The Hate U Give Book Review

The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Published by: Balzer & Bray
Released: February 28th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 453
Format: Hardcover
Characters: Starr, Maverick, Maya, Chris, Hailey, Khalil,…

 

Synopsis (Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

“Good-byes hurt the most when the other person’s already gone.”
-Angie Thomas, The hate U Give

My Review:

First of all, I was so excited to read this book for a YA read-along by a book club I joined, BookendsMY. I don’t even know where to start but I just loved everything about this book. The writing style was amazing. The plot was developed really well, the story line was greatly executed by the author. I cried 4 freaking times and I was not even a 100 pages into the book and this was my first time crying so hard at the BEGINNING of a book (and also throughout the book, of course). I just adored how the author was able to write and convey so much emotions into this book that I as a reader was easily affected by her words. Starr’s story definitely pulled me deep into this book, it opened up my view so, so much regarding things like rights and voices and be true to yourself. The write up to me was brilliant overall.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”
-Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

Characters wise, all of them really stood out. They had their own moments in the book. Even though the story revolved around Starr, other characters had such impact on me as well which I found less likely to happen in YA books. I could remember almost all the characters mentioned from Starr’s youngest brother to her lawyer. I could picture them in my head and played the story again easily in my memory.

“People are realizing and shouting and marching and demanding. They’re not forgetting. I think that’s the most important part.
Khalil, I’ll never forget.
I’ll never give up.
I’ll never be quiet.
I promise.”
-Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

The ending to me was perfect as well. The words put in the book was brilliant and it really left an impact to the readers. A book so empowering, so heartfelt, and definitely overflown with emotions. So worth it! I highly recommend this book to everyone out there, it will definitely bring you to a whole new perspective altogether.

Rating: 5/5 stars!

 

I Want Superpowers Book Review

Have you ever wanted a superpower? What would it be? Caitlin has been waiting for her whole life to be manifested and to join the Supergenics. But what if it turned out she is just another mere dreg?

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I Want Superpowers
Author : Steven Bereznai
Published by: Jambor
Released: November 26th, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 260
Format: Paperback
Characters: Caitlin, Bradie, Normand, Trenton, Liliane, …

Summary (Goodreads) :

The Genetic Wars that turned most of the planet into a wasteland are over. The so-called “dregs” (short for “DNA regulars”) and superpowered “Supergenics” now live separately from each other: the Supergenics in the shiny towers of Jupitar City, the dregs across the river in the squat concrete buildings of the boroughs. But Supergenic children are still born to dreg parents, and under repressive laws must be sent to live with their own kind. To find these special few, every teen faces their Testing Day. When her turn comes, socially isolated Caitlin Feral is determined to Manifest superpowers. If she fails, she faces a lifetime of loneliness and drudgery in the boroughs. But how much is she willing to sacrifice to be the supergirl she’s always wanted to be? And when she uncovers dark secrets kept by both sides, does she dare start another war to reveal the truth?

My review :

First of all, I wanted to thank the author for sending me a copy of his book in return for an honest review. Trust me, I’m being totally honest and unbiased when I say that I loved this book to death!

This book is described as The Hunger Games meets X-Men and when I was like about 50 pages into the book, it was indeed felt like The Hunger Games. But the more i dug into it, oh man, it was so genuine and so eventful. There was also a concept of comics that was used in the book and I think it was quite interesting how things revealed in the end and the significant of the comic drawings to the story. Also, this book is hilarious and the writing style is easy to be read and not confusing at all.

For setting, it was almost like any other dystopian book, where there are boroughs for the dregs and Jupitar City for the Supergenics. (THG much? Districts for the people and the ones at the Capitol live luxuriously controlling the people in the Districts). But there were more areas to be discovered in I Want Superpowers, and the world built up for the story is simply brilliant!

The characters, they are amazing, the personality given to them are authentic and you can never expect how each character would end up in the end of the book. However, Caitlin didn’t appear to me to be the daring or rebellious girl, everything she did was initiated or encouraged by someone else, she’s just a doer honestly. She might have the thoughts and imaginations and all, but most of the time, she was scared and felt inferior. She broke some of the laws, was also because of the people around her. But I still love Caitlin for who she is and I loved Bradie and Normand too! They were both so cute to be honest. Oh, it’s not a triangle love, no worries! 😉

What I loved the most about this book is the plot twists. It was mind blowing and so insane, so many unexpected twists happened. Even the unimportant characters suddenly appeared to be so, so important towards the end. I even cried during one part of the book (SPOILER! A character died *sobs*). It was so genuine and touching(or maybe it’s just me being a crybaby, Idk *shrugs*).

The ending is killing me and I need a sequel! I really hope that there would be a sequel to this amazing book because I am dying to read more of this story and of this world.

Overall, this book is simply awesome. It could really be a start of a series that is as good as The Hunger Games, or even better! It talks about friendship, freedom, love, loyalty. Also being a superhero doesn’t mean you need superpower but it means to be yourself and fight for a great cause and this is what lacking in our community nowadays, this book just portrayed that message so perfectly. So, yea, please, go get your copy now! Especially the dystopian lovers out there! YES YOU! This book is perfect for you. ❤

Rating : 5 /5 stars!

January Wrap Up

img_20170201_1239541This is the first time that I post a monthly wrap up. Just hoping that I can do this every month. :p

Last month was a starting of a new semester and it was hectic and yet for a slow reader like me, I somehow managed to complete 3 books, (okay, I cheated a little, I started Kalifus Rising a while ago, but still :p )

So, here goes the 3 books I read in January :

 

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Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams

Rating : 4.5 / 5 stars

I enjoyed this middle grade/ fantasy book so much. The characters, setting and fast paced story line made reading so exciting. The ending of this book though that made me excited for the third book of the series! Keep an eye on The Raven God that is coming out in September!

 

 

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The Boy Who Lost His Sight by Bella Zamri

Rating : 3/5 stars

Cliche usually works on me but it seems like it has lost its charm for this book. I also found that everything just went a bit too fast and sometimes it didn’t make much sense to me. But overall, I did have a nice time reading this one. It’s writing style is simple and there were also some lovely quotes in it.

 

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Rating : 5 /5 stars!

I’m so happy that I end January with a bang! This book made me cried, more like sobbing so hard. The ending is just so perfect! It’s a really great read for me.

 

 

 

So, that’s it from me, for this month, till I write again for the next monthly wrap up! (Let’s hope it’s February) And tell me what are some of your favourite reads in January ! 🙂

 

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Book Review

 

 

 

#2016bestnine

This post is to showcase my best nine books read in 2016. I believe that this hashtag is popular on Instagram in showcasing the best nine photos posted of the year. So, I thought of adapting the idea on the best books I read this year. Oh, I mean last year. 😛

So here it goes, my #2016bestnine books read (in no particular order):

  1. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

holding-up-the-universeThis book is so inspiring, funny, bright and one of the best books published in 2016. What I adored so much about this book is:

  • The characters, especially Libby
  • The humour
  • The quotes (OMG I have so many tabs on this book, I swear!)

 

“We’re all weird and damaged in our own way. You’re not the only one.”
― Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

2. Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius
ghost-boyReading this book can cause you to be on an emotional roller coaster ride. It was heart wrenching, inspiring, beautiful, and at certain point you will feel disgusted on how worse human can be.

For people who adore biography books, I highly suggest this one here!

 

 

“It’s right to say that people fall in love. We don’t glide, slip, or stumble into it. Instead we tumble head first from the moment we decide to step off the edge of a cliff with someone and see whether we’ll fly together. Love might be irrational, but we make the choice to risk everything.”
― Martin Pistorius, Ghost Boy

3. Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

ellenCome on, who doesn’t love Ellen? Just go get this book already.

One more thing, don’t read this in public. I warned you.

 

 

 

 

“Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

4. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

harry-potter-and-the-cursed-shildThere’s been mixed reviews on this book. Some people who had read the series commented this book is not as good as the series. But I personally enjoyed this, and yes, I have not read the series yet. But I believe different people has different perspective and I also believe that even if I have read the entire series, I’d still give this book well deserved 5 out 5 stars. 🙂

 

 

“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
― Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two

5.  Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
mitchIt’s no secret that Mitch is my top favourite author. I adore all of his books. Everything about Have a Little Faith is beautiful. The way it portrayed faith was really inspiring and just go read it already.

 

 

 

 

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”
― Mitch Albom, Have a Little Faith: a True Story

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

fangirl This book is cute, relatable and funny. The ending drove me nuts! And also I quote this from my own review on Goodreads:

“This book is on a roller coaster ride that keeps going up.”

 

 

 

“There are other people on the Internet. It’s awesome. You get all the benefits of ‘other people’ without the body odor and the eye contact.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

7. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

landline If anyone is in for a light yet awesome read, pick this book up! It is one good book with a magic phone. I don’t usually read a book with a main character of age 30s. I prefer the characters to be at teen age or early 20s but this book just blew me away. It was nice and it can really melt your heart away.

 

 

 

“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Landline

8. Library of Souls ( Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs

library-of-sould A great book to end the series. I love how it summed up the whole story.

“Maybe lots of people go through life never knowing they’re peculiar.”
― Ransom Riggs, Library of Souls

 

 

 

9. First Year (Black Mage #1) by Rachel E. Carter

black-mage-1 This was my last read of the year. It was simply one of the most enjoyable book I’ve read. It has romance, magic, rivals, friendship, family bond and so much more. I love the characters as well as the pace of the story line, it was fast and eventful.