Obsidian really got me all hot and bothered in those 6 hours that i read it! It has flaws, yes, but i’m willing to...morei recommend Obsidian.
Obsidian really got me all hot and bothered in those 6 hours that i read it! It has flaws, yes, but i’m willing to overlook them just for the spine-tingling, nerve-wracking, laughter-inducing moments between Katy and Daemon. Let’s just say if you are in the mood to just read, enjoy and relax, try Obsidian. Armentrout will leave you wanting, panting… for more. *ahem* (entering fangirl mode)
Katy no longer wants to be a bystander. With Daemon around, she becomes a queen b*tch that she needs to be, since Daemon is a jerk. She’s tired of being good ol’ Katy, that’s why she never backs down from him. I like her. She’s as real as any teenager can get. Feisty, angry, and has a filthy mouth (according to Daemon). Now this hot alien… WOW. How come I’m beginning to like obnoxious boys nowadays? Oh well. :) Daemon kept the dialogues alive, spirited, and totally swoon worthy! Man, i believe i have a new book boyfriend, LOL! The thing i love the most about him – he never went from cold to sappy. i thought he’s just a regular guy who can’t express his true feelings that well. So i really liked the open ending. It leaves much to my imagination.
I liked the concept of light versus shadow. the plot reminded me a little of that Roswell tv series though. but Armentrout wrote in such a way that i never thought i was reading. i thought i was hanging out with a friend while she regals me with this alien story that’s a little rough on the edges, but entertaining nonetheless.
Obsidian is a super fun read if you want to chillax. Smart-mouthed and heart-thumping, Katy and Daemon will surely fire up your senses. This book is HOT. (exiting fangirl mode)
Saving June is a lot of things, and most of them are really good! The hype surrounding this book? Oh, so...moreI highly recommend Saving June.
Saving June is a lot of things, and most of them are really good! The hype surrounding this book? Oh, so worth it! It deals about death and grief, but i think i laughed and fell in love more than i mourned. Seems crazy, i know, but when you read it (and i hope you do!), you’ll get fired up with life. Harrington’s writing is exquisitely beautiful. Every other page I found a quote I wanna write down! Darn right, I’m raving. Though i found little issues (the rating is actually a 4.5), and maybe i’m just nitpicking, but Saving June is a must read for all contemporary YA lovers out there.
Harper‘s character is very relatable: teenage angst, insecurity, mistrust, rebellion backed up with black nail polish and pink slips. I admire her strength, different it may be, so I get Harper’s feelings on how to deal with June’s death. You’d think that this is a Christian book when Harper began to question God and His existence. Well, who wouldn’t question your faith and everything when your sister committed suicide? With all the cursing and the smoking, for sure this is not a religious book. You’d also think it was a music junkie book, with the Mick Jagger/ABBA/Jimi Hendrix songs. I have to admit half of the music was vague to me, but i didn’t care. Harper and Jake used music to communicate, survive each other and learn things about each themselves. I started to frown when Harper reminded me of Bianca from The DUFF – despite Jake’s obvious good intentions, she twists it into something hurtful. Jake is cool. In fact, i liked him a lot! A teeny bit problem i have with him is that in the end, he acted like he’s the one who’s sixteen when he’s with Harper.
Saving June confused me at first: i mean, why would a dead girl need saving? But Harrington wrapped up the answer as subtle as possible and it worked for me. The road trip was fun, and there a lot of spine-tingling Harper-Jake moments. *sigh* So you better read it. Why? Well, perhaps you’ll find the soundtrack of your life between the pages.(less)
Every Other Day should be the basis of any urban fantasy read; it was CRAAAZY good! The dual c...moreI highly recommend Every Other Day.
Every Other Day should be the basis of any urban fantasy read; it was CRAAAZY good! The dual characters in one body made Kali one heck of a kick-ass heroine. The fun never stops, and when I say fun, I meant Kali’s hunt of creatures that go bump in the night. This is undoubtedly one of the best UF book I’ve read so far.
Kali doesn’t know why every other day she turns into a demon hunter; all she knows is that her hunt lust must be sated. Monsters can smell her as she them, that’s why she’s vulnerable when she turns human after 24 hours – she’ll be defenseless by then. I love Kali mainly because of her ‘hero complex’. Not only did I found it noble, but she’s smart enough to have a plan once her ‘hero complex’ kicks in. Man, I wanted to be like her… I want to be HER! Kali is such a bad-ass. Zev inside Kali’s head made me think of Wanderer from The Host. I was unaware of Zev’s big role in the story but it played out well. Skylar is my next favorite character: upbeat, confident, brave. She almost drove me to tears, what with her ‘feelings’, her fondness of her brothers and how she still choose what fate has for her. Bethany is such a fun character; her constant angst-ridden retorts to Kali and Skylar made my reading very entertaining. But beneath her shallowness lies a pretty decent girl – nice! I don’t like Elliot; he’s such a wuss but a great brother to Skye nonetheless.
Every Other Day is a fast-paced, action-packed book. Brace yourselves as you join Kali in battling hellhounds, ice dragons, basilisks, and will o’ the wisps (to name a few) with such confidence and lethal skill. This is not your usual paranormal/urban fantasy read so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!(less)
It was a good thing that I did not read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone when everyone was talking about it way back September/October. It would’ve lost its uniqueness to me. So what did i think of Laini Taylor’s book with so much hype? I was… enthralled. I think that was the word i was looking for. I was drowned in the richness of the myths and tales – hook, line, and sinker! No doubt Taylor is a superb storyteller. I was lost in Elsewhere! And being lost in that world was a sweet escape.
When I think of Karou, i think of her doing her Jujitsu moves, wishing rather immaturely on her pebbles, and keeping her two lives as secret as possible. I love her wryness on hiding the truth from her friends by telling the truth itself. I found her remarkable as a heroine and as a daughter of Brimstone and the others. Akiva‘s character is well-played for me. The transition from being lifeless to confused to enlightened to helplessness was really smooth. I love Akiva, from his exotic name to his remorse.
The part where Akiva and Madrigal’s story unraveled? I rather found it unnecessary. It dragged on with the somber feel I can do without. Nevertheless, the mythical twists and turns are pretty much what gripped me tight. Fave scene? When Akiva attacked Karou the first time they met. He was dead set on killing Karou! *bloodthirsty* LOL
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a very adventurous read. Too much information? I think not. I handled the magnitude of Karou’s story with ease and quick understanding. It is unlike any urban fantasy i’ve ever read in a while. Not to mention that Taylor wrote beautifully it made me a fan of her overnight. :)(less)
Graffiti Moon stole my heart! Cath Crowley writes beautifully that I can’t help but smile, sigh, fall in love.
Lucy is in search of a graffiti artist named Shadow. There’s something about his works that spoke to her, get to her. Lucy thought that Shadow understands art and in turn, understands her. Little did she know that a disastrous date from year ten plays a part on Shadow’s current state. I really like Lucy! She’s feisty, smart, and weird in a good way. She values honesty and frankness very much. Her fascination with glass blowing and with Shadow’s art is infectious. Ed is just trying to get by his so-called-life one day at a time. Without a girlfriend, a job, a father figure – Ed thought he’ll never get out alive from their town. He lost hope that there is something good for him in the future. I love Ed! He’s conflicted, sad, frustrated and morose. The only outlet he has from having a hard life is through his paintings. His character is so believable that my heart went for him. His relationship with Bert is the one that touches me the most. On the other hand, Leo and Jazz are both insane and I love ‘em!
Crowley’s writing style is… lyrical; I suppose that’s the word. It enchanted me to reading between the lines, imagining the vivid pictures of Lucy’s glass-blowing and Ed’s wall-painting, and nodding to myself, “Yes, I can see what you see, feel what you feel.” I am there with them and that makes Crowley very effective in her writing.
There’s nothing you can do for me now, Bert. You’re dead, and I’m buried.
‘I can show you how to get the ship in the bottle,’ she says. ‘If you want.’ ‘I don’t know. Seems like a lot of trouble for a boat that’s going nowhere.’
I love these scenes: (1) Lucy and Ed talking with their hands in front of their eyes, (2) Lucy and Ed talking about Lucy’s Fleet of Memories, and (3) Lucy and Ed finally and really meeting for the first time after a night of chasing Shadow.
Graffiti Moon made me laugh often. It may seemed foolish for Lucy to chase Shadow who she doesn’t even know, but on that one night, everything made sense. Her parents not living in the same house. Her jerk of a date in year ten. Even Ed’s bleak future doesn’t look so bleak anymore. Lucy & Ed’s story unfolded very nicely and wrapped up in such a feel good way. So you better pick it up. It is one of the best contemporary YA novels I’ve read this year.(less)
Virtuosity surprised me in more ways than i expected. It started a little boring but when things picked up, boredo...moreI recommend Virtuosity.
Virtuosity surprised me in more ways than i expected. It started a little boring but when things picked up, boredom was the last thing on my mind. Martinez wrote beautifully that even a nonclassical-music/violin lover like me could be so entranced by her story.
Carmen is a music prodigy and with that came a not-so-normal childhood. When she met Jeremy, she longed for the simple things: staying out late for a date, going to a jazz bar without sneaking out, liking a boy and him liking her back just because she’s a girl, not a top class violinist. Carmen fought for what she think is right, stood by her choice, and rebelled when choices were taken away from her. What she went through was sad, unfair, but sweet. Jeremy is a complex character. Charming and irritating at the same time. He was so brave because it took guts for him to ask something of Carmen for his dream and for his family.
The twist got me dumbfounded. It was real, hurtful, and unbelievable. Nonetheless, the book ends with a note of hope and full of choices which i love. Virtuosity is about realizing life wrapped around by different kinds of love: selfish, romantic, unconditional. Most of all, it gives the readers the idea on how choices are and will always be in their hands, should they choose to live and to love according to what or who they are.(less)
Kody Keplinger fearlessly wrote about something that is almost always cloaked by taboo: teenage sex. Reading ab...moreI highly recommend The DUFF.
Kody Keplinger fearlessly wrote about something that is almost always cloaked by taboo: teenage sex. Reading about Bianca’s and Wesley’s sexscapades made me feverish! But it didn’t lack the constant reminder of what sex should really be about: a relationship between two people who care enough for each other and mature enough to share this intimacy responsibly.
Bianca is as real as it gets. A broken heart made her smart but cynical and sarcastic. Bianca’s reaction to her problems is totally relatable that I can’t help but think, Yes, I would’ve have done just the same. Escaping the ugly realities of her life by hooking up with the biggest, baddest man-wh*re in her school is just the right drug. But Bianca started to get irritating in the end. After realizing how strongly she felt for Wesley, she is the still the b*tchy, snarky, and rude girl that I met at the start of the book. Ms. Keplinger, it wouldn’t hurt if Bianca showed some gentleness to Wesley when they finally got together – for real.
I can only have lots of love for Wesley Rush! At first, I was kinda hoping that Keplinger wrote also in Wesley’s POV because I wanna know him aside from the jerk that he is. But later I realized it wouldn’t have worked. Reading the DUFF in Bianca’s POV and no one else’s only solidifies Wesley’s one-dimensional character that Bianca hates: his famous wild reputation with girls. But oh, how I love Wesley’s character being flipped on the other side! He was definitely swoon-worthy and (I can’t believe this at first but it’s true) boyfriend-material. Did I mention he is super funny in his own cocky way? ;) I have lots of laugh-out-loud moments because of his witty remarks and sexy comebacks to Bianca’s cynicism.
I love Bianca’s and Wesley’s story because it is so refreshing and brutally frank! Bianca’s friends Jessica and Casey are commendable characters that shone on their own. I don’t like Bianca’s mom, more so when Bianca easily forgave her after leaving her and her dad.
I found The DUFF unputdownable. The story pretty much embodies the all-too-real facts of teenage life: family letdowns, peer pressure, and the consequence of sex. Let me tell you something Bianca’s mom told her. No matter how far and how often you escape, reality catches up on you, eventually. It did catch Bianca eventually, but when Wesley’s the one doing the catching, she’s on for a happy ending.
Are you a DUFF? I’m sure you are, even once in your life. If yes, then this is your story – so read it.(less)
Angelfall blew me away to kingdom come in different, massive movements! It was a brilliant take on the a...moreI highly recommend Angelfall.
Angelfall blew me away to kingdom come in different, massive movements! It was a brilliant take on the apocalypse and the angels of death. Surely, this is one hell of a YA book you definitely don’t want to miss. How come I did not read this sooner?!! I won an ebook copy from Bookish Ardour months ago and warm, kind Susan Ee sent me a copy. I read this on New Year’s Eve, so it was quite a ride!
Penryn (together with her little sister, Paige and her mother) can barely survive in Los Angeles. Gangs prowl the streets and mark territories by day; Angels sweep them at night. With nowhere to stay and not much food left, she braved the night to get on higher ground (supposedly it is safer there). Unfortunately, she witnessed an angelic conflict that made one of the angels snatched her sister. With her mom fading into darkness (she’s a schizophrenic), all that was left for her is one bleeding, dying angel. Raffe.
I gotta admire Penryn because she’s got spunk. She was terrified of Raffe and yet she threatens him when he refuses to take her to Aerie (where angels congregate & perhaps her sister is there?). She’s not a weakling (for she was trained to defend herself due to her mom’s mental instability), but compared to the magnificent angel, she’s nothing. Still, she bargained with Raffe to take her to Aerie until he said yes. Her determination, street-smarts, and loyalty made her my no. 1 heroine to date. Raffe is cruel, cold, and arrogant (as most angels are). But I saw softness in him when he held Penryn on that night she was plagued by nightmares. I found his character solid for an angel of death. In the end, I saw that perhaps Raffe has a tiny shred of humanity in him. Oh, and of course he’s beautiful! Aren’t all angels?
The story is really good and credible. The pacing is fast but just right for a post-apocalyptic setting. The characters are strong and dependable (meaning I can rely on them staying in their character all throughout the book).
Angelfall‘s ending is not what i expected but it was the bomb nonetheless. So… are you tired of those angel-themed YA books that’s all cutesy and no plot? Then you better read this. Angelfall has the balls to shock you. You think angels are good and kind beings? *snickers* think again. Susan Ee will make you believe in the opposite.(less)
Is it just me or does reading this Heist Society felt like i’m watching The Thomas Crown Affair movie (Teen Edi...moreI recommend Heist Society.
Is it just me or does reading this Heist Society felt like i’m watching The Thomas Crown Affair movie (Teen Edition, that is)? This is an enjoyable read!
From jetsetting to France, Italy, England (to name a few) and back to New York, Kat and her crew made it look like stealing is such a lucrative job! Not to mention she has billionaire Hale to back them up.
Kat wanted to leave her old life behind and start a new one that involves proper education. Unfortunately, her family (and their crooked work history) eventually catches up on her. Is it too much to want a normal, quiet, and legal life? – Kat asks. But family comes first to her, no matter how much she wanted a clean slate for herself. She’s smart, insecure, capable, unpredictable, and dependable. Kat is one h*ll of a thief!
Hale… what’s not to love? ;) Gorgeous. Charming. Rich. Funny. He’s got me at first prank, I tell you. And his cockiness reminded me of Jace from TMI series. The thing that endeared him to me the most: his loyalty to Kat. not to the job. not to the heist. but to Kat.
I could’ve given this a 5, but i didn’t like the dancing around the bush of Kat and Hale. It is obvious they want each other, so why not let them hook up in the end? They have such chemistry and it was frustrating to just to leave it like that. Oh, well.
Carter came up with a street-smart book that thoroughly captured my taste for crime and adventure. Being introduced to the artists (Degas, Monet, Vermeer) of impressionist and neoclassic painting was very nice. The planning and conning were entertaining. But Heist Society as a whole is about family and how far Kat is willing to go, what lengths she is willing to cover, just to save the father she loves so much.(less)
I always imagined music trapped inside my clarinet, not trapped inside of me. But what if music is what escapes when a heart breaks?
The Sky is Everywhere swept me off my feet! My first impression is that this book will be depressing, but it is so, so far from that. It is about grief, yes, but it is also about being strong for your family, falling in love at the wrong time, and moving on once the mourning became a tad bit bearable.
Lennie is sad, confused, alienated, and guilty all rolled up into one – because of her sister’s Bailey’s death. This tragedy seemed to trigger her sex button because she can’t seem to get enough of not just one, but two guys! Her journey to recovery is detailed and astounding, funny at times but soulful at most, constricting to the heart yet gives freedom at the end. Lennie’s story is beautifully written, my heart went instantly (and constantly) to her every step of her grieving process.
Toby is the male version of Lennie – he cannot move on after Bailey’s death. Joe is the epitome of sunshine – persistent wide grin, musical genius, and fun to be with. I normally hate love triangles where the girl can’t decide which one to choose, but with Lennie-Toby-Joe, Lennie’s confusion is understandable. Like the tagline of the book, Toby makes her remember, Joe makes her forget. I loved how the triangle worked out! I was rooting for this guy (sorry, no spoilers!), but initial reactions of Lennie towards him made me think twice. Still I stick to him, and man I was glad Lennie ended up with him!
The Sky is Everywhere is a very magnetic read – I read and finished it overnight. The little snippets of Lennie’s relationship with Bailey at the start and end of every chapter is such a bonus. Grams (I love her relationship with Lennie), Uncle Big (funny bloke, he’s often stoned!), and Sarah (she’s demented in a cool sort-of way) are such diverse characters that they compliment Lennie’s.
How do you deal when you lose a loved one? Do you grieve by yourself, make out with every guy/girl you see, and feel guilty because you were left behind to live without him/her? I say you read Lennie’s story. Jandy Nelson perfectly captured and written the way to live past the grieving and to love past the losing.
That’s a misconception, Lennie. The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.
Legend lived up to its name… well, almost. I have minor issues but a good dystopian novel such as this can elimi...moreI recommend Legend.
IN COLD BLOOD.
Legend lived up to its name… well, almost. I have minor issues but a good dystopian novel such as this can eliminate even the smallest of problems. It is cold and ruthless. With a more-than-capable heroine and a legendary hero, I was smacked down by Marie Lu with her cryptic story.
June is a prodigy but at such a young age (she’s fifteen), she’s still vulnerable to a beautiful boy and the unknown thrills he brings with him. I liked that Lu portrayed June as this uncertain girl coming out of her adolescence despite her genius in military ways. Lu is effective in her writing: I hated June when she scorned the people in poor sectors. I loved her when she took action the day she realizes her wrong towards Day.
Day is an enigma, but it is not a secret how much he loved his family. To go at such lengths to save them, it was incredible. The bleakness of Day’s world did not deter him to still want something good for his brothers and his mother >> and this is why I love reading dystopia: the hope is there. Although I’m a bit doubtful that his feats are legendary, they do coincide with June’s profile. Day was this beautiful boy in such a strict society and he. just. shines. His character has an old soul and I really liked that.
Was it explained how their world came to that dystopian disarray? I don’t think so. The conflict that brought the Republic and the Colonies on different sides was blurry at the same time. Those aspects brought the rating down to a 4. Still, the story delivery was compact and the suspense was gripping.
Legend is a pretty good dystopian read. Hard-boiled and brutal, I could not wait to read its sequel.(less)
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the perfect Christmas read. It took me around New York in the busiest time of the year with Dash’s abhorrence versus Lily’s ecstasy for the holidays. It kinda remind me of the movie Serendipity: same Christmas-in-New-York setting with the same non-meetings but with the longing of meeting the one another.
Dash and Lily are the total opposites. Dash never recovered from his parents’ nasty divorce; Lily stayed at home while her parents celebrated their second honeymoon in Fiji. Dash reveled in being alone; Lily is scared of not having anybody. Dash is articulate; Lily is stumped on how to talk to boys (and girls!) her age. But they do have something in common – they love to read. and they wanted to believe that there is someone out there existing just for them. So cute.
I loved Dash‘s character more than Lily’s. His has a certain sadness and hope at the same time. I relished reading his POV because it’s very entertaining to see the switch of his train of thought from simple things to contemplative ones. I loved the scenes where (1) he’s feeling up Santa, (2) he’s being interrogated by Aunt Ida, and (3) he’s being lectured by Boomer, of all people. Dash is very charming in this unobtrusive way that makes being snarly so endearing.
Lily is the odd girl. Wearing her school uniform even during weekends with her worn chucks, she already accepted her eccentricity years ago. But after reading Dash’s writings in her notebook, she thought that maybe it’s time to get out of her family’s comfort and venture to a normal teenage life. I found it funny that she’s this dogwalker who also loves hanging out with her Grandpa’s friends but can give the middle finger on a whim.
Boomer, Aunt Ida, and Mark are secondary characters that made me laugh in more ways i thought possible. I love how they are solid and yet they do not overpower the main characters.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is a story of what could be the machinings of first love set in snow-capped New York. Dash & Lily’s mismatches left me light-hearted and hopeful. I just felt good after reading it.(less)
It’s the intent, not the word, that makes something harsh.
I’m craving for horror when I picked up Cryer’s Cross and it gave me the ultimate satisfaction… and more! From scared to terrified, it didn’t fail to give me goosebumps. I haven’t read this kind of paranormal nowadays, but boy, did I relish McMann’s spine-tingling tale! There’s just something about small towns and big secrets that appealed to my imagination.
Kendal was the sort of girl who did not let OCD gets the best of her. Because of it, she’s brutally frank, resilient with a dry sense of humor when it comes to her condition. She controlled, accepted it but cursed it sometimes. Despite the disorder, Kendal appeared as normal as any female teenager to me. That’s a good sign because McMann developed a strong character in her; eventually it will be a major coping mechanism for Kendal in the upcoming horror at Cryer’s Cross. Jacian is as real as Kendal: hardworking but bitter, angry. I wasn’t expecting any romance in the story’s premise but those electrifying moments between Kendal and Jacian were breathtaking. Oh, Jacian, I feel like slapping you, too! *giggles* Ahem. McMann definitely knows how to stir things up without straying from her original atmosphere.
Cryer’s Cross is a must read for suspense/thriller lovers like me. The paranormal phenomena was enough to keep me at my wit’s end. It is a short read but I felt the eerie story was conveyed completely: not rushed, not cliffhanged either. McMann proved to me that even without action sequences to produce a scare, fright can be delivered to readers like me through simple yet effective storytelling.(less)
The lady at the store said yellow means friendship and red means love. The rosary is the only thing I own that has value to me. It’s yours. I’m yours.
I admit I’m doubtful that Elkeles can come up with another great story after Perfect Chemistry, boy I was so wrong!
I started reading at 11pm last night, pushed myself to sleep at 2am, got 2 hours of sleep, took a bath to go to work, then read again while on board the bus. 15 minutes on the work shift, i finished Rules of Attraction. Oh yes, it’s that good!
I can’t help but compare this to Perfect Chemistry, compare Carlos to Alex, then Kiara to Brittany – and i have to say, I like the first book more. but only by an inch.
Carlos is a younger version of bad-ass, wise-crackin’ Alex. I actually don’t like him on the firts few chapters. Eventually, Carlos grew on me. No, wait. That can’t be right. Carlos won me over. It really is a sight to see a tough, dangerous boy unwillingly cracks his defenses to show his soft, gentle side to those whom he loves. Carlos, you might be amazing and wickedly hot, but Alex still holds my heart. ;-)
Kiara is just an ok character for me, she seldoms stood out on the book. I like her attitude during their ‘under the dome’ scene. And when she’s flipping off Carlos! not just once. But she’s only confident when she’s alone with Carlos, and i would’ve like her more if she exuded self-confidence to others as a result of her relationship with Carlos. That way, her stuttering might’ve been eliminated completely and build her confidence on a higher level.
So i guess that pretty much says that Carlos’ character carried the story a lot. I love Tuck – he’s funny especially when he made the ‘cursing’ remark to Carlos. lol. and I love Kiara’s dad, too good to be true but not at all impossible in real life. i enjoyed his banter with Carlos.
Even though the ‘falling in love’ phase of Carlos to Kiara and vice versa seemed a little bit rushed or should i say a little bit hard to believe (they barely spent time together but Carlos is already always thinking about Kiara), reading their story still turned my heart into jelly. *sigh*
Want to fall dangerously in love? try Rules of Attraction. I guarantee you, Carlos will make you laugh, curse and love him in a heartbeat.
I am SO ready for CHAIN REACTION!
“You’re dangerous.” he says. Why?” Because you make me believe in the impossible.”
I was unprepared with the events that the author threw at me in The Queen of Attolia. Th...moreI highly recommend The Queen of Attolia.
I was unprepared with the events that the author threw at me in The Queen of Attolia. The pacing of the story is very different from book 1. And oh, so so much better!
Eugenides is back working for the Queen of Eddis as, of course, the Queen’s Thief. In the first few chapters Eugenides was caught, imprisoned, and suffered the most valuable loss perhaps in his life. I was shocked by this turn of the story. I didn’t know the author had it in her to be so cruel, especially to her hero! I mourned with Gen.
The lull for me came when Gen wallowed in self-pity and despair. These scenes made Gen annoying but brought about the strong character of the Queen of Eddis and what her relationship is like with Gen. He’s not only her Thief, but her cousin, her friend, her family. On those lengths she contemplated going to war with Attolia just for Gen.
The Queen of Attolia was a different thing. Ruthless, shrewd, cruel. She is also a strong character but in a different way from Eddis. I was kinda lost with her reactions to Gen’s antics and taunts. I’m thinking, ‘could it be that…’ nooo, that’s impossible. In the end, i realized that the reason behind might be difficult to fathom, but not impossible. And i believed it.
The action picked up again when Gen started plotting for revenge, err, a plan to counteract the inevitable war of Eddis with Attolia and Sounis. Gen coped up with his loss but not without a cost. His road to self-recovery is admirable, to say the least. And his plans! Wow, they are brilliant, if not perfect. Looove it!
My favorite part of this book? The unexpected love story. It wasn’t even the main plot, but creeps up to be the most essential factor of the story. and man, that did it for me. I was floored by the revelations of both parties. At first, i thought it is part of Gen’s plan but several scenes later, i realized Gen’s not lying! After everything that’s been done to him, he is still capable of loving her that much. Un-freaking-believable! If that’s not love, then i don’t know what is. The last scene melted my heart into a puddle.
There’s also the scene of Gen questioning the actions of the gods. I was like, backing Gen at first, egging him to go and confront them about their failures. In the end, even i was humbled and grateful by answer of the gods. Very nice!
The ending is satisfying for me. The Queen of Attolia really deserves to be queen. Her cunning and acceptance for things as they are deserve praise. *clap clap*
I think i’m going to stall reading The King of Attolia for a while. Why? Well, i want to savor The Queen of Attolia first in all its brutality and sweetness. :)
I believe i found a new gem worth listing in my most romantic book ever read. *sigh*(less)
"I don't think we should spend any more time together unless i have a chance with you."
That’s how Echols described Brandon and it seemed fitting that i describe her book in the same manner. :)
Gosh, i am definitely having fangirl moments in this review. I’ve got dibs on Doug Fox!
Zoey (she looked like Uma Thurman) reminded me of Brittany from Perfect Chemistry (they wanted to preserve their perfect-girl-daughter act), but i have to say the latter has more steel in her character than the former. I have nothing against Zoey (except maybe she doesn’t deserve Doug, lol), it just that her refusal to end her relationship with Brandon so she can be with Doug is idiotic considering she and Brandon just hooked up! But i do love her cussing after the accident – it was funny!
Doug Doug Doug How about you park with me, instead? *wink* I do like bad boys, more so if they admit their mistakes and make up for it. They are explanations, not excuses – he says, and i agree with him. His family issues are real enough and i like that the author didn’t delve too much on the drama of it. Doug, you are one swoon-worthy guy!
I hate Zoey’s dad. really, really hate him. Zoey should’ve crashed his benz when she had it.
The backseat scenes are hot and steamy! The author knows how to keep me going and panting after Doug. *huffs*
The story is simple but the characters are not and that makes the story interesting. Forget You is a quick read for me, and boy, did i ever read it again minutes just after finishing it. It was good!
"Or that I couldn’t stand to watch anything bad happen to you, because it was like it was happening to me too.Is that love?”His hand clasped my hand again and squeezed. I swallowed. “It could be."
I never thought i’d love the steampunk genre this much, because of this book. the prequel The Strange Case of Finley Jane solidly built this first book into stardom!
if you’ve been reading my reviews, then by now you know i crave for action on the books that i read. lots and lots of action. and The Girl in the Steel Corset has lots of it! Hand-to-hand combat, man-vs-machine combat, girl-vs-guy combat. man, oh man it was delicious!
i find the story easy to grasp, easy to follow. there are a lot of unique elements that made me think, this author is good!
FINLEY JANE is one kick-ass chick. Literally. i love her!
Finley is a female version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Two personalities in one female body is taking a toll on Finley. she can’t hold a job, she can’t run back to her family. when she was taken in by Griffin, it is understandable why she is suspicious of his intent. having her share of malicious men pawing on her, it’s not hard to mistrust Griffin. But powerful Griffin slowly breaks her wall.. and into her heart. wee!
i didn’t mind the constant push/pull of Finley’s and Griffin’s relationship. i figured i can wait til the next installment for their budding romance.
everything a heroine should be, i found in Finley. she takes care of herself, doesn’t want to be a burden to anyone, gets defensive when she feels threatened. and yet, she longs for friendship, for family, and maybe, for love. she is such an enticing character! the conflict between her normal self and her darker self is entertaining.
i adore Griffin, he is really fitted to be a duke. i hate Sam, such a loser and a whiner (ungrateful bastard). i envied Emily, with her intelligence and loyalty to her friends. i like Jasper! he should be emily’s partner. he’s much more charming than that bloke. Jack – he is that one character i can’t quite figure out. is he a friend or foe? i admit his bad boy appeal is more attractive than Griffin’s aristocratic redheadedness (lol), but i am rooting for Griffin. C‘mon Griff, let’s take it up a notch with Finley! Jack is nothing but a criminal. But you, oh you are so, so much more than a duke.
i was left hanging in the end! but in a good way. this time, i can’t wait for their adventure outside of London.
i was always fascinated with Victorian setting, and add to that world a bunch of automatons, telekinesis, access to the nether world, and a little bit of romance - it makes an astounding story for a girl who came into terms with merging herself to a whole new person and became a strong woman (inside and out) of her time.(less)
My body was a machine, plain and simple. I worked it to stay strong; I feed it to keep it running.
This is surely a must-read for dystopian lovers like me.
I am so, so bloodthirsty for more. First page reeled me in – hook, line and sinker. This is why i love Dystopian novels, they entices you, enthralls you, grips you, and makes you stay wide awake to say, ‘i am so darn glad i’m not living in that world!’
People in the world before seemed obsessed with objects that existed simply to look pretty. I couldn’t imagine such a thing.
Deuce is a very confident girl/huntress, too confident at times during her stay at the Enclave. I was irked of this overconfidence because it might get her killed, but Fade said something (before coming to Topside, i think) that explained this, and so I understood Deuce.
She is strong, determined, and resilient. I love her efficiency with knives (just like Elena from The Guild Hunter series) but i love her more when she relishes violence. In a world such as theirs, only the strong survives. She’s one tough heroine, but their Topside journey showed that even a skilled and trained Huntress like her breaks down in weakness.
I have your back. I didn’t mean only when it’s easy. ALL the time.
Fade is just as strong as she is. He is such a dangerous and lethal opponent because he fights for real, for life. The author could’ve capitalized on Fade’s already daunting demeanor, especially when they are on the Topside - that would’ve made me gush for Fade more. Nevertheless, I want more of him! more more more!
Stalker is one of those guys who i intend to hate but end up getting confused (do i like him or not?). I don’t trust him, that’s all. and he did gave those additional marks to Fade (Stalker, you b*stard.) But if there is a love triangle brewing here, i’m all for Team Fade! I think he is much stronger and formidable than Stalker, and that makes him perfect for Deuce.
I never belonged anywhere until I met you.
The romance between Fade and Deuce is a cliffhanger on its own. They should’ve hooked up before the book was done! Alas, there are only few heart-thumping moments between them. and when i say few, i meant two: FIRST KISS and SECOND KISS scenes. it was quick but sweet just the same.
The post-apocalyptic scenario made up for the so-called romance. FREAKS are certainly nightmarish (did you see the freaky hand on the cover? yikes!) as they are, but to think that they can think and strategize for hunting meat? Part-mutant/part-zombies. Crap, they give me the creeps.
I enjoyed the Naming ritual in the Enclave.
Definitely i will read Enclave again! and i will wait impatiently for book two. Who wouldn’t?!! The ending came as quickly as the rotting smell of the Freaks!
There were different kinds of strength. I knew that now. It didn’t always come from a knife or a willingness to fight. Sometimes it came from endurance, where the well ran deep and quiet. Sometimes it came from compassion and forgiveness.
“What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.
CONVINCING. REVEALING. BRILLIANT.
i was not entirely convinced by the book blurb (but i still read it anyway, since my GR friends insisted Jellicoe Road is really good). halfway through it revealed to me that yes, so maybe Jellicoe Road is award-winning. finishing & closing the book made me realized that Melina Marchetta conned me, but oh, how i loved to be conned this way! because Jellicoe Road is one BRILLIANT read. (I’m done reading in 6 hours! Man, i could not, would not put it down.)
First half was so confusing – i did not know Marchetta is contructing two stories that will collide in the end. I needed patience to read Jellicoe Road and i was rewarded BIG time!
Taylor’s strength came out in the middle of the story, when things started going awry that she needed to stay in control. I wanna hug her, tease her, and constantly remind her that her past (mistakes) does not define her future. She was willful, defiant, and cunning. I feel for her, especially with the dream scenes. They were heartbreaking.
Griggs is one tough character. Not because he’s the leader of the Cadets, but because the story that Marchetta wove for him was dark, hopeless but resilient. His background made me appreciate him more at the end of Jellicoe Road. I found his character very strong – i just love him!
This is not just a love story; there’s also a touch of mystery, crime & suspense. That’s a BIG plus for me!
Jellicoe Road is also about family and friendships, and how you can find love and family in between those friendships. It is definitely a must-read. Why? Because Jellicoe Road will surely stun you into silence. A very, very good silence to accompany your sudden love for Melina Marchetta.(less)
Part of me wonders if this is a suicide mission disguised as a game.
The author made an impressive debut. and there's a reason why it is #6 in NY Bestsellers list a week after its book release.
This is a fraternity/sorority initiation rites (with extreme sports on the side) - dystopian way. *evil grin!*
The story is beautifully crafted. The pace is exhilirating; sometimes i need to go back a page or two to relive its moments, i felt i will be left behind if i can't read fast enough. The development of the characters is just right on time - not slow but not hurried,either.
I have a new favorite heroine - TRIS! She is ass-kicking, gun-wielding chick who's afraid of a lot of things but faces fear anyway. She is small, skinny, not pretty but the way she uses her weaknesses as strengths is genius! Maybe she's a little dense (when it comes to Four), and a little selfish (when it comes to her family). But the selfnessness she hates (that's why she left her Abnegation faction & family) ultimately marked her as the Dauntless she wanted to be.
the one thing that i truly love about her: she isn't scared of having bad thoughts, dark thoughts and intentions towards other people. It only means one thing: an eye for an eye. a tooth for a tooth. i super love her! *hugging Tris*
'People often understimate my character' she said quietly. 'They think that because i'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, i can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.'
FOUR, you are sooo mine! A hero who is equally strong and troubled as Tris, he is the perfect imperfect love interest in any dystopian i've ever read. He's cold, efficient, (almost) invincible. But at the same time he is kind, compassionate, and selfless. *sighs* Four is one unforgettable character :) and in a dangerous place such as the Dauntless compound, Four is the love Tris has never seen coming. *fanning myself*
Initiation Rites (jumping on and off the train/roof, fistfights!)
Tris and Four on the chasm *squeals!*
Tris and Four on the train *double squeals* (ahem.)
Tris and Four on the computer room (UFC scene!)
The ending was a little bit soft for me (like how i wished two or more of the villains were killed by Tris or Four) but it was not a cliffhanger so it is satisfying (after all, there's book 2, so villains - watch out!).
As a stand-alone, I consider Divergent a pretty amazing book. I am BLOODTHIRSTY for more!!!
VERDICT: You think you are brave? Then read this. It will make you think twice.
I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.
So what do I wish for? Something I’m not sure I want? Someone I’m not sure I need? Or someone I know I can’t have?
Can someone please wipe this silly smile off on my face?!!
Anna & St. Clair swept me off my feet. Who wouldn’t fall in love when in Paris? This is such a feel-good story!
I love Anna’s character. afraid of being away from home. Rejection. Being alone. but a quick loss of inhibition (meaning drunk) gave her the boost to confront what is already in front of her. From there, she adapted, accepted and found out that maybe being in the sidelines doesn’t suit her anymore. Heads up, Etienne!
I love St. Clair’s character as much as I love Anna’s. Charming. Funny. Dependable. Much of the reason I came to enjoy this book is because of him. His being afraid of change, not making a move earlier, not standing up for himself (against his dad) – all these traits made him the perfect IMperfect boy worthy of admiration (and swoon, of course). P.S. I love the name of St. Clair more than Etienne. St. Clair is rock-star cooler and sexier.
I liked the secondary characters, too. Meredith (poor girl, such unrequited love), Josh (i really like him! cool & funny), Rashmi (detached but cared too much), even Nate! They made the relationship between Anna & St. Clair lively, electric, and unpredictable.
I just wished that something happened during Thanksgiving and Anna & St. Clair’s romantic relationship started there. I felt a year of near-misses is such a long time for me to wait. Eventually, it gave me a short time to fully gushed and drooled over them once they are finally together.
Nevertheless, Anna & the French Kiss is the kind of story about instant attraction turned friendship turned (maybe) something more that i will less likely to forget anytime soon. It is a good read, so pick it up already!
I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul.
As I said, she chose to die rather than to stay with me. I was her husband, but she simply loved him more.
This is a new series to watch out for.
I was not smitten at first. Although the story has a new concept, the first half of the book was just average to me. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. But moving on the second half, i felt i was falling. It’s like the book and I started out as friends. We find something in common, what makes us comfortable with each other. As the need to protect and be faithful rise up, it is in the end that i realized: i am in love with The Goddess Test.
I’ll start with the cover. At first glance, it did not catch my eye. But looking it again and again, it started to blossom into something pretty. Very pretty. The girl reminded me of Jessica Alba. So i thought of Kate as looking like Jessica.
The story revolves around the story of Hades and Persephone. In this case, Persephone’s gone so Henry has to look for someone to take her place as his wife and Queen of the Underworld. But the girl has to be worthy of immortality so she has to take the test.
Kate has to pass seven tests. If she fails even one, the consequences are very dangerous, especially for Henry.
As Kate deals with living her autumn and winter days with Henry in the Eden Manor, she realizes that this life is not as bad as she thought. More so, she didn’t felt little need to go back to the real world for the next half of the year. Being with Henry, she learned how to make friends, have a family, love and fight for a guy who lost the will to live. Or exist.
The synopsis misled me. It is not actually Kate’s mom that is the reason for her to enter into a bargain with Henry. Kate did it to save a friend’s life. No, not a friend but a person i so wanna see to stay dead. For the life of me, i could not imagine giving half of my year for the rest of my life just so someone (who is cruel to me) can live. And that is what Kate did.
Kate has no friends because she took care of her sick mom since freshman year. She also does not date because of that. If there’s one thing to describe her, it’s this: martyr. I’m not sure if i like that, and it made me wary to like her. But the author gave room for Kate to grow on me, since Kate is still beginning to know herself and open up to living a life, especially without her mom. By the time i finished the chapters, i felt a kinship with her. And yes, Kate, you did right. Even I was proud of you.
The one thing that strikes me the most is Kate’s frankness. It was such a refreshing character for a heroine. And for that, i love her.
Henry – for a Hades character, he’s pretty soft. Solemn. Cautious. But i liked it. There are few times i got to glimpse of the Lord of the Underworld and it was enough. He is more human than a god, but it suits him. After all, Hades does not belong to Olympus, right? He mostly stayed in the Underworld. So i get it that he’s lonely. And feels unloved. Henry is such a vulnerable character and it is just right for my taste.
James. I have mixed feelings for him. Is he in love with Kate? For such a short time, it is not possible. But it seems that he does. I felt sorry for him. But i think he’ll be a major character in the next book. Love triangle, anyone?
The mythology is intact. The twists came one after the other and i was like, ‘ok, what just happened?’ and when the time came for the verdict to be delivered, whether Kate passed or failed, i’m shaking my head in disbelief saying, ‘no way! No freakin’ way!’ then a smile slowly spreads across my face. It was a good read.
Debut authors are sweeping the YA shelves like a crazy tidal wave! And Aimee Carter is one of them. The Goddess Test will show you the side of the Olympians that are all too human and yet, staying true to their nature.
Keep trying until you have no more chances left. And even then, you keep going.
It is not hard to fall in love. It’s the admission, the acceptance that’s diff...moreI highly recommend Perfect Chemistry.
ELECTRIC. DELICIOUS. TEMPTING.
It is not hard to fall in love. It’s the admission, the acceptance that’s difficult.
I was never in Realistic Teen Fiction subgenre of YA, but wow, Simone Elkeles changed that. I read mainly to escape reality, so why would read stories that delve into that?
I did not just fall in love with Alex and Brittany. i was WHIPPED! and yeah, i’m proud of that.
amidst the flirting and attraction lies the reality of Alex’s and Brittany’s lives. One wants to escape, while the other wants to stay (stay perfect, stay still), but both puts up a facade. and yet, they see through each other’s masks and found comfort and strength in each other’s arms.
i have to say that i love Alex’s POV more. it’s raw, humorous, and well, goosebumps-worthy. i now have the hots for Alex. *fanning myself*
when the story got good, i have a sinking feeling that this might have a sh*tty ending, reality-fiction and all. Boy, was i wrong! It was rather an unexpected one, one that was very very much to my taste. :P
i liked that the author didn’t beat around the bush. halfway through, when Brittany’s feelings are starting to come out, she cuts to the chase and lay her feelings on the table. NICE! i’m impatient with stuff like this, so sue me.
Perfect Chemistry is a fun, spine-tingling, swoon-worthy read.
Feeling neglected by a loved one, lately? Then read this. teen romance, if not first love, doesn’t get any better than this.(less)
This book blew me away! I need to write this down right before my elation evaporates.
I had high expectations (I never should’ve read the good reviews...moreThis book blew me away! I need to write this down right before my elation evaporates.
I had high expectations (I never should’ve read the good reviews before reading) and halfway through the book I can’t see what the fuss is all about. Boy, was i ever wrong to judge it before finishing the chapters! In the end, i was dumbfounded. In a very good way. Coming from the angel-themed YA fiction along with Hush, Hush and Fallen series, there is no doubt that it is the at the top of the bunch. No, let me rephrase it. It is the only book there that has substance.
here is a heroine that i love! (But can her name be any more unsophisticated?) Responsible, does not back down from a fight, does her own thing, does not allow any guy to treat her like crap. She was realistic, although i hate it when she goes gaga over Christian. I get it that he’s her purpose as a part angel. But the constant ogling that bordered to obsession is annoying. But i forgive her at the end of the book. There it was revealed why Christian is so magnetic, even to someone like her. At the end of the book, she was faced with a dilemma: follow the rules or follow her heart? Her decision has dire consequences. Don’t worry honey, i would’ve done the same if it were me. ;-)
i take him at face value. The author glorifies him throughout the book. Dark brown hair (or is it black?). Green eyes. Sexy-brooding. He is “hotness personified” as the author explicitly puts it. But i didn’t see character in him. That’s why I couldn’t see how this guy can be the love interest of Clara.
you can now call me an official Tucker groupie :):):) i love this guy! Rude, conceited, jerk. Not to mention blond hair and blue eyes. And charming. I look forward to the scenes where is he is bantering and bickering with Clara. You would want to know who will win every time. :)
Ultimate high experience:
I have to admit that the turn of the story came when Tucker and Clara began spending time together. There are some funny moments, i couldn’t help laughing out loud! And there are romantic moments too, that just makes me grin like an idiot or scream like a banshee. It was electrifying!
i have two. The first one is the scene at Tucker’s barn (or was it at the stable?) after the bear repellent thing. He was so confident. I am so Team Tucker already! And the second one is the time when Clara summoned her glory because of her mom. What is the reason behind her glory? Her revelation was a shock to her. Yeah, that’s my girl!
I never saw it coming! Everything was turned upside down. I need to know what happens next! It was such a cliffhanger.
READ IT READ IT READ IT! It is on a very different level compared to Hush, Hush and Fallen series. Unearthly buried them in the cold, sticky mud! I am so attached to Tucker that if Clara doesn’t end up with him in the end, there’s gonna be hell to pay. You hear that, Cynthia Hand? So please, please don’t let me down. (less)
i don't care what it's called. i just want to be with her at the end. i'm not giving up. Meghan, i'll be with you soon. Please wait for me.
Holy. Freaking. Crap. this book (and the whole series!) made a basketcase out of me. After turning the last page, reading the last line, i was stunned. immovable. lost in Neverland world. i don't ever want to go back to reality! i want to be right there! in the world Julie Kagawa made for me. *bawling*
but i need to step back to reality first to write this. INHALE, EXHALE.
it seems that the fey (summer, winter and iron) will not leave Meghan alone. After following Ash in the mortal world, she decided to go back to her family (to her brother) and live a normal life. But the Iron Fey won't let her have that. the new Iron King wants her dead since she poses a threat to him and his throne. so on with the journey to the Iron realm and finish this once and for all.
it's not going to be easy. Ash is now a banished prince. He no longer holds the authority over winter fey. They are both exiled from Neverland and Meghan was sad because she've come to love that place. and of course Puck is there.
Meghan's and Ash's relationship started to grow and i liked that. Meghan is starting to embrace her inevitable destiny as a regent. but does that leave Ash?
it's different now, though. i have something to fight for. i'm not afraid to die, but i don't intend to give up, either.
The war finally unfolds before my eyes. Iron fey are gaining ground toward the Summer and Winter court.
and the final battle, WOW. i felt the danger, the viciousness to kill. the hopelessness to win. and the never-ending conflict between Summer and Winter court.
by the time i read that there is a new Iron King, i instantly knew who he was (snivelling bastard). i felt sorry for the pack rats. i wanted to squash the Iron King for what he did to them.
i love the scenes in the cottage that Leanansidhe lent to them. Meghan and Paul is starting life with each other again. Meghan is FINALLY taking the war seriously so she begins training in combat and in fey magic.
Meghan and Ash. Let me put it out there that their moments made me delirious. and mushy. and ... STOP! i got carried away, but i can't help it! it was so f*ckin' romantic. *sigh*
my FAVE scene is when Meghan lied down under Machina's tree. the way she accepts the finality of it all. the way she let Ash go. man, i was crying like a baby. it was such an EPIC moment for me.
the ending was astounding. it left me literally breathless. my face was tear-streaked.
CRAP! Julie Kagawa, you made me like this! Turn me back to what i once was!
More than the enticing covers, the Iron Fey Series is definitely one of the best YA series i've ever read. Happy Ever After is not out of reach.
Book 4, The Iron Knight, hit shelves October 2011. This time, it is Ash's POV. Yes! *hypeventilating*
BETTER READ THIS!
Now, i'll go ahead to Neverland. Ash is waiting for me ;)
and i swear, if there is a way for us to be together, i will find it. no matter how long it takes. if i have to chase your soul to the ends of eternity, i won't stop until i find, i promise.
i never thought this series can’t get any better! i was sucked in and became a citizen...moreI highly recommend Outside In.
Holy sh*t! Excuse my french.
i never thought this series can’t get any better! i was sucked in and became a citizen of Inside. although i loved Inside Out more, Outside In is still commendable for a dystopian/sci-fi read.
Trella never wanted to be leader in the first place. When she led the rebellion again the Travas, she only wanted out of the Lowers. That and the promise he made to Cogon. But refusing the responsibility led to more troubles and dire consequences. Not to mention someone from Outside wants In.
Trella’s world is addicting. from quadrants to sectors, from scrubs to uppers, from barracks to the Expanse. not once did it fail to wow me. The story is still solid, fast-paced, but with all the going around in the Inside, i sometimes felt lost in it. my imagination literally ran away from me before i comprehend what the scenes were like.
In the beginning, Trella lost her mojo as Queen of the Pipes. She’s still a tough heroine, but her fear of rejection (with the consequences of decisions made by a leader) and fear of commitment (with Riley) kinda chink her armor a bit. I liked that Riley is helping her see Lamont in a motherly light. I liked that when Riley hang her out to dry, she realized her mistakes immediately. I liked the most is her cunning and her brilliance to plot an attack.
I wish she did some damage to Sloan (ugh. i hate that guy.) and send him out to Outer Space.
Riley gets sexy by the minute! I forgot how he is efficient with knives so i was amazed how protective he was of Trella. He can kill and i love that!
The Outsiders – man, they freak me out. Not with their appearances, but with their ideals and actions. i don’t want to mess with them! i’m a coward so yes, i will side with them (if ever they are the winning side lol).
All the time that i was reading this book, i don’t know who to trust. Bubba Boom? Jacy? Anne-Jade (i think you got what you deserve in the end, but i mourned for you)? Hank? Crap, who should I (and Trella) side with?
I was frustratingly mystified! i guess that made the author an excellent writer to illicit such reaction from me. :P(less)
"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I...more"I said that without love, there could also be no hate: without hate, no violence. Hate isn’t the most dangerous thing, he’d said. Indifference is."
I know that when I’ve read a good book, I refused to read a new one. There’s something that makes me want to pause, look back and rewind all those scenes I’ve just read with such clarity. With Delirium, I did not read anything over the weekend! And that says a lot.
Love is a disease. Singing, dancing is not allowed. Any form of emotional expression is restricted. No hugging or kissing even with friends! This could be real, I thought. No war, no pain, no nothing. There’s also no happiness. Or love. Harsh world, right? and it’s about to get harsher.
The premise is simple, get cured or you will be forced to be cured. If you are too much trouble, you are simply eliminated. The story is fast paced, the author introduces you into this world without sounding preachy. I love action packed novels, but in this book, the lack of it (or maybe there’s one or two action scenes), made it more pliable. Believable. Why? Because the terror of getting caught past curfew (9pm!), the helplessness of forgetting everyone you cared about after the cure, the reality that there’s no other option but to live the life given by the government is enough. I can feel them while reading, creeping between the lines and crippling me. Being scared all the time while doing the most mundane things (hanging out on a beach with a boy, for one), is there. Almost all the time I am reading this book, I can feel the tension. I’m quite terrified of the consequences the characters could face when caught. Whenever Lena or Hana or Alex sneaked out (for a party, or just hang out), I fought myself not to scream “c’mon, man, you’re gonna get caught past your curfew! Chop. Chop. Time to go home!”
I like Lena. The obedience to do what is right by the government clashes wildly with her natural need to rebel. Defiance is her key to unlocking her freedom. And she did, at the end of the book, Lena stood her ground. No more lies, she said. It’s time to live my life. My happy life. By my rules.
Alex is likeable. Although the author could’ve picked up a more subtle or unusual name for a hero in a dystopian world. It seems so common. Anyway, he is more human than most heroes I’ve encountered in YA. Confused and not confident at times. He is actually pretty normal, I guess. I don’t love Alex, but I don’t hate him either. and it is just right, that he admitted to liking Lena instead of loving her suddenly. they relationship started with mistrust and suspicion. and then their friendship grows, and that gradually blossoms into love. super likey!
am not that gaga over Lena's and Alex's romance. it makes me want to fall in love, but not with alex specifically :) Maybe it is just slow to build in my taste. Still, i'm hooked - it is heartbreaking. I wanted them to be together, against all odds!
The author writes in a way that she paints Lena’s world in such vivid pictures I can understand how’s it like to live there. She reminds me of C.Clare’s writing of the mortal instruments. I can relate to Lena. I already stepped in her world. The Regulators. The Wilds. The Crypts. And man, oh man, I don’t want to get stuck there!
the ending was like a BEP song: boom boom pow! the author stepped it up BIG time. although i was left hanging, i didn't mind since i know this is a part of a trilogy. reading towards the end of the book is simply exhilirating.
The verdict: I can’t wait for book 2. I hope I won’t stay in a state of delirium waiting for it. Haha.
"I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go." (less)
The Demon King is a fantastic read. The world Chima built is astounding to imagine. The story she wo...moreI highly recommend The Demon King.
The Demon King is a fantastic read. The world Chima built is astounding to imagine. The story she wove is amazing to read. The ending she gave is enough for me to anticipate the sequel. Wizards and amulets had never been this fun… or deadly.
I absolutely adored Han. He’s trying his best to make ends meet for his family without going back to his messy past: being a street (gang)lord. It was even more difficult when he stole the amulet because trouble followed him the minute he possesses it. Han is smart, witty, and very resourceful! I enjoyed those moments where he has nowhere to run, and yet he escapes unscathed from those encounters. Unfortunately for him, he will become that one thing he was taught of hating since he was a child. Raisa is a stubborn heir to the queendom. Too stubborn (and too flirty) for my taste. Yet, she has this steel in her that makes her really worthy to be the next Queen. She’s also smart, and sometimes compassionate, too. Han and Raisa perfectly complement each other’s characters and that made this fantasy very entertaining to read.
There are a lot of fantasy books in the YA shelf, but The Demon King is on the top of this sub-genre. Intrigue, magic, and a little heartbreak made this book a definite catch for fantasy lovers like me.(less)
The Power of Six is a big improvement from its prequel, I Am Number Four that really says a lot! Three reasons why I love it more than IANF: (1) Less somber, more fun; (2) romance from two people not likely to hook up – well, it was unexpected for me; (3) new characters, be it main or secondary, were like fuel adding to a fire – Lorien Legacies has never been this good!
The Power of Six is told in two POVs: one from Seven, searching for the other Garde while stuck in a Spanish monastery; the other from Four, eluding the authorities while figuring out what to do next. I have to say I love Four’s POV more than Seven, maybe because I already knew him, Sam and Six and where they came from (leaving Paradise after the battle)? I dunno. I kinda don’t like Seven, just a little. She let herself be bullied by the other orphans. Of course I get that she cannot be caught using her Legacies, but it wouldn’t hurt her to be discreet so she won’t be bullied, right? I adore Sam! He’s such a happy camper with anything alien (especially with Six, lol). He has much more sense than Four. I got to know Six and how was her life before finding Four. I like her! She’s a force to be reckoned with, whether she’s fighting the Mogadorians or just plain hanging out with the guys. Four – well he did mature and sounded grown up, and he’s still grieving over Henri. I just didn’t like his stubbornness when it comes to Paradise and the life he left behind there. When he decided to be selfish and stood up Six, I was so pissed! I was like, WTH man?! Argh. Yeah, Six. You should’ve kicked his ass and bump his head so he can have a lick of sense.
I found out more about Lorien history and the stories in between are very fascinating. The Power of Six is a fun, enjoyable read. Humorous and action-packed, it will suck you in. You will not stop reading, and you will never want your Lorien adventure to end. Were you bored when you read I Am Number Four? Well then, pick up the sequel and I’m pretty sure Pittacus Lore will redeem himself to you. Fantastic Sci-fi! And I’m not even a Sci-fi lovin’ chick. ;)(less)
She didn’t entirely understand the sense of loss she felt about something that she’d never really had in the first place.
Who would’ve have thought that i will find a YA book with serial killings as the main plot?!! I’m a big fan of Dexter and Criminal Minds so it wouldn’t be a surprise if i loved The Body Finder. Not only did i thoroughly enjoyed it, i was stunned by the quality of the story. It was built solidly so yeah, i am now a fan of Kimberly Derting. :)
Violet is the kind of girl who doesn’t let her ability locating dead people to cripple her life. And she felt responsible in a sense that she put her gift into good use. With just the right amount of teenage defiance, Derting delivers a heroine worth rooting for against a menacing serial killer.
I found Jay’s description a little vague ( i don’t know the color of his eyes; is his hair brown or black?) but that doesn’t mean i did not became his groupie! His carefree and light character almost made up the lack of physical description (c’mon, how can i gush over someone that vague?). There’s something about Jay that makes me smile and swoon over him just like Violet does. *blushes* His overprotectiveness irked me at times, but I can’t blame him – a serial killer is on the loose kidnapping teenage girls!
Derting tackled the issue of serial killing with such finess that I thought i was reading a Lisa Gardner or Julie Garwood book. The steamy scenes she concocted has just the right touch that I get lost in the emotions (just like Violet) but not totally forgetting the dangerous time I am in (err, I mean Violet’s dangerous time). and ooh, how i revel on those moments! Jay, gosh, don’t do this to me! The teen romance Derting cooked up did not overshadowed the suspense part of the story and that made me really happy.
The Body Finder is one heck of a mystery ride. Do you like catching serial killers? Then, you’ll definitely love this book.(less)