Book Review: Call me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year . . .

Lucy Jorik is the daughter of a former president of the United States.

Meg Koranda is the offspring of legends.

One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas. The other is not happy about it and is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

But even though Meg knows that breaking up her best friend’s wedding is the right thing to do, no one else seems to agree. Faster than Lucy can say “I don’t,” Meg becomes the most hated woman in town—a town she’s stuck in with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, and without her famous parents at her back, Meg is sure she can survive on her own wits. What’s the worst that can happen? Lose her heart to the one and only Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all.

*****

Amazing read! except for those times (which is a lot) when the whole town was ganging up on Meg just because they can (and they will!), it was really enjoyable.

Story:

somewhat hollywood-y to me. but it worked its charm. hooking up with your best friend’s ex-fiancee after their scandalous jilting-at-the-altar fiasco is super sneaky! the best part: Meg asks Lucy first for permission. lol. i thought it will be the twist of the book but it was not. Lucy was A-OK with it! it really is funny. then falling in love when Meg knew she was just a bootie call. whew. that’s one extra big luggage to carry, dear.

Meg:

a very lovable character. but i didn’t like it when she can defend other peeps when someone steps on them but not herself. especially when her family is the one doing the stepping on her. i believe that it is done for her benefit (to grow up, take a job and make something out of her life) but it is rather harsh. nevertheless, she did grew up. she’s been changing for the better now but i don’t see why she often pretend to be the same happy-go-lucky girl to everyone when she’s no longer that girl anymore. pity party, perhaps?

Teddy:

who doesn’t love him? oh, i do! he’s a prick who pretends to be a saint. and how the whole town worships him! and yet i liked it when he responds to Meg’s antics in such an un-saintly way. so the he is not perfect, after all!

ultimate high experience:

the bootie calls, of course! the author sizzled it with humor and romance all in one plate. wow. it never failed to make me laugh so hard, then go mushy all of a sudden. O_O

the verdict:

i haven’t read SEP books recently, but reading this one is worth the catch-up. one of my favorites.

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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Book Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Rating: StarStarStar

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

*****

I picked this up for the love story — see the last line of the synopsis? that caught me. unfortunately, this is a thriller sci-fi that scared the wits out of me. unfortunately because, i was here for the love story, people! not the mystery. but it’s not bad. not bad at all for a debut author.

Story:

the author created a peaceful but twisted world inside a spaceship. There’s the Feeders (the masses, or farmers), the Shippers (gov’t employees, or engineers), and the Eldest (the president, er, dictator). that is how i saw it. oh, wait. there’s the Season. the mating season. Haha! People are encouraged to mate only during this season to increase population in preparation for landing on Centauri-Earth. Man, those peeps are uninhibited! They did it in the garden, in the fields, in front of the Recorder Hall, even inside the hospital and elevator. all for everyone to see. It is normal. 😐

Amy:

this is one violent chick! well, imagine leaving your life behind earth to be with your parents aboard a ship to land 300 years later on a new planet. and then, waking up 50 years early with this new world, new rules, new threats! without knowing anybody. it sucks, and it is unbearable for her. her character is believable, at most. i love her conviction to how people were manhandled by Eldest. if it’s not right by her, she says it so, and stands by it (and hope Eldest won’t release her to the starts, heehee.) i just don’t like her calling her father “Daddy” every time. it felt creepy. *goosebumps* i mean, she’s seventeen for goodness sake.

Elder:

love at first sight with Amy. i liked it that he’s so honest with what he felt for Amy. he’s not afraid to admit it. brutally honest, in fact!

“My face burns at the thought. If Eldest is afraid of what Amy and I could do together, well, to be honest, that’s a possibility i’m rather hoping for.”

he usually stands up against Eldest which is very applauding. their style of leadership is different. he’s beginning to come to terms on how he will lead the ship when the time comes. he’s very badass what he did to Orion (YES!) and i was so proud of him when he told Amy his secret (that’s my man!). all in all, he’s a great character.

“A leader doesn’t make pawns – he makes people.”

ultimate high experience:

i got scared when the BIG twist of the story was revealed. Crap, there really is no escaping their fate in that ship. They are all prisoners there. including Elder.

fave scene:

i think i’ve mentioned it already. there was this scene between Elder and Orion where the latter was taunting the former about his secret. the result? i’d never thought Elder has the CHUTZ to do that. 😀 but it doesn’t stop there, because when Elder stepped up his character by telling Amy his secret, and when he decided to not throw away that thing he’s holding in his pocket, he defined his character as a leader and as a guy that might be worth Amy’s love. 🙂

wait! there’s another. when Amy violently shoves Doc across the wall and pining him with her arm. it’s FREXIN’ wicked!

the verdict:

for me, the book just started to pick up when i was halfway through it. it was a great adventure to start a all-hope-is-lost spaceship-themed series. but the constant questioning of the why all that stuff is happening without really putting it into action (until when i was halfway through) dampened my reading spirits. but will i read the sequel? you betcha. 😉

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

Book Review: Witch & Wizard #2: The Gift by James Patterson

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Synopsis:

When Whit & Wisty were imprisoned by the wicked forces of the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, they were barely able to escape with their lives. Now part of a hidden community of teens like themselves, Whit and Wisty have established themselves as leaders of the Resistance, willing to sacrifice anything to save kids kidnapped and brutally imprisoned by the New Order.

But the One has other plans in store for them: He needs Wisty, for she is “The One Who Has the Gift.” While trying to figure out what that means, Whit and Wisty’s suspenseful adventures through Overworld and Shadowland lead to a jaw-dropping climax and conclusion: the highly-anticipated fulfillment of the heart-pounding opening prologue of book one… The Execution of the Allgoods.

*****

What the H happened?!?!?! — that was my reaction after hitting the epilogue of the book.

This is an awesome read! But the question posed at the start of the book remained unanswered: what is Wisty’s gift that The One wants it so badly?

reading this felt like jumping from to portal to freaking portal (like Whit & Wisty). i never know where the author will take me. some ride!

i love love LOVE Wisty’s character! very defiant and strong and undeterred despite the unfortunate events that followed them. and believe me, there are loads!

Whit is a good character but is overshadowed by Wisty’s. Admit it, Wisty’s POV is much more fun to read than his.

Byron is a very complicated character. but very, very persistent which is admirable. i found it funny that he claimed he loves Wisty and yet every time he gets an opportunity to be with Wisty, she almost always  has 50/50 chance of dying. =D

i’m quite unsure if the author wants to paint Celia in a light or dark side. i was confused – is she really an ally or an enemy?

This is very fast-paced book. so buckle up and prepare for the N.O. attacks on the Freelanders!

.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”