Archive for the '3 Stars' Category

Review: Grendel by John Gardner

676737 Genre: Classics
Published: June 2, 2010 by Random House Vintage Books
Length: 180 pages
Source: bought (at Barnes & Noble)

The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his side of the story in a book William Gass called “one of the finest of our contemporary fictions.” 






Grendel was a very interesting read because if you’ve read Beowulf, Grendel is the antagonist in that story, but in Grendel, he is the protagonist. I like reading books where the antagonist from the original story tells his/her own story of why he/she acts that way (like the movie Maleficent). The first half of the book was very sad because Grendel tells us why he acts so angry towards humans and he has a very reasonable answer. I also like how Grendel is given emotions in this book unlike in Beowulf, he is only depicted as a monster. Grendel is actually quite smart. He likes to observe his surroundings and has a very caring personality. The dragon is also involved in this story and he is very wise. He gives Grendel advices about the things that he had acquired through his experiences. The only thing I did not like about this book is the 2nd half. It pretty much went downhill from there because I honestly did not understand anything I’ve read. I feel like the author was packing the chapters with empty words when he can just directly say what was happening. Overall it is a good book to read after you have read Beowulf.

3 of 5

Review: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen


Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: June 17, 2014 by HarperTeen
Length: 352 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

When a death threat arrives with tee

No matter how many boys Claire kisses, she can’t seem to find a decent boyfriend. Someone who wouldn’t rather date her gorgeous best friend, Megan. Someone who won’t freak out when he learns about the tragedy her family still hasn’t recovered from. Someone whose kisses can carry her away from her backwoods town for one fleeting moment.

Until Claire meets Luke.

But Megan is falling for Luke, too, and if there’s one thing Claire knows for sure, it’s that Megan’s pretty much irresistible.

With true love and best friendship on the line, Claire suddenly has everything to lose. And what she learns—about her crush, her friends, and most of all herself—makes the choices even harder.


I have mixed feelings for this book. Based on the summary, I guess this book is about how Claire, a high school senior, learns from her mistakes and changes as a person. After reading this book, I don’t think Claire learned from her past mistakes and grew as a person. The title says it all. The narration alternates from present and past, with the past containing her first 17 kisses (I think kiss #15-17 are present) which I liked because it made it easier for me to compare how Claire was in the past with the Claire during the present (which was not much of a difference). She did changed just a teeny bit though. This book has the cliques, mean popular girls, etc. which I kind of did not like but I do understand why the author incorporated it because some people are high school are actually like that.

What I sort of liked from this book is the friendship. No matter how many times Claire and Megan (I guess Megan is like the leader of the popular girls clique) fight over something (especially guys) they realize that their friendship is more valuable than anything. I also like how they are not using each other. They have a connection and have those deep talks about family and their future. I also like how the characters’ parents and siblings are involved. The parents didn’t take a random vacation or anything like that just so the main character could do whatever the hell she/he wants.

What I did not like was the pacing of the book. I just found it slow which made me bored at times. I also did not like some of the characters, but it’s okay because I wasn’t supposed to like them. That’s how they are and I’m almost certain the author made their personalities annoying on purpose. Just remember, if you are reading this book, these girls are boy crazies to the max!

Overall this book was okay. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t fantastic either. I still recommend it but it I wouldn’t put it on the top of my tbr.

3 of 5

Review: Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel

18599709 Genre: YA Contemporary / Mystery
Published: June 3, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 288 pages
Source: Katherine Tegen Books (ARC)

When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….


Vivian Divine is Dead was an okay book for me. Sometimes it would give me a feeling of “sitting at the edge of my seat” but at other times, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. What I did not like about this book is the insta-love. I was seriously pissed at that because it was just so unrealistic and annoying how she easily trusts this guy who is a complete stranger. Plus, I did not like how she has the time to flirt when she’s supposed to be running and hiding away from a serial killer (shaking my damn head man, smh). Why the hell would you flirt with another guy if you know there is a man chasing you AND you’re in a different country you’ve never been to, and you do not know anyone!? Oh Vivian, you’re really not smart. Besides the protagonist, I also did not like how the mystery was somewhat predictable.

Like I said, the mystery was somewhat predictable, but some parts were still really good. There were some scenes where I wasn’t expecting them to happen and I would be like “:O no way!” Overall some parts in this book were really good and creepy (in a good way) but the insta-love and the cliche scenes prevented me from giving this book a higher rating. I recommend you to check it out in the library, and I wouldn’t put this on top of my tbr list.

3 of 5

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