30-Day Book Challenge: The most surprising plot twist or ending

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Again, this awesome book challenge is made by beckysblogs! Go check her equally amazing blog! 🙂

DAY 25. – The most surprising plot twist or ending.

I would give the top 5 novels that I was not able to predict. Here they are:

The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

MY THOUGHTS: This is the kind of ending that will make out re-read the last chapters, and be like: “Wait, what?”

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

MY THOUGHTS: This book’s ending made me a Picoult-fan. I have never ever thought of the way this book was ended. Goosies, indeed!

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven

MY THOUGHTS: Pay attention to that last phone call from ‘heaven’. You’ll surely have some goosies once you realized what just happened.

At First Sight bNicholas Sparks

At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)

MY THOUGHTS: This is a great example of my love-hate relationship with Spark’s sad endings. I never see the ending coming. And yes, it just ain’t fair! Why would you do that, Nicholas?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

MY THOUGHTS: I don’t know if it was just me or E. Lockhart is really a genius. This novel’s ending is just so creepy yet heartbreaking.

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That’s it guys!

Share to me your thought, please. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

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There are characters that you can’t forget. And there are some that you wish you never read. – rosemawrites

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday for today is quite hard to fill.

September 1: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Yep. So I reviewed the books that I have read and recalled each stories’ character. (Yes it was hard but it is surprisingly fun as well! :))

Just to be clear, there are novels here that I actually love. But there are characters in it that I really don’t like.

Now here’s the top ten list of my pet peeves, novel’s character edition:

1.  Tate of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

WHO? Tate Collins is a woman who doesn’t have time for love.

WHY? I don’t like her because she somehow ‘suggested’ the sexual arrangement with Miles. Please don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I am a believer of high morals, specially for women. 🙂

2. Guinevere Beck of You by Caroline Kepnes

You (You, #1)

WHO? The beautiful and seductive woman being fantasized and stalked by Joe Goldberg.

WHY? Joe Goldberg is somehow the antagonist in this story as he is Beck’s crazy stalker. On the other hand, Beck plays with boys. She used her beauty to get what she want and she give her admirers false hopes.

3. Scarlett of The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

WHO? Scarlett is a high-profile reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted her son to Stephanie.

WHY? I pitied Scarlett during the first half of the book. But when truths were revealed, I just can’t help but hate her. She’s insane. Really.

4. Jung Ji-won by Tongue by Kyung-ran Jo

Tongue

WHO? Jung Ji-won, a celebrated chef, lost her boyfriend of seven years . She also lost the cooking school she ran from their home.  She even lost her ability to taste.

WHY? I don’t understand her. I think she’s a bit too shallow.

5. Princess Eadlyn of The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

WHO? She is the eldest child of America Singer and Prince Maxon.

WHY? She’s a brat. I just didn’t like her personality. I am a fan of The Selection, The Elite and The One but I think The Heir is really disappointing mostly because of Princess Eadlyn.

6.  Maddy Carson of Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

WHO? Maddy Carson, a 35 year-old talented script supervisor, who never wants to date an actor.

WHY? I was not able to relate to her.

7. Linda of Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Adultery

WHO? She is 31-year old successful journalist with an almost perfect life. She has a solid and stable marriage to a rich and loving husband, sweet and well-behaved children.

WHY? She’s an adulterer. And she initiated the affair. I hate her!

8. Tally Youngblood of Uglies (Uglies, #1)

Uglies (Uglies, #1)

WHO? She is a 16-year old girl main character of the story. Her ‘ugly’ name is Squint.

WHY?  Uglies actually has a very unique premise but the characters destroyed it. Tally lacks the sense and bravery of the best YA heroines like Katniss of The Hunger Games, Bella of Twilight and Tris of Divergent. She’s so indecisive and she lacks will and determination.

9. Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

WHO? He is a baker’s son from District 12, who was reaped along Katniss Everdeen for the 74th Hunger Games.

WHY? I am team Gale! 😀 I like Gale more than Peeta for Katniss. That’s why my heart was broken when I finished reading The Mockingjay!

10. Jacob Black of New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

 WHO? He is Bella’s friend who shapeshift to a wolf.
 WHY? I really don’t like third-wheels, eh? I am definitely Team Edward so I really don’t like him!
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That was it!
Please share to me your thoughts!
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30-Day Book Challenge: Day 22 – Least favourite plot device

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Anniversaries can really make us nostalgic and sentimental. Because I am close to my blog’s first birthday, I would like to finish a book challenge that I have started last year. That is beckysblogs30-Day Book Challenge.

I have completed until Day 21 so now I’ll pick this awesome challenge at Day 22. Here it goes…

DAY 22. – Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise.

I would like to say that my least favorite plot device is the ‘love triangle’ which is used in a lot of books, may it be YA, mystery thrillers, medical or historical novels. Maybe 90% of the books that I have read have love triangles, sometimes through an ex-lover or a former crush or a childhood friend and so on…

But because that is somehow the most common answer to this question, I would opt to discuss the plot device called ‘Twist Ending’.

Twist Ending is a device wherein the novel ends in the least expected way.

This, like love triangles, are one of my least favorite plot device because most of the books that have Twist Endings have made me cry.

I enjoyed them, though, because I really love authors who can write a book that I can’t predict the ending.

Here are a few examples of the book that has twist ending, categorized in terms of the emotions that you will surely feel once these books ends.

THE SHOCKING

The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid The Vanishing Point

The plot: Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

The twisted ending: I’ll try not give a lot of spoilers here, though it’s really hard. But this is the kind of ending that will make out re-read the last chapters, and be like: “Wait, what?”

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob

The plot: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

The twisted ending: Landay unveiled the real evil/suspect in this murder mystery in a very very ‘twisted’ way. It is actually creepy!

THE GOOSE-BUMPS-INDUCING

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

The plot: For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

The twisted ending: This book’s ending made me a Picoult-fan. I have never ever thought of the way this book was ended. Goosies, indeed!

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven

The plot: The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.

The twisted ending: Take note of that last phone call from ‘heaven’. You’ll surely have some goosies once you realized what just happened.

THE TEARJERKERS

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

The plot: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

The twisted ending: Someone died, yes. And this is why I will never ever watch the movie version of this novel! (I still haven’t moved-on.)

At First Sight bNicholas Sparks

At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)

The plot: There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he’d never do: he’d never leave New York City; never give his heart away after barely surviving one failed marriage; and never become a parent. Now Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, engaged to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the start of their family. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, a mysterious and disturbing e-mail sets off a chain of events that will change the course of this young couple’s relationship.

The twisted ending: This is a great example of my love-hate relationship with Spark’s sad endings. I never see the ending coming. And yes, I cried.

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle

The plot:  For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message inside the bottle raises questions that intrigue her. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand, Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. Brought together either by chance or something more powerful, Theresa and Garrett’s lives come together in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding everlasting love.

The twisted ending: As I’ve mentioned in my last post, this is the first Sparks novel that made me cry. To those who have read this, I know you know what I felt. For those who haven’t, figure it out yourselves. 🙂

That’s it guys! Please tell me your thoughts!

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2015 Reading Challenge Super Update Part 4 (26th to 28th)

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2015’s first half is now officially over so it is now time to give an update on my 2015 Reading Challenge.

Last month has been so busy but thankfully I was able to a few good books. Here are they:

A mystery (26th) –  The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

I never realized that I missed reading an awesome murder mystery novel until I read this book. I will definitely read another Val McDermid novel!

A book set somewhere you’ve wanted to visit (27th) – Tongue by  Kyung-ran Jo

Tongue

Ever since I was in elementary, it is my dream to visit South Korea. It is because my first celebrity crush is a Korean actor named Bae Yong Joon! (blushes)

Isn’t he handsome! 🙂

Because of his Koreanovela Endless Love Winter Sonata, I have fallen in love to South Korea’s culture and picturesque views. I specifically wanted to visit Nami Island where the TV drama was shot.

I haven’t been able to make this dream come true yet but I know someday I will.

A book from your childhood (28th) – The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

I am a proud product of public schools and because I studied in a public school, I cannot remember any book from my childhood because my school have no library back then.

So why did I picked The Heir? It is because fairytales are the stories that I constantly hear when I am growing up. 🙂

Now, what can I say about this book? I am disappointed.

This is not what I am expecting from Kiera Cass who has written a trilogy that left me awake until 5 in the morning because I finished it in just one night.

So there…

I’ll have more updates soon!

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