I don’t read much graphic novels but I love reading manga comics and it’s one of my favorite addiSame Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
I don’t read much graphic novels but I love reading manga comics and it’s one of my favorite addictions besides reading books. Monstress caught my eye because of its beautiful illustrations and also the intriguing premise which totally sounds like my kinda read and I’ve heard many great things about it. After I was finished with the first volume, I was left wanting for more. It’s visually a stunning graphic novel. I loved the whole plot, amazing world building, the beautiful illustrations and not to forget the badasss main character. The first volume collects Chapter one to chapter six and now I can’t wait for more.
The story is set in a world which is divided into two parts the Federation and the arcanic realms. The Federation territory belongs to the humans and the Arcanic realms to the arcanics – hybrids of ancients and humans. After a war broke out between these two, they finally came to a truce and they build a shield wall which acts as a border between them. Maika Halfwolf a seventeen year old arcanic who looks more human than her fellow arcanics intrudes into the city of Zamora, the borderland city that once held these races together. She disguises herself as a human in order to find about herself and the past she can’t seem to remember which involves her mother. When things doesn’t go as planned she ends up in a situation that she never wanted to face again. In the midst of a new major war brewing, Maika needs to find all the answers before her time runs out.
Maika Halfwolf is deadly and totally badass character. Her doll face looks and one missing arm definitely makes her look very intriguing. Despite her tough personality, she’s also vulnerable who’s always fighting with her inner demons. The secondary characters are pretty good too. I loved Kippa and Mr. Ren, Maika’s travel companions. Kippa is a cute little fox girl that Maika rescues from Cumaea, a witchy faction of humans who collects Arcanics for their body parts and other dirty experiments. She is quite cute and adorable character. Despite fearing Maika’s dangerous otherself, she still decides to follow her. Mr. Ren is a two tailed cat who can actually talk and he seems to have a lot of knowledge on so many things and helps Maika along her journey. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I also liked the demonic thingy that is living inside Maika which looks pretty ugly. There’s also Maika’s friend Tuya who we don’t know much about yet but she’s kinda mysterious character and I’ll look forward to know more about her.
This book has an interesting plot but at the beginning I was a bit confused because we get thrown into the story with no background info and it took some time for me to understand what’s really happening. It is first paced through out and the story starts with an interesting start where our heroine is sold as a slave to the cumaea in an auction. From the start, I was hooked to the story and it was totally unputdownable. The lecture at the end of each chapter has helped me a lot to understand the story much better. Though the protagonist is a teenager, this book is definitely not for young readers, its an adult fantasy read because of the lots of gore, violence and partial nudity. Besides the action, I also liked the light humor in the plot which made the story even more enjoyable to read. The beautiful illustrations are definitely the best aspect of this book and the art really looks close to Japanese manga. I loved the world building! The Known World is a fascinating world filled with humans along with ancient beings, half breeds, old gods, mystical cats with multiple tails that can also talk. The premise states that it was set in a steampunk world but sadly, there aren’t many steampunk elements in this book. Anyways, I’m quite excited to explore more of this world.
Overall, I loved it! I immensely enjoyed devouring this book and I’m so glad that I gave this a try. Now I’m eagerly waiting for Volume two which is going to be released soon in June 2017....more
“And not after, when we’re clinging to each other like the world just fell apart and is slowly clSame Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
“And not after, when we’re clinging to each other like the world just fell apart and is slowly clicking back together, piece by piece, breath by breath . . . heartbeat by beautiful heartbeat.”
I picked this up on a whim when I was craving for something fun and I really had no high expectations before getting into it but this turned out to be a super fun read. I immensely enjoyed the whole California beach town setting, the characters, the romance, and also the fun plot. I think this book really makes a good summer read and the main characters are quite enjoyable. Alex, Approximately is actually my first book from the author so I don't know what to expect from her and now I really need to check out her other books.
Bailey "Mink" Rydell is a classic movie fan who lives at DC with her mother and her new step father. When the relationship between her mother and her step father aren't working well, Bailey decides to move in to her dad's house in California, hometown to her Online best friend Alex whose been insisting her to meet him offline at a film festival held in his town. They both know each other by their nicknames Alex and Mink but not by their real names. Before arriving to California, Bailey doesn't inform Alex of her moving because of a past incident. After a few days at her dad's home, Bailey gets a summer job at a local tourist museum where she meets Porter Roth, an infuriating yet handsome security guard of the museum who takes great pleasure in riling her up. While working her summer job, Bailey decides to find Alex by herself to make sure he isn't some creep before meeting him. When Bailey comes to learn more about Porter, her hate turns into attraction and later into something more but what Bailey doesn't really know is that Porter is actually her Alex. What happens when Alex figures out that his Mink is actually Bailey?
I really liked Bailey! She's really fun, sweet and caring character! She mostly likes being alone and calls herself a evader, master of avoiding things or someone. Though she might seem a bit awkward and shy because of her issues, she's also got a tough side to her that I really liked. Porter Roth is definitely a swoon worthy character with his handsome looks and beautiful sun-kissed curls. Porter comes from a legendary surfer family but after a tragic incident he stopped surfing. I hated him when he acted like an arrogant jerk at the beginning but I slowly grew to love him too. The relationship between Bailey and Porter is so cute and adorable. After an humiliatingly awkward first meeting, Bailey can't stand to face porter again and tries to avoid him but porter always finds her. I absolutely loved the romance! It is slow burn filled with lots of tension. I enjoyed every interaction between them because they never failed to put a smile on my face and It was fun watching Bailey getting nervous whenever Porter gets into her personal space. Bailey and Porter don't like each other at first but when they start to get to know about each other, their friendship slowly turns into love which is definitely the best part I loved about this book and I'm so glad this isn't an insta-love because it would've ruined my enjoyability. As for the secondary characters, I liked Bailey's sweet Dad and also her friend Grace who is quite fun and sassy. I hated Davy, Porter's friend who is into drugs and I wasn't even surprised with the stunt he pulled at the end.
I liked the plot even though it was predictable. The story was cute, fun, fluffy and totally entertaining. I also liked the movie quotes at the top of each chapter. I'm not a classic movie buff but I enjoyed the Online chats between Alex and Mink. They're both adorable nerds. I really missed their chats when they stopped chatting after Bailey and Porter started to like each other. Both of them has their own issues and I was quite surprised with Bailey's past because I wasn't really expecting that. The pacing of the story is good and the writing is flawless. The entire book is told from Bailey's POV[first-person] and I quite enjoyed reading the story from her perspective.
Overall, I loved it! The story concluded with a dramatic happy ending and it was pretty adorable. I don't read much contemporaries but I'm glad that I gave this a try....more
Actually this is my first book from Claudia Gray but I had put pretty hActual Rating: 3.5 stars! Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Actually this is my first book from Claudia Gray but I had put pretty high expectations on it mostly because of its intriguing premise and also because of the hype cause I've heard pretty great things about Claudia's Firebird Trilogy. I totally fell in love with that beautiful cover, it looks simply stunning. So, did it completely meet my expectations? unfortunately, no, it has partly met my expectations but not completely. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it and I loved it's intriguing concept which also kinda reminded me of my favorite YA sci-fi reads Illuminae and starflight. The main Characters Noemi and Abel are amazing in this book and I quite enjoyed their exciting journey together across the galaxy.
Noemi Vidal is a seventeen year old soldier from planet Genesis, a place filled with pure greenery, free of machines and unpolluted air unlike Planet Earth whose atmosphere is filled with nothing but trash and polluted air. With earth's time running out, the people of earth became very desperate and they try to relocate to Genesis but when the people of Genesis is totally against it, they try to take control of it by using force such as building a powerful human like Mech army to fight against them. After three decades of war between them, the people of Genesis is losing hope so they come up with a suicide mission called Massada Run which can buy them some time. Noemi volunteers in the mission because she's an orphan and she has no family to return to. When her friend gets attacked by a mech, she notices an old abandoned enemy ship and gets aboard on it. Later she comes to know that it isn't completely abandoned at all and then she meets a powerful mech named Abel who is programmed in a way that makes him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis--even though her plan to win the war will kill him. With each time they spend together Noemi notices something different about Abel whose actions almost seemed like human which is pretty much impossible for a mech but she don't want to jeopardize her mission - her last hope for saving her people.
I loved Noemi and Abel! Noemi is a kickass female soldier, she is tough, selfless, fearless and very stubborn. She's also very loyal towards her people and wouldn't even hesitate to sacrifice her life if it would save her loved ones. Abel aka Model One A is really a fascinating character. Being the most powerful and intelligent Mech in the world, he's quite confident of his skills. Though he's mostly robotic in nature sometimes he does act a bit sarcastic towards Noemi which I always enjoyed. Abel kinda reminded me of AIDAN from Illuminae but AIDAN would always be my favorite AI even though he doesn't have a hot bod like Abel. I liked the slow building relationship between Noemi and Abel. Though they don't trust each other much at the beginning, they eventually start to depend on each other and they make a good team but I was a teeny tiny bit disappointed that there is not much romance until the end because what Noemi and Abel mostly feel towards each other is respect but eventually it slowly turns into like and then love. I loved their first kiss filled with lots of emotion at the end which is definitely one of my favorite parts in this book. I also enjoyed their banters and it was always fun to watch whenever Abel tries to showoff his skills to Noami. As for the sidekicks or secondary characters, except for Virginia sadly no one intrigued me much but the others aren't bad either and I will definitely look forward to know more about them. There is also a mention of a famous celebrity named Han Zhi, the hottest guy alive in the galaxy. He doesn't make a full appearance in this book but I really hope we finally meet him in the next book.
Honestly, the plot is pretty amazing but I hated the slow start filled with lots of scientific info dump that bored me to sleep and this isn't really my first sci-fi book. However, when the plot takes an interesting turn, I became active once again and from then on, I was hooked to the plot till the end. I loved the action and the space adventures across the galaxy. The romance was a bit disappointing though because there's barely any romance in it but after that emotional scene at the end, I would love to see how it develops further. The world building is simply fantastic. I absolutely enjoyed exploring different planets and learning their politics, and cultures. My favorite is definitely Planet Kismet, it is somewhat exotic holiday spot in the entire galaxy filled with lots of fun, entertainment and luxury. I really can't wait to explore more of this world. The book was told in third person dual POV and I loved the captivating writing style of the author, It was quite descriptive and vivid.
Overall, it was a great read! Despite my issues, this book is a must read for all the YA sci-fi lovers. Though the book ended with no cliffhangers, I would definitely look forward to its sequel....more
This book was so beautiful and wonderfully written. I’m usually very picky when choosing YA conteSame Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
This book was so beautiful and wonderfully written. I’m usually very picky when choosing YA contemporaries books and this one caught my eye when I was browsing through for april’s new releases and the cover captivated me. I loved Storm by Brigid kemmerer so I knew this is going to be something I would definitely enjoy and after reading that premise I couldn’t help it. I haven’t read much books with Pen Pals trope but I’m beginning to love it. My last book with this trope is Punk 57 which is another heartfelt story that I enjoyed reading and I highly recommend it if you are into new adult books. Letters to the lost is emotional and heart touching story! I loved Declan and Juliet as much as I loved Becca and Chris from Storm. They both are pretty amazing characters, and how they shared their pain, depression and grief together over losing someone they dearly loved has totally moved me.
Juliet’s mom is a famous photo journalist who always travels around the world and barely stays with them so Juliet communicates with her mother through letters. She gets pretty devastated when her mom dies in a car accident and since then she’s coping with her grief by leaving letters on her grave. One day when she finds someone replying to her letter, she gets angry that someone has read her letter and intruded her privacy which is something that belonged only to her mother and her. Declan Murphy is a guy everyone fears in the school. After he wrecks a private property with his father’s truck while being drunk, he was left with a court ordered community service at the local cemetery. On a grave, when he finds a haunting letter filled with loss and grief that he could relate to, he couldn’t help himself and replies her with two words which eventually leads to more but they never reveal their real names to each other. They both go to the same high school but they don’t like each other much. So what will happen when they finally discover the truth? Will they continue being friends or tear apart?
All the characters in this book are well built and I liked each and every one of them! I enjoyed the character development of Declan and Juliet. They both felt quite realistic in this book which made me love them even more. Juliet is a great character. I actually didn’t liked her at first when she was being judgmental towards Declan because of his criminal record but later when she finally realizes how much wrong she was, I begin to like her. Declan is a broken soul whose grief and anger turned him into hard edged guy that made him distant from others. I felt very bad with everything he has gone through and how he was treated in the school. Due to his criminal record every one in the school avoids him except for his best friend Rev whose got his own issues to deal with. I enjoyed the relationship between Declan and Juliet and I liked their pen names where Juliet is known as Cemetery Girl and Declan as The Dark. Despite not knowing each others identity they develop a deep emotional bond that draws them together. The romance is definitely a slow burn and I loved how their grief has brought them together. As for the secondary characters, I loved Declan’s best friend Rev who’s always there for Declan when he needed him. He is quite an interesting character who is fighting his own demons but he’s still trying his best not succumb to it. There are also other characters that I really liked such as Juliet’s Dad, her best friend Rowan and Declan’s supervisor at the cemetery Frank aka Melonhead.
The plot is beautifully written and I enjoyed every minute of it. Though it is a slow paced read, I was hooked from the start and it never failed to grab my attention. This story is definitely not a typical YA contemporary romance it is so much more than that. It deals with loss, pain, grief and finally acceptance. The shocking twist at the end is something that I already predicted but I wasn’t sure of it until it was finally revealed. The writing is another best part of this book and I loved the dual pov[first-person] of the story which has made it easier for me to emotionally connect with the characters.
Overall, I loved it! It was such a heartfelt story and I liked how everything wrapped up in the end with Declan’s step father and mother. Now I can’t wait to read Rev’s story because what he’s gone through when he was a kid is pretty much horrifying and even after so many years he’s still fighting his inner demons so yeah I’ll definitely look forward to his story....more
Oh boy, this book was really good. Honestly, I didn't give this book much thought when I first saSame Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions
Oh boy, this book was really good. Honestly, I didn't give this book much thought when I first saw it but when I saw some of my fellow blogger buddies loving it, I wanted to give this a try. Now I'm glad that I did. It was really a good sci-fi thriller that will keep you on the edge till the end. I liked the characters, the plot, the concept and also the tense atmosphere. I immensely enjoyed every minute of this book because the mystery is very hard to guess and sometimes I was like "What da hell is really happening and what da f*ck is project nemesis".
The story starts with Min, a sixteen year old high school teenager who is once again being killed by the same mysterious stranger in black suit who returns for her every two years on her birthday since she was eight years old. Instead of being dead Min always ends up in the woods without any scratch on herself. No one believes her story of her being killed so Min starts to lie about her problem because she doesn't want everyone to think she is crazy. When Min discovers her delusions aren't entirely her imagination, she starts to have doubts. So with some late night sneaking around with her best friend Tack she finds about Project Nemesis and also learns there is another like her. Noah who attends the same school as Min is also having the same murderous dreams but he is better at hiding them. From Min he learns about project Nemesis and realizes that everyone has been lying to him. In the midst of chaos that is threatening the existence of all life on earth, together they began to search for more answers but what they find is far bigger than they thought they could handle.
Min is a strong protagonist, she is brave, stubborn and determined person who'll not give up easily without a fight. Noah is a vulnerable character who developed anxiety problem because of his nightmares. He is a aloof guy who mostly keeps to himself and hangs with the school's bullies who likes to make fun of others especially Min's best friend Tack but Noah only wants to fit in despite how much he hates them. He lacks courage to stand up for what's right because of his anxiety problem that always makes him feel weak. When Min and Noah meet they start to develop a mutual connection. The romance isn't the major aspect of this book but we can definitely feel the attraction between Min and Noah as the story progresses. Tack, Min's best friend and also her partner in crime is a fun, rebellious, and sarcastic guy who doesn't know when to shut his mouth. I liked him but sometimes I did get annoyed with his over sarcasm on some serious situations. The supporting characters are also good. They're well connected to each other. The mysterious black suit man has really intrigued me. I was quite curious about his identity from the start and after the shocking revelation, I want to know more about him. There is also a huge character development of Noah at the end which is totally unexpected and it really surprised me.
The plot is well written and totally unpredictable! From the first page, I was hooked to the story and It was hard for me to put this down even for a sec. The mystery surrounding Project Nemesis had me guessing from the start and when it was finally revealed I was totally shocked. With each chapter, the story slowly unveils all the secrets, deceptions, lies and betrayals. The story moved in a fast pace and there was never a dull moment through out. This was my first book from the author and I enjoyed his writing style. I liked the dual pov of the book and also the tense atmosphere the author has created because it made the story even more thrilling to read.
Overall, it was a fantastic read! The ending has kinda left me shocked because I never saw that coming and now I'm dying to know what's gonna happen next....more