I fell for Lauren Oliver after reading her dystopia novel, Delirium. After reading that book, she instantly becam...moreOriginally 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!(less)
The first time I read this, few years ago, I was completely blown away and the effect was still the same, if anything I was much more amazed. This is...moreThe first time I read this, few years ago, I was completely blown away and the effect was still the same, if anything I was much more amazed. This is definitely one of my all-time favorite Harry Potter books.
I guess the reason is because I got to know Harry in a (little) more personal level. As far as I could remember, I’ve always been intrigued by his parents’ history at Hogwarts. I secretly wished that (hopefully) JK Rowling would give us even just a short story or novella focusing on Lily and James’ as well as the Marauders’ time at Hogwarts because....duh, they’re simply amazing!
Anyway, moving on to the book, I was very happy to reminisce the part where Ron and Hermione were constantly arguing about their pets—Scabbers and Crookshanks, respectively. I had an amazing time laughing out loud on those parts! Apart from that, new characters were introduced into this installment such as Remus Lupin and Sirius Black, they’re like one of my all-time favorite literary characters and I could swear, after re-reading this book, I might’ve developed a crush on Sirius. Ha!
The history of Whomping Willow was absolutely incredible! This is why I genuinely worship JK Rowling, her books (all of her seven books which were written separately and in certain periods of time) are connected and she managed to explain certain and important parts of the novel astonishingly. Even when I think about it right now, it’d still give me goosebumps (in a very good way). Another thing I really, really, really love was the Time Turner. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that there’s a time-travelling concept in this story considering this is a fantasy novel. I guess it’s the way JK Rowling successfully and effectively blended the concept into her story. Amazing.
Overall, I’m absolutely inlove with this one, positively one of the best Harry Potter books. I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I’d love to recommend this to those who loved the first two books and are craving for more and also to those people who still hasn’t read this epicsauce of a series.(less)
The first copy I got of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was actually given to me by my high school class...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
The first copy I got of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was actually given to me by my high school classmate because… well, my all of my classmates in high school knew how much a big of a fan I am of the books/movies. Back then, I always complain to my friends that I can’t find a bookstore with an available copy of this book. One of them probably felt sorry (or more like annoyed) for me so he just gave me his own copy (most likely to make me shut up)
That was some introduction for my review. As I have mentioned before, Harry Potter is already a part of my life so every book I’ve read there’s always a fragment of my life.
This is definitely a wonderful sequel to the first book—it’s riveting, hilarious and completely entertaining! The reader will get to know the characters, most especially Harry himself, more than the first book and meet new one—some of them are enjoyable while others will make you want pull your hair off *ahemLockhartahem*
One of the many things I love about J.K. Rowling was how she successfully manage to give each character a time to stand out. I totally enjoyed the supporting characters in this book especially the Weasley twins. If they managed to make me laughed out loud on the first book, they still managed to give me same experience on this book. They’re definitely one of my all-time favorite fictional characters! It was also nice to see more of Ginny on this one. The adventures for Harry, Ron and Hermione had challenged their friendship and it just proved how much they need other to function.
There were so many exciting and thrilling parts in this book. I particularly enjoy reading the Dueling Club part. I personally think that chapter was awesome (even in the movie). The occasional moments of Moaning Myrtle was also very entertaining, I think she's hilarious! And, of course, the meeting of Harry Potter and Tom Riddle, that part always managed to give me goosebumps! J.K. Rowling is just an incredible story-teller and the way she effortlessly balance and blend mystery, humor and fun adventures will always take my breath away.
I'm giving this book a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars and I genuinely recommended this to EVERYONE.(less)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—the book that started it all.
I’m so excited to finally pick up this book and read it all over again. It’s been years since I first read it which was probably the reason why I had forgotten some bits of it but the feeling I experienced the first time I flipped open this book and meet the characters years ago was still very much there—it didn’t change at all. I felt like my teenage self all over again.
I decided to re-read this book around Halloween of this year and it was just the perfect read for the occasion—witches and wizards, there’s a gentle giant, broomsticks, dragons, ghosts that roams around the castle, a singing and talking tattered hat, and there’s also Fluffy, the three-headed dog and I can go on and on! I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book, the humor in this book is seriously incomparable and distinctive from any book I’ve read. It’s so easy to read yet it will pull you in instantly with how interesting the characters are. Once you meet them, you’ll crave for more.
There are so many things in the story that I genuinely enjoyed: Quidditch, when Harry got sorted to Gryffindor, flying lessons, Ron and Hermione’s never ending bickering and I also found the Dursley’s denial about magic quite hilarious. Here’s my top three favorite parts of the story (in order):
(3) Halloween. The part where the golden trio knocked out the stinking mountain troll is quite special to me because this is the part where the golden trio became friends. They started hanging out more often after the incident so, yeah, this is definitely up on my list.
(2) Mirror of Erised. In my opinion, the most emotional part of story (both in the book and film). I just can’t imagine and fathom how Harry must’ve been feeling being an orphan and not knowing his parents (for 11 years, he doesn’t know what his parents look like!) and for the first time, he saw his parents through Mirror of Erised. The fact that kept going back there for nights made my heart break.
(1) "Harry--yer a wizard." My most favorite part of the story is when Harry discovered he’s a wizard. He’s been through so much and his only relatives weren’t of any help at all. When he found out he’s a wizard and he can go to a place where he’ll finally feel like he’s home and belong to something, I felt extremely and genuinely happy for him.
Of course, I’m giving this a solid 5 out of 5 stars and I genuinely recommend this book for all ages. If you still haven’t picked this up thinking maybe you’re too old for a middle grade book, I’m telling you, age doesn’t matter! I’m so sure everyone will enjoy this book. It’s not too late pick it up! I’ll see you in Hogwarts :)
**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)
Tempest is kind of like a mix of Back To The Future (one of my all-time favorite films) and The Time Machine. Jac...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
Tempest is kind of like a mix of Back To The Future (one of my all-time favorite films) and The Time Machine. Jackson, the protagonist, definitely reminds me of Marty McFly's humor and laid-back but tough attitude and Dr. Hartdegen's unyielding love for his girlfriend, which in Jackson's case, Holly.
I was sucked into the story from the very first page! The story, in general, was unpredictable, dynamic and riveting. The combination of Julie Cross’ astonishing imagination and craft in making absorbing action scenes was enough for me to enjoy this book a lot. Furthermore, Julie Cross' writing style is fresh and so convincing, I find myself wondering if this is really a debut novel.
The characters are so believable and very well-developed. I think my favorite aspect of the story is Jackson himself. I absolutely love his dynamic and vivid voice. He has a lot of common sense, so tangible and very relatable in many ways (apparently, except the time-travelling bit, unless you're a time-traveller then I think we should be friends), that I felt so emotionally invested in him and the people around him. Another that was really amazing in the story is Jackson’s relationship with Holly. Wow. Both of them are so lovely and their relationship was so realistic. I’m sure a lot of people are going to fall in love with them. Definitely one of the things I love about the book!
While the plot was undeniably addictive, there are a few parts where I find a little slow, pacing-wise. I mean, there were times that the plot was moving fast and then after a couple of chapters, it’ll fall down into sluggishness and then will picked up again.
I’m giving Tempest a strong 4 out of 5 stars. You’re probably asking ‘Why only 4 stars, you said you enjoyed it??’ I did, alright! It’s just that the ending was not what I expected. I didn’t like it, although it definitely broke my heart. But again, that’s just me. Again, I really enjoyed Tempest (just not the ending) I think everyone will enjoy this as much as I did, especially if you are a fan of Sci-Fi that involves time-travelling, then I highly recommend this book for you.(less)
The Faerie Ring will transport its readers to the Victorian England where the shadows of those unseen are scatter...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
The Faerie Ring will transport its readers to the Victorian England where the shadows of those unseen are scattered everywhere. I love Victorian England, every time I see or hear it, the first thing that will pop into my mind is magic. And this is my most favorite aspect of the story, the world building was so vivid and compelling and with Hamilton’s words, I painted the Victorian London and the slums to where Tiki and her friends are living inside my head almost perfectly. It’s so easy to lose yourself in The Faerie Ring because of its rich setting. To put it simply, Hamilton’s story-telling is simply full of life, engrossing and authentic.
Tiki is such a wonderful and admirable protagonist. She’s a survivor with a beautiful heart. I really love how she genuinely care about her new found family and her dream of making a new life for them was just really inspiring. Rieker is a very enigmatic character. From the very first time he appeared in the story, I was already intrigued by him and every now and then, he had me thinking whose side he was really on. I seriously enjoyed his unfathomable bearing. Prince Leopold was also another character I truly enjoyed, he was likable just as much as Tiki and Rieker. I’m really looking forward for more on these characters as well as to the supporting characters.
Reading The Faerie Ring was almost like reading my favorite fairytale book. It’s such a magical and enthralling adventure. I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to avid readers of YA Historical Fiction and Urban Fantasy and also to those who loves faerie tales.(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)
The Curse Girl is a delightful retelling of the classic fairytale The Beauty & the Beast. Along with its promising premise, it was the other reason why I wanted to review this story (I love The Beauty & the Beast!). I had a feeling that I’m going to enjoy it and I definitely did!
One of the things why I genuinely enjoyed The Curse Girl is because it has its own distinctive story despite being a retelling. Author, Kate Ellison, brilliantly spin her own unique twist and dash of romance and mystery while keeping the main theme of the fairytale alive.
The story was has the right dose of pacing. I got instantly hooked! Furthermore, Ellison’s writing style is straight-forward and certainly gripping. Ellison’s version of the mansion where the Beast lives along with his cursed Butler and other servants, was perhaps one of my favorite aspects in the story. The mansion itself was spooky and seemed to have its own life!
The characters worked well for me too. I think Ellison did a really impressive job in terms of crafting her own version of Beast and Belle and even with the house servants. Let’s start with Will who is the “Beast” in the story. First of all he’s not as hairy as a beast or has a razor sharp teeth, he’s actually handsome but his snobbish and hot-tempered attitude that is more “beastly” Bee, on the other hand, the “Beauty” or Belle in the story, is merely a simple girl but because of his father’s betrayal and selfishness, she ended up locked up in a cursed mansion. Along with Bee and Will, I really liked Will’s little sister, Rose, too. She’s such an adorable young girl. There’s a mysterious character as well, Liam. He was like Bee’s confidant during her stay at the mansion. Perhaps, he’s one of the reason why I got deeply hooked in the story.
Overall, The Curse Girl is a highly entertaining story with well-written plot and characters. I’m giving this 4.5 out 5 stars and I definitely recommend this to fans of YA Retellings and to those who genuinely enjoy fantasy stories!(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)
I remember seeing Hex Hall for the first time on Goodreads and falling inlove with its plot. My excitement heightened even more after reading LOTS of positive reviews about it and I realized that I NEED to read it!
I have probably said this too many times but I just love stories with witches or wizards themes. I'm just really, really fascinated with them and the story of Sophie Mercer is definitely one of my favorites!
What I absolutely loved about Hex Hall was its fantastic plot which is full of mystery and humor. It was also perfectly paced and has an entertaining set of characters. It was definitely a delightful read! The idea about Prodigium was really refreshing for me because not only it's a reform school but it's a reform school for "magical" ones or from what Sophie had said "Juvie for Monsters". Sophie's misadventures inside the reform school was positively funny I've lost count on how many times I've laughed my head off! And the twist on climax was really, really awesome! Didn't see that coming!
I had such a wonderful time reading the book from Sophie's point of view. She's so witty, straight-forward and certainly funny. In a way, she kind of reminds me of Mildred Hubble from The Worst Witch (another favorite witch of mine). The supporting characters like Jenna, Archer and Elodie were all fun to read as well. They made the story more lively and adds certain thrill in the plot.
Hex Hall is a light and highly entertaining read and great start of a series full of wild adventures and I am so ready to read the sequel Demon Glass (hopefully before the third book comes out). I'm giving Hex Hall a solid 4.5 stars out of 5 I recommend this to those who loves YA Paranormal stories with mystery and great humor.(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)
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)
I devoured Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder. It was one of my all-time favorite books so when I found out that...moreOriginally posted at Girl about Books
I devoured Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder. It was one of my all-time favorite books so when I found out that she has a new book coming up, I was beyond excited!
First of all, can I just say that The Pledge's prologue was amazing! After I read it, my jaw literally dropped both in amazement and shock. And it was effective because it ignited the curiosity in me.
Apart from knowing that Derting is the author, The Pledge's premise is the one that got me anticipating for the book. The plot was very original and authentic. The setting was incredible and convincing. There is always something happening and get your brain thinking. Furthermore, the characterization was also very well-balanced and wonderfully written. Even though there were some parts in the story that were a teeny bit predictable, I was nonetheless intrigued and hooked up most especially by Charlie's secret. I love Charlie, by the way. She's a great protagonist and her littler sister, Angelina was soo adorable! I'm also relieved that their parents, who are very affectionate and compassionate, are present. I mean, most of the dystopian books I've read the protagonist's parents are either both dead or the one parent is deceased. So I thought that aspect was kind of refreshing for a change. One of my favorite aspect of the story was the way Charlie and her family deeply cares and loves one another. It felt very heart-warming.
I love all of the characters in this story. They're all dynamic and very engaging. Her best friend Brook and Aron are both likable and they complement very well with Charlie. And Max. I can only sigh. I'm utterly inlove with him! Their chemistry sent my heart racing and the way he cares about Charlie is just soo romantic and felt genuine. Another reason why I enjoy The Pledge is because of the complex and enigmatic demeanor of the Queen. I love to hate her! She's really effective and she's definitely one of my favorite villains from now on.
Bottomline, The Pledge is an astonishing read with great and authentic characters. I thought the ending was fitting yet left me wondering what happen on the next book. I'm giving this a strong 4 out of 5 stars and I definitely recommend this to all hard core Kimberly Derting fans and Dystopian readers.
*I received this e-galley from publisher, Margaret K. Elderry, via S&S Galley Grab.(less)