Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

 Title: Cinder
Author:
 Marissa Meyer
Date Published: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 0312641893
Format: Hardcover
Pages
: 387 pages
Status: Read from March 18 to 23, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.15
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

Rating: 3/5 Stars

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Sixteen-year-old Cinder is considered a technological mistake by most of society and a burden by her stepmother. Being cyborg does have its benefits, though: Cinder’s brain interference has given her an uncanny ability to fix things (robots, hovers, her own malfunctioning parts), making her the best mechanic in New Beijing. This reputation brings Prince Kai himself to her weekly market booth, needing her to repair a broken android before the annual ball. He jokingly calls it “a matter of national security,” but Cinder suspects it’s more serious than he’s letting on.

Although eager to impress the prince, Cinder’s intentions are derailed when her younger stepsister, and only human friend, is infected with the fatal plague that’s been devastating Earth for a decade. Blaming Cinder for her daughter’s illness, Cinder’s stepmother volunteers her body for plague research, an “honor” that no one has survived.

But it doesn’t take long for the scientists to discover something unusual about their new guinea pig. Something others would kill for.

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Cinder is a retelling of Cinderella … with a twist! Android, cyborgs, and people who live on the moon! Hot daaaaaaaaang. It’s so cool.

I had high expectations for this book. The review on Goodreads told me it was good! It was! Well … at least on the first few chapters and some parts in the middle. Don’t be mislead, Cinder is a great book. The world building, the characters, and the unexpected plot twist in the end.

Okay, so let me explain about the world building. It was fascinating to have a world wherein there’s a little bit of royalties, plague, and battle for the crown. It was very imaginative and creative. Also, some of the characters were amazing: Iko, Queen, and the Doctor. Iko, the sweetest android who lightens up the mood whenever she’s around. The Queen and her glamorous lies. The Doctor, who’s very much like Dumbledore, who’s nothing but a good man who wants a better future for everyone. Oh, I almost forgot about the heroine … Cinder.

I love Cinder!

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She started as a badass and I wish she continued acting like that … But NO! She became the most annoying heroine ever. -_-” She’s whiney, wimpy, and there are parts where she’s indecisive. Or maybe not? I actually can’t remember since I may have skipped some of her parts because I can’t take it. It’s better than letting this book unread.

The twist was predictable but it somehow shocked me by the way it was introduced. I kind of spoiled myself while reading the book. I already have my guess but it was confirmed when I accidentally clicked Cinder’s profile through Wikia. I was curious on what she looks like and fanarts can help. I didn’t mean to click her profile.

Overall, it was a fun read despite my annoyance with Linh Cinder. I fell in love with the concept of the whole book. But then it was somewhat ruined by Cinder. No worries though, usually with characters like these … they undergo a tremendous character development on the next book. I hope that’s the case with her.

Overall reaction:

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Marissa MeyerI live in Tacoma, Washington, with my fiancé and our two cats. In addition to my slight obsession with books and writing, I’m big on road-tripping, wine-tasting, and hunting for antiques. I’m represented by Jill Grinberg.

CINDER, my debut novel, is a futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella in which Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.

Top 5 Books That Made Into Movies

Hey ya, friends! So I just found a whole list of Top Ten Tuesday in here. But ten was too much for me so I’ll be using these topics for my Top 5 Wednesday instead.

Anyway, isn’t it amazing when the book you love came to life in a form of movie? You can see your imagination on the big screen, actors and actresses portraying your favorite characters. The best! So here are the books to movies that I chose. 🙂

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Harry Potter series

Who hasn’t seen Harry Potter franchise? Tell me then I’ll give him/her a copy. Because if I have a list of favorite movies, the movies from this series will always be on top. Though there are parts I wish that made into this movie as well like Peeves. Nonetheless, this series will always occupy 99% of my heart. I actually reread the books and rewatch the series every year.

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Gone GirlGone Girl

I haven’t read the book. I know that I should be reading it before watching the movie but I can’t help myself. I saw that Ben Affleck was the main guy then the next thing I knew, I was watching the movie. *shrug* Well, I ended up loving it. I thought it was genius and crazy. Oh, and creepy as hell.

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The_Maze_Runner_posterThe Maze Runner

So for this one, I watched the movie before I read the book. Which I shouldn’t have because it just ruined the good points of the movie. The book was meh but the movie was epic! Not just because of the three guys, especially Dylan O’Brien, but because … yeah … it was because of the three guys.

Though the movie was great … greater than the book.

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percy-jackson-poster.jpgThe Lightning Thief

This is the same scenario with the Maze Runner. I watched the movie before I read the book. There are some parts missing but the movie was great.

And also … yep, you’ve guessed it! Logan Lerman yaw!

I vaguely remember the details from the movie but I know it was amazing because I’ve watched it several times before.

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Lord of the Rings

As for this one, I haven’t ready any of the books. But I wish I did because it would be nice to be part of this fandom. So I watched the movies instead. I was so happy because it was three hours long! I spent my whole day binge watching this. Then The Hobbit came out and I binged watch that too.

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I think you’ll recognize the movie listed above, especially Harry Potter. 😉 Also, there are great book to movie that will be released this year. I’m particularly excited for the movie adaptation of The Murder on the Orient Express. I’m excited to see the actor for Hercule Poirot, that cute little Belgian.

That’s it, then! See you next Wednesday.

Do You Actually Have Good Taste In Books?

Bonjour, mon ami! I’m actually running out of ideas on what to do for book tags when I found Lizzy‘s blog. She did this amazing book tag that she found on Buzzfeed. If you want to take the quiz too, here’s the link: [x].

Here’s the tag:

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1. HARDBACK OR PAPERBACK?

I’ll definitely choose hardbacks. One reason is that I can confidently open them without worrying for the spine. But if I’m going to choose what to bring to school, I’d choose paperback.

2. HARRY POTTER OR LORD OF THE RINGS?

Harry Potter!!! Isn’t it a bit obvious? *coughs* Look at my username.

I haven’t read Lord of the Rings (though I would love to) but I watched the movies!

3. THE SMELL OF AN OLD BOOK OR THE SMELL OF A NEW BOOK?

Hmm … I think I’ll have to go with the smell of an old book. It has this special smell you know. Like the smell of being owned for too long or being read not once but twice (or more). It’s just … you can smell the bonding. Oh my, I’m having a hard time explaining it.

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4. STEPHEN KING OR RL STINE?

I don’t know who RL Stine is so I’ll go with Stephen King.

5. SCI-FI OR FANTASY?

Definitely fantasy.

6. READING INDOORS OR OUTDOORS?

Indoors, when I’m surrounded by pillows.

7. TWILIGHT OR 50 SHADES OF GREY?

When it comes to books, I’ll choose 50 Shades of Grey. But for the movies, I’ll choose Twilight (I have a crush on Jacob)

8. SHOP ONLINE OR FROM A LOCAL BOOKSTORE?

Local bookstore. There’s just something magical when I pick up the book I like.

9. THE GREAT GATSBY OR THE CATCHER IN THE RYE?

Neither. I haven’t read any of these.

10. FICTION OR NON-FICTION?

F I C T I O N

11. BOOKMARKS OR DOG-EARING?

Bookmarks. I use anything that could be used as a bookmark.

12. DR. SEUSS OR ROALD DAHL?

Dr. Seuss is more familiar to me.

13. E-BOOK OR AUDIOBOOK?

E-book. I read twice as fast when reading e-book.

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So that’s it! Again, I’m not tagging anyone. If you feel like doing this tag, feel free. Just tag/mention me so I can read your answers.

See you next Monday for another book tag!

Fullybooked

HAPPY SUNDAY, MON AMI! I’m back again with my Sunday Extra. Today is all about my favorite bookstore, Fullybooked. It has many branches all across the Philippines but I am so lucky to be living near the bestest branch ever.

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It is located at B6 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig. Or you could just visit here for more information about where the branches are located and their store hours.

I didn’t take a picture when I entered the bookstore because it’s been so long. I just went straight to the second floor where my favorite genre is located. The first thing you’ll see when you go up is this:

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When you turn right and look over (I don’t know what it’s called) you’ll see Mr. Whale. And that’s what it looks like on the first floor. Some of the best sellers are located on the first floor and Haruki Murakami books.

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When you turn right again, you’ll see this:

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Even from this view, I could see my favorite section. There it is!!!

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If you look closely enough, you’ll see A Court of Mist and Fury, the Lunar Chronicles series, and other books we love. I could stay in this section for two hours, admiring and reading the blurb of every book.

When you walk again to the right, there are more books. From young adult section to contemporaries. And also these comfy chairs for when you get tired and want to rest. I personally think that these chairs are dedicated to my Mom whenever she waits for me while I browse books.

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I went to the third floor where Starbucks and the classic novels are located. But my main purpose was to take a picture of the beautiful Cat Lady who guards this bookstore. Aside from the books, the comfy chairs, and the perfect ambiance of the place … I think this Cat Lady is my favorite of all. Dang, girl. Eyebrows on fleek!

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Aside from all of I mentioned above, the staffs are nice and very accommodating. They’ll help you find the book you have hard time finding. They will even suggest transferring a copy from other branches whenever they don’t have the copy of the books you’re looking for.

This is such a nice place, isn’t it? In the future, if they somehow offered a place for the bookworms to sleep (like a mini apartment) I’ll definitely be the first one to try.

So that’s it with today’s Sunday Extra. See you next week. 🙂

Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David Hammons

Title: Alice Takes Back Wonderland
Author:
 David Hammons
Date Published: September 28, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
ISBN: 1620077159
Format: Paperback
Pages
: 283 pages
Status: Read from February 27 to 28, 2016
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.52
Buy it here: Amazon • Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Note: This review was originally posted February 28, 2016.
Featured image will be updated soon with the book’s actual cover.

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After ten years of being told she can’t tell the difference between real life and a fairy tale, Alice finally stops believing in Wonderland. So when the White Rabbit shows up at her house, Alice thinks she’s going crazy. Only when the White Rabbit kicks her down the rabbit hole does Alice realize that the magical land she visited as a child is real.

But all is not well in Wonderland. The Ace of Spades has taken over Wonderland and is systematically dismantling all that makes it wonderful. Plain is replacing wondrous, logical is replacing magical, and reason is destroying madness. Alice decides she must help the Mad Hatter and all those fighting to keep Wonderland wonderful.

But how can she face such danger when she is just a girl? Alice must journey across the stars to unite an army. She discovers that fairy tales are real in the magical world beyond the rabbit hole. But they are not the fairy tales she knows.

Fairy tales have dangers and adventures of their own, and Alice must overcome the trials of these old stories if she wants to unite the lands against Ace. With the help of Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Snow White and heroes old and new, Alice may have the strength to take back Wonderland.

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I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me the eBook copy and Clare Dugmore of Curiosity Quills for providing me the physical copy of the book. Also, David D. Hammons for writing this amazing book.

Alice Takes Back Wonderland is about Alice who they thought is crazy for not being able to distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy. For ten years, she fought hard about what she believes in until one day she decided to stop. Then one day, White Rabbit decided to pay her a visit.

When she went through the rabbit hole, she found out how devastated Wonderland is and it’s because of the devious and evil Ace of Spades. That’s just … sad. I know guys. As much as I want to kill him too, we can’t. So now our badass protagonist has a mission! Save Wonderland!

“Tomorrow, Alice takes back Wonderland!”

I really liked the idea of one fairy tale character will be part of another fairy tale and all the fairy tale world will meet in one world. It’s just … maddening! And I’m running out of things to say! I haven’t read Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland or Peter Pan or any fairy tales for that matter but I watched those when I was a child, even now, so I know how the story goes and how it will end.

I must say that I did not like the changes because I … freakin’ LOVE it! All the fairy tales that I adore combined into one book. I seriously love everything about this book. I love how I excitingly wait for another fairy tale character to be introduced.

The pace was extraordinary. It’s not slow nor fast. It’s somewhere in between that will make you anticipate what’s going to happen next. David D. Hammons, the amazing author of this book, wrote the scenes in a way I could imagine them perfectly without damaging my brain. The other amazing thing is that I could connect to every one of the characters that were introduced. It felt like I’m a thousand people just by reading this book. It’s just astonishing that someone could write as breathtaking as this book.

It was such a fun read and I hope I’m not getting mad. Overall, I would recommend this book to everyone I see and will encounter. I think I’ll be talking about this book for weeks. And oddly enough, I’ve been reading the whole book with a British accent. How mad can I get?

“But we’re all mad here, Alice, remember?”

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While visiting Cambridge during my time studying abroad, I tried to sneak into C. S. Lewis’s old apartment. I wanted to stand where the old master stood. I wanted to glean bits of imagination that no-doubt still clung to those walls. A locked door barred my path, and I fled to the safety of the campus pub.

It has been my goal to live a life that is notable as the life of that master of writing. I’ve climbed the slopes of Machu Picchu, swam in Loch Ness, smuggled ice cream into China, and made moonshine in my hometown. I studied writing and business in school, and gave up a position in my family’s Black Walnut company to chase my dream. Life, if you make it so, can be an adventure.

Despite all my adventures, there is no greater journey than that which can be found in a book. It was cartoons that got me into writing, works meant for children that as an adult fascinated me with their joyful outlook. It was the old masters, Lewis, Tolkien, Hemmingway, Vonnegut, who challenged me to live an adventure of a life, and then write even greater adventures in books. Perhaps one day I’ll make it into that old Cambridge apartment. Perhaps one day I’ll be invited.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series I Want to Complete

YO! I’m back again with my Top 5 Wednesday! Today is all about the series I want to complete. By complete means, I want to have these books physically. No matter how hard it is to own every book in a series. I’m making this one of my goals for this year.

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Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – I know. The series is loved by many. I was halfway through the first book but had to stop because I couldn’t bear to finish it without having the second book with me. I am in love with Sarah J Maas’ writing so completing the series is definitely worthy.

Shades of Magic and Monsters of Verity series by VE Schwab – I’ve read the first book via eBook. It was phenomenal. The action was there, the vibes, and everything else. But it wouldn’t hurt to buy the hardcover copies of the book, right? And besides, who wouldn’t want a book that talks about FOUR Londons!!

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – I have the first two books of the series. I’ve read them too. I kind of disliked the first book because of the whines and complaints of the main protagonist .. but I loved Scarlet and Cinder’s character development on the second book. From being that weakling to I-will-destroy-you type of thing. So far on this list, this series is the easiest to complete.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan – It would have been easier for me if I just said “every book by Rick Riordan” *sigh*. I’m a big fan of his works. I read the first two books of Percy Jackson (I borrowed a copy from my friend) and I totally love it! HMM IF I COULD JUST HAVE ALL OF HIS BOOKS ON MY ARMS.

Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series by Agatha Christie – Completing this series is close to impossible. Probably because our local bookstore doesn’t have every book in the series. Finding these books is hard but once I have these books on my shelf, it would be the most satisfying feeling ever.

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I have more series on my list, like the books of Cassandra Clare and Elise Kova. I wish I could accio every book on this list. How amazing would that be?

What series do you want to complete?

UPDATE: I’ve already completed the Lunar Chronicles series. 🙂

Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

I was browsing through book tags and found this tag on Beatrice’s (Dreamland Book Blog) blog. It’s not Halloween or anything, I just want to do this because it looks fun (I was wrong). So I just copied Beatrice’s instructions on how to this tag. You basically need to:

1. Pick 5 books
2. Turn to a random page
3. The first name you see gets to be on your zombie survival team
4. Apply the characters to the 10 situations and types of people in the order you got them
5. Fret over how doomed you are.

The books I have are: A Game of Thrones, Ignite Me, A Torch Against the Night, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Six of Crows. Here are the results:

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A Game of Thrones

1. The first one to die: Catelyn Stark

You have died an honorable death, my Lady. You protected me and shielded me from harm. I must repay you by continuing on living.

2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies: Robb Stark

If I’m going to trip him, it’s better if his direwolf is not around.

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Ignite Me

3. The first person to turn into a zombie: Kenji Kishimoto

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I love him.

4. The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Adam Kent

HUH. I knew that it would come to this. You’ve always been jealous of me and Warner.

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A Torch Against the Night

5. The idiot of the team: Elias Veturius

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Hmm. I’m having a hard time believing that. Elias is not really an idiot though are times when acts like one.

6. The “brains” of the team: Helene Aquilla

I TOTALLY AGREE.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

7. The team’s medic: Tamlin

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He’ll cure me even though I’m not Feyre, right??

8. The weapons expert: Lucien

I could see Lucien being a weapons expert.

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Six of Crows

9. The brawler: Inej

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Her build isn’t exactly the brawler type but her strength is. I have faith in you, Inej.

10. The Team Captain: Kaz Brekker

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I WILL SURVIVE! This weird team will survive. One scheming face from Kaz and it’ll annihilate all the zombies on our way.

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Eh bien, I had fun. The last one, which is Kaz, will totally save us all. This is such a great team, don’t you think?

Also, I’m not tagging anyone but if you’ve seen this and want to do it … feel free!

Penguin Little Black Classics

Bonjour, mon ami. I have added another weekly post on my blog to spice up things but mostly because I always ran out of ideas on what to write about. These posts will be uploaded every Sunday at 9 PM. These are just some random things I wanted to share to everyone, may it be about my favorite bookstore, the books I found interesting, what props do I use, tips, and other whatnots.

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Let us start with these tiny books I found hiding in the corner of my bookshelf. I remember buying these because they are cheaper than the typical YA books. Also because it says “classics” and I’ve been wanting to read classics ever since I’ve watched the movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

What I have are these three:

1. The Tell-Tail Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

‘Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was a groan of mortal terror … the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul.’

Stories about murder, mystery, and madness, portraying the author’s feverish imagination at its creative height.

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2. The Old Man of the Moon by Shen Fu

‘Our passion was so great. Will the Old Man understand and help us once again?’

The Old Man of the Moon is Shen Fu’s intimate and moving account of his marriage – from early passion to the trials of poverty and separation – and his great, enduring love for his wife in eighteenth-century China.

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3. How Much Land Does A Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy

‘Although he feared death, he could not stop. ‘If I stopped now, after coming all this way – well, they’d call me an idiot!’

A pair of short stories about greed, charity, life and death from one of Russia’s most influential writers and thinkers.

The other reason why I bought them is because of their size. Just take a look at how small and thin they are! I can carry these three wherever I go without worrying about the space their going to fill up. That’s pretty much the reason why I bought them.

According to Goodreads’, there are 126 books like this. Ha! I have three … 123 more books to go.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Title: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Author:
 Agatha Christie
Date Published: April 02, 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN/13: 0007141343/9780007141340
Format: Paperback
Pages
: 304 pages
Status: Read from April 24 to 25, 2017
Goodreads’ Rating: 4.19
Buy it here: Amazon Book Depository • Barnes & Nobles

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.

He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he’d finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study…

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I don’t know how to describe what’s the book all about since it’s pretty much given with the title and the synopsis. One thing for sure, this book is indeed one of the best works of Agatha Christie.

The book was told with Dr. James Sheppard’s point of view rather than Captain Hastings’ who narrated the first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I liked Dr. Sheppard’s way of telling the events. It has a steady pace and I enjoyed every detail he laid out in front of me. But aside from that … let me tell you this, I really love Hercule Poirot. He’s so funny that I just want to squish his cheeks and have tea with him and he’ll tell me all of his detective stories. He makes reading this book more fun (not clearly the right word when someone is murdered) and challenging.

The other thing that amazed me was the gathering of evidence and asking for alibis. I looked for the truth beneath their words and actions. Still, everything is like a spider’s web. I was trapped to one of the red herrings and confident that I have all the facts on the case. Then when I was about to make my own deductions, when I’m 110% sure on who’s really the killer, Agatha Christie slapped me with the truth and that I’ve been following the wrong clues after all. Apparently, I did not use my little grey cells.

I was astounded, dumbfounded, stupefied, and every other synonym of the word. The ending was the true definition of “I did not see that coming” because I really did not see that coming. Mais oui, very clever. Thousand applause for you, Agatha Christie. Nonetheless, I was satisfied with how it ended and with how Hercule Poirot discussed the case.

As you’ve read above, I really did not talk that much about what’s inside the book because I don’t want it to spoil you. I want you to feel and experience Agatha Christie’s writing for yourself. We don’t want to lose the fun, do we?

Also, this is the type of book where you’ll be stunned for a few minutes then reread everything again from the start (because that’s what I did).

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!!!

If you’re just starting to read Agatha Christie’s work, I recommend reading the first book since that is like the official introduction for Hercule Poirot. Or you could just go straight on this one and have your mind blown.

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Agatha Christie

Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie became, and remains, the best-selling novelist of all time.

She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, as well as the world’s longest-running play – The Mousetrap. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

Top 5 Most Anticipated Releases for May

Bonjour, mon ami! I’m back again with Top 5 Wednesday! Today is all about the most anticipated releases for this month that I’m looking forward to have. I can’t really say anything else so I’ll just go and start.

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1. A COURT OF WINGS AND RUINS BY SARAH J MAAS
Release date: May 2, 2017

I’m particularly SUPER excited for this one. I love ACOMAF and I know I’m going to love this one, too. And as much as I’ll love this, I know that it’s going to give me another heartbreak.

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2. INTO THE WATER BY PAULA HAWKINS
Release date: May 2, 2017

“Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.”

The quote from Goodreads’ synopsis is really intriguing. I’m so excited to have this book because it’s been so long since I’ve read The Girl on the Train.

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3. ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN BY JENNY HAN
Release date: May 2, 2017

The first book from this series is SO cute. The second one was a bit “meh” for me that’s why I’m curious on how Jenny Han would end this series. I’ll probably buy this to satisfy my curiosity.

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4. FLAME IN THE MIST BY RENEE AHDIEH
Release Date: May 16, 2017

One thing I know about this book is that it’s a retelling of Mulan! I know that I’ll immediately love this because I love Renee Ahdieh’s writing.

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5. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI BY SANDHYA MENON
Release date: May 30, 2017

I’ve seen this on bookstagram and Twitter a lot. I’ve also read some of the reviews on Goodreads. Then if my memory serves me right, this book was included in a Diverse Books challenge on Twitter. I can’t really remember but I need this diversity in my life.

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So there ya go! There are also other books that will be released this month like Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows. I’ve never read any of her books so I didn’t include her on my list.

May will be a great reading month for all of us. Right?