Second book in a row but I liked it better than Spin; it too has a mafia theme injected in the story. The romance was a bit abrupt but really tolerabl...moreSecond book in a row but I liked it better than Spin; it too has a mafia theme injected in the story. The romance was a bit abrupt but really tolerable. It also didn’t hurt that these type are my guilty pleasure (when the couple are quite contrast of each other). Gia, the female lead was an almost nun so you got some pure, innocent vibe to her (although I’m quite shocked that she could cuss so casually given she spent years in the covenant. Yep, holy moly indeed). And the guy, Dante, has this anti-hero/bad boy feel to him. And while the concept of their characters was interesting, the actual persona didn’t match up the mold they were put into. But it still has room for improvement and that I look forward to. It was ok. (less)
Breathe, the first book from the Sea Breeze series was also my first Abbi Glines’s book. In that story, I was heavily invested with one of her charact...moreBreathe, the first book from the Sea Breeze series was also my first Abbi Glines’s book. In that story, I was heavily invested with one of her characters, that’s Marcus Hardy. Oh man, I want him for Sadie even though he was up against a rock star. I still didn’t mind the competition. Because in my opinion, he has more substance than Jax. I should be flailing and jumping like I just won the lottery when I found out that he has a book of his own. He’s not sharing the limelight with Jax anymore. Yet it took me three years to pick it up and read it. There was apprehension at the beginning, and after reading it I finally found out why.
In Because of Low, Marcus’s dad was leaving the family to pursue his relationship with a woman who is only older than him by few years. This didn’t sit well with her mother and he needed to be there for her and his younger sister. Upon his arrival he met Cage’s unofficial fiancée, Willow or Low. He was immediately captivated by her. Her resilience in life and personality got him totally interested in her; despite her vague relationship with Cage. But it looked like she was also returning his feelings but when Marcus found out her connection to the woman that led to his family falling apart; this made things ugly between them.
I don’t know why but I like him in Breathe than I did here in Because of Low. There was something more solid in his character the way Sadie described him that led me to favoring him over Jax. But in this case he fell in the same stereotype in all Abbi Glines’s male characters. Even though I didn’t read this series until now, I’ve read a few books from author that I can easily draw the parallels. Nevertheless, the little things that I like about him were still there although eroded by other stuff, significantly the romance.
I liked Low. She was fine. I understand why she kept coming back to Cage. I think it was the only stable relationship she has. And despite Cage’s man-whoring ways, he was sincere on his affection to her (although he could be creepy sometimes). In which led me to thinking that I didn’t like her and Marcus as a couple. I’m not rooting Sadie anymore. The ship had sailed long time ago. But I just don’t see them. Like nothing in their relationship that was solid and evident, well, aside from their obvious attraction. And that made it so shallow to me.
I think I’ll continue the series without too many expectations. These types are fast reads for me so I’ll read the rest for my curiosity's sake. I think the next book is about Cage. Who is the lady who will tame this guy down? I’ll read the next book to find out (besides I already have the rest of the books from the series so I might as well).
The whole thing being orchestrated by him, and then the conflict which was easily resolved, to be quite honest wasn’t really necessary. It only dragge...moreThe whole thing being orchestrated by him, and then the conflict which was easily resolved, to be quite honest wasn’t really necessary. It only dragged down what could be a decent ending. But you got an HEA, so I forgave you book. (less)
I desperately wanted to meet mini-Daniel. But nope, didn’t happen. It was fun read though. I knew Daniel has it. I just knew. And this was the proof.
F...moreI desperately wanted to meet mini-Daniel. But nope, didn’t happen. It was fun read though. I knew Daniel has it. I just knew. And this was the proof.
Finding Cinderella was short, fast-paced and unexpectedly sweet novella by Colleen Hoover. Since many people had beaten me on to reading this novella that I knew the little secret that Six was hiding from him. And let me tell you that I’m really, really curious on Daniel’s reaction once he found out.
And when he found out? He did what I expected him to be—he’d gone ballistic about it. But before I continue, let’s go back from the very beginning. So it happened in a maintenance closet, not paradise surely but for Daniel it was almost like it because there he met his Cinderella. The Cinderella who hated everyone; who was judge because of her relationship with guys. A girl who wanted to be loved so they decided to pretend they were in love. In a span of 45 minutes both of them experienced how it was to fall in love and make love with that person. Who knew that it will lead into something, or precisely someone?
So that someone, I was waiting for him to makes his debut and I was really waiting patiently in the sideline but as I said earlier, I didn’t get the chance. So it deflated my overly excited heart because I love to know how it’ll be for them when he was part of their relationship. Although I do get her reason why she made that decision. Was it unfair for Daniel? I think so. I think…yes. A solid yes. I understand his reaction after learning about it. I kind of get why he was furious, she wasn’t actively wanted to know who he was. But then again she was in a position where she needed to decide what’s best.
So her decision was for the best. The little letdown for me is the pace, but granted it was only a novella so I kinda know why the rush, although I still feel it that would be better if I get to see how their relationship develops in a steady pace. But just like other Colleen Hoover books, it has tons of hearts despite the length. Daniel was indeed an interesting the character and not just the de facto best friend whose purpose is just to be this male lead’s friend. Once the spotlight was on him, he has a story to tell. And a very interesting story it was.
For some reason, the story reminded me of these post-Twilight books. It was…nostalgic and strangely refreshing. There’s something about these books th...moreFor some reason, the story reminded me of these post-Twilight books. It was…nostalgic and strangely refreshing. There’s something about these books that is so easy for me to read, not that they are shallow or anything like that. I mean that in very positive way. They are remarkably entertaining for me. I liked Bree Despain’s The Dark Divine series though not so much with the ending; but overall I really liked it. So it was unquestionable that I automatically added The Shadow Prince (it was Into the Dark before, title changed I supposed), her brand new series to my TBR. And luckily I got an advance copy so yeah, I’m lucky, well, because I ended up liking it.
Haden Lord’s new mission is to bring this girl, Daphne Raines who was prophesied to be the Cypher, the key to finding the Key of Hades. Fortunately, Haden found her immediately but getting her to trust him wouldn’t be that easy. Daphne on the other hand, moved to a new place when her father was granted him custody. She is now enrolled in this prestigious school, Olympus Hills High. There he met Haden, who is one time mysteriously materialized out of nowhere when she was singing alone. She thought there something off with me. And once during their class, a heated debate happened between them. He seemed to be defensive about Hades, like he knows something about him that they don’t know, not even in the books.
Haden reminded me little bit of Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender; with his mission of reclaiming his honor as well as his mommy issues. He certainly has similarities to the Fire Nation’s prince. His back-story was definitely interesting, too. It showed how the system in the underworld had changed after Hades’ death. And I really liked that twist that was injected in the story.
Like I said earlier, the momentum sort of resembled those books early post-Twilight years, where the girl meet the mysterious boy. Then girl noticed something different with the guy. Some online researching. Online research will tell her hints that he is indeed otherworldly. Guy will come out clean, tell the girl what he really is and the girl will believe him. But I’m going to stop right there, because I’m relieved to tell you that what they’re doing is more than just the two of them. It’s not just them against the world kind of drama. The prophecy is bigger than what the two of them represents and I really liked that.
The romance was restrained. It was still in the developing stages when it ended. Daphne was at first very distanced to Haden, which I think was an honest to goodness reaction (given how creepy he was at the start). The romance for me moved along with the plot without occupying too much space, dominating the story. So no, at the end of the first book they were not declaring forever. There were far more important things that they need to face and that’s what I liked most about it. It was truly entertaining.
Sorry, for me this book isn’t sweet. It was full of angst, impulsive decisions and eventually regrets that made me so frustrated. The romance left a l...moreSorry, for me this book isn’t sweet. It was full of angst, impulsive decisions and eventually regrets that made me so frustrated. The romance left a lot to be desired. I really thought I would like it because the beginning had this whole Slammed by Colleen Hoover vibe going on. But I hoped too quickly. But I really liked Ms. Lauren, her story sounded interesting. (less)
I don’t know why but I kept on slipping in and out of the story (took me days to finish reading). Mal and Colt’s story is meh compare to Reed/Juliet’s...moreI don’t know why but I kept on slipping in and out of the story (took me days to finish reading). Mal and Colt’s story is meh compare to Reed/Juliet’s. Shame, really, such a shame. (less)
I have a problem with overly hyped and massively marketed books: they tend to inflate my expectations by several folds. It throws me off my game. You...moreI have a problem with overly hyped and massively marketed books: they tend to inflate my expectations by several folds. It throws me off my game. You expected it to be good—like very good but not flawless. But once you found out those flaws, you unconsciously and unintentionally break it down under close scrutiny. I guess it’s unfair to treat it that way but that’s how I felt when I read The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.
I really wanted to like this book; my sister seemed to love it. And as I always say, I value her opinion. This time we are standing in two opposite platforms. I don’t hate it but I don’t like it either. The story was hard for me to navigate. The pace was unimaginably slow for me. The groundwork took long enough and by the time it was truly interesting I’m not that eager to know anymore (eagerness flew right out of the window). I’m kinda impatient type of reader but that being said I don’t mind slow progression. There were books I read before that has the same pacing and I ended up loving it (like Sempre by J.M. Darhower). But this time, it was inexcusable to me which again I think had something to do with how people view this book with utmost praises, you wanted it to be almost perfect so when you notice small lags it becomes a big deal.
The writing style for me is full of layers, a lot of undertones. I liked that but the story here have so many layers. Ordinarily, you just need to peel off the first one and you’ll see what really it is when you unearth the second layer. This time the story for me has more than just two layers, like you have to dig deep down to understand the picture. Like you think that what the characters were doing was pretty much mundane but you’ll be surprised that at the center of the scene, something quite big has happened. You need to focus on the details. It is where pieces of information were placed.
I think the way it was written was clever although personally it work s against me. I liked how the characters biggest assets can be noticed throughout the story as opposed to highlighting it in one explosive scene. Like Kestrel, she was peg to be this smart lady—a tactician and that will expect you to see her all clever and stuff. And you’re waiting for the obvious but that’s not how it happened. Her strategies and calculations were disguised and you will only notice it when you read the result (see it was all in the details). And then there’s Arin, I knew he wasn’t just a simple guy. A boy she bought as a slave. The hints were obvious but in some way he still didn’t come as predictable. I know that sounded like a compliment and in some ways it is, I think, but that’s actually my problem. They were so precise, like unbelievably crafted that it fell contrived for me.
This one of those rare cases when the positive merits are what made the book a little lackluster. And then the actual faults became so much more than what it should normally are. It’s like a double whammy for me but still, I enjoyed it just fine. Although admittedly, I was bored and confused but I’m going to take the responsibility. I laud the way the story was written, really, it was…creative. Does it deserve the praises? I honestly think so but it just wasn’t for me.
Aren’t you an entertaining little number? I think my faith with Jennifer L. Armentrout YA books has been restored. White Hot Kiss was downright engagi...moreAren’t you an entertaining little number? I think my faith with Jennifer L. Armentrout YA books has been restored. White Hot Kiss was downright engaging read. I actually liked what I read, didn’t mind that somehow and in some ways Roth reminded me of Deamon (from the Lux series) with his smart comebacks and his overflowing confidence. I just liked everything I read in there, and yes, I admit book, you already had me with ‘gargoyles.’
According to Layla, her situation kinda resembled that of a mule—because she’s half demon and half gargoyle. She endured the teasing from people for being who she is. But then she met Roth, a demon who not only is gorgeous but also know a thing or two about her other half. It looks that demon side of her is not just an ordinary demon. Her mother is a powerful one and as her daughter she was informed that she is part of hell’s most wanted list.
Everything that Ms. Armentrout put in there worked. I really enjoyed my time reading this book. Ok, so maybe I wasn’t totally gushing about it but it’s been some time since I was totally focused on what I’m reading. So that’s worth the highlight. I totally didn’t expect to get this kind of excitement from this novel. Not I’m belittling it at first but I think I’ve read enough YA paranormal /fantasy book s that I already had my fair share of ups and downs with these kinds of stories, and sometimes it wasn't worth the bumpy ride. So it amazes me that I found this book a stunning read.
Layla was good character for me. She has a decent amount of naivety, angst and sarcasm to make up for her personality. And while there were times that I am face-palming because of her actions, she was still all good for me. Zayne, the other guy in this subtle love triangle, is the obligatory nice boy with a bit of a brother complex. I liked him though and it surprises me that the idea of them together wasn’t really that bad, but there’s a problem with that angle and the name is Roth. I know, this guy had me with the smirk and the full lips and the hot body that goes with him but can you blame the girl? There’s a lot of “hot & dark” stuff going on with this guy. I don’t know why but hell’s crown prince is not bad. Not bad at all.
This one has the goods to back up the interesting premise. I thought it would be predictable but it wasn’t the case for me. Every detail and every disclosure regarding Layla’s history and her parentage thoroughly surprises me. Plus, the later parts got me so hooked. So yes, I really, really like this one. I’m so looking forward for more. Now I’m ready to read Bitter Sweet Love (because I need to read the first novel in the series before reading the prequel. I’m weird that way.)
This kind of revenge plot when they turned this nerdy girl into beautiful bombshell and break the heart of the heartbreaker sounds cliché and supposed...moreThis kind of revenge plot when they turned this nerdy girl into beautiful bombshell and break the heart of the heartbreaker sounds cliché and supposedly—funny (similar to John Tucker Must Die). Well in my case it should be like that. And that is why I’m so surprised that it took a different approach of this tried and tested plot into something more dramatic and angsty. Gonna give it props though for going into a different direction but somehow it didn’t work for me. I would have liked it if it was done smoothly, but it was all over the place to me. The problems of the two leads clashed, making the romance part contrived and unbelievable.
I’m so frustrated with you lady! Make up your dang mind or just…think. You know, if a guy keep ditching you to some anonymous gig, be suspicious. Don’...moreI’m so frustrated with you lady! Make up your dang mind or just…think. You know, if a guy keep ditching you to some anonymous gig, be suspicious. Don’t let him treat you like a rug, you deserve better than that. Ugh, I’m so frustrated, poor Jax. I feel you man.
No, you didn’t? But it did. I can’t believe that it pulled the Chase stunt (Chase from Molly McAdam’s Taking Chances/Stealing Harper). Oh man, I can h...moreNo, you didn’t? But it did. I can’t believe that it pulled the Chase stunt (Chase from Molly McAdam’s Taking Chances/Stealing Harper). Oh man, I can hear the wailing of his fans by this very bad (and completely sad) move. I was neither fan of the two boys and couldn’t care less who she picks. But I’m really curious to know though, so that’s the reason why I read it. I already read the two so might as well read the last book. I didn’t anticipate that but in retrospect, it was the only thing that made the finale memorable to me. It was ok with me, I’m not boiling mad but I wasn’t entirely nonchalant. The thing is that it was spontaneous, like it didn’t know how to solve the love triangle and therefore chosen a copout. Not that I really mind but I now knew why some didn’t like it. Oh poor Ash. (less)