BOOK REVIEW: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Title: The Chemist

Author:  Stephenie Meyer

Published:  November 8th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company

Pages:  512 pages.

Summary: In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. [Goodreads]

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She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

The Chemist begins with a strong storyline and promising premise. An ex-agent hiding from government because they wanted to get rid of her. I mean, it’s gonna be a thrilling journey right?

Until the heroine met with her love interest, that promising premise seems like a dream that never come true.

Stephenie Meyer is known for her ability to write addictive romance, like Twilight Saga and The Host. However, The Chemist wasted two half of the book with them hiding from the government in order to build the unnecessary romance between the heroine and her love interest, if anything it felt forced. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but if we took out all the romance aspect of this book, it would have been a great book. Because nothing worse than an unconvincing romance.

I am so disappointed because this book was one of my highly anticipated book to read in 2016.

I gave this book

2 hearts

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Mini Reviews #6

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milk-and-honey-by-rupi-kaurTitle: milk and honey

 Author:  Rupi Kaur

 Published:  November 4th 2014 by Createspace

 Pages: 204 pages.

Summary: milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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I’ve never been one to read a poetry.  My pretentious reason is because I don’t see the appeal. When in reality my brain is too small to decipher poetry.

milk and honey is for those who never read poetry like I did.  It’s a fast read and easy to understand.

 I do agree that this felt like “Tumblr-ish” or one of those “Instagramers” who posted artsy pictures with a deep quotes on it. Believe me, I’ll quote some of the poems in this book and post it on my Instagram.

It’s not like groundbreaking or shattered your soul kind of poetry, but I did feel little bit tug to my dead blackened heart.

I gave this book

3.5 hearts


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Title: Just Kids

 Author:  Patti Smith

 Published:  January 19th 2010 by Ecco

 Pages: 304 pages.

Summary: In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.[Goodreads]

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Patti’s relationship with Robert is truly #goals. The love they have for each other, even when they are drifted afar, they still have each other best interest at heart. I love it as far as their relationship goes, but for the rest of the other story, I just don’t feel what other–who could appreciate this book better than I did—might feels.

I gave this book

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BOOK REVIEW: Replica by Lauren Oliver

replica-by-lauren-oliverTitle: Replica

 Author:  Lauren Oliver

 Published:  October 4th 2016 by HarperCollins

 Pages: 544 pages.

Summary: From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story. The stories can be read separately, one after the other, or in alternating chapters. The two distinct parts of this astonishing novel combine to produce an unforgettable journey. Even the innovative book jacket mirrors and extends the reading experience. (Goodreads)

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Lauren Oliver has become my auto-read author. I’ll read anything that woman writes 😀

Replica is two-for-one novel. You get two story in one book. The idea is not new whatsoever because I had read a book with multiple stories that entwined in the end. However the reading experience is somewhat new and I’m quite enjoying it even though my hands are tired because I had to flip the book back and forth. LOL

Replica is about human model experiment that were told by two different narratives, Lyra and Gemma. These are their journey to exposing Haven Institute. But they’ve found a rather shocking truths about themselves instead.

I love that one of the main heroines, Gemma, is different than typical heroines out there. As someone who had the same condition as Gemma, I appreciate and relate so much with her inner struggles. Or the fact that her love interest is not some kind school’s famous jock or something. It’s all makes the story somewhat… realistic.

The plot and twist were predictable but it doesn’t take away the fun. Well, except that certain someone’s death. :-/

If you like the TV Show Stranger Things, you might want to read this book.

I gave this book

3.5 hearts

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