Chaos Company: A Book Review

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Author: Christopher Slayton

Published on: March 8, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

The highly effective team of genetically enhanced soldiers code-named Chaos Company has returned to the United States to be commended for their bravery. While on leave the team finds themselves at odds with the highly dangerous mercenary Liam King, who has been contracted to assassinate President Jennifer Grey. Chaos Company thwarts Liam’s attack, but at the cost of their team leader’s life.
With their leader killed the team looks to Corporal Desmond Striker to guide them in a hunt for Liam. During their hunt the team will find themselves in the cross-hairs of a private military company and have their abilities pushed to their limits. Before Chaos Company finally comes to blows with Liam they will discover that their greatest threat is a leader within their own country.

Note: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

Chaos Company is the first book of the author. I’m ecstatic to have been considered to do a review on this book. So I owe it to him to write an honest review about it.

First with the writing. It was really action-packed! Trust me when I say that you don’t get to have the luxury to sit back and relax.  The fighting scenes occur one after the other and it literally took my breath away.

However, there was just too much technical terms for the high-powered guns, armoured vehicles and the fight scene that kind of lost me along the way. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think this one is perfect to be adapted into a movie. The way it was written is already as good as a screenplay! And just one more thing though, there’s still minor errors on the writing that scratched me bit.

Then we have the characters.  Chaos Company is actually the name of the group of genetically mutated soldiers. Definitely some squad goals OMG!

The team is being commanded by Lieutenant Tyler Young who I don’t really have much to say HAHA. Then her sister Anna Young who has the capability to turn her skin into this dangerously sharp orange scales.  The way she reacted with what happened to Ty is expected but I admire how it’s not the typical I’m-gonna-go-crazy-and-do-irrational-stuff-and-get-killed-in-the-process kind of way in seeking revenge.She saw what happened, she’s gonna make the bad guy pay for it but she’s gotta plan it so well so she gets the revenge she deserves! You don’t get to mess with her.

Then there’s a Cameron who’s the biggest and strongest man in the team. Imagine the hulk! And then a Vincent Lockhart who has the capability to stick into anything like a lizard does to wall and can elicit electromagnetic pulse and shut down any electrical device within his range. It’s like he’s the king of all electricians! And we have the medic of the group, Kiyoko Hinori who can heal anything by her touch except a broken heart </3 HAHA no really her hands could heal you as much as it can kill you. Honestly, it’s the dream to have miraculously healing hands for my chosen career. I could save thousands of lives. She’s my hero in this squad. And of course, Desmond Striker! I don’t know if you are familiar with Dragon Balls but Desmond has a hand cannon! 

His character had the most development I think. You know that moment you get when you guessed the plot twist before it was revealed in the story? Well I just had that moment and boy Desmond is the best freak there is! Then we have the villain, Liam King. I think I have felt all levels of annoyance and anger there is towards a fictional character. Boy, he is just so hard to kill.

And of course the plot! The premise of this novel is the one that enticed me into reading it. This novel fed the inner sci-fi geek within me. Medical breakthroughs? Genetically upgraded soldiers? Adrenaline-worthy fight scenes? Definitely my cup of tea!

Imagine The Expendables meets X-men! It all starts with a scientist formulating a serum capable of genetically transforming soldiers into the most bad-ass defenders of the country. Then there comes a threat to the highest official of the country and then baaaaam! Chaos begins! I really like how action-packed this novel is. But in my opinion, there was just a high level of focus on the fighting scenes and the technicality of it that it almost covered up the real story. Like maybe with regards to the creation of the serum, for me it was introduced lightly and then action begins already. Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the fight scenes it’s just that I was looking for more focus on the background of the problem before fighting scenes occur.

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So there it is! I really did enjoy reading Chaos Company. I’d definitely recommend it especially if you love science fiction and hardcore fighting scenes.

Hope you are having a wonderful time today where ever you are and God bless! :*

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April TBR (2016)

Hello there reader, I know it’s been ages since I posted something about book reading. To be honest I’ve been on a reading slump for the past few months. Just recently I finished reading The Book Thief (book review to come!) and I think I’m finally gonna get over this reading slump soon. And I believe it’s not yet late to share to you my TBR for this month so enough of this babble and here you go:

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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 As I’ve said earlier, I just finished this book and the review will be coming up soon!

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray

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Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I’ve decided that this year I’m gonna be reading more on this genre. Last year was mostly classics and coming-of-age and I must say I dived deep into it. So I’m picking up this book for this month.

3. Chaos Company by Christopher Slayton

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I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Just a preview (I’m still half-way in this book), it’s an action-packed science fiction novel revolving on genetic mutations, army men, FBI, and politicians! I strongly suggest that you go over this book without reading the synopsis in Goodreads. 😉

4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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So I’m finally part of a book club called The Revolving Bookshelf! Emily of The Diary of a Bibliophile (go check her blog!) invited me in and I’ve been ecstatic ever since! YAAAAY 🙂 So this book has been selected to be our first read and I haven’t contributed to the discussions unfortunately :/ but I’m half-way into it.

5. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

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Ronan is my favorite character and I love how dark and mysterious this second book is. I’m almost done reading it so await my verdict! 🙂

6. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

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And yes, I am finally gonna get this series done this year. If you still remember, The Raven boys trilogy is part of my Series TBR for 2015 and it’s 2016 yeah I know. I failed. Life happened, what can i say? HAHA

Note: Click on the title if you want to read the synopsis of the book via Goodreads.


So those are the books I’m planning to finish reading this month of April! I should probably get off the grid to completely cure this reading slump of mine. 😀 Also, I’d be reading one ARC every month since I’ve been way off the schedule for the review requests. Apologies to those authors.

And that’s it. I hope you’re having a fine day wherever you are and comment down below if you have any suggestions for both my reading slump and to-be read list or just any random questions. God bless you dear! :*

Fave Fifteen of 2015

Hi Reader! Is your holiday good so far? 2015 is almost over in a matter of days and I think it has been a great year for me. Two things in particular, first, I got into blogging and I’ve met such amazing people who love the things I love to do 😉 . Second and definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire existence here on earth is finally getting into med school. So YAY to 2015, thank you Daddy God for this year and with fingers crossed Hi 2016!

Now contrary to those wonderful things, I have read a total of 40 books out of 80 this year which means (if you know me in goodreads) that I haven’t completed my reading challenge. *hides in shame.

Why you ask? LIFE HAPPENED.

But even though I didn’t make it, I believe I’ve read more than a handful of great books this year and so I present to you a list of my fave fifteen books of 2015. TA-DA!

15. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Genre: Science Fiction

I believe I’ve said enough about how cool this book is in my past posts but if it’s your first time hearing it, you can check out my review here. Also, this one’s going into a movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

14. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Genre: Adult Fiction

This book talks about a story of a woman, a wife and a mother who tries to live her life the way it used to be even after being diagnosed of a  neurodegenerative disease.

13. Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern

I think everyone have heard of this book of course since it was adapted into a movie entitled Love, Rosie with stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin (omg ❤ ) . Now I don’t think I can fully express how frustrating yet beautiful this story was unfold. Grab it and see for yourself. Full review here.

12. A Dance of Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Genre: Epic Fantasy

It’s the latest book from the series A Song of Ice and Fire. I know that a lot of people have seen the TV show but have not read the book yet because well, it is a big book. There is just so much that this book has given and oh Jon Snow.

11. Everday by David Levithan

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

This is one helluva of a book. The premise is totally unique and it taught me so much. Gosh, I love David Levithan. A genius he is.

10. Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Science Fiction

This book reminded me of X-men which is not bad. It’s totally wicked and I really love the conflict between the two protagonists.

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Genre: Young-Adult

A book that talks about serious subjects such as depression and suicide. It opens up a more realistic view of people suffering from such mental issues. Full review here.

8. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

I’m so glad I picked this up before the year ends. It’s one of those books that reveals its secret in the most perfect way.

7. It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Genre: Young Adult

Another book that talks about mental health issues. You know when a book has authenticity in it because it manages to touch your soul. I believe that this book realistically depicted what a person suffering from depression is actually going through. My respect to Mr. Ned Vizzini. Full review here.

6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Genre: Romance, Coming-of-Age

I’ve recently known this author through a friend and now Haruki Murakami is one of my all-time favorite author. This is the first book I’ve read from him and I can’t stop recommending it to friends. Full review here.

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Genre: Coming-of-age

Everything about this book is thought-provoking and reading it was like a journey of a lifetime in the eyes of girl. Woah right? So yeah, this one isn’t just my favorite for 2015, it for a lifetime as well.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Genre: Romance

Oh yeah, every girl (probably) have swooned over Mr. Darcy and why not? Really this is a classic I will forever love.

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire-Saenz

Genre: coming-of-age

I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again. I am in love with Ari and Dante. They’re probably one of the best characters I’ve read so far. This book could teach a lot of people into what a person’s identity and individuality really is. Full review here.

2.  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Genre: Contemporary, coming-of-age

I could just talk about this book for hours but of course I cannot. But in just a few words let me tell you that reading it has been an eye-opener. The story of the kid with a nightmare and a monster may seem simple but in its simplicity it has shown the truth about life.

1. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

Genre: Coming-of-age

It’s a debut novel and I think this book is responsible for why I am into blogging right now. After reading it, it was like WOAH! I’ve recommended it to almost every one I know and I couldn’t stop talking about it. I only read it this year but I’ve reread it twice already. So you see, saying I LIKE this book is an understatement. The protagonist here has a mental disorder and the whole experience of reading it was different. Full review here.


 

Thank you for reading that long list of mine. You may have noticed that I’ve read a couple of coming-of-age and science fiction genres this year because well I love those genre. And If you may recall, I’ve posted a list of the series I should get into this year here but unfortunately, I only started a few and never completed any.

Why you ask? LIFE HAPPENED.

So that is the reason why I only have one book in a series in this list. And hey, ’twas an epic book. 😉


 

How about you? Do you have any book in this list that also belongs in your top reads this 2015? Let me know down below and share it with everyone else too. Cheers to 2015. Bye for now, readers.

The 100: A Book Review

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Author: Kass Morgan

Publisher: Little Brown and Company

Published on: January 2013

Genre: Science Fiction, Post-apocalyptic, Romance

Synopsis (via Goodreads) :

NO ONE HAS SET FOOT ON EARTH IN CENTURIES – UNTIL NOW.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life… or it could be a suicide mission.

Clark was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.


“The show was much better than the book!” – I never thought I’d ever say these words but yes guys, this is my verdict! But for now, let’s focus on why I said those words regarding this book instead of comparing it with the show (I promise to try!).

Actually, the premise of the book is interesting and has so much potential. Earth was destroyed by a nuclear explosion and mankind was bound to oblivion. But there was hope after all, there were lucky survivors who managed to escape earth and has been living in space for 97 years. Unfortunately, luck runs out and they’re facing yet again an impending doom– the stronghold that they have in space is damaged,  oxygen supply is running low and mankind is once again threatened to be eradicated. In order for the human race to survive, they have to get back to earth. Unsure if radiation levels are already survivable they send 100 juvenile delinquents to test it, blind to the probability that Earth could be holding other dangers. It is the kind of science fiction/post-apocalyptic-themed novels that is destined for greatness. However, the book seemed not able to utilize that “scientific greatness” but instead focuses on the impending “romantic developments” of almost ever character!

Okay now let’s talk about the characters! The story was told from four POV’s of young adult characters so prepare to expect stupid decisions that are based on things like love. To be honest, there wasn’t much character development and most of the time they are annoying. From the four characters, I think I can only stand that of Bellamy’s point of view. He has devoted his life in making sure his sister is protected, well-fed and alive even if it means getting himself killed, which by the way is kind of stupid because how could he go on protecting his sister if he gets himself killed right? Anyways, I think it’s also because his character is coming from someone who has suffered so much and so different from the other three.

Then we have Clarke and Glass, two privileged girls who has struggles of their own. Clarke being a daughter of the two best scientists who were punished by death because of an “experiment”. She got into prison because she was said to be an accessory to the crime her parents did. She blames her boyfriend for the death of her parents because he was the only one who knew about the experiment and since he is the good son of the Chancellor, it is only rational for him to tell it to his dad. She felt betrayed and so he hated Wells for all eternity. Glass on the other hand was acting like one of those rich girls until she met Luke and voila her perspective in life has changed. She began breaking the rules and got herself into prison and did something so horrible to save the love of her life from confinement and death.

And of course, Wells, the ex-boyfriend/son of the chancellor who basically decided to harm the entire human race to save Clarke, the girl he loves so much he’s willing to kill the rest of humanity!

And that kids, is what a selfish bastard is like. Straight to the heart please Katniss!

To sum it all up, this book has the potential but I’m afraid it’s losing it! As a reader, the way the story was told lacks so much. There was just too much attention in the romance thing and I think that did the damage for me. There wasn’t much adrenaline-pumping action in it nor much of the scientific stuff that I really look forward into most sci-fi themed books. Also, if its aim was to focus on the fight for survival of the human species then I think it has more to improve on that part. It is slow-paced in which if you have seen the TV show, this entire first book of the series is like the pilot episode only. But actually, the TV show and the book attacked this idea in entirely different way. Most of the characters in the show isn’t in the book, the background stories of the characters and the situations are so different. Rest assured, you won’t get spoiled if you read it or watch it first. But in my honest opinion, I believe that the show gave more justice to the premise of the story. I have read the second book and I must say that it was much better than this first one but it wasn’t enough to change my thoughts about this series.

If it is possible try not to compare (I know I did a poor job :/ ) the way everything was dealt with the book and the show. After all its too different mediums and in this case, they literally dealt with idea in an entirely different way! But I just hate it when the romance gets in the way in stories that aren’t meant to be a romance genre so that is why I liked the TV show adaptation more than this book.

I’m sorry I just didn’t like it

BOOK SERIES/ TRILOGIES I’M GETTING INTO THIS 2015!

There is quite a long list of book series and trilogies I have been planning to read and finish this year! Some of it I’ve started already with the first book and some have been mocking and taunting me for ages now. Taking this list out my head and into a visible form will hopefully get me into these books. So I’m going to categorize this into book series/trilogies I have started and those I have yet to start with.

STARTED:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Genre: Epic Fantasy

lotr2012edition1 It took me too long to finish The Fellowship of the Ring and I think it’s because I read the e-copy. So when my friend found the next two books at BOOKSALE (a bookstore that sells previously-owned and bargained books in the Philippines) we immediately grabbed copies for ourselves. And hopefully, I get to finish this trilogy this year!

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

  • Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

If you have been reading my posts then by now you know exactly that I got hooked with The Raven Boys. So when I finally get my hands on the physical copy of The Dream Thieves for sure I’ll be dropping everything else for the meantime.

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Re-telling

I’m currently reading Cinder right now as it is part of my May TBR challenge and I’m curious about it too 😀

TO BE READ:

1. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

  • Genre: Epic Fantasy

There is quite a lot of hype regarding this trilogy and I have to admit it got me curious. I’ve got “glimpses” from the reviews and everyone seems to agree that it is a great story from a great author. So I might as well check it out. Plus, its epic fantasy so YEAH! 😀

2. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

  • Fantasy, Mythology

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite author and it’s a shame I haven’t started this series yet after reading The Last Olympian. So I’m getting into this soon HOPEFULLY!

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

  • Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

I feel like these covers are taunting me because I still haven’t picked it up yet! :/ And I am so embarrassed by the fact that everyone says its so good and the author is really great so I’m finally reading this. Also, from the reviews I’ve read I think I’m gonna like it.

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

  • Genre: Fantasy

I’m really curious about this book so I want to read it.

5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

  • Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Okay yeah there is romance involve but I’m hoping it does not focus too much on it and that there is a whole lot more apart from the romance stuff. I want to get into this book because I’m intrigued by the historical vibe in it and…. yeah that’s it. I’m just curious. HAHA

6. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

  • Genre: Fantasy

Bad-ass female assassin? HELL YEAH!


I’m really looking forward to finish the series and trilogies I have already started and also to get into those I have been planning to. I’m not being pessimistic here but I’m quite sure I won’t finish everything because I’m getting back to school this year to study medicine and I’m sure as hell its going to take up a lot of my reading time. LIKE A LOT!

So that’s it, I hope I finish some and start some 😀 Also, I’d like to know what book series or trilogy you are really excited to finish or start this year. And if you recommend one, please do I really appreciate that 😀

Okay, I’m gonna get started!

Have a great day ahead and God bless :*