Popular Series I Haven’t Read.

Sooooo… 13513038.jpg“The Lord Of Rings” by J.R.R.Tolkien goes first. Confession: I’ve not read/watched it yet, but I want to start it soon as I’ve heard SO many good things about it!

Have you read/watched it? Did you like it?

 

 

 

 

11127.jpgThe next on the list is “The Chronicles Of Narnia” by C.S.Lewis, the same story here: I’ve neither read it nor haven’t I watched it yet :// But it’s on my Summer “To-Read” list :))

What is your favorite book in this series?

 

 

 

 

41865With the Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight”  the story is a bit different: I started reading it last year, but stopped after a couple of pages as the story didn’t pull me in. As for the movie, I haven’t watched it yet haha. The look of surprise on people’s faces when I tell them about it is worth not watching it for another decade lol. OK, kidding, I’m gonna watch it soon :))

 

 

 

6676603.jpgI’m debating whether to read Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson And The Olympian” novels or just watch the Percy Jackson movies :/ What do you think? Did you like this series?

 

 

 

 

 

11831028And now is big confession time (+I’d like to see the look on your face when you read it haha) — I haven’t read, neither have I watched Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games”. BUT, it IS on my “To-Read” list, so I think I’ll both read and watch it pretty soon!

 

 

 

 

 

What are some of the popular series you haven’t read?

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Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

23438288Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

My rating: 5/5

GoodReads plot summary: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

My review: In my opinion, GoodReads plot summary says everything you need to know in order to decide whether you’d like to read it or not;     but still– I’m going to write spoiler-free review because I just need to share my thoughts and feeling and this overflowing excitement for the “Perfect” which comes out next year!

First of all, let me say that the first 50 pages of “Flawed” got me really pulled in the story, so I just wanted to read and read more (Cecelia Ahern’s magic skill, I guess). I must tell that “Flawed” is her debut Young Adult novel with a mix of dystopia. It introduces you to the society of moralists / “perfect” people and if you make bad decisions/lie/are disloyal to the society/step out of line with society you get branded with “F” mark which means that you’re “flawed” and people treat “flawed” with disgust and at the same time are very afraid to be found “flawed” by the society, which I don’t get because WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Being a killer is far worse than being “flawed”. The book would be more entertaining if Cecelia Ahern came up with a better dystopia society idea.

Okay, that was my first impression.

After I read 50 more pages, the book got me SO thrilled and I started to really like it because one of the messages this book carries is “always tell the truth, no matter how hard it can be”. Yet, I didn’t get this machine-like behavior of people.

However, when I thought better on this “Flawed” society, it occurred to me that by these “perfect” people Cecelia Ahern might have wanted to show us these guys who keep judging everyone.

But I still couldn’t understand this machine-like behavior, and with that, Nicholas Hoult helped me (lol): I was watching EuroNews and there was his interview about “Equals” movie (by the way, I watched it last week and it was just oK), he told something like: “Actually it’s interesting how popular are various therapies nowadays, which are aimed to teach people how to take control over different emotions and situations. It seems to me that that demonstrates more how unconfident they are rather than these expressions of fear or despair on their faces, which they try so hard to evade”. Don’t get me wrong, “Flawed” society doesn’t turn off their emotions, it’s just,- their feeling of disgust overcomes the feeling of compassion and most of them do not have such quality as benevolence.

Overall, it was a refreshing read, as I haven’t read a fast-paced novel for a while. Also, you know, when I saw the title “Flawed” it immediately associated with “Flawless” song [The Neighborhood] in my mind and actually, they go well together. I must add that when I started reading it, I didn’t know what to expect as it is my first Cecelia Ahern novel and I didn’t pay much attention to the synopsis and was glad that it turned out to be such a good read. Sometimes it reminded me of “Delirium” (which is one of my favorite series actually).

“Flawed” is simply amazing, both the writing style and the plot – I loved it! So thrilled about its sequel “Perfect” coming next year!

Let me finish this review with the line from the “Flawed”:

“Our flaws are our strenths”.

 

The Sound Of Us by Julie Hammerle

27779285The Sound Of Us by Julie Hammerle

 

My review: When I started this book I only knew that it was Young Adult Contemporary novel about music with nice cover and many positive reviews on goodreads. But no one mentioned in synopsis that it was about opera music. Well, I hold nothing against opera music, but there were so many unnecessary details connected with it.

Moreover, to be honest I was reading “The Grapes Of Wrath” and took a small break to read “The Sound Of Us” just because my review deadline was coming (as I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review). And you know, in “The Grapes Of Wrath” the farmers are driven from their homestead and are forced to travel West to the promised land of California, and the drive to California is exhausting as they’ve got little food, old car and 15 people in the car which fits 6 people only. And in “The Sound Of Us” the girl was nervous about her quarrel with a friend, about the german song that she couldn’t sing accurately and things like that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to compare these novels, I just want to explain you why I stopped reading “The Sound Of Us” in the middle of chapter 2. I just couldn’t understand the purpose of this book. Then I read these positive reviews on it  and learned that there was no actual purpose at all. It’s just a light read; you know there are times when you don’t want to pick serious books, you need something light and funny with some highschool drama. So, if you feel like it, I recommend you to pick this novel.

To put the plot summary short: It’s about the opera singer Kiki, who was sent to music camp during the summer; Kiki is fond of twittering and not so good with real conversations.