Facebook can lure you to do crazy things. Your friends do this, you most probably want to follow suit, like click on Facebook's make your movie for th...moreFacebook can lure you to do crazy things. Your friends do this, you most probably want to follow suit, like click on Facebook's make your movie for their anniversary. Well, in lieu with your friends' posts, Facebook also has a gazillion ads like play Candy Crush or whatever silly game you will never have interest on playing. Or Zoosk, the best app for online dating. Or really useful stuff like scribd which offers $8.99 for unlimited reading of any book on their database! I was like WOW. (I tell you, Scribd is like Netflix but instead of movies, we got books). Or in my case, get lured into buying another kindle book to add on your already mountain like pile of kindle books. (In my defense, A Shade of Vampire only cost a couple of cents and said it did say it resembled Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, Twilight is my guilty pleasure. Don't judge.)
So yes, I ended up buying the book.
It is not Twilight-like at all. Except for the vampire part.
Well as the blurb says, Sofia is kidnapped and brought to an island. She gets spa treatments and the like, only to be offered to the prince Derek, who instantly falls in love with her. She also is attracted to the guy. (Talk about falling for someone dangerous. Like me falling for a guy on a motorbike with a goatee all the way to his waist and with tats all over his face, which will not happen BTW. But if he has a shaved head, I might reconsider.)
A Shade of Vampire starts very strong, but gets weak after the middle mark. The world building is eyebrow raising but very interesting. At first, I was genuinely involved with the characters but as I said, at the middle I disconnected with them.
A Shade of Vampire is a short and good read, but I do not feel the compulsion to go on with the series. (Yey, I missed the bullet by not jumping on a series that I have to wait for years to know how it concludes, and definitely works for me).(less)
I am still trying to figure out why Cake by Nicole Reed is titled CAKE. I tried looking up the word Cake in the ebook, and it gave me two results. App...moreI am still trying to figure out why Cake by Nicole Reed is titled CAKE. I tried looking up the word Cake in the ebook, and it gave me two results. Apparently the heroine, Kylie Lord, thought of Trent Moss and Drey Savage as pieces of cake. I wouldn't call them cake, but more of man candy. I will stop before I salivate on my ipad.
Kylie Lord, has been in love with her humanitarian best friend, Trent Moss, for the longest time. Trent had a foster brother, Drey Savage, who is a professional footballer. Drey and Kylie never got along. But Drew got into an accident. And Trent needed information that wasn't available to the public. He calls Kylie and asks her to find out Drey's condition She does, but things get complicated as Drew requires bed rest. As Kylie relays this information to Trent, Trent insists that Kylie take care of Drey, because he will let no one else near him. Kylie sets aside her differences, and gets to know Dray. And they get to know each other too much, to the point that they make an agreement of becoming friends with benefits.
But Trent comes home, and admits he has feelings for Kylie all along, but knew that Dray wanted her too, so he never pursued her.
Cake is a complicated love triangle. Trent and Dray are foster brothers, and it should always be bros before hos. Though it worked out in the end, it seems unrealistic to me. I know I am reading fiction lliterature, but I still want my stories as realistic as possible. The characters are not very likeable. I did not like Kylie Lord. I thought her superficial, as she wanted to nurse her broken heart more, instead of taking care of her dying grandmother. I did not like Trent Moss, as I thought he was selfish, thinking that he could always take advantage of Kylie whenever he wants. I did like Dray though. He acted as a jackass from the beginning, so when he acted nice, it was a pleasant surprise. Also, Cake seemed a tad too rushed, and you can't rush your cake. I always like savoring my sweets, instead of wolfing it down. (less)
Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian young adult fiction which happens in a futuristic America, mainly in California. Kids take a test, the higher the score, the better your odds for better jobs. Kids with lower scores are sent to camp. And you don't want to know what they do to you at camp.
This book reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It is not similar in many ways aside from it being futuristic dystopian fiction, and the test the kids take. But in both books, the test does determine their future. I have absolutely loved Divergent, so Legend seemed to be right up my alley. But no. Legend falls short.
This futuristic California is no longer known for Hollywood. The people have no idea of history. Everything is kept secret, that possession of a penny from our year would cause a lot of trouble. Also, there are plagues, but it's all a giant conspiracy.
June Iparis is a prodigy. She has been born with wealth. She has scored a perfect 1500 on the test. You would think she would have a lot of opportunities, but she ends up a soldier. It seems like the only logical option for her. Her hobbies include climbing walls and getting in trouble. Her brother Metias is killed by the most wanted criminal Day. She is pulled out from school, and been promoted to soldier.
Daniel Altan Wing aka DAY is the most wanted criminal in all of the republic. And he's fifteen for goodness sake. You would think that he has killed hundreds of people, but he's just revolting against the republic and stealing some medicine here and there.
The world painted in Legend is just not logical IMHO. So if I got a high score in the test, why would I want to be a soldier? And why would the officials want to waste these smart kids on the battlefield? Why not make the people who flunk soldiers? I was born with money, why not get someone to fetch me some water? And why would the adults rely on the fifteen year old to catch the "most wanted criminal"? Why the adults send the kids to do their job? And how could June, a rich kid, survive on the slums by herself?
The development of the love story between the June and Day is eye rolling too. It's i-just-saw-you-but-you-are-the-prettiest-i've-ever-seen.
With all my ranting, why did it still end up with three stars? Though the test and characters did not appeal to me much, the science-fiction part of it did work for me. The plague makes me curious enough to pick up the next book.
As of 12/11/13, Bared to You by Sylvia Day has gotten 4.21 stars averaged from almost 180,000 readers. WOW. How dare me for giving this book two stars...moreAs of 12/11/13, Bared to You by Sylvia Day has gotten 4.21 stars averaged from almost 180,000 readers. WOW. How dare me for giving this book two stars. Throw rotten tomatoes at me, but in my defense, I feel like I am being generous.
Why did this book not work for me?
1.) Poor narration. Listening to this audiobook was awful. Whenever the narrator was shifting to Gideon Cross's voice, it was hilarious. She does make good moaning sounds, which she does awfully alot in this book.
2.) Gideon and Eva has a lover's quarrel every chapter. But don't quote me, I might be exaggerating. But seriously, either these two are banging the walls out or chasing each other because one is mad at the other.
I am seriously stuck at two reasons. Which means I have no idea what I just listened to. Did I seriously listen to this for almost 11 hours and not remember a thing? Yes, I just did. (less)
"still missing" is mind boggling and emotional. its a good book but doesnt pack too much of a punch. I honestly did not see some parts coming but when...more"still missing" is mind boggling and emotional. its a good book but doesnt pack too much of a punch. I honestly did not see some parts coming but when it did come, I wasnt excited at all. I did not connect with protagonist. I symphathized with her plight but I felt like an outsider, like how I would react if I read annie's story in the headlines. it could be the author's writing or the fact that I'm overworked and extended my reading for more than a week. but still, its a decent read.(less)
This is all out of ten, of course. And that's being generous.
So how is Andrew a sidekick material? He has super senses. But smelling what the villain had for breakfast wouldn't really save the world. So Andrew is basically paired with a superhero that doesn't really need a sidekick. He is paired with Titan, one of the greatest supers ever, but is out of the grid. The Titan has stopped saving the world and is drinking himself away into oblivion.
There aren't any big crimes happening, but Dealer and the Jacks are back. Titan had once defeated them with the league but they are back and on the prowl. They are taking the supers down one by one, using their sidekicks as bait. All the sidekick's identities have been compromised. There are only two supers left, the Fox and the Titan, but Titan still refuses to save the day.
Things get complicated and people are not what they seem. There's no one left but the sidekicks to save the day.
But it doesn't take much to be a real hero. Sometimes all you need is bravery and a leap of faith.
Sidekicked is off to a slow start, but picks up after fifty percent of the book. It actually reminds me of the movie SKY HIGH, which I absolutely loved. The book needs more proofreading, but the idea is remarkably good. If made into a movie, this would definitely be a blockbuster.(less)
When I saw that this book was on sale on the kindle store for 3.99, I just had to get it. This was one of those books that you heard so many good thin...moreWhen I saw that this book was on sale on the kindle store for 3.99, I just had to get it. This was one of those books that you heard so many good things about, that you were tempted to buy it even though it wasn't on sale. I'm so glad I didn't.
This book was so hyped up for me, I already had high expectations. So when I actually read it, it did not live up to it.. Probably because the stories were so short? The writing itself I cannot blame.. The writing was exceptional, however this book just isn't for me.(less)
Wife for Hire by Janet Evanovich is a cute, fun and quick read.
Maggie Toone is an English teacher who doesn't fit in. Her grandmother gives her a diar...moreWife for Hire by Janet Evanovich is a cute, fun and quick read.
Maggie Toone is an English teacher who doesn't fit in. Her grandmother gives her a diary, and asks her to make a book out of it. She decides to do it, but needs time off from work, but also needs an income while she writes it.
Hank Mallone is also a mitfit in his own town. He's a happy-go-lucky type of guy. But after years of having fun, Hank decides to set roots in his hometown. His grandmother left him an apple orchard. He decides to make a business for it, but needs a loan from the bank. The bank does not want to grant him a loan, because is known to not set any roots. So he decides to hire a wife so town folk would think he's finally settling down.
Maggie and Hank are brought together by their own needs, but then blooms a love.
My thoughts about the romance, is Hank and Maggie had fallen in love too suddenly. It's just like suddenly there, so the romance part felt forced to me.
But solid three stars for enjoyability. I did chuckle a couple of times.(less)
Being a big Twilight fan, I jumped the bandwagon of reading this hyped up book, thinking this was some sort of fan fiction or something. I also saw it...moreBeing a big Twilight fan, I jumped the bandwagon of reading this hyped up book, thinking this was some sort of fan fiction or something. I also saw it everywhere, including Costco, among other groceries.
Well, it's a far cry from twilight.
It's not even twilight for a mature audience.
And I didn't like it. I should have known what I was getting myself into when I saw "EROTIC ROMANCE" at the back. I felt uncomfortable most of the time reading it, and I just finished it, because of the fact that I bought a NEW book which I seldom do. (less)