“Amarra used to read books about battles. Great heroic battles. Swords and shields and knights and honor. Battles like that don't happen anymore, yet...more“Amarra used to read books about battles. Great heroic battles. Swords and shields and knights and honor. Battles like that don't happen anymore, yet I feel like I am caught in one. Once I may have hoped to fight for my life with all those things: swords and shields and knights and honor. But I don't have a sword. My shield is broken. I don't know what is and isn't honorable anymore. And now I've sent my knight away.”
I was wary about reading this book when I first saw it. It didn’t seem like something I would enjoy considering the plot wasn’t like the ones I’m accustomed to reading. And yet, surprise, surprise! I was an emotional wreck after reading The Lost Girl. Never thought I’d find myself clinging to a paranormal story this much!
While I have read stories where characters have the ability to jump their souls from one body to another, it was uncommon to find one such as The Lost Girl, where clones are weaved to replace their dead human counterparts. These clones are called Echoes.
Eva didn’t strike me as an astonishing character at first. I didn’t see anything special about her, not until much later when she came to replace Amarra. I think that was one of the hardest lives I had to read through emotionally. It’s not enough that teens have to struggle to fit in anywhere, but being and Echo too… well, that was just heartbreaking.
For that, I believe it is no question why I love Sean, and why I hate Ray. Ray’s grief for Amarra does not give justice to the way he treated Eva. Sean, on the other hand, proved to be a man worthy of Eva. The kind of sacrifice he would make just for her to have a life… even if it involved having to cut himself out of it. True love, I should say.
Reading The Lost Girl made me realize, with the rapid development of today’s vast technological creations, it’s not hard to imagine the possibility of human cloning to exist. It may be far, far into the future but not impossible, yes? So what would life be like if this did happen? How would we react if this happened to be the world we live in now? How would we treat our clones? Would we disregard life much like Ray and his group of friends did over an Echo without further understanding of them and simply rely on hearsay just because it’s far from the norm? Or would we be those few who would see these beings’ lives to be just as valuable as our own?
Normally, the kind of pacing and storyline this book has is something I would turn away from. But the Sangu Mandanna’s writing style is very lyrical and transfixing that it got me hooked since the first chapter. The Lost Girl is a well-woven tale that teaches readers how priceless lives are.
“But I couldn't get the image out of my head of the beast strapped to the table, Father humming while the candle wax slowly dripped, and Montgomery as...more“But I couldn't get the image out of my head of the beast strapped to the table, Father humming while the candle wax slowly dripped, and Montgomery assisting. I felt betrayed, as though the boy I'd idolized was nothing more than a fantasy.”
I never thought I would find myself picking up The Madman’s Daughter. Gothic thrillers aren’t the kind of books that catch my interest… until now.
The Madman’s Daughter was disturbing, grotesque and incredibly sinister for my taste. Can you believe I actually liked it? I know. It was a shock for me too. A crazy loon of a man, Dr. Moreau, Juliet’s father, makes for quite an impressive character. Even though he creeps the hell out of me, he was definitely a character worth pondering over. Witnessing his experiments, albeit disgusting and wrong, I didn’t know whether to be concerned or intrigued.
While Juliet poses as a compelling protagonist, I find things I both like and hate about her. I feel such sympathy over her longing for a father, who has abandoned her all those years. I’m a daddy’s girl so that’s heartbreaking to hear. I admire her determination to discover the truth behind her family’s downfall and I knew her discovery would either make her finally trust his judgment or get her to stand up for herself against him.
I don’t really appreciate the love triangle between Juliet, Edward and Montgomery. I’m all for Montgomery on this. Really, it’s no competition! I don’t like that Juliet is dancing around these two guys. She says she’s in love with Montgomery and yet she gets twisted dreams all because she has the hots for Edward too. Here’s another heroine that I feel doesn’t deserve the man in their lives. If she truly loves him then she would not be thinking of the other guy otherwise. But who am I kidding, she’s a hormonal teenager, it was bound to happen. Still, it’s frustrating to read!
The Madman’s Daughter left me feeling so weird-ed out over the bewildering experience. But that kind of unique perplexity in a book – I like it!
“Well, the good guys really weren't typical. They really weren't the good guys at all, but if I discovered anything, there was no such thing as white...more“Well, the good guys really weren't typical. They really weren't the good guys at all, but if I discovered anything, there was no such thing as white and black. There was a lot of gray in the middle.”
When Jennifer L. Armentrout said that Obsession would change the way we’d look at the Luxen and the Arum, she wasn’t kidding!
Meeting Hunter, an Arum, had definitely changed the way I look at these alien life forms inhabiting earth. Yes, Hunter admits he’s a killer but the kind of affection he has developed for Serena gives the impression that he’s more than just a bad guy. I’m sounding like one of those naïve women who long to change the bad boy image of the men in their lives, but as much as it sounds so pathetic, Hunter is [fictional] proof.
It also made me realize that not all the Luxen are like Daemon and his group. There are those that are just as lethal and wicked as any Arum. And there are Arum that can be as good-natured as Daemon and his group, who want nothing more than to live as normal a life as possible.
It was a little hard for me to appreciate Serena and Hunter’s relationship. They sound so much like Daemon and Katy when they first started out that it doesn’t have the same spark of amusement that I once felt towards Daemon and Katy. Although I got to admit, Serena and Hunter had quite an intense bond… Ahem! If you catch my drift! Let’s just say this is definitely not g-rated. But at least it didn’t border over ridiculous, there is so much passion and warmth within.
It feels like these two races are just being pitted at each other. By whom, I have yet to figure out. I wonder if whatever happened here in Obsession would be some relevance to what would happen in Origin, especially since Daemon made a teeny-tiny cameo near the ending. Will we be seeing two rivaling races suddenly join forces for the greater good? Or will this be an endless battle over a war that has raged for generations that should have died down along with their ancestors?
As hard as Katy denies it, she has developed deep feelings for Daemon. It’s not helping that he’s trying to win her over, and make amends for treating...moreAs hard as Katy denies it, she has developed deep feelings for Daemon. It’s not helping that he’s trying to win her over, and make amends for treating her badly before. But it seems that there are other things they need to worry about.
The Department of Defense is lurking around town, and once they find out about what Katy can do – she’s in for a lot of trouble, worse even for Daemon.
And yet, it’s not enough that Katy is juggling her feelings for Daemon, and being careful not to be discovered by the DoD, they suddenly learn of something even deeper. Something that sparked hope – but it might leave Daemon devastated all in the end...
Before anything else, let me just say... I WANT THE DAMN COOKIE, DAEMON! Gimme! *drools* LOL
Wow! Daemon and Katy’s relationship just got hotter with each book. That cookie moment is still stuck in my head up until now. Damn! Can this guy get any hotter? I mean seriously? *fans self*
I loved Daemon in Obisidian, even though he was a douche most of the time, but I love him even more with Onyx. I am so happy to see that side of him. It’s almost as if he’s courting Katy, [I am a Filipina so yeah, courtship is a big deal for me] which makes him seem like such a gentleman, and makes all the more attractive. Yummy! What? He is!
This book was such a great read. The one thing that bothered me about this book was Katy’s mistrust and stubbornness. I feel like I’m sensing a pattern here with the 2nd instalment of books in a series. I felt it when I read Insurgent by Veronica Roth where Tris was all emo and annoying, then I had the same feeling with Saba in Rebel Heart by Moira Young. And now Katy goes about doing the same thing. What is it with these girls being so stubborn? I know they have their reasons but worse things could have been avoided if they would just listen.
I wasn’t expecting all the surprises I got while reading Onyx. I was expecting more from Daemon and Katy, of course, but the whole involvement of the Department of Defense, their spies, the Arum and that big reveal in the end – those just left me speechless. I always thought of the Lux series as more of a love story with the extraterrestrial twist than anything else. So yes, I relished every moment I was caught off guard and I just kept yearning for more.
I didn’t really think much of The Queen’s Army when I first read it. I thought it didn’t really make that much sense in the first place and I wondered...moreI didn’t really think much of The Queen’s Army when I first read it. I thought it didn’t really make that much sense in the first place and I wondered, considering how far it strayed from the actual story of Cinder, was this even necessary?
When I finally read Scarlet, book two of the Lunar Chronicles. *sigh* that was the only time I came to realize the relevance of The Queen’s Army to the entirety of this series.
The Queen’s Army is a very short story told in the eyes of Ze’ev. A young boy taken in to serve the Lunar Queen. He has been chosen, therefore he must oblige. Once Ze’ev steps into this world, he undergoes changes that are deemed necessary to improve his skills as a soldier, and is drilled to do what his master bids. Ze’ev is special. A soldier the queen sees fit to serve her and her purpose, the one she exactly needs to execute all her plans and once and for all be victorious...
Ze’ev!!! *fans self*
Even without having read Scarlet yet, I had my speculation that Ze’ev seemed like the kind of character that would play a strong part in all that has been going on with the Lunar Queen’s hunger for war and invasion.
In my opinion, I think it is best that you read The Queen’s Army before diving into Scarlet. Otherwise, it might feel a little irrelevant to have this short story. It may be a bit vague and at some point you might question its significance to Cinder’s life... but I guarantee – you’ll see it once you read Scarlet.
Shadows is a short story from the Lux series where we meet, Dawson Black. If you’ve read Obsidian, then you know that Daw...moreWarning: Spoilers all around!
Shadows is a short story from the Lux series where we meet, Dawson Black. If you’ve read Obsidian, then you know that Dawson was said to be dead, along with Bethany, the human girl Dawson fell in love with. The only thing revealed in Obsidian was that Dawson didn’t care about the rules and what the DOD says, his love for Bethany is worth all the sacrifices he has to make. But we don’t know the whole story, until now...
Is it just me or did this short story seem longer than expected? Is it because it doesn’t have that much Daemon pull and power? *giggles* Just saying his name makes me so giddy. *fanning self* Whoops! I’m sorry, I’ll behave. Promise. *sheepish smile*
So we finally get the chance to find out what really happened the night Dawson and Bethany disappeared. Their whole story wasn’t exactly as invigorating. It’s a normal tale about two teens, love at first sight, and the ever tragic ending. I’m telling you, without Daemon, things just seem a lot less interesting. *giggles again* What? Admit it, you feel it too!
Not that I’m saying this wasn’t enjoyable. It was, really. I’m glad I finally got to know Dawson. But what struck a chord was when Daemon and Dee found out about Dawson’s supposed death. My heart ached to see Daemon so devastated, told you! Daemon equals memorable moments. *sticks tongue out*
Anyway, I don’t have much to say. I’ve read Obsidian, Onyx and Opal, and now this. I read Shadows just to quench a bit of my thirst for Origin. Did it work? Not so much. I’m still dying to get my hands on Origin. Ha! Ha!
If you’ve read Enclave, surely at some point you got stuck wondering, what ever happened to Thimble, Stone and the rest of the College people? Did the...moreIf you’ve read Enclave, surely at some point you got stuck wondering, what ever happened to Thimble, Stone and the rest of the College people? Did they get slaughtered just like those from the Nassau enclave? How exactly did Deuce’s best friends feel about her getting exiled? Let’s get the other side of the story shall we?
WARNING: Contains spoilers.
There is unease amongst the enclave. Some feel that their leaders are being unjust, while some side with them and feel that their leaders are only doing what’s best for the enclave. When chaos finally breaks within, Stone is thrown into the combat, fighting for his life. But could a breeder fight like a hunter? Meanwhile Thimble, a simple builder, tries to be brave and takes care of the brats, trying to feed and comfort them amidst all the havoc. After the brutal battle, few are left to defend the enclave from the Freaks. College has fallen. Freaks feast on the dead. Thimble, Stone and Stone’s son miraculously escape. But without a hunter’s skills, how far can they go and how long will they survive?
Endurance is a short story where readers get to see what happened to the enclave after Deuce and Fade were exiled. In Enclave, readers see the story in Deuce’s eyes while here in Endurance, readers are shifted between Thimble and Stone in third person view.
It was sad to see College fall. It was heart-breaking to find the characters I’ve know from Enclave die for a cause that could’ve been solved in a more peaceful way if only both sides allowed it. And yet I felt a sense of pride over how Silk and the rest of what’s left of the hunters fought nobly until their last breath.
I was really pleased to find another point of view over this series. Deuce is a great character, but it’s always nice to find something new. I was glad to get to know Thimble and Stone myself than from Deuce’s eyes, surprised to find that they feel deeply for each other more than the enclave allowed them to. It’s sweet and all but there are times that I feel the narration over their feelings seem a bit redundant. I mean, I get it, I just wish they wouldn’t keep saying it over and over again, just express it already!
Endurance was a really enjoyable book for me because it showed me an even deeper side of Ann Aguirre’s Razorland world. Top Side isn’t the only vast place to discover. Down Below, there are still secrets yet to be exposed.
Kimmy Domingo is a b*tch. Everyone hates her. So when misfortune stroke and she got left by her fiancé days before their wedding, people thought she g...moreKimmy Domingo is a b*tch. Everyone hates her. So when misfortune stroke and she got left by her fiancé days before their wedding, people thought she got what she deserved. Humiliated by what happened, Kimmy packed her bags, quit her job, and hopped on the next flight off to the States, cutting off all communications from everyone in her life. After a year of going MIA, Kimmy is back in Manila, ready to claim her life back. But where to begin?...
Kimmy is not the typical heroine that I am used to. She was the villain in Mina V. Esguerra’s My Imaginary Ex, so I already had my mind set that she’s a mean person. I apologize for being judgemental, Kimmy. It’s difficult to empathize with a villain, but I’m really happy to see a different side of the character.
Anyway, I guess I can see why everyone hated her. She was a bully in high school, and she knew it. When it comes to her job, she’s determined to succeed, even if it means stepping over people to get there. Although I find it an unappealing trait, I can’t deny there is confidence within Kimmy that not everyone possesses. She knows what she wants, and she rocks at what she does. I may not entirely like her, but with this book, Kimmy has earned my respect.
While Mina Esguerra’s other novels are more on the romance side, Love Your Frenemies focuses more on the relationship between friends. Of course this book isn’t short on a love story and other issues, but I was really surprised about the story of how far a person would go to show how much he/she values a friend.
There are many forms of friendship. Not all last as long as you’d hope. Sometimes even those that you think are the worst kind of friends turn out to be the ones you can truly depend on. This book proves that you really never know who your true friends are until you find them holding on to you in the deepest, most crucial part of your life, willing to lend a helping hand and keeping you afloat.
I didn’t really know what Aftermath is about when I first saw it. I just grabbed it off and read it immediately only knowing this was taking place aft...moreI didn’t really know what Aftermath is about when I first saw it. I just grabbed it off and read it immediately only knowing this was taking place after the events of Bloodrose.
What we thought was the end of a waging war after a brutal fight between the Searches (along with Calla and company), and the Keepers (also known as the bad guys) wasn’t all that it seems. Although they have put an end to the Keepers’ reign, it didn’t put an end to all things evil. And Adne is just about to find out what’s to come...
WARNING: What I’m about to say is utterly a huge, huge spoiler if you know what I’m talking about. I’ll try to be as vague as possible. For those who have read this series and have been left feeling a little cheated over the idea of what happened in the end of Bloodrose... well you are in for quite a surprise. And boy is it shocking! I was completely taken aback by it that I gasped loudly over the ending.
Since this ebook is only a couple of pages long, there really isn’t much to say; therefore I leave you with a very interesting question at hand... Do we dare hope that this is an opening for a sequel/spin-off to the Nightshade/Witches War series? Let’s all wait and see.
Fairy Tale Fail introduces readers to Ellie. A girl in her twenties who believes life is like a fairy tale, and she falls in love with the idea of a h...moreFairy Tale Fail introduces readers to Ellie. A girl in her twenties who believes life is like a fairy tale, and she falls in love with the idea of a happily ever after – oh girl, are you in for a huge reality check!
Fairy Tale Fail kind of reminds me of the movie, Legally Blonde. You know, the movie where this blonde girl gets dumped by her boyfriend, and she goes into law school where the guy is at and tries to prove herself so that he’d take her back. But in the end the guy’s a douche and she realizes she doesn’t want the guy anymore – something like that.
I think (and correct me if I’m wrong) that this book is the shortest one I’ve read from Mina Esguerra. I guess that’s one reason I find myself speechless over reading this book – uh, dumbstruck (?) might be more appropriate (since I’m typing all this). It doesn’t have the kind of foundation or character development like the other books have.
Ellie is a good character, but she’s not as memorable as the rest of the protagonists from the author’s other books. Same goes with the leading man, Lucas is okay. But I didn’t get to know him that much so I can’t really say I like him. But if I had to choose between him and Don, I’d say Lucas all the way. I’ve been with someone like Don, and I hated the way I was told I’m not ready for this and that because I’m not “dedicated” enough to the job at hand. Dude, seriously, lay off! Been there, done that! Trust me, they always think they know better on how you should live your life.
What stood out for me while reading this is the way Ellie portrayed a strong kind of woman. She never really needed to change in the first place just so she could find true love. I think that’s one important matter that women should come to realize.
So yeah, it was good, just too short. But I say, “Yay!” to women empowerment. :)
Celaena is now living in her own home, along with Sam, away from the Assassin’s Keep and Arobynn Hamel. However, not being able to leave in good terms...moreCelaena is now living in her own home, along with Sam, away from the Assassin’s Keep and Arobynn Hamel. However, not being able to leave in good terms with their old master, Celaena and Sam are struggling to get food on the table and their money is diminishing each day. They haven’t gotten a single contract ever since they left the Keep. Even though they have already bought their freedom, they are not free of Arobynn’s reigns unless they leave Rifthold. Anxious to be free from this man, Sam gets hold of a contract that could finally get him and Celaena away from all this, but this contract is dangerous; way more dangerous than they can ever imagine. But as the saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures...
The Assassin and the Empire, the last of the Throne of Glass novellas, is probably the most emotional and most heartbreaking book among the four.
I loved Celaena’s moments with Sam and that finally they were free of Arobynn but at the same time, I was annoyed with Celaena. She got so used to living luxuriously in the Keep that even though they’re struggling for food, she goes about buying expensive products, clothes and everything. Another thing that annoyed me about her was the fact that she couldn’t let go of Rifthold. She knows as long as Arobynn is the leader of the Assassins in the area, she can never be truly free of his hold. The way I see it, she only has one option and one option alone: Just kill the son of a bitch! Okay, so maybe not the sanest solution but, you know *shrug* it was worth a shot...
Anyway, Sam suggested they moved away from Rifthold (even though I think my idea was better), not a town away but a whole ocean away from Arobynn. But since they can’t escape Arobynn that easily, they need to pay a parting fee first or they’ll be hunted down by other assassins. Seeming to have no other choice, it had to be done. Luckily, they got a hold of a contract that can get them out. And here is where the pieces of the puzzle come into place.
If you’ve read the synopsis of Throne of Glass, it takes place after Celaena served a year in the salt mines of Endovier which is actually the ending of this novella. Before I read the Assassin and the Empire, I always wondered, how exactly did Celaena end up there? I mean she was such a tough chick in the first three novellas so it was hard for me to imagine her getting caught up in that kind of situation. Now knowing how it all happened, I couldn’t help but have mixed feelings towards her. If she hadn’t been such the stubborn, spoiled girl that she was, this wouldn’t have happened. Sadly, even though Arobynn had mistreated Celaena, she still held on some faith and loyalty to the man; a noble devotion to a fault. And knowing what happened to Sam... *sniff* okay, just let me get a hold of myself for a minute here... *sob*... Oh, dear Sam. That was probably the most emotional part of this book; I haven’t cried that much over a fictional character since the Iron Queen (by Julie Kagawa).
Still, I admire Celaena for her strength and willpower. This event seemed to be a wakeup call for her to realize how her impulsiveness and stuck-up persona got her in a lot of mess and when the time comes for her to rise again; she’ll be more vigilant and wiser when it comes to taking matters in her own hands.
I can’t wait to see how Celaena would bounce back and find out who betrayed her. From all this, you have to think, you shouldn’t mess with a girl like Celaena Sardothien. I’m really looking forward to Throne of Glass!
Although I read Non-Fiction Humor books once in a while, I seldom read Memoirs, but since I love Ellen DeGeneres I couldn’t help but read Seriously......moreAlthough I read Non-Fiction Humor books once in a while, I seldom read Memoirs, but since I love Ellen DeGeneres I couldn’t help but read Seriously... I’m Kidding.
Seriously... I’m Kidding is a great book to read if you need a break from heavy, dark-themed books or if you want to just simply read something different for a change. Most likely, it’s a good book to read if you need some way to lighten up your mood.
I love watching Ellen’s show because it always helps me release some stress, and I’m glad that I was able to feel the same kind of tension relief from reading this book. Not only does it make readers laugh but it also helps bring out a positive energy in you, and more importantly, it helps readers learn something significant about our everyday lives.
With all the kidding aside, once you read Ellen’s advices, they really are worth remembering. You can learn a thing or two on making your life more pleasant and happy. It makes you think back on what brings you to a fit of strain and find a way around it...think positive vibes as you may call it.
I really love that Ellen makes it a point to remind people to always be kind to one another. It’s great that someone influential makes the effort of breaking people from their negativity and help them become better people even with just a few words.
Iron’s Prophecy, once more, takes readers to the world of Meghan Chase. She is now queen of the Iron Realm, and by her side is the ever gorgeous forme...moreIron’s Prophecy, once more, takes readers to the world of Meghan Chase. She is now queen of the Iron Realm, and by her side is the ever gorgeous former prince of Winter, her knight and husband, Ash. It seems life is as it should be for Meghan Chase. Suddenly, at the night of Elysium, the Oracle appears before the crowd of Fae while they celebrate, and she says she has a very important message to the Iron Queen. Something about the one she’s carrying...
I got really excited over this novella. I mean, c’mon! Kierran’s going to make his debut... well, sort of. And I could never get enough of Ash. Not to mention Puck and Grim are making their appearances again. Everyone’s come back together for one last hurrah! I’m a little sad about knowing this is their last appearance though but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
I didn’t expect the side of Ash that I found here. He really has changed quite a lot – and when I say a lot, I really mean, A LOT! He seems very sweet and affectionate now than the previous books, a little to cheesy for my taste sometimes but with Ash and Meghan; it’s about time they got to the disgustingly mushy couple atmosphere! If you’ve been a fan of the series, you probably know why. If not, well let’s just say Ash has been the brooding, lock-up-all-your-emotions type of guy. And this is probably the only time he got that sweet with words over the entire span of the book.
Iron’s Prophecy isn’t as adventurous as the other novellas. But I’d say this book still gave me closure over what’s happening in all the characters’ lives after the events that occurred in the Iron Queen and the Iron Knight. Although Meghan, Ash, Puck and Grim’s journey has come to an end, we’re about to see a new adventure unveil through Ethan and Kierran... and I can’t wait to see how the Oracle’s vision would come to.