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I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (The Gallagher Girls, Book 1)

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I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill YouWelcome to Cameron Morgan’s world of espionage, discovery, and love in the book I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter – the first book in The Gallagher Girls series. Cameron, known by her friends as Cammie, attends an extraordinary all-girls school for spies and has always attended for most of her life. Sure, she knows how to speak 14 languages and how to kill a man in seven different ways, but when she travels to town as part of a class assignment, she meets her greatest challenge yet: a  boy. Josh Abrams, a cute, charming guy who sweeps Cammie off her feet surprises her when he notices and approaches her even though she’s exceptionally good at being invisible. With no choice, Cammie deceives Josh and begins to live a double life as a spy and an average girl. On her way, she will have to make difficult decisions and try to juggle feelings she has never experienced before and the only life she has ever known.

This book is an easy-read and it was captivating. It was one of the first books that portrayed female protagonists with amazing abilities to which I had been exposed. It was interesting to see females so empowered – knowing martial arts, breaking codes, and doing things that at the time, were not so common. At the age of eleven, I thought this book was the coolest thing and I considered the protagonist to be my role model (I mean, who doesn’t want to know how to kill someone with uncooked spaghetti?).

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You is a neat package – tied with a bow and all, very conventional. It’s as if the author was consulting a checklist as she was writing. Strong, likeable main character? Check. Cute, swoon-worthy love interest? Check. Some romance amidst heart-pounding action? Check. Ally Carter managed to pull off an extremely cliché plot without making it boring, and it made me laugh and rant and sigh.

The ending was to be expected yet heart-breaking nonetheless, but this is only the first of many brilliant books in The Gallagher Girl series. Don’t miss out on this awesome book and its sequels that will always leave you wanting more.

Fairest – Levana’s Story (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5)

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Fairest - Levana's StoryAs a prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, Fairest – Levana’s Story, written by Marissa Meyer, is a roller coaster of crazy incidents that will have you sitting on the edge of your chair with shock and anticipation. Join Levana throughout her painful childhood and the ugly truth of her adulthood. Her sister became Queen after their parents died and Levana suffered even more at her hands. Then, in some of the darkest times of her life, Levana finds someone who shines through the veil of despair – someone she had loved since a child. What starts off as innocent pining and muffled envy soon turns into a maniacal, desperate grab at his affections. Levana changes – becomes darker and more manipulative, deceiving herself the most. You will discover why she uses her glamour – why she values it so much – and why mirrors or any reflective objects will send her into a frenzy. It will shock you to the core, but whether it will change your view is yet to be determined.

Warning: it is not advisable to read this before reading the rest of the Lunar Chronicles, or you won’t really understand anything.

This book is a roller coaster. It starts off by explaining Levana’s situation – her family, her status, the Lunar community. Her situation isn’t all that different from ours and she had to deal with many of the problems we face today, including but not limited to being second best to a sibling.

The reason I say it’s a roller coaster is because it makes you feel so many different things throughout the book. See, Levana is the villain in the Lunar Chronicles, so when I first began reading, I was edging into the story cautiously. I start off with this negative image of Levana in my head and I’m expecting some sob story about a sad childhood or something.

And I got it.

I couldn’t help but sympathize with Levana when the author showed what her childhood was really like. But then Levana would do something crazy and I would be appalled once again. Then something tragic would happen and I would feel sorry. It just kept going like this. In the end, I came to a conclusion.

Some say that this story redeems Levana because it showed her motives. But personally, I do not feel that her motives justify her actions or make her any nicer. Sure we understand why she did the things she did and why she behaves the way she does. However, ultimately she’s deranged and some of the things she did were too extreme. No amount of sob stories and pathetic childhoods will ever excuse that.

The book was so action-packed and filled with plots and schemes. It was also slightly dark in the sense that a lot of terrible things happened – not so much that it would be considered a horror story, though. Everyone should read this book when they’re done the Lunar Chronicles. Brace yourselves for this worthy, riveting masterpiece.

The Song of Achilles

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The Song of AchillesAchilles. A hero of old. Known for his invincibility save for his heel. But Patroclus? Who’s that? A lesser known figure, Patroclus was someone close to Achilles who made the ultimate sacrifice in the famous legend of the Trojan War. Written from the perspective of Patroclus by Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles follows the story of the Trojan War and paints it in a new light. No longer an epic war of glory and riches, The Song of Achilles sings the tale of the Trojan War with the sorrowful tune of broken friendships and the devastation of death.

Patroclus is your typical underdog. Though he was a prince, his father never cared for him, his mother was shunned, and he felt pretty much worthless his entire life. Until he met Achilles, son of King Peleus. Achilles is everything Patroclus is not – fair, athletic, talented at music and more. But against all odds, they become inseparable companions – even more than just that. The true identity of Patroclus is unclear. Some versions say he was Achilles’ best friend, others say he was a relative. In this version, however, he is neither. He’s a lover.

Throughout, the author heavily hints at the romantic feelings between the two and the deep bonds they share. Which brings me to warn the readers: there are scenes in this book that are a bit more mature, so I would only recommend it for people ages 15 and up. But it’s still an awesome book, so don’t let this put you off!

As someone who is super interested in Greek mythology, especially the Trojan War (it’s my favourite story), I found this book to be extremely captivating. I’ve always been torn between the Trojans and the Greeks but this book plucked my heart strings in favour of the Greeks. After reviewing multiple sources – books, movies, articles, websites – I found that it depends on which version you look at. Sometimes it’s the gods’ fault, when the judgment of Paris is involved. Other times, it’s the Greeks’ fault, when Paris is portrayed as a saviour, rescuing a willing Helen from a miserable marriage that she did not want. Then, sometimes it can also be the Trojans’ fault, if Paris really did abduct Helen.

Another aspect I really like was the depth at which it covered the story. It’s one thing to know a brief summary of what happened, it’s another to understand its branches – origins, motives, etc. Miller gives the characters of The Song of Achilles voices, emotions, and makes them come to life. The tragic ending of the Trojan War was previously dulled for me by the lack of detail but when I grew attached to the characters, the tragedy hit me like a hammer. Suddenly, the reader sees the story through a kaleidoscope – bright and beautiful.

Join Patroclus and Achilles on a breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure you won’t forget.