February 26, 2014

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

 Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Divergent #2
Format: Trade Paperback, 525 Pages
 Publication Date: February 28th 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
ISBN: 978-0-06-212784-6
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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

February 20, 2014

Hello Stranger, the Nth Time Around

I have watched this film for the nth time, but it still has the same effect on me. It still leaves me giddy, in love, and well, kind of frustrated, for the same reason that I still don't know the names of the characters.

My reason may be quite funny, but I know you agree with me. Tell me you didn't groan or wanted to pull your hair out when the movie got cut when the guy (stranger) was about to tell his name. The ending was so open-ended that it leaves the watchers to think of so many possibilities of what might have really happened between the two characters. And I chose to believe that they eventually met and have gotten together.

I might still get pissed when I get to the part where the guy (stranger) chooses to go with his ex-girlfriend than to go home with the girl (stranger), but somehow, along the way, realization hit me. I kind of get it why he chose his ex. The male lead and his ex were together for 8 years and have just broken up recently over a petty misunderstanding. If you were the guy, would you throw away the chance to mend up what's broken and be with the one you have pictured your future with? Almost everyone would choose that and only a few would be brave enough to risk and choose an almost stranger you just met while traveling abroad.

However, as some philosophers or  people in love would say, you'll find love at the most unexpected time and most of the time you have to just jump from a ship and take a chance. So I guess in a way, his choosing between the two could have gone both ways. He could have chosen the girl (stranger) and found out that they're incompatible but he chose his ex, and have realized the same thing, that they were incompatible.

If only he followed his instinct, he wouldn't be having difficulty finding the girl (stranger). If only the ex-girlfriend didn't leave him, they would've both traveled to Korea and he wouldn't have met the girl (stranger). They would've been married.  If only the girl (stranger) told her feelings to the guy, then maybe, he took a chance and chose her instead. But none of that happened.

This brings me to the conclusion that love, however inappropriate, when you are infected, will affect your decisions and how you perceive life. If you really want to be happy, then you must not think and just chase and catch that love. That way, you'll not live to regret it, whatever the outcome may be.

February 6, 2014

Book Review: Nothing Left to Lose by Kirsty Moseley

Title: Nothing Left to Lose
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Publication Date: November 5th 2013
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Annabelle Spencer’s life is every girl’s dream. She has wonderful parents, great friends, and of course the perfect boyfriend, Jack Roberts. That all changes on her sixteenth birthday when her life comes crashing down around her. Her dream night turns into a nightmare when Jack is murdered right in front of her, and she’s kidnapped by his murderer, Carter Thomas, a big time drug and arms dealer.

After five months of being with Carter, she’s found, but the experience has totally changed her. She’s no longer the happy-go-lucky girl that everyone used to know and love; she’s now cold, hard and suffers from night terrors. It appears that Carter broke not only her body, but her spirit too. A shadow of her former self, her slogan for life is now: ‘If you don’t care about anything, then you have nothing to lose’.

Carter is currently serving time for the murder of Jack, a conviction that Anna helped secure. But his retrial is coming up because some key evidence appears to have been tampered with. Unbeknown to Anna, death threats are being received by her father, the Senator. It appears that Carter is still interested in Anna and will stop at nothing to get her back.

Ashton Taylor is brought in to protect her. He’s a newly qualified SWAT agent, a bright spark, the agency’s new golden boy. He is assigned undercover, posing as her boyfriend. His job is to help her through college and keep her safe until the end of the trial in eight months’ time.

For three years she has been the broken, damaged girl, refusing to feel emotion or pain, but can Ashton help her rebuild her life and finally deal with the grief of losing her childhood sweetheart? Will he be the one to make her see that life is, in fact, worth living and that not all men will hurt her?

All the while, the shadow of the trial looms over the both of them, taunting them, reminding them that it isn’t over yet. After all, Carter Thomas will stop at nothing to be reunited with his ‘Princess’.