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review 2018-08-16 10:49
Finding Jack
Never Say Die (Alex Rider) - Anthony Horowitz

Finding Nemo Alex Rider version. 


With more actions. 


I thought this is the last book. So happy that new one is coming soon.


Alex Rider lost Jack in the last adventure. Now he thought he got some vague hints that Jack might still be alive. And it is all a cruel trick on him to let him feel the pain of losing the only adult that care for him constantly.


Good that his Sabrina's father took him in.


But Alex Rider wouldn't let go of even a small chance that Jack is still alive and he could find her again.


Sometimes we read YA because it reminds us of how life look like when we are still young, and the world is both scary and exciting at the same time.


I wanted to read book that has less cynicism that reflect the cruel human made reality that we are living in now. 


And YA has an additional advantage of usually not ended too badly for the main characters. 


Anthony is a good writing for adding humors into the story. And the character building for Alex has done pretty well. Although the villains are usually too forthcoming with their evil plan, that reminds us of most of the animations on TV. iit is not really that distracting. 


Action adventure teenage spy stuff is pretty addictive if it is done correctly. 


Highly recommended this for a summer read. 

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text 2018-08-14 09:30
Reading progress update: I've read 204 out of 384 pages.
Never Say Die (Alex Rider) - Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is kind of going on a wide goose chase. 


There is very little clue or indication that Jack is still alive. 


Yet he runaway from his new home and tried to find Jack.


Of course he is lucky enough to run into the key person that just stole some military equipment. 

And of course he got away only to walk into another dangerous place again. 

I like the teenager action of the book. Like he would sneak into a dangerous place, got hungry and take the risk to steal food from the kitchen. Or he would talk back at the adults who just kidnapped him. Like this type of show of characters. 

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text 2018-08-13 03:41
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 384 pages.
Never Say Die (Alex Rider) - Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider is such a likable character. This is the last book of the series. 


Jack become more than a housekeeper, she is a parent and seem to be the only adult to have Alex's best interest in mind.


The writer has killed off this character to make us cry. Well done as a plot twist. But really too cruel for the character Alex who through our active imagination not only exist in our mind, but has feelings too. 


So in this one, Alex get a hint that Jack might not be dead after all, but was held captive. That's would be the only reason she hasn't come back to Alex.


Alex is now living with Sabrina and her parents. They broken up and the relationship changed from couple to brother and sister. 





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review 2018-08-03 02:34
How an assassin found a family
Hellbent (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

Evan Smoak is a former government trained assassin. A program that recruit orphans to work. They are all given a code name started with "Orphan". Evan is Orphan X. 


His handler bond with him and trained him to remain human.


Once he run away from this black-op, he wanted to use this skill to help other people in desperate situation that could use his skill set. 

Call  1-855-2- NOWHERE and he would help you.  


He received a call from Jack. That lead to a package. 


Now he is on the run with the package. 


More people try to kill him while he still tried to take on case. 


It works well together as the character developments allow enough details into the mind of a man who has a past still not letting him go yet. He wants to move forward but his past is a bit too dangerous and unpredictable to draw someone new into his life.


In this book we learned about the 10 commandments from Jack. Don't let an innocent dies is one of them. Also, not killing children.


While reading this, Evan drink vodka. I drink vodka but I haven't try any of the expensive one that the book mentioned. Would like to try Glass Kona with coffee infusion. 


The moving forward part is hard, especially for someone who killed before. If he is not being hunted, he should at least see a therapist and see if he is suffering PTSD. 


The solitude. The straight discipline. The anxiety of social interaction. All very endearing. The responsibility forced upon him is texting as well. 

The story moved along quite smoothly in a fast pace. But leave enough space for Evan self reflection and character development. 


Like it a lot. High recommended. 


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text 2018-07-31 04:00
Reading progress update: I've read 155 out of 416 pages.
Hellbent (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

Evan heard the call from Jack, calling for help.


And it forced him to come out of his routine and find Jack.


Now Jack has left him a package. 


Evan is continued being hunted.


The plot developing nicely. With some plots twists revealed along the way. 


The dinner scene reminds me of Logan. 


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