Thursday, September 4, 2014

G&G Reads: Damned by Chuck Palahniuk & We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Now that I am blogging regularly, not writing a blog post in merely 2 days made me feel as if I've been gone for a long time. I've been reading while I was "gone", two books at once in fact, and finished them in two days. I don't know about you, but whenever I read, I get sucked into the world of that particular book and let it take me on its adventure, so when I'm done with it, it's as if I just came back from a vacation or got woken up from a long, eventful dream.

The first of the two books I'll be reviewing in this post is Damned by Chuck Palahniuk which Amy lent to me. It is a story about a thirteen year old girl named Maddy who died and was damned to Hell, she tells her short life story when she was still alive and her adventures in Hell, and discovers how she actually died along the way.

After reading this book I didn't really know what to feel about it, because there were quite a lot that goes on in the storyline. I've never read anything by Palahniuk before until now, and one thing I can say about him, is his vocabulary, "WOW". He can use the most bizarre yet appropriate words to describe just about anything, and your mind just get blown away. The book itself does get quite disturbing at some parts, and you get a good insight of how Hell is like with vivid geography descriptions like "Ocean of Wasted Sperm" and "Swamp of Partial-Birth Abortions", the system used in Hell, the devils and etc which were an eye-opener, but what annoyed me most was the excessive repetition of the set-ups and the details the readers could've remembered themselves from the third mention onwards. To be honest, I was really tempted to put down the book on the last quarter of the book when Maddy was beating Hitler and all the other hated criminals eons ago who eventually ended up in hell to gain her power in Hell, that part was so ridiculous and I got really mad about it, but I'm glad I went on with the book where it was all explained later on at the end. Other than that, I think the author did a great job at explaining every little details of the characters and situation that I couldn't help but look up for the fan arts on the internet and found this.

So accurate it's making my heart melt.

The second book is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I discovered the awesomeness of the .ePub format  (I know, I'm a super late adopter) and downloaded the ebook of We Were Liars and read it on my phone, the great thing about ebook is that you can bring your book anywhere your phone goes, I read it at a mamak one night, bliss!

We Were Liars is about the beautiful Sinclair family which everyone thinks is perfect, glamorous and mysterious. But is that what the Sinclairs really are? And that is all I'm gonna talk about this book because it's best if you dive in without any expectations at all. The truth of this story really surprised me at the end where I got to put all the puzzle pieces together and that is my favourite feeling in reading a book. Highly recommended though I can understand that the style of the author's beautiful and unique writing could not be for everyone. I am looking forward to buy a physical copy and rereading this book again now that I already know the ending, I get to focus more on the clues and signals given along the way.

Till next time!

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