Hmm...this review will be awkward since I felt a total indifference towards this book.
Eh, I wasn't that entertained as I first thought I would.
Sure, it's a nice book. I laughed, I felt sad, I blushed whenever Noah does his Noah thing. It has some serious, meaningful messages. It's crude, realistic - I could totally understand where Noah and Echo had come from. Of course, at first I was uncomfortable by how much Noah pays attention to Echo's butt and cleavage but he is just a high school student after all. Furthermore, Noah does prove himself to be more than this hot stoner guy throughout the course of the story.
I adore the slow building of Noah and Echo's relationship. I thought it was cute and believable. But halfway into the book, I felt like this tug war between Noah and Echo and also the family drama llama goes on and on and on and on...
...and on and on and on - you get the idea.
And I failed to empathize anymore.
Sure, they are teenagers and teenagers makes bad decisions. The adults in this book didn't do any better either. That's why I thought this book was nice but I think I sort of grew tired with it along the way.
I also thought the dialogues are natural (even though I never been to a high school in the US so who am I to comment on that LOL!). The characters including the secondary ones also felt like real people. The ending has this amazing sense of closure to it.
Meh, I don't know. I was looking for a teary read so I must say I'm disappointed that Pushing the Limits didn't deliver it. Not the book fault probably, but there you have it, 3-stars from me.
**An ARC was provided by Harlequin UK in exchange for an honest review.(less)
"Byssian music played - brass and nickel instruments, large drums, and twanging strings. It made me think of sunsets and yellow eyes and deep growls i...more"Byssian music played - brass and nickel instruments, large drums, and twanging strings. It made me think of sunsets and yellow eyes and deep growls in dark jungles."
Ah, such a cruel way to end a book. But Pantomine...PANTOMINE...gee, I'm at lost for words.
Nope, I'm not just throwing a random picture from the internet. This picture gave me the same effect as Pantomine did - it messes with my head in the most wonderful way I could ever imagine.
This is an art.
*Takes a deep breath*
I don't know. I really don't know where to begin. I mean, of course I was looking forward to read it but I had my worry as well. I was afraid it turned out like The Night Circus i.e. a book filled with extraordinary imaginary plus amazing prose but sadly, I couldn't connect with it.
Pantomine is both commercial and experimental. It's odd, bizarre, shocking, fearless, magical and real. It's a combination of all things that shouldn't be put together but somehow it works. I mean, Laura Lam, is this truly your debut book? Seriously? Hah, I don't buy it. It reads like the author has a dozen books to her name previously. She did not create a book, she had created a world.
And I'm so grateful that there's no map plastered at the beginning of the book. This is a fantasy book, alright, but not that fantasy, fantasy book, you see. (Blah, classic Zuleeza, can't even explaining herself right).
Seriously, just take my words. Pantomine is not that fantasy, fantasy. And despite the similarities to The Night Circus, Pantomine's circus is no The Night Circus' circus.
I think I might have just given myself a headache
Some might find the pacing to be a bit slow but I think it's just appropriate with the whole theme and the tone of the book. It's okay to take your time reading Pantomine because it's important to devour it, to imagine yourself in Micah's or Gene's position. To feel what they feel, to think of what sort of decision you would take if you were put in their spot. No books had such impact on me for a loooong time.
I'm positive that it's impossible to elaborate on the characters without giving anything away. Micah and Gene - WOW! I like how 'neutral' they sound. Drystan, the white clown - who would've thought a clown could be this charismatic! Overall, there isn't even one character I didn't like. I'm not even sure if there's anyone deserved to be called antagonist. Some characters made mistakes not by choice but because of the pressing circumstances or by accident. All the primary and secondary characters received just the right amount of character building and back-story. While I wish to know more about some of the other circus members, I wouldn't change anything about the way the characters were presented.
Scratch that! Actually, there's nothing I would like to change about this book. :)
But I have to mention this, about 15% through the book, a shocking secret would be revealed and at that point I thought 'Eh, isn't it too early to give away the big secret? I think this will kill my interest in this book soon.'
You know what? The big revelation didn't kill my interest even one bit. In fact, I felt more drawn into it afterwards. But as I said before, the book ends with a cliffhanger. There are still secrets yet to be revealed AND IT'S KILLING ME! :(
And it's decided that you have to pre-order this book ASAP! :D
**An ARC was provided by Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review(less)
Yes, guys! Renegade is THAT good. Did I anticipate it? A bit. It has a very gorgeous cover but I thought this is just another irrelevant 'girl with a pretty dress' cover. Heh. I was wrong. That cover is completely relevant to the story.
I didn't add Renegade to my TBR list until I saw Giselle and Keertana reviews. My expectation wasn't that high either because it's a dystopian book. And you do realize how hard it is to write a great, unique dystopian book these days, right? Tettttt!!! I was wrong again. J.A Sounders did the impossible; she wrote a great, unique dystopian book.
I was wrong.
I was wrong. I was wrong. I was wrong.
Fuhhh!!! Renegade is truly a spectacular little gem. I seriously can't hide my fangirlism. I was convinced to read it purely based on words of mouth and I hope this trend continues.
By all means, this book isn't perfect. I wouldn't go as far as saying Renegade is as good and as ground-breaking as The Hunger Games but it came pretty damn close. In fact, the best part of reading Renegade was to be swept away by Evelyn's journey for freedom and self-discovery. And by reading it, I can tell that not only the characters grow, the author showed a remarkable growth herself. J.A Souders made an exponential leap on her writing skill, world building, character development all within 369 pages of Renegade. And truthfully, I am scared plus excited to see what she can do next for its subsequent sequels. I believe they will be HUGE!
Renegade started a little shaky. Just at a few small parts of the story, the writing gets a bit stiff. I was a bit annoyed when Gavin kept gawking and drifting off at the initial stage of their escape. It's a bit unrealistic considering it was his life that was on the line. And for the first quarter of the book, I tried hard to stay content with a goody-two-shoes heroine. I had to keep telling myself, 'it's okay not to have a tough, kickass heroine for a dystopian book'.
Tettttt! I was wrong again.
You will not believe how drastic and how quick the story unfolds right under your nose (literally). Renegade was again, literally unputdownable! There was never a dull moment. And whenever I started to jot down something that was impractical or unrealistic, I had to cross that out because the author always came out with the answer or the explanation afterwards. Renegade gets darker towards the end and I like it! By the end of it, all I can say was 'as if this book was written for me'. It offers everything I ever wanted in a YA book. A heady mix of memory loss, mistaken identity, genetic manipulations and a genocidal dictator!
Again, by all means, I do not think that Renegade is perfect. But here's the thing; whenever the history, politics, or technology details of Elysium was mentioned, I knew I had to take a moment to connect everything up to that point to see if it's logical but it was impossible because I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! So, probably if I re-read it, I might find a flaw or two. As for now, I can convincingly say that Renegade may own the top spot of my best 2012 reads, just slightly above The Assassin's Curse and Slammed.
I think J.A Souders is very brave to tackle the subject of memory loss. It's easy to succumb to paradoxes when it comes to memory loss. When you read Renegade, don't worry if you end up as confused as I was and wonder why Evelyn can remember certain things and not the other things. J.A Souders has answers for that, so don't worry.
(view spoiler)[Even with the answers (Conditioning, programming etc), some of the things still bother me to be honest. For instance; - The perfume in Evelyn's room. Once she smelled it, she remembered that she'd been conditioned before. Did she never smell that fragrance before? If yes, then how Evelyn ended up being conditioned again once she regained her memory? Wouldn't she try to escape Elysium straight away?
- Wouldn't the citizen question why would the Daughter of the People have a memory loss problem? Or are they too scared to question Mother's order? As for Evelyn herself, wouldn't it never cross her mind that why she had been chosen if she has that kind of problem. I thought she believed that she was chosen because she has the perfect genetics. Technically, a person with a perfect genetics shouldn't have a memory loss problem unless it's due to injury or something. (hide spoiler)]
The romance developed just a bit too quick for my liking. Only a bit. After all, at the end, Evelyn and Gavin went through a lot together anyway. So, yes, at the end, it is totally justifiable.
[image error] That bi*ch! I'm really uncomfortable with cussing but I really hate Mother with a fiery rage. She is sadistic, cunning and 100% psychotic. I appreciate that little back-story of Mother. It really convinced me that she is indeed 100% psychotic.
(view spoiler)[Before I end this review, my one little criticism is that I hope there were more descriptions given as to how the citizen actually live their life. Are they really happy going to the festival every year? Are they okay with the occasional missing people? Or does the conditioning take away so much of themselves that they can't feel much anymore? (hide spoiler)]
To sum it up, Renegade came along as an early birthday present for me. I finished it yesterday and today is my birthday (yay!) Wouldn't it be perfect if someone would actually give Renegade hardback as my birthday present.
Yes J.A Souders, you heard him. I need MOAR!!!
Five brilliant stars!
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Another faerie book. Just what I need because I know I haven't read enough of good faer...moreYou can find this review plus character bio from this blog post
Another faerie book. Just what I need because I know I haven't read enough of good faerie books. :P
Firstly, can I just quickly comment on the blurb. "That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm.". A cute human boy? Well...on normal days, I would just forget about the book straight away if I came across the words 'a cute human boy'. I don't know...it sounds...shallow?
Anyway, to be honest it was really hard not to compare The Faerie Guardian to The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. Quoting my dear GR friend, Rebecca, indeed it could be The Iron Fey in reverse. Haha. But fret not, only the initial plot outline is similar to The Iron King and all the details are sufficiently different.
The first part of the book was really amazing in my perspective. I even thought that Violet is a better heroine than Meghan. I can connect with her in so many ways, her ambitious, over-achiever personality. In short, she is tough inside and out, practical, determined but she also has the right amount of badassery. If I were to pick my dream cast for Violet, I'd pick Lindsey Stirling. I know she's not an actress but I think she can capture that agility and liveliness in Violet. Plus, she has the right size. :P
Nate was introduced as this charming guy next door. Violet was assigned to kill a reptiscilla who I don't know...trying to kill Nate perhaps. But somehow, Nate can see Violet even with her glamour on and to make matter worse, he accidentally followed Violet to the fey realm. I think Nate handled himself really well in the fey realm. He reacted just the way I would imagine a high school guy would react. :) I particularly like this quote from him;
"Squeeze as hard as you need to,' he says. "But just you know, if there's any blood involved I'll probably pass out."
*Squeals* Come on! How often do you find guys that honest?'
(view spoiler)[But towards the end of Part 1, I think the relationship between Violet and Nate grew too fast, it was borderline insta-love. They survived the attack from a power hungry faerie, Zell, and voila, they make out in Nate's backyard (or was it front yard?) Moreover, just in a matter of minutes, Violet changed her mind from wanting to give Nate the potion to refusing to give him the potion AND agreeing to the idea of finding Nate's mom. All in one night. And this is Violet we're talking about here, Violet who once thought getting the top spot in her training as her mission in life.
In Part Two, Violet went on a quest to find Nate's mother. Unbelievably, she went to the extent of breaking more rules for Nate. Although there were still actions offered in Part Two, I liked it less than Part One. First, because of the reason I mentioned earlier, I still couldn't believe Violet would do such things. Second, the plot went very linear and one-dimensional. But I adore the history of the halflings. I think this is the redeeming quality of Part 2. :)
The momentum was plunging down even more with the start of Part 3. It's kind of expected as the book was indeed originally written as four separate novellas. I regain my fangirlsm at Violet a bit when she gave the goblin other option apart from death. The plot continues to plateau as Violet is back for the training. I may interject here that I like the spontaneity in the writing. For example, this line here;
"The fish bowl is an enormous orb that shimmers in the far corner of the training Center. It had another name once, but it's been called the Fish Bowl for so long that not even the mentors remember the original name."
I bet most of the authors would pick a fancy name for the Fish Bowl and mention that the name originated from a historical event or a legendary person etc. :P
The rest of Part 3 quickly picks up afterwards. More actions, more adventure, and most importantly, a big twist. Like, really, really big. You have to read it twice, thrice, fice (okay, that didn't work) just to make sure you read it correctly.
Part 4 makes up almost the second half of the book and this is where the story turns unexpectedly. It's really hard to describe it without giving anything away. Safe to say that from this point on, you wouldn't even remember that this book reminds you of The Iron King at the beginning. But for me, the characterizations weren't perfect. Ryn acted like a fairy version of Daemon Black from the Lux series. I find his reason to be mean to Violet as very immature and unreasonable and his character didn't improve significantly even after he gets to know Violet better in this part of the book.
The climax was...well, too planned, I guess? Violet and Ryn broke into Zell's underground prison and somehow Zell gladly told almost everything about the prison's secrets, the metal around the door is to prevent magic from outside...all the people in there have special abilities etc. Besides, the end was very loosely wrapped. There are still too many questions that were left unanswered, it kind of made this read a little less rewarding for me. The bonus chapters? Hmm...they weren't contributing much to the story either. Yea, we learn more about Ryn and Nate but as I said before, these chapters didn't really add much to the existing plotline. (hide spoiler)]
My favourite character is none other than Filigree. Not a single line was spoken by him but his dynamic personality easily won me over (keep in mind that I said 'dynamic :P)
To sum it up, if I read The Faerie Guardian a year ago, I wouldn't hesitate to give it five brilliant stars but as I've read many other fresh, imaginative YA reads this year, The Faerie Guardian falls a little short in making a lasting impression on me because it simply is not unique enough. But of course, it has all the ingredients to be a fun, quick, enjoyable read for all YA fans out there especially for those who like fairies. :) A solid four stars from me!
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Actual rating: 0.5 star (Well, it's slightly better than Ever)
Disclaimer: Lisbeth didn't exactly recom...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating: 0.5 star (Well, it's slightly better than Ever)
Disclaimer: Lisbeth didn't exactly recommend this book. I did this to myself after seeing her giving Fade 0 goddamn star. Haha.
The Lord has given me strength to stomach this book, so here is what I came up with:
When I first saw the book blurb '....She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father (heard that before)...unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him (yup, definitely about werewolves or shapeshifter, nothing new)...Norse prophesy-
Do you think what I think?
Yup, apparently I wanted to read this book because of Loki. Well, not entirely...because I wanted to see myself what's all the fuss about the horribleness of this book. LOL. I couldn't agree more with the other reviewers, but for the sake of entertainment, I shall review this with character interview style!
Me: *Clears throat* Hi Arionna! 'Nice' to have you here with us. So, let's get straight to business. During your mom funeral, you saw a wolf. And what did you feel at that moment?
Arionna: I wondered if he'd lost a loved one too. Do animals feel loss like us? Do they grieve, too? I hoped not.
Me: *Eye-twitch* So instead of running away from the scene and warning everyone else about the presence of the wolf, you wondered...did he (oh, you know its gender too)...ermm..lost a loved one too? How...considerate. Okay, moving on. When you first laid your eyes on Dace, you felt...
Arionna: Oh, I felt like I knew him. I felt...peaceful. As if looking at this beautiful boy washed away everything that happened since Mom died. I felt right in the way I never had before, not only unburdened and aware, but complete. Like gaping hole inside me had fillied with him. I think Dace felt the same way.
Me: *Snorts* I mean, sure! Your mom would feel so proud to see that you were moving on because...you met, ermm no, saw a random guy from a distance. And I believe Dace said he was not used to seeing beautiful girls standing on crumbling walls every day when he first met you?
Arionna: Yeah, he'd call me beautiful. *blushes*
Me: .......Uh, right. And then he held you gaze, an absolutely predatory gleam in his eyes. Nothing human reflected in that look, but something complete male did. His desire brushed across your thoughts like a caress. He wanted you, wanted to claim you. You was a virgin, but you wanted him to claim you?
Arionna: *Nods sheepishly* Me: Tell me, girl. Which part of the word 'rape' that you don't understand? Anywaaaaaaaaaay, how do you view yourself?
Arionna: I'm just a girl. Just a sad, messed up girl. Nothing special about me at all.
Me: *Blink blink* Uhuhjustanothermarysue.
Arionna: What did you say?
Me: Nothing. How did you meet Dace for the next time?
Arionna: Call it instinct or whatever, but I knew he'd snow sooner or later when I went jogging in that area. Around forty-five minutes later, he showed up.
Me: Ermm..so, you just waited randomly for a random guy for 45 minutes in a random area. And when he did show up, you didn't want to talk, you wasn't ready to face him. You felt like you might start crying if you opened your mouth. You didn't let him touch you and you were half afraid the scene from Thursday would repeat if he touched you. Hmm.
Me: Then, Dace said you two are probably soul mates? In your second meeting?
Arionna: Aha, yes.
Me: And then a few minutes later, you guys were kissing each other senseless? And you even hoped that he takes away your virginity against a tree?
Arionna: Yes. Whoaa...why you get so uptight?
Me: Me? Uptight? Eh, of course not. *wipes sweat on forehead* Okay, so you met a girl, a friend of Dace and what did she think about you and Dace?
Arionna: Chelle thinks maybe I'll be good for him.
Me: (Weird town, everybody thinks Arionna and Dace are soul mates. Really? How sweet!) And I also noticed you have a tendency to pass out or cry whenever you think the situation got better of you.
Arionna: Well, I couldn't help it.
Me: (Damsel in distress level 9000) Okay, tell me something. When Dace told you about what he really is, how did you feel?
Arionna: I thought I'm like him, I thought I'm not me.
Me: Instead of having a hard time believing Dace, you thought you're like him? You're just- Wow! I'm speechless. And you are really an incredible young woman, you know that, Miss Arionna? Because your heart felt like cracking open when you heard the death of Dani, the girl you barely knew.
Me: Yes, you're so incredible, Dace like to call you love? Like, I never heard of any of my friend's boyfriends calling their girlfriend love. The only person who uses that term of endearment is that lady from the post office. She even called me cupcake once. I wonder why Dace doesn't call you that. Huh.
Me: And suddenly halfway throughout the story, everybody isn't really a human? Yay! Now, we have a love child of Fallen and Shiver.
Arionna: Yup, that's the idea! And here's my favourite quote from the book, '...well, had the wolf not be so eager, I wasn't sure I'd still be a virgin.'
Arionna: And Dace replied 'telepathically' of course. 'Do you honesltly think I'd take your virginity on a picnic table?'
Me: What r u're doing?
Arionna: And I asked 'Why not?'
Arionna: It's better than the back of a car.
Me: STAHP! (And punches are flying)
Me: Okay, kids. I think we're done here. Kthxbai.
Did I care about the mythology? No. I was too distracted with the level of intelligence shown by the characters. But I think that's the only thing that worth the 0.5 star because everything else is just wrong on so many levels.
Bonus time: I think my tablet got so petrified with my decision to read this book despite all the warnings. I brought it on board during my Dolphin Explorer cruise, or Dolphin Fin Explorer cruise as I'd call it (I only saw the fin of the dolphin, that's why. But what do I expect with a $8 cruise! Pffttt), and somehow I accidentally left it (I think my tablet just got scared too much until it decided to be left). And my tablet did have valid reasons to be scared.(less)
It's been more than 48 hours since I finished with...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating: 0 star
What the .... did I just read.
It's been more than 48 hours since I finished with Ever, but I'm still contemplating what is the best way to write the review. One thing for sure, this is definitely the worst book I've ever read (worse than Fallen, who would've thought so!).
Urghhh...although I can write a very 'colourful' negative review, it doesn't mean that I like to write such review. More so now, when I myself directly involved in the creative process of publishing books as a beta reader. I hate it even more to write a negative review for a debut novel. But this, this is just intolerable.
Dear Curiosity Quills Press, I had a 'pleasure' of reading Wilde's Fire halfway and a pleasure of reading and occasionally skimming Fade and Ever. While I'm very grateful for your generosity for offering me to review those ARCs, here are a few things that I want you to take note because I do notice some 'unhealthy' patterns emerging in your books;
1. I think we had enough with Mary Sue heroines. It doesn't hurt to feature strong, independent female protagonists with more brain cells.
2. Stupid, and I mean stupid love triangle. Love triangle doesn't equal to 'it's okay for the girl to date/flirt/make out with two boys in such a short time frame.
3. Mysterious males with 'paranormal, mythical' true identity as the love interest.
4. Insta love/obsession/soul mate or whatever you feel like naming it.
5. Gross make out scenes EVERYWHERE in the book. I feel like stepping on land mines the whole time. I was just trying to get into the story and here we go again 'His lips covered mine' bullshit. Trust me, readers are not that stupid anymore to buy a book just to read the steamy, hot make out scenes because hey, there are a lot of post-Fifty Shades erotica books in the market! And trust me, the make out scenes in Fade and Ever are gross because the characters hardly know each other/they were best friends before! Real relationship needs development, people!
6. You are in dire need for unique, attractive book title. How do you know if that book title is not a good idea? Search that title on Goodreads and your book isn't among the top five hits.
7. On the plus side (hey, finally!) the cover for your books are quite decent. Keep up!
Okay, back to Ever. This is my pre-morning book (I like to wake up around 3-4 am to read. Pre-morning inspired by Sheldon Cooper's pre-evening definition because when I say early morning, people imagine 7-8 am), not my plane book, or my between classes book, or my 'I can't sleep so I'm reading' book. Which meant to say that this book had my full attention. I even read this during my stay in Port Agusta (such a lovely place!) which meant to say that I was in peaceful mood without any assignments plaguing my mind. And what did I get? An awful, awful experience. I even decided to get back to sleep because of the horror! And ended up having nightmares. And I had to try so hard not to let it ruin my mood the whole day for the sake of my travel buddies. True story bro.
Usually I do agree that reviews/ratings are subjective and whenever I hate a book, I would still recommend my other Goodreads friends to read that particular book just to know other people's point of view. But I don't dare to do that for Ever case because I don't want anyone else to undergo the emotional trauma that I had.
Okay, just to prove that I'm not exaggerating, I beg the author/the readers to read my summary of Ever. Granted, summarizing can take things out of context but I just don't care anymore at this point.
Frankie, Ever best friend had passed away for two years but strangely he (or his apparition) still lingers in Ever's house. Neither Ever nor Frankie know why Frankie's soul couldn't move on. Ever claimed Frankie is the first and the only guy she ever love in her lifetime. Ever's choice of best friend is interesting because Jessie changes boyfriend as often as I have to mow my damn lawn and she only wears pink. Not that I have a problem with that but wait until I describe Jessie's behaviour.
Ever (I don't know..complains? rants? mentions?) that she will never have an embarrassing make-out story-let alone sex because apparently she has given Frankie her heart all those years ago.
Enters Toby, the new guy on the block who moves into Frankie's old house. Ever's first thought '"Toby," I whispered. Yes. I liked the way that sounded, almost as much as I liked the way he looked. Wow."
Note that this quote came only a few pages after Ever said Frankie possessed her heart for years. Yawn.
(And I think Elenoar is a nice name. Why Ever thought it's an embarrassing name? Can someone bother to tell me why?)
That night, Ever went for a movie with Jessie. But she couldn't concentrate to the movie. Why you asked me? Because her attention, 'unfortunately' was on the hot guy next door! Even more imaginative than usual, her mind started making up all sorts of different things about him, and Ever found herself creating and playing out scenarios in my head about how the two of us would meet and what would come next.
Next page, Ever thought 'I didn't know why, but I found myself really wanting to touch him'
Toby came to approach her, asked her out, but she refused because she said she has a boyfriend.
Ever saw Frankie looked broken after her little conversation with Toby and she wondered why?
That night, Ever had a nightmare and she was calling Frankie's name. Of course, Frankie appeared on her bedroom but then he saw Ever was only in her underwear. "I watched his gaze slowly travel over me. He seemed captivated by my lack of clothing, and took his sweet time before meeting my gaze."
Oh, now the ghost is getting horny too.
The next morning, despite the rejection, Toby gave Ever her favourite flower, anemones. Of course Ever went nuts wondering 'How do he knows my favourite flower' and all that. Then, Ever thought 'only crazy person would allow herself to continue obsessing over someone long after he'd died. Sane people focus on things they actually can attain, like relationships with living people. Like Toby'
Note that this happened only the morning after Ever thought 'Was I imagining the heated look in his (Frankie's eyes because I wanted to see it there so badly?"
Back to Jessie, the first thing she asked regarding Ever's new neighbour was did Toby ask Ever out. Eheh. We could all use a friend like that, do we?
And here's Jessie's word of wisdom '...we are seventeen years old. We are supposed to be dating and having fun. Susan says - in one of the only bits of advice I'll even bother with - that we should be dating multiple guys at a time! Multiple."
Yay, and then we could all have multiple STDs. Hooray!
After numerous useless references to colour pink and legging, Ever encountered Toby again. And she wondered what brand of shampoo he used. Because Jessie with all her intelligence managed to set Ever on a 'date' with Toby in the name of 'showing him around', Ever stuck with Toby that very night. Toby even added that hopefully Ever's 'boyfriend'' won't mind.
A few blushes, tongue-tied moments with several thoughts back to Frankie, the date is over. The next morning, Ever was woken up by Frankie (Believe me, Frankie serves nothing except for Ever's personal alarm clock at this point) and Ever thought she wished she could hold Frankie and Frankie felt the same way too.
Moving on, someone knocked the door and Ever opened it. And it was Toby. What did Ever thought? 'I found myself blushing at the thought of what he might sleep in. Flannel pajama bottoms...boxers...nothing at all.'
Wow, Frankie just got totally friend-zoned by the horny Ever.
And oh, I forgot to mention that Toby came to invite Ever for their second date. At this point, I don't know what happened to the 'fake boyfriend' story anymore. Of course, Ever had her first kiss in only her second date. How romantic.
Next, Ever parents get all worked up by the fact that her seventeen years old daughter is dating a twenty-two years old guy. Hmm..I don't know. I thought this is normal? Except if that 22-years old guy is Ever's teacher?
After throwing a tantrum, Ever went back to her room to reply Jessie's 'OMG, EVER!' e-mail. Frankie appeared and asked where she'd been and she lied to Frankie. And I didn't understand why the lie is needed when Ever thought there's no hope between her and Frankie. Frankie sensed her lie and Ever got so defensive, it chased Frankie away. Of course, Frankie came back to comfort the crying Ever who at this very moment thought 'Frankie is her entire world'.
And I didn't really understand what happened next, between the pink toenails and Jessie's scream 'Toby!!! I won't let some guy ruins my vacation with my best friend!!!" And I thought Jessie was the one who set Ever up with Toby in the first place!
Next, Frankie was trying to talk Ever into not going out with Toby for 'a reason he couldn't tell' (of course) and Ever replied 'Get out of my way and stay out of my life. I can see whomever I choose.'
Remember last night when Ever thought Frankie is her entire world?
And I also didn't understand what happened next, between Frankie trying to calm the crying Ever again because Toby hasn't call her but Toby appeared next carrying Ever favorite flower and kissing her senseless.
Of course Toby didn't explain where he'd gone and of course Ever forgive him. A few small talks later, they kissed again. And kissed again. And kissed again.
But brace yourself because the next morning Ever admitted that she was simultaneously feeling that same strong pull toward Toby and Frankie. That Frankie whom she yelled at the day before.
And that very same day, Ever went out with Toby again. Seeing Ever, Toby kissed her again. Toby brought Ever's parents in his ride, quickly earning extra points for himself. Next, Ever and Toby started their real date on a ship. Next, they made out. At home, Frankie got upset because Ever went out with Toby.
Next, on that night, Ever had a nightmare. Her mom had to calm her down by rocking her in that way she always did when she was a little girl.
Okay, that basically what happened for the first 100 pages.
Next 100 pages.
Jessie's drama llama with her mom's boyfriend...Frankie told Ever not to go on a date with Toby again...she didn't listen because she wanted to be happy, she wanted to have a boyfriend (apparently happy and having a boyfriend is interchangeable in Ever's dictionary)...Jessie's family drama llama again...Ever and Jessie talk about Jessie's new boyfriend, Greg...Ever overheard Toby's confrontation with his 'dad'...Ever and Jessie's double date with Toby and Greg...Ever found out that Toby's ex is a psycho...Jessie's PDA with Greg...Ever and Toby kissed again once they got in the car...
Oh finally some plot!
Ever's dad got killed in a car accident!
Cue the tiny violin sound because our Ever is broken and depressed. Cue the heroic sound because of course, Toby came to the rescue. Ever cried and cried and got aroused. Aha! She even thought she didn't want to be responsible, she wanted to go all the way with Toby! She even thought she loves him! Honey, everyone loves their boyfriend when they get horny.
But Ever ruined that moment because she broke down and cried again! Classy. Toby accidentally spoke too much and now Ever demanded some answers. When he couldn't provide those, he dumped Ever! Minutes after they almost went all the way.
Ever punched Toby. He left, and of course, Frankie was there to comfort Ever.
Four miserable weeks, Ever longed for Toby. In the meantime, Ever's mom couldn't function anymore. To cheer Ever up, Jessie invited her to a party and introduced her to Scottie. And they made out too the very same night. Being Ever, of course she thought Toby was a better kisser.
To add to the awesomeness of the plot, Ever caught Toby making out with his ex, Ariadne. But suddenly, Toby got up and spoke for Ever when Scott asking Ever if she's okay. Ariadne introduced herself and of course Ever felt a pang of jealousy.
But oh! Later that night Toby came to apologize and guess what, they made out again! And hey, what do we have here. Ever's mom knocking on her door when they just about to do it.
And then Frankie and Ever fight again. And then Ever realized that she'd always loved Frankie.
The next morning, Ever went to Toby's house and caught him just wearing a towel. And guess what? Of course they made out again. Ever and Ariadne had a fight...Toby and Ever kissed...Jessie threw a surprise party for Ever's birthday...Toby and Ever kissed in Haunted Mansion...Ariadne showed up in Ever's house
...bringing her own surprise gift, Frankie in flesh not in a ghost form.
Finally, we got a plot development.
No, no, don't celebrate yet because what comes next was Ariadne kissed Frankie and Ever fainted at the sight.
When Ever woke up, Toby came clear that he was a soul collector (well, this is apparently the big secret), and Ariadne too. In fact, Ariadne brought Frankie back alive to trade him for Toby. Funny thing was, this meant that Frankie's soul belongs to Ariadne now. Ever got so mad, she threw up, she shooed Toby away.
As you may expect, Frankie came to console her and they relive they long lost love by having intercourse.
Note that this happened a few hours after Ever was Toby's girlfriend.
Well, I couldn't bother summarizing what happened afterwards until the end of the book because I'm very stressed out right now. I feel like puking and I'm losing my appetite. Summarizing Ever is like reliving my nightmare, so that's it. I got to stop now because it has taken toll on me.(less)
p/s: Sorry if I come across as a very, very stingy person. I'm just flipping poor. A student, get it?...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
p/s: Sorry if I come across as a very, very stingy person. I'm just flipping poor. A student, get it? Hence, no moneiz. Heeeeee
The Five Stages of 'Rejoice, rejoice all around because I found a good book through Goodreads'.
This happened back in early May 2012. I need to give Larissa credit for introducing me to Slammed because she's my first Goodreads friend who've read this book. She said that this book made her cry and she never cried over a book before. I was intrigued, but being me, I am never so much of a contemporary reader. Plus, the title, the cover and the blurb didn't drawn me enough. But come on! Although the rating was exceptionally high at that point, there were only like, 40 reviews in total! So, I decided to let it pass.
Back in August, I've seen one after another 5-stars rating for this book. But the true turning point was when I saw Slammed on Netgalley as an auto-approve title. But being me, I'm still skeptical. I mean, if Simon & Schuster could take over and publish Beautiful Disaster (the horror!), then I thought S&S wanted to do the same with Slammed because it was intensely hyped, not because it's a quality read. Heh! So, I requested Slammed only, thinking I won't want to read Point of Retreat afterwards.
*Shakes head* Egocentric Zuleeza.
Now the sequel is sold for $9 instead of $0.99.
I feel like punching myself in the face. EDIT: Strangely I could find Point of Retreat when derping around the new Netgalley.
Dude, have you heard that people's saying Taylor Swift is like the sober version of Ke$ha?
Slammed is like the sober version of Obsidian initially. You know...a girl with her single mom, moves to a new town, meets a hot male neighbour. Not that it angered me, I was just thinking 'this is Deja Vu. Hmm...proceed'.
The thing that angered me was, how quickly this book stole my heart without even trying so hard. Usually, it takes a kick-ass heroine, an intricate plot, a powerful imaginary world to impress me. But this book has none of those! In fact, it has the big no-no element in YA books; insta love. Yes, Layken and Will freaking kissed in Chapter Two, just when the story starts moving. How did I feel about that? I wished they kissed sooner LOL!
But, by the end of the story, I asked myself again, was it really an insta love? I personally think it wasn't. Because the time they spent away from each other was the moment that they learnt to love each other, not the time when they were together at the beginning.
Here's the peculiar part. I'd call Slammed formulaic and cliche. Is that a bad thing? Of course it is for other books but Colleen Hoover had done the impossible. If someone tried to tell me the whole storyline, I'd say 'Geez...I've heard that kind of forbidden love since I was in kindergarten. And the author expects that if she threw terminal illness into that mix, I would break down and cry?'.
Seriously, this is a book you need to experience it by yourself.
Once I finished Slammed, I was certain that I really need to punch myself for not requesting Point of Retreat. I went to Bookdepository.com, it was sold for around $14 for a paperback. Sheesh, that's kind of expensive for a Bookdepository book standard. They let you pre-order the other version of paperback for cheaper price but I have to wait. No, are you kidding me? And I'm not going to spend $9 for an e-book!
I decided to let it go for now.
Hmm...now that I think about it, I actually have a fear of Book 2. I'm afraid Book 2 is not as good as its predecessor. So yeah, I need to let my fangirling over Slammed settles down a little bit before jumping to Point of Retreat.
So the ending was very heart-moving. I actually had braced myself but it was really touching...no point in denying what I felt. But the problem with having a non-reader best friend is that she doesn't understand? Like all I wanted to do was to hide under my quilt and cry myself to sleep. But she didn't let me!
Of course I won't tell her why I was depressed last night because it's just too embarrassing. Heheh.
Wow. I just never felt this way about any books before. I respect every single characters in this book. I like Will. Very much. But I don't feel right making that exploding ovaries joke because I feel like Will belongs to Layken and Layken only? Weird, I know.
There are just so many things I like about this book;
The slam poetry, the lung cancer Halloween costume, the 'I don't think that's a good idea', the 'of course I let him kiss me', the backward day, the basagna, the inhabitant, the Avett Brothers song lyrics and the Chuck Norris jokes...(less)
Lets recall how I decided to pick this one up, Rage Comic style!
Pffftt...this book just isn't for me....moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Lets recall how I decided to pick this one up, Rage Comic style!
Pffftt...this book just isn't for me. I made it up to 50% and then I couldn't go on anymore. Realizing just how many 4-5-stars ratings for this book, I decided not to rate it because I think the problem partly lies in me.
Patience. I don't haz it.
Aria and Perry both have a very unique and distinctive background with countless terms dedicated to describe their daily lives. Reverie, Realm, Bliss, Unity, Aud, Aether, Blood Lord, Mole, Outsider, Dweller, Tides *tries to catch a breath* Luster, Scire, Seer and etc.
The funny thing is, the author barely described the terms when they were first intoduced. I needed to come across each particular term two to three times before I finally understand what they mean.
*Just remembers to check the back of the book for glossary*
Owh, none! Bummer!
Hmm...looks like I have to shelve this under DNF for good.
The problem with terminology done, I still had problem making sense what was going on majority of the time. The writing and the word building was very...odd. It was as if Veronica Rossi left out bits and pieces here and there. Things seemed calm and normal, and suddenly boom!, we got major conflicts and suspense.
(view spoiler)[I was like 'Wait, they thrown Aria out in the desert?', 'Wait, the Dwellers took Talon away?, 'Wait, Perry killed those men?' (hide spoiler)]
The characters while they are given names, they come and go. Some made an appearance for two pages max. I don't know about anyone else but for me personally, I prefer these unimportant secondary characters to not be given names, otherwise I'll try to commit the names into my memory in anticipation that they'll contribute more to the story.
So yeah, please don't hate me if you're a fan of this book. I have a very short winter break. So, I need to utilize my holiday for enjoyable reads only :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Our birth is but sleep and a forgetting The soul that rises with us, our life's...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating 3.5 stars
Our birth is but sleep and a forgetting The soul that rises with us, our life's star Hath had somewhere its setting And cometh from afar ~Intimations of Immortality - Ode. Wordsworth~
Hmm...ironic how my favourite quote from the book is not actually written by the author.
Anyway, I expected a snarkfest review would soon follow when I decided to read this but it turned out, I actually enjoyed this!
that this book gives Lauren Kate a run for her money?
In fact, I think it is more socially acceptable if Remembrance gained more fans than Fallen.
So, if you never heard of this yet, Remembrance is a story inspired from Taylor Swift's Love Story music video which was inspired from Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen ::Inspiraception::
The cool part here is of course the whole idea of reincarnation which Lauren Kate tried to write but failed miserably. Michelle Madow handled the concept better but I wished for more visual time transcends than hearing the history of Lizzie and Drew's past lives from Drew. It was as if the author didn't do enough research and wasn't confident enough to bring her characters back in time. Well, I think her school got in the way. The author meant this to be a homework after all when she first started.
Honestly, I don't know if I'm being completely unbiased with this one when it triggered so much sweet memories from my childhood/pre-teen/teen life (see things that captured my heart below). Things that I used to like and I used to wish for. And of course, I can remember vividly when I first listened to Love Story, back when I was in college. Actually, I was already eighteen at that time but the song and the video went viral and suddenly whenever someone blasted the song from her stereo, the whole wing would start to sing along with the song.
Aaaah, such a lovely time. *Chokes back tears*
I'm sorry if I just wasted your time. Okay, time for the actual review.
***Spoilers ahead, I think (somehow the blurb itself seems to give out everything***
Well, the plot actually sounds very cliche if you try to sum it up. Lizzie is in relationship with Jeremy, Drew suddenly transferred to her school, several eye contacts and electricity buzz later, Lizzie is positive she meant to be with Drew. Drew starts to be a douche and stays away from Lizzie. He even chooses to hook up with Lizzie's best friend, Chelsea. A few mean comments and a bucketload of tears later, Drew decides he cannot deny his feeling for Lizzie anymore. They both break up with their partners and starts to see each other behind their ex's backs.
Like I said before, not much time transcending actually happened, so this is more of a young adult romance/contemporary than a young adult paranormal/time travel.
What so special of this book is all the 'almosts' and 'not quites'. Let see if I somehow managed to explain this.
1. Lizzie is girl with a heart of gold. She works hard to get good grades, try to please everyone, and like to stay out of troubles. Sound like a Mary Sue? Almost but not quite. There are many facades of Lizzie. Sometimes she worries too much about hurting other people, sometimes she can be a little bit paranoid and inferior but at other times, she is brave enough to stick up for herself and willing to go to an extra mile to demand answers.
2. Drew. He obviously made a wrong decision by dating Lizzie's best friend and warning Lizzie to stay out of him. Almost like other countless scumbag heroes? But not quite. He managed to redeem himself later in the book and the explanation that came along with his previous behaviour does make sense.
3. Chelsea. The girl who changes her boyfriend every month, doesn't mind wearing barely there dresses in winter and like to draw attention to herself. Almost a bitch, but not quite. She actually cares and appreciates Lizzie as her best friend. In fact, she was the one who first wanted to be friend with Lizzie who at that time, was a loner.
4. Jeremy. Co-captain of the school soccer team. Highly competitive, listens to trashy rap songs, quite high tempered and easily jealous. Almost the typical jockey-jerk, but not quite. He lets go of an argument pretty quickly, unafraid to say sorry and encourages Lizzie to be more involved in his new social circle.
5. The almost insta love. Oh, you can imagine all the details. "There seems to no one else in the room but Drew and me, all the sparks and tingling sensation whenever he is there"...you know the drill. But given that Lizzie and Drew had known each other from their past lives, it kind of make sense. Oh well, I have yet to find out how Drew and Lizzie ended up together in the first place, hundreds of years ago but if it was insta love, you better watch out, Michelle Madow. Muahaha~
6. The almost love triangle. Or a love rectangle, whichever you prefer. But not quite, because for Drew and Lizzie the choice is crystal clear. At least, that's how I define love triangle is, only when the protagonist is torn between two other characters.
Some other small, small things that captured my heart 1. French classes 2. The swing on the playground 3. "Minuet" by Mozart. 4. Pinecones throwing. 5. Lizzie's halloween ensemble. 6. Pride and Prejudice first edition. 7. Lizzie's drawings. 8. Music box
And oh, I really feel it's necessary to include this unnecessary line; "I flipped my phone open and pressed number four, followed by the green send button. Chelsea was fourth on my speed dial, preceeded by my dad'scell, mom's cell, and home number. Jeremy was number five."
LOL! Lizzie, I don't think I'm interested to know who is in your speed dial.
And I did tell you that this book is extremely fluffy, right? If you can't handle fluffiness, I advise you to stay away from this. Hazard: Risk of choking.
"I want you." he said. "Just you. I used to go through every day without thinking about the future, but with you all I can see are the possibilities of the experiences we could have together." He paused, clasping my hands in his. "But remember that whatever you choose. I want you to do what will make you the happiest".
All in all, I think the greatest quality of this book is its innocence, honesty and sincerity. I believe many of us have this so-called reader instinct which can detect if the author wrote a book for money and popularity or for his/her own fulfillment and the readers enjoyment.(less)
Look, I'm aware of just how many of my GR friends are fans of this book. But, Kaidan didn't work his m...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Look, I'm aware of just how many of my GR friends are fans of this book. But, Kaidan didn't work his magic on me, nor I can tolerate everything else about this book.
Buckle up, boys. This ain't going to be pretty.
The whole time, I was trying to figure out the author. What was it actually that she wanted to convey? It was as if she was drunk herself while writing this!
I'm not saying that this is a total trainwreck. My 2-stars rating proved that. Somehow, Sweet Evil managed to sustain my attention until the end, and I actually almost fell for Kaidan. Almost.
Maybe I should show a figure to illustrate how I was feeling.
The prologue was okay, unfortunately its Chapter One was the worst first chapter I've ever read.
"Kai, like Thai, only yummier. Gah! Who was this girl invading my brain?"
I asked the same question myself, Anna.
"A freckle was not beautiful. It was a small dark attention grabber. I hated the way everyone's eyes went to it when they talked to me."
Tell me people with freckles, don't you find that offensive? Dear Anna, keep your idea of ideal beauty to yourself, will ya?
"I didn't really know what gonorrhea was, except that it was an STD"
Ugh, Anna. I thought you are this good girl who always scores in class. Even if you never learn about it in school, it doesn't hurt to have broader general knowledge.
After a couple of brief encounters, Anna made promise to Patti that she'll stay away from Kaidan, but the next thing she did was to go to Kaidan's apartment straight away?
And then, that 'a half-naked half demon was burying his face in my neck' thing (I seriously don't know what to call this)...was just disturbing in the sense that Anna got all excited and had to keep her hands from going everywhere on Kaidan.
I was sitting there, dumbfounded and thought
Look, I got that this Kaidan is the son of Lust and being sexy is indeed his job on this earth, but I would appreciate if Anna had more self control, (view spoiler)[considering she's a half angel! (hide spoiler)]
And then the road trip! So, they were short on time because Sister Ruth was dying, why wouldn't Kaidan and Anna just take a flight then? Come on, Kaidan is filthy rich right?
Don't get me wrong, I did miraculously enjoy the road trip part except when Kaidan slept naked and all those foreplay with Anna (seriously, Wendy Higgins, why wouldn't you just rename your book as FANSERVICE). I got to learn more about Kaidan's actual stance and the other side of his personality. Also, Anna became less annoying during this part.
Then, it went downhill from there. The awkward conversation between Anna and this father, the messy introduction of the other Nephilims, Anna's obsession for Kaidan, bla3. Like I said before, some other random shits.
So, tell me again what's up with all these Team Kaidan stuff? Because he hardly made an appearance after the road trip part.
Oh well, I should have known better than to read books with highly sought after bad boys. Maybe I should steer clear from Obsidian, Existence and Perfect Chemistry series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. The...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. The plot is very similar to Hex Hall, at least up until the point where I decided that this just doesn't worth my time.
Annoying, self-conscious, whiny heroine who thinks she's funny.
Her life had toilet-bound stamped all over it.
Suddenly, Kylie started feeling people turn and look at her. Or were they looking at all of them?
Stupid, spineless best friend.
The she recalled how Sara had given in to Brad's "needs"-Brad who was the love of Sarah's life-yet, within two weeks of giving in, the love of Sara's life had dumped her. What was so special about that? Since then, Sara had dated four other guys, and she'd slept with two of them.
To Sara, fitting in was...everything. If blue eye shadow was rave, you can bet Sara would have blue eye shadow before the week was out.
I didn't read far enough to know how the love interest, Derek and Lucas are like.
Just found out there'll be five books in this series.
May God have mercy for all those trees sacrificed in the making of the remaining books.(less)
First, I would like to offer a shitload of virtual Nute...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Easily, the BEST BOOK of 2012 I've read so far.
First, I would like to offer a shitload of virtual Nutella for mah girls, Ebony and Lisbeth as a sign of gratitute. Without their gushing reviews, I wouldn't go about requesting this from Netgalley.
I think I may have found my favourite book of 2012 so far.
No, I'm not kitten you.
My favourite shelf had been so loneleyh! SO LONELEYH! No books, and I mean no books had ever made it into that list after Daughter of Smoke and Bone earlier this year. Some made it close, but this book just went cruuuuuuuuising into my favourite shelf.
Like a boss.
This is the book which I need it in physical form no matter what. This is the book which worth a place next to my Lord of the Rings trilogy on my shelf. This is the book which needs to be read slowly because you don't want it to end. This is the book which I'll re-read over and over again in my lifetime until the cover eventually falls off. This is the book I want to marry. I don't care if I die alone with 72 cats. This is the book which left me lost for words. I have nothing bad to say about it! Now, how the hell I'm going to write a review if I like everything about this book?
I know, I know...shame on me for never running out of ideas on how to condemn a book but not to praise it.
I mean, I expect nothing less from an author with mitochondrial as her twitter username.
This is a usual story of how a girl meets a boy, well, except that the girl is Ananna, a pirate and the boy is Naji, a blood magician/assassin who is assigned to kill Ananna. Ananna is hunted by the groom's family when she decided to escape the wedding day. During the confrontation between Naji and Ananna, Ananna accidentally saved Naji's life which resulting in an impossible curse inflicted onto Naji. Consequently, Naji is bound to be with Ananna all the time to protect her, otherwise he will experience great physical pain. Together they cross the desert, the ocean and a magical island on a mission to break the curse.
Hurm, that's why I hate summarizing. The story ended up sounding so dry.
It was hard to get into at first for me. First, because it's from Ananna POV and she got all these pirates vibes going on in her speech and monologues. Second, I couldn't grasp the reality of her relationship with her parents that made her decided, it's okay to leave them to escape the arranged marriage.
Ananna or as I'd like to call her
How do I describe this young lady... I adore her so much, I wish to breed her, I wish for all the versions of myself in parallel universe to be like her. She is err...Anannananana batman. Unique. Fearless but not reckless. Ambitious but practical. Eager to learn. She does all those pirate stuff, cursing, shoplifting, pickpocketing but she possesses an admirable ability for compassion and loyalty. She could just leave Naji to die in the desert but she sticks with him anyway, through thick and thin.
Most importantly, she is so much fun to read, to learn about.
I was building up to my best one, about a whore and a court magician, and I knew it'd get a laugh of Naji for sure.
I like 'em well enough, even though they teased me and tried to embarrasses me with crude stories and the like. Course, I had a few stories up my sleeve that made them blush.
He was curled up on the net and didn't move. "E'mko and his twelve dancing seahorses, you better not be dead."
A million possibilities raced through my head. Maybe he'd turned into moonlight after all, and I was next. Maybe he'd turned into a fern and I was ripping him into shreads in my fear.
WANTED: OVARIES DONOR.
Damn, I lost my ovaries to Logan from Defiance two days ago but right now I'm in dire need to have them back so that I can explode them all over again. For Naji.
Not much has been revealed about Naji's background up until this book but I think I've learned enough about him to decide that he is indeed swoonworthy. Naji doesn't talk a lot, hides many things, a bit sarcastic, rarely smiles let alone laughs but he is not a douche, not even close. Instead, he is sort of ermm...socially awkward no matter you believe it or not. He is...well, Naji, a very special character and perfect for Anannananana batman.
"You really don't have to stay-it's-well, I'm doing something very rare, full ack'mora-I wouldn't expect-" He straighened up, ran one hand through his tangled-up hair. "Though I ask that you stay in the hotel. My-oath-I'm not sure what would happen to me if you got caught up in danger while I'm away."
*sigh* Well, I ran out of things to say, so to whom I recommend this book to? I want to say everyone but I don't think this book will appeal to everyone. Not that I care, hah! I'd love this anyway if the whole world hates it. Suffice to say that if you're looking for romance and cookie-cutter male and female protagonists, you wouldn't get any because this is one of those books where the characters started off as friends, taking their time to know each other first. A relationship built on trust not lust.
So...Book2, The Pirate's Wish
**The ARC was provided by Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This is awkward. I actually don't know how to put things that went wrong for me in words. Me. Zuleeza....moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
This is awkward. I actually don't know how to put things that went wrong for me in words. Me. Zuleeza. A reviewer who always has something to say.
Hmm...it was meh, uninteresting, plain, bland, so-so. Not particularly bad but just meh!
Dammit, I seriously don't know what to write.
The writing was good but not special. The plot made sense most of the time but blatantly predictable. 75% of the plot had actually been summarized in the synopsis itself.
*Another moment of brain freeze*
O-ooukay,...lets move on to the characters. They are uninspiring in general. I seriously wanted to punch Evangeline across the face because it took about a quarter of the book for her to finally accept who she is. And I couldn't understand why she was so reluctant! Of course, it's hard to take in the truth but she witnessed one evidence after another, what else did she want? For the Gods to come down from the sky to tell her the truth?
The rest of the characters are very one-dimensional, just functioned as fillers for me. The villain is just plain psychotic. Why can't we have dynamic villains (and don't forget psychotic) like Loki and the Joker. That would be far more interesting.
Well, this book is like someone I come across the street unnoticed. Nothing to set this apart from other mystery/thriller books lying around in the market.(less)
Why 4 stars you asked? I'm surprised myself. I don't know if I'm being biased because I always...
like fairy tales retelling.
I came across this quote in the author's blog;
"...although the prequels were in no way a true reflection to how I write, and as I said I am not a writer. I am storyteller"
At first, I was like, 'arrogant much?'. I mean, of course authors such as J.K. Rowling and J.R.R Tolkien are exceptional storytellers but do you think they can be the best-seller authors of all time of they weren't a good writer in the first place?
So, I thought, hey Snow White Blood Red, come at me bro!
*half an hour later*
There is a freaking rainbow in the author's mind. I enjoyed this thoroughly. (Dammit! I hate being wrong)
I don't know how much of what he'd been telling us in his novellas are facts (as he claimed them to be) but the stories are rich and surprisingly, original.
Somehow, I feel like all the plaigarism accusations directed towards the author turned out to be blessings after all. Because he did mentioned that he wrote the prequels to clear up all those accusations.
And as ridiculously as this may sound, you may need to read the author's blog to sort of understand what was going on (sort of like a companion book).
Note to the author: No, I didn't appreciate the reference to Lady Gaga. It was so awkward and out of place. And I think with a good editor and a good planning, you can go far. (Honestly, you can't keep changing things - the order of the prequels, the number of the prequels, the length of how long your books will be free on Amazon, it's very, very confusing)(less)
I don't always read realistic fictions but when I do, I..
Damn ninjas cutting onions!
So...it took me...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I don't always read realistic fictions but when I do, I..
Damn ninjas cutting onions!
So...it took me a full month before I finally posted a full review. The thought occurred everyday within that one month. I had been thinking, was it laziness? Was it lack of mood?
I simply didn't want to go back there again, among those trees in the cover.
This is why I rarely read realistic fictions or watching documentary about abuse, poverty and such. I hate thinking, 'This shit happens, alright? More than I know. Everyday'. Oh well, I need to stop being a coward, am I?
This book is told from a sixteen years old girl POV. The voice sounded like how I would imagine a sixteen years old girl feels like. Very impressive writing.
While the book dealt with a heavy subject which is abuse, the romance is still incorporated but I didn't like it that much because everything between Sara and the boy who has crush on her happened too fast (It's a short book anyway and well, the romance is not the subject matter of the book a-ny-way).
I'm still not sure what to make of the idea that Sara has to write an assay for every English class based on different one word each time. I mean, for sixteen years old students, that method of teaching seems...fitting only for seven years old students?
Everything else about this book was mesmerizing, so I hope more people will read this someday.(less)
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Okay, it's a challenge to write a review after half a month I finished with this book. Ha-ha! It's what you got when you chose to read a book right before a major exam starts.
One thing I vividly remember though...
This book haz it.
Where do I begin...how about THE FIVE HOT GUYS! (Actually, Becca's dad was actually kind of cute until I actually found out his secret).
Well, it didn't reach the point where I found my ovaries were exploding. But, close enough nonetheless. No matter what kind of guys you like, you're in for a ride.
Micheal, the eldest is the father-figure in the bunch. He is protective (overly-protective sometimes) and responsible. If you can ignore his distant and cold aura, that is.
Gabriel, one of the twins is the mini Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philantrophist. Oh wait, minus the genius part.
And the billionaire part.
And...and the philantrophist part too.
Hurmm...I guess Gabriel is not the mini Tony Stark.
He's more like the Human Torch from Fantastic Four, I think. (Oh, Chris Evans! Squeeeeee)
Nicholas!!! The other twin. Don't you dare call him Nicky! It's not even cute. He's my favourite because I aways drawn to nice, nerdy, intelligent guys. With a sense of humour, of course. (Now you know why I remain single, don't you? Haha).
And why? WHY??? Nicholas can't have a book for himself, Brigid Kemmerer? WHY???!!!
And lastly, Chris is the focus of this book. His insecurity makes him such a douche sometimes. But overall, he is this sweet and sensitive guy.
Huh? I totally forgot about Hunter. He is cool, I guess but generally I just don't like blond guys? (Maybe I deserve to be stoned to death for my discrimination but I can't help it!). Believe it or not, he was the one guy who almost managed to get my ovaries to explode. I almost wanted to shove Becca away from Hunter's embrace and whisper "Take me instead, Hunter! I'd wear all those crazy bracelets you have in your possession though I'm not a hippie". Note that I have nothing against hippies.
Sheesh, this review is going nowhere.
ANYWAY, with so many male characters interacting at one time, it was hard for me to exactly pinpoint who is this 'he' and 'him'.
Next, plotwise, this book was going at slowpoke level. I mean, really half of the book had been summarized in the blurb already. I had this "You're so dumb, Becca. Of course, they are Elementals. It's written at the back cover of the book!" moment. But she couldn't possibly know this. Oh, well.
Again, plotwise, the initial chapters are dedicated to one after another testosterone-fueled brawls between the guys and I thought
It didn't help with the fact that I was forced to read what colour Chris' and Gabriel's shirts are and whether Micheal is wearing any slippers or not. God, Becca, the guys are hot I get it, but no need to be overly observant. This kind of writing made Becca looks cheap.
Okay, with so many low points you must be wondering, WHY DID I GIVE THIS FREAKING BOOK FOUR STARS ANYWAY?
It was because of the FUN! It amazed me how closely the dialogues sound like everyday teenage conversations. I actually laughed numerous times due to the guys' snide remarks and Becca's dramatic monologues. Me. Laughing. The stoic me who hardly laugh at jokes.
Quite an achievement, I must say Ms Kemmerer.
But then again, this book is not something I would want my dad to know about because if he found out I'm reading this kind of books, he would bury me alive and seal my coffin shut with adamantium nails.
Why? Because the level of cursing caused me headache at some points.
Oh my God!!! This book is full of tragedies, it reminded me a lot of Shakespeare's plays.
If fact, I t...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Oh my God!!! This book is full of tragedies, it reminded me a lot of Shakespeare's plays.
If fact, I think I'm not fit to continue on with Lacrimosa anytime soon. I'm depressed enough with my exams coming soon
Oh yes, I can be that melodramatic.
First of all, can't be have a better cover art than that? Please pwetty, please...
Second, I think the writing was just stunning. But I won't lie, I did expect Maggie Stiefvater's level of awesomeness when I read my GR friends' reviews but well, I'm more than happy with this level of writing.
I don't know about you, but this book just fell short from getting the full five stars because I was a bit annoyed with one after another big mistakes committed by every single character in the story. It felt like those mistakes weren't fully justifiable, yet the author decided to throw them in to make the story more tragic. It felt overdone for me, so...yeah.
Another thing, I'm a bit disturbed by the premise that 'nothing good would come out of all these human emotions'. I mean, there must be something, anything that these angels could learn while inhabitating their human hosts, they couldn't be all bad, could they?(less)
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Okay, my mom once taught me that when people give you free stuff, say thank you, no question asked regardless whether the thing you got is beneficial or not to you.
So dear author Emmalee Aple, I am very grateful for your generosity. But in exchange for an honest review, I had to give your book a 1 star because Neophyte wasn't a great experience for me. I tried, like, I honestly tried to finish reading it but no, it's really hard when you simply didn't care much about what happened to any of these characters.
So, confession time. The book has about 500 pages or so on my e-reader, I read only until about page 261...about halfway.
Honestly, I think I could tolerate or even enjoyed this book if I never read Unearthly, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Angelfall. I wish I can be unbiased but it's virtually impossible not to compare any angel books with that three holiest of holiest angel books.
The premise was very promising, I'd give the author that. Like, how if you died a noble death, you may be reincarnated as an angel. The concept of unclaimed, blooming, Link, period of time before you become a full-blown angel...this book had so much potential, you see.
The book started with some butt-kicking actions despite it was executed a bit messily. And I thought, 'okay, you have my attention, please continue to amaze me'. But the moment never came. Maybe once. Nowhere near the testosterone-fueled opening scene, but the part which we learn about Greysan's past life was very interesting.
Apart from that, suffice to say that the first half of the book revolved around how her Link tried to protect Addisyn from the truth, how Addisyn was pretty mad about that yada yada. And oh, don't forget the typical prom scene which need to be included in every Young Adult book!!! :3
*sigh* Sorry if my sarcasm is offensive but I believe we can still write a young adult without any prom scene mentioned.
My biggest deterrent from finishing this book most likely was Addisyn herself. At some points, she did admit that she can't continue being this irrational, hormonal teen. But the next thing you know, she was being her old annoying, clingy, immature self. And her major crush on Greyson was very tiring to read. She practically chasing over him like an obsessed fangirl.
I think that's all for now. I may elaborate later with actual quotes from the book and some seizure-inducing gifs.(less)
This e-ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Cedar Fort Publishing.
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This e-ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Cedar Fort Publishing.
I hate bashing a book by a debut author, but dear Heather Ostler, my feeling after I finished your book is identical to the feeling I got after I had been Rickrolled.
Oh, that famous ankle-dancing simply melts my heart
Like, if I were to pull a prank on an innocent victim, I'd tell that person to read this book because;
This fast-paced action-adventure story is packed with humor, romance, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing to the very last page. Get lost in a world of hidden royalty, shifting alliances, and dangerous vendettas, but don’t ever forget: nothing is what it seems.
Remember that? It's from the blurb. And I got almost nothing of those.
I'VE BEEN TROLLED BY THE BLURB!!!
It was bit unfortunate because I read this right after I finished with Daughter of Bone and Smoke, so it was like one of those moments when you just ate a banquet from a top restaurant, you come home and someone offers you a plate or yesterday's microwaved lasagne.
To add salt to the wound, I was forced to read this on my laptop, in pdf format because somehow I couldn't copy it into my tablet (and I don't have a kindle account to ask for the kindle format).
I had several moments where I was so tempted to pile this in my DNF shelf but unlike Wilde's Fire, I kept telling myself to move on because for the first 280 pages out of 330, there was technically nothing going on! How am I supposed to write a review if I had nothing to review on?
This is so frustrating because look at the cover! It is beyond gorgeous!!!
*Tries to calm herself by singing soft kitty*
I'm sorry to say but the opening can't get anymore cliche than that. Set in a US high school, Julia and Sierra are two besties. One day, a new boy, Caleb enrol in the school and he seems to know a lot about Julia and Julia is instantaneously drawn to him.
Usually I'd be grateful when I know that (view spoiler)[the mysterious guy like Caleb is not the protag, Julia's love interest. That's new! But no, her romance with Terrence was all over the place and more like a customary jock-cheerleader relationship than an actual love. (hide spoiler)]
The story did pick up afterwards. The home raid and the escape whereby Caleb saved Julia's life was surprisingly well-written. Now that I thought about it, it seems like someone else was writing those parts.
What happens next reminded me a lot of Hex Hall...
...and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secret.
Tom Riddle Julia is a descendent of Salazar Slytherin Siron, therefore she's the only one who can open the chamber portal...
Sophie Julia's grandmother mother tries to kill her...
The idea of a school for wizards shapeshifters and water people (yes, that phase is used by the book), the invisibility cloak rock, the bitter Prof Snape Mr Knightley yada yada.
No, simply no.
It's puzzling me that this is a stand-alone book because lots of background information was thrown in the book, some of them are not relevant at all and at the end, (view spoiler)[Alexis escaped and the government still remained corrupted. And the lie detector ring! I thought it'll come into use somehow! (hide spoiler)].
And last time I checked, this book is tagged as Young Adult not Juvenile or Middle Grade but the writing is very basic and simple. And if I have a middle-grader sister, I would still ask her to avoid this book because I hardly found any inspiring characters or valuable lessons out of it.
God...what's with the teenage angst and deserting your friend because he didn't tell you he has a girlfriend?
And these dialogues...
I imagined them coming out of this girl
Yup, the infamous annoying facebook girl
So...I should expect that this book has many twists and turns?
The only twist I got was at the end, and it wasn't even remotely surprising because I long had expected it to be an inside-job.
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This book was nothing I expected it to be, yet it was everything I hoped it would be.
This review will consist more of my ramblings, disordered thoughts than an actual review. I just have to share my experience with this book!!!
I found out about this book from Amazon Best of 2011 list and after I read The Night Circus, I seriously didn’t feel compelled to read anymore books from this list! My experience with The Night Circus wasn’t a pleasant one because I rushed through it and I couldn’t understand a single thing. Yes, yes, patience is definitely not one of my virtues. I mean, with a cover and a title like that, I thought this would be another book enriched with hidden philosophical messages, making my brain hemorrhaging with riddles which will end up be the sole reason of me flunking my Bioinformatics assignment.
Oh yes, I’ve read this while desperately trying to finish my Bioinformatics assignment. =_=”
...which was not a good combination because this book was impossible to put down! *sigh*
Lemme tell you a story. I had this book for over a month from the library but I was stuck reading other books. And I pretty much need to read other books within these two months but not this book. So, I actually had made up my mind to return this book and decided to read this later. But then I thought reading the first page wouldn't hurt.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
If a book started off like that, do you think I can stop reading?
By page 12, I had a serious case of nerdgasm. This book was oh, so beautifully written.
By page 50, I was determined to dye my hair blue-black. to [image error] Not that I was blonde before but anyway...
You know, this book was like this exotic fruit, durian.
As like the exterior of durian, I was indeed repelled by the cover and the title of the book. As like the smell of durian, once I opened it, I was drawn by the exquisite oddness of Karou’s world. As like the case of overdosing durians, I had to take regular breaks while reading this book because I felt feverish after about every 50 pages or so. Not feverish bad but feverish good. Like, this book literally assaulted my senses, emotions and imaginations.
And hello, I think if everyone wants their honeymoon to be in Paris, I’d say, screw that! I’ll have mine in Prague. Even if that means I have to marry myself.
Here’s the funny part, do you remember Taylor Swift’s Love Story music video? *wink2* The ball scene in this book was a perfect, yet odd reminiscent of that video. Like, majestic!
The last quarter of the book was quite an erratic ride because I was desperate for the answer! Who is Karou for God sake! And Laini fed me with this flashback within a flashback (flashbackception) that intensely threaten my patience and sanity. I even thought if I had to wait until the second book to know the answer, I’d gone mad in between.
Some did pointed out the insta-love element of this book but I thought, it was a justifiable insta love (view spoiler)[(they were lovers in past life) (hide spoiler)]? Alas, Karou and Akiva did kick each other’s butt in their first two or three encounters. One small criticism would be that I was a bit uncomfortable (view spoiler)[with Madrigal sneaking out at nights to make love with Akiva. (hide spoiler)] I know, me and my conservative mind! :/
So...I heard that the Universal Studios had bought the right to make the movie adaption. Gee...I think the only adaption possible is to make the it into an anime because this book was so out of this world. But we’ll see...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This e-ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press.
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This e-ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Curiosity Quills Press.
I don’t mind lesser known books, I never mind lesser known books. In fact, by going hipster I discovered Soul Seeker and The Curse Girl :3 So, when this title was up on NetGalley, I was like
Nice cover, interesting blurb. I mean, we’re talking about portal here, [image error] Bring it on!
Sadly, my patience grew paper thin and eventually it vanished.
Usually when I did not finish a book, I’ll mindlessly give it 1 star, end of story. But I think this book deserves another star because I given up on it because it was just plain and boring, not like I hated it so much, I felt like I want to drag the author to the parallel universe and demand that she/he returns my lost time, trying to read whatever crap this author had put together.
Overall, this book sounded very armature-ish. The writing was really choppy and stiff at start but fortunately, it got better afterwards but not enough to pull me into the story.
I wished the author can come up with better materials next time because I seriously, seriously had several moments of déjà vu.
1. The main female protagonist, Katriona accidently/forcefully enters a new magical world. The Iron King anyone? To add to the shame, I found out that the humans in this book did call Arland and his people as elves.
2. Katriona is the key to defeat the Darkness, the evil force based on an ancient prophecy. Reminding me a lot of The Fallen Star.
3. Katriona dreamt of Arland even before she actually meet him. Sounded like Beautiful Darkness. =_=”
The characters! Urghh...
I think my favourite was actually the potato. [image error]
Yup, seriously. Arland as the supposedly hot, smoldering love interest was stiff as cardboard. Brad? Oh, gosh! I’m sorry but this dude is one pathetic friend-zone guy. Whenever he uses line like ‘I’ve always love you and continue to until I die’ I was like, who says things like that anymore? Maybe your grandpa to your grandma (which is really sweet) but for a teenage boy? I don’t think so.
Moving on to Kate. I don’t care if she says she shared bed with her sister, Brit and Brad before, but for her to invite Arland to her bed and went to the washroom together was just inappropriate. So, she knew him very well in her dreams but she just met Arland for a few days at that time in real life! If the author thought about fanservice, I suggest she read Kuroshitsuji, this manga would make the idea of having a demonic butler as the love interest to a 13-years old boy seems viable.
Kate dreamed a tragic dream, she woke up, she cried. Kate tried a spell, nothing happened, she gave up. Kate tried to open the portal back, she failed, she got depressed. I mean, there were like few pages dedicated just to convey how helpless and defeated she felt.
Luckily, whenever she got emo, she managed to rationalize herself again. But realizing this happened cyclically, I had to given up on this book. I don’t think I can handle anymore of her break downs for no valid reasons.(less)
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Excuse me while I'm
for a while.
*Try to recompose myself which may or may not help in the construction of a coherent review because I'm pretty much in my fangirling mode*
My dear fellow readers,
I know there are a few reasons which render you feeling skeptical about the awesomeness of this Beauty and the Beast retelling.
1. The..well, the whole Beauty and the Beast retelling idea. When authors decided for their work to be based on a well known fairy tale, they either scored or failed miserably because they (the harsh word is, pardon me) basically ripped off these popular stories which most likely have a strong-based fans. So without a credit for originality, if you didn't nail it then your book will just be mocked around. Surprisingly, Miss Ellison here had done the near impossible task by nailing her version of Beauty and the Beast!
2. The title: Gee...if you put this book side by side to, let say,The Dark Divine, based on the title alone, I'd go with the latter on any days. But the title, The Curse Girl best suits the book anyway, so why I am complaining when the content is this good.
3. The cover: While I found the colour scheme as very nice, I'm always uncomfortable with model exposing her skin like that. (I know I should keep my conservative side to myself) but hey, Bee wasn't anywhere near a seductive or a sensual character, so the cover is a bit misleading for me.
4. Bee's full name is Beauty. At first, I was like, seriously? Craving for some originality here! I remembered her inner monologue which mentioned that Beauty was not her real name but I didn't recall her name was fully revealed until the end of the story.
5. The length. Yup, it's very short. And sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Here we got a book which doesn't kid you around, telling you about all these craps you don't even care. Actually, I'm glad this book is short, otherwise, it might fail to sustain its magic on me. Nothing rushed, nothing underdeveloped, it was just nice :)
6. It is only $2.99 on Amazon. Okay, so you're being suspicious to unusually cheap books? Read Angelfall then you'll vomit rainbows.
Okay, here comes the actual review.
The plot I admit that the whole plot was a bit Disney-ish but not that kind of silly Disney where everything is too good too be true. I believe every thing that happened in this book made sense and was justified appropriately.
While the storyline may be obvious to some readers, I was quite blinded by my swooning over Will! Haha...sometimes it is fun to let the books taken you by surprise instead of you trying to figure everything out from page 1.
The characters I actually like every single character in this book!
Beauty - I warned you while Beauty is a certified martyr, she is still in her junior year, so stuff like prom, ice cream, sleepovers are still within her concerns. Yes, she ain't no Katniss or Penryn, but she is a very resourceful character. She can be reckless sometimes but still within reasons. And yeah, she IS funny.
The steps to the labyrinth fell away from me. A dank draft caught the candle flame and made it dance. “Maybe I’m supposed to go down these steps,”I muttered aloud. Famous last words, maybe. I inched forward. My toe bumped on the next step down. My chest squeezed tight. An agonizing scream echoed from below. I froze. Better not go empty-handed. Who knows what was down there. I stepped back into my room and grabbed the candle bracket from the wall too. It was heavy brass. Good enough for braining monsters in a fight, right? Maybe not, but I felt better holding it.
See? I was useful.Apparently Beast Boy was too good to “paw around on the floor” and find things.
Beauty's father - While he was the reason why Beauty was trapped in Beast's mansion, he had his own reason and that reason was actually valid from my point of you. So, kudos to the author for not making me hate this guy.
Will - Hello? I think I might just found another Mr Darcy here! You must be thinking, since he is the Beast, he must be the dangerous, mysterious, brooding, cold kind of guy. I tell you what, I don't think he would lift a finger on a lady.
At first, he was moody and quick on snide remarks but he was cursed! Give the boy a minute, will you? Some of his witty comments;
"I prey on innocent villagers and terrify their children," he said with a nasty smile. "And sometimes when I'm feeling really evil, I read books or paint."
"You want to break the curse, I want to break the curse. We don't need to be nice. We need to be effective. Just help me figure it out, and I'll make you a rich woman"
And the most wonderful thing, there was no ridiculously..
INSTA LURVE!!! They even hated each other at first.
"You’re ruining that book!” He pointed to the page I’d torn out. “That’s a perfectly good book!” Holding his gaze, I reached down and ripped another page out. “I’m making roses.” “Well, it’s my book.” “Sorry.” I tore out another.
O.o Epic fight!!!
I even wondered, how could the author wrote a perfectly developed and believable love story in less than 200 pages!
My only criticism is probably this part here;
Will reached down to help me up, and when our hands touched an electric shock jumped between our fingers.
Seriously, this electric buzzing thingy HAS TO STOP!(less)
I couldn't bring myself to love this book till the end...
You know that feeling when you were sure you'...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I couldn't bring myself to love this book till the end...
You know that feeling when you were sure you'll give a book the perfect five stars, shelve it under your favourite, and order it from bookdepository.com (because physical books in Aus are just damn expensive)?
Well, that's what happened with Legend. Plus, I always have a thing for Asian authors (not that I'm racist, I mean, really, it is just so far they've been delivering fresh new hits after hits).
Then, I asked myself, what is wrong with me? I mean, seriously. Here we got two 15 years-old prodigies, both capable of butt-kicking, one is a republic agent and the other one is a notorious street thug!
Did you hear that? That was the sound of my muffled scream against my pillow
Yes, I was that excited when I read the blurb.
I can tell you that this book is a crazy combination of Robin Hood + Romeo and Juliet + Sherlock Holmes + some other awesome stuff. But then I guess, it lacks the ummph factor I was looking for. The plot was a bit predictable, the narration while satisfyingly concise and precise, but it sounded dull...reminding me a lot of my monotonous yet knowledgeable lecturer *sigh*.
Some of my GR friends did point out that the age as a function of behaviour was not proportional to each other in this book. Given that Day and June are both prodigies, I'll just pretend that they are not just ridiculously book-smart but somehow they also posses an epic level of maturity and coolness, just so I like this book better *shrug*.
It was also a bit unfortunate because I think, if you minus the prodigy thingy and the dystopian setting, this would be just a regular crime novel despite it was definitely be a good one. The dystopian label was also kind of 'seriously?' for me because eugenics is not a new concept. Purposely infecting people to develop a perfect cure or vaccine? I think I've heard that before. So, I don't know if the true political message from this book is hidden behind that innocent young adult, distopian fiction label.
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Well, it wasn't as bad as I first expected it to be. Not to say it was mind-blowingly awesome. A quick read and just...meh!
Ok, let's start with the cover. I could've sworn that the girl on the cover is blond. So, when I came across the part where Amy's hair is described as red or sunset? I was like
Gah! The cover wasn't one of my favourite anyway. I felt weird carrying this book around with that cover. It's not like Romance is my favourite genre.
Enough rambling about the cover, I was actually deceived by the title. I thought it was a love story between two persons coming from two different worlds, like in The Lake House or The Time Traveler's Wife.
So much for my hatred for romance.
LOL! I like love stories when it is impossible for that two persons to be together. Some people just like to see the world burn. Next time I should read the blurb more closely.
Anyway, reading this book wasn't a complete waste of time. I adore the author's description of cryogenics, something I picked up during my ethics class long time ago. I would say, the world crafted by the author was believable albeit the disturbing portrayal of The Season.
Of course I was expecting a intergalactic battle.
but let's face it, here we have a hero who is still couldn't figure out how to operate the damn ship and a heroine who is still clutching her teddy bear, the chance of them winning would be none.
I'd still give the author credit for her writing style. To be honest, the pace of the story itself was very slow, but I kept on reading because the short, sharp transition from Amy to Elder point of view and back again although I did skipped a few paragraphs and pages here and there and didn't feel like I was missing much.
I like how Elder as the male protagonist is flawed but I am very traumatized by his revolting thoughts;
My eyes devour her body, then drift back to her breasts. The ice is a little foggy there, teasing me, but I can see enough to know they're lush, and even if they're frozen, I imagine that if they were warmed up...
I want to protect her now, cover her curves instead of run my fingers over them.
When I looked at Amy...I know what I'd like to do with her, and I know that I could.
Amy bites her lip, and all I want to do is seize her, crush her against me, feel her lips with mine.
That is worst than insta love. That is lust! (view spoiler)[Elder freaking unplugged Amy just to mate with her! (hide spoiler)] Don't tell me that Fifty Shades of Grey is the new Twilight because then I'll be the one who has to page my mother ship.
Moving on to Amy, thank goodness she wasn't immediately attracted to Elder. But she did admit that she watched people having sex on TV for million times? OF course she agreed that seeing people making out live was disturbing but I don't know, I find that part unnecessary?
Gah! I know I'm conservative and I should keep my thought to myself.
Anyway, I'm still considering whether I would continue on with the series. I kinda like the ending of this book. At last, in book two of a series, someone could desert her love interest for a valid reason.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I am someone who prefer to write a review straight away after I finished the book.
Instead, I went to b...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I am someone who prefer to write a review straight away after I finished the book.
Instead, I went to bookdepository.com and ordered The Iron Fey Boxed Set.
Isn't the packaging adorable? *puppy eyes*
I tend to avoid any series which consist of more than three books. Most of the time, I heard that the overall plot could be easily condensed into fewer books and the authors were just keen to have more money out of you. I was also skeptical with books based on fey myth because I thought they were like the bubbliest, shiniest, radiating-with-good-energy creatures out there, and I thought nah...probably for kids but not for me.
This book proved that I should never generalize.
If you've read it, you'll notice that this book was born from years of imagination. Not something that an author tried to come up with when realizing the burst of Young Adult market in the past few years.
The choice of words and the fluidity of the plot was impeccable. It reminded me of The Lords of the Rings, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland but unique enough to stand in its own league. I didn't like Meghan as much as I wanted to but I guess, there are more pages reserved for Meghan to be the ass-kicking heroine whom I longed for in later books.
Fear not, the romance was not done excessively in this particular book (thank God!). Ash was the classic Mr Darcy, so I instinctively drawn to be in his team. But Puck was a strong male lead as well, unfortunately I think he'll be staying in the friend-zone for the rest of the series.(less)
I had a high hope. A very high hope. As high as Charlie Sheen on crack.
Yup, you got the idea.
I like how the overall concept based on an Indian myth. Hmpphh...I just like stories from India in general. I can watch Hindi movies without subtitles.
I kid you not.
I like cats. Tiger, leopard, cheetah, puma, they are ALL cats to me. I'll risk my life just to pat their heads.
Unfortunately, I had risk my sanity because this book has cats tigers.
It wasn't plain bad. Fallen was plain bad (Hmm...I never get tired of making fun of this book). In fact, I should give the author credits for doing an extensive homework on the background of the all the legends and myths and the elaborated descriptions on each settings.
One thing for sure. This book has a plot.
Well, I would say that the editor did a terrible job because the first three chapters and the last two chapters were just a waste of papers.
Seriously. Who wants to read this? "There were mounted pumps full of shampoo, conditioner, and soap"
Here we got two well-characterized male leads, Dhiren and Kishan and we, the readers had to read the story based on the most annoying female lead I ever came across in my whole reading life!
If you think Lucinda Price was annoying, I think this Kelsey was gazillion-fold more annoying.
Like Luce was annoying because she was dumb as soup but Kelsey was just plain annoying, you wouldn't even feel guilty feeding her to one of those bloodsucking monkeys, Kappa.
Here, lemme tell you why:
1. She is useless. She can wield the gada easily (because somehow the gada becomes lightweight in her hands) but not even once, she used that gada to destroy any upcoming obstacles. Like, Ren had to do all the dirty job by himself.
2. She could not even pack for herself. It was Mr Kadam who had to pack her foods, clothes and EVEN shampoo and conditioner. If she is real, I'd lost faith in humanity.
3. She is whiny, pessimistic and ermm..ANNOYING. Ren: Are you ready? Kelsey: No! Give me a minute to mentally write a last will and testament. Ren: It'll be fine. Kelsey: Sure it will. I want to make sure I can record every minute of this experience in my journal. Of course, that's probably a moot point because I'm assuming that I'm going to die in the jump anyway.
Ren, you should just push her off the cliff.
Oh wait, not before you deliver her a good bitchslap first.
Oh dear Ren, why did you have to comb Kelsey's hair and massage her back. You are not her butler or her servant, you are a freaking prince.
Pardon me but I didn't find the combing and massaging as romantic.
*sigh* Why didn't I just give up on Young Adult genre already! I'm sick of all this cheap romance.
4. Kelsey is a disgrace to the female population as a whole. I'm aware that women can be difficult and complicated. They tell you that they're fine but they're not. They tell you that they're okay but they are jealous.
Why didn't I use we instead of they anyway?
Whatever. The thing is, Ren is treating her well, too well even. At some point in Kishkindha, Kelsey suddenly thought she was no good for Ren, Ren would find other girls once he is free from the curse yada yada. Seriously, Ren didn't do anything wrong and she suddenly broke down and ignored him!
5. Ren: Faster, Kelsey. Run faster! Kelsey: I can't go any any faster, Ren!
6. Kelsey's dying thought 'That's okay. Looking at his gorgeous face one last time is enough for me. I'll die a happy woman. Me: Die, bi*ch die! (few lines later)
7. Ren pulled Kelsey's closer. Kelsey's thought: I had almost died after all. I deserved some kind of reward for surviving, didn't I.
8. Kelsey's thought: My poor, knobby, blistered, sore feet. Oh well, maybe Mr Kadam will spring for a pedicure later.
This is one of the classic mistakes where I fell for the amazing cover. But the positive reviews had drawn me in too. Honestly, I couldn't understand...moreThis is one of the classic mistakes where I fell for the amazing cover. But the positive reviews had drawn me in too. Honestly, I couldn't understand what is so great about this book. I felt indifferent towards every characters. The romance was...urghh cheesy to the max!!! I could even predict what was going to happen in the end!
I silently wished the queen of Everneath would make an appearance and violently and brutally kills Nikki. *insert hysterical laugh again*
I'm sorry, I just thought the story lacks depth and maturity.
Most importantly, it was so BORING!!!!
Some of the things that did not make sense;
Somehow the drunk and wasted brother of Jack cares to join in Nikki's little adventure of finding Cole's secret.
The first time Nikki came clean to Jack about why she'd disappeared, it happened in Jack's place. Specifically, in Jack's bedroom.
After six months of Nikki's disappearance, her dad didn't interrogate Nikki like err...how a father should do. I mean, he really believed Nikki was doing drugs and stuck in a rehab? Where was the rehab? In Narnia? Couldn't her father track the rehab down?
Gah! And few other bizarre moments which I couldn't bother to include because I want to jump into other books right now. (less)
The truth is, I almost wanted to give this book 2 or 3 stars and never continue on with the series.
But by page 286 out of 323, boy I changed my mind. Rachel Hawkins had done the unthinkable by not only providing me with an epic climax that caught me off guard but also supplying another epic climax that left me breathless.
And she did that with only 50 pages left to spare! How cool is that?
Before the climax, apart from a few good laughs, the book didn't impress me too much. Archer is just like a better version of Edward. Elodie and her entourage are the usual, popular hot girls with a mission to be mean to our protagonist, Sophie. And the whole cliche high school drama is completed with the social outcast, Jenna the vampire.
Well, I would like to see more of Cal in the next book. *wink2*
I'm a bit disappointed with Sophie as a character. Yes, she is excellent in making my side cramped with her witty remarks but I feel like the author intentionally molded her character as one of those 'every-girl-can-fit-into her-shoes' kind of characters. I mean, she claimed she got average appearance (crazy hair, freckled skin etc! Ehem, I think freckles are cute), tad clumsy (her spells mostly went wrong), had a crush over the hottest guy in the school...
Oh yes, Sophie is the epitome of this meme.
*sigh* What did I expect anyway, I can't compare her to Katniss, Katniss would be able to sense something fishy was going on. I'd be thankful to the author too if Sophie doesn't have any feelings (or lust) towards Archer or Cal. I don't know...that kind of thoughts made me feel...a bit uncomfortable.
Before I end my review, I would like to share some of the hilarious lines. Yup, I was that entertained.
There were only six adults in the oldest picture, and all of then looked really serious, like they'd probably kicked kittens for fun.
"Say the five words yo begin the ritual." I blinked at her. "Are you freaking kidding me?"
"I'm Beth." and I realized I was supposed to shake her paw. I did, gingerly. "Sophie." She smiled. It was terrifying, but that wasn't her fault.
His eyes were nearly watering, and his lips were twitching. My hand tightened on the stake. Maybe shoving it into his heart wasn't such a bad idea.
I'd been harboring this secret fantasy that he was only pretending to like her so that he could publicly dump her in the most embarrassing way possible, preferably on national television.
"So if you can heal with your touch, why are you working here as like, Hagrid, or whatever?"
One more thing, HOW COULD THE PUBLISHER PUT A CAT ON THE COVER WHEN SOPHIE WAS ALLERGIC TO CATS HERSELF!!! DO NOT EVER
MISUSE A PICTURE OF A CUTE ANIMAL FOR YOUR PROFIT!
The first 50 pa...moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
***Minor spoilers alert***
I wanted to like this book.
I wanted to like this book so bad.
The first 50 pages were so epic I almost ready to sacrifice my sleep to finish this book.
His arms are tatted up, half sleeves to his elbows. His eyebrow is missing a ring they must've confiscated. Dark blue eyes dark brown hair sharp jawline strong lean frame. Gorgeous. Dangerous. Terrifying. Horrible.
My heart almost stopped beating. The writing is very refreshing. Absence of commas, strokes here and there, multiple adjectives, exact numbers. Some people might find sentences are not minivans (This got me laughing till my side cramped).
Juliette was captivating in the beginning. A little bit OCD-ish. I liked how most things worked to unnerve her, she meant to be that way, with what she'd experienced. I liked how she was longing for touch not because she is a pervert but because she meant to be like that. But as the story progresses, she annoyed me so much with her overdramatic thoughts and lust (yes lust!) for Adam and somehow for Warner (euwwwhhh!)
I don't care if Adam and Juliette liked each other since they were 14. If the author intended to make their love sounds super grandiose by narrating their background story like that, all I can say is I don't buy it. They were like...trying to make out whenever they had the chance!
Then, there are some weird scenes such as when Juliette is having a mental breakdown when she found out that English language would be banned soon. I was like, did I miss something or Juliette is indeed just a little bit psychotic? Next, when she assumed that Adam betrayed her, she still had her eyes on him...in a loving way. LOL! I don't understand you, woman!
But here comes the most ridiculous ending of all (sorry for the hyperbola)
Juliette did not just have Rogue's power, she got her own superhero suit!
Oh look, Mr Fantastic and Electro did a brief cameo.
Eh, we got Randall from Monster Inc as well!
Want to make a superhero series? Pick some original superpowers, will ya?(less)