Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

I've just done reading the two sequels of Maze Runner series, and overall it's great! Some friends had been telling me to read the series, because I've also just finished reading the Hunger Games series and enjoyed it. There are four sequels for this series: 'The Maze Runner', 'The Scorch Trials', 'The Death Cure', and 'The Kill Order'. I will put all the review of each sequels here, and though I haven't really finished the series, the review of the next sequel will be just updated here. So, stay updated!

 

The Maze Runner

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Credit: Wikipedia

Wicked good. Full of surprises. I mean, really, it's a page-turner. Even I think this book cannot be categorized as children fiction (or I'm really that shallow kid-like and easy-pleased reader). This book is really recommended for Hunger Games fans out there, with the dystopian adventure and great cliffhangers. Quite lives up to my expectations after enjoying the Hunger Games series and hope for the same sensation.

I hate Thomas, the main character, cause he's so annoying. Well, it's a common personality for a teenage boy like him, and also it's kind of understandable due to the confusing situation. But, really, with all those confusion and depression over a lost memory, I wonder, how come that his head didn't explode? Also, I think James Dashner is too over with information about how confused and depressed Thomas was. It's just too much and annoying.

Meanwhile, I like Minho the most, then Newt, although they're all just some supporting characters. But, honestly, they're the only ones who make the story interesting. It's because all of the details about Thomas, like confused Thomas, doubtful Thomas, depressed Thomas, etc are just freaking too much and making the story quite boring. What I expected was some little insight stories about the supporting characters, like Minho, Newt, and Teresa, since they're the ones who turned out really important to Thomas.

The Scorch Trials

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Credit: Wikipedia

As the start, I'm disappointed with this second sequel. Although it still got my heart racing while reading, the first sequel is so much better than this. I mean, Thomas was even more annoying and the supporting characters were all losing the spotlight. This sequel still brings out too much information about how confused and depressed Thomas in the story. It's completely annoying and even making the plot felt random. I also felt that in this sequel, Thomas became more like an unrealistic character (despite the story and all the characters are non-fiction).

I hate Teresa here, while deep down inside I kinda accept why she did 'something-so-bad' for Thomas. But, I felt that it would hurt so much if I were Thomas. Also hate all the romance between her and Thomas, just because it felt nothing. Brenda, however, becomes the only girl I like in this sequel. Minho is still my ultimate favorite character, with all his snap-sarcastic comments and chatters. I think those supporting characters are the ones who kept me reading and hoping for other interesting things came out in the book (which turned out doesn't happen).

Despite all my criticism, I'm still going to read the next sequel, just to see how this series ends. Please stay updated for my review on the next book.

 

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The One & Only by Emily Giffin

Finally I finished reading 'The One and Only', the seventh piece of Emily Giffin. I got it from Periplus, just to end up in my bookshelf for so long. It's because turns out I chose the wrong Emily Giffin's book to buy. My fault, I didn't check its rating on Goodreads first. Many readers there ranted about how disappointing is the piece and that it didn't live up to their expectation of how Emily Giffin's works usually are.


As I’ve said many times, the only way to stay trim is to eat bacon.
— Emily Giffin, 'The One and Only'

I struggled so hard to keep on reading, because it's so boring! Especially for all the football details, which I really really don't understand the hype. Usually I try to relate myself to new things I found in my readings and took it as a new knowledge. But this time, I just didn't get it. It's just too freaking much of football. Also, the love story is creepy. Pursuing love is one thing, but 'boning' a best friend's dad? I didn't take it as an incestuous love, but I can't bear the betrayal of Shea Rigsby to her best friend and her best friend's dead mother.


Love made things feel precarious, and, when you got right down to it, everything in life was tenuous and fleeting and ultimately tragic.
— Emily Giffin, 'The One and Only'

Then again, it's Emily Giffin style, with all the "women and their choices". To be honest, I really hate this one. As one of Emily Giffin's fan, I'm totally disappointed with this. And I'm glad to finish the book because I just want it to be over.

 
Rating:
☆☆☆☆

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

To be honest, Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult is not really that interesting. I practically hating this book more for Cara Warren. Cara, the main character, is the one who makes the book unbelievably painful to read. The only thing that I like from this book is the meaningful quotes, well-written arguments, and some knowledge about wolves.

As a first-born and has been living with a brother who sometimes acts like Cara, I know exactly being Edward sucks. Really immature, bitching around like a trouble-maker, which was worsen by her incapability of making decision. However, the characters in this book are rather have slightly different perspective, making each character seemed to be indistinguishable from one another, though each of them all are introduced deeply complex.

Overall, this book has beautifully made its readers to listen and feel the value of family, through the wolf stories. Jodi Picoult did go into details, but I never felt overwhelmed by them, though. I even became very impressed with how Jodi Picoult formed the story and did a great amount of research for her writing.


Rating:
★★★☆☆

The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by the actor of Glee, Chris Colfer, is an easy and entertaining reading. It's really a surprise, someone like Chris Colfer can introduce a multi-layered fiction world full of magic and familiar atmosphere of fairytales. Particularly, to children and an adult like me.

I really enjoyed reading the book, especially right after Alex and Conner visit the Land of Stories. I can feel all the creativity of Chris that I think the guy is just a natural-born storyteller. It's about some twins who get a collection of fairytales book from their grandmother and end up falling (literally) into the book. They then find themselves in a complicated world that is actually quite familiar, because the twins have grown up reading stories from the book.


‘Once upon a time’, these are the most magical words our world has ever known and the gateway to the greatest stories ever told. They’re an immediate calling to anyone who hears them-a calling into a world where everyone is welcome and anything can happen. Mice can become men, maids can become princesses, and they can teach valuable lessons in the process.
— Chris Colfer, 'The Wishing Spell'

Chris Colfer's way of describing every details in his writing is just magnificent. Reading this had made me feel like living in every scene of the book. I think his style of writing is perfect for children and teenagers, because they sure would want to live in his imagination! It's full of magic and adventure, also the main characters are children, so it would be very easy to relate to.


“Fine, I’ll pick ‘Sleeping Beauty,’” (Conner) decided.
“Interesting selection,” Alex said, intrigued. “What do you suppose the moral of that story is?”
“Don’t piss off your neighbors, I guess,” Conner said.
— Chris Colfer, 'The Wishing Spell'

Although the story isn't really deep and quite obvious since this book is made for children and teenagers, the mysteries and complicated stories are absolutely great for adults like me. For those who need a light reading or those who have imaginary heads, you guys should really try this book.

 
Rating:
★★★★

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