I've heard amazing things about the author, Janet Gurtler. About how beautiful and almost poetic her writing is aOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I've heard amazing things about the author, Janet Gurtler. About how beautiful and almost poetic her writing is and how she can easily make the readers feel her characters' feelings.
If I Tell is the first Janet Gurtler book I've read. The story revolves primarily on Jasmine Evans or Jaz, who is a 17 year-old biracial, struggling to fit in and keeping her secret which if she spill, it could possibly ruin her family. While the main theme of the story is about discrimination and racism, I was surprised that as I go along with the story, Gurtler tackle other serious themes as well and she blended these touchy subjects very well and came up with a wholly authentic, touching yet not overly dramatic story.
I have to admit, though, that I find Jasmine quite annoying especially when she jumps to conclusions. There are times where I just want to take her by the arms and just shake her until she wakes up. But then again, she's going through a lot and they're quite heavy for a 17 year old and she's carrying them all by herself. Thankfully, she's got good heads on her shoulders like Ashley and Jackson. Seriously, they are my favorite characters in the story. Ashley is the type of friend I would want. She's very unique, so honest and she'll tell Jasmine if she does something stupid. While Jackson comes off as the "Bad boy" or the "Juvie kid" he's actually got a soft spot in him and the kind of guy who makes you feel special and yes, he's on my top 10 literary crush!
If I Tell was written beautifully, it felt almost personal and the characters are well-written as well that caused some of my emotions to burst out. I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to YA Contemporary readers who wants another book to make them actually feel for the characters, If I Tell is the book for you!...more
I genuinely loved Airborne. The plot was great, there's mystery and twists plus non-stop action. It has everythOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I genuinely loved Airborne. The plot was great, there's mystery and twists plus non-stop action. It has everything I want and as a result, I couldn't put it down! I could've finished it in one sitting but I refused to because I wanted to savor each page and hang out with the characters more.
Aside from the awesome storyline, the characters in these book are very entertaining. Avery is a very sensible and relatable protagonist. I like it that she's flawed and that she knows her mistakes. I also enjoyed her relationship with Mason, one of the harpies. Their bantering was really fun to read, plus, the tension between them just drives me crazy! (You're such a tease, Constance!!)
The concept about harpies is the main thing that drew me into this book because I haven't read any book that mainly focus on these mythical creatures. And also because it's always fun and exciting to read something new besides the common favorites such as vampires, angels or werewolves. Harpies. Every time I hear that word, the first thing that pops into my head were those ugly winged creatures that I love slashing on God of War but Sharper's take on harpies are both male and female standing about 6 feet tall and lives among humans. Sharper's creativity was just really fascinating and I cannot wait for the sequel, Grounded to come out!
Like I said, I loved everything about this book, from that beautiful cover til the last page. I'm giving this a strong 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all YA Urban Fantasy fans and for those who wants to read something other than vampires and werewolves. You'll enjoy this! You can also read the first chapter of Airborne here.
---- I received this book free of charge from author, Constance Sharper, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion on this book....more
Aren't we all curious about what our future is going to be like? Are you going to be successful? Are you going toOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Aren't we all curious about what our future is going to be like? Are you going to be successful? Are you going to marry that one person you've always wanted? What if you live a world where your future is predicted… and everyone knows about it? I think that's pretty scary.
In Christine Seifert’s thrilling dystopian debut novel, The Predicteds, this is the world where protagonist Daphne Wright lives in. I’m a huge fan of dystopian books. The storylines are very interesting and most of them makes you think and I like books that makes me think. The Predicteds’ plot intrigued me and I haven't heard any other book with a premise like this. Brains can finally be deciphered and scientist can “predict” what crimes people going to commit. While I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but think that this could possibly happen in the future. I mean, our technology today is growing really fast and furious so this PROFILE thing is possible to happen.
One of the things why I genuinely enjoyed reading The Predicteds is because the society in this story kind of parallels with our world today minus the PROFILE tests. Let’s face it, there are many people who are too judgmental nowadays. I can’t help but compare the “predicteds” in the story with the LGBT or Muslims or other people having lifestyle that is out of norms these days. Unfortunately, they are usually the ones who are being judged by the society.
Another aspect of the book that I genuinely liked is the setting of the book is not from a super distant future with super high-tech gadgets. It was like set in an alternate reality where everyone's future can be predicted.
The story, in general, is really good. The characters are well-written and most of them really stayed in my mind and made me think for awhile. I just had so much fun hanging out with them most especially with Daphne. She’s so hilarious and sarcastic. She’s well-balanced, she thinks before acting up or say anything. She’s not perfect and I like it about her. I also love her relationship with her mother, Melissa. They kind of remind me of Lorelei and Rory from The Gilmore Girls.
The pacing was good although I think there are a few parts which are not that necessary but nevertheless I really liked The Predicteds. It’s good. Really good. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars and this is a great read for dystopian fans who wants something different, strong and relatable.
----- *I received this ARC free of charge from publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, in exchange of honest review. This, in no way, affected my review....more
20 Years Later is an excellent and astonishing start of a new post-apocalyptic series! I just found out some weOriginally posted at Girl about Books
20 Years Later is an excellent and astonishing start of a new post-apocalyptic series! I just found out some weeks ago that the genres dystopia and post-apocalyptic are different in some ways and 20 Years Later is my very post-apocalyptic book I’ve read. It was also one of my anticipated reads this year and didn't let me down!
The story's plot is the one that piqued my interest in reading this book. The idea of "It", the reason why the world was destroyed and nearly disintegrate the entire humanity, with the gangs, and these four protagonists with special abilities was just really fascinating!
One of my favorite aspect of the book, E.J. Newman’s writing felt fresh and it gives the book a powerful voice and let the readers’ mind picture the world vividly and feel the character’s emotion as if they were in the story themselves. In addition, Newman is not only an excellent and creative writer but also a fantastic world builder. One of the key in creating an effective dystopia or post-apocalyptic story is making a believable setting and Newman just did that impressively. The new London she created, which was set in 2032, was a picture of loss, sadness, uncertainty and fear all at the same time.
I really like stories with characters who are very different from one another yet the same in some ways. Newman coupled 20 Years Later's original plot with her credible and likable characters. Zane is the naive and soft-hearted one, Titus is clever with solid conviction while Erin is the tough and realistic one. Eve was not fully introduced until the middle part of the story but I think she's quite like a combination of Zane and Erin. I'm not really sure who's my favorite out of these four characters because each of them has captured my heart. They have this strong individuality and voice and the way they developed in the story really impressed me. I also enjoyed the supporting characters like Jay, Miri, Callum and other characters from the gangs although their purpose in the story still felt like a mystery somehow which is one of the many reasons why I cannot wait for the next book.
Also, if you hate prologues or epilogues in stories well you might give 20 Years Later an exception because, in my opinion, this one has a very interesting and inviting prologue and epilogue. The prologue and epilogue contains some things to anticipate on the next book, plus the way it was written was also really interesting.
20 Years Later is definitely one of my favorites although there are a few parts in the first few chapters where I felt the pacing was too slow but overall, I enjoyed it very much. I'm giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I thought the ending was satisfying and exciting, too. I'm looking forward into reading the next book, 20 Years Later: Legacy.
------ I received this ARC free of charge from publisher, Dystopia Press, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review of this book.
Okay, I'll admit that during the first few chapters, I really thought that this is going to be a typical ParanoOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Okay, I'll admit that during the first few chapters, I really thought that this is going to be a typical Paranormal Romance story. I thought I knew how the story was going to turn out. Again, I was proven wrong.
While there are some parts in the story that are quite similar with other YA Paranormal Romance like "insta-love", Winter's Shadow still came off as a pleasant surprise for me. It was really good. The way the author, M.J. Hearle, turn things around and spin his own enchanting, thrilling and eerie world was just really awesome. I loved it!
What really keeps me from reading was the dark mystery on each page. It was almost addicting. The idea about Skivers and Occuluma blew my mind away! I thought it was very creative and original. Furthermore, I was actually surprised when I found out that the author was actually a guy because the protagonist in the story was a girl named Winter. I have to say, Hearle did an excellent job in portraying Winter and giving her a powerful and realistic voice. I've always been fascinated on authors who could do that effectively because I don't really see it a very easy thing to do and Hearle pulled it very well.
Moving on, the characters are all well-rounded and just lovely. Winter was very well-balanced kind of girl. I didn't really see her as the usual "damsel in distress". In fact, she's very relatable, she's very easy to connect with and she's a sensible character. Her bestfriend, Jasmine was also very nice to read. I really like their friendship. And Blake, he was surprisingly likable. I didn't really see him as the typical brooding or mysterious sort-of guy. He's actually a very reasonable character. He's strong, mysterious, vulnerable and smart all at the same time. I really enjoyed his character. Also, Blake and Winter's attraction, albeit the "instalove", it felt genuinely romantic and just sweet.
There are some parts where I felt like the story was lagging a bit but I enjoyed Winter's Shadow overall. It was very entertaining and there's originality and creativity that I'm looking for, I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend this to all YA Paranormal Romance fans. I'm sure you'll love this one!
------ I received this ARC free of charge from publisher, Pan Macmillan, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review on this book....more
I love mystery books (Nancy Drew is definitely the culprit!) and Virals whets my appetiOriginally posted at Girl about Books
This book is to die for!
I love mystery books (Nancy Drew is definitely the culprit!) and Virals whets my appetite! It’s just so awesome! Until today, I’m still digesting everything I've read from the day I started reading it till last Monday night. This is one of those book that I relished each page, taken each words and scene at heart. Also, Virals isn’t just another mystery story, it was also mixed with fantasy and forensic science, oh my God, did I mention how utterly awesome this book is?
I love this book because first and foremost, the plot was perfectly paced and well-written plus Kathy’s writing is so vivid and undeniably engrossing! I just love it! The characters, which are all well-balanced and adorable, is the second thing I love about the story. They're all relatable and very entertaining! While the main characters, or the "Virals", are all likable, Tory and Hi are definitely the ones who falls into my favorites. Tory is a very interesting character. I loved her from the start and I keep enjoying her character as the story goes. She’s very smart, intelligent even, snarky and a tough character. Hiram or "Hi" had stolen my heart! He's so hilarious and his sarcasm was so addictive. There is no dull moment when Hi is around. In short, he makes me HIGH!! But, of course, the gang won't be complete without Shelton and Ben in it although I was hoping there would be more about Ben on the next book since he's a bit shady on this one.
The action, mystery and humor in the story are all well-balanced. Reading Virals reminds me of how much I enjoyed Science back in the day and it did rekindle my liking for it. Before reading the book, I was sort of worried that I might get disoriented or confused since I was a bit fresh in reading books that involves forensic science but Kathy made it uncomplicated and easy for her young adult readers to understand so it wasn't hard to connect with the characters or the story itself.
Overall, I LOVED VIRALS. I'll never get tired reading this book! It was highly entertaining and educational as well. I'm giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all YA Mystery, Sci-Fi Fantasy buffs out there.
------ I received this book free of charge from publisher, Arrow, in exchange for an honest and sincere review....more
I haven't read any books that involves goblins or fae, so reading Crystal Bones was a whole new experience forOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I haven't read any books that involves goblins or fae, so reading Crystal Bones was a whole new experience for me. I had no idea what exactly to expect yet I felt excited as much!
Crystal Bones is the first installment from the C. Aubrey Hall's The Faelin Chronicles Trilogy. C. Aubrey is, no doubt, one of the imaginative and fantastic story-teller. The story appeared to be so vivid and it was crafted in a brilliantly wonderful writing. The plot has a great blend of intense and gripping suspense and action with tangible emotions and characters.
The protagonists are the twins Diello and Cynthe, who are half-human, half-fae. Despite the fact that they are twins, they are both the complete opposite of each other. Even though Diello is my favorite twin, I think he is nothing without Cynthe because they are one. Their relationship with each other is my most favorite part of story. Like I said, they're both different from each other but not in a bad way. In fact, their personalities complement each other which makes the story much more likeable and believable. Diello is the reserved one, he thinks first before acting or saying anything unlike Cynthe who is the impulsive one. Their common denominator, though, is that they are both brave and they are willing to do anything for the sake of their family.
In my opinion, the downside of this book was that some parts of the story felt a bit dragged and lagging at times. I felt a little bit lost as well on the first few chapters due to mild lack of informations about some certain aspects or elements of the book and characters. Probably because, like I said, I'm new to all goblins and fae stuffs. But as the story goes on, everything is progressing all too good.
I'm giving Crystal Bones a solid 4 of 5 stars because it's a wonderful jumpstart for a new fantasy series and I recommend this to all fantasy books readers or lovers especially to those who loves faes and goblins, y'all enjoy this one for sure.
*I received this free galley from publisher, Marshall Cavendish in exchange for an honest review. ...more
I honestly did not know what exactly to expect on reading this book but when I started reading it, I couldn’t pOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I honestly did not know what exactly to expect on reading this book but when I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down!
The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond is an utterly fun, exciting and suspenseful read. Author, Victoria Foyt, balanced them all together effectively along with a unique, strong and smart protagonist, Lexie Diamond. Lexie is so much fun to read. She’s funny, straight-forward and got so much common sense. She’s got a great and compelling voice. And her relationship with her parents felt really genuine and relatable.
There are so many parts of the story that I genuinely enjoy most especially the part where she’s sleuthing about the sudden death of her mother, and also when she’s trying to annoy Jane. It was really hilarious!
I want to add more but this story is a also mixed with mystery and I don't want to spoil it for those who wants to read the book. I think I already gave something but it’s not really that of a surprise.
Overall, I enjoyed this book so much! I’m giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to all YA fiction readers who wants some mystery in the plot, a little romance and hilarious scenes, The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond is the book for you! ...more
Zitface is a fresh, empathic and wonderful realistic read. If you read the plot's synopsis, you're probably thinkingAlso posted at Girl about Books
Zitface is a fresh, empathic and wonderful realistic read. If you read the plot's synopsis, you're probably thinking that this is just another coming-of-age-story. But Zitface is so much more than that.
First of all, I commend Emily Howse for successfully portraying, through Olivia's character, that serious acne breakout does not only affects one's mere physical appearance but also one's emotional status that could possibly lead to depression. I genuinely appreciate how Olivia, the story's protagonist, developed throughout the story. From being a girl who let herself be controlled she learned how to break-free, be confident in her own way and follow her own lead and what she truly wants.
I also enjoyed the supporting characters, like Olivia's bestfriend, Jenna and the super charming Theo. They definitely add different colors to the story that makes it more interesting and vibrant. Another aspect that I liked about the story was Olivia's relationship with her family. I thought the way they deal with their issues was very relatable and it felt real.
Overall, I'm giving Zitface a solid 4 of 5 stars for its believable story and characters. I recommend this to everyone! :)
I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Blood Red Road, first installment from Moira Young’s Dustlands trilogy, is overflowing with fierce and relentleOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Blood Red Road, first installment from Moira Young’s Dustlands trilogy, is overflowing with fierce and relentless action, a bit of mystery, with exhilarating twists and surprises plus heart-racing romance. I was sucked into the story before I know it!
Blood Red Road, is a gripping, unique and engaging story I’ve never read before. I’ve read quite some of dystopian novels before but this one is widely different. I felt strongly connected not only with the characters but with the engaging setting of this book as well. The brutality, fear and uncertainty of life are thick and palpable in this unpredictable story.
I think one of the things that make Blood Red Road stands out from other dystopian books was the writing style of the author. It was written in a very different yet interesting way. I’ll admit that at first I thought it was going to choke my enjoyment or grasp of the story because I struggled to understand some of it during the first few pages but I eventually got used to it.
In addition to the unpredictable plot, the characters are very well-written. I’ve never met a protagonist as enormously stubborn as Saba which I personally think helped her a lot considering how cruel the world she’s living in. But for the most part, I actually liked it about her. I honestly hesitated if she’s worth a protagonist during the first part of the story because, like I said, she's so stubborn and she's dependent and possessive to her twin brother, Lugh, and she’s relentlessly mean to her little sister, Emmi. But as the story goes by, she’s grown on me and the journey she’d been through transformed her into this smart, strong and independent girl with unwavering love and faith for those she truly cares about. Her development in the story was one of my favorite aspects of the story. I also enjoyed the supporting characters; the blending of their personality truly made the story much more enjoyable and extreme along with Saba. And I just want to add that I genuinely hate the villain in this story. He’s a madman, vcious and just oozing with evilness!
Blood Red Road is definitely one of the best YA books I’ve read. With its original and absorbing plot, raw and fearless characters, I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend this book to all YA fiction junkies and hardcore dystopian readers. This book will take you to the next level!
------ I received this book free of charge from publisher, Scholastic UK, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review on this book....more
When author, L.M. Preston, first offered me to review this book, I must admit that there was a slight hesitatioOriginally posted at Girl about Books
When author, L.M. Preston, first offered me to review this book, I must admit that there was a slight hesitation in my mind because during that time, I haven't read a book in Sci-Fi Fantasy genre yet. I figured maybe I should start reading Sci-Fi Fantasy books, so in the end, I accepted her offer. After reading her book, I realized that accepting Preston's offer was one of the best decisions I've made because Bandits is one wild ride of adventure and now one of my favorite reads!
First of all, I am so impressed by Preston's writing style. The story and characters felt so alive to me, which I think is really essential in a type of stories like this where pretty much every minute has something going on. The description of a planet or situation up until the characters' emotion was perfectly done that my mind's eye could clearly picture and feel it. Preston did not use complex words or try to twist the words into complicated ones, it was an easy read yet it was so impressive and absorbing at the same time and I commend Preston for that. In addition, Preston's wild imagination and creativity was really powerful hence the riveting and original plot of the story.
Although this book has it all: intriguing mystery, knee-buckling romance with humor (courtesy of Faulk mostly) that will not fail the readers, my most favorite part of the story was its electrifying and breathtaking action scenes! I LOVE action scenes! I am craving for it and Preston gave it to me and some more! The pacing was excellent too, no page will bore the reader because every page is filled with vivacity!
The characters in the story has their own distinct and resonating voice, most especially the main protagonist, Daniel. I liked the fact that he's not just physically tough but he's also a smart guy. I also enjoyed the other characters like Jade, Nickel, Gabe and Faulk, especially Faulk! Oh my God! He's so hilarious even though sometimes he doesn't really mean to. Plus, their bond and loyalty to each other was really nice. The romance between Daniel and Jade was a healthy mix of sweetness and intensity. It adds a special flavor on the story.
Bottomline: I loved this book and I felt satisfied till the last page. I'm giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly would recommend this to all YA Sci-Fi Fantasy junkies who also have interest in pirates, treasures with great action and adventure!
I received this review copy free of charge from author, L.M. Preston, in exchange for a sincere and honest review.
Looking for a whole new level of Paranormal Fantasy read? Then Burn Bright is the book you're looking for! BurnOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Looking for a whole new level of Paranormal Fantasy read? Then Burn Bright is the book you're looking for! Burn Bright, the first book from Night Creatures Trilogy, is an intense, unpredictable and addictive page turner!
That gorgeous cover right there is first thing that caught my attention and then after reading the plot synopsis, I knew I must read it. Thankfully I was able to read it after some fiasco that almost stop me from reading this astonishing book.
Moving on, reading Burn Bright is definitely has been a one-of-a-kind experience for me. My favorite part of this brilliantly written story is definitely its thrilling, unique and, like what I said, unpredictable plot. There are so many parts in the story that I didn't really see coming. I really have no idea at all on what to expect on the next pages which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it. Marianne de Pierres is an amazing and ingenious writer. The world building is utterly convincing and just bewitching. Ixion is an exotic, inviting yet terrifying world all at the same time. The way Burn Bright was presented simply took my breath away. The idea of Ripers and Night creatures and pretty much everything about Ixion is SO ENCHANTING! Seriously, no one should miss this awesomesauce of a book!
What makes Burn Bright more interesting was that the riveting plot was paired with well-written and dynamic characters. I genuinely enjoyed all of the characters in this story, from the protagonist, Retra (I was most especially astonished with her development on the story. It's totally awesome!), along with her friends Suki and Rollo. Lenoir....he's really something. He's very, very interesting and I think he's one of the characters that keeps the story intense! I can't quite spell out how I really feel towards him for now, although he is no doubt very intriguing. He's one of the many reasons why I cannot wait to finally read Angel Arias, the sequel, which I think is going to be released this year as well but I'm not entirely sure, because I'm really looking forward into getting to know more the characters and that cliffhanger on the end.... I almost forgot how to breathe.
Bottomline, Burn Bright rocked my socks! I'm giving it 5 of 5 stars and I STRONGLY recommend this engrossing read to everyone who dared to enter the world of Ixion.
*I received this book free of charge from publisher, Random House Australia, in exchange for an honest review....more
Holy moley! This book is way better than I expected! This book is so awesome that I want to give Kim CulbertsonOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Holy moley! This book is way better than I expected! This book is so awesome that I want to give Kim Culbertson a bear hug!
Now I know how it feels to be infatuated with a book because even though I've finished reading this book last week, I'm still thinking about it. Everywhere I go, no matter what I do, the story and characters of this book kept floating behind my mind. And now you think I'm crazy but that's the effect of Instructions For A Broken Heart on me.
I have LOTS of favorite part on this story so it was really difficult for me to choose just one. But even before I started reading the book, I was really looking forward about the envelopes or the "instructions" for Jessa, the story's protagonist, like what exactly are written on it, so I was really excited whenever Jessa would open an envelope.
The plot was full of surprises and strongly emotional yet not overly dramatic. Kim Culbertson's writing was very beautiful, artistically authentic and the way she presented the setting was so real as if I was part of that tour myself and seeing those beautiful scenery and places of Italy. I also felt how miserable and sad and emotionally broken Jessa was. The characters are all charming and very entertaining. I was emotionally invested with the characters most especially Jessa. She's the very reason why I loved the book! She's very much worthy of a protagonist, she's very easy to relate to, she's independent and smart. Her relationship with her best friends, Carissa and Tyler, was also one of my favorites. Their relationship isn't perfect, they have misunderstandings, they fight but their love for one another will always top that. There's a lot of supporting characters or minor ones on the story but they add certain depth and purpose to the story. One of my favorite supporting character was Mr. Campbell, whom I almost fell inlove with, and Dylan Thomas with his funny yet sensible comments.
Instructions For A Broken Heart is definitely one of my favorite YA Contemps. I didn't want the story to end. I desperately want to know what happened next after the ending. Anyway, I'm giving this a strong 5 out of 5 stars and yes, a bear hug for Kim for crafting such beautiful story. I highly recommend this to all YA Contemps fans :)
------ I received this book free of charge from publisher, Sourcebooks Inc, in exchange for an honest review....more
I fell for Lauren Oliver after reading her dystopia novel, Delirium. After reading that book, she instantly becamOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I fell for Lauren Oliver after reading her dystopia novel, Delirium. After reading that book, she instantly became one of my favorite authors of all time. And so when I discovered she’s writing a middle-grade fantasy novel, I was beyond thrilled!
First of all, I like reading (selective) middle-grade novels. I love to read such books simply because they make me feel young and magical, and that’s exactly how I felt when I was reading Liesl & Po.
I had an amazing time reading Liesl & Po. I found the characters absolutely charming and entertaining. I thought Liesl was very interesting, I think she personified every kid we know. She’s very curious, brave but at the same time her vulnerability showed that she's still a young, innocent girl. I also find Will’s loyalty towards Liesl very charming as well as his special feelings toward Liesl. That's so cute! And then, there’s Po, the ghost. To be honest, he’s not exactly like Casper the Friendly Ghost, but that’s not to say he’s mean toward Liesl. He’s basically just unsure on being around human beings such as Liesl. I really enjoyed seeing his hesitant character transitioned to someone more affable throughout the story. And I may shed a tiny bit tear towards the end.
As I cover lover, I'd like to take note of the book cover. I honestly loved it! Perhaps one of my favorite covers! It certainly fit the concept of the story, if anything, it’ll give the readers hints on what’s coming for them once they started the book. Plus, it’s very eye-catching! I think kids (and kids at heart, like me) will definitely take notice of this once they enter their favorite bookstores. The illustrations inside are also wonderful!
However, I couldn’t help but take note as well a certain aspect of the book where in I found myself creasing my brows from confusion. This is written on third person point of view, omniscient point of view to be specific. I have to admit that I wasn’t really used to that kind of writing and so every time the point of view skip from Liesl to Will, or from Po to Liesl—I get little episodes of disorientation. It took me some time to get used to the changing of point of views.
But the overall take of this story was completely astonishing. I think Lauren Oliver captured that whimsical feeling we’d have when we were kids and we were creating our own special, magical world inside our heads. Furthermore, the emotions which Lauren Oliver conveyed throughout the book was very solid and I couldn’t help but feel emotionally connected with the characters.
I’m giving Liesl & Po 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to everyone!...more
I'm Not Her is Janet Gurtler's debut YA novel and has captured (and still capturing) many readers with her compelOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I'm Not Her is Janet Gurtler's debut YA novel and has captured (and still capturing) many readers with her compelling and moving way of writing and I'm one of them. I've read quite a handful of YA Contemps this year and I liked most of them but among them, I'm Not Her is quite the most personal read for me for certain reasons. I think this is the first YA Contemp that really tugged at my heart in a very emotional and distinct way and I'll be forever grateful to Sourcebooks Fire for giving me the opportunity to read this story.
The story, overall, is just so breath-taking, inspiring and amazingly beautiful and heart-breaking and sad all at the same time. Just as I expected, Janet Gurtler impressed me (again) with her exquisite way of writing when I read If I Tell. Gurtler's way of writing is distinct from other YA Contemps writer, I can't exactly describe it but hers felt more personal and so deep than the others and I think that's what makes her stories felt more real and because of that, she's now one of my favorite authors!
The characters are all dynamic and wonderful and really effective. I had nothing but admiration for Tess, the main protagonist, I can totally relate to her and I feel for her. She's no doubt my favorite character in the story. I want to hate her parents but I guess when your loved one is in pain and is suffering it can be really overwhelming that sometimes we unconsciously live in denial. And then there's Jeremy and Clark, these sweet, adorable and charming guys I loved so much.
Another beautiful thing about the story is that Tess's family grew much more stronger and a lot more closer because of what happened to her sister. They faced and solved their family issues, said the words they couldn't say before.
I'm giving I'm Not Her 5 out of 5 stars. Every stars count and I highly recommend this to everyone. This story deserved to heard or read by everyone regardless if you have a loved one who has a Cancer or not. This story is an inspiring and real story about life, family and friendship....more
Huntress is a beautifully written story, overflowing with raw and poignant emotions and unforgettable characterOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Huntress is a beautifully written story, overflowing with raw and poignant emotions and unforgettable characters. It's not too long ago since I felt deeply attached to a story and/or characters on a book but I already missed the feeling and Huntress, unexpectedly, did just that and so much more. It stole my heart.
In Huntress, which is the prequel to Ash (which I still haven't read yet), the story is told in third person in switching point of views from characters. I have no problem in third person story-telling. I actually liked it more because I get to know more the other characters', besides the protagonists', point of views. I love Malinda Lo's writing, she's definitely a brilliant story-teller with a powerful and distinct way of effectively reaching to her readers' heart.
While the story is filled with enrapturing magic, riveting action and unpredictable plot, it is the romance between Kaede and Taisin that intensively made an impact on me. To watch how their feelings grow and how they deny that feelings up until to where they finally stop fighting it and just accept it was so utterly beautiful and genuinely heart-warming. I honestly want to say more but the romance between the two is indescribable. I suggest you read the epic book and you'll know (or feel) what I mean. What I also liked about Kaede and Taisin is that they both have strong and unique personality that complements each other. In addition, I enjoyed Kaede and Taisin's companions on their journey, Con, Shae, Tali and Pol. They all have this distinct and solid character. I devoured this book so much that I didn't want the story to end! The need to read Ash has definitely heightened!
Huntress, by the way, is my very first LGBT book to read and it was a refreshing experience for me. With its an astonishing adventure about bravery and unconditional love, this book is definitely on my all-time favorite books! I'm giving this 5 out 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone!...more
My fellow bloggers were crazy went gaga over this book. So when I won a copy from Precious of Fragments of LifeOriginally posted at Girl about Books
My fellow bloggers were crazy went gaga over this book. So when I won a copy from Precious of Fragments of Life, I was so thrilled and excited to finally read it. I even set down the book that I was supposed to be reading and I grab my Forgotten copy and cave in to the temptation.
However, I wasn't satisfied with the story...
Forgotten has a unique and engaging plot, that's true. It did caught my attention, yes. I actually read this book in one day, it was an absolute page-turner because of it's intriguing mystery. Furthermore, the story has also lovely and likable characters like London, the story's protagonist with a solid personality, and Luke who is so sweet and charming and definitely short-listed for Boyfriend (Husband, even) of the Year. But all through-out when I'm reading the book, I couldn't help but feel a little confused... I felt like there is something off in the story.
See, London has this condition, which is frightening and depressing at the same time, where in her brain reboots when she sleeps and when the clock strikes 4:33 in the morning, all of her memory will be erased, she will have no memory of her past but she can remember her future. True, there was an explanation for why London is suffering in this baffling condition but there was no full (or clear) explanation on the how part. That's why I felt lost and confused for the most part. In addition, I thought the ending was so abrupt. I was like, "Whoa! Wait, that was the last page?!?" I felt as if the story was rushed. Perhaps, if the story has a tad more depth on the details, for instance London's case, it could've been much more better along with it's original plot and Cat Patrick's wonderful writing.
In my opinion, the strongest part of Forgotten was London and Luke's relationship which reminds me, in a way, of Clare and Henry of Time Traveler's Wife. Their relationship is the main reason why I enjoyed the story. They're both believable as characters and their romance was just really sweet and beautiful, inspiring even. I also appreciate London and Jamie's friendship, I thought it was very relatable.
Overall, I heartily enjoyed Forgotten, it was definitely unputdownable. I'm giving this a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars and I recommend this to all YA fiction fans and to those who loves a surprising and awe-inspiring romance with a twist. ...more
First of all, that cover is very eye-catching! I totally love it! I've always wanted to read Memento Nora the very mAlso posted at: Girl about Books
First of all, that cover is very eye-catching! I totally love it! I've always wanted to read Memento Nora the very moment I laid my eyes on it and now that I finally did, it did not disappoint! Memento Nora is a fast-paced, intense and gripping dystopian read.
My most favorite aspect of the book, besides the dynamic and exceptional plot of the story, was Angie Smibert’s writing. The story was told in the three main characters’, Nora, Micha and Winter, perspective. I find it really impressive because Angie successfully created a resonating voice for these very interesting and distinctive protagonists. I thought their relationship with each other was very tangible. Their differences with each other makes them more likable and stirring as characters. I also enjoyed the supporting characters on the story, like Mr. Yamada, pretty much all of the characters in the story has their own individual interesting personality.
I found myself, mostly, on the edge of my seat when I was reading this book. For such a thin book, with only 192 pages, it was packed with gripping suspense and drama until the very last page. The ending was so unpredictable! I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel!
I'm giving this a strong 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all suspense and thrilling Sci-Fi and Dystopian readers out there. Believe me, this will not disappoint....more
Looking for a romantic, lush and utterly alluring read? Then start your month of March right by grabbing Gwen Hayes’ Falling Under.
Falling Under is aLooking for a romantic, lush and utterly alluring read? Then start your month of March right by grabbing Gwen Hayes’ Falling Under.
Falling Under is a story that I’ve never read before. I'm not sure if there are already YA books that solely focus on the main 'element' of Falling Under (okay, I can't tell you what that 'element' is because I don't want to spoil it for you and besides it's part of the thrill) and so I think that is what makes Falling Under really interesting. It’s the kind of story where you thought you’ve had it all figured out but you really didn’t.
I have quite a lot of reasons why I enjoyed this book from top to bottom. First of all, the premise of story was very tempting; it’s the very reason why I wanted to read the book. Gwen Hayes’ writing was absolutely fantastic and potent enough to make you easily attached with the characters and the very atmosphere of the story. The way she weaved the world of “Under” and effectively merge it in the day to day living was totally astonishing.
I also love how the characters’ developed throughout the story. It’s one of the aspects on the story that really stands out for me, most especially Theia’s development. I admit that during the first few chapters, I was worried that Theia has the possibility of heading towards my “not-so-favorite-heroines list”. THANKFULLY, she didn’t. I thought as the story goes one, she’s progressing as a strong-willed protagonist in a very healthy way. Her relationship with Haden was just really, really absorbing and enormously passionate. I fell so deeply inlove with the two of them.
Another aspect of the story that I genuinely enjoy was the fact that Thiea’s bestfriends, Donny and Amelia, was actually included in the story as well as Gabe and Varnie. I mean, they weren’t just “sidekicks” or labeled as “Theia’s Bestfriends” they are involved. I just love all the characters!
I really, really hope that there’s going to be a sequel (actually, with that cliffhanger on the end, I was pretty sure that there is going to be a sequel) because I want to read more of these character’s relationship with one another. Besides Thiea’s and Haden’s interesting chemistry, I also find the building emotions between Ame and Varnie to be really cute and sweet same goes for Donny and Gabe.
The pacing on some parts of the story, though, seemed too slow for me but nonetheless, I was highly entertained in reading Falling Under and so I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars and a highly recommend this to Paranormal-Romance fans who’s willing to fall under Gwen Hayes’ spell-binding writing....more