Now I'm done with this book, I have this irresistible urge to pet kittens and pick daisies.
This book is mighty dark, guys.
And I liked it.
No matter howNow I'm done with this book, I have this irresistible urge to pet kittens and pick daisies.
This book is mighty dark, guys.
And I liked it.
No matter how uncomfortable I am with real-life blood and gore, I always like a good thriller. But since I read mainly YA, I don't come across good YA thriller often enough.
You know that feeling when you don't know you've been longing for something until you got it?
That is how I feel now. And it's so satisfying!
Ever since I watched the Death Note anime on late 2013, I was yearning for similar sort of psychological thriller story. Dangerous Girls came close but I didn't really enjoy it. I thought there were a few inconsistencies and plot holes.
Turns out I liked Dangerous Boys better. And it's surprising because some reviewers thought this was less enjoyable than Dangerous Girls. To make it more interesting, when I was 200 pages in, I thought I had it all figured out (some elaborate scheme etc).
Of course, like the first book, the simplest explanation is the truth. So at first I felt a bit disappointed because it's so simple! And then later I thought that is why this book is so genius - it leads you to believe some convoluted version of the truth while the truth is staring right at your face.
Before I saw that this book is available as an audiobook from my library, I was under the impression that The False Prince is a middle-grade fantasy wBefore I saw that this book is available as an audiobook from my library, I was under the impression that The False Prince is a middle-grade fantasy with over 500 pages. I don't know where I got that but this is not the first time I had the wrong ideas about certain books. Maybe I had a lucid dream about these books...
*cue Inception theme*
Anyway, in short, I never really wanted to read it but because I don't read well in the plane, I think an audiobook would be a perfect choice and this was the most interesting audiobook available from the limited collection of audiobooks my library had to offer. Confession time: there were actually a few times where I accidentally blacked out while listening to it so my knowledge of this book is riddled with holes. Despite that, I enjoyed it immensely! That twist in the end was such a killer! I did suspect the twist far ahead but I was like, 'nah...that can't be it'.
Basically the twist changed my opinion of this book 180 degree. At first, I expected a faster-paced story - I was hoping on reading how 'The False Prince' deals with the royalty life i.e. the life after 'The False Prince' was chosen, not so much on the 'choosing process' itself. I also didn't like Sage for most parts because he is cocky and arrogant...until the twist. After that, everything falls into places perfectly.
So yeah, highly recommended if you're looking for a fantasy fix (or you just like stories about betrayal and deception like me :P).
p.s. The narrator of this audiobook is so awesome!...more
The X-men reference is really the best thing about this book.
Look, after Fangirl (which I hated more than I liked), I swore I will not touch any other
The X-men reference is really the best thing about this book.
Look, after Fangirl (which I hated more than I liked), I swore I will not touch any other books by Rainbow Rowell. However, just recently I watched a couple of Running Man episodes (a South Korean variety show) which features Park Ji Sung, the most adorable guy who have ever graced the Earth the legendary Manchester United soccer player and I couldn't help but to be reminded of this book.
YES, DUDE! I READ THIS SOLELY BECAUSE I HAVE A CRUSH ON PARK JI SUNG. Nothing shocking, really. I've read books for weirder reasons in the past.
Anyway, the intro was a bit off-putting for me - Eleanor and Park insulting each other in their monologues when they first met each other? Wut? And then things started to pick up really well. It was cute and adorable and I could actually feel the chemistry between them. At this point, I almost believed I found the hipster twin of Anna and the French Kiss (probably my most favourite contemporary to date).
And all of the sudden, Park dropped the sacred three words and my brain started buzzing with insta-love alert and from there, everything went absolutely wrong. Like, I was reading this book very fast (took me half a day, really) but I couldn't stop but to keep shaking my head all the way through.
I actually really liked Park. Like, how often do you find male Asian otaku characters in YA novels? I'm currently mentally dating him already. But Eleanor. The poor, fragile, overly sensitive Eleanor. Just arghhhhh!!! Look, I really, really want to emphatise with her. I get that she has trouble with her body image, she get bullied at school, she get abused at home and all that but I don't really feel she has ever tried to stand up for herself. I don't understand why she has to be all butthurt and offended all the time around Park. It felt like Park has to navigate around landmines everytime he wants to talk to her. I mean, Park is a guy and guys often say things that they don't mean to when they try to figure the girls out.
Generally, I don't understand what Park sees in Eleanor.
And then when towards the end, the story started shifting into a sort-of crime/thriller mode...it was just bizarre. I know it represents a serious issue but it was just out of nowhere and out of place? I almost wanted to laugh at this part then I felt guilty...ahhh...it was really weird.
Yeah, whatever. I'm not sure why I bothered....more
I know I jumped on the 'Percy Jackson' train quite late. I never really wanted to read it because so many people have been comparing it to the Harry PI know I jumped on the 'Percy Jackson' train quite late. I never really wanted to read it because so many people have been comparing it to the Harry Potter series (which I found to be not quite accurate) and I'm not really familiar with Greek mythology. But I have been seeing books from this series in almost every bookshelf tour videos and some booktubers even said that this is the story that they grew up with so I thought, 'why not?'.
I can't really say it was mind-blowing but I can understand now why it's so popular. I think this is perfect cookie-cutter middle grade book but not without bites.
The idea of this book is totally wacky and ridiculous, almost like a parody of all-things Greek mythology so I can't really say I'm impressed with the setting and the plot. But I couldn't care less because the writing is witty, fun and ballsy.
So yeah, I'm quite surprised I actually enjoyed this very much....more
Before I start with this review, I just want to say, Kanin, you're one flawless bastard. *weeps*
For me, the entire Blood of Eden series represents eve
Before I start with this review, I just want to say, Kanin, you're one flawless bastard. *weeps*
For me, the entire Blood of Eden series represents everything I've ever wanted from the Twilight series. I really loved the intensity, the dark & gritty atmosphere and the memorable characters. I believe that if this series got released just 3 years earlier then it will be as popular as the Mortal Instrument series and the Hunger Games series. But I guess people just got tired of vampire books so it's a shame that this series receives less recognition that it deserves.
There is something so addictive about Julie Kagawa's writing. It's always sharp, technical and straight-forward. Although she does not have that ultra-unique style, her writing works every.single.time. At this point in time I actually think it's impossible for her books to receive 1-star rating from me. Her writing will always be the saving grace no matter how ridiculous the plot or how weak the characters are in the book (I'm looking at you, The Iron Daughter and The Lost Prince).
In term of the characters, they are absolutely fantastic. Allison slayyyys (as always). But for me, Kanin>Jackal>Zeke. I think among the best element of this series is the mentor-student relationship between Kanin and Allison. I was a bit nervous when there was a possible hint of romantic attraction between them in book 2, thank God it never got past that bite scene. I mean, Kanin is practically Allison's dad, so yeah, the possibility of them both getting together is quite disturbing.
Jackal stole my heart by delivering the best line I've ever read in my entire life;'For all I know, he (Kanin) could be chasing squirrels to make a necklace from their little squirrel balls."
Jackal, you one adorable bastard.
So you could understand why Zeke is my least favourite guy. He's nice and all that but he's so boring in comparison to these two dreamboats (well, Jackal is not exactly a dreamboat material but you know what I mean).
Sarren is a total psycho in this book but I feel that the final boss fight against him was a tad formulaic and underwhelming. In fact, the entire ending felt anti-climatic and too much 'happy ever after'-ish for my liking.
But worry not, this is still one of the best series I've read so far. ...more
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
A perfect guilty-pleasure read. It's fun, light and easyI received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
A perfect guilty-pleasure read. It's fun, light and easy to follow. Saying that, there are some dark, gritty and surprisingly inspiring moments in this book. So don't worry, although it's light, it's not a fluffy and silly read. I liked how the author wrote a fantasy book without overcomplicating the plot with complex world building and tonnes of characters. This book is a rare, successful example of how 'less is more'.
I'm not crazy about the two leads. Ryiah and Darren are okay but they both can sometimes got into my nerves with their stubbornness. Overall, the short length of the book makes it a bit hard for me to connect with any of the characters.
It's a pleasant book but there is really nothing I haven't read/seen before. Saying that, I still enjoyed it very much and I am looking forward to read the sequel. ...more
Just how unlucky am I, starting the year with an offensive 600-pages long book?
*cools down a bit*
You know that feeling when you see a 10-year old girlJust how unlucky am I, starting the year with an offensive 600-pages long book?
*cools down a bit*
You know that feeling when you see a 10-year old girl playing dressed-up like an adult (wearing high heels, a minidress and make-ups)? That's how I feel about this book. In fact, I'm not sure if Afterworlds counts as a book. This is just a messed-up, less fun version of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
There is barely any substance in this book. Not enough to be a paranormal or a thriller or a romance or a mystery or a contemporary...it's hollow.
What I liked (enough for me to give it a 2-stars although I basically hated this book);
1. Refreshing concept: Story within a story? Haven't come across this often enough.
2. Spectacular first chapter from Lizzie's POV: Saying this, this might be an inside joke by itself (as the other protag, Darcy, got a book deal based on this first chapter alone).
3. Indian/Hindu myth/culture/religion adaptation.
4. Insider's look into the world of writing and publishing: At first I was like 'DO AUTHORS REALLY GET PAID THAT MUCH MONEY?' and then I was like, 'deadline? Correction: deadlines? Well, NOPE'.
5. Some of the scenes was written exceptionally well. E.g. when Lizzie first learning how to become 'incorporeal'.
What I didn't like;
1. Everything else. This book is one cocky bastard....more
To be honest, I never really wanted to read this book until I saw it was available from my library. It has a pretty good reviews so whyDNF-ed at 59%.
To be honest, I never really wanted to read this book until I saw it was available from my library. It has a pretty good reviews so why not? I should've known better as I'm never into contemporary books.
I think this book has the same problem as We Were Liars. It's trying too hard to impress me until it came across as being phoney. Or maybe the problem is that I'm such a heartless bitch. Take your pick.
Wow. Probably the weakest Julie Kagawa’s book I’ve read so far (I’ve read seven of hers in total). Since it’s still penned by Kagawa, The Lost PrinceWow. Probably the weakest Julie Kagawa’s book I’ve read so far (I’ve read seven of hers in total). Since it’s still penned by Kagawa, The Lost Prince is still highly readable and engaging so that’s 2-stars rating is relative to her other books, not relative to all the books I’ve read. Sorry if it’s misleading.
But I won’t change my rating because I am thoroughly disappointed with this book.
Honestly it’s really weird reading from Ethan POV because the last time I knew him was when he was a 4-year old kid. So seeing he changed into this brooding and moody teenager from a cheerful boy is a bit...uh, disturbing. More disturbing is when reading about Keirran (having a romantic interest etc) while knowing that Meghan and Ash still look as young as I left them in The Iron Knight. It reminds of the same queasy feeling I felt when reading Breaking Dawn. I know, not the book’s fault – time in Nevernever moves differently and all that jazz but at this point, I think Kagawa should have never continued with The Iron Fey series. Saying that, I might still be reading The Iron Traitor someday because well, it’s Kagawa’s.
Other problems I had with The Lost Prince; 1. Ethan - After such entertaining and distinctive set of characters from The Iron Fey series, all the new characters from The Lost Prince seem flat and boring in comparison. Ethan for me, is a misogynist asshat who never listens to other people’s advice including his own. Never get involved with the fey, my foot. He didn’t even try hard enough to stick to his own policy. He likes to take matters into his hands and never gives other people chance to be helpful. I don’t understand why he can’t just discuss the problem properly with Meghan – someone who is powerful and experienced in fey matters. He’s seen that Meghan is still the same compassionate and gentle sister he used to have. Ethan, of all people should’ve understand why Meghan cut all the ties to her mortal family – for their own safety.
2. Keirran - We all know Puck likes to get into trouble but at least he is funny and still has a common sense. Keirran is one ungrateful, selfish (except when in comes to Annwyl of course) brat who is so far, a burden to everyone. Why can’t he just appreciate who he is instead of feeling the odd one out and take care of himself a little better?
3. Kenzie - If Kagawa thinks Kenzie pulling a ‘Jamie from A Walk to Remember’ would make me like her more then she’s wrong. I don’t know, I guess there is nothing wrong with her except she’s mighty stubborn and sound like a failed attempt of creating a manic pixie dreamgirl character.
4. Annwyl - The redcap who cleans Leanansidhe’s carpet has more personalities than her.
5. The villain - I think everyone who has read The Iron Knight already knew about The Forgotten and their motives. Spending 80% of the book to reveal the antagonist whom most of the readers have already familiar with is not very exciting.
Bonus time: I savoured every moment Meghan, Ash, Puck, Grimalkin, Razor and Leanansidhe make their appearance because they were so entertaining! It’s like meeting old friends after a long time. ^_^...more
Yes, the Iron Fey characters aren't exactly a bunch of harmless, friendly creaturesActual rating: 4.75 stars.
I never knew Julie Kagawa had it in her.
Yes, the Iron Fey characters aren't exactly a bunch of harmless, friendly creatures but Blood of Eden characters (especially Allison) have reached another level of badassery. And I don't think I came across a post-appocalyptic/dystopia world as dark, as gritty and as twisted as the one that Kagawa has created. In fact, I'm not even sure if this can still be considered as a YA book. Too much violence and gore LOL!...more
If there is one book that I want for Christmas (although I don't celebrate it), this is that book.
I was made aware of this book years ago when someoneIf there is one book that I want for Christmas (although I don't celebrate it), this is that book.
I was made aware of this book years ago when someone post all the pages from this book in a 9gag post. And it cracked me up so much! Unfortunately I forgot to bookmark that page so I couldn't, for the life of me, remember the title of this book when I wanted to buy this online.
Until I saw it among the list of books in Book Depository sale section.
I think I literally burst into joy when I remembered that this.is.the.freaking.book I've been looking for, for years.
I'm not sure why I'm telling you this. I guess I had to say that this book and me had a long history LOL!...more
A copy was provided by HarlequinTEEN Australia in exchange for an honest review.
In case you haven't noticed, I heavily panned Captivate, book 1 of theA copy was provided by HarlequinTEEN Australia in exchange for an honest review.
In case you haven't noticed, I heavily panned Captivate, book 1 of the Submerged Sun series. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn't go near its sequel, Impulse, for obvious reasons. However, I received Impulse together with Captivate and it has such a glorious cover (I mean, come on, look at that cover!), so I thought, why not?
Wow, I mean, wow! A sequel that is thousands times better than its immediate predecessor? Dear Vanessa Garden, I don't know what happened between Captivate and Impulse...but deyyumm gurl, you made me rethink my entire existence. JK! You made me rethink my 'dropping the series if the first book is no good' policy.
I think what worked so well in Impulse is its political drama-llama which usually reserved for high fantasy books. In Impulse, we have a small-scale, underwater Game of Thrones. No shit. I didn't know who to trust, who I should loathe, what's their motives etc. In Captivate, I was under the impression that Marin citizen are a bunch of boring, nice people. I didn't expect to see the darker, uglier side of Marin citizen when faced with desperation of wanting to bear children. Even the main and secondary characters whom I thought as very one-dimensional in Captivate such as Sylvia, Anne, Damir, Lily and Lauren have morphed into more complex, layered characters in Impulse. Special honourary mention: Blake - I loved this guy! He's so creepy in the right way! One thing that still bothers me is whether I should hate Lauren or not. I don't know if the author wants me to hate Lauren at first then to like her once I learned her true motive or just continue to hate her because (view spoiler)[her motive is still very ambiguous up until the end of the book (hide spoiler)].
Now, another interesting bit about this book is its undefined genre. It could be a dystopia - organised underwater civilisation but it's not set in the future. It could be a fantasy - because of the mention of a mythical creature and just the general atmosphere of the book, but the creature is yet to be verified to have existed. It could be a sci-fi - hell yeah, alien technology but this bit is also still very much wishy-washy. Honestly, it could be a romance and thriller and mystery book. Unbelievable, isn't it? I saw a lot of people shelving the books from this series under 'mermaid' tag and this confuses the hell out of me. THIS IS NOT TECHNICALLY A MERMAID BOOK. Yeah, there are some mentions of mermaid but mermaid isn't the main thing here, okay.
Okay, here's the thing that made me feel so relieved; the relationship between Miranda and Marko is properly built and developed in this book. No more outlandish, insta-love declarations, no more unnecessary pseudo love triangle. Although, in Impulse, there is a part where I actually held my breath because I felt like another love triangle is coming but this time it's for a good reason. So yeah, I felt myself warming up to Miranda and Marko although towards the end I cringed a bit when Miranda wants to take things too fast.
But Impulse still had the same problem as Captivate. The last one third of the book has once again suffered from sketchy plot and it felt like it was dragged forever but ended up at the same point. But contrary to the first book where it's just plunging to the abyss of the deepest hell-hole, this time it was still bearable and readable. I think with better editing, this last part of the book could have been much better.
So yeah, Impulse - totally worth it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
A copy was provided by Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.
BREATHTAKING UNDERWATWER COVER!!!
Should've known better, right? To be fairA copy was provided by Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.
BREATHTAKING UNDERWATWER COVER!!!
Should've known better, right? To be fair, it wasn't particularly bad, but it was definitely strange and cliché.
The book reminded me a lot of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (the 'kidnapping to be made a bride for the king' part) and Renegade by J.A. Souders (the 'underwater city surrounded by dark mysteries' part). Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I liked the two aforementioned books.
Captivate doesn't waste time getting to the action. By action, I mean the kidnapping (that sounds so wrong). So, we don't get to know the dynamics of Miranda's relationship with her sister and her grandparents very well. While I appreciate the 'hit the ground rolling' opening, it was hard for me to feel Miranda's desperation to go back home because I wasn't being shown the strength of her family bond. Granted, we were told that Miranda harbours a secret she's been intending to tell her sister, Lauren and she wants to seek her forgiveness, but I think it helps if a brief details of Miranda's relationship with Lauren before their parents died was provided so that the readers can establish an emotional connection with Miranda.
Well, I was hoping for that so, so much because honestly, I did not like Lauren at all, so if only I could learn something good about her, then I could probably empathise more with Miranda and her wish to be back home. Here's Lauren's quote that irritates me so much;
Mum always used to say I had the metabolism of a racehorse-"With the stumpy body of a Shetland pony", Lauren would add with a smirk.
WHAT KIND OF OLDER SISTER TALKS TO HER YOUNGER SISTER LIKE THAT? Uh.
(view spoiler)[And let's face it. Their parents death was IMO Lauren's fault. I'm 100% agree that she should have never leave Miranda alone on her birthday. But playing dumb for over a year, letting Miranda feels the guilt and never tries to make amend before Miranda confesses to her is just vain.
SERIOUSLY, WHAT KIND OF OLDER SISTER TREATS HER YOUNGER SISTER LIKE THAT? (hide spoiler)]
Alright, enough about Lauren.
At first, I found Miranda as easy to like. She is cautious and sceptical of everyone she meets in Marin. She doesn't only say she wants to go home, she takes actions - she tries to remember Marin's layout, she plans her next moves, she gets to the good side of people who might help her escape and praise da lord, she doesn't get attracted to ANY male beings in Marin although they are well, kinda hot.
***mild spoilers ahead***
Now, please explain me what happened from Chapter Twenty and onwards? If the book was sort of 'yeah, okay, maybe' before that, after this chapter the book just takes a sharp dive into the abyss the of the deepest hell-hole. Like, seriously. The book threw me off so badly, I was even wondering if a different author had wrote this last third of the book.
Miranda suddenly loses her ability to think straight, makes bad decisions after bad decisions. AND SHE LIES. SO.MANY.FREAKING.TIMES.
Also, she suddenly gets attracted to both Marko and to some extent, Robbie. Marko is basically the kidnapper for the first two-third of the book, and honestly, I don't think he's making any significant efforts to make Miranda likes her, so yeah, when in Chapter Twenty, they are throwing the love word all around, I was like 'whaaaaaat'?. Only after that that they are beginning to really warming up to each other. Isn't that bizarre?
Anyway, they were a few things I noticed that make this book a bit ethically questionable.
1. Stockholm Syndrome is an icky subject. And I don't think the book handles this theme really well. Captivate tries to romanticise kidnapping too much and that doesn't sit very well to me. I remember reading Stolen by Lucy Christopher which kinda romanticises kidnapping as well but in the end, it still hammers down the message that kidnapping is wrong. The fact that the whole city agrees to the kidnapping, that is just disturbing, no matter how desperate you are.
2. My inner feminism raged when Miranda was kidnapped (of course) and (view spoiler)[when she was forced to be brought back home. The argument was that it's dangerous for her to stay but giving her a less than one day notice before she will be brought home and denying her plea to stay when she really wants to help is just arrogant. AND HONESTLY! THEY NEVER THINK OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT PROBABLY IT'S THE MEN THAT ARE IMPOTENT? (hide spoiler)]
3. (view spoiler)[When Stephanie pleads to Miranda for Phillippe's life, Miranda says that Stephanie owes her, that just pissed me off. SAVING SOMEONE'S LIFE WHEN THEY DON'T DESERVE TO DIE DOESN'T MEAN YOU OWE THAT PERSON ANYTHING. And what's up with the 'feeding to the shark' sentence. That is uncivilised for a so called a self-sustaining civilisation. (hide spoiler)]
4. If it's feasible for Marin to trade everything for pearls, I don't understand why it's not feasible to just offer a girl to come WILLINGLY to Marin for diplomatic or charitable reasons. If the girl doesn't like it, then let her go and offer another girl. I'm sure they can sign an agreement or something to keep the secret. There MUST be a girl who would've enjoy living underwater (someone who hates meat and sunlight and has no family for example) instead of ripping a random girl from her family. Ugh.
5. Fertility dance. I'm not sure if this is ethically questionable. It's just bizarre.
Anyway, there are a still a few unanswered mysteries and the story could be heading towards a darker path in Book 2. So since I got a copy of Impulse as well, I will be reading the sequel soon.["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"]>["br"]>...more
DNF-ed at page 26. This book made me so angry! I clearly underestimated how bad and wrong Teardrop would be. I thought Fallen is the worst book I've eDNF-ed at page 26. This book made me so angry! I clearly underestimated how bad and wrong Teardrop would be. I thought Fallen is the worst book I've ever had the misfortune of reading.
I was wrong.
Lauren Kate has outdone herself.
I will not tolerate a book with a message that basically says; 1. Attempting suicide is okay if your parents are divorced, your mom is dead and your stepmom sucks. 2. Not trying to get out of your depression and deny all helps offered by people around you is okay because nobody understands you anyway. 3. Being rude to the people who stick with you and try to help you even after you've given up on yourself is okay because it's not like you need help anyway. You want to kill yourself, remember?
I wanted to believe that Lauren Kate is one of the bestselling authors because she must've done something right.
I still don't know what is that something.
Or maybe there's never something.
It's just a sign that the world has come to an end.
My Twitter outrburst while reading those 26 pages of Teardrop.