Reading Journal: Week 7 to 13 of April, 2014

WARNING: May contain spoilers.

What I read:

Scarlet by Marissa MeyerSo I continued my journey through The Lunar Chroniclers by Marissa Meyer. Again, easy book to read. Scarlet is in search of her Grandmother with the help of Wolf and on the way her life is linked with Cinder. The grandmother is taken by a mysterious gang to interrogate her about a big secret. Dun dun dun duuun. This is the spinoff of Red Riding Hood. With Scarlet’s red hoodie, red curls and red name. Wolf is werewolf after all who is both shy, sweet and a ferocious beast. A street fighter with a secret…

Read: April 6 – 12, 2014

What I thought about it:

After reading the first installment. This one was no better, but nor worse. We barely saw scenes on Kai. But those scenes were very predictable. Basically I found the whole book predictable. So I tried not to mind and see it as a movie. I have to admit I cringed at the flash romance between Scarlet and Wolf. I mean… less than a day… seriously? It’s normal to have all male leads in every YA with their square chins and bright eyes. But to fall in love so fast… I guess Meyer wanted to state a point here , “I write whatever the hell I want.” As I know there use to be a time in fairytales that this was the way it was. So she had to include it somehow. I just didn't like it.

I was sad that Cinder’s scenes were very limited compared to Scarlet, almost becoming a secondary character. But understandable, the book is called Scarlet after all. As for Scarlet’s character, I preferred Cinder. Cinder is flawed which makes her more believable. Scarlet was too much of the sacrifice type. Cinder is a dumb stubborn kick-ass on training. While Scarlet was the typical, beautiful young girl who can kick ass. I also enjoyed Throne’s humor twist among the drama. Well played, it was much needed. I am curious about the future characters of the book. I began reading this book on my e-reader until I couldn't take it and went to buy a hard copy. Now I need to go in a week to buy Crest. I was honestly thinking somewhere in my head that Crest was Cinder’s daughter. Don’t ask why. But seen how slow events are moving, I don’t think so anymore. I try to evade big reviews until I am at least half way in the book.

Crest is Rapunzel. And to think this was a trilogy, uh uh. The 4th book is already announced called Winter for 2015. Which I am pretty sure is with Snow White. Curious about that one now. I want to keep reading them regardless of some annoyances since I am a fairytale sucker. But I bought a massive book to read before Crest. An adult fairytale. See bellow.

What I am going to read this week:

I was browsing through movies and began watching this one. Though fascinating, there was something missing, so I stopped. And then while searching for the book Scarlet, I saw this. I hate movie covers instead of the original ones, but this would have to do. I had to have this book and read all massive 748 pages. Seriously, the book begins on page one and ends on page 748. No author notes or anything. That’s how long it is. I saw either 5 stars or 1 star reviews. Nothing in between. So it makes me wonder where I will fall in. It’s about love (though the flash type) and reincarnation, and a miracle from someone to someone. One gift. This book will probably take me more than a week, if not two weeks to read. Go me! It’s supposed to be a fairytale written for adults. It’s an old book just brought back from the dead. (Get it?) I already began the first 50 pages. Easy read but pointlessly not to the point. Still nice. Is like stories within stories. And I am sorry but I share my love for light and color with the villain, so far my favorite villain in any book. So now I keep reading.

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

One winter night, Peter Lake – master mechanic and second-storey man – attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead.

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