It Ends With Us

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  • Title: It Ends With Us
  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Genre: Romance
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Synopsis:

The story is about a girl (Lily Bloom) and a guy (Ryle Kincaid) who both have traumatic pasts which had become part of who they were, falling in love to each other without knowing how their personalities are somewhat contradictory to each other.

  • Review:

OMG. This book is soooo intense. Literally. We met the guy right on the first chapter where he said that he wanted to have a one night stand with the girl he just met. Like whaaaat? But I think the straight-forwardness of this book is what makes the story even more enticing. I finished this book in one seating because I could not put it down. It’s crazy. Especially because I have not been interested to read recently.

The romance part in the present and the past I got to experience in this book were exceptionally well written and interesting. Like the whole process of how Ryle tried so hard to resist the change he had since he met Lily and how she was so mesmerized by Ryle’s charm that she tried to overlook all his flaws. But still in the end, you cannot change the core of a person no matter how much you love him/her.

The best part of this book, however, is the way Hoover created the characters with such complexities that I could not blame anyone for whatever things happened in the story. It is well justified and I think that is one criteria a great book must have.

Although I understand the reasons and situations of both main characters, I still felt bad that they did not end up together. Still, the plot twist in the epilogue definitely lifted up the mood of the whole story.

Overall, I love this book and I would definitely recommend for you guys to read it in your free time! 🙂

3 Quotes Challenge

Hey, people! Today I am going to do the challenge as tagged by Summer from Xingsings :D.

This is actually my first ever book challenge and I hope I’m doing it right. HAHAHA.

Okay, the rules for this challenge are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you. (I did that in the first sentence! :))
  2. Share three quotes for three days in a row, one on each day. (I don’t think I can do this though, so I guess I’ll just write 3 of them at once).
  3. Nominate three bloggers on each day. 

Sooo, it was quite hard for me to decide which quote I’d like to feature here. Hence, I will just write three of my favorite quotes from three different book types. 🙂

  • My first quote would be:

“I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.”
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

I really love this quote ever since the first time I came across to it. It may sound quite feminist and egoistic, however this quote reminded me that no matter how lonely we are, we should never settle with the second best. The thing we should find in our partners is the fact that we could talk about anything and everything with them. As simple as it is, the reality is that it is not easy to find someone whose taste coincide with the other. That is why I love this quote from Jane Austen ❤

  • The second quote is:

“No matter how honestly you open up to someone, there are still things you cannot reveal.”
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

This book is the first Murakami book I have ever read. I have always had this perception that Murakami books are just for adults and that they all have difficult language, which is why I thought I would not be able to enjoy them. BUT, I was wrong. Murakami is such a wonderful writer. I love how he writes, I love the depth of the story and I even love the quotes inside. One of them is this quote which basically tell me that it is okay if sometimes I cannot say the whole thing on my mind no matter how much I want to open up to others. Some thoughts are meant to be kept inside and therefore I should never feel compelled to say what I don’t want to say.

  • And finally, the last one would be:

“I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do. That’s how it often is. God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song

Personally, I think this book is the best of all Sparks’ novels (and I can assure you that I have read almost all of his books-yep, am a sucker when it comes to love stories). Perhaps you have watched the movie adaptation of this book? Well, I think they made it quite well although there are definitely some parts of the story that has been changed from the book. Nonetheless, this novel is so good and the quote that I chose is a religious one. I know, it’s weird to find a religious quote inside a romance novel, but I could not help but to agree with the statement. That is, no matter how lost I feel I am, God is always there for me, answering my prayers although I may not be careful enough to figure it out. So, never feel alone! 🙂

Well, that’s it! I really enjoy joining this challenge, and I would like to tag everyone who read this post to do the challenge too! 🙂

Cheers!

Me Before You

Hello guys, I think from now on, I will write book reviews in this blog.

I have always loved reading novels, especially romance novels since I was in secondary school. Hence, it’s just natural for me to share some of my experience on reading these titles here. I hope my brief reviews could help you decide whether you want to read the book or not. 🙂

  • 15507958Title: Me Before You
  • Author: Jojo Moyes
  • Genre: Romance
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Synopsis:

So, basically the story is about Louisa Clark, a girl who has just lost her job and Will Traynor, a formerly successful guy who ended up having his whole body paralyzed after an accident. Lou was desperate looking for job and after a while, she was finally assigned to take care of Will and from there, their love story began.

  • Review:

In my opinion, this book is very very well written. Although the story line is quite predictable, Moyes managed to satisfy my needs for clear background and motives explanation for each of the characters. I really love how the relationship between Will and Lou grew as I read the following pages of the book. They’re just so sweet, like how Will’s limitation did not really change the way he actually is on the inside, and how Lou eventually managed to peel Will’s layers of defensiveness as they grew fond of each other.

However, I think this book would be much better if it stands alone, without any sequels or anything. Because it allows the reader to wonder about the character’s situation after the first book instead of being led to another set of new love story. I also don’t like the fact that they could not be together in the end, although the situation is quite understandable and is not something that could be changed. Nonetheless, because of this, I deducted the rating of this book (I’m a sucker for happy endings).

Therefore, I do recommend this book to you who love reading heartfelt romance novels. This book does not include mushy gestures or excessive romantic scenes, but you will still be able to feel their affections toward each other. If you decide to read this book, don’t forget to also watch the trailer of the movie which will also be released this year (click the link!).

AND YOU KNOW WHAT, the cast for Lou will be Emilia Clarke (yes, Khaleesi) and Sam Clafflin will be Will (OMG, Finnick)! So, if this information does not make you want to watch the trailer, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. 😀