I have to admit that the first thing that intrigued me to read this book besides the long title which I made a weird abrreviation of (TSPOLAFS) in Twitter because of the word limit, is the cover itself. It's just so gorgeous. I also love the font of the title and how the word 'love' is spelled bigger than the others. I fell in love with the cover at first sight! (LOL!) The heart circling the couple in the cover is just so romantic.
Story: First, I'm dedicating this review to Mary @ Anxirium and Racquel @ TheBookBarbies. I hope you guys are going to love this book as much as I do!
This book got me worried at first since it's set in 24 hours period. I'm afraid that the pacing would be too quick and that everything will happen so fast that I can't grasp everything that has happened. But whoa, this book is just amazing!! I was never worried about the love at first sight thingy since I do not mind it at all. 24 hours period in this book felt normal. The pacing wasn't quick at all and it's just like reading other books. Sometimes, you won't even realize that it's actually set in 24 hours period!
The story of Hadley & Oliver truly made me believe in true love and love at first sight. Their relationship is very simple, fun and sweet. How they met in the airport, their conversation afterwards in the plane and how they bid each other farewell before going towards their own destination was simply enjoyable to read. This book is written from Hadley's POV and so, we get to learn more about her family, particularly her relationship with her dad, who is soon going to be married to a British woman. As the story goes on, we get to read bits and pieces of Hadley's childhood and also more about Oliver's life and purpose of going to London which I did not expect at all!
I enjoyed reading every single page of this book besides the fact that there is a guy called Oliver and he's a British guy with a British accent who lives in America! :P
Characters: The two main characters would be Oliver and Hadley. I love both of them and very much enjoyed reading about them. Hadley was just an average teenager who got angry and sad when she had to attend her father's marriage with another woman. She felt that her father had betrayed her and he was leaving her for good. She had to go to London for the first time and she never even met her father's to-be-wife. Oliver is just so sweet and understanding. Also very funny! Hadley is claustrophobic (the fear of having no escape) and therefore, Oliver tries to distract him by talking about his study in Yale, a bit of his family and jokes. Although these 2 characters firstly met in the airport and probably that was the first time they had the connection, their love also grows as the time they spent together in the plane. But of course, there is not much you can learn from a guy who sits with you for only 7 hours in the plane. I never thought Oliver who was charming, who seemed happy had to do something really sad in London. Hadley struggles to see him again and when she does, I was overjoyed with the fact that she's finding Oliver again. Later on, Oliver also tries to see her again and when he does, they finally got together! I also loved reading about other characters, particularly Hadley's dad. He was sweet and understanding and it is hard to deal with his daughter when he is going to get married with another woman. I completely love the way Smith writes the characters and the story. It's amazing!
Overall: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is not just about love. It's about families and childhood too. It reminds you that the bond between your family can never break no matter what happens. It also reminds you that there is true love, waiting for you, somewhere out there. It will find you at times when you're least expecting it. Sometimes, coincidences can mean something and it makes you remember that at bad times, good times will always come. I recommend this book to everyone. I love it a lot!
5 Forget-me-not flowers for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!
Note: I never expected the 'long title' to mean something until the end! ;) (less)
Cover: I remember how I first saw this cover in someone's Waiting on Wednesday post and immediately fell in love with the cover at first sight. I love the water effect surrounding the girl and how her body seems to made out of water. The background also reflects the depth of the sea and how it's dark with tones of light sea colour. I like how simple but gorgeous the cover is!
Emma is a human. Or so she thinks...
Triton's trident, I am in love with this book and by in love, I mean in love with everything about this book! I am really glad that the story is as gorgeous as the cover. Of Poseidon is told from Emma and Galen's POV. I can't remember the last time I read a book about mermaids but Of Poseidon has become my favourite mermaid books! Oh, I must remind you that this book is not about mermaids but Syrena. Yep, you better stop calling Syrena mermaids or they will be offended!
Wow, I'm absolutely captured by the beauty of sea and Syrenas when reading this book. It made me miss the sea so badly. I really loved Anna Banks' writing style. It's funny, it's fun, it's sweet and it's romantic! So I read this book in the bus and I practically laughed when reading funny bits and I'm guessing people are looking at me and thinking 'why is this girl laughing to herself?' I love how Poseidon is not a Greek god of sea or just a myth but instead a Syrena. I love the new and unique concept of mermaids Banks came up with in Of Poseidon and how different it was to the original mermaids we are used to know of. The ending made me want to scream on top of my lungs. I need Of Triton now. I will grow fins if it means I can get the next book now. Deal?
Characters: Ohmysweetgoodness, I love Emma and Galen. They are perfect for each other. Emma is a strong-willed, stubborn girl who is also completely funny! I can't imagine living her life. One moment, it's all good but then it completely changed. And Galen is so swoon-worthy. My prince, reading from your POV is the greatest gift a girl can have when reading Of Poseidon. So I want to point out one thing that makes him so swoon-worthy. You see, your highness here takes his beloved Emma to date underwater. And it's not just you know, swimming with the fishes. He takes you to see Titanic. Isn't that the most romantic date ever? Your Highness, please take me with you to see Titanic, or better yet, the kingdom! I love reading Emma and Galen's relationship. It was very fun and sweet. I also really loved Galen's sister, Rayna who is 'mated' with Toraf, Galen's best friend. They are a sweet couple too! Emma's mom is a cool but she is more than just your average mom! Triton's Trident, I love the characters!
Overall: Ladies and gentleman, may I present you Anna Banks' incredibly sweet and gorgeous debut novel, Of Poseidon. Of Poseidon will lure you deep into a captivating story about mermaids, I MEAN Syrena. With sweet adorable characters, you might end up wishing you can sprout fins after reading this book! Triton's trident, I love Of Poseidon!
Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for the review copy!(less)
Cover: So creepy but completely reflects the story of the book! The UK/AUS cover is actually similar to the US one except the colour of the girl's dress and I have to say, the UK/AUS wins because they made the whole dress coloured in red instead of just the bottom bit like in the US cover. I love the background, the mysterious fog surrounding the house and the girl!
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story. Nothing's wrong with it right?
After hearing about Anna Dressed in Blood, I knew I had to read this book. I haven't actually read many books about ghosts and usually they're all about a girl falling in love with a ghost or vice-versa. But then, I heard that this book was scary and that it's not just about romance. So I was curious and finally, after getting the chance to read it, I can say that this book is the best YA book about ghosts I've read so far!
Have you heard of the local legend? Anna, Anna Dressed in Blood. Enter her house, and you'll never return.
The book centers around a ghost hunter called Cas and the book is written from his POV. Cas gets an anonymous tip about a ghost called Anna and goes all the way to Thunder Bay to 'kill' her. According to legend, anyone who goes inside Anna's house will be killed. But when Cas encounters Anna, he miraculously survived. And this is just the beginning.
Anna Dressed in Blood is completely addictive even though it scares me! Frankly, I am actually scared of ghosts. But the YA books I've read so far about ghosts have not scared me so much because the ghosts portrayed in this book makes them look as if they're humans, with some 'ghastly' qualities. Now, the ghosts in this book are the REAL DEAL. They're scary, they make terrifying noises, they can kill people and are usually bound to a certain thing in relation with their death. Reading this book gives me chills. But I can't seem to stop reading because Blake's writing is haunting and gorgeous. There's that pull that keeps you hooked into the story. I love the constant actions in this book and I am unable to guess the plot towards the end of the book it actually surprises me!
Characters: Anna, I'm scared but intrigued of you at the same time. Your abilities terrify me but you're so AMAZING. I want to be your best friend. Seriously, I'm honest although you'll have to bear with me if I seem nervous sitting next to you.
Cas, you ghost buster! Oops, I know you hate that term. I mean, ghost hunter. You ridiculously brave man. I don't think I can live a life like you, hunting ghosts all around unless if all ghosts are like Casper; friendly, sweet and funny! Keep rocking.
The other characters such as Carmel, Thomas who are Cas' friends are great too! I liked their role in the book and how they end up helping Cas a lot.
What I really like from the characters are Blake's portrayal of Anna. Blake's descriptions are very detailed and I like how she can portray her as scary and awesome at the same time!
Overall: Anna Dressed in Blood is a gorgeous and chilling book. Blake's descriptive writing creates an eerie book set in a haunting atmosphere. Ghosts portrayed in this book are the REAL DEAL. They're terrifying yet awesome at the same time! I absolutely can't wait for the sequel, Girl of Nightmares!
Thank you Hachette Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I adore this cover. I like the mysterious feel in the cover, as if the girl is running away from something. I love the colours in the cover such as the girl's blue dress and the red heels plus the picture of the door opening to somewhere.
How far are you willing to go to keep your secrets safe?
Lila is more than just an ordinary girl. She can move things with her mind. Well, that's the only thing that makes her stand out from 'ordinary', because like any other girls, Lila is in love with someone. After a mugging incident, Lila flew from London to California to meet her brother, Jack and her one and only love, Alex. As she stays with them, she unravels the truth behind their work, the truth behind her mother's death and that she is not the only one with powers. Will Lila ever reveal her secrets to the ones she loves?
Wow, this book goes beyond my expectations. I've read many great reviews on this book and how all the Aussie bloggers and readers loved and rave it. It made me really excited to read it and when I finally got the chance, it completely blew me away. Hunting Lila is written from Lila's POV and it succeeded up to every single expectations I had and it was even more than what I expected. I love the storyplot, the characters and just EVERYTHING! The book was filled with actions and swoon-worthy scenes that will leave you gripping on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, waiting for THAT MOMENT to come. And by THAT MOMENT, I mean the 'kiss', the climax, you know the drill!
Characters: Oh this is my favourite part to talk about because I ADORE THE CHARACTERS. I do have to say that at the beginning, I felt quite annoyed with Lila and I felt that she was a bit too 'obsessed' with Alex but as I get deeper into the book, I was able to connect easily with Lila and understand her because she has loved him for 17 years, give or take and that is a LONG time. She never even confessed to Alex, yet. I think all the characters are very well-written, particularly Alex. Oh my word, you have stolen my breath, Alex. I love you to bits and pieces and will do FOREVER. He is the perfect image of a gentleman (but not quite in a Mr. Darcy way) because he can fight. He rides a motorbike. Enough said. I love Jack, the loving big brother and even Suki, the cute Japanese girl! The characters are very well described that I can imagine them as if they are actually alive and are somewhere around me!
Overall: Hunting Lila will leave you gripping on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, waiting for THAT MOMENT to come. If you are looking for a fast-paced book filled with actions, swoon-worthy scenes and characters you'll fall in love so hard you can't stop smiling, then this book is for you! What an incredible debut! I can't wait for Losing Lila, coming out on 2nd August this year!
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy!
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I wonder how many times I've seen this cover and keep on wishing I can read this book quickly. It's absolutely gorgeous. The girl's red dress is so pretty and I really like the smoke effect and smouldery effect in the cover. It gives you an idea of the underworld and what the story is about! 5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for the cover!
Only 6 months, to say goodbye...
6 months ago, Nikki Beckett vanished to Everneath to escape the pain of living in the world. Cole, an Everliving who is immortal offered to take Nikki's pains away by Feeding on her. After 100 years of Feeding in the Everneath, Nikki finally awakes from her 'coccoon'. She should not have remembered anything from her life, if it weren't for those warm brown eyes she keeps remembering and seeing. If it weren't for those brown eyes, she would not have returned. When Nikki finally returns, she has only 6 months to say goodbye, 6 months to seek redemption if it even exists and 6 months to say the words she never had the chance to say to her loved ones...
I know we all shouldn't judge a book by its cover but please DO JUDGE THIS BOOK BY THE COVER. The story is just as BEAUTIFUL as the cover! Written from Nikki's perspectives, the book tells the present story as Nikki struggles with her 6 months of time and also Nikki's past before she goes to Everneath. Everneath was absolutely beautifully written. I have always been in love with Greek mythology and particularly, I love the Hades and Persephone story. The re-telling of Hades and Perspehone's story in this book was really unique. I've never read a re-telling of this particular Greek mythology like Everneath before. Throughout the book, I often feel twinges in my heart because the story was just so sad, touching, heart-breaking and beautifully written. Imagine if you only have 6 months to do so many things and say goodbye. I enjoyed reading every single part of this book but I never expected the ending at all. I am literally crushed by the ending. It wasn't precisely a cliffhanger, but it makes me DYING to read the second book. If only, if only it's 2013 already...
The characters are very enticing, enthralling and well written. They give me so many mixed emotions and feelings of sadness, happiness, pain and so much more. While I might be the weird one here, I actually really loved Cole. His words and his actions in the book really captured me. The beauty of his love for music, the way he strums his pick on his forehand as if strumming a guitar and how he actually loves Nikki but just cannot find the words to say it completely made me fall in love with him. Cole offered to take Nikki's pains away and she accepted it whole heartedly. The pain Nikki is feeling was overwhelming that she just had to make it disappear. And Cole was the fastest and easiest way. Even though Cole was the one who convinced Nikki in the end, it was Nikki who decided to come with him in the first place. He never gives up on Nikki after she returned and was just never able to say 'no' to her and this was simply so sweet. This made me wish that Nikki will choose Cole in the end. I do love Jack, I love his sweet moments with Nikki in the past before she vanished to Everneath and I feel so sad for him when he tries to get closer to Nikki after she returned without knowing the reason why she left. But, I was somehow more intrigued with Cole. The ending was a bit shocker for me which I didn't expect and it made me love Jack more. So if you ask me which team I'm in, I can't say because I love both Jack and Cole equally! I was able to connect with all the characters and feel their pain, which is why I think the characters are so amazing and heart-breaking.
Everneath is a heart-breaking, beautifully written and enticing debut with a brilliant re-telling of Hades and Persephone's story. I completely fell in love with the characters and their story in the book. A must read for fans of Greek Mythology re-tellings. Everneath is one of the best 2012 debuts I have read so far!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy! (less)
Cover: Absolutely gorgeous. It has that same feeling and simplicity as Forgotten and I really adore it! I love the sky, the barren field and how the girl seems to be lying on the field as if she was just 'revived'. This simple but beautiful cover is just one of the many reasons why I have to read this book!
My name is Daisy and I have died 5 times...
Daisy was revived 5 times in total and it was the drug 'Revive' that brought her back to life. Daisy never stayed in the same place for a long time. She had to move around or people will start getting suspicious. Therefore, she never had the same surname. It's always Daisy but never always Appleby. When she moved to Omaha, she found a best friend and had a crush on a cute guy. Daisy thought that she can finally settle in this beautiful city. But, there is something wrong with the agency and Daisy needs to know what their true motives are behind the drug 'Revive'...
Revived is another awesome novel by Cat Patrick. I really loved Cat Patrick's debut novel, Forgotten and the sweet Luke Henry and I'm really glad that Cat wrote another book this year! I really enjoyed the story plot. It felt so real and realistic even though the concept of the drug 'Revive' is not something available in the real life. Reading Revived made me feel like I'm actually living in Omaha, going to school, found a new best friend and fall in love with a cute guy. This book is written from Daisy's POV as she tries to adapt with her new life while trying to figure out her suspicions of the agency behind the drug 'Revive'. Cat Patrick's writing is really soothing, calm and also exciting. Her idea of 'Revived' is also really unique and creative. The ending pleased me although it was not what I expected.
Characters: From the very first moment I meet Daisy in Revived, I knew I'd love her. She is such an awesome heroine who is pretty much afraid of nothing except bees! I love how she finally found a best friend in Omaha, falls in love with Matt and reading about her life. Matt is an awesome character. He's cute, he's quite sweet but he is no Luke Henry. (Sorry Matt!) I mean I still like him in the book but he has been quite a jerk towards Daisy in Revived and makes her cry. Luke Henry will never do that! I love Audrey, Daisy's best friend in Omaha too. She is really sad but certainly a true best friend. I love Cat Patrick's detailed descriptions of her characters because it makes me feel as if they're actually alive and living somewhere out there.
Overall: Revived is another beautiful book from Cat Patrick. If you enjoyed reading Forgotten, you will definitely want to read this one too! Even though I didn't quite love it as much as Forgotten, I love how real the story and characters felt to me and the unique concept of the drug 'Revive'! Revived is certainly a 2012 novel you don't want to miss!
Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for the review copy!(less)
Cover: Honestly, I think the Australian cover of Hallowed is my favourite. This also includes the Australian cover of Unearthly. I really really love them! But Hallowed is my favourite cover! Look at that girl's white dress and the snow all around, makes me dying to touch the snow. Plus, the girl's red hair really stands out because of the white background which makes the cover really eye-catching!
Can you stay true to one love, if another one was meant to be with you?
After 'failing' to fullfill her purpose, Clara is living her normal life again. But, her life is never going back to normal. There is something more to the purpose she was given, a hidden truth behind her 'failure'. While she tries to figure out what her true purpose is, she has visions of someone close to her dying. Clara will discover that everything she has known was only the beginning of something and that her love for Tucker might not be as strong as she thinks it is...
I have lost count of how many times I've hold my breath while reading this book. It basically takes my breath away the whole time. I still remember the way I felt when reading Unearthly. Not only was the cover gorgeous (and the Aussie one are definitely my favourite), the book was very beautifully written. I love Cynthia's words of choice, how she describes how the Angels look like, how Christian and Tucker are both similar in a way that they are very very swoon-worthy and well, just EVERYTHING! I am so relieved that the ending wasn't a cliffhanger and that most of my questions from Unearthly have been answered. The love triangle in this book was one of my most anticipated one and boy was I tortured between both boys! I am so glad to say that the hype going on about this book was totally true. This book was just AMAZING, the storyplot was not easy to guess, and most of my unanswered questions from Unearthly were answered in this book!
Characters: I love all the characters, particularly Christian and Tucker. They were both so AMAZING throughout the book. Cynthia's description of her characters were just beautiful and it makes me feel this love glowing all around me. When I reach halfway throughout the book, I was Team Tucker. By the end of the book? I'm Team Christian. I still love Tucker but [Spoiler: Please highlight words to read it] I didn't like the way things end between Tucker and Clara. I find Christian such a patient guy who I think does belong with Clara. Tucker is not the only one who can make Clara smile, because Christian can do that easily too. Christian was with Clara all time. Clara also cares for him. Plus, there's a 'new' character, a part of Clara's family who I really really adore. I adore this new character A LOT and I can actually imagine seeing this new character stand in front of me and feel the whole room filled with joy (which by the way, I AM IN SERIOUS NEED OF NOW!). I love Clara's mom, although I feel like she should trust her daughter more. I actually didn't quite like Jeffrey because he treats Clara badly but when I finally know the reason why, I feel sad for him. Gosh, I don't think I can stand waiting for another year to read what's going to happen with the characters after everything that happened in Hallowed!
Overall: Hallowed will take your breath away one more time. This beautifully written novel is full of love, joy, sadness, sorrow and this makes it unforgettable. Readers will find themselves 'struggling' with both Tucker and Christian, and many of your unanswered questions from Unearthly will be answered in Hallowed. It's worth all the wait because Hand delivers yet another compelling story that will leave you breathless and see sparks fly.
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I fell in love with the cover at first sight. The gorgeous girl with the pretty blue dress completely entranced me....moreReview originally posted in:
Cover: I fell in love with the cover at first sight. The gorgeous girl with the pretty blue dress completely entranced me. Somehow that cover itself makes me feel pretty. I love the blue theme of the book and it really reflects the story because the main character loves blue!
Welcome to the glittering world of The Selection…
When I first heard of The Selection, I was absolutely dying to read the book. I would have bought this book for the cover alone but the story sounds really interesting. Then I read some mixed reviews on the book and it made me really worried to start the book. Although, I tried to keep my mind open, tried not be affected by the reviews so I can determine what I think of the book myself. The Selection completely surprised me. I was impressed at how the story hooked me from the first page. This world filled with glittering gowns and tiaras entranced me. I wanted to live in this world. The book is considered a dystopian novel but the dystopian genre is different to the dystopian books we are normally used to reading. The concept of The Selection itself was quite interesting. 35 girls fighting for a prince? That sounds really cool! I do have to admit that some parts in the beginning of the book made me roll my eyes. The lines were a bit cheesy but nevertheless, I really enjoyed the book! The ending was not a cliffhanger yet I’m dying to read the next book!
Characters: I really adore the characters in The Selection! When I first started reading the book, I found America Singer quite annoying. I felt like she was arrogant because she was beautiful and pretty. When everybody praised her for her beauty, she just acted like ‘oh please, not you again?’ But as the book progresses, I enjoyed reading about America and how she started to fall for Prince Maxon even though she still loves Aspen.
Oh now let’s discuss the boys! As you can see, there is a love triangle in this book. But I really love it! I love both boys though I think I love Maxon a bit more than Aspen. Just because he’s so gentle, sweet and never broke America’s heart, unlike Aspen. Maxon was very charming and I can’t imagine being him, having to select a girl from the 35 girls who entered the Selection. He cannot freely choose his own wife. Aspen was also charming in his own way! The other girls in the Selection were great. They each have different personalities. Some can be really annoying and some can be really kind. America’s sister, May, was so adorable and cute! She reminds me of my own little sister. I can’t wait to meet the characters again in the next book!
Overall: The Selection is an entrancing and captivating novel. Imagine living in a world filled with glittering gowns and tiaras. Can America win the Selection and beat the other 34 contestants? With two charming guys in the book, how can one ever decide whom to choose? The Selection absolutely impressed me and I’m looking forward to read the sequel!
Thank you Harper Collins Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I absolutely adore the cover. The shimmering lights surrounding the girl in the middle as if she's alone in a journey makes the cover really eye-catching. I also love the use of colours such as blue, red and white to bring out the cover.
Anything can happen under the never sky...
Aria never thought the day she decided to search for more information about her mother would lead to her being exiled from Reverie: home. She had always lived blissfully inside Reverie, where she will always be safe and sound. The moment she stepped in the outer wastelands, she knew she couldn't survive. But the tables have turned when she met Perry, an Outsider who had rescued her life before. Aria and Perry needed each other's help and so they decided to go on a journey to find what they are searching for, under the never sky.
Under the Never Sky was a very addictive book. I couldn't stop reading. This story of survival, and how completely different individuals' lives became intertwined had me from the very first page. The book has become one my alltime favourite YA dystopian reads. The storyplot was filled with actions and it was an exhilarating ride. Under the Never Sky is told from 2 perspectives, one from Aria and one from Perry. I loved Rossi's vivid descriptions of the outer wastelands, and how Aria came to adapt with the situation she was currently in. Aria never knew that such things existed in the outer wastelands and the knowledge and new experiences she gained from her journey was thoroughly explained throughout the book. I really enjoyed reading it! I also loved reading about how both Perry and Aria came to like each other as they spent more time together and I loved reading about their story of survival in the journey. This book was very well written and gives me the ability to imagine what the outer wastelands is like, how survival is a very important thing and how different it is to the Reverie. The ending wasn't a cliffhanger but I wanted the second book now! There were some questions left unanswered and things that can further be explained!
Characters: Under the never sky, I came to fell in love with all the characters in this book. I loved every one of them. Perry, with his gentle heart, his powers and strength, Aria, with her determination, love and voice, Roar, with his easy-going self and jokes. The characters were very well-written. I loved the detailed explanation of how Aria came to accept the life in outer wastelands and how she had become stronger. I enjoyed reading how Perry and Aria came to love each other and how they support each other. I was glad it wasn't an insta-love because I wanted to read about how they grow to love each other, instead of the characters already falling for each other when they first met. Roar was another character I adore. He was Perry's bestfriend and I loved how Aria didn't felt awkward around him and was able to talk a lot more to him than to Perry at the beginning. There were times when I felt a bit annoyed with how Perry knew he couldn't be with Aria for long because he couldn't marry just anybody for the sake of his tribe but he just kept on building his relationship with Aria, which is one of the reasons why I can't wait to read the second book to know how their relationship will be like after the first book!
Overall: Under the Never Sky is a story of survival and power, with characters you'll love and adore for their strength and heart. Rossi's detailed and vivid description of the outer wastelands will take readers on Aria's and Perry's journey of survival and how anything can happen under the never sky. This is a 2012 debut you must read!
Thank you to Pier 9 (Murdoch Books) for the review copy!
The cover looks really cute with the doodlings and scribbles all around. I also really like the font of the title with the 3-D effect which gives this 'modern and future' feeling and the colours used in the cover such as blue and red.
Have you ever wondered what your future is?
Josh and Emma used to be bestfriends but something happened last November and they stopped seeing each other. When Josh suddenly comes to Emma house 6 months later to give a CD-ROM, Emma installs the CD in her computer. What she never thought was that it was a program called Facebook. When she explores Facebook, she finds her name and that she is married to someone else and even have children. What does this mean? Emma makes a conclusion that Facebook is actually showing their future. While we are all wondering what our future will be like, Emma and Josh are about to find out.
The concept and theme of The Future of Us is actually really unique and interesting. Imagine finding out your future through Facebook, see who you marry in the future and what your children looks like. Besides seeing the future, you can even change your future too. If you don't like the person you'll marry in the future, you can change it by making sure that you'll never meet this person in the present day so that in the future, your lives will never be intertwined. I love reading the story, how seeing the characters' futures makes their lives change. This book makes me wonder a lot of times what my future is!
While I certainly did enjoy story, I was really annoyed with the characters, particularly Emma. She is a selfish girl who only cares about herself. When she finds out that the person she marries in the future is not what she expects, she refreshes the page and makes sure she marries someone else. She is never pleased with her future and her life becomes so focused on the future in Facebook. Josh was actually quite a great character although I didn't like the way both Emma and Josh interacts with each other as if they don't like each other when the attraction is clearly there. It was frustrating seeing them pretend they love someone else. I feel really sad since when the concept of the book is a really unique idea, it would have been more enjoyable if the characters were enjoyable to read about too. I particularly think that the characters are the downfall of the book but nevertheless, I still enjoyed reading the book!
Are you ready to find out about your future? The Future of Us is a book with a unique concept and will make you wonder what your future will be like. Even though I did not enjoy reading about the characters, I certainly did enjoy the story! The Future of Us makes me think that perhaps it's best if I don't know the future because life is more interesting when you don't know what's coming ahead!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: It's absolutely cool! I love how the codes are forming the girl's face, the dark background and it gives this cryptic feeling!
Can you break the code?
Kirra Hayward is just your average student. Well, she is a bit more than average. Even though she is only sixteen, she is taking 2 extension classes because she is just that good. One day, her teacher gives her an assignment to make puzzles. Kirra thinks it's really lame but when she goes to the Internet and types puzzles, she clicks a website which turns out to be just a page with numbers. Kirra finds the numbers interesting and starts decoding it and submits her answer. When she clicks submit, nothing happens, not even a 'congratulations, you are correct' statement. Kirra never thought that the moment she clicks submit, she is The Industry's target and they want her for her code-breaking skills...
I have heard great things about The Industry from other Aussie bloggers and I was really excited to read it but sadly, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. The book is still enjoyable and I love the concept, but it's not a 5 stars book for me. This book is written from Kirra's POV. I love the premise of The Industry, a girl kidnapped because she can break codes? Count me in! Although, when I read the book, I wasn't quite hooked into the story. The first 150 pages of the book felt slow to me. The last 50 pages though were really exciting! I was completely hooked because it was fast-paced and so many new things are happening. What I loved the most from this book was the actions. This book is filled with awesome actions and gun-fights. The ending made me really dying to get my hands on The Estate!
Characters: Kirra is a very intelligent character and I definitely adore her. It's quite rare to see female code-breakers and it makes her an awesome character. I can understand how she feels, from being just a regular student to a highly targeted code breaker and I love her relationship with Milo. I love how their relationship develops from just a cellmate to something more. Milo is a very unpredictable character. I thought he was just an innocent young man who like Kirra was kidnapped by The Industry but I never thought he was more than that. He is a very intriguing character and I am definitely looking forward to read more about him in the next book. Latham, Kirra's kidnapper is also a very interesting antagonist. Overall, I think the characters are quite well-written!
Overall: The Industry is an exciting book filled with actions, fighting scenes and explores what it means to be a code-breaker with a touch of romance! Even though the story felt slow and didn't quite hook me, it was still an enjoyable book!
Thank you Harper Collins Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: The girl in the cover looks so pretty with her dress! She looks like how I imagined Jessica would be like when reading the book! I also love how she holds the stake with her other hand, showing how Jessica finally becomes a stronger character who takes hold of her powers and royalty!
Ruling a kingdom should be easy....right?
Jessica is finally living in Romania. And of course she is living with Lucius! Lucius is no longer just Lucius. He's her husband! Jessica's life should be perfect, right? But ruling a kingdom is really difficult. Not only does Jess can't order a food to her chef because she can't speak Romanian, but she's having nightmares and hallucinations. Plus, when Lucius is blamed to kill a royalty and has to be imprisoned, Jess has to take Lucius' role and rule the kingdom. Being a vampire princess is never easy...
It's SO GOOD to have both Jess and Lucius back again! I absolutely love the fact that there is a sequel to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side! I personally think that the sequel is even better than the first book. Written from alternating POV of Jessica, Lucius, Mindy and Raniero, Jessica Rules the Dark Side's story is very interesting, fun and full of mysteries. Throughout the book, I had to put on my detective cap and tried to figure out who tried to frame Lucius but I couldn't guess it until the end! I had my suspicions but I wasn't sure until it was actually revealed in the book! I am so glad that by the time the book ends, all the problems were solved but I am still craving for another sequel!
Characters: Jess and Lucius, how I adore these two! I still remembered how cute their relationship was in the first book but in the second book, their relationships is even deeper and more romantic. I loved how Jess grows as a character, where she begins as a quite weak character who have yet to grasp her power in the royalty but ends up becoming a powerful princess who can support her husband. Lucius is as always, very sweet, romantic, strong and regal! I also love Mindy and Raniero's relationship. They are so adorable! I am so glad that Beth wrote the story from Jess, Lucius, Mindy and Raniero's POV so readers get to read what's going on in their head!
Overall: Jessica Rules the Dark Side is a fun, light and awesome sequel to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. As you get to read Jess' life in Romania, you also get to put your detective caps on and try to figure out who is the person behind all the problems in the book. If you've read book one but haven't read book two, I suggest you run to your nearest bookshop and get this book because the sequel is even better!
Thank you Penguin Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I've always loved covers set in underwater. I absolutely adore the model in the cover and how the picture is taken underwater with the girl's ha...moreCover: I've always loved covers set in underwater. I absolutely adore the model in the cover and how the picture is taken underwater with the girl's hair and dress floating! So gorgeous!
What if you are the new girl in a school and you are actually a 'replacement' of someone who has gone missing?
New Girl is a story of teenage private school life as a new girl tries to adapt with her new school and new surrounding. What she never knew was that she became a replacement of the girl who went missing, Becca. Becca was a star and everyone adored her. This includes Max and Johnny, two most popular guys in the school who are also bestfriends. The story goes on with the new girl trying to deal with her school life, as she falls for Max and how everyone always talked about Becca every single day.
I never actually thought I was going to enjoy this book! I loved how this story was told from this 'new girl's' POV without us readers actually knowing her real name. I thought it would be strange, reading a story where you don't actually know the main character's name. But, the way Harbison wrote this story without actually using the 'new girl's' name did not feel weird at all. It felt normal and just like any other story. Besides reading from the 'new girl's' POV, we also get to read from Becca's POV which leads to the reason why she went missing and how. The story's plot was very unpredictable and there were mature scenes in the book, giving a better insight of the teenage life in Manderly Academy. As I read the book, I was really curious if Harbison might actually decide to mention this 'new girl's' name. When she did, it was such a perfect timing and this 'new girl's' name actually sounds really beautiful when you read it for the first and last time in the book!
Characters: New Girl, New Girl, New Girl, this term keeps on popping in the story and I feel a bit sad for the new girl because the other characters never actually bothered to ask what her name is in the beginning of the book. The students in the school see her as a replacement of Becca and occasionally compares her to Becca. Meanwhile, Becca is a very annoying character I didn't quite like. She is an arrogant character who pretty much only cares about herself and wanted the two boys for herself. But I really enjoyed reading from her side of the story because I really wanted to know what happened to her during her school life and the reason behind her disappearance. The boys: Max and Johnny? I didn't really like them but I did enjoy reading about them too. Max's behaviour was a bit annoying. One day, he shows great interest with the new girl, but the next day, he acted as if he is not interested. During the end though, I came to like him. I also didn't like Dana, Becca's friend because she really treated the New Girl badly and became a bit too obsessed with Becca. She keeps on saying that Becca is still alive and even made shirts to promote about finding Becca. I think the characters are written very well because I can actually feel emotions for each and everyone of them, like how I don't like this character but I like this character, etc. Usually, I don't really have strong emotions for side characters in a book but Harbison really brings out each character in the book that I can't resist developing different emotions for each of them such.
Overall: New Girl is a story of identity and a school life. It is filled with suspense and also mystery as you try to unravel the secret behind the disappearance of Becca while a new girl tries to fit in the new school. It is a dark story you'll enjoy, particularly if you love reading books about teenagers and their school life. I recommend this book to older YA readers as there are mature scenes involved within the book. It was an enjoyable read and my first Harbison's novel!
Are you curious of the New Girl's true name? Read the book and find out! ;)
Thank you to Harlequin Australia and Harlequin (via NetGalley) for the review copy!(less)
Cover: My review copy was the uncorrected proof edition so it didn't have a finalized cover but the cover that's supposed to be used is the picture on top and I really love the optical illusion and how the letters of the title seem to 'fall down'!
An unstoppable virus. No way out.
After letting her bestfriend go, Kaelyn never thought her life would change drastically. A virus is spreading around the island, and she can't escape. When the virus starts attacking her loved ones, Kaelyn must think of a way to save them and how to survive..
I definitely did not expect to enjoy this book so much! I've been hearing mixed things about this book and was quite unsure whether I would enjoy this book or not but I certainly did! Set in Toronto, Canada, The Way We Fall is written in the format of diary or journal, where Kaelyn writes a journal entry or diary for almost every single day as readers get to read about Kaelyn's story from the start of the virus spreding until the end. The journal entry is mostly written to Leo, Kaelyn's bestfriend who she lets go in the beginning of the book. This is a very heart-breaking story because imagine living in a world where a unknown virus is attacking all the people around you and you can't do anything to stop it? Not to mention you're also struggling to survive and not get infected by the virus. Megan Crewe's idea of the symptoms of the virus was really interesting and the way she writes the story makes you have shivers and wondering what it would be like if you actually live inside this world Crewe has built in the story. The book started out quite slow for me, but then it gets very exciting and I loved the ending! It wasn't a cliffhanger, but it makes you want to read the sequel already!
Characters: Kaelyn was a very well-written character. I can feel her emotions, grief, sadness through her journal entries. When she finds herself falling in love, she feels like there's this hope that she can survive and light in the darkness. I like the way she wants to help everybody around her, and how she never gives up trying to find a way to stop the disease. I also really enjoyed reading about other characters such as Gav, Kaelyn's love interest, Meredith, Kaelyn's relatives and also her brother, Drew. I enjoyed reading about the characters and their story of survival among the population which keeps decreasing because of the virus.
Since Kaelyn is writing the letters to Leo, I thought that he will make an appearance in the book but in fact, he doesn't! I really wanted to read about him, since he sounds like such a nice character! I do know that Megan has announced in her blog that the second book (The Lives We Lost) will feature Leo too and it will not be written in the format of a diary or journal anymore.
Overall: The Way We Fall is a story of survival and hope. It will make you imagine what it's like to live in a world where a virus is spreading and you have nowhere to go. Heart-breaking and emotional, The Way We Fall is a book that will last in your mind for a long time...
Cover: The small lights gathering around the girl is really gorgeous. I also love the girl's dress and hair plus the shiny feeling of the cover. The girl actually reflects Avry, with the healer's tattoon on her back. I can actually imagine myself living in the world of this book through the cover!
When you're the only one of your kind left, all you can do is survive...
Avry of Kazan is a healer. While healers are supposed to be honoured and respected, she is hunted. Healers are hunted because people believe that they cause the plague that has killed lots of people in different territories. When she is captured by the people after healing a little girl, a band of rogues rescued her and soon, she becomes close to them. They have no intention of killing her, yet asks her to heal a Prince who can bring peace once more to their lands. As Avry travels to seek the Prince, she finds herself caring for this group of people she is travelling with and this makes her task complicated, because saving the Prince means losing her life...
So this is my first Maria V. Snyder book and all I can say is WOW. JUST WOW! Maria, you've got one more fan! This book was very addictive. Touch of Power is written in Avry's POV, as she struggles with her identity secrecy of being a healer until the band of rogues rescued her and asks her to save the Prince who can bring peace once more to their lands. Set in a beautiful fantasy world, I can actually imagine myself living inside the world Maria has build in the story and taking the journey the characters are going through. Her descriptions of the lands, the people, the healers are very detailed and rich it makes everything comes to life. The storyplot was an exhilirating ride, with lots of actions and interesting thing happening on the way. There are plenty stuffs happening that I did not expect and things that particularly interests me such as the Death Lilys and Peace Lilys. The way Maria described them seems as if they are more than just plants, that they are almost like humans and I am having these wildest imaginations when there are scenes involving Death and Peace lilys. I also really enjoyed the romance in this book because although it wasn't the main focus, the romance are not sappy, it wasn't an insta-love because the characters grew to love each other and I loved reading about the time they spent together. Touch of Power has hooked me from the very first page until the end and I'm so glad it's not a cliffhanger because I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE SEQUEL!!!
Characters: Oh Avry, what a spectacular heroine you are! I love reading about you, your thoughts, the way you want to help people with your healing skills and your feelings towards the 'gang' you are travelling with. She is someone who does not easily give up and tries hard. I love her and I was able to connect with her easily because I adore heroines like her!
Kerrick of Alga! Kerrick! Kerrick! All this hype going on about how awesome you are is just SO TRUE! Even though you're cold, a bit rude to Avry in the beginning, you become such a sweet character who I love even more. Your strength, powers, leadership, story makes you a very amazing character. When you call Avry with her name, I swear I actually melt! Oh, you have to take me with you on your journey! I have powers too! Like...swatting fleas? Pretty useful when you're on a journey right? Nevertheless, just take me with you!
Belen, Flea, Quain, Loren and just every single member of the group Avry is travelling with, you guys are awesome and loveable. I love how Maria gave you each a different personality and makes the journey seems more fun and exciting! If Kerrick won't let me join, then you guys have too! Deal?
Prince Ryne, I nearly forgot about you! Even though we actually get to read more about you closer to the end of the book, I actually love you! I've been wondering what character you're like since you're always in the conversation between Avry and the other 'gang' members and how Avry is not really convinced to heal you but you are actually such an awesome character. I believe you can bring peace and fight that evil Tohon!
Tohon, you are a very interesting twisted character. I think you're too obsessive with healers and such. And just for your information, Avry belongs to Kerrick so YOU STAY AWAY!
To summarize, all the characters are AMAZING, VERY WELL-WRITTEN and I LOVE THEM!
Overall: Touch of Power will take you on an exciting journey filled with dangers and obstacles, set in a beautiful fantasy world and characters you'll love for their different personalities and awesome-ness. My first Snyder's book is COMPLETELY AWESOME and this makes me convinced that I have to read all her books! If you haven't read this book, what are you waiting for? A must read for all fans of fantasy!
Thank you to HarlequinTeen Australia for the review copy! (less)
Cover: The cover is what made me really intrigued to read this book. I love the girl's white dress and her back is to us, as if she is headed to the woods by herself. The cover makes me really intrigued to find out what the book is about!
A craving so bad you can't stop...
Savannah never understands why the Clann hate her, especially when she's very attracted to Tristan Coleman, the child of the Clann's leader. But when she gets 'sick' for a week, she suddenly experienced a change and she becomes more and more attracted to Tristan. Their relationship is forbidden. Will they fight their family to be together?
I've heard mixed things about this book. Some really enjoyed it, some didn't quite like it. I got worried that I will not enjoy this book as well but when I finished reading this book, I actually enjoyed it! The first thing that made me enjoy this book was the fact that I couldn't guess what's the problem with Savannah when she was away for a week from school and the paranormal element in the story. Crave is written from two perspectives: Savannah and Tristan. I like how we get to read from both side of the characters and understand what they think about each other and their lives. I really enjoyed reading the relationship between Tristan and Savannah but I did felt that it dragged for a bit too long, with more than half of the book exploring how Tristan is attracted to Savannah but is forbidden, how he decides to break the rules, how Savannah is not convinced but then convinced to go out with Tristan. I felt that it could have been kept a little shorter because this book is actually quite thick. The exploring of the characters development throughout the story felt like the main focus in the book and this book may have been more enjoyable if it focused in other problems such as the Clann, rather than just Tristan himself.
Characters: I really enjoyed reading about both characters and understanding them. Savannah never thought she was something more and that her life would change since the sickness. Her feelings was clearly written in the book that we can feel what she's feeling. Tristan was a very great character who really loved Savannah and dared to break the rule for the first time. Both characters' relationship were explored really well. This book really focused on both characters so we didn't really get to read more about other characters, but I enjoyed reading about Savannah's grandma, mother, father and friends!
Overall: Crave is a captivating story of forbidden love with a paranormal twist and a very detailed exploration of the characters' relationships. I did get to read an excerpt of Covet, the sequel in the book and I can't wait to read it. This is recommended for those who enjoy reading about forbidden love and depth characters exploration with a sweet romance!
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Cover: On a Dark Wing's cover is simple yet I love it. I really love the boy's black wings in the cover and how there are also ravens in the background.
Story: On a Dark Wing tells the story of Abbey, a girl who cheated Death and has a big crush on Nate Holden, a guy who is about to climb Mount Denali. What she never thought was that she was going to encounter 'Death' once more, while her crush is in a great danger.
This book is told from different points of view. First person from Abbey and Third person for Nate, Tanner, Nate's mom and Nate's dad. The shifting of POV was quite regular but the book is mainly told from Abbey's POV. First half of the book didn't quite hooked me. I felt a bit confused with story plot and I didn't quite like Abbey. Although, when Nate first arrived in Mount Denali, I felt thrilled with excitement of imagining myself climbing this beautiful mountain with snow all around me. The beauty of the landscape made me start to enjoy the book. When Abbey finally meets 'Death', the story was getting interesting and so, the last half of the book was really enjoyable for me as things finally come to place.
Characters: When I first read about Abbey, I didn't quite like her. I can understand that she is feeling sad because she survived the car accident instead of her mother, but she was rude to her father. When her father took her to a trip they take each year, she didn't want to go but then she decided to go (first thing in the morning, so early) because she had a problem that night when her friends posted a photo in the web and 'bullied' her. She needed to escape and forced her dad to go so early. I also think that Abbey is too obsessed with Nate. She always tries to keep up with latest news about Nate's climbing expeditions but never tried to talk with him. Nate doesn't even know she exist. But when 'Death' talks to Abbey in the form of Nate, Abbey thought that it was actually Nate and when 'Nate' kissed her, she just kissed him back without feeling suspicious (like why is he there, why did he even kiss her when he never knew her?) She only felt suspicious a little but always came when 'Nate' asked her to meet in the woods. When Death revealed himself, I felt sad for him. Death's endless job of collecting people's souls when they are dead and carry them within him makes him yearned to be loved. He also wanted to feel what it's like to be human. His character was what made this book interesting and enjoyable to me. I also love Tanner, Abbey's bestfriend. He was always prepared to help her, so good with computers and really understands her. I expected Abbey and Nate to end up together in the end of the book but Tanner became a love interest I did not expect. I love the idea that a-bestfriend-who-is-a-guy can also be more than just your friend! Nate was an enjoyable character to read too. I love the way he loves his family and friends. While at the beginning I didn't quite like Abbey, the ending made me like her because she finally fixed her problem with her dad and she chose to be with Tanner and thought of Nate as her friend instead of a crush she used to obsess about.
Overall: Jordan Dane's On a Dark Wing brings you a story of life and 'Death', set in one of the most beautiful places. It started out slow but develops into a very enjoyable read! Jordan Dane's description brings you vivid images of Alaska as you read the book and imagine living in this place with interesting characters you don't want to miss!
A big thank you to Harlequin Australia and Harlequin (via NetGalley) for the review copy!
Cover: Very interesting. I love the purple and light effects in the cover. The way the title is set makes you feel like it's 'sliding' or 'moving;. I l...moreCover: Very interesting. I love the purple and light effects in the cover. The way the title is set makes you feel like it's 'sliding' or 'moving;. I love the blurb too! 'Sometimes you can't look away'.
4 Forget-me-not flowers for the cover!
Story: The idea of Slide amazed me. I can imagine what it's like for Vee to be able to slide into someone's mind and see what they're doing at that time. Slide is not just about Vee's ability to 'slide', but also about the murders that are happening in the town. As I read the book, I anticipate the parts where Vee is able to slide into other characters' minds and see what exactly is going on with them. Soon she finds out that most of her friends have their own secrets, including her father.
Slide was a new concept of power and I really enjoyed the fact that Hathaway described all the details of Vee's ability I can actually understand how her power works. This book made me put on my detective cap and think who is the real murderer behind all these characters and what are their connections to each other?
I have to admit I wasn't a very good detective. I wasn't able to guess who the true murderers are until the end and what are their connections to Vee and her family. I love reading mysteries or murderer themed books where readers are involved in a way that we can try and guess who the murderers are. I was completely sucked in this book and it's been a while since I read a book about murderers and stuffs. It was a very very great read!
Characters: Vee was definitely my favourite character in this book. I completely understand her, including why she dyes her hair pink, her sadness for her family and friends. When I try to put myself in her shoes, I find it difficult to tell someone about my ability to 'slide' because the big chance is they won't believe me. If they do and they knew that I've slide to their minds, knowing some of their secrets, they would not want to associate with me anymore. This is how Vee feels. I also love the fact that she progressed by starting to accept her ability, helping to find who the true murderers are and helping her family back together. I did enjoy reading about Rollins, Vee's best friend but got a bit disappointed when he left her because Vee knows his secret after sliding into his mind but everything ended well in this book. Everything solved. I also enjoyed reading about other characters such as Zane, Vee's father, Mattie (Vee's sister). The characters are written well in a way that you can also feel their pain and sadness too.
Overall: A great debut with an interesting concept filled with mysteries of murders! I absolutely enjoyed this one.This book is definitely recommended to everyone. My mind 'slided' into this book! Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Australia for accepting my request to read this book!
Cover: I love the butterflies in the picture and how the girl looks like she's running away from something. The cover also gives this mysterious feeling. Although I love the US covers of the series more, I think it's still lovely!
What if your entire world was built on a lie?
When Wendy was 6 years old, her mother tried to kill her on her birthday. Her mother claimed that Wendy was not her child and therefore tried to kill her. Now she is locked up in an mental health asylum. Wendy always knew that she was different than the others and Finn, the school's newcomer convinced her that she is more than just who she is. Can Wendy believe him?
I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, especially after seeing the gorgeous US cover of the book. At first, I didn't know that this book was originally self-published but because it was such a bestseller, finally a publisher picked up the book and published it. I haven't heard of Amanda Hocking before but after reading her book, I know why this was such a bestseller. Written from Wendy's POV, Switched brings you a tale of Trylle (which means Trolls) and the world of Förening. I enjoyed reading this book. I've certainly never read a book about trolls but the trolls in Switched are very interesting because they are like humans, only with powers. There weren't many actions happening in the book because Switched is mostly about Wendy's adaptation to her new life but it was still enjoyable. The ending was very interesting and makes me want to read Torn as soon as possible!
Characters: Wendy's life completely changed after knowing the truth about her life. She deals with the truth well although sometimes she can be persistent and stubborn. Sometimes I find Wendy quite annoying and blunt, which makes it quite hard for me to connect with her but she's still enjoyable to read. Her relationship with Finn, Tove, Rhys is really interesting to read about. Finn is quite an awesome character who helps Wendy adapt with her new life. I am particularly really intersted in Elora, Wendy's 'real' mother because she has secrets that I want to find out more about.
Overall: Amanda Hocking weaves an interesting story of the Trylle kingdom through Switched. Switched is a unique paranormal-themed book and you'll find trolls are not as ugly as you think they are in nursery rhymes! This book is recommended to those who love reading a new paranormal concept in books!
Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I'm not a really big fan of the cover but I like how the girl represents Bitterblue and the background with the snowy mountains and dark sky. I actually prefer the UK/AU cover compared to the US one!
This is a story of Bitterblue, the Queen of Monsea...
Kristin Cashore's debut novel, Graceling, mesmerized me and completely took my breath away. I was not a very big fan of fantasy when I first read the book but I was utterly speechless at how amazing Graceling was. When I read Fire, again I was completely mesmerized by how well-written Cashore's books are. I read both books last year so I only waited a year for Bitterblue, considering how Fire was published in 2009 and readers who read the book in 2009 would have to wait 3 whole years to finally be able to get Bitterblue. The question is: is it worth the wait? My answer: a gazillion yes.
I don't think my review will ever do this book justice but I will try my best. It's been 8 years since Bitterblue was saved by Po and Katsa from her evil father, King Leck. Bitterblue now reigns over Monsea as their queen and the city is now called Bitterblue city instead of Leck city. Bitterblue takes us into a journey of Bitterblue's struggles for her kingdom and her people, overcoming her trauma of her evil father and finding herself. This book is split into 5 parts. Cashore beautifully weaves a compelling story, written from Bitterblue's POV that transports me back to the world of the Seven Kingdoms once more. My questions about Leck, his true identity and his Graceling is finally answered in this book.
While exploring Bitterblue's life as a queen, characters from both Graceling and Fire make an appearance in Bitterblue. The lovely Katsa and Po are constantly throughout the book, giving Bitterblue the support she needs to rule her kingdom while Fire makes an unexpected appearance towards the end of the book. I do not wish to spoil anything further but this book also comes with illustrations of Bitterblue city, the map of the Seven Kingdoms and the castle. I really adore the illustrations and they really help me imagine the whole setting of Bitterblue.
In the end of the book, there is also a characters' guide which is really handy because there are so many characters in this book that you might lose track of which one is which. The ending wrapped the whole story of Bitterblue gracefully. It gives us hope for the characters and that perhaps, Cashore might once again give birth to another brilliant book set in the Seven Kingdoms.
Characters: Cashore's writing is truly amazing and alluring. Her story is absolutely well-written and so are her characters. I really adore Bitterblue, for her strength and compassion. She is only 18 years old but is weighed down with a responsibility of ruling her own kingdom. Being a Queen is not all about a luxurious and spoiled life where a Queen is pretty much nothing but a figure head in the society. Bitterblue has grown so much throughout the book. She is no longer a naive, fragile girl who is still tormented by her father's fears. She showed us, readers, that she is worthy of the title 'Queen' and that she can rule her kingdom. She tries her best to understand her people and even though she will find herself often betrayed by her trusted ones, she will stand up and stay strong. She also meets interesting new characters which I do not wish to spoil, two of the characters are both thieves who will change the way she sees and understands her people.
Our dearest Po a.k.a Greening Grandemalion (oh how good it is to hear Po's real name!) and Katsa are back in Bitterblue. They offer support and help for Bitterblue and are shown to be very happy and lively. I am grateful to see how Po is adjusting very well with his life despite his 'blindness' after 8 years. Katsa is still the amazing heroine we adored from Graceling and I'm just truly happy to see her with Po together in Bitterblue.
I have learned a lot of things about Leck in this book and I can only say two words to summarize what he is and that is PURE EVIL. Reading about him in this book makes me think that he is a truly wretched man with no conscience and guilt. His Graceling ruins his people, his family and even though he's dead, he is not truly dead. His name brings back painful memories to Bitterblue and her kingdom. Moreover, I do have to admit that he is very clever. He uses others to commit his evil doing and tries to mold Bitterblue to be like him. I also learned more about his identity, where he might came from, who his parents were and his true name.
(view spoiler)[When I was about 100 pages away from the end of the book, I never thought Fire would appear and when she did, (hide spoiler)] I was overjoyed with how the characters are now all here, talking to each other and it was an elegant touch to the story.
Constantly, I find myself forgetting the rest of the characters even though they also play an important role in the story because they were very many characters in this book. It was very hard to keep track of which one is which and who they are. Nevertheless, I didn't have a problem understanding the whole story despite my lack of remembering who each characters are and I was truly satisfied with how the characters in this story developed from the beginning of the book until the end.
Overall: Cashore's excellently written Bitterblue, takes readers on a journey of the now 18 years old Bitterblue on her life, her struggles for her kingdom, overcoming her vicious father's impact on her and finding herself. The mysteries of Leck are also finally answered as you turn each page of the book. With a delightful return of the beloved characters from Graceling and Fire, this exceptional book is truly worth the three years of wait. Bitterblue will once again sweep you into the exquisite world of the Seven Kingdoms.
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Cover: I love how the cover still looks similar to the Evernight series but the face in the cover is Balthazar instead of Bianca! I also really adore the title's font! SO GORGEOUS. Love the brown colour background too!
It's a story fully dedicated to our dearest Balthazar...
Balthazar is back. He's back with a gorgeous story readers will love. This time, he is trying to protect Skye Tierney, a girl who once attended Evernight Academy from the evil vampires. These evil vampires are not just any vampires. They are the vampires from Balthazar's past. His CRUEL past. Balthazar realizes that protecting Skye would mean he needs to spend a lot of time with her. He finds himself falling for her...but Balthazar promises himself that his life should not be involved with mortal. But, can Balthazar fight off his own feelings while protecting the girl he's falling for?
Oh Balty, I am so happy that you have one single book dedicated to you! How I missed you so much. This book reminds me again of how I love reading the Evernight series and reminds me of how Evernight was one of the earliest YA series I read that made me love YA so much. When I first started reading this book, I can't remember who Skye is. I'm assuming she should be in the Evernight series as a side character but I can't remember how she has met Balthazar and Lucas before. Still, I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It's written from Balthazar and Skye's POV. The plot is exciting and I love meeting the vampires from Balthazar's past. Ending is simply beautiful. It's a happy ending, I guess? ;)
Characters: Balty! You know I love you. But you sometimes torture me with the rule of 'no mortals'. If you love Skye, why not be with her. She changes your life and makes you feel better! Nevertheless, I love how you are self-less, YOU DISGUISE AS A TEACHER, you wear glasses *sigh* and well, you're awesome. So happy that you finally found your own girl. I remember how you loved Bianca and my heart breaks because as much as I love Bianca and Lucas together, I think she's not the one for you, Balty! You deserve someone who loves you and understands you. And BAM! There's Skye, just for you!
Skye, you rock girl! Love how brave you are and how you love Balthazar. I really admire your bravery because I can't imagine seeing wraiths everyday and still be able to live my life normally. Really enjoyed reading about you!
There's also Redgrave, Constantia and Charity. They're evil but awesome. Love the fights between them and Balty! I also love Charity in this book. She's a bit complicated but she said this one quote and it was all it take for me to love her in this book!
"I love Justin Bieber."
I laughed so hard after seeing this quote because Charity tries to be like a normal teenager by saying that and makes me wonder how she actually finds out about JB! Anyway...
Overall: Love Balty in Evernight? Want a book just about him? Then go read Balthazar now! It's fully dedicated to our dearest Balty and he's even more amazing than what I remembered. If you love Evernight, I guarantee you will love this one too!
Thank you Harper Collins Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: The cover looks awesome. That is how a true vampire looks like! When they cry, they cry bloody tears! The girl in the cover is similar to how I imagined Allie looks like too!
Would you rather be a vampire or die when on the brink of death?
Allison 'Allie' Sekemoto is an Unregistered. This means she is not a 'blood cattle'. Vampires do not own her and she is free from them. But, Unregistered people do not get the privilege of free food from the vampires. Life is a struggle everyday for Allie. She has to scavenge for food. One day, she is attacked by Rabids and is on the brink of death when she is faced with two choices. Both still means death but one might allow her to still be in this world. Allie wants to 'live' and therefore begins her life as a vampire and the search for Eden, a Human city with no trace of vampires at all...
The Iron Fey series has ended but not Julie Kagawa's stories! She is back with a kick-ass story of a katana-wielding heroine! Oh yes, you heard me! Allie wields Katana and out of all the swords out there, Julie's choice of Katana is perfect for Allie! I have heard great things about The Immortal Rules so I knew it is going to be an awesome book before I started reading it. When I first heard that Julie is going to write about vampires, I wondered how she is going to write a story which is different to all the vampire books out there. Vampire is a really popular paranormal creature after all. But, Julie's The Immortal Rules is a unique vampire story. It's not all about love between vampires and human, it's a story of survival. Julie's vampires are also the REAL DEAL. They burn in the sun, they need blood and they cry blood. The concept of vampires ruling cities in The Immortal Rules is amazing. Humans are exposed to vampires and they know that vampires are living among them. Worst of all, they are even used as 'blood cattle' to provide the vampires with the blood they need. This book is filled with constant action scenes and even though the beginning is quite slow, it gets exciting and I can't put the book down at all. The ending makes me desperate to get the second book. Even though it's going to be another year of wait, I know it'll definitely be worthwhile because Julie never disappoints!
Characters: Allie is my newest favourite heroine! She is totally a kick-ass girl who wields Katana as her main weapon besides her fangs! I love everything about her and I love reading her transition from a human to a vampire and how she finally learns to accept her life as a vampire and learns the skills to be a vampire. I also really enjoyed reading her time with Kanin, the Master vampire who turned Allie. I nearly thought he is the main love interest. I don't actually mind because Kanin is pretty awesome but when Allie finally meets Ezekiel 'Zeke' Crosse (the guy everyone has been raving about after reading The Immortal Rules), I absolutely fell for Zeke too! He's the sweetest, kindest, caring gentleman ever! I really adore his relationship with Allie. I love reading the other characters who travel with Zeke such as Caleb, Derek, Jake, Jeb and really hated Ruth. She was very annoying and perhaps if I were Allie, I might have done something bad to her! Julie's characters are always amazing and well-written!
Overall: The Iron Fey series might have ended but not Julie Kagawa's stories! Julie is back with a kick-ass story of a katana-wielding heroine through The Immortal Rules. With a unique REAL DEAL vampires concept and amazing characters, Julie takes you into a story of survival, what it means to be vampire and if hope and salvation exist for these damned creatures.
Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I like how the theme of the cover is red, compared to the yellow theme in Starcrossed's cover. It's also interesting how different the UK covers are compared to the US ones although they're both great in their own ways!
What happens when your life is dreamless?
Dreamless picks up directly from where Starcrossed ended. Helen is no longer able to love Lucas freely after discovering that they are cousins. But their love is not the only problem. The Furies never stop trying to make the members of different Houses kill each other. Helen finds out that she is the only one who can stop The Furies because she can descend to the Underworld realm. Can Helen succeed and stop the Furies?
I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Starcrossed, and really liked the whole idea of Greek mythology in the book. Dreamless continued with the unique re-telling of Greek mythology. I loved how different Greek mythology characters were introduced in the novel, how Helen met another mysterious guy who ended up helping her in the underworld realm and her journey in stopping the furies. The book is fast-paced and filled with actions. I love how Josephine Angelini used the concept of dreams such as how Helen can descend to the Underworld through dreams and how her dreamless nights can make her suffer. Although, I was not a big fan of the love triangle in this book. The ending did not left me desperate to get the next book but I still can't wait for the next book in the series!
Characters: I still thought Helen was amazing. I loved how she progressed from Starcrossed to Dreamless. Although, I did find her conflicted feelings between Orion and Lucas quite frustrating. I do understand how she was attracted to Orion because he was there when she needed him in the underworld and she could not love Lucas freely because they were cousins. Orion was a great addition to the characters although I still preferred Lucas over him. I love the texts he sent to Helen but somehow, I still think Lucas is perfect for Helen no matter what happens. I really enjoyed reading about other characters such as Daphne, Tantalus, Lucas' parents, Hector and I felt incredibly sad for Zach in this book. I really hoped that the love triangle between Helen, Lucas and Orion can be sorted out in the next book!
Overall: Dreamless is a great sequel to Starcrossed. Angelini's rich and unique re-telling of Greek mythology will bring readers back into the entrancing world of Starcrossed. Despite the fact that I did not quite loved it as much as Starcrossed, I absolutely can't wait for the next book in the series!
Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy!(less)
I love the close up of the girl's blue eyes, as if she's looking at something carefully. The cover makes me curious of what the story is about and it looks intriguing!
When your fate is already determined, can you fight it?
Evie Tremain is just your average girl with a boring life filled with part-time jobs. But all it takes is one night to change her life completely. That night, she is attacked by a strange-looking human with a scorpion's tail! Luckily, she is helped by Victor who is in fact a Hunter. Victors tells Evie that she is from a long line of demon slayers who kills the Unhumans and that she is bound to be a Hunter. Evie never thought that her life will be so complicated and unbelievable since then. Meanwhile, Lucas Gray, half Shadow Warrior and half Human is sent to kill Evie and he tries to kill her by living close to her. Killing Evie should be a piece of cake... if only he didn't fall in love with her. When your fate determines who you love, will you fight against it?
My goodness, Sarah Alderson, YOU DID IT AGAIN! If you guys have read my review on Hunting Lila, then you'd know that I LOVED IT. Sarah's debut novel was simply BRILLIANT and she did it again with FATED. From the very first page, I was hooked. This is what you call an AWESOME novel and all the hype going on about this book (particularly from the lovely Aussie bloggers) was so TRUE. Believe me, this book was just that addictive. I couldn't stop reading and I just had to keep on turning the pages to see how the story goes. FATED is written from both Evie and Lucas's perspectives and I'm so glad it's written in dual perspectives because readers get to read about what's going on in Evie and Lucas's head! YAY! This book was so well-written and I love Sarah's writing! The world of Fated was so creatively built and I can actually imagine as if the story comes to life!
Characters: Oh Evie, you are my newest favourite heroine. You make me laugh, make me feel all sorts of emotions and you're actually taking in this whole Unhumans vs Hunters thing quite good! I would have fainted or freaked out and shouted at the world for this unbelievable stuffs but you didn't! You are just that AMAZING! ME WANT YOUR BLUE EYES! or share Lucas, will you?
Lucas Gray. You are my newest crush. Okay, I know you are FATED to love Evie and such, but I am FATED to love you. I love reading about you in the book and how you see Evie and feel what you feel for her. I want to blend in the shadows like you. When you confessed to Evie about how you feel for her, I literally melted. I had this crazy imagination that you actually confessed to me. Oh Lucas, Lucas, Lucas, do you mind if I steal you away from Evie? DUH. OF COURSE NOT.*cries*
Besides Evie the Kick-Ass heroine and Lucas the Swoon-worthy shadow warrior, I loved reading about other characters like Shulla the Mixen or even Joshua the Thirster and also Victor, the Hunter. I am FATED to love the characters in this book!
Overall: Sarah Alderson delivers yet another AMAZING story through FATED. When your fate is determined, how can you fight against it? FATED is fast-paced, loaded with actions and awesome characters like the Kick-Ass Evie and the Swoon-Worthy Lucas. I am FATED to love this book and so will you!
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: The cover is gorgeous but before I read the book, I had no idea how it's related to the story. What I expected from the title was a book with a school building somewhere in the cover but when I learned that Allie's hair is Henna coloured, now I see that the girl in the cover represents Allie!
It's more than just your average school...
Allie is arrested, again. Her life is miserable and her parents are finally giving up. Their solution? Send Allie to Cimmeria Academy. Allie thinks that this will be the same experience like any other schools but Cimmeria Academy is different. Not only is the academy different, she also feels happier living in this academy. But when strange and crazy things started to happen, Allie must investigate the truth about this Academy and the secret 'Night School'....
Wow, Night School is absolutely addictive. I was immensely interested in reading this book after reading the summary and wonderful reviews for this book. I am also very curious of the paranormal aspect in this book. Is it vampires? werewolves? or something I haven't read about before? Written from third person view, Night School is a story of Allie and the students in Cimmeria Academy. This book was very unpredictable. I kept on failing trying to guess what kind of paranormal theme would I be reading about in this book, which makes me unable to stop reading. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. The setting of the school surrounded by thick woods, old chapel and church gives this eerie, creepy feeling and touch to the book. The murders, the crazy things happening in this book also makes it a chilly read. Even though this book was quite thick, about 451 pages, it's still not enough! I want the sequel now!
Characters: Allie was a character I really enjoyed reading about. I can connect with her, understand how she feels the need to find out what is going on with Cimmeria Academy, the students and the Night School although she actually finds herself happier than she was back at home. I also enjoyed reading about the love triangle in this book. Allie finds herself drawn to Carter but she also is intrigued by Sylvain. I love both boys too. They are both different but gorgeous and awesome. I was interested at Sylvain first because he had a French accent and he sounds really sweet but Carter is very brooding, dark, mysterious and makes me more intrigued with him as the story goes! Other students in the academy such as Jo, Lucas, Rachel, Gabe and the headmistress, Isabelle was very enjoyable to read about! Unraveling each characters' mysteries were really fun and exciting!
Overall: Night School is a creepy, chilling and eerily gorgeous book filled with mysteries and an unpredictable plot! This is an exciting story filled with secrets for readers to unravel and soon you will find that you're unable to stop reading this book! I need book 2 now!
Thank you Atom (Hachette Australia) for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I don't really like the UK cover. The girl standing on the edge of the bridge, stretching her hands out looks very creepy to me. Although, the cover does portray a scene in the book very well!
Eternity is only the beginning...
I received this book a couple of months ago but never actually got into the book until now. I really liked the premise of the book and was glad that I ended up really enjoying the story! The Alchemy of Forever, written from Seraphina's POV tells the story of her life as an immortal who has lived 600 years, transferring her soul to different bodies every time her current body starts to decay in order to continuing living in this world. She becomes immortal after Cyrus, an Alchemist's son gives her the elixir when she is about die 600 years ago. Now, Sera is tired of taking over other people's body, killing the soul inside of them all the time and is prepared to die. She no longer feels any love for Cyrus but the only problem is, Cyrus is very possessive of her and she is not sure she can ever escape him.
Despite the fact that the book is not too long, only about 260 pages, the book is not rushed and flows at a very steady pace. It begins with a prologue back in the 1400s when Cyrus makes Sera immortal and continues in the present story as Sera tries to basically die. I really enjoyed reading about how Sera decides to still stay in this world after transferring her soul to Kaylie's body and how she falls in love with Noah. The concept of incarnation in this book is quite interesting such as how the soul stays immortal but not the body itself. The book ended in a cliffhanger although I definitely saw that coming but it still makes me excited for the sequel!
Characters: I really like Sera as a character. She feels very conflicted throughout the book. In the beginning, she feels conflicted because she wants to die but then she takes Kaylie's body when she nearly died and transfers her soul to Kaylie's body. After living Kaylie's life, Sera finally decides that she does not want to die just yet. She loves Kaylie's life and also falls in love with Noah. Sera wants to avoid Cyrus at all cost but Cyrus is able to track her down. Noah is a sweet and nice guy, basically the good guy and I can definitely see how Sera is attracted to him. Kaylie's bestfriends are also cool and great! I actually really like Cyrus too. Even though he might be over-possessive and selfish, he really cares for Sera. I fell for Cyrus in the prologue and am really looking forward to read more about him in the book although he is not constantly in the book. I hope there is more appearance of him in the next book!
Overall: Would you jump at the chance to live forever? The Alchemy of Forever will make you think that perhaps being an immortal is not a very good thing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this riveting book and absolutely can't wait to read the sequel!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: The covers of the Fallen series are absolutely gorgeous. I love the girl's black dress in the cover of Fallen in Love and the background. I would never have guessed that the book is talking about Valentine's Day from the cover (since it's all black) if it weren't for the summary but it's still a gorgeous cover!
True love never says goodbye...
This is my second book review with short stories compilation! I really enjoyed reading the short stories in this book. The first short story is Love Where You Least Expect It and this is Shelby and Miles' story. They are such a cute and adorable couple. This short story is not my favourite but still enjoyable to read! Love Lessons is the second short story and it's Roland's story. This is quite a sad story because Roland can't be together with his love and I feel sad for him. There's a bit with Cam in his short story and Cam is awesome. The third short story is Burning Love which is Arianne's story. This completely surprised me. I never expected Arianne's first love to be a female. Arianne's story is sad but quite beautifully written. The last short story is Daniel and Luce's : Endless Love. I've been waiting for this one and it sure is a great way to end the book. It's a romantic and sweet tale of Daniel and Luce. Sure we've read many romantic scenes between Daniel and Luce in Fallen, Torment and Passion but this short story is more special because it's set in Valentine's Day. I should have read this book on Valentine's Day! But I'm really glad there are short stories to satisfy readers' hunger for Rapture.
There is also a preview of Rapture in the end of the book and it made me so dying to read Rapture. There are still so many questions left unanswered in Passion and I want to know more about the curse!
Overall: If you love Fallen series, then you will definitely want to read this one! The romantic and sweet short stories in this book will help you get through the wait for Rapture, the final book in the series. The short stories also make you understand more about the characters in Fallen. Fallen in Love is definitely worth buying because not only is the book in hardcover with a gorgeous cover, you get to read short stories from Fallen characters and you also get to read a preview from Rapture!
Thank you Random House Australia for the review copy!(less)
Cover: I love the snowy background and the model in the cover! It really reflects the story of the book and gives the cold and icy feeling about the book. The idea of a reflection of the girl in the cover is also really interesting!
Anything can happen in eleven minutes…
Delaney should have died when she fell inside the icy waters of Falcon’s lake. But she is alive. It was more than just a miracle. Ever since her heart started beating again, nothing was ever the same. She feels a pull towards death and when she meets Troy, a guy who is 'like' her, will she ever understand what is happening with her and how she escaped ‘death’?
Fracture is a story of pain, death, love and life. It is written in Delaney’s POV, telling her story from the moment she fell, she woke and how she copes with her life then on. I enjoyed reading this story although the plot didn’t quite hooked me. I think it’s well-written, in a way that can make me feel a twinge of pain and sadness as I read the book. It is thought provoking and made me imagine what it's like to be Delaney and living her life after the incident. Even though I find the story plot quite confusing, and that there are some things that can still be further explained, it was an enjoyable book!
Characters: Although Delaney was a well-written character and makes me understand what she’s going through, her feelings about the incident, how she copes with her life now that she is alive, I wasn’t quite able to connect with her. I felt quite annoyed with Delaney because she just didn’t mind being with Troy or Decker and I can’t understand which one she loves or she didn’t like, until the end. If I had to choose Decker or Troy, I would have chosen Decker because Troy is kind of creepy and is 'stalker-ish', always lurking in the shadows and just always there. I do feel sympathy towards Troy because even though his actions were 'evil', he did it for good.
Decker is a sweet guy who cares for Delaney but I think he’s quite a jerk because he goes out with someone else although he’s clearly in love with Delaney. One thing I loved about Decker was that he was always there when Delaney needed him. He didn't hesitate and directly came when Delaney called him when she needed help, and is always there when Delaney was in the hospital. I also didn’t quite like Delaney’s parents because they are not supportive of their own daughter, even forcing her to take sleeping pills everyday in hopes of returning their daughter back to normal. They didn’t believe her throughout the book, which is really sad because parents or family are supposed to be the ones who believe you when nobody else does.
Overall: Fracture is a story of pain, love, death and life. I expected great things about this book but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Although, this is still a great debut novel and an enjoyable read! Fracture will make you understand how life can drastically change in a snap or in such a short time...(less)
Cover: The girl's dress and the background is really interesting and looks great! There's also a fire in the background to give a smouldering effect! Although, I think I love the US cover more because it really looks different and unique.
A demon girl. A human boy. Journey to find a brother and a saviour.
Daphe is a demon, she lives in Pandemonium and understands what life is like in the earth by watching television. Yep, she doesn't know much. But when her brother, Obie, tells her that he's leaving to earth, she can't stop him. When her mother suddenly tells her that her brother has gone missing, it's up to Daphne to find her, because she is the only one who can travel to earth. Daphne only carries with herself one clue that will help her find her brother and that is Truman, a human boy. When Daphne finally finds him, she finds out that Truman is broken and she needs to fix him. As they both journey to find Obie, Daphne discovers love, and what being a human means...
Smoulder is an eerie, dark and beautifully written novel. I was hooked from the very first page and although this is my first Yovanoff's novel (with her debut being The Replacement) I absolutely adore Smoulder (The Space Between, US). It's told from 2 perspectives, one from Daphne and one from Truman. This book ventures different thems of death, love, meaning of life, demons, and humans. The storyplot was very gorgeous and enthralling, as we explore the story of both Daphne and Truman. Smoulder also makes you see demons and archangels in different ways. The archangel in this book is not the 'good' ones and it makes it really enjoyable to read because even though many novels might have had the same theme as Smoulder, it is very different to what I've read so far about demons and archangels. I am so happy with the ending too because I almost though it was going to be a sad ending but it wasn't so HOORAY!
The characters are one of my favourite parts in the story. They are so well-written, it gives me twinges. And of course, I was able to connect with Daphne and Truman easily. Truman is such a 'broken' character in the beginning, just an empty shell who wishes nothing but to stop his pain. He's the kind of character who makes me think what life and death means.When Daphne finds him, she understands his pain and tries to make him 'live' again. She slowly restores him and gradually falls in love with him as they spend more time together. Daphne is also very interesting character, because she has never been to the human world and the more time she spends living in earth, the more she finds herself becoming 'human' and have their desires. Besides these two characters, I also enjoyed reading about Obie, Lilith, and even Azrael, the archangel.
An eerie, dark and beautifully written novel, Smoulder explores different themes of life, love and death. It tells the story of Truman and Daphne, who will make your heart twinge and feel deep sadness for them. With a unique theme of demons and archangels, Smoulder is Brenna Yovanoff's second novel you don't want to miss!
Thank you Simon & Schuster Australia for the review copy!(less)
I love the font of the cover! It's like written in crayons and gives this sense and feeling of childhood. I love the blue too but other than that, I'm not a big fan of the cover. Perhaps if stars were actually used in the cover it might make the cover look more interesting!
Pain demands to be felt...
Hazel Grace Lancaster's shrunk of tumours in her lungs has given her the chance to live longer but it still means carrying an oxygen tank everywhere she goes. Hazel lives her life as any other kid affected by cancer would do and attends a support group where people share their personal story about their cancer. But one day, Augustus Waters comes to the group to support his friend, Isaac. The moment Hazel locked eyes with Augustus, Hazel's life is about to be changed.
Have you read a book that fills you with so many beautiful emotions you barely can contain the second you turned the last page? I've read John Green's Looking for Alaska which was absolutely brilliant and I fell in love with John Green's writing since reading his debut novel. Written from Hazel's perspective, The Fault in Our Stars is perhaps John Green's best book yet. The Fault in Our Stars connected to my life more than any other books I've read before. This is a book about life. Life can change at all times and even though it's hard to accept the fact that life is unfair, LIFE IS UNFAIR. What I loved most about John Green's writing is that he can brilliantly make his readers laugh and cry in the same time and come up with the most amazing characters that I can never think of. Hazel and Augustus' journey together explores different themes of life, innocent love and how being 'sick' does not mean the end of everything. I loved how the fictional book An Imperial Affliction brought these two characters together and the sweet moments they share with each other. About 100 pages to the end of the book, my eyes were flowing with tears. Life is about to change again for these two characters and it really crushed my heart. The ending though, was perfect. Oh John Green, I adore every bit of your book to pieces and will do forever. I do, John Green. I do.
Hazel and Augustus are characters that I've never encountered in any books before. They are characters that make you cry, laugh and smile all the way through the book. Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, you guys are completely made for each other. Okay? Okay. How? Because they are similar to each other and they completely understand each other. The connection they share is so deep and their love is so pure and beautiful. The characters' love are true love that inspires you. It's pure love where you love someone you are willing to do everything for them to just to see them smile or happy. Augustus is such a heart-warming character who gives this book a warm touch and smile. I love him so much. So much my heart breaks. There is one thing I want to give to both of these characters and it's time.
Not only do I love the two brilliant realistic characters, I love both Hazel and Augustus' parents. They are so supportive of their children and they never give up. This is what parents should do when their kids are attacked by any kinds of sicknesses. Parents should be strong and supportive of their children because if they won't, then who will? John Green's characters are always so well-written and they are characters that reminds me of life.
The Fault in Our Stars is a brilliantly well-written novel about life. It is perhaps John Green's best book yet and I'm deeply grateful to John Green for writing such a beautiful novel that my tears itself are not enough to repay. The Fault in Our Stars makes me think about how life offers us a lot of chances to be anybody, to do anything as long as time is with us. Therefore, we must always make best of life for we live our lives once and once only. The Fault in Our Stars will leave you filled with so many beautiful emotions you never want to let go and understand how amidst the darkest times, love at its purest form will brighten your life.
Thank you Penguin Australia for the review copy!(less)