Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review: November 9

November 9

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

My Thoughts:

You know how sometimes you just want to curl up under a blanket , make some popcorn and watch a romantic feel good film? Well if you want to read something that gives you the same feeling look no further than November 9.

Colleen Hoover generally writes some pretty heavy contemporary fiction but November 9 is dramatic,cheesy and predictable. It reminded me of One Day in parts and I can't recommend it enough.

The climatic twist was quite predictable and extremely dramatic which was the only thing that didn't really appeal to me but the way the relationship is built up between Fallon and Ben made my heart skip a beat. It was such a cute and brilliant way for two people to connect. It's highly unrealistic but it just works in the space of the novel.

Overall, November 9 satisfied my need for romance novels even though it was a young adult novel.It's not a feel good novel but it's like popcorn for the soul that can give fodder to your loveless (or add spark to your lovefilled) life.

My Rating:


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)

by Marissa Meyer

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

Source: Borrowed 

My Thoughts:

This review should have been up ages ago but don't worry Winter is here!

I remember reading Cinder (the first book in the series) and not being extremely impressed.But Meyer has constantly surprised by improving with each book in the series and Winter was no exception. With each book Meyer introduces more characters and as a reader I'm extremely surprised how the narrative remains coherent despite it's change in voice and constantly shifting focus. 

I love how each story despite focusing on a completely new and novel idea doesn't forget it's fairy tale roots. Cinder focused on Cinderella, Scarlet on Red Riding Hood , Cress on Rapunzel and Winter focuses on Snow White. My only complaint is that it doesn't focus as much as I would have liked on the Snow White tale. 

Winter ties up all the loose ends and it ties them up well. I have no need for a sequel, I am satisfied with how it ends. This doesn't mean it is a happy end but it is an end that doesn't make me want a spin off. Due to the fact that it needs to tie up so many loose ends, Winter is an extremely lengthy novel (especially when compared to other YA novels) but I think it was necessary. To keep the symmetry Meyer would have had to introduce even more characters if the story would have spanned five books and I don't think the narrative would have remained coherent.

Cress is still my favourite novel in the series but Winter is how I would have liked the story to end. I cannot recommend this series enough. It was extremely predictable in the beginning but then it kept taking me by surprise. Just hang in there especially if you love retellings or fairy tales.

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