This is the second book I picked up from Jennifer E Smith. The first book This is What Happy Looks Like was so remarkable that I had to put this authoThis is the second book I picked up from Jennifer E Smith. The first book This is What Happy Looks Like was so remarkable that I had to put this author on my watchlist.
The premise was very promising. City wide black out trapping two very different teens together who somehow develop a connection overnight then send each other post cards was very adorable. However, the long distance fawning over each other stopped being cute a few pages into the book. I was actually routing for Lucy to be in a relationship with Liam rather than Owen. Liam was really attentive, meanwhile Owen does not even bother with emails.
Also some parts were not believable. Like a regular parent would cart her daughter from halfway of the world just to meet up with a random dude? And a city wide black out? Do generators not even exist? Especially in a Manhattan apartment?
However, despite the two stars, I am still picking up Jennifer E Smith's other books once I see a good deal on kindle....more
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond ERed Rising.
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond Earth), where humans are inhabiting every planet and social classes are identified by color. On the bottom of the pyramid are the reds. Though by current 2014 standards, red haired women are hot. On top of the chains are the golds (or as I like to call them, the blondes. And I am sure that redheads are hotter than the blondes. The reds are toiling in the center of Mars for the betterment of the future generation. So that Mars will be ready for people on earth. However, as Eo, Darrow's wife, discovers trees and grass above the surface, their beliefs are shattered as they realize that Mars' surface has been inhabited by humans for generations.
Eo and Darrow are to be executed upon discovering the truth, but Darrow is saved by rebels and is then turned into a gold to infiltrate the system and take it down from within.
The book is good, however, it must come with a disclaimer that it is the first book in a trilogy which is not finished yet. Book 2 comes out in 2015, so good luck waiting! :o...more
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as RichardI love the dramatized version of Neverwhere!
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as Richard Mayhew pretty clearly. And I've loved Natalie Dormer from the Tudors, so this dramatization just put a whole new level on audiobook listening.
Utterly transfixing and beguiling, I highly recommend this audiobook to all fellow audiobook listeners. Short book (only 3 hours and 48 minutes).
Richard Mayhew, has a full time job, and is engaged. One night, as he and and his fiance are roaming the streets of London, he sees a girl in need and on that spot, he decides to help her.
The girl he saves is Door. Guess why? Because she can open doors. Even if there really isn't a door. She exposes him to London below. And from then on, Richard Mayhew stops to exist on London above. His coworkers do not know him and his fiancee has no idea who he is. He tries to look for Door and then he enters London below.
What is London below? For one thing, it's magical and more beautiful than London above.
As Richard goes on a quest to help Door to get his identity back, he gains more than what he could ever fathom....more
Knock, knock! Who is it? Twilight! Twilight who? Twilight. The book with vampires and werewolves. Twilight is it you? Yes, it is me!
Cause ‘Inescapable’, you are inescapably familiar to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Twilight series. But reading too much of the same thing gets old eventually.
So what do we have here?
Damsel who seems to be a magnet for danger. CHECK! Snobbish hunk who hates heroine at first bat. CHECK! Of course, the love triangle. CHECK! “I’m too dangerous for you, we can’t be together”. CHECK! Stalking windows. CHECK! Villains who want a piece of our heroine. CHECK! Hero who never gets old and filthy rich and driving jaw dropping cars but goes to school. CHECK!
I’m not bashing the book, I’m just trying to make a point. The book was enjoyable in some parts, but eye-rolling most parts.
So instead of vampires we get angels instead. And these angels' forms are stuck in, guess what age? In their late teens. And what do they do? Go to school. And take note these angels are a thousand years old. They should teach their teacher. Not the other way around. Deliver that history right!
Story revolves around Evie Claremont who goes to Claremont college on a scholarship. She meets a hot snob, Reed Wellington, who dislikes her instantly. We have the other love interest, Russell, who protects her from everything, even beings who can throw cars despite him knowing that he doesn’t have a chance.
I was initially opting for two stars, but author did catch me off guard with the ending, so I give another star. The writing is actually good, but as I said, too much of the same thing gets old. Probably if it wasn’t too Twilight-y, then this book probably had a chance.
So, I highly recommend this book to Twilight fans who don’t mind reliving it another time. ...more
It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this bIt is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons ★★★★★★★★★★ A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.
Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed.
First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.
The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical.
There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class.
But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.
You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland.
I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book.
I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends theEndless by Amanda Gray ★★☆☆☆
I can be a book cover wh*re. Look at that cover, isn’t it just gorgeous? Stunning, in fact.. But unfortunately, it ends there.
The book seemed interesting, so I was glad that I got it on Netgalley on the read now list. It also had a very interesting beginning. It started with Jenny and some of her friends playing on the Ouija board. This causes Jenny to space out and the Ouija board gives Jenny a cryptic message.
Warning, my review may contain minor spoilers.
Jenny Kramer can see other people’s past life as she touches them. Thus, she wears gloves to avoid this. We are introduced to this ability, but we never get to see her use her powers.
Jenny’s father is an architect, who asks Jenny to help out once in a while. He brings Jenny to the Daulton house to take pictures. The Daultons want to hire Jenny’s father to flip a house. (Let me point out that an architect is supposed to design exterior of a house and inside layout. The Daultons wanted a cheap fix, and I bet employing an architect is expensive. I think a regular handyman or contractor would work in flipping houses.) As Jenny is taking pictures, she comes in the son’s room who is playing Moonlight Sonata on the piano. The tries not disturbing Ben, but she does and this causes them to get off on the wrong foot. But of course, this doesn’t last long. Jenny comes back to take more pictures and she goes to the attic and helps Ben segregate the trash upstairs. They come across a music box that plays Moonlight Sonata. It also comes with instructions to mesmerism. They do it, and they end up in the same dream.
On top of being her father’s assistant, Jenny is also painter. On the night of her exhibit, Jenny dreams of being Maria Romanov who has an illicit relationship with Nikolai. Who she of course meets up and they get all gooey eyed with each other.
Endless is not a stand-alone book. It is a start of a series. It actually reminds me of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. Both involves soulmates, but Lauren Kate’s is an angel version, where Amanda Gray’s is a time travel one. The time travel theory was an interesting concept. That all timelines are happening simultaneously, and you just have to cross over the other side. Endless honestly wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t stunning as its cover. As usual with a book of a series, this ends in a cliffhanger, but, I do not have the compulsion to pick up the next one.
-- I do feel bad that I am giving this book two stars, since I didn’t really have to pay for it, but I do have to be honest. Initially, I was giving it three stars, however, as I was writing my review, I felt like I had to go for less.
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 thFacebook 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)....more
Ludania, a country divided by classes. Each class has a specific langage that they should speak and Englaise is the universal languKnowledge is power.
Ludania, a country divided by classes. Each class has a specific langage that they should speak and Englaise is the universal language used to communicate between classes. Any person who dares to look up or attempt to listen to another class as they speak their language can result to execution. A very interesting world where knowledge could lead to death.
Charlaina can understand all languages, even if it's the first time she has heard it. It has remained their familly's secret. If anyone else would know, Charlaina would have been punished by death. Charlaina's family is in the merchant class, and they own a restaurant. A boy named Max catches her eye, which she later meets at an underground club. They talk, and she hears him talk in a language she had never heard before.
This is honestly a very challenging book to listen to. Don't get me wrong, the narrator, Casey Calloway is actually good. Her voice is not irritating when she shifts voices, and it's hard to get confused as she shifts characters. It's easy to follow along, but the storyline was just too hard to get into.
The Pledge is full of conspiracies and would have been interesting if I had only connected with the characters. This book had potential, but fell flat of my expectations....more
What would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it forWhat would you do if you had the power to see what's inside someone's head just by kissing them?
An interesting skill to have, I would have used it for seeing if the guy I am dating is worth my time of day. But that's just me. Emerson Taylor had different ideas. She kissed her way to get better grades. Her aunt has threatened to pull her out of private school if she does not improve her grades. Studying would have been a simple solution but studying is too hard for Emerson.
Emerson is obsessed with lip gloss. She was shallow and I had a hard time getting in the story. I honestly had to put the book down a couple of times. I also had the the compulsion to rant, therefore one status update for this book. I seldom put up status updates, but this book has frustrated me so much, I just had to.
But despite me wanting to throw my kindle against the wall (which I didn't do because I love my kindle), I still ended up giving this book 4 stars. Why? Emerson met a boy she cared about and she gradually salvaged herself by actually studying with Edwin McNeely. She has turned herself around, and made me change my opinion about this book too.
Also, here's a nice quote I got from the book which I like to share: "There was a time when I was so focused on achieving great things that I lost sight of who I was. I was concentrating so hard on the goal that I forgot to appreciate the climb." ...more
"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive D"Someday I want to wake up and be normal. Just for a little while. Or forever.
Brewster "Bruiser" Rawlins in eighth grade was "Most Likely to Receive Death Penalty". He was described in the book as: large, but not fat, sloppy-not grundy. His clothes seem worn, but not stylishly so. They were actually worn, and the legs were short enough to prove they'd been around for at least two inches of growth. And although most boys look pretentious in a distressed leather bomber jacket, it seemed natural on him"; "Always a little too big to be picked on, a little too mad-creepy to be in anyone's clique. He was always just there, through elementary school and middle school lingering in the background. He's quiet and inscrutable.
And all for good reason.
Bruiser has a strange ability. He can steal anyone's pain, physically and emotionally. As long as he cares about someone, he can steal away any hurt. There's a catch though. He absorbs it all into himself. That's why he's distant. Imagine if he had plenty of true friends, their pain would literally be the death of him.
Tennyson and Bronte Sternberger are twins. Born from literary teachers, they are named after literary idols. Bronte initally takes interest in Bruiser, thinking he is a stray and someone has to take him in. Tennyson is acting like a brother should and keeps his eyes on Bruiser, to a point where he follows him home to give him fair warning. We are then introduced to Bruiser's little brother, Cody. Cody's pet bull, Tri-tip dies. Tennyson gets to know Bruiser as they bond over the discarding of Tri-tip's remains. Tennyson actually thinks Bronte is good for Bruiser.
Bruiser is slowly let into the family, but Tennyson's family is falling apart. Bronte also gets Bruiser to have plenty of friends, but Bruiser gets to care for all of them, absorbing all the tiny little pains for himself. But a little of everything is too much.
Neal Shusterman does not fail to deliver. This is my second book from him, first is Unwind, which I absolutely loved. Bruiser is told in four POVs. Bruiser's was my favorite. His POV is smart and in prose. It is wonderfully written and morally challenging. And it delivers. It shows how susceptible humans are to turning the other way and ignoring what we do not want to see. Bruiser is definitely one of my favorites for 2013.
And I leave you with this: "In horse raicng they put these slats on either side of the horse's head, blocking creature's peripheral vision. They are called blinders. They don't actually blind the horse, but they allow the horse to see only what's right in front of it; otherwise it might freak out and lose the race. People live with blinders too, but ours are invisible, and much more sophisticated. Most of the time, we don't even know they're there. Maybe we need them though, because if we took everything all at once, we'd lose our minds. Or worse, our souls. We'd see, we'd hear, we'd feel so deeply that we might never resurface. So we make decisions, never realizing we're only seeing one-tenthof the whole. Then we cling to our narrow conclusion like our life depends on it."...more
Legend by Marie Lu is a dystopian young adult fiction which happThis review will also be found on my blog Jasmin l-ves to Read.
Legend by Marie Lu ★★★☆☆
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.
One Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my kiOne Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my kindle, so I am figuratively speaking. Or typing. But you get my point. But what I want to say is, "IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER CAUGHT THE IMAGINARY COBWEBS."
This book is so raw and real and poignant and all kinds of touching and I could go on an on but I know you get what I am saying.
This book has two POVS.
1. Sydney Shepard. Sydney Shepard is in high school when she met Ethan Reynolds, who was already in college. They met at her best friend's party. They shared a few classes together, but Sydney never knew Ethan. It was because of a fateful drunken game of spin the bottle that they came together. Sydney went to college, and they made a long distance relationship work, until the last couple month's of Sydney's stay at Purdue. She slept with her friend Kevin on a senior frat dance, and ended pregnant. She made wrong choices that somehow ended up right.
2. Grace. She's a kid, and she's having sexual ed class. She thought she knew how she came to be, but then the teacher was all science-y and how was it possible that she came first, before her dad came in the picture?
This book shows how vulnerable the characters are. Teenage pregnancy and single mothers are there. It happens. But this book gave me insight on how hard it could be. But how it could also work....more
this book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in mthis book makes me feel so female. why? i have anticipated the ending. i knew that it if it didnt happen that way, the book wouldnt work as well. in my head, the ending was how it should be. and if it ended different, how corny the book would be.
but holy cow!
when it came, i feel so devastated. i take it back. there has to be some other way!
this book has affected me. i love it, but i hate it.
There's no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There's no such thing as happily ever after. She looked up at Park. Into his golden greenThere's no such thing as handsome princes, she told herself. There's no such thing as happily ever after. She looked up at Park. Into his golden green eyes. You saved my life, she tried to tell him. Not forever, not for good. Probably just temporarily. But you saved my life, and now I am yours. The me that's right now is yours. Always. -Eleanor in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Ahh, first love. Something to behold and something to reminisce about. It's something so beautiful that someone has come up with the expression "First love never dies".
The saying, whether true or not, this book is beautiful. It's as real as far as fiction books can go, touching that I could not help but smile as I flip the pages of my book (or in my case, my kindle).
The oddest couple, in terms of looks, Eleanor is a wild red haired non-anorexic girl, and Park being a green eyed Asian (specifically Korean); however their oddness may stand out, they make odd work.
"I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too... That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I'm trying to say is, you're it. This is it for me."
First love. It could seem so sure. It inspires. It could sometimes work. But first love is definitely magical. Just like Eleanor & Park's....more