Before Ever After would have never gotten my attention if not for the great recommendation from my Boss. Is the cover exuding of maximum sappiness? Ye...moreBefore Ever After would have never gotten my attention if not for the great recommendation from my Boss. Is the cover exuding of maximum sappiness? Yes, I think so. But I didn’t expect to read history lessons in this book. It’s like Somewhere In Time repeated in several lifetimes.
This is what I think how I should’ve interpreted the book:
That Max & Shelley’s feelings for each other level the unconditional peace, joy and love that only the eternal paradise can bring us.
This is how I thought of the book:
Let’s start with how it captured me… Of course, if you’ve read other reviews, you’ll see one major uniform reaction — that knowing who and what Max is, is what they’re yearning for. So I kept on flipping the pages, reading generations and generations of stories (not actually reading, but skimming) just to find out who and what Max is. You see, if you give me something that’s mixed with the supernatural, I become technical. I need laid-down explanations, not metaphors (which we’ve got loads in the book).
So what did I think of the book? Yes, it’s lovely, it’s romantic, it’s what was supposed to happen with Romeo and Juliet if only they’ve met Gestrin, who purposely changed his name to Mihael. But all the feelings of love and sacrifice and acceptance were stripped from me when the book presented a riddle of who and what Max is.
So was it answered? Spoiler alert, Max is immortal. But what is he? What kind of creature is he? Is he a leprechaun? A mythological god? A serpent from Mt. Vesuvius? A faerie? A jinn? He’s neither a vampire nor an angel, alright. How can a human be immortal without falling into a taxonomic classification of the immortals? Maybe it’s the consequence for not reading all of the words written in the book, but somebody needs to explain to me what he is. Haha.
And fine, you may think lesser of me for not knowing what Max is even after reading the book.
I should’ve just accepted the spoilers when my Boss offered them to me. LOL! Anyhoo, thanks so much for a wonderful addition to my mental library, Boss!(less)
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a freakin’ awesome book reco from my Boss. I love it so much to the point that I was coming in to the office “l...moreThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a freakin’ awesome book reco from my Boss. I love it so much to the point that I was coming in to the office “later than usual” (read: 9-ish am) while I was reading the book. My evenings and mornings were offered and sacrificed for the ley line (PUN INTENDED, OKAY).
Let’s go over the points why I love this pretty little weirdo dark thing:
- While paranormal books have had a share in my reading list, dealing with spirits and ghosts is a fresh realm for me. And it has gotten way more interesting when this book offered fearless teenagers.
- Okay, high school boys are my weakness. Especially good-looking and smart or rich high school boys. Deym, what I would not give just to hang with the Raven Boys?
- I like Blue. I like everything about her. Her perspective, her valor, her sight, her decision-making process… everything. I’m also very invested at her prophecy of killing her one true love through a kiss. It is what has gotten me to read the book. I mean, “kiss” as an archetype is to resurrect someone from the dead, not to take one’s life. Just amazingly interesting.
- So if I am still in high school, and I will rank the Raven Boys in terms of attractiveness, this will be my answer: 1. Ronan – because he has this bad boy vibe that I’m totally diggin’ (very Travis Maddox, minus the cutting-class part) 2. Gansey and Adam tie in the next spot – because they’re just incomparable — one’s so adorably classic (yes, that’s Gansey) and the other’s adorably smart and romantic (which gives us Adam) 3. Noah – because I will never get laid if he’s my boyfriend (PUN INTENDED)
- For some reason, I’ve always had dual feelings over fortune-telling: skeptic and crept out. But this book stripped all my judgment away. Blue’s bloodline of psychics rocks!
- I love the mystery. I love the searching. I love the revelation. Thank you, Glendower and the ley line for being so elusive. Haha!
- Had there been a SAG Award for books, The Raven Boys will win the Best Cast Ensemble category!!! Yes, I will include Chainsaw, Ronan’s weird little Raven pet, and Barry Welch, the now-dead weird Latin Professor, on the list of awardees.
I may not have fleshed out the technical parts of the book in this post, but I assure you, you’ll have lots of treasure-hunting-like plot. It’s grand. Incomparably awesome than most of the books I’ve read.(less)
It’s a cry-fest to read David Levithan’s Every Day. Upon reading the synopsis, I never expected for it to be that dramatic to the point that my tear d...moreIt’s a cry-fest to read David Levithan’s Every Day. Upon reading the synopsis, I never expected for it to be that dramatic to the point that my tear ducts just got tired of excreting liquid and manifested pain in my chest. I thought it was gonna be humorous. But I was entirely wrong about that assumption.
I’ve only come across the notion of pure love in Ed Sheeran’s Give Me Love music video. But I didn’t think I’d be able to read a book that entirely circles around love at its purest, regardless of gender.
I’m not entirely sure what A is (main character). In my mind, A is the essence of a person. Couldn’t call A a spirit or a soul because that would’ve been too divine. A is bodyless. A has no specific gender. A has his-and-her own mind. When A inhabits a human body for a day, A can access the host’s memories so as to get through 24 hours. As the clock strikes midnight, A will automatically transfer to another body.
Living different lives daily, A has to be detached from people. It just got massively complicated when A fell in love with a girl named Rhiannon. And this started my downpour of tears and uncontrollable chest ache.
There was one day when A inhabited Rhiannon’s boyfriend, Justin. Being Justin brought A to Rhiannon. And the story begins of trying to grasp something you can never have.
Recounting all the details might leave me flooded with my own tears, so I’ll just end this with my three favorite quotes that are full of spoilers:
1. Scene: A is in Justin’s body and it’s almost midnight. In a matter of hours, A will be ripped off from Justin. And so with Rhiannon.
"Remember that you love Rhiannon," I write in his handwriting. I doubt he’ll remember writing it.
2. Scene: Rhiannon saw A in another body.
When I saw you today — I didn’t know I’d been waiting for you until you were there. And then all of that waiting rushed through me in a second. That’s something… but I don’t know if it’s certainty.
3. Scene: A is leaving Rhiannon in a cabin after spending the whole of Saturday together.
I turn back. I keep turning back to see her. Even when there are walls between us. Even when there are miles between us. I keep turning in her direction.
All together now, awwwwww. :(
While the story is open-ended and left me crying in a dark corner like shattered pieces, I’m actually glad it did. It gives me hope that, miraculously, somehow, everything will be okay. It’s very difficult for A to let go of Rhiannon, but true love empowers you to do such. And with the hopes of trying to stay in one body though a journey unbeknownst to A, then so be it. A left.
In the streak of books that I’ve read for the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge, never have I thought that I will soon add John Green’s to the list. But du...moreIn the streak of books that I’ve read for the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge, never have I thought that I will soon add John Green’s to the list. But during the recent Four-Day Avalanche-of-E-mails weekend (gawd, my work, it’s fckn crazy!!!!!!!!!!!), I gave in… to read The Fault in Our Stars.
And like the main characters in the book, I have stubborn issues — or you may just call them “Nash’s points-to-ponder.”
1. Seeing the story through Hazel Grace Lancaster’s eyes should have put me in the shoes of a thyroid cancer patient, but since she was sarcastically wittier and stronger than most people and fictional characters that I know, I treated her like a normal person with nose tubes and an oxygen cart.
2. This is what bothers me actually, and you may call me cynical for saying this, but is the concept of true love in this book can be called as pure as true love can be? If neither had a terminal disease, would they have still loved each other like the way they did in the book? If only one had a terminal disease, would their feelings have carried on to taking off their clothes, getting entangled with tubes? I’m raising these questions because Augustus Waters only professed his love (and even kissed etcetera etcetera) for Hazel when he found out that he had a recurrence. Because they were on the same level at that point, is that it?
3. Honestly, I liked the metaphors of Van Houten when he was being an asshat. Thing is, I couldn’t understand all of them as they are too intellectual for my tired brain. But this struck me the most — a character’s life ends with the book. It’s a reality of oblivion that we fear, and yet, it’s just there. It happens — in all means and purposes.
4. While I think I just bashed the quality of love or the hidden agenda of Augustus and Hazel’s feelings, I really liked it when she compared falling in love to falling asleep. You dip into it slowly then BAM! Next thing you know, tomorrow is already today. You already fell.
5. This is the most predictable thing to happen in the book, but I cried like a baby when Augustus Waters died. I wanted to shout “YOU CANNOT JUST WALK AWAY FROM MY LIFE, YOUNG MAN!” but then again, this isn’t escape fiction. It’s interpretive and it’s a slice of real life.
6. Quotes that made my heart self-destruct: a. "It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you." – Gus, on falling in love with Hazel b. "But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful." – Hazel, on Gus’ pre-funeral c. "The only person I really wanted to talk to about August Waters’ death was Augustus Waters." – Hazel, on Gus’ death d. "The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no longer anyone to remember with." – Hazel, on Gus’ death e. "You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers." – Gus, on his last letter to Peter Van Houten
I am in no position to question John Green because I think that the book was amazing as is — just the book itself with no additions nor subtractions (yay confidence points to you, John Green’s book!). There’s something hollow, there’s something weird, but after I turned onto the last page, I felt that it was beautifully written. I don’t know why, I just know it was.
P.S. I agree with you, Mr. Green. The Universe clearly wants to be noticed. Tsk, this flamboyant gigantic thing.(less)
Yet another different take on how Angels co-exist with humans and how Vampires are made.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh was the book that I should’ve co...moreYet another different take on how Angels co-exist with humans and how Vampires are made.
Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh was the book that I should’ve come across earlier. Why just know about this now? Such great perspective should never be missed out. And I thank my Boss for recommending the series.
I found the book quite promising in establishing the state of the living: 1) Ten Archangels ruling over delineated parts of the world; 2) Vampires serving the Angels; 3) Guild Hunters getting hired to police the Vampires. It’s very interesting, at least for me.
And I have more reasons to love the book:
1. Elena Deveraux, the heroine in the story, is a one hot BAMF guild hunter. Fearless, unforgiving and fierce. Her extreme olfactory sense is one of a kind, even among immortals; and that makes her battle-ready and so sexy for our winged and fanged friends.
2. I’m not so sure which shocked me the most — an agnostic Raphael (from Angelfall) or an erotic Raphael (Angels’ Blood). Either way, I salute his power and valor. And yes, I admit, I loved the parts when Raphael was being an overconfident sensual stud. It’s like Magic Mike in the Angel World.
3. Dmitri’s loyalty to Raphael is massive. But he really gets exponentially annoying every time he releases that sensual scent to allure Elena.
4. Illium. Pretty angel boy. Love him. I’m already starting with the 2nd book and I look forward to unraveling more of his character.
5. Uram was such a waste, but I guess when there’s this dark opportunity to drink intense power, some would drown of greediness.
6. Michaela is a hot damn bitch. But since I’m already rooting for Elena, I would very much like it if she keeps her lustful angel dust away from Raphael. She can scoot now.
7. Lijuan, the most ancient Archangel in the Cadre, talked in riddles (as Michaela would put it). She was even harder to understand than Shakespeare. How lucky can we get that Raphael can interpret her out-of-this-world language game easily? That old hag. Tsk.
8. What I expect to get elucidation from the the 2nd book: a. "Come little hunter. Taste." — somebody should explain to me why the hell does Elena keep on having these nightmares. What exactly happened in her past? b. I need to understand why does Raphael have unusual (or let’s say, mortal-like) responses to certain stimuli.
Looking at the bigger picture, it’s still power that everyone’s craving for. It’s power that can create a civilization and yet it can also destroy one. Say, if Elena hadn’t tracked Uram & Raphael hadn’t killed him, key cities would have instant red sea. Also, I think one of the good dimensions of the book is that even if the story was set in New York, it spoke concern of the whole world. Fantastic. :-)
Above of it all, is it just me or it’s really not a good idea reading Angelfall before Angels’ Blood? Haha!(less)
My obsession for Angels goes on and on, and I don’t know when will I stop. Blame Amy Bartol (author of The Premonition Series) and Jamie McGuire (auth...moreMy obsession for Angels goes on and on, and I don’t know when will I stop. Blame Amy Bartol (author of The Premonition Series) and Jamie McGuire (author of The Providence Trilogy) for this creepy restless longing-for-angel-stories state of mine. Now you may add Susan Ee, the woman behind the magnificence of Angelfall, to the list.
1. Firstly, the book cover is fantastic — those wings on the ground says so many things about the story. Enough said.
2. For some reason, I like pronouncing “Raffe” as /rahf/ because badass Angels do not have cutesy names like /rah-fie/. Okay, this is totally irrelevant. Haha!
3. Still wracking my brain — how does Penryn look like? All I know is that she’s 5’2” and has a skinny frame. Is she pretty? Is she hot? Is she ordinary? Does she have sharp or soft features?
4. I believe the Author’s choice of dumping the Reader in the middle of chaos right before the book starts is a metaphor of how grave a post-apocalyptic world would be. Damn it, where the hell is Gabriel? THE Angel Gabriel?
5. Didn’t realize how interesting it would be to read biblical Angels in a fictional work.
6. Of all the Angel novels I’ve read, I think this has the most different scrutiny and description of the said creatures. Perhaps because they were the universal villain in the people’s minds. Penryn is an isolated case, of course, because she’s working hand-in-hand with Raffe.
6.a. The Angels here are not put on a pedestal like they used to be. 6.b. I’ve always imagined Angels to be impenetrable and indestructible so it’s kind of difficult for me to understand how humans can somehow infiltrate that hard shell — like how they can outsmart them and stage a surprise attack.
7. Why do I find Raffe so funny? 7.a. Who kisses a girl so passionately and desperately, then tells her that he doesn’t even like her? 7.b. For heaven’s sake, a celestial creature is agnostic! 7.c. I should be grieving for this, but his new wings — hilarious! Okay, that was my initial reaction just because Raffe’s character is surprisingly sarcastic.
8. A salute to Penryn Young. Respect, girl. Respect. You now belong to my short list of badass heroines!
9. I’ve always seen Raffe & Penryn’s relationship as true friendship. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn’t have my usual giddy moments, but I don’t care. The book just captivated me effortlessly.
10. I’m not so sure how I feel about the ending. Been hearing other Readers say that it’s left hanging and that you will crave for more. But book two is not yet slated for a release soon. It might be entirely open-ended, but if it was a short story, I would feel satisfied with how it closed. Penryn’s right — as of now, they’re good, considering the goal in their journey. At one point, I think I read Penryn saying that the human life is the lowest commodity in the post-apocalyptic world. But in the end, she realized how important it is just to be alive.
11. What I feel should be tackled in book two (Okay fine, I cave in easily! I’m curious of these elements of the story as well): 11.a. Raffe’s original wings — someone please sew the right wings to this guy. It’s really creepy seeing those trashy dark wings on an Adonis-like creature. LOL 11.b. Raffe’s sword — this one is terrifyingly heartbreaking. I’ve never felt so tormented over a weapon that turns its back from its true Master. 11.c. Again, where is Gabriel? And what will happen to the campaign / propaganda that Uriel’s orchestrating?
I feel like I did not do the book any justice. But for whatever it’s worth, it’s utterly awesome. I even risked going to work on a later time than usual just to read a few chapters in the morning. Haha! Seriously though, read it! ;-)(less)
This is surreal. I don’t even know how to start writing about Incendiary.
It’s really unusual for me NOT to have over-pouring post-worthy fangirl comme...moreThis is surreal. I don’t even know how to start writing about Incendiary.
It’s really unusual for me NOT to have over-pouring post-worthy fangirl comments for Amy Bartol’s masterpiece, but the fourth installment just got me tired. And I’m surprised at how calm I was after reading the book. Of course, I had these notorious tweets (that is out of the question), but I ended up really really sad (borderline depressed) starting from Reed’s POV up to the 1st chapter of Iniquity.
Will try to capture my incoherent thoughts in this post: both the awesome parts and tear-someone’s-heart-out parts.
1. For heaven’s sake, Russell. Stop fighting Reed for Evie. You don’t have a chance with my bby boy! YOUR EFFORTS ARE FUTILE.
2. Why do you never learn, Russell? WHY. DID. YOU. SWITCH. REED’S. PORTAL. WITH. YOURS??? I’m just so relieved that Reed was not trying to kill you. Because he was more than killing you in that chapter when he found you and Evie in Torun.
3. OH, ANYA. You’re a jem in this book, but you know that already. You’d make a better heroine than Evie, seriously. Your heartbreak is genuine and not annoying like Evie’s. I cannot imagine such torment in one’s heart when their aspire tells them to go away, let alone couldn’t remember them. Albeit you’re a new character, I can feel your pure love for Russell (I didn’t see this coming but am so happy that you came!!!!). So fine, I shall let Russell live in this novel just for you. Also, WHY, ON GREAT HEAVENS, ARE YOU SO DANGEROUSLY HOT? Haha!
4. What’s next? THE ARRIVAL OF THE THREE HOTTEST SERAPHIM ON EARTH. Oh yes, that is. What happened in that scene again? Did Evie say something? What? Oh, sorry, I was too pre-occuppied by how badass these Seraphim are. I shall throw a private party with just Tau, Cole and Xavier as guests. Feel free to crash it, just make sure that you’re not Evie. Reed and Zee are so so welcome. Hahaha!
5. For all the “I’m-so-raging-with-angel-hormones right now” scenes of Reed and Evie… *seductive smile*
6. Xavier is a one hot mess for Evie. She doesn’t deserve that kind of love. I don’t know yet, and I don’t even have a hunch of what will happen between Evie and Xavier seeing as our bitch remembers something already, but my heart cries with Xavier’s agony. I think it just got shredded with Xavier’s pleas for Evie to remember him and to get to know him, especially with everything that they went through in Paradise. It’s just too much. How can such a half-breed do this great destruction over the hottest angels in heaven?
7. I shall say this once, and I will stand by this statement. I think Tau, Cole and Xavier’s powerful influence and, well, literal Seraphim powers were not entirely maximized in this book. What? They were just introduced? When we introduce a character in a book, should it be that he/she has a peculiar role in the plot? Otherwise, they’re just accessories. And I don’t think that’s a better treatment for the three Seraphim, especially for Tau and Xavier. You know what pisses me off? THEY DIDN’T EVEN GET TO SLICE BRENNUS’ HEAD OFF, LET ALONE FACE HIM.
8. Let’s discuss Brennus. WHY IS THIS PEST STILL ALIVE? All those shit for nothing, really. Seriously. Where is the progress of the plot if we don’t move forward from one place to another? Is the book’s objective a mere transition from one book to another? Because it does not do any justice to the first three books of the series. Seriously, I’m so tired with Brennus. I know there was an attempt for a twist — like when Brennus let out his little gay side and took Reed as his temporary slave. But fck, when Evie killed a legion of Gancanagh (which almost got Reed torn into pieces as well), her blood unexpectedly saved Brennus and made him even stronger. WHAT KIND OF COCKROACH ARE YOU, BRENNUS? TELL ME!!!!!!!!
9. Now, let’s bash Evie. I can just think of hundreds of ways to kill and torture Evie, but that would just hurt my beloved, Reed. So, in respect to my feelings (I’m selfish like that), I just called Evie the Taylor Swift of her era. She’s a slutty whore-iffic bitch. Everyone’s been trying to protect her and what does she do? Ugh, I don’t even wanna enumerate her stubborn decisions. Is this the time for me to accept that why Brennus lives is because Evie actually loves him? Because she can just kill Brennus if she wants to? Why does she flirt with him? Why does she flirt with everyone while her aspire, Reed, always throws himself at a war just for her? Why is she so compassionate about hurting her family, but preserving Brennus? Does she know that every time she decides to barter herself with Brennus, it does not make any difference to save Reed? To save her family? This book hasn’t done any redemption for that ho. It just made her more annoying than ever. I hate a “damsel in distress” type of heroine ever since I’ve read the Hunger Games and Graceling and Vampire Academy. You should fight, girl. Not surrender. I think your evolution becomes more human than an Angel. Know where you want to be so we can start saving time and saving unrequited efforts to protect you. If you so wanna be with Brennus, then, as a reader, I shall be willing to give you to him. Be a Gancanagh, please. I’m so tired with your shit. You killed his army, but not him? I know I’m being irrational already, but come on! You know in yourself that you don’t want to kill him. To end this tirade, I’ll just rip you apart with my bare hands. YOU DON’T DESERVE ANY OF THEIR LOVE. REED’S, XAVIER’S, (and fine) EVEN RUSSELL’S.
10. Reed, baby, when the time comes that she will leave you, please try to live. Because I can feel that she will leave you regardless of your exponential movement to save her. I don’t know what’s up with that bitch but she definitely has feelings for every man / creature / whatever. It’s unfortunate that you bound your immortal life to a whore. You deserve genuine love from a genuine Angel who will never choose to leave you or cause you sorrow because you’re not entitled to feel any of those. Your fidelity, loyalty and affection are impeccable, always remember that. Please, live. You’re the reason why I hold on to this book. I shall stand by you.
And for once, I shall say that I’m so devoted to a series where I loathe the heroine, but I endure the experience because I am in love with her lover.
This series needs saving. Redemption must be done in the fifth installment.
Sorry for the lash out, but I haven’t had a book discussion with my friends at this point so my post became a repository of fangirl feels. I love the series so much that I am willing to give it a second chance. If this were any novel, I might have just tossed it over and never looked back. But no, this is the Premonition Series. I must have faith.
2013 Reading Challenge: 1 out of 35 *starting early for the next batch*(less)
Perhaps we haven’t had enough reminder that F Buddies do not work out as just F Buddies. There can only be two endings in this kind of setup (based on...morePerhaps we haven’t had enough reminder that F Buddies do not work out as just F Buddies. There can only be two endings in this kind of setup (based on what I’ve seen in the movies and TV series):
1. Almost always, they end up falling in love with each other. Basic examples are “No Strings Attached” and “Friends With Benefits” — typical love story.
2. If the first option is not an option, they end up tearing down the intangible contract of just being F Buddies. Why? Because somebody’s hurting already–not necessarily one of them, could be someone outside their little intimate bubble. Refer to How I Met Your Mother’s Ted, Robin & Barney.
Whew. That was an unusually long introduction for Samantha Young’s new book, On Dublin Street.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. It has its own edge to keep you feeling giddy at every page, especially with all the dapper male characters led by Braden Carmichael!
Let’s get some items in place:
a. Will you hate me if I say that I like Joss Butler’s gut? Yes, she has a craptastic awful lot of internal conflict going on (ugh the panic attacks are so not cool for someone as hot as her), but I love the fierceness! She doesn’t care, she doesn’t give a damn. She’s like that and people just have to deal with it.
b. Braden-fckn-Carmichael. This dude just rocked my world. Okay, maybe someone like him exists–with Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling around the Hollywood corner–but you just know it that he’s unattainable. The suit got me, of course, and there’s this thing where he’s capable of loving someone loyally–too sticky that it gets unbelievable. Now where can I get a Braden Carmichael of my own?
c. The sexy scenes are freakin’ steamy, dude. Steamy. Smokin’ and everything else.
d. Ellie and Adam… oh these two. Really glad that they’ve worked out everything but it’s such a waste that Ellie had to have a condition before Adam manned up!
e. Joss’ character transformation is good. She has learned to accept and face the havoc that happened in her past. Guess that’s what she really needed after years of hiding and masking the pain of loss. So thankful of Ellie, Braden and her shrink. Heh.
The book has its own dose of cheesiness, but I don’t care. The characters are too cool. If this was a High School cafeteria, they are the Campus Royalty!(less)
Appropriately titled, Scorched Skies by Samantha Young was a lot more intense than the preceding book.
I seriously wanna start off with the most endear...moreAppropriately titled, Scorched Skies by Samantha Young was a lot more intense than the preceding book.
I seriously wanna start off with the most endearing thing that I’ve felt for the book, but nah, I would try to be more objective first on the plot.
1. What’s good about Samantha Young’s writing is that there’s a cohesive flow in the books. Her books are not treated as standalone, but a one long thread of destinies sewn together. There’s always a precedent and consequence to every deed or action. Nothing’s left mismanaged.
2. The internal struggle for Ari is becoming more powerful. The pipeline of events happening in a short time has been feeding the darkness of the Seal. No matter how people around her see it, I think she’s doing great. Spoiler alert, but heck, I think David (Jai’s half brother) deserved what he got.
3. The conflicts are more massive. The word is out–Ari’s nature sparked a certain dark sorcerer’s interest. Further to that, Ari lost her most precious human father, Jai (for the first time in years) felt exposed of how he was cruelly mistreated by the Ginnaye tribe, and Charlie (still seeking vengeance) continuously obliques from the right path. It’s like a downward spiral for these three. Well, almost. If you know what I mean.
4. What’s really intriguing in the Jinn Royalty is the labeling of allies and enemies. More often than not, Ari & Jai choose to believe The Red King because they have no choice but to trust him. But for the readers, who are privileged to be on the 3rd person omniscient perspective, there’s a suspicion if The Red King really is an ally. While The White King has truly expressed his diabolic plans to use Ari against Azazil (Sultan of all Jinn), something tells me that there’s more to that plan unbeknownst to us (yet). That it’s not merely commanding Azazil. The only threat here is, The White King does not feel any love for Ari, hence, he would not mind treating her as a collateral damage in the War of Flames.
5. Before I move forward to the heartbreaking stuff, I would just like declare my love for Trey! Damn this hot stuff! I would seriously think that if Ari wasn’t in love with Jai, she’d go for this bisexual pretty boy and would regret nothing. HAHAHA!
6. Fallon Roe, a new character, has a smart dirty mouth and I couldn’t be happier! I love the bitch! Her choice of words never cease to amaze me. Case in point, when Ari & Jai were bickering again for the nth time, she told them this:
"You and Jai. It’s like verbal foreplay. It’s been going on since you got here." – Fallon
7. Charlie Creagh. Always breaks my heart. Throughout the years of reading, it’s the first time that I don’t feel any disgust towards the underdog (in a love triangle) because I know how much Ari had loved him before.
"With her newfound clarity, Ari believed that for the first time, she could see Charlie; could see what he had done and what he had become. He wasn’t the boy she loved."
Oh, and it gets more painful…
"I kept hoping one day, I would be okay, that I’d be okay for you. I didn’t want to wake up on that day and discover you were gone." – Charlie
"Those were the words Ari had wanted to hear for two years. And they were two years too late."
"I’ll wait forever to make it right with you." – Charlie
8. Several books have been read before I’ve come across an intense tension between two characters again. I know it’s freakishly difficult for Ari & Jai (because you know, safety and honor and duty first before their exploding love for each other) but damn, this feels so fckn good to read. I’m twisted like that!
"Perhaps this time I’ll play the game with the guardian Jinn who had his body pressed so tight to yours, it was a wonder you could breathe on that dance floor." – The White King
More stormy UST-filled make-out sessions…
"Her words were cut off as he crashed her against him, his mouth crushing hers in the deepest, hardest kiss Ari had ever received. She felt her legs tremble beneath her and grabbed onto him for support, gasping as he pulled her closer, the sound swallowed by his hot mouth. Urgency took over, sanity fled, and all that existed was Jai’s mouth and body holding everything that she was together."
9. Still, I fell in love with Ari’s character. I’m pretty amazed by how she handles things. As in everything. What pulverized my heart was when she was hoping that for once, somebody would love her enough the way she deserves to be loved. And it really didn’t help that Jai was so much in denial of their massive feelings for each other. So when Jai opened the topic about their seemingly tabooed love, all Ari could think was…
"Please let him love me enough." – Ari
10. I understand that Dali’s attack to Ari was a huge complication but it served as an eye-opener to Jai that he could not lose Ari because she’s the first person who’s willing to die for him when everyone else would not even look him equally in the eye.
"Jai cradled Ari into his body, his eyes glued to her face, waiting for any sign of her waking up. “Ari, come on,” he whispered in her ear as the elevator climbed. “Wake up, baby, wake up.”
Now that’s what I’m talking about!!!
"From now on, the only choice I’ll ever make is you." – Jai
Then my ovaries and Fallopian tubes just diffused. KTHXBYE.(less)
How lucky can I get to chance upon Amy Bartol’s tweet about Samantha Young‘s “Fire Spirits” series? You can never go wrong once your favorite author r...moreHow lucky can I get to chance upon Amy Bartol’s tweet about Samantha Young‘s “Fire Spirits” series? You can never go wrong once your favorite author recommends a book that you must read!
Here are my puny thoughts–
1. Smokeless Fire is a good diversion to the usual paranormal/supernatural/fantasy young adult books that I’ve read. It basically merges the human world in the realm of the Jinn, or what they call the Fire Spirits. In layman’s term, they are roughly what we perceive as Genies. But no, there are no belly dancing involved or magic lamp-rubbing actions. What the book has is the War of the Flames. And you know it can get dirty with powerful Jinn titans fighting over power, trying to dethrone one over the other.
2. It’s been a while since I’ve rooted for a heroine. I like Ari Johnson’s character. I like her attitude. I like how she deals with stuff. Even with the weirdest stuff that she could not even comprehend. I don’t even have to wrack my brain and produce explanations out of nowhere just to try to understand the actions of a character. I like her tenacity over the things that she ought to bring back. Simply put, I like her. And man, is she hotttt.
3. Charlie. I could not even begin to talk about him. He was the sweetest torture a friend could have. I know it’s a painful setup, but the lost and damaged friendship of Charlie and Ari was, I think, beautiful. Maybe I really am a masochist but Ari’s determination to resurrect her friend was overwhelming, yet tormenting. Oh yes, I cried buckets for this sweet dark thing.
4. And don’t even start with Jai Bitar on me! This badass Ginnaye rocks my socks! AND SHIT. THE TENSION BETWEEN HIM AND ARI WAS EXCRUCIATINGLY GOOOOOD FOR MY LIKING. I want to taste his lips and melt in his embrace. WAHAHAHA.
5. This book was an excellent setup to Ari, Charlie and Jai’s destinies. Well, of course, it’s Ari’s battle, but the boys have their own baggage, ye know. I did not expect a massive conflict and resolution in the end and I thought the pacing did justice to Ari’s relaunch in the world of Jinn. It was just right. Perfect, even.
So to you, my friend, I recommend you to check this out if you’re fed up with the usual type of YA fiction! It’s damn good!(less)