Adrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love...moreAdrian Ivashkov. He was the reason I have loved vampire academy. I was part of the minority who was team Adrian all the way. How can you just not love him? He always had something witty to say. He camouflages himself by being arrogant and an ass, but we know he's all sweet deep inside. This lost chapter is a tiny peak back into Adrian's life again. I am reminded how much I used to go gaga over him when I was reading the Vampire Academy series.
Note: I have not read the Bloodlines series, and will only begin reading when all six books are out. I have experienced first hand that Richelle Mead's cliffhangers can be pretty brutal, and waiting til 2015 might just give me a heart attack.(less)
The allure of the forbidden is irresistible. The more we are told no, the more we want it. We know bad boys are a bad idea. They will break your heart...moreThe allure of the forbidden is irresistible. The more we are told no, the more we want it. We know bad boys are a bad idea. They will break your heart, no doubt about that. But as a girl, or rather a woman, I have to admit, that I do want a bad boy who is willing to go good for me. Cause everybody knows that once a bad boy finds his significant other and turns over a new leaf, he will be the best a girl could have. (Or probably that's just what the books and movies want us to believe.) And I in turn, would go to the dark side for him. Well not psychotic dark side, but just be gaga over him.
Rule Archer is tattooed and pierced too much, that it would probably make any good girl go running the other direction. Also, girls come and go and never did Rule ever feel guilty about it. Shaw Landon is a pre-med student, with straight As. She volunteers and works, though her parents provide for her, but she is a modified version of a good girl, because if there's one thing she wants, it's Rule.
Rule: A Marked Men Novel, has angst, drama and enough goo-ey moments to make me smile while reading. However, it also did have a couple of typographical errors which are hard to miss. But once overlooked, Rule is an impressive new adult romance book that will sure put Jay Crownover's name to my "authors to read" list. However, I feel like I should mention that there were parts where my jaw hit the floor. How can a guy be pierced down there? I had to pause and be weirded out. Curiosity is getting the best of me, but I refuse to google it. I am too scared of what I might see. XD
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)
The Silver Linings Playbook has caught me by surprise.
I have joined audible.com and got a promo where I get two free credits for the trial version. An...moreThe Silver Linings Playbook has caught me by surprise.
I have joined audible.com and got a promo where I get two free credits for the trial version. And audible.com had a promotion where you get two books, get another one free. The Silver Linings Playbook movie had tons of Oscar nominations and won a couple of rewards too, so I thought this would be a good choice. Please let me point out that I have not seen the movie.
Initially, the book was frustrating. I was listening and all I heard was stomach master 6000, push ups, sit ups, muscles burning, "Ahhhh! E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!" I felt like I was getting a peak at a teen's life who was obsessed with looking good and football. I did not initially like Pat Peoples. I thought he was shallow and he was irritating me like crazy. And let's not forget how obsessed he was with his wife Nikki and how he can't wait til apart time was over. I felt like I was listening to this for a couple of hours. If I was reading this, I probably would have dropped it and wouldn't have bothered with the book ever again.
But I am glad I have the audiobook cause I just had to listen while I was doing something else. I was multi tasking, so I felt no time is wasted. So I just listened on.
And Pat Peoples is not what he seemed at all. He had this insane desire to improve himself. He worked out like crazy. He read literary classics so he wouldn't be an illiterate bufoon. He made sure he always overtipped. And he also tried to be kind rather than right. He did all this in hopes to improve himself. So that his wife Nikki would come back to him, so apart time can be over.
Pat has come fresh from the bad place. He is trying to build up old ties and has reunited with his friend Ronnie. Ronnie, and his wife Veronica invites Pat to a dinner party, where Tiffany, Veronica's sister, is also invited. They don't click, but they do have a connection. Both are suffering from depression. Tiffany has lost her husband.
Chapter by chapter, I get to know Pat and Tiffany and I connected with them. The Eagle's annoyed me at first, but eventually, I became happy when the Eagle's won, and sad when they lost. I desperately wanted Pat and Tiffany to find their silver lining. And they did. (less)
Now You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable,...moreNow You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable, but with this book I am impressed. This book is about a painter with special gifts.
Paris Sweeney is a gifted painter. But her gifts become more intense. It started a year ago, but now, she can see ghosts, guess every answer in Jeopardy with 100% accuracy, been lucky with green lights and parking spots, can grow plants even if they are out of season, and she can paint events without being in the scene.
She was never impressed with her recent work, feeling as if something is missing, or the colors are unrealistic. Coming from a small town where she knew almost everybody, the ghosts strike conversation with her, and she responds back, and the people who are alive start to doubt her mentally. She moves to New York where the ghosts are snobbish and do not bother with her.
Her art dealer, Candra Worth has asked her to paint a portrait, and Sweeney needed the money since she is good with portraits. However, meeting the Senator Mcmillan and his wife, whom she dislikes very much, she excuses herself and says she cannot make the portrait. It almost starts to rain, so Richard Worth, Candra's soon to be ex-husband, gives her a ride. There is attraction between the two of them, and Richard is vocal about this, but Sweeney says no, since Richard is still technically married.
Sweeney starts sleepwalking, and paints in her sleep. She starts with the hotdog vendor, who ends up sprawled on the street with blood oozing from his head. The hotdog vendor was mugged and murdered. After every episode, Sweeney is attacked with chills that are debilitating. But Richard visits and sees Sweeney's condition and takes care of her. Sweeney draws a pair of shoes next, One is a woman's heel, the other is a man's shoe. Sweeney knows it's a murder scene, but the big question is, could she help prevent it and save a life?
I liked Sweeney and Richard's characters. Sweeney has zero tolerance for bullshit. She's a refreshing character. Richard is in every way a gentleman, and all I can say is Sweeney is one lucky lady. (less)
"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...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 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."(less)
I love that you don't look away and you stare unapolegetically, like you aren't ashamed that you can't stop watching me. It's all you want to do becau...moreI love that you don't look away and you stare unapolegetically, like you aren't ashamed that you can't stop watching me. It's all you want to do because you think I'm the most amazing thing you've ever laid eyes on. I love how much you love me. -Cinderella
Finding Cinderella all starts with our prince charming meeting Cinderella. It wasn't in a glorious palace, resembling Cinderella's tower in disneyland, nor was there fireworks in the background, or Tinkerbell whizzing around. Cinderella was crying in the maintenance room, not knowing that Prince Charming, AKA Daniel Wesley was sleeping on the floor, trying to get away from the fact that they didn't give him fitth period. Daniel comforts Cinderella and they end up kissing. Cinderella rushes off, but Daniel is left wanting, so he waits for weeks for Cinderella to come back.
She does come back. But it's for the last time. She's leaving, so Cinderella and Daniel pretend to be in love. They both never had fallen in love. But in the maintenance room, in the dark, they pretend they do and they fall for it. Feelings were genuine, but Cinderella has left, and their identities kept secret from one another.
A year later, Daniel meet's Six. He's instantly drawn to her. And she the same.
Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover is fast paced, well written and is a rollercoaster ride. One minute I was laughing and smiling, the next I am all sad and confused. But like after every rollercoaster I've been on, this one is surely exhilirating.(less)
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 ki...moreOne 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.(less)
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 m...morethis 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.
this was the most frustrating book I have read for 2013 so far. and hopefully the last.
why did this book not work for me?
its full of unbelievable stuf...morethis was the most frustrating book I have read for 2013 so far. and hopefully the last.
why did this book not work for me?
its full of unbelievable stuff!
have you ever heard of a clumsy nurse? if not, I introduce to you Stephanie Hays, RN. she falls and trips everytime and she's notoriously known for being a walking disaster. can you imagine her doing assisting while you have an operation? I can just see her trip with a tray full of sterile scalpels, while part of someone's brain is open and the doctors having to re sterilize a new set of instruments. if you're a nurse or a doctor you cannot afford to be clumsy.
luke carter, the hero in the story, is a medical resident. he has an extreme dislike to dr peter granville, to the point that he wants to put granville to jail. why? because granville broke his big sister's heart. really?! thats it? also, doctors, especially residents do not have the time to go to the gym, country club, bowling, or be cute with the opposite sex, especially when they are on call all the time, and still pass their exams.
stephanie, our heroine is also shallow minded. she is in love with granville and barely knows the guy.
I know this is fiction but I still wanted this to be more believable. if I wanted magic I would have read a paranormal book.
"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)