Review: The brilliant light of Amber sunrise

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Title: The brilliant light of Amber sunrise

Genre: Romance, comedy, drama

Age group recommended: 14+

Description: “A poignant and unexpectedly funny novel about Francis—one of the best and bravest since Adrian Mole. This is an emotionally honest story about wanting the very best from life. Even when life shows you how very bad things can be.”

Suffice to say this is written in the British lingo, and is narrated by a fifteen year-old boy named Francis, who has leukaemia. The reason why I state this is because there are language jargons in this book (though the original version, “in bloom” has more) are unusual for people who do not hear these terms often in their region or—heaven-forbid—have been inside the head of a fifteen year-old boy.

If those factors are irrelevant and you’re a reader that embraces grit and doesn’t shy away from new territories and maybe dabbling into some themes you’ve seen over and over… read this book.

It takes place in Britain, with Francis and his small dysfunctional family— An aggresive mother, a people-conscious grandmother, a wayward older brother, and the occasional appearance of  Fiona, who Francis has the standard romantic fantasies about.

Soon he meets Amber, “the girl who could take on the world.” and falls in love, hard.

The cast are exceptionally brilliant, and somehow managing to stand unique in their own ways and fierce through strife—we get to see the heart inside of them, when the normalcy of their lives are tested, and their love ones are threatened by life itself.

The comedic elements in this book do not fall short of abundant. Almost every paragraph evoked a blunt “HA!” or a vague giggle from me; Francis has this melodramatic charm and sensitivity that lifts the story more because of his witty perspective. I was never bored reading knowing I had something to look forward to. This is odd because this is under a a pretty serious theme, but somehow the author brings the reader back to realize that through the characters, Francis, and his amusing revelations, which are actually quite grave.

But with every book about tragic circumstance, you have to peel back that layer to see what this book is really about. Yes, the ailments of the character is the whole reason for the plot, but it isn’t everything, nor should it be.

This book is not what you expect, or at least not what I expected. It wasn’t a jump in book where you are at the main subject at hand as due to the premise—you go through it with Francis, feel what he feels, wish what he wishes, all step by step.

One thing I like about books like these is that the characters lead the way, things happen to them and they have to navigate their way through it.

That’s exactly what happens for Francis, and the girl he meets in the ward, Amber.

I wish I could say this story is about them, it is focusing on them, but also dips into other lanes. What else can you call a good romance novel when it doesn’t centre around romance? Good!

Appreciation for life, the strong bonds built in that short time; the people loved, lost, and never forgotten are some of the many things that are hovering over the plot.

But the heart of the book lies with Amber and Francis, I cannot deny that.

I know I’m tiptoeing around the plot without really saying anything substantial, but that is for the explicit fact that I want you to do what I did: blindly dive in. Don’t read the premise, don’t harbour preconceptions.

Dive. Right. In

In words short and sweet, this was a hilarious, fervorish, heartwarming, tragic, and unregretable read.
Easy to hard scale: Besides the British lingo, easy. But that shouldn’t be factor in reading because we need more diverse books from different regions other than the land of the Eagles.

Like or dislike: I really, really liked it. It warmed my heart.

Would I buy it: I think this book is something I would want to add to my collection. The cover is also a bonus.

1-5: I give it a Tobias.

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Review: The Kiss of Deception

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Title: The Kiss of Deception

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Action, Drama.

As for the sypnosis, a quick check on google couldn’t hurt.

An assassin. A prince. A runaway princess.

These three get tangled in a web of chance and fate, leading them to an outcome none of them could have expected. Nor did I.

This book easily slips into the fantasy lane, what with the run-of-the-mill decrepit language and sometimes overly added adjectives along with its inconspicuous synonyms. For someone who is used to straightforward, choppy, secular proses, I found it hard to catch up with the events and happenings when there’s a ton of flowery words peppered here and there, drawing me away from the main idea and trying to figure out what caravan means. But eventually I had to suck it up and acclimatize with the prose and grew to eventually like it. Though it is pretty descriptive, it allows very vivid images to form.

As for the book itself, I liked it, but only towards the end. A fair warning that the beginning is slow and sometimes I skipped over wondering when it’ll carry on. But that was build-up. Pearson has a dramatic flair and there are suprise moments that leads your gorgeous brows to raise, jaws to drop, and hearts to thump in anticipation.

No matter how close you pay attention to detail and find that you know the outcome even before it comes out, I assure you, you will not.

The characters are not too shabby; they’re intriguing in their own way. Lia is not a typical princess character, so you don’t have to endure whining—only her outrage against the title and her defiance to her heritage to the point she abandons it which is not a spoiler because from the beginning she clears that up and I’m pretty sure it says so on goodreads.

I’m sorry to say, there is a love triangle. But I doubt that it’ll hinder which team you’re on or who you’re rooting for because you’ll figure that out when you’re getting to know the characters, and like people, you will either like them or you won’t.

Overall, I see promise in this story and I will continue to read the sequel to see if that promise is kept.

Easy to hard scale: A medium to hard read if you’re not into the fantasy culture.

Like or dislike?: I didn’t wholly enjoy it because of the slow pace, but I think this was a book I don’t regret reading.

Would I buy it?: well, I borrowed it, and I wouldn’t mind buying it. But I’m poor so…

1-5: I give it a modest 4 out of 5.

Format of my book reviews

All my reviews will be spoiler-free and concise because that’s how reviews are meant to be. Due to the fact that it is in fact spoiler-free, there will not be a lot mentioned besides recomendation, likability and the book itself. I’m restricted in that area but I have freedom to explore other options—I can tell you if I would recommend the book, if I adored or disliked the book, if I would suggest or commit to buying it; what would I rate the book out of five (I usually give 3-5, 3 being good, 4 meaning I would recommend and enjoyed it thoroughly, and 5 meaning it is something of high caliber), and what point it falls on the easy-to-hard scale.

Now, for the type of books that I’ll be reviewing: Since I am a young adult, my general area of reading falls under that area. Although that category seems like a dot in the eclectic ones, I have to assure Young adult can traverse into many other boundaries. E.g, fantasy, dystopian, contemporary(a whole other genre with more levels and varying depths), romance, action, autobiographies( by young adults), graphic novels, and many many others.

Basically, I review books according to how I choose to, and I’ll pay attention to those petty details that might ruin a book for someone. Although, spoilers can actually enhance a reading experience it seems. I’ll save that for another post.

The start

Hello, you are the very witness to the beginning of a very horrible blog starting with a moderately treacherous post involving the issues of self-deprecation and lack of self-esteem evidently in the very first sentence that has not ended yet for some reason and is stil going on, and on, and on, and I will stop now.

Thank you for visiting, there’s more to come!

I can’t gurentee the quality will be as top-notch as this one, though.