First, I would like to offer a shitload of virtual NuteThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Easily, the BEST BOOK of 2012 I've read so far.
First, I would like to offer a shitload of virtual Nutella for mah girls, Ebony and Lisbeth as a sign of gratitute. Without their gushing reviews, I wouldn't go about requesting this from Netgalley.
I think I may have found my favourite book of 2012 so far.
No, I'm not kitten you.
My favourite shelf had been so loneleyh! SO LONELEYH! No books, and I mean no books had ever made it into that list after Daughter of Smoke and Bone earlier this year. Some made it close, but this book just went cruuuuuuuuising into my favourite shelf.
Like a boss.
This is the book which I need it in physical form no matter what. This is the book which worth a place next to my Lord of the Rings trilogy on my shelf. This is the book which needs to be read slowly because you don't want it to end. This is the book which I'll re-read over and over again in my lifetime until the cover eventually falls off. This is the book I want to marry. I don't care if I die alone with 72 cats. This is the book which left me lost for words. I have nothing bad to say about it! Now, how the hell I'm going to write a review if I like everything about this book?
I know, I know...shame on me for never running out of ideas on how to condemn a book but not to praise it.
I mean, I expect nothing less from an author with mitochondrial as her twitter username.
This is a usual story of how a girl meets a boy, well, except that the girl is Ananna, a pirate and the boy is Naji, a blood magician/assassin who is assigned to kill Ananna. Ananna is hunted by the groom's family when she decided to escape the wedding day. During the confrontation between Naji and Ananna, Ananna accidentally saved Naji's life which resulting in an impossible curse inflicted onto Naji. Consequently, Naji is bound to be with Ananna all the time to protect her, otherwise he will experience great physical pain. Together they cross the desert, the ocean and a magical island on a mission to break the curse.
Hurm, that's why I hate summarizing. The story ended up sounding so dry.
It was hard to get into at first for me. First, because it's from Ananna POV and she got all these pirates vibes going on in her speech and monologues. Second, I couldn't grasp the reality of her relationship with her parents that made her decided, it's okay to leave them to escape the arranged marriage.
Ananna or as I'd like to call her
How do I describe this young lady... I adore her so much, I wish to breed her, I wish for all the versions of myself in parallel universe to be like her. She is err...Anannananana batman. Unique. Fearless but not reckless. Ambitious but practical. Eager to learn. She does all those pirate stuff, cursing, shoplifting, pickpocketing but she possesses an admirable ability for compassion and loyalty. She could just leave Naji to die in the desert but she sticks with him anyway, through thick and thin.
Most importantly, she is so much fun to read, to learn about.
I was building up to my best one, about a whore and a court magician, and I knew it'd get a laugh of Naji for sure.
I like 'em well enough, even though they teased me and tried to embarrasses me with crude stories and the like. Course, I had a few stories up my sleeve that made them blush.
He was curled up on the net and didn't move. "E'mko and his twelve dancing seahorses, you better not be dead."
A million possibilities raced through my head. Maybe he'd turned into moonlight after all, and I was next. Maybe he'd turned into a fern and I was ripping him into shreads in my fear.
WANTED: OVARIES DONOR.
Damn, I lost my ovaries to Logan from Defiance two days ago but right now I'm in dire need to have them back so that I can explode them all over again. For Naji.
Not much has been revealed about Naji's background up until this book but I think I've learned enough about him to decide that he is indeed swoonworthy. Naji doesn't talk a lot, hides many things, a bit sarcastic, rarely smiles let alone laughs but he is not a douche, not even close. Instead, he is sort of ermm...socially awkward no matter you believe it or not. He is...well, Naji, a very special character and perfect for Anannananana batman.
"You really don't have to stay-it's-well, I'm doing something very rare, full ack'mora-I wouldn't expect-" He straighened up, ran one hand through his tangled-up hair. "Though I ask that you stay in the hotel. My-oath-I'm not sure what would happen to me if you got caught up in danger while I'm away."
*sigh* Well, I ran out of things to say, so to whom I recommend this book to? I want to say everyone but I don't think this book will appeal to everyone. Not that I care, hah! I'd love this anyway if the whole world hates it. Suffice to say that if you're looking for romance and cookie-cutter male and female protagonists, you wouldn't get any because this is one of those books where the characters started off as friends, taking their time to know each other first. A relationship built on trust not lust.
So...Book2, The Pirate's Wish
**The ARC was provided by Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review....more
I had a high hope. A very high hope. As high as Charlie Sheen on crack.
Yup, you got the idea.
I like hoThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
I had a high hope. A very high hope. As high as Charlie Sheen on crack.
Yup, you got the idea.
I like how the overall concept based on an Indian myth. Hmpphh...I just like stories from India in general. I can watch Hindi movies without subtitles.
I kid you not.
I like cats. Tiger, leopard, cheetah, puma, they are ALL cats to me. I'll risk my life just to pat their heads.
Unfortunately, I had risk my sanity because this book has cats tigers.
It wasn't plain bad. Fallen was plain bad (Hmm...I never get tired of making fun of this book). In fact, I should give the author credits for doing an extensive homework on the background of the all the legends and myths and the elaborated descriptions on each settings.
One thing for sure. This book has a plot.
Well, I would say that the editor did a terrible job because the first three chapters and the last two chapters were just a waste of papers.
Seriously. Who wants to read this? "There were mounted pumps full of shampoo, conditioner, and soap"
Here we got two well-characterized male leads, Dhiren and Kishan and we, the readers had to read the story based on the most annoying female lead I ever came across in my whole reading life!
If you think Lucinda Price was annoying, I think this Kelsey was gazillion-fold more annoying.
Like Luce was annoying because she was dumb as soup but Kelsey was just plain annoying, you wouldn't even feel guilty feeding her to one of those bloodsucking monkeys, Kappa.
Here, lemme tell you why:
1. She is useless. She can wield the gada easily (because somehow the gada becomes lightweight in her hands) but not even once, she used that gada to destroy any upcoming obstacles. Like, Ren had to do all the dirty job by himself.
2. She could not even pack for herself. It was Mr Kadam who had to pack her foods, clothes and EVEN shampoo and conditioner. If she is real, I'd lost faith in humanity.
3. She is whiny, pessimistic and ermm..ANNOYING. Ren: Are you ready? Kelsey: No! Give me a minute to mentally write a last will and testament. Ren: It'll be fine. Kelsey: Sure it will. I want to make sure I can record every minute of this experience in my journal. Of course, that's probably a moot point because I'm assuming that I'm going to die in the jump anyway.
Ren, you should just push her off the cliff.
Oh wait, not before you deliver her a good bitchslap first.
Oh dear Ren, why did you have to comb Kelsey's hair and massage her back. You are not her butler or her servant, you are a freaking prince.
Pardon me but I didn't find the combing and massaging as romantic.
*sigh* Why didn't I just give up on Young Adult genre already! I'm sick of all this cheap romance.
4. Kelsey is a disgrace to the female population as a whole. I'm aware that women can be difficult and complicated. They tell you that they're fine but they're not. They tell you that they're okay but they are jealous.
Why didn't I use we instead of they anyway?
Whatever. The thing is, Ren is treating her well, too well even. At some point in Kishkindha, Kelsey suddenly thought she was no good for Ren, Ren would find other girls once he is free from the curse yada yada. Seriously, Ren didn't do anything wrong and she suddenly broke down and ignored him!
5. Ren: Faster, Kelsey. Run faster! Kelsey: I can't go any any faster, Ren!
6. Kelsey's dying thought 'That's okay. Looking at his gorgeous face one last time is enough for me. I'll die a happy woman. Me: Die, bi*ch die! (few lines later)
7. Ren pulled Kelsey's closer. Kelsey's thought: I had almost died after all. I deserved some kind of reward for surviving, didn't I.
8. Kelsey's thought: My poor, knobby, blistered, sore feet. Oh well, maybe Mr Kadam will spring for a pedicure later.
His eyes darted over me, from my haggard face down my forest green uniform to my mud-stained shoes. ToDNF. Stopped at 20%.
What's written on the page;
His eyes darted over me, from my haggard face down my forest green uniform to my mud-stained shoes. To the Psi number that had been written on their canvas toes in permanent marker. A look of horror flickered over his face. "Did you just come from a camp?"
What's actually in my head;
Wait, that can't be right. He is Psy not Psi. *Chuckles* *Looks at the cover* That's the symbol of Psi! (Duh!) I think I saw the symbol before. In math? Or was it in Physic? *Googles Psi*
The letters Ψ or ψ can also be a symbol for: psychology, psychiatry, and sometimes parapsychology (involving paranormal or relating with the supernatural subjects, especially research into extrasensory perception).
Whoaa, that makes sense!
Wait, where was I??
(And that was how the book ended up in my DNF pile)
You see, even before that, The Darkest Minds and I fell into this unhealthy relationship; I picked it up, I dozed off, I picked it back up, I got bored, I moved to other book, I tried to pick it back up, tried SO HARD TO CONCENTRATE, failed miserably, I ended up watching five movies, tried to pick it up again.
Repeat 188 times.
I gave up.
I'm sure this isn't a bad book. Teenagers with superpowers? I'd totally dig that. But I just don't have the patience. This book is really difficult to be read.
Giving up was one of hardest decisions I've ever made. It's like admitting that I'm actually intellectually impaired.
I honestly couldn't understand anything past the blurb!
The writing. It's chaotic. It's all over the place. It's everywhere.I couldn't keep track of who's who, who's doing what, where are they, what's going on. It's so frustrating. And I couldn't actually point out what's wrong either. The sentences were long but I've read books with longer sentences. No purple prose, no fancy vocabulary - I don't know, can I just say that the writing is...messy? One second I was in flashbacks, another second, there's action and confrontation, next, the scene reeled back to Ruby's own thoughts, and the next thing I knew, I'm in other people's memory.
**An ARC was provided by HarperCollins Australia in exchange for an honest review....more
This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. TheThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
This book is like one massive parody of all-things paranormal. I might like it if I was fourteen. The plot is very similar to Hex Hall, at least up until the point where I decided that this just doesn't worth my time.
Annoying, self-conscious, whiny heroine who thinks she's funny.
Her life had toilet-bound stamped all over it.
Suddenly, Kylie started feeling people turn and look at her. Or were they looking at all of them?
Stupid, spineless best friend.
The she recalled how Sara had given in to Brad's "needs"-Brad who was the love of Sarah's life-yet, within two weeks of giving in, the love of Sara's life had dumped her. What was so special about that? Since then, Sara had dated four other guys, and she'd slept with two of them.
To Sara, fitting in was...everything. If blue eye shadow was rave, you can bet Sara would have blue eye shadow before the week was out.
I didn't read far enough to know how the love interest, Derek and Lucas are like.
Just found out there'll be five books in this series.
May God have mercy for all those trees sacrificed in the making of the remaining books....more
Lets recall how I decided to pick this one up, Rage Comic style!
Pffftt...this book just isn't for me.This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Lets recall how I decided to pick this one up, Rage Comic style!
Pffftt...this book just isn't for me. I made it up to 50% and then I couldn't go on anymore. Realizing just how many 4-5-stars ratings for this book, I decided not to rate it because I think the problem partly lies in me.
Patience. I don't haz it.
Aria and Perry both have a very unique and distinctive background with countless terms dedicated to describe their daily lives. Reverie, Realm, Bliss, Unity, Aud, Aether, Blood Lord, Mole, Outsider, Dweller, Tides *tries to catch a breath* Luster, Scire, Seer and etc.
The funny thing is, the author barely described the terms when they were first intoduced. I needed to come across each particular term two to three times before I finally understand what they mean.
*Just remembers to check the back of the book for glossary*
Owh, none! Bummer!
Hmm...looks like I have to shelve this under DNF for good.
The problem with terminology done, I still had problem making sense what was going on majority of the time. The writing and the word building was very...odd. It was as if Veronica Rossi left out bits and pieces here and there. Things seemed calm and normal, and suddenly boom!, we got major conflicts and suspense.
(view spoiler)[I was like 'Wait, they thrown Aria out in the desert?', 'Wait, the Dwellers took Talon away?, 'Wait, Perry killed those men?' (hide spoiler)]
The characters while they are given names, they come and go. Some made an appearance for two pages max. I don't know about anyone else but for me personally, I prefer these unimportant secondary characters to not be given names, otherwise I'll try to commit the names into my memory in anticipation that they'll contribute more to the story.
So yeah, please don't hate me if you're a fan of this book. I have a very short winter break. So, I need to utilize my holiday for enjoyable reads only :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Actual rating 4.5 stars. It would've been 5-stars if it weren't for Warner's wet dream. Okay, maybe it wasn't a wet dream but still! Yikes!
AaaaaaaahhhActual rating 4.5 stars. It would've been 5-stars if it weren't for Warner's wet dream. Okay, maybe it wasn't a wet dream but still! Yikes!
Aaaaaaaahhhhhh, this novella is doing things to me.
I will not talk about Warner.
I will not talk about Warner.
I will not-
WHAT IS THIS SORCERY?! I usually like nice guys but I'm sorry Adam, I think Warner totally kicked your butt with the birth of this novella.
I don't knooooooooooow!!! I feel like I want to run to Warner, to comfort him, to tell him it's going to be alright, to tell him, it's okay to take long bath, it's okay to be barefooted, it's okay to be shirtless for a while...
The ever-abundant shirtless-ness.
Jee...I know it's borderline fanservice but I don't knoooooooooooow. Can I say it's okay because it's Warner we're talking about here, pwehty pwease?
And it's okay if he keeps falling or collapsing all the time because it's Warner, no? I mean, come on! His father is an abusive evil maniac and he didn't expect to find Juliette also went through the same trauma as he had and still has been going through.
Huuuu...this is wrong~ I never feel this fangirlism for a fictional guy for a long time and what's more peculiar is that I hated Shatter Me. I thought the plot is really loose, the make outs unnecessary and disgusting and to top it all, Juliette is tiring.
Magically, reading her journal in Warner's voice was absolutely touching and riveting. And strangely, I only made it to two paragraphs of Unravel Me excerpt before I decided to stop.
Yup, I still hate Juliette.
LOL! I never feel this conflicted for a book series before.
Unravel Me - To read or not to read, that's the question....more
Okay, it's a challenge to write a review after half a month I finished with this book. Ha-ha! It's whaThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Okay, it's a challenge to write a review after half a month I finished with this book. Ha-ha! It's what you got when you chose to read a book right before a major exam starts.
One thing I vividly remember though...
This book haz it.
Where do I begin...how about THE FIVE HOT GUYS! (Actually, Becca's dad was actually kind of cute until I actually found out his secret).
Well, it didn't reach the point where I found my ovaries were exploding. But, close enough nonetheless. No matter what kind of guys you like, you're in for a ride.
Micheal, the eldest is the father-figure in the bunch. He is protective (overly-protective sometimes) and responsible. If you can ignore his distant and cold aura, that is.
Gabriel, one of the twins is the mini Tony Stark. Genius, billionaire, playboy, philantrophist. Oh wait, minus the genius part.
And the billionaire part.
And...and the philantrophist part too.
Hurmm...I guess Gabriel is not the mini Tony Stark.
He's more like the Human Torch from Fantastic Four, I think. (Oh, Chris Evans! Squeeeeee)
Nicholas!!! The other twin. Don't you dare call him Nicky! It's not even cute. He's my favourite because I aways drawn to nice, nerdy, intelligent guys. With a sense of humour, of course. (Now you know why I remain single, don't you? Haha).
And why? WHY??? Nicholas can't have a book for himself, Brigid Kemmerer? WHY???!!!
And lastly, Chris is the focus of this book. His insecurity makes him such a douche sometimes. But overall, he is this sweet and sensitive guy.
Huh? I totally forgot about Hunter. He is cool, I guess but generally I just don't like blond guys? (Maybe I deserve to be stoned to death for my discrimination but I can't help it!). Believe it or not, he was the one guy who almost managed to get my ovaries to explode. I almost wanted to shove Becca away from Hunter's embrace and whisper "Take me instead, Hunter! I'd wear all those crazy bracelets you have in your possession though I'm not a hippie". Note that I have nothing against hippies.
Sheesh, this review is going nowhere.
ANYWAY, with so many male characters interacting at one time, it was hard for me to exactly pinpoint who is this 'he' and 'him'.
Next, plotwise, this book was going at slowpoke level. I mean, really half of the book had been summarized in the blurb already. I had this "You're so dumb, Becca. Of course, they are Elementals. It's written at the back cover of the book!" moment. But she couldn't possibly know this. Oh, well.
Again, plotwise, the initial chapters are dedicated to one after another testosterone-fueled brawls between the guys and I thought
It didn't help with the fact that I was forced to read what colour Chris' and Gabriel's shirts are and whether Micheal is wearing any slippers or not. God, Becca, the guys are hot I get it, but no need to be overly observant. This kind of writing made Becca looks cheap.
Okay, with so many low points you must be wondering, WHY DID I GIVE THIS FREAKING BOOK FOUR STARS ANYWAY?
It was because of the FUN! It amazed me how closely the dialogues sound like everyday teenage conversations. I actually laughed numerous times due to the guys' snide remarks and Becca's dramatic monologues. Me. Laughing. The stoic me who hardly laugh at jokes.
Quite an achievement, I must say Ms Kemmerer.
But then again, this book is not something I would want my dad to know about because if he found out I'm reading this kind of books, he would bury me alive and seal my coffin shut with adamantium nails.
Why? Because the level of cursing caused me headache at some points.
Look, I'm aware of just how many of my GR friends are fans of this book. But, Kaidan didn't work his mThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Look, I'm aware of just how many of my GR friends are fans of this book. But, Kaidan didn't work his magic on me, nor I can tolerate everything else about this book.
Buckle up, boys. This ain't going to be pretty.
The whole time, I was trying to figure out the author. What was it actually that she wanted to convey? It was as if she was drunk herself while writing this!
I'm not saying that this is a total trainwreck. My 2-stars rating proved that. Somehow, Sweet Evil managed to sustain my attention until the end, and I actually almost fell for Kaidan. Almost.
Maybe I should show a figure to illustrate how I was feeling.
The prologue was okay, unfortunately its Chapter One was the worst first chapter I've ever read.
"Kai, like Thai, only yummier. Gah! Who was this girl invading my brain?"
I asked the same question myself, Anna.
"A freckle was not beautiful. It was a small dark attention grabber. I hated the way everyone's eyes went to it when they talked to me."
Tell me people with freckles, don't you find that offensive? Dear Anna, keep your idea of ideal beauty to yourself, will ya?
"I didn't really know what gonorrhea was, except that it was an STD"
Ugh, Anna. I thought you are this good girl who always scores in class. Even if you never learn about it in school, it doesn't hurt to have broader general knowledge.
After a couple of brief encounters, Anna made promise to Patti that she'll stay away from Kaidan, but the next thing she did was to go to Kaidan's apartment straight away?
And then, that 'a half-naked half demon was burying his face in my neck' thing (I seriously don't know what to call this)...was just disturbing in the sense that Anna got all excited and had to keep her hands from going everywhere on Kaidan.
I was sitting there, dumbfounded and thought
Look, I got that this Kaidan is the son of Lust and being sexy is indeed his job on this earth, but I would appreciate if Anna had more self control, (view spoiler)[considering she's a half angel! (hide spoiler)]
And then the road trip! So, they were short on time because Sister Ruth was dying, why wouldn't Kaidan and Anna just take a flight then? Come on, Kaidan is filthy rich right?
Don't get me wrong, I did miraculously enjoy the road trip part except when Kaidan slept naked and all those foreplay with Anna (seriously, Wendy Higgins, why wouldn't you just rename your book as FANSERVICE). I got to learn more about Kaidan's actual stance and the other side of his personality. Also, Anna became less annoying during this part.
Then, it went downhill from there. The awkward conversation between Anna and this father, the messy introduction of the other Nephilims, Anna's obsession for Kaidan, bla3. Like I said before, some other random shits.
So, tell me again what's up with all these Team Kaidan stuff? Because he hardly made an appearance after the road trip part.
Oh well, I should have known better than to read books with highly sought after bad boys. Maybe I should steer clear from Obsidian, Existence and Perfect Chemistry series.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
How about I first show you the picture of how I feel about this book.
Yup, if unicorns can poop rainbowThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
How about I first show you the picture of how I feel about this book.
Yup, if unicorns can poop rainbows, I can figuratively vomit rainbows just because this book was unexpectedly awesome.
Btw, I'm proud to declare that I was the first person who read the copy from my local library!! I may have to purchase this book later so that I can highlight all the hilarious lines!
I finished this book in one sitting but I was too sleepy afterwards to write the review because it was already freaking 2 a.m.
Why I'm telling you this...
ANYWAY, I honestly want to give this book 4.5 stars because well, while it offers a sheer joy, it's not one of those books which will establish a new genre or even establish a new insight into fiction writing. And of course, some of the scenes were downright ridiculous. (view spoiler)[You can't just go around, telling other people you are a vampire and then show them your fangs, because in real world, people will not react as mildly as Pearl's friends. And yeah, the ending was a perfect happily ever after too. But that's for the best since I don't think it's appropriate for this book to end in major casualties. (hide spoiler)] But, I cannot resist but to round it off to five stars because this book excels to entertain with such a simple premise, without going too deep into all the complex mythology, and that's a rare thing to accomplish. Again, it felt sooooo good to read a stand alone book.
I think there was not a single character that I didn't like. As stereotypical as some of them may be, the dialogues are totally witty and smart. (view spoiler)[I even feel a pang of sadness when Brad died :( (hide spoiler)]
The only drawback is entirely my fault!!! (view spoiler)[I was scrolling for the reviews and then I spotted the word were-unicorn! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (hide spoiler)] Honestly, my fellow Goodreads members, it's not so hard to include spoiler tag!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Why is everyone writing high fantasy books these days? Don't get me wrong - I love this genre. But I don't want it tOkay, this is getting ridiculous. Why is everyone writing high fantasy books these days? Don't get me wrong - I love this genre. But I don't want it to become saturated like what happened to dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre....more
I heard that Falling Kingdoms has been dubbed as the YA Game of Thrones?
Well, I don't totallyHear ya, hear ya, fantasy books lovers.
I heard that Falling Kingdoms has been dubbed as the YA Game of Thrones?
Well, I don't totally disagree, it's just that...there's a lot of violence, alright.
And a lot of blood.
Well, you get the picture.
But epicness-wise, Falling Kingdoms is definitely something. I haven't read Game of Thrones to be honest (I know, LAME!), although I vaguely know the basic outline of the story. So, it's not my call to make, whether to say that Falling Kingdoms is indeed the YA Game of Thrones.
I don't even know why I bring this point up in the first place.
Anyway, this book doesn't waste any time and goes for the action straight away from the very first page. Some of the betrayals and deceptions will shock you. Again, blood is spilled a lot for the first 100 pages or so just to set the story up LOL! But from there, the actions slow down to give way for the story build up.
The build up. What a sensational way to move the story up until the climax and beyond that. The tension was palpable as one after one secret is revealed leading up to the big battle. To be honest, initially I doubted that I'll ever finish this book because first, as like other fantasy books, the amount of characters introduced can be significantly overwhelming. And classic for fantasy books too, the relationships naturally get complicated with the addition of mistress, adopted child and bastard child.
But as the story moves along, these three seemingly unrelated kingdoms and their major players get thrown into this game of revenge and greed. The plot was interwoven nicely and gets so intricate, I kept wondering where it will take me next.
But personally, the best part of this book is how delicate each character was being handled by Morgan Rhodes. Nothing is ever black or white. No one is purely good or evil. With so many characters, honestly I found it hard to believe that Rhodes achieved to create layers and depth to each character. But the downside of it is that, it's hard to really pick my favourite out of the bunch and to be really attached to any of the characters given that there are only that many pages of this book.
Ah, I can totally visualize this piece to be adapted as a TV series.
The question is, will I ever be strong enough to witness the blood spluttering around graphically?
Mmm...I may have to rethink that.
The ARC was provided by Penguin Books Australia in exchange for an honest review....more
UH, GUYS??!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?? I'M IN THE 1% WHO GAVE THIS BOOK A 2-STARS OThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
UH, GUYS??!!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?? I'M IN THE 1% WHO GAVE THIS BOOK A 2-STARS OR LESS?
It took me more than two weeks to finish this. It took me overnight to finish Obsidian. Granted, I was busy for the past couple of weeks but throughout that many sittings, I stopped because I was bored not because my homework got in the way. Trust me, at one point, I rather do the house chores than continue reading. And I did. Haha!
Then, it couldn't be my fault for not liking this, right? Gah, I don't know... So many of my GR friends rated this as a 4 or 5-stars read, and some of them even said that this is better than Obsidian.
I don't think this is the 'haters gonna hate' case because I absolutely loved Obsidian (I even gave Katy a nickname!). Onyx is less twilight-ish and more action-packed (at least for the last 10% of it). Oh, the irony! I just remember that I hated the last 10% of Obsidian.
If you're hoping to find Daemon as less of a douche this time, I'm sorry to tell you that he is still a douche for at least the first half of the book . Worse, he had this Edward-like over-protectiveness.
"Daemon, you can't beat up guys because they talk badly about me," --said by Katy
The horror! If you think he was over-protective of Dee in the first book, you ain't seen nothing yet! And no Katy, no. One person's bad attitude shouldn't be attributed to the stress or to one's twin brother's death. Occasional display of bad attitude, yes but definitely not all the time! And that thing with keep mistaking Blake's name. It was clearly overdone.
Moving on to Katy. Dear God, what has happened to you girl? Kind of wanted to take the cookie from Daemon's mouth? Trying to disregard the girl in your that screamed, HE NOTICED ME? You could so picture Daemon getting into that sort of thing in the library?
AND THE SELF-BLAMING!!!
Making friends with his sister, asking way too many questions, almost getting myself killed...twice. Plus discovering their big secret, and all the times I'd ended up with a trace. I frowned as I slid out of my car and slammed the door behind me. No wonder Daemon had been such a douche canoe those months. I was trouble.
But in the way, this situation was my fault, it had been my bizzaro output of energy that had drawn the DOD here.
Wow, I can't believe Katy just thought of those. She should have a lot more self-worth than that.
(view spoiler)[And all the talks about becoming stronger so that she can protect Daemon and Dee is just too ambitious considering she just found out who (or what?) she is. (hide spoiler)]This is really sad. I'm glad to see the transition from helpless YA heroines to kick-ass heroines these days, but no need to overdo it.
THE DENIAL AND THE SKEPTICISM!!!
No Katy, no! Of course Daemon had been treating you like a slice of unwanted pizza before but you can't just keep pushing him away when he did prove himself so many times already? She even refused to be healed? Well, that's just egocentric.
(view spoiler)[Was he going to kill me and stash my body? Drastic but probable after everything I'd caused
I'm sooo hoping that Katy was joking because although I think Daemon is a scumbag, I do believe he won't go as far as killing Katy, don't you think? (hide spoiler)]
THE CONFESSION OF LOVE!!!
The part which I'm sure many of us had anticipate. But, but...
Ultra-cheesy!!! And that's just an example. Gosh, this is not a soap opera, is it? (hide spoiler)]
Blake. Hmm...I kinda liked him at the beginning. (view spoiler)[But after the revelation that he is similar to Katy, he changed 180 degree? Then, what's the point of making him a likable character in the earlier chapters? Just to give some hints of love triangle? Well, Blake characterization is just confusing for me. And Katy did not just found out about his true identify from Google! I actually laughed at this part. I mean, with DOD status as the super-secret, super-confidential organization, that kind of information shouldn't be able to be googled like that? I mean, they were the one who 'assigned' that task to Blake. (hide spoiler)]
Dee? Sorry to say that I can't point out her contributions to the story other than making out in public with Adam. Bizarre still, Daemon had to make out with Katy at such strange times (view spoiler)[After he'd taken over Katy's date with Blake? After Adam was killed? Luckily, Daemon had self-control for not taking it further. (hide spoiler)]
Bonus chapter from Daemon's POV also adds almost nothing to the story. *sigh*
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Second, I will try my hardest not be bitchy with this review.
...are you looking for a typical angel book? WithFirst, sorry for the mini hiatus.
Second, I will try my hardest not be bitchy with this review.
...are you looking for a typical angel book? With classic good angels and bad angels? Good as in the usual guardian angels and bad as in the usual fallen angels? Do you crave for more lame good vs evil battle where human lives are the price to pay should the evil wins? Do you mind another trashy love triangle where somehow the girl is dumb enough to choose the heartless wimp over the friendzone guy who has done nothing but saving her ass? Insta love. Don't forget the insta love. Now the ingredient to yet, another shallow YA paranormal book is complete!
Okay, maybe that was a bit bitchy.
But what do you expect? I was really looking forward to read it. A girl who spent years in the asylum, who tries so hard to live her normal life only to find out her hallucinations were actually real i.e she can indeed see angels. It breaks my heart to say this but I think Tahereh Mafi handled Juliette characterization better than Lisa M Basso handled Rayna's.
So why 2-stars, you say. It's because the first fifty pages deserved a five-stars. No kidding! Although it reads like Twilight i.e. there's a new kid in school and Rayna feels an irresistible pull towards this guy bla3, it's because she sees that this new kid has wings. Totally acceptable, right? And on that very same day, a string of mysterious suicides begin to occur on people around Rayna. I did actually feel spooked whenever the story zooms into these bizarre suicide cases.
But the rest? A total trainwreck.
If you think Bella accident prone-ness is ridiculous, wait until you meet...
Bad Luck Brian Rayna.
At 10%... I jerked back. Too hard. My chair tipped over, talking me with it. I smacked Jeremy in my mouth on my way down. My head bounced off the floor...
At 42%... I messed up orders, spilled food, and broke plates.
At 42%... He stilled. "Actually I was going to tell you the coffee pot's overflowing. You added too much water."
At 50%.... The coffee pot shattered against the tile floor, littering me with tiny fragments of glass and a hot rush of coffee.
At 50%... I pulled the mop bucket out, accidentally doubling the normal amount of solution, and turned on the hot water.
ULTRA-HIGH-ANGLE REVERSE FACEPALM.
Trust me, I have nothing against clumsy people. I'm clumsy myself. But after screwing up so many times, isn't it ridiculous that she didn't get fired?
He wrapped his arms around me so tight, even my pancreas hurt.
Cam was the vacuum that took the bad away...
Meh. I don't know. If this is my first angel book then probably I'd be impressed. Sadly, it's not.
**The ARC was provided by Month9Books in exchange for an honest review....more
*Try to recompose myself which may or may not help in the constructionThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
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*Try to recompose myself which may or may not help in the construction of a coherent review because I'm pretty much in my fangirling mode*
My dear fellow readers,
I know there are a few reasons which render you feeling skeptical about the awesomeness of this Beauty and the Beast retelling.
1. The..well, the whole Beauty and the Beast retelling idea. When authors decided for their work to be based on a well known fairy tale, they either scored or failed miserably because they (the harsh word is, pardon me) basically ripped off these popular stories which most likely have a strong-based fans. So without a credit for originality, if you didn't nail it then your book will just be mocked around. Surprisingly, Miss Ellison here had done the near impossible task by nailing her version of Beauty and the Beast!
2. The title: Gee...if you put this book side by side to, let say,The Dark Divine, based on the title alone, I'd go with the latter on any days. But the title, The Curse Girl best suits the book anyway, so why I am complaining when the content is this good.
3. The cover: While I found the colour scheme as very nice, I'm always uncomfortable with model exposing her skin like that. (I know I should keep my conservative side to myself) but hey, Bee wasn't anywhere near a seductive or a sensual character, so the cover is a bit misleading for me.
4. Bee's full name is Beauty. At first, I was like, seriously? Craving for some originality here! I remembered her inner monologue which mentioned that Beauty was not her real name but I didn't recall her name was fully revealed until the end of the story.
5. The length. Yup, it's very short. And sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Here we got a book which doesn't kid you around, telling you about all these craps you don't even care. Actually, I'm glad this book is short, otherwise, it might fail to sustain its magic on me. Nothing rushed, nothing underdeveloped, it was just nice :)
6. It is only $2.99 on Amazon. Okay, so you're being suspicious to unusually cheap books? Read Angelfall then you'll vomit rainbows.
Okay, here comes the actual review.
The plot I admit that the whole plot was a bit Disney-ish but not that kind of silly Disney where everything is too good too be true. I believe every thing that happened in this book made sense and was justified appropriately.
While the storyline may be obvious to some readers, I was quite blinded by my swooning over Will! Haha...sometimes it is fun to let the books taken you by surprise instead of you trying to figure everything out from page 1.
The characters I actually like every single character in this book!
Beauty - I warned you while Beauty is a certified martyr, she is still in her junior year, so stuff like prom, ice cream, sleepovers are still within her concerns. Yes, she ain't no Katniss or Penryn, but she is a very resourceful character. She can be reckless sometimes but still within reasons. And yeah, she IS funny.
The steps to the labyrinth fell away from me. A dank draft caught the candle flame and made it dance. “Maybe I’m supposed to go down these steps,”I muttered aloud. Famous last words, maybe. I inched forward. My toe bumped on the next step down. My chest squeezed tight. An agonizing scream echoed from below. I froze. Better not go empty-handed. Who knows what was down there. I stepped back into my room and grabbed the candle bracket from the wall too. It was heavy brass. Good enough for braining monsters in a fight, right? Maybe not, but I felt better holding it.
See? I was useful.Apparently Beast Boy was too good to “paw around on the floor” and find things.
Beauty's father - While he was the reason why Beauty was trapped in Beast's mansion, he had his own reason and that reason was actually valid from my point of you. So, kudos to the author for not making me hate this guy.
Will - Hello? I think I might just found another Mr Darcy here! You must be thinking, since he is the Beast, he must be the dangerous, mysterious, brooding, cold kind of guy. I tell you what, I don't think he would lift a finger on a lady.
At first, he was moody and quick on snide remarks but he was cursed! Give the boy a minute, will you? Some of his witty comments;
"I prey on innocent villagers and terrify their children," he said with a nasty smile. "And sometimes when I'm feeling really evil, I read books or paint."
"You want to break the curse, I want to break the curse. We don't need to be nice. We need to be effective. Just help me figure it out, and I'll make you a rich woman"
And the most wonderful thing, there was no ridiculously..
INSTA LURVE!!! They even hated each other at first.
"You’re ruining that book!” He pointed to the page I’d torn out. “That’s a perfectly good book!” Holding his gaze, I reached down and ripped another page out. “I’m making roses.” “Well, it’s my book.” “Sorry.” I tore out another.
O.o Epic fight!!!
I even wondered, how could the author wrote a perfectly developed and believable love story in less than 200 pages!
My only criticism is probably this part here;
Will reached down to help me up, and when our hands touched an electric shock jumped between our fingers.
Seriously, this electric buzzing thingy HAS TO STOP!...more
The 99 cent I spent on this book was the best 99 cent I ever spent.
The reviewers I followed, Cait andThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
The 99 cent I spent on this book was the best 99 cent I ever spent.
The reviewers I followed, Cait and Larissa (thanks to both of you ^_^) generously gave five stars for this book, and I thought, sure this is good but it can't be THAT good, right?
Turned out, it can.
Yup, this book came out of nowhere, and it just blew my mind away. THIS BOOK DESERVES MORE ATTENTION PEOPLE!
The Cover: At first glance, I wouldn't give this book a second thought but on closer inspection, I think it's a pretty decent cover, the colour combination simmers in an eerie way that pretty much resembles the end of days.
The Plot: I honestly wish I could finish this book in one sitting but I started reading on 9 pm, so by the time it was 12 am, I regretfully had to put my tablet down or else I might not wake up to pick up my friend from the airport.
So, based on the first good 200 pages I read in the first sitting, the plot was awesome! (for the lack of better adjective). I found my heart racing most of the time, sometimes spooked (the low demons were really frightening and so did Penryn mom), sometimes hyperventilating (the fight and action scenes sounded very dramatic). Susan Ee has the gift of interjecting just the right amount of everything in her story, just the right amount of background story, just the right amount of emotions, just the right amount of descriptions.
From the second sitting, the rest of the book started to leave out few motives and information (obviously, saving for the sequels, which is not a bad thing) so I felt the story losing a few ounce of 'kicks', but then the gap between the first and second sitting was almost 18 hours, so probably that explains why.
The characters: I'll being completely honest here. I WANT PENRYN'S BRAIN!!! Not because I'm a zombie but because she easily is the smartest lead female character in YA books. Her inner voice is very strong, she always weigh her options well before taking any action and yes she does it naturally. That's a real talent, to posses an ability to make the right decision albeit the dire of the situations she faced. I like the fact that she sounded selfish but actually she was just being practical. She was not trying to save the world in any way, just to claim her sister back. Her love-hate relationship with her mother was very moving too. Maybe the only area which Penryn has to improve is to come up with good comebacks.
Raffe is definitely not the usual 'Hey, I'm attracted to you, but I'm too dangerous for you, we can't be together so I'll stalk you. Oh no! You attracted to me too, so I must stay away from you. Then, I regret it, I must do anything to get you back'.
He was basically stuck with Penryn, having a goal of his own. He put enough respect and trust on Penryn fighting skill so Penryn is not a girl who needed to be saved everytime.
Final words: I would recommend this book to teens at least 15 years of age. There were some serious gore and theology discussion throughout this book....more
Actual rating 3.95 stars? I don't know...it's not quite a 4-stars read but it definitely deserves moreThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating 3.95 stars? I don't know...it's not quite a 4-stars read but it definitely deserves more than 3.5 stars.
Okay Obsidian, lets do this!
So...my e-book copy ended up looking something like this;
Yup, I have a habit of highlighting all my favourite quotes in a book. Which in this case, says a lot about my feeling for Obsidian. I actually enjoyed it!
I'm not sure if I need to put spoiler tags anywhere since half of Goodreads population have read this.
I had been avoiding this book long enough. First because it's too mainstream. That book cover is literally everywhere...the fangirls everywhere...it was quite suffocating to be honest. Second, I'm not fond of aliens. Third, I heard that Daemon is such as an ass and I never fancy a combination of good look and rudeness in guys.
Seeing the unbelievably high average rating sparked a curiousity in me so I thought it doesn't hurt to try...
From the first page, it became clear why. Katy is so easy to relate to. Or Zazzy as I'd like to call her (Sorry, giving nicknames to fictional characters is another habit of mine). Why Zazzy? Because she's sassy and her words zing!
Okay, maybe Sheldon had something to do with it too. I mean, Daemon keeps calling her Kitten anyway.
Alright, Zazzy is so relatable because is an avid reader, obssesses about her bookblog and a bit OCD-ish. Doesn't that sort of represents majority of female YA readers? Jennifer Armentrout definitely knows how to make her books marketable.
Now, the one who doesn't need an introduction; Daemon. Contrary to many other YA books, when Zazzy and Daemon first met, whoaaa!!! Sparks didn't fly, profanities did. Not that I'm a fan of profanities but Daemon definitely deserved those.
I actually find it hard not to like Daemon because he is like a doctorate in art of sarcasm. Nevertheless, his mood swings more frequently than a girl on her period. I think the inclusion of the extra scene at the end is very wise considering I changed my view of Daemon quite drastically after I read it.
But the best part is, Daemon found his equal in Zazzy. Oh Zazzy, may I have your DNA profile so that I can breed you to replace our current female population on Earth that consists mainly of bitches and sluts? And Mary Sues. Don't forget Mary Sues. They do exist outside of books. Scary.
So, I heard that Half-Blood, also written by Jennifer Armentrout had many similarities with Vampire Academy, which I haven't read yet. But I have read Twilight, and plotwise, Obsidian sounded similar? Minus the love triangle of course. I mean, Zazzy moved to a small town with her single mom, just like Bella and Charlie. Daemon becomes attracted to her and Dee wants to be friends with her, just like Edward and Alice. Dee is in relationship with the quiet one, Adam, Daemon had a history with Ash and Ash hates Zazzy because she feels protective of her family, just like Jasper and Rosalie. Daemon saved Zazzy from being hit from a truck, Edward saved Bella from a moving van. Daemon possesses super-speed and inhuman-strength, just like Edward. And these aliens are like perfect specimens, just like Stephanie Meyer's vampires.
Honestly, I have no problems with the similarities, whether they are accidental or not because Jennifer Armentrout definitely can write. And she is crazy good at it. Trust me, there was never a dull moment for the first 90% of the book. It was as if the author felt obligated to fix Twilight catastrophe and tried make it right again.
Some things that bothered me; why Zazzy appears to have no friends from Florida? With personalities like that, I don't think she was a social outcast back when she was in Florida. I also didn't get why Zazzy's mom is too trusting of Daemon. I thought he has all those bad boys persona and Zazzy's mom never even met Daemon's parents to make an appropriate judgement (despite she will never have a chance to do so).
Okay, lets move on to the last 10%. I honestly thought Daemon is like Mr Darcy. All arrogant and prideful until he found the love of his life. Can someone please make me understand, why did Daemon thinks it's okay to leave Zazzy topless on the couch? Alien or not, I felt like morphing into Sailormoon and punish him in the name of the Moon. And that make out scene! It was very visual. It's...it's...kind of too Fifty Shades of Grey-ish for a YA book? Okay, maybe it's kind of too Fifty Shades of Grey-ish for me because I don't think I've read enough of YA books yet.
And Daemon blew up Zazzy's laptop.
How could someone blew up something so sacred?
And manners. Didn't they teach those on Lux? Granted, Ash was rude because she was overly protective. But what's up with Andrew? (Andrew, please don't reproduce. Just...don't.) And Daemon at the beginning. With all those 'humans are weak, humans cannot be trusted'. I'm human and I find this offensive.
The climax. I remembered trying to pull out my hairs when Bella decided to bled herself to distract Victoria's attention from Edward in Eclipse. Why Zazzy had to do the same thing by making herself a target for Baruck just to prove she's not a liability? I think it was a rash decision even though the encounter turned out good. Zazzy's loyalty was admirable but if the author could write the climax differently without involving Zazzy doing that reckless act than I would've like this book more.
Overall, aliens premise isn't a bad idea at all. I'm actually satisfied with the explanations (the Luxen can bend time and space, they can hitch a ride by traveling with light etc). I don't know, the last time I learned about Physics is when I was in high school, so I'm not sure how much of those made up facts do make sense, but I find them believable, if nothing else.
And oh, the fanservice was done right most of time. Except this part;
"I could feel every breath he took, and when he shifted his hips, my eyes went wide and I gasped."
Ermm...gross? I agree Zazzy...Daemon could've just told you, instead of shown you.
The inevitable pen poke, the food ninja, the aliens with big appetite...all these small, small things made this such a fun read for me!
*Runs back into Naji's arms* So girls, I'm done with your Daemon, feel free to have him back....more
Actual rating: 0.5 star (Well, it's slightly better than Ever)
Disclaimer: Lisbeth didn't exactly recomThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating: 0.5 star (Well, it's slightly better than Ever)
Disclaimer: Lisbeth didn't exactly recommend this book. I did this to myself after seeing her giving Fade 0 goddamn star. Haha.
The Lord has given me strength to stomach this book, so here is what I came up with:
When I first saw the book blurb '....She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father (heard that before)...unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him (yup, definitely about werewolves or shapeshifter, nothing new)...Norse prophesy-
Do you think what I think?
Yup, apparently I wanted to read this book because of Loki. Well, not entirely...because I wanted to see myself what's all the fuss about the horribleness of this book. LOL. I couldn't agree more with the other reviewers, but for the sake of entertainment, I shall review this with character interview style!
Me: *Clears throat* Hi Arionna! 'Nice' to have you here with us. So, let's get straight to business. During your mom funeral, you saw a wolf. And what did you feel at that moment?
Arionna: I wondered if he'd lost a loved one too. Do animals feel loss like us? Do they grieve, too? I hoped not.
Me: *Eye-twitch* So instead of running away from the scene and warning everyone else about the presence of the wolf, you wondered...did he (oh, you know its gender too)...ermm..lost a loved one too? How...considerate. Okay, moving on. When you first laid your eyes on Dace, you felt...
Arionna: Oh, I felt like I knew him. I felt...peaceful. As if looking at this beautiful boy washed away everything that happened since Mom died. I felt right in the way I never had before, not only unburdened and aware, but complete. Like gaping hole inside me had fillied with him. I think Dace felt the same way.
Me: *Snorts* I mean, sure! Your mom would feel so proud to see that you were moving on because...you met, ermm no, saw a random guy from a distance. And I believe Dace said he was not used to seeing beautiful girls standing on crumbling walls every day when he first met you?
Arionna: Yeah, he'd call me beautiful. *blushes*
Me: .......Uh, right. And then he held you gaze, an absolutely predatory gleam in his eyes. Nothing human reflected in that look, but something complete male did. His desire brushed across your thoughts like a caress. He wanted you, wanted to claim you. You was a virgin, but you wanted him to claim you?
Arionna: *Nods sheepishly* Me: Tell me, girl. Which part of the word 'rape' that you don't understand? Anywaaaaaaaaaay, how do you view yourself?
Arionna: I'm just a girl. Just a sad, messed up girl. Nothing special about me at all.
Me: *Blink blink* Uhuhjustanothermarysue.
Arionna: What did you say?
Me: Nothing. How did you meet Dace for the next time?
Arionna: Call it instinct or whatever, but I knew he'd snow sooner or later when I went jogging in that area. Around forty-five minutes later, he showed up.
Me: Ermm..so, you just waited randomly for a random guy for 45 minutes in a random area. And when he did show up, you didn't want to talk, you wasn't ready to face him. You felt like you might start crying if you opened your mouth. You didn't let him touch you and you were half afraid the scene from Thursday would repeat if he touched you. Hmm.
Me: Then, Dace said you two are probably soul mates? In your second meeting?
Arionna: Aha, yes.
Me: And then a few minutes later, you guys were kissing each other senseless? And you even hoped that he takes away your virginity against a tree?
Arionna: Yes. Whoaa...why you get so uptight?
Me: Me? Uptight? Eh, of course not. *wipes sweat on forehead* Okay, so you met a girl, a friend of Dace and what did she think about you and Dace?
Arionna: Chelle thinks maybe I'll be good for him.
Me: (Weird town, everybody thinks Arionna and Dace are soul mates. Really? How sweet!) And I also noticed you have a tendency to pass out or cry whenever you think the situation got better of you.
Arionna: Well, I couldn't help it.
Me: (Damsel in distress level 9000) Okay, tell me something. When Dace told you about what he really is, how did you feel?
Arionna: I thought I'm like him, I thought I'm not me.
Me: Instead of having a hard time believing Dace, you thought you're like him? You're just- Wow! I'm speechless. And you are really an incredible young woman, you know that, Miss Arionna? Because your heart felt like cracking open when you heard the death of Dani, the girl you barely knew.
Me: Yes, you're so incredible, Dace like to call you love? Like, I never heard of any of my friend's boyfriends calling their girlfriend love. The only person who uses that term of endearment is that lady from the post office. She even called me cupcake once. I wonder why Dace doesn't call you that. Huh.
Me: And suddenly halfway throughout the story, everybody isn't really a human? Yay! Now, we have a love child of Fallen and Shiver.
Arionna: Yup, that's the idea! And here's my favourite quote from the book, '...well, had the wolf not be so eager, I wasn't sure I'd still be a virgin.'
Arionna: And Dace replied 'telepathically' of course. 'Do you honesltly think I'd take your virginity on a picnic table?'
Me: What r u're doing?
Arionna: And I asked 'Why not?'
Arionna: It's better than the back of a car.
Me: STAHP! (And punches are flying)
Me: Okay, kids. I think we're done here. Kthxbai.
Did I care about the mythology? No. I was too distracted with the level of intelligence shown by the characters. But I think that's the only thing that worth the 0.5 star because everything else is just wrong on so many levels.
Bonus time: I think my tablet got so petrified with my decision to read this book despite all the warnings. I brought it on board during my Dolphin Explorer cruise, or Dolphin Fin Explorer cruise as I'd call it (I only saw the fin of the dolphin, that's why. But what do I expect with a $8 cruise! Pffttt), and somehow I accidentally left it (I think my tablet just got scared too much until it decided to be left). And my tablet did have valid reasons to be scared....more
1. Lacrimosa by Mozart is one of my favourite songs.
2. Lacrymosa by Evanescence is one of my other favourite songs.
3. Lacrimosa by Kalafina is another of my favourite song.
Not related to the book you say? Well, I'd read a book for strangest reasons because I'm weird like that.
Actual rating 4.5 stars
It was indeed awesome. I thought I had enough of angel books but this one truly changed my mind.
First, I had to take back my words by saying, Christine Fonseca's writing matches Maggie Stiefvater's but in a completely different way. Hence, I was wrong when I said in my Dies Irae review that Maggie Stiefvater's writing is better suited for stories like this. Heheh.
What prevented me from giving this book a full five star? I felt like I couldn't grown attached to any of the characters. I did feel their pains and torments but I don't know, somehow it felt like everything was overly dramatic but I guess, that's just the way this story was supposed to be written.
Pick this one up if;
1. You do like larger than life love stories and tragic Shakespeare's plays such as Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth.
2. You think you would feel comfortable talking with Master Yoda because the prose goes like this; Visions of my lips on Nesy turning her blood to poison -I won't allow thiis Intimate embraces that turn her body into flames -I'll never hurt you The sound of her screams as I end her life -I'll protect you. Somehow
3. You don't mind the abuse of Tab key. The author seems to love paragraphing.
4. You can tolerate a bit of insta love (just in the flashbacks) "My name is Elle." Our gaze meets and I'm locked in sacred moment, just the two of us. Her eyes search mine and I wonder if she knows what I am. But it isn't my wings or my glowing skin she seems to see. It's my soul-the part of me I show no one. In that second I know... I will never forget her.
Other than that, I think everybody should give this a try and probably enjoy it....more
Bite me, but I do have a maaaaaaaajor crush on Sebastian. Oh wait, he's a demon? But he can cook and he fights with silverware. Can we just forget thaBite me, but I do have a maaaaaaaajor crush on Sebastian. Oh wait, he's a demon? But he can cook and he fights with silverware. Can we just forget that he is...ermmm...a demon? I always wondering, wouldn't it be better if Ciel is not a boy but is a 18 years old girl. That would save me some sanity. Honestly, somehow by watching this series, being a gay pedophile doesn't seem like a distant idea.
Anyway, back to the series, I can hardly believe my luck, stumbled across this manga. 19th century London setting? Check! Epic wardrobe collection? Check! Paranormal twist? Check! Flawed, revengeful yet cute Ciel? Check!
In short, it's hard not to be a fangirl when you constantly having nosebleed throughout the series. Beware of Grell Sutcliff, even he certainly not going to cause you a nosebleed, you'll adore him...or her? Nevermind!
And I started drinking the exotic Earl Grey tea because of the series! Now, it's my favorite flavour! ...more
US Cover revealed! Not once in my life did I feel like I want to buy two copies of the same friggin' book. Screw that! I want to buy a glassEDIT 19/5
US Cover revealed! Not once in my life did I feel like I want to buy two copies of the same friggin' book. Screw that! I want to buy a glass cabinet and stuff that with the paperback, hardback, large print, or perhaps useless (at least for someone with ADD like me) audiobooks of BOTH US and UK version of this book.
I once believed that once you reach max level, you stop leveling...
I once thought that the UK cover IS the max level...
Boy, I was dead wrong.
Well, the author made it pretty clear that HE IS NOT in any way related to Dave Grohl (except maybe they went to the same barber) in his facebook page.
UK Cover revealed! The girl on the cover looks like she is ermmm...pregnant? Ehehe...blame the wind, I'd say! Other than that, it is fantastical!
This book will be out about a month earlier in Australia?
Please come to Adelaide
and sign on my goddamn potato copy of this book....more
The pre-review I love so much is in the spoiler tag at the bottom of this review.
Easy 5-stars, folks..This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
The pre-review I love so much is in the spoiler tag at the bottom of this review.
Easy 5-stars, folks...easy 5-stars. This book is literally a drug.
For start, I read Dies Irae and Lacrimosa, two of Christine's other works and did like them. But I felt that sometimes the narration was too grandiose. But that kind of narration on Transcend...
...fits perfectly. Probably because I'd say that this is more of a historical fiction than a young adult.
Okay, come on...I always love retellings. I always love psychotic serial killers who don't know they're insane dynamic, flawed main characters. So when I first heard that Transcend is inspired by Gerald Butler
err...I mean, Phantom of The Opera, I was psyched! And the cover is the best one among Christine's books so far, but I just wish it had better title font :(
Things I like;
1. Every chapter starts with an except from a famous book or poem. I find this very effective in setting the tone of that particular chapter.
2. Plotwise..it..err...takes you round and round in the circle. The keyword here is 'delusions'. So, don't expect a fast-paced or bone-chilling thiller! :) But I really like it, plotwise! I like being in Ien's head! :D
3. It's rare for me to like and enjoy a story that doesn't have many dialogues but Transcend did it for me.
Wow! The character building is remarkable. The depth of his emotions is portrayed in such a way that I think only a psychologist could! Haha. Other characters are very secondary and I think it's a wise decision because Ien needs that focus, that attention, otherwise, I don't think I could be as attached to him as I am right now.
5. My favourite quotes? Lemme see, it's from..uh...page 1 to page 451. That's all.
6. The ending. (view spoiler)[I never thought it's remotely possible to write a happy ending for Ien's story but Christine did that!
Wait! Probably only one. I'm still confused with the switch from first person narration to the third person narration, I think I need to re-read this in order to undertand the significance.
(view spoiler)[OMG!!! I WON THE TRANSCEND BOOKISH SWAG! I never won any book giveaways before!!
It isn't the main prize but still....
Oh Christine, I feel so indebted to you, I promise I'll read Lacrimosa next...
...assuming I can survive this heart-stopping news!
I've read Lacrimosa, and it was Azryel's wings! AWESOME!
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Honestly, I don’t know how to write a review for this book without getThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Actual rating: 4.999999999 stars
Honestly, I don’t know how to write a review for this book without getting personal. So, just a disclaimer; I don’t think this is really a review, this is just a story of how I felt as a reader.
The Fault in Our Stars is definitely one of the most hyped books for 2012. As I am never quite a contemporary/realistic fiction reader, I wasn’t quite eager to read this especially when I have this weird aversion of all things mainstream (no, I don’t think I’m a hipster, I just like to discover new things). So, about seven months later, I thought of reading something short and meaningful so I picked it up (at last!).
Reading the blurb, I thought that this book is about Hazel, of how she battled with cancer, how devastated her family when she passed away, how noble her death was, how her lover finds it difficult to move on, you know, like a cross between My Sister’s Keeper and P/S, I Love You. Haha! Sorry I went for cliché plot because I thought the plot had to be cliché in order for the underlying message to be delivered effectively. Pffft, of course I was wrong. This just to show how much I haven’t read enough contemporary/realistic fiction. Or enough John Green.
I took me two sittings to get through it. The first half was not quite impressive. Well, I did read with extra-critical eye. Nothing satisfies me enough than finding faults in highly-rated, popular books. LOL! Hazel and Gus first meeting was quite insta-love-ish and their subsequent encounters and interactions were oddly unnatural? Not odd as in staged or pretentious, just odd as in ‘normal people don’t behave like this. This just happens in parallel universe’. At this point, I disregard the realistic aspect of story because I was thinking that maybe the ‘beyond the story’ part is more important. I did doze off a couple of times, so by then, I decided to do other stuff.
Then, I remembered the airport scene and the emotions came rushing back in. Disclosure: I do have a disability that is pretty obvious. Safe to say that when people first meet me, that’s the first thing that they’ll notice. Of course, I pretty much live a normal life except few small things such as I have trouble seeing in the dark, focusing on distant things, and estimating distance and speed. I understand the feeling of being the centre of attraction when you don’t want to, or being treated differently (I have my own perks :P). I didn’t cry because I was sad of who am I, I was sad because I wish people know that it’s rude to stare.
The second half as I put it was ‘shit just got serious’. Peter Van Houten was such a scene stealer! And Augustus Waters! *weeps* With the second sitting, again, the same thing happened. While I didn’t feel sleepy until the very end, I cried two, three drop of tears, max. But six hours later, I was lying in a pool of tears. Urghh!
First, I sort of know, how it feels to have lungs that suck at being lungs. I have an asthma for as long as I can remember. While it wasn’t particularly life-threatening so far, that feeling of underoxygenated is always daunting. Secondly; cancers. Cancers aren’t common enough in my home country (partly because we don’t live long enough), so I don’t know anyone with cancer personally. I’ve been learning about molecular basis of cancer for almost three years and the only thing I felt about cancers before I read this was, cancer development is so complicated, it seems to have a mind of its own, I don’t think in many years to come, we would eventually wipe out cancers. Some cancers probably, but not all. So yeah, I used to see cancer as a ball of cells that have grown out of control. I failed to see how, no matter how impossible it seems like to cure cancers, we need to try because there are many Hazels, Augustuses and Isaacs out there.
In short, the book itself wasn’t exceptional for me (for now). But I shelved it under my favourites anyway because it has a capacity to be exceptional many, many reads, later. And it’s already exceptional in leaving marks in people’s hearts....more
This book was nothing I expected it to be, yet it was everything I hoped it would be.
ThisThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
What a ride.
This book was nothing I expected it to be, yet it was everything I hoped it would be.
This review will consist more of my ramblings, disordered thoughts than an actual review. I just have to share my experience with this book!!!
I found out about this book from Amazon Best of 2011 list and after I read The Night Circus, I seriously didn’t feel compelled to read anymore books from this list! My experience with The Night Circus wasn’t a pleasant one because I rushed through it and I couldn’t understand a single thing. Yes, yes, patience is definitely not one of my virtues. I mean, with a cover and a title like that, I thought this would be another book enriched with hidden philosophical messages, making my brain hemorrhaging with riddles which will end up be the sole reason of me flunking my Bioinformatics assignment.
Oh yes, I’ve read this while desperately trying to finish my Bioinformatics assignment. =_=”
...which was not a good combination because this book was impossible to put down! *sigh*
Lemme tell you a story. I had this book for over a month from the library but I was stuck reading other books. And I pretty much need to read other books within these two months but not this book. So, I actually had made up my mind to return this book and decided to read this later. But then I thought reading the first page wouldn't hurt.
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
If a book started off like that, do you think I can stop reading?
By page 12, I had a serious case of nerdgasm. This book was oh, so beautifully written.
By page 50, I was determined to dye my hair blue-black. to [image error] Not that I was blonde before but anyway...
You know, this book was like this exotic fruit, durian.
As like the exterior of durian, I was indeed repelled by the cover and the title of the book. As like the smell of durian, once I opened it, I was drawn by the exquisite oddness of Karou’s world. As like the case of overdosing durians, I had to take regular breaks while reading this book because I felt feverish after about every 50 pages or so. Not feverish bad but feverish good. Like, this book literally assaulted my senses, emotions and imaginations.
And hello, I think if everyone wants their honeymoon to be in Paris, I’d say, screw that! I’ll have mine in Prague. Even if that means I have to marry myself.
Here’s the funny part, do you remember Taylor Swift’s Love Story music video? *wink2* The ball scene in this book was a perfect, yet odd reminiscent of that video. Like, majestic!
The last quarter of the book was quite an erratic ride because I was desperate for the answer! Who is Karou for God sake! And Laini fed me with this flashback within a flashback (flashbackception) that intensely threaten my patience and sanity. I even thought if I had to wait until the second book to know the answer, I’d gone mad in between.
Some did pointed out the insta-love element of this book but I thought, it was a justifiable insta love (view spoiler)[(they were lovers in past life) (hide spoiler)]? Alas, Karou and Akiva did kick each other’s butt in their first two or three encounters. One small criticism would be that I was a bit uncomfortable (view spoiler)[with Madrigal sneaking out at nights to make love with Akiva. (hide spoiler)] I know, me and my conservative mind! :/
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The X-men reference is really the best thing about this book.
Look, after Fangirl (which I hated more than I liked), I swore I will not touch any other
The X-men reference is really the best thing about this book.
Look, after Fangirl (which I hated more than I liked), I swore I will not touch any other books by Rainbow Rowell. However, just recently I watched a couple of Running Man episodes (a South Korean variety show) which features Park Ji Sung, the most adorable guy who have ever graced the Earth the legendary Manchester United soccer player and I couldn't help but to be reminded of this book.
YES, DUDE! I READ THIS SOLELY BECAUSE I HAVE A CRUSH ON PARK JI SUNG. Nothing shocking, really. I've read books for weirder reasons in the past.
Anyway, the intro was a bit off-putting for me - Eleanor and Park insulting each other in their monologues when they first met each other? Wut? And then things started to pick up really well. It was cute and adorable and I could actually feel the chemistry between them. At this point, I almost believed I found the hipster twin of Anna and the French Kiss (probably my most favourite contemporary to date).
And all of the sudden, Park dropped the sacred three words and my brain started buzzing with insta-love alert and from there, everything went absolutely wrong. Like, I was reading this book very fast (took me half a day, really) but I couldn't stop but to keep shaking my head all the way through.
I actually really liked Park. Like, how often do you find male Asian otaku characters in YA novels? I'm currently mentally dating him already. But Eleanor. The poor, fragile, overly sensitive Eleanor. Just arghhhhh!!! Look, I really, really want to emphatise with her. I get that she has trouble with her body image, she get bullied at school, she get abused at home and all that but I don't really feel she has ever tried to stand up for herself. I don't understand why she has to be all butthurt and offended all the time around Park. It felt like Park has to navigate around landmines everytime he wants to talk to her. I mean, Park is a guy and guys often say things that they don't mean to when they try to figure the girls out.
Generally, I don't understand what Park sees in Eleanor.
And then when towards the end, the story started shifting into a sort-of crime/thriller mode...it was just bizarre. I know it represents a serious issue but it was just out of nowhere and out of place? I almost wanted to laugh at this part then I felt guilty...ahhh...it was really weird.
Yeah, whatever. I'm not sure why I bothered....more
"Byssian music played - brass and nickel instruments, large drums, and twanging strings. It made me think of sunsets and yellow eyes and deep growls i"Byssian music played - brass and nickel instruments, large drums, and twanging strings. It made me think of sunsets and yellow eyes and deep growls in dark jungles."
Ah, such a cruel way to end a book. But Pantomine...PANTOMINE...gee, I'm at lost for words.
Nope, I'm not just throwing a random picture from the internet. This picture gave me the same effect as Pantomine did - it messes with my head in the most wonderful way I could ever imagine.
This is an art.
*Takes a deep breath*
I don't know. I really don't know where to begin. I mean, of course I was looking forward to read it but I had my worry as well. I was afraid it turned out like The Night Circus i.e. a book filled with extraordinary imaginary plus amazing prose but sadly, I couldn't connect with it.
Pantomine is both commercial and experimental. It's odd, bizarre, shocking, fearless, magical and real. It's a combination of all things that shouldn't be put together but somehow it works. I mean, Laura Lam, is this truly your debut book? Seriously? Hah, I don't buy it. It reads like the author has a dozen books to her name previously. She did not create a book, she had created a world.
And I'm so grateful that there's no map plastered at the beginning of the book. This is a fantasy book, alright, but not that fantasy, fantasy book, you see. (Blah, classic Zuleeza, can't even explaining herself right).
Seriously, just take my words. Pantomine is not that fantasy, fantasy. And despite the similarities to The Night Circus, Pantomine's circus is no The Night Circus' circus.
I think I might have just given myself a headache
Some might find the pacing to be a bit slow but I think it's just appropriate with the whole theme and the tone of the book. It's okay to take your time reading Pantomine because it's important to devour it, to imagine yourself in Micah's or Gene's position. To feel what they feel, to think of what sort of decision you would take if you were put in their spot. No books had such impact on me for a loooong time.
I'm positive that it's impossible to elaborate on the characters without giving anything away. Micah and Gene - WOW! I like how 'neutral' they sound. Drystan, the white clown - who would've thought a clown could be this charismatic! Overall, there isn't even one character I didn't like. I'm not even sure if there's anyone deserved to be called antagonist. Some characters made mistakes not by choice but because of the pressing circumstances or by accident. All the primary and secondary characters received just the right amount of character building and back-story. While I wish to know more about some of the other circus members, I wouldn't change anything about the way the characters were presented.
Scratch that! Actually, there's nothing I would like to change about this book. :)
But I have to mention this, about 15% through the book, a shocking secret would be revealed and at that point I thought 'Eh, isn't it too early to give away the big secret? I think this will kill my interest in this book soon.'
You know what? The big revelation didn't kill my interest even one bit. In fact, I felt more drawn into it afterwards. But as I said before, the book ends with a cliffhanger. There are still secrets yet to be revealed AND IT'S KILLING ME! :(
And it's decided that you have to pre-order this book ASAP! :D
**An ARC was provided by Strange Chemistry in exchange for an honest review...more
Let me just say this: I rather wait 5 years for a sequel worth-reading than this. Not sure if I can blame Veronica Roth since the publishing house itsLet me just say this: I rather wait 5 years for a sequel worth-reading than this. Not sure if I can blame Veronica Roth since the publishing house itself must've wanted a new book by the end of 2013.
It's mind-bogging, how Insurgent is the best second book in a series I've read so far and we ended up with THIS?
If someone jokingly said that this is a fan-fiction then I would believe him/her.
What's wrong Veronica Roth? It's like you've baked this mouth-watering, hypnosis-inducing cheesecake but right at the last minute you decided that it's cooked when actually it was not, and you decorated it with the most disgusting, puke-color icing that ruined the whole cake.
Was that too harsh? Sorry, I haven't been reviewing for 8 months.
Anyway, the bottomline is, contrary to popular belief, I do not have issues with just the ending, I have issues with the whole book. You see, while reading Divergent and Insurgent, my palms were so sweaty, it was gross. But while reading Allegiant, I tossed and turned - okay more like thrashed on my bed just to try to make the book feels interesting. It was not. I couldn't wait for it to finish and when I did, I felt so meh, it pissed me off.
Realistically speaking, of course deaths can happen anytime and by anyone's hand. But in a story like this, they need to be meaningful and contribute to the story itself. In this third book, of course, I couldn't speak in behalf of Veronica Roth and of course, killing off a character will most likely affect the author the most but it appears like she decided to leisurely kill off one character after another because she was too lazy to write a proper ending for each character.
(view spoiler)[In the end, the conclusion doesn't make sense and it's far too convenient to be believable. In Allegiant, finally we learn what's on the outside of the fence and I agree, the truth was overwhelming but it stops there, the epilogue doesn't address what happened to the whole world. Sure, they took care of those who were working with the Bureau but weren't they also controlled by people with greater power? What did they do to these true masterminds?
And who's David? He didn't even have enough screen time for me to properly hate him LOL. Honestly... (hide spoiler)]...more
Some may say that you should never read a book because of the author. But looking at numerous cases ofThis review is also available on my blog, Qwerty
Some may say that you should never read a book because of the author. But looking at numerous cases of authors throwing temper tantrum throughout this year especially, I'd say, I am one of those people who would read a book because of the author. Call me judgmental, but I think the readers deserve to be appreciated and treated with respect especially when they spent their hard-earned money for your book.
David Estes is one of my GR friends, he was the one who added me. We don't interact very often because usually he reads books which I haven't read or have no interest to read. I am not very comfortable with the idea that he has more than 1200++ friends, he rated his own books five stars, he voted for his books on listopia and he likes the positive reviews (I'm not sure what he does to the negative reviews, probably just not responding to them). But I guess as an indie author, you have to be out there, promoting your books, or who else is going to do that.
As his updates keep popping on my newsfeed, my initial skepticism slowly diffuses away. He's on GR mostly TO READ, he responds nicely to comments on his updates, he is active in group discussion, and I thought 'Wow! This guy is really nice. I must read his books no matter what'.
I got Angel Evolution sitting on my tablet but as soon as I found out The Moon Dwellers was almost out, I was more drawn to this book as it's the latest and should be the best book yet by David Estes.
So, there you have it, my story of how I decided to pick this up. :)
First, I have to take my words back. This book is nothing like Legend. What made me feel like that at the start was because we got these two main characters coming from two ends of spectrum in a dystopian society, Tristan and Adele. And oh, how sweet the author is to name Adele after his wife's name ^_^
What I liked:
1. I wasn't impressed with the cover at first. But it sort of grows on me. The colour scheme is really nice and IT ACTUALLY FITS WITH THE STORY. Oh well,I guess I'm just tired with girl-in-a-pretty-dress-cover that makes no sense whatsoever with the story itself.
2. The characters. I think this is a first book I've ever read where the male lead actually has a male best friend. And it's so appealing because the bromance is portrayed with such loyalty and purity. My favourite character is Roc, hands down. He's cocky and funny, I think the story would lose its luster without him.
3. The writing was very neat and precise. I read this in the plane, during a transit, in the next plane, and at the airport. I usually have trouble reading in public because for start, I do show my emotions while reading (which is quite embarrassing), second; well, for obvious reason, I need total silence to concentrate on the story. But reading The Moon Dwellers was effortless, you can easily get back to the story if you got distracted. Haha!
4. Some of the scenes were very moving. (view spoiler)[Cole's background, Elsey and Adele reunion, Cole's death, Roc's loyalty. (hide spoiler)]
5. The romance is very sweet and innocent. Damn it! Tristan is such a sweetheart. To counter the insta love, (see things I didn't like below), the author was very clever to shape Adele and Tristan relationship slowly and steadily after they finally met. They were just holding hands for God sake, and I was already squealing in my seat. It is just so nice to find a book with this kind of clean romance. I'll gladly recommend this book for my 16 years old niece.
6. The fight scenes were told in specific details and well, made sense. Not just, he punches me, I block the blow yada yada.
7. The right emotions were shown by the characters at the right time. For example, (view spoiler)[Adele still remembered the lost of her friend, Cole when she finally be with Tristan. (hide spoiler)]
What I didn't like: 1. Guess it.
It'as if there's an invisible tether between our eyes linking us together."
"There is no doubt I felt something for him. I feel something for him.
"Although from a distance her eyes look dark. I know they are a deep, enchanting green, almost feline. I half expect them to glow in the dark. Nonsense! All nonsense! I can't possibly know what color her eyes are as if I know her. I've never met her."
Oh Lord, the insta love. No, wait. The ala Disney insta love (which is worse). Honestly, I don't know how to keep the story going if the author lets the attraction between Tristan and Adele grows slowly because the story dictates that they hardly had a chance to see each other.
2. This book lacks that special something. While the premise is refreshing, at the end of the book, it reached a point where almost all dystopian books have been there (The Hunger Games, Divergent, Shatter Me). (view spoiler)[A chance for a revolution. (hide spoiler)] Again, if we minus that, it would still come short from earning five stars from me because it is not one of those books where I found it impossible to put down and I got a book hungover long after I finished it. It's good, no question about that, but it doesn't stay in my heart.
3. The awkward analogies and similes. "Have human lives become like a tube of toothpaste? Something to be used up and thrown away?"
"Her beauty resonates from her like radiation from uranium."
4. Sort of. This phase appears 17 times. That's A LOT.
5. Sometimes, the plot just got too convenient. The explosions detonated at the right time, Tristan saw Rivet chasing Adele at the perfect moment and so on. The story seems to be planned, too well planned. I wished for more spontaneity.
So, the verdict: 7 pros versus 5 cons. Congratulations to David Estes for earning more plus points from me; a reviewer who is very hard to be pleased. Hehe....more
In the barren wasteland of YA (I seriously cannot stand this new wave of New Adult books), this was truly awesome, guys. If onlActual rating 4.5 star.
In the barren wasteland of YA (I seriously cannot stand this new wave of New Adult books), this was truly awesome, guys. If only the ending is not so anti-climatic...
As usual, with amazing books, I don't really have much to say but I'll try anyway since I need to convince you to read this!
The book opens up strong, I was quickly thrown into the harsh reality of Parker's world. He couldn't sleep for four years, instead, at night he is forced to watch the dreams of the last person he had made an eye contact with during the day. The sleep deprivation is slowly getting to him, it affects his study, his sport, his relationship with his mother and his friends. Told by Parker's POV, the narration flowed smoothly and convincingly. As someone who is rather given up foods than sleep, I felt for him, I felt for his struggle, I felt how difficult it would be for him to forcefully carry the burden of other people secrets and fear and how he can't share this 'curse' with anybody else.
There were indeed some dull moments, I wished the book was edited better. The romance is very superficial but it was a nice addition to the main plot as well since it isn't cheesy insta love high school romance I was expecting. I didn't get too attached with any of the characters including Parker because I felt overwhelmed with all the questions and seriously guys, I was desperate to know, I couldn't flip the pages fast enough. The build up towards the climax was amazingly written. I really loved it when even though I read it from Parker POV, I couldn't even be sure that Parker is really innocent? Awesome, awesome, awesome!
But the climax! I'm glad that I thought this is a standalone because I swear if I knew there would be more, I wouldn't feel as intense as I did while reading it because just prior to the climax, I really had no clue on how the story would resolve. So with this new knowledge that this book belongs to a series, I kind of understand why the climax is like that, but I still felt a bit disappointed nonetheless.
It's been a long time since I last read a book which I could not stopped reading it. Insomnia is truly a satisfying YA psychological thriller with a paranormal twist....more
A copy was provided by Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.
BREATHTAKING UNDERWATWER COVER!!!
Should've known better, right? To be fairA copy was provided by Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.
BREATHTAKING UNDERWATWER COVER!!!
Should've known better, right? To be fair, it wasn't particularly bad, but it was definitely strange and cliché.
The book reminded me a lot of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (the 'kidnapping to be made a bride for the king' part) and Renegade by J.A. Souders (the 'underwater city surrounded by dark mysteries' part). Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I liked the two aforementioned books.
Captivate doesn't waste time getting to the action. By action, I mean the kidnapping (that sounds so wrong). So, we don't get to know the dynamics of Miranda's relationship with her sister and her grandparents very well. While I appreciate the 'hit the ground rolling' opening, it was hard for me to feel Miranda's desperation to go back home because I wasn't being shown the strength of her family bond. Granted, we were told that Miranda harbours a secret she's been intending to tell her sister, Lauren and she wants to seek her forgiveness, but I think it helps if a brief details of Miranda's relationship with Lauren before their parents died was provided so that the readers can establish an emotional connection with Miranda.
Well, I was hoping for that so, so much because honestly, I did not like Lauren at all, so if only I could learn something good about her, then I could probably empathise more with Miranda and her wish to be back home. Here's Lauren's quote that irritates me so much;
Mum always used to say I had the metabolism of a racehorse-"With the stumpy body of a Shetland pony", Lauren would add with a smirk.
WHAT KIND OF OLDER SISTER TALKS TO HER YOUNGER SISTER LIKE THAT? Uh.
(view spoiler)[And let's face it. Their parents death was IMO Lauren's fault. I'm 100% agree that she should have never leave Miranda alone on her birthday. But playing dumb for over a year, letting Miranda feels the guilt and never tries to make amend before Miranda confesses to her is just vain.
SERIOUSLY, WHAT KIND OF OLDER SISTER TREATS HER YOUNGER SISTER LIKE THAT? (hide spoiler)]
Alright, enough about Lauren.
At first, I found Miranda as easy to like. She is cautious and sceptical of everyone she meets in Marin. She doesn't only say she wants to go home, she takes actions - she tries to remember Marin's layout, she plans her next moves, she gets to the good side of people who might help her escape and praise da lord, she doesn't get attracted to ANY male beings in Marin although they are well, kinda hot.
***mild spoilers ahead***
Now, please explain me what happened from Chapter Twenty and onwards? If the book was sort of 'yeah, okay, maybe' before that, after this chapter the book just takes a sharp dive into the abyss the of the deepest hell-hole. Like, seriously. The book threw me off so badly, I was even wondering if a different author had wrote this last third of the book.
Miranda suddenly loses her ability to think straight, makes bad decisions after bad decisions. AND SHE LIES. SO.MANY.FREAKING.TIMES.
Also, she suddenly gets attracted to both Marko and to some extent, Robbie. Marko is basically the kidnapper for the first two-third of the book, and honestly, I don't think he's making any significant efforts to make Miranda likes her, so yeah, when in Chapter Twenty, they are throwing the love word all around, I was like 'whaaaaaat'?. Only after that that they are beginning to really warming up to each other. Isn't that bizarre?
Anyway, they were a few things I noticed that make this book a bit ethically questionable.
1. Stockholm Syndrome is an icky subject. And I don't think the book handles this theme really well. Captivate tries to romanticise kidnapping too much and that doesn't sit very well to me. I remember reading Stolen by Lucy Christopher which kinda romanticises kidnapping as well but in the end, it still hammers down the message that kidnapping is wrong. The fact that the whole city agrees to the kidnapping, that is just disturbing, no matter how desperate you are.
2. My inner feminism raged when Miranda was kidnapped (of course) and (view spoiler)[when she was forced to be brought back home. The argument was that it's dangerous for her to stay but giving her a less than one day notice before she will be brought home and denying her plea to stay when she really wants to help is just arrogant. AND HONESTLY! THEY NEVER THINK OF THE POSSIBILITY THAT PROBABLY IT'S THE MEN THAT ARE IMPOTENT? (hide spoiler)]
3. (view spoiler)[When Stephanie pleads to Miranda for Phillippe's life, Miranda says that Stephanie owes her, that just pissed me off. SAVING SOMEONE'S LIFE WHEN THEY DON'T DESERVE TO DIE DOESN'T MEAN YOU OWE THAT PERSON ANYTHING. And what's up with the 'feeding to the shark' sentence. That is uncivilised for a so called a self-sustaining civilisation. (hide spoiler)]
4. If it's feasible for Marin to trade everything for pearls, I don't understand why it's not feasible to just offer a girl to come WILLINGLY to Marin for diplomatic or charitable reasons. If the girl doesn't like it, then let her go and offer another girl. I'm sure they can sign an agreement or something to keep the secret. There MUST be a girl who would've enjoy living underwater (someone who hates meat and sunlight and has no family for example) instead of ripping a random girl from her family. Ugh.
5. Fertility dance. I'm not sure if this is ethically questionable. It's just bizarre.
Anyway, there are a still a few unanswered mysteries and the story could be heading towards a darker path in Book 2. So since I got a copy of Impulse as well, I will be reading the sequel soon.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
If you're wondering what's up with the angst, it's because I had to read 218 out of 257 pages to know the big secret! I h
Okay! I feel much better now!
If you're wondering what's up with the angst, it's because I had to read 218 out of 257 pages to know the big secret! I had my suspicion of who (or what) Jade really is but nothing was certain until that very end of the book. Cruel. Very cruel to let the readers hanging like that. It was more cruel than a cliffhanger ending because Jade's identity is the essence of the story itself.
Anyway, Ashes and Ice is a nice effort from a debut author, Rochelle Maya Callen. The concept was intriguing - the battle between one's good side and bad side is right up my alley. The prose was mesmerizing too, for example;
"I hunch forward, leaning my head on my palm. I think of spit up blood, black suit, roses, eulogies and wet pillows. I think of lonely guitars, quiet houses, pointing fingers and scraped foreheads."
BUT sadly, it was obvious that this is a self-pubbed book. Something needs to be done to the flow of this book. I'm a big fan of short novels so this is rare, but I thought some of the chapters need to be expanded in order for the plot to make sense. The settings and the scenes were rapidly changing so three to four pages to describe and explain an important scene isn't going to cut it. Some of the sub-plotlines also disappeared completely by half of the book. For instance; how Jade really fits in the school, is she coping well with the homeworks, quizzes and exams (yes, contrary to popular belief, I do think these teenage paranormal creatures still need to keep up with their educations!). Also, it's odd how the law enforcers didn't find any clues or suspects when the homicide cases was rising.
The characters were okay, I guess. I could connect with Jade very well at the beginning until she starts to feel something for the ultimate asshat, which is Dominic. More about Dominic later. Connor is new for a male protag although his insecurities made him sound feminine at times.
Dominic. As the supposedly irresistible, magnetic guy, I only found him as repulsive. I know Jade meant to have this attraction to him because of her nature, but I still feel like uh, Jade, he might sound very evil, but he is nowhere near that definition of sexy evil. More like a scumbag.
Overall, Ashes and Ice is a nice book. I read it in a single sitting and didn't regret it (which is something the author should be proud of, trust me) but there are still a lot of rooms for improvement....more