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SO THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK TO THE CHAOS WALKING TRILOGY (sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go) AND IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK THEN GET OUT

OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK
*starts crying*

My fail summary:
This book kind of starts right after the first one (which I like)BUT VIOLA AND TODD GET FREAKING SEPARATED AND THE MAYOR IS A GIANT DOUCHEBAG WHO LIKES TO TREAT WOMEN LIKE ANIMALS AND KILL PEOPLE FOR NO REASON

AVG Goodreads rating: I DONT CARE ANYMORE I’M MAKING THIS A FIVE OUT OF FIVE IN EVERY COUNTRY

My thoughts: 

THIS BOOK WILL WRECK YOUR SOUL.
AND THEN IT’LL EAT IT
AND WON’T GIVE YOUR SOUL BACK TO YOU
BECAUSE IT LIKES RUINING YOUR LIFE
but if you have no soul you have no life so

At first I thought that the title meant somebody asking a question and answering but I was way off.
How I feel about The Ask:
NOOOOOOoooOOOOoOo
How I feel about The Answer:
nononoononnononoNonnonooONonON
GO DIE IN A PIT OF FIRE I DON’T CARE IF YOU’RE ON THE GOOD SIDE IS THERE EVEN A GOOD SIDE IN THIS WHOLE BOOK
as you can see I deeply hate both of them

I have a lot of things to say about the characters. A lot.

Todd (aka the boy-or should i say MAN- who couldn’t kill)
In this book you get to see his vulnerable side. Like really really really vulnerable side. SO VUNERABLE IT BREAKS YOUR FREAKING HEART Throughout this book he’s struggling with what to believe which causes him to do some really bad things. So bad that he’s covering the guilt by shutting out all of his emotions. And he says “Forgive me” a lot AND THE PARTS AFTER HE SAID THAT WERE ALL FREAKING SAD Reading this was truly heartbreaking to me but his actions at the end FIXED MY SOUL HEART except that one last part on that last page
THIS IS NO LONGER THE BOY FROM THE FIRST BOOK
THIS IS A MAN

Viola:
So it switches points of views a lot and it goes to Viola’s point of view. A lot. I felt like this book was mainly about her and that she was taking Todd’s role of main character but of course Todd got his role back in the end  She’s also one of the few female characters I actually like. Her actions were incredibly noble and I respect her.

Davy:
THIS GUY NEEDS HIS OWN CHARACTER SECTION LIKE HONESTLY BEST CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT OF THE FREAKING CENTURY. In the first book he’s a murderer jerk but throughout this book you can see him change as a character INTO A FREAKING BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY.   So you get to see a lot of his personality throughout this book and you can see his emotions and Todd reads Davy’s noise a LOT so you know what he’s thinking and IT’S JUST SO HEARTBREAKING TO JUST SAY DAVY’S NAME OR EVEN TALK ABOUT HIM OR TALK ABOUT HIS LIFE OR ANYTHING OMG. SORRY I CAN’T CONTINUE ON ANYMORE WITHOUT CRYING
IN SHORT HE WENT FROM HEARTLESS TO HAVING THE MOST KINDEST HEART OF ALL

THE MAYOR emphasis on mayor and not president 
YOUUUUUU *strangles mayor to death simpsons style*

Quotes I liked: 

“Yer the only friend I got, pigpiss… Ain’t that the biggest tragedy you ever heard?”

“Todd?-
Please-“
^
i SCREAMED SO LOUD AT THIS PART

VIOLA”

“I do what I have to do,” I say.
I do what I have to do to save him.
I do what I have to do to save Todd.”

“In this world of numbness and information overload, the ability to feel, my boy, is a rare gift indeed.”

“But what he’s forgetting,” she says. “What he’s forgotting is that me and Todd, we ran halfway across this planet together, by ourselves. We beat his craziest preacher. We outran an entire army and survived being shot and beaten and chased and we bloody well stayed alive this whole time without being blown up or tortured to death or dying in battle or anything.”
She takes her hand of Lee so she’s balancing just against me.
“Me and Todd? Together against the Mayor?” She smiles. “He doesn’t stand a chance.”

“It’s Davy who stops it.”
^
BLESS YOUR EFFING SOUL DAVY. BLESS IT

“I would kill to save her,” I say.”

Rate: 10 (!!!!!!!!!!) out of 10

i liked the first one a little better

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Oh my god.
OH.
MY.
GOD.
WHAT IN THE FREAKING HELL DID I JUST READ.
I’M LEGIT CRYING HERE.

I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO START. HOW DO YOU START A REVIEW ON A BOOK LIKE THIS.
I’M NOT EVEN GONNA GIVE YOU THE SYNOPSIS; THE SYNOPSIS DOESN’T SHOW YOU THE BEAUTY OF THIS GORGEOUS, PRECIOUS BOOK.
BUT IF I GOTTA START SOMEWHERE I GUESS I’LL MAKE A NEW SYNOPSIS AND START MY REVIEW FROM THERE.
*breathes in and exhales*

I’ll try and refrain from writing in CAPS 

So this precious book is about a boy named Todd Hewitt who lives in Prentisstown, the last city on the planet. I swear I would literally murder everyone in that town if I could .  And Todd is the only boy left in Prentisstown (everyone else is a man). In Prentisstown, everyone can read everyone’s thoughts (the thoughts are called Noise there) and animals can talkam I even spelling Prentisstown right? who cares that town deserves to be misspelled   At Prentisstown, you become a man at age 13 and Todd really wants to be a man because he’s the only boy left and he wants to do manly jobs and talk to other people because when you’re a boy, men don’t really talk to you.
There’s also no women in this town because all the women supposedly died off, so Todd doesn’t know what a “woman” or “girl” is.
Anyways, one day Todd is walking his talking dog Manchee and he discovers an area with no Noise (aka thoughts) at all which is impossible because you hear thoughts EVERYWHERE. He goes off and tells his guardian, Ben, about the area with no Noise and when Ben hears this, he tells Todd to not think of the area at all or else everyone can hear. Ben tells Todd that he needs to get out of Prentisstown quickly before anybody sees him or else he’ll be killed. Unfortunately people DO hear about this because Todd thinks about it, despite being told not to, and then he’s escaping by going across the swamp that divides Prentisstown from the world beyond it.
But how does he escape when his pursuers can hear his every thought?

Throughout this book, you don’t know why Todd has to escape until the last part of the book (there are six parts in this book), you don’t know why the silent area is bad, and you don’t know why the people in Prentisstown want to kill him or capture him so badly, so the whole book is like a giant mystery.

My thoughts:

This book is amazing.
Hands down.
The first few parts were alright but THEN IT GOT SO GOOD TO THE POINT WHERE I STARTED SOBBING AND CRYING.
I COULDN’T PUT THE BOOK DOWN AT ALL.

I mean, it wasn’t that interesting in the beginning and I couldn’t understand the way Todd talked very much (it’s in his point of view) until a little later, BUT THE BOOK WAS STILL AMAZING.

AND THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
*starts sobbing*
GOSH, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.
Todd and Viola (the two main characters) hated each other in the beginning but throughout the book, you could see them open up a little bit to each other in every chapter.
It got to the point where they both understood each other’s actions and behaviors and thoughts even without listening to each other’s Noise. And Todd loved Viola, even without him knowing.
There was development between Todd and his dog Manchee too.
In the beginning, Todd clearly stated that he did not want Manchee I’m trying not to cry when I say his name, which pretty much was saying that he didn’t like Manchee, but later on he realized that he needed Manchee and loved him and Manchee’s last Todd? WAS SO HEARTBREAKING I CAN’T– 

I think it’s time to move on

In the book, Todd was trying to find out who he is and what his beliefs were. He was constantly telling himself who he is and what his name was and etc. You also could kind of see why the book was called “The Knife of Never Letting Go” as you read through the book.

And the last part of the book…
OH.
THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK HAD SO MANY TWISTS AND TURNS THAT MADE ME WANT TO SCREAM AND CRY AND RIP MY HEART OUT AND STEP ON IT AND JUST KILL MYSELF BECAUSE I GOT TOO MANY EMOTIONS PELTING AT ME LIKE HAIL THAT I JUST WANTED TO DIE.

AND THE CLIFFHANGER TOO
OH MY GOD
I really need the next book

THE CHARACTERS 

Todd
I love his character. At first I thought he was a whiny brat with anger issues but when I got further into the story I understood him better and fell in love with his character. His losses, his emotions, his thoughts, and his actions felt so real to me.

Viola
I HATED HER IN THE BEGINNING BUT NOW I LOVE HER SO MUCH ASDFGHJKL;. She was mute in the beginning and I hated her actions but then the chapter after the Farbranch chapter, I started to like her.

Manchee
Can’t say his name without crying

Aaron
I HATE HIM SO MUCH *pterodactyl screech*

GORGEOUS, PRECIOUS QUOTES I LIKED FROM THE STORY:

“Cuz how do you know yer alive if you don’t hurt?”

“I think how hope may be the thing that pulls you forward, may be the thing that keeps you going, but that it’s dangerous, too, that it’s painful and risky, that it’s making a dare to the world and when has the world ever let us win a dare?”

“There ain’t hope here after all.”
^
Image

Todd?”
^
and this is when I start to scream

“Here’s what I think,” I say and my voice is stronger and thoughts are coming, thoughts that trickle into my noise like whispers of truth. “I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking.”
I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening.
“I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”

“Never let me go says the knife”

“I want a campfire box.”
^
Me too

“You starting to feel hope yet?” Viola asks, her voice curious.
“No,” I say, fuddling my noise. “You?”
Her eyebrows are up but she shakes her head. “No, No.”
“But we’re going anyway.”
“Oh, yeah,” Viola says. “Hell or high water.”
“It’ll probably be both,” I say.”

“I’m sorry,” I whisper to her. “I’m so sorry.”

“Life equals running and when we stop running maybe that’s how we’ll know life is finally finished.”

“Don’t deceive me. Never leave me.”

“A knife is only as good as the one who wields it.”

 

Rate: 10000000000 out of 10 

and I even considered giving it a 9 yesterday. Boy, was I wrong 


THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU IF YOU LIKE BEING PELTED BY SO MANY EMOTIONS AT THE SAME TIME IN ONE SINGLE PART


So I’ve been inactive lately and the reason is because I have (and I’m not afraid to say it) little motivation to write book reviews. I honestly don’t know how people do it. Despite my lack of motivation to do book reviews, I will continue making them because of four reasons:
1) My friends want to read them and by friends I mean Liana
2) It’s a good way to see how I felt about the book at that specific time
3) It’s a good way to vent
4) When I get lazy to write those long reviews, I’ll just make a mini one so it’ll make everyone happy

Now read #4 again
Now read the title of this post
Now you know where I’m going with this

Assuming that you know now, lets get on with the first mini review.

AIRHEAD BY MEG CABOT

A VERY VERY SHORT SUMMARY OF THE BOOK:

EM WATTS IS GONE.
Literally.

AVG goodreads rating: 3.82 out of 5 lets just say it’s a 4 though 

My thoughts:
This book has a supermodel for the cover.
This book talks about models.
This book talks about idols.
This book talks about British heartthrobs.

So you would understand why
NEVER IN THREE BILLION YEARS WOULD I HAVE EVER THOUGHT OF PICKING UP THIS BOOK, MUCH LESS READ IT.

But I’m glad I did though because I loved it. I’m also very surprised about how much I love it because I usually hate books like these.
It was also nice to read a book like this and have a break from all the action stuff I’ve been reading

I could not put this book down. I brought it EVERYWHERE with me. I haven’t felt such an urge to read a book like this since the book Pink which is saying a lot because I read that book years ago.

AND CAN I SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE THE CHARACTERS? especially Em and Christopher 
I usually hate main characters (especially the female ones, for some reason) but I loved Em (the main character). I think it’s partly because some of the things she says reminds me of myself, but it’s also because she’s not like main character’s out there.
And she plays nerd games like me which is always a 10 in my book

It’s a fun, enjoyable read that I recommend. I can’t really say much about the story and plot though because literally every word you say about the plot of this story is a spoiler.
Just keep in mind that the plot of the story is not what it seems.

Rate: 9.4 out of 10

next mini book review:

I AM NUMBER FOUR BY PITTACUS LORE

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books – but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

AVG goodreads rating: 3.88 out of 5

My thoughts: 

I had high hopes for this book because I really liked the movie but the book was kind of a let down.

The main issue was the characters.
I felt like I couldn’t/didn’t really connect with them and some of them felt flat to me. I didn’t really like the characters very much either and even though it was in Number Four’s point of view, he’s still like a stranger to me even though I’ve read about his thoughts and feelings.
I didn’t feel like the connection between the characters was that great either. Henri’s and Four’s connection with each other was the only strong connection I could see. Four and Sarah’s (the love interest) connection was also strong, but it lacked something, I just can’t put my finger on it.

The plot was alright. There was a ton of action at the end but if you look at the amount of action out of the whole entire book, there wasn’t that much. There wasn’t anything interesting to me about the plot overall though.

I heard that the next two books are like on a complete different level than the first one though, so I might check it out.

Rate: 7 out of 10

the last mini book review of this post:

SUN AND MOON, ICE AND SNOW BY JESSICA DAY GEORGE

Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when anisbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servents. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.

AVG goodreads rating: 3.95

My thoughts: 

I hate the summary because it gives away literally everything that happens. I don’t know how to really summarize this book though, so I’ll just leave the summary there.

This book is a retelling of the East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale, but this book could have been it’s own fairy tale; I thought it was that great.

All the events in the story sort of connect with each other in a way, which is great.

At first I felt really sorry for the main character because her name is pretty much the word, “girl”. Then I felt more sorry for her because her mom is this ignorant annoying hag who is so ignorant I CAN’T EVEN COMPREHEND HOW IGNORANT SHE IS.

The Lass’s connection with the people in the castle felt real to me (much like Queen Bitterblue and the people in her kingdom) but the Lass’s connection to the isbjorn didn’t feel real to me at all. And when she just happened to fall in love with him I didn’t buy it at all.
It sort of went like this:

The Lass: I am friends with the polar bear, even though we don’t talk much by the way some guy sneaks into my bed every night.
Polar bear: *transforms into a prince*
The Lass: I DIDN’T REALIZE THIS BUT I LOVE YOU OMG XOXOOXOXOXO

Sorry, I don’t buy what’s happening there.

Rate: 8.7 (rounded to a 9) out of 10