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.

From: http://iamnumberfourfans.com/3495/the-fall-of-five-official-description/

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.

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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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Learning from Hadley Sullivan…

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Plot)

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Well, it was a not-so-typical typical romance novel. Why am I saying typical twice? That’s because like every romance story, in the end, the guy gets the girl. I liked the unexpected twists and turns in the story, which made it different from your earlier romance stories. I never thought I would be reading a book like this, considering I’m not that into this genre of writing. I, personally, am a weak, weak romance writer. I can’t make a reader swoon with just a sentence or two. I am unable to make any reader’s heart flutter in the warm feeling of love and romance. I can only do that in the field of adventure. Well, enough of my self-bashing at a genre I’m not meant to write.

Let’s just say, this was the first romance novel EVER to make me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I am honored to have that feeling coming from a book that was so well-written and perfect for those not that into romance stories.

What did Hadley (and Oliver) teach me?

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Lessons from Charlie the Wallflower…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Plot)

The novel begins in August 1991 with a teenager going by the alias of Charlie, writing to an anonymous “friend” whom he heard someone at school talking about, and decided they sounded like a nice person to write to, on the basis that he or she reportedly did not sleep with someone at a party despite having the opportunity. Charlie states that he does not want the anonymous friend to try to figure out who he is or to find him. Charlie has just begun his freshman year of high school, his brother is at Pennsylvania State University on a football scholarship, and his sister is a senior in high school. We learn that his best—and only—friend, Michael, committed suicide prior to the beginning of the book—leaving Charlie to face high school alone. Charlie often refers to his late Aunt Helen and how she was his “favorite person in the whole world” and states frequently that something bad happened with Aunt Helen, which causes Charlie to be unable to talk about her. Soon Charlie makes the acquaintance of Sam, a beautiful senior on whom Charlie develops a crush almost instantly, and her gay stepbrother Patrick, a charismatic student who is friendly to Charlie. Upon disclosing his feelings and sexual confusion to Patrick and Sam, they are not angry with him, but rather advise him how to handle his feelings privately. Sam and Patrick continue their advisory role while introducing Charlie to many people, music artists, and drugs. Meanwhile his English teacher Bill introduces him to books and encourages him to write essays about them that he will grade despite having no bearing on his English class.

This book was a hard one to crack, in terms of understanding everything. There was a lot to take in at a time, but you couldn’t really put it down. The question that constantly floated in my mind was “What will Charlie do next?”  I’m well aware that it is under the category of fiction, but I never failed to wonder if this account of different letters were actually real. It took me by surprise that a kid, even in fiction, would be able to try all those illicit acts like drinking and using drugs. I’m well aware they weren’t regular in using drugs, but it was still surprising nonetheless.

What did I learn from Charlie and his freshman year?

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What I Learned From Jacob Portman…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Plot)

Jacob Portman, a 16 year old boy, goes to Wales to find out the truth of his grandfather’s past after he was murdered by what Jacob thought was a make-believe creature. When he arrives, he meets Emma, a “strikingly pretty” girl who can control fire. She takes him to meet Miss Peregrine in a time loop set back in the 1940s. Jacob enjoys hanging out with the other peculiar children, such as Millard, who is invisible, and Bronwyn, who has incredible strength. Then Jacob hears some mysterious stories of strange killings in the pub he’s staying at, and warns the peculiar children. When they tell Jacob he is the only one who can see the monsters that killed Jacob’s grandfather, Jacob knows he is the only hope they have for safety.

Jacob and some of the peculiar children encounter a monster which Jacob kills. Upon return to the Miss Peregrine’s home, they find that Miss Peregrine has been kidnapped. The children rescue Miss Peregrine but she is in bird form cannot change back to human form. The peculiar children at the end of the book look for another time loop they can stay in because their current one has been destroyed.

As I read the book, I had Jacob’s same thoughts. I thought that Abe was stuck in his own imaginative world. There were subtle clues to their existence, but still they pointed nowhere. I had second thoughts on all the stories Abe told Jacob as a child. As the story progressed, things became clearer and clearer. So many of the floating questions were answered as it neared the climax. I was awestruck with the clarity in how Ransom Riggs was able to depict the places and characters and the photographs throughout the book helped even more. It is a great book to read.

What did I learn exactly?

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