling you.