Book Review: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

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The Similars is a book by Rebecca Hanover on human clones.

The Similars is a thought provoking novel that gives you a glimpse about the possibility of human cloning. It strikes you with questions on science and society.

The story gives you a roller coaster ride on events. I must also compliment the development of the characters in the story because none of us can expect what they’ll be doing next.

The plot actually follows a usual sci-fi pattern: evil billionaire with a revengeful desire to take out his bullies from high school. I do hope the next books explain more of his side as I can’t just accept that this is all a childish plot, especially with the plot twist at the end. I also think that there is more to Darkwood’s history.

Throughout reading the novel, I have thought about human cloning and my side on it. I think, however the advancement we make on science and technology, that we shouldn’t play with genetics and create humans unnaturally as this would pave way to extreme enhancement that would make the gap between social classes bigger than it already is.

Technological advances are what keeps us moving forward as the human race as a whole, but maybe what keeps us human is our limitations. Are we still humans if we are allowed to surpass our standards and create abilities? Did we not hang people we were afraid of in the medieval times because of their difference, and because they were more than us? Perhaps now we are considering this option as we understand more, but maybe this will be our end.

I hope the next books explore more of the effect of cloning to the human race as a whole. I am excited to learn more.

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Top Book Boyfriends And Why You Love Them

It is every reader’s most kept secret- we are all attached to a certain character in the books as if they were existing, and somehow it becomes a standard of our reality. Most of time, we read to fulfill our ideals of the perfect man who we hope to meet in our lifetime, which of course is far fetched but it gives us comfort to have these book boyfriends as our own.

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  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan

Percy is the epitome of a great Greek hero- powerful, courageous, and most definitely attractive with his sea green eyes. He has accomplished so much at a young age and is already a legend. Percy is the goofy kid with dyslexia but gets along with everybody else for being cool. As the son of Poseidon, he is one of the most respected demigods on the series, but what really makes Percy great is his undying loyalty to his friends and family- which is ironically also his fatal flaw. This hero will sacrifice the world just for you.

“You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” – Percy on The Mark of Athena, Book 3 Heroes of Olympus

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  • Jace Herondale (The Shadowhunter series) by Cassandra Clare

Don’t we all love a bad blond boy? Jace is the usual playboy who carries himself with confidence because he knows he is definitely better than the rest. His dark humor will keep you on your toes and will sway you to follow his every word. He is a natural leader who knows his strengths and uses them to his advantage. Aside from his fighting skills, he is also a talented pianist. But sometimes, the most powerful ones carry a darkness within them, and all he needs is someone who’s willing to look more into it. Although he has a tendency to lose track most of time, he’ll surely keep you wanting more.

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.” – Jace on The City of Glass, Book 3 of The Mortal Instruments

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  • Patch Cipriano (Hush, Hush) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nothing tops the warning signs to get away from a literal Fallen Angel, but doesn’t that make them more attractive? Patch is the exact type of boy your mom warned you about- doesn’t attend classes, definitely has some secret dealings that are probably illegal, and will most likely kill you. The redemption, however, is what makes him so much more than what he is. He will burn everyone for your sake and will sacrifice his own wings just to be with you.

“All this time I’ve hated myself for it. I thought I’d given it up for nothing. But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.” – Patch on Hush, Hush Book 1

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  • Peter Kavinsky (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series) by Jenny Han

Kavinsky sets the modern standards for boyfriends of today. Get you a guy who adjust your sweetness even when he is supposedly fast paced, and who not only makes you feel special but your family (especially your little sister) as well. He is the jock who falls for the quirky type and is the hope of unique girls everywhere.

“We’re you and me. And yeah, it’s gonna be hard. But Lara Jean, I’ve never feel for another girl what I feel for you.” – Peter on Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Book 3 of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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  • John Ambrose McClaren (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series) by Jenny Han

The rival of Kavinsky is the model UN smart type John Ambrose. He’s the guy who is sweet to his grandparents, which makes him an old romantic. We’ve all wished for a gentleman who’ll treat you well with slow dancing in the snow and a romantic dinner. He’s the one your parents will approve of, and the type of guy you know will always be there for you.

“I don’t think it was our time then. I guess it isn’t now, either.” John looks over at me, his gaze steady. “But one day maybe it will be.” – John Ambrose, on P.S. I Still Love You, Book 2 of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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  • Alex Stewart (Love, Rose – Where Rainbows End) by Cecilia Ahern

It’s always lucky to be in love with your bestfriend. Alex is the guy who knows you well- from your tells to your most embarrassing moments- but loves you anyway. He might be a bit slow in expressing his feelings in fear of ruining your friendship and the comfort that’s in it, but he’s the one you’ll end up with no matter what happens, because nothing is more perfect than a guy who accepts you for who and what you are. The thing about Alex is, even when you don’t end up together, you know you’ll always have your bestfriend by your side.

“Today I love you more than ever; tomorrow I will love you even more. I need you more than ever; I want you more than ever. I’m a man of fifty years of age coming to you, feeling like a teenager in love, asking you to give me a chance and love me back.

Rosie Dunne I love you with all my heart, I have always loved you when I was seven years old and lied about falling asleep on Santa watch, when I was ten years old and didn’t invite you to my birthday party, when I was eighteen and had to move away, even on my wedding days, on your wedding day, on christenings, birthdays, and when we fought. I loved you through it all. Make me the happiest man on this earth by being with me.” – Alex on Love, Rosie

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  • Maxon Calix Schreave (The Selection series) by Kiera Cass

Everybody loves a Prince. Maxon is a total sweetheart and romantic who respects the capability of strong women, even when he is born to be a King. He is not like others who were born with a golden spoon who tend to be cocky and full of themselves, because he has a soft side to him. He is creative and appreciates the little things. He’s the type who will easily remember what your favorites are just by observing you.

“I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.” – Maxon on The One, Book 3 of The Selection

There’s always this guy in the story that you root for and claim as your own. Who knows? Maybe one day, the words you read about will finally come to flesh.

Who’s Your Favorite Book Boyfriend?

  • Percy Jackson
  • Jace Herondale
  • Patch Cipriano
  • Peter Kavinsky
  • John Ambrose McClaren
  • Alex Stewart
  • Maxon Calix Schreave

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale (Book 1) and The Testaments (Book 2) by Margaret Atwood

I try to steer away from the genre of books we were required to read for academic purposes because I read leisurely to escape the world- it’s quite a burden to be reading such materials that will expose the harshness of reality.

The thing about dystopian fiction is that there is a sliver of truth in each outcome. Everything is a possibility- whether it’s a civilization of aliens or robots, or a trip back to historic monarchies. The ideas of the plot are firstly outlined by the choices that we humans make this very moment. This is why the pull for reading it is strong; we relate to it closer that we do to fantasy fiction.

The Handmaid’s Tale is considered as a classic for modern fiction, and I never really had the desire to read it because of its status. However, such times requires us to expand our scope, and I must say that I do regret reading it because of the heavy feelings it gave me. The book, in general, exceeds my standards for writing and plot devising. The series starts with the story of Ofred, a Handmaid, whose sole duty is to bear a child for a couple of high standing in the society. Here, Gilead is a fictitious country formed in the America under the absolute control of a cult.

Imagine, the horror of such idea being paraded as a moral duty because of their ideals and religious beliefs. I cannot stress enough how each scene has made me shiver because of the possibilities they impose.

Why did I carry on to the Testaments?

The second book is a collection of testaments from subjects being studied from the old Gilead, now a destroyed country. It offers a glimpse into the rest of the world and what Gilead plays in it, and the starting piece on to how everything was brought down. It reminds me a lot about the situation of North Korea. I wonder how long will it be until we finally take action- but do we really have the judgment to do so?

Sometimes it makes you wonder if we indeed have the right to decide for other countries as a whole based on their status. We have seen how some of those decisions went, and most of the countries we have tried to decide for are now just war zones.

I am afraid. I am afraid that these books are indeed our testaments.

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Book Review: Supernova by Marissa Meyer (Book 3 of the Renegades Series)

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Just as I’ve thought that I have ran out of new subjects to read about, Marissa Meyer came up with the Renegades. Superheroes are indeed everywhere in the cinematic world as well as the long standing comics, but not much on Young Adult fiction. I was excited when I read about Meyer’s books, because she already had me hooked with the Lunar Chronicles series.

Supernova is the conclusion to the trilogy The Renegades (Book 2 Archenemies), about the Villain (Anarchist) Nova, who pretends to be a Hero (Renegade) to revenge on her family. She previously lived with the rest of her Anarchists while hiding her uncle, Ace Anarchy, the original villain, who was also captured on the end of Book Two: Archenemies, before Nova was given a chance to hand him back his helmet (which amplified his powers, which she stole from the Renegades.) She is also torn as she already finds herself falling for her Renegade Captain and teammate Adrian Everhart, also the adoptive son of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden, the original Renegades who defeated Ace.

Nova has had a lot of progress during the first two books where she struggles with her inner morals. I was really excited about how they would end the series, but I have been disappointed as I feel like a lot of things were rushed and a lot of questions were unanswered. Meyer has long said that it is only a trilogy, but I think, based on the ending, that there will be a spin-off of some sort and I would be really upset if there wouldn’t be.

Just thought that the plot needed some much more spinning. I think Marissa wanted to move on from Nova’s story to highlight a new character, but I think it should have been two more books. Also, we’ve already guessed some of the things unveiled in the story based on the plot of the two books so I think it downgraded the effect of the revelations and fight scenes in most of the climax. I like Marissa’s style, I just hope she left some mystery that isn’t really obvious and opened it with a bang in Supernova. Honestly, the Epilogue is the only thing you wouldn’t have guessed, and this is why it needs more books.

I love it- but I wasn’t awed by it like the first time. I, however, still recommend the books to anyone who wants the old YA drama with a somewhat refreshed slate.

One cannot be brave who has no fear.

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