Review: The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore

The Fall of Five is the fourth novel in the New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore. The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again.

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It was actually one of the rare moments where I felt absolutely enraged with a character in a book, the others in the past being Voldemort and Umbridge from Harry Potter. For those of you who have read The Fall of Five, I hope you have the same sentiment. I felt every bit of betrayal, hurt, and anguish. From the title itself, the book doesn’t hold a happy ending. If it said “The Fall of the Mogadorians”, then it would obviously be a happy one.

The sense of betrayal in the story was set halfway through, but as a reader, I tried my best to deny it and hope for the best. Finding out that my hunches were right got me all the more upset. Well, I like how the book actually made me feel these things, like living through the story. The only problem I had with the book and the series is the change in voices. The font styles change with the voice, but sometimes its hard to decipher which of the Lorien or Sam is the one narrating. There were also a time or two where I couldn’t picture the situation as well as the rest of the book, but it could be understood since it’s in the first person point of view and we don’t really get the full view of things. (I wrote my first manuscript in the first person view and I did my best to keep the blurred moments to a minimum.)

All in all, I absolutely love this book and the series. I can’t wait for the next book. I know this one just came out, but is there any news yet on the title and release date?

The next book reviews will follow this week.

Be inspired!

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Nearing the End.

I am nearing the end of writing another book. It’s still a couple chapters away, but the end is in clear sight. Everyone knows the saying, “It’s not about the destination, but the journey.” Well, this is another challenge in writing. Some of us immediately know the end of a book we’re writing. I currently know the desired end of the book I am writing and now I’m worrying about how I get to the end. The journey to the final page should be something great and unforgettable.

I can feel the excitement of almost finishing another book creeping up on me. By finish, I mean to finish the first draft. It’s my second baby. The first one took its first step, but stumbled. I’ll get it trying again soon along with the second one.

I hope everyone is having a good time and progress with their books.

Each word we write is a step closer to adding to the world’s art. Be inspired everyone!

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When Boredom Strikes…

…I end up doing  my requirements so I can pass my subjects and get that Master’s Degree. I guess it was good that I got bored. This was my dilemma the whole month of January. I was either doing homework, reading, or writing. I finished reading the books I got for Christmas long before January ended, which got me bored really fast. I’d have bouts of inspiration and writing tons, then it’d be gone, which was a bit annoying, but of course only natural.

Anyway, because I’ve got no other novels to read and my mind is taking its sweet time in throwing up words, I’m starting to read creative writing books. I’ve currently opened The Psychology of Creative Writing. I’ll be sharing whatever I learn from it and maybe stay on track with my writing tips from a novice writer to another.

Please, if you can recommend good books on creative or novel writing, share them right here. Also, don’t hesitate to share any good novels, I’d love to discover new things to read.

Be inspired and inspire as always!

 

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Books for Christmas!

Like I said before, I love receiving books for Christmas (or on any plain old day). I have 4 books waiting to be read, well, I’m already reading one of the four.

Here are the books:
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  1. Aleph by Paolo Coelho
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I am currently out of town for the holidays and spending them with my cousins. I bought three of these books from the holiday money I got and the John Green book was a gift. I finished the books I showed in my other post and I’m halfway through Aleph. Let’s just say Im a happy bookworm for the holidays.

By the way, I sent a query letter to Spencer Hill Press and I’ve been really excited. I’m not really expecting a good response on my first try, but a response is a response.

Happy holidays once again.

Be inspired and merry!

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A Spark in My Holidays.

I got these two books as an early Christmas gift and I’m really, really happy to have them.

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They are two books I’ve been wanting to get for a long time. Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a book that a good friend of mine has been telling me to read and I Am Number Four: The Lost Files was something I’ve been looking forward to reading since I await the book after The Rise of Nine. There is nothing better for me to receive than novels for Christmas or for any occasion (well, unless those gifts are gadgets or money… Haha!).

This just a little update that’s got me smilin’ like crazy. I love getting new books!

 

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The Rise of Nine

This is the third book in the I Am Number Four Series. I am not sure if I found out late about this book coming out. I just saw it available here in the Philippines last week. After reading The Power of Six (Book 2 of the series), I was trapped in thought, wondering what could ever happen next. As of two days ago, I got my answer. Not to worry, I am not gonna spoil anything here.

Well, what can I say about the book?

It is awesome. I really admire how they are able to change point of views so easily and cleanly. It doesn’t take long to figure out who is telling the story and I guess the matching fonts help. Going through the books in the series, you never feel lost, but you feel more into the story.

If I can finish the book in less than three days, then I consider it a great read. I finished this one in an afternoon and The Power of Six in two afternoons. Let’s just say I am a big fan of the series.

Now I’m stuck with this thought until the next one comes out: “What’s gonna happen next?”

It’s nice to have a book push me back into writing again. It got my writing juices flowing.

Inspire others in any way you can.

 

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I am Happy and Proud!

Of what, you may ask. I was able to complete my mediocre book reviews as promised. I know they were a few days late, but at least I was able to post them. They really had an impact on how I view things in life and in writing. I hope to make more book reviews and I might just get better at them. Haha!

I’m proud to be part of a community of immense creativity, beauty, and imagination. We are a great contribution to society no matter what we write.

I’m proud to be a writer.

I aim to be a published one when the time comes.

Be inspired everyday and in every way!

 

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