Book♥Audiobook Review: All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?
 An e-version of audiobook was provided by Simon and Schuster Audio for review.
Review
I have to say that the books was a DNF for me. It took me months, yes months, of re-starting and retrying but this just didn't work. I would've probably liked it more if I had the book but I just couldn't finish the audiobook. Maybe in the future I might borrow the book and like it but for now, it is a no go.
As for the part of the book I listened up to I found it too descriptive but not effective enough to "see" what Hiroshi is talking about. I tried hard to picture many of the technologies but it was something that you rather see than tried to piece all the description together. Also with an audiobook it was hard to for to go back and re-listen unlike a book where you can just glance back and re-read the sentence. I mean you can but it is a pain.
Anyone who likes classic war novels with sci-fi elements, this book is for you.
I think it is hard to write sci-fi war books (to be honest, I never read a lot of them), it is so hard to picture what the writers are "seeing". So I am so glad there is going to be a film featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. 🙂 It comes out 2014.
You can see more photo on set from Just Jared right here. 🙂

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Book♥Audiobook Review: All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?
 An e-version of audiobook was provided by Simon and Schuster Audio for review.
Review
I have to say that the books was a DNF for me. It took me months, yes months, of re-starting and retrying but this just didn’t work. I would’ve probably liked it more if I had the book but I just couldn’t finish the audiobook. Maybe in the future I might borrow the book and like it but for now, it is a no go.
As for the part of the book I listened up to I found it too descriptive but not effective enough to “see” what Hiroshi is talking about. I tried hard to picture many of the technologies but it was something that you rather see than tried to piece all the description together. Also with an audiobook it was hard to for to go back and re-listen unlike a book where you can just glance back and re-read the sentence. I mean you can but it is a pain.
Anyone who likes classic war novels with sci-fi elements, this book is for you.
I think it is hard to write sci-fi war books (to be honest, I never read a lot of them), it is so hard to picture what the writers are “seeing”. So I am so glad there is going to be a film featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. 🙂 It comes out 2014.
You can see more photo on set from Just Jared right here. 🙂

 Because I didn’t actually finish the novel (mainly due to the audiobook), I will give a temporary rating until I actually “read” the book. For now, this book is a…
Audiobook
I think the downside to this was the audiobook. The narrative voice was too monotone. There was no emotional, bored and dull. I didn’t get anything from him. His voice made the book very boring, almost a lecture voice from a boring prof. I mean, you are in a war, A WAR! I thought there was more change in pitches, tones, and emotions, but there were none. It just seemed like the voice got a bit louder, quieter etc. It brought back bad memories of me in elementary school and we had to listen to audiobooks of books on WWI. I was not interested then and not now. Those were just something I never got into. The narrations seemed like the same. It just didn’t make listening to it fun. But I do have to say Ilove the deep, thundering voice and the “sound effect” voices (ie, shouts etc) were dramatic, loud, and convincing. Too bad there weren’t enough of these voices.
The audiobook just didn’t work out for me, so I have to give it a…

Book♥Audiobook Review: Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

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.

“New York Times” bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian “Divergent” series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.


Review

This book in 3 words? WAAAYYY TOO LONG!

This book in an almost-sentence Nothing happened for such a long book.

This book in a photo?
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Second degree heart block, some P waves are not conducted through the AV node.

I remind you that a normal ECG is…
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Let me explain, some of the action parts seemed to not be conducted, as in they were not followed through. Just as I thought OHHH this is going to be goood! The plot does a nose dive. UGH!

Okay this is going to be a short review as I am about to leave for my uni’s book club.

So this book for me started out great! The plot was advancing and it really looked better than Divergent. I was thinking “Oh goodie! So maybe this was what other felt about Divergent, maybe I am finally getting their feelings!” And I was hopelessly disappointed.

I am not going to forget the good parts but I really thought that Veronica wrote on a piece of paper random events and actions and just wrote them into the book because she can and she needed a whole book worth of “fluff”. To me none of the events that happened in the book really developed anything. The plot barely advanced from point A to point B. Maybe in book 3 all the events might link back and it will blow my mind (like Naruto, sweet baby Jesus did I die from feels), or maybe it won’t, but I really don’t give a crap anymore. I really think it was an activation energy diagram and that the activation energy is HUGE! I really wanted to throw a catalyst into the reaction and make that explosion of action happen.

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So basically I am just telling my sister to read the first few chapters and the last few chapters (also my advice to her for Catching Fire). You really won’t miss much.

You might argue the character developed, I mean sure but it wasn’t worth the whole 400+ pages worth of it. I knew Tris was a fricking BAMF so I don’t want to read more about how cool she is. In fact that sort of defeats the purpose of convincing me that she is awesome. But I do say I liked Tris even more in this book. She is really different from most YA female leads. She IS actually strong, and heartless (somewhat), and selfish (somewhat). She can be rude, and mean and I really appreciated that. She can be soft (but not whiny soft) and it really connected with me (and probably most readers). She struggled in a non-whiny way. She got over her problems fast, with just enough time for the readers to empathize with her but not too long for us to get bored.

And as for Tobias, ugh, I still can’t make myself like him. I don’t know why but I always, ALWAYS pictures him as a wide, muscular, short dude (even though that is probably not how he looks like). I can’t help it! I don’t know why my brain is doing this to me! I really just find me unattractive. Blah.

Also it had been a while since I read the Divergent and I kind of forgot who was who. There were just too many characters to keep track of and I frankly didn’t really care about them. I kind of wish Veronica have a character list in the front or the back of the book so I can refer back to who was who. (And when I went to my book club, most forgot who was who).

I was also surprised that most of the member in the book club didn’t enjoy the angst-y love between Tris and Four. CAN I GET A HIGH FIVE?!! Wait, will it be funny if I say: Can I get a high four? Okay maybe not. Anyway, I was very glad that many people felt the same way.

Some of the things that happened in the novel were unpredictable, well, I didn’t really predict anything because I really didn’t want to predict nor care for it. It is like me just going with the flow, I don’t care if this happened or that happened. This normally happens to be when I don’t find a point with the book or the plot. There were some of the events were very predictable. I was like “Ha! I knew it!”

Now as for the ending, it was good, but cliche. Veronica wrote an ending that craved for attention and need for the next book. But liked I said, cliche, you probably can predict what happened in the first part of book 3 with that ending.

Anyway, I need to get going.

And as for the audiobook? I really don’t have anything bad to say. Emma did another fantastic job with it. Her voice fits Tris’ toughness. I find a lot of old audiobooks (by that I mean 5-ish years ago), have VAs that sound like 12 year-old. I really don’t want to sound mean or anything but it was unpleasant to listen to them talk. With their high-pitched, whiny voice, it was hard to sit through a recording. But with Emma and the growing number of VAs, the voice was nice to listen to. Emma was able to project the other emotion Tris had. You definitely could distinguish the tones and feelings in her voice. Her pauses between sentences were great. So a 5/5 is needed to be given.

Book♥Audiobook Review: Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

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.

"New York Times" bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian "Divergent" series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.


Review

This book in 3 words? WAAAYYY TOO LONG!

This book in an almost-sentence Nothing happened for such a long book.

This book in a photo?
description
Second degree heart block, some P waves are not conducted through the AV node.

I remind you that a normal ECG is…
description
Let me explain, some of the action parts seemed to not be conducted, as in they were not followed through. Just as I thought OHHH this is going to be goood! The plot does a nose dive. UGH!
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Review♥Audiobook Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Synopsis from Goodreads: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


Review

First I have to say that this is my first time I read a book by John Green (le gasp!) and sadly I am just not his type (perhaps my stupid minuscule brain can't comprehend his nerdfighter awesomeness). I do have to say I love him and Hank, and Sarah, and Katherine. Dude, love their vlogs!
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Book♥Audiobook Review: Legend by Marie Lu



Legend by Marie Lu
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.


Review:

Okay this review was so hard to write. (I read the book in May and yes, now it is almost September). And truthfully I don't think what you are about to read really counts as a review. Oh dear god, I love Marie to death. Secretly I love her like she is my family (even though she doesn't know it). Basically all the people I know thinks this book is one of their all-time favorites but sadly, this book was not for me. Yes I actually kind of hate myself for loving this book.

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[Book + Audiobook Review] Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent

#1) by Veronica Roth (Goodreads
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In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

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