My first encounter with The Beginning of Everything was December of last year. I was on a local bookstore to finally grab my copy of Anna & the Fr...moreMy first encounter with The Beginning of Everything was December of last year. I was on a local bookstore to finally grab my copy of Anna & the French Kiss (which was on my wishlist since, like, forever). Truthfully, the book title didn’t grabbed my attention as much as the cover did. I remember reading the synopsis on the back and my first thought was ‘I think know how this story will go.’ (oh man, I was sooo wrong about that).
The second time was on Twitter when a local bookstore tweeted a quote from the book which wholly grabbed my attention. The quote was: “The way I figured it, keeping quiet was safe. Words could betray you if you choose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many.” So when I went to bookstore again to grab a good friend of mine a birthday present, I ended up buying myself my own copy (happens all the time).
The moment I started reading The Beginning of Everything, I was instantly hooked with Ezra’s strong and unique voice. He’s a very interesting guy. I just love every single moment I spent with him and just feeling everything he has in his mind. If you think about it, the plot of the story is quite simple—the popular jock in high school loses the spotlight, his social life, even his promising athletic career, then he meets a mysterious girl. Perhaps this is the reason why, at first, I thought the story is a bit predictable. But like what I said, it’s not. It’s not predictable at all.
My favorite aspect of the story are the characters. I love all of them and it was so easy to connect with them. Ezra Faulkner, the protagonist, isn’t the typical one-dimensional popular guy we used to read or see in movies. He’s wonderful, smart, truthful and funny kind of guy, but above all, it’s the complexity of his character that makes me like him even more. I absolutely enjoyed joining him in his bittersweet discovery toward the meaning of his tragedy.
The story of Ezra and Toby’s friendship was also something I genuinely like about the story. Perhaps because at one point in our lives there’ll be this one person whom we used to do things with and then in just a snap everything changes. I thought the way they rekindled their friendship was very nice, it just feels natural and I was also glad to discover that even after everything that’s happened, there were certain things that didn’t really change between their friendship.
And then there’s Cassidy Thorpe, the elusive love interest. She’s everything Ezra hadn’t met before. She’s intelligent, speaks her mind and unconventionally beautiful and she’s a Harry Potter fan. I also love the way she perceives the world and her cleverness and the way she understands Ezra in ways some people don’t and in ways Ezra himself doesn’t. Ugh I love her.
While I love everything about this book, there’s no use denying that, for me, the best part of the story is Ezra and Cassidy’s romance. I rooted for them the second they met in that hallway. I adore every moment they spent together, every witty remarks they shared with each other. My feelings were everywhere whenever they touch. I’m so obsessed with them it’s disgusting! I used to think their relationship is kind of reverse, but now that I thought about it, Ezra and Cassidy balance each other out. They have this strong emotional connection with each other and it was simply beautiful.
The Beginning of Everything is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite books. There’s so much depth and realness in this book and it can either make your heart swell in delight or rip your heart into tragic little pieces. Every dialogue, characters and emotions are so compelling, they’re impossible to forget. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend this to every YA Contemporary junkies, especially those who fancy character-driven ones. (less)
The first thing that I noticed on Remembrance was the stunning and gorgeous cover. And then I found out that the...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
The first thing that I noticed on Remembrance was the stunning and gorgeous cover. And then I found out that the story was inspired by Taylor Swift hit song “Love Story” (which I really love) that made my interest leveled up! I was also intrigued by the plot because I personally love stories with 'reincarnation' themes. So I asked for a review copy from the author, Michelle Madow, and she happily provided one for me. Thanks, Michelle!
Remembrance is an astonishing and unique love story. I enjoyed the story so much! I liked how well-balanced the story was. It wasn’t over the top, all of the elements are in proportion which made the story very entertaining as a whole. Madow’s writing style was very impressive especially for a debut author like her. It was simple yet really gripping. The story was simply captivating and the plot was original. I was also pleasantly surprised that Madow threw some Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the story which really blended well with the book’s plot.
Just like the plot, the characters are all very well-developed especially the protagonist, Lizzie and the charming Drew. The supporting characters are also wonderful, they definitely added some kick in the story.
Remembrance is a wonderful start in a series. It’s a brilliant mix of romance, fantasy and reality. I seriously couldn’t wait for the next book, Vengeance! I’m giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend this to all YA Romance readers!(less)
First of all, I think the plot synopsis is pretty bit misleading. After reading the synopsis, I couldn't help bu...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
First of all, I think the plot synopsis is pretty bit misleading. After reading the synopsis, I couldn't help but think that maybe this Kate is some desperate, fragile and troubled girl.
Kate is NOT like that at all. She’s a sweet, fun and totally relatable girl who just wants to have a happy normal family. I find the story simple yet captivating. Melissa Kantor is one of those authors who makes me feel comfortable in her writing. She writes flawlessly and can make her reader’s not just enjoy the story but also feel for the characters which is one of things that is crucial for me to thoroughly love the story.
I think everyone could relate to this book since it tackles common issues on a normal teenager’s life: family problems, friendship issues and the never-ending boy dilemma. There’s right amount of drama that makes me sympathize for Kate, right amount of friendship and right amount of romance where I couldn't help but fall inlove with Kate and Adam.
Girlfriend Material is a sweet and captivating summer read with genuine feelings and characters. If only I read this before our summer season, I would've loved to grab this book and bring it along with me because it’s a perfect summer read.
I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend this to all YA Contemps fans.(less)
If you think zombies are merely gross creatures who only knows how to suck human brains or drool or well, be gro...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
If you think zombies are merely gross creatures who only knows how to suck human brains or drool or well, be gross, think again!
Zombies Don't Cry is the very first zombie book I've read and it was AWESOME!
I've always wanted to read a good YA zombie book so when a friend of mine told me about this book Zombies Don't Cry: A Living Dead Love Story, I was immediately curious by the title (Who wouldn't? It sounds intriguing!) then after I read the plot synopsis, I thought I need to read it. Stat. Furthermore, my friend goes on and on about how he enjoyed the book and all that. I knew I will enjoy it too because we have same taste in books.
Indeed. I was hooked with the story even before I knew it! There are so many things that I liked about this book. First and foremost is the writing. Rusty Fischer's writing was fun, clear and simple yet downright fascinating and delightful! The pacing was also perfect, the plot is simply entertaining and super hilarious! I had no idea how many times I laughed when I was reading this book. Seriously this is one book you shouldn't miss! The protagonist, Maddy, is very likable. She's very relatable and I find it really easy to connect with her. Yes, you've read it right! The author is male but the protagonist is a female but you know what? I often forgot that because Rusty portrayed Maddy in an unmarred and solid way and I commend Rusty for that.
Just so you know, there's a love triangle in this story and I actually liked it. Since the first few chapters, I was already rooting for Dane, Maddy's ZFF (Zombie Friend Forever) and a super hot one too. Stamp, another hottie who is a high school jock and a Normal (human) who Maddy was fancying, I find him okay but he just seems a little too perfect and suave, and a potential candidate for Boyfriend of the Year but I felt what Maddy and he has was all too superficial. Unlike what Maddy and Dane has, I mean, I felt a connection between them (no, not just the "zombie connection"), there's conversation, they had misunderstanding and all that and I want something like that in a love story....or...living dead love story, you get I what I mean. So yeah, I'm Team Dane!
The supporting characters was just as entertaining. They weren't really just supporting characters as in "just another stranger in the background" they actually have purpose which is another thing that I really liked about the story.
There's a lot of tension by the end of the story and I am (desperately) hoping there's a sequel because I cannot (wouldn't) move on if there isn't. I'm DYING to know what's going to happen next! I'm giving this a 5 out of 5 stars because I simply loved the story and pretty much everything about the book and I HIGHLY recommend this to Zombie fans out there who wants a fun and good read with great storyline and fantastic characters.
20 Years Later is an excellent and astonishing start of a new post-apocalyptic series! I just found out some wee...moreOriginally 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.
First of all, I would like to thank the author, Patricia Williams, for giving me the oppurtunity to read this ex...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
First of all, I would like to thank the author, Patricia Williams, for giving me the oppurtunity to read this exhilirating book.
Wasteland is the first installment from The Kin Trilogy of Patricia Williams. I had so much fun reading this exciting and intense book. Everything is pretty much new to me, most especially the plot of the story which is one of my favorite aspect of the book. Patricia gave me everything what I wanted from a book. Unpredictable plot with independent characters and intense setting, that is Wasteland. The plot of the story took a hold of me and never let me go, I just couldn't stop reading this one.
Besides from the stirring plot, I also loved the protagonist, Rebecca “Becca” Wilkinson. She’s one of those character that you will love from start to finish. I enjoyed her from the very first page to the last which is quite unusual for me. She’s independent, brave, relatable and a very sensible character. She’s a loser or this “invisible girl” but she’s not the type of loser who has this severe insecurities or mega dramatic life that eventually get on my last nerve. She’s also a compassionate and very caring person. And those qualities of earn her a spot on my favorite heroines in YA Lit.
Another thing that I really liked on this book was Becca’s relationship with her parents and best friend, Patrice. There were difficulties on their relationship, yes, but not in a very dramatic way. For me, I thought their relationship felt real and believable. I also appreciate the supporting characters like Mya, who is a very intriguing chick and speaking of intriguing, Luke is such a charming and mysterious, moody type of guy. I really like how Becca and Luke’s relationship progressed in the story. I thought they look really cute and sweet at the same time.
I just enjoy how everything turned out, the twist was really interesting and just gripping! I cannot wait to read the next book, Outlaws, which will be released this coming May 2011.
Overall, I loved this book so much! I’m giving this a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this book to all Sci-Fi Fantasy junkies.
----- I received this book free of charge from the author, Patricia Williams, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I love mystery books (Nancy Drew is definitely the culprit!) and Virals whets my appetit...moreOriginally 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.(less)
When started reading this book, I wasn't sure what to expect because this is my first Jennifer Lynn Barnes book t...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
When started reading this book, I wasn't sure what to expect because this is my first Jennifer Lynn Barnes book to read. I was curious about the book summary, though. It sounds different and very appealing to Paranormal junkies like me. In addition, I've read a handful of awesome things about Every Other Day from Goodreads and some book blogs and I've grown curious.
From the first page I was completely hooked up. The idea of a seventeen-year old girl who changes from a normal girl to a savage and ruthless demon-slayer was utterly fantastic! The events are getting more and more intense as I turn the page and I had no clue what's going to happen next! The story was jammed packed with action, fast-paced story, feisty heroine, intensifying mystery, and awesome dialogues -- it's simply everything I wanted!
While I have lots of favorite aspect of the story, the characters' relationship building is my most favorite. The way Kali's life changed within 24 hours was absolutely fun to read especially the way her relationship with Bethany (the resident popular cheerleader) and Skylar (the eccentric and a little bit clairvoyant) happened. The three of them are very unlikely to be friends plus Kali wasn't used to having friends. She was used to being alone, keeping her feelings to herself and used to have no one caring for her. But because of that single momentous event, the three of them are tied up with each other and Kali learned how to open up and live quite normally. Kali's relationship with other characters was also wonderfully written.
Another aspect of the story that I really, really enjoyed was Barnes' writing style. It was very intoxicating and compelling! (And by saying that, I am so picking up her other books!) And that twist she pulled in the climax?? I definitely did not see that coming!!
Overall, I absolutely loved Every Other Day, definitely one of my all-time favorites. I'm giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this to all Urban Fantasy readers and to those who loves non-stop and riveting action.
I received this galley free of charge from publisher, EgmontUSA, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I feel so lucky and grateful that I actually signed up for this at Pinoy Book Tours. I genuinely...moreOginally posted at Girl about Books
One word: RIVETING.
I feel so lucky and grateful that I actually signed up for this at Pinoy Book Tours. I genuinely love Shatter Me, like every bit of this story. It completely blew me away! I'm having a hard time believing that this is Tahereh Mafi's debut novel because it's absolutely astounding in so many levels!
For one, Mafi is a brilliant writer. God. I devoured each page of this enthralling, invigorating and page-turner of a book! Mafi's captivating and eloquent way of story-telling is unbelievably convincing and so beautiful so beautiful so beautiful. Her unique and almost resounding way of writing is one of main reason why I got hooked up with the story instantly. She gave her readers a great access of Juliette’s utter thoughts and emotions, almost as if I was standing in her shoes.
One of the main reasons why I absolutely love this book is because the characters are splendidly and effectively written. Wow. I honestly enjoyed them all but my favorite character in the book is definitely the protagonist herself.
Juliette is an amazing character in every sense of the word. Seeing her transform from a timid, unsure and emotionally battered girl to a strong-willed and independent and confident fighter was such a pleasant thing. I loved that she stick to her own morals despite how cruel the people towards her, I love that despite she has a beautiful heart, she uses her head too in making decisions. She’s just the right amount of everything. And then there’s Adam. He came in the story like a riddle that is quite hard to crack. Like Juliette, he got me thinking, at the first couple of chapters, what his real agenda is. While he’s an astute, determined character with unwavering courage, he’s got an amazing heart that can see right through you, he so genuine and just devastatingly charming it’s impossible not to fall head over heels on him!
Juliette’s relationship with Adam was another reason. Their romance was intense and tender at the same time. They got my head spinning (in a good way) and gave me lots of palpitations. I love how they genuinely care and love each other, in a way that some people around them will never understand. I just love them both, definitely one of the best YA couple. Ever.
The plot of the story was filled with twists and surprises here and there, the action and suspense was so consuming. The world Mafi has set this story in was remarkably compelling and terrifying at the same, it’s an incredible combination of dystopia, sci-fi and paranormal. Mafi nailed all of the three of them!
Shatter Me is, unquestionably, one of the best I’ve read this year and I know I’ll be thinking about it for next couple of few weeks. I am so giving this 5 out of 5 stars (and some more!) and I definitely recommend this to EVERYONE. I want everyone to feel that lingering thrill Shatter Me has put on me. (less)
When I first started reading Touch of Power I have absolutely no idea what to expect. Perhaps, because this is my...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
When I first started reading Touch of Power I have absolutely no idea what to expect. Perhaps, because this is my first Maria V. Snyder book to read. I've seen and read positive reviews of her other works and heard how her writing was really great.
For those who haven't read any of Maria V. Snyder's books (like me) and are constantly hearing high praises like what I heard, I'm very happy to say that these praises and positive reviews are very much true!
Touch of Power was such a pleasant surprise for me. Like what I've mentioned, I have no idea what to expect. I picked it up because the premise sounds very interesting, I sit up and started reading and then the next thing I knew I couldn't put it down. It's sooo good!
Touch of Power has a lot of astonishing and interesting aspects. For one, Snyder has a powerful and compelling way of writing and her imagination took my breath-away. One of the many things I utterly love about Touch of Power was its beautiful and eloquent setting. I am deeply impressed with world building and with Snyder's brilliant story-telling, I almost felt as if I was in the story myself! I could vividly picture the characters and the places in the story. I'm still at awe. The plot was simply amazing. It has the right dose of action, adventure, romance and thrill. They were all rolled into one magical and exciting story!
Just like the setting, the characters in the story highly entertaining and engaging. I honestly feel emotionally invested with all the characters in the book. They are just so fun to read and it was easy to connect with them. Avry, the protagonist, is such a compassionate person. She's sweet and strong in her own way and makes sensible decisions. She's such an admirable heroine and I genuinely like her. The supporting characters are as charming and likable as the main protagonist. They truly made the story more enjoyable. I am stoked for the next book, Scent of Magic (2012)
Touch of Power is no doubt one of the best I've read this year, no, one of the best I've read in my entire life! And because of that, I'm giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this book to all hardcore YA Fantasy fans (like me!) and for those who wants a book that will instantly take you to a new experience! You'll definitely devour this one!
*I received this e-galley from publisher, Mira, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
The Last Olympian is, indeed, fantastic and fulfilling conclusion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! I am...moreAlso posted at: Girl about Books
The Last Olympian is, indeed, fantastic and fulfilling conclusion to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! I am more than happy that I was able meet Percy and be with him and his friends on their amazing and incredibly fun adventure!
This is definitely one of my favorite Percy Jackson books! It was packed with action from the very first page until the very last! Everything is heightened in this book, the adventure, the threat and, of course, the fun. The pacing, as always, is brilliant. Rick Riordan is definitely one of my favorite authors when it comes to pacing, he's done an amazing job with all the Percy Jackson books. Every questions left unanswered in the previous books was finally answered in this one, like why there's a girl named Rachel Elizabeth Dare all of a sudden? What's her purpose? Or is Percy and Annabeth finally going to hook up or what? Or what does the Great Prophecy truly means? And the way Rick tied all the loose ends from the previous books with this one was just effortlessly incredible. *spoiler alert* I think that prophecy in the end has something to do with the new series, Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero. I cannot wait to read that!*end of spoiler*
Also, one of the things I truly love about Percy Jackson books is the humor. I don't know how many times I actually laughed out loud while reading the book despite the gloomy and intense atmosphere. Also, I admit that it took me over a week to I finish this book. I have this habit that I savor each page of every last book in the series, I'm not sure if others do that too but that's what I do.
I'm giving The Last Olympian a 5 out of 5 stars plus a HUGE hug for Rick Riordan for bringing Percy Jackson and his world into my life. I HIGHLY recommend this to those who had read the previous books as well as to those who wants a wonderful, easy and satisfying read. And seriously, to those who has not read the series yet, oh Gods! You are so missing half of your life!(less)
Blood Red Road, first installment from Moira Young’s Dustlands trilogy, is overflowing with fierce and relentles...moreOriginally 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.(less)
Looking for a whole new level of Paranormal Fantasy read? Then Burn Bright is the book you're looking for! Burn...moreOriginally 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.(less)
Holy moley! This book is way better than I expected! This book is so awesome that I want to give Kim Culbertson...moreOriginally 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.(less)
For a Greek Mythology nuts like me, The Goddess Test is one of my anticipated reads for this year and it was, in...moreOriginally posted at Girl About Books
For a Greek Mythology nuts like me, The Goddess Test is one of my anticipated reads for this year and it was, indeed, one of the best I've read so far!
To be honest, I don’t know where to start in reviewing this. My mind is still spinning (in a good way) from reading this book. But there is one thing I can guarantee you readers about this one: IT WILL ROCK YOUR PANTS OFF! Bigtime!
Aimée Carter is one of the most imaginative and original authors I've read. The Goddess Testwas a delightful blend of Greek Myth, mystery, fantasy and romance. The plot was definitely breath-taking and utterly captivating. The way Aimée merged Greek Mythology with day to day living was just astounding! I guess I will forever be dazzled on how authors can effortlessly do that! Furthermore, I’ll never get tired in reading a book where at first you thought you've figured out something about the story then turns out you’re completely wrong. I know that this book is going to be a blast after scanning a handful of awesome reviews everywhere on the net but it still took me by surprise! The delightful twists in the story is my most favorite part that caused my jaw to drop (literally) many, many times.
Kate is such a lovely protagonist. She's such a kind and affectionate person but at the same time a courageous one with firm convictions. Her relationship with her mother was so beautiful and felt genuinely real. Among the characters, Henry, aka modern day Hades, is the one who wholly surprised me. Like I said on my WoW several weeks ago, I had this weird mind-set about Hades. Thank the Gods he isn't what I was expecting. Henry was actually a very astute and solid character. Even though he's a bit shady at first and kind of boring on tiny parts of the story, I haven't really encountered a male protagonist quite like him which is really refreshing. I hope I get to see more characters like him on other YA Paranormal/Fantasy books. The supporting characters are also interesting!
Overall, The Goddess Test is a charming and irresistible read that no one should miss! I'm giving this a strong 5 out of 5 stars and I STRONGLY recommend this to all readers who fancies a fresh, delectable take on YA Paranormal-Fantasy with Greek Myths.
----- *I received this galley for free from publisher, Harlequin Teen, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I'm Not Her is Janet Gurtler's debut YA novel and has captured (and still capturing) many readers with her compel...moreOriginally 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.(less)
When I read Babe In Boyland’s plot synopsis I was already kind of expecting that the plot would be (but not enti...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
When I read Babe In Boyland’s plot synopsis I was already kind of expecting that the plot would be (but not entirely) similar with a movie (She's The Man) and with Hisaya Nakajo's Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Japanese manga) that I also loved. But Jody Gehrman put her own story and humor on this hilarious book!!
In my opinion, what really makes Babe In Boyland stands out was having a protagonist like Natalie. She's got a very engaging and fresh voice. She's also smart, confident and downright witty! I just loved her from start to finish. Her quest on understanding boys for the sake her friends and readers was really hilarious and fascinating. Her two bestfriends, Darcy and Chloe, were also very adorable plus, their relationship was really awesome. The three of them complements each other’s personality. I also enjoyed the sweet and cute moments of Natalie and her roommate, Emilio.
I have SO many favorite scenes in this book. So many laughed out loud moments. (Like really laughed out loud!) One of my favorite scenes was the one on the closet! Every time I remember that one I still can’t help but laugh!
Overall, I loved this Babe In Boyland! It's something I'll never get tired of reading. I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to all girls who are curious on what boys really like and also to those who wants a good read with highly entertaining plot. (less)
Huntress is a beautifully written story, overflowing with raw and poignant emotions and unforgettable characters...moreOriginally 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!(less)
**spoiler alert** The Lost Hero is the first book from Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. My first impression when I saw the cover of the book w...more**spoiler alert** The Lost Hero is the first book from Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series. My first impression when I saw the cover of the book was it’s going to be a wild ride of adventure which what makes me genuinely love Riordan. Speaking of the book cover, I personally think it’s awesome, it’s very striking. I think anyone who walks into a bookstore and spotted The Lost Hero on a shelf, will have the temptation to grab that book, wonder where on earth that metal dragon came from and why are there three kids on top of him, where are they going? What’s their adventure going to be about?
The synopsis of the story itself was very promising, I was instantly intrigued by the story just by reading it. And I'm going to state the obvious, Riordan is definitely one of the most engaging story-teller I’ve come across with. The writing is simple, fluid yet absolutely engrossing—that’s Riordan’s style. He has an effortless yet distinct way of story-telling which is fitting for reading junkies of all ages.
As I have mentioned, I was excited to read The Lost Hero, having said that, I will not deny that I was also a bit (just a teenie tiny bit) nervous about it either. Why? Beacause Percy Jackson is such an incredible series and I love it so much that I was scared that maybe The Lost Hero may botch it in a way considering The Lost Hero is a succeeding series after Percy Jackson. But when I finally started to get around with the story, I realized that Riordan was able to add distinctive flavors in The Lost Hero—something that will let the readers differentiate the two series and even though it was set at Camp Half Blood as well and there were some familiar characters re-entering the scene once in awhile, it was Jason, Leo and Piper’s story.
Unlike in Percy Jackson which was written in first person, The Lost Hero was written a third person point of view. I actually thought it was going to be told in a first person and it would be Jason’s but apparently I was wrong. The story was told in an alternating point of views by the three main characters which are Jason, Leo and Piper. I’m not complaining, by the way. In fact, I loved it. I was able to connect with the three main characters in a personal way, not just in one particular character, plus, the readers are also able to see the characters in another character’s point of view. I hope that make sense.
The plot of the story is absolutely thrilling, I don’t know what to expect at all. Riordan’s idea of clashing the Greeks and Romans literally took my breath away, I did not see that coming at all! Amazing! The ending of the book, in which Jason revealed that he and Percy switched places (Jason in Camp Half Blood, Percy is in Camp Jupiter) my jaw literally dropped there, too.
As for the characters, I really liked the chemistry between the three main characters. My most favorite character in this book, though, is Leo Valdez. Oh my God, this boy had me laughing since the start of the book. He’s extremely hilarious, along with Coach Hedge. They really made the story super fun to read! I have also mentioned that there are going to be familiar faces in this story like Annabeth, Rachel Dare and Thalia. Personally, I’m really happy that Thalia seemed to have a bigger part in this story (so far) because I seriously love this girl. I think I like her more than Annabeth if I’m going to be honest. And I know that she’s already part of the Hunters but I’m still hoping for Thalia and Leo to get together because I think they’re cute and I want Leo to be happy. I also totally ship Jason and Piper and I don’t care who this Reyna girl is. I was also looking forward into seeing Percy again but then I’ll probably see him on the next book, Son of Neptune. I was surprised to see Annabeth a bit exposed and lost when Percy went missing, which means she really cares about Percy which makes me love them more! Ugh, I need to get my copy of the second book (and maybe the third book as well).
I think you already know what rating I’ll give for this one. It’s definitely 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this to all hardcore Percy Jackson fans, if you guys are still wary, don’t be, The Lost Hero will not disappoint!(less)
I am madly and deeply inlove with this book. Stay is an engrossing, inviting and beautifully written novel.
I knew Stay is something very special when I read the first chapter. I seriously can't put into words on how utterly amazing this book is. The storyline is so compelling that it's relentlessly pulling you in. My favorite aspect of the book, perhaps, was the beautiful and inviting way it was written. It's so soothing and deeply engaging and gripping all at the same time. Deb Caletti's distinct and emotional writing was like hypnotizing me, drawing me in and I love it!
Another thing I adore about this book is the vivid and radiantly expressive way of Deb in portraying each and every character in the story. Every word in every page seemed to have their own life, breathing and ready to be consumed by you. The characters are all very well-written, so stirring and strongly developed. I instantly felt emotionally invested in them. The footnotes were also really interesting and unique.
I haven't read any of Deb Caletti's books before but after reading this, I am aching to read all of her books. ASAP.
I can say that I'm obsessed with this book! I'm giving this 5 of 5 stars and I heartily recommend this to everyone because this book is a definite MUST-READ!
------ *I received this galley free of charge from publisher, Simon & Schuster via Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review.(less)
Kat, Incorrigible is a witty, adventurous and undeniably adorable read! It's the kind of book that I'd love to read a...moreAlso posted at: Girl about Books
Kat, Incorrigible is a witty, adventurous and undeniably adorable read! It's the kind of book that I'd love to read again and again! It’s filled with adventures and laugh out loud moments! I utterly love it!
I have lots of favorite parts in the book but Kat is the main reason why I wholeheartedly enjoyed the story. She’s gutsy, independent and a smart one, too. For me, she’s not the typical “ass-kicking” heroines. I think Kat has her own way of being a brave, outspoken and lively heroine that everyone will completely adore. I also enjoyed all of the characters as well. They are very well-written and developed. I just love reading them and getting to know each and every one of them.
I also love Kat’s relationship with her sisters, Elissa and Angeline. Their bickering will definitely sent you on a giggle fit which is another thing why I enjoyed the book. No page will bore you. Everything about this book is just tremendously entertaining and that's because Stephanie Burgis is a wonderful story-teller!
I'm giving Kat, Incorrigible a perfect 5 of 5 stars and a hug for Stephanie for crafting such a wonderful book filled with adventures, fun and a one-of-a-kind heroine like Kat. I cannot wait to read the next book!
*I received this free galley from publisher, Simon & Schuster via Galley Grab in exchange for an honest review.(less)
First of all, that cover is very eye-catching! I totally love it! I've always wanted to read Memento Nora the very mo...moreAlso 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.(less)
WOW. Really. I have nothing to say about this book -- this series -- but awesomeness!
Like always, I don't know where to start with my review.
If The Ti...moreWOW. Really. I have nothing to say about this book -- this series -- but awesomeness!
Like always, I don't know where to start with my review.
If The Titan's Curse is darker, I think The Battle of the Labyrinth is pretty much darker with more engrossing twists and turns than the previous books.
The build up of the characters are in perfect timing. Nico was surprisingly unreadable which I like and I have to say, his power is really, really cool. Rachel Dare, what can I say about her? She's a very interesting character and she definitely add a spice into Percy and Annabeth's relationship. She's cool.
Although, I have to admit that I didn't quite felt connected with the few parts especially in the maze or Labyrinth scenes but the enthralling and heightened climax made up for it! I just love the climax and the marvelous twist with Daedalus and Kronos. My eyes literally widened!
Also, I'm so happy that the other Gods and Goddesses were finally included was given a spotlight even just for a moment or two. But I guess my most favorite part about the Percy Jackson series is the priceless wit dialogues even at the most inappropriate situation!
Because of the amazingly crafted climax and twists, I'm giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars wholeheartedly. I recommend this to those who wants to experience a whole new a refreshing and fun adventure!
Although, I hate it when a series ends, I cannot wait to read the last book in the series, The Last Olympian. (less)