Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

RELEASE DATE. January 10, 2012
PUBLISHER. Dutton Books
PAGES. 318
FORMAT. Hardcover
AGE GROUP. Young Adult
GENRE/S. Contemporary Romance

SYNOPSIS. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault In Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

THOUGHTS. John Green has already established himself in the world of literature. He made us cry the first time in Looking For Alaska. He followed it up with Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns. We fell in love and forever will fall in love with all of his characters. In his most recent book, The Fault In Our Stars is a reminiscent of the brilliance of each of his previous works. But for the most part, The Fault In Our Stars fairly reminds me of Looking For Alaska

Losing someone has an immeasurable emotional weight and the weight of it depends on the situation, on our relationship with them, and on how we can cope with it. Looking For Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars both addresses the matter of death and how it impacts life and the people in between. In Looking For Alaska, Green brought us into the life of Miles Halter and how a sudden devastating loss affected him and how he endured the loss. In the part of the reader, it was truly a devastating and emotionally intense book. A different weight of emotions was bore in The Fault In Our Stars. Unlike Miles Halter, Hazel Grace Lancaster was given the opportunity of time to fall in love and prepare for the inevitable. The inevitability of death was ever-present in the story that readers were being given the idea and were being prepared for what’s bound to happen. When it came, the impact of death was less affecting and it’s not enough to be powerfully depressing unlike Looking For Alaska. But that is something to be considered in this kind of book. Actually, it was very surprising that it was not at all seriously depressing—or even excessively happy. With a theme that is quite sensitive, The Fault In Our Stars might be taken as a heavy drama which obviously (and thankfully) is not. Green manages to balance his writing knowledge without sacrificing his familiar offbeat voice to create a soundproof genuine story that will not only resonate to readers who can relate with the story but to every individual as well who wish to encounter the story.

It is impossible—hardly impossible—for a John Green book to be called a John Green book without its characters. The characters who brought us the tears and joy and hate and love (and a film adaptation). Who would ever forget Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters? Not me and not in a million years. Hazel reminds me of Miles Halter. While Miles had an obsession with famous last words, Hazel had been curious on what befall on the characters on her favorite book. She has the same sarcastic wit and thought-provoking articulation of Miles. Her voice is flawlessly believable to the extent that you almost won’t believe that a man wrote the book. Despite the fragility inside of her, she remains real to herself and everybody. If she’s weak, she’s weak. If she’s strong, she’s strong. Hazel is a living, breathing person who knows when to let go. Sometimes, I find Hazel to be too smart for her age but I love smart people and I love being surrounded by them. Besides, Green loves to write about smart people and in return makes his readers feel smart too.

It’s a different story for Augustus Waters. Augustus’s brightness is comparable with Alaska Young’s. While Alaska couldn’t live without cigarettes, Augustus had a metaphorical way of using cigarettes. Augustus is a rather complicated character but in an exceedingly good way. His character actually defies description. Let’s put it this way, when Augustus starts talking, you simply don’t want him to stop and you could listen to him all day. Although this is Hazel's narration, his character shines luminously throughout the pages.

Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters are two inevitable, endearing and extraordinary fictional figures. Theirs is not a tragic story but a genuinely beautiful heartbreaking story. Sometimes it’s hard not to think that their story is true because you know they are a result of a creative mind like John Green but then again, your mind insists it’s real and your mind insists to believe. Good thing they aren't because it gives me the reason to go back for more. Although I was truly hoping that Hazel and Isaac would end up together and although Green ended the book like An Imperial Affliction, I will always go back for Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters because that's how I dearly love them.

The Fault In Our Stars is one of the most important stories of this generation. Even before the film adaptation, it already felt cinematic on its own white pages and black ink. I couldn't be happier and more privilege than to be part of that generation. Perhaps, without The Fault In Our Stars, it would be an incomplete generation because The Fault In Our Stars, along with other important books, started a revolution and a burning desire to read. It is only right to send our heartfelt gratitude to every author who continues to expand realms into infinities, who continues to make us believe in the impossible, and who keeps molding us into better persons.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. John Green is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author whose many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. He has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. With his brother, Hank, John is one-half of the Vlog brothers, one of the most popular online video projects in the world. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Book Finds: The Iron Trial & Of Scars and Stardust

BOOK FINDS is a regular feature that spotlights upcoming book releases that I am looking forward to read.

The Iron Trials by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
SERIES. Magisterium
RELEASE DATE. September 9, 2014
PUBLISHER. Scholastic Press

SYNOPSIS. From New York Times bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a riveting new series that defies what you think you know about the world of magic. 

A dazzling and magical middle-grade collaboration centering on the students of the Magisterium, an academy for those with a propensity toward magic. In this first book, a new student comes to the Magisterium against his will--is it because he is destined to be a powerful magician, or is the truth more twisted than that? It's a journey that will thrill you, surprise you, and make you wonder about the clear-cut distinction usually made between good and evil.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR THE IRON TRIAL? I am such a die-hard fan of Cassandra Clare that any book she writes is a must-read for me. And just look how her first non-Shadowhunter series resembles that of the Harry Potter series--though it really doesn't matter to me if it sounds as the Harry Potter series or any other fantasy series. As long as there are wizards, witches, and magic involve, count me in! If you're still not convinced, you can read an exclusive excerpt from USA Today.

Of Stars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah
RELEASE DATE. October 8, 2014

SYNOPSIS. After her little sister mysteriously vanishes, seventeen-year-old Claire Graham has a choice to make: stay snug in her little corner of Manhattan with her dropout boyfriend, or go back to Ohio to face the hometown tragedy she's been dying to leave behind.

But the memories of that night still haunt her in the city, and as hard as she tries to forget what her psychiatrist calls her "delusions," Claire can't seem to escape the wolf's eyes or the blood-speckled snow. Delusion or reality, Claire knows she has to hold true to the most important promise she's ever made: to keep Ella safe. She must return to her sleepy hometown in order to find Ella and keep her hallucinations at bay before they strike again. But time is quickly running out, and as Ella's trail grows fainter, the wolves are becoming startlingly real.

Now Claire must deal with her attraction to Grant, the soft-spoken boy from her past that may hold the secret to solving her sister's disappearance, while following the clues that Ella left for only her to find. Through a series of cryptic diary entries, Claire must unlock the keys to Ella's past—and her own—in order to stop another tragedy in the making, while realizing that not all things that are lost are meant to be found.

WHY I'M WAITING FOR OF SCARS AND STARDUST? Seriously, just look at that cover! It's so simple yet so dramatic and I think it does capture the story well. Based on what I've heard about this book, it will make you cry. Literally make you cry! I surely hope this will live up to my expectations since I am into this kind of stories. Something that will break the heart. Something that is tragic. Oh, I badly need this book!

What books are you looking forward to read? Share your thoughts below.

Cover Unveil: Sleeping Jenny by Aubrie Dionne plus Giveaway

PUBLISHER. Spencer Hill Press
FIND IT. Goodreads

SYNOPSIS. As the daughter of multimillionaires, Jennifer has everything she's ever needed, except time. Diagnosed with a form of incurable cancer, she has only months to live, and her dreams of working for National Geographic to save African elephants and polar bears are shattered. Her only hope is an experimental cryogenic freezing program, which will keep her in stasis until doctors can find a cure. The cure comes three hundred years too late, and she wakes to a futuristic world where animals are all but forgotten.

Descendants of her brother adopt her, and she's thrown back into high school. Exara, the class beauty, calls Jenny the Neanderthal girl, and she becomes more of a sideshow than a member of the senior class. Only Exara's gorgeous boyfriend, Maxim sympathizes with her. Her developing feelings for Maxim are only the beginning of her problems. There aren't any more animals to save, so Jenny involves herself with a rebel group called the Timesurfers, explorers searching the galaxy for another planet to inhabit to clone long-dead animal species. Soon, she must choose between her blossoming feelings for Maxim and her lifelong dream.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci-fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.

Aubrie Dionne has offered to give away A PAIR OF FRANSESCA'S AQUAMARINE EARRINGS to one lucky reader. To enter, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to US residents only. You must be 13 years old or above to enter. Winner will be notified via email. Giveaway ends April 8, 2014.

What do you think of the cover?

Cover Unveil: A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian

I am elated to be part of this reveal for the much anticipated sequel to the Chaos Theory series which is as stunning as that of it's first book! I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about The Wicked We Have Done and I really can't wait to get a hold on this book. Plus, the Chaos Theory books have been classified as New Adult books that thankfully doesn't fall into the tropes of New Adult. Without anything else to do, here is the much awaited cover for A Vault of Sins.

A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian
SERIES. Chaos Theory
RELEASE DATE. September, 2014
PUBLISHER. Penguin/InterMix Books
FIND IT. Amazon | Goodreads

SYNOPSIS. In her stunning New Adult debut, The Wicked We Have Done, Sarah Harian introduced readers to the Compass Room: a twisted experimental jail where the guilty and the innocent suffer alike. But breaking out was only the beginning . . . 

Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever . . . 

But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail. 

When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see. 

The person who owns her heart . . .

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.


RELEASE DATE. March 18, 2014
FIND IT. Goodreads

SYNOPSIS. Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.


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