Hi, new feature time! I’m sinking deep into a review backlog, and that only struck me after I’ve updated my Goodreads “to-review” shelf to a whopping forty. I need help. Chit Chat is going to be a quick, casual conversation of some super overdue books!! My memory is getting fuzzy and I apologise beforehand if I get some details wrong!
(Top Left) Die for Me by Amy Plum : DAYUM, I’m not really sure how to rate this! I really enjoyed it back in 2012, but I was a noobie to YA then. Things were easily cool for me. On the surface, Die for Me has got Paris and revenants, basically zombies with an intrinsic obsession to give their lives for humans again and again, what’s not to swoon for? Yeah… Well… Look deeper, and this story is all about girl meets guy at the lowest point in her life, and then girl changes forever to revolve her life around his. Can you already see where this is going?!! Most characters in this book are predictable– Kate is stuck in self-pity after her parents’ death for the good first 30% and Vincent is Edward Cullen 2.0, except French. Skip it.
Amazon | Goodreads | @AmyPlumOhLaLa |
(Top Right)Storm by Brigid Kemmerer: The characters must be the standout for this book. I was really amazed by how Brigid Kemmerer kept tabs on all SIX characters, and managed to make them all come to life in a mere 353 pages. Not only do we have five (count ’em, FIVE!) male characters you will go absolutely insane for, but the storyline of Storm is consuming and suspenseful, with bullies who are more dangerous than they really let on and cryptic Guides lurking in the background waiting to spring up and attack. Things that seem insignificant at first come to haunt you later on in the story and suddenly everything will make sense like a big conspiracy. Even though I figured some parts out, it didn’t kill the thrill of exactly seeing it happen! Kemmerer, you are the queen of twisty stories. Can’t recall WHY I didn’t continue the series, but I have plans to do so one day :)
Amazon | Goodreads | @BrigidKemmerer |
(Bottom Left) What’s Left Of Me by Kat Zhang: What’s Left Of Me is a dystopian that surprised me with its achingly beautiful moments between 2 sisters. Kat Zhang got my head warring with the complex ties between Eva/Addie’s. With any sisters, there’s a whole mass of love-hate-ugh-hugs relationship going on (trust me, I would know), and imagine that x10 for Eva/Addie! They are the closest you can get to tight-knit sisters, but Eva lives a life of longing what her sister has (a life, basically). Their strong, emotional yet difficult bond was the one thing that glued me to the pages. Plotwise, things stagnated quite a bit around the middle, and I didn’t quite get the ending. I can’t remember the love interests so I presume they didn’t play much role. Either that or they were unmemorable. Eh.
Amazon | Goodreads | @KatZhang |
(Bottom Right) Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian : This book is every bit as shallow as its cover. If you’re anything like me, all eyes are on pretty shallow covers (awkward laugh)… I don’t know about Siobhan Vivian, but this story isn’t the usual Jenny-Han-style, and I don’t like it very much. Burn for Burn wasn’t entirely unenjoyable, only that the melodramatic tone irritated the hell out of me. Lilia, Kat and Mary spent the entire book going on and on about the HUGE revenge they’re plotting (note: “plotting”- nothing much really happens until the last 20 pages) out of HEARTBREAK and ANGST and ALL THE PAIN that I can’t sympathize with. The story overall was fine, and I can see why people loved it, just not for me.
Amazon | Goodreads | @jennyhan | @siobhanvivian |
What do you think about this new chit chat feature? Would you prefer more in-depth reviews for each book? Have you read these books? Share your thoughts! Since all of them are series-starters (that I’ve read a looooong time ago), tell me if you think I should pick the series back up again!