The stunning cover of These Broken Stars more than reflects the fantastic story it holds - it blatantly sums it up!
This is Love at First Sight Gone Wrong. Ha! (Sorry, Tarver.)
It is easier to judge Lilac with her heiress status, or Tarver with his rigid military training. The interaction between the two started from cute to hostile to disdain. More than once did these two dance around the mistrust of being with the only person in the planet. That annoyed me during the first half, but I think it was setup that way so that I'll feel the feels more than I should when things get very creepy. :D
So there they are, in some unknown planet, forced to be civilized with each other because really now, what does Lilac know about survival? And what does Tarver know about abandoned stations in a terraformed planet?
Surprisingly, Lilac is not dumb for a socialite. She reminds me of Tori from Quicksilver. And Tarver, what can I say? If ever I get stuck with no food to eat, or no shelter to salvage, let me be stuck with him. Pretty please? *bats eyelashes*
You might mistake this as a romance disguised as a science fiction. The swoon (and there are lots of them!) is a major plus to a horrifying story about a sick ambition of the most powerful man in the universe, across hyperspace and other dimensions. It was cruel, but kindness was shown to the end. And Lilac and Tarver will never be the same again.
These Broken Stars: the title alone is poetic enough. Haunting yet beautiful, Lilac and Tarver's story will make you feel strengthened, hopeful, loved.
Did I mention there are scary scavenging scenes in a corpse-filled crashed spaceship? *wiggles eyebrows*
Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for granting my galley request.
Fact: The book is funnier than the movie. The movie is more romantic than the book.
Either way, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is guaranteed 100% entertainment for those who can bravely walk down memory lane and stare your own awkward adolescent stage in the face. :)
I could not remember a funnier girl than Georgia.. ooh, wait. I remember the girl from Deadly Cool. Anyway, Georgia is one scheming, manipulative, little.. princess. Ha! She's fifteen, and she wants everything. When he spotted the hottest guy in school, Robbie, she thought it was meant to be. Eyes twinkling, gears in her mind turning - Georgia formulates the craziest ways to snag the guy. What usually follows is a series of (mostly no) hits and misses that has Georgia ending up like a drug-induced maniac. :D
Man, Georgia got me laughing, and some more. Those moments you don't want to get caught in, when you want a guy to notice you (for the right reason)? Georgia is almost always in it! Sometimes I pity the girl, as she get embarrassing more often than not. But I like that she goes for what she wants, no matter how crazy her ideas are. Attagirl!
She can be mean as well, maybe self-centered too. But I understand how prone she is to those, for her age. Kinda like a rite of passage to adulthood, yes?
The only thing that irked me is her treatment of her parents. Georgia was such a brat in some scenes, to the point of being rude.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging is a quirky and enjoyable read. I wasn't giving this book much thought when I browse the Printz Awards list. But I was grateful to have found a secondhand copy of it, so I had the chance to laugh at Georgia (sorry, it cannot be helped!). =P...more
... So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me. But consideriI like Smaller and Smaller Circles.
... So I must have read or watched too many crime stories already, because this was just okay for me. But considering that a Filipino author penned Smaller and Smaller Circles, I will admit it was a little impressive.
Two Jesuit priests are being consulted over a series of murders in the slums of Manila. They do have credentials as consultants, I think the background is anthropology..? Anyway, the victims are boys within the cusp of puberty. As soon as they went missing, it won't be long before they found the grisly, mutilated bodies lying blatantly in the slums.
It's a short read, and I liked that I did not feel shortchanged with the story. I liked the gore, on how the killer went on his ritual with his victims. I liked the back story too, on how the priests were able to profile the killer. I guess it did not just struck me as unique or inventive. Like I said, I was already too immersed with Dexter, Criminal Minds, and CSI to really enjoy the novelty of Smaller and Smaller Circles.
I might still recommend it, but if you are a hard-core fan of bloody murders, psychotic killers, and insane killing rituals like me, this will be just an ordinary "murder scene investigation"....more
...Not surprising in many ways, but still gory fun. :D
My good friend Janus tells me that she found The Eternity Cure too slow for her liking. I didn't. It was relatively easy for me to finish this sequel. Simply put, Julie Kagawa's vampire series is bloodier, more menacing, and unmistakingly lethal than ever.
Allison is stronger now, because she knew that in order to save her sire from his worst nightmare (hers, too), she needs to be in her top form. She doesn't want to think about what (and who) she left in New Eden. Or her inevitable face-off with her blood brother. Or the monster that's waiting for her when she finds Kanin.
The predictability of certain twists was a bit sore for me, but the bloody gore made up for it. Allison was a "better" vampire, if you can call her that. I think that being a vampire made her more human than when she was a Fringer.
I really, reallyZeke here. He's struggling with Jeb's teachings clashing with his feelings for Allie. His emotions were blatantly displayed all throughout the book, and yet this made him more compact both as a soldier and as a human.
Jackal was very magnetic. He made the gloomy situations light, even laughable at times. But I still think he's dangerous. So here's another one to add in my collection of bad villains that I really love. :D
The Eternity Cure is an impressive sequel. It made me think that even if I haven't read the Iron Fey series, with Blood of Eden series alone I would still be a Julie Kagawa fan.
Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for granting my galley request....more
1st half - I was in a constant state of swoon 2nd half - I went through the five stages of grief (and no don't ask me to enumerate it) and was so, so angry with Celaena.
Celaena is more intense, more determined to seek her freedom. By doing so, she dodged her past again and again until she could not outrun it anymore. Until she could deny it no longer. I love Celaena from Throne of Glass, and all through the first half of Crown of Midnight. After that? I want to slice off her head and just be done with Adarlan's assassin.
How poorly she treated Chaol...! I could not f*cking believe it. He is her friend, correct? So what is with the jumping of conclusions?!! Blaming the Captain for that death, after he was subjected to a horrific ordeal?!! Extremely mourning as if her lover died?!!! *shouting* He saved your life more than once, you idiot! Whatever happened to asking him about his side of the story, huh? Gah, Celaena's character dwindled to a f*cking imbecile level.
Dorian - how I admire this prince. Every action and thought, it was done well, and done right, and at the right time. He matured, and in this sense that Dorian proved he is more than a puppet heir to the throne. And what an interesting twist he had in this sequel! I am thoroughly intrigued.
She deserved a loyal, brave knight who saw her for what she was and did not fear her. And he deserved someone that would look at him like that, even if the love wouldn't be the same, even if the girl wouldn't be her.
Chaol Westfall is the man. *whispers* I am so in love with you, Captain. Ahem. I wished it was different, how his story turned out, because my heart broke a thousand times as I devoured the second half of the book. Broke, broke my heart. =( The only consolation is that, his valiant character was repeatedly revealed. Now I know that I truly made the right choice in picking him for Celaena. Team Chaol FTW! (More POVs of him, please.)
As if being high fantasy is not enough, the different race where magic came from was further developed. I think it was too much, throwing that element in, but I did enjoy this sequel so...
There had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride. Because from the moment he'd pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he'd been walking toward this, walking to her.
Crown of Midnight frustrated me in the end. The high I experienced in the first half was too good to be true.. and it was.
Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury UK for granting my galley request....more
My biggest disappointment is the Raven King. All those talks about John Uskglass made him the characterI recommend Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell.
My biggest disappointment is the Raven King. All those talks about John Uskglass made him the character to anticipate in the last part. And then… nothing. What is frustration. But Susanna Clarke has other plans (on how Strange & Norell worked their differences), so the ending still went well for my taste.
Am I a Norrellite or Strangite? Neither.
Norrell is flaky for his age, his servant Childermass is more interesting than him. Strange is too ambitious for his own sake. It's sad that Strange lost the most important thing without him even knowing it, but when he did, it was too late.
It's funny, that when JS&MN started to bore me, those short (and often long) footnotes snags my attention. The side stories there are riveting and very, very imaginative. These parts are enough to make me go back and resume my reading.
Parts II and III are fun, especially when Strange starts to take interest on the faery roads (my favourite part). Everything faery here is fascinating, the tales so unreal and a bit scary for those beings we considered all cute and dusty with faery sprinkles. The Kingdom of Lost-Hope is enough to make me cringe with nervousness.
I would not have read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell if not for the buddy read that I joined. It's thick, and thicker every time I put it down (it's so heavy), because I honestly thought I won't be able to finish it!
Patience, lots of it. It is the key to enjoying and finishing this brick fantasy. But I believe when you get to the part where Strange is using his learned magic to win a war (and later, to win back his life), you will get hooked. That's what happened to me.
Last piece of advice, then: Good Luck! *grins*...more
When I started reading The History of Love, I was laughing. I was humored by Leo's eccentricities. A few minutes later, I was quiet. I was gently wishing for the tears to go away. I must me mad, I thought. And it happened many times as my reading progressed. Smiling here, being bitter there. It was unimaginably heartbreaking.
There are two types of people in the world: those who prefer to be sad among others, and those who prefer to be sad alone.
Leo Gursky was a lonely man, his only friend Bruno's existence was even questionable in his life. In his old age, he wants to be seen, because he doesn't want to die alone. So he create scenes: in the coffee shop, in the streets. This old man's greatest fear was to leave this world with someone not knowing. Or someone he loved not knowing.
Nothing makes me happier, and nothing makes me sadder... than you.
Leo's life was hard. I was wary when I stifle a laugh while reading his POV, because I know I will have my heart broken soon after that. Loving someone was powerful. But loving someone even after hope is lost? It was magnificent. And Leo managed to thrive because of it.
Alma's POV was like a mirror to Leo's. Here's a girl who only wants for her mother to not be sad. While in search for her namesake, she found something worthwhile for her own. And the scene at the park where she met the author of The History of Love? It rendered me speechless. I was trying so hard to not cry. Oh, the triumph they both felt...!
Loneliness: there is no organ that can take it all.
I found The History of Love profound in many forms. But it's take on the simplicity of love made me adore it so much. I thought I was brave when it comes to love. But Leo was braver. To literally have loved and lost, Leo gave me hope that even the saddest endings have the happiest memories.
I was introduced to Tom Leveen's work in Zero. I liked how realistic his depiction of teen life is, and in the same manner, that's how it went for me in Manicpixiedreamgirl.
After years of watching Becky from afar, Tyler hasn't shake off the feelings he have for that girl. Sure, they became friends, but is that all he can be? Tyler wonders if he can pursue the girl at last, while he was still experiencing the high of having his work published.
First off, Tyler's treatment of Sydney is sucky. I get that Ty's not the most upfront and aggressive among the guys, but dude, just tell her you don't feel the same way. Ty is so typical, he thinks he's just lucky that he's still scoring with a girl, even if it's not the girl. O_o *sticks tongue out*
But I think Tyler is as real as it gets, and that's fine. I pity the guy sometimes. At least he has the gut to admit his mistakes, and own up to a broken heart. =( I love Robby! What a funny guy, and he has his moments - and I really, really like those.
It was an open-ended ending, not usually my cup of tea, but it worked for me. Mildly heartbreaking, but pain is pain nonetheless.
(A copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Tom Leveen!)
School Spirits is a far cry from the funny element of Hex Hall series that made me love the latter so much. I think thisI didn't like School Spirits.
School Spirits is a far cry from the funny element of Hex Hall series that made me love the latter so much. I think this book has little to offer to Sophie-Archer fans like me out there. It was boring.
The story felt juvenile for a spinoff. Izzy was hard to connect with, I dunno why. Dex... he didn't gave off that crush-worthy material vibe that I got from Archer and Cal. He was just this (sometimes) funny guy.
I felt cheated, that's what. I was expecting more, and all the time I was reading, I was thinking: did Rachel Hawkins really write this? Because it felt shallow, plain, and downright mediocre.
Thank goodness this was a short read, otherwise it will be a torture to finish School Spirits. I love ghost stories, but Izzy's case was so flat, there was little suspense that I can work with.
Thank you Netgalley and Disney Hyperion for granting my galley request....more
I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren wI like Reboot.
I think this is the one of the rare times that I would like my book to have less romance. Because the terminator theme was great. Wren was such a bad-*ss... until she started getting confused because of Callum. Still Reboot is still worth reading because you gotta love the fighting scenes!
I liked the fact that Wren admitted that she kind of enjoyed killing people (or adult Reboots) for HARC. Because she was trained to do so, and she was really good at it. When she started to grow a conscience because of Callum's insistent questions on morality, she began to wonder whether taking orders from HARC is really the right thing to do for a Reboot like her.
Fantastic storyline I tell you, but the ultra sappiness of Callum towards Wren just didn't work for me. Not to mention that the ending left me wanting more violence, or even bad luck for them. Why? Because I thought the situation was too easy to get out of in the end. (Or maybe I'm just nitpicking, whatever.)
Well, I will pick up the sequel that's for sure. I hope Wren will still be the same bad-*ss Number One Seventy Eight, and not some unmoving and helpless Reboot who freezes in the middle of a fight when Twenty Two is not even trained in combat.
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/HarperTeen for granting my galley request....more
... so the story is a 3, but the unexpected strength from Rory earned an extra star.
This was a quick read. While True is not a New AdI recommend True.
... so the story is a 3, but the unexpected strength from Rory earned an extra star.
This was a quick read. While True is not a New Adult book favorite of mine, it did take away some of my time without my noticing it. And I think that's a pretty good sign that I was into a book somehow. Right?
The plot was simple. Rory cannot believe a hot guy like Tyler will like a plain-looking girl like her. So when he started to show her that's he's interested, Rory was suspicious. He has to have some agenda... And I'm so glad she's not as naive to guys even if she has not dated anyone.
I liked that Tyler was not a jerk to Rory (prior to liking her), and he's not intimidated because she's smart. In fact, it's a turn-on for him. And behind the tattoos was really a normal guy trying to get by until he can have a decent job so he can take care of his brothers.
Like a said, it was typical romance. But Rory's character was stronger in the end. She says what's in her mind; she's not afraid to show that she's intelligent. She goes straight to the point; she does not stay silent when she wants to know something (especially from Tyler). Most of all, I really liked that even if she loved the guy, she left the choice for him. She let him decide if he wants to stay with her. Because it won't work if Tyler did not want to have that relationship with her himself. Her attitude was refreshing, really. Here's a girl who faced the reality of their circumstances.
True gave me a heroine worth reading. And that's enjoyable enough for me....more
Okay, so I like Hunter now. and Michael's cool (as always). but Chris? The coolest of them all. *grins*
Secret is all about Nick. He wishes for many things, but being the responsible Merrick that he is, anything and everything that he wants will just need to take a backseat, because family comes first.
Nick's nerdiness was adorable! I like that he's responsible, and takes family matters very seriously. I hate it when he thinks he needed to hide his true self because of his fear to be judged, and to get it from his own twin brother, no less! He deserved more than he got from Gabriel.
Nick's elemental power? So cool! It's like a science geek fantasy coming true. Heh. I thought it was awesome. :D
Quinn was okay. I expected her to be more annoying than usual, but she did good for Nick and the Merrick brothers. That foe-turned-ally twist? I liked that, too.
Michael is such an amazing brother, and Chris as well (he's still my favorite Merrick). The maturity that went with these two, in terms of helping Nick with his secret, it was really sweet.
Secret was emotionally intense. I'm kinda off with Nick's resentment to Gabriel (his twin not knowing his problem, and yet he resented him for not knowing), but other than that, this is a definite must read for Elementals fan like me.
P.S. Swoon-worthy scenes are not lacking for Nick! *ahem*
FACT: I'm waaay more excited about Nick's story than Hunter's.
Marissa Meyer, you know how to make me feel good :)) Such good vibes! Well, almost. (Scarlet and Wolf!)
How can Marissa Meyer's series gets better and better after every installment, I have no freakin' idea. But I am thankful. If not for Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, I maybe forever stuck in the Disney versions of such beloved fairy tales. :D
Cress and Thorne are too cute for words! She openly admits that she's a damsel in distress, but the Prince Charming idea (in the form of Thorne) is not agreeing with her fantasies. Oh, the mishaps they have! Thoroughly entertaining.
Thorne was hilarious. Indeed, he is not the prince to the rescue that I had in mind. He was so much more, his character was oozing with fun :) He has his moments, too. He was sweet to Iko, and I really, really liked that about Thorne. He's a riot, I tell you. Very enjoyable to read!
Slim appearances of Cinder and Kai in Scarlet? It was worth it! So, so worth it here in Cress. *happy sigh* They have this romantic feel of a fairy tale without being... patronizing, and unreal. You know? The swoon is cute enough to generate a happy, happy feeling.
Whatever happened to Scarlet and Wolf will hopefully be only a trial. I love these two, so I want a happy ending for them! Please, Marissa Meyer?
Cress set me up pretty nicely in anticipating Winter. Funny, cute, and action-packed, it is a book that I will glad pull an all-nighter for....more
I love reading stories about strong heroes who are humble. Here in The Queen's Army, that humiI recommend The Queen's Army.
...Whoa whoa whoa. Ze'ev!!!
I love reading stories about strong heroes who are humble. Here in The Queen's Army, that humility was realized in Ze'ev's character (more apparent in Scarlet). And the fact that Ze'ev does not delight in hurting other people is a major plus (even if he just needed to defend himself). My man here is the freakin' perfect soldier!
The Queen's Army highlighted Ze'ev's beginnings in preparation for his role in Scarlet. I think this is my favorite e-novella so far, among all I've read. Man, I was half in love with Ze'ev already! He's strong, smart, and takes action when the situation calls for it, no matter how brutal the outcome may be. I firmly believed that this should be more than just an e-novella. Full story please, Marissa Meyer? :)
I guess I have a new book boyfriend? Oh, yeah. *winks*...more
... So, I finally met Cinder's stepfather. You do know what happened to him in the fairy tale, right? :(
Glitches showed how Cinder came into her adoptive family. It also narrated Cinder's initial struggle over her being a cyborg. And she discovered her gift on tinkering at this time.
This e-novella has a sad tone. But to her stepmom's credit, Adri was not at all bad at the start. She really loved Cinder's stepdad. And it was love at first sight for Peony on Cinder. I liked this part, such a simple take on one's kindness towards someone who lost everything....more
... definitely a series to watch out for. This is the debut novel you don't want to miss! :D
Arclight was gripping, especially forI recommend Arclight.
... definitely a series to watch out for. This is the debut novel you don't want to miss! :D
Arclight was gripping, especially for the first five chapters. I was still finding a comfortable position to read in my swivel chair when I froze. Because it is only Chapter 1, and Fade was already attacking Arclight. Talk about an aggressive start! And yes, I already got the whiff of Tobin, the grudgingly intriguing love interest. *swoon*
Marina came outside of Arclight two months prior her stay there. She knows she's different; she can tell by the way other people look at her. She's shunned and feared, because it was a well known fact that nobody survives outside. In the Gray, especially in the Dark, where the Fade exist. Until she appeared, and now people are suspicious of her.
I am so ready to be horrified out of my wits, and I did for a while. But when the sci-fi element was revealed, ahh. The terror dwindled. Still, the story was inarguably fun for a post-apocalyptic fan like me. Arclight was reminiscent of two of my favorite books (If I mentioned them, you might get spoiled) so the originality I once felt at the beginning was short-lived. The romance twist in the end didn't help, either. I thought, "Hey, I think I've read this before..?"
Arclight was fast-paced, solidly written, and it really kept me at the edge of my seat. I actually thought this was a standalone, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed Josin L. McQuein's story - slightly creepy and a tad romantic. :)
Thank you Edelweiss and HarperCollins/Greenwillow for granting my galley request....more
Gilead. Here's a book that I would like to keep in my shelf. In years to come, I woI recommend Gilead.
How I wish you could’ve known me in my strength.
Gilead. Here's a book that I would like to keep in my shelf. In years to come, I would like to reread it again, and again. For there is so much power in Robinson's words, so much love in Ames' narration.
John Ames is a minister, so I began reading with apprehension. Would this be a spiritual teaching? I hope not, else I will be bored in a snap. And my hope was not in vain. Ames narrates his journey in life, and how these circumstances shaped him as a man, son, husband, and father. I sometimes forget that he is a man of cloth. All I often see is a person who knows his time will be up soon, so he recalled his past, so that his son might pick up something that will remind him how his father loved him so.
Avoid transgression. How's that for advice?
I especially liked the parts where Ames was talking about his love for his second wife. I could feel the giddiness in his voice when he described his feelings for Lila. I could feel his devotion to the quiet strength she exudes, for him and their son. It was something to smile about, really. Finding love late in his life, and for the second time! Truly encourages one's soul to persevere, to hope that that kind of relationship will be his/hers to deserve.
I guess I will not be coherent enough to write a review for Gilead. Reading it was enlightening. I keep seeing my son, and how much I wanted to leave a legacy to him. I keep seeing my dad, on Ames' grandfather, on how he helps other people even if his family has none to give already. What a beautiful experience Marilynne Robinson has given me.
I remember him those days, loving God for the existence of love, and being grateful to God for the existence of gratitude, right down in the depths of my misery.
I'm beginning to think that Gena Showalter is my type of author. The entertainment when I read her books is on a totally different level. It is just enjoyable and fun to snuggle up reading Through the Zombie Glass!
The plot developed a little bit, the characters advanced too. Cole is the problem, though. All the jealousies and unwarranted silent treatments towards Ali were irritating. I liked that Ali is more matured than him, more levelheaded in a way that despite her being caged most of her life, shut out from the world, Ali is wiser and less socially inept than Cole. Where's your head, man? Buried in your *ss?
Finally, when Cole regained his senses, everything fell into place. The story progressed just the way I wanted it. And the swoon is back. Thank heavens Cole Holland was back. Woot!
Through the Zombie Glass is a good sequel. Friendships and relationships are tested, secrets about families are revealed. I will continue watching out for this series. I would not want to miss out on the fun. ;) ...more
My good friend Angus told me that this is about cheating (and more cheating). Interesting. So I say, it isI highly recommend This is How You Lose Her.
My good friend Angus told me that this is about cheating (and more cheating). Interesting. So I say, it is 213 pages, let me borrow it. I've been reading books outside YA genre for the past year and a half, and it is such a reward when I finish one and actually like it. And I like This is How You Lose Her very, very much. For it magnifies the question: Why cheat?
The collection of stories is centered on Yunior - his exes, past relationships, sexcapades. He would like to think that the "cheating" gene skipped him (knowing Papi and Rafa), but the truth eventually reveals itself. Many times, I want to punch Yunior in you-know-where. Other times, I want to give him comfort, even solace. Junot Díaz's writing is confusing yet straightforward, demanding and yet it does not ask. See how he messed up my head?!! It is downright engaging to the point of wrapping myself with words that make up and tell Yunior's f*cked up life.
My favorite part is Miss Lora. I was a leech to those pages, when I was reading. And Rafa? Yunior's relationship with his brother is nothing new, and yet it still managed to sadden me in so many ways.
I did not a get a happy ending with This is How You Lose Her. But what do I expect from A Cheater's Guide to Love? Heartache, despair, and acceptance of things to come as a result of things that were. But every story was distinctly alive, every character vividly portrayed - and that hooked me up BIG time....more
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don't get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neaI recommend Champion.
How do you move on from an ending like that? =( Oh, don't get me wrong, because Marie Lu wrapped up Legend series pretty neat. It's just that.. too little time to say what should have been said, simultaneously time was too long to have the wounds and hurt be healed.
I am nitpicking, because I am so attached to the characters! So emotional with Day and June. My heart still bleeds, I tell you. The letting go broke my heart more than the giving up did.
Day is battling to stay alive every day, while protecting his brother Eden from the Republic's dangerous intentions. When June's life was threatened, Day was backed up against a wall with no options... I will always admire Day's casual arrogance to masked the suffering he experienced (caused by the Republic), but I think June should be called Champion.
June is caught between serving the Elector, and staying by Day's side because she believed he has suffered enough. When the 'big elephant' in the room between her and Day becomes apparent and utterly unavoidable, June must choose: break her heart, or Day's?
Last five chapters are the bomb, with June's last POV making me a mumbling, emotional wreck. She was so brave, I am in awe of her. *eyes shining brightly*
and that Epilogue.. while hopeful, still left me wondering: is this really how they ended??? It was really a good and realistic ending, but since I am heavily emotionally invested in this series, I am wanting more.. of Daniel and June. So very much wanting more. *sniffs*
The war is full mode in Champion. June's involvement in the plague's cure was a bit of a stretch for me. And that one time that June exhibited her prowess in military training, she got her *ss whipped. Understandable, since her opponent is older and more experienced, but still.
Nitpicking again. Sorry.
This conclusion was the right blend of rage, loss, and despair. I think Champion truly revealed the answer to the question: Can love ever truly forgive?
(Thank you, Marie Lu for a finale worth a good cry, for a day or two.)...more
Wish I could skip the next books and go straight to Lover at Last. :D Qhuinn!
I am more tuned in to the story of John Matthew's bestI like Lover Mine.
Wish I could skip the next books and go straight to Lover at Last. :D Qhuinn!
I am more tuned in to the story of John Matthew's best friends, Blaylock and Qhuinn. Imagine me looking at each chapter, expecting to read more, only to see that it will take me 5-6 chapters before I see them again after the last chapter they had. No wonder I finished Lover Mine in no time! Blay's full of longing, Qhuinn is full of ghosts inside his head.
Xhex does not need John to save her, and when she escaped from hell out of her own resources, I was electrified with her success. A true female of worth, as the brothers would say. She's one of the strongest female characters in this series.
John has a lot of baggage from his past life as a human. His blindness perfectly complimented Xhex's symphath nature, and wasn't that something for me smile about. He's not intimidated by Xhex's strength, so plus points for him. Although his connection with his best friends went out the window when Xhex stepped into his life.
Darius' and Tohrment's back stories are some of the best parts, I think (after Blay & Qhuinn, of course). Not all Brothers are good to their offspring, or doomed to a life of loneliness.
I'm thinking, have I seen the last of Lash? I like Payne, too....more
...there's something psychotic about Warner... that I really, really like. :D
If only to have a sneek peek on Warner’s twisted mI recommend Destroy Me.
...there's something psychotic about Warner... that I really, really like. :D
If only to have a sneek peek on Warner’s twisted mind, I really liked Destroy Me. Calling him twisted is almost an exaggeration, because Warner really is in love with Juliette. So maybe he’s just misunderstood..? Hahaha.
And I strongly felt Warner’s utter dislike (hatred?) to Adam! Well yeah, Adam’s the one, but I can’t help but be amused with Warner’s destructive imagination on what he will do to Adam once he get his hands on him. *gleeful*
I will say it again. Warner is a formidable enemy, an even likeable one for my taste. Ooh, I cannot wait for Warner-Adam throwdown!
She put my hand in the fire once. Just to see if it would burn, she said. Just to check if it was a regular hand, she said. I was 6 years old then. I remember because it was my birthday.
...poor Selene. Although this e-novella proved just how deranged Luthor is.
And I did learn something about Victria, Bartie, Kayleigh, and Harley. Why they acted the way they did in Across the Universe and A Million Suns. It made me realized how Elder's friends are still human regardless of the effects of Godspeed and Eldest's rule among them.
I saw how their friendships were before it fell apart, through Selene's eyes, who felt like an outsider among them. I miss Harley. :( I kind of liked Kayleigh. And Bartie is not that bad, he's actually cool back then. Victria is a little bit complicated. Luthor... what a waste of talent and friendship, but deranged is deranged.
Is this the same author who wrote Eleanor & Park? I just wasn't into it. Gah. Now, I feel horrible.
- It was a major bore. - I could not find Lincoln romantic. - I can relate to Jennifer, but not to Beth. - Nothing happens.
Attachments could've been more different from Eleanor & Park. Not in story of course, but in the emotions drawn out of me by Rainbow Rowell. With E&P, I was constantly engaged, mixed feelings. With Attachments, grudgingly reading from one page to another - my response to Linc's plight was continuously flat.
Three books into this series and I am still hooked. Even though I think Evil at Heart has too much mind games for my taste, it neI like Evil at Heart.
Three books into this series and I am still hooked. Even though I think Evil at Heart has too much mind games for my taste, it never failed to give me what I want: heart-stopping suspense.
I think the character development is the strength of this installment. Archie Sheridan is (almost) over Gretchen. Susan Ward is getting smarter by the day. Henry Sobol is one fantastic friend and detective.
I don't need complications for a book to be a good thriller, and Evil at Heart would've have worked better for me, if Chelsea Cain just cut through the chase, you know? I keep thinking that Archie is f*cked up enough to be handling intricate puzzles in his miserable lifetime.
Still, I am gunning for The Night Season to keep me at the edge of my seat by the time I pick it up. I want to see more of Gretchen, as an ordinary person same as everyone else. Because it would help Archie if he knew that she really has no power over him. And because I want Archie to have some semblance of a normal life in the upcoming installments.
Am I hoping for too much? Ha.
Evil at Heart shows how much Gretchen loves to play with everyone. Bodies are piling up even though she has no hand in it? Now, that's a talent.
Three kingdoms. Auranos, Paelsia, Limeros. Four POVs (at one time, five). Cleo, JI like Falling Kingdoms.
...but I actually don't know who to root for.
Three kingdoms. Auranos, Paelsia, Limeros. Four POVs (at one time, five). Cleo, Jonas, Lucia and Magnus. It was hard to track everyone, to tell you the truth. Because just when I was getting comfortable with Magnus, the POV shifts to Lucia, or Cleo. Given that, I am not sure which of them I should give my support, so to speak. But Magnus is the most compelling among them. Intriguing, this prince was. =)
So maybe if you like A Game of Thrones, there is a possibility that Falling Kingdoms will appeal to you. The lack of regard to characters is a similarity. Why, you ask? See, the first character who was growing on me, while I'm still on the verge of attaching to him... he was murdered. After displaying himself as a formidable man to watch out for, he has to die suddenly. *grunts* I hate that author's trick.
Suffice it to say that I clung to Magnus to give me hope on this rather boring lament of Cleo and maybe Jonas, too. I couldn't care less what happened to them. So Magnus' character... his tortured soul was such a joy to watch. I have no qualms if he's good or bad. I just want Magnus to be this powerful, definitive, and convincing Blood Prince that everyone expects him to be. Bring it on, then. I'm sure Magnus will fit the role perfectly. *evil grin*
The few curveballs that made Falling Kingdoms a massive jolt to my system? I'm still deciding if I like them. I think I need to read Rebel Spring to say if this fantasy is worth investing my time and emotions to. I believe it can be better, so let's hope that it will be....more