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Book Review: Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn

Book Review Reincarnation

 

My 58th book this year.

Reincarnation started from the prehistoric times and extended up to the modern era, the love between these lovers ran across the space of time. It started with a fight in a cave over a green jewel, and then went through the times of the Egyptian pharaohs, Greek temples, Massachusetts witch trial, battlefields during the Civil war, Paris before the World War II, America in the 60s and lastly, a pair of modern day teen-agers.

I took a chance with this book because I love stories about reincarnation – I find it interesting on how two lost souls finally found each other and live happily ever after. But I end up frustrated and disappointed. I seldom read young adult novels, I carefully choose the subject of which to read. Though the concept of this book is perfect, yet the author ruined a perfectly good concept. I will always think twice if I wanted to read another book about reincarnation.

Usually, I can finish a short book – especially one that interests me in a day or less. But this one took me more than a week. Yes, this is one of the worst books I ever read, the story is redundant and it didn’t seem to end. Not to mention that the ending is very anticlimactic! It would have been good if she settled for just two stories rather than going through history. No, I wouldn’t recommend Reincarnation to friends who’s like to read a short, good book.

Where She Went

by Gayle Forman

(A book in the If I Stay series)

It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I StayWhere She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

by Kody Keplinger

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

A Book Review: Delirium (Lauren Oliver)

Favourite Quotes:

  • The most dangerous sickness are those that makes us believe we are well – The Book of Shhh
  • The deadliest of all deadly things. It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
  • Sometimes I feel like if you watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you –sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its title. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live…
  • That love will turn the whole world into something greater than itself. Human beings, in their natural state, are unpredictable, erratic and unhappy. It is only once their animal instincts are controlled that they can be responsible, dependable and content. – The Book of Shhh

I have waited for this book for months since I read his first book, Before I Fall.

The book centred on the disease called amor deliria nervosa. The setting is in Portland, a whole dull different Portland where everyone who is cured seemed to be numb from any emotion.Lena, protagonist of the story grew up with her aunt wants nothing but to be cured and be free from the disease that she believed to have caused her mother suicide.

The citizens of Portland are subjected to an evaluation, get cured and get married to whoever the government wants and then live a normal life. They have a rule called segregation where boys and girls go into exclusive schools until they reach the university. Their lives are being controlled by the government and made them believed it is for their own good.

Lena lived a very normal life not until she met Alex.  Alex is part of the Invalids that lives in the Wilds. She grew up thinking that people like Alex are not safe. Then she contacted the ‘disease’ and everything she believed, everything she wanted in life changed.

I think amor deliria nervosa is love. Love really makes you sick, psychologically and physically. It makes you eat less, sleep less and restless. Maybe that is why people is Portland preferred their people without emotions because they can be more useful.

The book Delirium is one of the best fiction stories I have read that deals mostly with Psychology. Lauren Oliver made a very distinct description of the two places that you could feel you are walking through the streets of Portland or the road that has been bombed during the blitz. Quotes found at the beginning of the chapters are also entertaining, all those nursery rhymes and proverbs from the Book of Shhh.

I have two favourite scenarios from the book — the first one when Gracie, a child who never speaks shouted at the top of her voice and shocked the people around her to allow Lena’s escape. The second one is Lena’s final escape. It is so heart-breaking that my heart really ached at the end of the story. It was no happy ending for Alex and Lena yet you felt satisfy at the end of the book because you can really feel the love that Alex had for her. The way that he saved her and sacrificed himself in the hands of the authorities makes you want to sigh and wished your boyfriend can do the same.

Yes, this book is worth reading. If this is not better than Before I Fall, it is as good as it.

Two realizations upon reading this book:

1.       Love is not or never a disease. It is never an infection, although is communicable.

2.       Lauren Oliver is my new favourite author.

Kimberly Derting: Desires of the Dead

BOOK 2

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.