I didn't expect to love this book as much as I do now. I'm not a fast reader and with lots of house chores toMy full review is posted at Books4Juliet
I didn't expect to love this book as much as I do now. I'm not a fast reader and with lots of house chores to do, reading has been scarce lately. But Legend is unputdownable. I was rooted in my bed from the first time I open the book up to the end. It was really good.
I take a closer look at Kaede's new opponent... For a second it seems like the crowd's attention has made her uncomfortable and I'm ready to dismiss her as a real contender until I study her again. No, this girl is nothing like the last one. She's hesitating not because she's afraid to fight, or because she fears losing, but because she's thinking. Calculating. She has a dark hair tied back in a high ponytail and a lean, athletic build. She stands deliberately, with a hand resting on her hip, as if nothing in the world can catch her off guard. I find myself pausing to admire her face. For a brief moment, I'm lost to my surroundings...
...the instant the new girl steps into the circle and I see her stance...I know I've made a big mistake. Kaede strikes like a bull, a battering ram. This girl strikes like a viper. -Day
June is the golden prodigy of the Republic. She got the best of genes and is destined for a bright future. She's the only person who got the perfect score in the Trial, and she's been recognized at such a young age, making her the youngest yet the best soldier in the military. Until her brother, Captain Metias died and Day became the suspect. Day is the country's most wanted criminal. And June will do everything to hunt him down and avenge her brother's death.
I think that June and Day are two of the smartest, fastest, strongest, and most brilliant characters I've ever met. And they are probably the most perceptive, intuitive of all. When something arise, they easily figure it out. Most importantly, they can immediately figure out each other. I hope that it will continue up to the next book. They somehow remind me of Tris and Four of Divergent. Brilliant and totally kick-ass. And behind those tough personalities are good hearts. These characters are driven by their fears and heartaches in the past. They were crashed but they remain whole in a world where survival is vital and only possible for the fittest. I loved those characters that exudes such great personalities. I want to see them in the big screen. This book deserves it!
Then there's a voice telling me to get up. When I look to my side, I see a boy holding out his hand to me. He has bright blue eyes, dirt on his face, and a beat-up old cap on, and at this moment, I think he might be the most beautiful boy I've ever seen. "Come on," he urges. I take his hand.
He doesn't act like a desperate street kid. He has so many more sides to him that I wonder if he has always lived in these poor sectors. He glances at me now, notices me studying him, and pauses for a second. Some secret emotion darts across his eyes. A beautiful mystery. -June
I'd say that my most favorite part in the story is when Day first laid his eyes on June at the Skiz. It was remarkable. I loved how Day described June when he saw her, the same way I loved how June thought about Day when he first offered her his hand. I knew that the romance will blossom eventually, and I've been so ecstatic to see how everything will play out for two people who are enemies and bound by duty and responsibility--one for the Republic, the other one for his family.
I am a huge fan of dystopian novels blended with good romance and brilliantly developed characters, and Legend has both. The story is compelling, gripping and totally intense. It's a kind of book that you don't want to put down once you started reading it. The story is fast-paced and the world building is very well crafted. I cannot ask for more in this book. It has the right amount of action, suspense, romance, and drama that makes it a very satisfying read. Aside from that, I loved how the story were told from two different POVs. If you have the paperback or the hardback copy of the book, you'll see that Day's POV was written using a different color of ink, and with different font. This made the book more fun and easier to read. I got even more excited every time the POV changed.
Legend had everything I want in a dystopian book. The story is impressive and I really enjoyed it. It reminds me why I like dystopian novels so much. It's a fast read, intense, highly engaging, emotionally gripping, and a total page-turner! If you are a huge fan of dystopian novels like me, you'll surely don't want to miss it. I highly recommend Legend. It's a powerful story. It deserves a place on my bookshelf, and I'm sure it'll be a great addition to your bookshelf too. It's a must read!...more
The characters. One of the many things I love about reading is meeting different kinds ofFull review at Books4Juliet
What I liked loved about Obsidian:
The characters. One of the many things I love about reading is meeting different kinds of characters--most of them I tend to love and and some are so remarkable that I can't seem to get them out of my system anymore. I so love Daemon Black. Who wouldn't love such a guy. The sarcasm, the wit, the confidence, no to mention being so hot and sexy and drop dead gorgeous. And he's an alien--sexy (jerk), everyday swoon-worthy (punch-worthy) alien with striking green eyes and kissable lips... What's not to love? And I bet you would love to meet Katy. She's an avid reader and a book blogger too! This girl cannot be tamed, and even Daemon with his killer ego and top-of-the-line sarcasm couldn't break her. The harder Daemon pushed, the harder she pushed back. She's strong and she knows how to bounce back. She's smart and definitely a kick-ass.
The story. This book is a total page-turner. From the moment Katy stepped up at Daemon's door, I didn't want to put it down. That instant when Daemon Black opened his deliciously looking lips, err I mean mouth and spoke to Katy, I just wanted to know what his problem was, and why he was a total jerk to her. I liked their push-and-pull kind of relationship, it was so irresistible and enjoying. The I-want-to-hate-you-but-I-love-you kind of thing? It's actually one of the reasons why readers love this book! The mystery, the heart-pumping actions and the unique story will keep you awake way past your bed time. Let's just say, the word "boring" is definitely out of the vocabulary when it comes to this book.
Jennifer Armentrout is one amazing author. I love her writing and the way she creates her stories. She knows how to pull her readers into the book and she always creates remarkable characters that readers tend to love. If you haven't read any of her books, this one will definitely make a good start. You won't be disappointed....more
I've been wanting to read this book for a long time now since it's released last year. Pre-ordered it until it came just this February. So was it wortI've been wanting to read this book for a long time now since it's released last year. Pre-ordered it until it came just this February. So was it worth the wait then? Let me tell you.
The setting: Good. The characters: Good. The story: Good.
So yeah, overall it was a good read for me. I actually enjoyed it though there were times that I felt I was fighting to finish the book. It reminds me of Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi and X-Men because of the super powers that the characters possess. It wasn't a let down but I admit that it didn't reached up to the potential I was hoping for. I expected a lot from this book and I anticipated for something incredible and outstanding and remarkable to happen, sadly it wasn't like that for me. It's good but not good enough for me to really want the next book.
People with awesome abilities are called "sixes". The Denazen corporation where Deznee's dad worked, kidnaps kids who have unique abilities and trained them and used them to kill people. They become assassins and that's what Kale was until he escaped from Denazen and found Dez.
I loved Kale. He's hot, gorgeous and dangerous, too. It's interesting to see how he adapts to the world he barely knew and remains strong and smart despite of his innocence and lack of knowledge about the life outside of Denazen. He might not be the strongest character or the most swoon-worthy type of guy (I think), because honestly, I like male characters to be strong and dependable, all-knowing and snarky and sometimes mysterious. I didn't find him like that, but he is definitely a guy to root for. Maybe if he catch up fully with the world, he'll be one perfect hero. The heroine--Dez, is a strong, bad-ass heroine. She likes the adrenaline when she do something wild and adventurous, she's snarky, stubborn, a rebel and a fighter. The rest of the characters are good enough and likable, and the powers which these characters have are impressive. The touch that could kill, the power to stop a human heart, the ability to mimic things and even a person, and the soul jumper (which intrigued me the most). They may not be unique but it's actually amazing how the author crafted such ideas and put them in a story like Touch. I may not have enjoyed it as much as other readers did, but I still recommend this book. I honestly think that there will be more exciting things that awaits for us in the next installment. So don't let my review stop you from buying this book. It's good and it's worth reading.
With all the hype and the high ratings of this book, I know that I'm one of the very few who didn't rate it with 5 stars. It's just my opinion anyway (don't shoot me).
In the world of Pure, there are two kinds of people. The Pure and the wretches. The Pures are people who made it inside the Dome before the Detonations, and the wretches are those who were left behind. The Pures are unscarred, living in a very controlled environment where they are kept healthy, fit, and perfect. While the wretches, those who are outside the Dome, are living with deformed bodies, scarred--strangely fused with something--either a machine, an animal, or even another human being. Pressia lives among the wretches. She has a hand that is made up of a doll's head which became her fist, and she has a burn scar on one side of her face. Partridge, on the other hand, lives among the Pures. He used to be inside the Dome until he escaped to find her mother whom he believed is still alive and living outside the Dome. So when Pressia hit 16, the time when she needs to surrender herself to either serve or become a living bait to the OSR (Operations Sacred Revolution), she escaped and she had no choice but to find Bradwell--the leader of the Resistance who seemed to know more about the Before, the life before the Detonations. Along the way, she met Partridge and together they seek Bradwell's help.
The story was a bit slow for me in the beginning of the book and I need to reread some of the passages to understand what they were talking about. There are terms and things that were not explained fully and it made me confused most of the time during the first half of the book. Halfway through, the story became interesting and I got the answers that I was looking for. It made me even more eager to know what will happen next especially to the characters that I loved.
I've read a lot of dystopian books before but nothing delivers a world as eery and as frightening as the world in Pure. The world was startling, overwhelming, and horrible. If you have a vivid imagination and a weak stomach, then you might find yourself wincing while reading this book. The writing was effective and the images were so vivid that I can actually picture them in my mind. Imagine humans fused with animals, metals or plastics. Some are fused with machines, toys, and even another human being. Everything is mutated and death is everywhere. It's a dangerous world, and it's like survival of the fittest.
I find this book a bit different from other dystopian books I've read. I can't describe how my stomach felt while I read this book, but I remember eagerly turning the page to see what will happen next. I stopped reading many times just to let the everything sink in before I continue with the next scene. There were exciting and surprising twists that made this book even more engaging. And not only that, this book is full of heart stopping actions that will keep you rooted in your seat until the last page.
But you might ask, why only 3/5? Well, it's actually 3.5 though. And as I've mentioned on the first part of my review, it took me halfway through before I completely pulled into the story. The first half of the book was a bit slow and confusing and I needed to reread some parts to get it. Maybe I'm a bit slow, too *wink. But anyway, I could have given it a much higher rating if not for the slow part.
So do I still recommend it? Absolutely.
Pure is blended with alive characters, intriguing story line and unexpected surprises. If you like dystopian novels then you might as well grab a copy of this one. It's good and unique on it's own way. It's very intense, breathtaking and most of all frightening. It might be a little disturbing due to the images that you'll get while reading it, but the story itself was fascinating....more
I've already heard good things about this series but not until the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge came up that I was able to (finally) read it. I'veI've already heard good things about this series but not until the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge came up that I was able to (finally) read it. I've started with My Soul To Lose (see my review here) and immediately jumped into this book. I find the story unique and interesting because I haven't read anything like it before. The term bean sidhe hadn't occured to me before until I came across this book. According to legend, Bean sidhe (in Scottish) or what referred to as banshee, is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. But here in the story, there are also male banshee who has different abilities than the female banshee. Female banshee wail for a person who is about to die while the male banshee can guide the soul of the dead back to it's body.
I really enjoyed reading this book because of several reasons. One thing is the pacing of the story. It doesn't drag and it kept me occupied up to the last page. The premise is good and it build up a strong foundation for the series. Whatever it is that the next books will have to offer are surely something that would be worth your time in the end. Not only the world-building is good, but also the characters. I liked Kaylee and her best friend Emma. Finally, not a best friend who is like a slut, and care nothing but her looks and her lovelife. It's good that Kaylee have someone like her. I really liked Nash Hudson. The gorgeous and swoon worthy type of guy whom you can't resist to admire. And I'm fond of Tod--the mysterious, beautiful, angelic-face grim reaper who works at the hospital and stays at Nash house. This seems unusual to Kaylee and to me, too. But the mystery is really good. Both boys are adorable and I love them both. Their presence just made the story even more entertaining. Kaylee, Tod and Nash made me feel so curious and anxious since I'm anticipating some delicious love triangle that could blossom in the next books.
There is so much to appreciate about My Soul To Take and almost nothing to hate. Except maybe for Kaylee's occasional whining about feeling guilty and responsible for those deaths. She's risking too much especially the lives of those people she loves for doing the things she doesn't fully understand. It's the only thing that I didn't like, but the rest are surprisingly good.
With beautiful writing and clear description from the author, fans of paranormal/fantasy novels will surely enjoy this one. The romantic flavor and the mysteries that surround the characters' lives will keep you reading and wanting for more. I just love this book and I'm glad that I've finally picked this up. I do recommend it....more
5+ AMAZING BOOK! The BEST ever. Love Tris and Four so much. FULL REVIEW at Books4Juliet
I'm attempting to write a review of a "book" which I won't be a5+ AMAZING BOOK! The BEST ever. Love Tris and Four so much. FULL REVIEW at Books4Juliet
I'm attempting to write a review of a "book" which I won't be able to give justice to. Insurgent is a story at it's finest, a book at its best, awesome to the fullest. The extreme plot, complex characters and unexpected twists and turns of events that never fail to surprise and amaze the readers made this book a one huge awesome read. I can't tell you how much I love this series!
Once again I was thrown into the world of Divergent, beautiful and terrifying at the same time. The story immediately picked up where the first book left off--Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter, and Marcus--in the train heading to the Amity compound. I'm glad that this time, Insurgent gave me a glimpse of what it is to live inside Amity, the faction dedicated to pursue peace. In the same way that the readers were given the opportunity to see how to live in Candor.
There are so many things to love about Insurgent, and I won't be able to finish if I state them all. But what I loved the most is Four (*swoon). I love it because I get to know him more in this book. Though there are lots of readers who seemed to be so irritated by him, I think he remains strong and amazing. And though Tris annoyed me from time to time because of her recklessness, I'd say that she's the most effective heroine I've ever met. She's strong-willed and smart and absolutely kick-ass. She suffered a lot--the death of her parents, the destruction of Abnegation, and the guilt of killing his friend Will--but she remains strong all through out the story. I just hope that Tris learned to trust Four, and not be stupid to think that Four will just let her go and do whatever it is that she wanted even if she risk her life. I want to pin-point one thing that Tris must have been missing the whole time: Four will always come to the rescue no matter what. He ends up saving her all the time. And Four should have trusted Tris more. I see that both main characters have their own issues to deal with like trusting each other and learning how to communicate with each other better. I hope they will learn to work this out in the next book to spare the readers some heartache that may result from stabbing one another out of arguments whether who is most infuriating of the two! Believe me, I felt stabbed a million times now! *winks*lol*
The setting of the story is as great as ever. The pacing is perfect! No dull moment, no boring ones. Most of the times I was expecting something to happen and then my heart throbs, my stomach flutters. But what's great is that they come when I'm least expecting them--always surprising, shocking even. Action-packed, full of suspense and lots of exciting moments. This book will leave you breathless. The characters are amazing as ever. Friends and enemies aren't what they seem. You'll hate some of those you loved, and love some of those you hated. The turn of events will question what you believe, who to trust, and where to stand. The twists and the revelations will amaze you once again, something that Veronica Roth didn't fail to give her readers.
I don't think my rating can ever give justice to it. I would give it a "10" if I could. I will definitely give this book the highest possible rating I can give. This book is what you call "the total page-turner." It did not disappoint, it will never disappoint. Undeniably and irrevocably, this book will take it's place beside Divergent -- there on top of the list of my most favorite books.
To Miss Veronica Roth, Once again, consider me awed. ...more
Half-Blood immediately picked up where Daimon left off--Alex, running from the Daimons who are hunting her after she escaped from home and left her moHalf-Blood immediately picked up where Daimon left off--Alex, running from the Daimons who are hunting her after she escaped from home and left her mother's lifeless body. While fighting the Daimons, she was found by the Sentinels (Covenant warriors who hunt and kill Daimons), one of them is Alex's long-time crush, a Pure and swoon-worthy--Aiden St. Delphi.
I don't want to lessen the excitement by giving away too much but I'd say that it has everything you'll want in a book. There's mystery, action, and romance. It has funny moments too that made it more entertaining. I'm sure that those of you who have read The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead will notice some similarities when you read this book. It actually reminds me of VA, and though I know it's not fair to compare the two books, I guess it's fair enough to state the similarities for the sake of my honest review.
Alex and Rose are very much alike in so many ways. They're both kick-ass, stubborn, snarky, and cannot be contained. They act before they think, and that usually get them into trouble. They will do anything and everything to protect the one they love. Aiden St. Delphi is like Dimitri Belikov. Both are drop-dead gorgeous, hot and drooling... and they're the girls' mentors too. Rose has Mason, Alex has Caleb, and nemesis are ever present: Lea and Mia--both are bitches. When I think about the Pure, Half-Blood and Daimon, I remember the Moroi, Dhampir and Strigoi.
You might think that those similarities might lessen your enjoyment, but it wasn't the case for me. There are so much more in the story which you'll be excited to read about. It's so entertaining and very hard to put down. I enjoyed every minute of it, from the beginning up to the last page. There is no dull moment, only exciting ones. There is no cliff-hanger ending but it ended in such a way that you'll want and need the next book. With nothing to hate but so much to love and enjoy, you'll definitely don't want to miss it. It's one of the best book out there that I won't ever hesitate to recommend. You must read it!
I'm so excited to blog about this book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to those who are fans of YA Comtemporary Romance. It's so so good, I can't believe how mI'm so excited to blog about this book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to those who are fans of YA Comtemporary Romance. It's so so good, I can't believe how much I enjoyed it. I don't exaggerate when I say this book is really good! I thank all those great reviews, 'cos they all lived-up to my expectations.
This book is so refreshing, so vibrant, you can actually feel that you were part of the story. You'll gonna love Anna and Etienne. Both were created with flaws that made them more lovable and real. The story is so romantic, and funny, and heart-warming... If there's a book I would love to read to keep myself entertained and feel good, I'll definitely pick this one! There's nothing extraordinary about the story but it's just so good that I would want to go to Paris, study in the same university, live in the same dormitory, and meet Etienne! (to my hubby: luv, you're still my #1 :) It's just so addicting!
When I started reading it, I was so anxious to know the rest of the story that I didn't realized I was on the last few pages already. The ending was perfect, that when I finished it, I felt like "I can't get enough of it" so I reread the last pages over and over again. And when I finished it for the nth time, I have this huge grin on my face... This book linger on me for days! And from time to time, I still think about it. There's no doubt I'll be reading this book again!...more
I'm quite having a hard time looking for the right words to describe this book. I even thought of not posting it at all. I might say I'm a little disaI'm quite having a hard time looking for the right words to describe this book. I even thought of not posting it at all. I might say I'm a little disappointed. When I first saw this book at the bookstore, I was enticed to buy it. The cover is good and the summary on the back cover is much more captivating so I grabbed it and bought the hard copy without a second thought. I guess my instinct that time was not good as it usually is... 'cos as much as I hate to say this, it didn't live up to my expectations.
Astrid's mother wants her to be a unicorn hunter, because that is her birth right. She's a Llewelyn, came from the family of best unicorn hunters, descendants of Alexander the Great. She has to stay a virgin, or else she can't be a hunter. But Astrid doesn't want to be one, she wants to be a doctor. And then her boyfriend was attacked by a unicorn, dumped her after she saved his life, and her best friend accused her of taking drugs... and as if she had no other choice, knowing her mom is determined to send her to the Cloisters (a place for training unicorn hunters), she headed to Rome.
The story actually is quite fascinating. I might say, it's unique. Imagine all these virgin teenage girls who came from the family of hunters, descendants of Alexander the Great, fighting monstrous, killer unicorns! It really has a good plot, an original one I'd say. But unfortunately, this doesn't live up to that potential. The story is good, but the style of writing is not impressive. I had a hard time catching up with the emotions and drama of this book, though I admit I still enjoyed the rest of the pages. It became thrilling and exciting when you reach the second half of the story. But the first half is boring and a little slow.
When it comes to the characters, most of them are just your average teenager, except that those girls are huntresses. There is nothing so amazing or extraordinary about them. Even Astrid and Phil, being descendants of the best huntresses of all, are quite a typical teenagers to me. So if you're looking for a book where the heroines or heroes are remarkably strong with super power and all... then this book is not for you. Even Giovanni is not the type of guy who will sweep you off your feet.
Despite its flaws, there are things that I love about this book. I love Bonegrinder, the pet zhi at the Cloisters. She's a unicorn but tamed and whose love was so unconditional. I hate Cory for hurting her and I love Phil for loving her. I like it when Giovanni says "Ti Voglio Bene" (I had to looked up its meaning in the dictionary!). I felt sad for what happened to Phil (Astrid's cousin), she is my favorite character. She's strong and beautiful and independent. She cares for Astrid so much and I like how she and Astrid cares for each other.
Other than the lame romance between Astrid and Giovanni, there is nothing more I have to say about this book. Sadly, with a book with so much potential, all I get are handful of questions instead of rightful answers. This book has lots of whys and hows, and I didn't get explanations at all. So it's a little frustrating for the reader like me to fully understand the story. I could have enjoyed this book more.
It's a fun and light read, but I don't recommend it. There are more great books out there. I admit I enjoyed it, but it's not something I would read again. I'm not even sure if I will read the next sequel at all....more