BOOK REVIEW: Our Chemical Hearts, A Shadow Bright & Burning, Tied, and Sword of Summer


Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Rating: 2 of 5 STARS

This was supposed to be grand. Supposedly. But I had reservations I can’t possibly ignore no matter how much I thought the ending was beautiful – an antithesis of beautiful and not exactly ugly but just not very… pleasant. Our Chemical Hearts started out pretty engaging. Then it all started to go downhill from around three-fourths of the book. It turned really sullen, dark, and heartbreaking but it wasn’t my kind. I hated it. If I wasn’t so near from finishing the book, I would’ve stopped reading it. I was going to give this 1 star but it redeemed itself towards the end so I gave it 2 stars.

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Rating: 3 of 5 STARS

Henrietta Howel is courageous, yes, but she annoyed me to no end. She is reigned and controlled by her emotions. At a different degree or nature, it could have appealed to me but it just irked me. I just found her actions very unreasonable sometimes. And I really cannot feel for Howel. I feel so distant from her character when I was supposed to be feeling her pain, her desperation, or her anger. It just didn’t work for me. The premise though – one can only be truly imaginative to create a complex plot. But the scenes where like subdivisions from previous fantasy books I have read that share, or at least partly akin to it. But I liked it enough to give it 3 stars.

Tied by Emma Chase

Rating: 3 of 5 STARS

This kind of narration has probably lost its appeal to me but I still liked it. The wedding especially. I’m not exactly young anymore but I’m really not an adult yet either (through my perspective, of course lol) but the wedding was very heartwarming and dreamy I can’t help but feel for my sorry self. Lol. Not really being bitter about this but this was a fiction book for a reason. Unworldly handsome, rich, intelligent men falling so helplessly and faithfully in love with women does not exist in this life. Bwahahaha.

Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1) by Rick Riordan

Rating: 4 of 5 STARS

Uncle Rick is a favorite author and I, with my whole heart, adore him. Imagine indulging into this book and you cringe from not trying to hate it (from what you have read so far). You also have to take note that it was written, no less, by one of your favorite authors. It’s a bad feeling, right? It is! But I went on because it’s freaking Uncle Rick and I believe and trust in his craft. Thank God I did ‘cause I loved it! This is a children’s book and reading it through a kid’s perspective, it was bloody awesome. Riordan has not lost his magic yet (and let’s hope he ever won’t). 4 stars because Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus are still at the pedestal and I really, really loved those.

PS. I binge read during the weekend. Lol


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